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“The Curse” and Delusions of Grandeur

When you were young, did your parents ever say to you, “I hope when you get married you have a child who acts JUST LIKE YOU!” My parents never said this to me because it’s something you say to your naughty children, not your perfect children. (My younger brother used to call me “Perfect Child” because I never got in trouble or did bad things).

However, I have discovered that even if your parents never officially put this curse upon you, it naturally follows nevertheless.

Your first look at Disneyland Resort’s Summer of Heroes!

Disneyland just got even more outrageous!

Guests escaping to the Disneyland Resort in search of fun and adventure this summer will join forces with Guardians of the Galaxy as this intergalactic crew attempts its own escape in the rockin’ and irreverent new attraction Guardians of the Galaxy –Mission: BREAKOUT!, opening Saturday, May 27, in Disney California Adventure Park.

Heroes from the “Guardians of the Galaxy” film, some appearing for the first time in a Disney park, also come alongside the Avengers for all-new, epic adventures during Summer of Heroes. Beginning May 27, guests will live these exciting stories as they encounter some favorite Super Heroes together for the first time.

Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! launches guests into a chaotic and hilarious adventure that combines a breathtaking free-fall sensation with all-new visual and audio effects. The action jumps to the beat of the attraction’s “awesome mix tape” of music, inspired by the films’ soundtracks. Guests will discover multiple ride experiences as they help Rocket in a daring plan to free the Guardians–a band of extraterrestrial misfits–from the fortress of The Collector, Taneleer Tivan.

Summer of Heroes

Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! opens as a permanent attraction just in time for summer 2017 at the Disneyland Resort, and the Summer of Heroes inaugurates an ever-expanding universe of Super Hero stories at Disney California Adventure that will become even bigger over time. In addition, guests in the park’s Hollywood Land will join some favorite Super Heroes for epic, new experiences for a limited time.2

In Disneyland Park, the classic Main Street Electrical Parade has been extended by popular demand through Aug. 20, 2017. The nighttime parade features beloved Disney characters and stories, half a million twinkling lights, the synthesized music of “Baroque Hoedown” and the heartwarming joy of nostalgia. Summer 2017 also marks the return of the nighttime spectacular “Fantasmic!,” the Disneyland Railroad and attractions on Rivers of America.

In Disney California Adventure:

Guests will enjoy some of the Super Hero experiences year-round:

• Super Hero Encounters: For the first time, citizens of Terra (Earth) will come face-to-face with Groot. They also may encounter the First Avenger, Captain America, and everyone’s favorite web slinger, the friendly, neighborhood Spider-Man.

• “Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Dance Off!”: Star-Lord fires up his old-school boom box to get a party started. Everyone, including tree-of-few-words Groot, is bound to get in the groove and show off their moves during this awesome rock ‘n’ roll bash.

For a limited time (May 27 through Sept. 10), some new adventures will be exclusive to Summer of Heroes:

• “Avengers Training Initiative”: Black Widow and Hawkeye assemble young recruits for a series of tests to see if they have what it takes to join the ranks of the Avengers.

• Heroic Encounter: Black Widow: Black Widow arrives on the scene several times throughout the day in an armored Avengers vehicle for her heroic encounter with park guests.

• Grab a Piece (or Bite) of the Action: Special themed merchandise, plus food and beverage items, will be available throughout Hollywood Land.

Another new, year-round show is fun for all ages:

• “Disney Junior Dance Party”: Debuting Friday, May 26, this fun concert experience invites adults and kids to dance and sing along to the music. Popular Disney Junior characters from Disney Junior TV shows “Doc McStuffins,” “Sofia the First” and “The Lion Guard” are joined by Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse from the new series “Mickey and the Roadster Racers.”

In Disneyland:

Along with the Main Street Electrical Parade, some classic guest favorites have been enhanced and are set to return in Summer 2017. Dates will be available soon at Disneyland.com.

