Get Involved is a weekly series pointing readers toward community-oriented events, volunteer opportunities, and good causes in Colorado.
Schedule a donation online for Colorado Gives Day to support the FIRE Within, a youth suicide prevention program through the Carson J Spencer Foundation, and thousands of other charitable causes. —Image courtesy of the Carson J Spender Foundation
Colorado Gives Day: Couch potatoes rejoice—thanks to Colorado Gives Day, you can help out your favorite local or national charity without ever leaving your house. Schedule a donation online before the event on December 8. With more than 1,500 organizations to choose from, including 9to5 Colorado, a national organization that advocates for equality in the workforce, and the Carson J Spencer Foundation, a leading voice in suicide prevention, you’re sure to find a cause (maybe even several) that you feel inspired to support. Now through Tuesday, December 8; www.coloradogives.org
Charmed by Charity: ‘Tis the season for giving—and giving back—at this charity shopping event. Browse through a collection of eco-friendly jewelry to find charming presents for the glammest gals on your list. Since a portion of proceeds benefit the Luca John Foundation, which supports children and families affected by all forms of dysplasia, and Mercy Housing, a national nonprofit for low-income housing, why not snag a little gift for yourself, as well? Tuesday, 6-8 p.m.; Wednesday, 6-8 p.m.; Thursday, 5-7 p.m.; Alex and Ani Cherry Creek, 2728 E. 3rd Ave.; 720-398-9837
Read Like the Dickens: Christmas—or rather, A Christmas Carol—is coming early this year, thanks to this benefit for the Jefferson County Library Foundation. Let festive songs by The Original Dickens Carolers and an “ Olde English-style buffet” from catering company A Perfect Bite transport you to Victorian England, then sit back and enjoy a Red Rocks Community College performance of scenes from the beloved holiday tale. Thursday, 6-9:30 p.m.; Baldoria on the Water, 136 Van Gordon St., Lakewood; 303-507-3554; $65-$120
Mustache Dache: No-Shave November has officially begun, and you have the perfect chance to show off your new facial hair—or your dapper, drawn-on ‘stache—at this charity 5K. The event benefits ZERO, a national org that works to prevent and treat prostate cancer. Runners will score score a stylish new T-shirt and medal for participating. Not in the mood to run? Volunteer instead. Saturday, 9 a.m. to noon; Sloan’s Park, 1700 S. Sheridan Blvd.; $20-$45
Rock It Forward: This concert is a win-win for music lovers. Head to Herman’s Hideaway this Saturday to support music education at Youth on Record, which facilitates “empowerment through creative education,” and enjoy a killer live show by Strange Americans, the Schtuebs, Judge Roughneck, and Buckner Funkenjazz. Plus, you might just win one of several wicked prizes, including Broncos tickets, Michael Kors jewelry, or a two-night stay at the Aria in Vegas. Saturday, 7:30-11 p.m.; Herman’s Hideaway, 1578 S. Broadway; $35