Highlands Ranch Fall Tree Recycling Event

Highlands Ranch Tree in FallFall is an excellent time to trim trees and shrubs in your landscape here in Highlands Ranch!  But once you do a bit of cleanup, what do you do with all those branches and limbs? Rather than putting these items out with your trash,  why not recycle them? The Highlands Ranch Metro District invites residents to recycle discarded tree branches and other woody plant materials at its Highlands Ranch fall tree recycling event Saturday, Nov. 9.

Tree limbs less than 12 inches in diameter and woody plant materials will be accepted at the recycling event. Please keep in mind, the following items will not be accepted: finished lumber, non-woody material, grass clippings, sod and root balls.  You may need to put these items out with the trash! All discarded material will be chipped into mulch and given away free to homeowners or reused in parks and parkways in the community.  This can be a great way to spruce up your yard and then help out the environment while beautifying the community at the same time.

The Highlands Ranch fall tree recycling event will take place Nov. 9 from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. in the parking lot at Shea Stadium at Redstone Park, 3280 Redstone Park Cir., Highlands Ranch.

If you have questions about winter tree care, a great resource is the Metro District’s website Forestry page. An article written by a Metro District forestry technician details three practices suited for the winter months, mulching, structure pruning and transplanting. The website provides additional articles that give tree care tips and information for the year-round care of landscape.

In addition to the Highlands Ranch fall recycling event, the Metro District offers Christmas tree recycling from late December through mid-January. Highlands Ranch does so much to provide service and support to the community, no wonder it is such an awesome place to live!  I have lived and worked in Highlands Ranch for 20 years now.  If you may be considering buying or selling a home in the south Denver suburbs, let me help.  I’ve made it my home and an important part of my business and know it well.  Just get in touch.   

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Highlands Ranch Easter Egg Hunt

Easter BasketEaster is almost here along with Spring!  I love this time of year with all the new life springing up and of course, the warmer weather.  This time of year also means we are approaching Easter. There are always so many wonderful Easter celebrations both spiritual and fun.  Right now I want to talk about one of the fun events, the Highlands Ranch Easter Egg Hunt !  This has been an annual tradition since my kids were little.  Sadly, they are not anymore.  But if you have little ones this event is so much fun.  And guess who will be there? You know it, the Easter Bunny.  Kids love it, parents and grandparents love it.  Try to make time to go.

Remember, this event is rain or shine. Trust me, they mean it.  I remember being out there in the rain, in mud but still a ton of fun.  The Highlands Ranch Easter Egg Hunt will take place on Saturday, March 30 at 10am SHARP!!  They do start right on time, and since this is one of the largest Easter Egg Hunts in the area, with over 25,000 eggs they need to keep on a schedule since they separate children into age groups.  By the way, the event is for children one to ten years old.

The Highlands Ranch Easter Egg Hunt takes place at Northridge Park and the event is FREE.  Go early and have fun.  Don’t forget to bring your camera and take lots of pictures of those little ones.  They grow up so fast.  Here is a photo album of past Highlands Ranch Easter Egg Hunts.  If you have old eggs from past years, you can recycle them at the Eastridge Rec Center as well.

This event is one of so many throughout the year planned and hosted by the Highlands Ranch Community Association.  Highlands Ranch is much more than just a place to live, it is a community.  This is another reason that I enjoy living in Highlands Ranch.  If you or someone you know would like to consider a move to Highlands Ranch, I would love to help.  Just get in touch and we can explore options from there.



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Fun Things To Do For St. Patrick’s Day In Denver

Holidays come often all year long.  It seems like we are always gearing up for the next one, especially in the stores!  So I hope everyone had a great Valentine’s Day, but now it’s time to get ready for a favorite of mine, St. Patrick’s Day! Since I’m half Irish and my awesome dog, Tully, was born on St. Patrick’s Day I guess I may be a bit partial to this holiday.  Besides, who doesn’t like green drinks, lucky things and a general sense of fun?  So with that, here are some fun things to do for St. Patrick’s Day in Denver.

  • St. Patrick’s Day Parade – Denver has one of the largest, if not the largest, St. Patrick’s Day parade’s west of the Mississippi. This event is fun for everyone so hurry up and make plans to have a day of fun in downtown Denver!
  • St. Patrick’s Day Run – We live in Colorado and we like to stay active and fit. There are plenty of ways to do that every day but why not use a fun holiday like this to create a challenge for our runners and walkers?  Denver’s Runnin of the Green race is actually before St. Patrick’s Day and on March 10th. This is a fun, family oriented jog billed as the world’s largest 7k!  Other area races include the St. Patrick’s Day 5k Run in Highlands Ranch as well as other local races.
  • St. Patrick’s Day Fun – I just didn’t know what else to call this.  There are a ton of different pubs and places to head out to and have loads of fun.  To begin, try to get out to The Irish Snug for the 7th annual “hooley”.  Enjoy Irish Dancers, magicians and of course, some green type beverage.  While you’re in town, you may want to head over to lodo where you can find a number of fun places to celebrate.  Most will have St. Patrick’s Day fun and events planned.  Here are some options: Fado’s, Celtic Tavern and Katie Mullens.

