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Group aims to prevent violence

The Avielle Foundation is teaming with Phoenix 999 and The Rebels Project, support groups formed after the Columbine High School and Aurora movie theater tragedies, to host the first Brainstorming 5K. The event, set for Aug. 25 at Clement Park, promotes the need for research into the mental underpinnings of violent behavior. Activities include a silent auction and live concert. Brainstorming 5K participants are encouraged to preregister online at www.aviellefoundation.org.

NerdWallet loves Littleton

NerdWallet, a consumer advocacy website, has named Littleton the 10th best place in Colorado for young families. It analyzed towns across the state according to five criteria: Public school rating from GreatSchools, average home value, cost of homeownership, average income and economic growth. It cites the city’s cost of living, award-winning education system, and economic growth, and says the community is one of the most affordable areas outside of Denver.

“Littleton has mastered the craft of converting old to new. Its downtown is lined with turn-of-the-century buildings that house a mix of hip restaurants and bars, quaint antique shops and art galleries,” said Mike Anderson, who conducted the study.

For more information about NerdWallet, visit, www.nerdwallet.com.

SSPR offers free Weigh and Win program

South Suburban’s Buck Recreation Center is now offering the free Weigh and Win program, through a partnership with the city of Littleton and Kaiser Permanente. Weigh and Win pays individuals to achieve or maintain a healthy weight. Success is tracked through quarterly weigh-ins at a kiosk inside the center, and participants also have the support of a variety of online coaching tools to help them realize their goals. Buck Recreation Center is at 2004 W. Powers Ave., Littleton. For more information, visit www.weighandwin.com.

Arapahoe High School to celebrate its 50th Anniversary

Arapahoe High School will celebrate its 50th anniversary with an open house on Sept. 27, 6 to 9 p.m. All current and former Arapahoe High School students, staff, parents and community members are invited. The evening will include self-guided tours, student performances, displays of student work and memorabilia, a pep assembly and refreshments.

In 1964, Arapahoe High School opened its doors to about 800 juniors and sophomores. Since then, more than 21,000 students have graduated from the recognized school of excellence. For more information, visit www.arapahoe.littletonpublicschools.net or contact Bryan Jesse, activities director, at 303-347-6013.

Teacher wins national honor

Littleton High technology education teacher Pamela Wilkins earned the National Technology Student Association Distinguished Service Award at the national conference this summer. Wilkins received the recognition for her years of service to TSA and her leadership roles, as she has served on both the TSA National Board of Directors and the National Competition Regulations Committee. Wilkins has served as sponsor of Littleton High’s award winning TSA teams as they emerged as state TSA champions 11 times. Results at the annual state and national TSA competitions are evidence of the continued strength of the LPS STEM program throughout the district.

Children’s Hospital needs help

Children’s Hospital Colorado is hosting a career fair at the Highlands Ranch Recreation Center at Southridge, 4800 MacArthur Ranch Road, to staff its south campus. The event is Sept. 9, 4-8 p.m. Find out about career opportunities such as nursing supervisors, operating-room nurses, medical technologists and more. For more information, visit www.childrenscolorado.org/Careers