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Wheat Ridge Grange Heats Up with Annual Chili Cook-Off

Amidst the savory aromas and steadfast crockpots, fourteen contestants showcased their culinary skills at the Wheat Ridge Grange’s annual chili cook-off on Thursday, Jan. 18. More than 50 attendees escaped the dropping temperatures outside to taste, evaluate and vote for their favorite dish.  First-time entrant and Wheat Ridge City Council member Jenny Snell captured the

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An Evening Of Joy And Remembrance At The Green’s Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony

Despite cold and windy weather, hundreds of people gathered at The Green on 38th Avenue for the Wheat Ridge Holiday Celebration on Saturday, Dec. 2. Described by organizer, Beth June as a Hallmark-movie type of event, it featured an abundance of holiday-themed activities including: horse-drawn carriage rides, carolers, crafts, s’mores and refreshments, photos with Santa

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Ribbon Cutting to Welcome Huckleberry Roasters

Ribbon cutting took place on Fri. Oct 13 to welcome Huckleberry Roasters to 5990 W 38th Ave, Wheat Ridge, with Wheat Ridge Mayor Bud Starker cutting the ribbon with Koan Goedman, founder/owner. They were joined by Huckleberry staffers: Hummes, Jess, Dan , and Bradley. Also in attendance were Dist. 3 City Councilperson Rachel Grace Hultin,

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Press Apples Into Cider And Sauce This Second Saturday, Oct. 14

I don’t know about you, but in autumn when the weather starts changing, my energy increases. Cooler temperatures prevail, and best of all, apples ripen!  Trees change their energy level, too. Sap slows, and crisp, cool nights change the apples; they quit increasing in size and grow sweeter and more flavorful.  The Wheat Ridge Historical

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What’s Happening – October 2023

Turn Your Apples Into Cider At Wheat Ridge Historical Society’s Second Saturday Social, Oct. 14 Join the Wheat Ridge Historical Society for an old-time favorite Second Saturday Social, Apple Cider Day, Oct. 14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Historical Park, 4610 Robb St. You supply the apples, some clean containers and a

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What’s Happening – September 2023

Wheat Ridge Approving ADUs One Year After Council’s Vote  One year after Wheat Ridge City Council voted to allow accessory dwelling units (ADUs) in the city, seven existing units are now legal, and 21 permits are in the pipeline for new and existing units. “We have been permitting ADUs that already existed but were unsanctioned,”

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Carnation Festival Still Excites In Its 54th Year

The carnations may be gone, but the festival is as lively as ever.  Wheat Ridge residents and visitors gathered at Anderson Park from Aug. 11 through 13 to celebrate the City of Wheat Ridge in the annual Carnation Festival. The crowd enjoyed a parade on 38th Avenue, carnival rides, live music and a fireworks show. 

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Meet This Year’s Carnation Festival Royal Court

Every summer, the Wheat Ridge Carnation Festival gives royal titles to three community members who’ve positively contributed through their participation or service in the city. This year’s 2023 Royal Court honors Countess Janace Fischer, Count Scott Shields and Grand Marshal John Bandimere, Jr. The 2023 Carnation Festival takes place Aug. 11 through 13 at Anderson

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Blues And BBQ Festival Rocks Citizen’s Park

I’ll have a barbecue sandwich with a side of lively music and proceeds to a good cause, please.  The Blues and BBQ Festival drew a crowd of approximately 1,500 to Citizen’s Park in Edgewater for its 26th year of music on Saturday, July 15. The nonprofit event raised $30,000 for affordable housing initiatives in Denver,

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What’s Happening August 2023

Wheat Ridge Reduces Parking Requirements For Affordable Housing Developments Wheat Ridge City Council recently passed a resolution lowering minimum parking requirements for affordable housing developments, to reduce building costs. At its June 26 regular session council approved, 7-0, an ordinance changing parking requirements for deed-restricted affordable dwelling units. Near transit, the one parking space per

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What’s Happening – July 2023

West Pines To Move Wheat Ridge Operations To New Westminster Behavioral Hospital In Fall 2024 Intermountain Health and Acadia Healthcare Company held a groundbreaking ceremony on May 31 for West Pines Behavioral Hospital, a new 144-bed inpatient behavioral health hospital, at 11455 Huron St., Westminster, to serve Denver area residents.  Upon completion of the new facility

