Free Day at the Museum of Boulder!

Boulder Weekly and the Museum of Boulder are pleased to announce FREE DAY at the museum on Sunday, June 2nd from 10:00am-5:00pm. Come enjoy all the Museum has to offer for adults and children including the Boulder Experience Gallery (2nd Floor Gallery) showcasing the history of Boulder, and A-MAZE-D (lower level) featuring a giant cardboard maze for all ages. The Google Garage maker-space will have volunteers to help visitors tinker and create.The folks from Sphero will be here with all sorts of robotics toys for you and your family to explore and tinker with! A visit would not be complete without taking a picture from the rooftop deck with fabulous views of the Flatirons.

VENUE

Museum of Boulder 

2205 Broadway

Boulder, CO 80302

Phone:

303.449.3464

Website:

www.museumofboulder.org

The Boulder Creek Festival and the BOLDERBoulder areHere!

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Happy Memorial Day! Thank You Veterans!

Before all the fun of the long weekend begins, we want to thank and remember all of those who have passed away in active military service. Thank you for your duty and for giving your life so we at home can stay safe and enjoy our beautiful state!                    We salute you!

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Boulder Creek Festival 2019

For over thirty years, the Boulder Creek Festival® has been the unofficial kickoff to summer in Boulder. Widely considered Boulder County’s favorite event, the Festival includes three days of festivities featuring a large variety of events, activities, food and entertainment unique to the

Boulder community.

The Festival is free to the public and features something for everyone: 9 separate event areas with 500 vendors showcase everything from community arts and crafts to healthier alternatives and technology while 3 performance stages feature a spectrum of music and dance. The festival also features carnival rides and food and beverage vendors. Join us over Memorial Day Weekend 2019 for the 32nd Annual Boulder Creek Festival®

the best event in Boulder!

 

Dates: 

May 25, 2019
May 26, 2019
May 27, 2019

Location: 

Boulder Creek between Arapahoe & Canyon (North & South) and between 9th & 14th (East & West)

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40th Annual BOLDERBoulder 10K Run! 

The BOLDERBoulder was founded in 1979 as a small, local 10K, and since has grown to be one of the largest and most respected community running events in the world. We remain locally owned and operated. Every year now we celebrate Memorial Day with more than 50,000 participants and 70,000 spectators.

The BOLDERBoulder has always been for everyone regardless of ability. Our mantra is “Oh Yes You Can!” We have walking, jogging and running waves so everyone can enjoy all 10 kilometers at their own pace.

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The finish line is at the University of Colorado’s Folsom Field, which becomes the perfect venue for everyone to gather and watch the professional race and the Memorial Day Tribute. The International Pro Team Challenge attracts some of the best male and female athletes from around the world. They finish around 11:45am in the packed stadium with a cheering crowd.  Then everyone stays to watch the grand finale, the Memorial Day tribute which begins promptly at high noon.

We sincerely hope you decide to join #BoldNation by taking part in what we like to call the biggest Memorial Day celebration on earth.

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Need an Idea for Something Fun to Do With the Family this Weekend?

This Weekend Will be Sunny and Warm!

Here are a Couple Ideas to get the Family Outside, Enjoying the Sun, Fresh Air and all the Beauty and Entertainment Boulder has to Offer!

Eldorado Canyon State Park 

One of Boulder County’s most spectacular natural treasures, Eldorado Canyon State Park is an outdoor-lover’s paradise and has something for everyone. Coming to hike along the magnificent sandstone cliffs, fish in the South Boulder Creek, or just take in the breathtaking scenery, locals and tourists alike frequent this day-only park year-round. If you are wondering what to do in Boulder with active kids, this is a great place to explore.

Eldorado Canyon State Park is home to some of the best rock climbing in the world and offers over 1,000 technical rock climbing routes in and around its golden cliffs. South Boulder Creek is also ideal for fishing, paddling, swimming and picnicking during the warm summer months, while winter sees cross-country skiers and snow hikers enjoying the scenery.