However you decide to spend the day, I hope you have fun and remember to wear a little green!  I hope these fun things to do for St. Patrick’s Day in Denver can inspire you to get out and make some fun for the day for yourself and the family.  I know that I will celebrate with my family and of course, with Tully.  After all, it’s his birthday!

Denver Restaurant Week 2013

Denver RestaurantDenver Restaurant Week 2013 is just about here!  Every year the number of participating restaurants grows and so do the menu offerings.  Delicious!  I look forward to the Denver Restaurant Week every year as a chance to dine at some of the finest eateries Denver has to offer.  Places that I may not typically go to eat.  Maybe some of the restaurants are places you may not typically go to or the menu choices may not usually be in the budget.  That’s why this two week event is so awesome.

During Denver Restaurant Week 2013, the cost for a pre selected meal at the participating restaurants is $52.80 for two or $26.40 for one.  An incredible deal for the menu’s offered!  Most are several course meals prepared by some of the absolute best chef’s in Denver.  Whether your taste is simple or a bit exotic, the cuisine is varied and caters to nearly every taste and style.  It has been my experience that the meals are fabulous and you definitely get your money’s worth.  This is perfect for a special date night of just to head out by yourself or with friends and enjoy the food and ambiance!

Denver Restaurant Week 2013 will run from February 23 through March 8.  The restaurants participating are all around the metro area but a word of caution, hurry and book your reservation now as many of the top name establishments fill up very fast and may already be close.  Some of my favorites are Elway’s, Tamayo, The Capital Grille and Venice Ristorante Italiano.  I have returned to some after my Denver Restaurant Week experience because I thought the food was so excellent.  Of course, it was just as good on my return visits. This year there are some new and interesting choices that I’m sure I will try.  I hope you have the chance to try out your favorite restaurant this year.  Bon apetite!

Fun Things To Do This Winter in Denver

It is early January 2013, most of the kids are back to school today, holidays are over and although it seems like we may all need a break, there are plenty of fun things to do this winter in Denver!  Many are indoors and that will come in handy once the snow starts flying again.

One fun thing to do this winter in Denver is a long running traditional event, the National Western Stock Show in Denver.  The Stock Show is a wonderful place for all you cowboys, cowgirls and city slickers like me to get out and see these ranch animals up close and catch a live rodeo as well.  I’ve written about the Denver Stock Show before, it is such fun.  If you have never been to a rodeo you may be thrilled to see the awesome power of the animals and the skill and courage of the cow folks that perform.  Go, you won’t be disappointed. The National Western Stock Show starts soon, January 12 – 27th, so get tickets to the events now.

Another fun thing to do in Denver this winter that is happening soon as well is the Denver Boat Show.  Held at the Colorado Convention Center downtown, this show is fun for boating enthusiast as well as those with just the dream of the open water.  Yes, we do have a boat show in Denver!  There are plenty of places to take the boat out around Colorado and the boat show can give you lot’s of ideas, besides again it’s indoors, warm and lots of fun. Hurry on this event, the boat show is only 3 days, January 11-13.

One more fun thing to do in Denver this winter involves getting ready for spring.  After all, so many of usColorado Garden start longing for the green grass and warmer months in the middle of winter.  Head out to the Colorado Garden and Home Show.  Indoors, warm and a great way to gear up with ideas and inspiration for your home and garden this spring.  There are tons of great vendors to talk to, get tips from and before you know it you’ll be putting those to good use in your own home. Stroll through 14 different gardens, attend demonstration theatres and let your gardening imagination come to life.

These are just a few ideas of fun things to do in Denver this winter and by no means even a fraction of the things to do.  Denver has professional sporting events, college events, outstanding theatre and dance and if you do prefer the outdoors, then of course nearby world class skiing.  So have fun and enjoy the winter!


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Highlands Ranch Holiday Activities

Highlands Ranch HolidaysWow! It’s that time of year again already.  The holiday season has begun in Highlands Ranch and we just finished Thanksgiving.  So now we head into December and look forward to tons of Christmas cheer.  Thanks to the wonderful people in Highlands Ranch that take care to plan and provide us with so many fun holiday activities.

