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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. 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; Tiwanaku: Ancestors of the Inca, Oct. 16 to Jan. 23.

Denver Botanic Gardens, 1005 York St., Denver, 720/865-3500. Featuring Chapungu Sculpture Exhibit running through Oct. 31. The Corn Maze is open through Oct. 31. The Pumpkin Festival is Sat., Oct. 9, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Denver Museum of Nature & Science, 2001 Colorado Blvd., Denver. $5.50-$15. Gates Planetarium: Passport to the Universe and A Cosmic Journey. Exhibit The Quest for Immortality: Treasures of Ancient Egypt. Call 800/925-2250 for more.

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; Azatlan-The Spirit of the Southwest, Santos-the Heart of the Home; Day of the Dead and Contemporary Latino Paintings.

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.

The Wildlife Experience, 10035 South Peoria St., Parker, 720/488-3300. Featuring Hello Jelly, a video featuring spectacular underwater footage and The Lion King. Kent Ullberg: A Retrospective sculptures; Fowl Play.

Literature John Fielder, photographer, Signing, Francisco Center for the Performing Arts, 124 W. Francisco St., La Veta. Signing from 5-7 p.m. with wine and cheese, $15. Slide show from his book Mountain Ranges of Colorado from 7-9 p.m., $5-$15. Sat., Oct. 9. Call 719/742-5578 for more.

Kent Haruf Reading, Denver Public Library, 10 W. Fourteenth Ave. Pkwy., Denver. Author of Plainsong and Eventide reads from his newest novel. Tues., Oct. 19, 7-8 p.m. Registration required, call 720/865-1312 for more.

recreation and learning Mountain Park Environmental Center Activities, Mountain Park Environmental Center, 9161 Mountain Park Rd., Beulah. Squirrel Creek Loop Hike, Oct. 9, 10 a.m. For registration and more information, call 719/485-4444.

Sunrise Nature/Wildlife Photo Shoot, Westcliffe. $55. Work with a professional nature photographer. Saturdays, 5-10 a.m. For more call 719/783-9283.

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 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.

Metaphysical Celebration Fair, Denver Merchandise Mart, expo hall, 58th Ave. and I-25, Denver. $5-$15. Oct. 8, 1-9 p.m.; Oct. 9, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Oct. 10, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Call 634-1810 for more.

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.

Isabelle Von Boch Talk, Villeroy & Boch, Outlets at Castle Rock, exit 184 off of I-25. Von Boch discusses china related topics, such as using your china everyday, how to buy and use china, tabletop design trends and answers questions. Sun., Oct. 17, noon to 6 p.m. Call 303/688-1101 for more.

Nonprofit Conference, Radisson Hotel Denver Southeast, 3200 S. Parker Rd., Aurora. $10-$150. Featuring career planning, networking event, exhibit hall, conference with over 20 breakouts and a senate candidate forum. Pre-conference, Mon., Oct. 18. Main conference, Tues., Oct. 19. Visit or call 800/333-6554 for more.

theater Rounding Third, Arvada Center for the Arts, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., 720/898-7200. $32-$46. Runs through Oct. 10. Fri.-Sat., 7:30 p.m., Sat.-Sun., 2 p.m., Tues.-Thurs., 7:30 p.m., Wed., 1 p.m.

84 Charing Cross Road, Germinal Stage Denver, Adapted by James Roose-Evans from the book by Helene Hanff. $11-$15.75. Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m.; Sundays at 7 p.m. through Oct. 10. Previews open to public. For more, call 303/455-7108.

The Chancellor's Tale, The Bug Theatre, 3654 Navajo St., Denver. $12-$20. Runs through Oct. 10, Thurs., Fri., and Sat., 8 p.m., Sun., 7 p.m. Call 303/780-7836 for tickets.

Miner's Alley Playhouse, 1224 Washington St., Golden. I Never Promised You a Rose Garden runs through Nov. 13, Fri.-Sun. Call 303/935-3044 for info.

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 through Oct. 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.

Guys and Dolls, Lakewood Heritage Center, 480 S. Allison Pkwy., Lakewood. $18. Runs Oct. 15-24, Fri. and Sat. at 7:30 p.m., Sun. at 2 p.m. Call 303/987-7845 for tickets.

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