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Blame me for the dry winter, but check out these fun spring events!


It’s May. That means I can almost put my snow blower away for the season. We had a pretty mild winter this year and last year’s was fairly easy going too.

There’s a reason for that. Forget El Nino and all that other stuff you hear about the weather. The real reason we haven’t had a lot of snow for the last couple of years is that I bought a snow blower. I firmly believe that as long as it’s sitting on my porch ready to go, it’s not going to snow much. But the second I put it in the back of the garage, we’re going to have a blizzard. It’s my duty to public safety to keep that thing ready to go until about the middle of June.

Well, OK, maybe that’s not true, but I sure am glad it’s getting warmer out and we have had some beautiful days so far this spring. My wife is loving it too. She got a new motorcycle and has strictly forbidden me to move the snow blower until it’s officially summer. Sheesh, those biker chicks are tough!

So, I’m guessing that this weekend is slated to be a huge one for doing lawn and garden work. But don’t get too carried away. You aren’t used to all that strain and sunshine. Just work in the yard on Saturday. Save Sunday for resting and going to a great spring concert.

The Jefferson Symphony Orchestra is going to be presenting their Season Finale Concert this coming Sunday, May 6 at the Wheat Ridge United Methodist Church located at 7530 W. 38th Avenue. They have a really fun program of dance inspired music scheduled that will appeal to the entire family.

First they are going to take you to New York as they play the Symphonic Dances from West Side Story by Leonard Bernstein. If you have ever seen the movie or the Broadway show you know that it’s packed with dance numbers. Some slow, some fast and some, well … Half fast.

Next stop, Argentina for Astor Piazzolla’s Tangazo. He came up with a fusion of jazz and classical styles to create what he calls Tango Nuevo that revolutionized the tango into something fresh and new.

After that we have Aaron Copeland’s famous Appalachian Spring that is one of his compositions focusing on parts of the American heartland.

Last on the program is an Andalusian/Spanish ballet called El Amor Brujo by Manuel de Falla which has somewhat of a Gypsy character to it.

The concert will be conducted by Dr. William Morse and will feature Mezzo Soprano Marcia Ragonetti as a guest artist.

Tickets for the concert run $25 for Adults, $20 for Seniors with discounts for students and children. You can get them on line at www.jeffsymphony.org or by calling (303) 278-4237.

One more thing that’s happening this coming weekend for all of you bicycle enthusiasts out there is the Golden High School Community Bike Swap. You can buy or sell your bike or gear plus help support the High School’s Mountain Bike Team. You can register to sell something with them by sending an Email to www.GHSbikeswap@gmail.com or just drop by to shop. They have a suggested admission donation of $1 but you can donate as much as you like.

The swap meet will be running from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Golden High School which is located at 701 24th Street here in Golden. With all the mountain bikers we have around here it should be a pretty successful event. I mean, come on. How many places do you know of that have a high school mountain bike team? I think that’s pretty cool in itself and I’m proud of my alma mater! Go Demons!

John Akal is a well-known jazz artist/drummer and leader of the 20-piece Ultraphonic Jazz Orchestra. He also is president of John Akal Imaging, professional commercial photography and multi-media production. He can be reached at jaimaging@aol.com


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