Takayama Women’s Chorale here in Denver August 11, 2017 for a free performance

Takayama, Japan has been Denver’s Sister City Takayama since 1960.  The Takayama Women’s Chorale is singing at Simpson United Methodist Church Friday, August 11, 2017 at 4:30 pm.  The Chorale will be performing traditional Japanese songs.  The performance is free.  For more information please contact Kaitlyn Lyle at 303.923.6865.  Simpson is located at 6001 Wolff Street in Arvada.  Want to learn about Takayama?  Visit the city’s website here:  City of Takayama website (English version): http://www.hida.jp/english/

 

Go Rockies! Happy 4th!

 

I love the Colorado Rockies fireworks games.  Nothing more pleasant than a good baseball game (Rockies beat Cincinnati!) followed by a fireworks show.  I couldn’t get tickets for a fireworks game this year so a friend surprised me with our favorite front row third base seats.

Nolan Arenado 2017

A ladies favorite who is previously tried to land in our laps in these very same seats!

July 8th last year!

Love front row third base and a great evening with the ladies!

 

Memorial Day 2017 Colorado Thank You to Our Military

 

You are likely to find me in one of two places on Memorial Day.   Either way I will be honoring my father and his service to his country in the United States Military during World War II.

Sam Y. Matsumoto

In odd number years you will find me at the Nisei War Memorial at Fairmont Cemetery in Denver, Colorado singing with the choir for the annual Memorial Day service.

 

The Memorial is engraved with the names of Japanese American Nisei veterans from the Rocky Mountain region who served in the United States Armed Forces and who are now at rest.

In even number years you will find me at the Bolder Boulder, an annual Memorial Day 10K  honoring United States military.   This is a run, jog or walk race.

About 50,000 people participate every year.

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The race finishes in Folsum Field in Boulder, Colorado. As you complete the race you enter the stadium where those who completed the race before you and other supporters cheer you over the finish line!

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Many participants wear a bib on their back with the name of the person they want to honor.

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Next year is the 40th anniversary.  Yes, I have been running since the beginning but those 40 year old race t-shirts are long gone.

I am grateful for my country and the freedoms granted to its citizens which are protected by brave men and women like my dad.

Email to Senator Cory Gardner

This picture from his website

Re: S.497 – Lymphedema Treatment Act

Dear Senator Gardner, I have recently been diagnosed with lymphedema caused by damage from my cancer treatments. The supplies I need every month to keep my condition under control are not an option. Without those supplies my condition will progress and become worse. With the supplies I can keep my condition under control. My insurance covers none of the cost of of these supplies. This makes no sense! People with conditions such as high blood pressure or diabetes get help from their insurance with the things they need to keep their condition under control. I’ve paid my insurance premiums for over 40 years now and until I got my cancer and now this lymphedema I barely used my insurance. Now that I need it, it’s not there…. How disappointing. Please reconsider your position on this important issue and review this proposed Act again with my comments in mind. I still work full-time, and have been able to adjust my budget to pay for my necessary supplies to keep my lymphedema under control. I just wonder about people who are on such a tight budget they let their lymphedema get out of control, what happens to them. Or the young family whose child gets diagnosed with a form of lymphedema and they have to find a way to pay for that child’s supplies. I hope you are able to read my email personally and not one of your staff. I would love to hear from you if you have any information that you would like to share with me. Thank you for your time today, Paula Matsumoto.

Do I sound annoyed?   Colorado’s Senator Michael Bennet and Representative Diana DeGette are cosponsoring this Act and are on board.

Got an automatic email response.  Hope to get a real one some day.

Rootbeer Float another Extreme Dessert, Prohibition Treats’ Liq-Creme Alcohol Infused Ice-Cream

Extreme dessert and nostalgia?  Try this adult treat, ice cream infused with alcohol.

Rootbeer vodka and rootbeer liquor, another winner!

Thinking too sweet? Pleasant surprise, rich with just the right touch of sweetness.

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What has Brian Fashaw dreamt up for his next perfect extreme dessert?

Peach  Cobbler, yum!

Brian personally mixes each small batch to create a high quality and decadent experience.

Total Beverage (Westminster Total Beverage, 9359 Sheridan Blvd., Westminster) is my vendor.  Must be 21 years of age to indulge.

 

Sin Chata an Extreme Dessert, Prohibition Treats’ Liq-Creme Alcohol Infused Ice-Cream

Extreme Dessert?  Ice cream infused with alcohol.

Sin Chata is a rich ice cream with a lovely cinnamon finish.  Took it to a friend’s for dessert and it was perfect with her peach pie!

Cinnamon whiskey and rum chata.

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Brian Fashaw a dreamer of  perfect flavors.

Personally making each signature blend to insure a taste that will amaze.  I am unable to keep up with his new creations.

Total Beverage (Westminster Total Beverage, 9359 Sheridan Blvd., Westminster) is my vendor.  Must be 21 years of age to indulge.

 

Rebel Rodriguez, Arvada, Colorado’s Woman of the Year, and Little free food bank!

Rebel Rodriguez is the 2017 Arvada Chamber Woman of the Year.

Here in Arvada, Colorado our woman of the year, Rebel Rodriguez runs an amazing food bank serving disadvantaged residents and Arvada’s homeless.  She also stocks an equally amazing little free food bank on the corner of Grandview and Olde Wadsworth at the Rising Church.  The Blessing Box.

Inspiring me to make snack and lunch bags for our children and homeless.

Thank you Rebel for your community service, to read more about Rebel go here to Rebel’s article.