Archives for: 2010

12/30/10

Permalink 09:11:33 am, Categories: Announcements & Events [A], News, Background, Kirstan's Ramblings, 229 words   English (US)

LoDo Lights Attract Many and Brightens the Neighborhood

LoDo Lights Will Be Turning Two!

In March of 2009, Denver was introduced to LoDoLights, a world-class light art installation by Virginia Folkestad on the iconic Manny’s Bridge in the heart of LoDo. Manny's Bridge crosses over the rails at the west of end of Wynkoop Street. The project is a unqiue partnership between the neighborhood, who funded the artwork, and the Denver Office of Cultural Affairs who maintains the art. As successful and popular as the installation is, the project is not yet completed according to the original design, and LoDoNa (Lower Downtown Neighborhood Association) is raising funds to finish the project. The goal is to celebrate the completion at the anniversary in the Spring!

The final phase includes two additional LED lights, new and edgier projected art and further interactivity. Additionally, the world’s best programming technology is now available, which will allow for an even more impressive experience. This phase will also include a permanent sign at the bridge describing the art and all sponsors.

LoDoNa expresses a great deal of gratitude to all who have made the first phase a success and if you would like to donate to complete this amazing project, please use this secure link >

By the way, LoDo Lights was featured in an international online magazine, Enlighter in June 2010. For the article and great photos, go to Current 3 By Virginia Folkestad >

12/23/10

Permalink 01:01:37 pm, Categories: News, 393 words   English (US)

Holiday Shopping Safety Tips

The Denver Police Department would like to wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season. To make this special time of year a great experience for you and your family, we are asking that a few special precautions be taken. Please find the below listed driving and safety tips:

Holiday Tidings
Dress Down:
Dress casually and comfortably. Avoid wearing expensive jewelry.

Shop Together:
Shop with friends and family if at all possible. Try not to shop alone, especially at night.

Educate Your Kids:
Teach kids what to do if you get separated. Tell them to find a store clerk or security person.

Communicate:
Tell someone where you are going and how long you will be gone. Let them know if you change your schedule.

Park Smart:
Park close to the store. Avoid dark and secluded areas.

Lock the Car:
Keep doors locked and windows closed. Remember your keys.

Stay Alert:
Remember where you park your car. Be aware of suspicious cars and people.

Watch Your Purse:
Hold your purse close to your body or use a front pocket if carrying a wallet. Preferably wear a fanny pack.

Avoid Cash:
Never flash large amounts of money. Try to use checks or credit cards instead of cash.

Use Credit Cards Safely:
Beware of identity theft and keep receipts safe. Record credit card numbers at home and guard PIN numbers.

Shop in Small Doses:
Make regular trips to the car. Avoid carrying too many packages that put you off balance and make you a target.

Returning to the Parking Lot:
Have your car keys out when returning to your car. Check the back seat and under the car before getting in.

Hide Packages:
Store packages in the trunk of the car. Put your packages in the trunk before you drive to your next location not when you arrive. Never leave them visible inside the car.

Act:
Never go home if you think you are being followed or if you feel threatened. Go to a busy well-lit safe place.

Don't Play Hero:
Comply with a thief's demands. Record an accurate description for law enforcement: height, weight, eye color, hair color, scars, tattoos, clothing, and license plate.

Date Released: December 20, 2010
Source: The Denver Police Department
Contact: Detective John White #98046
Address: Office of the Chief, 1331 Cherokee St., Denver, CO 80204
Email: dpdpio@ci.denver.co.us
Phone: 720-913-6028
Fax: 720-913-7021

12/22/10

Permalink 12:28:33 pm, Categories: Announcements & Events [A], News, Real Estate, 79 words   English (US)

Lower Downtown Neighborhood Annual Meeting

Join all your LoDo friends at the Four Seasons Hotel for the LoDoNA Annual Meeting. Enjoy lots of time for drinks, appetizers, and socializing. Catch up on what's new in the neighborhood with four brief presentations.

• The New 14th Street Ambassador Project
• Living City Blocks 'Green' Pilot
• Denver B-Cycle Bike Sharing
• Union Station Update

LoDoNA Annual Meeting
Four Reasons at the Four Seasons
January 18, 2011 - 5:30pm to 8:00pm
Four Seasons Hotel
1080 14th Street
$25 at the door; $20 in advance online >

11/15/10

Permalink 10:56:09 am, Categories: Background, Real Estate, 221 words   English (US)

Woodshake Roofs

This article came to my attention because earlier this summer, I had clients nearly purchase a home with a woodshake roof. We had many concerns about it so that is why I feel it's important to share this information.

5 things you must know about a woodshake roof

1. They are EXPENSIVE! Woodshake is a very expensive shingle to replace, and with changes in the roofing industry there are many superior products.

2. They are not real popular with insurance carriers. In fact many won't insure a wood shake anymore, and the rest are reducing coverage to depreciated value, not the replacement cost.

3. They are a Fire Hazard, in fact a firefighter once told me that a woodshake fire is a lost cause and can not be stopped in most cases.

4. They are very hard to properly maintain, they require an annual oiling which property owners rarely do, reducing the life and look of the shingle significantly.

5. When they incur hail damage, there is a short window of time in which a claim can be filed. The split shingle will oxidize and take on the color of the exterior, hiding the damage caused by hail.

If you have any concerns about a woodshake roof, contact ECO Roof and Solar for a FREE inspection today.

Courtesy of:
Derek O'Driscoll
Project Manager
ECO Roof and Solar
720.560.3644

11/11/10

Permalink 08:45:21 am, Categories: News, Background, Kirstan's Ramblings, 22 words   English (US)

Remember our Veterans and Their Families!

Thank you to all Veterans and all of the families who have made and continue to make incredible sacrifices for our country!

Veteran

11/10/10

Permalink 04:06:14 pm, Categories: Announcements & Events [A], News, 71 words   English (US)

Downtown School Steering Committee

November 17, 2010 6:00-7:30 pm
1777 Larimer St. 5th Fl (The Windsor)

Come discuss, shape and build a unique public learning space for our children in the heart of the city. The Committee is searching for families looking for an alternative, high performing learning experience for their young child/children. Onsite childcare will be available for $5 an hour. For more information & to R.S.V.P. please contact Jessica at Jessica@mykiddo.org.

