Take a walk on the historic side with local historian and author Phil Goodstein this month: Alamo Placita/Park Club Place, Thur., July 8, 6:30p.m., meet at Leonard Leonard & Associates, 420 Downing St.; The Ghosts of University Park, Tues., 13, 7:30p.m., free lecture on Goodstein’s latest book, at Tattered Cover, 2526 E. Colfax Ave.; South of the Country Club, Thur., 22, 6:30p.m., at Steele School, S. Marion St. between Alameda and Dakota avenues. All $10 per person unless noted, and subject to weather. Call Goodstein at 303-333-1095 for details.
Celebrate the African-American arts cultural experience at the Colorado Black Arts Festival, a three-day gathering of music, dance and visual arts, Fri.-Sun., July 9-11, in southeast City Park (E. 17th Ave. & Colorado Blvd.) The Boogaloo Celebration Parade will showcase the community, when marching bands, drum & drill teams, festive and elaborate themed floats, celebrity guests, and festival-goers march through the tree-lined streets of City Park, Sat., July 10, 11a.m.
Formerly known as the Denver Black Arts Festival, the new and expanded cultural arts program reaches out to Colorado and the Rocky Mountain region. Features three music stages hosting jazz, rhythm & blues, gospel, reggae and hip hop, plus modern, African, tap and hip hop dance by local and national dance companies. Visual arts, demos, lectures, kids activities and more. Info: www.denbaf.org.
Indulge in your love of cats with the Dumb Friends League’s CatFest 2010, featuring adoptable cats and kittens, demonstrations, vendor booths, educational programs and a purebred cat exhibition, Sat., July 10, 10a.m.-3p.m., at the 2080 S. Quebec St. shelter. Adoption fees are half-priced for all cats, 1 year or older, and include spay/neuter surgery, preliminary vaccinations, microchip implant and registration, collar and identification tag, and a free initial office visit with a participating veterinarian. Free admission. For details, visit www.ddfl.org or call 303-751-5772, ext. 1378.
Relax with an authentic Japanese tea ceremony at the Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York St., Sat. or Sun., July 10, 11, 24 or 25, 12:45-3p.m.; $25 member, $30 non.
Also this month at the Gardens, families and students can get their hands around the current Henry Moore sculpture exhibition during Moore on Mondays drop-in workshops. Free with admission; call or visit the website for times, topics.
Colorado Master Gardeners are available to answer gardening questions, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays in July, and the Thur., July 22, SCFD free day, from noon-4p.m., in-person at the Gardens’ Helen Fowler Library, via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling 720-865-3575.
Info/registration: 303-765-3500, www.botanicgardens.org.
Cuentista extraordinaire Jerry Lawson is guest at this month’s Poetry y Mas open-mic poetry jam, Sat., July 10, 2-4p.m., at Chicano Humanities & Arts Council, 772 Santa Fe Dr. Call Suzanne Vega at 720-524-7913 or visit www.ChacWeb.org for info on this and other cultural events.
Experience Denver’s architecturally stunning environments and view noteworthy artworks while learning the intimate details of their creation and installation on the Denver Office of Cultural Affairs’ 2010 Public Art Walking & Bike Tours.
The Downtown Denver & Central Platte Valley bike tour includes art at Denver Skate Park, Commons Park, Colorado Convention Center and Civic Center Park, starting from the City of Cuernavaca Park, 20th & Platte streets, Sun., July 11, 10a.m.
The Denver Civic Center walking tour covers the 100-year history of Denver’s public art and architecture, starting from the Sea Lions Fountain on the north end of Civic Center Park, Sun., July 11, 11a.m.
Bring comfortable shoes and water for hour-long walks; and bike, safety gear (including helmet), water, food and repair kits for two-hour bike tours. Free, but limited to 15 people; contact Rudi Cerri, 720-865-4307 or email@example.com, to reserve a space.
Wonder what all those numbered red diamonds on the trees in Washington Park are all about? They go along with the new Washington Park Tree Guide. Join FANS (Friends and Neighbors of Washington Park) on Wed., July 14, for a walking tour of the park’s trees, covering the southern part of the park and South High School, led by Sonia John. Meet 6p.m. at the South High parking lot, 1700 E. Louisiana Ave. Copies of the Guide are available for $8. Info: www.fanswashingtonpark.org.
The Washington Street Community Center, 809 S. Washington St., serves up home-cooked meals for all, including breakfasts on Fridays, 8:30-10a.m., and senior/community lunches, each Tuesday & Wednesday at noon. $5/$4 members.
