31 Things to Do in Boulder in April

by Rachel Daly
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Boulder in April

Spring has come to Boulder and is bringing with it all the fun and exciting outdoor events that we have been waiting for! This month, enjoy the Tulip Fairy and Elf Festival, the final days of skiing at Eldora, the opening of the Boulder County Farmers Market, Earth Day celebrations, as well as tons of live music, comedy, theater and learning events. All happening in and around Boulder in April.

Easter Egg Hunts & Easter Bunny Events

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There are a ton of family friendly events happening Easter weekend! Egg hunts all around the Boulder area, as well as visits with the Easter bunny and more. Click here for the full list.

Boulder Arts Week

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When: March 30 – April 7, 2018

Where: Various locations around Boulder.

Time: See full schedule here.

Cost: Costs vary depending on event, click here for details.

The 5th annual Boulder Arts Week will take place on March 30 to April 7, 2018, at venues throughout the city. Celebrating Boulder artists, the week is Boulder’s only large-scale, inclusive celebration of our community’s vibrant arts and cultural offerings, promoting and celebrating our city’s thriving creativity. Join Boulder to celebrate the city’s excellent artists and arts and culture offerings such as art walks, First Fridays, exhibitions, performances, dance, music, theater, public art, artist demonstrations, lectures, readings, and workshops.

Laser Stranger Things

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When: Thursday April 5, 2018

Where: Fiske Planetarium, 2414 Regent Drive, Boulder, Colorado 80309

Time: 9PM

Cost: $10 Adults, $7 Kids/Seniors/Veterans. Tickets available here.

Fiske Planetarium is going full on retro with this laser show inspired by the hit series “Stranger Things.” Take a trip to the upside-down and experience the ’80s tunes and soundscapes from the show reinterpreted in vibrant laser lights and 8K digital dome.

Boulder County Farmers Market

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When: Saturdays, April 7-November 17, 2018

Where: Boulder at 13th Street next to Central Park, Boulder, CO 80308, Longmont at Boulder County Fairgrounds, 9595 Nelson Rd, Longmont, CO 80501

Time: Boulder from 8AM – 2PM, Longmont from 8AM – 1PM

Cost: FREE

Farmers’ Market season is back! Offering fresh fruit, flowers, veggies and delicious edibles, the Boulder County Farmers’ Market provides a place for locals to sell their products in a friendly, fun environment. Twice a week, residents and visitors can fill their bags with goodies.

Larcfest Spring Craft & Vendor Show

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When: Saturday, April 7, 2018

Where: Boulder County Fairgrounds, 9595 Nelson Rd, Longmont, Colorado 80501

Time: 9PM – 3PM

Cost: FREE

The LARCFEST Spring Craft/Vendor Show will be held in conjunction with the Longmont Amateur Radio Club (LARC) Ham Fest. Free admission to the Craft Show! By coming out you support the Longmont Amateur Radio Club. The club is actively involved in providing the Longmont community with Emergency Radio Operations and supports many events in Longmont with radio operations.

Lafayette’s 14th Annual Cesar Chavez Celebration

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When: Saturday, April 7, 2018

Where: Sanchez Elementary School, 655 Sir Galahad Dr, Lafayette, Colorado 80026

Time: 12PM – 5PM

Cost: FREE

Free and open to the public, Lafayette’s 14th annual Cesar Chavez Celebration will kick-off at 12:00PM at Alicia Sanchez International School (655 Sir Galahad Drive), where a Convivio featuring free refreshments, live entertainment, children’s activities, and student presentations, will be held. A “Seeds of Justice” march will follow at 1:30PM with departure from Alicia Sanchez International School. The march will conclude at the Lafayette Public Library where the Lafayette premiere screening of Motus Theater’s film, which is dubbed in Spanish and which depicts the lives of undocumented youth through the eyes of law enforcement leaders. A corresponding discussion will take place from 2:30 – 5PM. Children’s activities, including youth-facilitated Reading to End Racism circles, will also be coordinated. This event is brought to you by the Lafayette Youth Advisory Committee with support from the Empowerment Center of East County, Lafayette Police Department, Lafayette Public Library, Lafayette Recreation Center, and Motus Theater.

Eldora Retro Days

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When: April 7 – 8, 2018

Where: Eldora Mountain Resort, 2861 Eldora Ski Rd, # 140, Nederland, Colorado 80466

Time: 9AM – 4PM

Cost: Event is free. For lift ticket prices, click here.

