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Geothermal Energy for Island Communities
A discussion titled Geothermal Energy for Island Communities will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 22, at NREL Education Center, 15013 Denver West Parkway, Golden. The event will be presented by Charlie Visser, principal geologist at Systems Engineering and Program Integration at NREL. For information, call 303-384-6565. Participants are welcome to bring a lunch to enjoy during the presentation. For information about upcoming events, visit www.nrel.gov/education_center/.
Regional business after-hours event at Bandimere Speedway
Area chambers of commerce will host a regional business after-hours event from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, May 23, at Bandimere Speedway. Cost is $15 for chamber members and $20 for non-members.
Library to host classes
Jefferson County Library will host a series of classes on the eTrain, the library's renovated bookmobile, from 10 a.m. to noon Fridays in May in the Columbine Library parking lot, 7706 W Bowles Ave., Littleton. The classes are as follows: May 17: Social Networking Basics; and May 24: Managing Digital Photos Online.
Roxborough State Park events
• A Sunrise Hike will be held at 5:30 a.m. Saturday, May 25, at Roxborough State Park. This event is a fund-raiser by Friends of Roxborough. Each group going out is led by a volunteer naturalist followed by a light continental breakfast. For more information on space availability or cost, call the park at 303-973-3959.
• Colorful Characters of the Pea Family: Hike will be held at 9 a.m Saturday, May 25, at Roxborough State Park. Join naturalist Courtney James for a hike on Willow Creek trail and meet some of the colorful characters of the pea family, which range from friendly and helpful to deadly poison. Reservations required. For more information or to register, call the park at 303-973-3959.
• Roxy Puppet Theater will be held at 10:30 a.m. May 25. Join the Puppet Players for fun, wild and wacky tales of Roxborough wildlife. Ages 8 and younger, accompanied by an adult. Registration required 24 hours in advance. Call to sign up.
Foothills Animal Shelter clinic
Foothills Animal Shelter will host a vaccine, licensing and microchip community clinics from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 25, at Wag N’ Wash Healthy Pet Center, 5066 S. Wadsworth Blvd. For more information, visit FoothillsAnimalShelter.org/Clinic.
'The Memory of Water'
Miners Alley Playhouse presents "The Memory of Water" through May 26. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 6 p.m. Sundays (2 p.m. on May 26). Miners Alley Playhouse is at 1224 Washington Ave., Golden. For information or tickets, call 303-935-3044 or visit www.minersalley.com.
Denver South Chapter of the Horror Writers Association to meet
The Denver South Chapter of the Horror Writers Association will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 28, at Columbine Library, 7706 W Bowles Ave., Littleton. This meeting is open to published or unpublished authors or graphic artists of dark fantasy and horror. The group meets evenings on the fourth Tuesday of the month. For information, contact chapter president Larry Bell at 303-330-1510 or e-mail email@example.com.
UPCOMING AND ONGOING
Mobile spay/neuter clinics
Foothills Animal Shelter will offer its mobile spay/neuter clinics in May and June throughout Jefferson County. Check-in time is 7:30 a.m. Surgery space is limited and is on a first-come, first-served basis. No appointment is needed. Pets will go home the same day. Pet owners should pick up their pet between 3 and 4 p.m. Pricing is $20 for cats and $60 for dogs (cash/credit card only). Vaccinations, microchips and licenses can also be purchased for additional fees. For more information or locations, visit www.FoothillsAnimalShelter.org/Clinic.
Sheriff’s Office Youth Academy starting in June
The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office is accepting applications for the 2013 Youth Academy. This free academy is for young people between the ages of 14 and 20, and offers them a peek inside their local law enforcement agency. The academy will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. June 3-7 at the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, 200 Jefferson County Parkway, Golden. To apply, visit http://bit.ly/XRp1j2. For more information, contact Deputy Michelle Lucero at 303-435-5477.
Jeffco Public Health offers video clinics
Jefferson County Public Health is offering a new video series to educate residents about reproductive health issues including birth control, sexually transmitted infections/diseases and optimal spacing of children along with other topics. Every month, a JCPH family planning registered nurse, Melanie Rogers, will talk about different family planning topics. Sex Ed with Mel in 30 Minutes or Less is an educational monthly video series that can be accessed on the JCPH website at http://jeffco.us/health/health_T111_R122.htm.
Community blood drive
The Bonfils Blood Center, assisted by the Kiwanis Club of Columbine, will host a community blood drive from 1 to 6:30 p.m. Monday, June 3, at Columbine United Church, 6375 S. Platte Canyon Road. Child care will be provided between 1 and 4:30 p.m. for the children of donors. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 303-363-2300 or visit www.bonfils.org (reference Group Number 0572).
