Mile High Life

Baby on way for actress from Boulder

Column by Penny Parker
Posted 11/11/14

Actress Jessica Biel, who moved to Boulder as a child and grew up there, and her superstar husband, Justin Timberlake, are expecting their first child, according to a story in Us Weekly magazine.

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Mile High Life

Baby on way for actress from Boulder


Actress Jessica Biel, who moved to Boulder as a child and grew up there, and her superstar husband, Justin Timberlake, are expecting their first child, according to a story in Us Weekly magazine.

According to the story, "Right now they are just enjoying the news for themselves," one pal tells Us of the "Blunderer" actress, 32, and Timberlake, 33, who dated on and off for five years before getting engaged in January 2012. "They just want a happy baby."

Biel and Timberlake celebrated their two-year wedding anniversary in October. "It's weird because it feels like almost nothing has changed, yet something that you can't really describe, or something that isn't tangible, has changed," Biel told Ellen DeGeneres of married life after returning from her honeymoon in 2012. "It just feels incredible."

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Santa unfashionably early

Santa upstaged Thanksgiving (my birthday this year) by sledding into the Park Meadows dining hall from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Nov. 8.

The free welcome celebration in Lone Tree included milk and cookies, gifts, balloon artists, crafts with Disney, Lego and Pottery Barn Kids and holiday music.

Special guest appearances included L.L. Bear, Build-A-Bear Workshop's Bearemy, the Gingerbread Man, the Holiday Polar Bear and more. Plus, the jolly man himself arrived via big red fire truck to greet guests before heading down to Santa's Alpine Village for photos.

Santa's Super Sleigh, on loan from the North Pole until Dec. 24, will be on display in the Vistas Court.

Osteria Marco top pizza, a website that's not afraid of inciting a food fight, has just released its list of The Best Pizzeria in every state. Them's fightin' words.

The timeless debate over the perfect pizza has divided many households, but Thrillist is willing to go there. Here's what the website purports about pizza:

"There are things in America that you can find no matter where you are. The kindness of strangers ... Good pizza. We like to think that somewhere, in each state, there's a truly sublime pie, and to prove that point, we've crunched the numbers (and the crusts) and come up with a definitive list of the best pizzerias in every corner of this great nation ...These are the best pizzerias in every state in America."

Colorado's winning pie purveyor is Osteria Marco on Larimer Square, Thrillist says.

Restaurant mogul Frank Bonanno is no stranger to accolades, so it's not surprising that his casual Italian eatery made the cut (or slice). Thrillist said, "One of Denver's premier restaurateurs opened up this pizza place, and it's a passion project. Mozzarella is made in-house, and pizzas don't conform to any particular style - it's all his own."

Osteria Marco is at 1453 Larimer St.,, 303-534-5855.

Holiday fun on tap at Fort

The venerable Fort restaurant in Morrison is offering a lineup of holiday happenings to entertain your out-of-town guests with a slice of Colorado's history.

Festivities for the whole family are presented by the Tesoro Cultural Center, the local nonprofit committed to protecting and educating the community about the artistic treasures of the American past. All of Tesoro's events are inspired by Colorado's rich history and shared, multicultural experiences - 100 percent of all donations and proceeds go towards the organization's preservation and educational efforts.

Nov. 30: Farolito Lighting & Pinecone Ceremony, honoring Dr. Alexa Roberts. The Tesoro Cultural Center will celebrate the Southwestern tradition of lighting the farolitos - paper lanterns - in the courtyard of The Fort. Roberts is superintendent of the National Park Service Sand Creek Massacre site and Old Bent's Fort site, and has worked to unite the tribes connected to the Sand Creek Massacre with education and understanding to inspire healing. This event is free and hosted in the courtyard of The Fort from 4:30-6 p.m. Enjoy live music, complimentary apple cider, coffee and biscochitos provided by The Fort. Visit to learn more about the Pinecone Ceremony. For additional events related to the Sand Creek Massacre 150th Anniversary, please visit

Dec. 2: Holiday Auction Party. Do some holiday shopping at discount prices while supporting historical, cultural and educational programs. Tesoro's Annual Holiday Auction Party, hosted at The Fort from 6-9 p.m., joins GivingFirst's Colorado Gives Day (24 Hours to Give Where You Live) to raise awareness and funds for nonprofits in Colorado. Entry is free with a suggested $25 donation for an evening filled with music, art, jewelry, dancing, a cash bar and appetizers, compliments of The Fort.

Dec. 24: Celebrated in Mexico and in small Hispanic villages throughout the Southwest, Las Posadas celebrates and commemorates Mary and Joseph's journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem and their search for shelter on the night of Jesus' birth. This event, from 4-5:30 p.m., is free and open to the public.

For more information about all Tesoro Cultural Center events hosted at The Fort, contact program director Carolyn Doran at 303-839-1671 or at


Eavesdropping on two employees at an Englewood business: "Did you know that if you lick the frosting off a cupcake, that makes it a muffin? And muffins are healthy."

"You're a weird not-so-little man."

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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