Bust out your best 80’s threads and Pit Viper shades for Retro Weekend at Eldora! Enjoy live music by Retro Eighties Tribute-band on Saturday at 2:00pm and a live DJ on Sunday. You won’t want to miss out! On Saturday, 4/7 Eldora will also be hosting the Trick Ditch Banked Slalom so dress up in your Retro Gear and come support our competitors with 10 Barrel Beers on draft and Snow Beach games all day!

Lyons Old-time Square Dance

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When: Saturday, April 7, 2018

Where: Oskar Blues Grill & Brew, 303 Main St, Lyons, Colorado 80540

Time: 7PM – 10PM

Cost: $10/adult, $5 child, $25/family

Missin’ yer hoedown? Join Oskar Blues for the Lyons Old-Time Square Dance: old-time reels, mixers, squares, waltzes and flatfooting to live fiddle/banjo music! All dances are taught and are beginner/family-friendly. Dances are easiest earlier in the evening and become more complex as the evening progresses. Come alone, bring family/friends/kids and join our mix of beginner and welcoming seasoned dancers. No experience, partner or special shoes required.

Tulip Fairy and Elf Festival

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When: Sunday, April 8, 2018

Where: Pearl Street Mall, 1942 Broadway, Boulder, CO 80302

Time: 1PM – 5PM

Cost: FREE

Spring officially arrives in Downtown Boulder with the Tulip Fairy and Elf Festival. Festival goers can witness the vibrant Tulip Fairy, along with pint-sized fairies (including the fabulous Flora the Fairy) and elves, parade around the Pearl Street Mall ‘welcoming the tulips’. This beloved springtime tradition in Boulder features special events and activities for girls and boys and celebrate the more than 15,000 tulips that adorn the world renowned Pearl Street Mall throughout the spring season. The event includes live stage performances including Taylor Shae & Jeff and Paige, face painting, free activities for children and more!

Conference on World Affairs

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When: April 9 – 13, 2018

Where: University of Colorado Boulder

Time: See full schedule here.

Cost: FREE

The Conference on World Affairs is a year-round unit of the University of Colorado Boulder, offering events without admission fees to the Boulder community, students, and the public. The most popular event is CWA Week, taking place in early April each year. CWA Week is a festival of ideas featuring 200 panels, 100 speakers and performers, over 5 days, attracting more than 70,000 in cumulative attendance each year. The Conference also present the CWA Speaker Series where thought leaders in their field join together for a campus visit with an evening discussion open to all.

Dash & Dine 5k Run Series

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When: Tuesdays, April – May, 2018

Where: Boulder Reservoir, 5565 Reservoir Rd, Boulder, Colorado 80301

Time: 6:30PM – 8PM

Cost: $20/runner, $7/dinner ticket for non-runners. Tickets available here.

The Dash & Dine Run 5k run is Boulder’s favorite spring tune-up race series. This family friendly race is a series of six races Tuesday nights in April and May held at the beautiful Boulder Reservoir in Boulder, CO. The Dash & Dine 5k is all about friends, fun, and a family atmosphere with a mix of veterans, beginners, and seasoned professionals all racing together. After each race you’ll have a chance to relax, kick back with friends and make a few more while enjoying the post-race dinner, awards ceremony, and raffle prizes.

2018 GiddyUP! Film Tour

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When: Thursday, April 12, 2018

Where: Gordon Gamm Theater, 2590 Walnut St, Boulder, CO 80302

Time: 7PM – 9:30PM

Cost: $15/person, Tickets available here.

2018 GiddyUP! Film Tour is headed back to Dairy Arts Center for a rockin’#bikeparty that’ll get you stoked to ride your bike! You can expect about 1.5 hours of short-form mountain bike films. Comedy. Adventure. Drama. A bit of everything. Nearly half of the films this year feature women riders and filmmakers! Intermission features prizes from CLIF BarFeedback SportsTrainingPeaksHandlebar Mustache Apparel, and Skratch Labs.

Boulder Conversations with Adam Bradley

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When: Thursday, April 12, 2018

Where: Museum of Boulder, 2205 Broadway, Boulder, CO 80302

Time: 5:30PM – 7:30PM

Cost: GA $15, Members $10. Tickets available here.

Museum of Boulder presents speaker Adam Bradley, professor of English at CU and Director of the Laboratory for Race and Popular Culture. His most recent book, The Poetry of Pop, explores the poetic artistry of popular songs, from the Beatles to Beyoncè. He’ll unlock Boulder’s hidden—and not so hidden—history in popular music, from Jello Biafra to Jewel, Common to The Chainsmokers. In ways both big and small, Boulder figures in to the life and music of some of the world’s most captivating pop stars and the songs that made them famous.

