“Like A Boss” fundraiser celebrates the life of Leigh Anderson on November 12

NORTH DENVER — In celebration of the life of Leigh Anderson, community champion, mother of Brady and Jane, wife of Dr. Erik Anderson, and dear friend to the North Denver community, Local 46 will be hosting a party to honor her and give back to other cancer survivors. Join the community celebration on Saturday, November 12th from 4 to 6 pm for some fabulous drinks and live music by local favorites, The Highland Ramblers. 

 There is a suggested $ 20 donation per person. Local 46 will also donate 20% of their sales during the event. All proceeds will go directly to First Descents. The executive director of First Descents, Ryan O’Donoghue, also lives in the Highlands and will be in attendance with other staff from First Descents to showcase the life-altering programs that they host.

First Descents offers young adult cancer fighters and survivors a free outdoor adventure experience designed to empower them to climb, paddle and surf beyond their diagnosis, defy their cancer, reclaim their lives and connect with others doing the same.

Elizabeth Rodriguez and Melissa Pugh, friends of Leigh’s and fellow breast cancer survivors remarked, “In December of 2015 Leigh informed us that we were going surfing with First Descents. In September of 2016, after much juggling of our lives and lots of help from family and friends, we found ourselves at Pigeon Point in Santa Cruz, CA. without our girl. We spent a week away from real life, coloring, surfing, laughing and crying. We made connections with other cancer fighters that can only come from walking through the fire. We learned to surf. We overcame our fears. We found Leigh everywhere…

We left knowing that we had to give back. Please help us reach our goal of $ 6000 to fund three individuals facing a cancer diagnosis in Leigh’s honor. You can click on the link below to donate directly to the First Descents via our personal fundraising page. We are suggesting $ 20 a person for the event.”

https://support.firstdescents.org/fundraise/team?ftid=95005

 

 

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LOCAL EVENTS CALENDAR: NOVEMBER 3-20

November 3

Newest Treatments for Hip Pain: 12PM. Lutheran Medical Center, 8300 W. 38th Ave. Naturally as we age, arthritis and other conditions will begin to plague our joints. Learn the causes of and latest treatment options for hip pain with this free educational seminar, hosted by Ian Weber, MD, a fellowship trained primary and complex joint reconstruction surgeon with Cornerstone Orthopedics. Free. [email protected], 303-689-4595

Adams Mystery Playhouse 10th Anniversary: 6-9PM. Adams Mystery Playhouse, 2406 Federal Blvd. 10th anniversary celebration features “Million Dollar Murder!” Help solve the crime, enjoy dinner and dessert, and share in your favorite Adams memories. $ 46. ezregister.com

The Art of Making a Holiday Cheese Tray: 7-8PM. Cheese + Provisions, 2432 W. 44th Ave. Come sip on some wine and sample irresistible cheeses while learning how to create the ultimate holiday cheese tray experience. $ 32.79. nightout.com

Betty LaVette with Mile High Soul Club: 8-11PM. The Oriental Theater, 4335 W. 44th Ave. Groove to an evening of underground soul with Betty LaVette and the Mile High Soul Club. $ 36-38. swallowhillmusic.org

November 4

Deck the Mall: 11AM-6PM. 16th Street Mall, 16th Street. Start your holiday shopping with live entertainment, free hot chocolate, a charity gift exchange and more! Free. 16thstreetmalldenver.org

Happy Leaf Kombucha Harvest Party: 4PM. Happy Leaf Kombucha Taproom and Kitchen, 5700 W. 25th Ave. Pig roast & harvest dishes, candle making, build your own pickles, henna, kids crafts & games, live music and more! Free entry, pay per activity. 720-708-4954.

Second Star to the Right 2nd Year Celebration: 6PM. Second Star to the Right Children’s Books & Toys, 4353 Tennyson St. Second anniversary of the locally owned book store. Family-friendly evening of giveaways, raffles, cake and local musicians for a Disney sing-a-long! Free. Courtney Smith, http://secondstartotherightbooks.com, [email protected]

November 5

Find-A-Nanny 101 & Nanny Share Social: 10-11:30AM. The mama’hood, 2902 Zuni St. Come discover and learn about local nannies and the find the best nanny for your family with Kiddie Up Nannies. $ 20 per person or $ 30 per couple. kiddieupnannies.com

Holiday Craft Fair and Trade Show: 11AM. Denver Field House Event Center, 1600 Federal Blvd. Holiday handmade gifts: candles, salsas, gluten free baking, jewelry, as well as clothing, Tupperware, and oils.  Enjoy a snow cone stand, too! Free. Contact: Christy, 720-507-3457 or DenverFieldHouse.com

