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Boo at the Zoo
October, TBA: Boo at the Zoo (usually the last 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. 27-28: 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 Miner’s Blast
Oct. 6: 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. 11am-4pm at Coal Creek Park, 575 Kattell St. in Erie. www.eriechamber.org.
The Great Pumpkin Race & Fall Festival
Oct. 28: 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 7th Annual Halloween Window Painting Contest
Oct. 60-7 (register by Oct. 1): Children in kindergarten through 10th grade 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. 12-Nov. 3: The Day of the Dead celebration at Longmont Museum is the largest in Colorado, beginning with an opening reception on Oct. 12 and culminating in a free family celebration Nov. 3 from 11am-3pm. www.longmontmuseum.org. Oct. 27: Annual Halloween Parade through downtown Longmont kicks off the festivities at 10am on Saturday; kids of all ages are welcome to participate (line up at 9:30am). 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. 27: 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.
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.
The Boulder Healing Arts Association offers a number of Psychic Fairs and Healing Arts Samplers offering low-cost sampler treatments in bodywork, healing, intuitive readings, aura portraits and energetic healing. Unless noted, events are 11am-5pm at the Left Hand Grange, 195 2nd Ave. in Niwot, Details: www.boulderhealers.com.
Final Saturdays: Holistic Therapy Wellness Fair, 9am-4pm (Church Fellowship Hall, Hygiene Road & 75th St.)
Sept. 15 & Nov. 17: Healing Arts Sampler
Oct. 20 & Dec. 15: Psychic Fair
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. Check www.castingforrecovery.org for updated info; registration dates for 2018 events have passed, but find out about 2019 events.
Club Pilates Demo Classes
This Pilates studio with locations in Longmont and Boulder hosts classes for all levels, including special sessions for teens, and also offers a 500-hour teacher training program. Try a free demo class; learn more and register at www.clubpilates.com. There are three locations in the county: Longmont, Lafayette and Boulder.
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.
Gong Meditation & Sound Healing
Gong meditation and sound healing sessions bring healing, insight and clarity to wellness practices. April and Jon lead regular sound healing events at Amana Yoga Boulder, 949 Walnut St. Suite B. Learn more and find out about special introductory classes at www.nomadicimporttraders.com/index.php/
Grief Support Network
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. Find upcoming events at www.griefsupportnet.org.
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 with guided meditation followed by instruction from experienced Naropa faculty members. 6:30pm at the Nalanda Campus, 6287 Arapahoe Road. 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.
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.
Red Earth Herbal Gathering
Sept. 14-16: Women gather together to learn from each other, inspire one another, and “support the beauty and power of what it is to be women doing our sacred work and our life’s calling on this planet at this time.” Begins at 12am on the 14th at Peaceful Meadow Retreat, 7075 Valmont Road. More details: www.brigittemars.com.
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
For Christmas and holiday concerts, ballets and plays, see listings in Arts Events.
See Halloween events at the top of this page.
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. 18: Switch On the Holidays lighting ceremony, 1300 block of Pearl Street, 5pm
Saturdays beginning Nov. 24: St. Nick on the Bricks, visits with Santa from 11am-2pm, also Friday, Nov. 23
Dec. 1: Lights of December Parade, 6pm
Erie Country Christmas and Parade of Lights
Dec. 7: Erie’s annual holiday event includes Santa’s workshop, caroling, complimentary s’mores, a living nativity, free hayrides and a parade. 5-8pm in downtown Erie. www.eriechamber.org.
Estes Park: Catch the Glow
Nov. 23: “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 in downtown. 970-586-7205; www.visitestespark.com.
Holiday Mountain Market
Dec. 1-2: Dozens of vendors offer unique gift ideas, from candles to handknits to fine art. There’s 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.
Lafayette Holiday Events
Dec. 1: “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. 29-Dec. 1: 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. 23: 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. 7: 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 nativity, visits with Santa, and other holiday-themed activities. www.louisvilleco.gov.
Niwot Holiday Events
Nov. 23-24: “Enchanted Evening” on Nov. 23 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. 24, the annual holiday parade lines up at 10am, then Santa holds court for kids until 2pm. www.niwot.com.
Nov. 17: 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; www.300sunsbrewing.com. To sign up to perform, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. 1966 13th St., Suite #LL60. www.boulderescaperoom.com.
