November/December 2010

Your community, your life

Vol. 2, Issue 6

Bright Nights

An informational newsletter for Longmont residents.

Longmont Lights to Brighten the Holidays
From ancient time, light has been a source of both mystery and wonder, providing necessary warmth and guidance. Enjoy the mystery and wonder of millions of sparkling lights and the sights and sounds of winter holiday celebrations as Longmont Lights! kicks off with the illumination of downtown Longmont on December 3 .The Longmont Downtown Development Authority (LDDA) will begin the festivities at 6 pm with the tree lighting at the 6th Avenue Plaza. After the lighting, visit the merchant open houses, cocoa and carolers at the St. Stephens Plaza, give-aways, performers, and other festivities. Throughout the week, from December 3 through 11, Downtown Longmont comes alive with numerous activities and events to brighten your holiday spirit! The gingerbread art competition (entry forms must be completed by November 10) will be open for the public to vote on the most glorious of the houses. Look for live music, storytelling performances, the Cup of Cheer holiday drink tour, game tournaments and many other activities and events for children young and old. For more information about what’s happening downtown, visit Longmont Lights continued on page 4

Baum is Back
Mayor returns after surgery. Page 2

Happenin’ Holiday
Check out Longmont’s holiday events. Page 4

Christmas Tree Recycling
Several sites accept discarded trees. Page 5

Don’t Be Flakey

Safety Shelters
Three Emergency Shelters established in city. Page 6

Sidewalks Require Shoveling Within 24 Hours
As winter returns, it’s a good time to remind Longmont residents of their duty to clear the sidewalks adjacent to their property of snow and ice. Longmont Municipal Code 9.04.130 states that the owner, manager, or tenant leasing the entire premises of any property abutting a public sidewalk, or any adult occupant of a single-family home abutting a public sidewalk, must clear the walk of snow and ice the entire width of the sidewalk or to at least four feet, whichever is less. Residents with north facing sidewalks must be especially vigilant, as the north facing walks will never experience enough “solar power” to melt snow or ice. The snow and ice must be removed within 24 hours after the snow has stopped falling. Snow or ice has not “stopped falling” if additional snow or ice falls within four hours. Failure to shovel the sidewalk abutting your property may result in an official notice from Code Enforcement. If you receive a notice in the mail, or as a door hanger, you have 24 hours to shovel the snow and remove the ice. If you do not comply with the official notice, you may be issued a summons, and the City will order a contractor to shovel the walks at your expense. To report snow and ice violations on sidewalks, call Code Enforcement at 303-651-8695.

Snow Chasers Help Shovel Snow
Income-qualifying seniors and disabled people may apply for the City’s “Snow Chaser” program, which relies on volunteers to help clear sidewalks. To improve your chances of receiving help through this program, please sign up as soon as possible. If you are among the healthy and kindhearted, we would appreciate your help as a volunteer. To volunteer or to request help, call Kari Grotting, Longmont Senior Services, at 303-651-8495.

Falling Leaves
Leaf Collection continues through December 10. Page 8

Longmont Life
City of Longmont 350 Kimbark Street Longmont, CO 80501


No Coffee with Council in November and December
Coffee with Council, usually held the last Saturday of every month, will not be held in November and December due to the holidays. The next Coffee with Council is Saturday, January 29, 2011. Call 303-651-8601.


Join us in Jan.

Baum is Back

Much to be Thankful for in Longmont
The people who live here never cease to amaze me.”
Having just completed my first year as mayor, I have been both excited and impressed with the direction the city is headed in this tough economy. Most importantly, we’ve once again become a good neighbor by settling the lawsuits with Firestone. This has opened doors for regionalism and the ability to work with our neighbors on issues that affect us all. Economically, we have chosen to continue the small business initiatives that have paid dividends to the community. I also am proud of our compassionate community that during these tough economic times set a new record for contributions of $25,000 to Hair 4 Hunger, more than doubling the previous record. Of course this means I’ll be losing my hair, but that’s a very small price to pay for feeding local people in need. I’m still determined to get the rejuvenation of the mall underway, and recent talks with the Panattoni Development Company have demonstrated that this is at the top of their agenda also. Most of all I am humbled by everything those in our community do to keep it the tremendous place that it is to live and work. The business owners, faith community, nonprofits, service clubs and individuals who step up every day to support Longmont and the people who live here never cease to amaze me. This is the time of year that we are reminded of all we have to be thankful for. Words cannot express how thankful I am for the outpouring of support I received this fall when I faced cancer and the removal of a kidney. Thankfully, I am doing very well and am back at my day job as well as my work as mayor. As we go into the new year, I wish for each of you health, prosperity and the spirit of giving to others in need, and for the city of Longmont I wish the very same.

