Who wants to try out for `Millionaire'?
Column by Penny Parker
Who wants to be a millionaire? Now, you can be, as the syndicated game show will audition Denverites on July 12 at the Seawell Ballroom at the Denver Performing Arts Complex.
“Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” auditions will include a timed multiple choice test and, for those people who pass, an interview with one of the show's producers.
Auditioners will be seen on a first-come, first-served basis and producers will audition as many people as they can. Participants must be at least 18 years of age, a U.S. resident and meet all eligibility requirements. Rules and times can be found on “Millionaire's” website at www.millionairetv.com.
A new season of “Millionaire” will debut at 2 p.m. Sept. 2 on KMGH-Channel 7 with new host Cedric the Entertainer.
AvidGolfer reaches 100
Colorado AvidGolfer is celebrating a 100th milestone.
Not that the local magazine is becoming a centenarian — it still has a few years to go before hitting that drive — rather CAG is publishing its 100th issue with the July edition, on newsstands and online (www.coloradoavidgolfer.com) this week.
Editor Jon Rizzi realized a couple of months ago that the magazine was approaching its 100th edition.
“It's been a really great run so far,” he said.
To celebrate CAG No. 100, the pages pay homage to past covers along with its current cover guy Billy Casper, whose company recently took over management of The Golf Club at Ravenna in Douglas County's Waterton Canyon area.
Other big names whose mugs have graced the coveted CAG cover include: Todd Helton (first cover), John Elway (twice), Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Arnold Palmer, Jill McGill, Amelia Earhart (last month), Amy Van Dyken, John Lynch, Terrell Davis, Don Cheadle, Kevin Costner, David Duval, Tom Weiskopf and on and on.
But Rizzi doesn't let the fairway grass grow under his feet. He's set his sights on Broncos QB Peyton Manning for a future cover.
“He's only been here for a year, so we're still working on that,” Rizzi said.
After celebrating the biggest issue ever in 2006 just before The International held its last tournament at Castle Pines, CAG, along with the rest of the country, figuratively boarded up the windows to brace against the recession's storm.
“We weathered the recession, which hit the golf business and publishing business very hard,” Rizzi said. “We kept our hand firmly on the tiller and navigated the waters. We pulled back from nine issues to eight issues a year, which made us a stronger publication.”
Rizzi, employee No. 1, was supported by co-captain and publisher Allen Walters, employee No. 2 in the company majority owned by The Baker brothers — Dick, Don and Ray.
What does Rizzi hope to accomplish for the magazine's next 100 issues?
“Surviving is a good thing,” he said. “We want to continue to come up with some new ideas and new ways of covering the Colorado golf scene. We always want to be the ultimate resource for golf in Colorado.”
Bubbles and bites for charity
The American Wine Society Denver Chapter invites you to celebrate summer wines with bubbles and bites, beginning at 6 p.m. July 24 at The Washington Park Boathouse (Exposition Avenue between Downing and Franklin).
The effervescent event benefits Sense of Security, an organization that helps to ensure that breast cancer patients receive the financial assistance they need while undergoing treatment. Your participation in this event helps to add to patients' quality of life during this difficult time (check it out at www.senseofsecurity.org). Sense of Security is my pet charity, and I've been fortunate to help raise thousands of dollars for this worthy nonprofit for several years.
The Boathouse overlooks the south shore of Smith Lake in the northern half of Washington Park, and is close to Exposition and Downing. Parking is available along the perimeter of the park or there is limited parking within the park using the following entrances: Marion and Virginia (north side), Exposition and Downing (west side), Kentucky and Franklin (east side) or Mississippi and Franklin (south side).
To order tickets, go to www.blacktie-colorado.com/rsvp/rsvp.cfm?eventcode=%26%3E%2B%26L2%40%5B%5F.
Another event benefitting Sense of Security: The Bra Project for Breast Cancer has kicked off at Coquette Boutique in Cherry Creek North. Local survivors have created amazing works of bra art, which are available to the public during the Cherry Creek Arts Festival. Bidding is now open! Photos can be found on Coquette's Facebook page (www.facebook.com/pages/Coquette-Boutique-Denver/90408419877). Stop by or call 303-355-7770 to place your bid. Artists include Keri Christiansen, Anne Fanganello, Sue Miller and Joby Koren, among others. All proceeds benefit Edith Sanford Breast Cancer Foundation and Sense of Security. Bidding ends at the wrap-up event at 6 p.m. on July 12 at Coquette, 3003 E. 3rd Ave.
Blues & BBQ accepts challenge
The Duke Street Kings' 16th Annual Blues & BBQ for Better Housing Block Party — set for July 14 in Olde Town Arvada — has accepted the challenge to raise more than $25,000 as the Silver Sponsor of the Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project that benefits Habitat for Humanity.
In addition to donating the money raised during the Blues & BBQ music festival, the Blues & BBQ for Better Housing Foundation will provide volunteers to help the former president build housing in Denver for those who are less fortunate.
The festival runs from noon to 8 p.m. and an all-day pass is just $10. Music will be performed on three stages and you can dine and drink on Colorado's best barbecue and beer that includes 70 street vendors.
The past 15 years the festival has donated more than $80,000 to Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver. The Blues and BBQ for Better Housing Block Party is the Denver Habitat's longest-running fundraiser.
For more information, visit www.bluesnbbq.com.
After a nearly 10-year hiatus, legendary rockabilly and Western swing legends the Paladins have reunited to perform in Denver again on July 12 at Denver's storied “Ninth Avenue West,” now named La Rumba. Sure to be a live-music and dancing highlight of the year for many fans, the all-original lineup will feature founding members Dave Gonzales and Thomas Yearsley.
Tickets can be purchased in advance through www.Ticketfly.com, or at the door. Admission is 21 and over only, and doors open at 9 p.m.
The Paladins, from San Diego, were founded in the early 1980s by guitarist Dave Gonzalez and his high school friend and double bass player, Thomas Yearsley. They have recorded nine studio and three live albums, and along the way built a reputation as one of America's hardest-working live bands.
Dish, Southwest Airlines team up
Now, thanks to Dish Network and Southwest Airlines, TV flies free. Douglas County-based Dish is sponsoring free TV for all customers on eligible Southwest flights.
The service offers 10 channels of live television and 75 on-demand programs to wi-fi enabled devices such as smart phones, tablets and laptops. Usage is unlimited and only requires a Southwest passenger to view a Dish commercial.
Morrison welcomes back beer fest
The 17th annual Biergarten Festival returns to Morrison on July 12-14.
The popular traditional German beer garden will be held at the TEV Edelwiss Pavilion at 17832 Highway 8 between The Fort restaurant and the town of Morrison.
The beer garden hours are 4 to 10 p.m. on July 12; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on July 13; and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on July 14, which will feature a German brunch or Frühschoppen.
For more information, contact Executive Director Joshua Seeberg at 303-837-1146 or Seeberg@GACC-CO.org. Or you can visit www.biergartenfest.com.
Eavesdropping on an employee listening to an advertisement on Colorado Public Radio: Ad voiceover: “What is baroque music?”
Employee: “That's when the music is not fixed; it's broke.”
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 Blacktie-Colorado.com. You can subscribe and read her columns (Monday, Wednesday and Friday) at www.pennyparker.blacktie-colorado.com. Send her Mile High Life column tips and eavesdroppings at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 303-619-5209.