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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 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.
Dec. 7: Holiday Party and Silent Auction (see listing under Holiday Events)
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 about the 2018 schedule and important application deadlines.
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. The Longmont studio is at 700 Ken Pratt Blvd., Suite 101, behind Lucky’s Market. The Boulder studio is at 2850 Baseline Road, Unit A-2.
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.
Lafayette Quaker Oatmeal Festival and Health Fair
Jan. 13: Lafayette’s popular annual event, celebrating 22 years, includes an oatmeal breakfast with dozens of toppings, a 5k walk/run for all levels, and a big health fair showcasing the benefits of oatmeal and other heart-healthy foods. At various venues in Lafayette. www.lafayettecolorado.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 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.
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.
Dec. 16: Sponsored by Boulder Healers, this event offers low-cost sampler treatments in bodywork, healing, intuitive readings, aura portraits and energetic healing. 11am-5pm at the Grange, Second Avenue and Franklin Street, Niwot. www.boulderhealers.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
For Christmas and holiday concerts, ballets and plays, see listings in Arts Events.
Caritas Center: Holiday Party and Silent Auction
Dec. 7: Finish your holiday shopping, auction-style, as you feast on appetizers, dessert and wine. Proceeds benefit the Caritas Center’s free healing services and educational programs. 5-8:30pm at the center, 5723 Arapahoe Ave., Suite 1A. www.caritascenter.org.
Colorado Events: Holiday Gift Fairs
Find unique gifts for friends and family at special holiday gift fairs sponsored by Colorado Events. Free entry. www.coloradoevents.net.
Dec. 10: Boulder Holiday Gift Festival, Boulder YMCA, 28th and Mapleton, 11am-5pm
Dec. 17: Last Chance Gift Fest, in the Main Exhibit Hall at Boulder County Fairgrounds, 9595 Nelson Road, Longmont, 10am-5pm
Downtown Boulder Holiday Events
Several annual holiday events take place on or near the Pearl Street Mall; check the details at www.downtownboulderholidays.com; 303-449-3774.
Through Dec. 23: St. Nick on the Bricks, visits with Santa from 11am-2pm
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.
Holiday Mountain Market
Dec. 2-3: Shop unique gift ideas from 60 vendors, from candles to handknits to fine art. There are also refreshments, photos with Santa and a silent auction. 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.
Dec. 24: The Boulder Jewish Community Center presents “Klezmania: A Culinary and Musical Christmas Eve Tradition,” a celebration that features musical programming for all ages. The JCC is at 6007 Oreg Ave. Check www.boulderjcc.org for more information.
Lafayette Holiday Events
Dec. 2: “Home for the Holidays,” Lafayette’s annual family event, features visits with Santa, hot cocoa, holiday cookies, carolers and live reindeer. 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.
Dec. 8-9: Longmont’s holiday celebration features a parade on Saturday at 5pm, plus activities on Friday evening like Santa’s Workshop, live reindeer, ice skating, a concert, food trucks and fireworks. www.downtownlongmont.com.
Longmont Museum Holiday Festival
Dec. 16-17: Third-annual event features live holiday music Friday at 7pm and Saturday at 4pm. At 3pm on Saturday, Santa’s Reception features hot chocolate and cookies and visits with Santa. The museum is at 400 Quail Road, Longmont; www.longmontcolorado.gov/museum.
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. www.louisvilleco.gov.
Polar Express Train Rides
Through Dec. 23: On select dates, the Colorado Railroad Museum in Golden offers “Polar Express”–themed events, with activities based on the beloved children’s book. These events sell out quickly; check www.coloradorailroadmuseum.org.
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. Bub Comedy, the event’s organizer, also hosts other comedy events in the area; check the calendar at www.bubcomedy.com. To sign up to perform, email 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. New location: 1911 11th St., Suite 201. For details and ticket info, see www.boulderescaperoom.com.
Boulder Model Railroad Exposition
Dec. 8-10: See a variety of railroad layouts in different scales and browse vendor booths at this annual show, which includes a raffle for one of the layouts. Held in conjunction with the Flatirons Mineral Club Gem & Mineral Show at the Boulder County Fairgrounds, 9595 Nelson Road in Longmont. 10am-5pm each day. www.bouldermodelrailroadclub.org.
