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Longmont Museum

September 21

Thursday Nights @ the Museum BIFF Shorts 1

7 p.m.

Longmont Museum, 400 Quail Rd.

Always a crowd pleaser, join us for an evening dedicated to short films by filmmakers from across the globe as selected for inclusion in this year’s Boulder International Film Festival.

BIFF Short Films 1, 81 minutes: Dream on Leon, Canada 2022; Stained Skin, Germany 2021; High Noon on the Waterfront, USA, 2022; The Originals, USA 2022; Adjustment, Iran 2022; An Irish Goodbye, UK 2022

September 23

De colores / Colors @ Lanyon Park

  • Date: 09/23/2023 10:00 AM - 10:45 AM

  • Location: Lanyon Neighborhood Park
    1900 Collyer St.

  • Bilingual family program

  • Meet us at Lanyon Neighborhood Park

Read and dance to different rhythms around the world and have fun at the park! Families are welcome to talk to Lili about the free resources available at the Longmont Library at the end of each program.

Sobre el programa

  • Programa familiar bilingüe

  • Encuéntranos en Lanyon Neighborhood Park (Collyer & 19th Street)

¡Lee y baila diferentes ritmos de todo el mundo y diviértete en el parque! Las familias pueden hablar con Lili sobre los recursos gratuitos disponibles en la biblioteca de Longmont al final de cada programa.

September 24

The St. Vrain Valley Pioneer Association’s 118th Annual Meeting

12:45 p.m.

Hygiene United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, 7542 Hygiene Rd. 

Carol Beam, Cultural Resource Specialist, Boulder County Parks & Open Space, will share the department’s Altona Schoolhouse restoration project that captivated their staff for over four years.The 1880 Altona Schoolhouse is the oldest one room stone schoolhouse left in Boulder County and became a local historic landmark in 2013. The restored schoolhouse now offers public open houses, school group visits, and virtual tours.

For more information, please email or call: Judy (Gould) Dayhoff [email protected] or (303) 859-1894.

Día de Muertos Apply to be an Altar Builder

Applications due Sunday, Sept. 24.

Apply to create and display an altar in our Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead) community exhibition, Oct. 14 – Nov. 5, 2023. It's an opportunity to pay homage to deceased loved ones including family, friends or ancestors by creating a personal altar that will be displayed in the Longmont Museum’s annual exhibition. Applications are available in English and Spanish.

September 25 

Deep Thoughts Philosophy Reading Group (Virtual) - REGISTER

  • Date: 09/25/2023 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

  • Location: Online via Zoom

  • The "paradox of horror"

  • For links to online versions of the texts, reading guides, and other resources, please view the shared Google site

There is a tendency to think that well-adjusted people do not seek out terrifying and disgusting situations. Yet people flock to see the latest horror movies, and the more immersive the better! What gives? This apparent paradox - the "paradox of horror" is a particular version of the so-called "paradox of tragedy," which has fascinated philosophers since ancient times.

We'll begin with two short videos that describe the puzzle and suggest some solutions. We'll then get some more psychological insight by reading a short online essay by Professor Mathias Clasen, director of the Recreational Fear Lab at Aarhus University in Denmark.

Please join us for a discussion of this spooky topic!

Register through Eventbrite

(Event limited to 24 participants) You will receive the Zoom information for the meeting after registration. Please email the facilitator if you can't find the Zoom info; they'll get back to you right away.

About the Deep Thoughts Philosophy Reading Group

  • Meets every fourth Monday of each month, from 7-8:30 pm, via Zoom

  • Open to adults and older teens aged 16+.

This group meets monthly to discuss a classic short work of philosophy or an excerpt from a longer work.

Participants read the work prior to our meeting, and together we explore the meaning of the text and the value it offers us. All participants are welcome, including those who are unable to read the entire selection before the meeting.

Sessions are facilitated by Dawn Jacobs and other graduate students of the Philosophy Outreach Program of Colorado at CU Boulder (POPCO). Facilitators will focus on encouraging and guiding a group discussion/learning event rather than on teaching.

September 26

Tech Class: Introduction to Cloud Computing

  • Date: 09/26/2023 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

  • Location: Library
    409 Fourth Ave.

  • New course held every 2nd and 4th Tuesday

  • Upstairs in the Computer Lab

  • No registration required

Embark on a journey into the world of cloud computing with our engaging one-hour class, “Introduction to Cloud Computing.” Whether you're new to technology or simply curious about the cloud, this session is designed for learners of all ages. Discover how The Cloud transforms the ways we store, access, and share data and how cloud-based software is unlocking how the internet can enrich our lives.

