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he Zoppé Italian Family Circus, an Italian Cultural Village, and a pie-baking contest are the newest additions to this year’s Wheat Ridge Carnation Festival, Fri. and Sat., Aug. 17 and 18, at Anderson Park, 4355 Field St. And thanks to Jeffco Schools’ buses, getting there will be less of a hassle. The circus includes acrobatics, clowns, horses and dog acts, housed under a 63-foot tent, which will be raised 7 a.m. Friday – the public is invited to watch. Circus admission is $15 ($20 for VIP seating), and performances continue through Aug. 26. Italian food, wine tastings, vendors, artisans and Italian culture can be found in the Italian Cultural Village, and local chefs will mimic “American Idol” in judging Wheat Ridge’s best pastries in “American Pidol”. Other new festival attractions include a chili cook off and salsa dancing. As in years past, a midway, rides, food, a spaghetti supper, and two nights of fireworks are part of the fete. The Carnation Festival Parade starts 10 a.m. on Sat., Aug. 18, on
38th Avenue between Wadsworth and Sheridan. Free activities for kids include the Kids Craft Central booth and performances by Lewis the Magician. The Butterfly Pavilion will bring Rosie the tarantula and other interesting insects, and HawkQuest will bring birds of prey. Saturday afternoon there will be a remote-control model airplane demonstration on the baseball diamond. Jerry Nealon is serving as the Festival’s count for 2012, with Milly Nadler taking the chair as countess. Denise Waddell, 2012 Grand Marshall, will lead the parade down 38th Avenue, beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Aug.18. A fine arts sale has been added to the Wheat Ridge Art League’s juried show. And the Rocky Mountain Quarter Midget Association will provide a racecar demonstration. Jefferson County Schools will shuttle participants to and from parking lots at Everitt Middle (3900 Kipling St.), Wheat Ridge Middle (7101 W. 38th Ave.) and
YOUNG AND OLD WILL FLOCK TO THE 43RD ANNUAL CARNATION FESTIVAL PARADE. The annual rite will begin at Ames at 10a.m. and will make its way down 38th Ave. to Upham. For more information visit wheatridgecarnation.org. PHOTO: HEATHER LEE Wheat Ridge High (9505 W. 32nd Ave.) schools, from 6 to 11:30 p.m. on Friday, and 2 to 11:30p.m. Saturday; round-trip fares are $1 (lap-sitters age 2 and younger ride free) and parking at school lots is free. Parking is also available at the Festival grounds for $5
and $10, with proceeds benefiting the Wheat Ridge High School Band Boosters. Admission to the Festival is free, but there are fees for some activities. For more information, visit www. wheatridgecarnationfestival.org.
Wheat ridge Carnation festival Schedule (subject to change) frIdAY, AUGUSt 17
Annual Art League Membership Show Anderson Community Building Gymnasium Presented by the Wheat Ridge Art league 4-10 p.m. Zoppé Circus box ofﬁce opens for pre-sales 4-11 p.m. Italian Village and wine and cigar bar open Wine tasting with Balisteri Vineyards 6-8 p.m. 4-11 p.m. Beer garden opens Hosted by Wheat Ridge Rotary 4-5 p.m. – Strange Radio 5-7:30 p.m. Spaghetti dinner/Pie Bake-Off Pavilion, Anderson Park 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. – Tina Phillips (Jazz) 5:30 – Dark 7th Annual Classic Car Show Joe’s Café Parking Lot
Sponsored by Adolph’s Import Repair Garage, Joe’s Café, JoAnne Fisher of Fishbird Insurance and Gently Used 6-7:30 p.m. Silver Foxes vs. WR Police Dept. Softball Game Ball Fields, Anderson Park 7-8 p.m. – Brothers of the Son (Southern Rock) 8:30- 9 p.m.- ReUnion (A capella) 9:15 – 9:30 p.m. FIREWORKS 9:30 – 11 p.m. Cruisin Cats (Great Oldies)
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7 -9 a.m. Grange Pancake Breakfast Behind Wheat Ridge Cyclery 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 43rd Annual Carnation Festival Parade 38th Ave between Ames Street and Upham Street
11:30 – 1: p.m. Drum City – Guitar Land Interactive drum session. Join the fun! Noon Midway opens NOON - 8 p.m. Fine Arts Display Anderson Community Building NOON – 9 p.m. Annual Art League Membership Show Anderson Community Building Gymnasium Presented by the Wheat Ridge Art League Noon – 11 p.m. Beer garden open Hosted by Wheat Ridge Rotary Noon – 11 p.m. Italian Village and wine and cigar bar open Wine tasting with LaFamigla and Marchese Guadagni wines 2-6 p.m.
