Littleton, CO – The Arapahoe Philharmonic (AP), under the direction of Devin Patrick Hughes, will perform Tchaikovsky’s beloved holiday classic, The Nutcracker, in concert on Saturday, December 16, 2017, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Held at Fisher Auditorium on The Englewood High School Campus, 3800 S. Logan Street, Englewood, CO 80113, the concert is preceded by a talk with the conductor at 6:45 p.m. Additionally, our Classic Children’s Corner at 7:10 p.m. will feature two young dancers from the Colorado Ballet showcasing traditional Nutcracker ballet costumes.
Holiday performances of The Nutcracker are certainly not uncommon, but performing the complete work in concert without dance is a special chance to focus solely on Tchaikovsky’s brilliant musical writing. “I think of the piece as more of a symphonic opera,” states AP Music Director Devin Patrick Hughes. “The story is entertaining and the dancers are wonderful, but to me the music is the heart and soul of the work.” We invite everyone to experience the piece in a new way this holiday season!
The program will also include a selection of holiday audience sing-along favorites.
Maestro Hughes speaks about the concert in this video: https://youtu.be/ioGKK_GI3dg
Tickets are available online at www.arapahoe-phil.org or by calling 303-781-1892.
A new ticket package is available for young adults age 18 to 35 this season. This “Pay Your Age” package includes four tickets to be used at any of our concerts for the cost of the purchaser’s age. It’s priced to entice and give maximum flexibility to young professional classical music lovers in the region. Some restrictions, which are outlined on our website, do apply.
The Arapahoe Philharmonic is grateful for its season sponsors: Citizens of the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD) and Colorado Creative Industries.
Download the 2017–2018 Season Brochure: https://www.arapahoe-phil.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/17-18-Season-Brochure.pdf
About the Arapahoe Philharmonic
Founded in 1953, the Arapahoe Philharmonic is among the longest established, continuously operating musical resources in Colorado. The organization is dedicated to providing the highest degree of musical excellence and cultural enrichment to the region and engaging area youth in educational opportunities promoting an interest in classical music. The orchestra’s musicians are primarily volunteers playing for the love of music, with a core of compensated section principals who provide technical leadership and support the excellence of performance.
Concerts feature repertoire spanning the centuries, from the great masters to composers of the current day. The Philharmonic is invested in future generations, presenting an annual children's concert, sponsoring outreach to schools, working with area student honor orchestras, sponsoring a Play-In for high school students to work side-by-side with experienced Arapahoe Philharmonic players, coaching the Civic Youth Orchestra in partnership with Avanti Music Academy in Highlands Ranch, and presenting three collegiate-level competitions, the T. Gordon Parks Concerto Competition and the Vincent C. LaGuardia, Jr. Conducting and Composition Competitions.
About the Music Director
Devin Patrick Hughes is highly regarded for his exhilarating score interpretations, advocacy for music accessibility and promotion of music of our time. He is concurrently serving as Music Director and Conductor of the Arapahoe Philharmonic and Boulder Symphony, and has established himself as a musical leader in the region through previous positions with the Santa Fe Youth Symphony Association, Denver Young Artists Orchestra, Denver Philharmonic Orchestra and Denver Contemporary Chamber Players. In 2010, Hughes was the only American selected with eleven other finalists in the Arturo Toscanini International Conducting Competition in Parma, Italy. He was recently selected from hundreds of his peers across the globe to compete in the 2017 Solti International Conducting Competition in Hungary. Hughes was a conducting fellow at the American Academy of Conducting at Aspen and has conducted ensembles across North America and Europe, including the Winnipeg Symphony, Colorado Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic, Green Bay Symphony and Filarmonica Arturo Toscanini. More information may be found at www.devinpatrickhughes.com.
CENTENNIAL - The South Metro Denver Chamber selected Michele McKinney of the University of Colorado system to serve as chair of its board of directors. The term is one year.
Last year, McKinney served as vice chair of the board and chair of the chamber’s Legislative Action Committee.
McKinney is the Assistant Vice President of External Relations and Advocacy for the University of Colorado system, serving all four CU campuses, as well as CU South Denver in Lone Tree. Her operations are part of CU President Bruce Benson’s office.