Toy Library Saturdays: 10AM-12PM. November 5, 12, and 19. Smiley Branch Library, 4501 W. 46th Ave. Unique to the Smiley Branch Library since 1980 – Check out educational, instructional, and creative toys suitable for infants up to the age of 8. Free. denverlibrary.org

Tennyson Center Open House & Quilt Sale: 10AM. Tennyson Center for Children, 2950 Tennyson St. The Open House is a great opportunity to tour the campus, meet staff and learn more about Tennyson Center. Stop by the quilt sale and do some holiday shopping. All proceeds benefit Tennyson Center. Free. [email protected]

UNFORGETTABLE R&B Tribute Show: 8PM. Clocktower Cabaret, 17th & Arapahoe. Every Saturday this November enjoy the hot duet starring Mary Louise Lee AND Michael C as they perform songs from some of R&B’s best known legendary artists. $ 30. 303-293-0075 or www.Clocktowercabaret.com.

November 6

Ben Hammond at Local 46: 7-9PM. Local 46, 4586 Tennyson St. Come on over to your favorite bar and grill for an evening with the acoustic soul music of Ben Hammond. Free. local46bar.com

Prevent Holiday Overeating: 2-3:30PM. The Shine Integrated Therapy, 3035 W. 25th St. This 2-day workshop will help you learn how to control your eating during this tasty and overly feast-ive holiday season. We will focus on cognitive behavioral therapy.  $ 60. [email protected]

November 7

Breastfeeding Basics for Parents-to-Be: 7-9PM. The Mama’hood Denver, 2902 Zuni St. Learn how to fit breastfeeding into your lives and fully take advantage of your potential relationship with your new baby. $ 50 per mamma + free partner. clients.mindbodyonline.com

November 8

ELECTION DAY-VOTE!!!! Double check your polling place based on your address at http://www.denvergov.org/elections

When is it the Flu?: 12PM. Lutheran Medical Center, 8300 W. 38th Ave. Flu symptoms are often symptoms of other illnesses, so how do you really know if you have the flu? Dr. Scott Miner will help you identify the signs and symptoms of the flu and what treatment options are available as well as discuss when it’s time to seek advanced medical care. Free. 303-689-4595 or [email protected]

Science of and for the People: 1-3PM. Casa Mayan, 1020 9th St. It is LiberatED- a week of exploratory learning. The Auraria Climate Justice Coalition and Kendra Kruger hold a workshop regarding traditional and emerging philosophies in regard to ourselves and the external world. Free. casamayan.com

November 9

DPS Great Schools Expo: 6-8PM. Sports Authority Field, 1701 Bryant St. Bring the entire family to visit with DPS elementary, middle and high schools to find a great school for your student, plus DPS programs and resources. Families will be able to go into the stadium seats and look out onto the football field! Free parking in Lot C or J. or 720-423-3414 or dpsk12.org/expo

Birthing from Within: 6-9PM. The Mama’hood, 2902 Zuni St. Be ready for your upcoming birth with this preparation class that will focus on having the best journey for you, your partner, and your baby. Free. clients.mindbodyonline.com

Chance 2 Dance: 7-8PM. Riverside Church, 2401 Alcott St. Bring the kids by for a free dance class for ages 5-10 years. Must RSVP in advance to save your seat. Free. app.thestudiodirector.com/s2dance/portal.sd

November 10

November SUNI Planning and Community Development Meeting: 7-8:30PM. Denver Bookbinding Company, 1401 W. 47th Ave. Join your neighbors and the developers & architects on the 41st and Inca development for the project presentation and a chance to discuss the upcoming changes. Free. sunnsysidedenver.org

North High Presents “Almost, Maine”: 7-10PM. Denver North High School, 2960 N. Speer Blvd. The North High Black Masque Theater Presents “Almost, Maine” – a play by John Caiani about love and loss in Almost, Maine. $ 8 adults, $ 5 students. denvernorth.org

November 11

Call for Entry- Bob Ross: 4-11PM. Urban Gipsie Gallery Denver, 3603 W. Colfax Ave. The Urban Gipsie is calling all Bob Ross enthusiasts to enter their work into a Bob Ross themed art show. The winner will be announced during the 3rd Friday Art Walk in the West Fax District. $ 10 per entry. (720) 904- 6863 or [email protected]

