How To… Survive & Enjoy a Broncos Game at Mile High Stadium

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Last year, we spent a lot of time at Sports Authority Field at Mile High Stadium. This year was totally different; thanks to a friend passing along 4 tickets, we were able to see one Bronco’s game – Broncos Vs. Raiders in Game 10. Oddly enough, we saw the Broncos play the Raiders last year; maybe we should just start a tradition?

Games can be frustrating, and for many more reasons beyond terrible runs and hurt players. We recognize this, and made a list of Helpful Hints & Tips for when you, your family, and friends head down to Mile High Stadium to watch the Broncos play. Of course, a lot of these can be applied to any sports game or concert viewing…

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Wish for Wheels – Helping Kids Through the Joy of Bicycles

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Learn more about Wish for Wheels by clicking on this photo and checking out their Facebook page. Photo Credit: Wish for Wheels Facebook Page, 2014.

Here at DenverSpeax, we’re extremely interested and intrigued by how bicycles have continuously strengthened this Denver community. We’ve written a ton about bicycling events (like Royal Rush), shops (like DBC), and even groups (She Devils) that really give back… but what about the kids? Continue reading

Light it Up: Denver Botanic Gardens Blossoms of Light

Super sad that Chihuly is gone? Don’t fret, friends! With the holidays upon us, the Denver Botanic Gardens turns into a beautiful, sparkling spectacle of light throughout the grounds.

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Photo Credit: Denver Botanic Gardens website. Click on the photo to check out more info on the Denver Botanic Gardens!

Check out the new displays this year at the York location Botanic Gardens; bring the family and weave throughout the lights sipping hot drinks and munching on seasonal snacks. Instead of bustling around shopping malls stressing out over the holidays, relax and unwind with friends and family ENJOYING the holidays at the Botanic Gardens! Read more for Dates, Times, & Cost Continue reading

Get Your Learn On – FREE Events & Classes at the Denver Public Library

Did you know that the Denver Public Library hosts tons of valuable classes and events for free? Yes. Totally free. You can learn how to crochet, speak Spanish (and other languages), meet new authors, and even how to write code on your computer.

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Need a creative refresher? Check out the DPL’s events and classes to recharge those creative batteries. Image Courtesy of Google Images – please click to visit the blog this was copied from. DenverSpeax, 2014.

They offer a ton of different classes and events for adults AND kids at all of the different branches of the Denver Public Library. Continue reading

Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile

When I was a little girl, my dad would read this funny book to me about a crocodile.

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Photo courtesy of Wikipedia, 2014.

 

His name was Lyle, and he was adopted by the Primm family in the city. He grew so big that sometimes he had to hang out in the tub. My father must have read this book to me thousands of times, and would receive the same reaction each time – endless giggles that will be engrained in my mind for as long as I live.

My dad has been gone for nearly a decade, and it’s childhood memories like Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile that help me remember his magical animation, keeping him very much alive in my mind.

I think everyone has a few memories about growing up that stick with them throughout life, sometimes being that one shining light that clears up a dark, gloomy day. Or, that one magical memory that reminds us that our loved ones who have passed truly never leave.

 

When I was skimming what was going on in the Denver area this upcoming weekend, I came across a children’s play of Lyle the Crocodile that is being performed at the Arvada Center for the Arts & Humanities until May 23rd, 2014. The tickets are reasonably priced, and the show lovingly entertaining for kids of all ages.

What an amazing way to introduce kids to the arts; taking a childhood story and having it performed live is such an incredible experience! Definitely one of those that will become a lasting childhood memory, much like my experience with Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile and my dad.

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Photo courtesy of Google Images, 2014.

 

In loving memory of Johnny O. Ebey, my Lyle Crocodile Ambassador & Magic Man Extraordinaire. 

 

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Valverde Bazaar Pop-Up Outdoor Market – 1 Day Only!

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Check out one of the coolest Colorado home-grown, hand-made flea markets around – the Valverde Bazaar. Click on the photo to check out their Facebook Page! Photo courtesy of the Valverde Bazaar’s Facebook Page, May 2014

 

Set up in the outdoor space of Eron Johnson Antiques, this 1-day Pop-Up Market will launch their second season this upcoming Saturday, May 17th. Open from 9 am – 4 pm, the Valverde Bazaar will show off over 70 local, crafty vendors toting vintage, antique, and creative offerings to the public.