Bryan L. Baum Mayor

Where Can You Make a Difference?
More than 150 volunteers serve on the City of Longmont’s 22 boards and commissions. These residents make a difference by advising City Council on current operations and long-term planning. They ensure that Longmont continues to be a great place to live, work and visit.

Southern Exposure

Longmont Museum presents Frida Kahlo: Through the Lens of Nickolas Muray
From November 13, 2010, through January 2, 2011, the Longmont Museum presents Frida Kahlo: Through the Lens of Nickolas Muray. This exhibit features 46 photographs of Frida Kahlo, her husband Diego Rivera, and their circle of friends. They show how Frida constructed her appearance as carefully as one of her paintings. Over the last 20 years, Frida Kahlo has emerged from relative obscurity to become one of the best-known 20th century Mexican artists. Her image, of brightly colored indigenous garments and her ever-present unibrow, is as well known as any of her paintings. Some of the most iconic photographs of Frida Kahlo were taken by her friend and lover Nickolas Muray. He was a pioneer of early color photography in addition to being a portrait photographer Photo by Nickolas Muray, © Nickolas Muray Photo Archives. of athletes, presidents, and stars. Admission is free to this special exhibition. The Longmont Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday 9 to 5 and Sunday 1 to 5. While the Museum is closed most Mondays, there will be special Monday hours during school breaks: November 22, December 20, and December 27. For more information, call the Museum at 303-651-8374.

You can make a difference here.
City of Longmont Board and Commission Openings
• Airport Advisory Board • Art in Public Places Commission • Board of Adjustment and Appeals • Board of Environmental Affairs • Cable Trust Board • Callahan House Board • Golf Course Advisory Board • Historic Preservation Commission • Housing and Human Services Advisory Board • Library Advisory Board • Longmont Area Visitors Association • Longmont Housing Authority • Master Board of Appeals • Museum Advisory Board • Parks and Recreation Advisory Board • Planning and Zoning Commission • Senior Citizens’ Advisory Board • Transportation Advisory Board • Water Board

APPLY onLine at or in person at the City Clerk’s Office, 350 Kimbark St., by 5 pm on November 3. Terms begin in early 2011.

Questions? Call 303-651-8649.

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City Council
There are a variety of ways to contact city council members: • City council meetings, every Tuesday at 7 pm • Coffee with Council, last Saturday of every month • E-mail and phone numbers listed here • Mail c/o City Clerk’s Office, 350 Kimbark St. • Public events, including Cinco de Mayo, Rhythm on the River and Festival on Main

MAYOR Bryan L. Baum

Term expires 11/2011 303-651-8602

WARD II Katie Witt

Term expires 11/2013 303-642-6606



Term expires 11/2013 303-775-4005

Term expires 11/2011 303-847-6076

WARD I Brian Hansen

AT-LARGE Sarah Levison

Term expires 11/2011 303-847-7186 (Mon. & Tue., 8 to 10 am)

Term expires:11/2011 303-847-1647

AT-LARGE Alex Sammoury

Term expires 11/2013

From left Gabe Santos, At-Large, Mayor Pro Tem; Katie Witt, Ward II; Bryan L. Baum, Mayor; Alex Sammoury, At-Large; Brian Hansen, Ward I; Sean McCoy, Ward III; Sarah Levison, At-Large.

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Museum Life

Celebrate the Day of the Dead
Saturday, October 30, from 10 am to 5 pm, visit the Longmont Museum for a free community celebration of the traditional holiday El Día de los Muertos, or the Day of the Dead. The Museum and its many community partners are pleased to present this 10th anniversary event free of charge. Throughout the day visitors can use frosting to decorate molded sugar skulls. Decorating altars and graves with sugar skulls is a traditional activity in Mexico also designed to poke fun at mortality. Also taking place all day long are paper flower making, Day of the Dead temporary tattoos, and Lady Catrina and her Catrin. Traditional food served throughout the day includes pan de muertos, a sweet bread made in a shape that symbolizes bones; spicy Mexican hot chocolate; chicken mole; rice; beans; and tortillas. Nearly all of the food is donated by local businesses. The Museum’s special exhibit La Ofrenda de los Muertos, exploring the history of the Day of the Dead and celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Day of the Dead at the Longmont Museum, will be open all day. Included in the exhibit are 14 community altars honoring loved ones who have passed away. Family members of those honored may be present in the altar room to meet and speak with visitors. A series of musical and dance performances will be held in the Museum’s courtyard, weather permitting.

11:30 am –12:30 pm Kalpulli Mitotilitztli Aztec Dance Group 1:00 – 1:45 pm Canciones de Mi Tierra and Coro San Juan 2:00 – 2:45 pm Alternatives for Youth Folklorico Dancers

Museum admission and all activities on October 30 are free and open to the public.

