Reading rewards

Barnes & Noble’s Summer Reading Program rewards kids with a free book, after they’ve taken eight literary adventures. With help from their parents, kids keep track of the books they’ve read in an “Imagination’s Destination Reading Journal.” Once the list is completed, readers in grade one through six can take it to any participating location and pick out their well-deserved reward from a limited selection of children’s books through Sept. 2. tinyurl.com/noblekids

Drink up art

The Museum of Contemporary Art Denver (1485 Delgany St., 303-298-7554) hopes to entice more visitors with its just-launched “Museum-Quality Drinking,” a mix of discounted admission, premium cocktails and live music in the rooftop garden. Throughout the summer, the museum will stay open until 9 p.m. Tuesday through Friday with admission just $5 after 5 p.m. Every Wednesday, visitors can sample tasty cocktails and foods from local businesses, and on Friday nights live music will fill the air. cadenver.org

Senior special

Age has its privileges. On May 31, the 25th annual “Salute to Seniors” fills the Colorado Convention Center’s Mile High Ballroom from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The day starts with morning exercises and continues all day with a 1960s vintage car show, live music, bingo, a photo booth, variety shows, a health and fitness center, food samples and resource fair. This year, for the first time, admission is free. Reservations are suggested by calling 855-880-4777, but everyone is welcome. And how’s this for service? Free parking is available at the Pepsi Center, along with free shuttles to the Convention Center’s front door. tinyurl.com/seniorsalute

Laura Daily and Bryan K. Chavez


Whale call

Friends of the Jefferson County Public Library present its annual “Spring Whale of a Used Book Sale” offering more than 100,000 books, DVDs, CDs, audiobooks and videos May 30 through June 1. Most items are priced 50 cents to $2.50. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 30-31 and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 1. June 1 is Bag Day, bring your own grocery-size bag and fill it for $6. Book sale proceeds fund various literacy programs. A Friends Preview Sale is 6 to 8:30 p.m. May 29. Members get in free, and new members are invited to join online (details on the website) or at the door starting at 5 p.m. Jefferson County Fairgrounds, 15200 W. Sixth Ave., Golden, 303-403-5075, e-mail friends@jeffcolibrary.org, jeffcolibraryfoundation.org

Creature comforts

Every Creature Counts has reduced its cat adoption fees through June 8. Cats 6 years and older are $25, $50 for ages 1 to 5 years and $75 for cats under 1 year. All cats have been spayed or neutered, have vaccines, testing and a microchip. ECC’s animals are offered through a partnership with PetSmart, Chuck & Don’s and Petco. A list of locations and animals available is on the website. everycreaturecounts.org

H2o is the way to go

The Colorado Water Garden Society is gearing up for its Annual Plant Sale June 1 offering various water lilies, bog plants, floating plants and tropical and hardy marginals along with potting materials, supplies and “pond critters.” Hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is free. CWGS staff members will be on hand to offer advice and answer questions. Members get in the door at 9 a.m. Hudson Gardens, 6115 S. Santa Fe Drive, Littleton, 303-423-9216, colowatergardensociety.org

Free days

June 2: Denver Museum of Nature & Science, dmns.org

-Vicki Heath




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