The state park is open during daylight hours only, and visitors must leave before dusk. There is a small entrance fee.

9 Kneale Road, Eldorado Springs, Colorado 80025, Phone: 303-494-3943 

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If you are looking for something a little slower paced and more relaxing you can visit, Long’s Iris Gardens!

Long’s Gardens, Boulder 

Founded in 1905 by J.D. Long, Long’s Gardens is a third-generation, family-owned and -operated iris farm in the heart of Boulder. The farm offers a tranquil escape for visitors from the city and specializes in growing and selling bearded iris, which provides spectacular natural scenery when in bloom from May through early June.

Long’s Gardens sells iris plants ranging in size from the Miniature Dwarf Bearded at 8 inches in height to the Tall Bearded at 27 inches and higher. Long’s Gardens also sells T-shirts, tote bags and books on caring for irises.

Visitors should note that the gardens are only open during blooming time: May through June.

3240 Broadway, Boulder, Colorado 80306, Phone: 866-442-2353 

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Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse

Overlooking Boulder Creek in the heart of Central Park, nestled in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, the Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse is one of Boulder’s most beautiful and popular tourist attractions. Handcrafted in Dushanbe, Tajikistan and shipped to Dushanbe’s sister city of Boulder as a gift, the elaborate teahouse features exquisite exterior tile panels, a hand-carved and painted ceiling, and a fountain of seven hammered copper sculptures based on a 12th century poem, “The Seven Beauties. ”

Traditional afternoon tea is served with crisp English-style white linens and teatime accoutrements, including a three-tiered tower of freshly baked cakes and scones, sweet and savory pastries, and cucumber sandwiches, as well as a range of usual and unusual teas.

1770 13th Street, Boulder, Colorado 80302, Phone: 303-442-4993 

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If your into outer space, stars and planets you’ll definitely want to check out this local favorite, the Planetarium, on a day too hot to be outside!

Fiske Planetarium 

Based at the University of Colorado, the Fiske Planetarium is a popular attraction for both locals and visitors who love the stars. The Planetarium features a variety of exhibits, presentations and shows about the sky, the stars and the universe.

Shows are presented in one of the highest resolution theaters in North America, an Sky-Skan 8K full dome immersive theater, where visitors are surrounded by a 65-foot diameter screen, spectacular visuals, and incredible sound while the star machine displays over 20 million stars and the Milky Way. Visitors can also enjoy late-night laser shows with a new state-of-the-art laser system, as well as the popular Friday night stargazing at the Sommers-Bausch Observatory.

Weather permitting, stargazing evenings are held on the Sommers-Bausch Observatory’s Observation Deck on Fridays throughout the year, whenever the University of Colorado is open. Stargazers can explore the night sky through pier-mounted 16-inch and 18-inch telescopes as well as tripod-mounted binoculars and identify the stars with the world’s largest star wheel.

2414 Regent Dr, Boulder, Colorado 80309, Phone: 303-492-5002 

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Have a safe and happy rest of your week Boulder!

Mother’s Day Brunch at the Food Lab

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Mother’s Day is this Sunday! Come Celebrate Mom with an Interactive Brunch and a Mimosa at the Food Lab, the Whole Family can Come Learn to Cook Mom Brunch in an Entertaining and Informative Way!

What’s on the Menu:

Sweet Potato and Brussel Sprout Hash with Dijon Sauce and PoachedEggs

Lemon Ricotta Pancakes with Ginger Lemongrass Blueberries and Maple Syrup

Roast Carrot Salad with Labneh, Currants, Sunflower Seeds
Orange Blossom Mimosa 

Dates and Times:

  • Sunday, May 12, 2019 10 am – 1 pm

Location:

  Food Lab – 1825 Pearl St

VISIT WEBSITE  – To Register

Have a Warm, Healthy and Happy Mother’s Day to all of Those Wonderful Mothers out there! Thank You for all that You Do!

