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For information about volunteering for other animal-related nonprofits, see listings under Volunteer Opportunities.
Explore a lush tropical rain forest brimming with butterflies, then settle in for a visit with Rosie, the center’s “famous” (and friendly) tarantula. Regular daytime admission is only $1 if it’s your birthday. 6252 W. 104th Ave., Westminster. 303-469-5441. See a list of events for all ages at www.butterflies.org.
Jan. 26 & April 13: Beekeeping Workshops (online registration is already open)
Colorado Horse Rescue
Nonprofit CHR provides emergency relief, shelter, care and adoption services for abused, neglected, abandoned and unwanted horses. Volunteers are always needed for a variety of tasks. 10386 N. 65th St., Longmont; www.chr.org.
Dec. 1: Holiday Open House, 10am-4pm
See more than 4,200 other amazing animals during your visit, and enjoy one of the many daily talks and demonstrations, like “Meet the Llamas” at noon. The zoo’s calendar is also full of special events and classes all year long. 2300 Steele St., 303-376-4800; www.denverzoo.org.
Dec. 1-31: Zoo Lights
TBA: SCFD Free Days (check online)
Greenwood Wildlife Rehabilitation Center
Greenwood rehabilitates sick, injured and orphaned wildlife for release into appropriate habitats, and it treats nearly 3,500 mammals, birds and waterfowl every year. The center offers education programs, release-site programs and numerous volunteer opportunities, plus a thrift shop and consignment gallery at 3600 Arapahoe Ave. www.greenwoodwildlife.org.
Humane Society of Boulder Valley
The shelter cares for more than 8,000 animals each year, and more than 90 percent are successfully adopted or reunited with their families. The society also offers classes for dogs, trains volunteers to work with the animals or at the thrift store and provides veterinary services. 2323 55th St., 303-442-4030; www.boulderhumane.org.
April 13: Puttin’ on the Leash Gala (see listing under Benefits & Fundraisers)
Longmont Humane Society
Besides caring for more than 4,000 animals every year, LHS offers dog training and low-cost veterinary services such as vaccinations, spaying, neutering and dentistry. 9595 Nelson Road in Longmont. The thrift store is at 700 Ken Pratt Blvd., Suite 216. 303-772-1232; www.longmonthumane.org.
March 16: Homeward Bound (see listing under Benefits & Fundraisers)
Medicine Horse Program
Medicine Horse Program is a nonprofit that enhances the mental health and life skills of youth, adults and families through therapeutic interaction with horses. Volunteers are always needed. MHP is at 8778 Arapahoe Road. www.medicinehorse.org.
National Western Stock Show
Jan. 12-27: The “Super Bowl of stock shows” lasts more than two weeks and features everything from rodeos, horse shows and livestock shows to competitions, demos, sheep shearing, kids’ activities, vendors and much more. The National Western Complex is at 4655 Humboldt St., Denver. www.nationalwestern.com.
The Wild Animal Sanctuary
Meander along the “Mile into the Wild” elevated catwalk as you look for Eddy the black leopard, grizzly bears Gaika and Masha, Kanookie the lynx, and hundreds of other large carnivores. The sanctuary is east of Boulder in Keenesburg, off Highway 52. Check online for ticket prices and other info before going. 303-536-0118; www.thewildanimalsanctuary.org.
For more art-related events, see individual listings in our Galleries section. For classes, see listings under Classes. For holiday arts and crafts shows, see listings under Holiday Events.
Art Parts Creative Reuse Center
This community nonprofit inspires and promotes creativity through reuse. Art Parts accepts donations of reusable art, craft and school materials from individuals and businesses, and then sells them at a discount to the public. It also hosts Bricolage Gallery, which exhibits art made from found objects. 2870 Bluff St.; check www.artpartsboulder.org for hours and donation information.
Dec. 14, Jan. 18, Feb. 15, March 15 & April 19: Friday Afternoon Concert & Art Show Events pair musical performances with art exhibits from artist-members. 2:30pm at the Longmont Museum’s Stewart Auditorium, 400 Quail Road. www.artslongmont.org.
Boulder Art Therapy Collective
Boulder Art Therapy Collective is “an environment that inspires people to freely share and make art together in community” through weekly workshops, open studios and clinical trainings. Group and individual art-therapy counseling sessions are available. 1400 Lee Hill Road, #7; www.boulderarttherapycollective.com.
Mondays: Art for the Heart Group, 6:15-8:15pm
Tuesdays: Tuesday Night Stress Relief and Relaxation Art Group, 5:30-7:30pm
Thursdays: Altered Book Club, 6-8pm
Boulder Arts Week
March 29-April 6: Now in its 6th year, Boulder’s only large-scale, inclusive celebration of the arts features art walks, art exhibitons, artist demos, lectures, readings, symposia and live performances in dance, music and theater. This year’s lineup is bigger than ever; check www.boulderartsweek.org for a schedule.
Boulder County Arts Alliance
BCAA provides information and resources for and about the artists and art organizations in the area. The group also maintains an online calendar of countywide arts events and hosts monthly Business of Arts workshops. www.bouldercountyarts.org.
