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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

City of Boulder's Annual Tulip Bulb Giveaway!

The most anticipated few hours of summer are nearly upon us: no, not the BolderBoulder, not CU's first home game, or even String Cheese at Red Rocks, we are talking about the City of Boulder's Annual Tulip Bulb Giveaway. All those delightful beauties that bloom on the mall every spring are up for grabs as the City's Park and Rec Department hands them out on a first come, first serve basis tomorrow, August 27, starting at 11:30 a.m. on the 1300 Block of Pearl Street. (Note: For City of Boulder residents only)

There will be about 300 to 400 bags of tulips available. Parks and Recreation staff changes the variety and color of the tulips planted on the Pearl Street Mall every year to provide a unique and impressive display each spring. Each fall, staff plant about 15,000 new tulip bulbs. After the bloom, staff removes the bulbs to make way for summer plantings, storing them until the annual tulip bulb give-away each August. Pearl Street Mall tulips are imported directly from Holland from a wholesale provider.

So come on down and grab a big 'ol Boulder bag of blossoming bulbs to make your yard as pretty as April in Downtown! Now if we could just get those buskers and hotdog carts on your lawn too...

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Friday, August 21, 2009

BoulderFest is finally here!

It's 4 p.m. on Friday and as the work week ends, the Downtown Boulder team is gearing up for a huge weekend! Meet us on the 1300 block of Pearl Street in one hour to see what we've been up to...

The stage is set and ready for the Rebecca Folsom Band followed by the Nacho Men playing tonight and then tomorrow we will feature Sunday at Vic's, BiG BanG!, Mohammed Alidu & The Bizung Family and the legendary Freddi-Henchi Band. Fencing, tables and chairs are set up and ready for the EIGHT local breweries and TWO local wineries who will be serving up 20 varieties of beers & wine ($5/glass).

We've Tweeted, Facebooked, blogged and even used traditional media to spread the word and now all we need is you to join us! We BoulderFest kicks off tonight from 5 - 10 p.m. and tomorrow from noon - 10 p.m. Click here for a complete list of everything going on.

Have a great weekend...we hope to see you in the heart of the city, celebrating the local at Downtown Boulder's BoulderFest 2009! CHEERS!

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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

People Still Use Fax Machines?: What I learned at DBI

In Boulder you can be classified as either one of two things: a student, or not a student. Not students are usually characterized by being tiny cute people with chubby cheeks or grown-up and married. Students will most likely be spotted donning a face that says “economy-eshnonomy...I’ll still find a job” and searching for cheap beer. Well Downtowners, I happen to be one such CU student. And when a student such as me finds themselves all worked up about facing graduation in the upcoming year, there is only one thing for us to do: Get an internship! An unpaid internship! A resume one-liner that says “Hey! Look at me! I’ve had real world experience (sort of)!” And through the magic that is Craigslist, I ended up at Downtown Boulder.

The school year is about to begin yet again (as you may have noticed the increase of traffic, the long lines at Target, and the occasional awkward parent-child duo strolling downtown) which means I will be far too busy reading (or renting the movie), writing (an hour before it’s due) and attending class (maybe) to continue this internship. That’s right folks, your favorite blogger/phone answerer is fleeing the nest onto bigger and better things. As this is my last blog for Downtown Boulder, I’d like to share with you all the valuable lessons I’ve learned.

1. People do actually still use fax machines.
Who knew? Of course, our machine really loved getting paper jams all the time and making loud noises for no apparent reason…but only when I was using it of course. I think it only took me about five or so tries to get it right.

2. Change is good…sometimes.
The first month of my internship was spent working on website system A. The rest were spent working with website system B, which, as it turned out, was quite a bit more difficult than system A so we decided that we would switch back a few weeks after I leave. So a sizable chunk of my time was spent getting to know, updating, and perfecting something this office will never use again.

3. Don’t let your boss leave you for a month for something silly like a wedding – something bad and scary will happen
Did I mention that while this little transition from website system A to B took place my boss was miraculously on the other side of the planet? And just when things start smoothing out, when I start feeling like I have a job and not an internship, he comes back and I get to change the tape dispenser.

4. Bagged lunches are for toddlers
But being 21 in an office means I basically am a toddler, so I guess it’s okay. PB&J for life!

5. NEVER press the “delete all” button.
Seriously. Not for any reason. Do not click it. This was a lesson I learned just last week, after months of the red-haired ball of sarcasm that is my boss telling me I needed to make an “intern mistake” to spice things up. The whole office happens to be chatting by my desk while I’m happily working away on a mundane task like any young person just entering the workforce will, and oops! There goes my office cred. You may recall our calendar being oddly blank and event-less for an entire weekend? You’re welcome.

Before my days of trying to be a real, functional person, I pretty much thought Boulder was about a 10 block radius consisting of campus and The Hill. Now, not only am I a walking Rolodex for Downtown Boulder, but I know that it can be quite easy to be a functional person, all you need is good music to keep you motivated, to-do lists to keep you working, and swag to keep you happy.

And expert skills with a fax machine.

- Claire Little

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Thursday, August 13, 2009

It all Started at The Rio...

