Wellshire Presbyterian Church combines Theodor Geisel and
gospel with its Dr. Seuss summer sermon series during Sunday worship,
10a.m., at 2999 S. Colorado Blvd.
Horton Hears a Who!, July 1; The Cat in the Hat Comes Back, 8; The
Sneetches, 15; Oh, the Places You’ll Go!, 22; and How the Grinch
Stole Christmas!, 29.
Sip a little sangria
while considering Seuss in Seuss and Sangria, Mondays, 7p.m. Childcare
provided by request; contact Holly Inglis,
Info: 303-758-2233, wpcdenver.org.
Shake your asana in the great outdoors
during Yoga Rocks the Park, Sundays through Sept. 16, at Sunken Gardens (Speer Blvd. and W. 8th Ave.,
July 22, Aug. 19 & 26), Alamo Placita Park (Speer Blvd. and Emerson St.,
July 15 & 29, Aug. 5 & 12) and Sloan’s Lake Park (W. 17th Ave. and Federal
Blvd., July 1). Registration at 9a.m., music and vending at
9:30, and 75-minute practice at 10. Young yogis ages 5-10 can join the
fun with Camp Yoga Rocks, a whimsical blend of kids yoga, crafts, face
painting and play. Info/tickets ($10 advance, $15 day of) at yogarocksthepark.com,970-390-4318.
Celebrate the journey of life with
meditation and a spiritual message on the first Sunday of the month (July 1) at the Church of Infinite
Spirit/Inner Connection Institute, 2755 S. Locust St., Ste. 213, 11a.m. ICI
also offers free weekly aura healing clinics, Wed., 12:15-1p.m. Info:
303-758-1743 or innerconnection.org.
Take in a day at two Denver museums
this month, free of charge, thanks to the Scientific & Cultural Facilities
Denver Art Museum,
100 W. 14th Ave. Pkwy., is free for Colorado residents
the first Saturday of each month (July 7). Info: 720-865-5000, denverartmuseum.org.
Denver Museum of
Nature and Science in City Park also waives admission on Mon., July 2.
Info: 303-322-7009 or dmns.org.
Start your summer with engaging,
educational tours hosted by the just reopened History Colorado Center: Washington Park Family Bike
Tour, Sat., July 7, 9-11a.m.; Sweet Summer Saturdays for Families at
Hammond’s Candies, Sat., 21, 1-3p.m. $20 nonmembers, $5 kids (8-17), one free
adult admission for every three registered children.
303-866-4686. Info: historycolorado.org,
Take Shabbat outdoors this summer with
Shabbat in the Park, Temple Micah’s airy evening services, second Fridays,
13, in Cheesman Park, picnic site No. 1, by the playground near 11th Ave. &
Franklin St. Families with children welcome; bring a blanket, chairs and
The inclusive Jewish
Reform congregation shares space with Park Hill Congregational Church at 2600
Leyden St. Info: 303-388-4239, micahdenver.org.
Meet Animal Planet’s über-cool
celebrity cat behaviorist Jackson Galaxy at Catfest, Sat., July 14, at the Dumb Friends League’s
2080 S. Quebec St. shelter, 10a.m.-3p.m. Features cat and kitten adoptions (fee
specials), clicker-training demonstrations, a purebred cat exhibition and Meow
Market, plus face painting, games and crafts for kids. On-hand experts provide
feline veterinary and behavioral info. Free. Info: ddfl.org, 303-751-5772.
Take a walk on the historic side with
local historian and author Phil Goodstein this month: Ghost Walk, Sat.,
7-9p.m., meet in front of the statue of the Indian on the east side of the
Capitol, Grant St. between 14th & Colfax avenues ($20); Country Club
Neighborhood, Tues., 17, 6:30-8:30p.m., in front
of Bromwell School, 4th Ave. & Columbine St.; South Broadway, Tues.,
24, 6:30-8:30p.m., the fountain at One Broadway, west side of Broadway; Capitol
Heights, Tues., 31, 6:30-8:30p.m., at the Sullivan Gateway fountain, Colfax
Ave. & the Esplanade. $10 per person unless noted, and subject to weather.
Call Goodstein at 303-333-1095 for details.
Taxi over to the Wings Over the
Rockies Air & Space Museum, 7711 E. Academy Blvd., for Cockpit Demo Day, Sat., July 14, 10a.m.-2p.m.
