Another week gone by. It seems to me to be staying extra cold during the day. However, it will soon be spring. In the Chinese calendar, this is the Year of the Rooster. A bird who is cocky, crows a lot, wakes people up, is master of his
kingdom, is father to baby chicks, etc. (Sounds a lot like a newly elected official who shall remain nameless). We will be hearing a lot about the rooster in the coming year.
A big crowd attended the AirBnB meeting at the Town Hall. There is a lot of interest in renting a room or two as a short-term rental. Yes, Lyons needs more space for tourists, and this could help. If people can stay in town, they will usually eat and go shopping, which helps the economy. The Town Board has allowed an accessory dwelling unit (ADU) to be built, if it’s under 800 square feet, without paying extra for a water and sewer tap. The question is: Can these
ADUs be used for short-term rentals? This should also help with the shortage of places to stay.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 4 - Old-time Square Dance at Oskar Blues from 7 to 10 p.m. All ages welcome, you will have a good time. See you there!
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 11 - Valentine Couple Dance (a father-daughter or a mother-son dance) at the Lyons Elementary School, $30 for two, and $10 for each additional child. Come, have fun.
SATURDAY, FEBURARY 11 – High Street Concerts presents the Railsplitters, with musical guest Steep Ravine at Rogers Hall. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets available at www.highstreetconcerts.com, or (303) 895 9966.
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 12 – A benefit concert at the Altona Grange for Nancy Thorwardson at 5 p.m. This show is at the historic Altona Grange between Lyons and Boulder, and will feature music from Espresso, Mollie O’Brien and Rich Moore, and Halden Wofford & the Hi*Beams. There will be beer and food available for purchase from Oskar Blues and Farmer Girl. Doors open at 4 p.m., with music starting at 5 p.m. Tickets are at the door only. Let’s help Nancy get well.
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 12 – Old Man Winter Bike Rally to benefit the CAN’d Aid Foundation.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 18 – Annual Lyons Polar Bear Plunge at 1 p.m., at Black Bear Hole, with an after party at the Ax and Oar. All are invited. It is a benefit for Josh Baranauskas who is suffering from kidney problems. Send donations to Josh at Box 495, Lyons, CO 80540.
LYONS LONGEVITY will meet at the Ax and Oar on Wednesday, February 15, from 5 to 7 p.m. Remember to wear red in celebration of Valentine's Day.
PARKS & REC. ACTIVITIES
Active Adult FITNESS CLASS for ages 50+ free, every Wednesday, from 10:15 to 11:30 a.m., including fall prevention strategies at the Walt Self Senior Center.
The Town of Lyons invites you to view the movie SCREENAGERS as part of our parenting education series at no cost. There will be two showings - Feb 23 or 24. Contact (303) 823-8250.
OPEN BASKETBALL for ages 18+, $5 per drop-in, every Thursday from 8 to 9:30 p.m., through March 23, at the Lyons Elementary School gym.
Active Adult 50+ BOOK CLUB held on the third Thursday of each month at Walt Self Building from 12:30 to 2 p.m. All are invited.
QUILT SHOW sponsored by the Lyons Arts & Humanities Commission at Town Hall through the end of March. Stop by during regular business hours (or during a BOT/PCDC meeting) and see these creations by area quilters.
A MEDIATION GROUP is starting on February 5, and will meet on the first Sunday of each month thereafter. Held at the Walt Self Center from 6:30 to 8 p.m. This group is open to any age or spiritual orientation, with a simple Buddhist format. (a half hour of meditation and time for informal sharing and tea). Please arrive in time to be seated by 6:30. There is no fee, but any donation for the tea is welcome. Sponsored by Marianne Oursler and Annie Mannering.
SENIOR MEALS at the Walt Self Senior Center at 5:30 p.m. February 6 – River Church; February 13 - Lyons Catholic Community; February 20 – Lyons Community/Methodist Church; first Wednesday of each month, free lunch at Oskar Blues at 11:30 a.m.
MONDAY, MARCH 13 - The Lyons Girl Scouts will host a senior meal at 5:30 p.m., at the Walt Self Senior Center. All seniors are urged to attend (Rumor has it there might be some Thin Mints!).
KNITTING AND CROCHETING on Mondays at The Stone Cup with Anne O’Brien at 11 a.m.
GOOD NEWS - The Lyons Regional Library is now open until 5 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.
LYONS VOLUNTEERS are still needed. Meet on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 9 a.m., at the Depot parking lot.
Wednesdays at the Lyons Community Church you can pick up food from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Mental health and other consultants available, call (720) 864-4309 to set up an appointment.
