Archive for July, 2009

Fun Filled Denver Weekend!

Again – another fun filled weekend!

So much to do, so little time!

Tonight at Barnum Park


Tomorrow Night
at Skyline Park


Saturday All Day:

Free Day of Museum of Art


Saturday Morning:

2009 Neighborhood Conference

Mayor John Hickenlooper and City leaders will host neighborhood and community organizations in a day of community-wide networking and neighborhood leadership training on Saturday, Aug. 1, at Coors Field. For more details, read the press release here.
Or get another take on what will be going down here


Saturday Afternoon:

Verso Cellars

Colorado Day Wine Tasting
DATE: Saturday, August 1
TIME: 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
LOCATION: 4640 Pecos St.
MORE: Join us August 8 for our Grand Opening Celebration!

Sunday Afternoon:

Avery Brewing Company – Anniversary Party!

SIXTEEN years in business and its time to celebrate! Join us and the rest of Boulder at the brewery for this annual summer event.  As always, we'll have dozens of styles of your favorite Avery Brews, a BIG pig roast (with vegetarian options too), vertical tasting and bands all day long!  Make your plans now.  

Featuring the sounds of 6 great bands: 

Felonius Smith Trio
Acoustic Hotfoot
Lost Alamos
Cari Minor & Ray Smith
Chris and Bardusco of Meniskus
The Alltunators

Conifer and Aspen Park

Yesterday, Diane and I hiked to the top of the hill at Meyer Ranch Park Open Space in Aspen Park.  There are about four miles of trails to the top.  We went late in the afternoon after the rainstorm.  It was beautiful – and quiet.  We didn’t meet a single soul on the trail.  I think we may start hiking more in the late afternoons after a heavy rain.

Near the top there is an overlook with a bench that looks out over Aspen Park.  We both noted how much Aspen Park has grown since we first moved to the foothills over fifteen years ago.  In addition to Conifer High School, we saw the huge King Soopers complex, the rebuilt complex that used to house the drug store and City Market.  There are many other new buildings along the frontage road as well.  Not in view, but also there, is the new Conifer Safeway shopping center.

It is still beautiful though with great views of rock outcroppings and mountains easily visible from almost every vantage point.

The Evergreen Jazz Festival

If you haven’t already done so, check out the Evergreen Jazz Festival.  Today is the last day to experience some great jazz in the town of Evergreen, Colorado.  The annual Evergreen Jazz Festival started on Friday and goes through today.  You can see and hear Jazz at five locations – although the Little Bear only participated on Friday and Saturday.  The other locations include the Evergreen Lakehouse, the Elks Ballroom, the Elks Patio, and the Evergreen Christian Church.

The 2009 lineup features the Carl Sonny Leyland Trio, Festival Feetwarmers with Anita Thomas, After Midnight Jazz Band, Gypsy Swing Revue, Hot Tomatoes Dance Orchestra, Marty Eggers’ Ragtime Quartet, John Royen Trio, International Sextet, Joni Janak and Centerpiece Jazz with special guest Rich Chiaraluce, Celebration Jazz Band, Gremoli, and Colorado favorite Queen City Jazz Band with vocal great Wende Harston.

If you live in the foothills and are looking for something fun and different to do, check it out.  It is a good time and great music.

Recycling at Frontier

I am in Alaska on vacation right now. Amazing! To quote one of my friends, “It’s like Colorado on steroids”. But it sure is a lot wetter….

But that is not the reason for this post….

On my Frontier Airlines flight from Denver to Anchorage last Monday I learned that Frontier recycles all of the aluminum pop and beer cans from their flights. I had noticed that the flight attendant was pulling the tabs off the cans and separating them from the rest of the trash. When I asked why, she told me about Frontier’s recycling program. In addition, she told me that her grandson’s Cub Scout troop was collecting the tabs on the cans for the Ronald McDonald House. Apparently, Ronald McDonald is recycling those.

I continue to be impressed with Frontier Airlines. I hope Frontier is able to survive in this difficult economic environment. It has been a godsend for Denver to have a decent alternative to United Airlines.

Food Glorious Food

It starts today!!!

Do you like to eat – as you may have notice I love to eat and I love to talk about it! And I love Yelp – great reviews, honest opinions, tips and tricks!!!

Coming this month similar to 5280 week is Yelp Eats!

7 days. 15 restaurants. 3 courses. $25 per person.


Yelp Eats. Yelp Eats. Yelp Eats…Yelp Eats!

Monday, July 20, 2009 – Sunday, July 26, 2009

Participating Denver restaurants will offer special 3-course prixe fixe menu for $25 (+ tax and tip) during dinner time. Woohoo!!!

