We know how popular Water World is during the summer, so we’re always looking for ways to save a few bucks for our readers before they splash around. The first one we found this year is from McDonald’s. Participating locations are offering a coupon good for a 2-for-1 admission on opening day, Saturday, May 25 through Monday, May 27. (Second ticket must be of equal or lesser value.) We found the blue coupon near the cash register at several McDonald’s in the Denver metro area, available while supplies last. If you can’t make it on Memorial Day weekend, there’s a second coupon (on the same sheet) for $7 off one full-price admission through June 30. Limit one coupon per person. Before any discounts, the all-day admission rates are $39.99 for heights 48″ & above, $34.99 for heights 40″ to 47″, $8.99 for seniors (ages 60+) and FREE for heights under 40″. The $7-off coupons are not valid with any other coupon, senior, mid-day (1:45 p.m. to 6 p.m.) or resident admission. 88th & Pecos, Denver, 303-427-7873.
Whether you’re into classic cars or calendar girls, this Lakewood event should get your engines revving. Lakewood Grill hosts a classic and custom car show on Sunday, May 19 from noon to 10 p.m. During the FREE event, the Grill also holds a photo shoot for its upcoming 2014 1940s-style pin-up calendar. Besides the cars and the gals, there will be vendors, a DJ, food specials, autograph sessions with the Calendar Girls and a performance by local rockabilly favorites, The Atomic Drifters. Proceeds from the day, as well as the calendar will be donated to Homes for Our Troops, a national non-profit with assists severely-injured veterans and their immediate families. 8100 W. Colfax., Lakewood, 303-237-8051.
Celebrate Memorial Day a bit early with a special FREE Summer Kick-Off Party at Whole Foods Market Highlands Ranch from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 18. Staffers are firing up the grill with samples and store sales. Kick back and enjoy live music on the patio. Face painting and a bounce house will also be on site to keep the kiddos amused. Even Fido gets in on the act with a natural shampoo, conditioning and treat. 9366 S. Colorado Blvd., Highlands Ranch, 303-470-6003.
To celebrate its grand re-opening, ink! Coffee Riverfront & Ice Cream Shop holds a huge party on Sunday, May 19. The ice cream shop dishes up FREE scoops of Little Man and Sweet Action ice cream between noon and 6 p.m. Besides the sweet treat, enjoy a free jump house for the kiddos and giveaways. 1590 Little Rave St., #180, Denver, 720-214-1111.
Capitol Hill’s newest community acupuncture clinic, Acupuncture Lounge wants to thank nurses for all their hard work with a special offer. During the entire month of May, nurses can schedule sessions for just $10. The clinic offers individualized acupuncture treatments in a comfortable group setting. For more information, call 720-446-0178. 750 E. 9th Ave. (inside the Consulate Healing Building, Suite 108), Denver.
Peace Alliance-Colorado holds its annual Peace and Jazz gathering at the Mercury Cafe from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, May 19. This is your chance to meet and re-connect with peacebuilders from across the state, share ideas for collaboration and re-invigorate the peace movement in Colorado. Enjoy the live music of Flat Out Jazz, while you chow down on delicious food. All proceeds fund this non-profit’s Colorado peace efforts. A suggested $10 donation at the door covers refreshments and live music. 2199 California St., Denver.
Applebee’s continues to offer its “Two for $20″ special — one sharable appetizer (including Spinach & Artichoke Dip, Potato Twisters, Mozarella Sticks, Boneless Wings or Crunchy Onion Rings) and two entrées from a list of eight for $20. The entrée selection includes Fiesta Lime Chicken and Bourbon Street Chicken & Shrimp, as well as such perennial favorites as Oriental Chicken Salad, Three-Cheese Chicken Penne, Chicken Tenders, 7 oz. House Sirloin and Riblet Basket. The appetizers on the promotion are regularly $5.99 to $6.99, and the entrees are regularly $8.99 to $12.99. There are 14 metro Denver/Boulder locations; enter your zip code on the Applebee’s home page to find the closest. For those wanting more options, they also offer a “Two for $24″ menu. (You can even pick one entrée from each $20 & $24 select menu and make your own “Two for $22″ special.) Both promos are for a limited time.
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, May 18 starting at dusk. Guests can view the heavens through the observatory’s famous 20-inch telescope for $1 per person. 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, not to worry: bring it to the Open House and someone will help you. 2930 E. Warren Ave. (at S. Fillmore St.), Denver.
