Our friends at The Colorado Choir are back to singing! This Friday and Saturday - December 10th and 11th - they're presenting their concert, "Christmas with The Colorado Choir." Saturday's matinee is sold out but tickets are still available for Friday and Saturday nights. Time for some yuletide carols!
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Welcome Christmas this weekend with The Colorado Choir

[ Thursday, December 9, 2021 | 0 comments ]

Our friends at The Colorado Choir are back to singing! This Friday and Saturday - December 10th and 11th - they're presenting their concert, "Christmas with The Colorado Choir."

Saturday's matinee is sold out but tickets are still available for Friday and Saturday nights. Time for some yuletide carols!

"Christmas with The Colorado Choir" features a program of both traditional and contemporary music featuring works by J.S. Bach, Bob Chilcott, F. Melius Christiansen, and Paul J. Christiansen.

What:  Christmas with The Colorado Choir

When:  Friday, December 10 and Saturday, December 11 at 7:30 p.m.

Where:  Augustana Lutheran Church in Hilltop, 5000 East Alameda Avenue, Denver, CO 80246

Cost:  $20 adults / $15 Students / Seniors / Military

More Info/Purchase Tickets:  thecoloradochoir.org

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Get your bRUNch on to fight hunger and poverty!

[ Tuesday, September 28, 2021 | 0 comments ]

The bRUNch Run is back on Sunday, October 10 in Central Park after taking a year off due to the pandemic. This race is an annual fundraiser for Denver-based nonprofit Metro Caring. The organization meets people’s immediate food needs while addressing the root cause of hunger: poverty. 

This family-friendly race brings together food and fitness with a side of fun. Participants receive a scented finisher’s medal, a pair of goodr sunglasses, bubbles from Korbel or Gruvi, pancake mix from Picky Bars, and a custom commemorative mug. At the finish line we have a small “party” with morning libations and snacks. 

  Sunday, October 10, 2021, 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Where:  Central Park, 8801 Martin Luther King Blvd, Denver CO 80238

Register:  $49 at brunchrunning.com

Let's bRUNch out hunger and poverty!

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Stanley Marketplace: Two new businesses and a Netflix Debut

[ Wednesday, August 25, 2021 | 0 comments ]

We think of August as the month of transitions: we gear up for school again, the evenings are beginning to feel cooler, and we’re starting to think about the end of summer. Transitions are also happening at Stanley Marketplace - a new Netflix show featuring one of our own, plus two new businesses!

Yet another food-focused competition is hitting the small screen, but this time, it’s personal. Netflix's Bake Squad recruited local chef Gonzo Jimenez from Stanley’s very own Miette et Chocolat to compete, one of just four talented bakers and pastry chefs from across the nation and hand-picked by the production team. Bake Squad premiered earlier this month, and there are eight episodes for the season. Tune in to Netflix to watch Gonzo push his creativity and show off his pastry chops creating jaw-dropping, over-the-top desserts. You can watch the trailer here.


Vibe Wellness is the new wellness umbrella covering the mind-body-spirit connection. Vibe opened doors at Stanley Marketplace this month, and they offer services from acupuncture to yoga, IV hydration to massage, community workshops, and more to support a well-rounded mind and body. The space is made up of private service rooms, a spa-like lounge, cushiony IV Hydration chairs, and two yoga studios where the team is offering a free yoga class for all abilities on Sundays at 12 p.m.

Pro Tip: Don’t miss the BioCharger, a Subtle Energy Revitalization Platform that bathes your body with 4 energy types to simultaneously to restore strength, stamina, coordination, and mental clarity. 

Base Coat Salon owner Tran Wills recently transitioned the space at Stanley Marketplace to a second location of her Matriarch Mercantile store and is inviting all to a Grand Opening Celebration on Saturday, 8/21. Stop into the modern mercantile inspired by the union of wellness + home and browse the thoughtfully curated offerings and enjoy specials for the day, including discounts from participating Stanley bars for drinks so you may shop and sip to your heart’s content. Other specials include:

  • Link x Lou permanent-welded jewelry available; appointments encouraged online 
  • 20% off all purchases
  • Stick + poke tattoos
  • Babe Walls live art

Check out these fantastic new businesses at the Stanley, at 2501 N Dallas Street, Aurora, CO 80010 (NOTE: The Clinton Street entrance is currently closed - use one of the three on Dallas Street.)

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Ideas for a COVID-friendly St. Patrick's Day

[ Tuesday, March 16, 2021 | 0 comments ]

This year St. Patrick's Day will be different again, but in many ways some of our traditions will stay the same. Get your Irish on and support these local businesses!

Irish Dancing at Stanley Marketplace
Irish stepdance is a style of dancing with roots steeped in tradition and recognized as the signature step dance of the Irish culture, celebrated on or around St. Patrick’s Day. Traditional music, extraordinary costumes with hidden meanings and incredibly intricate movements are hallmarks of Irish dancing. This year, you can see these dancers performing at Stanley Marketplace (2501 N. Dallas St., Aurora) as performers from Wick School of Irish Dance perform two St. Patrick's Day pop-up dance performances. If the weather cooperates they’ll perform outside on the mountain-facing west patio; if cold or snow prevails each performance will take place inside The Hangar at Stanley:

  • Wednesday, March 17, 4PM to 4:30PM
  • Saturday, March 20, 12PM to 12:30PM
  • Free to attend.
  • Masks and social distancing are required at Stanley, both indoors and outdoors.