Second-Saturday guided tours allow guests to see aircraft up close and hear
stories from the men and women who flew them. Pedal planes for kids. Info:
Cycle the moonlit (and car-free)
streets and enjoy a very early morning breakfast in the InnovAge Moonlight
a late-night bike ride benefiting the InnovAge Foundation (formerly Total
Community Options Foundation), Sat., July 14, starting at 8:30p.m. The 10-mile,
noncompetitive ride begins and ends at the Capitol, taking cyclists through the
Denver’s business district, Lower Downtown, Congress Park and the Cherry Creek
shopping district. Limited to 4,500 cyclists; online registration closes at
midnight, Fri., July 6, a few entries ($35-45) will be
available the night of. Info/registration: moonlight-classic.com,
Celebrate France’s version of the Fourth
of July, Bastille Day, at the French Summer Soirée, Alliance Française de
Denver’s annual benefit, Sat., July 14, 5:30-9p.m., at Denver Botanic Gardens,
1007 York St. Enjoy French food from some of Denver’s finest restaurants,
bakeries and caterers, including Aria, Le Grand Bistro & Oyster Bar, Crêpes
n’ Crêpes, Terroir, Paris on the Platte, Ami Cuisine, Tuscany, Randolph’s,
Escoffier and Bijoux Macarons. Tickets ($60-70): 303-831-0304, afdenver.org.
Learn more about plans to improve
boating, fishing, hike and bike trails, nature trails, environmental education, and other river-related
enhancements for the South Platte River’s Grant Frontier, Pasquinel’s Landing
and Overland Pond Park at a public open house hosted by Denver Parks &
Recreation, Thur., July 19, 5:30-7p.m., at Harvard Gulch Recreation Center, 550
E. Iliff Ave. The planning for these areas continues master plan efforts for
the river environs, begun in 2007 in conjunction with the Greenway Foundation.
Visit denvergov.org/parksandrecreation for details.
Take 24 hours to celebrate those who
fought cancer, remember those who died, and raise funds for research in the American Cancer
Society Relay For Life, Fri.-Sat., July 20-21, at All City Stadium (South
High), 1700 E. Louisiana Ave. Teams camp out and take turns walking or running
to raise funds. Info: Katie Whitbeck, 503-781-3468; Jenni Soos, 720-217-6506;
The Greenway PURE Trash Reduction
Campaign is more than picking up trash along the South Platte River – it identifies what’s
ending up in the waterway to create an education and outreach campaign to
reduce litter. Volunteers are needed to collect trash from the banks of the
river and create an inventory, Sat., July 21, starting
at 8a.m. Surveys will be conducted at Commons and Cuernavaca parks,
Johnson-Habitat Park, near Aqua Golf Pond, and at Riverpoint Plaza in Sheridan.
Light breakfast, beverages and snacks provided. Register online: greenwayfoundation.org/trashinventory. Info:
Cindy Shoemaker, 303-358-6696.
More than 1,000 tennis players from
across the country, ages 5 to 80+, will descend on City Park and the Gates Tennis Center
July 21-29 for the National Public Parks Tennis Championships, hosted by
Denver Parks and Recreation and open to players of all ages and abilities.
Tennis for Kids 10
and Under Play Day introduces competition to kids from beginners to more
experienced players, organized by skill level, Sun., July 22, 9a.m.-noon, at
Gates Tennis Center, 3300 E. Bayaud Ave. Registration required; United States
Tennis Association membership is not.
Register and find details: denvergov.org/parksandrecreation. Info: Tobias
Sacred meets secular in this summer’s
pop-music-inspired sermon series at historic Cameron United Methodist Church, during regular worship
services, Sundays, 9:30a.m. Congregation members will perform a favorite song,
and Rev. Jessica Rooks will base a sermon around such titles as Darn That
Dream, While My Guitar Gently Weeps, Thunder Road, Cool
Water and Where Is the Love? The Cameron youth group hosts a silent
auction Sun., July 22, at 5p.m., and dinner at 6, followed by live musical
entertainment, to fund their mission trip to tornado-ravaged Joplin, Mo. Info:
Raise awareness, support and funds for
Colorado Youth at Risk at the Possibility 5K Run/Walk, Sun., July 22, in Washington Park, starting
at the southwest corner of Franklin St. and Arizona Ave. The nonprofit uses
mentoring and training to reduce the number of high school dropouts and provide
students with a sense of a future. Race at 8a.m., followed byPossibility Pancake Picnic, contests, prizes and giveaways.
Register online at possibility5k.org.