Jan. 10: Business of Arts Workshop: Approaching Galleries with Confidence
Boulder Creative Collective: Warehouse
BCC’s Warehouse is an event space and gallery where Boulder-area residents “can connect with art through exciting and unexpected events.” It offers art exhibits, classes, social hours for artists, and a Community Critique every other month where artists can share their work and get constructive feedback. BCC is at 2500 47th St. #10 (the yellow door). www.bouldercreativecollective.com.
Boulder Metalsmithing Association
2nd Saturdays: BoMA’s monthly demonstrations are open to the public ($5 for nonmembers) and feature techniques and tips about the metal arts. Past topics included knife making, direct casting and torch-fired enameling. Subscribe to the group’s Meetup site to RSVP and find out the venue, which varies depending on the time of year. The group also hosts events, sales and hands-on workshops at 4919 Broadway, Unit 14. www.bouldermetalsmiths.com.
Boulder Open Studios Fall Artist Tour
Oct. 6-7, 13-14 & 20-21: For more than 20 years, this self-guided tour of artists’ studios has connected artists with people who love and appreciate art. At various Boulder locations; check www.openstudios.org for more details, which weren’t available at press time.
Boulder Potters’ Guild Spring Sale
Spring, TBA: See www.boulderpottersguild.org after the first of the year for updated details about the guild’s spring sale. See www.boulderpottersguild.org for details.
Coors Western Art Exhibit
Jan. 12-17: This show and sale is held in conjunction with the National Western Stock Show, and entry is included with stock show admission. 4655 Humboldt St., Denver. www.nationalwestern.com.
Dairy Arts Center: PEEK Fundraiser
April 18: See listing under Benefits & Fundraisers.
East Boulder County Artists Studio Tour
April, TBA: Check www.ebcacolorado.org for updates about the group’s annual spring studio tour.
Farmers’ Market Artisan Shows
Juried shows are held in conjunction with the Boulder and Longmont Farmers’ Markets—2nd Saturdays in Boulder and 4th Saturdays in Longmont, beginning in April. www.bcfm.org.
Dec. 13: See listing under Forums/Lectures/Workshops.
Interfaith Quilters Annual Show & Sale
March 2: See listing under Benefits & Fundraisers.
Lafayette Art Night Out
May 10: See listing under Community Festivals. www.cityoflafayette.com/ano.
Longmont Art in Public Places Tours
The Longmont Bike Map (available online or at the Longmont Museum & Cultural Center) shows the locations of the 100-plus works in Longmont’s impressive public art collection, so you can design your own walking, biking or driving tour. AIPP also hosts guided tours via bike or walking; check the AIPP section of www.longmontcolorado.gov or AIPP’s Facebook page for dates as they’re added.
Longmont Second Fridays
2nd Fridays: Galleries and arts organizations in downtown Longmont join to present special openings, promotions and activities for all ages, 6-9pm. www.downtownlongmont.com.
Louisville Art Association
The nonprofit LAA hosts members’ shows, student shows, meetings, demos, workshops and classes; check www.louisvilleart.org for a schedule. LAA is at 801 Grant Ave., Louisville. www.louisvilleart.org.
Dec. 12-16: Fall Member Show
Rigid Heddle Weavers Meet-Up
2nd Fridays: Beginning and amateur weavers meet up twice a month with loom in hand to share ideas and spark new ones. There’s no instructor; just a group of arty fiber enthusiasts looking to inspire and be inspired by others. 11am-1pm at Boulder Public Library, 1001 Arapahoe Ave. www.boulderlibrary.org.
Benefits & Fundraisers
Benefits & Fundraisers
Autism Society of Boulder County: Grapes for Good
April, TBA: Annual wine-tasting event raises funds to support all those affected by autism. Check www.autismboulder.org for updated details.
Blue Sky Bridge: By the Glass
Feb., TBA: Learn about Blue Sky Bridge, a child and family advocacy center, as you sip cocktails, enjoy light snacks and meet new friends. Find 2019 event details at www.blueskybridge.org.
Boulder JCC: Reflections
Feb. 23: The Boulder Jewish Community Center’s annual fundraiser helps raise funds for the center’s programming and youth scholarships. Check www.boulderjcc.org for more details as they become available.
Central City Opera: Theatre of Dreams Gala
April, TBA: Check www.centralcityoperagala.com for ticket information, venue and time.
Chocolate Lovers’ Fling
Feb. 9: This huge (and delighfully decadent) fundraising event benefits Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Nonviolence (SPAN), which supports victims of domestic violence. Enjoy a signature chocolate cocktail, a full dinner, dancing, wine, and live and silent auctions. Details: www.safehousealliance.org.
Colorado Haiti Project: Evening for Haiti
April 28: CHP’s annual gala raises funds for the nonprofit’s work with schools and other community programs in Petit Trou, Haiti. Email email@example.com.
Dairy Arts Center: PEEK Fundraiser
April 18: “PEEK… Revealing the Dairy Experience” is a new fundraiser for the Dairy Arts Center, 2590 Walnut St. Check www.thedairy.org for details, which weren’t available at press time.
Hotel Boulderado Nutcracker Teas
Dec. 9 & 16: Special afternoon-tea events at the Hotel Boulderado help raise funds for Boulder Ballet, with some of the troupe’s performers on hand to greet guests. The Boulderado is at 2115 13th St. Register at www.boulderado.com.
