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`Playin' in the Park' is summertime treat

“Playin’ in the Park” is the title for the free Aug. 2 Highlands Ranch Concert Band concert, where kids are invited to come close to see the instruments, dance and perhaps conduct. Courtesy photo
By Sonya Ellingboe
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The Village Bandstand — the Highlands Ranch Concert Band's outdoor summer concert series — will present its annual free program especially planned for the younger area residents. “Playin' in the Park” will be held at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 2 at Civic Green Park, 9370 Ridgeline Blvd., Highlands Ranch. The program will include two movements from “Colorado Country” — “Where the West Remains” and “Dude Roundup”; “Disney Round the World,” including “Robin Hood Fanfare,” “Alice in Wonderland” and “Under the Sea”; and symphonic highlights from “Frozen” and “Bond — James Bond.” Revel and Tatlee will be on hand with glitter tattoos, and kids will be invited to take a close look at instruments that interest them, as well as to dance and perhaps conduct. Hrconcertband.org.


Windjammers to play

The Windjammers Jazz Orchestra will feature Larry Meeks on the piano for an evening of big-band swing and ballroom dancing from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Aug. 2 at Buck Recreation Center, 2004 W. Powers Ave., Littleton. Tickets: $10, $8 for South Suburban Parks and Recreation District residents. Includes a free dance lesson at 7:15 p.m. 303-730-4612, littletonmusic.org.

Jazz in Littleton

Aug. 15 is the date for the eighth Littleton Jazz Festival at Town Hall Arts Center, 2450 W. Main St. in downtown Littleton. Fans of piano jazz are in for a treat, because featured on the program are Purnell Steen and Le Jazz Machine, plus the Jeff Jenkins Quartet playing Brubeck. Both Steen and Jenkins are accomplished pianists. Tickets are now available at Town Hall, 303-794-2787, ext. 5, or townhallartscenter.com.

Summer Social

The Friends of the Littleton Library/Museum will hold a free community event, a Summer Social, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Aug. 3 at the Littleton Museum, 6028 S. Gallup St., Littleton. Boulder Ballet choreographer Peter Davison — dancer, juggler and physical comedian extraordinaire — will perform. Food will be for sale at $4 for kids; and for $5 to $6, adults can have hot dogs, hot links, veggie and beef burgers, chips, beverage and condiments. There also will be ice-cream treats. Reservations required: Bemis Library and Littleton Museum front desks. 303-795-3950.

Ragtime show

Tom McDermott will perform a ragtime concert, presented by the Ragtime Society of Colorado, at 2 p.m. Aug. 3 at Montview Presbyterian Church, 1980 Dahlia St., Denver. Tickets: $20 at the door. Information: president Colleen Vanderhoek of Littleton, 303-979-4353.

City fair

Tickets are available for the 4-year-old Denver County Fair, held Aug. 1-3 at the National Western Complex, 4655 Humboldt St., Denver. Parking: $8. Free for scooter, bike and Car2Go. Attractions include: Marshmallow Catapult War, Robot Opera, Lucha Libre Mexican Wrestling, Drag Queen Pageant, Top Hogs, nearly 100 blue-ribbon competitions, eating competitions and food trucks. For full schedule: denvercountyfair.org/fair-schedule. Weekend tickets cost $10 adults; children 5-12, seniors and military half-price; free under 5. Hours: Aug. 1, noon to 9 p.m.; Aug. 2, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Aug. 3, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Symphony auditions

The Littleton Symphony will hold auditions in August for the 2014/2015 season for: oboe II, English horn, percussion, trombone, violin and cello section musicians. The Littleton Symphony is directed by Jurgen de Lemos and performs five to six concerts annually, including a free children's concert. Each year, the LSO extends membership to advanced high school string musicians in the Front Range area. To audition, see littletonsymphony.org or call Personnel Manager Bobbi Jones, 303-989-4727 or write info@littletonsymphony.org.

Bemis lore

Maya DeBus, granddaughter of Edwin Bemis, longtime publisher of the Littleton Independent, will be speaking about her remarkable grandfather on two occasions: July 29, 7 p.m., at Bemis Library, 6014 S. Datura St., Littleton, sponsored by Historic Littleton Inc., hlinc.org; and on Aug. 1 at 3 p.m. at the Englewood Library, 1000 Englewood Parkway, sponsored by Englewood Historic Preservation Society, historicenglewood.org.