- Straw Bale Architecture, help build a straw bale structure in Guffey in exchange for the knowledge of how to build your own, plus get a free lunch on the day you work. Call 689-9044 for dates and times.
art Denver Art Museum, 100 W. 14th Ave. Parkway, Denver, 720/865-5000. $4.50-$6. Cheyenne Visions II through December. New Classics through December. Heaven and Home: Chinese Art of the Han Dynasty from the Sze Hong Collection through December. Floating Time: An Environment by Tatsuo Miyajima through December. Blanket Statements: Navajo Weavers of the 80's through December. Building Outside the Box: Creating the New Denver Art Museum opens Oct. 15.
Denver Botanic Gardens, 8500 Deer Creek Canyon Road, Littleton, 720/865-3500, botanicgardens.org. Featuring a five-acre Corn Maze, with 9-foot tall stalks of corn, two illuminated bridges that overlook the maze and a mini-maze for younger children. Open through Oct. 31, Fridays, 4-10 p.m.; Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sundays, noon to 8 p.m. Open from 4-10 p.m. on Oct. 31. Tickets are $5-$8. Featuring El Paseante Art Exhibit, through Oct. 31. Annual Pumpkin Festival on Sat., Oct. 8, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Denver Museum of Nature & Science, 2001 Colorado Blvd., Denver. $5.50-$20. Featuring IMAX films: Mystic India: An Incredible Journey of Inspiration and Human Body through the spring.
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 October. Art exhibits include: Mothing runs through Jan. 1. Featuring Wild and Free: New Works of Art by Larry Fanning and Timberline from Sept. 10 to Dec. 4. Also featuring The Glory of Nature's Form, photographs by Willis Peterson, through Jan. 8.
literature Cherry Creek Tattered Cover Booksignings, 1st Avenue at Milwaukee Street, Denver, 303/322-7727. Michael Connelley signs The Lincoln Lawyer on Tues., Oct. 4, 7:30 p.m. Zadie Smith signs On Beauty on Wed., Oct. 5, 7:30 p.m. Audrey Niffenegger signs The Three Incestuous Sisters on Fri., Oct. 7, 7:30 p.m.
LoDo Tattered Cover Booksignings, 16th Street at Wynkoop Avenue, Denver, 303/436-1070. Baxter Black signs Hey, Cowgirl, Need a Ride? On Thurs., Oct. 6, 7:30 p.m.
- Colorado History Museum, 1300 Broadway, Denver, 303/ 866-4686 or coloradohistory.org. Featuring Ancient Voices: Stories of Colorados Distant Past, Colorado Timescape and Colorado 1870-2000: Then and Now II through April 5.
recreation and learning Mountain Park Environmental Center Activities, Mountain Park Environmental Center, 9161 Mountain Park Road, Beulah. Soap-Making Workshop, Sat., Oct. 1, 10-11:30 a.m. Herbal Salves Workshop, Sat., Oct. 1, 12:30-2 p.m. Autumn Color Hike, Sun., Oct. 2, 1 p.m. Full Moon Hike, Sat., Oct. 15, 6 p.m. For registration and more information, call 719/485-4444.
special events Cider Days Harvest Festival, Lakewood Heritage Center, 801 S. Yarrow St., Lakewood, 303/987-7850, lakewood.org. $3-$5. Featuring apple cider, kids' fun, antiques, shopping and food, entertainment and more. Oct. 1-2.
theater Intimate Apparel, Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada, 720/898-7200. This drama that has won the New York Drama Critics' Circle Award for Best Play is running at the Arvada Center through Oct. 2.
Ain't Misbehavin', Country Dinner Playhouse, 6875 S. Clinton St., Greenwood Village, 303/799-1410. $34.95-$39.95 including a meal. Celebrating the music of Thomas "Fats" Waller, jazzman. Runs through Nov. 6, shows Wed.-Sun. Visit countrydinnerplayhouse.com for more.
Children's Letters To God, The Festival Playhouse, 5665 Old Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada. $10-$12.50. Runs through Oct. 9, Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m. Call 303/422-4090 or visit festivalplayhouse.com for more.
Promiscuity, Playwright Theatre, 2119 E. 17th Ave., Denver, 303/841-7550. $15-$20. A racy, laugh-out-loud bedroom farce. Runs through Oct. 22, Thurs.-Sat., 8 p.m. Call 303/499-0383 or visit playwrighttheatre.com for more.
*Land of the Dolls, Bug Theatre, 3654 Navajo St., Denver. $12-$15. A parody of Jacqueline Susann's 1960s steamy cult classic. Runs Oct. 6-Nov. 5. Call 720/985-6886 for tickets and info.
Lakewood Cultural Center Events, 470 S. Allison Pkwy., Lakewood, 303/987-7845. Featuring Fiesta Folklorico on Oct. 28; Lois LaFond and the Rockadiles on Nov. 13; Elmar Oliveira on Nov. 17; Lannie Garrett Sings Songs from the Movies on Nov. 18-19; Bluegrass Christmas on Dec. 10; The Nutcracker by David Taylor Dance Theatre on Dec. 17-22; The Frog Prince on Feb. 19; Echoes of Emerald Isles on March 3; Ailey II on March 5; Joyce Yang on March 23; Annie Get Your Gun on March 31-April 9; Matilda and the Dreamtime on April 15.
Menopause: The Musical, New Denver Civic Theater, 721 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, 303/309-3773. Discounted tickets of $32.50 until Oct. 1. Shows run Tues.-Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 5 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m.