Tuesday, April 19Five authors whose works prove magical for children and evocative for adults will be brought to life when Douglas County Libraries hosts A Walk in Their Shoes: A Living History Festival, a series of Chautauqua performances portraying beloved writers. Wizard of Oz pensmith L. Frank Baum (as profiled by David Skipper) starts things off this evening from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Parker Library, 10851 South Crossroads Drive in Parker, in a program topped off by an Oz sing-along, a make-a-tornado booth provided by Mad Science, and refreshments. Future installments include visits by Mark Twain, Mary Shelley, James M. Barrie and Laura Ingalls Wilder, with subject-appropriate fun and foods; for dates, times and locations, visit www.douglascountylibraries.org.
Wednesday, April 20Boulder's just bubbling over with organizations dedicated to providing outdoor adventures for women. One of the best, the Women's Wilderness Institute (which extends its services to include similar programs for teens), will host an annual Gear and Cheer fundraiser tonight, featuring lots of good eats and drinks, music by Boulder shaker Wendy Woo, and silent and live auctions of outdoor equipment. Party and bid on gear from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Foundry, 1109 Walnut Street in Boulder; for tickets, $20 to $25, call 303-938-9191 or go to www.womenswilderness.org.