The Empty Bowl Project

At Stapp Interstate Toyota we like to highlight and share information about other organizations that working to make this community an even better place to live. For the 2nd year in a Stapp Interstate Toyota is proud to partner with Carbon Valley’s Help Center.

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The Carbon Valley Help Center, is an outgrowth of the Carbon Valley Network, a group which has met for five years with the mission to share information and enhance collaboration between human service groups, faith-based organizations, the school district, municipalities, Weld County and non-profits serving the Carbon Valley.  At the Carbon Valley Network the need was identified to develop a center to begin to meet the immediate basic needs of Carbon Valley residents in crisis.

The help center has trained volunteers that meet with clients to come up with that plan of obtaining self-sufficiency. They will work with their clients to properly identify their needs, as well as skills, strengths and weakness. At these meetings, advice and informational referrals are presented to the client to help them regain confidence and start taking steps to their brighter future. If needed The Help Center also offers temporary emergency food assistance as well.

 

The biggest fundraiser for The Carbon Valley Help Center is the Empty Bowls Project. This event is held to help raise awareness of hunger and homelessness in the Carbon Valley and surrounding areas. All proceeds provide emergency food and assistance to those in needs.

The Empty Bowls Story

 Twenty-five years ago, a Michigan high school art teacher and his students were searching for a way to raise funds to support a food drive. What evolved was a class project to create ceramic bowls for a fundraising meal. Guests were served a simple meal of soup and bread, and invited to keep the bowl as a reminder of hunger in the world.

By the following year, the concept developed into Empty Bowls, a project to provide support for food banks, soup kitchens and other organizations that fight hunger. Events have been held throughout the world, and millions of dollars have been raised to combat hunger.

The Carbon Valley Help Center’s Empty Bowls Project began in 2014 as a way to raise funds to help those in need throughout the community.

 

Tickets are still available for this great event. For a $15 donation attendees are able to select a unique hand painted bowl. You will also receive a disposable bowl to enjoy a meal of soup, bread and dessert. This is truly a community event as the food you will be enjoying is donated by area restaurants and caterers.

If you are interested in attending the event it will be Saturday, November 19th 11:00am-2:00pm at Frederick High School. If you want to purchase tickets please call the Carbon Valley Help Center at (303) 833-6626. We hope to see you there!

 

What to pack when off roading

Hi! It’s Erin again. Last week we took our I25 Custom 4Runner off-roading again. We went on Greer Rd. You can get their off of Buckhorn Road. It was beautiful fall day and it looked like we missed peak color by about a week or so. Some was left, but most of the trees had dropped their leaves already. It was still beautiful, sunny and in the 60’s. Just one of those perfect fall days to get outside and enjoy Colorado. Added bonus, a few small patches of snow were in the shady areas. Our girls were thrilled to get back down to tell their friends they had seen snow.

This time I wanted to focus on what we pack when we go off roading. Keep in mind these are just suggestions, and what might work for us, might not work with your family and where you like to go. You might need additional gear depending on your trip. Always plan ahead! Always check weight limits for all your gear and make sure you get the proper gear for your vehicle. You don’t want your equipment to fail because you thought that “this should work”.  Before you go make sure that your gear is properly stored and secured.

So first things first. It might sound odd, but wear good supportive shoes. I had hiking boots on, Jeff had steel toed work boots and the girls had their running shoes. This is for a couple reasons. One, if you are the driver you don’t want your footwear sliding around. If you are the passenger, you might need to get out to ground guide and you want your feet protected. You never know when you might find a cool trail head you want to go explore. If your vehicle should become disabled, you may have to walk to find help. Many of the places we go have no cell service. In the summer we will throw water shoes/sandals in case we find a creek and the girls want to splash around. We also have a couple pair of work gloves in the 4Runner to protect our hands as well.

Right up there is food and water. We hope nothing ever happens while we are out on the trail, but it’s better to have stuff than not have it. We always have a case of water and two boxes of granola in the back. We back additional food such as cheese, crackers, summer sausage, veggies, and fruit. We also bring our water bottles and an extra jug or two.

The next thing we take is a high jack lift. This is a good idea if you have lifted your vehicle. We have a 3″ lift on our 4Runner. The standard jack that comes with your vehicle may not be able to lift your vehicle because it is sitting higher than stock. On that note we also purchased the same sized spare tire as what is on the vehicle. If you put over sized tires on your vehicle this is something that you might want to consider. If you would ever need to use the spare, it would not match. This could lead to damage to the transfer case and other components of the vehicle.

