Mission: Wolf and The Cottonwood Institute

Mission: Wolf and The Cottonwood Institute

Mission Wolf in Westcliffe, CO

Hi! I’m Denver Kid and my class took a 4-day camping trip to Mission: Wolf with the Cottonwood Institute in May. Mission: Wolf is a sanctuary for rescued wolves and horses in Westcliffe, Colorado.

Our class built a fence, fed the wolves and got to go in their enclosures to meet them. We learned that wolves are a keystone species and how they impact the ecosystem. Mission: Wolf teaches visitors about respect for animals and the environment. I could have stayed there for a month!

For more info and to support rescued wolves visit www.missionwolf.org. To find out more about awesome outdoor educational programs, go to www.cottonwoodinstitute.org.

 

Stapleton This Weekend: 6/27 – 6/29

 

Lots of great activities in Stapleton this weekend! Hope the weather holds for Gravity tonight!

Friday, June 27

Friday Night Flight @ the West Crescent, 7 – 9 pm

Movie on the Green – Gravity, starts at sunset

Saturday, June 28

Sweet William Market @ the Green, 9 am – 2 pm

SUN Block Party, throughout Stapleton

Sunday, June 29

Farmers Market @ the Green, 8:30 am – 12:30 pm

For a complete calendar of Stapleton events, visit www.stapletondenver.com

 

Rocky Mountain High… Rents

Rocky Mountain High… Rents

With rents at an all-time high along the Front Range, it is an ideal time to consider buying. This goes for current renters as well as potential real estate investors. For real estate investors:

  • Vacancies are low
  • The metro Denver area continues to attract new residents
  • Build outs of new rentals are not keeping pace with demand

For renters who want to become homeowners:

  • A mortgage payment could be lower than your rent payment
  • Landlords may let you our of your lease if they can charge someone else higher rent
  • You can avoid a rent increase when it is time to renew
  • FHA down payments can be as low as 3%

Homes are selling briskly as well, with the average Denver area home staying on the market for just under 20-days. Buyers should be prepared to move quickly on homes that meet their criteria.

Steps for buyers to get the best result in shopping in today’s market:

  • Talk to a lender and get pre-qualified
  • Work with a Realtor who understands your specific needs
  • Choose a Realtor with a large network who can alert you to listings before they come on the market
  • View properties as soon as possible – that great house may already be under contract by the weekend

 

It’s Always Stormy (Lately) in Denver – Protect Your Plants

IMG_0492Lately it seems like we have a hail storm every other day in Denver. The first big hail storm came the day after my family had planted some flowers in containers on our front porch (see the results to the left).

The best way to save your plants (and keep your money and gardening efforts from going to waste) is to be prepared with some basics from the local home improvement center. Have 5-gallon buckets, trash cans and tarps on hand to cover plants before a storm. Old blankets will work in a pinch and can protect delicate foliage from being shredded by hail. For details check out this Gardening 101 article from The Examiner.

In the event that your plants are already damaged by hail, you may be able to salvage them following the tips in this article from Gardening Know How.

Happy gardening!

Symphony Social in Cherry Creek

Hi! I’m Denver Kid (@denverkid118) and today I went to the District 10 Annual Ice Cream Social. There were people from the Colorado Symphony performing, free baloon animals, face painting and, of course, ice cream! I loved the Clemmy’s sugar-free ice cream and the toppings from Sugarlicious which you could add yourself.

 

Thanks, Councilwoman Robb!

Ride Your Bike to Movies on the Green in Stapleton!

moviesonthegreen

It feels like summer has finally begun when the neighbors gather for Movies on the Green at Founders Green in Stapleton. Tonight’s feature is one of our family’s favorites, Despicable Me 2, co-sponsored by our family’s very own dentist and ortho, Brett and Gina Kessler of Town Center Dentistry and Orthodontics.

Go green and ride your bike tonight! Free attended bike parking will be provided and there’s no need to pack anything other than a blanket because the following food trucks will be on hand:

Plus, you can buy some popcorn and proceeds will benefit Stapleton’s newest school, the Isabella Bird Community School (aka, Izzy B). I’ll be volunteering at the concession stand starting at 6 pm – hope to see you there!