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art Andenken Gallery, 2110 Market St., Denver. 303/292-3281. Fri.-Sun., 1-6 p.m. Free. Featuring the invitational group show Young Bloods and in Lower Gallery, Boyfriend/Girlfriend. Reception Fri., May 7, 7-10 p.m. Call 303/292-3281 for more.

Blue Spruce Gallery, 205 W. Main, Florence, 719/784-1339. Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Southern Colorado artists will feature unique sculpture and outdoor wares. Reception Fri., May 7, 5-7 p.m. and runs through June 15.

Chicano Humanities & Arts Council, 772 Santa Fe Dr., Denver, 303/412-1849. Fri., 7-10 p.m., Sat., 1-4 p.m. or by appointment. The Third Annual Contemporary Photography Exhibit, featuring works of four outstanding photographers, opens Fri., April 23 and runs through May 31.

Louisville Art Association Call for Entries, for Thirteenth Annual National/Regional Juried Photography Show to be held June 26-July 4. Entry deadline for actual work entries, Fri., June 18. For more, call 303/466-7438.

Carnaval de Arte, CHAC Gallery, 772 Santa Fe Dr., Denver. 303/571-0440. Open Fridays 6-10 p.m. and Saturdays 1-4 p.m. Receptions Fri., May 7 and Fri., May 14. Free.

Pastel Society of Colorado Spring Members Show, Evergreen Arts Center, 32003B Ellingwood Trail, Evergreen. 303/322-9483 or 303/838-2890. Tue. through Sun. Noon-5 p.m. Pastel paintings from over 100 of Colorado's top pastelists. May 21-June 19; reception May 21, 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Foothills Art Center, 809 15th St., Golden. Free. Presenting "Preserve the Magic of Art," a Friends of Red Rocks Art Exhibit. Weekends only. Sat., April 24-Sun., May 23. Sat. 11-3; Sun. 1-5. Call 303/279-3922 for more.

The Wildlife Experience, 10035 South Peoria St., Parker, 720/488-3300. Featuring Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibit through June 13.

literary events Colorado Christian Writers Conference, YMCA of the Rockies, Estes Park. $315 plus lodging, which includes meals. Topics include Fiction Writing, Screenwriting, Storytelling and more. May 12-15. For more call 888/760-9041.

Boulder Bookstore Events, 1107 Pearl St., Boulder. Free. With James Frey, author of A Million Little Pieces, Fri., May 21, 7:30 p.m.; and Kent Haruf, Eventide, Wed., May 26, 7:30 p.m. Call 303/447-2074.

music Cripple Creek Historic Preservation Week, $5-$55 for various events. Including Evening Social, Gentlemen's Tours, Victorian Tea and Dinner and Ball. Fri., May 7-Sun., May 8. RSVP's essential. Call 719-689-9795.

Jazz Legend Dick Hyman/Jefferson Symphony Orchestra Concert, Green Center, Colorado School of Mines campus, 16th & Cheyenne, Golden. $15-$17. Sat., May 8, 3 p.m. and Sun., May 9, 7 p.m. Call 303/278-4237.

recreation and learning Mountain Park Environmental Center Activities, Mountain Park Environmental Center, 9161 Mountain Park Rd., Beulah. Nature writing workshop, writing about nature using poetry, journaling, field sketching, prose, and articles. Workshop by Mary Jean Porter and Dave Van Manen. Sat., May 15, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free. For registration and more information, call 719/485-4444.

Devil's Gate Poker Run, Kermitt's Restaurant, Exit 244 off I-70, Idaho Springs. $20/single;$30/couple. Motorcycle tour of Clear Creek County. Sun., May 29, 10 a.m. For more call 720/641-5137.

2004 Courage Classic Bicycle Tour, to benefit The Children's Hospital. Leadville to Copper Mountain, Sat., July 17; Copper Mountain to Lake Dillon, Sun., July 18; Copper Mountain to Leadville, Mon., July 19. Register on line at

www.couragetours.com .

Royal Gorge Lunch & Dinner Train Rides, Santa Fe Depot, 401 Water St., Canyon City. $16.50 and up. Guests dine and ride in comfort on a premier railroad adventure through the Royal Gorge. For reservations call 888/RAILS4U.

Volunteers needed for Signal Butte Trail restoration near Divide, Sat., June 2 and Sat., June 28, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more, call 800/420-9110 or visit http://uppersouthplatte.net.

Wildlife Experience Summer Camps, Denver. $90-$100. Children ages 5-7 will learn about wildlife. Dates for the four camps are June 7-11, June 21-25, July 12-16, August 9-13, 9 a.m.-Noon. To register call 720/488-3344.

special events 55th Annual Plant & New Book Sale, Denver Botanic Gardens, 1005 York St., Denver. Free. Fri., May 7, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sat., May 8, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. For more call 720/865-3500.

Veterans Entrepreneurial Training Program, Regis University-Denver. Hosted by The Veterans Corporation, a congressionally-funded non-profit organization to help veterans and current members of active duty military start and expand small businesses. May 15. Call 303/200-9698 for more.

Indian Market & Powwow, The Fort, 19192 Hwy. 8, Morrison. $3-$6. Sponsored by The Tesoro Foundation; featuring powwow competition, award-winning artists and more. Sat., May 15, and Sun., May 16, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Volunteers also needed for this event. For more call 303/839-1671.

Colorado Capital Conference, $109-$149/$60 half day. Offering entrepreneurial workshops about topics related to funding and growing businesses. Thurs., May 20, 7:15 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Call 303/831-4174 for more.

Intensive Journal Workshop, United Methodist Church, 4th & "D" St., Salida. $125-$195. Facilitated by Dr. Annette Covatta. Fri. May 21, 7 p.m. through Mon., May 24. For details call 719/395-9172.

The GATHERING, Denver. Purpose is to bring attention to the unconstitutional/illegal actions of the government. Sat., June 19-Fri., June 25. For details, email

rick@stanley2002.org .

Jewels of the Insect World Display, The Wildlife Experience Museum, 1003 S. Peoria St., Parker. Butterflies and insects from around the world. Through June 20. Call 720/488-3300 for more.

Zoo Crew Summer Youth Program, Pueblo Zoo, 3455 Nuckolls Ave., Pueblo. $60. Students develop leadership skills, learn to care for variety of farm and domesticated animals. Scholarships available. Ten weeks, June 7-August 14. Call 719/561-1452x103.

theater Ballet Folkklorico "Quetzalli" de Veracruz, Lakewood Cultural Center, 480 S. Allison Pkwy., Lakewood. $22-$24. Sat., May 8, 7:30 p.m. Call 303/987-7876 for more.

2 in 1, a revival of original one acts. Buntport Theater, 717 Lipan St., Denver, 720/946-1388. $10-$15. April 23-May 8, Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.

Jekyll & Hyde, The Musical, Arvada Center for the Arts and Humantities, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada, 720/898-7272. Runs April 13- May 16.

Passport Playbill, Denver Repertory Theatre, 1425 W. 13th Ave., Denver, 720/839-4913. $15. Featuring Eddie Kirsch performing his one-man show. April 22-May 15, Thur/Fri/Sat at 8 p.m.

House of Bernarda Alba, New Federal Theatre, 3830 Federal Blvd., Denver, 303/571-0901. $10-$15. April 23-May 29, Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m., Sun., 7 p.m.

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