For a taste of the authentic “Old West” come to Virginia Dale Community Club’s Annual Open House, June 13 and 14. This year’s theme is “Settling the West.” The popular local band “Barely Gettin’ By” will kick off the weekend with a Western dance, 7-11 p.m. Friday at the Stage Station. There will be an old-fashioned pie auction at intermission. $10 per person, kids free. The Rocky Mountain High School Lobomess, a Civil War reenactment group, will start Saturday’s activities by raising the flag at 9:15 a.m. followed by a graphic history of the American flag, presented by the National Sojourners. Speakers Barbara Fleming, local historian and authori, Eva Sue Littleton as Lady Moon, Ray Stokes from the National Freightwagon and Stagecoach Association, and historian Wayne Sundberg, will round out the program. The craft show, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday June 14, will feature speakers, general store, silent auction and bake sale. The quilt that will be raffled in December will be on display and tickets will be sold during the event. Local artisans will have wares for sale. There will be games for all ages, alpacas, spinning and other demonstrations. Lunch 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The fifth grade winner of the essay on pioneer life will be awarded a prize. Virginia Dale State Station is 4 miles south of Wyoming border off U.S. 287. Turn on to County Road 43F at Memorial plaque. Turn left at “Y” in the road. The Stage Station is 1 mile down the road. Info: virginiadalecommunityclub.org or call Sylvia Garofalo, 970-495-1828 or Marcie Wells, 970-568-7646.
Garden lovers, this one’s for you: “The Garden in the Museum,” a suite of exhibitions with botanical themes complementing Colorado State University’s Annual Flower Trial Garden, filled with beautiful displays of flowers, is featured at the University Art Museum, 1400 Remington St. in Fort Collins. Exhibitions are: The Illustrator’s Garden: Botanical images from CSU Libraries special collections; Courtney Evan: Cultivar; and Nancy Blum: Drawings. Open to the public June 3. The exhibitions close in September. Museum hours: Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tours, talks and interactive programs for children also featured. Admission free. Info: 970-491-3603 or contact RamTrax@colostate.edu.
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Looking for the ultimate scary story? Check out Bas Bleu Theatre’s “The Woman in Black” playing through June 29. Set in an empty theatre, the story moves with undaunted purpose to its inevitable and chilling ending. 401 Pine St., Fort Collins. Tickets $13 to $25 Info: basbleu.org or 970-498-8949.
If running in a race is your idea of a good time, check out these events in June:
Hope Lives Pink Boa 5k, 8 a.m. June 7, Front Range Village, 2720 Council Tree Ave., Fort Collins. Info: hopelives.org.
Unleash the Beast 5k, 8:30 a.m., June 7, Fossil Creek Park, 5821 S. Lemay Ave., Fort Collins. Info: unleashthebeast5k.com.
Quick as a Blink 5k, June 7, 7:30 a.m., Eye Center of Northern Colorado, 1724 E. Prospect StRd., Fort Collins, pancake breakfast, Info: eyecenternoco.comcharity-5k.
Sierra’s Race Against Meningitis 5k, June 14, 8:30 a.m., The Ranch, 5280 Arena Circle, Loveland, Info: sierrasraceagainstmeningitis.com.
Father’s Day 5k, Old Town Fort Collins, Mountain Ave. and Remington St. 8 a.m., Info: bit.ly/Father’sDay5kFort Collins or 970-221-6358.
Race Against the Odds 5k, Spring Canyon Park, 2626 W. Horsetooth Rd., Fort Collins, Info: raceagainsttheodds.com.
Art lovers won’t want to miss the Governor’s Art Show, a juried exhibition of outstanding works of Colorado’s artists at the Loveland Museum Gallery, 503 Lincoln in Loveland. Open now. Show closes June 15. Info: governorsartshow.org.
Broadway Brunch featuring all you can eat and the best songs of Broadway at Midtown Arts Center, 3750 Mason St. in Fort Collins promises to please lots of dads. Doors open for live jazz at 10 a.m. on Father’s Day, buffet opens at 10:15 a.m., cabaret show at 10:45; $29 a person Info: 970-225-2555 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rialto Theatre, 228 E. Fourth St. in Loveland presents an evening with Leo Kottke, June 4 and 5, 7:30 p.m. Tickets in advance $29, $33 day of show. Info: rialtotheatrecenter.org or 970-962-2120.
Running through July 3, the Fort Collins Museum of Art, 201 S. College Ave. in Fort Collins hosts “Downstream: Encounters with the Colorado River,” an exhibition of photos by Karen Halverson documenting the flow of the Colorado River from its source in the Southern Rocky Mountains of Colorado to its mouth at the Gulf of California. Museum hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays, noon to 5 pm., Saturdays and Sundays.
Celebrate the 10th anniversary of Waltz for the Wolves, a fundraiser for W.O.L.F. First Guardian Angel Auction, Saturday, June 14, 5-9 p.m. The Ranch, First National bank Building North. Tickets $50 at wolfsanctuary.net.
Through June 8: Candlelight Dinner Playhouse presents “Damn Yankees,” a musical comedy home run and eight-time Tony Award winning musical. Box office: 970-744-3747 or ColoradoCandlelight.com.
Plan ahead! Practice up! The Wellington Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring “Chamber II Rounds,” Wellington’s first annual Disc Golf Tournament, on Saturday August 23 at Wellington Disc Golf Course, Third and Mount Oxford streets, Wellington. 8 a.m. registration, first round 9 a.m. $20 entry fee.(You are encouraged to get a company sponsor.) Proceeds to help the Wellington Chamber reach out to more business owners and grow the membership. Info: Ben Parsons, 970-484-3600 or email@example.com.