The annual Boulder County Home & Outdoor Living Show takes place Friday to Sunday, March 24 to 26 at the Boulder County Fairgrounds. More than 120 exhibitors present home improvement projects, outdoor water features, energy-saving products and services, plus cooking demonstrations and a project-inspiring gardenscape. Admission to the show and parking are both FREE. Show hours are Friday from noon to 6 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Fairgrounds are at Hover St. and Nelson Rd., Longmont.
Savvy Boulder area shoppers frequently check out the ever-changing inventory at the local Hospice Thrift Shop, and the next week provides even more reason to do so with added savings by the day. Today, Saturday, March 11, 50% off everything. Coming up: Sunday, March 12, 25% off electronics; Friday, March 17, 25% off housewares; Monday March 20, 25% off everything; Saturday, March 25, 50% off everything; Thursday, March 30, toy sale ($10 per bag). Also, every Wednesday is senior discount day, with 20% off all purchases. The stop is open daily, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 5656 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, 303-604-5353.
Art Parts, a not-for-profit creative reuse center, has March specials on the following items: 25% off decorative tins, vintage glass tubes and what organizers; what the store calls “naturals” such as antlers, shells, feathers, stones and BOGO on acrylic yarns. Hours: 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday; 10 to 7 p.m. Thursday, 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and closed Sunday and Monday. 2870 Bluff St., Boulder, 720-379-5328.
The Boulder Arts & Crafts Gallery, a highly regarded coop that has been showcasing and selling the works of leading local and national artisans since 1971, holds just one sale a year. For 2017, it’s Friday, March 3 and Saturday, March 4 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and on Sunday, March 5, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The sale features 20% off the entire inventory, and with Mothers Day, graduation, those June weddings and Fathers Day coming up, take advantage of the opportunity to buy something special at a savings. 1421 Pearl St., Boulder, 303-443-3683.
Today and every Tuesday, Kilwin’s on Boulder’s Pearl Street Mall has a BOGO offer on delicious caramel apples. Flavors include dark and milk chocolate, with chopped pecans or peanuts. 1430 Pearl St., Boulder, 303-442-1940. Click here for the candy shop’s Facebook post, which you might have to click to get the BOGO offer in your inbox.
Skiers and riders lust to get on the slopes in the short dark days of early winter, but late winter and spring are when the conditions are at their best (especially this season), and days are longer and warmer. Also, most holiday blackout periods are over, so you can get the deals whenever you want to go. With this in mind, Crested Butte Mountain Resort offers some terrific values.
Stay and Ski for $99. Through April 6, CBMR’s Stay and Ski for $99 package starts at $99 midweek and $139 on weekends. It includes one lift ticket per person for every night of lodging. This deal is subject to availability. Prices are per person, per night, based on double occupancy at the Grand Lodge right at the base of the lifts. [Read more…] about Crested Butte Late-Season Deals
All Sprouts Farmers Market locations in Colorado are offering buy one/get one FREE pricing on more than 600 items today, Wednesday, February 15 through Wednesday, February 22. Items include all-natural boneless pork loin chops (to $4.99/pound), 1-lb. bags of frozen EZ Peel shrimp (to $15.98), house-brand sliced or grated cheese (to $3.99), Brown Cow yogurt (6-oz., to 99¢) and many more items.
On the first Wednesday of every month, visual and performing artists come together at Boulder’s eTown Hall for a creative series called Boulder in the Round. Four songwriters share their songs in FREE performances at starting today, Wednesday, January 4, 7 to 9:30 p.m. RSVPs are requested. Organizers describe it as a “curated community experience, accompanied by live painting.” 1535 Spruce St., Boulder, 303-443-8696.
Reminder: With the holidays coming right up, make interesting gifts for those on your list, save money and keep unwanted odds and ends out of landfills by shopping at Art Parts, a not-for-profit “creative reuse center” in Boulder. Inventory includes jewelry/parts/supplies, frames, art/craft/school/office materials, fabric, yarns, sewing and other needlework supplies and even an eclectic assortment of other reusable industrial surplus, which the store resells at 30 to 90% off.
There are DIY items suitable for children’s projects as well as for serious artists and crafters. The immaculate and well-organized store is open Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Donations of clean reusable items are also accepted during Friday and Saturday business hours. 2870 Bluff St. (on the west-facing end of the low-slung commercial building across from RallySport), Boulder, 720-379-5328.
