This summer Healing Waters Family Center will again host three produce and health fairs for low-income residents and seniors who may not otherwise have access to fresh fruits and vegetables. Jefferson County Public Health Nutrition Services is organizing the Friday morning fairs, held June 14, July 12 and Aug. 9, all at 6475 W. 29th Ave. in Wheat Ridge.
Last year food and information was distributed to nearly 2,000 Jefferson County households during three fairs.
There is no income or residential requirement to participate, but participants are asked to respect and support the goal of providing nourishment and education to low-income residents.
The produce fairs are coordinated by the Produce and Health Fair County Collaborative: Food Bank of the Rockies, Operation Frontline Colorado, Adams County Food Distribution, Immaculate Heart of Mary Food Bank, Denver Public Health, Jefferson County Public Health and Tri-County Health Department.
For more information, contact JCPH Nutrition Services’ Nancy G. Obrien at 303-239-7126.
Do you know how to use a fire extinguisher? Evergreen Fire Rescue Fire Marshal Frank Dearborn shares fire safety tips, including how to prevent fires and what to do if a fire starts in “Hot Topic: Extinguishing the Flame,” Tuesday, May 28, 1:30 p.m., at the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Conference Room, located at 500 Jefferson County Parkway, Golden.
The free community meeting is sponsored by TRIAD, a cooperative venture of senior community members, the district attorney, law enforcement and senior service providers concerned about the safety and security of seniors living in Jefferson and Gilpin counties.
For details of “Hot Topic: Extinguishing the Flame” or more information on TRIAD, call 303-271-6980.
Meet other grandparents who care for their grandkids during the summer and get out of the house for a grand time through free summer programs in Edgewater offered by Jewish Family Services, select Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.
The series begins with “Horseshoes and Ice Cream” on June 12 at Citizens Park, Benton St. and 22nd Ave. Plastic horseshoes are provided for the little ones, and real horseshoes for the big kids, along with, lemonade, ice cream and fruit.
“Brown Bag Picnic and Tie-Dye at Sloan’s Lake” is set for July 10 at Sloan’s Lake, Utica St. and 17th Ave. Bring a lunch and grandkids and talk with other grandparents while the kids enjoy summer play at the park. Bring a white T-shirt to create summer tie-dye.
“Dance Time” takes place Aug. 14 at Edgewater United Methodist Church, 2497 Fenton St. Bring dance shoes and grandkids for line dancing, salsa, mamba, and more.
All grandparents must be supervised by a kid, and all kids must be supervised by a grandparent. Free, but sign up.
In addition, all are invited to the “Edgewater Community Picnic and Scavenger Hunt,” featuring free hotdogs, music and fireworks, Saturday, Aug. 10, 6 p.m., at Citizens Park.
Wheat Ridge-based Brothers Redevelopment is celebrating its 35th anniversary by offering to paint the homes of more than 100 Wheat Ridge seniors, free of charge, during its annual Brothers Redevelopment Paint-A-Thon.
Anyone can nominate a senior for the free program. To qualify, individuals must be 60 years or older, own and occupy their own home and plan to live in it at least one more year. Seniors must have a limited income and be financially unable to hire a house painter (the average cost to paint a home can be well over $5,000). The home can not be taller than one and a half stories and must be in need of painting. Organizers are also looking for volunteers to help paint homes.
Applications are due by May 31, and are available online atwww.brothersredevelopment.org or by calling Chad Nibbelink at 720-339-5864.
Wheat Ridge City Council will hold a neighborhood meeting to discuss the East Wheat Ridge Project and other topics, Friday, June 7, 6:00 p.m., at Ye Olde Firehouse, 3232 Depew St.
Since its start in 2009, the East Wheat Ridge program has sought to improve the safety and quality of life in the area between Harlan Street and Sheridan Boulevard, because of its classic neighborhoods and proximity to the City of Denver. Project partners include the Wheat Ridge Police Department, the City of Wheat Ridge, Wheat Ridge 20/20 and LiveWell Wheat Ridge.
On May 11, partners organized a Saturday morning neighborhood cleanup, providing dumpsters at six locations between Sheridan and Fenton from 29th to 33rd.
