Anglers alert: You can be paid to fish. Northern pike is an aggressive fish that was illegally introduced into Green Mountain Reservoir and has been gobbling up native species. Wildlife managers are so anxious to eliminate these finny pests that they are offering $20 for each fish that is caught. Anglers are encouraged to catch and keep as many northern pike (and also smallmouth bass) from the reservoir as they desire. To participate, bring the fish (only the head is required), driver’s license and fishing license to the Heeney Marina starting Thursday, May 26. For more information, call the Colorado Div. of Parks and Wildlife’s Hot Sulphur Springs office, 970-725-6200, or Heeney Marina, 970-724-9441.
The annual Boulder Creek Festival, a Memorial Day weekend tradition, is the unofficial kickoff to summer. It begins on Saturday, May 27 at 7:30 p.m. with a Dead Phish Orchestra concert at the historic bandshell and wraps up on Monday, May 29 with Paa Kow performing there from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. In between are three days of varied events, activities and entertainment. Most are FREE. Nine separate event areas host 500 vendors showcasing everything from community arts and crafts to healthier alternatives and technology. [Read more…] about Boulder Creek Festival Awash with Free Fun
Our favorite hiking trails and campsites are buried under this past week’s snow or are starting to melt into mud. This too shall pass, so it’s a perfect time to stock up for the coming prime outdoor season. Neptune Mountaineering has put virtually all camping gear on sale through Sunday, May 28. Savings are 20-50% off sleeping bags, 20% off sleeping pads, 25% off camp pillows, 20% off select hiking and mountaineering boots, 20-30%off select tents and 25% off Deuter packs plus stoves, cookware, hammocks and more on sale. Open daily, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Table Mesa Shopping Center, 633 S. Broadway, Boulder, 303-499-8866.
One of the best ways to improve your palate is to do a tasting at the winery and chat with the winemaker as you taste. We have a page listing regularly scheduled FREE wine tastings at metro area specialty wine retailers and liquor stores. Most wineries charge a tasting fee, but some are very affordable and a very few are FREE. Examples? The family-owned Balistreri Vinyard’s Denver winery offers a complimentary tasting of its award-winning wines and a tour of the wine cellar and winemaking facilities. In addition, Balistreri has a gift shop and serves lunch seven days a week. 1946 E. 66th Ave., Denver, 303-287-5156. ♦ Tasting at Augustina’s Winery in Boulder, is not free, but it is cheap: $3 to taste up to five wines and $5 to taste 10 wines, and the fee is refunded with a purchase. 4715 N. Broadway, Unit B-3, 303-520-4871. Augustina’s also has a booth at the Saturday and Wednesday Boulder farmers’ market. ♦ The Turquoise Mesa Winery tasting room, which is open Thursday through Saturday from 1 to 6 p.m., charges just $5. 11705 Teller St., Unit C, Broomfield, 303-653-3822.
Pro hockey and basketball season are winding down and baseball season is in high gear, but it’s never too early to think football. Enroll youngsters for the Broncos Bunch Kids Club, which includes a Broncos Bunch T-shirt, NFL trading cards and entry to such special events as movie night, junior training camp and next fall, a trick-or-treat party. It’s worth signing up now, in time for a special Summer Kickoff party in June where kids can play on the field, meet players, alumni and more. Also, members receive a ticket for a FREE kids’ admission to the Downtown Aquarium and a small DQ ice cream cone. A Broncos magazine just for kiddos will come by mail for no extra fee until the young fan reaches age 12. Sign up kids here and get $5 off their membership (you pay $15), which is normally $20, using the King Soopers promo code KINGSOOPERS5.
Mow Down Pollution is a worthwhile program that aims to rid lawns of old gas-powered lawn mowers and replace them with brand new electric models. Wallet-friendly pricing is available on two models of electric lawn mowers, and even deeper discounts are available for those who bring in old-gas powered lawn mowers. Two models are available, respectively for $100 and $150 with trade, $150 and $200 without trade (plus tax). To register, click here for the Saturday, May 6 event at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City and here for Saturday, June 3 at the CHaRM facility in Boulder. All liquids must be drained before machines are brought in for recycling. Organizers remind people to make sure their vehicle can accommodate the new electric mower, which is supplied boxed,and cannot be unboxed on-site.
