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Enter To Win: $25 Dunkin’ Donuts Gift Card


DD Heart Shaped DonutsLooking for deliciously sweet treats for sweethearts or any donut lover? Stop by your neighborhood Dunkin’ Donuts. America’s favorite place for coffee and baked goods embraces February and Valentine’s Day with the return of its heart-shaped donuts. MHOTC readers have a chance to take a timeout and treat themselves during a busy day with a sweet giveaway. We have four (4) $25 gift cards good any Dunkin’ Donuts. Treat yourself to dozens of donuts including seasonal varieties Brownie Batter Heart Donut filled with brownie batter flavored buttercreme, topped with chocolate icing and heart sprinkles, and Cookie Dough Heart Donut with cookie dough flavored buttercreme filling, topped with chocolate icing and chocolate chips. Or try the Caramel Macchiato, a handcrafted, layered espresso made with steamed milk swirled with sweet caramel flavor. Fans sweet on the chain, should follow them on Twitter @DunkinDenver. There are 15 Dunkin Donuts in the area: Aurora (2), Boulder, Denver (2), Fort Collins, Greenwood Village, Littleton, Loveland, Silverthorne, Thornton, Westminster (2) and Windsor. Here’s how to enter: Click here to read more…

Movie Sneak Preview: ‘Risen’

Movies, movie, filmRisen is the epic Biblical story of the Resurrection, as told through the eyes of a non-believer. Clavius (Joseph Fiennes), a powerful Roman Military Tribune, and his aide Lucius (Tom Felton), are tasked with solving the mystery of what happened to Jesus in the weeks following the crucifixion, in order to disprove the rumors of a risen Messiah and prevent an uprising in Jerusalem. MHOTC readers can attend a FREE sneak preview of the film on Tuesday, February 16 at 7 p.m. at Harkins Northfield 18. Click here to download and print an admit-two pass. These passes are limited in number, so please don’t abuse the system and get yours now – if this movie interests you. Once our limit has been reached, the system won’t issue any more. Remember, even with a pass seating is not guaranteed, so get there early.

WFM: 2 Dozen Whole Trade Roses For $20

rosesRoses are the “it” flower of the moment and it’s not often you can find a good deal on them this time of year. (The prices actually seem to increase in the days preceding Valentine’s Day. Don’t you agree?) That’s why we’re highlighting this sale from Whole Foods Market. From Friday, February 12 to Sunday, February 14, they’re selling two dozen Whole Trade* roses for just $20. (Note: You must purchase two dozen roses for the deal. Otherwise, you’ll pay $14.99 for one dozen.) You’re not going to find a much better deal around town. (Seasoned bargain hunters just might give one dozen to their sweetie and the other to their mother. Don’t worry, we won’t tell!) If you really want to make an impression, go to a dollar store or thrift shop for an inexpensive vase. Then, wrap red ribbon (just pull some from your holiday wrap & trimmings in storage) around it and you’re ready to go! (*Whole Trade means fair prices to producers; safe and healthy working conditions for farm workers; environmentally friendly growing practices; high-quality products; and a 1% donation of each purchase goes to Whole Planet Foundation for poverty relief. How lovely!) Limit 10 bunches per person, while supplies last. No rain checks.

Loveland Hosts Fire & Ice Festival

LovelandFireIceThe nation’s Sweetheart City, our own Loveland, launches an epic Valentine’s Day weekend celebration, the Loveland Fire & Ice Festival on Friday to Sunday, February 12 to 14. The FREE family-friendly event features a live light show with fireworks on 4th Street in downtown Loveland, snow and ice sculptures, live music, a car show of customized and specialty winter vehicles, carriage rides, hot chocolate and s’more stations and more. Buildings along 4th Street will be illuminated with Valentine-themed red and white lights and designs. Festival hours are 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The light show musical spectacular is at 9 p.m. each evening. Be sure to pick up your FREE discount wristband. It scores you great deals and discounts from participating local businesses. This is one event everyone is sure to love.

2 Days Only: Save Extra 20% On Groupon Local Deals

SaleRedThis deal should help you give your Valentine sweetie a gift and still get a great deal. Groupon always saves you money, usually half off, which makes any offer, service or product you get from them much more affordable. However, with this latest promotion, you can really save big. Here’s the inside scoop: Through 11:59 p.m. MT on Friday, February 12, get an extra 20% off up to three Groupon Local Deals, with promo code GIFT20. That’s anything from dinners and spa treatments to local entertainment. To get the deal, use this link to take you to the Groupons in the Denver-Boulder area. You can get up to a $50 discount per deal. There are a few exclusions: Read the fine print here.

