Another chance to win FREE tickets to Battle of the Haunted Houses

haunted houseIt’s time to give away more tickets to Battle of the Haunted Houses. This haunted experience is located inside the Foothills Mall in Fort Collins, Colorado.

Destination Terror is an elaborate haunt with monsters lurking in every corner.

The Nightmare Experience is a haunted house where there really IS a monster under the bed.

Your ticket to the Battle of the Haunted Houses gets you into both Destination Terror and the Nightmare Experiment. Tickets are $17 (save a $1 by bringing a can of food to donate).

This week, I’m giving 2 lucky winners a pair of tickets each, but this time around you’ll have to work just a little bit. I want to know your favorite scary movie. I have several including The Shining, The Sixth Sense and The Others.

I will pick TWO names at random on Friday around noon.  Good luck!


What to do & where to do it, this weekend in Colorado (Nov. 5-7, 2010)

Fall in Colorado. Photo by H.M. Kerr-Schlaefer. All right reserved.

The weather along Colorado’s Front Range is predicted to be more spring-like than fall-like this weekend. With temps in the mid-70s, it will be a great weekend to stroll the streets of Denver or take the family on a bike ride in the foothills. Whatever you do, I recommend getting outside!

From soccer to art, there’s a lot going on this weekend. As a reminder HeidiTown is not a calendar of events, it’s merely a list of events that caught the Mayor’s interest.

Denver Arts Week starts today, and over the next nine days Coloradoans have the chance to immerse themselves in art and culture. This is the fourth annual Denver Arts Week and it will include over 200 events, and to kick off the event, today there are art walks in eight Denver neighborhoods. For all the events and other information visit

To celebrate Denver Arts Week, 15 area museums will be open and FREE to the public from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday evening, including the art museum, the museum of nature and science and the botanical gardens. Visit to find a list of participating museums.

HeidiTown Tip: Many of the events during Denver Arts Week will be charging admission, but you can find two-for-one tickets at

And speaking of art, both Fort Collins and Niwot have 1st Friday Art Walks tonight.

Loveland, CO – Light the Wick

Saturday, 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. at the Rialto Theater


Get in the mood for ski season with this film by Teton Gravity Research. The film uses HD and 3D techniques to provide breathtaking views of thrill seekers who ski some of the most dangerous peaks in the world. Ski might not be the right word for what these do, because most of us rely on chairlifts, not helicopters to get us up the mountain. Learn more about “Light the Wick” at

Denver, CO – Veterans Day Parade

Saturday, 10 to 12 p.m. at Civic Center Park


The parade route will run along 14th Street to Court Place to 15th Street and Welton Street. Find out more at

Centennial, CO – 2nd Annual Colorado Cheese Festival

Saturday and Sunday, 10 to 3 p.m. at Embassy Suites Hotel Denver Tech Center

$25, $40 for a two-day pass

Event is a fundraiser for Food Bank of the Rockies

This festival caught my eye because I love cheese!   If you love cheese this is the place to be on Saturday. Patrons can taste over 100 different kinds of cheese, watch a mozzarella making demonstration, and a grilled cheese challenge. Beer and wine are also available. Visit for more cheesy info.

Colorado Springs, CO – All Colorado Beer Festival

Saturday, at Mr. Biggs Event Center

$30 for drinkers/$10 for designated drivers

Event raising money for the Empty Stocking Fund

If you love beer and live in Colorado it seems that you can attend a beer festival nearly every weekend year-round, and here’s another one. The event features 70 beers from 30 brewers and claims to be the 2nd largest beer festival in Colorado, behind the Great American Beer Festival.

Denver, CO – It’s the MLS Playoffs!

Colorado Rapids v. Columbus Crew

Various pubs around Denver

Saturday, 2 p.m.

If you’ve been reading this blog for any length of time you already know that I love soccer. In fact, my husband and I are fanatical about the sport. Our team, the Colorado Rapids have reached the playoffs! They won their first playoff match against the Columbus Crew last week in Colorado, and now they will meet them again in Columbus.

There will be viewing parties around Denver and I’ve heard there might be one planned in Fort Collins (probably at CB & Potts). If you’d like to watch the match visit the Colorado Rapids’ Facebook page at to find out where to support the team.

Go Rapids!!!

“Get Low” at two independent NoCo theaters



This film is now playing at both the The Kress Cinema & Lounge in Greeley and at Lyric Cinema Cafe in Fort Collins.

Find out if “Get Low” is worth an evening on the town at one of these fine independent theaters.

Read the movie review here.

“Get Him to the Greek”

Jonah Hill and Russell Brand star in "Get Him to the Greek" a film from Universal Pictures.

Read my review of this new comedy by clicking here.   I do not apologize for loving this movie.   I laughed so hard I cried.

“Iron Man 2” – Does it live up to the hype?

Mickey Rourke as Ivan Vanko (aka Whiplash) in "Iron Man 2." This image released by Paramont Pictures.

Rated PG13

Directed by Jon Favreau

Starring Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Mickey Rourke, Sam Rockwell, Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson

Heidi’s Illustrious Rating: 2.75/5

Word of Warning: Corny, and I’m not talking about the kind that comes on a cob and is delicious with barbecue.

I gave “Iron Man” a rating of 4/5, so that should tell my readers a lot about the sequel. “Iron Man 2″ fails to live up to the hype and to the original movie, yet it’s not a complete bust.

In this movie, Stark Industries has become a powerhouse. The entire world now knows Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.) is Iron Man and Stark is relishing his enormous popularity. In fact, he’s been elevated to a kind of rock star status, but with stardom comes the haters and Stark has several.

His first detractor is fellow arms developer Justin Hammer (Sam Rockwell). Hammer owns a rival company that manufactures weapons for the United State government, and he is working hard to catch up with Stark Industries new Iron Man technology. It seems Hammer will stop at nothing to reach the goal.

Stark’s other enemy seems more sinister, at least at first glance. Ivan Vanko is a tormented Russian with evil intentions towards Stark, but why? At first we don’t know, but as the back-story is slowly revealed we realize that Vanko is definitely up to no good.

The first “Iron Man” had a well-developed plot and surprisingly witty dialogue. This movie falls short on both accounts. The plot has Stark in danger, but he never really seems to be vulnerable to his enemies’ plans for his destruction. And although Sam Rockwell’s character has some hilarious lines, most of the dialogue seems more corny than clever.

Tony Stark’s assistant, Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow), walks prettily in and out of scenes, but she’s like a cardboard character in a really nice dress. Scarlett Johansson is introduced in this movie as a knockout from Stark Enterprises’ legal department. There is little explanation as to why Johansson is involved in the story, and quite frankly, throughout most of the movies, she’s nothing more than eye-candy for those guys who love her big lips and endless curves.

This movie isn’t bad, but it just isn’t very good. The first “Iron Man” surprised me. I truly enjoyed it, but “Iron Man 2″ is a classic sequel – probably worth a matinee for those true fans, but don’t go to the theater with high expectations.

Opening on Mother’s Day

Babies are definitely popular these days, and now they have invaded the theater. You may be looking forward to “Iron Man 2,” but I promise your Mom would rather go to “Babies.”

This new documentary, directed by Thomas Balmés, follows four babies from around the world – San Francisco, Nambia, Tokyo, Mongolia – from birth to their first steps. The cultural differences will be apparent, but so will the similarities (I think that’s the point folks).

I haven’t seen it, and don’t plan to, but I can almost guarantee your mom would love to see “Babies” this Mother’s Day weekend.

Visit the official Web site HERE to view the trailer and find out where the film is playing.  


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