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Deals: Denver Arts Week, Daddy’s Home 2 Screening & More

My mom is a sucker for all that is “As Seen on TV” products. Most of the time that means about a month later, I am the recipient of said item. Most of them find their way to the back of my kitchen cabinets. The one item that I do like is those silly green bags. They honestly work at keeping my produce fresh. So I was intrigued when I found Ozeri InstaVac Food Storage containers (and I saw something like this at Dixie’s Tupperware Party at the Denver Center). These things are amazing! I’ve had tomatoes for WEEKS now that have not turned mushy and lettuce that has not browned!
 
Denver Arts Week. Denver’s Arts Week is a nine-day celebration (Nov 3-11) of all things art with over 300 events  and your opportunity to experience museums, art galleries, theaters, concert halls and more either free or deeply discounted.
 
Get Plus GiveWant to save up to 75% OFF your favorite brand name products & everyday essentials? Give10Back.com has all of your favorite brand name toys, baby items, kitchen & home goods, & much more at the lowest prices on the web PLUS they donate 10% of EVERY sale to your school, church, or favorite charity! Give10Back.com – You Shop. You Save. They Donate.
 
prAna Deal ExtendedprAna isn’t just for yoga — you can do lots of things in lots of places in your prAna. Here’s an incentive to shop the prAna site for yourself — a 15% discount. Take a look at the versatile and fashionable options for men and women as well as accessories and other items on the site. After you’ve made your choices, enter this code at checkout to get 15% off: MHMLH15. Good through November 22
 
Ben10 – Omni Tricked. Cartoon Network’s heroic alien animated adventure series Ben 10 is headed to Alamo Drafthouse screens on November 11 at 10:30 a.m. Join Ben, Gwen and Grandpa Max for astounding alien action-packed fun! Plus, as a bonus, there will be trivia, prizes, and exclusive Ben 10 toy available nowhere else in the U.S. for all attendees! Tickets are free, but hold your spot to this one-day-only event with a $5 food and beverage voucher.
 
Daddy’s Home 2 Movie. Do you want to see DADDY’S HOME 2  before it hits theaters? Well click on the link http://www.gofobo.com/llhma70815 for your chance to download an admit-two screening pass for an advance screening on Tuesday, November 7th at 7:00PM in Denver! Seats in the theater are first-come, first-serve so PLEASE ARRIVE EARLY! DADDY’S HOME 2  opens everywhere on October 27th.
 
Outlets of Castle Rock Tree Lighting. Outlets at Castle Rock’s 12th Annual Tree Lighting Concert on Saturday, Nov. 11. Featuring performances by pop boy band In Real Life, country music duo Waterloo Revival and 2016 CMA Global Artist of the Year Morgan Evans, the free concert will run from 4 p.m. -7 p.m. and is expected to draw in thousands for a family-friendly kickoff to the holiday season. The concert closes with a center-wide countdown – led by Santa Claus himself – to the lighting of the 55-foot White Fir Tree, which will be decorated with 8,000 lights!
 
Ski Deals. There are a couple deals still out there on season passes. If you have a kiddo who is in 5th grade, sign them up for the FREE 5th Grade Passport. It allows your fifth grader to ski for FREE 3 times at each of the member resorts. Good through Nov. 30. Plus, a free one time beginner lesson.  Also, put Nov. 10-12 on your calendar to visit the Colorado Ski & Snowboard Expo at the Convention Center. Admission is $15 for adults (get a $3 discount coupon at Colorado Ski & Golf stores). Kids 12 and under are free.  Discounts on gear and fun for the kids.  Don’t miss out on your Epic Local Pass from Vail Resorts! You only have 2 weeks left to get your pass; buy before November 19.

23 New Family-friendly Winter Events & Attractions in Colorado

Colorado is heading into a winter filled with new offerings for visitors. From soaring down the mountain year-round on four new mountain coasters, skiing 468 acres of new terrain at Arapahoe Basin and celebrating Snowmass’ 50th anniversary, to exciting hotel and restaurant openings and unique packages and experiences, Colorado is filled with winter fun just waiting to be explored. Following is a sampling of what’s new for the winter season in Colorado. For more information on Colorado, visit www.COLORADO.com

Exciting New Events, Festivals & Anniversaries:

