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Boulder Community Health Workshops
Free health sessions sponsored by Boulder Community Health are held at Lafayette Library, 775 W. Baseline Road. Registration is required: www.cityoflafayette.com/recration.
Feb. 7: Recognizing and Treating Stroke
Feb. 20-24: Battling Heart Disease: Women’s #1 Killer
Boulder Death Cafe
4th Mondays: Monthly community gatherings bring people together to discuss “all manner of fascinating things about the D word” in a safe (and sometimes a little silly) environment. 4-5:30pm at Greenwood & Myers Mortuary, 2969 Baseline Road. See the group’s Facebook page for more info.
Boulder Psychic Institute
Tuesdays & Thursdays: Free psychic readings by the institute’s students take place every Tuesday and Thursday nights from 7-8:30pm (call to schedule). On Thursdays, there are also free 15-minute aura & chakra healings (drop-in) between 6-7pm. 1332 Pearl St. 303-530-0920; www.boulderpsychicinstitute.org.
Boulder Shambhala Meditation center
Wednesdays: Once a week, the Boulder Shambhala Center offers a free drop-in meditation session where participants can learn basic techniques, ask questions and deepen their practice. 5-6pm. Free open-house orientations are held in the parlor every Sunday, 10:30am-noon. 303-444-0190; www.boulder.shambhala.org.
The Caritas Center offers free and low-cost healing workshops, sessions and seminars open to all. Check online for a full schedule of events. 5723 Arapahoe Ave., Suite 1A. www.caritascenter.org.
Dec. 8: Holiday Party and Silent Auction, 5-8pm
Casting for Recovery
Casting for Recovery hosts three-day retreats for breast-cancer survivors to learn the art of fly-fishing at no cost. Find out more at www.castingforrecovery.org.
This new Longmont Pilates studio hosts classes for all levels, including special sessions for teens, and also offers a 500-hour Teacher Training Program. Try a free demo class Wednesdays at 9am or Saturdays at 11:30am. Find out more and register online at www.clubpilates.com. The studio is at 700 Ken Pratt Blvd., Suite 101, behind Lucky’s Market.
Fitness for Living
Fitness for Living offers Boot Camps and PowerFit Yoga Camps at indoor and outdoor locations around Boulder and Longmont, depending on the season; see the schedule at www.fitliv.com.
Fitness on the Rocks
July 9: Join 7,000 new friends for a day of fitness at Red Rocks in Morrison, including Zumba, yoga, core-blast workouts and activities like tug-of-war and a rice-bag haul. 6am start. Find tickets at www.fitnessontherockscolorado.com.
Holiday Psychic Fair
Dec. 17: Sponsored by Boulder Healers, this event offers short, low-cost sampler treatments in bodywork, healing, intuitive readings and aura portraits. 11am-5pm at the Grange, 2nd Avenue and Franklin Street in Niwot. www.boulderhealers.com.
Lafayette Quaker Oatmeal Festival and Health Fair
Jan. 14: Lafayette’s popular annual event, celebrating 21 years, includes a healthy oatmeal breakfast with dozens of toppings, a 5k walk/run for all levels, and a big health fair showcasing the benefits of oatmeal and other heart-healthy foods. At various venues in Lafayette; see www.lafayettecolorado.com for the schedule.
Naropa: Free Evening Meditation Sessions
Wednesdays: Naropa offers free weekly meditation instruction sessions featuring guided meditation followed by instruction from experienced Naropa faculty members. 6:30-7:30pm at the Nalanda Campus, 6287 Arapahoe Ave. www.naropa.edu.
National Alliance on Mental Illness
NAMI offers free classes that provide a holistic approach for people living with a serious mental illness; there are also classes for family members and caregivers. Find more information at www.namibouldercounty.org.
National Alliance on Mental Illness
NAMI offers free classes that provide a holistic approach for people living with a serious mental illness; there are also classes for family members and caregivers. Find more information at www.namibouldercounty.org.
Practically Dying is a community resource offering answers, services, support and education around dying, death and grief. Kim Mooney, an end-of-life educator, offers a variety of sessions and workshops; see the events list at www.practically-dying.com. She is also one of the hosts for the monthly Boulder Death Cafe.
Walking Through Grief
Mondays: Walking Through Grief is a trail-walking group that meets every Monday morning to offer support to those grieving a loss. 8:30am at McIntosh Lake in Longmont, but check www.griefsupportnet.org for more details, as the location sometimes changes.
Windows to Wellness
Jan. 21: This semiannual fair brings together dozens of wellness practitioners and vendors under one roof. Practitioners offer sample 10- or 20-minute sessions that are just $5 or $10 (cash only). 9am-2pm at the Longmont Senior Center, 910 Longs Peak Ave. www.longmontcolorado.gov.
