Photo exhibit brings outdoors indoors

By Sonya Ellingboe


“Called to the Sporting Life,” photographer Dusan Smetana's exhibition at The Wildlife Experience, 10035 Peoria St., Parker, will be open until Sept. 29, with images of wildlife, fishermen and striking landscapes. His photos appear regularly in “Field and Stream,” “Sports Afield,” “Outdoor Life” and many other publications.

Raised in the Carpathian Mountains, he learned both forestry and photography in Czechoslovakia.

Drawn by stories of cowboys and Indians, he has made the Western wilderness his own. He lives with his family in Montana. The exhibit will be open during museum hours. Information:, 720-488-3301.

Jazz fest coming

Littleton Jazz Festival tickets go on sale July 1 at Town Hall Arts Center. The festival concert date is Aug. 16 at 6:30 p.m. The program includes: Highlands Ranch-based “After Midnight,” a band that plays from Benny Goodman's playbook; “Sazon”; the Bobby Trujillo Quartet, joined by vocalist Norma Tell; and the Neil Bridge 7+, with Karen Lee on vocals. Tickets cost $25, 303-794-2787,

Welcome back!

Spotlight Performing Arts Center, once located in Centennial, has returned to Colorado in a new location at 6328 E. County Line Road #102, Highlands Ranch, where director Teresa Hill-Putnam, with her daughter Ashley Putnam, will offer classes for age 2 through adults in ballet, tap. It offers beginning through advanced classes in jazz dance, tumbling, lyrical/contemporary, pointe, musical theater, voice and vocal performance. Information: 720-443-2623,

Outdoor movies

The Aspen Grove Free Family Film Series is Tuesdays at dusk: July 2 — “Despicable Me” and July 9 — “Iron Giant.” Sponsored by Alamo Drafthouse, which will give beer vouchers to adults in exchange for a $4 donation. Before the screening, there will be games, contests, props and giveaways. Gates open at 7 p.m., and films are shown outside the theater in the Aspen Grove shopping center at 7301 S. Santa Fe Drive, Littleton. Food available for purchase. Bring a blanket or chairs and the family.

Audubon Summer Camps

Three Audubon Summer Camps are offered through Colorado Academy, 3800 S. Pierce St., Denver. They will meet at the Audubon Nature Center at Chatfield. The academy will offer transportation to Audubon. Included: Wildlife Detectives, ages 8-11, July 15-19, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; Wetland Warriors: ages 10-14, July 22-26; Bird Nerds, ages 5-8, July 29-Aug. 2. Tuition: $355. Register:, 303-914-2531.

*Thorne Nature Experience also offers nature camp experiences at the Audubon site: 303-499-3647.

Reminder to artists

Kaleidoscope Juried Art Show entries will be due between 9 and 11 a.m. July 6 at the ACC Colorado Gallery of the Arts, Annex Building, Arapahoe Community College, 5900 S. Santa Fe Drive. Eligible: 2-D and 3-D work that one person can lift. Fee: $10 per entry. Actual work must be submitted. It will be juried that day and artists will be notified. Pick up work not selected from 1-3 p.m. If you volunteer that day to help with set-up, you may submit up to three works at no charge. Information: Trish Sangelo at or 303-797-5649. The show will run July 8 to 31. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.


• “Legend of Sleepy Hollow” auditions 7 to 9 p.m. July 10 and 11 at the Parker Senior Center. Community Theater. Information:

• “I Never Promised You a Rose Garden” by Walter Newton, based on Joanne Greenberg's book. Rick Bernstein will direct at Miners Alley Playhouse in Golden. Auditions are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 29 at Miners Alley. 303-674-6564. Read from the script, which can be emailed to you —


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