Become a Massage Therapist in 2015

New Year often begins with renewed focus and direction. If you have been thinking about a new career that is aligned with you and are reading this, massage therapist career may be for you. Denver Integrative Massage School’s 600 hour massage therapist program starts Jan. 6th, 2015.

The 600 hour program is divided into: 300 hours of in-class training in anatomy, physiology, massage application and assessment for both western and Thai; 150 hours of online courses which include anatomy; and 150 hours of hands-on learning.  The online component can be completed from the comfort of your home, eliminating commute time and can more easily fit into your busy schedule.  The practicum hours can either be completed in our community clinic alongside a Licensed Massage Therapist or you may choose to do a one-on-one internship also with a Licensed Massage Therapist.

If the path of being a massage therapist sounds attractive to you, it might be time to answer the calling.  Your newly acquired massage therapist skill combined with compassion can help change lives as you embark on this healing path.

A few spots are left on the Jan. 6th program. Enroll today.

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Holidays in Cherry Creek

holiday shoppingIf you are in the Denver area this holiday season, make sure to spend some time in Cherry Creek, one of Denver’s most popular neighborhoods. Located just five minutes from downtown, Cherry Creek is a charming 16-block community that boasts parks, gardens, outdoor cafes, local bakeries, and coffee shops. Aside from the lovely scenery, it is also a hub for shopping and dining. Between Cherry Creek North, with 320 independently owned shops, boutiques, galleries, restaurants, and spas, and the Cherry Creek Shopping Center, including 160 shops, the neighborhood is one of the largest shopping destinations between coasts. If you have holiday shopping to get done, or just want to enjoy window shopping and good food, the Cherry Creek neighborhood is the place for you.

Cherry Creek North is the ideal location to find the perfect gift for everyone on your list. Both locals and return visitors consider it a holiday tradition to browse the shops and restaurants during the holiday time. Many of the boutiques, galleries, salons, and spas even have extended shopping hours on Sundays from December 7th through the holiday season. To make your holiday shopping experience even easier, Cherry Creek North is offering complimentary 2-hour holiday parking with proof of purchase from a Cherry Creek North store or restaurant every Thursday-Saturday (11 a.m. to 6 p.m.), from November 28th through the holiday season.  The valet parking locations are Fillmore Plaza and Josephine Street.

Finding something for friends and family is easy – finding something for yourself is even easier! For all your holiday party fashion needs, take part in Cherry Creek’s free Holiday Trunk Shows for a preview of the latest merchandise from Cherry Creek North boutiques. Located in the lobby of the JW Marriot Denver Cherry Creek North from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. December 19th, several of the neighborhoods most popular boutiques will be presenting their unique merchandise.

If you need a break from the shopping, head over to Cherry Creek North’s temporary holiday box office to pick up tickets for current theater productions and a variety of free activities for the whole family every day of the holiday season. Or, if being on your feet has built up an appetite, sit down at one of the many restaurants, cafes, bars, or sweet shops in the vicinity. From coffee, to burgers, to frozen yogurt, to Indian, Italian, Spanish, French, or Japanese cuisine, you are sure to find something to eat to satisfy any craving.

Places to Eat in Cherry Creek

Couple having dinnerIf you are a foodie and love to eat, check out the Cherry Creek neighborhood for dozens of restaurants, bars, and coffee shops to satisfy your every craving. Denver is well-known for being a hub for chef-owned, impressive neighborhood restaurants that showcase the city’s talent and the abundance of local products. While there are certainly many more restaurants worthy of a visit, here are a ten of the best in the Cherry Creek area, in no particular order.

Patxi’s Pizza

Every neighborhood has that one pizza place that is just “the best,” and for Cherry Creek, Patxi’s Pizza is it. Although Patxi’s is part of a larger California chain restaurant, it has that local feel – and a great deep dish! Patxi’s also offers gluten-free and vegan options.

Harman’s Eat & Drink

Owned by renowned restaurateur Mark Fischer, Harman’s serves fancy fine dining cuisine at affordable prices. Inventive dishes combined with the comfortable and inviting atmosphere make this restaurant one of the best in the Cherry Creek neighborhood.

So Perfect Eats

If you’re in the mood for sandwiches on freshly-baked bread, crisp salads, and a wide variety of to-go appetizers, desserts, and baked goods, this is Cherry Creek lunch spot is the place for you!


Elway’s does steak like nobody else. Prime hand-cut steaks, an assortment of crustaceans, rich, delicious side dishes, and an impressive bar elevate this restaurant to one of the best in the area.

