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Dancers plan shows to help one of their own


When Littleton Youth Ballet put out a call, dancers heard and responded. Colorado Ballet soloist Francisco Estevez, 29, has recently been diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia, a rare disease that can be controlled with targeted chemotherapy drugs, which help him to continue dancing and leading a fairly normal life. But the cost may become prohibitive as time goes on. (Possibly for five years.) On Sept. 6 and 7, metro area dancers will perform at 7:30 p.m. at Lone Tree Arts Center in support of Estevez and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Allison Jaramillo of Littleton Youth Ballet — assisted by Dana Benton, Tracy Jones and Estevez of Colorado Ballet — made a list and contacted their colleagues. Colorado Ballet, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance, Parasol Arts, Colorado Ballet Academy, Littleton Youth Ballet, Zikr Dance Ensemble, International Youth Ballet, Engage Movement Arts, Classic Dance Academy, Denver Academy of Ballet Centerstage Starz and local dancers Amy Anderson, Gregory Gonzalez and Sharon Wehner will perform. Tickets range from $25 to $75 and can be purchased at or or 720-509-1000. Jaramillo writes that Estevez has guest-taught and performed as guest artist in LYB’s “The Nutcracker,” as well as provided photographs for LYB and other companies. Information: Ali Jaramillo, 303-794-6694. Lone Tree Arts Center is at 10025 Commons St., Lone Tree.

Wizardly doings

Littleton Youth Ballet will present “The Wizard of Oz” ballet at 6 p.m. on Sept. 8 and 12 and 5 p.m. on Sept. 9 at the Gates Concert Hall, Newman Center for the Arts, South University Boulevard and East Iliff Avenue, Denver. Tickets: $25-$38, at the box office or or 303-871-7720 or Information: 303-794-6694.

Wait: Whooo?

The 8th Annual HOOTenanny Owl and Music Festival has been extended to a four-day festival this year at Audubon Nature Center at Chatfield State Park, 11280 Waterton Road, Littleton. (South edge of Chatfield State Park — drive south on Wadsworth Boulevard.) Events include nocturnal wildlife hikes and workshops on Sept. 12 and following days leading up to the main event on Sept. 15, focused on owls of Chatfield State Park. Examine owl pellets, participate in crafts and face painting, meet some mini-owls from Nature’s Educators. Hats, stuffed owls and other gifts at the gift show, food truck and local acoustic rock band “Nearly There.” Visit for workshop listing and enrollment or call 303-973-9530.

Rox Arts Gallery

Rox Arts Gallery, in Aspen Grove Shopping Center, will participate in the center’s Exclusive Shopping Night on Sept. 13 from 5-8 p.m. (Tickets, $20—50% of proceeds benefit the Humane Society of the South Platte Valley.) Events and giveaways at many businesses. “Ladies Wine and Glass” will present a glass of wine and supplies to paint your own wine glass. Also learn of future classes: “Dirty Pour” acrylic painting technique on Sept. 16 ($35); “Scotland-More than Bagpipes and Kilts” on Sept. 8 with photographer Steve Sorensen. ($25).


The 1840s Rendezvous and Spanish Colonial Art Market takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 15 and 16 at The Fort, 19192 Highway 8, Morrison. Demonstrations, music food, HawkQuest, storytellers. $5 adults, free 12 and younger., 303-839-1671.

City seeks artist

Denver’s Public Arts Program seeks to commission an artist to create an original piece of art for Westwood Park in southwest Denver. It should reflect the neighborhood as a place to connect with nature and as a reflection of neighborhood culture. The budget is $55,000, partly granted by Trust for Public Land. Apply on Information:

Genealogists gather

Columbine Genealogy and History Society resumes its monthly meetings at Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirit, 6400 S. University Blvd., Centennial: On Sept. 11 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. will be “What a Disaster! Researching and Writing about Weather Events in your Family History” by Susie Wickman, disaster management, family historian. On Sept. 18 from 1 to 3 p.m. will be “Scottish Records That Will Build Your Family Tree” by Diane Barbour, professional genealogist and officer with the Boulder Genealogical Society. Guests welcome.


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