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Historic depot memorialized in painting by noted artist

Castle Rock’s Museum in the old D, R and G Depot at 420 Elbert St., is portrayed in a new watercolor by Cindy Welch.
Castle Rock’s Museum in the old D, R and G Depot at 420 Elbert St., is portrayed in a new watercolor by Cindy Welch.
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Castle Rock’s museum is housed in the 1875 Denver and Rio Grande Depot, built with rhyolite from the local quarry. It partnered with the Castle Rock Historic Preservation Board and the Public Art Commission to sponsor a new painting of the depot by watercolorist Cindy Welch, a 30-year town resident, who has painted images of a number of the city’s historic buildings. The original watercolor will be permanently displayed at the museum, and limited-edition signed prints will be available. Welch will donate 10% of sales of the print to the museum. Visit for a listing of programs of the Castle Rock Historical Society and Museum.

Phamaly celebrates 30th anniversary

Phamaly, the active theater company for actors with disabilities, will hold a series of family concerts to celebrate its 30th anniversary. On May 24, 25 and 26: Aurora Fox Theatre, 9900 E. Colfax Ave., Aurora. On June 1 and 2: Elaine Wolf Theatre, Mizel Arts and Culture Center, 350 S. Dahlia St., Denver. On June 6: Levitt Pavilion, 1350 W. Florida Ave., Denver. The June concerts will be ASL-interpreted. Free; donation suggested.

Ainomae Ensemble to perform

Englewood Arts presents a program featuring Silver Ainomae, cellist/conductor, and members of the Colorado Symphony in a concert at 2 p.m. May 25 in Hampden Hall, 1000 Englewood Parkway (Englewood Civic Center). The program will feature the “Boccherini Cello Concerto,” Tchaikovsky’s “Andante Cantabile” for cello and string orchestra from the second movement of his “String Quartet No. 1”; Arvo Part’s “Fratres for String Orchestra and Percussion”; Bryce Dessner’s “Lachrime (St. Carolyn By the Sea”; Kancheli’s “Eine Kliene Daneliade.” Tickets at the box office one hour before concert time: $20/$15, free under 18.

Plein air workshop

Artist Pat Barr Clarke will hold a plein air workshop, sponsored by Heritage Fine Arts Guild, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on June 1 at Hudson Gardens and Events Center, 6115 S. Santa Fe Drive, Littleton. Cost: $35 HFAG members; $50 non-members. See to register. (Note that membership costs just $40.) Info: Mary kay Jacobus,, 303-594-4667.

Community dinner is free

The First Presbyterian Church of Littleton, 1609 W. Littleton Blvd., will host its monthly free dinner from 6 to 7 p.m. on May 28. (Enter from Windermere.) Volunteers cook a favorite menu: barbecue chicken, Italian pasta salad, strawberry fruit salad, fruit and desserts. No reservations needed. Info: 303-798-1389,

New play

“The Language Archive” by Julia Cho is presented in its regional premiere through June 16 at Vintage Theatre, 1468 Dayton St., Aurora. Performances: 7:30 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays; 2:30 p.m. Sundays. (George is a man consumed with preserving dying languages, but communication with his wife is failing him …) Tickets: or 303-856-7830.

Singer at Dirt Coffee Bar

Alaskan singer Emma Hill will play an all-ages show to support her new album, “Magnesium Dreams,” at 5 p.m. on May 20 at Dirt Coffee Bar, 5767 S. Rapp St., downtown Littleton. The title song is based on a dream world and the show is built around it. Hill and producer/bandmate Bryan Daste have made seven records and toured widely across the U.S., Canada and Europe. 303-635-6674.

Plein air painting

The Douglas Land Conservancy will again sponsor its annual “Capturing the Beauty of Open Land” plein air painting event, where invited artists will paint on private properties in Douglas County. The resulting large collection of artworks in different media and sizes will be exhibited for show and sale at the White Pavilion, 414 Perry St., Castle Rock; June 22, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; June 23, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Buntport repeat

Buntport Theater, 717 Lipan St., Denver will present a repeat of its hit, “Something is Rotten,” described as “three peculiar men trying to outperform Hamlet.” Opens May 24 at 8 p.m. and repeats May 25, 30, 31, June 1 at 8 p.m. and at 3 p.m. on May 30. Tickets:

Parker’s Concerts in the Park

Free summer concerts in Discovery Park, Parker begin May 30 with Wash Park and continue at 6 p.m. Thursdays through Aug. 1. See for future concerts. Bring a picnic or buy from the food truck.

Bemis lecture

“A Celebration of State Capitals” by Richard Gibson features interesting small towns across America who claim to be the Capitol of this or that: “Troll Capitol, Jackalope Capitol, etc.” 7 p.m. on June 4. At Bemis Library, 6014 S. Datura St., Littleton.


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