Briefs | Heath hosts town hall




Heath hosts town hall

Sen. Rollie Heath, D-Boulder, will host a town hall meeting from 10:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 25, at the Meadows Branch Library, 4800 Baseline Rd., in Boulder.

Heath will discuss some of the key issues facing the state and the Legislature in 2011. His top issues include job creation and retention, fiscal and constitutional reform, education, the budget and redistricting. He was recently named a co-chair of the state’s bipartisan Joint Select Committee on Congressional Redistricting, and he will talk about the basics of redistricting and the mandatory public hearings to be held in each of Colorado’s seven congressional districts.

He will leave time for questions and comments from attendees.

The meeting is open to the public.

Library director finalists announced

The four finalists who have been selected from a nationwide search for Boulder Public Library director will be meeting with the public and giving their perspectives on national library trends at a presentation from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 23, in the Council Chambers at the Boulder Municipal Building.

The four finalists are Gerry Garzon, associate director of the Oakland Public Library; Pam Kiesner, library director of the Bellingham Public Library in Washington; Debbi MacLeod, Colorado Talking Books library director and state publications library director of the Colorado State Library; and Greg Mickells, assistant library director at Lincoln City Libraries in Nebraska.

There will be a public reception to meet the candidates after their presentations, and comment cards will be available to aid city officials in making their decision.

Nonprofits target depression

Three local nonprofit organizations have joined together to raise awareness of mental health issues in the community, especially depression, at an event on Feb. 4.

Mental Health Partners, the HOPE Coalition and the National Alliance on Mental Illness Boulder County will host a community breakfast called “Beyond Blue” from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. at The Plaza Hotel in Longmont at 1900 Ken Pratt Blvd.

The event will feature keynote speaker Susan Polis Schutz, Boulder poet, filmmaker and co-founder of Blue Mountain Arts. Polis Schutz chronicled her own experience with depression in her poetic memoir, Depression and Back: A Poetic Journey Through Depression and Recovery, and she released a documentary shown on PBS called The Misunderstood Epidemic: Depression.

Beyond Blue is sponsored by John F.

Truhlar and Betty Hoye. All proceeds benefit Mental Health Partners, the HOPE Coalition and the National Alliance on Mental Illness, Boulder County.

Tickets are $25 per person and $225 for a table of 10.

For more information contact Kristen Tucker at 303-413-6287 or

Writers club hosts guest speaker

The Boulder Writers Alliance will be hosting guest speaker Barbara Stoker for a Jan. 25 presentation called, “The Possibility Curve: Creating Possibilities Through Innovation and Risk-Taking.”

Stoker’s expertise is in leadership, new business/product development and intelligent risking. She has 30 years of experience as an executive for Hallmark Cards, Mattel Toys, Coors and Walt Disney, and is the author of Intelligent Risking for Women, A Woman with a Minute… and Positive Risk.

The presentation will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Boulder Public Library’s Boulder Creek Room, 1001 Arapahoe Ave. A pre-meeting happy hour will take place from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the St. Julien Hotel bar, at 900 Walnut St. in Boulder.

To register, go to All BWA presentations are free and open to the public.

Chronic conditions workshops offered for older adults

Boulder County Aging Services is offering Stanford University’s Be Well Colorado chronic condition management program to adults 60 years of age and older.

Chronic conditions are any lasting health condition such as diabetes, heart disease, depression, arthritis and asthma.

The program is taught as a smallgroup workshop. Topics covered include fighting fatigue, controlling pain, learning exercises to build and improve strength, using medications appropriately, dealing with depression, communicating effectively with family and health professionals and learning how to evaluate new treatments.

One program started on Jan. 19 and will meet from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Feb. 23 at the Lafayette Senior Center, at 103 S. Iowa Ave. A Boulder program runs during the same time on Fridays from Jan. 21 to Feb. 25 at Calvary Bible Church, 3245 Kalmia Ave.

The program is free, although donations are accepted. Participants receive a supplemental course book and relaxation CD upon course completion.

Class size is limited to 15 and registration is required. Contact Marja Johnson at 303-441-3599 or for more information and to register.

Open space art show on tap

A new art competition benefiting the Boulder County Parks and Open Space Foundation and featuring the county’s open spaces will be held in June.

The foundation and the county’s “plein air” art community are hosting the show, which will feature a combination of invited and juried artists. Along with four invited artists, a panel of jurors will choose additional artists to participate.

“Plein air” is defined as the act of painting outdoors. The painting is usually done in one block of time in the field.

The four local artists invited to participate in the art show are WF Daniel, Molly Davis, Jason Emery and Carol Jenkins. Both professional and non-professional artists are encouraged to participate.

Artists will participate in a two-week “paint-out” to be held between June 1 and June 14. They will have access to Boulder County Parks and Open Space as well as certain restricted open space areas during that time.

Artists must be residents of Boulder County; use pencil, pastel, oil, watercolor or acrylic; and submit three digital images of their outdoor/en plien air art with their entry form, which is due by March 30. The entry fee is $20.

An exhibit featuring the work will be held at the Old Firehouse Art Center in Longmont from Aug. 19 to Sept. 3rd. For more information, visit

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