• The summer months offer a last chance to view the lights, music and fun of the beloved Main Street Electrical Parade. Nightly performances through Aug. 20 feature favorites like Cinderella’s ball, Elliot, the smoke-breathing, tail-waggin “Pete’s Dragon” and the glittering “To Honor America” finale.

• The popular nighttime spectacular “Fantasmic!” is set to re-open this summer on the Rivers of America, enhanced with new scenes and features. Guests will find Mickey Mouse in more scenes than ever before, and they’ll discover new roles for Genie from “Aladdin” along with characters from “Tangled,” “The Lion King” and “Pirates of the Caribbean.”

• As work continues on a new Star Wars-themed land, set to open in 2019, the iconic Disneyland Railroad is preparing to return this summer to take guests on a tour of the park. They’ll enjoy a new look along the Rivers of America, with a spectacular new vista of a waterfall, rocky cliffs and a dramatic gorge below.

• Also returning later this summer are the Rivers of America attractions: the Mark Twain Riverboat, Sailing Ship Columbia, Davy Crockett Explorer Canoes and Pirate’s Lair on Tom Sawyer Island.

• In Tomorrowland, Star Wars and Disney fans will step into out-of-this-galaxy experiences at Star Wars Launch Bay, meeting some Star Wars characters and getting an up-close look at replica props and models from Star Wars movies, including the latest “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.”

Smoked BBQ Brisket Sliders

Being able to get a home cooked meal on the table is such an important part of the day, but let’s face it: how easy is it to make dinner while holding a 4-year-old on your hip, calming a 7-year-old throwing a tantrum and helping a 12-year-old with his homework? Well I have finally mastered a way to serve fabulous meals with little effort and few ingredients. My recipes are simple and delicious, using no more than six ingredients and under six minutes of prep time.

Several years ago on a trip to the Smoky Mountains, we had our first smoked brisket sandwich. My husband fell in love with the dish! Since I did not see purchasing a smoker in the near future, I had to figure out an easy way to replicate this brisket. I discovered liquid smoke and after several tries, I finally did it! This has been taste-tested on family and friends and is a huge hit. 

Smoked BBQ Brisket Sliders

A first-cut cut brisket, approx. 3 lbs.

1 tbsp. McCormick Grill Mates Applewood Rub

2 tsp. Colgin All Natural Hickory Liquid Smoke

½ cup Wishbone Light Italian dressing

½ cup Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ sauce

½ bottle beer (any brand)

  • Place brisket in slow cooker.
  • Rub with Grill Mates Applewood Rub, then pour Liquid Smoke, Italian dressing, BBQ sauce and beer over the brisket.
  • Cover and cook on low for 8 hours.
  • Once finished, take two forks and shred the beef.
  • Serve on Hawaiian rolls or brioche rolls.

Tips:

  • You can top the brisket off with your favorite slice of cheese or coleslaw.
  • This can be made the day before and reheated in a pan until warm.
  • Make sure the rolls are fresh!

About Momma Chef

I am a mother of three active boys (ages 12, 8 and 5).  Although I often feel like I’m struggling with some aspect of parenting, my one sanctuary is the kitchen. My children like different foods and constantly request a variety of things. I used to tell them, “I am not an octopus with eight arms who can make eight different meals!”

Over time, I figured out a way to make dishes they all love by developing easy, quick recipes. That led to the creation of my blog, Momma Chef, for parents like me. My recipes are simple and delicious, using no more than six ingredients and under six minutes of prep time.  It will look like you’ve spent hours in the kitchen with help from Momma Chef. Connect with Momma Chef on Facebook.

Raising Tweens and Teens: Not for the Faint of Heart

My days of breastfeeding and diaper changing are over, but the exhaustion continues with tweens and teens.

I have migrated beyond baby and toddler tantrums to tween and teen drama. It is one of the hardest ages to handle on the mommy spectrum and often a thankless job. It is kind of a crap shoot. You never know what you will get from day to day. One might be having a hair emergency, while the other is failing math.

