As winter drags on, it's easy to fall into your own personal hibernation. But the world's a better place when you're not always curled up under a blanket. Here, five ways to shake off the frost and get involved in your community this week.
Dine with inspiration: Continue helping the post-flood rebuilding effort, and enjoy some world-class cuisine while you do it ($100). For months, community members have contributed recipes, stories, and songs to Still Waters Run Deep, a collaborative history of the flood and part of the Flood Project. The dinner, created by Top Chef–winner Hosea Rosenberg, draws on those stories for inspiration and benefits the Foothills United Way. Mon, 6:30 p.m.; Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art.
Unbury your treasure: Bring your booty out from its hiding place and find its (informal) true value at What's It Worth, a fundraiser for the Denver Public Library ($75-$125). Expert appraisers, including Chris Lane from Antique Roadshow, will be on hand to offer their thoughts on your grandpa's old watch, the dusty books in your attic, and other potential treasures. Admission includes appraisal of one item plus cocktails and hors d'oeuvres. Wed, 5:30-8:30 p.m.; Denver Central Library.
Join the discussion: This National Eating Disorder Awareness Week, Children's Hospital Colorado and 9News are inviting parents and teens to join their live tweet-chat to discuss a problem that impacts far too many. Adolescent psychologists and Madi O'Dell, a survivor of an eating disorder, will be answering questions, but this conversation shouldn't end when the hour expires. Thu, 7:30-8:30 p.m.; #EDAskUs on Twitter.
Stomp out cancer: Strap on your snowshoes and stomp your way to Frisco for this wintery race through snow-covered trails ($45-$50). The event, now in its 12th year, benefits the Denver metro affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Foundation, and is close to cracking the $1 million mark in fundraising. In addition to the trails, enjoy Starbucks coffee and pancakes. Sat, 8 a.m.; Frisco Nordic Center.
Support your neighbor, yourself: Beauty exists even in the face of great atrocities, a truth exhibited by "Our Neighbors, Ourselves," an exhibit featuring more than a dozen local artists depicting the lives of more than 3,000 Burmese refugees living in Denver ($25-$35). The art, curated by Project Worthmore's Carmen Melton, is available for purchase via a silent auction, with proceeds benefiting the nonprofit's efforts to improve the lives of refugees in Denver. Sat, 6-10 p.m.; Aurora Cultural Arts District.
—Image courtesy of Melissa Downham, "Our Neighbors, Ourselves"