Features http://www.columbinecourier.com/features/todaysfeatures en Dozens of laughs http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/dozens-laughs <img src="http://www.columbinecourier.com/sites/www.columbinecourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-shakespeare12night01-cb-072915.jpg" alt="Foothills Theatre Company performs William Shakespeare&#039;s &quot;Twelfth Night&quot; at Clement Park on July 24." title="Foothills Theatre Company performs William Shakespeare&#039;s &quot;Twelfth Night&quot; at Clement Park on July 24." align="left" hspace="6" width="132" height="85" /><p> The Foothills Theatre Company had audiences laughing it up in Clement Park over the weekend. Even if the jokes were 400 years old.</p> <p> The troupe is in the midst of a two-week run of this year&rsquo;s Shakespeare in the Park production, &ldquo;Twelfth Night.&rdquo; The show, which opened Friday in Grant Amphitheater, is one of the Bard&rsquo;s most well regarded comedies and is filled with cross-dressing, young lovers and several humorously inebriated gentlemen.</p> Crowd gets a bang out of concert http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/crowd-gets-bang-out-concert <img src="http://www.columbinecourier.com/sites/www.columbinecourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-canonconcert01-cb-072215.jpg" alt="Doc Ross practices the procedure for firing an 1861 bronze smooth-bore cannon during a concert at Clement Park on Saturday." title="Doc Ross practices the procedure for firing an 1861 bronze smooth-bore cannon during a concert at Clement Park on Saturday." align="left" hspace="6" width="125" height="85" /><p> There&rsquo;s nothing like listening to an orchestra play as the sun sets &mdash; the beauty of a violin, the dignity of the French horn, the sound of a battery of cannons firing in unison.</p> <p> At Clement Park on Saturday evening, the 4th Artillery Band, whose members dressed in Civil War-era attire, performed Tchaikovsky&rsquo;s &ldquo;1812 Overture,&rdquo; which calls for cannons to be fired in the score.</p> <p> And boy, were they fired. Volley after volley sounded as the band played on.</p> Irish sports clubs gather at Clement Park for competition, camaraderie http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/irish-sports-clubs-gather-clement-park-competition-camaraderie <img src="http://www.columbinecourier.com/sites/www.columbinecourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-irishfestival01-cb-071515.jpg" alt="Denver Gaels team member Robert Kanaly competes for the ball during a game of hurling, a traditional Irish sport using a flat wooden stick and a leather ball, at Clement Park on July 11. " title="Denver Gaels team member Robert Kanaly competes for the ball during a game of hurling, a traditional Irish sport using a flat wooden stick and a leather ball, at Clement Park on July 11. " align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> Clement Park was filled with Irish music, food and art last weekend. And just outside the gates of the Colorado Irish Festival was a celebration of the sporting side of Irish culture.</p> <p> The Denver Gaels hosted an invitational tournament for other Irish sports clubs from across the country at the park&rsquo;s sports fields. Clubs from as far away as Atlanta and Portland came to play hurling, camogie, and men&rsquo;s and women&rsquo;s Gaelic football.</p> ‘Everyone is a patriot on the Fourth’ http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/%E2%80%98everyone-patriot-fourth%E2%80%99 <img src="http://www.columbinecourier.com/sites/www.columbinecourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-redwhiteandyou01-cb-070815_1.jpg" alt="Lilly Gawlik, 6, dances while waving an American flag during the Red, White &amp; You celebration at Clement Park." title="Lilly Gawlik, 6, dances while waving an American flag during the Red, White &amp; You celebration at Clement Park." align="left" hspace="6" width="124" height="85" /><p> Overcast skies and a few raindrops weren&rsquo;t enough to dissuade thousands from celebrating the long Independence Day weekend in South Jeffco and Littleton.</p> <p> The Foothills Park and Recreation District&rsquo;s Red, White &amp; You celebration on July 3 at Clement Park and Littleton&rsquo;s Fourth of July festivities at Cornerstone, Belleview and Progress parks drew massive crowds to eat, play and watch the massive fireworks displays that capped off each night.</p> Tiny Town marks an enormous milestone: 100 years http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/tiny-town-marks-enormous-milestone-100-years <img src="http://www.columbinecourier.com/sites/www.columbinecourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-tinytown100-070815-bf-001.jpg" alt="Elvira Nedoma, Tiny Town’s manager, dressed in patriotic costume to celebrate Tiny Town’s 100th anniversary on July 4." title="Elvira Nedoma, Tiny Town’s manager, dressed in patriotic costume to celebrate Tiny Town’s 100th anniversary on July 4." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> A sunny Saturday morning in Morrison provided the moment 3-year-old Gus Solomon had been waiting for: time to ride the train at Tiny Town, the mountain area&rsquo;s enduring mecca of miniatures.</p> <p> Gus lives in California but has visited Tiny Town a couple of times when his parents have been in town. The Solomons had arrived in Colorado a few days earlier.</p> Event pushes pedals as commuting alternative http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/event-pushes-pedals-commuting-alternative <img src="http://www.columbinecourier.com/sites/www.columbinecourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-biketoworkday01-cb-070115_1.jpg" alt="Robin Vigil celebrates her arrival at a fueling station along the South Platte on Bike to Work Day." title="Robin Vigil celebrates her arrival at a fueling station along the South Platte on Bike to Work Day." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> Area resident Cindy Elliott was so excited about Bike to Work Day that she doubled the length of her morning commute on June 24.</p> <p> &ldquo;This is the perfect morning for a ride,&rdquo; said Elliott, who had stopped at a breakfast station on the Mary Carter Greenway near West Belleview Avenue and Prince Street on the way to her job in Highlands Ranch. &ldquo;We&rsquo;re riding 7 miles this morning. Usually my commute is a 3-mile trip, but we decided to go for a longer ride since it&rsquo;s Bike to Work Day.&rdquo;</p> Courting the birds and the bees http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/courting-birds-and-bees <img src="http://www.columbinecourier.com/sites/www.columbinecourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-gardentour01-cb-062415.jpg" alt="Garden designer Lauren Springer Ogden talks about different grasses and flowers during a tour at the Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield." title="Garden designer Lauren Springer Ogden talks about different grasses and flowers during a tour at the Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> <span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">The Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield joined gardens across the nation to celebrate one of the most important players in the life of plants: the pollinators.</span></p> Battle of the Bands rocks Clement Park crowd http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/battle-bands-rocks-clement-park-crowd <img src="http://www.columbinecourier.com/sites/www.columbinecourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-battleofthebands03-jm-062415.jpg" alt="Hunter Ruoff, left, and Nader Najjar play during the Battle of the Bands at Clement Park on Saturday. " title="Hunter Ruoff, left, and Nader Najjar play during the Battle of the Bands at Clement Park on Saturday. " align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> <span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">The future of rock was on display at Clement Park on Saturday. And the future looks bright.</span></p> <p> The three bands that took the stage at Foothills Park and Recreation&rsquo;s Battle of the Bands gave the audience of a couple hundred a show and proved a musician doesn&rsquo;t have to have a driver&rsquo;s license to know how to rock.</p>