We will update this page throughout the week with any new important events happening in Lyons
NOTE: We focus on events in Lyons. We add a few special events outside of Lyons, but, in general, do not provide the LINKS, as they are usually big enough to be well-publicized all over the web.
HOLIDAYS to CELEBRATE in DECEMBER:
December 4: World Wildlife Conservation Day
December 21: Yule has been celebrated since the 4th century. midwinter festival
December 25: Christmas is celebrated all over the world and in many different ways.
December 26-January 01: Kwanzaa is an African-American holiday celebrating black heritage.
January 1: New Year’s Day marks the beginning of a New Year 2023
DECEMBER AT THE LIBRARY: The LYONS library has three crafty/art classes coming up and two aimed at writers. Check their web site for the details. Limited space! =a gift and wrapping = watercolor card = Cricut machine craft == Word Wednesday == author speaking “how not to be boring” – We will add them here, and do an article in the coming weeks.
December in DENVER: The Polar Express Train Ride · ‘Camp Christmas’ · Cherry Creek Holiday Market · Denver Christkindlmarket · ‘A Christmas Carol · 16th Street Mall Holiday Festival. Luminova (Elitch Gardens)
Nov. 18, 2022–Jan. 7: Denver Botanic Gardens
This annual holiday lights extravaganza transforms Denver Botanic Gardens into a twinkling winter wonderland. Sip warm drinks and nibble on tasty treats as you stroll.
Dec. 3 – Jan. 15 – Denver Zoo Lights== Over 1 million lights, including NEW displays= Live ice-carving exhibitions w/local artisans== Seasonal craft cocktails and holiday treats== Special add-on packages w/Holospex + more==details: DATES: 12/3/22–1/15/23–Nov 1: Member tickets on sale at 10:00 a.m.–Nov 15: General public tickets on sale at 10:00 a.m. Learn more: https://denverzoo.org/events/zoolights/
December in Boulder – 9 events – click here
December 1st — first day to register your child for kindergarten. See the school web site for more details Informational meeting on December 15. – While Preschool Registration will not open until sometime in January due to recent legislation regarding free PreK for 4 year olds, families outside of our school area or district and Kindergarten families can fill out the online forms NOW. Follow this link: https://lyonses.svvsd.org/…/open-enrollment-and…/
December 1st – Talk on “Frank Lloyd Wright & The Prairie School” in Longmont — cancelled due to illness.
December 3, 8 – 11p.m. – Spirit Hounds end of Prohibition Party – Spirit Hound Distillers is turning 10 years old! To celebrate this milestone we are hosting a costume party in the spirit of repealing prohibition. We will meet at Spirit Hound after the parade and fireworks in Lyons for an experience that will take you back in time. We will have live music, a food truck, and specialty cocktails for the evening. We will also host a costume contest where you could win a bottle of our first barrel, a $300 value. (shuttle available)
December 3-4, 10a.m.-4p.m. Annual Holiday Artisan Market (formerly known as Christmas Bazaar) See CALENDAR page. Great unique Colorado crafts (no foreign, mass produced stuff). Visit from Santa at 2p.m. In elementary school gym.
December 3, 6:30 – 8 p.m. – Parade of Lights, down Main Street. Lyons Community Church will be offering chili supper 5:30-7p.m. Foothills Church will offer drinks/and cookies. See CALENDAR page
December 4, 10a.m. – 5 p.m. Craft Bazaar at Museum of Boulder. Admission fee. Join us for a fun, festive winter day! Come support local artists and their crafts while sipping on OZO provided coffee and hot chocolate. The admission fee includes one warm beverage, a seat at our custom ornament crafting station and access to all Museum exhibits. $8 – $10
December 4, 1-4p.m. Annual Lavender Ball LGBT elders – The Boulder County Area Agency on Aging (BCAAA)’s Rainbow Elders program is hosting the 22nd Gala. This event features a three-course lunch hosted at Nissi’s Entertainment Venue and Event Center in Lafayette. Entertainment will feature “Gender Illusion Technician,” Mrs. Eda Bagel and dancing with DJ Susie Pringle. This is a celebration of and for the LGBTQ+ older adult community of Boulder County and allies. Tickets for the event are $10 plus fees, and can be purchased at boco.org/2022LavenderGala.
December 5, 7 p.m. – Lyons Board of Trustee Meeting
December 6 – COLORADO GIVES DAY –have your donation boosted – see article!
December 7th, DEADLINE –Last day to ENROLL OR CHANGE MEDICARE PLANS
December 8, 5-8p.m., Horse Photos/Books – Please join us and welcome Carol Walker, well-known photographer and author for a meet and greet and book signing at Bellwether by HJB Designs, 402 Main.
December 9-10, and 16-17 – two weekends – 6 – 8 p.m. 8th Annual St Vrain Christmas Walk. Along the St Vrain Ranch Community Walking Path, Longmont (Sage and Saddleback) Hot Chocolate and Apple Cider, and unraveling miles of lights.
December 10-11 – Christmas handcraft gifts and crafts – Longmont, Boulder Fairgrounds
December 10, 1-3p.m. Regenerative Small Business workshop, with Shauna Pick and Katie Dittmann. Thinking about starting your own business? Get some practical business foundation advice. Location: Lyons Library. It’s free, but you need a ticket.
December 12, 12-4:30p.m. Lyons SENIORS (55+) bus trip to the movies! We’ll enjoy a private matinee screening of “The Fabelmans” directed by Steven Spielberg. This semi-autobiographical, coming of age drama is loosely based on Spielberg’s own adolescence. CONTACT LISA RAMSEY at: email@example.com or 303-823-6622 ext 30 for more information. Pre-pay your ticket.
