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Historical program looks at mansion


A 40th anniversary celebration of the latest segment of history for the historic Highlands Ranch Mansion will take place on Sept. 20 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the upstairs auditorium at the Southridge Recreation Center, 4800 McArthur Ranch Road in Highlands Ranch.

The first home was built on the site in 1891, and in the last 40 years it has become a landmark for a new community.

The Highlands Ranch Historical Society will present Susie Appleby and Sherry Eppers in an in-person event that celebrates the landmark's modern era, 1981-2021. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Free for Highlands Ranch Historical Society members and a $2 donation is requested for non HRHS members.

Since the first mansion was built on the site in 1891, it has evolved and was renovated in 2010-2012. Watch for information about upcoming tours. See

Art by Aaron

Contemporary abstract painter Patricia Aaron of Greenwood Village will exhibit her work widely this fall: Naropa University, Lincoln Gallery, Boulder, through December 10; Loveland Museum through Sept. 23; Elysium Gallery, Swansea, Wales in a three-year traveling Artnauts exhibit through 2024; Seidel City, Boulder Artnauts' 25th Anniversary show fall 2021. (Artnauts is an artists' coop). See


Denver's Kirkland Museum will virtually host “Join US Dresser Fest 21, a Five-Legged Chair; a Day of Learning,” on Sept. 18, 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. — an international festival. The museum hosts “Truth, Beauty and Power: Christopher Dresser and the Aesthetic Movement” through Jan. 22, 2022. Free, registration required. Donations to the museum or the Christopher Dresser Society welcomed. See


CORE New Art Space at 6851 W. Colfax Ave., Lakewood, includes Littleton's Michelle Lamb among its members. She reports that members featured next, on Oct. 1, First Friday, will be: Tracy Russell, Barbara Veatch of Centennial, Chuck McCoy and Carol Bivins. First Friday Reception 4-10 p.m. Oct. 1; artists' reception Oct. 15, 5-10 p.m. 303-297-8428,


Littleton's Depot Art Gallery hosts a show by eight new members through Oct. 17: Rebekah Griffiths, Lorraine Bonilla-Herrerra, Talia Johns, Mimsi Milton, Susan Meriman, Deanne Sander, Jaqueline Schuler and Darlene Wideman. Reception will be Sept. 18 at 5:30 p.m. at the Depot, 2069 W. Powers Ave. in Downtown Littleton. Gallery open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. A “Fantastic Fall Show” will open at the Stanton Art Gallery at Town Hall Arts Center, 2450 W. Main Street, Downtown Littleton. Open during box office hours. See,

Curious Theatre Company

“The Lifespan of a Fact” plays Sept. 18 to Oct. 16 at Curious Theatre, 1080 Acoma St., Denver. Described as “The darling of the 2016 Broadway season,” about an eccentric author and a neurotically precise fact-checker. Tickets: 303-623-0524,

Castle Rock History

The Castle Rock History Museum at 420 Elbert St. will open an exhibit on telephones on Sept. 25, which shows how they have evolved over the years. Open Wednesday to Friday, noon to 5 p.m. Free, donations gratefully accepted. 303-814-3164,

While the COVID-19 pandemic continues, public events frequently are canceled or rescheduled. Check with organizers before you go.


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