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Denver Deal: LobsterFest, Free Whole Foods Cooking “Guiltless Chocolate Treats” and IHOP

Despite the fact that I have always lived in land-locked Colorado I have always been a fan of great seafood. To great fanfare, Red Lobster introduced the 31st annual event – Lobsterfest. I was invited to try several new (and some returning) amazing lobster loaded dishes as part of a tasting of this year’s menu. The meal was served family-style with myself, my sister and five others who were invited to try the new stuff (one couple was invited because they dine there often; the other three ladies responded to a Yelp review). It was great because we got to try so many things! Appetizers: Sweet Chili Shrimp, Lobster-crab and seafood stuffed mushrooms and Lobster Pizza (which I believe my kids would have loved); Entrees: Dueling Lobster Tails, Lobster Lover’s Dream, Lobster in Paradise, Ultimate Surf & Turf as well as the Bar Harbor Lobster Bake. Then we finished the night off with Red Velvet Cake in a Jar, Key Lime Pie and Chocolate Cake. If anyone walked away hungry it could only be their own fault.

Whole Foods Tamarac

On Thursday, February 6th The Whole Foods at Tamarac Square will host a Cooking Class: Guiltless Chocolate Treats. The event held 6:30-7:30 p.m. is free! Battling with sugar? Come to a cooking class taught by Family Wellness Specialist, Traci Carpenter, MNT about how to satisfy the chocolate cravings without deprivation or guilt.  Learn how to create chocolate treats that are gluten free, paleo, grain free, plant strong™, and good for you! This class will feature Traci’s famous gooey brownies and sea salt chocolate truffles.  Reserve your spot at customer service.

Burger King Free Coffee

Get a free coffee at Burger King with any breakfast sandwich purchase.

 IHOP All You Can Eat Pancakes

IHOP is bringing back their All You Can Eat promotion. Through February 9 treat yourself to classic Buttermilk pancakes — as many of them as you can eat. Order them as part of a combo or just as a stack of pancakes. Either way, if you’re still hungry, they’ll bring you more!

Winter Park Lesson Deal

Even though learn to Ski and Snowboard Month is officially over (it was January) Winter Park still has a great deal!  With the purchase of at least one night of lodging, you can buy one of three adult group lesson packages (lesson; lesson and lift ticket; or lesson, lift ticket and rental) and get second one of equal or lesser value for free.  With 10 programs from which to choose, including Learn to Ski/Ride, Snowboard Cruising, Perfect Parallel Skiing, and Bumps & Steeps, Winter Park’s renowned Ski + Ride School has a lesson geared for every ability that is designed to not only improve skills, but enhance the fun of skiing and snowboarding.   Lesson packages can be used anytime throughout the season and have no blackout dates, but they must be purchased from before February 10. 

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Deals: Free days, Toys “R” Us grand opening, recreation celebration and more

Toys “R” Us/Babies “R” Us Grand Opening

Toys“R”Us and Babies“R”Us will celebrate their grand opening Friday, September 13 through Sunday, September 15 at 1150 South Ironton in Aurora. The 47,000-square-foot store will feature a huge selection of toys, games and juvenile products. Coupons will also be offered in-store, as well as sent via direct mail and newspaper inserts, to use during the Grand Opening weekend, including save $5 on a purchase of $25 or more; FREE Umbrella stroller with a baby gear purchase of $75 or more ($19.99 value); save $50 on any regular-priced 12-volt Power Wheels Ride On. Grand opening events include arts and crafts time on Friday from 10-10:30 a.m.; storytime on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.; costumed characters and special guests,including Toodee from Yo Gabba Gabba!, Strawberry Shortcake and Geoffrey the Giraffe. http://www.toysrus.com

Fall fashions

The Purple Poppy, a boutique in Lafayette carrying “home décor and chick stuff galore,” hosts a Miss Magoo Skirt Trunk Show from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 7. Discounts on fall skirts and accessories by the Boulder seamstress are included. 2850 Arapahoe Road in the Atlas Valley Shopping Center in Lafayette, 303-530-3115, purplepoppyinc.com

One-way street to shopping fun

The fourth season of Sundays on the Streets Outdoor Market wraps up Sept. 8. This final outing includes the popular Kids Mart. Stop by from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for handcrafted items from young entrepreneurs including elementary- and middle-school-aged children. Shoppers will also find the traditional high-quality works of local vendors offering original, artistic, handcrafted wares. And there’s a great selection of food trucks.

