Archives for: January 2011


Permalink 11:37:13 am, Categories: Announcements & Events [A], News, 74 words   English (US)

Denver Mandolin Orchestra Performs Again

When: Sunday, January 23, 7 p.m., Wynkoop Brewery

To begin the new year right, mark your calendar to join the Denver Mandolin Orchestra with the unique twenty mandolin sound on the fourth Sunday of January. They will perform a wide range of popular jazz, waltzes, tangos, marches and classical music.

Come early to enjoy a Wynkoop famously scrumptious specialty, grab a cold brew, and settle back for an enjoyable memorable free evening with the DMO.


Permalink 12:19:28 pm, Categories: Background, Kirstan's Ramblings, 4 words   English (US)

One of My New Favorite Songs & Video By Katy Perry

Firework By Katy Perry


Permalink 01:31:30 pm, Categories: News, Background, Real Estate, 649 words   English (US)

5 Simple Upgrades to Increase Your Home's Value

Many of us tend to neglect our home's appearance over time, either because we get used to seeing it in its "normal" state, because we don't have time, or because we're afraid that that we won't recooperate the costs involved when selling. While it is true that certain "above and beyond" features don't often see a good return-on-investment, such as a swimming pool or this Star Trek pneumatic door, here are five simple repairs that are not only ideal for living but greatly increase your home's value as well:

#1 - Paint, Paint, Paint

Yes, you've probably heard this heard one before, but it's much in the way of a silver bullet. A fresh coat will do wonders for your home's appearance, both inside and out. At roughly $20/gallon, you can't find a more cost effective total makeover, and in addition it's a project that most of us already have the skill set to achieve. You can even get your kids involved (with supervision, of course). For most markets, choosing generic off-white, beige, & gray tones will appeal to the most prospective buyers when it's time to sell. Too bland for your tastes? Consider making the room pop with colorful accessories, furniture, and pictures instead before rushing to buy that bright red wall paint. Prospective buyer's will often easily picture their own furniture in your house when viewing, but your wall color choice paints a picture and mood of your home in their head that they often can't escape.

#2 - Light Fixtures

Light fixtures can be relatively inexpensive and offer a wide variety of selection. Taking down those dated light fixtures and fans and replacing them with something more modern or contemporary can completely change the look and feel of a room. The project typically requires little more than a screwdriver and instruction set in order to tackle - just remember first to switch off that circuit breaker!

#3 - Cabinets & Hardware

Cabinets can make or break your kitchen and bathroom, but most times you don't have to replace them entirely to give your home a fresh feel. Consider a fresh coat of paint and new hardware to get them up to date. If that's not enough, you can also replace just the cabinet doors instead of the entire structure. 9 times out of 10 you'll reach your desired look for half the price or less of full replacement.

#4 - Seek Your Bathroom

Your bathroom is perhaps the room you spend the least amount of time in, but as a result it can also become the most neglected. In addition, it's probably also the smallest, which means it won't cost as much to completely transform. The smaller the room, the harder it is for potential buyers to visualize improvements - so consider spending significant time making those changes a reality. Start with the basics - paint, towel racks, light fixtures, cabinets, and shower heads - and if those aren't enough, start thinking about new sinks, faucets, tubs, and tile. Many times regrouting your tile can be an alternative to replacing it altogether.

#5- Landscaping & Curb Appeal

Finally, spend some time looking at your home from the curb - literally! Your home's landscaping and exterior appearance make the first impression on potential buyers and guests alike, and in addition are the last thing they see before leaving. If you haven't already incorporated some landscaping, getting out your gardening tools and start planting - but consider choosing native plants to lessen watering & maintenance requirements. It's also just as important to keep the grass mowed and trees and shrubs trimmed - any low lying branches and overgrown plants will give the impression that regular maintenance isn't amongst your priorities.

About the Author

Josh Davis is an agent in Austin, TX, assisting buyers and sellers with local trends in the Austin real estate market. To learn more or contact Josh, please visit his blog.


