Watching, Learning, Shopping and Doing This Weekend!
From enjoying new musicals, learning about military history and silent films, to experimenting with the art of Mehndi and dyeing silk, this weekend is full of opportunities to cultivate new interests, hobbies and skills in and around Castle Rock! Oh, and the Easter Bunny will be serving pancakes for breakfast, too!
TODAY/TONIGHT! Thursday, April 13
THE ART OF WRITING
Calling all aspiring teen writers! Soak up lessons at this Creative U event from bestselling young adult author, Jessica Brody, (A Week of Mondays, Boys of Summer, Unremembered trilogy) while she instructs about setting, character, and plot from her extensive novel-writing experience.
Castle Pines Library
Event Hall, 360 Village Square Ln., Castle Pines
COLORING FOR GROWN-UPS
Wind down from a week of working with colored pencils and the freedom to shade your way to blissful relaxation! Coffee and Coloring is an evening for grown-ups to enjoy what the kindergarten set knows instinctively – coloring is creative and calming!
Parker Library, 20105 E. Mainstreet, Parker
Dr. Jack Ballard knows there’s more to the history of Fort Logan Army Base than just the cemetery at Fort Logan. Nearby are the remains of a once-bustling military post where hundreds of troops were stationed for six decades. Dr. Ballard holds a PhD in American history from UCLA and taught history at the Air Force Academy. He also served in the U.S. Air Force.
Philip S. Miller Library, 420 Elbert St., Castle Rock
SILENT FILM DISCUSSION
Dr. Howie Movshovitz, Director of The Denver Silent Film Festival, film critic at KUNC (Public Radio), contributor to NPR (national), and film teacher at the University of Colorado Denver will speak about one of his passions: silent films. The films of the silent period are rich and complex, often funny, and exceptionally beautiful. And in a noisy world, they’re blessed by silence.
Parker Arts Culture and Events Center, 20000 Pikes Peak Ave., Parker
BESTSELLING AUTHOR SPEAKS
Douglas County Libraries presents New York Times bestselling author Lisa Scottoline! Known for titles like Look Again and Don’t Go, as well as the bestselling Rosato series, Ms. Scottoline will discuss her brand-new book, One Perfect Lie. Ticket price includes a hardcover copy of One Perfect Lie (which releases April 11, 2017), reserved seating for the presentation, dessert bites and a book signing following the presentation. Tattered Cover will be on hand with copies of Ms. Scottoline’s other books, available for purchase.
CU South Denver (formerly the Wildlife Experience) 10035 Peoria St., Parker
Thursday-Saturday, April 13-15
Argentina’s controversial First Lady is the subject of this dynamic musical masterpiece. As an illegitimate 15-year-old, Eva escaped her dirt-poor existence for the bright lights of Buenos Aires. Driven by ambition and blessed with charisma, she was a starlet at twenty-two, the president’s mistress at twenty-four, First Lady at twenty-seven, and dead at thirty-three. Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice.
Lone Tree Arts Center, 10075 Commons St., Lone Tree
Thurs., 7:30 p.m.; Fri./Sat., 8:00 p.m.; Sat., 1:30 p.m.
Thursday-Sunday, April 13-April 16
ROCK ‘N’ ROLL MUSICAL
Bye Bye Birdie is a rock n’ roll musical set in the late 1950’s when U.S. teens start to lose their minds over rock stars like the handsome Conrad Birdie. But wait – what happens when Conrad gets drafted by the military? His manager stages a publicity stunt on The Ed Sullivan Show before he leaves for the army, but Conrad Birdie gets more than he bargained for. Classic songs like Put on a Happy Face, One Boy, A Lot of Livin’ to Do and Spanish Rose are just some of the musical treats you’ll hear in this lively production.
Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St., Colorado Springs
Thurs.-Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 2:00 p.m.
Friday, April 14
Who wants to eat pancakes with the Easter Bunny? Then come on out – the whole family is invited – to a pancake breakfast, loaded with carbs and entertainment.
