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For information about volunteering for other animal-related nonprofits, see listings under Volunteer Opportunities.
Explore a lush tropical rain forest brimming with butterflies, then settle in for a visit with Rosie, the center’s “famous” (and friendly) tarantula. All visits require reservations until further notice. 6252 W. 104th Ave., Westminster. 303-469-5441. See a list of events for all ages at butterflies.org.
See more than 3,000 wild animals during your visit, and enjoy one of the many daily talks and demonstrations. Tickets for timed entry must be purchased ahead of time online until further notice. 2300 Steele St., 303-376-4800; denverzoo.org.
Greenwood Wildlife Rehabilitation Center
Greenwood rehabilitates sick, injured and orphaned wildlife for release into appropriate habitats, and it treats nearly 3,500 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., Boulder; greenwoodwildlife.org.
Humane Society of Boulder Valley
The shelter cares for more than 8,000 animals each year, and more than 90 percent are successfully adopted or reunited with their families. The society also offers classes for dogs, trains volunteers to work with the animals or at the thrift store and provides veterinary services. Adoption services are currently by appointment only. 2323 55th St., Boulder, 303-442-4030; boulderhumane.org.
Longmont Humane Society
Besides caring for more than 4,000 animals every year, LHS offers dog training and low-cost veterinary services such as vaccinations, spaying, neutering and dentistry. 9595 Nelson Road in Longmont. The thrift store is at 700 Ken Pratt Blvd., Suite 216. 303-772-1232; longmonthumane.org.
Medicine Horse Program
Medicine Horse Program is a nonprofit that enhances the mental health and life skills of youth, adults and families through therapeutic interaction with horses. Volunteers are always needed. MHP is at 8778 Arapahoe Road, Boulder; medicinehorse.org.
The Wild Animal Sanctuary
Keep your eyes and ears alert for Eddy the black leopard, grizzly bears Gaika and Masha, Kanookie the lynx, and hundreds of other large carnivores as you meander along the “Mile into the Wild” elevated catwalk. The sanctuary, east of Boulder in Keenesburg, off Highway 52, is currently open for visitors who follow social distancing guidelines. Check online for ticket prices and other info before going. 303-536-0118; thewildanimalsanctuary.org.
Art Parts Creative Reuse Center
The nonprofit Art Parts accepts donations of reusable art, craft and school materials from individuals and businesses, and then sells them at a discount to the public. It also hosts Bricolage Gallery, which exhibits art made from found objects. The store, at 2870 Bluff St., Boulder, is open for shoppers who follow stated protocols.; check artpartsboulder.org for hours and donation information.
Boulder Art Association
Rotating works by BAA members are on display year-round at businesses throughout the county; check the website for a schedule. The association also holds monthly meetings and other events. 303-444-9922; boulderartassociation.org.
Boulder County Arts Alliance
BCAA provides information and resources for and about the artists and art organizations in the area. The group also maintains an online calendar of countywide arts events and hosts Business of Arts workshops. bouldercountyarts.org.
Boulder Creative Collective Warehouse
BCC’s warehouse is an event space and gallery offering art exhibits, classes, social hours for artists and a Community Critique (every other month) where artists can share their work and get constructive feedback. BCC is at 2500 47th St., #10 (the yellow door), Boulder. bouldercreativecollective.com.
Boulder Metalsmithing Association
2nd Saturdays: BoMA’s monthly open house sessions are for those who want to work on a project alongside other artists; the 11am-3pm sessions are free and open to BoMA members or anyone who has taken a BoMA class. The group also hosts events, sales and hands-on workshops at 4919 Broadway, Unit 14, Boulder. bouldermetalsmiths.com.
Boulder Open Studios
In lieu of a traditional fall studio tour, Open Studios developed a new program that offers year-round opportunities for artists and art patrons, including an online retail gallery. Find out more at openstudios.org.
Boulder Potters’ Guild Virtual Fall Show & Sale
Nov. 12-Dec. 13: Support our local artists and find holiday gifts for your friends and family, all from the comfort of your own home. More details available at boulderpottersguild.org.
Handmade in Colorado Expo
Oct. 24-25: This annual event showcases some of Colorado’s best handmade arts, crafts, foods and other goods, sold direct by the artist/crafter. It’s still on the calendar as of press time, and strict protocols will be in place for safety. 9am-6pm Sat and 11am-6pm Sun in Central Park, 13th Street and Canyon Boulevard, Boulder; coloradoevents.org.
Sept. 19: ArtWalk is an evening of free live music, art exhibitions, live theater, dance and children’s activities. Longmont’s Main Street is closed for the event, which runs from 4-8pm. Check for updates at artwalklongmont.org.
