By Clara Geoghegan, for Denverite
Hi, Denver. How have you been? I think a lot of us are in the same boat. As the COVID-19 pandemic has progressed, all of our lives have been affected, and, to put it lightly, it’s a bit freaky.
Now maybe more than ever, a sense of connection and community is important. But as we stay home to reduce the spread of COVID-19, feeling connected with one another is exceedingly difficult.
We’re here to help.
Like last week, the activities on this weekend’s Things to do list can be done remotely to keep yourself and others safe. Tune in to a local concert, learn to make cheese, explore Denver’s museums, or back relief efforts to support those being hit hardest. We’re in this together.
Community support: volunteer and donate
Operation Family Meal supports laid-off service industry workers affected by COVID-19 restaurant closures. Monetary donations support free meals and therapy sessions. Donations of supplies and food are also appreciated.
The Denver Metro Emergency Food Network has pledged to cook and deliver meals to low income families and the elderly in need. Your support means additional meals for those whose food security has been threatened by the COVID-19 outbreak.
Help Colorado Now supports those who are at high risk for COVID-19 across the state. In addition to support through donations of money and supplies, they seek volunteers for a variety of roles, some of which can be done remotely, through the internet.
The Critical Needs Fund grants COVID-19 emergency money to high-impact Denver nonprofits. They partner with organizations focused on homelessness, home insecurity, healthcare, food insecurity and basic family needs.
Volunteer with citizen science based projects, many of which can be done entirely online. With a wide range of topics, you can work on a project that matters to you.
Just for fun
Gardens Navigator. Denver Botanic Gardens. Anytime. Free.
Online Exhibits. History Colorado. Anytime. Free.
Virtual Zoo Trip. Denver Zoo. Anytime. Free.
Learn something, make something
The Story Behind Evil for Teens. Lighthouse Writers Workshop, join with Zoom. Friday, 2-2:50 p.m. $18.
Words With Pictures for grades 3-5. Lighthouse Writers Workshop, join with Zoom. Friday, 2-2:50 p.m. $18.
Whismsy to Gogh, At-Home Art Kits. Whimsy Studios, 8246 E. Northfield Blvd. Stream videos anytime, pick up art kits every day between noon and 5 p.m. $20 and upwards.
Canvas and Cocktails — Free Online Classes. Canvas and Cocktails, join with Facebook. Friday, 6:30 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. & 6:30 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m. & 6:30 p.m. Free to join, $10 optional material kits available for pickup.
The Art of the Brick: Building Contest. Denver Museum of Nature and Science. Submit before April 24. Free. Build with your own LEGOs at home, submit online.
Music and nightlife
Just Dance Wii Party! (Facebook LIVE Edition). AM.SWO Productions, join with Facebook Live. Saturday, 2-3 p.m. Free.
Volume: A Local Music Project. Denver Public Library. Anytime. Free.
Art, culture and media
At the Movies. Denver Film, stream new releases at home. Anytime. $12 rental.
Plantopia LIVESTREAM Art Extravaganza! Virtual Art Party. Spectra Art Space, join with Facebook Live and Instagram. Saturday, 5-8 p.m. Free.
Kanopy. Denver Public Library. Anytime. Free with a library card.
Audio Books. Denver Public Library. Anytime. Free with a library card.
360 Degree Tour. Kirkland Museum. Anytime. Free.
Eats and drinks
Virtual Burrata & Mozzarella Cheese Making Class. Truffle Cheese Shop, join virtually. Friday, 5 p.m. $30, includes ingredients and virtual class. Kits available for pickup or delivery, call ahead to make arrangements.
Virtual Happy Hour Reading: TaraShea Nesbit and José Olivarez. Lighthouse Writers Workshop, join with Zoom. Friday, 5-6 p.m. Free.
Exercise and sports
Virtual Groovin’ Foot Workshop. Zenergy Dancesport, join virtually. Sunday, 2-4 p.m. $20-30.
Virtual Yin Yoga with Liz Layne. RiNo Yoga Social, join virtually. Sunday, 8-9 p.m. Donation based.