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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. A new exhibit called “Invertebrate World” features interactive play areas. 6252 W. 104th Ave., Westminster. 303-469-5441. See more events, plus yoga and photography classes, at www.butterflies.org.
June 10: World Oceans Day
July 15: Insectival
Aug. 19: World Honeybee Day
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.
June 3: Summer Open House, 10am-4pm
June 4: Building Leadership Hoof to Hand class, 9am-noon or 1-4pm
Save the Date, Sept. 16: Mane Event Fundraiser: Heroes for Horses
Visit one of the zoo’s newest residents, Dobby the giraffe, and more than 4,200 other amazing animals. Watch African penguin feeding daily at 10:15am, and interact with the llama keepers as they care for their charges at 1:30pm. The zoo’s calendar is full of special events and classes all year long2300 Steele St., 303-376-4800; www.denverzoo.org.
June 15: Do at the Zoo, annual fundraiser
Opens July 1: Dinos! Live at Denver Zoo
July 20: The Watering Hole: Adult Lecture Series
End-of-Season Dog Swims
When the summer pool season is winding down, it’s time for playful pups to take a dip. Check online for details about each location listed below.
Boulder: Dog Dayz at Scott Carpenter Pool; www.bouldercolorado.gov
Lafayette: Dog Days of Summer at LaMont Does Outdoor Pool, Sept. 4
Longmont: Aug. 15-16: At Roosevelt Park Activity Pool, (9am-noon and 4-7pm); At Kanemoto Activity Pool (4-7pm)
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.
Save the Date: Registration begins June 15 for Greenwood’s annual fundraiser, Wild Night for Wildlife, on Sept. 29
Humane Society of Boulder Valley
The shelter cares for more than 8,000 animals each year, and 93 percent are successfully adopted or reunited with their families. The society also offers classes for dogs, trains volunteers to work with the animals and provides veterinary services to the public. 2323 55th St., 303-442-4030; www.boulderhumane.org.
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.
June 16: Pet Photo Shoot Fundraiser, 4:30-7:30pm at Skeye Brewing, 900 S. Hover St.
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.
July 3-7: Youth Summer Riding Camp, ages 7+
July 9-12: HopeFoal Project Summer Intensive, ages 14-17
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. There have been some recent visitation and policy changes, and a fee increase, so check online for details 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 By Bike Guided Day Tours
Loveland is known as one of the best art towns in the country, and here’s a chance to see the extensive collection by bike. Price includes bike and helmet rental, a guided tour (3 to 4 hours, 5 to 6 miles), snacks and water bottle. Register at www.atyourpacebiking.com
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. 2870 Bluff St.; check www.artpartsboulder.org for hours and donation information.
Art Quilt Symposium
Aug. 26: Full-day event, held in conjunction with the Dairy’s art quilt exhibition, features keynote speaker Alice Zrebiec, former curator of textiles at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Denver Art Museum. 9:30am-4:30pm at Dairy Arts Center, 2590 Walnut St. Register at www.thedairy.org.
See listing under Arts Events/Galleries.
Arts on the River
Aug. 27: Boulder County artists gather along the river in Lyons to display their paintings, prints, photography, ceramics, jewelry and other handcrafted pieces. There’s also live music, children’s activities and food trucks. Co-hosted by the Boulder County Arts Alliance and the Lyons Arts and Humanities Commission. 1-7pm at River Bend, 501 W. Main St. in Lyons. www.bouldercountyarts.org.
Berthoud Sunfest and Quilt Show
June 17 (rain date June 24): View more than 100 quilts on display and vote for your favorite. There’s also a quilt raffle, arts and crafts vendors, and more. 10am-4pm in Fickel Park, 620 Mountain Ave., Berthoud. www.berthoudcolorado.com.
Boulder Art Association
Rotating works by BAA members are on display year-round at businesses throughout the county; check the website for a schedule. The association also holds monthly meetings and other events. 303-444-9922; www.boulderartassociation.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.
Tuesdays: Parent Art Group, 9:30am-noon
Tuesdays: Open Door Studio: Tuesday Night Stress Relief and Relaxation Art Group, 6-8pm
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.
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; see the schedule at www.bouldermetalsmiths.com.
Boulder Plein Air Festival
June 11-18: Inaugural festival is a week-long celebration of “remarkable landscapes and scenic cityscapes,” sponsored by Open Studios. Watch artists in action in the beautiful outdoors, then attend events like workshops, receptions, exhibitions and lectures. At various Boulder locations; see www.openstudios.org for the schedule.
Cherry Creek Arts Festival
July 1-3: This annual three-day event, which draws more than 350,000 visitors, is a celebration of the visual, culinary and performing arts. For venue, hours and more info, see www.cherrycreekartsfestival.org.
Crafted Life Markets
June 24, July 29 & Aug. 26: Browse the works of more than two dozen artists displaying handicrafts, home décor, ceramics, apparel and more. 10am-5pm at Festival Plaza, 311 S. Public Road in Lafayette. www.crafted.life.
Denver Chalk Art Festival
June 2-4: Watch in awe as more than 200 professional and amateur artists spend hours creating chalk-art masterpieces. There’s also music, food and children’s activities. www.larimerarts.org.
