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Trees leave mulch to be desired

Scott Lamb and his son Patrick pulled into a Highlands Ranch lot and parked next to a pile of discarded Christmas trees. The mound spanned several parking spaces and filled the surrounding park with …
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The iconic Longhorn cattle drive makes its way along the parade route during the Stock Show Kick-off Parade in downtown Denver on Jan. 9.

Longhorn drive launches another National Western Stock Show

Thousands of people lined 17th Street in downtown Denver to watch the annual National Western Stock Show Kick-off Parade on Jan. 9. The parade highlighted Colorado’s Western heritage with …

Paintings and princesses come to gallery, theater

Fanciful paintings by Tara Pappas of Laramie, Wyoming will fill Stanton Gallery at Littleton’s Town Hall Arts Center, 2450 W. Main St., in January while the theater runs performances of the …
Allan Harris is the star of the show “Cross That River” about America’s first black cowboys.
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Black cowboys are focus of jazz show

“Cross That River: A Concert About the Black West,” with jazzman Allan Harris, tells the story of black cowboys in the unsettled West of the 1860s and about Blue, a runaway slave who escapes …

Kickstart fitness journey with free classes in January

South Suburban Parks and Recreation patrons can try free introductory fitness classes and equipment demonstrations at the Buck, Goodson and Lone Tree recreation centers during the week of Jan. 13. …

Town Hall Arts Center in Littleton.

Theaters offer variety through rest of season

Winter has many appealing facets besides that beautiful mountain snow — arts events are top of the list for me and I’m looking forward to revisiting Monet’s art at the Denver Art Museum, plus …
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Start a new decade loud, quiet or with a roar

With the metro area's cultural scene booming, New Year's Eve offers a way to ring in 2020 for everyone. I've selected five options, ranging from small and intimate to big and brash, which will allow …
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Mountain-themed art show is peak experience

“The mountains are calling and I must go …” is a theme for a new exhibit at Curtis Center for the Arts: “MTNS” will open Jan. 11 and run through Feb. 22 at the Curtis Center, 2349 E. …

‘This is Colorado’ has dozens of works on display

Colorado Gallery of the Arts at Arapahoe Community College is again host for Heritage Fine Arts Guild’s annual “This Is Colorado” exhibit — running through Jan. 16. This would be a good spot …
A huge chandelier at Camp Christmas puts out its own light show.

Immersive experience is holiday display on steroids

Yes, I know it’s a long way to Aurora for some of you, but Camp Christmas offers such a happy destination that I’m hoping readers will consider a trek. The giant Hangar at Stanley Marketplace is …

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Gardens offer amazing lights, decor for holiday strolling

Elves and others have been hard at work filling Hudson Gardens’ trees and pathways with lights and assorted decorations so that families can embark on a magical holiday stroll through the gardens, …
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Grandparents can teach too

Kids’ boxes are more than packaging

There are millions of boxes being delivered to front doors this winter. Sometimes what is in the box is not as fun as the container itself. Children can spend an amazing amount of entertainment time …
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Local Set shows the personal side of Red Rocks

The third annual Local Set series, which runs almost weekly through April 3, aims to bring a little intimacy to Red Rocks Amphitheatre by bringing audiences up close and behind the scenes of the …
Opening scene of Colorado Ballet’s “The Nutcracker.”
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It’s the most ‘Nutcracker’ time of the year

There are plenty of “Nutcracker” performances around the holiday season. One is by Colorado Ballet, which has tickets remaining for some dates, but we recall that it was completely sold out last …
“High Alert,” Carl Paulson’s image of a mama bear and cubs, shows them as they sense a male bear nearby — a clear and present danger to the cubs. Paulson and Julia Grundmeier exhibit their photographs and paintings at Bemis Library.
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Painter, photographer join forces in exhibit at library

Two local artists who are active with the Littleton Fine Arts Guild, which operates the Depot Art Gallery, have collaborated in an exhibit on the lower level at Bemis Library, in which two sets of …

Friends of Arapahoe Library hold a used book sale at Koelbel Library.
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Used books provide spine to get through winter blahs

Mark the calendar for Dec. 7 (9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) and 8 (noon to 5 p.m.) when Koelbel Library’s Used Book Sale will offer possible gifts for many folks on your holiday list — as well as a stock …
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