Colorado Gives Day

The Community First Foundation out of Denver, The Community Foundation of Northern Colorado, and FirstBank have joined forces to increase online giving in the Northern Colorado area. “24 hours to give where you live” is the motto for the fourth annual Colorado Gives Day. This is an initiative to increase philanthropy in Colorado through online giving. During a 24-hour period (Tuesday Dec. 10, 2013) donations will be accepted through […]

The Colorado Room

Fort Collins’ newest spot to boast local fare and fun is The Colorado Room, located at 642 South College Ave. Owners Danny Shea and Justin Serr created the concept from combining all their favorite features of restaurants, pubs, and hangouts into one truly phenomenal local experience from start to finish. Dave Richter, creator of the local eats, makes most everything in house – the result is an outstanding menu of […]

Comedy Open Mic!

Yum Yum’s/Ma’s Juice Bar at 1300 West Elizabeth in Fort Collins has stellar comedy every Wednesday night. If you think you’re funny, you could possibly win the $100 cash prize given away each month. Hosted by Jsin Novak of Spice-Up Your-Party, this is Colorado’s first comedy open mic with a cash giveaway. Each week, three finalists (the three funniest) get moved to the final round which takes place at the […]

Celebrations and Santas

The Global Village Museum of Arts and Cultures at 200 West Mountain Avenue in Fort Collins presents a festive and colorful exhibit. “Celebrations Around the World and International Santas” highlights important holidays and cultural traditions of many countries. The international exhibit opens Dec. 6 and continues through Feb. 23, 2014; CSU Professor Jack Curfman is the guest curator and exhibition installer for the show. The art, artifacts, dolls, decorations, and […]


Caffe Ole

Tia Tedford has the thickest and most glorious crema in town. As the proprietor and barista of the newly reopened Caffe Ole, she is more than happy to brew you a cup of her delicious joe. “I want to give people really good food and coffee and not pay an arm and a leg for it,” says Tedford. Even the house coffee is the exquisite LaAmistad Estate of Costa Rica, […]

Best and Worst Gifts for the Holidays

by ALLISON LECAIN The holidays can be a stressful time of year. It doesn’t help that there is a lot pressure being held on gift choices. Here is a list of the best and worst gift ideas to help ease the stress of shopping. BEST • Check their Wish List When in doubt, there is no harm in checking up on someone’s Amazon wish list. This allows the person to […]

Local Culture, Arts & Community

Nothing But Blue Skies Winery Do I See…

by MALINI BARTELS In a town riddled with breweries, locals can now enjoy the newest commercial winery and fermentation spot to hit old town. Blue Skies Winery, located at 251 Jefferson Street, brings class and subtle notes of fruit, oak, and spices to a section of town desperate for clientele. Owners of the establishment, Kate and Pat Atkin, began moving into the space on Jefferson at the end of the […]

Music News

One Of A Kind Find: The Downtown Artery Brings Together Musicians and Artists, Weekly Concert Series and Interactive Classes

by MARY WILLSON   There is little shortage of creativity, collaboration and community in Fort Collins, but a space to showcase these worthy aspects has been a long time coming. The Downtown Artery was founded in May by a small team of artists looking to bring a space to perform and create freely. It is a studio space, gallery, concert venue, classroom, and all-around creation space that is committed to […]


by ALLISON LECAIN   Head for the Hills and The Congress  8pm at The Aggie, $20 Head for the Hills have been described as many things. Among them are post-bluegrass, progressive string music, modern acoustic noir, and bluegrass bricolage.  This mostly acoustic band is made up of Adam Kinghorn, Joe Lessard, Matt Loewen and Mike Chappell. The Congress will help ring in the New Year with their purely American music. […]