The holiday season is a time full of joy, celebration, fun with friends, and gratitude. It’s a time when we often realize how much we’ve been given and wish to give back to others who have maybe not been allotted as many gifts in life. We found a few places where you and your friends or family can volunteer this holiday season and give back. Tag us with @madisonprops and #madisongivesback on social media!
The Denver Rescue Mission’s annual Turkey Drive is coming up and there are numerous ways you can help out. From the DRM website:
We’re in need of special “Turkey Toss” volunteers every day November 15 through November 22 to help collect turkeys from generous donors across from our Lawrence Street Shelter downtown. Shifts range from 2 to 3 hours. Follow these steps to sign up:
Many elderly in the community are without friends or family over the holidays for a multitude of reasons. The Senior Assist Center offers resources, community, and more to Denver seniors. Reach out to the organization through their website or by phone (303.455.9642) to learn about the many volunteer and donation opportunities!
Located in Arvada, the Denver Catholic Worker Soup Kitchen is always looking for volunteers. Preparing a meal for those in need is incredibly rewarding, and an easy thing to involve the whole family in. Especially over the holiday season when many are missing their families, this is an amazing way to give back. You can contact the Catholic Worker or sign up to volunteer on their website or via email.
The Food Bank of the Rockies is one of Denver’s biggest food donation organizations. Serving many throughout the Rocky Mountain Region, it focuses especially on getting healthy food to kids through a number of programs. Their website is full of volunteer opportunities ranging from preparing meals, organizing boxes, helping with deliveries, and assisting with office tasks! Check out their website for FAQs, to learn more about opportunities, and to sign up!
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Denver International Aiport (DIA) has been in negotiations for months over upcoming changes to the airport. The project has been highly contested, with strong and vocal opinions on all sides. In August the renovation plan was approved. Ultimately the project will be massive, introducing new partnerships, adding gates, changing layout, and totaling over $1 billion.
• 26 new gates added to DIA’s three concourses. This will happen over the next few years.
• $650 – $775 million in terminal renovations that will consolidate ticketing, relocate security to the upper level, and add more spots for food and shopping. This is part of the anticipation of increased traffic and an ultimate goal of increasing the terminal’s capacity to 80 million passengers per year.
• The project will take approximately 4 years to complete and costs over $1 billion.
• The renovation aims to utilize the airport’s limited space more effectively and strategically.
• Safer airport security is a huge part of the renovation plan, updates have been needed for years, especially post-9/11.
• A seventh runway.
• Widening of Peña Boulevard, the airport’s access highway.
Despite having October in its name, Oktoberfest is celebrated in late August or early September. Typically a three-to-six day festival, Oktoberfest is filled with dancing and games, beer, brats, and saur kraut, and endless fun. The origins of Oktoberfest trace back to 1810 and a five-day wedding celebration for the crown prince of Bavaria. Held in Munich, the celebration was attended by over forty thousand people and was such an enjoyable event they decided to throw an anniversary party the next year, and the next, and the next…and so Oktoberfest was born! Denver is home to one of the biggest and most popular Oktoberfests in the country, but there are numerous other Oktoberfest celebrations around Colorado!
The 48th annual Denver Oktoberfest, this festival has been ranked one of the country’s finest. This four-day event promises lots of fun, delicious food, and excellent beer because, as the website reminds us, “Denver drinks beer really well.”
WHEN: September 22-23 & September 29-30
WHERE: Between 20th St & 22nd St on Larimer St, Downtown Denver
Some of RiNo’s favorite breweries are coming together to celebrate their favorite beverage. The website proudly announces, this “is NOT a beir tasting event, it’s a beir drinking event!” So come together to enjoy RiNo’s finest fall beer selection.
WHEN: September 16
WHERE: 2875 Blake Street, Denver 80205
What better way to start your Oktoberfest celebration than with a run? Join the Highlands Ranch Community Association in their annual Oktoberfest festivities and 5k. The race will be followed by Oktoberfest’s usual fare with German food, dancing, beer, music, and lots of kiddo-oriented entertainment for an afternoon of fun for the whole family!
WHEN: September 23
WERE: Highlands Ranch Town Center, 9344 Dorchester St, Highlands Ranch 80129
Reminiscent of childhood block parties, the Castle Rock Oktoberfest (hosted by Downtown Castle Rock) will have a street fair vibe, with live music, food vendors, and of course a multitude of local breweries. Don’t miss the live demonstrations, and of course the bounce house to keep the inner child alive!
WHEN: September 30
WERE: Wilcox Square, Downtown Castle Rock, 80104
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These are just a few of the many Oktoberfest celebrations going on in Colorado throughout September and October! If you’re looking for more of a mountain getaway and time away from the busy city, check out these mountain town festivities:
Vail: September 8 – 19, 15-17
Loveland: September 15 – 16
Woodland Park: September 16-17
Longmont: September 22-23
Montrose: September 30
August 21 marks the “sight of a lifetime,” a full solar eclipse that can be seen across North America. This solar eclipse is special because it will reach totality, which is when the sun is fully covered by the moon. The catch is…totality can only be viewed across a 60-70 mile radius. While Colorado isn’t in the direct line of totality, nearby states are. Whether you decide to travel to see the full coverage of the sun or stay in Denver to see partial coverage, the sight will be breathtaking. We have a few tips and tricks for your solar eclipse viewing experience.