Humane Society of Boulder Valley: Puttin’ on the Leash
April 13: The Humane Society of Boulder Valley’s signature fundraiser features a live and silent auction, food from local restaurants, and beer and wine. Check online for details, which weren’t available at press time. www.boulderhumane.org.
I Have a Dream: Dream Kitchens Tour
April, TBA: Find your inner designer as you tour Boulder County’s finest kitchens, gathering inspiration and advice for a makeover of your own. Proceeds benefit I Have a Dream’s “Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds” program. Find updated information at www.ihaveadreamboulder.org.
I Have a Dream: Dream-Maker Breakfast
March, TBA: Participants in the local “I Have a Dream” program present testimonials while attendees enjoy breakfast. Updated info: www.ihaveadreamboulder.org.
Jan. 26: 18th-annual fundraiser helps Lafayette-based Imagine! fund its programs, like housing and programs for people with developmental, physical and health-related needs. At the Marriott Westminster, just off the Boulder Turnpike at Church Ranch Boulevard. www.imaginecolorado.org.
Interfaith Quilters Annual Show & Sale
March 2: Big annual show and sale offers hundreds of volunteer-made quilts for sale; proceeds benefit the Safe Shelter of St. Vrain Valley and the OUR Center in Longmont. 10am-4pm at First Lutheran Church, 803 Third Ave. in Longmont; preview is 5-8pm (no sales) on March 1. www.interfaithquilters.com.
Longmont Gift of Home Christmas Home Tour
Nov. 29-Dec. 1: See listing under Holiday Events.
Longmont Humane Society: Homeward Bound
March, TBA: LHS’s spring fundraiser raises funds for the shelter’s many programs and includes visits with adoptable animals, live music, tasting stations and microbrews. www.longmonthumane.org.
Nederland Area Seniors Pancake Breakfast
March 9-10: Held during Nederland’s Frozen Dead Guy Days, this annual event with all-you-can-eat pancakes and other goodies helps the Nederland Area Seniors fund their many programs. 8-11am both days at Nederland Community Center, 750 Highway 72 North. www.nederlandareaseniors.org.
Our Center: Empty Bowls Dinner
March, TBA: Empty Bowls, now in its 16th year, raises awareness and helps feed the hungry in Longmont, with proceeds benefiting the OUR Center. Ticket price includes a handmade bowl and two soups from area restaurants. Donate a bowl to the event by purchasing and painting one at area ceramics studios. Find out more at www.ourcenter.org.
St Julien Gingerbread Teas
Nov. 25 & Dec. 2, 9, 16 & 23: Holiday-themed afternoon teas at the St Julien Hotel help support There With Care, a Boulder nonprofit that supports families facing critical illness. Teas include traditional beverages and treats, plus live music. The St Julien is at 900 Walnut St. Register at www.stjulien.com.
Taste of Pearl
April 28: Boulder, “America’s Foodiest Town,” presents culinary arts and distinctive wines during strolls through Downtown Boulder’s most vibrant galleries and retail stores. A portion of proceeds benefits a local nonprofit. www.tasteofpearl.com.
We can pretty much bike year-round here in Boulder County, but summer is when the race circuit really heats up. Whether you ride for fun, ride for a cause or ride to train, many of these fill up early, so register far in advance.
Boulder Area Bicycle Adventures
See listing under Sports Events.
Boulder Bike Tours
See listing under Sports Events.
Boulder’s nonprofit bike-sharing system offers access to 300 bikes 24/7 at 40 stations around the city. Register at www.boulder.bcycle.com so you’re always ready when you want to ride—the tires are always inflated and there’s a handy basket on the front to carry your stuff.
ebike of COLORADO
Sundays: Weekly group rides (fun, not stressful) of 8-12 miles are open to cyclists of all ages and levels. Bring your own bike or borrow an ebike for free. Weather permitting; check the store’s Facebook page for details or call 720-739-0299. Meet at 11:30am at the store, 544 Front St. in Louisville.
Dec. 7: Ride along with ebike of COLORADO in the Louisville Holiday Parade, 5:30pm
Longmont Bike Night
Wednesdays in September: Fun, family-friendly rides of 6-8 miles gather weekly at 6:30pm. See the Longmont Bike Night Facebook page for details.
Longmont Zagster Bike Rental
Longmont’s bike-sharing program, run by Zagster and sponsored by Oskar Blues, features 50 cruiser bikes at 10 stations around town, available for hourly, monthly or yearly rates. Learn more and preregister at www.zagster.com/longmont.
Oskar Blues Old Man Winter Rally
Feb. 10: Bundle up and get ready to ride or run on some of Boulder County’s best trails. Includes luxury aid stations, cold beer at the finish line and a post-ride celebration. Register at www.oldmanwinterrally.com.
The Boulder Chamber, at 2440 Pearl St., hosts business-skills seminars, weekly leads groups, women’s leadership groups, Business After Hours and other programs; see www.boulderchamber.com for details and to register.
Dec. 20, Feb. 28 & April 25: Membership Orientation
Jan. 17: 2019 Boulder Economic Forecast
March 6: Celebration of Leadership 2019
Boulder County Arts Alliance
BCAA hosts Business of Arts workshops for artists, with topics like grant writing and audience development. www.bouldercountyarts.org.
