18th Annual Blissfest333 “Unity 2017”

DENVER — Blissfest333, a multi media cultural arts festival returns to Denver for its 18th annual International film festival. Screenings will be on August 5th and 6th from 12-5pm at the Alamo Drafthosuse Sloans Lake Location. Through the month of August, we will be tapping into Denver’s cultural scene with art galleries on Tennyson Street, […]

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Annual Northwest Denver Diaper Drive

NORTH DENVER — The annual NW Denver Diaper Drive is running from May 1st through May 31st.  Run by the NW branch of the Rocky Mountain Diaper Depot (RMDD), this drive is in its third year of collecting donated diapers, pull-ups and wipes, which will be donated to non-profit organizations in the North Denver-metro area such as Bienvenidos Food Bank.

Having a sufficient supply of diapers is essential for the health and well-being of babies and young toddlers, but one out of three families face diaper need at some point.  “When you think about it, it is easy to see how affording diapers can be difficult for someone trying to keep their head above water financially,” said says Lindsey Zaback, one of the organizers of the diaper drive. “Diapers cost approximately $ 80 a month per baby.  Buying cheaper diapers online requires a credit card.  Buying in bulk at a warehouse store such as Costco requires a membership, transportation and a stable housing situation with storage space.  Low-income families end up paying more for their child’s diapers than upper and middle-class families do.”

Since government safety net programs such as SNAP (food stamps), WIC program and Medicaid cannot be used to purchase diapers, non-profit organizations that work with low-income families are often the only resources parents have to obtain diapers if they otherwise can’t afford them.  The goal of the NW Denver diaper drive is to provide these organizations with the diapers their clients need so they, in turn, can focus on their own missions.

Greg Pratt, director of Bienvenidos Food Bank noted, “Recently a young mom with twins came to our food bank.  She works but still struggles to make ends meet and needed help with groceries.  She was thrilled to learn that she could also receive diapers for both her twins every week while here shopping for food.  The diapers we receive all year long from the NW Denver Diaper Drive have been a huge help for the young moms and dads we serve!”

Many local businesses and organizations in NW Denver (and one in Stapleton!) are eagerly participating in the drive as donation drop-off sites.  Donations can be dropped off at the RMDD’s donation boxes located at Bookbar, Children’s Corner Learning Center, Second Star to the Right, Music Together, Highlands Lutheran Church, Brown Elementary, Edison Valdez Elementary, Smiley Library, Rodolfo Corky Gonzales Library, Wheat Ridge Library, Woodbury Library, Wheat Ridge Learning Academy, Wheat Ridge Recreation Center and Stapleton Children’s Dentistry.  All sizes are welcome, but the highest demand is for diapers sizes 4, 5 and 6.  Diapers may also be donated through RMDD’s baby registry on Amazon (search Northwest Denver Diaper under baby registry).  Special thanks to the drive’s sponsors, Sam Barnes Realty, Berkeley Untapped, Soma Rhythm Therapeutic Massage and Colorado Allergy and Asthma Centers.

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7th Annual Denver Modern Home Tour

DENVER — The Modern Architecture + Design Society brings its Modern Home Tour series back to Denver on Saturday, May 20, for the 7th year in a row. Attendees of the tour get a rare chance to see a curated selection of local modern homes, and meet the architects, designers, and builders that created them. […]

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Representative Joe Salazar keynotes annual HD4 Spaghetti Dinner

By Michael Kiley NORTH DENVER — Looking for a great meal and some quality time with your friends and neighbors? Join us April 29 at 5:30pm for the annual House District 4 Spaghetti Dinner at Highlands United Methodist Church, 3131 Osceola Street.  Enjoy homemade food, wine, Italian sodas and amazing silent auction items. Our keynote […]

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Denver Preschool program hosts fifth annual Preschool Showcase

DENVER — The Denver Preschool Program will host its fifth annual Preschool Showcase in January 2017 to help all Denver families with a 4-year-old access and afford a quality-rated preschool program. The free event will include Spanish translators on-site and take place on the following two dates at three locations:

  1. Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Dahlia Campus for Health and Well-Being, 3401 Eudora St., Denver, CO 80207
  1. Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., J. Churchill Owen Boys & Girls Club, 3480 W. Kentucky Ave., Denver, CO 80219
  1. Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., Quigg Newton Community Center, 4440 Navajo St., Denver, CO 80211

The Preschool Showcase is an opportunity for families to learn more about the variety of preschool options and resources available in Denver, including meeting with representatives from the more than 250 participating preschools. Furthermore, families can receive information on how to sign up for tuition support available through the Denver Preschool Program.

