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Next West Side Brewery Bike Loop Ride July 28

The West Side Brewery Bike Loop returns Saturday, July 28, with a beach theme, noon to 6 p.m.

Participants can pedal to WestFax Brewing Company (6733 W. Colfax Ave., Lakewood), Joyride Brewing Company (2501 Sheridan Blvd., Edgewater), Hogshead Brewery (4460 W. 29th Ave., Denver) and Seedstock Brewery (3610 W. Colfax Ave., Denver) on the last Saturday of each month for $1 off a pint (or smaller glass) per brewery, a free beer, and possible giveaways.

The 6.7-mile route follows bike lanes, residential streets and the east edge of Sloans Lake in a loop connecting the four breweries. For a route map, visit https://goo.gl/PKuX9k.

The beer-and-bike social event was inaugurated this spring, with the first, April 28 outing attracting about a 100 riders, per WestFax Brewing’s Facebook page. Held the last Saturday of each month through September, the remaining dates are Aug. 25 and Sept. 29.

To join in the ride, pick up a punch card the Saturday-of at any of the four participating breweries, then bike to each brewery and get the card punched for $1 off a pint at each taproom. A completed punch card can be redeemed for a free beer at any of the breweries at a later date.

Cyclists are asked that their bike be in safe working condition, with working lights and reflectors, and to wear a helmet.

For more information, visit the event’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/events/958911154267968/ or contact Brian Haitz at 303-233-3742 or brian@westfaxbrewingcompany.com.

Reading Tutor Volunteers Needed In Jeffco Schools

OASIS Volunteer Reading Tutors have assisted Jefferson County Schools students with reading and writing for more than 25 years in nearly 20 schools.

Volunteers are invited to join its 70 tutors in this very fulfilling volunteer opportunity, by taking its once-a-year training sessions Sept. 11 and 13, 9 a.m. to noon, to learn its methods and approach.

Tutors work with one or two students, in kindergarten through third grade, for one hour, once a week, in a neighborhood Jeffco school.

“Our efforts tutoring reading and writing have benefited hundreds of students,” said Joe Gadd, a volunteer who has tutored through OASIS for 11 years.

For more information or to apply, email jcgadd@hotmail.com or dustyjill@yahoo.com.

Auction Items Needed For A Night For CASA

CASA of Jefferson and Gilpin Counties (Court Appointed Special Advocates) is looking for new auction items for A Night for CASA, its largest fundraiser, set for Sept. 29 at the Arvada Center for the Performing Arts. Donations of new items are due by July 31.

The event will include a sit-down dinner and the live and silent auctions. Auction items will include date nights, weekend getaways, family outings, dining experiences and sporting events.

All funds raised will help abused and neglected children in the Jefferson and Gilpin county court systems.

More than 50,000 reports of child abuse and neglect are filed in Colorado every year. CASA works to give these children hope for a better future through their community programs. The more than 200 CASA advocates help serve as a voice for these children.

“CASA has positively influenced more than 3,000 children through the community’s gracious donations,” said Leah Varnell, executive director for CASA of Jefferson and Gilpin Counties.

Sponsorships at various levels are also available.

Contact Jill Gimbel at 303-271-6509 for more information, or visit www.casajeffcogilpin.com.

Sound Effects Lab For Teens At Edgewater Library

Teens are invited to explore how sound effects are created with everyday items, then add them into a short video clip, in “Sound Effects Lab,” a summer reading program offering to teens, Saturday, July 21, 1 to 3 p.m., at the Edgewater Library, 5843 W. 25th Ave. Kids can create a creepy experience watching cute bunnies or maybe make a battle scene comical with the addition of unique sound effects. Registration not required, but limited to 30.

For more information, phone Edgewater Library at 303-235-5275.

Beer For A Cause – Fundraising At Edgewater Market & Music

Edgewater Collective will be selling beer to fundraise for local nonprofits at the Edgewater Market & Music’s Beer Garden, every Thursday through Sept. 7, from 5 until 8 p.m.

Held on historic West 25th Avenue between Sheridan Boulevard and Ames Street, the weekly farmers market also features live music from local bands, beginning at 6 p.m.

Beneficent imbibers are asked to bring identification and stay within The designated area.

Library Launches New Twist On Book Groups With Local Breweries

This summer, Jefferson County Public Library is hosting an alternative take on the traditional book group. BYOB(ook) Group is a monthly, themed book group meeting at Westfax Brewing Company, 6733 W. Colfax Ave., in Lakewood, on the second Wednesday of the month, from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

The group will expand to a second location, Wheat Ridge’s Colorado Plus Brew Pub, 6995 W. 38th Ave., in September.

“We want to reach people who might not normally come into the library but still want that sense of community with other book lovers,” said Jennifer Kim, JCPL adult services librarian. “The themes ensure that participants don’t feel limited to read a specific book each month, rather they allow participants to explore new genres with the flexibility to choose their own titles.”

People come prepared to talk about books that fall into the given theme in a casual setting and enjoy happy hour prices, then leave with book recommendations for the rest of their summer reading.

Upcoming dates and themes at WestFax include: Aug. 8, Young Adult Novel with LGBTQ+ Characters; Sept. 12, A Book by a Colorado Author; Oct. 10, A Book that is Translated from a Different Language; Nov. 14, A Non-fiction Graphic Novel; and Dec. 12, A Book with a Cover You Hate.

The Wheat Ridge group’s dates and themes will include: a book adapted into a film, Sept. 10; a book of short stories, Oct. 8; a book with characters from a culture other than your own, Nov. 12; and a book of 21st-century poetry, Dec. 10.

Visit jeffcolibrary.org for event information.

Monthly Free Legal Clinic At Belmar Library

A free legal clinic for residents will be available from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Aug. 2 – and every first Thursday of the month – at the Belmar Library, 555 S. Allison Parkway.

By computer link, volunteer attorneys will connect with residents to answer questions, help fill out forms and explain the process and procedure for all areas of civil litigation.

Register for individual 15-minute appointments in person or by calling 303-235-5275 the day of the clinic.

For details visit JeffcoLibrary.org/events.

First Colorado Case Of Tularemia Found In Jefferson County

A rabbit found near South Table Mountain Park has died from tularemia, according to Jefferson County Public Health. It’s the case of tularemia in an animal in Colorado this year, and the first in Jefferson County since 2015.

An uncommon, but serious, infectious disease, Tularemia is often spread through the bite of infected ticks and deer flies or through handling infected sick or dead animals, like rabbits or other rodents. Though less common, the disease can also be spread by eating the meat of infected rabbits or by inhaling airborne bacteria or drinking food or water contaminated with urine from an infected animal. Medical care should be obtained as soon as symptoms appear, especially if a sudden unexplained illness occurs three to five days after outdoor activity.

Jeffco Public Health states the risk of contracting tularemia is low if proper preventive steps are followed, including not feeding or playing with rabbits or other rodents (especially the sick or dead), keeping them out of yards and buildings, and checking for ticks.

And, for those with an adventuresome culinary bent, cook wild rabbit and rodent meat thoroughly before eating.

To learn more about tularemia, visit www.jeffco.us/2371 or call the Jefferson County Public Health Zoonosis program at 303-271-5730.