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Firefighter fundraiser

A silent auction benefit to help the Four Mile Fire District replace the fire engine that was destroyed in the September 2010 Fourmile Fire will be held on Friday, July 15, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Millennium Hotel’s Friday Afternoon Club in Boulder.

Sponsored by the Boulder Hotel & Motel Association, auction items include free night stays at hotels in New York, Vail, St. Louis, Nashville, Colorado Springs, Denver, Breckenridge and Durham, N.C.; free passes to concerts, films, a ski resort, clubs and events; gift certificates to many of Boulder’s finest restaurants; and other items, including bike helmets, cases of beer, gift baskets and art.

Fire engines and firefighters will join the festivities, and children will be able to meet real-life local heroes and explore the engines on display. The band Soul School will perform.

The Fourmile Fire destroyed 169 structures, and the fire district lost one of its fire stations, one of its engines, a lot of equipment and all of its records.

District Chief Bret Gibson says it will cost anywhere from $160,000 to $185,000 to rebuild the station, and nearly $500,000 to replace the engine and lost equipment.

Only a portion of the losses was covered by insurance.

City hosts Clean Marina celebration

The City of Boulder will celebrate Boulder Reservoir’s Clean Marina certification at noon on Saturday, July 16, at the facility’s boathouse at 5565 N. 51st St.

The event will feature a brief ceremony and flag-raising, followed by interactive educational activities and summer refreshments. A drawing will also be held to give away a 2012 Boulder Reservoir pass.

The Boulder Reservoir received Colorado’s first Clean Marina certification earlier this year under a new program aimed at protecting water quality and encouraging environmentally friendly boating and marina practices.

The certification was awarded by the Colorado Marina Association (CMA), a nonprofit organization dedicated to delivering the Clean Marinas Colorado Program and promoting clean boating on Colorado’s waterways.

Entry to the event is free. Mention the Clean Marina Event at the Boulder Reservoir entrance until 1:30 p.m. for free entry.

For more information, call Paul Bousquet at 303-413-7239.

Flood marker to be dedicated

A dedication event for the Gilbert White Memorial Flood Level Marker will be held at 7 p.m. on Sunday, July 17, in Central Park, just east of the Broadway Bridge on the north side of Boulder Creek.

The marker is an 18-foot-tall LED-illuminated structure that shows the creek’s 50-year, 100-year, 500-year and Big Thompson flood levels. Gilbert White, who passed away in 2006, is known as the “Father of Floodplain Management.” He was Gustafson Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Geography at the University of Colorado, where he founded the Natural Hazards Center, which still functions within the CU Institute of Behavioral Science.

The structure was planned, designed and constructed by a committee of Gilbert’s colleagues, students, friends and family, who also helped raise funds for the marker with private contributions and fundraising events. The marker will be donated to the city and maintained by the Parks and Recreation Department.

For more information on Gilbert White and the Gilbert White Memorial, visit

For more information, call Paul Bousquet at 303-413-7239.

Venus de Miles returns

The fourth annual Venus de Miles, a road cycling event for women, will return to Boulder County on Sunday, Aug. 28.

The event is Colorado’s first and only all-women’s road bike ride and is a non-competitive cycling event open to women of all ages and ability levels. Riders can choose from four fully supported courses, including a 33-mile, 51-mile, 67-mile and 100-mile routes. The rides are followed by a festival that includes complimentary spa services, bike demos by Trek Women, a catered lunch and live music.

In 2010 1,790 women participated in the event, and organizers anticipate more riders this year.

The event raises funds for Greenhouse Scholars, a Boulder-based nonprofit that provides mentoring to high-performing students with minimal resources.

Registration for the event can be found on the Venus de Miles website at