Summer brings music to the great outdoors

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Lone Tree Arts Center’s Tunes on the Terrace begins at 8 p.m. June 21 with music by jazz sextet “After Midnight,” led by clarinetist Roger Campbell. Big band music. Tickets — 720-509-1000, lonetreeartscenter.org. Hudson Gardens’ June 17 concert is by 38 Special. Tickets — Hudsongardens.org/enjoy/concerts/. Englewood’s “Sounds of Summer” opens June 20 with the Arapahoe Philharmonic. Free. Littleton Museum opens Wednesday concerts on June 12 with Michael Friedman, jazz, 7 p.m., food truck. This is just the tip of the iceberg for the metro area!

Benchmark Theatre

Haley Johnston of Centennial is producing director at Benchmark Theatre, 1560 Teller St., Lakewood and she announces production of “Bull in a China Shop” by Bryna Turner through June 29. It’s a story of Mary Woolley and her partner Jeanette Marks and early education for women. Woolley was a college president for many years. Performances: 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday; 6 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $30/$25, benchmarktheatre.com.

Spring International

Spring International Language Center at Arapahoe Community College is celebrating its 40th anniversary June 14 and 15. It has hosted more than 20,000 students from 108 countries — “Angola to Zaire,” according to director emerita Connie Shoemaker, who founded the center with Pambos Polycarpou, current president. Many local families have hosted students over the years. An international dinner and picnic will host returning alums.

Cherry Creek Arts Festival

Dates are July 5, 6, 7 for the annual Cherry Creek Arts Festival, featuring 265 artists (of more than 2,500 who applied). Nicole Banowitz, who has exhibited at Museum of Outdoor Arts, will have her large inflatable works displayed. cherryarts.org.

Colorado history

“The Shady Side of Colorado History” is Denver author Rindi Samuelson Brown’s topic when she speaks to the Highlands Ranch Historical Society at 7 p.m. June 17 at Southridge Recreation Center, 4800 MacArthur Ranch Road, Highlands Ranch. (A $2 donation is suggested for non-members.)

Habitat Garden Tour

Denver Audubon, housed at the south end of Chatfield State Park, just off South Wadsworth Boulevard, is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year with a Bird Habitat Garden Tour in Highlands Ranch on June 22 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.. Purchase tickets in advance at denveraudubon.org — $17, members/$21 non-members. Proceeds will support environmental education for all ages, encouraging creation of wildlife habitat in neighborhoods, schools and more.

Spectrum show

Visit Colorado Gallery of the Arts for the Spectrum Art Exhibit of work by students and instructors in Arapahoe Community College’s community programs, through June 27 (closing reception 5 to 7 p.m.) Open Mondays to Fridays: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the ACC campus, 5900 S. Santa Fe Drive, Littleton. Free.

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