Fun Things To Do This Month!
It's happening in Northern Colorado! Visitors, residents and guests, here are a few fun things to do in April...

Fun Things Loveland
Fort Collins
Greeley
Windsor
Johnstown
Estes Park
Arbor Day - Tree Plantings ~ Loveland
Fun ThingsApril 12, 2014
Time: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Fairgrounds Park/SW of Barnes Batting Cages
Website: www.ci.loveland.co.us

Additional Arbor Day Tree Plantings will be held on APRIL 12th, 2014:

The premier Arbor Day tree plantings will be on Saturday, April 12, 2014 at 9:00 a. m. The plantings will take place at Fairgrounds Park, on the west side of the Barnes Softball Complex fields (southwest of the Batting Cages).

Volunteers from the Loveland High School chapter of the National Honor Society & Loveland High School Key Club will plant 12-15 trees.

DIRECTIONS: Enter the park by turning west off of S. Cleveland onto SE 5th St. Watch for signs, directing volunteers to the planting site. Please dress appropriately for the weather. Wear gloves, suitable footwear, and layered outwear. Also, please bring a shovel for digging, marked with your name.

For additional information, contact Rob MacDonald at: (970) 962-3441.

2014 International Lifetree Film Festival ~ Loveland
April 10-12, 2014
Cost: All Festival Pass is $45. Individual event rates listed below.
Location: The Rialto Theater Center
Website: www.ci.loveland.co.us

The International Lifetree Film Festival is a cinematic celebration featuring creative filmmakers and their films from around the globe. The primary goal of the Lifetree Film Festival is to showcase films demonstrating people “doing life” or “doing good.” These films often celebrate the human condition and dive headlong into topics that make us laugh, cry, expand our understanding, give us hope, or cause us to think. Full schedule available at the Lifetree Film Fest Web Site.

Tickets: All Festival Pass: $45
Thursday Night Feature: $10
Friday Night Feature: $10
Saturday Screenings & Workshops: $15
Saturday Night “Best of the Fest” Screenings: $15
$5 discount available on all passes with student ID

Crazy Little Thing Called Love! ~ Loveland
April 25-26, 2014
Location: Rialto Theatre Center
Website: www.ci.loveland.co.us

From puppy love to puberty and love to marriage, LCS leaves no romantic stone unturned in this musical look at love! From the Big Bands to Be-Bop and Rock n’ Roll to Soul, this LCS spectacular will make your heart dance and your soul sing!

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First Friday Gallery Walk ~ Fort Collins
Fun ThingsApril 4, 2014
Time: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: Downtown
Website: http://downtownfortcollins.com/events/first-friday-featuring-gallery-walk

Art galleries and museums flourish in Downtown Fort Collins! And on the first Friday of every month, many of them extend their hours of operation and fling wide their doors during the evening hours, so you have time to wander and let your heart grow fonder of the local, regional, national, and international art on display downtown. Experience paintings, sculptures, exhibits, photos, and more, with many of the gallery owners on hand to share their expertise (and sometimes, a snack!) with the crowds that stroll the city streets on self-guided gallery tours.

View the Total Lunar Eclipse ~ Fort Collins
April 14, 2014
Time: 11:30 PM
Location: Carpenter Road entrance, Fossil Creek Reservoir Natural Area
Contact: Deborah Price, 970-416-2815 or naturalareas@fcgov.com

The Northern Colorado Astronomical Society will have telescopes available to view the total lunar eclipse. The total eclipse occurs between 1:07 and 2:25 a.m. Dress warmly and bring a chair to sit on. To get updates, check the NCAS website at ncastro.org. No registration required.

Food Co-op Earth Day Celebration ~ Fort Collins
April 27, 2014
Time: 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Location: Old Town Square
Website: http://downtownfortcollins.com/events/food-co-op-earth-day

The Food Co-op Earth Day will take place Sunday, April 27th at Old Town Square from 11am to 5pm.

There will be: Live Music, Food Trucks, Silent Auction, Freedom Market, Kids Zone, A Septacycle, Bike Techs and a collaboration with the Gearage during their Bike Swap.

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First Friday: A Night of Art ~ Greeley
Fun ThingsApril 4, 2014
Time: 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Location: Downtown Art Galleries & Studios
Website: www.greeleydowntown.com

Downtown Greeley is thriving with local artistic talent, and this is a great opportunity to enjoy it! Stop by any of the participating art galleries and soak in the beauty of original, one of a kind art. Many participating galleries also offer unique gifts, including jewelry, pottery, greeting cards, candles, homemade soap, and more.

Bunny Hop Skate ~ Greeley
April 19, 2014
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Location: Greeley Ice Haus

Skate with the Easter Bunny, your family, and friends. Age 3+. Admission $3 (includes skate rental).

