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art Arvada Center for the Art and Humanities, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada, 303/431-3939. Featuring Frank Sampson: Retrospective and Debbie Masuoka. Opening reception: Thursday, Sept. 18, 7-9 p.m. ###through Dec.

Chicano Humanities & Arts Council, 772 Santa Fe Dr., Denver. 303/571-0440. Open Fri. 6-9 p.m. and Sat., 1-4 p.m. Featuring Santos & Crosses II, art by CHAC artists and guests Sept. 19-27. Lecture by Jose Raul Esquibel, "Santos and Santeros, "Wed., Sept. 24, 7 p.m. Special performance by Rita Flores de Wallace, Fri., Sept. 26.

Denver Art Museum, 100 W. 14th Ave. Parkway, Denver, 303/640-4433. $4.50-$6. Featuring Retrospectacle: 25 Years of Collecting Modern and Contemporary Photography, through Oct. 5; Sargent and Italy, through Sept. 21 (special exhibition ticket required); Secrets from a Chinese Garden through Sept. 28; Lighter Than Air: Gauze Robes from China through Nov. 30; New Classics from the American Indian collection through Dec. 31; Chinese Art of the Tang Dynasty from the Sze Hong collection through Jan. 25. START Building, free community celebration marking the beginning of new construction. Aug. 16 17. Tickets on sale at the Museum and on-line at .

Denver Botanic Gardens, 1005 York Street, Denver. 720/865-3500. Summer Hours Wed. Fri., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., sat. Tues., 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Summer admission $4 - $6.50. Featuring Botanical Illustration School Student Show through Oct. 31.

Foothills Art Center, 809 15th St., Golden. 303/279-3922. Open Mon.-Sat., 10-5 p.m.; Sun. 1-5 p.m. Free. Foothills Art Center. Featuring the Rocky Mountain National Watermedia Exhibition. Gallery talk with artists, Mon., Oct. 13, noon.

The Wildlife Experience, 10035 South Peoria St., Parker, 720/488-3300. Featuring LeRoy Neiman's On Safari, a mixed-media exhibit that portrays his skill and mastery of oil, acrylic and enamel paints, and his use of crayons, charcoal, serigraphy and watercolors. Through Feb. 1

recreation and learning Mountain Park Environmental Center Activities, Mountain Park Environmental Center, 9161 Mountain Park Rd., Beulah. $3. Guided hike: Dome Rock, Sat., Oct. 4, 8:30 a.m. Bring water and a sack lunch. For registration and information, call 719/485-4444.

Festival of the Mabon, Planet Bluegrass Ranch, 500 W. Main St (off Hwy 36), Lyons. $20-$25, +$10 camping. Featuring: Ashley MacIssac Band, Dervish, Martin Hayes & Dennis Cahill, Teada, Johnny B. Connolly & Casey Neill, The Wayfarers, Colcannon, and the Single Malt Band. Sat. Sept. 20, 10 a.m.9 p.m. Call 303-823-0848 or

U.S. Green Building Council Colorado Chapter Fall Conference, Denver. Fri., Sept. 26 - Sun., Sept. 28. Various workshops and information sessions that promote green buildings. For more, visit

Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument outreach and education programs, Teller County #1, 2.5 miles south of Florissant. Free with $3 park entry fee. Elk (Wapiti) Watch, Sun., Sept. 21 and 28, 6-8 p.m., Sat., Oct. 4 and Sun., Oct. 5, 5-7 p.m. Free with regular $3 entrance fee. Walk for Wild Wapiti, Thurs., Sept. 27, 5:30 p.m. An off-trail hike. Not suitable for young children. Reservations required for both events. For more, call 719/748-3253.

Mt. Pisgah Speaks, tour of historic burial ground, Cripple Creek. Donations. Meet at District Museum; tours leave every 1/2 hour. Sat., Sept. 27, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more, call Kathi at 719/689-2141.

theater Stories on Stage, Stage Theatre at Denver Center for the Performing Arts, 1245 Champa Street, Denver. $85 season/$20 individual. Readings of great short stories. Sundays, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sept. 21, Acts of Passion; Nov. 9, Homemade Mythologies; Feb. 8, Curve Balls; March 28, Liquid Truth; April 18, Canterbury Tales; May 16, Shouldering the Chip. For more, call 303/494-0523.

Fiddler on the Roof, Country Dinner Playhouse, 6875 Clinton St., Greenwood Village. $29.95 35.95. Wed. through Sun. evenings, weekend matinees. Buffet at 6 p.m., performance at 7:45 p.m. For more, call 303/799-1410.

Barefoot in the Park, Federal Theatre, address, Denver, $13-$15. Thurs., 7 p.m., Fri. and Sat., 8 p.m., select Sun. matinees in Sept. Tickets at 303/399-4662.

Charlotte's Web, Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada. Most Tuesdays and Fridays, 10 a.m. and noon; Sat. Oct. 11, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., Sun., Oct. 12, 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. For more, call 303/898-7200 or visit

Spoon River Anthology, Lakewood Cultural Center, 470 S. Allison Pkwy., Lakewood. $17. Sat., 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Sept. 5 27. For more, call 303/987-7845 or visit

Chicago, Boulder's Dinner Theatre, 5501 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder $19 - $50. Tue. Sun., June 20 Nov. 2, showtimes vary. Call 800/448-5501 for more.

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