Rock vocalist &
songwriter Lou Gramm and alternative rock band Spin Doctors headline A Taste of Colorado in Civic Center Park over Labor Day
weekend, Fri.-Mon., Aug. 31-Sept. 3. The state’s largest free-admission outdoor
event boasts five entertainment stages showcasing national, local and ethnic
music, culinary delights from Colorado fooderies,
artisan wares, and educational programs promoting Western heritage. Hours:
Fri., 11:30a.m.-10p.m.; Sat. & Sun.,
10:30a.m.-10p.m. & Mon., 10:30a.m.-8p.m. Info: atasteofcolorado.com.
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.). 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,
Check out Denver’s
fine art and flora this month, for free, thanks to the Scientific &
Cultural Facilities District.
Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York St., opens its doors,
gratis, on Mon., Oct 1. Info: 720-865-3500 or botanicgardens.org.
Denver Art Museum, 100 W. 14th Ave. Pkwy., offers free admission during the Sat., Sept. 8,
Friendship Powwow, as well as the first Saturday of each month (Colorado
residents only; Sept. 1, Oct. 6). Info: 720-865-5000, denverartmuseum.org.
The Musicians of
Saint Clare chamber choir is seeking voices for the 2012-2013 season, including
a memorial concert for the victims and families of of the July 20
Aurora shootings. Auditions take place Sat., Sept. 1, or by appointment; call
303-278-4181 for a time. Rehearsals held Tuesday nights at Epiphany Lutheran
Church, 790 S. Corona St., starting Tues., Sept. 4. Info: Carma
Romano-LaMorte, 303-698-6100, option 2, ext. 15294.
The Aetna Park-To-Park 10 Miler & 5 Miler connects some of Denver’s most beautiful parks with runners on Mon., Sept. 3. The 10 miler starts at 7:30a.m.
in City Park, travels to Cheesman
Park, then to Alamo Placita Park and through
Washington Park to the finish at All City Stadium. The 5 miler starts at 7a.m.
in Cheesman Park and follows the final 5 miles of the
10 mile race. Both races will be USATF certified. Registration/packet
pick-up is Sat., Sept. 1, 9a.m.-4p.m. & Sun., 2, 11a.m.-3p.m. at Runners
Roost, 1685 S. Colorado Blvd. No race day registration. Info: parktopark10miler.com or 303-220-1037.
Fifty artists from
Colorado and the U.S. come to Denver to paint for the Colorado Dominican
Vocation Foundation in the 2012
Altitude & Attitude Paint Out, Sept. 4-8. Events include plein air Paint Out in the Gardens, Thur., Sept. 6, 9a.m.-6p.m.
($9-12.50), plus Lunch & Roundtable Discussion with Artists, noon-1:30p.m.,
at Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York St.; two-hour Quick Draw at Washington Park’s Mount Vernon
Garden area, 701 S. Franklin St., Sat., 8, 9-11a.m. (park at South High
School); and Lunch
with Artists and Collectors at Abend Gallery, 2260 E. Colfax Ave., Sat., 8,
noon-2p.m. ($10). Info: 303-355-0950, abendgallery.com.
Teachers can explore
exhibits & programs for students in an Educator Open House at the History Colorado Center, 1200 Broadway, Thur., Sept. 6,
6-8p.m., offering program previews, field trip tips, behind-the-scenes tours,
refreshments and door prizes. Free. Open to teachers,
administrators, PTA members and home-school educators; sorry, no children,
spouses or guests due to space limitations. Register
online or by calling 303-866-2394.
History Colorado has a
field trip program for kindergartners to high school seniors. For help in
planning and to make reservations, call 303-866-2394 or book online at least
two weeks in advance. Info: 303-447-8679, historycolorado.org.
Prepare for Rosh
Hashanah with How Sweet It Is, honey and bee programs presented by Mizel
Museum, 400 S.
Kearney St., and Ekar Farm, 6825 E. Alameda Ave. Norm
Klapper shares the art and science of beekeeping,
followed by a honey tasting in Salon Night: Bees & Honey 101, Thur., Sept. 6, 5:30-7:30p.m., at Mizel ($16 nonmembers).
