Blossoms, dance celebrate Hudson Gardens’ birthday

Posted 5/27/10

On June 15, Hudson Gardens and Event Center will celebrate its 14th birthday, with festivities and free admission. A highlight will be a free, …

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Blossoms, dance celebrate Hudson Gardens’ birthday


On June 15, Hudson Gardens and Event Center will celebrate its 14th birthday, with festivities and free admission. A highlight will be a free, kid-friendly 45-minute performance by the Hannah Kahn Dance Company at 10:30 a.m. in the Welcome Garden Pavilion. Kahn will lead the program, which will feature five fully staged and costumed dances, with five dancers, including Brittany Romney. They will explain the sources of choreography and demonstrate contrasting styles, musical accompaniment, costumes and moods.

Music ranges from folk to classical to world to Duke Ellington jazz. Bring your cell phone and try out the Gardens’ new free audio tour. Hudson Gardens and Event Center is located at 6115 S. Santa Fe Dr., Littleton. 303-797-8565.

The Arapahoe Community College Foundation will host its first chalk art festival from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sept. 11 at the Main Campus, called “Chalk it Up for Education.“ Booth space is available for non-artisan businesses, restaurants and caterers and interested professional and student artists are invited. In addition, there will be an entertainment stage, food and art vendors. The ACC Foundation fundraiser is modeled after popular European and American events. (For a sample, visit Larimer Square in Denver on June 5 and 6). Applications can be downloaded from or contact Sara at 303-907-4452 for booth information. Sizes and prices vary and electricity is available. Application deadline is August 1.

Windjammers Jazz Orchestra presents an evening of Big Band and Ballroom Dancing from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. June 5 at Buck Recreation Center, 2004 W. Powers Ave., Littleton. Vocalist Charles King will be featured. Dance lessons with Jim and Amy Schoendaller begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $9/$7 seniors 65+. Information: 303-797-8787,

Dance all day! Line Dance Extravaganza will be 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 12 at the Buck Center, 2004 W. Powers Ave., Littleton. Learn new steps and perfect common moves. Lunch and handouts included. Registration requested by Wednesday, June 9. Fee: $27/$25 resident. 303-730-4609.

“Young Victoria” is the free Saturday movie at 2 to 4 p.m. June 5 at Bemis Library, 6014 S. Datura St., Littleton. free popcorn and beverages. 303-795-3961.

“The Chatfield Story,” about Edward L. Chatfield and family, for whom the park and dam are named, will be told at 7 p.m. June 8 at Bemis Library, 6014 S. Datura St., Littleton. Co-author of the accompanying book, Terry McCarty says that the Chatfield Ranch at one time included a good portion of Highlands Ranch. Margaret Ann Chatfield McCarty is a descendent, who was entrusted with Civil War letters Edward wrote to his family. See related story. 303-795-3961.

“Planet Barbecue” author Steven Raichlen will appear at Williams Sonoma Park Meadows, 8405 Park Meadows Drive, Lone Tree, from 2 to 4 p.m. June 6 to promote and sign his big new book with recipes from 60 countries in the US, Canada, Europe, Africa, Asia, Latin America. Looks like a perfect Father’s Day gift for a guy who likes to cook. ($22.95) Raichlen is a cookbook author, journalist, PBS TV host and grilling guru.

More than 450 exotic sports cars will be displayed from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 13 on the lawn at Arapahoe Community College, 5900 S. Santa Fe Drive, Littleton. The Cerebral Palsy of Colorado’s 37th Annual Exotic Sports Car Show and Concours D’Elegance will attract dreamers and collectors and will offer kids’ activities. Adults: $10; free under 12.

“On Broadway at the Castle” features singers Christina Rowan and Jeff Roark, pianist Martha Yordy, directed by Kathleen McCall in a revue of favorite show tunes at Cherokee Ranch and Castle, 6113 N. Daniels Park Rd., Sedalia. A $75 ticket includes buffet dinner, castle tour, cash bar, performance, dessert and coffee with the performers. 303-688-4600.

Guitarist Claude Bourbon will appear at 8 p.m. June 5 at the Tuft Theatre, Swallow Hill Music, 71 E. Yale Ave., Denver, co-billed with Adam Rafferty. 303-777-1003,

The Art Students League of Denver’s 18th Annual Summer Art Market will be held 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on June 12 and 13 on the block around the school, 200 Grant St., Denver.

