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Text To Win Movie Pass ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’

Movies, movie, filmIt’s the most anticipated film of the summer. Guardians of the Galaxy opens on the big screen at the end of the week. An action-packed, epic space adventure, Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the cosmos, where brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe. To evade the ever-persistent Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a quartet of disparate misfits – Rocket, a gun-toting raccoon, Groot, a tree-like humanoid, the deadly and enigmatic Gamora and the revenge-driven Drax the Destroyer. But when Quill discovers the true power of the orb and the menace it poses to the cosmos, he must do his best to rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate stand, with the galaxy’s fate in the balance. MHOTC readers can attend a sneak preview of the film on Wednesday, July 30 at 7 p.m. at a Denver theater. For your chance to score some passes, text the word GAMORA and your ZIP CODE to 43549. (Example text: GAMORA 80021). Deadline to enter is today, Tuesday, June 29 at 2:50 p.m., with winners drawn at 3 p.m. and notified shortly thereafter. Seating is on a first come, first serve basis.

7NEWS Celebrates Colorado With Free T-Shirts

Here’s a way to show your pride in being a Coloradoan: 7NEWS hosts a party to celebrate Colorado’s 138th birthday (the day we became a state) at the Denver Pavilions. On Friday, August 1 starting at 10:30 a.m., 7NEWS will give away FREE Colorado flag T-shirts, while supplies last. To keep the party hopping, plan on live music by DJ Rockstar Aaron, cake, games and more. Members of the Denver Cutthroats hockey team will be on-site showing their Colorado spirit. The Pavilions is at Glenarm & 16th St.

Adams County Fair – Free Entry & Ride Deals

The Adams County Fair, which dates back to 1888 and is now the largest county fair in the state, runs Wednesday, July 30 to Sunday, August 3. Entry to the fairgrounds and most of the jam-packed schedule is FREE, but the Rodeo, Truck Pull, Demolition Derby and Dia de la Familia Mexican Rodeo are ticketed events (adults $15, kids $10, and under 3 is  FREE with a paying adult.) Wristbands good for unlimited carnival rides are $11 on Friday before 3 p.m. (bring a can of food and get an extra $1 off). The unlimited ride wristband is $15 on Wednesday, $20 on Thursday and $25 for the rest of the fair. There is a $1 per-ride option on Sunday. Hours are 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday & Thursday, 10 a.m. to midnight Friday & Saturday, and noon to midnight on Sunday. Parking is FREE on Wednesday, Thursday & Friday and $5 per vehicle on Saturday & Sunday. There’s tons more information on the Fair website. Adams County Regional Fair Complex, 9755 Henderson Rd, Henderson. For more information, call 303-637-8000.

Colorado Day Freebies & More

Colorado Day marks the anniversary of Colorado’s statehood, granted in 1876. Celebrate the state’s 138th birthday on Friday, August 1 with two FREE days (both Friday & Saturday) at the History Colorado Center, (1200 Broadway, Denver, 303-447-8679) as well as five other History Colorado museums including Byers-Evans House Museum and Ute Indian Museum. While you are in the area, make your way downtown on Friday to the 16th Street Mall for a party in front of the Denver Pavilions. 7NEWS is giving away FREE Colorado flag t-shirts. Also, on Friday, August 1, head to Fairmount Cemetery for the annual Colorado Day Concert with the Big Band swing ensemble, William and the Romantics. Pre-concert tours of the grounds begin at 5 p.m. The FREE music starts at 6:30 p.m. on the lawn in front of Fairmount Mausoleum. Bring your blankets, chairs and picnics. Calhoun’s BBQ and Sweet Cow Ice Cream also will have food available for purchase. 430 S. Quebec St., Denver, 303-399-0692.

Starbucks: Free Download – Song, Book or App

Most non-Starbucks fans aren’t aware of this weekly freebie. (Actually, even some regulars don’t know.) Every Tuesday, the ubiquitous coffee chain offers its “Pick of the Week” for FREE. “What is it?”, you ask. It’s a FREE downloadable song, book or app — just stop by and pick up each week’s redemption code. No purchase necessary, non-coffee drinkers. The “Pick of the Week” card can usually be found near the register or pick-up counter. If not, just ask one of the friendly baristas for assistance. We’ve picked up books, songs and apps ranging in value from 99¢ to $19.99. It’s an easy and worthwhile stop, especially because there’s a café on every corner or so it seems. Of course, you must own the proper mobile device – as picks are available via iTunes or the App Store.