Build take-away hives for your garden or others’ in Community Hive Build, Sun., 9, 10a.m.-2:30p.m., at Ekar ($36 per hive; place
). Watch The Bee Movie, with honey snacks and refreshments, Sun., 9, 3:30-5p.m., at Mizel ($6 per person, under 12 free). A panel of local
rabbis discuss the role of honey and bees in the New Year’s tradition in L’Daber al D’vash:
A Talk on Honey – with apples and honey for all – Thur., 20, 5:30-7:30p.m., at Ekar (free).
Register for events at mizelmuseum.org/bees. Info: 303-394-9993.
Play a hole-in-one or
birdie for Habitat for Humanity in Wellshire
Presbyterian Church’s fundraising Amen Open, Fri., Sept. 7, at Wellshire Golf Course, 3333
S. Colorado Blvd. $125 per player includes the green fees, prizes, cart, and
lunch and silent auction at nearby Wellshire Church.
Proceeds pay for building materials for the ongoing construction of Habitat for
Humanity of Metro Denver homes. Info: wpcdenver.org/amen-open,
The Whole Man Expo honors enlightened masculinity with presentations
and experiential events helping men become more integrated within
themselves and more collaborative with others, Sat., Sept. 8, 8:30a.m.-6p.m., at The Cable Center, 2000 Buchtel
Blvd. Adults and teens of both genders are welcome. Registration ($35-75,
online and at the door)/info: 303-796-7004, mensanthology.com/whole-man-expo.
vitality of American Indian cultures at the Denver Art Museum’s 23rd annual Friendship Powwow and American Indian Cultural
Celebration, Sat., Sept.
8, 10a.m.-5p.m., in Acoma Plaza, 13th Ave. between Broadway and Bannock St.
Features American Indian dancers, drum groups, working artists, hands-on
activities, vendors and free admission to the museum, which boasts one of the
nation’s most comprehensive American Indian art collections. Info:
Alliance Française showcases its classes, cultural events and
membership benefits at a free Open House, Sun., Sept. 8, 9:30a.m.-12:30p.m., at 571 Galapago St. Features French language assessment tests,
children’s class demonstrations, tours, discounts on classes, presentations by
teachers, free coffee and croissants, and an opportunity to meet directors,
staff and teachers.
Fall Educational Wine Tasting Classes begin Wed., Sept. 26, with Before & After Dinner in France: An
Exploration of Bubbles, Stickies, Cordials &
Cognacs. Call for
details and to register. Info: 303-831-0304, afdenver.org.
Delve into Denver’s
sustainable agriculture on an urban agriculture tour presented by Slow Food
Botanic Gardens and Grow Local Colorado, Sun., Sept. 9, 8:30a.m.-2:30p.m., starting from DBG, 1007 York St. Destinations
include Ekar Farm, Sprout City Farms and Delaney
Community Farm. $35 includes lunch. Info/tickets: slowfooddenver.org or 303-321-3322.
Stride into the first annual Walk-a-thon
sponsored by Health Care for All Colorado Foundation Sun., Sept. 9, in Washington Park. The nonprofit
research and education organization supports Health Care for All Colorado (healthcareforallcolorado.org), which
advocates quality, accessible health care for all Coloradans. Registration at
8a.m., walk at 9. Teams and sponsors encouraged. For details/registration,
Company celebrates the start of its new season with Talent Palooza, Sun., Sept. 9, 5:30-8p.m., in the Colorado Free University
Ballroom, 7653 E. 1st Place, featuring the talents of actors and patrons, and
an auction. Free; donations for refreshments. RSVP:
Meet neighbors, enjoy
tasty barbecue, and relax at a Community Picnic sponsored by St. John’s Lutheran Church, Sun., Sept. 9, 12:30-2:30p.m., on the front lawn at 700 S. Franklin St., overlooking
Washington Park. Lawn games for adults, and climbing wall, bike obstacle
course, jumping castle and soft-sided maze for children. Free. Information: stjohnsdenver.org, 303-733-3777.
joining a synagogue? Temple Emanuel will showcase its social, spiritual and
educational programs in an Open
Sept. 9, 9a.m., at 51 Grape St. Rabbis
Joseph R. Black and Brian Immerman, Cantor Regina Heit, staff and members will answer questions and give
tours. Info: Susie Sigman, 303-388-4013, ext. 325, or
Local musician Steve
Brodsky and his band launch Temple Emanuel’s 5773: Rosh Hashanah Unplugged, an innovative worship experience
weaving together contemporary and traditional nusach
(melodies), Sun., Sept. 16, 6:30p.m. Free, but register online or by phone. Schedule of High Holiday worship services also online. Info:
Enjoy free pie, ice
cream and family entertainment at the annual University Neighbors Ice Cream Social, Sun., Sept. 9, 3-5p.m., in DeBoer Park (south side, at S. Gaylord St., north of E.