Estes Park Art Events
Estes Park is the site of several popular art events during the summer; check www.estesarts.com and www.visitestespark.com for details.
June 2-4: Windows to the West Art Show and Sale; Jazz Fest
June 10-11: Wool Market & Fiber Festival
Aug. 26-27: Handmade in Colorado Expo
Sept. 2-4: Labor Day Arts & Crafts Show
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. www.bcfm.org.
Firefly Handmade Summer Market
July 15-16: Browse the work of more than 100 independent artisans while strolling through the shady tent; there’s also live music, food and drink, and children’s activities. At Twenty Ninth Street shopping district, 10am-4pm both days. www.fireflyhandmade.com.
High Peaks Art Festival
June 24-25: 17th annual event in Nederland is a juried show of fine arts and contemporary crafts, plus live music and food from local restaurants. At various venues in Nederland; check www.highpeaksartfestival.com for the events schedule.
Lafayette Art Night Out
June 9, July 14, Aug. 11, Sept. 8: Free community event features artist booths, live music, a beer garden, food trucks and kids’ activities. 5-9:15pm at Festival Plaza and along Public Road in downtown Lafayette. 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.
June 8-10: Plein Air Workshop with Michael Clark
June 21: Introductory Jewelry Workshop with Francesca Morales Cook
Sept. 1-10: 32nd Annual National Juried Fine Art and Photography Show and Sale
Loveland Sculpture & Art Shows
Aug. 12-13: Two special arts events take place on the same weekend in Loveland—a nationally recognized sculpture show and a fine arts festival. Shuttle service is available throughout the city for the weekend.
Sculpture in the Park: The largest juried outdoor sculpture show in the country, featuring more than 2,000 pieces; at Benson Sculpture Garden, 2908 Aspen Drive just off 29th Street. www.sculptureinthepark.org.
Art in the Park: Huge arts and crafts festival, plus a beer garden and live music; 2800 N. Taft. www.artintheparkloveland.com.
Pearl Street Arts Fest
July 15-16: From whimsical and modern sculptures to traditional watercolors, oils and more, this event is “a beautiful outdoor gallery nestled in the heart of downtown Boulder.” There are also demonstrations, performances and children’s art activities. Find times and other details at www.boulderdowntown.com.
Prospect Artists Association Studio Tour
June 17-18: From 11am-5pm each day, visitors can see artists’ personal studios, watch them work and purchase art. In Prospect on the south edge of Longmont; see www.prospectartistsassn.com for info.
Rocky Mountain Quilt Festival
Aug. 17-19: Shop for handmade quilts and quilting supplies, watch demonstrations and register for door prizes at this three-day festival at The Ranch, 5280 Circle Arena in Loveland, just off I-25. www.rmqf.net.
WAVE: Light + Water + Sound
June 1-4: Head up to Breckenridge for this free four-night festival featuring art installations, live performances, film screenings and more for the whole family. Details: www.breckcreate.org/wave.
Benefits & Fundraisers
A Moveable Feast XVIII
June 3: The evening begins with a large cocktail party for all guests at a private home; then smaller groups move on to other homes for a progressive feast of courses, from appetizers to dessert. Proceeds benefit Blue Sky Bridge, a child-advocacy center working to create a community free of child abuse. Find updated details at www.blueskybridge.org.
Boulder County CareConnect: Celebrating the Ages
Aug. 10: Boulder County CareConnect, a volunteer-powered organization that helps seniors stay safe and live more independently, presents its annual fundraiser, 5-7:30pm at the Millennium Harvest House, 1345 28th St. Find out more at www.careconnectbc.org.
Buffalo Bicycle Classic
Sept. 10: Annual bike race raises scholarship funds for CU students; see listing under Bicycling Events. www.buffalobicycleclassic.com.
Colorado Citizens for Canine Welfare: Concert for Canines
Aug. 18: Peter Yarrow (of Peter, Paul and Mary fame) presents an evening of song to benefit Colorado Citizens for Canine Welfare, a group that works to expose the truth about puppy mills and puppy sales. VIP reception with Peter at 6pm; concert begins at 7pm at First Congregational Church, 1128 Pine St. Tickets: www.caninewelfare.org.
Growing Gardens ¡Cultiva! Dinner
Aug. 5: Feast under the stars at a farm-to-table dinner that’s a fundraiser for the nonprofit Growing Gardens’ community programs. Local chefs prepare five courses using fresh organic ingredients from the ¡Cultiva! garden, plus locally raised meats and local beer and wine. Wear garden-party attire and garden-friendly footwear. 5-9pm at 1630 Hawthorn Ave. Tickets: www.growinggardens.org.
‘I Have a Dream’ 12th Annual Golf Tournament
July 24: Help support I Have a Dream’s mission of sending low-income students to college. Annual tournament includes breakfast, lunch, on-course beverages and prizes. At Omni Interlocken Golf Club in Broomfield. Register: www.ihadboulder.org.
Aug. 5: Help raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society at this annual event sponsored by Left Hand Brewing Co. It features the Mile High Tribute Band Competition, plus craft beer and food. Noon-8pm at 1265 Boston Ave., Longmont. www.lefthandbrewing.com.
