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String sextet celebrates Valentine’s Day

Cellist Silver Ainomae, with his ensemble, will perform string sextet pieces by Strauss, Schulhoff and Brahms at 2 p.m. Feb. 15 at Hampden Hall, in the Englewood Civic Center. Courtesy photo
By Sonya Ellingboe

Works by Czech composer Edward Schulhoff, “String Sextet;” Richard Strauss, “Capriccio” and Johannes Brahms, “Sextet No. 1 in B-flat major” will be on the program for 2 p.m. Feb. 15 in Hampden Hall, Englewood Civic Center, 1000 Englewood Parkway, celebrating the weekend of Valentine’s Day.
Englewood Arts Presents continues its chamber music series with the Ainomae Ensemble: Silver Ainomae, cello; his wife Anne Ainomae, viola; and Colorado Symphony musicians Myroslava Bartels and Boram Kang, violins; Philip Stevens, viola and Thomas Heinrich, cello.
Historic notes: Schulhoff’s promising career was terminated in 1942 by the Nazis. Strauss never joined the Nazis, but initially cooperated with them to protect a Jewish daughter-in-law and grandchildren. (Hitler admired his work.) Brahms (1833-1897) was an influence on both composers. Tickets: $15/$12, free 18 and under, available at or at the door a half hour before concert time.
Soul Food
Author Adrian Miller, culinary historian, attorney and certified barbecue judge, will speak and demonstrate cooking from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Feb. 12, putting the focus on the history and taste of “Soul Food.” The menu includes mixed greens with smoked turkey, cornbread and a hibiscus-ade beverage. Miller is the author of “Soul Food: The Surprising Story of an American Cuisine, One Plate at a Time” which combines history and recipes. Tattered Cover Bookstore will be selling Miller’s book. To register (necessary) and/or reserve a copy, visit and search Adrian Miller, call 303-LIBRARY or visit any branch.
Englewood Camera Club meets
The Englewood Camera Club will hold its February meeting at 7 p.m. Feb. 11 at Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirit, 6400 S. University Blvd., Centennial. Guests and prospective members are welcome. Admission is free. Creative images from the 2012 Arizona Photographic Society International Exhibition will be shown, with music, including all winning, creative (altered reality) images from around the world. (A list of editing programs will be distributed to those who would like to create their own altered reality images.)
The February meetings of the Columbine Genealogical and Historical Society are announced. Meetings are open to guests and are held at Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirit, 6400 S. University Blvd., Centennial:
• 1 p.m. Feb.11—“Galvanized Yankees,” presented by Karen Hancock, retired teacher and genealogical researcher. Learn how to best interview and capture family stories from living relatives.
• 10-11 a.m. Feb. 18—Capturing Oral Histories with Saving Memories Forever company.
• 1 p.m. Feb. 16—“Cherokee Ranch and Castle History“ by Meg Anderson and John Lake, caterers and friends of the late Tweet Kimball.
Call for entries
Reminder to photographers: The Annual Lone Tree Photo Show has a new name: “Exploring the Light 2014.” Entries are invited up to Feb. 24. The form and information are at Café, The show will open April 19. Categories: Landscape, Animals, Abstract, Motion. Glenn Randall is Juror.
Parker Arts Council announces a new astronomy club, the Jacqueline Rose Observatory Club, which meets from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Feb. 15 at the Parker Senior Center, 10675 Longs Way, Parker Dr. Jerry Galloway will speak. Admission is free, the public is invited.
Peter Davison
Theatre of Dreams on Castle Rock presents juggler, dancer, comedian Peter Davison in “Tossed and Found,” a family show, at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 15 at 735 Park Ave., Castle Rock. Tickets: $22.50, 303-660-6799,
Chocolate therapy
Julie Pech, the Chocolate Therapist, will appear from 7 to 9 p.m. Feb. 14 in the Great Hall at Cherokee Castle and Ranch, 6113 Daniels Park Rd., Sedalia. She will give a two-hour program on chocolates and wine pairings, with samplings. Tickets: $45, 303-688-5555 or