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A wide variety of events are coming to the Loveland area in the coming week, from comedy to festivals to theater to music.
The Budweiser Events Center will bring Jim Gaffigan and his “Fun Tour” to Loveland for a show at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16, at the Budweiser Events Center, 5290 Arena Circle.
The Grammy-nominated comedian is an actor, writer, producer, two-time New York Times best-selling author and father of five, known for his unique brand of humor which largely revolves around fatherhood and his observations on life.
In addition to his own television show, popular stand-up comedy and best-selling books, Gaffigan has guest starred on many television comedies and dramas, ranging from “Portlandia” and “The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” to HBO’s cult hits “Flight of the Concords” and “Bored to Death” to dramatic roles in all three versions of “Law & Order.”
His movie credits include “Three Kings,” “Hot Pursuit,” “Super Troopers” and “17 Again.”
Tickets are $65-$75, available at budweisereventscenter.com and the Budweiser Events Center box office.
Loveland Oktoberfest will take place 4-10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16, and noon-10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, at Fairgrounds Park, 700 S. Railroad Ave., Loveland.
The event includes beers from Loveland breweries, family activities and authentic German food and music. There will be a stein-hoisting competition at 3 p.m. Saturday and a best-dressed competition at 5:30 p.m. Saturday.
The event is presented by Grimm Brothers Brewhouse and the Loveland and Big Thompson Kiwanis Clubs.
Admission is free and all ages are welcome.
For details, visit oktoberfestloveland.org.
The Friends of the Loveland Library needs used book donations for their 2022 Fall Used Book Sale. All donations help fund programs for the Loveland Public Library.
The Sorting Place donation facility is located at 1010 W. 10th St., Loveland. Walk-in donations are accepted at 10 a.m.-noon Tuesdays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesdays and noon-2 p.m. Thursdays.
The drop-off bins in front of the building are also open any time for smaller donations of books in good condition.
The Fall Used Book Sale is planned Oct. 21-23 at The Ranch in Loveland.
For details, visit folpl.wildapricot.org/Book-Sale.
The Chilson Recreation Center, 700 E. Fourth St., Loveland, will offer Kids Nite Out at 7-10:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10.
The event for ages 7-12 offers activities such as a soccer tournament, Super Smash Bros Battle, crafts and a selfie station.
Cost is $15 per child.
For details, visit kidsniteout.org/locations/loveland.
The Loveland Downtown District, Centerra and Visit Loveland will hold the Scarecrow Scavenger Hunt Oct. 14 to Nov. 1 to kick off the fall season.
The call for scarecrow artists is currently open; apply at lovelandcreates.org/opportunities or https://downtownloveland.org/scarecrow.
Businesses can sign up to be a sponsor at https://downtownloveland.org/scarecrow or can create their own scarecrow and sign up to participate in the program.
A Lunch ’n’ Learn Gardening Class will focus on fruit trees for the Front Range at noon-1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14, online.
Future monthly classes in the Lunch ’n’ Learn Gardening series will focus on:
•Oct. 12: Great Plants for Fall Color.
•Nov. 9: A Gardening Year-in-Review.
•Dec. 14: Evergreens for the Colorado Landscape.
The classes presented by Northern Colorado Libraries and CSU Extension are free, but registration is required.
To register for the Sept. 14 class, visit bit.ly/3CM1hoD, and after registering you will get a link to join the Zoom meeting.
Candlelight Dinner Playhouse, 4747 Marketplace Drive, Johnstown, will present the musical “The Scarlet Pimperel,” Sept. 15-Nov. 6.
The story is described as a swashbuckling action/ adventure musical about the French Revolution and the battle for Liberty, Equality and Fraternity.
The show will be offered at 6 p.m. Thursday-Saturdays and at noon Saturdays and Sundays.
Tickets are $35-$72.50.
For details, call 970-744-3747 or visit coloradocandlelight.com.
Encore Encore will present “Screwball Comedy” at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Sept. 16-17 and Sept. 23-24, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18, at the Lincoln Center, 417 W. Magnolia, Fort Collins.
The play captures the wit and humor of classic movies from the ‘30s and ‘40s. Mary Hayes thinks she has what it takes to be a star reporter. Jeff Kincaid used to have what it takes but has been coasting on his past success and charm a little too long. The Chronicle only needs one star reporter, pitting Mary and Jeff in a winner-take-all battle.
Adult tickets are $18 or $16 for the matinee. Children 12 and under are $14.
For details, call 970-221-6730 or visit lctix.com.
The Sustainable Living Association will sponsor a showing of “Don’t Look Up” at 8-10 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15, at the Lyric Cinema outdoor theater, 1209 N. College Ave., Fort Collins.
As part of the Impact Series on Climate Change, the showing is free to the public.
