Hey Denver! Here come Pedalheads bike camps.

Pedalheads Bike Camps have been teaching kids to safely rides bikes for over 25 years. With over 70 sites in Canada and Washington State, over 200,000 kids have gone through the fantastic play-based learning programs. Specializing in getting kids off training wheels in one-week, “from training wheels to trails” is the message and people of Denver can now hear it!

Denver is fortunate to have been selected for the latest expansion of Pedalheads, which is based in Vancouver, British Columbia. Registration is now open for the four locations throughout metro Denver. All of the camps will provide ample opportunity for parents to take advantage of the fun that Pedalheads Bike Camps provide. Week long programing will include 1 hour classes for balance bikers and tricycle riders, as well as, both half-day and full-day camps for new riders ready to say goodbye to their training wheels to those preparing to safely take to the streets.

Pedalheads has been busy in their short time in Denver. Expos and obstacle courses – bike rodeos and helmet safety presentations have been a great way to introduce programs and philosophies. Keep an eye out and don’t miss the opportunity for your little ones to conquer the “blue mountain”. Summer camps at all Denver locations will run June through August. Registration can be done at www.pedalheads.com and any questions may be answered at 888.886.6464.

A fantastic spot on KVDR’s Colorado’s Best for the Baby & Kids Experience can be seen here.

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GenFit & PawsCo workouts have gone to the dogs!

Some days it takes more than just a walk around the block, sniffing everything. Some days it is not enough to chase a ball. Some days you need someone to do more than just take you to the park. Some days you need to get your heart racing, muscles burning and and gasp for air with your best friend!

On a recent evening in Denver’s RINO District, a group of diehard fitness buffs and their four-legged friends joined up with the trainers from GenFit Gym to get their work-out on! Both human and canine participants pushed themselves to their limits to reach their fitness goals. As expected there were sprints, wall-sits, burpees, planks and the occasional nips and barks. In the end there were big smiles and a lot of panting. This workout had it all including an opportunity to meet some adoptable dogs from PawsCo.

A great opportunity to get out and play.

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A spring in your step……Highlands Dance Studio dance classes rule.

The Highlands Dance Studio, in Denver’s Tennyson business district, hosts an amazing array of dance classes to suit anyone’s fancy. The classes run on a semester schedule, with the 2013 Spring Semester ending this Sunday June 2nd. Hip-Hop and Tap/Jazz was the focus of this spring semester and the dancers have been working diligently to perfect their routines for their recital at the historic Oriental Theater on 44th Ave. Each class from the studio will perform a well rehearsed number in their chosen genre.

Next up at the Highlands Dance Studio are summer camps. Options include Hip-Hop, theatrical, contemporary and lyrical dance disciplines. Young and old can experience the wonders of dance through the Highlands Dance Studio and their fantastic instructors.

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Denver Dirt…..Clean-up, clinics, and big air at Barnum North Bike Park.

Last Saturday the Friends of Barnum North Bike Park hosted a coming out party for their young dirt jump park. Hordes of riders, families and fans from the local neighborhoods and beyond came together to celebrate the opportunity to enjoy this unique facility. The message was simple and clear; be a part of keeping the park a fun, safe and enjoyable place for anyone who wants to enjoy it.

Trestle Bike Skills Course at Barnum North Park is a Denver City park, located just west of  Federal on 8th Avenue. The park is managed by an all volunteer crew of hardy diggers led by Nick Soloninka. This crew works hard to play hard and took every advantage of the large crowd that came out Saturday to build new features and teach correct course maintenance and bike skills.

This event was about putting the community back into cycling.” -Nick Soloninka.

Hard work was not the only draw for this event. Free bike repairs were provided by Salvagetti Bicycle Workshop and demo bikes were available from COMBA, Colorado Mountain Bike Association. Groundwork Denver provided free helmets and gave away a bunch of bikes to lucky attendees. The fan favorite, however, had to be Vanessa and her delicious hot dogs that tasted awesome after some hard work in the dirt.

Once the work was done it was time to play and the crowd was not dissapointed. Kids got to learn the skills of the park’s pump track and many local pro riders, including Dominic Megalli, put on quite an air show, flipping and whipping and signing autographs. Not a bad party for a young park.

