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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.
Feed Heshimu the giraffe at the Giraffe Encounter, help feed the lorikeets, and meet Faith, the red panda who recently gave birth to twins. The Denver Zoo is home to more than 4,200 animals, and the zoo’s calendar is full of special events and classes all year long. 2300 Steele St., 303-376-4800; www.denverzoo.org.
- Through Jan. 16: “Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea” traveling exhibit
- Dec. 2-Jan. 1: Zoo Lights
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.
- April, TBA: Puttin’ on the Leash (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 18: Homeward Bound (see listing under Benefits & Fundraisers)
National Western Stock Show
Jan. 7-22: The “super bowl of stock shows” lasts more than two weeks and features everything from rodeos, horse shows and livestock shows to competitions, demonstrations, sheep shearing, kids’ activities, vendors and much more. The kickoff parade on Jan. 5 weaves through downtown Denver. 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. 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 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.
See listing under Arts Events/Galleries.
May, TBA: ArtWalk is a free evening of art exhibitions, music, live theater and dance, and children’s activities on Longmont’s Main Street between Third and Sixth avenues. View the work of featured artists at dozens of downtown businesses, and stroll the conveniently blocked-off streets from 4-8pm. www.artwalklongmont.org.
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 Arts Week
March 31-April 8: This large-scale, all-inclusive celebration of arts and culture includes art walks, exhibitions, demonstrations, lectures, workshops, and a wide variety of dance, theater and musical performances. Find the full schedule of events at www.boulderartsweek.org.
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 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; see the schedule at www.bouldermetalsmiths.com.
Boulder Open Studios Fall Artist Tour
Oct. 1-2 & 8-9: Annual event lets art lovers tour artists’ studios in and around Boulder to watch them in action, ask questions and purchase favorite pieces. Find more info, including map pickup locations, at www.openstudios.org.
Boulder Potters’ Guild Spring Show & sale
May, TBA: The Boulder Potters Guild holds a big sale in Longmont each spring; check www.boulderpottersguild.com after the first of the year for updates.
Celebration! A History of the Visual Arts in Boulder
Through Jan. 31: Huge, four-month celebration of visual arts features art exhibits, film presentations, panel discussions and other events with more than 300 artists at nearly 20 venues in Boulder and Longmont. For a full schedule of events, venues and participating local artists, visit www.hovabcelebrations.org, and see individual gallery listings in our Arts Events section.
Coors Western Art Exhibit & Sale
Jan. 7-22: This annual event has been called “one of the finest exhibitions of contemporary realism of the Western U.S.” The exhibit and sale are open the same hours as the National Western Stock Show, 4655 Humboldt St., Denver. Entrance to the art gallery is included with stock show admission. www.nationalwestern.com.
East Boulder County Artists Studio Tour
April 29-30: Artists in Lafayette, Louisville, Longmont, Erie and Niwot open their studios to visitors during this annual event. Watch the artists at work and shop for paintings, photography, jewelry, sculpture, ceramics and much more. 11am-5pm both days; check www.ebcacolorado.org for tour-map locations and more info.
Farmers’ Market Artisan Shows
Juried shows are held in conjunction with the Boulder and Longmont Farmers’ Markets, one Saturday per month at each location. Check www.bcfm.org.
Firefly Handmade Holiday Market
Dec. 10-11: Browse the work of more than 100 independent artisans while strolling through the huge heated tent; there’s also live music, food and drink, and children’s activities. In a new location next to Trader Joe’s at the Twenty Ninth Street shopping district, 10am-4pm both days. www.fireflyhandmade.com.
Dec. 14: See listing under Forums/Lectures/Workshops.
Interfaith Quilters Annual Show & Sale
March 4: See listing under Benefits & Fundraisers.
Lafayette Art Night Out
May 19: 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 Museum: Art & Sip
Thursdays, Feb. 9-March 23: Adults-only weekly program pairs hands-on art projects with creative cocktails. 7pm at the Longmont Museum, 400 Quail Road. www.longmontcolorado.gov/museum.
Longmont Second Fridays
2nd Fridays: Galleries and arts organizations in downtown Longmont join together 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.
April, TBA: Spring Members’ Show
NoBo Art District Annual Members’ Show
Feb. 17-April 2: The NoBo Art District, supporting and promoting artists in North Boulder, presents a six-week show at the Canyon Gallery at Boulder Public Library. Opening reception is Feb. 24 at 5:30pm. Find more details at www.noboartdistrict.org.
Benefits & Fundraisers
Autism Society of Boulder County: Grapes for Good
Boulder JCC: Reflections
Feb. 25: 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 28: CCO, the fifth-oldest opera company in the country, celebrates 85 years with their annual gala, an elegant evening that raises funds for the summer festival productions. The event features a cocktail hour, seated dinner, live concert and after-party. Check www.centralcityoperagala.com for ticket information, venue and time.
