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Momsplaining Episode 4: #MomDownload

Take Ellen Degeneres, add Kristen Bell and you have a whole lot of laughter!

“Momsplaining” is a hilarious six-episode original digital series created by Ellen Degeneres in partnership with OLLY Nutrition.

Kristen sits down with the new mama and “Scandal” star to talk about all the highs and lows of being a new mom – especially the things no one tells you about!

3rd annual Macaroni Kid Douglas County Summer Camp & Activities Fair

Don’t miss the 3rd annual Macaroni Kid Douglas County Summer Camp & Activities Fair! For local parents, this event on Sunday, April 8, 2018 is a one-stop community-focused event designed to give families the opportunity to meet face-to-face with the best camps, summer activities, and more in and around Douglas County.

The event is free and open to the public with camps and activities for kids up to age 18. Admission is FREE; pre-registration is strongly encouraged. Register at bit.ly/MKDC2018SCF.

Registration offers some benefits:

  • Registered attendees will be entered to win a $200 gift certificate for the participating camp/activity of their choice.
  • First 200 families will each receive an event bag (one per family).
  • Admission to CU South Denver’s museum exhibits and galleries is included for all attendees.

Here is what you can expect:

  • More than 50 summer camps will have representatives in attendance providing camp details and answering your questions — camps include performing arts, adventure, sports, gymnastics, horsemanship, traditional day camps, overnight camps, and more
  • Special offers, prizes, and giveaways
  • In addition to the camps, the event will feature fun, interactive exhibits.

The Foundation for Douglas County Schools is the designated non-profit partner for this event. Foundation DCS representatives will be collecting school supply donations to distribute to families in need, as well as signing up volunteers to help with the program. Bring a school supply donation for the annual school supply drive serving DCSD students and receive a special treat!

2018 Mac Kid Douglas County Summer Camp & Activities Fair

CU South Denver, 10035 South Peoria St., Parker

Sunday, April 8, 2018

10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

FREE ADMISSION

 Register today at bit.ly/MKDC2018SCF!

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Do your research and  check-out Mile High Mamas’ 2018 summer camp guide. 

Contest: Great Hair Days are Back Thanks to Boulder’s Blo Blow Dry Bar

When was the last time you had a great hair day? Not just a good hair day, but one of those days when you feel like you are starring in a sassy shampoo commercial. Your hair looked so good, traffic stopped. People shielded their eyes from the shine bouncing off your flowing locks. When the wind blew, you didn’t worry because you knew it only made you look like the slow-motion kick-butt bad mama that you are deep inside. Great hair is powerful!

But reality hits. Who has time for the treat of great hair when we are so busy with regular lives?

You do.

Pop up to Boulder’s new Blo Dry Bar, located handily on Pearl Street. This is the first location of the wildly successful chain in Colorado, with more to come. Walk in with your nice-enough hair and walk out about an hour later with hair that rivals those on the magazine covers you stare at in the grocery store check-out.

Blo Boulder does not cut or color hair. They specialize in taking the hair you have and transforming it into the dream ‘do of your choice. The space is light and sleek, with sophisticated touches and a sense of luxury that wisks you away. After being introduced to your stylist, you will sit and peruse a menu of seven styling options, from straight-as-a-pin shiny to tousled beachy waves to mermaid curls. Long hair, short hair, in between — there are options for you, your texture, and your needs.

Obviously, before they can turn you into a mermaid, they’ll start with a clean slate.

Few things in life are more relaxing than having your hair shampooed and conditioned with amazing-smelling suds and that unmatchable scalp massage. Blo Boulder uses a line of haircare called Unite, formulated to protect hair from heat, infuse shine and volume, and make it last!

My hair style lasted for several days, which made me happy. I was able to get up in the morning, shake out my hair, finger comb it, maybe a touch of dry shampoo, and I was set. It was one less thing to deal with and a big confidence boost.

With prom and wedding season fast approaching, Blo Boulder can help with custom styles, updos, and even travel to you! They also offer beauty services, including makeup, manicures, and pedicures. Glo Skin and Beauty, headquartered right here in Denver, provides the makeup with high quality, natural ingredients.

Visit Blo Boulder’s website for more information and to book your great hair days at www.blomedry.com. For now, the only location is in Boulder but another is coming soon at the DTC. Two more locations will be opening in Denver this year, so watch out for them!

