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Left Handers Day August 9 2014

Left Handers Day August 9

By Liz Emmett-Mattox

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International Left Handers Day is Aug. 13, but Niwot will celebrate the occasion a few days early this year on Saturday, Aug. 9 from 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. 

The day will start as so many Niwot celebrations do with a pancake breakfast, benefitting the Niwot High School Girls Volleyball team. Service will begin at 7:30 a.m. and continue until 10 a.m. 

The Niwot Community Semi-Marching Free Grange Band will be on hand to entertain during breakfast, performing from 9-10 a.m. 

Visitors arriving via 79th Street will be the first to see the Car and Motorcycle Show sponsored by the Niwot Chiefs classic car club. The classic and antique cars and motorcycles will be on display all day. Five “Best in Class” awards will be given. 

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Left Hand Laurel: Niwot Gargoyles August 2014

Left Hand Laurel: Niwot Gargoyles

By Liz Emmett-Mattox

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“The bottle goes in here and the rest is compost, ma’am.” It’s another Thursday night at Rock & Rails, and Sam Rollman, a sophomore at Niwot High, is gently guiding Vicki Mead in the disposal of her trash. 

Unfailingly polite, even under challenging circumstances, Rollman is one of ten young volunteers who staff the Zero Waste bins to make sure cans and bottles make it into the recycling half of the bin, and that only compostables go into the other half. 

Rollman and his friend Gabe Hyde, also a sophomore at Niwot High, were among the original “Gargoyles.” They got their nickname from their habit of perching on top of the bins as they point out which side of the bin each bit of trash belongs in. 

In the years since the concert series went to Zero Waste, they have recruited friends to join them and now the crew includes Alex Arnold, Carter Osteen, Daniel Topham, Eli Phillips, Hunter Becvar, Seth Lentz, Nico Weckerlly and Julian Bell.

Jill Whitener coordinates the Gargoyles and really enjoys working with them. “They’re a really neat group of kids, hard workers.” What people don’t see is that the Gargoyles help Jill’s husband Bill Whitener with set up and clean up every week. “They’re there from 5:30-9:30 every night.” 

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Jazz on 2nd Ave Returns for Fourth Year Aug. 15-16 2014

Jazz on 2nd Ave Returns for Fourth Year Aug. 15-16

By Liz Emmett-Mattox

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Once again, big names in the jazz world will grace the 2nd Ave. stage. On Friday night, Aug.15, at 7 p.m., the Jazz on 2nd Ave All-Stars will offer a free public concert and lecture, “The Feeling of Jazz.” This will be an opportunity not only to hear the musicians play, but also to participate in a conversation about the artistic process at work. 

This year’s headliner is Jeff Coffin and the Mu’tet. Coffin, who is the saxophonist with the Dave Mathews Band and the Flecktones, appears in Niwot with his own band. 

Concert-goers will also have the chance to hear Dee Alexander, a jazz vocalist from Chicago, the funky sounds of Liquid Soul, trumpeter Ron Miles, the straight-ahead jazz guitar of Steve Kovalchek Trio, the salsa sounds of Conjunto Colores and the top student musicians of the Colorado Jazz Group Lions. 

As always, the festival promises a world-class food court including wine and beer from local breweries. Local vendors will showcase their arts and crafts and a kid’s area will offer various activities for the younger jazz fans. 

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Boulder Ironman Sunday Aug. 3 Road Closures

Ironman on Sunday, August 3,  Requires Roads and Trails to be Closed

The Boulder Ironman will take place this Sunday, August 3, at venues all over Boulder County. There will be over 3,000 athletes participating in the 112 mile bike ride, the 2.4 mile swim, and the 26.2 mile run, resulting in many trail and road closures.  Some preparation and the race itself  will cause many streets to be closed, some for as long as 24 hours. Note that this will cause detours as well as complete road closures in some areas, all day Sunday.

Among those streets closed are the following:  

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