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Posted 11/23/21

Angel Tree project The deadline to participate in this year's Angel Tree project is Wednesday, Dec. 1. Stop by the Fort Lupton Recreation Center, 203 S. Harrison Ave., Fort Lupton Pack and Ship, 810 …

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Angel Tree project

The deadline to participate in this year's Angel Tree project is Wednesday, Dec. 1.

Stop by the Fort Lupton Recreation Center, 203 S. Harrison Ave., Fort Lupton Pack and Ship, 810 First St., Fort Lupton Public & School Library, 425 S. Denver Ave., and Dale's Pharmacy, First Street east of Pacific Avenue, and select an angel off the Christmas tree. Buy the gift, then return it to the place where you selected the angel.

Drop off gift donations to KM Cup, 721 Fourth St., by Dec. 1.

Winterfest

Fort Lupton’s annual Winterfest and holiday bazaar starts at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, at the Fort Lupton Recreation Center, 203 S. Harrison Ave.

The day includes a visit from Santa Claus, fresh cocoa, unique food trucks, craft and service vendors, live caroling, a tree lkighting ceremony and chili go-to kits.

Visit https://fortluptonco.gov/666/Winterfest-Holiday-Bazaar.

Parade of Lights

Entries for this year's Parade of Lights are due Friday, Dec. 3. The event is at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 10. Downtown Fort Lupton and the Fort Lupton High School LULAC club are the sponsors.

Businesses can register at http://paradeoflights.fortluptonchamber.org/?fbclid=IwAR18oTBm5-gnkDZBtrESj9Snl4nwLeLuBjLVl58i_T3uDXH9aimi_j2Pvyc.

The parade begins at the Fort Lupton Fire Department, 2999 Ninth St., then heads west toward Fourth Street before ending at Fourth Street and Park Avenue.

The tree lighting ceremony starts at 6:45 p.m., and pictures with Santa start at 7 p.m. The evening also features cocoa and cookies.

Email mary.leblanc@bankofcolorado.com.

Growing grads

The next installments of Brighton’s Growing Grads program is at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 12, at Anythink Library, 567 E. Bridge St.

Brighton Youth Services provides this annual college and career readiness event for high-school juniors and seniors and anyone interested in pursuing higher education. Students and families will be able to chat with colleges, trade schools and apprentice programs, view financial aid presentations in both English and Spanish and check out local scholarships. Call 303-565-2000.

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Toys for Tots

Tony Merritt, the local Edward Jones financial advisor, is supporting the Marine Corps Toys for Tots program by using his office as a drop-off location for this year’s toy drive, according to a praess statement.

Local residents may help needy children in the area by bringing in a new, unwrapped toy to the office, 150 Main St., Suite 1, during regular business hours through Dec. 3.

“With the holiday season around the corner, we are all getting ready for the festivities,” Merritt said in the statement. “And as this is the season of giving, now is a great time to remember the less fortunate in our community.”

Call 303-857-3983.

Donation time

The Fort Lupton Food & Clothing Bank is asking for donations of canneed fruit and N, variety of dry pasta and pasta dinners, peanut butter and canned meat such as tuna (including the pouches), to help out local schools that just reopened after a year of remote learning.

Other potential donations could include chicken, Vienna sausages, spam and salmon. The bank also needs personal items, such as toiletries and baby needs.

Drop off donations at the food and clothing bank’s back door, 421 Denver Ave., weekdays between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Call 303-857-1096.

Teen hangout

Teens can stop by the Fort Lupton Pubic & School Library Wednesdays to play crafts, video games and hang out with friends after school.

Walk with a doc

Platte Valley Medical Center’s cardiac rehab team and Walk With A Doc will host monthly walks with Dr. Christopher Cannon, an interventional cardiologist at Brighton Heart and Vascular Institute.

This is a walking program for everyone interested in taking steps for a healthier lifestyle. After a few minutes to learn about a current health topic from the doctor, spend the rest of the hour enjoying a healthy walk and a fun conversation. It’s a great way to get out, get active and enjoy all the benefits that come from walking.

Blessings in a Bag

Fort Lupton’s Backpack Program helps school children in need with a backpack of healthy food. It’s an all-volunteer program and is in need of volunteers. If interested in volunteering or donating, call 303-718-4440. Mail donations to Blessings in a Bag, 306 Park Ave., Fort Lupton 80621.

Drop-in child care

The Fort Lupton Recreation Center offers drop-in child care from 8:30 to 11 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays or Tuesdays and Thursdays. Call 303-857-4200.

Committee openings

Fort Lupton has openings for several of its citizen advisory committees. Visit https://www.fortluptonco.gov/966/I-Want-To-Apply-for-a-Committee.

Boards/committees’ openings

The city of Fort Lupton is looking for volunteers for its historic preservation board, the Fort Lupton Urban Renewal Authority, FLURA business representative (a five-year term), FLURA alternate member (term expires March 5, 2023) and library board trustee (term expires December 2024).

Call Alyssa Knutson at 720-466-6128.

Chess tournament

The Fort Lupton Public & School Library put together a chess tournament that’s ideal for beginning players.

