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Belmar’s Music on the Plaza – Lakewood

Belmar’s Music on the Plaza

Lakewood, Colorado

From families to couples to groups of friends gathering before dinner, Music on the Plaza is the perfect way to enjoy live music in an environment that is comfortable and relaxing. Located on the Plaza at Belmar and surrounded by more than 18 restaurants patios, it is a one stop start to a great weekend.

“One of my favorite parts of Music on The Plaza is the spontaneous dancing that occurs each weekend. Once I see a foot tapping and people singing along—I know that dancing is next—and we love that kind of interaction in Belmar. It tells me that people are comfortable and enjoying the music.”

It’s summer! A time where we start counting down the days until the next weekend on Monday morning and start packing our bags a month before our next vacation. Beginning June 6th Belmar ‘s Music on The Plaza will transport you from the hustle and bustle of the workweek all summer long. Friday evenings from 6:00 to 8:00 PM and Saturday afternoons from 2:00 to 4:00 PM find a spot on one of Belmar’s 18 patios to enjoy the sounds of live music and take in all that is summer in Colorado. It’s the perfect getaway and a great way to start the weekend off right. And the best part of Belmar’s Music on the Plaza is that you can enjoy your mini-vacation right here in Lakewood!

Belmar is celebrating its 8th season of free live music on Friday nights. In 2006, Music on the Plaza was created to bring people together around great music, friends, and food. It is a celebration of summer that has attracted thousands of spectators to the plaza every summer. The original performances featured local ensembles and fea- Photo above: Armando Martinez; Additional photos by Gatson Photography; Stefan Krusze tured artists. As the popularity of the event grew, becoming a weekly stop for many neighbors and residents, the program expanded to Saturday afternoon as well in 2011.

The energy from special performances, patio dining and summer shopping is at an all time high every weekend in Belmar. The Music on the Plaza season starts on June 6th and continues through August 30th. If you want even more music entertainment, on July 19th Belmar takes a day to highlight the musical talents, performances and cultures from around the world at the Belmar Folk Festival. The festival is a free family program that goes from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM. One more reason to love Belmar in the summer is the Saturday farmer’s market now known as Belmar Fresh Market. The market feature fresh produce and locally made foods from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Mark for calendars now with all the fun events going on in Belmar this summer! It’s the perfect getaway without ever having to leave town.

“Belmar’s Music on the Plaza is a fun and energetic customer experience not to mention one of the best ways enjoy a Colorado summer evening outdoors.” Vicki Abrams

“I especially love it when children go close to where the musicians are playing and begin to dance!” Pat Penleton, belmar resident & true colors gallery owner

Schedule of Performances

6.6 Daddyblue Duo

6.7 Rene Heredia

6.13 Dave Camp Jazz Trio

6.14 Chris Daniels & The Kings

6.20 Alive on Arrival Jazz Trio

6.21 The Modnicks

6.27 After Midnight Jazz Trio

6.28 Michael Lancaster

7.4 Swing Je Taime (4th of July Dancing Under the Stars)

7.5 Mile High Banjo Society

7.11 Jack Hadley Trio

7.12 Blackwtater

7.18 Laughing Hands

7.19 Belmar Folk Festival (11 a.m. – 6 p.m.)

7.25 Andy Hackbarth

7.26 Dave Camp Jazz Trio

8.1 The Modnicks

8.2 Train 45 with Charlie

8.8 Flatiron Jazz Quartet

8.9 Forever Fab

8.15 Andy Hackbarth

8.16 Michael Lancaster

8.22 Daddyblue Duo

8.23 Delta Sonics

8.29 Katie Laurel

8.30 Perpetual Motion

This article is featured in the Summer 2014 edition of Living in Lakewood. To access more articles and digital editions of our magazine follow Pelican Publications at www.issuu.com/pelicanpublications.

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Westy Fest – Westminster

Westy Fest

Westminster, Colorado

August 9th, 2014

On Saturday, August 9th bring your friends, kids, and pets to enjoy Westy Fest. The event is held on the soccer fields at City Park at 10455 Sheridan Boulevard with nearby parking available around the fields.

If you have enjoyed the entertainment of the Westminster Faire, meet Westy Fest! Since 1990 this special community event has been known as Westminster Faire but to reflect the new, re-energized approach community members are calling this fun-filled gathering of friends Westy Fest! Over the years the event has become one of the largest events in Westminster and brings in around 10,000 people. For those with fond memories of the Westminster Faire of the past – don’t worry! The long-held traditions of entertainment, education, and family-friendly fun are long from forgotten. Join the fun and enjoy arts and crafts, a variety of vendors, amazing food and a day of great memories.

Once you have arrived, there is something to spark the interests of everyone! Those looking for some physical activity can join the Holy Cow Trail Stampede 10K trail run and 5K walk. As in years before the route is the same but the race is now ran by 3W Races. The race starts at 9:00 AM and includes chip timing. The race starts and finishes at the Christopher Fields baseball fields behind the Armed Forces Tribute Garden. If you are looking to test your strength and agility try out the climbing wall or obstacle course. If you are just looking for fun, try the bounce houses!

There will be two different stages with entertainment throughout the day. The arts are all around at Westy Fest with face painting, arts and crafts vendors, and endless entertainment. Animal lovers will enjoy the Animal Avenue. Dog or cat owners are encouraged to bring their furry friend for low-cost vaccinations and micro-chipping.

Join us on Saturday, August 9th at City Park for an entertaining day of fun in the sun!

This article is featured in the Summer 2014 edition of Living in Westminster. To access more articles and digital editions of our magazine follow Pelican Publications at www.issuu.com/pelicanpublications.

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Parker Days

Parker Days

Parker, Colorado

June 13th-15th, 2014

A Parker tradition, the Parker Days Festival celebrates its 37th year of creative community entertainment and excitement, with many great new experiences for the over 140,000 people who will attend the June 13-15 festival.

The event features four stages including the Main Stage which will host, among others, Phat Daddy, Boogie Machine, Tunisia and KYGO presents Kristy Lee Cook. Kristy Lee was a finalist in the seventh season of American Idol and will be performing with her new single due out just before Parker Days this year.

The Pikes Peak Stage at the North corner of Pikes Peak and Mainstreet will include a full line-up of performers sponsored by the PACE Center, the Town of Parker’s Cultural Department. The PACE Center has pulled together a line-up of performers from their summer line-up that will include blues, acoustic music, and more to entertain the crowd. Also in the Pikes Peak Stage area is a secondary beer area featuring local beers on tap and several selections of wine.

The Community Stage will feature over 100 young artists from around the Parker area and will be situated at the East end of Mainstreet. The fourth stage is a Radio Disney Kids Stage and will be in O’Brien Park.

