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Bad news on cost of living raises for Social Security

social security     An article I read about future Social Security and Medicare

(The writer is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.)

By Mark Miller

(Reuters) – Retirees are facing a double whammy next year: no inflation adjustment in their Social Security benefits and a whopping 52 percent jump in certain Medicare premiums.

The Medicare premium hikes will hit only 30 percent of beneficiaries: those who are not protected from a “hold-harmless” provision in federal law that prohibits any premium hike that produces a net reduction in Social Security benefits. But the increases suggest strongly that the recent trend of moderate healthcare inflation is ending.

SOCIAL SECURITY CHANGES

Final figures for 2016 will not be available until the fall, but the recent annual report of Social Security’s trustees projects that there will not be any cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) next year.

The COLA is determined by averaging together third-quarter inflation as measured by the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W). Inflation has been flat due to collapsing oil prices.

The forecast underscores the need for a better gauge of the healthcare inflation that disproportionately affects seniors.

Advocates have argued for years that an alternative, the Consumer Price Index for the Elderly (CPI-E), would do just that.

If the CPI-E had been in place from 1985 to 2014, Social Security benefits last year would have been 6.5 percent higher than they are today, according to an analysis by J.P. Morgan Asset Management.

index    THE HEALTHCARE FRONT

Healthcare inflation has been quiet lately – annual growth in total Medicare spending averaged 4.1 percent         from 2010 to 2014, compared with 9 percent from 2000 to 2010 – even though the number of enrolled                    beneficiaries rose.

But renewed cost pressures are pointing toward much higher Medicare premiums starting next year, according to the Medicare trustees’ annual report.

Consider the monthly premium for Part B (outpatient services), which has stayed at $104.90 for the past three years. The Medicare trustees projected that the premium will jump 52 percent, to $159.30 for beneficiaries who are not protected by the hold-harmless provision.

That would include anyone enrolled in Medicare who is not yet taking Social Security benefits due to a decision to delay enrollment. It also would include new enrollees in Medicare next year. (The increase also would be applied to low-income beneficiaries whose premiums are paid by state Medicaid programs).

High-income retirees – another group that is not protected by the hold-harmless provision – also will be hit hard if the trustee projections hold.

Affluent seniors already pay more for Medicare Part B and also Part D for prescription-drug coverage. This year, for example, higher-income seniors pay between $146.90 and $335.70 monthly for Part B, depending on their income, rather than $104.90.

The Medicare trustees now project that to jump even more.

“When you combine it all, it’s looking pretty ugly,” says Sharon Carson, a retirement strategist at J.P. Morgan Asset Management.

Higher costs for the affluent look like a trend that could accelerate further. The recently passed “doc fix” legislation (which corrects long-standing problems with reimbursement rates to physicians) shifts a higher percentage of costs to higher-income seniors starting in 2018.

Seniors with incomes of $133,000 to $160,000 would pay 65 percent of total premium costs, rather than 50 percent today. Seniors with incomes between $160,000 and $214,000 would pay 80 percent, as they do today.

“Congress will probably go back to that well again,” predicts Carson, and she thinks one possible outcome will be lower income thresholds.

MORE IMPACT

Medicare premiums are not the only area where seniors may feel the impact of impending healthcare inflation. The median healthcare cost for a 65-year-old in 2014 was $4,400, according to recent J.P. Morgan research; the firm expects those costs to rise at an annual rate of 6.1 percent over the next 20 years, to $17,000 at age 85 (the costs include Medicare Part B, Part D, and Medigap premiums, out-of-pocket expenses, and vision and dental services.)

There Are No Chickens to Cross the Road…

There are no chickens to cross the road…
Due to disease running through the chicken and turkey farms, the cost of eggs, chicken and turkey is dramatically on the rise.   These figures as of June 6, 2015. The estimate is that the number will top 50 million for the chicken and turkeys being “depopulated.” Here is a time line for new production….in a perfect world!

What does the future hold? (in a perfect world):
Ø If a barn/farm got disinfected today –
Ø It will take a minimum of 8 weeks for the USDA or other agency to approve it for use and repopulation again –
Ø It will take about 20 weeks for the young chicken to lay an egg –
Ø It will take about 24 weeks for the young turkey to be at market weight –
Ø We are in week 24 of the calendar year –

IN A PERFECT WORLD……..
Ø 8 + 20 = 28 weeks for layers = mid December 2015
Ø 8 + 24 = 32 weeks for turkeys = early January 2016

So what does this mean to us consumers? Prices up, less product. If you want a turkey for Thanksgiving, best to buy it now. There may not be any by then or the cost will be astronomical!

Do You Need a $1,000,000 to Retire? What is Your Destination?

