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Castle Rock colorist displays his artworks

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American contemporary colorist Ken Elliott, a Castle Rock resident, will exhibit his work starting Jan. 16 in the PACE Center Gallery, 20000 Pikes Peak Ave., Parker. Primarily a landscape painter, he works with oils, pastels, monotypes and prints. Opening reception Jan. 16 from 6 to 8 p.m. Free admission, open during center hours. For more information, click here.

Stock show connection

Cowgirl Show with the Hunk-ta-Bunk-ta band is a program for kids at 3 p.m. Jan. 18 at Lone Tree Arts Center, 10075 Commons St., Lone Tree. Tickets: $5, call 720-509-1000, or go online.

Gardening Symposium

The CSU Extension Master Gardeners’ 2015 Spring Gardening Symposium will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 24 at Jefferson County Fairgrounds, 15200 W. Sixth Ave., Golden. Tickets are $75 for the symposium and $10 for Lunch and Learn session: “Qi Gong for Gardeners.” To register: go online. For more information: 303-271-6620.

Ainomae Quartet in Englewood

The Ainomae Quartet will perform Schubert’s “Death and the Maiden” at 2 p.m. Jan. 17 at Hampden Hall in the Englewood Civic Center. Quartet members: Silver Ainomae, cello; Boram Kang and Stirling Trent, violins; Anne Ainomae, viola. Tickets: $20/$15, free under 18, at the door one hour before concert.

Plains war explored

“Cheyenne War: Indian Raids on the Road to Denver, 1864-1869” is Dr. Jeff Broome’s title for a Tesoro Historic Lecture on Jan. 25: 1:30 p.m. at the Gates Reading Room on level five at Denver Central Library downtown (free) and again at 6 p.m. on Jan. 25 at the Fort Restaurant, 19192 Highway 8, Morrison (with dinner: $55 Tesoro members; $65 non-members.) Reservations for evening: 303-839-1671, or online here. Broome teaches at Arapahoe Community College.

Saving Places meeting

Colorado Preservation Inc. is taking reservations for its Feb. 4-6 2015 Saving Places Conference: “Advancing Preservation Practices” at the Colorado Convention Center in downtown Denver. For more information, click here.

Free movie at library

“The Hundred-Foot Journey” will show on Bemis Library’s big screen at 2 p.m. Jan. 24. The library is at 6014 S. Datura St., Littleton. French chef Helen Mirren learns to deal with an Indian restaurant that moves in across the street. Free admission and lemonade and popcorn.

Local artists exhibit

Artwork at South Suburban Recreation Centers in January includes:
• Steven Snyder’s “Full Circle” at Goodson Recreation Center, 6315 S. University Blvd., Centennial. Acrylic paintings on canvas and on wood that has been cut and reassembled.
• Paintbox Guild’s paintings will showcase different artists’ work and themes at Buck Recreation Center, 2004 W. Powers Ave., Littleton.
• Susan Winn’s photographs will be exhibited at Lone Tree Recreation Center, 10249 Ridgegate Circle, Lone Tree.

Colorado Authors’ League contest

Submissions are open for the Colorado Authors’ League Writing Contest in 13 categories, including e-books. Writers must be CAL members to enter and have published their work traditionally or independently in 2014. To join, click here. Questions about the awards: Peg Brantley, peg@pegbrantley.com or 303-693-2207.

Columnist booked for reading

Highlands Ranch author and Colorado Community Media columnist Craig Marshall Smith will be reading from and signing copies of “This is Not a Daschund” volumes 1, 2 and 3 — collections of his writings — at 7 p.m. Jan. 16 at Tattered Cover Highlands Ranch.

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