September 28 

Tween Club: Vejigante Masks - REGISTER

  • Date: 09/28/2023 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

  • Location: Library
    409 Fourth Ave.

  • 3rd-5th grades only

  • Registration required

Join us for a special workshop with Museo de las Americas and create a Vejigante mask! The Vejigante is a masked creature who both fascinates and frightens young children with his mischievous antics, especially during festivals in Ponce and Loiza in Puerto Rico. This workshop explores Puerto Rico’s vibrant and rhythmic festivals, the mixed history of the Vejigante and the country’s relationship to the United States. Students will create the horned mask of the mysterious and charismatic Vejigante as they listen to the sounds of Bomba music and learn about cultural blending.

Únete con nosotros para un taller especial con Museo de las Américas y crea una máscara del Vejigante! El Vejigante es una creatura enmascarada que les fascina y les asusta a los jóvenes de Puerto Rico, especialmente durante los días festivos en Ponce y Loíza. En este taller exploraremos los festivales vibrantes de Puerto Rico, la historia variada del Vejigante, y las relaciones entre Puerto Rico y Los Estados Unidos. Participantes crearan mascaras con cuernos del misterioso y carismático Vejigante. También escucharán la música bomba y aprenderán sobre la mezcla de culturas.

Attend the Event

Registration is required and will open on Friday, Sept. 1. This event is limited to 20 tweens. Please click the button below to register.

Register for the Vejigante Masks workshop

Thursday Nights @ the Museum On the Rise: Songwriter Showcase

7 p.m.

Longmont Museum 400 Quail Rd. 

Join Longmont’s own Bonnie and Taylor Sims for an intimate evening of original music from up-and-coming and established singer-songwriters from across the Front Range. Featuring Tyree Woods, Veronica May and Taylor Shae.

September 30

Genealogy Basics with the Longmont Genealogical Society

  • Date: 09/30/2023 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

  • Location: Library
    409 Fourth Ave.

  • Drop in anytime between 10 am-noon

  • Last Saturday of each month

  • Unquiet Study Area (second floor)

Volunteers from the Longmont Genealogical Society offer their time, knowledge, and assistance to the public one Saturday each month. Participants are guided on how to search for their ancestors and use the various resources available both in and out of the library.

Wherever you are in your search, these volunteers can help! Gather any information you have -- name(s), a date of birth or death, a place, etc. and see what you can discover.

Longmont Museum Presents Centennial State Ballet Fall Showcase 

7 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 30, 7 pm and Sunday, Oct. 1, 2 pm; $25 general admission, $22 students/seniors, $18 members

The Museum is pleased to present Centennial State Ballet’s Fall Showcase featuring dance from the Romantic to the contemporary era showcasing CSB dancers as well as professionals. The first half of the program will feature “Vespers” performed by CSB youth members followed by “Mobile” performed by Zikr Dance Ensemble, both pieces choreographed by Tomm Ruud. The second half of the program will feature CSB’s youth ballet dancers performing Saint-Saëns’ Carnival of the Animals—composed in 1886 by the internationally-recognized French composer Camille Saint-Saëns. The performance will feature narration by Alex Sedrowski as well as the work of the poet Ogden Nash.

October 1

Writing Your Personal History Workshop with Author A. Manette Ansay - REGISTER

About the Workshop

  • Library Conference Room

  • Registration required

Join New York Times bestselling author A. Manette Ansay with your laptop (or a fat paper notebook) for a workshop designed to get your writing project underway. Expect generative prompts, step-by step strategies, and technically-based feedback in an upbeat supportive environment. You’ll leave with pages in hand and a project description to keep the momentum going.

Attend the Workshop

Registration is required to attend the workshop and is limited to 12 attendees. Click the button below to register.

Register for the writing workshop

About the Author

Manette Ansay lives and writes east of Boulder where she serves as Writer in Residence for Friends of Coal Creek and enjoys freelancing as a college essay and application coach. She is professor emerita at The University of Miami, where she directed the MFA program. Her novels include Vinegar Hill, an Oprah Book Club Selection, and Midnight Champagne, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Read more about the author

October 4

A Vintage Affair

5:30-8:30 p.m.

Fox Hill Country Club

Please join Wyatt’s Wet Goods and

A Woman’s Work for a fun evening of tastings. 

We will have beer & wine tastings from multiple vendors as provided by Wyatt’s Wet Goods and we will have several local restaurants who will be providing samplings of their delicious food. 

It’s a fun night and a version of “Taste of Longmont.”

We will also have a short program and a live and silent auction. 

All money raised will go to support the work of A Woman’s Work. 

We hope to see you there!

October 5

A Techy Talk with Jessica Speer of "The Phone Book" - REGISTER

  • Date: 10/05/2023 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

  • Location: Library
    409 Fourth Ave.

