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Sunset Safari Wagon Rides 08/30/2014

Experience the prairie at sunset and witness the diversity of wildlife that lives here. Discover the beauty – seen and unseen – of the high plains of Colorado. You are invited to join us around the campfire and roast marshmallows after the wagon ride.
*Reservations required: $5 members; $10 / non-member.

303-693-3621. Cost: $5 for members; $10 for non-members. Plains Conservation Center, Aurora

Martin Sexton concert 09/03/2014

Martin Sexton

A native of Syracuse, N.Y., and the tenth of 12 children, Martin Sexton grew up in the ’80s.

Uninterested in the music of the day, he fueled his dreams with the timeless sounds of classic rock ’n’ roll. As he discovered the dusty old vinyl left in the basement by one his big brothers, his musical fire was lit. Sexton eventually migrated to Boston, where he began to build a following singing on the streets of Harvard Square, gradually working his way through the scene. His 1992 collection of self-produced demo recordings, In the Journey, was recorded on an old 8-track in a friend’s attic. He managed to sell 20,000 copies out of his guitar case.

Seeing Sexton perform is reminiscent of watching one of your good friends jamming out around a bonfire. His rapport with audiences is always warm and provoking, and his shows are nothing less than a no holds barred throw-down, both musically and vocally.

In the timeless tradition of the troubadour, he goes from town to town spreading his truth. As he says, “I sing for free, man. I get paid to travel.” If you are a follower, this intimate show will truly satisfy. If you are new to Sexton’s music, there couldn’t be a more ideal time to jump in. Just be sure to take the plunge before this show sells out, because it’s not a question of if but how quickly.

“I’ve been a fan of his for quite a bit more than a decade and It’s a real pleasure to finally share the stage with him. I hope that if you never heard him before, tonight is a turning point for you. He’s one of my favorite singers and songwriters…” – Dave Matthews

“The best live performer I’ve ever seen … I may just quit my job and go follow Martin and make a fuss everywhere I go, just to make sure that people don’t go their lives without hearing this man sing to them.” – John Mayer

Summer is just around the corner, and with the warmer temperatures the Summer Concert Series returns to Denver Botanic Gardens. Along with the producing partner, Swallow Hill Music, Denver Botanic Gardens is excited to announce this summer’s full line-up of fantastic artists.

The 2014 Denver Botanic Gardens Summer Concert Series, presented by UMB Bank, is situated inside the gates of one of the nation’s top botanic gardens. Named one of the “5 Best Outdoor Venues in Colorado” in 2012 by Westword, the UMB Bank Amphitheater and Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield offer an unrivaled ambiance of beautiful scenery and the crystal clear music of some of the world’s most sought-after artists.

This year’s concert series will be all the more brilliant, as the Gardens hosts an exhibition of Dale Chihuly’s impressively bold and vibrant artwork. Chihuly’s sculptures – ranging in size and form – add bold colors and dramatic beauty to the Gardens’ 24-acre urban oasis, and a visually striking backdrop for the 2014 Summer Concert Series.

. Cost: $49.00 - $54.00. Denver Botanic Gardens, Denver

South Metro Out of the Darkness Walk 09/06/2014

Help Us Create a World without Suicide

Please join us for the 5th South Metro Out of the Darkness Community Walk to benefit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), the leading national not-for-profit organization exclusively dedicated to understanding and preventing suicide. Walk with over 1,500 others on the 2.9-mile walk in Highlands Ranch.

Funds raised will benefit the programs and activities of the AFSP, which is dedicated to understanding and preventing suicide through research, education and advocacy, as well as reaching out to people with mental disorders and those impacted by suicide. Together we can light a path out of the darkness.

  • 9:00 a.m. – Registration & Resource Fair Open
  • 10:00 a.m. – Opening Ceremony & Walk Begins

No admission is required, though donations are greatly appreciated.

Click here for more information and to register.

. Cost: Donations welcomed. Highlands Ranch High School, Highlands Ranch

St. Vincent concert 09/06/2014

St. Vincent

It starts with the creation myth: St. Vincent, naked and alone in the wilderness, startled as the ominous rattle of a snake breaks the silence of her Eden. She realizes she’s not alone in the world and breaks into a run, headed towards the uncertainty of the future. It’s a lovely and appropriate metaphor to open St. Vincent’s self-titled fourth album, except that it literally happened.

