Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Canyon Concert Ballet Fall Kickoff Fundraiser


Dear Patron,
Artistry, grace, and excellence define Canyon Concert Ballet and Canyon Concert Dance Center. For thirty-six years, we have brought the art of dance to thousands of people of all ages through performances and classes. We just completed our summer program filled with dance intensives, camps, classes, as well as community outreach performances at Streetmosphere by our Youth Ensemble group. Canyon Concert Ballet and Dance Center is now shifting our focus to the exciting season ahead. 
  • Our company dancers volunteer 100% of their time and do not get paid for their rehearsals or performances.
  • Live Symphony music for the Nutcracker costs over $25,000.
  • It takes $90,000 to present the Nutcracker every year!
  • Ticket prices pay for only half of what the audience sees.
  • 2 pair of pointe shoes for each Company Dancer costs over $1,700 per production. 
  • Costume repair and alterations cost over $1500. 
  • Stage sets and backdrops cost over $5,000. 
  • Choreography, and stage management and lighting cost over $20,000. 
  • Our local shows give our students "real world" dance and performance experience.
Nearly 90+ local kids and 30+ teens and adults dance in the Nutcracker every year.
Please contribute to ensure Canyon Concert Ballet's future so we can continue to bring these high quality performances to the community of Fort Collins and Northern Colorado.
All donations are tax deductible!
(CCB is a 501 (c)3 Non-Profit Organization)
Thank You,
Tim Northburg
Canyon Concert Ballet Board of Directors
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For the past few years, we have contracted artists to stage our major productions, while we searched for the perfect candidate to lead Canyon Concert into the future.  This season, we are thrilled to introduce Daniel R. Simmons, who officially joined Canyon Concert in August of 2014. 

Mr. Simmons, a San Francisco Ballet School, Ford Foundation scholarship recipient, joined the San Francisco Ballet in 1968.  He performed soloist and principal roles with the San Francisco Ballet, Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Ballet Del Nuevo Mundo-Caracas, Deutsche Oper Berlin and Les Grands Ballet Canadiens.  He graduated with honors from the Royal Academy of Dancing, Professional Dancers Teachers' Course, London, England and received ballet and teacher training to include a teacher's certificate from Vaganova Choreographic Institute in Russia and Tbilisi Opera theatre, Tbilisi, Georgia.  He was Artistic Director, San Jose Dance Theatre, San Jose, California.  Director of Mountain View Academy of Ballet, Mountain View, CA., director/chair of the Otto M. Buding Academy of Cincinnati Ballet, Cincinatti, OH., and Artistic Director of Ballet Theatre Midwest, Cincinnati, OH.  We know that Mr. Simmons will guide the company in a professional manner that also honors the righ heritage of Canyon Concert and the community that he now calls home.


Mr. Simmons is already bringing his enthusiasm to our organization through classes and programming.  Mr. Simmons will lead the CCB Company, along with the Fort Collins Symphony under the direction of Wes Kenney, as we perform the beautiful holiday producton of The Nutcracker on December 12-14, 2014 at the Lincoln Center.  A smaller version of the production will take place at the Rialto theatre in Loveland, CO November 29th.  The Company perform Mr. Simmon's version of Snow White on April 11 & 12, 2015 at the Lincoln Center, in Fort Collins.


We strive to set ticket prices at a level where all who are interested are able to attend.  As a result, these fees do not fully cover the costs of production.  As a 501 (c)3 non-profit organization, we rely on personal and business tax deductible donations to bridge the gap between ticket sales and production costs.  We also offer scholarships for students who might otherwise be denied the opportunity to dance and perform and we would love to expand this program to meet the growing needs in our community.  This is your opportunity to support this tradition of excellence.

Your contribution will help maintain and grow this important local cultural offering.  Every donation makes a differece!

We hope to see you at one or more of our performances.

With sincere appreciation,

Canyon Concert Ballet Board of Directors

-- by Tim Northburg AKA The Darth Writer

Saturday, May 3, 2014

A Mother's Patience

A Mother’s Patience

A mother’s patience is one of her most under-appreciated traits. It starts at the moment of her son’s conception, as she is the first to know that life has been created inside her. Though her love for the unborn child is strong and the bond of motherhood already formed, she must wait nine months to hold this unique miracle.

She watches as he grows, withstanding sleepless nights of nightmares, his stuffy noses, tantrums and the scrapes and bruises. Someday her son will become aware of the love, the nurturing, and the guiding. And, finally, of the letting go. But she knows it is on his schedule, not hers.

