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Dallas Burleson stepped up to the lectern and welcomed people joining Friendship Baptist Church of Christ Jesus for a Sunday service. She was accompanied onstage by her daughter, Stacie Burleson, to …
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A very 2021 spring season at the Arvada Center

As the first-year anniversary of the COVID-19 shutdowns across the metro area nears, theaters continue to lead the way when it comes to connecting and entertaining audiences in innovative new ways. …
Metro-area cities are planning a wide range of festivals this summer, with an eye on COVID safety.

A fair chance of festivals this summer

For those who didn’t get to watch fireworks or eat funnel cakes in 2020, this spring and summer could bring good news: Festivals and fairs are in the works, though nothing is set in stone. Scores …
Alejandro Flores-Muñoz, co-owner of the food truck Stokes Poke and a ghost kitchen called Combi Taco, stands next to his new smart refrigerator. The refrigerator will allow Flores-Muñoz to expand his businesses, but also build community by partnering with other local micro-restaurant concepts to stock the refrigerator.

How a smart refrigerator helps build community

Alejandro Flores-Muñoz remembers his mother going door-to-door to sell her homemade flan and cheesecake to support her family. Today, the 31-year-old Capitol Hill resident realizes how beneficial a …
A couple of dancers with Cleo Parker Robinson Dance perform during a June 2020 Art Finds Us event. Athena Project is hosting its Dance and Choreography session part of the Artists Sound Off Series on June 29.

‘We know these stories exist’

Athena Project knows that it all starts with the stories of the artists to fully understand the challenges they face. “It’s one thing to let people know that women are underrepresented,” said …

A world of options to celebrate International Women’s Day

The first year I celebrated International Women’s Day was 2017. I was covering the second annual event put on by organizers in Jefferson County. I covered International Women’s Day in some …
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Music teacher Aleaha Harkins and art teacher Pam Jackson, who both teach at Denver Green School Southeast Campus in Denver’s Virginia Vale neighborhood, pick up music instruments for student use during the 2020-2021 school year.

Providing the opportunity for every child to play a musical instrument

For years, students in the music program at the Denver Green School Southeast Campus in Denver’s Virginia Vale neighborhood had to share musical instruments because the school simply did not have …
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Dragon Boat Film Festival fosters conversations

Conversation is one of the best ways to build a bond with another person. Not only that, but it provides a wonderful opportunity to enlighten and educate. And conversation doesn’t just have to be …
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A Tyrannosaur named Sue

For many people, the Tyrannosaurus rex is the dinosaur, and it’s easy to understand why. There’s no animal today that comes close to the sheer intimidation and raw power that this Cretaceous-era …
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Stars rising in Lakewood talent show

One of the things so many have been yearning for during the last year is a sense of the familiar — the comfort of things that have been happening year after year and can be counted on to deliver …

Denver’s Blair Nelson and Idaho Springs’ Patrick Marlin met virtually in May and had their first in-person date in July after Marlin moved back from North Carolina. The two enjoy hiking and skiing together.

Couples find love amid pandemic whirlwind

On Oct. 21, Chuck Coughlin was visiting his wife’s grave in a Boulder cemetery when he noticed a woman visiting her husband’s grave. He saw her name — Marj O’Reilly — on the tombstone next …
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A new year begins Upon Closer Reflection

Of the many ways to describe the last near-year of pandemic living, one could certainly do much worse than the term still life. Not only have so many people’s lives been stilled by lockdown, but …
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The power of Wood.Works at the Arvada Center

Wood has proven to be one of the most reliable and dynamic materials humanity has made use of over the centuries. It has been employed to make everything from weapons and transportation to shelter …
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In a challenging 2020, music kept us going

It’s safe to say 2020 is a year that we’re unlikely to forget any time soon. We all had to get through it in our own way, and music played a big role in my survival. I picked five of my favorite …
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Colorado Office of Film recognized for highlighting native voices

Never underestimate the power of storytelling. Not only can the art entertain and enlighten, but it helps keep histories alive — both personal and those of a group of people. That’s why the …

Seeds spread over soil.

Sleeping beauties — dormant seeding

As we live with, work with and observe plants, we come to recognize that these other beings have lives and plans of their own, often acting in ways far beyond what we expect or accept. Gardeners can …
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