Downtown Boulder hosts its first-ever Girls’ Night Out with an evening of strolling, shopping and sipping along the beautiful Pearl Street Mall and adjacent blocks on Thursday, September 28 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The first 150 to arrive receive a complimentary GNO tote bag (the better to shop with, my dear). They can 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 and mocktails. 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. At the end of the evening, bring a receipt for $50 or more back to the Sipping Garden for a complimentary drink.
Denver Startup Week is designed wannabe entrepreneurs, career-changers and others looking to make changes or improve their professional lives. From Monday, September 25 through Friday, September 29 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. with FREE sessions and one-on-one mentoring for developers, founders, makers, designers, product developers and marketers/PR people. Topic and Industry Clusters are designed to help people select the options most applicable to their areas of interest. [Read more…] about Denver Startup Week Free for Budding Entrepreneurs
We’ve all felt a change in the weather and seen televised images of snow on the high peaks. That means, of course, that the tasks of putting gardens to bed for the winter and raking leaves are upon us. We also all know that backyard composting is an effective way to provide quality compost for our own gardens and also reduce waste, but we don’t always know how to go about it effectively.
Boulder County’s upcoming workshops, which are FREE to county residents, discuss how to start and maintain a highly efficient compost system, what to “feed” your compost pile, appropriate bins, tips and troubleshooting, and more.
Colorado master composter Melanie Nehls Burow leads these workshops (all from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.). They are scheduled for Thursday, September 28 in Boulder; Monday, October 2 in Erie; Monday October 16 in Longmont and Monday, October 23 in Louisville. Click here for locations and online registration (required). For more information, call 720-564-2220.
Representatives of some 280 colleges and universities set up information stations at the FREE Denver National College Fair on Sunday, September 24 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.
If your current fridge is expensive to operate and/or unsatisfactory in other ways, take advantage of Labor Day appliance sales. Then, schedule FREE pick-up and recycling of your old box plus a $50 rebate. This offer is only for Xcel Energy residential electric customers (valid account number required). To qualify, you also must own an operational 10- to 30-cubic-foot refrigerator/freezer that will be picked up from the residential address listed on the billing account. “‘Operational” is defined as being capable of cooling/freezing, and to prove that it is, you must plug it the night before the pickup date. The unit must demonstrate full operational capability when inspected at the time of pickup. Call 866-552-8755 or schedule online. Expect your $50 rebate within four weeks. As a bonus, Xcel will throw in two free efficient LED light bulbs as well. The Xcel offer ends on October 31.
CU Buffs football fans head to Downtown Boulder on the evening before every weekend home game, when the Pearl Street Stampede lights up the town. This old-fashioned parade and pep rally starts at 7 p.m. with an antique CU fire truck leading the procession, followed by the school’s Golden Buffalo Marching Band, the CU football team and cheerleaders.
The parade begins at the Boulder County Courthouse (1300 block) and heads west to the 1000 block, stopping every block for the band to perform and the players to high-five spectators. Dates are Thursday, August 31; Friday, September 8; Friday, September 15; Friday, September 22; Friday, October 27 (homecoming weekend) and Friday, November 10.
Colorado Ski Country USA’s popular 5th and 6th Grade Passport Programs are again available for the 2017-18 ski season to introduce Colorado youngsters to skiing and snowboarding with FREE or super-cheap lift access at 21 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
Take a stroll along the North St. Vrain River through the heart of little Lyons and peruse the works of dozens of painters, photographers, potters, jewelers, fiber artists and more during the FREE Arts on the River festival today, Sunday, August 27, 1 to 7 p.m. Live entertainment includes Kutandara and Sounds of Lyons and Mayama Movement Studio. Food and drink are for sale. River Bend Park, 501 Main Street, Lyons.
As part of the “Walk with a Doc” movement, the City of Boulder and Boulder Community Health promote this FREE community program that combines the health benefits of walking with the chance to have questions answered by local physicians. At each walk, participants can learn about a current health topic, walk and talk with a local doctor, and enjoy free refreshments, blood pressure checks and giveaways. Cardiologist Dr. Nelson Trujillo leads the program on Saturday, August 26 from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. that includes a brief health talk on preventing heart attacks at North Boulder Park for an approximately one-mile scenic walk.
Upcoming walks include a talk on “Shortness of Breath” at Harlow Platts Park on September 9, “Shortness of Breath” at Coot Lake/Tom Watson Park on October 14, and “Diet and Heart Disease” at East Boulder Community Center/Park on November 18. All walks start at 8 a.m.
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.
We’re adding news about Green Ride’s new hourly service between Longmont and Denver International Airport to our page about airport transportation and parking. But as a heads-up, here’s what’s new: starting tomorrow, Wednesday, August 16 Green Ride begins service for the introductory fare of $20 plus $12 for each additional passenger on the same booking. Parking is FREE and limitless, and Green Ride Longmont also offers residential pick-up service from zip codes 80501, 80503 and 80504. Click here for the schedule. Service is from/to the new Longmont HUB, 206 S. Main St. For more information, call 303-997-0238.
After 40 years in Boulder, initially as a greenhouse and more recently as a huge patio furniture and grill store, Fruehauf’s is moving to Westminster. The new 40,000-square-foot facilities opens in January 2018, but the moving sale starts now. No end date announced yet, but as the saying goes, shop now for the best selection with 30% to 90% off. We’ll keep you posted as we know more about the specific schedule. 1655 33rd St., Boulder, 303-449-9551.
Boulder jewelry designer Peter Rosen and closing his shop that has long been known for diamond, platinum, gold and precious gem rings and other pieces — many one of a kind. We’ve held off telling you about it until the final days and the greatest savings. They are here, with savings of up to 81% during the last three days (Thursday, August 3 and Friday August 4, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday, August 5, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.). 1600 Pearl St. Boulder, 303-443-2852.
The FREE weekend shuttle between Nederland and the Hessie Trailhead accesses several hiking trails into the incomparable Indian Peaks Wilderness. It operates every 15 to 20 minutes Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from the Nederland Park & Ride lot at 1st and Jackson Sts., just off the Peak-to-Peak Highway (CO 72). Drive and park or take the RTD N bus from Boulder. The shuttle operates from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. through the weekend of Sept. 9, then to 6 p.m. for the rest of the season. The bus stop and lot are at the edge of downtown Nederland, which offers lots to do — including the magical Carousel of Happiness with $1 rides.
After 34 years, Racines is at last introducing happy hour specials. The popular Denver watering hole opened in 1983, first on Bannock Street in the Golden Triangle and then moving to 650 Sherman on Capitol Hill in 2004. Happy hour goes live on Monday, June 19, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., and is available Monday through Friday. Happy hour portions and pricing ($3 and $5) are in effect for popular dishes including green chile cheese fries and the awesome Double Trouble Wings. Racines takes $2 off any glass of wine and $5 off any bottle. Coors Light pints are $3. Wynkoop, Odell’s and Deschutes brewskis are $4. Cocktails are $5 to $7. 650 Sherman St., Denver, 303-595-0418.