Let’s look at this from another perspective.
Income needs to exceed expenses. Housing is one of the major financial considerations. Will you relocate in retirement? Will you “right size?” What will be gained or lost in relocating or staying where you are? Major considerations are family, finances, healthcare and culture. I can help you know your financial picture.
If you are contemplating relocation, try living in the location for an extended period to see if it is a good fit. Visit the location in their worst weather such as winter in Northern climates, the Southeast in humidity peaks and the Southwest in scorching summer heat. Consider that there will possibly be 2 retirement moves. The first move may be to an active community during the early years and then to close proximity to family/assisted living/skilled nursing during the later years. Another consideration for couples is if the surviving spouse would feel comfortable at this location. How long will you be able to drive?
Wherever you live, you will take many of your problems with you, because you will be the same person wherever you go. Same problems in a different location!
Here is a list of questions to consider from the magazine “Where to Retire.”
1-Where do your family and friends live? Do you need to be close by?
2-What do you do in your free time? Which locations offer the maximum amount of activities you enjoy?
3-How does weather affect you? Do you see yourself living in multiple locations at different times of the year?
4-What do you want to see when you wake up in the morning and step outside your home? Do you prefer certain architectural styles? Do you need lots of restaurants and cafes? Do you need nature?
5-Do you travel often? Do you need to be close to an international airport or a seaport?
6-What is the median price of real estate in the top five cities you’re considering, and how much square footage does your budget get for you in each?
7-Are you looking to try someplace new, or are you trying to recapture some nostalgia from a place you once enjoyed?
8-Will you depend on public transportation and/or driving a car? What will be the cost of each?
9-Do you need plenty of opportunities for dance, music, art and spirituality?
10-Have you had a frank and honest discussion with your partner/self?
Your check list might also include access control (gated), home owners insurance rate, utility cost, age restricted, services for aging population, green built, shopping, library, educational classes, golf, tennis, equestrian trails, hiking trails, water access, spa services, dining on-site, garden, fenced dog park, craft store, HOA restrictions. What is important to you?
All of these options come together to answer the question of how much money you will need for retirement.

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You will learn core priorities, Social Security, income plan, tax efficient asset allocation.
Classes are held at Regis University, 3333 Regis Blvd. Denver 80221
7 – 9pm Tuesday 9/1 and Thursday 9/3 or 10am -12noon Saturdays 9/12 and 9/19
To Register call 855-977-0506
Tuition and fees are $59 per individual or couple

August Free Events

8/1 Colorado Day

8/1 10am – 1pm Junior Rangers Wear Many Hats
Mt. Falcon Park West
Presented by Lookout Mountain Nature Center

8/1 8:30 – 10:30am Late Summer Birds
South Valley Park
Presented by Lookout Mountain Nature Center

8/1 9 – 11am Nature Tools
Standley Lake
Did you know that you can make rope from milkweed plants? Standley Lake is an exciting place that offers opportunities to practice our outdoor living skills! Come learn how to make use of the many amazing materials that our environment provides. From building shelters with sticks found on the parks floor to learning about basic outdoor living skills, well be working with the tools that nature gives us. You must register for this class. Park day entrance fee or pass required. Ages 8-11. Free! Class is limited to 10 spaces
For further information please contact Standley Lake Staff
Phone: 303-425-1097

movie8/1 dusk Southwest Movies at Skyline Park – Jaws
Skyline Park 16th and Arapahoe Street, Denver, CO 80202.

8/1 9am – 2pm Strong Families, Strong Communities 5K Walk/Run & Community Block Party
Montbello Recreation Center
Presented by Families forward Resource Center

flower pink8/1 9am First Saturday Hikes at Chatfield
Presented by Colorado Parks and Wildlife
(need state park pass)

note8/1 7 – 9pm Concert on the Green
Stapleton, Founders Green

note8/1 7 – 10pm Swingin’ Under The Stars
Little Man Ice Cream, 2620 16th Street, Denver 80211
Saturday nights will be swinging with big bands and modern swing quartets in collaboration with Swingin’ Denver.

note8/1 6 – 9pm Summer Concert
Sweetwater Park, Lone Tree
Bands include March Fourth! Marching Band and Freddy Jones Band.

movie8/1 6 – 10pm Starlight Movie – Box Trolls
Festival Park, 300 Second St., Castle Rock 80104

palette8/1 Denver Art Museum
Where100 W 14th Ave Pkwy, Denver, CO 80204
http://www.denverartmuseum.org/

8/1 11am – 3pm Dam Ducky Derby
The duck drop is at 1 p.m. The event is presented by the Evergreen Downtown Business Association. This family day will include carnival games, live music, a bouncy house, face painters and food and beverages. Shuttle parking will be available.

donkey8/1-2 Gold Rush BackAssWard Days 2015
Buena Vista
We are the 2nd leg of the burro race this year.
Activities include gem panning, kayaking, vendors, bungee humping, bouncy house, kiidie train, burro race, toilet seat race, shoot outs, music, duck race. Great fun!

note8/2 5 – 10pm Lake Concert Series – Harpeth Rising with Kort McCumber Duo
www.evergreenrecreation.com

8/2 12 noon – 4pm Boulder History Museum
1206 Euclid Avenue, Boulder, CO 80302
http://boulderhistory.org/index.asp

