Steel drums bring the Caribbean near

Column by Sonya Ellingboe

Posted 5/13/11

A one-night Caribbean Cruise: Steel Drum Music from the Caribbean and Beyond, by the Lamont School of Music’s Steelpan Ensemble is on the menu May …

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Steel drums bring the Caribbean near

Column by Sonya Ellingboe


A one-night Caribbean Cruise: Steel Drum Music from the Caribbean and Beyond, by the Lamont School of Music’s Steelpan Ensemble is on the menu May 21 at Cherokee Ranch and Castle in Sedalia. For $50 adults/$20 under 21: Castle tour, Caribbean buffet supper, cash bar, performance, dessert and coffee with the musicians (at 6:30 p.m.) Or for $30: cash bar, performance, dessert and coffee. Performance begins at 8 p.m. (arrive at 7:30 p.m.) 303-688-4600 for reservations.

Singers Marta Burton and Lucas Graf, accompanied by pianist Nich Busheff, will perform “A Broadway Valentine — Dream Duet,” favorite love songs from musicals, 2 to 3 p.m. May 21 at Bemis Public Library, 6014 S. Datura St., Littleton. Free. 303-795-3961.

A celebration of the life of Maida Navis, the much-loved Inter-Faith Community Services founder, will be 1 to 4 p.m., May 22 at Jose’s Restaurant, 2410 W. Main St., downtown Littleton. 303-798-5897.

The Parker Historical Society and Colorado Vintage Base Ball Association invite history buffs and baseball fans to Parker Base Ball Living History Day on May 21. See how the game was played and learn history and rules, and players’ names and positions. The field is south of Stroh Road, off Parker Road (about a half mile south of Walgreens. Watch for signs. Bring lawn chairs or blankets. For information: Mike Mulligan, 303-805-7956, or Leioma Koestner, 303-814-1232,

Sk3tchbook! at 5743 S. Prince St., in downtown Littleton has an open house from 6 to 9 p.m. May 20, with a promise of “new works, good company and Twinkies.” Willow, Susan Montague Watercolors, The Pink Attic Cat and other shops will be open late that night. 303-794-6407.

“No Shortage of Good Days” is the title of a new book by Colorado fly fisherman John Gierach, who is recognized for his expertise and his wit. He will appear at 7:30 p.m. May 19 at Tattered Cover Colfax, 2526 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, for reading, conversation and signing.

May is the ideal time for a Birding and Wildflower Walk at Roxborough State Park from 9 a.m. to noon May 28. Registration required, 303-973-3959. No fee, but State Parks Pass is required ($7 per day per vehicle). Meet at the Roxborough Park Visitor Center. A Bird and Geology Walk is offered 9 a.m. to noon June 25.

Roxborough Park also offers kids programs: 4751 Roxborough Road, Douglas County. See website for map and directions.

— Junior Naturalist next on June 4. This ongoing program has a booklet to be completed over a series of visits, including at least two Naturalist Programs in order to get the badge. 303-973-3959.

— Kids’ Hour for preschoolers is offered every Tuesday morning at 10:30. Led by volunteer naturalists. Short hikes, stories, crafts, games.

— Roxy Puppet Theater tells tales of Roxborough wildlife for children age 8 and younger, accompanied by an adult. Next program is June 25 at 10:30 p.m. Registration is required, 303-973-3959.

Littleton Chorale’s “Soaring Voices and Flying Fingers” will feature pianists Linda Cody and Carrie Mallery and the 70 member chorale, using 4-hand piano accompaniment (two pianists at one instrument). Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. May 20 at Littleton United Methodist Church, 5894 S. Datura St., Littleton and 7:30 p.m. May 21 at Heritage United Methodist Church, 7077 S. Simms St., Littleton. Tickets: $15/$10 (free 12 and under)., 973-973-9593.

Auditions: “Crumbs from the Table of Joy” by Lynn Nottage (Pulitzer for “Ruined”) 1 to 4 p.m. June 4 at The Aurora Fox, 9900 E. Colfax. donnie I. betts directs. Roles: 2 African American women (age 15 to 19); 1 African American woman (age 30 to 45); 1 African American man (age 30 to 45); 1 Caucasian woman (age 25 to 40). There are two Equity contracts and Equity Auditions will be 1 to 2 p.m. Others 2 to 4 p.m. Production dates: Jan. 27 to Feb. 19, 2012. For appointment, call 303-739-1970.

Auditions: “Uncle Vanya” by Anton Chekov on the evenings of May 23 and 24 at Germinal Stage Denver. Three male and three female roles. (Serebryakov and Marina pre-cast). Prepare five minutes of material. For appointment, call 303-455-7108.