Sales/use tax workshops in Centennial
The Colorado Department of Revenue offers free tax workshops on sales and use tax laws in Colorado. The workshops include information on many common sales and use tax topics, including but not limited to the liabilities businesses face when they are not in compliance with Colorado laws. Colorado Law – Sales/Use Tax Part I will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, June 5, in Centennial. Due to limited seating, pre-registration is required. For information, visit www.TaxSeminars.state.co.us. Sales/Use Tax – Part II will be offered from 1 to 4 p.m. Thursday, June 13.
Stony Creek HOA neighborhood garage sale
The Stony Creek HOA neighborhood garage sale will be held at 9 a.m. Friday, June 7. Items for sale include clothes, furniture, sporting goods, toys and more.
Molly-Dharma Run to benefit IMHS
The Inter-Mountain Humane Society in Pine will be the recipient of proceeds from the Molly-Dharma Run on Sunday, June 9. The run for motorcyclists will start at the Platte River Bar and Grill, 5995 S. Santa Fe Drive in Littleton and end at the Thunderbird Road House, 9701 W. 44th Ave. in Wheat Ridge. Registration starts at 9 a.m. Cost is $20 for a single rider or $25 for two on a single cycle. For more information, visit molly/dharmarun.org.
Weekly farmer's markets
• A farmers market is open each Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. or sellout at Southwest Plaza.
• A farmers market is open each Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. or sellout in Aspen Grove, 7301 S. Santa Fe Drive, Littleton. The market starts June 12.
Leann Rimes to perform at Battle of the Bands
Country star Leann Rimes will perform at the third annual Rocky Mountain Music Festival on Aug. 11 at the Clement Park Amphitheater. Doors open at 11 a.m. Early-bird tickets are on sale at www.thermmf.com.
WOW Networking Group (Wonderful Opportunities for Women) meets from 8 to 10 a.m. twice a month. The group meets the first Thursday of the month at IHOP, 12634 W. Indore (off West Ken Caryl Avenue); and the third Thursday at the gas station at Evergreen South Café, 7071 Highway 73 (at North Turkey Creek), Evergreen. The group is open to all women in business. For more information, contact Denise at 720-924-0885, or Jo Ann at 303-670-1028.
GriefShare, a weekly seminar/support group for people grieving the death of someone close, will meet every Tuesday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at The Rock of Southwest, 10393 W. Alamo Place, Littleton. For more information, contact Vicki at 303-881-3555 or Dennis at 303-549-2675.
Write ON! meets monthly
Write ON! meets monthly from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for lunch, laughs and inspiration for writers of all levels. Join for support and friendship. No fees, and open to anyone who writes or looking for that extra push. Ideal for stay-at-home moms and dads. For location, call Jan at 303-716-3346.
Help with transportation resources
The Denver Regional Mobility and Access Council’s (DRMAC) Transportation Information and Assistance Center offers free phone consultations to help metro area residents identify transportation resources. Find the ride that is right for you. A resource specialist will help determine what your specific transportation needs are and connect you to appropriate transportation resources. Call 303-243-3113. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Middle school sports program
Foothills Park & Recreation District hosts an after-school sports program at Deer Creek, Falcon Bluffs, Ken Caryl and Summit Ridge middle schools. Goals include skill development, equal participation of team members in practice and league play, fair play and sportsmanship. For more information, call 303-409-2613 or visit www.ifoothills.org/prog_sports_mssp.asp.
Little Fledglings Preschool Nature Hour
Little Fledglings Preschool Nature Hour will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. the first and third Wednesday of every month at the Audubon Center at Chatfield State Park. Children ages 3-6 (and parent/guardians, too) will discover wildlife and the natural world through themed stories, crafts and activities each month. Cost for members is $5 per child and their adult, and $2 each additional child. Cost for non-member is $8 per child and their adult, and $4 each additional child. Registration required. For information or to register, call 303-973-9530, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.denveraudubon.org.
Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Group meets monthly in Evergreen
Mt. Evans Home Health & Hospice, in cooperation with the Alzheimer’s Association, offers a support group for caregivers, family and friends of people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias on the third Monday of every month from 4:30 to 6 p.m. The free program is designed to help caregivers cope with emotional and practical aspects of the disease. This group offers participants an opportunity to learn more about Alzheimer’s and provides a link to other caregivers and community resources. The group meets at the Mt. Evans offices at 3081 Bergen Peak Drive (just south of Lewis Ridge Road off Evergreen Parkway). For information, call Barb at 303-674-6400.