The $20 FIKA Passport is back. This caffeine-loaded spin on the popular spirits passport offers a 2-for-1 coffee special at each of two dozen participating Denver coffee shops through July 31. This is a shorter timeframe than during the inaugural year, but dedicated coffee drinkers will have no trouble getting all of the twofers. At each shop, the guest presents his or her FIKA Passport to the barista who stamps the booklet. So what is FIKA? It is a Swedish concept of a coffee break that provides an opportunity to recharge, either to be alone with your thoughts or to meet friends. This program invites Denverites to slow down and take a minute for themselves. A limited quantity of passport booklets is available, so now’s the time to order here or purchase at one of the participating locations. [Read more…] about Two-for-One Coffee Passport Returns
Starting at 3 p.m. every Wednesday until Easter, Liquor Mart invites people to search store for eggs. Eggs mean prizes that include gift cards, coupons and more. Kids may presumably help search, but only adults may cash in the gift cards and coupons that are featured prizes. The store is open on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 11:45 p.m. 1750 15th St., Boulder,303-449-3374.
Savvy skiers and riders are grabbing next season’s passes even as the snow lies so deep in the high country that a number of areas have extended this season. Following are the ever greater deals for next year, including passes with bonus days at other resorts around the country or even internationally. Passes also offer food, retail and lodging discounts, as well as special friends-and-family prices.
For brevity’s sake, we are just listing the adult season pass prices. Some are good for the remainder of this season too. Click on the websites for all other age/price categories, including teen/young adult pricing. Consider pass insurance for a modest additional cost….in case. [Read more…] about Great Deals on 2017-18 Ski Passes
We know that the Central City Opera summer season is several months down the calendar, but tickets for the super-affordable family matinee in the tiny jewel of a theater sell out fast. Introduce your kids (and yourself) to opera at a special matinee performance of “Carmen” on Tuesday, August 1 at 2:30 p.m. This fully staged production performed by the talented artists of the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Artists Training Program in Central City includes a narrator’s preview and an autograph session with the singers. Tickets are currently $20 each, but prices can change. If you ae concerned about the content, check the synopsis.
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). Apr. 1-2, 75% off winter outerwear; Apr. 3-7, double donation coupon; Apr. 9-15, 50% off Easter décor; Apr. 10-14, bulk clothing, 5 for $5 ; Apr. 17-21, 30% off fabrics & linens; Apr. 22, flash sale (check the Facebook page or stop by); Apr. 24-28, 25% off frames & art; Apr. 27, Take Your Daughter to Work Day BOGO, and Apr. 30, 50% off everything (as always, some exceptions). 3600 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, 303-245-0800.
Invest only $29.95 in a Denver Dining Out Passbook now and enjoy two-for-one dining at more than 70 metro area restaurants through July 31. These include all sorts of eateries — homey neighborhood spots, interesting ethnic restaurants and gourmet restaurants. The Passbook (a $99 value) can be used just once at each participating restaurant, but it only takes two or three visits to break even. Click here to purchase your Passbook.
The Boulder Arts & Crafts Gallery, a highly regarded coop that has been showcasing and selling the works of leading local and national artisans since 1971, holds just one sale a year. For 2017, it’s Friday, March 3 and Saturday, March 4 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and on Sunday, March 5, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The sale features 20% off the entire inventory, and with Mothers Day, graduation, those June weddings and Fathers Day coming up, take advantage of the opportunity to buy something special at a savings. 1421 Pearl St., Boulder, 303-443-3683.
Today and every Tuesday, Kilwin’s on Boulder’s Pearl Street Mall has a BOGO offer on delicious caramel apples. Flavors include dark and milk chocolate, with chopped pecans or peanuts. 1430 Pearl St., Boulder, 303-442-1940. Click here for the candy shop’s Facebook post, which you might have to click to get the BOGO offer in your inbox.