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26 fun things to do in Denver this week

Fun events in Denver this week include Creatures of Light Family Glow Party, the Rocky Mountain Horse Show and the Denver Polar Plunge. See our event calendar for full listings. 

Free Day at the Colorado Railroad Museum 
March 8, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
To celebrate our partnership with the SCFD the Museum is proud to offer free general admission to all visitors select Wednesdays throughout the year.

Rocky Mountain Horse Show at the National Western Complex 
March 8 – 11
The Colorado Horse Council, Inc. is a grass-roots, all-breed, non-discipline specific organization dedicated to linking the horse owners and the horse industry of the State of Colorado into a powerful, common voice in order to protect their common equine interests through legislation and education. It also employs a full-time contract lobbyist, who works with the State Legislature on horse and agriculture-related issues.

Creatures of Light Family Glow Party at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science
March 8, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Get your glow on at this kicking party in conjunction with the new Creatures of Light Temporary Exhibit. After dinner create your own glowing creature, draw with light and make your own glow sticks!

Four Mile Free Day 
March 9, 12:00 – 4:00 pm
Every Second Friday of the Month | 12-4 pm. Travel back to 1859… for free! Enjoy historic demonstrations, a tour of the Four Mile House Museum—a Denver landmark—and meeting our many farm animals. Our Hay Bales & Tall Tales story and activity time will also be offered from 12-1 pm.

How I Became A Pirate at the PACE Center 
March 9, 6:30 – 7:30 pm
AARRRGH! Sail off on a swashbuckling musical excursion as young Jeremy Jacobs joins Captain Braid Beard’s band of comical pirates and searches for the perfect spot to bury their treasure. Jeremy finds fun and adventure on the high seas, but he soon learns that home and family are treasures you can’t find on any map!

Colorado Children’s Chorale 
March 9, 7:30 – 9:00 pm
Since 1974, the Colorado Children’s Chorale has brought its artistry and charm to audiences throughout the world. With a diverse repertoire ranging from fully-staged opera and musical theater to standard choral compositions in classical, folk, and popular traditions, the Chorale performs with an innovative stage presentation and a unique theatrical spirit.

Inside the Orchestra’s Tiny Tots Performances at the History Colorado
March 10
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 music 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!

Free Day at the Longmont Museum 
March 10, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
The second Saturday of each month is a Free Day. The Longmont Museum, housed in a distinctive contemporary building, features changing exhibits in history, art, and science, as well as the award-winning Front Range Rising, a long-term exhibit on the history and culture of this region. The Museum recently opened an expansion, featuring the 250-seat Stewart Auditorium and Cone-Shortall stage, the Swan Atrium, and the Kaiser Permanente Education Center.

Hands on History Family Fun Days at the History Colorado Center 
March 10, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Join us for our Hands on History Family Fun Days! On the second Saturday of each month, families have the opportunity to explore and create their own history, art, and culture through hands-on, immersive activities like adobe brick making, building log cabins, live performances, and role playing in our exhibits.

Youth Symposium 
March 10, 1:00 – 5:00 pm
This year’s theme is, Creating Connections: The Building Blocks of Leadership. Topics will include: Building financial awareness & teen budgeting tools and making healthy choices and building leadership.Youth Ages 12-18 welcome, this event is free and open to the public.

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood-Live! King for a Day! at the Bellco Theatre
March 10, 2:00 – 6:30 pm
The grr-ific musical for little tigers and grown-ups alike is back with an all-NEW show for 2017-2018! The hugely popular Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood LIVE!, based on the #1 PBS KIDS TV series, has delighted live audiences on stages across the country.

Major League Rugby Exhibition Match: Glendale Raptors Rugby vs. Nola Gold 
March 10, 3:00 – 6:00 pm
Something BIG is coming to Denver – and it’s professional rugby! Come & experience the thrill and fun of Major League Rugby teams in action before the professional season starts on March 10th for FREE. The professional season starts April 21 at Infinity Park.

Catapult – The World’s Premier Shadow Dance Company at the PACE Center 
March 10, 7:30 – 9:00 pm
The art of weaving shadows into stories has been around for a thousand years, but never before has been elevated to such an art form. Dance, music, and the duality of light and darkness come together to create stories of love and peace and countless others. Catapult, the avant-garde shadow dancing group brought to the world’s attention on America’s Got Talent, brings their talent to PACE this spring in an experience unlike any other.