Permalink 12:00:35 pm, Categories: Announcements & Events [A], 205 words   English (US)

National Western Stock Show

A downtown Denver parade on January 6th kicked off the 105th annual National Western Stock Show. Over 600,000 people annually attend this fun tradition, a number that does not even include the participants. The opening day rodeo on January 8th was sold out as announced by Paul Andrews, new President/CEO of the Stock Show. “It’s the first time we’ve had a sell out on the opening performance in almost 10 years”, Andrews added, “The last time was the Mexican Rodeo Extravaganza on opening day in 2002.”

Some of the events taking place during the 16 day event are the PBR Denver Chute-Out Bull Riding, Martin Luther King, Jr. African American Heritage Rodeo, Super Dogs, Wild West Shows, Jack Daniel’s Grand Prix, Mutton Bustin and an Evening of Dancing Horses®, and much more. The exhibits of horses, cattle, sheep, swine, goats, llamas, alpacas, bison, yak, poultry and rabbits step foot on the grounds of the National Western Stock Show each year. The National Western Stock Show is noted for hosting the world’s only carload and pen cattle show, held in the historic Denver Union Stockyards.

The National Western Stock Show and rodeo will run through Sunday January 23. Good seats are still available thru the website >.


Permalink 01:41:51 pm, Categories: Background, Kirstan's Ramblings, Humor, 55 words   English (US)

A Wonderful Sitting Adventure

Jellyfish Furniture??

I want to buy one of these silly pieces of furniture, but I cannot seem to find them on the web anywhere. Super fun and a good work out! It's called a Jelleyfish.

Check out our video >
Will you please email me if you know where I can get one?


Permalink 11:16:31 am, Categories: News, Background, Real Estate, 564 words   English (US)

Facing Foreclosure? Be Proactive and Communicate With Your Lender

By Lisa Udy, Platinum Real Estate Group, Lisa's Website >

Options To ForeclosureForeclosures have gone from taboo to the norm over the last few years in real estate markets all across the nation. With the loss of jobs, a recessive economy, and more stringent lending requirements; more homeowners are facing foreclosure than any other time since the great depression.

It's important for you to realize that a foreclosure is not something to be embarrassed about, you are not alone, and there are ways for you to avoid foreclosure.

How To Avoid Foreclosure
Losing your home due to job loss or other financial difficulties needs to be addressed as quickly as possible. More than 70% of homeowners who face foreclosure never contact their bank, which is the number one reason why banks foreclose; no communication.

This is absolutely the wrong route when facing a financial hardship. There are many ways to avoid foreclosure, and due to many policies implemented by the federal government, you have more options than you may think.

The best way to avoid a foreclosure is to avoid a notice of default. The moment you know you're unable to make a mortgage payment, contact your bank. If you've already missed payments and received a default notice, it's still not too late. The notice is usually sent out 90 days before foreclosure, so here are some options to avoid foreclosure after you receive a notice of default.

Foreclosure Alternatives
1. Deferred Payments - Deferring payment is a solution where you can stop making payments for a short time until you get back on your feet. Your bank may allow you to miss payments, or they may charge you interest only for a set time period. If you lose a job, this could be the best solution until you find employment.

2. Renegotiate Loan Terms - Renegotiating your loans terms has become more common with the policies implemented by the federal government. The Making Home Affordable Program and free counseling services such as HOPE NOW, are just a few ways that help distressed homeowners avoid foreclosure everyday.

3. Short Sale - Only 27% of distressed homeowners are able to renegotiate their loan terms, which is a very small number. If you are unable to renegotiate your loans terms, seeking a short sale might be the next best thing.

4. Deed-In-Lieu Of Foreclosure - If you are unable to short sale for whatever reason, one of your last options is to deed your home back to the lender. You sign over your home by a notarized deed and the lender forgives the mortgage, which will cancel the foreclosure action. A deed-in-lieu affects your credit just as much as a foreclosure, so this should be considered with care.