Vassar Ave.) Info: Russ McClung, 303-733-6991.
Volunteer to teach
English a few mornings a week at Central Denver Language School, 1st Ave. and Acoma St. The affordable, volunteer-run program
offers English classes four mornings a week in a relaxed setting. Fall session
is Sept. 10-
Dec. 6; visit centraldenverlanguageschool.org
or call 303-520-4466 for details.
Colorado Remembers – Honoring
Our Will to Prevail, a 9/11 remembrance ceremony and a tribute to first responders in the wake of recent wildfires and
the Aurora shootings, will be held in Civic Center Park, Colfax Ave. and
Broadway, Tues., Sept. 11, 11:30a.m.-1:30p.m., rain or
shine. The free event features Colorado National Guard, World Trade Center
artifacts, a tribute by Aurora Police Chief Dan Oates, and performances by
Hazel Miller and the Colorado Children’s Chorale. Lawn
seating first-come, first-served. For details, visit thecell.org.
Have a hootin’ hollerin’ and historic
time at the Fling at Four
Mile Historic Park, Thur., Sept. 13, 5:30-8:30p.m., at 715 S. Forest St., benefiting the
12-acre living history park. Features silent and live auctions, games of
chance, a full open bar, appetizers, and dinner by The Food Guy Catering, finishing with a campfire and s’mores
at the chuckwagon. Casual western
attire. Tickets start at $120 for nonmembers. RSVP by Sept. 6: fourmilepark.org. Info: 720-865-0800.
Marilyn Amer will receive the Eleanor Gehres
award for her service to the Western History/Genealogy Department of the Denver Public Library, Thur.,
Sept. 13, 6:30-8p.m., in the Gates Reading Room, Level 5, of the Central
library, 10 W. 14th Ave. Pkwy. RSVP: 720-865-1820,
Denver Museum of Nature
& Science’s upcoming A Day in Pompeii exhibition showcases 250+ artifacts buried in the Roman city by the
eruption of Mount Vesuvius in A.D. 79. Room-size frescoes, marble and bronze
sculptures, jewelry, gold coins and everyday household items evoke the
richness, culture, and bustle of daily life in Pompeii, all in a
13,000-square-foot display at DMNS, 2001 Colorado Blvd. Opens Fri., Sept. 14;
advance tickets/details available at dmns.org/pompeii. Information: 303-370-6000.
teachers, parishioners and friends of St. Philomena’s Catholic Parish School
and church are invited
to an open-house-style reunion, Sept. 15, 10a.m.-6p.m., at the Waldorf School,
940 Fillmore St., the former site of St. Philomena’s. Denver Public Library
staff will collect stories and scan images to preserve the history of this
community on the Creating Your Community social archive. Bring food or
purchase on site. Admission is $10, children under 10 free; net proceeds
benefit DPL’s Western History/Genealogy Department.
Info: Tom Martin,
Slow down, eat real
food and build community during Pop Up Picnic Denver, Sun., Sept. 16, starting 11:30a.m., created by Slow Food Denver, Grow
Local Colorado, and Healthy Realities. Businesses, community groups, friends,
families and neighborhoods are encouraged to plan a picnic using a theme, art
or even music, and create a menu of local, real food (i.e. nothing processed or
premade). Picnickers can submit videos describing their experience to help
create a short documentary showcasing Denver’s support of the Slow Food
Movement. To sign up (through Sept. 15) or learn more, visit facebook.com/popuppicnicdenver
Help homeless and low-income
people learn skills and create Earth-friendly products in Imagine, a fundraiser for EarthLinks,
a nonprofit gardening and craft workshop program that employs homeless adults
in Denver, Thur., Sept. 13, 6-9p.m., at Church of the
Risen Christ, 3060 S. Monaco Parkway. Evening includes live music by Mid Life
Crisis, hors d’oeuvres, testimonies from formerly homeless individuals, and
silent auction of local gifts and art. Tickets ($25): earthlinks-colorado.org, 303-389-0085.
