Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada, 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. Five Presses: Selected Works from June 9 to Aug. 28. Donald Quade: Journal from June 2 to Aug. 21. Chuck McCoy: New Works on Paper from June 2 to Aug. 21.
Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, 1750 13th St., Boulder. 303/443-2122. Wed.-Fri. 12-6 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Sun. 12-4 p.m. $3-$4. Featuring Mirage and Unfolding, John Buck: Prints and Sculpture and Kristen Imig Photographs.
Colorado History Museum, 1300 Broadway, Denver, 303/866-4686 or
www.coloradohistory.org . Featuring Ancient Voices: Stories of Colorado's Distant Past, Colorado Timescape and Soldiers on Skis.
Denver Art Museum, 100 W. 14th Ave. Parkway, Denver, 720/865-5000. $4.50-$6. Cheyenne Visions through Dec. New Classics through Dec. Heaven and Home: Chinese Art of the Han Dynasty from the Sze Hong Collection through Dec. Amish Quilts: Kaleidoscope of Color through June 19.
Denver Botanic Gardens, 1005 York St., Denver, 720/865-3500. $4-$8. Featuring The Plants of the Lewis & Clark Expedition through July 31. Visit
www.botanicgardens.org for more.
Denver Museum of Nature & Science, 2001 Colorado Blvd., Denver. $5.50-$20. Featuring Lewis & Clark: The National Bicentennial Exhibition through Aug. 21. IMAX Theater showing Lewis & Clark: Great Journey through Aug. 21. Gates Planetarium: Passport to the Universe and A Cosmic Journey. Call 800/925-2250 for more.
The Parkside, 110 Ryus Ave., La Veta. Open Tues., Thurs., Sat., 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Wed., Fri., Sun., 1-5 p.m. Free. Featuring quilts by Ricky Tims in Quilts: Not Like Grandma Made from May 20-28. Opening Fri., May 20, 7-9 p.m. Call Justin at 742-3755 for more.
The Wildlife Experience, 10035 S. Peoria St., Parker, 720/488-3300. Featuring Roar: Lions of the Kalahari, a documentary about the struggle between a lion king and a young contender, runs through Oct. Art exhibits include: America's Wildest Places through Aug. 28. Wild Sights: Our National Refuges through June 18. Colorado Junior Duck Stamp Winners, through June 5. LEGO: Ocean Adventure, May 21-Aug. 21.
Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers Seminar, LoDo Tattered Cover, 1628 16th St., Denver. $50-$75 includes breakfast and lunch. Nancy Kress, author of twenty two books, speaks on writing beginnings and endings. Sat., May 21. Visit
www.rmfw.org to register.
Boulder Book Store, 1107 Pearl St., Boulder, 303/447-2074. Free. Jim Fergus signs The Wild Girl on Tues., May 24, 7:30 p.m.
Cherry Creek Tattered Cover Booksignings, 2955 E. 1st Ave., Denver, 303/332-7727 Free. Jim Fergus signs The Wild Girl: The Notebooks of Ned Giles, 1932 on Wed., May 25, 7:30 p.m.
LoDo Tattered Cover Booksignings, 1628 16th St., Denver, 303.436-1070. Free. John Sandford signs Broken Prey on Fri., May 20, 7:30 p.m.
Central City Opera, 400 S. Colorado Blvd., Suite 350, Central City. 800/851-8175. $34-$89. Featuring Madama Butterfly from June 25-July 30; Vanessa from July 2-Aug. 7; Paul Bunyan from July 16-Aug.6.
recreation and learning
Mountain Park Environmental Center Activities, Mountain Park Environmental Center, 9161 Mountain Park Road, Beulah. Endangered Species Act Presentation, Thurs., May 19, 7-8 p.m. Best Tasting Wild Plants Workshop, Sat., May 21, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Full Moon Hike, Sun., May 22, 6:30 p.m. MPEC Birthday Celebration, Sat., June 4, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. MPEC Birthday Hike, Sat., June 4, 1 p.m. Plants of Pueblo Mountain Park book release and slideshow, Thurs., June 9, 7-8 p.m. Book Release Hike, Sat., June 11, 1 p.m. Full Moon Music Hike, Mon., June 20, 6:30 p.m. For registration and more information, call 719/485-4444.