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Posted 7/7/09

‘Murder before Midnight’     The Platte Valley Players, Brighton’s Community Theater Troupe, present “Murder before Midnight,” a fundraising dinner …

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‘Murder before Midnight’

    The Platte Valley Players, Brighton’s Community Theater Troupe, present “Murder before Midnight,” a fundraising dinner theater and silent auction event at 6:30 p.m., June 27, at the Brighton Depot, 269 E. Bridge St.

    Cost is $20 for adults and $15 for seniors and kids under 12. Cost includes full dinner and the show. There is limited seating and diners are encouraged to arrive early.

Cottonwood carnival

    Cottonwood Care Center, 2311 E. Bridge St., hosts a carnival from noon to 4 p.m., July 2.

    The public is invited to take part in a day of fun in the sun with food, games and music. Cottonwood has been part of the community for the past 30 years and hopes the carnival will be a good chance for the public to meet its staff, residents and learn about the facility.

    Call 303-990-3696 for information.

Celebrate the Fourth

of July in Brighton

    Brighton plans Fourth of July evening with music, food and fun, capped off by a fireworks show.

    The evening kicks off at 6 p.m. at Friendship Park, Eighth Avenue and Southern Street, with the music of Chris Daniels & and the Kings and D.J Tidal Wave. Come early for music concessions and other activities in the park and bring your lawn chairs for the fireworks show at 9 p.m.

    Call the concert series hotline at 303-655-2183 for information.

Parade participants needed

    It’s time to think about family fun in the sun at the Adams County Fair. The annual fair parade is at 10 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 1, in Brighton.

    Call 303-637-8002 or visit www.adamscountyfair.com.

Calling all mutton

busters for the fair

    The annual Adams County Fair Mutton Bustin’ competition is looking for mutton busters.  Boys and girls 7 years and under (at the time of rodeo) and less than 60 pounds, are eligible to compete in the event.

    Each contestant will ride a sheep out of a bucking chute and into the rodeo arena.  Like other rodeo events, time and score count. All contestants will receive a T-shirt and trophy from the event sponsor, United Power.

    The mutton bustin’ competition is scheduled for 7 p.m., Aug. 5, at the Coors Light Open Rodeo (limited to the first 16 entries only).

    The application form is at www.adamscountyfair.com under the premium section, or by calling 303-637-8002.  All entries must be postmarked by July 17.

‘Bye Bye Birdie’

    Prairie Playhouse of Brighton presents “Bye Bye Birdie” July 10 and 11 and again July 17 and 18 at Prairie View High School, 12909 E. 120th Ave, Henderson. Friday shows start at 7 p.m. The Saturday matinee is at 2 p.m., followed by a show at 7 p.m.

    Tickets and show information are available at www.prairieplayhouse.com.

First-aid classes

    The Greater Brighton Fire Protection District and Platte Valley Ambulance will offer CPR and first-aid courses from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., July 11, at the Platte Valley Medical Center’s conference room.

    The CPR class runs from 8 a.m. to noon, and the first-aid course goes from 1 to 5 p.m.

    The fee is $30 for the CPR course and $20 for the first-aid course. The fee includes a certification card upon class completion. Call 303-659-4101.

Acoustic Ediolon performs

    Harmony Angels Foundation presents an An Evening for the Angels featuring the music of Acoustic Ediolon July 18 at 14120 Country Hills Drive, in Brighton.

    The evening begins with a gourmet picnic box supper at 6:30 and the performance begins at 7 p.m. Donation is $25 per person for picnic supper and performance. Tickets must be purchased by July 15. Tickets for the performance only are $20 and can be purchased any time leading up to the performance.

    Acoustic Ediolon combines the unique sounds of Joe Scott and cellist Hannah Alkire. They have performed at Saint Paul’s Cathedral in London, Spandau Theatre in Berlin and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

    Participants are encouraged to bring a blanket or lawn chair and a bottle of wine (if they prefer) to enjoy with their picnic.

    Harmony Angels Foundation is a charitable organization that serves both the Brighton and Commerce City area and aims to enhance the lives of seniors primarily residing in nursing homes and assisted-living facilities.

    Tickets are available by calling 303-659-6992, ext. 303, at www.harmonyangels.org or by mail/in person: Harmony Angels Foundationm 441 S. Seventh Ave., Brighton, 80601.

Movies and music

at Prairie Center

    Outdoor Movies and Music at the Prairie Center continues at 7 p.m., July 17, in the Village at Prairie Center, near Subway and Heidi’s Brooklyn Deli.

    Easy Bill and the Big Beat performs and “ET” will be shown at sunset.

    Admission is free. Bring lawn chairs and camping chairs.

Brighton Chamber

annual golf tournament

    The Brighton Chamber of Chamber sponsors its 26th annual golf tournament July 20 at the Ranch Country Club, 11887 Tejon St.. in Westminster.