Experience the 12th
annual Shofar service and Tashlich ceremony with
Rabbi Yossi Serebryanski, Mon., Sept. 17, 5p.m., the first day
of Rosh Hashanah, at Smith Lake near the Boathouse in Washington Park.
Sponsored by Chabad of South Denver; all in the
community are invited to attend this free celebration of the Jewish New Year.
Information: 303-744-9699 or
Jewish Family Service
needs volunteers to assist seriously ill or isolated Jews attending its High
Holy Day services, held at 30+ metro area locations and led by volunteer para-chaplains and Jewish community chaplain Rabbi Eliot
Baskin. Para-chaplain volunteers serve Jewish individuals in nursing homes,
assisted living facilities, hospitals, retirement communities, mental health
centers and correctional facilities, creating a warm Jewish connection and
providing spiritual support. Details: Beth Lippa at
Gardens, 1007 York St., hosts Judaism Your Way’s High Holy Days services, led
by Rabbi Brian Field, with Dr. Caryn Aviv and musicians Yaniv Salzberg and Katie Glassman. No charge to attend; parking
Rosh Hashanah services
include Storahtelling, a fusion of storytelling, Torah and
theater: Sun., Sept. 16, 6:30p.m.; and Mon., 17, at 9
(for families with children 7 and younger), and 10:30a.m. Yom Kippur services:
Tues., 25, 6:30 p.m.; and Wed., 26, 9a.m. (for young families), and
Transforming Mistrust into
Understanding workshop by Seeking Common Ground, Wed., 26, 2:30p.m. Holidays conclude
Wed., 26, with healing service, 4:30 p.m.; Yizkor
Memorial service, 5p.m.; and Neilah (closing)
Info/reservations: judaismyourway.org, 303-320-6185.
food and fun come together at the Washington Street Community Center, a
multi-generational mecca providing meals, classes and
more at 809 S. Washington St.
Don’t Wanna Cook Night
(this month – “Fiesta!”) serves up a main dish, salad, dessert and
beverage for just $6 ($4/12 and younger), third Thursdays (Sept. 20),
4:30-6:30p.m. 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.
classes are every Tuesday, 4:30-5:30p.m.
Minds presents Charlie Chaplin & the
Silent Film Era, Wed., Sept. 19, 1:30p.m. Free,
call to reserve a seat.
Open your heart and
buy some art at 99 Pieces of Art on the Wall at VSA Colorado/Access Gallery & Studio, 909 Santa Fe Dr., Fri., Sept. 21,
6-9p.m. For sale are 99 artworks created by both local and national artists on
10-by-10-inch-square, particle-board canvases.
Proceeds benefit the programs of VSA, providing creative and educational
opportunities for people with disabilities to access and experience the arts. Tickets at door, $9.99. Info: 303-777-0797, accessgallery.org.
Help Broadway Assistance
Center and The Gathering Place! Find great bargains at the Epiphany Lutheran
Church annual Garage Sale, Sat., Sept. 22, 8a.m.-3:30p.m., 790 S. Corona St. Sale proceeds will raise money to
support vital local charities that address hunger, homelessness and other needs
in the Denver community.
BAC provides local
residents with food banks twice a week, rent assistance, utility assistance,
minor medical expenses, a clothing bank, and referrals to community resources.
The Gathering Place is Denver’s only daytime drop-in center for women, their
children, and transgender individuals who are experiencing homelessness and
poverty. Info: epiphanylutheran.net or
Rock and run with
17,000 other runners in the Rock’n’Roll Marathon & Half Marathon, Sat., Sept. 22, starting from Civic Center Park, 14th
Ave. & Bannock St., at 7:15a.m. Free, live entertainment is provided along
every mile of the scenic course, winding past Denver Public Library, Denver Art
Museum, Larimer Square, the Pepsi Center, Union Station and Coors Field, as
well as City, Cheesman and Washington parks.
