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For information about volunteering for other animal-related nonprofits, see listings under Volunteer Opportunities.
The Butterfly Pavilion was established in 1995 as the first stand-alone nonprofit invertebrate zoo in the country. It features a lush tropical rain forest brimming with butterflies, visits with Rosie, the center’s “famous” (and friendly) tarantula, four indoor exhibit areas, and an outdoor garden and nature trail. Regular daytime admission is only $1 if it’s your birthday. 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.
Sept. 16 & Nov. 18: $5 Day
Oct. 21-22: Bug-a-Boo Halloween Celebration, 9am-5pm
Colorado Horse Rescue
Nonprofit CHR provides emergency relief, shelter, care and adoption services for abused, neglected and abandoned horses. Volunteers are always needed. 10386 N. 65th St., Longmont; www.chr.org.
Sept. 16: Mane Event Fundraiser (see more info under Benefits & Fundraisers)
Oct. 8: Obstacle Course Clinic: Groundwork, 9am-noon or 1-4pm
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 long. 2300 Steele St., 303-376-4800; www.denverzoo.org.
Through Oct. 31: Dinos! Live at Denver Zoo
Oct. 18: Adult Lecture Series, 6:30pm
October, TBA: Boo at the Zoo Halloween Celebrations (check online calendar)
Sept. 11-23: When the summer season at Boulder’s Scott Carpenter Pool is winding down, it’s time for playful pups to take a dip. Dogs are separated into groups, with small ones getting the pool to themselves for some sessions, and there’s also a Dog EXPO and Flying High Dog Competition on Sept. 17. Volunteers are needed. The pool is at 1505 30th St. See the full schedule and find out more at www.bouldercolorado.gov/parks-rec/dog-days.
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.
Sept. 29: Wild Night for Wildlife (see listing under Benefits & Fundraisers)
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.
Sept. 24: Doggie Dash (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.
Sept. 16: 300 Suns Chili Cook-off & Craft Beer, Cider + Spirits Tasting, 2-6pm (check info online)
Oct. 7: Paws in the Park, pet-friendly walk/run and festival, details TBA
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.
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. It also hosts Bricolage Gallery, which exhibits art made from found objects. 2870 Bluff St.; check www.artpartsboulder.org for hours and donation information.
Arts Longmont Studio Tour
Sept. 23-24: Visit the studios of nearly 60 artists, watch them in action and get the chance to purchase paintings, photographs, ceramics, fiber arts and more. A preview of tour artists is on display Sept. 8-24 at the Arts Longmont Gallery, 356 Main St. www.artslongmont.org. All see the Arts Longmont listing under Arts Events/Galleries.
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 Creative Collective: Warehouse
BCC’s Warehouse is an event space and gallery where Boulder-area residents “can connect with art through exciting and unexpected events.” It offers art exhibits, classes, social hours for artists, and a Community Critique every other month where artists can share their work and get constructive feedback. BCC is at 2500 47th St. #10 (the yellow door). www.bouldercreativecollective.com.
Boulder Metalsmithing Association
2nd Saturdays: BoMA’s monthly demonstrations are open to the public ($5 for nonmembers) and feature techniques and tips about the metal arts. Past topics included knife making, direct casting and torch-fired enameling. Subscribe to the group’s Meetup site to RSVP and find out the venue, which varies depending on the time of year. The group also hosts events, sales and hands-on workshops at 4919 Broadway, Unit 14. www.bouldermetalsmiths.com.
Boulder Open Studios Fall Artist Tour
Oct. 7-8 & 14-15: Open Studios opens the doors to more than 100 artists’ studios in and around Boulder. Noon-6pm both days; there’s also an opening reception on Oct. 6 at 6:30pm. Find ticket details and map pickup locations at www.openstudios.org.
Boulder Potters’ Guild Fall Sale
Nov. 9-12: Boulder Potters’ Guild holds two big sales each year, and the fall sale is perfect for finding home décor and holiday gifts. 10am-8pm Thursday and Friday, 9am-6pm Saturday and 10am-4pm at Boulder County Fairgrounds, 9595 Nelson Road in Longmont. www.boulderpottersguild.com.
