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Grand Opening, Holiday Celebration And More At The New Edgewater Library

The old, existing Edgewater library closed officially on Wednesday, Nov. 14 at 6 p.m., and the new Edgewater Library, at 1800 Harlan St., will open – with expanded hours – on Monday, Nov. 19 at 9 a.m.

The Grand Opening Celebration will run the day before, Sunday, Nov. 18, from 2 to 6 p.m., with activities appropriate for babies through adults 60+, English and Spanish speakers alike. Show (or sign up for) a library card and be entered to win an iPad or one of five Amazon Fire HD8 tablets! The drawing closes at 6 p.m., and winners will be announced the following Monday, Nov. 26.

Get in the spirit of the season with the library’s Holiday Open House/Navidad a Puertas Abiertas, featuring refreshments, festive face painting and a special appearance by Santa Claus, Thursday, Dec. 13, from 4 to 7 p.m. Suitable for all ages, English and Spanish speakers.

Weekly storytimes for all families continue after the grand opening: Baby Time, Mondays from 10:30 to 11 a.m., offers bouncing, singing, rhyming and reading stories for all babies, even newborns; Preschool Time, Tuesdays from 11 to 11:45 a.m., with stories, singing, rhyming and dancing, followed by a craft craft activity; Cuentacuentos en espanol/Spanish Story Time, Wednesdays, from 11 to 11:30 a.m., sharing crafts, stories, and rhymes in Spanish; and Toddler Time, Thursdays from 11 to 11:30 a.m., offers songs, rhymes, dances and stories. Children under four must be accompanied by an adult at all storytimes.

For more information, call 303-235-5275 or visit jeffcolibrary.org.

Need Affordable Housing? Sunshine Home Share Needs You

Looking for an affordable housing option? Sunshine Home Share Colorado is looking for you, to pair you with a senior who has living space to share at home.

The innovative nonprofit currently has 14 home providers looking to share their homes.

Sunshine’s model aims to provide seniors with affordable support services that will allow them to stay in their homes. That’s done by matching them with people seeking affordable housing who are willing to provide those services (and pay rent) as part of a mutually beneficial home-sharing agreement. When a successful match is made, senior homeowners can minimize social isolation and improve their economic stability, and the home-seeker gains affordable housing.

  Sunshine’s current average rent price is $600 a month with minimal service exchange.

  For more information or to make referrals call 303-915-8264 or email Alison@sunshinehomeshare.org, or visit sunshinehomeshare.org.

Stop In For Memory Café, Nov. 21

 

The Wheat Ridge Memory Café at Ye Olde Firehouse, 3232 Depew St., is a welcoming place for people living with memory loss and their caregivers, held Wednesday, Nov. 21, from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

This ongoing monthly series presented by the Alzheimer’s Association invites you to gather to relax and socialize with others while enjoying a cup of coffee, a fun activity, or a brief presentation. It’s suitable for adults, 60+.

Mark your calendar for next month’s event, Wednesday, Dec. 19, also 1 to 2:30 p.m.

For more information, contact the Wheat Ridge Library at 303-235-5275.

Sustainable Edgewater Meets Nov. 20, Dec. 18

Now held at the new Edgewater Library, 1800 Harlan St., the monthly Sustainable Edgewater discussion series provides an opportunity to learn and discuss solutions for energy, electricity, transportation, society and economy with a sense that sustainability is possible. Offered every third Tuesday evening (Nov. 20, Dec. 18), from 7 to 8 p.m., the seminars address various environmentally-based topics, led by Xerxes Steirer, Research Assistant Professor at the Colorado School of Mines.

For more information, call 303-235-5275 or visit jeffcolibrary.org.

Book Club Options Abound – With Or Without Ales

Book some time to discuss great reads with the Edgewater Library Book Group, meeting monthly at the new Edgewater Library, 1800 Harlan St. On Saturday, Dec. 8, 1 to 2 p.m., they’ll discuss Kate Moore’s 2017 nonfiction book, “The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women.” As World War I raged across the globe, hundreds of young women – the “shining girls” – toiled away at the radium-dial factories, where they painted clock faces with a mysterious new substance called radium. Mysteriously falling ill after, they became embroiled in one of America's biggest scandals and a groundbreaking battle for workers’ rights. Suitable for adults.

On Wednesday, Dec. 12, 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 – a book with a cover you hate – andes show up to share, imbibe and receive great book recommendations. Happy hours prices are available for attendees.