If you're facing foreclosure or financial hardships, one thing you should take from this article is to take action. Don't wait for the bank to take your home because you're embarrassed. Contact your lender and find out what options you have. You would be surprised at the many different options available, and not all of them will leave you without a home.

About the Author: Lisa Udy sells Logan Utah homes for sale including condos, commercial, and land. Her website has all you need to research Logan UT real estate statistics, neighborhoods, new Logan Utah homes, and much more.

Lisa Udy
Platinum Real Estate Group
Principal Broker
Lisa's Website >


Permalink 01:25:15 pm, Categories: Announcements & Events [A], 709 words   English (US)

Free & Affordable Street Trees for Denver Neighborhoods!

Tree Applications available NOW and due February 15th

From: Kim Yuan-Farrell, Program Manager
The Park People
715 S Franklin St
Denver, CO 80209
(303) 722-6262

The Park People’sAnnual Denver Digs Trees
Spring Street Tree Distribution

Deadline for applications: February 15
Tree pick-up: April 16

These trees are strictly for planting along the street (in the public right-of-way),
NOT on private property.
(For private property trees, consider our fall yard tree program.)

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

Apply Online or contact The Park People at 303-722-6262!

Denver Digs has provided more than 40,000 affordable and free trees to Denver residents over the past 19 years. We offer a variety of beautiful trees that make our communities healthier, more livable places.

Target neighborhoods: Athmar Park, Baker, Barnum, Barnum West, Chaffee Park, Clayton, Cole, Elyria-Swansea, Five Points, Globeville, Green Valley Ranch, Jefferson Park, Lincoln Park, Montbello, Northeast Park Hill, Ruby Hill, Skyland, Sunnyside, Sun Valley, Valverde, Villa Park, West Colfax, Westwood, and Whittier. While trees for all other neighborhoods cost $25, “Treeships” are available for those with financial hardship.

There are a variety of ways your group can spread the word about this opportunity to your neighbors:

Email Announcement
Email the announcement above to members of your group. Just copy, paste, and send! Encourage people to apply online.

Canvass the Neighborhood
Cross the Digital Divide and reach out to families who aren’t on your email list
Organize a homegrown canvassing effort to take flyers and applications around to your neighbors, inviting them to apply for trees. Canvass between now and the beginning of February to ensure that residents can get their applications in by Feb 15. The Park People can provide canvassing materials and a canvassing guide. This is a wonderful opportunity to build a sense of community and purpose among neighbors and work toward tangible improvements to your neighborhood and the local and global environment.

Encourage your Neighborhood Newspaper to Run a Story or Advertisement
Attached is a press release. Reporters may contact The Park People for any additional information.

Drop Off Tree Applications to Neighborhood Hot Spots
You know your neighborhood’s hot spots and gathering places better than we do. Leave small stacks of tree applications at coffee shops, gardening stores, and other locations where folks might see and take them. Contact us for printed applications.

Host a Denver Digs Representative to Speak to your Group
A Denver Digs staff member or volunteer can come to your group’s meeting to present briefly on the benefits of trees in our neighborhoods and what we have to offer for the spring distribution. (To conserve our organization’s precious resources, we prefer to speak to groups of 10 or more.)

Wine, Cheese, & Trees
Host a block party to get to know your neighbors while advertising for shade trees. Set out tree applications for folks to take. Show off a tree you've gotten through Denver Digs Trees. A Denver Digs representative can give a brief spiel about this year's trees and how folks can apply. This is a fun no-pressure, social way to get more trees in your neighborhood, and you can certainly tailor it – instead of Wine & Cheese, it could be Cider & Cookies or Beer & Brats!

Please let me know if you think your group can help us get the word out about the Spring Street Trees. You can contact me at 303-722-6262 or Also, read below if you’d like more information about how trees improve our quality of life.


