The Arapahoe Libraries Board of Trustees invites interested residents to apply for two open positions on the board. The Library Board of Trustees is a seven-member governing, policy making board. The board is responsible for a $37 million budget, eight facilities and the policies for funding and operating these facilities.
Arapahoe Libraries serves all of Arapahoe County except the cities of Littleton, Englewood and Aurora. It also serves a small portion of Adams County that is within the Deer Trail School District. Board members are confirmed by the Arapahoe County Commissioners and the Deer Trail School Board, the two governmental entities that formed the District in 1966.
The board meets on the third Tuesday of every month beginning at 5:30 pm (dates and times are occasionally changed) at the various district libraries. In addition to the 2-4 hours of reading to prepare for each meeting, trustees must also commit to attending some library events, and occasional study sessions, workshops, conferences and related meetings. An iPad will be provided for Board reading material.
Besides your time and interest in libraries, the most important qualification is a sincere commitment to provide the best possible library service to the residents of the entire district. Experience interpreting financial statements is encouraged. Applicants must live within the boundaries of the district. Interested persons who wish to serve on the Board of Trustees should fill out the online application at arapahoelibraries.org. Applications must be received by Friday, February 15, 2019 at 4 pm. For more information, contact Oli Sanidas, executive director, 303-792-8945.
IS YOUR residence future-ready? LEARN simple strategies TO create A ‘LIFELONG HOME’ by Visiting the Interaction lab at Southglenn Library
The City of Centennial wants residents to thrive in their homes for as long as they wish to do so, no matter their age or circumstance. To showcase home design strategies that make homes comfortable and accessible for all ages and abilities, Centennial has partnered with Arapahoe Libraries to create a new interactive exhibit called the “Interaction Lab,” located inside Southglenn Library, 6972 S. Vine St., Centennial.
The Interaction Lab introduces the concept of Universal Design, which creates environments or products that are accessible and benefit everyone, regardless of age or ability. Universal Design is especially important to those wanting to remain in their home as they age.
“The city is grateful for the partnerships in place to make this unique hands-on Interaction Lab a reality. The lab provides the opportunity to engage with technology and universal design features to make each home a better fit for individual residents’ needs. It is important to the city to provide resources and information to residents so they can remain in their homes as long as they wish,” said Centennial Mayor Stephanie Piko. “The Interaction Lab will continue to evolve as partners work together with patrons to understand the most desired smart-home features and Universal Design concepts to include in the lab.”
The City of Centennial partnered with Arapahoe Libraries, Arrow Electronics, Colorado State University and Denver South Economic Development Partnership to create the Interaction Lab.
For more information, visit centennialco.gov/lifelonghomes, arapahoelibraries.org/interaction-lab or call 303-LIBRARY (303-542-7279).
Come in from the cold for some hot deals on cool reads at the Used Book Sale at Smoky Hill Library, which will be held during library hours from Thursday, January 24 through Sunday, January 27, at Smoky Hill Library, 5430 S. Biscay Circle, Centennial.
The sale, which is coordinated by the Friends of Arapahoe Libraries, will feature an expanded selection of books, including hardbacks, paperbacks, children’s and better books all at various prices. Sunday is bag day – we provide the bag and you fill it for only $7.
Through the sale of used books, the Friends of Arapahoe Libraries raises funds to support programs and projects for the libraries, including events, materials, equipment and more. During 2018, the Friends granted Arapahoe Libraries more than $100,000.
For more information, or to become a member of the Friends, visit arapahoelibraries.org/used-book-sale, or call 303-LIBRARY (303-542-7279).
About Arapahoe Libraries
Arapahoe Libraries serves 250,000 patrons and includes eight community libraries, a jail library and a Library on Wheels in Arapahoe County, Colorado. For more information, visit arapahoelibraries.org.
With the New Year comes the opportunity to grow or start your business. The Aurora-South Metro SBDC encourages you to take workshops that will assure your success. Many businesses fail for lack of marketing, capital and a correct business model. So, success is the perfect gift for your small business! The following is a slate of upcoming small business workshops:
Starting Your Business the Right Way
Thursday, January 10th | 9AM - 11AM | $15 | Aurora Municipal Center
Business Start-Up Basics
Tuesday, January 15th | 6:30 - 8:30 PM | FREE | Castle Rock Library
Aurora Business Licensing, Sales & Use Tax
This information translates to other home-rule cities.
