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‘Longmire’ series author will speak to readers in Lone Tree


Popular author Craig Johnson, whose “Longmire” series has been a hit for readers and TV watchers, will appear at Lone Tree Arts Center, at 10025 Commons St., Lone Tree, at 7 p.m. on Sept. 5 to introduce his new title in the series: “Depth of Winter,” sponsored by the Douglas County Libraries. The ticket price, $32, plus fees (for a total of $36), includes a hardback copy of the new book, Johnson’s presentation, dessert bites and a place in the book signing line. (Additional books will be sold on-site by Tattered Cover Book Store.) The event is sponsored in part by RidgeGate. Tickets:, 720-509-1000; 0r

Libby and Patty Bortz

“Mother and Daughter: Facing Life’s Final Chapters Together,” the Libby and Patty Bortz duo’s compelling joint program, will be presented at Highlands Ranch Library, 9292 S. Ridgeline Blvd., at 1:30 p.m. on Sept. 14. Free, but registration is necessary: online (go to, then to authors/events, then to events calendar, then to September, and click on the Sept. 14 event) or at 303-791-7323. Libby Bortz is a licensed clinical social worker, who has been active in Littleton for many years. The Libby Bortz Assisted Living Center is named for her, honoring her service to the Housing Authority. Patty Bortz, her daughter, practiced law before transitioning to the nonprofit world, where her interests have been in Colorado’s education scene and lives of seniors.

Quilts, quilts, quilts!

Visitors to the annual Western Welcome Week Quilt Show and Raffle at First Presbyterian Church of Littleton will find a colorful array of quilts, loaned by church members and others, as well as used book sale and self-guided tours of the historic church. Raffle tickets will be sold for a new quilt created by members. The address is 1609 W. Littleton Blvd. Noon to 7 p.m. Aug. 17; 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 18. Admission free.

Genealogy how-to

The Columbine Genealogy and History Society is sponsoring a “how-to” class at Littleton’s Bemis Library on Sept. 18, with registration and payment ($25) by or before Sept. 11: Go to the Bemis Library Events Calendar or call 303-795-3961. The $25 fee is for the purchase of the guide and reference book, “How to Do Everything Genealogy” by George G. Morgan. The instructor is Ann Lisa Pearson, a 30-year genealogist. This basic class will get you started with ideas, resources and valuable local connections. Topics: how and where to find records, how and when to document sources, building a family tree and more. Visit

Art classes

The Denver Art Students League is taking registrations for a long list of classes at 200 Grant St., Denver. Adult classes are in monthly increments and there are open Figure Study sessions. Sundays are now open at the busy institution and there are classes for kids. See for class descriptions or call 303-778-6990 for a catalog.

Englewood Speedway history

The Englewood Elks Club will sponsor “Englewood Speedway Revival #2” from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 25 at the Club, 3690 S. Jason St., Englewood. Free and open to all. The Englewood Historic Preservation Society will help with the presentation. Information: 303-242-3257.

New at Kirkland

“Welded and Fabricated Poetry: the Artistic Life of Elizabeth Yanish Shwayder” will run August 24 through January 6, 2019 at the Kirkland Museum, 1201 Bannock St., Denver. Shwayder created hundreds of sculptures and was active in the Rocky Mountain arts community during the mid-20th century. Admission: $5, members; $12, non-members. (Children under 13 not admitted due to the fragility of some exhibits)., 303-832-8576 x 206. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Affordable Arts Festival

On Aug. 26, the popular Affordable Arts Festival returns to the Arapahoe Community College campus, 5900 S. Santa Fe Drive, Littleton, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (West Lawn). More than 160 artists will exhibit works priced at $100 or less. (Most have been exhibited at much higher prices during the year.) Paintings, ceramics, jewelry, pottery and more … Coffee available. Proceeds support the ACC Foundation for student scholarships. Tickets: $10 at the gate. Free parking, light rail, RTD access. 303-330-8237.

Highlands Ranch Concert Band

Swing Shift, the big band group of the Highlands Ranch Concert Band, will perform at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 18 at Civic Green Park, 9370 S. Ridgeline Blvd., Highlands Ranch. Last HRCB concert of the summer. For families. Free.

Littleton Garden Club

The long-running Littleton Garden Club will have a change of address for the next meetings at 6:30 p.m. on the first Wednesday of the month. In September, October, November: The Ames Facility, 7300 S. Clermont St., Centennial. Guests and new members welcome. September program to be announced.


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