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2017 Littleton Twilight Criterium | Part of USA Cycling’s National Calendar

Gravina’s Window Center of Littleton is proud to be a part of the 2017 LittletonTwilight Criterium Bike Race

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The Littleton Twilight Criterium is back for its fifth year! It’s a free festival atmosphere featuring food, a beer garden, kids activities and live music on the streets into the evening.

A “criterium” race is defined as a timed circuit around a short, technical course. Spectators can watch the racers fly by the 0.8 mile course at nearly 30 mph! The event is part of USA Cycling’s National Calendar. There will be six total races, highlighted by the Men’s and Women’s Professional races under the lights.

MUSIC

Dance the night away with an old school rock band, a Police tribute band and one of Denver’s top party bands!
3:30 – 4:30 p.m. – Blinker Fluid Band
5 – 7:30 p.m. – Message in a Bottle
8- 10:30 p.m. – HomeSlice Band

RACE SCHEDULE

3:30 p.m. – Senior Women Category 3 & 4
4:25 p.m. – Senior Men Category 3
5:30 p.m. – Senior Men Category 4 & 5
6:25 p.m. – Men Age 40+ Elite
7:30 p.m. – Cruiser Ride Led by Primrose School of Littleton (Free and open to all ages! Bring your bike and helmet)
7:55 p.m. – Senior Women Professional 1 & 2
9:05 p.m. – Senior Men Professional 1 & 2

BEER GARDEN

The festive beer garden will be located on Prince Street complete with lawn games and craft brews from our partners at Breckenridge Brewery.

PARKING

Public parking is available at Arapahoe Community College Parking Lot B and at the Littleton Center. Shuttles will be running between these two lots and the race course every few minutes. Parking also available at the Arapahoe County lots at Crestline Avenue and Prince Street.

VELORAMA

Join in the fun at the Littleton Twilight Criterium and stop by the Velorama booth to purchase discount tickets to the    2017 LITTLETON TWILIGHT CRITERIUM
Velorama Festival and Colorado Classic in Downtown Denver on August 11-13.

Thank you to the 2017 sponsors!
GOLD SPONSORS
• XFINITY
• pedal of Littleton

SILVER SPONSORS
• Littleton Adventist Hospital

BRONZE SPONSORS
• Arapahoe Community College
• SCL Health
• HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Littleton
• Radiology Imaging Associates/Invision Sally Jobe

SUPPORTING SPONSORS
• A Paris Street Market
• Primrose School of Littleton
• NOVA Home Loans
• ViewHouse Littleton
• Chatham Financial
• Safeway
• Chick-fil-A Aspen Grove
• Pactimo

IN-KIND SPONSORS
• Littleton Independent
• Town Hall Arts Center
• Pro Auto Care
• Rocky Mountain Bottled Water


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Littleton Art District aims for attention

ART GALLERIES IN HISTORIC DOWNTOWN LITTLETON

New Downtown Littleton Art District aims for attention, business

 

LITTLETON, CO - MAY 1: Angela Faris Belt smooths out a photograph after it was wheat pasted on a wall at the Arapahoe Community College Art & Design Center in Littleton, Colorado on May 1, 2015. Littleton is the latest metro community to launch a First Friday Art Walk, taking place in downtown Littleton the first Friday of every month. (Photo by Seth McConnell/The Denver Post)

Angela Faris Belt smooths out a photograph after it was pasted on a wall May 1 at the Arapahoe Community College Art & Design Center in Littleton. Littleton is the latest metro community to launch a First Friday art walk, taking place in downtown Littleton the first Friday of every month. (Seth McConnell, YourHub)

LITTLETON —Considering how Historic Downtown Littleton is dotted with galleries and art-friendly businesses — not to mention being home to an art school — it may come as a surprise that the area hadn’t been hosting First Friday art walk events already.

But now the area and the new Downtown Littleton Art District are on the First Friday bandwagon, and business owners, local officials and art students alike are hoping the monthly events, so popular in places like Denver’s Art District on Santa Fe, will help shine a light on the city’s artistic side.

“Littleton does such fun and unique things down here, and it just seemed like we needed an art walk to add to the festivities,” said Sudee Floyd, owner of Outnumbered Gallery.

Floyd opened Outnumbered just north of Main Street on South Prince Street in August and has helped pump momentum into the downtown art district. She said she had been hosting informal First Friday gatherings at her gallery since the fall.

A city resident most of her life, Floyd said the last recession was tough on Littleton galleries, but the art scene is bouncing back with the economy. With support from the city, which facilitated art district discussions and flew a banner over Main Street announcing the art walk, she sees the events becoming major draws.

“I think people are ready,” Floyd said before the First Friday got underway May 1.

Floyd invited sculptor Tim DeShong to hold a demo in front of her gallery, giving passersby a chance to experiment with shaping stone. The nearby Town Hall Arts Center had four visiting artists in attendance to talk with visitors.

Mayor Phil Cernanec, who calls Historic Downtown Littleton the city’s “stage,” said the art walk is an opportunity to draw attention to the area’s vibrant culture, as well as encourage visits to all area businesses.

“Our hope is that, even though this event is from 6 to 9 p.m., folks might come down and enjoy a meal in Downtown Littleton beforehand and then take in some of that art scene that’s there,” he said.

A major partner in the art district is the art program at Arapahoe Community College. Led by faculty members and artists Nathan Abels and Angela Faris Belt, about a dozen ACC students pasted large photo prints on walls and recreated classic paintings in chalk on the covered walkways of the school’s Art & Design Center at the corner of Prince Street and Alamo Avenue. ACC graphic design students created the logo for the art district.

Ables said First Friday is a great opportunity for the ACC art program to build a sense of community, while also working with its neighbors. Belt added the events are an excellent opportunity for students to see their art featured in public.

“I think it’s high time they had this,” said 56-year-old Rita Bhasin, a student studying painting and digital photography who was helping with one of the sidewalk chalk pieces. “I think it’s fantastic Nathan and Angela have pursued this to integrate ACC into the Littleton Art District.”

Other businesses are involved, as well, staying open later and offering special promotions.

Tandi Venter, co-owner of Spur Coffee, kept her shop on Prince Street open well beyond its usual 5 p.m. close time and brought in singer/songwriter Josh Dillard to play an evening set in the cafe. Venter said it was the first time Spur hosted live music.

“I think it’s great,” Venter said of the art walk. “I hope enough businesses participate.”

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