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Mother’s Day 2014

Whether you’re a mother yourself or you’re celebrating another amazing mom, here are some great ideas for enjoying the special day (May 11th, by the way).

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When: Mother’s Day, May 11th, 2014 at 9 AM Where: City Park, Denver Register: Click HERE! Registration includes admission and T-shirt. Registration is limited to 2000 participants and will fill up early. Family Registration is a maximum of four entrants & Mom’s Group Registration is a maximum of five entrants On and After 4/15 – Individual: $35 / Family: $115 / Mom’s Group: $140 Race Day Individual: $40 / Family: $125 / Mom’s Group: $160



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Wine & Whey  May 9 th – 12th, 2014



During Mother’s Day Weekend (because Mom’s deserve full weekends) W&W will offer a very special outing. Included is a complete wine package with your selection of a grape varietal and your choice of a bottle of wine from us here at W&W to take home to share! Snap a photo, create a label and start your wine now, or reserve a time for the future! Everyone can bond over Wine. Keep all 30 bottles at the end of fermentation.  Click here to register.



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Sunday, May 11, 2014 – 11:00a to 1:00p, Scented Studio DenverCO
Come experience Scented Studio and the art of perfume/cologne making! In this Scented Journey workshop you will be guided through our 22 Signature Fragrances. Here, blend your favorite scents into a unique and distinctive fragrance that is the essence of you. You will receive a 100mL bottle of your fragrance and also get to name your creation with our store. Perfect for everyone! Please call ahead for one of our Mother’s Day events! Mimosas (over 21) and hors d’oeuvres will be served. Call: (303) 333-3315 to register.



mothers day tea the strange team alan strangeMother’s Day Tea at the Byers-Evans House Museum

Saturday, May 10 1:30p to 4:00p Byers-Evans House MuseumDenverCO
The Byers-Evans House Museum invites you to join us for a Mother’s Day tea on May 10. Your visit will begin at 1:30 with a tour of the house, which has been beautifully restored to the 1912-1924 period. After the tour, enjoy an afternoon tea featuring sandwiches, scones, fresh fruit and dessert. Reservations are required. For more information call 303-620-4933.



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14 Ideas for Mother’s Day

That Cost Time, Not Money

By Ellen Freudenheim


  1. From the heart: Tell Mom you love her, however you do it; with a hug, a note on the fridge, a letter in the mail, or straight out “I Love You!”
  2. Play Mom to mom: Cook mom a meal — and make sure you clean the kitchen up afterward.
  3. Make her home beautiful: Clean your room (and maybe the whole house) to perfection.
  4. Make her proud: Get an A on your next test or paper, if you’re in school.
  5. Give her some of these funny printable coupons, for instance, “share the remote controller.”
  6. Teach her something useful: Offer Mom two or three sessions of computer assistance; you know more than she does, and most women over the age of 40 could use an upgrade of their computer skills.
  7. Make a handmade momento: make a card, write a poem, take a photo, make a photo frame, make a memory.
  8. Do the laundry or ironing, if that’s a job that usually falls to Mom.
  9. Share your energy: Invite her for a walk that lasts for at least a half hour, or a bike ride.
  10. Share her interests: Is there some volunteer activity your mom cares about? Help her out with her envelope-stuffing, money collection or phone calls, whatever needs doing. Does she like to read? Get a library book out by her favorite author. Does she like to dance or laugh? Put some music on, tell a joke!
  11. Lend a hand: Help her with a project whether that’s spring cleaning decluttering, painting the bathroom, or reformatting her resume.
  12. Share some e-love: Send her a sweet email.
  13. Share your life: Tell her the last names of three of your new friends, or something about your life that she’d like to know (Mothers do want to know).
  14. Share your dreams: Tell her what you want to be and how you’d like your life to look when you grow up (even if you’re not sure), or move out.
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Mother’s Day 2014 – Brunches

Top 10 Brunches in Denver

Mother’s Day 2014

By Nina Snyder on

Your mom spent many years flipping flapjacks for you — or at least, pouring cereal and milk in a bowl. Return the favor by taking mom out to brunch for Mother’s Day. From French fare at Le Central to nouveau Mexican at Lola, Denver’s diverse restaurants offer many choices to make mom happy. Mother’s Day this year falls on Sunday, May 11, 2014.

