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art Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., 303/898-7200. Gallery/exhibits free. Open Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sun. 1-5 p.m. Featuring Charles Parson's Landscape Sonnet and works by Emilio Lobato and Jason Needham through Nov. 21.

Chicano Humanities & Arts Council, 772 Santa Fe Dr., Denver, 303/412-1849. Fri., 7-10 p.m., Sat., 1-4 p.m. or by appointment. Free. Watcha!, runs Sept. 3-25.

Denver Art Museum, 100 W. 14th Ave. Parkway, Denver, 303/640-4433. $4.50-$6. Japanese Prints: 150th Anniversary of United States-Japan Relations through January 16, 2005; Changing Seasons: Coverlets from the Museum's Collection, May 22 through October 17.

Denver Museum of Nature & Science, 2001 Colorado Blvd., Denver. $5.50-$15. IMAX film Coral Reef Adventure runs through Dec. Lewis and Clark: Great Journey West through Aug. Gates Planetarium: Passport to the Universe and A Cosmic Journey. Exhibit The Quest for Immortality: Treasures of Ancient Egypt runs Sept. 10-Jan. 23, 2005. Call 800/925-2250 for more.

Lakewood Cultural Center: North Gallery, 470 S. Allison Pkwy; South Gallery, 480 S. Allison Pkwy, Lakewood. 303/987-7876. Free. The Essence of Fiber: Three Fiber Exhibits, through Sept. 17. Printmaking and Ceramics, Aug. 23 to Sept. 24.

Lynn Goldsmith Gallery, Mid-Valley Design Center, 40 Sunset Dri., Basalt. Open Weekdays 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Weekends call for appointment. Featuring Rock Legends. Runs through Sept. 30.

SPACe Gallery, 132 W. Ryus, La Veta, 719/742-3074. Open Tues.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. featuring Fall Show from Aug. 28 to Sept. 18.

The Wildlife Experience, 10035 South Peoria St., Parker, 720/488-3300. Featuring Hello Jelly, a video featuring spectacular underwater footage. The Lion King, Africa and Beyond: The Art and Adventures of Simon Combes,. In the Dark traveling exhibit through September 19. Art and Ale Festival on Fri. Aug. 27, 6-10 p.m., $20-$35.

music Rally in the Rockies, Ignacio and Durango. Bands Geneva, Slaughter, Molly Hatchet and BTO play. Sept. 2-6. Call 888/901-7701 for more.

South Park Music Festival, Fairplay. Free. 62 independent music artists perform, food vendors, artists, free admission, camping and cd's. Sept. 11, 10 a.m. to midnight. Call Monta at 719/836-2289

Santa Fe International Festival of New Music, Santa Fe, N.M. Featuring Meredith Monk, So Percussion, Joseph Gramley and many others. Sept. 23-26. Call Rozella at 505/474-6601 for more.

Takacs Quartet, Lakewood Heritage, Culture & Arts Center, 480 Allison Pkwy., Lakewood. Thurs., Sept. 23, 7:30 p.m. Call 303/987-7845 for more.

recreation and learning Writer's Intensive, Jones Theater, 119 Main Street, Westcliffe. $25. Presented by Denver playwright Tracy Shaffer Witherspoon. For all writers. Sat., Sept. 4, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more, call Ann at 719/783-3004.

Mountain Park Environmental Center Activities, Mountain Park Environmental Center, 9161 Mountain Park Rd., Beulah. $3. Wolves, Sept. 9, 7 p.m. Greenhorn Mountain Wilderness Hike, Sept. 11, 7 a.m. Harvest Full Moon Hike, Sept. 26, 6 p.m. For registration and more information, call 719/485-4444.

Sunrise Nature/Wildlife Photo Shoot, Westcliffe. $55. Work with a professional nature photographer. Saturdays through Nov. 27, 5-10 a.m. For more call 719/783-9283.

P.S. Miller Library Film Series, 100 S. Wilcox, Castle Rock, 303/688-7700. Walter Chaw facilitates this series, The Birth of Medium Cool with screenings of Breakfast at Tiffany's, Sept. 2; One, Two, Three, Sept.9; The Misfits, Oct. 7; The Hustler, Oct. 21.

Irish Football and Hurling Championships, Pleasant View Soccer, Boulder. Sept. 3-5. Visit

www.denvergaels.com or call Paul at 720/493-8666 for more.

Corn Maze, Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield, 8500 Deer Creek Canyon Rd., Littleton. $5-$8. Includes mini-maze for kids. Open Fri.-Sun., Sept. 3-Oct. 31. Call 303/973-3705 for more.

Meeker Classic Sheepdog Championship Trials, Meeker. Traditional shepherding championships. Sept. 8-12. Semi-finals on Sat., Sept. 11 starting at 8:30 a.m. Finals on Sun., Sept. 12 starting at 8:30 a.m. Call 970/878-5510 or visit

www.meekersheepdog.com .

Heritage Travel Event, Stratton, Burlington and Cheyenne Wells. $50 covers meals and tours. Trip with Colorado Preservation Inc. Sept. 10-12. Call Traci at 303/893-4260 for more.