Lumber Baron Murder Mystery Dinner: 6PM, 2555 W. 37th Ave. Unravel the mystery of Colorado’s most haunted Inn. Is it really haunted? Ghost stories told by ghost-wrangler Lonetree Luke make this a deliciously spooky night to remember. $ 49.99-$ 69.99. 303-477-8205 or casinomurdermysteries.com/now-showing/

Live Bands at Tennyson’s Tap: 8PM-1AM. Tennyson’s Tap, 4335 W. 38th Ave. Jam to 5 bands and snack on your favorite bar food and sip your favorite cocktails and ales. Bands include Girlfriend Duties, Pipe Wrench Fight, Specific Ocean, Sol Burial, and Sol Authority. 21+. $ 8. ticketfly.com

Fight for Your Right Live Music Series: 9PM-1AM, 4401 Tejon St. Groove and jam with Jason Brazzel Nov 11. and Miguel Joseph Nov. 18. Sign the petition and join the Monkey Barrel team for their Cabaret License Hearing on November 30th! Free. monkeybarrelbar.com

November 12

Steele Cooperative Preschool Open House: 9-11AM. New Grove Street location, 3746 Grove St. The Steele Cooperative Preschool will be hosting their Grand Open House to celebrate the new Grove Street school location. Free. steelecooperativeschool.org

BRAlapalooza: 5:30-8:30PM. Metropolitan State College of Denver- Tivoli Turnhalle, 900 Auraria Pkwy. Join the Free the Girls’ annual fundraiser to celebrate success and hope and raise funds for future empowerment endeavors. Enjoy keynote speakers, live and silent auctions, a wine pull, buffet dinner, games and more. $ 75-400. donate.freethegirls.org

November 13

The Gift of Comedy: 5-9PM. The Bug Theatre, 3654 Navajo St. People House hosts a stand-up comedy fundraiser featuring three sets from the organization’s practitioners. Fundraising benefits the Affordable Counsel Program. 21+. $ 35. peoplehouse.org

November 14

“Bird Haus” Art Opening: 4-7PM. Elle.b Salon, 2931 W. 25th Ave. Purchase or simply peruse the local art of Serena Louise and other local artists during an evening of culture and cocktails. Free. artbyserenalouise.com

Pussy Riot: 7:30-10PM. The Oriental Theater, 4335 W. 44th Ave. Join a conversation with members of Pussy Riot- a Russian feminist punk rock protest group known for their provocative guerilla performances in unusual public locations. $ 20-25. theorientaltheater.com

November 15

The Right Mix: 6:30-8:30PM. Highland Event Center, 2945 Julian St. Join local architects on a discussion of three case studies that look at the relationship that occurs between old and new building developments. Free. historicdenver.org

Regime Change! – Open Screen Night: 7-9PM. The Bug Theatre, 3654 Navajo St. See your work on the big screen- whether a short film, trailer, web-series, music video, animation or more. Submit a week before or come by to check out local film makers and their work! $ 5. openscreennight.com

November 16

Growler Painting Party: 6:30-8:30PM. Factotum Brewhouse, 3845 Lipan St. Join the Canvas and Cocktails team for a night of brews and painting. The class will include instruction, supplies, and one beverage. Please RSVP! $ 40. calendar.canvasandcocktails.com

TBBA Monthly Meeting: 6-9PM. Harbor Church, 4321 W. 44th Ave. Join your surrounding businesses with the Tennyson Berkeley Business Association for open discussion and more. Official agenda TBA. Free. tbbadenver.org

Naughty Bingo: 8-11PM. Bout Time Pub & Grub, 3392 W. 38th Ave. Shake up the middle of your week with ten rounds of BINGO games that will feature drinks, Romantix gifts, le’ Bakery Sensual and so much more. Free. 21+ only. bouttimepub.com

November 17

My Blue Sky Release Party: 8-11PM. The Oriental Theater, 4335 W. 44th Ave. Enjoy My Blue Sky EP Debut Release Party. The band performs all of their debut songs and more. Following My Blue Sky, Tommy Castro and The Pain Killers will take the stage! theorientaltheater.com

Local Karaoke with Bella Scratch: 8:30-11:30PM. Local 46, 4586 Tennyson St. Every Thursday, Local 46 will host the best karaoke party in town along with tasty grilled favorites and local brews. Free. (720) 524-3792

November 18

St. Catherine’s Annual Turkey BINGO: 5:15-11PM. St. Catherine of Siena School, 4200 Federal Blvd. Come show off your BINGO skills and have the chance to win a turkey to feast on this fall! The school is looking for baked goods and turkey donations. $ 1-3. (303) 477-8035

