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Boo at the Zoo
October, TBA: Boo at the Zoo, on two weekends in October, offers more than 25 trick-or-treat stations, creepy-crawly animal demonstrations, and family-friendly entertainment. Included in regular zoo admission. 2300 Steele St. www.denverzoo.org; 303-376-4800.
Colorado Railroad Museum Trick or Treat Train
Oct. 28-29: Family-friendly Halloween event features rides in the vintage passenger cars with conductors and engineers in full costume; a “silly” graveyard; and a pumpkin patch. 10am-4pm at the Colorado Railroad Museum, 17155 W. 44th Ave., Golden. www.coloradorailroadmuseum.org.
Erie Fall/Halloween Events
Oct. 7: Miner’s Blast is a fall festival with a haunted house, hayrides, a maze, a root beer garden, and the annual Garage Rats Car Show. www.eriechamber.org.
Oct. 28: Eerie Erie is an annual 5k walk/run; www.erieoptimists.org. There’s also Trunk-or-Treating from 3:30-5:30pm.
The Great Pumpkin Race & Fall Festival
Oct. 27: Purchase a pumpkin for just $3 (or $5 on race day), then watch it race down the lazy river with the rest. Winners receive prizes like free rec-center passes. Fall Festival (3:30-5:30pm) also includes a bounce house and other fun activities, plus awards for the Window Painting (see separate listing) and Pumpkin Decorating contests. Visit www.cityoflafayette.com to find out how to enter the contests. At Bob L. Burger Recreation Center, 111 W. Baseline Road in Lafayette.
Lafayette’s sixth Annual Halloween Window Painting Contest
Oct. 7-8 (register by Oct. 2): Kids in grades K-10 are assigned a participating merchant’s window to paint with a Halloween, fall or Dia de los Muertos scene. Then local artists judge the completed designs. Winners in each age category win award ribbons at the Fall Festival (see separate listing). Register at www.cityoflafayette.com.
Longmont Halloween and Day of the Dead Events
Oct. 14-Nov. 6: The Day of the Dead celebration at Longmont Museum is the largest in Colorado, beginning with an opening reception on Oct. 13 and culminating in a free family celebration Nov. 4. www.longmontmuseum.org.
Oct. 28: Annual Halloween Parade through downtown Longmont kicks off the festivities at 10am on Saturday; kids of all ages are welcome to participate. www.longmontcolorado.gov/rec.
Oct. 31: Each Halloween, the Pearl Street Mall is invaded by hundreds of tiny ghosts, goblins, fairy princesses and superheroes during this safe trick-or-treating event at the stores and businesses. 3-6pm. 303-449-3774; www.boulderdowntown.com.
Niwot’s Great Pumpkin Party
Oct. 28: Old-fashioned Halloween celebration features trick-or-treating from 10am-2pm at local businesses, an 11:30am parade for kids and their animals, a dog costume contest, and hayrides. www.niwot.com/events.
Amazing Aging Expo Denver
Sept. 23: Free event offers hundreds of exhibitors, plus seminars, health screenings and more. At the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Denver. www.amazingagingdenver.com.
B Healthy Broomfield Speaker Series
Sept. 21: For this series’ third installment, Dr. Sandra L. Fritsch gives a presentation called “Let’s Talk About Mental Health.” 6-7:30pm at Broomfield Auditorium, 3 Community Park Road. www.broomfield.org.
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 Infant CPR & First Aid and Walk with a Doc (multiple dates). See the event calendar at www.bch.org.
Boulder County Death Cafe
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. See the group’s Facebook page for more info.
Boulder Psychic Institute
Tuesdays & Thursdays: Free psychic readings by the institute’s students take place two evenings a week from 7-8:30pm (call to schedule). On Thursdays, BPI offers free 15-minute aura and chakra healings (drop-in) between 6-7pm. 1332 Pearl St. See more events at 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. Registration for 2017 retreats has passed, but check www.castingforrecovery.org for updated info about the 2018 schedule.
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.
Grief Support Network
Sept. 17 & Dec. 3: 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.
Healing Arts Sampler
Sept. 16: 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.
