This recession may have us shedding certain (or most) creature comforts, but I’ve also noticed more community-oriented events popping up around town. We seem to be coming together more to talk about finances, job searches, and, thank goodness, to have a little fun.

Yet another example is Hooked on Colfax’s new Scrabble night, which takes place at 7 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month. The theme night is already gaining popularity. Barista Rebecca Peebles says the shop’s three Scrabble boards are snatched up quickly and another employee brings in several of his own.

It’s free to play, and Hooked is open until 10 p.m. on Wednesdays. Also, the coffeeshop just received its liquor license, so if booze inspires your Scrabble vocabulary, plenty of beer, wine, and caffeine-infused cocktails are available to help boost your game.

Bonus: Hooked on Colfax also hosts Argusfest, a film series featuring documentaries focused on social awareness. The flicks show at 7 p.m. on Mondays, and the audience is asked to make a donation.

3215 E. Colfax Ave., 303-398-2665