So you never found a pair of eclipse glasses, don’t despair. Head to a Solar Eclipse Party on Monday, August 21. We found more than a dozen, most of which will have a supply of solar eclipse glasses for distribution to participants. Even better, many events will have scientists on hand to explain exactly what’s going on. To snag a pair, be sure to arrive early. Worst case scenario, make a friend — hey, that’s what parties are for — and share glasses. After all, this is one of those almost once-in-a-lifetime moments. The last solar eclipse in the continental U.S. was 38 years ago and the next is 2045, so definitely worth your time. [Read More…]
The total solar eclipse is a special event, so a few businesses are shining a light on the occasion by offering a deal. (Unfortunately, the savings are not once-in-a-lifetime!) To be honest, we expected more businesses and restaurants to capitalize on the fervor by offering a one-day only special. However, we only found a few specials — all available on Monday, August 21 at participating locations. (If we find more, we’ll update the list accordingly.) [Read More…]
Bored on a budget? You’ve come to the right place! Mile High On The Cheap is the answer for Coloradans wanting to live large for less. Fortunately, our community has it all “on the cheap” — entertainment, festivals, concerts, movies, workshops, tours, sporting events and more. And we’ve done the work for you! Keep up with the latest deals, discounts and FREE events in the Denver/Boulder area by signing up for our daily e-newsletter. You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter. (If you know of any upcoming weekend events, send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.) Be sure to check out our constantly-updated list of upcoming Mile High events, which you can view by day or by month. Here are our top picks for FREE and cheap things to do this weekend: [Read More…]
Loveland salutes our favorite crop, corn during the 2017 Corn Roast Festival, Friday & Saturday, August 25 & 26 at 4th Street & Railroad Avenue. Festivities start Friday at 5 p.m. with entertainment, roasted and boiled corn for sale. FREE live music, corn shucking competition, corn eating contest, Cornhole Tournament and a parade fill out the two days. You’ll also find lots of vendors. Friday night’s headliner is The Retro 80’s Band. Saturday activities start with the Corn Roast parade at 9:30 a.m. with live music by Cable Ten at 4 p.m. and the Tyler Walker Band at 6 p.m.
In celebration of the National Park Service’s 101st birthday, all 412 National Park Service units (Parks, Monuments, Historic Sites) will be open to the public for FREE on Friday, August 25. This includes: entrance fees, commercial tour fees, and transportation entrance fees. Other fees such as reservation, camping, tours, concession and fees collected by third parties are not included. The nearest to the metro area is splendid Rocky Mountain National Park between Estes Park and Grand Lake.
Not to be eclipsed by the solar eclipse, Dairy Queen lovers can celebrate the once-in-a-lifetime phenomenon with a sweet deal. From Monday, August 21, get a buy-one, get-one for 99¢ Blizzard Treat at participating locations. The offer, available through Sunday, September 3, is also a nod to the unofficial end of summer. Customers can enjoy the new Triple Truffle Blizzard, fan-favorite OREO Blizzard or any of the other flavors on the menu. Just like the eclipse, it’s not often the ice cream shop offers a special on the creamy concoction, so grab a spoon and dig in before it’s gone.
Renewed Treasures, a resale boutique that benefits Love INC, is celebrating its fifth anniversary with a big sale. From August 21 to 26, everything in the store is 50% off. Renewed Treasures sells high-quality women’s, men’s and children;s clothing, in addition to jewelry, handbags, household items and furniture. Store hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 6512 S. Broadway, Littleton, 720-446-1877.
Fruehauf’s started as a greenhouse and garden center in Boulder 40 years ago, but gradually morphed into a large retailer of patio and garden furniture, fountains, grills, gift items and accessories, plus seasonal Christmas trees and wreaths. The location is closing at year’s end and therefore is beginning its mega-moving sale. Currently, patio furniture is 3o% to 90% off and gift items and accessories are 30% off. These percentages could change as moving time nears. The new location opening in January 2018 is what the company calls “centrally located” in Westminster. Those in Boulder and Broomfield Counties do not necessarily agree. Wherever you live, if you’ve always wanted that TUCCI umbrella or other quality piece, now’s the time to look there. 1665 33rd St., Boulder, 303-449-9551.