Crafted Life Markets
September, TBA: Browse the works of more than two dozen artists displaying handicrafts, home décor, ceramics, apparel and more. Find schedule date and venue details at www.crafted.life.
Dairy Center Honors
Sept. 9: Live performances pay tribute to six outstanding individuals who have made exceptional contributions to the arts. Includes honoree reception, tribute performances, and dessert and conversation, all beginning at 6pm at Dairy Arts Center, 2590 Walnut St. www.thedairy.org.
Estes Park Fine Arts and Fine Crafts Show
Big annual two-day juried show features jewelry, metal sculpture, paintings, wood pieces and more, plus live music and food options. In Estes Park’s Bond Park, intersection of Elkhorn and MacGregor avenues. www.visitestespark.com for details.
Farmers’ Market Artisan Shows
Juried shows are held in conjunction with the Boulder and Longmont Farmers’ Markets—Sept. 9 and Oct. 14 in Boulder and Sept. 23 and Oct. 28 in Longmont. www.bcfm.org.
Firefly Handmade Fall Market
Sept. 16-17: Firefly Handmade’s Fall Market is held in conjunction with the Fall Fest on Pearl Street Mall. Enjoy artisan booths, live music, food and drink, and children’s activities along Pearl Street Mall from 10am-7pm Saturday and 10am-5pm Sunday. www.fireflyhandmade.com.
Handmade in Colorado Expo
Oct. 7-8: Ninth-annual juried event (with free admission) showcases some of Colorado’s best fine art and contemporary crafts in a wide array of media including metals, paper, glass, fiber, clay, paint, gems and more. Also includes live music. In Central Park, Broadway and Canyon Boulevard. www.coloradoevents.org.
Handweavers Guild Annual Show & Sale
Nov. 2-5: Annual guild sale showcases beautifully handcrafted works in fiber, handknits, clothing, baskets, jewelry and more. 10am-3pm Sunday; 10am-6pm the other days. Details: www.handweaversofboulder.org.
Sept. 21: See listing under Forums/Lectures/Workshops.
Lafayette Art Night Out
Sept. 8: See listing under Community & Cultural Festivals. www.cityoflafayette.com/ano.
Land Through the Lens Photography Exhibit
Oct. 13-Nov. 3: Third-annual juried photography exhibit features captivating images of Boulder County parks and open space scenery. Opening reception is Oct. 13, 5:30-8pm. At The Great Frame Up, 430 Main St., Longmont. www.bouldercountyopenspace.org/photoshow.
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 Chalk Art Street Fair & Bin Market
Sept. 30-Oct. 1: Free two-day street-painting festival also features live music and artisan vendors, plus a ticketed pop-up food and wine pairing dinner on Saturday night. In the 600 block of Longs Peak Avenue; check www.chalkartstreetfair.weebly.com for all the details.
Longmont Museum Art & Sip
Thursdays, Oct. 5-Nov. 9: Adults-only sessions at the Longmont Museum pair hands-on art classes with beer, wine and spirits from the Atrium bar. Fall sessions include painting mandala stones, making feather earrings and creating an altar for the Day of the Dead celebration. 6:30-8:30pm at the museum, 400 Quail Road, Longmont. www.longmontcolorado.gov/museum.
Longmont Quilt Guild Show and Sale
Oct. 20-21: Tenth-anniversary juried show and sale features up to three quilts on display by each guild member. Winning quilts in each category are chosen by show attendees. 1-9pm Friday and am-5pm Saturday at Boulder County Fairgrounds, Hover and Nelson Roads in Longmont. www.longmontquiltguild.org.
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.
Sept. 1-10: 32nd Annual National Juried Fine Art and Photography Show and Sale
Sept. 22-23: Annual show and sale features dozens of talented fabric artists showcasing their handcrafted quilts and quilt-related items. 9am-5pm at Boulder County Fairgrounds, Hover Street and Nelson Road in Longmont.
