Classes, Comedy and Crafts!

September 21, 2017

Classes are now in session! Everybody’s in learning mode – with school in full swing and an explosion of how-to classes to learn all sorts of new skills and fun activities. This weekend you can expand your mind or laugh your way through the next few days, enjoying stand-up performers and stage plays. And there will be no shortage of cool crafts on display from local artisans. Take your pick, there’s plenty to do in and around Aurora!

TODAY/TONIGHT, Thursday, September 21

Let the Classes Begin!

Register now for ballet and jazz dance classes for children ages 3 through 8 that will begin the week of October 2. Students will learn ballet basics and explore movement through music as well as develop coordination, rhythm and build confidence. Classes will be taught at The Lakehouse on Mondays (ages 7 and 8), Wednesdays (ages 3 through 6) and Saturdays (ages 3-6). Parents must sign a sports waiver.

The Lakehouse/YMCA Southshore, 27151 E. Lakeview Dr., Aurora
Times Vary
Cost: $65-$75
Phone: 720-870-2221

Medicare is a complicated system that is sometimes hard to get your arms – and brain – around. But if you want to know the basics, learn more about coverage, find out when you can enroll and how delaying retirement impacts coverage for you or someone you love, come to the free seminar.

Aurora Central Library, 14949 E. Alameda Pkwy, Aurora
10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Phone: 844-252-6400

Southlands Cub Club is for children ages 3 to 10 where members get special discounts at Southlands retailers and YMCA programs and take part in monthly events. There’s also an informative club newsletter and during your child’s birth month, they receive a special birthday surprise. Joining is easy, just click here to enroll, then come to the Southlands Management Office during business hours to pick up your child’s membership card and welcome goodie bag.

Southlands Mall/Brain Balance Center, 6205 S. Main St., #d-111., Aurora
4:00-5:00 p.m.
Register Here
Phone: 303-802-5255

The crafty art experts at the library will show teens and adults how to make your own wire rings adorned with breathtaking beads. It’s a how-to class with take-home rewards!

Iliff Square Library, 2253 S. Peoria St., Aurora
4:00 p.m.
Phone: 303-739-1567

Expedition Alaska, a documentary film that follows adventure racing teams on one of the toughest courses in the world is a 74-minute movie that tells the story of a seven-day, non-stop endurance race that took place through the Alaskan wilderness. The documentary follows 20 teams of four in a 350-mile competition as they mountain bike through the sharp peaks of the Kenai Peninsula, traverse mountain ranges and glacier-filled crevasses, plus paddle countless life-threatening rivers and rapids. The film screening will be followed by a conversation with film director, Brian J. Leitten, racers and crew, and collected proceeds will support future adventure-film production.

REI Flagship Store, 1416 Platte St., Denver
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Tickets: $13

Thursday-Saturday, September 22-23

Based on the books by Ezra Jack Keats, including the 1963 Caldecott Medal-winner The Snowy Day, this adapted-for-stage play follows the adventures of young Peter as he explores the world around him. From the first snowfall joy to thrilling encounters in winter, this medley of simple, sweet stories kicks off the new Theatre for Young Audiences program and is perfect for little ones to enjoy their first theatre experience!

DCPA-Conservatory Theatre, 1101 13th St., Third Floor, Denver
Thurs., 10:00 a.m.; Fri., 9:30 a.m.; Sat., 1:30 p.m.

Tickets: $10-$15
Phone: 800-641-1222

On the night of his 35th birthday, an inveterate bachelor contemplates his unmarried status, through a series of comical dinners, spirited cocktails and an especially anxious wedding. His friends explain the pros and cons of marriage (and divorce, forcing the bachelor to examine why he clings to singleness.

The winner of seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Score, Best Lyrics and Best Book, Company features an energetic score with many of Stephen Sondheim’s best known songs: You Could Drive a Person Crazy, Ladies Who Lunch, Side by Side by Side, Not Getting Married Today and Being Alive.

The Aurora Fox Arts Center, 9900 E. Colfax Ave., Aurora
7:30 p.m.

: $18-$37
Phone: 303-739-1970

You know Halloween is nipping at your heels when you see the haunted houses begin to open for scary business! The Asylum starts its run this weekend featuring Primitive Fear Walkers, Contagium: The Escape and Ridgegate: The Condemned. Here’s the calendar of dates, with entry times spaced at hour-long intervals. This haunted house is VERY intense and is not recommended for children under the age of 12.

Asylum Haunted House, 6100 E. 39th Ave., Denver
7:30-10:00 p.m.
Admission: $19.99-$27.99

Mike Finoia is a NYC-based comedian. He is a writer for TruTV’s Impractical Jokers and Inside Jokes. Mike is the host of JamCast, a podcast for music fanatics where he interviews esteemed guests about their lifelong love affair with music. Mike has been featured on Funny or Die’s Oddball Comedy Tour, Comedy Central’s New York Comedy Festival, and AXS TV’s Gotham Comedy Live.

Comedy Works-Downtown, 1226 15th St., Denver
Thurs., 8:00 p.m.; Fri./Sat., 7:30 & 9:45 p.m.; Sun., 7:00 p.m.
Tickets: $14-$22
Phone: 303-595-3637

Friday, September 22

The BB-8™ is an app-enabled robot and more animated and fun than most toys. Since it carries a hefty price tag to buy your own, why not take a class and race the library’s droids through a Star Wars-inspired maze? Then you’ll find out if you absolutely have to have one!