Modern Market: Get Free Entrée On Next Visit

ModMarketModern Market (formerly Modmarket) is sharing the love this weekend with its customers. (We love the deal because we absolutely enjoy its delicious menu and it’s a great deal. However, we, also, love it because we often dine alone, so we like getting our free meal on the next visit. Anyone else in the same boat?) From Friday, February 12 to Sunday, February 14, buy any full-size entrée and get a voucher for a FREE entrée on your next visit — just show this Instagram photo at the register, to get the offer. Modern Market adds dishes to its menu every so often to reflect the season. Right now, we love the seasonal Butternut Ranch Salad and Bacon Corn Pizza. Oh, what a sweet and lovely offer for Valentine’s Day weekend!

Stargazing on the Cheap at Chamberlin Observatory

Almost every month, on the Saturday nearest the first quarter moon, the Denver Astronomical Society hosts an Open House at the University of Denver’s historic Chamberlin Observatory. The next one is Saturday, February 13 starting at 5:30 p.m. Guests can view the heavens through the observatory’s famous 20-inch telescope for $2 per person ($5 per family). Plus, Society members set up their telescopes on the observatory grounds (Observatory Park) to share for FREE with anyone and everyone interested in taking a look at stars, planets, galaxies, nebulae, star clusters and more. Members are happy to answer questions about their telescopes so you can start to explore which type might be right for you. If you already have a scope, but can’t quite figure out how it works, bring it to the Open House and someone will help you. 2930 E. Warren Ave. (at S. Fillmore St.), Denver.

McDonald’s: 20-Piece Chicken McNugget for $5

The family-friendly offer is back! For a limited time, McDonald’s is offering Chicken McNugget lovers a great deal — a 20-piece order for just $5 at participating locations. It’s savings worth noting because a 10-piece order is regularly priced at $4.79, so, for just 21¢ more, you double your order. You’d be silly not to order the 20-piece. It’s enough nuggets for friends and family to dip with you.

Safeway: $5 Back With Greeting Card Purchase

Now’s a good time to buy Valentine’s Day cards, with this promo from Safeway. (It’s also a good opportunity to stock up on cards in general — thank you, birthday, get well, congratulations, etc.) When you purchase three greeting cards greater than $1.29, receive a “$5 off your next shopping trip” coupon at checkout. We notice Valentine’s Day cards seem to be higher priced than other cards. However, there are still some $1.99 cards available (in all categories, selection varies by store) — making each card only 33¢ (plus tax) after the “payback.” Safeway carries American Greetings, Papyrus and Recycled Paper Greetings — all of which qualify for this promotion. The offer is limited to one per transaction. Therefore, if you’re buying more than 6 cards, break your transaction into groups of 3 to get more promo coupons. Did you know you can use your $5 off coupon on another purchase of 3 greeting cards and still earn another coupon? The deal requires a Safeway Club Card and ends Sunday, February 14.

Bryan Blathers: My Dinner With Paula Abdul

BKCheadshot2Do you have a go-to story that you tell over and over? That one story of an experience that makes for a good ice breaker or belly laugh. For years, this was my go-to story — the one I would tell most often to new friends or co-workers. (Now, I realize it just makes me sound old and, possibly, creepy!) However, since we’re just getting to know each other, I will tell it one more time. It does give you an insight into my obsessive nature, especially when it comes to reading “the fine print.” Picture it: Denver, 1992. (Don’t you just love Sophia from “The Golden Girls”? My guess is only a few people will get the reference.) I was on summer break from the University of Northern Colorado, working as a tour guide for the Coors Brewing Company. I was a huge fan of Paula Abdul and knew she was coming to Fiddler’s Green (as part of her “Under My Spell Tour.” For the record, MTV held a contest to name the tour. I always thought my entry was better — “The AbracadAbdul Tour.” Okay, maybe not.) One day, while reading the Rocky Mountain News (I still miss that paper!), I spotted a sweepstakes for concert tickets and a backstage pass to meet the pop star before the show. Of course, I quickly clipped the entry form and mailed it off. However, I also noticed the fine print at the bottom of the ad, “For official rules, pick up a copy at the Rocky Mountain News.” (No clicking online here. You actually had to get in your car and drive to get information!) Given my obsessive nature, I headed to their main office on Colfax Avenue the same day. The woman working the front desk was clearly puzzled by my request. It seems no one asked for the official rules on any sweepstakes…ever. After several phone calls, she produced a copy. One rule, in particular, caught my attention.

