The interior of a model home by William Lyon Homes at West Village at Timnath Ranch in Timnath. The home was featured in the 2017 Denver Parade of Homes. (Provided by William Lyon Homes)
Whether you’re in the market to buy or simply looking for a little design inspiration, the 2018 Parade of Homes is a delightful way to spend the day. From Aug. 9 to 26, the tour features more than 60 newly-designed and custom homes from Windsor to Castle Rock, Arvada to Aurora and neighborhoods in between. The annual event is free and open to the public Thursdays through Sundays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Homes range from the affordably-priced to luxury showstoppers. Make the most of your excursion by visiting the event’s website for a complete map of homes and online tour planner. paradeofhomesdenver.com
Every parent knows getting kids to bed is no easy task, so any help in completing the nightly mission is much appreciated. And who better to help than Disney, right? Through Aug. 31, families can add a little of the company’s magic into the bedtime routine with its Sleep Shop Hotline. The toll-free number, 1-877-7-MICKEY, has five special messages from Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Daisy Duck and Goofy to give kids something to look forward to at bedtime. There is a limit of one message per call, so, if you want to hear from a different character, just call back. shopdisney.com/sleep-shop
Denver used to have more than 250 miles of track connecting the city with Lakewood, Golden and Boulder. Those days may be long gone, but you can take a ride back in time on Aug. 11. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., hop aboard and ride the Denver and Intermountain Interurban Trolley Car No. 25 during a free open house. The annual event includes complimentary rides on Car No. 25, oral histories from original riders who have contributed to its restoration, a display of transit history and light refreshments. The event is at the Denver Federal Center — Gate 1, Building No. 78 (Kipling and Alameda) in Lakewood. All adults need a government photo ID to enter the Federal Center. lakewood.org/historictransit
Summer is soon coming to an end. However, there’s still time to enjoy many summertime favorites, including Slurpees. Grab a friend and a straw for this cool deal from 7-Eleven. From Aug. 13 to 19, the convenience store is offering customers buy-one-get-one-free free Slurpee. The current featured flavor is the bright blue Cap’n Crunch Crunch Berries. Other colorful flavors include Wild Cherry, Blue Raspberry, Pina Colada, Coca-Cola and Slurpee Lite Lemonade. Flavor selections vary by location. Since there are nearly 11,000 locations in North America, you should have no problem finding one.7-eleven.com/slurpee
Since 1955, Colorado-born Natural Grocers has been leading the way in healthy grocery aisles. The company is celebrating its 63rd anniversary on Aug. 16 at all 38 locations in Colorado. Each store will host product samples, giveaways and an ice cream social. All day, customers get a free reusable bag (with purchase) and coloring book for the kids (while supplies last). Then, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., enjoy free ice cream sundaes and root beer floats. And what’s a store anniversary without specials? They will also be offering 33 to 60 percent off many popular items. naturalgrocers.com/national-events/natural-grocers-63rd-anniversary
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