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Jay Leno will headline Children’s Hospital Gala 2010

Here’s a wayyyy early heads-up for your chance to hear Jay Leno live and support an important cause:

Late night funny man Jay Leno will headline the 2010 Children’s Hospital Gala on Saturday, September 11, 2010, at the Hyatt Regency Denver at the Colorado Convention Center.

The theme of this year¹s Gala, “What Matters Most,” captures the true spirit of the importance of The Children’s Hospital to its community and its families. At The Children’s Hospital, kids matter most!

As you might expect, such a high profile event does come with a highish price tag. Individual tickets to the event cost $350 (includes admittance to the “Patron Party,” whose date is yet to be announced). But you can make a less pocketbook-devouring contribution by making a donation to th Children’s Hospital Foundation in whatever amount you like, or making an in-kind donation to the event auction.

And the Children’s Hospital Gala 2010 is thoroughly Web 2.0. You can connect with the event organizers on Facebook. (At present the page is showing an April 24 event, so it’s possible they need to update things.

For more information, all kinds of contact information is available on The Foundation’s “Contact Us” page.

Stay safe, stay clear of Boulder Creek

Hopefully no one panicked when they heard the sirens howling yesterday. That was just the regularly scheduled test of the countywide emergency system.

If you hear them today, though, you should take them seriously. Thanks to recent hot weather causing massive amounts of snow to thaw, Boulder Creek is running at three times its normal volume. The high water washed out parts of the bridge near the Red Lion Restaurant today, thanks mainly to a bunch of debris that collected thereabouts, and if the bridge goes completely we could be talking about a major flood surge.

Thunderstorms predicted for the afternoon are not improving the situation.

Remember those blue dots on the trees and buildings in and around the park downtown? Those marked the water level reached by the 500 year flood.

Hopefully things won’t get that bad. Crews have begun clearing away the debris to prevent the bridge collapsing all the way. But in the meantime, stay safe. Even if you weren’t among the residents or businesses receiving reverse-911 calls, you should heed the warning those calls delivered: Stay away from the creek. Stay off the bike path along the creek.

And, much as it pains me to say it, don’t go to the library. (The north side of the library and the bridge are closed in light of the flood warning, by the way.)

Follow the link above to the Daily Camera story for more details and updates as they are made known. Here’s that link again:

http://www.dailycamera.com/ci_15251059

Stay safe, y’all.

Brief Update from MBHQ

You’ve no doubt by now noticed that the sites got a bit of a re-design and some things got changed around last week. We wanted to highlight two changes to make sure everyone knows what changed.

The first and biggest is COMMENTS! Registration is no longer required to post a comment on any post. Of course if you already have an account you can still login to ensure your comments are attributed to you, but those who don’t can now post a comment without any long term commitment. Also, on the right you can see some of the recent comments so you’ll always know what the active discussions are. This was the most requested thing we’ve heard from people since our last redesign and we’re excited to see where it leads.

The next change is also something that was heavily requested, and that is a change to the ADS on the sites. You’ll immediately notice fewer of them, but what might not be as obvious is those smaller square ones to the right are specific to this city only and are being sold for a flat rate for a period of time rather than a confusing CPM/traffic/network model. Depending on the city, these range from $7-$175 for a full week. If you purchase one, during that time your ad will be the only one in that spot and will show on every page. We set these up both to make it easier for smaller local businesses to get their ads on our site, and also to help us bring in ads that relate better to our local audiences. Also, keeping these sites online is expensive and every little bit helps.

There are a bunch of other things we changed but we’ll leave those to you to investigate and take advantage of. Hope you like it, and we look forward to seeing you in the comments!!

Love,
The folks at MBHQ

Iran Protest in Denver

*updated 5/21/2009 with video*

If you’re curious about what today at the Colorado Capitol Building looked like, see this link for photos.  Around 250 Iranian Americans showed up to show support for the people of Iran, not the government.

Here’s my ten minute long youtube video:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aeoR4WCbulU[/youtube]

Link to cbs4denver’s report here.

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