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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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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 …
Members of the History Arts and Social Sciences Colorado School Of Mines Marching Band perform on the Colorado School Of Mines campus prior to Homecoming earlier this year.

School of Mines band taking a Roman holiday

This week, the Colorado School of Mines’ marching band is taking its act out of the country for only the second time in its 108-year history. The destination? Rome, where a mix of around 80 current …
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Kids’ boxes are more than packaging

There are millions of boxes being delivered to front doors this winter. Sometimes what is in the box is not as fun as the container itself. Children can spend an amazing amount of entertainment time …
Clear Creek as seen from the Washington Avenue bridge in downtown Golden on Dec. 23. The Write West writing group began the process that ultimately led to the creation of the Clear Creek community poem by walking along the creek as a writing exercise.

A group effort to craft Clear Creek poetry

When Kirsten Morgan founded the Write West writer’s group in Golden, she had one clear goal in mind. “I want to inspire people to write and believe in their ability to put images together and …

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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 …
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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 …
Elf helpers, also known as Stephen Clyde, Karen O’Donnell and Kara Martin from Wheat Ridge Parks and Rec, help keep the hot cocoa and cookies coming for folks attending the Dec. 7 holiday celebration.

Wheat Ridge Holiday Celebration sparkles

Holiday tunes, real-life reindeer, a dancing Christmas tree, Santa and the missus, a little train, free hot coco and cookies ... all that and more helped make the sixth annual Wheat Ridge Holiday …
Outdoor Lab Foundation board member Bryan Head adds grains to Colorado Plus Brew’s custom beer that will benefit the Outdoor Lab Foundation on Colorado Gives Day.

Colorado Brew Plus and Outdoor Lab partner for Colorado Gives Day

Jefferson County is a generous community. “And when you live in Jefferson County,” said Paige Brophy, executive director of the Outdoor Lab Foundation, “you want to give back in any way you …
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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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