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Go See Cinderella!

[ Monday, February 9, 2015 | 0 comments ]
By Courtney Drake-McDonough

There’s a new Cinderella in town who brings a stronger backbone, more “guts” and a determined, social conscience. But don’t worry, she still has those totally awesome shoes! “Cinderella” http://denvercenter.org/shows/specific-series/Get?Id=25f9d777-cdec-68a4-921b-ff0e004d5814 is currently playing at The Buell Theatre at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts through February 15, in time to capture the Valentine’s date contingent. 
 
Like many stories meant for children, there’s an adult level to “Cinderella” also so that there’s something for everyone’s interests.  The version created for the stage (after being a book and movies) takes the story to another level, incorporating a meatier storyline, more opportunities for Cinderella and the Prince to get to know each other before getting married and social awareness about the haves and have nots in the world. At first, the latter part threw me. I mean, upon falling for the prince at the ball and having the looming strike of midnight upon her, would Cinderella really take her last moments to alert the prince to injustices happening right under his nose? MmmmmaybeI think I’d try to solidify his feelings for me and then secure an opportunity to meet up later, but that’s just me.

The stage version has all the wonderful stuff you’d expect from Cinderella including magical moments (I’m still now sure how those quick changes from frocks to gowns happen!), the awfulness of the step-mother and sweetness of Cinderella and oodles of romance of course. And the music! Oh, the beautiful score by Rogers and Hammerstein take the story to a whole other level of romance and beauty! Some of those songs are going to replace “Let it Go” in your head. You’re welcome. 

The biggest and best messages of this Cinderella are that a pretty face and awesome outfit are nothing if the person in them isn’t goodkind, smart and compassionate. And that being good will always prevail. And that you should follow your heart to the things that really matter. And that it’s important to wear comfortable shoes that are also attractive. Tra-la-la. It’s all good. 

Courtney Drake-McDonough is the editor of the In Good Taste Denver blog, covering news and reviews of theater, restaurants, movies and travel at www.InGoodTasteDenver.com

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Colorado Garden & Home Show #garden2015

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By Courtney Drake-McDonough
This is the 56th year of the show which started as a garden show only, to benefit Denver Botanic GardensIt started under a tent!

Walk 400,000 square feet of a virtual marketplace for garden and home improvement ideas, featuring more than 600 companies.
See 10 landscaped gardens with beautiful colors and fragrances to bring Spring to life a little early, and provide plenty of ideas.
This year’s Entry Garden (the first garden you see when you walk through the doors) is presented by Bellco as a fire fighter-themed garden that features fire trucks, hydrant water features and other historic elements provided by the nearby Denver Firefighters Museum.


100% of every ticket sold is awarded throughout Colorado as grants and scholarships to students, including a four-year, full-ride scholarship to attend a Colorado institution.
Learn from 50 educational seminars and how-to demonstrations going on throughout the show, all included in the ticket price.
On February 11, you can buy some of the flowers for $2/pot as they swap them out for a fresh batch for the second half of the show. Such a bargain! Then many of those flowers are donated to area nursing homes, bringing lots of joy to the residents.
Be sure to see the Hot Products Zone with the latest gardening and home improvement products around.
Foodies and bakers will want to make a b-line to see the fire-themed cakes on Feb. 7 and 8.
Visit the website for hours, ticket prices and suggestions for getting to the Colorado Convention Center and parking.http://coloradogardenfoundation.org/


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Stapleton Family Karate Offering Moms Discount on Ninja Camp!

[ Friday, February 6, 2015 | 0 comments ]

By Stapleton Moms

Stapleton Family Karate is now in Northfield and is offering their very popular Ninja summer camps again this year in their new facility.  The owner, Micah, is kindly offering an exclusive for the Stapleton Moms group. Normally the camps cost $199/ per child (which includes the full week of camp plus all the required gear), however, Stapleton Moms who sign up prior to March 1st will receive $25 discount for anyone who mentions this post when the sign up.  See below for all the details!



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Girl's Night Out - SPANK! The Fifty Shades Parody

[ Wednesday, January 28, 2015 | 0 comments ]
Get ready for the ultimate girl's night out... SPANK! The Fifty Shades Parody is coming to town!


SPANK! The Fifty Shades Parody is the whip-smart comedy that takes on the naughty fun of the best-selling book and highly-anticipated movie, and brings it to outrageous life! Featuring musical numbers, steamy performances highlighting the famous hunk and his grey tie, and lots of hilarious surprises, SPANK! is bound to have you begging for more. Get in the mood with pre-show cocktails, then stick around and fulfill your fantasy, with the opportunity to take photos with the star himself!

SPANK! takes place at Paramount Theatre on Saturday, February 21st at 8pm. Here's a $10 off code, and we're giving away four tickets on our Facebook page


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Neighborhood Spotlight: Orange Theory Fitness Offering Series of Interesting Seminars

[ Saturday, January 24, 2015 | 0 comments ]
By Jaime Travis


Have you seen the new Orange Theory in the Town Center? Judging from the number of friends I have who are talking about their workouts, the answer for lots of people is "Yes"!  If you haven't, go try it out, your first class is free.  What's more, as of last week, OTF launched a series of seminars as part of their Weight Loss Challenge (the Stapleton location has 100 participants alone).  The seminars are open to anyone (you don't have to be a member) and promise to be interesting, informative and fun.

See the schedule below for details:


Lowry:1/17 @ 1:45PM - Hillary (Food Relationship/Life Coach)
1/24 @ 2PM - Lewi (Self Defense)
2/7 @ 2PM - Hillary (Check In)
2/8 @1230PM - Jess (Nutrition)
2/14 @ 230PM - Tiffany (Overtraining)
2/21 @ 2PM - Ashley (Life After WLC)
Stapleton:1/20 @ 8PM - Hillary (Food Relationship/Life Coach)
1/25 @ 1230PM - Lewi (Self Defense)
1/31 @ 100PM - Scott (Heart Rate 101)
2/8 @ 2PM - Jess (Nutrition)
2/14 @1PM - Tiffany (Overtraining)
2/22 @ 1230PM - Ashley (Life after WLC)

Also, if you have some workout shoes you no longer use and were wondering what to do with them, OTF has partnered with Soles 4 Souls and have a box in their studio to donate shoes! http://soles4souls.org/  They tell me the community has been SO generous, they filled that box within just a few days of putting it out in our studio.
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