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  • Planting for pollinators Feb. 2

    Here’s a chance to assist the staff at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal (6650 Gateway Road, Commerce City) by enhancing habitat for pollinators by planting native wildflowers along the Lake Ladora Trail. The program runs from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2.

    These plants will provide an ongoing nectar source for butterflies, bees, and other pollinators. Wear closed toe shoes and bring water. For ages 12 and up. Call 303-289-0930.

  • Secret Life of Owls Feb. 2

    The staff at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Widlife Refuge, 6550 Gateway Road, Commerce City, presents an hour long program on the secret life of owls. It starts at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 2.

    Learn about these night hunters and the adaptations they have to help them survive. The event is free. Call 303-289-0930.

  • Masked bandit Feb. 9

     Interested in learning about and meeting black-footed ferrets? The Rocky Mountain Arsenal, 6650 Gateway Road, Commerce City, is the place to be from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 9.

    Discover how this fragile species was brought back from the brink of extinction and why ferrets were released into the wild at the refuge. 

    You’ll also get a chance to see the ferrets have their mid-morning snack.

    The program is free, but reservations are required. Call 303-289-0930.

  • Wildlife viewing tours Feb. 23

     The Rocky Mountain Arsenal, 6650 Gateway Road, Commerce City, will host a wildlife viewing tour from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 23. The tour will be in search of bald eagles, ferruginous hawks, bison, coyotes and deer. Groups of up to 10 are welcome.

  • Boots and Bling Feb. 2

     The Brighton Recreation Center’s annual Boots & Bling father-daughter dance is from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, at the center, 555 N. 11th Ave.

    Sign up by Tuesday, Jan. 29. Tickets are $20 a couple and $5 for each additional child. The price includes dancing, food, drinks and a photo. Call 303-655-2200.

  • First Friday Feb. 1

    Learn about the wildlife trade and illegal wildlife trafficking while you explore wildlife items that have been confiscated by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at the state’s ports of entry. The program at Rocky Mountain Arsenal Wildlife Refuge is from 10 to 11 a.m. and 2 to 3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1.

    You will also learn about the Native American Eagle Feather Program. It’s for ages 12 and up. Call 303-289-0930.

  • Grant program applications deadline Feb. 4

    The Quality Community Foundation is accepting applications for its 2019 grant program through Feb. 4. Last year, the city awarded 27 grants totaling more than $136,325 to local nonprofit organizations.

    QCF grants provide funding for programs and services in the city, including emergency housing for homeless families, volunteer services and meals for seniors, advocacy and emergency assistance for victims of domestic violence, health care, mental illness and local food banks.

  • Federal funding discussion Jan. 23

     The city of Commerce City wants ideas on how to spend $500,000 on future community projects to benefit low- and moderate-income residents.

    The meeting is at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23, at Eagle Pointe Recreation Center (San Juan Room), 6060 E. Parkway Drive. The city says ideas can become reality if they qualify for federal funding through the Community Development Block Grant program. Previous funding went to the elderly, clean-up of neighborhoods and home rehabilitation projects.

  • Family tech class Jan. 18

    Get immersed in the world of technology and gadgets. Play video/computer games, download apps and test your technological skills during a family tech class from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18, at Eagle Pointe Recreation Center, 6060 E. Parkway Drive. The cost is $8 to $10 per person. Call 303-286-6801 and register using code 7001.103.

  • Area company helps property owners profit off unused space

    By Sean Kennedy

    Staff writer

    Too many cars and not enough space to put them. That’s what Carmelo Mannino is hearing from Coloradans.

    “We get about 150 calls a month of people in need, and we’re usually only able to help 40 new renters a month,” Mannino said. “There’s so much need and almost not enough space.”