The Local newsletter is your free, daily guide to life in Colorado. For locals, by locals. Sign up today!
‘Tis the season for giving thanks. And what better way to show your hometown appreciation than by giving back to the local community? Take a look at our top six picks for ways to help this week.
Trot: Burn a few calories before the big meal with a jog around Wash Park in Denver’s 40th annual Turkey Trot, a benefit for Mile High United Way. Bonus: This year’s festivities include post-race yoga and a craft beer garden. Thu. 8 a.m.; Washington Park, Denver
Give One Year of 5280 for just $16.
Dish It Out: Help the Source—Boulder’s emergency shelter for teens—host a Thanksgiving feast for homeless youth. Volunteers can prepare the dish at home and deliver it to the shelter or sign up to cook on-site, help set up, and serve it. Thu. noon-5 p.m.; 3080 Broadway Ave., Boulder
Shop: Kick off the gift-giving season by shopping for your furry family members first. On Black Friday, Chuck & Don’s pet supply store will donate one pound of pet food to the Food Bank of the Rockies for every customer that stops in between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. And for shoppers who bring in their pets, Chuck & Don’s will double the poundage. Fri. 7-9 a.m.; multiple locations
Be the Judge: Whiskers, beer, and live tunes abound at this first-ever beard and mustache competition hosted by Beards of Denver and Odyssey Beerwerks. All proceeds will be donated to help fight prostate and testicular cancer. Sat. 7 p.m.; 5535 W. 56th Ave. #107, Arvada
Taste: Check out some of the city’s best male chefs at this gala to benefit the Struggle of Love Foundation, Colorado Starlites Drum & Drill Team, and the Jazz C.A.F.E. They’ll prepare dozens of tasty treats, while attendees dance the night away and place bids at silent auction. Sat. 6 p.m.-12 a.m.; 3801 Quebec St., Denver
Sashay The Runway: Celebrate World AIDS Day at this locally-driven designer fashion soirée. Colorado’s freshest designers, hairstylists, and models will be showcasing their talent to benefit the Colorado AIDS Project. Sun. 7 p.m.; 1399 35th St., Denver
—Image courtesy of Chuck & Don’s