Things to do in Denver this weekend without spreading the coronavirus, May 1-3

Somehow, it’s May.
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Bees fly around colorful flowers outside of the Kirkland Museum of Fine and Decorative Art, May 30, 2019. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

By Clara Geoghegan

Although Colorado's stay-at-home orders ended last weekend, Denver has extended its through Friday, May 8. As Denverites hunker down for one more week of social distancing and staying put, here's a guide to the coolest things happening this weekend in your living room. All you need is a WiFi connection.

For juniors and seniors missing out on Prom, join radio station KNGU and other Denver high school students for Virtual Prom. It's like regular prom night with better music and fewer Hummer limos.

For those who are past their prom days but still want a night out while staying in, join the Art District on Santa Fe for Virtual First Friday. Or, support Denver musicians with the Underground Music Showcase's "Streams with Grit," bringing Denver bands to your home every night this weekend.

Happy weekend, Denver, and keep up the good work.

Just for fun

Live Storytimes. Denver Public Library, watch with Youtube. Friday, 9 a.m.-noon. Free.

Virtual Happy Hour Reading - Story Fest Preview. Lighthouse Writers Workshop, join with Zoom. Friday, 5-6 p.m. Free, BYO drinks.

No Strings Attached Book Club. Denver Public Library, join virtually. Saturday, 11 a.m. Free, registration required.

The Rainbow Ruckus #3. Rainbow Militia, stream with Zoom. Saturday, 4-5:30 p.m. Pick your price.

Mestizo-Curtis Park Virtual Reading. Lighthouse Writers Workshop, join with Zoom. Saturday, 5-6:30 p.m. Free.

Horseshoe Market "Virtual Market". Horseshoe Market, shop online. Anytime. All purchases support local artisans.

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

Virtual Discussion with Director Jeffrey Palmer: N. Scott Momaday Words from a Bear. Denver Museum of Nature and Science, join with Zoom. Friday, 7-8 p.m. Free, register before noon on Friday.

CO's Role in the Campaign for Women's Suffrage. Center for Colorado Women's History at the Byers-Evans House, join with Zoom. Saturday, 1:30-2:30 p.m. Free, registration required.

Rekordbox 101 with DigitalVagabond. The Black Box Sunday School Editions, join with TwitchTV. Sunday, noon-4 p.m. Free, donations appreciated.

Drop-In Joke Writing Lab. VooDoo Comedy, join with Zoom. 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 Maker Challenge. Denver Public Library. Submit by August 8. Free. Make at home, submit online.

Music and nightlife

Rocky Mountain Virtual Music Festival: Vol. 7. Rocky Mountain Virtual Music Festival, stream with Facebook Live. Friday, 10 a.m.- 10:15 p.m. Free.

The Velveteers. UMS Presents: Streams with Grit, join with Facebook Live. Friday, 5 p.m. Free, tips appreciated.

Locals in The Lounge (Twitch Edition). The Black Box, join with TwitchTV. Friday, 6 p.m.- midnight. Free, tips appreciated.

Lipgloss: A Virtual Indie Dance Party. Lipgloss and the Bluebird Theater, stream with TwitchTV. Friday, 8 p.m.-midnight. Free to join, tips appreciated.

Friday Night with Anthony Cross, with Special Musical Guest The Beeves. SALT Magazine, join with Facebook Live. Friday, 9 p.m. Free.

Mux Mool. UMS Presents: Streams with Grit, join with Facebook Live. Saturday, 5 p.m. Free, tips appreciated.

The GNU Prom. KNGU Community Radio, join virtually or broadcast at 88.5 FM & 1390 AM. Saturday, 6-9 p.m. Free to DPS and BVPS high school students. Registration required.

From the Vault: Itchy-O's Free Archived HD Concert Series Brumalia. Itchy-O, stream virtually. Saturday, 8 p.m. Free.

Jackson Taylor Live Stream. Jackson Taylor & The Sinners, join with Facebook Live and Youtube. Saturday, 8-10 p.m. Free.

