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Today's Features

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  •              The Richard Lambert Foundation Grief & Healing Center, 457 S. Fourth Ave., is offering a free seminar to discuss what to say to someone who has lost a loved one. It starts at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 7, and lasts 90 minutes.

                Organizers say society is not trained to discuss death and the idea of what to say after a loved on passes.

  •  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.

  •             The U.S. Marine Corps is offering a summer leadership and development academy at from July 15 to July 20 Prairie View High School. Applications are due April 1.

     

                It’s open to 10th- and 11th-graders. Requirements include a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a four-point scale, be 16 to 18 years of age by the start of the academy, completion of a 500-word leadership essay, one reference and a current physical.