Life through a wild critter’s eyes

Posted 5/19/10

“National Geographic Crittercam: the World Through Animal Eyes” is open at Wildlife Experience, 10035 S. Peoria (at Lincoln), Parker through Jan. …

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Life through a wild critter’s eyes


“National Geographic Crittercam: the World Through Animal Eyes” is open at Wildlife Experience, 10035 S. Peoria (at Lincoln), Parker through Jan. 5, 2011. A small scientific video and data-gathering tool was developed that can be safely attached to wild animals, allowing us to see their world from their perspective. This 6,000-square-foot exhibit visits seals and sea lions, a great white shark, sea turtles, whales and penguins, plus beginning developments in the terrestrial version of the study with bears and lions. (The Crittercam had to pass a baby lion’s chew toy test). The final part of the exhibit focuses on Crittercam technology, developed by National Geographic marine biologist Greg Marshall, with hands-on activities. Visit for hours and admission information. 720-488-3300.

Sk3tchbook gallery at 5743 S. Prince St., a somewhat new kid on the block, plans a show called “Altogether Curious,” opening from 6 to 9 p.m. May 21. New artwork by gallery partners Tom Sarmo, Ruth Fiege and Teresa Brooks will be shown as well as a “curious” assortment of vintage and handmade items. Downtown fellow businesses: watercolorist Susan Montegue, Willow and Pink Attic Cat will also be open on that night. 303-794-6407.

Main Street Players will present “Re- Sourcing” by Laura Shamas at 7:30 p.m. on June 4, 5, 11, 12 and at 2 p.m. June 6 and 12 at the Avenue Theater, 417 E. 17th Ave., Denver. Shamas, daughter of Annawyn and Jimmie Shamas of Littleton, has an original take on outsourcing. Pam Clifton is director. Tickets: $20, 720-763-2134,

It’s up and about ready to cut in many local gardens. What to do with it? “Culinary and Medicinal Use of Rhubarb” is a program from 2 to 3 p.m. May 22 at the Littleton Historical Museum, 6028 S. Gallup St., Littleton. Learn why the plant was thought to improve the quality of life in the 18th century and taste fresh rhubarb prepared with historical recipes. 303-795-3950.

The Columbine Genealogical and Historical Society presents its 2010 Symposium from 9 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. June 5 at Buck Recreation Center, 2004 W. Powers Ave., Littleton. Professional genealogist Laura G. Prescott will discuss locating digitized images online, publishing your genealogy online, academic archives, using manuscripts to create a family history. Registration fee: $40, mail checks payable to CGHS to C. J. Backus, PO. Box 3804, Centennial, CO 80161. For information, contact Backus,, 303-355-0731.

The Wales, Ireland, Scotland, England Family History Society presents “History of Cherokee Ranch and Castle,” at 1 p.m. May 22, featuring Cecily North-Carnahan, assistant archivist for the Douglas County History Research Center. (Members will visit the castle later). Public is invited. Central Denver Library, Gates Conference Room, Fifth Floor, 10 W. 14th Parkway, Denver. The Palmer Lake Historical Society, with the Tri- Lakes Center for the Arts and Project Lighthouse presents a one-day Native American Festival, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on June 5 in Palmer Lake. Prior to the festival, the Tri-Lakes Chamber of Commerce, El Paso County Parks and the Colorado Department of Wildlife sponsors a kid’s fishing contest from 8 a.m. to noon ($2 in advance, $3 day of event. . The educational festival offers a chance to learn about Native American culture, history, dances and music. Storytellers will talk about the history of their tribes and singers will explain the significance and meaning of the drum and songs. Dancers will describe their regalia and demonstrate dances. Artists and craftsmen will exhibit their work and demonstrate their skills. Arvel Bird, a Paiute/Metis fiddler/flutist will give a 7:30 p.m. concert at Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts, accompanied by native dancers Festival admission is free. Location: Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts, 304 Highway 105. Concert admission is $15. Food and beverages will be available for sale. Ranch and Castle in Sedalia begins a summer season. 6113 N. Daniels Park Road, Sedalia. For reservations: 303-688-4800, William Shakespeare Live! at Cherokee Ranch and Castle, 5:30 p.m. May 22 in the person of Charles Wilcox. The castle’s Great Hall is a perfect venue and the $60 ticket includes a castle tour, supper buffet, cash bar, performance and coffee/dessert with Mr. Wilcox. The Henry Butler Trio plays at 6:30 June 4 at Cherokee Ranch and Castle. Jazz pianist Henry Butler with Ken Walker on bass, Tony Black on Drums. $60 includes castle tour, buffet supper, cash bar, performance, coffee and dessert with the trio. The Sock Hop Band, made up of 12 members of the Windjammer Jazz Orchestra and Skylarks Octet, will play 6 to 8 p.m. May 23 at the Toad Tavern, 5302 S. Federal Circle, Littleton. Vocalists Charles King and Emily Nelson Musser will perform music from the 50s and 60s. Bobby socks, poodle skirts, saddle shoes, leather jackets encouraged (and you get $2 off the cover charge). Cover charge $7, 303-795-6877,; Nova Singers will perform “Choral Music From the Movies” at 7:30 p.m. May 22 at Bethany Lutheran Church, 4500 E. Hampden Ave., Englewood. Tickets: $20/$15/$5. 303-499-3165, Buss will appear in a family-friendly show at 7:30 p.m. May 21 and 22 at Theatre of Dreams, 735 Park St., Castle Rock. Described as the “Comedy Imaginator,” Buss is a Second City graduate and award-winning magician who has appeared on David Letterman’s TV show and made other appearances in the US and internationally. Tickets: $20, reservations required. 303-660-6799.Inspire Creative, a performance company based in Parker, will present “An Evening on Broadway,” a revue of musical favorites, at 6:30 p.m. May 22 and 2 p.m. May 23 at the Mizel Arts and Culture Center, 350 S. Dahlia St., Denver. A cocktail hour and silent auction will precede the performance. Performers include families ranging in age from 7 to 70s. Tickets cost $35 and $50 for Premier seating and backstage pass., 303-790-0875.Entry forms are available at Curtis Arts and Humanities Center for its 27th Annual All Colorado Art Show, which is scheduled July 9 to Aug. 6. Deadline for entries is June 18. Quang Ho will jury the show, which has a $25 entry fee for two submissions. Center director Jo Cole says $2000 in prize money - will be available. The center is in a circa 1914 schoolhouse at 2349 E. Orchard Rd., Greenwood Village. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursdays. 303-797-1779.


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