Local ride providers like RAFT (Berthoud-based Rural Alternatives for Transportation) and SAINT (Senior Alternatives in Transportation) will be working with a new Center called One Call/One Click to streamline the organizing and scheduling of rides for senior residents.
More on the story here: Rides For Seniors
With the addition of the new brewery scheduled to open this summer in the Carriage House at the Stanley Hotel complex, Estes Park will have 5 breweries!
Post Brewing Company will be the newest to join Rock Cut, Lumpy Ridge, Avant Garde, and the Estes Park Brewery in quenching the locals and tourists beer thirsts. Post also has four other locations in Colorado.
Maybe a new category is needed…highest number of breweries per capita in cities with a population over 5,ooo!
More about the new Post Brewing Co. location here: Post Beer in Estes
Colorado also has five cities in the top 25 for population over 50,000: Colorado Beer Mecca
Work will begin next month on the nearly $6 million U.S 34 Widening Project in east Loveland.
According to the Reporter Herald, the city of Loveland announced crews will begin phase 1 work between Denver and Boyd Lake Avenue, Jan. 6, 2020.
Phase II is scheduled to begin in April. An open house will be held at the Loveland Chamber of Commerce from 3-5 p.m. Dec. 30, according to a press release.
Read more here: 34 Widening
Once again, the city of Loveland is providing two free places to drop off and recycle your trees:
- South side: Centennial Park – W. First and Taft Avenue (in the parking lot north of First Street, just west of Swift Field).
- North side: Kroh Park – North Highway 287 and 52nd Street (adjacent to the Habitat for Humanity location).
You can also drop trees off at the West side: Loveland Recycling Center – off First Street & Wilson Avenue – but Residents must provide a current Yard Waste Debris Permit in order to dispose of their Christmas tree for free at the Recycling Center.
The city also accepts broken lights at the recycling center.
More info here: Trees and Broken Lights
One of Colorado's best ideas…
GOCO (Great Outdoors Colorado) invests a portion of Colorado Lottery proceeds to help preserve and enhance the state's parks, trails, wildlife, rivers, and open spaces.
They have three primary goals:
- PROTECT more urban and rural land for people and wildlife, notably once-in-a-lifetime, large-scale projects.
- CONNECT people to the outdoors by increasing bike and pedestrian access in communities across Colorado and filling gaps in important trail systems.
- INSPIRE more kids and their families to explore and take care of our great outdoors by addressing the growing disconnect between youth and nature.
The Loveland local area has benefited from numerous grants by GOCO, including $84,309 for the Big Thompson River Habitat Restoration Project.
To learn more go here: GOCO Local
Esh’s Grocery Market will close its first surplus market after most of its customer base started shopping at its newer Highway 287 location instead.
The food wholesaler will close its store at 4221 W. Eisenhower Rd. Saturday, 18 years after it opened.
For more info and stores remaining open visit: Esh's Wholesale Grocery
New Hope Youth Ranch is a Christian non-profit that “provides hope and options for families in Larimer and Weld Counties with special needs, medical fragility, disabilities, and crisis situations” according to Marisol Jackson who started the organization.
Jackson has big plans for 2020, and will be working to build an entire campus for those in need, complete with a school, therapy, a teen pregnancy home, daycare, a respite care facility, and more.
For more info and to learn how you can help, visit their website here: New Hope Youth Ranch
Here's a great interview with Marisol Jackson:
Colorado Creative Industries (CCI) recently announced the five-year certification of three new Creative Districts in Durango, Loveland and Sterling.
Administered by Colorado Creative Industries, the Creative District Program encourages the formation of creative districts in neighborhoods and contiguous geographic areas for the purpose of:
● Attracting artists and creative entrepreneurs to a community
● Enhancing economic and civic capital of Colorado communities
● Creating hubs and clusters of economic activity
● Enhancing areas as appealing places to live, conduct businesses and attract visitors
● Serving as an economic strategy and magnet
● Revitalizing and beautifying
● Promoting a community’s unique identity
● Showcasing cultural and artistic events and amenities
Get more info at these websites:
Loveland Generations is a committee-advised fund of the Community Foundation of Northern Colorado.
For 2019 it awarded a combined $18,300 in grants to Harrington Arts Alliance, Give Next, The Matthews House, VITA Loveland, Inc., and Thompson Valley Preschool, Inc.
Last year (2018), it gave $25,500 to local projects.
Loveland Generations is a group of community-minded people choosing to pool their charitable dollars for a greater impact to address city needs.
The giving group was established in 2000, and its members enjoy giving annually and watching the impact that their grants make in the community.
To date, Loveland Generations has awarded 130 grants to Loveland nonprofits for a total of $282,468.
Find out more about these Loveland area benefactors here: Loveland Generations