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EvolveYourSelf…..Skills camps at Evolve Action Sports Park

Want to get your kids involved in action sports: skateboard, scooters, bikes or blades in a safe and fun environment? Then come and check out Evolve Action Sports Park. Evolve ASP works hard to create a “vibe” where everyone can learn, have fun and get better. They offer super lessons, parties and events. Spring Break camps are just around the corner.

Are you looking for summer camp opportunities? Well, Evolve Action Sports Park has a number of great options, all staffed with unbelievable coaches. All-day, 1/2 day or just a day are all possible for your little shredder. Evolve focuses on fundamental skill development all the way to big banger tricks, all revolving around three simple words….Safety, Etiquette and Skill.

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With a little help…..Brighton Jumpspot is the real deal.

What started as a dream for an industrious young man has now come true. With the help of the city, some local experts, a flock of volunteers and the support of family, the Brighton Jumpspot is ready to go. Come out and check out this awesome new spot and don’t forget to thank those that made it possible.

A 17 year old Junior at Brighton High School, Logan Holland, is the driving force behind the Jumpspot. He tells his story of the process that took his idea to reality.

“I have enjoyed riding for several years. After traveling to parks, like Valmont and Frisco Adventure Park, I felt the need to find a place closer to home to build my own jumps. I tried to pull favors or find any property with water near by with solid dirt. Months later, after many failed efforts, Dan Schmatz built a line of seven wood to dirt jumps less than 5 minutes from my house. Not knowing him yet, I pursued meeting him to get a hook up to ride and build on the private property.

After meeting Dan, he introduced me to more riders and friends. I got more and more into the sport and began to ride every day. Soon after, my long time friend, Toby Heidt, (whose dad is a Brighton City and Recreation Manager) who knew about my drive to pursue a place to build my own jumps, came to me and said that the city has too much dirt. Another friend, Peter Phibbs, has been pushing a bigger bike community in Brighton for a long time. With bikes on the city’s mind, and too much dirt for the city to handle, I jumped on the opportunity.

After the first three meetings of feeling like a big shot, explaining dirt jumps and the whole language of what a hit, hip, table, gap, fruit cup, wall ride, or spine are, the vision of the parks true potential began to develop. I started to create drawings of what we could do on the half acre, but nothing really helped. However Dan Schmatz then called in a favor with his friends at Plus Size BMX. With all the different skills that the awesome Plus Size BMX crew had, we had a legitimate drawing that could be approved by the city and by the insurance. After this, we realized that it would take a lot of favors and money to have a decent park.

Between the city, Dan, Plus Size BMX, Casree Holland, (another person who has been an immense help towards the creation of the park) and countless volunteers the park came together within a span of about three weeks. I feel very blessed that the park came about the way it did and I am grateful for the opportunities and thankful for all of the learning. Thank you for the opportunity.” Logan Holland-Brighton Jumpspot Mastermind.

Way to go Logan!

 

Ice Cream & Hula Hooping…..what could be better on a July afternoon?

Little Man Ice Cream, Hoopa, The Stasko Agency and about a hundred eager competitors created quite an event in Denver’s Lower Highlands on a hot July afternoon. “Hoop for a Scoop”, the third annual hula hoop competition, pitted young and old with wiggly hips and colorful hoops in a contest for the ages. Proceeds from the event benefitted The GrowHaus, a non-profit urban farm, marketplace and education center.

Competitors showed their best moves and fanciest costumes to impress judges and win not only life-time fame but also fantastic prizes, which included tickets to Phish, a year’s worth of Little Man ice cream and passes to Waterworld. The day was hot but the competition was hotter. The only relief came from the breeze generated form the hundreds of spinning hoops.

Highlands Health & Wellness…..exceptional family heath care in the neighborhood

Dr. Shelley Meyer is bringing the family doctor back to the neighborhood. Highlands Health and Wellness, located in the heart of Denver’s Highlands Neighborhood, is a wonderful opportunity for families to get personal care from a fantastic group of health practitioners.

“Our mission is to provide excellent health care for the residents of the Highlands community and the surrounding Denver neighborhoods.  We want to be your neighborhood doctor, providing a haven of health, wellness and prevention to all the members of your family.   We strive to create a welcoming environment where you feel comfortable and cared for.” – Dr. Shelley Meyer

The entire family will feel at home with the wonderful care from everyone at Highlands Health & Wellness.