Mile High Life

Peyton plugs Gatorade in odd ads


Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning is upping his commercial cred by adding Gatorade to his growing list of product endorsements.

Two new TV spots have been released under the tagline "Gatorade: Sweat It To Get It." In each ad, a woman attempts to buy Gatorade at a convenience store, but the red-vested clerk deems these customers unworthy.

In each scenario, the clerk tells the women that Gatorade is only for people who work out. Since he sees no sign of sweat, they don't deserve the post-exercise drink.

Manning plays the store manager, whom the clerk asks to clarify the store policy to each of the sweat-free gals. In one commercial, Manning grabs the Gatorade and hurls it across the store. "Go deep," he says.

In the second ad, the woman says it's her birthday and she confesses that she's buying the drink for a hangover. When Manning-the-manager comes to the clerk's aid, the two challenge the birthday girl to perform a yoga position so she can sweat.

Both ads are scary believable in a "Candid Camera" way. Manning plays a convincing manager, which could serve him well with his Papa John's franchises.

Check out the spots at: and at

Shoe collectors unite for charity

Calling all shoe collectors (who me?), those shoes you no longer want are desperately needed to help fight global poverty. That's the message being delivered by Michele James, who has launched a Back to School Shoe Drive to collect 10,000 pairs of shoes to help the poor.

The shoes that Soles4Souls.CO collects will be delivered to Soles4Souls, an international anti-poverty organization that monetizes used shoes and clothing to create sustainable jobs and fund direct relief efforts, including distribution of new shoes and clothing.  Founded in 2007, the organization has distributed more than 25 million shoes in more than 100 countries.

"Soles4Souls.CO is supporting Soles4Souls because it is the definition of a social enterprise where solid business practices are used to create positive change in people's lives," James said. "Colorado has been a strong supporter of Soles4Souls' anti-poverty mission, and we hope to take a big step in providing the organization with the used shoes they require to keep making a sustainable difference for people in need."

Bring shoes to any Colorado location listed at Use the zip code locator to find the drop off spot nearest to you.

For more information, contact James at 720-320-1755 or

Not just Labor Day weekend

Downtown Denver has the Taste of Colorado for Labor Day weekend, but there's much more going on in other places (and mostly at other times). Here's just a few options:

Parker hosts the Smokin' Brew BBQ Festival Aug. 29-Sept. 3. The Smokin' Brew BBQ is sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbeque Society and will be held at Parker Station, 19751 E. Mainstreet, beginning at 4 p.m. Aug. 29. The festivities will conclude with an awards ceremony at 5 p.m. Aug. 31. The Godfather of BBQ and star of TLC's "BBQ Pitmasters," Johnny Trigg, will be attending the event.

Check out the Four Corners Folk Festival in Pagosa Springs. The event runs Aug. 29-31 at Reservoir Park. More info at

It's not Labor Day weekend, but the Arvada Harvest Festival runs Sept. 5-7. One of Arvada's biggest events, the Harvest Festival includes a parade, carnival and much more. More info at

Cherry Hills Country Club in Cherry Hills Village is hosting the BMW Championship from Sept. 4-7 - also not Labor Day weekend - as part of the PGA Tour's FedEx Cup playoffs. Many top players will be there, including PGA Championship and British Open champ Rory McElroy and five-time majors winner Phil Mickelson.

Starting five days after Labor Day, historic downtown Castle Rock provides the perfect canvas for the 25th Annual Colorado Artfest on Sept. 6-7. The event runs 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sept. 6 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sept. 7. This community art festival highlights more than 160 exhibitors.

Dogs will converge on the Pirates Cove Aquatic Park in Englewood for the Freedom Service Dogs of America pool plunge from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sept. 6. The pool is located at 1225 W. Belleview Ave. in Englewood.

Harvest Fest is the Thornton's annual fall celebration, held at Community Park (Thornton Parkway and York Street) from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sept. 6. The fest features arts, crafts, business and nonprofit exhibits, children's amusements, a fishing derby, salsa tasting contest and a skatepark competition.


Eavesdropping on a woman asking about a man's dog: "Is that a Shih-Tzu?"

"No, she's a lazy dog, so's she more of a Pooped-Tzu."

Penny Parker's "Mile High Life" column gives insights into the best events, restaurants, businesses, parties and people throughout the metro area. Parker also writes for You can subscribe and read her columns (Monday, Wednesday and Friday) at She can be reached at or at 303-619-5209.

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