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Colorado Honey Festival Sweetens Four Seasons Market, Sept. 22 & 23

The Colorado Honey Festival comes to Wheat Ridge the weekend of Sept. 22-23, celebrating bees, beekeeping, pollinators of all kinds and, of course, honey.

The Festival will take place Saturday, Sept. 22, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Sunday, Sept. 23, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Four Seasons Farmers and Artisans Market, 7043 W. 38th Ave.

Admission is free. Festival attendees can sample local honey from different Colorado beekeepers, listen to live music, visit educational booths, and attend presentations on the health benefits of honey, Beekeeping Basics, Bee-Safe Neighborhoods and more. Hot food will be available for purchase at the event.

Four Seasons is pet-friendly and has restrooms on site. Look for easy parking for the festival just east of the market, off of Reed Street.

Festival vendors and presenters include The Colorado Beekeepers Association, Denver Bee, AintMisBEEhaiving, The Honey People, iIndulge, Jack’s Stands & Marketplace, Little Brazil, Melissa Lemmons Jams and White Cat Silver, in addition to all the regular Four Seasons Market vendors.

Saturday presentations include:

  • The Health Benefits of Honey by Ray Story, Colorado Beekeepers Association, 10 a.m.
  • Bee Safe Neighborhoods, by Sustainable Eiber  (Lakewood Sustainable Neighborhoods), 11:30 a.m.
  • Beekeeping 101 by Jeff Curry, The Honey People, 12:45 p.m.
  • Who’s Who in Your Garden? Native Bees, Wasps, Bumblebees and More! by Colorado Beekeepers Association, 1:30 p.m.

Sunday presentations include:

  • A topic-to-be-announced workshop, 10:30 a.m.
  • Beekeeping Basics: How do I get Started as a Beekeeper? How do I Keep my Bees Alive Once I Have Them? by the Colorado Beekeepers Association, 1:30 p.m.

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Fruitdale School Lofts Wins Prestigious NAHRO Award

Fruitdale School Lofts has received a Community Development award from the Mountain Plains Regional Council of the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO).

The NAHRO awards are given annually to recognize outstanding places, people and programs affiliated with NAHRO agency members. The awards recognize best practices among housing, redevelopment and community agencies.

The transformation of the Fruitdale School to solar-powered affordable housing culminates a decade of community effort to save a treasured historic landmark.

Fruitdale’s redevelopment is the first adaptive reuse project of its kind for the City of Wheat Ridge. The project is seen as a catalyst for the revitalization of Wheat Ridge’s 44th Avenue corridor, which is one reason why the city made a significant investment to help ensure Fruitdale’s success. An adjacent property has already been redeveloped as a direct result and improvements to other properties are underway along the corridor.

Fruitdale’s community includes former students (one that played basketball on the backboard that remains as a feature in his loft), a former city council member, a resident that is starting her own on-site community garden (to add to Fruitdale’s existing fruit trees and berry bushes), and many families with young children.

“We are honored to receive this prestigious NAHRO award on behalf of the entire Fruitdale School Partners team,” said Jim Hartman, principal of Hartman Ely Investments. “The rebirth of Fruitdale resulted from a monumental effort by countless team members and is a great testament to community will.”

“The restoration of the Fruitdale School into rental lofts offers a unique residential opportunity for Wheat Ridge,” said Patrick Goff, Wheat Ridge city manager. “With the use of solar power, free electric vehicle charging stations and edible, low-water-use landscaping, Fruitdale School Lofts provide our city with an example of how to create sustainable and affordable housing in a repurposed historic landmark that is very important to our community.”

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Free Presentation On The Aging Brain And Sustaining Quality Of Life Oct. 4 At Community First Foundation

Learn about the aging brain from a scientific point of view and discover resources that sustain the quality of life of older adults in Jefferson County at Healthy Aging: Opportunities and Rewards, Thursday, Oct. 4, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at Community First Foundation, 5855 Wadsworth Bypass, Unit A, Arvada.

Presented and sponsored by the Board Alumni Council of the Community First Foundation, the free community event features Seniors’ Resource Center President and CEO Monica Roers and Dr. Granholm Bentley of the Knoebel Institute. Beer, wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served.

Seniors’ Resource Center provides person-focused, coordinated services to enhance independence, dignity and quality of life. The Knoebel Institute for Healthy Aging creates and implements solutions for aging issues through multidisciplinary research, education and outreach.

The Community First Foundation helps donors and nonprofits improve quality of life and create positive change in Jefferson County and the Denver metropolitan area.

For more information or to RSVP, email or call Emily Nightingale at or 720-898-5930.

Apple Cider Day At Wheat Ridge Historical Park, Oct. 13

Wheat Ridge Historical Society will host its Apple Cider Day on Saturday, Oct. 13, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Wheat Ridge Historical Park, 4610 Robb St.

Folks are invited to bring washed apples and containers to use the Society’s antique press to make cider for a nominal cash donation at the second Saturday event.

“We will have lunch heated on the cook stove in the Soddy (also for a nominal cash donation),” said the Society’s Janet Bradford. There will be tours, craft demonstrations and sales with music. “Bring your voice or instrument and join in!”

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