Winter Skate – Fun for the Whole Family in Downtown Boulder!

 

 

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Winter Skate returns to its Boulder roots! This is fun old fashioned outdoor ice skating at its best! Winter Skate first started on the plaza next to the Dushanbe Teahouse and now it’s back. Ice skating is fun for all ages! Open 7 days a week at 1780 13th Street in Downtown Boulder. Details at WinterSkate.

 

 

I LOVE what I do! I have been in the Real Estate Industry now for over 13 years and am grateful to have found a career that I enjoy so much. I am highly organized and extremely efficient with a strong background in negotiations which always helps when in the middle of a tough transaction! I welcome all opportunities to work with you whether you are looking for your first home, looking to move to a larger home as your family grows, or looking to expand your portfolio and purchase an investment property. It is a great time for real estate in Boulder County! If you want to learn about what this market means to you and your family, just call or email. Contact me with all of your real estate needs! 

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Realtor/Broker Associate
RE/MAX of Boulder
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Light. Bright. Boulder. Lights of December Parade is Tonight!

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Boulder’s Annual Lights of December Parade is Tonight. Spectators enjoy floats created and decorated by local businesses, churches and civic groups. Crowds will enjoy marching bands, lit fire engines, holiday carolers and much more. The grand finale includes an appearance by the jolly old man himself – Santa Claus!

Dress warmly and head over to Pearl Street tonight, December 2, 2016. The event starts at 6pm.

More details – Lights of December Parade

I LOVE what I do! I have been in the Real Estate Industry now for over 13 years and am grateful to have found a career that I enjoy so much. I am highly organized and extremely efficient with a strong background in negotiations which always helps when in the middle of a tough transaction! I welcome all opportunities to work with you whether you are looking for your first home, looking to move to a larger home as your family grows, or looking to expand your portfolio and purchase an investment property. It is a great time for real estate in Boulder County! If you want to learn about what this market means to you and your family, just call or email. Contact me with all of your real estate needs! 

Janet Leap, GRI, CRS
Realtor/Broker Associate
RE/MAX of Boulder
m. 720.938.4197

The History Of Boulder’s Winter Star

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The lighted star on Flagstaff is a familiar symbol in Boulder. First turned on as a Christmas decoration in December 1947, the star survived several controversies to become what it is today—part of the area’s history and culture.

In April 1948, the Boulder Chamber of Commerce converted the star into an Easter cross. Then, for two decades, the long string of lights alternated between the two symbols.

Pranksters also saw uses for the bulbs and wires. In 1951, students from Colorado A & M (now Colorado State University) reconfigured the display into the shape of an “A.” In 1958, Colorado School of Mines students strung the lights into an “M.”

In 1955, 1956, and 1960, someone, or some group, painted the bulbs red, speculated to have been part of a Communist conspiracy. In 1969, the star/cross was changed again—this time into a gigantic peace sign.

Finally, some Boulder residents had had enough. They filed a complaint with the Boulder Human Relations Commission on the grounds that the star and the cross (both considered Christian symbols and located on city park property) violated the U.S. Constitution in its separation of church and state. Although the lights had sparked a controversy, they stayed on.

The debate resurfaced a year later. In 1970, the same group brought to the Boulder City Council a resolution banning all lighted displays on Flagstaff Mountain.

Of the Flagstaff star a Boulder City attorney stated, “It is our job to guarantee rights of free speech, but that does not mean that one is guaranteed a platform which gives him a captive community audience.”

The termination of the cross was something people could accept, but the possibility that the star might have to come down caused an uproar among the majority of Boulder citizens. Eventually, the council determined that the cross had to go, but the star represented “a sense of community.”

In 1980, the star served yet another purpose. It was left on month after month as a reminder of the Americans held hostage in Iran. This ongoing use of electricity, however, upset environmentalists who removed the bulbs, chopped down the wires, and publicly announced that the man-made object disturbed wildlife and wasted energy.

Even so, the majority of Boulder’s residents still wanted their star, and, once again, they rallied to its defense. It has survived the test of time and appears to be here to stay.

Content courtesy of historian Silvia Pettem’s Facebook Page

I LOVE what I do! I have been in the Real Estate Industry now for over 13 years and am grateful to have found a career that I enjoy so much. I am highly organized and extremely efficient with a strong background in negotiations which always helps when in the middle of a tough transaction! I welcome all opportunities to work with you whether you are looking for your first home, looking to move to a larger home as your family grows, or looking to expand your portfolio and purchase an investment property. It is a great time for real estate in Boulder County! If you want to learn about what this market means to you and your family, just call or email. Contact me with all of your real estate needs! 

