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Weekly Event Round-up: Littleton’s Western Welcome Week, Jefferson County Fair & More!

Through August 22. Don’t be fooled by the name: Littleton’s Western Welcome Week is an 11-day extravaganza of hometown pride. The fun started on Tuesday and continues through August 22 with events all over town. This weekend’s activities include tonight’s community barbecue and Family Night with fireworks and music; gold-panning and a trivia challenge Saturday; and a stick-horse stampede, car show and rubber-duck race on Sunday. That’s just the tip of the cowboy boot, though: Multiple events happen every day. Next weekend’s highlight is the Grand Parade on August 21, preceded by the LIttleton Firefighter’s Foundation’s Children’s Parade. Times and locations vary. Visit westernwelcomeweek.org for a full schedule of events.

Through Sunday. It’s the final three days to see “Body Worlds and The Story of the Heart” at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. “Body Worlds” is packing up and moving out after Sunday, so this is the last chance to check out the popular exhibit’s plastinated anatomical specimens. The real, preserved human bodies on display teach visitors about the human organism’s processes and functions, with a special emphasis this time around on the workings of the cardiovascular system. 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. Denver Museum of Nature and Science, 2001 Colorado Blvd.; 303-370-6000. Daytime tickets are $27.50 for adults, $21 for seniors, $18 for students; after 5 p.m., tickets are $15-$20. Museum members receive a discount. Buy tickets in advance and learn more at dmns.org.

Through Sunday. Ride ‘em cowboy: The Jefferson County Fair and Rodeo kicks up a ruckus starting today. Daily livestock shows and 4-H competitions mix with skateboarding demonstrations and live performances to give the fair its 2010 motto: “A County Fair with an Urban Flair.” It’s got it all — carnival rides, a Brew Fest, pony rides and lots of tasty food. As always, the rodeo is a draw, starting at 7 p.m. Saturday with a mutton bustin’ mini-rodeo beforehand. 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday, 7 a.m. to midnight Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Jefferson County Fairgrounds, 15200 W. 6th Ave., Golden; 303-271-6600. Admission is free. For more information, visit jeffcofairinc.org.

Through Sunday. Pickers, strummers and shredders will descend on Copper Mountain this weekend for the Guitar Town at Copper Mountain festival. The resort will resound with guitar music all weekend from clinics, concerts and kids’ activities. It starts tonight with a free showing of 2003 movie “School of Rock”, plus a “Guitar Hero” competition and live music from Frank James. Saturday’s show is all about acoustic, featuring performances from Richard Thompson, Kaki King, John Jorgenson and more. Sunday goes electric with a lineup that includes Monte Montgomery, Sonny Landreth and Albert Lee. 6-8 p.m. tonight, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sunday. Copper Mountain Resort, 209 Ten Mile Circle, Copper Mountain; 1-866-841-2481. Admission is free. Visit copperguitartown.com for more information, including a full schedule.

Saturday and Sunday. Celebrate diversity at the Boulder Asian Pacific Alliance’s annual Cultural Festival. Held on the Pearl Street Mall, the fest is two days of performances, demonstrations and food representing a variety of Asian Pacific cultures. The festival main stage features traditional music and dancing, like the Chinese lion dance, Japanese taiko drumming and Hawaiian hula. A “community tent” hosts workshops and information, including Japanese and Mandarin language lessons, martial arts demos and storytelling. Kids are welcome in the tent, too, for games, origami and playing dress-up. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in front of the Boulder County Courthouse at 1325 Pearl St., Boulder. Admission is free. Learn more at bapaweb.org.

-Kathleen St. John

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