Everything from keeping their rooms and bathrooms clean, to dating, to getting their driver’s license freaks me out. Even my 12-year old son has girls texting him already! I am fortunate that said child still wants to give me an occasional hug. My heart is a little sad knowing that soon he will blow me off like his older sisters. Maybe he will be a momma’s boy, but truthfully – I do not want a jobless 30-year old living in my basement!

Most days, I have three mini-me clones on a payback mission. Do you have a firstborn bossy child? I do. She is the reliable one that takes control of any situation. My middle child is constantly suffocated by the two strong personalities of her older and younger siblings. She is the drama queen. The youngest one is the smarty pants that gets away with much more than his two older sisters….at least that is what they insist. He is the showman.

My husband and I are soldiering on within the uncharted territory of parenting teens and tweens. So many things to freak us out: driving permits, licenses and car purchases; bullying issues; weight issues; educational progress; religious training; sports schedules and drama; last minute science projects; birthday parties; college choices; and prom and other hormone-filled dances.

There also seems to be an endless stream of money that is tied to each of these bundles of joy. Costs include everything from clothing, makeup and hygiene products to car insurance, college savings and spending money. I will give them kudos for contributing to their purchases through babysitting, chores, etc. My oldest even bought most of her first vehicle herself by babysitting all summer long, which happened to pay quite well.

I know I have raised wonderful children, but I often find myself worrying about their future in this crazy, uncertain, unforgiving and often violent world. Have I taught them to be self-sufficient individuals with strong moral convictions who are willing to step up and make a contribution in this life? Did I do my best? I would like to think so.

To quote my middle child:  “I want steel friends, not pillow friends. People who will challenge me, will stay by my side and have strong convictions….not those who are soft and fake with nothing much to offer.”

Maybe I am getting it right after all.

Colorado Springs-based author, Darcia Kunkel’s new book 40-Something and Fried is available on Amazon and Kindle. Find more information at on Facebook and follow on Twitter @40andfried.

 

17 things to do in Denver this week

There are many great events including opening day at Elitch Gardens, Girls in STEM Day at Keystone Science School, free days, the Scout Show, Rocky Mountain Steamfest, Wolfpack Ninja Obstacle Race Tour and more.

Just Between Friends of Arvada at Flatiron Marketplace 
Apr 27 – 30 
Shoppers find bargains on kids’ clothing for newborn-preteen, toys, strollers, furniture, baby equipment, books, shoes, maternity items and more…all at 50-90% below retail.

Childhood Interrupted: The Impact Trauma has on a Child’s Mind at Great Work Inc. 
Apr 27, 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm
This workshop, conducted by Denver Children’s Advocacy Center, will address how adverse experiences can shape a child’s brain and, in turn, affect the child’s ability to organize, think, feel and behave. We will begin to study how the specific time that a trauma occurs, as well as the nature of the trauma, can result in a series of issues. This leaves the child vulnerable and more likely to exhibit a spectrum of symptoms. We will work towards understanding the origins of these traumas and how we can identify and address them with the children.

You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown at Red Rocks Community College Theatre
Apr 27 – 29
Based on the comic strip Peanuts by Charles M. Schultz, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown features six iconic characters: Lucy, Schroeder, Linus, Sally, Charlie Brown, and everyone’s favorite beagle, Snoopy. This lively musical features a book, music, and lyrics by Clark Gesner, with updated music written for the 1999 Broadway revival of the show. The production is suitable for audiences of all ages.

Día del Niño at Denver Art Museum
Apr 29 – Apr 30 
Celebrate Día del Niño at the Denver Art Museum with family-friendly programming and FREE general museum admission for all visitors. Special performances will occur from noon to 4 p.m.; lineup to be announced. 

Girls in STEM day at Keystone Science School 
Apr 29 
At Keystone Science School we believe that curiosity and critical thinking have the power to change lives. Girls in STEM does just that, by empowering girls to ask questions, develop solutions, dream big and to embrace challenges that can be the next big thing.

