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Thursday, June 16, 2022
On Monday, June 20, all city offices including the Littleton Center, Bemis Public Library, the Littleton Museum, and Littleton Municipal Court will be closed for the observance of Juneteenth.
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...

Independence Day Celebration Goes on Without Fireworks
Due to ongoing drought conditions and predictions of an above average hot and dry summer forecast, event organizers made the difficult decision to cancel fireworks for the 2022 Family Festival and Fireworks Show at Cornerstone and Belleview Parks. 

The cities of Englewood, Littleton and Sheridan, along with Arapahoe County and South Suburban Parks and Recreation, are moving forward with an enhanced 4th of July Celebration with fun for the entire family. The event will be held at Cornerstone and Belleview Parks on July 4 from 1 to 6 p.m. It will feature food trucks, vendors, face painting, music and more! No personal fireworks will be allowed at the event. 

 "A lot of thought went into this decision by all of our event partners," said Christina Underhill, Englewood’s director of parks and recreation. "With the current drought conditions and long-term forecast, we proactively moved forward planning an event that includes more activities and fun, rather than fireworks. This year will have more of a festival feel."

Englewood events web page includes details.
Resident Surveys Underway
Starting in June, 3,000 randomly selected Littleton households received postcards letting them know they’ve been selected to participate in the 2022 Resident Survey.
The survey will be mailed shortly afterward and can be completed by mail or online with a deadline of July 21.
Residents who receive the survey are encouraged to take a few minutes to share their input.  The survey is conducted by a professional research company and results, compared over time, provide valuable information to city council and staff regarding city programs, policies and services.
A web-based survey of 1,000 businesses will take place this summer too. This is an online only survey.
Feedback from Littleton business owners and managers is a valued resource to help ensure a strong local economy.
For more information about the surveys, call 303-795-3733.
Public Invited to Mineral Avenue Improvements Meeting June 22
Map showing locations of improvements at Highline Canal Trail, Jackass Hill Road, Jackass Hill Road & Jamison Way Curtice Court Interscection, Mineral Avenue and Jackass Hill Road/Long Avenue, Mineral Avenue Trail, and High Line Canal Trail crossing of Mineral Avenue
Community members are invited to attend a virtual public meeting June 22 to discuss transportation improvements in the area along Mineral Avenue east of Santa Fe Drive to approximately Windermere Street. The Mineral Mobility Improvements are aimed at creating safer and more complete travel options for bicyclists and pedestrians near the Mineral Light Rail Station.
Using community input, the city developed a list of potential improvements to be considered. Two levels of evaluation were then used to bring forward improvement concepts that meet the city's Transportation Master Plan goals, achieve project-specific goals, and fit within the $2 million budget. Improvements are being considered at multiple locations and could include protected bike lanes, improved bicyclist and pedestrian crossings, and a paved and widened Mineral Avenue Trail.
The virtual public meeting will be from 6 to 7:15 p.m. to learn which improvements rise to the top and to hear feedback.
Following the meeting, the presentation will be available on the project web page, and printed copies will be available at the Littleton Center at the reception desk, 2255 West Berry Avenue. Comments are requested by July 6.
Suggestions from the community will be used to refine and prioritize improvements to move into preliminary design. Design is expected to be complete by the end of the year, with construction beginning in 2023.  
Click here for more information about the project or to receive a link to the virtual public meeting.
Little Jam Concert in Sterne Park June 25
Banner with LittleJam logo and following text: Summer Concert Series, MM8TR Mr. Majestyk's 8-Track Revival, Free Live Music, Food Trucks, Adult Beverages, 6:30-9:30 pm, Sat. June 25 at Sterne Park in Littleton,, Littleton Logo
Come down to Sterne Park on the evening of Saturday, June 25 for the first of four FREE Little Jam concerts!
Mr. Majestyk's 8-Track Revival, a 1970s tribute band, will perform. Bring family and friends and a blanket or lawn chairs and dance along with live music. 
  • Food trucks: Turkish Chef, Smokin' BBQ
  • Local craft beer for sale: Locavore
  • Wine and bottled water also available for sale
When: 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., Saturday, June 25
Where: Sterne Park, 5800 South Spotswood Street
Future Little Jam concerts will be held at Sterne Park July 23, August 13, and September 24.
Click here for more information about the June 25 Little Jam concert.
Arapahoe County COVID Numbers Climbing
Due to increasing COVID-19 case rates, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has shifted Arapahoe County to "high COVID community level."
There are no new public health orders with this change. However, the CDC recommends wearing a mask in public, staying up to date with vaccines, and getting tested if you have symptoms.
In Colorado, on average there are over 2,300 new cases per day compared to a low of about 300 per day in late March. That means more people are getting infected with COVID-19, which is contributing to more hospitalizations.