Spaghetti is on the menu at I Don’t Wanna Cook Night, Thur., July 15, 4:30-6:30p.m. All-you-can-eat pasta, meat and vegetarian sauces and all the trimmings for $5/person ($3/kids 5-12). Beverages, salad, dessert included. Eat in or take out. Info:www.wscc-denver.org, 303-733-4643.
Walk into Denver Union Station’s past – and hear about its future – on a free walking tour, Thur., July 15, 4:30p.m., presented by the Denver Union Station Project Authority (DUSPA), Regional Transportation District (RTD) and Union Station Neighborhood Company (USNC). The one-hour tour departs from the main entrance of the historic station on Wynkoop St., and is limited to 25 people; reserve space by calling 303-592-5462. Tours repeated Aug. 18 & Sept. 16.
Peer into the cosmic past through DU’s historic Chamberlin Observatory’s 20-inch telescope for a dollar per person at anOpen House, Sat., July 17, starting at 8p.m. Hosted by University of Denver and the Denver Astronomical Society, at Observatory Park, 2930 E. Warren Ave., at S. Fillmore St. Also, Public Nights held each Tues. & Thur., starting at 7p.m., in the Observatory, with lecture and viewing. Reservations required; $3, $2 kids. Info/reservations: www.denverastro.org.
Celebrate Margaret “Molly” Brown’s 143rd birthday with Victorian lawn games, cake and other treats during Molly’s Birthday Bash, Sun., July 18, noon-4p.m., at the 1340 Pennsylvania St. museum. $8-12. The Pet Care-avan from the Dumb Friends League will also be on site. Reservations required: 303-832-4092, ext. 16, or www.mollybrown.org.
Why do people drink and drive? Get straight talk on individual and community responsibilities to eliminate drunk driving, Sun., July 18, 11a.m., at Washington Park United Church of Christ, 400 S. Williams St. Mothers Against Drunk Driving spokesman Francis Lanzer will explore: how and why a person drives drunk; planning a night out; what has been successful for you; ways that the plan falls apart; torn responsibilities between friends, family and the community; and solutions. Free to all; light lunch served. Info: 303-777-5304 or www.washparkucc.org.
Help spiff up Washington Park! Neighbors are invited to join volunteers from the Washington Park Ward of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints to join in painting and maintenance on Thur., July 22, 6:30-9p.m. Belcaro Paint & Decorating Center is donating the paint. Details: John, 303-475-8175.
Kick up your heels to 40 years of folk dancing in Washington Park with a potluck and dance, Thur., July 22, 6p.m. International Folk Dancing with Schukr “Sugar” Basanow is held each Thursday evening in Washington Park, in front of the Boathouse Pavilion (weather permitting). Open to all levels and all ages of dancers; beginners are welcome 7-8p.m. for instruction, dancing continues for all until 10p.m.
Dancing is free; donations accepted. Info: Sugar Basanow, 303-371-4188.
Can it be? Yes! The 9th annual Picnic-in-the-Park is set for Fri., July 23, in the one-block oasis of Platt Park, S. Logan St. at E. Iowa Ave. Gather your neighbors and head over at 6:30p.m. for great music with the Denver Municipal Jazz Band, ice cream, face painting and door prizes. Free. Info: www.3PA.org.
Discuss diptychs, artistic duos, biennials and other things that come in twos in Untitled #31 (Two), the Denver Art Museum’s monthly final Friday night fete (July 30, 6-10p.m.) of offbeat art encounters, unique tours of the DAM collection, artmaking, local music, cash bar, munchies and more, with new themes, activities and bands, held in the North Building, 100 W. 14th Ave. Pkwy. Free with general museum admission; cash bar. Info: http://untitled.denverartmuseum.org, 720-865-5000.
Starch your summer whites and polish your mallets for theWicket & Stick It Croquet Tournament, a 30-team, single-elimination tournament on Fillmore Plaza, between 1st & 2nd avenues on Fillmore St., Thur., Aug. 5, 3-8:30p.m. $35 player ticket buys a friendly competition, four drink tickets, morsels from restaurants, and a fabulous goodie bag; same fun, less play, for $25 spectator ticket. Prizes for first-, second- and third-place teams, as well as Best Dressed, Best Hat and Best Wicket Shot. Info/registration: 303-388-6022, www.cherrycreekchamber.org/EVENTScroquet.html.