Political Americana Show in Denver

AmericanFlagSome people will do anything to win a vote. Now you can see more than 100,000 political buttons and memorabilia during the Political Americana Show & Sale at the Crowne Plaza Denver International Airport Hotel from Thursday to Saturday, July 31 to August 2. Hosted by the APIC (American Political Items Collectors), anyone can bring their political collectibles for free appraisal. But even if you don’t have any “I Like Ike” buttons, enjoy viewing more than 200 years of history including political buttons, ribbons, posters, pamphlets, jewelry and toys at 200+ booths. An educational exhibit of Colorado’s political highlights includes items from the 1908 Democratic National Convention. Children can also pick up FREE buttons to help start their own collection. Admission is FREE. Hours: Thursday from noon to 4 p.m., Friday from noon to 4 p.m. and again from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 15500 E. 40th St., Denver.

Home Depot Free Kids ‘How-To-Workshop’

Kids can learn do-it-yourself skills and get a boost of confidence by attending Home Depot’s FREE kids “How-To-Workshops” held the first Saturday of every month. This month, it’s Saturday, August 2 from 9 a.m. to noon at all stores. The classes promote tool safety for kids ages 5 to 12, as well as encourage some quality time between parent and child. The August project (click on the Kids Workshops tab) is a wooden mini crate pencil holder. Paint and stickers are provided for the kiddos to customize their creation. All participants not only take home their craft, but receive a FREE orange apron (a mini-version of what Home Depot associates wear) and a pin. Kids Workshop activities are on a first-come, first-served basis. Please don’t arrive before 9 a.m. Reservations are requested, but not required, as they are used just to ensure they have enough craft kits.

Text To Win: Red Carpet Premiere of ‘The Giver’

Movies, movie, filmThe haunting story of The Giver centers on Jonas, a young man who lives in a seemingly ideal, if colorless, world of conformity and contentment. Yet as he begins to spend time with The Giver, who is the sole keeper of all the community’s memories, Jonas quickly begins to discover the dark and deadly truths about his community’s secret past. Now you have the chance to see The Giver before anyone else at an exclusive red carpet event on Monday, August 11 at 7 p.m. at select Denver theaters. For the first time audiences across the country are able to attend a world premiere including the red carpet! This one-night cinema event will provide fans with an exclusive larger-than-life look at the red carpet world premiere of The Giver live from the Ziegfeld Theater in New York. Be there for the excitement and the glamor as the stars of The Giver, including Meryl Streep, Jeff Bridges, Taylor Swift, Katie Holmes, Brenton Thwaites, author Lois Lowry and more, walk the red carpet and stop for exclusive live interviews. Plus after the red carpet coverage, audiences will be treated to a full-length screening of the film. MHOTC readers can enter to win two tickets to see the world premiere red carpet event on the big screen. These are guaranteed seats. To enter, text the word APPLE with your zip code to 43549 (example: APPLE 80206). Deadline to text is July 31 at 11:59 a.m. Winners will be drawn at random on Friday, August 1 at 9 a.m. You can also buy tickets to the event here.

Westminster Promenade Hosts Concert Series

musicianEvery other Wednesday night, enjoy a blast from the past at Westminster Promenade. Their FREE concert series at the Gazebo hosts some of Denver’s finest tribute bands. Here’s the remaining schedule: July 30The Juke Box Boys, a 50′s sockhop group and August 13Firefall, the legendary 70s soft rock band. Concerts begin at 6:30 p.m. and you are welcome to bring food, lawn chairs and pets. 10633 Westminster Blvd. For similar events, check out our Mile High Summer Concert Guide.