11/09/10

Permalink 12:07:11 pm, Categories: Announcements & Events [A], News, Real Estate, 234 words   English (US)

17 Restaurants Open in Downtown Denver in Seven Months

Seventeen new restaurants have opened their doors in Downtown Denver in the last seven months, and another 8 are slated to open in the next six months. The new cuisine categories run the gamete in terms of price point and food type. This news originates from Downtown Denver Partnership's October Skylines Newsletter. In the article, John Imbergamo mentioned, "Downtown Denver restaurants benefit from a robust convention calendar along with strong attendance at sporting events and performing arts productions."

Recently Opened Restaurants in Downtown Denver:
Amore Gelato (16th & Welton)
Backcountry Provisions (16th & Wazee)
Big Game (16th & Wazee)
ChoLon Bistro (16th & Blake)
Dairy Queen (16th & Champa)
EDGE Steak House & Bar (Four Seasons Hotel, 14th & Arapahoe)
Euclid Hall Bar & Kitchen (14th & Larimer)
Freshii (16th & Court)
Freshcraft (15th & Blake)
Mellow Mushroom (16th & Lawrence)
Noodles & Company (new location at 16th & Court)
Park and Company (17th & Pennsylvania)
Peets Coffee (Inside Sheraton at 15th & Court)
Pinkberry (16th & Glenarm)
Salad Bowl (Inside Sheraton at 15th & Court)
Smashburger (16th & Lawrence)
Tilted Kilt (16th & Lawrence)

Coming Soon:
Mona's Cafe (1710 Sherman St. Wells Fargo Center)
Ninety Plus Coffee (SPIRE)
Ocean Prime (Larimer Square, opening in early 2011)
Organic Pizza Company (SPIRE - November)
Smiling Moose Deli (Wynkoop)
TAG Raw Bar (Larimer Square, Opening in early 2011)
Wednesday's Pie (Larimer Square, opening in October 2011)
Yard House (opening in November, 2010)

11/07/10

Permalink 12:42:36 pm, Categories: Announcements & Events [A], News, Real Estate, 169 words   English (US)

Four Seasons Denver Opens With Panache

Although the Four Seasons Denver official ribbon cutting and ceremony was held October 19th, the real grand opening party occurred last night. The Grand Opening Party featured Colorado’s own OneRepublic. The star-studded event was sold out and was one of the highlights of the city’s social season. Taking place on several floors of the Hotel, the gala was a ticketed affair to benefit four longstanding Denver organizations: The Denver Center for Performing Arts, The Denver Zoo, The Kempe Foundation, and The University of Colorado Hospital Foundation benefitting the University of Colorado Cancer Center. OneRepublic was the headliner of the party, and numerous other entertainers performed, including a variety of musical acts, performance artists and others. Attendees enjoyed an open bar and innovative cuisine prepared by Executive Chef Simon Purvis. Tickets were not cheap at $325.00 per person or $200.00 at the increasingly popular young professional option, usually 35 and under.

Four Season Denver

Photo Courtesy of Four Seasons Denver

For more information about the new Four Seasons Denver, visit Four Seasons Denver website >

11/05/10

Permalink 04:25:08 pm, Categories: Announcements & Events [A], News, 42 words   English (US)

Denver Arts Week

DenverArtWeek2010

The fourth annual Denver Arts Week is November 5-13. The week celebrates the Mile High City's vibrant arts and cultural scene with more than 200 events and a kickoff weekend featuring "Know Your Arts First Friday."

For more information visit: Denver Arts Week

11/04/10

Permalink 04:01:23 pm, Categories: Announcements & Events [A], News, Real Estate, 36 words   English (US)

Solera Grand Opening Party

Solera is the FIRST LEED-Gold Apartment Development in the Rocky Mountain Region. Celebrate with a night of live jazz, complimentary hors d’oeuvres and libations.

When: November 10, 2010, 5:00-8:00 pm
Where: 1956 Lawrence (corner of 20th and Lawrence)

11/02/10

Permalink 04:21:37 pm, Categories: Announcements & Events [A], 62 words   English (US)

Robert Bell & Stanley Scott at Translations Gallery

Robert Bell & Stanley Scott at Translations Gallery
Dates: November 3– November 30, 2010
Opening Reception: Friday, November 5, 5-8:30 p.m.
Location: Translations Gallery, 1743 Wazee Street
Phone: 303.629.0713

Robert Bell and Stanley Scott are two emerging Colorado artists. The forms in Robert Bell’s paintings are images revealed to him through dreams. Stanley Scott's drawings and prints are real depictions of and responses to internal conflict.

11/01/10

Permalink 08:00:21 am, Categories: Announcements & Events [A], 60 words   English (US)

Vote, vote, vote!

Please remember to vote on or before November 2, 2010. For voters who prefer to vote in person on Election Day, there will be 151 polling places located throughout the City and County of Denver. Voters must vote at their assigned polling place. To look up your Election Day polling place or for additional voting information: visit http://www.DenverVotes.org, or call 311.

10/30/10

Permalink 04:10:39 pm, Categories: Announcements & Events [A], 29 words   English (US)

Motown Legends Revue at Lannie's Clocktower Cabaret

MotownLegendsatLannies
November 5 & 6 at 8 p.m.

Starring the Four Tones with Ron Ivory

Smokey, Marvin, Temps, Supremes, Michael, Stevie, Tops, Vandellas and MORE!

For more information and tickets visit: Lannie's

10/27/10

Permalink 10:14:41 am, Categories: Announcements & Events [A], News, 98 words   English (US)

Trick or Treat Street at the Children's Museum

October 29, 30 and 31
Friday: 9 a.m.-8 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday: 10 a.m.-8 p.m.