Another kind of muscle will be flexing at the Strongman Competition where local athletes will truly test their limits in an awesome display of physical prowess. If thrills are more your thing, then enjoy the newly enhanced carnival areas, brimming with all your favorite rides and treats, plus new attractions. If that wasn’t enough, there will be stations featuring COWBOY, Bob The Great an internationally acclaimed street performer, as well as one of the best slight of hand magicians in the United States, Jerod Kopf.

Hungry for more? Then stop by our Food and Beverage area where old-fashioned Visit www.ParkerDaysFestival.com, the official festival website created by Educational Marketing Group, to purchase both single day and mega day passes. soda pop, ice cold beer or delicious fruit smoothies will wet your whistle while Philly Cheesesteaks, Island Noodles and Berry Kabobs satisfy your appetite. Wanting some dessert? Funnel cakes, cotton candy and brightly colored sno cones are sure to delight your sweet tooth. Parker Days is sure to tempt your taste buds and pacify your pallet!

For those looking for a little of small town flavor are sure to love the Parker Days Parade on Saturday Morning. Complete with shiny fire trucks, gleaming vintage cars thunderous marching bands, the Parker Days parade is sure to please!

Still looking for more fun? Check out all the other stuff there is to do at Parker Days! This includes a zip line for the kids, Hamster balls, several seating areas near the Main Stage, and over 275 vendors sharing information about their businesses, crafts and more. A new area this year is the Craft Alley in O’Brien Park which hosts nearly 20 craft vendors all together in one place in the festival.

Celebrate Father’s Day on Sunday of Parker Days weekend with dad ~ you can enjoy the pancake breakfast at 8:00 AM, a fun run at 9:00 AM, the car show runs from 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM, and also enjoy church with PEPC at 10:00 AM. At the Main Stage we will be giving away three grills, one between each of the four bands at the event on Sunday. In addition the booths open on Sunday at 10:00 AM and the carnival rides open at 11:00 AM.

Parker Days is a signature event of the Parker Chamber of Commerce. Dennis Houston, President and CEO of the Parker Chamber of Commerce said, ”We are so proud of Parker Days and that it is a signature event of the Parker Area Chamber of Commerce. The festival has grown to be one of the best in the region. The event creates an opportunity for families and friends to gather, for local business to thrive, and for the Parker Area Chamber to be seen by as many as 140,000 attendees annually. We cannot imagine an event that would better boost the local economy and the image of our great organization in the community. At 650+ businesses strong, we continue to be one of the most active, fastest-growing and influential organizations in the area. One of the smartest decisions a business owner can make is to join the Parker Area Chamber of Commerce.”

General admission to the festival is free, with carnival passes available for $30 for the day ($25 in advance) or the MEGA Pass for $60 (in advance only). Both single day and Mega passes can be purchased at www.ParkerDaysFestival.com.

Friday

•Ritchie Law & Southern Routes | 5:30pm – 7:00pm

• FalleN | 7:30pm – 9:00pm

• Tunisia | 9:30pm – 11:30pm

Saturday

• Five 13 | 12:00pm – 1:00pm

• Boogie Machine | 1:30pm – 3:00pm

• Buckstein | 3:30pm – 5:00pm

• Eclipse | 5:30pm – 7:00pm

• Soul X | 7:30pm – 9:00pm

• KYGO Presents: Kristy Lee Cook | 9:45pm – 11:30pm

Sunday

• Bluzinators | 12:00pm – 1:30pm

• Phat Daddy | 2:00pm – 3:30pm

• Chris Daniels & The Kings | 4:00pm – 5:30pm

• Hazel Miller | 6:00pm – 8:00pm

This article is featured in the Summer 2014 edition of Living in Parker. To access more articles and digital editions of our magazine follow Pelican Publications at www.issuu.com/pelicanpublications.

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Sculpture in the Park – Loveland

Sculpture in the Park

Loveland, Colorado

August 9th & 10th, 2014

Surrounded by shady trees and summer blooms sits an art lover’s dream. Benson Sculpture Garden is unlike any other art exhibit and is known to many as “the most unique sculpture garden in the nation.” While at the park, visitors can stroll along the paths and enjoy the 138 different sculpture pieces currently on display: some so life-like you will find yourself taking an even closer look. The park is a common ground for the community to take in the beautiful summer weather and the lush landscape. The city of Loveland is a place where creative minds meet and the arts are everywhere. What better place to display the talents of so many artists?

The first annual Sculpture in the Park was held in 1984, making this years show the thirty-first year of continued success. This year the exhibit is August 9th and 10th, and will feature 160 artists and estimate over 20,000 people will attend.

In 1984, these were the exact thoughts of several like-minded artists. Together with the City of Loveland, the Chamber of Commerce and a few interested citizens, the idea of a sculpture show was born. They hoped to create an outdoor exhibition and sale for sculptors across the nation. Artists could display their work while helping to generate funds for Loveland’s own sculpture garden. The first Sculpture in the Park showcased fifty local artists with attendance of two thousand and purchases totaling around $50,000. In 1985, the City of Loveland officially named Benson Park the home of the new sculpture garden. The first annual Sculpture in the Park was held in 1984, making this years show the thirty-first year of continued success. The exhibit is August 9th and 10th. Saturday’s show starts at 9:30 AM and ends at 6:00 PM. On Sunday the show opens again at 9:30 AM and closes at 4:30 PM. The exhibit also includes a Patron’s Party and a two-day silent auction. This year the show will feature 160 artists and estimate over 20,000 people in attendance.

Twenty-eight of those artists are first time participants of Sculpture in the Park and some artists that have been with Sculpture in the Park for all 31 years. A special exhibit entitled “Take Home A Piece of the Park” will feature Marquette sized editions of the sculpture that is on permanent display in Benson Sculpture Garden. These pieces will be available for sale throughout the show. The show features a diverse collection of work that includes bronze, stone, wood, ceramic, glass, metal and mixed media. Each and every year the Sculpture in the Park show would not be possible without the many volunteers – now numbering around 400 – that come back each year to help. These volunteers have proven themselves to be invaluable, experienced and well qualified. Each year the proceeds generated from the annual Sculpture in the Park show go toward the purchase of sculpture for Benson Sculpture Garden as well as towards the funding of park improvements and landscaping.

Over the years, Sculpture in the Park has allowed for over $4 million worth of sculpture to fill the park and enhance the community. This June, five new pieces will be added to the collection. Once again the Loveland High Plains Arts Council hopes to bring an exciting and inspiring exhibit to the Loveland Community while introducing the sweetheart city to artists across the nation. The organization has provided a public treasure and a beautiful legacy for the community. The Loveland High Plains Arts Council, a private non-profit organization, was established in 1984 for the purpose of promoting sculptural arts for the cultural and economic benefit of the entire community. The organization is managed by a volunteer Board of Directors and is supported by hundreds of extraordinary community volunteers. The main focus of LHPAC continues to be the organization and sponsorship of the annual Sculpture in the Park show.

