Civic Duty Shoes Made of a Recycled Material- Rock Style!

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Made from a recyclable material, Tyvek, Civic Duty shoes won't end up in a landfill.

Made from a recyclable material, Tyvek, Civic Duty shoes won’t end up in a landfill.

Not even free donuts will deter most people hustling to catch a Subway. But set up a kiosk with some of the catchiest shoes on the market, and all of a sudden those rushing forgot they had a ride to catch in the first place. When creator of Civic Duty Shoes, Steven Weinreb set up a kisok in one of the highest traffic areas in the country, Grand Central Station, he realized the incredible potential for shoes he makes out of Tyvek. That’s the same stuff used for construction, packaging envelopes and even car covers. The shoes are an easy sell not just because of their catchy design, but because Tyvek can be recycled.

Available in several styles and colors, the sneakers have a crinkly paper-like look. “The shoes are incredibly durable. Even the strongest guys try to break a sweat when we tell them to go ahead and try to tear them,” says Steven.  The line of futuristic kicks is also water resistant, breathable and lightweight. No stranger to the shoe industry, Steven worked in footwear development for 15 years. But when he was laid off during the recession in 2008, Steven was looking for options. “It’s scary when you are 47 years old, with three kids and laid off. You are pretty much unemployable. When I received my first unemployment check it was a very humbling experience,” remembers Steven. “I didn’t have a choice except to put one foot in front of the other and come up with a plan.”

“We feel it’s our civic duty to keep our environment nice and recycle when we can,” says creator of Civic Duty shoes, Steven Weinreb.

“We feel it’s our civic duty to keep our environment nice and recycle when we can,” says creator of Civic Duty shoes, Steven Weinreb.

His plan started to take shape after remembering a material he saw potential in.   “I remember looking at packaging material made of Tyvek that we used to ship shoes in. It had so much character with a worn and vintage look. I had thought at the time how cool it would be to make shoes out of It.” recalls Steven. After about a year of experimenting, the futuristic footwear hit the market. 

“People’s reactions were fantastic. We are living in a world where people like fresh, new an innovative products,” says Steven.  Check out Civic Duty for a look at the styles and colors. Choose between the low-top, lace up, high-top, chukka boot and slip on. Retail $54-$64.

Each year, the 100 % of profits from one of the styles is donated to a charity picked by consumers. Right now, profits are donated to Common Ground Relief, which helps victims of Hurricane Katrina. “A lot of people think victims are back on their feet when in reality there are still many people displaced,” says Steven. But with the heart and sole of this company, Civic Duty hopes this is not a reality for much longer.

I just can't shake these kicks! Even during a photo shoot!

I just can’t shake these kicks! Even during a photo shoot!

 

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Experience After Hours at DMNS with Adult Programs

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Adult Programs like Ice Age Social Allow Museum Goers to Experience Exhibits at DMNS in a Unique Environment Complete with Live Entertainment, Cocktails and Interactive Exhibits

Adult Programs like Ice Age Social Allow Museum Goers to Experience Exhibits at DMNS in a Unique Environment Complete with Live Entertainment, Cocktails and Interactive Exhibits

Adult programs at the DMNS are making science even more engaging. The latest event, Ice Age Social, (March 8) opened doors to a sold out crowd. This was my first time checking out an event and I would absolutely recommend it. Paintbrush in hand, we replicated cave art with helpful diagrams illustrating how to draw prehistoric creatures like wooly mammoths and mastodons. After making our way to the bar for a creative cocktail creation, we became captivated by the live jazz music in the open atrium. Once inside the Mammoth and Mastodon exhibit, we wandered among the larger than life-size replicas of mammals, giant bears and saber-toothed cat.

The Ticket Price ($33) is a deal. Admission includes the Mammoths and Mastodons, Live Entertainment, One Cocktail, Ice Cream Bar & Light Appetizers.

Creating Cave Art at Ice Age Social at the Denver Museum of Nature & Scienc

Creating Cave Art at Ice Age Social at the Denver Museum of Nature & Scienc

Three Reasons to go:

1. Adults Only. As precious as it is to see the excitement on a child’s face when they are looking at some of the oldest artifacts unearthed, it is a completely new experience to take in the exhibit in a serene environment. DMNS only sells an allotted amount of tickets so you aren’t facing lines or crowds at any point during the night

2. Dynamite Atmosphere- From live jazz music to a glowing “fire” in the cave painting room, you can tell the DMNS makes each event unique to the present exhibit.

3. Expand your Knowledge- Educators are present throughout the museum to teach you about the way fossils are preserved and even the ways humans protected themselves from mammoths and mastodons.

Other Adult Programs (21 & up) include the Science Lounge which happen every 3rd Thursday from 6:30-9:30. Nonmember $12, Member $10, Student $10

Mathletes & Athletes -March 21

Take on probability and statistics just in time for the college hoops championship with TED speaker and Wired magazine blogger Garth Sundem.

Color Me Science- April 18

Experience the spectrum from the ultraviolet to the infrared and shed some light on phenomena like bioluminescence and fluorescence in rocks. Make your own colorful creation as you experiment with the rainbow as you sip a signature cocktail.

