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The Castle Pines Arts and Cultural Foundation will again present an evening with Colorado nature photographer John Fielder, presenting a program about his latest book, “A Colorado Winter,” and providing copies of other Fielder titles for sale. The event will be held December 1 at Castle Pines North Metropolitan District, 7404 Yorkshire Dr., Castle Pines. Doors will open at 6 p.m., at which time, Fielder publications may be purchased and autographed by Fielder. The program will start at 7 p.m. and a registration is required for it, as seating is limited. (Register online: castlepinesarts.org) Admission is free, but donations will be welcomed to support Foundation programming for children’s music and adult programming.
Littleton Ballet Academy
Littleton Ballet Academy will present an evening with Clara and the Nutcracker Dec. 1-3 (7 p.m. Dec. 1 and 2; noon and 4 p.m. Dec. 3) in the Joanna Ramsey Theatre at Westminster High School, 6933 Raleigh St., Westminster. Tickets: $20 to $36 in advance, $2 more at the door: 303-794-6694, littletonyouthballet.org. Parking is free.
Colorado Ballet’s annual traditional production of “The Nutcracker” will run from Nov. 25 to Dec. 24 at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House, Denver Center for Performing Arts, 14th and Champa streets in downtown Denver. It’s the 56th season for this elegant production, with performances in the afternoons and evenings. See coloradoballet.org or call 303-837-8888, ext. 2, for tickets and information.
Littleton Museum holiday event
“A Holiday’s Evening 2017” will be presented at the Littleton Museum, 6038 S. Gallup St. from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Dec. 10. Dress warmly — this is an outdoor event enhanced by the light of candles and bonfires. Refreshments, music, Santa. Tickets are on sale Nov. 18 for members of the Friends of the Littleton Library/Museum and Nov. 25 for the general public. ($7/$3 members; $10/$4 non-members; cash or check only.) Available at Bemis Library, 6014 S. Datura St. or Littleton Museum, 6028 S. Gallup St., both in Littleton. Information: 303-795-3950.
Holiday music in Lone Tree
The Lone Tree Symphony Orchestra will perform in concert: “Sleigh Ride in Winter,” at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 1 and 2:30 p.m. Dec. 2 at the Lone Tree Arts Center, 10075 Commons St., Lone Tree, with a program of holiday favorites and a medley from “Frozen” and three arrangements of “Sleigh Ride.” St. Nicholas will appear. Tickets: 720-509-1000, lonetreesymphony.org. The LTSO will also appear at the 6:30 p.m. Dec. 1 tree lighting ceremony at the Lone Tree Arts Center.
MOA added hours
The Museum Outdoor Arts will be open from noon to 4 p.m. Nov. 18 — a rare Saturday for the museum — for visitors to the “Counterpoints” exhibition, with art by father/son team Charles and Colin Parson. This will coincide with the “Harp Trios With Emily Levin” performance in the next-door Hampden Hall. Gallery admission is free, concert tickets, $16/$20. (MOA closed Nov. 23-24.) The MOA and Hampden Hall are both on the second floor of the Englewood Civic Center, 1000 Englewood Parkway.
PACE Center show
Lloyd J. Schwartz’s “Dinner at Five” plays through Nov. 19 at the PACE Center, 20000 Pikes Peak Ave., Parker. This new comedy stars television performers Kathy Garver, Fred Grandy, Christopher Knight and Caryn Richman as two middle-aged couples who consider a bit of swinging. Tickets $36-$39, parkerarts.org, 303-805-6800.
A Hudson Christmas
Twinkling lights, frosty breath, Santa in residence, hot drinks and lovely winter walks are available for visitors to Hudson Gardens, 6115 S. Santa Fe Drive, Littleton, starting Nov. 24, on selected evenings. Tickets are available at Altitudetickets.com. See hudsongardens.org for information on dates, ticket prices. (Hudson Gardens is a collection point for Operation Christmas Joy, a gift drive for families of men and women deployed during the season, through Dec. 6. Books, toys, games, children’s clothes, gadgets … at the welcome center/gift shop, which is stocked for gift shoppers.)
Holiday Express at Depot
The annual Holiday Express has arrived at the Depot Art Gallery, 2069 W. Powers Ave. in Littleton. Original arts and crafts gifts made by Littleton Fine Arts Guild members. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, 11 a.m.to 4 p.m. Sundays, through Dec. 30. 303-795-0781.
Englewood-area author honored
Leslee Breene, who lives just outside Englewood, received an Anthology Award from the Colorado Independent Publishers Association for her 2016 collection of five holiday stories, “Christmas in My Heart” — a second-place EVVY Book Award at the 23rd annual awards banquet at Denver’s Forney Museum. The attractive paperback book, with a Christmas tree on the cover, is available at Bookies and Inklings book shops, as well as Amazon.
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