Live Performance: Résonances Boréales:

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When: Friday, April 13, 2018

Where: Fiske Planetarium, 2414 Regent Drive, Boulder, Colorado 80309

Time: 7PM

Cost: $20. Tickets available here.

Pianist Roman Zavadaperforms live on stage under imagery and video of the Aurora Borealis in Northern Canada at Fiske Planetarium. From the rock of the Canadian Shield to sitting on the edge of the taiga, Roman Zavada pushed his creative boundaries by getting inspiration from one of the most majestic and grand phenomena on our planet — the northern lights. A colorful immersive show in which Roman Zavada performs live features the piano, resonating strings, and auroras filmed in real time and 360 degrees. Dive into the heart of the boreal forest, under the polar lights, for an incomparable and unique experience!

Thorne Spring Fest

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When: Friday, April 13, 2018

Where: Thorne Nature Experience, 1466 63rd St, Boulder, Colorado 80303

Time: 10AM – 12PM

Cost: FREE

Looking for something fun and FREE to do with your children on BVSD’s Spring In-service Day? Hop into Spring with Thorne Nature Experience at the Sombrero Marsh Environmental Education Center. Kids will enjoy nature crafts, a fire-making demo, face-painting, nature hike explorations with Thorne Staff, and dancing and singing in rainbow socks with the best nature performers –  Jeff & Paige at 11AM! Pack a picnic lunch and a picnic blanket to enjoy the mountain views. Thorne will have light refreshments donated by in-kind sponsors. This event will mostly be outdoors, rain or shine. Please plan for the weather and bring sunscreen, layers, and water. Carpooling with friends is recommended. For more info, click here.

Annie at Jester’s Dinner Theatre

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When: April 13 – July 8, 2018

Where: Jesters Dinner Theatre, 224 Main St, Longmont, Colorado 80501

Time: Times vary, see schedule here.

Cost: $17 – $40, Tickets available here.

Jester’s Dinner Theatre presents Annie! With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan Annie charms everyone’s hearts despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City. She is determined to find the parents who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of a New York City Orphanage that is run by the cruel, embittered Miss Hannigan. With the help of the other girls in the Orphanage, Annie escapes to the wondrous world of NYC.

Eldora Mountain Resort Pond Skim & Luau

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When: Saturday, April 14, 2018

Where: Eldora Mountain Resort, 2861 Eldora Ski Rd, # 140, Nederland, Colorado 80466

Time: 9AM – 4:30PM

Cost: Event is free. For lift ticket prices, click here.

It’s the bash of the season and a celebration of another fantastic winter! Eldora Mountain Resort‘s Spring Beach Party and Pond Skim is a day of fun, splashing, and sending a season off with some fun. Grab your best beach outfit and test your skimming ability to rock out the last day of the season. Dress up in your best beach attire! The Pond Skim is open to all ages and on the day of the event we will have a registration/waiver desk setup for the adventurous ones who want to give it a go. Soak up fantastic spring conditions, uncrowded slopes, live music, discounted beers from 10 Barrel Brewing Company, and, of course, the 10 Barrel Snow Beach, with on-snow beach games like giant jenga, giant croquet, giant cornhole, and more.

Romeo and Juliet at Dairy Arts Center

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When: April 14 – April 22, 2018

Where: The Carsen Theater at the Dairy Arts Center, 2590 Walnut St, Boulder, CO 80302

Time: Times vary, see schedule here.

Cost: $15. Tickets here.

Living in a world imbued with conflict and hatred, two young people from rival families discover a powerful force that supersedes the rules of earth and society: love in Romeo and Juliet. The actors of Phamaly Theatre Company bring to life a timeless play that was one of the most beloved in Shakespeare’s era, exploring the passion, beauty, poetry, and tragedy of putting aside difference and pursuing love above all else.

Hasan Minhaj Talk & Performance

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When: Thursday, April 19, 2018

Where: Macky Auditorium, 1595 Pleasant St, Boulder, Colorado 80309

Time: 7PM – 9PM

Cost: $2 for Students, $10 for Staff and Faculty, and $25 for Community Members.

University of Colorado’s Cultural Events Board and Project Nur will host Hasan Minhaj at Macky Auditorium. Hasan Minhaj is a comedian, actor, host, and writer. In November 2014, he made his debut as a full-time correspondent on the Emmy and Peabody award-winning The Daily Show. Hasan’s comedy special on Netflix, Hasan Minhaj: Homecoming King, has been received with rave reviews. Recently, Hasan had the prestigious honor of hosting the annual White House Correspondents Dinner in Washington, DC.

