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Event marks 50 years for Denver Audubon


Denver Audubon celebrates — and reflects on — its first 50 years at an event on Jan. 23, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Barn at Raccooon Creek, 7301 W. Bowles Ave., just west of Littleton. In conjunction with the organization’s year-long “Big Year” competition, there will be a showing of the “Big Year” film, based on the book by author Mark Obmasicik, who will speak about the true story. Tickets include appetizers and drinks: $25, $40 with commemorative T-shirt.

Bunches of books

Arapahoe Libraries hosts a used-book sale Jan. 24-27 at Smoky Hill Library, 5430 S. Biscay Circle in Centennial during library hours, with a large assortment gathered by the Friends of Arapahoe Library: fiction, non-fiction, how-to, children’s books …

Veteran writers

“Personal Visions: Discussions with Veteran Writers and Artists” continues at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 16, 23 and 30 at the Colorado Photographic Arts Center, 1070 Bannock St., Denver, sponsored by Colorado Center for the Book/Colorado Humanities. The ongoing discussions have resulted in a recently published anthology, “Still Coming Home: Denver Veterans Writing.” Both organizations were awarded grants in 2018 for programs that support veterans in the arts. A writers workshop and five-month program of advanced photography courses were offered. All events are free. Register at (Different panelists each time.)

Highlands Ranch Historical Society

“Fun, Fearless and Female” by Frances Pordes tells of a world tour on a budget. She is the Jan. 21 speaker for the Highlands Ranch Historical Society at 7 p.m. at Southridge Recreation Center, 4800 McArthur Ranch Road, Highlands Ranch. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Books will be available.

New theater openings

 “Hooded, or Being Black for Dummies” opens Jan. 18 at the Aurora Fox Arts Center, 9900 E. Colfax Ave., Aurora. Performances: 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays. It’s a growing-up tale of two black 14 year old boys. Tickets:

 “Gloria” by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins plays through Feb. 16 at Curious Theatre, 1080 Acoma St., Denver. (Pulitzer 2016 finalist.) Performances: 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays., 303-623-0524.

 “Davey, Do You See the Light?” by Denver singer-songwriter Jim Broyles is a folk musical to be presented at Swallow Hill Music, 71 E. Yale Ave., Denver on Jan. 25, 27. (Jan. 25 sold out as of press time.) Tickets,

 “Casa Valentina” by Harvey Fierstein runs through Feb. 3 at Town Hall Arts Center, 2450 W. Main St., Littleton. For adults. Performances: 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays; 6:30 p.m. Jan. 20. Directed by Nick Sugar. Tickets:$24-$44, 303-794-2787, ext. 5,

 “A Little Night Music” by Stephen Sondheim is presented Jan. 24-Feb. 17 at Mizel Arts and Culture Center, 350 S. Dahlia St., Denver. Directed by Kelly Van Oosbree. Performances: 7 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets start at $33, 303-800-6578,

 “Disney’s Newsies” plays Jan. 18 to Feb. 10 at the PACE Center, 20000 Pikes Peak Ave., Parker. Tickets:, 303-805-3289.

Colorado Feminist Luncheon

Author Deborah Rohan Schleuter (“One Person Acted and Everything Changed: 10 Inspiring Accounts of World Changers”) will speak at the 43rd Colorado Feminist Luncheon, a 12-year-old series founded by Ellie Greenberg of Centennial. Held at 11:30 a.m. on Feb. 5 at the Denver Athletic Club, 1325 Glenarm Place, Denver. Reservations by Jan. 31: Heather Neyer —, 303-667-8836.

Denver Botanic Gardens

“A New Gardener Boot Camp” is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Feb. 16 at Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York St., Denver — $80, $60 members, includes lunch. While you’re there — or another day — visit the beautiful “Orchid Showcase” in Marnie’s Pavilion through Feb. 19, for a winter flower-fix!


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