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The Collective - Bringing Community Art to Old Town
In December, the Lafayette Cultural Arts Division will take “creative • diverse • eclectic” to a whole new level by welcoming the community to participate in a new gallery concept in Old Town. The Collective Community Arts Center, located in a refurbished historic building at 201 N. Public Road, will serve as a clearing house for arts and culture, and blend the City’s commitment to upholding Lafayette’s past with its future evolution. At the Collective, visitors can expect to experience an unpretentious place to engage in the arts through rotating exhibits, historic displays, networking opportunities, business development, social themes, lectures, film series, and other enlightening programs. The name was carefully chosen to represent the collaboration of collectively working together to express and celebrate the community’s identity through art. The center’s concept will continue to evolve over time through participant input and public engagement. A grand opening celebration will be held in January. Attendees will be treated to an exhibit of up-and-coming local artists, a tour of the facility, light refreshments, and an introduction to impending programs. The Collective will have regular open hours beginning in January. Until then, watch for the “Open” sign that will indicate the public is invited to stop by for a visit. View more photos and check schedules for future activities at www.cityoflafayette.com/Collective
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Invest in YOUR Lafayette My favorite role as Mayor is to visit with local elementary students to talk with them about their city government. One question I always ask is, “What are the places you love visiting in Lafayette?” Their answers consistently include the recreation center, the library, Waneka Lake, LaMont Does Park, and Coal Creek among others. I then ask the students if they know how we pay for these amenities, and other less visible city services such as clean water, safe roads and snow removal. Their answers vary, but they know it requires money from somewhere. We then discuss that when you go to the grocery store, buy shoes, or get ice cream at Eats and Sweets you pay sales tax. Each holiday season, we like to take the opportunity to remind Lafayette residents to “invest” your tax dollars in Lafayette by shopping locally. When you buy groceries, gifts, or everyday items in Lafayette, the taxes you pay on those products help pay for parks and open space, police and fire, streets, library, recreation, cultural arts, and other important Lafayette government services. Just think, when you purchase that gift for your family or turkey for your holiday dinner, you’re actually helping to provide all the great amenities you take advantage of as a resident of Lafayette. So make a conscious effort beginning this holiday season to choose to do your shopping in Lafayette – all year long! Your continued investment in our community will help us maintain the great services and amenities that make the quality of life so great here in Lafayette! Happy holidays to you and yours,
Mayor Christine Berg P.S. Be sure to join us for Cocoa with Council on December 10. Find details at cityoflafayette.com/Events.
LOCALLY This Holiday Season and INVEST in Lafayette
Support Lafayette businesses and SHOP SMALL on November 26. Shop Small is a nation-wide movement encouraging consumers to support their local economy. View a list of Lafayette businesses offering special promotions on November 26 at cityoflafayette.com/ShopSmall and support ALL Lafayette businesses this holiday season and throughout the year! When you shop Lafayette, tax dollars are invested back into your community in the form of public safety, streets, library, parks, recreation, and other important services. When you shop locally, you also support the many Lafayette businesses working hard to provide products and services right here in your community!
Photo taken in the beautiful 2nd floor gift shop at Lafayette Florist.
