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Prop Gay presents H2OMO benefit party at Boulder Reservoir

This Saturday, August 21 at noon, the Boulder Reservoir is the location of H2OMO, Prop Gay’s benefit party for the Boulder County AIDS Project (BCAP) and Boulder Pride.

There’ll be live music, DJs, drag performances, and lots of other entertainment. The beer garden opens at 1:00 PM for those 21 and up ($20 donation and show ID for open bar access). Outside the drinking area, the party is for all ages.

Prop Gay emphasizes that this is a community event. You don’t have to identify as LGBTQ to come–“Allies are encouraged to join in the fun!”

Contact Mathew Sommers by email (visit the H2OMO event announcement or the Prop Gay website for email address) if you’d like to volunteer, or if you or your business are interested in being sponsors.

Jay Leno will headline Children’s Hospital Gala 2010

Here’s a wayyyy early heads-up for your chance to hear Jay Leno live and support an important cause:

Late night funny man Jay Leno will headline the 2010 Children’s Hospital Gala on Saturday, September 11, 2010, at the Hyatt Regency Denver at the Colorado Convention Center.

The theme of this year¹s Gala, “What Matters Most,” captures the true spirit of the importance of The Children’s Hospital to its community and its families. At The Children’s Hospital, kids matter most!

As you might expect, such a high profile event does come with a highish price tag. Individual tickets to the event cost $350 (includes admittance to the “Patron Party,” whose date is yet to be announced). But you can make a less pocketbook-devouring contribution by making a donation to th Children’s Hospital Foundation in whatever amount you like, or making an in-kind donation to the event auction.

And the Children’s Hospital Gala 2010 is thoroughly Web 2.0. You can connect with the event organizers on Facebook. (At present the page is showing an April 24 event, so it’s possible they need to update things.

For more information, all kinds of contact information is available on The Foundation’s “Contact Us” page.

Pints for the People, Wednesdays at Upslope Brewery

Upslope Brewing Company logoSpeaking of new(ish) establishments in Uptown Boulder, there’s Upslope Brewing Company. Located way up there at 1501 Lee Hill Road, “Boulder’s Newest Brewery” joins Oskar Blues in offering microbrew in the can, not just because they can, but because today’s on-the-go biking-jogging-mountainsporting afficionado/a of hand-crafted ale demands no less! As their website puts it,

The teaming of fine ales in cans allows Upslope’s products to be mobile and easily part of an active lifestyle. Shared with friends after a long mountain bike ride, enjoyed at the end of skinning up and skiing down a snowy trail, or ordered in a local pub, Upslope is a natural fit for the active beer consumer living in the Front Range and Western Slope of Colorado.

(Put together Upslope with Amante, and it seems North Boulder is developing into the main intersection between sports and fine alcoholic products.)

But the reason I’m bothering telling you so is not just because I only just discovered Upslope (though that is exciting!), but because of the circumstances under which I discovered it. I got a Facebook invite to their ongoing Pints for the People event. Every Wednesday, Upslope will donate a dollar for every pint sold to a local non-profit organization. This month (July, 2010), that organization will be There With Care.

Our mission is to provide a range of practical services for children and families facing critical illness in order to ease the burden of life’s day-to-day obligations during a medical crisis. We do this by building strong relationships with local hospitals, business owners, professionals, and community volunteers, who share in the care of the entire family during emotionally, financially, and physically challenging times.

A good brew makes benefits easy. Raise your pint in the knowledge that you’re helping a good cause. If I may be forgiven the pun, that’s truly “putting your money where your stout is.”

Walking or biking to work tomorrow in Boulder? Bingo!

I believe last week or so I mistakenly said that Bike to Work Day was June 22. It’s not. It’s June 23, tomorrow. It’s always a Wednesday.

That errata cleared up, it’s time to play Walk and Bike Bingo!

Bike to Work Bingo square: Tee & CakesHow do you play? Well, first off, you download a Bingo card. Print it out. Tomorrow morning, put on your walking shoes or get on your bike to visit participating destinations. How do you know they’re participating destinations? They’ll have a poster that looks much like this one that Tee & Cakes are displaying in their window. (They’re also listed on the linked info page.) Walk on in and ask for a stamp on your Bingo card–and just your Bingo card, right? You can’t bring a handful of friends’ cards and get them all stamped. The whole point is to get more people walking and biking, right?–on any square of the card you like. Repeat until you’ve got five in a row.

