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How the Grinch Stole Christmas - LIVE!

[ Friday, December 19, 2014 | 0 comments ]
There is nothing more Christmasy to me than going to a performance at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts downtown.

As a kid growing up in Longmont, some of my fondest memories are getting all dressed up to see the afternoon matinee of The Nutcracker with Grandma, Mom, Aunts and cousins.

A few years ago, I took my son to The Nutcracker. It was OK, but didn't have the magic for a little boy the same way it does for little girls.

So when we heard the musical of "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" was coming December 17-28, I knew it would be the right one to take my son to. And it did not disappoint.



Yes, everyone knows the story of the Grinch. The nearly perfect cartoon is hard to beat, and you don't want to mess with perfection - so the musical doesn't. They embrace the Grinch that we love - the hairy, drumming fingers, the petulant Grinchy scowl, and that bass voice. There is even a chance for the audience the chance to belt out "You're a mean one, Mr. Grinch. A nasty wasty skunk..."

And yet they came up with a sweet way to tell the story from the viewpoint of Max, the dog.


It was absolutely delightful. The moment when it began snowing - real, wet snow - in the Buell Theater was pretty magical - the stuff memories are made of.

There are matinees this weekend (Dec. 21-22) and next (Dec. 27-28) and even a 7:30 performance on Christmas Day - but hurry, tickets are selling fast!
GET YOUR TICKETS for How the Grinch Stole Christmas www.denvercenter.org >
Also playing:

The Nutcracker by Colorado Ballet
A Christmas Carol
The Santaland Diaries - David Sedaris (hilarious!)



Or take a break from Christmas shopping for Story Time with the Grinch - December 19 & 23 at 11:30am in Cherry Creek North!


Join the Grinch for story time as he reads How the Grinch Stole Christmas at the DCPA Holiday Box Office from 11:30am- 12:30pm on December 19 & 23. The Holiday Box Office is located at 2771 E. 1st Ave., Cherry Creek North (next to Bose, across from the mall). Story Time is free and open to the public. 



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New Hand and Stone Massage and Facial Spa Now Open in Northfield!

[ Wednesday, December 17, 2014 | 0 comments ]


By Stapleton Moms


The new Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa - located in Northfield Stapleton - is now open!  I recently visited the new space and found it to be extremely inviting, with many upscale touches.  The spa, owned by local husband and wife duo Scott and Libby Kolble, brings much needed convenient and affordable health and wellness services to the Stapleton community.  Hand & Stone Northfield offers various types of massage, facial and waxing services, as well as microdermabrasion, chemical peels, eyebrow and eye lash tinting.  The spa located at 8370 Northfield Blvd. between Victoria’s Secret and Bath and Body Works is currently running great Grand Opening specials!  Visit the spa for an Introductory Signature Massage or an Introductory Signature Facial for $49.95.  Holiday specials are currently available in which customers will receive $20 off of all spa gift card packages, plus a free $20 gift card! They make wonderful holiday presents.


Scott and Libby are Colorado natives who became interested in opening their spa in Stapleton shortly after they got married in August 2013.  The couple is very passionate about bringing upscale spa services to the community at an affordable price.  Hand & Stone Northfield is the tenth location to open in the Denver Metro Area.  Customers can take advantage of extended hours as the spa is open Monday – Friday: 9:00 am – 10:00 pm, Saturday 8:00 am – 9:00 pm, and Sunday 9:00 am – 8:00 pm. Come check out and support this locally owned business!



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A Golden Getaway By Edan Goode

[ Thursday, December 4, 2014 | 0 comments ]
One of the best things about living in Denver, and especially in Stapleton where we have easy access to the highways, is that you can go on a daytrip in nothing flat. Recently, I discovered that Golden is less than 30 minutes away from us yet it has a really different feel and many fun things to do whether you’re with the kids or on an adult’s getaway.


What to do:
Start your visit to Golden at their trio of museums to get a grasp of what lead Golden to become the charming, quirky, hip place it is today. Start at the Golden History Center where you can shoot a game of pool in the room devoted to Golden anchor, Coors Brewing. Kids will enjoy the 3-D printer token they get to print and keep. Clear Creek History Park just out back lets kids walk around charming, historic buildings. They’ll appreciate their own homes and schools a little more after seeing the small homes that housed entire families and the one room school house. They’ll love feeding the fluffy, comical chickens in the hen house too. A short stroll away, the Astor House Museum is a hands-on, historic museum. It’s okay to touch things throughout the house, play games in the parlour and try on fancy clothing. 

