Platters, pitchers, plates, pots, mugs, casserole dishes, vases, bowls, butter dishes, goblets and more … It's time for the annual Colorado Potters Guild show and sale, to be held Nov. 7, 8 and 9 at First Plymouth Congregational Church, 3601 S. Colorado Blvd., south of Hampden Avenue in Cherry Hills Village. Members work through the year in a historic former Denver dairy and hold two annual sales for the community. Each artist has a distinctive style, so a visitor to the sale can see a broad spectrum of techniques, shapes and glazes. Hours: 4 to 8 p.m. Nov. 7; 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Nov. 8; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 9.
Not 'once upon a time'
The Parker Writers Group will welcome published authors Anne MacFarlane, Michelle Major and Lana Williams in an interactive workshop called “Opening Your Story With Power” from 2 to 4 p.m. Nov. 10. The group meets in Meeting Room A at the Parker Library, 10851 S. Crossroads Drive, Parker. All are welcome, no registration necessary. Explore tips on creating characters and a vivid setting as well as the openers. Bring a page with the first 120 words if you wish.
Dick Kreck will talk about the building of the Union Pacific Railroad and the wild towns and wicked characters involved, as described in his new book, “Hell on Wheels.” He will appear at 7 p.m. Nov. 12 at Bemis Library, 6014 S. Datura St., Littleton. Kreck is retired from the Denver Post after 38 years as an editor and columnist and has written five other books. Copies will be on sale. 303-795-3961.
'Books, Bites and Brews'
Douglas County Libraries hosts “Books, Bites and Brews” from 4 to 9 p.m. Nov. 9 at Cielo at Castle Pines, 485 W. Happy Canyon Road, Castle Rock. The event includes: tastes and demos from locally written cookbooks, local chefs, beverage sampling from local breweries, cookbooks on sale and, for a $30 ticket, one can choose between two sessions: Amy Stewart (“The Drunken Botanist”) will discuss “The Botany of the Margarita;; or attend a beer and food pairing from Cicerone Sarah Johnson of Mandalay Bay. Reserve space at douglascountylibraries.org.
The Arapahoe Philharmonic, conducted by Devin Patrick Hughes, will be joined by the Cherry Creek Chorale in a performance of Carl Orff's “Carmina Burana.” The concert is at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 8 at Mission Hills Church, 620 SouthPark Drive, Littleton. Soloists: Teresa Castillo, soprano; Brian Leatherman, tenor; Steven Taylor, bass. Tickets:$25/$20/ $5. Information or tickets: www.arapahoe-phil.org, 303-781-1892.
“Passport to Paris” opens Oct. 27 at the Denver Art Museum, featuring three separate exhibits: “Court to Café: Three Centuries of French Masterworks from the Wadsworth Atheneum”; “Nature as Muse: Impressionist Landscapes from the Frederick C. Hamilton Collection”; and “Drawing Room: An Intimate Look at French Drawings from the Esmond Bradley Martin Collection.” A special exhibition ticket will give access to all three plus the rest of the museum. denverartmuseum.org, 720-913-0130. (More on this next week.)
Denver Arts Week
Denver Arts Week runs from Nov. 1 to 9 all over the metro area. Google for listings. Of particular note: Saturday Night at the Museums on Nov. 2: Free admission from 5 to 10 p.m. to many of the area's museums, including: Denver Art Museum, Byers-Evans House, Denver Museum of Nature and Science, Kirkland Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, and locally, Littleton Museum and Museum Outdoor Arts. A shuttle will carry visitors between the downtown Denver locations.
'Wine to Fresh Water'
Lyn and Craig Chambers of Centennial will host a sale of their art to benefit Freshwater Malawi, an international nonprofit that provides clean water and sanitation to the poor arid nation of Malawi, Africa. “Wine to Fresh Water” will be held at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 9 at the Studios at Overland Crossing, 2201 S. Delaware St., Denver. (Wine tasting, appetizers, entertainment, water art.) Tickets: $50, register at freshwaterintl.org.
Shop, eat, help
Christmas at Our House 2013 is open for visitors Nov. 7-10 at the beautifully decorated Bosworth House, headquarters of the Denver Assistance League, 1400 Josephine St., Denver. There will be boutiques for shopping and in the evening, food, beverages, music and more shopping. Shopping only: $5; tickets to events range from $30 to $60. For information and tickets: denverassistanceleague.org, 303-322-5205.
Frog and Toad
“A Year With Frog and Toad,” based on the favorite book by Lobel, will be presented for families by Christian Youth Theatre at the Parker Mainstreet Center, 19650 E. Mainstreet, Parker. Performances: 10:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 1 for students and seniors; 7 p.m. Nov. 1 and 2; 2 p.m. Nov. 2; 3 p.m. Nov. 3. Information and tickets: cytdenver.org.