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CALENDAR OF EVENTS

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By The Staff

FRIDAY

Bugs story time

Hear all about bugs and read “Snail’s Birthday Wish” by Fiona Rempt and Noelle Smit at 10 a.m. Friday and Saturday, May 16 and May 17, at Barnes & Noble, 8136 W. Bowles Ave. For our craft we will make bugs.

For information, call 303-948-9565.

SATURDAY

Cub Scout Pack 686 yard sale

Find a treasure or sell a treasure from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 17, at Lilley Gulch Recreation Center, 6147 S. Holland Way, Littleton. Cub Scout Pack 868’s will also be selling hotdogs, chips, pop and water. Donations of usable resale items will be accepted the day of the sale from 6 to 11 a.m. 100 percent of the proceeds will go to Pack 686 and are tax deductible. For information, call Maria at 303-972-3750.

Roxy Puppet Theater

Join the Roxy Puppet Players for wild and wacky tales of Roxborough wildlife at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 17, at Roxborough State Park, 4751 N. Roxborough Drive, Littleton. Perfect for ages 11 years and younger, accompanied by an adult. To register, call 303-973-3959.

See Bradford run,

see Bradford read

The teachers of Bradford Primary and Intermediate Schools will host a run/walk at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 17. Registration forms are available at either school office. The cost to participate is $25 for adults, $15 for children, or $60 for a family of four. Each entrant receives a T-shirt and a raffle ticket for the chance to win a hot-air balloon ride. You may also donate the registration fee and receive a T-shirt. The run is 5K and the family walk is one mile. Funds raised will go toward the purchase of new guided-reading materials for each grade level at both schools. The school is at located in the Ken-Caryl Valley, 2 Woodruff Drive, Littleton. For information, call 303-982-4882.

SUNDAY

Persee Place has glimpse of past

View the tools of ancients past from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, May 18, at Persse Place, in Roxborough State Park. There will be a table on the patio showcasing scrapers, grinders, arrowheads, and more. The artifacts on display are part of the Roxborough collection and offer a glimpse into the lives of those who preceded us into this magnificent environment. Roxborough State Park is located just South of Chatfield State Park. To find the calendar of events and times, call 303- 973-3959 or visit www

.parks.state.co.us and follow the link to Roxborough.

Arthritis Foundation walk

The Arthritis Foundation is seeking walkers to participate in the South Denver Metro Arthritis Walk Sunday, May 18, at Redstone Park in Highlands Ranch. The event features both a three-mile and one-mile course, with activities for the entire family. Participants walk in honor of a friend or family member with arthritis, while those with arthritis wear blue hats to signify their action in taking control of their condition. In many areas, pet owners are invited to bring their leashed dogs to walk with them at the event. To participate in the South Denver Metro Arthritis Walk, volunteer or to form a team, call the Arthritis Foundation at 303-756-8622 or visit www.HRArthritisWalk.kintera.org.

St. James String Quartet

Enjoy an evening of beautiful music and let your heart soar at 7 p.m. Sunday, May 18, at St James Presbyterian Church. The St. James String Quartet will play Brahms’ third quartet. This concert is free and open to the public. St. James Presbyterian Church is located at 3601 W. Belleview Ave., Littleton. Call 303-794-6851 or visit sjpres.org.

OTHER

Intro to wine and Social Security

Join the Jeffco Baby Boomer Wine Club at 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 21, at the 1st Bank building, 3500 S. Wadsworth (at Hampden third floor), for a guest speaker and a free basic wine class along with answers to pre-retirement SS questions. For reservations, call 720-716-3319.

Kiwanis blood drive

The Bonfils Memorial Blood Center, assisted by the Kiwanis Club of Columbine, will conduct a community blood drive from 1 to 6:30 p.m. Monday, June 2, at Columbine United Church, 6375 South Platte Canyon Road. Child care will be provided for the children of donors between 1 and 4:30 p.m. It is necessary for donors to make an appointment. Both previous and new donors may request an appointment time between 1 and 6:30 p.m. by calling Tom Fair at 303-808-6678.

