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Sept. 27, 2015

Love Thy Neighbor

kids playingWhen most of us start hunting for houses, we start by thinking about factors such as number of rooms, local schools, location and drive time to work. Rarely do we take the time to really consider what type of neighbors we are looking for. Probably more importantly, what kind of neighbors are we. Are we outgoing and want to spend time with our neighbors or are we a bit more reclusive and want a home where we can simply get away? Either way, we need to remember that when we get a new home, we also get new neighbors.

Find a House You Like? Visit Often

One of the best pieces of advice I can give is to visit a house you are interested in as often as possible and at multiple times during the day before you sign a contract. The great thing about Denver is the uniqueness of every neighborhood and you need to find one where you and your family fit in. Go in the morning, the middle of the day and after dark to see what it is like at different times. If possible, visit during the week and on a weekend. If you have children, look for basketball hoops, bicycles and see if children are playing outside together. If you want a quieter neighborhood, go at night and see if anyone plays loud music.

Walk the street, just don’t drive by. If you see someone outside you can introduce yourself and let them know you are thinking of buying a house on the street. You can ask questions like, “Are there many kids on the block?” “Do you have neighborhood block parties?” “Do you have Broncos parties?” Talking with someone who lives there can be very enlightening and give you a more confident feeling about your investment.

Be Proactive

cookiesAlmost everyone has heard that when you are selling your home you should bake cookies to fill the home with a pleasing and comforting scent. I once had a new neighbor that took this to the extra level. I had watched people coming in and out of my best friend’s home after they moved out. I was still sad that this great family had moved away and was a little apathetic as to who would move in next.

I remember even sitting there watching as the moving truck pulled up and took a slight mental inventory as my new neighbors furniture and boxes were moved. I think I even commented, “Wow, they have nice stuff, I bet we never get invited to their house for a BBQ.”  The next day there was a knock on the door and there stood the new family from next door. They had a plate of cookies and big smiles.

They told us they just wanted to say hi and that they knew how important it was to know your neighbors. We introduced our children, who quickly departed for the backyard swing set, and began a relationship that has lasted over the years and through several more moves. Every time we have moved since, we have made the effort to reach out to our neighbors and give them the chance to get to know us.

Be a Good Neighbor

We all want to live next to families that become friends, share our lives and look after our home when we are gone. Being a good neighbor is just as important as finding one. So whether you are welcoming someone new to the block or moving into your dream home, reach out, smile and make some new lifelong friends.

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Sept. 21, 2015

What to do in October in Denver 2015

pumpkinsDid you know that, at just over 26 miles long, Colfax Avenue is the longest continuous street in America? Crazy, right? Well, soon the streets of Denver will be filled with Halloween festivities. Have fun, be safe, and enjoy the changing leaves this October.

Fright Fest (October 2 - Nov 1)
This October, Elitch Gardens transforms into "Family By Day and Fright By Night. Don’t miss out on five weekends of scary fun at Denver’s largest Halloween event - Fright Fest: Alive!" Get detailed information here
6th Annual Urban Farm Fest (October 3)
Come celebrate the Farm with "a full-day of fun for the whole family and support the annual benefit event for The Urban Farm at Stapleton.  Enjoy your slice of country in the city from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm."  Learn more here

broncosThe Denver Broncos vs. Minnesota Vikings (October 4)
If you are looking for something to do in October, you might want to consider heading over to the Sports Authority Field At Mile High to root on the home team. Go Broncos! Get tickets here

Pumpkin Festival (October 9 - 11) 
Celebrate Fall at the Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms. This three-day event is "a great tradition for the entire family. Select from a wide variety of pumpkins in the massive pumpkin patch. Entry includes pumpkin carving demonstrations; hay, pony and barrel train rides; mini maze; jumping pillow; five carnival game tickets; face painting and live music." Learn event information here
tiny tots orchestraInside the Orchestra's Tiny Tots (October 12 and 26)
"Tiny Tots audiences receive an up-close-and-personal performance in a casual, fun environment. Inside the Orchestra offers the only professional orchestra performance for kids under six in the country. The experience is one-of-a-kind! Designed for children six and under, this 45-minute program gives young ones the chance to interact with the conductor and the musicians and learn about the instruments in the process."  Learn more here