The event will also feature free food and refreshments, family-friendly activities and entertainment from partners like the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, free dental screenings, story time readings with the Denver Public Library, demonstrations on how to use the Denver Preschool Program’s online “Find a Preschool” tool, and photo opportunities with PBS Characters like Clifford and Curious George.

“It’s never too early to start thinking about preschool,” said Jennifer Landrum, president and CEO of the Denver Preschool Program. “A high-quality program is the foundation for a child’s future academic, emotional and social success. As a result, classrooms fill up quickly. Thus, we strongly encourage parents to plan ahead and explore their options now.”

For families who are unable to attend this year’s showcase, the Denver Preschool Program’s online “Find a Preschool” tool will allow them to search for a program at any time by location and quality rating.

Once enrolled in the chosen school, families who live in the City and County of Denver with a 4-year-old can sign up for tuition support through the Denver Preschool Program. Tuition credits are awarded on a sliding scale, which takes into account a family’s income, household size and the quality rating of the chosen program.

For more information about the Showcase, please visit www.dpp.org/showcase or call 303-595-4377.

About Denver Preschool Program

The Denver Preschool Program makes quality preschool possible for all Denver families with 4-year-old children through a dedicated sales tax first approved by voters in 2006 and renewed and extended in 2014. DPP has provided more than $ 79 million in tuition support to help more than 41,000 Denver children attend the preschool of their families’ choice, establishing each child’s foundation for lifelong learning and success.


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30th annual Fine Art Market and 9th annual Aces Show and Sale

ARVADA – The popular Fine Art Market Show and Sale is back at the Arvada Center this December, now in its 30th year! The market features all original works in a wide range of media, size, and price by more than 100 artists throughout Colorado. The show opens December 1 with a free opening reception and runs until December 18. 

The Arvada Center’s Fine Art Market Show and Sale remains a delightful and unique place to do holiday shopping or just general art buying. With a wide variety of items in every media, handmade by local artists and artisans, that one-of-a-kind gift is sure to be found, as well as treasures for yourself. A free opening reception, with the opportunity to meet the artists, will take place on the Main and Upper Galleries Thursday, December 1 from 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.  

Items included in the sale range from jewelry, ceramics, handwoven pieces, woodworking, metalsmithing, and handmade notebooks and cards to painting, prints, drawing, photography, and mixed media works. For additional information and a list of artists go to http://arvadacenter.org/galleries/30th-annual-fine-art-market-show-and-sale or call 720-898-7200. The Arvada Center is located at 6901 Wadsworth Blvd. and provides free parking for all of its patrons. 

While attending the Fine Art Market, plan to visit the 9th Annual ACES Show and Sale in the Arvada Center’s Upper Gallery. Over 50 instructors and students from the Center’s own outstanding studio art classes are offering an extensive selection of works – most items irresistibly priced! Such well-known artists/instructors as Bebe Alexander, Steve Bober, John Hamilton, Lynn Hull, Sabrina Willis-Haywood, David Hoth, Heidi Meissner, Judi Mitchell, Candi Rasko, Megan Ratchford, Lynne Schreiber, Bob Smith, Steven Wood and Renee Ziccardi, are among the talents featured. 

Fine Art Market Show and Sale hours:
December 1 – December 18
Thursday, December 1, 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Fridays & Saturdays, 10:00 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Sundays & Mondays, 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Tuesdays – Thursdays, 12:00 – 7:30 p.m.