Registration/info (including road closures): runrocknroll.competitor.com/denver.
Against Attacking Iran sponsors Unarmed & Dangerous, two evenings of film, dance, music and poetry “for no more war” on Sat., Sept. 22, 1p.m. until close,
at the Mercury Café, 2199 California St. Features Kate LaRoux
Band, Elena Klaver and Chris Steele; check website
for schedule. Info: 303-294-9281 or mercurycafe.com.
Cheesman Park hosts Yoga on the Steps: Denver, Living Beyond Breast Cancer’s national signature fundraising event, Sun., Sept. 23. Opens with a basic,
all-ages yoga class with founder Jennifer Schelter,
at 8:30a.m., followed by a light organic breakfast and
Living Expo, featuring
health and nutrition experts, event sponsors, yoga and fitness studios,
specialty vendors and information about local area nonprofits and service
organizations. $50 for non-fundraisers. Visit yogaonthesteps.org or call Jenna Jackson,
610-645-4567, for details and to register.
Enjoy an evening of savory treats, a silent auction and
music by the Mile High Freedom Swing Ensemble at the Discover
Historic Grant Avenue Benefit, Sat.,
Sept. 29, 7p.m., at Historic Grant Avenue, 216 S. Grant St., benefiting the
historic venue. Info/tickets ($25): 303-733-8940, historicgrantave.org.
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., Sept. 29,
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. Info:
303-455-7109 or greenwayfoundation.org.
Inspire hope and
create change for those impacted by lung cancer in the Free to Breathe Denver 5K Run/Walk, Sun., Sept. 30, in Washington Park,
701 S. Franklin St., raising funds for the National Lung Cancer Partnership’s
research, education and awareness programs. Registration and check-in at 8a.m.,
rally at 8:45, run and walk start at 9, closing remarks 10:15. Online
registration (closes Sept. 26) $20, mail-in (due Sept. 24) $23, race day $25.
Tickets for Beaujolais Nouveau, A Night of
Wine and Celebration in West Washington Park, go on
sale Oct. 1. The festive evening of wine,
hors d’oeuvres, live music and dancing is Fri., Nov. 16, from 7:30-10p.m., at
Historic Grant Avenue, 216 S. Grant St. Tickets: shopwestwashpark.comor 720-446-9979.
Learn how to launch aColorado Cool Congregations for
Households program to
reduce greenhouse gas emissions at a Colorado Interfaith Power and Light workshop, at Augustana
Lutheran Church, 5000 E. Alameda Ave., held Sun., Oct. 14, 1:30-4:30p.m.
Participants learn ways to start small groups in their congregations,
understand their carbon footprint, and set and achieve reduction goals. $20,
groups of 4+ $75. Registration/info: coloradoipl.org, 303-429-5792.
While central Denver residents have been spared the fires
that have devastated many Colorado communities over the past few months, any number of
weather-related emergencies – blizzards, tornados, etc. – can occur
with little warning, testing a community’s ability to come together to minimize
disruptions for its residents in the face of disaster.
The Merchants of West Washington Park, in
conjunction with the American Red Cross, is spearheading an effort to foster
community preparedness in the WWP neighborhood. The WWP Emergency Preparedness
Committee has scheduled a pair of October forums – Oct. 17 at the WWP
Neighborhood Association annual meeting, and Oct. 20 at a location to be
determined – to inform residents of work to date, and provide information
on simple things everyone can do to be better prepared. Info: call the
Washington Street Community Center, 303-733-4643 or visit shopwestwashpark.com.
A bumper crop of garden veggies or fruit? Connect with your nearest
food pantry and help strengthen neighborhoods through Produce for
Pantries, bringing together youth growing produce in school gardens, neighbors
growing produce in community gardens, and residents growing produce in home
gardens to help nourish their neighbors in need. Email
call 720-837-6237 if you have surplus vegetables, or visit yardharvest.org to register fruit trees and vines.
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
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.
Harvard Gulch Golf
Course, 660 E. Iliff Ave., offers Night Golf on
Saturdays, 9-11p.m., using LED golf 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; visit denvergov.org/parksandrecreation for details.