8/2 10am – 4pm Denver Firefighters Museum
1326 Tremont Place Denver, CO 80204
http://www.denverfirefightersmuseum.org/

8/2 10am – 4:30pm Mizel Museum
400 S Kearney St, Denver, CO 80224
The Mizel Museum is Denver’s Jewish art and culture museum. As a Jewish cultural institution, the Museum aims to illuminate the multiple perspectives that make up the Jewish experience. Our exhibits and programs use art and education to explore Jewish culture, history and viewpoints. http://www.mizelmuseum.org/

8/2 10am – 1pm Junior Rangers Wear Many Hats
Mount Falcon Park West, 21004 Mount Falcon Road, Indian Hills, CO 80454
Nature stewardship, outdoor skills, search and rescue. All in a day’s work! Come learn what it takes to be a Jefferson County Open Space Park Ranger. No registration is required.
Please stop by during 10:00 am to 1:00 pm, but make sure you give yourself plenty of time to participate in all the fun activities! Program Details Ages 6 – 10 years with an adult. All are welcome but the information is geared towards 6 – 10 year olds.

8/2 11am – 6pm Meet in the Street
1001 16th Street, Denver 80256
Around the world, cities are temporarily closing busy streets to vehicles for a day of free, healthy activities that promote community. Meet in the Street is a program launched by the Downtown Denver Business Improvement District that encourages people to get outside, walk, bike, eat and enjoy the 16th Street Mall in a new and different way.

note8/2 12 noon – 4pm 13th Annual Mountain Melodies Music Festival
Buffalo Bill Museum & Grave, 987 1/2 Lookout Mountain Rd., Golden, CO 80401
Grab your picnic basket, blankets and lawn chairs and spend the afternoon at Buffalo Bill’s grave on Lookout Mountain. You will enjoy one of the most spectacular views of the Rocky Mountain Front Range while listening to some homegrown American music.

flower pink8/2 9 – 11 am Brutish Botanical Behaviors
Meyer Ranch Park, 10508 South turkey Creek Road, Conifer 80433
Presented by Lookout Mountain Nature Center
Stroll with a Native Plant Master along easy trails identifying and naming local plants.
Discover the various ways that native and non-native plants defend themselves from wildlife and humans. Native Plant Masters are certified experts in Colorado’s native flora. They are volunteers with a passion for plants and have received special training from Colorado State University Extension who then share that knowledge with others.

note8/2 6 – 8pm City Park Jazz –Ellyn Rucker Trio

8/2 Play on the Mall
16th Street Mall
Stroll, bike and play on the Mall. Enjoy brunch or happy hour on your favorite patio. Meet up with friends
Games and surprises for young and old. Local, live music. Activities for kids. Rain or shine

flower pink8/4 Chatfield – Denver Botanic Gardens
1007 York Street, Denver, CO 80206
http://www.botanicgardens.org/our-gardens/chatfield

kids8/4 4 – 6pm Children’s Museum
2121 Children’s Museum Drive, Denver, CO 80211 http://mychildsmuseum.org/events/TargetTuesdayNights.aspx

note8/5 7 – 9pm Bands on the Bricks
Pearl Street Mall, Boulder
From oldies to alternative and everything in between Bands on the Bricks is Boulder County’s premiere outdoor summer concert series taking place in the heart of the city on the bricks of the one-and-only Pearl Street Mall. Dancing under the stars. Featuring an outdoor beer/wine/margarita garden starting at 5:30 p.m. every Wednesday night.

note8/5 2015 Performances in the Park
Anderson Park, 4355 Field Street, Wheat Ridge 80033
Performances take place at the large pavilion in the back of the park. Bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating.
10:00 – 10:45am Anya Jane & The Music Train-children performance
6:30 – 8pm Hot Tomatoes

movie8/5 7:30pm Movies on the Square
Town Square, Southlands Shopping Center, 6155 S. Main St. Aurora 80016
Southlands’ Town Square is the place for ‘family-friendly’, Movies on the Square, the centers’ newest summertime feature for families. Before nightfall, pre-movie festivities will feature live entertainment for e veryone to delight in at Southlands. We invite our guests to bring a blanket and enjoy movies set under the Colorado stars.

note8/6 6pm Sounds of Southlands Concert Series
Southlands Shopping Center, 6155 S. Main St., Aurora 80016
East Aurora comes alive with the annual Sounds of Southlands Concert Series!
Held every Thursday, this free event showcases some of the city’s best local bands in a beautiful outdoor setting. Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets, grab a bite from one of Southlands many eateries and of course, bring their dance moves.

