From the listings desk: Here are a few happenings you won't see in the paper this week, but that are worth a mention. Plus, a bit of arts news at the bottom.
• Arbor Day 2011: Celebrate trees on April 29 in America the Beautiful Park by helping beautify our city through planting trees along the Midland Trail between Monument Creek and Chestnut Street, by painting mini-murals over 18 graffiti-covered columns along the trail under I-25, or by cleaning up the trail itself. Bring your own lunch, water, and wear sunscreen and comfortable shoes. For more, contact Carrie McCausland at email@example.com or 385-2746. For more, click here.
• Colorado Mineral & Fossil Show: An expo of gems, minerals, meteorites, geodes, fossils and more, from vendors hailing from around the world. Peruse or buy jewelry, home decor, books and "lapidary and metaphysical supplies." Free. Sat., April 22-23, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sun., April 24, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Holiday Inn - Denver Central, 4849 Bannock St., Denver, mzexpos.com.
• Denver Fiber Fiesta: An expo of alpaca fiber artwork and products made by local artists, held in conjunction with the Great Western Alpaca Show. Expect demonstrations on spinning, knitting, felting, half- and full-day classes, opportunities to see alpacas up close, and more. Free. Sat., April 29-30, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sun., May 1, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. National Western Complex, 4655 Humboldt St.
For news, Cottonwood Center for the Arts recently added three new pottery wheels to its community clay room. Donated from "generous community support," the wheels help Cottonwood come closer to furnishing the clay room for its Veterans Art Outreach Program, which provides:
... A free, supportive, relaxing place for veterans and their families to explore the pleasure that creating art makes possible. Local Colorado Springs artists are donating their time and skills to teach free art classes. Cottonwood and it's community partners are providing all the supplies and instruction. No experience is necessary and classes are informal.
Fans and hoods for the clay kilns are the last additions, and will be installed next month, which Cottonwood hopes to coordinate with the opening of its May 27 show, Brothers in Arms, an all-media exhibition concentrating on the "camaraderie of those in military service."