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Teen’s a ‘Ferocious Fighter’

For eight years, Patrick Boland, 16, has lived with a pain throughout his body that is so excruciating, it can feel as if he’s wrapped in barbed wire, doused in gasoline and set on fire.
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Sculpture Park, at the Denver Performing Arts Complex, includes “The Dancers,” two 50-foot-high sculptures located at Speer and Champa.
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Fitness program held in picturesque park

A new fitness series is underway in Denver’s Sculpture Park, near the Denver Performing Arts Complex. Diverse lineup of classes. Will run Tuesdays and Thursdays, beginning the first week of August. …
The 1913 Boathouse in Denver’s Washington Park, pictured, dates back to an era when Smith Lake was a popular urban resort, with a swimming beach and winter skating.  Across the lake on the north shore is another vintage building, the 1912 Dos Chappell Bathhouse, which once provided beach-goers with locker rooms and showers. Currently it houses Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado, a nonprofit that tends to the state’s natural resources.

From swan dives to figure eights: A look back at a Washington Park gem's past

As summer grips the city and Coloradans bemoan our regrettable lack of ocean, we might do well to remember that Denver’s Washington Park once had its very own beach on a lake that once didn’t …
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Chicano Music Hall of Fame announces 2020 class

Like in so many cultures, music plays a vital connective and communicative role in Chicano life. That music has been honored since 2002 at Su Teatro’s Chicano Music Hall of Fame, and now there’s …

Jeffco 4-H fair closed to public

The Jefferson County 4-H Fair is rapidly approaching! This year, in-person numbers are reduced as a result of COVID-19, and the fair (Aug. 1-9) will be closed to the public, though 4-H and FFA youth …

In this 2019 photo, Michael Mersmann and his two children, Ellie and Dominic, are seen picking up trash next to the High Line Canal. Mersmann said the cleanup was an opportunity to teach his children about volunteering in the community.
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1st state historian from Western Slope

The Craft and Home Improvement Fair, a signature event during Littleton’s Western Welcome Week that was set for Aug. 15, has been canceled this year, yet another example of the fallout from the …
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Books at Global Thrift. The store is filled with books, tools, records, furniture, purses, toys, clothes and more. According to the online resale marketplace thredUP, the resale market in 2018 hit $24 billion.

Jeffco libraries book in business

Jefferson County’s libraries are no longer checked out. After a nearly four-month long closure, Aurora’s Standley Lake Library became the first in the Jefferson County Public Library system …
Sensory Park in Westminster at 7577 W. 103rd Ave. offers a playground that is Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant and therapy-focused, according to the city.

Get off the beaten path in Denver suburbs to discover unique parks

In a summer where large gatherings of family, neighbors and friends are still barred, metro Denver residents have reconnected with taking an with taking an old-fashioned walk outdoors.
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Miners Alley makes plans, asks for help

Innovation is the name of the game for most theaters during the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly since an artf orm that gathers people together in a small space will be among the last to reopen. So, …
Dorothy Jaltuch’s watercolor “Vernazza, Cinque Terre, Italie” is part of the 18th annual Kaleidoscope exhibit at Arapahoe Community College.

Arapahoe Community College's Kaleidoscope show makes transition to online viewing

Colorado Gallery of the Arts at Arapahoe Community College in Littleton has hosted the annual and diverse Kaleidoscope Art Exhibition for the past 18 years, but this year, photographers, painters, …

Members of the Glory Days including Ranger Miller, right, play at Blues & BBQ on July 19.

A record-breaking year for Blues & BBQ

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic leading to a venue change and smaller in-person audience this year, on July 18 and 19, the Blues & BBQ Festival for Better Housing raised around $50,000 for Habitat …
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Singer Hazel Miller performs Aug. 14 and 15 at the Lone Tree Arts Center.
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Performances, re-openings are welcome summer treats

Vocalist Mary Louise Lee will perform at Lone Tree Arts Center on July 24 and 25 at 8 p.m., and The Collective, with singer Hazel Miller, will star on Aug. 14 and 15. What a treat on a summer night! …
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Tunes on a smaller Lone Tree terrace

Just because large venues like Red Rocks aren’t hosting performances any time soon doesn’t mean that live music is out for the summer. It just means the shows will have to get more intimate. This …
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A trip to Zapata via Morrison

Morison-based author Harper McDavid’s debut novel “Zapata,” has been announced as the winner of the 2020 Colorado Book Award in the romance category, and received a 2020 Writer’s Award from …
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Children cook creatively in snug mugs

Cooking with kids is not just about ingredients, recipes and cooking. It’s about harnessing imagination, empowerment, about creativity. — Guy Fieri No one is born a great cook, one learns by …

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The Art of the Brick welcomes guests back to DMNS

A space with about 10 million Lego bricks in it probably sounds like a dream come true for many children (and quite a few adults as well), but for artist Nathan Sawaya, that's just his workspace. …
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