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These elaborate sand sculptures are the work of atttendees of last year's Sand in the City  in Arvada. Want to learn how make your own creations before this year's June 27 event? Head to Sports Oasis Volleyball in Broomfield on Friday, May 2 for a Sand 101 course taught by the pros.
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