Longmont Chamber: Commerce Cup Open
June 16: Annual golf tournament sponsored by the Longmont Chamber benefits a different local nonprofit each year. At Ute Creek Golf Course in Longmont; check online for times and other information. 303-776-5295; www.longmontchamber.org.
Louisville Chamber: Spaghetti Open Golf Tournament
July 14: Entry fee includes a hole-in-one contest, breakfast, a luncheon awards banquet and a spaghetti dinner; proceeds benefit the Louisville Chamber. 7:30am tee-off at Coal Creek Golf Course 585 W. Dillon Road, Louisville: register at www.louisvillechamber.com.
Nederland Area Seniors Pancake Breakfast
July 29: Annual pancake breakfast, a fundraiser for Nederland Area Seniors, is in conjunction with Nederland’s Coming Home Days community event. 8-11am at Nederland Community Center, 750 Highway 72 North. www.nederlandareaseniors.org.
1940s WWII-ERA BALL
June 17: Get your tickets early, because this nostalgic fundraiser always sells out. Proceeds help the Wounded Warriors Project and the Spirit of Flight Center. Includes dancing and live music amidst World War II planes, plus a parachute jump, swing-dancing lessons, a classic car show and vintage jeeps that transport you back to your car. 5pm-1am at the Boulder Airport (blue hangar), 3393 Airport Road. www.1940sball.org.
St. Vrain Historical Society: Hot Time in the Old Town
Aug. 25-27: Three-day festival takes participants back to 1925, with costumed characters, a living history tour and music from the Roaring ’20s. Tickets include dinner, and proceeds benefit the historical society’s programs. Tickets: 303-776-1870; www.stvrainhistoricalsociety.com.
There with Care: Care Cup Challenge
June 6: Annual golf tournament at Omni Interlocken Golf Club in Broomfield benefits There with Care, an organization that helps families and children facing critical illness. Register at www.therewithcare.org.
VIA Mobility Services: Golf Classic
Aug. 25: VIA provides transportation and mobility services for seniors and those with disabilities. Help VIA raise crucial funds at the inaugural golf tournament, which includes 18 holes with cart, breakfast and lunch, door prizes, contests and more. 8am shotgun start at Indian Peaks Golf Course in Lafayette. Register: www.viacolorado.org.
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.
June 4: B360/Circle Boulder by Bicycle Fun Ride kicks off Boulder’s Walk and Bike Month. The self-guided 10am ride for all ages is followed by food, family activities and an expo with giveaways. Details: www.walkandbikemonth.org.
June 17: 17th Annual G’Knight Ride is a celebration of cycling in Longmont. The event is for all ages, with an evening ride and family-friendly activities. 3-10pm; find location and more details at www.gknightride.org.
June 17: Denver Century Ride offers a 100-mile century, several shorter rides, and a kids’ bicycle parade, all starting and ending at Northfield Stapleton. www.denvercenturyride.com.
June 18-24: Bicycle Tour of Colorado, Colorado’s “original loop ride,” is a seven-day, fully supported round-trip bicycle tour (more than 450 miles) that begins and ends in Pagosa Springs this year. It includes camping services, aid stations, bike repair and medical support. www.bicycletourcolorado.com.
June 24-27: Bike MS: Colorado 2017 is a two-day ride to benefit the National MS Society, following a Westminster-Fort Collins-Westminster route. There’s also a shorter loop that stays in Fort Collins. www.bikemscolorado.org.
July 22-23: The Children’s Hospital Courage Classic is a multiday ride in Summit County with four route options ranging from 33 to 80 miles. www.couragetours.com.
Aug. 12: The B Strong Ride, presented by Celestial Seasonings, benefits several cancer-related nonprofits. 69, 38 or 24 miles, or a 1-mile ride for kids. 7:30am-3:30pm at 4600 Sleepytime Drive. www.bstrongride.com.
Aug. 26: Venus DeMiles is a women’s bike ride with 33-, 64- and 100-mile route options that “celebrates the spirit of sisterhood.” Route begins and ends in Longmont’s Prospect Park, 700 Tenacity Drive. Register at www.venusdemiles.com.
Aug. 27: The Gold Rush Bike Rally & Run travels through Boulder County’s scenic and historic gold mining past with participants collecting “gold nuggets” along the route for prizes. Choose a rugged cycling journey through rugged terrain or a team running relay in North Boulder Park. www.goldrushbikerally.com.
Sept. 10: The Buffalo Bicycle Classic has raised more than $3 million since 2003 for promising students in CU Boulder’s College of Arts and Sciences. Choose one of seven biking distances ranging from “Little Buff” to “Buff Epic”—a 110-mile ride with a 9,000-foot elevation gain. www.buffalobicycleclassic.com.
Boulder Area Bicycle Adventures
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.
Boulder Bike to Work Day/Walk & Bike Month
June: Bike to Work Day is a monthlong celebration of bicycling-related events. June 28 is the official Bike to Work Day, when participants are treated to free breakfast at more than 40 stations in the city, but there are lots of other events as well. Check www.walkandbikemonth.org for the full schedule.
