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Table of Contents Cinnamon twistSweet shotSandwich savingsParks and recreationCafé settingDoggie Day at Water WorldTaste of

Cinnamon twist

Cereal lovers and “serial savers” alike will be bowled over by this offer from General Mills. To thank customers for making Cinnamon Toast Crunch one of America’s favorite cereals, General Mills is giving away up to two million free boxes. Through Sept. 30, buy a qualifying box of Cinnamon Toast Crunch in-store or online and get a rebate for up to $6.55. Next, take a photo of the original retail receipt or shipment confirmation e-mail and upload the receipt by Oct. 31. After verification, receive a rebate reward code via e-mail within five days. Finally, enter that code online and select payment via Venmo, PayPal or by mail. The code must be redeemed by Nov. 7. Be sure to review the fine print, including which varieties and sizes qualify for the rebate. FreeCTC.com

Sweet shot

Krispy Kreme made doughnut lovers happy when it announced it was giving vaccinated customers a free doughnut for the rest of 2021. Following the FDA’s full approval of a COVID-19 vaccine, the shop is making its efforts to support those who get vaccinated even sweeter. Through Sept. 5, every American who has received at least one vaccination can get two free doughnuts – one original glazed and one special heart-shaped doughnut. Customers simply need to show a valid COVID-19 vaccination card. Krispy Kreme will continue to offer an Original Glazed doughnut each day through Dec. 31 to anyone who has received at least one vaccination shot. There are two shops in Colorado — Lone Tree and Thornton. krispykreme.com/promos/vaccineoffer

Sandwich savings

Let Quiznos do the work this Labor Day weekend, at least when it comes to preparing lunch. The Denver-born restaurant chain is celebrating 40 years of serving sub sandwiches. As part of its anniversary specials, the chain is serving up a Labor Day weekend deal. From Sept. 4 to 6, buy an 8” or 12” sub and get a second one (of equal or lesser value) at 40 percent off. To make the offer “work”, just mention the discount at checkout or use promo code LABOR40. quiznos.com

Parks and recreation

Summer isn’t officially over yet. But, with the nights a bit cooler, movies in the park might be even more appealing for families looking to enjoy the waning days without the heat. This September, the City of Aurora is hosting its movie series, Park Lights and Movie Nights. Enjoy family-friendly flicks on the big screen at various parks. Gates open at 6 p.m. with the movie rolling at dusk. Here’s what’s playing when and where: Sept. 9 — “Cool Runnings” at Aurora City Park; Sept. 16 –“Raya and the Last Dragon” at Utah Park; Sept. 23 – “Soul” at Mission Viejo Park; and Sept. 30 – “The Goonies” at Red-Tailed Hawk Park. Tickets are just $2 per person (online only) and registration is required. Food trucks will be on-site or you can bring your own snacks. auroragov.org/cms/One.aspx?portalId=16242704&pageId=17057140

Café setting

Start your fall weekend with a little sweet savings at Safeway. Save some dough, while enjoying some bakery dough – thanks to the grocery store’s popular “Friday Love” sale at its in-store Starbucks café. On Sept. 3 and 10, buy any Grande beverage and pastry for just $5. If you’re thirstier, upgrade the offer for another buck — get any Venti beverage and pastry for $6. Given many of the chain’s Grande beverages are around $5 each, the pastry is essentially free. With no limit, customers can make a Starbucks run and pick up a treat for everyone in the office. Café hours differ from store hours, so be sure to double-check first. The promo is only available at Starbucks cafés located within Safeway, not any stand-alone corporate locations. safeway.com

Doggie Day at Water World

Pet parents can let their furry kids splash around in a big way. Water World is hosting its annual Bow Wow Beach Doggie Day on Sept. 11, and pups of all sizes are invited to the pool party.

Cowabunga Beach and Thunder Bay will be open for dogs to swim, splash and play. Wally World will also be open, especially for pups under 25 pounds. Pooches must be at least one year old to participate. Proof of current rabies vaccination and waivers must be signed prior to entry. Owners will also be wagging their tails because admission is only $9.99 per dog. (A portion of the proceeds benefits the Riverdale Animal Shelter.) Pet parents get in at no cost.

