Month: November 2018

When is Hanukkah 2018 and what does it celebrate?

Hanukkah is an eight-day Jewish holiday that celebrates religious freedom. This year Hanukah begins on the evening of Sunday, December 2, 2018 and ends on the evening of Monday, December 10. Hanukkah is celebrated in the wintertime, near or around Christmas. Though the proximate occurrence of the two holidays is coincidental, it is interesting in that the story of Hanukkah raises questions about how a religious or ethnic community maintains its identity in relation to a broader culture. Check-out these Menorah lightngs and other Hanukkah events. The story In 168 B.C.E., the Jewish holy temple in Jerusalem was seized by Syrian-Greek soldiers and dedicated to the worship of Zeus. Then, the Syrian-Greek emperor Antiochus made the observance of Judaism an offense that was punishable by death. ...

What You Need to Know About Invisalign Teen

Finding out you need braces can be upsetting, especially for a teenager. After all, having to live with bulky metal braces can mean being uncomfortable and having self-confidence issues. Not many teens look forward to getting braces and some even protest getting treatment to correct their issues. But there’s good news for teens who need treatment but don’t want braces. Invisalign now offers Invisalign Teen, and it’s revolutionizing the way teenagers correct their smiles. Here’s what you need to know about Invisalign Teen. What Is Invisalign Teen? Like Invisalign for adults, Invisalign Teen consists of clear plastic aligners that move teeth into their desired positions. Although removable, patients need to adhere to their orthodontist’s instructions for use. The alig...

50+ Holiday Events for the Whole Family This Week

Holiday fun is in full swing! The Holiday Flea kicks off at Denver Union Station, 9News Parade of Lights, Golden’s Annual Candlelight Walk and much more. See our event calendar for more information. The Nutcracker Ballet (Ballet Melange) Nov 28– 29 Ballet Melange presents The Nutcracker Ballet, a holiday classic, in collaboration with Classical Ballet Academy. The Nutcracker Ballet transports us to a land of magic and dreams that come true. Colorado Avalanche vs. Pittsburgh Penguins at the Pepsi Center Nov 28, 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm Colorado Avalanche vs. Pittsburgh Penguins at Pepsi Center. Holiday Flea at Denver Union Station Nov 29 – Dec 2 Gather your family and friends for the Union Station Holiday Market by Denver Flea, four weekends of shopping, festivities and winter fun, all at t...

New statewide trails app showcases 39,000+ miles of trails!

If you’re hoping to explore Colorado, Gov. John Hickenlooper just made it that much easier. The governor announced the launch of a new state app with guidance to more than 39,000 miles of trails as nearly 550 tourism industry stakeholders gathered last week in Vail for the annual Colorado Governor’s Tourism Conference.   The Colorado Trail Explorer (COTREX) app puts data for 39,158 miles of trail and 1,431 trailheads in the hands of users across the state and is now available for free download in the Apple and Google Play stores. A facet of the Colorado the Beautiful initiative, the COTREX app makes it easier than ever for Coloradans and visitors alike to access the state’s trailheads and open space.  Trails are searchable by horses, bikes, motorcycles, dogs, hiking, ATVS a...

Why I Agreed to Reduce My Daughter’s Child Support

Child support, the bane of some non-custodial parents’ existence, is ordered for children to equalize the standard of living if there is a great financial divide between households. For the father of my child, it was a tool for harassment, a bullying card if you will, until I agreed to impute my own income. He threatened to take me to court because I wanted to use the calculation worksheet using actual income figures. I am in a fortunate situation where I can still provide the necessities and more for my child at this point. So even though his income is four times greater than mine, I agreed to a reduced amount — to avoid court and the stress that brings and to take away the power play he has wielded for the past 11 years. Child support is for the child’s expenses and considered the right ...

Deals: Bonus gift cards, Paw Patrol Live & more!

I do some things year after year in the name of tradition. But then I end up loving it for just what it is (and in my case it is typically something like FREE entertainment). What we do for a holiday tradition is to go downtown and line the parade route for the Parade of Lights. When I was a child we watched it. When I was in High School I marched in it. When I was in college – I brought my friends to it. When I had babies I’d wrap them warm and we’d go watch it. Now, I make my teenagers endure it – the hot chocolate in our HydroFlask helps (Pssst, the HydroFlask site has everything 25% off if you buy now). The Parade is both Friday, Nov. 30 at 8 p.m.  and Saturday, Dec. 1 at 6 p.m.    Paw Patrol Live. All paws on deck! Nickelodeon and VStar Entertainment Grou...

