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June 2008

Ride 'Em Cowboy

Every summer for the last 42 years, Denver's cowboys have saddled up and headed to Evergreen, the home of the metro area's smallest continually run professional rodeo. There, in that quiet, pine-scented town, they meet up with their counterparts from other areas of Colorado, Arizona, and Utah to wrestle steers, ride bareback, and straddle bulls. Their wild antics draw thousands of rodeo regulars, who fill the town with memories of its Old West past. Remember to check out the rodeo fave—the children's mutton bustin' competition—and stick around for this year's two new events: Friday Night Bulls, an evening of bull riding and dancing, and the Saturday Tough Enough to Wear Pink campaign, where cowboys wear pink for breast cancer awareness. Evergreen Rodeo: June 13-15, El Pinal Rodeo Grounds.

It's Easy Being Green

If on New Year's you resolved to make this year green, but on Earth Day you hadn't made a single environmental change, it's time to redeem yourself. The EarthWorks Expo promises two days of solutions for eco-conscious living. Meet reps from solar electrical companies, as well as green builders and office suppliers. Then attend keynote talks with Peter Barnes, author of Climate Solutions: A Citizen's Guide, and Michele Weingarden, director of Greenprint Denver, for concrete suggestions on how to make your life and business eco-friendly. EarthWorks Expo: June 21-22, Denver Merchandise Mart.

Extreme Play

To make sure Colorado has plenty of opportunity to play this summer, the athletic-shoe giant Teva kicks off the season with its yearly weekend of Mountain Games. Held in Vail, the games promise the perfect blend of wild sports and rockin' parties. During the day, catch some of the nation's best mountain-sport athletes launching themselves over dirt jumps or ripping white water. Or participate in amateur events, like a 10K trail run and a three-mile mud run. Then, at night, the L.A.-based band Ozomatli and plenty of bar hopping are on tap. With all the excitement, remember to save time for the World Cup of climbing, presented in the United States for the first time in 20 years. Teva Mountain Games: June 5-8, Vail.

Cartoon Cubism

You may have seen Brazilian artist Romero Britto's 3-D palm trees in Cirque du Soleil's 2007 Super Bowl preshow, or his colorful tweaks to Absolut ads. But barring a hefty gallery purchase, it's unlikely you've caught his playful form of cartoon cubism in person. As the Britto Tours America exhibition makes its way to 11 U.S. cities, however, 12 colorful Britto sculptures will reach the art enthusiast. Britto's Colorado stop is the first in the artistic road trip and the only showing where the artist makes an appearance. A VIP party and children's painting class, both of which Britto will attend, kick off the month-long exhibition. Britto Tours America: June 12-July 6, Aspen Gove Shopping Center, Littleton.