Enjoy a Denver Municipal Band concert
and summer fare at the annual Platt Park neighborhood picnic, Sat., July 28, 6-9p.m., at Platt Park, S.
Logan St. and E. Florida Ave., featuring children’s activities, gift
certificate raffle, free ice cream bars and fire truck display. Sponsored by
the Platt Park People’s Association. Bring your dinner, or pre-purchase (by
July 24) a box lunch from Duffeyroll Cafe, Pajama Baking Company or Salumeria.
Free. Info: 3pa.org.
Fitness, food and fun come together at
the Washington Street Community Center, 809 S. Washington St.: Saturday Boot Camp – a great workout with
Sandra from Spicy Lotus Fitness – begins July 28, 10-11a.m., in Leedom
Hall. Details: 303-877-9869. Zumba! classes are
every Tuesday, 4:30-5:30p.m.
Savor spaghetti during I
Don’t Wanna Cook Night, Thur., July 19, 4:30-6:30p.m. $6 ($4/12 and
younger) includes salad, dessert and beverage. Take your morning meal, use the
Center’s internet and have a meeting at the same time during Wi-Fi Friday
Breakfast, 8:30-10a.m., for just $5 ($4 members). Lunches served Tues.
& Wed. at noon.
Active Minds presents The
Civil War: Causes & Effects, Wed., July 18, 1:30p.m. Free, call to reserve
Info: wscc-denver.org, 303-733-4643.
Hear Billboard magazine award
recipient Laurie Dameron play guitar and sing in What Can I Do?, an educational multimedia
environmental concert, Sat., July 28, 2p.m., at the Ross-Cherry Creek branch
library, 305 Milwaukee St. Playing guitar for more than 40 years and singing
even longer, she plays folk, instrumental, pop, rock, blues and jazz styles.
Get creative and transform an object
or material into something that makes your neighborhood a better place in Open For Design: A DAM
Community Challenge, opening Aug. 4, at the Denver Art Museum, 100 W. 14th
Ave. Pkwy. Submissions can be an object, model, sketch or photograph, flat or
3-D, but must fit into a 2-by-2-by-2-foot space. Queue up to drop it off on
Sat., July 28, 9a.m.-4p.m. Open to all ages and skill levels. Free. For
details, visit denverartmuseum.org/openfordesign.
The Denver Astronomical Society
provides stellar sightseeing at monthly Open Houses (Sat., July 28,
DU’s historic Chamberlin Observatory in Observatory Park, 2930 E. Warren Ave.
Take a peek through DU’s 20-inch telescope for $1 per person, or a look through
telescopes of its members. Public Nights are held each Tues. &
Thur., starting at 8:30p.m., with lecture and viewing.
Reservations required; $3, $2 kids. Info/reservations: denverastro.org.
Info: Chase Squires,
Pore over 10,000+ rare antique maps
from 18 international antiquarian map dealers at the Map Fair of The West, Sat. & Sun., July 28
& 29, in the Denver Central Library’s B2 Conference Center, 10 W. 14th Ave.
Pkwy. Examine and purchase beautiful, historically significant maps from the
last five centuries, or bring in your own for an expert’s opinion. $10 admission. Open 9a.m.-5p.m. Sat., 10a.m.-4p.m. Sun.
In conjunction with the
fair, the library will stage a special exhibition highlighting pieces from its
vast collection, and two free lectures in the Level 5 Gates Meeting Room
(2p.m., limited seating): The Political Development of the Trans-Mississippi
United States in Period Maps with Christopher W. Lane, proprietor of the
Philadelphia Print Shop West, Sat., July 28; and Sea of the West; The
Mediterranean Sea of North America, that Wasn’t, with Don McGuirk, M.D.,
author of The Last Cartographic Myth: Mer de l’Ouest (a.k.a. Sea of the
West), Sun., July 29.
You’ll find fellowship, informal
worship and great food at Church of the Epiphany’s Mass in the Grass,
Sun., July 29, 10:30a.m., at Montclair Park, 6820 E. 12th Ave.