 

If you should have to change a tire out on the trail, having a wheel chock could be helpful. A wheel chock is a sturdy piece of material that will help prevent accidental movement when the vehicle is jacked up. We have a piece of wood cut at an angle, but you can purchase one as well. dscn2702

Recovery Equipment

This next group of equipment is in case you roll or need to get yourself or a buddy out unstuck and going again. We have a tow rope, D-Ring Receiver Hitch, Quick Link and Tow Hook. Again, make sure you have checked the weight limits for all your equipment to make sure it can handle your vehicle. Please further research how to use this equipment before you head out on the trail.  Know your personal limits to your skill set and the vehicles too. We want everyone to have fun and stay safe out there.

We also have an axe and shovel with us too. Just handy to have because you never know when you might have to dig yourself out. Look for something that is light and compact. dscn2708

We keep everything in an under the bed storage container. This keeps everything in one place and not bouncing around. We also secure everything with a cargo net. We also keep a couple blankets in the 4Runner at all times too.

Ok, this next piece of equipment is a little personal, but is super handy. When you are out on the trail, indoor plumbing just does not exist. So in the woods it is! This is our little portable “toilet”. Its a ziploc bag. In it is a roll of toilet paper, baby wipes, hand sanitizer and another ziploc bag for used toilet paper. We practice a pack in and pack out. We have two small girls and this has eased some anxiety of having to go outdoors. Just remember to stay at least 200 feet from any water source. dscn2717

The last thing we pack is a couple guide trail books. Make sure you know where you are going! Stay on the trail, don’t trespass on private property. Most of the trails have a contact to check trail conditions. Double check before you head out. This time of year, some trails may be closed for the season or closed because weather conditions have made the trail impassible. So there you have it! An over view of we take out on the trail!

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Let’s Go Places!

What to do around town this fall?

The kids are back in school, the night air has a slight chill in the air and our Broncos are back at it. Fall is one of our favorite times of the year because there is so much to do! We picked a couple events around us to help inspire you to “Let’s Go Places” and create adventures of your own.

If we missed an awesome event or place to go, leave a comment below! We would love to hear your suggestions.

 

For some people fall can only mean one thing, Friday Night Lights! Our high schoolers  in the St. Vrain Valley School District are back on the football field again. We have included links to the area’s high schools football schedule so you can catch your favorite team.

Erie High School Frederick High School Longmont High School Lyons High School Mead High School  Niwot High School  Silver Creek High School Skyline

Maybe football isn’t your thing, and you want to get out of town for a bit. Why not take a drive and check out the beautiful fall colors of the aspens? If you happen to go and take some great pictures, feel free to share them with us! We love to see where you have gone on your adventures.  Worth nothing, if you are thinking about heading up to Rocky Mountain National park, please check with CDOT before heading out. Highway 34 is getting some much needed road and bridge repairs on sections of the road that was damaged in the flood of 2013.

Have you checked out the local Farmer’s Markets? This is the best time of year! We have a great one out at the Boulder County Fairgrounds in Longmont. Boulder County Farmer’s Market at the Boulder County Fairgrounds is on Saturday from 8:00am-1:00pm. They will be open until November 19, 2016. They are also a producer only farmer’s market. Meaning that farmer you are buying your tomatoes from grew that plant themselves.

Firestone is hosting its annual Art and Music Show again. Local artists will have their art work displayed for the month of October at the Carbon Valley Library. The reception will be October 8th from 1:00pm-4:00pm.

Another great event at the Carbon Valley Library is their Family Night. The first Thursday of every month the library will show a family friendly movie. The event is from 6:00pm-7:30pm. October’s movie is “The Angry Birds Movie”

What is fall with out Halloween? The Firestone Police Department hosts a Halloween Safe Night. This is a great event to take your kids trick or treating. The event will have lots of games and activities as well!

So there you go! A little snap shot of what’s going on this fall. We  wish and your family a great fall!

 

4Runner Off Roading Adventure

 

Hi! I am Erin, Digital Marketing Manager for Stapp Interstate Toyota. Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed that short video of the 4Runner off roading. I wanted to go into a little more detail about the trip and the vehicle.

So first things first, this is my family’s vehicle. Don’t worry we didn’t take a new vehicle “test drive it” shine it up and put it back on the showroom. We have had it about 6 weeks now and have taken it off road several times. The video was from our latest trip off road.

