Ringing in the New Year 2017

DENVER – No one said 2016 was going to be easy. After all of the hurdles, the ups, the downs, and all the rocky road in between, it is due time to dust off our dancing shoes and end 2016 on a high that will carry us into a new and hopeful 2017. We have gathered the list of the best places to spend the last hours of 2016 where you can move, groove, mingle, drink, and devour the best food, tunes, and cocktails in Denver.

When the New Year’s ball drops, you will want to welcome it with all of the pomp and circumstance of one of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s wildly glam parties- the parties that stained the 1920s with the joy of lace, fringe, feathered flappers and sky-high top hats. While top hats are out and all that glitters with gold is in, the style and grace of the 1920s will be ringing through the bars and clubs of downtown Denver as 2017 rolls in. Whether you stay warm with furs worthy of Mae West as you make your way to one of the many galas, speakeasies, or Roaring 20s parties, or dance the night away at Adrift’s Mermaid Ball; or catch the eye of your midnight kiss in the brightest of reds, you will surely find yourself among friends, good music, great drinks, and delicious treats as 2016 comes to a close.

12th Annual Irish Rover NYE Bash: 4PM-2AM. The Irish Rover Pub, 54 S. Broadway St. The Irish will be celebrating earlier than the rest with an evening of no cover charges and drinks specials. There will be a countdown every hour to celebrate the New Year as it happens around the world. Free. theirishroverpub.com

New Year’s Eve Pre-Party: 7-10PM. Lola Coastal Mexican, 1575 Boulder St. Celebrate your last few moments of 2016 with half cost oysters and a complimentary tequila toast at 10PM to acknowledge that 2017 has begun on the east coast. loladenver.com

New Year’s Party with Avanti F&B: 7PM-1AM. Avanti F&B, 3200 N. Pecos St. See the city fireworks, enjoy drink specials and a champagne toast, music, dancing, and good company as Avanti F&B counts down to 2017. VIP $ 80. twoparts.com

NYE with the Yawpers and the Other Black: 7PM. The Oriental Theater, 4335 W. 44th Ave. Kick off 2017 to the tune of The Yawpers amongst other supporting guests. Drinks, good company, and live music will be plentiful. $ 15-20. theorientaltheater.com

Double Feature Night of New Year’s Eve Celebration- Burlesque Style: 7PM and 10PM. The Clocktower Cabaret, 1601 Arapahoe St. Host, Naughty Pierre and the glittering Clocktower Clockettes Burlesque dancers are ringing in 2017 with a night of vintage entertainment! The evening’s celebration will include burlesque, comedy, belly dance, and shenanigans inspired by the glamour and silliness of the Ziegfeld Follies. A champagne toast is included. $ 90-100. theclocktowercabaret.com

Wings Over the Rockies NYE 2017: 8PM. Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum. 7711 E. Academy Bld. #1. Featuring NYC’s DJ Wonder. Food & Drinks included. $ 135. WingsMuseum.org/Newyearseve

The Mermaid Ball: 9PM-1AM. Adrift Tiki Bar, 218 S. Broadway. Spend the evening in the islands with a Polynesian pig luau, splashdown cocktails, champagne toasts, dancing, fire spinners and fantasy island photos. Creative Mermaids, Mermen and Island Attire, will award the best dressed with a $ 100 gift certificate. $ 45.00 per person. RSVP adriftbar.com

Ernie’s New Year’s Eve Black & White Ball: 9PM-2AM. Ernie’s Bar & Pizza, 2915 W. 44th Ave. Clink your champagne glasses at midnight with Denver’s best pizza, a DJ, dancing, and the company of your neighbors. Free. erniesdenver.com 

Big Head Todd and the Monsters New Year’s Eve: 9PM. Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox, 1215 20th St. Groove to the sounds and melodies of Big Head Todd and the Monsters as you dance your way into the New Year. 21+ only. $ 100. opheliasdenver.com

NYE with Denver Union Station: 9PM-1AM. Denver’s Union Station, 1701 Wynkoop St. Join us for a silent DJ party, speakeasy, champagne toast and cocktails galore. $ 20-85. eventbrite.com

White Rose Gala: 9PM-12AM. Ellie Caulkins Opera House, 1400 Curtis St. Travel from 2016 to the roaring 20s for a charitable night of flapper dresses and fedoras. Swing dancing and music will fill the halls. $ 79-149. whiterosegala.com 

NYE with Gora Gora Orkestar and the Beloved Invaders: 10PM-1AM. Mercury Café Denver, 2199 California St. Dance the year away with a live brass band, great food, drinks, and friends. $ 10-15. mercurycafe.com

Higher Society New Year’s Eve: 9PM-2AM. City Hall, 1144 Broadway St.  Celebrate the Colorado Cannabis Industry to kick off 2017 with a night of refreshments, vendors, speakers, and a VIP consumption lounge. $ 35-75. nightout.com