Jeff & Paige at the Rayback Collective 
March 11, 10:00 am
Enjoy an indoor, hour-long, science and nature-focused kids’ concert at Boulder’s hippest hub for food, community and music. Expect live, original, nature-inspired music for kids, educational/hilarious skits, quick costume changes and tons of audience participation. Show appropriate for kids ages 3-8.

Denver Polar Plunge & 5K at the Elitch Gardens Theme & Water Park 
March 11, 12:00 – 1:00 pm
We’re Freezin’ for a Reason! Take the plunge, run the 5K-or BOTH! – to support over 22,000 Colorado athletes with intellectual disabilities. Join the race and plunge into icy waters in an effort to raise money for Special Olympics. Runners and plungers will receive a free beer, an admission ticket for the 2018 season to Elitch Gardens and other additional swag. 

Carnivals of the Animals at the Boettcher Concert Hall in the Denver Performing Arts Complex 
March 11, 1:00 – 4:00 pm
This performance introduces little ones to the joys of the orchestra with Carnival of the Animals, one of the best-known pieces by French composer Camille Saint-Saëns, with each movement depicting a different animal from the royal lion to the graceful swan. Truly a fantastic family experience for all ages!

Open Adventure Day at Colorado Adventure Point
March 11, 1:00 pm
Come see what Colorado Adventure Point is all about! And what better way to do that than by coming to Open Adventure Day.
Start your day on the Rock Climbing wall as your plan your trek up the wall to ring the bell at the top. Then spend some time at the Archery Range where you’ll keep the target in your sights. How about some Leatherworking or Blacksmithing? This is your opportunity to try something new. 

Denver Nuggets vs. Sacramento Kings at the Pepsi Center
March 11, 3:00 – 5:00 pm
The Denver Nuggets face off against the Sacramento Kings.

Ongoing Events and Exhibits

Be the Astronaut at Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum
October 1, 2017 – March 31, 2018; Monday – Saturday: 10 am – 5 pm Sunday: 12 pm – 5 pm
Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum (Wings) enthusiastically announces the arrival of Be The Astronaut, an interactive pod-based exhibit that thrusts visitors into a world of space discovery.  Broken down into three interactive parts, Be The Astronaut first places “explorers” at a NAV (Navigation) Station to explore basic concepts of the universe. Second, guests move to a SCI (Science) Station that reinvents the way users think about the science and technology needed to thrive in outer space. Finally, participants move to the FLY Station. The FLY Station puts guests in control of a variety of spacecraft, including a lander, a rover and an interplanetary spaceship, on a wide variety of extraterrestrial missions. http://wingsmuseum.org/

Becoming Butterflies at CU South Denver
Now through June 2, 2018, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Location: CU South Denver
Becoming Butterflies is a fascinating look at some of the world’s most captivating insects throughout their entire life cycle. A successful journey means overcoming natural enemies, evading predators and transforming from a tiny egg to creeping caterpillar to delicate winged flyer. Learn how butterflies impact our lives and the role we play in their survival. http://southdenver.cu.edu/events/event/becoming-butterflies/

Denver Puzzling Adventure at Civic Center Park
Puzzling Adventures™ are a cross between a scavenger hunt, an informative self-guided tour, and The Amazing Race®. Each adventure consists of a series of locations that you are guided to where you are required to answer questions or solve puzzles to receive your next instruction. http://puzzlingadventures.com

Eyes On at Denver Art Museum
December 3, 2017 – July 8, 2018, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Xiaoze Xie has a lifelong passion for books. In his worldview, books are conveyers of prestige and signifiers of collective cultural knowledge: repositories of historical meaning, cultural conflict, and political strife. For Eyes On: Xiaoze Xie, the artist has created still-life paintings of books, videos, and installations based on banned and forbidden books in China. http://denverartmuseum.org/exhibitions/eyes-on-xiaoze-xie

Past the Tangled Present at the Denver Art Museum
November 14, 2017 – October 28, 2018, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
This interactive and immersive installation by Denver artist Jaime Molina was born of imagination and the joy of discovery. Step into a different world where the paintings on the wall flow into 3-D objects that Molina created for the space. Sit on boxes painted with faces and play in a garden of fabricated cacti. http://denverartmuseum.org/exhibitions/past-tangled-present

