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Hop on the hayride to catch a short movie at Santa’s Cinema or walk under the magical light displays.
Stop at Elf Boulevard to drop off your letters to Santa. Included with your admission will be taking photos with Santa – kids will get to make a holiday keepsake to take home. Also meet Santa’s live reindeer and get photos with them. Or greet Santa’s friend, the Snowman.
Enjoy story time and sing-alongs with Mrs. Claus or catch Holiday lights Hayrides. Santa’s Cinema will show the movie “Elf.”
NEW – Enter a giant snow globe to play in the snow and get pictures of it.
Holiday treats and warm drinks will be available for purchase.
Buy tickets online or at the ticket booth in the Chatfield Farms parking lot during the event (if available). Advance tickets may also be purchased at the York Street Bonfils-
Stanton Visitor Center or Chatfield Farms Earl J. Sinnamon Visitor Center during public hours. More info: www.botanicgardens.org. For more information contact Erin Bird at email@example.com or call 720.865.3552.
Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms is located at 8500 W. Deer Creek Canyon Rd. in Littleton.
Open Fridays-Sundays: Nov. 29 – Dec. 15, 4:30-8:30 p.m. (last entry 7:30 p.m.)Open nightly: Dec. 16-22, 4:30-8:30 p.m. (last entry 7:30 p.m.)
$20 adult or child (ages 3-15); $15 member adult or child; $15 senior and military, free for children two and under; $60 for a 4-Pack.
BY CLAUDIA CARBONE
The Gaylord Rockies opened the holiday season with a giant jingle last weekend. Its headliner is Cirque Dreams Holidaze, a sparkly, shimmery, shiny extravaganza of outrageous costumes and daring feats performed in the round at the hotel’s bubly™ theater. Prepare to be wowed!
Not to be confused with Montreal-based Cirque du Soleil, the critically-acclaimed franchise Cirque Dreams produced and founded by Broadway Director Neil Goldberg is similar in concept but smaller in scope than the Canadian troupe. The incredible talent, dare-devil acts, extravagant costumes and theatrical innovation are no less astonishing.
The show starts with a parade of actors wearing costumes designed as walking pieces of art. Dazzling illuminated chandelier headwear, a wearable 15-foot tall Christmas tree, angels, bells and everything Christmas are embellished with more than 10,000 Swarovski crystals and rhinestones; thousands of imported yards of glittered fabrics; 5,000 pearls, beads and baubles; hundreds of feathers; sequins and whatever else glitters as gold. Eight-foot gingerbread men, a ten-foot polar bear and a giant snowman are among the larger than life figures rounding out the on-going spectacle with a holiday theme.
“The fusion of fashion and costume has been symbolic of couture for centuries,” says Goldberg. “We wanted the look of this new holiday show to be as equally compelling in costume design as it is distinctive in artistry in order to combine and exemplify ultimate imagination.”
About 16 different circus acts take place on center stage and in the air. A slack-wire athlete rides a unicycle on the line, a roller-skating couple defying G-forces on a tiny platform, and a couple performing acrobatic feats on a high swing will take your breath away. Ballet moves on aerial silks display elegance and athleticism at the same time. The artists and athletes from around the world are first-class and will amaze you.
The show lasts 75 minutes with no intermission. It will run through January 4, 2020. Tickets start at $29. For more information and tickets, visit GaylordRockiesChristmas.com. The Gaylord Rockies is at 6700 N. Gaylord Rockies Blvd., in Aurora.
When God Says No . . . When the Heart Listens . . . Two brand new books that couldn’t be more different. And yet they include a surprising synchronicity because both were written from the heart. And both were celebrated at a “Heart Book Brunch” on Sunday in the Heritage Eagle Bend Community.
Judith Briles and Mara Purl, well-known local authors, and long-time friends and colleagues, joined forces to share their latest books with friends and followers at a sumptuous Sunday brunch at Briles’ lovely home. The authors shared “stories from the heart” from their latest works—one non-fiction and one fiction, but both including experiences from their rich, expansive lives.
