Englewood resident Denise Vega has won the Colorado Book Award and the Colorado Authors’ League Top Hand Award for her young adult novel, “Fact …
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Englewood resident Denise Vega has won the Colorado Book Award
and the Colorado Authors’ League Top Hand Award for her young adult
novel, “Fact of Life #31,” which tells the story of Kat Flynn, a
16-year-old girl who works with her mother, a home-birth
As she navigates her relationship with her mother, her friends,
and a potential boyfriend, Kat struggles to overcome her feelings
of inferiority as she begins to recognize where her strengths truly
Vega’s first novel for young people, “Click Here (to find out
how i survived seventh grade),” won the Colorado Book Award for
Young Adult Literature in 2005.
She will be reading from and signing two new books at 10:30 a.m.
July 25 at the Tattered Cover Highlands Ranch.
Arapahoe County is challenging its residents and employees to
make a pledge through Nov. 30 to save energy by driving smarter and
using energy-efficient light bulbs as part of the National
Association of Counties Green County Contests.
The Drive $marter Challenge is a fuel-efficiency campaign to
help consumers lower their gasoline costs by keeping their vehicles
in good working order, driving less, and driving more
fuel-efficiently. The campaign Web site, www.drivesmarterchallenge.com,
asks participants to pledge to take six actions, such as keeping
tires properly inflated, removing unnecessary weight in the trunk
and curbing aggressive driving, and calculates their savings of
money, gasoline and greenhouse gas emissions.
The Web site also offers money and gas-saving tips in English
and Spanish and provides extensive resources ranging from where to
find the cheapest local gas to information on public
transportation, biking, car sharing and carpooling.
The Change the World, Start with ENERGY STAR campaign encourages
residents and employees to make a pledge to take small actions to
reduce household energy use, such as changing one light bulb in
their home to an ENERGY STAR-qualified bulb, power-managing
computers, choosing ENERGY STAR appliances, and properly
Make your pledge by visiting www.greencounties.org/changetheworld.
The top three counties earning the most pledges for the Drive
$marter Challenge will receive a $3,500 cash grant courtesy of
AutoZone. Those winning the Change the World contest will earn a
$5,000 cash grant, courtesy of Walmart.
Arapahoe County was the first government in Colorado to be
recognized for its energy-saving efforts. By upgrading heating and
cooling systems in 2007, Arapahoe County saves more than $915,000
annually in energy costs.
Earlier this year, Arapahoe County was awarded the ENERGY STAR
designation for five County buildings, a mark of superior energy
performance and efficiency.
For more information or to take the challenges, visit www.co.arapahoe.co.us and view
The Arapahoe County Fair, July 22-26, offers a multitude of ways
for residents to compete and participate.
Rocky Mountain Armwrestling Classic is included in general
admission July 25. All fairgoers can enter to compete in the
classic; those under 18 require parental consent. Registration is
done the day of the event. Trophies will be awarded to winners and
Demolition Derby. Cars and drivers are needed for the demolition
derby July 26. Drivers will smash and crash their way to get a
piece of that $6,000 purse. It’s an all-amateur event, open to
drivers with a valid license. Those younger than 18 must provide a
notarized parent/guardian consent form. Entries are $50 per
vehicle. Visit www.coddra.com/
rules.html for rules and entry form. Pre-registration must be
postmarked by July 11, although entries are accepted the day of the
Mutton Bustin’. Sponsored by the City of Littleton, this event
is for wee thrill seekers to see if they have the chops for rodeo.
Unlike many other major events across the state, the Arapahoe
County Fair makes it incredibly easy for a child to participate in
the mutton bustin’ competition. Any child who weighs less than 50
pounds can sign up 30 minutes before each schedule show. Mutton
bustin’ takes place daily and has two to four competitions a
Other contests include the Dutch oven cook-off, open class
competitions, cow patty toss, Potestio Brother’s back seat driver
contest and much, much more. General admission is $10 and includes
all entertainment, concerts and events. For $5 Wednesday and
Thursday and $10 Friday through Sunday, you can upgrade your ticket
to unlimited carnival rides. Visit www.arapahoecountyfair.com.
Volunteers are needed to help with the fair, visit www.arapahoecountyfair.com
to learn more.
Amateur hobbyists are invited to enter their handiwork in the
Open Class competition of the 2009 Arapahoe County Fair, July
22-26. Submit your best — from quilts and floral arrangements to
landscape photographs and and apricot jam — to earn a blue ribbon
and bragging rights that last a year.
Residents of all ages and from all counties can enter in the
Fiber arts: Quilting, knitting, felting, crocheting and various
Culinary arts: Varied breads, cakes, cookies, jellies, jams,
preserves, and canned, pickled or dried foods.
Visual arts: Photography, drawing, painting, collages and other
Horticulture: Vegetables, fruits and herbs.
Floriculture: Flowers, ornamental grasses and arrangements.
Contest guidelines, categories and an entry form can be found in
the Open Class Fair Book, available at www.arapahoecountyfair.com
or by calling 303-730-1920.
Walk-in entries are accepted. Culinary, visual and fiber arts
entries cost $2 and must be submitted between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.
July 20 or from 8-11 a.m. July 21. Horticulture submissions must be
entered at the fair from 7-10 a.m. July 24. Floriculture entries
are due from 7-10 a.m. July 25. Both horticulture and floriculture
entries cost $1.
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