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Your Wheat Ridge Restaurant Rundown

When it comes to places to drink and eat, you’d be surprised just how many exciting and not-so-exciting places we have right here in Wheat Ridge. In fact we have more than 80 restaurants and bars inside city limits.  Let’s start with Clancy’s Irish Pub on 38th Avenue. Excellent food, expansive beverage selections and low

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New Air Quality Program Helps Wheat Ridge Stay Healthy

Those that call Wheat Ridge home love that the city is so convenient. The proximity and ease of a commute to the city or the mountains or anywhere between makes life a breeze. The downside to that is the fact that the geography of our city places us at some risk for poor air quality. 

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On the Course for Community: Localworks’ Second Annual Golf Tournament

Last September, just as the sun spilled over the mountains, more than 70 players settled into their golf carts, eager for a day of competitive play. United by a common cause, everyone came together to contribute to Localworks’ fundraising goals to ensure that all of our programming remains free and accessible to all Wheat Ridge

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Much Loved May Festival Just Around the Corner

Though April’s weather seemed manic, keep the faith that the second Saturday in May, when the Historical Society’s May Festival is scheduled on May 11th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the temperature will be in the high 70s with blue skies, the grass in the Historical Park (4610 Robb St.) will be a luxuriant

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A Disruptive Power Outage and How to Be a Good Neighbor

Utility services are expected to be reliable. Electricity, natural gas, the internet, even land-line telephone service; we expect it is always there. Flip the switch, the light comes on. When the temperature dips, the furnace warms our home. Open our laptops, and wi-fi connects us to the world. We just take it for granted, and

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Council Approves Robotic Art Installation

Wheat Ridge city councilors voted to move forward on a $160,000 on a futuristic robotic art installation for the Ward Road pedestrian bridge during their April 8 meeting.  Oregon-based artist Tyler Fuqua’s Mechan and Celestial Vines robotic art piece was selected out of 169 other submissions after a 2023 national call for entries seeking a

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City Begins Year-Long Update Process For Guiding Plan

A lengthy update process for a key guiding document in Wheat Ridge began with an April open house. At the end of the approximately 12 months, a new comprehensive plan will help city leaders and residents determine its direction through the next two decades. According to the city website, the Envision Wheat Ridge comprehensive plan

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New Adult Social Club Launches in Edgewater

Edgewater’s 55 and older crowd took over Edgewater Beer Garden on a sunny afternoon on April 11th, filling the restaurant with laughter, lively conversation and hearty welcomes to each newcomer.  Nearly 15 attendees showed up for the very first 55+ Social Club, proving it to be a popular idea. The club is a casual gathering

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Community Youth Programs Support Children’s Unique Needs

Extracurricular activities, whether sports, the arts, faith-based activities or cultural clubs, can have profound effects on children, particularly as they transition from childhood to adolescence.  Children who participate in group activities tend to have higher self-esteem and connection to their peers, as well as lower levels of anxiety and depression.  Wheat Ridge hosts a plethora

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Choosing Wines in the Spring & Summer Seasons

Summer is right around the corner, and you might be wondering, “At what point do I switch from red to white?”  The good news is that lighter-bodied reds can be served slightly chilled and are very refreshing in the spring and summer months. Consider trying a nice Pinot Noir or Beaujolais; these reds are lighter

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Mountain Vista Builds Legacy of High Quality Care

Mountain Vista Senior Living Community sits 15 sprawling acres of land looking out towards the mountains. Inside, it is a veritable town, with its own beauty salon, chapel, dog park, aviary, general store, garden, theater and clubhouse.  “At Mountain Vista, we really strive to have a home-like environment,” said Director of Resource Development Annie Lazano.”This

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Wheat Ridge Makerspace Among Largest on Front Range

If you have a hobby, a creative or business idea and need a place to make it happen in Wheat Ridge, the Clear Creek Makerspace is now open. Localworks, a nonprofit organization focused on the city’s economic development, launched what might be its most visible project yet with a March 30 grand opening of the

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Join us for Housing Hour: A Community Conversation on Affordable Housing

Forget happy hour – it’s time to talk housing! Localworks, in collaboration with the City of Wheat Ridge and the Jeffco Advocacy Network, is thrilled to invite you to a special event aimed at fostering dialogue and understanding around the pressing issue of affordable housing in our community. Scheduled for Thursday, April 4th, from 5:00