It’s the sweetest time of year so costume-up for a trick-or-treating adventure overflowing with fun! Parade from one “Candy House” to the next collecting your goodies, whip up delicious “Dirty Desserts,” and craft classic Halloween heroes like “Noodle-Boned Skeletons” and “Little Miss Spiders.” After the inside fun, head outside to brave your chances at the Monster Carnival, hop on Vern’s Mini Train for spin around the plaza and stroll through Pumpkin Hill. And that’s just a taste! Children's Museum >

10/20/10

Permalink 01:50:03 pm, Categories: Announcements & Events [A], News, Background, Real Estate, 28 words   English (US)

Pedestrians to soon get friendlier Larimer, 14th

Construction is underway to remove a traffic lane and widen the sidewalk on Larimer Street between 15th and 17th streets.

Read More: http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_16381602

10/15/10

Permalink 03:41:51 pm, Categories: Announcements & Events [A], News, Background, Real Estate, 71 words   English (US)

Want to know what's going on with our transportation development?

Take a tour!

Union Station Advocates, in partnership with DenverInfill, is offering one-hour guided walking tours of the Denver Union Station project site.

Where: Tours start under the Light Rail arch on the Wynkoop side of the historic Union Station

When: First, third and fifth (as applicable) Saturday of each month, 10 a.m., arrive by 9:55 a.m.

Who: Limit 15 people per tour, first come first served

Price: $10 per person, cash only.

10/13/10

Permalink 04:29:54 pm, Categories: Announcements & Events [A], News, Background, Real Estate, 920 words   English (US)

Denver's LoDo Neighborhood Recognized

DENVER, CO (October 13, 2010)—The American Planning Association (APA) today announced the designation of Denver’s historic Lower Downtown (LoDo) neighborhood as one of 10 Great Neighborhood for 2010 under the organization’s Great Places in America program. APA Great Places exemplify exceptional character and highlight the role planners and planning play in creating communities of lasting value.

APA singled out LoDo for its strong political leadership by current and former mayors, historical character and adaptive reuse of warehouse buildings, and use of planning to guide its revitalization.

“This national recognition of Denver’s LoDo district as one of our country’s great places is a welcome reward to the many civic and business leaders in our community whose vision, determination and collaboration over the past 30 years have preserved and revitalized this historic neighborhood,” said Mayor John Hickenlooper. “We thank APA for this great honor.”

Through Great Places in America, APA recognizes unique and authentic characteristics found in three essential components of all communities – streets, neighborhoods, and public spaces. APA Great Places offer better choices for where and how people work and live, and are defined by many things including planning, architectural styles, accessibility and community involvement.

“Seen against the backdrop of heroic historic preservation, the growth our mixed-use neighborhood has seen over the years has been the direct result of the passion and hard work the residents and commercial leaders have poured into the buildings and businesses,” explained LoDo District, Inc. Executive Director, Holly Barrett. “We are honored to receive such wonderful recognition for our incredible community and we wholeheartedly believe it is indeed one of the best places in the world to live and work!”

Since APA began Great Places in America in 2007, 40 neighborhoods, 40 streets and 30 public spaces have been designated in 47 states and the District of Columbia.

“We’re very excited to name LoDo as one of this year’s Great Neighborhoods,” said APA Chief Executive Officer Paul Farmer, FAICP. “The area’s transformation from derelict warehouse district to popular and burgeoning historic neighborhood is the result of visionary city leadership, political fortitude and careful planning,” he added.

Comprising 24 blocks located near the confluence of Cherry Creek and the South Platte River, leading LoDo’s emergence as a vibrant neighborhood were several elected officials including current Mayor John Hickenlooper and former Mayor Federico Peña.

Planning also played an important role, including a downtown area plan approved in 1987 and updated in 2007, and a neighborhood plan approved in 2000. The plans underscored the community’s overriding desire to protect the neighborhood and helped address property owners’ concerns and issues raised by opponents.

Helping fund neighborhood improvements was a $240 million bond issue, approved by voters in 1989, that enabled the city to tear down viaducts and dramatically improve the neighborhood’s streetscape.

Founded by General William Larimer, Jr. in 1858, LoDo was originally the birthplace of Denver. It has been called an urban heaven on earth with its celebrated architecture and unique energy. The neighborhood has become a place for sports lovers, history buffs, and social butterflies alike.

On Thursday, October 21 join LoDo District, Inc., the City and County of Denver and the Downtown Denver Partnership for the Award Presentation Ceremony from 4 to 6 p.m. at Fogo de Chao (1513 Wynkoop Street). Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper will be on hand to accept the award on behalf of the City of Denver.

“This award validates the hard work put into the neighborhood by its community leaders over the past few decades,” explained LoDo District, Inc. Chairman, David Cole. “Our members are proud to have been part of a nationally recognized effort that strikes a balance between growth and preservation.”

The nine other APA 2010 Great Neighborhoods are: Downtown Frederick in Frederick, MD; Historic Ninth Street Hill in Lafayette, IN; Back Bay in Boston, MA; The Paseo in Oklahoma City, OK; Cathedral Historic District in Sioux Falls, SD; Frank Lloyd Wright Historic Neighborhood in Oak Park, IL; Historic John S. Park Neighborhood in Las Vegas, NV; Hyde Park in Cincinnati, OH; and Riverside Avondale in Jacksonville, FL.

For more information about these neighborhoods, as well as APA’s top 10 Great Streets, top 10 Great Public Spaces, and designations between 2007 and 2009, visit www.planning.org/greatplaces. This year's Great Places in America are being celebrated as part of APA's National Community Planning Month during October; for more about the special month, visit http://www.planning.org/ncpm.

About LoDo District, Inc.:
Founded in 1988, in Denver’s birthplace, LoDo District, Inc. is a membership organization that supports historic lower downtown’s (LoDo), unique historical, cultural and retail neighborhood, through marketing, education and advocacy. LoDo District, Inc. is committed to striking a balance between growth and preservation throughout the neighborhood. For more information please visit: http://www.lodo.org.

