August 2017 Around Town 1

Denver Parade of Homes Announces 2017 Line-Up of Participating Builders and Developers

The Parade of Homes, the hallmark event hosted by the Home Builders Association of Metro Denver (HBA), returns this summer for its 32nd year. Today, the HBA is excited to announce the line-up of Denver area home builders and developers participating in the 2017 Denver Parade of Homes.

The home builders and developers joining the 2017 Parade include Avion at Denver Connection, Brookfield Residential, CalAtlantic Homes, Cardel Homes, Century Communities, D.R. Horton, David Weekley Homes, Dream Finders Homes, KB Home, Koelbel Homes, Lennar, Meritage Homes, Oakwood Homes, Shea Homes, Taylor Morrison Homes, Thrive Home Builders, Toll Brothers, TRI Pointe Homes, Whispering Pines, William Lyon & Wonderland Homes.

“We are thrilled to have so many of our members participating in this year’s Parade,” said Jeffrey Whiton, CEO of the HBA. ”The 2017 Parade will give the public a chance to see some of Denver’s most sought after homes and communities by incredible local builders and developers.”

Attendees will enjoy the ‘wow factor’ they look forward to seeing at the ‘Dream Homes,’ while they also have an opportunity to see great new homes, in a variety of prices and styles, from established neighborhoods to new communities. Showcased properties will be found throughout Metro Denver from Windsor to Castle Rock and Arvada to Aurora, and Winter Park.

The 2017 Denver Parade of Homes will be free and open to the public from Thursday, August 10, 2017, through Labor Day (Monday, September 4, 2017). During this time, the Parade will be held on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Parade locations, price ranges and home styles will be announced later. To learn more, visit

Brilliant Earth Denver 
Now Open

We are very excited to announce that Brilliant Earth, the leader in ethically sourced bridal and fine jewelry, is officially open for business in Denver, Colorado.  The showroom is located on Fillmore Street in the heart of Cherry Creek and utilizes an appointment model that allows for a high-touch, personalized experience for every customer.

The showroom provides a tranquil setting to explore exquisite collections of handcrafted diamond engagement rings, wedding rings, fine jewelry, and vintage pieces.  The company’s diamonds and gemstones go beyond the usual industry standard and originate from mines that follow strict labor and environmental standards.  In addition to fair sourcing practices, Brilliant Earth is committed to initiating change in the jewelry industry, donating five percent of profits to help communities impacted by the jewelry trade build a brighter future.

The showroom is located at 100 Fillmore Street, Suite 200 and will be open Wednesday-Sunday, 10am-7pm MT, by appointment.  For more information, visit

Dumb Friends League is “Building a Better Way Home.”

To change the lives of more homeless pets today and for decades to come, the Dumb Friends League is embarking on a major renovation and construction project at its Quebec Street Shelter in Denver. The “Building a Better Way Home” project will upgrade the oldest and most heavily used areas of the facility while expanding and enhancing other critical parts of the shelter. “Together with our compassionate community, we have created a demand for an elevated level of care for homeless pets,” said Bob Rohde, president, and CEO of the Dumb Friends League. “With the renovation of the Quebec Street Shelter, we will meet those expectations, and over the next ten years, the new state-of-the-art shelter will enable us to make a life-changing difference for an additional 60,000 homeless pets.”

Some highlights of the three-year, $40 million renovation project include major renovations to the Veterinary Services Department, which is currently too small to meet our animal’s needs. The new, larger, state-of-the-art medical area will nearly double the shelter’s capacity to perform surgical procedures, reducing the time that pets are in the shelter. The project also includes construction of a new dog adoption and transition area that will allow dogs to be housed in rooms with natural light, improved sound control, reducing the dogs’ stress levels and helping them become better candidates for adoption sooner.

The Building a Better Way Home project will create a dedicated area for the Dumb Friends League Behavior department, featuring a quiet, isolated wing for dogs learning to trust again and a separate, calm area for cats receiving behavior support. The new space will allow more pets that are fearful, shy or have other behavior challenges to be enrolled in the League’s behavior programs, so they have greater opportunities to find new homes.

The Building a Better Way Home project is being made possible by an extraordinary $20 million matching gift from Leslie and John Malone and The Malone Family Foundation. “With the Building a Better Way Home project, the Dumb Friends League will be strongly positioned to achieve our mission of ending pet homelessness and animal suffering in the communities we serve,” said Rohde.

Festival of the Muses: A Goddess Gathering

Festival of the Muses is a unique Colorado gathering, September 15th-17th 2017, at Joyful Journey Hot Springs, with the intention to heal and celebrate Women in all forms. Through the choice of many skill-share workshops, inspiration and creativity will soar like a hawk, while simultaneously healing the body in the hot mineral water straight from the Earth. With organic, locally sourced dinners and breakfast (meals and camping included in the ticket price), the experience of women in song, and sleeping out under the stars, you can expect to leave with an open heart, and an open mind; refreshed in body and soul. All are welcome. Tickets are limited and available at