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Our Top Picks for October 20-26

Get Involved is a weekly series pointing readers toward community-oriented events, volunteer opportunities, and good causes in Colorado. 

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Dogs of Denver Book Launch Party: McNeil Designer Portraits’ adorable coffee-table book—each page features a metro-area service dog—has raised more than $40,000 for Freedom Service Dogs, an Englewood nonprofit that rescues abused and abandoned dogs and trains them to aid people with disabilities. Celebrate the book’s release and these important service animals with food, beer, music, and door prizes. Bring your own pup along to meet some of the featured dogs and owners at this special event. Wed 6-8 p.m.; Lone Tree Brewing Company, 8200 Park Meadows Dr.

Fall Bash: This fund-raiser for All Aboard Animal Rescue focuses on fun and education for you and your pet. Take advantage of free obedience and personal protection training demos, as well as discounted grooming services like nail clipping. Don’t forget to dress up your pooch in the spirit of Halloween for a chance to win a prize. Pet adoptions from All Aboard Rescue will also be available—in case your four-legged-friend is in the market for a sibling. Sat 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; Mountain State K9 Academy, 14392 Hwy 392, Greeley

GIVE Denver Black and White Masquerade Ball: Masks and food are provided at this annual fund-raiser to increase resources for foster children and homeless families. Jakarta‘s funk and R&B tunes will have you in full swing as you support the GIVE Denver mission of providing school supplies, diapers, and basic necessities to youth in the Denver area. Sat 7 p.m.; Denver Human Services East Office, 3815 Steele St.

Paint Nite: Create your own masterpiece—and do some good—during this artist-led painting session where proceeds benefit the Children’s Tumor Foundation. The subject for the day is City Park, but don’t worry: The instructor will walk you through every stroke. Sun 11 a.m.; Sipping N’ Painting Hampden, 600 E. Hampden Ave.

Carnival for a Cause: Don’t miss this autumn fair that brings together photo booths, bouncy houses, silent auctions, food and drink, a costume contest (for kids and adults), and even massages. All proceeds benefit DenverWorks, a nonprofit employment agency that empowers those facing barriers to work to become self-supporting through job preparation and placement. Sun 1-4 p.m.; The Wildlife Experience, 10035 S. Peoria St., Parker

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