Fire engines, SWAT teams, motorcycle patrols, K-9 units, what more could a kid or a kid-at-heart ask for? Find them all at the Community Safety Expo on Saturday, May 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the parking lot of the Broadway Marketplace on Alameda & Bannock. The Denver Police Community Oriented Policing (COP) Shops and Denver’s Inter-Neighborhood Cooperation (INC) are bringing in law enforcement, fire protection, emergency medicine and social service agency personnel. During the fun-filled afternoon, check out a fire engine, ladder truck, Air One helicopter, and Mobile Command Post. Watch a Sheriff’s K-9 unit, SWAT Team, Motorcycle Patrol, Horse Patrol and Bomb Squad. There will be demos and a chance to learn about public safety resources. This is a popular event and one all can enjoy.
History Colorado wants you to gets your hands dirty and dig in to Colorado’s part during its Hands On Heritage Festival, Saturday & Sunday, May 18 & 19. Take part in demonstrations by culinary experts, craftspeople, masons and ranchers, all to experience Colorado’s heritage. At 16 different activity stations l;earn to make adobe bricks, weave a Navajo rug, design your own cattle brand, build a timber frame or learn to make pasta, sausage and sauerkraut from scratch. Watch live performances from American Indian singers and dancers, Fandango dancers and screenings from rocky Mountain PBS’ new Colorado Experience television series. Outside the museum, enjoy food and craft beer inspired by the National Western Stock Show and try your hand at traditional building techniques with help from the folks at Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site. All festival activities are included with History Colorado Center admission: $10/adults, $8 students and seniors, $6 children ages 6 to 12, free for children 5 and younger.
Are you looking for something jazzy to do this weekend? They’ll be playing your tune on Saturday, May 18 at the 10th annual Five Points Jazz Festival along Welton Street in Five Points. The festivities, fun and music starts at 11 a.m. with six stages and 21 musical acts including Park Hill Brass, Conjunto Colores, and Blues Man Willie Houston. Headliner Hazel Miller takes to the Main Stage at 7 p.m. In addition to the great music, there will be a marketplace with art, local businesses, information booths, family-friendly activities and food vendors. Admission is FREE. The music continues until the festival ends at 8 p.m.
Forbes proclaims Arugula Bar and Ristorante “shows a commitment to classic Italian cuisine” and “local sourcing” and the “service is perfection.” Travelzoo has a new deal in which two people can dine at Arugula for $59 (a $106 value). This Boulder gem is helmed by chef Alec Schuler, recipient of a Colorado Culinary Award of Excellence in 2012. The deal includes any two salads (up to $11 value each), such as the warm spinach salad, arugula and dried fruit salad or fennel salad, any two small plates or formaggi items (up to $12 value each), such as the seared sea scallops, pork belly and polenta or prosciutto with fig, any two pasta, gnocchi, risotto or secondi items (up to $22 value each) and any two desserts (up to $8 value each). Note: weekend vouchers have sold out, but vouchers remain for Sunday through Thursday nights. Vouchers are good through August 11. 2785 Iris Ave., Boulder, 303-443-5100. For similar offers, check out our Daily Deals page.
Can you outwit, outplay and outlast living on an island with conniving strangers? If the answer is yes, then mark your calendar for Saturday, August 17 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. CBS is holding an open casting call in Vail for the 27th season (can you believe it?) of “Survivor.” Casting is paperless with no application forms necessary. (Although, you will need to print, read and sign a “Video Release and Waiver” form and bring with you to the audition.) You just need to bring yourself, any props you might need and lots of enthusiasm. Camera crews will be on hand to capture each potential contestant’s best 60 seconds on video – “Why I Should Be On Survivor.” Auditions are limited to the first 300 people to RSVP, which you can do here. The casting call venue has yet to be announced. If you make to the island, be sure and mention that you heard about it on Mile High On The Cheap!
Join The Tesoro Cultural Center’s 13th Annual Indian Market and Powwow on Saturday and Sunday, May 18 and 19, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Award-winning Native American artists sell their wares, demonstrate their crafts in a juried show and share their artistic traditions throughout the day in impromptu and scheduled demonstrations. The competition pow-wow in the valley below the restaurant features performances by dancers and drummers in regalia who share their heritage with Traditional, Shawl, Fancy, Grass and Jingle competition dancing. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for students with ID, and seniors and youngsters under 12 FREE. The adult admission actually dropped by $1 from last year, and there was then a charge for seniors. The Fort, 19192 Hwy. 8, Morrison, 303-839-1671.
Golfsmith reduces prices on gear and apparel by up to 60% off retail prices during its big tent sale at its Park Meadows location on Thursday, May 16 to Sunday, May 19. Golfsmith is a huge store with a massive inventory of clubs, footwear, accessories, balls and apparel, plus tennis items. FREE appetizers will be served on Friday & Saturday between noon and 2 p.m. Hours are Thursday & Friday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Park Meadows, 9657 E. County Line Rd., Englewood, 303-708-1858.