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Community college lawn to offer artistic adventure

Art lovers visited the 2017 version of the Affordable Art Festival, which will repeat on Aug. 26 on the west lawn at Arapahoe Community College, Littleton.
Art lovers visited the 2017 version of the Affordable Art Festival, which will repeat on Aug. 26 on the west lawn at Arapahoe Community College, Littleton.
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The west lawn at Arapahoe Community College, 5900 S. Santa Fe Drive, Littleton, is the place to be on Aug. 26 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.! More than 160 artists, local and out-of-state, will offer their artwork for $100 or less. And for the first 200 to buy tickets that day ($10), there will by swag bags. A coffee cart will help as you wait for opening — and food is available. South area artists participating include: Castle Rock — Robert Michael Berry, jewelry; Ken Smith, photography; Sarah Gonzales, 3D mixed media. Centennial — S. Brian Berkun, photography; Susan Kelley, glass; Marla Sullivan, painting. Highlands Ranch — Patricia Barr Clarke, painting; John Strong, photography; Brad Loving, 3D mixed media. Littleton — Susan Mikkelson, clay; Ted Mellin, wood; Jo Zechiel, painting; Blair Hamill, digital art; Bruce White, painting; Tracy Haines, painting; Scott Hildebrandt, 3D mixed media; Judi Bergin, 3D mixed media. Parker — Yuri Shemetov, painting. Proceeds support scholarships for ACC students.

Read together

Arapahoe Library District will present Dr. Dipesh Navsaria, pediatrician and early literacy advocate, to assist parents, grandparents and caregivers with the science of early childhood brain development. He blends medical expertise and a love of books. He will speak at 7 p.m. Aug. 29 at Smoky Hill Library, 5430 S, Biscay Circle, Centennial and 7 p.m. on Aug. 30 at Koelbel Library, 5955 S. Holly St., Centennial. Light refreshments will be served at both libraries at 6:30 p.m. Register at 303-LIBRARY (303-542-7279) or

Highlands Ranch Days

The Highlands Ranch Mansion, 9950 Gateway Drive, Highlands Ranch, is the site for Highlands Ranch Days, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sept. 6, 7, 8. Among activities offered: gold panning, hay rides, HawkQuest, fry bread, Native American dancers, petting zoo, mansion tours and more. Tickets: $5 adults; $3 ages 3-12; free 2 and younger. (Mansion parking lot closed on Sept. 8. Free shuttle parking at Mountain Vista High School, 10585 Mountain Vista Ridge, Highlands Ranch. And in a repeat reminder, remember that Lannie Garrett and her quintet, Errand Boys of Rhythm, will perform “Great Women of Song” at the Highlands Ranch Mansion at 6:30 p.m. on Aug. 29. Tickets at HRCA recreation centers or 303-791-2500. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. — tour the mansion first. (Sell-out is probable.)

Speedway Revival #2

On Aug. 25, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Englewood Elks will present Englewood Speedway Revival #2 at 3690 S. Jason St., Englewood. The Englewood Historic Preservation Society is assisting with the free event.

Vandehar workshop

Watercolorist Phyllis Vandehar will help painters explore a number of creative painting techniques at a workshop from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sept. 1, presented by Heritage Fine Arts Guild of Arapahoe County at First Presbyterian Church of Littleton, 1609 W. Littleton Blvd. Participants will create a number of little paintings, rather than one “paint along with the instructor” piece. Register at: Members: $35, non-members: $50.

Kanopy available

Douglas County Libraries have added Kanopy on-demand film-streaming service for DCL card holders Access includes four free plays a month of more than 30,000 films. Information:, 303-791-7323.

Community dinner

A free community dinner will be held at First Presbyterian Church of Littleton, 1609 W. Littleton Blvd at 6 p.m. on Aug. 28. No reservation needed. Baked chicken is on the menu.

Rox and Stones

Roxborough Arts Council is partnering with Seven Stones Botanical Gardens Cemetery to celebrate local artists and Art Encounters, a yearlong outdoor sculpture exhibit on Aug. 25 from noon to 7 p.m. at 9635 Rampart Range Road, Littleton. Artists, music, food trucks, beverages, yard games and more. The council’s gallery is in Aspen Grove at 7301 S. Santa Fe Drive, Littleton, where members’ artwork is exhibited and various classes are offered.

Denver Ballet Theatre moved

The Denver Ballet Theatre has a new address as it starts fall classes: 5960 County Line Place, with four large studios. An open house is planned for Sept. 8 from 9 a.m. to noon. Auditions for “The Nutcracker” will be held in the afternoon of Sept. 8. Call 303-799-6609 or see


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