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Community News

  • The Masked Bandit May 18

     The Rocky Mountain Arsenal’s National Wildlife Refuge will host a chance to meet its black-footed ferrets from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Saturday, May 18, at 6550 Gateway Road, Commerce City.

    The discussion includes the reasons why the species was brought back from extinction and why they wound up at the refuge. Call 303-289-0930.

  • Wildlife viewing tour May 11

    Hop on the Rocky Mountain Arsenal Wildlife Refuge bus for wildlife viewing tours from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday, May 11, at the refuge, 6550 Gateway Road, Commerce City. Call 303-289-0930.

  • Polymer clay workshop April 28

    Barr Lake Nature Center, 13401 Picadilly Road, will host a polymer clay workshop from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, April 28. Call 303-659-6005.

    Unleash that creativity while learning to make nature-themed ornaments from polymer clay. Free supplies and instruction are available. Limited to 10 participants who are least 16. R.S.V.P. to 303-659-6005.

  • Bio Blitz April 27

    Those interested in learning about nature from several fields have that chance from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 27, at Barr Lake State Park, 13401 Picadilly Road.

    BioBlitz is a combined effort to bring natural resource experts, community members and volunteers to inventory species in a specific area in a specific time period. Sign up at www.birdcoservancy.org/registration. 

    The same day, Barr Lake plans to bring out is Eagle Express to help celebrate Earth Day. Seating is limited, so call 303-659-6005.

  • Kite festival April 27

    Barr Lake State Park, 13401 Picadilly Road, is the place to be to fly a kite from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 27.

    Get a free kite, courtesy of the Friends of Barr Lake. R.S.V.P. to 303-659-6005.

  • Guided bird walks April 27

    Grab binoculars and field guides and join Barr Lake Nature Center, 13401 Picadilly Road, for a guided bird walk at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 27.

    Here’s a chance to introduce birders of all levels to the lake’s  feathered resident and friends. 

  • Nature walk/talk April 26

    Share your knowledge, experience and enthusiasm with other Barr Lake visitors and volunteers during a nature walk and talk at 10 a.m. Friday, April 26, at 13401 Picadilly Road.

    The program is designed for adults. Meet at the nature center. No reservations required.

  • Mental health first aid for Spanish speakers April 25

    Community Reach Center will offer free mental health first aid for Spanish speakers from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, April 25, at Our Lady Mother Church, 6690 E. 72nd Ave., Commerce City.

    The curriculum covers risk factors and warning signs, information on depression, anxiety, trauma, psychosis and addiction disorders and a five-step action plan to help someone experiencing a mental-health crisis.

    Visit CommunityReachCenter.org/resources/mental-health-first-aid/mhfa-class-schedule. Email m.mccabe@commmunityreachcenter.org.

  • Backyard vegetable gardening class May 11

    The CSU Extension Office in Adams County and Brighton Shares the Harvest are offering four backyard vegetable gardening classes this spring.

    The first (introduction to backyard vegetable gardening, which includes such topics as plant needs and soil amendments) is available from 10 a.m. to noon or from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. at Riverdale Regional Park, 9755 Henderson Road, Brighton.

    The last class is Saturday, May 11 (same times) to discuss tips on selection, growing and harvesting common and some uncommon types of vegetables in this area.

  • Free tax assistance through April 11

     Volunteers from the Adams County Treasurer’s Office are available to provide free income tax preparation services on select days through April 11. Basic income taxes are prepared for individuals with low to moderate incomes who cannot prepare their own tax returns or afford to pay a preparer. Volunteers prepare free basic income tax forms and free electronic filing for taxpayers with annual incomes up to $56,000.