Month: March 2016

Denver Breweries: RiNo’s Hidden Gems

Denver’s RiNo district, one of the most rapidly growing art neighborhoods in the city, boasts dozens of bar and galleries. But among the trendy shops and murals, RiNo is home to several Denver breweries that turn out great drinks and a great night on the town. With wine, beer and cider all brewed right in RiNo, there’s something for everyone and all within a walking distance from downtown as well as nearby neighborhoods. Our Mutual Friend – 2810 LARIMER STREET, DENVER, CO 80205 If high energy and craft beer are a necessity for a good time, Our Mutual Friend Brewing Company is the place to go in RiNo. Located at 28th and Larimer, OMF has taproom hours every day of the week except Monday. Our Mutual Friend’s mission is not only to be a neighborhood gathering place, but also to use local ingredients in small batches to create interesting and diverse beer. Cream Ale and Coffee Stout join staples like Colorado Pale Ale on the brewery’s tap list, which changes on a regular basis. Ratio …

Where the Locals Go: Denver Nightlife

While Denver might be known for its outdoorsy lifestyle and mountain views, the Denver nightlife scene is also bustling. No matter what night of the week, there’s always a place to get down after a long day of work or a weekend on the slopes. From LoDo to SoBo to Cap Hill, these venues are full of Denverites with their dancing shoes on instead of their skis. Denver’s Lower Downtown is often associated with young partiers and post-game celebrations spilling out from Coors Field, but the area also holds some hidden gems for those looking to get their dance on. Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox, touted as a “gastro-brothel” online, hosts a variety of live music and DJs. One of Ophelia’s most unique events is its live music Sunday brunch—and better yet, there’s no cover. Other LoDo options include Beta Nightclub, a staple in Denver’s late-night dance scene and Chloe, a relatively new addition to the scene that also has a strictly enforced dress code for those who prefer to keep things classy. For those that want …

A Profile of Denver Public Schools (DPS)

Denver Public Schools (DPS) comprises 185 schools in the city of Denver, educating over 87,000 students annually through magnet, charter, pathways and of course, traditional school programs. DPS is a diverse school district with students hailing from a variety of different backgrounds. While English and Spanish are the primary languages spoken, a large population of students speak a myriad of other languages, including Vietnamese and Somali, as well as many others. While many of the schools in DPS do not receive high scores on the state’s standardized tests, a number of schools perform very well and are even labeled as “distinguished” by the state. Other ranking entities, like US News and World Report, which ranks secondary and college programs alike, have recognized a number of DPS schools. The Denver School of Science and Technology The Denver School of Science and Technology (DSST) is an open-enrollment, STEM charter school, which has achieved high results. With 12 K-12 Schools in the Denver Metro Area, many of which are in some of Denver’s traditionally low performing neighborhoods, DSST …

Things for Kids to Do: Best Parks

When looking for things for kids to do in Denver during the summer months or on warm winter days, it seems like everyone in Denver packs up their families or four legged friends and heads to the park. With more sunny days than most other cities, Denver area parks offer a fun and affordable way to enjoy all those rays. While the Denver metro area has hundreds of parks, a few of them stand above the rest and are destinations in their own right. Washington Park (Denver) No matter the weather, Washington Park is one of Denver’s most popular neighborhoods. During the summer months, the park is packed with families, young adults and athletes taking in the Colorado sunshine and enjoying a picnic, game of volleyball or challenging their PR on the surrounding dirt paths. Bring a picnic, a quart of sunscreen, and a bunch of games for the kids. If you want to splurge, consider renting a paddleboat or a bike at the boathouse for the family to enjoy together. Belleview Park (Littleton) Located …

Mom Friendly Exercise Programs

Immediately upon visiting or moving to Denver, many newcomers point out just how healthy everyone looks. Denver consistently ranks among the healthiest cities, and with its abundance of parks, paths, hiking trails and outdoor activities available all year long, it’s not hard to see why. Families get in on the athletic lifestyle as well, with parents hiking with their kids in backpacks, biking with their kids behind them or running with two dogs and double stroller on a park path. While leading an active lifestyle may seem a prerequisite for moving to Denver, it’s not always easy when you have kids. Fortunately, a number of Denver area gyms and studios offer mom friendly exercise programs that integrate kids into the workout or provide safe childcare options for them while mama gets her sweat on. Belly Bliss From early pregnancy to the post natal months, Belly Bliss, located in Cherry Creek North, offers classes for moms-to-be and moms with little ones as well. For those looking to stay fit while sporting a bump, they offer yoga, …

Doors Open Denver: Seeing the City From the Inside Out

Have you ever passed a building and been curious about what’s inside? Or have you seen an interesting doorway, stairwell or façade and wondered where it came from? Denver’s annual Doors Open Denver event on April 23rd & 24th 2016 might give you the chance to find out. With public access to over 60 buildings across the city, you can take a self-guided free tour of Denver’s buildings or pay for a guided tour that gives you access to even more interesting sites. With the mission of allowing residents to see the city in a new, creative way and keeping people connected with Denver’s architecture, the Denver Architectural Foundation hosts this springtime event every year. Famous buildings like the Governor’s Mansion and Union Station are staples on the tour, but other hidden gems include the Historic Sugar Building on 16th Street, which is home to an intricate antique elevator and Cleo Parker Robinson Dance, a historic church turned dance studio. New additions to the tour this year include the Lighthouse Writers Workshop, housed in a …