May 5 Minute Spotlight – Rosalind May

Rosalind May โ€‹of โ€‹Four Seasons Farmers and Artisans Market grew up right here in Applewood and is a proud graduate of Wheat Ridge High School. In addition to her work at Four Seasons Farmers and Artisans Market, also in Wheat Ridge, Rosalind teaches French with private students.

Education and urban agriculture continue to be the threads that run through all of her work. Her teaching background includes student teaching in Denver Public Schools, teaching outdoor education at Thorne Natural Science School, nutrition and gardening education, as a Title I reading teacher, and her current French teaching.

Rosalind has lived outside the U.S. three times, in France as a child, in Senegal, West Africa and in Austria. She became competent at speaking the languages of each place she has lived, and enjoys sharing another language with others through her French teaching.

A graduate of Bowdoin College and CU-Denver, Rosalind has worked with community garden programs, farms and farmers' markets in Maine, Indiana and here in Colorado. While in graduate school, she was able to take a step back to understand the impact of this kind of work by assisting with a research project on the social and health effects of community gardens at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.

Rosalind began working with Four Seasons Farmers and Artisans Market shortly before the market opened in November of 2015. She loves the work she does with the market, which includes planning market events, market publicity, and community outreach. With Four Seasons Market she is able to combine all the work she loves best while working with a small business: working with people, creating community, offering educational opportunities, improving food access for everyone, and supporting local farmers, ranchers and gardeners.

Four Seasons Farmers and Artisans Market and Ridge at 38 Announce Partnership to Expand Regional Summer Farmers Market

As Four Seasons Farmers & Artisans Market in Wheat Ridge enters its second year, it is partnering with Ridge at 38/Localworks to enlarge its summer outdoor market as a regional Saturday destination on W. 38th, with double the number of participating farmers and other vendors.

The Ridge at 38 Four Seasons Outdoor Market will begin on Saturday, May 13th, from 9am -2pm, and run until Saturday, October 28th.  Space for expansion of the market along the north side of W. 38th Avenue has been made available by neighboring Aspen Dental. Enjoy music by the Lila Bloom Band on Opening Day!

The Four Seasons Spring Arts and Crafts fair is scheduled for the opening summer market day, to highlight additional local artists and crafters, just in time for Mother's Day.

A free Urban Gardening Expo (10am -2pm) will also be hosted by Localworks (formerly Wheat Ridge 2020) in collaboration with Four Seasons as part of the market opening day celebration, with presentations on gardening topics every hour between 10am and 2pm.

Four Seasons Farmers & Artisans Market is located at 7043 West 38th Avenue in Wheat Ridge and is the only year-round indoor farmers market in the Denver area.  The market highlights unique farm-direct products including local vegetables and fruit, raw cow's and goat's milk, goat's milk, cheese, salsa and pasta sauce, jelly and jam, baked goods,  free range chicken eggs and duck eggs, flowers, organic grains, beef, pork, lamb and bison from grass fed operations and much more.  The emphasis of the market in on healthy, high quality local foods.

Several local artists exhibit their works at the market, making Four Seasons a hidden art gallery gem in the heart of Wheat Ridge.   Art on display includes western photography, jewelry and paintings.

Look for special events at the market throughout the summer, including Dairy Day, Grain Day, Lavender Festival and Honey Festival. The indoor market is open year-round Tues- Fri 12-6pm, Sat. 9am- 2pm, and Sun. 10am-2pm.

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2nd Annual Seniors Resource Fair

Caregivers and Seniors are invited to the 2nd Annual Seniors Resource Fair on Friday, May 5 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Whether you're new to the community or a long-time resident, a senior or a caregiver, the experts at the Seniors' Resource Center and Lutheran Medical Center will provide you with valuable information and options to plan for the years ahead at this free event.

Mark Koebrich, host of 9News' Senior Source, will kick off the morning at 9 a.m. with a special presentation "Making the Transition: An Expert Panel Discussion about Resources, Advice and Options as You Grow Older."

New! Educational Breakout Sessions!
• Scams Targeting Seniors, 10:30 a.m.
• Newest Treatments for Hip & Knee Pain, 11:30 a.m.
• Long Term Care Using Medicaid – Debunking Myths and Clarifying the Truths, 12:30 p.m.

