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August 17 2005, 10:39 PM
Riverfront Park Wine and Fashion Series: Viva Espana — Aug. 18
Join Riverfront loft dwellers and LoDo fashionistas for a night of high fashion. Beside a sunset-lit catwalk—Millennium Bridgeas the backdrop—air-kiss hello to other Denverites in the know. This week's theme celebrates Spanish culture: food from Le Bon Palet, wine by Little Raven Vineyards, clothing by Mariel, and music by DJ Chris House. Thu. 5 p.m.-2 a.m. Riverfront Park and Monarch. $24-$40. For more information, visit www.riverfrontfashion.com. Full Moon Croquet Black Tie and Dinner Tournament — Aug. 18
You are cordially invited... to don black tie digs and tennis shoes to this annual fundraiser for Washington Park's croquet and lawn bowling park. It promises to be an elegant event featuring genteel sports and fine dining. See and be seen. And while you're at it, knock some balls around to help preserve this 1920s historic site. Thu 7:30-10:30 p.m. Washington Park Croquet and Lawn Bowling Lawn, Mississippi Avenue and Franklin Street. $45 donation suggested. To reserve a spot, call 720-937-2056. Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me: NPR Broadcast — Aug. 18
The oddly informative and often-humorous NPR news quiz show comes to Boulder. Be a part of a live NPR recording and test your knowledge of interesting (and sometimes useless?) pop culture facts and info. Thu 7:30 p.m. Chautauqua Auditorium, Chautauqua Park, Boulder. $35-$40. To purchase tickets call 1-866-464-2626 and for more information, visit www.chautauqua.com/programs.html. Denver Oyster Urban Adventure Race — Aug. 20
Called the "Rocky Mountain Ball Buster" this competition through Denver's wild cityscape is a bit like the Amazing Race meets Eco Challenge meets Cherry Creek bike path. Imagine: You and your teammates run, bike, raft, in-line skate, trek, and navigate almost 50 miles of terrain in your race to the finish line. Proceeds benefit Special Olympics Colorado. Saturday. Race starts and ends at the REI building on Platte. For more information, visit www.denveroyster.com. AIDS Walk Colorado — Aug. 21
A 5K walk to raise money for AIDS research and increase awareness about the disease. Grand Marshall Kyan Douglas (fashion expert from NBC's "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy") and Mayor John Hickenlooper will be on hand to host the opening ceremonies. Sun. 9 a.m. Cheesman Park. For more information or to register, call 303-861-WALIK or visit coloradoaidsproject.org/aids_walk_colorado/index.asp.