Mountain Mix

October 2015 Mountain Mix – The Best of All the Rest

October 3
Jamestown Juggernaut
The Jamestown Juggernaut, Oct. 3 from 8-10:30 a.m., is a challenging half marathon trail race starting at the Mercantile Café, running through the Calwood and Balarat Outdoor Education centers and finishing at Elysian Park. The race is a promotion of health, fun and fitness with its primary aim to support long-term flood recovery efforts and celebrate community-rebuilding initiatives following the 2013 floods. All race proceeds will benefit those continuing to repair lives and infrastructure. To register or donate visit, Contact Lee Troop at 720-532-5549 or Jonathon Bartsch at 303-918-3005, for more information.

Classical Concert Pianist Michael Gurt
Classical pianist Michael Gurt performs, Oct. 3, at 7 p.m., at the Georgetown Heritage Center’s new performance space in the 1874 Schoolhouse, 809 Taos St. The benefit for the newly renovated building also includes a champagne reception. Gurt is a Paula Garvey Manship Distinguished Professor of Piano at Louisiana State University, has performed as soloist with orchestras around the world and holds degrees from University of Michigan and Julliard School. Tickets are $50. Visit, e-mail or call 303.569.0289 to learn more or purchase tickets.

October 3-4 & 10-11
Pumpkin Festival and Train Rides
The popular Georgetown Loop Railroad Pumpkin Festival is back. This year the event will be set up at the Silver Plume Car Museum, where there will be a Bounce Castle, pumpkins for kids to decorate and take home, games, face painting and characters. For train reservations and additional information, call 888-456-6777, e-mail or visit

October 4
Women’s Fly Fishing & Yoga Retreat
Nederland’s Tadasana Mountain Yoga and Sara Bella Fishing are getting together to offer a women’s fly fishing and yoga retreat, Oct. 4 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., to learn mindfulness in fishing and yoga. The retreat includes an outdoor yoga class followed by a casting clinic with plenty of instruction and a chance to try Sara Bella Fishing rods custom-made for women. A catered creekside lunch is included. A restorative yoga class in the studio, 20 Lakeview Dr., will complete the day. The retreat costs $75. Call 303-258-9642 or visit for more details.

October 4, 11, 18 & November 1
Denver Broncos Buffets
The Historic Park Theater, 130 Moraine Ave. in Estes Park, presents Denver Broncos Football Buffets for several upcoming games. The events include the game on a theater-size screen and a buffet with hot dogs, chili, nachos and all the fixings with cookies. Soda, beer, wine and spirits will be available for purchase. Visit for tickets. Doors open one hour before kickoff. Upcoming events include Oct. 4: Minnesota at Denver at 2:25 p.m.; Oct. 11: Denver at Los Angles at 2:25 p.m.; Oct. 18: Denver at Cleveland at 11 a.m.; and Nov. 1: Packers at Denver at 6:30 p.m.

October 6
CASA Volunteer Training
Court Appointed Special Advocates of Jefferson and Gilpin Counties is growing; but there continues to be a strong need for community members to be a voice for abused or neglected children in court. The group can provide support to less than 30 percent of cases. CASA Jeffco/Gilpin needs help to ensure every child in the community has a safe, permanent home. CASA volunteers are appointed by a judge and provide courts with objective information and recommendations to ensure the best interests of child abuse victims are served. Previous experience is not necessary. The next training begins Oct. 6 and continues with about 40 hours of training. All in-person sessions are at the Jefferson County Courthouse, 100 Jefferson County Pkwy. in Golden. For information, contact Tiffany Schlag at 303-271-6537 or

October 6, 13, 20 & 27
Movie Nights  
Spirit Hound Distillers, 4196 Ute Hwy. in  Lyons will be showing some “amazing” movies on the distillery’s big screen on Tuesday nights, Oct. 6, 13, 20 and 27. Admission is free. Movies begin at 6:30 p.m. Snacks and cocktails will be available. Upcoming events include “This is Spinal Tap” on Oct. 6, “There’s Something About Mary” on Oct. 13, “The Blues Brothers” on Oct. 20; and a Halloween movie on Oct. 27. Learn more at or call 303-823-5696.