There will be plenty of health and safety assessments, screenings, educational vendors and fun interactive activities. For more information and to register for the event, please call 303-689-4595 or visit

Date: Friday, May 5 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Cost: FREE
Location: Lutheran Medical Center
Address: 8300 W. 38th Ave., Wheat Ridge, CO 80033
Member: Lutheran Medical Center
Contact: Answerline,, 303-689-4595,
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BF Borgers CPA PC and Applewood Business Association – BUSINESS AFTER-HOURS PARTY AND SOCIAL!

JUNE 22nd 4pm-7pm
at BF Borgers CPA PC
5400 W Cedar Ave | Lakewood, CO 80226

BBQ and more!!!!
Invite the family and friends.

Details to follow…be on the lookout!

Cost: Free to members and guest!
Location: BF Borgers CPA PC – Main Offices
Address: 5400 W Cedar Ave | Lakewood, CO 80226
Member: BF Borgers CPA PC
Contact: Billy D Downs, 303-953-1454,
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Join Us for May Business After Hours!

May Business After Hours is being co-sonsored by Larkin And Associates and Keller Williams Avenues Realty.

Please join us on May 24, 4-6:30pm at Iron Rail Tavern, 4111 Kipling St, Wheat Ridge
RSVP is appreciated for proper planning. Please bring your guests, bring your business cards and come network!
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JCBL Legislative Update

Bipartisan agreement on problems, but not necessarily on solutions

By Jeff Weist, Jefferson County Business Lobby

The Applewood Business Association is an active member of the Jefferson County Business Lobby, the unified voice of 3,000 Jefferson County businesses advocating for public policies that strengthen our economy. We wanted to give you a preview of some of the business issues on which the JCBL is engaging at the State Capitol in Denver as the 2017 Colorado General Assembly gets underway.

The dynamics of the Legislature will, for the third year in a row, be dominated by split partisan control.  Democrats retained control the State House of Representatives while the Republicans hang onto their slim one seat majority in the State Senate. Split control means both parties have to work together to accomplish anything of significance.

Remarkable agreement exists between the Democrats and Republicans on the major problems facing the state – such as inadequate transportation funding and escalating housing costs – but finding agreement on the solutions to such problems have been elusive.

The JCBL’s priorities for the coming year include:

New Transportation Funding: Colorado is one of the few states in the nation not dedicating state General Fund dollars to transportation infrastructure. The Colorado Legislature must find new sources of transportation funding for the short, medium and long-terms.

Attracting and Retaining Skilled Employees: The shortage of skilled employees in Jefferson County and around the State is actually becoming a drag on economic growth. Colorado needs better training for skilled employees. And we need to fix the broken litigation system that is preventing the construction of new, affordable, housing.

Fostering a Strong, Competitive Business Climate: While Jefferson County’s economy is strong today, the Legislature must provide effective economic development incentives, lower regulatory burdens and reduce lawsuits if we are to withstand future downturns.


We will keep you updated on the Legislature’s progress on these important business issues through out the 2017 legislative session.


Jeff Weist can be contacted at

January Luncheon Speaker – Rick Roberts

Rick Roberts is the President of Legacy Grace Community Development Corporation. He is an Entrepreneur, having founded 12 companies and 2 non-profits. He is the Author of 16 books- including Chosen To Forgive (released in January 2017) and I’ll Be Your Father (release date Fall 2017) . He has been a Non-profit Manager for 25 years. He has managed his Construction company for fourteen years and was a Restaurant Manager previously. He is also a Professional Speaker, Consultant and Trainer. He helps the homeless and others through his roles as Co-Chair of Heading Home, and the Leadership Committee of Power of Partnership, both in Jefferson County, Colorado. He also has served as a Jail Assistant Chaplain for 17 years. Rick is one of the finest singers in Denver! To schedule an inspirational speaking, consulting or training appointment around business, nonprofits or unique leadership strategies, please call 720-774-4677 or write to


Rick Roberts
Legacy Grace Community Development Corporation

November Luncheon Speaker – Dr. Jon Kedrowski

Jon grew up in the Vail Valley Colorado and is a local ski mountaineer, professional guide, and adventurer.

He climbed every Colorado 14,000 foot peak by the time he turned 18, and has Skied from the top of nearly every Colorado 14er.

He has over 500 ascents of the Colorado including he has twice climbed each of the 58 Colorado 14ers in one season both in 2005 in 40 days and 2011 in 95 days When he became the first person to spend the night on the top of every Fourteener Summit and has recently released his book called "Sleeping on the SummitsColorado Fourteener high Bivys".  He has climbed every 14er at least 5 times and has as many as 25 ascents of some of the popular 14ers including Elbert, Grays, Torreys, and Quandary, as well as Bierstadt.

