Party for the Peaks

The Colorado Fourteeners Initiative carves out a good time.

THURS, 5/5

That warm feeling in your heart on Cinco de Mayo doesn't have to stem purely from Cuervo. Join mountain-lovers tonight at the Fiesta for the Peaks, an annual fundraiser for the Colorado Fourteeners Initiative, and go home feeling good about protecting the mountains. A partnership of nonprofits, public agencies and individuals, the group works to preserve Colorado's tallest and most majestic hunks of rock.

The movie Wild for Good, a Mountainfilm in Telluride presentation, starts at 6:30 p.m. at the American Mountaineering Center, 710 Tenth Street, Golden. "It's about the three women who founded the Aspen Wilderness Workshop back in the '60s," says the event's Del Rae Heiser. "It's a great look at some of the early efforts to preserve wilderness."

See Wild for Good, about the women of the 
Aspen Wilderness Workshop, in Golden this 
Thursday.
See Wild for Good, about the women of the Aspen Wilderness Workshop, in Golden this Thursday.
The skating is Pi-high at Ice Vegas.
Christopher Smith
The skating is Pi-high at Ice Vegas.

The film will be followed by beer, burritos and a silent auction. The group will raffle off Osprey backpacks stuffed with gift certificates -- sort of high-tech piñatas with custom-molded hip belts and ice-ax loops -- and more. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door; for information, call 303-996-2757. -- Shara Rutberg

Ice, Ice Vegas
FRI, 5/6

The University of Denver's hockey heroes will cash in their victory bumps and bruises for some super-sweet salchows this weekend at Ice Vegas, DU's annual ice show. But don't gamble on the two-time NCAA champions tiptoeing atop any toe picks. "We have eighteen DU varsity hockey players paired up with our competitive skaters," says director Toni Rogers, "but the hockey players will definitely have on hockey skates."

The event spotlights more than just the Pioneers getting all Sin City pretty. Over 150 local tots, Special Olympians and international competitors will triple-loop under the bright lights that mimic those of the most famous strip in the world. "This show is a stunning tribute to Las Vegas," adds Rogers, "with over two hours of high-rolling action and entertainment."

The fun starts at 7 p.m. tonight and tomorrow and 1:30 p.m. on Sunday at Magness Arena, 2240 East Buchtel Boulevard . Tickets are $10 to $25. Call 303-871-2336 or visit www.recreation.du.edu/iceShow. -- Kity Ironton

Heart on Your Sleeve
FRI, 5/6

It's not what you think. Though the words Kick Start My Heart may conjure images of a primitive and violent type of medicine practiced only in the most remote corners of South America, today's fundraiser at Boulder Indoor Soccer, 2845 29th Street in Boulder, is not about ripping volleys to the sternums of others. It's about kicking soccer balls to help pay for defibrillators to restart hearts. From 5 p.m. today to 5 p.m. tomorrow, area teams and individual enthusiasts can play in a variety of divisions to raise money to improve emergency training and provide medical equipment to local schools, youth organizations and soccer facilities -- specifically, Automated External Defibrillators to deal with cases of heart arrhythmia. The event will also feature an exhibition match between the Rapids Reserves club and the CU Men's Soccer team, as well as a silent auction and grand-prize drawing. Admission is free. For information or to sign up, call 303-926-1456 or go to www.kickstartmyheart.org. -- Adam Cayton-Holland

 
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