Across the border in Wheat Ridge, a rival BYOB(ook) Club meets Monday, Dec. 10, 6:30 to 8 p.m., to share a poem pulled from a book of 21st century poetry – this month’s theme. Monday is BOGO on some delectable beers, including an aptly named choice from Fiction Beer Company. 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.

Teen Advisory Board Plots Holiday Cheer, LEGO Contest At Edgewater Library

Edgewater’s Teen Advisory Board meets the fourth Tuesday evening of the month (Nov. 27, Dec. 18, 4 to 5 p.m.) in the new Edgewater Library, 1800 Harlan St., to plan teen library events and services. If you’re in seventh through 12th grade and interested, please email the teen librarian, amy.beebe@jeffcolibrary.org, or fill out an application online. Snacks provided. Suitable for teens and tweens.

TAB has determined that the best way to spread Christmas cheer is watching the 2003 holiday comedy classic “Elf” and having a pizza party, Tuesday, Dec. 18, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Relax with friends and get into the holiday spirit as you sample goodies from the four main food groups: candy, candy canes, candy corn and syrup. Suitable for teens, tweens … and elves.

  What story will you tell with LEGO? Builders of all ages are welcome to use the challenge theme or build their own creation during LEGO Play & Build, every Wednesday (Nov. 21 & 28), from 3 to 5 p.m. Suitable for school-age and tweens.

  Starting in December, LEGO Play & Build: Contest Build Day takes place Wednesdays, 3 to 5 p.m., from Dec. 5 through Jan. 5. Build at home with your own bricks or create using the library’s LEGO collection at any participating library from Dec. 1 through Jan. 5. Entries will start to be accepted Dec. 22 but no later than Jan. 5. Public voting is open Jan. 6 through 12, with the winners announced on Jan. 12. Appropriate for school-age kids and tweens.

  For more information, call 303-235-5275 or visit jeffcolibrary.org.

Christmas Child Shoebox Gift Collection Through Nov. 19

Families can donate colorfully wrapped shoebox gifts to be sent to children around the world now through Nov. 19, when Operation Christmas Child's National Collection Week concludes.

Locally, donations can be made at Crossroads Church, 9901 W. 50th Ave., Wheat Ridge, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. through Saturday, Nov. 18, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 19.

The Samaritan’s Purse project collects shoebox gifts filled with toys, school supplies and hygiene items, which are delivered to children affected by war, disease, disaster, poverty and famine.

Participants can donate $9 per shoebox gift online through "Follow Your Box" and receive a tracking label to discover its destination. Those who prefer the convenience of online shopping can browse specific age and gender, then finish packing the virtual shoebox by adding a photo and personal note of encouragement.

For more information on how to participate in Operation Christmas Child or to view gift suggestions, visit samaritanspurse.org/occ.

Police Offer Tips For Holiday Shopping Safety

Holiday shopping is stressful enough with crowds and traffic in addition to trying to stick to the budget. Wheat Ridge Police suggest staying safe should be a priority as shoppers are checking off the gift list this holiday season.

While shopping

  • Parked vehicles can be a prime target for thieves. They often will break windows or punch locks to gain access to items left in plain view. Open windows and unlocked doors also make cars an easy target. To help reduce the risk of theft from inside vehicles, always lock the doors, even if just running into a store quickly, and be sure to put the car windows up when leaving it unattended.
  • Park vehicles in well-lit, high-traffic areas and away from larger vehicles or shrubs that might hide the activity of thieves. Thieves target cars parked in isolated areas in order to “work” without drawing attention
  • Do not keep any items — including a purse or wallet, cell phone, computer bag or gift bags — in plain sight as clearly visible items can catch the eye of a thief. Be sure to stow and secure all items prior to leaving the car. Also, be sure to remove any portable accessories, such as GPS units and stereo faceplates, when leaving the car.
  • Be aware of the surroundings while walking to the car.
  • Don’t’ fill arms with bags or packages. Keep a hand free for keys and access to opening the car door.
  • Don’t talk on the cell phone or text while walking. Not only is that dangerous, staying alert and watchful walking to the car may help identify suspicious behavior or someone who could be a threat.
  • Lock the car doors once inside, especially if making a call or checking messages before heading home.

While at home

  • Keep doors and windows locked, especially when going to bed or leaving the house.
  • Cut shrubs back around windows and doors so neighbors are able to view anyone trying to access the home when the residents aren’t there.
  • Use timers for randomly placed lighting so it appears someone is home, even when residents are on vacation. Set timers for outdoor lighting instead of leaving porch lights on for days or weeks when on vacation.
  • Cancel newspaper delivery and have the post office or a neighbor collect mail and packages.