Nomadic Import Traders:Meditation & Sound Healing
The shop, at 1909 Ninth St., offers sessions with gongs and singing bowls almost every full and new moon. Space is limited. Visit www.nomadicimporttraders.com/index.php/events for details.
End-of-life educator Kim Mooney offers free events where participants gather for “tender and candid discussions about death.” Mooney also offers other sessions and workshops about dying, death and grief, and is one of the hosts of the monthly Boulder County Death Cafe (see separate listing in this section). www.practically-dying.com.
Psychic Horizons Center: Free Healing Clinics
Tuesdays: Psychic Horizons Center offers free weekly aura and chakra healing sessions to help maintain well-being or help move energy in relation to an acute or chronic illness. 5-6:30pm at 5485 Conestoga Court, Suite 110. Details: www.psychichorizonscenter.org/healing-clinics.
Veterans’ Acupuncture Clinics
Wednesdays: Free acupuncture sessions for veterans and members of their households are offered weekly from 6-8pm at the Institute of Taoist Education and Acupuncture, 317 W. South Boulder Road in Louisville. Register by emailing email@example.com or calling 720-890-1577.
Fourth of July | Halloween | Thanksgiving | Christmas & Holiday Events
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.
Nov. 19: Switch On the Holidays lighting ceremony, 1300 block of Pearl Street, 5pm
Saturdays beginning Nov. 25: St. Nick on the Bricks, visits with Santa from 11am-2pm, also Friday, Nov. 24
Dec. 2: Lights of December Parade, 6pm
Erie Country Christmas and Parade of Lights
Dec. 1: 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.
Estes Park: Catch the Glow
Nov. 24: “Catch the Glow” is an annual celebration that kicks off the holiday season in Estes Park. Activities beginning at noon include pony and hayrides, and visits with Santa. The lighted parade begins at 5:30pm downtown. 970-586-7205; www.visitestespark.com.
Holiday Mountain Market
Dec. 2-3: Dozens of vendors offer unique gift ideas, from candles to handknits to fine art. There are also refreshments, photos with Santa and raffle prizes. 10am-5pm Saturday and 10am-4pm Sunday 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.
I Have a Dream Foundation Adopt-a-Family Program
See listing under Volunteer Opportunities.
Lafayette Holiday Events
Dec. 2: “Home for the Holidays,” Lafayette’s annual family event, features visits with Santa, hot cocoa, holiday cookies, carolers and live reindeer. Later that day, there’s 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 Tour
Nov. 30-Dec. 2: Colorado’s longest-running Christmas home tour draws more than 1,500 attendees from around the region, and proceeds benefit Longmont Meals on Wheels. The VIP ticket option includes a dinner on Thursday evening before the two days of self-guided tours. Find ticket info and other details at www.thegiftofhome.org.
Longmont Tree Lighting
Nov. 24: Kick off the holiday season with musical and theater performances, special appearances by Santa and friends, and the official tree-lighting ceremony. 7pm at the corner of Sixth Avenue and Main Street in downtown Longmont. www.downtownlongmont.com.
Louisville Parade of Lights
Dec. 1: Annual holiday parade in Louisville is held in conjunction with the monthly art walk downtown. Main Street closes at 4pm, Art Walk 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.
Niwot Holiday Events
Nov. 24-25: “Enchanted Evening” on Nov. 24 is Niwot’s annual tree-lighting ceremony, 6:15pm in Old Town Niwot along Second Avenue. Local merchants stay open late with in-store specials and refreshments, Santa makes an appearance, and there’s live music in several locations. On Nov. 25, the annual holiday parade lines up at 10am; then Santa holds court for kids until 2pm. www.niwot.com.
Nov. 18: Ages 6 to adult can bag a holiday turkey during this annual free-throw shooting contest at Bob L. Burger Recreation Center, 111 W. Baseline Road in Lafayette. Turkeys are awarded to top shooters in each of the male and female age-group categories and a second-chance competition. Begins at 9am, but arrive early to register. www.cityoflafayette.com/recreation; 303-665-0469.
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 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 weekly 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. New location: 1911 11th St., Suite 201. For details and ticket info, see www.boulderescaperoom.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
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 fall/winter 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.
Pearl Street Stampedes
See listing under Sports Events.