About the American Planning Association:
The American Planning Association is an independent, not-for-profit educational organization that provides leadership in the development of vital communities. APA and its professional institute, the American Institute of Certified Planners, are dedicated to advancing the art, science and profession of good planning -- physical, economic and social -- so as to create communities that offer better choices for where and how people work and live. Members of APA help create communities of lasting value and encourage civic leaders, business interests and citizens to play a meaningful role in creating communities that enrich people's lives. APA has offices in Washington, D.C., and Chicago, Ill. For more information, visit http://www.planning.org.

For More Information, Contact:
Jeannie Wert
LoDo District, Inc.
Communications & Events Coordinator
303.628.5428 or jeannie@lodo.org

10/12/10

Permalink 01:46:56 pm, Categories: Kirstan's Ramblings, Real Estate, 309 words   English (US)

10 Reasons to Buy a Home

Time magazine is being overly pessimistic in its recent cover piece that called into question the benefits of homeownership. In fact, now is a great time to buy. And, what's more, tomorrow will be a great time to own, because the fundamental strength of homeownership hasn't changed.

Why is now a great time to buy? Here are 10 reasons:

1. You can get a good deal. Prices are down 30 percent on average. They're at a level that makes sense for people's income.
2. Mortgages are cheap. At 4.3 percent on average for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage, your costs to own are down by a fifth from two years ago.
3. You can save on taxes. When you add up the deductions for mortgage interest and others, the cost of owning can drop below renting for a comparable place.
4. It'll be yours. The one benefit to owning that never changes is that you can paint your walls orange if you want (generally speaking; there might be some community restrictions). How many landlords will let you do that?
5. You can get a better home. In some markets, it's simply the case that the nicest places are for-sale homes and condos.
6. It offers some inflation protection. Historically, appreciation over time outpaces inflation.
7. It's risk capital. If the economy picks up, you stand to benefit from that, even if you're goal is just to have a nice place to live.
8. It's forced savings. A part of your payment each month goes to equity.
9. There is a lot to choose from. There are some 4 million homes available today, about a year's supply. Now's the time to find something you like and get it.
10. Sooner or later the market will clear. The U.S. is expected to grow by another 100 million people in 40 years. They have to live somewhere. Demand will eventually outpace supply.

Source: Wall Street Journal, Brett Arends (9/16/10)

10/10/10

Permalink 03:39:03 pm, Categories: Announcements & Events [A], News, Humor, 108 words   English (US)

12th Annual Pet Parade

On Saturday, October 16, and as part of its Fright Fest in October, Elitch Gardens is partnering with radio station Alice 105.9 to host the 12th Annual Pet Parade on October 16 to benefit the Denver Dumb Friends League. Pet owners and their furry friends are invited to get their costumes ready and participate in this special event. All types of pets are welcome and participants will compete for the titles of “Funniest Costume,” “Most Original Costume” and “Best Pet-Owner Combination Costume,” judged by Metromix’s Erica Boniface and hosted by Alice 105.9 on-air personality Slacker.

To enter this year’s Pet Parade, fill out a registration form on Elitch Gardens Website.

Permalink 09:39:03 am, Categories: Announcements & Events [A], News, Humor, 108 words   English (US)

12th Annual Pet Parade

On Saturday, October 16, and as part of its Fright Fest in October, Elitch Gardens is partnering with radio station Alice 105.9 to host the 12th Annual Pet Parade on October 16 to benefit the Denver Dumb Friends League. Pet owners and their furry friends are invited to get their costumes ready and participate in this special event. All types of pets are welcome and participants will compete for the titles of “Funniest Costume,” “Most Original Costume” and “Best Pet-Owner Combination Costume,” judged by Metromix’s Erica Boniface and hosted by Alice 105.9 on-air personality Slacker.

To enter this year’s Pet Parade, fill out a registration form on Elitch Gardens Website.

10/04/10

Permalink 12:19:56 pm, Categories: Announcements & Events [A], News, Real Estate, 101 words   English (US)

Can it get easier to find parking in downtown Denver?

In September, Denver Public Works and the Downtown Denver Partnership introduced a program that is dedicated to helping drivers find parking in reliable parking lots and garages in Downtown Denver. The program, Park NOW, currently focuses on the Downtown area, with the participating lots and garages branded with the Park NOW blue “P” logo.

P logo for parking

Here are current LoDo locations participating in the Park NOW program:
Surface Lots
• 16th & Wazee (Merchantile Lot)
• 14th And Blake Lot
• 14th And Market (Firehouse Lot)

Garages
• 1615 18th St (LoDo Garage)
• 1422 Market St (Larimer Square Garage)
•1899 Wynkoop Garage

Visit the Park Smart Website for more info!

10/01/10

Permalink 02:31:25 pm, Categories: Announcements & Events [A], News, Kirstan's Ramblings, 164 words   English (US)

Time to Rock & Run

The Denver Marathon has changed names/sponsorship or whatever you call it. It's now called the Denver Rock 'n' Roll Marathon and it will occur on Sunday, October 17th, bright an early. The Rock 'n' Roll marathons are a blast and usually feature a band within every 2-3 miles. I ran the Chicago 1/2 Rock 'n' Roll marathon back in August. It was quite an experience and Chicago is a terrific city. We ran through downtown, past the new beautiful Trump hotel, down to Soldier Field, along Lake Michigan, and through Grant Park. Despite receiving some sad news shortly after finishing, the race itself was a blast.

I wanted to sign up for our hometown's marathon race, but I'll be in Bar Harbor, Maine, cheering on my sister-in-law as she runs the marathon that was voted "most scenic" by Runner's World. I'm excited to cheer her on and see the northeast in all it's colorful glory.

Get your running shoes on and check it out >

09/19/10

Permalink 11:19:25 am, Categories: Announcements & Events [A], News, 153 words   English (US)

Great American Dine Out Week

Today begins the first day of Share Our Strength’s Great American Dine Out®. This week, thousands of restaurants throughout the country are offering great promotions and featuring special dishes to help raise funds that support Share Our Strength’s work to end childhood hunger in America.
Take a moment to find a restaurant that’s participating near you, and let someone else do the cooking.

