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Event round-up: People’s Fair, Arvada Trails Day and more!

Saturday. Hit the road at the 10th annual Arvada Trails Day. Held at two locations, the outdoorsy event includes all sorts of trail-related fun, including two 5K walks and a 20-mile bike ride. Start your day at either Majestic View Nature Center or Two Ponds National Wildlife Refuge: Both locations will feature live animal demonstrations, educational activities and information about Arvada’s trail system. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Majestic View Nature Center, 7030 Garrison St., Arvada; Two Ponds National Wildlife Refuge, east of Kipling Street on West 80th Avenue, Arvada. (Bike ride begins at 9 a.m. at Majestic View.) Admission is free.

Saturday-Sunday. Capitol Hill comes alive for the 40th annual People’s Fair. Presented by the Capitol Hill United Neighborhoods organization, the Fair is a two-day extravaganza of arts and crafts, music and food. New this year is the People’s Fair Passport, a scavenger hunt that takes participants around the fair to participate in activities and collect stamps. Visit 7 of the 10 destinations and enter to win prizes like a year of free beer or an inflatable kayak. Soundtrack your scavenging with live music—four stages will be running throughout the festival, featuring a variety of musical genres and dance performances. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday. Civic Center Park, Broadway and Colfax Avenue. Admission is free.

Saturday. Get a taste of 20th-century Lakewood at the Rockin’ Block Party at Lakewood’s Heritage Center. The day starts with free tours of the Heritage Center’s historic buildings, including a 1920s country school, Ethel’s Beauty Salon and the White Way Grill. It’s game time from 5 to 7 p.m.—prizes will be awarded in contests like “Drive a Marshmallow” and water-balloon tossing. The evening begins with a concert by 1980s tribute act Into the Groove, followed by an outdoor screening of the classic ‘80s film “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.” 10 a.m. to approximately 10:30 p.m. Saturday. Lakewood’s Heritage Center, 801 S. Yarrow St., Lakewood; 303-987-7850. Admission is free.

Through Saturday. Summer in the mountains gets off to a spicy start at the Snowmass Chili Pepper and Brew Fest. The two-day party features tastings of hot chili and refreshing microbrews as contestants compete to win glory and prizes. Tastings are open to the public—festivalgoers vote for the “People’s Choice Award” via text. Once the afternoon tastings are over, live music starts on the slopside stage. This year’s artists include Boombox, Black Uhuru, Carbon Choir and the Tedeschi Trucks Band. 4:30-10 p.m. Friday, 2-10 p.m. Saturday. Snowmass Village/Snowmass Ski Area. Ticket packages are $40-$75, available at

Saturday. Heads up, skater boys and girls: Skateboarding star Rob Dyrdek visits Broomfield as part of the Journeys Backyard BBQ Tour. He’ll be hanging out in the tour’s giant “alternative sports playground” set up outside Flatiron Crossing, meeting fans and signing autographs. The tour also features BMX, motocross and skateboarding demonstrations, plus live music from bands like The Dirty Heads, Memphis High and local rockers Vices I Admire. Noon to 7 p.m. Saturday. Flatiron Crossing, 1 W. Flatiron Crossing Drive, Broomfield. Admission is free.

Kathleen St. John

Father’s Day Pick: Metro-Denver’s Guide to Everything for Dad and Kids

The Perfect Gift for Father’s Day: Wonderdads

The Metro-Denver’s Guide to Everything for Dad and Kids

I was a bit skeptical when I got Wonderdads in the mail. I always thought of myself as the kid guru when it comes to activities, where to shop, eat and play. Well, this compilation of ideas is giving me a run for my money! The book is fantastic. The contributors nailed so many of my favorites and even introduced me to some shops and restaurants I have not yet tried. This truly is

Mile High Mamas Memorial Day Wishes & Events

As you enjoy your Memorial Day with family and friends….

Just take a moment to remember what it is all about.

The Mamas

P.S. For an extensive of list of Memorial Day events, please go here.

Study finds fewer newly homeless in Denver, but more are families

The number of newly homeless people has dropped significantly over the past two years in metro Denver, but an increasing number are adults with children, according to the 10th Homeless Point-in-Time Study, conducted on Jan. 24, 2011, by the Metropolitan Denver Homeless Initiative.

In 2011, the number of newly homeless — which means homeless for the first time and for less than one year — was nearly 24 percent, down from about 45 percent from 2009.

“Our theory is that

Magnet school first-graders take hands-on approach to studying dinosaurs

Aidan Hartman squatted near the 152 million-year-old fossil and studied it with a critical eye.