    Registration for the morning round is from 6:30 a.m. to 7:15 a.m. and registration for the afternoon is from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. with respective shotgun starts at 7:30 a.m. and 12:45 p.m. It is a scramble format. Teams can be made up of four men, four women or co-ed (two men and two women).

    Prizes will be offered for closest to the pin, longest drive and hole in one. A cash bar and awards dinner will conclude the day of golf.

    Sponsorships are still available for the tournament, which sponsors the Brighton Chamber and the Platte Valley Medical Center Foundation.

    Call 303-659-0223 with questions or for registration information.

Participants needed for Hughes Station barbecue

    Hughes Station, a 120-unit affordable housing community, 233 N. Main St,, hosts its annual barbecue from noon to 4 p.m., July 25, and invites local service agencies to have a display table with information about the services they could provide to this population.

    Hughes Station has more than 100 families on site with more than 165 children, and the population has varied needs.

    The goal of the event is to showcase resources that are available to them while bringing the community together in one location with food, games and resources.

    Contact Tina at 303-659-6199, ext. 13 or Tina@AlmostHomeOnline.org to reserve a table or for information.

Brighton’s free

scrapbooking club

    Scrapbooking club meets the first Tuesday and every Wednesday from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the home of Cindy Devillier, 9780 E. 157th Ave. Brighton. The Circuit Expressions machine is available for use at no charge.  Lots of table space.  Call 720-276-6920 for details and to reserve a spot.

Volunteers needed

    Rangeview Library District’s Outreach Services needs adult volunteers to assist with its homebound delivery program. This program provides library materials to customers throughout Adams County who are unable to access their local libraries.

     Delivery locations include individual homes and senior facilities, and shifts are 8:45-11:45 a.m. Fridays and 12:45-3:45 p.m. Wednesdays.         Duties include lifting, delivering and retrieving library materials. Volunteers may work alongside a library staff person or, at larger facilities, may work individually to visit different residents.

Call 303-288-2018 or visit http://www.anythinklibraries.org.


    The Brighton Elks Lodge is beginning its efforts to sponsor Little Britches rodeos starting in 2010. The exact date will be announced later.

    The lodge is looking for volunteers. Meetings are set for 7 p.m. the first Thursday of every month at the Brighton lodge, 101 N. Main St.

    Call Doug Dorsey at 303-637-0005 or Jerry Lynn at 720-496-8224. E-mail the lodge at brightonelks@earthlink.net.

Meeting group for

people with disabilities

    Looking for new friends, fun and laughter? Looking for a place to air concerns, receive and give support? Meet new people ready to form a new group for people with disabilities.

    The group meets from 10 to 11:30 a.m., the first Wednesday of each month. Snacks will be served.

    Call Julie at 303-442-8662, ext. 110, for information.

Adams City High School

class of 1984 reunion

     The Adams City High School class of 1984 reunites for its 25th anniversary Aug. 1 at Sharp’s Roadhouse in Commerce City and Aug. 2 at Pioneer Park in Commerce City.

    E-mail or call Susan Zale Van Ness with your e-mail, mailing address and phone numbers, vannessrealty@comcast.net or 303- 513 1333. Sign up at www.adamscityhighschool.com or www.classmates.com.

Fair volunteers needed

    Adams County is accepting applications for volunteers at the 2009 Adams County Fair Aug. 5 through Aug. 9.

    Volunteers are needed to assist with exhibits and events. Acting as representatives of Adams County and Colorado State University Cooperative Extension, volunteers work under the direct supervision of the fair managers and the volunteer program coordinator.

    All volunteers will receive orientation and training (date and time to be announced), the opportunity to learn and build new skills, complimentary meals, parking passes to the fair and the chance to gain experience in the public sector and meet new people.

    Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age, have strong communication and interpersonal skills, be energetic, resourceful and self-starting, and have the ability to work with diverse groups of people.  Volunteers must be able to provide their own transportation to and from the fair. 

    For information regarding the fair and volunteer opportunities, contact volunteer coordinator Jackie Gleim at 303-637-8102.

Caregiver support group

    Caregiver support group meetings are at the Brighton Senior Center, 575 Bush St., the second and fourth Thursday from 10 to 11:30 a.m. The meetings are free and ongoing. Ron Liggett of The Senior Hub will be the facilitator.

    These meetings are open to all caregivers of adults with chronic illness, disabilities or Alzheimer’s. The group gives caregivers a chance to share their experiences, provide each other with emotional support and impart practical suggestions.

    Caregivers usually have overwhelming responsibilities which can produce anxiety, stress, depression, anger, exhaustion, sleeplessness, irritability and other symptoms of burn out. It is important that caregivers care for themselves so they can continue to care for loved ones.

AA meetings

    Alcoholics Anonymous meetings are at 6:30 p.m. each Sunday at St. Williams Catholic Church, 1025 Fulton Ave., Fort Lupton.   

    Call 720-363-7691 for information.

Brighton study session

    The Brighton City Council study sessions are the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. in the third floor Heritage Room at City Hall, 22 S. Fourth Ave.