Halloween | Thanksgiving | Christmas & Holiday Events
1940s & 50s White Christmas Ball
Dec. 3: This annual nostalgic holiday party features a gorgeous canopy of lights, vintage WWII planes and other vehicles, decorated trees, live music, re-enactments from the timeless movie “White Christmas,” and hours of dancing. Purchase tickets early, as this event usually sells out. 5pm at Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport, 11755 Airport Way in Broomfield. www.1940sball.org.
Circle of Care Intergenerational Holiday Dinner
Dec. 25: Circle of Care, a nonprofit that works to unite the generations through arts and cultural access, presents a free holiday dinner, open to all, “because no one should be alone on Christmas.” Two seatings at the Niwot Tavern, 7960 Niwot Road; RSVP by Dec. 16 to 303-449-8884 or www.circleofcareproject.org.
Colorado Events: Holiday Gift Fairs
Find unique gifts for friends and family at special holiday gift fairs sponsored by Colorado Events. www.coloradoevents.net.
Dec. 11: Boulder Holiday Gift Festival, Boulder YMCA, 28th and Mapleton, 11am-5pm
Dec. 18: Last Chance Gift Fest, in the Main Exhibit Hall at Boulder County Fairgrounds, 10am-5pm
Downtown Boulder Holiday Events
Several annual holiday events take place on or near the Pearl Street Mall; check the details at www.downtownboulderholidays.com; 303-449-3774.
Through Dec. 24: St. Nick on the Bricks, visits with Santa from 11am-2pm
Dec. 3: Lights of December Parade, 6pm
Erie Country Christmas and Parade of Lights
Dec. 2: Erie’s annual holiday event includes Santa’s workshop, caroling, complimentary s’mores, a living nativity scene, free hayrides and a parade. 5-8pm in downtown Erie. www.eriechamber.org.
Holiday Mountain Market
Dec. 3-4: Dozens of vendors offer unique gifts, from candles to handknits to fine art. There are also refreshments, photos with Santa, and raffle prizes. 10am-5pm Sat and 10am-4pm Sun at Nederland Community Center, 750 Colorado Highway 72. 303-258-0799.
Hotel Boulderado Holiday Tea Series
The Hotel Boulderado hosts a series of annual holiday-themed teas, often paired with holiday bazaars and live entertainment. Check www.boulderado.com for details and registration. The Boulderado is at 2115 13th St.
Dec. 24: The Boulder Jewish Community Center presents “Klezmania: A New Musical and Culinary Christmas Eve Tradition,” a celebration for the first night of Chanukah that features musical programming for all ages. The JCC is at 6007 Oreg Ave. Check www.boulderjcc.org for more information.
Lafayette Holiday Events
Dec. 3: “Home for the Holidays,” Lafayette’s annual family event, features visits with Santa, hot cocoa, holiday cookies, carolers and live reindeer at Festival Plaza, 309 South Boulder Road. Later that day, there are caroling, the holiday tree lighting at dusk, a sing-along and a potluck dinner. Find an updated schedule of events at www.cityoflafayette.com.
Longmont: Gift of Home Christmas Home Tour
Dec. 1-3: Tour four beautifully decorated homes in Longmont while helping to raise funds for Longmont Meals on Wheels. Ticket price includes a soup-and-bread meal and other activities. Info: www.thegiftofhome.org.
Dec. 9-10: Longmont’s weekend celebration features a parade on Saturday at 5pm, plus activities on Friday evening like Santa’s Workshop, a concert, food trucks, an ice skating show, fireworks, and a Night Sky Dive Drop. Find out more at www.downtownlongmont.com.
Longmont Museum Holiday Festival
Dec. 17: Second-annual event features live music, hot chocolate and cookies, visits with Santa, and an exhibit of historic winter photos. Two separate events, one beginning at 3pm and the other at 6:30pm. The museum is at 400 Quail Road; www.longmontcolorado.gov/museum.
Louisville Parade of Lights
Dec. 2: Annual holiday parade in Louisville is held in conjunction with the monthly art walk downtown. Main Street closes at 4pm, ArtWalk is 4-6:30pm, and the parade begins at 7pm. There’s also live caroling, a living crèche, visits with Santa, and other holiday-themed activities. www.louisvilleco.gov.
Polar Express Train Rides
Through Dec. 23: On select dates, the Colorado Railroad Museum in Golden offers special Polar Express–themed events, with activities based on the beloved children’s book. These events sell out quickly; check www.coloradorailroadmuseum.org.
St Julien Gingerbread Teas
Sundays through Dec. 18: See listing under Benefits & Fundraisers.
Just for Fun
Barley-Har-Har Comedy Night
3rd Thursdays and 1st Fridays: Amateur comedians take the stage at these free monthly comedy nights, 7pm on 3rd Thursdays and 9pm on 1st Fridays, at 300 Suns Brewing, 331 First Ave., Longmont. Bub Comedy, the event’s organizer, also hosts other comedy events in the area; check the calendar at www.bubcomedy.com. To sign up to perform, email email@example.com.