Where did we go? We were on Ballard Road, off of Buckhorn Road west of Masonville. This is also know as FS 129.  The road starts off dirt packed and tame. About 2.9 miles in there is a small parking area and the Donner Pass Trail head. This is a great area to have a picnic and do a little hiking. Our two kiddos loved hiking “way out in the woods” as our oldest said. The hiking trail is well marked and leads to other trails to go explore.

Once we were done hiking it was time to keep going. After the pass, the road started to increase in difficulty. It became more rocky and less packed dirt. The farther you go, the more challenging and technical this road becomes. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a lot of fun, but know what you are doing! The last of the video was just before the road turned steep and narrow. We went about 6.7 of the 7.8miles, around this point in time, I got out to ground guide. The rock ledge marks the most difficult and technical part of the trail. At this point we found a good place to turn around and head back. The road went on for about another mile or so, but we had reached a point where for us it was time to turn around.

As you can tell from the video we had a 4Runner. It’s a 2016 4Runner that started its life as a Trail Edition. Then we put some Stapp I25 Custom to it. We added ToyTec Bilstein Ultimate 3″ Suspension, TRD Pro Matte Black 17″ Wheels with BF Goodrich Ko2 Tires, RCI Rock Sliders, Front Center Skid Plate and A-Arm Guards. TRD Pro Grille, Rhino Rack Roof X-Tray. Our kids refer to it as the Monster Truck. And to be honest, they nailed it.

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With the crawl package that came standard and the customizations, this 4Runner had no problems tackling this road. What’s the point of having this awesome equipment if you aren’t going to use it? Paved roads can get a little boring.

Alright, before we head back out on our next adventure, a few things in closing. First, please make sure you know and follow all rules and regulations when off roading. You are responsible for know where you can and can not be. A great resource is the Forest Service, they can answer any questions about road conditions, provide maps, etc. It would not be a bad idea to invest in an off roading book or getting copies of  MVUM (Motor Vehicle Use Map). MVUM are avaiable at ranger district and other forest offices for free. Check out http://www.fs.fed.us/recreation/programs/ohv/ohv_maps.shtml for a list of avaiable maps. Remember, cell service is nonexistent on these roads and having a book or maps could prove to be very valuable.

Second, know your equipment and your ability. My husband was driving in this video. This was not his first time out, he has done quite a bit of off roading in Moab and has developed those skills to read the trail and how to go. As I mentioned earlier we came to a point in Ballard Rd where we decided that is was not wise for us to continue on. Remember a lot of these roads have no cell phone service and are not well traveled. Make sure you and your equipment is ready to go.

We hope you enjoyed our little trip and encourage you to make plans of your own! Check back soon, we will keep posting about our latest adventures in off roading.

 

Prospect Sound Bites

One of the great things about summer is outdoor summer concerts. For the second year we are proud sponsors of this great event every Monday night. In case you haven’t had an opportunity to get to one, keep reading to see what you are missing and then make plans to attend one!

So here is what you need to know…

What is Prospect Sound Bites? It consists of two distinct parts.

First, is the sound. Prospect Sound Bites  is a outdoor concert that is help every Monday night in Prospect New Town Longmont. The last concert this year is September 5th. The Prospect Downtown Park is located at 100 Year Party Ct and Tenacity Dr.

Each week features a different local band. You can find up coming acts

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Second, the bites! Prospect Sound Bites typically has 15 different and unique food trucks. With all the different types of food trucks, you are sure to find something to enjoy. From pizza, to Mexican, burgers and everything in between, you won’t go hungry.

A few more details to know before you go. Street parking is limited, however a $3 donation lot is available. The food trucks start serving at 5:00pm, the concert starts at 5:30 and ends at 8:00pm. Make sure you bring your lawn chairs or blankets to claim your space!

We hope this gives you a little overview of what to expect at Prospect Sound Bites. If you happen to come, stop by and say hi to us!

 

Cusomter Appreciation Day 2016

This past Saturday we had our annual Customer Appreciation Day. We hope you enjoyed your time and we had a great time seeing everyone at the dealership. Enjoy the pictures and video. But before we go we want to extend our thanks to a few people.

Deanna Rice from Little Angels Pony and Pals provided the petting zoo. In addition to her mobile petting zoo, she also gives riding lessons and one day pony camps. Thank you so much for joining us and bringing all your animal friends with you!

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Brian Shelton of Kona Ice of Northern Colorado, thanks for joining us and providing some tasty treats, which were definitely needed. It was hot!

To the men and women of the Frederick-Firestone Protection District and the Fredrick Police Department, from the bottom of our hearts, thank you. Thank you for protecting our community and making our community a great place to live. We sincerely appreciate the hard work and sacrifices you make every single day.

