May 2012 Calendar of Events

Through May 6, “Rabbit Hole,” Bas Bleu Theatre, 401 Pine St., Fort Collins, 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday (except April 8). Admission: $10-$22. Tickets and info: 970-498-8949.
April 28, Legends of Ranching Performance Horse Sale, B.W. Pickett Equine Center, CSU Foothills Campus off Overland Trail, Fort Collins, preview starts at 9 a.m., auction at 1 p.m. Offering 34 2- and 3-year-old quarter horses started by CSU students and 31 older horses on consignment. Portion of proceeds benefits Equine Science program at CSU. Info:
May 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29 Alcoholics Anonymous, The Filling Station, Cleveland Avenue and Fourth Street in Wellington, 7 p.m. Info: 970-568-0040.
May 2, Democratic Forum Social Club, Hilton Fort Collins, 425 W. Prospect Road, 7:30 to 9:30 a.m., $5 donation; non-perishable food item or $1 donation for Food Bank of Larimer County also appreciated. U.S. Rep. Jared Polis, District 2 candidate, will speak and answer questions; other Democratic candidates will have time for short stump speeches. Reservations and info: 970-266-1136,
May 2, Virginia Dale Community Club monthly meeting, 1 p.m., new members welcome. Call for directions. Info: 970-495-1828.
May 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30 Take Off Pounds Sensibly, Peace With Christ Lutheran Church, 1412 W. Swallow Road, 8:45 a.m. Info: 970-449-9800.
May 3, CSU Women’s Association annual Spring Fashion Show, Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1709 W. Elizabeth St., Fort Collins, 1 to 3 p.m., free, refreshments provided. Fashions from Dress Barn will be modeled and attendees will have a chance to win a Dress Barn gift certificate. Final program of the year. Info:
May 3, Red Feather Lakes Planning Advisory Committee, firehouse meeting room, 1:30 p.m. Info: 970-498-7683. Agenda:
May 5, Red Feather Lakes 9Health Fair, register at Property Owners Building, Prairie Divide and Firehouse Lane, 7 a.m. to noon. Free and low-cost health screenings for those 18 years of age and older. Info: 970-881-2498,
May 5, Cinco de Mayo Artisan Craft Show, Agave Room above the Rio Mexican Restaurant, 143 W. Mountain Ave., Fort Collins, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., free admission. Fifty-five booths offering jewelry, clothing, handmade crafts, painters, photographers, potters, face-painting and fine art. Booth rental and info:
May 5, Goodtimes Dance Club monthly dance, Fort Collins Senior Center, 1200 Raintree Drive, Fort Collins, 8 to 11 p.m. Live big band music with Colorado Sunshine Band. $15 per couple, reservations required. Info: 970-667-9398 or
May 5-6, Livermore Craft Show, Livermore Community Hall, Red Feather Lakes, Livermore, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Free admission; vendor fees support the historic community hall. Info: 970-493-9262.
May 5, 12, 19 & 26, 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.
May 6, Folsom Society, National Society of the Children of the American Revolution, Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, 2000 S. Lemay Ave., Fort Collins, 2 to 4 p.m. Ice Cream Social. Info: 970-482-0025.
May 6, The Music Circle, Bellvue Grange, Bellvue, 4 to 7 p.m., free. Community play-along for recreational musicians. Info:
May 6, 13, 20 & 27, Breakfast at American Legion Post No. 4, 2124 County Road 54G (Hwy. 287), LaPorte, open to the public, 8 to 10 a.m. Info: 970-484-0418.
May 7, Civil War Roundtable, Harmony Presbyterian Church, 400 E. Boardwalk, Fort Collins, 1 to 3 p.m. Info: 970-225-2767.
May 7, Wellington Planning Commission, Leeper Center, 7 p.m. Agenda: Info: 970-568-3381.
May 7, Fort Collins Historical Society monthly meeting, Avery Carriage House, 108 N. Meldrum St., Fort Collins, 7 p.m., free, public welcome. Info: 970-484-9194.