note8/6 6:30pm Sounds of Summer Concert – The Nacho Men
CityCenter Englewood Amphitheater, 1000 Englewood Parkway, Englewood 80110

note8/6 7pm Concert – Katie Glassman and Snapshop
Community Park, Thornton

8/7 12 noon – 4pm Four Mile Historic Park
715 S Forest St, Denver, CO 80246, USA
Check out historic demonstrations, tour the Four Mile House Museum, explore our 12-acre grounds, pan for gold, or greet our farm animals. Free days are courtesy of the support provided by your Scientific & Cultural Facilities District. Tours of the Four Mile House Museum are at 12:30, 1:30, and 2:30pm and are first come, first served. We will be offering our Hay Bales & Tall Tales story and activity time from 12:00-1:00 pm. 720-865-0800 info@fourmilepark.org

movie8/7 7:30 – 9:30pm Northglenn Arts – Movie in the Park – Frozen
E B Rains Junior Memorial Park, 11800 Community Center Drive, Northglenn, CO 80233
Northglenn Arts, the city of Northglenn’s Theatre and Cultural Arts Division, is excited to announce its First Annual Summer Movie Series, a free family-friendly entertainment option. Each Friday night in August, the city will set up the big screen at E.B. Rains Jr. Memorial Park and invite the community to come out, relax and enjoy a movie under the stars.

movie8/7 5:45pm Movie on the Green
Stapleton, Founders Green

palette8/7 5 – 8pm Clyfford Still Museum
1250 Bannock St, Denver, CO 80204
In appreciation of the citizens who support the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SFCD), and in the spirit of community engagement, the Museum offers free admission on select days throughout the year. This year, from January 30 to October 30, the Museum is free on every Friday evening from 5 to 8 p.m., and free all day on the final Friday of each month. Also, all Denver Public Schools students holding a valid MY Denver Card receive free admission on weekends and during all school holidays and breaks. One general admission per cardholder is also granted for any accompanying adult guardian.
http://clyffordstillmuseum.org/info

movie8/7 8:30 – 11pm Classic film Series: Summer of Hitch- Vertigo (1958)
Fresh city Life, 10 W. 14th Ave., Denver 80204
This summer, the Denver Public Library is taking Hitchcock outside – and we are throwing his best films up on the side of our building.

note8/7 5:30 – 7:30pm Lawn Concert: Tallgrass
Clyfford Still Museum, 1250 Bannock St., Denver 80204
The Clyfford Still Museum and the Swallow Hill Music Association are pleased to present three free summer lawn concerts in the Museum’s forecourt. Bring a picnic and join us to celebrate summer in the city.
Raised by wolves, taught by squirrels, and an enemy of the owl, Tallgrass sings songs of happiness and sorrow. This trio brings gravel-road vocals, quick-picked guitar, and a rhythm section with stomping-ground sound. Influenced by old-timey sounds while digging through new-timey notes, it writes and performs homemade auditory originals. Three-part harmonies backed by drums, bass, guitar, and banjo sit on music’s front porch, ready to play. In the band’s relatively short existence, it has shared the stage with President Barack Obama; Melissa Etheridge; Sublime with Rome; The White Buffalo; The Ben Miller Band; Head for the Hills; and Whitewater Ramble, among others.

movie8/7 dusk Flicks in the Square: Toy Story
Olde town Square, Olde Wadsworth Blvd & 56th Ave, Arvada

8/7-9 Leadville Boom Days
Come join us for a fun family weekend in the heart of mining country. Leadville Boom Days activities for the whole family including a parade, music, gun fights, children’s games, a pie eating contest and of course great

movie8/7 dusk Movies and Music in the Park – 101 Dalmations
Parfet Park, Golden
Music by Funk It Up Band

palette8/7 First Friday Art Walks
Littleton – Enjoy fine arts and crafts while you shop at participating galleries at the Downtown Littleton Art District’s First Friday Art Walk events.
Art District on Santa Fe – Artify Your Brain. See, taste and feel the energy that is Denver’s Art District on Santa Fe
Belmar Block 7 Art District – Block 7 will feature four artist–owned working studios, a photographic school and a gallery showcasing a wide range of artwork by local artists. (Located in the Belmar City Center in Lakewood.)
Golden Triangle Museum District – Meet the artists, see new exhibitions, shop for local art and get inspired at the galleries open on First Friday. The neighborhood is also home to the Denver Art Museum, Clyfford Still Museum, Kirkland Museum, Denver Firefighters Museum and the Byers–Evans House Museum with Plein Air art on display.
Navajo Street Art District – Stroll the district tucked away in the Lower Highlands area of Denver, home to amazing galleries, great performance art and ample parking. Join us for Day of the Dead celebrations. It’s truly one of the best little Art Districts in town to experience art!
Old South Gaylord & South Pearl – Take time to visit these two neighborhoods south of downtown Denver; both are home to many artist’s studios and galleries, along with one–of–a–kind shops and restaurants.
RiNo (River North Art District) – Tour the district “Where art is made!” RiNo is home to creative businesses and more than 60 galleries and studios and 150 artists including painters, media artists, sculptors, photographers, illustrators, designers and furniture makers.

note8/8 6:30 – 9:30pm Little Jam
Bega Park, Downtown Littleton, 2250 W. Main Street, Littleton, Colorado 80120
Come to downtown Littleton and rock to the sounds of That Eighties Band, one of the most popular 80’s tribute bands in America!

