Community News

  • Holiday challenges Dec. 13

     The Pennock Center for Counseling, 211 S. 21st Ave., will host a one-hour, free workshop from 11 a.m. to noon Thursday, Dec. 13, on holiday challenges.

    Holidays can be a joyous time, and they can present challenges, too. The workshop will provide ideas for coping and ways to increase enjoyment of the holidays. Topics include strategies for better coping, increasing your well-being and ways to handle emotions and stressors.

    Call Jody Pierce at 303-655-9065, ext. 16, to preregister.

  • Planting for pollinators Dec. 8

     Here’s a chance to assist the staff at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal (6650 Gateway Road, Commerce City) by enhancing habitat for pollinators by planting native wildflowers along the Lake Ladora Trail. It runs from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8.

    These plants will provide an ongoing nectar source for butterflies, bees, and other pollinators. Wear closed toe shoes and bring water. For ages 12 and up. Call 303-289-0930.

  • Light of life tree lighting Dec. 6

     The Richard Lambert Foundation’s annual Lights of Life Memorial Tree Lighting is at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, at the Bella Sera Events Center, 45 Strong St.

    Reserved admission is $20. It includes a commemorative program named loved ones, a memorial candle and ornaments. Email susan@richardlambertfoundation.org to register. 

  • Foundations Academy holiday bazaar Dec. 1

     Foundation Academy’s Holiday Bazaar is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at 345 S. 45th Ave. It features almost 40 local vendors and artisans.

    A $5 pancake breakfast runs from 9 to 11 a.m. Paint ‘n Snip holiday classes for 7-year-olds through adults are on tap, too. Register at www.squareup.com/store/GOTG-Beyond. Navigate to the canvas and click on the item you want to paint.

  • Live at the Armory Dec. 1

     The last show of this year’s Live at the Armory concert series features Lynch Mob and special guest Romero as the opening act. The program begins at 8 pm. Saturday, Dec. 1 at the Armory Performing Arts Center. 300 Strong Street. Tickets are $15 on sale at brightonarmory.org. 


  • Changes may be on the way to mental-health funding

    By Belen Ward

    Staff writer

    Five Weld County commissioners sent a letter to the governor and the Joint Budget Committee, asking them to suspend a request by the Colorado Office of Behavioral Health that could adjust the current mental health crisis program without stakeholder discussions.

    The proposed funding changes for the regions have been adjusted to account for moving from four regions to seven regions to make it parallel with Medicaid Regional Accountable Care regions.

  • Bring a smile on families in need with a Thanksgiving dinner and shelter

    This holiday season, you can donate to help a family or an individual in need to get support services such as emergency shelter. 

    Almost Home is holding its 16th annual Thanksgiving Meal Box program. Last year, the drive provided 325 families with a meal in the area. 

    Organizers and volunteers can’t do this without the community’s help. They are collecting donations for food, such as stuffing, gravy in packets, jars or cans, canned cranberry sauce, yams, cake mixes, spice or pumpkin pies and cream cheese or vanilla frosting.

  • Prairie View student killed in rollover accident

     One person died, and another is in the hospital with what Commerce City police are calling "serious, potential life-threatening" injuries after an Oct. 26 mid-day rollover crash. 

  • Victims of tire slashing give back

     The communities of Fort Lupton and Brighton got wind of the nine cars that were slashed at the Libretto Senior Living Apartments in Brighton Sept. 11. Some of the neighbors and tires stores gave back by helping the victims who were on fixed incomes to replace their tires.

  • Hundreds run for late sheriff