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Lafayette’s (Digital) Great Pumpkin Race & Fall Festival
Oct. 24: Pumpkins will be launched into the lazy river at the Bob Burger Recreation Center (BBRC) and will race to the finish line while you watch and cheer on your pumpkin on Facebook LiveStream. Like the Lafayette Recreation’s Facebook page and watch the event at 6:30pm.
Longmont Day of the Dead Events
Organizers have worked their magic to bring this celebration of Mexican culture online this year. Performers include Las Dahlias singing Mexican trio, dance troupe Grupo Folklorico Mexico Lindo, mariachi music, poetry by bicultural community leader Laura Soto, and much more. They will be live-streaming on Facebook, LongmontPublicMedia.org, and Local Comcast Channel 8/880. To help you get your Día de los Muertos celebration started at home, the Longmont Museum is offering free supply kits for curbside pickup.
September 29: History of Día de los Muertos
October 6: Ofrendas y Altares (offerings and altars)
October 13: Music, Arts, & Crafts
October 20: Día los de Muertos Regional Specialties
October 27: Food and Drinks—Cooking with Family
Lyons Halloween Spooktacular
Oct. 24: Yearly event in Lyons includes a costume contest, pumpkin carving, face painting and more, followed by a parade through town. Find details and pandemic-related updates at lyonscolorado.com.
Oct. 31: Each Halloween, the Pearl Street Mall is invaded by hundreds of tiny ghosts, goblins, fairy princesses and superheroes during this safe trick-or-treating event at the stores and businesses. 2-4pm. 303-449-3774; boulderdowntown.com.
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. See the event calendar at 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
BPI offers low-cost readings by the institute’s students, and they’ve temporarily moved to phone sessions. Check boulderpsychicinstitute.org for details.
Casting for Recovery
Casting for Recovery hosts three-day retreats for breast-cancer survivors to learn the art of fly-fishing at no cost. Retreats for 2020 have been canceled, so check castingforrecovery.org for 2021 registration information soon, as the retreats will fill up quickly.
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. griefsupportnet.org.
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 centura.org.
Callahan Holiday Open House
Dec. 4: Longmont’s historic Callahan House, 312 Terry St., is decorated for family visits from 4-7pm, featuring visits with Santa and tours of the home. longmontcolorado.gov.
Holiday EventsSeveral annual holiday events take place on or near the Pearl Street Mall in Boulder; check the details at downtownboulderholidays.com; 303-449-3774.
Nov. 22: Switch On the Holidays lighting ceremony, 1300 block of Pearl Street, 5pm
Nov. 27-28; Dec. 5, 12, 19: St. Nick on the Bricks, visits with Santa from 11am-2pm
Dec. 5: Lights of December Parade, 6pm
Erie Country Christmas and Parade of Lights
Dec. 4: Erie’s annual holiday event includes Santa’s workshop, caroling, complimentary s’mores, a living nativity, free hayrides and a parade. Check for 2020 updates at eriechamber.org.
Holiday Mountain Market
Nov. 27-Dec. 6: This year, the Holiday Mountain Market sales and auction have moved to an online format. The auction will start Black Friday and run ten days. There will also be some small, socially distanced events around the town Dec 12-13, which will also serve as an opportunity for buyers to come pick up their goods if they choose not to have them shipped. Check mountainpeaklife.org for more details.
Hotel Boulderado Holiday Tea Series
The Hotel Boulderado hosts a series of annual holiday-themed teas each year, often paired with holiday bazaars and live entertainment. Check boulderado.com for 2020 updates. The Boulderado is at 2115 13th St., Boulder.
Just For Fun
Just for Fun
Banjo Billy Bus Tours
Banjo Billy is known for history tours of Boulder and Denver from an old school bus tricked out to look like a traveling hillbilly shack. Tours are currently virtual only, but check banjobilly.com for details about when bus tours might resume.
Boulder Comedy Show
Sundays: The Boulder Comedy Show live-streams each Sunday evening from the Bohemian Biergarten (2017 13th St.). Get tickets and access at 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. Socially distant riding is currently available for guests wearing a face covering. 20 Lakeview Drive in Nederland, right beside the train cars. Check online for special events and holiday hours. carouselofhappiness.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 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. Fall events include guidelines for social distancing and mask-wearing. 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 boulderlibrary.org for the speaker schedule.
BoulderReads offers literacy programs for all ages, like literacy tutoring and conversation groups for adults and “Reading Buddies,” a program for children that pairs them with a CU student for help with reading, writing and literacy skills. See boulderlibrary.org/boulderreads for details.
Longmont Public Library Author Talks
Discussion groups and storytimes have moved online until further notice; check the updated schedule at longmontcolorado.gov (click “Departments” tab). 409 Fourth Ave.
As of press time, some libraries were still closed, open for reduced hours or offering curbside pickup only, so check with each location before going.
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; boulderlibrary.org.
Lafayette: 775 W. Baseline Road. 303-665-5200; cityoflafayette.com/library.
Longmont: 409 Fourth Ave. 303-651-8470; longmontcolorado.gov/library.
Louisville: 951 Spruce St. 303-335-4849; louisvilleco.gov/library.
Lyons: Temporary location while the Lyons Depot Library undergoes post-flood repairs: 405 Main St. townoflyons.com.
Nederland: 200 Hwy 72. 303-258-1101; nederland.colibraries.org.
Mile Hi Con 52
Oct. 23-25: Colorado’s largest sci fi/fantasy literary convention is a virtual event this year, with online presentations , panel discussions, an art show, an auction and more. Get details at milehicon.org.
ZEE Jaipur LIterature Festival
Oct. 2-4: This popular yearly literary festival at the Boulder Public Library was still scheduled as of press time, but check jlflitfest.org/Colorado for updates. The event includes panel discussions, conversations, presentations, performances and much more.
