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Longmont-area events for the week of Dec. 14, 2015

by Cory Dudley

Monday

Doe Kelly & David Vendervort — Live music, 7 p.m. , Still Cellars, 1115 Colorado Ave, Longmont. Cost is $8-$20. Go to www.stillcellars.com.

Chess Club — Players 18 years and younger are invited to drop-in for a game of chess. All abilities welcome, 7 p.m. , Longmont Public Library, 409 Fourth Ave., Longmont. Go to longmontcolorado.gov.

Tuesday

Open Mic Night with The Prairie Scholars — Live music, 6 p.m., Skeye Brewing, 900 S. Hover St., Unit D, Longmont. Go to www.skeyebrewing.com.

Trivia Tuesday — Learn random facts, play silly games, make new friends, 6:30 p.m. , Bootstrap Brewing Company, 6778 N 79th St., Niwot. Call 303-652-4186.

Wednesday

Beers for the Backcountry — Join Backcountry hunters and anglers for beers and casual conversation about some of the backcountry conservation and public access efforts in Colorado, 6:30 p.m., , Wibby Brewing, 209 Emery St., Longmont. Go to www.wibbybrewing.com.

Home Cheesemaking: Colby & Havarti — Learn about these washed curd cheeses, 6:30 p.m. , The Art of Cheese at Haystack Mountain Goat Cheese Creamery, 505 Weaver Park Road, Longmont. Cost is $39. Go to theartofcheese.com.

Thursday

Cheesemaking 101 + Creamery Tour — Tour the facility and learn about cheese making, 2 p.m. , The Art of Cheese at Haystack Mountain Goat Cheese Creamery, 505 Weaver Park Road, Longmont. Cost is $39. Go to theartofcheese.com.

A Night of Spirits — Local historian and psychic Dori Spence will offer a pre-show of the haunting history of Jesters' Spirits followed by Jesters' production of "Scrooge." Doors open at 6 p.m., pre-show is at 7 p.m. and "Scrooge" starts at 7:30 p.m. , Jesters Dinner Theatre, 224 Main St., Longmont. Full appetizer, dinner and bar menu are available. Cost is $15. Call 303-682-9980 for tickets.

Stories with Spirit — As the darkest days of winter draw around us, join Stories with Spirit at Still Cellars to share in the light of storytelling, 7 p.m. , Still Cellars, 1115 Colorado Ave., Longmont. Cost is $10. Go to www.stillcellars.com.

Friday

The Nutcracker — Celebrate the holiday season with this cherished ballet performance presented by the Longmont Dance Theatre, 7 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, and 1 p.m. Sunday, Niwot High School Auditorium, 8989 Niwot Road, Niwot. Cost is $17 to $22. Go to longmontdancetheatre.com or call 303-772-1335.

Once Upon a Christmas Concert — The Longs Peak Barbershop Chorus will perform, 7 p.m. Friday and 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Heart of Longmont Methodist Church, 350 11th Ave., Longmont. Cost is $10 to $12. Go to www.longspeakchorus.org.

Public Star Night — Guest speaker for this public star night will be volunteer John Ensworth and the title of his talk will be "The Star of Wonder," 7:30 p.m. , Little Thompson Observatory, 850 Spartan Ave, Berthoud. Call 970-613-7793.

Saturday

Meet Santa Claus: Hoverhomes Annual Holiday Tours — Santa Claus and his wife "Merry" will be making a stop at Historic Hoverhome's holiday tours. Children of all ages are welcome to stop by and have a personal "meet and greet" with Santa. Guests are encouraged to bring cameras to capture the moment, 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Historic Hoverhome, 1309 Hover St., Longmont. Children 8 and under are free, adults are $10. Call 303-774-7810.

Longmont Museum Holiday Festival — The event features the Longmont Symphony Orchestra, soloists formerly of the New York City Opera, the Boulder Ballet and other leading local ensembles and performers. Enjoy complimentary hot chocolate and cookies, visit with Santa and view an exhibit of historic winter photos from the museum's collections following the performance, 4 p.m. , Longmont Museum, 400 Quail Road, Longmont. Cost is $10-$14. Go to www.longmontcolorado.gov.

