“Art and the Animal,” an always popular traveling exhibit of works by members of the national Society of Animal Artists, runs through Feb. 21 at …
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“Art and the Animal,” an always popular traveling exhibit of
works by members of the national Society of Animal Artists, runs
through Feb. 21 at The Wildlife Experience, 10035 S. Peoria St.,
Parker. Several local artists have work in the show: Gerald
Balciar, Parker; Janeice Linden, Littleton; Victoria Parsons,
Parker, Kay Witherspoon, Englewood. A related catalog of the show
is available in the museum gift shop. For hours, theater
information and admission costs, see thewildlifeexperience.org or
Popular local musician Chris Daniels, who has been battling
leukemia, will return to Swallow Hill Music with Chris Daniels and
the Kings, at 8 p.m. Dec. 10 for “An Acoustic Night with Chris
Daniels and Friends.) Daniels was director of Swallow Hill at one
time. Tickets: $15 advance/ $17 day of show. www.swallowhill.org, 303-777-1003
“Trail of Lights at Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield” runs
5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday evenings Dec. 3 to Jan.
2 at 8500 Deer Creek Canyon Rd., Littleton. Lighted trails,
Childrens activities, historic homestead, music some evenings.
Tickets: $9.50/ $7.50 / $6.50 (members $2 off).
“Blossoms of Light at Denver Botanic Gardens York Street” is
open 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. nightly Dec. 3 to Jan. 2 with more than 1
million lights, seasonal entertainment, ice sculptures and
illumination of the Henry Moore sculptures at 1007 York St.,
Tickets: $9.50/ $7.50 / $6.50 (members $2 off).
“Hudson Holiday” presented by the Museum of Outdoor Arts at
Hudson Gardens and Event Center, 6115 S. Santa Fe Drive, Littleton.
Hours: 5 to 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Dec. 18, then
daily through Jan. 2. Lights through 15 acres, horse and carriage
rides, music. Admission: $9/ $8/ $6, free 3 and under.
“Zoo Lights” brings animated animals leaping 5 to 9 p.m. nightly
at the Denver Zoo Dec. 10 to Jan. 2, 2300 Steele St. in City Park.
Ice Carving Garden Dec. 17-21. Carolers, warming station, Santa
Dec. 10-23, Kwanzaa Dec. 26, Zoo Year’s Eve Dec. 31. Admission: $8/
$6/ $4 (members $2 off), $1 off for non-perishable food
“Winter Wonderlights” takes place nightly 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Dec.
10-24 at The Wildlife Experience, 10035 S. Peoria St., Parker.
Wildlife themed trail, Santa’s Village, reindeer. Screenings of
“How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” Admission: $9/ $8/ $6, free 2 and
under. 720-488-3300. (Call for information about Santa Breakfast
Dec. 4, 11, 18, 2
The Carousel Palette’s Friday Painters will hold a holiday art
show and sale from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 4 at the Carousel Palette
, a historic house/art studio at 5650 S. Curtice St., Downtown
Littleton. Susan Smith, Elizabeth Green, Ann Sherley, Fran
Schroeder and Anita Winter are the Friday Painters. At 2 p.m.,
“Plunk and Toot:” flutist Rosanne Sterne (also a watercolorist
whose paintings will be in the show) and pianist Lucy Garrett will
play classical selections.
Music for the holidays
The South Suburban Community Orchestra performs at 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 10 at Grace Presbyterian Church, 251 E. Sterne Blvd.,
Centennial. Music by Waltefuel, Vaughn Williams, Brahms, Burt,
Mozart, Bach, Respighi/Rossini. $5 donation requested. The
orchestra is holding a silent auction with possible holiday gifts.
“I’ll Be Home for Christmas” by the Denver Brass 5 at 3:30 p.m.
Dec. 5 at Bethany Lutheran Church, 4500 E. Hampden Ave.
Free/donation. Holiday Brass Fest invites brass players age 8 to 98
to participate Dec. 11 at the Denver Performing Arts Complex
Galleria. “Twas the Brass Before Christmas” family concert 2:30
p.m. Dec. 12 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 18 at Bethany Lutheran (above).
“Hark! Brass and Angels Sing” Denver Brass and Colorado Chorale, 4
p.m. Dec. 19, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 22 at the Newman Center. 303-832-HORN,
“Holiday Lights” by the Colorado Wind Ensemble at 7:30 Dec. 11
at Littleton United Methodist Church, 5984 S. Datura St.,
Littleton. Music by Reisteter, Anderson, Kalman, Bass, Staffeldt.
“Festival of Carols” with Littleton United Methodist Church’s
three choirs, Colorado Chamber Orchestra, Chancel Ringers at 8:30
and 11 a.m. Dec. 12: Carols, sacred poetry, scripture, music. LUMC,
5984 S. Datura St., Littleton. Free. 303-794-6379. “A Littleton
Christmas” with the Littleton Symphony and Young Voices of Colorado
will have two performances: Dec. 10, 7:30 p.m. at Littleton United
Methodist Church, 5984 S. Datura St., Littleton and 7:30 p.m. Dec.
11 at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 8817 S. Broadway,
Highlands Ranch. Bach, Tchaikovsky, Vivaldi, seasonal favorites.
Tickets: $15/$12/ free 21 and under. 303-933-6824, www.littletonsymphony.org.