Greenwood Village offers summer art classes for children: June 27 to 29 from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. at Silo Park, 9300 E. Orchard Road and Aug. 8 to 11 at Greenwood Village Community Room, 6060 S. Quebec St. Each lesson focuses on a famous artist and his work: Degas, DaVinci, Pollock, Monet, Picasso, Rembrandt, Warhol. Classes cost $15, including supplies and a snack. Ages 7 to 12, limited to 20.

Another program is called Art in the Park, also at Silo Park from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. on selected days. June 13 to July 14. $20 a day. For 6- to 10-year-olds. Call for information or to register, 303-486-5773.

South Platte Park offers a “Princess Adventure” for 4- to 6-year-old princesses-in-training from 9 to 11:30 a.m. May 23. (Fancy dress optional and must be washable). An outing with women naturalists. Girls can get muddy. Carson Nature Center. Fee $9/District, $12/nondistrict. South Suburban # 671521,, 303-347-5999.

Theater lovers might wish to include a summer weekend with Creede Repertory Theatre, which is in its 46th season. They begin in June and gradually add shows. Beautiful drive. Request a brochure at 719-658-2540 or visit

Circle June 11 on the calendar for the 7th Annual Wild on Littleton Block Party and Fireworks Show on Main Street. (The street will be closed from 4 to 11 p.m.) Fireworks will be launched at about 9:30 p.m. Music, booths and food vendors. Admission is free and tickets will be sold for food.

The Cherry Creek Chorale’s next concert is called “Songs of the South” and includes folk songs, spirituals and hymns. Concerts at 7:30 p.m. May 13 and 3 p.m. May 15 will be at Bethany Lutheran Church, 4500 E. Hampden Ave., Englewood. Tickets: 303-789-5920,

Author Kate Chenery Tweedy, who wrote “Secretariat’s Meadow” about her mother’s experience with the thoroughbred racing world as owner of a Triple Crown winner, is speaker for the Dry Creek Sertoma Club’s fundraising luncheon May 15 at Pinehurst Country Club. Copies of the book will be available for sale and signing. For tickets and information, call Mary Hewett, 303-798-9291 or Lianne Bower, 303-770-4415 or email Half of the proceeds will go to Easter Seals Stroke Center and half to Doctors Care.

“African Wildlife — Preserving Local Economies” is the topic for a free lecture/panel discussion at 6 p.m. May 17 at The Wildlife Experience, 10035 S. Peoria St., Parker. Participants will also have access to “HeArt of Africa,” an exhibit of sculpture, painting, photographs and artifacts before or after the lecture. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Call 720-488-3344 to reserve seats.

The Glass Artist’s Fellowship hosts its annual exhibit May 17 through May 28 at CoArt Gallery, 846 Santa Fe Drive, Denver. Gallery hours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily during the show. Reception 5 to 9 p.m. May 20. 303-573-5503.

Colorado Wind Ensemble presents “American Images” with guest composer Jack Fredericksen at 7:30 p.m. May 21 at Littleton United Methodist Church, 5894 S. Datura St. Littleton. Tickets: $12/$10/$6., 303-394-4552.

The Palmer Lake Historical Society presents “Women of Douglas County” by Shaun Boyd of the Douglas County Library. Some played a major role in settlement and growth of the area. Suzanne Bartel will present a quilt she created with squares depicting events at Palmer Lake. The free program will be at 7 p.m. May 19 at Palmer Lake Town Hall. Free refreshments.

The Highlands Ranch Historical Society presents member Judy Winnick in a portrayal of “Irena Sendler: Angel of the Warsaw Ghetto” at 7 p.m. May 16 at Southridge Recreation Center, 4800 McArthur Road, Highlands Ranch. Sendler, a Polish Catholic social worker saved 2,500 Jewish children. Guests welcome. Light refreshments at 6:30 p.m. Call to reserve a seat: Caroline Smith, 303-471-5611.

Wendy Woo and band will perform at 8 p.m. May 20 at the Platte River Grille, 5995 S. Santa Fe Drive, Littleton, kicking off the summer patio music series., 303-798-9356.

An art exhibit, “Abstract Art: Soul Vibrations” by the Greater Castle Rock Artists Guild, GCRAG, will be on display through June 2 at the Imagine Center for the Visual and Performing Arts, 960 E. Frontage Rd., (first left south of Medved) Castle Rock. Hours: Fridays, 4 to 8 p.m; Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m; Sundays, 12 to 4 p.m.


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