Wolfpack Ninja Obstacle Race Tour in Denver at the University of Denver 
Apr 29, 8:00 am – 8:00 pm
The Wolfpack Ninja Tour is a show, a competition for EVERYONE to challenge themselves, a chance to hang out with all the top ninjas and a place for kids to take classes from their TOP NINJA Heroes such as Geoff Britten, Jessie Graff, Meagan Martin, Joe Moravsky, Brian Arnold and many more!

Box City at Wellington E. Webb Municipal Office Building 
Apr 29, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Box City is a FREE event for children—grades K-5—where participants learn about the process of urban development and the principles that make for sound architecture, design, and planning. Students start with a Building Permit for their desired building type, make a draft sketch of their building in the Design Studio if they want, stop at the Hardware Store to get their cardboard and paper supplies, then head to the Construction Zone to make their Box City structure.

Opening Day at Elitch Gardens
Apr 29, 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Today. We Play. 

Rocky Mountain Steam Fest 
Apr 29 – 30
The Rocky Mountain STEAM Fest is two fantastical days of science and arts. Every exhibitor (100+) designs a hands-on experience that lets you hack, tinker, create, build, learn, and smile. An all-ages event, STEAM Fest is mostly indoors and happens rain or shine! Still accepting exhibitor and volunteer applications as well. Learn more at MakerBolder.com.

Scout Show at National Western Complex 
Apr 29, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Kids of all ages can check out the world of Scouting at the annual Scout Showon Saturday, April 29 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the National Western Complex. The Scout Show is an opportunity for young and old alike to see what Scouting is all about as Cub Scout Packs and Boy Scout Troops showcase what Scouting has to offer. There will be more than 260 booths to visit, each offering an activity, a game or a “hands-on” experience.

A Good Ol’ Fashioned Hoedown at the Coventry Farms 
Apr 29, 12:00 pm – 12:00 pm
The Right Step, Inc. therapeutic horseback riding program is holding our 6th Annual Good Ol’ Fashioned Hoedown. It’s an event that promises fun for the whole family! There’s a little bit of everything from horse rides to face painting to horse painting to live entertainment to a craft fair! We’ll also be doing therapeutic riding demonstrations so you can see some of our clients in action.

Cult Following: Rated G at Denver Center for the Performing Arts (DCPA) 
Apr 29 – May 15
Improv that’s appropriate for kids and hilarious for everyone. Treat your family to some all-ages entertainment and become a part of the shenanigans as you choose the direction of a made-up fairy tale. Hours vary.

Listen To Your Mother: Boulder “Giving Motherhood a Microphone” at Unity of Boulder 
Apr 29, 7:00 pm
Listen To Your Mother (LTYM) is a one-day live staged-reading event where local writers share their stories of the beauty and the beast that is motherhood. The 5th Annual Listen To Your Mother: Boulder will be held on Saturday, April 29 at 7:00 p.m. at Unity of Boulder, 2855 Folsom St, Boulder, CO 80304. Tickets are $20 and are available at http://listentoyourmothershow.com/boulder/

Rikki-Tikki-Tava 
Apr 29 – 30
Ballet Ariel announces its season finale featuring, Rikki-Tikki-Tavi, a new and original ballet based on the short story in Rudyard Kipling’s beloved classic Jungle Book. In a tropical, jungle setting and full of animals, this child-friendly ballet is a story of great courage and loyalty as the little mongoose Rikki stands in the face of grave danger from two slithering cobras Nag and Nagaina to protect his adopted family.

Free Day at Denver Museum of Nature and Science 
Apr 30, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
The Scientific & Cultural Facilities District is a voter-approved special district in the seven-county metro area that provides a stable source of supplemental funding to more than 300 scientific and cultural organizations inside the district’s boundaries. A fee still applies to IMAX films, Planetarium shows, and temporary exhibitions. Reservations and amenities (lunchroom, coat and lunch storage, bus drop off, etc.) for school groups are not available on SCFD Community Free Days.

