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Modern libraries are much more than books

t all started with a state parks pass. Areli Alcazar, a teacher at Kenton Elementary School in Aurora, stopped by the Schlessman branch of Denver Public Library a couple years ago, where a librarian …
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‘You Lost Me’ finds audience in Denver

Examining historical documents is like reading a ghost story. When playwright and director Bonnie Metzgar came across a list of about 166 Irish people saved by 17-year-old Ann Harvey from a wreck off …
Douglas County recycles roughly 4,300 Christmas trees annually.

Trees leave mulch to be desired

Scott Lamb and his son Patrick pulled into a Highlands Ranch lot and parked next to a pile of discarded Christmas trees. The mound spanned several parking spaces and filled the surrounding park with …
The iconic Longhorn cattle drive makes its way along the parade route during the Stock Show Kick-off Parade in downtown Denver on Jan. 9.

Longhorn drive launches another National Western Stock Show

Thousands of people lined 17th Street in downtown Denver to watch the annual National Western Stock Show Kick-off Parade on Jan. 9. The parade highlighted Colorado’s Western heritage with …
Mylana Brooks and Inessa Brooks ice skate at The Rink at Belmar. The rink is open for public skating until Jan. 26.

Venues offer ice skating galore

Ice skating is kind of like riding a bike. After you’ve done it once, it’s easy to pick it up again. “It’s a sport that lets you go at your own pace and excel at your own pace,” said Joann …

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Theaters offer variety through rest of season

Winter has many appealing facets besides that beautiful mountain snow — arts events are top of the list for me and I’m looking forward to revisiting Monet’s art at the Denver Art Museum, plus …
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Start a new decade loud, quiet or with a roar

With the metro area's cultural scene booming, New Year's Eve offers a way to ring in 2020 for everyone. I've selected five options, ranging from small and intimate to big and brash, which will allow …
David Martin admires his handiwork carrying his newborn son, Matthew. Martin said he stands there, across the street from his house, to enjoy the full view of his house covered in more than 20,000 light bulbs.

Let there be lights

David Martin is beginning to be known around his neighborhood as “the Christmas lights guy.” His house, at 831 S. Kline Way in Lakewood, is known for its extravagant display of multi-colored …
Dancers from Colorado Ballet perform in “The Nutcracker,” which is celebrating its 59th year in the city. Denver has several holiday traditions including the ballet, as well as the 9News Parade of Lights and holiday meals.

No place like Denver for the holidays

The holidays are fast approaching, and that means some of Denver’s most popular traditions once again will offer fun, wholesome entertainment for the family. The 9News Parade of Lights goes through …
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Tire Mom’s new book shares story of loss and healing

It’s common knowledge how important vehicle maintenance is to having a safe driving experience, but there’s one thing many don’t consider until there’s a problem — tire condition. Diana …

The monkey bars at Jefferson County’s Clement Park are a bit more abstract than in generations past.

The play's the thing: New era of playgrounds brings more risk, reward for kids

Millennial parents who haven’t visited a playground in a decade or two are in for a surprise: The new era of playgrounds is a heck of a lot more fun than the safety-obsessed playscapes of the 1990s …
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Local Set shows the personal side of Red Rocks

The third annual Local Set series, which runs almost weekly through April 3, aims to bring a little intimacy to Red Rocks Amphitheatre by bringing audiences up close and behind the scenes of the …
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Denver turns on bright new night light

One of my favorite things about public art is that it encourages artists to think on a grander scale. But the new Denver Theatre District permanent installation goes a step beyond, as it provides …
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An artistic ‘Fever Dream’ at the Benchmark

One of the best things about being a smaller theater is it provides more opportunities for inspiration and experimentation. That commitment to elevating new talents and taking creative risks has been …
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Meet the CMHOF class of 2019

In its 40 years in existence, Swallow Hill music has given outlet to thousands’ musical ambitions, education and fandom through its classes, concerts and community outreach work. When one considers …

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Love awaits in the Plaza Suite

William Shakespeare once wisely observed that the course of true love never did run smooth, but legendary playwright Neil Simon knew that didn’t mean the bumpy road couldn’t be filled with …
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