  • Library Meeting Rooms

  • Open to everyone; best for kids 9 years and older with their grown-ups

Tech is amazing! You have the whole world in your hand—the power to be used as a force for good or, um, not so good. In this interactive presentation, author Jessica Speer will share techy tidbits, stories, healthy screen habits, and ways to stay safe online. Tap into your superpowers to use tech as a force for good. This program is presented by The Wandering Jellyfish Bookshop, and copies of the book will be available for sale.

Please note this event will be held at the Longmont Public Library's Meeting Rooms with books available to purchase on-site through The Wandering Jellyfish Bookshop. Registration is required.

Register Your Family through Wandering Jellyfish Bookshop's website

October 9

Mythical Creatures Club - REGISTER

  • Date: 10/09/2023 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

  • Location: Library
    409 Fourth Ave.

  • For 1st - 2nd grades

  • Longmont Library Meeting Rooms

Join us every 2nd Monday of the month from September through December for our Mythical Creatures Club! We’ll learn about Bigfoot, mermaids, and many other legendary creatures through fun crafts and activities.

Attend the Club

Registration is required to attend the Mythical Creatures Club and is limited to 20 children. Starting Tuesday, Sept. 12, click the button below to register your child(ren). Make sure to fill out the form for EACH CHILD who is attending.

Register for the October Mythical Creatures Club

October 13

Be the Difference: Partners Halloween Carnival

6-9 p.m.

Zoe's Café, 715 10th St, Greeley, CO 80631 

The "Be the Difference: Partners Halloween Carnival" invites adults to relive the joy of their childhood carnival experience, all while contributing to Partners' mission of empowering youth in Weld County. Ticket holders can expect: 

Unlimited Carnival Games: Rediscover the excitement of classic carnival games with unlimited plays. 

Delicious Drinks and Snacks: Savor a delightful selection of beverages and snacks throughout the evening. 

Costume Contest: Show off your creativity by participating in the individual or group costume contest, with a chance to win a $150 Visa Gift Prize. 

Food Truck: Enjoy carnival fare from a food truck parked right on site. 

"This Halloween carnival is a fantastic opportunity to come together as a community and support the youth of Weld County," said Heather Vesgaard, Executive Director at Partners. "We encourage everyone to put on their most spirited costumes and join us for an unforgettable night of fun." 

Tickets for the "Be the Difference: Partners Halloween Carnival" are available for purchase at Costumes are not mandatory, but attendees are strongly encouraged to get into the Halloween spirit. Please note that this event is exclusively for adults aged 21 and over. 

For more information about Partners and their mission to serve Northern Colorado, visit

About Partners: Partners has been serving youth and families since our organization was founded in 1978. Through the years we have continually sought to best meet the needs of our community, and have expanded our programs, service area, and mission to do so. Our Community-Based Mentoring Program was established as an intervention strategy for youth entering the juvenile justice system in Larimer County and has evolved to more of prevention-based approach to serve kids who are facing risk factors at an earlier stage. When it was clear that we should expand to have offices in Estes Park and Greeley, we did so.  

October 16

Pika's Sweets: Special Cookie War Edition - REGISTER

  • Date: 10/16/2023 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

  • Location: Library
    409 Fourth Ave.

  • For 1st - 5th grades

  • Longmont Library Meeting Rooms

Join Children and Teen Services for a special cookie decorating competition! Participants will be given cookies, icing, and sprinkles to create their own design. At the end of the program, three individuals will be chosen to win a prize based off three categories that will be announced at the beginning of the program.

Attend the Program

Registration is required to attend this special edition of Pika's Sweets and is limited to 20 children. Click the button below to register your child(ren). Make sure to fill out the form for EACH CHILD who is attending.

Register for the Pika's Sweets Cookie Wars program

November 8

"Who's a Good Dog?": Author Talk with Bioethicist Dr. Jessica Pierce - REGISTER

  • Date: 11/08/2023 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

  • Location: Library
    409 Fourth Ave.

  • Library Meeting Rooms

  • Registration required

"Who’s a Good Dog?" is an invitation to nurture more thoughtful and balanced relationships with our canine companions. By deepening our curiosity about what our dogs are experiencing, and by working together with them in a spirit of collaboration, we can become more effective and compassionate caregivers.

Attend the Author Talk

Registration is required to attend the workshop and is limited to 100 attendees. Registration opens on Tuesday, Sept. 5. Click the button below to register.

Register for the author talk

About the Author

Jessica Pierce is a bioethicist whose work focuses on human-animal relationships and interconnections between ecosystems and health. She is faculty affiliate with the Center for Bioethics and Humanities, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. Read more about the author