July 2013

Found 10 blog entries for July 2013.

When thinking of "getting high" in Boulder, Colorado", Paragliding may not be the first thing to come to mind, but it should be. Boulder is very fortunate to have one of the top Paragliding instructors in the country, Granger Banks. You can visit Granger’s website at https://parasoftparagliding.com/. If you are interested in giving this exhilarating sport a try, there are several options for giving it a go.

The quickest way to introduce yourself to paragliding is to take a tandem flight where you are attached to the instructor and you fly together. Another option is to get your P1, a student pilot certification. When you get your P1 you spend a few days (20 hours+) learning and practicing ground handling, some classroom work, and finally you make

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ItalyBonjorno!  The Smith family recently returned from a fabulous, fun and adventure-filled trip to Italy.  Everything everyone says about Italy is true - it is a country that oozes with history, rustic charm, incredible beauty, and an extreme passion for living.    Italy is a wonderful country to visit because the people of Italy love community, food, beauty, and celebrate life to it's fullest every day.      From the mid evil Tuscan hill towns of Sienna, San Gimignano and Volterra, to the countryside filled with vineyards, to the scenic sea side towns of the Cinque Terra, and last, but not least, to the historically rich cities of Venice, Florence and Rome, Italy spreads it's charm and loveliness every place you encounter.  Richness in detail is seen…
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Colorful Wind Chimes - From www. allyou.comThe long days of summer have tons of moms and dads out there scrambling to find interesting and exciting things for kids to do, beside sitting in front of their TVs, computers, video games and iPads. Studies show that kids who are active in things that keep their creative gears moving during the months when school is out of session, will have an easier time transitioning back into school mode once summer vacation is over. Beside sports and going to the pool, there are tons of other fun things you can do during the summer that will engage your child's creative side, no matter how old they are. Here are my three favorite creative outdoor activities for kids!

1. Create a Splatter Paint Art Project - This is a fun idea that can be a simple as flinging paint

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Open Arts FestThis weekend if you live anywhere around Boulder, I hope you are planning to attend the Open Arts Fest! This event is scheduled for Saturday July 20th, 2013 from 10 am to 8 pm, and Sunday July 21st from 10 am to 5 pm on the Pearl Street Mall. This relatively new festival is a celebration of the local Boulder art scene and will showcase more than 100 artists from all over the country. Only in its 3rd year, the festival has received much praise for its focus and direct involvement of the community. This event is really a great way for the family to get out and get creative, while enjoying a beautiful day walking the Pearl Street Mall, you won't want to miss it!

The Open Arts Fest will host artists with a variety of talents from jewelry making and

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Chautauqua BoulderOne of Boulder's special cultural gems is the Colorado Music Festival held every summer at the historic Chautauqua Auditorium. Currently under the direction of maestro Michael Christie, the festival is a vibrant and joyful way to experience classic, and occasionally modern, orchestra concerts in Boulder. The Colorado Music Festival (CMF) states that their mission is "To inspire and connect community members of all ages by providing access to the best of the world's music through education and performance." After attending a recent concert, we feel they have met and exceeded their mission!

ChautauquaThis summer talented artists including Lara St. John, Olga Kern, and Johannes Moser join the CMF to help create magic and delight on stage. "Together we will celebrate

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Boulder is a place where art and the love of art flourishes!  From street performers, musicians, literary artists, sculptors, photographers, painters, and theatrical performers, Boulder is the perfect place for the average person to fall in love with modern art.  One Boulder artist in particular has made quite a name for himself in our community, as well as across the nation for his bold and modern paintings.  

Will Day is primarily a self taught painter from New York, who was inspired by his love of travel to venture out of the world of finance, and into an artistic career where he has developed his own unique style.  In fact, several of Will Day's paintings were just recently featured in Colorado Homes and Lifestyles Magazine, where his art

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The days when neighborhood parks consisted only of a child's playground and a baseball field are over! Today in popular active communities like Boulder, Colorado, parks are more commonly places like big sportsfield complexes, state-of-the-art outdoor facilities, and towering playscapes. With a huge portion of the population in Boulder being one that is fit, many people, not just families with small children, find that an afternoon spent outside at a local park is the perfect way get your fitness on and get close the community you call home.

Harlow Platts Park - Boulder, Colorado

 

Some of Boulder's most popular parks like Valmont Bike Park, East Mapleton Ballfields, Eben G. Fine Park, Scott Carpenter Park, Harlow Platts Park, North Boulder

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Boulder County Real EstateOver the course of the past eighteen months the Boulder Valley real estate market can be characterized as one of demand exceeding supply. Spawned by low mortgage interest rates and improved economic conditions, the Boulder Valley real estate market has flourished. The direct result of that is an increase in home values. All geographic segments of the marketplace have benefitted, with the core area of Boulder and those outlying areas closest to Boulder showing the most improvement.   

Below is a brief overview of the housing market in our area by locale for single family homes from IRES (the Northern Colorado MLS).

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Boulder is a mountain biker and cyclist's paradise, no doubt about it! From climbing a mountain, to cruising down some wicked hills, biking in Boulder offers adventure, sightseeing, fitness and fun! No matter where you go in Boulder or what time of year it is, you are almost guaranteed to see people out and about on their bikes. It never ceases to amaze me, the heights people will go to on two wheels in the Rockies! Here is our list of the best bike rides the Boulder area has to offer.

Cycling Lefthand Canyon Boulder ColoradoBoulder to Jamestown or Ward - There is no place more favored by cyclists than Left Hand Canyon Road right off Highway 36 in North Boulder. This road offers 8 miles of moderate incline and has a wide shoulder, which makes passing simple and safe. Starting at the historic

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