The ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival takes place in three places on the planet: Jaipur in India, London and Boulder. Billed as the largest FREE literary festival in the world, it brings distinguished international authors to share their ideas, thoughts and words to a local audience. Returning to Boulder for the fourth year, the festival takes place at the Main Boulder Public Library from Friday through Sunday, September 21 to 23 with programs for adults and children. [Read more…] about Prestigious (and Free) International Literary Fest in Boulder
The big tent is up in McGuckin Hardware’s west parking lot for the fall tent sale from Thursday, September 20 to Sunday, September 23. The sale offers up to 70% off all items under the big top and 10% off indoor merchandise. You’ll find hardware, housewares, tools, electrical and plumbing supplies, gardening items, paints, decorative items, school supplies, miscellaneous apparel and more. Some are markdowns from inventory and others are special purchase merchandise. Other Village Shopping Center merchants (90% of which are locally owned) often piggyback on McGuckin’s popular semi-annual event with sidewalk sales and other specials of their own.
Tent sale hours are the same as regular store hours — Thursday and Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Product demonstrations and tastings are scheduled for Saturday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. 2525 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder (but it is physically at Folsom and Canyon), 303-443-1822.
Downtown Boulder hosts its second Girls’ Night Out with an evening of strolling, shopping and sipping along the beautiful Pearl Street Mall and adjacent blocks on Thursday, September 20 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Hang out in the Sipping Garden (1300 block), which opens at 5 p.m. with a DJ spinning popular tunes and an optional cash bar dispensing cocktails ($5), Oskar Blues beer or wine (and mocktails ($2). The first 150 women in the Sipping Garden receive a tote bag full of goodies. A few of those bags have extra special items gifted by participating retailers. These include a T-shirt from Savvy on Pearl, John Atencio key chain, lavender eye pillow from Jones + Co. Mercantile, gift bag from Jones + Co. Mercantile, $35 Chelsea gift card, $25 Shoe Fly gift card, $25 MomentuM gift card, 5 ring holders from Adorned and more
At 6 p.m., Guerilla Fanfare, a brass band, plays shoppers off to explore some 30 merchants and pop-ups from Adorned (jewelry) to Zeal Optics. Each one offers something free or value-added. The first five women to spend $100 or more at any of the participating retailers and return to the Sipping Garden with their receipt(s) have the chance to win one of the following: $100 Barbara & Company Gift Card, $75 Zeal Optics Gift Card, stylish hand bag from Jones + Co. Mercantile, necklace from Adorned or a pair of Fjallraven Abisko Trekking Tights. Bring a receipt of $50 or more from any of the participating retailers to the Sipping Garden to receive a drink of your choice (21+ or alcohol and one complimentary drink per person). Click here for a list of participating retailers and a map.
The most recent business to show its appreciation with special savings to active and retired first responders is Murdoch’s Ranch and Home Supply. Law enforcement officers, firefighters (both volunteer and career), EMTs, paramedics, dispatchers, search-and-rescue personnel and corrections officers get 15% off “most everything* plus an additional 15% off clearance clothing and footwear. The appreciation discounts are in effect from Thursday, September 20 through Saturday, September 23. Click here for Murdoch’s locations.
The soothing soundscape of the Turkish oud, the Australian digeridoo, the cello, the auto-harp and the flute fill the air at the Boulder Public Library tomorrow, Wednesday, September 12, noon to 1 p.m. and invite relaxing reverie in the middle of the week. The event is FREE — and the effect is priceless. 1001 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder.
Representatives of some 290 colleges and universities set up information stations at the FREE Denver National College Fair on Sunday, September 30 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. It’s the place to get some guidance on finding the right college, plus important information on scholarships and financial aid. A list of the participating schools is on the website.
These include state colleges and universities, junior and community colleges, private non-profit colleges, for-profit institutions and even international options are represented. The event is relevant both for high schoolers getting ready for college and adults returning to school. Register online. Denver Mart, Expo Halls 2 and 3, 451 E. 58th Ave., Denver.