Hankering for an escape from the metro area? Head to the southern San Luis Valley on Saturday, September 9 for the annual Colorado Potato Festival in Monte Vista. The event fills Chapman Park (4 Chico Camino), 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. with (mostly) FREE fun activities and events. The day includes the Tater Trot 5K Race, music, crafts, guided tours, kids’ games, chef demos using freshly harvested Colorado potatoes, the infamous Mashed Potato Dunk Tank and more. An affordable country concert follows. [Read More…]
Good Times Burgers & Frozen Custard is celebrating the warmer weather with its newest menu item, the West Coast Double Burger. The burger features two 3-oz. patties topped with two slices of American cheese, shredded iceberg lettuce, tomato, red onion and special house-made California style sauce. The burger is being offered at a limited-time value price of $3. If you’re really hungry, enjoy a double combo (with a side of fries and a drink) for $5. Did you know the restaurant was founded in 1987 in Boulder? There are now 35 locations in Colorado.
I’m not a theater critic, so I don’t have the credentials to thoughtfully critique any performance. That being said, I love the theater (especially musicals) and see just about every Broadway production that comes to town at the Denver Center for Performing Arts. (My all-time favorite is “Miss Saigon.” I’ve seen it more than 30 times. Obsessive much?)
Just like you, I know what I like — what makes my heart swell or gives me goosebumps. And the Broadway-bound production of “Frozen”, currently playing in Denver, made my heart swell, gave me goosebumps and more. Remember, I’m not a critic, so kindly excuse my rambling review. (I wrote it right after seeing the show on Friday night.) [Read More…]
Unless you are incredibly lucky, you won’t find many solar eclipse glasses, though there may still be a few around on Sunday (see our update below). Our best tip: Head to a Solar Eclipse Party on August 21. There are more than a dozen popping up at museums, colleges, community centers and bars across town. Nearly all on our list here are providing FREE glasses to participants. Again, many spots will run out, so arrive early if you still need a pair.
A regular pair of sunglasses won’t cut it. And never ever look directly at the sun without proper protection. You need ones that are NASA-approved and ISO-certified. There is a huge demand for them, so, regardless of location, call ahead to confirm availability. It’s no fun (and a waste of gas and time) to drive around unnecessarily. [Read More…]
The Carousel of Happiness is Nederland’s magical menagerie featuring 56 whimsical, hand-carved animals on a restored 1910 Looff carousel, turning to the music of a 1913 Wurlitzer ban organ. Rides are only $1. Visitors to the Carousel can also enjoy picnicking at Barker Reservoir, hiking the trails of the Mud Lake and Caribou Ranch open space areas and the Indian Peak Wilderness Area. In the winter, the carousel is a popular stop for families enjoying Eldora Mountain Resort. While the carousel is open year-round, days and hours vary depending on season. Check the website for details. 20 Lakeview Dr., Nederland, 303-258-3457.
Almost everyone is back in the classroom, so stores are doing that final push on school supply sales, before they fill the shelves with Halloween candy. But a few deals remain. Here’s this week’s list of the best school supply sales I found (with the help of my best pal, Lyn) in the Denver area. It only includes what I see as the really good deals and I also update this list as soon as I can preview the sale flyers, so keep checking back over the weekend. Remember that you can also clip manufacturers coupons from inserts or print out coupons for school supplies and match them with a sale.
This year, a number of stores are running special sale prices on some items all summer long into early September. I’ve included some of those prices along with the weekly specials so you have them handy.
I’ve listed Walmart school supply prices at the end of this post for comparison. In general, I find them to have the best everyday price – but they aren’t better than the weekly sales at places like Office Depot, so be sure to check this list every single week. If you’re a smart shopper, you’ll spend very little on school supplies and may even have spare supplies to give to someone else. [Read More…]