Irish Hand Pies at Elita
For St. Patrick’s Day, Elita at Stanley Marketplace is offering a traditional Irish hand-pie special with minced meat, ale, green pea, and curried veggies. Finish your meal with the special Salted Caramel Pear Cake with cream Anglaise from the specialty market and kitchen with a Mediterranean and Latin American flair. Grab a salad, veggie-packed side, or hummus bowl to round out your Irish meal.

Irish Take-Home Meal by Mondo Market

Mondo Market at Stanley Marketplace is offering an Irish take-home meal for 2 or 4 prepared by chefs for heat and eat at home. The 2-course meals include smoked corned beef with mustard braised cabbage, crispy gold potatoes, and glazed carrots. Finish the meal with a pile of Irish shortbread cookies (6 cookies for 2 people; 12 cookies for 4 people). Order online; meals are $40 for two or $75 for 4; you can also add on items like a House Cheese Board, side salads, and Limoncello Tartufo Gelato for an additional charge.

Irish Grub at Steuben's

Both Steuben’s locations (Uptown and Arvada) are celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with dine-in, takeout, and delivery menu specials available Wednesday, 3/17 through Sunday, 3/21. Don’t miss the traditional Corned Beef & Cabbage (photo at top) served with roasted potatoes, the creative Irish Nachos with house-made potato chips, corned beef, braised cabbage, red potatoes, ranch, green onions, and cheddar cheese. For beverages, consider the St. Paddy’s Shake with creme de menthe, Irish cream, vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, and shortbread cookie. (Option to make it boozy, of course.) For the NA option or the younger set, try the Lucky Green Shake with mint ice cream, fudge sauce, whipped cream, and a shortbread cookie. 

Pastrami Reuben at Smōk
St. Pat’s is usually all about the corned beef, but don’t forget the other cut of brined beef: pastrami. Chef/Owner Bill Espiricueta at Smōk (3330 Brighton Blvd., Denver) is offering a special for St. Patrick’s Day: his tender Pastrami Reuben served on Reunion rye bread with swiss cheese, his own thousand island dressing, and sauerkraut. Bill’s pastrami is on special because it’s an intensive creation, the result of a 7-day cure and a 16-hour smoke. Smok’s Pastrami Reubens will be available starting Wednesday, 3/17 and through the weekend as supplies last. Irish whiskey cocktail specials will be on offer as well for a bit o’ the Irish; visit them online or call 720-452-2487 to find out more.

Super St. Paddy's Green 3-course Meal by Whole Sol
Tired of green beer and heavy traditional Irish food on St. Patrick’s Day? Whole Sol has you covered. The two-year-old Colorado frozen smoothie superfood bowl concept suggests a yummy and super-green, super-food packed 3-courses on St. Patrick’s Day. Start with an iced or hot Matcha Latte with pure, raw coconut milk and all organic matcha, then grab the I Like You Matcha bowl with the supercharged green base (kale, banana, pineapple, and matcha), topped with coconut, banana, blueberry, & granola. Round out your Irish-inspired green meal with Matcha Bites: simple with dates, pumpkin seeds, coconut, and vegan vanilla protein, and bright green matcha.

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Join The Colorado Choir to Celebrate Spring Safely!

[ Thursday, March 11, 2021 | 0 comments ]


We've all had to pivot with the pandemic. Things just have to be done differently. Central Park Parents' local musical friend, The Colorado Choir, hasn't been able to sing at all in the past year. They were all ready to perform a concert last March, when - BAM! COVID. No group gathering. ESPECIALLY no group singing. 

The group has rolled with the punches and presented a delightful virtual Christmas concert in December that received rave reviews. Though free, the concert served as a fundraiser for the Choir and has helped them survive this difficult year.

They plan to come back and sing for us again live in the fall, but until then they've put together their second virtual concert, called "The Promise of Spring." It's FREE and will be available on YouTube and Facebook the entire month of April. Join them for the premiere of the concert on Wednesday, March 31 at 7:00 p.m. 

The concert features hopeful and joyful music and imagery to help us all wrap up a difficult year, and promises better times to come as we move into spring and beyond together. 

Kelly Parmenter, the Choir's Artistic Director and Conductor, says, “We are so pleased to be able to share some of our favorite songs with our favorite friends. Inhale deeply, and allow yourself to embody The Promise of Spring.”

     What: "The Promise of Spring" Virtual Concert

     When:  Premiering Wednesday, March 31 at 7:00 p.m., then online through May 31st

     Where: YouTube and Facebook

     Cost:  Free! Donations are accepted to help keep the group afloat, with incentives for larger donations

     More Information:  https://thecoloradochoir.org

Listen in and support this fantastic local group and brighten your spring!

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