Louisville Art Association
The nonprofit LAA hosts members’ shows, student shows, meetings, demos, workshops and classes; check louisvilleart.org for a schedule. LAA is at 801 Grant Ave., Louisville.
Benefits & Fundraisers
Benefits & Fundraisers
Boulder Bridge House: Farm to Table Dinner
Sept. 16: Bridge House’s annual fundraiser is online with an evening of inspiring stories, plus the option of having dinner delivered to your home while you’re tuned in. Find out more about the event, and about Bridge House’s programs, at boulderbridgehouse.org.
Boulder County Crop Hunger Walk
Through Oct. 25: Boulder County CROP Hunger Walk raises funds (nearly $40,000 last year) to fight hunger at home and abroad. This year, it’s a modified walk; participants have already started raising funds and will walk solo or with their households by Oct. 25. Go to bouldercropwalk.org to join them or donate.
Buffalo Bicycle Classic
Through Sept. 20: This popular bike race, which raises scholarship funds for students in CU’s College of Arts & Sciences, adopted a new format this year. Participants can register for a “do-it-yourself” ride, raise funds to support the cause, then complete their ride by Sept. 20. Find out more at buffalobicycleclassic.com.
Colorado Horse Rescue: Mane Event
Sept. 26: Meet the horses of CHR as you bid on silent auction items, enjoy a three-course dinner, and help raise crucial funds for CHR’s important work. At the Boulder Jewish Community Center, 6007 Oreg Ave.; get ticket info (and pandemic-related updates) at chr.org.
Greenwood Wildlife Rehabilitation Center
Sept. 19: Greenwood Wildlife’s annual fundraiser, Wild Night for Wildlife, has gone virtual. Check greenwoodwildlife.org for more about the special online event, which will raise the funds needed for GWRC to keep making a difference in the lives of orphaned, injured and sick wildlife.
Inland Ocean Coalition: Virtual Masquerade Mermaid Ball
Oct. 15: Details about this annual fundraising event weren’t available at press time, so check inlandoceancoalition.org for updates.
Longmont Humane Society: Paws In the Park
Oct. 3: 5k walk/run, a benefit for the Longmont Humane Society, normally includes a pet parade, pet contests, demonstrations, pet-related vendors and refreshments, though 2020 details weren’t available at press time. At Boulder County Fairgrounds, 9595 Nelson Road, Longmont; longmonthumane.org.
Out Boulder County: GAYLA 2020
Oct. 31: Out Boulder County’s annual fundraiser has been rescheduled to Halloween, and as of press time, it’s an in-person event with extra safety precautions. 4:30-11pm at the St Julien, 900 Walnut St., Boulder. Check for updates at outboulder.org.
Wild Bear Mountain Ecology Center: Enchanted Forest
Sept. 26-Oct. 26: This year, the 20th Annual Enchanted Forest event will be taking place virtually. It will consist of 10 learn-at-home interactive nature films that will encourage families to engage with, explore, and learn how you can help nature in your own backyard. See wildbear.org for more info.
Boulder’s nonprofit bike-sharing system offers access to 300 bikes 24/7 at 40 stations around the city. Register at boulder.bcycle.com so you’re always ready when you want to ride—the tires are always inflated and there’s a handy basket on the front to carry your stuff.
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 boulderbiketours.com.
Buffalo Bicycle Classic
Through Sept. 20: See listing under Benefits & Fundraisers
Longmont Bike Nights
Wednesdays: Fun, family-friendly rides gather weekly at two locations in Longmont. See the Longmont Bike Night Facebook page for details.
The Boulder Chamber, at 2440 Pearl St., hosts business-skills seminars, weekly leads groups, women’s leadership groups, Business After Hours and other programs; see boulderchamber.com for details and to register.
Sept. 23: Business After Hours
Sept. 24: Women Who Light the Community (Virtual Ceremony)
Oct. 2: Coffee with John
Boulder County Arts Alliance
BCAA hosts Business of Arts workshops for artists, with topics like grant writing and audience development. bouldercountyarts.org.
Boulder County Independent Business Alliance
BIBA hosts two series that bring together local business owners for lunchtime and happy-hour networking, plus meetings and how-to sessions. See boulderiba.org for the event calendar.
Boulder Small Business Development Center
The Boulder SBDC offers low-cost workshops on a variety of topics; all sessions are online until further notice. Check the event calendar at bouldersbdc.org.
Colorado Green Building Guild
CGBG is a nonprofit association of building professionals promoting healthier, resource-efficient homes and workplaces. It hosts monthly lunch presentations, roundtable discussions, house tours, member happy hours and other resources for professionals, homeowners and students. coloradogreenbuildingguild.org.
Sept. 17-Oct. 8: 24th International Passive House Conference (Online)
The Latino Chamber of Commerce of Boulder County
This Longmont-based organization is the main voice for Latino businesses and the issues affecting them in and around Boulder County. Members have access to business training, professional development, networking opportunities and advocacy. The group’s office is at 332 Main St. in Longmont. thelatinochamber.com.
