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Pumpkin Nights glows in Brighton

A 40-foot long dragon. A ghostly pirate ship. An undersea wonderland. Those are just a few items in the fantastical lands, built using over 3,000 hand-carved pumpkins at Pumpkin Nights, which opened … more

Westminster seeks feeback about arts, culture

Westminster residents who would like to help the city evaluate the arts and culture in the community are invited to one of two interactive sessions. The sessions on Oct. 29 and Nov. 7 will help the … more

Sanctuary housing exotic animals is something wild

It was a sunny, pleasant fall day for a drive through the plains in southern Weld County and many of the inhabitants of the Wild Animal Sanctuary were basking — on the grass, on platforms, in the … more

Gallery shows works by local women

Celebrate local artists! From 6 to 10 p.m. on Oct. 26, the large gallery space at CORE New Art Space at Ninth Avenue and Santa Fe Drive will host the opening for “Night Circus,” with works by … more

‘Everyone’s a kid on Halloween’

Few holidays afford the creativity of Halloween — Christmas has its trees and presents, Independence Day has its explosives, but Halloween is celebrated many ways. Far transmuted from its murky … more

Archery meets dodgeball in Arvada

Think dodgeball, but played with bows and foam-tipped arrows in an indoor arena. That’s the premise behind Archery Games Denver, which opened in Arvada the weekend of Sept. 15. The action-packed … more

Longmire story takes series hero across border

Wyoming Sheriff Walt Longmire has been fighting Mexican drug cartel boss Tomas Bidarte for some time, but things truly took a bad turn at the end of Craig Johnson’s last Longmire book, “Western … more

Going hunting for haunting in the Denver area

On a late September day, Andrew Smith walked through a downtown Littleton shop unlike most on the block. Inside the Reinke Brothers costume, prop and Halloween store on Prince Street, bundles of … more

Prepping students for takeoff

The weather showed glimpses of fall with cooler temperatures in the forecast, but that didn’t stop students from attending Aviation Day at the United Airlines Tech Ops Facility near Denver … more

School hosts endearing look at life of teacher

“Up the Down Staircase,” Christopher Sergel’s funny play adapted from Bel Kaufman’s book, is the choice for the fall play, Sept. 27-29, in the auditorium at ThunderRidge High School, 1991 … more

Finding fellowship in cosplay

It took Chris Clarke about five minutes to completely transform from plainclothes civilian to cosplay hero. First, he pulled his armor, made of ethylene-vinyl acetate foam, over his legs. Then came … more

Strong music marks shows in Aurora, Arvada

We spent a couple of happy evenings on a recent weekend surrounded by music, enhanced by live bands and fine voices …  “Mamma Mia,” by ABBA band members Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson, … more

Fall is here and getting festive

The only obvious indication that fall is around the corner is Starbucks bringing back its popular pumpkin latte. The heat has still been scorching throughout much of the state, and the cool, crisp … more

History provides inspiration for two plays in metro area

Playwrights have drawn plots from history since this grand tradition of storytelling began. We visited two over the weekend that are very different, yet both very much worth a visit during the month … more

Harkins presents first women's equality film series

Harkins celebrates trailblazing women in the first women's equality film series from Sept. 28 to Oct. 4. Guests are invited to enjoy 15 films featuring the stories of women who have changed the … more

Clear Creek Valley Park hosts festival

The Hyland Hills Recreation District will close out the summer with its second annual Parkfest from 5-9 p.m. Sept. 14 at Clear Creek Valley Park, 58th and Tennyson streets. The event will feature … more

Great American Beer Festival is set to brew up good times

In 1993, after geologists Charlie and Janine Sturdavant lost their jobs, they purchased a Victorian-style home in Golden’s historic district. They filled a machine shop behind the house with old … more

Clues, cards and beans: Loteria is a game that teaches

Michelle Hawkins thinks the first time she played Loteria was as a kid growing up in California. “I played with a lot of the kids I grew up around,” she said. “I grew up around a lot of … more

'Santa Fe Secret' is intriguing mystery

When Marilyn Brown Oden’s new mystery, “Santa Fe Secret,” appeared on my desk, I was immediately drawn in by the cover photo of that New Mexico City’s famous sunlit ancient plaza — an … more

Open-mic nights: Not just going through a stage

Steve Smulian, 71, plucked and sang on a small stage in Littleton for an audience that barely included more people than the bartender and the host. But even after playing guitar for 56 years — … more
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