Boulder Comedy Show
Sundays: Every Sunday evening at 7pm and 9pm, the Bohemian Biergarten (2017 13th St.) hosts a comedy night with a big lineup of comedians and a nationally known headliner. Find the schedule on the Bohemian Biergarten Facebook page or at www.bohemianbiergarten.com.
Boulder Escape Room
Find clues, discover secret passageways and work with your team to scheme your way out of the escape room. 1001 Lee Hill Drive, Suite 2 (one block west of Broadway). For details and ticket info, see www.boulderescaperoom.com.
Boulder Model Railroad Exposition #39
Dec. 9-11: See a variety of railroad layouts in different scales and browse vendor booths at this annual show that also includes a raffle for one of the layouts. Held in conjunction with the Flatirons Mineral Club Gem & Mineral Show at the Boulder County Fairgrounds, 9595 Nelson Road in Longmont. 10am-5pm each day. www.bouldermodelrailroadclub.org.
Breakout! Escape Room
Longmont’s new escape room offers entertaining yet challenging adventures for all ages. The holiday challenge, called “The Nightmare Before Christmas,” runs through Dec. 30. Breakout is at 840 23rd Ave. in Longmont. www.breakout303.com.
Carousel of Happiness
Head to Nederland for a ride on the restored 1910 Looff carousel with 36 whimsical hand-carved animals and 25 smaller animals keeping them company. The carousel is a nonprofit organization, and rides are only $1; it’s also wheelchair and walker friendly. 20 Lakeview Drive in Nederland, right beside the train cars. Check online for special events and holiday hours. www.carouselofhappiness.org.
Geeks Who Drink
Geeks Who Drink hosts free, live pub quizzes at more than 60 bars and restaurants in the region, including some in Boulder (like Wednesdays at Twisted Pine Brewing Co.) and Longmont (like Mondays at Wibby Brewing). www.geekswhodrink.com.
Mountain MidLife Club
Nederland-based social club meets on 4th Fridays for dinner at 5pm and 2nd Saturdays for breakfast at 8am. The purpose of the group is for residents to socialize with other area couples and singles; “midlife” is whatever age you wish it to be. Call for reservations at least a week ahead: 303-258-0799. Meals are at Nederland Community Center, 750 Highway 72 North in Nederland.
Rails in the Rockies Model Railroad Show
Feb. 18-19: This big show, now in its 17th year, boasts 16,000 square feet of space dedicated to model train layouts and vendor booths. Saturday 9am-5pm, Sunday 9am-4pm. At the Estes Park Event Center Complex. www.estesvalleymodelrailroaders.org.
April 21-23: StarFest is an annual event celebrating all aspects of popular media, film and television. Includes film presentations, Q & A sessions, costume contests, collectible merchandise, seminars, fan-club meetings and more. At two hotels in the Denver Tech Center; see schedule online at www.starfestdenver.org.
Through February: Historic downtown Louisville provides a charming backdrop for this old-fashioned outdoor ice skating experience. Hours, days and special events vary, so check www.bouldercreekevents.com for the schedule and other details. At the Steinbaugh Pavilion, 824 Front St. in Louisville.
Barbed Wire Books
This large bookstore hosts a variety of literary events, including storytimes, classes, workshops and book discussion groups held in the “Hobbit Hole.” For a full schedule, see www.barbedwirebooks.net. 504 Main St., Longmont. 303-827-3620.
1st & 3rd Wednesdays: Game of Thrones Book Group, 6pm
1st, 3rd & 4th Saturdays: The Longmont Book Club, 10:15am (each Saturday group reads a different book); see www.meetup.com/longmont-bookclub for info
Boulder Book Store
Boulder Book Store, 1107 Pearl St., offers an email newsletter, book clubs, and frequent book signings and readings by local, national and international authors. www.boulderbookstore.com; 303-447-2074.
Boulder Wine Reads
Dec. 4 & Jan. 8: Check online ahead of time for the selected book of the month; then read the book and get together to discuss the book over wine. 4pm at Settembre Cellars Winery & Tasting Room, 1501 Lee Hill Drive, #16. www.settembrecellars.com.
Chautauqua Author Forums
Chautauqua frequently hosts regional and national authors, who share passages from their books, discuss the topic and answer audience questions. 7pm at Chautauqua Community House, 900 Baseline Road. www.chautauqua.com.
Dec. 7: Robert R. Crifasi, A Land Made from Water
Jan. 25: Mark Sundeen, The Unsettlers: In Search of the Good Life in Today’s America
Feb. 22: Erika Krouse, Contenders
March 22: Mark Stevens, Allison Coil Mysteries
April 19: Leslie Irvine, My Dog Always Eats First: Homeless People & Their Animals
Dogs Enjoy Afternoon Reading (D.E.A.R.)