McKinney is the first higher education representative to serve as the chamber’s chair of the Board of Directors. McKinney, who has been in her current position with CU for more than six years, had been a speechwriter and chief spokesperson for two CU presidents from 2002-2008. She also has worked for Colorado State University and Metropolitan State University of Denver. Before entering higher education, she worked in medical device sales and public relations.
The chamber’s board is composed of a variety of representatives of the south Denver business and civic communities. About one-third of the board are new members this year.
“I am excited to work with the board to tap their expertise to not just lead the chamber, but to create and support programs and services that benefit our members,” McKinney said.
“The south Denver region is growing by leaps and bounds, which is exciting and a sign of economic strength, but growth needs to be thoughtful and strategic, particularly with transportation, water and our school systems,” McKinney added. “The chamber will be monitoring policies and growth areas to see where we can help influence policy and development.”
“The Chamber is both honored and excited to have Michele serve as our Chair. Her vision, enthusiasm and pragmatic leadership style fit well with our organization as we continue to grow and thrive prosper in the South Metro Denver area” said Robert Golden, President/CEO.
Plan your big day in one day!
Colorado Community Media along with The Falls Event Center present a premiere wedding.
Local wedding professionals will be on hand highlighting their offerings, providing helpful tips and information, presenting ideas, samples and advice. While making plans and finding the right professionals, attendees can enjoy the beauty of one of Denver Metro’s prime wedding venues, The Falls Event Center, with waterfalls throughout the grounds, crystal chandeliers and great views.
This is the must-attend event for all grooms and brides-to-be. The 2018 Wedding Expo is all about helping you plan your big day in one day. Attendees will have the opportunity to see gowns and tuxedos, meet photographers, meet caterers and others that make your special day perfect. Also, enjoy some entertainment along with a fashion show, food provided by local caterers, and enjoy a drink at the cash bar.
Learn more about the wedding expo at
We are looking for sponsors and Vendors! Contact Event Producer Thelma Grimes at [email protected]edia.com.
When: 24 hours starting at 12 a.m. (i.e., 00:00 MST) on Tuesday, December 5, 2017
How: Donate online, right here at ColoradoGives.org
The South Metro Denver Chamber has several non-profit members who are participating in this initiative. Click on the organizations below for more information or to make a donation.
Over 3.5 million people experience homelessness each year…23% are U.S. military veterans.
The Sock-it-to-Em Sock Campaign was launched in 2011 by Sue Lee, CEO of EQ Media and creator of “I Believe in Me!” When the entrepreneur recognized how many Americans face the harsh winter cold and dampness with inadequate protection for their feet, she asked her friend Phillis Shimamoto to join her in 2012 to form Sock-it-to-Em and began soliciting fellow small business owners, churches, businesses and the local media to pitch in.
The Sock-it-to-Em Sock Campaign aims to cover the feet of as many of those in need as possible before each new year. Their motto is, “We’re taking socks to the streets!” Anyone in any location can participate by donating socks, becoming a Sock Ambassador or just sharing information about The Sock It To Em Sock Campaign on social media or through email.
This holiday season, we are asking all members of South Metro Denver Chamber, and those attending, Business After Hours on Tuesday, Dec. 5th at Denver Botanic Gardens, to bring a pair of socks with them. Infant sized socks to adult size are all needed.
You can also drop off socks at the Chamber Office (2154 E. Commons Ave. Ste. 342, Centennial, CO 80112) or to Sandy and Ken Preuss, E-Travel Unlimited (12150 E Briarwood Ave #145, Centennial, CO 80112).
Over the last 20 years, Express Employment Professionals has helped 7,921 associates find employment, and assisted 1,842 local companies find the talent they need.
We Couldn't Have Done it Without You!
Since the beginning, our goal has been to help as many people as possible find good jobs by helping as many businesses as possible find good people. It's a mission that drives us every day as we help local companies find the best solutions for their staffing and HR needs.
We have assisted Arapahoe Community College with their staffing needs since 2010. Rhonda Lord, owner of Express, is chair of the ACC Foundation Board.
Building Success. Building Hope.
Express Employment Professionals is a leading staffing provider in the U.S., Canada and South Africa. Every day, we help job seekers find work and help businesses find qualified employees.
Founded in 1983, Express today employs 400,000 people across nearly 700 franchise locations worldwide. Our long-term goal is at the heart of our company's vision, to help as many people as possible find good jobs by helping as many clients as possible find good people.
