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Bird of prey slated to swoop into photography gathering


Devin Jaffe of Nature’s Educators will be guest speaker for an upcoming meeting of the Englewood Camera Club at 7 p.m. June 12 at Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirit, 6400 S. University Blvd., Centennial. Jagge’s organization cares for non-releasable birds of prey and is committed to educating the public about conservation. She will bring one of her birds to the meeting, which, weather permitting, will be held on the east patio of the church, or will be held in the all-purpose room on the south side in the basement if inclement. Weather permitting, she will fly her bird, allowing photographers to make a portrait. A small donation for the 501(c)(3) organization will be welcomed.

Music and arts

Plan to attend the annual Highlands Ranch Music Arts Festival on June 23-24 at Civic Green Park, 9370 Ridgeline Blvd., Highlands Ranch. Presented by the Highlands Ranch Concert Band, with 15 musical groups and arts, crafts, foods … Admission is free — more next week on this.

Art show

The “No Plateaus Art Show” will open from 4 to 7 p.m. on June 14. Guests are welcome to see remarkable paintings achieved by artists who have had a stroke. The exhibit will be at the Rocky Mountain Stroke Center, 5666 S. Bannock St., Littleton. Note: This building is a very special example of Littleton’s 1950s-era buildings, now being studied by Diane Tomasso and Michael Paglia for the city’s planning office.

Arapahoe Philharmonic

Two free summer performances are announced by the Arapahoe Philharmonic. At 2:30 p.m. on June 15 will be chamber music by Brahms, Hsu and Dvorak at Columbine United Church, 6375 S. Platte Canyon Road, Littleton. Starting at 5:30 p.m. on July 3 in the mountain town of Avon will be a pops program (Bernstein, Copland, Gould and Williams) by the full orchestra in the Harry A. Nottingham Performance Pavilion, 1 Lake St., Avon. A Dearling Band will play at 5:30, followed by the Arapahoe Philharmonic, followed by a fireworks display. Also, the Arapahoe Philharmonic will accept composition submissions from young composers for its annual competition from June 1-30. Guidelines are on the orchestra’s website: Submit online.

Art exhibit

“Beneath the Surface” will exhibit art by 45-year Englewood resident Smithie Mitchell and Katie Hoffin at Anthology Fine Art, 3419 S. Lincoln St., Englewood. Go to for hours and more.

`Court the Arts’

Court the Arts 2018, a family-oriented arts fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on June 9 and 10 on the Courthouse Lawn (300 Block of Wilcox Street) in downtown Castle Rock. More than 30 artists will exhibit their works. (Note: Same day as the Ducky Derby — add to your family fun.)

Lone Tree Symphony

The Open Symphony 2018 concerts will be held from 7-9 p.m. on June 14 and July 12 at Lone Tree Arts Center. “Everyone is invited to play with the orchestra.” You may decide to audition! Registration required: give name, instrument, email address. On June 14, the music is Beethoven Symphony No. 7, Grandos Intermezzo from “Goyescus,” and Bernstein: Three Dance Episodes from “On the Town.”

Center for Visual Arts

“Pink Progression” is an exhibition running through Aug. 18 at the Center for Visual Arts, Metro State University’s gallery at 965 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, addressing concepts of human rights, gender, sexual identity, feminism, womanhood and inclusivity. It celebrates the Women’s Marches in 2017 and 2018, representing unity and empowerment. Admission free. See

Douglas County Libraries

“Love in the Afternoon” will be at 2 p.m. on June 16 at the Parker Library. Jen Turano will moderate a panel of romance authors: Carla Laureano, Sarah Hegger, Sara Richardson, Lisa Brown Roberts and Lisa T. Bergren. Then at 6:30 p.m. on June 16, author Sandra Dallas will speak at the Castle Rock Library about her new novel, “Patchwork Bride.” Craig Grossi and his dog Fred will appear at 6:30 p.m. June 20 at the Parker Library to talk about the book, “Craig and Fred: A Marine, A Stray Dog and How They Rescued Each Other.” Register for each: 303-791-7323,

Littleton concerts

At 6:30 p.m. on June 13, music lovers will gather on the Littleton Museum lawn to hear Dakota Blonde, the first of a Wednesday series of free concerts sponsored by the Friends of the Littleton Library and Museum. The museum is at 6028 S. Gallup St., 303-795-3950. Bring blankets or chairs. Food trucks available or bring a picnic. Next: Michael Friedman Band on June 20.

Colorado Shakespeare Festival

The 2018 Colorado Shakespeare Festival runs from June 8 to Aug. 12 on the CU-Boulder campus. “Love’s Labour’s Lost,” “Richard III,’ “Cyrano De Bergerac,” “You Can’t Take It With You,” and “Edward III” Tickets start at $20.


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