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Barley-Har-Har Comedy Night
3rd Thursdays and 1st Fridays: Amateur comedians take the stage at these free monthly comedy nights, 7pm on 3rd Thursdays and 9pm on 1st Fridays, at 300 Suns Brewing, 331 First Ave., Longmont. Bub Comedy, the event’s organizer, also hosts other comedy events in the area; check the calendar at www.bubcomedy.com. To sign up to perform, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Boulder Comedy Show
Sundays: Every Sunday evening at 7pm and 9pm, the Bohemian Biergarten (2017 13th St.) hosts a comedy night with a big lineup of comedians and a nationally known headliner. Find the schedule on the Bohemian Biergarten Facebook page or at www.bohemianbiergarten.com.
Boulder Escape Room
Find clues, discover secret passageways and work with your team to scheme your way out of the escape room. 1001 Lee Hill Drive, Suite 2 (one block west of Broadway). For details and ticket info, see www.boulderescaperoom.com.
Boulder Model Railroad Exposition #39
Dec. 9-11: See a variety of railroad layouts in different scales and browse vendor booths at this annual show that also includes a raffle for one of the layouts. Held in conjunction with the Flatirons Mineral Club Gem & Mineral Show at the Boulder County Fairgrounds, 9595 Nelson Road in Longmont. 10am-5pm each day. www.bouldermodelrailroadclub.org.
Breakout! Escape Room
Longmont’s new escape room offers entertaining yet challenging adventures for all ages. The holiday challenge, called “The Nightmare Before Christmas,” runs through Dec. 30. Breakout is at 840 23rd Ave. in Longmont. www.breakout303.com.
Carousel of Happiness
Head to Nederland for a ride on the restored 1910 Looff carousel with 36 whimsical hand-carved animals and 25 smaller animals keeping them company. The carousel is a nonprofit organization, and rides are only $1; it’s also wheelchair and walker friendly. 20 Lakeview Drive in Nederland, right beside the train cars. Check online for special events and holiday hours. www.carouselofhappiness.org.
Geeks Who Drink
Geeks Who Drink hosts free, live pub quizzes at more than 60 bars and restaurants in the region, including some in Boulder (like Wednesdays at Twisted Pine Brewing Co.) and Longmont (like Mondays at Wibby Brewing). www.geekswhodrink.com.
Mountain MidLife Club
Nederland-based social club meets on 4th Fridays for dinner at 5pm and 2nd Saturdays for breakfast at 8am. The purpose of the group is for residents to socialize with other area couples and singles; “midlife” is whatever age you wish it to be. Call for reservations at least a week ahead: 303-258-0799. Meals are at Nederland Community Center, 750 Highway 72 North in Nederland.
Rails in the Rockies Model Railroad Show
Feb. 18-19: This big show, now in its 17th year, boasts 16,000 square feet of space dedicated to model train layouts and vendor booths. Saturday 9am-5pm, Sunday 9am-4pm. At the Estes Park Event Center Complex. www.estesvalleymodelrailroaders.org.
April 21-23: StarFest is an annual event celebrating all aspects of popular media, film and television. Includes film presentations, Q & A sessions, costume contests, collectible merchandise, seminars, fan-club meetings and more. At two hotels in the Denver Tech Center; see schedule online at www.starfestdenver.org.
Through February: Historic downtown Louisville provides a charming backdrop for this old-fashioned outdoor ice skating experience. Hours, days and special events vary, so check www.bouldercreekevents.com for the schedule and other details. At the Steinbaugh Pavilion, 824 Front St. in Louisville.