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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.
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 retreats below, which are held at North Fork Ranch in Shawnee.
June 29: Application deadline for Sept. 7-9 retreat
July 27: Application deadline for Oct. 5-7 retreat
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.
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.
Sponsored by Boulder Healers, these events offer low-cost sampler treatments in bodywork, healing, intuitive readings, aura portraits and energetic healing. Find an updated schedule at 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Fourth of July Events
Celebrate Independence Day the traditional way, with a dazzling display of fireworks lighting up the summer sky. Here’s a list of area events; you can also head to high ground above Boulder and watch several at once! Verify details for all events before you go, especially if we’re experiencing drought conditions or rain.
Boulder: Ralphie’s Independence Day Blast takes place at CU’s Folsom Field; gates open at 8pm. Program includes live music, a sing-along, an appearance from Ralphie the buffalo and fireworks at 9:40pm. Gates open at 8pm. www.boulder4thofjuly.com.
Broomfield: The Great American Picnic begins at 5:30pm and includes pony rides and inflatables, a bike parade, live entertainment and fireworks beginning at dusk. Bring a picnic dinner to Broomfield County Commons Park, 13200 Sheridan Blvd. Check www.broomfield.org for info about parking shuttles.
Estes Park: Fireworks over Lake Estes begin at dusk, but the fun starts early in the day with a pancake breakfast, a patriotic concert and a classic car show. www.visitestespark.com.
Firestone: Full-day celebration begins at 7am with a pancake breakfast and 5k/10k runs; a parade at 10am; then activities in Old Town Firestone like face painting, a climbing wall, mini golf, a classic car show, a beer garden, and live music leading up to the fireworks at dusk. At Miners Park, 170 Grant Ave. www.ci.firestone.co.us.
Lafayette: The fun begins at 4pm at Waneka Lake, 1600 Caria Drive, with food concessions, a beer and wine garden, kids’ activities, live music, a pie-eating contest, and fireworks at dusk. www.lafayettecolorado.com.
Longmont: Grab an up-close seat at the Boulder County Fairgrounds, 9595 Nelson Road, or secure a great view at a number of other sites around the city. Fireworks begin at dusk. At noon, don’t miss the Longmont Symphony’s annual patriotic concert at Thompson Park. www.longmontcolorado.gov.
Louisville: Coal Creek Golf Course (585 W. Dillon Road) opens at 6pm for music, games and fun, and fireworks begin at dusk. www.louisvilllechamber.com.
Nederland: Check www.nederlandco.org for 2018 celebration updates.
Niwot: Niwot traditionally hosts a full day of activities that includes a pancake breakfast and a parade; check www.niwot.com for 2018 details.
Just for Fun
Barley-Har-Har Comedy Night
1st and 3rd Fridays: Amateur comedians take the stage at these free twice-monthly comedy nights, 9pm at 300 Suns Brewing, 331 First Ave., Longmont. Bub Comedy, the event’s organizer, also hosts other comedy events in the area; check the calendar at www.bubcomedy.com. To sign up to perform, email email@example.com.
Boulder Airport Day & Open House
June 16: Free annual family-friendly event includes modern and antique aircraft on display, plus children’s activities, food and product vendors, and the chance to ride in a glider, helicopter or B-52 bomber. 9am-3pm at Boulder Municipal Airport, 3327 Airport Road. www.bouldercolorado.gov/airport.
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. 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.
Colorodans Rod Festival & Cruise Night
July 28: The ColoRODans 48th-annual Rod Festival runs from 10am-3pm (get tickets online), then the group holds a Cruise Night down Longmont’s Main Street from 5-9pm. Find out more at www.colorodans.org.
Denver Comic Con & Estes Park Comic Con
See listings under Literary Events.
Geeks Who Drink
Geeks Who Drink hosts free, live pub quizzes at more than 60 bars and restaurants in the region, including some in Boulder (like Wednesdays at Twisted Pine Brewing Co.) and Longmont (like Mondays at Wibby Brewing). www.geekswhodrink.com.
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.
Yesteryear Farm Show
Aug. 24-26: Free, three-day outdoor expo features exhibits of working antique tractors, steam engines, threshing machines and other vehicles of yesteryear. 9am-8:30pm each day at Dougherty Museum, 1 mile south of Longmont on Highway 287. www.yesteryearfarmshow.org.
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 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.
