Earlier this year, the Five Points Business Association decided that due to a lack of funds, it would have to cancel Denver's annual Juneteenth Celebration. The announcement sparked an outpouring of donations from community leaders and organizations, allowing the event to continue and making this year's party a true community gathering. Juneteenth spills out from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today, with activity booths, food, games and more, at 26th Street and Glenarm Place. Call 303-294-0597.
Monday, June 20
Ladies and gentlemen, gather round: It's time you learned to fix your bikes. Actually, ladies -- uh, women -- it's time you learned to fix your bikes. Fellas, you'll get your turn, but tonight's free Women's Bike Maintenance Clinic is all about the estrogen. During the class, which starts at 7 p.m. at the REI flagship store, 1416 Platte Street, an REI bike expert will walk attendees through the fundamentals of bike maintenance and roadside repair. For more information, call 303-756-3100.
Tuesday, June 21
Been sitting in the basement, just whaling away on the spoons? Got that piece of cellophane held tightly over your comb, while you spray saliva and blow away to your heart's content? Ever thought of sharing that musical talent with other people? Well, here's your chance. Open Jam, tonight at 7 p.m. at the Swallow Hill Cafe, 71 East Yale Avenue, is a "no-pressure-any-skill-level" jam session open to all. Anyone who's ever picked up an instrument knows what a valuable opportunity playing with other musicians can be. It's a trial-by-fire experience, where everyone involved walks away having learned a thing or two. So dust off that tuba, friend: You're welcome here. Tickets are $1 at the door; for details, call 303-777-1003 or go to www.swallowhill.com.
Wednesday, June 22
Look, we've all drag-raced down Federal -- that's just a given. You're fired up after too many Bud Lights at the Rapids game, those dudes in the El Camino are egging you on at the stoplight, and the next thing you know, you're doing ninety heading south, screaming your freaking head off. I've seen it a million times. And it's all fun and games -- until you're wrapped around a telephone pole. Total buzzkill, right? So why not take that zeal to a safe, fun environment, something like Take It to the Track Test Night at Bandimere Speedway? Every Wednesday at 4 p.m., sixteen- and seventeen-year-olds with a $30 entry fee and the requisite parent-signed waivers can take their own cars to the track for a safe, legal alternative to street racing that still satisfies the need for speed. Friends and well-wishers can watch for $10. Bandimere is at 3051 South Rooney Road in Morrison; go to www.bandimere.com for details.