Painter Lisa Calzavara’s “Illuminated Plant” was the 2008 Best of Show winner in the annual Own An Original exhibit, sponsored by the Littleton …
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Painter Lisa Calzavara’s “Illuminated Plant” was the 2008 Best
of Show winner in the annual Own An Original exhibit, sponsored by
the Littleton Fine Arts Committee. That win brought her an
invitation for a one-woman show. Her “Listening to the Light
Series” will be exhibited from July 17 through Sept. 13 at the
Littleton Museum, 6021 S. Gallup St., Littleton. “Imagine yourself
walking into a dimly lit room. There is a partially-curtained
window with the light streaming through. Your eyes only have a
moment to adjust, but in that moment, you see shapes and shadows…”
The artist says that by listening, she could feel the essence of
the environment, capture a moment. Calzavara has been a
self-employed artist since 1993, exhibiting her work in juried
shows and exhibits and galleries. Her training in multiple media
including oils, acrylics and watercolor, as well as encaustics and
portraits, was at Arapahoe Community College. She works from her
large collection of photographs shot in historic locations and she
views the resulting painting “like a still life, that will invite
people in.” In 2007, she won first place in the Kaleidoscope show
at ACC and she is represented by Rejuvanest Gallery in Highland
Square.. Museum hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays;
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays; 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays. 303-795-3950.
Are the natives growing restless? Take the kids to South Platte
Park and check out an Explorer Backpack with binoculars, a bug net,
bug magnifiers, field guides and more, including an activity
guidebook. A family can spend all or part of a day exploring this
huge natural park. Rental fees: $3, district, $6, non-district plus
a $2 refundable deposit. Packs must be returned by 3:30 p.m. each
day. The park is at 3000 West Carson Drive, entered from the
northwest corner of the Park ‘n Ride lot. Carson Nature Center is
open 12 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays; 9:30 a.m. to 4:30
p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Admission is free. 303-730-1022,
Quilters and other needleworkers, gardeners, cooks,
photographers and others can enter the 2009 Arapahoe County Fair,
scheduled July 22-26. Visit www.arapahoecountyfair.com
for rules and entry forms or call 303-730-1920 for an OpenClass
fair Book. Entries July 20 and early July 21. Judging begins at 1
The Highlands Ranch Concert Band will perform at 7:30 p.m. July
15 as background for the Highlands Ranch Metropolitan District Ice
Cream Social at Civic Green Park, 9370 Ridgeline Blvd. Traditional
band music is on the menu. See: www.hrcb.org.
The new Regal Riverpoint Stadium 14 at Santa Fe and Hampden in
Sheridan offers preview events July 11-13 with $2 movies, popcorn
and drinks, with benefits to local charities. Grand opening, with
first-run films, including “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood
Prince,” is July 15. Free popcorn and drinks for ticket holders
July 15 to 23. REGmovies.com/grand-openings.
Adventures in Dance at Woodlawn Shopping Center, 1500 W.
Littleton, has moved upstairs at the east end of the center, giving
it a larger ballroom space and elevator access. For class and event
scheduling, see adventuresindance,com
Museo de las Americas, 861 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, announced the
appointment of Maruca Salazar as new executive director. She has
been arts coordinator and staff developer for the Denver Public
Schools and an activist in the arts community. See www.museo.org for summer programs,
including summer camp sessions for kids. 303-571-4401.
Theatre of Dreams in Castle Rock presents “Dream Masterz Magic”
with Joe Givan and Carol Massie at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 11.
Tickets $20+ tax for two people. 303-660-6799.
The Parker Chamber Picture Show Series will show free outdoor G
and PG-rated films for families at about 8:30 p.m. every other
Saturday night through the summer at O’Brien Park in Downtown
Parker. Next scheduled evening is July 11. Early arrival is
suggested, since about 1,000 are expected. Bring a picnic or the
chamber will sell popcorn, candy and sodas. Pets on a leash
invited. Visit www.parkerchamber.com for
information and movie lineup.
Auditions for “The Second Tosca” are scheduled 11 a.m. to 5
p.m., by appointment only, July 20 and 21 at the Arvada Center,
6901 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada. No out of town auditions are
scheduled. This is an Equity production, but non-Equity actors may
audition. See www.arvadacenter.org/on-stage/auditions
for details. Production dates: Oct. 20 Nov. 22. 720-898-7200.
Nominations for the 2010 listing of Colorado’s Most Endangered
Places are due by August 1 at Colorado Preservation Inc. Readers
who are aware of a threatened historic site can nominate. Visit
download a nomination form and information, or sendan email to
Old South Pearl Street announces summer music festivals, in
conjunction with Swallow Hill Music: Third Annual Blues and Brews
on July 11, featuring John Lee Hooker and others and BrewGrass on
August 8, featuring Band of Heathens, Blue Canyon Boys and more.