June 4: B-360: Circle Boulder by Bicycle Fun Ride, Scott Carpenter Park, 10am
June 28: Bike to Work Day, 6:30-9am
Longmont Bike to Work Day
June 28: Grab a free breakfast on Bike to Work Day at the Longmont Civic Center, 350 Kimbark St.
Longmont Bike Night
Wednesdays beginning June 7: Fun, family-friendly rides of 6-8 miles gather weekly at 6:30pm; see the Longmont Bike Night Facebook page for updated details.
Longmont Zagster Bike Share
Use the handy Zagster mobile app to find one of 50 cruiser bikes at 10 stations around Longmont. Register ahead of time and pay a low hourly rate ($3) or a monthly or yearly membership. Find out more at www.zagster.com/longmont.
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.
June 29, Aug. 31: Membership Orientation
Aug. 25: Buffs Kickoff Lunch
Boulder County Arts Alliance
BCAA hosts Business of Arts workshops for artists, with topics like grant writing and audience development. Check for updates at www.bouldercountyarts.org.
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 (check online for venue). A few are listed, but check the event calendar at www.bouldersbdc.org for more.
June 14, July 19, Aug. 16: Start-Up Essentials (Boulder)
June 20: Start-Up Essentials (Longmont)
June 24: Intro to Entrepreneurship for Teens (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. 303-447-0901; www.coloradogreenbuildingguild.org.
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.
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 Stg 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)
Thursdays: Musical Storytime, 4pm, all ages (Main Branch)
Fridays: Playtime Storytime, 10:15am (Reynolds and Meadows Branches)
Saturdays: Spanish/English Storytime, 10:15am (NoBo Branch)
June 14 & 28, July 26, Aug. 9 & 23: STEAM Story Club, 4-5pm (Reynolds Branch)
Aug. 30: Mad Scientist Day, 4pm (Reynolds 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 new makerspace. 303-441-3099; www.boulderlibrary.org.
Fridays: Teens, Trivia, and Tea, 4-6pm (Reynolds Branch)
June 17: Escape Room, 2pm (Main Branch)
June 18: Book Art, grades 6-12, 2pm (Reynolds Branch)
June 23, July 14, July 28: Movie Night, 4-6pm (Meadows Branch)
Aug. 5: “Edwina the Great and Her Flea Circus,” suitable for ages 4 and up, woos the audience with “miniature minions of delight,” aka fleas. 10am and noon at Chautauqua Community House, 900 Baseline Road. Other family-friendly presentations are listed below; see www.chautauqua.com for details.
June-July: Arts in the Open, see listing in Arts Events/Theater
June-August: Meadow Music, see listing in Arts Events/Music
Aug. 12: Flight of Fancy, mask/puppet show
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. The final show of the season begins at 9:30am in Duane Physics, G1B30. www.colorado.edu/cuwizards
June 17: From Very Big to Very Small: Microscopy and the Powers of Ten
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.
Lafayette Bike Rodeo
June 11: Free event for kids 12 and under is hosted by the Lafayette Police Department and includes a bike raffle, T-shirts and free hot dogs. 9am-noon at 355 S. Boulder Road in Lafayette. www.cityoflafayette.com.
Lafayette Kids Public Safety Day
July 19: See police and fire department demonstrations, learn about Flight for Life and other agencies, and bring your bike for a safety check. Event runs 10am-2pm with free open swimming beginning at noon. At LaMont Does Park, 500 S. Boulder Road. See www.cityoflafayette.com/recreation.
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.
June 3: Small trucks, big trucks, dump trucks, fun trucks … they’re all at this annual event, and they can all be touched. Fun for all ages, but bring earplugs if you don’t like loud noises. 9-11:30am at Louisville Recreation Center, 900 W. Via Appia. www.louisville.co.gov.
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.
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. 1300 Yellow Pine Ave., #B. www.tinkerartstudio.com.
University of Colorado Museum of Natural History
The CU Museum of Natural History hosts workshops and other events all year long, including the program listed below. Free, but space is limited, so register by calling 303-492-1666 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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 Adobe Illustrator Hands-On (June 10) and Getting Started with Google Analytics (July 10). 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.
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.
Front Range Anglers
See listing for free fly-fishing classes under Sports Events.
Brigitte Mars, a renowned Boulder-based herbalist, nutrition consultant and author, offers a variety of herb-related workshops and classes, including short herb walks around Boulder. www.brigittemars.com.
June 25: Aromatherapy for Home-Care, Health and Travel
July 15 & Aug. 26: High-Altitude Herb Walk
Aug. 19-20: Red Earth Herbal Gathering
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. Fall classes include “Preserve the Harvest” and “Spoon Carving: Ancient Craftsmanship.” 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., Longmont, in the rear unit.
June 15: Spinning 101
June 17: Fixing Your Knitting Mistakes
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.
June 20: Bike Maintenance Basics
June 22, July 25 & Aug. 29: Women’s How to Climb a 14er
School of Rock
This nationally known music school has two area locations: 3280 28th St., Unit 1, Boulder, and 11970 Quay St., Broomfield. It offers lessons in guitar, bass, drums, keyboard and vocals. www.schoolofrock.com.
