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.
Downtown Boulder merchants and shoppers alike always hope for fair skies during the annual Mid-Winter Sidewalk Sale, this year from Saturday, February 18 through Monday, February 20. Check out all of the in-store and on-sidewalk merchandise from vendors all along the Pearl Street Mall (11th to 15th Streets) as far west as the 900 block and as far east as the 2000 block, as well as on adjacent cross-street blocks. And remember parking is FREE in City of Boulder parking garages on Saturday and Sunday and at metered spaces on Sundays.
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.
The snow west of the Divide is lying deep, and Snow Mountain Ranch/YMCA of the Rockies near Granby has well-priced inclusive winter (January 2 to March 4) packages. Examples: 4 nights in a 3-bedroom cabin accommodating up to 7 guests from $582, or 3 nights in a room in the Central Lodge Room at Estes Park Center for just $168 including daily breakfast for two. All stays include activity passes for everyone in the party valid for Nordic ski and snowshoeing trails on the sprawling property, ice skating, tubing, indoor diversions and more. Book online or call 888-613-9622.
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.
Colorado Ski Country USA’s Gems Card has long provided skiers and snowboarders with savings at smaller, lower-key ski areas all over the Colorado Rockies. Invest just $25 for two ways to save: either two 2-for-1 lift tickets or two 30% off lift tickets at each of the eight Colorado Gems resorts. Gems ski areas are Arapahoe Basin, Cooper, Eldora, Loveland, Monarch Mountain, Powderhorn, Ski Granby Ranch and Sunlight. Click here to purchase; cards will ship this month. The fine print: One 2-for-1 or discounted ticket per cardholder per day. All tickets issued are valid for same-day use only. Card is non-transferable. Photo ID and Gems Card required at ticket window. Card holder must be present. No cash value. Discount not valid with any other discount tickets, pass products, offers or promotions. Lost or stolen Gems Cards will not be reissued. Blackout dates are December 18, 2016 through January 3, 2017.
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.
Trains captivate us all, whether we have experienced a robust rail travel system ourselves or whether we grew up loving Thomas the Tank Engine. We can manifest our love for trains at the Colorado Railroad Museum in Golden.The main Museum building resembles an 1880-era small town railroad depot. Typical architectural features include wide eaves to protect waiting passengers from weather, and large bay windows so the station agent can observe activity on the boarding platforms. The yellow and brown paint reflects standard building colors for the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad.
The Depot Museum houses the museum’s two changing gallery spaces featuring the colorful stories of the railroads serving Colorado for over 125 years. Guests can view introductory videos to the museum in the museum’s upper gallery and enjoy hands-on activities downstairs in the museum’s lower gallery.
Its 15-acre railyard is filled with more than 100 narrow- and standard-gauge steam and diesel locomotives, freight and passenger cars, cabooses and more.
On the small side, the museum’s G-scale garden railway makes loops around its own fenced-in landscape, and on an even smaller side, a complex indoor layout replicates various types of Colorado mountain railroading in HO and HOn3 (respectively standard and narrow gauge). Volunteers operate both on weekly schedules.
Colorado railroad history is brought back to life in the Roundhouse, a restoration facility with a working turntable, and with rides on the Galloping Goose, a unique hybrid railcar composed of a car or a bus and a truck appendage for mail and freight riding on railroad tracks. Few were built and fewer remain. The museum boasts two and operates them on Ride the Rails Days.
Colorado Railroad Museum, 17155 W. 44th Ave., Golden, 303-279-4591
Open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.
Seniors (60+): $8
Children 3-15: $5
Children 2 & under: Free
Train Ride tickets on Ride the Rails Saturdays: $4/adults & $2/children
The Children’s Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus, located on a 9-acre tract along the South Platte River, has something for every youngster from infancy to about age 8 – in fact, many “somethings” with learning and growth in a fun, enriching and nurturing atmosphere.The museum is designed for children and their parents or other caregivers to share the experience. Children must be accompanied by an adult, and no adults are admitted without accompanying children.
Families love the indoor areas and the wonderful outdoor environment with opportunities for kids to climb a hill, roll in the grass, splash in a little “river,” build a log fort, ride a safe little zipline and more beckon in warm or sunny weather. Exhibits are divided to four themes encouraging children to Explore, Investigate, Imagine and Create and thereby expand their world.
The museum undertook a $16.1 million expansion in 2015, doubling the exhibit space and adding such features as Altitude, The Art Studio, Energy, Joy Park, The Teaching Kitchen and Water.
In addition, the museum offers storytime for various ages and cooking, clay and art programs with guidance in building those skills. Target First Tuesdays allow for FREE play between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. the first Tuesday of every month.
Children’s Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus, 2121 Children’s Museum, Dr., Denver, 303-433-7444
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday: Open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Wednesday: Open 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday: Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas, New Year’s Day and Easter.
Ages 2 – 59: $13
Seniors (60+): $11
Age 1: $11
Under age 1: Free
Cozied up beside the Denver Art Museum, the Clyfford Still Museum is arguably Denver’s smallest, most specialized and most unique museum. When Clyfford Still, a noteworthy and prolific Abstract Expressionist painter, died in 1980, his will stipulated that his estate be given in its entirety to an American city willing to establish a permanent museum dedicated solely to his work. Denver stepped up to the plate.Nearly a quarter of a century after Still’s death, the deal was sealed, and the Clyfford Still Museum was born. The building, which was designed specifically for this one artist’s work opened in 2011. FREE days are typically the last Friday of every month.
It holds 95% of the artist’s lifetime output – some 3,125 paintings and other works that he created over six decades between 1920 and 1980, the majority of which have never been exhibited, including 825 paintings, 2,351 works on paper, three sculptures and archives.
The Museum hosts a rotating series of exhibitions, drawn from the collection and designed to enhance public understanding of Still’s significant role in the evolution of American art and to explore various aspects of Still’s life, career and creative output.
Things To Know
- From October 14, 2016 to January 15, 2017, the Clyfford Still Museum will display more than 260 of Clyfford Still’s works on paper in the Museum’s largest exhibition to date. With very few exceptions, paintings will not be on view in the Museum during this time.
- Photography for personal, noncommercial use is allowed in the galleries. Video recordings are permitted only on mobile phones or similarly small recording devices. The use of flash and tripods are not permitted.
- Free lockers are available to stow bags more than 11 inches by 14 inches.
- Food and drink are not permitted in the Museum.
- Sketching in notebooks is permitted in the galleries with pencil only.
Clyfford Still Museum, 1250 Bannock St., Denver, 720-354-4880
Tuesday to Thursday: Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday: Open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday: Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Closed on Monday.
Also closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.
Adults: $10 – Purchase tickets in advance online and save $1.
Seniors (65+): $8
College students (with ID): $6
Children 18 & under: Free