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art Blue Spruce Gallery, 205 W. Main St., Florence, 719/372-3166. Featuring Watercolors by Renee Young through Dec. 31. Featuring their second annual holiday show, this year's theme is Trees. Runs through Dec. 27.

Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, 1750 13th St., Boulder, 303/443-2122. Featuring Sueno con Despertarme by Ana Maria Hernando, Louche by Carson Fox and Fields by Tsehai Johnson through Dec. 31.

The Center for Fine Art Photography, MOCA, 201 S. College Ave., Fort Collins, 970/224-1010, c4fap.org. Open Tues.-Sat., noon to 5 p.m. Featuring International Photography Exhibition.

Colorado History Museum, 1300 Broadway, Denver, 303/866-4686 or coloradohistory.org. Featuring Ancient Voices: Stories of Colorado's Distant Past, Colorado Timescape and Colorado 1870-2000: Then and Now II through April 5.

Denver Art Museum, 100 W. 14th Ave. Parkway, Denver, 720/865-5000. $4.50-$6. Cheyenne Visions II through December. New Classics through December. Heaven and Home: Chinese Art of the Han Dynasty from the Sze Hong Collection through December. Floating Time: An Environment by Tatsuo Miyajima through December. Blanket Statements: Navajo Weavers of the 80s through December. Building Outside the Box: Creating the New Denver Art Museum runs through summer 2006. Rhymes and Riddles Dec. 17-31. Our Lady of Guadalupe Celebration from Dec. 10-31.

Denver Botanic Gardens, 8500 Deer Creek Canyon Road, Littleton, 720/865-3500, botanicgardens.org. Blossoms of Light runs through Jan. 22.

Denver Museum of Nature & Science, 2001 Colorado Blvd., Denver. $5.50-$20. Featuring IMAX films: Mystic India: An Incredible Journey of Inspiration and Human Body through the spring. Now featuring art exhibit Discover India, Land of Mysticism, Beauty and Culture. Grossology: The (Impolite) Science of the Human Body runs through Jan. 1.

For Heaven's Sake, 4383 Tennyson St. 1F, Denver, 303/964-9339. Open Mon.-Fri., 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sun., noon to 6 p.m. Featuring Stevon Lucero's meta-realism paintings through Dec. 31.

Gallery Sink, 2301 W. 30th St., Denver, 303/455-5601, gallerysink.com. Open Thurs.-Sun., 1-5 p.m. or by appointment. Featuring Early Colorado Contemporary Photography: A Remembrance and Revival runs through Feb. 12.

Museo de las Americas, 861 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, 303/571-4401. $3-$4. Open Tues.-Fri., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sat.-Sun., noon to 5 p.m. Featuring Planet Colombia: Deconstructing Stereotypes through Jan. 22.

Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum, 1111 Washington Ave., Golden, 303/277-0377, rmqm.org. Featuring Men of the Cloth: Quilts by Men and Chintz Reproduction Quilts: By the Hand of Lorie Stubbs through Jan. 7.

SPACe Gallery, 132 W. Ryus Ave., La Veta, 719/742-3074. Open Tues., Thurs., and Sat., 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Featuring Gift of Art Show through Jan. 7.

The Wildlife Experience, 10035 S. Peoria St., Parker, 720/488-3300. Art exhibits include: Mothing runs through Jan. 1. Also featuring The Glory of Nature's Form, photographs by Willis Peterson through Jan. 8. Showing film Lost Worlds through October 2006.

recreation and learning Mountain Park Environmental Center Activities, Mountain Park Environmental Center, 9161 Mountain Park Road, Beulah. "First Hike of 2006" on Sat., Jan. 7, 1 p.m. "Nature Reading Club" on Sun., Jan. 15, 6-7:30 p.m. For registration and more information, call 719/485-4444.

special events Colorado Cowboy Poetry Gathering, Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada. $12-$26. Events run from Jan. 12-15. Call 720/898-7200 or visit arvadacenter.org/cowboy for more.

Mid-Winter Bluegrass Festival, Northglenn Ramada Plaza and Convention Center, 10 E. 120th Ave., Northglenn. $20-$50. Featuring over 15 bluegrass acts, workshops, jams, vendors and more. Runs Feb. 17-19. Call 303/485-5222 or visit seamanevents.com for more.

theater Denver Center Theater Company Free Performances, Denver Center for the Performing Arts, 1245 Champa St., Denver, denvercenter.org. Featuring "Free for All" performances with tickets available the day of the performance at the box office. Begins at 4:30 p.m., one ticket per over the age of 6. Free shows on Jan. 11, 18, 25, March 15, 22, April 5, May 10.

Beauty and the Beast, Country Dinner Playhouse, 6875 S. Clinton St., Greenwood Village, 303/799-1410. $38-$44. Featuring this Disney musical spectacular with buffet dinner. Runs through Jan. 22. Visit countrydinnerplayhouse.com for more.

Party of 1, Playwright Theatre, 2219 E. 17th Ave., Denver. $15-$25. A comic musical revue about the joyful neuroses of single life. Runs through Jan. 31. Call 303/499-0383 or visit playwrighttheatre.com for more.

Aida, Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada. Runs through Dec. 30. Call 720/898-7200 for more.

The Dead, Byers-Evans House, 1310 Bannock St., Denver. $10-$15. The Hunger Artists Ensemble Theatre performs James Joyce's short story. Runs Jan. 6-22. Call 303/893-5438 for tickets or visit hungerartists.org for more.

Lakewood Cultural Center Events, 470 S. Allison Pkwy., Lakewood, 303/987-7845. The Frog Prince on Feb. 19; Echoes of Emerald Isles on March 3; Ailey II on March 5; Joyce Yang on March 23; Annie Get Your Gun on March 31-April 9; Matilda and the Dreamtime on April 15.

Menopause The Musical, New Denver Civic Theater, 721 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, 303/309-3773. Shows run Wed.-Fri., 7 p.m.; Sat., 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m.

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