EVENT DATE : April 1

Enjoy the classic work of the legendary Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and more with your favorite string quartets. Renowned cellist Matthew Zalkind will lead the Lamont String Department through centuries of enchanting string repertoire. $22. 2 p.m. ParkerArts.org

EVENT DATE : April 4

Featured speaker: Nanette Fimian Randall, Memoirs by Design. Program topics include becoming a storyteller, sharing memories and making them last, remembering our special storytellers, and learning that life has something to teach us still. Find out more about what you can do to capture your own. 6:30 p.m. ParkerArts.org

EVENT DATE : April 6 & 7

Wiley is a young man of small ambition and even smaller confidence. Happy to lay around all day with his loyal dog, Wiley argues when his mother tells him to venture deeper into the swamp to collect firewood. Hidden in the depths of the swamp is the notorious Hairy Man, a fearful giant who feasts on humans! $12. 6:30 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. Saturday. ParkerArts.org

EVENT DATE : April 7

Blast is a middle school lock-in. This epic night is filled with inflatables, bump soccer, movies, football, photobooth, basketball, unlimited food, gaga ball tournaments, video game truck, hundreds of dollars in prizes, gift cards and a chance to win Beats Wireless headphones. 8 p.m. April 7 to 5 a.m. April 8. BlastLockIn.com

EVENT DATE : April 8

This event is a one-stop, community-focused event designed to give families the opportunity to meet face-to-face with the best camps, summer activities and more in and around Douglas County. More than 40 camps will have representatives in attendance for this free event. Special offers, prizes and giveaways. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

EVENT DATE : April 8-May 5

Original artwork! Juried. Abstract and representational. Photography, paintings in oil, watercolor and mixed media, and 3-D. Affordable. Local artists only. Mingle with the artists at the opening reception from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, April 8. Exhibition through Saturday, May 5. Gallery hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. ParkerArtistsGuild.com

EVENT DATE : April 11

Enjoy access to unlimited bowling, miniature golf, laser tag, go-karts and bumper boats as well as a $5 game card for the arcade. Pizza, pasta, salad and soda will be provided. Each year, this daylong news event and telethon helps bring awareness to the community about the need for adoptive families for children who wait in foster care. AdoptEx.org

EVENT DATE : April 13

Henry, who just moved from the city to the country, is having a hard time finding a playmate in his new neighborhood. But he has Mudge, a 182-pound canine buddy, with whom he can share all kinds of adventures! $12. 6:30 p.m. ParkerArts.org

EVENT DATE : April 13

One suggestion is used to create an entire show. Similar to the same shows you would see at iO, Second City and The Annoyance Theater in Chicago. It will feature troupe Highly Medicated performing "This Day in History," an original form by The Parker Players, as well as a performance by 13 Warriors. $10. 8 p.m. ParkerPlayers.com

EVENT DATE : April 14

Ethel and Robert Mirabal collaborate to fuse Ethel's classically inspired indie tunes with Robert Mirabal's Native American music. Together, they become a culturally rich and inspiring force, bringing this new and exciting style into the limelight. $34 or $39. 7:30 p.m. ParkerArts.org

EVENT DATE : April 14

The Parker Artists Guild sponsors two Lessons & Lemonade Classes per month for students in Grades 4-8 (ages 9-14). Class 1 from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.; Class 2 from 11:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. $5. Registration required. ParkerArtistsGuild.com

EVENT DATE : April 15

NEA Jazz Master, renowned Grammy Award‐winning saxophonist and Tony Award nominee Branford Marsalis is one of the most revered instrumentalists of his time. From his early acclaim as a saxophonist bringing new energy and new audiences to jazz, he has refined and expanded his talents and his horizons as a musician, composer, bandleader and educator. $64 or $69. 7 p.m. ParkerArts.org

EVENT DATE : April 18

Hot and cold appetizers all evening, sponsored by Brothers Bar and Grill! Cash Bar, raffles, silent auction, sponsor display tables and much more! PINKTIE1000 Benefactor is Kids Mobility Network, whose core purpose is to enable safety, mobility and independence for children with physical disabilities that have a need for durable medical equipment. Free to Pink Tie members. Others: $20 in advance or $30 at the door. 5 p.m. PinkTie1000.org

EVENT DATE : April 19

Ages 9 and up are welcomed to join Winston Pendleton, Ph.D., for an astronomy lecture featuring space imagery, and information on recent discoveries and current research. The lecture will include a discussion of how we measure distances in the universe. Weather permitting, there will be star gazing after the lecture. 7 p.m. ParkerArts.org

EVENT DATE : April 21 & 22

Snow White has taken the throne and is about to marry her prince, who actually is quite intolerable. He is trying to outlaw magic and has sentenced the four Wickeds to nine million hours of community service. He vows that as soon as he marries Queen Snow, he’ll send the Wickeds to Grimstad, where they’ll never be heard from again. $7.50. Showtimes vary. ParkerArts.org

EVENT DATE : April 21

The ladybug has been deemed "a fairy godmother for plants." In their lifetime of about one year, a single ladybug can eat as many as 5,000 aphids. Sadly, popular agricultural practices have contributed to the rapid decline in ladybug populations. This class is an opportunity to learn what steps to take to protect this vital component of our ecosystem. Free. 10 a.m. 

EVENT DATE : April 21

Eight improvisers compete for your laughs and applause performing improv comedy games in the style of "Whose Line is it Anyway?" Game by game, the audience will get to vote one improviser out of the show until only one final improviser is crowned survivor! $10. 8 p.m. ParkerPlayers.com

EVENT DATE : April 21 & 22

Repurpose, reinvent, revitalize your home! In honor of Earth Day, come in and enter your name for a chance to win a $50 gift certificate. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. HoneywoodHomeOfParker.com

EVENT DATE : April 25

Join South Metro Denver Housing Coalition in a discussion on ways to position yourself and win a bid in today's competitive market. A light dinner will be served. This event is complimentary. 6 p.m. 

EVENT DATE : April 26

The students of the fall semester of Parker Arts’ Improv Jam have graduated and are ready to get their funny on. Come watch this hilarious show as they perform short-form improv games based on your suggestions in the style of “Whose Line is it Anyway?” $5. 7:30 p.m.  ParkerArts.org

EVENT DATE : April 28 & 29

The Parker Chorale returns to PACE Center’s main stage with an omnibus of popular music in this exciting new show! Every note is beautiful, practiced to perfection, and every minute of this show is a treat! $24-$29. 7:30 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. ParkerArts.org

EVENT DATE : April 28

The Parker Artists Guild will sponsor this class for parents with children ages 9-13 at Hobby Lobby in Parker. $5 per person. Registration required. ParkerArtistsGuild.com

EVENT DATE : April 28

Don’t wait in line for a drink and snack during the intermission of Parker Chorale. Join other members in the Art Gallery for a brief refreshment break. This is a quick way for us to show Family Circle Members appreciation. 8:15 p.m.