1 p.m. Zoppé Circus Performance 1:30 – 2:30 The Beloved Invaders (Surf Music) 3 – 4 p.m.Katy Laurel (Acoustic Guitar) 4 p.m. Zoppé Circus Performance 4:30 – 5:30 – Adam Rey (Rock Guitar) 5 – 7 p.m. Chili Cook-Off 5:45 – 6 p.m. Parade Awards — Main Stage 6 – 7 p.m. – Eohippus 7 p.m. Zoppé Circus Performance 7 – 7:15 p.m. Chili Cook Off Awards — Main Stage 8:30 – 11 p.m. – Nacho Men 9:15 – 9:30 p.m. FIREWORKS Plus 11 more circus performances from Aug 22 – Aug 26 Italian Village
Celtic Harvest festival edgewater Sept. 15 & 16 BY lAUrA keeGAN
elebrating Colorado’s diverse artists and musicians and sharing Celtic culture, the third annual Celtic Harvest Festival Edgewater will feature nine of the state’s best Celtic bands, plus traditional pipe bands, dancers and a ceremonial calling of the clans, Saturday & Sunday, Sept. 15 & 16, at Citizen’s Park, 24th & Benton, west of Sloans Lake. Hours are 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Saturday and 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Sunday, and admission is free. Heading up contemporary musical lineup are Indulgers, Colcannon, DelallaBartsch, Mulligan Stew, Deb and the Pariahs, Delilah’s’ Revenge, Beth and Margot, Jon & Adam & Emily, and Wicked Shehogue, playing throughout both days of the festival. To add an exciting, traditional flair there are Pipe Bands, Celtic Dancers and, on Saturday evening, a Clan Ceilidh and ceremonial calling of the Clans.
The Renaissance Scots Reenactment Village will provide hands-on experiences to learn about life in highland Scotland in the early 1600s, before the Battle of Culloden. Guests can test their skills by engaging in a sword fight with the master Scots, or shop in the Celtic Marketplace and Farmer’s Market, while indulging in a variety of food and drinks, including Scotch and Oskar Blues Brews. Celtic clans will present clan history, traditions and genealogy, as well as a Saturday evening clan ceilidh—the ceremonial calling of the clans. Hawkquest will entertain and educate with their birds of prey. The children’s area will feature sheep herding lessons, Celtic-themed games, and crafts for children of all ages, face painters, balloon art, and storytelling. 4H will give demonstrations in rocketry and leather works, and Cosmic Circle Puppets will stage a whimsical puppet show. Dogs of the British Empire will showcase more than 20
eNJOY CeltIC CUltUre At tHe reNAISSANCe SCOtS Reenactment Village, part of the 2012 Celtic Harvest Festival Edgewater, scheduled for Sept. 15 & 16 at Citizen’s Park, 24th & Benton. The festival will feature such celtic entertainers as the Indulgers and Colcannon along with Pipe Bands, Celtic Dancers, Clans, Dogs of the British Empire, Ruff Flyball, a Celtic Marketplace, Farmer’s Market, Sheep Herding, Oskar Blues and the Denver Gaels. breeds, and Ruff Flyball Dog Games will include racing through obstacle courses at breakneck speed. Visit www.celticharvestfestivaledgewater.