Inside the Orchestra’s Tiny Tots Performances at Boulder Jewish Community Center 
May 1, 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Tiny Tots gets children truly inside the orchestra by seating the audience on the floor and surrounding them with a 30+ piece orchestra. Designed for children six and under, this 45-minute program gives young ones the chance to interact with the conductor and the musicians and learn about the instruments in the process. Tiny Tots audiences receive an up-close-and-personal performance in a casual, fun environment. The experience is one-of-a-kind!

Just Between Friends of Loveland at The Outlets at Loveland 
May 2 – 7 
Shoppers find bargains on kids’ clothing for newborn-preteen, toys, strollers, furniture, baby equipment, books, shoes, maternity items and more…all at 50-90% below retail.

Back to Where We Started: Finding a Fit for My Out-of-the-Box Son

When you’re as hard headed and motivated as I am, it takes a bit of time to find answers on “all the things.”  It takes oodles of time to learn what others could have told you plain and simple. Because people like me have to live it, breathe it, struggle through it, fail at it, grow in it, and find conclusions based on all those experiences.  When you’re as hard headed and motivated as I am, you have to learn and expand so you can help others do the same.  Because you’ve explored every single freaking option out there and beat to death resources near and far.  Once you’ve completed every ride at the theme park, you walk away with appreciation and insight that only could have been gained by riding up and down and all around.  And around.  And around.  And it’s worth it in the end.  Until you realize that there is no official end.  Just crossroads.

I blame Sir Ken Robinson for the educational roller coaster we’ve traversedthe past couple years.  He motivated me into believing, firmly believing, that there has to be a better way of educating our kids, especially those who fall outside the box.  Like my Dude.  Sir believes in transforming standardized educational practices and customizing learning based on who kids are and what their passions are.  I read his book, watched his TED Talks, followed people who are like minded and got on BOARD.  My heart was on board.  I wanted in – for both our kids.  We researched, spoke to admissions counselors, toured, applied, shadowed….so many schools, so many hours spent, so much heartbreak.  There are a handful of schools that do things Ken’s way.  A handful who are ahead of the trends and innovative in their thinking.  Bless those few, but their arms aren’t necessarily ready to embrace students who need resources and strategies and support.  For the high functioning students who need much.  And the private, Christian schools in our area? Not even close.  One shows glints of trying and for that I’ll hold out hope.

After our relentless searching, where did we end up?  Right back where we started.  

Where God has been encouraging us to stay all along.  In our public school.  After this semester of home schooling, which has been fantastic for our son, but not so dreamy for his mother, we will be back at our public school.  It’s not a Ken Robinson school.  It’s not innovative or customized to who our son is.  It’s not so many of the things I thought were most important.  But here’s what it IS.  It’s safe.  It’s up to speed on who our son is and what his needs are.  They understand him and support him in every way they can.  They communicate and support us as his parents.  They welcome us,no questions asked. And they won’t empty our bank account.  Turns out, those are the attributes we need most right now.  I wouldn’t have known this before the cluster of the past 2 years, but I feel secure in that.  There is no such thing as a perfect fit.  Or even an ideal fit. Finding what matters most is the journey we were navigating.  I thought I knew and I fought fiercely for the wrong things.  Or maybe the things that weren’t attainable.  I was reaching too high. Ken’s dream for education is possible and changes are being made.  We’re just not there yet.

When you’re trying to find a fit for your out-of-the box kiddo, expect rejection.  And learn to not take it personally.  Learn to roll with it and know that your very uniquely created child requires more than most educational institutions can offer.  Most often it’s not because they don’t care – they just don’t know.  They just don’t have the tools.  Yet.  Public schools, by design, are outfitted to walk with out of the box kiddos.  Unfortunately, their dedication and abilities range from school to school, so even this is a journey.  Finding the “right” public school takes work.  A school that doesn’t focus first on test scores, welcomes kiddos who are out of the box, and a principal who looks at kids for the individuals they are…that’s what you look for.  And thank God, that’s what we were handed.  

