Colorado’s Arbor Day is officially the third Friday in April (04/15/11). This year the Town encourages residents to plant new trees on their property in strategic locations to begin to subsidize the number of older trees that won’t be with us much longer, or may have been damaged due to drought, disease, or high winds.The Parks & Rec. Department will again be holding their annual “Tree Give Away Contest” at the Lyons Elementary School. Students interested in participating may pick up an entry form at the LES office, Town Hall, or online at www.townoflyons.com. An assembly will be held on Friday, April 22, at 2 p.m., at LES for those who complete the form. Students will receive a Colorado Blue Spruce for participating in the contest. During the assembly, a representative from the Colorado State Forest Service will present the
Town of Lyons with a 2011 Tree City USA Award, and give a small presentation on the importance of trees to the environment. Afterward, there will be a ceremonial tree planting where the children will be taught the proper techniques for planting a tree.
Spring Clean Up Day will be held on Saturday, May 14, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Please bring items you wish to dispose of to the Town of Lyons Wastewater Treatment Plant (2nd Avenue across Bohn Park). The rates are as follows: Cars, Vans, & SUVs - $10; Pick-up Trucks - $15; Pull behind trailers - $20; Appliances w/o CFCs -$20 each; Appliances with CFCs - $50 each; Mattresses/box springs - $10 each; “E-waste” will be accepted, but the price will vary (check town website for prices).
Payment will be cash or check only, and a copy of the resident’s utility bill will be required for verification of residency. The following items WILL NOT be accepted: Household hazardous waste (i.e. paint, thinners, motor oil, cleaning products, flammable materials, anti-freeze, batteries, and tires); no residential or commercial construction waste; no recyclable products (i.e. paper, glass, cardboard), please take these items to Eco-Cycle on Railroad Avenue (next to the skate park).
Area youth, ages 7 to 15, are invited to participate in the summer kayak club. The eight-week class will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from May 24, to July 14, from 5 to 7 p.m., and will take place on the St. Vrain River, utilizing the Lyons award winning white water park, and the Lyons Valley Park ponds. Classes are intended for beginner and intermediate kayakers. All participants must know how to swim, and are expected to sign a waiver. Parents must provide transportation to and from the drop-off point (the Black Bear Hole parking lot). Participation will be limited to the first eight individuals to sign up. The fee for the beginner course is $450, for Lyons residents, $550 for non-residents. The intermediate course fee is $550 for residents, $650 for non-residents. Those participants who provide their own full set of kayak equipment (i.e. boat, paddle, spray skirt, life vest, and helmet) for instructional purposes, may subtract $100 from the class fee. For more information, go to the above website, or call (303) 823-8250.
AARP will be conducting a driver safety class at the Walt Self Senior Center on May 7, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The fee for the class is $12 for AARP members, and $14 for non-members. Participants should bring their own lunch. This class is very popular, and is recommended for those over the age of 50. Those 55 years and older will be eligible for an automobile insurance discount. More importantly, the class will make you a safer driver. For more information or to register, contact Pete, at (303) 926-9645.
Anyone interested in putting together an adult co-ed softball team, or joining an existing team please contact Parks & Rec. at (303) 823-8250. Co-ed league games are played on Monday nights in Bohn Park, from 6 to 10 p.m., starting May 2. Packets are now available for pick-up at Town Hall, or online at www.townoflyons.com.
Free seasonal parking passes for Meadow Park (and possibly Bohn Park if the BOT approves the ordinance) are now available at Town Hall. A $5 fee is charged for non-residents (or residents who don’t bother to get a pass) on weekends and holidays, from the third weekend in April, through the end of September. Violators will be towed! One free pass per household; a second pass for a different vehicle may be obtained for $25, and a third for $45. Non-residents may purchase a season parking pass for a flat rate of $45.
“Aging Well In Lyons” – Community, Connections, & Resources. This community outreach program will be held on Saturday, May 14, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at the Lyons Elementary School gym, and is designed to bring together seniors, children of seniors, people with disabilities, and people approaching their senior years to discuss resources and challenges to aging well and the possible solutions. Volunteers will be needed. Complimentary lunch will be made available. Come join the panel discussions and Q & A sessions with your elected officials. Participants will include U.S. Representative Jared Polis, and Colorado Senator Jeanne Nicholson.