Archive for April, 2010

Friday 4/30: DeVry sponsors free career workshop in Westminster

If you’re out of work and hitting dead ends, head over to the DeVry University Westminster Campus tomorrow afternoon for some help figuring out where to go next. Katy Piotrowski, founder of the Career Solutions Group and author of the Career Coward guides, will be presenting four 40-minute career skills workshops along with local business and economic development leaders. You’ll also get a chance to try out the interactive Career Profiler and Personality Assessment tool which “will match individual personalities to in-demand careers.”

Here’s the hour-by-hour schedule:

1:00 p.m. – Check-in
1:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. – Resume Writing Clinic
1:20 p.m. – Kickoff Presentation
1:35 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. – Workshops:

  • Resume Writing and Interviewing with Danielle Schmidt
  • Networking and Utilizing Social Networking with David York
  • Career Direction and Consultation with Elizabeth Rescigno
  • Powerful Trends for Professional Growth with Katy Piotrowski

4:45 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. – Networking and Prize Giveaway

The DeVry campus is at 1870 W. 122nd Ave. in Westminster. (Click for Google Maps.) Good luck!

Spend Earth Day With Oskar Blues and Left Hand Brews

If you’ve driven from Boulder to Longmont anytime over the past year, it can’t have escaped your notice that the old silo now resembles a can of Dale’s Pale Ale. Lyons-based Oskar Blues, provider of “homemade solids and liquids,” now has a home in Longmont. (Not that I could tell from looking at their website, though. The “Venues” page only seems to mention the one in Lyons.)

And their Longmont location will host a fantastic beer-pairing dinner this Thursday night:

Left Hand Beer Dinner
Date: Thursday, April 22, 2010
Time: 6:00 PM
Limited Seating; Advanced Ticket Purchase Required

(Not that you could tell from the Music & Events Calendar on their website. Which at least appears to color-code events that are on the calendar as to whether they take place at “Grill & Brew”/Lyons or “Liquids & Solids”/Longmont. I think.)

For the price of $55 per person, attendees will be served a 3-course meal, each course paired with a particular Left Hand Brewery creation. The entire menu is listed here. (It is not accessible from the calendar, but rather from the blog, which you get to by hovering over “NEWS” in the top menu. I found it by searching Google.) I’m told there will also be live music, but I don’t know who’s playing.

Oskar Blues Liquids & Solids is in Longmont at the complicated corner of South Hover Road and Diagonal Highway and Ken Pratt Boulevard and 95th Street. There’s plenty of parking. You can also get there from Boulder by riding the BOLT, which will drop you off right in front of the big silo that looks like a beer can.

As of Monday around about oyster bar time (3:00 PM), there yet remained ten or fifteen or so tickets. Move fast! Call 303-485-9400 to reserve your seat. They will take credit card over the phone but would prefer you then show up and pick up your tickets in advance of the event.

TONIGHT: Boulder Pride Community Forum on Faith & LGBTQness

Warning: This is a very very last-minute event announcement. Read quickly.

You’ve probably heard about Boulder Sacred Heart’s appallingly bigoted decision to punish a couple of lesbian parishioners for their sexuality by denying their preschool daughter a place at their school. Well, in the wake of that outrage (and knowing that it’s only the most recent example of a depressingly common trend), one might wonder why would that family would want to remain Catholic when the Catholic Church sees fit to treat them this way.

That question will be addressed in tonight’s Boulder Pride Community Forum: “I’m LGBTQA and Religious–Ask Me How! (and Why)”

The forum will be held from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at Wesley Chapel (1290 Folsom Street, Boulder). Panel members representing diverse faiths as well as points along the LGBTQA spectrum will share their stories. After the panel there will be time for questions from the audience.

An in-depth list and description of the panelists can be found on Facebook, but you’ll have to log in to view the page.

Just to reemphasize: the panel is tonight, Thursday, April 15. Hopefully some of you still have time to run on over for some great community and conversation!

Dining Out For Life: April 29, 2010

That new restaurant you’ve been thinking of checking out. That splurge you’ve been owing yourself for months. That person you’ve been meaning to ask out to lunch ever since they first caught your eye. That early morning breakfast date you and your spouse have long said you ought to incorporate into the weekly before-work routine.

You know what would be a great day to finally go ahead and do it?

On April 29, 2010, over 300 participating restaurants will agree to donate 25% of their food sales to Project Angel Heart. Diners simply eat out for breakfast, lunch, and/or dinner at participating restaurants. By eating out on Dining Out for Life® day, they support their favorite eateries, enjoy delicious food, and benefit Project Angel Heart, all at once.

Project Angel Heart is all about making sure those enduring difficult times have, at the very least, the support of a good square meal. They deliver meals to those suffering from HIV/AIDS and other life-threatening illnesses, ensuring that their immune systems get the right nutritional support. It also goes a long way toward reaffirming that someone cares.

During eighteen years of phenomenal growth, our goal has always remained the same: ‘meals with love’ for men, women, and children living with life-threatening illness.

Feeling cared about has an impact on how well one responds to medical treatment, on how well one’s immune system stands up to illness. So that, too, is a sort of “nutrition” that Project Angel Heart delivers. And since their services are free of charge, they help lighten the financial load that dealing with illness imposes on sufferers.

For over 800 clients served each week, Project Angel Heart embodies stability and hope by providing nutritious meals, free of charge, and specifically prepared to meet the nutritional needs of each individual client. Life-threatening illnesses can drain a person’s energy and finances, threaten their dignity, limit their independence, and leave them feeling alone and vulnerable. Project Angel Heart provides life-saving nutrition necessary for physical, emotional, and financial health.

On April 29, go out and enjoy yourself, and know a portion of your tab is going to good use.

Find a participating restaurant here.

“Standards of Ethical Conduct” Now Online For Your Viewing Pleasure

Just a quick post today to alert y’all to an online development you might find interesting. So, last year, early Junish-or-thereabouts, Denver saw the premier of locally produced office comedy Standards of Ethical Conduct. Did you manage to get out there and take it in? If not, you aren’t too late. Now you can watch it online. As filmmaker Roman Hargrave puts it, “It will finally be seen where it was intended to be seen – while sitting in your cubicle.”

Economists fret as worker productivity is in an unprecedented free-fall, while bandwidth usage is skyrocketing. Office managers around the country are also reporting higher than average hostility towards human resource managers….

In “Standards of Ethical Conduct”, a 45-minute office comedy, filmmaker Roman Hardgrave presents the story of Heff, a cubicle-dweller who finds himself in conflict with his company’s nightmarish Standards of Ethical Conduct after an unfortunate incident at the annual company Halloween party. “Last Comic Standing” semi-finalist Chuck Roy co-stars as Heff’s stoner roommate, a man pursuing a very different sort of American Dream.

The movie has an extensive online presence, with the official site at, the director’s blog at, and a YouTube Partner channel at

I can’t give you my own review yet, because I still haven’t sat down and watched it. Which is absurd, in that I work from home and don’t have to worry about the boss catching me goofing off. But there it is. I am remiss, and have only a self-imposed daily grind to blame for it.

However, I ran over to the Doza Pictures blog, and I have to say I’m intrigued by Roman’s guerilla marketing strategy.

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