Chocolate Lovers’ Fling
Feb. 4: This huge (and delicious!) 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. Find venue and ticket info at www.safehousealliance.org.
Hotel Boulderado Nutcracker Teas
Dec. 10-11: 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, TBA: 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 16: Participants in the local “I Have a Dream” program present testimonials while attendees enjoy breakfast. 7:30-9am at the Plaza Events Center, 1850 Industrial Circle, Longmont. www.ihaveadreamboulder.org.
Jan. 27: 16th-annual fundraiser helps Imagine! fund its programs, like housing and programs for people with developmental, physical and health-related needs. Includes live music, a silent auction with more than 200 items, a paddle raiser and dinner. At the Plaza Event Center, 1900 Ken Pratt Blvd., Longmont. Check www.imaginecolorado.org for updates.
Interfaith Quilters Annual Show & Sale
March 4: 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 3. www.interfaithquilters.com.
Longmont Gift of Home Christmas Home Tour
Dec. 1-3: See listing under Holiday Events.
Longmont Humane Society: Homeward Bound
March 18: LHS’s spring fundraiser raises funds for the shelter’s many programs and includes visits with adoptable animals, live music, tasting stations and microbrews. Find out more at www.longmonthumane.org.
Nederland Area Seniors Pancake Breakfast
March 11-12: 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 18: Empty Bowls 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
Sundays in December: 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, TBA: 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. Find tickets and more info at www.tasteofpearl.com.
World AIDS Day
Dec. 1: World AIDS Day is observed around the world on Dec. 1 each year. For information about events being held in Boulder County, including a video presentation, a discussion and free testing, see www.bcap.org or www.one-colorado.org.
Bicycle Colorado Gala
April, TBA: Bicycle Colorado’s annual celebration is the official kickoff to Colorado’s cycling season. Details weren’t available at press time, so check www.bicyclecolorado.org for info.
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.
Old Man Winter Bike Rally/Run
Feb. 12: Old Man Winter is an epic 50- or 100-km bike ride that happens snow or shine and takes riders on both paved and dirt roads from Lyons to Boulder and beyond. There’s also a 5.8-mile “Best of Lyons” run that’s a “frosty frolic” over trails and pavement. The post-event party features live music, contests and raffle prizes. Register at www.oldmanwinterrally.com.
WOMB: Women on Mountain Bikes
Lessons for beginners to intermediates (men and children welcome) cover topics like bike skills, safety, commuting, basic maintenance and more. WOMB also offers occasional free clinics. www.womenonbikes.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. 1: Membership Orientation
Jan. 11: 2017 Economic Forecast: Boulder & Beyond
May, TBA: Golf Tournament
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
Free sessions (monthly and sometimes more often) offer advice and resources for small-business owners and those just getting started. Most are at Boulder Public Library, 1001 Arapahoe Ave.; check the event calendar at www.boulderlibrary.org.
Jan. 12: Web Analytics for Small Business
Jan. 20: TechVenture Series, 8am-1pm
Colorado Green Building Guild
CGBG is a nonprofit trade 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 332 Main St. in Longmont. To learn about upcoming events or how to become a member, visit www.thelatinochamber.com.
Longmont Area Chamber of Commerce
The Longmont Chamber offers ongoing business networking events for members and non-members, plus members-only seminars, regular new-member orientations, Leads groups, and occasional seminars that are free and open to all. www.longmontchamber.org for info about this and other chamber events.
Longmont Public Library: Blazing the Trail to Small Business Success
2nd Tuesdays through April: Free panel discussions offer advice, guidance and resources for small-business owners and those who want to get started. 6-8pm at the Longmont Public Library, 409 Fourth Ave. www.longmontcolorado.gov/library.
For more events geared toward children, see listings under Animal Affairs, Classes and Nature/Outdoor Events.
Art Stop at BMoCA
Saturdays Beginning April 1: 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.
Wednesdays: Musical Storytime, 10:15am (also Thursdays at 4pm) (Main Branch)
Thursdays: GoDoh Story Club, alternates weekly with Legos and Play-Doh activities, ages 3+, 4pm (Meadows Branch)
Fridays: Playtime Storytime, 10:15am (Reynolds and Meadows Branches
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)
Jan. 26 & Feb. 23: Taste Test Thursday, grades 6-12; 4pm (Main 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. Programs begin at 9:30am; the January program is in Duane Physics, G1B30, and the rest are in the Chemistry Building, room 140. www.colorado.edu/cuwizards
Jan. 21: The Physics of Superheroes & Villains
Feb. 25: Biochemistry for Kids
March 18: The Chemistry of Life
April 22: Biophysical Chemistry
May 20: From Very Big to Very Small…Microscopy and the Powers of Ten
Firehouse Art Center Saturday Art Experience
2nd & 4th Saturdays: Crafty and creative kids can take part in art classes at the Firehouse Art Center, 667 Fourth Ave. in Longmont. Free for members. Check times and age recommendations at www.firehouseart.org.
