Archive for November, 2017

The Gift of Giving

November 28th, 2017 by Downtown District

MittensIf you’re looking to warm your heart, in addition to your hands, this holiday season, look no further than some favorite downtown events and great local causes.

The House of Neighborly Service (HNS) offers critical services through a hand-up approach for vulnerable populations, specifically striving to assist and advocate for people challenged by the effects of poverty or facing situational crisis.  A portion of proceeds from the beer and wine garden at this year's Festival of Lights event will be donated to HNS and collection boxes for food/clothing items will be stationed at the event. The top desired items currently are socks, gloves and hoodies for adults, instant Cup-O-Noodles and macaroni & cheese, coffee and creamer.

137 Homeless Connection is an outreach program of the House of Neighborly Service that serves homeless adults. With a year-round day shelter and an inclement weather night shelter, 137 offers its clients basic services, case management, advocacy and referrals. During the holiday season, you can help their cause by donating food and clothing, or by offering financial support.

Meals on Wheels of Loveland and Berthoud offers homebound seniors nutritious meals and human contact as meals are delivered by caring volunteers. Look for Meals on Wheels volunteers who will be staffing the hot chocolate and s’mores station at the 2017 Festival of Lights. Can’t make the event? Their Santa for Seniors Program is underway and accepting donations to enhance the holiday for seniors in need.

If you’re looking to do more this holiday season to support those in our community who are in need, we invite you to donate your time, talent or treasure to the many organizations doing amazing work in Loveland!

Veterans Day in Loveland

November 8th, 2017 by Downtown District

On most early fall mornings, the streets of Loveland are silent and still with only the sound of a crisp breeze blowing leaves across the pavement. However, come Saturday, November 11, and those quiet streets will echo from 4:00 am until 6:00 am with the ringing of 15 bells by the Associated Veterans of Loveland in celebration of Veterans Day.

This tradition started in Loveland in the mid-1950s to keep the historic moment alive from when bells rang throughout the world, signaling the end of all world wars. At the end of WWI, no one could imagine any war being greater than the one that finally ceased. Loveland is only one of two communities in Colorado who still ring the bells of freedom, bringing the nation’s attention to honor our Veterans’ dedication and sacrifice.

Once the bells have silenced, the annual Veterans Day Parade will start at 11:11 a.m. to honor all the veterans that have served or are currently serving our country. The parade will depart from Railroad Avenue and 4th Street, heading west down 4th to Garfield, north on Garfield to 13th Street, and west on 13th to Dwayne Webster Veterans Park.

The remainder of the day will be filled with meals, ceremonies and memorials to celebrate the courage and bravery exhibited by so many veterans within our nation. A full list of activities and details can be found here.

The Associated Veterans of Loveland’s Post 15 Charter Date was August 12, 1919. They are active in the community by participating and supporting in different events such as highway cleanups, parades, memorials, and clubs. Learn more about the Post 15 here.