Jan. 10: Business of Arts Workshop: Approaching Galleries with Confidence
Boulder County Independent Business Alliance
BIBA hosts two series that bring together local business owners for lunchtime and happy-hour networking, plus meetings and how-to sessions. See www.boulderiba.org for the event calendar.
Boulder Small Business Development Center
The Boulder SBDC offers low-cost workshops on a variety of topics in both Boulder (at Boulder Public Library) and Longmont (528 Main St., Suite A). Check the event calendar at www.bouldersbdc.org.
Dec. 12: Start-Up Essentials (Boulder)
Colorado Green Building Guild
CGBG is a nonprofit association of building professionals promoting healthier, resource-efficient homes and workplaces. It hosts monthly lunch presentations, roundtable discussions, house tours, member happy hours and other resources for professionals, homeowners and students. www.coloradogreenbuildingguild.org.
Jan. 16: Annual Meeting, Awards & Elections
Feb. 5: ProGreen Expo (Denver)
April 10: CU’s Entrepreneurs Unplugged program attracts star entrepreneurs who share candid stories and insights in an informal setting. The meetings are free for CU staff and students and open to the public for a small fee. 5:30-7pm at CU’s Wolf Law Building; get a discount by preregistering at www.siliconflatirons.org.
April 10: Sarah Shrader, Bonsai Design (a world-class aerial adventure course design firm based in Grand Junction)
The Latino Chamber of Commerce of Boulder County
This Longmont-based organization is the main voice for Latino businesses and the issues affecting them in and around Boulder County. Members have access to business training, professional development, networking opportunities and advocacy. The group’s office is at 471 Main St. in Longmont. www.thelatinochamber.com.
Longmont Area Chamber of Commerce
The Longmont Chamber offers ongoing business networking events for members and nonmembers, plus members-only seminars, regular new-member orientations, leads groups, and occasional seminars that are free and open to all. www.longmontchamber.org.
3rd Mondays: Food & Brews Collaborative, 2-3pm
Feb., TBA: Unity in the Community
For more events geared toward children, see listings under Animal Affairs, Classes and Nature/Outdoor Events.
Art Stop at BMoCA
Saturdays: The Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art offers free, hands-on art activities for families every Saturday during the Boulder Farmers’ Market. Museum admission is also free during the market. 9am-1pm at BMoCA, 1750 13th St. www.bmoca.org.
Boulder Public Library Children’s Programs
Storytimes for little ones in different age groups start at 10:15am most days of the week at different library branches; there are also bilingual and musical offerings. Check www.boulderlibrary.org for the full schedule or call 303-441-3099.
Tuesdays: Lap Babies Storytime, 9:15am (Main Branch; 10:15am Meadows Branch)
Tuesdays: Youth Maker Hangout, 4-5:30pm (Main Branch)
Thursdays: Musical Story Time, 4pm, all ages (Main Branch)
Fridays: Playtime Storytime, 10:15am (Reynolds and Meadows Branches)
Saturdays: Spanish/English Storytime, 10:15am (NoBo Branch)
Dec. 9: Family Holiday Gift Make & Take, 2-4pm (Reynolds Branch)
Dec. 19: Flatirons Mineral Club Junior Geologists Meeting, ages 5-15, 6-8pm (Meadows Branch)
Jan. 19: Snow Science, hands-on activities for ages 7-11, 1-2pm (Main Branch)
Boulder Public Library Teen Activities
The Boulder Public Library’s main location and its branches offer a variety of free programs for teenagers all year long, including a popular makerspace. 303-441-3099; www.boulderlibrary.org.
Fridays: Teen and Tea Time, 4-6pm (Reynolds Branch)
2nd Fridays: Movies@Meadows, 4-6pm (Meadows Branch)
Jan. 6: Purl Jam, knitting instruction for grades 6 and up, 4-5:30pm (Meadows Branch)
CU Science Discovery
Science Discovery hosts after-school and day-off science classes, with hands-on STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) activities. Visit sciencediscovery.colorado.edu for the schedule and registration information.
CU Wizards Program
Monthly Wizards shows during the school year are free science programs geared toward 5th-through-9th-graders, but all ages are welcome. Held on the CU campus at either Duane Physics G1B30 or Cristol Chem 140. www.colorado.edu/cuwizards
Jan. 26: Surfing with a Mathematician! (Duane)
Feb. 23: Buggy Robots (Duane)
March 16: Electricity and Magnetism (Duane)
April 20: One Fish, Two Fish, Fluorescent Red & Green Squish! (Cristol)
May 18: The Chemistry of Energy (Cristol)
Firehouse Art Center Saturday Art Experience
Saturdays: Crafty and creative kids can take part in weekly art classes at Firehouse Art Center, 667 Fourth Ave. in Longmont. Ages 5-8, noon-12:45pm; ages 9-12, 1-2pm. $10; free for members. www.firehouseart.org.
Longmont Museum Discovery Days
Discovery Days is a low-cost program that allows preschool children (ages 2-5) and their parents/caregivers to engage in educational, hands-on art activities during the school year. See the schedule and registration info at www.longmontmuseum.org. The museum is at 400 Quail Road in Longmont.
Dec. 5: Big Kid Ornament Making (ages 5-12 welcome on late-start day), 9-10:30am or 3:30-5pm
National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)
Touch a cloud, tangle with a tornado, create a little chaos—NCAR’s science exhibits help kids learn about weather, climate and other earth-science topics. Free. Open 8am-5pm weekdays at 1850 Table Mesa Drive. scied.ucar.edu/exhibits.
