Monthly Archives: June 2012

Free Concerts in the Park – Denver Metro Areas

If you like music, then don’t miss the free summer concerts in the Denver metro area.

Each summer, Denver hosts City Park Jazz , a series of free jazz concerts on Sundays from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Bandstand/Pavilion at Denver’s City Park.

Each Sunday, the concerts feature a different group. The 2012 concert schedule includes Lionel Young, Jakarta, Brazilian pianist Carmen Sandim and other artists. See the schedule.

The Colorado Syphony Orchestra will perform a free patriotic concert on July 3rd at Civic Center Park. The concert is part of the Independence Eve Celebration in Civic Center Park. Lawn seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis; blankets or low-rise concert/beach chairs are encouraged.

The 22nd annual Foothills Community Concert Series begins Thursday night at the Grant Family Amphitheater in Clement Park in Littleton.

The concerts are held on Thursday and Saturday evenings and Friday mornings. The Thursday and Saturday evening concerts feature family oriented bands and performance groups.

The Friday mornings shows are geared toward pre-school and school-age children and feature performances primarily focused in music, theater, cultural history, and dance.

Check out the schedule here.

Northglenn’s Summer Concerts will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesdays at E.B. Rains Jr. Memorial Park (that’s 1/2 mile south of 120th and Grant) in Northglenn. Concerts start June 20 and run through August 1.

See the Northglenn schedule here.

Highlands Ranch is hosting a series of free summer concerts at Highland Heritage Park. The concerts start June 7 and run through July 26.

The concert schedule includes The Nacho Men and Opie Gone Bad. See the schedule. Thanks to Susan for this tip.

In Englewood, enjoy free Concerts at the Crescent Amphiteatheatre on Tuesdays. The 2012 series kicked off on June 5th with Boom Boom Pow and ends with Soul X on July 31st. The concerts start at 7 p.m. at the Crescent Amphitheater located at DTC Boulevard and Belleview Avenue (just east of Yia Yia’s Euro Café). Thanks to Valerie for this tip.

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The Aging of Colorado: A Warning


The Aging of Colorado: A Warning

Thought you might be interested in the following information, please call or email if any comments, Carolyn Ingebritson  303.594.7696 or
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By Bob Semro, Health Policy Analyst at The Bell Policy Center
Colorado is facing a demographic and long term care crisis that may directly affect more than a million of our fellow citizens. 
Let’s start with some statistics about Baby Boomers.  Did you know that…..?
  1. There are more than 1,340,000 “Baby Boomers” in Colorado and they represented about 37 percent of the labor force in Colorado in 2010
  2. Approximately 1,000,000 workers will be aging out of the work force over the next 20 years, effectively ending Colorado’s “Demographic Dividend” to state and local government tax revenues.
  3. According to the Volunteers of America’s “Boomer Bust 2011, Still Unaware and Unprepared” study in April 2011
  4. 27 percent of the workers surveyed reported that they have less than $1,000 in savings
  5. More than half of the workers surveyed have less than $25,000 in savings if you exclude the value of their primary home and pre-defined benefits plans. 
  6. 54 percent of those workers surveyed reported that they have not calculated how much money they need to save for retirement
How about some statistics on Seniors? 
  1. Colorado’s 65+ population will increase by 123 percent between 2010 and 2030
  2. By 2030, 18.5 percent of the state’s population (1,243,000 people) will be over 65.
  3. According to the “From Bad to Worse” policy brief from July 2011 by Demos and the Institute on Assets and Social Policy:
  4. The number of seniors at risk of outliving their resources  in the United States increased by nearly 2 million households between 2004 and 2008.
  5. More than 1 out of every 3 seniors in the U.S. is economically insecure today and almost 50 percent of all senior households of color and single women households are economically insecure.
How about Long Term Care? 
  1. At some point in their lives between 70 and 75 percent of individuals over 65 will require some form of long term care. 
  2. The average time span for long term care is 3 years
  3. The average cost of a single occupancy room in an Assisted Living Facility in Colorado is $108 dollars a day or $39,450 per year.
  4. The average cost of a semi private room in Nursing Home in Colorado is $202 dollars a day or $73,730 per year. 
  5. Medicare doesn’t pay for long term care only Medicaid does.
The state’s Medicaid budget, which funds the only long term care safety net for middle and lower income Coloradans, is expected to triple by 2025 from $1.8 billion to $5.5 billion.  There are no quick or cheap solutions to solve that problem.  What we do know is that our population is aging in an unprecedented way, the baby boomers are leaving the workforce, and many of them are financially unprepared for retirement let alone long term care.  Government doesn’t have a game plan for addressing the problem and the legislature is prevented from raising the revenue that will be needed to keep a strong safety net in place.  This is an issue of both individual and governmental responsibility.  The longer we wait to deal with both sides of this problem the more unsatisfactory the solution will be.