For now, that’s going to have to be enough.

Gwen is an infertile, adoptive Mama of two. And wife to one tall, handsome Dutchman. I coach people through adoption and raising kiddos who live outside the box. Read more at gwenvogelzang.com.

 

Contest: Win pampering at Ella Bliss Beauty Bar

Bliss. Yes, that is how I would describe it. My daughter and I went to Ella Bliss Beauty Bar last week for something fun to do on her Spring Break (especially since we were staying in town) and she got her first facial. The girl behind the desk cheerily greeted us and asked us if we wanted a drink. Yes, they serve beer, wine and champagne (they also have sodas). The clean crisp white leather décor made it feel posh and top-of-the line, like a fancy spa (without the fancy spa prices).

While my daughter had her facial, I had the opportunity to speak with the owner, Kelly. She is very down to earth and approachable. She described that she and her sister thought up this fun concept of a party place that was also a spa/salon. It has all the services you would expect – manicure, pedicure, blowout, updo, massage, facial, make-up application, waxing, and eyelash extensions but there is also a lounge that you can rent for a private party. Plus, you can grab a drink while you’re there – wine, beer or champagne. With their longer hours they took into account moms and our busy lives. Yes, you can go as late as 8 p.m. for your blissful service. (They are open until 9 p.m.)

They have a membership option too. With a membership at just $58 a month, you can choose to take a little time for yourself to get a blowout, mani/pedi, 50-minute massage, facial or makeup application. Plus, you can get additional services at a discount! The membership has other perks too: a free beverage each month, discount on retail or discounts on party lounge rental. You can share discounted member pricing with a friend once a month and share your accrued benefits with a designated user (I’d pick my daughter).

When my daughter came out of her facial she had a funny almost drunken-like smile on her face. She really said it was Bliss. She kept petting her face because she said it felt so soft and then we kept comparing how our facial artist (is that what you call them – artists?) did…brush this, pick that, smell this,  and that was also like a full massage. It was all awesome.  What have I done? I think I have my teenager addicted to facials! Ahh, the bliss life.

Ella Bliss already has locations Downtown and in Greenwood Village but they will open their third location in Highlands Ranch on April 26. You can join the party on April 27-30 at their new location (3624 Highlands Ranch Parkway, suite 201) with beverages, appetizers, music and giveaways. But before then, we have a fantastic chance for you to win a service and bliss out on your own! Find out more at EllaBlissBeautyBar.com or call 720.446.5588.

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Deals: Free Days, Free Dental Care and More

Free Dental CareSummit Family Dentistry is offering a complete cleaning, tooth extraction or dental filling for anyone 18 years or older on Saturday, April 29 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.  All services are first come first serve (no appointments taken) so arrive as early as possible on Saturday (the clinic expects upwards of 150 patients). Local businesses are also offering special prize giveaways. 12999 W. Bowles Dr., Littleton.

Box City. On Saturday, April 29 between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., this FREE event for children—grades K-5—allows them to learn about the process of urban development and the principles that make for sound architecture, design, and planning. Students start with a Building Permit for their desired building type, make a draft sketch of their building in the Design Studio if they want, stop at the Hardware Store to get their cardboard and paper supplies, then head to the Construction Zone to make their Box City structure. After completing the Building Inspection process, students head to the Box City street grid where an Urban Planner helps them select an appropriate building site. Finally, children finish the process by picking up their Certificate of Occupancy that includes a photo of them with their building. Located at Wellington E. Webb Municipal Office Building (use Court Place entrance), 201 W. Colfax Ave., Denver 80202. 