May 8, Front Range PC Users Group, Fort Collins Senior Center, 1200 Raintree Drive, Fort Collins, 7 to 9 p.m. Info:
May 8, Wellington Republicans Breakfast Club, Wellington Housing Authority, 3914 Roosevelt Ave., 7 to 8:30 a.m. No membership fee, no RSVP required; coffee and donuts available for purchase. Speaker: Cliff Riedel, Republican candidate for Larimer County District Attorney. Info: 970-672-3262,
May 8, American Association of University Women Fort Collins Branch, Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1709 W. Elizabeth St., Fort Collins, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Girl Scouts 100th Anniversary recognition. Info: 970-484-6710.
May 8 & 22, Wellington Food Bank, Wellington Community Church, 8445 Third St., 2 to 3 p.m. Bring proof of income and address. Info: 970-568-9301 (Zion Lutheran Church) or 970-568-9220.
May 8 & 22, Wellington Lions Club, Zion Lutheran Church, Second Street and Garfield Avenue, 7 p.m. Info: 970-568-3946,
May 8 & 22, Wellington Town Board, Leeper Center, 7:30 p.m. Agenda: Info: 970-568-3381.
May 8 & 22, Poudre School District Board of Education, Support Services Center, 2407 LaPorte Ave., Fort Collins, 6:30 p.m. Agenda: Info: 970-490-3607.
May 9, Last day of Colorado Legislative session.
May 9, Community Foundation of Northern Colorado Celebration of Philanthropy, Hilton Fort Collins, 425 W. Prospect Road, 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Salim Ismail of Singularity University will speak on accelerating technology and the use of creative philanthropy. Info: 970-310-9549 or
May 9, Pathways Hospice on Our Own, 305 Carpenter Road, Fort Collins, 6:30 to 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,
May 11-12, Colorado State University Commencement.
May 12, “The Crystal Fire: Let’s Get Growing,” 1758 Wildsong Road, Bellvue, west of Horsetooth Reservoir, 9 a.m., free. Foresters and firefighters will help plant trees, answer questions and offer tips on preparing for emergencies like wildfires. Registration and info:, 970-224-2333.
May 12, Barn raising at Bee Family Centennial Farm Museum, 4320 E. County Road 58, Fort Collins, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., $7 adults, $5 seniors, $3 children. Live and silent auctions, music, food, door prizes, booths, kids’ activities, baby animals and tours of the nonprofit farm museum. Proceeds will help build public bathrooms at the museum. Info: 970-482-9168 or
May 12, Conservation Gardens Fair, Northern Water, 220 Water St., Berthoud, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., free. Seminars on creating and maintaining water-smart landscapes, guided tours of Northern Water’s Conservation Garden, vendors, prize drawings, and first 200 visitors receive a Plant Select perennial. Info:
May 12, Benefit car wash for Addilyn Hawk, toddler who needs a liver transplant, Bob’s Coffee, 3522 W. County Road 54G, LaPorte, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cars washed by members of Larimer County Sheriff’s Office Explorer Post 909. Info: 970-691-8911.
May 12, “Heart Warriors: A Family Faces Congenital Heart Disease” book signing by Amanda Adams, Barnes & Noble, 4045 S. College Ave., Fort Collins, 1 to 3 p.m. Info:
May 13, Mother’s Day.
May 14, Northern Larimer County Habitat Partnership Program, DOW office on Prospect Road, 4 p.m. Info: 970-493-3535 or
May 15, How to Lease your Mineral Rights informational meeting, Poudre Valley REA community room, 7649 REA Parkway, Fort Collins, 7 to 9 p.m., free and open to the public. Sponsored by Larimer and Weld County Farmers Union chapters. Info: 970-221-1158.
May 17, Employers’ Roundtable: “Summertime Marketing,” Hilton Fort Collins, 425 W. Prospect Road, Fort Collins, 8 to 9:30 a.m., free. Presented by Adrienne Zoble, sponsored by Larimer County Workforce Center. Reservations and info: or 970-498-6606.