Briles, a best-selling author and nationally known book shepherd, and her husband moved to the Heritage Eagle Bend community three years ago. Since then, they’ve become a mainstay of their neighborhood, hosting both personal and author celebration events.
Judith’s latest book—her 37th—is the memoir that friends and followers requested, and even demanded. The adversities she has overcome—including the untimely death of two of her children—are recounted with an honesty that is tinged with a depth of compassion first for herself, and then for anyone who hears her story. “I have an incredible life,” the author said. “I’m doing what I love. So, life is very good. But adversity will come.” Rather than being resigned fatalistically, however, Briles embraces life in all its complexity. “Life is a rose,” the author said at her Sunday brunch. “Incredible colors, delightful fragrances, but these come with thorns.” Thorns have never stopped her from the joy of living, nor from creating a stunningly successful career.
Mara Purl’s latest book When the Heart Listens adds to her best-selling Milford-Haven Novels series, based on her hit BBC radio drama Milford-Haven USA. Her new book tells the story of a young woman whose career was going well in the big city, but whose heart tells her a move to a small town will heal nurture her heart and unwind her snarls. To make the move, she must deal with sibling rivalry, parental disapproval, and a professional crisis. Is it autobiographical? “Everything we write is about our own lives to some extent,” the author confirmed. “That’s how we write authentically, from our own insights and experiences.”
Purl, who lives with her husband in Colorado Springs and in Los Angeles, is a board member of two Briles-founded organizations: Author You (www.AuthorYou.org) and the Colorado Authors Hall of Fame (www.ColoradoAuthorsHallOfFame.org) both in Denver. Mara, still recognized by many from her role on Days of Our Lives, started her own soap opera after spending a summer performing in the small coastal town of Cambria, California. When the show became a hit on the BBC, the original town of Milford Haven—a real place in Wales—gave her a parade and the keys to the town. “It was an astonishing experience,” Purl recalled, “And it showed me the heart of generosity and possibility of small towns.”
Follow Judith at www.TheBookShepherd.com, @MyBookShepherd,
Follow Mara at www.MaraPurl.com, @MaraPurl, Facebook.com/Mara.Purl
The Cherry Creek Presbyterian Church Sanctuary Choir will be presenting “Winter Alleluia” Christmas Concert December 13, 14, and 15. This free event is open to the community and is family-friendly.
The dates and times of the concerts are:
For over 30 years, the Cherry Creek Presbyterian Church Sanctuary choir has offered a FREE Christmas Concert to the community. The 80+ voice choir and professional orchestra ushers in the Christmas season with a blend of traditional carols and new music.
No tickets are required for this event. Childcare is available by online registration. For more information, visit cherrycreekpres.org/Christmas or call 303.779.9909.
Cherry Creek Presbyterian Church is a community of believers in the Denver Tech Center committed to seeking the Christ-centered life together. They are known for their annual Christmas concerts, a free community event. Learn more at www.cherrycreekpres.org/christmas
For more information contact:Samantha Hall, Communications Directorshall@cherrycreekpres.org, 303.779.9909 x5302
Art conservators are the professionals tasked with the care and restoration of tangible objects of historic or artistic value affected by negligence, damage, or the inevitable decay of aging. They are “doctors” that heal objects ranging from jewels to large sculptures or huge murals, and anything imaginable in between.
Art conservation is a generic term that encompasses many areas: artifact conservation includes anything 3-dimensional — from decorative arts, ethnographic items, natural science speciments, sculptures, and more; paper conservation addresses the needs of anything made of paper, photographs, archival materials, books, etc.; painting conservators treat painted images mostly on canvas, wood, glass, or plaster; textile conservators specialize on things made of fiber –costumes, carpets, tapestry, lace, upholstery, or flags. Each specialty demands in-depth knowledge of specific materials and techniques seen in the built world.
The cascade of technological innovations of the 20th century spurred the refinement of art conservation approaches. Age-old practices in which items are restored to their original appearance —typically learned through lengthy apprenticeships— have evolved into sophisticated academic programs to learn methods of scientific examination, documentation, restoration, and preventative conservation specific to each specialty. Now-adays, knowledge of chemistry, art history, and studio art, as well as superior hand skills, are the starting point for aspiring conservators before their formal training begins. Not suprisingly, the learning process never stops!