Creatures of Light at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science 
February 23- June 10, 2018
They light up our lives, but have you ever wondered how? Delve into the world of living things that blink, glow, flash, and flicker, from tiny fireflies to strange creatures in the ocean depths. The new exhibition Creatures of Light explores the mysterious world of bioluminescence and biofluorescence, visible light emitted by living things. This enlightening experience features larger-than-life models, engaging immersive environments, fun activities, and real animals, fungi, and minerals that get their glow on. http://www.dmns.org

Colors of East Africa
Jan. 20-May 19, 2018
Colors of East Africa, an exceptional showcase of eight countries along the Great Rift Valley, continues through May 19 at the Global Village Museum of Arts and Cultures. The exhibit features art and artifacts on loan from over 40 collectors and international travelers in Northern Colorado. Many items reflect the intersection between the wildlife and the indigenous cultures, such as a loin cloth fashioned from fish vertebrae and a Maasai shield & weaponry. http://globalvillagemuseum.org/upcoming-main-gallery/

Seussical at the Arvada Center
Feb. 23 – March 23, 2018
Enter the fantastic world of Dr. Seuss in the musical, Seussical! Music and dance bring characters like Horton the Elephant, the Cat in the Hat, and Gertrude McFuzz together on stage. Don’t miss out on all the fun and all the “thinks you can think”! The musical debuted on Broadway in 2000 and spawned two US national tours and a UK tour. It has become a beloved classic for schools and regional theatres around the world. https://arvadacenter.org/seussical-2

Moms: Earn Extra Money with Your Car and Fluid Market!

You love to reminisce about the first time your child scored a goal on the soccer field or landed a lead role in the school play, but you don’t feel the same way when you think about the registration fees or costume costs. Amidst its triumphs and pride, being a parent comes with a steep financial strain.

According to a recent study by the Department of Agriculture, parents with children born in or after 2015 can expect to spend $233,610 from a child’s birth to age 17. The icing on that 18th birthday cake is the average in-state, public college tuition of $25,290. It’s a catch-22 when you’re strapped for funds as a parent, because the logical explanation is to get a (or another) job, but time spent working means time spent away from your children.

That’s where Fluid Market comes in. Fluid Market is a truck sharing  app that lets you share with and borrow vehicles from your neighbors. Get a new car and don’t want to bother selling your old one? Use Fluid Market to lend it out for $40 per day.

When Fluid Market started in 2016, it was limited to Colorado users and open to any items. Following the app’s 1,147% growth in 2017, buoyed by a steady demand for truck and utility vehicle rentals, it just recently launched its truck-sharing marketplace nationwide. Using Fluid Market’s truck-sharing marketplace, you can list any vehicle – from a box truck to a sports car – at an hourly, daily or weekly rate. Most vehicle listings on the app bring in $5 to $10 per hour or $20 to $49 per day, plus an additional per-mile charge for trucks. So, why should you care?

Fluid Market makes it easy to earn money by simply lending something you already have: your car! Depending on what kind of car or truck you list, you could generate between $800 and $3,000 a month. In those first, pricey 17 years of parenthood, you could make more than double what you’d spend raising a child by simply listing one box truck on Fluid Market. Plus, you’d only have to lend for a couple of years to cover college tuition.

Before Annie Garland, working mother of two toddlers, listed a truck on Fluid Market, she was exhausted by long work days with little work-life balance. She’s a self-proclaimed side hustler who had been looking for a way to make enough money on the side to afford her more time with her children and enough resources to start her own fitness coaching business. In November, Annie took a leap of faith and purchased a box truck.

“Putting a box truck on Fluid seemed like an experiment worth trying.  Everyone needs a large truck at some point, right?” Annie said. “Every good idea starts by helping people solve a problem, so I knew this could be profitable.”  

In her first month using Fluid Market, Annie earned $930 with little time or effort.

Lending on Fluid Market is the ultimate side hustle, because it hardly requires any hustle at all. While other side hustles like driving for Uber, tutoring or selling items on Craigslist require time and effort, Fluid Market lets you make money and put the extra time and effort into your children. Visit the www.FluidMarket.com and iTunes App store page for more information.

