Happy 2022!

Kate Cooke is the Executive Director of LocalWorks

Happy New Year from Localworks!

We are excited to ring in the new year with programs that connect and engage our residents and support and promote our local businesses.

In 2022, we are ramping up our Live Local program and plan on a monthly series of events. Live Local is a terrific program that connects residents and local businesses and celebrates all that is special in Wheat Ridge.

Live Local is a “meet the maker” type of event where participants really have a chance to get to know our local businesses and makers. Past events have included Rickoli Brewery, the Craft Box, and Clear Fork Cider. This year, we will be bringing the Chalk of the Town program under the Live Local program and having live chalk art paintings as part of several of the Live Local events. If you want to be part of the planning of the Live Local program, please check out our website and sign up to volunteer!

In June, Localworks will be hosting RidgeFest at the Green on 38th Avenue. This year we are partnering with the international Maker Faire organization to bring a focus on makers and creators in Wheat Ridge and from across the Denver metro area. We are working closely with our hardy band of makers and members of Wheat Ridge Creates to produce an event that showcases our creatives. The event will include demonstrations, competitions, vendor booths, music, craft beer and possibly a human-powered sculpture race. Stay tuned! We would love to have you be part of this planning effort. Please check out our website and sign-up to volunteer.

Over the summer months, Localworks will deliver programs that beautify our community including the popular community dumpster days, corridor cleanups, and neighborhood dumpster grants. We will be partnering with the Wheat Ridge Active Transportation Advisory Team for cruiser bike rides and our local fitness providers for fitness in the park. You and your family can connect and have fun at Movies on the Ridge and by hosting your very own block party (with a grant from Localworks). Please check out our website for more information and dates.

The first Live Local event will kick off in February at Localworks! We will be hosting a mini-makerspace event where you can try out 3D printing, electrifying crafts (!), and talk with other makers and creators here in Wheat Ridge.

As always, our community connections are what make Wheat Ridge such a special place. Localworks looks forward to connecting with you and your family!

Kate Cooke is the Executive Director of Localworks. Learn more about Localworks and upcoming events at: www.wearelocalworks.org

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