8/8 4:30 – 10pm 2nd Saturday Street Festival
Grandview Ave., Arvada 80002
Historic Olde Town Arvada again invites our community to celebrate in Olde Town at our 2nd Saturday Street Festivals! Olde Town events typically bring around 4,000 people to Grandview Avenue. In addition to live music, we will feature arts/crafts booths, food booths, kids activities, and beer/wine sales. Admission is free and Grandview Ave will be closed to auto traffic, ensuring a fun and safe atmosphere for all.

dinosaur8/8   10am 2pm Dinosaur Discovery Day: Reptile and Bird Day
Dinosaur Ridge, 16831 W. Alameda Pkwy., Morrison 80465
Explore the relationship between dinosaurs and their cousins the reptiles, and their descendants the birds!
Wild Wings will be here with live raptors (hawks, falcons, owls), and the Denver Zoo will be displaying many awesome reptiles ! Other special guests include the Morrison Natural History Museum and Rocky Mountain Reptile Rescue.

note8/8 Centennial Under the Stars
Centennial Center Park, 13050 E. Peakview Ave., Centennial 80112
Join us at the 10th annual Centennial Under the Stars for a laserific musical marvel! This year’s event features great food, family activities and live music from Love Shack, the premiere 80’s nostalgia tribute band is that sets the ambiance by each member dressing to impersonate your favorite rock, pop, and new wave bands from the 80’s. The event will end with a dazzling laser light show you won’t want to miss!

8/8 6pm A Night at the Park
Alderfer/Three Sisters Open Space Park
The Mountain Area Land Trust will host its 13th annual A Night in the Park celebrating land and water conservation. Proceeds benefit MALT.
www.savetheland.org.

palette8/8 9am – 5pm MOA – Museum of Outdoor Arts
1000 Englewood Parkway Suite 2-230 Englewood, CO 80110 (map)
MOA offers indoor galleries, studios and special events and programs.

note8/8 7 – 10pm Swingin’ Under The Stars
Little Man Ice Cream, 2620 16th Street, Denver 80211

movie8/8 dusk Southwest Movies at Skyline Park – Dumb and Dumber
Skyline Park 16th and Arapahoe Street, Denver, CO 80202
ay nights will be swinging with big bands and modern swing quartets in collaboration with Swingin’ Denver.
www.moaonline.org/HOME/tabid/36/Default.aspx
8/8 10am – 5pm Englewood FunFest
Belleview Park, 5001 s. Inca Dr., Englewood
This year’s FunFest will feature Art Education • Food Trucks • Games • Bungee Jump • Ballpit • Tiny Tot Land • Face Painting • Inflatable Bounces • Crafts • Duck Race at 2 pm sharp • and More!

8/8 10am – 4pm Westy Fest
City Park, 10455 Sheridan Blvd., Westminster, 80020
Please join us for a fun day of entertainment, arts and crafts, vendors, great food, and a variety of activities the entire family will enjoy including: The Holy Cow Trail Stampede 10K trail run and 5K walk Two stages of entertainment Concerts: 12:30 pm- Chase N’ the Dream 2:30 pm- Black Water Food, craft, and home-based business vendors Business and non-profit display booths Climbing wall Obstacle course and bounce houses Face painting Golf activities Low-cost dog and cat vaccinations and microchipping Animal Avenue Interactive activities for all ages Westy Fest is sure to be fun for everyone!
For further information please contact Leah Krumpholz
Phone: 303-658-2208

note8/9 6 – 8pm City Park Jazz – The Sam Mayfield blues Revue

8/9 9:30 – 11am Skullduggery
Standley Lake
Want to learn about how to identify different animal skulls? Many interesting and unusual relationships between animals are revealed by their skulls. Skulls also give clues about how the animal is adapted for survival in its environment and indicate how these adaptations may have led to the evolution of different species. When investigating skulls more closely, it becomes clear how skulls are used for mammal classification. Come and learn all about skull identification! Class is free! All ages. Class is limited to 10 spaces.
For further information please contact Standley Lake Staff
Phone: 303-425-1097

8/9 10am – 6pm Lone Tree Pool Day
Cook Creek Pool, 8711 Lone Tree Parkway, Lone Tree

8/9 11am – 6pm Meet in the Street
1001 16th Street, Denver 80256
Around the world, cities are temporarily closing busy streets to vehicles for a day of free, healthy activities that promote community. Meet in the Street is a program launched by the Downtown Denver Business Improvement District that encourages people to get outside, walk, bike, eat and enjoy the 16th Street Mall in a new and different way.

