Newsletter July

Dear Au Pairs and Host Families,

Happy summer! I hope your summer is off to a great start, and each and all of you are enjoying the sunny days!

Enjoy the spectacular fireworks for the Independence Day on July 4th! For those who are celebrating this wonderful holiday for the first time have lots of fun and learn some new traditions. If you are not very familiar with this national day of the United States, here is some information:

In the United States, Independence Day, commonly known as the Fourth of July, is a federal holiday commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, declaring independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain. Independence Day is commonly associated with fireworks, parades, barbecues, carnivals, fairs, picnics, concerts, baseball games, political speeches and ceremonies, and various other public and private events celebrating the history, government, and traditions of the United States.

Have a happy and safe 4th of July!

 

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Places to watch fireworks: 

INDEPENDENCE EVE- CIVIC CENTER PARK–  July 3, 8 p.m. – Includes free patriotic concert, light show on the Denver City and County Building with a fireworks finale, lawn seating available on first-come, first-served basis, blankets or low-rise concert/beach chairs encouraged, concessions, picnic areas.

FIREWORKS AT ELITCH GARDENS THEME & WATER PARK– July 4 at Elitch Gardens Theme & Water Park, 2000 Elitch Cir.
 Tickets start at $34.99. 
Spend the day riding the roller coasters and the water slides at Elitch Gardens Theme & Water Park, Denver’s downtown amusement park, and then watch a brilliant fireworks display light up the night sky, starting at dusk.

THE ROCKIES – AND FIREWORKS!–  July 3-6
, Coors Field, 2001 Blake St. 
COST: Rockpile tickets start at $4. 
Catch The Colorado Rockies taking on the Los Angeles Dodgers during a four-game homestand. There will be a spectacular fireworks show following the July 3 and 4 games!

THE RAPIDS – AND FIREWORKS!– July 4
 at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, 6000 Victory Way, Commerce City
. Tickets start at $29. 
Denver’s hometown heroes the Colorado Rapids are taking on the Columbus Crew on July 4 – stick around for the fireworks display after the game!

PARK HILL 4TH OF JULY PARADE– July 4 
at Park Hill, on 23rd Ave. from Dexter St. to Krameria St. 
COST: Free
. The Park Hill 4th of July Parade is back! This community-friendly event will again be marching along 23rd Avenue on Independence Day. This year’s parade promises to be bigger than ever before, with marching bands, acrobats and festive floats.

Other fun things to do:

CHERRY CREEK ARTS FESTIVAL–  July 4-6 
 at Cherry Creek North, from 2nd to 3rd Avenues, on the seven streets between Columbine and Steele Sts. This free, outdoor extravaganza – the city’s signature cultural celebration of the visual, performing and culinary arts – gives more than 350,0000 annual visitors the chance to meet and talk with international visual artists, enjoy a wide range of family friendly fun sample fine cuisine.

CHIHULY– WHEN: Through November 14
 at Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York St.
 COST: Non-member exhibition tours start at $17
. See the vibrant glass artwork of the renowned Dale Chihuly in the incomparable setting of the Denver Botanic Gardens. Chihuly’s sculptures – ranging from unique water features to a 30-foot neon tower – add bold colors and dramatic beauty to the Gardens’ 24-acre urban oasis.

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 Helpful topics for Host Families and Au pairs! Please read! 

For Host Families How to welcome a new au pair? (click to read the article) 

  • Communicate before the new au pair arrives
  • Prepare to say good bye to your current au pair
  • Help the kids get to know the new au pair
  • Get the au pair’s room ready
  • Make arrival day special

For Au pairs and Host Families How to keep kids learning all summer! (click to read the article)

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 Last month we went to Red Rocks for a movie night and watched “Labyrinth”! What a great night it was! 

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Au Pair monthly meeting-  July

Sunday, July 13th – Jazz in the City Park. The Dave Watts Ensemble of Deepness 6-8pm, Rain or Shine. www.cityparkjazz.org

City Park Jazz concerts are located at the bandstand by the Pavilion on Ferril Lake in Denver’s City Park. The Park is located just East of Downtown, at Colorado Boulevard and 17th Avenue. Usually it gets really busy and it’s hard to find a spot, so let’s meet up in the area of 17th ave and Fillmore street at 6pm. See the map below.

 

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Bring your own blankets or folding chairs. City Park Jazz concerts are rain or shine, so it’s a good idea to bring umbrellas and rain gear in case of inclement weather. You can bring your own food or enjoy some of Denver’s finest food truck fare at affordable prices, including: – Maui Shaved Ice, Pizza, Burgers, Vegetarian, Cupcakes, Barbecue, Indian/Tai Food, Smoothies & Iced Coffee, Gyros.

How to get there and parking. RTD Public Transportation: There are many buses that can get you to City Park. Click here for a complete RTD schedule. Parking: Free parking is available throughout the park—please be a good neighbor and avoid parking on side-streets around the park. Or better yet, ride your bike and enjoy free bike parking monitored by City Park Jazz volunteers at the Bike Corral in the Pavilion from 5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.Please respect City Park’s neighbors and park ONLY in the Denver Museum of Nature and Science parking lots (including the garage), as well as the extensive Denver Zoo parking lots. Enter off of Colorado Blvd. at 22nd or 23rd streets; signs for City Park Jazz parking are posted before the concerts.

Call me if you are having trouble to find me! 

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Upcoming meetings- save the date!

August 18th– Free movies at Infinity park in Glendale. @7pm. “The Princess Bride”.

September– Baseball game

October– Second host family event. Details to follow.

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Happy Birthday!!!! 

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This month we wish Happy Birthday to Nina Dold  (July 11th) and Katharina Steinicke (July 28th)!  All the best wishes!

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Best of Luck!!!

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Kathi is returning to Germany after she spends her travel month in the US.  Kathi successfully completed one year as an au pair and is returning back to Germany to apply for University and to start studies in the  fall.  Kathi, we are glad you came to us, and we wish you a great success!

~ Dana

 

 

 

Monday, 30 June 2014 1:56 AM

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