Home Sweet Salida

Thursdays, 3 pm - 4 pm

Home Sweet Salida is a podcast for families, and by families, with roots in the Arkansas Valley.

We’ll be talking about family-friendly goings-on about town; hot topics relating to parenting, relationships, and kids; and all the incredible people doing big work to take care of us in our community. If you’re looking for camaraderie, support, humor, and real talk about the ups and downs of family life in the Ark Valley, stick with us.

You know the saying--it takes a village to raise a family. Join us as we celebrate the village that helps raise all of us. We may be messy and loud, and a little crazy, but we’re here to stay in Home Sweet Salida.  

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Show Notes:


September 26, 2019 | Risky Behaviors, Episode 9—

We’re so grateful to Bev Orrill and Julie Nutter from Chaffee County Public Health for being with us for this episode. I wish I could say here that since the recording of this episode, vaping and HPV have been completely eliminated from our society! But alas, that’s not the case. In fact, here’s an update from Bev:

“I am sure you have seen the latest news. We now have 530 cases of lung disease and 8 confirmed deaths in 38 states. NY is the first state to ban all flavors except menthol. This crisis just gets scarier and scarier! We certainly won’t let this public health crisis go to waste. I am speaking to the high school teachers this morning and will be with the county administrators next week. Let’s hope we can make some progress.”

Here’s some important resources for youth looking for help with vaping:

And here are some different resources for more support from Julie, including details for CPPH’s ‘Dinner and a Movie’ HPV prevention program:

  • Colorado Crisis Services (1-844-493-TALK): If you or someone you know is in crisis or needs help dealing with one, call this toll-free number 1-844-493-TALK (8255) or text TALK to 38255 to speak to a trained professional. Chat services are also available from 4 p.m. to 12 a.m. daily at coloradocrisisservices.org.

  • The Trevor Project: September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. It’s also the time of year many students are returning to school. Suicide is the second leading cause of death among youth ages 10–19 in the U.S. yet 48 states are missing key components to suicide prevention policies in their schools, such as teacher trainings, intervention guidelines, policies in support of high risk youth, and more. Our trained counselors are here to support you 24/7. If you are a young person in crisis, feeling suicidal, or in need of a safe and judgment-free place to talk, call the Trevor Lifeline now at 1-866-488-7386. This is specifically for LGBTQ youth.

  • Chaffee County Public Health (CCPH) is excited to launch its first Dinner and a Movie initiative that will invite community members and groups to rent a health-related movie for free and receive a $30 gift card for dinner from a variety of local restaurants. The first movie opportunity will be “Someone You Love: The HPV Epidemic” which takes viewers through the journey of five women whose lives have been changed forever by the deadly Human Papilloma Virus (HPV).

    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HPV is a common virus that can lead to 6 types of cancers later in life. HPV infections are common- nearly all men and women will get at least one type of HPV at some point in their lives. Nearly 80 million Americans, including teens, become infected each year. HPV is spread through intimate skin-to-skin contact. Most HPV infections (9 out of 10) go away by themselves within two years. However, some HPV infections last longer and can cause certain types of cancers, including oral cancer. The good news is that there is a vaccine to prevent HPV, and it is easily accessible at the Chaffee County Public Health Department, from your primary care provider, and Planned Parenthood. “Getting the HPV vaccine is cancer prevention,” states Julie Nutter, CCPH Oral Health Program Director.

    Through grant funding from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE)’s Oral Health Program, CCPH is excited to launch the first of several documentaries that highlight health promotion and disease prevention. CCPH’s Oral Health Program encourages everyone who is interested in learning more about HPV, oral health and cancer, and the HPV vaccine to take out the movie from CCPH’s Salida office, treat themselves and their loved ones to dinner with a $30 gift card, and reach out to an expert panel with any questions or further conversation regarding the topic. There will be a 4-question survey accompanying the DVD. A DVD player is available to borrow from CCPH as well. This campaign will be offered to a variety of parenting/youth programs and to the general public. To participate in CCPH’s Dinner and a Movie series and rent “Someone You Love: The HPV Epidemic” contact CCPH at 719-530-4510 or the Chaffee County Oral Health program at 719-530-2570.

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August 29, 2019 | Postpartum Stories, Episode 7—

We were thrilled to have Lorraine Redmond, Breastfeeding Project Coordinator for Chaffee County Public Health, as our special guest for this Episode. She brought her memories of her own postpartum experiences, and helped us to relive our own. We are so grateful for all the support she offers mothers in our community. Click here for more information about the CCPH Breastfeeding Project.

We also wanted to include here the 2019-2020 Breastfeeding Resource Guide, created by the Chaffee County Breastfeeding Coalition. Even though the title suggests just “breastfeeding”, this is truly the ultimate directory of all the prenatal and postpartum resources you could ever need in our community, regardless of breastfeeding.

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August 1, 2019 | Birth Order, Episode 5—

In this episode, we talked about the phenomenon of ‘Birth Order’. As part of our research for the episode we took a couple online quizzes that were supposed to accurately determine our birth order. For some of us, they were spot on; for others, they left much to be desired. So now it’s your turn! Take the quizzes and let us know if they got you right! Are you quintessentially your birth order? Were you surprised by your answers? It may not be rocket science, but hey, it’s good clean fun. :)

QUIZ: What’s Your Birth Order Personality from Parents: from Parents Magazine

QUIZ: We Can Guess Your Birth Order With 9 Questions: from Buzzfeed


June 13, 2019 | Summer in Salida, Episode 2—

We talked about a lot of awesome programs available for kids and families during the summer in this Episode, and we wanted to make sure to put all of that info here on the website so you could reference it. We’ll also be updating this section throughout the summer with other programs that YOU tell us about! So, if there’s something missing from this list, please let us know by emailing us at homesweetsalida@gmail.com.