10th Annual Denver Zombie Crawl (October 17)
"Denver will be holding the largest Zombie gathering in history at Skyline Park. Remember, this is an ALL AGES and FREE event. Everyone is welcome". Please bring a non-perishable food item to donate to the Food Bank of the Rockies. Register for the free event here
Rock 'N' Roll Denver Marathon (October 18) 
"Experience the World’s best running high! The 6th annual Rock ‘n’ Roll Denver event has a distance for everyone. The Marathon, Half Marathon, 10k and 5k are packed with live entertainment on a course that will keep you rockin’ all the way across the finish line."  Get details here

Boo at the Zoo (October 24, 25, 31 and November 1)
"The 31st annual Boo At The Zoo offers more than 25 trick-or-treat stations, creepy crawly animal demonstrations and exciting family-friendly entertainment under the canopy of the beautiful fall foliage of Denver Zoo." Learn more here 

7th Annual Paranormal Palace Halloween Party (October 31) 
"A full metaphysical experience, creating a level never before seen in Colorado that will astound and amaze your senses! A complete takeover of the new McNichols Building with 3 floors of internationally acclaimed artists and performers! Get your tickets here


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Sept. 21, 2015

September 2015 Market Happenings

I'm frequently asked where the real estate market is headed and when we will get back to some kind of equilibrium. The truth is it's extremely difficult to accurately predict the future, but here's what I know: Right now we are experiencing one of the strongest seller's markets in our history, and we're a full six and a half years into this market recovery. The reason is simple: We have much more demand for homes (buyers) than we have supply of homes (sellers). What's fascinating to watch is the dynamic build on itself. It looks something like this:

  1. Buyers make offers on homes and continue to lose out to higher offers.
  2. Buyers get increasingly frustrated and begin to get more aggressive with their offers. 
  3. The momentum builds on itself until we see what is occurring today, multiple offers on a property becoming the norm rather than the exception. 
  4. The multiple offer dynamic almost always bids prices higher than the original asking price. 
  5. The buyers that lose the bid learn from the experience and become more aggressive on their next offer.
  6. Then back to Step 1, until the buyer bids high enough on a property to finally get an offer accepted.

The result of course is the tremendously strong seller's market we have experienced for the past several years. And this seller's market is not going to change any time soon, at least not until we get back to some kind of balance in the market between buyers and sellers. I don't see that happening for at least several more years.  

market happenings September 2015

In the meantime, if you've thought about selling your home, now might be a great time to find out what the market is like in your neighborhood and see what your home is worth. It's almost certainly worth more than it was just a few years ago. Drop me a line, and I'll put together a professional Competitive Market Analysis on your home so you have the data to make the right decision.   
Another question my potential sellers often ask is if they sell today, can they find a replacement home in time to move? In a market like ours this is a very good question. Fortunately, there are a number of things savvy sellers can do to take advantage of the seller's market and put themselves in a good position when looking for their replacement home. Here are a few:  

  • First and foremost, work with an experienced agent to write a strong, professional offer on the home you want to buy. In a dramatically competitive market like we have now, weak, poorly written, unprofessional, and bad offers just aren't taken seriously. There is both an art and a science to writing a strong offer. Call me, and I'll explain more about how to write an offer that has a great chance of getting accepted.
  • Add a contingency clause to your contract to buy another home. The clause would say that you will close on the home you are purchasing once your own home sells. The problem with this is that it somewhat weakens your offer as many sellers don't want to accept a contingency when they can sell quickly to the next buyer. But occasionally we do run across a seller that is in no hurry and is happy to wait for the buyer's home to sell.
  • Lease the home you just sold from the buyer for a period of time while you are looking for your new home (this is called a lease back). Some buyers do not want or are not able to move into their new home immediately and this permits them to earn rent from you for the period of time you are shopping for your next purchase, a win-win situation.
  • Look into a new construction purchase. Builders are building as fast as they can in this market to keep up with demand, and there may be inventory of completed or soon-to-be-completed homes that could suit you.
  • Arrange to stay with family or move into short-term rental housing until you find your next home. While not a perfect solution, I believe it's far better to inconvenience yourself for a short period of time than to settle for anything less than your dream home!

