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Our Top Charitable Picks for April 13-19

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

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Fleeps: With Colorado weather warming up, now is the time to stock up on summery sandals. Fleeps, a new Colorado-based footwear company, creates fashion-forward designs that support a beautiful cause. Pre-order a pair of the comfortable, rainbow-hued thongs from the Inspiration collection now, and you’ll benefit women around the world: The shoes are made by women in villages throughout Costa Rica, giving them fair-wage jobs and health insurance, and 10 percent of the company’s overall sales benefit women’s education. Times and locations vary; fleeps.com/shop.

Bowling for Animals: Sign up online to nab this one-night-only deal. For just $100, you’ll get a whole night of bowling at Fun City Family Entertainment, shoes for up to six people, and a large pizza and pitcher of soda. The proceeds benefit Demi’s Animal Rescue, a no-kill animal shelter that focuses on rehabilitation and adoption. The evening will also feature a silent auction (the auction is already live online) with awesome items like concert tickets at Red Rocks, a California vacation, and Denver Zoo passes. Thursday, 6 to 8 p.m.; Fun City Family Entertainment, 9670 W. Coal Mine Ave., Littleton

Catalyst Benefit Concert featuring Daryl Stuermer of Genesis: Don’t miss Daryl Stuermer, virtuoso lead guitarist of Genesis and the Phil Collins Band, live in concert. He’ll perform some of his favorite Genesis tunes, as well as his own originals at this show, which benefits Challenge Denver. The organization empowers and inspires DPS middle and high school students and teachers to make positive changes in their communities, and works to keep students safe, connected, and engaged. Tickets are $50, and can be purchased here. Thursday, 8 to 10:30 p.m; The Soiled Dove Underground, 7401 E.1st Ave.

Love Made Claim’s Shindig: Hear powerful first-hand accounts from survivors of the commercial sex industry at this event. Guest speakers will share their personal stories, and local experts will chime in on how sexual exploitation affects young people’s lives. Meanwhile, you can satisfy your sweet tooth at the dessert bar with chocolate-covered strawberries, caramel turtles, and cake balls. A modern dance performance and silent auction (with items like Rockies tickets and artwork) round out the evening’s entertainment. Though the event is free, donations will be accepted for Love Made Claim Inc., a nonprofit dedicated to improving the lives of those in the sex industry. Register online or just show up. Friday, 6:30 to 9 p.m.; Westwoods Community Church, 7700 W. Woodard Dr.

Out Spokin’ Brighton Ride: Start your Saturday morning off with a brisk bike ride with cycling group Out Spokin’. The GLBT cycling club spreads a message of fun, fitness, and philanthropy through their bike rides. After meeting at the Brighton Park-N-Ride, riders can choose one of two routes based on experience and fitness level that head to Kersey (route maps can be found here). After the ride, the group will reconvene for refreshments. Your first ride with the club is free, but a membership fee of $25 will cover as many rides as you’d like to join for an entire year, including lengthy routes in Vail and Frisco, as well as shorter Front Range jaunts. Saturday 10 a.m.; US 85 & Bridge St. Park-N-Ride, 77 E. Bridge St., Brighton

Peru Vinofest: You’ve never been to a wine tasting quite like this before. Gather friends and form a team of three to four people. Each team brings three bottles of South American wine. The twist? Two of your team’s bottles will be tasted blind by the entire group and ranked against everyone else’s. The team with the highest ranked vino will take home all the extra bottles. Before the friendly competition, enjoy a silent auction and some light bites. The event, which is $35 in advance and $40 day of, benefits CU Peru, a local nonprofit that provides medical training to health workers in the Peruvian Amazon. The proceeds will go directly towards transportation and educational materials for volunteer community health workers. Saturday, 6 to 10 p.m.; Posner Center for International Development, 1031 33rd St.

To submit your event or organization for inclusion in 5280’s weekly “Get Involved” column, email [email protected]

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