NYE Super Secret Guest(s) at Club Vinyl: 9PM-2AM. Club Vinyl, 1082 Broadway St. Trust us when we say that this will be the party of the year- but we are keeping all of the fun secrets until then! $ 25. nightout.com

Denver New Year’s Eve Black Tie Party: Sheraton Hotel. 1550 Court Pl. Featuring an open bar all night plus Vegas-style casino games, DJs, live music, confetti blast, champagne toast, photo booth and more! www.NewYearsEveNight.com

Skylark Lounge: 140 S. Broadway. Brace yourself for the coming year with a night of non-stop action! New Year’s Eve at the legendary Skylark Lounge with The Buckingham Squares, The Omens, and The Gurkhas. skylarklounge.com

80s and 90s Dance Party: Lincoln St. Station Bar and Grill. 776 Lincoln St. The New Year’s Eve 80s and 90s music spectacular and costume contest features 80s and 90s movies all night long. Free finger food for everyone all night! Plus full menu available. 2 FREE drink tickets for everyone upon entry and free champagne toast at midnight.  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/new-years-eve-80s-90s-music-spectacular-costume-contest-tickets-29458762953

Resolution NYE 2017: The Curtis Hotel, 1405 Curtis St. elegance and indulgence dedicated to the seasoned party goers of Colorado. Experience a truly interactive and high class, all-inclusive 21+ PREMIUM OPEN BAR hotel takeover, featuring two levels of holiday adorned hallways, three spectacular ballrooms, and multiple breakout party rooms, all providing a unique taste of world class music and entertainment. http://www.resolutiondenver.com/ $ 99-$ 149

Higher Society New Year’s Eve: 9PM-2AM. City Hall, 1144 Broadway St.  Celebrate the Colorado Cannabis Industry to kick off 2017 with a night of refreshments, vendors, speakers, and a VIP consumption lounge. $ 35-75. nightout.com

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AT&T Awards $250,000 to City Year Denver to Support Student Success

NORTH DENVER — On October 18 North High School welcomed Mayor Michael Hancock and City Year Denver’s Vice President & Executive Director, Morris Price to the podium for a prestigious $ 250,000 award grant from AT&T to help support student success at North and Manual High Schools.

Due to City Year Denver’s success supporting and motivating underserved students to stay in school and prepare for their next step in life, it has been selected as one of 18 recipients nationwide that will share in $ 10 million from AT&T through the Aspire Connect to Success Competition.  Hundreds of organizations applied to the competition that is part of AT&T Aspire. It is the powerhouse communication brand’s philanthropic initiative to help students succeed in school and beyond.

Funding recipients deliver integrated student supports, focus on college or career preparation, and provide mentoring or peer-to-peer supports to help underserved students graduate. This funding will support 9-12 grade students in two high-poverty high schools in Denver, North and Manual. The most at-risk students will receive individualized, case-managed services through City Year’s Whole School Whole Child program model, assisting them to graduate high school on time and be prepared for success in college and the workforce.

During the 2016-2017 school year, 72 City Year Denver AmeriCorps members will serve full time alongside teachers in nine Denver Public Schools. The Corp members provide high impact student, classroom and school-wide supports to help students stay in school and on track to graduate from high school, ready for college and career success.

Hancock reflected through his lens of history, “DPS holds a special place in my heart. Coming here today makes me miss high school. Man, I miss that…I remember those days. They were the greatest days of our lives. But, for some, it is the end of the line. They don’t get a chance to cross the finish line. While graduation rates continue to rise in Denver, we have more work to do to prepare our students for college and beyond. “We need to make sure they are on track by 10th grade to ensure success in their educational journey.” One way to help is by “connecting them with healthy, productive adult relationships as they matriculate throughout high school.” With City Year’s presence, he said they have helped lift students on their shoulders.

Mayor Hancock enthused, “I want to thank AT&T for the generous gift of $ 250,000 at North High School and Manual. With the support of efforts like AT&T Aspire, we can continue to nurture programs like City Year Denver and the one-on-one attention they provide while utilizing innovative solutions to providing after-school and in-class support for our students.”

During City Year’s five-year partnership in Denver, the graduation rate at North High School went from 47% to more than 75%. The rates continue to climb, and programs like these are an embedded part of the school’s continuing rise.

Principal Scott Wolf believes that City Year is part of the reason. “I started teaching 13 years ago in San Jose, California. I had a City Year Corp member in my classroom. They provided huge support. It is now my 4th year at North High School and I’ve had the privilege to continue partnering with City Year. In fact, my whole education experience has been with City Year as a partner. Without them, we wouldn’t have the same level of successes we are enjoying today.  I’m excited about the leadership Morris Price provides in Denver and so thankful for all of his support.”