Loveland’s new Winter Wonderlights: This walkable lighting attraction situated in the award-winning Chapungu Sculpture Park at Centerra will launch the weekend before Thanksgiving. The attraction is set to kickoff Saturday, November 18, 2017, and runs through Sunday, January 7, 2018, from 5 – 9 p.m. daily. Each night, visitors will revel in holiday string lights, twinkling bulbs, LED mappable snowflakes, illuminated African stone sculptures, the only 20’ LED mappable Christmas Tree in the state and 30-minute music and light shows each evening starting at 5:30 p.m. In addition to nightly lighting attractions, special weekend programming at the winter event includes: Colorado’s largest inflatable igloo, weekend food and retail vendors, and exceptional performances sprinkled throughout the event calendar.visitlovelandco.org/winterwonderlights

Colorado Welcomes Winter Olympic Experiences: Colorado welcomes the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics with several Olympic experiences. Attend ski and snowboard Olympic qualifiers at the Dew Tour in Breckenridge (December 14-17, 2017) and the Toyota U.S. Grand Prix at Copper Mountain (December 6-10, 2017) and Aspen(January 10-14, 2018), visit the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, train where Olympians train at Woodward at Copper, experience Steamboat’s 2018 Olympic Send-Off Celebration (January 27, 2018) and more. 
 
The Brown Palace’s 125th Anniversary Champagne Cascade, November 19, 2017: Denver’s elegant welcome to the holiday season with a master swordsman who uses a Napoleonic saber to sever the bottlenecks of Moet & Chandon Champagne bottles at the historic Brown Palace Hotel. The Champagne is then poured into the uppermost glass of a two-story, 6,000-glass pyramid, overflowing to the glasses below, creating a dazzling display. The 2017 Cascade will honor the hotel’s 125th anniversary.
 
Snowmass Ski Area Celebrates 50 Years: This winter season marks the 50th anniversary of the Snowmass Ski Area. The season-long celebration includes vintage, 1967 lift ticket pricing of $6.50 on Friday, December 15 as well as a festive weekend of anniversary activities December 15-17 such as a retro party at Elk Camp restaurant, fireworks display, the return of Banana Days, an on-mountain celebration at Spider Sabich Picnic arena and more. Additionally, throughout the season, the celebration continues with new gold signs that mark the original ski trails, monthly fireworks display over Fanny Hill, a new mural in Base Village commemorating the history of Snowmass and more.
 
New Kidtopia Signature Event Series at Keystone Resort: New for 2017-18, the Kidtopia Signature Event Series will feature three distinct events throughout the winter to complement the family experience at Keystone. Events include the Kidtopia Spectacular, a holiday mountaintop celebration from December 15-24; the first-ever Kidtopia Culinary Festival, a celebrity chef event catering to the youngest of foodies from February 9-17; and the Kidtopia Music Experience, rock’n’roll parties, dance parties and more to kick off spring skiing from March 2-10.
 
Cooper Celebrates 75th Anniversary, December 31, 2017: Cooper, a gem resort just outside of Leadville, the highest incorporated city in the U.S., turns 75 this year. In honor of the anniversary, Cooper will hold a 75th birthday party and New Year’s Eve celebration with cake, balloons, a torchlight parade and more.
 
Loveland Launches Winter Wonderlights, November 25, 2017 – January 14, 2018The magic of the holidays can be found at Loveland’s Winter Wonderlights, a new walkable holiday lighting attraction situated in the award-winning Chapungu Sculpture Park at Centerra. From November 25 until January 14, guests will be mesmerized as they stroll through the north end of the Sculpture Park. Holiday string lights, twinkling bulbs, lit trees, holiday characters and illuminated African stone sculptures only found in Loveland will transform a special section of this 26-acre outdoor park into a winter wonderland.
 
Outdoor Retailer Makes the Big Move to Denver, January 25 – 28, 2018: Denver recently announced the city was selected to host the prestigious Outdoor Retailer trade shows for the next five years, which represents a dawning for a galvanized, energized recreation community that will grow from Colorado, fomenting support for public lands, environmental health and the outdoor recreation industry. The first winter market show will take place in conjunction with the Snow Show.
 
2018 Olympic Send-Off Celebration in Steamboat, January 27, 2018: Steamboat is known for having produced more winter Olympians than any other town in the United States. The community celebrates that heritage and prepares to root for the next generation of Olympic athletes at the 2018 Olympic Send-off Celebration. Almost 90 athletes with ties to Steamboat have competed in the winter games and many of these former athletes will gather with 2018 team hopefuls during an evening with athlete autographs, fireworks, interviews and more.
 