Kim Yuan-Farrell
Program Manager
The Park People
715 S Franklin St
Denver, CO 80209
(303) 722-6262

City Trees… Improving our Quality of Life
Studies Show that Trees…
• beautify urban spaces
• enhance property values – up to 10%!
• attract businesses and shoppers and help revitalize local economies
• build community by creating great public spaces, from our sidewalks to our parks to our city centers
• improve our mental health and sense of well being
• improve our physical health by attracting us outdoors
• buffer noise
• improve traffic safety by calming traffic
• reduce air pollution
• improve water quality and reduce runoff
• provide shelter for birds and other wildlife
• save energy (and money and our warming planet) by cooling our buildings, neighborhoods, and city

Permalink 10:51:04 am, Categories: Announcements & Events [A], News, 44 words   English (US)

Tattered Cover Bookstore Book Signings


Logo for Tattered Cover Bookstore

Saturday, January 8, 3 p.m.: Roseanne Barr, Book: Roseannearchy

Tuesday, January 11, 7:30 p.m.: Chris Cleave, Book: Incendiary

Wednesday, January 12, 7:30 p.m.: Bill Briggs, Book: Amped

Thursday, January 13, 7:30 p.m.: Christian Lander, Book: Whiter Shades of Pale

Thursday, January 20, 7:30 p.m.: Debra Faulkner, Book: Biographer


Permalink 01:06:04 pm, Categories: Announcements & Events [A], News, 67 words   English (US)

Healthcare Town Hall Meeting

January 5, 2011 – 6:30 pm
Zook’s Coffee Shop/Puppet Theater
3156 W 38th Avenue in the Highlands (between Irving and Grove)
Colorado State Representative Elect, Dan Pabon, from House District 4 is hosting a Town Hall Meeting on Wednesday, January 5th with guest speaker Elizabeth Arenales from Colorado Center on Law and Policy. Come learn about the Federal Healthcare Reform Bill (“PPACA”) and its implement at the state level (“State Exchanges”).

Permalink 12:53:45 pm, Categories: Announcements & Events [A], News, Background, 333 words   English (US)

Lower Downtown Neighborhood Holiday Project is a Success

In 2010, the LoDoNA Holiday Project became the LoDo Cares Holiday Project, a collaboration between the Lower Downtown Neighborhood Association (LoDoNA) and LoDo District, Inc. Residents and businesses in Lower Downtown and the Central Platte Valley joined together to bring cheer and assistance to our less fortunate neighbors.

As we went to press, almost $12,000 was donated by LoDo residents and businesses - totaling one hundred donations. It could not have been done without the generous donors and volunteers.

The Projects:

Canned Food Drive for the Bienvenidos Food Bank. With the participation of almost all loft and high rise buildings, more than sixty boxes of non-perishable food were collected and delivered to The Food Bank along with a check for $2,000.

Colorado Coalition for the Homeless Personal Care Kits. Almost all items such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo, lotion, hats & gloves were donated and bagged by employees at Van Gilder Insurance Co. who picked up the entire Project this year. Morgan Virgilio at Van Gilder headed the effort. Additionally, a check in the amount of $3,000 was given to the Colorado Coalition.

Essentials for North High School Teenagers. Totaling an amount close to $1,750, in-need students were given $25 Target Gift Cards to help purchase basic necessities.

Urban Peak. Homeless and at-risk teenagers in the Shelter were given movie passes and new backpack. A special thank you to Front Range Services for underwriting the cost of the backpacks. A check for $ 500 was written to Urban Peak.

Barth Hotel Birthday Party. A party in late January, 2011 is being planned for the residents. $750 was the amount of the check given to The Barth Hotel.

Barth Hotel Holiday Dinner. On December 15th, many LoDo restaurants donated food for the annual LoDo Cares Holiday Dinner. For many years, residents of the Barth Hotel have looked forward to a delicious holiday meal and the gift they receive.

In the New Year, additional funds will be distributed to several of the beneficiaries. LoDoNa Thanks all who made this year's Holiday Project so successful and meaningful!

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Passionately Urban

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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