October 7
Belly Dance Class
A Belly Dance class for individuals 16 years and up, of any shape and size, begins at the Clear Creek Recreation Center, Oct. 7. The instructor’s intuitive approach “brings forth a style that is engaging and encouraging while creating an environment that is positive, relaxed and fun.” Participants do not have to be proficient in dance to derive enjoyment from its many benefits. Belly dancing is an effective recreational activity providing physical benefits such as body awareness, improved flexibility, coordination and posture as well as strengthening and toning of core muscles, arms, back, and hips. There are also many mental and emotional benefits. An introductory class, Oct. 7, is $5. The following seven-week session, beginning Oct. 14, is $63. All Classes are held at the Sampler Mill Recreation Center, 98 12th Ave. in Idaho Springs. For more information, call 303-567-4822 or visit

October 10
FreeCycle, Shred-a-Thon & Electronic Recycling
Estes Park residents can recycle unwanted electronics and have personal documents shredded and recycled, Oct. 10, at the Fairgrounds at Stanley Park parking lot off Rooftop Way. Both collections take place from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. The Community Recycling Committee of the League of Women Voters also holds its FreeCycle event at the fairgrounds beginning at 8 a.m. for donations and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. for pick-up. Freecycle offers residents a place to discard of gently used and serviceable items where other residents can pick them up at no charge.  This is a great way to help your neighbors and keep items out of the landfill. For more information on Rotary’s Shred-a-Thon, call Tara Moenning at 970-586-3748. For more information on FreeCycle, contact Kathy Bowers at 970-586-5193. Visit for more details and recycling fees.

October 10 & 16
Mountain MidLife Social Breakfast & Dinner
A new social group for those who want to meet mountain neighbors in their middle years (married or single), meets for dinner on third Fridays, and breakfast on second Saturdays most months. The next breakfast event, Oct. 10, at the Nederland Community Center, has a gathering at 8 a.m. for a meal served at 8:30 a.m. Under age 60 is $7 while over age 60 is $5. RSVP by Oct. 5, to 303-258-0799 or online. The next dinner event, Oct. 16 at the Nederland Community Center, has a gathering at 5 p.m. for a meal served at 5:30 p.m. Under age 60 is $9 and over age 60 is $5. RSVP by Oct. 9, to 303-258-0799 or online at, where all events are posted.

October 16-18
Writers Retreat in the Rockies Conference
Northern Colorado Writers and the Creative Conferences hosts the 2nd annual, Writer’s Retreat in the Rockies Conference featuring, agents, authors, writers and publishers at the top of the industry. Learn from the best in a relaxed, accessible, and beautiful venue next to Rocky Mountain National Park in Estes Park. The event includes sessions and panels for fiction, non-fiction and memoir writers designed to give practical advice and inspiration. Each conference participant can have 10 pages critiqued and receive written feedback from Faculty Member Rachel Weaver. Visit to learn more.

October 17-18, 24-25 & 31-November 1
Oktoberfest Trains
The Georgetown Loop Railroad’s Oktoberfest Trains are offered on the last two weekends of October and the first weekend of November. These excursions operate in enclosed, heated coaches and include a free Colorado micro brew beer tasting for all adult riders and root beer and a free bratwurst or hot dog for everyone. For reservations and additional information, call 888-456-6777, e-mail or visit

October 24
Lyons SPOOKtacular Halloween
Lyons SPOOKtacular Halloween, Oct. 24, features activities including live music, mask making, pumpkin carving, face painting, Bongo the Balloon Man, hay rack rides, costume contest and “all sort of tricks and treats for gouhls and goblins.” There is also a parade followed by the annual downtown trick-or-treat event. Residents are encouraged to enter unique Halloween entries into this year’s parade. For more information, visit

October 29
Nature Hike for Seniors
Enjoy a nature hike for seniors at Heil Valley Ranch Open Space near Lyons, Oct. 29 from 10 a.m. to noon. The program includes information about an area’s history, wildlife and current resource management projects. No registration is necessary, however call in advance if bringing a group so enough naturalists are available. Visit or contact Larry Colbenson at 303-678-6214 and for additional information.

alpacaLyons Farmette hosts local fiber day retreat
Take part in a local fiber day retreat during Wool Day at the Lyons Farmette. Treat yourself to a day of spinning, knitting, dying, fiber animals and fun, Oct. 11 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The retreat also includes lunch catered by EAT and ends with wine with the alpacas.

The entire Wool Day is $235 and includes two classes, lunch and wine at the end of the day. Materials for each class are also included. Arrive at the Lyons Farmette, 4121 Ute Hwy. in Lyons, by 9 a.m. to have a chance to wander and visit the gardens and animals with a steaming mug of coffee.

Morning class choices include the age-old craft of hand spinning wool fiber into yarn taught by Fancy Tiger Crafts co-owner Jaime Jenning, the relaxing art of knitting with Sunne Meyer of Craftsy and learn to create raised cables using knit and purl stitches with Louise Fordyce of Cable 8 Designs.

Afternoon classes include learn ing techniques for natural dyeing with Jenning, learning to knit in the round and a two-color stitch pattern to make a cowl with Meyer and a Beginner & Beyond Class “for the adventurous you.” Renew knitting skills with Fordyce and make a stylish button cowl.

To learn more and sign-up for the retreat, visit or e-mail

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