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Thursday, March 4,2010

Naropa hosts Haiti benefit concert

Naropa University, the Colorado Musicians Consortium and Boulder Weekly will host a benefit concert to provide aid and assistance to Haiti in the wake of its devastating earthquake. The concert, which will take place on March 13 at 7 p.m. at Naropa University’s Nalanda Events Center at 6287 Arapahoe Ave., will feature some of Boulder’s finest musicians performing world folk music.

The suggested donation is $15/$10 for students, seniors and children. All proceeds will be donated to Haiti relief.

For more information, visit www.coloradomusiciansconsortium.com/ CMC/Home.html.

Masquerade for a cause

The Women’s Wilderness Institute will host a masquerade party at The Spot Bouldering Gym on March 27 at 6 p.m.

The masquerade-themed celebration will feature dancing, music, a live aerial performance by Frequent Flyer Productions and a fashion show sponsored by Outdoor Divas, as well as local beverage and food tastings.

The event is intended to thank the Boulder community for its ongoing support of The Women’s Wilderness Institute, a nonprofit that offers women and teen girls the chance to gain confidence and new skills through amazing outdoor adventures.

A silent auction will also take place, with prizes from Mountain Hardwear, Prana, Gaiam, Outdoor Divas and Patagonia.

Tickets are open to the general public and are $35 each. For ticket registration, visit regonline.com/gearandcheer2010. The Spot Bouldering Gym is located at 3240 Prairie Ave. in Boulder.

Street View trike hits Creek Path

The Boulder Creek Path was selected in the “Parks & Trails” category of Google’s Street View Special Collections Poll, which asked the public to vote for the places they’d most like to see on Google Maps.

Google will deliver the Street View trike to Boulder to capture 360-degree images of the Creek Path and will then make the images available in Google Maps. Cyclists ride around on the trike, which contains a mounted Street View camera and a GPS unit.

Last fall, Google asked the public to submit nominations for locations throughout the country that are inaccessible by car that they’d like to see on Google Maps. Other Parks & Trails finalists included Capital Crescent Trail in Washington, D.C., Centennial Trail in Washington, Schuylkill River Trail in Pennsylvania, and Stevens Creek Trail in California.

Scholarships available

Low-income students can receive scholarships ranging from $500 to $1,000 through Boulder County’s Community Action Programs.

Applicants must have one year of residency in Boulder County, must be currently attending university, community college or technical school as a full-time student and must possess a low to moderate income level. Preference is given to students who are actively involved in a student or community organization, and prior recipients of the scholarship are not eligible to reapply.

The scholarships are made possible through proceeds from the programs’ annual Multicultral Awards Banquet.

Applications are due by April 15, and may be found at www.bouldercountycap.org. For more information, contact Janet Heimer at 303-441- 3972.

Sports program set for new season

i9 Sports is accepting registrations for youth flag football in Boulder, which will begin April 11.

The program, for boys and girls ages 4-14, is open to all skill levels. All practices and games are scheduled on Sunday afternoons at Platt Middle School, 6096 Baseline Rd. There are no tryouts or drafts, and each child receives equal playing time. All instructors and volunteers go through a thorough background check and certification process, and there are absolutely no fundraisers of any kind and no mandatory volunteering. i9 Sports provides professional management of all program details; certified officials at every game; around-the-clock access to league information, standings and team news on the company’s website; and a program that places greater value on fun than the score.

Full program details and registration information can be found at www. i9sports.com or by calling 303-462-1520.

EXPAND Program gets grant

The City of Boulder Parks and Recreation Department’s EXPAND Program has been awarded a $15,000 grant from the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA). The grant, part of the U.S. Olympic Committee’s (USOC) Paralympic Grant Initiative, will be used to provide athletic opportunities for injured service men and women returning to the community. Boulder’s Parks and Recreation Department is one of 12 agencies across the country to receive a grant this year.

The EXPAND Program — Exciting Programs, Adventures, and New Dimensions — provides opportunities for people with disabilities to gain and improve recreation, sports and leisure skills. One of EXPAND’s objectives with the grant is to support the growth of community-based Paralympic sports programs that accommodate people with physical disabilities. EXPAND plans to launch a new triathlon training program for injured military personnel this spring with the aid of the grant.

NRPA awarded grants to agencies with an established community need for military-inclusion programming and expansion, as well as those that could provide daily physical-activity programming for injured service members. Currently, more than 35,000 ofthe 21 million physically disabled Americans are military personnel who sustained injuries in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Affordable housing opens in NoBo

Boulder Housing Partners (BHP) recently opened its newest affordable housing community, Broadway West.

Located at 3120 Broadway, just north of Elder Avenue, the complex contributes to Boulder’s goal of having 10 percent of its housing inventory available at affordable rents or prices. The complex includes 26 affordable apartments that are rented to households earning 50 percent or less of the area’s median income. The building is three stories high, with views of the Flatirons, and one-, two- or threebedroom apartments are available.

For information about Broadway West leasing, and for help with housing needs, contact BHP at 720-564- 4610, or visit www.boulderhousing.org.

Event raises $25K for Uganda

Educate!, a Colorado- and Uganda-based educational organization, raised more than $25,000 at its fundraising event at Boulder’s Rembrandt Yard Art Gallery & Event Center on Feb. 6.

The 300 attendees at Educate!’s inaugural ball, For the Future of Uganda, helped raised the money for educational programs in Uganda. The money raised allows Educate! to support the 830 students in 24 high schools across Uganda currently enrolled in the Educate! Experience, a two-year curriculum focusing on social change, mentorship and leadership that equips students with the skills and confidence necessary to transform their communities.

Cops offer safety classes for adults with developmental disabilities

The Boulder Police Department will be offering Safety First for Adults from 4 to 6 p.m. on Thursdays in April at the Boulder Police Department, at 1805 33rd St. in Boulder.

Safety First for Adults, now in its 16th year, is a free five-week program designed to provide safety tips to adults with developmental disabilities. The curriculum of the program covers decision-making skills, street-smart safety, home security, fire prevention and safety, and safety while riding public transportation.

The registration deadline is March 25. For more information or to register, call Kris Gibson at 303-441-3332 or e-mail her at gibsonkr@bouldercolorado.gov.

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