Meet Your Neighbor: Christine Laursen

Meet Your Neighbor: Christine LaursenSouthern Gables Neighborhood Association


Interviewed by Christy Cerrone.

Continuing our series of interviews with our Southern Gables neighbors, to help us get to know and appreciate each other. If you know a neighbor you’d like to have featured, contact Christy, information below.


How long have you lived in Southern Gables?  I have lived in Southern Gables for almost 17 years.

What are a few things that you like the most about the Southern Gables community?  I love the people. We look out for each other. I also love that our neighborhood is becoming more diverse each year. We have many neighbors who are from other countries and those who have lived in Southern Gables for their whole lives. Our diversity is our strength.

Christine LaursenDo you have a favorite memory with your Southern Gables neighbors?  My favorite memories are the day to day hellos from neighbors as I walk my dog, Nellie. I love hearing the neighborhood kids playing outside and getting to know each other.

What is the most neighborly experience you’ve had or seen in our neighborhood?  We have a real sense of community in Southern Gables. We have cooked meals for neighbors as they recover from surgery, and we order out our favorite meals from local restaurants to support them during COVID. We care not only about each other, but also about the small businesses in our area.

What are your hobbies?  Flower gardening and home improvements are my hobbies. I am always painting something in or around my house, and I love all kinds of perennial flowers. I am using about 25% of the water in my front yard now, as it is all flowers and no grass. My gardens are the one place I lose track of time.

What is your favorite quote or saying?  “Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people.” — Eleanor Roosevelt

Is there anything else you want us to know about you?

I am proud to be a Colorado native who grew up in Illinois. Most of my family is in Illinois, and while I am thankful for growing up with my grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins, the one thing I knew I wanted in my life was to move back to Colorado. After finishing my undergrad degree at Southern Illinois University, I moved back and continue to love our state. I love the diversity among people in Colorado and enjoy getting to know others who have had different life experiences than I have had.

I continued my education with a masters from Regis University and work in higher ed. I grew up in a family of educators and view life as an opportunity to continue learning. Working with students and developing courses for universities keeps me busy. I am fortunate that I can do this from home during these difficult times. I am continually inspired by the compassion and motivation I see in the students I am fortunate to work with in my classes. They give me hope that we can face the many challenges our world is presenting to us now.


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Meet Your Neighbors: Paul & Chelsie Fleischer

Meet Your Neighbors: Paul & Chelsie FleischerSouthern Gables Neighborhood Association


Interviewed by Christy Cerrone.

Continuing our series of interviews with our Southern Gables neighbors, to help us get to know and appreciate each other. If you know a neighbor you’d like to have featured, contact Christy, information below.


How long have you lived in Southern Gables?  We’ve been here 4 years.

Can you tell us a little bit about Fleischer Family Farm– how you got the idea, how it came to be, what are your goals?
We started the farm as a means to teach our children hard work and provide high quality food for our family. Since the inception though, the passion we have for producing food and flowers has only grown along with the support from our community. We are now one of the largest CSA farms in the entire Metro area with 92 families in our program this year. We hope to be able to provide high quality, nutrient rich food for our family and our community without the use of pesticides or other harmful chemicals and to spread education about the life cycle of food all while acting as responsible stewards of this earth.

What are a few things that you like the most about the Southern Gables community?
Oh boy! Where do we start?!?! We LOVE this community. Everyone here seems to really look out for one another and support each other in different ways. Neighbors of different political opinion, socio-economic status, religion, sexual orientation and age, all come together as one community. It is really beautiful to see. It seems like every Saturday at our community market we get to meet another new neighbor, and each time we do, we are so pleased to know this new acquaintance from our area. The Southern Gables Sustainable neighborhood program is also extremely important to us. We love that the community around us values this planet and we are so happy to be a part of a program that pushes for positive change.

Do you have a favorite memory with your Southern Gables neighbors?
We have lots of great memories with these neighbors, but last year’s neighborhood leaf collection day was one of our favorites. Being able to keep hundreds and hundreds of bags of leaves out of landfills and instead work it into the soil of our community farm to improve fertility and make better crops for years to come, was a wonderful experience. Seeing all different members of our neighborhood coming out and volunteering their time and working together because it is an important thing to do for our planet was beautiful. We’re looking forward to that special event this year too, on Saturday, November 7.

What is the most neighborly experience you’ve had or seen in our neighborhood?
It is hard to pin down just one experience. Instead, we should collectively point out the consistent weekly neighborly actions of all of the people that come to our farmstand each week. These people are so kind hearted and polite. You all patiently wait in line and maintain an appropriate social distance while wearing a mask. Our neighbors pass the time while they wait by engaging in real conversations with new friends they meet at the market and everyone gets along and has a nice time. The support you all show us and the genuine kindness you exude to fellow patrons and my family is amazing.

What are your hobbies?
We both really love hiking, camping and being outdoors. Chels is a big runner and Paul loves all sports. Aside from that, we both place ultimate value on family time, love to cook, read and cuddle.

What is your favorite quote or saying?
A friend once told me of his family’s long time saying to “Keep chopping wood.” That has always stuck with us especially through the hard times. You can’t give up. You can’t give in when times get hard. Unless you want to just throw in the towel and freeze yourself out, you’ll need to “keep chopping wood.”


Contact christycerrone@hotmail.com to nominate a candidate for the “Meet Your Neighbor” series. 

Meet Your Neighbor: Deb Martin

Meet Your Neighbor: Deb MartinSouthern Gables Neighborhood Association


Interviewed by Christy Cerrone.

Continuing our series of interviews with our Southern Gables neighbors, to help us get to know and appreciate each other. If you know a neighbor you’d like to have featured, contact Christy, information below.


Deb, how long have you lived in Southern Gables? My husband Keith and I moved to Southern Gables in August 1989.

Deb with daughters Kendra and Aubrey

What are a few things that you like the most about the Southern Gables community? The best part is having our own neighborhood school, Green Gables Elementary. Our children went there and I love how the principal currently, Suanne Hawley, is so involved with our neighborhood. The community garden is just one example of how the neighbors are included with the school. In addition, It is a quiet and safe community. I can walk at night with my dog and I always feel safe.

Do you have a favorite memory with your Southern Gables neighbors? I know almost everyone on my street and most of the neighbors have lived here a long time. I so appreciate the kindness and support of the people in Southern Gables. We love to walk to Magill’s World of Ice Cream where one of our daughters worked there for 6 years.

What is the most neighborly experience you’ve had or seen in our neighborhood? I admire the gathering of so many neighbors to participate in the leaf collecting. I also enjoy having Westwoods Church as part of our community. They have helped the elderly with outside chores and provide food, through Joy’s Kitchen, for anyone. And they mean anyone, no requirements and no questions asked — which is really something in these times of work instability for so many people.

What are your hobbies? I love to hike, swim, and take walks with my husband and daughters.

Do you have a favorite quote or saying you can share with us?  “To get better you have to step out of your comfort zone. You can’t do the same things you’ve always done and improve.”  by Jordan Burroughs.

Is there anything else you want us to know about you? Lakewood has been my home since the age of two. I grew up in Lakewood, went to Bear Creek Elementary, Carmody Middle School and Bear Creek High School. I have worked for Jeffco Public Schools for the last eight years.


Contact christycerrone@hotmail.com to nominate a candidate for the “Meet Your Neighbor” series.