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Under The Dome be voting on School Issues 3A and 3B. These local school mill levy and bond issues will raise needed funds for repairing buildings s we turn our attention from the exciting and to prevent increased teacher layoffs and Olympics to the national political the loss of music, physical education, and campaigns, let’s not overlook our own outdoor lab programs. Two other state controversial measures Colorado state and county government issues coming up! 1) Colorado Health may receive enough verified signatures Benefit Exchange; 2) Ballot Measures; and (86,000) to be placed on the ballot. The first is Amendment 64 which 3) Ensuring your Right to Vote. proposes decriminalizing First, the Colorado Health and regulating marijuana in Benefit Exchange is under a manner similar to alcohol. construction to improve health The other is a “personhood” care access and affordability. In amendment aimed at defining June the U.S. Supreme Court any fertilized human embryo upheld the federal Patient as a legal “person”. Both the Protection and Affordable marijuana and “personhood” Care Act (“Obamacare”) amendments would create which requires states to create conflicts with current federal health insurance exchanges Sue Schafer law. For more information see where individuals and small businesses can shop for affordable coverage. www.colorado.gov/lcs. Third, I strongly encourage everyone to Colorado will receive a $43 million grant to help complete the exchange and starting update your voter registration if you have in October of 2013 individuals who are moved since 2010 or did not vote in 2010: uninsured can shop and enroll in the Call the County Clerk at 303-271-8111 Exchange to help find the best coverage. or go to www.jeffco.us/elections. You will Visit www.getcoveredco.org to learn more be casting a vote for U.S. President, U.S. about Colorado’s Health Benefit Exchange. Congress, State House, State Senate, and for Second, Colorado voters are interested sitting judges. I am running for re-election in a number of important ballot measures as Representative for House District 24 and up on Election Day, Nov. 6. “Amendment have been honored to serve you! S” will amend outdated state personnel provisions within the state constitution that State Representative Sue Shafer can be reached will help us retain and recruit better public at 303-866-5522 or sue.schafer.house@state. employees. In Jefferson County, we will also co.us. Her web site is www.sueschafer.com. BY SUE SCHAFER State Representative, House District 24
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Wheat Ridge City Update City Receives National Recognition organization’s culture are closely linked to BY PATRICK GOFF the organization’s strategy and management City Manager, City of Wheat Ridge he city recently received notice that it practices, and have a great impact on the is the 2012 winner of the International people who work there. For this reason, it is City/County Management Association very important to understand those aspects (ICMA) Award in the category of Strategic of your organization’s culture that may have an influence on its performance. Leadership and Governance The city surveyed its employees for developing a positive using the Denison Culture Survey organizational culture. Why to ask its employees about the is this important to you as a way the organization operates in business owner or resident of the areas of adaptability, mission, this community? involvement and consistency. Caroline Fisher of the The goal of the survey was to Fisher Consulting Group get a better picture of the city’s and member of the Denison organizational strengths and Consulting Network was hired weaknesses and to focus on those by the City to assist in answering Patrick Goff areas where improvements to the the question, “What is the state city’s overall performance could be of our culture.” Fisher noted that “In the past few years, we have seen a strong trend made. In reviewing the survey results, the city’s emerging in the public sector—recognition that efficient, business-like performance is management team chose to move forward by absolutely essential, and that organizational focusing on the mission of the organization culture makes a huge difference.” Key factors or the degree to which the city knows why it exists and what its direction is. Research contributing to this trend are: • In many areas, tax revenues have not findings have revealed that mission alone, grown, or even have decreased. Public entities as a single cultural factor, impacts the face significant pressure to do more with less. greatest number of bottom-line performance • Increasingly, public-sector organizations measures in an organization. Thus, the city’s management team are competing with businesses for outstanding talent. There is an increasing awareness that developed the following mission Statement having a strong organizational culture is a and a set of core values to facilitate and powerful tool for recruiting, retaining, and support a positive organizational culture. These core values have been incorporated developing talent. • Consumers no longer tolerate mediocre into the city’s employee recruitment, appraisal performance, whether they’re dealing with a and disciplinary systems to ensure that all business or a city government. Increasingly, employees are working toward the same goal consumers of public services understand that of providing the best world-class customer service as possible. they have a choice – they can relocate! Leaders Committed to Excellence and An increasing number of public-sector organizations are driving to create high- A.C.T.I.O.N! Accountability – Change – performance cultures. Organizational culture Teamwork – Integrity – Opportunity – Now! refers to the underlying beliefs, values and assumptions that exemplify and reinforce Patrick Goff can be reached at (303) 235-2805 them. The messages that come from an or firstname.lastname@example.org
