Meet Your Community!

April 20, 2017

Community happens naturally as neighbors and kids meet other neighbors and kids! Check out the meet-and-greets with spiders and snakes, movie screenings of Toy Story and Where the Wild Things Are, plus crafts with beads, yarn and paper and more! And, if you visit Southshore, you can tour four brand new models — two each by Century Communities and Richmond American Homes! Don’t miss all the possibilities this weekend and beyond in our lakeside master-planned community!

TODAY/TONIGHT! Thursday, April 20

This Cub Club is all about slithery, serpentine, limbless reptiles with no eyelids and amazing motor skills! Meet three different snakes and learn about snake anatomy, diet, habitats, behaviors, and adaptations from Nature’s Educators.  For ages 3 to 10 years, the event will conclude with a craft provided by the YMCA. Don’t forget to bring your Cub Club Membership Card (or register at the teen center)!

Southlands YMCA Teen Center, Main Street and E. Commons Ave., Suite 220
4:00-5:00 p.m.
Phone: 720-870-2221

Recycling is a great way to be kind to the planet and this clever crafting session will take empty toilet paper rolls to create a bird feeder that will hang in a tree!

Martin Luther King, Jr., Library, 9898 E. Colfax Ave., Aurora
4:00 p.m.
Phone: 303-739-1940

Tech experts will be on hand from two hours to solve and trouble shoot questions and problems with your computer, tablet, digital camera or smart phone. If the question is about downloading eBooks, they have your answer and will walk you through steps and solutions. Registration is not required but please call ahead to ensure availability: 303-739-1572.

Hoffman PC Center and Library, 1298 Peoria St., Aurora
2:00-4:00 p.m.
Phone: 303-739-1572

Looking for a place to hang out and something interesting to do for your teen? With a healthy snack waiting, and an afternoon craft, the library is the place to be!

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

Thursday-Wednesday, April 20-26

Don’t miss the DaVinci Machines Exhibition with displays of over 65 hand-crafted inventions built from Leonardo DaVinci’s 500-year-old designs. The magnificent machines on display, many of which are interactive, feature replicas of the major inventions of Leonardo DaVinci.

Meet the genius of DaVinci in his masterpieces, remastered for an up close and personal look at one of the greatest inventors of all time. The exhibit also features a 45-minute film, an interactive kids’ area and guided tours, with officially-licensed copies of the Mona Lisa and The Last Supper.

Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum, 7711 E. Academy Blvd., Aurora
Mon.-Sat., 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.; Sun., 12:00-5:00 p.m.
Tickets: $4.50-$20

Friday, April 21

If you have a touch of arachnophobia, you’re not alone. Remember Miss Muffet? Children and families are invited to hear classic spider stories, meet a spider puppet, learn about unique spider anatomy and overcome your fears with live spiders from the Butterfly Pavilion! Rosie the tarantula will be part of the arachnoid experience, and if you’re 3 years old or older, you can hold her!

Hoffman PC Center and Library, 1298 Peoria St., Aurora
11:00 a.m.
Register Here
Phone: 303-739-1572

Plan your Friday around Kids’ Night Out and drop the youngsters off for dinner and a showing of the Pixar/Disney buddy comedy Toy Story. This popular adventure animation features a cowboy doll who becomes jealous when a new spaceman figure replaces him as the top toy in a boy’s room. The late Don Rickles is the voice of Mr. Potato Head in this entertaining animated escapade. For ages “potty-trained” to 10 years old. (With the ongoing Lakehouse renovation, Kids’ Night Out will be at the Wheatlands Clubhouse.)

Wheatlands Clubhouse,
6601 S. Wheatlands Pkwy, Aurora, CO
6:00-10:00 p.m.
$15 for one child; $10 each additional child
Phone: 720-870-2221

The Colorado Poetry Rodeo celebrates its 29th annual event with an evening of multi-dynamic performances including some of the region’s most engaging poets and performers of poetry and spoken word. Poetry presentations feature a wide range of work and open mic readers and opens with ensemble Art Compost & the Word Mechanics in a musical-poetry jam paying Tribute to Poets Past of Denver. Click here for a detailed schedule.

Mercury Café, 2199 California St., Denver
6:00 p.m.-2:00 a.m.
Admission: $10

Friday-Monday, April 21-24

Carl Lee Hailey shot two men in the very courtroom where he now stands trial. But his attorney, the young Jake Brigance sees this act of vengeance against the men who attacked his daughter as a desperate bid for justice. As the trial heats up, the community is torn apart in this gripping adaptation of John Grisham’s best-selling novel.

