The cities of Lafayette, Louisville, Town of Superior, and Boulder Valley School District are hosting a regional sustainability event called EcoTober on Sunday, Oct. 2, from noon-4pm at Centaurus High School (10300 South Boulder Rd) in Lafayette.
EcoTober will feature over 50 exhibitors, a performance by Jeff and Paige, hands-on workshops, and interactive activities for a fun family-friendly event. We invite you to join us for this event to envision and create healthy, resilient, and sustainable communities in Boulder County. This event is free and open to the public.
Sunday, Oct. 2, noon-4pm
Centaurus High School, 10300 South Boulder Road, Lafayette, CO 80026
Noon - Event Kick-off
12:15-1:15pm - Jeff and Paige science and nature-themed kids' concert
1:30-2:30pm - Recycled Fashion Show Workshop hosted by Junkyard Social Club
2:45-3:45pm - Green Cleaning Workshop hosted by Little Herbal Apothecary
3:00-3:45pm - Sustainability Storytime hosted by the Lafayette Public Library
4pm - Event concludes
Attendees are encouraged to bike, walk, carpool, or take the bus to the event. A free bike valet service will be offered to store your bike safely and securely while you enjoy the event.
For more information about the event, please review the activities below.
Local performers Jeff and Paige will put on a science and nature-themed kids concert from 12:15-1:15pm! This dynamic duo use songs, storytelling, and interactive play to engage kids ages 3-9 with nature, music, and movement.
Their concerts are interactive, educational, and focused on Colorado wildlife, sustainability, and getting outdoors.
Bring your dancing shoes, thinking caps, and singing voice!
Halloween Costume Exchange: Re-spook, Re-scare, and Re-wear!
Let’s make Halloween Eek-o-Friendly with a Halloween costume exchange. From Sept. 1-26 we will be collecting good-conditioned, unwanted, and old Halloween costumes for all ages. Come by the event where we will be distributing costumes first come, first served throughout the event.
Costume drop-off locations are below:
Lafayette Public Library
776 W. Baseline Rd, Lafayette
Louisville Public Library
951 Spruce St, Louisville
Superior Community Center
1500 Coalton Rd., Superior
Any donated costumes not distributed during the event will be donated to the Sister Carmen Thrift Store.
#1: Recycled Fashion Show Workshop with Junkyard Social Club 1:30 - 2:30 PM
Create your own recycled couture and join our fashion show! We'll provide the tools and materials like cardboard, fabric scraps, recyclables, and a plethora of plastic to be spared from the landfill. Create fashions and strut your stuff down the runway. Instructors will be there to support, inspire, and trouble-shoot as you design and create. This workshop is appropriate for ALL ages. Limited space is available - REGISTER HERE to save your space at this workshop.
#2: Green Cleaning Workshop with Faith Rodgers of the Little Herbal Apothecary in Lafayette 2:45-3:45 PM
Do you want to redefine the way you clean? Skip the toxic stuff and learn to make your own all-natural cleaners that are safe for you and the planet. Learn to create all-purpose cleaner, glass cleaner, soft scrub, laundry detergent, and more. Discover the cleaning power of pure plant extracts and enhance your experience by choosing the scents you love! This is a hands-on class and participants will leave with a custom spray cleaner to take home. Limited space is available - REGISTER HERE to save your space at this workshop.
NOTE: After signing up via the SignUpGenius link, please check in at the event workshop location at least 5 minutes PRIOR TO WORKSHOP START or your spot may be given away. We will have a waitlist of sign-ups available at the event if demand exceeds workshop capacity.
Are you interested in purchasing an Electric Vehicle (EV)? Come learn from EV owners about the advantages and challenges of owning an EV and get your questions answered about in-home charges and rebates offered from Xcel.
Our regional partner, Drive Electric Colorado, will also be available to support your transition from gas to electric.
Do you have unwanted small electronics or cords? Have you been storing your plastic bags at home? We have partnered with Ridwell to offer small electronic and plastic film recycling. Please bring your items to get recycled at the event anytime between 12 – 4pm. Please know you must bring your items to the event.
Plastic Film, Cell Phones, Tablets, Laptops, E-readers, MP3 Players, GPS Devices, External hard drives, Cameras, Gaming devices, Remote controls, Modems and routers, Cords and Wiring, and Printer cartridges
Appliances. Lamps & lighting, TVs, Monitors
Join the Lafayette Library in a bilingual Storytime with activities. Kids 3-5 and caregivers can enjoy learning about recycling and the importance of taking care of our community through a story, dance, song, and other activities.
Enjoy exploring over 50 exhibitors and shop local with vendors selling eco-friendly products to help you live a sustainable lifestyle. Learn from local nonprofits and enjoy interactive booths. From sustainably packaged goods to face painting for your little ghouls to enjoy, there is something for everyone. Here is a list of some vendors and exhibitors that you will see at the event:
- The Nature Conservancy
- Xcel Energy
- National Center for Atmospheric Research
- Spinster Sisters Co.
- Nude Foods Market
- Summit Sustainable Goods
- Inland Ocean Coalition
- Moose and Frankie
- US Environmental Protection Agency
- People and Pollinators Action Network
- Classrooms for Climate Action
- Garden to Table
Have an old bike or bike parts taking up space?
Clear that old bike out of your shed, garage, or back porch - Community Cycles wants your donation of old bikes and parts, to recycle or give a new life. Any condition is fine - working or not. The Community Cycles truck will be at the EcoTober event to collect donations!
Your donation is a building block for our biking community: bike education workshops, advocacy work for safer pedestrian and cycling infrastructure, and programs to benefit our low-income friends and neighbors.
What happens to the bikes and parts? Some will be refurbished and then sold or given away to a low-income person in need of a bike. Some will be recycled - part of our mission is to keep more materials out of the landfill.
Any size bike for kids or adults is great. We're especially looking for 24" kids bikes for the Kids Holiday Bike Giveaway, where we give away 350+ bikes to low-income kids every December. We have a lot of requests from families for this size! Kids this age want some independence that a bike can give them to ride to school and all over around town.
Can't make it on Oct. 2? You can drop off bikes and parts at Community Cycles, 2601 Spruce, Unit B (back of the building).