Dia de los Muertos at The Collective

Day of the Dead (Dia de los muertos) is a holiday celebrated throughout Mexico and other parts of the Americas, usually on November 1st and 2nd, in observance of and in celebration of the dead. The festivities include parades, family gatherings at cemeteries and creating beautiful ofrendas, or altars, to recognize, remember and revere the deceased. There have been many artistic traditions associated with the celebration, including sugar skulls, Catrina dolls and poetry.
The Collective will feature the art work of Karen Yust, Judy Sanchez, and Centaurus High School Students.There will also be several Community Ofrendas (alters).

Day of the Dead at the Collective

There will be extensive offering of workshops during the month of October. For more information about the workshops, stop in to The Collective.  25 students per workshop per day.  Sign up over the phone 303-661-1261 or in person at 201 N. Public Road.  Most workshops for ages 2nd grade and up; younger sibling may attend with parent present.
Sugar Skull Decorating Workshop (Wed, Oct 4 5:00-6:30; Sat. Oct 21 10-11:30 am; Wed, Oct 25 5:00-6:30)
Catrina Dolls Workshop: (Tues, Oct 10 5:00-6:00; Sat, Oct 28, 4:00-5:00)
Day of the Dead Poetry (Tues Oct 3 4:00-5:00, Mon, Oct 23, 4:00-5:00)
Free Calavera Face-Painting Wednesday, November 1, 3:00 – 6:00 pm; ALL AGES


Community Ofrendas

The community is invited to participate in the community alters and commemorate a loved one as part of The Collective's Dia de los Muertos exhibit.  Bring a memento or a photo of a loved one who has passed, to contribute to the Community Alter.  Small items or copies of photos are welcome.  Items may not be returned.

Call for artists & poets! Extended!

The deadline for See & Respond  - Call for artists & poets has been extended to Oct 8. 

Poets and 2-D artists of all kinds and all ages are invited to See & Respond to the 2017 Lafayette Art on the Street collection by writing poems or creating 2-D works of art in any medium that are inspired by any of the 2017 Art on the Street sculptures. Cash prizes will be awarded in three categories, and three age groups for this juried show: 2-D Art, Photography and Poetry.  More details are available at

New drop off instructions:  Any type of entry may be dropped off at The Collective during normal business hours.  The Collective is located at 201 North Public Road; and open Tuesday - Thursday 10 am - 5 pm, Friday 10 am - 7 pm, Saturday 10 am - 5 pm, Sunday noon - 5 pm.  Final drop off time at Lafayette Public Library 1 - 4, Sunday, October 8.

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See and respond

See & Respond Arts Reception

The See & Respond Art Show and Art on the Street Meet the Artists Reception, featuring the Art on the Street Sculptures and the works they inspired, will be held in Lafayette Public Library October 20, 6:00 – 9:00 pm.  
Poets and 2-D artists of all kinds and all ages were invited to See & Respond to the 
2017 Lafayette Colorado Art on the Street collection by writing poems or creating 2-D works of art, in any medium, that are inspired by any of the 2017 Art on the Street sculptures. Cash prizes will be awarded in three categories, and three age groups for this juried show: 2-D Art, Photography and Poetry.   This is the fifth year of the See & Respond Art Show. More details are available at .


Suessical at Peanut Butter Players

Peanut Butter Players' luncheon theatre performances of SEUSSICAL continue on Saturdays, October 7, 14, 21 and 28 at the Harlequin Center for the Performing Arts, 1376 Miners Drive, Suite 106. This delightful Broadway musical brings to life all the favorite Dr. Seuss characters:  Horton, the elephant, the Whos,  Mayzie and Gertrude BIrds, Yertle the Turtle and many more.  Appropriate for the entire family.  Showtime is 11 a.m. with lunch (hot dog, salad or pbj) at noon.  Admission of $15 includes lunch. Reservations are requested by calling 303-786-8727.

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Indigenous Peoples Day at The Collective

October 12 is Lafayette's official celebration of Indigenous Peoples Day. Join Arapaho historian and film maker, Ava Hamilton, at The Collective, 6:30 - 8:30 pm, for a participatory workshop called, "Roots of Injustice, Seeds of Change: Toward Right Relationship with Native Peoples." We will experience the colonization of North America from the point of view of the Native peoples, and ask ourselves, "How can all Americans work together, now, to heal the wounds of genocide and colonization?" Recommended for high school students and adults. More info at

Scramble Campbell

Scramble Campbell Book Signing

Join Keith "Scramble" Campbell and friends at the Arts Hub, Friday, September 29; 6 - 9:30 pm. for an intimate book signing and gallery exhibit at the Arts Hub in Lafayette, CO. Campbell's new book "Live Music Painter" features Scramble's signature works, many that will be on display for the exhibit's closing event. Enjoy the guitar stylings of Billy Donovan and a Live Music Painter demonstration by the artist himself. A limited number of copies of "Live Music Painter" will be available for signing during the event. The "Signature" collection are artworks that have been signed by the musicians on the canvas and the signatures becomes part of the art. Libations and hors d'oeuvres will be served.Arts Hub, 420 Courtney Way.