Scout Show. Kids of all ages can check out the world of Scouting at the annual Scout Show on Saturday, April 29 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the National Western Complex. The purpose of the annual Denver Area Council Scout Show is to showcase the Scouting program in a way that is accessible to both internal and external customers. It is an opportunity for program enhancement and recruiting for our existing units and a means to introduce Scouting to potential new chartered partner.  The Scout Show is a fun, hands-on opportunity for your Scouts to see the “bigger picture” of Scouting. http://www.denverboyscouts.org/scoutshow

prAna Discount. To celebrate spring, prAna is offering Mile High Mamas readers a special discount for most everything you can find at prAna.com. If you think prAna is just for yoga, take a look — you might be surprised that you can wear your prAna for so many other activities and situations, including dressing up. So go ahead and shop the prAna site for yourself. After you’ve made your selections , enter this code at checkout to get 15% off: MHMS17LH. Hurry — the code is valid only until May 19.

Free Days:

      Tuesday, May 2 – Children’s Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus (Free 4-8 p.m.)
      Saturday, May 6Denver Art Museum
 
Keystone Science School: Summer Camps for the Adventurous Learner.Their historic 23-acre campus serves as the ultimate outdoor laboratory and is the home base for their diverse suite of programs. Their camps are designed to progress your child from being a five-year-old Stellar Day Camper to a seventeen-year-old Counselor Assistant as they inspire curiosity and critical thinking through the lens of science, which allows us to change lives and build communities. Get our exclusive discount! 

Inaugural Mac & Cheese Cookoff at The Hangar at Stanley Marketplace Stapleton/Aurora! Snag your tickets before they sell out.  The $5 entry includes unlimited Mac & Cheese $10 VIP Experience includes unlimited M&C plus drink discounts. There will be Community Trophy Making Work Stations crafted by attendees, a Kid’s Macaroni Craft Section, Loaded Bar and games for adults, too. 

Cinco de Mayo Celebration.  Outlets at Castle Rock will welcome Colorado families on Saturday, May 6 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for a free Cinco de Mayo celebration. The day’s festivities will feature live Ballet Folklórico numbers performed by a local dance troupe in vibrant, traditional décor as well as a Mariachi Band playing fan-favorite songs. While not watching the live performances, shoppers are invited to participate in a center-wide piñata scavenger hunt! Piñatas will be hidden in participating stores around the property and clues to their locations will be published throughout the day on the Outlets at Castle Rock social media pages. Lucky winners can then trade in their piñata at Customer Service to receive a $5 Outlets at Castle Rock gift card. http://www.outletsatcastlerock.com/event/Cinco-de-Mayo-Celebration/2145472776/ 

Free Bike Expo. For one weekend only, May 6-7, cycling enthusiasts of all ages can check out the annual festival-style Bike Expo at Bicycle Village in Aurora. Highlighting the event is a selection of the newest electric-assist bikes, or e-bikes, that visitors can demo for free. There will be vendors, bike event sponsors, nutritionists, and food samples as well as information and registration for children’s free Learn to Bike program. Learn about the Kids Trade Up where you’ll receive 50 percent off the original purchase price towards any new kid’s bike when bought at any Bicycle Village in previous two years www.bicyclevillage.com

ChickFilA.  I love that Chick Fil A is trying to get us to see them as a breakfast place. Which means that there are a lot of opportunities for FREE breakfast! Every Wednesday in April from 6 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. you can try a new breakfast item. No strings attached and it is available for both dine in and drive through.
 
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Colorado Adoptive Families: Have You Signed Up For 2017 Adoption Camp Yet?

We in Colorado are fortunate to have a variety of adoption camps held right here each summer. Heritage Camps for Adoptive Families has been forging connections within and among adoptive families for 26 years. Which camp is right for you?

Caught Cheating?

We’ve all done it but have you been caught? 

If you’ve ever cheated by prematurely watching your favorite TV show without your significant other, the Holderness family’s latest confessional will have you laughing!