As he spreads his wings and explores the world, the mother continues to wait. Whether it’s late-night phone calls, listening to girlfriend troubles, the lack of money or the feeling of not knowing where to go in life, she is there when called upon. Patiently she watches him, knowing in her heart that the choices are his, and sometimes wishing he would choose differently.

But wisdom, learned perhaps from her own mother, has taught her that the journey is not hers to take. Patiently, she watches from afar, understanding that life will teach her son the lesson he needs at the exact moment he needs it.

When he calls to express his frustration, she doesn’t try to undo the lesson, but instead helps her son capture the learning.

Then, the moment she has waited for arrives. The son has discovered the true source of his inner self and joyfully returns to her doorstep. With patience she listens to the moments of his life that brought him happiness. Subtly, she encourages his story to unfold, laughing silently at his follies and smiling brightly at his courage to face his fears. He tells her things he has told no one and knows his words are protected and safe.

Though it has taken decades, the bond of mother and son has grown to include a friendship which knows no equal.

Now they walk through life together, knowing their love between them transcends all boundaries. It is everlasting and it makes them smile.

Thank you, Mom, for allowing me to grow into myself, for patiently waiting all of these years for it to happen, and for accepting me each day along my journey. You are the magic behind the story of my life.

An author friend of mine, Dean K. Miller, wrote this and allowed me to post it on my blog.  I thought it was appropriate as Mother's Day is rapidly approaching. If you would like to read more inspirational "life" essays, read Dean K. Miller's book:  And Then I Smiled.  It is full of charming stories that make you smile.

Need a special Mother's Day gift for your Mom, Wife or Grandmother?

Mother’s Day is on May 11 and Hot Chocolate Press has a special buy one get one free offer.* Buy And Then I Smiled ($11.95) by Dean K Miller and get Planes, Trains and Chuck & Eddie ($10.95 retail) by Kerrie L. Flanagan for FREE.** Both will be personalized, signed and sent to you (or directly to your gift recipient) before Mother's Day.

Offer ends Tuesday (May 6, 2014).

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-- by Tim Northburg AKA The Darth Writer

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Review: The Decnalab Codex

The Decnalab Codex
The Decnalab Codex by Tim Northburg

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Learn how The Artifacts of Merlin Saga begins.

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Review: Zebulon And The Sword of Fire

Zebulon And The Sword of Fire
Zebulon And The Sword of Fire by Tim Northburg

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I wrote this book to combine the adventure, fantasy, and sci-fi elements from books and movies I enjoy as a kid and as an adult. I want to bring together the legend of Merlin with a space odyssey. What better way to do that with the adventures of Merlin's grandson through space and time in search of seven hidden artifacts. I hope you enjoy.

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Saturday, February 22, 2014

What Is Your Daily Resolution?

Many times we set New Year resolutions, and often they fall by the wayside. How about setting a daily resolution?


What is your daily resolution?


"In the morning, on the short drive to work, I usually think to myself:  I will do my best to help others succeed today? That is my daily resolution. It allows me to focus on helping others to the best of my ability and I know if I do that I will find success myself."

The Darth Writer

(Please share your resolution, comment below)

-- by Tim Northburg AKA The Darth Writer

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Free Kindle E-Book: Sales Is Mashed Potatoes

Download your copy of this pocket guide filled with witty sales anecdotes as it relates to mashed potatoes:  

From Nov 4th through Nov 8th author Tim Northburg is offering a free promotion of his book, Sales Is Mashed Potatoes. Get a free copy by getting the Kindle reader app on your Apple or Android smart phone or tablet, or on your PC and download your free copy of this sales book.
I would love to hear what you thought of the book.


-- by Tim Northburg AKA The Darth Writer

Sunday, October 20, 2013

What Was The Defining Day You Became A Writer?

The Birth of a Writer

Even as a young boy, I read many books and had a wild imagination. My parents took me to the library, bought various books for me to consume and read to me before bed. Then in 1979, my father took me to a drive in theatre. The move I watched sparked a greater imagination that was unknown to me. That movie was Star Wars. Later it came out on HBO and watched it repeatedly.

From that time on, my imagination kept growing. I became fascinated with Superman, Indiana Jones and James Bond. I was a normal kid who played with Legos, Star Wars action figures and Matchbox cars. Later I became fascinated with Dungeons and Dragons and went on many imaginary quests with my friends.

In High School, I became engrossed in sports and Swimming consumed much of my free time. It was in the second semester of my senior year that my life changed. One of my good friends committed suicide. I was in my first class of the day, creative writing, when we heard the news over the intercom. It happened that morning before school when he took his life selfishly. I looked over at the empty desk to my right and realized that I would never see my friend again.

