Greenhorn and grizzled alike are in for some wild rhyme
wranglin’ and sonnet punchin’ at the Poetry Rodeo.
Starting Fri., May 6, 6p.m.-2a.m. at the Mercury Café,
2199 California St., with Poets in Performance and several storytellers.
The “Podeo” restarts at 10a.m., Sat., May 7 with non-poets invited to read
their favorite verse to the breakfast and lunch crowds, followed by readings
and presentations by Lighthouse Writers, Columbine Poets and Art from Ashes.
Denver’s top slam poets will warm up the crowd for evening festivities. Free,
open to all. Info: 303-294-9281, mercurycafe.com.
Help Washington Street Community Center grow and continue
to serve at the Share Our Future silent auction and celebration, Sat., May 7, 5-9p.m., 809 S. Washington
at the Center: stop in for home-cooked meals for all, every week: Breakfasts served 1st, 2nd & 3rd Fridays, from
8:30-10a.m., for $5 ($4 members). Lunches at very reasonable prices served each
Tues. & Wed. at noon.
Take a break and let WSCC serve you homemade pizza –
both vegetarian and meaty – on Cook’s Night Off, Thur., May 19,
4:30-6:30p.m., for $5/person ($3/kids 5-12).
Beverages, salad, dessert included. Eat in or take out.
Sift through treasures from others’ garages, attics &
basements at Rocky Mountain Feline Rescue Garage Sale Day, Sat., May 7, 7a.m.-2p.m., at 1001 E.
Louisiana Ave. (at S. Ogden St.). Proceeds from sale
of household items, kitchen utensils, tools, antiques, home furnishings,
collectibles (including original “Barbie” products and musician memorabilia)
and brand new pet-related craft items benefit Rocky Mountain Feline Rescue’s
homeless cat and kitten rescue and adoption efforts. Info: 303-744-6076 or arascolorado.org
Take in the wealth of over 1,200 pieces of original art
in all price ranges by more than 100 local artists at the Park Hill Art Club Spring Show and Sale,
May 7 & 8, at Park Hill United Methodist Church, 5209 Montview Blvd. Hours:
Sat., 10a.m.-6p.m., & Sun., 9:30a.m.-4p.m. Info:
Tavia Campbell at 303-808-4506.
Denver Potters Association brings together over 30 of the
area’s finest artists for its Spring Show and Sale, Sat. & Sun., May 7 & 8, at Sixth Avenue
United Church, 3250 E. 6th Ave. Features one-of-a-kind functional and
sculptural ceramics and jewelry, glass, wood and other fine crafts. Free
admission. Info: 303-377-5535,
Peruse antiques and vintage collectibles at the DU Antique
Study Group’s Annual Garage Sale at the Masonic Temple, 350 S. Broadway, Sat., May 7, 9a.m.-4p.m. The
Study Group has promoted antique education since 1967, and was originally a
part of the DU Faculty Wives Club. Info: Jean, 303-773-9970, or Susan,
Drive up and load up on free mulch at the Mulch
Giveaway & Compost Sale – while supplies last – Sat., May 7, 8a.m.-3p.m. Get free mulch and buy compost at
Havana Nursery, 10450 Smith Rd., where front-end loader service for trucks and
trailers is available. Mulch-only, dig-your-own site at
Veterans Park, E. Iowa Ave. & S. Vine St. (see
website for other locations). Bring your own shovel and containers, plus
a tarp to cover your load. Residents only, no commercial
vehicles. Limit of 3 cubic yards of compost per
vehicle. Compost is $3 per 10 gallon bag or $30
per cubic yard (plus tax). Info: call 311 or visit DenverGov.org/DenverRecycles.
A four-day Create Denver Week returns to frame the
6th annual Create Denver Expo, Sat., May 14, at the Wellington E. Webb Municipal Office
Building, 201 W. Colfax Ave., 10a.m.-4p.m. The Denver
Office of Cultural Affairs’ Expo offers Denver’s creative community
workshops and a one-stop opportunity to learn about resources to help grow and
stabilize their businesses. $5 allows access to unlimited workshops, but
limited space requires pre-registration. Exhibit hall admission is free.
