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No watering restrictions for Boulder

City of Boulder officials announced this week that there will be no water use restrictions this summer. But they urge the community to continue water conservation efforts that have successfully kept the city’s reservoirs at safe storage levels since 2003.

Officials said there are adequate water levels in city reservoirs and that the city will receive more from its water rights.

Snowpack in the mountain areas that supply Boulder’s municipal water supply was below average through the winter of 2009-10. Readings on May 1 in the city’s Silver Lake Watershed were at 75 percent to 78 percent of average. Peak spring streamflow levels will be lower than average as a result.

However, below-average streamflows are not expected to prevent the city from filling its reservoirs, which started out higher than usual this year because of last year’s wet weather and low water use in the city.

The city recommends watering lawns in the evenings or early mornings, only every three days.

Rebates are available to help conserve water; visit for forms and details.

Walk & Bike Month events unveiled

Boulder’s Walk & Bike Month organizers have finalized the list of activities and events for June.

Walk & Bike Month grew from a single day of bicycling activities in 1977 and is now in its 34th year.

In addition to Bike to Work Day on June 23, Walk & Bike Month will include more than 80 events and activities, including events for kids, seniors, families and women. Community Cycles, Seniors on Bikes, Boulder Mountainbike Alliance, Walk Boulder and many other local organizations will host events. In addition, there will be many weekly group bicycle rides for all ages and skill levels, kids’ bike rodeos and walks and runs at various Boulder locations.

Highlights include Park(ing) Spaces Day on June 11, when from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. paid parking spaces downtown and in parking lots around Boulder will be transformed into places where visitors can stop, visit and benefit from different types of activities, from chair massages to yoga to bike repair stations.

For a complete list of events, go to For more information, contact Sue Prant at 303- 564-9681 or

Erie hosts town fair

The Erie Town Fair kicks off this Saturday, May 15, with the annual hot air balloon launch at 6:30 a.m. from the Colorado National Golf Club, followed by various attractions in historic downtown and at Coal Creek Park, starting at 10 a.m.

Downtown, there will be music, bungee jumping, a bouncy castle, craft and food vendors, a children’s carnival, the Garage Rats Car Show and the Spirit of Flight Mobile Museum Display. The Children’s Candy Run is at 1 p.m., with the BBQ and Microbrew Beer Garden opening at 2 p.m.

A host of performances will be held at Coal Creek Park, beginning at 10 a.m. with the Columbiners Square Dance Club. The headliners, The Informants, take the stage at 6 p.m., with the hot air balloon night glow starting at 7 p.m.

For more information, contact the Erie Chamber of Commerce at 303- 828-3440 or visit

Trades on display in Longmont

Boulder County Parks and Open Space will host the sixth annual Crafts and Trades of Olden Days special event on Sunday, May 16, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Agricultural Heritage Center, located at 8348 Highway 66 in Longmont.

Demonstrations will include blacksmithing, log hewing, wool spinning and knitting, soap making, bucketmaking (cooperage) and storytelling.

The event is free for all ages; no pets are permitted. A visit to the Agricultural Heritage Center is a glimpse into the history of agriculture in the area and a chance to enjoy the rural surroundings.

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

AIDS memorial on Sunday

The International AIDS Candlelight Memorial, a program of the Global Health Council and locally supported by the Interfaith AIDS Council and Boulder County AIDS Project, will be held in Boulder on Sunday, May 16.

Started in 1983, the Candlelight Memorial takes place every third Sunday in May and is led by a coalition of some 1,200 community organizations in 115 countries hosting local memorials that honor the lost and raise social consciousness about the disease.

In Boulder, activists, family members and supporters will gather at the Boulder County AIDS Project house (2118 14th St.) for a gathering at 6:30 p.m., and then participate in a silent march starting at 7 p.m. through downtown Boulder to the AIDS Memorial Garden along Boulder Creek.

“This is an opportunity for the community to take a moment and remember the people we have lost to HIV/AIDS and to remind our neighbors and elected officials that AIDS is not over,” says Dan Hanley, director of development at BCAP.

Nederland carousel to open

Nederland will host a grand opening celebration of its “Carousel of Happiness” on May 29, 43 years after it was conceived in the mind of a young combat Marine in Vietnam.

The 100-year-old merry-go-round will be unveiled at 10 a.m. at its new home in the Caribou Shopping Center in the center of Nederland. Harrison will set the carousel turning again after 24 years of restoration and a $650,000 fundraising drive. Rides will cost $1, and free Italian sausages and hotdogs will be served as long as they last. There will be face painters and caricature artists, and Nederland’s Wild Okapi Marimba Band will perform.

The Carousel of Happiness will spin with 58 whimsical new animals carved by Harrison, and it has been specially designed for people with disabilities. All proceeds beyond expenses will go to charities that benefit people with special needs.

Built in 1910 by Charles Looff in New York City for Saltair Park, a nowdefunct amusement pier on the Great Salt Lake, the carousel found its way to a state hospital for people with mental disabilities in 1959. After its wooden horses were sold as antiques, Harrison bought the rusting frame in 1986 and began its painstaking restoration.

The carousel’s first rotation will be riderless, dedicated to deceased family members and friends in whose names donations were made, and to two U.S. Marines killed in a Vietnam War battle that Harrison survived.

The Carousel of Happiness will be open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day through Labor Day, Sept. 6, with reduced off-season hours.

To learn more about the Carousel of Happiness, visit

Gilbert White memorial under way

Construction of the Gilbert White Memorial Flood Level Marker began this week in Central Park, just east of the Broadway Bridge, on the north side of Boulder Creek.

Gilbert White is known as the “Father of Floodplain Management,” and prior to his death in 2006, he was a Gustafson Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Geography at the University of Colorado and was widely recognized as a leader in the world environmental movement. The memorial project was made possible by contributions from Gilbert’s colleagues, friends, and family.

For more information on Gilbert White and the Gilbert White Memorial go to hazards/gfw/bio.html For more information about the construction, call the Parks and Recreation Department at 303-413- 7200.

Local is first woman on hat board

Stephanie Carter of Boulder, cofounder of the Wallaroo Hat Company, is the first woman to serve on the board of the 102-year-old Headwear Association.

The association was started in 1908 by 34 hat salesmen in New York City. Carter has been named vice president, and will become president by 2013.

Based in Boulder since 1999, Wallaroo Hat Company creates fun and stylish hats for men, women and children that provide maximum protection from ultraviolet rays.

NAP time at BolderBoulder

Boulder-based NAP, Inc., a company that designs, develops and manufactures baby carriers, is seeking “babywearing” parents to join them during the walking wave of the BolderBoulder on May 31.

Participants who would like to join the babywearing walk must first register online with BolderBoulder at After registering with BolderBoulder, participants may then register online to be in NAP’s babywearing walking group at www.

Each person that registers to walk with NAP during the walking wave of BolderBoulder will receive a gift bag full of product samples, coupons and deals from NAP and its team sponsors, including YoMama Yoga, Larabar, Living Earth Babies, Hot Mama Designs, RecoFit, MotherLove Herbals, Lake’s Mountain Organics, Becoming Mothers, Bamboobies, Eco- Politan, Seventh Generation, Rumparooz and Mothering Magazine.

NAP will also have a booth from 7 a.m. to noon in the finish area.