•     There are many reasons a person chooses to volunteer, such as school credit, a way to occupy free time, needed experience, or the desire to give back. Whether you are extremely busy or have plenty of free time, anyone can be a volunteer. At the Rocky Mountain Arsenal in Commerce City, there is a position to fit everyone.

  •     WESTMINSTER –  In 17 years of marriage, Ron and Irma Hellbusch learned to complement each other in a way few married couples could ever imagine.

  •     When Damon Eddy was just a young boy of 12, he remembers supporting his mother through her frequent and heartbreaking cancer treatment sessions. Just prior to her death, she told him that she thought the time would be coming soon. And Eddy vividly remembers when it did come just a couple of days later.

  •     BRIGHTON – Like a lot of people, Tracey Nazarenus thinks there’s a plethora of bad news on television and in the newspapers.
        Unlike a lot of people, she and several of her friends are trying to do something about that perception. And they are doing it through the use of some of the biggest animals you’ll ever see.

  •     It is possible to step through the devastating diagnosis of cancer and all that comes along with it.
        Deborah Hardy should know.
    She’s lived it.

  •     In late 2009, while spending time with his grandfather, 18-year-old Matt Durland blacked out.

  •     Kiara opens her jaws wide for a lazy yawn as she glances across the grass to her 3-month old lion cubs, Bob, Nancy and Percy, wrestling in the corner.
        It has been quite the month for Kiara, the cubs, and 21 other lions recently rescued from Bolivia and brought to live at Wild Animal Sanctuary near Keenesburg.

  •    Nurse practitioner Melda Musick hears a baby cry from a nearby patient room as she walks through the hallway of the Special Care Nursery at Platte Valley Medical Center.

  •     Ask 11-year-old Drew Copeland’s mom, Deb Copeland, about her son’s favorite thing to do, and she doesn’t hesitate for a second.
        “He likes to run,” she laughed. 
        “He runs in church, he runs in the mall, he runs everywhere he goes,” she added. “His whole life he couldn’t run, so now he’s like Forrest Gump, he runs everywhere.”

  • Duck race and more

        The 13th annual Brighton Chamber of Commerce Great Duck Race is at 6 p.m., Sept. 3, at Prairie Center.  Cost is $5 (one duck), $20 (five ducks) and $50 (12 ducks). Grand prize is $500.  Call 303-655-0223 to purchase ducks. After the race, stick around for Prairie Center’s Outdoor Movies and Music. Rob Drabkin performs at 7 p.m., and “The Blind Side” shows at sunset.

    Chili Festival

  • AWANA at

    Harvest Fellowship

        AWANA, a Bible memorization program for children two years prior to kindergarten (3 years) through sixth grade is starting at Harvest Fellowship, 11401 E. 160th Ave., Brighton. The program begins from 6:30 to 8 p.m., Sept. 8 and follows the school year until May 4. Call Jami at 303-654-9894 with questions. There is a small cost for book, uniform and dues. A seventh- and eighth grade Bible study group meets on Wednesday evenings at the same time.


  • Almost Home collects school supplies

  • Almost Home

    collects school supplies

    Almost Home Inc. is collecting school supplies for its annual Back to School Supply Drive. All supplies and donations collected are used to provide local needy children with the educational tools they need to start the school year. Items needed include notebooks, paper, pencils, pens, rulers, pencil sharpeners, backpacks, tissues, and hand sanitizer. Monetary donations are also appreciated. All donations can be dropped off at or mailed to, Almost Home, Inc., 231 N. Main St., Brighton, CO 80601. Call 303-659-6199.

  • Total Joint University

        Platte Valley Medical Center will offer a two-hour class at 5:30 p.m., Aug. 10, for patients scheduled for or contemplating a joint replacement procedure. 

        Total Joint University is designed to provide the information from pre-op, to day of, to the hospital stay and recovery. Seating is limited and reservations are required. R.S.V.P.s will be taken via email at svigil@pvmc.org. 

    Cardiac support group

  • Counselor support group

        Brighton Area Network for Counseling meets from 12:15 to 1:45 p.m., July 23, at 183 S. 18th Ave., Brighton. BANC is a monthly meeting that offers networking and other support opportunities for area psychotherapists and counselors. Call Ben Leonard at 720-291-2288 with questions or to join the group.

    Benefit car show

  • Car seat class

        The Greater Brighton Fire Protection District’s car-seat class is June 24 at fire station 52, 5 Firehouse Road.

        The state’s car seat law changed, and fire department members plan to talk about that and proper installation of car seats.

        Visit www.brightonfire.org or call 303-659-4101.

    Dine out to

    fight child abuse

  • Brighton resident Kerry Olin clearly remembers the night her heart stopped.

        It was January 2009, and Olin just finished teaching her class of fourth-graders. On her way home from work, she and her son, Wyatt, stopped by a drive-thru for a quick dinner and ate in the car.

        When she got home, Olin said she suddenly wasn’t feeling well and thought she might feel better after a shower. The pain and fatigue only got worse.

  • Henderson Community Church carnival, VBS

        Henderson Community Church, 120th Avenue and Oakland Street, hosts a carnival from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., June 12. Tickets are 25 cents each. Vacation Bible School, Noah’s Adventure, will run from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., June 13-June 17. Call the church at 303-659-4748 with questions.


    Biological control of bindweed mite workshop

  • Service time changes

    at New Life Fellowship

        Beginning June 6, New Life Fellowship changes its weekly service time to 10 a.m. Sundays at 30 S. Seventh Ave. (inside the Masonic Lodge). Call 303-835-2104 or visit Newlifebrighton.net. Pastor Jerry Zordel’s Bible study meets at 7 p.m.

    Biological control of bindweed mite workshop

  • Senior wellness clinic

        The clinic is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., June 3, at the Brighton Senior Center, 575 Bush St., and focuses on health and disease prevention for adults, 55 and over. It is operated by the Visiting Nurses Association. Services include health screenings, blood pressure checks and foot care. Appointment is required. Foot care cost is $20 and reduced fees are available.

    Brighton Culturefest