Click here for more information about COVID-19 in Arapahoe County, including where to get vaccines.
Arapahoe County Appoints Transitional Board of Health
The new Arapahoe County Public Health Department reached a critical milestone June 14 as the Arapahoe County Board of Commissioners (BOCC) appointed five individuals to the Foundational Board of Health (BOH).
The BOH will ensure that Arapahoe County Public Health is operational by January 1, 2023. A general plan for the transition to a single-county health department has already been developed and approved by the BOCC. Among its primary tasks are selecting a public health director, recommending a 2023 budget; and securing employees, property, contracts and leases as needed.
The BOCC appointed five individuals with staggered terms, consistent with state statute, following an outreach process that considered 16 qualified candidates from across the County:
  • Arapahoe County Commissioners Nancy Jackson and Nancy Sharpe (terms to expire December 31, 2023)
  • Bebe Kleinman (term to expire on December 31, 2025)
  • Dr. Heather Signorelli (term to expire on December 31, 2025)
  • Shawn Davis (term to expire on December 31, 2027) 
Click here for more information about Arapahoe County’s Transitional Board of Health.
See Draft Animals in Action at Littleton Museum June 18
Photograph of a pair of oxen pulling a historic cart with the text: Draft Day, Saturday June 18, 10 am to 3 pm, Come see mules, oxen and large draft horses in action.
See mules, oxen, and large draft horses in action as the Littleton Museum revives its annual Draft Day, where historical interpreters will demonstrate how draft animals were used by settlers in the 1800s to pull wagons and plow fields. Experts will speak with guests about the care and training of these vital livestock, and about planting time on a farm in the 1800s.
The event is free to the public and runs from 10 a.m. to 3 pm. Saturday, June 18.
The Littleton Museum is at 6028 South Gallup Street.
Click here for more information about Draft Day.
Bike Station Planned for Bike to Work Day
Pedal on down to Littleton’s bike station on Bike to Work Day, Wednesday, June 22.
Bike to Work Day is an annual event encouraging commuters in the Denver region to bike to work, helping them save money on their commutes, improve their health and lower stress levels — all while reducing traffic congestion and improving air quality.
Bike commuters can grab goodies at the Mary Carter Greenway Trail Station Stop, 2640 West Belleview Avenue, on the west side of the South Platte River between the Belleview Avenue and Prince Street bridges. The station will be open 6:30 to 11 a.m.
The station will hand out free Little Anitas breakfast burritos, Mr. Kolache pastries and coffee, trail maps, drawstring bags, and more. Bike mechanics will be on hand.
Click here for more information about Bike to Work Day.
Walk For the High Line Canal June 20 to 26
A family with two adults, two kids, and a dog walk and bike along the canal. Text: Walk for the Canal Week, June 20-26, Walk, run, roll and ride to support your 71-mile High Line Canal
The High Line Canal Conservancy’s annual Walk for the Canal fundraiser encourages people to walk, run, roll and ride to support improvement projects, including tree planting and safer access along the 71-mile High Line Canal. Walk for the Canal Week, presented by the Friedman Family Foundation, features a week of family-friendly programming June 20 to 26, encouraging participants to explore the Canal and connect with nature and community, while raising funds to help protect and enhance the greenway.
Walk for the Canal Week allows participants to get involved in a way that fits their schedule and motivation. New this year, the Conservancy will hold daily events and activities on various topics, including a birding walk, sunset solstice excursion, happy hours, Dogs & Donuts event, and much more.
Click here for more information about Walk For the Canal Week.
Fire Muster Returns June 18
Photo of an old fashioned fire engine in the foreground and a crowd watching a fire hose demonstration in the background
Calling all fire truck fans: The 36th annual Fire Muster rolls down Main Street on the morning of Saturday, June 18!
The celebration of the American fire service begins with a parade of antique and modern fire trucks, starting at 9 a.m., beginning at Bannock Street and Littleton Boulevard, progressing down Main Street through Downtown Littleton, then turning toward Arapahoe Community College.
The parade ends in the main parking lot of Arapahoe Community College at 5900 South Santa Fe Drive, where the trucks will "muster" for a morning of fun, free activities from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Kids can climb on real fire trucks, shoot firehoses, play junior firefighting games, take fire truck rides, and meet first responders. The event will include a rescue demonstration with the Jaws of Life and a landing by an air ambulance helicopter toward the end of the event.
The event is free, and no reservations are required. Food and drinks will be available for sale.
Click here for more information about the Fire Muster.
Littleton Mayor Greets Visiting Dignitaries
From left to right: Othoniel Sierra, mayor of Englewood; Ardian Gjini, mayor of Gjakova, Kosovo; Olga Ditsie, mayor of Jwaneng, Botswana; Ciro Buonajuto, mayor of Ercolano, Italy; Bettina Romero, mayor of Salta, Argentina; Linda Olson, former mayor of Englewood; Russell Stewart, mayor of Cherry Hills Village; Kyle Schlachter, mayor of Littleton; JD Mangat, mayor of Lafayette; Chris Pappas, mayor of uMngeni, South Africa.
Littleton Mayor Kyle Schlachter joined several Colorado mayors to welcome a delegation of international mayors in June.