2nd Saturdays: Children of all ages are invited to read to specially trained dogs from 1-2pm. No preregistration required. At Longmont Public Library, 409 Fourth Ave. www.longmontcolorado.gov/library.
Firehouse Art Center Monthly Poetry Readings
3rd and 4th Fridays: Longmont’s Firehouse Art Center offers two opportunities each month for aspiring and established poets—Writing Workshops on 3rd Fridays at 7pm, and Open Readings (original works only) on 4th Fridays at 7pm. These events are open to all. FAC is at 667 Fourth Ave. in Longmont.www.firehouseart.org.
Innisfree Poetry Bookstore & Cafe
Tuesdays: Open poetry readings from 7-8:30pm weekly are hosted by Troy Suben. Sign up by 6:55pm to read. Innisfree also offers regular poetry readings, live music and other events; check the calendar at www.innisfreepoetry.com. New location: 1301 Pennsylvania Ave.
Longmont Public Library Writers’ Group
Tuesdays: Weekly meetings are for writers at any stage in their writing process and often include an outside speaker or presenter. First and third Tuesdays are open writing and sharing; second and fourth Tuesdays are discussions. Free and open to all. 6-7:30pm at Longmont Public Library, 409 Fourth Ave. www.longmontcolorado.gov/library.
Pages & Paws
1st, 2nd & 3rd Wednesdays: Kids (and even adults) can sign up for 15-minute sessions to practice their reading skills with the library’s therapy dog. Sessions begin at 3:45pm at Boulder Public Library’s Meadows Branch, 4800 Baseline Road. www.boulderlibrary.org.
Find the latest must-read, join a book club, or research a topic you’ve always wondered about. Area libraries offer residents the opportunity to explore new worlds, and they have children’s storytimes, reading programs, free entertainment, book discussion groups, teen activities and special events.
Boulder: Main Branch: 1001 Arapahoe Ave.; Meadows Branch Library: 4800 Baseline Road; George Reynolds Branch: 3595 Table Mesa Drive; NoBo Corner Library, 4600 Broadway. 303-441-3100; www.boulderlibrary.org.
Lafayette: 775 W. Baseline Road. 303-665-5200; www.cityoflafayette.com/library.
Longmont: 409 Fourth Ave. 303-651-8470; www.longmontcolorado.gov/library.
Louisville: 951 Spruce St. 303-335-4849; www.louisvilleco.gov/library.
Lyons: Temporary location while the Lyons Depot Library undergoes post-flood repairs: 405 Main St. www.townoflyons.com.
Nederland: 20 Lakeview Drive. 303-258-1101; nederland.colibraries.org.
‘So, You’re a poet’ Reading Series
Mondays: This poetry-reading series takes place at the Laughing Goat Coffeehouse, 1709 Pearl St., Monday evenings from 8-11pm. See the schedule at www.thelaughinggoat.com.
Stories on Stage
Stories on Stage is a nonprofit performing-arts organization that showcases great actors reading great literature by exceptional authors. The performances listed below are at Chautauqua Community House; see www.storiesonstage.org for Denver performances on Dec. 11 and March 12.
Dec. 10: Making Merry, 2pm
March 11: Kevin and the Storytellers, 7:30pm
Truth Be Told: Boulder’s Story Slam
Dec. 18: Bring a five-minute story based on the theme “Flame,” put your name into a hat, and if your name is chosen, you get to tell your story on stage. Stories must be true. Between stories, the hosts perform song medleys and their own stories based on the theme. 7pm (doors open 6:30pm) at Dairy Arts Center, 2590 Walnut St. CheckCheck www.storyslamboulder.com for more events, including some scheduled in Denver.
For more outdoor events, see listings under Sports Events.
Bird Conservancy of the Rockies
Formerly called Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory, this organization, headquartered at Barr State Park near Brighton, is dedicated to conserving birds and their habitats. To learn about educational opportunities in the field or in the classroom, or to register for upcoming programs, visit www.birdconservancy.org.
Boulder County Audubon Society
BCAS offers monthly nature programs, field trips, bird counts and other events around the county. www.boulderaudubon.org.
Dec. 18: 75th Annual Christmas Bird Count
Boulder County Parks & Open Space Programs
Boulder County Parks & Open Space offers free nature programs, hikes and cultural-history events. See listing below for Sunset Hikes; see listing under Senior Events for Senior Hikes. 303-678-6214; www.bouldercounty.org/openspace.