Benefits & Fundraisers
Benefits & Fundraisers
Sept. 15: Live and silent auctions for luxury travel, contemporary art, adventure packages and more benefit the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art’s exhibitions and education programs. There’s also live music, dinner and cocktails. 6-9pm (VIP access at 5pm) at BMoCA, 1750 13th St. www.bmoca.org.
Boulder Bridge House: Farm-to-Table dinner
Sept. 7: Annual dinner gives trainees in Bridge House’s Ready to Work program a chance to show off their culinary skills while also raising funds for crucial programs. At Planet Bluegrass in Lyons; one ticket option includes transportation to and from Lyons. Ticket info: www.boulderbridgehouse.org.
Boulder County AIDS Project: Local Legends Gala
Oct. 21: BCAP’s biggest fundraiser of the year includes a five-course gourmet meal, live and silent auctions, and inspiring stories from Local Legends honorees. Find ticket info and more details at www.bcap.org.
Boulder County Crop Hunger Walk
Oct. 15: Boulder County CROP Hunger Walk raises funds (nearly $40,000 last year) to fight hunger at home and abroad. This year’s walk host is First Congregational Church of Boulder, 1128 Pine St. Register at www.bouldercropwalk.org.
Boulder Philharmonic: 60th Anniversary Hoedown
Oct. 21: Grab a partner and do-si-do during the Boulder Phil’s 60th-anniversary fundraiser, a hoedown with a live auction, Western dancing, food and drink. At the Boulder Elks Lodge; see times and ticket info at www.boulderphil.org.
Buffalo Bicycle Classic
Sept. 10: Since 2003, this annual bike race has raised nearly $1.5 million for promising students in CU-Boulder’s College of Arts and Sciences. There are seven different courses to choose from, including the 110-mile Buff Epic with a 9,155-foot elevation gain. www.buffalobicycleclassic.com.
Central City Opera Guild: L’Esprit de Noel
November, TBA: Yearly holiday home tour and holiday boutique is considered one of Denver’s signature holiday events, and proceeds benefit the guild. Find updated details at www.centralcityopera.org.
Colorado Horse Rescue: Mane Event
Sept. 16 Meet the horses of CHR as you bid on silent-auction items, enjoy a three-course dinner and help raise crucial funds for CHR’s work. 6pm at the Westin Hotel, 10600 Westminster Blvd. in Westminster. www.chr.org.
EFAA Celebration 2017: Denim & Diamonds
Sept. 30: The Emergency Family Assistance Association’s 26th Annual Celebration Gala raises funds to assist struggling families in Boulder and Broomfield counties. Includes cocktails, a seated gourmet dinner, live and silent auctions, and live music. 5:30pm-midnight at the Omni Interlocken Resort in Broomfield. www.efaa.org.
Gala for Tibet Fundraiser
Sept. 16: This annual event, now celebrating 10 years, benefits the Tibetan Village Project and includes dinner and drinks, live music, an offering chant by Lama Sonam, a live auction, and a Tibetan circle dance. 5-8pm at Naropa’s Nalanda Events Center, 6287 Arapahoe Ave. Click the “events” tab at www.naropa.edu to learn more.
Greenwood Wildlife Rehabilitation Center: Wild Night for Wildlife
Sept. 29: Sip cocktails, enjoy a buffet dinner, browse silent and live auction items, and more as you help make a difference in the lives of orphaned, injured and sick wildlife. 5:30-9:30pm at UCAR Event Center, 3080 Center Green Drive. www.greenwoodwildlife.org.
Humane Society of Boulder Valley: Doggie Dash
Sept. 24: Annual Doggie Dash 2-mile stroll and fun run is a benefit for the thousands of animals cared for each year at the shelter. Registration is at 8am at the Boulder Reservoir. Post-race activities include a pancake breakfast, live music and an awards ceremony. www.boulderhumane.org.
Intercambio: La Fiesta
Sept. 9: The annual La Fiesta, billed as Boulder County’s “largest multicultural social event,” helps Intercambio continue their work of providing intercultural and educational opportunities locally. Includes drinks, food, live music and dancing. 7:30pm at Boulder County Fairgrounds, 9595 Nelson Road, Longmont. www.intercambioweb.org.
