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Homeless shelter’s art club brightening kids’ lives

Julissa Valdivia, 9, and Karen Vazquez, 16, share a smile at the weekly informal art-club meeting at Joshua Station, a homeless shelter. 

Busses rally in protest of budget cuts

Fifty-one buses from Falcon District 49 in El Paso County drove north to the state Capitol today in an effort to send a message to state legislators about education cuts.

A lesson for all of us

Police have located the family of a toddler who was found alone in the dark in northeast Denver by a passerby who was out walking his dog just before 6 a.m. in the area of Manual High School, 1700 E. 28th Ave..

5 money myths that can hurt financial rookies as rules, climate change

By the Associated Press
Steer clear of credit cards. Hoard cash for a big down payment on a home. Put off retirement savings until student loans are paid off.

New graduates and young professionals are often faced with a barrage of financial advice. The challenge is separating the bankable wisdom from the myths, particularly at a time when so many of the well-established rules have been upended.

Consider the many moving parts: Sweeping overhauls of credit-card and health-insurance regulations were signed into law. And after suffering steep losses, retirement accounts are just now moving past where they stood at the peak of the market. The implications of such events can be difficult to process for those just starting their financial lives. But early decisions can dramatically alter futures.

Event Round-up: Family Field Day, Pirates, a Flauschink Celebration & More!

Saturday. Get outside and get moving at “Health For All Seasons,” a family field day and fitness fair at the Children’s Museum of Denver. Participate in all sorts of fun games and test your springtime strength: Run a three-legged race with a pal, measure your distance in the long jump and giving hula hooping a try. Children’s Hospital is providing bikes for a cool Bike Rodeo, too. Healthy treats will be available for refueling, too. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Children’s Museum of Denver, 2121 Children’s Museum Drive, 303-433-7444. Activities are free with museum admission: $8 for guests ages 2 to 59, $6 for 1-year-olds and seniors age 60 and older. For more information, visit mychildsmuseum.org.

Through Sunday. Alas—spring break is drawing to a close, but pirate fans still have one more weekend to join in the Spring Break Pirate Invasion at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. In celebration of the museum’s “Real Pirates” exhibit, kids can listen to pirate tales, decorate their own pirate hats, hunt for treasure and more. To accomodate the swashbuckling crowds, the exhibit offers extended opening hours through April 10.  9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays. Last tickets sold 90 minutes before closing; extended hours valid through April 10. Denver Museum of Nature and Science, 2001 Colorado Blvd.; 303-370-6000. “Real Pirates” tickets are $20 for adults, $14 for seniors age 65 and older, $11 for students and kids ages 3 to 18. Tickets include museum admission. Visit dmns.org to buy tickets and learn more.

Through Sunday. Welcome spring in Crested Butte at the town’s 43rd annual Flauschink celebration. The king and queen of Flauschink receive their crowns at tonight’s Coronation Ball, featuring peppy polka music by the Pete Dunda Polka Band. On Saturday, the new royalty make an appearance at an afternoon parade, waving scepters made of toilet plungers. Salute the new rulers on Sunday at Crested Butte Mountain Resort, where they’ll await tributes from atop Flauschink Hill. Coronation Ball: 9 p.m. tonight. The Eldo Brewery, 215 Elk Ave., Crested Butte. Admission is $8. Parade: 5 p.m. Saturday. Elk Avenue, Crested Butte. Admission is free. Learn more at gunnisoncrestedbutte.com.

Through April 10. The Von Trapp family sings again when the Northglenn Youth Theatre presents “The Sound of Music.” The all-kid musical tells the familiar tale: Young Maria isn’t fitting in at the convent, and is assigned to help a widowed military man with his seven kids. With a little understanding, and more than a few songs, the children come to love their new governess—and their father begins to care for her, too. 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, 10 a.m. Wednesday and Thursday. The D.L. Parsons Theatre, 11801 Community Center Drive, Northglenn; 303-450-8800. Tickets are $7.50 for adults, $6.50 for students and seniors. For more information, call or visit northglenn.org.

Wednesday. Listen to stories and learn about firefighters at “Firehouse Tales for Tots” at the Denver Firefighters Museum. Settle in for a fire-themed book or two mixed with audience participation activities like puppetry and finger plays. Before and after, explore the museum’s exhibits: Vintage fire trucks and firefighting tools, the history of Denver’s fire department, fire safety displays and more. Can’t make it this week? The museum presents “Tales for Tots” the first Wednesday of each month. 11 a.m. Wednesday. Denver Firefighters Museum, 1326 Tremont Place; 303-892-1436. Admission is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors and students, $4 for kids ages 2 to 12. Visit denverfirefightersmuseum.org for more information.

Kathleen St. John

Photo courtesy of  The Denver Museum of Nature and Science

Bronx Zoo’s missing cobra speaks out on Twitter

NEW YORK—The Bronx Zoo may still be looking for its missing cobra, but a tongue-in-cheek Twitter user is charting its supposed progress.

