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The Week Ahead: A threepeat for East

Yes, the Nuggets are advancing, but Colorado can already claim a real winning team: the East High Constitutional Scholars, who just won the We the People contest in Washington, D.C. -- for the third year running. The high schoolers are already preparing to make it four in a row, but should be available if any of this state's adult lawmakers, or would-be lawmakers, realize they could use a refresher course in the law.

There are other groups going for the gold, of course, especially since May 6 marks the day that John Gregory found gold in a gulch below what would become Central City, a discovery that started the Rush to the Rockies 150 years ago.

Even as the Colorado Legislature wraps up its session (by law, it must finish business on May 6), the good people of Brookvale will unveil a display devoted to "the forgotten historic pioneer town" today at the Capitol. And out at Denver International Airport, "The Colorado Gold Rush" exhibit debuts today on the bridge to concourse A, which means you don't need a ticket to see it. (For more info on all the 150th anniversary Rush to the Rockies activities, go to www.coloradohistory.org.

At 6:30 p.m. Tuesday -- that's Cinco de Mayo -- former congressman Tom Tancredo will be the featured speaker for Night with a Futurist at the Madcap theater, 10679 Westminster Blvd. in Westminster. Learn more at www.nightwithafuturist.com.

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On Wednesday, David Gergen -- yes, that David Gergen -- will moderate the inaugural Denver Leadership Summit focusing on Colorado's New Energy Economy from 7:30 a.m.- 1:30 p.m. at the Ritz-Carlton. Get details at www.denverleadershipsummit.com.

But save some energy for Thursday, when there's a real rush of activities. At 11:30 a.m. on May 7, Governor Bill Ritter will be the featured speaker at the third annual State of the State luncheon hosted by the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce at the Sheraton downtown. For information, go to www.denverchamber.org

That night, Ritter will also appear at the annual Champions for Children Dinner to benefit the Rocky Mountain Children's Law Center; it's at the Seawell Ballroom, and tickets start at $175. Call 303-246-2062 for information. Also on Thursday, Dick Kelly, CEO of Xcel Energy, will be the speaker at a Daniels College of Business's Voices of Experience lecture. It starts at 6 p.m. at the Cable Center; visit daniels.du.edu/voteregistration.aspx for information. The Colorado Trial Lawyers Association annual dinner on Thursday at the Denver Marriott will feature a talk by Morris Dees, of the Southern Poverty Law Center; details are at www.ctlanet.org. And finally, Marilyn Van Derbur will be the featured speaker at the Family Tree's Celebration of Achievement at the Arvada Center. The information number is 303-422-2133.

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