Happening Near Southshore

February 9, 2017

Just look at what’s happening this weekend near Southshore! From romantic cooking classes for Valentine’s Day, to a special prom night thanks to Tim Tebow, there’s a lot to do, see and experience right up to Valentine’s Day. Southshore Residents: Don’t miss Free Skate Friday at The Pond, sponsored by Southshore (just bring the printed flyer that you received via email), or the silent auction at the Lakehouse on Saturday!


Register your youngsters now for spring outdoor sports (soccer, baseball, flag football, lacrosse) through the YMCA. Contact Kevin O’Brien at 720-870-2221 for information about the spring sports season that runs from April 3 to May 20.

Contact: Kobrien@denverymca.org

There’s a big difference between anime (a cartoon) and manga (a comic), and for fans of either or both, the Anime Manga Club for tweens and teens offers screenings of the latest anime, conversation about favorite manga, and snacks to fuel the afternoon.

Central Library, 14949 E. Alameda Pkwy., Aurora
4:00 p.m.
Phone: 303-739-6600

Thursday-Sunday, February 9-12

If you haven’t been to Italy’s City of Bridges you can still experience the extraordinary creativity of Venice from the mid-1400s to the early 1500s this weekend. More than 40 works from Venetian Renaissance artists who developed a distinct and unforgettable style that shaped Venice into an international hub of art and culture are at the Denver Art Museum Exhibition Glory of Venice: Masterworks of the Renaissance.

Denver Art Museum, 100 W. 14th Ave. Pkwy, Denver
Fri., 10:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.; Sat.-Sun., 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Tickets: $8-$13
Phone: 720-865-5000

Friday, February 10

Looking for a little one-on-one computer tutoring? The MLK Library is offering 45-minutes sessions on topics covering computer basics, the Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), eReaders and how to perform a job search. Other topics are available upon request.

Martin Luther King, Jr., Library, 9898 E. Colfax Ave., Aurora
11:15 a.m.
Phone: 303-739-1940


CREDIT: U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Riley Johnson

The first 200 residents of Southshore to show up with their email flyer (sent by the YMCA last week) — printed and in hand — can skate FREE at Aurora’s favorite ice rink! It’s first come, first served and restricted to 200 people, so get there early. Participants will also receive a FREE Bammie (multi-use headwear) just for showing up!

The Pond Ice Rink, Southlands Mall, Aurora
4:00-10:00 p.m.

Valentine’s Day is on its way and cooking up something appetizing AND romantic is a great way to celebrate a budding or abiding romance! Consider this your celebration, or learn the skills to recreate a delectable meal NEXT week, too!

Chef Dan from the Seasoned Chef in Denver will help couples prepare an elegant Italian menu and for chocolate lovers, there’s a chocolate class where executive pastry chef Samm Sherman will teach you how to make five different lip-smacking desserts!

The Seasoned Chef Cooking School, 999 Jasmine St., Suite 100, Denver
6:00 p.m.
Phone: 303-337-3222

Friday-Saturday, February 10-11

Theatre Esprit Asia offers a unique perspective during Black History Month: a story exploring the intricacies of interracial marriage, culture, and Japanese art. Set in California in 1986, Yohen is the story of an African American ex-GI and his Japanese wife after 30 years of marriage. “Yohen” is a Japanese pottery term that refers to an accident in the kiln firing that results in transformation of the pot. The outcomes are as unpredictable as the evolution of a marriage.

ACAD Gallery Theatre, 1400 Dallas St., Aurora
Fri.-Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 2:00 p.m.
Tickets: $22-$26

Friday-Sunday, February 10-12

Based on the worldwide hit movie, Billy Elliot the Musical is one of the most beloved shows on stage today. Set in a mining town during the minders’ strike of 1984-85, the musical follows the inspirational story of a young boy’s struggle to beat the odds and follow his dream, from the boxing ring to the ballet classroom. This happening performance features music and lyrics by Elton John.

Vintage Theater, 1468 Dayton St., Aurora
Fri.-Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 2:30 p.m.
Tickets: $12-$30
Phone: 303-856-7830

Saturday, February 11

Young ones in kindergarten through fifth grade can improve their reading skills by reading to Harvey the dog!  Harvey loves listening to stories and doesn’t care about mistakes. Call 303-326-8600 to register for a 15-minute session.

Mission Viejo Library, 15324 E. Hampden Cir., Aurora
10:00 a.m.
Phone: 303-326-8600

Designer furniture and décor will be auctioned off in anticipation of the final makeover phase of The Lakehouse in Southshore! Interested bidders will compete for items in a silent auction with bidding between 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Winners will be contacted by phone and must pay for items prior to pick-up. No delivery service is provided and pickup must take place between 4:00-6:00 p.m. Saturday, or 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Sunday.

