In addition to technical skills, and imagination, a sense of humor comes into play with artwork displayed at the Depot Art Gallery's latest show: “Art Unhinged.” Littleton Fine Arts Guild members were asked to present rare techniques and subjects. Denver artist Jackie McFarland was juror and awarded first place to S. Williams for a painting called “The 6th Food Group.” (Chocolate, you may have guessed.)
Other winners: Julia Grundmeier, Nancy Meyer, Renee Chastant, Judith Berlinger and Joe Bonita. The Depot Art Gallery is at 2069 W. Powers Ave. in downtown Littleton. Hours: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays. “Art Unhinged” hangs until July 27. 303-795-0781, depotartgallery.org.
The Englewood Camera Club will meet at 7 p.m. July 8 at Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirit, 6400 S. University Blvd., Centennial. The presenter will be teacher/photographer Eli Vega. Topics: abstracts, close-ups and special effects. Vega said: “The best photography is found where technical know-how and creative aesthetics meet … we need to sharpen not only the left brain, but the right brain.” Guests are welcome.
Bemis Library will again present the popular “More Unconventional Women of the West,” at 2 p.m. July 12, presented by members of The Legendary Ladies, who choose a historical woman, research her, create a script and a costume and take her on the road. Included will be Nelly Bly, a reporter who made a round-the-world trip in 72 days; Captain Jack, an early promoter; Maude Nelson, an early baseball pitcher; Polly Pry, a pioneering reporter for the Denver Post; heiress Sara Winchester; author Anne Ellis, who lived in Rocky Mountain mining camps; and early cowgirl Prairie Rose. Bemis Library is at 6014 S. Datura St., Littleton. Information: 303-795-3961. Free.
The Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield offers two camps for children this summer:
● Farm Camp at Chatfield: “Way Back When on the Hildebrand Farm” runs July 7 to 11, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and explores early settlers' life. $259/$239 DBG members.
● “Life on the Farm” runs July 14 to 18, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and teaches children to care for farm animals and cultivate vegetables.$259/$239 DBG members.
“Littleton Goes to War,” a new exhibit on Littleton's role in World War II, runs July 5 to Aug. 16 at the Littleton Museum, 6028 S. Gallup St., Littleton. Admission is free. 303-795-3900.
Call for crafters
The 43rd Annual Littleton Friends of the Library/Museum Craft Fair is accepting applications from handcrafters for its October Fair. Contact Sherry Kling: firstname.lastname@example.org or 303-795-3961.
Books, books and books
A Super Sidewalk Sale is planned on July 11 and 12 (10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.) and July 13 (noon to 4 p.m.) at Southglenn Library, 6872 S. Vine St., Centennial. A group of “Better Books” will be featured. Friends of the Arapahoe Library District also sells used books on Amazon — find the link through arapahoelibraries.org/friends-of-the-library. In 2013, the organization granted $150,000 to Arapahoe Library District through used book sales.
The Castle Rock Winefest will be held at the Grange at the Meadows, 3692 Meadows Blvd., Castle Rock, from 2 to 8 p.m. on July 19. Tickets: $27 in advance and $37 beginning July 17. More than 180 varieties of wine from more than 24 vineyards will be represented. Live musical entertainment from 4:30 p.m. on by the King Stan Band. Two Castle Rock restaurants will hold advance winemaker dinners: July 15, The Social, 872 W. Happy Canyon Road; and July 16, Augustine Grill, 519 Wilcox St.
Music in Parker
Parker will feature Vertical Horizon at 7:30 p.m. as headliner for the Sulphur Gulch Music Festival, starting at 1 p.m. on July 12 on the grounds and Mainstage at PACE Center, 20000 Pikes Peak Ave., Parker. Nine regional bands will play on three outdoor stages. Gourmet food trucks and a beer garden will be available. Tickets: $25, day pass; $55 Vertical Horizon plus day pass; kids 12 and younger free on day pass.
New Centennial market
The new Centennial Artisans and Farmers Market (formerly the Streets at Southglenn) is held at Centennial Center Park from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on July 12 and Aug. 9. It is on Arapahoe Road between Revere Parkway and Vaughn Street.