WHAT: Camp Bow Wow Adoption Benefit: Eleven deserving pups are looking for good homes this weekend. They traveled all the way from Greece after Camp Bow Wow, one of the largest doggie daycare franchises in the country, embarked on a special overseas rescue mission through its philanthropic arm. The rescue team and local veterinarians are working to ready the former strays for adoption on Saturday.
WHY: All dogs deserve a loving homeGreek, American, or otherwise. Because of Camp Bow Wow's ocean-spanning concern, these furry foreigners have a shot at a great home as well.
BONUS: The event also marks the grand opening of Camp Bow Wow's Southeast Denver camp. Check it out and see if your pooch could dig it.
DETAILS: Sat 11 a.m.4 p.m. Camp Bow Wow Southeast Denver, 2125 S. Jasmine St. Call 303-300-8284 or visit www.bowwowbuddies.com/greece.htm or www.campbowwow.com.
WHAT: Lance Armstrong: The international hero, cancer survivor, and Tour de France legend delivers the keynote address at the Kids on Bikes fund-raiser in Colorado Springs. Kids on Bikes is a nonprofit that provides bicycles for deserving kids and gives them the opportunity to be active, independent, responsible, and have fun outdoors.
WHY: Living legend in our midst; enough said.
BONUS: A chance to ask if Lance really will tackle the Leadville 100.
DETAILS: Thu 6 p.m. The Broadmoor Hall, 1 Lake Ave., Colorado Springs. $150. Visit www.kidsonbikes.net.
WHAT: Rocky Mountain Institute 25Celebrating Solutions: Former President Clinton will participate in RMI's 25th anniversary celebration. The two-day affair kicks off with a free, public presentation (A Convenient Truth: Profitable Business-Led Climate Solutions) followed by an all-day symposium/panel discussion in Aspen and a dinner gala at the Peace Ranch in Basalt. RMI is a nonprofit that challenges conventional thinking to foster efficient and restorative use of resources to make the world secure, sustainable, and just. Amen.
WHY: RMI worked with Clinton during his administration to "green" the White House, and they continue the partnership today with the Clinton Climate Initiative, which takes a business-minded approach to minimizing climate change. The first phase aims to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions in the world's largest cities by cultivating efficiency awareness in sizeable companies and incentives to get involved.
BONUS: Other luminaries such as Thomas Friedman from The New York Times and John Abele, co-founder of Boston Scientific, join the former prez in RMI's quest for a healthier world. Plus, RMI plans to make the event a carbon-neutral affair by offsetting the amount of greenhouse gases emitted during the activities and transportation.
DETAILS: Thu 5:307:30 p.m. (presentation (free), The Hotel Jerome, Aspen); Fri, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. (symposium ($500), The Hotel Jerome, Aspen), 56:30 p.m. (gala ($500), Peace Ranch, Basalt). Call 970-927-3851 or visit www.rmi.org.
WHAT: World Premiere of Lemon Sponge Cake's Project Peace: Innovative choreographer Robert Sher-Machherndl introduces an alluring and evocative contemporary ballet that explores humanity and relationships through pointe-toe technique. The multi-dimensional minuet features Minna Tervamaki, a principal dancer of the Finnish National Ballet and the legendary Susan Jaffe of the American Ballet Theatre.
WHY: This isn't any old ho-hum ballet. Sher-Machherndl's energetic vision and fresh perspective once again makes for a creative and compelling performance that tests classical boundaries.
BONUS: $30 or $40 tickets get you a companion pass to the Colorado Symphony Orchestra; a $70 VIP pass includes the CSO pass and a champagne reception at Boulder's Blink Gallery following the show.
DETAILS: SatSun 7 p.m., Chautauqua Auditorium, Boulder. $25$70. Call 303-545-2298 or visit www.lemonspongecake.com.