What’s Happening – June 2023

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Buy And Sell Your Spring Cleaning Items At Historical Society’s Annual Yard Sale, June 10

If spring cleaning has left you with full bags and boxes that you can’t quite bring yourself to donate, bring them to the Historical Society’s popular Annual Yard Sale on Saturday, June 10, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Baugh House, on the northeast corner of West 44th Avenue and Robb Street. Of course, you can shop for household items, craft supplies, furniture and antiques, but if you’ve been diligently cleaning, why not bring your own items to sell and trade and rest assured that they will be just as cherished in their new home as they were in yours? 

The Baugh House will be open for tours. Don’t miss this chance to see this amazing Victorian farm house that started life as a simple cabin. (Donations appreciated!)

The Historical Park museums are open on Fridays, from 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.

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

Tickets On Sale For Central City Opera’s Summer Festival – ‘Brush Up Your Shakespeare’

Wheat Ridge-based Central City Opera invites lovers of opera (and musicals) to “Brush Up Your Shakespeare” and join Central City Opera for its 2023 Summer Festival.

Evening and matinee performances take place in the historic Central City Opera house, with pre- and post-performance talks and other special events.

This season includes three musical adaptations of Shakespearean stories brought to life on the historic opera house stage: classic opera “Romeo & Juliet” by Charles Gounod (June 24, 30; July 2, 8, 12, 15, 21, 28, 30; Aug. 2, 5), Cole Porter’s musical “Kiss Me, Kate,” (July 1, 5, 7, 9, 14, 16, 22, 26, 29; Aug. 5) and “Othello” by Gioachino Rossini (July 15, 19, 23, 29; Aug. 4, 6).

For more information, contact the box office at 303-292-6700 or boxoffice@centralcityopera.org.

Tips To Deal With Poor Air Quality In Warmer Months, Wildfire Season

Front Range residents got a whiff of poor air quality last month when smoke from Canadian wildfires drifted into the state. 

According to Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH), each summer, Jefferson County, along with the entire Denver metropolitan area, faces challenges when it comes to clean, healthy and safe air. During this time of year, when the climate is hot and dry, air quality can worsen and make normal, day-to-day activities outdoors riskier. 

Smoke from wildfires can irritate the respiratory system and worsen chronic heart and lung diseases. Continuing work that started in 2022, JCPH is developing a program to install air quality monitors that will track particulate matter, a type of air pollutant with substantial impact to human health. Microscopic particles are a primary pollutant emitted from wildfire smoke and burning of fossil fuels. Data gathered will be used to create an easy-to-understand, public-facing dashboard for the community.

Ground-level ozone is another cause of poor air quality in Colorado. This air pollutant is formed when source emissions such as those from vehicles, industry, certain household products and lawn and garden equipment combine with sunlight on hot, dry and stagnant summer days. In 2022, Colorado saw 40 days with high enough ozone levels to warrant “Ozone Action Days,” or days with advisories to modify behavior due to high ozone levels. 

While poor air quality is unsafe for everyone, there are several groups of people who are at higher risk of more severe health concerns, including people with heart or lung diseases (including asthma), older adults, children and infants. It is also well documented that residents in disproportionately impacted communities feel these effects to a higher degree. 

When air quality is poor, JCPH encourages residents to take the following steps to protect their health: 

• Spend more time indoors, where wildfire smoke and ozone levels are lower. 

• Exercise indoors. If you must exercise outdoors, choose easier activities like walking instead of running so you don’t breathe as hard. 

• Plan outdoor activities at times when ozone levels are lower, which is usually in the morning and evening. 

Red Cross Wants You To Be Prepared As Another Active Wildfire Season Arrives

People in Colorado and Wyoming are facing another active year of wildfires and the American Red Cross of the Mile High Area urges everyone to prepare themselves and their families for the growing number of climate-driven disasters. Follow the three steps below to help keep your family safe: 

• Build an emergency kit with bottled water, non-perishable food, a flashlight and battery-powered radio. Also include medications, copies of important papers, cell phone chargers and emergency contact information.

• Make an evacuation plan with what to do in case you are separated from your family during an emergency and if you have to evacuate. Make sure to coordinate with your child’s school, your work and your community’s emergency plans – and don’t forget your pets.

• Know how to stay informed by finding out how local officials will contact you during a disaster and how you will get important information, such as evacuation orders.

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides comfort to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; distributes international humanitarian aid; and supports veterans, military members and their families. The Red Cross is a nonprofit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to deliver its mission.

For more information, visit redcross.org or CruzRojaAmericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

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