In partnership with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), international mayors and municipal leaders traveled to the United States to develop action plans to strengthen democracy in their home communities with U.S.-based experts, ranging from American local government officials to technical specialists to civil society leaders and organizations.

"It was a pleasure to meet this diverse group of mayors," Schlachter said. "We had interesting conversations comparing the opportunities and challenges we each face as elected leaders. There were many similarities, but there were also unique differences. Most importantly, it was great to see their enthusiasm in coming to the United States and to build relationships with new people."
Littleton is Hiring
This week's featured jobs:

Senior Transportation Planner
The City of Littleton is looking for a Senior Transportation Planner to lead and/or participate in a variety of local and regional transportation planning activities, including transportation master plans, comprehensive plans, corridor and streetscape studies, bicycle and pedestrian plans, and long-range capital plans. The Senior Transportation Planner will represent and promote the city’s interests with local, state, and federal agencies on regional transportation planning, and will facilitate community outreach efforts and represent the city on technical and policy advisory groups.

Historic Preservation Intern
Considering a career in historic preservation? The City of Littleton is offering a paid internship for an individual interested in learning more about historic preservation while assisting the City of Littleton planning team with a variety of historic preservation projects. This internship provides a great way to get to know the Littleton team and make connections for future opportunities.

Grounds Maintenance Worker
The City of Littleton has an opportunity for a Grounds Maintenance Worker to join the busy grounds crew in a permanent full-time benefits-eligible position. Grounds Maintenance Workers perform a variety of tasks in the maintenance, repair, and operation of the city's landscaped public grounds, hardscape areas, parking lots, sidewalks, pedestrian paths, and medians. The ideal candidate has a love of the outdoors and experience constructing and/or maintaining turf and landscaped grounds.

Visit the City of Littleton careers page to view all current job openings.
Happening at Bemis Library
Exterior of library from front
Kid's House of Joy
Three generations on stage lead guests on a journey to discover the wide variety of music from around the world. For families with children ages 3 and up. 11 a.m. to noon, Tuesday, June 21.

Gardening in Colorado: Container Gardening
Learn how to plan, plant and care for a container garden in Colorado. Presented by a Master Gardener with the Arapahoe County Colorado State University Extension Office. 6 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, June 21.

Construction Zone
Drop in to the Children's Room for a chance to don a hard hat and build with the library's new big wooden blocks. Caregiver supervision is required. For ages 3 and up. 2 to 4 p.m., Friday, June 24.

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