Degas: A Passion for Perfection, February 11 – May 20, 2018Appearing for the only time in the United States at Denver Art Museum, Degas: A Passion for Perfection will showcase prolific French artist Edgar Degas’ works from 1855 to 1906. More than 100 works consisting of paintings, drawings, pastels, etchings, monotypes, and sculptures in bronze will be on view. The exhibition will focus on the most prominent and recurring themes throughout Degas’ 60-year career. These include his interest in learning from the art of the past and from that of his contemporaries, a lifelong fascination with the nude, a passion for horses, and his strong interest in opera and dance.

Enticing New Attractions, Activities & Adventures:

Arapahoe Basin Expands Terrain: For the 2017-18 season, Arapahoe Basin will be adding a total of 468 acres to its inbounds skiable terrain, bringing its total acreage to over 1,400 acres. The expansion is one of the only expansions taking place in North America. Construction on the new terrain began this summer, with patrolled and maintained hike-back skiing available starting in the 2017-18 season. There will be 339 acres of lift-served skiing in The Beavers, including intermediate and advanced open bowl and tree skiing. The Steep Gullies will remain hike-back terrain, and will be some of the most technical and challenging in-bounds terrain at Arapahoe Basin.
 
Colorado Welcomes Three New Creative Districts: Colorado Creative Industries recently announced the certification of three new Creative Districts into the Colorado Creative Districts Program. The newly certified districts are Manitou Springs Creative District, Steamboat Springs Creative District and Westwood Creative District (Denver) joining the existing 18 Colorado Creative Districts.
 
Colorado Field Guide Launches: The Colorado Tourism Office (CTO) introduced a new initiative aimed at inspiring travelers to explore the state’s hidden gems and carry their dollars to less-visited destinations in the state. The itineraries, which include specific recommendations for things to do and places to eat and stay, are housed on Colorado.com in a brand-new trip planner built from the ground up for Colorado by Utrip, an artificial-intelligence-based destination discovery and planning platform.
 
Copper Mountain Opens The Rocky Mountain Coaster: This fall, Copper Mountain opened its new alpine coaster that will span 5,800 feet. With a vertical drop of 430 feet on an average grade of 10.9 percent, the Rocky Mountain Coaster will provide an exciting activity in both the summer and winter months.
 
Cross Country Ski Association Offers Punch Pass: Cross country ski across 13 Colorado resorts with the Cross Country Ski Association (CCCA) Punch Pass. The CCCSA punch pass is similar to having a season pass, but instead of just one resort, ski across several resorts throughout the state. The pass includes 12 trail passes at six resorts and great lodging, rentals and tour discounts at the other seven resorts.
 
Ouray Hot Springs Pool Unveils $10.6 Million Renovation: Ouray Hot Springs has undergone a $10.6 million renovation and recently unveiled the finished product in time for the springs’ 90th birthday. One of the many goals of this project was to make the hot springs more accessible, secluded and inclusive for all visitors, while maintaining the pool’s historic oval shape. New additions joined the two soaking pools, which opened in May as the first leg of the renovation. Other add-ons and improvements include new shallow and hot sections, an overlook, activity pool, slides, lighting and more.
 
Powderhorn Mountain Resort’s New Ski Patrol Ski Along: Get the ultimate insider’s guide to Powderhorn with the new Ski Patrol Ski Along. Ski with a professional Ski Patroller and learn some of the tools of the trade such as safety, transporting and caring for guests on the mountain. The ski along is open to all ages and starts at $75 per person.
 
Purgatory Resort Opens New Mountain Coaster: Opening in late 2017, Purgatory Resort in Durango will feature a new mountain coaster that will be accessible right from the base area and will operate during both winter and summer seasons. The coaster will be 4,000 feet in length with a 300-foot-vertical, and will feature nine switchbacks and one loop, giving guests another fun activity snow or shine.
 
Snowmass Opens New Breathtaker Mountain Coaster: With a target opening of December 2017, the Breathtaker Coaster will feature a 5,700-foot-long track with a total ride time of seven to nine minutes. The coaster will span 410 vertical feet with the speed controlled by the rider, but there will be anti-collision technology for safety and a tandem option for small children.  The Breathtaker will be open for both summer and winter operations in which the coaster will wind through the trees between Gunner’s View and Sandy Park ski trails on Snowmass Mountain.
 
