Life

Modern libraries are much more than books

t all started with a state parks pass. Areli Alcazar, a teacher at Kenton Elementary School in Aurora, stopped by the Schlessman branch of Denver Public Library a couple years ago, where a librarian …
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Jim Benton, a sports writer for Colorado Community Media, has been covering sports in the Denver area for more than 50 years. Here, he stands outside his longtime home in Centennial.
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My Name Is ... Jim Benton

Backyard dreams I worked at Rocky Mountain News 41 years. I always say, “If you've got to go to work, you might as well go to a game.” I got into writing in the Lincoln Log — the (Denver) …
Sonya Ellingboe
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Abstract artist to share techniques, approaches

Denver-based abstract artist Homare Ikeda will teach “A New Look at Tools and Skills” from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on March 7 for guild members and guests of the Heritage Fine Arts Guild of Arapahoe …

Program helps teach the next generation of hunters

The flow adult to youth of hunting activity in a family can be a seamless process when either mother or father hunt. It takes on an element of the family heritage. But when parents or a close family …

Charlie Daniels Band to headline Douglas County Fair

An iconic member of the Grand Ole Opry and Country Music Hall of Fame will return to the Douglas County Fair and Rodeo this summer. Charlie Daniels is known for using his music to support the U.S. …

Nick Lucey is president of a new art cooperative in Castle Rock.

My Name Is … Nick Lucey

About me I'm the president of the newly formed Castle Rock Artist Cooperative. I am a local fine art photographer and graphic designer based in Castle Rock, where I've been for the last five and a …
Arts & Entertainment

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 …
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 …
Orchids on display at Denver Botanic Gardens.
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Scene stays green, says no to snow

Under the huge glass house conservatory — and in the Orangery at Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York St. location — one can find greenery and flowers while the garden is covered with snow. In …

Vigil

Focus on the FLOTUS in new book

The chair you now sit in was once occupied by someone else. You are the second or fifth or 44th to hold the job but get ready: in this position, everything you do is critiqued and measured against …
Columnists
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 …
Sonya Ellingboe
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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. …
Coming Attractions

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 …
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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, …

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 …
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