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Pastels on parade at art center through June

“Save the Bees” by pastel painter Jeanette Stutzman is included in the Mile High National Pastel Exhibition at Curtis Arts Center.
“Save the Bees” by pastel painter Jeanette Stutzman is included in the Mile High National Pastel Exhibition at Curtis Arts Center.
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The Mile High National Pastel Exhibition opens May 11 at the Curtis Center for the Arts, 2349 E. Orchard Road (just west of University Boulevard in Greenwood Village) and runs through June 29 during center hours. The juror, Barbara Jaenicke, selected 80 works from 350 painting submitted by 122 artists from 18 states. The art form, used by Degas, Renoir and Cassatt, appears as a range of images created by 21st-century artists. Free. Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. 303-797-1779.

Rescheduled museum event

“Sheep to Shawl” will be celebrated from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on May 18 at the Littleton Museum’s 1860s Farm, 6028 S. Gallup St., Littleton. Shearing, herding, weaving, spinning, dyeing will be demonstrated and some craftsmen will have wool items for sale. Free. 303-795-3950.

Retail history

“Lost Department Stores of Denver” author Mark Barnhouse will speak about his latest book at 7 p.m. May 14 at Bemis Library, 6014 S. Datura St., Littleton. Free. Books available. 303-795-3961.

Moon matinee

“First Man,” the movie about astronaut Neil Armstrong, first man to walk on the moon, will show at 2 p.m. May 25 at Bemis Library, 6014 S. Datura St. in Littleton Free.

Genealogists gather

The Columbine Genealogical and Historical Society meets in May at Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirit, 6400 S. University Blvd., Centennial. May programs: May 14, 1 p.m. “Life of Local Folk Musician Walt Conley,” presented by Tom Fritz. Folk singer, actor/owner of Conley’s Nostalgia in Denver. May 21, 11 a.m. to noon, used book sale. May 21, noon, potluck lunch. Share famous and infamous ancestors. (No summer programs.)

Memorial Day concert

The Castle Rock Band and American Legion Post #1187 present a free Memorial Day concert at 2 p.m. May 26 at the bandstand in front of Philip S. Miller Library on Wilcox Street in downtown Castle Rock. This is the band’s first in a summer season. Next will be a June 29 bandstand concert at 7:30 p.m. The band is made up of volunteer musicians and welcomes new members. See

Summer concerts

Hudson Gardens’ summer season begins June 10 with Brian Setzer’s Rockabilly Riot and continues through the summer, ending with a rescheduled Kenny Loggins on Sept. 16. See for ticket information. (Prices vary.)

South Suburban art

Arapahoe Community College Study Abroad students traveled to Japan last year with cameras in hand. Exhibit at Buck Recreation Center in Littleton through May 30. Also, the Arturo Garcia painting collection, “Tatanka: The Spirit of the Land” (bison series). At Lone Tree Recreation Center through May. In addition, Dick Gallagher’s “Simpler Times and Carbureted Pleasures” features paintings of cars and trucks and Denver’s past. At Goodson Recreation Center in Centennial through May.

Summer intensive

Denver Ballet Theatre has openings for its summer intensive ballet program with Vladimir Djoulokhadze at its new studio, 5690 County Line Place, Highlands Ranch. 303-799-6609,

Audubon anniversary

Denver Audubon is celebrating its 50th anniversary. An Audubon Bird Habitat Garden Tour in Highlands Ranch is planned for June 22 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tickets: $17 members, $21 non-members. Sponsored by Live Urban Denver. Partners: James H. Larue Highlands Ranch Library, Centennial Water and Sanitation, The Bees Waggle. Also, applications are being accepted for Audubon’s extensive, year-long 2019-2020 Master Birder program, including 25 lectures, 23 field trips and a full year of training. ($750).

Midcentury playfulness

“Serious Play” is a new exhibit at the Denver Art Museum presenting a concept of playfulness in postwar American design during the 1950s and 1960s. Co-organized with the Milwaukee Museum. Through August 25. Included in general admission. Design was affected by an emerging focus on child development. The museum is at 100 W. 14th Ave. Parkway in downtown Denver.


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