The Lakehouse, 27151 E. Lakeview Dr., Aurora
Auction: 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.; Payment: 3:00-4:00 p.m.
Phone: 720-870-2221

Five minutes from Southshore, there’s a good reason to be freezin’ at the Polar Plunge in the Aurora Reservoir: to raise money for the Special Olympics! Start a team or join one and ask family and friends to pledge money. Prizes will be awarded for best costume and to teams, individuals and athletes who raise the most money! And, at the after party (Dry Dock Brewing at 15120 E. Hampden Ave, Aurora) will offer plungers discounted drinks and free food from 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. 

Aurora Reservoir, 5800 S. Powhaton Rd., Aurora
Registration: 11:00 a.m.; Plunge: 1:00 p.m.

Bring your tweens and teens to watch the Nuggets game or participate in an awesome crafts night geared toward young people ages 8 to 15! It’s a fun happening with friends around a pool table, or competing in Nintendo Wii and Xbox, plus ping-pong, guitar hero or rock band challenges, foosball, or other board games. The cost varies depending on activities, but you’ll need to reserve a spot asap!

Teen Center Southlands Mall, 6155 S. Main St., Suite 220, Aurora
6:00-10:00 p.m.
Cost Varies: $5-$10
Phone: 720-274-5759

Night to Shine, sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation, is the ultimate prom night for individuals with special needs ages 14 and older. The event expands the traditional concept of Valentine’s Day from a celebration between loved ones to a celebration of God’s love for people with special needs. Guests will walk the red carpet, enjoy the royal treatment and dance the night away! If you know someone who would like to attend, or if you’d like to volunteer and help with this event click here.

Gateway Christian Church, 14700 E. Mississippi Ave., Aurora
6:00-9:00 p.m.
Phone: 303-755-9975

Don’t celebrate the romance at a party dedicated to ignoring to Valentine’s Day! Teens in the sixth to 12th grades will make candy sushi, compete for prizes at bingo, and snack on sweet treats. Teens must turn in a permission form to attend.

Tallyn’s Reach Library, 23911 E. Arapahoe Rd., Aurora
7:00-9:00 p.m.
Phone: 303-627-3050

Get ready for a totally tubular night featuring That Eighties Band with Winston and Mel from Kool 105! Don your best 80s wardrobe, tease your hair and like totally come out for a rad night of drinks, dancing and fun. Compete for the Best 80s Hair, Outfit, Dance Moves and more! Your favorite 80s jams will be performed with no shortage of good eats from Denver’s top caterers.

Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum, 7711 E. Academy Blvd., Denver
ADMISSION: $65/$100 for two
Phone:(847) 542-6521

Monday, February 13

Monday is Cheap Skate night at The Pond ice rink at Southlands where two can skate for the price of one! And don’t miss what’s happening Wednesday: Date Night Skate Night, when you and your date can enjoy free appetizers from one of Southlands’ participating restaurants (while they last, so get there early!).

The Pond, Southlands Mall, Aurora
4:00-9:00 p.m.

Spend a quiet Monday morning at the Mission Viejo Library sharing tips, tricks and ideas about knitting, crocheting and other creative yarn activities.  Just bring a project you have yet to complete, meet new people in the neighborhood and finish it with the support of several folks who share your passion.

Mission Viejo Library, 15324 E. Hampden Cir., Aurora
10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Phone: 303-326-8600

Take a day off and relax in the back of a luxury motor coach as you travel to the Mardi Gras Casino in Blackhawk. The package includes a $10 food credit, $5 free play and free drinks while gambling. You must be 21 to enroll for this trip. Meals are on your own at the casino.

Aurora Center for Active Adults, 30 Del Mar Circle, Aurora
9:30 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.
Cost: $9 ($7 residents)
Phone: 303-739.7950

Tuesday, February 14

This FREE legal clinic is for people who have no attorney, via computer link. Volunteer attorneys will answer questions, help fill out forms, and explain the process and procedure for the legal issues in the areas of family law, civil litigation, property law, probate law, collections, appeals, landlord tenant law, veteran’s benefits, and civil protection orders. Walk-ins are welcome. This clinic is for information only, and is no substitute for legal representation.

Central Library, 14949 E. Alameda Pkwy., Aurora
2:00-3:30 p.m.
Phone: 303-739-6600

Happening in Southshore!

The master-planned community of Southshore offers lakeside living in new homes by top area builders. Visit one of the beautiful models at Village Homes and check out the new designs from Richmond American Homes and Century Communities. With both ranch and two-story designs, priced from the $400s to the $700s.