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art Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., 303/898-7200. Gallery/exhibits free. Open Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sun. 1-5 p.m. Featuring Charles Parson's Landscape Sonnet and works by Emilio Lobato and Jason Needham.

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. Free. Watcha!, runs Sept. 3-25. Hencho a Mano runs Oct. 1-9.

Denver Art Museum, 100 W. 14th Ave. Parkway, Denver, 303/640-4433. $4.50-$6. Japanese Prints: 150th Anniversary of United States-Japan Relations through January 16, 2005; Changing Seasons: Coverlets from the Museum's Collection, May 22 through October 17. Tiwanaku: Ancestors of the Inca, Oct. 16 to Jan. 23.

Lakewood Cultural Center: North Gallery, 470 S. Allison Pkwy; South Gallery, 480 S. Allison Pkwy, Lakewood. 303/987-7876. Free. Ancient Inspirations: The Pottery of Mata Ortiz from Sept. 13 through May 20, 2005. Azatlan-The Spirit of the Southwest, Santos-the Heart of the Home runs Sept. 27- Nov. 5 and Day of the Dead runs Oct. 4 to Dec. 17. Contemporary Latino Paintings runs Oct. 4 to Nov. 12.

Museum of Contemporary Art/ Denver, 1275 19th St., Denver, 303/298-7554. Open Tues.-Sat., 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Sun., Noon to 5:30 p.m. Featuring Architect's View, PILLish: Harsh Realities and Gorgeous Destinations, Shadows and Fog: Margaret Neumann Recent Works, New Pic #1: Paola Ochoa True Love Oct. 1 through Jan. 2.

The Wildlife Experience, 10035 South Peoria St., Parker, 720/488-3300. Featuring Hello Jelly, a video featuring spectacular underwater footage, beginning May 28. Africa and Beyond: The Art and Adventures of Simon Combes, through October 3. In the Dark traveling exhibit through September 19. The Lion King beginning July 3. Kent Ullberg: A Retrospective sculptures, Oct. 2- Jan. 2.

recreation and learning Mountain Park Environmental Center Activities, Mountain Park Environmental Center, 9161 Mountain Park Rd., Beulah. Horseback Ride, Sat., Oct. 2, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Squirrel Creek Loop Hike, Oct. 9, 10 a.m. For registration and more information, call 719/485-4444.

P.S. Miller Library Film Series, 100 S. Wilcox, Castle Rock, 303/688-7700. Walter Chaw facilitates this series, The Misfits, Oct. 7; The Hustler, Oct. 21.

Gunnison Fall Fiber Festival and Fair, Gunnison. Includes cashmere goats, rabbits, sheep, alpacas and llamas. Pie, hay and pumpkin carving contests, food gardening and spinning demonstrations. Oct. 9-10. Call 970/641-1260 for more.

10K Run through LoDo, register at Elevation Outfitters, 1428 Larimer St., Denver. $30. Race hosted by Elevation Outfitters and the Westword, benefits Environment Colorado and the Larimer Arts Association. Sun., Oct. 17. Call Janet at 303/433-1164 for more.

special events John Denver Celebration, Salida. $65 includes 3 day and night admissions and an all-you-can eat catered meal. Featuring musicians from across the U.S. to honor John Denver. Oct. 1-3. Call 719/207-1456 or visit for more.

Taos Wool Festival, Kit Carson Park, Taos, NM. Featuring sheep shearing, live animals, kids activities, fleece contest, sheep to shawl demo, music, vendors and demonstrations. Oct. 2-3, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visit for more.

Cider Days Harvest Festival, Lakewood's Heritage Center, 801 S. Yarrow St., Lakewood. $3-$5. Drink cider, make your own cider, apple-themed bake sale, kids activities, entertainment, folk art and more. Oct. 2-3, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 303/987-7850 for more.

Taos Mountainfilm 2004, Taos, N.M. Highlighting Yosemite and Everst, guests include Jim Whittaker, Kitty Calhoun, John Bachar and Glen Denny. Oct. 7-10. Call 505/751-3658 for more.

Orchid Show and Sale, Four Points by Sheraton, 6363 E. Hampden Ave., Denver. $5. Denver Orchid Society's fall sale with the American Orchid Society Members Meeting. Oct. 8-10, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 303/987-3005.

A Walk to Remember, Clement Park, 7306 W. Bowles Ave., Littleton. A walk to honor babies lost through neonatal death, stillbirth and pregnancy loss. Oct. 9. Visit or call 720/981-4690 for more.

theater The Creature Creeps, D.L. Parsons Theatre, Northglenn Recreation Center, 11801 Community Center Dr. $6-$8. Presented by the North Stage Players, a family friendly comedy. Runs Oct. 1-10. Call 877/270-7433 for reservations.

The Ride Down Mt. Morgan, The John Hand Theater, CFU's Lowry Campus, 7653 E. 1st Pl., Denver. $13-$17. A man is hospitalized after a near-fatal crash on a mountain road and he is exposed as secretly having two wives and must deal with the consequences. Oct. 8-Nov. 13. Call 303/562-3232 for more.

Macblank, Buntport Theater, 717 Lipan St., Denver. 720/946-1388. A comedy about a theater company trying to stage Macbeth. Runs Oct. 8 to Dec. 3, Fridays. On Thursdays Oct. 24, 28, Nov. 11.

Kafka on Ice, Buntport Theater, 717 Lipan St., Denver. 720/946-1388. A biographical look of the author using his most famous work Metamorphosis, all performed on ice. Saturdays, Oct. 9- Dec. 4. Thursday Oct. 21, Nov. 4, 18, Dec. 2.

Sangre de Cristo Arts Center, 210 N. Santa Fe Ave., Pueblo, 719/295-7200. Circo Comedia, Sat., Oct. 9, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

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