Longmont Humane Society: Paws in the Park
Oct. 7: 5k walk/run, a benefit for the Longmont Humane Society, also includes a pet parade, pet contests, demonstrations, pet-related vendors and refreshments. 9am-1pm at Boulder County Fairgrounds Picnic Shelter, 9595 Nelson Road, Longmont. Details: www.longmonthumane.org.
Medicine Horse Program Fall Benefit
Oct. 21: Meet the center’s fall foals, ride a horse and learn about equine-assisted psychotherapy and MHP’s annual fundraiser. 8778 Arapahoe Road; get updated details at www.medicinehorse.org.
OUR Center Fall Benefit
Sept. 30: Dance to live music from Bonnie and the Clydes, enjoy cuisine and beverages from area caterers and restaurants, and bid on live and silent auction items. Proceeds benefit Longmont’s OUR Center, which helps people move toward self-sufficiency. 220 Collyer St. in Longmont; check www.ourcenter.org for times and ticket details.
Realities For Children GOLF TOURNAMENT
Sept. 8: RFCBC’s third-annual golf tournament, Realities FORE Children, begins with an 8am shotgun start at Colorado National Golf Club in Erie. Registration includes breakfast, contests, and a post-event Octoberfest-style celebration with beer and brats. Register at www.rfcbc.org.
Safe Shelter of St. Vrain Valley 5K Race
Oct. 7: Annual event for the whole family helps raise awareness about domestic violence and provides crucial funds to help support survivors and families. Preregistration recommended. 8am check-in at Dawson Park on the southeast side of McIntosh Lake in Longmont. www.racemenu.com/radv5k; www.safeshelterofstvrain.org.
Oct. 20: The annual Souper Bowlder fundraiser, presented by the Boulder Arts & Crafts Gallery, benefits the Emergency Family Assistance Association. Ticket price includes a handcrafted ceramic bowl and soup. 7-9pm at Twisted Pine Brewery, 3201 Walnut St. http://souperbowlder.wordpress.com.
There With Care: Red Carpet Adventure
Sept. 8: Annual event raises funds for There With Care, dedicated to helping children and families who are facing critical illness. Includes live musical performances, dinner and an auction. At the Boulder JCC, 6007 Oreg Ave. There’s also an event in Denver on Sept. 9. Tickets: www.therewithcare.org/redcarpet.
Thorne Nature Experience: Natural Night Out
Oct. 20: Listen to inspiring stories from environmental leaders, enjoy food and beverages, and bid on auction items. It’s all to benefit Thorne Nature Experience, which provides environmental education programs to underserved youth in the area. 5:30-9:30pm at Rembrandt Yard, 1301 Spruce St. Tickets: www.thornenature.org.
Voices for Children/CASA: Night of Hope
Oct. 5: Annual fundraiser helps support Voices for Children/CASA, a group that helps abused and neglected children and offers Court-Appointed Special Advocates. Event includes drinks, appetizers, a raffle for a luxury ski weekend, live entertainment and stories from CASA volunteers. 5:30-8:30pm at Oskar Blues Oak Room, 1800 Pike Road #B in Longmont. www.vfccasa.org.
Wild Bear Mountain Ecology Center: 17th Annual Enchanted Forest
Sept. 23: Enjoy a full day of activities for the whole family and help raise funds for the nonprofit Wild Bear’s nature center and educational opportunities. Events in Nederland and at Mud Lake include live music, children’s activities, food, magic and much more. 11am-6pm; see www.wildbear.org for the schedule and more details.
Wings Over the Rockies Museum Spreading WIngs Gala
Nov. 11: Gala fundraiser on Veterans Day celebrates 45 years of Flight for Life Colorado and raises money for its ongoing work with critical-care transport. 6-10pm at the museum, 7711 E. Academy Blvd., Denver; tickets at www.wingsmuseum.org.
WOW! On Tap
Sept. 7: Adults-only event features dinner, craft brews, live and silent auctions, and entertainment, all to benefit the museum’s exhibits and programs. 6-8pm at WOW! Children’s Museum, 110 N. Harrison Ave., Lafayette. www.wowchildrensmuseum.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.
