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FRONT PAGE NEWS: Festivals Fill Out The Summer Season

The 49th annual Carnation Festival features a carnival, parade and fun to spotlight the people and community culture that has helped put Wheat Ridge on the map. PHOTO COURTESY CARNATION FESTIVAL.

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FRONT PAGE NEWS: Flock Of Festivals Come To 40 West Art District

Watch artists paint murals like this one – live – at MuralFest at Lamar Plaza on Aug. 11, also featuring children’s activities, free trolley rides, art demonstrations and even graffiti painting. PHOTO DAVE REIN/COURTESY 40 WEST ARTS.

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PEOPLE YOU SHOULD KNOW: Joe DeMott: Serving The Community, In Every Sense Of The Word

Working for his father at Pietra’s Pizzeria since his teen years, public servant and community volunteer Joe DeMott now owns and manages the establishment, which his father opened in 1964. PHOTO COURTESY DEMOTT FAMILY.

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PEOPLE YOU SHOULD KNOW: Community Booster Grant Babb: Promoting Edgewater Community

"Edgewater is a real small town, where neighbors know each other and each other’s kids,” says Grant Babb, owner of Joyride Brewing and an Edgewater resident since 2009. “My kids are safe riding their bikes down the street.” PHOTO BY LAURIE DUNKLEE

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For those of us with the traditional concept of the Revolutionary War, that of Minutemen, Lexington, and Concord, “Independence Lost,” by Kathleen DuVal, will be an eye opener.

The Jefferson County League of Women Voters Nonfiction Book Club’s May selection covers the mosaic of activity along the Gulf Coast around the time of the Revolution, outside the 13 rebelling colonies. DuVal uses composite characters to explain the role of the British loyalists, the French, Cajuns, Choctaws and other tribes, free blacks and slaves in the struggle, which resulted in major British defeats at Baton Rouge, Pensacola, and Mobile.

The final meeting to discuss the book will be held Saturday, May 19, at 9:30 a.m., at Brookdale Westland Meridian, 10695 W. 17th Ave., Lakewood.

All are welcome at either meeting, which are the last of this season. Book club meetings will resume in September.

For more information, call Lynne at 303-985-5128, email info@lwvjeffco.org, or visit www.lwvjeffco.org.