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Posted: October 07, 2009

A&E best bets: ghosts, kites and a run on the rocks

Is Central City haunted? How about Lodo?

Lisa Ryckman


Come to the Comedy Works for Jake Johannsen's twisted take on life, the universe and everything. See why he got a Cable ACE award nomination for his HBO Comedy Special, This'll Take About an Hour.

You know it's October -- when else would you see the Festival Playhouse production of the mystery/farce Curse of the Werewolf? Have an early dinner in Olde Town Arvada, then mosey over to catch the 8 p.m. show. Tickets are $15. 

Play your fave party and family games - stuff like Scattergories, Pictionary, Monopoly, Uno, Yahtzee, Boggle, Cranium and more -- at the Illegal Grounds Coffee House, 925 E. 17th Ave. in Denver from 6 to 10 p.m.:


Is Central City haunted? You be the judge. The Central City Creepy Crawl, a 60-90 minute lantern tour of some of the town's most haunted places, is free for the first 150 people to reserve their spot on each of the first four Saturdays in October.  The first tour leaves at 7 p.m., and then every 5-7 minutes until 7:30 p.m. The tours meet at the corner of Lawrence and Main Streets in Central City, in front of Century Casino. Free parking is available there.

Learn how to raise backyard chickens or goats, or take a class in permaculture or worm composting, at the Denver Urban Homesteading center at 200 Santa Fe Dr.  Local experts will be teaching these classes on Oct. 10, and look for a farmer's market later in the month.

This is the last Saturday for the Olde Town Market in Littleton, a combination of vendor booths and retail sidewalk tables along the street.
Shop from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. for antiques, crafts, pottery, soaps and lotions, then pop into on of the area's quaint eateries or tea shops for lunch.

Come by Corridor 44 at 1433 Larimer St. in LoDo for a Cocktail Hour Ghost Hunt at 5 p.m. The three-hour expedition includes appetizers and anecdotes at the vault in Union Station's basement, the Oxford Hotel's Cruise Room and Mattie's House of Mirrors - a former brothel and supposedly rife with restless spirits. It's $20 per person, $15 for students.


This is an event with strings attached: One Sky One World International Kite Festival, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Stapleton's Central Park. Join millions of people around the world flying kites for a day dedicated to promoting peace and protecting the planet. Bring your own kite or make one in the Kite Village. Enjoy musical acts on a solar-power stage and browse through the Food & Wine Pavilion; there's also a Children and Pet Parade for Peace that will raise money both for the Denver Dog Park and to bring international kite artists to Denver schools.

Run the Rocks for the American Lung Association. It's a 5K in one of the prettiest and most challenging sites in Colorado (think of the stairs!) Check in at 8 and the run begins at 9:30. Come for run and stay for the music, entertainment and food.

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Lisa Ryckman is the Associate Editor/Online at ColoradoBiz. Contact her at

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