Tuesday, April 23, 2013

AMWEP Events April and May 2013

I know April is almost gone, but i will catch the last few days! Please see some fun activities posted in the upcoming weeks...i hope you can all join for some/all of them! 

AMWEP Happy Hour-
April 25th- something unconventional- no husband this week= an opportunity to host at my house! Please come by my house for a glass of wine or cocktail at 5:00pm. Snacks included, kiddos welcome! Email for directions! vanessa@goaao.com. 
April 29- Stanley Hotel @ 5pm
May 7th- Ed's @ 4:30pm
May 11th- Ed's @ 3pm (special Mom's Day Happy Hour- Saturday!)
May 15th- The Rock Inn @ 5pm
May 20th- Ed's Patio @ 4:30pm
May 30th- Stanley Hotel @ 5pm

El Dia Family Festival: April 27th, 4:30-8:30, Estes Park High School Commons Area. Come celebrate intercultural relationships through games, art, food/dessert and live music!! All Free, donations welcome.

Lake Estes, River & Roads Clean-Up: April 27th, 9:30-11:30, meet at 
Estes Park Visitors Center at 9:00 (across for McDonald's).  Litter bags will be provided. Light refreshments and snacks will be provided to hard working volunteers.

Estes Park Duck Race: May 4th. A tradition started in 1989 to support the local charities of the Estes Valley. Individuals adopt a duck (or two or three...) and choose one of the 63 charities to support. 95% of the money raised will go to your chosen charity. Watch thousands of ducks be dropped into the Fall River and float down to the finish line! Tons of prizes will be awarded for the fastest ducks. Live music and activities will be at the start and finish lines. Visit www.epduckrace.org for more details and adoption information.

3rd Annual Pooch Plunge: May 17th, 3:30-5:30. Estes Park Aquatic Center. Before draining the pool for annual maintenance, the chlorine is removed and dogs can swim! $5 per dog. owners/observers free (they are not allowed in the water with the dogs)

3rd Annual Local Weekend Fundraiser at Jellystone Park

May 17th-18th Jellystone Park of Estes would like to offer our local residents buy one night get one night free on our campsites and cabins!50% of your camping or cabin stay will be donated to Families for Estes.  Get your friends together and call us today at 970-586-4230
6th Annual Fit Family Fun Five Mile Run: May 18th 2013. Our event is unique - not only does it offer a scenic, high-altitude race for the competitive runner, but also fun for the entire family! A variety of children’s activities will be available throughout the morning. Teams are encouraged (registration discount and team prizes will be given). Walkers, runners and strollers are all welcome and encouraged!! Visit www.fitfamily5mile.org for more details/registration information


Things to plan for in the future:
Dovetail Mountain's Mindful Meditation Retreat
Experience the majestic beauty of the Rocky Mountains reconnecting with the natural world with an adventurous spirit and calm mind. Explore the possibilities of the mind-body connection through mediation, yoga and rock climbing. Open yourself up to new ways of viewing personal challenge and adventure. Click the link to learn more!

Circus Summer Camp
We have a very exciting Summer Camp this year, 'Come Join the Circus' July 8th - 19th Mon - Fri 8:30-12:30 for ages 3 through 12 with a performance the week-end of the 20th to showcase their talents. The kids will learn about all aspects of the stage, from acting to set design as well as dance and acrobatics creating an amazing circus to dazzle and delight. Places are starting to fill up, so sign up now to avoid disappointment. Email joanne@starflowerdance.com

Saturday, January 26, 2013

AMWEP events- February and March 2013

After a good amount of time off...i am starting up the blog again! I am going to be out of town for awhile, but i am putting some dates up and sending out a newsletter of a few upcoming events. If you have something you would like me to add, please email me at amwestespark@gmail.com! Click the link for the calendar to the right to see these events and more coming up in Estes!

Also, as we come into spring, please be thinking of some great way to get together! I am thinking night and day hikes, crafting times, classes and workshops! I am still interested in putting together a recipe book as well of local favorites…it would be great to have it out for holiday 2013! Please let me know some of your thoughts…looking forward to hearing from you! 

Upcoming AMWEP Happy Hours:
Jan. 30th- 4:30pm   The Rock Inn
Feb. 7th-  5pm        Stanley Hotel
Feb. 12-   4:30pm   Ed's Cantina
Feb. 20th- 5pm       The Rock Inn
March 5-  4:30pm   Ed's Cantina
March 14- 5pm       Dunraven Inn
March 20- 5pm       Stanley Hotel
March 25- 4:30pm  Ed's Cantina

Kind Story Time!
Come to Kind Coffee to chat with some great ladies before story time at the EP library! Come at 9:30 and head over for the 10:30 story time. No kids needed to meet and greet at Kind! Sit by the door so we can find you!
Feb. 8
Feb. 22
March 1
March 15
March 29

Tiny Tot Skate
Tiny Tot Skate is being offered with the littlest skaters in mind. These skating events are offered by Families for Estes and EVRPD for children 5 and under and their parents. Special discounted rates on rentals and ice time. Warm drinks for sale and rental shop on site.
$1 skate rental; $1 rink time
Estes Park Skating Rink- 110 Riverside Drive (parking lot)
Jan 28th
Feb. 12
Feb. 25
March 12

