The Quality Hill Bridal Show at the Grant-Humphreys Mansion, Sunday, January 22, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. is a FREE opportunity for brides, grooms (even their guests) to meet vendors – wedding wear, caterers, bakers, musicians, photographers, entertainers and more, for any kind of wedding from an intimate home ceremony to a large celebration for hundreds of guests. It’s one of a handful of shows that offers so much for no cost. This year, there are seven caterers and bakers exhibiting so expect tons of food samples. Organizers present informative drop-in/drop-out workshops, while models wear the latest gowns and formal attire. A pianist performs, and guests can tour one of Denver’s most historic landmarks. Attendees receive a FREE canvas re-usable goodie bag. No reservations are required; just show up and have fun. 770 Pennsylvania St., Denver, 303-946-4442.
Is there a more perfect place than Loveland, CO from which to send your Valentine’s Day cards? I don’t think so! Through, Wednesday, February 1, drop off your cards and love letters at any King Soopers or City Market (in a large white drop-off box by the customer service desk.) The grocery chain will send them to the Loveland Post Office in time to get the world-famous ♥Loveland, CO♥ postmark. If that’s inconvenient, you can also send your correspondence in a larger envelope to: Postmaster – Attention Valentines, 446 E. 29th St., Loveland, CO 80538-9998. The deadline for all U.S. destinations is Tuesday, February 7. (For more details, click here.) Remember, you must have proper postage on all of your cards before dropping them off or sending them. Otherwise, your loved ones will not receive your heart-filled words. Oh, what a lovely gesture!
The Acupuncture Lounge in Capitol Hill is hosting a wellness event with FREE acupuncture treatments on Thursday, January 19 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Acupuncture is a safe, effective and drug-free option for a variety of ailments. Reservations are required to secure a spot. If you want to give it a go, call 720-446-0178. 750 E. 9th Ave., Ste. 108, Denver.
The recent measles scare and my own bout of whopping cough over the holidays had me thinking about the importance of up-to-date immunizations, and not just flu shots. There are no-cost and low-cost ways to get children (infants to 18 years) and adults immunized for everything including measles, mumps, polio and Hepatitis A & B. Even if you miss the monthly events, you can still visit walk-in clinics.
Typically immunizations start at about $25 per shot, but you can also pay what you can afford. Most clinics serve uninsured, Medicaid, CHP+ patients. Ask about other insurances. And no child is turned away for inability to pay. It’s very important that you bring your own and/or your child’s immunization record every time. Here are few of the local clinics we found: [Read more…] about Where To Get Free or Low-Cost Immunizations in Denver
The Park People’s tree distribution program — Denver Digs Trees — has helped add a ton of green to city blocks. And though it seems a wee bit early to be thinking about spring, now’s the time to apply for FREE and low-cost medium to large shade trees that will be distributed in the spring. All Denver residents are eligible for the deals, regardless of where they live in the city.
Trees that normally cost as much as $125 are $35 per tree you plant in your yard ($10 if you live in one of 27 target neighborhoods or free to those with financial hardship). If you agree to plant a tree in the public right-of-way (the green belt between a sidewalk and the street or if there is no sidewalk 10 feet from the curb — in some cases that is in your yard), the tree is FREE for 2017. Apply early and get your choice of tree variety specially selected for our climate. And you’ll have to pick up your tree(s) on April 16 (yep, you have to plant them yourself). Learn more and apply online at The Park People website. In both cases, applications are due no later than Feb. 15. Questions? Call 303-722-6262.
Hosted by the Denver Preschool Program, the annual Denver Preschool Showcase is a FREE one-stop opportunity for parents to find and compare quality preschool options, learn about tuition support available and talk with preschool resources in the Denver area. No need to get a sitter while you check out your options as there will be FREE food and fun kid’s activities, including appearances by Clifford the Big Red Dog or Curious George. The showcase is at three locations this year: Two are on Saturday, January 14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at J. Churchill Owens Boys & Girls Club (3480 W. Kentucky Ave., Denver) and Dahlia Campus for Health and Well-Being (3401 Eudora St., Denver) and another on Thursday, January 19 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Quigg Newton Community Center (4440 Navajo St., Denver).