Colorado Shakespeare Festival: Classics 101
June 4, 11, 18 & July 9: Dramaturgs from the Colorado Shakespeare Festival present free lectures that offer the production history and behind-the-scenes aspects of each play in this year’s festival. 6:30-7:30pm at Boulder Public Library, 1001 Arapahoe Ave. www.coloradoshakes.org.
June 4: Love’s Labour’s Lost
June 11: Richard III
June 18: Cyrano de Bergerac
July 9: You Can’t Take It With You
Denver Comic Con and Literary Conference
June 15-18: Three-day family-friendly extravaganza showcases the best in pop culture entertainment with panel discussions, special presentations, vendors and celebrity photo ops. At the Colorado Convention Center, 700 14th St., Denver. www.denvercomiccon.com.
Dogs Enjoy Afternoon Reading (D.E.A.R.)
2nd Saturdays: Children of all ages are invited to read to specially trained dogs from 1-2pm. No preregistration required. At Longmont Public Library, 409 Fourth Ave. www.longmontcolorado.gov/library.
Estes Park Comic Con
July 13-15: Celebrities, cosplay, live entertainment, the Comicarnival—it’s all at Estes Park’s Comic Con, a three-day event that brings crowds from all over the country. At the Estes Park Event Complex, 1125 Rooftop Way. Tickets: www.estesparkcomiccon.com.
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 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.
Naropa’s Summer Writing Program
June 10-30: SWP is a three-week annual convocation of students, poets, fiction writers, scholars, translators, performance artists, activists, printers, editors and others working in small-press publishing. It includes lectures, readings, presentations, one-on-one conferences with mentors, workshops, special events and more. Register at www.naropa.edu. 2130 Arapahoe Ave.
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.
Truth Be Told: Boulder’s Story Slam
June 24: Bring a five-minute story based on the month’s theme (“Pitch”), 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 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 more events on the summer/fall schedule.
June 12: Eco-steward Hike, Upper Gregory Canyon, 6:30-10am
July 4: Annual Cal-Wood 4th of July Butterfly Count, 7:45am-noon
July 20: Beavers in the Gloaming: Architects of the Landscape, Arapaho Ranch, time TBD
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.
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 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.
Community Night at Sandstone Ranch
June 19, July 18 & Aug. 21: Bring a sack dinner for the whole family and enjoy beautiful scenery, lawn games, craft activities, and live entertainment. 5:30pm at Sandstone Ranch Visitors & Learning Center, 3001 Sandstone Dr., Longmont. Weather permitting. Live entertainment for each night listed below (begins at 6:30pm).
June 19: Live bluegrass music from Flynn & The Electric Company
July 18: Vaudeville show with Harwood & Woodward
Aug. 21: Hawk Quest, live raptor program
‘Dances with Branches’ Recreational Tree Climb
June 3: 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 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.
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 race is separated into waves so everyone can run or walk at their own pace. Memorial Day events follow the professionals’ races. www.bolderboulder.com.
Beginning May 31: Boulder Stroke & Stride offers weekly training sessions with 750- or 1,500-meter open-water swims and a 5k run across the dam. (There’s also a run-only option.) Races begin at 6pm; registration opens at 4:30pm at the Boulder Reservoir. Most events are on Thursday evenings, but check www.withoutlimits.com.
June 2: Taste of Louisville Half-Marathon and 5k Run. Racers end up at the annual Taste of Louisville celebration. 8:30am. www.tastehalf.com.
June 2: The Trail Run Race Relay is the nation’s first-ever beer-drink’ and trail-runnin’ race. Before each lap, you have the option to drink a 12-oz. Oskar Blues beer for a 2-minute deduction from your time. Run in teams of two or four. Info: www.thebeerrelay.com.
June 2-3: Longmont Triathlon Events. The Kids-Only Triathlon happens June 2 at 7:45am, followed by the Try-a-Tri, great for any new triathlete, at 9:45am. The 36th annual Longmont Triathlon begins at 7am on June 3. www.longmontcolorado.gov.
June 3: Skirt Sports 13er for Women & 5k/10k starts and ends at Home Depot in Louisville and is followed by an expo. The two shorter distances are open to men and children for the first time. www.skirtsports13er.com.
June 9: IRONKIDS Boulder Fun Run is a noncompetitive, non-timed event for ages 13 and younger. 9am at Boulder High School, 1604 Arapahoe Ave. Register at www.ironman.com.