Pages & Paws
Wednesdays: See listing under Literary Events.
Tinker Art Studio
This Boulder art studio, founded by educators and artists, offers classes for all age levels in many subjects, including painting, pottery and drawing. 693-B S. Broadway; www.tinkerartstudio.com.
TulipFairy & Elf Festival
April 7: Spring officially arrives on Pearl Street Mall when the beautiful, colorful Tulip Fairy, along with pint-sized fairies and elves, parades around the mall “welcoming” the mall’s more than 15,000 tulips. The annual springtime tradition features lots of special events and activities. 1-5pm. www.tulipfairyfestival.com.
University of Colorado Museum of Natural History
The CU Museum of Natural History hosts workshops and other events all year long, including many geared toward children and teens. The museum is in the Henderson Building on the CU campus, 15th Street and Broadway. Find more details and registration info at cumuseum.colorado.edu.
Dec. 8: Free Film Screening: Adventures in Science, How Caribou Survive Arctic Winter, 1pm (aimed at middle school age)
Wild Bear Mountain Ecology Center
See listing under Nature/Outdoor Events.
YMCA Teen Activities
The YMCA of Boulder Valley offers programs that help teens grow and give them a chance to connect with adults in a safe environment. 303-442-2778 (Mapleton Center), 303-664-5458 (Arapahoe Center); www.ymcabv.org.
For more classes, see listings under Food & Drink, Garden & Home, and Nature/Outdoor.
The Art Underground/The Arts Hub
The Art Underground, 901 Front St. in Louisville, and The Arts Hub, 420 Courtney Way in Lafayette, are nonprofit centers that offer classes for all ages in dance, theater, music, photography, film and visual arts. www.artunder.org.
Boulder CPR & First Aid
Certified American Red Cross instructors teach first aid, CPR, babysitting and lifeguarding. Classes are held at various locations throughout Boulder County. 303-668-8079; www.bouldercpr.com.
Boulder Digital Arts
BDA offers workshops, classes (in-person and online), certificate programs and events for digital artists and creative professionals working in film/video, marketing, social media, photography and graphic design. Upcoming classes include Video Production Certificate Program (Dec. 3-7), Getting Started with Google AdWords (Jan. 14) and Podcasting Hands-On Intensive (Feb. 7). Register at www.boulderdigitalarts.com. BDA is at 1600 Range St., Suite 100.
Boulder Metalsmithing Association
BoMA offers a variety of classes and hands-on workshops in metal arts, like Creative Chain Making, Tool Making for Jewelers, and Amulets & Talismans. 4919 Broadway, Unit 14. www.bouldermetalsmiths.com.
Boulder Potters’ Guild
The Potters’ Guild offers classes and practice sessions for all skill levels, from beginning to master-level. Check www.boulderpottersguild.com for a schedule, and sign up for email alerts about sales and other special events.
Center for Musical Arts
The Center for Musical Arts, located at 200 E. Baseline in Lafayette, features 13 teaching studios with private and group lessons for all ages. www.comusic.org.
Intercambio offers free weekly classes around Boulder County that help participants learn English and give them information about the U.S. citizenship process and the citizenship interview. For locations and other details: 303-996-0275; www.intercambioweb.org.
Drop-In Tech Help
Tuesdays & Saturdays: Want to be more tech-savvy? The Boulder Public Library offers drop-in help sessions every Tuesday evening 6-7pm and Saturday morning 10-11am. The library also offers online tutorials on computer basics, social media and other tech-related topics. 1001 Arapahoe Ave. www.boulderlibrary.org.
Boulder Parks and Recreation Department’s EXPAND program sponsors adventures, services and recreation programs—including sports, fitness, camping and swimming—for children, teens and adults with disabilities. www.bouldercolorado.gov/parks-rec.
Experience Naropa Open House
Feb. 1: Any prospective graduate and undergraduate students are invited to Naropa University to tour the campus, attend sample classes, and meet faculty and students. Free and open to all; 11am-3pm at the Nalanda Campus, 6287 Arapahoe Ave. www.naropa.edu.
Front Range Anglers
See listing for free fly-fishing classes under Sports Events.
Herbalism Classes & Herb Walks
The Boulder-based herbalist, nutrition consultant and author Brigitte Mars offers a variety of herb-related workshops and classes, including short herb walks around Boulder.
Dec. 8: Holiday Herbal Crafts Class
Lifelong Learning Program
Boulder Valley School District offers classes for all ages in subjects like writing, dance, health and fitness, money, languages and gardening. www.bvsd.org/LLL.
The Living Arts School
The Living Arts School is a “folk school” for traditional living skills, crafts and music. Classes are held at various locations throughout Boulder County. See the complete class schedule at www.livingartsschool.com.
Longmont Yarn Shoppe
Learn how to knit, crochet, weave, spin and do needle-felting at this Longmont store. See the full schedule of classes at www.longmontyarn.com. The store is at 454 Main St., in the rear unit.
Dec. 7: Learn to Knit, Step 2: Ribbed Hat
Dec. 9: Punch Needle Rug Hooking Intro Class
Mudslingers Pottery School Summer Clay Camps
Mudslingers offers small-group lessons and workshops for beginning and experienced potters, and open studio sessions for experienced ones. 920 Main St., Suite 1, Louisville. 303-926-0996; www.mudslingerspottery.com.