If you have questions about the current market and need specific advice for your situation, don't hesitate to reach out to us!

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Sept. 21, 2015

September: The Almost Perfect Month to Buy a Home

HomePeople are always asking me when is the best time to buy a home, and while that can range due to many factors, I would say currently there is no time like the present. While spring and summer are the hot months for buyers, it seems that when the fall and winter seasons hit, the buyers can actually have more of an upper hand when it comes to making the purchase. So, September is a great month to buy, and there are many reasons why:

  1. Supply – Buyers are going to have more selection than they have the past few months. When I talk to buyers, they discuss one of the main reasons they have not bought during the peak season is because they are not finding a house that fits their needs completely. While my team and I work hard to make sure you do find the house that is almost perfect, I understand wanting to keep looking for that golden egg of a home.
  2. Demand – With school starting during this month, that actually does slow down the demand for a new home. Many families don’t want to move their kids around during the school season which means a decrease in demand, and pricing power will weaken a bit as houses take longer to sell. This is also a perfect time to sign because if you sign on a place before the end of the month, you will most likely close before Thanksgiving and have a new home for the holidays. What's a better gift than that?
  3. Low Level of Mortgage Rates – Why pay more when you can pay less today right? Thirty-fixed rates ended last week under 4%, which is a grand number for new homebuyers. Locking in a house now means that you can also lock in this lower rate that will help with mortgage payments along the road.

Don’t Miss Out, Buy Now

With a greater supply, a lesser demand, lower prices for homes, and a lower mortgage rates, now more than ever is the time to purchase your next home before the winter season sets in. Denver continues to grow and expand as an ever-booming city with more and more transplants making their way here daily. Now more than ever is a good time to buy a house and secure a place to call your own. If you are ready to take the plunge (don’t worry, it’s not that scary!) give us a call today at the New Era Group at 303-991-9878 and let one of our great agents take you out and show you some amazing properties. Make September your perfect month by buying your dream home!

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Sept. 10, 2015

Bats in Your Belfry? What about Raccoons?

raccoonThere are many sounds we hope we never hear, glass breaking in the kitchen, a small child saying, “I just threw my ball through the t.v.”, and the scurrying and scratching of an animal in the attic or walls. Denver is home to a large number of beautiful and fun creatures. I too enjoy spending time in the park watching squirrels play, birds fly and catching a quick glimpse of a retreating raccoon. However, when these animals make their way into our homes, everything changes.

Indications of Squatters

The best evidence of any forced entry is noises. You may hear scratching, running, bumps and just odd noises coming from your attic, crawl space or walls. In severe cases you may actually be able to smell the intruders. Look for openings around your fireplace, roof, or holes on the outside of the house if you feel a crawl space has been claimed. Put flour around the holes and see if there are any footprints the next day. You can also stuff small holes with a small piece of paper towels. If the towel is pushed in or out you can tell something has been there and which direction they were heading.

Beware of Bees

beehiveIf you hear a buzzing noise you always want to be careful. While bees and wasps will usually leave people alone, if you start poking around their hive or nest they can get very aggressive. Most bees are quite harmless, and won’t harm you, but I also know being calm is tough. Try to access the situation as best you can. What does the hive look like? Approximately how many bees or wasps are present? Where is the nest located? This information will help you determine if it is necessary to remove them or allow them to stay.

Hire a Professional

Whether it is critters, birds, or bees it is always best to hire a licensed and bonded professional to handle this task. I’ve seen some hilarious YouTube videos of people trying to catch squirrels, being chased by bats or birds and they only end up destroying their home. If you have animals in attics or crawl spaces this is even more important. Make sure to research and get references. Checking on or Yelp may also help you feel more confident in your choice. Make sure you understand exactly what they are planning and then just stay out of their way!