Opens mid-November: Historic downtown Louisville provides a charming backdrop for old-fashioned outdoor ice skating. Hours, days and special events vary, so check www.bouldercreekevents.com for the schedule and other details.
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
Ongoing: 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.
Center of the American West Author Talk/Signing
Sept. 21: Michael Kazin, professor of history at Georgetown University and author of “The Populist Persuasion,” explains how to figure out the temper (literally!) of our time and the many meanings of the term “populism.” A book signing follows the talk, which is at 6pm on the CU campus. Info: www.centerwest.org.
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.
Jaipur LIterature Festival
See listing for Zee Jaipur Literature Festival.
Longmont Public Library ‘Authors We Love’ Series
Sept. 12, Sept. 25 & Oct. 19: 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.
Sept. 12: An Evening with Temple Grandin
Sept. 25: What Doesn’t Kill Us …, with Scott Carney
Oct. 19: My View from Heaven, with Sarina Baptista
Longmont Writers’ Group
Tuesdays: Writers of all levels, aged 18 and up, are invited to weekly meetings at Longmont Public Library, 409 Fourth Avenue. 1st and 3rd Tuesdays are open writing/sharing; 2nd and 4th Tuesdays are discussions/critique. 6-7:30pm. www.longmontcolorado.gov/library.
Mile Hi Con 48
Oct. 27-29: Colorado’s largest sci fi/fantasy literary convention draws nearly 100 authors and artists every year. Includes special events every day, an art show, a video/gaming room, a cosplay contest and much more. At the Hyatt Regency Tech Center, 7800 E. Tufts Ave., Denver. www.milehicon.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
Sept. 28 & Oct. 7: Stories on Stage is a nonprofit arts organization that features great actors reading great literature by exceptional authors. The shows listed below are in Boulder County; Denver performances can be found at www.storiesonstage.org.
Sept. 28: “Sing for Your Life,” 7pm at Louisville Center for the Arts, 801 Grant Ave.
Oct. 7: “The Year of Magical Thinking,” 7:30pm at Dairy Arts Center, 2590 Walnut St.
Truth Be Told: Boulder’s Story Slam
Sept. 10 & Oct. 29: Bring a 5-minute story based on the month’s theme (“Fall” for September and “Trick or Treat” for October), 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 fall/winter schedule.
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.
Sept. 8 & Oct. 13: Evenings at the Nederland Mining Museum, 7pm
Sept. 10: Crafts and Trades of Olden Days, 10am-3pm at Agricultural Heritage Center, 8348 Highway 66, Longmont
Sept. 24: Autumn Heritage Day and Vintage Baseball Game, 10am-3pm at Walker Ranch Homestead, 7 miles west of Boulder on Flagstaff Mountain Road
Oct. 8: “Goats Galore” Meet and Greet, 10am-2:30pm at Agricultural Heritage Center, 8348 Highway 66, Longmont.
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
Denver Gem & Mineral Show
Sept. 15-17: The Denver show is the second-largest such show in the country, featuring nearly 150 dealers and exhibitors from around the world, and this is the show’s 50th anniversary, with a “gold and silver” theme. Experts demonstrate gem cutting, jewelry making, fossil preparation and more, and activities for kids include free gold panning. At Denver Mart Expo Hall, 451 E. 58th Ave. (exit 215 off I-25). Check hours at www.denvermineralshow.com.
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.
Sept. 9: GeoCaching & EarthCaching Day
Sept. 27, Oct. 25 & Nov. 29: Everything Dinosaur talks, 6-7pm
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.
Sept. 3, Oct. 1 & Nov. 5: 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 after-school info at www.thornenature.org.
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.
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.
Sept. 9: Ned*Ned: Choose the 5k, 10k or half marathon; then enjoy the awards ceremony and drawings. Families, dogs and costumes all encouraged. 8am start in Chipeta Park in downtown Nederland. www.teensinc.org.
Sept. 10: Big Gay 5k is part of Boulder Pridefest; check www.outboulder.org for registration details.
Sept. 24: Doggie Dash is a fundraiser for the Humane Society of Boulder Valley; see listing under Benefits & Fundraisers.
