Best Bets for May 4-May 11

May 2005
King Soopers Furry Scurry—May 7
Grab your pampered pooch and join Denver's distinguished doggie lovers for this two-mile walk and fun run in lush Wash Park. Four-legged friends are encouraged, but you're free to walk or run without a canine. Pledges go to assist the League in caring for up to 25,000 homeless animals each year. Registration ends May 4. Saturday 9 a.m., Washington Park, 1000 S. Downing St. To register or make pledges for the event, visit ddfl.org. Bruce Springsteen—May 7
Champion of the blue-collar man, this living legend has been reborn with his first solo album since 1995, Devils and Dust. The Boss kicks up some dust on his international tour, taking his acoustic, raw talent to the stage. The album is a sequel to his other solo, 1995's Ghost of Tom Joad, and features bare, country and folk-influenced rock tunes. Saturday 7:30 p.m., Lecture Hall at the Colorado Convention Center, 700 14th St. $75-85. To buy tickets, call 303-830-TIXS. Opera 101—Paul Bunyan-May 10
Catch a sneak preview of Central City Opera's summer operetta, which chronicles the life of the famous pioneer lumberjack. The performance is set to ballads, folk songs, blues, and hymns of Americana. Bunyan's struggle to survive accompanies the true theme of the piece: the battle between preserving nature and encouraging industrialization. Tuesday 7 p.m., Denver Central Library, 10 W. 14th Ave. Pkwy. Free. For more information, visit centralcityopera.org. Lewis and Clark: The National Bicentennial Exhibition
May 6-Aug 21

Accompany these two intrepid explorers on their improbable travels westward from 1804-1806. View hundreds of artifacts, including American Indian objects, maps, and plant specimens. Check the website for continuing events related to the exhibit, such as the Lewis & Clark: Great Journey West IMAX film. Daily 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Denver Museum of Nature and Science, 2001 Colorado Blvd. Ticket prices vary. For more information, visit dmns.org. Arthritis Walk—May 5
Lace up the walking shoes and support those dealing with arthritis, the nation's leading cause of disability. Participants walk a three-mile, non-competitive event in honor of a friend or family member with arthritis. Those afflicted with the disease will wear blue hats. Funds from the event support The Arthritis Foundation, which engages in research and public policy to improve the lives of arthritis sufferers. Additional walk at Redstone Park in Highlands Ranch on May 15. Thursday 6 p.m., 22nd and Wazee streets. No fee, but participants are encouraged to pledge money. To register, visit arthritis.org.