Check for Damage

Once you evict the uninvited guests it is also a good idea to do an inspection of the area they inhabited. There will be some clean up to do and possible some serious damage. Look for electrical wires that have been chewed, holes in walls and any other damage they may have caused. These will need to be fixed. If they are extensive there are several companies in the Denver area that can help you. Now that they are gone look for holes, or entry ways that you can close off and prevent further break-ins. With this in mind, remember to have the attics and crawl spaces checked if you looking for a new home, so you don’t have to do all this again.

Love Your Furry Friends

The best parts of living in Denver are the unique neighborhoods, open spaces and parks. If an animal has invaded your home and after you have removed it, don't stress. Just watch the show of nature in your backyard and remember how much fun these little critters are. They want a nice place to live too, and you must have had just what they were looking for. So enjoy all Colorado has to offer, while keeping your home protected!

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Sept. 2, 2015

The State of Denver Education

GWHSAs summer gives way to an eventual autumn, Denver parents begin to breathe a sigh of freedom. However delighted they may be to get some “adult time,” most parents make their child’s school a high priority. Colorado is no different.

Education as the Priority

The Denver Public School system has made it a priority to not only achieve greatness, but continue to grow and stretch for the betterment of all our children. With that at the heart of it, Denver’s “Plan 2020” clearly lays out five goals with which to pave the road to further success.

Plan 2020 has 5 Goals

1) The first goal is to have a high achieving school in 80% of Denver neighborhoods by 2020. Though Colorado is an open enrollment state, allowing all children from any neighborhood to choose their school, this doesn’t address transportation and timing. To be able to access a quality school close to home will better the lives of Denver children and will provide peace of mind for parents in the metro.

Preparing Students for the Future

2) Goal number two is to set a strong base for future educational success. By 2020, Denver Public School are committed to seeing 80% of all third graders at or above grade level in writing and reading. This will then prepare them for high school and college/trade schools, which are also plentiful in the Denver vicinity.

3) This strong base leads us to the third goal. By 2020, Denver’s school system anticipates a 90% graduation rate in their high schools. As laid out in the rigorous state standards, DPS would also like to graduate more college-ready students than in years past. Granted, there is not a numerical percentage for this metric, but the state of Colorado has clear and concise testing procedures, and Denver is working alongside the state to insure college readiness.

Working Together for our Children

4) “It takes a village,” and Denver knows this adage well. This is why in 2014, city, local, educational and community agencies all got together to lay out ways that we can all support the “whole child.” A child’s educational success has much more to do with their time outside of school than in it. Therefore, creating resources and guidelines to help us foster a warm and inclusive environment became the 4th goal of Denver’s “Plan 2020.” Follow the link to see the dynamic and varied ways that the people of Denver have started collaborating to create a promising future for all of our children.

5) The final goal of this quite exhaustive plan is realizing there are “opportunity gaps” and have the expressed goal of closing those gaps. The Denver Public School system, has as its goal for 2020 to increase the graduation rate of African American and Latino students by 25%. As in earlier goals, this has to start earlier, so DPS is looking to achieve a 25% increase in the reading and writing proficiency scores of the Latino and African American demographic living in and around Denver.

We not only want to live in a safe and secure environment, we want it to remain so for our children and their children after them. One way to ensure a nurturing environment, replete with opportunity, is to focus on our children. The Denver Public Schools have looked into the future and are working toward making it a bright one for all of us!

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Aug. 25, 2015

What to Do in September in Denver 2015

Did you know the famed music group Led Zeppelin played their first show in America at the Denver Auditorium Arena on December 26, 1968? Denver always has plenty of entertainment options, and this coming September is no exception.

The Book of Mormon (Now - September 13)
Don't miss the Denver performance of The Book of Mormon at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House, the nine-time Tony Award-winning Best Musical from the creators of "South Park."  Learn more here.