Hiwan seeks volunteers
Hiwan Homestead Museum in Evergreen is seeking tour guides, receptionists and school aides to help meet, greet, and inform visitors. If you are interested in volunteering, contact the Museum Administrator John Steinle at 720-497-7650 or email@example.com.
Golden seen through photography
A 360-degree panoramic view of Golden will be part of a photography exhibit on display at the Golden History Center, 923 10th St. The Golden History Center is open from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, and from noon to 4:30 p.m. Sunday Admission is $3, and kids 5 and younger are free. Golden History Museums members are free. For more information, call 303-278-3557, or visit www.GoldenHistory.org.
Mobile food pantry
Food Bank of the Rockies provides food assistance to community members from 9 to 11 a.m. the third Saturday of every month at Light of the World Church, 10306 W. Bowles Ave., Littleton. No qualifications, membership fee or eligibility forms to complete; products are distributed to anyone seeking extra food assistance (self-declaration of need); please bring bags, a sturdy box or basket to transport products home; distribution is on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Quilt makers seek members
The Littleton Scraps to Treasure group is looking for new members to help the group make quilts for those in need in the community. The group meets at WaterStone Community Church, 5890 S. Alkire St., Littleton. The group meets the first Saturday of every month. For information, contact Ginny at 303-933-3868.
Colorado State Parks’ lifetime pass for seniors available
Colorado State Parks is selling the new Aspen Leaf Lifetime Senior Pass for $175, and it will be valid for the lifetime of the purchaser. The pass will be available to Colorado residents age 64 and older. It will be sold at all Colorado State Parks, the Colorado State Parks Denver office, the Littleton office among others. For a complete list of retail outlets, visit http://parks.state.co.us/ParksPasses.
Adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse
WINGS provides therapist-facilitated peer support groups in which survivors are believed, accepted and no longer alone. There are four groups meeting in Lakewood, a group on Monday evening, Thursday afternoon and Thursday evening for women, and a Wednesday evening group for men. For more information, contact the WINGS office at 303-238-8660 or visit www.wingsfound.org,
La Leche League Columbine Group Meeting
Come get breastfeeding help or just hang out with other like-minded moms in a friendly and supportive environment. This is the only Saturday La Leche League meeting in the Denver area. We meet the fourth Saturday of every month from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at Columbine Unitarian Universalist Church, 6724 S. Webster St., Littleton. For more information, call 1-877-4-LALECHE.
SW Jeffco Camera Club
The SW Jeffco Camera Club meets at 6:30 p.m. on the second Thursday of the month at Abiding Hope Lutheran Church, 6337 S. Robb Way (at West Coal Mine Avenue and South Simms Street). Learn photo techniques and tips. Visitors are always welcome.
Mental health support group
A free mental health support group in southeast Jefferson County for adults who have a mental illness meets from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays at the Columbine Unitarian Universalist Church, 6724 S. Webster St. on the corner of West Coal Mine Avenue and South Webster Street. This is a place that offers confidentiality, respect, understanding, encouragement and hope. To contact the trained volunteer facilitators for this group, call Don at 720-301-8138 or e-mail dmcclearyjr1966@aol,com, or Kathy at 303-295-1187 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Help for overweight children
Learn about the dangers of childhood obesity at a meeting for parents only. Learn how to help your child develop better eating habits and how to combat other issues leading to weight problems for kids. The 45-minute session will be at 6:15 p.m. Tuesdays at DOT Weight Loss, 6730 S. Pierce St (King Soopers center at West Coal Mine Avenue and South Pierce Street). Seating is limited, so reserve your spot for the free session by calling 303-972-0570, or visit www.dotweightloss.net.
Puppy preschool and basic dog obedience training
Classes are held at the Dakota Lodge on Tuesday evenings. To preregister or if you have questions, call Diane at 303-638-8062 or e-mail at email@example.com.
Jeffco Library expands high-tech offerings
Jefferson County Public Library has expanded its collection. New high-tech offerings include: Playaways (portable audiobooks), downloadable eBooks and downloadable audiobooks for children, young adults and adults. Playaway audio devices are now available for checkout. To access these and other downloadable resources, visit JCPL’s Download Center at http://jeffcolibrary.org/downloadcenter.html.
Weight-loss classes for Christian women
Weight-loss classes for Christian women are being offered. Receive nutrition advice and support in a friendly atmosphere. For more information, contact A More Excellent Way at 303-979-8790.
Middle School Leadership Corps
Calling all students entering sixth to eighth grade. Meet new friends, develop leadership skills and have fun while helping out in the community. For more information, visit www.ken-carylranch.org or contact Melissa at 303-979-4070.
