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FRONT PAGE NEWS: Stevens Elementary Rubik’s Cube Club

The Stevens Elementary Rubik’s Cube Club is run by their principal TJ McManus and funded through Federal 21st Century Learning Grant. See “School Crossing." PHOTO: TJ McManus

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NEIGHBORHOOD FEATURE: TIF Money Helps Improve Longtime Local Business

A nearly half-century-old Wheat Ridge business hopes to welcome customers in a new building this spring, thanks partly to city urban renewal district funds and a lot of money, time, effort, number crunching and headaches for the owners.

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FRONT PAGE NEWS: Integrating Art and Fun

Several Painted Metal Sculptures Stand at Mountair Park, including these neighborhood helpers. Sculptures of happy cows and a farmer and two young men pumping gas also add life and fun to the park. See “Integrating Art and Fun...” on page 6. PHOTO: TIM BERLAND

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NEIGHBORHOOD FEATURE: Berkeley Inn Turns 85 – More or Less

Believed to be one of the oldest bars in Denver, the Berkeley Inn, 3834 Tennyson St., opened in or around 1934 in the Berkeley neighborhood, a 4.2-square-mile unincorporated community in Adams County.

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Lakewood’s Westfax Brewing, 6733 W. Colfax Ave., will host a tap party as part of the Jefferson County Public Library’s “Stouts & Stories, Ales and Tales” celebration, Wednesday, Nov. 8, from 4 to 8 p.m.

And, the Edgewater Library will stage a beer-glass etching class and beer talk on Thursday, Oct. 26, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Patrons can customize their own beer pint glass, all supplies and materials are provided, free of charge, while supplies last. Then, Joyride Brewery co-owners Dave Bergen and Grant Babb, along with Fermentation Society President Chris Mendez, will expound on fermentation and craft beer brewing. Adults only, no registration required.

“Stouts & Stories, Ales and Tales” is a six-week celebration of Jefferson County beer and books with special events, tap parties, contests, prizes and a passport beer tour.

Now through Nov. 15, residents can pick up Beer Tour Passports from any Jeffco branch library and receive discounts and prizes at brewery partners in the county.

Other library events include “The Story of Beer” where people can learn the origins and history of beer in Jefferson County, how it’s made, different types of beer and stories of the rise of several great American brewers and beer families. Trends in micro brewing and craft beers, and their strong Colorado connections, will be featured. Check the website for times and locations.

Participants can enter contests and win weekly prizes throughout the six weeks on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, and Instagram and a grand prize at the end of the program. People will earn an entry each time they play using the #stoutsandstories. The grand prize includes an annual Colorado State Parks pass.

Check out all the beer-related programs the library has planned at jeffcolibrary.org/beer.