Wednesday, January 16th | 9AM - 12PM | FREE | Aurora Municipal Center
Business Model vs Business Plan
Thursday, January 17th | 9AM - 11AM | $15 | Aurora Municipal Center
Making Cents of Marketing
Thursday, January 24th | 9AM - 11AM | $15 | Aurora Municipal Center
LEADING EDGE(TM) "Business Plan in a Day"
Write a draft plan in 10 manageable steps
Friday, January 25th | 9AM - 4PM | $150 | Aurora Municipal Center
Financing Your Business
Thursday, January 31st | 9AM - 11AM | $15 | Aurora Municipal Center
Learn more: click on the date and be linked directly to that workshop.
Submit payment by following the PayPal link in your registration confirmation, or, pay at the door by exact cash or check to the SBDC host "City of Aurora". The SBDC has a no-refund policy.
You’re invited to celebrate with us as we paint a picture of our dreams for our newest Canvas Founders Branch! We’re excited to be welcomed into the Castle Rock community and can’t wait to meet our newest family members. We’ll be breaking ground in a very artistic manner, and we’d like you to be a part of it!
Tuesday, January 15, 2019 @ 12:00 PM
Northeast Corner of Founders Parkway and CO-86 in Castle Rock.
Join us after the groundbreaking for some warm coffee, a tasty lunch, and even some Canvas swag that will be sure to make your friends swoon!
Can’t wait to join in on the fun? Click to RSVP by January 14
By South Metro Denver Chamber President & CEO Bob Golden
Businesses across the state are reserving judgment on what a Democratic State Legislature and Governorship might mean for their companies. I have to admit, I too am itching to see how the change plays out. I always prefer a more balanced government situation because I feel checks and balances benefit everyone.
But we are where we are. Democrats now control the Colorado House, Senate and governorship. As successful business people always do, we at the Chamber will take success where we can find it (understanding that success sometimes means a measure we opposed didn’t pass).
We are ready to continue our good relationship with Governor-Elect Polis. We worked successfully with him when he was in Congress and found he and his staff were always responsive to our calls and emails. The relationship we’ve established by keeping an open line of communication with him gives us confidence our voice will continue to be heard.
As we were before the election, we’re especially concerned about what the Legislature and Governor can get done on the issue of transportation funding. With the failure of both Propositions 109 and 110, Colorado still has to figure out how it’s going to fund improvements for its aging traffic infrastructure. This is critical for the state’s businesses, and for the quality of life of all Coloradans.
While we’re relieved that Proposition 112, the oil/gas setbacks measure, failed, we expect this issue will be back before the Legislature in one form or another. Hopefully, the message the voters gave in rejecting this measure will be fully considered by legislators as they consider any future rules regarding oil and gas production in our state.
I’ll end this blog with another hope, that is that the Democrats consider the wisdom in working with their Republican counterparts as they shape laws and policy. History has shown us on the state and national level that parties that overreach are harshly judged during the next election. The overreaching doesn’t serve their constituents well either.
City Council Study Session to focus on Englewood CityCenter Redevelopment Opportunities and Critical Next Steps
At the 6 pm Study Session on January 7, 2019, the Englewood City Council will receive a briefing on Englewood CityCenter. Interested Englewood residents and members of the business community are invited to attend. Chief Redevelopment Officer, Dan Poremba, will discuss with Council the critical next steps to protect Englewood’s interests in CityCenter and to guide the redevelopment opportunities.
Recent studies have identified the need to redevelop key portions of CityCenter, including the three square blocks of retail and office space previously developed by Weingarten Realty (red parcel). The Weingarten property was foreclosed on in 2018 and will be resold in 2019. This unusual foreclosure provides Englewood the opportunity to encourage and guide redevelopment plans, which may also include the City properties adjacent to the Englewood Station (blue parcel). Dan Poremba can be contacted with any questions (303.762.2366).
Don't throw away your Christmas tree; give it another life by recycling it! The City of Centennial, Arapahoe Park and Recreation District and South Suburban Parks and Recreation District are providing residents with an opportunity to appropriately and safely dispose of Christmas trees. Starting Wednesday, December 26, through Monday, January 14, 2018 you can dispose of clean, non-ornamented, non-decorated Christmas trees seven days a week from sunrise to sunset at the two Centennial locations listed below. Artificial trees will not be recycled.
East Side Residents
It is anticipated free mulch will be available for private use, on a first come first serve basis, at Lookout Park starting Friday, December 28 and every other day after that, excluding holidays, weekends and snow events.
West Side Residents
Residents can obtain free mulch, on a first come first serve basis, from the Willow Springs Service Center, beginning Friday, December 28. The mulch will be available weekdays, 7:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.