Tuesday, March 30Spring-breakers ages ten to seventeen are invited to Ride the Rails and RTD during a series of chaperoned excursions sponsored by the City of Aurora. Trips leave the Aurora History Museum, 15001 East Alameda Drive, weekdays at 8:30 a.m. through April 2; bring your own lunch and be prepared to be out on the road until 1 p.m. Fees for the changing roster of urban expeditions are $8 to $10 daily; for information, call 303-739-6660 or log on to www.auroragov.org.
Wednesday, March 31Short and sweet -- that's the annual Aspen Shortsfest, a different kind of film festival presenting only short works during its five-day duration. This year's film and video competition, held today through April 4 at Aspen's Wheeler Opera House and other locations in Aspen, Carbondale and Glenwood Springs, offers a kaleidoscopic range of 58 films from 21 countries. The fest comprises everything from comedies to animation, as well as celebrity guests, a Planet Cinema history program, a family film event and more; for schedule and ticket information, call 1-970-920-5770 or visit www.aspenshortsfest.org.