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Your Guide to Celebrating Easter and Spring in Denver

When I was growing up, Easter meant that the crocuses were in bloom and we were going to look for a new dress to wear to mass and brunch on Easter Sunday. What I looked forward to the most, however, was the scavenger hunt my father put on for us, with challenging clues we had to answer to move on to our next treasure. And the fact that spring had arrived. In the Christian faith, all over the world, Easter is a celebration of the resurrection of Christ. This celebration merged with pagan beliefs in 15th century Germany. The Teutonic deity Eostra was the goddess of spring and fertility, and feasts were held in her honor on the Vernal Equinox. Her symbol was the rabbit because of the animal’s high reproduction rate. When German immigrants settled in the United States, they brought with them t...

Every Little Bit Counts: Raising Little Heroes Teaches Kids to Give Back

For most of my adult life, I have been searching for ways to contribute to society in a meaningful way.  I have this wish for my children: that they will grow into compassionate adults who know everything and everyone is connected and we should all be doing our best to take care of each other and the world in which we live.  As my children were growing before my eyes, I was all too aware of the fact I wasn’t doing anything tangible to help make this wish come true. I was waiting to have more time, more money and more energy.  Then one day I realized I didn’t want to be teaching my kids that being generous is something you do when it’s convenient.  What if we never felt financially secure?  I decided to stop waiting and asked some friends if they felt the same way. ...

2013 Denver New Year’s Eve Celebrations for Families

Looking for something to do on New Year’s? Here’s your guide! Bovine Metropolis Theater Annual “On the Spot New Year’s Eve” game-based improv shows begin at 4 (for families), 7:30 and 10 p.m. Tickets are $20 for the 4 p.m. show, $30 for the 7:30 and 10 p.m. shows. 1527 Champa St., 303-758-4722, bovinemetropolis.com The Celtic Tavern The Ancient Order of Hibernians and Fr. Joseph Carrigan Division (AOH) present the fourth annual Irish New Year’s Celebration with music, food and family entertainment, 2-7 p.m. Festivities, honoring the Dublin, Ireland, time zone at 5 p.m., include a special toast, bagpipe salute and party favors. $10 suggested donation at the door. Proceeds benefit the Catholic Samaritan House and St. John Vianney Theological Seminary. 1801...

Events: PBS KIDS Fun Fest, Friendship Powwow, Festival Italiano and More!

Denver’s Annual Rocky Mountain PBS KIDS Fun Fest. On Sept. 7, Rocky Mountain PBS is hosting a fantastic FREE party for families. Ideal for kids preschool age through sixth grade, the event will host PBS characters such as Curious George, Clifford the Big Red Dog, Word Girl and Sid the Science Kid. Entertainment from the stage includes performances by outstanding local talent guaranteed to get everyone moving. Healthy refreshments will be offered and kids will enjoy moving around to different activity areas featuring Discovery Street, PBS Healthy Kids Go, PBS Science KIDS, PBS KIDS Create and PBS ABCs & 123s KIDS. The event will be held at Rocky Mountain PBS, 1089 Bannock Street, Denver from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. http://www.rmpbs.org/funfest Free Library Concert. On Saturday, September 7, the ...

Happy Independence Day!

“America is much more than a geographical fact. It is a political and moral fact – the first community in which men set out in principle to institutionalize freedom, responsible government, and human equality.” -Adlai Stevenson If you’re still looking for something to on Independence Day, don’t miss: Fourth of July shows, events in Colorado (and fireworks cancellations) and 10 Ways to Celebrate the 4th of July Weekend in Denver

How can I address the trauma of tragedy?

Dear Mama Drama: With one traumatic event after another in the headlines I am struggling to manage my own anxieties much less those of my children. We are all sad, angry, and afraid, and struggling to maintain our emotions and get through our daily routines. What advice do you have to help us? ~Stressed Out Mama (photo credit) Dear Stressed: While news of violent acts often leads to a mild increase in anxiety and fear, the recent string of tragedies has overwhelmed many children and adults. You and your family are not alone. Following are some ideas to support you through these difficult times. Limit exposure to news media. Hearing and seeing the information and images related to tragic events can be traumatic and intensify anxieties and fears. There is a difference between being informed ...

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