Students on a play set sit posed around a vampire bunny puppet.
The Bunnicula bunny is surrounded by the student collaborators from the Red Rocks Community College Theater Arts and Dance Department Credit: Photo courtesy Red Rocks Community College Theater Arts and Dance Department

Early vote week specials

An Early Vote Week Promotion is happening throughout Jefferson County. Local businesses are offering discounts, BOGOS and a few freebies to anyone wearing their 2023 “I Voted” sticker. Here are a few more specials to look for from Oct. 26 to Nov. 1.

  •  Ali Baba Grill in Golden: $5 off your bill of $30 or more
  • Colorado Tap House in Arvada: $2 off any item, plus a Colorado Taphouse sticker to go with your “I Voted” sticker
  • Odyssey BeerWerks in Arvada: One free beer
  • Wolf + Wildflower in Wheat Ridge: Buy one, get one free of any beer, wine or nonalcoholic beverage

Clerk and Recorder announces first-week ballot return stats

The Jefferson County Clerk and Recorder announced the returns for the first week of voting. Ballots were sent out on Oct. 16. By Oct. 20, some ballots were already returned with these results:

  • 430,720 active voters
  • 4,438 ballots were returned.

They also tracked the ballots received by political parties.

  • Democrat – 31.1%
  • Republican – 29.7%
  • Unaffiliated – 38.3%
  • Minor Parties – 0.9%

Jeffco Clerk Amanda Gonzalez wants voters to know that this election matters just as much as the presidential elections. Called a coordinated election, races like the ones being decided on Nov. 7 are important for the communities you live in. “Some people call the election that’s currently underway an off-year or odd-year election, but that undersells its importance,” Gonzalez said. “The fact is, your vote is never more powerful than it is during a coordinated election. Rather than being one of millions, your vote is one of thousands, or even hundreds, that will decide important issues and races that impact your community.”

To find out more information on voting in Jefferson County, visit


Click here to go to the Jefferson County elections page

Click here to go to the Elections 2023 Home Page

Catch “Bunnicula” at Red Rocks Community College through Nov. 4

Remember the children’s book about the family who adopts a cute little bunny and immediately things get weird? “Bunnicula” is a Halloween classic story enjoyed by a few generations. The story is being brought onstage by Red Rocks Community College Theatre Arts and Dance Department.

Playwright Jon Klein adapted the children’s book by James and Deborah Howe. Chris Jeffries composed the music for the production. Bunnicula is directed by RRCC’s Kelly Jo Eldredge. The play is produced by special arrangement with Plays for New Audiences.

RRCC students built the Bunnicula puppet while working with guest puppeteer Cyndi Parr. The play announces “a few fun surprises hidden in the fur.”

“Bunnicula” is a performance for all ages. The show opens Oct. 26 and runs through Nov. 4. Here are the showtimes:

  • 7 p.m. Oct. 26
  • 7 p.m. Oct. 27
  • 1 p.m. Oct. 28
  • 7 p.m. Nov. 2
  • 7 p.m. Nov. 3
  • 1 p.m. Nov. 4

Tickets for all RRCC Theatre Department productions may be purchased via this website: RRCC Students may receive a free ticket with their student ID by emailing

Regis University hosts a dialogue on homelessness in the inaugural Regis Conversations

The Regis University Department of Sociology, Anthropology, Criminology, and Criminal Justice is hosting its first Regis Conversations on Nov. 17. The discussion topic is homelessness.

A select panel will discuss the topic, followed by a Q&A session. The university urges the community to attend and lend their voice to the conversation. To register and for more information, check out the Regis Conversations event page.

Jonita Davis is a film and culture critic, author, and freelance writer. Her published books include Questioning Cultural Appropriation (2018 Enslow Publishing), Carrying On (2022 Saga Fiction), and the...

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