Church of the Epiphany is located at 100 Colorado Blvd. Visit epiphanydenver.org or call 303-321-0813 for
Meet your neighbors and take a stand
against crime on National Night Out, celebrated in Cook Park, 7100 E. Cherry Creek Drive
South, Tues., Aug. 7, 6:30-8:30p.m. The Leetsdale Cop
Shop, Virginia Village/Ellis Community Association and Cook Park Neighborhood
Association will serve up free ice cream, drinks and hot dogs, a Denver Jazz
Combo concert, and a chance to meet District 3 police. NNO is a national
program to promote neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships to
fight crime. Free. Info: Elizabeth Trudgeon, 303-756-3402; Mary Walsh,
Search for and talk about
macroinvertebrae in Water Critters, a Wild in the City family
program, Tues., Aug. 7, 9-11a.m., at Overland Park Pond, north of Florida Ave.
and east of South Platte River Dr. Audubon Master Birder Barb Masoner leads the
presentation. Nets and pond guides provided; kids should bring water shoes and
plastic jars. Free, no registration required. Info: 303-973-9530,
For details of the Audubon Society’s many local field
trips around the metro area, visit denveraudubon.org.
Retired? Restless? Own a pick-up or
van? Wellshire Church Hunger Task Force needs a few good men and women to help support their ongoing
mission of delivering food to feed the hungry in metro Denver. Call driver
coordinator Virginia Warner at 303-756-1971 for details.
Volunteers are always needed to teach
English to recently arrived refugees, persons fleeing war or persecution in their native countries,
including ethnic Nepalese from Bhutan, Burmese, Somalis, Ethiopians, Eritreans
and Iraqis, who are being resettled in Colorado.
Tutors do not need to
speak their student’s language; tutoring takes place in the student’s home.
Many participants are homebound mothers, adults who are disabled, or senior
citizens, and most live in east Denver and Aurora.
Volunteers must attend
a free training session, next offered Sat., Aug. 18, 8a.m.-4p.m.
Preregistration required: visit refugee-esl.org
and click on “apply to our program.” Questions? Contact Sharon McCreary at
Save the date – the 2012 West Wash Park Home Tour
is Sat., Sept. 15! Reprising the West Side Stories – Stepping Through Time theme, this year’s tour packs a double punch:
great homes to wander through plus a rare look inside historic Byers school,
150 S. Pearl St., future home of the newest Denver School of Science and
Technology, a public charter school.
are needed to help on tour day as well as with all the lead-up details; check
or contact Karen & Tony Hinkel (
) if you’d like to lend a
you a local business, artisan or organization? Find out how you can participate
and gain great exposure at the first-ever Taste of West Wash Park. Email
Free art supplies are available for
any group working with children, anywhere in the world – or within the
– thanks to Art for the Nations, a Denver nonprofit. Each 8-pound bag
contains instructions, paper, crayons, markers, glue, scissors, pencils &
sharpeners, tape, glitter, sequins and cotton balls – enough for 50
children to complete four simple art projects. Bags can be picked up at 324
Clayton St., Tues., 10a.m.-6p.m.; Wed.-Fri., 10a.m.-5p.m. & Sat.,
noon-5p.m. (or by appt.) Info: artforthenations.org
or 303-321-1202. Volunteers welcome!
Want to live in a comfortable and safe
home? Curious about how you can save energy? Join 3,768 residents and 843 businesses that are
saving today through the Denver Energy Challenge. Live energy experts –
speaking English and Spanish – are available to help; call 720-865-5520,
Mon.-Sat., 8a.m.-6p.m. Or visit denverenergy.org.
Itching to get into urban farming?
Urban farms are seeking interns and/or volunteers, and property owners who are looking to lease their
land to urban farmers. Learn details through a new service offered by CSU
Extension; find specific opportunities at urbanag.colostate.edu.
The Mizel Museum, 400 S. Kearney St.,
will be open late on Thursday nights, 5-8p.m., now through Labor Day, for free admission to its
permanent exhibit, 4,000 Year Road Trip: Gathering Sparks, an
interactive journey through art, artifacts and digital media that narrates and
illuminates Jewish history and culture. Info: mizelmuseum.org,
Harvard Gulch Golf Course, 660 E.
Iliff Ave., offers Night Golf on Saturdays, 9-11p.m., using LED
balls, glow sticks, LED course markers, and custom flagsticks. The
nine-hole, par 3 course
allows kids 16 and under to play free with a paying adult Mon.-Fri.,
10:30a.m.-2:30p.m. Call for tee times (limited), 303-698-4078; visitdenver gov.org/parksandrecreation for details.
Need your gutters cleaned, lawn aerated or house painted, but are unable to do it
yourself and pay professionals? The men of Hope Community Church can provide the labor, if
you have the materials. Projects must not require a city permit, and be small
enough to be completed in one day. The service is for the widowed, elderly,
disabled or financially needy. Questions? Email Kimel Brent at
, or call 970-412-5973.