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Today's Features

  • Garrett Keaney, a fifth-grader from Normandy Elementary, will play violin. Brandon Ware, a senior at Chatfield Senior High School, is on percussion. Brenda Anderson, a mom, will be the conductor.

  • A seed planted with Littleton resident Shirl Smith in 2005 is about to bear fruit.

    Smith’s dream is to create a community fruit orchard to provide food for those less fortunate and to teach people how to live off the land. She wants to spread the idea across the country but hopes to lay the groundwork close to home.

  • In today’s media, we are constantly bombarded with red-carpet shots of celebrities arriving for world premieres. Oftentimes, the pomp and circumstance are greater than the quality of the show contained within.

    In the case of the Denver Center Theater Company, the reverse is true. January is New Play Month at the Denver Center, and two new works for the stage, “Inana” and “Dusty and Big Bad World,” have premiered in recent weeks. What they lack in spectacle outside the theater, they more than make up for in substance on stage.

  • In an earlier life, Jenny Schmidt of Bailey was a high-profile television reporter who covered the O.J. Simpson trial and the Rodney King verdict. But when she traded that life for motherhood, things changed.

  • Columbine Hills Elementary students, staff, faculty and parents celebrated “A Patriotic Celebration of Song” on Nov. 18 in CHE’s auditorium. The celebration was led by the Columbine Hills Elementary choir under the direction of CHE’s vocal music director, Emily Mahanna.

  • A basketball game unfolded Dec. 19 at the Dakota Ridge High School gym, but thoughts of winning or losing were eclipsed by concern for a graduate facing a devastating disease.

    Some players wore black. Some wore white. But they all were part of the same team: Team Tessa.

  • Mark Foster didn't realize how good he had it.

    "Growing up here, maybe I didn't appreciate how great a place this is," Foster said, sitting in the living room of his Ken-Caryl Ranch home.

    Foster has lived all over the world since graduating from Chatfield High School in 1992, but he returned home two months ago to start a family medical practice in South Jeffco. Foster and Dr. Lisa Walker, who had been practicing in Aurora, will open the practice Jan. 7. It is affiliated with Littleton Adventist Hospital.

  • “She-eh-eh-eh-ry, bay-ay-by, Sherry, Baby.” The ear-piercing, spine-tingling falsetto of Frankie Valli fills The Buell Theatre, and you’d swear you’re not in Denver anymore. The Tony Award-winning “Jersey Boys” opened on Dec. 11, and it’s transporting audiences not only back in time, but to a completely different world.

  • Two brothers who grew up in Jefferson County and a former resident of Brooklyn, N.Y., have opened an auto-repair shop and car wash that is striving to be friendly — to customers, employees and the environment.

    Chris and Mark Shamis and Mike Torres are the owners of Dakota Ridge Complete Automotive. The auto-repair business, at West Bowles Avenue and C-470, opened Oct. 27, and the car wash opened Nov. 23.

    Torres, an animated man who moved to Colorado when he was 18, is co-owner and operations manager. He described the shop as “high end.”

  • As the post-Thanksgiving shopping frenzy takes hold, dog owners want to be sure they aren’t barking up the wrong tree when it comes to picking a present for their pets.

    Meanwhile, finding the right gift for a persnickety feline can be equally challenging.

    But pet owners and animal experts alike say safety and practicality should be at the top of the list when it comes to shopping for four-legged friends.

    Diana McQuarrie decided to treat Rigo, her 6-year-old black Lab, to a shampoo at Laund-Ur-Mutt Ken Caryl.