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Kraft-Tharp hosting monthly community coffee April 25

Rep. Tracy Kraft-Tharp D-District 29 (Arvada and Westminster) will conduct her monthly Community Coffee 7-8 a.m. Tuesday, April 25, at La Dolce Vita, 5756 Olde Wadsworth Blvd. in Olde Town Arvada.

All residents of House District 29 are welcome to attend and discuss their concerns, questions and ideas with Kraft-Tharp.

AEDA hosting free
employment law seminar for business owners, employees

Arvada Economic Development Association is hosting a free employment law seminar to give business owners, managers and employees a chance to learn about employment law updates.

The seminar will be 7:30- 9 a.m. Tuesday, May 7, at Arvada City Hall, 8101 Ralston Road. Attendees can enter for the seminar through the court entrance on the south side of the building.

The seminar will feature employment law expert Chuck Passaglia and will discuss topics such as equal employment opportunity laws, the pros and cons of social media in the workplace, wage and hour lawsuits and gender and religion in the workplace.

The seminar is free, but registration is required. To register, email lkingston@arvada.org or call 720-898-7010.

Secrest Recreation Center hosting Bike Rodeo to teach children about bicycle safety

Local organizations are teaming up to provide an educational and fun “Bike Rodeo” for children.

The Apex Park and Recreation District, the Citizens Police Academy Arvada Alumni, Exempla Lutheran Medical Center, the Arvada Police Department and Arvada Fire Protection District are hosting the bike rodeo from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 27, at Secrest Recreation Center, 6820 W. 66th Ave.

The bike rodeo is used to educate children on how to safely navigate a bicycle through stenciled courses.

The Safety Village at the bike rodeo provides children with a ”real time” street bike riding experience while navigating in a safe environment and a “brain drop station” will demonstrate the importance of wearing a helmet.

Bike and helmet fitting stations will also be available.

For more information, call Secrest Recreation Center at 303-403-2555 or Bicycle Pedestrian Coordinator Anne Tully at 720-898-7749.

City, elementary school celebrating Arbor Day by planting new trees

The city of Arvada Parks Department and sixth-graders from Peck Elementary are celebrating Arbor Day by planting 13 different species of trees Thursday, May 2.

The Arbor Day celebration at the Oak Park pavilion, 10530 W. 64th Place will begin with an introduction by city officials and a presentation of a Tree City USA Award by Keith Wood of the Colorado State Forest Service.

Following the presentations, Peck students and Arvada parks staff will plant 13 different tree species to replace a number of trees lost in 2011 due to an early snowstorm.