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Art teacher Anna Spillen at Options High School will organize the annual Littleton Public Schools Art Exhibition that runs from Jan. 17 to Feb. 6 in the Colorado Gallery of Arts at Arapahoe Community College, 5900 S. Santa Fe Drive, Littleton. There will be a closing reception on Feb. 6 from 5 to 7 p.m., with light refreshments. The exhibit will be open Mondays to Fridays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and until 7 p.m. on Tuesdays.
Daily 45-minute tours are available for the new “Stampede” exhibit of animal art through the centuries that occupies the third and fourth floors of the Denver Art Museum’s Hamilton Building.
Hundreds of art objects from the museum’s many departments are combined in new ways and should be a terrific way to familiarize kids and adults to the wide span of images and techniques artists can use. No reservations necessary. Free to members or with general admission. The Hamilton Building is now open seven days a week at 13th Avenue and Broadway in downtown Denver.Denverartmuseum.org.
Columbine Historical and Genealogical Society will meet twice on Jan. 16 at Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirit, 6400 S. University Blvd., Centennial. Guests and prospective members are invited. Free.
The first meeting is from 9-11:30 a.m., an early-bird class in “Beginning Genealogy” with member Barbara Elliott. Explore possibilities of researching family history in census records, digital databases and online searches.
The second meeting is from 1-3 p.m. and is on “Marriage, Separation and Divorce,” presented by Carol Cooke Darrow, certified genealogist. Records available and how to search them. Columbinegenealogy.com.
Walk the High Line
While you can walk the Highline Canal by yourself, some will enjoy the company of leaders and a bit of history. Community walks are scheduled for five- to eight-mile segments through March at 9 a.m. on Sundays, Saturdays and Tuesdays at various locations. Each limited to 25 walkers. An Amble through Littleton (five miles) is scheduled on Jan. 13. Register at Walk2Connect.com. Highlinecanal.org.
Families will want to plan ahead to attend the 29th annual Colorado Cowboy Poetry Gathering Jan. 18 to 21 at the American Mountaineering Center, 710 10th St. in Golden. Heritage, music, tall tales and the special brand of poetry that grew out of nights around a campfire. Reserve tickets in advance for sessions you want to attend. See ColoradoCowboyGathering.com.
“Winter Winds With CSO Winds” is a concert scheduled for 2 p.m. on Jan. at Hampden Hall, in the Englewood Civic Center, 1000 Englewood Parkway. Program: “Bagatelles” by Ligeti; “Sextet for Winds and Piano” by Poulenc; “Quintet in E Flat’ by Mozart. Featured: Michael Thornton, horn; Julie Thornton, flute; Ian Wisekal, oboe; Jason Shafer, clarinet; Tristan Rennie, bassoon; Margaret McDonald, piano. Tickets: $14/$20/free under 18. Englewoodarts.org. 303-806-8196.
Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” plays Jan. 19 to Feb. 11 (some performances recently added) at the PACE Center, 20000 Pikes Peak Ave., Parker. Based on Hans Christian Anderson’s beloved story. Tickets: 303-805-6800, parkerarts.org. Be sure to reserve in advance — these shows sell out!
`Into the Woods’
Performance Now Theatre Company, based in Highlands Ranch, presents “Into the Woods” by Sondheim and Lapine through Jan. 21 at Lakewood Cultural Center, 470 Allison, Lakewood. Performances: 7:30 p.m. Fridays; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets: 303-987-7845, www.lakewood.org/CulturalCenter/.
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