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Congregation B'nai Chaim, a Reform Jewish Synagogue in Southwest Metro Denver, will celebrate Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights, on Friday, Dec. 19. The festivities begin at 6 p.m. with a Latke Bar featuring potato pancakes and sufganiyot. At 7 p.m., a short Shabbat service will begin. See www.bnaichaim.org for more information or call 303-697-2668.
Breakfast with Santa
Breakfast with Santa will be from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, at Peak Community & Wellness Center, 6612 S. Ward St., Littleton. Join Santa for breakfast, holiday music and more. Bring your camera for pictures with Santa. Fee is $10 per person or $7 for in-district residents. Parents should accompany children to the event. Pre-registration is required. For more information, call 303-409-2127.
Skate with Santa
Skate with Santa from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21, at Edge Ice Arena, 6623 S. Ward St., Littleton. Public skate admission applies. Skate rental is free with a new toy item in its original package that will be donated to the Jeffco Sheriff's Office Toy Drive. For more information, call 303-409-2222.
UPCOMING AND ONGOING
Collegiate Academy open house
Collegiate Academy, a core knowledge-based public K-12 charter school, will host an open house from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 8, at 8420 S. Sangre de Cristo Rd, Littleton. Child care will be provided. For more information, contact Pamela Roberts at 303-974-7433.
Ken-Caryl Art Guild opens exhibit
Members of the Ken-Caryl Art Guild responded to a call to express the beat of life in painting, fabric, photography and sculpture, and the results, featuring more than 70 works, will be on display Jan. 16 through Feb. 6 at Valkarie Gallery, 445 S. Saulsbury St. in the Belmar Shopping Center in Lakewood. Opening reception will be Friday, Jan. 16, from 6 to 9 p.m. For more info, visit kencarylartguild.org.
Bible study for seniors
A senior bible study called "Better Together" looking at Ephesians 4:12 will be at 11 a.m. Thursdays at Colorado Assisted Living, 7456 S. Kendall Blvd., Littleton. For more information, contact Michelle at 303-324-0834.
Voices West presents "Carols by Candlelight" at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 21 at St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church, 1401 E. Dry Creek Road, Centennial. Adult tickets are $18, seniors and students are $15, and kids 12 and under are free, and may be purchased at voiceswest.org/th_event/carols-by-candlelight-Saturday.
Christmas Eve service
Bridgeway Community Church will hold a Christmas Eve service at 4 p.m. Dec. 24 at the Performing Arts Center at Front Range Christian School, 6657 W Ottawa Ave, Littleton. For more information, call 720-258-6264 or visit www.bridgewaylittleton.org.
• Bonfils Bloodmobile will be at the Whole Foods at 5155 S. Wadsworth Blvd., Littleton, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, Dec. 29. For more information, or to schedule an appointment, contact Bonfils appointment center at 303-363-2300 or visit www.bonfils.org.
• Bonfils Bloodmobile will be at Columbine Library, 7706 W. Bowles Ave., from noon to 4 p.m. on Dec. 31. For more information, or to schedule an appointment, contact Bonfils appointment center at 303-363-2300 or visit www.bonfils.org.
Children’s re-launch party
Foothills Fellowship Church, 9179 W. Weaver Drive, Littleton, will have a children’s ministry re-launch party at 4 p.m. Jan. 3 with pizza, cookies, games, arts and crafts and a bouncy house. Parents can check out what the church has to offer your child.
Kindergarten information night
Ute Meadows Elementary School will host kindergarten information night at 7 p.m. Jan. 14 at the school, 11050 W. Meadows Drive, Littleton. For more information, contact Angela Goodman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
South Jeffco Rotary to meet
The South Jeffco Rotary Club meets at 7:15 a.m. Fridays at Fox Hollow Golf Course, 13410 W. Morrison Road, Lakewood. For more information, call Bruce at 303-919-3741.
B’nai Chaim’s Sunday school
Sunday school has begun at B’nai Chaim, 4716 S. Coors Lane. Morrison. Sunday school for children in preschool through seventh grade runs from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., and Hebrew school for fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders is from noon to 1 p.m. For more information, visit www.bnaichaim.org.
MOPS at The Rock Church
MOPS (Moms of Preschoolers) will meet from 9 to 11:30 a.m. the first and third Fridays of the month at The Rock Church, 10393 W. Alamo Place, Littleton. For more information, visit www.mops.org or call Janet Clark at 303-514-7287.
Foothills’ batting cages open
Foothills Park & Recreation District’s batting cages at Clement Park, 7306 W. Bowles Ave., Littleton, and Schaefer Athletic Complex, 9750 W. Hampden Ave., Denver, have opened, weather permitting. Pitching machines range from slow-pitch to fast-pitch for softball and baseball with speeds of 45 to 80 mph. Spring hours of operation will be Monday-Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more information or fees, contact 303-409-2444 or visit www.ifoothills.org.