(Cash/check only at door).Holiday Concert by the 50-year-old Denver
Concert Band, which includes many south area musicians, including
Music Director Jacinda Bouton and Associate Director Ken Kopatich,
at 2 p.m. Dec. 11 at Central Presbyterian Church, 1660 Sherman St.,
Denver. Tickets: $10/$5. www.denverconcertband.org.
Singers and non-singers will gather at 7 p.m. Dec. 5 for “Messiah
Sing Along” at Littleton United Methodist Church, 5894 S. Datura
St., Littleton. The Colorado Chamber Orchestra and soloists will
perform Handel’s beloved oratorio, which has a long history of
being performed as a benefit. This 2010 concert will help children
suffering from HIV/AIDS in Africa and India, through the Center for
the Church and Global AIDS. Suggested donation: $20. 303-794-6379.
(See related story).“Carols by Candlelight” is the title for the
Littleton Chorale’s holiday concert, accompanied on several pieces
by the Classical Brass Quintet, at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3 and 3 p.m. Dec.
5 at St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church, 1401 E. Dry Creek Road,
Centennial. Inspirational readings and poetry will be interwoven
with choral music from a variety of traditions. Members of the
audience will join the chorale on traditional carols. Dr. Michael
Todd Krueger is director of the chorale, which started in 1978.
Tickets: $15/$10, free under 12. 303-973-9593, www.littletonchorale.org.The
Lone Tree Symphony’s Holiday Concert will be at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3 at
Cornerstone Baptist Church, 9941 Lone Tree Parkway, at Lincoln. The
program will include Grieg’s “Morgenstimmung and Tanz in der Halle
des Berkonigs” from the Peer Gynt Suite, Jessel’s “Parade of the
Wooden Soldiers,” Smith’s “Jingle Bells Forever,” Tchiakovsky’s
“Dances from the Nutcracker Suite,” Anderson’s “Sleigh Ride.”
Admission is free, but a $5 donation is appreciated. www.lonetreesymphony.org.“Christmas
in Colorado Concert” by the Sound of the Rockies barbershop style
chorus will be at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 11 at the Newman Center,
2344 E. Iliff Ave., University of Denver. Tickets: 303-933-3501.“A
Concert for Children” with the Moses Brings Plenty Band and flutist
Eric Many Winds Herrera will be at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 10 at the Palmer
High School Auditorium, 19255 Monument Hill Rd., Monument. Native
American song, dance, culture and World music. The concert benefits
children on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, where Lakota Nation
member Moses Brings Plenty grew up. Tickets: $20/ advance/ $25
door. Monument Chamber of Commerce, 719-481-3282.A Dec. 7 benefit
concert for Urban Peak, which helps homeless youths, will include
Arapahoe Community College musicians at 7 p.m. at the D-Note, 7519
Grandview Ave., Arvada . In addition to ACC’s Songwriting class and
Pop/Rock Ensemble directed by Michael Engberg (started by Chris
Daniels), Steve Werges of Colorado Music Business Organization will
play his guitar and sing and Zazemi, a jazz quintet, will play.
Donation at the door, $10. Musicians are donating their time.
Writer’s Group will hear a program on “Make Your Pitch” (to agents)
by Kimberlee Gard and Jennifer Turano, when it meets from 2 to 4
p.m. Dec. 5 at the Parker Library, 10851 S. Crossroads Dr., Parker.
The meeting is open to all. Bring a pitch to practice and get
feedback. The annual, informal holiday potluck will be held. Bring
a dish to share. Gard, coordinator for the writers group, is a
published author and former newspaper reporter. Turano, a group
member has recently signed a contract with a New York agent to
pursue her novel. Information: firstname.lastname@example.org.The
“North Pole at Tri-Lakes Craft Show,” sponsored by the Monument
Hill Kiwanis Club, will be held 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 4 and 11
a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 5 at Lewis Palmer Middle School, 1776 Woodmoor
Drive, Monument. Santa will visit 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. both
days. Admission is a donation of non perishable canned or dry food
for Tri-Lakes Cares.Casting call: “Speed the Plow” by David Mamet
auditions by the newly-formed Edge Theatre at the E Project will be
noon to 3 p.m. Dec. 4 and 5 at 9797 E Colfax Ave., Denver. Bill
Smith directs. Prepare appropriate two minute monologue. (The role
of Bobby Gould has been cast). Call 303-521-8041 for appointment.
Production opens March 11 for five weeks. Actors will be paid a
minimum honorarium plus box office bonus. Actor Ed Cord will appear
as Oscar Wilde in “Oscar Wilde — Reflections on Aesthetics and
America” at the December 4 meeting of the Wales, Ireland, Scotland,
England Family History Society, which includes many south area
members. Wilde traveled in Colorado in the 1880s and Cord will
present a speech he made here and further reflections after he
returned to England. The meeting will be at 1:30 p.m. at Central
Denver Public Library, Gates Conference Room, 5th Floor, 10 W. 14th
Avenue Parkway, Denver. All are welcome. Bring a holiday treat to
share, to reflect your family heritage. www.wisefhs.org.The Historic Downtown
Littleton Merchants announce the 5th Annual Old Town Holiday
Shopping Evening from 5 to 9 p.m. Dec. 4, with special prices and
refreshments, strolling carolers and visits with Santa in the
parking lot at Reinke Brothers. Individual merchants will have
additional extended hours. Inquire locally or see the Downtown
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