This article is featured in the Summer 2014 edition of Living in Loveland. To access more articles and digital editions of our magazine follow Pelican Publications at www.issuu.com/pelicanpublications.

 

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Buffalo Bill Days – Golden

Buffalo Bill Days

Golden, Colorado

June 23rd – 27th, 2014

Buffalo Bill Days came from heartfelt and humble begins in the 1940 as a trail ride up Lookout Mountain to pay homage to Buffalo Bill and his gravesite. Golden has continued to honor the legend by continually expanding and improving the celebration now known as Buffalo Bill Days to be the largest special event in the Golden Community. Not only is this a favorite summer event for Golden residents, but also for those who travel from nearby communities and from far away to participate in the tradition.

From Wednesday, July 23rd to Sunday, July 27th Golden is your host for five days of Wild West inspired fun. Vendors, volunteers, entertainers, and community members come together of an unforgettable festival that celebrates the life of Buffalo Bill and the traditions of a tight knit community. The Buffalo Bill Days offers live music, food and drink vendors, art and crafts, a golf tournament, the Best of the West parade, Muttin’ Bustin’ and Cody’s Wild West show.

The 11th annual Golden Challenge Golf Tournament begins on Wednesday with a shotgun start at 1:30 PM at the Applewood Golf Course on 14001 West 32nd Avenue. An awards buffet at The Vista follows the tournament and is open to those not competing for $25. The Golden Cup Challenge is a four person scramble with prizes for fun feats such as longest drive, closest to pin, longest put, and most accurate drive holes.

Part of enjoying Buffalo Bill Days is taking in the live music. This year’s celebration will include different bands playing on the last three nights of the event.

On Friday night Chris Daniels & the Kings will play. The band is well known for its swing and jump blues style of music and has been touring the world headlining events like Ribs & Blues Festival with their music since the eighties.

Saturday will feature Brad Lee Schroeder, Nashville Recording Artist with a top 40s Visit BuffaloBillDays.com for more information single on Country Radio, Independent Music Award Nominee, and National Touring Act. Finishing up the celebration will be The Long Run; an Eagles tribute band dedicated to faithfully recreating the sound of the classic rock legend.

On Saturday, Cody’s Wild West offers a look into the original traveling shows that featured the rugged ways of the Wild West. Full of sharpshooting, trick roping, and horse riding, with performances and characters that transport audiences to another time. The show takes place after the Best of the West Parade at the west end of the Loins Park Ball Fields on 10th Street. You will not want to miss this must-see tradition for festival- goers.

Join us on Sunday for the 11th Annual Car Show where classic cars and orphan cars line Washington Avenue from Clear Creek Bridge to 14th Street. A perfect opportunity to get out your prized ride, there is no charge to enter and will feature street rods, classics, trucks, and customs from 1971 and earlier. The Orphan Car Show is open to automobiles whose manufacturers are no longer in existence, such as DeLorean, Hudson, Kaiser, Fraser, and Studebaker to name a few. While viewing these classic rides, spectators can enjoy the food, beverages, beer, arts and crafts and free musical entertainment in Parfet Park.

Don’t forget to stop by the East Lions Park Ball Fields around 11:00 AM to catch the Muttin Bustin! Kids age five to seven and less than 50 pounds can take a wild ride on the back of a sprinting sheep. Kids love their own version of “bull riding” and it is fun for audiences as well.

Whether you enjoy live music, a taste of the wild west or a competitive round of golf there is something for everyone at the Buffalo Bill Days in Golden on July 23rd through the 27th.

This article is featured in the Summer 2014 edition of Living in Golden. To access more articles and digital editions of our magazine follow Pelican Publications at www.issuu.com/pelicanpublications.

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The Greeley Independence Stampede

The Greeley Independence Stampede

Greeley, Colorado

June 26th – July 6th, 2014

Summer in Colorado brings on thoughts of hot weather, cold drinks, flip-flops, and summer festivals. But in Greeley summer brings one thought to everyone’s mind: Greeley Independence Stampede. From June 26th to July 6th people from all over the nation, and even some international spectators, head to Greeley for the unforgettable event that brings our western heritage into the spotlight once again.

In the late 1800’s neighbors gathered in Greeley to celebrate and honor the local potato farmers at a festival that later became known as the Greeley Spud Rodeo. In 1922, the newly named festival entertained around 2500 spectators with “bucking bronc riding, fancy roping, a pie eating contest, a horse race, motorcycle and bicycle races and a two-mile Model-T Ford free for all race.” This wild, western event was later named Go West with Greeley but in 1972 the community of Greeley finally found the perfect name befitting their popular rodeo festival. Still today the name has stuck and the internationally recognized event is known as The Greeley Independence Stampede.

The festival has grown to attract over 250,000 people each year with concerts, rodeos, a July 4th parade, demolition derby, western art show, old-fashioned carnival, free entertainment, longhorns, and lots of delicious food. The eleven-day event even has its own team of mascots, Bucky and Bertha the Stampede Longhorns.

This year the concert series includes Three Days Grace along with country headliners like Jake Owen, Billy Currington, Martina McBride and Big & Rich with Cowboy Troy and Dallas Smith. The PRCA Pro Rodeo starts on Sunday, June 29th and continues every night through Friday, July 4th. The rodeo includes bareback riding, saddle bronc riding, team roping, steer wrestling, tiedown roping, barrel racing, mutton bustin’, and bull riding. The kids rodeo gives our littlest cowboys and cowgirls a chance to show their skills at stick pony races, mutton bustin’, barrel racing, pole bending, goat tying, and junior rough stock events. A yearly favorite is the July 4th parade, which has been named one of the largest Independence Day parades in the nation. Catch the parade route between 19th and 15th street along the historic 10th Avenue. Coming up on its 92nd year, the parade is sure to impress! In addition to the July 4th parade, there is a daily parade at 6:00 PM throughout the entire Greeley Stampede! The Demolition Derby on July 6th includes more than 100 drivers in a multi-heat derby.

In a continued celebration of western heritage, the Greeley Stampede has hosted the Stampede Western Invitational Art Exhibit and Sale for the past 14 years. In that time the event has sold almost $1 million in art. Part of the proceeds help with scholarship funding for Weld County high school students.

As with every year, The Greeley Independence Stampede is sure to impress the faithful masses of spectators, performers, and volunteers.  The stampede’s mission every year is “to celebrate our nation’s independence and preserve our western heritage.”  And to that we can only say, mission accomplished.