Seeing the eclipse at totality is worth the travel. This incredible sight is awe-inspiring, tear-inducing, and maybe even life-changing. We can’t stress it enough, though, plan ahead. All Denverites (should at this point) know how rough I-25 and I-70 get during rush hour, and traffic on these main routes will be infinitely worse the day of the eclipse. Give yourself double or even triple the amount of anticipated drive time and be prepared to sit in some peak ski-season-esque traffic. Good tunes, podcasts, or breaking out the old road tripping games can help make this part of the adventure more enjoyable.
Wyoming and Nebraska are the closest spots for viewing the eclipse at totality. You may still be able to get a hotel room, but most have been booked out for weeks and any openings are going for record-high prices. Camping or driving in day-of (don’t forget about the traffic) may be your best bet for this solar eclipse. Here are the closest places to view the eclipse at totality.
Where: Wheatland, Wyoming
Distance from Denver Metro Area: 2 hours and 45 minutes
Extra Info: You’ll get approximately 51 seconds of totality
Where: Scottsbluff, Nebraska
Distance from Denver Metro Area: 3 hours and 15 minutes
Extra Info: Scotts Bluff National Monument is a convenient and absolutely gorgeous place for eclipse viewing
Where: Glendo, Wyoming
Distance from Denver Metro Area: 3 hours and 15 minutes
Extra Info: Head to Glendo State Park for best viewing opportunities
Where: Alliance, Nebraska
Distance from Denver Metro Area: 4 hours
Extra Info: Go to Carhenge for the viewing, you’ll get to see the eclipse plus a car version of Stonehenge, definitely a win-win
Wyoming and Nebraska are your closest options for full eclipse viewing. But NASA has an interactive map of all the other places you can visit to see this breathtaking phenomenon. To receive text updates on the eclipse, simply text the word “ECLIPSE” to 888777.
Work schedule, finances, mobility, and other factors mean travel isn’t accessible to everyone. Never fear! There are numerous opportunities to see partial coverage here in Denver, and while the partial eclipse may not induce as many tears as the eclipse at totality, it still promises to be incredible and awe-inspiring.
A number of places in Colorado are hosting viewing parties, complete with fun events, food and drink specials, exhibits, and more to celebrate the event.
In the Mountains:
Vail’s Walking Mountains Science Center will be hosting a free viewing at the Westin Riverfront & Spa at Beaver Creek Mountain from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. They will be providing free admission and solar filter glasses for the viewing!
A-Basin is opening up the base of the mountain for eclipse viewing. You can hike up the mountain, or take advantage of free chairlift rides! Don’t forget to bring a pair of glasses with you.
In Colorado Springs, the Space Foundation Discovery Center is having an entire party to celebrate the solar eclipse! The party is included in the $10 price of general admission. Bring a pair of glasses just incase they run low.
Local Denver Spots:
Most local libraries are hosting viewing parties and providing free glasses while supplies last. Many locations will also be offering education and eclipse programming.
The Denver Museum of Nature and Science will also be holding an eclipse party from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., free with general admission ($16.95/adult). They will be providing special programming in addition to the solar eclipse viewing. Glasses will be provided first-come, first-serve and when supplies run out additional pairs can be purchased in the gift shop.
Blue Moon RiNo will be hosting an eclipse party, partnering with radio station Alice 105.9 to bring brews and tunes to an already magical experience. The festivities begin at 10 a.m. with complimentary glasses plus enticing food and drink specials.
Declaration Brewing Company is also hosting a solar eclipse viewing party from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and you really can’t beat Declaration’s amazing brews plus a spectacular space event! Declaration promises souvenir beer glasses, drink specials, yard games, and food trucks to make the party unforgettable.
The suburbs aren’t letting Denver have all the fun. Tavern Littleton is partnering with Historic Downtown Littleton to host an epic eclipse viewing party. Festivities go from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with free viewing glasses and food and drink specialties. The Arapahoe Community College Astronomy Department will be in attendance offering programming and eclipse expertise.
We’ve mentioned solar filter glasses a few times. These are an absolute must for safely viewing the solar eclipse. NASA’s safety tips make it clear that regular sunglasses, no matter how dark, will not suffice. Staring directly at the sun can cause eye damage. Check out this list for recommended places to access safe solar eclipse viewing glasses and filters. If you are in a location to view totality, be sure to take your glasses off at the point of totality for the full breathtaking effect of the eclipse.
Never fear! Another eclipse is estimated to happen in 2024 and 2045’s solar eclipse will happen directly over Colorado. There is also an eclipse simulator and this virtual experience from CNN that gives you a glimpse at the full experience.
Did you see the eclipse? Share your stories, reactions, and photos with us on our Facebook page!
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