Guest author Pisespong Patamasucon, MD, from Rocky Mountain Pediatric Infectious Disease Consultants guides parents through the recent warning from the Colorado Health Department about possible measles exposure in metro Denver and tells us what we need to know to keep our kids healthy. [ read more ]
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New No-Cost Spay/Neuter Clinic for Cats from DFL

[ Monday, January 16, 2017 | 0 comments ]
Photo courtesy of 9News
The Dumb Friends League (DFL) will open a new spay/neuter clinic for cats on Tuesday, January 17 as part of its ongoing efforts to reduce the number of cats on the streets and in shelters. The Dumb Friends League Solutions – Cat Spay/Neuter Clinic will offer fully subsidized (no-cost) spay/neuter surgeries for all Colorado cats, including feral cats, community cats (tame or feral free-roaming cats), and owned cats. Anyone can bring a cat to the clinic for spay/neuter surgery, regardless of income. 

The Dumb Friends League Solutions – Cat Spay/Neuter Clinic will be located at PetAid Colorado on 191 Yuma St. in Denver, conveniently located in central Denver near I-25 and 6th Avenue and will be operated by the DFL and staffed by members of the Dumb Friends League veterinary team. 

The clinic will augment—not replace—the Dumb Friends League mobile spay/neuter program. The goal of the clinic will be to spay or neuter 10,000 additional cats per year. 

For more information, visit ddfl.org/catclinic.

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Tony-winning Fun Home at the Denver Center through January 22

[ Thursday, January 12, 2017 | 0 comments ]
Every once in a while a Broadway musical comes along that surprises, moves and excites audiences in ways only a truly landmark musical can.

The "groundbreaking" "uplifting" and "exquisite" new musical Fun Home was the event of the Broadway season, receiving raves from critics and audiences alike, winning five 2015 Tony Awards including Best Musical, and making history along the way. Based on Alison Bechdel’s best-selling graphic memoir, Fun Home introduces us to Alison at three different ages, as she explores and unravels the many mysteries of her childhood.

Robert Petkoff, who recently headlined the DCPA Theatre Company’s critically acclaimed production of Sweeney Todd, plays Bruce (the father) in the show.

A refreshingly honest musical about seeing your parents through grown-up eyes, “Fun Home is extraordinary, a rare beauty that pumps fresh air into Broadway” (New York Times).


Show information:

Fun Home

January 10-22, 2017

Denver Center for the Performing Arts - The Ellie Caulkins Opera House

Ticket Price: Starts at: $30 at denvercenter.org or 303.893.4100

Please be advised that the Denver Center for the Performing Arts – denvercenter.org – is the ONLY authorized online ticket provider for this productions in Denver.

Age Recommendation: Ages 13+ due to adult themes

Run Time: 1 hour 40 minutes with no intermission


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Measles in Metro Denver: What You Should Know

[ Wednesday, January 11, 2017 | 0 comments ]
Guest post by Pisespong Patamasucon, MD, Rocky Mountain Pediatric Infectious Disease Consultants

This week, the Colorado Health Department issued a warning about possible measles exposure in metro Denver in late December. In my opinion, Denver parents shouldn’t worry too much.

The biggest risk is to infants who have not received the MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) vaccine because they may not have the protective antibody. For everyone else, children and adults, the best defense against measles is the vaccination.

When given according to protocol, the vaccination is up to 95 percent effective in children aged 12 months old, up to 98 percent at 15 months old, and up to 99 percent (with 2 doses of vaccine) at one year old and a second dose at 4-6 years old.

Typical signs of measles include a fever on day one (which may increase in intensity step-wise to maximum fever at Day 4), coughing, inflamed, red eyes with drainage, and profuse runny nose. A pink-to-red-color rash will start on Day 4 at the peak of the fever. The rash begins on the neck and face and will spread down to the torso on Day 2 and to the legs around Day 3. (The rash on the face will remain.)

If you think you may be in the area where the exposure was documented, keep children at home, away from crowded areas and schools. Measles is a respiratory illness that is spread by coughing and sneezing and could affect infants who are too young to be vaccinated (those under one year of age), adults with weakened immune systems and those who haven’t been immunized.

For more information on measles, visit Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children’s measles page.