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Free Valentine’s Day Gum Drop Festival

teapotFebruary 14 is Valentine’s Day. To celebrate (okay, one day early), The English Teacup in Aurora hosts a Valentine’s Day Gumdrop Festival on Saturday, February 13. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. enjoy FREE chocolate and tea tasting, including chocolate tea. Kids can form a team of two or more with siblings and friends to compete in a gumdrop geodesic dome challenge. Each team will receive a supply kit to create a geodesic dome. Teams get to take the domes home with prizes awarded in age categories: 4-6, 7-9 and 10+. Future artists can drop in a create a sweet present for a special Valentine out of gumdrops, marshmallows, pretzels and other candies. The gum drop art supplies are free while they last, so get there early to make a sweet treat. The shop will also hold a drawing for boxes of chocolates. 1930 S. Havana St. #5, Aurora.

CU’s Museum of Natural History’s Free Family Day

FamilyOfFourHow do plants and animals chase each other through evolutionary time? Learn all about it at the next University of Colorado Museum of Natural History‘s Family Day on Saturday, February 13. This day’s theme: “Catch Me If you Can!” explores evolution. Design your own butterfly, explore animal camouflage with jelly beans, learn why some plants are minty or spicy, and more. The event, appropriate for ages 4 and older, runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and admission is FREE. This Family Day is right between two of favorite holidays. They’ll have cake for Darwin Day (it’s Charles’ 206th birthday) and a station to make Valentine’s cards. Henderson Building (15th & Broadway), Boulder, 303-492-1666.

Save With Early Bird Dinners at Zaidy’s Deli

Dining restaurantZaidy’s Deli is a Cherry Creek North institution. From freshly made potato latkes, to hot pastrami on rye, to terrific corned beef hash, Zaidy’s dishes up delish deli. If you want to sample the fare at a discount, try early bird dining. Get 20% off between 4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Wednesday to Saturday (they don’t serve dinner on Sunday, Monday or Tuesday). Open Monday & Tuesday from 6:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday to Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday & Sunday from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. 121 Adams St., Denver, 303-333-5336.

Native Foods Café: BOGO Entrée Wednesdays

vegetables farmer farmUpdate: The offer requires the purchase of two beverages. Native Foods Café, America’s “premier fast-casual vegan restaurant”, was founded in 1994 and its entire menu is 100% plant-based. (For non-vegetarians/vegans, don’t immediately cross it off your dining options. The food is really, really good. We love the Native Nachos!) Every Wednesday in February, the California-based café is giving customers a healthy deal — buy an entrée salad, Earth Bowl, Native Classic, Handhold or burger and get a second one FREE (of equal or lesser value), with the purchase of two Native drinks. Mark you calendars now for February 3, 10, 17 and 24. Not known for many discounts or coupons, this offer is proving to be very popular. We went last Wednesday and there was a very long line, so plan accordingly. Did you know all of its desserts are free of dairy, cholesterol and refined sugar and still amazingly delicious? You can definitely revel in every sweet bite! Unfortunately, all of the locations have recently closed in Colorado, except for two: Boulder – 1675 29th St. and Glendale – 680 S. Colorado Blvd.

Sweet Sales at Alfalfa’s

Alfalfas-logoAlfalfa’s Local Market has a sale through February 14 on the makings for a romantic dinner at home: jumbo king crab legs, $15.99/pound; 3-ounce wild caught lobster tails, $10/2; grass-fed beef tenderloin, $14.99/pound. For the table, fresh-cut local tulips, $10/10. At the Boulder store only, Seraphim Pinot Noir, or Coppola, Sofia Wine, $13.99/750 ml bottles. Additionally, there’s a 20% off sale on body care and gifts, February 12 to 14. But wait! There’s more! The Boulder store hosts a FREE chocolate festival on Saturday, February 13 from noon to 2 p.m. and the Louisville store hosts a FREE chocolate tasting on Saturday from 4 to 6 p.m. 1651 Broadway, Boulder, 720-420-8400 and 785 E. South Boulder Rd., Louisville, 303-335-4200.