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Book is bucolic look back at buddy bear

Sissy, an orphaned bear cub, was adopted by the Arnold family and lived at the Fort Restaurant from 1963 to 1982. Holly Arnold Kinney napped with Sissy when a 9 year old child and has written a book about her furry friend, “Sissy Bear at the Fort,” which she will introduce at the Denver women’s Press Club at a public event on Feb. 22.
Sissy, an orphaned bear cub, was adopted by the Arnold family and lived at the Fort Restaurant from 1963 to 1982. Holly Arnold Kinney napped with Sissy when a 9 year old child and has written a book about her furry friend, “Sissy Bear at the Fort,” which she will introduce at the Denver women’s Press Club at a public event on Feb. 22.
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Holly Arnold Kinney, who grew up in the Morrison adobe replica of Bent’s Fort and now operates The Fort Restaurant, has written a picture book about her special childhood buddy — Sissy Bear, who was rescued by the Arnolds and lived at the Fort from 1963-1982, enchanting many guests at the restaurant. Kinney recalls napping with the cub and how it “kissed’ visitors and loved the family’s German shepherd, Lobo. The book includes photos and illustrations by Christine Wald. The author will read a story, sign books and talk at 6-7 p.m. Feb. 22 at the Denver Woman’s Press Club, 1325 Logan St., Denver. Free admission. Free parking in a lot north of the press club. Guests welcome, 303-839-1519, dwpconline.org.

Based on Shakespeare

Colorado Ballet’s performance of “Romeo and Juliet” runs Feb. 16 to 25 at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House, in the Denver Center for the Performing Arts at 14th and Champa streets downtown, with choreography by Derek Deane, former artistic director of the English National Ballet and music by Sergei Prokovief, performed by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra. Tickets range from $30 to $155. 303-837-8888, ext. 2. Coloradoballet.org.

Day camp

“Colorado Wildlife” is the topic for a Presidents Day Nature Camp at South Platte Park in Littleton for 6- to 10-year-olds, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Feb. 19. Cost: $29/district resident, $39/non-residents, #674060. sspr.org, 303-798-5131. (Limited enrollment.)

Eye of the Camera

“Eye of the Camera,” presented annually by Littleton’s Fine Arts Board, will be exhibited Feb. 16-March 25 at the Littleton Museum, 6028 S. Gallup St., Littleton. The 2018 juror is Gary Reed of Reed Art and Imaging, who selected images exhibited and will announce winners on Feb. 16. 303-795-3950, littletongov.org/museum.

Englewood Library welcomes kids

Included in February programs for children at the Englewood Public Library: “Messy Process Art” (toddler and preschool), 10:30 a.m. Feb. 23; Lego Maniacs, Feb. 24, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 24 — school-aged children stop in to create; under 5 welcome with an adult. Check out story time schedules; add name to email list: kpowers@englewoodgov.org.

Ceramists at college

Arapahoe Community College at 5900 S. Santa Fe Drive in Littleton will host a Ceramics Workshop with Julia Galloway, professor of ceramics at the University of Montana, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Feb. 24-25 at the ACC Art and Design Center. She will demonstrate making utilitarian pottery-wheel-thrown and hand-built, as well as surface design using slips and resist. Cost: $150/$100 ACC students and programs. RSVP. Coordinator: Katie Caron — katie.caron@arapahoe.edu, 303-797-5948. Proceeds will benefit ACC ceramics students and programs.

Springer to be discussed

“John Springer’s Life and His Connection with the Cattlemen’s Beef Association” will be Barb Wilkinson’s topic for the Highlands Ranch Historical Society, held at the Highlands Ranch Mansion, 9950 E. Gateway Drive, Highlands Ranch, on Feb. 19. Springer was a past owner of the Mansion and prominent Colorado businessman. Come early — tours of the Mansion start at 6.p.m. and the talk starts at 7 p.m. Please pre-register: programs@thehrhs.org. Free to members, a $2 donation suggested for non-members. Next: Legendary Ladies on March 19.


“Something’s Afoot,” a musical spoof of Agatha Christie mysteries and 1930s English musicals, will run Feb. 23 to March 25 at Town Hall Arts Center, 2450 W. Main St. in downtown Littleton. Performances: 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays. Robert Wells is director. Tickets: $24-$44, townhallartscenter.org, 303-794-2787, ext. 5.

Audubon events

“Backyard Bird Care and Spring Migration Workshop” will be presented by Audubon Society of Greater Denver’s Kate Hogan at 10-11 a.m. Feb. 17 at Tagawa Gardens, 7711 S. Parker Rd., Centennial. Join Joey Kellner’s monthly Bird Walk from 8-12 on Feb. 24 at Chatfield State Park. Billed as a “fairly easy” hike. No fee, but a state parks pass is required. Denveraudubon.org/events. 303-973-9530.

Goodbye to library fines

The Arapahoe Library District has implemented a “no fine” policy for patrons, which also waives all existing overdue fines for items returned. (A replacement cost will be assessed for items not returned within 30 days of due date.) Arapahoelibraries.org, 303-LIBRARY.

MOA Design and Build

Applications will be accepted through March 30 for this summer’s Design and Build Art Apprenticeships at the Museum Outdoor Arts in Englewood. Open to graduates and graduate-bound art majors, with a summer-long studio experience and stipend. See moaonline.org.

Orchestra performance

“Great Music from the Movies” will be the Littleton Symphony Orchestra’s program at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 23, at Littleton United Methodist Church, 5894 S. Datura St., Littleton. “Red Violin,” “Schindler’s List,” “2001: A Space Odyssey,” Harry Potter” and more films provide soundtracks for the concert. Tickets: littletonsymphony.org, 303-933-6824.

CORE gallery

Jeanette Chinelli’s “Reinventing the Chair” and Terrilynn Moore’s “Working from the Guff: Soul Searching Compositions” are exhibited through Feb. 19 at CORE Gallery, 900 Santa Fe Drive, Denver. Hours: noon to 6 p.m. Thursday; 12-9 p.m. Friday; noon-6 Saturday; 1-4 p.m. Sunday. Reception noon-5 p.m. Feb. 16. Coreartspace.com; 303-297-8428.

Black Cube

A recent addition to Englewood’s art community, Black Cube’s Executive Director Cortney Lane Stell is curator of “10 x,” celebrating of 10 years of Artist in Residence program at RedLine, 2350 Arapahoe St., Denver, with works by about 85 artists. Open through April 1. Admission free. Hours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays. Redlineart.org; 303-296-4448.

`The Electric Baby’

Rick Barbour is director of “The Electric Baby,” by Stefanie Zadravec, playing in repertory through May 4 in the Black Box Theatre at the Arvada Center, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada. Tickets: 720-898-7200, arvadacenter.org/the-electric-baby.

Denver Concert Band

“Up and Away!” is the name for the Feb. 25 concert of the 55-year-old Denver Concert Band, to be performed at 2 p.m. at the Lone Tree Arts Center, 10075 Commons St., Lone Tree. Guest Soloist will be Tim Hudson. Tickets: 720-509-1000, lonetreeartscenter.org.


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