4-H Dog Project recruiting
The Jefferson County 4-H Dog Project is recruiting youths ages 8 to 18 who are interested in learning more about dog care, obedience, training, rally and showmanship. Some agility training is thrown in for fun. Youth who are currently enrolled in 4-H can join the Dog Project for no additional cost. One group currently meets in the Conifer area, and another is being established at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds in Golden. For more information, visit www.extension.colostate.edu/jefferson/4h/4h.shtml or contact Lisa Sholten at 303-271-6620 or email@example.com. The registration fee is $40 and can be paid online at http://jeffco.us/csucamp/4hindex.jsp.
Caregiver support walk
Caregiver support walk and talk Thursdays are at 9 a.m. at Clement Park. Join others caring for elderly loved ones with dementia or other issues. Enjoy a break as we walk around lake for support, advice and relaxation. Call Michelle 303-324-0834 for details. Sponsored by Colorado Assisted Living Homes and Summit adult day center.
Monthly food bank
Feeding America and the Food Bank of the Rockies will offered a series of food banks on the third Saturday of the month through the winter in the parking lot at Light of the World Roman Catholic Church, 10316 W. Bowles Ave., Littleton. This month, the food bank is on Saturday, July 19. Food give-aways are held from 9 a.m. until the food is gone (around 10:30 a.m.). There are no restrictions on this food give-away. Some may qualify for extra food if he or she shows a current Jefferson County ID and qualify for the federal TEFAP program. Upcoming dates are Saturdays, April 19, May 17 and June 21.
Free one-on-one computer classes, including computer basics, Internet basics or eBook clinic, are available by appointment only at Columbine Library, 7706 W. Bowles Ave., Littleton. To schedule an appointment, call 303-235-5275.
The First Judicial District will offer an Ask-an-Attorney clinic to self-represented litigants on the first Thursday of every month from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the Jury Assembly Room, 100 Jefferson County Parkway, Golden. Appointments may be scheduled, and walk-ins are welcome on a first-come, first-served basis. Each month, a family law attorney will be available; an attorney who can answer questions regarding other civil matters will be available every second month. Participating attorneys will appear via Internet video chat technology. For more information, or to schedule an appointment, contact April Bernard or Brigitte Smith at 303-271-6570, or visit http://www.courts.state.co.us/Courts/County/Custom.cfm?County_ID=2&Page_ID=426.
Jeffco Schools open enrollment
The second round of Jeffco Public Schools' choice enrollment for the 2014-15 school year is open through Friday, Aug. 30. Any student in Colorado may enroll in any Jeffco school that has classroom space. To access a choice enrollment form, visit http://www.jeffcopublicschools.org/enrollment/.
Therapeutic support group to meet
The Anxiety, Depression, and Bipolar Therapeutic Support Group meets at 1 p.m. Wednesdays in downtown Littleton. The meetings offer a counselor-led, cost-effective way to receive therapeutic support and feedback, to learn and share ways to better manage and reduce symptoms, and to heal and improve. Cost is $10 per person per meeting. For more information or to R.S.V.P., contact Annette at 303-709-7834 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Creative Writers Club to meet
The Creative Writers Club of Colorado meets every third Tuesday from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Olive Garden, 5380 S. Wadsworth Blvd., Littleton. For more information, call Chris Pikora at 303-948-5928.
Genealogy assistance available
Free local genealogy help is available at the Columbine Family History Center at 6705 S. Webster St. inside the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints meetinghouse. Services include free access to such subscription sites as Ancestry.com, Fold3, the Swedish online ArkivDigital, the LDS Family Search databases and many others. Rental of microfilm from the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City and personal assistance from staff is always available. The center is open from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursdays and from 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays. For more information, call the library staff at 303-973-3727.
Columbine Communicators Toastmasters meets
Columbine Communicators Toastmasters meets the first and third Tuesday of the month from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Station, 11139 Bradford St., Littleton. For information, contact Herb Dreo at email@example.com or call 303-763-7334 or Pam Toyen at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 303-570-8606. More information can be found at columbine.toastmastersclubs.org.
Family-planning clinic offering walk-in hours
The Family Planning Clinic at Jefferson County Public Health is now offering walk-in hours to clients at its Lakewood location; 260 S. Kipling St. Walk-in hours will be from 1 to 3:30 p.m. every Wednesday and Friday afternoon. Clinic check-in time will begin at 12:30 p.m. Clients will be seen on a first-come, first-served basis with no guarantee of being seen that day depending on demand. Clients may be seen for the following important reproductive health services during walk-in hours: Birth control (IUDs and Nexplanons cannot be placed on the same day), pregnancy testing, emergency contraceptive and sexually transmitted infection testing. For more information, visit http://jeffco.us/public-health/ and click on “Healthy Families.”
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.
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 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.
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 email@example.com or visit www.denveraudubon.org.
Foothills Animal Shelter hosts low-cost clinics
Foothills Animal Shelter provides low-cost vaccine, microchip and license clinics to pet owners who may be struggling financially. Weekly clinics are held from 3 to 4 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays at Foothills Animal Shelter, 580 McIntyre St., Golden. For more information, visit www.FoothillsAnimalShelter.org/Clinic.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 Parks and Wildlife is selling the Aspen Leaf Lifetime Senior Pass for $300, 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://cpw.state.co.us/buyapply/Pages/ParksPassInfo.aspx.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 S. 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 email@example.com 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.