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Posted 11/23/21

New Eye for Art exhibit ‘Return to Summer’ More than 50 artists and 160 pieces of art are now featured in the newest Eye For Art “Return to Summer” exhibit at City Hall. The artwork ranges …

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New Eye for Art exhibit ‘Return to

More than 50 artists and 160 pieces of art are now featured in the newest Eye For Art “Return to Summer” exhibit at City Hall. The artwork ranges from oils and acrylics to watercolors and computer paintings, graphite drawings, photography, fused glass, pottery, mixed media, jewelry and various sculptures.

Artists featured include: Olivia Andruss, Frank Carrillo, Mary Chan, Ron Cupps, Kim Davis, Randy Davis, David DeHoyos, Sheri Farabaugh, Leo Fautsch, Mona Fransher, Richard Gallagher and many others.

The exhibit is open to the public through Nov. 23 at Brighton City Hall, 500 S. Fourth Ave. Most artwork is available for purchase.

To learn more about the exhibit and/or Eye for Art program, visit the Eye for Art page or contact David Gallegos, arts and culture coordinator, at or 303-655-2176.

Friends of the Brighton Museum

Friends of the Brighton Museum is planning a meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 1, at Historic City Hall, 22 S. Fourth Ave.

The discussion will be about forming a friends organization to help with fundraising and an advisory body to bring the museum “to the public eye,” support a certification program and the museum’s evolution, according to a statement.

Questions? Contact John Kelley at

Toys for Tots

Phil Doerner, a local Edward Jones financial advisor, is supporting the Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program by using his office as a drop-off location for this year’s toy drive, according to a press statement.

Local residents may help needy children in the area by bringing in a new, unwrapped toy to the office, 725 E Bridge St, Suite A, during regular business hours through Dec. 10. Monetary gifts cannot be accepted.

“With the holiday season around the corner, we are all getting ready for the festivities,” Doerner said. “And as this is the season of giving, now is a great time to remember the less fortunate in our community.”

End of year concert series

The Armory will ring out the year with a concert series at 300 Strong St.

The Long Run, a group of Colorado musicians dedicated to music by the Eagles, perform at 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11. The group has performed at the Paramount Theatre in Denver and Red Rocks Amphitheater.

Brass Attack and Hazel Miller perform at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 17. The
Brass Attack is a nine-piece funk, rhythm and blues and pop cover band in Denver. The group features a horn section, vocalists and keyboards.

Hazel Miller and The Collective perform American blues, pop and gospel music. She’s won sesveral awards and tours internationally.

Tickets are available for purchase. For more information on the shows and/or pricing, visit

Entries wanted for Festival of Lights Parade 

The city of Brighton is accepting entries for its 26th annual Festival of Lights Parade in downtown Brighton.

The event is set for a 5 p.m. start Saturday, Dec. 11. Entry categories include equine/livestock, floats, motorized vehicles, musical acts and bicycles. In years past, the parade featured more than 75 fully-lit entries and highlighted the “Hometown Holiday Tradition” theme, according to a city statement. This year’s parade returns to this tradition after the pandemic forced the city to pivot to a Santa Claus drive through Brighton last year.

“We are thrilled to bring back this beloved tradition for Brighton this holiday season,” said Gary Montoya, events and downtown initiative manager. 

The nighttime parade is an event that all ages get to enjoy. It features local groups, organizations, businesses and families who will share the holiday spirit with the community. The parade starts traveling south on North Main Street and ends at City Hall.

For parade entry forms, guidelines and more, visit The deadline for entries is Friday, Nov. 26.

Contact Susie O’Connor at 303-655-2218.

Heart holiday lunch

The Platte Valley Medical Center Foundation is presenting its third annual Heart Holiday luncheon in support of early breast cancer detection and in-depth cancer care.The luncheon will be at StoneBrook Manor, 650 E. 124th Ave., Thornton Tuesday, Nov. 30. Proceeds go directly for early detection education and in-depth cancer care. Also, supporters will receive gift bags, Celestial Seasonings holiday teas sampling and enter prize drawings.

Dr. Oralee L. Ekberg an OB/GYN from Brighton, is the keynote speaker. She’ll be speaking about the importance of women’s wellness and regular screening to detect breast cancer. Also, Deanna Damour, a breast cancer survivor, shares her experience of receiving a diagnosis to chemotherapy and will also conduct a Q& A session.

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Holiday bazaar

The Adams County Historical Society’s annual holidaty bazaar fundraiser runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, at Riverdale Regional Park 9755 Henderson Road.

It features handcrafted items in 260 booths. Admission is $3 (cash only). Kids under 14 get in free, and parking is free.Food will be aavailable for purchase. Call 303-659-7103.