Admission: $5. 303-734-0718.
“Venice on the Creek” is open for boat rides on Cherry Creek, 5
to 10 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays. 16-foot long boats, poled by
a boatman, can accommodate up to six adults. Rides start and end at
Larimer Street, a half block west of Larimer Square. A 60- to
70-minute Full Ride during the day or a 40 to 50 minute Candle Ride
in the evening costs $30/ adults; $25 seniors/children; half ride,
$20. Age 3 and under free. For information: www.veniceonthecreek,
303-893-0570. This is run by the Greenway Foundation.
Firehouse Quilts’ 4th Annual Quilt Show will be held July 17 (12
p.m. to 6 p.m.) and 18 (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) at Cherry Hills
Community Church, 3900 E. Grace Ave., Highlands Ranch, exhibiting
about 100 quilts and a group of vendors’ booths. New quilt racks
will show the entries beautifully, according to Dusty Darrah of
Highlands Ranch. The fundraiser plus area donations allow the
organization to supply snuggle quilts to fire departments
throughout the state for children who lose homes to fire. The group
also makes quilts for battered women’s shelters and the Denver
Rescue Mission. To connect and sew with FHQ, or for information
about the show, see www.firehousequilts.org.
Tickets to the show cost $7 at the door, $6 in advance.
The Parker Writers Group, which meets 2 to 4 p.m. the second
Sunday of each month at the Parker Library, 10651 S. Crossroads
Drive, will present former Rocky Mountain News Book Editor Patti
Thorn at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 12, speaking on “Book Reviewing Q
& A.” Thorn, an award-winning journalist, is currently working
as a free lance manuscript editor. Questions about PWG should be
directed to firstname.lastname@example.org
Directions to the library, are online or at 303-791-READ. (Due to
funding cuts, the libraries can no longer offer publicity support
to the groups who meet).
“Adventures With Boldness— Great North American Explorers” will
be Dr. Bruce Paton’s topic at 7 p.m. July 14 at Bemis Library, 6014
S. Datura St., Littleton. Think Alexander Mackenzie, Zebulon Pike,
Lewis and Clark, John Wesley Powell…. Paton will show slides, maps
and aerial views of the routes. His book, “Adventuring With
Boldness,” will be available for purchase and signing. Free.
Reminder to artists: Entries are due for the 2009 Kaleidoscope
Juried Exhibition, actual art to be delivered from 9 to 11 a.m.
July 11 at Colorado Gallery of the Arts, Arapahoe Community
College, 5900 S. Santa Fe Dr. The show runs July 16 to Aug. 6. Fee:
$10 per entry, no limit, exact cash please. 2 D work must be wired
to hang. 3D pieces must fit a 17-inch x17-inch pedestal and be
light enough for one person to lift. Info: Trish.Sangelo@arapaho.edu.
A Summer Wizard Camp for kids ages 7 to 16, taught by two
professional magicians, is offered August 3 to 6 by Theatre of
Dreams, 735 Park St. in Castle Rock. A performance for family and
friends completes the sessions, which run 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
each day. Fee: $160. Reservation deadline July 20,
“Girls Night Out #7” is scheduled 6:45 to 8:30 p.m. July 16, by
Highlands Ranch based Colorado Women’s Connection, which is
affiliated with Stonecroft Ministries. (Women connecting with God,
each other and their communities). Learn belly dancing and line
dancing, enjoy dinner, music and an inspirational speaker at The
Peak, Foothills Park and Recreation District, 6612 S. Ward St.,
Littleton 80127. Cost is $5. For reservations and information, call
Michelle Cartwright at 303-257-2043.
The Colorado Irish Festival will fill Clement Park 7306 W.
Bowles Ave., Littleton, July 10-12. Ireland. The Fest opens on
Friday night, when admission is free between 5 and 6 p.m. From 6 to
11 p.m., $8. Saturday and Sunday hours: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Tickets
$12. (Arrive at the gate at or before 11 a.m. on Sunday with two
non-perishable food items and enjoy free admission. Information,
schedules and discounted advance tickets at www.coloradoirishfestival.org.
“William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet” is next in the Cherokee
Ranch and Castle Performing Arts Series on July 17. Arrive at 6:30
p.m. for a family picnic and performance by Denver Center Theater
Academy’s teen actors on the castle veranda. Tickets: $45; $20
303-688-4600, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays or leave name and phone
number for callback next business day. The castle is at 6113 N.
Daniels Park Road, Sedalia, a short jog east of Highway 85 (Santa
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