Breakout! Escape Room
Longmont’s new escape room offers entertaining yet challenging adventures for all ages. Breakout is at 1129 Francis St. 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.
Pearl Street Stampedes
See listing under Sports Events.
Tails & Ales
Sept. 8: Bring your dog to this pup-friendly, family-friendly happy hour featuring food trucks, a beer garden and dog-themed entertainment. 5-7pm at the Boneyard at Reliance Park, 900 Weld County Road 15, Erie. www.erieco.gov.
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 Discussion Group, 6pm
Ongoing: Weekly Writing Workshop with Ted Ringer (email email@example.com)
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 Author Talks
Oct. 5 & Nov. 7: Free talks featuring well-known authors are 6-8pm at Boulder Public Library, 1001 Arapahoe Ave. Check www.boulderlibrary.org for the speaker schedule.
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. 1301 Pennsylvania Ave.
Longmont Museum: An Evening of Storytelling
Oct. 25: As part of the museum’s popular Day of the Dead exhibit, this event illuminates how different cultures approach death in celebration, mourning and remembrance. Some audience members will also be selected to share their own 5-minute stories. 7:15pm at Longmont Museum, 400 Quail Road. Tickets: www.longmontmuseum.org.
Longmont Public Library Author Talks
Sept. 17: Author, journalist and former first lady of Colorado Helen Thorpe discusses her recent book “The Newcomers” Finding Refuge, Friendship, and Hope in an American Classroom” and leads a timely discussion about immigrant children feeling at home in our schools. Free, but registration is required. 7-9pm at the Longmont Museum, 400 Quail Road. www.longmontcolorado.gov (click “Departments” tab).
Sept. 27: Karen Auvinen, author of “Rough Beauty, 40 Seasons of Mountain Living” (register and find venue online)
Mile Hi Con 50
Oct. 19-21: Colorado’s largest sci fi/fantasy literary convention is now celebrating 50 years. This event draws nearly 100 authors and artists every year, with 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.
Pages & Paws
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
Oct. 13 & Dec. 15: Stories on Stage is a nonprofit arts organization that features great actors reading great literature by exceptional authors. The shows listed below are at the Nomad Theatre, 1410 Quince Ave.; Denver performances can be found at www.storiesonstage.org.
Oct. 13: “Dear Elizabeth,” based on the letters of poets Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell; 1:30pm & 6:30pm.
Dec. 15: “Making Merry,” 1:30pm
Truth Be Told: Boulder’s Story Slam
Sept. 9 & Nov. 11: Bring a five-minute story based on the month’s theme (for September, it’s “Flush”), 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. Sept. 9’s event is 7pm at Dairy Arts Center, 2590 Walnut St.; check www.storyslamboulder.com for Nov. 11’s theme and venue.
“Write Your Story” Writing Class
2nd Thursdays: Lisa Jones, author of the award-winning memoir “Broken: A Love Story,” helps writers get their words down on the page. No writing experience required. 2-4:30pm at Boulder Public Library, 1001 Arapahoe Ave. www.boulderlibrary.org.
ZEE Jaipur LIterature Festival
Sept. 21-23: This literary festival, now in its fourth year, invites participants to “join together in examining the breadth and depth of the human experience” through the reflections and imaginations of more than 70 contemporary authors and speakers from around the world. Includes panel discussions, conversations, presentations and performances at Boulder Public Library, 1001 Arapahoe Ave. Free, but preregistration is required at https://jaipurliteraturefestival.org/boulder.
For more outdoor events, see listings under Sports Events.
“A Walk Through the Trees”
Oct. 18: Panayoti Kelaidis, an award-winning horticulturalist and the senior curator at the Denver Botanic Gardens, offers a special presentation on “why trees are our friends”—we sit under them, climb them and pick their fruit, and some of us even hug them. This free event begins at 7:15 at the Longmont Museum’s auditorium, 400 Quail Road. www.longmontmuseum.org.
Bee Boulder Festival
Sept. 29: This free family-friendly event, now in its fourth year, celebrates National Pollinator Month with a fun-packed day learning about pollinators with activities, live music, prizes and more. 10am-1pm at the west side of Central Park, Canyon and Arapahoe. www.bouldercolorado.gov.