Sunday

Last Chance Gift Fest — Find the perfect gift from a vast assortment of art, crafts, toys, home decor, delicious food, unique items and much more, 10 a.m. , Boulder County Fairgrounds Exhibit Building, 9595 Nelson Road, Longmont. Go to www.coloradoevents.net.

Dinner with Santa — Why wait in line to take pictures with Santa? Enjoy dinner and drinks while your children take pictures with Santa. Use your own camera, make reservations and avoid the wait in line, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. , Samples World Bistro, 370 Main St., Longmont. Go to www.samplesworldbistro.com.

•Estes Valley Chamber Singers — Live performance presented by the Estes Park Music Festival, 2 p.m. , Stanley Hotel, 333 Wonderview Ave., Longmont. The concert is free. Go to estesparkmusicfestival.org.

 

To see more events for the Longmont-area or to submit an event, go to timescall.com/events.



Lyons Holiday Parade of Lights is at 6:30 p.m. Saturday on Main Street and Broadway, Lyons, with music at 7:15 p.m. in Sandstone Park, Fourth and Broadway, Lyons, and fireworks are at 7:40 p.m. (Times-Call file)

Today

Loteria Mexicana —Enjoy traditional Mexican bingo at the Longmont Public Library. The game will be played mostly in Spanish, 6 p.m. , Longmont Public Library, 409 Fourth Ave., Longmont. Call 303-651-8473.

Blues Jam with Boa & The Constrictors —Live music, 7 p.m. , Oskar Blues Homemade Liquids and Solids, 1555 S. Hover Road, Longmont. Call 303-485-9400.

Tuesday

Handmade Holiday —Kids from third to fifth grade can get into the holiday spirit and craft some handmade gifts for your friends and family, 4 p.m., Erie Community Library, 400 Powers St., Erie. Got to www.mylibrary.us.

Felting Fun for the Whole Family —Come join the fun and create a family Holiday tradition. Learn how to make an adorable, one-of-a-kind needle felted snowman or penguin ornament, 6 p.m., Erie Community Library, 400 Powers Street, Erie. Go to www.mylibrary.us.

Wednesday

Handmade Holiday —Teens from sixth to 12th grade can get into the holiday spirit and craft some handmade gifts for your friends and family, 4 p.m. , Erie Community Library, 400 Powers Street, Erie. Go to www.mylibrary.us.

Book Signing with Claudia Mills and Phyllis Perry — Mills will talk about the Nora Notebooks and the Franklin School Friends series of books for children. Perry will discuss her new adult book, "Colorado Vanguards: Historic Trailblazers," and her children's book, "A Field Guide to Ocean Animals," 6:30 p.m. , Local Editions Books and Coffee, 2919 17th Ave., Suite 110, Longmont. Go to localeditionslongmont.com.

Thursday

Mommy and Me Stress Reduction— Discover fun mindfulness meditation techniques and become intentional about what you want to nurture this holiday season. Best for children ages 6 and under, 11 a.m. , Longmont Public Library, 409 Fourth Ave., Longmont. Call 303-651-8477.

Cheesemaking: Intro to Hard Cheese— Some say that soft cheeses are easy to make and hard cheeses are hard, but in this class we will learn that's not necessarily so, 6:30 p.m. , The Art of Cheese at Haystack Mountain Goat Cheese Creamery, 505 Weaver Park Road, Longmont. Cost is $39. Go to www.theartofcheese.com.

Longmont 50th Annual Christmas Home Tour — United Church of Christ (UCC-Longmont)presents this self-guided tour of five Longmont homes decorated for Christmas, including Historic Hoverhome. VIP night is from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday and includes dinner at local restaurant. Cost is $35. On Friday from 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., enjoy the self-guided tour along with a bake sale and soup and bread dinner at UCC-Longmont, 1500 Ninth Ave., Longmont. Cost is $15. Go to www.thegiftofhome.org.

Friday

Lego Club —Build holiday decorations including ornaments for our annual LEGO tree, 6 p.m. , Longmont Public Library, 409 Fourth Ave., Longmont. Call 303-651-8477.

