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Small wonders: Catching up nature’s favorite avian gems

It is one of the most intriguing, visually sought-after bird species no matter where we might live. Virtually everything about the hummingbird fascinates birders and families in general — its size, … more

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 … more

Places are opening up, but it’s far from normal

It’s been a really strange weekend for me. As everyone knows, things have started to open up around town and people are finally getting out of the house and happy to have a few things returning … more

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 … more

The reopening rollercoaster continues

I have to tell you, this is one heck of a roller coaster ride we’re all on. One minute things are opening up again, then the next they’re shutting down again, but it’s only certain things that … more

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. … more

‘Silent Rose’ is anything but

One of the worst things a storyteller can do when telling the story of, or to, young people is condescend to them. Many don’t take the thoughts and opinions of young people seriously, and that’s … more

Arts community has shows and sad news

Each year, the Colorado Watercolor Society holds a statewide exhibit that brings out many fine paintings — very much worth an excursion to enjoy them. more

Jamgrass gives upcoming musicians their due

Every city’s music scene is made up of extremely talented musicians that don’t make it big for a variety of reasons. But that certainly doesn’t mean their art isn’t worth celebrating and … more

Remembering my dad this Fathers Day

Dear Dad, It’s almost Fathers Day and I wondered if you knew after you died of Parkinson’s Disease, that Mom finished your book Bail Out? It has a photo on the cover of you with your squadron. It … more

A careful reopening means not a lot of gigs

Ring the bells, sound the alarm, alert the media …Things are starting to open up again around here. Oh, wait. I am the media. Never mind that part, I guess I’m alerting you. Just be happy we can … more

Local author honored for collection of stories

Centennial author Emily Wortman-Wunder, who lives near Koelbel Library, won in the recent Colorado Book Awards contest, sponsored by Colorado Humanities, in the category of Best Short Story … more

Thornton Arts welcomes the summer

The Thornton Arts and Culture Division is emerging from the COVID-19 closedown with several free activities that provide artistic connection and take into account the need to keep attendees safe. … more

Tour local art scene from your screen

For a happy way to spend some time — and perhaps find an artist you aren’t aware of — visit a couple online exhibits we received word of. The online venue offers the art lover a chance to … more

Take to the water at Big Soda Lake

By all accounts the summer of 2020 will be a dry one, with city water parks and regional attractions like Water World remaining closed for the season. Fortunately, Lakewood’s Big Soda Lake in Bear … more

Taking collections one step further

Does your family have special collections? Maybe they collect tools, spare change, stamps, ornaments, seashells, or photos.  Young children also are drawn to collecting things. These collections … more

Some summer good news, bad news

It looks like we are hitting the good news/bad news stage as far as events in the area go. More things are opening up, but others have made the final decision to pull the plug for this summer and … more

Guest OpEd: A teacher’s reflections

This week was our last week of school and I spent the morning reflecting on my 8th year of teaching. It’s been definitely the biggest rollercoaster ride of a year of all time. I’m proud to be a … more

Fun to be had around town during this slow repoening

As we all have seen, things are starting to open up a little bit more around here. People seem to be getting used to the ideas of social distancing and using masks and other protective measures when … more

In digital form, Vail Film Festival connects audiences and stories

During the COVID-19 quarantine, most of us have become exceedingly comfortable with foregoing the movie theater experience and streaming films from our couch. As familiar as that’s becoming, it’s … more
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