City adds solar panels
In an effort to bring greener technology and efficiencies to more than 60 city buildings at no additional cost to taxpayers, on Oct. 15 city of Boulder officials unveiled a new 1-megawatt solar photovoltaic system at the Boulder Wastewater Treatment Plant.
The photovoltaic project went live in July and will produce an estimated 1.5 million kilowatt hours of energy in the first year alone. The project is the latest effort by the City of Boulder to offset its demand on the grid and meet its Climate Action Plan goals.
The next big city endeavor to reduce energy use in city operations is a $12 million Energy Performance Contract (EPC) between the city and the Governor’s Energy Office. The partnership allows the city to enter into a lease agreement with a contractor to implement energy-efficient facility upgrades that are paid for over time with savings from the decreased utility bills. Energy saving upgrades will be made to 66 City of Boulder facilities and paid for with money that the city would have had to spend on utility bills, therefore, not costing the taxpayer any additional money.
Goodman talk benefits KGNU
Amy Goodman, host of the daily, internationally broadcast radio and television program Democracy Now!, will give a benefit talk for KGNU Community Radio in Boulder and Fraser Valley Community Media on Nov. 5.
The event will be held at 7 p.m. at Unity Church, 2855 Folsom St., in Boulder.
Goodman is an award-winning investigative journalist and a columnist for King Features Syndicate. Her program Democracy Now! airs on nearly 900 stations worldwide.
Tickets are $10 for KGNU Listener Members and $15 for the general public. A limited number of tickets are available at $120 for a private reception with Goodman. KGNU broadcasts Democracy Now! week days at 7 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.
Tickets are for sale in advance by calling 303-449-4885 during business hours.
Party in Eldorado Canyon
Eldorado Canyon State Park rangers will host a Halloween celebration on Friday, Oct. 22, that will include teaching kids about the snakes that make their home in the canyon.
Youngsters are encouraged to wear snake and bat costumes, and the best costume will win a prize.
There will be bat crafts and games, and kids will receive treat bags to take home. Children will also be able to meet a live snake. The program starts will be held from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Space is limited, so reservations are encouraged. For more information or to reserve a spot, call the park at 303-494-3943. Youngsters should meet at the visitor center.
HospiceCare needs holiday threads
The HospiceCare & Share Thrift Shop is looking for donations for “All That Glitters,” a sale of high-end, previously worn women’s evening gowns, party dresses, slacks, tops, shoes, handbags and accessories being held on Nov. 13.
The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the thrift shop, which is located at 5290 Arapahoe Ave. in Boulder. All proceeds will benefit HospiceCare of Boulder and Broomfield Counties.
At 2 p.m. that day, all of the holiday decorations will be reduced to half price.
Tax-deductible donations for the event can be dropped off at the shop from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., seven days a week, until Nov. 6. For more information or to arrange a pick-up of an evening-wear donation to “All That Glitters,” call 303-604-5353.
Race pumpkins in Lafayette
The city of Lafayette will host its “Great Pumpkin Race” at the Bob L. Burger Recreation Center in Lafayette at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 24.
Pumpkins can be purchased for $2 at the front desk of the Rec Center, and contestants will launch them into the Lazy River to see whose holiday gourd crosses the finish line first. Winners will receive prizes, passes to the Rec Center and more.
Organizers advise arriving early to pick out a pumpkin.
The Bob Burger Recreation Center is located at 111 W. Baseline Rd. in Lafayette. For more information, call 303-665-0469 or visit www.cityoflafayette.com/recreation.