It pays to be a little older and wiser. On the first Tuesday of every month, Walgreens offers customers 55 and older a discount on many in-store purchases. (Proof of age may be required, so bring a photo ID. Plus, the offer is only valid with its Balance Rewards program.) On Senior Savings Day, qualifying customers save 20% on all regular-price merchandise. Note: The discount no longer applies to sale items. Of course, there are some restrictions: Discounts are not valid on prescriptions, cigarettes, dairy products, liquor, liquor department items, phone cards, newspapers, magazines, stamps, gift cards, items or services submitted to insurance for reimbursement or where otherwise limited by law. Make sure to read the fine print on the bottom of Walgreens’ Senior Savings Day page for a full review of restrictions. If you don’t qualify, consider asking an older relative or friend to go shopping with you to get in on the savings. Be sure you’re a member of its FREE loyalty program, Balance Rewards, for maximum savings.
Want to avoid scammers calling your house? Use caller ID and don’t answer the phone. But it’s not always possible to figure out who’s calling. So what’s the answer? Use one of the new FREE call-screening services available for land and mobile phones. A few that are getting good consumer reviews are Nomorobo, PrivacyStar and Truecaller. These services will either identify a caller as a spammer or simply block all known spam numbers. Curious about a number left on your caller ID? You can do a reverse phone number lookup at White Pages that will tell you if spam activity is associated with that number. For more on this topic, read the story on our sister site, Living on the Cheap.
Check out the new Career Enhancement Workshop Series at the library. Let PPLD help develop your career with this series of FREE workshops, all held at Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr. This series is presented by DeVry University’s Keller Center for Corporate Learning. Registration is required for each workshop. The last one in the series, “Are You a Catalyst for Change? Lead With Confidence and Your Team Will Follow” will be offered on Tuesday, Sept. 2 at noon and 6 p.m. Although classes are FREE, you must preregister. CLICK HERE to get started. (Look for the class you want and click on that to register.)
Jamba Juice is squeezing out some sweet end-of-summer savings. The juicy company is offering a buy-one-get-one FREE deal on all of its smoothies and juices. Of course, the free drink must be of equal or lesser value. The offer requires this printable coupon, which is good through Monday, Sept. 1. Limit one coupon per person, per visit at participating locations. The offer is not valid at Downtown Disney, Safeway, Vons, Pavilions or airport locations. However, you can print more than one coupon, so you can “get juiced” more than once with friends or family. To find a participating location in your area, click here.
Head to Monument on Monday when Xfinity Presents the Labor Day Kinetic Festival. A handful of contraptions will take off from Monument, go up around Palmer Lake, and back down again. There will be a street fair with family fun and a food court. Limback Park will have a huge family-friendly beer garden with music and a new fun Cornhole (bean bag toss) Tournament with cash prizes. The event is presented by the Tri-Lakes Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center at Limbach Park in Monument. The fun goes from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. For more information, call 719-481-3282. Admission is FREE.
Through Sept. 7, get a FREE kid’s meal when you purchase an adult dinner entrée at participating Carrabba’s Italian Grill locations. To get in on this deal, you’ll need this printable coupon. There’s a limit of one free kid’s meal per adult entrée purchased and a limit of two free kid’s meals per coupon. The kid’s meals must be ordered from the kids’ menu, which is available to kids ages 10 and younger.
It’s possibly the last year it will be held in Colorado Springs, so head out to the 38th annual Colorado Balloon Classic this weekend (Saturday, Aug. 30 through Monday, Sept. 1). The event happens in Memorial Park, off Pikes Peak Avenue between Hancock Avenue and Union Boulevard near the shores of Prospect Lake. Mass ascensions of dozens of balloons are scheduled for Saturday, Sunday and Monday mornings with a Balloon Glo® scheduled for Saturday and Sunday evenings. A variety of concessions are available and entertainment is provided during each event. Admission is FREE. Balloon glows are scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, 5- 9 p.m. Ascensions begin at 6 a.m. all three days, depending on weather.
Cheers! Bristol Brewing’s 20th Anniversary Beer Release and BBQ happens from 3 to 6 p.m. on Labor Day, Sept 1. A release party like this only comes along every decade or so. So be sure to visit Ivywild School on Monday, for Bristol’s Double Decade Saison Release Party. Head to the Bristol Fermentation Room for a group birthday toast, a specially-paired birthday cake, and burgers and brats hot off the grill. Stick around for a balloon drop and win fabulous swag. Ivywild School is located a 1604 S. Cascade Ave. Admission is FREE. For more information, call 633.2555.
There’s something about fresh, sweet, juicy corn on the cob that just screams summer. You bite into those pearl-like kernels and get a burst of sweet corny juice in your mouth. It just doesn’t get better than this. Except it does: Sweet corn, in season, is really cheap. It starts out at two for $1, then four, then … well who knows? At farmer’s markets, especially at the end of the day, sometimes you can get six or more for a buck. Such a deal. It’s great just as-is, shucked and dropped into a pot of boiling water for a couple of minutes (don’t overcook it). Slather on a little butter and sprinkle on some salt and you’re in heaven. You can get fancy and make some flavored butter to go on your cob. Or give your corn a cheesy twist by sprinkling on finely grated cheese (we like Parmesan) while it’s hot. Or try a flavored salt. To get a smoky flavor, grill your corn. Fresh sweet corn is good for you, too. It’s high in fiber but also gluten-free, and contains some B-complex vitamins, such as thiamin, niacin, folate, and pantothenic acid. It also contains minerals such as zinc, magnesium, copper, iron and manganese. And the bonus: It also tastes soooooooo good.
Mark your calendar for the 40th annual Commonwheel Artists Labor Day Art Festival. You’ll not only see fine art and contemporary crafts at good prices, but you can enjoy for FREE the live entertainment and some kid’s art activities. There’s a free shuttle running up and down Manitou Avenue, so parking won’t be a problem. Food and beer will be for sale. All the fun happens in Fields Park in Manitou Springs, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 30 and 31 and Sept. 1. For more information, call 577-7700 or go online to www.commonwheel.com/festival. Also check them out at http://twitter.com/commonwheelFest and on Facebook at http://bit.ly/cmwlartfest.
If you always wanted to try fly fishing, here’s your chance to learn some basics for FREE. Sign up for the Orvis 101 Introduction to Fly Fishing, presented by Anglers Covey Fly Shop, 295 S. 21st St. Lessons include fly fishing basics, equipment and outfit rigging and some casting instruction. This is a basic 1-hour class, plus 30 minutes of casting designed to give you a taste of fly fishing. Start times are at 8, 9, 10 and 11 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 30. Registration is required — call 471-2984 to register.
Help clear every kennel and get all adoptable animals into great new home this weekend when the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region hosts an Empty the Shelter event Friday, Aug. 29 through Sunday, Aug. 31. All regular adoptions will be 50% off, and all variably priced adoptions will be $50 off. More than 100 dogs and cats should be available for adoption. The shelter is at 610 Abbot Lane, just off South 8th St. For more information, call 302.8738.