Wheat Ridge Police and project partners seek to enhance their partnership with the community to reduce crime and prevent neighborhood decline. They also seek to increase property values, provide healthy living choices, and attract new and law-abiding citizens to the community.
For more information on the East Wheat Ridge Project contact Wheat Ridge 20/20 at 720-259-1030.
Bowlers and donors raised at least $9,378 for the Kyle Brake Memorial Sports Scholarship Fund at the fifth annual Kickin’ It 4 Kyle Bowl-a-Thon, April 27 & 28, at BrunswickZone, 9751 W. 49th Ave. Additional donations and payments for silent auction items were expected at press.
The Bowl-a-Thon is the major fundraiser for the fund, which was established to help ease the financial burden associated with participating in organized sports. The scholarship is available to needy children, kindergarten through eighth grade, who want to participate in Wheat Ridge area sports. Funds are used to cover registration fees, uniforms and equipment costs. Since its creation, the fund has provided $35,300 in scholarships to 293 children.
For more information on the Wheat Ridge Community Foundation call 303-423-5133.
Older adults are invited to the third annual Jefferson County Senior Law Day, Saturday, June 1, 7:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., at Arvada Covenant Church, 5555 Ward Road, Arvada.
The educational seminar provides information specifically for older adults in Jefferson County. The registration cost is $10 per person and includes a continental breakfast and lunch. Each attendee will receive a free copy of the new “Colorado Senior Law Handbook 2013,” a publication of the Colorado Bar Association. The Joe Peterson Orchestra & the JPO Andrews Singers will provide music during lunch. The “Ask-An-Attorney” feature allows participants to sign up for a free 15-minute consult with an attorney. Special plenary speaker will be Channel 4 News Anchor Jim Benemann.
Workshop topics include ID theft prevention, tips for probate, powers of attorney, conservatorship/guardianship, elder abuse, end-of-life issues, reverse mortgages, investment fraud and the “aging brain.”
A panel of experts will discuss the causes, treatments and control of diabetes from nutritional, exercise, medical and patient perspectives in “Controlling Diabetes,” a free discussion presented by Colorado Senior Connections, Wednesday, May 29, 10:00 a.m., at the Edgewater Recreation Room, 5845 W. 25th Ave., in Edgewater.
This month the Jefferson County League of Women Voters will explain the ins and outs of the 90+ bills that passed through the state legislature this month – from civil unions to voting rights, gun control and health care, higher education, fiscal opportunity, reproductive choice and juvenile direct file.
The League of Women Voters has had a dedicated team of volunteers following bills through the state legislature this year. From first readings to hearings, they have attempted to shape numerous state laws, and testified for and against numerous bills, according to Jeffco League spokeswomen Lynne Ellison.
Learn how these new laws will affect your life at this month’s small group meetings, all held in Lakewood:
Wednesday, May 22, 9:15 a.m. at Westland Meridian, 10695 W. 17 Ave., Lakewood; call Kathy at 303-238-5696 for more information.
Wednesday, May 22, 6:00 p.m. at 1425 Brentwood, Suite 7, Lakewood; call Carmah at 303-239-0981 for information.
Thursday, May 23, 9:15 a.m. at the Cason Howell House, 1575 Kipling St., Lakewood; contact Lynne at 303-985-5128 for information.
All meetings are open to the public regardless of party affiliation. No reservations are required.
For more information about the Jeffco LWV visitwww.lwvjeffco.org.
At the June 11 Wheat Ridge Business Association breakfast Jayne Colburn, Marketing Executive with The Fan Radio 104.3, will present Powerful Radio Marketing.. In addition to a brief history of radio from reel to reel to digital, Jayne will build personal creative marketing campaigns for a few Wheat Ridge Business Association members.
The next Wheat Ridge Business Association breakfast meeting will take place June 11, 7:00-8:45 a.m. at the Wheat Ridge Rec Center, 4005 Kipling St. RSVP’s are required by June 6. WRBA members $12, non members $15. Register online atwww.wheatridgebiz.com/meetingregister.php. Info 303-594-1520.