Saturday, April 30, 2016

Autocross Car-Control

Submitted by Sophie Goodman on Thu, 02/04/2016 - 5:16pm

Is your dream car a Ferrari 360 Modena or Lamborghini Gallardo? Here’s your chance to get behind the wheel of one of these sleek sports cars and learn to handle its horsepower. A professional driver and instructor will monitor you as you race three laps around a closed track. Sat-Sun, times vary. 

Avid4 Adventure Family SUP Day

Submitted by Morgan Tilton 2 on Tue, 04/26/2016 - 8:37am

You may have surfed waves or kayaked through rapids with your kids; now, you can combine the two (on flat water) by learning how to stand-up paddle board. Dive into this family-focused adventure summer camp for parents and kids (ages 5 and up) and learn the techniques of this hybrid sport. Personal flotation devices will be provided, but make sure you bring quick-dry clothing, a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen. Can’t make it this weekend? Check out the other free family sessions on May 7 and May 21 at Chatfield State Park. Sat 9-11 a.m., 1-3 p.m.

Rocky Mountain STEAM Fest

Submitted by Gina Gresko on Thu, 02/04/2016 - 4:20pm

Little ones can indulge their imagination during this festival themed around STEAM (Science, Technology, Entrepreneurship, Arts, and Making). The two-day celebration is a chance for kids to explore arts and crafts, robotics, and drones. After they're done tinkering that day , they'll be able to take some projects home to continue experimenting. Sat 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Aurora's 125th Birthday Party

Submitted by Gina Gresko on Thu, 02/04/2016 - 4:29pm

Take your kids to celebrate 125 years of this beautiful town at the Aurora History Museum, DeLaney Farm, and Morrison Nature Center. Magic shows, face painting, birthday cake, nature walks, and more are just a few of the activities that will cause a grin to spread across your little ones' faces. Sat 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Rocky Mountain Brew Run: Oskar Blues Brewery

Submitted by Sophie Goodman on Thu, 02/04/2016 - 5:11pm

There are few things more Coloradan than combining athletic competition with craft beer. Show your state pride by participating in the first hops-embued 5K of the season followed by raucous Beer Olympics. New this year, teams of two are challenged to carry a full keg and finish the race in under 45 minutes. Your price if you succeed? A filled growler each. A portion of the proceeds benefits the Oskar Blues CAN’d Foundation, which supports community development projects and sustainable environmental initiatives. Sat 10 a.m.

Photo courtesy of Rocky Mountain Brew Runs

Open World Learning's TechFair

Submitted by Gina Gresko on Tue, 04/26/2016 - 10:05am

Your little ones can explore the worlds of coding, movie making, and graphic design in this all-day tech exploration event and competition brought to you by Open World Learning (OWL). Emceed by Denver District 8 councilman Albus Brooks, the day will include presentations from OWL students and live robotics demonstrations. Keep an eye out for the OWL TechFair mascot, Pixel, and stop by the community fair booths from local Denver organizations and resources. Sat 10 a.m.

Dream Kitchens Tour

Submitted by Karah Kemmerly on Fri, 04/22/2016 - 12:24pm

Whether you're in the process of remodeling or just want to admire beautiful design, this tour of Boulder's trendiest kitchens is a productive way to spend an afternoon. As you take in gorgeous countertops at more than 10 locations, snack on appetizers from the Savory Spice Shop and green chile from Casa Alvarez Foods, plus participate in mini seminars on kitchen design trends. Proceeds benefit Boulder County's I Have A Dream Foundation, which helps low-income students prepare for college. Sat 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sun noon-4 p.m.

HAHO Market

Submitted by Dan Roe on Tue, 04/26/2016 - 9:41am

Ditch the shopping cart and the big box store this weekend: The artisans at this diverse market have (nearly) everything you'd find at Wal-Mart, with unbeatable made-in-Denver quality. Pick from 90 bespoke vendors and hobbyists, including Baba & Pop's Homemade Pierogi, Lux and Luca Jewelry Co, True and Simple Wood Stuff. Local musicians Sara Emmitt and Veronica Susan Beer perform folks tunes throughout the day while you shop confidently—knowing that every dollar goes right back into the local economy. Sat 10 a.m.