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CASA Volunteers Make a World of Difference!

   Niwot-based Debra Reed Fowler Real Estate (DRF) has been an active supporter of VFC’s Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program for three years. In March, her team donated $1,000 to help the organization continue to advocate on behalf of neglected and abused children.

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Gillian Marie, DRF’s Team Administrator explained that CASA is important to Fowler because;

“She talks often about how one person in your life, who believes in you, can change your life and she believes in giving children the best start they can have.“ 

Each year, hundreds of youngsters in Boulder County enter the child welfare system. It’s a complex and fraught system, but Voices for Children (VFC), a nonprofit organization based in Gunbarrel, helps children and their families find a path out.

Gillian Marie, DRF’s Team Administrator explained that CASA is important to Fowler because, “She talks often about how one person in your life, who believes in you, can change your life and she believes in giving children the best start they can have.“

CASA’s executive director, Jacob Harmon, said, “We serve abused children in Boulder County by providing qualified, trained volunteers to advocate for them throughout the court system. The work we’re doing is really building a healthier community. There’s recent research that has shown that the kids we’re serving live an average of seven years less than their peers.”  They also have higher levels of substance abuse and incarceration, but with the help of CASA volunteers, that dynamic is changing.

While social workers are assigned to each child, they may have a caseload of 20 to 30 kids at once, and there’s frequent turnover. But CASAs are assigned to just one child or one family at a time, allowing them to be more detail-oriented and available for the children.

Harmon said, “CASAs create better outcomes for our most vulnerable citizens. The CASA is that objective, independent, and constant presence in the kid’s life.”

Children most often enter the welfare system, because their parents are struggling with substance abuse and their home environment has become unsafe. Or parents may have mental health issues, the child may have been physically or emotionally abused by family members, or they may have experienced sex trafficking.  As a result, the child is placed in a foster care situation while their parents are getting their lives in order.

Any time a child is removed from a home in Boulder County, there’s an emergency hearing and CASA is called into action.

Harmon said, “The magistrate of Boulder County has decided that the service CASA provides is so valuable that she now automatically appoints a CASA to every new case. “

Two years ago there were 125 CASA volunteers, but today there are 267 in the ranks. The organization’s goal is to serve every child in Boulder County’s child welfare system, which means 100 more recruits are needed in 2019. So far this year, they’ve brought on 30 new CASAs.

CASAs are prepared for their roles with 40 hours of training, which covers how the child welfare system operates, the psychological ramifications of trauma and ways to support children experiencing it. VFC has attorneys and social workers on staff to support CASAs in their efforts around the clock.

“CASAs can be really effective and transformational in kids’ lives in about 20 hours a month, that’s just four to five hours a week,” Harmon said, dispelling the myth that volunteers have to be retired or independently wealthy to participate.

The most fundamental role of a CASA is to build a relationship in which the child feels heard and trusted unconditionally.  “So many of the kids in the child welfare system have been ignored to the point where they feel they have no ability to advocate for themselves because no one listens to them and nobody trusts them,” Harmon said.

CASAs and their kids often spend time just hanging out together, going to museums, playing games, or taking a walk. Many of the children in the program haven’t been given an opportunity to enjoy these types of experiences so that time together solidifies a relationship.

Reuniting families may take up to 18 months, and during that time it’s essential for children to know they are not going it alone; they have a mentor, a friend, and an expert to help them, so they stay in school, pursue their interests, heal emotionally and feel valued.

The role of a CASA is also to coordinate with other parts of the system – social workers, attorneys, parents, and foster parents – to make sure the child’s needs are met. Given what each CASA knows of the child and the child’s situation, their advice to the court is critical in deciding what is best for the child.

“The courts really rely on the CASA volunteer to get a sense of where the kid is in the process. They know what the child needs in order to succeed and thrive,” Harmon said.

