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Plein air workshop coming to Littleton

Painting of Wlllemstad, Curacao, by painter Pat Clarke, who will teach a plein air workshop for Heritage Fine Arts Guild.
Painting of Wlllemstad, Curacao, by painter Pat Clarke, who will teach a plein air workshop for Heritage Fine Arts Guild.
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The Heritage Fine Arts Guild of Arapahoe County will host a plein air workshop at the Littleton Museum on June 16, taught by painter Pat Barr Clarke, who lives in Highlands Ranch and is a longtime instructor in her former neighborhood of Park Hill. Clarke, who just returned from plein air painting in Chile, has also recently painted in Spain, Portugal and Curacao, where she will return for the fourth time to teach next February. All media are welcome and participants will have ample time to paint on site. Bring painting supplies, a stool, easel or board to paint on, hat or umbrella for sun or rain, sack lunch, water bottle, camera, paper towels and any other items you are accustomed to. The workshop will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (doors unlocked at 8:30 a.m.) at the Littleton Museum, 6028 S. Gallup St., Littleton. Cost: $35, HFAG members, $50 non-members. (Membership is $40 per year.) Registration required:

Water Garden Society sale

The Colorado Water Garden Society will offer a selection of new plants for your garden at its Annual Plant Sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on June 3 at Hudson Gardens, 6115 S. Santa Fe Drive, Littleton. The sale will be on the patio of the business office/Hudson residence and will offer hardy water lilies, tropical water lilies, tropical and hardy marginals, bog plants, floating plants, as well as water gardening supplies. Advice and information also provided. For information:, 303-423-9216 (Vicki Aber) or 303-421-1144 (Janet Bathurst).

Music fest

The Annual Highlands Ranch Music Festival returns June 23 (11 a.m.-7 p.m.), 24 (11 a.m. to 6 p.m.) at Civic Green Park, 9370 Ridgeline Blvd., Highlands Ranch. Live music and arts — 15 musical groups (see schedule next week). More than 20 arts, crafts, food and business vendors. Information: Kelley Messal, festival coordinator/ vendor liaison,, 303-683-4102; Bobi Hoy, HR Concert Band president;, 303-931-4608.

Summer reading

Step right up to the summer reading program with events on June 2 at specific library locations: perhaps a bounce house, face painting, carnival games and at Smoky Hill, the Salida Circus from 10 a.m. to noon. The Friends of Arapahoe Libraries will donate more than $60,000 to support the program, which drew more than 10,000 babies, toddlers, children and teens last summer. Visit or call 303-LIBRARY.

Crafters and artists wanted

A call is out for crafters and artists to enter the Friends of the Littleton Library/Museum Craft Fair. This fair, at Ketring Park 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Oct. 6, is in its 47th year and draws a great many shoppers — and buyers. Proceeds from booth fees support activities and programs of the Littleton Friends of the Library/Museum. A 10-by-10-foot booth space costs $185. Up to 300 crafters are allowed. An application is found at Or email for more information.

Ballet at DU

“Alice in Wonderland” will be performed by International Youth Ballet of Littleton on June 3 at 12:30 and 4:30 p.m. at the Newman Center, Gates Hall, University of Denver, 2344 E. Iliff Ave., Denver. Tickets: $30, 303-871-7720.

Plein Air Festival

The Fourth Annual Littleton Plein Air Festival runs May 30-June 1, presented by the Littleton Fine Arts Guild at the Depot Art Gallery, 2069 W. Powers Ave., Littleton. A show will open at 5-8 p.m. June 1. It will be preceded by three busy days of painting in and around Littleton. Watch for painters at work on Main Street, at Aspen Grove, at the Littleton Museum, at Hudson Gardens and all around town. Interaction with them is encouraged — stop and chat! Paintings will be framed and hung for exhibit in the Depot Art Gallery. Juror Lorenzo Chavez, of Parker, will pick “Best in Show” and other categories.

Zikr Dance

“Runes” will be presented June 2-17 by Zikr Dance Ensemble: It will focus on the ancient magical northern European alphabet as it was used for divination and prophecy. Lakewood Cultural Center, 470 S. Allison, Lakewood: June 2, 7:30 p.m., June 3, 2 p.m.; Lone Tree Arts Center, 10025 Commons St., Lone Tree: June 10, 2 p.m.


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