Water blossoms celebrated at Denver Botanic Gardens

Sonya Ellingboe

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The Colorado Water Garden Society will host its annual Water Blossom Festival from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 10 at Denver Botanic Gardens, with experts on hand to answer questions and tours of water features with Jim Arneill at 10:20 and 11:30. The CWGS is celebrating its 30th anniversary, after being founded at DBG as the first water gardening society in the world. Former aquatic collection curator Joe Tomochik will be on hand with stories about those many years before he retired, when the position transitioned to Tamara Kilbane. At 1 p.m., Joe Mascarenas will give a program on photographing water plants in the Plant Society Building. Festival admission is free, but one must pay garden admission, unless a member.

Meteor shower coming

South Suburban’s Carson Nature Center will host a session from 9 to 10:30 p.m. August 12 to look for the Perseid meteor shower. Open to all ages. Register for #672888, $9/$6 at sspr.org.

Photographer to talk

Nancy Meyer will talk to the Englewood Camera Club on Aug. 13 at Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirit, 6400 S. University Blvd., Centennial. She will speak about her “Pseudo-line-drawings” and her inspirations from other artists, including Georgia O’Keeffe, Freeman Patterson, Tony Sweet and, Mark S. Johnson. She enjoys experimenting with new photographic techniques in-camera and in digital editing. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Visitors welcome.

Comedy in Parker

The Celtic House Pub in Parker is hosting comedy nights at 6 p.m. the first and third Thursdays and a showcase on the last Monday of the month, according to comedian Jiovani, who is producing them. Free. The pub is at 16572 Keystone Blvd., Parker, 720-951-5454.

Community theater fest

The Annual Colorado Community Theatre Coalition Festival is scheduled August 7-10 at the Denver Center Theatre Academy, in the Robert and Judi Newman Center for Theatre Education, 1101 13th St., Denver. Presenting companies: Aspen Stage Theatre, Aspen; Bas Bleu Theatre Company, Fort Collins; Coal Creek Theatre, Louisville; Heather Gardens Frolics Club, Aurora; Flying Rabbits Productions, Denver; Ignite Theatre, Aurora; Longmont Theatre Company, Longmont; Longmont Youth Theatre, Longmont; and Vintage Theatre, Aurora. Performances open to the public, $10/$15 for two on the same day. The Denver Center Theatre Academy will offer 12 workshops. For schedule and to register: cctcfestival.com

Variety show

“The Epic Variety Show” will be presented at 7 p.m. Aug. 17 at the Festival Playhouse, 5665 Olde Wadsworth, Arvada, with Jeff Jenson, Dennis Michael and Reid Belstock. Enjoy magic plus comedy. Tickets: $10, 303-378-1112 or jeffjensonmagic.com.

Goldstar arrives

Goldstar, which bills itself as “The World’s Biggest Ticket Booth,” arrived in Denver on July 31. Entertainment venues signed on to work with it include Arvada Center, Pepsi Center, Grand Chapiteau, Vintage Theatre. One can become a member free and then buy half-price tickets from Goldstar with a $5 service fee — still less than full price. They claim to help move out unsold tickets for venues to people who may not know about them. For information, see goldstar.com.

Spark Mark show

Spark Gallery, 900 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, hosts its annual open show: “Spark Mark, an Open Show of Drawing,” open to all artists in the Denver area. (Most shows at the co-op gallery are of members’ work.) It runs to Aug. 25, with an opening reception on Aug. 9, 6-9 p.m. Gallery hours: noon to 5 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays; noon to 4 p.m. on Sundays. 720-889-2200.