Steamboat Ski Resort Debuts Outlaw Mountain Coaster:  Steamboat’s new Outlaw Mountain Coaster descends more than 400 vertical feet with a riding length of more than 6,000 linear feet, making it the longest mountain coaster in North America. The track will be in the vicinity of Christie Peak Express lift and rise between 4 and 40 feet above the ground with dips, waves, turns and 360-degree circles.
 
New Intro to Alpine Touring Program at YMCA Snow Mountain Ranch: This new ski program is geared toward those who want to learn the basic skills needed to have a great day touring the backcountry.  The tour focuses on how to use modern Alpine Touring equipment, and touches upon the basic principles of how to use an avalanche beacon, shovel and probe.  This program is perfect for those who have always wanted to see what it’s like to ski on their own outside of the resort.
 
Zen Compound Expands into Denver Market with Groundbreaking Facility: This fall, San Francisco artist-deejay-entrepreneur Paul Hemming will open his second Zen Compound, a groundbreaking facility that divides four distinct but related concepts into a single space: ECO-SYSTM, a co-working space for artists and musicians; Mirus, a gallery hanging pieces from locals as well as internationally-known artists; Hive, a unique coffee bar; and Temple Nightclub, an innovative club known for its programming, production feats and legendary hospitality.
 

Winter Park Express Train Expands Service: The Winter Park Express, which reopened in January 2017, will expand service to select “First Fridays” of every month. In 2018, the train will run every weekend from January 5 to March 25 with additional Friday service on January 5February 2, and March 2- 27 total days, which is four more days than last season. Ticket prices have been lowered to $29 one way on select departures.

Denver Veteran’s Day Parade and Festival

Denver Veterans Day is a family-friendly event on Nov. 11 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. that offers FREE admission to the Parade & Festival! There will be a music stage, kids & family activities, military displays, tons of vendors, and a wide variety of food. The Parade & Festival serves as a celebratory “Thank You” to our Veterans who have fought to ensure our freedoms.

PARADE DETAILS:

The Denver Veterans Day Parade is comprised of local Veterans organizations and supporters. Thousands of spectators line Civic Center Park and nearby streets to show respect and honor for our local Veterans. Please join the community in the appreciation of our Veterans and support this important cause.

The Parade is broken down into serials that represent a different conflict in American military history: Revolutionary War, Civil War, WWI, WWII, etc. This will allow our spectators to brush up on their military history as well as add a sense of excitement to the event. Each serial representation will feature military memorabilia from that era – i.e. old uniforms, vehicles, and weapons. The Veterans organizations have agreed to march together to showcase their organization’s historical roots in these eras. Spectators will also enjoy corporate floats, car clubs, marching units, bands, and more.

FESTIVAL DETAILS:

Immediately following the Parade, participants and spectators are encouraged to join us in Civic Center Park for the Denver Veterans Day Festival. This family-friendly event offers FREE admission, a music stage, kids & family activities, military displays, tons of vendors, and a wide variety of food. Static displays of both vintage and modern military vehicles will be featured for spectators to engage and take photos with. The festival serves as a celebratory “Thank You” to our Veterans who have fought to ensure our freedoms.

Weirdly awesome anti-bullying Burger King ad goes viral

Scrawny. Short. Ugly. Fat. Weird. Thirty percent of school kids worldwide are bullied each year and bullying is the #1 act of violence against young people in America today (Source: nobully.org).

October is  National Bullying Prevention Month and Burger King put out an anti-bullying PSA that’s surprisingly moving and effective. And, let’s be frank, this is a serious issue. So if it takes Burger King of all places to shame more adults into intervening, we’ll take it.

10 delicious and healthful fall recipes

That chill in the air doesn’t have to be in your stomach, too. The autumn harvest brings a variety of healthful and delicious produce, from squash and sweet potatoes to apples and pears. And these products offer essential vitamins and antioxidants that are good for you in this fall season.

Your whole family will love these delicious, healthy and fun fall recipes. 