Use the online map to find the participating restaurants >

Gather your family, friends and co-workers and dine out all week at participating restaurants where you live, work and play.

Dine Out between now and September 25th and join the thousands of people across the country gathering together to eat out and put an end to childhood hunger. And remember, the more often you Dine Out, the more money you will help raise for Share Our Strength!

*Info provided by Sheila Bennett, Director of Great American Dine Out

09/17/10

Permalink 03:29:34 pm, Categories: Announcements & Events [A], News, 72 words   English (US)

Register for the for the 7th Annual Denver Gorilla Run Fundraiser!

Date of Run: Saturday, October 30

Get registered for the run by stopping by the Wazee Supper Club today from 5:30-8 p.m. for complimentary Silverback beer samples, the opportunity to register for the run and pick up your gorilla suit so you can start enjoying it now!

50% of Silverback beer and retail proceeds will go to the Mountain Gorilla Conservation Fund.

SilverbackGorillaBeer

To reach gorilla headquarters and to claim your fur click here.

09/16/10

Permalink 11:27:52 am, Categories: Announcements & Events [A], News, Kirstan's Ramblings, 110 words   English (US)

Colorado Wine Fest Weekend Starts Today

One of my favorite fall events is the Colorado Wine Fest, which is usually held in Palisade on the 2nd or 3rd week of September. My husband and I usually head down on Friday and hit a few mountain biking trails in Fruita and then enjoy the festival in the park on Saturday. We've been meeting my parents in Grand Junction for the festivities for 5 years running and it's a blast. The weather has been beautiful each year so far and most of the time, we get to enjoy the changing fall colors along the drive on I-70 through Summit & Eagle County.

More info about Colorado Wine Fest Weekend >

09/08/10

Permalink 01:52:36 pm, Categories: Announcements & Events [A], 138 words   English (US)

Denver's Food & Wine Classic

Occurring Friday and Saturday at Metro State College of Denver, you don't want to miss exquisite food & wine selections at this year's Food & Wine Classic. It starts off with a concert on Friday night featuring Angie Stevens opening for Ryan Star. On Saturday, the Food & Wine Classic is held under tents, and patrons will enjoy the "Grand Tasting" event, sampling more than 600 featured wines, signature spirits, cuisine from 30+ of Denver’s finest restaurants and featuring legendary Chef Paul Prudhomme (K-Paul's Louisiana Kitchen and Magic Seasoning Blends), Denver Chef Culinary Showcase, Colorado Cocktail Party by Beam, Pernod Ricard's "Perfect Mix" Lounge, The Patron Club Experience, Tres Agaves, Skyy Spirits, W.J. Deutch Wine Bar, Trinchero Family Estates Wines, & silent wine auction. For tickets and info, visit the website: Denver's 6th Annual Food & Wine Classic >

09/05/10

Permalink 03:13:15 pm, Categories: Announcements & Events [A], News, 61 words   English (US)

Return of the Denver Beer Fest

DenverBeerFest
September 10-19, 2010

Denver Beer Fest is a weeklong celebration of "all things beer" leading up to the largest beer festival in the world, the Brewers Association's Great American Beer Festival, an event that our city has proudly hosted for the past 27 years.

Visit The Denver Beer Fest website for a list of all events by date, type of event and location.

09/03/10

Permalink 02:02:16 pm, Categories: Announcements & Events [A], Real Estate, 131 words   English (US)

Just Listed in The Heart of City Park

This stunning condo, 1 block from City Park is located in a charming neighborhood within minutes of downtown Denver. The building was finished in 2007 and this is a corner unit with 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, granite slab counters, newer appliances (less than 4 years old), and many windows. It is a part of the Affordable Housing Program, so please contact me for more information.

Price: $144,727

StPaulLivingRoom

Welcome Home!
1623 Saint Paul St, #201
Denver, CO 80206

Features:
• 2 Bedrooms, 1 Bath
• 844 Square Feet
• Elevator Access
• Secure Building
• Garage Parking Space in Building
• Pet Friendly
• ADA Compliant
• Central A/C & Heat
• Wired for Cable
• Off-Street Parking

Want more information? Contact me today:
Kirstan Marks, Realtor &
Certified EcoBroker
Keller Williams Realty Downtown
720-266-7389 (Mobile)
303-561-2457 (Office)
303-496-0793 (Fax)
Website
Email: Kmarks@TopDenverAgent.com
Find your Colorado dream home >

09/02/10

Permalink 09:46:03 am, Categories: Announcements & Events [A], News, 59 words   English (US)

Labor Day Tradition: A Taste of Colorado

Don't miss the great food, vendors and music this Labor Day weekend at A Taste of Colorado. This year's performances include terrific jazz, dance performaces (salsa, polynesian, belly dancers, Aztec etc), Country Music, Hazel Miller, Wendy Woo, Dotzero, Bret Michaels, The Four Tops, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and so much more. The entertainment is free!

A Taste of Colorado

09/01/10

Permalink 03:03:39 pm, Categories: Announcements & Events [A], News, 96 words   English (US)

For the Kiddos: Hop, Skip & a Jump Start

Sunday, September 19

Stroller-Friendly 5K starts at 9 a.m., Mini Meets and Activities begin at 10 a.m.
Sprint, jog, crawl or toddle to the Children’s Museum of Denver’s 4th Annual stroller-friendly 5K, filled with fun around every turn!

Registration includes:
• Museum admission and all-day activities
• T-shirt or onesie
• Post-race snacks

5K REGISTRATION
Wait For Me Registration ~ $30 (08/22/10-09/17/10)
Just In Time Day-of Registration ~ $35 (09/19/10)

MINI MEET REGISTRATION* (Children only)
Infant Crawl, Toddler Trot & Kid Course
Wait For Me Registration ~ $12 (08/22/10-09/17/10)
Just In Time Day-of Registration ~ $15 (09/19/10)

For more information about the event, visit Children's Museum of Denver.

