Nature writer honored for lifetime of work

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Nature and wildlife writer Mary Taylor Young of Castle Rock was honored by the Colorado Authors League as the 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award Winner in a virtual June ceremony held by the 89-year-old society for professional writers. The award is based on a significant body of published work and a career as a professional writer. Young said: “As a nature and wildlife writer, this honor is also a recognition that the stories of the natural world are vibrant and worthy of telling.” Her most recent book is “I Found You in the Mountains: 100 Years of Cheley Colorado Camps.” Young writes that she is now working on a “Colorado State Parks Story” as a companion to the very old “Colorado Wildlife Story.” (1990). It will be an anthology, she says, and she is serving as managing editor for a team of about 15 volunteer writers. No pub date yet ...

Arapahoe Philharmonic

Arapahoe Philharmonic Orchestra presents a free “Concert in the Park(ing Lot)” today, July 2, at Denver First Church of the Nazarene, 3800 E. Hampden Ave., Cherry Hills Village, at 7 p.m. Attendees will remain in their vehicles for the program, a selection of Americana, light classical and jazzy favorites. The church will not be open to the public. RSVP is requested at 303-781-1892 or erin@arapahoe-phil.org. We regret we didn’t receive this notice sooner as there have been two previous concerts. Hope they are successful and inspire more ...

Bemis Library

One-on-one tech help is offered, virtually, by Bemis Library in Littleton. Call 303-795-3961 to make appointment. Monday-Tuesday 10-11 a.m.; Wed. 10-11 a.m. and 2-3 p.m. Registration required. No word yet on opening as we go to press ... numerous online programs for children — such as “Dial a Story.”

Colorado Free University

Colorado Free University offers online and in-person classes. See cfu@compuskills.com, call 303-399-0093, ext. 0. Example: “Blogging for Success.”

Open at last

Denver Art Museum, Denver Museum of Nature & Science, Denver Botanic Gardens (not Mordecai Childrens Garden) and Hudson Gardens all are open now or expected to open by the time this paper is delivered. Staying apart is certainly possible and desirable at all. See websites for programming.

‘The Bird Way’

Jennifer Ackerman’s new book, “The Bird Way,” will be featured in a July 8 program through Denver Museum of Nature & Science in a 7 p.m. program presented by Bird Conservancy of the Rockies. See dmns.org.

Colorado’s Historic and Scenic Byways

While we’re still in restrictions tied to the pandemic, it doesn’t hurt to dream a bit, and the state’s tourism office was awarded a grant to develop more information about the state’s 26 designated Scenic and Historical Byways. I do hope our readers who are recent arrivals know about these for future planning-- they are spectacular. A new microsite developed by the Colorado Travel Office features each. “Colorado is in the Safer at Home and in the Vast Great Outdoors Phase,” the news release advises ... One can maintain physical distancing and recreate — carefully. Check with local resources — some of our mountain towns are not welcoming visitors at present ... many require masks. See Highway of the Ancients or Highway of Legends, for example... See colorado.com.

Maps for outdoor fun

I recognize the need to stay home, but you’ll want to know about this: South Suburban Parks and Recreation District announces interactive parks, trails and facility maps for readers to “use on mobile or desktop devices” in planning outings. Search parks and facilities, filtering options and seeking amenities you wish to use. Search for rails, parks, open space, facilities and programs. Look for: ssprd.org/District-Maps and ssprd.org/Trail-Map. (Littleton, Lone Tree, Sheridan, Columbine Valley, Bow Mar, western Centennial and portions of unincorporated Arapahoe, Douglas and Jefferson Counties include @ 157,000 citizens served by SSPRD.) Planning is important. Some facility use is by appointment in all of our communities.

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