This article is featured in the Summer 2014 edition of Living in Greeley. To access more articles and digital editions of our magazine follow Pelican Publications at www.issuu.com/pelicanpublications.

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Douglas County Fair and Rodeo – Castle Rock

Douglas County Fair and Rodeo

Castle Rock, Colorado

August 7th-10th, 2014

Douglas County is the 16th fastest growing county in the United States with a population of 300,000 that grew more than 60% from the 2000 census to the 2010 census. A large segment of Douglas County’s population are rural residents with a historical interest in county fairs. However, the Douglas County Fair and Rodeo has kept pace with the growth of Douglas County by sponsoring activities that appeal to the urban residents who are responsible for most of the county’s recent growth.

Gary Debus is the fair board’s marketing chairman and graciously shared his time to speak with our magazine. Mr. Debus noted that the Douglas County Fair is the fastest growing county fair in Colorado and that ticket sales have increased 45% over the last two years. However, Mr. Debus’ enthusiasm became most apparent when he described the fair as celebrating the “rich western heritage” of Douglas County which makes “memories for a lifetime” for an audience “of all ages and all backgrounds”. The fairgrounds are located one mile east of Interstate 25 at Castle Rock Exit 181. Mr. Debus describes the fairgrounds as the ”best county fairgrounds in Colorado” and with good reason. Fairground facilities include a modern 29,000 square foot events center, an indoor arena with a seating capacity for 2,000 spectators and a spacious outdoor arena with covered grandstands.

The Douglas County Fair and Rodeo has an impressive lineup of activities as stated by the fair board. “The Douglas County Fair and Rodeo continues to be a family tradition for the residents of Douglas County, Colorado. Highlights include 2 entertainment stages, 3 Professional Rodeos, Extreme Bulls, Carnival, Antique Tractor-pull, Mutton-bustin, Stick-horse Rodeo, Pancake Breakfast, 4-H and FFA exhibits – including livestock, general projects and the Jr. Livestock Sale.” The fair board expanded its description of activities by stating, “We’ve got lots of entertainment for the entire family. In addition to the carnival with games and rides for all ages, young children can participate in a stickhorse rodeo, mutton bustin’ and more.” A listing of all events is provided at the end of this article. Although the large number of fair activities prevents a description of all events in the space allowed, the following are special events worthy of highlighting.

Mr. Debus stated that the fair board decided to ”pick it up a notch” by kicking off three nights of PRCA rodeos with Xtreme Bull Riding on Thursday night followed by the Medved P.R.C.A. Rodeo Patriot Night on Friday night. In what Mr. Debus calls a “big deal”, The Douglas County Fair and Rodeo is honoring the 2014 inductees into the PRCA Hall of Fame at the Saturday night rodeo. A post of the fair board’s Facebook paged noted that the, “Douglas County Fair & Rodeo in Castle Rock, CO is honored to partner with the Hall of Fame to celebrate its 35th Anniversary and the class of 2014 inductees.“ The final rodeo is Saturday night’s Tough Enough to Wear Pink Rodeo. Saturday night also features an old time barn dance.

Event Schedule

Thursday, August 7 – 7:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Open Division Ag & Floriculture exhibit entry receiving (Kirk Hall), 9:00 a.m. Junior Division Breeding & Market Sheep Show (Pavilion), 9:00 a.m. Junior Division Poultry Show (Poultry Barn) starting with Meat classes followed by showmanship and finally followed by all other breeds, 1:00 p.m. Junior Division Market Goat followed by Meat Breeding Goat Show (Pavilion), 1:00 p.m. Open Division Ag & Floriculture judging – Judging open to public (Kirk Hall), 4:00 p.m. Junior Division Market Beef Show (Pavilion), 5:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. Open Mutton Bustin’ (Indoor Arena), 5:00 p.m. Llama Exhibitor Meeting, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Chamber Night at the Fair (Indoor Arena), 7:00 p.m. Xtreme BULLS – Bull Riding (Indoor Arena) Ticketed Event

Friday, August 8 – 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Junior Division Master Showmanship (Pavilion), 12:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Entertainment ALL Day! (Expo Stage and Midway Bandstand), 1:00 p.m. Cricket Races (Kirk Hall), 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Open Mutton Bustin’ (Outdoor Arena), 6:00 p.m. 4-H/FFA Scholarship Awards and Commissioner’s Cookie Jar Presentation (Pavilion), 6:30 p.m. Junior Livestock Sale (Pavilion), 7:00 p.m. Medved P.R.C.A. Rodeo Patriot Night (Outdoor Arena) Ticketed Event, 9:00 p.m. Entertainment (Midway Bandstand)

Saturday, August 9 – 9:00 a.m. Fair Parade (Wilcox St. Downtown Castle Rock), 10:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Entertainment ALL Day! (Expo Stage and Midway Bandstand), 11:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Antique Tractor Pull (Indoor Arena), 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Cowboy Mounted Shoot Competition (Outdoor Arena), 11:30 a.m. Douglas County Commissioners Tractor Pull (Indoor Arena), 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Junior Division and Open Llama & Alpaca Show (Pavilion), 12:00 p.m. Pie Eating contest (Discovery Ranch), 1:00 p.m. Junior Division Beef Fitting Contest (Beef Barn), 2:00 p.m. Junior Division Quick Draw Milkout & Costume Contests (Midway), 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Free face painting and pictures taken with a bunny (Rabbit Barn), 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Open Mutton Bustin’ (Outdoor Arena), 3:00 p.m. Sheep Lead Competition (Pavilion), 4:00 p.m. Queens Barrel Race (Outdoor Arena), 7:00 p.m. Medved P.R.C.A. Rodeo (Outdoor Arena) Ticketed Event Celebration 35 years with the ProRodeo Hall of Fame and the Class of 2014 Inductees, 9:00 p.m. Barn Dance (Indoor Arena) Ticketed Event

Sunday, August 10 –  8:00 a.m. Free Pancake Breakfast presented by Castle Rock Bank (Midway), 8:00 a.m. Dutch Oven Cookoff (Midway), 8:00 a.m. Church Service (Indoor Arena), 8:00 a.m. Medved P.R.C.A. Slack (Outdoor Arena) 8:00 a.m. Entertainment ALL Day! (EXPO Stage and Midway Bandstand), 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Discovery Ranch Exhibits and Activities, 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Stick Horse Rodeo (Discovery Ranch Corral), 9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Douglas County Fair Foundation – 2014 Wall of Honor Induction Ceremony (Midway Bandstand), 10:00 a.m. Draft Horse Performance Show (Indoor Arena), 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Open Mutton Bustin’ (Outdoor Arena), 10:00 a.m. Junior Division Small Animal Round Robin (Pavilion), 10:00 a.m. Pie Eating Contest (Discovery Ranch), 11:00 a.m. Blindman Tractor Drive (Outdoor Arena), 12:00 p.m. Cowpie Bingo (Discovery Ranch Corral), 1:00 p.m. Medved P.R.C.A. Tough Enough to Wear Pink Rodeo (Outdoor Arena) Ticketed Event, 1:30 p.m. Dutch Oven Cookoff Judging and samples (Midway)

This article is featured in the Summer 2014 edition of Living in Castle Rock. To access more articles and digital editions of our magazine follow Pelican Publications at www.issuu.com/pelicanpublications.