We are grateful to the late Sam Arnold, founder of The Fort Restaurant, for establishing the Tesoro Cultural Center in 1999 to preserve the legacy of frontier Colorado, and to his daughter Holly Arnold Kinney for continuing to support it. The landmark restaurant’s annual Historic Lecture Series features noteworthy authors, historians and academics who explore and bring to life the early West, and this year, the FREE weekend lectures are offered at three locations in the metro area. Nearly twice as many lectures are scheduled than in previous years. Most of them now take place both weekend days and in three venues rather than one. The schedule: Saturday and Sunday, October 29 & 30, Sunday, November 13, Saturday & Sunday, January 7 & 8, Saturday & Sunday, January 21 & 22, Saturday & Sunday, March 4 & 5, Saturday & Sunday, March 18 & 19, Saturday & Sunday, April 1 & 2, and Saturday & Sunday, April 22 & 23. Click here for topics, dates, times and locations.
River and Woods opened just a bit over a month ago. Reviews have been great. Claire has been them three times already and agrees. As thanks to the growing cadre of regulars and to introduce more people to the “Colorado comfort cuisine” offered by noted chef Daniel Asher, the Boulder restaurant has introduced Thursday specials for adults and kids. Order the acclaimed bison burger with fabulous fries and a local 12-oz. draft beer for $10 ($8 during happy hour, 4 to 6 p.m., Tuesday through Friday). A kid’s version, including fries and a soft drink is $5. They can also grab a game or other activity to keep them occupied. 2328 Pearl St., Boulder, 303-993-6301. For similar deals around town, check out our Food & Drink Specials list.
ARC Thrift Stores offer bargains galore every day, and the deals are magnified every Saturday with 50% off most items. If you like to do the thrifty shop hop on Saturdays, be sure to check out any of the 24 Front Range locations. In addition to this weekly Saturday special ARC Thrift Stores color-code price tags — pink for newer items and blue for 50% off items slated to be pulled on the following Tuesday.
The great prices at Boulder’s ARES Thrift Store are magnified with these daily specials: Sunday, 20% discount for students and faculty (valid ID required); Monday, BOGO on clothing and shoes; Tuesday, 20% off for ages 55+; Wednesday, double stamps on Frequent Shopper Cards; Thursday and Friday, happy hours with 5 ARES bucks for every $10 spent, 10 to 11 a.m. and again 6 to 7 p.m. Also, today, Sunday Sept. 25, fill a bag with hundreds of eligible items for just $5 (plus tax). ARES Thrift Store supports the Boulder County SafeHouse, The Mental Health Center, The Boulder Shelter for The Homeless and a dozen other local organizations. 2536 Spruce, St., Boulder, 303-444-8088.
A Denver Public Library pilot program that enables card-holders to check out portable WiFi hotspots is such a success that all devices were quickly spoken for and a wait list is building. Each device provides FREE unlimited high-speed internet access to low-income families and home-bound people who can’t easily reach a library. These portable hotspots allow customers without home Internet access to get online using any WiFi-enabled device (phone, tablet or laptop). The DPL has 50 of the devices — 10 each at the Montbello Branch Library, Athmar Park Branch Library, Ross-Barnum Branch Library, Rodolfo “Corky” Gonzales Branch Library and the Hadley Branch Library. Customers at those locations can check out the hotspots for up to three weeks and renew up three times if there are no other customer holds on the device. Click here for branch locations and hours.
Set in fire station #1 just off Speer Blvd., the unique Denver Firefighters Museum is housed in a beautiful 1909 firehouse and showcases a century of historical artifacts and family interactive areas that can be found by following firefighters’ bootprints.
On the main level are six themes that follow the process of fire: communicating fire (how fire has been reported over the years), firefighter’s personal protective tools and equipment (bunking gear, helmets, boots and firefighting tools); fire apparatus (hand-pulled, horse-pulled and motorized fire trucks and engines), fire suppression (methods for extinguishing fire through water and chemicals) and other duties (life safety tasks that firefighters perform and an interpretation of the history of Station No. 1.
The second level features three themes: rigorous firefighter training, Denver’s fires and living quarters at the station. Visitors learn about the large fires in Denver’s history and visit the station’s living quarters including dorm room, officers’ quarters, locker room, bathroom and family room. Temporary exhibits are also on this floor.
Denver Firefighters Museum, 1326 Tremont Pl., Denver, 303-892-1436
Monday to Saturday: Open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Closed Sunday and major holidays.
Seniors (65+) & Students (w/ID): $6
Children 2-12: $5
Children 2 & under: Free
Unfortunately, the Museum does not have parking available for guests. The best parking option when visiting the museum is metered street parking. There are meters on both sides of the street throughout the immediate area that cost $1 per hour with a 2 hour limit.
For longer term parking, you may use one of the many pay parking lots within close walking distance. Their prices vary between $5-12 for daily rates. Please do not park in front of the Museum in the spots marked ‘Staff Parking Only’ as you may be ticketed and/or towed.