Janet Leap, GRI, CRS
Realtor/Broker Associate
RE/MAX of Boulder
m. 720.938.4197

Love Tea? Head to Celestial Seasonings for a Free Tour!

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Love tea? Want to learn about it from one of the largest purveyors of teas? Luckily Celestial Seasonings is right in our backyard. You probably already know the teas are delicious! But did you know their factory is open for tours? They offer free 45 minute tours seven days a week, every hour, on the hour. No need to make a reservation [except during holidays].

Tour hours: Monday through Saturday, 10:00am to 4:00pm and Sunday, 11:00am to 3:00pm. The tours are family friendly, so bring the kids!

More information on Celestial Seasonings tours can be found here.

I LOVE what I do! I have been in the Real Estate Industry now for over 13 years and am grateful to have found a career that I enjoy so much. I am highly organized and extremely efficient with a strong background in negotiations which always helps when in the middle of a tough transaction! I welcome all opportunities to work with you whether you are looking for your first home, looking to move to a larger home as your family grows, or looking to expand your portfolio and purchase an investment property. It is a great time for real estate in Boulder County! If you want to learn about what this market means to you and your family, just call or email. Contact me with all of your real estate needs! 

Janet Leap, GRI, CRS
Realtor/Broker Associate
RE/MAX of Boulder
m. 720.938.4197

St. Nick Will Soon Be In Boulder!

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St. Nick will be on the bricks of the Pearl Street Mall to meet kids every Saturday from 11 to 2pm starting November 25 through December 23, 2017. Bring the kids down to meet Santa at the Pearl Street Visitor Center at Pearl and 13th. Don’t miss out!

More details on their website – HERE.

I LOVE what I do! I have been in the Real Estate Industry now for over 13 years and am grateful to have found a career that I enjoy so much. I am highly organized and extremely efficient with a strong background in negotiations which always helps when in the middle of a tough transaction! I welcome all opportunities to work with you whether you are looking for your first home, looking to move to a larger home as your family grows, or looking to expand your portfolio and purchase an investment property. It is a great time for real estate in Boulder County! If you want to learn about what this market means to you and your family, just call or email. Contact me with all of your real estate needs! 

Janet Leap, GRI, CRS
Realtor/Broker Associate
RE/MAX of Boulder
m. 720.938.4197

The Time Is Now To Try First Bite Boulder!

November 10, 2017 kicks off First Bite Boulder. This is an annual event highlighting the Boulder area dining scene. For one full week, more than 40 of the area’s top restaurants will offer a special three course $29 prix-fixe dinner menu to the community.

The week celebrates Boulder’s exceptional dining scene and continues to bring its well-deserved reputation into the national spotlight. These spots fill up, so take a look at all the great participating restaurants and make your reservation! November 10-18, 2017. Get all the details at First Bite Boulder.

I LOVE what I do! I have been in the Real Estate Industry now for over 13 years and am grateful to have found a career that I enjoy so much. I am highly organized and extremely efficient with a strong background in negotiations which always helps when in the middle of a tough transaction! I welcome all opportunities to work with you whether you are looking for your first home, looking to move to a larger home as your family grows, or looking to expand your portfolio and purchase an investment property. It is a great time for real estate in Boulder County! If you want to learn about what this market means to you and your family, just call or email. Contact me with all of your real estate needs! 

Janet Leap, GRI, CRS
Realtor/Broker Associate
RE/MAX of Boulder
m. 720.938.4197

What Colorado Regions Will Grow Fastest Through 2050?

Colorado is on a growth trajectory. The Denver Post, in an article published November 7, 2017, predicts that “between 2015 and 2050, Colorado will add the equivalent of another metro Denver, on its way to 8.46 million residents. Though it’s a lot of people, the state’s rate of growth actually is predicted to slow during that period as the baby boomer generation moves on.

Northern Colorado and the Western Slope will claim larger shares of Colorado’s population as the state adds 3 million new residents over the next three and a half decades, according to state forecasts.

Greeley and Fort Collins will more than double in population and the Western Slope will grow by two-thirds by 2050, the State Demography Office predicts, while Denver, Boulder, Pueblo and the central mountain resorts will grow at slower rates. Also, Colorado Springs will overtake a built-out Denver as the state’s largest city.”

Though the Denver Metro area will grow the most overall, the greatest percentage of growth will happen for Greeley, Fort Collins and Colorado Springs will have the largest overall percentage gains.

For investors this looks like a great opportunity!

Read the entire Denver Post article.

I LOVE what I do! I have been in the Real Estate Industry now for over 13 years and am grateful to have found a career that I enjoy so much. I am highly organized and extremely efficient with a strong background in negotiations which always helps when in the middle of a tough transaction! I welcome all opportunities to work with you whether you are looking for your first home, looking to move to a larger home as your family grows, or looking to expand your portfolio and purchase an investment property. It is a great time for real estate in Boulder County! If you want to learn about what this market means to you and your family, just call or email. Contact me with all of your real estate needs! 