Tree lighting ceremony returns

The city of Brighton announced the return of its tree lighting ceremony, sponsored by United Power, at 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, at Founders Plaza, Main and Bridge streets. In a break from other years’ holiday programming, the tree lighting program will be a week before the city’s annual Festival of Lights parade.

Prior to the ceremony, the public can visit Main Street Creatives Gallery (36 S. Main St.) from 2 to 4 p.m. for such activities as Santa Comes to Town and The Teddy Bear & Friends Tree. Face Vocal Band, the internationally acclaimed all-vocal rock band from Boulder, will be performing from 5 to 7 p.m. in front of the plaza.

The band will help council count down as the Christmas Tree is lit at 5 p.m. Contact Susie O’Connor at 303-655-2218.

IMAGE Summit Remix workshops

Youth will get the opportunity to strengthen their leadership skills and confidence at the city of Brighton’s Image Summit Remix workshops Mondays through Dec. 20.

Students in fifth through 12th grades can participate in various workshops at Brighton City Hall, 500 S. Fourth Ave. It’s an alternative to the 2021 IMAGE Summit, which was canceled due to low registration. 

“We are looking forward to bringing back and hosting the IMAGE Summit next year,” said Tawnya Russell, manager of youth services. “But in the meantime, we’re so happy to offer this new series of interactive workshops that’ll help our future leaders.”

Workshops will take place from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. for high-school students and 11 a.m. to noon for fifth- through eighth-graders. A city statement said students can sign up for as many workshops as they’d like. Workshops are free, but registration is required for participants. Visit to register.

Email or call 303-655-2123.

Growing grads

The next installment of Brighton’s Growing Grads program is at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 12, at Anythink Library, 567 E. Bridge St.

This last installment is the Free Application form for Student Aid. Parents and students are encouraged to attend and to bring their tax documents so that they can start the process of filling out the FAFSA. There will be one-on-one help available and also information on local scholarships. Call Tawnya Russell at 303-655-2123 for information.

Temporary road closure

Weld County Road 2 will be closed between North 60th Avenue and King Street continuing through Jan. 17.

Crews will demoilish and reconstruct the bridge over the Speer Canal. The detour is through neighborhood streets.


Tree program

Trees are available for purchase through the city of Brighton’s 2022 Tree program at The idea is to encourage tree planting, species diversity and water conservation within the city, according to a statement. 

Thirteen species are available through the program: American Linden, Chinkapin Oak, Cleveland Pear, Osage Orange, Thornless Hawthorn, Ohio Buckeye, Box Elder Maple, Discovery Elm, English Oak, Bur Oak, Hackberry, Northern Catalpa and Hotwings Maple. Each tree costs $75 (maximum of two trees per household).

This program is for Brighton residents only. Ordering is available until all trees are sold out. Trees will arrive in the spring. Participants are responsible for maintenance. Purchased trees have to be planted within the city limits.

To place an order, go to Contact or call 303-655-2048.

Walk with a doc

Platte Valley Medical Center’s cardiac rehab team and Walk With A Doc will host monthly walks with Dr. Christopher Cannon, an interventional cardiologist at Brighton Heart and Vascular Institute.

This is a walking program for everyone interested in taking steps for a healthier lifestyle. After a few minutes to learn about a current health topic from the doctor, spend the rest of the hour enjoying a healthy walk and a fun conversation. It’s a great way to get out, get active and enjoy all the benefits that come from walking.

50/50 sidewalk, curb, gutter program

The city of Brighton offered a new online form for its 50/50 Sidewalk, Curb and Gutter program. It helps reduce the financial cost of replacement and maintenance.

The website is Residents can apply for the program, including what’s needed for the repairs and photo uploads.

Questions? Call 303-655-2117 or visit

‘Hearts in the Arts’ rental assistance program begins

The Brighton Urban Renewal Authority began the Brighton Hearts in the Arts rental assistance program. It’s designed to help local artists who occupy physical space in the downtown urban renewal area with rent costs.

It’s open to arts-focused nonprofits, according to a statement, plus for-profit art galleries and art studios. Some of the ‘Need-to-meet” criteria include a 501(c)(3) designation and to be sure that the function and mission of the facility is to exhibit, create, present and/or sell artwork in several forms of media.

Artists can apply for grants that will cover up to half of their annual or monthly lease but no more than $15,000 per year. Visit Call 303-655-2150 or email

Meet the mayor

Brighton Mayor Greg Mills wants to meet the public during new, one-on-one meetings. It’s a chance to learn about current projects, new developments and share issues.