1. Dazzle


Photo courtesy of Julie Monley

Dazzle your mom with live jazz performed onstage by the Julie Monley Quartet, featuring the vocal talents of Denver native Julie Monley. While you mellow out in the dining area with omelets made to order and a top-notch brunch buffet, mom can kick back and relax. For an additional cost, you can add on all-you-can-drink mimosas and bloody marys. Brunch is served from 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., with live music from 10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Reservations are required.

Dazzle Restaurant and Lounge
930 Lincoln St.
Denver, CO 80203
Phone: 303-839-5101

2. Ellyngton’s at the Brown Palace

The Dom Perignon champagne brunch at Ellyngton’s at the Brown Palace will pamper mom with carving stations, seafood selections  — plus a pour of premium champage. The historic Brown Palace hotel downtown has housed many of Denver’s elite since its construction in 1892, and continues the tradition of luxury, with prices of more than $100 for the Dom Perignon brunch. Reservations are required.

Ellyngton’s at the Brown Palace
321 17th St.
Denver, CO 80202
Phone: 303-297-3111

3. Le Central

French fare at reasonable prices makes Le Central a favorite spot for le brunch in Denver. Le Central will be offering a special Mother’s Day brunch menu with crepes, omelets — and of course, French toast. Reservations are required.

Le Central
112 E. 8th St.
Denver, CO 80203

4. Snooze

Trendy moms can enjoy the hipster ambience at Snooze in LoDo, featured as a favorite brunch spot on “Real World: Denver.” The popular eatery also opened two more locations, one at 700 Colorado Blvd. in Denverand one at 6781 S York St. in Centennial. Indulge your sweet tooth with Cinnamon Roll Pancakes, or dig into several delicious varieties of eggs benedict. Not the best choice for moms on a diet, however, as low-calorie options are limited.

2262 Larimer St.
Denver CO 80205
Phone: 303-297-0700

5. Jelly Cafe

The Capitol Hill eatery is giving Snooze a run for its money as hippest breakfast joint in town. Jelly makes its donut holes in house, which come filled with your choice of jelly or other fillings. Jelly also offers a twist on old favorites such as pancakes and biscuits and gravy. Gluten-free items are available on the menu. Be prepared for a wait. Jelly recently opened a second location at 700 East Evans Ave. in Denver.

Jelly Cafe
600 E. 13th Ave.
Denver, CO 80203
Phone: 303-831-6301

6. WaterCourse Foods

Vegetarian moms will savor the menu at Watercourse Foods in City Park, which also includes gluten-free options. The buckwheat pancakes are surprisingly good — despite being healthy for you. Watercourse Foods serves breakfast all day from 8 a.m. – 10 p.m. on Sundays.

Watercourse Foods
837 E. 17th Ave.
Denver, CO 80218
Phone: 303-832-7313

7. Washington Park Grille

The Washington Park Grille, or Wash Park Grille for short, will please the palate of traditional moms. Homemade waffles, carving stations and of course, eggs benedict, round out the upscale breakfast buffet choices. Mother’s Day brunch is served from 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. for $29.95 for adults, and $14.95 for children ages 6 – 12. Children ages 5 and under eat free. Reservations are required.

Washington Park Grille
1096 S. Gaylord St.
Denver, CO 80209
Phone: 303-777-0707

8. Lola

Show mom the world at Lola, which has one of the best views of downtown Denver from the patio of the Highlands eatery. The Mexican restaurant’s brunch menu features American classics such as chicken and waffles, as well as Latin-inspired favorites such as lobster green chile omelet. Brunch is served from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on weekends.

1575 Boulder St.
Denver, CO 80211
Phone: 720-570-8686

9. Tavern

The Tavern, with three locations in the Denver metro area, offers a brunch buffet from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with prime rib, smoked salmon and an omelet station. Moms who are fond of quaffing champagne will enjoy bottomless mimosas for $10.50. The Tavern also features a top-notch Bloody Mary bar for $6.50. Brunch is $32 for adults and $12 for children under 12. Every mother also receives a rose with brunch.

10. Lucile’s Creole Cafe

Lucile’s Creole Cafe has several locations in the Denver area, and offers breakfast favorites with a Creole kick. Try the Eggs New Orleans for a spicy take on Eggs Benedict, and don’t forget to start off the meal with beignets. Lucile’s does not accept reservations.

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Pick the Peak 2014

We’re doing it again…it’s almost time for our annual 14’er hike!  Our hike is COMING SOON. This time you get to “pick the peak!”  Fill out the vote slip below to let us know your pick for which hike you would like to join us on!

