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Whether you've been contributing to and commenting on blogs for years or you're just now discovering what blogs are—it's all great. We're here to help you discover new and unexpected aspects about Greeley: interviews, inside looks, events, photos, and more. You're invited to contribute too.

Downtown Greeley Cake

Downtown Businesses Created in Cake

April 14th, 2014

Downtown Greeley never looked so tasty! The city celebrated the completion of 'Paint What Matters' and this amazing cake was created for the occasion.

The Moxi Theater Rocks Greeley

April 3rd, 2014

The Moxi Theater is one of the best places to experience live music in Greeley. Here is one UNC student's thoughts about the Moxi.

Perfect Summer Night

February 21st, 2014

UNC Student, Aimee Pennal, recalls one of her favorite nights that she spent in Greeley.

Greeley Unexpected in BandWagon Magazine

BandWagon Magazine Ad Contest

February 10th, 2014

Take a photo of our Greeley Unexpected ad inside the front cover and post it to our Greeley Unexpected Facebook wall for an unexpected prize!

Turn Around Bikes | Providing Affordable Transportation

February 6th, 2014

One of Bylsma’s objectives is to make Turn Around Bikes sustainable for years to come. Luckily, bicycle stores and local organizations are happy to donate old and abandoned bicycles to the cause.

Michael Pizzuto midway through his ice carving

Greeley Creative District Ice Carving

January 20th, 2014

They brought in Michael Pizzuto, a Premier International Art Carver, to celebrate the Chinese New Year, the Broncos heading to an AFC championship game, and the fact that the Creative District is growing and offers many community events.

Bicycle with different sized wheels

Bicycle Exhibit

January 15th, 2014

With seats five feet off the ground, people needed a running start just to climb up on the bicycle.

Cookbooks by Greeley resident Toni Patrick

Queen of Ramen

January 9th, 2014

Shortly thereafter, Patrick made a comment that would forever seal her fate. “I made a joke to my mom like, ‘Ha, I’m going to write a book on ramen noodles,’” she said.

39 Percent

Opinions About Greeley Improved

December 23rd, 2013

The initiative, which launched earlier this year, began talking about Greeley in a whole new way through eight stories of people who represent some surprising, unexpected and extremely positive aspects about Greeley.

Crochet in Fiber Design

Yarn Bomb in Greeley

December 10th, 2013

Greeley's getting yarn bombed! But first, what's a yarn bomb? Also, who's doing the yarn bombing—and why?

Black Books

Graffiti is an Art Form

December 4th, 2013

But suppose garbage dumpsters—and really, other public spaces—were left alone? How socially acceptable is graffiti on paper, canvas, and clothing?

Carissa Gabrielle instructs her class of adults with special needs

Dancing with Special Needs and Giving Thanks

November 22nd, 2013

With Thanksgiving less than one week away, it was only fitting that we should meet Carissa Gabrielle, owner and dance instructor of Northern Colorado Dance Fusion.

Be a Champion of Greeley (no superhero costume required)

November 19th, 2013

The reason that I’m bringing this show up on the Greeley Unexpected blog is simple, Arrow’s main character Oliver Queen has a mission to “save my city.”

Nutcracker Performance at the Union Colony Civic Center

Colorado Dance Theatre | "The Nutcracker"

November 14th, 2013

I’ve got to admit, even though life took me down another path, I’m glad there are many opportunities in Greeley for boys, girls, men, and women to express their creative sides—especially with dance.

Comics

The Nerd Store

November 5th, 2013

But flash forward to 2013 and suddenly, being a nerd doesn’t carry such a social stigma. Parry credits the change to popular television shows, such as The Big Bang Theory, and the latest spate of superhero movies.

Messer. & Messer. Inc. Mural

November 1st, 2013

Did you know Greeley has a Creative District and lots of public art? Learn about one of the city's more recent outdoor murals and feel free to stop by for a look.

Bring Your A Game

October 15th, 2013

“The A Game” with Aims Community College offers the community a chance to win tickets to a pro football game in December or to a pro basketball game this season.

Rice's Honey

Home Grown and Family Owned | Rice's Honey

October 11th, 2013

Several brand-name companies started in garages: Mattel, Google, Disney, Apple, and even Amazon. And you can add a local company to the list.

Greeley Unexpected Sticker

Greeley Unexpected Sticker Offer

October 10th, 2013

We can supply you with 500 free 2-inch GreeleyUnexpected.com stickers to use on your windows, doors, products, customer bags or just wear them around as a badge of your Greeley pride!

C. J. Archibeque and Brecken Arnold display their Governor's Summer Job Hunt Program awards.

What Was Your First Job?

October 9th, 2013

“We were the only community to receive the award,” said C. J. Archibeque, Program Manager of the Youth Enrichment Division. “It’s unexpected because businesses are the ones that usually receive the award.”

Behold the Bacon Cupcake

October 7th, 2013

If you're an adventurous eater, perhaps you'd enjoy the bacon cupcake.

Ceramic Gargoyles

Creative District G-Town Tour

October 4th, 2013

My family is big on tours. We like learning what happens behind the scenes, such as what goes into making ribbon candy at Hammond’s Candies...

