Calendar of Events October 2012

through Oct. 14, “The Love of the Nightingale,” Bas Bleu Theater, 401 Pine St., Friday and Saturday 7:30 p.m., Thursday 6:30 p.m., Sunday 2:30 p.m. Tickets $12-24, $5 with Medicaid or Quest card. Info: 970-498-8949,
Sept. 28-30, Rocky Mountain Irish Festival, Old Town Square and Civic Center Park, LaPorte Avenue and Howes Street, Fort Collins, 5 p.m.-10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday, $12 daily ($10 in advance), under 12 and over 65 free. Info:
Sept. 29, National Public Lands Day, Arapaho Bend Natural Area near I-25 and Harmony Road, Fort Collins, 1:30-5 p.m., free, snacks and a goody bag provided. Volunteers can take canoes and kayaks around the ponds in the Arapaho Bend Natural Area to collect fishing line and trash from the water and surrounding habitats. Waders will also be available for those who prefer to clean up the perimeter of the ponds on foot. Sponsored by the Larimer County Conservation Corps, Fort Collins Natural Areas and REI Inc. Info and registration:
Sept. 29, March to Dublin, fundraising concert for CSU Marching Band’s St, Patrick’s Day trip to Ireland, Lincoln Center, 417 W. Magnolia St., Fort Collins, 7:30 p.m., $10 CSU students, $25 adults. Featuring the CSU Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble and the famous trombone suicides. Tickets and info: 970-221-6730.
Sept. 30, “Over 90 and Loving It,” film by Susan Polis Schutz, Bas Bleu Theater, 401 Pine St., 7:30 p.m., $25 includes reception after the screening with Polis Schutz and her Congressional Representative son Jared. Proceeds benefit Bas Bleu. Info: 970-498-8949,
Oct. 2-Nov. 16, Powerful Tools for Caregivers, Center for Neurorehabilitation Services, 1045 Robertson St., Fort Collins, every Tuesday noon-3:30 p.m. Free six-week class sponsored by a coalition of Larimer County agencies teaches family caregivers how to reduce stress, communicate feelings, balance life, deal with difficult emotions and local helpful resources. Registration: 970-493-6667. Info: Lynette McGowan, Larimer County Office on Aging, 970-498-7758.
Oct. 2, Front Range PC Users Group, Fort Collins Senior Center, 1200 Raintree Drive, Fort Collins, 7-9 p.m. Info:
Oct. 2, Fort Collins Historical Society regular meeting, Webster House, 301 E. Olive St., 7 p.m., free and open to the public. Info: 970-484-9194
Oct. 2, John Nilsen, pianist/guitarist singer/songwriter, Wellington United Methodist Fellowship, 8251 Wellington Blvd., 7 p.m., free.
Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23, & 30, Alcoholics Anonymous, The Filling Station, Cleveland Avenue and Fourth Street in Wellington, 7 p.m. Info: 970-568-0040.
Oct. 3, Pathways Hospice on Our Own, 305 Carpenter Road, Fort Collins, 6:30-8 p.m., no fee, no registration required. Practical guidance and hope for families facing the loss of a loved one, facilitated by Lani Hickman and co-sponsored by Lutheran Family Services. Info: 970-663-3500,
Oct. 3-Nov. 17, Powerful Tools for Caregivers, Aspen Club, Poudre Valley Hospital, Café B, 1024 S. Lemay Ave., Fort Collins, every Wednesday 5:45-7:15 p.m. Free six-week class sponsored by a coalition of Larimer County agencies teaches family caregivers how to reduce stress, communicate feelings, balance life, deal with difficult emotions and local helpful resources. Registration: 970-495-8560. Info: Lynette McGowan, Larimer County Office on Aging, 970-498-7758.
Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31, Take Off Pounds Sensibly, Peace With Christ Lutheran Church, 1412 W. Swallow Road, 8:45 a.m. Info: 970-449-9800.
Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31, Restore Bellvue Working Group, Bellvue Grange, 6 p.m. contractors and building professionals, 6:30 p.m. anyone interested in rebuilding a home after the High Park Fire, free. Info:
Oct. 4, Stories to Touch the Senses, Shepherd of the Hills Church, 120 S. Taft Hill Road, Fort Collins, 9:30-11:30 a.m., presented by the CSU Women’s Association. Storyteller Katy Little will share tales for adult listeners from her selection of personal life experience stories; also hear Katy’s Tales on KRFC 88.9FM every fourth Sunday, 6-7 p.m. Info:
Oct. 4, Red Feather Lakes Planning Advisory Committee, firehouse meeting room, 1:30 p.m. Info: 970-498-7683. Agenda:
Oct. 5-7, Herding dog trials, Rancho Terra Norte, Buckeye Road between County Roads 9 and 15, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., free. Spectators are welcome to watch all kinds of working and herding breeds compete in this AKC-sanctioned event with sheep and ducks. Friday and Saturday competition sponsored by Buckhorn Valley Kennel Club; Sunday by the German Shepherd Dog Club of America. Info: [email protected].
Oct. 6, Poudre River Cleanup, Lee Martinez Park, 600 N. Sherwood St., Fort Collins, 8:30-11:30 a.m., free, no registration required. Volunteers will pick up trash along the river and trail from Shields to Timberline, rain or shine. Wear long pants and closed-toe shoes; bring work gloves and water. Trash bags provided. Info:
Oct. 6-7, Home Study Hunter Education Certification classes. Saturday classroom, Sportsman’s Warehouse, 1675 Rocky Mountain Ave., Loveland, 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sunday safe range firing and certificates issued, Pawnee Sports Shooting Center, 40914 Weld County Road 71, Briggsdale, noon-2 p.m. $10. Registration and more info: 970-493-1148.
Oct. 6, 13, 20 & 27, Alcoholics Anonymous Freedom Riders Group, Chapel in the Pines, County Road 74E (Red Feather Lakes Road), Red Feather Lakes, 7 p.m. Info: 970-881-3500.
Oct. 7, 14, 21, & 28, Breakfast at American Legion Post No. 4, 2124 County Road 54G (Hwy. 287), LaPorte, open to the public, 8-10 a.m. Info: 970-484-0418.
Oct. 8, Northern Larimer County Habitat Partnership Program, DOW office on Prospect Road, 4 p.m. Info: 970-493-3535 or
Oct. 9, Last day to register to vote in General Election.
Oct. 9 & 23, Wellington Food Bank, Wellington Community Church, 8445 Third St., 2-3 p.m. Bring proof of income and address. Info: 970-568-9301 (Zion Lutheran Church) or 970-568-9220.
Oct. 9 & 23, Poudre School District Board of Education regular meeting, 2407 Laporte Ave., Fort Collins, 6:30 p.m. Info: 970-490-3607.
Oct. 9 & 23, Wellington Lions Club, Zion Lutheran Church, Second Street and Garfield Avenue, 7 p.m. Info: 970-568-3946,
Oct. 9 & 23, Wellington Town Board, Leeper Center, 7:30 p.m. Agenda: Info: 970-568-3381.
Oct. 11, Social Media Lab for Job Seekers, Larimer County Workforce Center, 200 W. Oak St., Fort Collins, 9 a.m.- 4 p.m., $69. Learn how to use LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and even a blog to enhance your career and boost your job search. Registration and info:, 970-498-6649.
Oct. 13, North College Community Center Craft and Bake Sale, 1601 N. College Ave., 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Info: 970-484-1039.
Oct. 13, Youth Stewardship Day, Lory State Park, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., free, lunch and goody bags. Volunteers ages 14-24 will be led by Larimer County Conservation Corps staff on a trail maintenance and/or habitat restoration project; shuttles to the work site will be available from the REI Fort Collins store. Registration and info:
Oct. 13, Picnic on the Poudre, CSU Environmental Learning Center, 2400 S. County Road 9, off West Drake Road in Fort Collins, noon-4 p.m., free. Family activities that are all about exploring nature will be led in English and Spanish. Stop by anytime. Info and RSVP: Nicole Stafford, 970-491-1661.
