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Friday, August 12, 2022
This e-newsletter is designed to provide information regarding city programs and services, and those of its agency partners. The Littleton City Council and staff encourage supporting Littleton businesses and community programs.

In this issue...

Western Welcome Week Begins Today!

It's time for Western Welcome Week, Littleton's signature annual celebration!

Founded in 1928, Western Welcome Week is a nine-day extravaganza celebrating Littleton's community spirit with dozens of family-friendly events and activities.

For those new to Littleton or those whose family goes back generations here, Western Welcome Week is a wonderful way to meet neighbors, have fun, and deepen an appreciation for the friendly spirit of this beautiful town.

Many events are free to attend.

The festivities kick off with a concert featuring the Denver Concert Band, and fireworks show at Sterne Park tonight, Friday, August 12. Events continue throughout the week, including a kids' fishing derby, pancake breakfast, car shows, plays, concerts, dinners, pig roast, and art exhibits.

The main event is the Grand Parade on Saturday, August 20. It's a delightful old-school parade down Main Street, featuring floats, marching bands, horses, performers and much more.

Western Welcome Week is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, relying on the generosity of local donors and volunteers who work hard to keep Littleton's hometown spirit alive.

Click here for schedules and more information about Western Welcome Week.
Throwback to 2004
Littleton City Council participates in the WWW Grand Parade every year. In 2004, council members rode on a carousel float, celebrating the theme "Youth — Littleton's Future"


Littleton Twilight Criterium a Success
The Littleton Twilight Criterium saw its largest crowds to date in 2022. Despite brief rainstorms during the men's and women's pro races on August 6, thousands stuck around to cheer on the nation's top bicycle racers in their quest for the American Criterium Cup.

The American Criterium Cup's first Black-owned team, L39ion from Los Angeles, dominated both the men's and women's pro races, taking the first two spots in the women's race, and the top three spots in the men's race.

Kendal Ryan took first place in the women's pro race, and Alec Cowan won the men's pro race.

Hometown favorites Conor and Kevin Mullvery, twins from Littleton, placed 11th and 16th respectively in the men's pro race.

Spectators grooved to tunes by Thumpin', and the Cruiser Ride was well-attended by 110 bike riders of all ages. Many stores in downtown reported strong sales, with the General Store reporting a 10 to 15% increase in sales over a normal Saturday. Devil's Cup Coffee reported their best weekend sales to date.
Little Jam: Cowboy Dave to Perform on Saturday, August 13

Hey cowpokes: saddle up and mosey on over to Sterne Park for a free Little Jam concert featuring the Cowboy Dave Band!

When:  Saturday, August 13 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Where:  Sterne Park, 5800 S. Spotswood Street, Littleton

Cowboy Dave and his band of honky-tonk all-stars are poised to put the western back in country and western. The Denver-based group brings a plethora of experience to its high-energy live show, drawing on influences ranging from the Bakersfield sound to straight-up Western Swing.

Bring family and friends, and a blanket or lawn chairs and dance along with free live music.

Food trucks: Mile High Cheesesteaks and Rebel Cookie Dough

Local craft beer, wine and bottled water also available for sale.

Click here for more information about Little Jam
Calendar Contest Deadline is September 23

Submissions are open for the annual calendar photo contest. Winners will see their photos included in the 2023 Littleton calendar, distributed citywide in December.

Each photographer may submit up to five photos. Winners receive $25 cash, 10 calendars and publicity via news releases and distribution of approximately 7,750 calendars to the community.

The deadline for submissions is Friday, September 23.

Click here for submission guidelines for the calendar contest.
Sign Up for Littleton Police Citizen Academy
The Littleton Police Citizen Academy returns September 8, with opportunities to learn more about law enforcement.

The Littleton Police Citizen Academy is a series of classes designed to give community members a peek into the inner workings of the Littleton Police Department. A diverse selection of topics is covered to give attendees an idea of how the police operate.  

Each topic is taught by Littleton police officers or civilian staff members, each an expert in their field. Each instructor describes the functions of their position and is available to answer questions. Some of the classes also include practical exercises.