Nomad Bead Merchants
Saturdays: Free Beading Basics classes happen on a drop-in basis each week from 10am-1pm. At 2pm, “make-and-take” sessions let you create your own unique jewelry (materials fee applies). There are also fee-based classes most Sundays. Registration required. 1909 Ninth St. 303-786-9746; www.nomadbeads.com.
Parlando School of Musical Arts
Parlando offers group and private lessons for all ages, on topics like Cello Group Class, Chamber Music and Flute Choir for Adults. Parlando is at Dairy Arts Center, 2590 Walnut St.; there’s also a satellite location in Denver. www.parlando.org.
Boulder County recreation centers offer a variety of classes in sports and fitness, healthy living and nutrition, arts and crafts, social dancing and more. Visit each center’s website for a schedule and registration info, or pick up a brochure in person.
Boulder: East Boulder Community Center, 5660 Sioux Drive; North Boulder Recreation Center, 3170 Broadway; South Boulder Recreation Center, 1360 Gillaspie Drive. 303-413-7270; www.boulderparks-rec.org.
Erie: Erie Community Center, 450 Powers St. 303-926-2550; www.erieco.gov.
Lafayette: Bob L. Burger Recreation Center, 111 W. Baseline Road. 303-665-0469; www.cityoflafayette.com/recreation.
Longmont: The main rec center is at 310 Quail Road. Classes are also offered at the St. Vrain Memorial Building, 700 Longs Peak Ave., and at Centennial Pool, 1201 Alpine St. 303-774-4800; www.ci.longmont.co.us/rec.
Louisville: 900 W. Via Appia. 303-666-7400; www.louisvillerecreation.com.
Nederland: Nederland Community Center, 750 N. Highway 72, 303-258-9721; www.nederlandcommunitycenter.org.
REI Boulder Classes
The Boulder REI store, 1789 28th St., offers classes and workshops on outdoor topics such as backcountry navigation and how to climb a 14-er. www.rei.com/boulder.
Dec. 11: Snowshoeing Basics
Jan. 12-13 & March 23-24: Wilderness First Aid
Community & Cultural Festivals
Boulder Creek Festival
May 25-27: Since 1987, this huge annual festival has served as Boulder’s unofficial kickoff to summer. It features nine separate event areas, more than 500 vendor booths, live entertainment on four stages, carnival rides, food and drink stations, and a signature rubber duck race down the creek. In downtown Boulder, in Central Park and the Municipal Building lawn. Find the full schedule of events and times for each day at www.bceproductions.com.
Chinese New Year Celebration
Feb., TBA: The Asian-Pacific Association of Longmont hosts this annual celebration featuring food tastings, traditional dance, arts and crafts, musical performances, and activities from groups representing 60 cultural backgrounds. 2-5pm at Silver Creek High School, 4901 Nelson Road, Longmont. www.apalconnect.org.
Estes Park Winter Festival
Jan. 19-20: Estes Park’s annual celebration of all things wintry features high-flying skiers and snowboarders demonstrating their skills on indoor trampolines, plus demo snowshoes, award-winning chili, beer and wine, kids’ activities, vendor booths, and giveaways for big prizes like snowcat tours, a national parks pass and adventure gear. Saturday is also Winter Trails Day in Rocky Mountain National Park. Festival is at the Estes Park Events Complex, 1125 Rooftop Way. Schedule: www.visitestespark.com.
Frozen Dead Guy Days
March 8-10: Nederland’s quirky annual winter festival pays homage to Bredo Morstol, who is frozen in a state of suspended animation and housed in a Tuff Shed high above Nederland. The three-day event features activities like polar plunging, coffin racing, ice turkey bowling, human foosball, a parade of hearses, a frozen salmon toss and more, plus live music and food/drinks. For details, see www.frozendeadguydays.org.
Longmont Cinco de Mayo
May, TBA: Annual event celebrates and honors Mexican culture with traditional food, live entertainment, shopping, a car show and other free family activities. www.longmontcincodemayo.com.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration
Jan. 14: Annual community celebration honors the life and work of Dr. King with gospel choirs, dancers, an art exhibit and dramatizations. 10am-noon at Silver Creek High School, 4901 Nelson Road, Longmont. www.longmontcolorado.gov.
See listings above under Community Festivals.
April is the time when Boulder County’s farmers’ markets begin opening for the season! Find a plethora of farm-fresh produce, meats, cheeses, eggs, flowers, herbs and much more, with offerings changing weekly as the season progresses.
Berthoud: Opens in June; www.berthoudlocal.org.
Boulder: Saturdays 8am-2pm and Wednesdays 4-8pm beginning in April at 13th Street between Canyon Boulevard and Arapahoe Avenue. www.bcfm.org.
Erie: Thursdays 5-8pm beginning in late May on Briggs Street between Wells and Moffatt streets. www.realfarmersmarketco.com.
Frederick: Opens in June. www.frederickco.gov.
Lafayette: Opens in June. www.bcfm.org.
Longmont: Saturdays 8am-1pm beginning in April at Boulder County Fairgrounds, Hover Street and Boston Avenue. www.bcfm.org.
