Heaping helping of hymn-singing set for South Suburban

Sonya Ellingboe

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South Suburban Christian Church, 7275 S. Broadway in Littleton, invites families to a “Hymn and Gospel Music Sing Concert” at 7 p.m. Nov. 16, featuring Jerry Nelson and the Rocky Mountain Praise Choir. They will repeat a concert of favorite hymns and gospel music that was a great success in August at First Church of the Nazarene in Cherry Hills Village. The choir of 80 to 100 voices from churches around the metro area will be accompanied by a full orchestra. Admission is free. A free-will offering will be taken. Call 303-798-2406 for information.

Author coming to bookstore

Best-selling author Richard Paul Evans (“The Christmas Box”) will meet readers to discuss and sign his latest book, “The Four Doors,” at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 12 at Tattered Cover/Highlands Ranch, 9315 Dorchester St., in the Town Center. The book grew out of a talk he prepared for young people and is a guide. His “doors” are: Believe there's a reason you were born; Free yourself from limitation; Magnify your life; and develop a love-centered map. His text enlarges on each one in easy, accessible language. 303-470-7050.

Fort Logan open house

The Friends of Historic Fort Logan will host an open house at the restored Officers' Home at the fort from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Veterans Day, Nov. 11. Of special interest is a display of World War I and World War II military hardware and related items. The collection was accumulated by Arthur Rossi following his 1953-1955 term in non-combatant duty in Korea. He started with a jigsaw puzzle and added personal items. The fort entrance is in Sheridan on Oxford Avenue, just west of Lowell Boulevard. The restored home is on the south side of the parade ground, with a cannon on the front lawn. Admission is free; donations are welcomed.

Young musicians perform

Three young classical musicians from the Young Musicians Foundation roster will perform at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 15 at Littleton United Methodist Church, 5894 S. Datura St., Littleton. They are: flutist Sarah Umezono, violinist Andrew Ying and violinist Natalie Hodges. Richard Holbrook, guest pianist and YMF alumnus, will also perform. The three will receive financial assistance for early training, such as fees to participate in competitions and concerts, travel costs, accompanist's fees, master classes, as well as career counseling and performance opportunities. Admission is free. 303-794-6379.

Patriotic

The Highlands Ranch Concert Band will perform its annual tribute to men and women of the armed forces at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 9 at South Suburban Christian Church, 7275 S. Broadway, Littleton. The band will be joined by the Knights of Columbus Men's Choir, conducted by Thomas Shinners and the Northridge Elementary School choir, conducted by Dawn McGonagle. The free performance will include “The Star-Spangled Banner,” “Armed Forces Salute,” “Battle Hymn of the Republic” and other patriotic pieces. For information about band membership, call Kelley Messall, 303-683-4102 or visit hrconcertband.org.

Travel for artists

“Art in Italy” is offered May 17 to June 1 by two Arapahoe Community College art professors, painter Marsha Wooley and photographer Trish Sangelo. The two-week course in photography or plein air painting will be held at La Romita, a 500-year-old monastery in Umbria that has been converted into an art school. Credit and non-credit options available. (Wooley painted there last year.) For information, see: arapahoe.edu/ArtinItaly. Contact information: trish.sangelo@arapahoe.edu and marsha.wooley@arapahoe.edu.

Environmental films

The 2013 Colorado Environmental Film Festival rolls into the Wildlife Experience at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 9 to show six films on the Extreme Screen. One can come and go. Films begin at 6 p.m. Cash bar and concessions will be open throughout the event and exhibits will be open 7:30 to 8:30. The Wildlife Experience is at 10035 S. Peoria, Parker. Tickets: $10, online: thewildlifeexperience.org or by calling 720-488-3344.

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