The Denver 420 Rally slated for April 19 - 20, 2014, could provide a bumper crop of tourists. According to Hotels.com, searches for Denver hotels have increased 73% for Friday through Sunday compared to last year. "Although this upcoming weekend is Easter, overall, Denver hotels searches have increased by 25% since the legalization of marijuana sales, up 7% in the state of Colorado," said Megan Hollett, a spokeswoman for Hotels.com, in an email. "So people are most definitely traveling [to Colorado] more often." The sale of recreational marijuana started on Jan. 1.
Don't forget to file taxes today! In Denver, the post office at 7500 East 53rd Pl. will stay open until midnight for last-minute filers. CBS Denver also has compiled a list of post offices with collection boxes that will postmark forms until midnight. Tax forms have to be postmarked by April 15 to meet the deadline. The majority of Colorado residents can also file their state taxes for free online at the Colorado Department of Revenue website. Some part-year residents and taxpayers with some additional forms may be required to mail in their taxes.
The Stage Theatre presents a revival of the 1930s classic Marx Brothers comedy, "Animal Crackers." Starring Jim Ferris as the ever-quotable Groucho Marx, the slapstick comedy follow the hijinks that ensue when a famous painting is stolen from a society dinner party hosted by a Long Island socialite. "Animal Crackers" plays the Stage Theatre through May 11, 2014. Tickets are $30 - $65. The show is recommended for ages six and older.
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The Denver City Council is considering an ordinance that would ban alcohol in Washington Park, known as Wash Park to locals. According to 9 News, both supporters and detractors turned up in droves at a Wednesday meeting held on the issue. Personally, I can see both sides of the story. Enjoying a beer or two on a hot day is the epitome of summer relaxation. On the other hand, as a mother, I try to avoid taking my son to places where I know there will be hordes of drunk people. A public park should be open to all, but it should also be enjoyed by all.
Doors Open Denver, presented by the Denver Architectural Foundation, celebrates its 10th anniversary this year with an expanded slate of free expert tours. On Saturday and Sunday, guides will showcase the best in Denver's historic and new architecture. Tickets are free, but must be picked up in advance.The 2014 theme is "Celebrating Neighborhood Architecture," and will focus on 12 of Denver's most storied neighborhoods. Tours include the following Denver landmarks, as well as dozens more:
Photo courtesy of Molly Brown House Museum
"Shadowlands" is a drama focusing on the love story between C.S. Lewis and an American divorcée, Joy Davidson Gresham. Penned by playwright William Nicholson, "Shadowlands" touches on faith and other topics wrestled with by C.S. Lewis, the author of "The Chronicles of Narnia." The play stars Graeme Malcom (pictured at left) as C.S. Lewis. The drama is showing through April 22, 2014, at the Stage Theatre. Tickets are $47 - $57.
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"Take me out to the ball game,
Take me out with the crowd.
Buy me some peanuts and cracker jack,
I don't care if I never get back,
Let me root, root, root for the home team,
If they don't win it's a shame.
For it's one, two, three strikes, you're out,
At the old ball game."
-- "Take Me Out to the Ball Game," written by Jack Norworth, 1908
Although written more than 100 years ago, "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" still sums up the experience of opening day for Major League Baseball. I have a sneaking suspicion that Coors Field still sells Cracker Jacks due to the lyrics of the song, but maybe that's just me. Cheer on the Colorado Rockies with stylish jerseys or T-shirts. Even if they don't win, you're still enjoying some Colorado sunshine in Coors Field.
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Although technically spring in Denver already, today's snowstorm makes me long for a more traditional spring -- possibly one involving sunshine and fresh produce. Look forward to the bounty of Colorado with our listing of farmers markets in the Denver area. The Cherry Creek Fresh Market and the Southwest Plaza Farmers Market both kick off on Saturday, May 3, 2014. What is your favorite farmers market in Denver? Share in the comments below.
Surprisingly, Casa Bonita has proved longer lasting than the heartburn that ensues from their Mexican food. The pink stucco restaurant in Lakewood, Colo., celebrates their 40th birthday in 2014. The cliff divers and fake caves continue to draw generations of Denverites, despite any possible indigestion of eating the meals that serve as the price of admission. I have fond memories of visiting Casa Bonita while growing up in Denver, and I'm sure at some point I will take my son to Denver's kitschy queen of a restaurant. Do you remember going to Casa Bonita as a child in Denver? Share in the comments below.
A unique nonprofit cafe in Denver has been selected by Naked Juice for a YouTube feature. SAME Cafe, located at 2023 East Colfax Ave., was founded by husband-and-wife team Brad and Libby Birky. SAME Cafe asks customers to pay in donations instead of set prices, and customers can also volunteer in the kitchen for one hour in lieu of payment, or not pay at all if they lack the means. SAME is an acronym for "So All May Eat," and has served 90,000 customers since it opened, according to Libby Birky. "It's amazing that this is what I get to do every day," she says in the video. The cafe is open for lunch from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Monday through Saturday.