Edition #15, December 17, 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
- 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)
*******************CURRENT WEEK: *******************
December 1-31: Decorate the Community Christmas Tree in LaVern M Johnson Park, bring a string and an ornament.
December 10-18: Happy Hanukkah!
December 18, Friday, 1 to 3 p.m. FREE COVID-19 test FINAL ONE! Weather permitting. 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. == 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 15 – January 4. VOTE ONLINE – 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 map is posted online. Go to the Chamber or Town web page for more details. https://www.lyonschamber.org/let-it-glow
December 16-19 – Lyons High School CHOIR Fundraiser: Pick up your pre-ordered pie at St. Vrain Market.
December 20-21 Winter Solstice! Shortest day of the year. Do a meditation. Walk the Lyons Labyrinth.
December 18 – last day to mail your 1st Class packages at the post office and be sure to have it delivered by Christmas day. Some post offices in the Denver area will be open on Sundays. (See “NOTES” column for alternative ways to mail your packages)
December 18, Friday, 5:30 – 7 p.m, hear an outdoor performance of the Victorian Carolers at the Stone Cup. Free. Masks and social distancing required.
December 19, Saturday – Holiday Giving Tree. Gifts purchased by locals for those less fortunate will be delivered to homes on Saturday. leaflyons.org
December 20, Sunday, 6 p.m. on You-Tube. MUSICAL FUNDRAISER: 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, 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. (this date may need to be confirmed)
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 21, Monday, 7 p.m. – Lyons Middle/High School CHOIR Winter Concert. Watch the concert premiere online. Support your local teens! Go to this page; https://www.youtube.com/user/LyonsmsSVVSD It will feature photos from all the things we have to be grateful for, times when we showed our appreciation to folks.
December 24 & 25 – Christmas Church Services – and special events during December — go to our “Churches” page for locations, days and times.
December 25 — Christmas closings:
Christmas Day: Boulder County offices – Post Office – Library
BOTH Christmas Eve day and Christmas day = Larimer County AND Town of Lyons offices will be closed
December 26 – start of Kwanzaa celebration!