FALL IS HERE
Our first snow was over the weekend. However, I am not sure we had snow right in town, there was snow on the surrounding hills, and we did have some frost. The tomatoes probably froze if not covered. Yes, it is a beautiful fall, with, no doubt, more warm weather to come, so enjoy, as winter is on its way!
THURSDAY NIGHT BASKETBALL LEAGUE
Play basketball at the Lyons Elementary Gym every Thursday night from 8:30 to 10 p.m. Pick-up games are held, and all are welcome. Seasonal and drop in rates are available. The league runs Thursdays, Sept. 8 through May 17. Cost is $140 for the season or $5 per night. Lots of fun. Show up and play. (No use dates are 11/3, 11/24, 12/22, 12/29)
THE LYONS CHAMBER OF COMMERCE held their October Social Tuesday evening at the Stone Mountain Lodge with co-hosts: Lyons Community Foundation, Lyons Historical Society, Oskar Blues Grill and Brew, and the Provisional Rotary Club of Greater Lyons, part of Rotary International District 5450, who will be starting a Rotary Club in the Lyons area soon.
THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE will meet at 8:45 a.m. above the Barking Dog Cafe, this Friday, October 14. Agenda items are: approve minutes; Gateway Corridor subcommittee report; plan newspaper articles; Downtown Colorado annual meeting feedback; work on Lyons economic development plan; discuss a comprehensive parking plan to support Lyons businesses. Next meeting is October 28.
MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR THURSDAY, OCT. 27.
Jacque Watson, the Town’s Economic Development Manager, has called a Lyons Commercial District Main Street Activation Meeting, from 5 to 8:30 p.m., as a workshop for the Main Street Community Program. All Lyons residents, business owners, town board and commission members, and chamber members are welcome. Everyone is invited to come up with ideas to enhance business in Lyons. Plan to attend!
SENIOR DINNER by one of Lyons churches this Monday, October 17, at 5 p.m., at the Walt Self Senior Center, call in your reservations (303) 823-6386.
THANKS TO OSKAR BLUES for the nice lunch for the Golden Gang last Wednesday.
MEXICAN FESTIVA DINNER will be held this Saturday, October 15, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Walt Self Senior Center. It’s a fundraiser for The Golden Gang. The price is $10 for adults and $5 for kids, 12 and under. Be sure to attend.
HALLOWEEN is just around the corner, with lots of excitement for all of Lyons: PUMPKIN CARVING AND MASK MAKING: Saturday, October 29, the evening starts off at 3 to 5 p.m., with pumpkin carving and mask making (ages 5-14) at the Oddfellows Hall. Come use your imagination to create a scary or goofy mask before the parade. All materials provided (adult supervision is required).
BONGO THE BALLOON MAN: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., on Main Street. All children are invited to be entertained by Bongo the Balloon Man, a Lyons area resident and popular longtime fixture on the Boulder Pearl St. Mall. Bongo creates unique balloon sculptures that capture the imagination. You all come.
THE LYONS GARDEN CLUB will host their third annual chili cook-off on Saturday, October 29, from 5 to 7:30 p.m., at The Stone Cup. Judging will take place at 4:30, and prizes will be awarded for 1st place in the three categories (red, green, and vegetarian). Bowls of chili will be for sale for $5 per bowl, and .50 cents for a taste. Entry forms will be available at the Stone Cup in order to enter your chili. Entry forms, along with a $10 entry fee can be mailed to P.O. Box 154. ALL PROCEEDS WILL BE USED FOR PLANTING AND LANDSCAPING.
HALLOWEEN PARADE – 6 p.m., NOTE CHANGE: Line up on 4th Avenue between Main Street and Broadway. The parade, led by the Lyons High Band, will go west on Main, east on High, and south on 4th to complete the route around the block. Then to disperse for Trick-Or-Treating at the Lyons businesses. Safe Trick-Or-treating for all! All children welcome. Be sure to say “Thanks!”
FIRST OLD TIME-COMMUNITY DANCE OF THE SEASON, 7 to 10 p.m., at the Lyons Oddfellows Hall, 4th Avenue and High Street. The caller is Chris Kermiet, and the band is Lizard Spring. A snack potluck. Costume contest will be judged by the band. Adult and kid winners will receive prizes. PLAN TO ATTEND.
VOTE ‘YES’ FOR PROPOSITION 103 to give Colorado Schools more funding. The cuts are fierce, and this proposal will bolster the schools for good education. PROPOSITION 103 IS PROPOSED TO RAISE THE STATE’S INCOME TAX from 4.63% to 5%. And the SALES TAX AND USE TAX from 2.9% TO 3% for the period of 2012 through 2016 income tax years, for a period of five years commencing on January 1, 2012. The vote will raise $536.l million dollars for support of the State’s schools. A few cents a purchase will never be noticed, but will do a lot of good for the education of a lot of kids. VOTE “YES.” You should receive a mail-in ballot, if not, contact the Lyons Town Hall.
