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July 2006
FILM: UNDER THE STARS
Blanket-style lawn seating in Confluence Park's riverfront locale makes for a great spot to watch the sun go down and catch an outdoor flick. Next Wednesday, Aug. 2, catch family favorite E.T., and come back each week for other family classics in the River Flicks series (Grease, Ever After, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire). Every Wednesday in August, dusk till 10 p.m. Confluence Park, 15th and Little Raven in LoDo. Free. For more information, visit www.greenwayfoundation.org. CELEBRATION: THE GOLDEN BUFFALO
Golden's largest annual community shindig, Buffalo Bill Days, begins today with festivities honoring the very essence of the Wild West, Buffalo Bill Cody—buried just up the hill on Lookout Mountain. Don't miss the Best of the West Parade on Saturday morning, with more than 100 entries, including Buffalo Bill and Annie Oakley re-enactors. Take the kids on a free train ride at the Visitors Center, or watch 'em strut their rodeo stuff at the Mutton Bustin' arena. Swing by the vintage and street rod car shows, and enjoy the music from local favorites Chris Daniels & the Kings, Blu Jazz, and more. Jul. 26–Jul. 30, Wed 1:30 p.m. golf tournament; Fri 5–10 p.m.; Sat 10 a.m.–10 p.m.; Sun 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Downtown Golden, near 10th St. and Washington Ave. Free. For more information, call 303-384-0003 or visit www.buffalobilldays.com. OUTDOORS: HIKE AND LEARN
Leave those 90-degree city temperatures behind this weekend with a ranger-guided nature hike on Mount Evans. You'll start in alpine terrain at 12,500 feet and hike for about a mile through a transition zone, ending in sub-alpine territory (two hours on a non-looping trail). A Forest Service ranger will lead, teaching about mountain environments, explaining the adaptations of wildlife and plants to the harsh conditions, and pointing out interesting features of the transitioning landscape. Fri–Sun 11:30 a.m. & 1 p.m. Goliath Peak Parking Lot (mile marker 5) on Mount Evans Rd. Free. For more information, call 303-567-3000 or visit www.fs.fed.us/arnf. ART: ENVIRONMENT MATTERS
The Museum of Contemporary Art's international project "Creative Acts That Matter," focusing on environmental issues such as water and the climate, is on display through Friday. If you missed the lectures and performances earlier this month, now's your chance to check out some powerful artwork meant to create dialogue. "Northsoutheastwest: 360 Degrees of Climate Change" (15th Street, plaza between the Platte River and REI) is an international outdoor photography exhibition depicting the pressing environmental challenges our earth faces on local, national, and global scales. "Confluence" (along the Cherry Creek Bike Path between Confluence Park and the new MCA site) displays the work of six Colorado artists who use new ideas about public art to integrate the urban setting and the history of Confluence Park (where gold was purportedly first discovered). Plus, look for the "Canary Project" photos on RTD buses, which highlight landscapes that are dramatically suffering from global warming—think drastic images of dying coral reefs and melting glaciers. Through Friday, locations vary. Free. For more information, visit www.mcartdenver.org. Note: In our July 5 newsletter, we covered the Socializing for Professionals networking parties at the Glenmoor Country Club, on Aug. 3, Sep. 14, and Oct. 12. The organizer would like to clarify that these events are for singles, age 38 and over. For more information, call 303-649-9125.