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Oct 06, 2022

In The Lakes, A Teen Shows What Community Is All About

If being part of a community means not just gathering with others but caring deeply about others, then Daniela Ortiz is the very picture of community. What did 14-year-old Daniela do? Oh, just baked about 600 cookies and raised thousands of dollars for a local charity. 

And this isn’t the first time.

For seven years running, Daniela and her mom, Jill Bernadino, have baked cookies to support Cookies for Kids’ Cancer, a nonprofit that raises money to commission grants for pediatric cancer research. Last year, Daniela and Jill baked 56 dozen cookies and raised $23,000. This year their goal was to cook up 50 dozen cookies (in 10 different varieties, including a dog cookie) and raise $18,000. And no doubt they accomplished something wonderful. And delicious.

Learn more about Daniela and her cookie-based community efforts here and here.

Upcoming Events

December
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Sat. Dec 3, 2022
December Bird Watching Walk

Whether you’re a seasoned birder or an amateur, join Sheila Webber for a bird walk around Equalizer on the FIRST SATURDAY OF EACH MONTH, 9am-11am. Walking will be at a slow pace on approximately 2 miles of level walking paths. Consider bringing binoculars and a field guide to enhance your birding experience. The Bird Walk group […]

When
9:00am - 11:00am
Where
High Plains Environmental Center - 2698 Bluestem Willow Drive, Loveland, CO
Loveland, CO 80538
December
10
Sat. Dec 10, 2022
Guided Interpretive Trail Walk with HPEC Ecology Staff

Interpretive Guides: Kristin Oles (Restoration Ecologist & Project Manager), Jack Landen (Lead Field Technician), OR JT Love (Field Technician) Join us on the Second Saturday of each month, January-December from 9am – 10:30am, for a fun and casual interpretive walk between Hout Reservoir and Equalizer Lake, guided by our Restoration Ecology staff & Certified Interpretive Trail Guides. […]

When
9:00am - 10:30am
Where
High Plains Environmental Center - 2698 Bluestem Willow Drive, Loveland, CO
Loveland, CO 80538

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