Continue the explorations along the Clear Creek which runs through town with its crystal clear waters. Golden has done a great job of making the most of the creek with paths, public art, bridges, a slide that goes from street level down to the creekside and plaques that tell more about the history of Golden and creek-side sculptures to amuse kids. It’s worth a long, subterranean walk to explore this nature level of Golden.

Golden is also home to the Colorado Railroad Museum with real, historic trains and special events. They have The Polar Express™ Train Ride going on now. 

From the park above, slide down the tubular slide to Clear Creek with its fun sculptures.

Where to eat:
Although there are plenty of restaurants in town, judging by the lines, Woody’s Wood Fired Pizza  is a big hit with families, in part, because of their pizza, salad and soup buffets. For something a little exotic, SherpaHouse Restaurant & Culture Center is a family-run, family-friendly Tibetan restaurant that has a great lunch buffet, a full dinner menu and lots to see. The Table Mountain Inn & Cantina, inside the Table Mountain Inn (see below) has great food throughout the day and a creative happy hour menu.
A comfy room with balcony at Table Mountain Inn.
  
Stay a while:
To give yourself more time to really explore and enjoy Golden, stay the night. Table Mountain Inn is right on the main drag, Washington Street, making it an ideal anchor for your stay. The southwestern-themed hotel has a homey feel and is casual without feeling one bit like a hotel chain. 

For the Holiday Season: 
Golden really shines during the holidays. Head up on the weekends for the season-long Olde Golden Christmas. Check out the full schedule of activities. 
Photo courtesy VisitGolden
Spirited fun for the adults:
Golden is home to a nice collection of breweries and distilleries.

For more information about a Golden Getaway, visit the InGoodTasteDenver.com website. 

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Book your Spring Break at YMCA of the Rockies

[ Wednesday, November 26, 2014 | 0 comments ]
For one day only, on December 1, the YMCA of the Rockies will offer $15 off per night in lodge rooms at both locations (Estes Park or Snow Mountain Ranch) when booked online. At both locations, families could book a lodge room that sleeps up to 6 people for as little as $64 per night!  This offer is the perfect opportunity to book a spring break trip to the Rockies at prices you won’t find anywhere else.

This offer is valid only for individual reservations, staying between December 2, 2014 through May 31, 2015.  Not valid from December 20 - January 4January 16-19, or February 14-17. 

To make reservations please visit www.ymcarockies.org or call 888-613-9622

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Neighborhood Spotlight: Scott Cody, Partner Latitude Financial Group, LLC

[ Monday, November 24, 2014 | 0 comments ]
Q: Tell us about your business. 

A: Latitude Financial Group is a comprehensive financial planning firm. My partners and I started LFG in August of 2008 after working together in another firm for six previous years. Myself personally, I have been in practice in 1997 starting in Western New York where my wife and I are originally from. We moved here to Denver in the Fall of 2001. In January 2002, I began my practice here in Denver which is when I met my two business partners.

Q: What distinguishes you from other financial planning firms?

A: Great question. I would say there are a few things: First, I would say experience. There are not many experienced planners who have experienced the dramatic economic and market climate of 2000 to 2003 or the most recent crash of 2008-09. Second, I am not a solo practioner. I have two partners so if something were to happen to me they would be able to jump right in and help my clients. Most financial planners are solo practitioners and are in their mid to late fifties. Many of them are planning their own retirement and will not be able to see their clients to and through retirement. Finally, we are independent firm that offers high-touch service one would expect from a boutique firm with the services, resources and investment research capabilities of much larger firms. Independent means we do not manufacture any financial vehicles/products which we feel creates objectivity for both us and our clients.  

Q: What do you do that’s special?

A: We are big believers in creating and having a written financial plan. This helps define clear goals and objectives. A financial plan will cover things such as cash flow analysis, net worth, estate planning, retirement and college planning analysis. For clients that are in high risk occupations such as physicians, dentists, and attorneys we offer asset protection advice.

Q. Who is a typical client?

A: It is split closely between baby boomers that are within ten years of retirement and millenials. Our millennials typically have advance degrees such as MDs, JDs, and MBAs. Household income is $250,000+, average home value $550,000+, and most of them will have $200,000+ in savings and investments. We are also an excellent solution for individuals who earn well into the seven figures and have a net worth of $15,000,000+.

Q. If there was one piece of advice you could offer, what would it be? 

A: Another great question. Work with a trusted professional and start early. The sooner the better. There are all sorts of well documented studies that have been done by companies such as: Dalbar, Charles Schwab, and AMA (American Medical Association) that have shown the benefits of working with a financial professional.

Scott Cody has been in practice since 1997.  He is married with one daughter.  He and his wife have been Stapleton residents since 2004. Read the full story »