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Sans Souci presents "Kids+Dance+Film" at Lafayette Library

Featuring 12 short films from around the world, this family-friendly afternoon program will entertain and delight.  From ballet in a magical mansion, to a dance party in a city club, to dancing on train tracks, rooftops, and clay pottery, there is something in this show for everybody! Free and open to the public, Red Vines movie snacks provided, as always! Hosted by Sans Souci Festival of Dance Cinema in the Meeting Room at the Lafayette Public Library, "Kids+Dance+Film" will take place Sunday, October 22, 2-3 pm. 
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Lafayette Latino Families
Our Latino Heritage: Latino Families in Lafayette
LPL proudly hosts a community collaborative exhibit in September, created from photos and stories of Lafayette Latino families. Community members are invited to add their own framed family photos, past and present to the ever-growing exhibit of photos and stories about their families, friends, and heroes. The stories will be included in a community notebook as part of the exhibit. To submit your photos and stories, contact Karen Andrews,
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On the Same Page Book Discussion 

Sunday, October 1, 2 pm
Join in a lively discussion of Sing for Your Life, our annual community read with Louisville and Superior. Light refreshments will be served.
On The Same Page: Special Guest Appearance by Mezzo-Soprano Sarah Coit 
October 5, 7 pm
Winner of the Metropolitan Opera's 2017 Rocky Mountain Regional Auditions, Sarah Coit will share what it's like to build a career singing opera.

The End: Movies and Mortality - Conversations about End of Life

At the Lafayette Public Library
You are invited to a series of interesting and provocative short videos on end-of-life issues, followed by discussion facilitated by members of the community with related expertise.  Each session will begin at 6:30 and end by 7:45.  
Free and open to people of all ages. Join us for any or all sessions.
Oct 2:   Tom Brokaw, noted journalist, and his daughter, Jennifer, an ER physician, have a heart to heart conversation about what’s important in life and what decisions family members may have to make towards the end of a loved one’s life. 
Oct 9:    BJ Miller, a hospice physician who lost one arm and both legs in a high voltage accident, asks big questions, such as how we think about death, and how we honor life. 
Oct 23:  Peg Batten, a bioethicist, tells the story of how and why her husband chose to turn off his ventilator and die, after a bike accident and paralysis. 
Nov 6:  Funeral Director Caitlin Doughty explores ideas for “green burial,” a process that returns our bodies back to the earth in an eco-friendly and self-aware way. 
Nov 20: Lucy Kalanithi shares the journey of her husband, Paul, who wrote “When Breath Becomes Air,” following his diagnosis of terminal cancer at age 36.

LPL Fundraiser
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Center for Musical Arts Faculty Concert

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 29, 5PM at the Center for Musical Arts (200 E. Baseline Rd., Lafayette). Cost: FREE
Join us for a wonderful evening of music presented by the talented Center for Musical Arts Faculty. This concert will feature a variety of musical instruments & styles. This event is free, open to the public and fun for the entire family!

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pARTiculars' Second Annual Halloween Costume Party

pARTiculars' Second Annual Halloween Costume Party is Saturday, October 28!
It's the one night of the year you can be anyone -- or anything -- you want to be! Let your imagination run wild and bring it to pARTiculars for best costume prizes. Live music, food and great company, along with crafts to keep busy any little hands who come with you. And it's free -- our thank-you to our amazing community of friends and supporters. Saturday, October 28 from 5-9pm @ pARTiculars Gallery. 

WOW Halloween Party

October at WOW Children's Museum

Colorado Educational Theater Program - Friday, October 6; 11:30am; Join Colorado Educational Theater for an interactive program exploring creative movement and expression.  Guaranteed to get kids moving and giggling!  This special program is included with Museum admission and is generously sponsored by LCAC.

WOW!'s Halloween Party - Friday, October 27;  5:30m-7:30pm; WOW! is throwing a Halloween Bash and you're invited!  Come dressed in costume and enjoy Halloween crafts, spooky science demonstrations, games, snacks, giveaways and more!  Boxed dinners are available for purchase in advance. Dinners will include sandwich, cookie, chips, pickle, and drink. Tickets: $10 per child; $6 per Member Child; and $5 per adult.  
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Reverence Dance Academy

Dance at Reverence

Dance at Reverence with registered teachers and lots of fun!  Boys dance for free!  Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Lyrical, Modern, Pre-School, and Ballroom.  303-661-0719.  1370 Miners Dr. #111 in Lafayette.  Starting our 16th year!

The Riccardis

THE RICCARDIS! in Lafayette

You’ve seen them online, millions of times!
Now, see them in person!  Social Media superstars Sandy and Richard Riccardi visit Lafayette for an evening of musical comedy, satire, parody and fun!    
Friday, October 13 at 7:30pm at the Center for Musical Arts - 200 East Baseline, Lafayette
     - They make fun of Nazis (Tiki Torch Nazis)
     - They have no patience for spray-tans and bad hair (Boy From Mar-a-Lago)
     - They sang about the election results (We Need a Little Xanax)
     - And they sing about whatever this is (Covfefe)
Doors open at 7:00; $25 general admission
Online tickets:
Beer and wine available for purchase at the show.
(Only 100 tickets available, few, if any, tickets at the door! Buy ‘em online!)


Art on the Street

The 2017 Art on the Street sculptures line Public Road in Old Town Lafayette. Take a stroll or view the website to enjoy the sculptures.
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Artist Vincent and Carolyn Lee Toplo

Shawnee, Colorado
Location: 603 S. Public Road
Near the Lafayette Post Office
Materials: Stainless steel, brass, copper
Price $2,400

For more information about this or any other Art on the Street Sculpture, visit the website or contact

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