Goodwill comes to Boulder
Goodwill Industries of Denver has announced that the first Goodwill thrift store and donation center in Boulder will open on Saturday, June 12, in the Basemar Shopping Center, at 2486 Baseline Rd. The store will feature gently used clothing, household goods, furniture, outdoor gear and more. Saturday’s opening celebrations will include discounted merchandise and 99 cent pairs of jeans, as well as activities for children, such as face painting and clown performances. The store will occupy the space left vacant when Ace Hardware closed in September 2008.
Goodwill Industries is a nonprofit organization, and proceeds from Goodwill stores help fund community programs for at-risk youth, struggling families and individuals with disabilities.
Have a WWII ball
The Second Annual WWII Ball will be held on Saturday, June 19, at the Boulder Airport’s Blue Hangar at 7 p.m. Attendees will enjoy a USOstyle show starring the likes of Bob Hope, Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland and the Andrews Sisters Act Reveille 3. The night of music and dancing will also feature WWII planes, military vehicles, WWII reenactments and The Hot Tomatoes, a nine-piece big band. Boulder Swing Dance, Frequent Flyers Aerial Dance Theater, Aerialist Brandy Dew, Gen. George Patton and others will make guest appearances. The night will finish in grand style, with an authentic 1940s radio broadcast announcing the end of the war, along with a balloon drop and celebration.
This year’s event comes after the success of the inaugural ball, held in June 2009, which drew a crowd of almost 600 participants dressed in styles from the 1940s. Proceeds from the 2010 ball will benefit The Spirit of Flight Center Colorado and the Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum.
For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.1940sWWIIBall.org.
C.R.E.A.T.E. Globally is seeking donations of old or new yarn, knitting needles and other knitting supplies to send to orphaned girls in Nepal.
In April of this year, C.R.E.A.T.E. founder Erin Tanner Jospe of the Rocky Mountain Center for Counseling and Stress Reduction volunteered at an orphanage in Bhakatpur, Nepal, where she taught 13 local girls to knit. Now back in Boulder, Jospe hopes to continue supporting them with contributions of supplies. She plans to send the first shipment of donated yarn in July or August. For more information, contact Erin Tanner Jospe at Erin@rmcsr.com.
C.R.E.A.T.E Globally is a developing nonprofit serving children and youth globally through the expressive arts and education. The organization works to connect expressive art therapists with orphanages and foundations around the world to help children develop their creativity.
Circle Boulder bike event slated
The City of Boulder Utilities Division’s Greenways Program will host its 13th Annual Circle Boulder by Bicycle self-guided ride on Sunday, June 6, rain or shine. This leisurely, non-competitive ride follows the city’s bikeways, beginning and ending at Scott Carpenter Park, near 30th Street and Arapahoe Avenue, and is open to all ages and abilities. Participants can choose the B360, a 28-mile course, or the B180, which covers 16 miles.
Riders can register for free and start the B360 between 3 and 3:30 p.m. Participants in the shorter B180 can register and begin the ride between 3:30 and 4 p.m. Participants who may need extra time for either ride can register at 2:30 p.m.
This year’s route will highlight the newly completed Elmer’s Two-mile Path and the connection between the Fourmile Canyon Creek Path and the Diagonal Highway. Participants will loop around Boulder using a linking network of paths, neighborhood streets and unpaved trails. A free post-ride party will take place at Scott Carpenter Park at 5 p.m. and will include refreshments and prize drawings.
Riders are reminded to carry water and wear appropriate gear, including a helmet, and participants must stay on trails and yield to other users. No dogs are allowed. For more information, visit www.boulderwater.net and select “Projects & Programs,” then “Greenways,” or contact Annie Noble at 303-441-3242.
Polo tourney to benefit hospice
The Fourth Annual Polo on the Lawn sporting event to benefit HospiceCare of Boulder and Broomfield Counties is slated for June 19, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on the grounds of Ashlawn in Longmont. This public polo tournament features four teams playing in two matches, each complete with a crowd-pleasing half-time champagne divot stomp.
“The generosity and good spirits displayed at this event are simply magnificent,” says Darla Schueth, HospiceCare’s president and CEO. “The breathtaking setting and fastpaced competition make for a day that is truly unforgettable.”
Polo on the Lawn is planned by a committee of volunteers and backed by many local businesses and individuals. Supporters include Anadarko Petroleum Corporation as the title sponsor, and Balfour Senior Living, HospiceCare Leadership Group and JKW Family Trust as team sponsors. Additional support is provided by Alem International, Mercedes-Benz of Westminster and Puig USA, Inc., among others.
Guests will enjoy a gourmet lunch provided by some of Boulder County’s finest restaurants, including the Bitter Bar at Happy’s, Colterra, Jax, Laudisio, Radda and the West End Tavern. Tickets are $150 each, and all proceeds benefit HospiceCare’s services and programs for patients and families facing end-of-life issues.
To learn more about the event or to purchase tickets, contact HospiceCare at 303-604-5236, or visit www.hospicecareonline.org.
Slash drop-off open
Mountain residents can once again drop off tree limbs and brush (“slash”) at the Boulder County Waste Transfer Station and Recycling Center at 286 Ridge Rd. in Nederland. Slash, which includes limbs, branches and trees up to six inches in diameter, can be dropped off by residents and contractors, free of charge. No other organic materials are accepted. In order to ensure that space is available for each load delivered, users must call 303- 258-7878 to make an appointment. There is no limit on quantities if space is available. The slash collected will be chipped on site and hauled to Boulder for composting. Wood chips for use as garden mulch will be available free of charge while supplies last, but must be loaded by hand. The site will remain open through the summer until the Nederland Community Forestry Sort Yard, also located on Ridge Road, opens in August.
The Meeker Park Community Forestry Sort Yard, located on the east side of the Peak-to-Peak Highway, just north of Allenspark and Meeker Park, accepts trees and slash from residents of Boulder and Larimer counties at no charge. The sort yard will be open through mid-July.
County residents can also use the Boulder County and the City of Boulder year-round organic waste drop-off center at the Western Disposal Services’ Transfer Station at 5880 Butte Mill Rd. in Boulder. The cost to use the center for residents of unincorporated Boulder County is $37.50 per ton, 60 percent of what it regularly costs. Quantities less than a ton are charged a prorated amount.
For more information about the sort yards, visit www.bouldercounty. org/foresthealth, or contact Ryan Ludlow at 720-564-2641 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Powerspeak arrives at library
A new language-learning product, Powerspeak Languages, is available at Boulder Public Library. The first five languages available are Spanish, French, German, Mandarin Chinese and English for Spanish-speakers. All are free with a Boulder Public Library card. The courses use a variety of multi-sensory activities to take full advantage of the brain’s ability to acquire language.
Designed specifically for use by the diverse audience of library users, the courses include a combination of scored online activities, exercises, lessons and learning games. Language learners are challenged to practice speaking and writing in a variety of interactive modules designed to simulate real conversations with native speakers.
“We’re thrilled to have languagelearning products available for our library,” says Library Director Tony Tallent. “This will give our library customers more opportunities to learn a new language at their own pace.”
For more information, contact the Reference Department at Boulder Public Library, 303-441-3194, or visit www.boulderlibrary.org.