This weekend: Wieners, wines and sugar highs

Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, 191 Inverness Drive West, is kicking off its series of summer fundraisers, named Friday Night Flights, at 6 p.m. tonight, when the testosterone-charged meatery rolls out a selection of appetizers paired with three wines for $25 per person, the proceeds of which will benefit the Gathering Place, a local non-profit. Tickets are available at the door or by calling 303-768-0827.

On Saturday, July 11, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Marczyk Fine Foods, the gourmet food market and wine shop at 770 East 17th Avenue, is hosting the Great American Bake Sale, a nationwide community event to benefit Share our Strength, a non-profit dedicated to eradicating childhood hunger in America. The sugar frenzy includes housemade cookies, cakes and pies from the women organizing the bake sale, plus a few treats from Marczyk, but it's cash only, so bring a wad of bills.

July, as if you didn't already know, is National Hot Dog Month (RIP Oscar G Mayer), and Steve's Snappin' Dogs, 3525 East Colfax Avenue, is doggone excited about the fact that it's holding the Chow Down for Charity Hot Dog Eating Contest on Sunday, July 26, to benefit Project Angel Heart. But before then, on Saturday, July 11, Steve's is hosting a preliminary qualifying event from 1 - 3 p.m. If you think you've got what it takes to down dogs faster than, well, the next wiener, then go to www.stevessnappindogs.com to register. Keep in mind that only the top seven qualifiers will advance to the finals, where the grand prize is a $300 gift certificate to Sam's Club...so you can buy more hot dogs.

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