Named one of Parents magazine's Top 10 Birthday Chains in 2010, Color Me Mine's international franchise of DIY ceramics studios cater to an older crowd as well. Hundreds of unadorned ceramic pieces—including vases and flatware—await the attentions of muses of kids and their keepers alike, as do glazes in earthy tones and bright crimsons to frighten bulls away from china cabinets. Guests follow simple step-by-step instructions that leave plenty of room for creative expression. When painters are satisfied with their work, the professional kiln-workers help glaze and fire it for them before customers retrieve the finished piece a few days later.
Focused on community-building and self-expression, Working With Artists bestows dedicated, skilled photographic instruction upon fledgling shutterbugs during digital-photography workshops, instilling pertinent picture-taking knowledge alongside burgeoning technological prowess. Classes of 50 or fewer students learn the ins and outs of their digital portrait boxes, learning how to zoom with aplomb and adjust settings to create flattering outdoor photos or achieve a spooky flashlight-held-under-the-chin effect. Tote along your own camera for in-depth tutorials on camera function while developing practical skills and increasing creativity during the six-hour session, taking a quick break to eat a snack or build a tripod out of snack wrappers.
The first Habitat for Humanity affiliate in Colorado sprouted up in 1979 with the purpose of building simple, affordable homes for low-income families and spreading a sense of community. Since then, 28 more affiliates have strapped on their tool belts and joined in. In 2008, Habitat for Humanity of Colorado built its 1,000th home, sparking a campaign to build 1,000 more in the next three years.
When Habitat for Humanity builds a home, it enlists the help of the family who will be living there. They dedicate their time and sweat to completing the project alongside volunteers, neighbors, donors, churches, and other supporters, engendering a spirit of renewal and togetherness. Once they move in, families pay a no-interest mortgage with monthly payments based on 25% of their income. These payments go into a revolving fund that promotes the construction of more homes.
The bonded and insured cleaner behind Nancy's Cleaning Service distills 15 years of experience into each residential and commercial job she tackles. Before obliterating grime, she consults with occupants to determine their specific needs, avoiding scenarios where her skills are underutilized or she's tasked to clean a kitchen in a building that doesn't have a kitchen. Nancy uses her own supplies, and her passion for cleanliness is on display in homes that have been thoroughly dusted and vacuumed, with the beds properly made and the baseboards scrubbed.
DVD Stop shelves a plethora of new and used DVDs, Blu-ray discs, and video games available for rent or purchase, affording viewers multipurpose entertainment. Relax tube-side with the purchase of a used DVD ($2.95+), used Blu-ray disc ($4.95+), or used video game ($1.95+), or enter a less-committed union with a movie rental ($3 for two-day rental of newer release or five-day rental of older film) or video-game rental ($7.99 for seven days). Tube watchers can catch up on an entire season of TV ($5.99+ for 14-day rental) missed during time spent tightrope walking the Grand Canyon. Sofa-bound viewers can recreate the movie-theater atmosphere by texting frequently, giving away the ending, and snacking merrily on a bag of popcorn and two cans of soda, which are included in today's deal.