• 6 Summer Events in Northern Colorado

    Posted on 25, May, 2017

    Northern Colorado is the place to be during the summer! With festivals and concerts galore, you can bet that there will not be a dull moment from June through August. Here are a few you won’t want to miss:

    June 4: Open Streets

    For the past few years, Open Streets has gathered thousands of northern Colorado residents for a new kind of street fair. This year, the event will even have temporary projects happening throughout the day to show attendees how easy it is to beautify neighborhoods.

    • When: Sunday, June 4, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
    • Where: The route will include Constitution Avenue, Hanover Drive and Dunbar Avenue, from Stuart Street to Casa Grande Boulevard.
    • Cost: Free

    June 10: Houska Garage Band Event

    We may be biased, but we think this event takes the cake for summer event fun! The Houska Garage Band Event will benefit Overland Sertoma Club, who will then allocate funds to three local charities – Coats & Boots, Project Smile and Super Hero Underwear. The night will include live music from Clark Street Station, a gourmet hotdog bar, live and silent auctions and more!

    • When: Saturday, June 10, 5:30-9 p.m.
    • Where: Houska Heavy Duty, 1005 Riverside Ave.
    • Cost: Free (we will be accepting donations at the door)

    June 14 – Aug. 2: Lagoon Summer Concert Series

    The Lagoon Summer Concert Series has been a favorite event in Fort Collins for more than 24 years! Featuring a diverse lineup that includes The Wendy Woo Band, Danielle Ate the Sandwich, Slow Caves and many more, this series offers eight weeks of free entertainment. Houska is excited to be a sponsor again this year and present a Project Self-Sufficiency participant with a refurbished car! Come see us at the July 19 concert.

    • When: Wednesdays, June 14 – Aug. 2. 10, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
    • Where: Lagoon at CSU (west lawn of the Lory Student Center, corner of Plum and Meridian)
    • Cost: Free

    June 23-25: Colorado Brewers’ Festival

    Calling all beer and music fans (a.k.a. all of Fort Collins)! Colorado Brewers’ Festival, now in its 28th year, features 90+ Colorado beers, 40+ Colorado breweries, local bands, food trucks and more. Tasting packages can now be ordered online.

    • When: Friday, June 23 – Sunday, June 25, 12-6 p.m.
    • Where: Washington Park, Fort Collins
    • Cost: Free admission (tasting kits start at $25)

    July 4: Timnath 4th of July Celebration

    The Town of Timnath sure knows how to put on a 4th of July event! Attendees can enjoy live music from Larry & the Pour Boys, Thunder and Rain, and Hot Tomatoes throughout the evening, as well as a pie eating contest, obstacle course, rock wall and – of course – a spectacular fireworks display.

    • When: Tuesday, July 4, 5-10 p.m.
    • Where: Timnath Reservoir, 5824 E. County Road 40, Fort Collins
    • Cost: Free

    Aug. 11-13: Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest

    This iconic event is highly anticipated by all music lovers in northern Colorado and beyond. NewWestFest features more than 80 Colorado bands, with headliners on all three nights of the festival. Don’t miss the 250+ specialty, art and food booths as well!

    • When: Friday, Aug. 11-Sunday, Aug. 13, July 4, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
    • Where: Downtown Fort Collins
    • Cost: Free

    We hope to see you at the many great events in Fort Collins this summer!

  • Help Us Support Overland Sertoma Club at Houska’s Garage Band Event!

    Posted on 19, May, 2017

    Slap on your dancing shoes, hot-dog-eating bib and support-the-community smile… It’s time for another Houska Garage Band Event!

    On Saturday, June 10, 5:30-9 p.m., we are opening up our brand new garages at Houska Heavy Duty for a fun night of music, auctions, food and games, all to benefit Overland Sertoma Club. Overland Sertoma does incredible work to support numerous charities in northern Colorado, and all funds raised at the Garage Band Event will be donated to Coats & Boots, Project Smile and Super Hero Underwear.

    All three of these fantastic charities provide items and services for underprivileged children in northern Colorado. Coats & Boots is led by the Northern Fort Collins Business Association in conjunction with Jax Fort Collins Outdoor Gear and purchases coats and boots to distribute to children in the Poudre School District who are deemed to be most impacted by poverty. Project Smile offers dental and vision screenings to children in need and has provided more than 6,000 students with dental screenings and almost 4,000 children with vision screenings. Super Hero Underwear delivers brand new underwear and socks to eight different groups including schools, Respite Care, Salvation Army and Project Self-Sufficiency.

    As you know, Houska loves to celebrate worthy causes with a party for a few hundred of our closest friends. The event kicks off with live music from Fort Collins-based classic rock band, Clark Street Station, and will continue with a silent auction, live auction, games and more excitement throughout the night. Be sure you come hungry because we’ll have delicious eats from a gourmet hot dog bar, beer, root beer floats and cotton candy!

    No cost to attend, but we hope you will consider making a donation at the door to help us support these remarkable charities and the children they serve.

