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Goodnight Moon Gala: Research has shown that 85 percent of a baby’s intellect, personality, and social skills are developed in the first three years of life. With this in mind, Denver-based Bright Beginnings has developed a program that guides families through these vital years. And the best part: It’s free-of-charge for all Colorado caregivers of children ages 1 to 3. To support this essential program, the organization is hosting its annual Goodnight Moon Gala, an elegant event that includes live and silent auctions, entertainment, dinner, desserts, and more (ticket prices vary). Friday, 6 to 11 p.m.; Denver Museum of Nature and Science, 2001 Colorado Blvd.
Boulder IPA Fest: Unlike most beer-filled events, you’ll wake up from Avery Brewing Company’s 3rd Annual Boulder IPA Fest feeling good. That’s because this celebration of hoppy India Pale Ales benefits Emergency Family Assistance Association, which helps those in need of food, shelter, and other basic necessities, and supports their journey to financial stability and self-sufficiency. For $45, attendees will receive 16 4 oz. pours of all types of IPAs from breweries across the state, as well as a commemorative glass. And when the morning comes, just remember that your hangover is for a good cause. Saturday, noon to 5 p.m.; Avery Brewing Company, 5757 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder
United in Purple 5K Race: November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month. Support the cause (and get your daily dose of cardio) at the first-annual United in Purple 5K, benefitting the National Pancreatic Cancer Foundation. The course takes runners and walkers along the scenic Ralston Creek Trail to Arvada’s Blunn Reservoir and back again. Registration is $35 until November 7, and $40 on race day. Sunday, 9 a.m.; Jefferson County’s North Area Athletic Complex, 19500 W 64th Pkwy, Arvada
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