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.
Longmont Bike Night
Wednesdays in September: Fun, family-friendly rides of 6-8 miles gather weekly at 6:30pm. See www.bicyclelongmont.org or the Longmont Bike Night Facebook page for details.
Longmont Zagster Bike Rental
Longmont’s bike-sharing program, run by Zagster and sponsored by Oskar Blues, features 50 cruiser bikes at 10 stations around town, available for hourly, monthly or yearly rates. Learn more and preregister at www.zagster.com/longmont.
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.
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.
Sept. 6: Women Who Light the Community
Oct. 2: Battle of the Industry Bands (see listing in Arts Events/Music or check the Chamber website)
October, TBA: Esprit Entrepreneur
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.
Sept. 13 & Nov. 15: Startup Roadmap (Longmont)
Oct. 4: 50 Ways to Market Your Small Business (Longmont)
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)
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)
Sept. 16: Henna History and Design, noon-2pm (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. The final show of the season begins at 9:30am in Duane Physics, G1B30. www.colorado.edu/cuwizards
Sept. 30: Go With the Flow! (Cristol Chem 140)
Oct. 28: A Visit with Madame Curie (Old Main Chapel; online registration required)
Nov. 18: Immunity in Health & Disease: Superheroes Within (Cristol Chem 140)
Dec. 2: Rocks on Mars! (Fiske Planetarium)
Firehouse Art Center Saturday Art Experience
Saturdays: Crafty and creative kids can take part in weekly art classes at Firehouse Art Center, 667 Fourth Ave. in Longmont. Ages 5-8, noon-12:45pm; ages 9-12, 1-2pm. $10; free for members. www.firehouseart.org.
Longmont Museum Discovery Days
Discovery Days is a low-cost program that allows preschool children (ages 2-5) and their parents/caregivers to engage in educational, hands-on art activities during the school year. See the schedule and registration info at www.longmontmuseum.org. The museum is at 400 Quail Road in Longmont.
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.
Sept. 17: Grand Reopening of the Discovery Corner for children, 10am
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 Landscape Photography (Sept. 6), Video Production Certificate Program (Sept. 25-29), and Video Camera Basics (Oct. 17). 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.
Nov. 9-12: Fall Sale (see listing under Art 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.
Sept. 13-Nov. 15: 10-Week Herbal Healing Class
Lifelong Learning Program
Boulder Valley School District offers classes for all ages in subjects like writing, dance, health and fitness, money, languages and gardening. www.bvsd.org/LLL.
The Living Arts School
The Living Arts School is a “folk school” for traditional living skills, crafts and music. Classes are held at various locations throughout Boulder County. 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.
Sept. 10: Driftwood Crocheted Pullover
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.
Sept. 19: Bike Maintenance Basics, Level 1
Sept. 21: Gourmet Camp Cooking
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.
America’s Latino eco-Festival
Sept. 15-17: Latino-themed environmental festival is the largest in the world, with films, speakers, art exhibits, receptions, live music, meet and greets, a gala dinner, after-hours parties, and many other activities. At various locations around Denver; check www.americaslatinoecofestival.org for updates.
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.
Boulder Peace Day
Sept. 21: Boulder celebrates the International Day of Peace with a moment of silence at noon, informative speakers and a nonprofit expo where attendees can network, meet charitable organizations and find volunteer opportunities. 11am-6pm on the Pearl Street Mall courthouse lawn. www.coloradoevents.org.
Sept. 10: Out Boulder County’s 14th-annual PrideFest takes place in Boulder’s Central Park, 11:30am-6:30pm. Activities for all ages include live entertainment, local food and beer vendors, and vendor booths, plus the Pride Cruiser Ride, the Queer Youth Talent Show, and more. Check online for times. www.outboulder.org.
Downtown Boulder Fall Festival
Sept. 15-17: Big weekend festival on Pearl Street features live music, arts and crafts booths sponsored by Firefly Handmade Markets, a beer garden, children’s entertainment and a kids’ carnival. 5-10pm Friday, 11am-8pm Saturday and 11am-5pm Sunday. www.boulderfallfest.com.
