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Experience the daily life of a child in Ethiopia or the Dominican Republic during this immersive guided tour. —Image courtesy of Compassion International

What to Do in Denver (and Beyond): June 22 to June 29

From an Olympic-themed tournament to a performance of arias over lunch, here are five can't-miss events in the metro area this week.


The Compassion Experience, June 24 to June 27

Embark upon an empathetic journey to Ethiopia and the Dominican Republic during this immersive cross-cultural experience. Visitors take on the role of children in each developing country and experience both sadness and hope as they use audio headsets to guide them through their day-to-day activities on this tour. Proceeds benefit Compassion International’s child sponsorship program, which works toward ending global poverty. Fri 10 a.m. Waterstone Community Church, 5890 S. Alkire St., Littleton. 303-972-2200. Free.


Sum Ergo Sum, June 24 to August 20

By blending the organic body with the digital world, Denver-based artist Lui Ferreyra’s signature, fragmented style challenges the traditional bounds of oil painting as a medium. At this innovative exhibition, glimpse Ferreyra’s newest works alongside selections from complimentary artists such as Roger Reutimann, whose fiberglass nudes function as the 3-D counterpart to Ferreyra’s work. Tue-Fri 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat 11 a.m.-5 p.m. William Havu Gallery, 1040 Cherokee St., 303-893-2360. Free.

Summer Games, June 25

Not everyone can be a Rio Olympian—but you can have just as much fun at this playfully competitive Olympic-themed tournament. Teams of four, five, or six will compete in round-robin matches of giant foosball, an adult tricycle relay, and team knockout basketball. After you’ve broken a sweat, cool off with a Blue Moon and see which competitors will win $100,000 or a two-person vacation getaway in the raffle. Sat 1 p.m. Auraria Campus, University of Colorado Denver, 855 Lawrence Way, 303-475-1338. Ticket prices vary.

Preludes, June 25


Attendees of this afternoon arts benefit can enjoy a summer meal as they delight in some of Denver’s finest vocal performers. These operatic songbirds, including Ruth Brand and Evan Glaser, will serenade the lucky lunchers, giving them a sneak peek of what they can expect from this summer’s upcoming performance of Acis and Galatea. Proceeds benefit the Denver Opera Collective, a nonprofit focused on staging affordable, accessible productions in the Mile High City. Sat 1-3 p.m. The Preservery, 3040 Blake St., Ste. 101, 303-298-6821. $45-$85.

Sand in the City, June 25 to June 26

Thanks to this local beach party, you can spend a day in the sand without having to fly to the coast. Admire giant sand castles or make tie-dye shirts with the kiddos, then snag a craft beer from Grand Lake Brewing or New Image Brewing and enjoy a family-friendly concert of Caribbean steel drum tunes by Aurora-based band Urban Island. A portion of the proceeds benefits the Jeffco Schools Foundation, which aims to ensure the personal and academic growth of Jefferson County students. Sat 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Ralston Park, W. 64th Ave. and Simms St., Arvada, 303-424-0313. Ticket prices vary.

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