Advance registration (bit.ly/CDWeekExpoRSVP)
closes May 10; first-come, first-served at-door registration is cash only.
Denver Week activities include: Thur., May 12, LAUNCH: Opening Night
Celebration of New Ideas at the Spire Building, 14th & Champa St.,
7-10p.m.; Fri., 13, LOCAL NETWORK: Gathering of New Pioneers panel
discussion and outdoor video presentations, 6-9:30p.m.;
Sat., 14, Mix & Assemble local music showcase, fashion show and
poster art auction at Behind City O’ City, 13th & Sherman, held from
6-10p.m.; and Sun., 15, Your Sunday Best market, brunch and
entertainment at Grant-Humphreys Mansion, 770 Pennsylvania St., 11a.m.-6p.m.
Ride light rail to the Friends of the Englewood Public
Library’s Spring Book Sale, Fri. & Sat., May 13 & 14, 10:30a.m.-2:30p.m., at
Englewood Public Library, 1000 Englewood Pkwy. in the
Civic Center – walking distance from RTD’s Englewood Station, Info:
Enjoy an evening of entertainment, laughter and fun
designed with women in mind at Girls Night Out!, Fri. & Sat., May 13 & 14, 6-10p.m., at the Grant
Avenue Community Center, 216 S. Grant St. Shop, eat, drink and watch Washington
Park resident Coleen Hubbard’s award-winning documentary The Purse
Chronicles, followed by a short, interactive skit.
on unique, artsy and craftsy purses each night, and enjoy snacks, wine,
pampering, and trying on & buying “girly” items. The non-profit Merchants
of West Washington Park, comprised of West Wash Park neighborhood merchants, is
proud to sponsor this event. Tickets/info: 720-232-3390,
Shop for more than 50 varieties of tomatoes (mostly
heirloom), 45+ herbs, other veggies, annuals, perennials and ground covers at the Front Range Organic
Gardeners & the Herb Society of America Rocky Mountain Unit’s Sale of
Organic Veggie & Herb Plants, Sat., May 14, 9a.m.-1p.m., at Denver
Presbytery Center, 1710 S. Grant St. New this year are
vendors of gardening and gift items. Free presentations on
organic gardening and herbs at 9:30 and 10:15a.m. Cash only; bring
carrying trays or containers. Info: 303-744-7871, GardenFrog.org.
Pick through plants a-plenty at the Plant-A-Palooza
fundraising plant sale, Sat., May 14, 8a.m.-3p.m., at 888 E. Iliff Ave.,
in Harvard Gulch Park. Shop for heirloom and modern tomatoes, peppers, basil,
annuals and perennials. Colorado Master Gardener volunteers will be onsite to
assist. Benefits Colorado State University Extension.
Stargazers young and old are invited to an Open House,
Sat., May 14, at DU’s historic Chamberlin Observatory, starting at 8p.m. Take a peek through the
university’s 20-inch telescope for $1 per person, or look through telescopes of
Denver Astronomical Society members. The monthly gathering is
hosted by DU and the Society, at Observatory Park, 2930 E. Warren Ave., at S. Fillmore St. Public Nights held each
Tues. & Thur., starting at 7p.m., in the Observatory, with lecture and
viewing. Reservations required; $3, $2 kids. Info/reservations: denverastro.org.
Bring up to five boxes of documents to be safely sliced
and diced at a free Shred-a-thon, Sat., May 14, 7a.m.-noon, at 9News, Speer Blvd. & Logan St., sponsored
by the Denver District Attorney’s office in conjunction with 9News, Denver
Metro Crime Stoppers and Shred-it.
Runners may tackle a race alone, but the Colfax Marathon
won’t run itself: 1,000 volunteers are needed before, during and after the Sun., May 15, footrace in
City Park, for a wide variety of tasks, from helping with the initial race
planning, assisting with the Sports and Fitness Expo, to staffing the
start/finish line. All volunteers receive t-shirt, food and beverages.
Online volunteer registration at runcolfax.org;
contact Carol Hiller,
or 303-282-5073, with questions.