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Boulder International Fringe Festival

Boulder International Fringe Festival

September 17th-28th, 2014

The Boulder International Fringe Festival is an annual 12-day un-juried arts event packed with live theatre, dance, circus art, media art, cinema, visual art, spoken word, puppetry, workshops and storytelling. The Boulder Fringe hosts artists, local and international, that present a series of events in twelve days at venues throughout downtown Boulder.

Since its first annual festival in August 2005, The Boulder International Fringe Festival has grown more and more popular each year with artists and audiences alike. Performances are held in a variety of venues in downtown Boulder, including theatre auditoriums, art galleries, coffee shops, libraries, churches, rooftops, parks and retail shops. Boulder’s International Fringe selects applications on a first come, first served basis and by lottery. No one auditions, no one decides what goes in. All those who did not get in either by first come, first served or by the lottery drawing are put on a waiting list in the order they applied and notified when vacancies appear. Artists are not paid by the festival, but they do receive 100% of the box sales from their shows. It is up to individual artists or companies to promote their show in conjunction with the Fringe.

This year’s festival is happening September 17th – 28th. You can see this year’s artist lineup at www.boulderfringe.com.

This article is featured in the Summer 2014 edition of Living in Boulder.  To access more articles and digital editions of our magazine follow Pelican Publications at www.issuu.com/pelicanpublications.

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Roxborough Music Festival

Roxborough Music Festival

September 6th, 2014

What started as a grand opening for the RE/MAX EDGE office in June of 2011 quickly became a fundraiser to help a local family in need of support. The tight knit community banded together to raise funds after a terrible auto accident and in doing so, started a tradition enjoyed by everyone! The Roxborough Music Festival is now in its fourth year and will be held on September 6th from noon until 10:00 PM.

“Saturday night ROCKED in Roxborough. My family and I went to the Roxborough Music Festival after a full day of hiking and soccer games. It was a super fun way to unwind, catch up with friends and enjoy everything local.”

The first year included a stage and performances by local bands. In 2013, the event raised more than $7000 and supporters included residents, business owners, and area supporters with a shared love for the community. Over 2,000 people are expected to attend this year’s event. Each year the festival has continued to grow, including more bands, vendors, prizes, and activities. The charitable efforts have also continued to grow, helping more people in need every year. Each year the proceeds from the Roxborough Music Festival go to the local charity Hands Across Roxborough that is run by Carlene Harris. Hands Across Roxborough reaches out to local families that have suffered hardships, making it impossible to pay for everyday items such as groceries and utilities, or even more specific things such as medical bills. The charity also provides temporary assistance for those needing rides to appointments, home repairs, or holiday gifts for children.

The Roxborough Music Festival is a family- friendly event with entertainment for both kids and adults. Kids can enjoy games, face painting, activities and a bounce house. Music lovers of all ages can listen to great local talent from variety of genres. Rock and roll, swing, blues, country and folk music can all be found at the festival. Stick around for some great local cuisine and cold drinks from Waterton Tavern and Angel’s Share or peruse the local vendors setting up shop in booths around the festival. Each and every year the talented graphic artist, Steve Schader, creates a new poster and t-shirt design. Be sure to pick up this year’s t-shirt at the event and support The Roxborough Music Festival. Mark your calendars now and join us on September 6th for great music, food, drinks and a relaxing time with friends – all for an amazing cause!

The Roxborough Music Festival is now in its fourth year and will be held on September 6th from noon until 10:00 PM.  This article is featured in the Summer 2014 edition of Living in Littleton.  To access more articles and digital editions of our magazine follow Pelican Publications at www.issuu.com/pelicanpublications

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Evergreen Jazz Festival

Evergreen Jazz Festival – Evergreen, Colorado

July 25th, 26th, & 27th

Once again, Evergreen welcomes jazz legends and enthusiasts from across the country to share in a weekend of performances unlike any other.  July 25th, 26th, and 27th marks the thirteenth year of the Evergreen Jazz Festival.

“From the very first festival back in 2001, the quality of the music has always been paramount. Over the years, we’ve consistently featured world-class bands made up of some of the top musicians in jazz today. This year is no exception, with James Dapogny’s Chicago Jazz Band, piano sensation Jeff Barnhart, special guest Eddie Erickson who will be with both Jeff and Big Mama Sue, Peter Ecklund’s Blue Suitcase Trio, and such great Colorado talents as After Midnight and their dead-on Benny Goodman Sextet renditions, Joni Janak and Centerpiece Jazz, the Hot Tomatoes Dance Orchestra and the Queen City Jazz Band with vocal star Wende Harston. I can’t wait!”  – Ed Danielson, Music Director

Music runs deep in the veins of this mountain town where jazz legends such as Duke Ellington and Count Basie have performed. Enjoy the beautiful surroundings while at one of five different festival venues. Even as the popularity of the Evergreen Jazz Festival has grown, the venues remain small and intimate allowing for unforgettable performances for both the audience and the performers. It’s no surprise that many of the performers keep coming back year after year for yet another amazing show. The five venues allow audiences a chance to get out and about Evergreen and enjoy the different listening experiences. If you already have a favorite venue location just sit back and let the bands come to you. A free shuttle services is available between all venues and runs every 20 minutes. Food and beverages are also available at most locations.

The Elks Lodge is a favorite venue for those looking to jitterbug or fox trot along to the music because of its large dance floor. An instructional dance class is also available for those wanting to learn a few new steps or brush up on some old ones. The dance floor appears to be a scene straight from the roaring twenties when the professional dance ensemble takes the floor between sets! The Elks Lodge also has not one, but two stages for performances. Enjoy the music from the open ballroom or among the fresh air on the patio. The Evergreen Lake House provides beautiful scenic surroundings with both the open spaces of the surrounding park and the shore of Evergreen Lake. The log building adds a rustic touch to the jazz festival and the lake adds an important piece of Evergreen history. The third venue, the Evergreen Christian Church, is a prize venue in the arts community. The acoustics makes this venue a favorite for many. The church also hosts a Sunday morning gospel service during the festival that features the Queen City Jazz Band and vocalist Wende Harston. This has become a yearly tradition that packs the house. The Stagecoach Sports Grill will be joining the festival as a venue for the first time this year! Enjoy a full bar and menu while enjoying the intimate location. The patio is the perfect place to take in the bands while enjoying some fresh air and a good meal.

