Newsletter June

Dear Au Pairs and Host Families,

It’s June and summer has officially started with children out of school, pools open, summer camps and summer sports begin and also long- term vacations come into play. While the summertime is a favorite time for many families, it can also present a bit of a challenge when it comes to 45 hours each week. For some families it might not be enough and for others too many. We want to make sure that everyone has a great summer, but the rules of the program still apply.

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Since many families will be going on vacation during this summer and might be bringing au pair along, it is important to make sure it is a great gateway for everyone involved. One of the best ways to secure a stress-free experience for everyone is to be really clear on expectations regarding the role the au pair will play during that time.  Often there are misunderstandings that come about quite easily during these trips.  This can happen many times when the destination is so appealing that the family may assume that an au pair who “gets” to go to such a great place should be happy to work and still consider it a vacation week.  However, regardless of how appealing the vacation spot may be, if the au pair is working at all during that time, it is not a vacation week for her.  Additionally, there can be misunderstandings regarding other responsibilities, specifically financial, which can be avoided if they are discussed prior to departure.  While neither the au pair nor the host family may have thought of these things ahead of time, here’s a convenient checklist if you have any upcoming getaways planned.

Responsibilities:

  •  Is the au pair expected to work any hours during the vacation week?
  • If yes, what will the schedule look like for the week?
  • When will the au pair be on duty/off duty each day?

Costs:

  • If the au pair is working that week, it is clear that her transportation, hotel, food, and entrance fees (for activities she is required to be at) are covered.
  • If the au pair is working that week, are there additional costs that he/she should be prepared for such as entrance fees or other expenses for activities that the family may imagine he/she may want to do on his/her own during free time?
  • If the au pair is not working that week, is the family offering to cover any expenses?  Airfare, rental car, hotel, food, entrance fees, etc.

Rules:

  • Are there limitations on where the children are allowed to go with the au pair while on the vacation?
  • Are there rules related to what, if any, room charges are allowed if they are at a hotel?
  • Are there budgetary restraints so that when the au pair is joining the family for a meal he/she knows to order accordingly?
  • According to the Department of State au pair must have her/his private room if he/she is joining the family for vacation. Keeping costs in mind, other arrangements can be made only with previous agreement from both sides.
  • Can au pair use the car when off duty? If so, are there any limitations?

Taking a vacation can be just what the doctor ordered, but not doing this work ahead of time can lead to a real headache and make you want to take a vacation from your vacation!

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If you stay in Denver this month then check out June events- lots of fun things to do around town with the kids, as well as spend that free time with friends. Downtown Denver for a summer season is full of energy and activity. Whether it’s testing out the latest urban mini-golf course in Skyline Park, sampling new local food vendors on the 16th Street Mall, enjoying the Garden Block greenery or winding down watching a movie in the heart of the city, Downtown is the place to be this summer!

Water World– This is Americas biggest water park! So worth to see!

Elitch Gardens– This theme and Water Park is open daily and is located downtown Denver. 

DayHikes near Denver  see popular hiking trails near Denver! 

16th Street Mall Garden Block, 16th Street Mall, between Champa and Curtis Daily 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Summer in the city is here and the 16th Street Mall is blooming with activity! The 16th Street Mall now has a living block that creates a beautiful place for visitors to mingle and enjoy the urban landscape. The Garden Block is a mini-oasis on the 16th Street Mall that creates a unique environment between Champa to Curtis Streets. Various small gardens are featured, similar to those featured at the Denver Botanic Gardens, including Japanese, Woodland, Tropical, Cactus and Native.

16th Street Mall Food Block, 16th Street Mall, between Stout and California Daily, 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.  Do you often have a hard time deciding where to enjoy your lunch? This summer, we are making it easier and more convenient with a new food-centered block on the 16th Street Mall between Stout and California. This block will welcome you to a new, exciting space that offers seating, pergolas and highlights local food vendors and the food establishments on and around the block. For a complete listing of the vendors click here.

16th Street Mall Creative Block, 16th Street Mall, between Welton and California, Daily , 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. This summer, in an effort to support local art and small businesses, the Downtown Denver Business Improvement District will be highlighting the work of the Colorado creative community on the 16th Street Mall. Throughout the season, a variety of artists will be using the urban landscape of the Mall to show and sell their talent through various interactive and collaborative mediums.