08/21/10

Permalink 09:08:41 am, Categories: Announcements & Events [A], News, 57 words   English (US)

The Park People's 2nd Annual Denver Digs Trees

Fall Shade Tree Distribution

Denver Digs Trees Logo

Deadline for applications: September 1
Tree pick-up: October 2

These trees are strictly for planting in yards (private property), NOT along the street in the public right-of-way.

Trees are only $25 each and Free to residents in our target neighborhoods (Trees this size usually sell for $100+)

For more info, contact The Park People at 303-722-6262.

08/20/10

Permalink 01:27:36 pm, Categories: Announcements & Events [A], News, Real Estate, 30 words   English (US)

Amazing Homes For Sale Now!!

Beautifully Updated Traditional 2-Story in One of Denver's Best Neighborhoods - http://www.3494WHaywardPl.com

Complete Remodel in Englewood - http://www.2975SFoxSt.com

More Listings: http://www.YourDreamYourHome.com

08/19/10

Permalink 10:55:07 am, Categories: Announcements & Events [A], News, 80 words   English (US)

Lodo's Annual No Garage, Garage Sale

LodoNoGarage
Saturday, August 28, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
15th and Wynkoop St to Manny's Bridge on Cherry Creek
More Info >
LoDo and Central Platte Valley residents are invited to rent a table or a tent to SELL their "urban treasures" and "recycled relics". A portion of the proceeds will go to Denver Rescue Mission.

6 ft Table: $30
10x10 Tent: $100

To reserve your spot visit: Black Tie Colorado

Sponsors: Downtown Denver News, HW Home, St. Charles Town Company, Office of Councilwoman Judy Montero.

08/18/10

Permalink 09:14:20 am, Categories: Announcements & Events [A], News, 164 words   English (US)

LEGO Tour Comes to Denver

Denver Pavilions hosts LEGO Games 2010 mobile tour Aug. 20-22. Families participate for free in life-sized adapted versions of LEGO® board games or challenge others for prizes in ongoing stage competition, hosted by an official LEGO Games Master. The tour features one-of-a-kind localized gameplay for Denver-area residents.

Participants can also guess the number of bricks in the over 6-foot tall LEGO Minotaur model for a chance to win a trip to LEGOLAND® California.

In addition, families will discover how to build game nights to new heights with the world's first constructible board games, allowing them to literally create and customize their own gaming experiences. They can build the game, switch up the dice and change the rules to make each game experience new and different.

WHEN: Friday, August 20th 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Saturday, August 21st 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Sunday, August 22nd 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

WHERE: Denver Pavilions located at 500 16th Street, Denver, CO 80202

*Courtesy of Denver Pavilions Newsletter

08/12/10

Permalink 11:32:32 am, Categories: Announcements & Events [A], News, 321 words   English (US)

More Celebrations Downtown

Friday, August 13
9:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Kaiser Permanente Relaxation Tent
Location: Skyline Park
Feeling stressed out at work? Come relax at the Kaiser Permanente Relaxation Tent and treat yourself to a FREE massage! Don't forget to pick-up your Downtown Denver B-cycle Bingo card, sponsored by Kaiser Permanente.

11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Final Ping Pong Tournament at Skyline Park

11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Sports Break
Location: Skyline Park
Join the Colorado Avalanche, Colorado Rockies, Colorado Mammoth, Denver Broncos, Denver Nuggets and Denver Outlaws to play games and win prizes!

12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Afternoons are Peachy at Larimer
Location: Larimer Square
Larimer Square, Downtown Denver's historic, walkable shopping and dining district, invites Downtown employees to be peachy for the day! Stop by Larimer Square where Downtown Denver employees will receive a deliciously fresh peach from a Colorado peach orchard and a limited-edition Larimer Square Peach Recipe Book. The booklet will include food and cocktail recipes from Larimer Square's top chefs and restaurants, such as TAG's Grilled Palisade Peach Short Cake from chef Troy Guard. Yum! Also, Larimer Square retail shops will have peach-filled activities all day on Friday, with several shops offering discounts and specials, peach snacks and peachy displays.

Saturday, August 14
Dusk
Mile High Movies in Skyline Park
Hook, Rated PG
Bring a blanket, snacks and the whole family to enjoy a movie under the stars. The Denver Cupcake Truck will be giving away 250 delicious cupcakes, provided by Southwest Airlines, and you can snack on free popcorn and cotton candy.

Sunday, August 15
All Day
Service Industry Day at Tilted Kilt
Location: Tilted Kilt at 16th and Lawrence
Are you a Downtown Denver hospitality worker? The Tilted Kilt wants to say "thank you" to you! Take a load off at the Tilted Kilt as part of Service Industry Day. Enjoy 50% off drinks all day and complimentary appetizers from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

08/08/10

Permalink 02:52:32 pm, Categories: Announcements & Events [A], News, 47 words   English (US)

16th Street Mall Urban Design Plan: Public Meeting

Wednesday, August 25

4:30 - 5:30 p.m.-Open House
5:30 – 7:00 p.m.-Presentation
Wellington Webb Building
201 W. Colfax Avenue
Planning Board Meeting Rooms, Rooms 4.F.6 and 4.G.2

For more information about the 16th Street Plan – the design options, project goals, progress and the planning process – please visit 16th Street Plan

08/05/10

Permalink 01:18:18 pm, Categories: Announcements & Events [A], News, 315 words   English (US)

Downtown Denver Celebrates Employees

To honor the 110,000 Downtown Denver Workers, the Downtown Denver Partnership presents Employee Appreciation Week, Aug 9-15. The week is full of events, activities, parties, giveaways, sales and specials to celebrate you!

Denver Pavilions' Festivities Include:

Sidewalk Sale
Aug 9-15
Check out the steals and deals at the Sidewalk Sale happening all week long. If you're on the hunt for great back to school specials, or trying to snag a serious discount on summer blowout merchandise - you'll find what you're looking for at the Sidewalk Sale.

