By Clara Geoghegan
Happy weekend, Denver. Today, Denver’s extended stay-at-home orders come to an end. But life isn’t gonna look like it did pre-COVID any time soon, as Denver and Colorado transition to the next phase of public health response, safer-at-home. Health officials stress the importance of keeping up social distancing, minimizing non-essential trips out of the house, washing your hands (which you should be doing even if there’s not a pandemic) and wearing a face mask when you’re out and about.
That doesn’t mean you can’t have fun.
If streaming movies on your couch is missing the je ne sais quoi of a movie theater, head to the Sie FilmCenter on Friday to pick up some proper movie theater snacks. As you shovel fistfuls of popcorn into your face, you can feel good knowing that while doing so, you’re supporting Denver Film.
Celebrate the mamas in your life with the Horseshoe Market’s Virtual Market. Get something unique, locally made and beautiful. Or, show some love with something handmade. Join Art Garage on Friday to learn how to make custom collage greeting cards, handmade for the mothers in your life.
Just for fun
Lasers and Feelings. Denver Public Library, join virtually. Friday, 4:30-6 p.m. Free, registration required.
Virtual Happy Hour Reading. Lighthouse Writers Workshop, join with Zoom. Friday, 5-6 p.m. Free, registration required. BYO drink.
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
Science Division Live: Colorado’s Last Grizzly Bear. Denver Museum of Nature and Science, join with Facebook Live. Friday, noon. Free.
Fuel Your Creativity Live Event Collage Greeting Card Project. Art Garage, join with Zoom. Friday, 5-7 p.m. $30, BYO materials.
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 15. Free. Make at home, submit online.
The Maker Challenge. Denver Public Library. Submit by August 8. Free. Make at home, submit online.
Music and nightlife
The Grind 5280 LIVE Streaming Show. The Venue, stream virtually. Saturday, 7:30-9 p.m. Free.
From the Vault: Itchy-O’s Free Archived HD Concert Series Brumalia. Itchy-O, stream virtually. Saturday, 8 p.m. Free.
Virtual Music in the Galleries: Barry Osborne featuring Meta Osborne. Clyfford Still Museum, stream with Facebook Live and YouTube. Sunday, 1-1:45 p.m. Free.
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. Live-stream release Friday at noon, watch past live-streams anytime. Free, tips appreciated.
6th EVER WordFest & Artists of Color (AOC) Summit. The Source Theatre Company and Su Teatro Cultural and Performing Arts Center, join virtually. Saturday, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Free.
GRC Live Stream Series: Live Art with Jimbo Phillips. Grassroots California, stream with Facebook Live and TwitchTV. Saturday, 5-6 p.m. Free.
Saving Places. HistoriCorps, stream at home. Anytime. $3 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
Movie Snack Packs To-Go. Denver Film, to-go pick up at 2510 E. Colfax Ave. Friday, 3-7 p.m.
Virtual Burrata & Mozzarella Cheese Making Class. The Truffle Cheese Shop, join virtually. Friday, 5 p.m. $30, includes ingredient kit and class. Curbside pick up at 2906 E. 6th Ave.
Sushi rolling date night from your home! Denver Sake Co., join with Zoom. Friday, 6:30 & 7:30 p.m, Saturday, 6:30 & 7:30 p.m., Sunday, 6:30 p.m. $53-80, includes sushi ingredients, sake and delivery.
Flatout Flatbreads. The Seasoned Chef, join with Zoom. Saturday, 10:30 a.m.-noon. $25, BYO ingredients.
50 Shades of Rotisserie Chicken. The Seasoned Chef, join with Zoom. Saturday, 2-3 p.m. $25, BYO ingredients.
Quarantine Cocktails – Fire and Ice! The Seasoned Chef, join with Zoom. Saturday, 7-8 p.m. $25, BYO ingredients.
Exercise and sports
Cardio Kickboxing. Denver Parks and Recreation, join with Zoom. Friday, noon-12:45 p.m. Free, registration required.
Barre Express. Denver Parks and Recreation, join with Zoom. Friday, 1-1:45 p.m. Free, registration required.
Zumba. Denver Parks and Recreation, join with Zoom. Saturday, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Free, registration required.
Total Body + Abs. Denver Parks and Recreation, join with Zoom. Sunday, noon-12:45 p.m. Free, registration required.
Vinyasa Yoga. Denver Parks and Recreation, join with Zoom. Sunday, 1-2 p.m. Free, registration required.
Volunteer and donate
History Colorado and the Colorado Media Project have teamed up to collect firsthand 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 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.