8/9 Play on the Mall
16th Street Mall
Stroll, bike and play on the Mall. Enjoy brunch or happy hour on your favorite patio. Meet up with friends
Games and surprises for young and old. Local, live music. Activities for kids. Rain or shine

movie8/10 7 – 10pm Monday Movie Madness – Remember the Titans
Infinity Park at Glendale, 4400 E. Kentucky St., Glendale 80246
The gates to the stadium at Infinity Park open at 7pm, so come and grab your favorite spot on the field before the movie starts at 8pm.

flower pink8/12 9am – 5pm Hudson Gardens
6115 South Santa Fe Drive, Littleton, CO 80120

note8/12 7 – 9pm Bands on the Bricks
Pearl Street Mall, Boulder
From oldies to alternative and everything in between Bands on the Bricks is Boulder County’s premiere outdoor summer concert series taking place in the heart of the city on the bricks of the one-and-only Pearl Street Mall. Dancing under the stars. Featuring an outdoor beer/wine/margarita garden starting at 5:30 p.m. every Wednesday night.

movie/12 7:30pm Movies on the Square
Town Square, Southlands Shopping Center, 6155 S. Main St. Aurora 80016
Southlands’ Town Square is the place for ‘family-friendly’, Movies on the Square, the centers’ newest summertime feature for families. Before nightfall, pre-movie festivities will feature live entertainment for everyone to delight in at Southlands. We invite our guests to bring a blanket and enjoy movies set under the Colorado stars.

note8/13 6pm Sounds of Southlands Concert Series
Southlands Shopping Center, 6155 S. Main St., Aurora 80016
East Aurora comes alive with the annual Sounds of Southlands Concert Series!
Held every Thursday, this free event showcases some of the city’s best local bands in a beautiful outdoor setting. Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets, grab a bite from one of Southlands many eateries and of course, bring their dance moves.

palette8/14 5 – 8pm Clyfford Still Museum
1250 Bannock St, Denver, CO 80204
In appreciation of the citizens who support the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SFCD), and in the spirit of community engagement, the Museum offers free admission on select days throughout the year. This year, from January 30 to October 30, the Museum is free on every Friday evening from 5 to 8 p.m., and free all day on the final Friday of each month. Also, all Denver Public Schools students holding a valid MY Denver Card receive free admission on weekends and during all school holidays and breaks. One general admission per cardholder is also granted for any accompanying adult guardian.
http://clyffordstillmuseum.org/info

movie8/14 dusk Movies and Music in the Park – Maleficent
Parfet Park, Golden
Music by PJ Zahn

movie8/14 7:30 – 9:30pm Northglenn Arts – Movie in the Park – Big Hero
E B Rains Junior Memorial Park, 11800 Community Center Drive, Northglenn, CO 80233
Northglenn Arts, the city of Northglenn’s Theatre and Cultural Arts Division, is excited to announce its First Annual Summer Movie Series, a free family-friendly entertainment option. Each Friday night in August, the city will set up the big screen at E.B. Rains Jr. Memorial Park and invite the community to come out, relax and enjoy a movie under the stars.

8/14 – 15 11am – 7pm 16th Street Fair

movie8/14 dusk Flicks in the Square: Never Ending Story
Olde town Square, Olde Wadsworth Blvd & 56th Ave, Arvada
6th Street Mall – Pedestrian Mall, 1001 16th St. Denver 80202
The 16th Street Fair is an annual 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 located in the city center along the busiest pedestrian street in the State.

8/14 9 – 11pm Backyard Astronomy: Perseid Meteor Shower
Hildebrand Ranch Park, 9880 West Deer Creek Canyon Road, Littleton 80126
The Perseid Meteor Shower is one of the best meteor showers of the year. Join us for an evening under the stars and see how many you can count before the night is done. Listen to a short lecture on various different topics about the moon and look at objects in the night sky through binoculars and telescopes. Program Details: All ages/Family Please dress to be outside, at night, and standing still while looking at the stars. Dress in warm layers, coats, sweaters, and hats as needed.

8/15 Social Security Act is signed in 1935 by Franklin D. Roosevelt.

8/15 Best Friend’s Day
Do something special for your besty!

8/15 10:15 – 11am and 11:15am – 12noon Preschool Nature Nuts: Beaks and Bills
Lookout Mountain Nature Center, 910 Colorow Road, Golden, CO 80401
Do you know why a hummingbird’s beak is long and pointy? Or why the tip of an eagle’s strong bill is hooked? Learn about why bird beaks are shaped the way they are, and how a beak gives us clues about the birds’ food, habitat, and behavior. Program details This program is specifically designed for children ages 3-5 years with an adult. We ask that your child has reached his/her third birthday before participating in this class. Participant limit: 15 preschoolers (3 -5 years old)

palette8/15 – 16 10am – 5pm Golden Fine Arts Festival
Historic Downtown Golden, 11th Street & Washington Avenue, Golden, CO 80401
Browse a variety of beautiful art at Colorado’s most accessible arts festival, the 25th annual Golden Fine Arts Festival, on 11th Street just west of Washington Avenue in historic downtown Golden.
The juried festival is an open-air art gallery in a gorgeous foothills setting adjacent to Clear Creek. The Golden Fine Arts Festival is well known for its quality, affordability, ambiance and family friendly atmosphere.

note8/15 7 – 10pm Swingin’ Under The Stars
Little Man Ice Cream, 2620 16th Street, Denver 80211
Saturday nights will be swinging with big bands and modern swing quartets in collaboration with Swingin’ Denver.