Celebrate National Jewish Heritage Month with free
admission to the Mizel Museum, Sun., May 15, and view 4,000 Year Road Trip: Gathering Sparks,
a dynamic journey through art, artifacts and digital media that narrates and
celebrates Jewish culture and history, including Jewish Colorado. Mizel Museum,
400 S. Kearney St. is open that Sunday 11a.m.-4:30p.m. Info: mizelmuseum.org, 303-394-9993.
See how Habitat Metro Denver is transforming the
community one home, one family at a time at its annual Breakfast for Humanity, a free,
one-hour presentation Tues., May 17, at Infinity Park Events Center, 4400 E.
Kentucky Ave., starting at 7:30a.m. Keynote speaker is
Roxane White, chief of staff to Gov. John Hickenlooper, with personal testimony
presented by Ann Padilla, daughter of a Habitat homeowner, and emcee’d by 9News
anchor Cheryl Preheim. RSVP by May 10 to Kimberly Urish, 720-496-2716 or
Watch 12 of the top 50 U.S. croquet players compete in
the 4th annual Rocky Mountain International Open, Thur.-Sun., May 19-22, at the Denver Croquet Club’s
home court on “The Lawn” in Washington Park (west of Franklin St. &
Mississippi Ave.) The play’s free to watch each day,
and open to all.
events include Artist Day, Thur., 19, and Photographer Day, Fri.,
20, when artists are invited to display their works in designated areas
surrounding the Lawn, 8a.m.-5p.m., plus a Friday evening auction; contact Amy
Dixon Fine Art, 720-524-6919, if interested in participating. Closing ceremony
and open brunch (fee) is Sun., May 22, 11a.m.
playing field was built in 1924 for the Washington Park Lawn Bowling Club,
which still bowls as a club and has open leagues at this historic site. Learn how to play and participate by joining the
club, which meets every Mon., 6p.m., April through October and provides free
lessons, tournaments and social activities for all players. Contact
Ron Eccles, 720-937-2056 or
, for more information.
activites on the Lawn: Lawn Bowling is played every Tuesday, 6p.m. Croquet
in the Park – for those with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers –
Tues. & Thur., 10a.m.-noon, through September; call James Creasey,
303-520-9023 for info.
Saint John’s Episcopal Cathedral hosts Historic Hook
Organ Weekend, Fri.-Sat., May 20-22, with a workshop and two
concerts at the 1350 Washington St. church. The events center around the
cathedral’s historic organ, built by
E. & G. G. Hook of Boston, Mass., in 1869. The organ was restored
and temporarily placed in Saint John’s in 2009. Saturday’s workshop,
9a.m.-1p.m., features The History of the Hook Firm and Its Place in
19th-Century American Organ Culture by historian Barbara Owen and The
Restoration of the Hook Organ by Susan Tattershall,
followed by “open console” time with Owen and Tattershall as commentators.
Lunch is included. See Classical, pg. 27, for concert details. Visit sjcathedral.org or call 303-831-7115 for
Peddling green wares & wisdom? The Old South Pearl
Street Association is seeking vendors for its Green Festival during the Sun., June 5, farmers market, along the 1500
block of the S. Pearl St., between Florida and Iowa avenues.
booth-booking and other info, email Charlotte at
The Native Student Alliance invites the Denver community
to the DU Spring Powwow, Sat., May 21, noon-6p.m., an afternoon of Native American social dancing and
singing bringing awareness to the strong heritage and traditions of the powwow,
held on Driscoll Lawn, 2055 E. Evans Ave. (look for
the “bridge” building just west of University Blvd.) Native
American food and artwork available for purchase. Free and open to the
public. Info: Lance Tsosie,
Citywide Neighborhood Cleanups are back! Keep Denver
Beautiful’s contribution to the Great American Cleanup provides free cleanup supplies and giveaways (while they
last) for block and alley cleanups, and runs collection sites for household
discards and yard waste on Sat., May 21, 9a.m.-2p.m. (Cherry Creek Transfer
Station, 7301 E. Jewell Ave., is the nearest drop-off
for south Denver residents.) Numerous community cleanups & beautification
projects are scheduled between now and May 31. Register and review lists of
what junk will and will not be accepted at denvergov.org/kdb;
or call 311 for more info.