December 14 – Dec. 14: See the Decorations! – The historic Callahan House in Longmont – Open House from 4-6:30pm on Wednesday, Dec. 14 for those who want to see the holiday decorations. Admission is free and the public is welcome. No reservations required. Santa will not be present. == Instead come to see Santa between 3:30-7:30 pm on Friday, Dec. 2. Reservations open at 12:01am Friday, Nov. 18 and are required online or by calling 303-774-4700 during business hours for each person in your party.
December 14, 1 p.m. Zoom – Seniors “Fresh Conversations” about staying healthy/mainly food topics December topic: Fat can be Heart Healthy: Types of Fat to Enjoy and Types to Limit === Register here: REGISTER Monthly Boulder County Aging Class & Discussion on Zoom.
December 19, 7 p.m. Lyons Board of Trustee Meeting
December 21, Wednesday 2-6p.m. Special meal basket at the Lyons Food Pantry. (then closed the following week) Includes special events: Santa and caroling.
December 25th – Merry Christmas! (most government and private offices will be closed — either Friday or Monday.. I
========MUSIC & FUN========= Contact these restaurant/bars in Lyons for more information about music, and fun activities like… karaoke, jam sessions, art fair, farm-to-table meals, bluegrass jams, games,…and, of course, LIVE MUSIC! and more, being offered — Mojo Taqueria, Pizza Bar 66, A-Lodge “Rock Garden”, Oskar Blues Bar and Grill, SpiritHounds Distillers (Events), and Main Stage Brewing. Diner Bar, Marigold Restaurant, Moxie’s Bakery.
~~SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL SMALL TOWN STORES~~
===ONGOING EVENTS over a number of days===
Lyons (history) Redstone Museum Open June 1 to October 1 = 303-823-5271.
RMNP *FREE* dates are: April 16, August 4, September 24, November 11. Entrance fee is waived but you still must have obtained a timed entry reservation permit online beforehand, May to October.
LYONS Quarterly ART SHOW – NOW OPEN – Town Hall & Library: 4th quarter Art Show sponsored by LAHC opened October 12, 2022 — Also unveiling of town hall “mural”. October 12.
BINGO – (1.) Longmont Bingo Hall, Longmont, every Sunday – funds go to the Middle/High School equipment (located behind Wendy’s on Main Street) (2.) Estes Park American Legion Hall, every Sunday 6 p.m. (located on Hwy 36)
VETERANS: Information and support services are available to Veterans every Wednesday at the Estes Park American Legion Hall, from 9-11 a.m. New Opportunities coming soon. Esteslegion.org – Menu available. // Boulder American Legion has: meals, trap range, and Texas Hold Em card games. American Legion Post #10, 4760 28th St., Boulder (More links listed in the monthly Senior News article) – October 2022
****LYONS LIBRARY**** 303-823-5165 lyonslibrary.com or Facebook page == Offering EVERY MONTH: Kids-only book club — Busy Readers (adult) bi-monthly Book Club — Art Trading Cards — Word Wednesday (for writers) — Storytime Wednesday. — Tech Help — Crafts for kids and adults (now in person) — and more. If you haven’t attended for a while, be sure to check with the library before showing up, as some programs are occasionally cancelled (mainly due to low registration)
Wednesdays – 3:30 – 6 p.m. – Food Pantry for those in need. Contact LEAF for more information. (Drop off new, unexpired food 9:30 to 2:30pm on Wednesdays) Located in the lower level (hall) of the Lyons Community Church. Sponsored by LEAF.
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Mental Health Partners, Colorado — Crisis Center for walk-ins 24/7 – 3180 Airport Rd., Boulder (normal resource center: 2935 Baseline) If you think you need mental health or addiction recovery services, call the main line at 303-443-8500
Lyons Emergency & Assistance Fund has free mental counseling available. Sometimes it is paid for by your insurance company, sometimes Medicaid, or use sliding-scale, or free. contact: mentalwellness@leafLYONS.org
The country-wide CRISIS hotline/emergencies is now in effect: 988 = for Americans in crisis to connect with suicide prevention and mental health crisis counselors. (bypass calling 911 or the police)
Lyons now has a co-responder (mental health) who will come out with the Police, if you need help. Ask for one when you call 9-1-1.
Visit “Where can I get vaccinated” – call 1-877-COVAXCO (1-877-268-2926) for vaccine information. There are more than 2,000 vaccine providers across Colorado. You can get a COVID-19 vaccine at a pharmacy, doctor’s office, pop-up clinic, or mobile vaccine bus near you. The COVID-19 vaccine is free. You don’t need ID or insurance to get vaccinated. Many providers take walk-ins and same-day appointments. You are entitled to paid time off from your job to get vaccinated and recover from any side effects. ===== for children click HERE
SPEAKERS: none in December
Boulder County Aging serves lunch at the Lyons Walt Self Senior Center (Lyons seniors, ages 60 and up), located in the apartment complex Community Center next to the Post Office. You must call the day before by 1 p.m. to place an order (303) 441-1415. The menu is stated on the phone message. Donation of $3 suggested, or what you can afford. (Guests or those under 60 years of age pay flat rate of $12) ==Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday – 12 noon – Walt Self/Senior Center (closed on holidays)
LYONS SENIOR EXERCISE – New hours: 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., free. For Lyons seniors 55+ === This has been moved to the Walt Self Senior Center for the winter months. For info: Contact Lramsey@townoflyons.com Usually consists of: using hand weights; walking; stretching; and mild yoga. You can register here https://www.townoflyons.com/…/Register-for-Recreation…