Kathleen Martell recently received a Community Service award from the Colorado Parks and Recreation Association for all her work in and around the Wheat Ridge community. Credit: Photo courtesy Wheat Ridge Parks and Recreation on Instagram

Colorado Parks and Recreation Association awards Wheat Ridge local

Kathleen Martell wears many hats in the Wheat Ridge community. Now she can add the “award-winning” label to her name as well. Martell recently received the Community Service Award from the Colorado Parks and Recreation Association for her many contributions to the Wheat Ridge community.

Martell currently serves as chair of the Wheat Ridge Cultural Commission and maintains several active roles in the community. She works with the art drop program, Performances in the Park, and with public art selection. Martell also serves on the Land Acknowledgement Committee, with Regenerate Wheat Ridge, and is on the leadership team for the Sustainable Neighborhoods program at Panoramic Park.

“Kathleen’s passion, hard work, and unwavering commitment make her an invaluable asset to every team she joins in the Wheat Ridge community,” said the Wheat Ridge Parks and Recreation’s announcement.

For more information on Martell and the award, check out the Wheat Ridge Parks and Recreation announcement on Instagram.

Help design the 2024 I Voted sticker

The 2024 I Voted sticker will be designed by a Jefferson County resident. Submissions are open to elementary artists on up to adult artists. Credit: Photo courtesy Jeffco Clerk and Recorder

The Jefferson County Clerk and Recorder is looking for the next “I Voted” sticker design. The office is running a contest elementary school-level to adult artists can participate in. There are three submissions:

  • Elementary-level Future Voter/ Futuro Votante sticker
  • Middle and high school students I Voted / Yo Voté sticker
  • Adults I Voted / Yo Voté sticker

The stickers will be printed and placed inside the 2024 ballot envelopes that are mailed out to voters.

“The I Voted sticker has been worn for several decades as a celebration of civic pride, and we’re eager to offer people of all ages a new way to participate in our democracy,” said Amanda Gonzalez, Jeffco Clerk and Recorder.

Contest judges will select 3-5 submissions after Dec. 15. Then, the public will vote on the winners in January. Winners will be announced in early February.

“We’ve got talented artists throughout Jeffco and I can’t wait to see their creations inspire our community to get out and vote,” Gonzalez said.

For more information, go to the I Voted Sticker Design Contest page on the Jefferson County website.

Terumo BCT recently opened its Lakewood warehouse space to the Action Center to help package and distribute 5,700 meals. The Action Center needed the save after a breakdown in their own facility halted service. Credit: Photo courtesy Terumo BCT

The Action Center teams up with Terumo to help provide 5,700 meals to Jeffco families

Many Jeffco families rely on the Action Center to help provide Thanksgiving dinner every year. This year, when the center had a problem that halted food box preparation, Lakewood business Terumo BCT (Blood and Cell Technologies) stepped in.

“I immediately thought, ‘Terumo BCT can do this,” recalls Robin Korkus Vice President of Enterprise Strategy at Terumo BCT. “The Action Center has construction in its warehouse with the conveyor belt where the Thanksgiving boxes have traditionally been assembled. They didn’t have a place to stage 1,400 food boxes.”

Terumo BCT’s team stepped up, providing warehouse space to store food temporarily. The business also signed up several employees to work in shifts to help.

The 2023 Action Center Thanksgiving grocery box distribution will take place on Nov. 18 on the Terumo BCT campus. Terumo’s employees will work with Action Center volunteers to make the distribution happen.

According to the announcement, the Action Center distributes about 5,700 meal boxes every year. The boxes are like meal kits “designed to help offset the costs of Thanksgiving dinner.”

The boxes are only available by appointment. However, appointments are closed for this year.

Find more information at TheActionCenter.org.

Other happenings around the county:

  • Arvada Chamber needs nominees for an annual award. The Arvada Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations for 2023 Arvada Business, Nonprofit and Entrepreneur of the Year. Get the nominations in by Dec. 15. The winners will be recognized at the Arvada Chamber Annual Dinner on Feb. 2, 2024. For more information and to cast a nomination, go to ArvadaChamber.org/ChamberAwards.
  • The city of Lakewood needs board members. The city of Lakewood wants you to “give the gift of volunteering for your community,” according to a recent call for city board members. From budgets to appeals and noxious weed advisory, there are several seats to apply for. For more information and to put in an application, go to Lakewood.org/GetOnBoard.

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...

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