Happenings February 2022

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Deadline For Applications To Volunteer On Wheat Ridge Boards and Commissions Is Feb. 11

The City of Wheat Ridge is recruiting residents wanting to participate in their government as volunteers on the city’s boards and commissions. Generally, applicants must live in the district for which they are applying except for At-Large positions, and sometimes exceptions are made.

Interested? Apply online or pick up an application at City Hall and submit to the City Clerk’s office at 7500 W. 29th Ave. Applications are due by 5 p.m., Feb. 11. 

There are positions open on:

• Board of Adjustment

• Building Code Advisory Board

• Cultural Commission

• Liquor Licensing Authority

• Parks & Recreation Commission

• Planning Commission

For more information, contact Stephanie Pomponio at 303-235-2977, wrbnc@ci.wheatridge.co.us or Deputy Clerk Robin Eaton at 303-235-2816, cityclerk@ci.wheatridge.co.us.

  Astronauts aboard the International Space Station will answer questions from Wheat Ridge High School students during a live event broadcast on NASA-TV – www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/#public – the morning of Feb. 18.

  Astronauts will respond to pre-recorded questions submitted by WRHS students in the special event, which celebrates space, science and deeper learning experiences

  According to a media release from Jeffco Public Schools, it is part of a Space Exploration unit in WRHS’s astronomy courses, leading up to the Artemis missions to the Moon and Mars. The courses introduce and utilize astronomical instruments, as well as explore theories regarding the origin and evolution of the universe, space and time.

  In addition to the live broadcast event, WRHS will be celebrating the event with an in-person assembly featuring local and state dignitaries and honored guests from the Colorado space industry and community. 

  Due to weather, technological constraints and astronaut availability, the exact time details of the downlink event and in-person celebration will be determined by NASA closer to Feb. 10.

Valentine’s Day Is Theme Of Wheat Ridge Historical Society’s Second Saturday Social

  Treat your sweetheart right by making him or her a personally crafted valentine at the popular Traditional Valentine-Making Party, our Second Saturday Social, Feb. 12 at the Baugh House (44th and Robb Street) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Everything you’ll need to fashion a card with that personal touch will be there: ribbons, colored paper, cut-outs, and colored pens and pencils. Or you can bring your own special materials, poems and messages to combine with ours and send to your special someone or donate to area assisted-living facilities. Come and enjoy live music and plenty of socializing while you work.

  Work at the Johnson Cabin in the Historical Park continues, although at a slower pace than originally intended. Volunteers are in the process of giving the 160-year-old building a thorough cleaning before staging it to authentically represent a prairie home in the 1860s, inhabited by a pioneer family who furnished it either with contents brought with them from back east or hand-crafted upon arrival.

  The Historical Park museums are open on Fridays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. We are happy to accommodate your needs and glad to make appointments for tours on other days; just call or email us at the contact information below. Although the Soddy is temporarily closed for repairs, the other museums in the park are open for tours.

  The membership drive is in full swing. We encourage annual members along with all Wheat Ridge residents to support the Historical Society museums by purchasing a membership and making a donation. Annual dues are: Individual $25, Family $30, Patron (gift included) $50, Business $100.

 For more information visit wheatridgehistoricalsociety.org, email wrhistorical@gmail.com, call 303-421-9111, or stop by the Red Brick House Fridays at 4610 Robb St. And follow us on Facebook.

‘Mesmerized’ Is Wheat Ridge Reads’ Book For 2022

The Wheat Ridge Cultural Commission has selected David-Matthew Barnes’ “Mesmerized” for the 10th annual Wheat Ridge Reads community-wide reading event. A virtual reading and meet-the-author event were held in January, with a live reading earlier this month.

Set in Sacramento in 1986, this novel for young people received a Rainbow Award for Best LGBT Coming of Age/Young Adult Novel.

Copies of the book can be borrowed from the Wheat Ridge Library and Wheat Ridge “little libraries” (where available), and purchased online at Amazon.com. 

Wheat Ridge Reads is a citywide book club, sponsored by the Wheat Ridge Cultural Commission. Presented annually, Wheat Ridge Reads is designed to promote literacy and a shared reading experience throughout the city.

According to the Commission, David-Matthew Barnes has authored 15 novels, three collections of poetry, seven short stories, and more than 60 stage plays that have been performed in three languages in 12 countries. He writes in multiple genres, primarily young adult, romance, thriller and horror.

Localworks Stages Community Build Evening Feb. 24

  Localworks’ first Live Local event of the new year will be a Community Build Evening, Thursday, Feb. 24 from 6 to 8 p.m., at its makerspace in the Wheat Ridge United Methodist Church, 7530 W. 38th Ave.