Children's Water Festival ~ Greeley
April 30, 2014
Time: 9:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Location: Island Grove
Website: greeleywaterfest.org

The Central Colorado Water Conservancy District created the Children's Water Festival in 1991. This festival is one of the oldest children's water festivals in the nation. In 2006, the City of Greeley Water Conservation and Stormwater programs began co-sponsoring the event.

The Children's Water Festival in Greeley is a free event for 4th grade students in Weld, Morgan and Adams Counties. The water festival brings water professionals from around Colorado to provide presentations and activities about water, conservation, human health, and aquatic life, while covering a wide range of curriculum areas including language arts, math, science, social studies, visual art, and health. The festival goals are to teach students that water is an essential, limited resource and that they can take action. The event provides teachers with materials and lessons that they can use for years to come.

For additional information on the Children's Water Festival, please contact Kathy Parker at KParker@ccwcd.org or 970-330-4540.


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Easter Eggstravaganza! ~ Windsor
Fun ThingsApril 18, 2014
Time: 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Location: Community Recreation Center
Website: www.windsorgov.com

Come join the Easter Bunny for the 8th Easter Eggstravaganzaannual Easter Eggstravaganza! There will be open gym activities for you and your child to enjoy together along with a gigantic Easter Egg hunt all around the Community Recreation Center, so bring your Easter Basket to fill up! (Easter egg hunt will be held outside if weather permits)


Be Green with Trees ~ Windsor
April 22, 2014

Time: 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Location: Windsor-Severance Library
Website: clearviewlibrary.org

Learn how to choose the right tree for your location. Representatives from the Windsor Tree Board will teach about which variety of trees do well in Colorado and which ones to avoid.

No registration required.

Arbor Day 5K Run/Walk ~ Windsor
April 26, 2014

Time: 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Location: Boardwalk Park
Website: http://www.windsorgov.com

The Town of Windsor Tree Board will host the 9th annual Arbor Day 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, April 26th. The race will start and finish at Boardwalk Park and follow the Windsor Lake Trail. Proceeds will go towards planting trees throughout the community. Leashed dogs are welcome. Fee includes a t-shirt (while supplies last). Awards will be given to the top runners/walkers. All ages welcome!

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Damn Yankees ~ Johnstown
Fun ThingsApril 3 – June 8, 2014
Location: Candlelight Dinner Theatre
Website: www.coloradocandlelight.com

Faust, fly balls, and devilishly good fun all meet at the home plate of this 8-time Tony Award winning Broadway musical. A middle-aged baseball fanatic who trades his soul to the Devil for a chance to lead his favorite team in the pennant race against the New York Yankees, only to realize the true worth of the life (and wife) he’s left behind. Filled with hit songs like “Whatever Lola Wants” and “You Gotta Have Heart,” this show is a musical comedy home run!

Book by George Abbott and Douglass Wallop, Music and Lyrics by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross


Dinner & Movie ~ Johnstown
April 12, 2014
Time: 5:30 AM
Location: Johnstown Fire Protection District @ 100 Telep Ave
Download Flyer: www.jmchamber.com

The men and women of the Johnstown Fire Protection District invite you to our house for dinner and a movie.

All you can Eat Spaghetti Dinner!

Children's Festival & Business Expo ~ Johnstown
April 19, 2014
Time: 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Location: Roosevelt High School
Website: www.jmchamber.com

Entertainment – Local young people performing their talents.

Festival Prize Pursuit – The prize pursuit is a challenge to those who attend to find clues scattered through different booths to arrive at a solution. When they solve the problem they are entered in a drawing to win a big prize. The Prize Pursuit benefits all vendors because it circulates attendees who participate in the prize pursuit throughout the booths as they are searching for their clues. For an additional fee, you can become a Festival Prize Pursuit Destination where attendees find a clue. Previous festivals have had as many as 150 attendees participate in the prize pursuit.

Community Services – including police and fire departments and the med evac.

Food Vendors

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6th Annual Winter Art Walk ~ Estes Park
Fun ThingsFebruary 13 - May 11, 2014
Location: Throughout Estes Park Galleries
Website: http://www.visitestespark.com

Browse the art galleries of Estes Park during the 6th Annual Winter Art Walk, a self-guided tour of the Estes Park galleries and studios. This unique event is free and maps can be picked up at the Cultural Arts Council (423 W. Elkhorn Ave) and the Estes Park Visitor Center.

Estes Park Restaurant Week ~ Estes Park
April 12-23, 2014

Time: All Day
Location: Restaurants throughout Estes Park
Website: http://www.visitestespark.com

Come to Estes Park to enjoy our wonderful variety of dining during Estes Park Restaurant Week April 12-23, 2014! Whether you've been wanting to try some local delicacies or some classic ethnic cuisine, discover something new or return to an old favorite, you will get your chance this delicious week! Each participating restaurant will offer a 3-course meal for a special price, with upgrades available at some locations, and a lower price point option for those looking for a bit less to munch. Not just for dinner, some locations are offering breakfast and lunch specials as well! We know you will want to try them all, so don't forget to book your lodging now!