Nature Connects, Art with Lego Bricks (Now - November 1)
This award-winning, traveling exhibit features "life-size, and even some larger than life, animal and plant sculptures created using LEGO bricks. More than 35 sculptures will be scattered throughout the Zoo, representing animals people can find in both North America and abroad." Get detailed information here.   
Colorado Rockies vs Giants (September 3 - 6) 
Come cheer on the home team as they take on the San Francisco Giants downtown at Coors Field.  Get tickets here.

A Taste of Colorado (September 4 - 7)
"More than 500,000 people make this free event the focus of their Labor Day Weekend. Enjoy the offerings of more than 50 area restaurants and food trucks. Rock out to live music from big-name acts. Bring the kids to the KidzStage, featuring magic, clowns and puppets. Ride some classic carnival rides all weekend long." Learn more here.
Kevin Hart (September 7)  
"Since his first appearance on the big screen in 2002, Kevin Hart has been in more than 30 movies, including two stand-up specials, 'Laugh At My Pain' and 'Let Me Explain.' Now, Hart is getting back on the stage for his new comedy tour, 'What Now?' The North American tour will stop in Denver for one night only." Learn event information here.
Denver Art Museum Friendship Powwow & American Indian Cultural Celebration (Sept. 12)  
"One of the Denver Art Museum's longest-running events, the 26th Annual Friendship Powwow and American Indian Cultural Celebration will feature American Indian dancers, drum groups, working artists, hands-on activities, artist booths, and more." Get details here.

Colorado Symphony 5k (September 19)
"Leave your headphones at home and help the Colorado Symphony kick off its 2015/16 concert season by participating in the Colorado Symphony 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, September 19th at Sloan's Lake Park. Put a team together; bring your family, friends and pets, and join us for a fun-filled event featuring live music along the course." Register for the event here.

The Music Man in Concert (September 26 - 27) 
"The Colorado Symphony's self-produced take on the Meredith Willson classic brings River City, Iowa to Denver for two performances. Hear this classic score the way the composer intended it - with a full symphony orchestra accompanied by an amazing cast of local and national singers and actors." Buy tickets here.

Denver Women's Soccer vs. Portland (September 26)  
Come watch the University of Denver Pioneers Women's Soccer host the Portland Pilots at 7:00 p.m. on Ciber Field. Get your tickets here.   

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Aug. 23, 2015

August 2015 Market Happenings

Bubble or No Bubble?  

As we near the end of the summer selling season, our housing market continues to march forward. Every month since February has brought a record high average home price in the metro Denver area, with average prices approaching an astounding $425,000. Amazingly, half of all Denver's new homes for sale sell in six days or less, which is the fastest in the country. The latest Case-Schiller report says we have the highest 12 month price increase of any of the Top 10 Cities it tracks (Denver 10 percent price increase, San Francisco 9.7 percent and Dallas 8.4 percent). The strength in the market has been so pronounced that logical, informed people are beginning to ask whether we're setting ourselves up for another bubble. Good question. While no one can ever predict the future with certainty, I see no evidence that we're heading for a dramatic downturn in the real estate market any time soon. Here's why:

