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Lone Tree center gets the `Big Band Blues'

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The Colorado Jazz Repertory Orchestra will perform “Big Band Blues” at 7:30 p.m. May 12 at the Lone Tree Arts Center.
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The Colorado Jazz Repertory Orchestra wraps up its successful season at Lone Tree Arts Center, 10075 Commons St., Lone Tree, at 7:30 p.m. May 12 with “Big Band Blues.” The orchestra will play all forms of blues and will feature a guest vocalist. Tickets cost $20 plus a $3 ticket fee. LoneTreeArtsCenter.org, 720-509-1000.

Summer camps scheduled

Cherokee Ranch and Castle will offer three weeklong Youth Science and Nature Summer Camps, held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on June 2-6, June 16-20 and July 21-25. Reservations: $300 per camper (limit 20 per week). How many summer camps boast a real castle and enchanted forest? Cherokeeranch.org, 303-688-4600.

Birds and more

The Audubon Society of Greater Denver invites families to the Audubon Nature Center at Chatfield for a Mother's Day Bird Banding Breakfast. Two events are scheduled, from 9 to 11 a.m. on May 10 and 11. After a light continental breakfast, take a leisurely hike to the Bird Banding Research Station, operated by the Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory, to see songbirds up close. (It is open on Saturday mornings through June for visitors.) Fee: mothers free; adult/$15; child $8. Call 303-973-9530 for reservations. The center is at 11280 Waterton Road south of Littleton. Also noted in the May Audubon newsletter: Check out the new Chatfield Beaver Cam via the Teens4Oceans Chatfield Beaver Ecology Project Facebook page, facebook.com/pages/Teens4Oceans-Chatfield-Beaver-Ecology-Project/293844624107760.

ACC holds concerts

Arapahoe Community College music students will perform three free concerts in May in the Waring Theatre (M2900). Each is at 7 p.m:
● May 6 — ACC String Orchestra, directed by Rene Knetsch.
● May 9 — ACC Jazz Ensemble, directed by Cecil Lewis.
● May 12 — ACC Choir, directed by Ron Kientz; ACC Vocal Ensemble, directed by Mayumi Yotsumoto.
For information, contact Dr. Hidemi Matsushita, hidemi.matsushita@arapahoe.edu. The college is at 5900 S. Santa Fe Drive in Littleton.

Young Voices show set

Young Voices of Colorado will perform its Spring Concert, “It Takes a Village,” at 4 p.m. May 4 at the Newman Center for the Performing Arts, 2344 E. Iliff Ave., Denver. All 200 singers will take part in a finale honoring Nelson Mandela. Tickets: newmantix.com or 303-871-7720.

Dream machines

The Colorado Custom and Vintage Bicycle Expo will be held in conjunction with the Rocky Mountain Regional Camera Show at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds on May 4. The fairgrounds are at 15200 W. Sixth Ave., Golden. For information, go to coloradobicycleexpo.com.

Curtis anniversary celebrated

Curtis Arts and Humanities Center will celebrate its 100th anniversary from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on May 3 at the Center and Curtis Park next door, 2349 E. Orchard Road, Greenwood Village. Admission is free, 25-cent hot dogs, 10-cent popcorn, 5-cent lemonade. 303-797-1779.

Theater trustees named

Front Range Theatre Company, now located in Highlands Ranch, announced its board members, according to executive director Laurilea Williams: Cathy Russell, Parrish Salyers (youth ambassador), Heather Spillman, Sally Wakefield and Michael Wakefield. Williams says the “High School Musical” summer camp is sold out and spaces remain for “Cinderella.” See: FrontRangeTheatre.org.

Robinson troupe to perform

“Dance Africa” is presented by the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble with guest artists at Cleo Parker Robinson Dance, 191 Park Avenue West, Denver. Performances: 7:30 p.m. May 2, 3; 1:30 p.m. May 3, 4. Tickets: $38/$35/$30, 303-295-1759, ext. 13.

Winning essays

The Littleton Breakfast Optimists honored three essay winners on April 11 at the club's meeting at the Bistro/Aspen Grove. They were: first place, Mia Green, who won $100; second place, Shivani Chauhon, who won $75; and third place, Mary Hinton, who won $50. Each also received a medallion and certificate.