Edition #26, March 11, 2021
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
===ONGOING EVENTS over a number of days===
==February 17 thru March 31 – ARBOR DAY Poster Contest: The 2021 Arbor Day Poster Contest is here! This is an artistic competition open to public, private and home-schooled 5th graders across the state of Colorado. The poster contest strives to increase an appreciation and awareness of the important role community trees play in the environment and in our quality of life. The contest theme is: Celebrate Trees in Our Community. For submission guidelines.
==January 15 to March 15- Lyons Library Winter Reading Program: Warm Up to Great Books! The program runs January 15 – March 15, 2021 and features challenges for Kids, and Adults. Simply log your reading and activities and unlock badges to earn tickets for prize drawings. Register at: https://lyons.colibraries.org/2021-winter-reading-program/
==February 8 thru May 15 – HEALTH CARE INSURANCE – Open Enrollment is here … again! The Biden Administration has reopened the health insurance marketplace to offer plans through the Affordable Care Act. Colorado’s Open Enrollment Period starts today, February 8th, and ends on May 15th, 2021. —As a response to the COVID-19 health and financial crises, this Special Enrollment Period will enable anyone not currently enrolled in a healthcare plan to shop and buy plans for 2021 coverage instead of waiting for the Open Enrollment Period for 2022 coverage. Anyone who is uninsured, lost insurance, or on a COBRA plan can purchase insurance on the marketplace. Coloradans can reach out to Connect for Health Colorado
==GARDEN IN A BOX: Month of March “Garden in a Box” – for Lyons residents who get a utility bill. Get $25 off; discounts are limited on a first come, first served basis. Each year, ReSource Central provides different palettes of xeric gardens to Lyons residents. Information on how to order them is available at the website.
PAINT A UTILITY BOX: Call for artists! The Lyons Arts and Humanities Commission (LAHC) seeks artists for the next in our Creative Outlets series. The Creative Outlets program enhances our community and brings beauty to unexpected places, by adding color and interesting designs to utility boxes in Lyons. The utility box is located in LaVern Johnson Park. Compensation for painting the selected utility box is $1,000. Deadline to apply is April 5, 2021.
==MARCH is WOMEN’s HISTORY MONTH. We have new articles each week about sites where you can learn more about women in history, including locations in Colorado.
==TOWN of Lyons: (1) buy your dog license. (discounts in April) and (2) buy your ECO bus pass. www.Townoflyons.com
===ONGOING THIS WEEK===
Monday Night 5 – 5:30 p.m. – FREE Supper. Need a warm, home-cooked meal? The River Church serves free Monday night supper (in a box) to those who need one. Stop by the Walt Self Senior Center to pick it up. (Call the church for more information, or if you are unable to drive to the Senior Center and would like it delivered to your house: (303) 823-6469 You do not need to be a senior; just “in need of a hot meal.”
Tuesday and Thursday – 12:15 p.m. – Boulder County Aging serves a boxed lunch to-go at the Lyons Senior Center (Lyons seniors, ages 65 and up). You must call the day before by 1 p.m. to place an order (303) 441-1415.
Wednesday– 3 to 5 p.m. – Food Pantry for those in need. Drive up to the Lyons Community Church front doors, and someone will come out to your car and help you. Wear a mask and stay in your car. Contact LEAF for more information.
Wednesday – 11 a.m. LYONS WEDNESDAY WALKERS: The Town of Lyons Recreation Department = small group of seniors, 55 years and older, meets at the Senior Center at 11 a.m. and walk to a park and do some light exercises. Contact Lramsey@townoflyons.com
ICE SKATING—the rink is closed for the season. The afternoon sun partially melts the ice now.
March 8-11 The Middle/High School is collecting donations for LEAF. “Fill your grades bin and win a hat.” high school – pkg snacks, soup, cereal, rice, fruit cups; middle school – toilet paper, laundry products, cleaners, toothpaste, hygiene products.
March 10 & 11 from 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. with breaks throughout. Rocky Mt Conference on Dementia. There is no cost to attend the 2021 conference so reserve your seat today. Alzheimer’s Assn. Visit our website to register by clicking here
March 12 to 28 – Limited Parking; Lyons HIGH SCHOOL. Please be aware that the LMSHS parking lot will be limited March 12-28, 2021 due to material deliveries for construction of the new auditorium.
