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Today's Features

  • Colorado is home to one of the most diverse butterfly populations in the country, and the beauty of that variety is on full display this summer in South Jeffco. 

    The Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield opened the new Butterflies at Chatfield exhibit last weekend, a collaborative effort between the gardens and the Butterfly Pavilion. The exhibit is one of a kind in Colorado, featuring only native plants and butterfly species, said Mary Ann Hamilton, the pavilion’s vice president for science and conservation. 

  • Some 29 kids were officially adopted into 22 families on Saturday at the Jeffco courthouse, and every child had a unique and often poignant history that carried him to that eventful day.

    But as the new families left the building, they started a new journey together from a joyful place.

    Hundreds gathered to celebrate those adoptions on National Adoption Day through Jeffco’s Human Services Department.

    Temporary becomes permanent

  • Students from Arapahoe Community College painting instructor Nathan Abels’ class invited staff and students from the Colorado Center for the Blind to a fully accessible tactile art exhibit at the Jantzen Gallery in ACC’s Art and Design Center recently.

  • Evergreen artist Ted Garcia is a person who meets his goals.

    Over the past 5 1/2 years, he set four goals to create an outdoor painting each day, and he has met all of those goals, painting 2,014 works in that many days.

    Much like the iconic mailman, Garcia, 47, painted in snow, rain, sleet, hail and heat. He painted early in the morning and late at night. He painted when he was sick and when he had a broken finger on his painting hand.

    He even painted through family obligations: graduations, births and deaths.

  • Ken-Caryl Ranch celebrated its 100th birthday with a little old-time flair.

    The Ken-Caryl Ranch Historical Society hosted a birthday party Aug. 9 to celebrate the community’s founding, when John Charles Shaffer bought the original 2,660 acres of land on Oct. 17, 1914. Shaffer named the ranch after his two sons, Kent and Carroll.

    The event was a throwback to the community’s founding, with a barbershop quartet, banjos and a vintage fashion show featuring clothes from the turn of the 20th century.

  • The Rocky Mountain Music Festival is set to provide concert-goers with a taste of the classic and a taste of the new. 

    The all-day concert Aug. 10 at Clement Park features headliners 10,000 Maniacs kicking off the day’s music and the Marshall Tucker Band closing the show at night. In between the two classic bands, the audience will hear eight local groups battling for the title of best blues, rock, country and acoustic bands in the Rockies.

  • Shakespeare came to the park — Clement Park — last Friday.

    The Foothills Theatre Company presented the Bard’s classic comedy “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at South Jeffco's premiere outdoor venue. The comedy of errors centers on two young couples, unrequited love, mischievous fairies and one man’s unfortunate transformation into a donkey.

    The 500-year-old play still elicits plenty of laughs from a 21st-century audience — thanks to the amazing source material, said audience member Larissa Packer.

  • The music of Creedence Clearwater Revival — one of the seminal rock bands of the ‘60s and ‘70s, responsible for classic songs like “Proud Mary,” “Fortunate Son,” and “Bad Moon Rising” — is coming to Littleton this Sunday.

    Creedence Clearwater Revisited, a band that features original drummer Doug Clifford and bassist Stu Cook, will perform to a sold-out crowd at Hudson Gardens on July 27 as part of the venue's summer concert series.

  • The talent at Foothills Park and Recreation’s Battle of the Bands made for some tough choices for judges and audience members. 

    Yet in the end, local hard-rock band Keep Kalm edged out second-place band Sunset Summer. Regina Smith, head of Foothills’ arts programs, said it was the closest point differential in the three years of the competition. 

    The concert, on June 14 at Clement Park’s amphitheater, featured four local middle- and high-school-age bands.