Mission Viejo Library, 15324 E. Hampden Cir., Aurora
4:30 p.m.
Phone: 303-326-8600

The public is invited to the free kick-off reception to celebrate artists involved in the Stapleton Open Studios tour at The Cube. The reception/celebration will introduce art aficionados to 28 different artists who represent a range of disciplines including painting, jewelry, photography, sculpture, glass and fiber art. Tours begin over the weekend (Saturday and Sunday, September 23-24 from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.) and free tour maps are available at the reception.

The Cube, 8371 Northfield Blvd. Suite C, Denver
6:00-8:00 p.m.

Friday-Sunday, September 22-24

To get what he wants, Macbeth will let nothing stand in his way – not other people’s lives and not even his own comfort and security. As his obsession takes control of his humanity and sanity, the death toll rises as his paranoia mounts. This ambitious reinvention of the Shakespearean classic reminds us that no matter the motivation, the man who chooses to kill will ultimately suffer unavoidable consequences.

Denver Center for the Performing Arts/Space Theatre, 14th Ave. and Arapahoe, Denver
Fri./Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 1:30 p.m.
Tickets: $30+

In this hilariously caustic send-up of Hollywood mischief, a fast-talking agent tries to save the career and reputation of her young movie star client after he falls in love with a call-boy in New York. Don’t miss this limited engagement of The Little Dog Laughed, directed by Rachel Bouchard.

Vintage Theatre, 1468 Dayton St., Aurora
Fri./Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 2:30 p.m.
Tickets: $30
Phone: 303-856-7830

Friday-Sunday, September 21-23

A crisis brings the headstrong women of the Weston family back home to Oklahoma and to the dysfunctional woman who raised them. Their lives all took separate paths but when the family patriarch unexpectedly disappears, the forced reunion causes an emotional explosion from repressed truths and disturbing secrets. It’s a black comedy that confronts the dark side of American family life in this Pulitzer Prize-winning play.

Vintage Theatre, 1468 Dayton St., Aurora
Fri./Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 2:30 p.m.
Tickets: $30
Phone: 303-856-7830

Saturday, September 23

Do you know a student in grades eight through 12 who has a passion for aircraft and flying? Sign them up for Aviation Ground School, a five-part workshop for high schoolers that teaches pilot basics. The cost to attend ground school classes includes an annual student membership to Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum. To register, call or email Hetty Carlson with your name, your child’s name, an email address and phone number. The first three courses will take place at Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum in the Harrison Ford Welcome Theater. The last two dates will be held at Centennial Airport in Englewood.

Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum, 7711 E. Academy Blvd, Denver
10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Cost: $25
Phone: 303-360-5360 x130

There’s still time to join the free ACT-SAT class (materials are extra!) limited to two students and including two diagnostic tests to find out which test – ACT or SAT – is best for the student. Experts will help created a targeted study plan and offer test strategy tips on each test subject. Find out how the class can help you! Register here.

Welton International Building, 1630 Welton St., Denver
12:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m.

The SUPERNOVA Outdoor Digital Animation Festival, presented by Denver Digerati and the Denver Theatre District, is the most extensive forum in the world celebrating creative advances in digital animation in an outdoor, major urban-core setting. The festival is recognized as one of the most innovative platforms for visual arts in Denver, and a singular experience for residents and visitors to encounter.

Denver Performing Arts Complex Galleria, 14th and Champa Streets, Denver
3:00-10:00 p.m.

Saturday-Sunday, September 23-24

Get a jump­-start on your spring garden at the Fall Plant and Bulb Sale! Hundreds of bulbs and Grown at the Gardens plants will be offered, along with expert advice from the Botanic Gardens horticulturists. Among the things to look for are species tulips and fall blooming bulbs – that will bloom yet this year! Also keep your eyes open for beautiful native bulbs like wild hyacinth and camas. For a catalog previewing what will be on sale, click here!

Botanic Gardens, 1007 York St.
9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Stop by the Renegade Craft Fair for unique handmade items from hundreds of crafters and artisans, fun DIY workshops, immersive special features, plus plenty of food and drink. The Renegade is a celebration of the creative spirit and gathers emergent and seasoned independent “makers” of fine arts and crafts.

EXDO Event Center, 1399 35th St., Denver
11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

Sunday, September 24

The 2017 National College Fair is the perfect place to kick off your college search — an event that draws representatives from colleges located throughout the U.S., and around the globe. These college admission representatives are all gathered in one place to help you to learn more about their institutions, and hone in on the qualities you’re looking for in a college or university.

Denver Mart/Expo Hall, 451 E. 58th Ave., Denver
1:00-4:00 p.m.
Phone: 303-292-6278

Wednesday, September 27

What could be cozier than snugly pajama pants to start winter-themed sewing classes?! Make your own pajamas to wear while you snuggle up with the other projects library staff have planned this fall! Register here.

Hoffman PC Center, 1298 Peoria St., Aurora
4:00 p.m.
Phone: 303-739-1572

Southshore: A Class by Itself!

There aren’t many master-planned communities with an 800-acre neighborhood lake plus proximity to downtown Denver. Tour the beautiful new Delaney model from Richmond American Homes, and the latest designs from Century Communities in The Hills at Southshore. It’s life at the lake priced from the upper $300s to the $700s.