Shotguns, Scotch and Stogies

The Independence Institute raises funds the American way

SAT, 7/24

After Beavis and Butthead triumphantly save the world at the conclusion of Beavis and Butthead Do America, then-president Bill Clinton awards the cartoon heroes with honorary memberships in the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. "Yes! Fire, fire," Beavis squeals with delight.

Indeed, it is hard to imagine a more fitting reward for the heroic duo. For what gifts could better capture the fancy of bumbling teenage idiots than booze, guns and smokes?

The same line-up works for supporters of right-wing think tanks as well. Today, the Golden-based Independence Institute will sponsor its second annual Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) Sporting Clay Shoot at the Kiowa Creek Sporting Club, 46700 East Quincy Avenue, in Bennett. After a morning clay-pigeon shoot, the I.I. will host lunch at the clubhouse, where cigars and whiskey will abound.

"The thought of responsible adults enjoying these pastimes just drives the liberal meddlers nuts," says Institute president Jon Caldara. "I can't think of a better use of your time."

Grover Norquist, President of Americans for Tax Reform and member of the boards of both the National Rifle Association and American Conservative Union, will serve as luncheon speaker, while his NRA buddies will provide eye and ear protection for the spirited shooters. T-shirts commemorating this year's shoot will also available.

Attendees of all skill levels and political ideologies are welcome; the $150 fee entitles you to all the shooting, smoking and swilling you can handle. Space is limited, though, and organizers say spots are filling fast. To reserve a space, call 303-279-6536 or log on to www.independenceinstitute.org. -- Adam Cayton-Holland

Power Up
Working up a sweat for charity
SUN, 7/25

Evolution is inevitable, and all entities go through modifications. Yoga is no exception. Poweryoga, a new take on the "elastic exercise," promotes itself as "a flowing practice which is a combination of strength, sweat, and spirituality." CorePowerYoga is going with that flow. Riding the power wave, the Denver-based business has opened seven local studios over the past two years. And today, it's hosting Come Sweat for Humanity, a benefit at Cheesman Park, Eighth Avenue and Franklin Street. Instructor and author Rolf Gates is jetting in from Boston to help promote perspiration, and will lead sessions at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Anyone expecting the Zen-like serenity of a Japanese tea garden is in for a surprise; KISS-FM will provide the event's musical accompaniment.

Admission is by donation: Giving $10 gets you into a Gates session; giving $30 gets you instruction, as well as lunch and some extra goodies. Proceeds will be split between local charities Safe House of Denver and Invest in Kids. For more information, contact CorePowerYoga at 303-863-YOGA, or visit www.corepoweryoga.com. -- Cub Buenning

 
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