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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.
Casting for Recovery
Casting for Recovery hosts three-day retreats for breast-cancer survivors to learn the art of fly-fishing at no cost. Apply by June 28 for the September 6-8 retreat; apply by July 26 for the October 4-6 retreat. www.castingforrecovery.org
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: Free Fitness in the Parks
June 7 & 21, July 12 & 26, Aug. 9 & 23: The city of Longmont presents six free outdoor fitness classes this summer at different parks, including tai chi at Roosevelt Park (June 7) and yoga at Kanemoto Park (Aug. 9). For ages 14 and up. See the full schedule at www.longmontcolorado.gov/rec.
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.centura.org.
June 17 & July 15: Infant CPR
July 13: Heartsaver CPR
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.
See Halloween events at the top of this page.
Fourth of July Events
Celebrate Indepence 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: Gates open at CU’s Folsom Field at 8pm with live music, a sing-along, an appearance from Ralphie the buffalo and fireworks at 9:40pm. www.boulder4thofjuly.com.
Broomfield: The Great American Picnic begins at 5pm 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.
Lafayette: The fun begins at 4:30pm at Waneka Lake Park, 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.louisvillechamber.com.
Nederland: Check www.nederlandco.org for 2019 celebration updates.
Niwot: Niwot traditionally hosts a full day of activities that include a pancake breakfast and a parade; check www.niwot.com for 2019 details.
Just for Fun
Barley-Har-Har Comedy Night
1st & 3rd Fridays: Amateur comedians take the stage at these free monthly comedy nights at 7:30pm. To sign up to perform, email firstname.lastname@example.org. There’s also trivia every Thursday night. 300 Suns Brewing, 331 First Ave., Longmont; www.300sunsbrewing.com.
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.
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.
Yesteryear Farm Show
Aug. 23-25: Free, three-day outdoor expo features exhibits of working antique tractors, steam engines, threshing machines and other vintage farm equipment. 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.
Boulder Book Store
Boulder Book Store, 1107 Pearl St., offers an email newsletter, book clubs, and frequent book signings and readings by local, national and international authors. www.boulderbookstore.com; 303-447-2074.
Boulder Public Library Author Talks
The Boulder Public Library, 1001 Arapahoe Ave., often hosts talks with well-known authors; check www.boulderlibrary.org for the speaker schedule.
Boulder Public Library: BAFS Poetry Workshops
2nd Sundays: The Beyond Academia Free Skool (BAFS) is a writer’s collective that offers free public poetry workshops every second Sunday at 2pm. All are welcome in the Arapahoe Room at the main library, 1001 Arapahoe Ave. www.boulderlibrary.org.
Colorado Shakespeare Festival: Classics 101
June 3, 10, 17 & July 8: 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.
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 writers: Writing Workshops on 1st Fridays at 7pm, and Poetry Night (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 Public Library Author Talks
Check the updated schedule at www.longmontcolorado.gov (click “Departments” tab) for upcoming author talks at the Longmont Public Library, 409 Fourth 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: 200 Hwy 72. 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 30: Bring a 5-minute story based on the month’s theme (“Plant”), 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. Doors open at 6:30pm at Dairy Arts Center, 2590 Walnut St. www.storyslamboulder.com.
“Write Your Story” Writing Class
2nd Thursdays: Lisa Jones, author of the award-winning memoir “Broken: A Love Story,” helps writers get their words down on the page. No writing experience required. 2-4:30pm at Boulder Public Library, 1001 Arapahoe Ave. www.boulderlibrary.org.
ZEE Jaipur LIterature Festival
Sept. 20-22: This literary festival, now in its fifth year, invites participants to “join together in examining the breadth and depth of the human experience” through the reflections and imaginations of more than 70 contemporary authors and speakers from around the world. Includes panel discussions, conversations, presentations and performances at Boulder Public Library, 1001 Arapahoe Ave. Free, but preregistration is required at www.jaipurliteraturefestival.org/boulder.
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 info about the events listed.
1st Sundays: Bird-Watching at Greenlee Preserve in Lafayette, 1-3pm
July 27: Bug Safari for Children
Aug. 3: Be a Habitat Hero Seminar: Plant It and They Will Come
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 the 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 covering 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 in Boulder. 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.
Herb Walks/Herbalism Classes
See listing under Classes.
REI Boulder Classes
See listing under Classes.
Thorne Nature Experience
Boulder-based Thorne has been connecting youth to nature through hands-on experiences for nearly 60 years. Find more programs and events and after-school info at www.thornenature.org.
Walter Orr Roberts Weather Trail
This self-guided tour introduces you to the weather and climate surrounding NCAR’s Mesa Lab beside the Flatirons. The half-mile loop extends west, connecting to the Boulder Mountain Parks system. 303-497-1174; scied.ucar.edu/exhibits.