John is a veteran of nine major climbing expeditions to peaks above 20,000 feet including climbing four of the seven continental summits.  He will be guiding a trip to Kilimanjaro in 2014 for his 5th Seven Summit.

He recently accomplished climbing to the summit of Everest in 2012 after having turned around only 800 feet from the top the week before.  His story was featured on DATELINE NBC in a Documentary.

He Earned his Ph.D. In 2010 in Mountain Geography from Texas State University San Marcos and has spent time Climbing Mt. Rainier in WA over 15 times.  In 2009 Jon Climbed the three Highest Volcanoes in Mexico (18,000' high) in only 5 days.

He is currently working on a sequel to Sleeping on the Summits, called SOSII, which will be released later this year.


Dr. Jon Kedorwski
Ski Mountaineer, Professional Guide,
and Adventurer
Climb Your Everest

October Luncheon Speaker – Daria Mann

Daria Mann, M. Ed, CCHT will speak to the Applewood Business Association sharing a few techniques to help members and guests gain confidence in speaking, improve performance in sales and marketing techniques, set and achieve goals, and reduce anxiety or stress. She will also address myths and misconceptions about hypnosis and its' use as an evidence-based form of therapy. Daria served in the education field for 23 years as a teacher of both elementary and preschool age children, early childhood director, youth group leader, and community liaison. She spent four years learning the financial industry as a salesperson for life insurance and mutual funds developing many additional skills setting goals, learning sales techniques and how to mange personal finances, and being part of a dynamic team working for herself, but not by herself. She hired a million dollar earner for a year as her personal mentor receiving emails on a daily basis, unlimited texts, and meeting face to face with him monthly to build a business. She is a wife, a stepmother of two adult children she helped raise and two children of her own that are teenagers.
She always had an interest in counseling but was not sure she would be able to leave the clients issues in the therapy room. Filled with life experience, intuition, and empathy she decided to go to school for a year (500 hours) to learn how to be certified clinical hypnotherapist finding it is her passion to serve and work with clients who desire change. Daria served another 1500 hours of internship with a clinical psychologist gaining the title advanced clinical hypnotherapist. She opened her own practice, Metro Denver Hypnotherapy, just South of the Cherry Creek mall and enjoys success knowing her clients are successful! She works with adults, teens, and children helping them allow their mind to use its incredible power to create change they desire in their thoughts and behaviors. She is continuing her education working on another master's degree to achieve the goal of being a licensed marriage and family therapist in addition to using hypnosis as a tool for change for individuals and groups. Hypnotherapy is an amazing tool helping clients cross the bridge from the conscious mind and speak directly to the subconscious mind to help achieve the desired outcome quickly and effectively. Daria works with children, teens, and adults to help them quit smoking, lose weight, reduce pain, anxiety, depression, phobias, bad habits and more! She uses the approach of being client-centered and solution focused. She always offers a free phone consultation to answer any question about hypnotherapy and see if hypnosis may work for the issue a client is struggling with.

Daria Mann, M. Ed. CCHT
Metro Denver Hypnotherapy


September Luncheon Speaker – Suzanne Asaff Blankenship

Suzanne’s experience with eldercare came the hard way – by doing it. Suzanne is in the second decade of eldercare, managing both her mother's care as well as her in-laws. After countless conversations, discussions and requests for advice, Suzanne decided to share what she discovered with others walking the same path.  Her guidance is practical but delivered with the laughter that makes the journey so much more doable.  Suzanne will have you crying tears of laughter with her quips, her lens of humor and her refreshing honesty.  Her book is short, packed with guidance, resources and real ways to stay ahead of the next eldercare emergency.  You can read it in one night and return to it over and over as needed.

Suzanne has spent her 20-year corporate career in marketing and customer service, leading and training teams at The Coca-Cola Company, Bueno Foods, and Ogilvy & Mather as well as her own consulting firm, Parkin & Blankenship. 

Born in Longview, Texas and raised in Dallas, Suzanne now calls Colorado home. She believes in advocacy, the importance of family, and the need for balance in life. Humor is her favorite resource.


