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Bike to work in winter

Registration is now open for the city’s third annual Winter Bike to Work Day, which will be held from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 19.

Breakfast will be served at eight locations, and participants will be entered into a drawing for prizes.

Breakfast stations will be located at Acupuncture Works, at 1723 Canyon Blvd.; Page Two, at 6565 Gunpark Dr. in Gunbarrel; Rally Sport Health and Fitness, at 2727 29th St.; Dushanbe Teahouse, at 1770 13th St.; Community Cycles, at 2805 Wilderness Place, Suite 100; the CU Environmental Center, at Broadway and Euclid Ave.; Moe’s Broadway Bagel, at 2650 Broadway; Moe’s Bagels on Arapahoe, at 3075 Arapahoe Ave.; and Pedal to Properties, at 1949 Pearl St. Cyclists must begin and/or end their trip within the City of Boulder to participate.

Last year, nearly 1,000 riders participated. To register, or for maps and information, visit

For more information, contact Sue Prant at 303-564-9681 or bikesue@ For Winter Bike to Work Day shirts, mugs and other items, visit

Transportation meetings on tap

Boulder County is hosting a series of public meetings this week to discuss a countywide transportation master plan that is being developed.

The meetings, which will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., will take place Jan. 13 at the Boulder County Transportation Department at 2525 13th St. in the large conference room on the second floor; Jan. 19 at the Centaurus High School Student Center at 10300 S. Boulder Rd.; and Jan. 20 in the Longmont Public Library at 409 Fourth Ave., meeting rooms A and B.

The Jan. 13 meeting in Boulder will focus on transportation issues in the western portion of Boulder County.

Feedback from the meetings will be considered by the Sustainable Transportation Task Force — which was convened last summer to guide the master planning process — and presented to the Boulder County Planning Commission and Consortium of Cities in February.

For more information, visit aspx or contact Transportation Planning Manager Julie McKay at 720-564-2662 or

PLANning the legislative agenda

PLAN Boulder County is holding a Friday Forum at noon on Jan. 14 to discuss what the city of Boulder wants from the Colorado General Assembly during this legislative session.

The forum will be held in the Boulder Creek Room of the main Boulder Public Library. Carl Gastillo, the city of Boulder’s government affairs director, State Rep. Deb Gardner, D-Longmont, and Sen. Rollie Heath, D-Boulder, will be panelists at the forum.

Compost Christmas trees curbside

Western Disposal customers can have their Christmas trees picked up for free until Monday, Jan. 31.

Residents subscribing to Western’s curbside compost collection service can put the tree either inside or next to their curbside compost cart on their normal collection day.

It’s best to put the tree directly into the cart if it fits, even if the lid does not close. Remove all decorations from the tree before putting it out for collection. For those who do not have curbside compost collection, trees can be dropped off for free at the city’s Yard Waste Drop-off site located at Western Disposal, 5880 Butte Mill Rd.

Trees picked up as curbside compost or dropped off at the yard waste site will be chipped into mulch or turned into compost instead of dumped into a landfill and contributing to greenhouse gas emissions. Last year, Western Disposal collected more than 54 tons of trees.

For more information on the Yard Waste Drop-off site, visit www.western

Educate! hosts ball

Educate! will hold its second annual ball, For the Future of Africa, from 6:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Feb. 12 in the Avalon Ballroom at 6185 Arapahoe Rd. in Boulder.

The Valentine’s Day-themed event will include live African music by Selasee and the Fafa Family, a silent auction, dancing, and appetizers and refreshments from local vendors.

Proceeds from the event will go towards empowering Ugandan students to find solutions to their communities’ problems of poverty, disease and environmental degradation. The event will feature a presentation by L.

Hunter Lovins, founder and president of Natural Capitalism Inc. and Natural Capitalism Solutions, a nonprofit in Longmont.

Tickets are $55. For more information, visit annualball.

Educate! provides leadership and social entrepreneurship courses, longterm mentoring, practical experience solving a community problem and an alumni network for 830 high school-aged kids in Uganda.

Making biking professional

GO Boulder and Community Cycles are recognizing Boulder businesses that make bicycle commuting an attractive option for employees and visitors.

Using a survey based on factors like bike parking, involvement in community events such as Bike to Work Day, employee incentives such as the EcoPass, the availability of changing facilities and the use of bicycle delivery services, GO Boulder will rank businesses and give them a rating from one to four. Those businesses ranked with a one, the highest rating, will be announced on the Community Cycles and GO Boulder websites.

The survey can be found at http://, and all businesses are encouraged to apply.

Life planning for seniors

The City of Boulder Senior Services Division is offering a “Life Planning for Seniors: Make It Your Choice” Lunch and Learn Series to help people make informed choices about end-of-life options for family, partners, friends and clients.

There are three remaining sessions in the four-part series. On Wednesday, Jan. 26, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Claire Riley, patient representative for Boulder Community Hospital, will discuss the Five Wishes, a document to guide others if patients are unable to speak for themselves.

On Wednesday, Feb. 9, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Kim Mooney, director of Hospice of Boulder and Broomfield Counties, will speak on the differences between hospice and palliative care.

On Wednesday, Feb. 23, from 11:30 p.m. to 1 p.m., The topic will be “Good to Go” by Compassion & Choices, a nonprofit organization dedicated to education about end-of-life issues and choices.

All sessions in the Lunch and Learn Series will be held at Brookdale Senior Living (The Villas at the Atrium) at 3350 30th St. The cost is $15 per session, and lunch is provided.

For more information or to register, call 303-441-3148 or 303-441-4150. Online registration is available at www.

Outdoor research grants available

The Boulder County Parks and Open Space Department is offering small grants for research and biological inventories on open space lands. The research projects help the department monitor management practices, and improve natural resources and park visitor experiences.

Grants will be offered in two categories: up to $5,000 and up to $10,000. The deadline for proposals is Thursday, Jan. 27, by 4:30 p.m.

Boulder County Parks and Open Space has identified 19 research topics as priority needs for natural resource and visitor management, including post-Fourmile fire rehabilitation effectiveness, mountain pine beetle infestation in ponderosa pine stands, wildlife species comparisons between treated and untreated ponderosa pine or lodgepole pine forests, and preferences of older adults for recreational amenities on open space lands.

For more information and proposal guidelines, visit the department website at

PeaceJam issues 2012 film

PeaceJam has released a documentary debunking the myths of 2012, featuring Nobel Peace Prize-winner Rigoberta Menchu Tum, who visited Boulder on July 8.

The film, 2012: The True Mayan Prophecy, incorporates five years of interviewing Tum about 2012 and filming her work in the Mayan community, plus interviews with scientists from the National Center for Atmospheric Research, University of Colorado and Denver Museum of Nature and Science. There are also appearances by the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. The filmmakers say this is the first documentary in which the Mayans disclose the five things that need to be done to best survive this coming change in eras.

The film is available online for $1.99 per download, and proceeds go to PeaceJam and Mayan education and leadership training. To donate the $1.99 and download the movie, go to