Dolph Grundman, a Metro State history professor, became interested in a lost chapter of Denver's sporting history while doing research for a class. He discovered that for a few decades, Denver was a center of the basketball universe, hosting the annual AAU men's basketball championship on the stage of the Auditorium Theatre. And while the game was light-years away from today's run-and-gun NBA, Grundman found that the corporate-sponsored teams -- including the Denver Piggly Wigglys -- helped pave the way for today's hoopsters. Heck, there was even a squad called the Nuggets. The era lives again in Grundman's tome The Golden Age of Amateur Basketball: The AAU Tournament, 1921-1968.

Boulder photographer John B. Weller fell in love with the Great Sand Dunes years ago, and he began documenting the beautiful sand swells on repeated trips. His compilation, Great Sand Dunes National Park: Between Light and Shadow, released by Westcliffe Publishers last year, is a stunning introduction to a unique part of our state. And while Weller was torn about over-publicizing the fragile area, he believes that the more people come to love the Dunes, the better the chances of preserving them.


Boulder photographer John B. Weller fell in love with the Great Sand Dunes years ago, and he began documenting the beautiful sand swells on repeated trips. His compilation, Great Sand Dunes National Park: Between Light and Shadow, released by Westcliffe Publishers last year, is a stunning introduction to a unique part of our state. And while Weller was torn about over-publicizing the fragile area, he believes that the more people come to love the Dunes, the better the chances of preserving them.

The Nuggets' barely sophomore star has endured plenty of hardships -- and we're not just talking about the All-Star Game snub. Melo's life gets a frank examination in Carmelo Anthony: It's Just the Beginning, a 48-page hardcover authored by sportswriter Greg Brown, who has also profiled the lives of Vince Carter and Dan Marino. "I lived in depressed places, and I've felt depression," Carmelo told Brown. "My biggest goal growing up was surviving." With the addition of a new coach and gal pal LaLa, it seems that Melo may be moving ahead.


The Nuggets' barely sophomore star has endured plenty of hardships -- and we're not just talking about the All-Star Game snub. Melo's life gets a frank examination in Carmelo Anthony: It's Just the Beginning, a 48-page hardcover authored by sportswriter Greg Brown, who has also profiled the lives of Vince Carter and Dan Marino. "I lived in depressed places, and I've felt depression," Carmelo told Brown. "My biggest goal growing up was surviving." With the addition of a new coach and gal pal LaLa, it seems that Melo may be moving ahead.

A simian sprint in which participants were encouraged to dress like apes? Only in our animal-lovin' urban jungle. For a $150 registration fee, participants in the Denver Gorilla Run received their own gorilla suit and the chance to roam five miles through the heart of downtown Denver. Climbing high-rises was optional, but for hairy fun, this was the one. All proceeds from the run went to the Mountain Gorilla Conservation Fund. The second edition -- with a sliding fee scale -- is set to escape on October 22. Start stocking up on bananas: This race has appeal.


A simian sprint in which participants were encouraged to dress like apes? Only in our animal-lovin' urban jungle. For a $150 registration fee, participants in the Denver Gorilla Run received their own gorilla suit and the chance to roam five miles through the heart of downtown Denver. Climbing high-rises was optional, but for hairy fun, this was the one. All proceeds from the run went to the Mountain Gorilla Conservation Fund. The second edition -- with a sliding fee scale -- is set to escape on October 22. Start stocking up on bananas: This race has appeal.

Denver has greatly expanded its off-leash options for canine lovers in the past year, but Greenway Park wins high marks for security, cleanliness and doggie good vibes. Amenities include several hydrants, plenty of plastic bags and shaded benches, but it's the community feeling of the place that makes it work. It's a great place for residents to become neighbors.


Denver has greatly expanded its off-leash options for canine lovers in the past year, but Greenway Park wins high marks for security, cleanliness and doggie good vibes. Amenities include several hydrants, plenty of plastic bags and shaded benches, but it's the community feeling of the place that makes it work. It's a great place for residents to become neighbors.

Giving of your time is hard; so is finding enough time to work out. The Colorado Humane Society has the perfect solution: Walk a dog. Or two, or three. With no training, a volunteer family, classroom or scout troop can pop by the CHS any time and take a frisky Fido out for a frolic. Everyone wins: The dogs calm down -- and perhaps get adopted -- and their walkers get exercise, too. The shelter logged just shy of 1,000 dog walks between April and December last year. These dogs are made for walking.


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