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Sonya's Sampler

Young library patrons to get `Market' space


The children's department at the James H. LaRue Branch Library, 9292 Ridgeline Blvd. in Highlands Ranch, has a new feature, certain to mean many little people will want to settle in for the day. “The Market,” as it will be known, is created by a donation from the Whole Foods Market and will resemble family-friendly spaces for kids and adults to enjoy together in the three new libraries under construction in Douglas County (Castle Pines, Lone Tree and Parker). Youngsters will be able to choose, weigh and buy their produce and wheel in a little cart to the kitchen for preparation.

Tough subject for children

“Out of Bounds,” a play about cyber bullying of a 14-year-old girl, also looks at friendships, past mistakes and forgiveness. It's an important look at a prevalent problem, co-sponsored by National Endowment for the Arts and Western Arts Foundation. It will be staged at the PACE Center, 20000 Pikes Peak Ave., Parker. Performances: public, 6:30 p.m. Feb. 3; schools, 10 a.m. Feb. 4. Tickets: ParkerArts.org or 303-805-6800.

Mozart in Englewood

Englewood Arts presents “It's All About Mozart” at 2 p.m. Jan. 30 at Hampden Hall, 1000 Englewood Parkway, Englewood Civic Center. Peter Cooper, Colorado Symphony principal oboist will perform with the Ainomae Quartet (Ben Odhner, violin; Yi Zhao, violin; Anne Ainomae, viola; and Silver Ainomae, cello.) The program will include: “Mozart's Divertimento in D Major,” K. 136/125a, an unusual symphony for strings; “Mozart's String Quartet No. 17 in B-flat Major,” K. 458, nicknamed “the Hunt”; “The Oboe Quintet in C Minor,” K. 388/406, originally “Serenade for Winds,” transcribed for a string quintet in 1788. Tickets: $20 adults/$15 seniors/free under 18. Englewoodarts.org or at the door one hour prior to concert time.

Highlands Ranch Cultural Series

The Chalet Dancers will perform at 7 p.m. on Jan. 21, conducting the audience on a tour of Europe with cultural music of Spain, France, Scandinavia and the Alps. Performances are at Cherry Hills Community Church, 3900 Grace Blvd., Highlands Ranch. Tickets cost $10 advance; $15 at the door if not sold out. (Free under 2 — must sit in parent's lap.) 303-791-2500, HRCAonline.org.

Cowboy poets, musicians and more

The Annual Colorado Cowboy Poetry Gathering is scheduled Jan. 21-24 in Golden at the Miners Alley Theater, 1224 Washington Ave., and the American Mountaineering Center, 710 10th St. 888-718-4253, ColoradoCowboyGathering.com. Good for families.

`Super Indian' show departing

The powerful Fritz Scholder retrospective, “Super Indian,” at the Denver Art Museum is over on Jan. 17, so only this weekend remains to see these fierce, wonderful creations, unlike any other depictions of American Indians. On the third level in the Hamilton Building in downtown Denver, on 12th Avenue between Broadway and Bannock Street.

Orchid showcase

The Denver Botanic Gardens' Annual Orchid Showcase is in the Orangery and Marnie's Pavilion through Feb. 22. It features hundreds of blooms, both common and exotic — part of the living collection. The address is 1007 York St., Denver. See botanicgardens.org.

Magnificent Western art

Self-guided tours are available on Jan. 22 at the American Museum of Western Art, 1727 Tremont Place — “in recognition of the Prize Bull's guest appearance at the Brown Palace Hotel across the street!” Look for cattle in this outstanding collection of Western painting and sculpture. Reservations, $5. 303-293-2000, AnschutzCollection.org. Spaces limited.


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