1. Racing WheelsBus #15, iron horse of Colfax Avenue, will meet its match when close to 25 wheelchair racers hit the pavement of America's longest road to qualify for the 2006 National Wheelchair Marathon Championships. Athletes will be competing for slots on the 2008 Paralympic Team and a shot at the world championships. Hosted by the Post-News Colorado Colfax Marathon (open to all runners), the race begins on historic Colfax in Aurora, passes the Capitol in Denver, and ends at the foothills in Lakewood. So grab some poster board and markers, and let these athletes know we admire their efforts in the race already dubbed "America's Main Street Marathon."
Post-News Colorado Colfax Marathon: May 21, Colfax Avenue, Aurora to Lakewood
2. Caffeine SceneMetro Denver's only festival "dedicated to the pursuit of java nirvana" exemplifies the revitalization of Original Aurora, one of the oldest and most economically depressed areas of the city. This caffeinated carnival will supply java connoisseurs with endless samples of the finest local blends, live music from Denver bands like Bop Skizzum, a coffee-inspired market, life-sized chess, bocce ball, and an authentic Ethiopian coffee ceremony. Thoughtful planning ensures the brewing begins bright and early at 6 a.m., so nighttime jitters won't ruin your Monday morning. (Note: Get your cuppa' as the sun comes up and you can cheer on the Colfax Marathon runners as they zoom right by the festival.)
Java Fest: May 21, Fletcher Plaza, Aurora
3. Doggy DécorMake life a little sweeter for Rufus and his pals with artwork from the inaugural BowWow Benefit show and brunch, featuing watercolors, oil paintings, and bronzes in a "man's best friend" theme that's sure to complement that framed snapshot of Rufus' cutest moment in Wash Park. Regional artists donate their work, with 100 percent of the proceeds benefiting the MaxFund Animal Adoption Center (Denver's only true no-kill shelter) and the Diana Price-Fish Cancer Foundation. Pooches are welcome.
BowWow Benefit: May 5 & 7, Saks Galleries, Cherry Creek
4. Choreographed TributeIn honor of the 100th anniversary of Mesa Verde National Park, modern dance company "Speaking of Dance" will perform Kiva: What Do We Hold Sacred, capturing the intense spirit and mysterious culture of the ancient cliff-dwelling Puebloans who called the mesa home for 1,000 years. Renowned Denver choreographer Deborah Reshotko purposely aims not to imitate native dances or ceremonies, but instead explores different rituals and activities that have both unified and fragmented civilizations throughout history.
Kiva: What Do We Hold Sacred: May 26-28, Mesa Verde National Park
5. Tribal AffairWhile Gourd, Shawl, Grass, and Jingle may sound like the newest styles of Birkenstocks to many, these are actually the names of traditional Native American dances that will be performed in full regalia during the Tesoro Foundation's Annual Indian Market and Powwow. Award-winning Native American artists will demonstrate crafts including weaving, jewelry-making, and pottery for visitors. Don't miss the talents of the under-18 featured artist, who will be nominated by the attending artists for the creative spotlight.
Tesoro Foundation 6th Annual Indian Market and Powwow: May 20-21, The Fort, Morrison