Southwest Movies at Skyline Park, 16th and Arapahoe, Saturdays June 21 – August 29, Various Times, www.downtowndenver.com. Southwest Movies at Skyline Park are a great way to end a summer night! All eight movies are sponsored by Southwest Airlines and hosted by the Downtown Denver Business Improvement District with musical entertainment before each show. The films start at dusk with plenty of pre-movie opportunities to play, shop or eat dinner. For the full movie schedule, visit the website.

Skyline Park Games, 16th & Arapahoe , Through September 30, Every Day, weather permitting. Challenge your friends, bring the kids down during the weekend and/or grab a few friends and head over to Skyline Park to experience the new and improved mini-golf course. This year, the course resembles a mini-Downtown Denver complete with iconic landmarks like the Historic D&F Clocktower, Coors Field and Denver Union Station. In the heart of Downtown Denver, Skyline Park will also offer games such as ping pong, bocce ball, ladderball, board games and more! Open daily, weather permitting.

LoDo Bites, LoDo District, June 18, 5:00 p.m., www.lodo.org. Enjoy a night in historic Lower Downtown (LoDo) while strolling through the neighborhood and experiencing small bites of the restaurants’ fare. At each stop along the way, participants will enjoy a variety of unique cuisines with some restaurants offering select wine, drink specials and signature desserts. Restaurants include: Back Country Delicatessen, CooHills, Euclid Hall, Hapa Sushi, Jax Fish House, Lucky Pie Denver, Protein Bar, The Squeaky Bean, Vesta Dipping Grill and more!

Denver Comic Con, Colorado Convention Center, June 13 – June 15, 10:00 a.m. Denver Comic Con and Literary Conference is a three-day family friendly, pop culture fan convention featuring the best in comics along with popular sci-fi and fantasy tv shows, movies, Japanese animation, cosplay (fan-created costumes and costumed skits), toys, gaming, and panel presentations.

Bike To Work Day, Throughout Downtown, June 25, All Day. Save June 25th for Bike to Work Day 2014!  Join The Downtown Denver Partnership in Skyline Park (16th and Arapahoe) for our “Pedal for Pancakes!” breakfast station from 6:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m and in the evening from 4:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. for our After Hours Party with BikeDenver. Check out other Downtown breakfast and bike home stations along your route, find group rides and order event T-shirts at www.biketowork2014.org. So, get out of your car and onto your bike! Help us reduce traffic congestion and improve air quality by shifting gears and pedaling Downtown on Bike to Work Day 2014. Register today to be eligible for great prizes like gift cards, tickets to sporting events and concerts, biking apparel and gear and much more!

Make Music Denver, Denver Performing Arts Complex, June 21, 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., www.swallowhillmusic.org. Make Music Denver is a FREE all-day music celebration with instruments for all to play, workshops for all to learn, and performances for all to enjoy. The day will feature a giant open stage, workshops, sing-a-longs, concerts, a live podcast, Swallow Hill Music’s Instrument Petting Zoo™, our Little Swallows and Little Mozarts classes, and more. Food and drinks will also be available for purchase, so plan on making a day out of it!

Dining Al Fresco Larimer Square, June 14, 5:00 p.m., www.larimersquare.com. Join the award-winning restaurants of Larimer Square as they extend their patios into the streets for a one-of-a-kind dining experience on Denver’s most charming block. With happy hour festivities, dinner, live music and an evening under the stars, Dining Al Fresco is one of the city’s best summer scenes. Reservations are available through participating restaurants.

OhHeckYeah! Champa Street, Every Thursday and Saturday, June 7 – July 26, 7:00 p.m. – 11:00  p.m., www.ohheckyeah.com. Get ready! This summer – June & July, 2014 – Champa Street in Denver, from 14th Street to the 16th Street Mall, will be transformed into a street arcade like you’ve never seen. This isn’t your father’s old-school arcade. Powered through a combination of the Denver Theatre District’s LED screens, social media and custom video games, this immersive arcade is going to be a gaming experience for all!

Capitol Hill People’s Fair, Civic Center Park, June 6 – June 7, 10:00 a.m., www.peoplesfair.com. The fair is famous for bringing together a diverse population to celebrate community and enjoy the start to the summer festival season. Whether you are looking for unique gifts, want to sip a glass of wine and listen to jazz, enjoy free and low-cost kids activities, check out local nonprofits doing important work on behalf of our community, taste a variety of unique menu items, or simply people-watch on a beautiful summer day, the People’s Fair is the place to be.