Jan. 29: Winter Heritage Day at Walker Ranch Homestead, 8999 Flagstaff Road, 1-3pm
April 21: Senior Fish-Off, Walden Ponds, 6:30-10am
Boulder County Parks & Open Space Sunset Hikes
Slow-paced hikes begin at 6:30pm and conclude at sunset, and volunteer naturalists interpret each park’s history, geology, ecosystems, plants and wildlife. Children are welcome with adults, but no pets, please. Check www.bouldercounty.org/openspace for the schedule.
See listing under Animal Affairs.
City of Boulder Open Space & Mountain Parks
Natural Selections is the city’s ongoing series of free educational programs on wildlife, ecology, local history and children’s programs. All events are open to everyone, but please leave dogs home. For upcoming events, see www.naturehikes.org. 303-441-3440.
Colorado Mountain Club
CMC offers thousands of activity options, including adventure travel, service projects, and classes/seminars that cover everything from climbing, skiing and avalanche preparedness to wild plants, birds and geology. Many programs are at the American Mountaineering Center, 710 10th St., Golden, but some are at the Boulder office in Table Mesa. 303-554-7688; www.cmc.org.
‘Dances with Branches’ Recreational Tree Climbs
Ages 7+ can climb safely on ropes into the crown of a tall tree to connect with nature from on high. Instruction and equipment are included at these tree-climbing events, sponsored by the city of Lafayette. 12:30-3pm at Waneka Lake Park. Find upcoming dates and register at www.cityoflafayette.com/recreation.
Dinosaur Ridge in Morrison comprises a visitor center and two trails with interpretive signs and exhibits, like 150-million-year-old dinosaur bones encased in sandstone and hundreds of 100-million-year-old dinosaur tracks. Ongoing programs include Walk with a Geologist and TriceraTOTS. 16831 W. Alameda Parkway, just west of Denver. www.dinoridge.org.
Jan. 3: Holiday Celebration
Flatirons Mineral Club Annual Gem & Mineral Show
Dec. 9-11: Local gem, rock, mineral, jewelry and lapidary equipment dealers display their unique wares and gifts for all ages at this annual event, held in conjunction with the Boulder Model Railroad Exposition (see listing under Just for Fun). 10am-5pm daily at Boulder County Fairgrounds, 9595 Nelson Road in Longmont. www.flatironsmineralclub.org
REI Boulder Classes
See listing under Classes.
Thorne Nature Experience
Boulder-based Thorne has been connecting youth to nature through hands-on experiences for nearly 60 years. Find out about programs at www.thornenature.org.
Founded by two busy moms who wanted to add adventure to their lives, Vela offers all-inclusive adventure outings just for women, like whitewater kayaking, rock climbing, archery and “indoor skydiving.” www.velaadventures.com.
Walter Orr Roberts Weather Trail
This self-guided tour introduces you to the weather and climate surrounding NCAR’s Mesa Lab beside the Flatirons. The half-mile loop extends west, connecting to the Boulder Mountain Parks system. 303-497-1174; scied.ucar.edu/exhibits.
Wild Bear Mountain Ecology Center
Wild Bear is a nonprofit nature center offering affordable after-school programs, and adult and family workshops. It maintains an information center at 20 Lakeview Drive in Nederland, and also has property at Mud Lake. www.wildbear.org.
April, TBA: Wild Earth Day
Boulder Newcomers Club
The nonprofit BNC hosts monthly activities like hikes, book clubs and wine tastings, potlucks and game nights. All ages are welcome. www.bouldernewcomers.org.
Though Colorado’s race circuit is pretty quiet in the winter, it really starts to heat up when the weather turns warmer. Here’s a sampling of some of the most popular events enjoyed by Boulder County residents. Many of these races sell out early, so be sure to register far in advance.
Dec. 3: The ColderBOLDER 5k on the CU campus awards “Cold Medal” penguin trophies to top finishers. www.bolderboulder.com.
Dec. 4: The Rudolph Ramble 5k race is part of the RunDenver Series. www.rundenverseries.com.
Dec. 10: The Dasher Holiday 5k in Estes Park also includes a kids’ fun run. www.visitestespark.com.
Dec. 11: Superior Stocking Run 5k is fun, festive and family-friendly, with jingling bracelets and hot chocolate waiting at the finish line. Register at www.racingunderground.com.
Dec. 31: New Year’s Eve Resolution 5k, Denver’s oldest New Year’s Eve run, is an early-evening race in Denver’s Washington Park. Register at www.resolution5k.com.
Jan. 14: Quicker Quaker 5k Walk/Run is held each year in conjunction with Lafayette’s popular Quaker Oatmeal Festival. 7:30am in Lafayette; registration info at www.lafayettecolorado.com.
March 11: The Erin Go Braugh 7.77k Run in Westminster benefits Growing Home, a nonprofit that provides support to local families. Register at www.eringobraughrun.com.