Lafayette Easter Egg Hunt
April 8 Free egg hunt for ages 8 and under features a visit from the Easter Bunny. 10am at Bob L. Burger Recreation Center, 111 W. Baseline Road. www.cityoflafayette.com.
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.
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.
Teen Second Saturdays
2nd Saturdays: Teens and tweens in grades 6-12 are invited to monthly events with crafts, movies, gaming and other age-appropriate activities. 6-9pm at the Longmont Public Library, 409 Fourth Ave. in Longmont. Free, but registration is required due to a cap of 100 participants. Call 303-651-8477.
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.
Tulip Fairy & Elf Festival
April 2 (rain date April 9): 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. 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 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.
4th Fridays: Peer Social Support, 4-5:30pm (Mapleton)
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 Portrait Photography (Dec. 12) and Web Development Fundamentals (Jan. 3). 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.
Boulder Pottery Lab
The Boulder Pottery Lab, in conjunction with Studio Arts Boulder, offers a variety of ceramics classes for youth, teens, adults, seniors and people with disabilities. Check the class schedule at www.boulderpotterylab.org. The facility is housed in the historic Fire Station #2 at 1010 Aurora Ave.
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 and a summer herb camp for kids. www.brigittemars.com.
March 1-May 3: 10-Week Herbal Healing Class
May 6: Urban Herb Walk
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.
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. 6: Avalanche Awareness
Dec. 8: Ski and Snowboard Tuning Basics
Feb. 25-26 & March 17-18: Wilderness First Aid
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.
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.
Estes Park Winter Festival
Jan. 14-15: 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. Find the schedule of events at www.visitestespark.com.
Frozen Dead Guy Days
March 10-12: Nederland’s quirky annual winter festival pays homage to Bredo Morstøl, 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 coffins and hearses, a frozen salmon toss and more, plus live music and food/drinks. You have to experience it to believe it! For more details, see www.frozendeadguydays.org.
March, TBA: Annual festival celebrates Africa’s age-old community theater experience of gathering under the baobab tree for singing, storytelling, drumming and dance. Check online for updates, which weren’t available at press time. www.baobaofoundation.org.
Farmers’ market locations in and around Boulder County begin opening in early April. Find farm-fresh produce, meats, cheeses, eggs, flowers, herbs and much more, with offerings changing weekly as the season progresses.
Berthoud: Saturdays 9am-1pm beginning in June at the southeast corner of Fickel Park. www.berthoudlocal.org.
Boulder: Saturdays 8am-2pm beginning April 1 and Wednesdays 4-8pmbeginning May 3 at 13th Street between Canyon Boulevard and Arapahoe Avenue. www.bcfm.org.
Erie: Thursdays 5-8pm through Sept. 22 on Wells Street between Pierce and Briggs streets; www.getfreshmarkets.com.
Frederick: Thursdays 4-8pm beginning in early June at Crist Park, 105 Fifth St.; www.frederickco.gov.
Longmont: Saturdays 8am-1pm beginning April 1 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 late June at Mead Town Park. www.townofmead.org.
Food & Drink Festivals & Events
For tours of local wineries, breweries and distilleries, see listings under Tours.
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. Purchase tickets in advance at www.lefthandbrewing.com. The Left Hand Tasting Room is at 1265 Boston Ave. in Longmont.
Alfalfa’s Wine & Cheese Tasting Series
Dec. 9 (and monthly): Alfalfa’s Market, 1651 Broadway, offers a free monthly wine and cheese tasting event; December’s theme is Holiday Entertaining. 5-7pm. Check www.alfalfas.com for other upcoming events.
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.
Dec. 17: Intro to Hard Cheeses
Dec. 29: Mozzarella, Ricotta & Burrata
Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts
Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts offers occasional classes for amateur chefs; there are also open-house events on Sept. 17 and Oct. 29 for prospective full-time students. Check www.escoffier.edu for schedule updates. The Boulder campus is at 637 S. Broadway, Suite H.
Dairy Arts Center: Moovers and Shakers
April 20: The Dairy Arts Center hosts this annual event featuring a cocktail competition between popular area chefs. Check www.thedairy.org for more details, which weren’t available at press time. The Dairy Arts Center is at 2590 Walnut St.
