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Today's Features

  • On a bright Sunday morning, the amphitheater at Red Rocks Park is filled with people working out and jogging in the seating area before an afternoon concert. As visitors walked toward the museum at the Denver Mountain Parks property, they passed a statue of a Civilian Conservation Corps worker representing the effort required to build the popular venue flanked by iconic sandstone formations.

  • Five years after a humble beginning with five students and a chicken coop for a classroom, a South Jeffco teacher has helped establish a school in Kenya that 122 youngsters now attend.

    Julie Donohue Manuel, a first-grade teacher at Shaffer Elementary School, has worked at the school during her summer break for the past five years. She also has raised funds for the school and other projects benefiting the Maasai community in Kenya.

    “What we do every year is basic,” Julie told the Pathfinders in Evergreen on July 22.

  • Littleton is rolling out the welcome mat for 10 consecutive days.

    The celebration of all things Littleton features events throughout the city that give families a chance to have fun and reconnect with friends. Highlights include a barbecue and fireworks show at Sterne Park and the Western Welcome Week Grand Parade on Aug. 15.

    The Littleton tradition, in its 87th year, started as a homecoming party for the city, said Joan Facchinello, a volunteer with Western Welcome Week and a former executive director.

  • A Columbine High School graduate is making a documentary about how the shootings on April 20, 1999, have affected the adult lives of her classmates.

    Filmmaker Laura Farber was a freshman when two student gunmen killed 12 students and a teacher. Farber, who now lives in Minneapolis, hopes her film, “We are Columbine,” will change public perception of the school, as well as show how the horrific event affects the lives of former students today.

  • The Foothills Theatre Company had audiences laughing it up in Clement Park over the weekend. Even if the jokes were 400 years old.

    The troupe is in the midst of a two-week run of this year’s Shakespeare in the Park production, “Twelfth Night.” The show, which opened Friday in Grant Amphitheater, is one of the Bard’s most well regarded comedies and is filled with cross-dressing, young lovers and several humorously inebriated gentlemen.

  • There’s nothing like listening to an orchestra play as the sun sets — the beauty of a violin, the dignity of the French horn, the sound of a battery of cannons firing in unison.

    At Clement Park on Saturday evening, the 4th Artillery Band, whose members dressed in Civil War-era attire, performed Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture,” which calls for cannons to be fired in the score.

    And boy, were they fired. Volley after volley sounded as the band played on.

  • 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.

    The Denver Gaels hosted an invitational tournament for other Irish sports clubs from across the country at the park’s sports fields. Clubs from as far away as Atlanta and Portland came to play hurling, camogie, and men’s and women’s Gaelic football.

  • The Town Hall Arts Center’s production of “Legally Blonde, Jr.” promises music and laughs — even if some of the actors are out past their curfew.

    The show, which opens Friday, is part of Town Hall’s summer acting program for youths of high school age and younger. The upcoming show, based on the musical “Legally Blonde,” features a cast of sixth- through 12th-graders, and the quality is top notch, said director Robert Michael Sanders.

  • Overcast skies and a few raindrops weren’t enough to dissuade thousands from celebrating the long Independence Day weekend in South Jeffco and Littleton.

    The Foothills Park and Recreation District’s Red, White & You celebration on July 3 at Clement Park and Littleton’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.

  • 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’s enduring mecca of miniatures.

    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.