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Edgewater City News as I appoint citizens to Edgewater’s Boards and Commissions. These appointments are one of the tools the Mayor has to help shape the character of our community. I’d like to hen I was first elected in 2007, there hear what points you would ponder. What were several openings on Edgewater’s would you like to see in your Board Members Boards and Commissions. With and Commissioners? the exception of the Charter Review and I am happy to say, that at this time, all of Compliance Commission, it is the Mayor’s the Boards and Commissions that I appoint responsibility to fill Edgewater’s citizenare full, and that each new opening is now volunteer Boards and Commissions. It was drawing several applications. As a challenge to learn about the each applicant is interviewed by in-depth functions of each Board the Board or Commission they and Commission and decide have applied to, I am privilege who would be best suited to each to receive a recommendation position. As I worked at filling as to which candidate would the positions, I needed to become be best for that board. While acquainted with the current I do not have to follow their members and how they worked recommendation, I usually do. I together, or not. In addition feel that it is important for the to the defined responsibility of current members to interview all each Board/Commission (B/C) applicants and decide which one I needed to learn the different Bonnie McNulty would best serve the their current characters and the culture of each projects and plans. group. As I think about each appointment With all of that being said, I really I consider: appreciate the commitment and energy that How long have current members been all the Board Members and Commissioners serving – how long do they plan on continuing bring to the leadership of the City. There are to serve - which members would maintain currently sixteen citizen volunteers serving the continuity of plans that were already in on our Board of Adjustments and Appeals, the works? Planning and Zoning Commission, and the A question on the application asks how Parks, Recreation, Historic Preservation & long the applicant has lived in Edgewater. Arts Advisory Board. These citizens have That is an indication of how tied they might made the commitment to serve and I am sure be to the community - their understanding of that they would welcome any input that you the essence of the Edgewater neighborhoods might have to their perspective decisions. - their ability to bring new ideas. Please attend any of the meetings of any Has the applicant attended many, or any, Board or Commission. All City meeting are of the meetings held by the B/C to which open to the public. Meeting information and they are applying? openings can be found by contacting the City What experience do they have that Clerk or going to www.edgewaterco.com. directly relates with the defined responsibility You can also sign up to get notices from the of the B/C for which they are applying? City Clerk’s Town Cryer. Do they understand the goals of the Coffee with the Mayor - joint me for B/C, and what is the applicant’s interest in coffee on Wednesdays all through August supporting, or changing, that goal? and September at Edgewater Coffee, 5224 Does the applicant appear to represent W. 25th Avenue from 9:00am - 11:00am. their personal preferences or the preferences Please come - I will buy your coffee or tea. If of the community? you would like to meet at another time please Is the applicant willing to spend time call me. going over minutes, plans, and reports? Will the applicant attend the necessary Edgewater Mayor Bonnie McNulty can be reached training to understand the process of leading at 303-233-6216 or mayor@edgewaterco Edgewater into the future? .com These are some of the thoughts I ponder BY BONNIe MCNUltY Mayor, City of Edgewater
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education, information and training from local health agencies which help to discourage smoking by youth. Let’s get voluntary compliance from Note: The following excerpt (thedenverchannel. smokers. Display professional “Thank You com/health/8297072/detail.html) is from the for Not Smoking” signs with facts about the Channel 7 News website dated March 8, 2006: dangers of smoking in our parks, playgrounds, bus stops/shelters, DENVER – That’s it. The last huretc. It was also noted during the dle for getting the smoking ban into discussion that smokers in 2012 law has now been passed. are much more respectful of nonOn Monday, Gov. Bill Owens smokers, in general. signed legislation making Colorado If someone is bothering you the 13th state to enact a statewide while they smoke in a public smoking