South Platte RiverFest, Confluence Park Denver, June 28 & 29, www.thegreenwayfoundation.org. This two day festival is Denver’s premier urban RiverFest. Activities will include free stand up paddle board lessons and demos, a variety of riverside recreational activities, live music, beer, food, and more. The South Platte RiverFest benefits The Greenway Foundation. For the past 40 years, The Greenway Foundation has worked to reclaim, restore, and revitalize the South Platte River and its tributaries in Denver. These efforts have led to the construction of over 100 acres of riverside parks, over 100 miles of interconnected greenway trails, and the elimination of over 250 sources of direct pollution into our urban waterways.

16th Street Fair 16th Street Mall, June 27 – August 16, 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., www.coloradoevents.net. The 16th Street Fair is a celebration of fine art, handcrafted goods, and the 16th Street Mall in Downtown Denver. Take a stroll along the 16th Street Mall to enjoy a showcase of emerging artists and designers, producing original and unique handmade goods, in a wide array of media. This is Downtown Denver’s premier art and craft festival.

Urban Market, 16th Sreet Mall & Arapahoe, June 5 & June 19, 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. The Urban Market is a great place to shop in Downtown Denver.  At the market you will find an amazing array of local arts and crafts sold direct by the artist, clothing, jewelry, antiques, furniture, holistic services, unique treasures, delicious food, and just about anything else you could want. Come out and have fun in the sun while supporting your local artists, businesses, and community at Denver’s premier outdoor shopping paradise.

World Cup Screening and Festival Skyline Park, 16th & Arapahoe, June 13 – 16

Colorado Rockies @ Coors Field 

  • Arizona Diamondbacks: June 3 – 5, 6:40 p.m.
  • Los Angeles Dodgers: June 6 – 8, various times
  • Atlanta Braves: June 9 – 12, various times
  • Milwaukee Brewers, June 20 – 22, various times
  • St. Louis Cardinals, June 23 – 25, various times

For more information regarding the Colorado Rockies schedule visit: www.colorado.rockies.mlb.com

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June 15th! Happy Father’s Day to all great Dads!!! 

Happy-Fathers-Day-Greetings

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Au Pair monthly meeting-  June

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Monday, June 16th – Film on the Rocks. LABYRINTH with Grizfolk at 7pm. The band begins to play at 6:50 p.m., and movie starts at dusk. Tickets: $12.25 General Admission (higher on day of show at Red Rocks Box Office).  Convenient Print-at-Home Tickets available at www.denverfilm.org Please make sure you purchase your tickets in advance! As always- friends are welcome!

We all will meet at my house at 6:30pm and will leave at 6:45pm– so be here on time. We are trying to do only 2 cars (mine and one of yours) and drive to Red Rocks together so no one gets lost. Who is able to have a car for the car pool?- please let me know so we can coordinate accordingly. Carpool, as always is more fun and you save money! If anyone wants to ride with me, call me– I have room for 4 more. Bring a blanket, drink and some food if you wish. There will be food and drinks for sale too.

Permitted Items

  • Non-alcoholic beverages in factory sealed plastic containers, not to exceed 32 oz. (some shows may require the removal of lids upon entering the amphitheater.)
  • Empty plastic water bottles
  • Food for personal consumption only. Food must be in a clear plastic bag. Maximum bag size one gallon (11″ x 11″) Fruit, vegetables must be sliced.
  • Binoculars
  • Blankets (max size 40″ x 60″) Blankets must not extend beyond your ticketed seating area
  • Seat cushions/soft side seat backs under 18” wide (no items with legs permitted)
  • All personal possessions must fit under the patron’s designated seat (18″ x 12″)

Prohibited Items

  • Non factory-sealed beverage/liquid filled containers (including thermoses, bota bags or wine skins)
  • Alcoholic beverages, marijuana or illegal drugs
  • Glass bottles or aluminum/steel cans
  • Laser pointers (will be confiscated & patron subject to ejection)
  • Audio or video recording devices, professional cameras or cameras with removable lenses
  • Framed backpacks
  • Glass objects

I hope you all can make it- it will be lots of fun! 

 

Upcoming meetings

July 13th – Jazz in the City Park. The Dave Watts Ensemble of Deepness 6-8pm, Rain or Shine. Details to follow.

August– second host family event. Details to follow.

September– Baseball game

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Best of Luck!!!

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Britta is returning to Germany after she has successfully completed her 1 year as an au pair. Britta, we wish you a safe trip home and bright future!

 ~ Dana

Tuesday, 3 June 2014 6:43 PM

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