The Evergreen Jazz Festival all started in 1999 while celebrating at the birthday party of long-standing Evergreen resident and jazz fanatic, Sterling Nelson. This birthday party was unlike any other, though. The party included unrehearsed performances from eight of Colorado’s top jazz musicians. Nelson’s love affair with jazz had started many years before and he had served as president of the Denver Jazz Club since the 1960’s. This intimate night of great jazz led to the desire to share a similar experience with the city of Evergreen every year. In 2001 Nelson and a handful of volunteers formed the first Evergreen Jazz Festival with nine different bands. The festival took a year off then was back on track with even more success. Since jazz is such a broad and varied genre of music, Nelson and festival organizers chose to highlight traditional jazz. Evergreen Jazz Festival offers a weekend full of the best of swing, blues, Dixieland, ragtime, and boogie- woogie. Each and every year the festival’s mission is to promote jazz music and performances through educational programs. Workshops, educational programs, and activities are available for students and the public. Students are also given the opportunity to work alongside established jazz professionals. Some of these professionals include members of the Queen City Jazz Band, who are regular performers at the Evergreen Jazz Festival. All those involved in the Evergreen Jazz Festival and its community outreach hope to inspire the next generation of jazz enthusiasts and keep jazz alive!

“We are a traditional jazz festival in both senses of the term. The music is traditional jazz – Dixieland, swing, blues, ragtime and boogie-woogie, the sounds from the roots of jazz up through World War II. In addition, we stage the event in the traditional festival style, using multiple venues with four stages usually active all the time and patrons free to move among them as they choose. Many other festivals these days take place in hotel meeting rooms, and I think our unique, intimate venues really help set us apart and make the festival something special.” – Jim Reiners, Past President & Marketing Director

For more information on the Evergreen Jazz Festival visit their website at www.evergreenjazz.org. Tickets can be ordered online or by phone: (303) 697-5467

This article is featured in the Summer 2014 edition of Living in Evergreen.  To access more articles and digital editions of our magazine follow Pelican Publications at www.issuu.com/pelicanpublications.

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Sand in the City – Arvada

Sand in the City – June 28th-29th

Arvada, Colorado

 

For the second year in a row the city of Arvada and the Chamber of Commerce bring a bit of the beach to Colorado with Sand in the City. Stop by Ralston Park June 28th and 29th for a fundraiser that feels a lot like a mini vacation. The Chamber encourages everyone to “get sandy” and enjoy the giant sand sculptures, local food and drinks, live music, and lots of kid-friendly activities.

“Everyone goes to play at the beach….in Arvada! One of the best events of the year. There’s plenty of fun, food, music and entertainment. Plus, we have some talented sand sculptors living here. Who’d have thought?” – Mike Papantonakis

The main event at Sand in the City is a sand sculpture contest between teams of 15-20 people. Forget the bucket and trowel: these sculptures are giant creations made with the help of trained professionals! The teams prepare for the competition by learning about sand sculpture techniques from experienced sand sculptors. Architects are also paired with the teams to help create the sand sculpture design of their dreams. The teams then have one day to make their sand pile into a masterpiece. Sand is first pounded into forms, which allow the sand to be carved and shaped once the forms are removed.

Unbelievable sculptures are brought to life with a lot of teamwork and the continued help of the experienced sand sculptor, or Sand Coaches. The previous competitors agree that the competition is fierce but what better way to spend a day than in the sun and sand with friends? This year, Sand in the City will have 10-12 sculptures made by local business and groups. Once completed the sand sculptures are judged by local community members, including city council members and county commissioners.

The fun certainly does not stop there! Throughout the two-day festival feel free to roam through the local vendors and artisans setting up shop. Munch on local food or have a cold craft beer while enjoying the live music on stage. The Kid Zone provides endless entertainment and activities such as a giant sand box, inflatables, and games.

In 2013, the Sand in the City’s attendance exceeded 10,000 people and this year the Chamber expects numbers to reach up to 20,000! One of the main goals of hosting Sand in the City is to highlight Arvada and open our city up to a new group of visitors. The Chamber also hopes to provide something for all Arvada residents to enjoy. Chamber President Kami Welch emphasized, “This event includes something for all Arvada residents, from young kids to old kids.” Sand in the City gives Arvada the opportunity to show off our great community and the wonderful people that have made it their home.

Come support the following teams on June 28th and 29th at Ralston Park: Custom Environmental Services, Water World In Partnership With Peace Jam, Red Rocks Community College, Sam’s Club, Personal Benefit Services In Partnership With Arvada Young Professionals, 4BR, Blues and BBQ & Noviscon Realty.

This event would not be possible without the support of the following sponsors.

Premier Sponsors: Waterworld & Adventure Golf, 9News, and Intergrated Snow Removal.

Noteworthy Sponsors: Xcel Energy, Sooper Credit Union

This article is featured in the Summer 2014 edition of Living in Arvada.  To access more articles and digital editions of our magazine follow Pelican Publications at www.issuu.com/pelicanpublications.

 

 

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Colorado Brewers’ Festival – Fort Collins

Colorado Brewers’ Festival – Fort Collins

June 28-29

 

Colorado Brewers Festival, or COBF, is celebrating 25 years of showcasing local brewers on Saturday, June 28th and Sunday, June 29th. This year the festival will be presenting about 100 Colorado craft beers from over 50 Colorado brewers.

When the festival started in 1990 Fort Collins had only three microbreweries. Today Fort Collins has fourteen breweries and is one of the most respected brewing centers in the United States. Colorado itself is nearing 300 across the state and the U.S. has become the most advanced brewing nation on Earth.

This year for the first time there will be no entry fee for the festival. Peggy Lyle, festival director says, “We are making it easier for more people and families to come in and enjoy the bands, food and recreational activities we offer beyond beer.”

The Festival provides a complete new ”Colorado” experience which features beer, outdoor activities, Colorado music, and a chance to enjoy all of this with friends! There will be themed areas will help visitors to navigate through everything COBF has to offer. Start with some of the unique opportunities that Colorado has to offer like zip lining and rock climbing in “The Wilderness” area. In “The Backcountry” area visitors can check out the booths for more information on the different vendors and brewers attending the event. Wanting to learn more about the brews you will be enjoying all weekend? Attend Beer School in “The Summit” area where visitors can speak with brewers and learn more about their craft. “The Great Plains” is the entry station area on Laporte Avenue. “Base Camp” is where you go to relax and enjoy the main stage or maybe just hang out in the grass under a shade tree. “The Springs” offers free water stations so you will be able to stay hydrated while visiting the festival. At “The Chuck Wagon” you will fi nd food trucks with food at its fi nest. “The Outhouse” area, which is pretty self-explanatory, is very necessary at a beer tasting event!