Estes Park Whiskey Warm-up Weekend
March 11: 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 three-hour 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 Dim Sum; see the calendar online for the winter/spring schedule. www.foodlabboulder.com.
Dec. 17: Gingerbread House Making
Lafayette Quaker Oatmeal Festival & Fair
Jan. 14: See listing under Health/Fitness Events.
Local Table Tours
LTT 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 11-12: All-you-can-eat pancake breakfast benefits the nonprofit senior organization in Nederland. 8-11am both days at Nederland Community Center, 750 Highway 72 North. www.nederlandareaseniors.org.
Prospect Sound Bites
Opens in April, TBA: Prospect Sound Bites is a “mobile feast”—a gathering of 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. www.prospectnewtown.com.
Settembre Cellars: Boulder Wine Reads
1st Sundays: See listing under Literary Events.
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
3rd Thursdays: UN & International Affairs Discussion Group, 1-3pm monthly except December. (Main Branch)
Final Mondays: Women of the West, 11:30am-1pm (Main Branch)
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. A few highlights are listed; check www.cil.com for the rest of the winter/spring schedule.
Jan. 18: Adventuring in the Antarctic and Nepal
Jan. 25: Walking the Camindo de Santiago, Spain
Feb. 1: Packing Light Clinic
Chautauqua hosts a number of speakers each season who cover a variety of topics, and they usually sell out, so get your tickets early. The events listed below begin at 7pm at Chautauqua Community House, 900 Baseline Road. www.chautauqua.com.
Jan. 19: Liz Thomas: Hiking the Triple Crown Trails
Feb. 13: Engineering Discovery: The Webb Telescope
April 6: Jon Kedrowski: Sleeping on the Summits
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 10-14: CWA Week, held each spring on the CU campus, 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. 7: Planning for Long-Term Care, noon
Dec. 7: Wills & Trusts 101, 6pm
Dec. 8: Cosmic Fingerprints: Understanding Our Place on Earth and in the Cosmos, 6pm, presented by CU’s Fiske Planetarium
Front Range EcoSocial Solutions Conference: A Bioneers Network Event
Feb. 3-4: Two-day event features broadcasts from the national Bioneers conference, plus more than 20 workshops, keynote speeches, presentations, and exhibitors, all with the goal of restoring our relations with each other and the planet. Find the venue and other details at www.colorado.edu/ecenter/bioneers.
Dec. 14: Ignite Boulder is a “night of geeky presentations with a twist.” Each speaker has five minutes each to teach us something, enlighten us or simply entertain us, backed by 20 slides that advance every 15 seconds. Doors open at 6pm at the Boulder Theater, 2032 14th St. www.igniteboulder.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.
This Tibetan Buddhist studio offers discussions, lectures, meditation classes and workshops; many events are free. 1345 Spruce St. www.boulder.shambhala.org.
Smart Women, Smart Money
Feb. 28: Find out why women are better investors than men and learn financial strategies for single and married women at these free sessions presented by The Braun Group Wealth Management. 5:30-6:30pm; call 303-441-5375 to register, as space is limited. www.ubs.com/team/braun.
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.
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 to improve your living environments. For more information about booth space or the fair in general contact Linda Wigod at 303-443-0600, ext 106. www.boulderhg.com.
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. New “Off the Clock” events for adults at the York Street location feature live music, dancing, food and drink, and themed activities; 6-9:30pm. 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) and Trail of Lights (Chatfield)
Jan. 6: Off the Clock: Vintage Victorian
Feb. 3: Off the Clock: Cajun Carnival
March 3: Off the Clock: Kilts & Clovers
April 7: Off the Clock: Palms & Pineapples
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 community gardens, adult classes, children’s education, classroom visits and community events. The gardens are at 1630 Hawthorn Ave. www.growinggardens.org.
April, TBA: Children’s Bee Earth Day
Harlequin’s Gardens, 4795 N. 26th St., offers low-cost classes on a variety of garden topics; check online in the spring for the new schedule. 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 all summer on topics like beekeeping and vegetable gardening. Visitors can observe Master Gardeners planting, weeding and harvesting, and then ask questions or get advice. Hudson Gardens also hosts a summer concert series; this year’s lineup includes Gladys Knight and the B-52s (see Music Events for details). 6115 S. Santa Fe Drive, Littleton. www.hudsongardens.org.
Through Dec. 31: “A Hudson Christmas” holiday light show
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 in the spring 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. 3: Christmas Wreaths
Dec. 8: Christmas Centerpieces
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.
Jan. 23-24: Spirit Doll Workshop
April 17: The Spirit of Herbs, 6-week class begins
April 22: Creating a Medicinal Herb Garden