Then, sometime before Friday, find yourself a Drawing Box and insert your card. (Don’t forget to complete the contact info stuff on the back/page 2.) Drawing Boxes may be found at all Recreation Centers and Library Branches in Boulder, and also at Pedal to Properties round about 20th and Pearl Street. After July 16th, check the GO Boulder website to see if you’ve won a prize.

Don’t forget to thank the merchants you visit for being bike-and-pedestrian friendly!

And don’t forget the other annual features of Bike to Work Day. Register as a participant (you could win a cruiser!), visit any one of the 45 breakfast stations throughout town serving free morning meals between 7 and 9 AM to those on bike or foot, and hang out after work at the 4th Annual Bike Shorts Film Fest and Ice Cream Social ($6 admission benefits Community Cycles Youth Earn-A-Bike program). Visit the Community Cycles page for more details about these events and other things you can do to celebrate and support Bike to Work Day.

FLEX bus makes Larimer County accessible to Denver/Boulder/Longmont commuters

As of this month, you can get from Longmont’s 8th & Main RTD station all the way to the downtown Fort Collins transit center on a single bus, passing through Berthoud and Loveland along the way. The bus that will take you there is the FLEX,the newest, most flexible route in northern Colorado.”

Effectively linking the entire RTD system to Larimer county, the FLEX is sure to make commuting less of a headache. On festival days, parking will officially become someone else’s problem. And, more importantly, those without their own motorized vehicles in Denver need no longer regard the Berthoud, Loveland and Fort Collins area as another country.

Celebrate another victory for accessibility and take a ride on the FLEX this summer. Tomorrow would be a great day to do that, actually–the Loveland Reporter-Herald tells us that…

A special kickoff celebration will take place on June 16 at the Orchards Shopping Center transit station [in Loveland], with dignitaries from Fort Collins, Loveland, Berthoud, Longmont and Boulder County attending.

More details: A ride on the FLEX costs $1.25. This covers transfers onto the COLT and Transfort systems, but passengers transferring onto RTD buses will need to pay that fare separately. The complete map and schedule are available as PDFs in English and Spanish. Big thanks to the Big Green Boulder blog for breaking this story back on the 7th when the FLEX started service.

Parking spaces become human spaces in downtown Boulder

The construction equipment trucks were making the rounds this morning, heading slowly down Pearl Street and turning the corner on 14th. At certain businesses, here and there, they stopped to unload chevron-style barricades and orange traffic cones. They erected barriers around those parking spaces labeled “Special Event 10AM – 2PM”. Business owners and staff waved their thanks–and began making magic happen inside the barricades.

In front of 14th Street businesses Tee & Cakes, Cefiori, and Kristen Lewis Architects, tall pennant-style flags went up on telescoping poles. Real grass turf unrolled to turn four angled parking spaces into a barefoot-inviting lawn. Deck chairs and picnic tables under a portable shade tent presented coffee, cupcakes, and information about the solar power that was chilling the spring water in the wagon parked to the side.

It was all part of Park(ing) Spaces Day in Boulder, when businesses reclaimed parking spaces and showed how they could accommodate humans rather than cars for a few hours. The resulting atmosphere was something like a sidewalk sale, what with the free samples and discounts and informational brochures, but also something like Earth Day, what with the theme of ecologically responsible practices. And of course the whole celebration was part of the annual Walk & Bike Month festivities, which will be going on all during June. Bike to Work Day, specifically, will be June 22. (More about that as we get closer to the date.)

Park(ing) Spaces exhibits will be up until 2:00 PM today. The Cycling in Boulder blog has made a map available showing where all the exhibits are; there’s also a list up at both the Tee & Cakes blog entry and the event announcement previously linked. Get out there and enjoy it before everyone packs up and goes back to parking as usual!

Stay safe, stay clear of Boulder Creek

Hopefully no one panicked when they heard the sirens howling yesterday. That was just the regularly scheduled test of the countywide emergency system.