Sweet Potato, Corn, And Black Bean Enchiladas

 
The enchiladas are fast, easy, and ready in less than an hour. It’s a healthy comfort food perfect for this fall season. Found from Averie Cooks

Cauliflower Chowder

 

Cozy soups are the best when it comes to getting us through these chilly nights. And this chowder recipe is a hearty soup that the whole family will gobble up! Found from Damn Delicious

Creamy Butternut Squash Alfredo Pasta

 

This delicious and nutritious pasta is really good for you. It’s gluten free, tasty, and takes only 30 minutes to make. This will definitely satisfy your cravings and taste buds. Found from Joyful Healthy Eats

Autumn Cobb Salad

 
 

Whether you want this for lunch or dinner, this recipe will surely fill you up. Make sure to make a batch so you’ll have extra for the busy days.Found from Foodie Crush

Butternut Squash and Cider Soup

 
 

Another cozy autumn soup recipe that can be made in a flash. Serve with flatbread topped with olive oil, sea salt, minced sage, and rosemary; this is the best addition for the soup. Found from Alexandra Cooks

Butternut Squash Veggie Pizza

 
I really love how smart and different this recipe is. It looks so fresh, healthy and tasty. Found from Minimalist Baker

Skillet Apple Pork Chops

 Now, if you’re looking for a great main dish, look no more, for these skillet apple pork chops will actually impress you. As the apple mixture cooks, it’ll smell like a crisp, Autumn breeze. Found from My Recipes

Sheet Pan Maple Mustard Chicken

 

Here’s another super easy and great tasting recipe. All you have to do is assemble the ingredients in the sheet pan, season and leave all the work to your oven. After a little time, you’ll have a nice and hot meal. Found from The Chunky Chef

Fall Harvest Power Bowl

 

So this bowl has got all your favorite fall ingredients. Grain, kale, squash, Brussel sprouts, apples and tomatoes. Add some dressing for a completely healthy power meal. Found from Fit Mitten Kitchen

Vegan Pumpkin Pie

 This pumpkin pie recipe will make you fall even more in love with autumn. It looks festive, tasty, and perfect for your potluck gathering. Make a couple batches because this will be a crowd pleaser for sure. Found from Jessica in the Kitchen

Healthy Living, Healthy Learning: What These Schools Are Doing to Encourage Healthier Kids

As the Director at La Petite Academy in Westminster, I have the pleasure of working regularly with children during their crucial early learning years. We work hard to teach children in our schools about the importance of nutrition and physical activity, encouraging them to make healthier choices. Recently our schools were awarded the 2017 Partnership for a Healthier America “Partner of the Year Award.” This past August at our La Petite Academy school in Westminster, we were proud to receive an award from the mayor of Westminster to honor our successful years within the city.

Our curriculum and classroom environment promote healthy living, from the pictures of nutritious food on the walls, to healthy cooking activities, to books that encourage children to eat their fruits and vegetables along with playing outside and being physically active.

Within each classroom, we implement our Grow Fit program throughout the day with curricular activities that support movement indoors as well as outside. These everyday activities not only encourage and promote learning, but they also keep children healthy.

Many of our healthy practices can be carried over to home life:

Stretch – At La Petite Academy, we start the day with three-minute stretches in the morning during circle time to warm up joints and muscles for a safe, fun, and active day. Try it at home!

Participate in organized activities – Engage children in physical activities, such as yoga, soccer, basketball, and baseball. These activities will keep children active and introduce them to the benefits of movement.

Keep toys and gear handy – Fun toys and equipment, such as hula hoops, balls, cones, and bikes will encourage children to play and be physically active instead of being stuck to a screen.  Indoors, make tidying rooms into a game. See how many toys can be put away before the buzzer sounds. Tools like a short-handled broom or hand vacuum make tasks more appealing. 

Make healthy food choices throughout the day – Healthy foods fuel our bodies and brains.  At La Petite Academy, we’re expanding children’s palates as we introduce them to a wide range of healthy foods – teaching them about appropriate portion sizes along the way.

Our school in Westminster has been in business for over 35 years, with over 90 children currently enrolled. We have a total of six classrooms with three playgrounds, all headed up by a wonderful staff of 16 employees. Together, the team’s experience adds up to over 110 years.

Our newly refurbished school features an enhanced environment inside and out that encourages children to stay active and Grow Fit.  Families are invited to tour the school and see our Grow Fit program in action! Feel free to call me (303) 469-3818 or visit www.lapetite.com

Andrea Datte is the Academy Director at the La Petite Academy school in Westminster.  In partnership with Mile High Mamas.