Outlet Malls Food Court, 5050 Factory Shops Blvd., Castle Rock
LEARN TAI CHI
Relax your mind, body and soul through the gentle-flowing movements of graceful exercise in this ancient Chinese tradition. As part of Life-Long Learning Fridays, adults will learn the movements that can improve balance, muscles strength and flexibility and reduce pain.
Highlands Ranch/James H. LaRue Library, 9292 S. Ridgeline Blvd., Highlands Ranch
The third artist in the Cherokee Ranch Storyteller Series, is the multi-talented musician, teacher and children’s rights advocate Arthur Lee Land. His performance will feature an intimate “between the lines” narrative of his creative songwriting process including a demonstration of the Art of Live-Looping. Beatles fans will not want to miss his creative arrangement of the group’s classic Strawberry Fields Forever sure to be a highlight of the evening and series.
Cherokee Ranch, 6113 N. Daniels Park Rd., Sedalia
7:00 p.m. – doors open at 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 15
SPRING FLING CRAFTS SHOW
Ponderosa High School’s annual Spring Fling Craft Fair will feature over 100 Colorado artists and specialty vendors with proceeds benefitting the school’s music department. Enjoy browsing a wide selection of unique gifts including hand-crafted jewelry, gourmet foods, home decor, textile crafts, skin care, ceramics, and much more.
Ponderosa High School, 7007 Bayou Gulch Rd., Parker
9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
A DYEING ART
Learn the timeless art of dyeing silk with a mess-free technique, taught by pros from Dye It Yourself. And the best part? Leave with your very own, one-of-a-kind, designed-by-you silk scarf creation!
Castle Pines Library Event Hall,
360 Village Square Ln., Castle Pines
EASTER EGG HUNT
Start your Easter weekend on Saturday with the Crystal Valley Easter Egg Hunt at The Pinnacle! Join other young egg hunters in the parking lot to look for hidden confections, then head inside for snacks, crafts, and selfies with the Easter Bunny who’ll be hopping around the Great Room!
The Pinnacle, 2160 Fox Haven Dr., Castle Rock
10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
UNCHARTED: THE HUNTS
The Hunts are a Virginia-based band made up seven siblings with a sound reminiscent of folk rock band, The Lumineers. Ranging in age from 16 to 24, twin sisters Jenni and Jessi and their five brothers – are you ready? – Josh, Jonathan, Jordan, Justin and Jamison, all learned to sing and play violin as children. After performing around their community, they widened their travel circumference and played at theaters and festivals around the country, teaching themselves to plan the mandolin, piano, ukulele and banjo. Don’t miss this unusual harmony-laced, indie-inspired, entertaining uncharted rock band.
PACE Center, 20000 Pikes Peak Ave., Parker
Sunday, April 16
SUNRISE EASTER SERVICE
On Easter Sunday, join other early birds for a sunrise Easter service sponsored by several local churches. Head to the park at to commemorate the resurrection of Jesus Christ, with singing and worshipping, pastries and beverages.
Philip S. Miller Amphitheater, 1375 W. Plum Creek Pkwy, Castle Rock
Monday, April 17
Mehndi is a form of body art from ancient India, in which decorative designs are created on a person’s body, using a paste, created from the powdered dry leaves of the henna plant. Come and learn about the history of henna application and adorn yourself with a beautiful henna design!
Castle Pines Library Event Hall
360 Village Square Ln., Castle Pines
Tuesday, April 18
LEARN ABSTRACT ART
Clyfford Still was among the first generation of Abstract Expressionists who developed a new, powerful approach to painting in the late 1940s. Learn about the artist behind the Clyfford Still Museum and experiment with a variety of materials to create your own abstract masterpiece.
Parker Library, 20105 E. Mainstreet, Parker
Learn About Crystal Valley
The learning, recreation and entertainment opportunities multiply every week near the master-planned community of Crystal Valley. See for yourself why Crystal Valley homeowners wouldn’t live anywhere else! With new home designs by Richmond American Homes, available in ranch or two-story models, these exciting new collections are priced from the $300s.