Studio Arts Boulder
The nonprofit Studio Arts Boulder offers ceramics programs at the Boulder Pottery Lab, in the historic Fire Station #2 at 1010 Aurora Ave. Classes are for all levels of ability for youth, teens, adults, seniors and people with disabilities; there are also date nights, family nights and summer camps. www.studioartsboulder.org.
June 3: Annual celebration features a parade at 11am, plus live music, kids’ activities, vendors and the Berthoud’s Got Talent competition. 11am-9pm at Berthoud Town Park, 200 7th St. www.berthoudcolorado.com.
Boulder County Fair
July 28-Aug. 6: At nearly 150 years old, this is the oldest county fair in the state. Events include rodeos, carnival rides, community competitions, live entertainment, demonstrations and a beer garden. Parking is free, and so are many of the events. The Grand Fair Parade is July 29 at 10am. For the full schedule, see www.bouldercountyfair.org.
Boulder Creek Festival
May 27-29: This huge annual festival has been Boulder’s unofficial kickoff to summer since 1987. 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.bouldercreekevents.com.
Boulder Creek Hometown Festival
Sept. 2-4: This annual end-of-summer celebration includes arts and crafts vendors, live performances, a 5k, interactive sports activities, a food court and a beer garden. Monday from 1-6pm is the Rocky Mountain Pizza & Pints Festival. In downtown Boulder, in Central Park and the Municipal Building lawn. For the schedule of events and other info, see www.bouldercreekevents.com.
Buffalo Bill Days
July 27-30: Golden’s largest community festival includes classic events like a car show, parade, golf tournament and live music. www.buffalobilldays.com.
Boulder’s lively Hill neighborhood, just west of the CU campus, hosts a number of festivals and events this summer, with 13th Street closed off for safety. www.thehillboulder.com.
Sundays, June-July: Summer Sundays, with wellness, live music, demos, crafts and more; 8-11am
June 10: Shakedown Street, pre-Dead & Company street festival, noon-7pm
July 16: Taste of the Hill, 8-11am
Lafayette Art Night Out
June 9, July 14, Aug. 11, Sept. 8: Free community event features artist booths, live music, a beer garden, food trucks and kids’ activities. 5-9:15pm at Festival Plaza and along Public Road in downtown Lafayette. www.cityoflafayette.com/ano.
Louisville Downtown Street Faire
Fridays, June 9-Aug. 11 (except July 7): Popular celebration in Louisville includes live music in Steinbaugh Pavilion, 834 Front St., plus food/vendor booths, children’s activities, and other special events. The festivities run from 5-10pm, and the music plays from 6:30-9pm, rain or shine. www.downtownlouisvilleco.com.
Louisville Fall Festival
Sept. 1-4: Annual Labor Day weekend festival at various Louisville venues features music, antique car and truck shows, pie contests, a parade, food and crafts booths, and games. www.louisvilleco.gov.
Loveland Corn Roast Festival
Aug. 25-26: Old-fashioned event includes a parade, corn-shucking and corn-eating contests, and all the roasted or boiled corn you can eat, plus live music and vendor booths. Main events are at Fourth Street and Railroad Avenue. www.loveland.org.
Lyons Good Old Days
June 24: Big community event, held annually, includes a pancake breakfast, a food and beer garden, a midway, live music and the Lyons River Run 5k. In Bohn Park, off Second Avenue and Park Street in Lyons. www.townoflyons.com.
Lyons Outdoor Games
June 3: Outdoor, adventure sport and music festival helps raise funds for Lyons flood relief. The multisport festival is in conjunction with Oskar Blues’ Burning Can Beer Festival. Check www.lyonsoutdoors.com for more details and camping info.
Nederland ‘Feels Like Coming Home’ Days
July 29: All graduates of Nederland High School are invited back to town for this community celebration and reunion (formerly called Old Timers’ Days) that features a pancake breakfast, a library book sale, a parade, a picnic, an ice cream social and other activities. See the Feels Like Coming Home Facebook page for details.
Rhythm on the River
July 7-8: Longmont’s annual, free music festival features two evenings of live music, theater and dance performances, children’s activities, food and drink vendors, artisan booths, a nighttime 5k run, and lots more. At Roger’s Grove Park, northeast of South Hover Road and Boston Avenue in Longmont. Parking shuttles are available from the Boulder County Fairgrounds. www.longmontcolorado.gov.
Taste of Louisville
June 3: This big annual event, a favorite for more than 30 years, includes more than 100 vendors, 5k and 12k races, the Louis-Palooza music festival, the farmers’ market, children’s activities and more. 9am-4pm in downtown Louisville. www.louisvillechamber.com.
Boulder Dance Coalition: International Festival
June 16-18: See listing under Arts Events/Dance.
Boulder Jewish Festival
June 4: Jewish cultural celebration includes live entertainment, fine art and Judaica, ethnic food, vendor booths and family activities. On Pearl Street Mall in front of the courthouse, 11am-4pm. Free. www.boulderjewishfestival.org.