By James Eberhard, CEO of Fluid Market. In partnership with Mile High Mamas.

Elitch Gardens Announces Free Pre-K Pass for Kids Ages 3-5

Parents with a little one can put their wallets away this season! Elitch Gardens Theme & Water Park is introducing a new type of season pass specifically for the little kiddos. The new Pre-K Pass grants FREE theme & water park admission to children three to five years of age for the entire 2018 season, including Fright Fest!

“As an iconic part of the Denver community for 128 years we are very excited to announce the PRE-K Pass as we continue to make Elitch Gardens the exciting and affordable destination for family fun,” says Layne Pitcher, Director of Marketing.

Parents have until May 20 to register their child online for the Pre-K Pass at ElitchGardens.com/Pre-K and must process their child’s Pre-K Pass at the park by June 24. Qualifying children must be three to five years old by the activation deadline of June 24. Elitch Gardens offers numerous experiences throughout the season for kids ages three to five including 14 pint-sized rides in KiddieLand, the wet and wild Hook’s Lagoon, a daily kids’ show, trick or treating during Fright Fest and MORE!

Adult guests can purchase their 2018 Season Pass for the best price right now. Passes are only $69.99 and include unlimited visits to the theme and water park, free parking, free tickets for friends, free concerts and much more! Season Passes are available online at ElitchGardens.com or at any Colorado King Soopers location.

Mark your calendar for April 28, as Elitch Gardens opens to the public for the 2018 season, its 128th consecutive year of providing quality, friendly family fun.

Tips to help kids adjust to upcoming time change

Spring forward, fall back. Daylight saving time begins Sunday, March 11, and we will all lose an hour of sleep. While the change can be hard on everyone, it is especially difficult on children and teens.  

According to Ann Halbower, MD, sleep medicine specialist at Children’s Hospital Colorado (Children’s Colorado), “All developing children will feel the pain of a time change. The most severely affected are teenagers who tend to have a genetic predisposition to go to bed late and wake up late, so the early morning school start time is especially hard on them.” 

Dr. Halbower offers the following tips to help ease kids’ transition to the time change: 

  • As with traveling to a different time zone, it helps to plan ahead of time. Try backing up bedtime by an hour for 5-7 days leading up to the time change. For example, if your child typically goes to bed at 8 p.m., back the time up to 7:45 p.m. for 1-2 days, then to 7:30 p.m., etc., until your child is going to bed at 7 p.m. the last night or so prior to the time change. Once the time changes, their internal clocks will be ready for bed at the “new” 8 p.m. of daylight saving time.
  • To transition to an earlier bedtime, the bedtime routine should be quiet, dark and soothing. Bedtime will not back up successfully if there is light at night. Eye shades or black-out curtains are a great way to block out light. Turn off all lights and electronics an hour before bed. Listening to music or a book on tape is ok, but only with no light in the device. Toddlers and young kids can listen to parents sing a lullaby or tell a story. 
  • Backing up wake-up time by 15 minutes a day is even more important. Again, plan to start 5-7 days ahead of time. If your child typically wakes up at 7 a.m., awaken them at 6:45 a.m. for 1-2 days, then 6:30 a.m., etc., until they are getting up at 6 a.m. the last couple of days prior to the time change. Once the time changes, their bodies will be right on track for waking up at the “new” 7 a.m. 
  • Exposure to very bright light at wake time is important as it helps to turn off the body’s sleeping hormone called melatonin. If melatonin is too high in the morning (it’s highest in the dark), kids feel groggy and can take a long time to feel alert after the school bell rings.
  • Be sure your child gets enough sleep. Infants and toddlers who are cranky or crying need more sleep, not less, at daylight saving time. Recommended hours of sleep for all children – ages 0-17 – follow:
    • Newborns (0 to 2 months): 11 to 18 hours every 24 hours
    • Infants (2 to 12 months): 11 to 17 hours every 24 hours
    • Toddlers (1 to 3 years): 12 to 14 hours every 24 hours
    • Preschoolers (3 to 5 years): 11 to 13 hours every 24 hours
    • School-Aged Children (6 to 12 years): 10 to 11 hours each night
    • Adolescents (13 to 18 years): about 9 hours each night

 The twice yearly time change isn’t the only time parents can struggle with their kids’ sleep schedules. Children’s Colorado experts have tips to help address sleeping challenges commonly faced by parents, including safe sleep environments, establishing and keeping bedtime routines, nightmares versus night terrors and more. Learn more by signing up for Just Ask Children’s.

