Sierra’s Race, Flag Day, North Lake Park Jazz, Garden & Book Events – Loveland Reporter-Herald

A variety of events are scheduled for June 12-13 in the Loveland area, including Sierra’s Meningitis Run, Flag Day celebration, Poudre River Irregulars Jazz Band 25th anniversary concert, reading events, a tour of the garden and more.

Sierra’s race against meningitis

The Sierra Meningitis Race will take place virtually this year from Saturday June 12 to Sunday June 20.

People can run, walk, jump, hike, cycle or run as they see fit.

The cost is $ 30. The organizers hope to raise funds to continue their fight to raise awareness of the dangers of bacterial meningitis and the need to be vaccinated against the disease.

For more details or to register, visit

Registrations will be made until June 20.

Flag day celebration

Loveland Elks Lodge will be hosting a 4 p.m. Flag Day celebration on Saturday, June 12 at the lodge, 103 E. Fourth St., Loveland.

An American Flag History will be given and all previous American Flags will be displayed by the Thompson School District ROTC along with the 13 flag folds by Loveland Associate Veterans.

Everyone is welcome. After the ceremony, a meal will be served to all participants.

For details, call 970-481-7448.

Irregulars of the Poudre river

The Poudre River Irregulars Jazz Band will celebrate its 25th anniversary with a free concert from 2 p.m. to 4:40 p.m. on Saturday, June 12 at North Lake Park, 29th Street and Taft Avenue.

The group was formed in 1994 under the direction of Bob Cooke and began to look for a regular place to train and play. That’s how “First Friday at Avo’s” began, with the Poudre River Irregulars performing on the first Friday of each month at Avogadro’s Number, a concert hall on Mason Street in Fort Collins. Since 2010, Len Kellogg, a former music teacher in the Thompson School District, has been the band leader, booking agent and handyman.

They always offer concerts on the first Friday at Avogadro at 4-7 p.m. on the first Friday of each month.

The concert is free. Donations will be accepted.

For more details, visit

Social ice cream

As the pandemic appears to be drawing to a close, Trinity United Methodist Church and the First United Methodist Church will come together to host a community-wide social ice cream at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 13 at Westside Park, 466 W. Fourth St., Land of Love.

They will provide an evening of fun, games and camaraderie, and invite people to stop by.

People can also volunteer to bring ice cream or toppings.

Register on

National Trails Day

Celebrate National Trails Day by helping build Loveland’s newest soft-surfaced trail in the Old St. Louis Natural Area, 1010 S. St. Louis Ave. and 705 S. Madison Ave., along the eastern Big Thompson River at 9 am to noon Saturday, June 12.

Volunteers will place crushing fines on the newly leveled trail layout and tamp the material to create a soft-surfaced trail loop around the wetland

All ages are welcome. Dress in layers for the weather, wear long pants and sturdy shoes.

Bring a filled water bottle and work gloves.

No experience is necessary. All tools and materials are provided.

To register, visit

Book release

Probasco Bookstore, 344 N. Lincoln Ave., Loveland, will be hosting a Book Release Celebration on Saturday June 12 from noon to 2 pm for “Always a Wedding Planner”.

Denver-based multi-published author Leeann Betts and two of her fellow authors will be signing copies of their new version, a four-story contemporary romance collection released June 1 by Barbour Publishing.

The book, set in the “Sweetheart City” of Loveland, Colo., Gives a modern twist to “always a bridesmaid,” shines a light on the lives of four single friends and business partners who run “Weddings by Design, ”whose own romances can help them resolve differences and learn to trust each other and God for their future.

Three additional short stories in the collection are “Hemmed In” by Pueblo author RL Ashley, “Taste and See” by Cañon City author Davalynn Spencer, and “Finally a Sweetheart” by Maryland author Toni Shiloh. Ashley and Spencer will also be on hand to sign copies of the collection at Probasco.

To learn more about the book, visit


The Gardens on Spring Creek, 2145 Center Ave., Fort Collins, will launch its summer concert series at 6 p.m. on June 13.

Live music will be presented on the Great Lawn.

The range includes:

  • June 13: Gasoline Lollipops, acoustic, $ 25.
  • June 27: Todd Park Mohr, singer, guitarist and songwriter of Big Head Todd and the Monsters, $ 35 up front, $ 40 at the door.
  • July 11: Greensky Bluegrass phoffman, $ 30 in advance, $ 35 at the door.
  • July 25: Son Little, classic soul and old-fashioned rhythm and blues, $ 25.

For more details, visit

Young performers

The Gardens on Spring Creek, 2145 Center Ave., Fort Collins, will feature young singers from the Fort Collins-Northern Colorado area at 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 12, at the Everitt Pavillion outdoor amphitheater in the Gardens.

The singers will present musical theater, Walt Disney and classical acts.

The presenters are Patrice Burgstahler Vocal Studio ( and Songwood Studio ( Aimee Woods.

The concert will take place outside seated and away from the stage.

Free entry. Those who wish to attend should confirm their attendance at 970-237-9327.

Tea with a Diva

Opera Fort Collins will present Afternoon Tea with a Diva, featuring mezzo-soprano Marcia Ragonetti, from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, June 13, at the Fort Collins Country Club outdoor booth, 1920 Country Club Road, Fort Collins.

Tickets cost $ 65 for adults or $ 35 for students.

For more details call 970-482-0220 or visit

Garden tour

The Colorado Native Plant Society’s Fort Collins-Loveland Gardens Tour will take place on Saturday, June 12 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Maps will be provided to registrants and take them to five gardens, including a backyard wetland, a new and established native garden, the Gardens of High Plains Environmental Center and the Native Plant Conservation Gardens of the River’s Edge company.

Tickets cost $ 25 for members or $ 35 for non-members.

For more details, visit

Selling books at the wheel

Powder Friends of the Library will sell used books in a take-the-drive bag sale on Saturday, June 12 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Harmony Library, 4616 S. Shields St., Fort Collins.

Choose from pre-packaged categories for $ 5 per bag while supplies last.

Payments accepted are cash, check or credit card / ATM.

The profits go to the Poudre libraries.

For more details, visit

“Jubilant virtuosity”

The Colorado Bach Ensemble returns to musical creation in person with “Jubilant Virtuosity: Soli Concerti and Cantata 4” at 4-5:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 12, at First United Methodist Church, 1005 Stover St., Fort Collins.

Although the concert is free (donations accepted), tickets must be reserved in advance.

To book a ticket, visit

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