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THURSDAY

Community blood drive

Bonfils Blood Center will host a community blood drive from 1 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 24, at St. Francis Cabrini parish, 6673 W. Chatfield Ave., Littleton. For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact Bonfils at 303-363-2300 or visit bonfils.org.

 

SATURDAY

Explore habitats at Chatfield State Park

Join volunteer naturalist and bird expert Joey Kellner in exploring various habitats inside Chatfield State Park on a 1- to 3-mile hike from 7 to 11 a.m. May 26. Meet at the Platte River parking lot on the east side of the South Platte River near the concrete restrooms. The event is free. For more information, visit www.denveraudubon.org.

 

TUESDAY

Instrument petting zoo

Celebrate the kickoff of the Bemis Public Library's annual Summer Reading Program, “Libraries Rock!” at its instrument petting zoo presented by Swallow Hill Music on Tuesday, May 29, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The entire family can try out ukuleles, hand drums, guitars, mandolins, banjos, fiddles, mini-pianos, and more.

 

UPCOMING AND ONGOING

Quilt group looking for new members

Scraps-to-Treasure Quilt Group makes quilts for folks in the community in need. Experienced quilt-makers are welcome. The group meets the first Saturday of each month at WaterStone Community Church, 5890 S. Alkire St., Littleton, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, call Ginny at 303-489-5933.

 

Community garden planting party

Bemis Public Library will host a community garden planting party from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, June 1, at the library, 6014 S. Datura St., Littleton. Learn about gardening from Master Gardeners. For more information, call 303-795-3961.

 

Fishing at Bear Creek Lake State Park

Licenses are not required to fish the first weekend in June at Bear Creek Lake State Park, 15600 Morrison Road, Lakewood. Join park staff at a child-geared program to learn fishing basics. For more information, visit www.lakewood.org/BCLPEvents.

 

Kilted Man to perform

The Kilted Man musical performance for Celtic and Irish music will be from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 5, at Bemis Public Library, 6014 S. Datura St., Littleton. For more information, call 303-795-3961.

 

Moors and McCumber to perform

Moors and McCumber will perform from 7 to 8:30 p.m.Thursday, June 7, at the Grant Family Amphitheater at Clement Park, 7306 W. Bowles Ave. For more information, visit www.ifoothills.org/concerts.

 

Dakota Ridge High School youth volleyball camps

Dakota Ridge High School will offer the following youth volleyball camps this summer in the school gymnasium. Contact Coach Nikki Kneuer at drhsyouthvolleyball@gmail.com with any questions:

• Youth Slammers for fifth- and sixth-graders from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. June 11-14. Cost is $75.

• Little Spikers for fourth-graders from noon to 2 p.m. June 11-14. Cost is $75.

• Future Eagles for seventh- and eighth-graders from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Aug. 6-9. Cost is $75.

 

Senior Law Day

The eighth annual Senior Law Day will be on June 2 at the Jefferson County courthouse from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., offering 24 breakout sessions with information for seniors and their adult children who may be facing challenges with aging parents. Cost is $10, and includes breakfast, snack, lunch and the Colorado Bar Senior Handbook.

 

Let’s Go Fishing

Let’s go fishing from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 2, at Bear Creek Lake Park, 15600 W. Morrison Road, Lakewood. Families can discover the basics of fishing at this child-focused program. Fishing licenses are not required. A park pass is required. Register at Lakewood.org/BCLPEvents.

 

Summer Camp: Naturalist I

Bear Creek Lake State Park will offer Summer Camp: Naturalist I from 9 a.m. to noon Fridays, June 15 to July 27. The program for children ages 10 to 13 will explore the natural world through activities like hiking, wildlife viewing, team building, swimming and more. Cost is $80, and the park entrance fee is waived. For more information and to register, visit Lakewood.org/Camps.

 

Kids can learn about bear cubs

Young children are invited to explore their natural environment through stories, songs and interactive programs from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday, June 21, at Bear Creek Lake State Park. Learn about the summer solstice. The program is for children ages 3 to 5 with an adult, and cost is $5 per child. A park pass is required. For more information and to register, visit Lakewood.org/Camps.

 

‘Spectrum’ at ACC

Arapahoe Community College will host its annual Workforce & Community Programs Student & Instructor Art Exhibition through June 21 at the  Colorado Gallery of the Arts at ACC. The 2018 show is entitled “Spectrum.” A closing reception will be held on Thursday, June 21, from 5 to 7 p m. The gallery is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, e-mail eppuffin@mac.com or call 303-797-5722.

 

Campfire programs

Bear Creek Lake State Park will offer campfire programs from 8 to 10 p.m. Saturday, June 16, and from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturdays, June 23 to Aug. 11. Roast marshmallows around the campfire and learn about a different nature topic each night, such as the night sky, owls, bats and more.

The free programs are for all ages, and a park pass is required. For more information and to register, visit Lakewood.org/Camps.