Salida Creativity Lab: Summer Art Programs

2019 Art and Theatre Summer Camp Registration is now open! Salida Creativity Lab proudly presents the 4th annual season of summer art and theatre camps for children! Explore art, theatre, dive into an imaginative theme using literature, visual arts and crafts, drama, movement, and music! Explore art mediums and techniques as you paint, draw, create, or perform. Learn about famous works of art or literature. Bring imaginative themes to life as you read and act out stories, play theatre games, explore costumes, or face paint! Registration begins March 1.

Please bring to camp each day: Campers need to bring morning snack, a lunch, water bottle, and sun hat each cay. (Campers age 4-7 should also bring a change of clothes in a backpack daily.) ***No nuts or nut products please. To register: Complete and return Registration Form and Medical Emergency & Release Form  with $15 deposit per camp, and mail to Salida Creativity Lab, P.O. Box 182, Salida, CO 81201. Camps fill quickly, please register early. Please contact Tina Gramann at tina@salidacreativitylab.com for more information.

GARNA: Youth Ecological Literacy Program (YELP)

2019 GARNA Nature Camp:

Explore the great outdoors and let your love of nature bloom at GARNA’s Nature Camps Summer 2019! Join GARNA and local experts as we invite campers to explore public lands in the Upper Arkansas Valley. Campers will hike mountain trails, collect bugs in streams, conduct experiments, make crafts, journal, and MUCH more all while being immersed in the joys of nature!

2019 GARNA Stream Explorers:

GARNA and Collegiate Peaks Chapter of Trout Unlimited are teaming up for another year of Stream Explorers to connect youth to the river in their backyard. This four class program is open to middle school youth who are in 5th through 8th grade. Participants will discover the secret lives of creatures that live in the river, perform aquatic behavior experiments, gain experience with fly casting, and learn to tie their own flies.

Class 1:  Intro to Stream Conservation. Investigate aquatic invertebrates through experiments in the classroom and surveying in the Arkansas.
Class 2: Research fish including their anatomy, stressors, and habitat.
Class 3: Fly tying, intro to fly rods, and casting activities
Class 4: Fishing (we will ride a Chaffee Shuttle to our fishing location)

Earn a free fly rod!  Students who complete all 4 sessions will have the option of completing activities during and/or after camp to receive a free fly rod!

Salida Regional Library

We talked a lot about our Salida Library in the Episode and all the awesome programs going on for kiddos this summer (and all year round!). Keep your eye on their Event Calendar to stay up to date with everything going on—Summer Story Time, Open Game Days, S.T.E.M. programming, and so much MORE.

UPDATE from Ms. Becky! We talked about how to count pages for the Summer Reading Program in the Episode and we have gotten an official confirmation from Ms. Becky—WE WERE RIGHT! Make sure to count every single page in the book, not just the ones with the words. You heard it here first, folks!

Mountain Meet Up

MMU has tons of events & programs going on year-round, especially great for little ones. Their mission is to bring together parents and caregivers in Chaffee County Colorado and surrounding areas to provide support, education, inspiration, celebration and fun to help raise the next generation. This group is for all parents and caregivers of children from birth-18 (school age children). And lemme tell ya—they definitely meet this Mission.

Join the MMU Facebook Group to stay up to date with all the events going on—monthly play groups, family hikes, mom’s nights out, and more!

Guidestone Colorado: Farmhands Summer Programs 2019

Guidestone partners with local farms, ranches and gardens to provide youth with opportunities to ‘dig in’ and learn how to grow their own food, participate in farm and ranch life, interact with farm animals, and play! Full and partial scholarships are available.

Guidestone has youth programs available this summer for rising K-7th grade students at the Longfellow Elementary School Garden, Salida Middle School Garden, Hutchinson Homestead & Learning Center, Weathervane Farm and the Chaffee County Fair!

Visit their website to register for any of these programs, or contact Leah Capezio at leah@guidestonecolorado.org or 719-239-0955 for more information.

Salida Circus

We talked A LOT about how much we love Joe Lobeck in this Episode, mainly just fan-girling about American Ninja Warrior. But more importantly! We wanted to make sure we highlighted the incomparable Salida Circus that Joe just so happens to work with.

The Salida Circus provides circus training and performances as a personal development and community building tool. To offer training to all citizens of Chaffee County regardless of age, ability and income. Jennifer Dempsey & the crew are changing lives with the Circus, so make sure you jump in to all the incredible programming they this summer, and all year round.

Check out their website for a list of all the workshops & programs, and more information about how to register. We love you Jenn & Salida Circus! And Joe, let us know when you’re gonna teach an American Ninja Warrior class for adults—we have at least one cohost who is ready to join.

what did we miss??

Shoot us an email at homesweetsalida@gmail.com or come check us out on all our posts on Facebook (#homesweetsalida) and comment to let us know what we’re missing. We’ll keep updating this page during the summer with new programs we learn about.