Boulder County Audubon Society
BCAS offers monthly nature programs, field trips, bird counts and other events around the county. The events below are free; meet in the parking lot for each. Check www.boulderaudubon.org for more events on the fall schedule.
Sept. 21: Field Trip to Rabbit Mountain, 8:30-11am
Oct. 26: Field Trip to Golden Ponds, 8:30-11am
Boulder County Parks & Open Space Programs
Boulder County Parks & Open Space offers free nature programs, hikes and cultural-history events. See listing under Senior Events for Senior Hikes. Find an updated summer schedule at www.bouldercounty.org/openspace.
Sept. 27: Fall Color Photography Session at Caribou Ranch, 10am
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.
Sept. 8: Writing the Natural World, 9am-noon
Colorado Mountain Club
CMC offers thousands of activity options, including adventure travel, service projects, and classes and 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. 720-464-6673; www.cmc.org.
‘Dances with Branches’ Recreational Tree Climbs
Sept. 23 & Oct. 20: Instruction and equipment are included at these tree-climbing events for ages 7+, sponsored by the city of Lafayette. 12:30-3pm at Waneka Lake Park. Find other 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.
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.
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 Nature Center
Wild Bear is a nonprofit nature center offering affordable kids’ camps, 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.
Mountain MidLife Club
See listing under Just for Fun.
Many of these races sell out early, so be sure to register far in advance.
Sept. 8: 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. 9: Big Gay 5k is part of Boulder Pridefest; check www.outboulder.org for registration details.
Sept. 15: Safe Shelter of St. Vrain Valley Annual 5k Race Against Domestic Violence; www.safeshelterofstvrain.org.
Sept. 23: Doggie Dash is a fundraiser for the Humane Society of Boulder Valley; www.boulderhumane.org.
Oct. 6: Paws in the Park raises funds for the Longmont Humane Society; www.longmonthumane.org.
Oct. 21: Boulder County CROP Hunger Walk; www.bouldercropwalk.org.
Oct. 27: Eerie Erie is an annual 5k walk/run; www.erieoptimists.org.
Nov. 10: 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. www.longmontcolorado.gov.
Active Minds offers dozens of programs and events for seniors in Boulder and Longmont, at a variety of venues. Find more info about the events listed here, and others on the schedule, at www.activeminds.com.
Sept. 10: The Lewis & Clark Expedition
Sept. 20 & Dec. 10: The Future of Bees
Nov. 26: Pearl Harbor: The Day That Lives in Infamy
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. www.bouldercountyopenspace.org.
Sept. 27: Betasso Preserve
Oct. 25: Heil Valley Ranch
Nov. 29: 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.
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.
Pumpkin Pie Days
Oct. 13-14: 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 and Hover roads, Longmont. www.stvrainhistoricalsociety.org.
Small Business Saturday
Nov. 24: 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.
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 Bike Tours
Boulder Bike Tours offer rides for beginning, intermediate and expert riders, in and around the city of Boulder and sometimes beyond. There are full- and half-day rides for mountain bikes and road bikes. See the ride schedule at www.boulderbiketours.com.
Boulder County Bombers
Sept. 14: Boulder County’s flat-track women’s roller-derby league hosts the B52 Tournament at the Boulder County Fairgrounds; check online for other events on 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
Saturdays: Free one-hour classes most Saturdays from 10-11am 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. 14 & 27; Oct. 5 & 26; Nov. 9 & 16: 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.
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 keep Colorado beautiful. Projects are available across the Front Range. 303-715-1010; www.voc.org.
Colorado Bridal Show
Oct. 21: Noon-4pm at the Omni Interlocken Resort, Broomfield. There are also some Denver show dates on the schedule at www.theexpopros.com.
Great Bridal Expo Denver
Nov. 4: Noon-4pm in Denver; www.greatbridalexpo.com.
Northern Colorado Bridal Festival/Wedding Expo
Sept. 16: 11am-3pm at The Ranch Event Center, 5280 Arena Circle in Loveland. www.bridalfestivals.com.
Rocky Mountain Bridal Show
Sept. 23: 11am-4pm at Colorado Convention Center, Mile High Ballroom, 700 14th St., Denver. www.rockymtnbridalshow.com