 

VBS at Heritage United Methodist Church

Heritage United Methodist Church, 7077 S. Simms St., Littleton will host vacation Bible school July 16-20. Experience the ride of a lifetime with God at the 2018 Rolling River Rampage VBS from 9 a.m. to noon July 16-20. Children ages 3 years through fifth grade are invited. Cost is $30. Download a registration form at www.HeritageUMC.church or call the office staff for more information at 303-979-8374.

 

One-mile run

The Littleton Coyotes, a local youth running club, is sponsoring a one-mile family race on July 21 in Littleton Village. The youth race for those 18 and younger begins at 8 a.m. and costs $25. The adult race begins at 8:20 a.m. and costs $25. For more information and to register, visit https://runsignup.com/Race/CO/Littleton/ColoradoCoyotesOneMileRace.

 

Walk for Children with Apraxia of Speech

The Walk for Children with Apraxia of Speech will begin at 9 a.m. Aug. 4 at Clement Park pavilions 4, 5 and 6. There will be Littleton Fire Department fire trucks, entertainment and face painting. For more information or to participate, visit community.apraxia-kids.org/site/TR?fr_id=2765&pg=entry.

 

Gold Crown volleyball tryouts

Dakota Ridge High School’s Gold Crown volleyball team tryouts will be from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Aug. 20 in the school gymnasium. The program is for fifth- through eighth-graders. Cost is $50. Contact Coach Nikki Kneuer at drhsyouthvolleyball@gmail.com with any questions. A parents/players meeting will be at 7 p.m. Aug. 22 , and practices begin Aug. 27.

 

Gold Crown volleyball tryouts

Dakota Ridge High School’s Gold Crown volleyball team tryouts will be from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Aug. 20 in the school gymnasium. The program is for fifth- through eighth-graders. Cost is $50. Contact Coach Nikki Kneuer at drhsyouthvolleyball@gmail.com with any questions. A parents/players meeting will be at 7 p.m. Aug. 22 , and practices begin Aug. 27.

 

Columbine Ladies Club seeks new members

The Columbine Ladies Club is looking for new members. It plays mahjongg on the first and fifth Mondays; on the second, third and fourth Mondays, members play pinochle and canasta. Luncheons are held each month at local restaurants. Social events are held throughout the year; husbands or friends are welcome to attend luncheons and social events.  Call Rose Baluha at 720-223-5851 for more information.

 

Southwest Jeffco Invisible Illness Support Group meeting

A support group for those suffering invisible illnesses such as lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, lyme disease and others meets monthly to support each other, hear one another's stories, find empathy from those who've walked a similar path, offer encouragement and share the wisdom we've accrued from living with a chronic invisible illness. R.S.V.P. to SpooniesTogether@gmail.com.

 

Columbine Communicators Toastmasters to meet

Columbine Communicators Toastmasters meets on the first and third Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Jefferson County Sheriff Station, 11139 Bradford St., Littleton.  

 

Radical Referrals Group to meet

The Lakewood Radical Referrals Group meets on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month at Old Chicago, 3550 S. Wadsworth Blvd., from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. For more information, contact Colleen Renner at travelbycolleen@comcast.net.

 

Affordable veterinarian clinics

Foothills Animal Shelter offers affordable vaccine, license and microchip clinics to help pet owners keep their pets healthy from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Fridays and from 2 to 4 p.m. the first Saturday of the month at the shelter, 580 McIntyre St., Golden. For more information, visit www.FoothillsAnimalShelter.org.

 

ACC offers SilverSneakers Fitness and Silver&Fit

The Arapahoe Community College Fitness Center offers the SilverSneakers Fitness and Silver&Fit programs for seniors.  For more information about health and fitness options at ACC, call 303-797-5850.

 

Register for community education courses at ACC

Register for upcoming community education courses at Arapahoe Community College. Choose from a variety of classes, including photography, college funding, foreign language (including job-specific Spanish), home and garden, personal finance and more. Visit www.arapahoe.edu/communityED or contact community.ed@arapahoe.edu at 303-797-5722.

 

Senior lunch, blood pressure checks

Free senior lunch and blood pressure checks are offered every Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Summit Adult Day and Wellness Center, 9032 W.  Ken Caryl Ave., Littleton. For more information, call Michelle at 303-324-0834.

 

Latte Love coffee shop

The Stepping Stone Support Center, 9700 Old Coal Mine Ave., Littleton, sponsors a Latte Love coffee shop from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Thursdays at the center inside Columbine Hills Church of the Nazarene. The coffee shop is run by center participants. For more information, contact bryn@steppingstonesupportcenter.com or call 720-839-4626.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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 lsholten@jeffco.us. 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.

 

Computer classes

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.

 

Ask-an-Attorney clinics

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 annette@relationalrenaissance.com.

 

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 herb@dreomc.com or call 303-763-7334 or Pam Toyen at ptoyen7@hotmail.com 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 info@denveraudubon.org 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.