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.”

  • Babysitting is the first real job for many young adults — but that doesn’t mean it’s an easy one.

    Because of the challenges and responsibilities involved in caring for little ones, the Red Cross is committed to providing training for teens in everything from dressing a minor cut to performing CPR.

    “It gives the parent a peace of mind that the babysitter has gone through training,” said Glen Bernard, a Red Cross instructor trainer. “The babysitter knows how to handle an emergency situation.”

  • No donkeys were in evidence at last weekend’s rehearsals for the Foothills Ballet Program’s spring performances.

    But the tiniest dancers, some as young as 6, remained understandably confused by the production’s title.

    “It’s funny … the kids keep looking for a donkey because they think the name of the ballet is ‘Donkey Ho-tee,’ ” said Regina Smith, arts coordinator for the Foothills Park and Rec District.

  • 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.

  • Survivors of violent crime, family members who have lost loved ones to crime, and law enforcement and support groups came together again Saturday to remember those lost and the courage shown by those left behind.

    Hundreds participated in the 22nd annual Courage Walk at the Jefferson County Government Center.

  • Even under cloudy skies last week, the future looked bright at Mackintosh Academy.

    The private school flipped the switch on 97 new solar panels that will provide up to 70 percent of the school’s electricity and save more than $285,00 over the next 30 years. Yet it wasn’t the energy or cost savings the panels will provide that drew hundreds to the gymnasium last Thursday.