AARP driver safety class

An AARP driver safety class will be conducted from 1 to 5 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, May 21-22, at the Columbine Public Library, 7706 W. Bowles Ave. The eight-hour course is a comprehensive classroom refresher course designed specifically for the maturing driver age 50 and over. Participants will also review the “rules of the road,” with an emphasis on defensive driving practices. Cost is $10 payable to AARP. Colorado seniors 55 and older upon completion of the course are eligible to receive an insurance premium discount. To register, call Floy at 303-674-0757.

CLASSES

Babysitting classes

Earn a babysitting certification from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 31 at a babysitting clinic for boys and girls 11 and older. For information, call 303-979-4070 or visit www.ken-carylranch.org.

DivorceCare seminar

DivorceCare is a weekly seminar and support group for people who are separated or divorced. Thirteen sessions cover anger, loneliness, depression, kid care, financial stability and more. Registration/check-in is 8:30 a.m. A $30 donation is requested to cover the cost of materials. A child-sensitive program called DivorceCare for Kids (DC4K) ages 5 to 12 will run concurrently with the adult program. Brunch, beverages and snacks provided. Following sessions are from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday evenings, through May 29. For information on DivorceCare, call Ken Dugger at 303-936-1712 or Lennie Jestice at 303-904-9930. Sponsored by The Rock of the Southwest.

Country swing classes

Classes are offered year round. Cost is $45 per person ($35 district rate) and class runs for four weeks. For information call 303.409.2612 or visit www.ifoothills.org.

Spanish classes

No knowledge of Spanish is required to take this course that will introduce you to the basics of Spanish pronunciation, vocabulary, idiomatic expressions and grammar. Class is taught using conversational style. Everyday lively dialogues will enable you to communicate in Spanish from the very first class. For information, call 303-409-2612 or visit www.ifoothills.org.

Fitness and wellness

Pick up a class schedule and take a tour of the Ken-Caryl fitness facility. For information, call 303-979-2233 or visit www.ken-carylranch.org.

Silver Sneakers

Silver Sneakers members and others are invited to new drop-in fitness classes at Buck Recreation Center, 2004 W. Powers Ave., from 11 to 11:55 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Classes help with mobility, balance, strength and flexibility. Other Silver Sneakers classes are held at 10 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday. No registration required. For information, call 303-730-4610.

Prevention seminars

Power Against Fraud seminars, including identity theft, telemarketing and Internet fraud, home improvement scams, mortgage and predatory lending, investment fraud and caregiver fraud, are available for churches, community centers and other groups in Jefferson and Gilpin counties. For information or to schedule a seminar, contact Cary Johnson at 303-271-6970 or call the fraud line at 303-271-6980.

Jefferson County

Workforce Center

The Jefferson County Workforce Center offers a variety of workshops including Job Search & Applications, Computers, the Internet, Resumes/Cover Letters and more. For information, contact Joni McDaniel, training and assessment administrator, at 303-271-4715 or visit www.jeffcoworkforce.org.

RELIGION

Colorado Hebrew Chorale

The Colorado Hebrew Chorale will sing popular songs from Israel and other Jewish family favorites from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday, May 18, at the Bemis Public Library, 6014 S. Datura Street, Littleton. This free program is sponsored by the Friends of the Littleton Library and Museum. For information call the Library at 303-795-3961 or visit www.coloradohebrewchorale.org.

Prayer vigil

Everyone is invited to participate in the 24-hour prayer vigil starting at 4 p.m. Friday, May 16, and concluding at 4 p.m. Saturday, May 17, at Heritage United Methodist Church, 7077 S. Simms St. Drop by to pray and enjoy quiet time for an hour or even just a few minutes in the sanctuary. A walking labyrinth will also be available. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For information, contact the Rev. Denise Bender at 303-979-8374 or visit

www.umheritage.com.

