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Douglas County galleries, theater groups, nightclubs, live-entertainment venues and others with events open to the public are invited to submit items for this calendar. It runs each week with local events receiving priority. Send information to: News-Press, Events Calendar, P.O. Box 1270, Castle Rock, CO 80104, or send a fax to (303) 660-0240. The deadline for submissions is the Wednesday before publication.

EVENTS

Douglas County High School plans a 1940s class reunion Aug. 17 at Curtis Ranch, four miles south of Sedalia on Perry Park Road. Other classes are welcome, too. The potluck picnic begins at 1 p.m. Beverages will be provided. Call (303) 688-9700 or (303) 688-3027.

The Buddy Center Bonanza is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Aug. 16, at the Dumb Friends League Buddy Center, 4556 Castleton Court, Castle Rock. Guests will enjoy pet contests and demonstrations, craft projects for kids, food and pet-friendly merchandise for sale. Proceeds benefit the Buddy Center.

The fifth-annual Ben Lomond Gun Club "Rendezvous" open house and membership drive is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Aug. 16. All ranges will be open to the public. The club is at 23195 County Road 105. Call Bill Wyckoff, (303) 463-8299, or visit www.blgc.org.

Tagawa Garden Center & Florist's 21st anniversary and community appreciation party is Aug. 15-17, at the center, 7711 S. Parker Road, one mile south of Arapahoe Road. Among the highlights are an indoor model railroad display, a "Denver Taiko - Japanese Drums" concert, and a birds of prey demonstration by Hawkquest. Free lunch, with the donation of two non-perishable food items for the Parker Task Force Food Bank and the Smoky Hill High School Thanksgiving Basket Program will be offered from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Aug. 16-17. Call (303) 690-4722 or visit www.tagawagardens.com.

MEETINGS

The next organizational meeting for the first Douglas County chapter of AARP will be at 1 p.m., Aug. 14, at the Castle Rock Senior Center, 2323 N. Woodlands Blvd. Refreshments will be served. Call (303) 688-9498 or (303) 470-7206.

A friendly Saturday morning coffee and organizational meeting for the first Douglas County chapter of AARP will be at 10:30 a.m., Aug. 16, at the Philip S. Miller Library, 961 S. Plum Creek Blvd., Castle Rock. Coffee and rolls will be served. The state AARP coordinator, Leo Hamil, will discuss the organization. Call Yvette Gunther, regional chairman, at (303) 470-7206, or the library at (303) 688-7700.

The Mount Rosa Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution meets at 10 a.m., Sept. 6, at the Willow Creek I clubhouse, 8050 E. Jamison Drive, Centennial. Call Donna Elin at (303) 781-6400 or Marilyn Metz at (303) 795-0452.

EXHIBITS

Providence Presbyterian Church, 18632 Pony Express Drive, Suite 105, Parker, will be host to an artist exhibition, "Mediations," by Ellen Chiara. Chiara's artwork will be for sale, and all proceeds will benefit the church. The exhibit runs through August. Call (720) 851-6881.

RELIGION

Hebrew school registration and a light continental breakfast will be offered from 10-11:30 a.m., Aug. 17, at Congregation Beth Shalom, 2280 E. Noble Place, Littleton. Call Michelle Weinberg, principal, (303) 791-6804.

OTHER

The Task Force of Douglas County welcomes food and cash donations. Deliver food to the task force's thrift store at 416 Jerry St., Castle Rock. The task force also accepts grocery store food certificates. Monetary donations can be mailed to 416 Jerry St., Castle Rock, CO 80104. Make checks out to the food bank. Call (303) 688-1114.