1. P endleton wool blanket from Atlas Valley Purveyors – 2770 Arapahoe Road 2. S unny’s tutu from Boulder Body Wear 2850 Arapahoe Road, #104 3. M ayor Berg’s entire outfit courtesy of Elizabeth’s Embellishments – 611 S Public Road 4. S unny’s sparkly boots from Jax Ranch and Home 400 W South Boulder Road 5. N ambe wood wine rack from Atlas Valley Purveyors – 2770 Arapahoe Road 6. F estive holiday tower from Purple Poppy 2850 Arapahoe Road, #108 7. C hildren’s hobby horse from Jax Ranch and Home 400 W South Boulder Road 8. M ade-to-order gift basket from Purple Poppy 2850 Arapahoe Road, #108 9. S ertado handcrafted copper serving set from Atlas Valley Purveyors – 2770 Arapahoe Road
Be a Part of...New Dining and Craft Breweries in Lafayette • Ras Kassas Ethiopian Restaurant, Opening late 2016 802 S Public Road • UTurn BBQ & Brewery, Opening early 2017 599 Crossing Drive • William Oliver’s Publick House, Opening early 2017 201 N Public Road • Black Diamond Restaurant & Taphouse, Opening late 2016; 103 N Public Road • Community Restaurant; 206 S Public Road • Romero’s K9 Club & Taphouse; 985 S Public Road • Beehold Cakes; 400 W South Boulder Road, #1000
Be a Part of...Community Life
Be a Part of...Sustainable Living Join us for a mural dedication celebration at 101 W. Simpson on December 3 from 2:00-4:00pm. Light refreshments. More info at cityoflafayette.com/Mural
Calls for Artists
Local and regional artists are encouraged to apply for opportunities to display work in a unique, eclectic, and appreciative environment. Twenty-four artists or artist collaborations will be chosen to display their work on city gallery walls for 8 week long exhibitions through 2018. Learn more at cityoflafayette.com/CFA.
Congratulations to the 2016 Lafayette Green Businesses
Fifty-two Lafayette businesses taking steps towards sustainability met requirements this year in four categories; energy, waste, water, and transportation. We’re proud to recognize these community leaders implementing sustainable business practices. View the full list and learn more about the City’s sustainability efforts at cityoflafayette. com/GoGreen.
Paid to Remove Turf from Your Yard!
Save water and money by reducing the amount of turf in your yard, AND receive an additional incentive from the City. Homeowners may be eligible for a one-time utility bill credit or a Garden-In-A-Box Kit when replacing 200 or more square feet of landscape turf. Visit cityoflafayette. com/TurfReplacement to learn more about requirements.
Community Book Read on December 7
Different Voices: Be Part of the Conversation is a program encouraging the community to read Cristina Henriquez’s The Book of Unknown Americans, and participate in a community forum intended to give a voice to those not frequently heard in mainstream media and culture. By hosting the Different Voices forum, the Lafayette Public Library provides an opportunity for the entire community to read this immigration story, discuss issues, and analyze opinions. Books are available now to check out, and the December 7 forum will be held at 6:00pm at the Library. cityoflafayette.com/DifferentVoices
your Input Regarding the Character of Old Town As directed by City Council, the City will be hiring a consultant to conduct community sessions in January to gather input from residents to determine how best to maintain the character of Old Town, which may include development code updates. Meeting dates will be published at cityoflafayette. com or sign up to receive City News via text/email at cityoflafayette.com/NotifyMe.
uBoards, Commissions, and Volunteer Opportunities Watch for the formation of a new citizen advisory board in the coming months that will foster activities and policies with respect to diversity and inclusiveness. Applications are anticipated to be available in early 2017 at cityoflafayette.com/ Volunteer. Consider helping shape the future of Lafayette by applying for one of the open positions below. Additional volunteer opportunities can be found at cityoflafayette.com/Volunteer or by signing up to receive text/email notifications of openings at cityoflafayette.com/NotifyMe. • Historic Preservation Board • Energy Sustainability Advisory Board • Senior Advisory Board • Waste Reduction Advisory Committee
EV Charging Station and Electric Vehicle Discounts
A newly installed dual-port electric vehicle (EV) charging station at the Bob L. Burger Recreation Center supplements the City’s existing stations at City Hall, the library, and the skatepark. Lafayette is a regional leader in the advancement of sustainability and supports alternate transportation by reducing ‘range anxiety’, or the worry there are not enough charging stations to make EVs a convenient vehicle choice. The Lafayette Energy Sustainability Advisory Committee has also partnered with Benefits Boulder County to offer up to $22,000 off a 2016 Nissan Leaf. This offer expires December 31. Learn more at cityoflafayette.com/GoGreen.
with Council Visit with City Council over a friendly cup of cocoa! December 10 from 11am-Noon Waneka Lake Boathouse • 1600 Caria Drive This is a family-friendly event. Take a leisurely stroll around the Lake with City Councilors and enjoy cocoa afterwards.