Suzanne Asaff Blankenship
Author, Speaker, Eldercare Expert


July Luncheon Speaker – Rebecca Winning

Rebecca joined Jefferson County Public Library as manager of communications and public engagement in January 2010; in 2011 she was named communications director. She is responsible for internal and external communications, media and community relations, advocacy and strategic partnerships for the Library. Prior to joining JCPL, Rebecca held leadership positions in communications and investor relations for Quovadx, Inc.; MediaOne Group; U S West; Adolph Coors Company and other public companies. She has served on the board of directors of local chapters of the International Association of Business Communicators and the National Investor Relations Institute. She has received numerous national awards for her communications efforts, including a Gold Quill (highest available award) from the International Association of Business Communicators for her work in corporate media relations for Coors. Rebecca holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from DePauw University (1974), a Bachelor of Science degree in finance from Regis University and a Master of Arts degree in English from the University of Denver (1979). She has also completed 28 hours of graduate work in business and finance at the University of Denver.

Rebecca Winning, Communications Director, Jefferson County Public Library

Member Meeting – June 8

*** Please RSVP for this meeting by 5 pm on June 2 ***

Luncheon – Thursday, June 8, 11:15am – 1:00pm
Rolling Hills Country Club – 15707 West 26th Avenue, Golden

Cost: ABA Member $20.00, includes meal (Non-member is $25)
Speaker: Traci Brown, Body Language Expert
5-Minute Spotlight & Door Prize: Dr. Peter Halvorson, Chiropractic and Wellness Specialists

IMPORTANT – please read:

  • If you are a member, you must be logged into your account by clicking on the yellow "Member Login" button on the right to get a member pricing. If you are a sponsor and are using your meeting voucher, please login to apply your voucher.
  • Guests are welcome! If you are new to ABA, we'll even buy your lunch for the first time. Guests may visit our meetings up to 2 times before they join the ABA (Must purchase ticket the 2nd time for $25).
  • The deadline to RSVP for meetings is 5pm on Friday before the meeting date. If you RSVP after that time, we can not guarantee your meal.
  • Starting 1/1/2016, if a member (includes sponsor with vouchers) shows up without RSVP, they will be charged $25 instead of member pricing. We would like to be considerate of our caterer. We appreciate your cooperation.
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May Luncheon Speaker – George Bentley

George Bentley is nationally recognized as an expert author, speaker, aging-in-place specialist and consumer advocate. He is one of the leading legal, business and consumer advocacy minds in the country, once described by US District Court Judge, Henry Woods, as a “true Renaissance Man.”

He is well trained and experienced in the fields of law, business, finances, learning and wellness technologies, personal growth, and human development. He has studied at Harvard Law School and New York University School of Law; and is a former Adjunct Professor at the University of Denver College of Law.

Following the death of his mother in a nursing home due to health issues stemming from a preventable fall, George committed his life to discovering how to avoid this from happening to others. He writes extensively on safe aging and senior health issues and has personally interviewed and consulted with thousands of seniors, their adult children and caregivers.

He recently completed developing the professional education certifications and course work for the professional designation of Certified Safe Bathing Specialist. He also created the Medical Hydrotherapy® Program, a unique and revolutionary therapeutic process designed to fight degenerative age related health problems and assist seniors and the health challenged to remain in their own homes. The program has been so well received by the medical profession that virtually every doctor has prescribed it for their patients who desire to enroll.

George is the founder and CEO of Bentley Wellness Technologies, Inc., the nation’s leading provider of high quality fully ADA complaint walk-in bathtubs, transition tubs and safe bathing appliances designed to help keep seniors living independently in their own homes. He is also the creator of Medical Hydrotherapy®.

George Bentley,
Bentley Wellness Technologies, Inc

Member Meeting – May 11

*** Please RSVP for this meeting by 5 pm on May 5 ***

Luncheon – Thursday, May 11, 11:15am – 1:00pm
Rolling Hills Country Club – 15707 West 26th Avenue, Golden

Cost: ABA Member $20.00, includes meal (Non-member is $25)
Speaker: George Bentley, Bentley Wellness Technologies, Inc
5-Minute Spotlight & Door Prize: Rosalind May, Four Seasons Farmers and Artisans Market

IMPORTANT – please read:

  • If you are a member, you must be logged into your account by clicking on the yellow "Member Login" button on the right to get a member pricing. If you are a sponsor and are using your meeting voucher, please login to apply your voucher.
  • Guests are welcome! If you are new to ABA, we'll even buy your lunch for the first time. Guests may visit our meetings up to 2 times before they join the ABA (Must purchase ticket the 2nd time for $25).
  • The deadline to RSVP for meetings is 5pm on Friday before the meeting date. If you RSVP after that time, we can not guarantee your meal.
  • Starting 1/1/2016, if a member (includes sponsor with vouchers) shows up without RSVP, they will be charged $25 instead of member pricing. We would like to be considerate of our caterer. We appreciate your cooperation.
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