Housing authority meets

    The Brighton Housing Authority board of directors meets on the second Wednesday of each month, 5:30 p.m. at City Hall, 22 S. Fourth Ave., third floor.

Breakfast Lions Club at IHOP

    The Brighton Breakfast Lions Club meets at 6:30 a.m. the second and fourth Thursdays of the month at the Brighton International House of Pancakes.

    Its mission is to provide vision services, such as Braille and large print books for Brighton school district children.

    Call Joan Kniss at 303-659-2196 for information.

Brighton Early Rotary Club

    The Brighton Early Rotary Club meets at 7 a.m. every Wednesday in the dining area of Inglenook of Brighton, 2195 E. Egbert St.

    Rotary International is the oldest service organization in the world.  The motto is “Service Above Self.”     Call Kim Ayers at 303-888-6553 for information.

Brighton Writers’ Circle

    The Brighton Writers’ Circle is a diverse group of writers always on the lookout for new members. The group meets from 6 to 8 p.m. the second Monday of each month at Welcome Table Christian Church, Eighth and Jessup (630 S. Eighth Ave.), Brighton.

    For information, contact Jo Pinto, 303-655-8319.

Suicide grief support

    Project CASE offers a suicide grief support group the third Monday of each month at 6:15 p.m. and the first Saturday at 10 a.m. at Platte Valley Medical Center in the First Floor Conference Room B. Facilitator is Julia Hosea, grief counselor.

    Anyone who has lost a loved one, friend or co-worker to suicide is invited to attend. E-mail projectcase@aol.com or call 303-507-3701 for information.

Scouts meet

    Boy Scout Troop 109 regular meetings are 7 p.m. Mondays in the Scout room at the Elks Lodge, 101 N. Main St. Boys ages 11 to 18 and their parents are welcome. Contact James Randall at 303-946-7990 or visit http://scouttroop109.org

    Boy Scout Troop 193 meets at 6:30 p.m. every Monday at Zion Lutheran Church, 1400 Skeel St. For information, call Lori at 303-536-9304 or Ruth at 303-637-7787.

    Cub Scout Pack 391 meets at 6:45 p.m. Tuesdays at Southeast Elementary School. For information, call Kathy Dawley at 303-637-7259.

    Cub Scout Pack 61 meets Tuesdays from 7 to 8 p.m. at Pennock School. For information, e-mail committee@Brighton-pack61.org.

MOPS of Brighton

    The MOPS of Brighton group meets the second and fourth Thursday at 9 a.m. at Chapel Hill Church of the Nazarene, 10 Chapel Hill Drive on Highway 7 and Tower Road.

    Mothers with children 12 years and under are invited. Childcare is available. For information, contact Emily at 303-304-8735.


    MOMS Club of Brighton is a nonprofit support group designed for stay-at-home moms and those who work part time.

    The club offers moms and their children support through playgroups, field trips, mom’s night out and other activities. Meetings are at 9:30 a.m. the second Thursday of each month at the Seventh-day Adventist Church on the corner of Bromley Lane and Fifth Avenue.

    For information, call Amber at 303-482-5903 or visit www.momsclub.org.

MOMS Club of


    The MOMS Club of Brighton-East meets monthly at the First Presbyterian Church, 510 S. 27th Ave., Brighton

    The meetings are on the third Friday of every month from 10 to 11:15 a.m.

     For information, contact Claudia Aguirre 303-999-9950.

MOPS of Calvary

    Join local mothers who get together to learn about and experience motherhood in a supportive environment.         Meetings are 9 to 11 a.m. on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month at Calvary of Brighton Church, 161 E. Bridge St.

    For information, call 303-659-1886.

Brighton MOPS

    Brighton MOPS meetings are 9 to 11:15 a.m. on the first and third Tuesdays of every month at the Brighton Seventh-day Adventist Church, 567 E. Bromley Lane. A nominal fee includes child care, breakfast and a variety of presentations and activities relevant to mothers of young children.

    Call the church office at 303-659-1999 for information.

Brighton Kiwanis

    The Brighton Kiwanis meet every Wednesday at noon at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 1096 E. Bridge St., Brighton.

    For information call Heidi Storz at 303-637-1259.

Brighton food bank

welcomes donations

    Catholic Charities Brighton Food Pantry, 178 S. Sixth Ave., Brighton, is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Each month it serves 260 to 280 families able to get food assistance once a month.

    The charity is in desperate need of nonperishable food and personal-care items. Therefore, the food pantry is asking all churches, organizations and individuals to continue the humanitarian work by helping the less fortunate.

    Baby food, diapers, cash donations and personal-care items are accepted.

Become a CASA volunteer

    CASA of Adams and Broomfield Counties is seeking volunteers to make a difference in the life of a child.  Court Appointed Special Advocates, CASAs help children find a safe and permanent home and advocate for their physical, emotional and educational needs.  Call 303-654-3378 to schedule an interview to become a CASA volunteer. CASA can also be reached via e-mail at casa17th@casa17th.com . For information go to www.casa17th.org. 






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