Participation in demonstrations and exercises is voluntary. Additionally, each participant has a chance to ride along with a patrol officer and spend time in the communications center.

Click here to learn more and reserve a spot in the Littleton Police Citizen Academy.
Littleton Police Receive Anonymous Donation for Littleton Public Schools
The Littleton Police Department (LPD) received an anonymous donation of $11,000 to be distributed to students in need across Littleton Public Schools (LPS). The donation was delivered to LPD through $100 gift cards. LPD has delivered the gift cards to LPS, and they will be provided to families who are struggling to pay for back-to-school clothing and supplies. The LPD would like to thank the donor and expresses gratitude to be a part of such an amazing community.
Littleton Named Among Colorado's Best Cities for Families
Littleton was listed among Colorado's top 10 "Best Places to Live in Colorado for Families" by Citytistics. The website's listing reads in part:

"The city is located only 20 minutes from Denver which makes it a fantastic place to live and raise a family in the suburbs whilst being easy enough to commute to work in a big city. Additionally, the cost of living fares better than the average which also helps. There is also plenty to offer in this city from galleries to bars – enough to keep you occupied!"

See the full list here
Littleton Police Officer Receives Russ Oberlin Respect for Law Award

Littleton Police Officer Austin Rodriguez has been awarded the Russ Oberlin Respect for Law Award. The Littleton Optimist Club annually recognizes individual members of local law enforcement agencies through this award for their service to the community, youth, and youth projects.

Officer Rodriguez has been with the Littleton Police Department (LPD) for five years. Rodriguez, who goes by A-Rod amongst his peers, has been a School Resource Officer for Heritage High School for the past two years.

"Aside from being at the school to provide a safe environment for students and staff members, he serves as a mentor, counselor, protector, and a leader to all the students in the building," said Littleton Police Chief Doug Stephens. "Austin embodies the Optimist Club's values and mission of providing hope, a positive vision, and bringing out the best in the youth and community of Littleton."

Along with his many positive contacts with the students of Heritage, the school has recently reached out to him and asked if he would use his experience and the positive relationships he has built to assist with coaching the varsity football team. Rodriguez will serve as an assistant coach on the school's varsity football team and was one of the instructors for this summer's Jr. Police Academy, a week-long academy for middle school students.
Littleton is Hiring
This week's featured jobs:

Streets Operations Manager The City of Littleton is looking for a Streets Operations Manager who will be responsible for the Streets Maintenance Division within the Public Works Department. This responsibility includes the construction, repair, and maintenance of city streets including snow/ice removal operations.  

Transportation Planner The City of Littleton is looking for a Transportation Planner to perform a variety of complex transportation planning work and to help develop and implement multimodal transportation solutions. The ideal candidate will have the opportunity to work on a variety of exciting projects including but not limited to the update of the Neighborhood Traffic Calming Program, Active Transportation Pilot Projects, and the Traffic Safety Committee.

Visit the City of Littleton careers page to view all current job openings.
Happening at Bemis Library
Exterior of library from front
Gardening in Colorado: Composting Learn how to start composting food and yard waste, the importance of balancing 'browns' and 'greens' and the science of building great soil. Presented by a Master Gardener with the Arapahoe County Colorado State University Extension Office. For all ages. 6 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, August 16.

Special Books and Blankets Story Time with Dog Mayor Murdoch Come meet Littleton's honorary Dog Mayor Murdoch who will be visiting for a dog-themed story time. Mayor Murdoch will be available after stories to pet and pose for photos. Bring children and blankets for 30 minutes of stories and songs outside on the lawn at the library. For families with children of all ages. 9:30 to 10 a.m. and 10:15 to 10:45 a.m. on Thursday, August 18.

Outdoor Concert: Skanson & Hansen Come down for a concert on the library's front lawn. Darren Curtis Skanson and Gregg Hansen are a dynamic duo, taking the songs everyone knows and loves in entirely new directions. Bring a lawn chair, grab some dinner from the food truck, and settle in for a celebration of Colorado summers. For all ages. 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, August 18.


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