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Our Top Charitable Picks for October 12-18

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

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Bowl for Kids’ Sake: Big Brothers Big Sisters’ (BBBS) signature fund-raiser is back. Tonight and tomorrow, bowlers will take over Lucky Strike Lanes at Belmar for four 90-minute sessions in support of youth in Colorado and beyond. Register with a team of four to bowl, or head to the local BBBS website to donate to your loved ones’ teams. (Heads up: The event moves to Lucky Strike Denver on October 26 and 27.) Monday and Tuesday 5-6:30 p.m. and 7-8:30 p.m., Lucky Strike Belmar, 415 S. Teller St., Lakewood; teams of four must raise a minimum of $1,000 to reserve a lane

CASA 101 Informational Session: Join the Court Appointed Special Advocates of Adams & Broomfield County (CASA) to learn how to become an advocate yourself. During this free informational session, the advocates, who are volunteers, will talk to attendees about CASA’s mission: standing up for the best interests of abused and neglected children in courtrooms and communities. Staffers will also be available to answer questions about CASA’s everyday work, and how you can use your voice to speak up on behalf of an abused and neglected child. Wednesday 6-7:30 p.m., Zoe’s Coffeehouse, 11225 Decatur St., Westminster; free

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MDA’s Boulder/Broomfield Lock-Up: Now’s your chance to see your boss behind bars. This fund-raiser for the local branch of the Muscular Dystrophy Association turns local leaders and business owners into “jailbirds” for one hour; firefighters escort them to MDA’s PVC-pipe jail cells in Boulder’s Rio Grande restaurant. They “make bail” by soliciting donations to MDA from their friends and family. If you’d rather not get locked up, MDA is also looking for volunteers to take mug shots and keep the event running smoothly. Thursday 11 a.m.-2 p.m., 1101 Walnut St., Boulder; Email [email protected] to become a jailbird or volunteer, or visit MDA’s website to donate

Bayaud Enterprises’ ArtWalk for Work: Baker’s Bayaud Enterprises has been providing career services to people in need in the Mile High City since 1969. For this new event, the organization acquired more than 50 pieces of art (ranging from painting to sculpture to photography) from local artists. Take a tour of Bayaud’s facilities, learn all about the night’s artwork from the artists and the event’s Art Curator (former Denver Post society editor Joanne Davidson), and treat yourself to drinks and light snacks. You can bid on your favorite pieces in a silent auction—and feel great about whatever you take home. All proceeds benefit Bayaud’s employment initiatives. Thursday 5:30-8:30 p.m., 333 W. Bayaud Ave.; free (RSVP on the website)

Beautiful Junk Sale: We all know what it’s like to show up to a garage sale only to find that there’s nothing (or nothing good) left—but you don’t have to worry about that at this super-size sale, which features more than 10,500 square feet of merchandise. Event sponsor the Action Center is the largest human services provider in Jefferson County and receives hundreds of donated goods every year. Donations that fill basic needs go to homeless and needy individuals and families, but anything else (everything from artwork and toys to vintage clothing and holiday decor) goes into storage. This sale helps the Action Center clean house and, through sales and a low admission fee, raise critically important funds. Friday 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m. (or 7 a.m.-7 p.m. with Early Bird ticket), Saturday 8 a.m.-4 p.m.; Jefferson County Fairgrounds, 15200 W. Sixth Ave. Frontage Rd., Golden; $3-$30

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

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