Meetings are the third Friday of every month in 15-minute slots, starting at 10:30 a.m. Reserve a time slot at Indicate whether you want to meet in person at City Hall, 500 S. Fourth Ave., or virtually. Call 303-655-2042.

Eagle Express rides

Barr Lake State Park will offer virtual rides aboard the Eagle Express. Join Ranger Michelle and her friends as they read a story about our natural world that is sure to entertain your preschooler while teaching them about plants, animals and our planet. Call 303-659-6005.


Barr Lake State Park’s storytime program goes virtual this year.

Rangers will read stories about the natural world. Call 303-659-6005 with questions.

Legal self-help clinic

The Access to Justice Committee hosts a free, legal self-help clinic from 2 to 3:30 p.m. the first Tuesday of every month. The program is for customers who don’t have legal representation and need help navigating through legal issues.

Volunteer attorneys are available to discuss such topics as family law, civil litigation, property and probate law.

Call 303-405-3298 and ask for Legal Self-Help Clinic at least 24 hours in advance.

Senior meals

Eagle View Adult Center will serve hot VOA lunches on Mondays and Thursdays beginning August 2. Advance reservations are required. Call EVAC 303-655-2075 for more information.

Food resources available

Here’s a list of food programs and resources available during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Fort Lupton Food and Clothing Bank from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday is open for people who need help with food. Also, donations can be dropped off at 421 Denver Avenue, Fort Lupton. For more information call 303-857-1096.

Brighton Seventh-day Adventist Church, 567 E. Bromley Lane, 10 a.m. to noon, on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month.

Hunger Free Colorado. For anyone who might need help locating food. Call 855-855-4626 on weekdays between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. The hotline keeps information confidential and has bilingual staff on hand.

The Colorado Department of Education tracks meal site information for every school by school name and address, including service times, start and end dates and how meals are handed out.

Meals on Wheels delivers hot meals at noon to anyone, regardless of age in Brighton. Meals are delivered on weekdays; customers can choose the days. The cost is $4.25 per meal payable at the end of the month. Call 303-659-0978.

27J Schools have free grab-and-go meals for youngsters up to age 18. Drive-by or walk up between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at Vikan Middle School, 879 Jessup St., Overland Trail Middle School, 455 N. 19th Ave., and at Thimmig Elementary School, 11453 Oswego St. Food for Hope is the sponsor.

Chapel Hill Church, 10 Chapel Hill Drive, Brighton, hands out one box of food per family the second and fourth Wednesdays from 4 to 5:30 p.m. and alternating Saturdays at 9:30 a.m.

St. Augustine food pantry, 129 S. Sixth Ave., offers food Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. ID and paperwork required. The pantry serves Brighton residents who love between Quebec Street and Cavanaugh Road and between Weld County Road 4 1/2 and 96th Avenue.

Calvary Chapel Brighton Food Pantry, 103 E. Bridge St., Brighton. Open from 4 to 6 p.m. on the second and fourth Mondays of the month.

Community Baptist Church Food Pantry, 15559 Weld County Road 2, Brighton. Open from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesdays.

Mental health

Community Reach Center offers in-person intake assessments from 8 a.m. to noon Tuesdays at the Brighton Learning and Resource Campus, 1850 E. Egbert St. in Brighton. Call Community Reach Center at 303-853-3500.

For walk-in intake, bring an ID and insurance information. For those who would prefer to complete the intake forms and schedule an appointment, the intake forms are available online at There will be a short screening for flu-like symptoms before entering the center to ensure safety and wellness for everyone.

Anyone feeling unsafe or suicidal should call Colorado Crisis Services at 1-844-493-8255, text 38255, or visit the Behavioral Health Urgent Care (BHUC) Center at 2551 W. 84th Ave., Westminster.

Through an arrangement with The Colorado Spirit Program, there is support for feelings of worry, hopelessness, anger, loss, isolation and disconnection that many individuals are experiencing as a result of the pandemic.

It’s free and confidential. Services include virtual individual and group counseling. community networking and support, assessment and referral to community resources and psychoeducational materials and emotional support. Email

Help for vets

Qualified Listeners, a veteran and family resource hub serving northern Colorado and southern Wyoming, has several power chairs, power scooters and electric wheelchairs available.

The VA offers urgent care services to eligible veterans at both VA medical facilities or at in‑network urgent care clinics that are closer to home. Use this benefit to treat minor injuries and illnesses that are not life-threatening, such as colds, strep throat, sprained muscles, and skin and ear infections.

To find the closest facility to you visit

Call 720-600-0860.

Qualified Listeners also needs volunteers to drive veterans to and from appointments, run errands for veterans who cannot get out, handyman services, help administer veteran and family resource guide inventory in local libraries and veterans to be trained to become qualified listeners.

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