In the film, Kate Dibiasky (Jennifer Lawrence), an astronomy grad student, and her professor Dr. Randall Mindy (Leonardo DiCaprio) make an astounding discovery of a comet orbiting within the solar system. It’s on a direct collision course with Earth and no one seems to care.
Just 100 seats are available. RSVP to sustainablelivingassociation.org/bike-in-movie-dont-look-up.
The Bonnie & Taylor Sims Band will present a concert at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14, at Fort Collins Nursery, 2121 E. Mulberry St., Fort Collins.
Clay Rose will open.
The event also will include a benefit auction, with auction proceeds and ticket sales going to The Matthews House, which helps families disrupt the cycles of poverty and abuse.
Tickets are $22 in advance or $27 at the door. Ages 12 and under are free.
Audience members are encouraged to bring lawn chairs for seating.
For details, call 970-482-1984 or visit fortcollinsnursery.com.
Children’s Speech and Reading Center will present An Evening with Dr. Temple Grandin at 4-8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15, at Northside Aztlan Community Center, 112 E. Willow St., Fort Collins.
Dr. Grandin, a noted American scientist, academic and animal behaviorist, who has autism, will speak at 6 p.m.
The event also will include story time, designing paper airplanes, food trucks and a chance to gathering resource and ask Grandin questions.
Admission is free. To attend the question-and-answer session with Grandin, register at https://bit.ly/3CYwC7E.
“Jazz in Paris” will be the theme for the Global Village Museum or Arts and Culture’s 12th annual gala at 5-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15, at the Fort Collins Elks Lodge, 1424 E. Mulberry, Fort Collins.
The event includes live music from Lorna’s Swingset, live and silent auctions, a cake auction and games.
Tickets are $75 per person and include dinner and dessert. A cash bar will be available.
For details, call 970-221-4600 or visit globalvillagemuseum.org.
The Colorado Ovarian Cancer Alliance will hold the third annual NoCo Gynecological Cancer Walk and Brunch at 9-11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, at Fort Collins City Park Picnic Shelter 7, 1500 W. Mulberry St., Fort Collins.
Survivors, family members and those who have been affected by gynecological cancer are encouraged to join in the family event, which will include a light brunch, kids activities and special ceremonies for survivors and to memorialize loved ones who have been lost.
Cost is $15 for adults, $10 for survivors and free for kids.
Register at colo-ovariancancer.org.
Fort Collins Reads has announced Kirkus Prize finalist Aimee Nezhukumatathil will be the guest author at this year’s November event at the Fort Collins Hilton when the author will discuss her New York Times best-selling illustrated collection of nature essays “World of Wonders: In Praise of Fireflies, Whale Sharks, and Other Astonishments.”
The book was Barnes & Noble’s 2020 Book of the Year.
Co-chairs Marty Marsh and Teresa Steele said in a news release they hope the book will teach and inspire readers and stimulate lively discussions.
Nezhukumatathil is a professor of English and creative writing in the University of Mississippi’s master of fine arts program and the author of four books of poetry. Her nonfiction essay collection “World of Wonders: In Praise of Fireflies, Whale Sharks, and Other Astonishments” is about family, nature and belonging, including the author’s family’s immigrant experience and growing up in America in the 1980s as the child of a South Indian father and Filipina mother.
Copies of World of Wonders are available for purchase at a 20% discount for our readers through Old Firehouse Books, the official bookseller of Fort Collins Reads. The book is also available through the Poudre libraries, which will have book club kits.
Tickets for the event are available at Old Firehouse books or on the Fort Collins Reads website at fortcollinsreads.org.
OPEN Fort Collins, a celebration of community and nature, will take place at 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, at Lee Martinez Park, 600 N. Sherwood, Fort Collins.
OPEN (Opportunities for People to Engage in Nature) is presented by City of Fort Collins Natural Areas and CSU Warner College Office of Diversity and Inclusion with a goal to show the beauty of Fort Collins through its natural areas while introducing Fort Collins residents and Colorado State University students to various businesses owned by diverse individuals.
For details, visit bit.ly/3qmHqEI.
Houska Automotive will mark its 70th anniversary with The Garage Band celebration at 5-8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, at Houska Automotive’s Heavy Duty shop, 1005 Riverside Drive, Fort Collins.
The event will feature regional band The Burroughs.
The picnic-style celebration is free, but each attendee is requested to bring a donation for the UCHealth Family Medicine Center food pantry.
The top 10 food items that the FMC food pantry requests are peanut butter, beans and lentils, canned tuna and chicken, rice, pasta, baby food, canned fruit, cereal or oatmeal, gluten-free nonperishable items and vegan and vegetarian nonperishable items. Monetary donations also will be accepted.
People can bring picnics and lawn chairs.
For details, visit houskaautomotive.com.
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