Price, with his warm smile and enthusiasm, a trait that is shared with his City Year team, is solidly rooted in planting the seeds for success for today and all future generations. He said, “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The next best time is today.”  He thanked Hancock for his “leadership and vision that has welcomed City Corp members to the hallways, classrooms and playgrounds of schools throughout Denver.” He also said, “City Year Denver is grateful to AT&T for their generous investment in our program. We greatly appreciate their efforts to connect underserved high school students with success through their Aspire Connect to Success competition and other initiatives.”

One City Corp member, McKenna spoke for the team, “ I am lucky to serve in a 9th-grade English classroom. We attend 5-6 classes per day and are an extra tool for the teachers, as well as greeting students in the morning, and providing homework help before and after school. The classrooms are packed, the halls are noisy and homework is crumbled into backpacks, but we work to bring students the potential that they deserve. I am one of 72 members who are catalyzing change and empowering our young people to be their very best.”

Hancock agreed. “I have been here on opening day at North. City Year members enthusiastically welcomed students coming through the door. We must continue to increase the positive contact and form solid, healthy relationships with adults who are willing to give of themselves for a year. You will touch a young person you may not know. That’s the power. You may be advancing the next Hilary Clinton, Barak Obama, the next Mayor, the next CEO, the next lead engineer, because you infused a moment of hope in these students!”

Roberta Robinette, President, AT&T Colorado presented the check to the team with great enthusiasm. “We are very thrilled to be here today. In 2008 AT&T launched its signature initiative philanthropic program. Our goal is to drive innovation in education. Through Aspire, we’ve passed the $ 250 million mark on our plan to invest $ 350 Million in education from 2008-2017.”

With that impressive statistic for education partnership, she invited the Mayor, Mr. Price and the City Year AmeriCorps team to come up and enjoy the fruits of their labor, and ongoing support for the students of North and Manual High School. A+ goes to AT&T.


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Highland Haunt continues Halloween Tradition for 9th year!

HIGHLAND — The popular Highland Haunt is back for its 9th year of providing neighborhood and family-friendly Halloween fun for all ages. On Saturday, October 29 from 11am-3pm, 32nd Avenue from Clay to Zuni Streets in Northwest Denver will close to car traffic and be transformed into the ultimate street party, celebrating the joys of the Fall season and all things Halloween! Cowboys, ghosts, princesses, witches, wizards, superheroes, zombies and everyone in-between is invited to explore the street and revel in bouncy fun, delicious treats, mechanical bull rides, carnival games, piñatas, petting zoo, hay-rack rides, music, and more! View the highlight reel of last year’s Haunt at www.highlandhaunt.com.
     The Haunt is free and open to the public with selected activities requiring a $ 7 per child all-inclusive pass. Trick-or-Treating, live music, costume contest, piñata stations, and “Bobbing for Breadsticks” are all free. The activity pass gains access to the horse driven hayride (adults ride free with paying child), bouncy castles, petting zoo, face-painting, mechanical bull ride and carnival games. Passes can be purchased that day at the event entrances on Clay and Zuni Streets.Professional photos by Photo Element Studio will also be available to purchase, as will food from a variety of food trucks.
     Everyone is encouraged to participate in the costume parade starting at 1:00 pm at the Clay Street stage (come early to hear the Bryant-Webster Mariachi Band!). The costume contest is directly after the parade and will take place at the Zuni Street stage.  Costume judging will be by surprise guests who will consider the best costumes in the following categories: Kids by Age Group, Adult Male, Adult Female and Family/Group. Winners will receive fantastic prizes! No pre-registration is necessary. Simply arrive at the Zuni Stage area after the parade to participate in the costume contest.
     Music by When It Was and The Tommy Knoxvilles will be featured at each end of the street.
     Attendees are encouraged to make donations of cash or grocery store gift cards at the Bienvenidos Food Bank booth. The Highland Haunt is proud to support their mission of providing emergency and supplemental food assistance in ways that promote respect and dignity.
Energetic volunteers are needed to help with the activities. Go to www.highlandhaunt.com/volunteer for more information or sign-up directly at bit.ly/HH16Volunteer.
     The Highland Haunt would like to thank their generous sponsors for making this event possible year after year: The Amy Berglund Team at RE/MAX Professionals (Founding Sponsor), Photo Element Studio, The Creative Angle Marketing & Communications, Highland United Neighbors, Inc. (HUNI), Little Man Ice Cream, Pearl Dentistry, Panadería Rosales, Patzcuaro’s Mexican Restaurant, Abbie Davis Tanner Agency, Inc. – American Family Insurance, The Gardens at St. Elizabeth, the Mama’hood, Teatulia TeaBar and Tony P’s.

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