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The U.S. Air Force Academy’s Falconaires big band will perform at 7 p.m. on Feb. 5 at Littleton United Methodist Church, 5894 S. Datura St., Littleton. This jazz ensemble is more than 30 years old and consists of 18 full-time jazz musicians. They play traditional and contemporary big band jazz, including some original compositions. The band takes pride in cultivating our national heritage through its only indigenous musical genre — jazz. As part of LUMC’s Fine Arts Series, the admission is free. or 303-794-6379.

Reminder: Mozart

“It’s All About Mozart!” is an Englewood Arts Presents program set for 2 p.m. on Jan. 30 at Hampden Hall, Englewood Civic Center, 1000 Englewood Parkway. Peter Cooper, principal oboist with the Colorado Symphony, will be featured with the Ainomae Quartet in Mozart’s “Oboe Quintet in C Minor,” K. 388/406, and two other works by the composer. Tickets: $20 adults/$15 seniors/free under 18. or at the door one hour prior to concert.

Swanson show

“Polysemic,” artist Joel Swanson’s one-person show at the Museum Outdoor Arts, will be the topic of his discussion with the audience at 2 p.m. on Feb. 6 in Hampden Hall, second floor of Englewood Civic Center, 1000 Englewood Parkway. Admission is free, but the MOA would like a reservation in advance: Jessica Brack, 303-806-0444, ext. 0, or The exhibit will run through Feb. 27.

Stately art

Arvada Center’s second “Art of the State” juried exhibition is open and runs through March 27 in all the galleries (over 10,000 feet). Gallery director Colin Parson said there were 1,434 entries from 511 artists. Jurors were Gwen Chanzit, modern art curator, Denver Art Museum; Michael Chavez, public art program manager, Denver Arts and Venues; and Parson. Panel discussions with artists will be at 11 a.m. Feb. 6; 6:30 p.m. Feb. 25; 11 a.m. March 19. Info: (More here on the exhibit next week.)

Student creations

Art by Littleton Public Schools students is exhibited at Arapahoe Community College’s Colorado Gallery of the Arts through Feb. 9. A reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Feb. 9. Gallery hours: noon to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays; Tuesdays until 7 p.m. Admission is free.

Back in the Ranch

“Broadway Sings!” at 7 p.m. on Feb. 4 will be an evening of Broadway favorites, directed by teacher Mark Middlebrooks. Songs from “Grease,” “Matilda,” “My Fair Lady” and more. Held at Cherry Hills Community Church, 3900 Grace Blvd., Highlands Ranch. Tickets: $7 advance; $10 at the door if not sold out: or 303-791-8958.

Gardener get together

The Littleton Garden Club will hear Linda M. Hellow speak about “Tools and Techniques for Older Gardeners” at 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 3 at the Littleton Public Schools Education Services Center lunchroom, 5776 S. Crocker St., Littleton. (Enter on the south.) Guests are welcome. Social time is at 6 p.m., program at 6:30 p.m. Hellow is a lifetime gardener who has certificates in horticultural therapy. Information: or president Liz Wuest,

On PACE for music

“Celtic Nights: Spirit of Freedom” plays at the PACE Center in Parker at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 5 and 6. The performance tells the story of Irish independence through music, song, dance and storytelling. Tickets: $40/$45,, 303-805-6800.

Family law clinic

Arapahoe Community College Paralegal Club, in connection with the 18th Judicial District Access to Justice Committee, will host a free family law clinic from 3 to 6 p.m. on Feb. 10 in Summit Room M1900 in college’s Main Campus, 5900 S. Santa Fe Drive, Littleton. Offered to parties in Arapahoe, Douglas and Elbert counties who are without an attorney. Volunteer attorneys will answer questions. Information: Jodi Terwilliger-Stacey, Esq., ACC Paralegal Program,, 303-797-5878.


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