** This blog post was written to serve as informational guidance about measles should not be taken as concrete medical advice, nor do the views above reflect the views of Rocky Mountain Pediatric Infectious Disease Consultants or the HealthONE organization. As with any medical questions or concerns, it’s imperative to make an appointment with your physician for proper counseling. To find an emergency department near you, click here.


A board-certified pediatrician and pediatric infectious disease specialist, Pisespong Patamasucon, MD, studied at the Chiang Mai University in Thailand before completing pediatric residencies at the Children’s Hospital in Bangkok, Thailand, and Georgetown University in Washington D.C. and Fellowship in Pediatric Infectious Disease at University of Texas Health Sciences Center at Dallas. A noted scholar in his field, Dr. Patamasucon’s publications include a wide range of textbooks, journals and clinical pediatric infectious diseases publications. He has earned the Top Doctor award in pediatric infectious disease with an emphasis in antibiotic resistance from Desert Companion magazine from 2010-2016. Learn more at rockymountainkidsid.com


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Let the Denver Preschool Program help find you the right preschool at these free events

[ Wednesday, December 28, 2016 | 0 comments ]


Need to find a good preschool for your kiddo for next year? The Denver Preschool Program (DPP) will host its 5th annual Preschool Showcase in January. These are free events where all Denver families can find out how to access preschool tuition support and meet dozens of quality-rated preschools in the Denver area. The events will include Spanish translators on-site and take place on the following two dates at three locations:

Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.:
Dahlia Campus for Health and Well-Being, 3401 Eudora St., Denver, CO 80207
- OR -
 J. Churchill Owen Boys & Girls Club, 3480 W. Kentucky Ave., Denver, CO 80219

Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.:
Quigg Newton Community Center, 4440 Navajo St., Denver, CO 80211

The Showcase is a valuable, once-a-year opportunity for families to find and compare quality preschool options for their child, discover the dollar amount they can get in tuition support from DPP, and apply for tuition support. 

In addition to educating parents about preschool tuition support and the quality-rated preschools in their area, the Preschool Showcase will feature fun for the whole family including:

  • Free food and refreshments
  • Family friendly activities and entertainment including dental screenings and story time readings
  • Online Preschool Locator demonstrations 
  • Photo opportunities with PBS characters such as Clifford and Curious George
  • Free giveaways
The Preschool Showcase is hosted by the Denver Preschool Program (DPP), a nonprofit, tax-funded organization that was created to increase Denver children's access to high-quality preschool. This is accomplished in two ways:  one, by providing tuition credits to Denver's families to help make preschool more affordable, and two, by providing resources to participating preschools to help improve their quality.



For more information, please visit www.dpp.org/showcase or call 303.595.4DPP(4377). 





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Finding Neverland at the Buell through January 1

[ Wednesday, December 21, 2016 | 0 comments ]

Finding Neverland is an enchanting family musical playing at the Buell Theatre now through January 1. Stapleton Moms friend Courtney Drake-McDonough of In Good Taste Denver provides a first-hand account of this magical show.

Directed by visionary Tony winner Diane Paulus, Finding Neverland tells the incredible story behind one of the world's most beloved characters: Peter Pan. Playwright J.M. Barrie struggles to find inspiration until he meets four young brothers and their beautiful widowed mother. Spellbound by the boys’ enchanting make-believe adventures, he sets out to write a play that will astound London theatergoers. With a little bit of pixie dust and a lot of faith, Barrie takes this monumental leap, leaving his old world behind for Neverland where nothing is impossible and the wonder of childhood lasts forever. The magic of Barrie’s classic tale springs spectacularly to life in this heartwarming theatrical event. 


Finding Neverland is Broadway’s biggest new hit and the winner of Broadway.com's Audience Choice Award for Best Musical! This breathtaking smash “captures the kid-at-heart” (Time magazine). Vogue cheers, "it’s a must-see you’ll remember for years to come!”

Finding Neverland is “far and away the best musical of the year!” (NPR).


Show Info:

FINDING NEVERLAND

December 20- January 1

Denver Center for the Performing Arts - Buell Theatre

Ticket Price: Starts at: $30 at denvercenter.org or 303.893.4100

Please be advised that the Denver Center for the Performing Arts – denvercenter.org – is the ONLY authorized online ticket provider for this productions in Denver.

Age Recommendation: Recommended for ages 6+. This is a family show.

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