Actor’s Playground, classes for ages 6 to 16, will be offered in July and August at Town Hall Arts Center, 2450 W. Main Street in Downtown Littleton. Visit or call 303-794-2787 x 217 for information. Town Hall also has its 2010-2011 season brochures available with various ticket packages. The season is dedicated to Town Hall founder Vaughn Gardinier.

Call for auditions: Theatre Or and the Mizel Arts and Culture Center announce auditions for “The Chosen” by Chaim Potok. Rick Bernstein will direct a story that was important to him as a young Jewish man. Auditions will be 1 to 4 p.m. June 13 and June 14 at Miners Alley Playhouse, 1224 Washington Ave., Golden. Six male parts range in age from 16 to 50. 303-935-3044,

“Start Summer Here” is the June 3-30 show at Artists on Santa Fe, 747 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, featuring gallery artists. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. First Friday Gallery walk 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, June 4. 303-573-5903,

Louie Anderson appears at 7:15 p.m. June 4 and 5 at Comedy Works South, 5345 Landmark Place, Greenwood Village. Tickets: $30. Want to be a stand up comic? Anderson and Kyle Cease will offer ”Conquering the Stage,” a two day comedy class for all ages starting at 9 a.m. June 5 and 6 at Comedy Works South. $399. 303-274-6800.

“Student Assembly” is a night for Denver area high school theater students to gather at Curious Theatre for dinner, a show and discussion with theater professionals on June 11. Purchase tickets by June 4 for $15 ($22 thereafter). Dinner discussion topic is summer theater classes and internships at 7 p.m. “Up” will be performed at 8 p.m, followed by a talkback with the cast. RSVP to or 720-258-4208. (Adults may attend if accompanied by at least two minors at regular ticket price. Dinner complimentary). Curious Theatre is at 1080 Acoma St., Denver.

Teatro Pregones, from the Bronx, will be in residence June 10-12 at Su Teatro at the Denver Civic Theatre, 721 Santa Fe Drive, Denver. It will present “MIGRANTS! Cantata a los Emigrantes”(1986) and a world premier of “Aloha Boricua” at 7:30 p.m. June 10, 11, 12. Tickets: 18/$15. 303-296-0219,

The Parker Writers Group will meet at 2 p.m. June 13 at the Parker Library, 10851 Crossroads Drive, Parker, for a presentation by Denver literary agent Sandra Bond on “Insider Tips: Getting Published.” Learn how she chooses material, what makes a manuscript “pop,” presenting it to a publisher. Free. No pre-registration required.

The Colorado Water Garden Society’s Annual Plant Sale will be held 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 6 on the roof top of the Denver Botanic Gardens parking structure and 1007 York St., Denver. Included: tropical water lilies, tropical and hardy marginals, bog plants, floating plants and pond critters, plus expert advice, potting materials, pots, fertilizer. No admission.

Arvada Center announces auditions for “Sunset Boulevard” by Andrew Lloyd Webber from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 7 and June 8 at the Center, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd. By appointment only, 720-898-7200. Equity show, although non-Equity actors may audition. For details, visit Production dates: Sept. 14 through Oct. 10.

The Columbine Genealogical and Historical Society presents its 2010 Symposium from 9 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. June 5 at Buck Recreation Center, 2004 W. Powers Ave., Littleton. Professional genealogist Laura G. Prescott will discuss locating digitized images online, publishing your genealogy online, academic archives, using manuscripts to create a family history. Registration fee: $40, mail checks payable to CGHS to C. J. Backus, PO. Box 3804, Centennial, CO 80161. For information, contact Backus,, 303-355-0731.

The Palmer Lake Historical Society, with the Tri- Lakes Center for the Arts and Project Lighthouse presents a one-day Native American Festival, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on June 5 in Palmer Lake. Prior to the festival, the Tri-Lakes Chamber of Commerce, El Paso County Parks and the Colorado Department of Wildlife sponsors a kid’s fishing contest from 8 a.m. to noon ($2 in advance, $3 day of event. . Admission is $15. Food and beverages will be available for sale.

Entry forms are available at Curtis Arts and Humanities Center for its 27th Annual All Colorado Art Show, which is scheduled July 9 to Aug. 6. Deadline for entries is June 18. Quang Ho will jury the show, which has a $25 entry fee for two submissions. Center director Jo Cole says $2000 in prize money - will be available. The center is in a circa 1914 schoolhouse at 2349 E. Orchard Rd., Greenwood Village. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursdays. 303-797-1779.


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