Strike a Pose in the Plaza Contest
Aug 9-15
We know you're a celebrity - and now you'll be in good company. Pose with your favorite 2-D celebrity in the plaza and you could win a Denver Pavilions $25 gift card. Send/email your photos to to enter, more info >. Post your photos on your facebook page for your 5-minutes of fame.

Roll Play
Thursday, Aug 12 - 11:30am-1pm
You won't want to miss this. Downtown workers race down Glenarm in 8' tall human hamster balls for prizes, bragging rights and YouTube fame. Stick around afterward for ping pong practice and music from local favorites, The Alan Baird Project on the Groove Mog. Hosted by Denver Pavilions and Colorado Athletic Club.

And that's not all...check out these special events happening during the week:
* Opening Pep Rally at Skyline Park on Monday at noon
* Sports Break at Skyline Park on Friday from 11:30am-1pm
* Mile High Movie, "Hook" in Skyline Park at Dusk

The entire week will be one big party - but what's a party without a really good prize?
Register to win the ultimate prize for the Downtown Denver Worker - three months of FREE parking. Brookfield Properties and Denver Pavilions have partnered to provide one lucky winner 3 months of FREE parking in Denver Pavilions' underground parking garage. Enter to win these prizes at the Denver Pavilions Website >

07/20/10

Permalink 12:29:21 pm, Categories: News, Kirstan's Ramblings, 26 words   English (US)

Space Geek

If you're a space geek like me, check out this website: http://www.moontoday.net/ . It will update you on the latest news, discoveries, research, etc.

04/28/10

Permalink 10:27:57 am, Categories: Announcements & Events [A], News, Real Estate, 86 words   English (US)

Complete Remodel in Englewood, Colorado (Denver Metro Area)

Please contact me if you know anyone looking for a stunning home that is located just a few blocks from light rail, a park, Englewood Community Center, shopping, and restaurants. The home has been completely remodeled with new electric, plumbing, flooring, fixtures, paint, siding, etc. It has 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, a kitchen with granite counters, new cabinets, and new stainless steel appliances. The oversized garage provides a place for a workshop, hobby room, art studio, "man cave", or whatever your heart desires.

Englewood Stunner

More Information and photos >

04/26/10

Permalink 10:51:11 pm, Categories: Kirstan's Ramblings, Humor, 805 words   English (US)

Grumpy Old Person Tells It Like It Is

If you are 60, or older, you might think this is hilarious!

When I was a kid, adults used to bore me to tears with their tedious diatribes about how hard things were. When they were growing up; what with walking twenty-five miles to school every morning.... Uphill... Barefoot.... BOTH ways… yadda, yadda, yadda.

And I remember promising myself that when I grew up, there was no way in hell I was going to lay a bunch of crap like that on my kids about how hard I had it and how easy they've got it!

But now that I'm over the ripe old age of thirty, I can't help but look around and notice the youth of today. You've got it so easy! I mean, compared to my childhood, you live in a damn Utopia!

And I hate to say it, but you kids today, you don't know how good you've got it!

I mean, when I was a kid we didn't have the Internet. If we wanted to know something, we had to go to the library and look it up ourselves, in the card catalog!!

There was no email!! We had to actually write somebody a letter - with a pen! Then you had to walk all the way across the street and put it in the mailbox, and it would take like a week to get there! Stamps were 10 cents!

Child Protective Services didn't care if our parents beat us. As a matter of fact, the parents of all my friends also had permission to kick our ass! Nowhere was safe!

There were no MP3's or Napsters or iTunes! If you wanted to steal music, you had to hitchhike to the record store and shoplift it yourself!

Or you had to wait around all day to tape it off the radio, and the DJ would usually talk over the beginning and @#*% it all up! There were no CD players! We had tape decks in our car. We'd play our favorite tape and "eject" it when finished, and then the tape would come undone rendering it useless. Cause, hey, that's how we rolled, Baby! Dig?

We didn't have fancy crap like Call Waiting! If you were on the phone and somebody else called, they got a busy signal, that's it!

There weren't any freakin' cell phones either. If you left the house, you just didn't make a call or receive one. You actually had to be out of touch with your "friends." OH MY GOD !!! Think of the horror... not being in touch with someone 24/7!!! And then there's TEXTING. Yeah, right. Please! You kids have no idea how annoying you are.

And we didn't have fancy Caller ID either! When the phone rang, you had no idea who it was! It could be your school, your parents, your boss, your bookie, your drug dealer, the collection agent... you just didn't know!!! You had to pick it up and take your chances, mister!

We didn't have any fancy PlayStation or Xbox video games with high-resolution 3-D graphics! We had the Atari 2600! With games like 'Space Invaders' and 'Asteroids'. Your screen guy was a little square! You actually had to use your imagination!!! And there were no multiple levels or screens, it was just one screen... Forever! And you could never win. The game just kept getting harder and harder and faster and faster until you died! Just like LIFE!

You had to use a little book called a TV Guide to find out what was on! You were screwed when it came to channel surfing! You had to get off your ass and walk over to the TV to change the channel!!! NO REMOTES!!! Oh, no, what's the world coming to?!?!

There was no Cartoon Network either! You could only get cartoons on Saturday Morning. Do you hear what I'm saying? We had to wait ALL WEEK for cartoons, you spoiled little rat-finks!

And not many of us had microwaves. If we wanted to heat something up, we had to use the stove! Imagine that!

And our parents told us to stay outside and play... all day long. Oh, no, no electronics to soothe and comfort. And if you came back inside... you were doing chores!

And car seats and seat belts - oh, please! Mom threw you in the back seat and you hung on. If you were lucky, you got the "safety arm" across the chest at the last moment if she had to stop suddenly, and if your head hit the dashboard, well that was your fault for calling "shot gun" in the first place!

See! That's exactly what I'm talking about! You kids today have got it too easy. You're spoiled rotten! You guys wouldn't have lasted five minutes back in 1980 or any time before!

Regards,
The Over 60 Crowd

04/20/10

Permalink 05:36:05 pm, Categories: Announcements & Events [A], News, 15 words   English (US)

Make Every Day Earth Day

Here's to Mother Earth!