Collegiate Academy of Colorado offers fencing
Collegiate Academy of Colorado has added fencing to its extracurricular programs. Participants, grades 3-8, have the opportunity to learn basic, intermediate and advanced fencing techniques. Those students completing the advanced program will be invited to join the Fencing Academy of Denver to begin training for national and international tournaments. Collegiate Academy, 8420 South Sangre de Cristo Road, is a Jefferson County charter school.
Cat food drive
The Cat Care Society is holding a cat food drive for Nibbles & Kibbles, the shelter’s food bank. The food bank provides emergency supplies of pet food to clients of local food banks. Clients must be affiliated with regular food banks in Jefferson County where they can obtain the Nibbles & Kibbles vouchers. Dry and canned cat food and litter may be dropped off at the shelter at 5787 West 6th Ave. in Lakewood approximately a half-mile west of Sheridan Boulevard on the 6th Avenue Frontage Road from noon to 5:30 p.m. For more information, contact Jane Dorsey at 303-239-9680, ext. 16, or Abbi Collins at 303-239-9680, ext. 12, or visit www.catcaresociety.org.
Quiltmaking for the needy
Quilt makers are invited to cut fabric and sew quilts for those in need. The group meets the first Saturday of month from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Waterstone Church, 5890 S. Alkire St. Bring your sewing machine and a lunch for a fun and rewarding time. For more information, call Ginny at 303-933-3868.
Library blog for teens
Teens looking for something new to do online can hear about great new books and programs at JCPL Teens, a new blog written just for teens by the Jefferson County Public Library. The blog, created and updated by JCPL’s team of teen librarians, will inform teens of library programs and events, discuss new and upcoming teen books, offer blog-only contests and polls and more. Visit the teen blog at www.jeffcolibrary.org/teenblog.
Looking for a job?
The Jefferson County Workforce Center offers a variety of workshops, including job search and applications, computers, the Internet, resumes/cover letters and more. For information, call Linda Sollars at 303-271-4715 or visit www.jeffcoworkforce.org.
Ken-Caryl Ranch tennis challenge ladder
Join a ladder and start playing at any time. The ladders are for adults of any age whose tennis abilities are between NTRP of 2.5 and 5.0. For more information, contact Judy at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.ken-carylranch.org.
Community Bible study
A Community Bible Study will meet weekly from 9:15 to 11:15 a.m. Thursdays at Lookout Mountain Community Church. Community Bible Study is a non-denominational study geared for all levels of bible knowledge. Join at any time. There is nursery care, pre-school Bible classes and a curriculum for home-schooled children. If you have questions or to preregister, call Karen Sells at 303-670-8959.
The Mission meets Tuesdays
The Mission meets Tuesday nights over the summer for meals, Bible discussions and meeting others. Call Michael at 720-833-1334 for directions. Or visit www.TheMissionCEEC.weebly.com.
Hosanna Lutheran Church hosts Sunday school from 9:15 to 10:15 a.m. for kids in preschool through high school. Classes are held at the church at 10304 W. Belleview Ave., Littleton. For information, call 303-973-1706.
Olam Fellowship is a new congregation searching out the Hebrew roots of Christianity. We meet in the Family Foundations facility, 5935 S. Zang St., No. 200 (near C-470 and Bowles). Join us at 7 p.m. Fridays and welcome in the biblical Sabbath. There are contemporary worship, children's classes and nursery care.
The Neighborhood Church
The Neighborhood Church, a community of people who take seriously Jesus’ words to love God and love their neighbor, now meets at 10 a.m. Sundays at Three Trees Wedding Chapel, 13416 W. Arbor Place. For information, call 303-523-4813 or visit www.myneighborhoodchurch.org.
Mom and Me Play Group
Join Foothills Bible Church at the SHED for a play group from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. every Wednesday. This is an informal time for you to connect with other moms and for kids kindergarten age and younger to play. The Café will be open for coffee. For more information, call 303-979-0685, ext. 801.
Scrapbooking and card making
Create a scrapbook or make cards at Ken Caryl Baptist Church. Bring your own supplies, or materials will be supplied for you if you are a beginner. We meet from noon to 4 p.m. the third Saturday of every month. For information and directions, call 303-973-1700.
Littleton Moms Group
Come out from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. every second and fourth Thursday to meet other moms, encourage each other, and provide a fun and safe playtime 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.
Celebrate Recovery offers help
The group meets at 6:30 p.m. Mondays at WaterStone Community Church, 5890 S. Alkire St. 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.
The Mission, a spirit-filled, missional and Anglican Bible study, is offered Tuesday nights. Dinner is provided. We generally gather at 5:30 p.m. for dinner with class starting at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call 720-833-1334 or visit http://themissionceec.weebly.com.