Baby’s First Circus Free, Thanks to Ringling Bros.

circus-tentWelcoming a new baby home can be like a three-ring circus — filled with lots of excitement and animals (stuffed, of course!) There are so many first-time experiences that await a newborn, including his or hers first circus. Thanks to Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey, your baby can get a ticket to the big top for FREE. Baby’s First Circus is a program for parents of newborns (up to 12 months old and living in the continental U.S.) When you sign-up, you’ll receive aticket voucher by mail for a FREE ticket to any Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey performance — anytime, anywhere. The best part: There’s no expiration date, so you can wait for a few years until your little one will get more enjoyment from clowns, elephants and cotton candy. (If you just can’t wait, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey is headed to Denver in early October.) You’ll also be able to print a very special commemorative certificate, which you can personalize with your child’s name. For full eligibility requirements, click here.

The Cheesecake Factory: 50% Off Slices For 2 Days

Say “cheese”…actually, “cheesecake”! In honor of National Cheesecake Day, The Cheesecake Factory is offering 50% off any slice of cheesecake on Wednesday & Thursday, July 30 & 31. The “factory” offers more than 30 cheesecake flavors from the simple Original Cheesecake to the new succulent Lemon Meringue Cheesecake, which will make its sweet debut on July 30. The new slice is lemon cream cheesecake swirled with lemon, topped with layers of lemon mascarpone mousse and ribbons of house-made meringue toasted to order on a vanilla crumb crust. The deal is limited to one slice per guest for dine-in only. There are 3 locations in Colorado: Boulder, Denver and Littleton.

Mongolian Stir-Fry Dining Deals at Genghis Grill

Chinese Fast FoodWhat’s better than stir fry? How about build-your-own stir fry. That’s the recipe for success at Genghis Grill, which boasts a number of tasty deals. Through August 31, two people can dine for $20. The meal deal includes two regular bowls and edamame. Year-round, beers are $2 all day every day. On Tuesdays, kids eat free with the purchase of an adult bowl. One of the best ways to save if to pick up a Khan’s Reward Card at the restaurant. Register the card and collect points for every bowl purchased. For every nine points you earn, get a FREE bowl. And if you dine on Monday, you earn double points (2 points per bowl). For additional savings, become a member of the Khan’s Klub. Once you sign up online, receive a free birthday bowl, special offers and extra discounts. There are two locations in the Denver area: Denver West, 14025 W. Colfax Dr., Unit 110, Lakewood, 303-279-5426 and Park Meadows, 9617 E. County Line Rd., Ste. B, Centennial, 303-792-5426. Thanks Katerina!


Recycle Electronics for Free at Goodwill Denver

Recycle symbol, recyling, compostIndividuals and businesses that have used computers or out-of-date electronics can now recycle them for FREE through Goodwill Denver. A new program called Good Electronics recycles computers and electronics (except televisions) from businesses in metro Denver and northern Colorado. The service is FREE and Goodwill will even provide free pick-up service. Individuals with computers and/or electronics can drop them off at Goodwill stores and donation centers. There is no residential pick-up for these items. All electronics are wiped of data before being recycled. Usable computers are refurbished and resold in Goodwill stores. Unsellable items are taken apart and recycled. All items are considered donations and may be tax-deductible. For more information, call 720-588-0510.

Boston Market: Saturday Receipt BOGO

Boston MarketWe always ask for a receipt to make sure we were charged correctly, as well as for any possible need to return or exchange an item. However, in this case, it’s all about saving money. When you make a purchase between Sunday and Friday at Boston Market, you’ll receive a special Saturday receipt coupon good for a “buy one Individual Meal and a drink, get one Individual Meal for FREE.” The offer is for a limited time and valid with any Individual Meal, Whole Sandwich, Whole Sandwich Combo, Salad Bowl or Market Bowl purchase. Plus, the discount is only valid on the Saturday of the same week. You must present original receipt when ordering. Finally, it’s not valid with any other coupon, discount, special or reduced-price offer. For complete details, see receipt or click here.

Free ‘Hunger Games’ Showing for Teens

movies 2The Boulder Public Library presents a FREE showing of “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” for middle and high school age teens only on Tuesday, July 29 at 5 p.m. as part of its Teen Film Nexus programing. The library’s address is 1000 Arapahoe Ave., but the Canyon Theater entrance is on Canyon Blvd., just east of 9th Street. While youngsters are at the library, they might want to check out the new Teen Space that opened in late June. For more information, call 303-441-3100.