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Watercolorist’s new work shows Castle Rock scene


Castle Rock painter Cindy Welch has been recording bits of her town’s history with skillfully painted watercolors for a number of years. Limited print editions are available on her website,, as is her latest, which celebrates the Castle Rock Fire Department’s brand new truck, shown ready to roll through firehouse doors. In front of it sits the CRFD’s treasured antique truck. As of our most recent note from Welch, the original painting is also for sale, although that may no longer be true. Contact her if interested in a bright cheery piece for a bare wall.

First Friday

Aug. 3 is First Friday in Littleton and the Depot Art Gallery hosts a reception from 5:30 to 8 p.m. for the 35th annual All Colorado Show, juried by Joan Kresek.

Englewood Drama

Gershwin’s “Crazy for You” is the choice for the annual Englewood Drama Production at the Fisher Auditorium, Englewood Campus, 3900 S. Logan St. Performances are at 7 p.m. on July 27/28 and 2 p.m. on July 29. Advance tickets: $12 and $14 at the door. Call 303-762-2680 for availability. (In past years, during afternoons, they were available in the lobby. No answer when we tried.)

Town Hall Arts Center

Summer drama students present Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” at 7 p.m. on Aug. 3 and 5 at Town Hall Arts Center, 2450 W. Main St. in Littleton. The famous drama of passion, betrayal, danger and insanity of that Danish prince ... rated PG. Education director Seth Maisel instills a lasting love of theater in his students. Tickets: $5; 303-794-2787, ext. 5. Town Hall’s fall season: “Green Day’s American Idiot,” “A Christmas Carol,” “Casa Valentina,” “Dames at Sea,” “The World Goes Round,” “Sister Act.” Plus there’s a concert schedule — see

Maya speaks ...

Maya Bemis DeBus, longtime Littleton Independent publisher Edwin Bemis’ granddaughter, returns to Littleton on Aug. 2 to speak about “Makeup and History: Intriguing, Whimsical and Little-Known Connections.” She will appear at 7 p.m. at the Littleton Museum, 6028 S. Datura St., Littleton. (Doors open at 6:30 p.m.) Free, but tickets are needed; they are at the museum, limited to four per person. Also at the muscum, opening July 27: “Over the Top: Selling the First World War to a Nation Divided.” (Many Americans were against joining the conflict in Europe. A huge propaganda campaign was mounted by the government.) Open during museum hours. Admission free.

Water blossom celebration

The Annual Colorado Water Garden Society celebration is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York St., Denver. Many south area gardeners are involved and new members are welcome. Monet Pool and other displays — plus expert advice. Included with admission.

Farce in Golden

Ken Ludwig’s funny play, “Lend Me A Tenor,” plays through Aug. 19 at the Miners Alley Playhouse, 1224 Washington St., Golden. Susan Connors Nepi of Highlands Ranch is cast as Julia. Performances: 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets: $15 to $38, 303-935-3044,

Lannie Garrett

Highlands Ranch Mansion’s great hall is the site for “Jazz at the Mansion: A Tribute to Great Women of Song” with singer Lannie Garrett and her Errand Boys of Rhythm at 6:30 to 8 p.m. on August 29. Doors open at 5:30 so you can tour the Mansion first. A cash bar and light refreshments will be available. Ages 21 and older. Tickets: $40 in advance, $45 at the door, if not sold out. (They usually do sell out in advance.) Purchase at any Highlands Ranch recreation center or call 303-791-2500.

First Friday

Aug. 3 is the night for Littleton’s First Friday Art Walk, including the reception for the Depot Art Gallery’s 35th Annual All Colorado Show from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Juror Joan Kresek, chair of the art department at Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design and a nationally known realist painter, will announce awards. The exhibit runs July 31 through Sept. 8 at the gallery, 2069 W. Powers Ave. Hours: Tuesdays to Saturdays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sundays 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.


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