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January review: The Power of Mind

When I first received a copy of The Power of Mind: A Tibetan Monk's Guide to Finding Freedom in Every Challenge by Khentrul Rinpoche, I was excited to see what was in store. I've always been...

 

Familiar Faces at Niwot Market - Terry Purcell and Emily Herrmann

The Niwot Market is at the heart of Niwot, and its team is central to the community's success. Whether it's the people running the pop-up shops or the core staff, it is a place of community. Terry...

 
 By Hannah Stewart    News    January 4, 2023

Cioni returning to roots

Sarah Cioni didn't set out to be a florist - she wanted to be a shopkeeper. She founded The Painted Primrose Floral Studio in 2001 and eventually began selling flower arrangements out of the Niwot...

 

An unexpected Christmas tradition

In 1956, Robert Hersh lost his two front teeth just before Christmastime. Now, 66 years later, his granddaughter Ella is missing those same teeth. Hersh made his local paper in Westchester, New York,...

 

December book review: A History of Skiing in Colorado

Sometimes I feel like a "fake" Coloradan because I've never gone skiing. But after reading Abbott Fay's A History of Skiing in Colorado provided by Inkberry Books, I have to say that I am more...

 

Students from Sunset Middle School and Niwot High School selected to Colorado All State Choir

Four Sunset Middle School students and nine Niwot High School students have been selected to perform in the Spring 2023 Colorado All State choirs. Charlotte Stauch, Bryce Grayless, Athil Henderson...

 

The Spark brings joy to Niwot with nomadic Nutcracker performance

For the past two weekends Niwot celebrated Christmas in style. A Holiday Market provided shoppers the opportunity to buy local goods and mingle, and throughout town, a theater troupe entertained with...

 

Niwot's holiday market part two

For the second weekend in a row, Niwot celebrated the holidays with a town-wide market. Local vendors, local musicians, treat-tasting opportunities, crafts and more were found throughout...

 

Community shows support for NHS senior

It was well below freezing Friday night when a somber crowd gathered at the Niwot Children's Park. People huddled under the canopy near the reading tree, some had flowers, others were passing out...

 

November book review: Cloudbreak, California

I don't read memoirs very often, which is a shame because they are so unique and interesting. That's certainly the case with Kelly Daniels' book Cloudbreak, California. What is perhaps most unique...

 

Results are in: Pumpkin Walk success

Throughout October, 100 households (including three from out of state) participated in the 2022 Niwot Pumpkin Walk. The goal was to kickstart holiday shopping and explore retail businesses in the downtown area. Participants visited various...

 

Small win for one, big win for the community

Terry Purcell, of the Niwot Market, lives car-free by choice. With a community like Niwot, commuting is easy with a bicycle, but recently, someone stole his. "People say, 'Hey, I don't see your...

 

Media matters, especially for local communities

Approximately 30 people gathered in the auditorium at the Longmont Museum for the second installment of the Media Matters series on Oct. 30. This segment, titled "Media Matters Part II: The Local...

 

Crafting something new

After 25 years as a kindergarten teacher in Boulder, Mindy Upton changed industries and moved to Niwot. She just opened up a craft space called Blue Sky Craft Studio on Niwot Road and it's already...

 

Una Vida and Inkberry team up for book launch

Last week’s book review, Hidden Buddha: Lama Rinzen in the Hungry Ghost Realm, was officially released Tuesday. To celebrate, author Jim Ringel, Inkberry Books and Una Vida Meditation & Movement are hosting a joint celebration at 3 p.m. Saturday,...

 

October Book Review: "Hidden Buddha"

Thanks so much to Inkberry Books for this great recommendation from Jim Ringel. This is the second installment of the Lama Rinzen mystery series and Hidden Buddha: Lama Rinzen in the Hungry Ghost...

 

September Book Review: "Wise Inside"

This book is not a casual read. It is a quick one, sitting at just over 100 pages, but it definitely shouldn't be rushed. This month, Inkberry Books lent me Danae Shanti's book Wise Inside, and I...