Harvest Party: 6-8PM. Second Star to the Right Children’s Books, 4353 Tennyson St. Enjoy a night out and let the kiddos celebrate all they are thankful for with dinner, treats, crafts, games and A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving movie. $ 20. RSVP. (303) 455-1527

November 19

Sunnyside Fall Festival: 9AM-4PM. Denver Bookbinding Company: 1401 W. 47th Ave. Show off your brand or come mingle with your community members and local businesses at this annual festival. $ 40 Vendor Fee. Contact Gail at (303) 455-5521 or [email protected]

Family Volunteer Day: 9AM-12:30PM. Fishback Landing, 800 Water St. Bring the family to help remove debris and preserve the South Platte River Trail with Denver Parks and Rec! RSVP. Free. (303) 454-3374 or [email protected]

Used Toy and Book Sale at Valdez Elementary: 10AM-4PM. Valdez Elementary, 2525 W 29th Ave. Get your holiday shopping done early! There will be gently used toys, children’s books, costumes, children’s clothes, baby gear, and also a bake sale. Come out and support the students at Valdez Elementary. Free. 978-549-6485 or [email protected]

Beethoven, Brunch and Brownies: 11AM. Highland Events Center, 2945 Julian St. Enjoy family friendly top quality chamber music series in an informal setting, plus free refreshments at intermission! Music by Beethoven and Brunch features strings, piano and clarinet. Free, donations accepted. Contact Heller, 303-523-1640.

Pete the Cat Party: 3-4PM. Second Star to the Right Children’s Books: 4353 Tennyson St. Pete the Cat’s new book is here and your favorite book store will be hosting a silly party to celebrate! Rumor has it that you can expect a real kitty and some cupcakes. RSVP. $ 3 per kiddo or free with purchase of book. secondstartotherightbooks.com

Mom’s Night Out- Wine & Shop: 6-8PM. Second Star to the Right Children’s Books, 4353 Tennyson St. Hang out with other moms and treat yourself (and maybe your kiddo) to goods from LulaRoe, Hazel Basil, and more. Free. secondstartotherightbooks.com

 

The Darling Ravens at Seedstock: 7-9PM. Seedstock Brewery, 3610 W. Colfax Ave. The Darling Ravens bring their hauntingly beautiful voices, fiddles, banjos, and guitars for an evening of dancing, suds and food trucks. Free. seedstockbrewery.com

Holiday Craft Show: 9AM-3PM. The Blessed Cup at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 2100 North Wadsworth Blvd. The Blessed Cup at Bethlehem Lutheran Church is hosting their first annual holiday craft show. This is your chance to get Christmas ideas and do some Christmas shopping from the different vendors, artisans, and crafters. Free, donations to Ralston House accepted.  [email protected]

November 20

Sugar Plum Bazaar: Nov. 19, 10-7PM. November 20, 10-4PM. The McNichols Building, 144 W. Colfax Ave. Shop with over 100 of the best local artisans and merchants for the holiday season. Their works will be displayed with charm throughout this historic building. Free. sugarplumbazaar.com

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Raptors descend on Woodbury Library November 5

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WEST HIGHLAND — Get up close and personal with birds of prey—including a red-tailed hawk, a peregrine falcon, an American kestrel and a great horned owl—when Wild Wings Environmental Education brings the Raptors to Woodbury Library, 3265 Federal Blvd., Saturday, Nov. 5 from 2 to 3 p.m.

Wild Wings offers programs using the live birds to promote respect for wild animals and the environments where they live. “Most people have great respect for birds and love to see them,” said Deanna Curtis, executive director of Wild Wings. “What they might not know is their importance in our ecosystem. They keep the balance: birds are nature’s best pest control. They also disperse seeds and act as a clean-up crew when dead things are lying around.”

Raptors are common in the inner city. “Wherever people have bird feeders out, raptors like Cooper’s hawks and sharp-shinned hawks are likely to show up,” Curtis said.

Wild Wings gives more than 150 presentations each year at schools, libraries, festivals and corporate events. Curtis, the organization’s only paid staff member, is helped by about 20 volunteers. Curtis keeps seven different raptors and one raven outside her home in Centennial, where volunteers come several times a week to help with cleaning and training.

The birds are trained to stand on a glove while curious eyes look at them. The barn owl and red-tailed hawk do flying demonstrations and the red-tailed hawk, named Karma, comes when called. Curtis says the human-to-bird bond is built using food. “Once they realize that you’re feeding them and not hurting them, they come around fast.”