Nov. 7: Bilingual Business Planning Workshop
Longmont Area Chamber of Commerce
The Longmont Chamber, 528 Main St., offers ongoing business networking events for members and nonmembers, plus members-only seminars, regular new-member orientations, leads groups, and occasional seminars that are free and open to all. longmontchamber.org.
Children & Teens
For more events geared toward children, see listings under Animal Affairs, Classes and Nature/Outdoor Events.
CU Wizards Program
Dec. 7, Jan. 25, Feb. 22, March 7, April 25 & May 16: Wizards shows during the school year are free science programs geared toward 5th-through-9th-graders, but all ages are welcome. Shows begin at 9:30am and no reservations are required, but CU venues vary, so check colorado.edu/cuwizards.
Longmont Museum Discovery Days
Discovery Days for ages 2-6 run throughout the school year, and kids up to age 11 can also attend on no-school days. There are also special music or movement sessions on Tuesdays; see the schedule and more info at longmontmuseum.org. The museum is at 400 Quail Road in Longmont.
Sunflower Farm in Longmont is open Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings in September for Farmfest, a chance to explore the farm and visit the free-roaming animals. Reservations are required, social distancing is enforced, and masks should be worn by everyone over age 12. Find out more at sunflowerfarminfo.com. The farm is at 11150 Prospect Road in Longmont.
Tinker Art Studio
This Boulder art studio hosts in-person classes for small groups as well as virtual sessions. Free kids art workshops are available on Tinker’s YouTube channel. 693-B S. Broadway, Boulder; tinkerartstudio.com.
University of Colorado Museum of Natural History
The CU Museum of Natural History offers “Museum from Home,” a series of online exhibits and companion children’s activities. The museum is in the Henderson Building on the CU campus, 15th Street and Broadway. Find more details and registration info at cumuseum.colorado.edu.
YMCA Teen Activities
The YMCA of Northern Colorado posts weekly live streaming classes and links to recorded classes and activities for all ages. Some classes and pool sessions are open via reservations only. 303-442-2778 (Mapleton Center), 303-664-5458 (Arapahoe Center); ymcabv.org.
For more classes, see listings under Food & Drink, Garden & Home, and Nature/Outdoor.
The Art Underground/The Arts Hub
The Art Underground, 901 Front St. in Louisville, and The Arts Hub, 420 Courtney Way in Lafayette, are nonprofit centers that offer classes for all ages in dance, theater, music, photography, film and visual arts. artunder.org.
Boulder CPR & First Aid
Certified American Red Cross instructors teach first aid, CPR, babysitting and lifeguarding. Classes are held at various locations throughout Boulder County. 303-668-8079; bouldercpr.com.
Boulder Digital Arts
BDA offers workshops, classes (in-person and online), certificate programs and events for digital artists and creative professionals working in film/video, marketing, social media, photography and graphic design. Register at boulderdigitalarts.com. BDA is at 1600 Range St., Suite 100.
Boulder Potters’ Guild
The Potters’ Guild’s classes and practice sessions have been postponed until further notice. Check boulderpottersguild.com to register for email updates.
Center for Musical Arts
The Center for Musical Arts, located at 200 E. Baseline Road in Lafayette, offers private and group lessons for all ages. Sessions have moved online until further notice; comusic.org.
Intercambio offers free weekly classes around Boulder County that help participants learn English and give them information about the U.S. citizenship process and the citizenship interview. For locations and other details, call 303-996-0275 or visit intercambioweb.org.
Front Range Anglers
See listing for free fly-fishing classes under Sports Events.
Herbalism Classes & Herb Walks
Boulder-based herbalist, nutrition consultant and author Brigitte Mars offers a variety of herb-related workshops and classes, including short herb walks around Boulder.
Lifelong Learning Program
Virtual Enrichment Programs are available through Boulder Valley School District’s Lifelong Learning program, including classes in coding, playing the ukulele, cooking and art. bvsd.org/LLL.
Longmont Yarn Shoppe
Learn how to knit, crochet, weave, spin and do needle-felting at this Longmont store. See the full schedule of classes (in-person and online) at longmontyarn.com. 454 Main St.
Parlando School of Musical Arts
Parlando offers group and private lessons for all ages, including Cello Group Class, Chamber Music and Flute Choir for Adults. Parlando is at Dairy Arts Center, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder; there’s also a satellite location in Denver. parlando.org.
Boulder County recreation centers offer a variety of classes in sports and fitness, healthy living and nutrition, arts and crafts, social dancing and more. Visit each center’s website for a schedule and registration info, or pick up a brochure in person.
