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This week in Longmont: All RTD services are free this month

In August, routes like the BOLT between Longmont and Boulder, and the LD bus services between Longmont and Denver will be free.
RTD Flatiron Flyer 4
The Flatiron Flyer connects Boulder, Louisville, Superior, Broomfield, Westminster and Denver.

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CITY OF LONGMONT
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RTD: Zero Fare for Better Air in August
As a result of new state legislation, all RTD services are free throughout the month of August to help improve air quality. While everyone has access to fare-free transit on all RTD local and Access-a-Ride buses year-round within Longmont, the regional and express buses in and out of Longmont still require fares or passes. In August, routes like the BOLT between Longmont and Boulder, and the LD bus services between Longmont and Denver will be free. Visit rtd-denver.com to plan your trip.

Staging work for Price Park Tank project begins
The City of Longmont and contractor Garney Construction has started pre-construction tasks to prepare for the replacement of the water storage reservoirs near Price Park in central Longmont. This includes temporarily widening Longs Peak Avenue between Sunset Street and the Sunset Pool parking lot, and shifting the two lanes of traffic to the south. Current project information and traffic impacts can be found on the project website at bit.ly/price-park-tank-replacement. If you have questions or concerns about the project, please call the project hotline at 720-526-2044 or email priceparktank@longmontcolorado.gov.  

Unity in the Community: Friday, Aug. 26
Head downtown for Unity in the Community from 4 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 26, for a celebration of Longmont — the people, the businesses, the arts, the culture and even the elected officials of our city collide at this vibrant festival. This event is fun for the whole family with entertainment and activities including a dunk tank, mobile arcade and more! The event will end with a concert featuring local band The Pamlico Sound, champions of high-energy, authentic funk and soul music. Unity in the Community is about creating community connection and is free to attend. Visit longmontchamber.org/unity for more information.

Call, text, chat 988 for mental health crisis
Those seeking assistance can call or text 988 if they have thoughts of suicide, mental health or substance use crisis, or any other kind of emotional distress. Individuals can access this line if they are worried about a loved one who may need crisis support. Individuals can text or chat online at 988lifeline.org/chat to connect to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, where compassionate, accessible support is available for anyone experiencing mental health-related distress. For more information about 988, visit bha.colorado.gov/behavioral-health/988.

Centennial Pool maintenance closure
Every year, the City’s recreation facilities close for maintenance on systems and equipment. Centennial Pool, 1201 Alpine St., will be closed from Aug. 12 to Aug. 20. Visit the Longmont Recreation Center, the Memorial Building and Sunset Pool during the closure. Call 303-651-8406 with questions.

Downtown Longmont Sidewalk Sales
Beginning at 11 a.m. Downtown Longmont businesses will host Sidewalk Sales on Saturday, Aug. 13. About 20 participating locations will be offering a variety of sale items and summer clearances. Sales will occur throughout the day — both on the sidewalk and inside stores, so make sure to not pass anywhere by! More information at DowntownLongmont.com.

Kids Triathlon and Adult Try-a-Tri
The Kid’s Only Triathlon (ages 6 to17, $50) and adult Try-a-Tri (ages 16+, $55) are back on Saturday, Aug. 20 at the Longmont Recreation Center, 310 Quail Road. The Try-a-Tri is a super sprint distance triathlon meant for first-timers, those getting back in racing shape or looking for something new. View race information at longmontcolorado.gov/rec and RaceEntry.com. Online registration ends at noon on Thursday, Aug. 18; in-person only on Friday, Aug. 19 during packet pickup. Questions? Call 303-651-8404.

Movie and Q&A: “The Cannabis Question”
Join the Longmont librarians for a special screening of the documentary “The Cannabis Question” (from NOVA Science TV series on PBS) with a discussion/Q&A session after, from 6 to 7:30 pm on Wednesday, Aug. 10. The screening will take place in the City Council Chambers, Civic Center, 350 Kimbark St. The documentary investigates the story of cannabis from the criminalization that has disproportionately harmed communities of color to the latest medical understanding of the plant. As cannabis becomes socially accepted, scientists are exploring its long-term health consequences. Registration is required due to limited seating. Register at bit.ly/LibPrograms or call 303-651-8472.

“Tipi to Tiny House” exhibit at Museum
In the Longmont Museum’s family-friendly exhibit, “Tipi to Tiny House: Hands-on Homebuilding,” visitors explore and build homes from Colorado’s past and present including a tipi, shepherd’s wagon, log cabin, tiny house and even a pillow fort! It’s a great way to spend the last weeks of summer. Learn more at longmontmuseum.org or by calling 303-651-8374.

Civic Academy seeks applicants
Applications for DRCOG’s (Denver Regional Council of Governments) fall Civic Academy are now open.  Over the past decade, Civic Academy has inspired and prepared numerous alumni to serve as elected officials, and hundreds of participants have gone on to positions in public agencies or nonprofit organizations that shape Colorado’s future. The application period will close on Friday, Aug. 26. The seven-week in-person academy begins Tuesday, Sept. 20. Sessions will meet from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

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