 

30 fun things to do in Denver this weekend

With Halloween behind us, the holiday season is in full swing with a number of holiday craft markets and a special play date with Santa. Don’t miss several free days at area museums including Denver Arts Week’s FREE museums on Nov. 4 from 5-10 p.m. For full listings, be sure to go our event calendar! 

Santa Play Date at The Sanctuary Studio 
Nov 4 – Nov 5 
PLAY DATE WITH SANTA! We are very happy to offer this festive and heartwarming Santa Play Date event to our clients and community. You will receive 20 minute Play Date with Santa Claus, just you and Santa! We are honored to be donating a portion of all proceeds to Hope Kids charity. We will be creating beautiful family portraits for your holiday cards, gifts, walls, profiles, etc., and then, the best part, the kids will get a play date with Santa Claus, and we will photograph the whole experience for you. Show up, and let us take care of the rest for you. You’ll end up with a fun memory, great gifts, and a full heart that you helped our community. Go here for more information. 

Christmas with the Colorado Children’s Chorale at Boettcher Concert Hall in the Denver Performing Arts Complex
Through Nov 11
Hop on the Polar Express with the Colorado Children’s Chorale! From winter songs and lullabies at the stable to Santa and Willie, the Christmas Elf, this concert will kick off your holiday season with a song in your heart and a SparkleJollyTwinkleJingle in your step! Tickets to this magical concert are only $26.40 when purchased during Denver ArtsWeek. See our event calendar for more information.

Denver Film Festival 
Nov 1 – 12 
Denver Film Festival is the city’s premier cultural event of the fall, selling more than 55,000 tickets to more than 250 films: Blockbusters, docs, shorts and indies.

Wolfpack Ninja Tour at Budweiser Events Center 
Nov 3 – 5 
Wolfpack Ninja Tour is a Ninja Competition Spectacular for all divisions of ninja athletes – youth, amateur and pro will have a chance to run a state-of-the art professional ninja course and compete for over $50K in cash prizes. Top level ninjas, such as: Jessie Graff, Joe Moravsky, Flip Rodriguez, Jake Murray, Kevin Bull, Ian Dory, Meagan Martin, and many more fan-favorite athletes.

Colorado Country Christmas Gift Show 
Nov 3 – 5
Shop from 400 booths of art, crafts, specialty foods & unique items within the 3 Exposition Halls. In the Plaza you will find 50 specialty food vendors, a cafe-style concession stand and the Cooking For The Holidays culinary demonstration program. Children will love browsing through Hammond’s Candy Land, visiting with Santa and watching model trains running down tracks at ground level. Holiday music and displays help ring in the holidays. 

Free Day at the Denver Zoo 
Nov 3, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Enjoy the Denver Zoo for free!

MSU Denver BFA Thesis Exhibitions 
Nov 3 – 17 
MSU Denver’s BFA Thesis students will showcase two two-week-long exhibitions that are a culmination of their study and work in studio art and communication design. These exhibitions will feature a broad range of artwork including painting, drawing, sculpture, mixed media, ceramic, photography, multi-media and interactive.

Denver Arts Week 
Nov 3 – 11
Denver Arts Week is an nine-day celebration of all things art in The Mile High City, featuring more than 300 events at a wide variety of art galleries, museums, theaters and concert halls, many of which are deeply discounted. 

Early Release Day Adventure at Colorado Adventure Point 
Nov 3, 12:00 – 4:00 pm
Throughout the year our various schools have several early release days. Colorado Adventure Point is available to make these days off more exciting by offering half day classes in various fun skills. Some of these classes include archery, rock climbing, art, cooking and robotics. 

Supernova at Denver Pavilions
Nov 3 – 11 
SUPERNOVA Digital Animaion Festival and the Denver Pavilions team up for a special, free encore presentation of works from the 2017 edition of the festival. Taking place on the Pavilion’s LED screen besides the UA Cinemas, each day will present looping animations from this innovative program, coinciding with Denver Arts Week and the 40th Edition of the Denver Film Festival.

First Friday: Dia de Los Muertos at Museo de las Americas 
Nov 3, 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

November’s First Friday Santa Fe Art walk at Museo will celebrate Día de los Muertos. Join us as we remember loved ones who have passed and celebrate the eternal journey of death. Special treats like pan de muerto, music, food, and drinks will be served.