Vintage Theatre, 1468 Dayton St., Aurora
Fri./Sat./Mon, 7:30 p.m., Sun., 2:30 p.m.
Tickets: $16-$31
Phone: 303-856-7830

Saturday, April 22

Feeling lucky? Then this might be the morning to head to the library for a friendly game of Bingo! Fun for the whole family, this is a favorite event for fans of games of chance.

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

Meet up at the local pub for lively discussion about popular literature. Register online and the event coordinator will contact you via email with the title of the next book and the location of that month’s brewery. For adults 21 and over, for obvious reasons!

Various Locations
1:00 p.m.
Register Here

It’s fun, it’s involving, it’s hands-on fun for the whole family. Drop in, meet other families and enjoy a craft designed to please everyone! Grown-ups must be accompanied by a child!

Tallyn’s Reach Library, 23911 E. Arapahoe Rd., Aurora
1:00-4:00 p.m.
Phone: 303-627-3050

This isn’t the Sleeping Beauty you’ve always known! This Princess Aurora was born with three fairy godmothers, but not even their magical powers can help her achieve her rock ‘n’ roll dreams. Is she doomed to sleep forever? Meet the local actors in this family-friendly interactive theatre event to find out! You never know who might show up in this brazen retelling of the classic tale!

Vintage Theatre, 1468 Dayton St., Aurora
2:00 p.m.
Tickets: $5
Phone: 303-856-7830

Teen Night includes a showing of the film, Where the Wild Things Are about a young boy who runs away from home and sails to an island where unusual creatures make him their king.  Enjoy a fun Saturday night, meet old friends and make new ones. Ages 8 to 15 years old are invited. You can also play a game of ping-pong, challenge friends in guitar hero or rock band, compete at foosball and billiards, or other board games. 

Southlands YMCA Teen Center, Main Street and E. Commons Ave., Suite 220
6:00-10:00 p.m.
Admission: $7
Phone: 720-870-2221

Sunday, April 2

The Althea Center for Engaged Spirituality’s Spirit & Nature Earth Day event pays tribute to the earth’s healing role in our lives. The presentations include award- winning Colorado poet James Scott Smith, Native American performers, a world-class music ensemble, educational tables from local Colorado conservation groups, and an inspiring message from bestselling author Dr. Jonathan Ellerby.

Althea Center, 1400 Williams St., Denver
10:30-11:40 a.m.
Phone: 303-322-7738

Monday, April 24

Just because the weather’s getting warmer doesn’t mean you have to put down those knitting needles and crochet hooks! Grab that unfinished project and meet other yarn lovers at the library.

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

Join Active Minds for a look at the history of immigration in America and how this issue is currently playing out at the federal and state levels.  The discussion will include the economics and politics of various aspects of U.S. immigration policy and how these elements are viewed by various constituencies around the country.
Cherry Creek Retirement Village, 14555 E. Hampden Ave., Aurora

6:00-8:00 p.m.
Phone: 303-693-0200

Tuesday, April 25

Meet up at the library for an afternoon of paper craft and Perler® bead crafts! Fourth through eighth graders will gather to create their favorite Minecraft, or fandom characters from paper or Perler® beads.

Tallyn’s Reach Library, 23911 E. Arapahoe Rd., Aurora
4:00 p.m.
Phone: 303-627-3050

This evening gathering of genealogy enthusiasts focuses on members sharing stories and artifacts discovered while researching elusive relatives and ancestors. Meet and learn more about your fellow ancestry aficionados, register for door prizes and discover ways to broaden your own search for your roots and origins. Presented by Aurora Genealogy Society members.

Central Library, 14949 E. Alameda Pkwy., Aurora
7:00 p.m.
Phone: 303-739-6600

Drop into the library and meet the experts for 30 minutes of one-on-one tutoring. Although a variety of topics can be covered, from computer basics, Microsoft Office programs, e-Readers and job hunting, call first to reserve a time and specify an area of focus.

Mission Viejo Library, 15324 E. Hampden Cir., Aurora
6:00 p.m.
Phone: 303-326-8600

Meet New Friends at Southshore

Aurora’s lakeside master-planned community offers access to social, recreational, educational and entertainment opportunities throughout the week. Also, this Saturday, we have not one, but TWO, count ’em, TWO model grand openings for you! From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, tour brand new model homes from both Century Communities and Richmond American Homes, and take advantage of free food and face painting for the kids. While you’re at Southshore, you can also visit the beautiful models by William Lyon Homes.It’s life at the lake in a new ranch or two-story home, priced from the $400s to the $700s.