Express Employment Professionals works with job seekers to help them find the right job for their skills and experience. We have a variety of jobs available, and there are full-time, part-time, and temporary positions available. And, as one of the leading staffing agencies in North America, Express provides employment services and workforce solutions to employers throughout our community. Contact us today to get started on finding the right fit for you.
Contact: Your Littleton Team: Rhonda, Desiree, Alaina, and Jessica
Express Employment Professionals of Littleton
1709 W. Littleton Blvd | Littleton, CO | 80120
The City of Centennial is currently accepting applications to fill openings on the Budget Committee. This Committee promotes citizen involvement in the budgeting decisions of the City by studying all phases of the budget process and makes recommendations to City Council based on these studies. The Budget Committee is comprised of the Mayor, one Council Member, three citizen representatives, the City Manager and the Finance Director.
Terms are for a three year period. Meetings take place at the Centennial Civic Center, 13133 E. Arapahoe Road, Centennial, CO 80112. Interested applicants may obtain further details and the application form on the City website, or from the City Clerk, 303-754-3302.
Application deadline: Thursday, November 30, 2017 at 5 p.m.
“We believe that every girl should feel a STEM career is attainable.”
Girls in STEM is a nonprofit organization designed to empower middle school and high school girls in the metro Denver area to seek out a STEM career post secondary education. We achieve this by connecting them with a network of professional women working in STEM industries who are visible and accessible to serve as role models and/or mentors. These interactive, face-to-face encounters are the most powerful way for girls to visualize themselves in a similar career.
Our program is facilitated through after school club chapters with roundtable discussions, handson
activities, field trips, job shadowing and mentorship experiences in addition to leadership and speaking opportunities. We also provide community events open to all girls in the metro Denver area including networking socials, coding camps, documentary screenings and more! Girls in STEM is looking for female STEM professionals and STEM focused businesses interested in making a difference by getting involved through our chapters and community events. You can be part of the workforce equation and help strengthen the talent pool by increasing the number of women who pursue a STEM career.
If you are interested in sharing your time, talent and resources as a professional and/or community partner, please contact our Executive Director, Wendy Merchant; [email protected] If you are not able to get involved but would still like to support our program, please consider a donation to support our programs.
For more information we invite you to explore our website at www.gstemdenver.org
Upcoming Community & Fundraising Events:
December 1st : Olivia Koski, coauthor of Vacation Guide To The Solar System will guide middle school and high school girls through intergalactic space travel! Please visit our website for more information and to register.
December 7th : Kendra Scott gives back to Girls in STEM at Park Meadows Mall from 5:00pm - 8:00pm. Join us for some holiday shopping & FUN! 20% of all sales goes to Girls in STEM.
Learn Forward at CU South Denver and discover how to get more for your advertising spend at the EduTalks lunch program on Dec. 12. In this interactive seminar, explore myths in advertising, digital display pitfalls, social media truths and lies, and learn about programmatic media. Join a great discussion on what does and doesn’t work, and what we still don’t know. Enjoy networking with lunch, followed by the EduTalks program. Register today; CU South Denver is offering a special discount for SMDC members! Use the promo code SMDC at checkout for 20% off your registration! http://bit.ly/2ymUbmk.
Bundle up, bring your friends and family and join the fun! Enjoy local school choir groups, selfies with Santa, free cookies and hot cocoa, and festive lights in Centennial Center Park!
Saturday, November 18
3- 5:30 p.m.
Centennial Center Park Amphitheater (north end of park)
13050 E. Peakview Avenue
Seating is limited so feel free to bring a chair.
Bring your own camera if you want photos with Santa!
Please consider bringing gently worn or new coats to donate to Coats for Colorado and/or a pair or package of new socks for donation to homeless shelters. Visit the Events page on the City website for more information.
Thank you to participating schools: Creekside Elementary, Peabody Elementary, Sandburg Elementary, Homestead Elementary, Peakview Elementary, and Newton Middle School.
Thank you to our Silver Sponsors: CH2M, Terracare Associates; our Bronze Sponsors: Ting, Damy McDaniels State Farm, Bright Lights Chiropractic, SafeSplash Swim School, ATA Infinite Martial Arts; and media sponsor Colorado Community Media.