True Food Kitchen

One of the newer restaurants in Cherry Creek, True Food Kitchen’s focus is on healthy food. No butter or fat to be found here, but hearty, delicious, health-conscious dishes are the star of the show.

Cherry Cricket

For decades, the Cherry Cricket has been the iconic place to eat in the entire Denver metro area, all thanks to the famous ½ pound Cricket burger. If burgers aren’t your thing, the restaurant also offers a large selection of great pub fare – mac and cheese wedges, green chili, wings, you name it.

Aviano Coffee

For the coffee buff, Aviano Coffee serves pastries and snacks alongside cult-favorite Intelligentsia Coffee – a rarity in Denver and definitely worth a taste.

Sushi Tazu

Sushi Tazu seamlessly combines classic with modern; each dish is impeccably crafted and mouth-wateringly delicious, especially served alongside green tea or sake.

Ondo’s Spanish Tapas Bar

Ondo’s serves up traditional, classic Spanish small plates and is the perfect place for a bite to eat. Drop in when they are having a special and you won’t regret it ($3 paella night or 50% off a bottle of wine – yes, please!).

Second Home Kitchen & Bar

This JW Marriot’s in-house restaurant and bar offers classic comfort food dishes, like lobster pot pie, chips and dip, and chicken and waffles.

Cherry Creek Wins Championship Against Valor Christian

Coach Dave Logan gained career title number seven on Saturday, November 29th in a championship game between Cherry Creek and Valor Christian. Cherry Creek rallied against Valor Christian, who had won five consecutive championships, and came out one point on top with a 25-24 win, giving the Bruins their ninth state title and their first since 1996.

Although a fumble in the third quarter at the 1-yard line by Cherry Creek’s running back Milo Hall gave Valor the opportunity to score a 17 point lead, the Cherry Creek Bruins kept their confidence and let their ability to perform under pressure shine through. With 5:49 left on the clock, the Bruins tied the game with a 1-yard run by quarterback Joe Caplis.

Valor Christian didn’t leave without putting up a fight. Danny Rambo of Valor returned the following kickoff 89 yards for the lead, 24-17. Once again, the Bruins pushed forward, letting their trailing score fuel the fire beneath their feet. Milo Hall, who ran for a total of 214 yards and two touchdowns, brought the team within a point on a 24-yard run to 23-24 with 5:09 left.

Enter risk-taking coach Dave Logan; he opted for a 2-point conversion try after a Valor Christian penalty left the ball at the 1-yard line. Logan gambled by taking Hall out of the game and putting in his bruising back, D.J. Luke. Luke, a 215-pound man, plowed ahead and got the team the winning points for a score of 25-24.

The Bruins players put all their trust into their coach, and the conversion risk paid off greatly. Quarterback Caplis commented that Logan “motivates like no one ever could…it’s just so amazing to play for him.” The team and their coach walked away victorious. This is Logan’s seventh state championship at his fourth school.


Professional State Approved Herbalist Program in Denver

Herbalism Roots located in Denver, on Galapago Street, offers a 500-hour Certified Herbalist Program. The next program starts in January 2015. This is the only state approved herbalism program in Denver and will prepare the students to become professional herbalists. As a herbalist you can work in wellness centers, natural health stores, holistic health clinics, yoga studios, health clubs, and in corporate herbalism in your private wellness practices.

The Herbalism Certificate Program involves the study of medicinal herbs in connection with the body systems they affect. Also included in the program are unique classes on wildcrafting, medicine making, herbal intakes and evaluations, working with an herbal apothecary, gardening, therapeutic herbalism session, and even field trips to the mountains. Classes are also offered on topics such as energetic healing, traditional and ancient uses of herbal medicine, and folk, sound, and smoke medicine.

The program also includes over 150 hours of hands-on clinical practice with herbalism clients under the supervision of professional herbalists and instructors.

All of these classes and applied practice create a uniquely structured, innovative course that will leave the graduate with a comprehensive and vast knowledge of terms, definitions, body systems, pathology, therapeutic properties of herbal medicine, plant identification, and gardening work. To top it off, the clinical practice hours in the student clinic offer the opportunity to practice, practice, practice with real clients and get feedback from professional herbalists.

The 500-hour Herbalism Program can be completed in only 6 months with a low tuition of just $3,100.

For more information and to enroll visit Herbalism Roots

The school also offers a Herbal Clinic with herbal consultations and body rituals at highly discounted rates. You can purchase high quality herbs and essential oils from the school’s apothecary.

