I confess: I was a Cirque du Soleil virgin. Then I saw Kooza. Now I am a convert. The bendy girls (on what planet do they find beings with pipe cleaners where bones should be ?)—the feats—the daring! The disco juggling! And that thing—they call it the Wheel of Death. I call it “Give your audience a heart attack.” Kooza is worth the money, friends. And mostly kid-appropriate, with just a few adult-oriented jokes that the kids may not get anyway. The merchandising rivals anything you’d see at Disney, so be prepared for that. Cirque du Soleil runs well into September. Buy your tickets now.
This Saturday is the SkirtChaser 5k. It’s too late to register online, but go to Outdoor Divas in Boulder or Cherry Creek to register in person, or register the day of the race. Write the Mile High Mamas code (MHMC) on the registration form, and you can still receive the discount. Join me and represent for Mamas across the metro area. The race starts at 5:00 (men start at 5:03— Bring it!), and the block party afterward promises a happy hour-like atmosphere.
Or: If all of the above just does not suit you: Head up to the Hotel Boulderado for the Michael Jackson Dance Party. On Saturday, August 29 (MJ’s birthday), the Hotel Boulderado hosts a benefit for the Make-a-Wish Foundation. Tickets are $19, and that gives you the freedom to wear your glove, penny loafers, and glittery socks, and rock out to your favorite MJ tunes. All for a good cause.
Labor Day is fast approaching, so be thinking about attending the Taste of Colorado, downtown in Civic Center Park. If you’ve never been, you must go. They’ll have all sorts of kid activities, as well as live music and entertainment. And the food. . . I’ll have a complete rundown for you next week.
Finally, some important news for pregnant women: On September 8, Exempla Lutheran Medical Center is offering a free educational session for pregnant women, to provide information about the flu, including that annoying H1N1. If you’re pregnant, or think you might become pregnant, this session will help you figure out how to stay safe and healthy during flu season. Call 303-425-8154 to register. The class will be held at Wheat Ridge Recreation Center, 4005 Kipling Street, in Wheat Ridge.
And now, let’s get on with it!
Friday, August 28, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm: Sounds of Southlands, Southlands Shopping District, E-470 and Smoky Hill Road. Southlands has extended their concert series by a week, with a special performance by Message in a Bottle. Yes, that’s a Police cover band.
Saturday, August 29, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm: Concerts on the Green Summer Concert Series, Founders Green, 29th Avenue and Roslyn Street, Stapleton. Chris Daniels and the Kings close out this popular concert series.
Wednesday, September 2, 6:30 pm (doors open at 6:00 pm): Swallow Hill’s Shady Grove Picnic Series at Four Mile Historic Park, 715 Forest Street, Denver. Swallow Hill wraps up this long-running extravaganza with a CD release party with Wendy Woo. Tickets are $10/adults, $2 kids 12 and under.
Summer Movie Programs
Friday, August 28, 7:00 pm: Westminster Movies in the Park presents The Tale of Despereaux, Westminster City Park, 105th and Sheridan Boulevard.
Friday, August 28, dusk: Flicks in the Square presents Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Olde Town Square, 57th and Olde Wadsworth, Olde Town Arvada. Ryan Flick performs at 7:00. The kids may not love it, but it’s definitely a classic, and probably worth finding a sitter. Or if you have older kids—well, I could see a teenage girl getting all Audrey Hepburn after seeing this.
Saturday, August 29, 7:30 pm: Boulder Outdoor Cinema presents High School Musical 3, 1750 13th Street, Downtown Boulder (behind the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art). Suggested donation of $5 at the door; concessions available for purchase. Pre-show entertainment (movie shorts, etc.) begin around 7:00, movie begins around dusk.
Happenings and Other Fun Things to Do
Saturday, August 29, and Sunday, August 30, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm: Chile Harvest Festival, Lakewood’s Heritage Center in Belmar Park, 801 South Yarrow Street, Lakewood. It’s definitely that time of the year, with chile stands everywhere. Get the real deal at the Chile Harvest Festival, and enjoy live music and entertainment, children’s activities, and some truly authentic cuisine. Admission is $6 for adults, $3 for children ages 3 – 12.
Saturday, August 29, 7:30 pm: The Colorado Chautaqua Association presents the Mamma Mia Sing Along, 900 Baseline Road, Boulder. I wasn’t sure if this should go under “Music” or “Theater” because it’s certainly bound to be both. So I compromised, because it’s also sure to be a very Fun Thing to Do. Belt out your favorite ABBA tunes, including “Dancing Queen” and “Mamma Mia.” Tickets are $10.
