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Step back in time at Walker Ranch

If you think spring is busy at your house, wait until you see what had to be done on a working ranch in the 1800s!

Boulder County Parks and Open Space is hosting a homestead event on Sunday, May 30, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Walker Ranch. The event is free for all ages. Costumed volunteers will recreate one of the busiest seasons of the year as they demonstrate various chores associated with rural living in the late 1800s.

Visitors are invited to participate in several chores, including making wooden shingles, churning butter, chinking and daubing, doing laundry the old fashioned way and planting. Children will get a chance to learn about recreation in the late 1800s, with games like graces and jump rope.

To get to the Walker Ranch homestead, go approximately 7.4 miles up Flagstaff Mountain Road, west of Boulder. Follow signs to the site. For more information, call 303-776-8848 or visit www.BoulderCounty

Dogs and bicycles are not permitted on the ranch site. Visitors are invited to bring a picnic lunch to enjoy at nearby Walker Ranch Open Space picnic sites.

Berthoud Days are back

The 56th Annual Berthoud Day Celebration will be held on Saturday, June 5, in Berthoud Town Park, at 200 Seventh St.

The day begins with a pancake breakfast fundraiser for Boy Scout Troop 6 at the Depot Park from 6:30 a.m. to noon.

The Habitat for Humanity 5K begins at 8 a.m. Registration forms are available at

The Berthoud Day Parade starts at 11 a.m. (free entry forms are available on the Berthoud Area Chamber of Commerce website at

Berthoud Day festivities include arts and crafts, specialty vendors, a beer garden, food, refreshments and children’s activities.

There will be performances by the 101st Army Band–Centennial Winds at noon, the Kelly Aspen Band at 2 p.m., and the band Hindsight at 6 p.m.

Dance stage performances by the Moriarty-Moffitt School of Irish Dance begin at 1 p.m., followed by the BAC Rope Runners at 1:30 p.m., Tap Roots–BAHA at 3 p.m. and a pizza-eating contest at 5:30 p.m.

The Berthoud Blues Vintage Baseball Game will be held at 3 p.m. on the field between Eighth and Tenth Streets, south of Welch Avenue near Berthoud High School.

For more information, contact Don Dana at 970-532-4200 or by e-mail at

Free mulch pile moved

The City of Boulder and Western Disposal are still providing free mulch to Boulder residents, but the location of the mulch pile has been moved from its location on 63rd Street to Pearl Parkway (east of 49th Street and west of 55th Street). Turn north into the driveway near the “Tendril” sign. The new location is the former recycling drop-off site.

The free mulch is three inches in size and is made from branches dropped off at the Yard Waste Dropoff site.The mulch is available yearround. Self-loading the mulch is required, as there is no loading equipment available.

Do not leave any yard or wood waste at the mulch pile site; instead, take it to the yard waste drop-off site located at Western Disposal, 5880 Butte Mill Rd. For more information on the yard waste or wood waste dropoff sites, visit

SmartCo grocery opening in Longmont

One of the five new grocery stores that SmartCo Foods is opening in the Denver metro area will be at 1750 Main St. in Longmont.

The company recently announced that it intends to hire 500 local employees to staff the five stores, and it is holding its first job fair May 20-21 in Denver.

According to a company news release, the new stores “will blend the best features of your local supermarket, warehouse club store and farmer’s market in one, convenient store, without membership fees or club cards.”

The first of the five stores will open in Denver at 1442 Parker Rd. in late June. The job fair on May 20–21 will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Denver East Stapleton, located at 3333 Quebec St. (at the corner of East 33rd Avenue and Quebec Street).

SmartCo plans to fill the available positions over the next month to ensure its new locations are fully staffed for the grand openings scheduled throughout June and July.