Deals: Harlem Globetrotters, Hamilton and Free Days

I was recently given an advance reader’s copy of Maria Shriver’s I’ve Been Thinking. I can’t say that I really know all that much about Maria except that she is a journalist, used to be First Lady of California, and was married to Arnold Schwarzenegger….oh yeah, and a mom. (Why is being a mom often added on as an afterthought?) I loved this book of short, thought-provoking chapters. It was easy to read. And reminded me that even a celebrity/journalist/political figure from a famous family is real – just like you and me thinking through life’s daily questions.
 
Harlem Globetrotters.The Harlem Globetrotters World Tour are coming to Colorado in March and we wanted to share the Exclusive discount of 25% OFF Tickets with the PROMO CODE: FUNFAM  CLICK HERE for ShowTimes and Ticket Information.  The team has four different Colorado Games: March 16: Loveland – Budweiser Event Center 7:00 p.m.March 17 : Denver – Pepsi Center: 2:00 p.m.March 17: Broomfield – 1st Bank Center: 7:00 p.m.March 18: Colorado Springs – Broadmoor World Arena: 3:00 p.m.
 
Library Loans. I love and frequent my library (Douglas County). Did you know that the library loans out more than books, CDs, Movies, Audio tapes? It can also loan you a GoPro, sewing machine and a ukulele! And at Arapahoe County, you can find a VR (Virtual Reality) viewer, GPS unit, or a Google Home (just to see what it’s all about!).
 
Free Days. We have some awesome free days coming up this next week!
 Consignment SalesWe have one of Denver’s biggest lists of  kids consignment sales. (Consigning the kid’s clothes and items – no matter how much you may want to give those rascals away sometimes). This week’s sale is the Mothers of Multiples Society sale on March 10 at Douglas County Events Center. Saturday 10 a.m.-2 p.m., $2 admission.
 
Hamilton Tickets. Didn’t get tickets to see Hamilton when they went on sale? It’s ok! Plus, now you can get a total DEAL on them (for just $10)! A digital lottery for HAMILTON tickets will begin in conjunction with the show’s first performance (February 27) in Denver at The Buell Theatre.  Forty (40) orchestra tickets will be sold for every performance for $10 each.  The digital lottery will opens daily at 11:00 a.m. for tickets to performances two days in advance. 
 
Sonic. I live very close to a Sonic and love to surprise my kids with a drink or slushie on the way home. They are half price between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. (so a perfect after work/happy hour treat). But every once in a while, Sonic does different promotions. This Thursday, March 8, shakes, floats and ice cream slushies will be half-price all day! AND shakes, floats and ice cream slushies are now half price every day after8 p.m. May summer begin!
 
YMCA of the Rockies. If guests book a stay at YMCA of the Rockies by February 28, they can take advantage of the “Warm Memories” special, which is 25% off lodging rates when they book three nights in a lodge room or four nights in a cabin for stays through April 15.​ ​ Also, don’t miss Easter at YMCA of the Rockies with egg hunts, the Easter Bunny, banquet and Easter Sunday service.  Plus, the new Boone Family Mountain Center will have its Grand Opening from 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. on April 28, 2018. The center provides a base camp for nature, environmental and high-adventure activities at YMCA of the Rockies, as well as a hands-on educational nature center and two-story climbing wall. 
 
 Ski Deals. Spring is the best time to ski. Awesome sunny days and great deals. We have rounded up several. 

How Strep (and Being LOST) Helped Me Save Mankind

Not all Facebook memories are created equally but this one from seven years ago resonated with me because my friend’s family has down-and-out with Strep throat. If you’ve been there, you know.

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The end is near.

At least the light at the end of my of my strep-induced vow of silence, not the other “end” (though I felt close a few times last weekend).

I’ve had strep many times but nothing like this latest bout, which I deemed STREPZILLA. I was rendered unable to speak or eat due to the agonizing pain.

On the plus side, I dropped five pounds.

I stayed home from church on Sunday and went to the Urgent Care where they loaded me up with antibiotics and sub-par painkillers. I say sub-par because Jamie doped me up with Percocet the night prior and that was the only thing that came close to depleting the pain.

