Edition #27, March 18, 2021
This Week’s Flash Bits of News! & Events, Including the date it’s happening.
===ONGOING EVENTS over a number of days===
NOTE: I have shortened all of these as of 3/17/21 as they have been listed for 3 to 4 weeks. Click for more information, or look at last week’s FLASH NEWS.
==February 17 thru March 31 – ARBOR DAY Poster Contest: The contest theme is: Celebrate Trees in Our Community. For submission guidelines.
==February 8 thru May 15 – HEALTH CARE INSURANCE – Colorado’s Open Enrollment Period February 8 to May 15th, 2021. — anyone not currently enrolled in a healthcare plan can shop for 2021 coverage: Connect for Health Colorado
NEW info on COBRA and premiums. See our monthly/MARCH COVID report UPDATES for details.
==GARDEN IN A BOX: Month of March= xeric “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.
PAINT A UTILITY BOX: Call for artists! The Lyons Arts and Humanities Commission seeks artists for Creative Outlets program = 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.
NOTE: The new Lyons Library Youth Librarian has numerous activities going on, too numerous to list here. Go to their Facebook page for more information. Also see this week’s Monthly Library article that introduces her to the public.
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 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.” 2020 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 – Free Wellness Group Session – 2-3 p.m. Zoom – LEAF Community Meeting, Cherie Maureux is back for a friendly meeting. There will be a meditation, and learn about the wellness “wheel” of tips. Free. This is a one-time thing; it may become monthly. Contact her for more information and the link firstname.lastname@example.org
March 19 and 20 – 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 to the Lyons Recorder!
March 20-21 – Spring Equinox.
(1) Stroll thru Lyons Labyrinth, located across from the Rocky Mt. Botanic Gardens, off Hwy 7. Bring good shoes as it may be muddy. Bring a pebble or twig from your home to leave in the circle, with your good thoughts for 2021.
(2) Stillwater Healing Arts Clinic & Apothecary Please join us Saturday, March 20th during our normal store hours of 10 a.m.-3 p.m. for a Spring Equinox celebration. We will be providing instructions for a nature connection meditative walk through the backyard Zen Garden along with door prizes!
The equinox is a great time to set intentions, especially as the season turns from winter to spring. The energy wells up and rises from the Earth to mobilize the growth we are ready for, both in the soil and in ourselves.
March 22 – SENIORS: Conversations / Bo Co Aging ==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