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Friday, August 22, 2014

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Location: Nederland, CO 80466, USA
Grandpa Bredo Morstel and Mayor Joe Gierlach
The fundraising campaign for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), which is often referred to as "Lou Gehrig's Disease," has gone viral. [click here to make your contribution] This publicity technique is particularly ripe for mayors. 

Being a mayor inherently implies that within your first term in office, someone will ask that you have a pie thrown at you, tape you to a wall, or dump ice water on your head in the name of charity. I sat in for the dunk tank at last year's Nederland Miner's Days event.

Mayor Mike Waid from Parker, Colorado has embraced this aspect of mayorship completely, and he has shaved his head, and dyed his hair purple for charity. He challenged all the 41 Mayors in the Denver Metro Mayors Caucus to the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. [click here for the video]

Today, the Boulder County Commissioners challenged all the Mayors in Boulder County for the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. [click here for their video on Facebook] Certainly more entertaining than my video, but because we have a winter festival each year celebrating our cryogenically frozen resident, I expect that it can't be worse than the Polar Plunge.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Art at the Center – Nederland Community Center

Location: 750 Colorado 72, Roosevelt National Forest, Nederland, CO 80466, USA
Art at the Center curators Tracy Brewer and Annie Thayer
with Nederland Mayor Joe Gierlach 
The Peak to Peak region in and around Nederland attracts the most talented artist residents, and the Nederland Community Center has plenty of wall space. Therefore, since 2009, the Nederland Community Center Foundation Board has hosted a wine and hors d'oeuvres art opening called "Art at the Center" three times per year to feature new works of art by local artists at the Community Center.

The event has blossomed into a community extravaganza focused on the Nederland Area art scene. Details about how this art exhibition works can be found on the Community Center website.

The next Art at the Center opening is:
Thursday, June 5, 2014, 5:00-7:00pm
at the Nederland Community Center
750 Highway 72 North, Nederland CO, 80466

Co-curators, Tracy Brewer and Annie Thayer, have both lived in the Greater Nederland Area for more than two decades each. Annie said that back then, Nederland kept coming up randomly in peculiar ways, drawing her to the area. Both curators were willing to exchange a few inconveniences of living at high altitude, for the love of a small quiet mountain town among nature and wildlife. They recognize that many of the exhibiting artists and photographers are inspired by the protected open space surrounding Nederland.

Friday, May 9, 2014

Ned Clean-Up Day

Location: 151 East Street, Roosevelt National Forest, Nederland, CO 80466, USA
Ned Clean-Up Day 2013 collected 22,750lbs of material.
I'm not exactly sure why, but Ned Clean-Up Day is one of my favorite days of the year. Typically the first Saturday after Memorial Day.

In 2013, Ned Clean-Up Day diverted 22,750 pounds of material away from the landfill. (see details at the bottom of this article)

Here's how it works:

When: Saturday, May 31, 2014 – Starts at 8:00am and ends when the dumpsters are full.

Where: TEENS, Inc. parking lot, 151 East Street

Who: Boulder County Residents only.
This service is NOT for commercial enterprises.
(Proof of Boulder County physical residency will be required, such as a tax statement, mortgage document, lease agreement or utility bill. A driver's license will not count as proof of residency.)

Cost: Eco-Cycle rates will apply for electronics. All other items are FREE.