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Building Healthy, Supported Communities

Public health is an integral part of the larger picture of the health sector, but is distinct from the healthcare system in that our work focuses on the health and wellness of the community and population, rather than centering on individuals. This is done by addressing the foundations of health in the community. By reinforcing

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CHILDREN COLLECT EGGS DURING THE ANNUAL EASTER EGG HUNT HOSTED BY Wheat Ridge Parks and Recreation Saturday at Anderson Park. Hundreds turned out for the community tradition that featured 8,000 eggs dispersed across the park for children to collect.
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Wheat Ridge’s Easter Egg Hunt Delights Kids of All Ages

Sporting bow ties, bonnets and bunny ears, hundreds turned out to Anderson Park for the annual Easter Egg Hunt hosted by Wheat Ridge Parks and Recreation on Saturday, March 23rd. According to event organizer Beth June, the event, held annually for roughly 40 years, has evolved into a cherished family tradition for many in the

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Favorite Happy Hour – And The Winner Is…

We asked you to share with us your favorite Happy Hour place: a place where friends gather, a place where co-workers unwind. Tasty cocktails, cold beer, good food and lively music. You flooded us with answers. But it is clear where almost everyone is going. Clancy’s Irish Pub at 7000 W. 38th Avenue right here

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Low Income Housing Faces Steep Water Fee

Colorado Workforce Housing Solutions, an affordable housing development company based in Colorado Springs, and Aquasan, a water and energy consulting firm In Wheat Ridge, are collectively refuting the $400,000 impact fee being charged by the Valley Water District and Denver Water for construction of the Tabor Lake Apartments on 44th Avenue and Tabor Street.  Impact

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Wheat Ridge Seeing Most Crime Stats Drop

While national numbers show violent crimes decreased in 2022, public perception is that crime is on the upswing, primarily due to social media and the news media, said Wheat Ridge Police Chief Chris Murtha. The city’s own crime numbers for 2023 are a mixed bag of declines and upswings in various categories typically found in

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Localworks Brings Back Ridgefest Button Contest

In 2023, Localworks began a new tradition of a button designing contest to go along with our annual summer festival, Ridgefest. This year, we are excited to announce that we will be continuing this tradition! Beginning March 1, we will be seeking illustrations to be entered into our contest! The winning design will be utilized

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What’s Happening March 2024

 Wheat Ridge Historical Society Spring Equinox Celebration  The Historical Society will host a celebration of the Spring Equinox and the coming of spring at the Baugh House (44th Ave. & Robb St.) on Saturday, March 9, from 10:00–2:00. Topics of discussion include the public gardens at Happiness Gardens. Got an Irish story to tell? You

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Residents Struggle With Ongoing Construction at 44th and Wadsworth

The intersection at 44th Avenue and Wadsworth Boulevard is a hub of local business and a busy corridor for commuters. Lately, construction along both of these roads near their intersection has contributed to traffic jams, accidents and reduced access to local businesses. The area’s recent construction comes as part of the “Improve Wadsworth” project, which,

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106-Year-Old Wheat Ridge Resident Shares Story, Reflections

When Frances Vendena graduated from high school in 1935, her classmates declared her “happy-go-lucky”, and the phrase even appeared below her smiling yearbook photo.  Born on January 1, 1918, she was the first baby of the year welcomed into Alma, Nebraska. Now, at 106-years-old, Frances still smiles and laughs her way through conversations, recounting fond

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Green at 38th Prepares to Break Ground in June

The Green at 38th, the proposal for an outdoor gathering space outside Stevens Elementary School on 38th Avenue near Upham Street, will carry on a centuries-long tradition of community togetherness in Wheat Ridge.  Stevens Elementary is on the oldest continuous education site in Colorado, and since the 1800s, the land just outside the school has

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New City Map Project Offers Dirt On Dirt-Moving Work

The next time heavy equipment and workers in yellow vests start moving dirt in a Wheat Ridge neighborhood, try looking online to find out what’s being built. The city’s projects and properties map offers residents and businesses a place to find updates on city and private developments. In an introductory video posted on the city’s

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