January 14, 2021
This Friday, Aurora Public Libraries will host a fun community trivia game online—with a twist! In Wits & Wagers, you don’t have to know the right answer; you bet on what you think sounds like the right answer! There will be three different WebEx sessions—one just for teens, one for families and all ages, and the final session for adults!
TODAY/TONIGHT, January 14
AMERICAN WEST DISCUSSION
Fun for anyone who loves Westerns or is interested in the real history of how the West was won! Colorado is right in the midst of the Old West, so join in this virtual discussion to see how our state played a part in the story! From the early explorers who ventured into the newly-opened territories to the Gold Rush prospectors hoping to make their fortunes, this Active Minds webinar will also include political elements of the time including Manifest Destiny and conflicts with Native Americans.
Active Minds Webinar
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
INDIAN FOOD AT HOME
Here’s a fun change of pace! Learn how to make restaurant-quality Indian food at home! When you reserve this cooking class, you’ll receive an ingredient kit portioned for the number of attendees, a recipe pack, information on equipment you’ll need, and access to the live Zoom session. You can cook along with the pros in real time and also receive a link to the recording of the class the day after. The menu includes Vegetable Samosa with Apricot Cilantro Chutney, Chicken Tikka Masala with Naan, and Chai Kulfi.
Cook Street School of Culinary Arts Online
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Thursday-Sunday, January 14-17
EXPERIENCE THE WEST
It’s a great time to get outdoors and appreciate the beauty of nature! Just a short drive from Aurora, the Rocky Mountain Arsenal Nature Refuge offers a spectacular opportunity for wildlife viewing!
You can drive on an eleven-mile self-guided auto tour, or if you’d rather get out in the fresh air, new trails have just been added where you can hike, bike or even ride an e-bike!
Rocky Mountain Arsenal, 6550 Gateway Rd., Commerce City
Sunrise to Sunset
THE ICE SKATE WORKOUT
As much fun as ice skating is, you might forget that it’s a great workout, too! Keep your New Year’s resolution about getting in shape and have fun while doing it! The Pond at Southlands is a fantastic place for a family outing and an ideal space to meet friends while social distancing!
The Pond at Southlands, 6155 S. Main St., Aurora
Thurs., 4:00-9:00 p.m.; Fri., 4:00-10:00 p.m.; /Sat., 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.; Sun., 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
ENDING SOON – THE ART OF THE BRICK!
LEGOS have captured the minds and hearts of Denver this fall and winter with imaginative, fun exhibits in the Mile High City. The largest of these special exhibits, The Art of the Brick, will be ending soon, so if you haven’t had a chance to check it out, don’t wait to get your tickets to this event!
The showcase of LEGO art by contemporary artist Nathan Sawaya includes many original works that reimagine famous masterpieces, such as Van Gogh’s Starry Night and the Venus de Milo. There’s also the popular Yellow Man, a life-sized sculpture with thousands of yellow bricks cascading from his chest—and even a T-Rex skeleton that rivals the real one in the museum!
Denver Museum of Nature & Science, 2001 Colorado Blvd., Denver
Thurs./Sat./Sun., 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; Fri., 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Tickets: $7 – $9 (plus Museum Admission)
FRIDA KAHLO – GET TICKETS IF YOU CAN!
Another wildly popular museum exhibit that has seen one sold-out week after another during its run in Denver is the collection of Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, and other Mexican Modernists on display at the Denver Art Museum. This exhibition takes a closer look at the role that art, artists, and their supporters played in the emergence of national identity and creative spirit after the Mexican Revolution ended in 1920.
Tickets are made available to the public up to one week in advance (ten days for museum members), so check the website often as there may be additional tickets becoming available if COVID conditions improve.
Denver Art Museum, 100 W. 14th Ave. Pkwy., Denver
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Tickets: $20 – $26 (includes Museum Admission)
CUTTING EDGE ART FILM
Using breathtaking emerging technology, Carne y Arena is part cinema, part immersive art experience, and altogether mesmerizing. This important work was the first virtual reality project to appear at the Cannes Film Festival and was awarded a special Oscar® in 2017, recognized by the Academy as an exceptional storytelling experience.
Carne y Arena takes you on a journey alongside a group of immigrants and refugees as they strive to find a better life for themselves and their families. The virtual reality sequence is a multi-narrative space with human characters, based on true accounts.
Stanley Marketplace, 2501 Dallas St., Aurora
12:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Friday, January 15
SMARTPHONE PHOTOGRAPHY CLASS
Denver Botanic Gardens is known for its top-notch photography classes—and the pandemic is not about to change that! Sign up for this insightful ONLINE class that shows you how to use the camera you always have with you: your smartphone.
Whether you are new to photography or a seasoned pro, you’ll learn the best ways to access all the secrets of this digital technology. From shooting to editing to posting your photos on various platforms, you’ll leave the class knowing how to take and share exceptional photos! After you register, a Zoom link will be emailed to you.
Denver Botanic Gardens Online
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
NEW STORIES ABOUT FLYING
The Harry Combs Civil Aviation Gallery’s Stories from Colorado Skies is a permanent exhibit that showcases six inspiring stories about civil aviation in Colorado. Today, two exciting new stories have been added!
Get Ready for War is the story of the Civilian Pilot Training Program that Franklin D. Roosevelt enacted in preparation for America’s entry into World War II. This government program trained hundreds of thousands of American pilots, including women and minorities, at civilian flight schools before and during the war.
A Mile-High City story, Don’t Try This at Home is about three Denver teenagers who built their own state-of-the-art airplane. Then they taught themselves to fly… all in 1911!
Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museuem, 7711 East Academy Blvd., Denver
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Tickets: $9.95 – $16.95
GAME NIGHT ONLINE!
It’s a fun community game night online! Aurora Libraries is hosting three separate sessions of Wits & Wagers, a trivia game where you don’t need to be right, you just need to bet on the closest answer. All you need to participate in this FREE event is access to a computer with a microphone where you can join a WebEx video conference.
The first session of the day is the Teen Session—just for kids in grades 6-12. Tell your friends to join in, or meet some new ones online! It’s a great way to spend a Friday afternoon!
Aurora Library WebEx online meeting
4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
FAMILY GAME NIGHT
The same wild and wacky Wits & Wagers will be be presented in a second session for families and all-ages. Even the youngest members of the family can participate since they don’t have to get the answer right—they just have to say who they think comes closest!
Aurora Library WebEx online meeting
6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
ADULT GAME NIGHT
Later in the evening is reserved for grown-ups who want to get SERIOUS about this competition! Grab a drink, phone some friends, and join in on this adults-only session of the trivia game Wits & Wagers. Remember, you don’t have to be right to win!
Aurora Library WebEx online meeting
8:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Indoors and Out, in Southshore!
Away from it all, but close to everything, the lakeside community of Southshore offers access to plenty of things to do every weekend! If you’re new to Life at the Lake, drive around and check out the beautiful model homes from Taylor Morrison, Richmond American Homes and Toll Brothers. Available in ranch and two-story designs, Southshore homes are priced between the upper $400s to the $700s.