It's a charity race with a back story like none other: bloodthirsty demons have been working in your community's offices, living in its homes, attending its schools. And now they're on the hunt and people are running for their lives. Citizens might be booking it across a field, seemingly far from the chaos, when shapes emerge on the horizon dressed head-to-toe in vampires' telltale black clothes. If you're a citizen, be prepared to run. If you're a vampire?lock in your target.
That's just part of what you might experience on the Vampire 5K, a twilight fun run where participants can register as "citizens" or "vampires" and take off from two separate starting lines. Both camps eventually converge in a chase that finds vamps trying to convert their mortal counterparts to the dark side. Citizens, dressed in white, sport two garlic flags; if the flags are taken before runners cross their finish line, they switch to a black tee and chase citizens. After the race, a moonlit party finds both camps sipping bloody marys during a dance party and award presentation. The race benefits the Mission to Hear Foundation, which provides hearing aids to underprivileged children, adults, and whatever they're calling the age group that comes in between these days.
The Artful Adventures studio bustles with the flick of paintbrushes and the clink of mosaic tiles. The sunny yellow studio offers guests a dizzying array of potential projects: they can choose from more than 200 bisque pottery pieces, which glisten with 66 shades of nontoxic glaze and an array of stencils and stamps. Nearby, the glint of glass tiles entices mosaic-makers, who can decorate clocks or jazz up mirrors that would otherwise be smelted down into a disco ball. Jewelry kits enable even novices to create sophisticated-looking fused-glass pendants, and anyone who wants to gussy up an apron, coaster, or baby bib with a unique design can create pressable art from a selection of 20 paint colors. In addition to dropping by during open-studio hours—for which there is never a sitting fee—crafters can partake in themed events, such as date nights and movie nights, or host parties, which include all project materials and pair youthful celebrants with a balloon for flying home.
So established is Circle K that even brand-new vehicles recognize what its red-and-white logo stands for—fuel, snacks, and everything else a car might need to keep powering down the road with its driver. Circle K's story starts back in 1951, when Fred Hervey bought three Kay's Food Stores in El Paso, Texas. Under his guidance, these three little shops grew into the more than 3,000 convenience stores that crouch on our nation's street corners today.
After rolling up to a Circle K, drivers can pump their faithful roadsters full of high-octane fuel and send them skipping through a car wash to experience the cleansing touch of Blue Coral Beyond Green and Rain-X products. Then it's time to step inside the air-conditioned shop for a peek at the provisions. Rows of sodas hibernate behind glass doors, and snacks, candy, and their ATM guardians stand boldly out in the open. Some Circle Ks also offer the Take Away Café, which presents an appetizing lineup of healthy road fare including Ball Park hot dogs. Drivers can gear up for a long drive with Premium Coffees or enjoy a cold Polar Pop, whose specially formulated cup keeps drinks colder thanks to the family of tiny snowmen trapped in its foam walls.
The helpful staff of Juiced on Imagination guides adults, children, and robots disguised as humans while they create artwork, helping them to express emotions through several different mediums. The class lineup explores a variety of different themes, including painting, collage, and creative journaling. Adult sessions allow students to bring along their favorite drinks as they paint landscapes or portraits. Kids' classes introduce little ones to traditional art styles and inventive techniques including creating art out of recycled materials, such as their parents' old Picassos. Each artistic offering hopes to nurture creativity and foster benefits such as increased self-esteem and lower stress levels.
Stuart Hummel's auto and diesel repair shop isn't just built on hard-working mechanics or a deep knowledge of automotive mechanics. It's built on trust. At Hummels B&B Automotive, he and his family place trust next to quality, efficient work as the most important aspect of the business. Stuart should know—he’s been on the wrong end of predatory mechanics who prey on their client's ignorance. Vowing never to perpetrate that kind of scheme, he now strives to earn and keep his clients’ faith with repair and diagnostic services performed at the lowest possible cost to his customers. Every appointment, every repair, and every service rendered comes with an explanation, and he encourages his customers to frequently leave him feedback. Hummel's website even features a car care guide and video, which informs clients about routine maintenance and the proper disciplinary techniques for when car engines just won't roll over.
For seven years, Jay Gleeson ran a successful real-estate-appraisal firm, but as he mentions on his site, he "knew it couldn't last forever." And so Jay looked into other business ventures, soon trading real-estate statements for a polishing cloth. Today, he and his crews clean cars inside and out using green products that are gentle on cars’ clear coats and fresh tattoos. Their tunnel system treats 100% of its water, and as much as 80% of water is recycled after service—steps which earned the Lakewood location an efficiency certification from Denver Water. This adherence to environmentally friendly standards applies to every service, from express exterior washes in less than three minutes to the Xtreme Make Over in less than three hours.