Denver Attorney Winner of BBB Torch Awards

BBB award VDJ smlBBB’s 2014 Torch Awards for Marketplace Trust were awarded end of October. Culver Van Der Jagt from Van Der Jagt Law Firm in Denver was the winner of a 2014 Torch Award for Marketplace Trust in Special Recognition for a Community Advocate and Van Der Jagt Law Firm was a finalist for the small business category.

Culver Van Der Jagt received the award for his remarkable level of community advocacy with the admirable goal of breaking the cycle of domestic abuse in our community.

Van Der Jagt law firm focuses on family law, divorces, custody and child support and other related family matters in the greater Denver area and throughout Colorado.

This is the 12th year for the BBB Torch Awards. It is a tribute to those who exemplify an outstanding commitment to fair, honest, and ethical practices. Each organization goes through a tedious application process to demonstrate its commitment to ethics and their community leadership. There are several categories for the Torch Awards ranging from small business to non-profit.

“Marketplace trust is more important than ever, and the Denver/Boulder BBB is proud to honor Colorado companies who conduct business with integrity and excellence.” said BBB Board Chair Trish Thomas.

The Van Der Jagt Law Firm and its lawyers have over 60 online reviews, which speak for themselves.  The firm maintains a highly respectable status with the BBB having won this award after winning two BBB Gold Star awards.

Van Der Jagt Law Firm is located on South Pearl Street in Denver.For more information visits

Underserved children flood local charity with requests for presents


Local charity started by moms overwhelmed by need; hopes you’ll be an “elf”

DENVER – The Christmas list of impoverished kids hoping to get presents this holiday is longer than it’s ever been before. It’s three times longer than last year. In 2012, Santa’s Elves: Kids Giving to Kids gave presents to 320 children living in Colorado’s poorest neighborhood. This year, the charity faces helping 1,000.

“We’ve never seen anything like this. We’re inundated with parents around Denver asking for help to get their children Christmas presents this year, “ Stella Castro, one of the moms who founded Santa’s Elves, said. “It’s tempting to say, ‘We can’t help all of you.’ But we’ve decided to go for broke. We’re going to make sure every child who needs one has a gift to open this holiday.”

Because of the demand, the non-profit hopes you and your kids this year will donate or become “elves.”

To be an elf, parents help their children choose, buy and wrap gifts for underprivileged children in Colorado. Unlike most other charities, Santa’s Elves: Kids Giving to Kids, allows your child to be involved and attend a special party in December when they’ll give a gift face-to-face to another child. It’s a chance to learn, make new friends and create a wonderful experience they’ll talk about the rest of the year.

Can you be an elf this year? Please go to our website. This Christmas, give your child an experience.


  • Santa’s Elves works closely with Rude Recreation Center Director James Salinas and Phu Do, Lead Service Coordinator of the Denver Housing Authority, to identify the most underprivileged children in Denver. Those kids often slip through the cracks and are left out of other charitable organizations’ Christmas programs.
  • Majority of the children receiving the gifts live in Colorado’s poorest neighborhood, Sun Valley. Residents here report median annual incomes of $8,000.
  • Santa’s Elves is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) charity created by three moms in 2010 who wanted to teach their children about giving back early in life.
  • The mission is to inspire life-long giving for all ages; especially children
  • When asked, most children in Sun Valley wanted shoes.For more go to or email us at or contact mom Stella Castro (312) 543-7835 or mom Jennifer Engerman 720.635.9461.

Groundbreaking for 250 Columbine – August 28, 2013 10:30 a.m.

A groundbreaking ceremony and reception for Cherry Creek North’s transformational new development.

Western Development Group is pleased to announce the groundbreaking for 250 Columbine, a $100 million mixed-use development in the heart of Cherry Creek North. The project will include 80,000 square feet of office space, 70 condominium residences, and approximately 30,000 square feet of retail space, all over two levels of underground parking.

Join Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock, Councilwoman Jeanne Robb City and County of Denver and selected guests from the Denver business community for a groundbreaking ceremony and reception that will launch construction on this the crown jewel of the Cherry Creek North neighborhood.

Groundbreaking Ceremony
August 28, 2013 10:30 a.m.
250 Columbine Development
East side of Columbine between 2nd & 3rd Avenue

11:30 a.m.
Inn at Cherry Creek
A light lunch and refreshments will be served

Please RSVP by August 16, 2013
Call Julia Penland at 303-321-5700 or email

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