By Clara Geoghegan
Hey, Denver. What are you up to this weekend?
Check out an audio book this weekend with the Denver Public Library. Participate in a protest. Or listen to a Colorado History podcast to hear oral histories and firsthand accounts of race in Colorado.
If you’re looking to learn something science-y this weekend, tune in to the Denver Museum of Nature and Science’s “Science Live” on Friday. This week’s topic: Eating Insects — A healthy and eco-friendly diet for the ages. But quick disclaimer so no one leaves the lecture too disappointed, it’s a historical lecture, not a how-to guide for getting rid of the miller moths taking over your house.
Just for fun
Virtual Lasers and Feelings for Teens. Denver Public Library, join virtually. Friday, 4 p.m. Free, registration required.
Happy Hour Reading: Queer Creatives. Lighthouse Writers Workshop, join with Zoom. Friday, 4:30-5:30 p.m. Free, registration required. BYOB.
Horseshoe Market “Virtual Market”. Horseshoe Market, shop online. Anytime. All purchases support local artisans.
LitLine. Denver Public Library, tune-in 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 Live: Eating Insects-A healthy and eco-friendly diet for the ages. Denver Museum of Nature and Science, stream with Facebook Live. Friday, noon. Free.
Drop-In Joke Writing Lab. VooDoo Comedy, join with Zoom. Sunday, noon. $10 suggested donation.
The Maker Challenge. Denver Public Library. Submit by August 8th. Free. Make at home, submit online.
Music and nightlife
Rocky Mountain Virtual Music Festival: Vol. 12 – Pres. by ARISE. Rocky Mountain Virtual Music Festival, stream with Facebook Live and Instagram. Friday, 10 a.m.-10:15 p.m. Free.
Lipgloss: A Virtual Indie Dance Party, NAACP Legal Fund Benefit. Lipgloss, stream with TwitchTV. Friday, 8 p.m.-midnight. Free, all donations support the NAACP Legal Fund.
Dazzle Online Stage Performances. Dazzle, stream virtually. Anytime. Free.
Volume: A Local Music Project. Denver Public Library. Anytime. Free.
Art, culture and media
WeAreDenver Freedom Fund Stream. Watch virtually. Livestream release Friday at noon, watch past livestreams anytime. Free, all donations support the Minnesota Freedom Fund.
Corazon Gordito reading. Su Teatro and The SOURCE Theatre Company, watch virtually. Friday, 6:30 p.m. Free.
The Art of Being Alone: Artists in Quarantine. Museo de las Americas. Anytime. Free.
6th EVER WordFest & Artists of Color (AOC) Summit Festival Pass. Su Teatro Cultural and Performing Arts Center, watch virtually. Anytime. Free.
Podcasts. History Colorado. Anytime. 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
ONLINE CLASS: Simply South American Street Food. The Seasoned Chef, join with Zoom. Friday, noon. $25, BYO ingredients.
ONLINE CLASS: Simply Pierogies. The Seasoned Chef, join with Zoom. Friday, 2:30-3:30 p.m. $25, BYO ingredients.
Sushi rolling date night from your home! 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. $53-80, includes sushi ingredients, sake and delivery.
University Hills Plaza Farmers Market. 2500 S. Colorado Blvd. Saturday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Beast+Bottle Farmer Box Pick-Up. Beast+Bottle, 719 E. 17th ave. Saturday, 10 a.m.-noon. $30 and upwards.
ONLINE CLASS: Beautiful Bagels. The Seasoned Chef, join with Zoom. Saturday, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $25, BYO ingredients.
Highlands Farmers Market. 32nd and Lowell. Sunday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Golden Triangle Farmers Market. 1115 Acoma St. Sunday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Stapleton Farmers Market. 29th Ave and Roslyn. Sunday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
South Pearl Street Farmers Market. 1500 S. Pearl St., curbside pick up for Market Boxes at 1526 S. Pearl St. Sunday, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Exercise and sports
Cardio Kickboxing. Denver Parks and Recreation, join with Zoom. Friday, noon-12:45 p.m. Free.
Barre Express. Denver Parks and Recreation, join with Zoom. Friday, 1-1:45 p.m. Free.
Cyber Dance 2020. Cleo Parker Robinson Dance, stream virtually. Anytime. Pick your price, $5-20.
United Together Prayer Vigil. The Episcopal Church in Colorado, Rocky Mountain Synod, Mountain Sky Conference of The United Methodist Church. Friday, 12:45-2:30 p.m.
DPS Student-led March for Black Lives. Various DPS board members. Sunday, 10 a.m.
Volunteer and donate
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 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 need 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.