Neighbors Helping Neighbors Kicks Off Today
With the colder months just around the corner, local food banks need to be replenished. To that end, the Neighbors to Neighbors Food Drive gets underway today, October 1.
This year marks #13 for organizer Mabel Bogeart who coordinates the local food drive every October to replenish local food reserves. The efforts will benefit the food reserves at the Leadville Senior Center, St. George Church, First Presbyterian Church of Leadville, and Holy Family Catholic Parish.
Bogeart said that the reason she started the food drive years ago was that she noticed that youth organizations that used to require kids to provide community service through food drives, were no longer collecting donations.
“Years ago, when everyone was losing their jobs, there was a big hit to Leadville’s food banks. Nothing was coming in and everything was going out,” explained Bogeart. So she took it upon herself, with some help from various community members over the years, to make sure that the food banks remain stocked.
Bogeart has kept the food drive alive ever since then, pretty much as a one-woman-show, but it’s also the generosity of the community that really shines through. Here’s how you can help: Food donation boxes will be at Safeway, Twin Lakes Inn, Pueblo Bank & Trust, Community Banks of Colorado and Saturdays. Money jars will be located at the all three Banks in town along with Stop-n-Go on Mt View Drive, The Elks Lodge and Saturdays. The food bank drive runs from October 1 – 31.
Preschool Storytime Begins Thursday
This Thursday, Oct. 3 marks the first fall Preschool Storytime at the Lake County Public Library. Story Hour is a time for children and parents or caregivers to be together, learn, and share experiences. Each week Ms. Anita has different themes and activities planned to teach children science, fine motor skills, sharing, safety, and many more. Story Hour is also the perfect time for children to learn about being part of a group. Come have fun and be sure to check the library calendar for each week’s theme.
Preschool Storytime runs from October 2019 – May 2020 on Thursday mornings from 10:30 – 11:15 a.m. at the Lake County Public Library located at 1115 Harrison Avenue.
Dog Park Fundraiser on Saturday
This Saturday, October 5 the Lake County Dog Park is hosting a Bark in the Park fundraising event and social get together. On Saturday from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. join other dog-lovers and their favorite furry friends for a day of socializing, running, playing, and general butt-sniffing.
In addition, the annual Karen Lundell Memorial K9 Dog Walk will be held at the dog park located at the Huck Finn Park area off W. 6th Street, starting at 10 a.m.