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LYONS M\SR HIGH EVENTS
Parent Teacher Conferences are: February 13, 15, and 16, from 3 to 7 p.m. The Lyons Middle School Web Calendar is back online. Click “Upcoming Events” on the home page.
HS track & baseball official practices begin February 27. Please make sure that your HS athlete has a current physical, permission forms, and payment.
Sunday-Booster Club Bingo at Longmont Bingo Alley 1 to 3 p.m.
DVD PLAYER is needed at the Walt Self Center to go with the large screen TV. Contact Lyons Longevity.
MORE GREAT NEWS!
Oskar Blues is establishing a restaurant in the Old Chicago building in Colorado Springs. Congratulations to Dale!
GET WELL WISHES go to Cindy Fisher who recently had back surgery.
THE LIONS CLUB collected five hundred pairs of eyeglasses, which they will send to the needy. Our thanks.
"WHAT IS MUSIC?” was the theme of the Lyons Elementary Discovery Fair, and it was beyond wonderful! It stimulated so many wonderful ideas from the kids about music, from a drum set, individual drum, guitars, dancing, singing, a piano out of rake tongs, an Ipod showing a violin, etc. Wow. It is hard to describe. Principal Andrew Moore, Tanya Daty, and PTO members and the students are certainly to be praised for these displays, as well as for what they learned about music. Everything, it seems, has a tune. Congratulations to all! Some projects were: Express Emotions, Cardboard Ukulele, Nature, Rainy Rain Shaker, an original song “Music by Me,” Star Wars, Painting to Music, Snow Fall, and many more. All very interesting and done by the students on their own. A great learning experience. Thanks to all.
THE REST OF THE STORY - A Quilt’s Journey” (about the quilt started by Minnie Hutchinson, and saved and restored by Bonnie DiSalvo). The last paragraph of last week’s article was inadvertently omitted due to a sizing error – at least that is Joseph’s excuse.) The final paragraph should have read:
“Around May of 2009 when Minnie’s house was being cleaned out after her death, and the quilt top ended up in the dumpster, Bonnie DiSalvo and Romano Paoletti rescued the quilt top from that fate. Bonnie finished the quilt with batting, backing, quilting, and binding and recently donated it to the Redstone Museum.”
Thanks to all. This is truly a precious artifact, which is displayed in the Lyons Town Hall quilt show through March, and will be displayed in the Lyons Redstone Museum thereafter.
RETURNING FROM CHRISTMAS TRIPS are Gary and Nell Coffey, who visited her son and daughter in Pensacola, Florida, and Andy and Kim Doering from New Zealand and Australia where they visited Sydney, Auckland, and swam along the Great Barrier Reef and visited two islands, Waiheke and Rangitoto. Andy is an engineer and is on the International Standards Committee, whose company met in New Zealand. Sounds like a great trip. (I ‘m glad they didn’t get stranded in Manila like I always seem to every time my email account gets hacked!)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Geneva, our good pal who hit the “Big 70” on January 28! Although flooded out of her home, losing her sweet dog Mickey, not getting to walk around Lyons and visit with all her friends, she seems to still be cheerful and loves her new home in Mead. She celebrated her birthday at the Lyons Methodist/Community Church with a big cake and later, a dinner at Aunt Alice’s. The Thomas’s came to Longmont from Texas in 1964, and moved to Mead, then Lyons in 1965. They lived in the “Christmas House” (always beautifully decorated at Christmas time) on the corner of Third and Park. Her brother, Barry, was killed in Viet Nam in 1965. Her other brother Ray, Jr. works at Clark’s hardware. Her dad, Ray, Sr. is 97, and is doing well. Send Geneva a birthday card at 13556 Horseshoe Circle, Mead, CO 80542
We are sad to note that BERNICE SCHUYLER, who celebrated her l04th birthday on December 11, passed away in her sleep Monday morning. She had a lot of get up and go right to the end; visiting with folks and being cheery. She loved to play the dream with the Senior Citizens Band. Bernie suffered from bad eyes all her life, but always had a cheerful word for those that stopped by. A celebration of her life is pending. Our deepest sympathy to her daughter Maureen and grandson Chick Glidewell. God bless you Bernie.
Also to the family of MARCIE LANGDON, a smiling, helpful face in the square dance world; she was found dead in bed some days after attending a New Year’s Eve square dance. A surprise to all. Marcie was only 67 years old, and one of the most cheerful, helpful square dancers you could come upon, being on the Denver Council, in charge of the Rockies Game day, and all. Over 200 dancers honored her at a Celebration of Life at the Wheat Ridge Grange last Sunday with a “Farewell” service by Callers Bear Miller, Jeff Palmer, and Debbie Steinhauser with a potluck dinner, and square dancing. Marcie would be thrilled at her Farewell.