Erie Biscuit Day
Sept. 16: Erie Historical Society presents the 15th-annual Biscuit Day, featuring biscuits and gravy, homemade stew, live music, a cakewalk, a raffle, craft booths, and a display of historic photos. On Briggs Street in downtown Erie from 8am-noon. www.eriehistoricalsociety.org.
Estes Park Festivals
Fall is a big community-festival season in Estes Park, with these three popular festivals, the Longs Peak Scottish/Irish Festival (see separate listing) and many other events. Check www.visitestespark.com for details on each event.
Sept. 23-24: Autumn Gold, festival of bands, brats and beer
Sept. 30-Oct. 1: Elk Fest
Oct. 7: Pumpkins & Pilsners Festival
Lafayette Art Night Out
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 Inclusive Communities Celebration
Sept. 22: Free annual event for the whole family offers opportunities for the community to connect with people of diverse cultures through informational booths, ethnic food samples, games, live performances and more. 6-9pm at Longmont Museum, 400 Quail Road. www.longmontcolorado.gov.
Sept. 22-23: Produced by Left Hand Brewery, this annual event features local breweries and food, live music, activities for all ages, and contests in stein-holding, bratwurst-eating, and best-dressed. Friday 4-10pm and Saturday noon-10pm at Roosevelt Park, Eighth and Coffman streets in Longmont. www.lefthandbrewing.com.
Longs Peak Scottish/Irish Highland Festival
Sept. 7-10: Popular annual event in Estes Park showcases Scottish and Celtic music, traditional dancing, vendor booths, camping, and the Highlander 5k race. Schedule: www.scotfest.com.
Louisville Fall Festival
Sept. 2-5: Labor Day weekend festival at various Louisville venues features music, antique car/truck shows, pie contests, food and crafts booths, and games. www.louisvilleco.gov.
Sept. 30: Free event, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Niwot, features too many activities to list, including authentic German food and brews, a scooter raffle, bouncy castles, live music and polka dancing. Details: www.niwotrotary.org.
See listings above under Community Festivals.
Fall’s impressive bounty is apparent at 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 through Sept. 30 at the southeast corner of Fickel Park. www.berthoudlocal.org. Season-ending festival on Sept. 30 runs until 4pm.
Boulder: Saturdays 8am-2pm through Nov. 18 and Wednesdays 4-8pm through Oct. 4 at 13th Street between Canyon Boulevard and Arapahoe Avenue.www.bcfm.org.
Erie: Thursdays 5-8pm through Sept. 21 on Briggs Street between Wells and Moffatt streets.www.realfarmersmarketco.com
Frederick: Thursdays 4-7pm through September at Crist Park, 105 Fifth St.; www.frederickco.gov.
Lafayette: Thursdays 4-8pm through Sept. 28 at Lafayette Florist, 600 S. Public Road. www.bcfm.org.
Longmont: Saturdays 8am-1pm through Nov. 18 at Boulder County Fairgrounds, Hover Street and Boston Avenue. www.bcfm.org.
Louisville: Saturdays 9am-1pm through Oct. 14 at 824 Front St. www.getfreshmarkets.com.
Mead: Sundays 10am-1pm through Sept. 24 at Mead Main 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.
Sept. 16-17: Farm-to-Table Cheesemaking Bootcamp
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.
Sept. 19, Oct. 14, Nov. 18 & Dec. 9: Open House dates (check online for times)
Boulder Blind Cafe
Oct.12-14: The Blind Café is a unique sensory experience with live music and a vegan meal served by blind waitstaff in pitch darkness. Working together, attendees build community and advocate for a better life for the blind in the hope of promoting positive social change. Two seatings per night, 6pm and 9pm, but this event always sells out. At Wesley Chapel, 1290 Folsom St. www.theblindcafe.com/boulder.
Boulder Burgundy Festival
Oct. 13-15: Sponsored by Boulder Wine Merchant, this annual event showcases special wine dinners at area restaurants, tasting sessions and a seminar. See the full schedule of events at www.boulderburgundyfestival.com.