Sept. 16: Running of the Bulls in Estes Park benefits Partners Mentoring Youth; it’s one lap (3.75 miles) around Lake Estes. 10am at Lake Estes Marina, 1770 Big Thompson Ave. www.partnersmentoringyouth.org.
Oct. 7: Safe Shelter of St. Vrain Valley Annual 5k Race Against Domestic Violence; see listing under Benefits & Fundraisers.
Oct. 15: Boulder County CROP Hunger Walk; see listing under Benefits & Fundraisers.
Oct. 28: Eerie Erie is an annual 5k walk/run; www.erieoptimists.org.
Nov. 11: Longmont Turkey Trot has a 10k at 9am and a 2-mile fun run at 9:05am. Proceeds benefit the city’s Youth Scholarship Fund. Register at www.longmontcolorado.gov.
Amazing Aging Expo Denver
Sept. 23: See listing under Health Events.
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.
Sept. 28: Betasso Preserve
Oct. 26: Heil Valley Ranch
Nov. 30: Pella Crossing
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.
Golden West Senior Living
Golden West, 1055 Adams Circle, holds a number of events each month that are free and open to the public, including performances, lectures and volunteer opportunities like food and clothing drives. In September, it partners with the Boulder County Area Agency on Aging to commemorate Fall Prevention Week with informative sessions and other events. Visit www.gwboulder.org for more information.
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.
Fall Into Fashion Weekend in Downtown Boulder
Sept. 21-24, TBA: More than two dozen downtown Boulder retailers all along Pearl Street Mall present a wide variety of fall styles. You’ll also find in-store special events with live music, food and drink, mini makeovers, and special sales. Check www.fndboulder.com for final details, dates and hours.
Pumpkin Pie Days
Oct. 14-15: Annual fall fundraiser for the St. Vrain Historical Society offers more than 80 antiques vendors from around the region, plus fresh pumpkin pie with real whipped cream. At the Boulder County Fairgrounds, Nelson Road and Hover Street, Longmont. www.stvrainhistoricalsociety.org.
Small Business Saturday
Nov. 25: Small Business Saturday (also called Shop Small Saturday), right between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, is a chance to support small, local businesses rather than national retailers. Special events are planned for downtown Boulder, Longmont and Lafayette. www.boulderdowntown.com; www.downtownlongmont.com; www.cityoflafayette.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.
Front Range Anglers
SaturdaysThrough Oct. 28: 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-percent discount on purchases). The shop also hosts regular 4-hour fee-based classes that include 2 hours on-site at a nearby park. FRA is at 2344 Pearl St. www.frontrangeanglers.com.
Pearl Street Stampedes
Sept. 8, 15, 22; Oct. 27; Nov. 10: The Pearl Street Stampedes have been THE kickoff celebration for CU home football games for more than a decade. Hundreds of Buffs fans line the Pearl Street Mall as members of the CU marching band play and the football team and coaches parade past. 7pm start on the 1300 block of Pearl Street Mall, moving west and stopping on each block. www.boulderdowntown.com.
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.
Oct. 5-21: Fiske Fulldome Film Festival
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 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. 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.
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 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.
Lafayette Cultural Arts Commission
The Lafayette Cultural Arts Commission and the Public Art Committee are seeking enthusiastic volunteers to serve as committee members for events like Art Night Out, Arts in Education and the Arts in the Community Grant Program. Lafayette residents are encouraged to apply at www.cityoflafayette.com/joinlcac or /joinpac.
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.
Colorado Bridal Show
Sept. 10: Noon-4pm at Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center, 7800 E. Tufts Ave., Denver. www.theexpopros.com.
Great Bridal Expo Denver
Nov. 5: Noon-4pm at Denver Marriott City Center, 1701 California St., Denver. www.greatbridalexpo.com.
Northern Colorado Bridal Festival/Wedding Expo
Sept. 24: 11am-3pm at The Ranch Event Center, 5280 Arena Circle in Loveland. www.bridalfestivals.com.
Rocky Mountain Bridal Show
Sept. 17: 11am-4pm at Colorado Convention Center, Four Seasons Ballroom, 700 14th St., Denver. www.rockymtnbridalshow.com.