By Clara Geoghegan
For those who’ve been keeping track of the days, happy Friday! If you haven’t been keeping track, it’s Friday, and you should probably change that shirt you’ve been wearing for 72 hours straight (definitely not speaking from personal experience).
As we all stay home and do our part to reduce the spread of COVID-19, organizations and individuals across Denver have been stepping up to virtually connect us even when we can’t physically be together.
Join a local cooking class, enter your art and music into a contest or join some late-night trivia. If you do none of those, that’s OK, too. It’s a pandemic — staying in bed and binge watching Tiger King is also fine.
Here are things to do this weekend without leaving the house.
Just for fun
Virtual Happy Hour Reading. Lighthouse Writers Workshop, join with Zoom. Friday, 5-6 p.m. Free. Registration required.
LitLine. Denver Public Library, stream by calling 720-865-2003. Anytime. Free.
Molly Brown House Virtual Tour. Historic Denver, watch with Youtube. Anytime. Free.
Gardens Navigator. Denver Botanic Gardens. Anytime. Free.
Online Exhibits. History Colorado. Anytime. Free.
Virtual Zoo Trip. Denver Zoo. Anytime. Free.
Learn something, make something
Joke Writing Drop-In Lab-All Levels. VooDoo Comedy, join virtually. Sunday, noon. $10 suggested donation.
Viral Influence: Art in the Time of Coronavirus Call for Entry. The Arvada Center. Submit by May 15th. Free. Make your art at home, submit online.
The 303 Cover Challenge. 303 Magazine. Submit by April 16th. Free. Record your cover at home, submit online.
The Maker Challenge. Denver Public Library. Submit by August 8th. Free. Make at home, submit online.
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
Rocky Mountain Virtual Music Festival: Vol. 4 – Pres. by ARISE. Rocky Mountain Virtual Music Festival, join with Facebook Live. Friday, 10 a.m.-10:15 p.m. Free.
Levitt in Your Living Room. Levitt Pavilion, join with Facebook Live. Friday. Free.
Lipgloss Disco 2000: a virtual 2000-2010 indie dance party. Lipgloss, stream with TwitchTV. Friday, 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Free.
From the Vault: Itchy-O’s Free Archived HD Concert Series Disambiguation Night 2. Itchy-O, stream virtually. Saturday, 8 p.m. Free.
Volume: A Local Music Project. Denver Public Library. Anytime. Free.
Art, culture and media
Spectra in Your Studio Eps. 3: Merhia M. Wiese. Spectra Art Space, join with Instagram. Friday, 6 p.m. Free.
History Colorado Twitter Watch Party — Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker. History Colorado, join with Twitter. Friday, 7 p.m. Free to join, stream with Netflix subscription.
Saving Places. HistoriCorps, stream at home. Anytime. $10 rental.
At the Movies. Denver Film, stream new releases at home. Anytime. $12 rental.
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
ONLINE CLASS: Immunity Foods!! Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. The Seasoned Chef, join with Zoom. Friday, 4-5 p.m. $25, BYO ingredients.
Virtual Burrata & Mozzarella Cheese Making Class. Truffle Cheese Shop, join virtually. Friday, 5 p.m. $30 includes ingredients and virtual class. Kits available for curb-side pickup, call ahead to order.
Sushi Rolling Date Night from your Home! Colorado Sake Co., stream with Zoom. Friday, 6:30 and 7:30 p.m., Saturday, 6:30 and 7:30 p.m., Sunday, 6:30 p.m. $80, includes sushi ingredients and sake for two, plus free delivery.
ONLINE CLASS: Empanadas and Arepas. The Seasoned Chef, join with Zoom. Saturday, 10:30-11:30 a.m. $25, BYO ingredients.
Lakota Sioux Online Cooking Demo with Chef Little One Tall Chief. Breaking Bread Denver, join with Zoom. Saturday, 1-2:30 p.m. $25, BYO ingredients.
ONLINE CLASS: French Comfort Foods. The Seasoned Chef, join with Zoom. Saturday, 2-3 p.m. $25, BYO ingredients.
Easter Dinner To-Go. ViewHouse Ballpark, 2015 Market St. Sunday, 10 a.m.-9:30 p.m. $80, serves 4.
Exercise and sports
Virtual Yin Yoga with Liz Layne (donation based). RiNo Yoga Social, join virtually. Sunday, 8-9 p.m. Donation based.
Cyber Dance 2020. Cleo Parker Robinson Dance, stream virtually. Anytime. Pick your price, $5-20.
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 certain Denver nonprofits. It partners with organizations focused on homelessness, home insecurity, healthcare, food insecurity and basic family needs.
Volunteer with citizen science based projects, many of which can all be done entirely online. With a wide range of topics, you can work on a project that matters to you.