The only other dinosaur bones he had seen before Monday were in a museum and were well- scrubbed, connected and intact. But this piece, excavated by a group of Northglenn High School educators just a few months ago, held a special fascination for the 7-year-old.

“It confused me,” said Aidan. “I’ve always wondered what a dinosaur would feel like. And this is nothing I’ve seen before.”

Not surprisingly, Aidan came away with another revelation.

“Kung Fu Panda 2” offers eye candy, wisdom for kids

***1/2 more panda-monium

“Kung Fu Panda 2” makes one thing clear from the get-go: Lord Shen, he’s one angry bird.

Gary Oldman voices the peacock whose pride may goeth, but not before he causes a storm of destruction in the lovely sequel to the 2008 surprise that introduced us to Po.

Jack Black returns as the voice of the pudgy panda who dreamed of becoming a martial-arts hero. Angelina Jolie returns as Tigress. Dustin Hoffman reprises Master Shifu, Po’s wise, wry teacher.

Along with the Furious Five, Shifu keeps the peace in the optimistically named Valley of Peace. And his father Mr. Ping’s noodle restaurant has the memorabilia to prove it.

Directed with verve and nerve by Jennifer Yuh Nelson, “Kung Fu Panda 2” offers plenty of lessons about misreading destiny as the right to rule unfettered, about parental love and disappointment, about parental love and compassion. If you are looking for age-old parables recast against a vividly rendered world, this kid’s flick bests “Thor.”

Without ever becoming too film-cultish, the original paid

Read more: By Lisa Kennedy

Nothing to wear? Shop offers a designer dress good for one night

or her 26th birthday, Kellie Hernandez wanted to get all glammed up for a night on the town, but her champagne tastes — designer dresses and professionally styled hair and makeup — didn’t quite square with her modest salary as a medical assistant.

Fortunately, she had an inside line to a modern version of Cinderella’s godmother — her friend Antoinette Sotelo.

Sotelo recently opened Dollhouse Cilhouette, an upscale dress-rental boutique that also offers hair styling and professional makeup for clients. Her business strategy: Why spend $200 or more on a dress you’ll wear once or twice instead of applying that money toward renting a dozen fabulous frocks?

A slim young woman with a keen interest in fashion, Sotelo is a fan of Rent the Runway and similar websites but less enamored of gambling on a gown that might not look as good in person as it did online.

So she looked at the success of

Cancer-survivor mom’s mission to help parents with cancer

Now that she no longer feels like the Sword of Damocles is hanging by a slender thread over her head, mother-of-two Jen Singer can at last get her dream off the drawing board.

That dream is Parenting With Cancer — the website she wishes had existed when she was diagnosed with stage 3 non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma on June 6, 2007.

Singer would wander around at night in tears fueled by medication, trying not to disturb the family, and

(Local) Mother of invention: Backpack helps parents and kids breathe a lot easier

As any parent will tell you, the gear you need to lug around for a newborn — diaper bags, baby carriers and the like — sometimes feels better suited for a bellhop.

But when your infant needs a constant hookup to an oxygen tank, the load is literally almost too much to shoulder.

That’s certainly what Michelle Staley thought after her son, Ty, was born. Ty was three months premature and spent the first months of his life breathing with the help of a 10-pound oxygen tank.

“You can imagine what it was like carrying the baby, the diapers and the tank,” said Staley, who lives in Fort Morgan with her son and husband, Scott. “It was really cumbersome.

“I went online and tried to find an efficient carrier, but found nothing,” she said.

So Staley, who trained at the Colorado Institute of Art, designed a small pack with a sleeve for an oxygen tank, plus plenty of pockets for other necessities. With its two shoulder straps and fabricated from nonflammable material, it looks like a day pack and frees the hands for other tasks.

In short, necessity was the mother of this mom’s invention.

Fueled by a

Ministries, non profits rally for International Children’s Day

Christian ministries Stand4Kids and India Transformed!(formerly UEMI) are sponsoring Global Kidz Day to celebrate International Children’s Day Wednesday to provide Denver families with an opportunity to learn about helping children around the world and locally.

Nonprofit organizations dedicated to easing children’s suffering, including Compassion International, Encompass, Food for the Hungry and Women of Vision, will host booths with educational materials and activities, such as henna painting, creating a mural for the United Nations, purchasing mosquito nets for children at risk from malaria.

Global Kidz Day will be held 4-7 p.m. Wednesday on the lawn of St. John’s Lutheran Church and School, 700 S. Franklin St.