Through September 20: Cirque du Soleil presents Kooza at the Big Top on the grounds of the Pepsi Center. Show times and ticket prices vary; check the website for complete details and ordering information. And see my gushy little note above about how much I loved the show.
Theater and Music
Through November 14: Sleeping Beauty at the Heritage Square Music Hall, 18301 West Colfax Avenue, Golden (30) 279-7800. The classic story we all know and love, especially for children. Shows are on Saturdays at 1:30 pm. There are often 3:00 pm shows, but call to confirm. Ticket prices are $6.00 for children and adults, $5.00 for seniors (age 62 or over).
Through September 5: Annie at Boulder’s Dinner Theatre, 5501 Arapahoe Avenue, Boulder. The Broadway musical you love. . . with dinner! Special matinees added for families, so you can bring the little ones and you can all leave singing “It’s a hard knock life. . .” Check the website for show times and ticket prices.
Farmers’ (and other) Markets
Saturday, August 29, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm: Sweet William Market, Founders Green in Stapleton. This market only runs through September. That leaves you one more month of shopping bliss. Get to it.
The Farmers’ Markets are organized by region, to improve your shopping experience.
Saturday, 8:00 am – 1:00 pm. Cherry Creek Fresh Market, 1st Avenue and University (in the Bed, Bath, and Beyond parking lot), Denver. www.coloradofreshmarkets.com
Sunday, 8:30 am – 12:30 pm: Stapleton, 29th and Roslyn, Denver. www.coloradofreshmarkets.com.
Sunday, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm. Old South Pearl Street Farmers’ Market, 1500 Block of South Pearl Street, Denver.
Sunday, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm. City Park Esplanade Fresh Market, East Colfax Avenue and Columbine Street, Denver. www.coloradofreshmarkets.com.
Tuesday, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm: Denver Civic Center Outdoor Market and Café, Colfax and Broadway, Denver. www.coloradofreshmarkets.com.
Wednesday, 9:00 am – 1:00. Cherry Creek Fresh Market, 1st Avenue and University (in the Bed, Bath, and Beyond parking lot), Denver. www.coloradofreshmarkets.com.
Saturday, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. Highlands Ranch Farmers’ Market, Highlands Ranch Town Center, 9288 Dorchester Street, Highlands Ranch. www.denverfarmersmarket.com
Monday, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm. Tamarac Square, Tamarac and Hampden, Denver. www.denverfarmersmarket.com.
Saturday, 8:00 am – 1:00 pm. Northfield Stapelton, Northfield Stapleton Shopping Center, I-70 and Quebec. www.laughingdogfarms.net
Saturday, 8:00 am – 2:00 pm. Boulder Farmer’s Market, Downtown Boulder on 13th Street between Canyon and Arapahoe 303-910-2236.
Sunday, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm. Orchards Farmers’ Market, 144th Avenue and I-25. www.laughingdogfarms.net
Thursday, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm. 4260 Wadsworth Boulevard, Wheat Ridge. www.denverfarmersmarket.com.
Saturday, 8:00 am – 2:00 pm. Metro Denver Farmers’ Market, Southwest Plaza SE Parking Lot, Wadsworth and Bowles, Littleton. www.denverfarmersmarket.com.
Wednesday, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm. Aspen Grove, 7301 South Santa Fe, Littleton. www.denverfarmersmarket.com
Tuesday, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm. Aurora Farmers’ Market, 333 N. Havana, in the Maya Sports Bar and Grill parking lot. www.denverfarmersmarket.com
Saturday, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm. Lone Tree, Yosemite and Maximus. www.laughingdogfarms.net.
Saturday, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm. Southlands, E-470 and Smoky Hill Road, in the Southlands Shopping Center, Aurora. www.laughingdogfarms.net. Open Saturdays, 9:00 – 1:00 and Thursdays, 10:00 – 1:00.
Sunday, 8:00 am – 1:00 pm. Parker Farmer’s Market, Northwest corner of Parker and Main Street, in the Crossroads Shopping Center. www.laughingdogfarms.net. Runs through October.
Thursday, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm: Southlands, E-470 and Smoky Hill Road, in the Southlands Shopping Center, Aurora. www.laughingdogfarms.net.
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