Lakewood Arts Gallery Holiday Craft Market
Nov 3, 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm.
Join Lakewood Arts Gallery for an opening reception to celebrate the arts on ‘Know Your Arts First Friday.’ With live music, demos, and tons of artwork available for purchase or sale, Lakewood Arts Gallery is always a party on First Fridays. This show in particular is geared toward holidays gifts, with tons of reasonably priced art, jewelry, crafts and more that are perfect for giving to someone else, or yourself.

Healing Power of Art at Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel 
Nov 3 – 10 
Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel and Children’s Hospital Colorado are celebrating the healing power of art during Denver Arts Week through two exhibits that will be on display at the hotel. The transformational powers of art therapy will tower 18 feet tall outside the entrance to Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel. The iconic ballerina sculptures will be adorned with dresses decorated by Children’s Colorado patients as part of therapy.

25th Anniversary Castle Rock Craft Show Extraordinaire at Douglas County Events Center 
Nov 4, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Don’t miss the annual kick-off to the holiday shopping season at the biggest craft event in the area. The first 1000 families through the doors will receive a 25th anniversary shopping bag. This free and even better-than-ever show features 150+ vendors, bake sale, book sale, silent auction, decorated wreath auction, “Grandma’s Attic,” free door prizes, and raffles for a quilt and an Apple Watch.

34th Annual Craft Fair at Smoky Hill High School
Nov 4, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
This popular event is celebrating 34 years with 211 vendors showing hand-crafted items. The craft fair is a great place to purchase decorations, unique clothing, jewelry and gifts for the holidays. Funds raised are used to award scholarships to senior students who plan on becoming teachers, and to support clubs and activities. Food is available.

Englewood Holiday Bazaar 
Nov 4, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Over 100 artisans are available to choose from in your search for wonderful handmade crafts and fine art. Get a head start on your holiday shopping. Invite your friends and neighbors along as you enjoy this annual Englewood tradition! Concessions are available for lunch or snacking. 

Kids Clothes Swap: Evergreen at Bergen Park Church 
Nov 4, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Have you guys heard about the kids clothes swap? It happens twice a year in the spring and fall. The swap is coming to Evergreen! This is a great opportunity to swap out your gently worn kids clothes and equipment and find what you need. Bring your stuff in a container that is labeled with your name and number on Friday and come on Saturday from 9-12 to swap. Come early and see website for more details!!!

Free Day at the Denver Art Museum 
Nov 4, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
General admission is free on the first Saturday of the month thanks to Your 6 Hometown Toyota Stores and the citizens who support the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD).

Home(made) for the Holidays 
Nov 4, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Join Washington Street Community Center for the annual Home(made) for the Holidays craft fair and bake sale! Engage with your neighborhood community by shopping handmade crafts and items, supporting the WSCC children’s program bake sale, and buying a breakfast burrito or a bowl of homemade chili.

Family Tour at Clyfford Still Museum 
Nov 4, 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Enjoy a free art adventure for the whole family! Designed for children ages 5 through 10 and their adults, family tours are an interactive way to explore the art on view. Every tour features games, close looking, and an art project to take home. Discover a new and different theme–such as color, line, shape, movement, music, and architecture–in every tour.

Day of the Dead Family Celebration 
Nov 4, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
The annual Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebration is the Longmont Museum’s signature event and the largest Day of the Dead celebration in Colorado, attracting more than 6,000 people to the exhibit, family event, and related programming.

Ice Age Discovery Youth Program at Walking Mountains Science Center 
Nov 4, 2:00 pm
Join Walking Mountains Science Center with paleontologists from the Ice Age Discovery Center in Snowmass Village, Colorado for an afternoon of interactive investigation. Participants in 2nd through 5th grade have the opportunity to learn the story of the Ice Age first hand. Touch mammoth and mastodon teeth, wonder at the full size fossils of the American mastodon, giant bison, Jefferson’s ground sloth, Columbian mammoth, Ice Age deer, horse, camel, Black bear, Bighorn sheep, coyote, and beaver. At the end of the program, take home a hand-made fossil replica from a real Ice Age fossil!