It also gave me a killer buzz that kept me up all night.

Jamie helped out a lot over the weekend but I knew he would be back to work as usual on Monday (Bode’s day off). The little dude has been a great sport coping with his deadbeat mother but I asked my friend Eva to watch him so he could have some social interaction with people who don’t use perturbing charades to communicate.

The toughest part about this latest illness has been lack of sleep. I was up most of my first night due to pain. The second night, because of the Aforementioned Buzz. By the third night, I was loopy and desperately needed to sleep. But I had a challenge even greater than pain and buzzes: phlegm.

If you’ve never had strep, there is a lot of accompanying phlegm due to the infection. This is where strep is the root of all evil: your throat is so sore you can’t swallow so I was reduced to carrying around a “spit glass” with me at all times.

It’s no wonder everyone treated me like a leper except for Fat Kitty who has an appreciation for spit and bathes himself daily in it.

To stay entertained on Sunday evening, we watched a few episodes from the first season of LOST. If you’re not familiar with the show, Flight 815 crashed on an island and the survivors have many inexplicable and mysterious encounters. In the second season one of the characters (Desmond) spends three years inside of a Hatch inputting numbers into a computer every 108 minutes to prevent the world from being destroyed.

That night as I went to bed, I was almost delirious from lack of sleep. Every time I’d start to nod off, phlegm would well up in my mouth and I needed to spit it out. In my frenzied state, my dreams transcended reality. I became Desmond but instead of inputting numbers, I had the imperative responsibility of spitting every 15 minutes or the entire earth would be subjected to a catastrophic electro-magnetic explosion.

You heard it here people: My phlegm is single-handedly responsible for saving the world.

You’re welcome.

 

What Makes HAT Summer Camps Unique?

 
What makes HAT Summer Camps unique? We put a lot of time and effort into understanding and communicating with our parents and students to find out the answer to this question. Here is what we discovered. 
 
The majority of parents are overscheduled, multi-tasking, and time-crunched so having a quality summer camp located within 15-minutes of where they live is a top priority. This is why HAT has multiple summer camp locations in convenient neighborhoods throughout Denver. 
 
Students had two very important components they looked for in a summer tennis camp. First, the camp must be fun! Let’s face it, adults or kids, we all want to have fun in a sport and that is generally what gets us hooked in the beginning. Once a student has been bitten by the tennis bug, what makes this a sport they will be able to build self-confidence from and enjoy over the long-term? If a camp is only fun and doesn’t develop proper skills, frustration sets in and then over time (along with a lot of wasted money, missed shots and lost matches) the child says “sayonara” to the sport! That’s a lose, lose for everyone. This is why our accomplished team of coaches is committed to making every day fun AND educational. Sport is a vehicle for our coaches to teach students the same golden rules and principles they are learning at home from mom and dad: character, integrity, time management, dedication, work ethic, and resilience to name a just a few. 
 
What also makes HAT Summer Camps unique is where it began. HAT was founded by Ryan Segelke in 2009. Ryan is a Colorado native, a former professional tennis player, and WTA Tour Coach. While coaching on the WTA tour, Ryan’s players competed in all 4 grand slams. International junior players from all over the world (including China, Australia, Peru and Africa) have also traveled to train with Ryan and his team. All this experience has been formulated into a fun, educational methodology specifically designed for YOU, local Colorado tennis players 6-18 years old from beginner to advanced levels. 
 
Giving back is near and dear to HAT’s heart. HAT Alum, John Lutaaya, who is currently attending Linfield College and will be back to coach at HAT this summer, is from Kampala, Uganda. John’s mother, Nabbosa, still lives alone in Kampala and struggles on a daily basis to stay out of poverty. That’s why 2% of summer camp registrations will be directly donated to Nabbosa to help keep her above the poverty line. In addition to helping Nabbosa, we are committed to helping local players gain access to quality programs like ours. We are proud to share that through www.thehatfund.org, a non-profit founded by Leslie Segelke, we are able to provide thousands of dollars in scholarships annually to local Colorado tennis students in need. 
 
Learn more about HAT Summer Camps and Nabbosa by visiting www.HAT-Tennis.com.
 
In partnership with Mile High Mamas.