Each timed entry session — 8 a.m., 10 a.m. and noon – lasts one hour and 45 minutes. Tickets are only available online. Attractions are closed and owners are not permitted to swim. Don’t forget to bring lots of towels and doggie treats for the wet car ride home. waterworldcolorado.com/event/bow-wow-beach-dog-day

Taste of victory

The Mile High City is always cheering on the Broncos. However, there’s a little more hunger for a win thanks to each season’s food deals. When our home team wins or completes specific plays, fans can savor the victory by tackling a few tasty offers around town. When the Broncos score at least one touchdown, Arby’s is offering a buy-one-get-one-free Classic Beef ‘N Cheddar or Classic Roast Beef Sandwich the following day. After biting into the discounted sandwiches, head over to King Soopers for a sweet victory lap by scoring a free donut — again, the day after a win. The sweet offer requires a shopper’s loyalty card. And, finally, fans can get re-energized the next day after every game (win or lose) with a free 12-oz. coffee at Conoco gas stations. Deals are only valid for the regular season at participating locations. The regular season kicks off Sept. 12. Go, Broncos! denverbroncos.com/sponsors/arbys; kingsoopers.com; conoco.com/promotions

Kate Russell, Meow Wolf Denver

The Cathedral, deep within Meow Wolf’s Ice World, in Denver as shown on July 16, 2021. The immersive art-and-entertainment company is looking to open its Convergence Station installation on Sept. 17.

Discounted Meow Wolf tickets

Denver is about to get much more colorful. After four years, the time is finally here for the much-hyped opening of Meow Wolf Denver’s Convergence Station (1338 1st St.) on Sept. 17. The four-story exhibition will be home to more than 70 unique art installations, rooms and portals, taking visitors on a wondrous trip. Colorado art-lovers on a budget will be happy to know they can take advantage of reduced ticket prices. Residents get $10 off regular admission by providing their billing zip code online. With the discount, adult tickets are $35 and $30 for children and seniors. The savings will put money back in your budget to spend on the attraction’s quirky souvenirs. tickets.meowwolf.com/Denver

City neigh-bors

The Central Park neighborhood is home to a number of gems, including a real farm with live animals. See for yourself, when The Urban Farm opens the gates to all for free during its Farm Fest 2021. On Sept. 18, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., the farm will be open for free self-guided tours which are usually $5. Walk the grounds and meet new farm friends, including goats, sheep, chickens and rabbits. There will also be kids crafts, games, face painting, storybook time, food trucks and live music. Participants need to complete a waiver online, before visiting. The Urban Farm is located at 10200 Smith Rd. (just west of Havana St.) in Denver. theurbanfarm.org

Museum openings

This fall, expand your mind and not your wallet on Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day. On Sept. 18, for the 17th year, the nationwide cultural event offers free access to hundreds of museums across the country, including 11 in Colorado. Passes are now available. Each pass is valid for complimentary general admission for two. Among the participating museums in Colorado are Hotel de Paris Museum (Georgetown), Dinosaur Ridge (Morrison), Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art (Denver), El Pueblo History Museum (Pueblo) and Center for Colorado Women’s History (Denver.) Museum hours vary, so plan accordingly. There’s a limit one admit-two pass per e-mail address. smithsonianmag.com/museumday/museum-day-2021

Centennial celebration

This centennial celebration isn’t about 100 years. It’s about the city of Centennial’s 20 years of service to the community. On Sept. 18, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the city is hosting a variety of fun, family-friendly activities to show its appreciation for Centennial residents and local businesses — past, present and future. Kick off the anniversary celebration with a free pancake breakfast provided by Mini Pancakes 303 from 10 a.m. to noon. Along with a car show and live music, attendees can enjoy a day-long chalk art event on the sidewalks surrounding the Streets at SouthGlenn. centennialco.gov/Calendar/20-Year-Celebration

Autumn activities

Pumpkins, hay rides and games are just a few of the time-honored fall harvest traditions and old-fashioned family fun to be celebrated during Harvest Day at the Colorado Agricultural Leadership Foundation Lowell Ranch’s 133-acre property on Sept. 25. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., stroll the grounds, see the livestock, choose the perfect pumpkin right out of the patch and enjoy educational demos. The day also includes the opportunity to meet Douglas County Fair and Rodeo royalty, as well as interact with lots of exhibits and other agricultural activities. Admission and parking are free. However, there is a small charge for hayrides, pumpkins and concessions. CALF is located 3 miles south of Castle Rock on the east frontage road of I-25. thecalf.org/harvest-day

Safety net

By now, everyone knows that not all heroes fly and wear capes. Heroes come in many different professions and efforts. However, first responders may well be at the top of the list for many – especially in the last year or so. Canvas Credit Union is hosting its 3rd annual Hero Fest, a celebration for Colorado’s First Responders, at Town Center at Aurora. The family-friendly event takes place on Sept. 25 in the JCPenney parking lot — from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The fun-filled afternoon will feature emergency vehicles for kids to tour, face painting, food trucks and more. Admission is free. JCPenney is located at the south end of the mall. towncenterataurora.com/events-news/event/2021/09/25/default-calendar/hero-fest-2021-celebrating-first-responders

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