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This week in Longmont: Button Rock Preserve Management Plan

Longmont’s Water and Natural Resources teams invite residents to review the final draft of the Button Rock Preserve Management Plan
Button Rock Preserve
Button Rock Preserve / Colin Kirk


This is what is happening in Longmont for the week of March 17. 

Button Rock Preserve Management Plan

Longmont’s Water and Natural Resources teams invite you to review the final draft of the Button Rock Preserve Management Plan. Button Rock Preserve is the only protected preserve in Longmont’s system of open spaces, natural areas and parks. The purpose of Button Rock Preserve is to protect Longmont’s primary municipal drinking water supply, which also means protecting the biodiversity found throughout the Preserve’s 2,671 acres. Today, visitor use is much higher than it was when the Preserve was opened in the 1960s and when the rules were last updated in the 1990s. To read the final draft of the plan and to find out more about the planning process, visit the Button Rock Preserve webpage. The final draft of the plan was presented to city council on March 14. For questions, call 303-651-8416.

Celebrate Fix-A-Leak week

Today marks the start of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Fix-A-Leak Week. Celebrate by taking the 10-minute Water Sense Challenge to detect and chase down leaks at the Fix-A-Leak Challenge webpage, or by purchasing a water conservation tool such as an aerator or shower head at Efficiency Works. Learn more about the city’s water conservation efforts here.

Special presentation: Empowering women in Mali and West Africa

Fatou Doumbia of AGILE International will present stories of hope from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 23 in the city council chambers, located at the Civic Center at 350 Kimbark St. These stories will highlight the progress happening in Mali and West Africa for women and their communities. AGILE International offers programs to women for business microloans, food sustainability and security, land ownership, and many other opportunities. This program is presented by the Longmont Public Library and is free to attend. Registration is required on the Library Programs webpage.

Guided history tour and volunteer social

Enjoy a guided tour of the historic Morse Coffin Family Home at 10:30 a.m. or 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 25 at the Sandstone Ranch Visitors and Learning Center, located at 3001 Sandstone Drive. Learn about the Coffin family, and what life was like in the 1800s for homesteaders in the area. All ages welcome. There will be a suggested donation of $2 for children, $4 for adults collected at the event. If you are interested in volunteering at the visitors center, meet at the house between 8:30 and 10 a.m. for refreshments and information. Free registration is required by calling 303-774-4700 or online at the Sandstone Events webpage.

Serve on city advisory board/commission

The city council has opened their bi-annual recruitment to fill vacancies on city advisory boards and commissions. Residents are invited to share their voice, expertise, and vision with city council by applying to serve. This is a great way to participate and help council make decisions on issues that affect the safety, economy and quality of life of Longmont’s residents and businesses. To learn more and apply, visit the city website's boards page before 5 p.m. on April 21. If you have any questions, please contact the city clerk’s office at 303-651-8649.

The sacred art of the Powwow

Head to the Longmont Museum starting at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 30 for a breathtaking showcase of Native American dance accompanied by local Powwow drum groups, traditional Native American flute, and storytelling featuring Red Feather Woman and members of our local Native artist community. This program is offered in complement to the Museum’s current special exhibition, 'Duality: Contemporary Works by Indigenous Artists'. Admission is $18, $15 for students or seniors and $12 for museum members. Learn more and buy tickets on the Longmont Museum website or 303-651-8374.

Student intern police officer program

Do you know a college student interested in becoming a police officer? The Student Intern Officer (SIO) program allows college students who are interested in criminal justice careers to experience a practical work environment. SIOs are primarily assigned to the patrol division, but can also be given opportunities to serve in other divisions. The application deadline is April 1 for summer and fall semesters. For additional information on the Police Student Intern Officers program, as well as other volunteer opportunities with Longmont Public Safety, visit the Pulic Safety webpage.

Craft club: Tissue paper lanterns

Join the children and teens librarians from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 26, for a drop-in craft club to build your own lantern out of glass jars and tissue paper. No registration is required and all ages welcome. Meet in the library meeting rooms. View details at the Library's Kids webpage or stop by the desk in Children and Teens Services area.

Coffee with a cop

Longmont Police will be hosting Coffee with a cop from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on March 18 at Dickey’s Barbecue Pit, located at 1935 Main St. 

Get NextLight’s gig at no extra cost!

If you have NextLight’s introductory 100-megabit connection, now’s your chance to get up to speed. When you upgrade your service to a gigabit connection, you keep your 100-meg price for two months. That’s 10 times faster for no change in price. And since NextLight has no contracts, you can decide at the end of the period whether to keep that higher-speed service at $69.95/month or return to your old level with no penalty or obligation. Just call 303-774-4494 or go online to the NextLight website by April 30 to test drive your new speed and shift your online world into a higher gear.

Underwater Easter Egg Hunt

Calling egg-hunters of all abilities to search for Easter eggs in our pool. Eggs will be distributed throughout the leisure pool on Saturday, April 1 at the Longmont Recreation Center, located at 310 Quail Road. Registration for this event begins today. Visit the Rec website (keyword “Easter”) for details.

Order your garden in a box!

Get your yard in shape this year. Visit Resource Central to order your waterwise Garden in a box today, and claim your discount, provided in part by our partners at the St. Vrain and Left Hand Water Conservancy District. Gardens are on sale now.