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60th U.S. Women’s Open Championship – June 20-26
See the women of the LPGA slice it, dice it, drive it, and blast it down the green all this week as Denver’s very own Cherry Hills Country Club hosts the U.S. Women’s Open Championship. Don’t miss this opportunity to see the best of the best in women’s golf. Tickets available at King Soopers locations or by calling 1-877-325-GOLF. For more information, visit www.2005uswomensopen.com.

Slacker Half Marathon and 4-Mile Race – June 25
Who said running has to be painful? Sign up for the nation’s highest-altitude downhill race this weekend up at Loveland Ski Area. Sat 8 a.m. The 4-mile race starts at Silver Plume and the half marathon starts at Loveland Ski Area. Both end up in Georgetown. $20-$25. Register at www.slackerhalfmarathon.com. For more information, call 303-679-2312.

2005 Summer Garden Tour: Art in the Gardens – June 26
One of the finest garden tours in the Denver area returns for its fourteenth summer, featuring gardens and outdoor sculpture designed by professional landscape architects. Proceeds benefit the Jane Silverstein Ries Foundation. Sun 9 a.m.-4 p.m. The tour starts at 656 Lafayette Street. Get your tickets and map routes there or at King Soopers locations. $14. For more information, visit www.ccasla.org or call 303-433-7100.

James Frey Reading and Book Signing – June 27
The author of the critically acclaimed book A Million Little Pieces comes to Denver to promote his latest opus, My Friend Leonard-the story of an unorthodox relationship with a fellow addict-gangster. Mon 7:30 p.m. Tattered Cover Book Store, Cherry Creek, 2955 E. First Ave. Free. For more info, call 303-322-7727.

Tom Jones & Tower of Power – June 29
Ladies, grab an extra pair of panties and get ready to throw em. Everyone’s favorite 65-year-old Welsh “sex bomb” descends on Denver this week-tight pants and all. The funk stylings of Tower of Power kick off the evening’s festivities. Wed 7:30 p.m. Universal Lending Pavilion, 1700 7th St. $35-$100. For tickets, call 303-830-TIXS.

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