Colorado Dragon Boat Festival
July 29-30: The dragon boat races are a big hit, but this popular event has grown to be much more. It’s a two-day celebration of Asian culture and athletic skill, with competitive and recreational races, food and vendor booths, kids’ activities, performances of all kinds on five stages, storytellers, demonstrations on themed topics, and history exhibits. At Sloan’s Lake Park in northwest Denver, 25th Avenue and Sheridan. www.cdbf.org.
Colorado Latino Festival
June 25: Second-annual festival showcases Longmont as one of the most diverse cities in the state and highlighting its heritage and culture with traditional music, food, and informational and vendor booths. Noon-7pm along Longmont’s Main Street. www.thelatinofestival.com.
Colorado Medieval Festival
June 2-4: It’s a whole weekend of food (like turkey legs), drinks (like mead), artisan booths, dancing, live music and a Battle of the Bards competition. At the Savage Woods, 1750 Savage Road, just west of Loveland. www.coloradocastle.com.
Colorado Renaissance Festival
Weekends, June 10-July 30: The annual Renaissance Festival is a blast from the past, with master revelers, comedic performers, skilled artisans, roasted turkey legs, steak on a stake and other delights. In Larkspur, south of Denver (exit 173 off I-25). www.coloradorenaissance.com.
Denver Cherry Blossom Festival
June 24-25: Celebration of Japanese-American culture includes drumming, martial arts and dance performances, food and drink, and vendors selling Asian-themed products. In downtown Denver; www.cherryblossomdenver.org.
Denver Greek Festival
June 16-18: Family-friendly event showcases traditional Greek food, live music, dancing and more. www.denvergreekfestival.com.
Scandinavian Midsummer Festival
June 24-25: Scandinavians celebrate the summer solstice, the longest day of the year, with a festival of light, flowers, food, music and maypole dancing. The Midsummer Pole is raised at 10am on Saturday, followed by the Grand March Entrance. All events are at Bond Park in downtown Estes Park. www.estesmidsummer.com.
Summer is prime time for farmers’ markets in Boulder County and beyond, with a plethora of farm-fresh produce, meats, cheeses, eggs, flowers, herbs and much more, with offerings changing weekly as the season progresses.
Berthoud: Saturdays 9am-1pm beginning June 24 at the southeast corner of Fickel Park. www.berthoudlocal.org.
Boulder: Saturdays 8am-2pm and Wednesdays 4-8pm at 13th Street between Canyon Boulevard and Arapahoe Avenue. www.bcfm.org.
Erie: Thursdays 5-8pm on Briggs Street between Wells and Moffatt streets.
Frederick: Thursdays 4-8pm beginning in early June at Crist Park, 105 Fifth St.; www.frederickco.gov.
Lafayette: NEW! Thursdays 4-8pm at Lafayette Florist, 600 S. Public Road.
Longmont: Saturdays 8am-1pm at the Boulder County Fairgrounds, Hover Street and Boston Avenue. www.bcfm.org.
Louisville: Saturdays 9am-1pm beginning in late May at 824 Front St. www.getfreshmarkets.com.
Mead: Sundays 10am-1pm beginning in June 25 at Mead Town Park. www.townofmead.org.
Food & Drink Festivals & Events
For tours of local wineries, breweries and distilleries, see listings under Tours.
A Taste of Colorado
Sept. 1-4: Huge annual festival in downtown Denver features food, drink, music and visual arts. For venue information and an events schedule, check www.atasteofcolorado.com.
Ales For Females
Select Mondays: Three times per month on Mondays (6:30-8pm), beer-loving women meet to discuss all things beer and learn how to pair beer with food. This event has become so popular that tickets must be purchased in advance 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.
June 17-18: Farm-to-Table Cheesemaking Bootcamp
July 15: Goat Cheese 101 and Goat Visits
Aug. 18-20: Cheesemaking Boot Camp
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.
Aug. 5: Open House: A Taste of Italy
Boulder Craft Beer Fest
Aug. 19: Fourth-annual event brings together the best craft breweries from Boulder and beyond. The ticketed event for ages 21+ also includes live music and food for purchase. Tickets go on sale in early June at www.boulderdowntown.com.
Drink Pink Vino International Rosé Wine Festival
June 16: Who needs red or white when there’s pink? Third-annual festival showcases new releases from around the world, plus food samples and a silent auction that benefits There With Care. 6-9pm (VIP entrance at 5pm) at Omni Interlocken Resort’s Outdoor Pavilion, Broomfield. www.drinkpinkvino.com.
June 10: Now in its fifth year, this beer celebration runs from noon-4pm on Briggs Street in historic downtown Erie. Find out more at www.erieco.gov.
Estes Park Wine Festival
Aug. 12-13: Annual event features more than a dozen Colorado wineries, food and merchandise vendors, and live music. In Bond Park in downtown Estes Park. Tickets are available at King Soopers or online at www.estesparkwinefestival.com.
Farmer Girl Farm Dinners
Farmer Girl Community Bistro hosts chef-prepared farm dinners at different Boulder County farms throughout the season. Each includes a coursed dinner made with fresh seasonal ingredients, plus a tour of the farm. Find the dinner schedule and ticket information at www.coloradofarmergirl.com.