Longmont Restaurant Week

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When: April 20 – 28, 2018

Where: Restaurants throughout Longmont, full list here.

Time: Restaurant hours vary, see details here.

Cost: $18.71/person. No tickets or registration required. Details here.

Over 40 restaurants, breweries, and distilleries are taking part in the first ever Longmont Restaurant Week! Every venue will offer a special menu at the price of $18.71, in honor of the year Longmont was founded. Dine out in Longmont between April 20-29 and ask your server about Longmont Restaurant Week. Participating venues and their special menus are viewable on www.longmontrestaurantweek.com. Brought to you by the Longmont Area Chamber of Commerce.

The Colorado Bluebirds at Macky Auditorium

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When: Saturday, April 21, 2018

Where: Macky Auditorium, 1595 Pleasant St, Boulder, Colorado 80309

Time: 3:30PM – 5:30PM

Cost: $15 early bird, $20 regular price, Tickets available here.

Check out the first ever performance of The Colorado Bluebirds, an all-star bluegrass band featuring Adam Aijala and David Johnston of Yonder Mountain String Band, Dango Rose of Elephant Revival and Joe Lessard of Head for the Hills. Plus, an opening set from The Lonesome Days (2nd place Telluride Bluegrass Band Competition). This is the Early Show of the Bluebird Music Festival.

Bluebird Music Festival

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When: Saturday, April 21, 2018

Where: Macky Auditorium, 1595 Pleasant St, Boulder, Colorado 80309

Time: 7:30PM – 11PM

Cost: $65/$35/$25. SOLD OUT

The Bluebird Music Festival is a benefit concert to build the Bluebird Youth Arts House. The festival will feature The Tallest Man on Earth, Longhorne Slim, Josiah Johnson of The Head and The Heart, Paper Bird, Gasoline Lollipops and Sun, Jr. This event is now sold out.

Longmont Earth Day Celebration

When: Saturday, April 21, 2018

Where: City of Longmont Longmont Museum, 400 Quail Road, Longmont, Colorado 80501

Time: 10AM – 3PM

Cost: FREE

The 4th Annual Longmont Earth Day Celebration is a free event featuring an expo of more than 20 hands-on activities, performances and education that will highlight sustainability and environmental issues. This year’s celebration will be a family-friendly event open to kids and adults of all ages. The event will host environmental education booths, speakers and performers (including Jeff and Paige), as well as arts and crafts, and opportunities to find out more about sustainability initiatives. This event is being organized by Sustainable Resilient Longmont.

Free Museum Family Day: Nature’s Aviators

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When: Saturday, April 21, 2018

Where: University of Colorado Museum of Natural History, Henderson Building, 15th and Broadway, Boulder, Colorado 80302

Time: 10AM – 4PM

Cost: FREE

Look up in the sky, what’s soaring by? A bird, a bat, a bee, or a seed? Take an up-close look at wings covered in feathers, scales, and fur—what structures help them fly? Through observations and hands-on experiments, we’ll spend the day with our heads in the clouds, exploring the successes and challenges of nature’s aviators at CU Museum of Natural History‘s Nature’s Aviators. Live Birds! Flying Squid Rocket Launching! And – while on the subject of looking up in the sky – be sure to visit Fiske Planetarium for Astronomy Day from 1PM – 10PM. The museum will provide maps so you can easily move from one venue to the other.

The Boulder Family Get Down

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When: Saturday, April 21, 2018

Where: Boulder Dance Coalition, Avalon Ballroom Sodal Hall, 6185 Arapahoe Rd # B, Boulder, CO 80303

Time: 4PM – 6PM

Cost: Adults: $12, Kids (5-16) $8, Kids under 5 free. Tickets available here.

The Boulder Family Get Down is a fun, family focused, daytime dance party for parents, caregivers and relatives who want to let loose and dance together. This event is BYOB, please only compostable cups. Buy your ticket now! Space is limited.

Centennial State Ballet’s The Sleeping Beauty

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When: April 21 & 22, 2018

Where: Niwot High School Auditorium, 8989 Niwot Road, Niwot, Colorado 80503

Time: Saturday 2PM, Sunday 1PM, Special Ballet Petit performance on Saturday at 11AM for young audience members (see details below**).

Cost: Adult $22, Student $17, Seniors $17, Tickets available here.

