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BoulDurango tour rolls out

On July 19, 10 brewercyclists from local breweries Avery Brewing Company and Oskar Blues, as well as Durango-based Ska Brewing, will depart on their bicycles from the Avery brewery in Boulder to kick off the Second Annual Tour of BoulDurango, a five-day, 470mile trek over six mountain passes from Boulder to Durango.

En route, they will stop at craft breweries and brewpubs in an effort to bring together Colorado brewers, raise money for local charities and encourage a spirit of collaboration and camaraderie in the craft beer industry.

Each evening, after the days riding is finished, the brewers will team up with other craft breweries along the course to hold fundraising parties, with profits from pint sales, raffles and auctions going to local charities.

Participating breweries along the route include Tommyknocker Brewing, Breckenridge Brewery, Eddyline Brewpub, The Brick Oven Restaurant, Ourayle House Brewing, Colorado Boy Brewery and Ska.

A Kickoff Release Party will be held July 18 for Wheelsucker Wheat Ale, a collaboration beer brewed by Ska and Avery to commemorate the ride. The party, which will raise money for Boulder bike charity Community Cycles, will take place at the Avery Tap Room in Boulder from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The ride concludes with a Finish Line Party at 5 p.m. on July 24 at Ska Brewing in Durango. Proceeds from that event will go to the La Plata County Safe Roads Coalition.

Forum on Conoco Phillips coming

PLAN Boulder County will host a forum on Friday, July 16, on the impact that the Conoco Phillips development will have on the cities of Louisville and Boulder and the rest of Boulder County.

The forum will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Meadows Branch of the Boulder Public Library. Attendees are encouraged to bring their lunch.

Panelists will include Louisville City Manager Malcolm Fleming, Louisville Director of Planning and Building Safety Troy Russ and Louisville architect and historic preservationist Peter Stewart. For more information, call 303-447-3280.

Help the aspens

Volunteers are needed to help protect budding colonies of aspen trees at the Reynolds Ranch open space area near Nederland on July 24.

Volunteers will assemble a temporary fence that will shelter aspen shoots from cattle and elk that graze nearby.

The minimum age is 14, with adult supervision. The project runs from noon to 4 p.m.

To register, e-mail WildWork, or call 303-678-6216 by July 21.

Walker Ranch in action July 25

If you’ve ever wanted to try your hand at churning butter or chinking a log house, this is your chance.

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on July 25 at Walker Ranch, costumed volunteers and visitors will participate in several chores, including making wooden shingles, churning butter and doing laundry the old-fashioned way.

In the vintage “base ball” game, a long-time crowd favorite, the Walker Ranch Boys will take on their rivals, the Denver Bluestockings, at 1 p.m.

Other activities include story-telling at 11:30 a.m., a school session, blacksmithing, historical games, log house cooking, calf roping, a barn dance and log hewing/wood cutting. To get to the Walker Ranch homestead, go approximately 7.4 miles up Flagstaff Mountain Road, west of Boulder, and follow the signs.

Dogs and bicycles are not permitted, but visitors are invited to bring a picnic lunch to enjoy at nearby Walker Ranch Open Space picnic sites.

For more information, call 303- 776-8848, or visit www.BoulderCounty

Children’s fest arrives

The Children’s Health & Harmony Festival, where Boulder families can learn about classes, products and services being offered in the community, will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on July 18 in Central Park. The event will feature more than 40 booths and interactive areas that feature Boulder’s children and family businesses.

For more info, visit www.childrens or 303-345-4869.

ArtFair celebrates 32nd year

Downtown Boulder’s 32nd annual ArtFair will be held from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on July 17 and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on July 18 on Pearl Street Mall, between 10th and 16th streets.

This year’s juried event will host 120 artists whose works span mediums from watercolor, acrylics, photography and jewelry to large sculptures and works of fiber.

New to ArtFair will be a culinary demonstration by Bravo TV’s Top Chef Season 5 winner and Jax Fish House Chef Hosea Rosenberg at 11:30 a.m. on July 17. Rosenberg’s StrEat Chefs’ airstream trailer will be serving fast, delicious food, made with top-quality, local ingredients throughout ArtFair weekend. Also new this year is a kids’ activity tent hosted by Boulder’s Clementine Studio. On July 17 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., kids can participate in a recycled materials sculpture project and on July 18 kids can explore a variety of ways to make portraits, including collage and deconstruction.

Attendees will also enjoy a sneak peek at this year’s Boulder International Fringe Festival. Fringe performers will entertain crowds with live poetry readings, music, painting and performance art.

For more information, call 303- 449-3774, or visit

Boulder companies win awards

Two companies from the Boulder area were winners in the 8th Annual American Business Awards, which were presented at a June 21 ceremony in New York City.

Namasté Solar was named Best Overall Company of the Year among companies with up to 100 employees.

PureEnergy Solutions received the New Product or Service of the Year award in the consumer products category.

For a complete list of the 2010 American Business Award honorees in all categories, visit

New pool for CAC-Boulder

The Colorado Athletic Club- Boulder has started construction on a $1.6-million, 25-meter, six-lane, outdoor saline pool with a heated deck for year-round use, as well as a 1,500square-foot kids splash pad and pool.

The new facility will allow CAC to offer a masters swim, water fitness classes, easy-in/out locker rooms and lap swim. In addition, there will be zero-depth aqua play areas and water toys for kids, USA Swimmingsanctioned teams and meets, private and group swim lessons and junior development training.

The facility will also have the latest in stroke and endurance technology, including Dartfish Swim Analysis and the Vasa Ergometer dry-land training.

The first phase of construction on this project, moving all utility lines for the Twenty Ninth Street Mall, was completed June 23, and construction of the pool began the next day. The facility is expected to open in the fall.