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 11 Colorado Gems resorts. Gems ski areas are Arapahoe Basin, Cooper, Echo Mountain, Eldora, Granby Ranch, Hesperus, Kendall Mountain, Loveland, Monarch Mountain, Powderhorn and Sunlight. [Read more…] about Gems Card Savings at 11 Smaller Ski Areas
Live theater can be costly, but the Arvada Center has a money-saving tradition of offering three midweek previews for significantly less than the regular run. For performances on the Main Stage, all seats at previews are $36, compared with seats starting at $53 during the regular run. Preview tickets in the more intimate Black Box Theater are $25 compared with $40 and up for the regular run.
Opening this season is “Mamma Mia!” on the Main Stage, September 7 to 30 with previews September 4 to 6. Click here for the live theater schedule. Parking is FREE, and there is an opportunity to view the changing gallery exhibitions before the show or during intermission. 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada, 720-898-7200.
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). Through Thursday, August 30, get 5 items of clothing for just $5. The store calls it a sidewalk sale for bulk clothing. 3600 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, 303-245-0800.
It’s August, so Colorado’s big pre-season sales on ski and snowboard equipment, apparel and accessories are back. SkiRex and Powder Daze with similar formats are going strong, Both feature deeply discounted prices. The sales culminate over the big Labor Day weekend on-site ski area reps selling low-price season and multi-day passes, and perhaps drawings for prizes and other specials. Talk to the reps to get the work about on-mountain improvements.
This is the time to upgrade your gear, restock essentials (why is it we can only find one sock, when we know we put two into the wash?), snag discounts on some of last year’s models and take advantage of lift ticket deals. [Read more…] about Big Ski Sales Start Now, Peak on Labor Day
Colorado Ski Country USA’s popular 5th and 6th Grade Passport Programs are again available for the 2018-19 ski season to introduce Colorado youngsters to skiing and snowboarding with FREE or super-cheap lift access at 24 Colorado ski areas.
The 5th Grade Passport allows fifth graders three days of FREE skiing at each of the participating resorts, while the 6th Grade Passport is good for four days of skiing at the same resorts for $105 ($125 for those who sign up after November 30). Taken to the max, that would amount to 80 days on the slopes for less than $1.50 per day. [Read more…] about Colorado Ski Country’s 5th and 6th Grade Passports Back
Shake Shack is known far and wide for burgers, hot dogs, fries and shakes. It is now offering a way to burn off some of those calories. Shake Shack Track & Field hosts FREE community runs on the second Tuesday of each month beginning on August 14. The runs, which are open to all ages and abilities, take off from and return to two metro Denver Shake Shack locations — RiNo and Highlands Ranch. Upon return, the first beverage back at “the Shack” is FREE.
Click here to register, and then meet the group meet at the Shake Shack of your choice at 6:30 p.m. for the 3- to 4-mile loop led by Boulder Running Company. The RiNo Shack is at 995 Larimer St.. Denver, 720-543-8609. The south suburban Shack is at 1509 Park Central Dr., Suite 100, Highlands Ranch, 720-452-1007.
Pop! is a new downtown Boulder pop-up gallery featuring local artists’ works in the expansive space vacated when Starrs Clothing closed. Its FREE grand opening is this evening, Friday, June 29, 6 to 9 p.m. Meet the artists, enjoy a complimentary glass of Decadent Saints wine (21+ of course) and light apps. Be sure to enter to win a $100 gift card. 1630 Pearl St., Boulder.
Pangea Organics, known for high-quality, organic skin-care items and cosmetics, is changing its packaging and has set up a pop-up shop in Boulder with 60% off on products with the current design. Essential oils and lip tints are not included in this sale. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. The location is open through Sunday, June 30, at 1810 Twenty Ninth Street Mall, Boulder. Fore more information, E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The ViewHouse celebrates the first birthday of its Littleton location with four days of fun. Everyone is welcome. [Read more…] about 4-Day Party at Littleton’s ViewHouse