That was the defining day I became a writer. From that day forward, my creative spark inside flared up. I wrote about my friend and many of the great times, we had together. I even did a story from him explaining what was going on in his mind the seconds before his life ended. I also created many short story pieces that just sprang from within and poured out onto the paper.

Three years later (1993) I decided to write a novel and incorporate many of the pieces I wrote in that creative writing class. I wrote my first 300-page manuscript titled, The Toads of War in freehand (which I later typed into the computer.)

Then after selling Insurance and working as a Investment Advisor I became an Automotive Sales Professional. I spent several years selling at a Saturn retail facility. I learned about Customer Service and Needs-Based Selling.

Over the thirteen years as an Automotive Sales Professional and Automotive Sales Manager, I compiled the knowledge, techniques and principles I learned into three automotive training guidebooks titled Automotive Basics, Automotive Sales 101 and Knights of the Blacktop. I also authored a daily workbook for automotive professionals called, Knights of the Blacktop Business Planner. I currently used these to train my sales professionals.

In 2002, I completed a 390 page Success and Motivational manuscript titled, Fuel the Furnace and created workbook to go with it.

In 2004, just before the birth of my third daughter, my latest creation sprung to life. I was reading my oldest daughter Enid Blyton’s The Faraway Tree and The Wishing Chair books as bedtime stories. Inside something nagged at me. The writing voice inside told me that I should create some kind of children’s story with a grand adventure—much like the ones I was reading to my daughter.

That is when the thoughts of kids, a teleportation watch, multiple planets and the search of magical items came to mind. I do not know how it all came together—it just did. Now, I have my first manuscript complete, my second manuscript in the works and rough outlines for the six remaining books in the series.

Thinking back, the moment I became a writer was that day I lost my friend. My friend inspired me to write. I will always remember our friendship and the gift he gave to me.

Thanks Cory!

To learn more about my fantasy/adventure series visit:


-- by Tim Northburg AKA The Darth Writer

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Review: Realize It!: A Pocket Guide To Help You Get What You Want In Life

Realize It!: A Pocket Guide To Help You Get What You Want In Life
Realize It!: A Pocket Guide To Help You Get What You Want In Life by Tim Northburg

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I wrote this book because one person, many years ago, influenced my life with a simple phrase; "How bad do you want it?" That became the basis of this book. To realize your dreams, goals, and visions you have to want it really bad. My swim coach pounded this in my head, and to this day When I want to realize my dreams, goals, and visions I think about this saying to conquer my fears, break through barriers, and overcome obstacles to "Realize It!"

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Friday, September 13, 2013

Internet Safety For Children

The seriousness of online predators is very prevalent in our society. Every day children are targeted online by predators. As a parent of three children I am quickly grasping the dangers of the internet and my children surfing on it.

Maggie Goins, a local Fort Collins author and friend, has dedicated her life to spreading the word of the dangers of the internet and the predators that target children.

IN REAL LIFE is a fictitious story about the dangers of the internet. Maggie Goins does a real good job of blending fiction with what could really happen to children who befriend someone online. It is easy to see through Libby's story how easy it is for children to fall prey to online strangers, and the outcome that could potentially happen. For Libby, it ends well. There are many children out there, in real life, that it ends not so well.  

Maggie said it best, "Many families know the Internet is not only a wonderful source of fun and information, but also a dangerous world for a child to explore unsupervised. Unfortunately, other families are not so aware. "

By Maggie Goins

Every Parent and tween should buy and read Maggie's book IN REAL LIFE


Libby is dealing with extreme pressures that life sometime places on us. She is still reeling from the death of her mother and is facing the challenges of dealing with her father's marriage to a new wife, and the addition of a step brother and sister in her life. Before going away on a business trip, Libby's father gives her an old computer and sets it up in her room. While her father is away on a business Libby sets up her own e-mail and explores chat rooms unsupervised. She turns to a new chatroom friend, Jeff, who seems to "Understand what she is going through." Looking for someone to understand her feelings, comfort her, and give her the connection she is missing in her life, Libby falls prey to an online predator. After several e-mails she agrees to meet Jeff at a local mall. At the mall she is slipped some drugs in her drink and plans on kidnapping her. Luckily her school friends uncover her hidden secret and rush to the mall and alert security guards, who step in and arrest the man, saving Libby.

I read this book and am sharing it with my children. If you are a parent, you need to read this, have your children read this and then discuss it together.

-- by Tim Northburg AKA The Darth Writer

Friday, September 6, 2013

Book Review: Decide On It!

Decide On It!
Decide On It! by Tim Northburg

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I wrote this book to help people identify the areas of their life they want to set goals and achieve their dreams. Once you figure out what you want, decide on it and go for it!

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