Ms. Catalina V. Kennedy undertook extensive training in Poland and in Buffalo, NY to specialize in the conservation of paintings. She is today a Professional Associate member of the American Institute for Conservation. After almost two decades working for museums, regional centers, and historic sites the world over, Ms. Kennedy now offers her services to the Metro Denver community from her private studio, ArtisAegis, LLC in Littleton, CO.
A well-received new book by local author Denny Dressman explores the colorful life and career of noted Thoroughbred trainer John Parisella, whose lifetime of celebrity connections make this a highly entertaining and readable story.
Dressman will be signing copies of the book at the Barnes & Noble store on Colorado Boulevard Saturday, Nov. 23, from 1 to 3 p.m.
Parisella, 78, grew up in post-war Brooklyn. Though he was afraid of horses, he became the first trainer ever paid a million dollars a year to run one owner’s stable. Over five decades, his horses ran almost 7,000 races, winning nearly 20% of them and finishing in the money (first, second or third) half the time. His best horse, Simply Majestic, still holds the world record for the mile-and-an-eighth distance—breaking the mark set by the famed Secretariat.
Away from the track, Parisella once lived with actor James Caan; introduced U2 lead singer Bono to Frank Sinatra backstage in Las Vegas; went drinking with Mickey Mantle, Joe Pepitone and their Yankee teammates; became such good friends with basketball coach Rick Pitino that Pitino became the godfather of Parisella’s daughter; and once sold a house to New York radio “shock jock” Howard Stern. He was on a first-name basis with Yankees owner George Steinbrenner, and Hall of Fame jockey Angel Cordero considers him his “second father.”
Parisella also is Reality TV star, best-selling author and successful businesswoman Bethenny Frankel’s stepfather.
“John Parisella’s New York City life sprints across the pages like a Runyon novel,” acclaimed writer Mike Lupica says. “Brooklyn, Thoroughbreds and celebrities: A winning trifecta,” comments former Rocky Mountain News columnist Norm Clarke, now a fixture on the Las Vegas scene. And, “This book is off the charts good,” said San Diego talk show host Felix Taverna.
This is Dressman’s 10th book, all non-fiction. He retired from the Rocky Mountain News in 2007, after 25 years there, concluding a 42-year newspaper career. He was inducted into the Denver Press Club Hall of Fame in 2008.
“I like writing about interesting people,” he said, “and John is definitely an interesting character.”
The South Suburban Public Art Committee selected local artists to display their work at two of South Suburban’s recreation centers in December. These temporary art exhibits are intended to support and promote South Suburban’s mission to enrich the lives of all its residents and encourage a legacy of art to be enjoyed and appreciated. All artwork is available for purchase.
Matthew HamerA resident of Littleton, Mathew uses clay as his medium creating hangings using a mixture of tools and techniques. He creates long, almost flat, works of clay out of Dover, porcelain and chestnut. He also blends different textured clay to create multi-colored works that look like one solid piece. Recently, he has started adding paint to his art. Matt’s work is on display at Buck Recreation Center, from Dec. 3 thru Dec. 28.
Shilpa GadgilShilpa is a resident of Highlands Ranch and creates paintings. Her specialty is Madhubani and Warlitribal art from the country of India, using acrylics on canvas. Her Wari style is from the west coast of India and features tribal people and their day to day life. Her Madhubani is from northern India and displays mythology using colorful interpretations of nature. Her work is presently on display at Lone Tree Recreation Center from Dec.3 thru Dec. 28.
For a complete list of guidelines and an art exhibition application, go to sspr.org or contact the Arts and Enrichment Manager Darcie LaScala at 720.245.2601 or DarcieL@sspr.org.