Centennial State Ballet will perform The Sleeping Beauty, a ballet in a prologue and three acts, for their Spring gala production. The well-known fairy tale​is the story of a baby princess, condemned at her christening by an evil fairy to prick her finger and die on her 16th birthday. She is saved by the gift of the good Lilac Fairy, who declares the princess will only sleep until awakened by the kiss of a prince. The two main conflicting forces of good and evil serve as a theme throughout this fairy tale, replete with a king and queen, fairies both good and evil, a beautiful princess and dream prince and magical stage effects. Audiences of all ages will be entranced as the beloved story comes to life onstage through the artistry of the Centennial State Ballet performers. Choreography by Kristin Kingsley, inspired by Marius Petipa. Musical accompaniment features the Centennial State Ballet Chamber Orchestra. **Special Ballet Petit performance is perfect for younger audiences. Enjoy a narrated version of The Sleeping Beauty performance in a theater setting. See Princess Aurora, Prince Desire, and the Lilac Fairy up close when you take your picture with the characters after the show.

Choir Concert at the University of Colorado Boulder

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When: Sunday, April 22, 2018

Where: Grusin Music Hall, University of Colorado Boulder, CO 80305

Time: 7:30 – 9:30PM

Cost: FREE

The University of Colorado‘s Performing Arts department presents University Choir and University Singers with Guest ChoirGreen Mountain High School‘s Shadows of the Mountain in concert. This is a free concert. Grusin Music Hall Facilities open one hour before performances. Performance doors open 30 minutes before start time.

26th Annual Microbreweries for the Environment

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When: Friday, April 27, 2018

Where: Boulder Theater, 2032 14th St, Boulder, Colorado 80302

Time: 7PM – 1AM

Cost: $20 – $25. Tickets available here.

Microbreweries for the Environment is an annual benefit concert that was started in 1993 by student volunteers at the University of Colorado Environmental Center. The Boulder Theater is the premier producer, with support of veteran volunteers. The event is possible because of the MBE committee donating time and local brewers donating kegs of beer. Live music includes Amoramora + Intuit band with The Sweet Lillies. The concert benefits Girls on RockColorado Ocean CoalitionCAN’d Aid Foundation, and CU Environmental Center. Ages 21+

6th Annual Front Range Film Festival

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When: April 27 – 29, 2018

Where: City of Longmont Longmont Museum, 400 Quail Road, Longmont, Colorado 80501

Time: Times vary, see full schedule here.

Cost: $5 – $75, Tickets available here.

Join Colorado Festival Productions at the 6th Annual Front Range Film Festival to celebrate local filmmakers, the innovation and artists that make Longmont such a vibrant community. April 27-29th at the Stewart Auditorium at the Longmont Museum. Featuring work by Colorado filmmakers including 2.5 Million, with shorts programs, features, as well as filmmaker talks. See the full schedule here.

21st Annual Erie Arbor Day & Earth Day Celebration

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When: Saturday, April 28, 2018

Where: Erie Community Park, 450 Powers St, Erie, Colorado 80516

Time: 10AM – 12PM

Cost: FREE

Erie is hosting its 21st annual Erie Arbor Day & Earth Day Celebration! Activities include tree tree seedlings, free educational information, drawings for prizes, certified Arborist Q & A booth, hands-on tree plantings, and kids’ craft area. This event will go on rain or shine, it will not be rescheduled for any reason. Erie Arbor Day is sponsored by the Town of Erie, the Erie Tree Board, and Tree City USA.

Taste of Pearl

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When: Sunday, April 29, 2018

Where: Pearl Street Pedestrian Mall, Boulder, Colorado 80302

Time: 2PM

Cost: $65, Tickets available here.

Head to Downtown Boulder for an unforgettable afternoon exploring Boulder’s tantalizing culinary arts scene at Taste of Pearl. Celebrating Colorado’s distinctive wines and spirits and, amazing food while strolling through some of Downtown Boulder’s most vibrant galleries and retails stores. Tickets have sold out every year so get yours fast!

What’s Up Boulder Kids’ Concert

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When: Sunday, April 29, 2018

Where: East Boulder Rec Center, 5660 Sioux Dr, Boulder, Colorado 80303

Time: 5:30PM – 6:30PM

Cost: FREE

The What’s Up Boulder Kids’ Concert is free and open to all! The concert, featuring Jeff and Paige, will be outdoors on the patio of the East Boulder Rec, facing the pond. This is a unique opportunity to learn about your city’s top projects and services in an enjoyable atmosphere. See clear timelines, impacts and engagement opportunities of projects. Better understand the services that are available and how to connect with them. A list of featured programs, services and projects will be listed as available here.

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