March 12 – DEADLINE– The Lyons Community Foundation offers six scholarships ranging between $500 and $2,000 for graduating high school students from the greater Lyons area.
March 15 – DEADLINE – DESIGN an aluminum water can: Through Can’d Aid’s Water + Response program, water is shipping in these cans to communities in need in response to natural and human-made disasters. To date, over 2 million cans have been shipped nationwide. Entry is free and open to EVERYONE. A panel of judges will select the top 5 artists. Then, the general public will pick the grand prize winner
March 14 – Sunday – Daylight Savings Time – “Spring” clock ahead one hour.
March 16: Freedom of Information Day
March 17: St. Patrick’s Day – Be lucky; don’t congregate in crowds!
March 18 – “How Can We Combat the Corrosive Effects of Misinformation?” Colorado Freedom of Information. A lively and timely online discussion, “Truth Be Told: The Proliferation of Online Misinformation and Disinformation — And What We Can Do About It.” Our expert panel will address these issues and more: Why do people believe what they read online, even when it’s outrageous? What can we do to combat the effects of online misinformation and disinformation in our own lives? How do we talk to friends and family about it? What’s the role of social media platforms, political bias and polarization? = Awards at 6:30 p.m. and Panel Discussion at 7 p.m. Click to see list of speakers, and to register.
March 18 – 7 p.m. online – Lyons Library Author Talk – Connie Shoemaker – “Sweetness Later: Two Muslim Women in America.” 202 CO Book Award Winner. Informed by more than 200 hours of personal interviews, Shoemaker shares stories of two women living in the grip of dangerous dictators. Go to the web page for a lot more details and to register. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/an-evening-with-connie-shoemaker-tickets-140420532593
March 19 and 20th – drop off your MINI DIORAMAS THE STONE CUP: Join the Picture Portal Project! Everyone is invited! Build a diorama – it can be anything you choose – a collection of favorite things, a miniature room or landscape, a painted scene, whatever you fancy! Then, drop it off at the Stone Cup on Friday or Saturday, March 19 or 20, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. We’ll hang them up and folks can stop by and take a look through the month of April.
March 20 – Colorado’s new “Meat Out Day.” Give up meat for one day.
March 21: National Teenager Day, International Day of Forests, World Down Syndrome Day
March 21 – World Poetry Day as established by UNESCO in 1999 “with the aim of supporting linguistic diversity through poetic expression and increasing the opportunity for endangered languages to be heard.” – Submit your “worldly” poems!
March 20-21 – Spring Equinox. Stroll thru Lyons labyrinth.
March 22 – SENIORS: Conversations ==cancelled
March 25 – Purim begins.
March 26 – Boulder Arts Week, March 26 to April 3.
March 27 – Passover Begins, for Jewish people.
March 28 – Palm Sunday, for Catholics. March 26, Good Friday.
March 31 – Cesar Chavez Day.
March 31 – DEADLINE for PAYCHECK PROTECTION PROGRAM (PPP) Loans: Yes! banks still have money to give you! — PPP loans help businesses keep workers employed. These two-year 1% loans are now available through most banks. Loans are based on 2.5X monthly payroll. Loans may be fully-forgiven, if loan conditions are met. == Go to: https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/coronavirus-relief-options/paycheck-protection-program for complete details. Register Here: https://larimer-org.zoom.us/…/WN_UPcSO1sBRIyLd1yIHw-6gQ
April 7 – Lyons Library “Word Wednesday” Join us at 6:30pm for Word Wednesday. It’s a great opportunity to meet other writers and get constructive feedback on your writing projects in a supportive environment. This monthly group is facilitated by Dr. Kayann Short, PhD and open to all genres and levels. Register by Noon to receive the Zoom link at https://bit.ly/wordwed.
April 12 – Fresh Conversations, by Patti Murphy, Boulder County Aging Office. The topic is “Beating the Silent Killer: A Discussion about Blood Pressure.” Sign up link here: April 12th Fresh Conversations 1-2 PM