This Week's Day-by-Day Picks

Sunday, November 30Despite rinks nixed at Skyline Plaza, Larimer Square and (the ghost of Christmas past?) the long-departed Zeckendorf Plaza, the Fillmore Plaza ice-skating rink in Cherry Creek is not the only game in town this year, or at least not in the Denver-Boulder area: WinterSkate, which opened to the public last week, returns this year in a fancy new home at One Boulder Plaza (13th Street and Canyon Boulevard), Boulder's own version of Rockefeller Center. The rink is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, 9 to 10 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday until winter's end (or when the ice melts, whichever comes first). Admission is $2.50 to $4.50; skate rental is $2.50. Call 303-449-3825.

Monday, December 1The Colorado AIDS Project treats World AIDS Dayas an opportunity to improve visibility, and that's a good thing. Among the activities CAP will host today are street-outreach events, complete with condom distribution and HIV testing information, from 1:30 to 5 p.m. on the 16th Street Mall and at the intersection of Colfax and Broadway, and citywide displays of red ribbons representing lives lost to AIDS at the Denver City and County Building, the Pepsi Center, the Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library, the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, DIA's main terminal, and the CAP offices, at 701 East Colfax Avenue. For additional events and information, call 303-837-0166 or log on to www.coloradoaidsproject.org.

Tuesday, December 2You know the Cherry Creek Shopping Center has a Santa: The jolly old elf set up shop this year inside the mall's gigantic Christmas tree and has been doing lap duty there for over a week. But what about kids who can't hear his ho-ho-ho? Cherry Creek prides itself in having something for everyone, and lo and behold, Signing Santa will also be on duty, along with his limber digits, from 9 a.m. to noon today and tomorrow, at 3000 East First Avenue. Call 303-388-3900 or go to www.shopcherrycreek.com for information.

Wednesday, December 3The canopy will be heated, thank goodness, and properly decorated for the holiday concert series at Hudson Gardens, 6115 South Santa Fe Drive, Littleton, where most of the green things have gone to sleep for the winter. And besides, the music will keep you and yours warm. The December series kicks off tonight at 7 p.m. with the Aries Brass Quintet; Colcannon, Bonnie Phipps and the Ms. Behavin' Barbershop Quartet entertain on subsequent Sundays through December 21. Admission is $4 to $6; call 303-797-8565 or log on to www.hudsongardens.org.

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