Women's Let's Go Fishing Seminar, Kassler Environmental Education Center, Denver. $95. Includes continental breakfast, lunch, t-shirt, goody bag and half-day angling adventure. Sept. 10-12. Call 888/321-5543 for more.

special events "Revenge of Farrin James" Murder Mystery Contest, Buckskin Joe Frontier Town & Railway, 1289 Fremont County Rd. 3A, Canon City. Runs through Fri., Sept. 10. For questions or entries call 719/275-5149.

A Taste of Colorado, Denver's Civic Center Park. Featuring jazz trumpeter Rick Braun, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and more than 50 area restaurants exhibitions. Sept 3-5, 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., Sept. 6, 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Call 303/295-6330 for more.

Victor Celebrates the Arts, downtown Victor. Sat., Sept. 4: Paul Whitens (noon), Buck Gibbons (1 p.m.), Dave & Doug (2 p.m.), Rick Stahl (3 p.m.). Sun., Sept. 5: Sweet Adelines (noon), Buck Gibbons (1 p.m.), Dave & Doug (2 p.m.), Rick Stahl (3 p.m.). For information, call 719/689-9179.

Veterans Entrepreneurial Training, University of Denver, Denver. The Veterans Corporation is holding small business seminars for active duty, guard, reserve, veterans and their spouses. Programs start Sept. 11, call 303/909-8440 to enroll.

Plaza De Los Leones Fiesta, Community Center, Walsenburg. Parade, food and refreshment booths, entertainment, music and more. Sept. 11-12. Call Art at 719/738-2029 for more.

Chile Harvest Festival, Denver Botanic Gardens, 1005 York St., Denver. $5-$9. Sept. 11-12, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.. Call 303/412-1849 for more.

First Edition Golf Tournament, Rolling Hills Country Club, 15707 W. 26th Ave, Golden. A fundraiser for the Jefferson County Library Foundation's traveling children's library. Mon., Sept. 13, 10 a.m. Call 303/275-2240 for more.

Colorado Mountain Winefest, Riverbend Park, Palisade. $15-$99/event. Sept 16-19. Call 800/704-3667 for tickets or VIP passes.

Nan Desu Kan Anime Convention, Holiday Inn, 15500 E. 40th Ave., Denver. $45/weekend. Featuring many guests, panels and vendors. Sept. 17-19. Visit

http://www.ndk.cc for more.

Bead Renaissance Show, Holiday Inn, I-25 & 120th Ave., Northglenn. Free. Classes, trade show, retail and wholesale merchants. Sept. 16-18, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sept. 19, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visit

www.beadshow.com for more.

High Point Academy Ride-a-thon, High Point Academy, 7749 Palmer Divide Rd., Larkspur. A non-competitive trail ride to raise money for therapeutic riding. Sept. 18, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call 303/633-8424 for more.

Antique Map Fair, Denver Central Library, 10 W. 14th Ave. Pkwy. Preview event Sept. 17, 6:30 p.m., $30. Actual event Sat., Sept. 18, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visit

www.rmmaps.org for more.

Sustainable Living Fair, The Lincoln Center, Fort Collins. $5-$12. Gary Erickson, CEO of Clif Bar Inc. speaks during the weekend event. Sept 18-19. Call 970/224-FAIR or go to

www.sustainablelivingfair.org for more.

theater The Ballad of Baby Doe, Tabor Opera House, Leadville, 719/486-8409. $8-$15. Sept. 4, 7 p.m., Sept. 5, 2 p.m.

Three one-act plays, Jones Theater, 119 Main Street, Westcliffe. $10. Award winning plays include "Garage Sale by David Hall, "The Apple Tree" by Dianna A. Lewis and "Innocent Bystanders" by Katherine Dubois. Fri. and Sat., Sept. 3-4, 7:30 p.m.For more, call 719/783-3004.

The Thief of Frisco, Butte Opera House, 139 E. Bennett Ave., Cripple Creek. $6.50-$13. Performances run June 19 through Sept. 5. Wed. and Thurs., 2 and 8 p.m., Fri., 8 p.m., Sat., 2 and 8 p.m. and Sun., 2 p.m. For more call 719/689-6402.

Miner's Alley Playhouse, 1224 Washington St., Golden. One Act Festival runs Aug. 20- Sept. 19. Call 303/935-3044 for info.

Nuts, Full Moon Bookstores, 9108 W. 6th Ave., Denver. $10-$12. Runs Aug. 20-Sept. 11, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. Call 303/922-6337 to reserve tickets.

The Blue Vagabond, Theatre du Quirque, 2119 E. 17th Ave. $10-$12. Runs Aug. 27- Sept. 26. Call 720/394-6198 for reservations.

Blues in the Night, The Impossible Playhouse, 1201 N. Main St., Pueblo. $15. Runs Sept. 9-11, 8 p.m. Call 719/542-6969 for more.

Colorado Quickies, Lakewood Heritage, Culture & the Arts Center, 480 Allison Pkwy., Lakewood. $15. Sept. 10-25. Call 303/987-7845 for more.

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