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This Week in Longmont - December 28, 2018

Post Date:12/28/2018 8:23 AM
City Holiday Schedule
Longmont city government observes New Year Day on Tuesday, January 1, as a holiday. All City facilities will be closed. Trash, recycling and composting collection will be one day later than usual following the holiday. 

New Year’s Day Zumba at the Recreation Center
Join recreation instructors for the 8th annual Zumba party from 1 to 2:30 pm on Tuesday, January 1, at the Longmont Recreation Center, 310 Quail Road. Start your new year with prizes, fun and fitness! This event is for all ages as long as children are supervised. The cost for this special fitness event is $5 per person (passes not accepted), and no registration is needed. The remainder of the building will be closed. For more information, call 303-774-4800.

A Cozy Day of Reading at the Library
Wind down from the holidays from 1 to 4 pm on Thursday, January 3, at the Winter Break Read-in at the Library, 409 4th Avenue. Children and teens can enjoy an afternoon of reading and chilling – snacks provided! The main children’s area will be set up for lounging, and teens can get comfy in the teen area. All booklovers welcome, but children age 8 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. No registration required.

Free Denver Nuggets Skills Challenge
Young basketball fans ages 6-13 (as of April 30, 2019) can exhibit their skills at the free Denver Nuggets Skills Challenge at 1 pm on Saturday, January 5, at the Longmont Recreation Center, 310 Quail Road. Boys and girls compete in separate divisions in dribbling, passing and shooting. Top scorers in each age group advance to a sectional competition with a chance to compete at the state final in Denver. Entry forms are available 30 minutes prior to the competition. For more information, call 303-774-4800.  

Shop LOCO and Win! 
Enjoy everything Downtown Longmont has to offer all winter long, and be rewarded. The Downtown Winter Passport is your ticket to some great prizes from now through the end of February. Simply make purchases at participating businesses, collect passport stickers, and enter to win. Drawings will be held periodically throughout the winter, and all entries will qualify for the grand prize drawing at the end of February. Visit for details.  

Enjoy a “Book and Film Tasting” at the Library
Prepare yourself for Wintertime Bingo at the Library, 409 4th Avenue, with new books, films, and genres you may not be familiar with. From 1 to 3 pm on Sunday, January 6, settle in at a “café table” with a display of a genre of book or film and peruse a menu of displayed items along with tips on how to “taste” a book or film. Sample items at any or all tables, and make notes of those you’d like to check out. Enjoy the expertise of a “waiter” (a.k.a librarian) who can suggest, clarify, and recommend similar titles. Light refreshments will be served to whet your palate. No registration required.

Recycle Your Holiday Tree ...
From December 26 through January 6 the City of Longmont provides four satellite Christmas tree drop-off locations: Roosevelt Park – parking lot on the south side of 8th Avenue (by pool), Garden Acres Park – parking lot at 18th Avenue and Tulip Street, Kanemoto Park – parking lot off of S. Pratt Parkway at S. Coffman Street, and Centennial Park – parking lot at Alpine Street and Verdant Circle. Please remove all decorations and light strands. You also can recycle your tree at the Waste Diversion Center, 140 Martin Street, from 7:30 am to 4:45 pm, Monday through Saturday. For more information visit or call 303-651-8416.  

... Then Recycle the Rest of Your Holiday 
You can recycle more than just your tree after the holidays! From December 26 through January 5, the Waste Diversion Center at 140 Martin Street accepts wrapping paper, which is not accepted in your curbside container. (No metallic paper, ribbons, bows, ornaments, tissue paper, or paper covered in tape.) And from December 26 through January 18, you can recycle your old holiday lights at the Waste Diversion Center. Wrap light strands into a ball and drop in the appropriate container. Please take identification and your most recent City utility bill to show that you’re a City Waste Services customer. For more information about when and where to recycle specific items, ask the Waste Wizard at
Save the Date! City Council Open Forum
The January 15 city council meeting, beginning at 7 pm in the Council Chambers at 350 Kimbark Street, will be an Open Forum for residents to talk for 5 minutes each to council members about any topic on their minds. This is the only agenda item for this meeting; plan to arrive a little early to put your name on the list of speakers. For more information about city council meetings visit

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