On Saturday, April 12th, join the Restaurant Week Kick-Off party throughout Estes Park. Restaurants will provide the festive dining environment with live music, special brews, prizes and of course, delicious entree specials.

Then, on Thursday, April 17th, at 5:30pm the village celebrates Estes Park dining in a culinary spectacular, The Taste of Estes, as local restaurants showcase their menu specialties. Area eateries bring their favorite menu items to the Estes Park Conference Center to delight your palette. Pre-sale tickets are $18, day-of/at the door, $20. We know you will want to try them all, so don't forget to book your lodging now! Pre-sale tickets available at the Estes Park Visitor Center, Macdonald Book Shop, Poppy's Pizza and Grill, Estes Park News or MedX of Estes. Purchase your tickets today, as this event sells out quickly!

Stanley Film Festival ~ Estes Park
April 24-27, 2014

Time: Daily
Location: Stanley Hotel
Ph: 970-480-7266
Website: http://www.visitestespark.com

The Stanley Film Festival showcases classic and contemporary independent horror cinema all in the setting of the haunted and historic Stanley Hotel. The Festival presents emerging and established filmmakers enabling the industry and general public to experience the power of storytelling through genre cinema.

Founded in 2013 by The Stanley Hotel to celebrate the property's iconic Hollywood heritage, the four-day event showcases filmmakers' latest works, Q&A discussions, industry panels, student film competition, and special events for cinema insiders, enthusiasts and fellow artists.

Armed with the goal of procuring the most imaginative tales of fright from around the globe, the short and feature films offering a vast spectrum of tantalizing thrills and ghastly delights will be presented throughout the weekend. Like the best spooky stories told in the dark, each will be wildly distinct, inventive and unexpected.

In addition to the Film Festival, check out these other great special events during the festival:

● HORROR IMMERSION GAME Bleeding seamlessly into the atmosphere of fear and suspense we are excited to announce the Stanley Film Festival's Inaugural Immersive Horror Game, a real horror/mystery narrative using the Festival itself as its medium. Those who follow the clues opt in to the game, becoming the protagonists of an engaging and creepy interactive thriller culminating in an irreproducible climax you can never unsee.

● Glass Eye Pix Presents TALES FROM BEYOND THE PALE: The Stanley Edition an ongoing series of audio dramas penned by luminaries from the world of contemporary horror from JT Petty (HELLBENDERS) to Simon Barrett (YOU'RE NEXT), and Kim Newman (ANO DRACULA), featuring players from Ron Perlman (HELLBOY), to Angus Scrimm (PHANTASM), and Mark Margolis (AMERICAN HORROR STORY). The Stanley edition will feature performers culled from the film lineup. Join horror impresarios Glenn McQuaid and Larry Fessenden as they invite you to close your eyes and... listen. Learn more at talesfrombeyondthepale.com

● DEAD RIGHT HORROR TRIVIA HOSTED BY FANGORIA ENTERTAINMENT AND SHOCKTILYOUDROP.COM Do you consume horror as voraciously as zombies eat flesh? The hit Los Angeles horror event comes to the Stanley Film Festival! Join Fangoria's Rebekah McKendry and ShockTillYouDrop.com's Ryan Turek and test your horror knowledge in eight rounds of terrifyingly titillating trivia. Scare yourself with how much you actually know about horror. Trivia will be held early Friday evening at the Wheel Bar in Estes Park. Come with a team or join one there. All are welcome.

● MURDER MYSTERY DINNER Murder is afoot at the old Stanley Hotel. Guests of the festival are welcome to register for a night of intrigue and deception unraveling over a wonderful three-course meal as they become their very own detectives.

● BIG WHEEL DEATH RACE Guests will race through the expansive grounds of the Stanley Hotel on their very own adult sized big wheel, just like Danny Torrance. Festival pass holders will have an opportunity to race using adult sized big wheels on a course that runs the grounds of the Stanley Hotel. Registration will take place at the guest relations table for teams of four for a relay style race between 32 teams to determine one winner who will walk away with a complimentary stay at the Stanley Hotel.

● EYE HEART BRAINS ZOMBIE CRAWL When there's no more room in hell, the dead will walk the Earth. And, now you can too. Converge upon the Stanley Film Festival in style by participating in a good ol'fashioned Zombie Crawl hosted by Eye Heart Brains, purveyors of the world's largest zombie gatherings. The death march will move along The Stanley Hotel grounds and through the neighboring streets of Estes Park in search of brains.

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