Fairies are known for their mischievous demeanors and elven looks, which is why their cute likenesses peek out of the verdant creations at Fiona's Fairy Garden. From a young age, Fiona was entranced by fairy lore and sought to bring some of the colorful magic of spring and summer gardens indoors, especially during the drab winter months. Fiona's classes and parties walk guests through the making of their very own gardens, arming them with supplies such as birdbaths, pathways, and even fairy dust to customize their designs within the boundaries of the fairy-homeowner association's covenants.
Sunlight streams through the floor-to-ceiling windows at The Zone Health and Fitness, illuminating rows of free weights, whirring cardio machines, and enthusiastic certified personal trainers and nutritional consultants. Owner Greg Bobby helms the crack staff and uses his degrees in sports medicine and exercise physiology to carefully craft fitness routines aimed at stepping up metabolism through resistance training, cardio workouts, nutritional guidance, and vitamin supplements. Guests and members can partake of myriad group fitness classes such as yoga, spinning, and kickboxing, or devise their own workout regimes with the bountiful free weights and machines at their disposal.
Qdoba Events Center hosts a range of sporting facilities all while maintaining both winter and summer climates in its 55,000-square-foot building. The indoor turf field provides a venue for soccer, lacrosse, and football. Alternately, the indoor ice rink facilitates hockey games for adults, children, and lonely Zambonis after everyone leaves for the night. Pickup games and leagues are available for athletes of all stripes, and guests can book the facility for parties complete with access to facilities and food from the on-site kitchen.
The staff at Slider's Sports Bar & Grill sates roaring appetites by dishing out a full menu of burgers and pub fare in a fun, relaxing atmosphere. The Slider's Signature Burger fights off hunger paparazzi with a half-pound grilled-beef patty decorated with Slider's homemade barbecue sauce, cheddar cheese, sautéed onions, and honey-smoked bacon harvested directly from burned-down beehives ($8.99). Burgers are also available as eponymous sliders, such as cheeseburger sliders ($5.99) and bacon-cheeseburger sliders ($6.99), both featuring three mini burgers topped with your choice of cheese and a side of Cajun potato chips. Slider's also ventures south of the border with traditional Mexican dishes such as the smothered burrito, loaded with ground beef or shredded chicken and smothered in homemade green chili ($8.99), which protects the environment by not emitting harmful greenhouse gases.
To raise funds for youth ice hockey leagues in northern Colorado, NCYH Power Play celebrates another great American pastime: running. Hosted at the NoCo Ice Center, the third-annual USA Track & Field-sanctioned event lets loose runners of all ages and ability levels in the 5- and 10-kilometer distances. Launching from the starting line early in the morning, racers beat a path through areas such as the Highland Meadows neighborhood, Highland Meadows Golf Course, and the backyard of the local high school's beleaguered principal. Back at NoCo Ice Center, a beer garden welcomes returning runners with chilled brews, water, and snacks.