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Arapahoe PhilharmonicNovember 1. Music Director and Conductor Devin Patrick Hughes presents “Off the Rails”, a train-themed program showcasing the adventurous spirit of the West and the romantic lure of travel by rail. The orchestra will perform two premieres by Zhou Tian and Brian LaGuardia, works by Jennifer Higdon and Heitor Villa-Lobos, and Aaron Copland’s Four Dance Episodes from Rodeo. 7:30 pm. Denver First Church of the Nazarene, 3800 E. Hampden Avenue, Cherry Hills Village. For information call 303-781-1892
Classic Silent Films with Pianist Hank TroyNovember 8. Troy is a Colorado treasure who has accompanied thousands of silent films. He’ll lend his artistry to two classic movies – The Great K & A Train Robbery starring one-time Canon City resident Tom Mix and One Week featuring comedy legend Buster Keaton. Admission is free. 7:30 pm. Littleton United Methodist Church, 5894 S. Datura Street. For information call 303-794-6379 x 247
Littleton Symphony Free Children’s ConcertNovember 9. The orchestra will present a hilarious whodunit, The Composer is Dead, by beloved children’s author Lemony Snicket. Guest narrator, Steven Taylor, will play the inspector who interrogates all the musicians to find out who is guilty. 2:30 pm. Littleton United Methodist Church, 5894 S. Datura Street. No tickets needed! For information call 303-933-6824
The Way You Learn Best November 2. Denver Academy is a top school in the nation dedicated to teaching diverse learners, including those with dyslexia and ADHD. Attend our Open House and learn from Student Ambassadors and DA Staff how we teach each child the way they learn best. 8:30 am – Noon. 4400 E. Iliff Avenue, Denver. For information call 303-777-5161
Religious HeadwearNovember 6. Join us for a unique panel discussion concerning the history and significance of religious headwear from the dastar to the yarmulke moderated by Dr. Beverly Chico. Dr. Chico, the author of Hats and Headwear Around the World, is a professor at Regis University, Metro State University, and Columbia College. 6:30 – 8:30 pm. Congregation Rodef Shalom, 450 S. Kearney Street, Denver. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 303-831-7115
Denver South Annual Luncheon
November 8. Global Tech Leader, Bill McDermott, the former CEO of SAP a 99,000 person global company, will be the keynote speaker. Hear Bill as he shares his wisdom on leadership, overcoming adversity, and what it takes to create and sustain success in the world of business. 11:00 am – 1:30 pm. Hyatt Regency Hotel, 7800 E. Tufts Avenue, Denver. RSVP to email@example.com or call 303-531-8377.
Winter Is Coming Fashion ShowNovember 2. The Global Down Syndrome Foundation presents The Be Beautiful Be Yourself Fashion Show. Special Guests include Academy & Grammy Award Winner Jamie Foxx. 5:00 pm Cocktails, 6:30 pm Program. Sheraton Denver Downtown, 1550 Court Place. To reserve a table or seats early go to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 303-321-6277
ACC Foundation Anniversary BashNovember 7. The Arapahoe Community College Foundation invites you to come sip and savor at our Grapes and Hops to Grads Annual Fundraiser. All proceeds will support the mission of ACC Foundation to create public awareness and secure funding resources that provide financial assistance for ACC’s students and programs. $90 a couple, $50 individual. 6:30 – 9:00 pm. Mike Ward Automotive Maserati Showroom, 1850 Lucent Court, Highlands Ranch. For tickets email email@example.com or call 720-985-8580
Mile High Holiday MartNovember 8 – 10. The Junior League of Denver’s annual shopping event boasts local and national vendors offering a wide variety of products including housewares, specialty food items, jewelry, women’s men’s and children’s apparel, pet products and much more. Proceeds support the JLD’s efforts to develop the potential of women, as well as to help improve literacy rates and provide access to books for children through the third grade. Fri. Nov. 8, 1:00 – 8:00 pm; Sat. Nov.9, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm; Sun. Nov. 10, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm. Gates Field House, University of Denver, 2201 E. Asbury Avenue, Denver. General Admission $5. For information call 303-475-1859
Dia de los Muertos at the GardensNovember 2. Bring your family and friends to celebrate this fun and colorful tradition of the Gardens. This year’s celebration will include indoor screenings of Disney’s Pixar film “Coco”. Children under 15 are free. 9:00 am – 3:00 pm. Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York Street. Limited tickets available. For information call 720-865-3500
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