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This Week in Longmont - June 12, 2020

Post Date:06/12/2020 9:54 AM

Recreation Center and Centennial Pool to Open June 15
Longmont Recreation will be welcoming patrons back to the Longmont Recreation Center and Centennial Pool on Monday, June 15, 2020 on a reservation-only basis. The City of Longmont Recreation is allowed to reopen facilities as outlined in the Governor’s Safer-at-Home amendments presented last week and in consultation with Boulder County Public Health (BCPH).  As with other facilities, guests will be asked to follow the general COVID-19 best practices, including wearing a face covering and maintaining social distance. Read the news release.

Summer Brings New Electric Rates
It’s beginning to be fan and air-conditioning season – the time when Longmont homes and businesses have their highest electric demand. That means it’s also time for new summer electric rates from Longmont Power & Communications to help cover the added cost of that power and encourage energy efficiency. The summer rates, which remain among the lowest in Colorado, will appear on utility bills from July through October. Find more rate information at bit.ly/LPC-Rates under “Residential Rates” and “Commercial Rates.” For simple ways to save on your energy expenses, check out EfficiencyWorksStore.com, where you can find rebates on smart thermostats, LED light bulbs and more. 

Longmont Museum Virtual Concert Series
The Museum’s annual Summer Concert Series will be livestreamed to Facebook from the Museum’s Stewart Auditorium this year. Performers are both up-and-coming local bands and established regional and national musicians. Music ranges from blues to salsa to folk and even military repertoire. Concerts are free; just tune in to  the Museum’s Facebook page at 7:30 pm on Thursdays beginning June 18 to watch. Visit LongmontMuseum.org for more information.

Learn About Pollinators in Your Yard
June is Colorado Pollinator Month. Gardens can be designed to not only enhance the aesthetics of a site but also to provide habitat that supports an array of wildlife, including pollinators. Join Boulder County Extension at 5:30 pm on Thursday, June 18, to learn about the pollinator species you might see in your garden as well as design elements you can incorporate into your yard to attract them. Register and see other volunteer events and educational opportunities at bit.ly/join-us-calendar

Get a Library Card and Use it Online
Even though the Longmont Public Library remains closed to the public, you can now get a library card to access library services and materials without leaving home. You must be at least 16 years old to register yourself, but parents may register children younger than 16. Proof of identification is required. Just visit bit.ly/LibDigitalCard for more information and to register for a card.  

Bike to Work Day Update
Bike to Work Day, usually held in late June, has been postponed until Tuesday, September 22, which coincides with National Bike to Work Day and Car Free Day. If it’s safe to congregate, the City of Longmont will host Bike to Work Day breakfast stations at the traditional locations. For more information on these national events, visit the League of American Bicyclists website at BikeLeague.org, and look for more information later in the year. 

Mosquito Trapping to Begin Sunday, June 14
Weekly mosquito trapping will begin in select Longmont neighborhoods on Sunday, June 14, based upon trapping history since 2003. This trapping activity looks for Culex mosquitoes that potentially could carry the West Nile Virus (WNV). No fogging or spraying will take place unless and until WNV-positive mosquitoes are discovered in either Larimer, Boulder or Weld Counties and quantities in Longmont traps exceed 150 mosquitoes. Read the news release.
 
Rhythm on the River, July 4th Concert Canceled
Based on current COVID guidelines and uncertainty surrounding possible extensions or amendments of public health orders during the month of July, the City has made the difficult decision to cancel the July 4th Concert in Thompson Park and the Rhythm on the River Music Festival at Roger's Grove. Read more.

Local Air Quality Data Available to Residents in Real-Time
Did you know that Longmont has an air quality monitoring program and residents can view the preliminary Longmont air quality data in real-time? The program was developed under the direction of City Council and falls under the Air Quality objectives of the City’s Sustainability Plan. Residents can view the preliminary Longmont air quality data, along with Front Range and Boulder County air quality information at bit.ly/air-quality-longmont
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