Colorado students and parents have had a difficult spring and I know many of us are ready for some good news to come our way!
Here are a couple of things happening…
☆ Colorado parents will be able to send their kids to full-day kindergarten at no cost starting this fall.
House Bill 1262 says that kindergarten students should be covered like all other students, and bans districts from charging tuition. The measure also frees up money for some 5,000 state-funded preschool spots for children from low-income families.
For more on what this will look like for the 2019-2020 school year, visit www.Adams12.org.
☆ Amazon gives Stem Launch school in Thornton $25,000 to help keep tech jobs filled
“New jobs in the tech industry are a driving force for the booming Front Range economy. Many companies worry about finding enough people with the right skills to fill all of those positions.
Now Amazon has taken a step to keep the pipeline filled, and it’s aiming young.” -CBS 4 Denver
Amazon offered students at STEM Launch an opportunity to see how their fulfillment center works. While there, they surprised them with a $25,000 check to help keep their current programs up and running.
Read more of the story covered by CBS Denver here.
This weekend temps are expected to climb back up into the 60’s! No better way to celebrate Mother’s Day than with some time in the great outdoors. Here’s a look at some fun, local events happening near you this weekend.
Spring Plant Sale
May 10 – 11 at the Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York St., Denver
☆ Denver Botanic Gardens hosts a Spring Plant Sale. The event features a sale on roses, summer bulbs, herbs and houseplants. You can find some gorgeous plants and explore the gardens with no admission fee as part of National Public Gardens Week.
Colorado Chocolate Festival
May 10 – 11 at The Denver Mart, 415 E. 58th Ave., Denver
☆ Calling all chocolate lovers, the Colorado Chocolate Festival is back in Denver. The event features two days dedicated to all things chocolate with tons of chocolate samples, demonstrations, competitions, speakers and more. You can shop from vendors presenting a myriad of chocolatey goodness throughout the festival.
Spring Horseshoe Market
May 11 – May 12 at Broncos Stadium, 1701 Bryant St., Denver
☆ The Horseshoe Market kicks off its 10th year at Broncos Stadium at Mile High this weekend. The vintage and artisan market will have over 200 vendors and on-site creative workshops. The new location in Lot G on the west side of Broncos Stadium will include a renewed focus on home décor. Admission is just $5 and covers both days, plus moms get in for free on Mother’s Day between 10 a.m. and noon. Visit HorseshoeMarket.com for show hours and information.
Denver Farmers Market Opening Day
May 11, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Union Station Farmers Market, 1701 Wynkoop St., Denver
☆ Union Station Farmers Market hosts the Denver Farmers Market Opening Day. The event features the first day of farmers market season with an awesome line up of vendors presenting fresh produce, local goods and more. You can shop the market and find a great Mother’s Day gift for all of the moms you know. Also, the first 100 moms at the market will receive a free succulent.
Food Truck Carnival
May 10 – 12 at the SE corner of 120th & I-25 in Northglenn.
☆ Food trucks, carnival rides, brew battle and live music headline Northglenn’s Food Truck Carnival. There will be 20 carnival rides, midway game booths, and a few dozen food trucks. Lots of parking will be available at the Wagon Road Park-n-Ride. To see a list of all the food trucks and their delicious creations, and to get a $5 off carnival ride tickets, visit FoodTruckCarnival.com.
Planet Fitness is starting a “Teen Summer Challenge Scholarship Sweepstakes” next month that allows 15-18 year olds to work out for free at their gyms. The challenge will run from May 15th- September 1st and encourages teens to work out safely and have fun. The teens can also potentially win scholarship money. To enter, a parent or legal guardian must register their child at any Planet Fitness location.
Colorado beer market expanding to include more specialty choices
The Denver Post reports that Colorado is expected to be at the forefront of the next wave of beer and beer alternatives to the market.
“Colorado has been known as the hotbed of innovation in beer for several decades,” Andres Gil Zaldana, executive director of the Colorado Brewers Guild, said. “Consumer preference in the recent decade or so has shifted to more of a health and wellness perspective and that really fits with Colorado in general. We all like to run, hike and bike.”
The growth of gluten-free breweries is indicative of that trend, Zaldana says.
To read more about this, find The Denver Post article here.
The G Line is ready to roll
After years of delays, the G line is finally launching its services this week. It will be ready to ride on Friday, April 26. Rides will be free from April 26 through May 11. The regular fare will be $3 for three hours of riding after May 11.
The new G Line will run north from Union Station in Denver, through Olde Town Arvada, then west to Wheat Ridge. The new train will be beneficial in connecting Denver’s western suburbs to downtown.
It will also offer riders easier access to Denver International Airport by way of the A Line, which commuters can transfer to at Union Station.