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Boulder Community Health Workshops
Free and low-cost health sessions and classes sponsored by Boulder Community Health are held at BCH facilities across the county; upcoming topics include Look Good, Feel Better Cancer Program (June 5 & Aug. 7) and Newborn Care (multiple dates). See the event calendar at www.bch.org.
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.
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.
June 30: Registration deadline for Sept. 8-10 retreat in Shawnee, Colo.
July 28: Registration deadline for Oct. 4-6 retreat in Shawnee, Colo.
Aug. 4: Registration for Oct. 13-15 retreat in Redstone, Colo.
Club Pilates Demo Classes
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 Fridays at 6:30pm or Saturdays at 11:30am. Learn more and register 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 an Outdoor Fitness Boot Camp daily in the summer at Scott Carpenter Park, 1505 30th St. (times vary). Free Saturday classes called Fitness in the Foothills are held at various Boulder-area trailheads. Check www.fitliv.com.
Fitness on the Rocks
July 22: Colorado’s largest fitness festival takes place at Red Rocks in Morrison; it’s a full day of 7,000+ people participating in core workouts, Zumba, yoga and energetic games like tug-of-war. Find tickets at www.fitnessontherockscolorado.com.
Grief Support Network
June 4: Processing your grief through ritual can help you move from agony to acceptance. This community ritual, led by Wendy Kaas, is meant to help those who are grieving feel less isolated and more connected. Register and find other upcoming events at www.griefsupportnet.org.
June 15-18: Annual yoga and music festival in Boulder includes classes and demos from well-known instructors, healthy food, and a huge Vendor Village. Find tickets and venue info at www.hanumanfestival.com.
Holistic/Intuitive Arts Fair
June 17: Sponsored by Boulder Healers, this event offers short, low-cost (just $1 per minute) sampler treatments in bodywork, healing, intuitive readings and energetic healing. 11am-5pm at the Grange, Second Avenue and Franklin Street in Niwot. www.boulderhealers.com.
Longmont Transmission Meditation Group
Mondays: Weekly transmission meditation group meets at 7pm at The Meditation Place, 324 Main St. (back alley entrance) in Longmont, and first-time meditators are welcome. For info, call Connie: 303-834-0526.
Longmont United Hospital Community Classes
LUH offers free and low-cost classes for community members and healthcare professionals; topics include CPR and childbirth prep. Check the schedule at www.luhcares.org.
Naropa: Free Evening Meditation Sessions
Wednesdays: During the academic year, Naropa offers free weekly meditation instruction sessions featuring guided meditation followed by instruction from experienced Naropa faculty members. Find the fall schedule at 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.
2nd Tuesdays: End-of-life educator Kim Mooney offers a free monthly event where participants gather for “tender and candid discussions about death.” 6:30pm at Morningstar Assisted Living, 575 Tantra Drive. Mooney also offers other sessions and workshops about dying, death and grief, and is one of the hosts for the monthly Boulder County Death Cafe. www.practically-dying.com.
July 22-23: VegFest is a two-day health and environmental fair supporting a vegan lifestyle. It features cooking demonstrations, food sampling, food and nonprofit vendors and fun for the kids. At Jefferson County Fairgrounds, 15200 W. Sixth Ave. in Golden. www.vegfestcolorado.org.
Yoga in the Dome
June 5, 11, 19 & 25: Meditative Entertainment presents Yoga in the Dome, a restorative yoga class that features a nature-filled journey through deserts, forests and mountains under Fiske Planetarium’s 360-degree dome. 6pm June 5 & 19 and 10:30am, June 11 & 25 at 2414 Regent Drive on campus. www.colorado.edu.fiske.
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Fourth of July
Celebrate Independence Day the traditional way, with a dazzling display of fireworks lighting up the summer sky. Here’s a list of area events; you can also head to high ground above Boulder and watch several at once. Verify details for all events before you go, especially if we’re experiencing drought conditions or rain.
Boulder: Ralphie’s Independence Day Blast takes place at CU’s Folsom Field; gates open at 8pm. Program includes live music, a sing-along, an appearance from Ralphie the buffalo and fireworks at 9:40pm. www.boulder4thofjuly.com.