ACES Show and Sale hours:
December 1 – December 18
Thursday, December 1, 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Monday – Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Sunday, 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.

About the Arvada Center Galleries: 

Galleries at the Arvada Center host a dozen or more fine art exhibitions each year in three distinctive galleries with 10,000 square feet of space. The Arvada Center prides itself on keeping its gallery and museum exhibitions free and open to the public seven days a week, something that it has done since inception in 1976.

The Arvada Center Galleries are open Monday – Friday 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; and Sunday 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. The galleries remain open until 7:30 p.m. on evenings with theatre performances. Free docent-led tours of the gallery exhibitions and history museum are available to groups of five or more. To schedule a tour call the Arvada Center’s gallery/museum tour line at 720-898-7255. 

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St. Dominic Parish presents 4th annual Highlands Octoberfest

WEST HIGHLAND — St. Dominic Parish celebrates its 4th annual Highlands Oktoberfest on Saturday, October 15 from 2:00pm to 9:00pm at the St. Dominic’s Church parking lot located on the corner of Federal and 29th Ave. St. Dominic’s Oktoberfest is a neighborhood beer festival focused on highlighting and promoting local businesses, local musicians, local breweries, and local food. Last year was the event’s biggest Oktoberfest yet, with over 1,200 neighbors and friends in attendance.

St. Dominic’s stages this annual event to introduce residents, businesses, and other neighborhood entities to each other in a spirit of true community building.

“Oktoberfest is our parish’s way of saying ‘we are here—you are welcome,’” states Fr. Wesley Dessonville, Parochial Vicar at St. Dominic Parish. “It began as a passion project by our growing young adult’s group and has transformed into a massive celebration of the Highlands and its ever-changing spirit, of which St. Dominic’s has served as a cornerstone for more than 125 years. It is also simply a fun opportunity to harken back to the religious roots of beer, allowing many of our parishioners and Dominicans to create a collaborative craft brew specifically for the occasion.”

St. Dominic’s Oktoberfest will feature taps from local breweries, including Diebolt Brewing, Factotum Brew House, Joyride Brewing Company, Call to Arms Brewing Company, Goldspot Brewing Company, and Little Machine Beer. Also on tap will be a singular St. Dominic’s “ALE-LELUIA!” Belgian Blonde, brewed by several St. Dominic parishioners and Br. Brent Bowen, O.P. in collaboration with Factotum Brew House.

Additional highlights of St. Dominic’s Oktoberfest include food from Prosit Fine Beers and Sausages and The Noshery, and live music entertainment from Isabella Daily, Jim Ehrlich and the Polka Mates, Josh Moorhead & The Guestlist sponsored by Highlands Animal Clinic, and a very special tribute concert honoring the memory of the beloved North Denver native musician Jimmy Trujillo by The Jimmy Trujillo Band featuring The Mood Express, sponsored by KUVO. A robust silent auction, beanbag toss, and bicycle valet by SloHi Bike Co. will round out the adult fun.

Families of all ages are welcome at St. Dominic’s Oktoberfest. Pumpkin painting activities, playground equipment, and root beer floats will be available for children in the interactive Kid’s Corner, and Denver Fire Station 12 will be onsite with their interactive fire truck display.

St. Dominic’s Oktoberfest is generously sponsored by KUVO, Joyride Brewing Company, Highlands Animal Clinic, Sloan’s Lake Dental, and RE/MAX.


Admission is free. Beer and food tickets can be purchased at the door. Limited edition commemorative St. Dominic’s Oktoberfest tulip glasses, underwritten by Joyride Brewing Company, will be available for presale in September for $ 20 and will include four pours with purchase. Depending on availability, glasses will be available for $ 25 on the day of the event.

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6th Annual Denver Modern Home Tour

The 2016 Denver Modern Home Tour will take place on Saturday, May 21st; the annual tour give residents of the Mile High City the rare opportunity to visit and walk-through a collection modern residences, and meet the local architects behind the designs. Habitat for Humanity-Metro Denver is the tour’s non-profit partner. Modern Home Tours is […]
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