April-May, TBA: Dash & Dine 5k Series is a series of Bolder Boulder qualifying races, held on select weeknights at Boulder Reservoir. Register at www.dashndine5k.com.
May 6: Annual race at the Boulder Reservoir raises funds for the Second Wind Fund, which provides free counseling to youth at risk of suicide. Info: www.swfbc.org
May 29: The BolderBOULDER 10k draws thousands of people to town to run or walk the course, or to cheer on participants along the route or in Folsom Field. The huge race is separated into waves so everyone can run or walk at their own pace. Memorial Day events follow the professional racers. www.bolderboulder.com.
Boulder County Parks & Open Space Senior Hikes
Last Thursdays: On the last Thursday of each month, seniors get their own hikes sponsored by Boulder County Parks and Open Space. The hikes run from 10am-noon, and include information on the area’s history, wildlife and resource management. Call 303-678-6214 or check the calendar at www.bouldercountyopenspace.org.
Dec. 29: Rabbit Mountain Open Space
Circle of Care
Circle of Care is an enrichment program that provides seniors with free transportation, companions, and tickets to community arts and cultural events. 303-449-8884; www.circleofcareproject.org; office@circleofcare project.org.
Mountain MidLife Club
See listing under Just for Fun.
Senior centers offer older residents a place to meet other seniors and stay connected to the community with activities like day trips, classes, entertainment, support groups, fitness options, health screenings and meals. Check each center’s website for details and a complete schedule.
Boulder: West Boulder Senior Center, 909 Arapahoe Ave., 303-441-3148. East Boulder Senior Center, 5660 Sioux Drive, 303-441-4150. www.boulderseniorservices.com.
Lafayette: 103 S. Iowa Ave. 303-665-9052; www.cityoflafayette.com.
Longmont: 910 Longs Peak Ave. 303-651-8411; www.ci.longmont.co.us/sen_ctr.
Louisville: 900 W. Via Appia. 303-666-7400; www.louisvillerecreation.com/seniorwelcome.php.
Lyons: Lyons Golden Gang, 335 Railroad Ave., Bldg. B, Lyons. 303-823-6771; www.lyonsgoldengang.weebly.com.
Nederland: Various locations. 303-258-0799; www.nederlandareaseniors.org.
Seniors Helping Seniors
Seniors in northern Longmont and Weld County can get the nonmedical in-home care services they need, provided by other seniors. Visit www.seniorcaregreeley.com for more information.
Via Mobility Services
VIA is a “mobility manager” offering transportation for older or disabled travelers, travel training, information on mobility options, referrals and a range of other community resources. www.viacolorado.org.
For arts and crafts fairs featuring handmade items for sale, please see Art Events and Holiday Events.
Strawberry Festival Antique Show
May 20-21: Annual spring fundraiser for the St. Vrain Historical Society offers more than 50 antiques vendors from around the region, plus fresh strawberry shortcake with whipped cream. At the Boulder County Fairgrounds, Nelson and Hover roads, Longmont. www.stvrainhistoricalsociety.com.
Boulder Area Singles
BAS is a meetup group of 40+ men and women who go on hikes, organize book clubs, attend social hours, bowl, go dancing and more. bcn.boulder.co.us/ community/bas.
Mountain MidLife Club
See listing under Just for Fun.
For more sports-related events, see listings under Bicycling Events, Nature/Outdoor Events, Races/Walks, and Tours. Also see our separate Sports section that lists area facilities and resources.
Awe-Struck offers Bike to Farm Tours plus hiking, paddling and skiing adventures. All outdoor trips are paired with a culinary adventure. www.awe-struckoutdoors.com.
Boulder Area Bicycle Adventures
Full-day, half-day and two-hour tours by bicycle explore Boulder’s history, scenery, geology and popular businesses; off-road mountain bike adventures are also available. Suitable for all ability levels and ages (except the Brews Cruise Tour on Saturdays at 2pm), and Boulder residents get a discount. 303-918-7062; www.boulderareabicycleadventures.com.
Boulder County Bombers
Boulder County’s flat-track women’s roller-derby league hosts home bouts at the Boulder County Fairgrounds; check online for the schedule. They’re also recruiting new members and refs for their league. www.bouldercountybombers.com.
Colorado Wilderness Rides and Guides
Professional tour guides lead participants on adventures like backpacking, bike tours, rock climbing, skiing and snowshoeing. 720-242-9828; www.cwrag.com.
‘Dances with Branches‘ Recreational Tree Climbs
See listing under Nature/Outdoor Events.
Front Range Anglers
Saturdays: Free “Saturday Signature Series” sessions from 10-noon feature some of the best tyers around spinning up their signature patterns (includes free coffee and a 15% discount on purchases). The shop also hosts regular four-hour fee-based classes that include two hours on-site at a nearby park. FRA is at 2344 Pearl St.. www.frontrangeanglers.com.
