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FRONT PAGE NEWS: Cue The Music: The Holidays Are Here

Ridge On 38th Holiday Celebration, presented and organized by Localworks, will take place on Sat., Dec. 1 from 3 to 6:30 p.m., featuring hot cocoa, carolers, arts, crafts and holiday shopping. PHOTO BY BECKY OLSTAD

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FRONT PAGE NEWS: Behind The Scenes As Civic Center Nears Completion

A worker installs the sign at the new location of the Edgewater branch of the Jefferson County Public Library on Nov. 5. The new library is part of the Edgewater Civic Center project, scheduled to open to the public after Thanksgiving. PHOTO: MIKE MCKIBBIN

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NEIGHBORHOOD FEATURE: There’s Still Gold In Them Thar Creeks

It’s unlikely anyone can live in Wheat Ridge for more than a year and not know about its agricultural roots, but some may be less familiar with the city’s significance in the history of the gold rush in Colorado.

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NEIGHBORHOOD FEATURE: A Gold Crown Clubhouse For Edgewater Kids

"We believe in the power of one.” That’s the motto of the new Gold Crown Clubhouse in the heart of Edgewater, where individuals aged 10 to 18 can go to be creative and learn or improve technology skills.

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The saddest part of the holidays is of course, the teardown. It’s hard to watch those glistening lights go dim and be stuffed into boxes for the next 11 months (unless you are one of those who keep your lights up until March – you know who you are). What’s even harder is saying goodbye to strings of holiday lights whose time on the tree or the house have expired.

We can’t take the emotional wear of taking down holiday decorations any easier, but maybe providing you with the places to recycle the non-boxed decorations can. Lakewood residents can rest easier knowing that they have a place to take their live Christmas trees when the holidays are over.

Lakewood Greenhouse, located at 9556 W. Yale Ave., will be accepting live, decoration-free Christmas trees only (no garland or wreaths) from Lakewood residents from Dec. 26 to Jan. 7, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Any type of holiday string lights can be taken to the recycling center on Quail St. through Jan. 21. There will be collection totes for the lights. Feel free to bring wrapping paper along with you to put in the paper bin while you are there. However, foil-lined wrapping paper cannot be recycled. –Tawny Clary