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Mark the calendar for Dec. 7 (9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) and 8 (noon to 5 p.m.) when Koelbel Library’s Used Book Sale will offer possible gifts for many folks on your holiday list — as well as a stock of tomes to get a reader through those February blahs! Fiction, nonfiction, children’s books and more, offered by the Friends of Arapahoe Libraries. Proceeds help with programs, special purchases and more. In 2019 to date, the Friends’ Board has granted $100,000 to the Arapahoe Libraries. Koelbel Library is at 5955 S. Holly St., Centennial. 303-LIBRARY.
Friends of the Littleton Library and Museum Holiday Used Book Sale is underway through Dec. 24 at Bemis Library, 6014 S. Datura St., Littleton. 303-795-3961.
Own an Original
Littleton’s Annual Own an Original Art Exhibition is running through the end of December at the Littleton Museum, 6028 S. Gallup St., Littleton. Theme: “Destination.” Open during museum hours. (Closed Mondays.) 303-795-3950.
Holiday Pottery Sale
And place an additional mark on Dec. 5-7 for ACC’s annual Holiday Pottery Sale in the Half-Moon at the Littleton Campus, 5900 S. Santa Fe Drive, Littleton. Open Thursday and Friday: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; arapahoeceramicsguild.com. (Entrance on the west side of the main campus building.)
Tchaikovsky’s beloved music will bring snowflakes onstage as Colorado Ballet presents its 59th annual production of “The Nutcracker Ballet” from Nov. 30 through Dec. 29 at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House at Denver Performing Arts Center. Ticket prices range from $40 to $165 and some performances are already sold out, so advance reservations are strongly suggested. Coloradoballet.org, 303-837-8888, ext. 2. We are told that new sets and costumes will be ordered for next season.
Denver Ballet Theatre
Denver Ballet Theatre will present its “Nutcracker” at two locations: Newman Center at University of Denver, 2344 E. Iliff Ave., Denver on Dec. 6 (7:30 p.m.) and Dec. 7 (2 and 7:30 p.m.), newmantix.com/dbt or 303-871-7720; St. Luke’s Methodist Church, 8817 S. Broadway, Highlands Ranch on Dec. 14 (2 and 7:30 p.m.), Dec. 13 (2 p.m.), Dec. 20 (7:30 p.m.), Dec. 21 (7:30 p.m.) (special high tea prior to performance provided by Café de Coco $40.) Tickets: denverballettheatre.org. (David Taylor.)
“Raw and Real |New Work” presents three solos shows: “New Work” by Greenwood Village painter Patricia Aaron, as well as Sue Oehme’s “Sum of Our Parts” and Michael Hedges’ “Lost Highway.” Space Gallery, 400 Santa Fe Drive, Denver. Open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.
A Hudson Christmas
Holiday lights will fill Hudson Gardens, 6115 S. Santa Fe Drive in Littleton, on wintry evenings: Nov. 29, 30, Dec. 1, 6-8 p.m.; Dec. 13-24, 26-31 from 5 to 9 p.m. Last entry is at 8:30 p.m. Tickets available at the box office 4:30-8:30 p.m. or during the day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Welcome Center. Ticket prices: $10.50/$9. Free 3 and under, hudsongardens.org.
Lonnie Hanzon moves “Camp Christmas” this season out of his Lakewood studio to a larger space at Stanley Marketplace, 2501 Dallas St., Aurora, where visitors will see nine different eras of Christmas, a dozen environments designed as only Hanzon can, with at least 50 different Santa characters from throughout the world. Sponsored by Denver Center for Performing Arts. Hours: 10 a.m. to 8 or 10 p.m., depending on the day of the week. Tickets: denvercenter.org.
Littleton’s Linda Suttle directs “Calendar Girls” by Tim Firth, based on the motion picture, for the Firehouse Theatre Company from Nov. 23-Dec. 22 at the John Hand Theatre, 7653 E. First Place, Denver. 303-562-3232, firehousetheatercompany.com.
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