SUPPORT RICK HAMMANS for the St.Vrain Valley School District Board member. We need to vote for Rick as our representative. He has experience, knows what is happening, and has his eye on good education for all our students. Through the work of the Board, Staff, and Teachers, our school is in the top 5% of the nation! Our undivided support for good schools is a must. His opponent is Arnold Hanuman, a Deputy District Attorney for Boulder County, and he says “he will bring diversity, energy and new perspective to the District. HAMMANS is striving to establish stable funding and stop the downward slide of resources, build on achievement gains at every level, and continue to close the achievement gap. SO VOTE,VOTE FOR RICK HAMMANS ON NOVEMBER 1ST.
OTHER SENIOR ACTIVITIES
Saturday, November 5, The Lyons Golden Gang will participate in the CRAFT SHOW at the lst Baptist Church. Saturday, December 3, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., The Golden Gang Christmas Bazaar at Lyons Oddfellows Hall - for crafts, bake sale, and a chili lunch.
DECEMBER 3 & 4 – 35TH ANNUAL CHRISTMAS BAZAAR, at the Lyons Elementary School, Saturday and Sunday, with over 40 booths of Christmas wares - candy, cards, wreaths, perfumes, jewelry, towels, toys, knick-knacks, dips, scarves, etc. An annual event sponsored by the Lyons Depot Library. For a booth, contact Merlyn at the Lyons Depot - Library (303) 823-5215. See you there!
Thursday, October 13, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. – Kennedy HS; Saturday, October 15, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Douglas County HS, Castle Rock;
ST. VRAIN VALLEY SCHOOL DISTRICT COLLEGE FAIR, Thursday, October 27, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at Skyline High School. All high school students are encouraged to attend college fairs to start learning about the process, and considering plans for the future. Explore college options by going to https://secure.collegeincolorado.org.
CONGRATULATIONS TO JOE CHRISTIANSEN, Lyons High sophomore, who says he is “hooked” on mountain bike riding. He was selected to attend the USA Cycling’s European Under-23 and Junior SC Mountain Bike Camp, and traveled with the team to Germany for training and two races this past summer. He is a member of the Lyons High School’s mountain bike team, which is 12th in team standings, and will compete in the championship race Oct. 30, in Castle Rock. He plans to participate in the US Nationals again this summer. Congratulations, Joe
THE DEVIL DASH 5K RUN last Saturday, although wet and cold, proved successful, with 2300 participating. The wet weather caused some damage to the Dirt Bike course. It was interesting, fun, and brought a lot of people to town. Thanks Lyons Parks & Rec.
THE MINNIE’S RED HAT CLUB enjoyed a bus tour of Boulder hosted by the Boulderado Hotel.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY to good Lyons square dancing friends: Loydean Tennant who had a surprise birthday party at the Shupe Barn near Hygiene and congratulations to Ed and Claudia Byrne, who met at the Red Rock Ramblers Square Dance and celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary! Those attending were: Gary and Nell Coffey, LaVern Johnson, and Lee Hooley.
THE LYONS BAND was first on the agenda last Wednesday night at the St.Vrain District Band Night. They looked great in their new uniforms playing the National Anthem. We were all very proud of them. The Band Night included Lyons, Mead, Erie, Roosevelt, Fort Lupton, Frederick, Estes Park, Mountain View, Silver Creek, Niwot, and Longmont High School Bands. Each band played and marched. Some had special themes. Rob Berry is the PE\Athletics\Fine Arts Director. Judges were: Dana Biggs, Sal Martorano and Bill Wilkinson (former Lyons Band Director). Thanks to Lyons Band Director, Dr. Karen Gregg and Lyons band students for a good performance. Thanks to all.
Wednesday, October 19, at 7 p.m. – Band Concert. (All Band Students) – with Halloween Theme. Kids are encouraged to wear Halloween costumes: no masks, no weapons, follow dress code, etc. If no costume, wear normal concert uniform.
Friday, October 28, at 7 p.m. – Home Football Game vs Clear Creek.
Saturday, October 29, at 6 p.m. – High School band at Lyons Halloween Parade.
The band needs to raise money for the Disney trip this January.
Items for sale are: Yankee Candles (orders due), Qdoba coupons (available in mid-October), holiday wreaths and garlands (selling in November, delivery early December). Folks are needed to head up a fundraiser. Call Dr. Gregg at (303) 823-6631. Send donations to Box 591, Lyons, CO.
BOOSTER CLUB DUES are welcomed. Send $10 to the school office or make donations via PayPal, or send to Box 1201, Lyons, CO.
GET WELL WISHES go to Vivian Briggs, former long-time operator of the Lyons Fudge and Western Shop in the Lyons Shoppette, who has been hospitalized for several weeks from fluid on the brain. She reports she is finally better and doing well. Send a Get Well Card to her at 1400 South Collyer, #310, c/o of her daughter, Ginger.