Erie Country Christmas— Come out and enjoy Santa's Workshop, local school choirs, complimentary S'Mores, living nativity scene, hayrides and the Parade of Lights followed by Santa, 5 p.m. , Historic Downtown Erie, Briggs Street. Go to www.eriechamber.org.

Storytime With Santa — Santa will read Christmas stories to children of all ages at the Used Book Emporium. Don't forget to bring your camera, 6:30 p.m. , Used Book Emporium, 346 Main St., Longmont. Call 303-776-6561.

Saturday

Christmas Cookies, Candy and Cards Sale —Shoppers assemble their own take-out boxes of homemade cookies and candy from a wonderful, festive array of open-top trays. Cookies and candy are then weighed upon check-out and charged. Cookies are $5 a pound, candy is $7 a pound and Christmas cards are $6 a box., 8:30 a.m. , Messiah Lutheran Church, 1335 Francis St., Longmont. Call 303-776-2573.

•Dog pictures with Santa —The Boneyard committee is inviting all dog lovers to have your holiday photos taken with your furry friend, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Erie Community Center, 450 Powers St., Erie. Cost is $25, all proceeds go to The Boneyard, Erie's first dog park. Go to www.erieco.gov/dogpark.

A Holiday Fayre with British Flair —The fifth annual Holiday Fayre presented by WINC (Womens International Niwot Club) is coming to Niwot. Come and enjoy this wonderful holiday shopping experience with local vendor, 10 a.m. , Left Hand Grange, 195 Second Ave., Niwot. Go to winc.club.

Colorado Horse Rescue Holiday Open House— Get your holiday shopping off to a great start at the annual CHR Holiday Open House. Enjoy refreshments and tours of the facility and browse our shop's unique collection of gift items, 10 a.m. , Colorado Horse Rescue, 10386 N. 65th St., Longmont. Call 720-494-1414.

The Carbon Valley Holiday Festival — A collaborative effort between Firestone, Frederick and Dacono to host a full day of holiday activities . Santa Saturday is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Carbon Valley Regional Library, 7 Park Ave., Firestone. Santa and Mrs. Claus with Santa's Workshop, music performances, and photos with firemen will be from 1 to 4 p.m. at Cold Ridge Middle School, 6201 Booth Drive, Firestone. Selfies with Santa, create cards and crafts, and holiday entertainment will be from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at Dacono City Hall, 512 Cherry St., Dacono. Festival Lights with photos with Santa, music performances, carriage rides and ice carving is from 6 to 8 p.m. at Crist Park, 105 Fifth St., Frederick. Go to www.firestoneco.gov

•41st Lyons Holiday Bazaar Sixty Christmas Booths with Homemade gifts, candy, baked goods, books, wreaths, lunch, Santa, door prizes, 10 a.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. Sunday, Lyons Elementary School Gym, Fourth Avenue and Stickney Avenue, Lyons.

Hometown Holiday Celebration & Parade of Lights — Join the Town of Mead for a holiday celebration. Events include a chili cook-off, a cookie and ornament decorating contest for children, a free chili supper, parade of lights and tree lighting ceremony, and photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus, 2 p.m. , Mead Town Hall, 441 Third St., Mead. Call 303-517-5281 or go to townofmead.org .

•Lyons Holiday Parade of Lights— The bright glow of the holidays is once again coming to the Town of Lyons with illuminated, colorful floats, many of which will be decorated in the theme of this year's parade, "Christmas Around the World," 6:30 p.m. , Main Street and Broadway, Lyons. Music is at 7:15 p.m. in Sandstone Park, Fourth and Broadway, Lyons. Fireworks are at 7:40 p.m. Go to www.lyonscolorado.com.

Sunday

Jubilate Chorus —The group will perform choral music, 2 p.m. , Community Church of the Rockies, 1700 Brodie Ave., Estes Park. Cost is $10. Go to estesparkmusicfestival.org.

Dinner with Santa 2 p.m. , Samples World Bistro, 370 Main St., Longmont. Call 303-327-9318.