ban. The law takes effect place, move or kindly ask them to July 1. House Bill 1175, sponsored move to a different location – It’s by Rep. Mike May (R-Parker) and called two-way communication Sen. Dan Grossman (D-Denver), Jerry DiTullio and mutual respect. We don’t prohibits smoking in bars, restauneed the police to handle this rants and most workplaces. situation. Now let’s fast forward to 2012. The state Do not pass any new laws in Wheat Ridge smoking ban from 2006 eliminated most, that would potentially be a negative business if not all, indoor smoking except on private model for our businesses with outdoor property such as homes or inside a private patios. They already follow state law. Some vehicle. I understand and completely agree that second-hand indoor smoke was, and is, businesses in Wheat Ridge have voluntarily made their outdoor patios nonsmoking, such a health problem. I feel for the nonsmokers as Right Coast Pizza at 38th Ave. and High that are growing up in homes in which they Court. must endure second-hand smoke from other Passing an outdoor smoking ban would smoking occupants. not stop the students at Wheat Ridge High Wheat Ridge has been following state School (WRHS) from smoking at Crown law since 2006. The changes recommended Hill Park across from the school. Crown by the Jefferson County Health Department Hill is located in Jefferson County and and Breathe Easy Wheat Ridge would go the County does not have ban on outdoor far beyond what the state legislature passed smoking. in 2006. The Jefferson County Heath Lastly, if Breathe Easy Wheat Ridge Department and Breathe Easy Wheat Ridge really wants this ban enacted, they need to are campaigning for a ban on outdoor smoking hit the bricks and get the 3,000+ petition in Wheat Ridge which includes public events, public parks, open space, playgrounds, signatures needed to put it on the 2013 ballot. Let the voters have the final say on bus stops/shelters, public sidewalks, private the outdoor smoking ban – or lobby the restaurant patios, etc. Additionally, Exempla Lutheran Hospital created a “smoke-free” state legislature to ban outdoor smoking statewide so everyone is playing by the campus a few years back. Exempla Lutheran same rules. Right now Arvada, Golden and wants the City of Wheat Ridge to enforce a Lakewood all have different variations of no-smoking policy on hospital employees if outdoor smoking bans. they smoke on the public sidewalk next to the If City Council decides to pass a ban on hospital. outdoor smoking I would veto the law as your The anti-outdoor smoking ban would mayor. I cannot support such a draconian require that City Council pass a new ordinance (law) to ban outdoor smoking. law that limits citizens’ rights on such a selective basis. What’s next to ban? 32-oz. The new law would be enforced by the Wheat Ridge Police Department (WRPD). sugary drinks? Caffeine? Buttered popcorn? Vehicles? I do not believe that residents and Penalties could be up to a year in jail and/or up businesses want Wheat Ridge to turn into to a $1000 fine. “No Smoking by Ordinance another New York City where the mayor #” signs would be erected in public places and and city council are telling you what you can most likely private restaurant patios. cook, eat and drink. I decided to meet with resident Sarah Interesting enough, it is my humble Davis from Breathe Easy Ridge, resident impression that Dr. Odom understood my and Dr. Jack Odom and Bob Doyle from the recommendations and thought they were a Colorado Tobacco Education and Prevention win-win. The jury is still out with regards to Alliance at Sunrise/Sunset for breakfast. I Breathe Easy Wheat Ridge. They appear to listened to their concerns about second-hand still want a law on the books and enforced by smoke and outdoor smoking bans in Wheat the WRPD. Ridge. I agree with them with regards to To quote Ralph Waldo Emerson, “The second-hand indoor smoke. I also told them end of the human race will be that it will that I cannot support an outdoor smoking eventually die of civilization.” ban as mayor or as a resident. I made the Wheat Ridge Mayor Jerry DiTullio can be following recommendations/comments: reached at (303) 235-2800 or jerryditullio@ Increase anti-smoking education at the comcast.net middle schools and high school. I support BY JerrY dItUllIO Mayor, City of Wheat Ridge
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and may have contributed to an increase in sales tax revenue for Pueblo. “We believe our proposal is not only great for public health but a win for Wheat Ridge and its ongoing work to bring new families and businesses to our community,” Davis added. “Preliminary results from a recent survey of households in surrounding communities about the appeal of stronger smoke-free protections in Wheat Ridge are encouraging,” she said. Results of the survey will be available later in August. For more information about the coalition, visit their web site www.breatheeasywheatridge.com or call 303-239-7022. Bob Doyle is the Executive Director of Colorado Tobacco Education and Prevention Alliance. The views expressed in this column are those of the authors and not necessarily those of the publishers, advertisers or affiliates. Readers are encouraged to submit letters to: Editor, 4385 Wadsworth Blvd. #140, Wheat Ridge, CO 80033 or email@example.com. Contributions maybe edited for space or content.