Community Celebration 10 am to 5 pm, Longmont Museum, 400 Quail Rd., 303-651-8374 This free community festival, now in its 10th year, is the Longmont Museum’s signature event. (See story above.) Museum hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 9 am to 5 pm. Sunday, 1 to 5 pm

Need Help with your Heating Costs? 11:30 am to 12:30 pm at the Longmont Senior Center, 910 Longs Peak Ave. Is your heating bill out of control? Fnd out if you are eligible for the LEAP and the Longs Peak Weatherization programs at this presentation. Ask the front desk for a list of items you should bring in order to complete the LEAP paperwork immediately after the presentation. FREE, registration required. Call 303-651-8411.

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30 Day of the Dead Annual


30 Coffee with Council

Nathan Meeker 10 to 11:30 am at the Longmont Senior Center, 910 Longs Peak Ave. Nathan Meeker founded the Union Colony, which became the present-day city of Greeley. He was killed in what became known as the Meeker Massacre. It was this event that resulted in the Utes losing most of their remaining land in Colorado. $4 resident, $5 nonresident, registration required. Call 303-651-8411.

6 pm at Longmont Museum, 400 Quail Rd. Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center curator of Hispanic and Latin American art Tariana Navas-Nieves lectures on the artwork and life of Frida Kahlo, followed by a screening of the film “Frida” starring Selma Hayek. Rated R. Admission: $8 residents, $10 nonresidents.


Lecture and film “Frida”

9 to 10 am at Longmont Senior Center, 910 Longs Peak Ave. Call 303-651-8601. 6 to 8:30 pm at Longmont Recreation Center, 310 Quail Rd. A free evening of carnival rides, boat rides and Halloween fun all geared for youth ages 10 and under. Call 303-774-4800.

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Discovery Days Longmont Museum, 400 Quail Rd. Hands-on early childhood enrichment program featuring themed art and craft activities each week for ages 2 to 5 and a parent. Program admission: $3 Longmont residents, $3.50 nonresidents. Call 303-651-8374. Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, 9 to 10:15 am, 10:15 to 11:30 am, 12:30 to 2 pm. Closed November 23-29, December 22-31.

Mixing Cultural Identities Through Transracial Adoption 2 to 3 pm at the Longmont Senior Center, 910 Longs Peak Ave. Cultural anthropologist Susan Harness will present her research on American Indian transracial adoption. Using her own experiences, as well as stories of other adoptees, she presents the cultural and sometimes challenging perspective of growing up as an American Indian in a colonized world. Free, please register in advance at 303-651-8411.

Concerts: Jeff Jenkins Does Jazz 2:30 pm at the Longmont Senior Center, 910 Longs Peak Ave. The Jeff Jenkins Trio, featuring vocalist Terri Jo and bassist Ken Walker, will bring to the audience a unique mixture of classic jazz and modern music. Guest artist: Local oil and pastel artist Rick Stoner will be November’s featured artist. $7, tickets available at the door.

10 & 11 Longmont Lights!
5 to 8 pm at Roosevelt Park, 725 8th Ave. Celebrate Longmont’s “Magical Moments” with different activities each evening. Holiday parade is Saturday, December 11, at 5 pm. Call 303-651-8404 or visit

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City offices closed for Thanksgiving day holiday. Offices reopen on Friday, November 26. Call 303-651-8601.

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9 am at Altona Middle School, 4600 Clover Basin Dr. 10K and 2-mile run/walk. Call 303651-8406 or visit rec/special.

Longmont Turkey Trot

Concerts, Boulder Bach Festival 2:30 pm at the Longmont Senior Center, 910 Longs Peak Ave. The Boulder Bach Festival Singers, an ensemble of 24, will perform in addition to a small instrumental ensemble. $7, tickets available at the door. GUEST ARTIST: Jeananne Wright is a nationally recognized quilt historian and an AQS Certified Appraiser, who resides in Longmont. She began collecting quilts in 1968 and now has one of the largest and most complete collections in the country, with quilts spanning 200 years.

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24 Offices Closed
Thanksgiving Lap Swim & Specialty Fitness Classes 7 to 11 am at Centennial Pool, 1201 Alpine St. Call 303-651-8406.

10 am at Izaak Walton Clubhouse, 18 South Sunset St. An opportunity to sample a variety of alternative wellness options, $5 per 15-minute session. Call 303-651-8404.


City offices closed for Christmas holiday. Call 303-651-8601.

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City offices closed for New Year’s Day holiday. Call 303-651-8601.


