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Who doesn’t need a little inspiration now and then?Even just a little inspiration at the right time can make all the difference when you’re facing both professional and personal challenges, or when you’re struggling and in need of encouragement. Inspiration leads to creativity, determination, and a renewal of passion.For years, TED Talks have been inspiring millions of Youtube viewers, and now the organization is bringing its speakers and illuminating discussions to Denver with the TEDxMileHigh’s “Wonder” festival from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 11. The event, in the Bellco Theatre at the Colorado Convention Center in downtown Denver, will host more than 5,000 attendees listening to 17 speakers. Individual tickets range from about $40 to $100, and group discounts are available.“Wonder activates our curiosity and stirs our imagination,” said Jeremy Duhon, founder and curator of TEDxMileHigh, in a statement. “Colorado is the perfect place to bring together maverick thinkers, explorers, creators, and innovators. Through the power of big ideas and authentic connection, we’ll observe closer, investigate deeper, and propel our collective consciousness forward.”There will be a speaker for every interest — atmospheric scientist Brian Toon, author and poet Dominique Christina, interstellar correspondent Douglas Vakoch, social justice advocate Tamika D. Mallory, space entrepreneur James Orsulak and urban futurist Beth Mosenthal are just a handful of those will be making presentations.In addition to the speakers, attendees will be able to wander through the Exhibitions Lounge, which will showcase technology demonstrations, groundbreaking products from the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, The Optera Group Virtual Reality Experience and E-Bikes.If you want to learn about the future today, you’re going to want to learn more at www.tedxmilehigh.com.Here are some other fun events this week you shouldn’t miss:‘Ordinary Days’WHEN: 7 p.m. Nov. 9-11WHERE: Red Rocks Community College, West end, lower level, 13300 W. Sixth Ave., LakewoodCOST: Free for students, $10 for everyone else.WHAT: Red Rocks Community College (RRCC) Theatre Arts and Dance department is presenting the musical “Ordinary Days,” with music and lyrics by Adam Gwon. The show is a musical about four young New Yorkers whose lives intersect as they search for fulfillment, happiness, love and taxi cabs.INFORMATION: www.tinyurl.com/RRCCTickets.‘Love Letters’WHEN: Nov. 9 through 19WHERE: Lone Tree Arts Center, 10075 Commons St., Lone TreeCOST: $45WHAT: This show features just two actors, telling a love story that spans 50 years. The romance between Andrew Makepeace Ladd III and Melissa Gardner starts when they were just 7 years old, and follows them for the next five decades as they weather despair and celebrate joys together.INFORMATION: 720-509-1000 or www.lonetreeartscenter.org/loveletters.Women of DenverWHEN: 2 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 10WHERE: The Avenues Crofton Park, 12431 King Court, BroomfieldCOST: Free, but RSVP is requested.WHAT: The history buff will love learning about some of the many women who made Denver the city it is today. There will be names both familiar and new for attendees to learn about.INFORMATION: 720-328-9548 or www.LiveTheAvenues.com.
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