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Butterfly showcase to wing its way back to Chatfield Farms


Chatfield Farms/Denver Botanic Gardens at 8500 West Deer Creek Canyon Road in southern Jefferson County will collaborate again with the Westminster-based Butterfly Pavilion to showcase native butterflies in a 1,500-square-foot structure at Chatfield Farms, a 700-acre native plant refuge with an active historic farm. Opening May 27, new butterflies will arrive each week, so the species will vary from day to day. Fifty indigenous plant species grow inside the structure, providing habitat, color and nectar for the butterflies. Open through Sept. 24 daily: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (last entry is at 3:15 p.m.). A $5 parking fee includes general admission to the gardens, with an additional fee for the butterfly house ($4, $2/members, free 2 and under).

Dance benefit

“An Evening of Dance” will benefit the Douglas County Libraries at 6 p.m. May 26 at the PACE Center, 20000 Pikes Peak Ave., Parker. There is no charge, but a $10 donation is suggested. Dual Star Academy of Dance, located in Centennial, will offer selected performances, solo and group productions that directly benefit the libraries in Douglas County. It will support projects such as “1,000 Books Before Kindergarten,” which encourages parents and caregivers to read at least one book a day to children for three years. To register: DCL.org/Foundation. Donations may be given at the event or via coloradogives.org, designating the Dual Star Academy Benefit.

Arapahoe Phil

On May 19 and 20, the Arapahoe Philharmonic will present “Dreams of the Future,” featuring music by Hector Berlioz, including the premiere of “Episode for Orchestra,” by Jonathan Bingham, which won the 2016 Vincent C. LaGuardia Composition Competition. Bingham will be introduced and will appear with conductor Devin Patrick Hughes preceding the concert at 6:45 p.m. There are two concerts, both at 7:30 p.m. — on May 19, the concert will be at South Suburban Christian Church, 7275 S. Broadway, Littleton, and on May 20 it will be held at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 8817 S. Broadway, Highlands Ranch. The May 20 concert will feature members of the new Civic Youth Orchestra, performing Berlioz’s “Hungarian March” alongside the Arapahoe Philharmonic. The march, an excerpt from the opera “Damnation of Faust,” will open each concert. Tickets: Arapahoe-phil.org, 303-781-1892.

CVA printmaking

The Center for Visual Arts, Metropolitan State University’s gallery at 965 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, announces the “528.0 Regional Juried Printmaking Exhibition,” sponsored by the Invisible Museum, May 26 through July 22. Entry was restricted to artists residing within a 528.0 mile radius of Denver. Mark Lunning, co-chair of the Invisible Museum, artist and teacher of printmaking, is organizing the exhibit of hand-pulled prints and intaglio, lithography, silkscreen or experimental methods. Opening reception is May 26, 6 to 8 p.m. Admission is free. On May 27, Lunning will give an overview of printmaking from 1 to 3 p.m. and additional programs are planned. See msudenver.edu/cva. Hours: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays; 12 to 5 p.m. Saturdays. 303-294-5207.

Free band concert

The Castle Rock Band will celebrate Memorial Day weekend with a free community concert at 2 p.m. May 28 at the bandstand in front of the Philip S. Miller Library, 100 S. Wilcox St. Audiences are encouraged to bring chairs or blankets — and sun protection! Prospective band members are welcome — see castlerockband.org.

Denver Arts Festival

The Denver Arts Festival will take place on Memorial Day Weekend at a new location: Stapleton’s Conservatory Green, 8304 E. 49th Place, Denver. On May 27, hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and May 28, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free. Artists exhibit and sell their works. Enjoy a “Make and Take” painting station. Free parking. Denverartsfestival.com.

Violin recital

Violinist Julia Che will perform at 2 p.m. May 21 at Hampden Hall, second floor of the Englewood Civic Center, 1000 Englewood Parkway. Accompanist is Anna Arzumanyan. The program is free and open to the public.


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