June 16-17: Estes Park 5k & Estes Park Marathon. The June 17 marathon takes place on the highest paved marathon course in the world. There’s also a 5k, 10k and half-marathon, plus a Kids’ Fun Run and family festival on June 16. www.epmarathon.org.
June 23: The Lyons River Run is a 5k held in conjunction with Lyons Good Old Days. www.townoflyons.com.
June 23: Boulder Beer Co Brew Run is held in conjunction with the brewery’s anniversary party. It’s a social fun run for the whole family—dogs too! www.rockymountainbrewruns.com.
June 24: PurpleStride is an annual race/walk to benefit PanCan, the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. At Washington Park in Denver. www.purplestride.org.
June 29: Sizzler Fun Run for Kids. Annual, low-key event in Lafayette is for kids 3-14 years old, and the entry fee includes ribbons and refreshments. Preregistration is required at www.cityoflafayette.com/recreation.
July 4: Longmont Half & 5k starts at 6am; check online for course info, which begins and ends at Sandstone Ranch Park. www.lmhalf.com.
July 4: Avery Brewing Four on the Fourth 4k is a fun run on a flat course, followed by a full breakfast, beer, and an awards ceremony. www.active.com.
July 4: Superior Mile is the fastest street mile in the country, and it’s followed by a parade and a pancake breakfast. www.superiorcolorado.gov.
July 7: Run Like the Wind 5k in Allenspark is an annual run/walk at 8,504 feet. www.theoldgallery.org.
July 13: Greenway Glow 5k at 7:30pm is part of Longmont’s annual Rhythm on the River celebration. www.active.com.
July 28: Eldora Trail 5k & 10k begins at Eldora Mountain Resort in Nederland at 7:30am. www.racedirectorsolutions.com.
Aug. 2: Eldorado Run for the Cure is an evening race that helps raise funds for the Colorado Cancer Foundation. www.coloradocancerfoundation.org.
Aug. 26: Rogers Grove Trail Half Marathon and 10k offers a flat, fast course with a view of the mountains. www.enduranceraceseries.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.
May 31: Agricultural Heritage Center
June 28, July 26, Aug. 30: Check online for hike locations
Circle of Care
Circle of Care is an enrichment program that provides seniors with free transportation, companions, and tickets to community arts and cultural events. 303-449-8884; www.circleofcareproject.org; office@circleofcare project.org.
Mountain MidLife Club
See listing under Just for Fun.
With area senior centers, older residents have a welcoming place to meet other seniors and stay connected to the community with activities like day trips, classes, entertainment, support groups, fitness options, health screenings and meals.Check each center’s website for details and a complete schedule.
Boulder: West Boulder Senior Center, 909 Arapahoe Ave., 303-441-3148. East Boulder Senior Center, 5660 Sioux Drive, 303-441-4150. www.boulderseniorservices.com.
Lafayette: 103 S. Iowa Ave. 303-665-9052; www.cityoflafayette.com.
Longmont: 910 Longs Peak Ave. 303-651-8411; www.ci.longmont.co.us/sen_ctr.
Louisville: 900 W. Via Appia. 303-666-7400; www.louisvillerecreation.com/seniorwelcome.php.
Lyons: Lyons Golden Gang, 335 Railroad Ave., Bldg. B, Lyons. 303-823-6771; www.lyonsgoldengang.weebly.com.
Nederland: Various locations. 303-258-0799; www.nederlandareaseniors.org.
Via Mobility Services
VIA is a “mobility manager” offering transportation for older or disabled travelers, travel training, information on mobility options, referrals and a range of other community resources. www.viacolorado.org.
For arts and crafts fairs featuring handmade items for sale, please see Art Events.
Mapleton Hill Rummage Sale
June 2: Stroll the historic Mapleton Hill neighborhood and browse the dozens of yard sales, bake sales and lemonade stands. 8am-2pm; no early birds please. See www.mapletonhillrummagesale.com for a map of participants.
Vintage Market days
June 29-July 1: Shop for upscale, vintage-inspired art, antiques, clothing, jewelry, home décor and more at this three-day event. At the Boulder County Fairgrounds, 9595 Nelson Road, 10am-5pm Friday-Saturday and 10am-4pm Sunday. www.vintagemarketdays.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.
World’s Largest Swim Lesson
June 21: Help set a Guinness World Record for the “World’s largest swim lesson,” an event held at the same day and time as hundreds of other swimming facilities across the country. 1pm at Centennial Pool, 1201 Alpine St., Longmont. No registration necessary.
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.
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