—Image courtesy of Stephen Toma

Young Chefs Class: Oven Magic!

Submitted by Gina Gresko on Tue, 04/26/2016 - 10:09am

Andrew Lubatty, executive chef at the Avenue Grill, invites your pint-sized food connoisseur into the kitchen. Your aspiring chef will learn to cook a full meal that includes succulent bacon-wrapped shrimp, roasted chicken breast, roasted veggies, and even a chocolate soufflé. They'll also gain knowledge about flavor profiles, dish presentation, and techniques for knowing when the food is done—all of which they'll put to use when they make these delicious dishes at home for you. Sat 10:30 a.m.

Landmarks of the Future

Submitted by Karah Kemmerly on Fri, 04/22/2016 - 1:18pm

If you're looking to buy or remodel a home, find inspiration on this interactive tour. Visit a historic landmark (the three-story Victorian Decker-Tyler house built in 1874), and seven 1960s ranch homes in North Boulder, where you can talk to homeowners about how they renovated their mid-century properties. Proceeds benefit Historic Boulder, a nonprofit focused on rehabilitating historic buildings and educating the public on preservation. Sat-Sun 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Image courtesy of Deborah Yin of May-Yin Architecture

Decked Out Art Competition

Submitted by Haley Gray on Fri, 02/05/2016 - 3:21pm

Rolling along beneath the feet of every skateboarder is a work of art—an expression of skate and DIY youth culture as integral to the equipment as the wheels and trucks. This month you can create your own mobile masterpiece on a functional skateboard deck at the Capitol Hill People’s Fair fundraiser for the Street Side Mural Project. All the supplies you need are provided, and if you win the deck art competition a Capitol Hill business will display your work for the month of June. Sat noon-4 p.m.

BrüFrou Craft Beer & Culinary Pairings

Submitted by Carson Kohler on Thu, 04/21/2016 - 4:00pm

Tired of trying to attend the many alcohol and food pairing events held in the area? Just pick the largest pairing event of the year, which features more than 88 local brewers and 50-plus unique pairings. Come hungry for eats such as Osteria Marco's Oak Aged Yeti–braised short ribs paired with Great Divide's Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout. Or reach for the French-style saison from Declaration Brewing Co., paired with Blackbird Public House's smoked pineapple jerk chicken. Sat 4-9 p.m.

Urban Wine & Chocolate Run

Submitted by Sophie Goodman on Mon, 04/25/2016 - 3:57pm

You'd probably rather be home sipping wine and eating chocolate than running a race; luckily, this luxuriously themed 5K offers the opportunity to do both. The fun starts the night before the race with a party featuring live music by local band Soul School (and vino and chocolate, of course). The race itself laps the Colorado Rapids stadium, with the finish line broadcast on the Jumbo-Tron. The best part, though, is the optional Wine K, a 1K walk through wine and chocolate tasting stations that you can complete in addition to the 5K or by itself. Fri 5-8 p.m.; Sat 3 p.m.

Listen to Your Mother

Submitted by Gina Gresko on Tue, 04/26/2016 - 11:00am

Just in time for Mother’s Day preparations, join local writers as they share creative pieces based on online submissions from moms all over the country covering the joys, challenges, and (at times) hilarities of motherhood. Authors such as Boulder's Brie Doyle and Arvada’s Diann Logan will grace the stage with a mix of moving and humorous readings. Sat 7 p.m.

Art in Action

Submitted by Haley Gray on Tue, 04/26/2016 - 12:02pm

Scoop up a local masterpiece, like a dreamy city or mountainscape by local painter Alex Artista or one of Amanda Vela's vibrantly detailed animal drawings, or view the latest spring fashions from Denver-based ethical fashion company Tribe at this benefit for Dry Bones Denver and Mission Wear. The event themed around Colorado creators will include live music by local artists Jack Helfrich and Matt Rouch, an art auction, a raffle, and an art fair. Sat 7-10 p.m.