To begin, if you haven’t been out to BackCountry in Highlands Ranch, it is beautiful.  Trails, vistas, elk and some buffalo.  But come the holiday season, it can been quite a treat.  One of the many Highlands Ranch holiday activities is to go for a horse drawn hay ride or if we actually get some snow soon, a sleigh ride!  Fun for everyone.  Get some hot chocolate, stop for a campfire and just enjoy a good old fashioned holiday treat.

If you have “little ones”, then don’t miss the holiday teddy bear tea or breakfast with Santa.  Both of these Highlands Ranch holiday activities are family favorites and usually sell out so get tickets early and make this a very memorable year.  Most of the events for the holiday season kick off with the Hometown Holiday Celebration in Highlands Ranch Town Center.  This is where you want to be for the official tree lighting, entertainment and of course, Santa!

There are so many reasons to want to live in Highlands Ranch.  The many holiday activities are just a part of the year round community building events that make living here a special place to be.  If you do live here like I do, or maybe looking to live in Highlands Ranch I would like to help.  Just get in touch and we can have a friendly chat and see how I might help.

Speaking of houses in Highlands Ranch, don’t forget to enter your home for the house decorating contest if you think you can win.  Hurry, the entry deadline is December 5th.  Below is a video I took a couple years ago of an awesome display in Weatherstone.  Enjoy!

Denver Holiday Lights and Events

Denver Holiday Lights and Christmas Events 2012

As we wrap up Thanksgiving weekend, there’s only one thing my kids are thinking about – Christmas! From Christmas break from school to Christmas shopping and present to Christmas Eve Mass, it is the topic on their minds. And with all of that comes fun Denver holiday and winter events. Here are some of our family’s favorites in Colorado and some other popular ones that we will be checking out this year as well. Whether you have lived in Denver for years or have just moved here, you will enjoy exploring some of these favorite holiday lights and events.

Holiday Lights in Denver

Denver’s Parade of Lights is a big favorite around here and we have been going for years. This year it will be next weekend on Friday NovParade of Lights Denver December 30  (8:00pm) & December 1 at 6:00pm.  Bundle up, arrive early to find a great place to sit and enjoy! The parade starts at Bannock & 14th and runs up to Tremont and across as it heads up 17th all the way to Arapahoe and then back down 15th.  The floats and bands are completely decked out in holiday lights, it is a one of a kind event.

Downtown Denver lights – The downtown lights are all on now, they are traditional lit the night after Thanksgiving with Grand Illumination. But even if you missed the big ceremony, head downtown and stroll around and enjoy.  You will see lights throughout downtown including the City & County building, Larimer Square, on the 16th Street Mall and at the Denver Pavilions.  Lodo is lit up too with “Lodo A Glow”.  Many of the area shopping corners will have special events as well throughout the holiday season, one of our favorites is the Denver Chriskindlmarket.

Zoo Lights – We love the get out of your car and walk around to oooh & aahh type light displays. And the overall favorite would be at the Denver Zoo with Zoo lights. Zoo Lights will kick off next weekend and run from November 30 through January 2.

hudson christmas lights littleton coloradoBlossoms of Lights  – Another great one at the downtown Botanical Gardens as the trees and gardens areas are decorated with what seems like and endless display of sparkling lights. Opening night is November 30 and runs though January 1st.

Hudson Gardens Here’s a great one out of the city and into the suburbs. A Hudson Christmas is in Littleton at Hudson Gardens and is already open and will run through January 1st.

Ice Skating

There are many outdoor ice skating areas that have already opened, despite the mild temps. Some are larger than others. but all should be a treat! Check out the Southwest Rink downtown at Skyline Park, The Cube at Streets of Southglen (Centennial) , or the rink at Belmar in Lakewood.  One of our favorites is not open yet due to the beautiful weather, and that would be Evergreen Lake up in Evergreen.  Check that out as the weather gets a bit colder.

Community Celebrations

Many of the suburbs have celebration events as well that range from tree lighting ceremonies to mini festivals. Some of the tree lighting ceremonies occurred this weekend already but here are a few not to miss.

Highlands Ranch – Hometown Holiday – December 7th at Town Center and the popular Winter Market will run on Decemeber 15 & 16th, also at Town Center.

Parker CO – Christmas Carriage Parade December 8th – Very popular parade during the day (noon)featuring horse and a small festival  & Home For the Holidays Market throughout the afternoon in O’Brien Park.

Greenwood Village – Lighting of City Hall – November 30 at 6:00 pm

Have other favorites? Leave them in the comments!

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