Boulder Valley Beer Fest
Sept. 9: In conjunction with the Superior Chili Fest (see separate listing), this annual event features the beers of nearly two dozen local breweries, plus live music, wine tastings and food. Proceeds benefit the Rotary Club of Boulder Valley’s many programs. 2-6:30pm (VIP access at 1:30pm) at Superior Community Park, 1350 Coalton Road. www.bouldervalleybeerfest.com.
Chili Inferno Cook-Off
Sept. 4: This popular contest on Labor Day is part of the Boulder Creek Hometown Fair. Noon-4pm on 13th Street between Canyon and Arapahoe. www.bouldercreekevents.com.
Colorado Mountain Winefest
Sept. 14-17: Wine lovers often make the drive over to the Grand Junction area for this multiday festival filled with wine dinners, vineyard visits and tastings. www.winecolorado.org.
Denver Beer Fest
Sept. 29-Oct. 7: Coinciding in part with the Great American Beer Festival, this event celebrates Denver’s best destinations for beer aficionados. See www.denver.org/denverbeerfest for the full schedule.
Denver International Wine Festival
Nov. 1-3: Three-day annual festival showcases more than 400 international wines from 18 countries. There are also food tastings, gourmet food vendors, fine art for sale and more. At the Denver Marriott, Westminster. www.denverwinefest.com.
Erie Wine & Cheese Festival
Oct. 14: Inaugural event showcases local wineries and includes cheese, appetizers, and a commemorative wineglass. See updated details and ticket info at www.eriechamber.org.
Estes Park Beer Festivals
See listing under Community & Cultural Festivals.
Food Lab Cooking School
Food Lab offers 3-hour classes with plenty of time built in to enjoy the prepared courses. It also holds after-school classes for kids. Recent class topics included Cuban Cookery and Fresh Pasta Workshop; see the calendar online for the fall schedule. www.foodlabboulder.com.
Great American Beer Festival
Oct. 5-7: This huge and very popular festival always sells out well ahead of time, but check www.greatamericanbeerfestival.com for updates, just in case. Check with your favorite craft breweries, too; sometimes they offer contests and raffles to win tickets.
Pints in the Park
Sept. 2: Community event for ages 21+ features brews from nearly two dozen breweries; $25 ticket gets you a souvenir pint glass and all the beer you can drink. Noon-4pm at Louisville’s Community Park, 955 Bella Vista Drive. www.pintsintheparkco.com.
Rocky Mountain Pizza & Pints
Sept. 4: As part of the Hometown Festival in Boulder, this festival features pizza, beer, live music and lawn games, and a chance to vote for your favorite local brewery and pizzeria. www.bouldercreekevents.com.
Superior Chili Fest
Sept. 9: This 17th-annual event is hot-hot-hot! Purchase a chili-tasting cup and taste several, then vote for your faves. There’s also live music, children’s events, and the Boulder Valley Beer Fest (see separate listing). 2-6pm at Superior Community Park, 1350 Coalton Road. www.superiorcolorado.gov.
Taste of Tomato
Sept. 9: See listing under Garden & Home 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
Final Mondays: Women of the West, 11:30am-1pm (Main Branch)
Final Thursdays: Geopolitics Discussion Group, 1-3pm monthly (Main Branch)
Broomfield Auditorium: Buffalo Bill Experience
Sept. 22: Nationally acclaimed author, performer and impersonator “Gunny” Jeff Norman presents the Buffalo Bill Experience, a living-history one-man play that guides audiences down the untamed frontier trail that was Buffalo Bill Cody’s life. Suitable for all ages. 7pm at Broomfield Auditorium, 3 Community Park Road. www.broomfield.org.
Broomfield Depot Museum Speaker Series
Sept. 13 & Oct. 11: 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. www.broomfield.org.
Sept. 13: Lakota Performers in Europe: Culture and the Artifacts They Left Behind
Oct. 11: Someone’s Daughter: In Search of Justice for Jane Doe
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. Some are listed below, but check www.cil.com for more.
Sept. 20: A Journey to India
Oct. 11: The Beauty of England and Wales
Nov. 18: An Alaskan Arctic Wildlife Canoe Expedition
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.
