Top of the morning and happy first day of April to you and yours, Denver!
Welcome to the 39th edition of the Mile High Updates newsletter.
April is underway and there is no shortage of events and holidays:
- April 1 - April Fool’s Day
- April 2 - Ramadan begins
- April 2 - World Autism Awareness Day
- April 3 - Grammy Awards
- April 4 - March Madness championship game
- April 4 - The Masters Tournament begins
- April 7 - MLB Opening Day
- April 10 - Palm Sunday
- April 11 - National Pet Day
- April 15 - Passover begins and Good Friday
- April 17 - Easter
- April 18 - Tax Day
- April 20 - 4/20
- April 22 - Earth Day
- April 27 - Holocause Remembrance Day
- April 27 - Administrative Professionals Day
- April 28 - NFL Draft begins
Denver's weather this weekend begins mostly sunny and warm and ends cloudy and wet. Saturday's forecast calls for sunny skies and a high temperature near 69. Sunday will be cloudy with a chance of showers all day.
Need something to do this weekend around the Denver metro? Consider these choices.
5 things to do this weekend:
Every first Friday, Denver's Art District on Santa Fe awakens as people hit the streets for First Friday Art Walk.
The free walk runs from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday and starts at 525 Santa Fe Drive. Grab a friend and feast your eyes upon art from hundreds of artists in the district's galleries, studios, streets and more.
Immerse yourself in the work of Mexican artist Frida Khalo’s while doing yoga this weekend.
Khalo's work is projected in a 360-degree gallery accompanied by an electronic and piano blended score from composer Luca Longobardi, NewsBreak Denver's Brittany Anas reported. The 35-minute customized yoga flow classes take place Friday, Saturday and Sunday mornings and are led by The River Yoga instructors.
Denver Botanic Gardens hosts a wagon ride to learn all about the landscape of the plains while watching for wildlife like prairie dogs, birds of prey and more.
Open to all ages, the wagon heads out at noon and 3 p.m. Saturday at the Plains Conservation Center at 21901 E Hampden Ave. in Aurora and makes stops at the sod homes and Cheyenne camp.
Since it's April, there’s no better time to get your picture taken with the Easter Bunny!
The Bunny Photo Experience runs from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday at Colorado Mills in Lakewood. Families can choose from a variety of photo packages and don’t need an appointment.
Denver Fashion Week Spring 2022 kicks off with the kids show from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday at 1790 South Bannock St.
The kids show helps children ages 8-13 get their foot in the door of the fashion world and show off some of Denver's best kids boutiques.
Top things to know this weekend:
The Aurora City Council voted 6-5 on Monday evening to approve an urban camping ban.
Under the ordinance, Aurora must also give 72 hours' advance notice of any sweeps, NewsBreak Denver's David Heitz reported. The ban begins April 28.
The Douglas County School Board voted 5-1 Tuesday evening to approve an amended contract that cut new superintendent Erin Kane's four-year term by one year, according to NewsBreak Denver's Mike McKibbin.
Kane has 30 days to accept the amended contract or ask to negotiate again.
The city of Denver awarded The 420 Hotels Inc., owner of the historic Patterson Inn, with a provisional license to operate its carriage house as a cannabis consumption lounge.
The 420 Hotels Inc. hopes to have its carriage house's renovations finished by late 2022, according to NewsBreak Denver's Margaret Jackson.
Colorado Department of Transportation officials have found that more pedestrians are using roads made for vehicles only.
CDOT reports Colorado State Patrol troopers investigated 157 crashes involving pedestrians on roads from 2019 to 2021, with three-quarters of those crashes ended in a death or serious injuries, NewsBreak Denver's Heather Willard reported.
Rain showered the Denver metro Tuesday and more is on the way Friday. However, despite adding to the season's already above-average precipitation, it's not enough to thwart Colorado's drought.
NewsBreak Denver's Claire Cleveland reported that in late 2021, the state received minimal snowfall, yet those numbers have risen to above-average since January. A new outlook from the National Weather Service predicts drought conditions are to be expected to persist or expand throughout the west due to above-average temperatures from June through August.