Broomfield: The Great American Picnic begins at 5pm and includes pony rides and inflatables, a bike parade, live entertainment and fireworks beginning at dusk. Bring a picnic dinner to Broomfield County Commons Park, 13200 Sheridan Blvd. Check www.broomfield.org for info about parking shuttles.
Estes Park: Fireworks over Lake Estes begin at dusk, but the fun starts early in the day with a pancake breakfast, a patriotic concert and a classic car show. www.visitestespark.com.
Firestone: Full-day celebration begins at 7am with a pancake breakfast and 5k/10k runs; a parade at 10am; then activities in Old Town Firestone like face painting, a climbing wall, mini golf, a classic car show, a beer garden, and live music leading up to the fireworks at dusk. At Miners Park, 170 Grant Ave. www.ci.firestone.co.us.
Lafayette: The fun begins at 4pm at Waneka Lake, 1600 Caria Drive, with food concessions, a beer and wine garden, kids’ activities, live music, a pie-eating contest, and fireworks at dusk. www.lafayettecolorado.com.
Longmont: Grab an up-close seat at the Boulder County Fairgrounds, 9595 Nelson Road, or secure a great view at a number of other sites around the city. Fireworks begin at dusk. At noon, don’t miss the Longmont Symphony’s annual patriotic concert at Thompson Park. www.longmontcolorado.gov.
Louisville: Coal Creek Golf Course (585 W. Dillon Road) opens at 6pm for music, games and fun, and fireworks begin at dusk. www.louisvilllechamber.com.
Nederland: Check www.nederlandco.org for 2017 celebration updates.
Niwot: Niwot traditionally hosts a full day of activities that include a pancake breakfast and a parade; check www.niwot.com for 2017 details.
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 1st Thursdays and 9pm on 1st Fridays, at 300 Suns Brewing, 331 First Ave., Longmont. Check www.300sunsbrewing.com for info.
Boulder Airport Day
June 17: Free annual family-friendly event includes modern and antique aircraft on display, plus children’s activities, food and product vendors, and the chance to ride in a glider, helicopter or B-52 bomber. Check www.bouldercolorado.gov/airport for info.
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 Fringe Festival
Aug. 16-27: 13th-annual performance-art festival showcases more than 20 local and national artists in venues around town, often in nontraditional spaces and intimate theaters. The fun begins at the opening-night party on Aug. 16, where every performance company gets one minute to “sell their show” to attendees during the All You Can Artist Buffet. This year’s performances include “The Love Song of Tanya Harding,” “A Genderqueer Cabaret” and “Eating Pasta Off the Floor.” Don’t miss these unique talents throughout the 12 days of “art, madness and beauty.” Find the schedule and more details at www.boulderfringe.com.
Boulder Escape Room
Find clues, discover secret passageways and work with your team to scheme your way out of the escape room. New location: 1911 11th St., Suite 201. For details and ticket info, see www.boulderescaperoom.com.
Boulder Juggling Festival
June 16-18: Three days of juggling fun, with skills sessions, games, raffles, performances and open juggling. Only $5 to get in; dads are free on Father’s Day. 5-11pm Fri and 9am-11pm Sat at Casey Middle School (1301 High St.); 9am-10pm Sun at Boulder Circus Center (4747 26th St.). More info: www.boulderjuggling.com.
Breakout! Escape Room
Longmont’s new escape room offers entertaining yet challenging adventures for all ages. A current challenge is called “Dead Presidents”—a crew of professional thieves is looking for an easy score. 840 23rd Ave., Longmont. www.breakout303.com.
Carousel of Happiness
He Add Contact Form ad 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 summer hours. www.carouselofhappiness.org.
Denver Chalk Art Festival
June 2-4: See listing under Art Events.
Denver Comic Con
June 30-July 2: See listing under Literary Events.
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.
Kinetics Solst-ish Festival
June 24: All-day event features the 38th-annual Kinetics Sculpture Race, Kids’ Recycled Raft Race and “Light Up the Lake” Sculpture Burn at dusk, plus bands, food, a bonfire and much more. 11am-10pm at Union Reservoir in east Longmont. www.kineticists.org.
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.
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.
