Edition #14, December 10, 2020
This Week’s Flash Bits of News! & Events, Including the date it’s happening.
~~~September 3 – The newest version of the Lyons Recorder begins publication! ~~~ October 8 – New Format of Newspaper
November 1 – December 15 – Connect for Colorado health plan = Open Enrollment Period begins Nov 1, 2020 for coverage that starts Jan 1, 2021.
November 23 — January 6: Get Your Own Christmas Tree: Arapaho National Forest to offer Christmas tree cutting permits. Starting Nov. 23 through Jan. 6. See above link to last week’s article.
November 30 to December 10: Lyons Elementary School FOOD DRIVE for LEAF. Drop off in wagon from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays.
December 1-31: Decorate the Christmas Tree in LaVern M Johnson Park, bring a string and an ornament.
- Christmas, December 25: People celebrate this Christian holiday by going to church, giving gifts, and sharing the day with their families. For some countries it is a more religious-oriented holiday. Christmas Church Services through out the month of December – go to our “Churches” page for locations, days and times.
- Christopher Day, December 6: A popular holiday in many European countries, it celebrates St. Nicholas of Myra, whose life inspired the tradition of Santa Claus and Father Christmas. He gave all of his money to the needy and was known for his compassion for children and all those in need.
- Hanukkah, December 10-18: It is a Jewish holiday that’s celebrated for eight days and nights, beginning on the 25th day of the Jewish month of Kislev, commemorating the rededication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem. Jews light candles in a special candle holder; a Hanukkiah holds 8 candles, a Menorah holds 7.
- Las Posadas, December 16-24: Mainly in Mexico, and some Hispanics; Mary & Joseph’s journey.
- Kwanzaa, December 26 to January 1: It is based on ancient African harvest festivals and celebrates ideals such as family life and unity. African Americans dress in special clothes, decorate their homes with fruits and vegetables, and light a candle holder called a kinara.
- Winter Solstice, December 21: It is the shortest day of the year. People all over the world participate in festivals and celebrations.
- New Year’s Day, January 1st: People celebrate the start of a new year beginning at midnight December 31st.
- Three Kings Day, January 6: At the end of the Twelve Days of Christmas comes a day called the Epiphany, or Three Kings Day. In other countries of the world, it is the day that children receive gifts.
- Chinese New Year, February 12: or Spring Festival (year of the Ox)
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December – Get your Christmas & Holiday ads in now! Special deep discounts to local businesses. LyonsRecorder.email@example.com
December 1 – 15: St. Vrain offers an Open Enrollment window = Middle/High School: This is an opportunity to request that your student attend a school of choice, which is outside of their attendance area. This includes Kindergarten and Pre-School Registration at the Elementary School.
December 10-18: Happy Hanukkah!
December 10, Thursday – last day to drop off food for the LEAF Holiday Food Drive. Put in wagon in front of Elementary School, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
December 10, Thursday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., 200 2nd Ave. (Church of Latter Day Sts) = Blood Drive in LYONS! It’s best to schedule your appointment, but walk-in’s are welcome. Sign up: www.donors.vitalant.org or call (303) 363-2300. There has been a big drop in donations due to coronavirus scares. Go to their page to be reassured of the safety of it, and see their guidelines! “Now antibody testing all successful blood donations.”
December 11, Friday, 1 to 3 p.m. FREE COVID-19 test, in the parking lot of the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints on Second Ave. (across from the recycle bins). ===Data in the number of cases for Lyons may underestimate the true prevalence since many Lyons residents list their address as a PO Box instead of a physical address. This means their residence is unable to be geocoded to determine whether they reside in the municipality of Lyons.=== be sure to give them your street address. == Next week will be the last one. Get in line early, as they may run out of tests due to a crowd. It is also weather dependent. ===alternative=== Free Testing at the Boulder County Fairgrounds in Longmont: The Boulder County free testing site is now at the Boulder County Fairgrounds in Longmont . Testing is available for anyone who would like to be tested, and individuals do not have to have symptoms to be tested. 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., 7 days per week.
December 11 & 14 – CHRISTMAS LIGHTS CONTEST: The Chamber and the Town of Lyons have a contest going on for who has the best Christmas lights decorations on their home or business. The deadline to REGISTER is December 11, and decorated by December 14. The map will be posted online December 14. You can vote online until January 4. Go to the Chamber or Town web page for more details. https://www.lyonschamber.org/let-it-glow
December 12 – VISIT WITH SANTA: Schedule an appointment to visit with Santa online! Courtesy of the Town of Lyons. Go there “now” to sign up for Saturday, December 12th. 5-10 minute appointments. Free
December 14, Monday, 5-5:30 p.m. FREE SUPPER. Need a warm, home-cooked meal? The River Church is reviving its free Monday night supper (in a box). Stop by the Walt Self Senior Center to pick it up.
December 15 – last day to mail your packages at the post office and be sure to have it delivered by Christmas day. (December 14-21 are the busiest days)
December 16-19 – Lyons High School CHOIR Fundraiser: Pick up your pre-ordered pie at St. Vrain Market.
December 1-16 – Holiday Giving Tree. If you can provide a holiday gift for someone who is struggling this year, please visit LEAF website at leaflyons.org or visit in downtown Lyons a Giving Tree at Barking Dog, Stone Cup, or Uniquely Lyons. Pick an anonymous ornament. Shop for and purchase the gift ($40 maximum) that is listed on the ornament you chose. Wrap and deliver the gift you purchased–with the ornament attached–to Pizza Bar 66 at 430 Main Street during their normal business hours by December 16.
December 16 Wednesday — Super Duper Holiday Food Pantry 3 to 5 p.m. at Lyons Community Church, 350 Main Street. (Pull up curbside, stay in your car, and wear a mask please). We’ll have hams, produce, bread, household and personal care items, and more. Come prepared to meet our Very Special Guests, too
December 20, Sunday, 6 p.m. on You-Tube. MENTAL WELLNESS: Songs And Conversations About Navigating the Darkness and Light In These Times. Featuring Special Musical Guests: Daniel Rodriguez (Elephant Revival) and Emma Rose with Arthur Lee Land & Friends. LEAF’s Mental Health Therapist Cherie Maureaux will facilitate an intimate conversation with artists gathered by the Hearth fire, fueled by their songs and life experiences of 2020, to raise funds and awareness of LEAF’s Mental Wellness & Addiction Recovery program.
December 21, Monday, 7 p.m. — Town Board of Trustees Meeting. View it on Zoom.
December 21 to January 6 – No School, Winter Break, Lyons SVVSD
December 24 & 25 – Christmas Church Services – and special events during December — go to our “Churches” page for locations, days and times.