  • Even with the increase in metro Denver home prices, the Housing Affordability Index is still well above the rate it was during the last upturn in the market between 2002 - 2006. The HAI is the median price of a home compared to the median income, taking into account the prevailing mortgage rate. So, given that homes are still relatively affordable given median (and, by the way, increasing) wages and low interest rates, we haven't entered bubble territory.
  • The number of transactions relative to the population of metro Denver is just about at the 25-year average. At the peak of the bubble in 2006, the number of deals was about 20 percent above the historical average. When we see the number of closed transactions well above our historical average, that's an indication to me of an overheated market, as it was in 2006. We're nowhere close to that.
  • As we led up to the last bubble in 2006, many of the deals were closed with low or no documentation ("liar loans" or "no doc loans"). Today, mortgage underwriting standards are the toughest they've been in decades. This prevents unqualified buyers from purchasing property, which mitigates the chance of the market overheating (fewer buyers means fewer purchases means less chance of the market frothing into bubble territory like it did in the past).
  • Because of reasonable home affordability, it's still cheaper to buy than rent in our market, especially at the lower end. This would not be true in a bubble. For housing price affordability to return to the average level that we saw in the years between 2002 and 2006 ,either home prices would have to increase an additional 24 percent or interest rates would need to reach 6 percent. Neither is going to happen any time soon.
  • The imbalance between buyers and sellers we've seen recently in our housing market is due to a lack of inventory, not illogical/unrealistic/unsustainable demand from buyers. "Much of the price increases we are seeing are the result of rising demand among investors and homebuyers for a still-limited supply of homes for sale," said Anand Nallathambi, president and CEO of CoreLogic. This imbalance is a logical correction from the past downturn years when we had too FEW buyers in the market. This is how markets are supposed to work, moving in cycles and always regressing to the mean over time.
  • Rising mortgage rates will help to temper the possibility of a bubble as well. "History shows that a rapid rise in interest rates tends to have little correlation with home prices. Rather, rising rates are more likely to contribute to a decrease in home purchase volume," wrote Mark Palim in a Fannie Mae commentary. So the positive side of a rise in mortgage rates is that it will reduce the number of buyers and therefore reduce the chance the market will rise out of control and end up collapsing in a bubble.

Here are a few metrics I watch closely to look for signs of a weakening housing market:

  • Housing inventory. When the inventory of homes for sale rises, supply will begin to balance with demand and slow the price increases. We're still at record-low inventory, so I don't expect to return to a balanced market for several more years.
  • Number of homes sales. If we see a spike in homes sales (most likely due to increased inventory of homes coming on the market), we can expect a slowdown in the housing market to follow, just as we saw after our home sales spiked in 2006. At this time, we are right at the 30-year average of homes sales/year/capita, which tells me the market is not overheated. 
  • The economy. Metro Denver has a booming economy which is contributing to our strong housing market. If the economy begins to falter, that will affect housing. I see no sign of that happening any time soon.
  • Interest rates. Low interest rates have contributed to relatively high home affordability, continuing to help the housing market. If interest rates spike, that will decrease affordability. But if you've been reading this newsletter for years, you know that no one can predict interest rates, and trying to do so is simply a waste of time. Some day if interest rates move upward, we may see an effect on the housing market, but there's no reason to believe that's going to happen any time soon.

For these and many other reasons, I believe our market will continue to be strong for the foreseeable future, but of course it can't grow indefinitely. Since the inventory of homes for sale is still extremely low, I think the demand will still exceed the supply for the next 24-36 months and prices will continue to rise for at least the next few years. No bubble on the horizon yet. Stay tuned!

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Aug. 21, 2015

Be Your Dog’s Best Friend

DogAs we all begin to deal with the “dog days” of summer, we need to keep in mind that our pets hate the heat almost as much as we do. Keeping them safe during the hot days is crucial, especially when so many of us are at work. Fortunately, there are many things you can do to ensure your dog enjoys the summer as much as you.

Air Conditioning Rocks

If your home is air-conditioned, consider keeping your buddy indoors. If your dog tends to be a little destructive while you're away, look into baby gates or find a room your pet can stay in without causing any damage. If you are concerned about accidents, find a neighbor or perhaps a teenager on the street to take him for a walk. Not only will this protect your new carpet, but it will give your dog someone to hang with during the day.

Water, Water and more Water

Dogs don’t sweat, and while panting is way to cool themselves, it isn’t always enough in the Denver heat. One of the most important things is to ensure your dog has plenty of cool, fresh water all day. If you come home and there isn’t any water in the bowl, or you find it upside down on the lawn, you need to find another alternative. Often it is as easy as putting out multiple bowls, or better yet, check with your local pet store for automatic water dispensers that attach to an outside faucet.

Dogs Dig Shade

The sun is your dog’s nemesis as well. All dogs need a nice, shady place to relax during the day that is open and allows plenty of wind. Most dog houses are a bad idea, because they trap heat and don’t allow for wind. A nice tarp or a big leafy tree is perfect. Make sure you check to see if there is ample shade all day. While there might be shade in the morning, you could quickly find that it disappears later in the afternoon especially if your dog is chained up.

