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art Blue Spruce Gallery, 205 W. Main St., Florence, 719/372-3166. Featuring Watercolors by Renee Young through Dec. 31. Featuring their second annual holiday show, this year's theme is Trees. Runs through Dec. 27.

Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, 1750 13th St., Boulder, 303/443-2122. Featuring Sueno con Despertarme by Ana Maria Hernando, Louche by Carson Fox and Fields by Tsehai Johnson through Dec. 31.

The Center for Fine Art Photography, MOCA, 201 S. College Ave., Fort Collins, 970/224-1010, Open Tues.-Sat., noon to 5 p.m. Featuring International Photography Exhibition.

Colorado History Museum, 1300 Broadway, Denver, 303/866-4686 or Featuring Ancient Voices: Stories of Colorado's Distant Past, Colorado Timescape and Colorado 1870-2000: Then and Now II through April 5. A Woman's Place ... is on the Range opens Dec. 16.

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 80s through December. Building Outside the Box: Creating the New Denver Art Museum runs through summer 2006. Rhymes and Riddles Dec. 17-31. Our Lady of Guadalupe Celebration from Dec. 10-31.

Denver Botanic Gardens, 8500 Deer Creek Canyon Road, Littleton, 720/865-3500, Blossoms of Light runs Dec. 3 through Jan. 22.

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. Now featuring art exhibit Discover India, Land of Mysticism, Beauty and Culture. Grossology: The (Impolite) Science of the Human Body runs through Jan. 1.

Flash: A Working with Artists Space, 445 S. Saulsbury St., Lakewood, 303/837-1341. Featuring pureAbstraction, an exhibition of photographic images whose content depends solely on intrinsic form. Runs through Dec. 4.

Gallery Sink, 2301 W. 30th, Denver, 303/455-5601, Open Thurs.-Sun., 1-5 p.m. or by appointment. Featuring Early Colorado Contemporary Photography "a rememberance and revival" from Dec. 9 through Feb. 12. Opens Fri., Dec. 9, 6-10 p.m.

Museo de las Americas, 861 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, 303/571-4401. $3-$4. Open Tues.-Fri., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sat.-Sun., noon to 5 p.m. Featuring Planet Colombia: Deconstructing Stereotypes through Jan. 22.

Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum, 1111 Washington Ave., Golden, 303/277-0377, Featuring Men of the Cloth: Quilts by Men and Chintz Reproduction Quilts: By the Hand of Lorie Stubbs through Jan. 7.

SPACe Gallery, 132 W. Ryus, La Veta, 719/742-3074. Open Tues., Thurs., and Sat., 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Featuring Gift of Art Show through Jan. 7.

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 through Dec. 4. Also featuring The Glory of Nature's Form, photographs by Willis Peterson through Jan. 8. Showing film Lost Worlds through Oct. 2006.

literature Cherry Creek Tattered Cover Booksignings, 1st Avenue at Milwaukee St., Denver, 303/322-7727. Russell Martin signs The Sorrow of Archaeology on Tues., Dec. 6, 7:30 p.m. Chris Elliott signs The Shroud of the Thwacker on Wed., Dec. 14, 7:30 p.m.

recreation and learning Mountain Park Environmental Center Activities, Mountain Park Environmental Center, 9161 Mountain Park Road, Beulah. Late Autumn Hike, Sat., Dec. 3, 10 a.m. Winter Open House on Sun., Dec. 11, noon to 4 p.m. Winter Solstice Hike, Sun., Dec. 18, 1 p.m. For registration and more information, call 719/485-4444.

special events Governor's Executive Residence Free Holiday Tours, 400 E. 8th Ave., Denver. Visit the beautifully decorated and historic home. Tours run through Dec. 3, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call 303/866-3682 for more.

Rabbi David Saperstein Talk, Montview Boulevard Presbyterian Church, 1980 Dahlia St., Denver. Free. Saperstein speaks on The Jewish Stake in the Church and State Debate on Sun., Dec. 4, 5 p.m. Call Bill at 303/916-3128 for more.

Festival De Las Americas, National Western Complex, 4655 Humboldt St., Denver. A celebration of holiday traditions practiced throughout Latin America. Sun., Dec. 11, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Call 303/480-1920 for more.

Kwanzaa/Chanukah 10 Year Anniversary of Cultural Concerts, Aurora Fox Theater, 9900 E. Colfax Ave., Denver. Free. Storytellers, drummers and vocalists bring to life the stories of Kwanzaa and Chanukah. Wed., Dec. 14, noon to 1 p.m. Call 720/329-0869 for more.

theater Denver Center Theater Company Free Performances, Denver Center for the Performing Arts, 1245 Champa St., Denver, Featuring "Free for All" performances with tickets available the day of the performance at the box office. Begins at 4:30 p.m., one ticket per over the age of 6. Free shows on Jan. 11, 18, 25, March 15, 22, April 5, May 10.

Beauty and the Beast, Country Dinner Playhouse, 6875 S. Clinton St., Greenwood Village, 303/799-1410. $38-$44. Featuring this Disney musical spectacular with buffet dinner. Runs through Jan. 22. Visit for more.

Party of 1, Playwright Theatre, 2219 E. 17th Ave., Denver. $15-$25. A comic musical revue about the joyful neuroses of single life. Runs through Dec. 31. Call 303/499-0383 or visit for more.

Aida, Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada. Runs through Dec. 30. Call 720/898-7200 for more.

Lakewood Cultural Center Events, 470 S. Allison Pkwy., Lakewood, 303/987-7845. 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. Shows run Tues.-Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 5 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m.

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