Selected Wednesdays: Game of Thrones Book Group, 6pm
June 8-July 13: Weekly Writing Workshop with Ted Ringer (email firstname.lastname@example.org)
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 Public Library SummerFest
July 29: BPL’s annual SummerFest honors the end of the library’s summer reading program with a free event featuring ice cream, hands-on activities, a magic show and live music. 1-5pm at Central Park, Canyon Boulevard and Broadway. www.boulderlibrary.org.
Colorado Shakespeare Festival: Classics 101
June 5, 12 & 19: Dramaturgs from the Colorado Shakespeare Festival present free lectures that offer the production history and behind-the-scenes aspects of each play in this year’s festival. 6:30-7:30pm in the Boulder Public Library’s Mount Sanitas Room, 1001 Arapahoe Ave. www.coloradoshakes.org.
June 5: Hamlet
June 12: Julius Caesar
June 19: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
Denver Comic Con and Literary Conference
June 30-July 2: Three-day family-friendly extravaganza showcases the best in pop-culture entertainment with panel discussions, special presentations, vendors and celebrity photo ops. At the Colorado Convention Center, 700 14th St., Denver. www.denvercomiccon.com.
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 ‘Authors We Love’ Series
June 8, July 13 & July 20: New series features writers from all genres reading and discussing their work with the audience. 7-8pm at Longmont Public Library, 409 Fourth Ave. Free, but registration is required and opens about a month before each event. Call 303-651-8472 or register online at www.longmontcolorado.gov/library.
June 8: The Thrifty Good Life with Sarah Sailer
July 13: Sex in the Sea: Part Science, Part Erotica with Marah Hardt, Ph.D.
July 20: The Reunited States of America with Mark Gerzon
Naropa’s Summer Writing Program
June 11-July 1: SWP is a four-week annual convocation of students, poets, fiction writers, scholars, translators, performance artists, activists, printers, editors and others working in small-press publishing. It includes lectures, readings, presentations, one-on-one conferences with mentors, workshops, special events and more. Register at www.naropa.edu. 2130 Arapahoe Ave.
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.
Truth Be Told: Boulder’s Story Slam
June 18: Bring a 5-minute story based on the theme “Game,” 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. Check www.storyslamboulder.com for more events.
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. A few are listed below; check www.boulderaudubon.org for details and the rest of the summer schedule.
June 30: Banding Baby Barn Owls
July 2: North American Butterfly Association Count
July 7: Bird-watching, Caribou Ranch
Aug. 6 & Sept. 3: Waneka Lake Family Birding Days
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.
June 18, July 23 & Aug. 20: Gold Panning, noon-2pm (location given to registered participants)
July 15 & Aug. 11: Summer Heritage Evening at Walker Ranch Homestead, 4-7pm
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.
Casting for Recovery
See listing under Health Events.
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.
Wednesdays: Awesome Wednesday Evening (AWE) Social Hikes, Boulder office, meet at 5:50pm
‘Dances with Branches’ Recreational Tree Climbs
June 4 & Aug. 6: 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 ParkFind 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.
June 10: World Oceans Day
Aug. 12: Reptile and Bird Day
Flagstaff Summit Nature Center
This free center, open weekends in the summer, is a great place to learn about the wildlife, plants and history of Boulder’s Open Space and Mountain Parks division. Interactive games and activities challenge all ages, and volunteers are on hand to answer questions. Open 10:30am-4pm weekends. On Flagstaff Summit Road, about 3.5 miles west of Boulder up Baseline Road. 303-441-3400.; www.bouldercolorado.gov/osmp.
See listing under Classes.
June 4, July 3, Aug. 6 & Sept. 3: Knowledgeable birders will be on hand with binoculars, spotting scopes and other learning tools to bring the world of birds alive. 1-3pm at Greenlee Wildlife Preserve at Lafayette’s Waneka Lake; for more information, email email@example.com.
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 more programs and events and summer camp info at www.thornenature.org.
1st Fridays: First Friday Family Events
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.
June 17: Spinning Wheel Class
July 8: Eco Printing Class
Aug. 12: Felting Workshop
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.
Boulder County runners and walkers are at it year-round, but summer is the best time to run a race, conquer a triathlon or walk a course with the family.
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 race is separated into waves so everyone can run or walk at their own pace. Memorial Day events follow the professionals’ races. www.bolderboulder.com.