Breakout! Escape Room
Longmont’s new escape room offers entertaining yet challenging adventures for all ages. 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 holiday hours. www.carouselofhappiness.org.
Geeks Who Drink
Geeks Who Drink hosts free, live pub quizzes at more than 60 bars and restaurants in the region, including some in Boulder (like Wednesdays at Twisted Pine Brewing Co.) and Longmont (like Mondays at Wibby Brewing). www.geekswhodrink.com.
Mountain MidLife Club
Nederland-based social club meets on 4th Fridays for dinner at 5pm and 2nd Saturdays for breakfast at 8am. The purpose of the group is for residents to socialize with other area couples and singles; “midlife” is whatever age you wish it to be. Call for reservations at least a week ahead: 303-258-0799. Meals are at Nederland Community Center, 750 Highway 72 North in Nederland.
Rails in the Rockies Model Railroad Show
Feb. 17-18: This big show, now in its 17th year, boasts 16,000 square feet of space dedicated to model-train layouts and vendor booths. Saturday 9am-5pm, Sunday 9am-4pm. At the Estes Park Event Center Complex. www.estesvalleymodelrailroaders.org.
April 20-22: StarFest is an annual event celebrating all aspects of popular media, film and television. It includes film presentations, Q & A sessions, costume contests, collectible merchandise, seminars, fan-club meetings and more. At two hotels in the Denver Tech Center; see schedule at www.starfestdenver.org.
Through February: This year’s WinterSkate is at two unique venues—the historic Steinbaugh Pavilion in downtown Louisville, and Teahouse Plaza in Boulder. 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 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.
Chautauqua Author Forums
Chautauqua hosts a number of authors who discuss their books and answer audience questions. The programs below begin at 7pm at the Chautauqua Community House, 900 Baseline Road. For other Chautauqua lectures, see listing under Forums. www.chautauqua.com.
Dec. 14: John Gierach: A Fly Rod of Your Own
Jan. 10: Ellen Mahoney: Earthrise
Feb. 21: Pam Houston: Some Kind of Calling
March 28: Cynthia Swanson: The Glass Forest
April 11: Heather Hansen: Wildfire
April 25: Florence Williams: The Nature Fix
May 9: John Noltner: A Peace of My Mind
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 Author Talk
Jan. 25: Award-winning author Ed Sealover discusses his new book, “Colorado Excursions with History, Hikes, and Hops,” in which he explores Colorado’s natural beauty and unique watering holes. Free registration beginning Dec. 26 online or by calling 303-651-8472. www.longmontcolorado.gov/library.
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.
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
Dec. 16 & March 24: Stories on Stage is a nonprofit arts organization that features great actors reading great literature by exceptional authors. The shows listed below are at Dairy Center for the Arts, 2590 Walnut St.; Denver performances can be found at www.storiesonstage.org.
Dec. 16: “Making Merry,” 1:30pm
March 24: “Wild Women,” 7:30pm
Truth Be Told: Boulder’s Story Slam
Dec. 17: Bring a five-minute story based on the month’s theme (“Nemesis”), 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. Check www.storyslamboulder.com for the December venue and time, and the 2018 schedule.
For more outdoor events, see listings under Sports Events.
Boulder County Audubon Society
BCAS offers monthly nature programs, field trips, bird counts and other events around the county. Check www.boulderaudubon.org for details and the rest of the winter/spring schedule.
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. Some events are listed below; find more at www.bouldercounty.org/openspace.
Jan. 28: Winter Heritage Day at Walker Ranch Homestead, 1-3pm
April 20: Senior Fish-Off, 6:30-10am, rain or shine, Walden Ponds Wildlife Habitat
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.
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.
Flatirons Mineral Club Annual Gem & Mineral Show
Dec. 8-10: Local gem, rock, mineral, jewelry and lapidary equipment dealers display unique wares and gifts for all ages at this annual event, held in conjunction with the Boulder Model Railroad Exposition (see listing under Just for Fun). 10am-5pm daily at Boulder County Fairgrounds, 9595 Nelson Road in Longmont. www.flatironsmineralclub.org.
REI Boulder Classes
See listing under Classes.
Thorne Nature Experience
Boulder-based Thorne has been connecting youth to nature through hands-on experiences for nearly 60 years. Find 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.
Mountain MidLife Club
See listing unde Just for Fun.
