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Placemaking by Design

@ VOL 5 ON AUG 16, 2018

Craig Russell talks about creating places for people that are sensitive to their location and context, authentic and timeless and provide flexibility and connection to nature.

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Rwanda, Up Close and Personal

@ VOL 5 ON AUG 16, 2018

In 2016, Claire Bouchard's daughter graduated from CSU and got a new job. How thrilling! The U.S. government hired her daughter to be a Peace Corps Education Volunteer, in Rwanda, Africa, for 27 months. Rwanda is still recovering from their horrible genocide 24 years ago. Like any caring parent, Claire was unsure how this was all going to work out. And so 14 months into her service, Claire went there to see it for myself. How could Claire have prepared for the joy and peace that greeted her? For seven days, Claire was embraced by wonderful people, and saw how much they love Claire's daughter, too. This is a story of discovery and awe.

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A World of Faces

@ VOL 5 ON AUG 16, 2018

In his talk, Kent Tompkins shares captivating candid portraits of the various people he encountered during his world travels. Not only did Kent photograph these individuals, he bonded with them to dive deeper into the inner workings of their culture and lives. He has specially selected photographs during his encounters with Native Americans, Egyptians, and Indians, all of which who have unique stories to share. This presentation makes one reminiscent of famous photographer Alfred Eisenstaed's quote, “It is more important to click with people than to click the shutter.” 

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Pretty Poses: History of the Pinup

@ VOL 5 ON AUG 16, 2018

There has always been a desire for images of an erotic nature, even when society was bound by stringent of rules of propriety. This was overcome by the birth of portraying scantily clad ladies as an art form. Long before sexting and nude selfies, in a time when showing even your ankles was risque, there was the pinup. Pinups have helped shaped modem perceptions of sex and paved the way for real bodies to be real sexy. Jana shares the history of the pinup.

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Fort Fun

@ VOL 5 ON AUG 16, 2018

Growing up in Fort Collins, it wasn't until Tyler Gunderson moved away that he realized how spoiled he was to live in such a great state. Needless to say, he came running back, and has since made it a point to take in all Colorado has to offer.

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Human Animal Bond and Doggie Olympics

@ VOL 5 ON AUG 16, 2018

Kristen Heller is a crazy "dog lady" and would take my dog everywhere if she could! Kristen will show how interacting with your dog creates a bond and is fun for both of you. And one way to create that bond is to participate in an event like Doggie Olympics.

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Water Soul

@ VOL 5 ON AUG 16, 2018

Sam Shada shares a couple of original poems on the topics of water, soul, and humanity. Sam works through complicated ideas and shares his conclusions with you.

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Encounters with the Goddess

@ VOL 5 ON AUG 16, 2018

Katie Hoffner is the niece of the late Lydia Ruyle, a world-renowned artist, scholar and author of the Divine Feminine. Katie and Lydia shared many a global adventure searching for the goddess story. Lydia created over 300 banners of Goddess icons from around the world. Since her passing, Katie continues to travel with the banners to sacred sites and tell their stories whenever she has the chance. This is a chance to meet and greet the Divine Feminine through a visual HERstory of Lydia Ruyle’s Goddess banners from around the world.

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Banjo Music: The Communities Method of Coping

@ VOL 4 ON MAY 03, 2018

How despair in everyday life led to needing a outlet to cope and derive joy. How banjo and "old time music" harbored a sense of excitement and shared sentiment. Birthing sing alongs, story telling, and news to which the whole community could use to feel connected and free for a moment in time. Mark "Rooster" Austin shares. 

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A Life Diverted: How Chance Changed Everything

@ VOL 4 ON MAY 03, 2018

Jim Steinborn arrived at Colorado State University in mid January 1984 as a sophomore transfer student in Computer Science. Three weeks later, a chance opening of the school newspaper set his life on a completely different path. There on page 10 was a photo of the university's pipe organ. He was fascinated that CSU would even have a pipe organ, and wanted to know more. Professor Robert Cavarra proved to be a warm and hospitable mentor who encouraged his interest - even though he had no musical background. After earning a Minor in Music, along with my BS in Computer Science, he helped Jim enter an apprenticeship with a pipe organ builder in 1987. Six years later, he went off on his own, first doing maintenance and tuning on the side of computer IT day job. Eventually, Jim became a full-time organbuilder and technician, Mostly, he does tuning and maintenance, but also service work for other firms, and offer freelance help to other organbuilders who are doing significant jobs in Colorado. This presentation discusses of some history, a brief story of how Jim became an organbuilder, and a pictorial survey of some of the projects he's been involved with.

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6 Ways To Blend In With Locals When You Travel

@ VOL 4 ON MAY 03, 2018

Seth Silvers have had the opportunity to travel a lot over the last few years and has learned many things in those travels. Here he shares some of the ways we can either blend in or stick out as we travel.

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Music Heals and Here’s Why

@ VOL 4 ON MAY 03, 2018

her am going to show how Music made me a pioneer for women. She is a business owner. Single. Doing it all. She can and does ask for help. But most people, especially women don't understand that she generally pays for everything, she takes care of everything, she run it all and she practice everyone's homework. They are used to having partner to help them so they think she has one. No, she doesn't. No trust fund, no paychecks for 9 out 10 years so far of the studio. She is a rarity, but an upcoming commonality as the women of today find their own way and are their true selves, Thus, they are gifts to their beloveds, not postage due.