movie8/15 dusk Southwest Movies at Skyline Park – Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
Skyline Park 16th and Arapahoe Street, Denver, CO 80202

8/15 1am – 12noon 87th Grand Parade
Littleton
Park your vehicle at Arapahoe Community College, 5900 S. Santa Fe Drive, then catch the LPS Parade Shuttle Bus up to the start of the parade route. Parade Equestrian Shuttle Map
Free parking is available at Arapahoe Community College, 5900 S. Santa Fe Drive for parade attendees.

movie8/15 7 – 9m Outdoor Kids Movie Night
Prairie Sky Park, Lone Tree

8/15 – 16 10am – 5pm Golden Fine Arts Festival
11th Street, West of Washington Avenue in Golden

note8/15 4 – 7pm Candelas Concert Series: Dave Camp Trio
Maverick Mesa Park

flower pink/16 10:30am – 12noon Exploring the Usefulness of Our Local Flora
Lair o’ the Bear Park, 22600 State Highway 74, Idledale 80453
We’ll walk through the park, identifying common edible and medicinal plants native to a riparian, Colorado habitat. Program Details All ages/Family You will check-in with the naturalist by the kiosk in the main parking lot of Lair o’ the Bear Park. You will be walking at a leisurely pace along the creek. Please wear comfortable walking shoes, hat, sunscreen, and anything else you may need to enjoy the day.

note8/16 6 – 7pm Concert at the Museum – Western Welcome Week Concert
Littleton Museum, 6028 S. Gallup Street, Littleton, Colorado 80120
Join us as we close out the 87th Western Welcome Week celebration. Come to the Littleton Museum and enjoy an evening of good food and good music!Face will be in concert on the front lawn from 6-7 p.m. The Bistro Bus from Delizio’s and Coaches Scoop will be at the museum selling delicious dinners and desserts beginning at 5 p.m.

note8/16 6:30pm Jefferson Symphony Orchestra
Parfet Park, Washington Avenue & 10th Street, Golden 80401
Presented by Jefferson Symphony Orchestra
Enjoy a free concert featuring the Jefferson Symphony Orchestra in beautiful Parfet Park in Golden.
Bring your family and a picnic dinner and enjoy an evening of great music as you relax on the lawn. The JSO will perform Classic Pops in the Park featuring light classical fare, familiar favorites and All-American patriotic music.

note8/16 4:30 -5:30pm The Denver Brass at the DPAC Galleria
Denver Performing Arts Complex, 1345 Champa Street, Denver, CO 80204,
Descriptionhttp://www.denverbrass.org/

8/17 Denver Museum of Nature and Science
2001 Colorado Blvd. Denver, CO 80205
Descriptionhttp://www.dmns.org/about-us

palette8/19 9am – 5pm MOA – Museum of Outdoor Arts
1000 Englewood Parkway Suite 2-230 Englewood, CO 80110 (map)
MOA offers indoor galleries, studios and special events and programs. http://www.moaonline.org/HOME/tabid/36/Default.aspx

note8/20 6pm Sounds of Southlands Concert Series
Southlands Shopping Center, 6155 S. Main St., Aurora 80016
East Aurora comes alive with the annual Sounds of Southlands Concert Series!
Held every Thursday, this free event showcases some of the city’s best local bands in a beautiful outdoor setting. Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets, grab a bite from one of Southlands many eateries and of course, bring their dance moves.

movie8/21   7 – 10pm Movie in the Park- Big Hero 6
City Park Fields, 10455 Sheridan Blvd., Westminster 80020
Grab your lawn chairs or blankets for movies under the stars. Movies take place Friday evenings and begin at dusk. Come early for even more fun! Food vendors and pre-movie activities open at 7 pm. For more information call 303-658-2208. For weather concerns call 303-412-8761, ext. 428.
For further information please contact Leah Krumpholz
Phone: 303-658-2208

movie8/21 dusk Flicks in the Square: Finding Nemo
Olde town Square, Olde Wadsworth Blvd & 56th Ave, Arvada

palette8/21 5 – 8pm Clyfford Still Museum
1250 Bannock St, Denver, CO 80204
In appreciation of the citizens who support the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SFCD), and in the spirit of community engagement, the Museum offers free admission on select days throughout the year. This year, from January 30 to October 30, the Museum is free on every Friday evening from 5 to 8 p.m., and free all day on the final Friday of each month. Also, all Denver Public Schools students holding a valid MY Denver Card receive free admission on weekends and during all school holidays and breaks. One general admission per cardholder is also granted for any accompanying adult guardian.
http://clyffordstillmuseum.org/info

movie8/21 7:30 – 9:30pm Northglenn Arts – Movie in the Park – Maleficent
E B Rains Junior Memorial Park, 11800 Community Center Drive, Northglenn, CO 80233
Northglenn Arts, the city of Northglenn’s Theatre and Cultural Arts Division, is excited to announce its First Annual Summer Movie Series, a free family-friendly entertainment option. Each Friday night in August, the city will set up the big screen at E.B. Rains Jr. Memorial Park and invite the community to come out, relax and enjoy a movie under the stars.