Warm up this winter by running a race, or wait until the weather turns nicer. Many of these races sell out early, so be sure to register far in advance.
Dec. 2: The ColderBOLDER 5k on the CU campus awards “Cold Medal” penguin trophies to top finishers. www.bolderboulder.com.
Dec. 17: Superior Stocking Run 5k is fun, festive and family friendly, with jingling bracelets and hot chocolate waiting at the finish line. Register at www.racingunderground.com.
Jan. 13: Quicker Quaker 5k Walk/Run is held each year in conjunction with Lafayette’s popular Quaker Oatmeal Festival. 7:30am in Lafayette; registration info at www.lafayettecolorado.com.
Jan. 14: Prairie Dog Half Marathon also includes 10k and 5k options. At Coal Creek Golf Course in Louisville. www.prairiedoghalf.com.
Feb. 10: Longmont Heart Throb 5k raises funds for the OUR Center. Starts at Sandstone Ranch Park Pavilion. www.runsignup.com.
Feb. 11: Old Man Winter Rally in Lyons lets participants choose a running or biking route. www.oldmanwinterrally.com.
April 10, 17, 24 & May 8, 15, 22: Dash & Dine 5k Series is a series of BolderBoulder qualifying races, held on select weeknights at Boulder Reservoir. Register at www.dashndine5k.com.
May, TBA: Annual “Emerge” race at Boulder Reservoir raises funds for the Second Wind Fund, which provides free counseling to youth at risk of suicide. Info: www.swfbc.org.
May 28: The BolderBOULDER 10k draws thousands of people to town to run or walk the course, or to cheer on participants along the route or in Folsom Field. The huge race is separated into waves so everyone can run or walk at their own pace. Memorial Day events follow the professional racers. www.bolderboulder.com.
June 3: Skirt Sports 13er in Louisville features an all-women 13.1-mile course plus 5k and 10k options. www.skirtsports13er.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. www.bouldercountyopenspace.org.
Dec. 28: Ron Stewart Preserve at Rabbit Mountain (meet at parking-lot kiosk)
Jan. 25: Heil Valley Ranch (meet at group picnic shelter)
Feb. 22: Carolyn Holmberg Preserve at Rock Creek Farm (meet at Stearns Lake parking lot)
March 29: Walker Ranch Open Space (meet at Myers Homestead Trailhead, lower parking lot)
April 26: Walden Ponds Wildlife Habitat (meet at group picnic shelter at Cottonwood Marsh)
May 31: Agricultural Heritage Center
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.
Strawberry Festival Antique Show
May 19-20: Annual spring fundraiser for the St. Vrain Historical Society offers more than 50 antiques vendors from around the region, plus fresh strawberry shortcake with whipped cream. At the Boulder County Fairgrounds, Nelson Road and Hover Street, Longmont. www.stvrainhistoricalsociety.com.
Boulder Area Singles
BAS is a meetup group of 40+ men and women who go on hikes, organize book clubs, attend social hours, bowl, go dancing and more. bcn.boulder.co.us/ community/bas.
Mountain MidLife Club
See listing under Just for Fun.
For more sports-related events, see listings under Bicycling Events, Nature/Outdoor Events, Races/Walks, and Tours. Also see our separate Sports section that lists area facilities and resources.
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
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
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-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.
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 preserve beautiful Colorado. Projects are available across the Front Range. VOC has also teamed up with Colorado Parks & Wildlife for the “Wildlife Whiz” digital badge. 303-715-1010; www.voc.org.
Boulder Wedding Showcase
Jan. 28: Plan the wedding of your dreams as you meet with the finest wedding experts in Boulder County at two venues, the historic Boulder Theater and the nearby Rembrandt Yard Art Gallery & Event Center. The 11am-2pm event includes prize giveaways, live music and a tablescape competition. www.boulderweddingshowcase.com.
Bridal Festivals: A Wedding Expo
Five different festivals take place along the Front Range between January and April, from Loveland to Colorado Springs. Check the schedule at www.bridalfestivals.com.
Estes Park Bridal Expo
Feb. 25: Hosted by the Estes Park Wedding Association, this event features wedding vendors in all categories, plus venue tours and prizes. www.estesparkweddings.com.
Rocky Mtn Bridal Show
Jan. 14: Wedding pros from all over the region gather at this big show each year in Denver. www.rockymtnbridalshow.com