Wild Bear Nature Center
Wild Bear is a nonprofit nature center offering affordable kids’ camps, after-school programs, and adult and family workshops. It maintains an information center at 20 Lakeview Drive in Nederland, and also has property at Mud Lake. www.wildbear.org.
Boulder Newcomers Club
The nonprofit BNC hosts monthly activities like hikes, book clubs and wine tastings, potlucks and game nights. All ages are welcome. www.bouldernewcomers.org.
Mountain MidLife Club
See listing under Just for Fun.
In Boulder County, we’re lucky that we can run and walk nearly all year-round, but summer is the best time to run a race, conquer a triathlon or walk a course with the family.
May 27: 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 30: 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 1: Taste of Louisville Half-Marathon and 5k Run. Racers end up at the annual Taste of Louisville celebration. 8am. www.tastehalf.com.
June 1: The Beer Relay is the nation’s first-ever beer-drinking and trail-running 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 1-2: Longmont Triathlon Events. The Kids-Only Triathlon happens June 1 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 2. www.longmontcolorado.gov.
June 2: Colorado 13er Half-Marathon and 5k/10k starts and ends at Home Depot in Louisville and is followed by an expo. This race used to be for women only, but is now open to everyone. www.colorado13er.com.
June 15-16: Estes Park 5k & Estes Park Marathon. The June 16 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 15. www.epmarathon.org.
June 28: 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 12: The Greenway Glow 5k is part of Longmont’s annual Rhythm on the River celebration. Register at www.active.com.
Aug. 2: Run for the Cure, the longest-running footrace in the state, raises money for cancer research. The 4-mile course begins and ends at Eldorado Springs Pool. www.coloradocancerfoundation.org/run-for-the-cure.
Aug. 10: Sunrise Stampede. Longmont’s annual summer race, now in its 32nd year, offers 2-mile and 10k options for all age groups, followed by awards and a raffle. Both routes start at Silver Creek High School. www.sunrisestampede.com.
Aug. 10: Walk to End Alzheimer’s. See listing under Benefits & Fundraisers.
Active Minds offers dozens of programs and events for seniors in Boulder and Longmont, at a variety of venues. Find more info about the events listed here, and others on the schedule, at www.activeminds.com.
June 12: Winston Churchill
June 24: Cowboys
July 11: China’s Human Rights Struggle
July 22: Climate Change
Aug. 14: New Orleans: Biography of a City
Aug. 19: Chicago: Biography of a City
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. December’s location is listed below; check www.bouldercountyopenspace.org for the summer schedule.
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.
Cultivate helps seniors thrive by reconnecting them to their communities. Programs include grocery delivery, transportation, SnowBusters and YardBusters. Find out more at www.cultivate.ngo.
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.
McGuckin Hardware Pet Expo
June 1: See listing under Animal Affairs.
Mapleton Hill Rummage Sale
June 1: 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.
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 bouts and tournaments at the Boulder County Fairgrounds; check online for the schedule. They’re also recruiting new members and refs for their league. www.bouldercountybombers.com.
June 22: All-Stars Round Robin, 3-9:30pm
July 13: Double Header, 5-9:30pm
Colorado Wilderness Rides and Guides
Professional tour guides lead participants on adventures like backpacking, bike tours, rock climbing, skiing and snowshoeing. 720-242-9828; www.cwrag.com.
Front Range Anglers
Saturdays: Free one-hour classes most Saturdays from 10-11am feature some of the best tyers around spinning up their signature patterns (includes free coffee and a 15-percent discount on purchases). The shop also hosts regular 4-hour fee-based classes that include 2 hours on-site at a nearby park. FRA is at 2344 Pearl St. www.frontrangeanglers.com.
Lafayette Bicycle Rodeo
June 8: See listing under Children & Teens.
Lyons Outdoor Games
June 1: See listing under Community & Cultural Festivals.
Pearl Street Stampede
Aug. 29: Pearl Street Stampedes are kickoff celebrations for CU football, and they’re held the night before every home game. Members of the team and coaching staff are cheered on by the crowd as they parade along Pearl Street Mall beginning at 7pm, led by a vintage 1948 fire truck. The August 29 event is the night before the big CU-CSU rivalry. www.boulderdowntown.com.
Star & Laser Shows
Fiske Planetarium on the CU-Boulder campus presents cutting-edge planetarium shows on a brand-new fulldome projection system. See the schedule of laser shows, live star talks, movies, planetarium shows, family shows, concerts and other events at www.fiske.colorado.edu.
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.
See listing under Food and Drink.
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.
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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