Everyone loves a birthday in Boulder - and in August and September we get to celebrate Rio Grande's 20th! This juicy Downtown Boulder cantina is putting its party-throwing skills to work for their big 2-0 and want to give two lucky Rio lovers a trip to Guadalajara, Mexico. To win, all you have to do is tell a story. If you have the best story that starts with The Rio, good friends, good food and a few margaritas, send it in! Ultimately, The Rio recognizes that these stories are part of its own, and they're looking for the best story their 20 years has provided.

You have until the end of August to remember, transcribe and send in your tale of hilarity and good times. The all-expense paid trip for two to Guadalajara includes an extensive tequila tasting and tequila-making tour. And maybe your story doesn't get you a trip to Mexico, but it could still win you other great prizes right here in Downtown Boulder! Runner-up goodies include a cruiser bike, Rio gift bags, and a special place on the Rio wall for all to read and enjoy. Send in your story here!

On September 12th, join Rio Grande for a birthday fiesta with giveaways, a mariachi band, great TexMex and even better margaritas.

- Claire Little

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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Live Life on the Fringe: Boulder Fring Fest is Back in Town

Something wacky, weird and absolutely claptastic is returning to Boulder this week. That something is the 15th Annual Boulder International Fringe Festival. While the name is quite a mouthful, the program will leave you with of bevy-load options. In just 12 days, 70 artists will each be performing multiple shows in 14 of Boulder's favorite venues including Downtown Boulder's own Laughing Goat Coffeehouse, First United Methodist Church, The Dairy, BMoCA, Trident Cafe and b.side Lounge.

The shows will feature all forms of art 'on the fringe' including magic shows, various performance art pieces, puppetry, live music and more. All artists or troupes perform several times throughout the festival, and spectators can rate the shows at the Fringe Fest website. Make sure to check out the program for a full list of events and ticket prices.

For the Kids, stop into the First United Methodist Church for Gregg Tobo's Astonishing Magic Show, an old-time magic show exploring the power of Belief and the origins of destiny, or Comedy A La Carte with Denver-based comedy troupe Mile Hi-Larity delivering a fast-paced blend of improv and original sketch comedy at Trident Cafe. For something more adult, try Good Girls Don't, But I Do, playing at BMoCA, an innovative work incorporating texts, movement, and song in an exploration of what it means to be a woman in contemporary society. Be sure to check the ratings listed for each show (listed on the online program), as some many require adult supervision.

Tonight, don't miss the opening night bash at Naropa with one minute featurettes by all 70 artists and a silent auction of wines and other local goodies from 7 p.m. to midnight.

Fringe Fest is back once again delivering Boulder all its tasty, zany goodness. Make your plan of attack now!

- Claire Little

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Thursday, August 06, 2009

"Come Back Home" with the Northern Arapaho Tribe

This weekend (Aug. 7-8), as part of Boulder’s Sesquicentennial Celebration, join the Northern Arapaho Tribe for a “Coming Back Home” Gathering. Get in touch with Boulder's native roots, including food, arts and crafts, dancing, drumming and storytelling.

The festivities kicks-off on Friday with Downtown Boulder's Noon Tunes from 12 – 1:30 on the 1300 block of Pearl Street featuring the Sand Creek Band playing contemporary American Indian country and rock. Shortly after, grab the kids for a teepee building demonstration on the Courthouse lawn.

Saturday's (8/8) activities start with a 10 a.m. spiritual healing run/walk. The event, lead by tribal members, honors ancestors killed in the Sand Creek Massacre on November 29, 1864. Starting at Scott Carpenter Park and ending at Pearl Street, it is a spiritual dedication to the people who helped with the healing of the tribes after the Sand Creek Massacre. At 11 a.m. the official welcome ceremony gets underway with the state, city, county, university officials, Arapaho tribal members and color guard. Everyone is welcome to this ceremony. For the rest of the day, stroll down Pearl Street Mall and browse the many arts & crafts booths, munch on tasty traditional fry bread and delight in the drumming, dancing and storytelling performances.

Come celebrate Boulder’s 150th and our proud American Indian history in Downtown Boulder this weekend!

- Claire Little

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Tuesday, August 04, 2009

West End Welcomes Two More Shops!

The West End got even more classy this week with the grand opening of Clutter Consignment and re-opening of long-time downtowner, Envision.

Envision, formerly located on Spruce Street, joins the exclusive West End club aside Bart's CD Cellar at 1011 Pearl Street. It brings The West End its only eye and eye-wear specialty shop that will just about blind you with its mod chandeliers and oodles of clean and miraculously fingerprint-free glass. Here you can get your eyes checked by the best of the best and invest in a sporty pair of Maui Jims or a saucy pair of Gucci specs. You will find just about everything you want at Envsion from fashion to function with the vibe and groove of Downtown Boulder's West End.

At Clutter, located at 1919 9th street, you'll find home furnishing consignment goodies from classic sofas to rad wall decor to a cow cookie jar. Much like Feather Thy Nest, Downtown Boulder's other home furnishings consignment store on The East End, Clutter on The West End offers up a selections you might find in the shelves of our local Salvation Army with loads more style and character. Like any consignment store, this one is sure to get better with age.

Check out the new additions to The West End: Envision and Clutter.

- Claire Little

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