• Garage Band Event Raises $18,600 for Overland Sertoma Club!

    Posted on 26, June, 2017

    The results are in and we couldn’t be more excited!

    On June 10, 2017, Houska Automotive hosted a Garage Band Event to benefit Overland Sertoma Club and three of the charities they support – Coats and Boots, Project Smile and Super Hero Underwear. Thanks to the generous support of our community, we raised more than $18,600 through donations and our live and silent auctions!

    In true Houska fashion, not only did we collect funds for Overland Sertoma Club, but we had a fantastic time while doing so! Clark Street Station provided us with great jams throughout the night and got everyone up and dancing. Plus, our attendees enjoyed a gourmet hot dog bar, games, and both a live and silent auction.

    We can’t even begin to describe how grateful we are for all who contributed to the success of this event. Because of your generosity, underprivileged children in northern Colorado will now have access to warm coats and boots for the winter, dental and vision screenings, and decent underwear.

    We would especially like to thank all who sponsored this event to make it possible: Odell Brewing, Scrumpy’s, Coopersmith’s, Culver’s, King Soopers, OtterCares, Ramplify Biz, Engelhardt’s & Associates Family Dentistry, RTC Restoration, Bill & Diana Liskey, At Home Realty, Rocky Mountain Battery, Don Butler, Ron Lautzenheiser, Marilyn and Don Robinson, Mantooth Marketing, and Clark Street Station.

    Check out some pictures from the night!

  • 5 Summer Travel Tips for Your Family

    Posted on 16, June, 2017

    Ahhh summertime, a time for sunshine, food, family and travel. As many people have probably experienced, planning a vacation can be stressful, and who knows what hiccups will arise when you hit the open road? We have complied a list of tips and tricks that will ensure smooth travels and prep you to tackle those unexpected road bumps like a champ.

    1. Pack the Essentials

    When packing for your trip, always make sure you have the essentials (phone, wallet, keys, toothbrush, etc.). It is important to know where you are heading on your trip and pack accordingly. Remember, pack only what’s necessary. You won’t need that shirt you haven’t worn in three years (we promise).

    2. Bring Entertainment

    There will certainly be downtime on your trip. Fill these moments with meaningful occupations. Catch up on that book that has been on your to-read list for a year, bring cards and play a classic game the whole family can enjoy, or develop a road game yourself. Every second of your trip is a chance to make more memories!  

    3. Include Everyone

    Whether you are travelling with family or friends, it is important to make sure that everyone feels involved in the plans. This way, each member of your travel party will feel included and invested in the trip. Possibly have a brief meeting to discuss what everyone’s interests are and develop a plan from there.

    4. Avoid the “Hangry” Attitude

    Most of us have heard the famous Snicker’s saying, “you aren’t you when you’re hungry,” and most of us can attest to just how accurate this saying is. Whether Dad turns into a growling bear on an empty stomach, or Mom transforms into an angry Real Housewife of Beverly Hills, food is ESSENTIAL. Pack plenty of snacks and maintain a normal eating schedule. Food will make sure your group is happy and ready for a day on the move.

    5. Find a Balance

    On every trip, it is important to have a plan but still maintain a sense of adventure. If your trip is all itineraries, there is no room to explore. However, if you have no structure, your vacation will descend into chaos. Find the balance between the two extremes. A general rule of thumb: plan the essentials (where you are headed and where you are sleeping) and explore when you arrive.

    Now that you are prepped and ready, it is time to hit the open road. One last tip, make sure your car is as ready for your trip as you are. Stop by Houska Automotive for any last-minute automotive needs and then head on your way!

    Enjoy every moment because it’s all about the journey.

  • 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