Some of BNC Members’ Favorite Community Activities

These activities are favorites with our members. Descriptions have been provided by the submitting member. We encourage you to click on the links provided for additional information.

      • Bolder Boulder: Held each Memorial Day the Bolder Boulder is the 2nd largest running race in the USA and the 6th largest in the world. More than 150,000 spectators watch the 50,000 plus runners, walkers, and wheelchair racers, as well as professional racing teams from all over the world. http://bolderboulder.com
      • Boulder Laboratories: Boulder is renowned for science and technology and the Boulder Laboratories along with NCAR are two major government supported centers. Boulder Laboratories is home to NIST, NOAA and NTIA, and you can find out probably more than you need or want to know, by visiting these websites, http://www.nist.gov/index.html, http://www.boulder.noaa.gov/ and http://www.ntia.doc.gov/category/institute-telecommunication-sciences/. All of them give public tours but the one we enjoy the most is NOAA at the new David Skaggs Research Center where they concentrate on weather and climate related phenomena. The climax to this tour is to see real recorded planetary events projected on to a large sphere. It is fun for both adults and children. More about the tour is on http://www.boulder.noaa.gov/?q=node/3. NCAR information can be found at www.ncar.ucar.edu/.
      • Boulder Farmer’s Market: The largest farmers market in Colorado, located in the heart of downtown Boulder next to Central Park on 13th Street between Canyon Boulevard and Arapahoe Avenue, is open Saturdays 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. and Wednesdays from 4 – 8 p.m. from early April to Halloween. http://boulderfarmers.org
      • The Boulder Library: As you would expect from a university town like Boulder , its Public Library is a tremendous resource. You can visit the Library and see what is going on through its website at http://boulderlibrary.org/. We particularly enjoy the free concerts given on a Sunday afternoon. A full listing of the concert programs can be found under ‘calendar’ on the website. The BNC  also uses the library meeting rooms for club activities.
      • The Boulder International Film Festival: Boulder runs an annual film festival that draws thousands of people.  In 2015, the city buzzed with film enthusiasts and filmmakers from March 5-8th during the 11th Annual Boulder International Film Festival (BIFF), with a record-setting 25,000 attendees. The four-day festival featured 51 films and a variety of unique events including a special evening with Oscar winner Alan Arkin, a preview of the movie HOME from DreamWorks Animation, a mobile endangered species projection car and the new flagship dining event, CineCHEF. More information is available at http://biff1.com/.
      • CU Music Department: For all you lovers of opera, classical music and jazz, the CU Music Department caters to all your tastes and needs. Check it out at the website www.colorado.edu/music/. We particularly enjoy the faculty concerts held on most Tuesday evenings; see www.colorado.edu/music/events/tuesdays.html for more details. There are many other activities also going on at CU and to sample these you should visit the main campus website at http://www.colorado.edu/.
      • Conference on World Affairs: The Annual “Conference on World Affairs” is held at the CU campus in Boulder each April. There is a diverse program and you will always find a topic of interest. All the information you require is posted at the website www.colorado.edu/cwa.  Do not miss the jazz concert on Tuesday night!
      • Fireworks at Folsom: This Boulder tradition is preceded by an old fashioned sing-along each July 4th.
      • University of Colorado: Learning is a lifelong journey, If you want to indulge your sense of adventure there are at least three options:
        • Senior Auditor Program: The Senior Auditors Program was established by the CU Board of Regents in 1973 and has grown to involve about 500 participants annually. Colorado residents age 55 and older are eligible to audit regular daytime classes at the University of Colorado at Boulder for a nominal fee through the this Program. Sponsored by the CU-Boulder Alumni Association, the program allows seniors to audit CU-Boulder classes tuition-free. The cost to attend is $95 per semester for an unlimited number of classes. Participants do not need to be CU graduates or Alumni Association members.Participants should first check online for the list of CU-Boulder classes offered. Auditors must obtain permission from professors to audit courses. The Alumni Association recommends auditors attend the first week of classes to obtain permission to audit from professors. Spanish and Portuguese courses cannot be audited and regular tuition-paying students have priority over auditors. Senior Auditors do not earn academic credit for courses taken. For more information call the Alumni Association at 303-492-8484 or visit http://www.colorado.edu/alumni/programs/senior-auditors.
        • Lifelong Learning – Continuing Education & Professional Studies: CU established the Division of Continuing Education and Professional Studies in 1911 to extend the resources of the University in nontraditional ways. Since learning needs are unique and don’t always follow the traditional college student path, Continuing Ed offers a variety of programs from courses for university credit, to personal enrichment classes to career-boosting computer, technology and business classes (http://conted.colorado.edu).
        • CU on the Weekend: a series of one-day community programs that are free and open to the public. Classrooms open 30 minutes before start time and seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis (https://ce.colorado.edu/programs/cu-weekend/).