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Monday July 3 You make me feel like dancing: What happens when you mix flamenco, Zen archery and Buddhist chanting? Japanese-American choreographer Hirokazu Kozaka, along with some guest artists, will answer that question for youngsters ages five to eighteen during a lecture/performance held today in conjunction with the Colorado Dance Festival's Kids' Action Network. The children's event, featuring excerpts from America Maru, Kozaka's full-length work exploring the experience of first-generation Japanese in this country, starts at 12:30 p.m. at the Space for Dance, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder. Admission is free, but reservations are suggested, as seating is limited. Call 442-7666.

Tuesday July 4 The Fourth be with you: The Fourth of July is the quintessential ripe watermelon of a summer holiday, requiring barbecued burgers, screaming kids and evening skies lit with rockets' red glare. Celebrating will be easy, in town or out, as there are plenty of things to do. At Lakeside Amusement Park, I-70 and Sheridan, the family can party on a budget--all ride coupons will be sold for a dime apiece, or you adrenaline junkies can get zoned on an $8 unlimited ride pass. Lakeside, home of the Cyclone, Wild Chipmunk and Flying Dutchman, opens at noon; call 477-1621. Various metro communities will be treating their denizens to fireworks shows, but at Front Range Community College, 3645 W. 112th Ave. in Westminster, you'll get your eyeful along with an earful--Igor's Jazz Cowboys will provide a Western swing backdrop before the whole thing goes up in smoke. Admission is free; call 429-1999. And the Colorado Symphony Orchestra can always be counted on to provide patriotic and bombastic fare--from Sousa's Stars and Stripes Forever to Tchaikovsky's booming 1812 Overture--during its annual Independence Day concert at Fiddler's Green. You can bet the sky will be popping there, as well. Admission to the 8 p.m. concert ranges from $5 to $15; call 986-8742. Escape routes are available, too--above Boulder, the Gold Hill Inn's 4th of July Mountain Barbecue features brisket, chicken and all the trimmings, along with boogie-woogie rock and roll from Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen. Celebrate from noon to 5; tickets are $16 in advance ($9 music only, $1 more day of show). For information call 443-6461. The residents of Coal Creek Canyon are doing the Fourth the old-fashioned way, with contests, a 5K run, a parade, entertainment, an Antique Steam and Gas Engine Festival and Market, and even a dunking booth. It all takes place eleven miles west of the intersection of Highways 93 and 72 between the hours of 8:30 and 5; call 642-3129. And Central City is throwing a Freedomfest, featuring streetside casino cuisine, mock gunfights and gold-panning demonstrations during the day, and music by headliners Poco, followed by fireworks, at night. Call 1-800-542-2999.

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