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Hope Tank Business Advisory Board Meeting: It may be the beginning of fall, but many eager teens and college students are already thinking about summer internships. Hope Tank, a Denver charitable boutique, is leading an effort to find paid internships for 800 young people with a range of employment obstacles—from those with dyslexia or attention disorders to those on various points of the autism spectrum. Thursday’s meeting aims to bring together a variety of local business owners and hiring directors to network and help find a fit for each of the young people Hope Tank hopes to serve. Community members are also encouraged to attend, if only to learn about the challenges facing disabled youth entering the workforce and to potentially become a link in a networking chain. Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.; VSA Colorado Access Gallery, 909 Santa Fe Dr.; free
Volunteer Reading Night at Escalante-Biggs: Community Resources Inc., a frequent partner with Denver Public Schools, is seeking both English and Spanish-speaking volunteers for its family reading night at Escalante-Biggs Academy. The first hour of the event will consist of a pizza-and-lemonade dinner. While volunteers read to children, the grown-ups will learn about ways to promote reading habits at home. Can’t make it? Not to worry: Community Resources hosts more than 120 events—science fairs, speakers, and other literacy nights—every year. Contact Sue Edwards to learn more about this and other opportunities. Thursday, 5 to 7 p.m.; Escalante-Biggs Academy, 5300 Crown Blvd.; free
10th Annual Giant Pumpkin Festival: What began 10 years ago at Jared’s Nursery Gift and Garden as a regional pumpkin-growing contest is now a day-long celebration of autumn’s arrival, with a beer garden, hay maze, and haunted houses. The festivities still center around the pumpkins—some of which weigh more than 1,500 pounds—but after the first couple of years, once attendance ticked into the thousands, organizers decided to expand the event and add a charitable component. Attendees are encouraged to bring canned goods and other non-perishable food items to donate to local food banks and shelters. The day’s highlight will come toward the afternoon, when organizers plan to drop a giant pumpkin from a crane. Awesome. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Jared’s Nursery Gift and Garden, 10500 W. Bowles Ave., Littleton; free
Wind Walk/Run for the Second Wind Fund: September is suicide prevention month. Consider doing your part by registering for this race, which benefits the Second Wind Fund, a Lakewood-based nonprofit that helps fund professional counseling and therapy services for approximately 400 teens at risk of suicide each year. Organizers expect about 1,500 participants at the race, which also includes a silent auction, kids activities, live music, and barbecue. Can’t attend, or don’t feel like running? Donations are accepted at the organization’s website. Sunday, 12:20 p.m.; Robert F. Clement Park, 7306 W. Bowles Ave, Littleton; $30–$45.
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