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Garden club to put down new roots


Littleton Garden Club, a longtime community organization, announces a new meeting location as it starts the new year. The club will meet at 6 p.m. Jan. 2 at First Presbyterian Church of Littleton, 1609 W. Littleton Blvd. (Park on north side.) The speaker will be noted horticulturist Panayoti Kelaidis, senior curator and director of outreach, Denver Botanic Gardens. He began his career as curator of the Rock Alpine Garden, a signature garden at DBG, showcasing thousands of plants from around the world. He introduced many of these plants for gardeners through Plant Select, which he helped organize. He has lectured in more than 120 cities in 10 countries and explored much of North America, seeking undiscovered plants. Travels include: six trips to South Africa, Mexico, the Andes in Chile, Mongolia and more. Guests and new members are welcome. Meetings are the first Wednesday of each month through May. A few garden excursions are planned in summer.

Big year of birding

Readers who saw and/or read “The Big Year” will understand about Denver Audubon’s challenge for birders to compete during its 50th anniversary year. Explore birding sites in this six-county area: Adams, Arapahoe, Broomfield, Denver, Douglas, Jefferson. Identify species and record at Add to your life list. Register with ($10-goes to education programs). Classes will be offered on birding skills and field trips will be planned. On Jan. 23, a kickoff will include a screening of the movie “The Big Year,” with remarks by author Mark Obmascik. Location and time to be announced.

Curtis Center for the Arts

“Horse Power” is the new Curtis Center for the Arts exhibit, Jan. 7-Feb. 23 at the center, 2349 E. Orchard Road, Greenwood Village. The exhibit runs Jan. 7-Feb. 23. A reception is planned from 6 to 8 p.m. on Jan. 12. Contemporary works from across the country will hang in the center and life-sized sculptures of horses by Doug Owen will graze on the center’s grounds. A third component, “Caballo de Fuerza,” a collection of horse-related artifacts from the Museo de las Americas on Santa Fe Drive in Denver, will be displayed at Greenwood Village City Hall. Admission is free. Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays to Fridays; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. 303-797-1779.

Depot Art Gallery

The annual Littleton Fine Arts Guild New Members Show opens on Jan. 8 and continues to Jan. 27 at the Depot Art Gallery, 2069 W. Powers Ave., Littleton. A reception is planned from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 11. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays. Exhibited work includes painting, photography, jewelry, sculpture and ceramics, all for sale.

Genealogists gather

Columbine Genealogical and Historical Society begins the new year on Jan. 8 at 1 p.m.: “When All Else Fails, Try the Local Newspaper” presented by Roger Dudley, reference librarian, Western history and genealogy, Denver Public Library. The society meets at Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirit, 6400 S. University Blvd., Centennial. On Jan. 15, 9:30-11:30 a.m.: early bird class at Bemis Library, 6014 S. Datura St., Littleton: “Workshop on Documenting Your Genealogy Sources.” It is based on the book: “Evidence! Citation and Analysis for the Family Historian.” Registration is required and a $25 fee is due by Jan. 8, which covers the cost of the book. Register at the Bemis Library website calendar: or call 303-795-3961. On Jan. 15, 1 p.m.: “The Red Light Districts of Colorado,” presented by local authors Randi Samuelson-Brown and Laurel Watson.

‘Personal Visions’

Veteran Writers and Artists will participate in “Personal Visions: Discussions with Veteran Writers and Artists.” A series supported by Colorado Humanities and Colorado Center for the Book at the Photographic Arts Center, 1070 Bannock St., Denver, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 16, 23, 30. Other community members will participate in discussion about the process of creating art after serving in the U.S. military. Panelists will include contributors to “Still Coming Home,” an anthology of writing by veterans. Free and open to the public, Register at:

Museum Outdoor Arts

“Natura Obscura” opens Jan. 11 at Museum Outdoor Arts in the Englewood Civic Center, 1000 Englewood Parkway, Englewood. It will feature a self-guided tour through a dreamlike forest that includes sculpture, art, woodland creatures and the latest in virtual, augmented, and digital technologies. The magic is beginning in the second floor atrium now … The immersive exhibit will run to April 28 and is ticketed — $10 to $20 based on time and day of week. Free SCFD days will be the first Tuesday of February, March, April. To arrange for school tour, call Museum Outdoor Arts, 303-806-0444.


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