Visit https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1UFPA1ENiETkHnJjaHh_E3hUAOEWSRKUXpU7utzYab-U/viewform?fbclid=IwAR1M9cUK4bp7cJyH9phmivtIV6gmeXqd3kNra5q_L113Py-IhRIHDjMHRd4&edit_requested=true

Fort Lupton senior lunches

Senior lunches are available at noon Mondays at the Fort Lupton Recreation Center, 203 S. Harrison Ave. Sign up by noon the previous Thursday. Call 303-857-4200, ext. 6166.

Coffee group

Fort Lupton’s weekly coffee group sessions are at 8 a.m. Wednesdays. Call 303-857-4200.

Silver Sneakers

Silver Sneaker Yoga is available Fridays from 9 to 9:45 a.m. and from 10 to 10:45 a.m. at the Fort Lupton recreation Center, 203 S. Harrison Ave.

Water aerobics

The city’s water aerobics class meets from 6 to 6:45 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at thke Fort Lupton Recreation Center, 203 S. Harrison Ave. Call 303-857-4200.

Pen pals

Fort Lupton’s senior pen pal program through Twombly Elementary School is looking for participants. Learn more at: https://www.fortluptonco.gov/950/Senior-Pen-Pal-Program

Craft classes

Monthly craft classes through the Fort Lupton Recreation Center (203 S. Harrison Ave.) are available. Call 303-857-4200, ext. 6166 with questions.

Free short-term radon test kits

Weld County residents can receive a free radon test kit (one per household, while supplies last). Test kits can be requested online at www.drhomeair.com/weld, according to a statement.

Call the Weld County Department of Public Health and Environment at (970) 400-2226 or visit: www.weldgov.com/go/radon.

Warm Line up and running

Community Reach Center is offering a Warm Line (303-280-6602) for those who want to talk to mental-health professionals about anxiety, lack of sleep and strained relationships, among other topics. The professionals can facilitate referrals to other programs for assistance.

A press statement said the line is not for crisis intervention. Those feeling unsafe or suicidal should call Colorado Crisis Services (1-844-493-8255) or text 38255 or visit the Behavioral Urgent Care Center, 2551 W. 84th Ave., Westminster.

Also, the center’s COVID-19 Heroes Program is set up to assist healthcare workers during the pandemic. Those who live or work in Adams County can receive up to six free counseling sessions. Use the Warm Line for support and free counseling.

Brighton’s community intake location is at 1850 E. Egbert St., on the second floor. It’s open from 8 a.m. to noon Tuesdays.

Here’s a list of locations where you can receive a test for COVID-19:

Brighton Advanced Urgent Care, 2801 Purcell St. Call 303-659-9700 or visit https://advurgent.com/locations/brighton/

Brighton Salud, 1860 E. Egbert St. Testing is available on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Call 303-697-2583 or visit https://www.saludclinic.org/covid-testing

Fort Lupton Salud, 1115 Second St. Testing is available on Tuesday and Thursday. Call 303-697-2583 or visit https://www.saludclinic.org/covid-testing

Alcoholics Anonymous

The Brighton chapter of Alcoholics Anonymous meets at 147 S. Second Place. Meeting times are 10 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sundays, noon and 7:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 6 p.m. Thursdays and 9 p.m. Fridays.

Call 303-659-9953 or visit www.brighton1aa.org.

Volunteers needed

Qualified Listeners needs volunteers to drive veterans to and from appointments, run errands for veterans who cannot get out, handyman services, help administer veteran and family resource guide inventory in local libraries and veterans to be trained to become qualified listeners.

Visit qualifiedlisteners.org/volunteerapp and fill out the form or call 720-600-0860.

Relief funding

Small businesses can apply for up to $35,000 in relief funding through a mix of grants and low-interest loans.

Visit EnergizeColorado.com. It’s available to businesses with less than 25 full-time employees.

Eagle Express rides

Barr Lake State Park will offer virtual rides aboard the Eagle Express. Join Ranger Michelle and her friends as they read a story about our natural world that is sure to entertain your preschooler while teaching them about plants, animals and our planet. Call 303-659-6005.

Storytime

Barr Lake State Park’s storytime program goes virtual this year.

Rangers will read stories about the natural world. Call 303-659-6005 with questions.

The South Platte Valley Historical Park will be reopening for public visitation on May 3, 2021. The hours the park will be open are from 10:00 till 4:00 on Saturdays and Sundays. For more information, check our website, www.spvhs.org or call 303-857-1710.

Help for vets

Qualified Listeners, a veteran and family resource hub serving northern Colorado and southern Wyoming, has several power chairs, power scooters and electric wheelchairs available.

The VA offers urgent care services to eligible veterans, both at VA medical facilities or at several in‑network urgent care clinics that are closer to home. Use this benefit to treat minor injuries and illnesses that are not life-threatening, such as colds, strep throat, sprained muscles, and skin and ear infections.

To find the closest facility to you visit www.va.gov/find-locations or call 720-600-0860.

Qualified Listeners also needs volunteers to drive veterans to and from appointments, run errands for veterans who cannot get out, handyman services, help administer veteran and family resource guide inventory in local libraries and veterans to be trained to become qualified listeners.

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