May Is Fun For Everyone

It’s May in the Cherry Creek Valley. Kids are playing in the sprinklers, there are festivals every weekend and everywhere you look things are in full bloom. Wander neighborhood streets, gardens and parks and they’re pumping out beautiful foliage and fabulous flowers. It’s the month to get tanned, rested and ready for summer.

May is one of the most gorgeous months of the year. The bees are buzzing, the flowers are blooming and the birds are chirping. It is emblematic of love and success.

Here are our surefire sunlit choices for shopping, dining and entertainment to make the month shine bright, beautiful and bold like a bountiful bouquet of flowers:

3          May is with us; the month of sunshine, flowers and the fun Furry Scurry two-mile walk around Wash Park May 6, 9 a.m. Vendors offer pet-related products, plus food, demos and contests. Information: 303-751-5772.

3          Spring for Denver Recycles’ free mulch giveaway May 6 at Havana Nursery and four satellite sites, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Information: 720-913-1311.

3          May is the month of big celebrations so don’t miss Denver Film Society’s 40th May 11 at Wings Over the Rockies, 7 p.m. Information: 303-595-3456.

3          Maybe May is lucky so head to the Hold ’Em Poker fundraiser game in Phillips Hall at the JCC May 18, 5:30 p.m. Information: 303-316-6312.

3          The most special day in May is Mother’s Day so show her how special she is by treating her at the Valley’s favorite neighborhood Italian Bistro Shells & Sauce on Sunday, May 14. Reservations: 303-377-2091.

3          Another May new buds and flowers shall bring: Ah, it’s the last month of spring and time to treat yourself to energy efficient window shades from Cherry Creek Shade & Drapery. Information: 303-355-4223.

3          May is magical so catch the Illusionists playing at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House live from Broadway, May 19-21. Information: 303-893-4100.

3          For a marvelous May day custom take free Lawn Bowling lessons at Wash Park, May 20, 11 a.m. Info:

3          May is a fun time for outdoor festivals, food and fun and nothing could be finer than Colorado Corks & Cuisine at Four Mile Historic Park May 25, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Enjoy brewed, distilled, vented, and plated summer creations at this out-of-doors artisans event. Your support for the annual Four Mile fundraiser goes to help both community events and low-cost school programming year-around. Information: 721-865-0800.

In any given year, no month ever begins or ends on the same day of the week as May does. May is the month of flowers and also the month with the shortest name. Going back to ancient times, May was a time for outdoor festivities and celebration. People back then celebrated by marching in flower-decked parades (not unlike modern-day parades).

Among the changing months of the year, Scottish poet and playwright James Thomson declared, “May stands confest. The sweetest, and in fairest colors dressed.”

’Tis the month when the Valley is covered with plants and flowers sprouting colors that sizzle in the sunshine. With each day going by hope is reborn, dreams come true and a little step is taken toward happiness. Our wish then: May this May be unbelievably exceptional, amazingly colorful and filled with joy, laughter and love.

— Glen Richardson

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