Have you ever wanted to see Simon Cowell up-close and personal? You’re in luck! This summer, “The X Factor” is coming to Denver, as they travel across the U.S. for the judges’ auditions. You’ll also be able to see Demi Lovato, as well as new judges Kelly Rowland and Paulina Rubio, in action. Of course, it’s an opportunity to see some of the acts live on stage for the first time with host Mario Lopez. The big show is headed to the Mile High City on June 30, July 1 and July 2. There will be two tapings each day – 1 p.m. and 5:45 p.m. Tickets to each taping are now available and expected to go fast. The once-in-a-lifetime experience will be held at the Denver Coliseum with the minimum age to attend being 12 years old. For FREE tickets (limit 4 per person), click here.
Rugby fans will want to check out the inaugural Elite Cup final at Glendale’s Infinity Park tonight, Saturday, May 25 at 6 p.m. The Cup tournament started in April and put the top eight teams in the country on a highly-competitive five-week schedule to earn the first Cup title. Tonight’s match pits the best in the east, the Life Running Eagles, against the best in the west, San Francisco Golden Gate, in a winner-take-all rumble. Admission is just $6. Infinity Park is two blocks east of Colorado Boulevard, running from Kentucky Ave. to Mississippi Ave.
Cinemark opens the doors on its Summer Movie Clubhouse with 10 flicks for $5 - when purchased in advance. Five dollar punchcards are available at the participating theater’s box office only. Without a punchcard, it’s still a deal at $1 per show. The 10-week film fest begins Tuesday, June 4 (at most locations) with all screenings starting at 10 a.m. However, dates vary by location. The film line-up (in order) includes Looney Tunes: Back in Action, Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs, Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears A Who!, The Smurfs, Ice Age 4: Continental Drift, Dolphin Tale, Happy Feet, Oceans, Rio and Chimpanzee. Punchcards are valid only at participating theatre box offices where originally purchased and non-transferable. In Colorado, the following locations are participating: Century Aurora (Aurora), Cinemark Carefree Circle (Colorado Springs), Cinemark Tinseltown USA (Colorado Springs), Cinemark Fort Collins (Fort Collins), Cinemark Greeley Mall (Greeley), Century 16 Bel Mar (Lakewood) and Cinemark Tinseltown (Pueblo.)
If breakfast is your favorite meal of the day, you might want to try The Universal, which specializes in southern-style cuisine and was named a “Best New Restaurant of 2013″ by 5280 magazine. Travelzoo has a new deal in which two people can enjoy brunch with drinks at The Universal for $19 (a $38 value). The deal includes any two entrees, such as the grits of the day, cornbread rancheros, or house-smoked pulled pork sandwich and two drinks (up to $6 value), including coffee drinks, the classic bloody mary or mimosa with orange, cranberry and grapefruit. The basic deal is for dining Tuesday through Friday. If you want to dine on a Saturday or Sunday, you’ll need to pay a bit more and buy a $25 voucher. Vouchers are good through September 22. 2914 W. 38th Ave., Denver, 303-955-0815. For similar offers, check out our Daily Deals page.
Childish Things, Boulder’s long-running children’s consignment boutique, holds a toy and book sale, Saturday & Sunday, May 25 & 26. All toys and books are 25% off. While the store is closed on Memorial Day, if you are participating in the Bolder Boulder bring in your race bib next week, May 28 to June 1 to get 15% off any purchase of consigned items. Store hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. 3183 Walnut St. (Walnut Gardens shopping center), Boulder; 303-442-2703.
Qdoba is offering a FREE entrée, when you load $30 or more on a Q-Cash Card. The freebie is valid on your next visit through July 31. As we always remind you, gift cards don’t always have to be “gifts.” If Qdoba is one of your favorite places to eat, buy yourself a gift card and “eat up” the bonus. If you’re buying a large amount in gift cards, it’s wise to break your order down into $30 increments to get more FREE entrées. The bonus promo ends June 30.
Calling all independent film lovers! Landmark Theatres has a corny deal for you this spring. For a limited time, when you purchase a minimum of $30 in gift cards, you’ll receive one coupon good for a FREE small popcorn ($5.50 value.) Or, for the true film buff and better deal, you can get two coupons ($11 total value) with a minimum purchase of $50 in gift cards. The FREE popcorn coupon expires June 20. You can purchase gift cards online or at any Landmark Theatre box office. Plus, who says you have to “gift” gift cards? We like the idea of pre-paying for movies and then enjoying the freebie for ourselves. With two adult evening tickets at $21 (most locations), you might even consider buying a gift card on the spot and redeeming it immediately just to get the free popcorn. (Two tickets + small popcorn = $26.50, anyway.)
The Boulder location of Outdoor Divas holds what it is promoting as its first annual Memorial Day tent sale of women’s sports equipment and active sportswear. Hours are today, Saturday, May 25 from 10 a.m. to 7, p.m.; Sunday, May 26 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Monday, May 27 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Savings include Stonewear Designs yoga items priced at $10 to $30; 50% to 70% off all winter gear and apparel, 25% to 50% off select summer items, and closeout pricing on select styles from Skirt Sports. 2317 30th St., Boulder, 303-449-DIVA (3482).
