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Dia del Nino all about the kids


On April 27, the plaza at the Denver Art Museum will be filled from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for the Dia del Nino (Children's Day) celebration, with performances by Fiesta Colorado, Colorado Mestizo Dancers, hands-on craft activities for families and more. In addition, other nearby institutions will offer activities — all with free general admission: The Denver Public Library, Clyfford Still Museum, History Colorado Center, McNichols Civic Center Building, Molly Brown House and Byers-Evans House Museum. Bilingual volunteers will be available at all participating locations.

Winning photographers

Three winners of Best of Show designations in different categories in the 2013 “Eye of the Camera” exhibition at the Littleton Museum will exhibit their works from April 18 to May 25 at the museum, 6028 S. Gallup St., Littleton. They are: Charles Lehman (Darkroom Processing); Mike Berenson (Color Digital) and Rob Lace (Black and White Digital). 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.

Combined effort

“Captured in Film” is presented at 7:30 p.m. April 25 and 26 by Augustana Arts and the Musica Sacra Orchestra, directed by David Rutherford. In addition, actors from Buntport Theater will be featured in this event exploring silent film and vaudeville at the refurbished venue, Holiday Event Center, 2644 W. 32nd Ave., Denver. Tickets: $24/$15/$8, or 303-388-4962.

Photography exhibit

“Exploring the Light,” the 2014 Lone Tree Photography Exhibit, will open with a reception at 3 p.m. April 19 at the Lone Tree Arts Center, 10075 Commons St., Lone Tree. Juror Glenn Randall's awards will be announced. Randall will conduct a four-hour seminar, “Mastering Dramatic Light,” from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on April 26 at the LTAC.

Book award

Colorado Community Media columnist Craig Marshall Smith's recent book, “This is Not a Dachshund,” is a finalist in Creative Non-Fiction in the annual Colorado Book Awards, hosted by Colorado Humanities and Center for the Book on June 13 in Aspen. A reading by finalists will be at 6 p.m. May 8 at the Oxford Hotel in Denver, where books will be available for sale and signing.

Water world

The Colorado Water Garden Society will hold its annual kickoff event, “Get Wet,” at 6:30 p.m. at the Denver Botanic Gardens, 1005 York St., Denver. The featured speaker will be Ann Komara, associate professor and chair of the Department of Landscape Architecture at CU-Denver. Her talk, “Water: Fluid Form in the Garden,” will address how gardens across the world and across the centuries have explored water's potential. Prospective members are welcome. Information: Bill Powell. 303-355-8098,

Englewood concert

The final Ainomae Ensemble concert for the season will be at 2 p.m. April 26 in Hampden Hall in the Englewood Civic Center, 1000 Englewood Parkway, second level. Musicians are: Silver Ainomae, cello; Yumi-Hwang Williams and Boram Kang, violin; Basil Vendryes, viola; Karl Fenner, bass; Jason Shafer, clarinet; Michael Thornton, horn; and Chad Cognata, bassoon. They will perform Schubert's Octet (for winds and strings), composed in 1824, commissioned by Count Ferdinand Troyer. Tickets: $15/$12, free under 18, or at the door one hour prior to concert.

Bunny Express

The Bunny Express Train promises rides and candy from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 19 at the Colorado Railroad Museum, 17155 W. 44th Ave., Golden, 303-279-4591,


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