Join the Dumb Friends League for the 8th annual CatFest on Saturday, July 9! This fun-filled event is truly the cat’s meow as they invite cat lovers to celebrate their feline companions while helping to find homes for the cats and kittens at their shelters. [ read more ]
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Dumb Friends League's Annual CatFest Celebrates All Things Feline on July 9

[ Sunday, June 26, 2016 | 0 comments ]
Join the Dumb Friends League for the 8th annual CatFest on Saturday, July 9, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. This fun-filled event is truly the cat’s meow as they invite cat lovers to celebrate their feline companions while helping to find homes for the cats and kittens at their shelters.

CatFest will feature dozens of cats and kittens available for adoption, educational demonstrations on how to clicker-train your cat, pet behavior and veterinary advice from experts,  activities for kids, and the “Meow Market,” where guests can peruse unique cat-inspired merchandise from a variety of local vendors. They will also have food trucks and music to round out this enjoyable summer event.

If you’re looking to adopt a new feline friend, they will be offering $10 adoption fees for all cats (one year and older). Cat adopters will receive a free goodie bag upon adoption, and all cat adoptions include a spay/neuter surgery, initial vaccinations, a microchip implant, and a free follow-up office visit with a participating veterinarian.

Admission to CatFest is free, and all ages are welcome.

CatFest is sponsored by Hill’s Science Diet® and takes place at the Dumb Friends League Quebec Street Shelter, located at 2080 S. Quebec St. in Denver.

Adoption pricing specials during CatFest will also be honored at the Buddy Center in Castle Rock and all partner locations where Dumb Friends League cats are available for adoption.

For more information, visit www.ddfl.org/catfest or call (303) 751-5772.

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The Hills Are Alive!

[ Wednesday, June 22, 2016 | 0 comments ]


A brand new production of The Sound of Music, directed by Jack O’Brien, is coming to The Buell Theatre. The spirited, romantic and beloved musical story of Maria and the Von Trapp Family will once again thrill audiences with its Tony, Grammy and Academy Award-winning Best Score, including “My Favorite Things,” “Do-Re-Mi,” “Climb Ev’ry Mountain,” “Edelweiss” and the title song.

“We plan to look more closely at this remarkable work – to tear off the varnish of the past and reveal one of the great, fresh glories of musical theater,” says three-time Tony Award-winning Director Jack O’Brien. Audiences in Denver will be among the first to see this all new production.  The Sound of Music features music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse based on The Trapp Family Singers by Maria Augusta Trapp.

Read more about the show at our wonderful friend and blogger, Courtney Mcdonough's, site: http://ingoodtastedenver.com/the-sound-of-music/

Ticket & Show Info:
The Denver Center for the Performing Arts-Buell Theatre 
Jun 21 - Jun 26, 2016
Ticket at denvercenter.org
Run Time: Appx. 2 hours, 30 minutes plus 20 minute intermission
Ticket Price: Starts at: $30 
Age Recommendation: 4+
Advisory: This production contains the use of theatrical haze and fog. There is a thunder storm sequence lightening effect which is utilized 43 minutes into the show.
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Before You go to Slam a Restaurant, Consider This

[ Monday, June 20, 2016 | 0 comments ]
Denver's restaurant scene is thriving. And Stapleton itself is on the brink of having a restaurant boom from The Stanley Marketplace to Eastbridge to Northfield. After witnessing some bad behavior from diners lately, our friends at the In Good Taste Denver blog felt something needed to be said. Here's their Ode to a Rude Diner, something any of us who eats out should keep in mind:

Read this post in its entirety at www.InGoodTasteDenver.com:
We eat out a lot. A lot! We’ve experienced fantastic service and horrible service. We’ve left restaurants being amazed at what a good job they do and we’ve left wondering how they stay in business. But we’ve also witnessed many a horrible customer. Here’s our message to you:
  1. Do you have any idea how difficult it is to run a restaurant? I don’t! But I can tell it ain’t easy.There are a
    million moving parts and I know for a fact from talking to many chefs that none of them goes into this business lightly. They don’t think “eh, we’ll see how it goes.” They pour tons of money and literal blood, sweat and tears into it and work their butts off. And if they’ve hired good staff, they, too, are giving it their all. Every meal, every shift, every day that passes is stressed over, analyzed and either celebrated or cursed, a reflection on themselves. It’s hell, yet they do it because they are passionate about it.
  2. If something is not right about the service or your meal, let the restaurant know, right then and there and nicely. Don’t stew about it and then take out your aggression on Yelp or some other website. Give them a chance to make it right for you.
  3. Be nice, for heaven’s sake! How would you respond if a total stranger started yelling at you, swearing at you in front of your family or co-workers? You were taught this way back in kindergarten but here’s a reminder – you’ll get better results from people if you talk to them calmly, kindly and respectfully.
  4. It’s food, people. In an age where people are murdered and discriminated against and our planet is heating up, keep some perspective. Yes, it’s your hard-earned money, your special occasion, your evening out for the first time in a long time. But it’s not life and death. It’s just food.
  5. When you experience great food and/or great service, tell them! Tell your server, tell the hostess, tell the manager and tell your friends. Restaurants exist to make people happy and to stay in business. Support those efforts!
  6. Understand the power you have. In this day and age of everyone being able to review a business (including us), you need to realize that one person’s angry rant can influence so many others and can, literally, shut a place down! Maybe it was an off night. Maybe you were having a bad day. Or, yes, maybe the place is awful, every single day, and should be closed. Use your power wisely – for good and not evil.
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FREE Smoothies and Pinkberry Yogurt this Saturday at Maui Wowi!