    We want anyone and everyone in northern Colorado to come out and have a good time, so dust off those dancing shoes and we’ll see you on June 10!

     

    Check out a few of our past Garage Band Events:

    - Elli’s Deli

    - Redeemer Lutheran K9 Comfort Dog

    - Connor Walsh

  • 5 Car Tools Every Graduate Should Own

    Posted on 05, May, 2017

    We are knee deep in graduation season, and if you are still searching for the perfect gift for the graduate in your life, we have your back. When heading out into the real world, we want every young adult to be as equipped as possible to drive safely. Here are just a few car tools every graduate should own so that they can handle all the roads of their bright new futures:

    1. Jumper Cables

    No one wants to be stranded because of a dead car battery. Keep the young adult in your life out of a dangerous situation by making sure he or she has fully functioning jumper cables. Be sure to demonstrate how to use them so your graduate knows all they need to know about jumpstarting a vehicle.

    2. Socket and Screwdriver Set

    A socket and screwdriver will come in handy when making small car repairs, such as when tightening loose battery terminals, fixing a hose clamp and any other odds and ends under-the-hood maintenance.

    3. LifeHammer

    A LifeHammer may be one of the most important tools you can give to a young adult to ensure their safety in years to come. With a seatbelt knife on one end and a pointed hammer designed to break car windows on the other end, this tool can save lives should a driver find himself in a hazardous situation.

    4. Tire Pressure Gauge

    In order to stay safe on the road, it is essential to monitor your vehicle’s tire pressure and watch out for leaks and holes. Every graduate should have a tire gauge to be able to check their tire performance so that they can stay safe when driving.

    5. Ice Scraper

    Although seemingly simple, an ice scraper is a must-have for recent graduates, or any other vehicle owner for that matter. When Colorado blizzards hit, enjoy some peace of mind knowing that your young adult can have improved visibility thanks to a clear windshield.

    Entering a new chapter in life is challenging and exciting all at once. Help keep your graduate prepared by outfitting them with all the auto tools necessary to stay safe on the road. Don’t forget to bring their car by Houska Automotive so we can make sure it is functioning properly before they head off to college!

  • Thank you for helping us launch Houska Heavy Duty!

    Posted on 24, April, 2017

    If you’ve driven past Houska’s location on Riverside Avenue in recent months, you may have noticed that we have been working hard to add a new shop to our business. At the beginning of April 2017, we proudly opened the doors of Houska Heavy Duty, a state-of-the-art fleet and large-truck repair center.

    This snazzy new building is home to seven stalls, each one large enough to service – as the name implies – “heavy duty” vehicles, including but not limited to motor homes, delivery trucks, semis, etc. We also look forward to servicing northern Colorado companies’ fleet vehicles to help them keep business running smoothly.

    It has been our pleasure to handle our neighbors’ heavy duty repairs and maintenance for many years, and we are excited to now have an entire division dedicated solely to these vehicles. As you know, our customers come first, and this will give us more room to devote to keeping their vehicles in prime condition.

    In true Houska fashion, we didn’t just open the doors of our new business – we threw a party for a few hundred of our closest friends (including Mayor Troxell!) with a “1960s lounge” theme. The night consisted of prize giveaways, delicious food from Elli’s Deli and other local food trucks, lots of gold glitter and – you guessed it – music and dancing!

    Thank you for joining us for a spectacular night, and we hope you’ll enjoy these photos from the night!

  • 4 Benefits of Proper Wheel Alignment

    Posted on 20, April, 2017

    Whether you are driving a little sedan or a heavy duty delivery truck, wheel alignment is crucial to your vehicle’s performance. If you tend to drive on washboard surfaces or other bumpy roads, we recommend getting your car’s alignment checked out by Houska's mechanics. Here are just a few benefits of proper wheel alignment:

    1. Get Better Gas Mileage

    According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, vehicles with poor wheel alignment can be up to 7 percent less efficient than those that are properly aligned due to the extra effort exerted by the engine. It may not sound like much, but this small percentage can add up to big bucks over time.

    2. Drive Safer in Rainy Weather

    Deficient wheel alignment leads to more wear and tear on the tire tread because of the constant drag along the road surface. Without decent tread, driving in wet conditions is highly dangerous. Furthermore, it is more difficult to stop on a dime, which causes extra hazards while driving.

    3. Keep Your Car Straight and Smooth

    This may be the most important benefit of keeping your wheels properly aligned. Unsatisfactory alignment causes more drifting and a bumpy sensation on the road. This inhibits the overall safety of your driving experience and can pose a danger to the drivers on either side of you as well.

    4. Improve Stopping Distance

    When hitting the brakes in a vehicle with poor alignment, the stopping distance is dramatically greater than that of a correctly aligned vehicle. According to Tire Business, a car that has a tire only one inch out of alignment causes the vehicle to be dragged 100 feet sideways for every mile.

    Don’t let your fuel efficiency and safety suffer because of poor wheel alignment. If you frequent rough road surfaces or if it’s just been a while since your last alignment, stop by Houska and we’ll get you back in business!