Dioramart: Transforming the Wildlife Halls Through Art at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science (DMNS) 
Nov 4, 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Join us as the Denver Museum of Nature & Science’s wildlife halls become activated spaces through the passion of creative Colorado artists during Night at the Museum. These local artists will use light, sound, movement, color, and anything else that inspires them to unify the arts with nature and science. Choose your favorite and vote for the artist’s creation that best transforms our wildlife dioramas into unforgettable experiences.

Magic – Beyond Belief XII 
Nov 4, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Mile High Magicians Society presents the 12th Annual Magic – Beyond Belief!, a magical event not to be missed. There will be close-up magic in the lobby followed by two solid hours of exciting magic and amazing feats.

$5 Day at the Butterfly Pavilion 
Nov 5, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
See bees hard at work in their hive, touch live starfish and crabs, and experience being surrounded by 1,600 free-flying butterflies! This, and much more, await you in Butterfly Pavilion’s interactive exhibits for only $5.

Kalama Polynesian Dancers at the Children’s Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus 
Nov 5, 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Kalama Polynesian Dancers specialize in authentic dances from the islands of Tahiti, Hawaii, Samoa and New Zealand. Prepare to be mesmerized as they tell the stories of the islands through dance.

Decades Rewind – Denver 
Nov 5, 7:00 pm – 9:15 pm
Decades Rewind is a National touring concert, dance party and theatrical performance all wrapped up in one blockbuster show! Come celebrate the hits of the 60s, 70s and 80s, the most prominent decades in music history. Disco, Funk, Rock and Motown all take center stage in this brand new theatrical concert featuring over 60s songs, 100 costume changes and nostalgic video. 

Free Day at the Denver Zoo 
Nov 6, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Enjoy the Denver Zoo for free!

Free Day at the Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield 
Nov 7,  9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Free Days occur throughout the year at both York Street and Chatfield Farms, thanks to funding from the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD). No tickets are needed for admission to Free Days. Free Days are for regular Gardens hours only and do not include ticketed events.

Target Tuesday Free Nights at the Children’s Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus
Nov 7, 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Target is committed to giving back to the communities where their guests and team members live and work. Through their generous sponsorship of the Children’s Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus, families can play for FREE the first Tuesday* of each month from 4 – 8 pm.

Her Too

I have been a fan of Melissa Bradford since I read her book, Global Mom, a few years ago. She is an American expat living in Germany and has been a powerful voice for refuges. With her permission, I am sharing her recent Facebook post. 

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#metoo #hertoo

She is about the age of my daughter, mid-twenties. Soft-spoken, graceful, eyes steely containers with flickering flames. She was kidnapped in broad daylight by Taliban hoodlums and gang raped for several days straight, then dumped onto a patch of stand to crawl home. Knowing she had thus “dishonored” her family, she fled Afghanistan on foot to avoid being stoned to death by her village.

She is about the age of my daughter, and already mother of three. On her forehead is a minuscule, charcoal-tinted, nearly imperceptible tattoo of a crucifix. In her area of Ethiopia, she explained through a translator, they beat, torture, rape, and execute Christians. Behind eyes of an ever-alert protectress, cowers one who has been violated many times in front of her children.

She is about the age of my daughter, but who really knows? She certainly doesn’t, because she’s been on the run since she was orphaned at 14, she thinks. She has a son, and with him she crossed Libya, or what all African refugee women know is an inescapable sentence to unspeakable iterations of exploitation and serial rape. Did she have to sell herself on the burgeoning sex trade market just to stay alive, to keep her son alive? I did not ask.

She has no age. Where she comes from — the borderlands where Eritrea and Ethiopia meet — women do not mark their birthdays, neither are they schooled. Neither are they given the choice as to whether they undergo genital mutilation. All this she whispered, her head hung, to the translator. I asked if the threat of mutilation was why she fled her homeland with her daughter and braved the infamous Mediterranean death voyage in an overcrowded vessel where some died. Her black rimmed eyes flared, “No,” the translator said, “that was too late for me. But not too late for my daughter. *She* is why I fled.”

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The level of abuse among refugee women is often beyond that which we in the west are accustomed to hearing. Westerners speaking out can give courage and even voice to refugees for whom speaking out has literally come at the peril of their lives. We are like adoptive mothers to these women; they are like daughters to us. We role model for them that it is not only safe, but imperative, that we use our first world voices to help everyone–women, men, adult or child –rise above their own horrific sagas of abuse. *They* are why we say #hertoo.

(Getty Image: Dan Kitwood and Win McNamee)