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September is a colorful time to visit Littleton’s Hudson Gardens, 6115 S. Santa Fe Drive, for a stroll. The giant Victoria water lilies are blooming amidst their huge dappled leaves; dahlias and mums are in full color; and some roses summon up a final fling. Vegetables mature and leaves will begin to change later in the month. Join a September bird walk at 8 a.m. on Sept. 30. Admission is free, but there is a charge for the bird walk. Pre-register on the website, hudsongardens.org. Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
The Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms, just southwest of C-470 and Wadsworth on Deer Creek Canyon Road, hosts its annual corn maze from Sept. 15 to Oct. 29. Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays. Those wanting the after-dark corn maze experience can attend Oct. 6-28 — 7-11 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays; 7-10 p.m. Sundays; and 7-10 p.m. Thursdays Oct. 19, 26. Admission: $9-$14, free 2 and younger. And, for 13 and over: there’s also the Dead Zone Scream Park at $27, $37, which includes a haunted hayride and dumps you into the dark maze. Botanicgardens.org.
Reminder to artist and crafters; the 46th Annual Friends of the Littleton Library and Museum Craft Fair will be Oct. 7 at Ketring Park in Littleton. Spaces may still be available. The Littleton Museum’s Sherry Kling is coordinator, 303-795-3950.
Arts and letters in Parker
Ekphrastic writing is literature that uses art as inspiration in PACE Center’s new exhibit, but PACE Center’s also asks artists to respond to poetry, with artwork and statements by artistic pairings. The exhibit runs through Oct. 31 with a reception and readings planned for Oct. 6 from 6 to 8 p.m. with food, music and a cash bar. No admission charge. The PACE Center is at 20000 Pikes Peak Ave., Parker.
Marquez photo exhibit
“The Magic and Wonder of Colorado” is a new large-format collection of photos by local photographer Andy Marquez. It will be introduced from 5 to 8 p.m. on Sept. 14 at Outnumbered Gallery, 5654 S. Prince St., Littleton. In process for several years, it got tied up with a bankrupt publisher last year, and is just now available, with 160 pages, 85 images. ($39.95.)
The Denver Actors Fund was established to support local theater people who find themselves in medical need. It is supported in part by “Miscast,” an annual spoof cooked up by talented performers who place themselves in unlikely acts and costumes — and scenes. All are welcome to enjoy an evening as actors make fun of themselves. The 2017 “Miscast” will be at 7 p.m. on Sept. 25 at Town Hall Arts Center, 2450 W. Main Street in downtown Littleton. Why is it scheduled for a Monday? That’s when these guys are free to goof off! Tickets cost $20, townhallartscenter.org, 303-794-2787, ext. 5. The show is rated R — 16 and older. DenverActorsFund.org.
The Castle Rock Band’s “Farewell to Summer” concert will be an all-American program at 2 p.m. Sept. 23 at the bandstand in front of the Philip S. Miller Library, 100 Wilcox St., Castle Rock. Included: Clare Grundman’s “Second Folk Rhapsody,” “Hootenanny” by Harold Walters and “Cavalcade March” by W. Paris Chambers. Admission is free. Bring folding chairs or blankets. The band welcomes new volunteer musicians. It will next appear at Starlighting in November.
Voices West fundraiser
A fundraiser for Voices West is planned at 6 p.m. Sept. 28 at the Melting Pot in Littleton’s old Carnegie Library at the west end of Main Street. Tickets cost $75 per person for the restaurant’s four-course dinner. Friends are welcome. Reserve at: voiceswest.org.
Flyin’ B presentation
Local old-timers may recall a little plane, the Flyin’ B, that towed ad banners across Littleton and surrounding areas and originated just south of County Line Road at Santa Fe Drive. The Flyin’ B Park remains at that site of the Flyin’ B Ranch, now administered by Highlands Ranch. The Highlands Ranch Historical Society’s Nancy Linsenbigler will tell its story from 6:30 to 8:3o p.m. on Sept. 18 at Southridge Recreation Center, 4800 McArthur Ranch Road, Highlands Ranch. Donations suggested for non-members ($2).
The Parker Art and Music Festival will be at O’Brien Park on Sept. 23 and 24. Fifty national juried artists, eight live music acts, aerialist, creation station, face painting, donations will be collected for Hurricane Harvey Disaster Relief. See https://www.eventbrite.com/e/parker-art-music-festival-tickets-26163901935.
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