Denver Zombie Crawl returns to 16th Street Mall for Halloween fun in 2016
Oct 2016
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Photos from Denver Zombie Crawl 2016 – Creepy Fun on 16th Street Mall

It’s that time of year again! We are close to Halloween, which means Zombie Crawl takes over Denver’s 16th Street Mall with some really outrageously creepy costumes. Given the state of our election, I expected an onslaught of Trumps, but only saw a few and they always had a Hillary on their arm. The zombie zeitgeist this year was full-on Day of the Dead, with multiple examples up and down the mall.

It’s the 11th anniversary of Denver Zombie Crawl and this year it also fell squarely on founder Danny Newman‘s birthday. Personally, I can’t think of a better present than tens of thousands of costumed creatures taking over downtown.

Denver Zombie Crawl 2016 - Halloween Fun on 16th Street Mall
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YMCA Snow Mountain Ranch: New Yurt Village and Fun Fall Activities
Oct 2016
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YMCA Snow Mountain Ranch: New Yurt Village + Fall Activities

Recently, we headed up the hill from Denver to check out the new “yurt village” at YMCA’s Snow Mountain Ranch. Sometimes we Denverites forget how much beauty is so close to us, just a quick drive away.

The yurts are a great option for families that want to camp, but still have some luxuries… you know – like electricity and beds. Each yurt can sleep up to 6 people, with one queen bed and two bunked beds.

And! You can bring your dog. Something I will definitely keep in mind for next time.

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Riot Fest Denver Day 3 - Concert Photos
Oct 2016
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Riot Fest Denver Photos: Chevy Metal, Bad Religion, NAS

Here is it, finally. My final post from the final music festival in Denver this year. Riot Fest Denver Day 3 culminated with the reunion of the *ORIGINAL* Misfits, who have pretty much hated each other for 30 years. I have no idea how they pulled this off, other than perhaps some massive therapy. They sounded great, but sadly, no photographers were allowed in.

It happens… and also allowed me to run over and catch NAS, who put on a killer final set of the day.

My other standout, of course, was Chevy Metal. I was surprised as I listened to the crowd discussing the band, reading directly from Riot Fest’s description. “A 70’s rock cover band?” I wanted to scream back at them: “WITH TWO FOO FIGHTERS, YOU GUYS!”

I ain’t gonna lie. Photographing Taylor Hawkins, perhaps my favorite drummer ever… that was f-u-n, FUN.

Everyone else I got to that day was incredible as well. Bleached, Flatbush Zombies (including their awesome romp through the crowd), Bad Religion and especially Gogol Bordello rounded out a day that started great and just kept going.

Thanks again for an awesome weekend, Riot Fest. Can’t wait to see what tricks you pull out of your sleeve in 2017.

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Recycle Paint with PaintCare
Oct 2016
11

PaintCare “Use It Up” Recycle Contest for Colorado

I love how things come together fortuitously. Recently, I was chatting with friends in the social media world about all the projects I have been doing – and want to do – around the house. A big one for this fall includes painting my bedroom – the first time it will be done in the 16 years we have owned this house – eeks. And the other was a massive cleanout of our garage that had been filled from floor to ceiling with leftovers of actually living in this space for 16 years. I had been pondering what to do with old paint, and my friends pointed me to PaintCare.

  • PaintCare is the organization that oversees the official paint recycling program in Colorado and eight other states across the U.S.
  • PaintCare’s goal is to teach people in Colorado to “Buy Right” – which means to buy the right amount of paint; to “Use it Up” – which means to find ways to use up leftover paint; and “Recycle the Rest” – to recycle unwanted paint.
  • There are more than 145 sites for Coloradans to recycle their paint.

Awesome! Where have you been all of my life?

But it gets better…

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Concert photos of Riot Fest 2016 Denver Day 2
Sep 2016
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Riot Fest Denver Photos: Ween, Sleater-Kinney, DeVotchKa

The second day of Riot Fest Denver was full of surprises for me. Sure, I liked the bands playing, but none of my absolute favorites happened to be on the schedule. What surprised me is that many of the bands I did see on day two blew. me. away. In particular, Sleater-Kinney became a highlight of the whole festival. THEY KILLED IT. Rock and roll at its finest with those ladies, to be sure.

It was also fantastic to see Denverites DeVotchKa play to such a warm reception, so high on the bill. I am loyal to this band forever – they contributed to my former elementary school concert fundraiser way back in its early days.

Set Your Goals, a band I had never heard of before (lame), threw down earlier in the day by running all around the stage and getting the crowd to a frenzied pitch. I almost forgot to take photos because I was having so much fun watching the guys performing, and their fans having fun.

So Riot Fest continues to be exactly what we want it to be. Lots of music out in the dust on a hot day in Denver.

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