Boulder: East Boulder Community Center, 5660 Sioux Drive; North Boulder Recreation Center, 3170 Broadway; South Boulder Recreation Center, 1360 Gillaspie Drive. 303-413-7270; boulderparks-rec.org.
Erie: Erie Community Center, 450 Powers St. 303-926-2550; erieco.gov.
Lafayette: Bob L. Burger Recreation Center, 111 W. Baseline Road. 303-665-0469; cityoflafayette.com/recreation.
Longmont: The main rec center is at 310 Quail Road. Classes are also offered at the St. Vrain Memorial Building, 700 Longs Peak Ave., and at Centennial Pool, 1201 Alpine St. 303-774-4800; ci.longmont.co.us/rec.
Louisville: 900 W. Via Appia. 303-666-7400; louisvillerecreation.com.
Nederland: Nederland Community Center, 750 N. Highway 72, 303-258-9721; nederlandcommunitycenter.org
Find a plethora of farm-fresh produce, meats, cheeses, eggs, flowers, herbs and much more, with offerings changing weekly as the season progresses.
Boulder: Saturdays 8am-2pm and Wednesdays 4-8pm at 13th Street between Canyon Boulevard and Arapahoe Avenue. bcfm.org.
Erie: Thursdays 5-8pm on Briggs Street between Wells and Moffatt streets. realfarmersmarketco.com.
Longmont: Saturdays 8am-1pm at Boulder County Fairgrounds, Hover Street and Boston Avenue. bcfm.org.
Louisville: Saturdays 9am-1pm at 824 Front St. realfarmersmarketco.com.
Food & Drink
The Art of Cheese Cheesemaking Classes
Longmont’s artisanal cheesemaking school offers virtual and online classes covering everything from soft cheeses like chèvre to firm cheeses like cheddar and Jarlsberg. Find the full schedule and more details at theartofcheese.com.
Boulder Public Library
BPL’s Seed to Table program offers events and resources with a focus on sustainable living, including cooking and gardening classes. Most are held at the main library branch, 1001 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder. Free, but space fills up, so registration is required. Visit boulderlibrary.org for class details.
Growing Gardens Classes
This Boulder nonprofit’s mission is to enrich the lives of our community through sustainable urban agriculture. It offers regular cooking classes for adults for reasonable fees. Most fall classes have moved online, but some are still scheduled to happen in person; check growinggardens.org for updates. The gardens are at 1630 Hawthorn Ave.
Through Dec. 31: Gardening 101, Gardening 201, Honeybees 101 (Online courses)
Nov. 19: Gluten Free Holiday Baking
Boulder Center for Conscious Community
“BC3” offers workshops, classes, coaching sessions, art exhibits and book groups. 1637 28th St., Boulder. 303-449-5417; consciousboulder.com.
Boulder Shambhala Center
This Tibetan Buddhist studio was still closed at press time, but programs, meditation sessions and support groups are available online. 1345 Spruce St., Boulder. boulder.shambhala.org.
Many of Chautauqua’s author talks and other special events have been canceled or postponed. Check chautauqua.com for up-to-date info. 900 Baseline Road, Boulder.
Elevations Credit Union Reality Check Seminars
Elevations Credit Union offers dozens of free presentations each year at its branches on topics like Social Security, retirement, real estate, investing and wills. You don’t have to be a credit union member to attend. Visit elevationscu.com to RSVP, find venues and see the seminar schedule.
University of Colorado Museum of Natural History
The CU Museum of Natural History is currently closed, but the Museum from Home program offers virtual programming for families and access to online exhibits including “Snakes of Colorado” and “Trash the Runway.” The museum is located on campus in the Henderson Building, Broadway and 15th streets, Boulder; colorado.edu/cumuseum.
Garden & Home Events
Denver Botanic Gardens
Denver Botanic Gardens offers acres of plant displays, classes for all ages, lectures, plant shows, gardening certification and a great deal more. Until further notice, all entries require timed tickets to ensure social distancing. The main gardens are at 1007 York St.; the Chatfield location is at 8500 W. Deer Creek Canyon Road in Littleton. botanicgardens.org.
This Boulder nonprofit’s mission is to enrich lives in our community through sustainable urban agriculture. Online camps are available for kids. Also see listing under Benefits & Fundraisers. The gardens are at 1630 Hawthorn Ave. growinggardens.org.
Harlequin’s Gardens, 4795 N. 26th St., Boulder, is open Thursday through Sunday, 9am-5pm. Their popular low-cost gardening classes have moved to an online format; see the details at harlequinsgardens.com.
Three Leaf Farm
Three Leaf Farm in Lafayette offers garden-related classes and workshops on topics like herbal medicine and soap making. Check the schedule and other details at threeleaffarm.com. 445 S. 112th St., Lafayette.