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Celebrate the Pearl Street Mall's 35th birthday tomorrow with live music, kites and more

Boulder's Pearl Street Mall is known for its funky shopping and dining district as well as its street performers. Less well known is the street's colorful history, dating back to Boulder's days as a mining supply town.

Starting tomorrow, August 1, celebrate the Pearl Street Mall's 35th birthday with outdoor concerts, a kite demonstration, an annual sidewalk sale and more. Read on for the scoop.

Into the Wind will conduct a light-wind stunt kite demonstration on the courthouse lawn at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, followed by Councilman George Karakehian reading a Mayoral Declaration. "Rumor has it that the Councilman's speech will be abruptly -- yet playfully -- interrupted by members of Frequent Fliers Productions and Deputy Mayor Lisa Morzel," says Downtown Boulder spokeswoman Terri Takata-Smith.

That Eighties Band will take the stage at 7 p.m. for Bands on the Bricks, an outdoor summer concert series taking place in the heart of the city on the 1300 block of Pearl Street.

The celebration continues on Friday, August 3, during Noon Tunes (also on the 1300 block of the mall. Singer-songwriter Lisa Bell will perform and, with help from the Boulder Day Nursery, will sing "Happy Birthday" to the Pearl Street Mall. Following the song, 77 cupcakes (representing 1977, when the mall was dedicated) will be handed out to lucky fans.

The mall's anniversary also coincides with Downtown Boulder's annual Sidewalk Sale--a full list of participants can be found at www.bouldersidewalksale.com. Boulder began as a supply town for gold miners in the mountains in the mid 1800s; Pearl Street is believed to have been named after the wife of one of the town's 54 founders, according to a history of Pearl Street written by Silvia Pettem. The section of Pearl Street between 11th and 15th streets was closed to traffic in June 1976 to make way for the pedestrian mall, which was dedicated on August 6, 1977.

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