 

New lecture series begins from Niwot Historical Society

Railroads are like the veins going to and from the heart of the country. In years past, they were numerous, a near constant; today, they almost seem like something from the past. Similarly, as there are increasingly more talks about sustainable energ...

 

Niwot Marshall Fire Fund gets boost from Brisket & Bingo

The Garden Gate Cafe's dining room was packed Friday, Aug. 14 for Brisket & Bingo, a fundraising event hosted by The Garden Gate Cafe, A Few of a Kind Vintage + Mercantile and Deborah Fowler -...

 
 By Hannah Stewart    News    August 31, 2022

Honey Bee Harvest Festival educates and entertains

Saturday was sunny, with few clouds in the sky, little to no breeze and full of camaraderie. For the Second Annual Honeybee Harvest Festival, Second Avenue and Cottonwood Square were crowded with vendors and pedestrians, all there to celebrate and...

 
 By Hannah Stewart    News    August 31, 2022

NHS Grad at Westminster Dog Show

When Gina Piffarerio first joined 4H, she likely didn't expect to find herself one day at the Westminster Dog Show. This past June, that's just where she and her rottweiler found themselves at the pre...

 
 By Hannah Stewart    News    August 17, 2022

The Wandering Jellyfish anniversary bash

People continuously wandered in and out of the historic Niwot Tribune building on Second Avenue, now home to The Wandering Jellyfish Bookshop, as the business celebrated its first anniversary, and...

 
 By Hannah Stewart    News    August 10, 2022

Local Musician of the Week: Nalani

The turning signal clicked and the sound of tires rolling on pavement sounded in the background as Nalani made her way to a meeting. But inside the car, she was on the phone talking about why she...

 
 By Hannah Stewart    News    August 3, 2022

July Book Review: "The Suffering of Lesser Mammals"

I almost forgot how much I enjoy short stories. There's something so special and ephemeral about them that you don't really get with novels. So when Inkberry Books recommended Greg Sanders' collection...

 
 By Hannah Stewart    News    July 27, 2022

Local Musician of the Week: Michael Holubec

It was the early 2000s and six men thought of forming a band. That day, Last Men On Earth (LMOE) was born–even though it was one coin flip away from being called "Kamel Toe." One of those men was...

 
 By Hannah Stewart    News    June 29, 2022

Local Musician of the Week: Kristin Henry

Kristin Henry is a character. She's enthusiastic and excited to talk about everything from music to musicals, to her new favorite movie (Everything Everywhere All At Once). She sat down at a table...

 

Traditions in jewelry

One might say that the jewelry business is in Jan Kahl's blood. Her father was a jeweler in Boulder and she eventually took up the mantle; now she and her son run Niwot Jewelry and Gifts on 2nd...

 
 By Hannah Stewart    News    June 22, 2022

June Review: Black Earth

This month's Inkberry Books Review is special for a couple of reasons. First, it's very timely considering current events; Black Earth by Jens Mühling is a nonfiction account of the author's journey...

 
 By Hannah Stewart    Sports    June 1, 2022

Something witty about athletic training

If you were to walk into the athletic training room in Niwot High after the school day is over, you might see tennis balls flying through the air and an array of athletes practically climbing over...

 
 By Hannah Stewart    News    May 25, 2022

May review: The Heart of it All

Inkberry Books came through with yet another fascinating story. Justin Courter's The Heart of it All is a little bit mid-life-crisis, a little rebellious and extremely engaging. We first meet...

 

Niwot High hosts the Centennial State Ballet for spring performance of Don Quixote

The air was electric at the Longmont Dance Theater. Dancers flitted about the studio, chatting, practicing their moves, and making sure everything was ready for rehearsal. Clap, clap,...

 
 By Hannah Stewart    News    April 20, 2022

Boulder County Commissioners hear presentation about HWY119 makeover, and the community pushes back

More than 60 people joined the County Commissioner’s virtual meeting on April 14 regarding a proposed makeover of Highway 119, commonly known as the Diagonal Highway. After introductions, the Planning Unit of Community Planning and Permitting...

