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PARKER: Be a sweetheart at charity galas

Published February 13, 2008 at 12:30 a.m.

Take heart. If you don't want to go the dinner-for- two restaurant route on Valentine's Day (tell the truth, you forgot to make a reservation), two charity bashes hosted by big-shot locals on Feb. 14 can help you say, "Be mine," while donating to good causes.

The formidable philanthropy team of Pete and Marilyn Coors and Sharon Magness Blake and her hubbie, Ernie, are co-chairing Hearts of All Ages, a first-time family-friendly and heart- healthy event from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at the Seawell Ballroom to benefit the Cardiac & Vascular Center at the University of Colorado Hospital on the Anschutz Medical Campus.

At the Ritz-Carlton Denver, beginning at 7 the same night, hosts Jamie and Alan Angelich, Cathy and Peter Culshaw, Wendy Aiello DeHaven and Walt DeHaven, Adrienne Ruston Fitzgibbons and Jack Fitzgibbons, Gail and George Johnson and Pam and Corey Helm are throwing the first annual Sweetheart Dance, a benefit for The Children's Diabetes Foundation at Denver.

It's a cocktail party reception, dinner and dancing, and a live auction, including two tickets to Barbara Davis' famed fancy- schmancy Carousel of Hope on Oct. 25 in Beverly Hills. Performers there will include Jennifer Hudson, Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds, Usher and Barry Manilow, with emcee Jay Leno.

The Coors-Magness Blake shebang is for youngsters and for the young at heart. To prove it, Coors brought part of his well-clad clan to the Rocky Mountain News on Friday. In tow were three of Pete and Marilyn's grandkids: Peter, 41/2, Caroline, 2, and Maggie, 10 months - all dressed in their Sunday best.

"This way, you don't need to hire a baby sitter for Valentine's Day," said Meredith Coors, wife of Pete's son, Peter, and mother of the three towheaded tykes. A clown, face-painter and a kiddie corral with baby sitters will keep the kids busy while big kids mix and mingle.

Tickets to Hearts of All Ages: Angela Lieurance, 720-848-7802. Tickets to Sweetheart Dance: Susie Hummell, 303-863-1200.

LEGEND-ARY: Concerts for Kids, the Colorado-based children's charity headed by "Queen" Christie Isenberg, has landed a legend - make that John Legend - along with pop singer Jewel for its annual concert June 6 at Coors Amphitheatre. Keep checking concertsforkids.org to find out when tickets go on sale.

RANCH AND ROCK: James Guercio, owner of the legendary Caribou Ranch recording studios near Nederland, is scheduled to make his first TV appearance in years to talk about the ranch on Studio 12 tonight. The hourlong roundtable talk show airs at 8 p.m. on KBDI-Channel 12. Guercio, the ranch and the rock stars who recorded there were recently profiled in the Rocky by Mark Brown, who also will be on tonight's show, along with rare footage and photos from the ranch. Viewers can call in with questions.

EAVESDROPPING on a woman at Elway's: "That's a sexy term. We've caucused together."

Penny Parker's column appears Tuesday through Saturday. Listen to her on the Caplis and Silverman radio show between 4 and 5 p.m. Fridays on KHOW-AM (630). Call her at 303-954-5224 or e-mail parkerp@RockyMountainNews.com.

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