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Our Top Charitable Picks for July 6-12

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

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Native Seed Collection at Wonderland Lake: Volunteers are needed to help Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks collect seeds from a native plant called blue flax. The seeds will be saved for future use on prairie restoration projects. Blue flax has value in erosion control, beautification, and forage for livestock and wildlife. Volunteers should dress for working outside in Colorado weather, including sturdy boots and plenty of water. Click here to register online or for more information. Thursday, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.; Wonderland Lake, Boulder

Habitat for Humanity Hammer ‘n’ Ales: Sample beer and food pairings from local restaurants, get a picture with the world-famous Budweiser Clydesdales, and peruse a silent auction all for a good cause. The event benefits Fort Collins Habitat for Humanity, a group dedicated to eliminating substandard housing in the area and worldwide. Tickets are $40 each or $75 for couples. Thursday, 6:30 p.m., VIP party starts at 5 p.m.; Biergarten Anheuser-Busch Fort Collins, 2351 Busch Drive, Fort Collins

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Colorado Pilots for Christ Concert & Auction: Enjoy a truly unique local music experience and raise money for a good cause. Acoustic Eidolon, a Colorado duo featuring Hannah Alkire on cello and Joe Scott on a double-neck guitar/banjo combo, will perform a concert (with additional silent auction) to benefit the Colorado chapter of Pilots for Christ, an organization that provides air transportation to those in medical ad financial need. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for kids, and can be purchased in advance or at the door. Friday, 5:30 to 9 p.m.; LifeBridge Christian Church, 10345 Ute Highway, Longmont

International Hearing Dog, Inc. Walk, Run & Wag 5K: If you love walking or running with a four-legged friend, this is the race for you. IHDI is organizing this family- and pet-friendly event at Sloan’s Lake Park to raise money for its programs, which train and place hearing dogs throughout the U.S. and Canada. Participants will be able to run with dogs on leashes at 8 a.m., and a kids fun run will take place at 10 a.m. Day-of registration begins at 6:30 a.m. Saturday, 8 a.m.; $25, Sloan’s Lake Park, Sheridan Ave & West 17th Ave.

Project C.U.R.E. Volunteer Event: For those looking for an indoor volunteer opportunity, Project Helping and Project C.U.R.E. need volunteers to help sort and package medical supplies to ship around the world to those in need. The supplies prepared in three hours can support a village of 400 for an entire year. Volunteers will receive a Project Helping T-shirt. Closed-toe shoes are required for this opportunity. Register online. Saturday, 9 a.m. to noon; 10377 E. Geddes Avenue, Centennial

(Read more about Project Helping, an organization that helps individuals with depression find meaning through service)

DogFest Walk ‘n Roll Vail Valley: Enjoy a scenic walk and a celebration with activities for the whole family—Fido included—at Freedom Park in Edwards. The event will benefit Canine Companions for Independence, an organization that provides highly trained assistance dogs to people with disabilities free of charge. All community members are invited to attend, and there is no fee to participate. More information about the event, registration, and fundraising can be found here. Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Freedom Park, 450 Miller Ranch Road, Edwards

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

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