[ Sunday, June 19, 2016 | 0 comments ]

Maui Wowi Hawaiian Coffees & Smoothies in Lowry is celebrating its one year anniversary with FREE smoothies and Pinkberry on Saturday, June 25 from 1:00-3:00 p.m.!

In addition, from Monday, June 20 to Saturday, June 25, Maui Wowi will donate 10% of all sales to Denver Gives, an organization dedicated to helping small, local non-profits with free access to the resources they need to succeed.

Maui Wowi in Lowry just recently added Pinkberry frozen yogurt to their offerings, providing the community a one-stop location for frozen yogurt, coffee and espresso drinks, freshly blended smoothies that are all natural and gluten-free, Hawaiian cookies and products, fresh pastries, and Etai’s packaged foods to-go.

Additionally, to kick-off summer, the restaurants and shops at Hangar 2 will be hosting an all-day Hang Loose Patio Party from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. with live music and food on Saturday, June 25.

Maui Wowi is located at Hangar 2 in Lowry at 7581 Academy Blvd. The store is open Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For more information, visit the Maui Wowi website or connect with Maui Wowi Lowry on Facebook and Instagram. Read the full story »
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Give your Child the Right Tools for Success in School and Life this Summer!

[ Thursday, June 16, 2016 | 0 comments ]

Guest post by Micah Martin

“Is your child getting the tools they need for success in school or life?”

Let me start by guessing you have already checked out your child’s school and teachers to make sure your son or daughter is in the best learning environment possible.

You may think, I have my kids in great schools with great teachers and an awesome environment so I am good and my child is set up for success.

If you are thinking that you may be WRONG!

Let me explain;

Have you ever heard the saying –

“Failure to prepare is preparing to fail”?

Ask yourself this question –

“If my child was getting called stupid, fat, or loser, how would they know how to handle this situation?”

Issue – Bullying in your Child’s School

Being called stupid, fat, loser, or worse year after year in elementary and middle school will slowly destroy your child’s self-worth. Low self esteem is the number one reason for poor behavior in teens and young adults.

Let me share some facts with you –

1.     75% of teenagers with low self-esteem reported in engaging in negative activities like cutting, bullying, smoking, drinking, or disordered eating. – PR Newswire Association LLC.

2.     Over 3.2 million students are victims of bullying each year – NASP fact sheet

3.     1 in 4 teachers see nothing wrong with bullying and will only intervene 4% of the time. – NASP fact sheet

4.     90% of 4th through 8th graders report being victims of bullying. – UCED.org

The main problem with this bullying issue is you and your child may not notice the effects until late middle or even high school. These effects, once noticed, will have gotten to a point that they will take years to fix if you can fix them at all.

Solving the Issues

We as parents invest in child safety gates, corner covers, plug covers, car seats, healthy food, safe neighborhoods with better schools, great coaches, and the list goes on and on.

If you could invest in bottled-up, life-long self-esteem and confidence for your child, the question would not be “Should I or should I not?”, it would be, “Which card am I going to use for this?”

Since we cannot bottle these traits up we have discovered the next best thing, Martial Arts training.

How Martial Arts Improves Self-Esteem

Lack of self-esteem stems from a lack of belief in yourself. Saying things such as, "I am not good enough to accomplish anything," or "I have never won at anything."

Professional Martial Arts instructors are highly trained to make sure your child feels great about everything they do in the program. In a good program the children will never be allowed to say “I can’t do this.” Each child is taught to say “Yes I can!” every time a challenge comes before them. This constantly reinforces the self-esteem of the students in the school.

The second way Martial Arts improves a child’s self-esteem is by teaching them how to set and reach goals consistently. On their first day of training they will set the goal of achieving an orange belt. Martial Arts is an individual sport where each child is able to move at their own pace, which allows them to always reach their goals they set. This allows them to build years’ worth of faith in their abilities and themselves.

The average time for a child to reach their first major goal in Martial Arts is 2 months, however, it may take a child 4-6 months based on their ability and focus level. This allows every child to overcome their own challenges and accomplish their own goals at their own pace. Making it possible for every student to build self-esteem on their own time.

The best thing about Martial Arts is that it directly attacks bullying in every way. Martial Arts addresses all the issues when it comes to bullying. Martial Arts address this issue by teaching children:

1.     To stand up to bullies.

2.     To protect themselves against abusive words and physical attacks.

3.     To communicate to parents, teachers, and their Martial Arts Instructors about their situation.

How Long it Takes to Give Children the Tools to be Successful

Like I stated earlier, I wish I could bottle up self-esteem, but the reality is, you can’t!

It will take years of Martial Arts training to fully develop self-esteem in your child. In a solid program the goal should always be to reach a black belt. A black belt in Martial Arts represents that child has built self-esteem and confidence to last a lifetime!

In my personal experience, it took until I was a second-degree black belt until I felt I had the confidence and self-esteem to take me through my life.

Get your child prepared for the 2016–2017 School Year

Not all Martial Arts Programs cover everything in this article. To ensure you enroll in a solid program in the Denver Area this summer contact Stapleton Family Karate directly at 303-928-0043 or email Hannah Carelly at hannahcarelly@stapletonfamilykarate.com.

Stapleton Family Karate is offering your first month of classes for only ONLY $20! Use promo code “SUMMER” at http://kidslovemartialartsdenverco.com to get the $20 special.

(With additional partnerships in Superior/Louisville, Broomfield, Lakewood, Evergreen - email Hannah for more information if interested in these locations.)

Micah Martin is the president and CEO of Venture Martial Arts and Stapleton Family Karate and a 3rd-degree black belt. Read the full story »