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Pottery sale returns just in time for holiday shopping


Colorado Gallery of the Arts, in the Annex Building at Arapahoe Community College, 5900 S. Santa Fe Drive, Littleton, is the scene for the annual Arapahoe Ceramics Guild Holiday Pottery Sale. Mugs, plates, casseroles, vases, pitchers and other handcrafted pieces by students and instructors are available at reasonable prices on Nov. 30 (10 a.m. to 8 p.m.), Dec. 1 (9 a.m. to 8 p.m.) and Dec. 2 (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.). Admission is free and the sale is open to the public.

Help with history

Architectural historians Diane Wray Tomasso and Michael Paglia are nearing the end of a lengthy survey of significant buildings in the Littleton Boulevard corridor, from Broadway to Windermere, contacted for by the City of Littleton. They are short on photographs and memorabilia, what Tomasso calls “archival materials,” to supplement their work to date. Do any of our readers (or their families) have articles from the Littleton Independent, photographs, slides, movies, ephemera (i.e. menus or “perhaps someone’s father owned the Dutch Boy Donut franchise”) or architectural drawings from 1950 to 1980? If so, please contact Tomasso: dwtomasso@gmail.com or 303-552-8254. She will come to you to make copies and return the originals — or perhaps meet at Bemis Library … This will be an official historic record for the city and citizens can access it when completed. (Watch for an early 2018 lecture about this stretch of street, which, with Boulder, gives the best picture of that era in Colorado.)

Alexander Hamilton spotlight

A free traveling exhibit about Alexander Hamilton and life in colonial America will be displayed at the Koelbel Library, 5955 S. Holly St., Centennial, through Dec. 17, during library hours.

The Arapahoe Library District is offering several related programs. At 7 p.m. Nov. 29 at Smoky Hill Library and again at 2 p.m. Dec. 10 at Koelbel Library, interpreter Hal Bidlack will portray Alexander Hamilton. “Quilting: an American Tradition,” with Jeananne Wright, nationally known quilt historian will be held at 6 p.m. Dec. 11 at Eloise May Library and at 1 p.m. Dec. 13 at Southglenn Library. A patriotic concert by the John Philip Sousa Band will be held at Koelbel Library, 1 p.m. Nov. 26. “Colonial Holiday Celebration” is an opportunity for children ages 5-12. Find stories, treats and more at 3:30 p.m. Dec. 21 at Sheridan Library. Reservations and more information: arapahoelibraries.org or 303-LIBRARY.

Art workshop

“Colored Pencil Pizazz” is a workshop led by Helen Shaffer, offered by the Heritage Fine Arts Guild from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 2 at Littleton First Presbyterian Church, 1609 W. Littleton Blvd. Cost: $35, members; $50, non-members. (Membership costs $40 for the year.) See: heritage-guild.com for workshop and membership information. Open to participants age 18 and older.

Local grad performing

Stephanie Little, an Arapahoe High School graduate (1989), plays a lead in the show called “The Other F-Word,” now streaming on Amazon Prime, she writes. She hopes to visit with us when in town to see her mom in Highlands Ranch.

Holiday Express

Depot Art Gallery’s Annual Holiday Express show of original art and fine crafts is open at the gallery, 2069 W. Powers Ave., Littleton, through Dec. 30. More than 50 artists exhibit gifts and holiday décor. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays. 303-795-0781.

Fair at Goodson

The 31st Annual Arts and Crafts Fair at Goodson Recreation Center, 6315 S. University Blvd., Centennial, will feature more than 70 vendors from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free admission, complimentary gift wrapping by the Sparks Gymnastics team.

Benchmark Theatre

Noah Haidle’s “Smokefall” plays Dec. 1-23 at Buntport Theater, 717 Lipan St., Denver, beginning the season for the recently formed Benchmark Theatre Company. Performances: 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and 6 p.m. Sundays. Tickets: $30/$20, benchmarktheatre.com. Starting in February, the company will perform at 40 West (The Edge), 1560 Teller St., Lakewood, with three regional premieres, one world premiere and its second annual Fever Festival, focusing on horror, sci-fi and fantasy plays.

Theater reviews online

My reviews of theatre productions, aside from local ones, are found online at the URL for a Colorado Community Media newspaper, plus /ellingboe.html. Example: littletonindependent.net/ellingboe.html.


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