While governmental funds provide 40 percent of their operating revenue, VFC primarily relies on the community’s generosity to offer their services. This year’s annual operating budget will come to more than $500,000.

Donations to CASA fall under the Colorado Child Contribution Credit and may qualify for a 50 percent tax credit on state taxes.

CASA will be holding its 6th annual Light of Hope luncheon at 1 p.m. on Thursday, April 25, at Folsom Field. This event is one of two critical fundraising events held each year.  During the event, highlighting the compelling work of the organization by profiling CASAs and the children they’ve worked with will bring home the importance and success of the organization.

To learn more about CASA, to volunteer or donate, and to attend the upcoming fundraising event, visit: www.vfccasa.org

CASA volunteers make a world of difference

 

Four Boulder County Easter Egg Hunts for 2019!

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 – Easter is late this year, on April 21, so Boulder’s Easter bunnies have better odds of getting their eggs to stay above the snow—though during Spring in Colorado, nothing is guaranteed. We’ve done our research and gathered four public egg hunts for you and the kiddos to try out! – 

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Grandrabbit’s Easter Egg Race (2525 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder)

  • Saturday, April 20, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
  • The spectacular Grandrabbit’s Toy Shoppe hosts this free event, which includes prizes and giveaways. Hunts will take place at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m. for ages 1 to 3; 10:20 a.m., 11:20 a.m., 12:20 p.m. and 1:20 p.m. for ages 4 to 6; and 10:40 a.m., 11:40 a.m., 12:40 p.m. and 1:40 p.m. for ages 7 to 10. Arrive at least 5 minutes before start time, one race per child.  

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White Fields Easter Egg Hunt and Festival (St Vrain Memorial Building, Roosevelt Park, Longmont)

  • Saturday, April 20, 10–11:30 a.m.
  • This free festival claims to be the biggest hunt in Boulder County. Additional activities include face painting, bracelet making, a puppet show, and bounce houses/obstacle course. 

The Well Easter Egg Hunt (Lazy Dog Sports Bar & Grill, 1346 Pearl St., Boulder)

  • Saturday, April 20, 10–11:30 a.m.
  • This free downtown Boulder event begins promptly at 10 a.m., and will provide plenty of candy hidden all across the Boulder County Commissioners’ Lawn. All elementary ages welcome. 

Calvary Bible Church Easter Egg Hunt (3245 Kalmia St., Boulder, and 615 Evans St., Erie)

  • Saturday, April 20, 10 a.m.–noon.
  • An annual church ministry event, the free hunt is open to kids through 5th grade and includes crafts, food, games and a special surprise. 

HAPPY EASTER 2019! 

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Tulip Fairy and Elf Festival

 

 Come help Boulder celebrate Spring and welcome the Tulips, have some fun and enjoy the sun on the beautiful Pearl Street!

Dates: April 7, 2019

Times: 1:00PM to 5:00PM

Phone: (303) 449-3774

Admission: Free

Location: 
Pearl Street Mall, Boulder, CO, 80302 Pearl Street Mall Suite 301 
Boulder, CO 80302

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   Spring officially arrives in Downtown Boulder when the vibrant Tulip Fairy, along with pint-sized fairies and elves, parade around the Pearl Street Mall ‘welcoming the tulips’. This beloved springtime tradition features performances and activities for girls and boys and celebrates the more than 15,000 tulips that adorn the world-renowned Pearl Street Mall throughout the spring season. Rain Date: April 14, 2019

Vintage Tiles Add Pop, Color and Movement

Written By: Jules Marie, 33Words PR
Article provided courtesy of Porcelanosa

Sometimes the simple addition of a pop of color is the answer to how to begin a kitchen or bath remodel. Look around the room you want to upgrade. What’s missing? Color? Movement? Texture? Homeowners and designers alike agree that kitchen inspiration often begins with something as beautiful as a section of vintage tiles which add a touch of class to the room and become the centerpiece for an updated room.