The program at Woodbury, “Raptors of the Rockies,” will explore the tools that Colorado raptors use to be successful in the wild. The interactive presentation will feature Karma, the red-tailed hawk; Cliff, a peregrine falcon; Cache, an American kestrel; and Sophie, a great horned owl.

Curtis has been a master falconer since 2004 and is president of the Colorado Hawking Club. She became involved in outreach education 16 years ago and started Wild Wings in 2007. “My passion is helping people walk away with a greater appreciation for wildlife, and showing what simple things they can do to make it a better world.”

In addition to the four raptors, she’ll bring to Woodbury, Curtis also provides homes for an eastern screech owl, a Swainson’s hawk, a burrowing owl and a raven. Most have come to her from wildlife rehabilitation organizations across the country. “The most common bird injuries are caused by getting hit by a car,” she said. “Others have been shot. Our American kestrel suffered burns when he flew down a chimney, and our Swainson’s hawk was illegally stolen from his nest and had his flight feathers cut off. Birds that are not able to survive in the wild become part of our education programs.”

An exception is Curtis’s barn owl, Cupid, who was born and raised in captivity. “Barn owls are special because they are in their own family. They have the best hearing of all owls and their flight is silent. Barn owls are on the endangered species list in nine states in the U.S., making their conservation message extremely important.”

Curtis’s raven, named Atlas, is not a raptor but a member of the Corvidae family of birds. “Corvids, including blue jays, crows and magpies, are the smartest birds—smarter than dogs,” Curtis said. “They can problem-solve. Crows can complete a nine-step process in order to get food. Some corvids can be taught to talk.”

Karma the red-tailed hawk, nine years old, is Curtis’s falconry bird, featured in Wild Wings’ program on the ancient art of falconry. “Traditionally falconry was about hunting and the prey was for human consumption—without any lead in the meat [lead would be there if prey was shot],” said Curtis. “Nothing was wasted: humans ate the breast and legs, while the bird ate the head and internal organs.”

“Mysteries of Migration,” another Wild Wings program, explores questions like “How do birds know when to leave and where to go?” Curtis says: “Their internal clock tells them it’s time to go when the days get longer or shorter. Some have a metal ore in their head that helps them navigate, or hearing so sensitive that they hear the Atlantic Ocean in one ear and the Pacific in the other. Songbirds fly at night and navigate by the stars and the moon. Some young birds migrate with their parents, but others must go alone to a place they’ve never been, on instinct alone.”

To help migrating birds, skyscrapers are turning off their lights (because birds fly into the light). Everyone can help by putting water and seed out for birds and keeping cats indoors during migration season.

All of Wild Wings’ programs include a discussion of the important roles of raptors in the environment and what small things people can do to keep the balance. “The new development in our neighborhood attracted rats to people’s backyards,” Curtis said. “People used d-CON to poison the rats, which killed two owls that were living here. Secondary poisoning kills raptors and other predators, including foxes and coyotes. Plus it didn’t get rid of the rats. Better to let nature control the ecosystem. We should quit thinking we can control, and let nature do what it’s best at.”

She said people can help wildlife by recycling and reusing. “Using fewer resources, like not buying bottled water, is a benefit, as is picking up trash and fishing line.”

Wild Wings’ programs can be booked for between $ 125 and $ 200, depending on the size of the audience and location. Wild Wings depends on program fees and donations to keep flying. Curtis said the cost of keeping the birds is about $ 35,000 annually, including food, vet bills and equipment.

She hopes to increase the number of presentations to 200 per year and bring on another staff person to help. “We’re growing, but we’re at an awkward stage right now, where we’re challenged to keep up with the demand but can’t quite afford to hire someone else,” Curtis said.

Bird-lovers can adopt a bird for $ 25 to $ 40, donate needed items, or provide cash. For details see wildwingseducation.org or call 303.734.0384.

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Test of Voting System for November 8 General Election

Denver — In preparation for the November 8, 2016 General Election, the Denver Elections Division will conduct a Logic and Accuracy Test at 9 a.m., Thursday, October 13, 2016. The Logic and Accuracy Test, which is open to the public, is conducted prior to every election and is required by state law as a step to ensure equipment is recording and counting votes properly.

Testing will be conducted at the Denver Elections Division, 200 W. 14th Ave. Candidates, campaign representatives, news media, and the public are invited to attend.

For more information on the General Election, visit www.DenverVotes.org or call 311.

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