The Wildlife Experience, 10035 South Peoria St., Parker, 720/488-3300. Featuring Hello Jelly, a video featuring spectacular underwater footage, Africa and Beyond: The Art and Adventures of Simon Combes, In the Dark traveling exhibit through September 19. The Lion King beginning July 3. Art and Ale Festival on Fri. Aug. 27, 6-10 p.m., $20-$35.
literary events Cherry Creek Tattered Cover Booksigning, 2955 E. 1st Ave., Denver. Free. Linda Greenlaw signs All Fishermen are Liars: True Tales from the Dry Dock Bar, Mon., Aug. 23, 7:30 p.m. General Tommy Franks signs American Soldier, Aug. 28, 2 p.m. For more, call 303/322-7727.
LoDo Tattered Cover Booksigning, 1628 16th St., Denver. Free. Dennis Hastert signs Speaker: Lessons from Forty Years in Coaching and Politics, Fri., Aug. 20, noon. For more call 303/436-1070.
music Arvada Center Summer Concerts, Arvada Center for the Performing Arts, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd. Asleep at the Wheel, Sat., Aug. 21, 7:30 p.m., $15-$28.
Rally in the Rockies, Ignacio and Durango. Bands Geneva, Slaughter, Molly Hatchet and BTO play. Sept. 2-6. Call 888/901-7701 for more.
South Park Music Festival, Fairplay. Free. 62 independent music artists perform, food vendors, artists, free admission, camping and cd's. Sept. 11, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Call Monta at 719/836-2289.
Trinidaddio Blues Festival, Central Park, Trinidad. $15-$30. Sat., Aug. 28, 11:30 a.m. Call 800/480-4750 for more.
Concert of Hope, Lakehouse in Evergreen. Concert to benefit Cystic Fibrosis featuring local Summer Hartbauer and many bands from across the state. Aug. 29, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Call 303/296-6610 for tickets and info.
recreation and learning Yoga Retreat, Mountain Park Environmental Center, 9161 Mountain Park Rd., Beulah. Yoga in nature for women. Aug. 21-22. Call 719/485-4444 to register by Aug. 18.
Florissant Fossil Beds Seminars, Teller County Rd. #1, Florissant. Birds of Prey, Aug. 22, 1-2 p.m. Lewis & Clark's Corps of Discovery, Aug. 28-29. For cost and reservations, call 719/748-3253.
Avon's Outdoor Film Festival, Avon. Enjoy free outdoor films. Roman Holiday, Aug. 20; Better Off Dead, Aug. 27. Call 970/748-4060 for more.
Cyclefest, Copper Mountain. Motorcycle rides, demo cycles, kids course, safety info and more. Aug. 27-29. Call 866/677-1692 for tickets or info.
Meeker Classic Sheepdog Championship Trials, Meeker. Traditional shepherding championships. Sept. 8-12. Semi-finals on Sat., Sept. 11 starting at 8:30 a.m. Finals on Sun., Sept. 12 starting at 8:30 a.m. Call 970/878-5510 or visit www.meekersheepdog.com.
Women's Let's Go Fishing Seminar, Kassler Environmental Education Center, Denver. $95. Includes continental breakfast, lunch, t-shirt, goody bag and half-day angling adventure. Sept. 10-12. Call 888/321-5543 for more.
special events Seeking Vendors and Exhibitors for Sustainable Living Fair, Ft. Collins in September. For more visit www.sustainablelivingfair.org.
Wild Mushroom Forays, in South Fork Aug. 20 and 21, 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., $5. Call 873-5112 for more. Foray in Creede, Aug. 20 and 22, 8:30 a.m. $25-$40. Slide show on Aug. 20, 7 p.m., $2. Call 800/327-2102 for more.
"Revenge of Farrin James" Murder Mystery Contest, Buckskin Joe Frontier Town & Railway, 1289 Fremont County Rd. 3A, Canon City. Runs through Fri., Sept. 10. For questions or entries call 719/275-5149.
Lake George Gem and Mineral Show, Lake George. Free. Minerals, fossils, local speciments, jewelry, lapidary, field trips. Aug. 20-22. Call Ruth at 719/632-9686 for more.
Westcliffe Digital Film Festival, $5 per screening. Showing digital film selections from all over the U.S. Runs Aug. 27-29. Call 719/783-9283 for more.
6th Annual Crest Crank, 120 E. First St., Salida. $50. Mountain Bike ride on Monarch Crest portion of the Continental Divide Trail, fundrasier for the Alliance Against Domestic Abuse. Sun., Aug. 29, 8 a.m. Call 719/539-7347 for more.
A Taste of Colorado, Denver's Civic Center Park. Featuring jazz trumpeter Rick Braun, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and more than 50 area restaurants exhibitions. Sept 3-5, 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., Sept. 6, 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Call 303/295-6330 for more.
Veterans Entrepreneurial Training, University of Denver, Denver. The Veterans Corporation is holding small business seminars for active duty, guard, reserve, veterans and their spouses. Programs start Sept. 11, call 303/909-8440 to enroll.
Plaza De Los Leones Fiesta, Community Center, Walsenburg. Parade, food and refreshment booths, entertainment, music and more. Sept. 11-12. Call Art at 719/738-2029 for more.
Chile Harvest Festival, Denver Botanic Gardens, 1005 York St., Denver. Sept. 11-12. Call 303/412-1849 for more.
First Edition Golf Tournament, Rolling Hills Country Club, 15707 W. 26th Ave, Golden. A fundraiser for the Jefferson County Library Foundation's traveling children's library. Mon., Sept. 13, 10 a.m. Call 303/275-2240 for more.
Colorado Mountain Winefest, Riverbend Park, Palisade. $15-$99/event. Sept 16-19. Call 800/704-3667 for tickets or VIP passes.
Constitution Day, Greenway and Nature Center, 5200 Nature Center Rd., Pueblo. A non-profit, non-partisan, family celebration of the 217th birthday of the U.S. Constitution with games, food and contests. Sept. 17, 6-9 p.m. Call 547-9568 for more.
High Point Academy Ride-a-thon, High Point Academy, 7749 Palmer Divide Rd., Larkspur. A non-competitive trail ride to raise money for therapeutic riding. Sept. 18, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call 303/633-8424 for more.
theater Miner's Alley Playhouse, 1224 Washington St., Golden. One Act Festival runs Aug. 20- Sept. 19. Call 303/935-3044 for info.
42nd Street, Town Hall Arts Center, 2450 W. Main St., Littleton. $15-$17. Aug. 20, 21, 27, 28, 8 p.m. Aug. 22, 2 p.m. Aug. 26, 7:30 p.m. Call 888/464-2626 for more.
Nuts, Full Moon Bookstores, 9108 W. 6th Ave., Denver. $10-$12. Runs Aug. 20-Sept. 11, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. Call 303/922-6337 to reserve tickets.