LYONS – Lyons Mercantile, 441 Main St., will open on November 19. The new shop, located at the former Ohm Salon + Gallery, will be a consignment/used furniture business. Owner Monica McGuckin said that there will not be a grand opening, but rather a soft opening on November 19.
She is accepting good quality and lightly used furniture. Clients may bring photos to the shop to see if the furniture will fit in the shop. It is possible that some furniture might be able to have some minor repairs done through associates of McGuckin.
Local artists will have wall space for art, paintings, photography and other wall art. In the future art seminars may be held at the shop. Susan Peirce, Mimi Elmore and Carol Rufenach will be featured artists at the shop. Art shows will rotate regularly.
A wide variety of products will be for sale at the Mercantile. McGuckin plans to sell handmade bee’s wax candles, hand-knit items by Ann O’Brien, and hand-made jewelry. Consignment jewelry will also be for sale. “We are working to find good quality items to sell at reasonable prices,” she said. “I am trying to use as many local people as possible. Alli Bozeman from Bird Dog Press designed our logo.”
Lyons Mercantile will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and from 12 noon to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday. It will be closed on Monday and Tuesday. For more information, call 303-823-5256.
Oskar Blues celebrates
LONGMONT – Oskar Blues is inviting people to join in celebrating the ninth CANniversary, on November 18, at the Tasty Weasel Taproom, 1800 Pike Rd., in Longmont.
Festivities begin at 5:00 p.m. with the tapping of the Friday firkin, Vanilla Bean Café au Chub, and will feature the unveiling of the Bonewagon, Oscar’s new Barnstormin’ Smokateria on Wheels, where you can get Oskar Blues’ award-winning smoked wings, and a Hops and Heifers Farm Home Grown Burger, made with beef from Oscar’s spent-grain-and-grass-fed cattle.
You’ll have the chance to hand can your own 16-oz. stovepipe of HGH Part DUH or another Oskar Blues specialty brew (to be released at the party!) using Oscar’s original canner, with the purchase of a six-pack of HGH Part DUH from the Tasty Weasel Taproom.
Play in a BrewSkee Ball Tournament with a buddy for a chance to win two lift tickets to Eldora Ski Resort, a $50 gift card to our restaurants, or a $25 gift card to the Tasty Weasel.
Catch a brewery tour, try some delicious Ten FIDY Chocolate Stout cake from Tee & Cakes, or a Bacon-Maple Chub cupcake from The Daily Cake, and jam out to live music performed by the Johnny O Band.
Should you be feeling extra ambitious that night, join the Bicycle Longmont Cruiser Ride to the brewery from Dickens Tavern in downtown Longmont on Main Street. The best lit-up bike wins a $25 gift card to the Oskar Blues restaurants. Riders are leaving the Tavern at 6:00 p.m.
And, if you’re feeling extra giving, bring in an old bike to donate to Bicycle Longmont’s Holiday Bike Program. One bike donated equals one free pint. The crew is looking forward to celebrating nine years of putting four-dimensional beers in cans, and hopes you can join in.
CU-Boulder to lead electric vehicle development studies
COLORADO SPRINGS – University of Colorado Boulder faculty will join with University of Colorado-Colorado Springs faculty to teach courses in the design and implementation of electric vehicle drivetrains to new and retraining engineers.
The U.S. Department of Energy recently provided a five-year $954,000 grant to UCCS for the development of courses to prepare engineers for careers in developing new technologies for vehicles having electric drivetrains. The master’s-level courses will be taught by both UCCS and CU Boulder faculty members with expertise in batteries, battery controls, and power electronics.
The courses will be available through distance learning technologies such as online courses and, possibly, CISCO Telepresence, in addition to traditional in-person classrooms, making them available to people nationwide.
“There are thousands of engineers who have either been displaced as the U.S. auto industry shifted or who have an interest in learning about creating vehicles of the future,” Greg Plett, professor, UCCS College of Engineering and Applied Science, said. “This program offers them the opportunity to retrain without relocating.”
Plett, the principal investigator on the project, has spent his career working with battery controls and has close relationships to many Colorado-based companies who manufacture batteries or their controls as well as large corporations such as General Motors. Plett is working with General Motors’ engineers on new methods for battery controls in future extended range electric vehicles, beyond the Chevy Volt.
The GATE Center of Excellence in Innovative Drivetrains in Electric Automotive Technology Education will provide students the opportunity to earn a graduate certificate in electric drivetrain technology by taking four courses in battery dynamics, battery controls, power electronics and detailed courses in adjustable alternating current drives. Plans also call for creating options for students in master’s of science in electrical engineering programs at UCCS and CU-Boulder to pursue specialization in fields such as battery controls, taught by UCCS faculty, and vehicle power electronics taught by CU-Boulder faculty members.
Plett also believes the collaboration of faculty will lead to new research in battery technology. Battery life and power outputs have long been considered hindrances to the development of electric vehicles including cars, trucks and mass transit vehicles.