Free Valentine's Family Evening Thursday, February 14th (NO SCHOOL ON THE FRIDAY AFTER)
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Come enjoy an evening of Free Valentine's Fun with your family.
Put on your best cowboy gear and kick up your heels at our Family Square Dance. The dance will include dances for all ages and some specifically for children under the age of 9.
Kids corner with Valentines arts and crafts.
Yummy Valentines refreshments will be generously provided by the YMCA of the Rockies

Jellison Youth Building, YMCA of the Rockies
Please follow signs upon entering the YMCA grounds

Monday, October 15, 2012

AMWEP Recipe: Pumpkin Chiffon Cheesecake

Servings: 12 Prep 1 hr Bake 35 mins at 350°F Cook 15 mins


Crust and Cheesecake Layer:
  • 14 boards Graham Crackers (about 2 cups crushed)
  • 6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 pound cream cheese, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup half-and-half
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
Pumpkin Chiffon Layer:
  • 1 cup canned solid-pack pumpkin (not pie filling)
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 envelope unflavored gelatin
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1/2 cup half-and-half
  • 1 tablespoon powdered egg whites (see Note)
  • 3 tablespoons warm water

Make It

1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F.

2.Crust and Cheesecake Layer:: In bowl, mix crumbs, butter, sugar and cinnamon. Press over bottom and 1-3/4 inches up side of 9-inch springform pan (see photo 1, at right).
3. In large bowl, beat cream cheese, eggs, sugar, half-and-half, flour and allspice. Pour into graham crust.
4. Bake in 350 degree F oven 35 minutes or until center is set. Transfer to rack; let cool to room temperature. Refrigerate.

Pumpkin Chiffon Layer:: While cheesecake is chilling, in medium-size bowl, stir together pumpkin, 1/2 cup of the sugar, egg yolk, salt and allspice.
6. In small saucepan, sprinkle gelatin over water. Let stand until gelatin softens, 5 minutes. Add half-and-half. Heat over medium heat, stirring, until gelatin is dissolved.
7. Stir small amount of warm half-and-half mixture into pumpkin mixture; stir pumpkin mixture into half-and-half mixture in saucepan. Place over medium heat; cook, stirring constantly, for 10 to 13 minutes or until mixture reaches 160 degrees F on an instant-read thermometer (photo 2).
8. Cool mixture over ice water in large bowl until consistency of sour cream (mixture mounds on top of itself), 6 to 8 minutes (photo 3). Remove from ice water bath.
9. In small bowl, sprinkle powdered egg whites over warm water. Let stand 3 minutes. Beat with mixer until foamy. Gradually beat in remaining sugar until stiff peaks form (photo 4).
10. . Fold egg white mixture into pumpkin mixture (photo 5). Scrape onto cheesecake; smooth top. Cover; refrigerate overnight to firm chiffon. Makes 12 servings.
11. Note: Powdered egg whites are available from The Baker's Catalogue, 800-827-6836 or www.bakerscatalogue.com.

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe: 12; Amount Per Serving: Calories: 405, Fat, total(gm): 23, Cholesterol(mg): 118, Sat. fat(gm): 14, Carbohydrate(gm): 43, Dietary Fiber, total(gm): 1, Protein(gm): 7, Sodium(mg): 288, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

AMWEP Calendar- April and May

Good afternoon, ladies!   I have placed a good amount of information on the calendar for the rest of April and May. These items show up here and I emailed them (to the addresses i have) 

·         We have a scheduled hike at Lily Mountain on Saturday, April 21st at 9:30am. Let me know if you need any additional info regarding this hike. It is child friendly and can be done partially or fully. It is also a great trail to run on, if anyone is interested.

·         I am planning a walk around the lake with my little guys on Sunday, April 22nd,  at 11am to collect trash and talk about earth day if anyone wants to join. Meet at the dog park (LMK if you think you might come!).

·         The following week we have a Happy Hour scheduled for Wednesday, April 25th at 4:30-6 at the Rock Inn. Obviously there are no rules to how long it can go, but happy hour ends at 6 J.

Kristen Berg was kind enough to pull together all the kid information, so thank you so much for doing that! Also, there are a couple of great family events coming up that she added to the information. Let me know if you want an email of the screen shot calendar and did not already receive one!

Bronson has started dialog with Eric from the Dojo regarding a self-defense call, I will keep you updated on what he says!

And finally, we should plan a quick brainstorming session about the summer soon if possible. I can check with Karla to see if we can use the upper part of Ed’s sometime in the next few weeks to put some solid dates down for projects, activities, etc.

As always, let me know if you have any questions, want to add an event or need to get connect with someone! Look forward to seeing you on Saturday, hopefully!

Monday, March 19, 2012


Thank you to everyone who came to the first meeting of AMWEP last night. We had a great time getting to know each other and having a few margs!

We did not decide any future dates. but we do want to get together again soon for a few activites. We also discussed different fun workshops we could do each month. I have a list of things we talked about, but we should brainstorm a few more ideas to get a good list going and be able to plan ahead!!

Thanks again, and check out the additional resources below for more information. This blog also has a calendar of events posted on the right sidebar. Let me know if you have an event you would like to post!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Welcome to AMWEP!!

Active Mom and Women of Estes Park (AMWEP) is designed to be a resource and an active participation group in Estes Park for all women!