“It’s not a metaphor at all,” St. Vincent, aka Annie Clark, says of the album’s lead track, “Rattlesnake.” While visiting a friend’s west Texas ranch, she decided to strip away her clothes and fully enjoy the solitude that city life so rarely affords. “I went walking around this great expanse of land. There was no one around so I decided to take my clothes off and immerse myself in nature. I saw holes in the path, but did not put two-and-two together until I heard the rattle and caught a glimpse of the snake.”

Clark’s been moving at a breakneck speed for the past two years, barely stopping to catch her breath amidst a whirlwind of recording and touring. In 2011 she released her third album, ‘Strange Mercy,’ called “one of the year’s best” by the New York Times and “something to behold” by Pitchfork. The record cemented her status as one of her generation’s most fearsome and inventive guitarists, earned her the covers of SPIN, Paper, and Under the Radar, performances everywhere from the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Fallon to Letterman and Conan, and a year-long sold-out tour of her biggest venues to date around the world. She appeared on the hit IFC series Portlandia and graced the pages of Vogue’s coveted September issue. It was during this already monumentally busy time that she completed work with David Byrne on their collaborative album ‘Love This Giant,’ another critical smash that was dubbed “marvelous” by the New Yorker and “magical” by NPR.

Summer is just around the corner, and with the warmer temperatures the Summer Concert Series returns to Denver Botanic Gardens. Along with the producing partner, Swallow Hill Music, Denver Botanic Gardens is excited to announce this summer’s full line-up of fantastic artists.

The 2014 Denver Botanic Gardens Summer Concert Series, presented by UMB Bank, is situated inside the gates of one of the nation’s top botanic gardens. Named one of the “5 Best Outdoor Venues in Colorado” in 2012 by Westword, the UMB Bank Amphitheater and Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield offer an unrivaled ambiance of beautiful scenery and the crystal clear music of some of the world’s most sought-after artists.

This year’s concert series will be all the more brilliant, as the Gardens hosts an exhibition of Dale Chihuly’s impressively bold and vibrant artwork. Chihuly’s sculptures – ranging in size and form – add bold colors and dramatic beauty to the Gardens’ 24-acre urban oasis, and a visually striking backdrop for the 2014 Summer Concert Series.

. Cost: $54.00 - $59.00. Denver Botanic Gardens, Denver

Mac's SET the PACE Be a Superhero for a Day 5k 09/07/2014

Join us on Sunday, September 7, 2014 at Washington Park, Denver at 9:00am for Mac’s SET the PACE Be a Superhero for a Day 5K!

Registration begins at 8:00 am and features a 5K run, 1-mile family walk and Dash for Dads kid run! There will be lots of prizes and awards for top fundraisers, top finishers as well as best costumes! Furthermore, the finish line expo will have numerous giveaways, food and fun provided by our sponsors. All male registered participants over 18 are eligible for a free men’s health screening valued at over $700! This will be a great day of fun and honoring patients, survivors, and family members affected by prostate cancer. Proceeds will benefit Prostate Conditions Education Council.

For more information visit our event site at: http://prostateconditions.kintera.org/faf/home/default.asp?ievent=1109210

303-316-4685. Cost: $30. Washington Park, Denver

The Colorado Symphony 5K Walk & Run 09/20/2014

The Colorado Symphony kicks off its 2014/15 season with a 5K Run/Walk at Sloan’s Lake on Saturday, September 20, 2014. Building on the success of last year’s event, which drew more than 1,000 participants, the Colorado Symphony Run/Walk is a fun and interactive fundraiser for the Colorado Symphony, the largest professional orchestra in the Rocky Mountain West. Colorado Symphony musicians and CEO/Co-Chair Jerry Kern will be among the participants hitting the course.

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The Colorado Symphony 5K Run/Walk is presented by St. Anthony’s Hospital and is sponsored by Delta Dental and the Colorado Symphony Guild.

The event brings a musical twist to the 5K experience, with a variety of ensembles performing along the course as well as a finish-line concert from Colorado Symphony musicians. Though participants can leave their headphones at home, they’re welcome to bring kids, including babies in strollers, as well as dogs. Costumes are encouraged.