8/21 5pm & 8/22 7:30pm 2015 Old Fashioned Corn Roast Festival
Loveland Chamber of Commerce, 4th Street and Railroad, Loveland 80538 It will include a parade, corn shucking contest, delicious boiled and roasted corn, and live entertainment for all ages.
“Tour De Corn” the theme this year showcases the event tie with the USA Pro Challenge, which will be race through downtown during the festival. The Old Fashioned Corn Roast Festival is two blocks of family fun, adventure, entertainment and interactive activities.
movie8/21 dusk Movies and Music in the Park – Big Hero 6
Parfet Park, Golden
Music by Dixie Leadfoot and the Chrome Struts

note8/22 7 – 9pm Concert on the Green
Stapleton, Founders Green

note8/22 7 – 10pm Swingin’ Under The Stars
Little Man Ice Cream, 2620 16th Street, Denver 80211
Saturday nights will be swinging with big bands and modern swing quartets in collaboration with Swingin’ Denver.

8/22 1 – 5pm 5th Annual Party in the Park
Multi-Purpose Fields, 10800 Colorado Blvd., Thornton 80233
Our Party in the Park features a family-friendly day fun in the sun including welcome bags, entertainment, direct sales vendors, free food, a car show, clowns, face painting, bounce castles, a fashion show, live princesses and super heroes with photo booths, small carnival games and more.

locomotive8/22 9am – 3:30pm Boreas Pass Railroad Day
Como
Spend a day learning about the railroading history (1879 to 1937) of Como, Boreas Pass, and South Park.
Visit buildings frequented by the railroaders and their families when trains were the modern way to travel. Narrow gauge trains brought supplies to the mining towns and hauled the rich ores out; they brought townspeople into the city to handle obligations or to visit family and friends; they brought tourists and new residents into the mountains.
Open for tours on Railroad Day are the roundhouse, depot, eating house/bed & breakfast, and historic schools in Como; Roberts Cabin, Swartz Cabin and the section house on Boreas Pass; and High Line Railroad Park in Breckenridge.
An authentic reproduction of a narrow gauge handcar is ready all day for visitors to ride and help power at Rocky Point on the east side of Boreas Pass. This is a free event.

flower pink8/24 9am – 5pm Hudson Gardens
6115 South Santa Fe Drive, Littleton, CO 80120

note8/27 6pm Sounds of Southlands Concert Series
Southlands Shopping Center, 6155 S. Main St., Aurora 80016
East Aurora comes alive with the annual Sounds of Southlands Concert Series!
Held every Thursday, this free event showcases some of the city’s best local bands in a beautiful outdoor setting. Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets, grab a bite from one of Southlands many eateries and of course, bring their dance moves.

palette8/28 5 – 8pm Clyfford Still Museum
1250 Bannock St, Denver, CO 80204
In appreciation of the citizens who support the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SFCD), and in the spirit of community engagement, the Museum offers free admission on select days throughout the year. This year, from January 30 to October 30, the Museum is free on every Friday evening from 5 to 8 p.m., and free all day on the final Friday of each month. Also, all Denver Public Schools students holding a valid MY Denver Card receive free admission on weekends and during all school holidays and breaks. One general admission per cardholder is also granted for any accompanying adult guardian.
http://clyffordstillmuseum.org/info

movie8/28 dusk Flicks in the Square: Willy Wonka
Olde town Square, Olde Wadsworth Blvd & 56th Ave, Arvada

movie8/28 7:30 – 9:30pm Northglenn Arts – Movie in the Park – Back to the Future
E B Rains Junior Memorial Park, 11800 Community Center Drive, Northglenn, CO 80233
Northglenn Arts, the city of Northglenn’s Theatre and Cultural Arts Division, is excited to announce its First Annual Summer Movie Series, a free family-friendly entertainment option. Each Friday night in August, the city will set up the big screen at E.B. Rains Jr. Memorial Park and invite the community to come out, relax and enjoy a movie under the stars.

movie8/28 dusk Movies and Music in the Park – Frozen
Parfet Park, Golden
Music by Dr. Harlan’s Amazing Bluegrass Tonic

palette8/29 9am – 5pm MOA – Museum of Outdoor Arts
1000 Englewood Parkway Suite 2-230 Englewood, CO 80110 (map)
MOA offers indoor galleries, studios and special events and programs. http://www.moaonline.org/HOME/tabid/36/Default.aspx

note8/29 7 – 10pm Swingin’ Under The Stars
Little Man Ice Cream, 2620 16th Street, Denver 80211
Saturday nights will be swinging with big bands and modern swing quartets in collaboration with Swingin’ Denver.

flower pink8/31 Denver Botanic Gardens
1007 York Street, Denver, CO 80206
http://www.botanicgardens.org/

9/1 Molly Brown House Museum
1340 Pennsylvania St, Denver, CO 80203
Free Admission for Residents of Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Denver, Douglas, and Jefferson Counties.
http://www.mollybrown.org/