April 8: Customer Appreciation Day, with presentations, food and beverages, hourly prizes, vendor reps, and big sales
Star & Laser Shows
Fiske Planetarium on the CU-Boulder campus presents cutting-edge planetarium shows on a brand-new fulldome projection system. See the schedule of laser shows,
live star talks, movies, planetarium shows, family shows, concerts and other events at www.fiske.colorado.edu.
Dec. 3-29: Season of Light Holiday Show
At the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, 2001 Colorado Blvd. in Denver. www.dmns.org.
Little Thompson Observatory
3rd Fridays: The Little Thompson Observatory, at 850 Spartan Ave. in Berthoud, offers Public Star Nights, with guest speakers discussing astronomy-related topics. The rest of the time, it’s open by appointment only. 970-613-7793; www.starkids.org.
For sports-related tours, see listings under Sports Events.
Banjo Billy Bus Tours
Banjo Billy gives history tours of Boulder and Denver from an old school bus tricked out to look like a traveling hillbilly shack. Tours run Tuesday-Sunday, with special brewery tours on Thursdays. 720-938-8885; www.banjobilly.com.
Tour the winery and sample the wines in the tasting room. Thursday-Sunday 1-6pm at 1501 Lee Hill Road #7. www.bookcliffvineyards.com.
Tours of this enormous tea-processing plant are free and run daily except for major holidays. See how these popular teas are blended, packaged and shipped; then taste free samples, browse the gallery of original artwork from the famous tea boxes, and check out the gift shop. Don’t miss the “mint room.” Children under 5 are not allowed in the factory. Tours are on the hour Monday-Saturday from 10am-4pm, and Sunday 11am-3pm. 4600 Sleepytime Drive. www.celestialseasonings.com.
Leanin’ Tree Tours
Leanin’ Tree now offers free 45-minute tours of its greeting-card manufacturing plant. Watch as flat sheets of blank paper are transformed into full-color cards, and see impressive machinery—like printing presses the size of school buses. After the tour, visit the free art museum, impressive sculpture garden and gift shop. Leanin’ Tree is at 6055 Longbow Drive. www.leanintreemuseum.com.
NCAR Public Tours
At the National Center for Atmospheric Research, you’ll find a flood of fun facts about atmospheric science, climate change, and the NCAR mesa and building. There’s also a photographic display of meteorological optics, a telescopic camera, working supercomputers, a gravity well and the Walter Orr Roberts Weather Trail. Guided tours are Monday-Friday at noon; a self-guided tour is also available in English and Spanish. 303-497-1174; www.scied.ucar.edu/visit.
Honey wine, the world’s oldest alcoholic drink, is made right here in Boulder. Visit Redstone Meadery at 4700 Pearl St., Unit 2A, for free tours weekdays at 1 and 3pm and Saturdays at 12:30pm. Through April, there’s free live music every Saturday, 1:30-4:30pm. Tasting room opens at noon. 720-406-1215; www.redstonemeadery.com.
University of Colorado
The official CU Boulder Web events calendar gives you up-to-the-minute information on campus happenings that are open to the public. Search by date, title or category of interest. Each event listing gives a description, contact and cost (if any). www.colorado.edu/eventscalendar.
University of Colorado Alumni Association
The CU Boulder Alumni Association hosts a variety of events year-round and across the nation to help alums stay connected. Visit www.cualum.org.
University of Colorado UMC
You don’t have to be a student or staff member to take advantage of the University Memorial Center. Check out the UMC’s postings for art exhibits, live music, free pool and poker tournaments, cheap bowling, and a variety of classes and forums. www.colorado.edu/umc.
Boulder County Parks and Open Space
From single-day events to ongoing projects, there are a number of ways volunteers can help preserve, improve and enhance the area’s open space. See volunteer info at www.bouldercountyopenspace.org.
Volunteers are needed on an ongoing basis for audience relations, fundraising, education and office management. 303-449-1343, ext. 104; www.boulderphil.org.
Children First of the Rockies
Longmont-based nonprofit helps families in conflict or crisis to improve their quality of life and ensure the safety and well-being of the children involved. The organization is in need of volunteers, including those interested in serving on the board of directors and those with experience in fundraising and finances. To find out more, visit www.ccfor.org.
Circle of Care
Volunteers are needed to accompany a senior to a concert, offer a ride, or assist at parties and dances. 303-449-8884; www.circleofcareproject.org.
Colorado Horse Rescue
Nonprofit CHR provides emergency relief, shelter, care and adoption services for abused, neglected, abandoned and unwanted horses. Volunteers are always needed to prepare feed buckets, muck out stalls and pens, and keep the barn organized. 18 or older; ages 14-17 can volunteer with an adult. 10386 N. 65th St., Longmont. 720-494-1414; www.chr.org.