22 Winter Adventures in Colorado for Families (Grandparents, too!)

 There’s snow, and then there’s Colorado Snow. Fresh powder is blanketing Colorado’s ski slopes, charming towns and vibrant cities, creating a wonderland full of winter adventures that bring everyone together for family bonding and memory making. More families than ever are discovering the joy of traveling with multiple generations, including grandparents, cousins and maybe even great aunts and uncles. From ski adventures to dude ranch experiences, and sleigh rides to snowcats, Colorado offers something for every member of the family this winter.  For more great multigenerational travel ideas, visit www.colorado.com/winter#2.   Off-The-Slopes Activities For Everyone:   Snow Tube at Beaver Meadows Resort Ranch: Beaver Meadows Resort Ranch, loca...

Learn more about prenatal, infant and toddler policy solutions in 2019

Do you want to become more involved in Colorado’s policy solutions for children in 2019? Across Colorado, family child care homes provide an essential source of care for children and families. The public policies that affect these homes are an area of robust discussion throughout the state, and Colorado Children’s Campaign wants to hear the voices of stakeholders on several topics. Please join the Prenatal, Infant, Toddler Coalition, Clayton Early Learning, the Colorado Children’s Campaign, the Colorado Association of Family Child Care, and MyVillageto share your perspective and experiences and help them better understand the unique challenges and opportunities for family child care in Colorado. The policy discussion will be held on Saturday, Dec....

A glimpse at Santa HQ at Flatiron Crossing’s magic

Each year when November rolls around the magic of the upcoming Holidays begins to stir up joy. Joy in the hearts of children as they prepare their lists for Santa, and joy in the hearts of parents as they watch their kids light up with excitement. Flatirons Crossing invited my family and I to visit the enchanted passage of the mall that they’ve transitioned into Santa’s HQ’s. Located at the base of the Grand staircase, where through December 24th Santa and his helper Elves will be there to greet you and your families. For some families, this event is one of many traditions throughout the Holiday season. Our family doesn’t get to go every year, so this was a wonderful way to start the season. Getting Started Upon entering the workshop, Santa has brought along his Naughty O’ Nice Meter, whic...

Happy Thanksgiving, Love The Mile High Mamas!

“Gratitude is the truest approach to life. We did not create or fashion ourselves. We did not birth ourselves. Life is about giving, receiving, and repaying. We are receptive beings, dependent on the help of others, on their gifts and their kindness.” –The Atlantic Have the happiest of Thanksgivings! P.S. If you’re looking for events to kick-off this glorious holiday season, be sure to check out our event calendar.

50+ Denver Holiday Events (and other fun, too!)

Santa Breakfast. Sugar Plum Tea Party. Grand Illumination at Denver Union Station. These are just a few of the 50+ Denver activities you’ll find in Denver this week. See our event calendar for full listings. Mile High United Way Turkey Trot Nov 22, 8 – 11 am Run your yams off at the annual Mile High United Way Turkey Trot in Denver’s beautiful Wash Park. The four-mile race and quarter-mile family fun run is expected to host over 10,000 participants in support of Mile High United Way’s work in the community to improve the lives of children, families and individuals in need. This year’s Turkey Trot will include a start and finish village featuring entertainment, music, booths and a beer garden sponsored by Great Divide Brewing Co. 12 Days of Flea at Denver Union Station Nov 23 – Dec 16...

The Boy and the Piano: Some gifts are more than a gift

Sometimes, a gift is more than just a gift. John Lewis & Partners released a Christmas commercial starring Elton John. Titled “The Boy and the Piano,” this year’s story “is about the power of a gift,” the company said in a statement. “And how that gift inspired, changed and influenced the course of a little boy’s life. The film begins in present day and works backwards chronologically through Elton’s life right until the moment on Christmas morning when he received the special gift that changed his life.”morning when he received the special gift that changed his life.