Each registration includes a free ticket to a Colorado Symphony performance in the 2013/2014 Season. (Some exclusions apply.)

Registration is now open for teams and individuals at www.cosymphony5k.com. Participants are encouraged to generate pledges of support for their teams; top fundraisers will receive recognition and special prizes during a post-race awards ceremony.

Advanced adult registration is $35 and day-of registration is $40. Kids (12-and-under), Seniors (60-and-over) and Veterans may register for $25 throughout the registration period.

Early packet pickup is available on Friday, September 19 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Colorado Symphony Box Office (1000 14th St., No. 15 Denver, CO 80202). Patrons who pick up their packets on Friday are welcome to redeem their free Colorado Symphony ticket voucher for the Colorado Symphony’s September 19 concert at Boettcher Concert Hall, featuring Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, conducted by Music Director Andrew Litton. Space is limited.

For information on volunteering at the Colorado Symphony 5k Run/Walk, please contact Christine Devereaux at cdevereaux@coloradosymphony.org or 303.534.0757. For information on booth sponsorship, please Elizabeth Frels, efrels@coloradosymphony.org or 303.308.2472.

COLORADO SYMPHONY 5K RUN/WALK DAY-OF SCHEDULE

7:45 AM — Registration and Packet Pick-Up

8:45 AM — Kids Fun Run

9:00 AM — 5K Run/Walk

10:00 AM — Awards Ceremony

10:30 AM — Concert and Grand Prize Giveaway

ABOUT THE COLORADO SYMPHONY

One of the leading orchestras in the United States, the Colorado Symphony performs more than 150 concerts annually at Boettcher Concert Hall in downtown Denver and across Colorado. Led by internationally renowned Music Director Andrew Litton, the Colorado Symphony is home to eighty full-time musicians, representing more than a dozen nations, and regularly welcomes the most celebrated artists from the world of symphonic music and beyond. Every season, the Colorado Symphony serves more than 250,000 people from all walks of life, performing a range of musical styles, from traditional to contemporary. Recognized as an incubator of innovation, creativity and excellence, the Colorado Symphony continually expands its reach through education, outreach and programming. The Colorado Symphony partners with the state’s leading musical artists, cultural organizations, corporations, foundations, sports teams and individuals to expose diverse audiences to the transformative power of music. To learn more, visit www.coloradosymphony.org.

303-534-0757. Cost: $25.00 - $40.00. Sloan’s Lake, Denver

Bikes For Life Stapleton Central Park Community Bicycle Event 09/20/2014

FREE Bicycle Event for All Ages

Event Activities:

  • Bicycle skills course for kids ages 3 to 12: bring your children to practice their bicycle riding on a course designed to teach them key skills.
  • Learner zone:  Is your child ready to ride without training wheels?  Are you new to riding a bicycle or haven’t ridden one in years?  Trained volunteers and bicycle educators will work with anyone looking to get back on a bike or try riding without the training wheels to teach them how to ride!
  • Bike Mechanics: Do your bicycles have a flat tire?  A rusty chain?  Bring your family’s bicycles to the event and a bike mechanic will help make minor repairs to your bicycles.
  • Group Led Bicycle Rides: Volunteers will lead rides from the event at different times and for different distances.
  • Tricycle Course
  • Strider Course
  • RTD Bus and Bicycle Commuting Education and Resources
  • Bicycle Competitions for All Ages
  • Bike Vendors
  • Bicycle Safety Education
  • Lots of Bicycle Related Giveaways
  • And So Much More!

Bring your bicycle and helmet or borrow one at the event to participate in the activities!

Is your bike too old?  Are the kids’ bikes getting too small? {RE}cycle your old bicycle at this event to benefit The Bike Depot’s programming efforts in the community (www.thebikedepot.org).  All donations are tax deductible.  Bicycles in any condition are accepted.

720-777-4166. Cost: FREE. Stapleton Central Park, Denver

Repticon Denver Reptile & Exotic Animal Show 09/27/2014 - 09/28/2014

Repticon Denver is a reptile event featuring vendors offering reptile pets, supplies, feeders, cages, and merchandise.  Participate in free raffles held for enthusiasts, animal seminars, and kid’s activities.

863-268-4273. Cost: Adults - $10, Children (5-12) - $5, 4 & under – Free. Arapahoe County Fairgrounds, Aurora