Limit Play Time

On hot days, remember to limit the play time of your dog. While exercise is important and walking on the miles of trails in Denver is a fantastic benefit to living here, if you push your dog too hard they could experience heat exhaustion. If you think your pet is suffering from heat-related issues, get them to a veterinarian as soon as possible. Remember: never leave your dog in the car in the summer. Even on cooler days, the car can heat up fast.

Denver is a Dog Town

It’s great living in a big city that loves dogs and has made so allowances for dog owners. Taking care of your friend is not only the right thing to do, but it will ensure your buddy is around for a very long time to share this great city with you. For more information about how to keep your dog safe, visit the Humane Society website.

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Aug. 2, 2015

What to do in August in Denver 2015

state capitolThe dome of the Colorado state capitol is plated with real 24K gold. The building's interior has large amounts of Colorado Rose Onyx. The world's entire known supply of the material was used on the building. This coming month, request a tour of the State Capitol building, or enjoy some of the upcoming events listed below.

Civic Center Eats (Now-October 8)
On Tuesdays and Thursdays, enjoy Metro Denver's largest gathering of gourmet food trucks and carts! Civic Center EATS provides an opportunity for "downtown employees, residents, and visitors to experience the beauty of Civic Center, enjoy a delicious outdoor lunch, listen to live music, and connect with the community." Learn more here.
The Nature of HorsesDeborah Butterfield: The Nature of Horses (Now - October 18)
Deborah Butterfield captures the essence of the horse with her contemporary sculpture-characters of strength, spirit and grace. Explore the American artist's use of minimalistic line and powerful form amid the Denver Botanic Gardens' outdoor environment.  Learn more here.

First Friday Art Walks (August 7)
"Discover Denver's thriving creative community during a First Friday celebration, held every first Friday of the month, during which galleries in Denver's art districts stay open late for a festive, street party-like event." Learn more here.

Aids Walk Colorado (August 15)
This event is the Rocky Mountain Region's oldest one-day HIV and AIDS fundraiser. After completing the AIDS Walk Colorado course, you can participate in the Celebration of Life Festival. Numerous vendors will be in attendance offering everything from goods and services to food and drinks. Get detailed information here

Denver Street Flea Market (August 15) 
The Denver Street Flea Market is a "secondhand flea market featuring tons of local vendors from around Denver. If you're tired of trolling the streets for yard sales every weekend, this flea is an opportunity to park and shop in one glorious location." Learn more here.

Golden Fine Arts Festival (August 15 - 16) 
Come browse a variety of beautiful art at the Golden Fine Arts Festival. The festival hosts more than "140 high-quality artists (many of which are Coloradoans) in a variety of media, including ceramic arts, fiber arts, glass, jewelry, mixed media, painting, photography, sculpture". Get details here.

pro cycling challengeUSA Pro Challenge (August 23)
The race is "on the level of the Tour de France, bringing the high speeds, danger and adrenaline of professional biking to elevations over two miles high in some of the most picturesque terrain in the world - the Colorado Rocky Mountains." The finale will be in Downtown Denver. Learn more here.

Yoga Rocks the Park Denver (August 23)
Check in opens at 8:30 a.m. for this event that runs from 9 - 11:30. Participants can enjoy yoga in the outdoors, taught by an assortment of Denver's top yoga instructors and accompanied by live music. Learn more event information here.

Red RocksFilm on the Rocks (August 26th and 31st)
The Film on the Rocks is a collaborative production "created to provide an affordable opportunity for the community to enjoy films and live entertainment at Red Rocks Amphitheatre"  This month, enjoy The Breakfast Club and Guardians of the Galaxy! Learn more about this event here

Dave Matthews Band (August 28-29) 
End your summer with a concert at Fiddler's Green. 97.3 KBCO Presents the Dave Matthews Band with special guest appearance: Bela Felck.  Get your tickets today

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