Grab your passport to tour Renaissance Italy, get
schooled in the art of the tourist photo and journey your way through the Denver Art Museum’s collections, hitting
all of the highlights and hidden gems off the beaten path in Untitled #37
(Tourist), Fri., May 27, 6-10p.m., in DAM’s Hamilton Building, 13th Ave. between Broadway and Bannock streets. The final Friday
offbeat art encounter is less like a field trip and more like
a night out with unusual tours, live bands, munchies and cash bar. Free
Watch six madonnari – professional chalk
painters – turn the sidewalks of Larimer Square into vivid artworks alongside 200 other artists during the free Denver
Chalk Art Festival, Sat. & Sun., June 5 & 6, in Larimer Square
(Larimer St. between Speer Blvd. and 15th St., and 14th St. from Market St. to
Larimer St.) Youth Challenge, Bellco Kids Corner, live music, wine pavilion and
food augment the weekend. Info: larimerarts.org.
The CHUN Capitol Hill People’s Fair is a
traditional celebration of the diverse Denver urban community and its residents. Attend Colorado’s 40th annual
premier arts and crafts festival, Sat. & Sun., June 4 & 5, 10a.m.-8p.m.
(7p.m. Sun.), in Civic Center Park; free admission. The uniqueness
and magic of the People’s Fair is created by the careful blending of
family fun, handmade arts & crafts, culinary delights and entertainment
while raising funds for and promoting local nonprofits. Info: peoplesfair.com.
Sixty bucks buys a four-course dinner, open bar and a few
dead bodies in Death at the Slug N’ Plug Saloon, a murder mystery dinner at Four Mile Historic Park, 715
S. Forest St., Sat., June 4, 6p.m., Advance purchase ($60) only; no tickets at
door. Call 720-865-0815 by Fri., June 3, 4p.m. Info: fourmilepark.org.
Denver Public Library’s gigantic 36th Used Book Sale is bigger than ever, offering
70,000+ books, DVDs and CDs
for sale, Thur.-Sun., June 9-12, under the tents on the north lawn of the
Central Library, 14th Ave. Pkwy. & Broadway. Public sale hours: Thur.-Sat.,
10a.m.-4p.m., and Sun., 10a.m.-1p.m. Join the Friends Foundation and get first
pick at the exclusive Members-Only Pre-Sale Party, Wed., June 8,
6-8p.m.; memberships sold online and at the door, $50 ($35 seniors and
students). Questions? Email
or call 720-865-2051.
Sign up soon for the second annual Coldwell Banker
Denver Century Ride, expanded to two days – Sat. & Sun., June 11 & 12 –
starting from INVESCO Field at Mile High, site of the concurrent Rocky
Mountain Bicycle Festival. For event details and registration, visit DenverCenturyRide.com or RMBFestival.com.
Help refugee youth create community through organic
gardening and nutritional cooking by volunteering with Growing Colorado Kids, a nonprofit program
of Colorado Nonprofit Development Center. Volunteers are needed Saturdays,
10a.m.-1p.m., May through September, to work with small groups of youth tending
gardens located in hosts’ yards; the harvest is shared with the hosts and the
youth, as well as used for cooking lessons. For details, visit growingcolorado.org, or contact Denise Lines,
Youth For Understanding is seeking homes for 15 Finnish
high-school students for five weeks this summer, (June 10-July 17). The students are
participating in the Young Ambassadors’ Program, educating Finnish youth about
environmental matters in the U.S., and giving them a
chance to experience American life at its best. Families interested in sharing
their home and community should contact Julia Kintsch at
866-493-8872, ext. 7208.
Denver Parks & Rec has launched a public-private
partnership to restore the Sundial Plaza at Cranmer Park, 2nd Ave. & Cherry St. $1.3 million is needed
to reconstruct the terrazzo panorama, repair the sundial, and rebuild the plaza
and foundation; DPR and the Denver Office of Cultural Affairs have committed
more than $400,000, and individuals, corporations and foundations are being
asked for the remainder. Send tax-deductible donations to The Park People
– Sundial Fund, DPR, 201 W. Colfax Ave., Dept. 601, Denver, CO 80202. Info: denvergov.org/parksandrec
or Eleni, 720-913-0656.