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By Liz Black

‘The Arsonists’ Opens June 22

Set deep in a Florida swamp, “The Arsonists” is a father-daughter tale of grief, loss and redemption, playing at the Benchmark Theatre, 1560 Teller St., Lakewood, June 22 through July 21. Inspired by the Greek tragedy “Electra,” this play with music is a contemporary American myth that explores the relationship between parent and child in that small space between death and life, the last breath before the awakening.

To learn more, visit www.benchmarktheatre.com/2018/.

City of Lakewood’s July 4 Big Boom Bash

Big Boom Bash by Lakewood, a new Fourth of July celebration hosted by the City of Lakewood, will take place on Wednesday, July 4, rain or shine, at Jeffco Stadium, 500 Kipling St. Admission is free for this event, which kicks off at 5:30 p.m. and culminates with a spectacular 20-minute fireworks display at dark, approximately 9:15 p.m. The event includes children’s activities, a community art project, vendor booths and local food trucks. 

Visit www.lakewood.org/bigboombash/ for details.

Glass Artists of Colorado Opening Reception, July 6

40 West Arts partners with the Glass Artists of Colorado for an opening reception that will feature glass work in multiple styles and forms, Friday, July 6, 5 to 8 p.m., at 40 West Gallery, 1560 Teller St., Lakewood. Artists will also showcase their art-making process during multiple live demos in the space outside the gallery. Join us for this unique exhibit in conjunction with a 40 West Arts First Friday. Beer, wine and light bites are available and all district galleries and creative businesses will be open to the public.

More information can be found at www.40westarts.org/Events.

Kids Yoga Teacher Training, July 12-15

Container Collective Yoga, 1492 Ammons St., Lakewood, will in July offer Kids Yoga Teacher Training, a 35-hour training program that is an extraordinary opportunity for you to be someone who brings a sense of play and full self-expression to children through yoga, meditation and inquiry. In this three-and-a-half-day training, held July 12 through 15, you will be immersed in play and exploration in order to transform the lives of kids in your classroom, studio, community or around the world. You do not need to be a teacher or even work with kids yet to participate in this program.

For more information, visit www.cc360denver.com/.

40 West Arts Members Showcase Opening Reception, Aug. 3

40 West Gallery, 1560 Teller St., Lakewood, welcomes the public to an opening reception for its Members Showcase, which will feature the works of over 20 artist members in multiple styles and mediums. This reception, in conjunction with the Aug. 3 40 West Arts First Friday, from 5 to 8 p.m., is an opportunity to see and buy the work of talented local artisans and makers. Beer, wine and light bites are available and all district galleries and creative businesses will be open to the public.

Visit www.40westarts.org/Events#!/ for details.

True Art WestFest, Aug. 4

Reed Art & Imaging’s first annual TrueArt West Fest 2018 is set for Aug. 4, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. It is an art festival designed to support artists and the growing 40 West Arts District in a fun and affordable art festival designed to introduce artists to the community and make new friends. Located at 8000 W. Colfax, Lakewood, Reed Art is excited to be an integral part of this hive of creativity. Enjoy multiple artisan vendors, music food and more at this fun summer event.

For more information, visit www.reedphoto.com/trueart-west-fest-2018/.

West Colfax MuralFest, Aug. 11

Join 40 WestArts for the 4th annual West Colfax MuralFest on Saturday, Aug. 11, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.! Held in the heart of 40 West Arts District at Lamar Station Plaza (home of Casa Bonita) this festival is a celebration of all things art, creativity and West Colfax. Enjoy live music including local favorites Pandas & People, watch murals painted on-site, see artisan demos and shop local artists and makers. We’ll also have a beer garden, food trucks, kids and family activities tent, art trolley tour and much more. This event is not to be missed!

Visit www.westcolfaxmuralfest.org for more information.