Steuben’s Arvada

I had the pleasure of eating at Steuben’s last week with a wonderful colleague for a business lunch. And I must say, it was quite delicious.

We decided to have an array of appetizers, which is one of my favorite ways to dine. Their Steubie snacks are the most delicious and adventurous things I have had in a while. Crispy pieces of pork, deep fried and dusted with powdered sugar. I love savory and sweet combos and this is one of the best. The hummus, falafel and pita was almost equally as delicious. And do not forget the Brussels sprouts! Perfectly crispy and drizzled with balsamic glaze.

We did not imbibe but I have had their alcoholic drinks previously. I love the creativity of their drinks and the bartenders ability to tweak ingredients to a customers liking.  I am thinking next business lunch should be a happy hour at Steuben’s!

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Volunteering For a Hospice

I have been volunteering for a hospice since earlier this year. I must say it is not what I thought it would be going in to it. I saw an add on Nextdoor looking for volunteers, was looking to get involved, so signed up for an interview. I was pleasantly surprised to learn more about Suncrest Hospice and exactly what a hospice is and does.

Spending time with someone who is in their last leg of life is so incredibly rewarding and humbling. Once a week I get to spend an hour with an elderly Arvadan who has such a beautiful soul. Due to patient confidentiality, I cannot give many details but lets just say that hour is the highlight of my week. I can feel myself growing personally, professionally and spiritually.

I felt that hospice was my calling due to personal circumstances. I have a 96 year old grandmother who I am fortunate enough to life close to and get to speak with and see on a regular basis. Many of her friends, BINGO buddies and neighbors often comment on how lucky she is to have such a loving and attentive family. This made me think about other elderly people who do not have this support and I wanted to pay it forward. Although this is not the case for all hospice patients, just having one more person, for one more hour in their day, can be a game changer. I highly suggest looking into hospice if you are looking for a way to give back. I hope there is another generous volunteer who will sit with me when I become old and feeble.

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Recent Thefts in Arvada

There have been many stories lately about people stealing packages off of people’s front porches. It is bothersome but when it hits close to home, it then becomes truly upsetting. Two weeks ago, boxes were stolen from a house 7 doors down from me. I drove by that neighbors house, have been extra vigilant about any cars driving down my street and started bringing in deliveries as soon as I could. I was hurting for my neighborhood and scared for us all.

Then when they caught the criminal and I KNEW her, it really threw me for a loop. She had been a good friend in elementary school who I recently reconnected with through Facebook. To learn that she was stealing diapers was a shock. Did she know what was in the packages? Was she stealing to provide for her children? Was she just stealing for the sake of stealing? And in my neighborhood no less!

Be safe out there everyone. Know what burglars are looking for. There is no way to stop it completely but if we keep looking out for our neighbors and cut back on ways to make it easier, maybe we can make the world a safer place.

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Homegrown Tap and Dough

It's been a long time since I'd tried a restaurant in this location — Arvada locals will know that, in the last five years, several businesses have moved in and out of those doors — and boy, I'm sure glad I gave this one a shot.

Anyone who reads my posts on this blog will probably know I am a sucker for local pride, and Homegrown provides this in spades. The restaurant's decor is an homage to Colorado life, and makes obvious the passion that the two owners have for this amazing state.

And the food! I'd call it Italian/American fusion (and of course, as a representative of my generation, I LOVE fusion foods) that celebrates local life — from sourcing their food locally, to designing the menu items to reflect Colorado tastes, the attention to detail is great. We tried a couple of the pizzas while we were there — the Ralston, which is a white sauce pizza, and was awesome, and the Front Range, because my partner has a thing for BBQ Chicken pizzas. And beers, in true Colorado tradition, are local as well — Tommy Knocker, Prost, Elevation, Left Hand, lots of local brewers,

It's really exciting to see someone thriving here. I've been missing the old Archive Room, but Homegrown has given me a new place that I love in Olde Town!

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‘A Chorus Line’ Coming to Arvada Center September 12

The Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities is bringing the hit Broadway musical A Chorus Line to its Main Stage Theater.  Previews begin September 8th, and the formal run begins on September 12th.  Catch it Tuesday through Saturday evenings at 7:30 PM, Wednesday at 1 PM, or weekends at 2 PM.  Tickets for previews will cost you $36, and performances are $53.

A Chorus Line opened on Broadway at the Shubert Theater in 1975, and ran for over 6,000 performances.  It centers on a group of actors and actresses auditions to be chorus members in a Broadway show, and spilling out their own personal turmoil in the process.  It won 9 Tony Awards in 1976, and an additional Tony in 1984 for longest-running Broadway musical.

The Arvada Center does a fantastic job with so many of its productions, and no doubt A Chorus Line will be similarly well done.  Make sure to check it out!

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Well, Walmart’s Open… What’s Coming Across Ralston?

So, the Walmart opened.  Despite knowing it was coming, I’m still disappointed to see it sitting on Ralston, blighting the neighborhood with its cheap, tasteless, concrete presence.  The Subway has moved (yet again) and is now located inside the Walmart, which means no more sandwiches for me when I’m driving through.  Thank goodness Santiago’s wasn’t pushed out when Walmart decided to scrape the entire lot, I don’t know if I could live without my breakfast burritos.

Work continues on Ralston Road, however, and the Arvada Urban Renewal Authority plans to have the ‘Shops at Ralston Creek’ open and all work completed by 2019.  Located on the Northeast Corner of Ralston and Independence, AURA claims that businesses which open their doors will have a customer base of 100,000 people in a 3 mile radius, and exposure to 53,000 cars per day at the intersection.

As for what’s opening, hopefully we’ll have more info soon.  However, AURA is now leasing out space, so if you have a business you’d like to open a space for close to Olde Town, check out their brochure here.

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Harkins Revamping Local Arvada Cinema

Earlier this year, when the Arvada Landmark Theater shut its doors forever, it looked like residents would have to drive down to Lakewood, or up into Westminster, just to see a movie.  So it was a pleasant surprise when Harkins revealed that they had purchased the theater, and were going to be doing some renovations to bring it up to par with other cinemas in the area.

Now, banners are hung across the front of the building, letting us know to expect the grand opening this Fall.  According the the signage, the theater will now include a full bar inside, as well as “gourmet food.”  The Denver Post reports that Harkins has invested $10 million in order to provide Arvada with a state-of-the-art movie-going experience, complete with leather reclining seats.

Fall is only a short way away (less than a month!) so we should be hearing more about the grand opening soon.  Check back right here, and we’ll let you know when to expect it!

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