Food Lab Cooking School
Food Lab offers 3-hour classes with plenty of time built in to enjoy the prepared courses. It also holds summer camps for kids. Recent class topics included Cuban Cookery and Fresh Pasta Workshop; see the calendar online for the summer schedule. www.foodlabboulder.com.
Great American Beer Festival
Save the Date: The festival is Oct. 5-7 in Denver, but tickets go on sale Aug. 1 for members (see info online) and Aug. 2 for the general public. GABF always sells out immediately, so log on to www.ticketmaster.com at 10am on the designated day. www.greatamericanbeerfestival.com.
Jul-IPA Beer Festival
July: Throughout the month of July, eight Boulder-area breweries offer IPA brews and related events; proceeds from West End Tavern Events go to Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Nonviolence. The monthlong party ends with a celebration July 29 on the West End rooftop, 926 Pearl St. www.westendtavern.com.
Sept. 9: Explore craft and microbrews one pour at a time. Tickets sold by 4-oz. pours; there’s also live music. 1-6pm at Lafayette Florist, 600 S. Public Road. www.lafayettecolorado.com.
Lafayette Peach Festival
Aug. 19: With 4,500 servings of peach cobbler, 500 peach pies, and crates of Palisade peaches, there’s plenty of peachiness to go around at this annual festival. You’ll also find arts and crafts, food vendors, antiques, kids’ activities and live entertainment. 9am-4pm in old town Lafayette along Public Road. www.lafayettecolorado.com.
Local Table Tours
LTT hosts a number of culinary-themed tours around Boulder, including Coffee & Chocolate, Cocktail and Farmers’ Market tours. www.localtabletours.com.
Loveland Museum Cherry Pie Celebration
July 8: Annual event sponsored by the Loveland Museum features cherry pie and ice cream, a cherry pie contest, children’s activities and live music. 5-8pm on Fifth Street in Loveland, adjacent to the museum. www.lovelandmuseumgallery.org.
Lucky’s Market Classes
Lucky’s Market, 3960 Broadway in Boulder and 700 Ken Pratt Blvd. in Longmont, offers occasional one-session classes, like Cheese Appreciation, and events for kids. Keep abreast of the schedule by “liking” the store’s Facebook page, or download monthly schedules at www.luckysmarket.com.
Nederland Area Seniors Pancake Breakfast
July 29: See listing under Benefits & Fundraisers.
Pints in the Park
Sept. 2: Adults-only party features brews from nearly two dozen breweries; $25 advance-purchase price gets you a souvenir glass and all the beer you can drink. Noon-4pm at Louisville’s Community Park, 955 Bella Vista Drive. www.pintsintheparkco.com.
Prospect Sound Bites
Mondays through Sept. 4: Prospect Sound Bites is “a mobile feast”—a gathering of gourmet food trucks at Prospect Downtown Park, just south of Longmont on Highway 287, plus concerts by local and regional favorites. 5-8pm; band starts at 5:30pm. Check the Prospect New Town Facebook page or www.prospectnewtown.com for updates.
Rocky Mountain Cigar Festival
Aug. 26: This annual event showcases premium cigars, handcrafted brews, unique wines and excellent foods. 1-6pm; VIP entrance at noon at the Omni Interlocked Resort in Broomfield. www.rmcigarfestival.com.
Rocky Mountain Pizza & Pints Festival Tour
This festival gives you two dates to sample pizza, beer, live music and lawn games, plus a chance to vote for your favorite local brewery and pizzeria. www.bouldercreekevents.com.
June 24: Community Park, Louisville, 1-6pm
Sept. 5: As part of the Hometown Festival in downtown Boulder, 1-6pm
Rocky Mountain Tea Festival
July 29-30: This annual tradition for tea lovers features seminars, workshops, tastings, a tea dinner, a small bazaar, and children’s tea parties. Find the full schedule of events at www.rockymtnteafestival.com.
Taste of Louisville
June 3: See listing under Community Festivals.
Taste of Tomato
Sept. 9: See listing under Garden & Home Events.
July 22-23: VegFest is a two-day health and environmental fair supporting a vegan lifestyle. It features cooking demonstrations, food sampling, food and nonprofit vendors, and fun for the kids. At Jefferson County Fairgrounds, 15200 W. Sixth Ave. in Golden. www.vegfestcolorado.org.
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 email@example.com
Final Mondays: Women of the West, 11:30am-1pm (Main Branch)
Final Thursdays: Geopolitics Discussion Group, 1-3pm monthly (Main Branch)
Broomfield Depot Museum Speaker Series
June 14, July 12 & Aug. 9: Local history comes alive at this history series sponsored by the Broomfield Depot Museum. Presentations begin at 7pm at the Broomfield Crescent Grange, 7901 W. 120th Ave., unless noted below. www.broomfield.org.
June 14: Hot Water: Radium & Recreation in Early Eldorado Springs
July 12: From Potlucks to Picnics: Farmers and the Granger Movement in Broomfield
Aug. 9: Colorado: A Tour of the Highest State fundraiser (at Broomfield Auditorium)
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. The program takes a break in summer, but check www.cil.com to see if the fall schedule is posted.
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.
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.