SI note: The market is still looking for mini crafters for its Kids Mart, call or e-mail Robin for details. Cherry Knolls Shopping Center, University Boulevard and Arapahoe Road, Centennial, 720-985-8580, e-mail [email protected]

Recreation celebration

South Suburban Parks and Recreation is offering various deals on punch cards for recreation center admission, discounts on personal and group training packages as well as facials and massages in September. Those who purchase a 30- punch card will receive five free punches, and those who buy a 15-punch card will receive two free punches. Punch-card admission includes access to all facility amenities, including drop-in fitness classes. More details at sspr.org

For your eyes and ears

The Friends of the Arapahoe Library District hosts its annual Used Book Sale offering more than 45,000 hand-sorted books, audiobooks, CDs and DVDs for all ages. Hours are 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 5, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 6-7 and 1 to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 8. Be sure and stop by the “Better Book Section” featuring pop-up children’s books, art books, collectible comics and books signed by the author. Sept. 8 is bag day where shoppers fill a provided bag for $6. A special Preview Sale for Friends of the Library is 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 4. Memberships will be available at the door. Koelbel Library, 5955 S. Holly St., Centennial, 303-542-7279, arapahoelibraries.org

Five-star bazaar

Eron Johnson Antiques hosts the second annual Valverde Bazaar Urban Outdoor Market from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 7. The Pop-Up Market offers works by local businesses and artists including gifts, antiques, ceramics, rugs, art, furniture, jewelry, garden items and more. Food and live music add to the festivities. HannahbyDesign, Anteak Booteek, Cashi Gallery, Cobblestone Too, Glass Coconut and Sydney Wydney are just a handful of the participating vendors. Admission is free. Courtyard of Eron Johnson Antiques, 389 S. Lipan St.,303-777-8700, valverdebazaar.com

Free days this week

Sept. 3: Children’s Museum of Denver, 4-8 p.m., mychildsmuseum.org

Sept. 6: Four Mile House Museum, noon-4 p.m., fourmilepark.org

Sept. 7: Denver Art Museum, denverartmuseum.org

Sept. 8: Denver Museum of Nature & Science, dmnws.org

 

-Vickie Heath
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Good egg

This freebie definitely makes the grade. On Sept. 4, from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m., McDonald’s is giving all students in grades K through 8 a free breakfast. Kids can get their morning fill with an Egg McMuffin or Egg White Delight and milk or orange juice. The promo is available at participating locations for students 15 and younger. A parent or guardian must accompany the kiddos. mcdonalds.com

Early bird

It pays to be an early riser. Sept. through Sept. 14, Chick-fil-A is giving away free breakfast entrées, but you need to make a reservation online now. On the menu: a chicken biscuit, sausage biscuit, chicken breakfast burrito, yogurt parfait, multigrain oatmeal and more. To get the freebie, go to Chick-fil-AForBreakfast.com. Find your restaurant location, select your entrée and then pick a date and time.

Tacos for field goals

Jack in the Box will have you rooting for the Denver Broncos even more so this season. Whenever the team kicks a field goal of 35 yards (or more), you can go to any Colorado Jack in the Box the following day between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. and get a single taco for only 35 cents. The deal applies to home and away games, with a limit of six tacos per customer. jackinthebox.com/locations

Pass on the savings

Locals and tourists alike will appreciate the savings that come with the new Mile High Culture Pass. For $52.80, visit seven of Denver’s most popular attractions. That saves you more than $25 if you bought tickets to each individually. The only catch is you must use the pass within five consecutive days. The pass, activated at the first attraction visited, includes admission to the Denver Zoo, Denver Museum of Nature & Science, Denver Art Museum, Denver Botanic Gardens, History Colorado Center, Clyfford Still Museum and the Kirkland Museum of Fine and Decorative Art. Just buy it online, print it out and you’re on your way. milehighculturalpass.com

By Laura Daily and Bryan K. Chavez
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