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Lighten Up

LEDs Can Reduce Electric Bill
Longmont Power & Communications (LPC) has teamed up with Ace Hardware and Budget Home Center to reduce your cost of purchasing energy efficient LED lighting this holiday season. If you’re an LPC customer, you can show your utility bill at turn-in events in November and receive a coupon for $2 off each string of LED holiday lights up to five strings. Bring up to five functioning strings of incandescent holiday lights and the coupon discount will be doubled to $4 per string. LPC will be at Budget Home Center, 780 Boston Avenue, on Saturday, November 14, and at Ace Hardware, 1727 Main Street, on Saturday, November 21, accepting functioning incandescent strings of lights and issuing coupons. Both events will run from 10 am to 2 pm. Electricity savings is extraordinary By using LED holiday lighting instead of incandescent lighting, you will save electricity and reduce your utility bill. A typical C7 string of 50 incandescent lights uses about 300 watts (.3 kilowatts) of electricity per string. At LPC’s electric rate of 6.56 cents* per kWh, that means the cost to operate one string of lights is nearly 2 cents per hour per strand. The total cost to operate one strand of incandescent holiday lights five hours each day for the entire season of 30 days is about $2.95 per string. Multiply this cost by the number of strands of lights being used, and it is easy to see how quickly lighting costs add up. In contrast, a comparable strand of 50 LED holiday lights uses .004 kilowatts of electricity. Using the same formula, the total cost to operate a string of LED holiday lights for the season is less than 4 cents! Benefits of LEDs are greater than savings The benefits of using LED holiday lighting instead of incandescent lighting extend beyond saving electricity and money. LED lights last substantially longer – 50,000 to 100,000 hours – while incandescent lights last about 1,000 hours. LED lights are rugged and durable, having no fragile filament or tube, and are resistant to heat, cold and shock. Foremost, they are safer to use, especially near children and pets because the strong epoxy bulbs are virtually indestructible, and they are always cool to the touch no matter how long they are left on. Also, the danger of fire from holiday lighting is minimal because bulbs do not burn hot. (A typical C7 string of 50 incandescent lights uses about 300 watts [.3 kilowatts] of electricity per string. At LPC’s electric rate of 6.56 cents per kWh [this calculation uses the average of the three tiers of LPC’s residential rate], that means the cost to operate one string of lights is nearly 2 cents per hour per strand.) For more information call 303-651-8386 or visit

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As the centerpiece attraction of Longmont Lights! Roosevelt Park will be illuminated to paint an impressive picture through December. Thanks to the support of generous community sponsors, the Longmont Lights! festival is more than just lights. Roosevelt Park will once again host trolley rides, hot cocoa, the warmth of a fire, and special activities on the weekend of December 10 and 11, and all events are free. Santa’s Workshop returns on December 10 along with holiday music from All Star Jazz at the Senior Center with a parachute drop, ice skating show and reindeer visit. On December 11 visitors will enjoy an ice show at the Ice Pavilion, the sounds of live holiday music from the Longmont Concert Band, the fun and fuzzy Reindeer Dash on Main Street before the parade, and of course the sights and sounds of the Parade of Lights and fireworks. Mark your calendars now to enjoy all of the sights and festivities that the Longmont Lights! festival has to offer December 3 through 11.

