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Temple Grandin, Rupert Isaacson, and Kinetic Learning: Dr. Temple Grandin, renowned speaker and author on the subject of autism, and Rupert Isaacson, of Horse Boy Foundation, author of The Horse Boy, and producer of the award-winning film of the same name, are on a national tour to discuss social skills for people with autism, transitioning into the workforce with autism, the importance of kinetic learning, and more. This power team will also discuss the challenges, worries, and joys of a child with autism transitioning into adulthood and share tips on how to effectively stimulate the autistic brain anytime, anywhere. Dr. Grandin and Isaacon will answer questions, sign books, and offer their professional opinions on living with and embracing autism. Monday, 6–9 p.m.; Front Range Community College, 3645 W. 112th Ave., Westminster; $35 online, $45 at the door
Hope Haven Rwanda Spring 2016 Event: The Rwandan genocide of the early 1990s left the small country scarred. In the wake of the tragedy, Hope Haven Rwanda—a school that has helped educate more than 350 children by offering classes in fundamental skills—was formed. Join Hope Haven as they host Immaculee Ilibagiza, a genocide survivor and renowned author and speaker, at the organization’s Spring 2016 Event. Bid on the live auction, which will feature a weekend with a Maserati from Mark Ward Maserati, a fly-fishing tour from Lincoln Hills Fly Fishing, a trip to Mexico, and a visit to the Hope Haven site in Rwanda. All proceeds benefit Hope Haven and their mission to revitalize and heal the Rwandan community. Tuesday, 6 p.m.; The Liniger Building at CU South Denver, 10035 S. Peoria St., Parker; $150 by check, $300 per couple online
To Write Love On Her Arms Event: Jamie Tworkowski, founder of To Write Love On Her Arms, a nonprofit that provides hope and resources for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury, and thoughts of suicide, is speaking at University of Colorado Boulder on Thursday. Since TWLOHA formed in 2006, the organization has raised and donated more than $1.5 million to the treatment and recovery of those struggling with mental health issues. Tworkowski will be speaking about the organization and his journey, and will host a Q&A session. Steven McMorran from the rock band Satellite will also perform. Thursday, 7 p.m.; CU Boulder, Glenn Miller Ballroom, 1667 Euclid Ave., Boulder; free
Cooks for Books (Part II): Join former Colorado judge and Cambodian food expert Juanita Rice as she teaches a hands-on cooking course. Rice, who spent several years in rural Cambodia training lawyers, is using her knowledge of Cambodian food to benefit Children’s Future, a nonprofit dedicated to providing the country’s children with food and basic supplies. Learn how to create (and indulge in) Cambodian treats like Nyoam (a zesty dish with veggies, herbs, chicken, and peanuts) with sweet-and-tangy Tuk Trey dressing, and Chaek k’tih (bananas in coconut milk dusted with toasted sesame seeds) for dessert. Friday, 6 p.m.; Posner Center for International Development, 1031 33rd St.; two tickets for $35
Life is Better Rescue–Love for Life Gala Dinner and Silent Auction: Support Life is Better Rescue, an all-breed, all-species animal rescue organization, at their sixth annual silent auction and dinner. Bid on items such as custom works of art and Disneyland park hopper tickets, and know your generosity is helping animals in need. You can also purchase Life is Better merchandise and strike a pose in the photo booth to show your support, before indulging in a three-course dinner and partial open bar. Saturday, 5:30 p.m.; Denver Athletic Club, 1325 Glenarm Place; $75