Louisville: Saturdays 9am-1pm beginning in late May at 824 Front St. wwwrealfarmersmarketco.com.
Mead: Opens in June. www.townofmead.org.
Food & Drink Festivals & Events
For tours of local wineries, breweries and distilleries, see listings under Tours.
Ales For Females
Select Mondays: Ales for Females is a female-only membership club that gathers a few times per month on Mondays (6:30-8pm) to discuss all things beer and learn how to pair beer with food. Learn how to join at www.lefthandbrewing.com. The Left Hand Tasting Room is at 1265 Boston Ave. in Longmont.
The Art of Cheese Cheesemaking Classes
Longmont’s artisanal cheesemaking school offers classes covering everything from soft cheeses like chèvre to firm cheeses like cheddar and Jarlsberg. Find the full schedule and Longmont locations at www.theartofcheese.com.
Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts
Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts offers occasional classes for amateur chefs; there are also open-house events for prospective full-time students. The Boulder campus is at 637 S. Broadway, Suite H; www.escoffier.edu.
BIFF Cine Chef
March 1: Powerhouse women chefs from Boulder and Denver pick a movie theme and prepare small plates based on the theme in this competition that’s part of the Boulder International Film Festival. At Rembrandt Yard, 1301 Spruce St. Details and tickets at www.biff1.com/cinechef.
Estes Park Whiskey Warm-up Weekend
March 2: Estes Park’s annual whiskey-tasting event and celebration includes unlimited samples from distilleries, educational seminars with food pairings, live entertainment and a souvenir tasting glass. Details: www.visitestespark.com.
Food Lab Cooking School
Food Lab offers classes with plenty of time built in to enjoy the prepared courses. It also holds camps for kids when school is closed. Recent class topics included Tagine Cooking and Spanish Tapas; see the calendar online for an updated winter/spring schedule. www.foodlabboulder.com.
Dec. 15-16 & 22-23: Holiday Cookie Party (2 sessions each day)
Lafayette Oatmeal Festival
Jan. 12: See listing under Health/Fitness Events.
Local Table Tours
LTT, a “culinary concierge,” hosts a number of culinary-themed tours around Boulder, including Downtown Dining, Beer Tasting, and Coffee and Pastry tours. www.localtabletours.com.
Nederland Area Seniors Pancake Breakfast
March 9-10: See listing under Benefits & Fundraisers.
Taste of Pearl
April 28: See listing under Benefits & Fundraisers.
Boulder Center for Conscious Community
“BC3” offers workshops, classes, coaching sessions, art exhibits and book groups. 1637 28th St. 303-449-5417; www.consciousboulder.com.
Boulder Public Library Adult Programs
BPL hosts several discussion groups that meet weekly or monthly at the library’s branches. There are also business workshops; see listing under Business Events. www.boulderlibrary.org.
Tuesdays: Boulder World Affairs Discussion Group, 10am-noon (Meadows Branch); contact
Final Mondays: Women of the West, 11:30am-1pm (Main Branch)
Final Thursdays: Geopolitics Discussion Group, 1-3pm monthly (Main Branch)
Boulder Shambhala Center
This Tibetan Buddhist studio offers discussions, lectures, meditation classes and workshops; many events are free. 1345 Spruce St. www.boulder.shambhala.org.
Changes in Latitude Travel Program
Wednesdays: The Changes in Latitude Travel Store offers free travel films, slide shows and photo presentations most Wednesdays at 7pm at 2525 Arapahoe Ave. Check www.cil.com for the winter/spring schedule.
Chautauqua Forums & Lectures
Chautauqua presents a number of author talks and other special programs each season, and most are in the auditorium, 900 Baseline Road. Check www.chautauqua.com for times and other details, and other events on the fall schedule. Also get your tickets soon, as many events sell out.
Dec. 13: Kedrowski & Fielder: Ski CO Through a Lens
Jan. 10: Luke Kimmes: Rediscovering North America
Feb. 4: The Future of Space Tourism
March 13: William Briggs: How America Got Its Guns
April 3: Ghost Towns of the American West
City of Boulder Home-Ownership Program
Monthly orientations sponsored by the city of Boulder instruct prospective buyers on affordable housing and using city programs to buy a house. Check the schedule at www.boulderaffordablehomes.com.
Conference on World Affairs CWA Week
April 9-13: CWA Week, held each spring on the CU campus for more than 70 years now, is a festival of ideas featuring 200 panels plus 100 speakers and performers discussing the arts, media, science, technology, politics, business, human rights and more. All events are free and open to the public. CWA also hosts a speaker series year-round. Find more information and the full schedule at www.colorado.edu/cwa.
Elevations Credit Union Reality Check Seminars
Elevations Credit Union offers dozens of free presentations each year at its different area branches—on topics like Social Security, retirement, real estate, investing and wills—and you don’t have to be a credit union member to attend. Elevations also sponsors some free programs that aren’t related to finances at all. The dates listed below all take place at the Diagonal Branch, 2960 Diagonal Highway; visit www.elevationscu.com to RSVP and to see the rest of the schedule.