For a complete overview and detailed activity schedule call Recreation Services at 303-651-8404 or visit FRIDAY, Dec. 3
Downtown Tree Lighting and Festivities – 6 to 8 pm Celebrate the kick-off of the holiday season downtown. The annual lighting of the 6th Avenue Plaza Tree will take place at 6:15 pm. Visit Santa at the Used Book Emporium, enjoy spiced nuts and a beverage from vendors, see the outdoor performers and carolers, pick up gift bags, and visit the many merchant open houses. For more information about this night call the Longmont Downtown Development Authority at 303-651-8484. Hot Cocoa Carts – 5 to 8 pm Enjoy a free cup of hot cocoa on Friday and Saturday from one of the hot cocoa carts in Roosevelt Park, located by the firepits. Sponsored by Longmont Meals on Wheels. Trolley Rides – 5 to 8 pm Take a horse-drawn carriage ride around Old Town Longmont. Trolley rides begin and end on the east side of the Longmont Senior Center. Mini-Train Rides – 5 to 8 pm Twin Peaks Mall provides this entertainment for parents and children 8 and younger. Pick up the train at the north end of Roosevelt Park by the Roosevelt Activity Pool. Reindeer Visit – 5 to 8 pm Santa will bring two of his reindeer and an elf to the front lawn of the Memorial Building. Fire Pits, Carolers – 5 to 8 pm Visit the warmth of the fire pits Longmont Lights in Roosevelt Park – 5 to 8 pm Holiday Parade of Lights – 5 pm This year’s theme, “Magical Moments,” will illuminate Main Street with over 60 floats twinkling in lights. Come watch this magical parade filled with marching toy soldiers, high school marching bands, ice castles, 12-foot balloons, costumed characters and much more. Longmont Concert Band – 6:45 to 8 pm This group will delight listeners at the Senior Center. Mini-Train Rides – 5 to 8 pm Twin Peaks Mall provides this entertainment for parents and children 8 and younger. Pick up the train at the north end of Roosevelt Park by the Roosevelt Activity Pool. Fireworks – 6:30 pm (weather permitting) will fill the air at Roosevelt Park (north end of the St. Vrain Memorial Building) immediately following the parade. Warming Huts Located in the St.Vrain Memorial Building gymnasium and the Senior Center cafeteria/ gymnasium. Bathrooms, telephone access and holiday treats will be provided. the Denver area. Stop by and watch the skaters perform at the Longmont Ice Pavilion at 725 8th Avenue. Open, free skating and skate rental will follow the show’s completion until 9 pm. For regular rink hours and fees call the rink at 303-774-4777. Sounds of the Holidays at the Senior Center – 6:30 to 8 pm Enjoy the sounds of the Longmont All Star Jazz band under the direction of Bill Wilkinson. Night Parachute Drop – 8 pm (weather permitting) Gather around the walking path of Roosevelt Park and look to the skies for this remarkable night drop. Santa’s Workshop – 5 to 8 pm Visit Santa and his workshop on this magical evening. Make holiday ornaments and play in his workshop. This parent/child activity is geared for children age 10 and under. Be sure to bring your camera. on Friday and Saturday as you walk around Roosevelt Park and see the millions of lights sparkle! Ice Sculptor – 5 to 8 pm Jess Parish will be creating beautiful ice sculptures under the Rose Garden Arch.

FRIDAY, Dec. 10
Longmont Lights in Roosevelt Park – 5 to 8 pm Holiday Ice Show – 6:30 to 7:30 pm This free show will feature instructor and pro skaters from

Holiday bliss is moments from your doorstep.

Dec. 1–10
Vote for your favorite gingerbread art at the Great Frame Up and Old Firehouse galleries.

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Dec. 6–10
City Sidewalks, Busy Sidewalks Visit downtown Longmont as the streets come alive with open houses, performances, tours, tournaments, and activities for children young and old! Visit www.LongmontLights. com for more details! SPoNSoRS: Longmont Power & Communications Broes Electric Platte River Power Authority Times-Call Longmont Meals on Wheels Twin Peaks Mall Chick-fil-A City of Longmont Community Services Department LDDA Friends of the Longmont Senior Center

SAtuRDAY, Dec. 11
The Gingerbread House Contest Awards – 1 to 2 pm Visit the Great Frame Up and Old Firehouse Art Center to see the gingerbread art displays and hear the winners. Silent auction will take place Dec. 13 – 15. The Reindeer Dash – 3:15 pm Kids join the fun before the parade! Dress up as a reindeer (or do your best impression of one), and gather at 3rd and Main at 3:15, with free face painting and foam reindeer antlers (while supplies last). Then at 3:45 dash up Main Street in the Reindeer Dash! Costumed and face painted participants get a gift bag (while supplies last) and the fun of joining the herd of furry friends!

Can you feel the energy? There’s so much of it right here in our town. Show your vigor and share your enthusiasm by shopping Longmont this holiday season.
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Don’t Get Fried

Holiday Safety Tips From Longmont Fire and LPC
During the holidays, we all love a little turkey while gathering with family and friends. If you plan to fry your turkey, here are some things you should know:  The oil is heated to such a high temperature for frying that the vapors can easily ignite and start a fire.  Fryers often are bumped or tipped over in the cooking process, causing the hot oil to spill.  If you use a turkey fryer in the rain or snow, the water hitting the oil can splash or turn to steam, both of which cause burns. The same effect occurs when the turkey is not fully thawed. Many house fires have started when fryers were moved indoors or into a garage to keep them out of the snow or rain. For additional information contact the Longmont Fire Department Safety Coordinator at 303-651-8432.

‘TIS THe SeASon for deCorATInG! SAfeTy TIPS froM LonGMonT PoWer & CoMMunICATIonS (LPC)  Replace incandescent holiday lighting with LED lights. They are cool to the touch no matter how long they’re on (see page 4).  Carefully inspect new and old light strings, and replace damaged items before plugging in the strings.  Turn off all light strings and decorations before leaving home or going to bed.  Keep live trees as moist as possible to reduce the risk of fire from dry needles by keeping the tree stand full of water.  Place your tree in a sturdy stand designed to keep it from tipping over.  Keep the tree at least three feet from any heat source, such as a fireplace or heating vent.  Do not place the tree where it may block exits.  Dispose of the tree safely when it begins dropping needles. Dry trees are highly flammable!
From December 26 through January 5, Christmas trees can be recycled at the following locations: Longmont Recycle Center, Roosevelt Park, Garden Acres Park, Kanemoto Park, and Centennial Park.