Science Lounge: Venus and Vodka- May 16, 2013

Sneak a peek at the hottest planet in our solar system through telescopes on a terrace (weather permitting) while sipping a signature cocktail.

Buy Tickets Here

Archaeologists for the evening at Ice Age Social at DMNS

Archaeologists for the evening at Ice Age Social at DMNS

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Bolivian Lions at Wild Animal Sanctuary Making Progress Two Years After Rescue

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Twenty-five rescued Bolivian lions are making leaps and bounds of progress after escaping a life of abuse and neglect. When Bolivia passed a law banning circus animals, an international rescue effort was immediately underway to transport the lions to a new life at the Wild Animal Sanctuary in Keenesburg, CO. To make sure the animals could comfortable adapt to Colorado’s cold winters, crews worked around the clock to build an indoor space in just six weeks.

The Bolivian Lion House was built in six short weeks once the Wild Animal Sanctuary got word 25 Bolivian Lions were in need of help.

The Bolivian Lion House was built in six short weeks once the Wild Animal Sanctuary got word 25 Bolivian Lions were in need of help.

We wanted to check in on the lions and see the progress they are making after two years of living a life full of nourishment and care. The lions have gained strength and confidence- as evident as the booming roars coming from their open spaces that grabbed our attention.

Among the rescued animals at the Wild Animal Sanctuary, you will find lions, tigers, bears and wolves. You can walk past one habitat after another on the elevated “Mile Into the Wild” Walkway.

The Bolivian Lion House is also home to four lions rescued from Zanesville, Ohio when nearly 50 exotic animals were freed.

The Bolivian Lion House is also home to four lions rescued from Zanesville, Ohio when nearly 50 exotic animals were freed.

Wild Animal Sanctuary 

Open seven days a week.

1946 County Road 53  Keenesburg, CO 80643

Carri’s Catch: The Bolivian Lion House is also home to four lions rescued from from Zanesville, Ohio last October. You may remember the news of Terry Thompson- the man who let his collection of 56 exotic animals loose before killing himself.

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New Movie Theater in Littleton Offers Unique Experience for Moviegoers

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Alamo Drafthouse in Littleton adds new spin on movie going experience

Alamo Drafthouse in Littleton adds new spin on movie going experience

 

Nothing is ordinary about the new movie theater opening in Littleton’s Aspen Grove Shopping Center. With competing theatres nearby, the Alamo DraftHouse had to offer something no other theatres are. That’s a simple task for the successful Texas-based chain, which offers something different when it comes to combining food, drink and film. The cleverly named “Glass Half Full” bar will serve 19 Colorado brews and cocktails made with Stranahan’s and Leopold Brother’s whiskies. Made from scratch menu items are fresh out the kitchen to enjoy while watching a film on one of the seven big screens. The films aren’t the typical box office hits. Instead you will find first-run, independent and specialty films.

Another reason the Alamo Drafthouse is expected to sell out crowds- no previews! Instead viewers are entertained by rare clips, videos and shorts that are custom created for the feature film. We do have one piece of advice- don’t even think about texting in the theater! Unless you are trying to get the boot. The Alamo Drafthouse won’t think twice before kicking out anyone with chatty cell phone habits. Enjoy the show!

 Alamo Drafthouse: Opens March 25th!

Tickets on Sale Starting March 8

7301 S Santa Fe Dr. Littleton, CO 80120

http://drafthouse.com/denver/littleton

 

Alamo Drafthouse in Littleton adds new spin on movie going experience

Alamo Drafthouse in Littleton adds new spin on movie going experience

 

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Zeppelin Team Create “The Source” in Rino District

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What is now a graffitied warehouse circa 1880 in the River North Neighborhood will soon be booming with 15 Colorado businesses all under the same roof. Father and son developers, Mickey and Kyle Zeppelin, are behind the artisan culinary marketplace named “The Source.”

The 26,000 square foot warehouse will transfrom to a bustling artisan market opening in June.

The 26,000 square foot warehouse will transfrom to a bustling artisan market opening in June.

You may recognize the Zeppelin name from the TAXI Development, which is also in the RINO District. The two transformed a former yellow cab headquarters to a lively community filled with offices spaces, a daycare, an organic restaurant and hip living spaces. The two show no signs of stopping when it comes to revitalizing the RINO District.

Inside the source you will find two restaurants, a brewery, a specialty food and cheese purveyor, a bakery, a distillery showroom and bar, a coffee roaster and coffee bar. “The Source will be an entirely new experience for Denver’s culinary enthusiasts,” says Kyle Zeppelin. “We’re providing an inspiring home to some of the state’s and nation’s most innovative – and proven — food artisans who are excited to introduce their craft to the city in an environment that is transparent, inviting, and collaborative.”

 The Source, Opens in June, 3350 Brighton Blvd.

 Vendors include:

Comida Cantina (originally a food truck, now with a brick-and-mortar location

in Longmont)

Acorn (sister restaurant to Boulder’s Oak at Fourteenth)

Crooked Stave Brewery

Boxcar Roasters and Coffee Shop

CapRock Spirits Distillery and Bar

Proper Pour, a spirits and wine store

Mondo Food (www.mondofood.com)

Babette Bread (www.babettebread.com)

Plus more to come!

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