 

Spirit of Thanksgiving Dinner is from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday at Old Chicago Restaurant, 250 Third Ave., Longmont. (Times-Call file)

Tuesday

Nutcracker Storytime — Listen the classic holiday tale "The Nutcracker," by Susan Jeffers, while Longmont Dance Theatre dancers will follow along with live representation of the story. Learn the five classic ballet positions and have your photo taken with the dancers, 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, Longmont Public Library, 409 Fourth Ave., Longmont. Call 303-651-8477.

String Cheese/Pizza Cheese Cheesemaking for Kids — A fun cheese-making class just for kids while they're out on Thanksgiving break, 11 a.m. Tuesday, The Art of Cheese at Haystack Mountain Goat Cheese Creamery, 505 Weaver Park Road, Longmont. Cost is $30. Go to theartofcheese.com.

Open Mic Night with The Prairie Scholars — Live music, 6 p.m. Tuesday, Skeye Brewing, 900 S. Hover St., Unit D, Longmont. Go to skeyebrewing.com.

Wednesday

The Joe O'Bryan Band — Live music, 5 p.m. Wednesday, Bootstrap Brewing Co., 6778 N 79th St., Niwot. Call 303-652-4186.

Open Bluegrass Pick with Erie Wiggs — Live music, Longs Peak Pub, 600 Longs Peak Ave., Longmont. Call 303-651-7886.

Thursday

• Spirit of Thanksgiving Dinner — The annual holiday dinner sponsored by the OUR Center, 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Old Chicago Restaurant, 250 Third Ave., Longmont. Go to ourcenter.org.

Friday

Niwot's Enchanted Evening — Visit with Santa at the Niwot Grange and join the tree lighting ceremony, 6 p.m. Second Avenue and Niwot Road, Niwot. Go to niwot.com.

"The Wizard of Oz" — A musical version of the classic tale, appropriate for the whole family. Choose from dinner and show or show-only, 6 p.m., Jesters Theater, 224 Main St., Longmont. Show runs through Jan. 17. Cost is $16 to $42. Go to jesterstheatre.com.

Downtown Longmont Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony — The holiday spirit is alive and well in Longmont, and each year we ring in the holiday season with our tree lighting ceremony. You never know who will show up at this event. In years past, we have had visits from Frosty the Snowman and The Snow King and Queen, 7 p.m., Sixth Avenue Plaza, Sixth Avenue and Main Street, Longmont. Go to downtownlongmont.com.

Saturday

Leftover Turkey Trot 5K — The second annual Leftover Turkey is hosted by the Because of Becca Foundation, spreading smiles and supporting youth and families in need through organizations that the encourage active lifestyles, 10 a.m. Saturday, Roger's Grove Park, 220 S Hover St., Longmont. Cost is $25-$40. Go to becauseofbecca.org.

• Niwot's Holiday Parade — Enjoy the parade and then visit with Santa at the Niwot Grange, 10 a.m. Saturday, Second Ave., Niwot. Go to niwot.com

Sugar Plum Tea Party — Support your local non-profit youth ballet company. Ticket price includes a delightful afternoon tea with harp accompaniment, a mini-Nutcracker performance and a souvenir photo with you and the Sugar Plum Fairy. Reservations are required, 2 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. and 4 p.m Sunday, Xilinx -The Retreat, 3100 Logic Drive, Longmont. Cost is $35. Go to longmontdancetheatre.com.

Dinner with Santa — Why wait in line to take pictures with Santa? Enjoy dinner and drinks while your children take pictures with Santa, 4 p.m. Saturday, Samples World Bistro, 370 Main St., Longmont. Call 303-327-9316.

Sunday

Cobus Du Toit — The Estes Park Music Festival present Cobus Du Toit on the flute, 2 p.m. Sunday, Community Church of the Rockies, 1700 Brodie Ave., Estes Park. Cost is $10. Go to estesparkmusicfestival.org.

Lee Johnson — Live music, 3 p.m. Sunday, Oskar Blues Tasty Weasel Tap Room, 1800 Pike Road, Unit B, Longmont. Call 303-776-1914.

Scott Von — Live music, 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Left Hand Brewing Co., 1265 Boston Ave., Longmont. Call 303-772-0258.

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