B’nai Chaim

B’nai Chaim, a reform Jewish congregation serving southwest metro Denver, will conduct Shabbat Services at 7:30 p.m. May 23 and May 30. All services will be held at Congregation B’nai Chaim, 4716 S. Coors Lane. An Oneg Shabbat will follow. All are welcome. For information, call 303-697-2668 or visit www.bnaichaim.org.

Crop-n-Craft night

If you enjoy crafting of any kind (knitting, crocheting, scrap-booking, stamping, quilting, needlework, etc.), Crop-n-Craft meets from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. the second Thursday every month at Foothills Bible Church, 6100 S. Devinney Way in the Bison I room. Bring your craft, a friend and join us for a time of encouragement, fellowship, and crafting fun. For information, contact Jan at 303-210-7420.

MOPS Bible study

Classes are on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month at Foothills Bible Church. Day MOPS is offering two studies, 9 to 11 a.m., and night MOPS is from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Child care is available. The church is at 6100 S. Devinney Way, at C-470 and Bowles Avenue. For information, call Debbie at 303-979-0685, ext. 800, or e-mail debberio@comcast.net, or visit www

.fbcfamilylife.org/adults/women/mops/studies.

Littleton Moms Group

Come out from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. every second and fourth Thursday to meet other moms and encourage each other and provide a fun and safe play time for kids. Moms are encouraged to bring a sack lunch for themselves and their kids. For information and directions, call Meredith at 720-985-8478. Sponsored by Ambassador Church, www.acdenver.com.

Inter-Faith Community Services seeks donations

The Inter-Faith Community Services needs food donations. Items needed are jelly, peanut butter, rice, pasta (such as ravioli), Hamburger Helper, cookies and snack items, instant potatoes, canned fruit, dry and canned milk, crackers, Jell-O and pudding mix, hot cereal, cake mix, juice and Kool-Aid. Personal care items are also needed. Items can be dropped off from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, and Tuesdays until 6 p.m., 3370 S. Irving St., Englewood. For information, call 303-789-0501.

Celebrate Recovery offers help

The group meets at 6:30 p.m. Monday’s at WaterStone Community Church, 5890 S. Alkire St. in Littleton, near C-470 and Bowles Avenue. Alcoholism, drug addiction, co-dependency, anger and eating disorders are all issues that seriously affect many people in the community. This program also helps those affected by sexual abuse and post-traumatic stress disorder. Celebrate Recovery is a Christ-centered recovery program for anyone with hurts, bad habits or hang-ups. For information, contact Linda or Mike at 303-972-2200, ext. 139.

Mom & Me play group

Come to the SHED Gym at Foothills Bible Church, 6100 S. Devinney Way, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. every Wednesday for an informal time to connect with other moms and a playtime opportunity for your children (kindergarten and younger). The SHED Café will be open for coffee. For information, call Elaine at 303-979-0685, ext. 308.

LIBRARIES

Libraries observe holiday

All Jefferson County Public Library locations will be closed Monday, May 26, in observance of Memorial Day.

Columbine Library

There will be no children’s story time sessions at the Columbine Library during May.

Help for small businesses

Free one-on-one consultations for prospective and existing small business owners are available from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Friday at the Columbine Library, 7706 W. Bowles Ave, Littleton. This is a service of South Metro Denver Small Business Development center (SBDC). Visit www.smallbusinessdenver.com/columbine. For other offerings and library locations, visit the Library home page, http://Jefferson.lib.co.us

Free business consulting

Are you starting a business and need some pointers? The South Metro Small Business Development Center offers free business consulting and free and low-cost workshops to residents and businesses in Jefferson County. Each Friday morning, consultants are available at Columbine Library, 7706 W. Bowles Ave., to offer free assistance to both start-up and established businesses. To schedule an appointment, visit http://smallbusinessdenver.com/columbine.

Recycled children’s books offered

Jefferson County Public Library offers used children’s books and materials that have been deleted from the library’s collection to Jefferson County nonprofit organizations. Materials may be picked up from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. the second Thursday of each month at the Jefferson County Public Library, 10200 W. 20th Ave. For information, call Mary Garcia at 303-275-2224.