Ollin Farms located in the rolling countryside between Longmont and Niwot celebrates its 5th anniversary on Sunday, May 26, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Enjoy live music, hayrides to see farm animals every half hour, one-hour walking tours with Famer Mark at 12 noon and 2 p.m. and chef demonstrations with samples. Chef Dale Lamb does a juicing demo from 11 a.m. to 12 noon, followed by Chef Deb Traylor’s cooking demo from noon to 1 p.m. From 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., the demo is by the Back to Basics Kitchen. The farm’s address is 8627 95th St., but enter via the large driveway on the north of the farm. The small driveway by the farmstand is the exit.
If you enjoy lending a patriotic flair to your holiday celebrations with homemade crafts, check out Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores. From Friday, May 24 through Monday, May 27, past or present members of the armed forces, as well as their families, receive 20% off their total purchase. This includes regular, sale-priced and, even clearance items. To get the discount, customers must present proof of military service (past or present) or military dependent ID.
If you were planning to buy some home furnishings at IKEA, consider doing so this holiday weekend. Dine in the IKEA Restaurant and deduct your restaurant receipt (eaten the same day) total from any home furnishings purchase more than $150 (before taxes.) The deal is valid today, Saturday, May 25 through Monday, May 27. Limit one restaurant receipt per store discount. Sorry, but the offer isn’t valid for Bistro or Swedish Food Market purchases. IKEA is at I-25 and County Line Rd.
Albertsons is giving a 10% discount to all military personnel (active, reserved or retired) through Tuesday, May 28. The additional discount is on top of sale prices and coupons, so the savings can really add up with some work. However, some restrictions may apply. Typically, grocery discounts don’t apply to dairy, pharmacy, stamp, cigarette or lottery purchases. And, of course, an appropriate ID is required at checkout.
This week, the sale prices run through Monday, May 27. Today, Friday, May 24, Safeway is offering many items for just $5 each (or less) - up to 60% off. This week’s bargains include: Signature Café boneless chicken wings (1.5-lb.), Tony Roma’s or Plumrose ribs (16-oz., limit 5), Bar S jumbo meat franks for $1 (16-oz.), Signature Café cheese pizza (37.7-oz.), Nestlé Drumstick (8- to 12-ct.), Arizona or Tradewinds tea for $2.50 (1 gallon), Frito Lay variety pack (reg. $7.99, 20-ct.), Lucerne milk for $1.25 (64-oz., 2%, 1% or Fat Free), Safeway cooking oil for $2.50 (48-oz.), Florida’s Natural orange juice (89-oz.), pudding ring for $2.50 (7-inch), Oxi Clean stain remover (3-lb.), sweet blueberries (18-oz.), Banana Boat Sport sun care lotion (8-oz.), Kellogg’s Raisin Bran for $1.67 (18.7-oz.), The Snack Artist roasted pistachios with sea salt (16-oz.) and S’mores Package Deal (includes Nabisco Honey Maid graham crackers – 12.2- to 14.4-oz., Kraft Jet-Puffed marshmallows – 10-oz. and 6-pack of Hershey’s milk chocolate bars - 1.55-oz.) The deals are valid today only and require a Safeway Club Card. For a complete listing of the $5 sale items, review their Weekly Specials site or newspaper circular. MHOTC Tip: Don’t forget, you can always use manufacturer’s coupons on top of sale prices for maximum savings. Plus, when you find a good deal on one of your household staples, it’s always smart to stock up to save money down the road.
MHOTC’s Garage Sale page (one of the tabs at the top of every page) is an interactive map, where you can find large community sales close to home or work, then zoom in on specific neighborhoods or sales and pinpoint the exact location. And, as always we crown a sale or two as our “picks of the week.” This Memorial Day weekend, big neighborhood sales are few and far between, but there are are few worth checking out. We head to Lakewood for the Colorado Christian University Yard Sale. Ever wonder what 700 students sell after the school year ends? Find out at this huge event on the CCU campus. This one runs Friday to Sunday, May 24 to 26 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Heading to Boulder? Don’t miss the Sugarloaf 2013 Annual Garage Sale, which runs Friday through Monday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. It’s at the Sugar Loaf Volunteer Fire Department, 1360 Sugarloaf Rd., Station # 2, Boulder. More details can be found on the MHOTC Garage Sale map. Want to be included? Be sure to send us information on your neighborhood sales. Just drop us a note at email@example.com.
For two days of FREE fun and entertainment you’d be hard-pressed to find any event more jam-packed than the Old South Gaylord Memorial Day Weekend Festival, Sunday & Monday, May 26 & 27. Officially the party starts at 10 a.m. followed by FREE musical entertainment beginning at 10:45 a.m. by local and regional musicians including Swallow Hill, Brave Song Circle, Scot Von, Terri Jo, Word From Space, Hillary Watts Riot, Aqua Sonics, Down Home Sausage Pie, Gumbo Le Funge and Hoskins Trio until festival closing at 8 p.m. on Sunday (4 p.m. on Monday). The festival also boasts food & drink, 50+ artisans and merchants, and a kids zone and. Parking is FREE at South High, but carpooling is recommended. 1000 block of S. Gaylord between Tennessee and Mississippi, Denver, 303-575-1130.