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Today's Features

  • A dance studio on West Quincy Avenue is walking through the steps to a rezoning in hopes of continuing to operate in its current location.

    True Dance Academy at 8950 W. Quincy Ave., across the street from the federal prison, was granted a “home occupation” exception in 2009 by the Board of Adjustment that permitted the dance lessons if the owner lived on the property. But business owner Shelly Trujillo now is seeking a zoning change, since she has not been living there.

  • A “train” full of dinosaurs is coming to Morrison this weekend.

    Dinosaur Ridge will host the Dinosaur Train, an educational event based on the PBS children’s show that features colorful kid dinosaurs created by the company that brought you the Muppets. At the event, slated Friday through Sunday, kids can have their pictures taken with Buddy the T-Rex, examine dinosaur footprints and even dig for fossils.

  • By Cat Elsby, for the Courier

    In 2009, a group of 10 local teenagers set out to clean up the skate park at Clement Park in South Jeffco. They swept the concrete, painted over the abundant graffiti, and restored their skateboarding sanctuary.

    Fast-forward to the present, and that same group is now the subject of Nick Bruso’s skateboarding film, “The 8th Layer.”

  • Despite cloudy skies, downtown Littleton’s First Friday art walk last week was colorful and crowded.

    The city, Town Hall Arts Center, and Arapahoe Community College put on the event, the first of four monthly art walks through August. Eleven downtown galleries participated, ranging from the Steve Adams Gallery on Curtice Street to the Depot Art Gallery five blocks away on West Powers Avenue. From 6 to 9 p.m., the downtown area was lined with street musicians, food vendors and artists giving live demonstrations of their work.

  • A 2001 Littleton High School graduate and Littleton native is serving aboard the USS New Orleans.

    Petty Officer 1st Class Daniel Betancourt, 31, is a fire controlman aboard the San Diego-based San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship.

  • The music ranged from Timberlake to Sinatra as the younger prom-goers made memories, and the older ones recalled their younger days.

    The dance floor at Willowbrook Place was packed Saturday as members of the poms team from Dakota Ridge High put on the prom for residents of the memory care facility in South Jeffco. More than two dozen students mingled with about 40 of the facility’s residents while tunes kept the dance floor teeming.

  • Theatergoers have a chance to support a local nonprofit while enjoying some memorable oldies from the ’50s and ’60s.

    Littleton’s Town Hall Arts Center again has teamed with TLC Meals on Wheels for a night of fund-raising on April 21. The evening, which raises funds for TLC, features cocktails, a raffle and a special performance of the center’s current production, “The Marvelous Wonderettes.”

  • The Foothills Park and Rec District will host its first-ever job fair on Saturday for potential employees looking for seasonal or part-time work later this year.

    Foothills has openings for seasonal and part-time employees in aquatics, golf course and parks maintenance, children’s programs, and front-desk staffing, said Wenonah Macdonald, the district’s human resources administrator.

  • Littleton’s Town Hall Arts Center is set to open “Next to Normal,” a Tony- and Pulitzer-winning musical about one family’s struggles with mental illness.

    The rock musical, which opens Friday, takes a frank yet sensitive look at how one mother’s bipolar disorder affects her and her family. The musical’s ability to deal with such a specific topic in a way that anyone can relate to makes it a powerful piece of art, said director Nick Sugar.

  • Firefighters are trained to deal with physical trauma. Ambulances and fire engines are equipped with medical tools that can treat everything from broken bones to heart attacks.

    But when it comes to mental trauma, like suicide attempts, first responders often are without any applicable tools or training. That led Littleton Fire Rescue Division Chief Wayne Zygowicz to develop a set of procedures for first responders to deal with suicidal patients and with family members.