 

Niwot Natural Medicine's Dr. Janine Malcolm steals the show at NBA meeting

Cimmini's was packed last Tuesday for the monthly Niwot Business Association meeting. It might have had something to do with the refreshments provided by the popular Italian restaurant, and it might...

 
 By Hannah Stewart    News    April 13, 2022

Inkberry hosts local author and activist Danielle SeeWalker

It was sunny and windy Saturday afternoon as a dozen community members met outside Inkberry Books. The event that day was a book reading and question and answer session with local author and activist...

 
 By Hannah Stewart    News    April 6, 2022

First Friday was a time for community

Cottonwood Square, the Niwot Sculpture Park, and Second Avenue were buzzing with activity at the First Friday Artwalk on the first day of April. Various businesses offered refreshments, and many...

 

Senior Will Barnett publishes first book

Late one night, Shining Mountain Waldorf senior and avid reader Will Barnett was flipping through A Wild Sheep Chase by Haruki Murakami. While this night might have started like any other, it proved t...

 

March book review: A Sea Change

Special thanks to the Inkberry Bookshop for recommending A Sea Change by local author Will Barnett. Something of note, Barnett wrote the novela as his high school senior project, and it was written,...

 
 By Hannah Stewart    News    March 23, 2022

County tractor removed from Little Gaynor Lake

Earlier this month, a piece of Boulder County earth moving equipment fell into Little Gaynor Lake, south of Oxford Road between 95th Street and Highway 287. Mike Foster, agricultural resources...

 
 By Hannah Stewart    News    March 23, 2022

Local psychologist and counselor to speak at 2022 TEDxCU

Upon losing her father in adolescence, Dr. Patti Ashley knew she wanted to be a counselor. Since then, she has earned degrees in special education, early childhood education and psychology. She has...

 

Niwot High is even more green

Niwot's silver and green take on new meaning as the school has been recognized by the Youth Sustainability Board as a Green Star School. The program is part of a collaboration between Eco-Cycle and sc...

 

February book review - 'Food, Festival and Religion'

Partnering with Inkberry Books for these monthly reviews is always a pleasure, because I'm exposed to authors and topics I wouldn't usually choose for myself. This was certainly the case with...

 

Buzzing past the competition

A group of school children sits or stands at the front of the class, one apart from the rest. One, or perhaps a few adults sit at a table facing the children with a crowd of parents and students...

 

Inkberry Books to host author event with Francesca Howell

Many have dubbed America to be a melting pot of cultures that has coagulated into something unique. Other scholars argue that the country is more of a tapestry, where some cultures are maintained and...

 

The Little Shop's grand re-opening

Sarah Campbell has always had a passion for fashion and community. Over the years, she has tried on a variety of career hats. Locally, she participated in the Little Holiday Shops and even a previous...

 

Niwot music scene expands with new music school

Growing up in Skåne, Sweden, Martin Marks and his brother, Mike, loved music. "It can be life-changing or just something that brightens your day but without it, our lives are certainly empty," said...

 

Sarah Cioni gives back to Marshall fire victims

The 17th century is considered the "Golden Age" of Dutch painting. Many are familiar with such masters as Rembrandt, and what was particularly notable about Dutch painting at the time was its...

 

NHS student publishes first poetry collection

Sofiya Ivanova has always been creative, dabbling in creative writing and songwriting, but poetry is what really captures her interest. "It feels holy," she said, almost wistfully, describing the...

 

January book review: 'Shifting Forward'

When Inkberry Books gave me a copy of Carrie Jane Knowles' new book, I knew I was in for a treat, but I didn't know that I was also in for a surprise. Her upcoming book "Shifting Forward," which will...

 

South Longmont welcomes new yoga studio

In 2010, Nicole and Gerry Wienholt made a dream into reality as they opened the first Yoga Pod in Boulder. During that time, Yoga Pod quickly grew and was even franchised so that the Wienholts could...

 

2022 Fitness trends might just come from the heart

It’s two weeks into the New Year and everyone knows what that means–New Year’s Resolution time. Many Americans will make some sort of decision related to health and wellness, especially with the ever-present COVID pandemic wreaking havoc in...

 

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