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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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Pandemic Self Portraits at 40 West

First Friday events are among the most popular summer happenings for galleries and arts organizations all over the metro area. Which means that even though they were going to look different, …
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A motorcycle wash and drive-in movies to be found

Meanwhile, back to abnormal … Last week I was able to write a column with an event that I could elaborate on with a bit of Avenue Flashes history in my normal fashion. This week everything is …

The Fray performs at the 2019 Castle Rock Summer Jam.

Residents donate thousands despite canceled Summer Jam fundraiser

Last year, John Saunders and Bill Clarke watched 2,400 people pile into the amphitheater at Philip S. Miller Park in Castle Rock for the annual concert they cofounded, Castle Rock Summer Jam. After …
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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 …
A scene from “The Lion King” at a July 16 drive-in movie event at the Cherry Creek Innovation Campus.

A trip to a drive-in movie in Centennial

With the country and Colorado still in the throes of a pandemic, the City of Centennial needed to get creative to save some summer togetherness.
A mural of Breonna Taylor painted by Chelsea Lewinski at 6851 W. Colfax Ave. Taylor died in March after being shot by Louisville Police.

Q&A with Chelsea Lewinski about her Breonna Taylor mural

The result of George Floyd’s death has led to massive demonstrations, changes to policing in Colorado, conversations about systemic racism and has shed a light on other minorities who have been …
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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Train museum gets (steam engine) back on track

After several months of trying to work through events that were either canceled or on shaky ground, this week we finally have something happening that puts Avenue Flashes back on its normal track and …
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 …
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! …

Finding different things to flash about

I hope 2020 goes down in history as one of the most bizarre years ever, but to tell you the truth I’m not sure that this madness we are going through right now is going to come to a conclusion by …

Bringing back the family Olympics

“The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not winning but taking part; the essential thing in life is not conquering but fighting well.”  - Pierre de Coubertin revived Olympics 1894 …
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