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This Week in Longmont - October 12, 2018

Post Date:10/12/2018 8:08 AM

Learn How to Ride the Bus 
From 6 to 7 pm on Wednesday, October 17, the City of Longmont will sponsor a “How to Ride RTD” workshop at which all of your questions about riding the bus will be answered. You’ll learn how to locate a stop, how to read a schedule, how to select the type of transit you need (bus vs. rail), and about fares and passes, specialty rides, Call-n-Ride, and how to access RTD transit by bicycle. An RTD Bus will be available to demonstrate how to board, how to load a bicycle on the bus bike racks, and various other features on the bus. No registration is needed for this workshop at the Longmont Museum, 400 Quail Road.

A Walk Through the Trees
We sit under them and climb in their branches, we pick their fruit, and some of us even hug them – trees are our friends. At 7:15 pm on Thursday, October 18, join award-winning horticulturalist Panayoti Kelaidis, senior curator at the Denver Botanic Gardens, for a special presentation on the lives of trees at the Longmont Museum, 400 Quail Road, in conjunction with its “TreeHouses” exhibition. Admission is free, and no registration is needed. Visit LongmontColorado.gov/museum for more information.

Take One Step: Meeting on Homelessness
The City asks Longmont residents to work together to guide people onto a path out of homelessness. If everyone takes just one step, we can help the most vulnerable members of our community. Individuals, faith groups, nonprofits, and government agencies are invited to join the community conversation from 6:30 to 8:30 pm on Monday, October 15, at the Longmont Senior Center, 910 Longs Peak Avenue. To learn more visit bit.ly/LHOT-take1step or call 303-651-8633.

Day of the Dead Kicks Off Downtown
Downtown Longmont businesses will host more than 30 Day of the Dead altars and gigante displays throughout the Downtown district from October 12 through November 3. On 2nd Friday, October 12, guided walking tours will be offered through Downtown, stopping at several locations to hear from the artists and creators. The tour will finish with a round-trip trolley ride to the Longmont Museum for its Day of the Dead exhibition opening celebration. Space is limited; purchase tickets at DowntownLongmont.com. You also are invited to contribute a photo of a deceased loved one to be added to the DDA altar that will be created in St. Stephen’s Plaza from 5 to 9 pm on October 12. Email your photo to LDDA@LongmontColorado.gov to be added to the altar. 

Free UCHealth Seminars at the Rec Center
Join the Doctors of UCHealth Longmont Clinic to learn tips for staying healthy in Recreation Services’ free presentations from 6 to 7 pm on select Wednesdays at the Longmont Recreation Center, 310 Quail Road. Upcoming classes include Salivary Gland Disorders on October 17 and Breast Cancer Surgery Options on October 24, with a new Men’s “Movember” health series coming next month. Call 303-651-8404 to register. For a complete schedule, visit LongmontColorado.gov/rec (keyword “UCHealth”). 

Would You Like to Serve Your Community?
Residents are invited to serve as official advisors to Longmont City Council on several boards and commissions. These advisory groups help the council make decisions on issues that affect the safety, economy and quality of life in Longmont. Applicants must be registered voters of Longmont for at least one year prior to being appointed and must reside inside Longmont city limits. Visit bit.ly/longmontapp for more information and to apply! The deadline is 5 pm on Friday, November 16. Call 303-651-8601 with questions.

Meet W.E.B. Du Bois in Library Program
Just in time for Veterans Day, the Library invites you to a special Chautauqua performance by seasoned national scholar and presenter Charles E. Pace, who inhabits the life and times of W.E.B. Du Bois through World War I. Du Bois was an author, activist, NAACP founder, and the most influential advocate for African American soldiers’ rights during World War I. This program will be held from 7 to 8:30 pm on Thursday, November 8, at the Library, 409 4th Avenue. Advance registration is required. Register online at bit.ly/LibPrograms. No email? Call 303-651-8472 to register.

The Raven Mystery at Sandstone Ranch
Throughout history, the raven’s black feathers have been associated with omens and evil, but did you know that their intelligence rivals that of chimpanzees and dolphins? Learn about amazing ravens from 10:30 am to noon on Saturday, October 27, at the Sandstone Ranch Visitors & Learning Center, 3001 Sandstone Drive. Call 303-651-8404 to reserve your spot; suggested donation of $2/child and $4/adult, collected at event. The Visitors Center will be open to the public from 10 am to 2 pm on Saturday, October 27, for the last day of the season and will reopen in May 2019. Visit bit.ly/ssrevents for a complete schedule.

Be Part of the “Jingle Bell Rock” Parade
Don’t miss the chance to showcase your organization in lights at the annual holiday parade on Saturday, December 8. All parade entries are eligible for prizes, and each winning entry will be awarded a banner to display along the route. Prizes are $100 for each of four awards and $250 for the Grand Marshal’s Award. For contest judging criteria and complete information, visit LongmontColorado.gov/LongmontLights. The application deadline is Monday, November 26.

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