Tree-cycling Available at Year’s End
From December 26, 2010, thru January 5, 2011, Longmont’s Public Works Solid Waste Division provides satellite Christmas tree collection at these locations: ●●Longmont Recycling Center, 140 Martin Street • Open Monday through Wednesday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, and Thursday through Saturday 8:30 am to 5:45 pm. Closed on Sundays and on Veterans’ Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. ●●Roosevelt Park • Parking lot south of 8th Avenue ●●Garden Acres Baseball Park • West side of parking lot off 18th Avenue ●●Kanemoto Park • Parking lot south of S. Pratt Parkway ●●Centennial Park • East parking lot off of Alpine Street Trees must have all decorations and bags removed prior to drop-off. Please do not leave any other trash or debris at the drop-off sites.

Create Holiday Memories for Your family at the Longmont Ice Pavilion!
- Public Skating - Learn-to-Skate Classes - Hockey - Skate Rental/Sharpening - Birthday Parties/ Group Outings

Disposing of Christmas Wrapping Wrapping paper is a fun way to dress up a gift, but did you know that this fancy paper can be recycled? Here are some tips on how to recycle wrapping paper for all occasions: ●●Why tear that gift open with careless abandon? Take a moment to savor the beauty of the gift, carefully unwrap the package, and save that paper to be reused at a later date. Re-use is the best way to assure this paper has a long life cycle. ●●From December 26, 2010, thru January 5, 2011, you can bring your wrapping paper to the Recycle Center at 140 Martin Street. Do not put this paper in your curbside container. Wrapping paper is considered a contaminant in the single-stream process due to its high clay content and low fiber content, thus requiring that it be kept separate from all other recyclables. This bin is for wrapping paper only. Please do not include metallic wrapping paper, ribbons, bows, ornaments, tissue paper, fluorescent or dark paper, or paper covered in tape (these items are considered trash). We appreciate your effort to help make this program a success. Trash Collection Holiday Schedule Trash and recycling collection will not provided on Veterans’ Day (November 11) and Thanksgiving Day (November 25). Trash and recycling services will be provided the day after a holiday. If your collection day falls on one of these holidays, refuse/recyclables will be collected one day later. Christmas Day and New Year’s Day fall on Saturday this year, so the pickup schedule will not change during these weeks. For more information, please call City of Longmont Public Works Solid Waste Operations at 303-651-8416, 8 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday.

Longmont Ice Pavilion

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Care Centers

Recreation Center

Local Facilities Designated as Emergency Shelters
During the past five months, the City of Longmont Community Services Department and the Office of Emergency Management have been working on updating the City’s emergency sheltering plan. A dedicated group of Senior Services and Recreation Services staff have worked together to be able to assist displaced members of our community. If a disaster occurs in or near the city and creates the need for St. Vrain Memorial Building evacuations, the St. Vrain Memorial Building at 700 Longs Peak Ave., the Senior Center at 910 Longs Peak Ave., and the Longmont Recreation Center at 310 Quail Road are designated as the primary sheltering locations. More specifically, the Memorial Building and Senior Center are designated primary Red Cross sites and the Recreation Center is the designated special needs shelter. The sheltering team created written plans for sheltering operations and participated in a tabletop exercise and two functional exercises to hone their skills. “Go Kits” were created with everything needed to open and run a shelter. During the last functional exercise, volunteers playing the role of evacuated citizens arrived at the Memorial Building after being displaced by a fictional tornado. They were welcomed by staff into the shelter where they were checked in, entertained and fed. The sheltering team practiced handling distraught and upset citizens, children, pets, and even a fake heart attack. The team will continue to practice and update the plan on a yearly basis. We hope that there is never a need to activate a shelter in the city, but if there is, we’re ready!

Senior Center

Limits and Love

City Offers Classes to Strengthen Families
Some of the common questions from parents heard at Children and Youth Resources (CYR) are: “Am I doing a good job with my children? Are my boundaries too loose or too tight? Am I setting appropriate limits?” Sometimes parents want assistance improving communication with their teens. It is difficult to be a parent and even more difficult to have balance with their children. This is why CYR offers a parenting program where parents and youth can come together and learn from each other. The Strengthening Families Program is a nationally recognized, science-based, best practices program developed by Iowa State University. Parents learn what to expect from their adolescent children while setting limits and showing love during trying times, while youth learn how to resist peer pressure, handle anger, manage stress, choose positive friends and show appreciation for their parents and caregivers. This program is created for parents/caregivers and youth ages 10 to 14. There are seven two-hour sessions, and dinner and childcare are provided to make it easy for everyone to participate. The program also is offered in Spanish and in English. For the first hour of the classes parents/caregivers and youth meet in separate groups so that they can learn ways of communicating and understanding each other. During the second hour the families come together to have fun and practice their newly learned skills with one another. Each session is filled with activities and games. The classes are taught by three trained program facilitators and are designed to help parents/caregivers and youth build on their strengths and grow and learn together in a safe atmosphere. For more information, or to sign up for these classes, please contact Children and Youth Resources at 303-651-8580.

