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Posted: September 09, 2009

A&E Best bets: Digging dinos; leather goes glam; get your inner bear on

Lisa Ryckman

Friday

Have a cuppa tea with five Women Who’ve Changed the Heart of the City, a fundraiser for the Denver Rescue Mission honoring women dedicated to making Denver a great place to live. This year’s honorees: Tamara Banks, Dr. Patricia Gabow, Jean Galloway, Georgia Imhoff and Cleo Parker Robinson. From3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Brown Palace.

Find everything kids need at Just Between Friends, Denver's Largest Children's and Maternity Consignment Sale at the National Western Complex. Gently used or new clothing, toys, shoes, bikes, slides, swings, cribs, bassinets, car seats, pack n plays, socks, nursing equipment, maternity clothing, outdoor play equipment, ride on toys – you name it. Runs through Sunday.

Leather goes glam at the Wheels & Heels Ball benefiting Autism Speaks. Music, food and a silent auction, plus KBCO's Bret Saunders; two-time Olympian, three-time National Downhill Champion Jeff Olson and award winning radio personality turned actress, Jennifer Wilde. Here’s a deal: sell five tickets and get the sixth one free.

Saturday

Dig dinos? Join the Friends of Dinosaur Ridge from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for Dinosaur Discovery Day. Hunt for dinosaur fossils on the trail, dig for dinosaur bones and paint a free replica dinosaur track to take home at the Dinosaur Ridge Visitor Center in Morrison. The Jefferson County Public Library will present several dinosaur story times, examples of some of the finest dinosaur books for kids, and a free carefully compiled reading list of kids' dinosaur books. Trek Through Time exhibit hall will be free all day.

Mosey on over to Chaffee Park for the Sunnyside Music Festival from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at 44th and Tejon in Highlands. The popular festival features great tunes, eats, drinks, shopping and kids activities.

Sunday

Put on your bear suit and make tracks to the City of Lakewood for the 5th Annual Bearable Adventure Race at Bear Creek Lake Park. Racers in teams of two compete in a lake crossing, mountain biking, trail running and basic orienteering. Prizes for the top teams and the best costumes. Stay for the Bearapalooza After Race Party, which includes barbecue and drinks provided by Engineers Without Borders. Kids 5 to 10 years old can participate in a free Mini Adventure Race at 9:30 a.m. Bring your own bike helmet. Registration is limited, and the deadline for entry is Sept.11.

Denver's first-ever Walk to Cure Psoriasis 1K or 5K -- you choose -- happens in Washington Park, and it's free. Raise $100 or more and receive a T-shirt; big fundraisers have a chance to win a trip to Iceland.

Coming Up

Beginning Monday, celebrate Colorado’s bounty during the 2nd Annual Harvest Week hosted by the Denver Independent Network of Restaurants. Choose from a long list of great places such as Duo, Tambien, Encore and 1515, all of which will create menus featuring food and/or beverages grown or produced in Colorado.

Raise money to fight cancer and burn some calories at the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Light the Night Walk. There’s one this Saturday in Boulder, with addtional walks Sept. 17 in Colorado Springs, Sept. 25 in Longmont and finally Oct. 1 at Wash Park in Denver.

Get ready to kick it good at the Kick-A-Ball Make-A-Wish Kickball Tournament on Saturday, Sept. 26. to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Colorado and help grant the wish of a child with a life-threatening illness.

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Lisa Ryckman is the Associate Editor/Online at ColoradoBiz. Contact her at lryckman@cobizmag.com.

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