Oct. 15, General Election mail-in ballots mailed out. Must be returned to County Clerk by 7 p.m. Nov. 6. Info:
Oct. 18, Fort Collins Mac Users Club, 4926 Northern Lights Drive, 6:45 p.m. Info:
Oct. 19, Bridges Out of Poverty community training for nonprofits, faith-based organizations and the general public, Lincoln Center, 417 W. Magnolia St., Fort Collins, 7:30 a.m. registration, 8 a.m.- 4 p.m. training, breakfast and lunch provided, free. Program examines barriers to change for people in poverty and methods for creating sustainable communities, sponsored by the Bohemian Foundation. Registration and info:
Oct. 20, Brainiac Bowl, Fort Collins Marriott, 350 E. Horsetooth Road, Fort Collins, 6-9:30 p.m., individual tickets $75, team table $750 includes dinner for eight; sponsorships also available. Eighth annual History/Science Trivia Challenge hosted by weatherman Mike Nelson to benefit the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery. Registration form at Info: 970-416-2726.
Oct. 21, Mission Rocks: A LaPorte Youth Group sponsored by LaPorte Presbyterian Church, 3820 W. County Road 54G, 3 p.m. Children of all ages invited to attend. Info: 970-484-0921.
Oct. 22, Early voting begins.
Oct. 22, “Make it Stop: Elder Abuse Forum,” Fort Collins Senior Center, 1200 Raintree Drive, 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., free, preregistration required. Sponsored by the Fort Collins Human Relations Commission to raise awareness of elder abuse,the event features a panel discussion and facilitated participant conversations as well as community resources on hand to answer questions. Registration includes light dinner and refreshments but is limited, RSVP at http://col.xt/QO1KcF.
Oct. 22-28, Make a Difference Week. Register to do something good for the community this week at
Oct. 23, LaPorte Area Planning Advisory Committee, West Fort Collins Water District, 7 p.m. LAPAC is a volunteer citizen committee that deals with land use and community issues. Public invited. Info: 970-498-7683. Agenda:
Oct. 24, Local author Nancy Hansford shares ghost stories at the Wellington Public Library, 7 p.m., free. Treats for children who come in costume. Info: 970-372-8549.
Oct. 24, Waverly Advisory Committee monthly meeting, 7:30 p.m., Turning Point at Waverly School, 10431 N. County Road 15, Info: 970-568-9818,
Oct. 26-28, Treatsylvania Trick or Treat Street, The Farm at Martinez Park, 600 N. Sherwood, Fort Collins, 6-8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 1-3 p.m. and 5-7 p.m. Sunday, timed tickets $5 for children 10 and under must be purchased in advance; adults free. Info and ticket availability: 970-221-6665.
Oct. 27-Nov. 24, “Rocky Horror Show,” OpenStage Theatre, Lincoln Center, 417 W. Magnolia St., Fort Collins, 8 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, late night show at 11 p.m. on Nov. 9.
Oct. 28, Ponderosa Promenaders dance, Livermore Community Hall, potluck at 1:30 p.m., dancing at 2:15 p.m. Info: 970-482-8261.
Oct. 31, Halloween.
Saturdays through Oct. 27, Larimer County Farmer’s Market, Courthouse parking lot, 200 W. Oak St., 8 a.m. to noon. Info:
Wednesdays and Sundays through Oct. 31, Fort Collins Farmers’ Market, Harmony Road and Lemay Avenue (in front of Ace Hardware), 11 a.m.-3 p.m., rain or shine. Info:
through Jan. 5, 2013, Native American Art of the Four Corners, Global Village Museum of Arts and Cultures, 200 W. Mountain Ave., Fort Collins, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday, $5 adults, $3 seniors and students, $1 children. Indigenous art from Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona and Utah: traditional and modern pottery, jewelry, Kachina dolls, fetishes, baskets and woven rugs crafted by artists from the Apache, Hopi, Navajo, Pueblo, Ute and Zuni nations. Info: 970-221-4600,
Mondays and Thursdays, Vinyasa Flow Yoga classes, Bellvue Grange, 5:45-7 p.m., all levels welcome, instructor Pamela Fleming. Cost: $15 pre-registered, $20 drop-in. Info: 970-215-7907, [email protected],
Daily: Narcotics Anonymous, meetings in Larimer and Weld counties, open to addicts and nonaddicts. Info: 970-282-8079.

Looking ahead
Nov. 4, Daylight Savings Time ends.
Nov. 6, Election Day. Vote Centers open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mail ballots may be dropped off before polls close.
Nov. 10, Fort Collins Museum of Discovery opening day, 408 Mason St. (corner of Mason and Cherry), Fort Collins. Info: 970-221-6738.
Nov. 11, Veterans Day.
Nov. 22, Thanksgiving.

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