June 8: Medicare Made Clear, noon
June 8: Engaging with Archaeology in Boulder County and Beyond, 6pm
June 29: Buying Residential Investment Property, 6pm
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 Fix-It Clinic
July 8: Breathe new life into broken electronics or small household items when you learn to fix them rather than throw them away. Get help from Eco-Cycle and Tinkermill staff from 1-4pm at the Creation Station, 519 Fourth Ave., Longmont. Register at www.ecocycle.org.
This Tibetan Buddhist studio offers discussions, lectures, meditation classes and workshops; many events are free. 1345 Spruce St. www.boulder.shambhala.org.
Ted X Mile High
July 7-8: TEDxMileHigh in Denver showcases innovative Coloradans speaking about the theme “Point of Departure.” There are also social events like cocktail receptions and speaker lunches. Tickets usually sell out, so get them soon at www.tedxmilehigh.com.
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 Museum of Natural History on the CU campus 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 Street.
FOURTH OF JULY EVENTS see Holiday Events
Garden & Home Events
Boulder Home & Garden Fair
June 4 (rain date June 11): Boulder County’s iconic welcome to summer offers an extensive array of ideas, inspiration and innovation from more than 60 selected vendors to improve your living environments. 10am-4pm at Twenty Ninth Street Retail District, 29th Street and Canyon Boulevard. www.boulderhg.com.
Colorado Native Plant Society Garden Tour
July 1: Self-guided tour takes you to five Boulder-area private gardens, including the home of Dave Sutherland, the interpretive naturalist for City of Boulder Open Space & Mountain Parks. 8am-noon; find ticket info and other details at www.conps.org.
Colorado Shakespeare Gardens
June 11-Aug. 13: The Colorado Shakespeare Gardens—lovingly maintained by volunteers—feature flowers, herbs and vegetables that pertain to the season’s plays at the Colorado Shakespeare Festival. Plants have markers with more information about them and favorite Shakespeare quotes. Garden tours are offered before some performances. On the CU campus, just west of the Mary Rippon Outdoor Theatre. www.coloradoshakespearegardens.org.
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.
June 6, July 15, Aug. 1: SCFD Free Days at Chatfield Farms
June 14, July 17, Aug. 29: SCFD Free Days at York Street
July 15: Lavender Festival (Chatfield)
Aug. 25: Fête des Fleurs (York Street)
Festival of Flowers Garden Tour
June 9-10: Tour five spectacular Longmont gardens as you help raise funds for the Longmont Symphony Guild. Hours are 9am-3pm each day, and Master Gardeners will be on hand at two of the gardens to answer questions. See www.longmontsymphony.org for ticket outlets and more information.
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 summer camps for kids, community gardens, adult classes, classroom visits during the school year, and community events. The gardens are at 1630 Hawthorn Ave. www.growinggardens.org.
Aug. 5: Farm Dinner
Harlequin’s Gardens, 4795 N. 26th St., offers low-cost classes on a variety of garden topics; a few are listed below, but check online for the full schedule. The on-site display gardens include a xeriscape herb garden and ornamental grasses. 303-939-9403; www.harlequinsgardens.com.
June 17: Colorado Native Bees, 10am
June 25: Managing Garden Pests Without Poisons, 1pm
Aug. 27: Low-Tech Greenhouse Design, 1pm
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.
June 14: Pollination Fascination: So You Want to Be a Beekeeper?
June 25 & Aug. 26: Rose Garden Tour
Final Saturdays: Birding in the Gardens: Bird Walks, 8-11am
Lafayette Old Town Garden Tour
June 10: Stroll through old town Lafayette to see a variety of gardening styles, xeric landscapes, raised beds, outdoor rooms, beehives and chicken coops. Proceeds fund grants given by the Lafayette Old Town Association to help homeowners beautify their properties. 9am-2pm. Ticket info: www.oldtownlafayette.com.
Longmont Home & Garden Show
Aug. 18-20: Free lifestyle show features vendors exhibiting the latest trends in home improvement, decorating, gardening and more. At Boulder County Fairgrounds, 9595 Nelson Road in Longmont. www.longmonthomeshow.com.
Loveland Garden Tour
June 17: 14th-annual garden tour and art show from 8am-2pm features an array of cottage-style gardens that demonstrate sustainable gardening and conservation techniques. There’s also art by local artists for sale, including pieces that incorporate reused or salvaged materials. This tour is a fundraiser for Loveland Youth Gardeners. Tickets and details: www.lovelandyouthgardeners.org.
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.
Aug. 22: Seasonal Floral Design
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.
Taste of Tomato
Sept. 9: Annual tomato-tasting festival is sponsored by the CSU Extension and Harlequin’s Gardens. Bring your favorite homegrown tomatoes for free entry. 10am-1pm; check www.harlequinsgardens.com for venue and more info.
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.
June 12: Herbal Medicine Making
July 15: Soap Making Workshop
Aug. 19: Making Jams & Jellies
Whittier Garden Tour
June 3: 15th-annual event is a self-guided tour of 10 ourstanding gardens on historic Mapleton Hill; proceeds benefit Whittier International Elementary School. 10am-3pm. Order tickets online at www.whittiergardentour.com as they cost a bit more the day of the event.