October 2012 Newsletter


Subject: TFKD/B News Oct 2012

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Trips for Kids: October 2012

Building Healthy Confident Kids Two Wheels at a Time

Dear Community,  

Girl riding with TFKD at Elk Meadow

The other day, I was out on my bike smelling the fresh autumn breeze and trying to beat the sun back to the parking lot and I got to thinking about how amazingly blessed we all are.  Right here in our own backyard is some of the most incredible mountain biking, road biking and all sorts of other fun recreation this country has to offer…and better yet, Trips for Kids Denver/Boulder is helping kids make that connection every single day.  If you haven’t been able to take a ride with us, in my humble opinion, now is the time people! 
We have tried pretty consistently to let you all know what we are up to from week to week and how our efforts are making a difference in the lives of underserved youth every day.  Well, I also want to say, it makes a difference in the lives of our volunteers and supporters too and without you all, we would not be able to live up to all of our good news reports. In our programs, volunteers work in groups and one on one to support, challenge and encourage youth to try new things and push themselves to reach new heights.  Our financial supporters keep our wheels rolling, rubber side down, encouraging us to take on new risks , like the opening of our new Bicycle Re-Cyclery in 2013.  So, thank you for all you do to support Trips for Kids Denver/Boulder and we hope we will see you in one of our programs, whether it is the famous Ride Program, or the unsung hero the Earn a Bike program, we are grateful that you chose to be part of our family.  Spread the word, there’s always room for more! 



Christi Stafford

Executive Director

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Get on a Ride or Wrench with the Kids!!
The Ride season spins on and our Earn-a-bike kicks off in October    
Our partnership with Boulder Middle School Bike Clubs, connecting the students without wheels to these wonderfully constructive after school programs, continues.  
Can you make it out on a ride or assist with a bike repair class??  Please help us support the kids with two volunteers for each session. Here’s where we need a hand:
  • 10/2, 9th, 16th, 23rd, and 30th Weekly, Tuesday rides at Casey Middle in Boulder from 3:30pm- 5:30pm  
  • 10/3, 10th, 17th, 24th and 31st – Weekly, Wednesday rides at New Vista MS in Boulder from 12:30pm- 2:30pm
  • 10/4, 11th, 18th, 25th –  Weekly, Thursday rides with Centennial Middle in Boulder from 3:45pm- 5:00pm
  • 10/5 – Ride with Synergy Treatment – Location TBD, 9:30 am – 2:30pm
  • 10/13 – Ride with Den. School of Science & Tech. – Bear Creek Lake Park,  9:30 am – 2:30pm
  • 10/17, 24th, and 31st – Earn-a-Bike Program sessions with Friends for Youth, a mentoring program for troubled youth near 54th and Chambers.                            Call Andy B. for details: 303-919-4259      

Back by popular demand (you asked and we listened!) – TFKD/B has simplified the volunteer sign-up once again.  To register for a ride, click here and complete the form.

In addition to what you see above, there are always more opportunities popping up on our schedule, so check on our website from time to time and see if anything has been added! 

DirtRag shot

Dirt Rag Covers HUNDO’s
Bailey Trails Mission 
TFK worked hard with a team of other cycling non-profits, Bailey community leaders, and politicians on wheels to establish the Bailey HUNDO three years ago.  The Bailey HUNDO was was founded on the idea that a race could help put more kids on bikes and the town develop the ground work and raise the funds to make the necessary earth-moving, trail work to materialize to make the area’s trail systems shine.  This story lays out what the HUNDO hopes to achieve: turn Bailey into a national level mountain biking destination!   
It’s true. Think Fruita in 1996!  Clink here to read the article.

October Events

Craft Beer Pro/Am –  

This Saturday! 10/6  

Our great friends and amazing party hosts at Coalesce Design and Fab are holding another shindig featuring tasty craft beer from Boulder’s best homebrewers and the guys who get paid. Your $35 donation to Trips for Kids earns you an evening of unlimited food, drink, and dancing! Last years event raised over $11,000 for TFK, so this will be big!  


Beers start flowing at 2 pm. Check here for the list of Pro brewers and party details. 

Coalesce Design and Fabrication   

1930 Central Ave Suite A-1 



Yoga for a Cause – 10/13  yoga for a cause 

I attended the September YFAC session and did yoga for the first time with a pro DJ spinning perfect yogadelic tunes. This time we get to practice with a live guitarist picking away. Join us for yoga, and pumpkin carving and a pot luck after.  Your $20 suggested donation all goes to TFK!  Hop on this FB event page and say “yes” if you can make it or just show up! 

Click the link for details!


Velo Swap – 10/20     

     vswapWe’ll be there selling donated apparel and bikes that are not the best fit for our youth  programs.  Stop by and see us, if you are shopping the Swap!   


 We need a few volunteers! Contact Andrew G. if you can help at our booth for a few hours! agood@tripsforkidsdenver.org, 303-725-6723 


VeloSwap Bikes

Volunteer Shop Night Moves to Thursday!
Thursday, October 4, 11, 18,  & 25   
Volunteer Shop Night – TFK Shop  4pm-7pm   

Once a week we gather volunteer power to work on our program fleet or, this time of year, prep bikes that don’t fill a need for youth programs for sale at Velo Swap.  This October we are switching to Thursday nigh to accommodate our Wednesday Earn-a-bike class.  Handy with a wrench? Join us!  We serve pizza and cold drinks, in case you wondered.  Register to support TFK as an event or program volunteer by clicking here and completing the form.

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