If you hear them today, though, you should take them seriously. Thanks to recent hot weather causing massive amounts of snow to thaw, Boulder Creek is running at three times its normal volume. The high water washed out parts of the bridge near the Red Lion Restaurant today, thanks mainly to a bunch of debris that collected thereabouts, and if the bridge goes completely we could be talking about a major flood surge.

Thunderstorms predicted for the afternoon are not improving the situation.

Remember those blue dots on the trees and buildings in and around the park downtown? Those marked the water level reached by the 500 year flood.

Hopefully things won’t get that bad. Crews have begun clearing away the debris to prevent the bridge collapsing all the way. But in the meantime, stay safe. Even if you weren’t among the residents or businesses receiving reverse-911 calls, you should heed the warning those calls delivered: Stay away from the creek. Stay off the bike path along the creek.

And, much as it pains me to say it, don’t go to the library. (The north side of the library and the bridge are closed in light of the flood warning, by the way.)

Follow the link above to the Daily Camera story for more details and updates as they are made known. Here’s that link again:

http://www.dailycamera.com/ci_15251059

Stay safe, y’all.

Gatorade and 3M say, stay hydrated during Monday’s race!

As we head into Memorial Day weekend, our thoughts turn to Monday’s BolderBOULDER 5K and that critical aspect of self-care that can make or break a race participant: hydration. Two corporate sponsors of the annual event would like to help you stay hydrated, and to that end they’re bringing their products to the race course.

First off, 3M Clean Water Solutions has partnered with BolderBOULDER to provide filtered water to race participants at the start and finish lines as well as at all four aid stations. Because the race day water demand can reach about 6,000 gallons, bottled water simply isn’t an option. So 3M is making their water filtration units available so that every hydration point along the route is stocked with clean, great-tasting water.

Secondly, Gatorade’s Sports Science Institute reminds you that hydration isn’t just about water:

Electrolytes Are Crucial.

If you are a heavy sweater or if you finish workouts with your skin and clothes caked with white residue, you may be losing sodium at an increased level. Your diet should contain enough sodium to replace those losses. You can salt your food to taste; during training season and on race day, favor salted carbohydrate snacks and sports drinks over water to help replace the sodium lost in sweat.

Also, replacing lost fluid isn’t just about drinking until you’re not thirsty anymore. The key is preventing a loss of more than 1 to 2 percent of your body weight in fluids. If you get in the habit of weighing yourself before and after training, you’ll learn how much fluid weight you’re losing and how much you need to replace.

Gatorade’s new G series, the G Natural and G2 Natural Thirst Quenchers, will be available to sample at the Gatorade tent at the 1400 block of Pearl Street during the SportsExhibit, May 29th and 30th. On the day of the race, visit their tent at Folsom Field.

And beginning in June, G Natural and G2 Natural will be available for purchase at select Whole Foods stores.

Experience Walnut Brewery’s White Pelican Pilsner, benefit a good cause

You like a locally crafted beer. You like putting money toward a good cause. Do both at once this Thursday! On May 27th, the Walnut Brewery (1123 Walnut Street, Boulder) will host a special tapping event beginning at 6:00 PM. For every pint of their special seasonal White Pelican Pilsner that they sell, 25 cents will benefit CareConnect, an organization helping seniors with disabilities in Boulder County. Do follow the link and read all about ’em; they do good work in the neighborhood.

Even if you miss the May 27th event (I’m going to, I’m afraid), make plans to come in for a pint of the White Pelican sometime in the next few weeks. Walnut Brewery will continue socking away the per-pint-proceeds for CareConnect until the pilsner runs dry. But if you can attend, do. It looks like you’ll get a free pint just for stopping in on Thursday.

For more information, the Daily Camera’s got the goods. So has the official Downtown Boulder website. (Did you know we had one of those? We have one of those.) Clicky clicky!

Wednesday Farmer’s Market Begins This Afternoon (Boulder)

Boulder’s Saturday Farmer’s Market has been operating for a month now. Tonight, the Wednesday edition starts up. If you’re looking for salsa for your Cinco de Mayo celebration, or if your pantry’s in need of fresh veg, head on down to that block between the park and the Dushanbe Teahouse (13th b/n Canyon and Walnut) and visit your community of local growers and producers.

The market will be open from 4 PM to 8 PM every Wednesday afternoon through October 6. And of course the Saturday market is from 8 AM to 2 PM and runs through November 6.

See you there!

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