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To Do This Weekend : Stapleton Open Studios

[ Tuesday, September 23, 2014 | 0 comments ]

This week has been a whirlwind... if you're a Stapleton artist. That's because we've been working all summer making this weekend happen.  And now it's almost here! 

The second annual Stapleton Open Studios!

The (FREE!) self-guided tour will be September 27-28, 11AM – 5PM.  Drop in to any or all of the studios on the tour, and stop to listen to local musicians along the way.  There will be demonstrations, works-in-progress, and finished art pieces for you to see as the artists welcome you into their artistic process in an up close and personal way.  There are 20 different artists working in 10 different mediums from classic oil painting to mosaic to pottery to mixed media art jewelry.

Come get a start on your holiday gift lists, or just come see how we do it.  We can't wait to meet you!

Drop by Art & Framing At Stapleton in the 29th Avenue Town Center this week to grab your free official tour booklets and see a preview exhibit from many of the artists on the tour.

Or visit our website – StapletonOpenStudios.com – for a map.  

Katie Bradford Osborne is a Stapleton Mom and local professional artist.  She graduated from the Art Institute of Philadelphia with a degree in photography in 2009- the same year her daughter, Ana Gray, was born- and now pursues her passion of shooting women including maternity, boudoir, and her very favorite- Empower Her portraits- along with logo design and mixed media jewelry art under the umbrella of her business- The Roaring Artist.
Katie also offers Mamarazzi workshops and personal classes to local moms with DSLRs who are interested in more in-depth knowledge of their cameras and how to capture their children from behind the lens.  

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Looking for a Perfect Late-Summer/Fall Family Getaway? YMCA of the Rockies!

[ Monday, August 18, 2014 | 1 comments ]
By Jaime Travis

You know you're in the right place when your 5 year-old daughter tears up and tells you she is so sad to go home. Such was our recent and lovely stay at the YMCA of the Rockies in picturesque Estes Park.  If you've never been, the Y is situated above the town of Estes and is nestled right next to Rocky Mountain National Park--you truly can't ask for a more convenient or beautiful location.   This place has it all, and we did our best to experience as much as possible during our 3 day visit........hiking, fishing, horseback riding, crafts (tie-dyes!), outdoor fire pits and s'more making and a top-notch day camp for the kids.

Some think the YMCA isn't for them, but, this isn't just sleeping bags and hot dogs. We were lucky enough to stay in a 3 bedroom Summit Cabin, complete with a kitchen, fireplace, 2 bathrooms and a deck overlooking the mountains. If that doesn't fit your needs, there are many accommodation options, anything from hotel-style lodge rooms, to 4 bedroom vacation homes.  There are also sit-down dining options, a cafe, and did I mention all the free or extremely low cost activities available? These include:
  • Swimming
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Hiking
  • Camping
  • S'mores and campfires
  • Horseback riding
  • Sports (volleyball, tether ball, baseball, soccer, etc.)
  • Rafting
  • Mountaineering/Rock Climbing
  • Wildlife 
  • A library 

With all this to offer, by far the highlight for my kids, Jack who is 73/4, and Lucca, 5, was the day camp.  First off, it is beyond reasonable at $26/day per child for a full day (8:15am-3:15pm), I almost felt bad paying so little!  There is a very high counselor to camper ratio and the kids had a blast.  Swimming, shaving cream fights, giant game of capture the flag, and on certain days they also go horseback riding.  I wish we could have stayed longer, they had so much fun.

Now is a great time to start planning a visit to the YMCA of the Rockies, just a short drive away and located at 9,000+ feet, the temperature is cool enough to bring a sweater – and the fall activities will soon be underway. Things like the annual Elk Rut, the Harvest Festival and other family-friendly activities will be taking place in September and October. 

Right now rates are coming down as kids head back to school and the summer crowds start to pack it up. Which means it is the perfect time for Colorado families to get up there. With lodging starting as low as $79/night, the price is right. 

From basic hotel-style lodge rooms to private cabins with multiple bedrooms kitchens and wood-burning fireplaces, families can find the right accommodation for their needs. Cabins are great for families because you can bring your food, which is especially helpful for those who don't want to take all meals in the Y's large cafeteria-style dining room. Early morning coffee on the deck amid this scenery is the way to go.

To get to know more about the YMCA Of the Rockies at Estes Park, please visitwww.ymcarockies.org
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New OB-GYN Office Open in Stapleton

[ Wednesday, August 6, 2014 | 0 comments ]
Valerie Ginsburg. M.D. is pleased to announce the opening of her new practice, Stapleton Women’s Health. Dr. Ginsburg has been providing OB-GYN services in Stapleton for the past several years and is thrilled to welcome patients to her new office located at 2373 Central Park Blvd, Suite 202.

A Colorado native, Dr. Ginsburg received her Doctor of Medicine from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center School of Medicine, where she also completed her residency in OB-GYN. “I am pleased to continue to serve the needs of patients in and around Stapleton in an environment that places patient needs first and foremost. Empowering women to seek the best treatment options for their health care issues is very important to me. Whether I am treating a young girl on her first visit to a Gynecologist, a woman about to be a mother or a woman with concerns about menopause, I think patients deserve open-minded and compassionate support.”