  Participants will have the opportunity to build a quick project, see demonstrations of the tools in the makerspace, including laser cutter, 3D printers and textile projects. Guests can also bring their own projects and work along with other makers. Cookies and lemonade provided!

  Free, but advance ticket required due to limited space.

Visit www.wearelocalworks.org for details.

The date isn’t final, but this spring, Lakewood Arts Gallery, 6731 W. Colfax Ave. (currently next to Casa Bonita), will be moving to 6501 W. Colfax Ave., in Lamar Plaza (just across the parking lot between Key Bank and Burger King). 

Until then, Lakewood Arts Council wants all to know that the gallery will remain open for business virtually while they are in the process of relocating, even if they have to close their physical location while preparing the new gallery to open for customers.

This month, the gallery will host its New and Gently Used Art Supply Sale in the Acorn Gallery through Feb. 25; on the President’s Wall will be artwork of Karen Whittier, and the Community Wall will feature the art of Sandra Davis.

  In March, enjoy the “From Natural to Abstract” exhibit in the Acorn Gallery, the art of Mark Eirhart on the President’s Wall, and Rick Elsmore’s “Glass Hearts” on the Community Wall. Ends March 25. Mark your calendar for the opening reception on First Friday, March 4, 5 to 8 p.m.

Normal gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday.

Call 303-980-0625, email lac@lakewoodarts.org or go to lakewoodarts.org for more information. 

Chamber of Commerce Hosts Ribbon Cutting For Theme Party Creations, Feb. 17

The Mayor of Wheat Ridge and Wheat Ridge Chamber of Commerce will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony for Theme Party Creations, 2890 Ames St., Wheat Ridge, on Thursday, Feb. 17, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free, open to the public.

For more information email: info@wheatridgechamber.org

Tales Of Giraffes, High Seas Adventure And Other People’s Book Recommendations On Tap At Local Book Clubs

Book some time to discuss great reads with the Edgewater Library Book Group, meeting monthly at the Edgewater Library, 1800 Harlan St. On Saturday, Feb. 12, 1 to 2:30 p.m., they’ll discuss Lynda Rutledge Stephenson’s 2021 novel, “West With Giraffes” – part fiction, part historical saga and part coming-of-age love story … with two hurricane-surviving giraffes.

On Wednesday, Feb. 9, 6:30 to 8 p.m., the BYOB(ook) Club takes the traditional book club out of the library to WestFax Brewing Company, 6733 W. Colfax Ave. – where the beer is liberated and the dogs are welcome! Read any book that falls into the monthly theme – this month, “A Book That Someone Else Recommended To You” – and show up to share, imbibe and receive great book recommendations. Happy hour prices are available for attendees. 

Across the border in Wheat Ridge at Colorado Plus Brew Pub, 6995 W. 38th Ave., a rival BYOB(ook) Club meets Monday, March 7, 6:30 to 8 p.m., to share and receive recommendations on “A High Seas Adventure” – this month’s theme. Service animals are welcome, but please leave other four-legged friends at home.

For more information, call the Edgewater Library at 303-235-5275 or visit jeffcolibrary.org.

Welcome Wheat Ridge Lanes’ New Owners At A Ribbon Cutting, Feb. 19

The public is invited to join the Wheat Ridge Chamber of Commerce in welcoming the new ownership of Wheat Ridge Lanes with a ribbon cutting, Saturday, Feb. 19, from 4 to 5:30 p.m., at 6595 W. 38th Ave., Wheat Ridge. Free, open to the public.

For more information email: info@wheatridgechamber.org

Wheat Ridge Art League Welcomes Artists Of All Skill And Experience

New artists are welcome at the Wheat Ridge Art League. The league’s Alex Hinst said all levels of expertise are represented, from beginners to accomplished painters.

The league meets on the second Tuesday of each month (except August and December), at the Wheat Ridge Grange, 3850 High Court, Wheat Ridge. Social mixer and art share start at 6:30 p.m., business meeting at 7 p.m., and live demo at 7:30 p.m. 

The league was founded in 1974 to pursue the study of fine art, encourage originality and provide members with the opportunity to obtain public recognition.

Members gather monthly to provide support and encouragement to each other. Members continue to learn from one another and also from the excellent demonstrations conducted by experienced local artists at each meeting, according to Hinst. In addition, the league sponsors several workshops each year, also conducted by popular local artists using a variety of mediums.

Membership benefits include free demos by renowned artists, participation in official league shows and regular exhibits, newsletter, discounts for workshops, use of the league library, and the right to display works on its Facebook and Instagram pages and the Wheat Ridge Art League Website Member Gallery section, free of charge.

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