Lafayette Connection Calendar Events Holiday Events
Look for the snowflakes below that mark other holiday events.
Through December 9
November 19-December 19
Assist the Police Department to brighten a child’s holiday with your monetary or new toy donation. cityoflafayette.com/Police
Pick up a free booklet and locate the elves at participating businesses. oldtownlafayette.com
Santa, Elves, tree lighting, caroling and kids’ activities! 1-4:30pm Festival Plaza oldtownlafayette.com
Santa Cop Collection Drive
u NOVEMBER November 26
Shop Small Saturday
Spot the Elf in Old Town
2-3:30pm Lafayette Library; Grades 6-12 cityoflafayette.com/Storytime
Red Dress Month & FitGo Challenge
Cookie Decorating for Teens
Visit participating Lafayette businesses and SHOP LOCAL throughout the holiday season cityoflafayette.com/ShopSmall
6:30pm Lafayette Library cityoflafayette.com/Storytime
10:15 & 11am Lafayette Library; Ages 1-3, 4-7 cityoflafayette.com/Library
10:15am Lafayette Library; Ages 8-18 303-665-5200
December 27 – February 3
Historic Coca-Cola Mural Dedication 2-4pm 101 W. Simpson cityoflafayette.com/Mural
Winter Solstice Story Time, Songs, and Crafts
Needle Felting Gifts for Kids
Christmas Tree Recycling
6am-2pm Monday-Friday City Service Center 303-661-1306
December 6, 13, 22
4-5pm Lafayette Library; Grades K-5 303-665-5200
6:30pm Lafayette Library; All ages cityoflafayette.com/Storytime
Reading Buddies Playdates
Book Discussion The Book of Unknown Americans
6pm Lafayette Library cityoflafayette.com/DifferentVoices
Hanukkah Story Time for Kids
Senior New Noon Years Eve Potluck 12-3pm Senior Center 303-661-1492
11am Lafayette Library 303-665-5200
NEW! High School Rec Basketball
Shadow Puppet Performance
Cocoa with Council
11am-12pm family-friendly Walk Waneka Lake
Holiday Tea featuring Tales of Winter Wonder
Tickets go on sale November 4 2-4pm Lafayette Library 303-665-5200
Holiday Songs, Stories, Crafts
10:30am Lafayette Library; All Ages cityoflafayette.com/Library
January 4 deadline
City Service Center. 1700 Avalon Ave
Festival Plaza, 311 S. Public Rd Lafayette Library, 775 W. Baseline Rd
Bob Burger Recreation Center cityoflafayette.com/RedDress
February 14 (Register by February 9) Senior Valentines Day Dance 4-5:30pm Senior Center 303-661-1492
u MARCH March 12
Lafayette Seals Swim Team Registration Bob Burger Recreation Center cityoflafayette.com/Recreation
Find Events Online
More events and additional details for all listed events can be found at cityoflafayette.com/events
Bob Burger Recreation Center cityoflafayette.com/Recreation
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Lafayette Quaker® Oatmeal Festival Oatmeal Breakfast, 5K, & Health Fair 8am-12pm Various locations lafayettecolorado.com
Electronics Recycling Event 9am-2pm City Service Center 303-534-1667
Go to www.cityoflafayette.com/ CONNECT and • S ign up to receive News Alerts & Calendar Events via text or email
• Sign up to receive monthly Arts, Library & Recreation newsletters
7pm Aspinwall Community Room 771 Excelsior Place
• Follow the City’s Facebook & Twitter pages
Cocoa with Council
• L earn about NextDoor for your neighborhood
Important Addresses Bob Burger Rec Center, 111 W. Baseline Rd
Home for the Holidays
Senior Center, 103 S. Iowa Waneka Lake Park, 1600 Caria Dr Symbol denotes an ongoing and/or reoccurring event