 

The Porcelanosa Nazari and Sevilla collections may be just what you’re looking for—the lustrous sheen of Nazari tiles lends warmth, personality and comfort to every kitchen. Nazari ceramic tiles offer irregular textures that stand out for having asymmetrical surfaces. While a combination of matte and glossy surfaces are available in the Nazari Collection, choosing a glossy surface has the ability to produce reflections which adds movement to a room. A splash of lovely warm gold will be achieved when using Sevilla Mostaza tiles as a wall covering or backsplash. Designers have added Sevilla Mostaza tiles with their rich color to kitchens, bathrooms, entryways and even in shower areas.

 

Sevilla Rose adds a vintage look with its glowing pink hues and is the ideal vintage backsplash to use for blending into a contemporary look. We can thank First Lady Mamie Eisenhower for introducing America to the color pink as she used so much that the White House was referred to as the Pink Palace. Though pink tiles were the color of choice for entire bathrooms and kitchens in the 50s and 60s with over 90 “shades” of pink to choose from, today’s use of this faint color is generally used sparingly and as an accent color to other décor choices.

 

If you’d rather tone down the color and ramp up the sheen, then consider Nazari Ifrane with its shimmery pale silver and grey hues. Porcelain tiles withstand stain and water damage and are easy to clean and maintain due to the dense and non-porous finish. The beautiful silky finish will bounce light around the room and add a warm dimensionality to the room. Choosing a tile from the Nazari collection will yield a more traditional or rustic look within the home.

 

Surround yourself with the color of the sea with the gorgeous emerald green Sevilla Aqua tiles. Whether used as a backsplash or for an entire wall in a kitchen, bath or family room, Sevilla Aqua tiles uplift a room’s décor immediately with their rich, jewel-tones and 3D effects.

The versatile and durable Nazari Collection, with its vintage tiles, is designed to add personality and warmth to every room with its unique handcrafted tiles inspired by traditional North African traditional ceramics with a Mediterranean flair.

Quick Fixes to Boost your Homes Curb Value

By: Claire Marie, Staff Writer

In a world where ‘what you see is what you get’ is quickly becoming the norm, it’s increasingly important to make sure that the exterior of your home is giving off a great first impression to potential home buyers.

Things that may seem inconsequential, such as the color of your door, or the shape of your doorknob, could be costing you.

A study recently conducted by Zillow, published in Time Magazine, found that painting your front door black or charcoal gray could increase your sale price by as much as $6,271. Caution was urged when changing the color of rooms like your kitchen- the same study found that homes with red kitchens sold for $2,300 less than those with traditional lighter tones, while having a muted tone like taupe or light blue in the bathroom could raise your home value by as much as $2,800.

Painting your front door isn’t the only way to increase your home’s value; you can also install an eye-catching doorknob that will set the tone for the furnishings on the interior of the home. For example, if you have a home where everything inside is very modern and clean you could install a doorknob with an electronic lock, or if you have a Victorian styled home you could get an ornate door knocker. It’s all in the details.

One of those details is the address of your home. This is obviously very important when selling your home as you want to make sure that potential buyers have an easy time spotting your house from the street. A great way to do this is to buy new numbers that complement the exterior of your home and will be instantly eye catching.

 

Another great way to boost curb appeal is to add a stone, or brick path which will draw the eye straight to your doorway. This is an especially nice touch if you are trying to show off your newly painted door!

 

The final touch is landscaping. You may think this doesn’t apply to you- maybe you don’t have a yard at all, let alone the money to spend on planting a garden. Instead, consider buying a few potted plants or installing window planter boxes- these will quickly brighten up and add a cheerful quality to any home. If you do have a yard make sure that you give it the same consideration as you would the interior of your home- mow the grass, prune the bushes, rake up any dead leaves, and pick up any kids’ toys that may be laying around.

 

Remember – the exterior of the home sets the tone for what people expect to find on the interior so make sure your home is making the statement you want both inside and out!