Wake-Up Call: Revving up for the week ahead

You auto know better: In advance of the Denver Auto Show, which revs up in the Colorado Convention Center April 1 through April 5, the Metro Denver Automobile Dealers Association is hosting the second annual Rocky Mountain Auto Summit today, covering everything from technology to financing to green developments. The seminars run from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Colorado Convention Center, room 301 -- and they're all free. You can find more details at www.denverautoshow.com -- but we're willing to bet that Rick Wagoner, the GM chief who just got kicked to the curb, won't be on hand.

The talk will be out of this world during the four-day 25th National Space Symposium, which blasts off today in Colorado Springs, with more than 7,500 space-industry executives expected to join in the discussion at the Broadmoor. Governor Bill Ritter will welcome them late this afternoon. For the complete schedule, go to www.nationalspacesymposium.org.

Another august assemblage, the International Association of Culinary Professionals, lands in Denver tomorrow through April 4. The food enthusiasts will be talking at the Colorado Convention Center and the Sheraton Downtown Denver hotel -- and they'll be eating all along the Front Range. Many of the events are open to the public; for a complete schedule, go to www.iacp.com/conference.

But it's not all conventions this week. Parents will celebrate the approval of a Cesar Chavez Academy for northwest Denver from 6-7 p.m. tomorrow at 3752 Tennyson Street.

On April 1, the Colorado Department of Transportation will hold the first in a series of meetings on the U.S. 36 Corridor. For details, click on www.us36eis.com.

New state regulations affecting the oil and gas industry and massage therapists will take effect on April 1. But the latter come a little late for disgraced evangelical pastor Ted Haggard, laid low when a male prostitute came forward in November 2006 to discuss his long-standing arrangement with the New Life Church pastor. Haggard and his wife, Gayle, will be on Divorce Court to discuss how they kept their marriage together. The first segment airs on Fox April 1.

No joke.

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