March 4, 2021
Welcome to the New Normal! More and more creative events are becoming available in professionally-produced live-streamed venues—including a return of cabaret from the Vintage Theatre! You can also enjoy a virtual whiskey-tasting theatre experience from DCPA and a First Friday virtual celebration from The People’s Building. If you’re in the mood for an IRL activity, take a wildlife drive or check out the Air and Space Museum’s Amelia Earheart exhibit!
TODAY/TONIGHT, March 4
STAR WARS TRIVIA NIGHT
The whole family can participate in this online trivia game show! Aurora Libraries hosts a fun evening that will test the abilities of your own jedis and padawans! Best of all, you can participate right from your living room. Register and receive a WebEx link to join in the fun!
Aurora Library WebEx online meeting
Thursday-Sunday, March 4-7
TAKE A WILDLIFE DRIVE
Did you know there’s a wildlife refuge not far from home, where you can drive through the habitat of more than 330 species of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and fish? One of the largest urban refuges in the country, the Rocky Mountain Arsenal features an 11-mile Wildlife Drive, which takes between 45 minutes to one hour to complete. Keep your eyes peeled—along the drive you might spot bison, deer, coyotes, songbirds, waterfowl, and hawks!
Rocky Mountain Arsenal, 6550 Gateway Rd., Commerce City
Sunrise to Sunset
CELEBRATE WOMEN’S HISTORY IN FLIGHT
What better way to celebrate Women’s History Month than the special exhibit at the Air and Space Museum honoring two Amelia Earharts? The Amelia Project was created in 2014 after Amelia Rose Earhart’s symbolic completion of her flight around the world.
The contemporary Amelia Earhart followed the same path taken by her namesake, Amelia Earhart, who tragically disappeared on July 24, 1937. The exhibit displays various artifacts from the second Earhart’s trip, most notably the headset used during the flights and a signed globe by Governor Hickenlooper.
Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum, 7711 E. Academy Blvd., Denver
Thurs.-Sat., 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.; Sun., 12:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Tickets: $9.95 – $16.95
FINAL WEEKEND FOR WHISKEY TASTING
Don’t miss out on the whiskey tasting that’s also a history lesson and an immersive theatre experience! This is the final weekend for the virtual event that pairs a real-life tasting with a virtual bartender who leads you on a personal storytelling journey.
DCPA/The Whiskey Tasting Online
Thurs./Fri., 5:00, 6:45 or 8:30 p.m.; Sat./Sun., 1:00, 2:45, 4:30, 6:15, 8:00, or 9:45 p.m.
Tickets: $45 – $55
Friday, March 5
ONLINE TREE CONFERENCE
Urban forests need protection, too! This live-streamed session will explore the relationships between landscape design, horticultural practices, and the use of a greater variety of tree species to battle pests, pathogens, and climate change. Speakers encompass a wide range of experience from worldwide plant exploration to development of new plant materials and more!
Online Denver Botanic Gardens
8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
FIRST FRIDAY CELEBRATION
TGIF! The Daryl Gott Jazz Quartet is playing a live-captured music set at the Aurora Creative District’s First Friday celebration! It’s all virtual, so you can enjoy the fun from the safety of your home! The festivities also include a virtual 360-degree gallery exhibition from graphic artist Joe Murray of Auberon Design.
People’s Building Online
4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
CABARET THEATRE LIVE
Live theatre is back—virtually! This LIVEstreamed event will capture all the fun and excitement of a cabaret show at the Vintage Theatre. If you can’t join in live on Friday, the link will be active all weekend. The show stars local favorites Hazel Kachline, Angela Mendez and James Thompson, in a special evening that will bring connection and heart to your living room.
Vintage Theatre Livestream
Friday-Sunday, March 5-7
Go back in time to a real frontier experience! The Four Mile Historic Park is a 12-acre oasis of history and the site of Denver’s oldest house. Check out the way the West used to be both indoors and out as you explore this museum and park designed to immerse you in an earlier time. Exhibits and demonstrations, along with the resident farm animals, will
Four Mile Historic Park, 715 S. Forest St., Denver
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Tickets: FREE to $5
Saturday, March 6
OUTDOOR ZUMBA CLASS
More than a workout, this Zumba-inspired class will also teach you some hot Latin dance moves! There’s plenty of room to spread out in the park and exercise with space for social distancing. All ages and abilities are welcome. Afterwards, enjoy half-price beer and non-alcoholic beverages!
Cheluna Brewing Company, 2501 Dallas St., Suite 148, Aurora
10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Sunday, March 7
For a family activity totally out of the ordinary, why not make a leprechaun garden? This hands-on family workshop at the Denver Botanic Gardens gives you the space and materials (and some helpful professional guidance) to create your very own miniature garden that you can take home!
Weather permitting, the workshop takes place outdoors where there’s plenty of room for social distancing. If the weather doesn’t cooperate, you have your choice to move to an indoor space at the Gardens or take your materials home to complete the project there. This class is appropriate for families with children ages 5 and up.
Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York St., Denver
9:15 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. timed entry
RANDOM CITY GUESSING GAME
City Guesser is a surprisingly amusing game in which you are plopped down in a random city and have to try to suss out where you are from store signs, architecture, and context clues. The game’s part of Virtual Vacation, a quarantine project of Paul McBurney Jr., which also features walking, driving and flight tours crafted from online video footage.
Check it out!
CRITICS ARE TALKING ABOUT…
Watch Lance Oppenheim’s Op-Doc about the Florida retirement community The Villages and a young girl who lives next door to it. Oppenheim made a whole feature documentary about The Villages called “Some Kind of Heaven,” if you’re in the mood for more of the same.
And finally, here are 36 podcast recommendations from people who make podcasts — queue up a few and take a walk if you can, or put one on while you’re driving.
Family-friendly activities in the Southshore area!
There’s always something to do near the family-friendly community of Southshore! Enjoy Life at the Lake with plenty of cultural and entertainment activities in the surrounding area! Check out the beautiful model homes from Richmond American Homes, Toll Brothers, and Taylor Morrison, and picture yourself in your very own dream house! With ranch and two-story models available, new homes are priced from the upper $400s to the $700s.