To all the men and women from Frederick-Firestone Protection District thank you for bringing all your equipment and safety house. Thank you for taking the time to show all the kids the equipment, sit in the vehicles and demonstrate how to stay safe in a house fire.

And finally, a special thanks and ear scratch to K9 Officer Buran and Officer Andy Fairbanks of the Frederick Police Department. Everyone loved the demonstration, it was the highlight of the day. Thanks for making our community a safer place to live.

 

We hope everyone enjoyed their time, we will see everyone next year!

Summer Time Fun!

School is winding down and Memorial Day is less than two weeks away, which means summer is just around the corner. With that in mind we put together a short list of things to do in the area this summer. If we left something out, or know of a great event going on, please feel free to share what we missed!

So first things first, we would like to invite everyone to our customer appreciation day on Saturday June 18th from 10:30am-2:30pm. The Frederick Police Department K-9 unit will be joining us and performing a K-9 demonstration at 11:00, the Frederick-Firestone Fire Protection District will be here with their safety house, our friends from Little Angel Pony and Pals will bring their petting zoo, plus a few more surprises just for you! Check the link below for all the details and we hope that you will come join us! 2016 Cust App Pic

 

 

Did you know that the High Plains Library District puts on a great summer reading program for kids, 0-18 years old? This summer’s theme is “2016 Summer Reading Adventure” and there are some great (Free!) events to attend. To check out this great program click here. While these events are free, some do require preregistration.

 

Longmont

The City of Longmont keeps an updated calendar of all events that are happening in the city. Check it out to find your next adventure.

One of the best things summer brings are outdoor concert series, and Longmont is no exception. We know of two, Longmont Recreation & Golf hosts a 4 concert series at different parks through out the summer. Dates and times can be found here.

Have you heard of Prospect Sound Bites? This concert series kicks off Monday, May 30th and runs every Monday through out the summer. The fun kicks off at 5:00pm with the opening of the numerous food trucks, music gets started at 5:30pm. The concerts are held at Prospect Park located at 100 Year Party Ct and Tenacity Dr. If you happen to go to a concert, stop on by and say hi! Once again we are proud sponsors of this event.

Open for its 20th season ArtWalk Longmont is another great free event put on by the city. Enjoy free live music, explore downtown business, and discover your local artists. This is a great family event that everyone should check out at least once. ArtWalk happens 3 times during the summer, so make sure you check the dates so you don’t miss out!

 

Firestone

Food and Flick Fridays are back! Have you been to this event? Kick off the weekend right! Enjoy a movie under the stars, and don’t worry about dinner, come grab a bite from one of the many food trucks.While you wait for the sun to go down and the movie to start enjoy live music and plenty of games and activities for the kiddos. Check the link for movies, dates, locations, and which food trucks will be at the event.

Strike 3 you’re out! The 3rd Annual Community Softball Tournament gets under way Saturday, June 4th at 8:00am. Come cheer local business, organizations and neighborhoods in this friendly co-ed tournament. A traveling trophy and bragging rights are at stake in this tournament.

Looking for something to do on the 4th of July? Why not head down to Miners Park and join in on the fun at4th at Firestone? Starting with a 5k/10k first thing in the morning and ending with fireworks at night, you would be hard pressed not to find something to enjoy. Don’t forget to stop by the car show too! This is another great event that we are sponsors of, so stop on by and say hi!

 

Frederick

Everyone is going to be hoping for good weather June 24-26th. Why? Frederick-in-Flight is scheduled to take place. The hot air balloons need good weather to be able to fly. Check out all the details in the link above. We think the Saturday evening glow party would be an amazing sight to see.

Art comes in all forms, and artists use different tools to express themselves. Want to see some art in action? (bring a pair of ear plugs if you come) Check out Chainsaws and Chuckwagons. This 3 day event starting July 20-23 is a great way to see art being created. The link has pictures of last year’s winners if you need a preview.

Come meet your neighbors in this year’s Community BBQ Tour put on by the town this fully catered meal gives residents a chance to meet their neighbors, Board of Trustees, and town staff. The link provides dates, times and locations.

Erie

There is always something to do in Erie! Check this calendar of events to see what is going on in the town. From free concerts in the park, Erie Brew Fest, National Night out, we are sure you can find some fun this summer!

 

So there you have it a quick over view of events happening in our area this summer. We hope that you will take advantage of all the great events in the area. If you see us out and about, feel free to stop and say hi!