In her spare time, Dr. Ginsburg enjoys telemark skiing, mountain biking and most of all, spending time with her husband and their new puppy, Boomer. To schedule an appointment or contact Dr. Ginsburg’s office, call 720-723-2176 or visit www.stapletonwomenshealth.com
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The Location May be Odd, but the Food is Good - The Grubbery

[ Monday, August 4, 2014 | 0 comments ]
 By Edan Goode:
Just east of Northfield, along Havana, you’ll find an odd location for a good restaurant. It almost feels like you’re invading the office cafeteria to go to The Grubbery – albeit a really nice office cafeteria. True, The Grubbery is housed in the sleek lobby of the Scott’s Liquid Gold headquarters, just north of I-70. And true, probably the majority of their diners are from Scott’s and all of the surrounding businesses in this industrial area. But if it’s relegated to office lunching, that would be a shame for The Grubbery.

With glossy yet warm decor, reasonable prices and huge portions,The Grubbery serves lunch and dinner Monday-Friday and brunch on the weekends. The service is extremely attentive and stealthy. My drink was refilled without my even noticing. When I commented, our server joked “ya, I’m like a Ninja.” Indeed. We ordered the Steak and Pesto sandwich ($9.99), Spaghetti Marinara with housemade meatballs ($11.99), a 1/4 pound BYOB burger ($7.99) and a Reuben sandwich ($9.49).

The basil-rubbed flank steak in the Steak and Pesto sandwich was delicious and tender but with the thick Fontina cheese, and soft, caramelized onion, it became very rich very soon. Frankly, I would have been happy with just the seasoned steak and onion on the bread, letting those two ingredients shine. 

The spaghetti and meatballs was good with a fresh, not overcooked sauce and tender meatballs. All that was missing was a larger piece of baguette to go with that large amount of pasta. The BOYB burger was juicy goodness. With up to three choices in toppings, including cheese, bacon, fried egg, or pork belly, my companion really only wanted cheese and bacon. The server offered a double helping of bacon to make up the third offering. How many times do you get offered more bacon in a restaurant?! That’s the stuff! The Reuben was thick and meaty, almost to a fault, Because it was so nice and thick, the heat didn’t reach through to the middle during the grilling. All sandwiches come with chips or fries. We all opted for the potatoey shoestrings.

On the dessert menu, it said items were big enough for sharing. We took that to heart and ordered the Brownie Sundae and the Ice Cream Sandwich between the five of us. We could have easily invited another couple of people over to share. The brownie was huge, warm and cakey. The ice cream sandwich suffered from the inevitable problem with this treat – the cookie hardens too much as the ice cream softens too much, making for a teetering, squishing mess that you have to simultaneously eat by hand and by spoon. The vanilla ice cream with both desserts was creamy and so, so good.

We’ll give The Grubbery another go for lunch or dinner to try the ribs, flatbread pizza or salads. And I’ve got to return for the weekend brunch to try Empanadas Rancheros (steak and cilantro empanadas topped with eggs, cheese and green chili), Breakfast Croissant (two eggs, cheddar cheese, applewood smoked bacon and avocado on a croissant) or the Pork Belly Benedict. I can see that hollandaise oozing over the pork now! The restaurant has an afternoon happy hour as well as a morning one (no judging), lunch specials and they serve Starbucks Coffee Drinks.

The Grubbery is located in the shiny, glass Scott’s Liquid Gold Building at 4880 Havana St. 

For other restaurant reviews as well as news and reviews of movies, theater and travel, visit the In Good Taste Denver blog at http://ingoodtastedenver.com/
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Stapleton Family Karate is moving to the Northfield Shopping mall, August 2014!

[ Tuesday, July 22, 2014 | 0 comments ]
By Stapleton Moms

Micah Martin and his wife have been serving the community for close to 5 years as the owners of Stapleton Family Karate. Stapleton Family Karate’s mission has always been enriching the lives of families through life skill development such as respect, focus, and confidence. Until now Stapleton Family Karate has been running out of a small training facility in the Stapleton Business plaza. If you don’t know where the Stapleton business plaza is, you are not alone. Stapleton Family Karate’s program has been so well received by the Stapleton community that Micah and his wife have decided to expand their program to the Northfield Shopping Mall this August.

This expansion will allow hundreds more families in our community to participate in their life improving program with the convenience of being right in the mall. Not only will they be located in the heart of Stapleton, but the program will be taught out of a 4000 square foot, state of the art training facility by nationally recognized instructors that are amazing with children! In August the Stapleton Community will have access to the nicest and highest quality family martial arts program in the State of Colorado.

The programs offered will include Taekwondo for the whole family with family classes becoming available after the move to Northfield. A Family class means you can take class right alongside your child or children! The old saying in Martial Arts goes “Families that kick together, stick together!” Stapleton family Karate will also be offering Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for Adults. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is growing in popularity faster and faster as the best way to get in shape and learn self-defense at the same time. The best part will be Women’s only self-defense, Jiu-Jitsu, and fitness; available with childcare!!

If you have ever wanted to try Taekwondo or Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for yourself, your child, children, or whole family now is the time! Stapleton Family Karate is offering a risk free, no obligation, and money back guarantee 30 trial. Enroll your entire family for 30 days for only $99.00! To hold a spot for your family for the summer or fall call 303-928-0043 or visit their website at www.stapletonfamilykarate.com for Karate Classes and www.ColoradoBJJ.com for Jiu-Jitsu Classes. Read the full story »