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Shooting All the Flowers at Denver Botanic Gardens

I admit that I have a small addiction to shooting flowers, as well as birds, landscapes, and animals at the zoo, but flowers are my favorite thing to shoot.

Sculptures by Alexander Calder are on display at the Denver Botanic Gardens through September 24, 2017.

Sculptures by Alexander Calder are on display at the Denver Botanic Gardens through September 24, 2017.

There’s no better place to shoot flowers than at the Denver Botanic Gardens. The person who accompanies me to the gardens, usually Ryan, ends up doing a lot of standing around, however, I’d argue that there are a lot worse placed in which to stand around than at the Denver Botanic Gardens.

Last week, as you probably know if you read my last blog post, my mom was in town from Oregon. She is likely the reason that I love flowers so much, but she prefers planting and painting them as opposed to shooting them. Continue reading

HeidiTown.com on KRFC 88.9 FM – Earth Day Weekend, Colorado Style

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Earth Day is April 22, 2012. Photo by H.M. Kerr-Schlaefer, all rights reserved.

It’s time for another HeidiTown segment on KRFC 88.9 FM. During the week these segments run Wednesday, between 12 and 12:30 p.m., and on Friday at 5:30 p.m.

For those of you who may wonder why I never mention the price of admission to events and festivals on the radio, it’s because it’s against the policy of public radio.  I am not even allowed to say whether an event is free because that’s a  momentary  value. So for those of you who have wondered, now you know the rest of the story!

The following is the transcript from the radio show, but if you prefer, you can listen to the show HERE.

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Hi, my name is Heidi and I’m the Mayor of HeidiTown.com, a blog about events, festivals and travel around Colorado.

This is my segment for April 20 through the 22, 2012 and wow, this is a busy, busy weekend with everything from family-friendly festivals to jazz and science fiction. Eclectic, right?

First, Earth Day is Sunday, and there are lots of events planned around this celebration of Mother Earth.

To celebrate Earth Day in one of the most awe-inspiring places in Colorado, head to the Garden of the Gods. This Saturday, beginning at 9 a.m., there will be wildlife demonstrations, native American dance performances, crafts and live music. The annual Garden of the Gods park cleanup will be the same day. Go to GardenoftheGods.com for more information and directions.

Here in Fort Collins, Earth Day festivities will be held in Civic Center Park. There is a combination of activities planned and families are encouraged to bring along the kiddos. With informational booths, arts and crafts, live music, speakers, local food and a beer garden, it will be a great day to be in Old Town. Visit SustainableLivingAssociation.org for all the details.

There are many Earth Day events planned around Denver. The Museum of Nature and Science, one of my favorite museums in the country, has Earth-friendly family-fun on Sunday with GeoDome shows, crafts, renewable energy activities and more. Get info at DMNS.org.

The Denver Zoo, also one of my favorite places, is hosting a Party for the Planet on Friday, April 20 from 10 to 1. Learn about what local area students are doing in their own neighborhoods to save the planet. Learn more about this and other zoo activities at DenverZoo.org.

At the Denver Botanic Gardens enjoy Family Fun Nights – Earth Day Extravaganza on Saturday from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. On the first Saturday of each month, from April to October, families have the unique opportunity to explore nature at night in the Mordecal Children’s Garden. Each month brings a new theme with performers.

Get the entire lineup at BotanicGardens.org. And by the way, this facility is one of the top-rated botanic gardens in the US and you should plan to visit this season.  Just don’t forget your camera!

There are a few Earth Day events at local parks, including Barr State Park on Saturday starting at 8 a.m. This is their 42nd annual Earth Day Celebration, and one of my preferred bird watching areas in Colorado.  Also celebrate at Mueller State Park near Divide Colorado on Sunday afternoon from 1 to 3 p.m. Parents and children are invited to enjoy activities like crafts and hiking.

There are other events happening this weekend including the Mead Roubaix Festival on Sunday, April 22. I’ve previously mentioned this event that includes a bike race and a family-friendly festival. They have a large Kids Zone and bike tune ups, so you should definitely bring the kids and bikes to this event. Mom and dad can enjoy the vendors and beer garden while the kiddos play to their heart’s content. You can read all about the Mead Roubaix Festival on HeidiTown.com.

The 42nd UNC Greeley Jazz Festival is this weekend. This renowned event is one of the largest and most well respected of its kind in the country. Music lovers can learn more at Arts.UNCO.Edu.

Trekkies take note! StarFest is this weekend in DTC. This is Denver’s largest science fiction convention. There are 100 events taking places at three different convention hotels and special guests this year include Jonathan Frakes of Star Trek fame. There’s even… and I’m not making this up… a Klingon Feast planned. I’m also telling you that as a life-long trekkie, I totally want to go to this event!  Go to StarLand.com for the schedule and maybe I will see you there!

Phew, I told you this was a busy weekend.  There’s a lot more, but I’m running out of time, so be sure you tune into the blog and to HeidiTown’s Facebook page this week for more.  Remember, it’s Facebook.com/HeidiTown.comonFB.

I also tweet a lot of fun festival info and you can follow me on Twitter @HeidiTown. Lastly, you can circle the town on Google Plus.

If you missed anything today or need web info, I post a transcript of this show each week to HeidiTown.com.

Thanks for listening and until next time, I will see you online!  Or at a festival near you!

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