Janet Leap, GRI, CRS
Realtor/Broker Associate
RE/MAX of Boulder
m. 720.938.4197

November: Day of the Dead Activities Around Town

Day of the Dead Events in Boulder County

Longmont Museum

October 14 – November 7, free admission
The Dia de los Muertos exhibition will be in the Museum’s Swan Atrium – a two-story space full of light – and will showcase traditional gigantes, giant puppets made by local artists. Altars for the dead, created by members of the community, will also be a central part of the exhibit.

Day of the Dead Family Celebration at the Longmont Museum

Saturday, November 4, 11 am – 3 pm, free admission
Join in the fun and enjoy live music and dancing, sugar skull decorating, traditional food, community altars, paper flower making, face painting, Lady Catrina, and more! Come dressed in your finest calaca (skeleton) apparel.

We need volunteers for the family celebration! Volunteering is a great way to give back to your community, meet new people, learn, and have fun. Shifts are from 10:30 am – 1 pm, 1 – 3 pm, or 10:30 am – 3:30 pm.

Gigantes Procession and Catrina Ball
November 3, 2017
Procession downtown at 5 pm
Catrina ball at 7 pm

The Firehouse Art Center will host their 5th Annual Catrina Ball at the Dickens Opera House. It will be a party to die for…or at least an event to celebrate the lives of those who have already made the journey to the Great Beyond.

More Day of the Dead Activities Details

 

I LOVE what I do! I have been in the Real Estate Industry now for over 13 years and am grateful to have found a career that I enjoy so much. I am highly organized and extremely efficient with a strong background in negotiations which always helps when in the middle of a tough transaction! I welcome all opportunities to work with you whether you are looking for your first home, looking to move to a larger home as your family grows, or looking to expand your portfolio and purchase an investment property. It is a great time for real estate in Boulder County! If you want to learn about what this market means to you and your family, just call or email. Contact me with all of your real estate needs! 

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Realtor/Broker Associate
RE/MAX of Boulder
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Family-Friendly Halloween Activities Around Boulder

Tons of Halloween events around Boulder for the whole family!

Halloween Carnival: Oct. 27

The annual Halloween Carnival is a community wide, family-friendly event held at the South Boulder Recreation Center on Oct. 27 from 3 to 5 p.m.  All ages are welcome at the event, but the carnival is intended for visitors ages 3 to 8. Children under 3 are free, as are adults.  All other children are $5 each, which includes all the activities at the Halloween Carnival, including crafts, face painting, carnival games and more.

 

Boulder Library Events: Oct. 27 to 29

Costume Hack-a-thon 
Friday, Oct. 27, from 1-5 p.m., at Main Library’s BLDG 61 Makerspace. Join us to work on your Halloween costumes! Access to sewing machines, laser cutters, vinyl cutter, craft supplies, glue guns, soldering equipment, and more. Bring supplies your own supplies! Open to ages 8-plus, attendees under 13 must be accompanied by an adult. Please register!

Gross Me Out at the Library at the Main Library
Sunday, Oct. 29, from 1-2 p.m., at the Main Library, Boulder Creek Room

Haunted Library at Reynolds Library
Sunday, Oct. 29, from 2-4 p.m., at Reynolds Branch Library

Concert: Ghosts, Ghouls, and Witches, featuring Soprano Ekaterina Kotcherguina (costumes encouraged)
Sunday, Oct. 29, from 2-3 p.m., at the Main Library, Canyon Theater

Sewing Rebellion Workshop: costume edition
Sunday, Oct. 29, from 2:30-5:30 p.m., Main Library, BLDG 61 Makerspace

 

Munchkin Masquerade: Oct. 31

Head to downtown Boulder on Oct. 31 for this annual trick-or-treat event on and around Pearl Street. Munchkin Masquerade, held 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., features treat stops at participating businesses. Recommended for children ages 12 and under.

I LOVE what I do! I have been in the Real Estate Industry now for over 13 years and am grateful to have found a career that I enjoy so much. I am highly organized and extremely efficient with a strong background in negotiations which always helps when in the middle of a tough transaction! I welcome all opportunities to work with you whether you are looking for your first home, looking to move to a larger home as your family grows, or looking to expand your portfolio and purchase an investment property. It is a great time for real estate in Boulder County! If you want to learn about what this market means to you and your family, just call or email. Contact me with all of your real estate needs! 

Janet Leap, GRI, CRS
Realtor/Broker Associate
RE/MAX of Boulder
m. 720.938.4197