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Options Abound during Wr rec Center Closure The Wheat Ridge Recreation Center will be closed for regularly scheduled annual maintenance, Mon.-Fri., Aug. 27-31, but lap swimmers and participants in SilverSneakers and CancerFit programs will be able to continue their workouts at other venues. The Wheat Ridge Outdoor Pool, located in Anderson Park at 4355 Field St., will be open for lap swimming only from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. during the lap pool closure at the rec center (Aug. 20-Sept. 7, or until completion of replastering, whichever is sooner). The pool officially closes for the season at 6:30 p.m. on Thur., Aug. 16. Lap swimmers may show their annual pass or punch card for free admission or pay the daily drop-in fee; fees vary based on residency. The Golden Recreation Center, 1470 10th St., will be open to patrons who are annual pass holders, SilverSneakers pass holders and CancerFit pass holders for no admission fee, Aug. 27-31, by presenting a Wheat Ridge Recreation Center identification card. For information and hours, call 303-384-8100. The Wheat Ridge Active Adult Center, 6363 W. 35th Ave., will host SilverSneakers classes during the closure; call for class times prior to attending a class. The rec center’s administrative and front desk will remain open during the closure, with office hours from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information about the maintenance closure, call 303-231-1300. For more information about classes that will be held at the Active Adult Center, and class times during the closure, call 303-205-7500.
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Wondering what’s up with the RTD’s Gold Line rail project since groundbreaking last year? Get back in the know when project contractor Denver Transit Partners holds an RTD FasTracks Gold Line/Northwest Rail Open House Wed., Aug. 22, at the Wheat Ridge Recreation Center, 4005 Kipling St. A second open house will be held at the Arvada Center, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., on Thur., Aug. 23. The Gold Line is an 11.2-mile electric commuter rail line that is part of the RTD FasTracks transit expansion program, and will run along the railroad route from Denver Union Station to Ward Road in Wheat Ridge, passing through northwest Denver, Adams County and Arvada. The Gold Line and Northwest Rail (the FasTracks project that will connect downtown Denver to Boulder and Longmont) will share the alignment from Denver Union Station to Pecos Street. The project has seven stations planned, located at 41st, Pecos, Federal, Sheridan, Olde Town, Arvada Ridge and Ward Road. Construction will begin this fall with the line opening in 2016. Open house starts at 5:30 p.m., and the presentation begins promptly at 6 p.m. Questions and comments welcome; light refreshments served. For more information, contact Tariana Navas-Nieves at 303-576-3352 or tariana. email@example.com.
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Runners Register Now For Farmers 5000 The Farmers 5000, Wheat Ridge High School’s annual fundraising foot race, takes place Sun., Sept. 16 at the 9505 W. 32nd Ave. school, starting at 9 a.m. The course follows the neighborhood streets near the high school, and offers cash prizes for the first place overall male and female, and prizes for first through third place in all age groups. The purpose of the race is to raise money for the school, and to promote physical fitness and community spirit. Organized and carried out by volunteers, all funds raised are given to various educational and special programs within Wheat Ridge High School. Runners can register at Wheat Ridge High School Wed.-Fri., Sept. 12-14, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sat., Sept. 15, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Off-site registration is also available from Sept. 1 until Sept. 15, noon, at Runners Roost Lakewood, 7978 W. Alameda, and the Wheat Ridge Recreation Center, 4005 Kipling. Online registration is available at active.com until Sept. 14. And race day registration will be available Sun., Sept. 16, 7-8:30 a.m. Parking is available in the lots to the north of the high school, and on neighborhood streets near the school. Runners are invited to warm up on the course before the race or at Crown Hill Park across the street. For more information, including a course map and volunteer and sponsorship opportunities, visit www.Farmers5000.org.
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