YaSi. UMS PresentsL Streams with Grit, join with Facebook Live. Sunday, 5 p.m. Free, tips appreciated.

Dazzle Online Stage Performances. Dazzle @ Baur's, stream virtually. Anytime. Free.

Volume: A Local Music Project. Denver Public Library. Anytime. Free.

Art, culture and media

WeAreDenver. Watch virtually. Livestream release Friday at noon, watch past livestreams anytime. Free, tips appreciated.

Virtual First Friday. Art District on Santa Fe, join with Facebook Live. Friday, 5-7 p.m. Free.

6th EVER WordFest & Arts of Color (AOC) Summit. Su Teatro, join virtually. Friday, 6:30 p.m. Free.

GRC Live Stream Series: Light Wizard Art. Grassroots California, stream with Facebook Live and TwitchTV. Friday, 8 p.m. Free.

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

Virtual Happy Hour and Tasting! Round 7. The Denver Beer Co., join with Facebook Live and Youtube. Friday, 4 p.m. Free to join, drink what you have or buy something new. Beer available for pickup.

Virtual Burrata & Mozzarella Cheese Making Class. Truffle Cheese Shop, join virtually. Friday, 5 p.m. $30, includes class and ingredients, curbside pick-up.

Virtual Happy Hour at Dos Luces Brewery. Dos Luces Brewery, join with Google Hangouts. Friday, 6 p.m. Free to join, beer available for pickup.

Bar Helix Mocktails 101 the VIRTUAL REMIX. Bar Helix, join with Zoom. Friday, 6-7:30 p.m. $30, includes class and ingredients, curbside pick-up.

Sushi rolling date night from your home! Join with Zoom. Colorado Sake Co., join with Zoom. Friday, 6:30 & 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 6:30 & 7:30 p.m., Sunday, 6:30 p.m. $80, includes sushi ingredients and sake for 2 plus delivery.

ONLINE CLASS: Pasta Maker's Tour Through Italy - Flavored Pasta. The Seasoned Chef, join with Zoom. Saturday, 2-3 p.m. $25, BYO ingredients.  

ONLINE CLASS: A Kentucky Derby Affair. The Seasoned Chef, join with Zoom. Saturday, 4-5:30 p.m. $25, BYO ingredients.

Exercise and sports

Cyber Dance 2020 Free Live Session. Cleo Parker Robinson Dance, join virtually. Friday, 10 a.m. Free.

Cardio Kickboxing. Denver Parks and Recreation, join with Zoom. Friday, noon. Free, registration required.

Barre Express. Denver Parks and Recreation, join with Zoom. Friday, 1 p.m. Free, registration required.

Virtual Furry Scurry 2020. Denver Dumb Friends League, register online, walk where you want while social distancing. Anytime, special coverage Saturday 7:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. $25-45.

Zumba. Denver Parks and Recreation, join with Zoom. Saturday, 9:30 p.m. Free, registration required.

Intermediate Modern Dance Class. Hannah Kahn Dance, join with Zoom. Saturday, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Free, donations appreciated.

Total Body & Abs. Denver Parks and Recreation, join with Zoom. Sunday, noon. Free, registration required.

Vinyasa Yoga. Denver Parks and Recreation, join with Zoom. Sunday, 1 p.m. Free, registration required.

Volunteer and donate

Build Healthcare Professionals Gratitude Kits with Project Helping

Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Project Helping, 8811 E. Hampton Ave. #214.

Assemble care packages to show gratitude for healthcare workers across the country. In compliance with social distancing, participation is restricted to individuals and households.

History in the Making

History Colorado and the Colorado Media Project have teamed up to collect first hand accounts of how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting Coloradans. Documented experiences will be used to give context for understanding what the pandemic meant to Colorado. You can share your story by leaving a voicemail, completing an online survey or filling out a journal.

Operation Family Meal

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.

Denver Metro Emergency Food Network

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

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 Denver Foundation Critical Needs Fund

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.

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