Colorado Therapeutic Riding Center
More than 1,000 volunteers help with the center’s programs, which serve children and adults with disabilities. Learn more at New Volunteer Trainings. To RSVP for training or to learn more, visit www.ctrcinc.org or call 303-652-9131. 11968 Mineral Road, Longmont.
Emergency Family Assistance Association
Help provide food, basic household furniture and emergency shelter to the disabled, the elderly and families with children. 303-442-3052; www.efaa.org.
FOCUS Offender Reentry Monitoring Program
FOCUS trains volunteer mentors to assist adult offenders with reintegrating into society. 720-304-644; www.focusreentry.org.
Greenwood Wildlife Sanctuary
Greenwood rehabilitates sick, injured and orphaned wildlife for release into appropriate habitats, and it treats nearly 3,000 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. Center: 303-823-8455; Thrift shop: 303-245-0800; www.greenwoodwildlife.org.
Humane Society of Boulder Valley
Volunteer information sessions are held regularly; see www.boulderhumane.org for a schedule. The Humane Society is at 2323 55th St. 303-442-4030.
I Have a Dream Foundation Adopt-a-Family Program
The I Have a Dream Foundation of Boulder County is seeking community members to “adopt” a family for the holidays and provide them with gifts. Visit www.ihadboulder.org for details or call 303-444-3636 ext. 20
Volunteers support adults and children with disabilities in reaching their goals in the classroom and in the community. Help with classes and activities like yoga, swimming, music, computers, bowling and creative writing. 1400 Dixon St., Lafayette. www.imaginecolorado.org.
Longmont Humane Society
Help with animal care, administrative duties, maintenance, the thrift store and more. Teens 13-18 can get involved; younger kids can help with parents. LHS is at 9595 Nelson Road, Longmont. 303-772-1232; www.longmonthumane.org.
Medicine Horse Program
MHP, at 8778 Arapahoe Road, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for adolescents, families and adults through equine-assisted therapy sessions that focus on healing. Volunteers train as muckers before moving on to horse handling. Volunteer orientations are the third Saturdays of each month at 10am. 720-406-7630; www.medicinehorse.org.
Moving to End Sexual Assault (MESA)
Volunteer-counselor training consists of 40 hours of intensive education before working on the 24-hour crisis hotline or accompanying survivors to the hospital, police interviews and court appearances. Bilingual counselors are particularly needed. 303-443-0400; www.movingtoendsexualassault.org.
Longmont’s OUR Center, a nonprofit that helps people move toward self-sufficiency, can always use volunteers for a variety of tasks. The center’s new location is at 220 Collyer St. in Longmont. www.ourcenter.org.
Safe Shelter of St. Vrain Valley
Mandatory classroom training takes about 30 hours and covers a broad range of domestic-violence issues; the hands-on training is about eight hours. www.safeshelterofstvrain.org.
Thorne Nature Experience
Help support this nonprofit with a variety of tasks, including general office duties, assisting with outreach events, registrations for programs, and database management. Thorne is at 1466 N. 63rd St. 303-499-3647; www.thornenature.org.
Volunteer Connection, part of Foothills United Way, connects community members with community needs. There are opportunities from more than 250 organizations in Boulder and Broomfield counties—everything from working with youth to stuffing envelopes. 303-444-4013, ext. 122; www.volunteer.unitedwayfoothills.org.
Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado
Build trails, plant trees, battle invasive species or restore habitat to help preserve beautiful Colorado. Projects are available across the Front Range. VOC has also teamed up with Colorado Parks & Wildlife for the “Wildlife Whiz” digital badge. 303-715-1010; www.voc.org.
Boulder Wedding Showcase
Jan. 29: Plan the wedding of your dreams as you meet with the finest wedding experts in Boulder County at two venues, the historic Boulder Theater and the nearby Rembrandt Yard Art Gallery & Event Center. The 11am-2pm event includes prize giveaways, live music and a tablescape competition. Find details, participating vendors and ticket info at www.boulderweddingshowcase.com.
Bridal Festivals: A Wedding Expo
Five different festivals take place along the Front Range between January and April, including two in Loveland (Jan. 8 and April 9), one in Denver (Feb. 12), and two in Colorado Springs (Jan. 22 and April 23). Check the schedule and full details at www.bridalfestivals.com.
Estes Park Bridal Expo
Feb. 19: Hosted by the Estes Park Wedding Association, this event features wedding vendors in all categories, plus venue tours and prize giveaways. Find times and venue at www.estesparkweddings.com.
Rocky Mountain Bridal Show
Jan. 15: Wedding pros from all over the region gather at this big show each year. Attending brides get “I Do Dollars” to spend with participating vendors. 11am-4pm at the Colorado Convention Center, 700 14th St. in Denver. www.rockymtnbridalshow.com