Use the hashtag #GreeleyUnexpected for a chance to win

#GreeleyUnexpected Contest

September 20th, 2013

Enter our Greeley Unexpected contest for a chance to WIN one of five $50 Greeley area restaurant gift cards!

Volunteers at the City of Greeley Shops filling sandbags

Generous, Friendly People

September 18th, 2013

When it comes to helping others, maybe this aspect of our community isn’t so unexpected after all. A huge thank you goes out to those who’ve volunteered or donated to help neighbors affected by the Colorado flood.

Greeley Bikeways sign

Getting Back on the Bike

September 12th, 2013

It's not my favorite activity (I'm more of a runner), but then again, there are zero hills to pedal up.

Arts Picnic Kick Off Event

Summer Event Haikus

September 9th, 2013

Greeley had a summer full of great events. There were some weekends where there were so many great things to do, it was difficult to choose what to do.

Foxy’s Day Out at Doggie Day

August 19th, 2013

This past Saturday was Discovery Bay’s second annual Doggie Day. It was an opportunity for Greeley pups to play at the Discovery Bay Waterpark at 715 E. 24th Street.

14 Things

14 Things You'd Understand If You Live In Greeley

August 9th, 2013

Greeley is a community with residents who know a thing or two about what makes our city great and unexpected.

Live Comedy and Laughs

August 2nd, 2013

"You walk down the stairs and you're kind of transported almost to a different place."

Kress Cinema at night

I Love Watching Movies at the Kress

July 18th, 2013

However, there is something special and more awesome about seeing a high-quality movie in an independent theater, like the Kress Cinema and Lounge in Downtown Greeley.

Zucchini in the Garden

July 15th, 2013

Beggars can’t be choosers, and I was definitely pushing my luck. Instead, my coworker brought up something I hadn’t even thought of: community gardens.

Greeley Unexpected

Kung Fu school owner sees positives about Greeley, gives community advice

July 5th, 2013

Since moving to Greeley just a year ago, Tilley has fallen for the community, its residents and the unexpected Greeley has to offer.

Greeley Unexpected is Getting Noticed

July 1st, 2013

Sure, some may have to step out of their comfort zone to brag about Greeley, but there really is plenty to brag about.

Greeley’s Youth Rubgy unique to Northern Colorado

June 27th, 2013

Rugby is unique to Colorado and even rarer in Northern Colorado. Once again, Rugby had caught me by surprise—but this time, I was determined to find out more.

Gorgeous Greeley Gardens

June 24th, 2013

"I shall always think of Greeley as a flower garden for I never saw so many in one town."

Lade Majic and campers complete an exercise drill

Basketball star holds summer camp in Greeley

June 19th, 2013

Lade Majic, Queen of Show Basketball, encourages camp participants set weekly goals, learn basic fundamental skills and the rules of the game. Returning students have improved their abilities immensely from the wealth of experience that Lade Majic offers.

UNC campus

UNC alum redesigns Instagram, gives graduation advice

June 12th, 2013

If you’re one of the nearly 100 million Active Monthly Users of the photo app Instagram then you’re probably already familiar with his work.

Five women, part of Tribe Sidysaan

Ann Martinez and Tribe Sidysaan's Circus Show

June 6th, 2013

Have you read up about Ann Martinez on our "People" page? She's part of Tribe Sidysaan, which is performing a circus show on Saturday, June 15.

Word cloud, favorite things about Greeley

These Are a Few of Your Favorite Things

June 3rd, 2013

At our kick-off event, we asked folks who came by our tent to write on a sticky note about their favorite thing about Greeley.

Greeley Creative District, colored pencils

Graduating student tells how to make the most of local music and art events

May 30th, 2013

Originally published in The Mirror on May 6, Sarah Kirby tells a story about a place she likes to call Greeality.

Sunset, Cassie and Britton Kauffman

10 Things I Will Miss About Greeley, Colorado

May 28th, 2013

"I love the idea behind Greeley Unexpected! We have lived in Greeley almost our entire lives and this makes me very sentimental for it!"

Greeley Unexpected painting by Armando Silva

Greeley Unexpected Kick-Off

May 27th, 2013

Live music, Go-Cup, the Salida Circus, a Bronze Level Bicycle Friendly Community designation, and more—we hope you were able to make it to the event and celebrate Greeley with us!

Billboard on 8th Avenue

Have You Spotted These Around Town?

May 24th, 2013

They're starting to sprout up on bus benches and billboards in Greeley—and even in the Denver-metro area. Have you seen these?

Making Greeley Unexpected Coins

May 21st, 2013

Take a sneak peek at how the the Greeley Unexpected coins were made at The Clay Center. You'll get a coin at our campaign kick-off on May 24!

Playing with Trains

Playing with Trains

May 14th, 2013

“I think you come to trains at least once in your life. Maybe you liked them as a child, maybe your child can’t get enough of them, or maybe you’ll enjoy them in retirement.”

Covering the Unexpected

Covering the Unexpected

May 10th, 2013

Hello, my name is Monica. I’ve lived in Greeley for just over a year now, and I’m a contributor to the Greeley Unexpected blog.

Green Eggs and Ham

Green Eggs and Ham

May 8th, 2013

In the end, he takes a bite and…is pleasantly surprised. “Say! I do like green eggs and ham! I do! I like them, Sam-I-am!”