Doors Open Denver, Saturday & Sunday, April 29 & 30, is a FREE annual weekend showcasing dozens of Denver’s interesting and unique sites. Click here for a list. It’s an opportunity to join behind-the-scenes tours of commercial, residential and religious buildings, plus theaters, museums, hotels, fire stations, schools, government buildings and other sites, some of which offer FREE interactive activities and special exhibits. Opening hours vary, so review the list and build your own itinerary. Many are within walking or bicycling distance. All activities are free and open to the public during Doors Open Denver weekend. Some sites require a ticketed reservation, and some tours carry a modest charge. Doors open Denver is again headquartered at Union Station, where this year’s event guide and map area available.
Four hundred bookstores nationwide — only 11 of them in Colorado — celebrate Independent Bookstore Day on Saturday, April 29. Living up to their “independent” aspect, each one plans its own way to celebrate. The Tattered Cover’s three metro Denver stores plan free audiobooks, activities and games. At the Boulder Book Store, there are crafts, snacks, drinks, games and more. Other indie bookstores in Colorado are Old Firehouse Books in Fort Collins, Macdonald Bookshop in Estes Park, Bookworm of Edwards, The Book Haven in Salida, Out West Books in Grand Junction and Maria’s Bookshop in Durango.
The $20 FIKA Passport is back. This caffeine-loaded spin on the popular spirits passport offers a 2-for-1 coffee special at each of two dozen participating Denver coffee shops through July 31. This is a shorter timeframe than during the inaugural year, but dedicated coffee drinkers will have no trouble getting all of the twofers. At each shop, the guest presents his or her FIKA Passport to the barista who stamps the booklet. So what is FIKA? It is a Swedish concept of a coffee break that provides an opportunity to recharge, either to be alone with your thoughts or to meet friends. This program invites Denverites to slow down and take a minute for themselves. A limited quantity of passport booklets is available, so now’s the time to order here or purchase at one of the participating locations. [Read more…] about Two-for-One Coffee Passport Returns
Starting at 3 p.m. every Wednesday until Easter, Liquor Mart invites people to search store for eggs. Eggs mean prizes that include gift cards, coupons and more. Kids may presumably help search, but only adults may cash in the gift cards and coupons that are featured prizes. The store is open on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 11:45 p.m. 1750 15th St., Boulder,303-449-3374.
Savvy skiers and riders are grabbing next season’s passes even as the snow lies so deep in the high country that a number of areas have extended this season. Following are the ever greater deals for next year, including passes with bonus days at other resorts around the country or even internationally. Passes also offer food, retail and lodging discounts, as well as special friends-and-family prices.
For brevity’s sake, we are just listing the adult season pass prices. Some are good for the remainder of this season too. Click on the websites for all other age/price categories, including teen/young adult pricing. Consider pass insurance for a modest additional cost….in case. [Read more…] about Great Deals on 2017-18 Ski Passes
Financially troubled Radio Shack is closing hundreds of retail stores across the country. All stores are expected to be closing on various dates in April. Savings until then are up to 50%. Area locations include: 1275 E. First Ave., Broomfield; Quebec Square, 7305 E. 35th Ave. #150, Denver; 715 S. Colorado Blvd., Denver; Thornton Shopping Center, 3843 E. 120th St., Thornton; 5305 E. Colfax Ave., #A, Denver; One Fountain Plaza, 6720 Camden Blvd., Colorado Springs; 1977 S. Federal Blvd., Denver; Ralston Plaza, 12385 W. 64th St., Arvada; Albertsons Pad, 4090 Austin Bluffs Pkwy., Colorado Springs; Market Square, 12041 W. Alameda Pkwy., Lakewood; University Square, 2660 11th Ave., Greeley, and 1895 28th St., Boulder.
We know that the Central City Opera summer season is several months down the calendar, but tickets for the super-affordable family matinee in the tiny jewel of a theater sell out fast. Introduce your kids (and yourself) to opera at a special matinee performance of “Carmen” on Tuesday, August 1 at 2:30 p.m. This fully staged production performed by the talented artists of the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Artists Training Program in Central City includes a narrator’s preview and an autograph session with the singers. Tickets are currently $20 each, but prices can change. If you ae concerned about the content, check the synopsis.
Boulder’s Greenwood Wildlife Thrift Shop and Consignment Gallery is again holding a series of sales and specials in the downstairs thrift shop (but not in the upstairs consignment gallery). Apr. 1-2, 75% off winter outerwear; Apr. 3-7, double donation coupon; Apr. 9-15, 50% off Easter décor; Apr. 10-14, bulk clothing, 5 for $5 ; Apr. 17-21, 30% off fabrics & linens; Apr. 22, flash sale (check the Facebook page or stop by); Apr. 24-28, 25% off frames & art; Apr. 27, Take Your Daughter to Work Day BOGO, and Apr. 30, 50% off everything (as always, some exceptions). 3600 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, 303-245-0800.
Invest only $29.95 in a Denver Dining Out Passbook now and enjoy two-for-one dining at more than 70 metro area restaurants through July 31. These include all sorts of eateries — homey neighborhood spots, interesting ethnic restaurants and gourmet restaurants. The Passbook (a $99 value) can be used just once at each participating restaurant, but it only takes two or three visits to break even. Click here to purchase your Passbook.
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.
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.
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.