In today’s digital age, we keep track of what readers click on every day. Otherwise, we would never know what’s a hit with readers and what completely misses the mark. (News Flash! We notice “FREE” seems to play a significant role in the popularity of a post.) In the last few days, we noticed lots of media outlets publishing Top 10 lists of their most-read articles or most-viewed photos, so we thought we’d jump on the bandwagon just for fun. (Fun Fact: Our 10 most-viewed posts/pages for 2016, collectively, garnered more than 500,000 clicks.) Most of the top posts won’t be a surprise to bargain hunters. However, we hope it will be interesting for readers to learn what exactly their frugal friends are clicking on all year long. Drum roll, please! [Read more…] about 10 Most-Viewed Posts on MHOTC in 2016
Everyone can use a helping hand now and again. The Senior Resource Center, a nonprofit which provides services to seniors, offers a FREE Chore Service Program. It’s available to residents age 60 and older and there are no strings attached – no testing or income requirements. You can get help with chores in any home or apartment, up to three (3) times a year. Services include: organization and clean out of home, packing and unpacking items for moving, deep cleaning of bathrooms, kitchens, etc., first-floor window washing inside and out, cleaning closets, seasonal yard clean up and more. SRC’s service area includes anyone living in Adams, Clear Creek, Denver, Gilpin and Jefferson counties, as well as the city of Broomfield. For more information call 303-235-6952.
Nationally, approximately 93% of the real Christmas trees are recycled through community programs. Colorado is no exception with most cities and/or counties offering FREE Christmas Tree Recycle. Some programs have already started and run into January, with drop-off sites open various length of time, from the first week in January to as long as January 31 for Castle Rock and Loveland. A few municipalities offer curb-side pick-up, others ask you to take your tree to a drop-off site. There is no comprehensive site, but here are links to many Front Range programs. [Read more…] about Free Christmas Tree Recycling Programs
If you hate feeding quarters into those darn parking meters (and/or having to keep checking your smartphone for when your meter expires), remember that metered parking in Denver is FREE every Sunday and on city holidays. Parking meter holidays include the following: New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Presidents’ Day, Cesar Chavez Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas. For more information and tips on surviving metered parking, check out Park Smart Denver.
If you like dining out, but hate trying to make a reservation, check out OpenTable.com. This is one of our favorite websites. Why? You simply type in the date and time you want to dine, number of people in your party and general location or neighborhood you want to dine in. Presto! The system tells you which restaurants have available tables. Talk about a time saver — and time is money — no waiting on hold or until the restaurant opens. [Read more…] about Use OpenTable, Dine Out For Free
Indulge in too many “spirits”? Don’t even think about getting behind the wheel. The Sawaya Law Firm is once again offering FREE cab rides from Friday, October 28 through Monday, October 31. Here’s how it works: Call a cab, get a ride from a single location to your home, pay the cab driver, get a good night’s rest and then send the receipt to The Sawaya Law Firm. You must be 21 or older. The generous offer is only good for a one-way ride home within the Denver metro area, with a maximum reimbursement of $35. Michael Sawaya has been providing this community service for various holiday weekends for years now, as a way to save lives and reduce injuries caused by drunk drivers. (We salute his efforts and generosity. Thank you, Mr. Sawaya!) For reimbursement, send your receipt, along with a copy of your valid Colorado driver’s license (no other ID will be accepted) to: Holiday Free Cab Ride Program, The Sawaya Law Firm, 1600 Ogden St., Denver, CO 80218. For more information, call 303-839-1650.
There’s no reason to pay for a subscription to your favorite magazines! You can download digital magazines for FREE with your Denver Public Library card. With more than 200 selections, you’re sure to find the perfect periodical to peruse. There are a few tips: 1.) You’ll need to create two accounts – one for the library’s Zinio account and one for zinio.com. 2.) Use the same e-mail address for both accounts. 3.) Browse and download the available digital magazine collection through the current library Zinio page. 4.) Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for support. If you’re technically-challenged, check out the user guide before getting started.
Wouldn’t it be great, if you could talk to a nurse any time you had a question about your child’s health? Of course, there’s no better resource than Children’s Hospital Colorado. The hospital offers a great community resource with its ParentSmart Healthline at 720-777-0123. Concerned parents can receive FREE health care advice from a registered nurse on more than 290 pediatric topics. The help line is available 24 hours a day, providing access to expert pediatric care and, most of all, peace of mind. The ParentSmart Healthline has been serving families in the Rocky Mountain region for nearly 20 years and receives an average of 25,000 calls a year.
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.