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 boulderaudubon.org for more info about the events listed.
1st Sundays Through November: Bird-Watching at Greenlee Preserve in Lafayette, 1-3pm
Boulder County Parks & Open Space Programs
Boulder County Parks & Open Space offers free nature programs, hikes and cultural-history events. Most events are online for the fall; check 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. Check for updates about fall programs at naturehikes.org.
Colorado Mountain Club
CMC offers thousands of activity options, including adventure travel, service projects, and classes and seminar. Many programs have temporarily moved online, but there may be some in-person classes later in the fall. CMC is at the American Mountaineering Center, 710 10th St., Golden, but some events are held in Boulder. cmc.org.
Lafayette Open Space
Lafayette Open Space offers a number of public programs, hikes, bird-watching events, classes and camps all year long. Check cityoflafayette.com/openspace for updates.
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 thornenature.org.
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. Fall nature-enrichment programs are scheduled with social distancing guidelines. wildbear.org.
Most of the running/walking events we normally post in this section have been canceled or modified for 2020. We’ve found that the best way to find the current status of a scheduled event is to check directly with the sponsor or look for updates on running websites such as runningingtheusa.com or raceplace.com. The following events were still scheduled or pending as of press time.
Sept. 20: Doggie Dash is a fundraiser for the Humane Society of Boulder Valley; boulderhumane.org.
Oct. 26: Big Waves Family 5k raises funds for the organization’s many community programs, including scholarships and supporting safety legislation. The event is virtual this year; bigwavesfoundation.org.
Oct. 3: Louisville Trail Half Marathon also includes a 10k or 5k option; raceplace.com.
Oct. 25: Boulder County CROP Hunger Walk is a “walk on your own schedule” event this year; bouldercropwalk.org.
October, TBA: Monster Dash Run in Louisville has a 5k, 10k and kids run; monsterdashrun.com.
Nov. 14: Longmont Turkey Trot raises funds for the city’s Youth Scholarship Fund; longmontcolorado.gov/rec.
Nov. 26: Broomfield Turkey Day 5k/10k is a family race sponsored by UCHealth; broomfieldturkeyday.com.
Active Minds offers dozens of programs and events for seniors in Boulder and Longmont, at a variety of venues, although fall events are mostly online. Find more info at activeminds.com.
Boulder County Parks & Open Space Senior Hikes
Although Boulder County Parks & Open Space normally offers hikes especially for seniors on the last Thursday of each month, those events have been canceled until further notice. Check bouldercountyopenspace.org periodically to see if hikes will resume in the fall.
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. Some services are available, including virtual concerts, but most programs are canceled for fall 2020. 303-449-8884; circleofcareproject.org; office@circleofcare project.org.
Cultivate, formerly called CareConnect, helps seniors thrive by reconnecting them to their communities. Programs include grocery delivery, transportation, SnowBusters and YardBusters. Find out more at 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. boulderseniorservices.com.
Lafayette: 103 S. Iowa Ave. 303-665-9052; cityoflafayette.com.
Longmont: 910 Longs Peak Ave. 303-651-8411; ci.longmont.co.us/sen_ctr.
Louisville: 900 W. Via Appia. 303-666-7400; louisvillerecreation.com/seniorwelcome.php.
Lyons: Lyons Golden Gang, 335 Railroad Ave., Bldg. B, Lyons. 303-823-6771; lyonsgoldengang.weebly.com.
Nederland: Various locations. 303-258-0799; 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. viacolorado.org.
For arts and crafts fairs featuring handmade items for sale, please see Art Events.
Northern Colorado Bridal Festival/Wedding Expo
Oct. 4: 11am-3pm at The Ranch Event Center, 5280 Arena Circle in Loveland. bridalfestivals.com.
Pumpkin Pie Days Vintage & Antique Market
Oct. 10-11: Annual fall fundraiser for the St. Vrain Historical Society offers more than 80 antiques vendors from around the region, plus fresh pumpkin pie with real whipped cream. At the Boulder County Fairgrounds, Nelson and Hover roads, Longmont. Check for pandemic-related updates at stvrainhistoricalsociety.org.
Small Business Saturday
Nov. 28: Small Business Saturday (also called Shop Small Saturday), right between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, is a chance to support small, local businesses rather than national retailers. Special events are planned for downtown Boulder, Longmont and Lafayette. boulderdowntown.com; downtownlongmont.com; cityoflafayette.com.
Virtual Colorado Bridal Show
Oct. 4 & Nov. 1: Wedding planning moves online during these two events, featuring show-only prices from vendors, a fashion show, giveaways and much more. Register for $5 at theexpopros.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.
Boulder Newcomers Club
The nonprofit BNC hosts monthly activities like hikes, book clubs, wine tastings, potlucks and game nights. All ages are welcome. bouldernewcomers.org.
Mountain MidLife Club
Nederland-based social club allows residents to socialize with other area couples and singles, and “midlife” is whatever age you wish it to be. Search Mountain MidLife Social Club on meetup.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 boulderbiketours.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; 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.
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 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; 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; banjobilly.com.
Tour the winery and sample the wines in the tasting room. Thursday-Sunday 1-6pm at 1501 Lee Hill Road #7. 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. 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. 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; scied.ucar.edu/visit.
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). 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 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. 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 bouldercountyopenspace.org.
Volunteers are needed on an ongoing basis for audience relations, fundraising, education and office management. 303-449-1343, ext. 104; 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 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; 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; 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 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; 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; greenwoodwildlife.org.
Humane Society of Boulder Valley
Volunteer information sessions are held regularly; see 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. 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 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; 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; 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; 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. 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. 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; 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; 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; voc.org.
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