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. 50 Plus Marketplace News . Denver Metro . August 2010 . Page 7 Enjoy classic slot machine play with real coins and warm, friendly service where our team members treat you like part of our family! Must be 21. Management reserves all rights. See Golden Rewards center for details. Gambling Problem? Call 1- 800- 522- 4700. Across from the Mardi Gras! 9788- GCG Gulch MarketPlace Ad # 1. pdf 1 7/ 22/ 10 2: 44 PM Text and photos by Ron Stern Located at the three- way inter-section of art, culture and diver-sity, Santa Fe, New Mexico is one Southwestern destination that should be on everyone's vaca-tion map. This one- time home of Pueblo Indian villages is now both accessible and affordable for those seeking a cultural oasis that has re-tained its heritage, ambiance and historical charm. Considered to be the oldest cap- Santa Fe, NM ital city in America, Santa Fe has long attracted art and culture lov-ers. Georgia O'Keeffe was inspired by the natural lighting of the des-ert here and you can see many of her works at the museum in her name. Many other museums in the area, including the Poe Cultural Center and Museum, celebrate the traditions and culture of the an-cestral Pueblo of Pojoaque people through various artistic exhibits. With more than 200 individual galleries, this is a shopping Mec-ca, offering everything from fine art, Native American pottery and sculptures and locally made deli-cacies. On the historic main plaza, locals congregate along East Pal-ace Avenue, offering their beauti-ful hand- made silver and turquoise necklaces, bracelets and rings. We have bought several works of art here at what I would consider to be bargain prices. Santa Fe offers many accommo-dations from which to choose, from economy to luxury, and on this trip I stayed at the newly designed Hil-ton Santa Fe Golf Resort & Spa at Buffalo Thunder. Just a short 15 minute drive from downtown, this is Hilton's first Native American partnership- the resort is owned and operated by the Pueblo of Po-joaque. With 395 rooms, this 4- star re-sort features beautifully adorned suites, a full- service spa, a Hale Irwin- Bill Phillips designed golf course, a 13,000 sq. ft. retail shop-ping promenade, tennis courts, two pools, and a 61,000 sq. ft. casino that includes a non- smoking area. Room rates at the resort start as low as $ 139 and vary based on the season. Whether you are ready for an intimate weekend getaway or a longer family vacation, Santa Fe will both enchant you and beck-on you to return. American Eagle has made this an easy trip to take with three convenient daily flights connecting from Denver through Dallas- Ft. Worth. Resources: Hilton Santa Fe Golf Resort & Spa at Buffalo Thunder, www. buffalothunder. com. Santa Fe Convention and Visitors Bureau www. santafe. org. American Air-lines, www. aa. com Hilton Hotels, www. hilton. com. Affordable Shopping, Dining and Entertainment in the Historic Southwest

Page 8 . 50 Plus Marketplace News . Denver Metro . August 2010 Blessing of the Animals October 4, 2010, 10: 30 - 11: 30 a. m. Dumb Friends League's Quebec Street Shelter Sheilagh R. Malo Pet Memorial Garden Regardless of your religious affiliations or philosophy, the Dumb Friends League invites you to join in celebration of all creatures- great and small. In conjunction with the traditional feast day of St. Francis of As-sisi, the League is holding a Blessing of the Animals. Bring your four- legged friends to the Dumb Friends League, 2080 S. Quebec St., where a brief ceremony is planned. Admission is free. R. S. V. P. by calling ( 303) 751- 5772, Ext. 7081. For information, visit www. ddfl. org, or call ( 303) 751- 5772, Ext. 1378. The Wildlife Experience invites you to sample good food and frosty beverages from some of Colora-do's finest local breweries and res-taurants, relax in the cigar lounge and peruse The Wildlife Experi-ence's galleries and exhibits. This event features a diverse lineup of breweries, live music by " Flock of Beagles" and tantalizing treats. A few of the breweries that are participating in the event include Wynkoop Brewing Co., Rock-yard American Grill & Brewing Co., Dry Dock Brewing Co., Av-ery Brewing Co., Great Divide Brewing Co. and Full Sail Brew-ing Co. Some restaurants include Pasquini's Lone Tree, Melting Pot, Abo's Pizza and Noodles & Com-pany. Over 50 vendors sample their products at the 2010 Art & Ale Festival at The Wildlife Expe-rience. Art & Ale is sponsored in part by Go Toyota and Namaste Solar. Friday, August 20, 2010. Art & Ale runs from 6 p. m. to 10 p. m. rain or shine. At The Wildlife Experience, 10035 South Peoria Parker. 720- 488- 3300. $ 45 Indi-vidual, $ 80 Couple, $ 35 Individual Members, $ 139 package includes a room at Courtyard Marriott, shut-tle, 2 Art & Ale tickets, breakfast, late checkout and more! Tickets are available online at thewildlifeexperience. org or by calling 720.488.3344. Purchase the hotel package by calling 720- 895- 0160. The event has sold out in the past, so purchase yours soon. Art & Ale Brew Festival is a 21 Plus event. The Wildlife Experience To Host Annual Art & Ale Brew Festival Jefferson Symphony Announces Summer Concerts in the Parks The Jefferson Symphony Or-chestra begins its 58th consecu-tive season with a celebration of free summer concerts in Jefferson County parks, performing selec-tions from classical and modern musical favorites. Concerts at the following Jef-ferson County locations are free, thanks in part to the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District and sponsorship by Exempla Lu-theran Medical Center, the City of Wheat Ridge and the City of Golden. Thursday, August 19, 6: 30 p. m., part of the Wheat Ridge Carnation Festival, Exempla Lu-theran Medical Center, 8500 W. 38th Ave. at Lutheran Parkway Sunday, August 22, 6: 30 p. m., conclusion of Golden's Fine Arts Festival, Parfet Park, Golden, 10th St. and Washington Ave. The symphony also performs at the Arvada Center for the Performing Arts on September 2, featuring Masakazu Ito, Gui-tar. Ito performs a Colorado de-but of Concierto una Fiesta Para by Joaquin Rodrigo and Con-certo for Guitar and Orchestra by Antonio Vivaldi. Other selec-tions are An American in Paris by George Gershwin, selections from Westside Story by Leonard Bernstein and a Stevie Wonder Medley, arranged by Walter Barr. Tickets for this event may be ob-tained from the Arvada at 720- 898- 7200. The Jefferson Symphony is a nonprofit organization com-posed of 95 dedicated and gifted musicians. For more informa-tion, visit www. jeffsymphony. org or call 303- 278- 4237. Bravissimo! Celebrating our 58th Season