Great article linked to title (above) courtesy of the Denver Post!

Permalink 04:57:02 pm, Categories: Announcements & Events [A], News, 61 words   English (US)

Celebrate Earth Day!

Earth Day happens on Thursday, April 22nd and here are some events around Denver to check out:

Earth Day Fair - FREE
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Civic Center Park
More Info >

Enjoy Spring Flowers and Moore Sculptures at the Denver Botanical Gardens

Events for the whole famiily all week at Bluff Lake Nature Center

View the Denver Post Event Listing >

04/16/10

Permalink 04:54:05 pm, Categories: Announcements & Events [A], News, 161 words   English (US)

Contestants Wanted for Denver Pavilions "What to Wear Where" Event

DATE: Friday, April 30
TIME: 11:30am-1:00pm
LOCATION: Denver Pavilions on the Welton escalator (16th & Welton)

Denver Pavilions is looking for six adventurous souls to be "styled" by a professional stylist for a local Denver fashion show event. Six chosen contestants will receive tickets or a Maggiano's meal for the event for which he/she is styled and other fabulous prizes. Our professional stylists will style contestants for the following Denver events with items from Denver Pavilions retailers:

1. South Pacific at the Denver Performing Arts Complex
2. Do at the Zoo Benefiting the Denver Zoo
3. Business meeting attire (one male and one female contestants will be selected)
4. Colorado Rockies game
5. Biennial of the Americas "Hard Hat" Gala

Contestants must be available for a pre-show style session at Denver Pavilions and show their new style at the What to Wear Where fashion show event on Friday, April 30, 2010, from 11:30am-1:00pm at Denver Pavilions on the Welton escalator. To Participate & Get More Info >

04/05/10

Permalink 05:41:33 pm, Categories: Announcements & Events [A], Real Estate, 70 words   English (US)

Just Listed: Beautifully Updated 2-Story Traditional Home

Please contact me if you know anyone looking for a fabulous home that is located just 3 blocks from popular Highland Square. This home is the perfect combination of updates and tradition. It has 3 bedrooms with a den, a remodeled kitchen with granite counters, new cabinets, slate tile, new electrical, plumbing and recently installed central A/C. You'll fall in love with this home and the neighborhood.

3494WHaywardPlace

More Information and photos >

03/26/10

Permalink 05:59:49 pm, Categories: Announcements & Events [A], News, 81 words   English (US)

Coming to Denver: Biennial of the Americas

Throughout the month of July, Denver will host national and international visitors from 35 nations in the western hemisphere. We will experience a comprehensive coordination of art exhibitions, cultural programming and conversational roundtables. New institutional partners are being added to the Biennial lineup every week, and programming is being added to those institutions already confirmed as participants. Volunteer, sponsorship, and exploration opportunities are plentiful. To get involved now and learn more about this monumental event, visit the Biennial of the Americas website.

03/15/10

Permalink 10:40:55 pm, Categories: Humor, 159 words   English (US)

Political Joke

George Bush, Queen Elizabeth, and Vladimir Putin all die and go to hell. While there, they spy a red phone and ask what the phone is for. The devil tells them it is for calling back to Earth.

Putin asks to call Russia and talks for 5 minutes. When he is finished the devil informs him that the cost is a million dollars, so Putin writes him a check.

Next Queen Elizabeth calls England and talks for 30 minutes. When she is finished the devil informs her that the cost is 6 million dollars, so she writes him a check.

Finally George Bush gets his turn and talks for 4 hours. When he is finished the devil informs him that the cost is $5.00.

When Putin hears this he goes ballistic and asks the devil why Bush got to call the USA so cheaply.

The devil smiles and replies: "Since Obama took over, the country has gone to hell, so it's a local call.

02/09/10

Permalink 09:10:55 am, Categories: Announcements & Events [A], News, 162 words   English (US)

Discovery Channel Casting Call at the Pavilions in Denver

When: Saturday, February 20, 2010
Where: Denver Pavilions, Level 2, over Glenarm Place
Time: 9am-5pm

The Discovery Channel invites you to participate in an extraordinary, once-in-a-lifetime experience.

In the second season of the critically acclaimed docu-reality series "The Colony," a group of eleven strangers must co-exist in a simulated, post-apocalyptic world.

The show's premise is as follows. The world as you know it is gone—there is no water, no food, no communication, no power. It's now up to you and eleven strangers to fend for yourselves as you rebuild society and reengineer the world as you once knew it.

If you understand the science of survival, if you have a skill that would help you and others survive after a catastrophe, if you are ambitious, motivated, resourceful under pressure and willing to un-tap your personal ingenuity, we are looking for you. Don't miss out on the chance to join the cast in this true test of the human spirit.

More downtown Pavilions scoop >

01/26/10

Permalink 11:16:09 am, Categories: Announcements & Events [A], News, 154 words   English (US)

Denver Celebrates X-Games and Snow

The X-Games are not exclusive to the mountains, Denver will be doing a stellar job of promoting the Apres Ski & Ride Party. Denver is jumping into the party with a 3-D chalk ski scene at the Pavilions (starting today thru Jan 31) and the X-Games broadcasted at Skyline park (1601 Arapahoe Street) Thursday thru Saturday evening (5-9 p.m.). Here's a calendar of events for the downtown area.

In conjunction with the X-Games, the SIA snow show is happening at the Colorado Convention Center from Jan 28 thru Jan 31. From the website, it's "the largest, most concentrated and authentic trade event in the snow sports industry. It is the first time globally that the styles, technologies, innovations, culture and energy of snow sports is presented. Close to 20,000 industry professionals will meet to engage in business, networking opportunities, parties, brand events and seminars to feel the true essence of snow sports." More info >

Get your snow on!

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Welcome to my journey. My name is Kirstan Borne and I'm an active community member, a Denver Realtor, RE investor, property manager, appraiser in training and a business owner. I moved from the suburbs to the city of Denver over 12 years ago. I'm passionate about intelligent and prosperous growth of Denver and state of Colorado. Location Innovators, Llc.

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