Dark Night Book a Big Success
It has been almost one year since the Longmont Ending Violence Initiative (LEVI) published a children’s book, written by local Longmont Police Detective Sara Pierce, as part of its domestic violence prevention, education and awareness efforts. The book illustrations were crafted from torn-and-cut handmade paper by Rebecca S. Lange and Ellen Schultz. “On a Dark, Dark Night” was made possible due to donations by local Rotary Clubs. The book has been sold in 23 states and Canada. “On a Dark, Dark Night” touches on the very serious topic of domestic violence but in a way that may help even the smallest children understand and cope with their own experiences. The book is available for sale online at, as well as

Exemplory Service

Longmont Officers Receive Prestigious Award
The Boulder County District Attorney’s Office announced that the recipients for the 2010 Beth Haynes Award for outstanding service in field of domestic violence are two Longmont police officers, Master Police Officer Randy Lucero and Detective Mark Deaton. This very prestigious award is given annually to a law enforcement officer in Boulder County who performs exemplary service in the field of domestic violence. This is the first year that two police officers have been honored with this award, and both are from Longmont. Nine Longmont police officers were nominated for the award in 2010.

Mark Deaton

Randy Lucero

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Poverty Hits Home

National Awareness Week Shines Light on Hunger and Homelessness
During National Homeless Awareness Week, November 14- 20, the Longmont Housing Opportunities Team (LHOT) will host a free public event to increase awareness and to promote the national endeavor to end hunger and homelessness in America and locally in Longmont. Please join your neighbors on Wednesday, November 17, from 6 to 8 pm, at the Longmont Senior Center, 910 Longs Peak Avenue, for a special event that will feature Stagefright, a youth theater group performing an original piece that speaks to the issues of poverty and homelessness. A light dinner will be served. If you would like more information please contact Kathy Fedler at 303-651-8736 or visit





Great Math Websites for Kids
By Brad Jolly Students, would you like to spend less time doing math homework, while getting better grades? Parents, would you like to help your children learn math, even if you were not great at math yourself? Teachers, would you like to reduce the time you spend planning and grading, while providing each of your students with individually tailored practice and lessons? All of these things are now possible, thanks to two great math websites and three small documents that help guide students’ math learning through these websites. The first website is A Maths Dictionary for Kids, at www. This colorful, animated site was created by Australian teacher Jenny Eather, and it includes definitions and activities for more than 600 math terms. The dictionary covers most of the math vocabulary words used from kindergarten through high school, and even relatively sophisticated math students will find something new – can you name all of the Platonic solids, for example? The second website is ThatQuiz, at www. This site, which includes English, Spanish, French, Polish, Slovenian and Chinese versions, is devoted primarily to math, though it also has sections devoted to vocabulary, geography and science. The site covers math concepts from basic addition and subtraction through calculus, and each quiz is customizable for length, difficulty and problem type. These sites are both excellent, but they lack structure to help track student progress through the material. That is the purpose of the three documents found at These three documents, which are in Adobe Acrobat PDF format, allow students (and their parents and teachers) to quickly find areas where students can improve their math performance. The first document is a list of the approximately 300 most important math vocabulary words, from basic arithmetic through algebra and geometry. The words are carefully grouped by subject so that related terms are listed together, and students can quickly go through the list to determine what they know and what they need to learn. Definitions and activities for nearly all of these terms can be found on A Maths Dictionary for Kids. The other two documents are designed to work with ThatQuiz. One lists settings and options to use with specific ThatQuiz topics, and the other is a two-page file that students can use to track their progress on the ThatQuiz site. In summary, by using the two websites and three documents listed above, students can quickly get help on the math topics that they need to work on. In addition, they can track their progress over time and get a quick visual summary of what they know and where they can learn even more. Please give these tools a try, and send your feedback to About LifeLongmontLearning LifeLongmontLearning is a community-based, City-sponsored movement to increase access to learning opportunities available in our area that can help all Longmont children and adults succeed in school and throughout their lives. Making sure that everyone has access to lifelong educational opportunities is the foundation of a sustainable community with a healthy economy and a high quality of life for all. For more information, visit

ProvIde AId THrouGH A CoMMunITy CAreS PACKeT Community Cares Packets let Longmont residents give valuable and immediate aid to the homeless. Each packet contains a $5 gift card for McDonald’s or Wendy’s, a 125-minute AT&T phone card, two RTD bus passes, and a “Where to get help” resource card. The cost of each packet is a $20 tax-deductible donation to Longmont Housing Opportunities Team (LHOT). $10 packets also are available. They can be purchased at: Longmont Civic Center OUR Center Habitat’s ReStore 350 Kimbark St. 303 Atwood St. 1351 Sherman St.
Visit or call 303-651-8736 for more information.

