Youth theater, new playground, volunteer, improved natural area

It's no trick! NoCo families can enjoy many treats the whole month of October. Live theater featuring a favorite Halloween tale, helping others, a new playground—there's so much to enjoy.

A family style Halloween treat

Treat your family to something special this Halloween! Take them to a Debut Theatre Company performance of Sleepy Hollow, one of the oldest ghost stories in American Literature. This story, written by Washington Irving, takes audiences back to colonial New York when the U.S. was still young and ghosts were as real as storytellers could make them. Debut’s stage version of Sleepy Hollow is a wink at the past and a nod towards the future combining comedy, tradition and a few scary moments to revisit the campfires of old.

Debut is Colorado’s only youth troupe-structured theater arts program. Through research, imaginative design, and in-depth creation, the music, costumes, set and other elements of live theater, are historically accurate and artistically compelling. The young artists not only perform, but take on all aspects of technical theater.

Performances run from October 6 through October 21 at the Lincoln Center Magnolia Theater, 417 W. Magnolia St., Fort Collins. Tickets are $8 and available through the Lincoln Center Box Office by calling 970-221-6730 or online at www.lctix.com. Learn more about Debut Theatre Company at www.debuttheatre.org.

New custom playground at Loveland's JA Park

On Oct. 14, volunteers from the City of Loveland Parks & Recreation Department and The Colorado Health Foundation will build a new place for kids to play at Junior Achievement Park in central Loveland—locally known as "JA"—in one day. Construction will begin at 9am; the day will end with a ribbon cutting ceremony.

To build the playground, the City is partnering with KaBOOM!, a nonprofit foundation that strives to “improve the state of play” nationwide by installing imaginative, one-of-a-kind playgrounds. It's funded with a grant from the Colorado Health Foundation. The playground was designed with input from children living in neighborhoods surrounding JA Park. Tucked away on East 10th Street, midway between Taft and Colorado Avenues, JA Park currently has two soccer goals, an asphalt basketball court, a chain-link softball backstop and not much else.

“This is the ideal location for this to happen,” Loveland Parks Manager Dan Willadsen says. “It’s an opportunity to jumpstart the redevelopment of JA Park in a major way, and will be a huge benefit to the neighborhoods that surround it."

Learn more at www.cityofloveland.org or contact LeAnn Williams, City of Loveland recreation manager, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 970-962-2449.

Make a difference

Research shows helping others is a great way to help yourself. While there are volunteer opportunities available to NoCo residents year round, two well-coordinated events in October make helping others an easy choice.

For the 19th year in a row, United Way of Larimer County is coordinating the region's Make a Difference Day (MDD) during the week of October 23-29. Last year, 1,300 MDD volunteers completed 60 volunteer service projects throughout Larimer County with one simple goal: to improve the lives of others.

To learn how you can get involved, visit www.uwaylc.org or contact Shyla Letizia at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 970-407-7038.

On October 20, 12noon-4:30pm, Neighbors Helping Neighbors: Weld Project Connect (WPC) will take place at the Island Grove Park in Greeley. This annual, one-day event provides free, on-site services directly to individuals and households who need a helping hand. Examples of services include registering for citizenship classes, credit counseling, resume-writing assistance, health screenings, flu shots, legal counseling, veterans’ assistance, haircuts and much more.

In 2016, over 1200 guests attended WPC and received help from 70 service providers and over 500 volunteers.

If you’re interested in learning more about receiving services or volunteering, visit www.weldprojectconnect.org or contact Margie Martinez at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 970-353-4300.

Carter Lake south shore closure

Do you enjoy playing at Carter Lake? Then note this announcement. Its South Shore area will receive a facelift, resulting in a temporary closure to the campground, boat ramp and other facilities there. Construction at South Shore is expected to be completed in spring or early summer of 2018 and no public access to the area will be allowed until construction is complete.

The Sundance Trail, which parallels the western shore of Carter Lake, will remain open during construction, but people traveling on the trail will not be able to access restrooms or other amenities at South Shore.

  • South Shore improvements will include:
  • Repaved parking areas and roads
  • Improved boat ramp access
  • Additional electric campsites
  • New restrooms

While Larimer County Department of Natural Resources manages recreation at Carter Lake, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation owns and manages the reservoir and is providing funding to support this project. 

For questions or more information, please contact Dan Rieves, Carter Lake district manager with Larimer County, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 970-619-4456.