Sept. 7: Women & Money, 6pm (Table Mesa)
Sept. 27: Home Appraisals: The Mystery Behind the Values Revealed, 6pm
Sept. 28: Cosmic Fingerprints: Understanding Our Place on Earth and in the Cosmos, 6pm
Erie Local History Series
Sept. 21, Oct. 19 & Nov. 16: The Erie Historical Society and the Erie Community Library present a series of monthly talks about area history. 7pm at the Erie Community Center, 450 Powers St., Erie. www.eriehistoricalsociety.org.
Sept. 21: Brothels and Bordellos 1860-1930
Oct. 19: It Happened in Rocky Mountain National Park
Nov. 16: Government, Coal and Agriculture: A History of Erie in Three Parts
‘The Gift of Failure’ Lecture
Sept. 13: New York Times bestselling author Jessica Lahey presents “The Gift of Failure: Fostering Intrinsic Motivation and Resilience in Kids,” a program that discusses current research on autonomy-supportive parenting and teaching. 6:30-8:30pm at Boulder Country Day School, 4820 Nautilus Court N. Free and open to the public, but an RSVP is requested at www.bouldercountryday.org.
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.
Mile Hi Con 48
Oct. 27-29: See listing under Literary Events.
This Tibetan Buddhist studio offers discussions, lectures, meditation classes and workshops; many events are free. 1345 Spruce St. www.boulder.shambhala.org.
Ted X Boulder
Sept. 17: TEDxBoulder, an independently organized TED event, showcases speakers addressing the topic “Climate & Change.” These events usually sell out, so get your tickets right away at www.tedxboulder.com.
Ted X Mile High
Nov. 11: TEDxMileHigh in Denver, an independently organized TED event, showcases innovative Coloradans speaking about the theme “Wonder.” 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.
Garden & Home Events
Boulder Green Home Tour
Sept. 30: Self-guided tour, sponsored by the Colorado Green Building Guild, features several green homes in Boulder, Lafayette and Louisville, followed by an after-party. A portion of proceeds benefits Habitat for Humanity. www.bouldergreenhometour.org.
Colorado Native Plant Society Annual Conference
Sept. 8-10: CoNPS’s annual conference features field trips, lectures, the Colorado Rare Plant Symposium, networking events and much more. In Colorado Springs this year; register at www.conps.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.
Through Sept. 24: Sculpture by Alexander Calder (York Street)
Sept. 28: Lecture: The Summer-Dry Garden (York Street)
Nov. 7: SCFD Free Day at Chatfield Farms
Nov. 10-11: SCFD Free Days at York Street (Winter Gift Market)
Denver Urban Homestead Tour
Sept. 9: Self-guided tour of local urban homesteads showcases chicken keeping, beekeping, goat keeping, natural building, composting, sustainable design and more. Tour runs 10am-3pm, followed by a food and networking event. Register at www.botanicgardens.org.
Golden Tour of Solar Homes
Oct. 7: Annual event features a self-guided tour of solar installations in the Golden area, followed by a reception and Green Expo. Tour is 9am-4pm. www.goldensolartour.org.
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.
Oct. 7: Beekeeping Class
Oct. 19: Breadmaking Class
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.
Sept. 9: Taste of Tomato Festival, 10am-1pm (see separate listing in this section)
Sept. 17: Pruning for Strength, Health, and Beauty, 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.
Sept. 16: Meet the Beekeeper, 9:30am
Final Saturdays: Birding in the Gardens: Bird Walks, 8-11am
Longmont Gift of Home Tour
Nov. 30-Dec. 2: See listing under Holiday Events.
Lyons Farmette, a working organic farm and sustainability center, offers classes in cooking, bee- and chicken-keeping, soil health, herbal skin care and more. It also hosts farm dinners and art events. Check the online calendar for updates. 4121 Ute Highway, Lyons; www.lyonsfarmette.com.
Oct. 21: Putting Your Garden to Bed
Nov. 4: Intro to Beekeeping
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.
Oct. 9: Magical Herbalism: Ritual and Folklore