Ogle a gastronomic showcase of international wines, beer, spirits and signature food at Sabor!, the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Denver’s annual networking event, Fri., Aug. 6, 6-9p.m., at the Denver Botanic Gardens, 1005 York St. Sample fare from 40 Denver restaurants and distributors while experiencing Henry Moore’s monumental sculptures amid the gardens’ greenery. Tickets ($75 general, $250 VIP): 303-534-7783, www.hispanicchamberdenver.org.
Historic Denver invites all to a vintage baseball game and a free fair on the Auraria campus Sat., Aug. 7, to celebrate HD, Inc.’s 40 years of historic preservation. The Colorado Vintage Base Ball Association brings two late 19th-century teams, in period uniforms, to play ball at 10a.m. on the field in front of the Tivoli building, 900 Auraria Pkwy. (CVBBA will also play on Sun., Aug. 8, 11a.m., at Four Mile Historic Park, 715 S. Forest St.)
A Day in Historic Denver Fair takes place 2-9p.m. on the 9th Street Historic Park (near Curtis & 9th streets), featuring live music, grilled food, beer booths, history tours, storytellers, aTitanic Expo, the Auraria Casa Mayan History House and childrens activities.
On the eve of the festivities, A Night in Historic Denver party boasts music, libations and dancing, Fri., Aug. 6, 7-11p.m., at historic St. Cajetan’s church, 900 9th St. Tickets: $50 nonmembers.
For details, visit www.historicdenver.org or call 303-534-5388, ext. 6.
Glide down lower Cherry Creek on a British punt some summer evening with Venice on the Creek, offering 30-40 minute floats from Confluence Park or Creekfront Plaza, showcasing recreational possibilities along the urban stretch of creek. Available through Aug. 14, Fri. & Sat., 5:30-8p.m. ($50), with candlelight rides ($75) starting at 8p.m. Sponsored by the Greenway Foundation, proceeds are invested in youth employment, education, free events and enhancements to Denver’s urban greenways. Reservations/info: www.veniceonthecreek.com, 303-893-0750.
There’s an empty seat on the Denver County Cultural Council, and City Council wants to fill it. The DCCC distributes Scientific & Cultural Facilities District Tier III revenues to cultural organizations. City Council makes the apppointment, and is looking for an individual with active community involvement at the neighborhood level and professional, volunteer or advocatory experience in an art, cultural, scientific or historical organization, willing to commit at least 15 to 20 hours per month.
Applicants must be a Denver resident; at least 21; not currently a board member or paid staff of any organization applying for Tier III funding; and willing to disclose any conflict of interest. Applications are available from Jane Potts, 303-860-0360; www.denvergov.org/citycouncil/ (under News & Announcements); and Denver City Council Office, City & County Building Room 451, 1437 Bannock St.; deadline is Fri., Aug. 6, 5p.m.
Broadway Music School wants your guitars, percussion and other musical instruments to help provide music instruction at schools not offering it. BMS teaches guitar classes at Grant Middle School and Rick’s Center For Gifted Children, plus other offerings at the Montessori School of Washington Park. It plans to offer outreach classes at McKinley Thatcher Elementary this fall. Call 303-777-0833 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Reconnect with your old friends: plan to attend the All-School Reunion at Our Lady of Lourdes on Sat., Oct. 2. Since 1948, Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Parish and School, 2200 S. Logan St. has nurtured the spiritual and educational lives of scores of people from across the city on its block-long campus directly north of Harvard Gulch park. Check out the evolving reunion details at www.LourdesAlumni.org, or call Don Crandell, 303-733-1204, with questions.
Nonprofit AYUSA needs host families for foreign high school students arriving in the fall for five or 10 months of academic study. Students are selected on the basis of academic achievement, strong English abilities, and interest in American culture. Host families provide room and board, and loving parental guidance – there is no financial obligation to the student. Families of all types are welcome – married, unmarried, single parent, empty nesters, couples/single adults without children, etc. Info: www.AYUSA.org or Melissa Schwairy, 720-346-3739.
Greet the new day with free Sunrise Tai Chi & Fitness Walks in City Park, Tuesdays, 7-8:30a.m., through August, on the west side of the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, 2001 Colorado Blvd. Open to all. It’s part of the nationwide effort to increase active healthy lifestyles, sponsored by the Colorado Governor’s Council for Physical Fitness, Tai Chi Project, Denver Parks and Recreation, City Park Alliance and the National Assocation for Health & Fitness. Info: 303-744-7676, www.taichidenver.com.