Dec. 12: Retirement Income Planning, noon
Dec. 12: Buying Residential Investment Property, 6pm
Front Range Eco-Social Solutions Conference: A Bioneers Network Event
Feb., TBA: Bioneers is an international gathering of leading innovators and visionaries who offer practical solutions to the most pressing environmental and social issues of our time. The local conference features workshops, sessions and local presenters, plus re-broadcasts of national Bioneers programs. Register or volunteer at www.colorado.edu/ecenter/bioneers.
Dec. 13: These events always sell out, so get your tickets early. Ignite Boulder is a “night of geeky presentations with a twist.” Each speaker has exactly 5 minutes to teach us something, enlighten us or simply entertain us, backed by 20 slides that advance every 15 seconds. 7pm at Boulder Theater, 2032 14th St. More info: www.igniteboulder.com. Tickets: www.chautauqua.com.
The Integral Center
The Integral Center is a place where members can meet others, work, take classes, listen to presentations, and more. There’s something on the calendar nearly every day of the week, including yoga and meditation, and the center is also home to the Mandala Integrative Medicine Clinic. Nonmembers can drop in to most programs for a fee. Stop by 2805 Broadway to check it out, or visit www.integralcenter.org.
Longmont Public Library Lectures, Forums & Meetups
Oct. 11: Local author Richard Estep has been investigating haunted places for more than 25 years, and he tells stories about the most haunted ones he’s ever encountered during his paranormal investigations. 7pm at Longmont Public Library, 409 4th Ave.; free, but space is limited so tickets are required, and they’re available starting Sept. 11 at www.eventbrite.com.
Longmont Museum Lectures & Forums
The Longmont Public Library hosts a number of authors and speakers on a variety of timely topics, plus regular meetups. The library is at 409 Fourth Ave. in Longmont; find out more about each event at www.longmontcolorado.gov.
Tuesdays: Writer’s Group, 6pm
4th Saturdays: Longmont Genealogy Society, Genealogy Basics, 10am-noon
TED X Boulder
Spring, TBA: TEDxBoulder, modeled after TED talks, features live presentations on a theme. The spring date and theme weren’t set at press time, so check www.tedxboulder.com for updates.
TinkerMill is a nonprofit makerspace where members have access to tools and equipment they probably don’t have at home—like 3-D printers, CAD workstations, sewing machines, a kiln, soldering setups and woodworking stations. 1840 Delaware Place, Unit A, Longmont; visit www.tinkermill.org for details and to view the calendar of classes, clubs and meetups.
University of Colorado Museum of Natural History
The CU Museum of Natural History offers numerous workshops, lectures, classes and forums all year long, and many are free. For a schedule, see cumuseum.colorado.edu. The museum is located in the Henderson Building, Broadway and 15th streets.
Garden & Home Events
Boulder Home & Garden Fair
Date, TBA: This popular event offers expert advice from local business owners. Visit www.BoulderHG.com for details.
Denver Botanic Gardens
Denver Botanic Gardens offers acres of plant displays, classes for all ages, lectures, plant shows, gardening certification, botanical illustration instruction, storytimes and a great deal more. The main gardens are at 1007 York St.; the Chatfield location is at 8500 W. Deer Creek Canyon Road in Littleton. www.botanicgardens.org.
Through Jan. 1: Blossoms of Light (York Street)
Feb. 7 & Mar. 28: Garden Guru Tour
March 23: Bumblebee Jamboree
May 9-12: Spring Plant Sale
The Growe Foundation strives to educate children about healthy eating and environmental stewardship. It gives students hands-on education, both in school classrooms and on-site at the gardens. www.growefoundation.org.
This Boulder nonprofit’s mission is to enrich the lives of our community through sustainable urban agriculture. It offers camps for kids, community gardens, classroom visits during the school year, and community events, plus cooking classes for adults (see separate listing under Food & Drink Events) and a beekeeping series. 1630 Hawthorn Ave.; www.growinggardens.org.
Spring, TBA: Gardening and Beekeeping classes for adults begin
April, TBA: Children’s Bee Earth Day
Harlequin’s Gardens, 4795 N. 26th St., offers low-cost classes on a variety of garden topics; the remaining classes on this season’s schedule are listed below. The on-site display gardens include a xeriscape herb garden and ornamental grasses. 303-939-9403; www.harlequinsgardens.com.
Littleton’s Hudson Gardens offers numerous free or low-cost educational sessions on topics like beekeeping and vegetable gardening. Visitors can observe Master Gardeners planting, weeding and harvesting, and then ask questions or get advice. 6115 S. Santa Fe Drive, Littleton. www.hudsongardens.org.
Longmont Gift of Home Tour
Nov. 29-Dec. 1: See listing under Holiday Events.
Lyons Farmette, a working organic farm and sustainability center, offers classes in cooking, bee- and chicken-keeping, soil health, herbal skin care and more. It also hosts farm dinners and art events. Check the online calendar for updates. 4121 Ute Highway, Lyons; www.lyonsfarmette.com.
Sturtz & Copeland Classes
Sturtz & Copeland offers free gardening classes on a variety of topics, and attendees also get a discount on purchases. 303-442-6663; www.sturtzandcopeland.com.
Dec. 12: Floral Design with Evergreens and Berries
Three Leaf Farm
Three Leaf Farm in Lafayette offers garden-related classes and workshops on topics like herbal medicine and soap making. Check the full schedule and other details at www.threeleaffarm.com. 445 S. 112th St., Lafayette.