Quandary Peak |Rank: 13 of 53 | Elevation 14,265′ | RangeTen mile | Nat. Forest: White River | Lat/Long39º 23′ 50″ N/106º 06′ 21″ W | Counties: Summit | Towns: Breckenridge, Alma, Fairplay, Leadville

Mt. Lincoln from Kite Lake | Difficulty: Class 2 | Exposure: Mild exposure in the area but not along the immediate route | Summit Elev.: 14,286 feet | Trailhead Elev.: 12,000 feet | Elevation Gain: 2,600 feet | RT Length: 6.00 miles

Torreys Peak – Kelso Ridge | Difficulty: Class 3 | Exposure: More serious exposure – moving past the area will require some scrambling or short technical moves | Summit Elev.: 14,267 feet | Trailhead Elev.: 11,280 feet | Elevation Gain: 3,100 feet | RT Length: 6.75 miles

Mt. Evans – West Ridge via Mt. Spalding | Difficulty: Class 2 | Exposure: Mild exposure very close to the route –  options may be limited but you should be able to walk past the exposure area | Summit Elev.: 14,264 feet |Trailhead Elev.: 12,850 feet | Elevation Gain: 2,000 feet | RT Length: 5.5 miles if you return over Mt. Spalding/4.5 miles if you descend the Northeast face back to Summit Lake

Mt. Bierstadt | Rank: 38 of 53 | Elevation 14,060′ | Range: Front | Nat. Forest: Pike, Arapaho | Lat/Long: 39º 34′ 58″ N/105º 40′ 05″ W | Counties: Clear Creek | Towns: Georgetown, Idaho Springs, Grant


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Many of us have these cute little ”twerks” about certain things. I, for one, can’t stand the sight of a painting that’s hung crooked on a wall. We’ve conducted rigorous research (ie. wikipedia) into OCD  and found out that: Obsessive–compulsive disorder (OCD) is an anxiety disorder characterized by intrusive thoughts that produce uneasiness, apprehension, fear, or worry; by repetitive behaviors aimed at reducing the associated anxiety; or by a combination of such obsessions and compulsions.

Now, people with OCD’s totally have our sympathies. It can’t be easy to live with such an disorder. In light of our research we’ve decided to try and help people suffering with OCD, and what could be a better form of help, than seeing a lot of OCD-inducing photos! Here’s a list of such photos. A word of warning though, even if you don’t suffer from OCD – after seeing these images you totally might.


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Easter Church Services Denver Metro 2014

Sunday, April 20 2014


Flatirons Church (2 Locations) 355 W South Boulder Road, Lafayette, CO 80026 OR 24887 Genesee Trail Road, Golden, CO 80401 | Saturday 4/19 3:15, 5:00 & 6:45 pm (Lafayette Only) & Sunday 4/20 9:00, 10:45 am & 12:30 pm | Venue Website (303) 926-0431



Crossroads Church (3 Locations) 10451 Huron St, Northglenn OR 53 E. 128th Ave, Thornton OR 1115 1st St, Ft. Lupton (no 7:45 service at Ft. Lupton) | Saturday 4/19 6:00 pm & Sunday 4/20 7:45, 9:30 & 11:00 am | Venue Website (303) 452-5332



Church Service

Calvary Belmar 1 Garrison St. Lakewood, CO 80226 | 8:30 & 10:00 am | Event website  Phone (720) 319-7612



St. Johns Episcopal Cathedral

Saint John’s Cathedral 1350 S. Washington St. Denver, CO 80285 | 7:30, 9:00, 11:15 am | Event website Phone (303) 831-7115
Saint Augstine Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church 55 W. Third Ave., Denver, CO, 80223 | 10:00 am |  (303) 698-2433
Church of the Epiphany
Church of the Epiphany 100 Colorado Blvd., Denver, CO, 80206 | 10:30 am | Event website Phone +1(303) 321-0813
Saint Elizabeth Episcopal Church 76 S. Third Ave., Brighton, CO, 80601 | 10:00 am | Event website
Run the Rocks 5k Run/Walk
Red Rocks Amphitheater 18300 W. Alameda Pkwy., Morrison, CO, 80465 | 5:30 & 7:30 am Event website Phone (303) 825-4910
Aspen Grove Fellowship Church 9880 Baseline Rd., Lafayette, CO, 80026 | 10:30 am | Event website Phone (720) 836-7188
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An “Alarming” Home Tour Video

Doug Saxen from The Strange Team “Real Estate Agent 007” has a few surprises while shooting a video tour of a home for out of state clients.


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