1. Reservations are not required, but they are highly recommended. When you call to make reservations, request the Yelp Eats menu! (booking early is highly recommended)
2. $25 does NOT include tax/tip or additional items.
3. Spread the word, this deal is open to all, yelpers and non-yelpers alike!

Here are the participating restaurants:
Juicy Lucy Steakhouse (Denver location only)
Root Down (Menu is subject to change according to season)
Le Central
LaLa’s Wine Bar
Citron Bistro
Argyll Gastropub
1515 Restaurant (Menu is subject to change according to season)
The 9th Door

Hooray food!

Midnight Classic – Saturday July 18th

Midnight Classic

Picture this – it’s dark, the streets are blocked off, and 5000-6000 people are cruising around hooting and hollering on their bikes.
How frickin cool is that?

I’ll be there with the hubby and a couple friends! The bands start before. There are 2 session of riders – the family set or those who don’t want to be up so late, and the later ride for the rest!

It does cost to do it, but all the money goes to Seniors Inc – “a non-profit agency dedicated to promoting independence and enriching the quality of life as we age.”
I think that is a pretty darn cool charity- and i hope to be independent and enriched when i get up in years!

We didn’t get going early enough – so we don’t have a team or an outfit, but we’ll be there to enjoy the night and ride the streets in the dark! Woohoo!

Check it out – you can register at REI or online!

Chief Mountain

p71107091This morning we did an awesome hike up Chief Mountain.  Drove in on Squaw Pass Road – about 12 miles off of Rt 74.  The trailhead is hard to find.  It is on the left.  Look for cars on the right.  It is just above one of the Echo Mountain ski lifts.

The hike is steep, but not long.  About 1-1/2 miles with an elevation gain of 1,100 feet.  Tundra-like conditions above the treeline and very rocky at the top.

The views are unbelievable!  You have a 360 degree view of the front range.  You can see Longs Peak to the north, Mt. Evans to the west, Pikes Peak to the South and loads of beautiful Rocky Mountains in between.

Lots of lady bugs at the top.  They must like all the rocks and the elevation.

Here is a photo of me and my lovely wife Diane – one day before I celebrate the big Five Oh!

Let’s Play "Spot The Bagpipes"

If you hear bagpipes today, you’re not hallucinating. A little bird tells me that today Denver will be blessed by the presence of the widely traveled Bagpipe Busker. If you spot him, quick take a picture ’cause tomorrow he’ll have moved on.

For purposes of recognizing him – I mean, if the big honkin’ wind instrument isn’t enough – you might view his Today show appearance. Which was not, incidentally, from today, but is yet quite relevant today, because today is when Mr. Carver will be here.

Happy bagpipe spotting!


…is definitely a happening place and over the next few weeks it’s going to get better. Why? Because of a few events Nicole Wilker already talked about. Film on The Rocks is a big screen on Red Rocks with a band. One very big group of people are mixed in for good measure and walaah, you’ve got magic. Tuesday Night, “JAWS” hits the screen and as someone who has seen all the JAWS movies (Revenge was hilariously awesome) and has the Steven Spielberg film on the tippy top of his top ten lists…I encourage you to come out and celebrate one of the best (I would say THE best) movies of all time.

What is your favorite JAWS scene? Mine is when Robert Shaw is in the bottom of the boat with the other two describing the incident involving the USS Indianapolis followed by a close second of just about everything Mr. Shaw does. Shaw played the ring leader in the original “Taking of Pelham 123” and him and Walter Matthau were classic.

Needless, get out and enjoy this Denver Summer before the fall comes in with cold winds and threats of snow.

Cause then we’ll be shutting down the airport again and taking cover in our bunkers. That’s how we roll in Denver, yo. Straight up. No diggity. I’m gonna stop typing now.

Oh and catch me at Ignite Denver on Wednesday making a complete fool out of myself. Should be fun. Right?


Ignite Denver #4 – Casselman’s Bar and Venue

Ignite Denver #4!!!

Ignite Denver!
This Wednesday at Casselmans on Walnut!

Wednesday, July 8, 6:00 PM
2620 Walnut St
Denver, CO 80205
(720) 242-8923

There is a local band – The Compilers – doing a performance during intermission! Woohoo Free Local Music!
Never been to an Ignite Denver before here is the 411:

If you have 5 minutes on stage, what would you talk about?
What if you only had 20 slides, that advanced automatically every 15 seconds?
Geeks around the world have been getting together to find out!

Come join this fun! There was a sell out crowd in May!!

It’s a grand time! Lots of random and interesting topics to listen to!
Tons of people to meet and greet!

There is a fantastic line up again this time!
Pass the word and come join the fun!
It’s free – just make sure to register to get into the raffles!

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