May 17, Fort Collins Mac Users Club, 4926 Northern Lights Drive, 6:45 p.m. Info:
May 17-18, Beef University, CSU short course for beef producers emphasizing outcome-based management strategies, ARDEC, 4616 NE Frontage Road (Mountain Vista exit off I-25), Fort Collins, $150 per person includes feedlot and packing plant tour, animal handling, beef fabrication, steak sampling and discussions. Registration and info: 970-491-3750,
May 19, Spring Swing dinner/dance and silent auction, Red Feather Lakes fire barn, Red Feather Lakes Village, dinner and auction 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., dancing begins at 7 p.m. Kids’ table and quilt raffle, too. Benefits Red Feather Lakes Elementary PTO. To donate auction items, contact Amber Ellinger, or Jo Yandle,
May 20, Tour de Coop, 6- to 8-mile bike ride in and around Fort Collins to visit backyard chicken coops and their owners, starting location to be announced. Cost: $20 per person, limited to 40 participants. Info:
May 20, Ponderosa Promenaders dance, Livermore Community Hall, potluck at 1:30 p.m., dancing at 2:15 p.m. Info: 970-482-8261.
May 20, 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.
May 22, 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:
May 22-24, Irrigated Pasture Grazing, CSU short course for cow-calf producers emphasizing reduced reliance on harvested forages, ARDEC, 4616 NE Frontage Road (Mountain Vista exit off I-25), Fort Collins, $550 per person. Registration and info: 970-491-4988,
May 23, Waverly Advisory Committee monthly meeting, Turning Point at Waverly School, 10431 N. County Road 15, 7:30 p.m. Info: 970-568-9818,
May 25-26, Poudre School District high school graduations; Poudre High School, 6:30 p.m. May 25.
May 26, Cary Morin at the Bellvue Bean, Bellvue, 6:30 p.m. dinner, 7:15 p.m. music. Tickets: $22 per person, $40 per couple, includes dinner. Info: 970-484-0511,
May 27, Pancake breakfast, Red Feather Lakes Property Owners Building, Prairie Divide and Firehouse Lane, 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. Donations for pancakes, fresh scrambled eggs, sausage, orange juice and coffee benefit local projects of RFL Mountain Lions Club.
May 27, Memorial Day celebration at the Veterans Plaza of Northern Colorado, south end of Spring Canyon Community Park at the west end of Horsetooth Road, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., program featuring Purple Heart award to Army Sgt. Philip Gordano and a keynote by Marine Staff Sgt. Jones P. Jones starts at noon. Day also includes a 5K fun run — register at — from Hughes Stadium, music, booths and exhibits, and a Blackhawk helicopter on display. Free shuttle from Hughes Stadium parking lot. Info:
May 28, Memorial Day. Banks and Poudre schools closed, no mail delivery. Observances by members of American Legion George Beach Post No. 4 at Veterans Memorial in Edora Park at 8:45 a.m., flyover at 9:15 a.m.; Grandview Cemetery at 10:30 a.m.; Roselawn Cemetery at 1:30 p.m. Info: 970-484-0418.
Mondays and Thursdays, Vinyasa Flow Yoga classes, Bellvue Grange, 5:45 to 7 p.m., all levels welcome, instructor Pamela Fleming. Cost: $15 pre-registered, $20 drop-in. Info: 970-215-7907,,
Daily: Narcotics Anonymous, meetings in Larimer and Weld counties, open to addicts and nonaddicts. Info: 970-282-8079.

Looking ahead
June 1, Last day of classes for all Poudre District schools.
June 5, Transit of Venus, a once-in-a-lifetime heavenly event with presentations by CSU’s Little Shop of Physics and Northern Colorado Astronomical Society, Red Feather Lakes Elementary, 4 p.m. to sunset, free, no reservations required. Activities for all ages sponsored by the Soaring Eagle Ecology Center. Info: 970-218-9685,
June 9-10, Cross Stitching the Border, third annual Buckeye Community Club quilt show, Buckeye School, 925 W. County Road 80 north of Wellington, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days, no admission but donations help restore and maintain the historic school building. 50 quilts on display, silent auction, raffle, spinning and weaving demonstrations, snacks and more. Info: 970-568-3401.
June 15, Wellington area blood drive, 7910 Sixth St., Wellington, noon to 4 p.m. Free. The bus from Garth Englund Blood Bank at PVHS will be accepting local donations in Taco John’s west parking lot. Info: 970-568-7893.
June 25, GPS Geocaching for elementary and middle school students sponsored by Soaring Eagle Ecology Center, Red Feather Lakes Elementary, 10 a.m. to noon, free, registration required. Parents welcome. Registration and info: 970-218-9685,

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