This year COBF is happy to have Marty Jones, “an award-winning journalist turned beer evangelist” to share some of his ideas and to help us understand the ever-changing beer environment and culture. He is also a popular speaker at the annual Craft Brewers Conference and works with a select group of small-batch beer and beverage makers to continue to improve their products with new ideas and promotion.

Start the weekend by attending All Brewers’ Ever on Friday and help to welcome the brewers and master brewers from across Colorado while sampling some of the exclusive craft beer. Saturday morning start your day with Breakfast and Brews at Mainline. Brunch will be served alongside a tasting of beers. The entire week leading up to the festival brings excitement to Fort Collins. Arrive early and check out the local breweries, shopping, and dining of Fort Collins.

This article is featured in the Summer 2014 edition of Living in Fort Collins.  To access more articles and digital editions of our magazine follow Pelican Publications at www.issuu.com/pelicanpublications.

Dr. Robert Sindorf at KCLive on April, 9th

Dr. Robert Sindorf’s Injury Prevention Tips

In the News

Dr. Robert Sindorf is a contributing writer for Living In Denver, chiropractor, and fitness enthusiast.  Today Dr. Sindorf was featured on KCLive, a morning news show for the Kansas City Metro area.  Dr. Sindorf explains the importance of proper exercise form to avoid injury and provides demonstration of proper form in each exercise.  Check out Dr. Sindorf’s tips at www.kshb.com or read featured articles by Dr. Sindorf in our digital editions of Living in Denver.  More information about Dr. Sindorf can be found on his website at www.DrSindorf.com.

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Photo by Paul Nuber

Choice City Rebels Roller Derby

The Choice City Rebels were founded in 2009 by 11 derby-addicted women we refer to as our founding mothers.  As most of the surrounding teams, we were originally a women’s only league with a jr. team of 6-17 year old girls.  We grew our jr. team to include boys in 2012.  Last year we also opened our adult team to include men.  Taking it co-ed has brought a new dynamic and cohesion to the team we’ve greatly enjoyed.  We are also working diligently to bring banked track to the area and to our league.  This will truly allow us to be the league of derby choices.  Our jr. team is also undergoing some major changes this year.  This month, in fact, they become part of the YOSA group (youth olympic sports association) at the Qdoba Event Center.  We’re excited for them and all the opportunities this will allow them for the future.

Learn more about the Choice City Rebels by visiting their website at www.choicecityrebels.com. Photo provided by Choice City Rebels and taken by Paul Nuben.

This article is featured in the Spring 2014 edition of Living in Fort Collins.  To access more articles and digital editions of our magazine follow Pelican Publications at www.issuu.com/pelicanpublications.

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South Side Derby Dames Roller Derby

South Side Derby Dames Inc. (“SSDD”) is an organization run by volunteers – by the skater, for the skater. Denver Roller Derby on the Southside is back and exciting as ever. The Southside Derby Dames are here to excite and entertain derby fans! SSDD is a volunteer run organization; we embrace women of all shapes, sizes, backgrounds, and skill levels. Our goal at SSDD is to promote women’s Roller Derby and build our league through hard work, dedication, and team camaraderie. Skaters, Volunteers, fans are welcome to join us at Rocky Mountain Roller Hockey in Lakewood, Colorado.

No member of SSDD receives any payment for the services they provide in managing SSDD. SSDD is dedicated to promoting the sport of women‘s flat track roller derby and supports, encourages and develops skaters in their skating ability, whilst promoting the values of goodwill and good sportsmanship. SSDD is managed through a Board of Directors with the assistance of Committee Heads as set out in this Constitution. SSDD seeks and values the input of all members into the management of its operations.

“Roller Derby empowers women to be beautiful, strong and athletic. We value everyone and what they stand for.” – South Side Derby Dames

Learn more about the South Side Derby Dames by visiting their website at www.southsidederbydames.org.  Photo provided by South Side Derby Dames.

This article is featured in the Spring 2014 edition of Living in Lakewood.  To access more articles and digital editions of our magazine follow Pelican Publications at www.issuu.com/pelicanpublications.

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Castle Rock ‘N’ Rollers Roller Derby

Castle Rock ‘n’ Rollers

Team Profile

 About us:  Castle Rock ‘n’ Rollers (CRR) was founded in 2008 and is Douglas County’s only flat track roller derby league.  CRR is owned, managed and operated entirely by the skaters and is a 501 (c) not for profit organization.  CRR has been a WFTDA Member since 2011 and is sometimes referred to as the “Mom” team.  While there are some skaters on our team that are not mothers, 16 moms out of 23 skaters are, and we think that is what makes us especially tough on the track.  There are lots of mothers playing on teams throughout the world and making roller derby thrive in addition to managing successful careers and motherhood.  In some ways, we are all mom teams with mothers peppered throughout!   What unifies all women in derby is the shared love of the sport.  Castle Rock ‘n’ Rollers is a team of hard-working, strong women who juggle so many things, including making a small, suburban derby team flourish and working to better their own communities.  Besides, if Mama ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy, right?  Derby makes mothers and others happy.

What drives us:   CRR is made up of a diverse group of women (skaters, officials and coaches) and men (officials) in an all-volunteer league that skate and contribute their time and money for the love of the sport.  CRR promotes camaraderie within the team and their community and works to accentuate the athleticism of the sport of roller derby.

Teams:  The Greatest Hits is the WFTDA-ranked travel team.  The Platinum Divas is the home team that plays bouts locally, partnering with our sister league, High City Derby Divas in Arapahoe County.

Skaters:  Initially, many women are attracted to the freaky hockey/”Xanadu” combination, but quickly realize that the athleticism and competition of the sport surpasses any vision of the Olivia Newton John of our childhoods.  The varying backgrounds and differences of the skaters would surprise you!  Many different kinds of women are attracted to this sport and each play for their own reasons, though roller derby can unify even the most different of women!  Skill-levels vary, but all CRR skaters are on a constant-improvement track.

Community Connection:  CRR practices and plays regularly at the Douglas County Events Center and occasionally the Parker Fieldhouse.  CRR works closely with several local organizations that assist women, children and citizens in crisis (such as the Douglas/Elbert Task Force, local police and fire agencies and the Women’s Crisis Center).  Additionally, CRR skaters participate in several community events, partnering with the Downtown Merchants Association, The Rotary Club and the Task Force as we value our roles in our neighboring towns.

