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DENVER ” People can use their “spidey sense” to negotiate the twists and turns of the newly expanded cornfield this fall at the Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield’s corn maze.

This year’s maze, which has grown to 8.5 acres, is in the shape of a spider spinning its web. The design was created in honor of next year’s “Big Bugs” sculpture exhibit at the gardens and is one of the most difficult maze patterns yet.

The maze features numerous winding pathways created by 9-foot tall stalks of corn. Two 15-foot tall illuminated bridges overlook the giant corn maze, and a mini-maze will thrill younger children. The maze is open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from Sept. 8 -Oct. 31.

Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield is located at 8500 Deer Creek Canyon Road in Littleton, just south of Colorado Highway 470 on Wadsworth Boulevard. Visit http://www.botanicgardens.org or call 720-865-3500 for more information.

BRECKENRIDGE ” Aspiring to get into the movies? The Breckenridge Film Festival is holding a meeting today for folks willing to volunteer some time during the festival, Sept. 7-10.

All types of volunteers are needed, especially in ticket sales. Different amounts of time are available from a three-hour slot to working the entire festival.

Today’s meeting at 5 p.m. will be at Downstairs at Eric’s in Breckenridge where those interested in volunteering can eat pizza and sign up for a slot to work.

Call the Breck Film Fest office at 453-6200 for more information or to volunteer.

DENVER ” At A Taste of Colorado, festival-goers will not only be able to taste food from 50 of the area’s favorite restaurants, but they will be able to learn how to create tasty meals in their own home at the Culinary Showcase presented by 630AM KHOW. A Taste of Colorado will take place Labor Day weekend, Friday-Monday, in downtown Denver’s Civic Center Park.

The Culinary Showcase, hosted by Denver radio personality Pat Miller, “The Gabby Gourmet,” features local and nationally known chefs who will share tips and techniques that will help enlighten and entertain everyone from those who burn toast to those who know their way around a saucepan.

Also at A Taste of Colorado, festival-goers will find six entertainment stages serving up a continuous menu, featuring rock, jazz, country, and ethnic groups. New festival hours are Friday 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 10:30 a.m.-10 p.m., and Monday 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m. For more information about A Taste of Colorado, visit http://www.atasteofcolorado.com, or call 303-295-6330.

DENVER ” The Glass Artists Fellowship hosts its 27th annual Glass at the Gardens show Sept. 13-22 at the Denver Botanic Gardens.

The Glass at the Gardens is a 10-day, juried show showcasing glass artists specializing in original glass work in the areas of cold work (leaded stained glass, copper foil and mosaic panels), warm work (kiln work) and hot work (torch and furnace work).

Since 1979, the Glass Artists Fellowship has served as a forum for glass artists, initiating opportunities for education, sharing, promotion and friendship. Its fundamental goals are accomplished through newsletter distribution, seminars, workshops, guest speakers and field trips to studios to experience various techniques in art glass. Visit http://www.glassartistsfellowship.com for membership information and entry forms for Glass at the Gardens.

The gardens are located at 1005 York Street, Denver. Call 720-865-3500 for more information.

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