New Shades

Apply for 2011 Longmont Paint-A-Thon
Through the generosity of volunteers, the Longmont Paint-A-Thon helps keep low-income seniors and people with disabilities living independently in their own homes. They restore not only the outward appearance of the home but the owners pride in their home and community. The Paint-AThon has been going on in the Longmont Community since 1987—first through Longmont Senior Services and then in 1998 through the help of the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds, community volunteers, and Longmont Senior Services. The city is now taking applications for the 2011 Paint-A-Thon. To be eligible for the Paint-A-Thon: ✔ Properties must be located within the Longmont city limits ✔ The properties must be owner occupied ✔ The owner must have adequate insurance coverage ✔ All property taxes must be current ✔ Owners must be elderly and/or disabled and determined to be low-income. To have a home considered for this program the homeowners must complete an application and return it to Molly McElroy at the Civic Center located at 350 Kimbark Street, Longmont, CO. Applications can be picked up at the Longmont Senior Center located at 910 Longs Peak Avenue in Longmont or at the Civic Center located at 350 Kimbark Street.

A caravan of volunteers wielding paint cans and brushes pitched their ladders in Longmont last month to paint the homes of elderly and disabled Longmont residence. For one weekend a year volunteers will paint the homes of selected homeowners who are disabled or elderly.


November-December 2010 | Longmont Life


Pick-up, Pick-up

Fall Leaf Collection
Bright colors and cool nights mean finding your rake. Longmont provides a leaf collection service to help after you’ve raked and bagged your leaves. You must place your BAGG bagged leaves at your curb before 7 am on the Monday of LEAVES ED ONLY your designated week of collection. Crews will collect your (no piles o bagged leaves during that designated week. r refuse of any kin Leaf bags set out after the designated collection program period are the responsibility of d) the tenant and homeowner for disposal. The City also offers disposal of your leaves at the city’s Tree Limb Diversion Center located at 140 Martin Street. The center is open Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm and Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 8:30 am to 5:45 pm. Closed Sunday. Just bring your ID and City of Longmont utility bill showing the waste management fee for access to the site at no additional charge. Leaf collection information is also available on line at or call 303-651-8416.
If Your Regular Trash Collection Day Is:
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REAP the Benefits of a Low-cost Energy Audit
The Residential Energy Action Program begins with a low-cost audit and finishes with lower utility bills. Longmont Power & Communications (LPC) and the City of Longmont are helping residents obtain rebates, tax credits and low-cost financing when they make their homes more energy efficient. It begins with one phone call to schedule a low-cost energy audit and finishes with lower utility bills. Started in 2006, the Residential Energy Action Program (REAP) has helped more than 2,000 Boulder County residents learn about their home energy use, invest in energy efficiency measures for their homes, and save on energy bills. Through the REAP program, LPC customers pay only $90 for an energy audit that helps them learn about their home’s energy use and provides personalized recommendations to lower energy bills. After the energy audit, a REAP representative suggests ways to implement the measures identified in the energy audit. “LPC customers pay as little as $90 for an audit that normally could cost as much as $300,” said Deborah Cameron, LPC Customer Services & Marketing Manager. “The follow-up action plan is customized for each LPC customer who receives the audit so they will know exactly how to begin reducing their energy use and lowering their utility bills.” The REAP program includes:  Subsidized energy audits with a blower door test  One-on-one energy counseling that includes rebate, tax credit and matching grant opportunities to support efficiency measure investment  Personalized Home Energy Action Plan  Contractor referrals  Assistance with rebate forms  Educational seminars  Review of contractor’s estimates For $30 more, LPC customers also can receive an infrared scan of their home that reveals heated/ cooled air loss in the home’s building envelope. By making one phone call to the REAP program manager at 303-999-3820, ext. 224, LPC customers can begin the process and reap the benefits of a low-cost energy audit. Customers also can apply online by visiting and clicking on the REAP icon.

Place Your Bagged Leaves Curbside Before 7 am on or Before:
Monday, October 18 Monday, October 25 Monday, November 1 Monday, November 8

Place Your Bagged Leaves Curbside Before 7 am on or Before:
Monday, November 15 Monday, November 22 Monday, November 29 Monday, December 6

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