Junior League:  CRR is proud to partner with The Runaways junior roller derby league.  The Runaways are raising tough roller girls ages 6-17.

 A few of our favorite things:  Derby-hungry skaters, teamwork, sisterhood, volunteering, keeping healthy and meeting new fans that fall in love with our sport.

 Our least favorite thing:  Explaining how roller derby is real and not in any way related to “Rollerball”. 

 Contact us:  www.facebook.com/CRRollers, info@castlerocknrollers.org, www.castlerocknrollers.org (coming soon).

Photo provided by Castle Rock ‘N’ Rollers and taken by Wicked Shamrock Photography.

This article is featured in the Spring 2014 edition of Living in Castle Rock.  To access more articles and digital editions of our magazine follow Pelican Publications at www.issuu.com/pelicanpublications.

Photo by Christopher Chase at Chase Creative Photography

Boulder County Bombers Roller Derby

The Boulder County Bombers is Boulder County’s original and only all-female flat track roller derby league, established in the Summer of 2011. BCB became a member of the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) in September 2013. In the summer of 2013 BCB added a Junior League for children 6-18. BCB is family focused and has a kid’s room for children so parents can attend practices. BCB is a Colorado Non-Profit committed to spreading the anti-bullying message. BCB strives to provide a competitive and affordable community-centric roller derby league representing Boulder County.

BCB is always looking for new recruits to join the league. No experience is necessary – BCB is unique because we will teach women, men and children how to skate. Please come to any of our new recruit nights to find out what our league has to offer you as a skater. We are always looking for Referees, NSO’s and volunteers.

New Recruit Nights are held at our training center located at 455 Weaver Park Road in Longmont at 7pm

February 24th & 26th

April 7th & 9th

May 19th & 21st

June 30th & July 2nd

BCB is looking forward to an amazing season after winning the 2013 Colorado Cup – hosted by the Denver Roller Dolls. The All-Stars will be participating in the Wild West Showdown February 28th-March 2nd in Bremerton, Washington and the Dust Devil April 5th and 6th in Tuscon, Arizona.

Our home bouts are held at the Boulder County Fairgrounds in Longmont.

Home Bout Schedule:

March 29th

April 12th

May 24th

June 28th

August 30th

 

All photos are courtesy of Christopher Chase with Chase Creative Photography – http://www.ccpfotos.com/.

To find out more about the Boulder County Bombers please visit our website www.bouldercountybombers.com or find us on Facebook and Twitter.

This article is featured in the Spring 2014 edition of Living in Boulder.  To access more articles and digital editions of our magazine follow Pelican Publications at www.issuu.com/pelicanpublications.

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Little Monkey Business – Westminster

14693 Orchard Pkwy, Westminster

“Where Little Kids Monkey Around.”

Little Monkey Bizness is a great place for children to play and socialize while in a clean and safe indoor play place.  Children can run and jump and interact with the other children on the soft playground inflatables and climbing structures.  There is also an art room for creative “Little Monkeys” and a separate area for younger kids, so you don’t have to worry about them getting caught up in other children playing.

While you watch your children enjoy a snack or a cup of gourmet coffee from the full service café or take time to catch up with friends in the seating area.

Little Monkey Bizness offers 3-month memberships for your child.  They can enjoy story time on Tuesdays, Family Fun Night on Thursdays and Special Activities on Fridays.  Wednesday nights allow parents to drop kids off while running those last few errands or some kid-free shopping from 6-8 PM.

Stop by Little Monkey Bizness and pick up an activity calendar to see what’s going on each month.  While you’re there it is easy to see just how much fun your own “Little Monkey” could be having, all in a safe and clean, kid friendly environment.

This article is featured in the Spring 2014 edition of Living in Westminster.  To access more articles and digital editions of our magazine follow Pelican Publications at www.issuu.com/pelicanpublications.

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Pigtails & Crew Cuts – Westminster

14663 Orchard Pkwy #400, Westminster

Is it haircut time for your child?  Are you putting it off because you had a bad experience last time?  Pigtails & Crew Cuts can help you solve your problem!  They provide a fun stress free haircut experience for your child and yourself!

Locally owned by Brett Miller, the salon wants to give parents the experience that they (the owners) were looking for and couldn’t find for their own children.

The salon is bright and cheery and full of fun things for the kids to do.  The chairs are no ordinary chairs.  There is a fire truck, a police car, an airplane, and even a taxi!  Your child will have so much fun pretending they won’t even care they are getting a haircut!  They also have regular chairs for the older siblings and adults. Pigtails & Crew Cuts also understands that all situations are unique and offer a Special Needs Program to make sure your child is comfortable in his or her surroundings, as well.

The fun part of the haircut is you don’t just get a haircut.  The girls get hair glitter, a ribbon and your choice of a braid, pigtails, or a ponytail.  The boys get to try the cool spiky gel that even comes in colors. The kids receive treats with their parent’s approval of course, and a trip to the treasure chest. While your child is waiting for his  or her appointment, there are many activities to keep them busy.  They have five flat screen TV’s for watching movies, kid-friendly video games, and a very popular train table!  Kids remember a haircut from Pigtails & Crew Cuts with a smile and can’t wait until it is time for their next haircut.

Everyone has good and bad hair days, and Pigtails & Crew Cuts is there for both!  If your child has gum in their hair or someone decided their bangs were a little long, the salon likes to provide what they call “disaster relief plans.”  The stylists will take care of “the kid-tastrophe” – no questions asked!

Pigtails & Crew Cuts also has a party room for your child’s next birthday.  Their award winning parties include cupcakes, beverages, décor, balloons and much more.  Parents like it because the kids have a great time, and they don’t even have to clean up.  Pigtails & Crew Cuts does it all!

Pigtail & Crew Cuts is a great place where everyone leaves happily and looking great!

This article is featured in the Spring 2014 edition of Living in Westminster.  To access more articles and digital editions of our magazine follow Pelican Publications at www.issuu.com/pelicanpublications.

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Grandrabbit’s Toy Shoppe – Westminster

14644 Orchard Pkwy., Westminster

Grandrabbit’s Toy Shoppe is an amazing toy store that offers toys for all ages from infant to preteen. It is the toyshop of every child’s dreams: toys line every shelf, begging you to take them home! Grandrabbit’s carries a large selection of fun and educational toys and fun birthday gifts from which to choose.  If you are unable to make it to one of their Front Range locations, you can also shop online. 

They are independently owned and operated and have been voted Best Children’s Store in Boulder for over 30 years.  Their passion is “Growing young bodies, minds and hearts.”

This article is featured in the Spring 2014 edition of Living in Westminster.  To access more articles and digital editions of our magazine follow Pelican Publications at www.issuu.com/pelicanpublications.