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Have a meal at Carmine's on Penn this Tuesday and help feed women staying at the Delores Project shelter. —Image courtesy of The Delores Project.

Our Top Charitable Picks for September 8-13

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

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The Delores Project Fundraising Dinner: Satisfy more than just your pasta craving at this charity dining event at Carmine’s on Penn. Indulge in a three-course, homestyle Italian meal, knowing $30 from each ticket and at least half of the drink sales will benefit the Delores Project, which provides a safe shelter and services for unaccompanied homeless women. Before you go, make a reservation at 303-777-6443. And while you’re there, be sure to say hello to a shelter guest. Tuesday, 5 to 9 p.m.; Carmine’s on Penn, 92 S. Pennsylvania St., $45

Team Hope Walk & 5K Run: Join Batman, a colorful crew of heroes and villains, and the Huntington’s Disease Society of America in the battle against Huntington’s disease at this 5K. Register online or on-site before the event begins to take a spin around the course. Runners can win medals or qualify for a marathon—and walkers can strut in style. Costumes are encouraged at this family- and pet-friendly event, so don’t forget your cape. Saturday, 9 to 11:30 a.m.; Stapleton Central Park, 8801 M.L.K. Blvd., $25

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Xcel Energy Day of Service: With nearly 60 projects to choose from, anyone can support a favorite cause at this volunteering extravaganza. To help memorialize the tragedy of September 11, 2011, sponsors Xcel Energy and CBS4 are inviting Coloradans of all ages to make a local impact. Use your crafty talents to make fleece blankets for low-income seniors and veterans, or get outside and help Denver Parks and Recreation spruce up your nearby park. Be sure to register online because slots fill up fast. Saturday, 8 to 11 a.m.; locations vary

Doggie Paw-Looza: Bring your furbaby or meet a new one at this family-friendly fest. Five rescue centers will bring more than 25 adoptable pets, and vendors like Kriser’s Natural Pet and Poo Free Parks will offer discounts and giveaways to dog owners and canine companions alike. Bonus: thanks to food trucks from the Real Deal Juices and the Watering Bowl, you can stay through lunch. Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Cherry Creek State Park, E. Orchard Rd. and S. Parker Rd., entrance prices vary

Colorado Chili Fest: If eating chili, drinking beer, and watching the Denver Broncos sounds like your idea of a great weekend, this charity festival is for you. Sip an agave margarita from Adelitas or a black chili beer from Rockyard Brewing Company while you select your favorite salsa and green chili samples from the contestants. Bonus: on Saturday, you can share your talent at a singing competition judged by contestants from Season 6 of The Voice. Proceeds from each $1 chili sample and beverage purchase benefit the Second Wind Fund, a Lakewood organization working to prevent youth suicide. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Centennial Center Park, 13050 E. Peakview Ave., Centennial

JDRF One Walk: You don’t have to be athletic to help fight type 1 diabetes. Participants will walk a 3K loop at this charity walk (strollers or small leashed dogs welcome), to benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Afterward, cool down with a sugar-free Slurpee and check out what vendors, such as Floyd’s 99 Barbershop and Delta Dental, have to offer. Sunday, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Jefferson County Fairgrounds, 15200 W. 6th Ave., Golden

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

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