FDA will study food colorings’ impact on kids

WASHINGTON — After staunchly defending the safety of artificial food colorings, the federal government is for the first time publicly reassessing whether foods such as Jell-O, Lucky Charms cereal and Minute Maid lemonade should carry warnings that the bright artificial colorings in them worsen behavior problems such as hyperactivity in some children.

Book Signing With J.D. Kleinke, Author of “Catching Babies”

I had the opportunity to talk with medical economist, healthcare policy expert and former Denver resident J.D. Kleinke about his newly released novel Catching Babies. This book is sure to create some buzz as it confronts issues such as unnecessary c-sections, the uninsured, birth trauma, the flight to homebirth and the rampant rise in post partum depression. J.D. will be at the Tattered Cover on Colfax Avenue this Thursday, March 31st, 7:30 p.m. for a book reading and signing.

Denver Deal: Tangled Rebate, DealPop and Mountain Fun

Springtime in Colorado is the best!  Where else can you ski and hike the same weekend?  One day it is sunny and nice and the next it is snowing when you wake up (like it was today).  Plus, there is so much to do right here in town! 

Disney’s Tangled $5 Rebate

Cost Cutters has teamed up with Disney’s Tangled on DVD.  Purchase one Tangled Blu-ray Combo Pack or DVD (available Tuesday, March 29th) between March 29th and May 31st and visit a Cost Cutters salon for a haircut (adult or child) between March 1st and May 31, 2011 to receive your $5 rebate by mail.  Rebate forms are available at all Cost Cutters salons. Or visit the Cost Cutters web site at http://www.CostCutters.com and click on “Kids HQ” for a downloadable rebate form along with links to a Tangled DVD trailer and Tangled activity and coloring sheets.

DealPop

DealPop kicks off this Wednesday, March 30 with great deals that will save you 70% off at places to eat, shop and have fun.  Plus as a Mile High Mamas reader – use the code:  DENVERROCKS  to get an EXTRA 15% discount!  The deals last 24-72 hours and there is not a minimum number of people that have to guy in to get the deal.  Plust there is instant redemption (you can download the coupons and use immediately.

Disney on Ice Kraft Singles Discount Offer

Disney on Ice: Princess Classics will be at the Denver Coliseum this week, March 30- April 3.  KRAFT Singles and Disney On Ice have teamed up to deliver a crowd-pleasing, budget-friendly partnership, any KRAFT Singles package wrapper can be redeemed for two 50 percent discounted tickets!  Redemption is easy: KRAFT Singles package wrappers can be redeemed directly at the venue box office; mailed directly to the venue box office; or mailed to Disney On Ice’s customer service center. Complete details available at www.disneyoniceoffer.com.

FREE DAYS

   Saturday, April 2 – Denver Art Museum , but kids are encouraged to attend any day this week as a special Spring Break offer kids under 17 will be admitted free.

   Saturday, April 2 – Denver Children’s Museum Celebrates Family Field Day and Fitness Fair

   Tuesday, April 5 – Target Tuesday Night at the Children’s Museum. (Free Admission after 4 p.m.)  

Consignment Sales

   Thursday, April 7 – Sunday, April 10: Just Between Friends Sale at the National Western Complex.  Admission is Free to MileHighMamas readers.  Or check the full schedule of consignment sales at http://www.milehighmamas.com/2011/02/21/spring-2011-consignment-sale-schedule/  

Mountain Spring Break Fun

If you haven’t tried it yet, visit the Fraser Tubing Hill just outside of Winter Park (between Winter Park and SolVista).  For only $12/45 minutes kids and adults alike will have a fantastic time.  The tow rope makes it even more fun – because you don’t even have to climb up the hill yourself.  Just hook the tube on and ride UP the hill as well as shushing down.

Vail, Breckenridge, Beaver Creek, and Keystone are all celebrating Spring Fever with all kinds of fun.  They will stay open through April 24.  All of the resorts have great deals, free concerts, fun and events.

Echo Mountain will continue it’s 5th year anniversary with $5 Friday night skiing/boarding.

CiCi’s Pizza

CiCi’s Pizzas offers moms and dads a break from the kitchen with its $4.99 Endless Value Dinner. For less than $5 (and less than $3 for kids), each member of the family can have exactly what he or she wants – without mom and dad turning into short order cooks. In just minutes, a family can sit down to a full meal together of pizza, pasta, salad and dessert.  This is perhaps one of the BEST deals in town!

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Colorado schools are beginning to write off cursive handwriting

By Kevin Simpson, The Denver Post

Twenty-three second-graders file into Virginia Edwards’ technology classroom at Grant Ranch School, take a seat at their iMacs, pull on headphones and launch a program whose graphics and audio prompts teach them crucial keyboarding skills.
Gradually, the staccato tapping of their fingers will supplant the graceful curves of what once stood as an academic rite of passage: cursive handwriting.
In an increasingly paperless world, and with ever-greater student-performance demands in core subjects, state standards have gone silent on cursive.
In Colorado schools where it is still taught, the time devoted to its practice generally has diminished, although pockets of avid supporters still enthusiastically defend its rightful place in the elementary curriculum.