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Scene stays green, says no to snow

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Under the huge glass house conservatory — and in the Orangery at Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York St. location — one can find greenery and flowers while the garden is covered with snow. In particular, the Orangery features an “Orchid Showcase” from Jan. 9 to Feb. 16, when the DBG orchid collection has more than 1,000 colorful blooms. Some species are really rare and all are lovely to look at! Included with admission to DBG. A “Garden Guru Orchid Tour” is listed for Feb. 6, from 2 to 3 p.m. ($17, $15 member.) 720-865-3500, botanicgardens.org.

Student art show

Littleton Public Schools’ art students, K-12, will exhibit their artworks in the Colorado Gallery of the Arts at Arapahoe Community College from Jan. 12 to Feb. 11. The gallery, in the Annex at the east side of the Littleton campus, 5900 S. Santa Fe
Drive, is open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and until 7 p.m. on Tuesdays. Free. A closing reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Feb. 11.

Buntport Theatre

“Crushes” is a collaboration between Buntport Theatre company and Stories on Stage. It will be presented at 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 11 at Su Teatro Cultural and Performing Arts at 721 Santa Fe Drive, Denver and at 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 24 at Chautauqua Community House, 900 Baseline Road, Boulder. Tickets for Denver: $15-$28, 303-494-0523, storiesonstage.org. Tickets for Boulder, $28, chautauqua.com. Actors Brian Colonna, Hannah Duggan, Erik Edborg, Erin Rollman, with technical director Samantha Schmitz.

South Suburban arts for kids

South Suburban Parks and Recreation District is offering a new series of programs for young people. For information, go to sspr.org. Academy of Dance — new sessions starting. Clay Club for ages 5-8 runs on Mondays Jan. 6 to Feb. 24. Resident: $76; non-resident: $84. Little Veterinarian School Camp — Darling Doggies — ages 4-5. Jan. 2-3 9 a.m.-noon. Little Medical School Camp — Wilderness Medicine — ages 6-10. Jan. 2-3, 1-4 p.m. Resident $116; non-resident $120.

Astronaut to visit

Astronaut Susan Helms, the first woman to live aboard the space shuttle, will visit the Colorado History Center, 1200 Broadway at 7 p.m. on Jan. 9. Tickets $25, $15, $5. Historycolorado.org/bold-women-change-history, 303-HISTORY.

Birders, conservation-minded people

Denver Audubon has a number of upcoming field trips, starting with Front Range Birding on Jan. 4 and Walk the Wetlands on Jan. 5. The board has decided to focus on conservation this year. For activities and membership info: Denveraudubon.org/events or call 303-973-9530.

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