As if home-made goods and beautiful collections weren’t enough, food trucks and live music are also on the roster for this upcoming Saturday. Check out the Bazaar located at Eron Johnson Antiques on 389 South Lipan Street in Denver – it is a FREE event, suitable for all ages, and is a great way to get outside. Support local artists and bring a friend or two! There will be so many amazing booths, great food, and sunshine – something we all need after the blizzard of last night!

For more information, check out the Valverde Bazaar on Facebook.

Denver’s “Celebrate Culture” Festival

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Photo Credit: VisitWestHollywood.com, 2014

Happy (almost) Cinco de Mayo, Denver! We look forward to celebrating this beautiful culture at the Culture Festival downtown in Civic Center tomorrow. This is an all-ages, fun & FREE event. Opening at 10 am tomorrow, Saturday, and not closing until Sunday night at 8 pm, experience food and fun of Cinco de Mayo.

Get Ready – Denver’s City Park Jazz is BACK in June 2014

One of the coolest, FREE events in town, City Park Jazz in Denver’s City Park offers Denverites of all ages a great time outside.

Pack a picnic, ride your bike, and find a spot in the Park on June 1st, 2014 to kick off another season of FREE Jazz concerts.

Pavillion within City Park Credit: Kirsten Ebey May 2013

Pavillion within City Park Credit: Kirsten Ebey May 2013

 

A Few Easy Reminders: 

  • Yes, you can totally bring your furry friend! Make sure they’re on a leash.
  • Please, please, please don’t forget an extra trash bag to keep your trash concealed before throwing it away when leaving. Keep this beautiful place clean.
  • No, you don’t have to pay – it’s FREE! You can, however, always donate while at the concert (they have volunteers that collect) or on the website.
  • The show starts at 6:00 pm MST, but if you’re looking for a parking spot on a nearby street, you’ll need to head over a few hours earlier. We totally suggest riding your bike if at all possible!
  • No glass in the park, but canned beer is allowed.
  • Food trucks will be at the park so if you don’t pack you’re on food, you will not starve.
  • There are portopotties, and they’re usually pretty clean.

Click here for the 2014 season schedule. Get ready to have an amazing time! We hope to see you there.

OneSpark – Day 1 & 2

We’re having a blast here in Jacksonville, Florida, promoting our CitySpeax expansion project. If you haven’t visited our project on OneSpark and registered to vote for #20643, please do! Your vote helps us get NOTICED and, hopefully, funded. 

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Steve manning the booth at OneSpark! This was before our banner was created / hung as well as our signs created. Watch out our booth evolves over the next few days – we’re learning new things each day!

 

At OneSpark, we hope to expand the “speax” branded websites to CitySpeax, one brand that supports all of the “speak” city websites promoting small business through features, recognition, offering of small business solutions including advertising, social media, and consultation.

With the CitySpeax brand, we  can support small businesses and strengthen communities as we have through our separate websites for Jacksonville, New Orleans, and Denver

Check out our project, Creator #20643, here, and vote for us!

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Hemming Plaza in Jacksonville, FL – check out the traffic around all of the cool Creators. You can see all of the projects by clicking on tho photo and visiting OneSpark.com. Credit: Kirsten Ebey, Apr 2014

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Beautiful Sunset at the end of Day 1 at OneSpark. Click on the photo to check out project and vote for us! Credit: Kirsten Ebey, April 2014.

 

Instameet for Colorado Instagram – Saturday, Mar 15th, 2014

Did you know that Colorado has its own Instagram Community? Yep, totally does! Colorado Instagram is strengthening our community by organizing cool and fun meet ups for anyone and everyone to participate in – totally free.

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Click on the photo to check out Colorado Instagram on Facebook. Credit: Colorado Instagram, Mar 2014.

For those of you who can’t get enough of Colorado, photography, art, or meeting people that have those plus many additional interests, you should really check out the next Instameet: an event where everyone gets together, takes photos around a given area, and shares them. Usually there is a theme, or style of photography to inspire those creative minds.

The next Instameet for Colorado Instagram will be held Saturday, March 15th, 2014 – everyone is to meet up at New Belgium in Fort Collins at 11:30 am. The theme will be portraits. I, Kirsten, see some fun makeup in my future for this Instameet… Also, as Denverspeax has never been to Fort Collins before, we’ll be killing two birds with one stone! Any suggestions of places to stop by? Give us a holler in the comments section.

You can check them out on Instagram or Facebook to get up to speed on all of the details, and their first Instameet. Make sure you tag your pics on Instagram with #focoinstameet – follow them on various social media, and pass along the good word about this cool new community!