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Camera club takes a look at dark side


Award-winning photographer Mike Berenson of Littleton will speak about his specialty, night photography, for the May 13 meeting of the Englewood Camera Club at 7 p.m. at the Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirit, 6400 S. University Blvd., Centennial. (Doors open at 6:30.) Berenson will talk about “the most commonly used techniques in night photography post-processing that bring nightscapes to life. Make the most of starry night photos with basic PhotoShop filters. Add star spikes to your stars. Blend multiple exposures with a variety of techniques.” (Berenson is one of three “Eye of the Camera” winners in a show at the Littleton Museum through May 25.) Guests are welcome.

Depot anniversary

The Littleton Fine Arts Guild celebrates its 52nd anniversary with a special exhibit through June 8. A public reception will be held from 5-8 p.m. on May 9 at the Depot Art Gallery, 2069 W. Powers Ave., Littleton. Hours: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays. 303-795-0781.

Garden in a Box sale

The Center for Resource Conservation will provide Garden in a Box collections of xeriscape plants in a special sale at Euclid Middle School,777 W. Euclid Ave., Littleton, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on May 10: Sunset Garden (75 square feet, 15 plants), Summer Shadows Garden (100 square feet, 26 plants) and Painted Prairie (100 square feet, 29 plants).

Musicals and participation

Spotlight Performing Arts Center, 6328 E. County Line Road, Highlands Ranch, will be auditioning for summer musical productions: May 9, 4 p.m.: “High School Musical.” Teens and children over 5. Learn dance, acting and singing techniques; $165 tuition for 15 weeks of classes and a script. Classes on Fridays 4-5:30 p.m. June 4, 5 p.m.: “Toy Story” for ages 3-11, 12 weeks, $125. June 24, 28: “Wizard of Oz” for teens and children 5 and older, $165. Also offered: a full schedule of dance, tumbling, vocal performance and musical theater classes year-round. 720-443-2623,

Beethoven's Ninth

The Littleton Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Jurgen de Lemos, will present Beethoven's “Ninth Symphony” in collaboration with the Colorado Chorale and the Columbine Chorale at 7:30 p.m. May 16 at Littleton United Methodist Church, 5894 S. Datura St., Littleton, and 4 p.m. May 18 at Bethany Lutheran Church, 4500 E. Hampden Ave., Greenwood Village. Tickets:, Gorsett Violin Shop, 8100 S. Quebec St. B 206, Centennial. $15/$12. Information: 303-933-6824.

In the wind

“Dances With Winds” will be the May title for concerts by the Colorado Wind Ensemble. The Hannah Kahn Dance Company will be special guests. The ensemble will bid farewell to conductor Matthew Roeder. Performances: 7:30 p.m. May 15: Elaine Wolf Theater, Mizel Arts and Culture Center, 350 S. Dahlia St., Denver (tickets $15, $12, $5); 7:30 p.m. May 17: Lakewood Cultural Center, 470 S. Allison Parkway, Lakewood (tickets $17, $14, $5.)

Genealogy gatherings

Due to construction in the usual meeting room, the Columbine Genealogy and Historical Society will hold two meetings in the sanctuary at Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirit, 6400 S. University Blvd. Centennial. Guests welcome. May 13, 1 p.m.: “A New Age Family History Tour” by Joyce Lohse. May 20, 1 p.m.: “Columbine Writers Tell All.”

Theatre of Dreams

Ardan James, the Animated Illusionist, will appear at 7:30 p.m. May 9 and 10 at Theatre of Dreams, 735 Park St., unit C, in Castle Rock. Tickets: $22.50. All ages show. Summer Wizard Camps upcoming., 303-660-6799.


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