A concert band on stage.
Kat Edmonson presents songs from her new album “Holiday Swingin’” at the Lakewood Cultural Center. Credit: Photo courtesy Lakewood Cultural Center

The region is getting ready for the cold temperatures and the holiday season. Read on for some resources and events happening around Jefferson County. 

The Severe Weather Shelter Network site is live and updated

The frigid weather has hit Jefferson County and some residents may need a warm place to go. The Severe Weather Shelter Network has options. Its website is updated daily with info on shelters that are open. You must call for information and to register for a spot.

There are three regions and three numbers:

  • North Region 720-389-4830
  • Central Region 720-389-4875
  • South Region 720-398-3972

Call the number for more information about finding shelter for yourself or someone else.

The Severe Weather Network is also seeking donations and volunteers. For more information, go to SWShelterNetwork.com.

Three holiday performances are coming to the Lakewood Cultural Center

Lakewood Cultural Center offers three upcoming holiday events for the whole family. On Nov. 30, Kat Edmonson comes to town with “Holiday Swingin’.” Edmonson is a jazz vocalist who sings the classics and her holiday original songs. According to the Cultural Center website, Edmonson’s show also includes some storytelling, musings and humor.

On Dec. 2-3, Colorado’s Stocking Stuffers Troupe comes to town, featuring three well-known acoustic singers and storytellers. Mary Huckins, Jon Chandler and Ernie Martinez join the troupe for a holiday show filled with Americana music and vocals.

Just days before Christmas, The Queen’s Cartoonists bring a different sort of show in “Holiday Hurrah: Yule Love It!” The band plays classic cartoon music synced with projections from the original cartoon. It’s a fun and humorous musical journey for the whole family.

Tickets for all the shows begin at $25. To reserve tickets or for more information, go to the Lakewood Cultural Center website.

A notice about the Wheat Ridge Holiday Celebration
The Wheat Ridge Holiday Celebration takes place Dec. 2 at The Green in Wheat Ridge. Several activities are planned leading up to the 6:15 tree lighting. Credit: Photo courtesy Wheat Ridge Parks and Recreation on Instagram

Join the Jeffco Open Spaces fall and holiday events

The Jefferson County Open Spaces recently announced three events to celebrate fall and the holidays. They are designed for all ages and take place throughout November and December.

The Nature Journaling Club is taking over Lookout Mountain with “Painting the Colors of Nature.” It takes place from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Nov. 17 at the Lookout Mountain Nature Center at 910 Colorow Road in Golden.

Let the little kids learn about owls with “Preschool Nature Nuts: Whooo’s There?” The learning session about the nocturnal birds is for ages 3 to 5 with an adult present. There are two sessions, from 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. and from 11 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. on Nov. 18 at the Lookout Mountain Nature Center.

Then the whole family can get in on holiday crafting at the Lookout Mountain Nature Center. There are four sessions over two days. The crafting is from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Dec. 2 and 8.

All of these activities are free to the public, but registration is required. Get more information and register at the Jefferson County Events page.

Save the dates for the holiday lights

Both Lakewood and Wheat Ridge have announced their holiday lighting celebrations.

“Lakewood Lights” is set for 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Dec . 1 at Heritage Lakewood Belmar Park 801 S Yarrow St, Lakewood. The mayor and city council will be there to celebrate after flipping on the lights for the start of the season.

Then, take a stroll through Belmar Park to see the lights, take the kids to see Santa, or take a minute to create an ornament for your home tree. The event is free and open to the public.

The city of Wheat Ridge will light up the city in a celebration that takes place from 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 2 at The Green, 7101 W. 38th Ave, Wheat Ridge. Join city officials and neighbors for refreshments, caroling, carriage rides and other holiday activities. The tree lighting is scheduled for 6:15 p.m. The event is free to the public.

For more information on “Lakewood Lights” go to Lakewood.org/HolidayLights.

For more information on the Wheat Ridge “Holiday Celebration” visit the event page on RootedInFun.com.

Jonita Davis is a film and culture critic, author, and freelance writer. Her published books include Questioning Cultural Appropriation (2018 Enslow Publishing), Carrying On (2022 Saga Fiction), and the...

Leave a comment

We encourage comments. Your thoughts, ideas and concerns play a critical role helping Colorado Community Media be more responsive to your needs. We expect conversations to follow the conventions of polite discourse. Therefore, we won't allow posts that:
  • Contain vulgar language, personal attacks of any kind, or offensive terms that target protected classes
  • Promote commercial services or products (relevant links are acceptable)
  • Are far off-topic
  • Make unsupported accusations