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What’s Happening – June 2023

Buy And Sell Your Spring Cleaning Items At Historical Society’s Annual Yard Sale, June 10 If spring cleaning has left you with full bags and boxes that you can’t quite bring yourself to donate, bring them to the Historical Society’s popular Annual Yard Sale on Saturday, June 10, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at

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What’s Happening – May 2023

Tickets On Sale For Central City Opera’s ‘Brush Up Your Shakespeare’ Summer Festival, June 24-Aug. 6   Wheat Ridge-based Central City Opera invites lovers of opera (and musicals) to “Brush Up Your Shakespeare” and join Central City Opera for its 2023 Summer Festival.   Evening and matinee performances take place in the historic Central City

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What’s Happening – April 2023

ADU Foes In Court To Challenge Last Year’s Rejection Of Petitions Remember last summer’s petition drive to undo Wheat Ridge City Council’s July approval of an ordinance allowing accessory dwelling units? (If you don’t, see “Petition Drive Aims To Overturn Council’s ADU Decision,” September 2022 Neighborhood Gazette.)  Petition organizers failed to gather the minimum 1,757

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What’s Happening – March 2023

Learn More About Your Local Mini Government At League Of Women Voters’ ‘The Hidden Life Of Special Districts’ League of Women Voters Jefferson County, in collaboration with the Jefferson Unitarian Church, will sponsor “The Hidden Life of Special Districts,” a free panel presentation open to the public on March 6 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.,

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What’s Happening – February 2023

More Fire Hazards And Invasives To Be Cleared From The Greenbelt, Thanks To A Grant More mitigation and removal of fire fuels and invasive species from the Wheat Ridge Greenbelt will take place this fall, thanks to a $61,650 grant awarded by Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) to the City of Wheat Ridge in late December.

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Arts

The Future Of Art On The Farm

For the past two years Art on the Farm has been a monthly event on a local urban farm, promoted and supported by the Neighborhood Gazette, the City of Wheat Ridge, Wheat Ridge Creates and the Art League. It is an outdoor place for artists to come and paint, sculpt and share their art with

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What’s Happening – January 2023

Funds For Art, Bike & Pedestrian Improvements, Parks Included In Wheat Ridge City Council’s Budget   The Wheat Ridge City Council announced the passage of the city’s 2023 budget in late November, and it will go into effect on Jan. 1. According to a press release from the city, the 7-0 vote “leveraged the city’s strong

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The Bowler Hat: Practicality and Style Comes to Town

With the arrival of each new year, the Historical Society hosts one of my favorite events: the Historical Fashion Show and Tea Party. It’s just ahead on Saturday, Jan. 14, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Baugh House. Past gatherings have featured an array of fashions from mid-1800s prairie chic, to slick bowler-topped

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Attorney-Turned-Actor Plays The Wheat Ridge Stage

The orderly and professional atmosphere of a courtroom is the opposite of the make-believe and sometimes off-the-wall approach on stage. But those two worlds intersected for a retired attorney who found a second career as an actor, thanks partly to the Wheat Ridge Theater Company. Jim Hayes began practicing law in California in 1975. His

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A Holiday Letter From Santa, And More!

Dear children of Wheat Ridge, I am coming to visit your town for a special holiday celebration! I will arrive from the North Pole to Wheat Ridge Cyclery at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3. I am a very busy man this time of year, so I will do my best to see as many

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Happenings – December 2022

City Snowplow Drivers Take Home Third in National Competition Last month snowplow drivers from the City of Wheat Ridge’s Public Works Department competed in the Western Snow and Ice National Conference. Mike Ivancich and Kevin Dewey took third place overall as a team in the single-axle plow competition, according to a press release from the

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Happenings – November 2022

New Art Education Scholarship Available For Wheat Ridge Students And Graduates Hey kids, are you interested in pursuing an art education? If you are a junior, senior or recent graduate who either resides in Wheat Ridge or has attended school in Wheat Ridge, there’s a new art scholarship available. During the June 2022 Art in

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