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2008 State Democratic Convention and Assembly
16-17 World Arena, 3185 Venetucci Blvd. Thousands of energized Democrats will invade this Republican bastion for their state convention. Delegates will be selected for the national convention in Denver this August. 473-8713, peakdems.org.

Bares, Broncs and Bulls
16-17 La Plata County Fairgrounds, Durango. Events include bareback riding, classic saddle bronc riding, and the ever-so-dangerous bull riding. 970/259-0590, durango.org.

Mike the Headless Chicken Days
16-17 Fruita. The weekend includes the "Run like a Headless Chicken" 5K, a car show, live music, chicken games and Mike's Market. miketheheadlesschicken.org.

39th Gigantic Annual Spring Plant Sale
16-18 Demonstration garden at Glen Avenue and Cache la Poudre Street. Perennials, annuals, shrubs, vines, small fruit, herbs, native plants, rock garden and Xeriscape plants, vegetables, ground covers, roses, fabulous grasses and more. 475-0250, hasgardens.com.

Steamboat Springs Artposium
16-18 Steamboat Springs. A two-day event to explore the intersection of art, writing and land use. 303/279-5198, coloradoartranch.com.

Second annual Memorial Hospital Ruff n Ready Pet & Kid Safety Fair
17 Bear Creek Park, 501 Bear Creek Road. Dancing dogs, obstacle and agility courses, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo animals, pet contests, bike safety rodeo and more. 365-9094, mhchildren.com.

Second annual Ride the Range
17 Chico Basin Ranch, Peyton. A gorgeous ride through the area. 683-7960, chicobasinranch.com.

2008 Road to Victory Bicycle Classic
17 Boulder. A 64-mile ride through Boulder to benefit Parkinson's research and education. 303/250-7960, road2victory.com.

Sixth annual Shumei International Institutes Celebration
17-18 Crestone. Activities to celebrate "Shumei," the spiritual fellowship founded in Japan in 1970. 719/256-5284, shumei crestone.org.

Estes Park Jazz Festival and Art Walk
17-18 Estes Park. Two days of free, non-stop musical entertainment from big band jazz to Salsa and Latin along with a bit of rhythm and blues. 970/577-9900, estesparkcvb.com.

Pikes Peak Spring Horse Show
23-25 Norris-Penrose Event Center, 1045 W. Rio Grande St. American Saddlebred, Hackney Pony, Roadster Horses, Equitation and Academy classes, El Paso County 4H division classes. 303/901-1680.

30th annual Mountainfilm in Telluride
23-26 Telluride. Many independent films from around the world, a symposium and more. 970/728-4123, mountainfilm.org.

Uncle Wilber Fountain Opening
24 Acacia Park, 115 E. Platte Ave. Food, music and entertainment. Including: Jim Jackson, Steve Weeks, Jessie Wilson and friends, Kat Tudor and the Colorado Springs Conservatory. unclewilber.com/visit.htm.

Taste of Creede Arts Festival
24-25 Creede. Fine arts auction, live music and cooking competition. 800/327-2102, creede.com.

Eighth annual Mesa Verde Country Indian Arts & Culture Festival
23-June 1 Mesa Verde National Park. An event to celebrate the Native American heritage of the historic destination. 800/530-2998, mesaverdecountry.com.

Territory Days Celebration
24-26 Old Colorado City. Beer garden, margarita cantina, mechanical bull ride, gold panning, activities for kids, and much more street entertainment. territorydays.com.

31st annual Narrow Gauge 10-Mile and 5K
25 Durango. Spectacular views, tough ascent, "screaming descent." 970/884-9257, active.com.

Fountain Creek Migration 5K Race / Walk & Kids Fun Run
28 Fountain Creek Nature Center, 320 Peppergrass Lane. 520-6745.

Law Day 10K & 5K Run and 1-Mile Walk
30 Cache la Poudre Street and Mesa Road. Proceeds will benefit KIDPOWER of Colorado Springs and Chins Up. active.com.

Vail/Eagle Valley Rocky Mountain Horse Expo
30-June 1 Eagle. Featuring an extreme cowboy race, the second annual Vail/Eagle Valley Championship WRCA Ranch Rodeo and more. 303/292-4981, rockymountainhorseexpo.com.


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