Beginning June 1: Boulder Stroke & Stride offers weekly training sessions with 750- or 1,500-meter open-water swims and a 5k run across the dam. (There’s also a run-only option.) Races begin at 6pm; registration opens at 4:30pm at the Boulder Reservoir. Most events are on Thursday evenings, but check www.withoutlimits.com.
June 3: Taste of Louisville Half-Marathon and 5k Run. Racers end up at the annual Taste of Louisville celebration. 8am. www.tastehalf.com.
June 3: The Beer Relay is the nation’s first-ever beer-drinking and trail-running race. Before each lap, you have the option to drink a 12-oz. Oskar Blues beer for a 2-minute deduction from your time. Run in teams of two or four. Info: www.thebeerrelay.com.
June 3-4: Longmont Triathlon Events. The Kids-Only Triathlon happens June 3 at 7:45am, followed by the Try-a-Tri, great for any new triathlete, at 9:45am. The 36th annual Longmont Triathlon begins at 7am on June 4. www.longmontcolorado.gov.
June 4: Skirt Sports 13er for Women & 5k/10k starts and ends at Home Depot in Louisville and is followed by an expo. The two shorter distances are open to men and children for the first time. www.skirtsports13er.com.
June 17-18: Estes Park 5k & Estes Park Marathon. The June 18 marathon takes place on the highest paved marathon course in the world. There’s also a 5k, 10k and half-marathon, plus a Kids’ Fun Run and family festival on June 17. www.epmarathon.org.
June 18: The Mount Evans Ascent is the highest paved road race in North America, starting at 10,600 feet and climbing to the summit of the 14,264-ft. Mount Evans. www.racingunderground.com.
June 24: The Lyons River Run is a 5k held in conjunction with Lyons Good Old Days. www.townoflyons.com.
June 25: PurpleStride is an annual race/walk to benefit PanCan, the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. At Washington Park in Denver. www.purplestride.org.
June 30: Sizzler Fun Run for Kids. Annual, low-key event in Lafayette is for kids 3-14 years old, and the entry fee includes ribbons and refreshments. Preregistration is required at www.cityoflafayette.com/recreation.
July 4: Longmont Half & 5k starts at 6am; check online for course info, which begins and ends at Sandstone Ranch Park. www.lmhalf.com.
July 7: The Greenway Glow 5k is part of Longmont’s annual Rhythm on the River celebration. Register at www.active.com.
Aug. 12: Sunrise Stampede. Longmont’s annual summer race, now in its 32nd year, offers 2-mile and 10k options for all age groups, followed by awards and a raffle. Both routes start at Silver Creek High School. www.sunrisestampede.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. Meet at the trailhead for each location listed. www.bouldercountyopenspace.org.
June 29: Mud Lake Open Space
July 27: Bald Mountain Scenic Area
Aug. 31: Caribou Ranch 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.
With area senior centers, older residents have a welcoming 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.
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.
Mapleton Hill Rummage Sale
June 3: Stroll the historic Mapleton Hill neighborhood and browse the dozens of yard sales, bake sales and lemonade stands. 8am-2pm; no early birds please. See www.mapletonhillrummagesale.com for a map of participants.
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.
Lyons Outdoor Games
June 3: See listing under Community Festivals.
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.
June 30-July 1: Dead on the Dome
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.
Stars of a Summer Night Astronomy Program
July 22: City of Boulder Open Space naturalist Dave Sutherland is bringing his large telescope to show participants the rings and moons of Saturn and the galaxy beyond. 9-11pm; register at https://lafayette_stars.eventbrite.com.
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 (before they close permanently at the end of August) and gift shop. Leanin’ Tree is at 6055 Longbow Drive. www.leanintreemuseum.com.
NCAR Public Tours
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 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.
Aug. 18: CU Night at the Rockies
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 those in the community whose immediate needs cannot be met. Volunteers operate the food bank, support the front desk, meet with program participants, spend time with children and help coordinate special events. 303-442-3052; www.efaa.org.
Greenwood Wildlife Rehabilitation Center
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
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.
Longmont Volunteer Fair
Aug. 5: Looking for a new volunteer opportunity? Organizations from around Longmont will be on hand from 10am-noon to talk about their work and how you can help. No registration required. 409 Fourth Ave., Longmont. www.longmontcolorado.gov/library.
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.
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