Movember madness includes several hair- (and fund-) raising events

November is a month to celebrate beards, 'stashes and everything in between. The time of year formerly deemed "No Shave November" has been changed to "Movember" -- in honor of "mo," slang for moustache. There are hair- and fund-raising events around town to mark this august occasion; keep reading for a few of them.

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From 8 p.m. until 1 a.m. Saturday, November 16, Vesta Dipping Grill will host its ninth annual Mustache Fest, which has evolve into a great party where you can rock a "stash" or "mo" for a good cause. The evening will include tunes and visuals from Bobby C Sound TV as well as sweet mustache temporary tattoos from StacheTats starting at 7 p.m. All donations and 10 percent of sales from tomorrow night will go directly to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. For more details or to reserve a table, call Vesta at 303-296-1970.

On Saturday, November 23, the Mustache Dache, a national event that supports the Movember Foundation, encourages people of all ages -- even those free from facial hair -- to run for men's health. The 5k race will start at 9 a.m. and Stapleton Central Park and will end with a Mustache Bash that includes post-race food, a free photo booth, complimentary light refreshments, gear check (if race day temps are below 60 degrees), a live DJ and a ton of prizes. Registration for individuals ($35) and teams ($40) ends November 20, but if the race does not sell out, runners can register at the starting gate. For more information, visit the Mustache Dache website.

Throughout the month of November, Mo the Moose, mascot of the Smiling Moose, a Colorado-based deli, will support the cause by donating a portion of the proceeds from every Mighty Mo! sandwich sale to the Movember Foundation. The chain's top seller, the Mighty Mo! features a half-pound of chopped sirloin with melted American cheese, diced tomatoes, shredded lettuce, banana peppers, red onions and mayo, drizzled with oil and vinegar and sprinkled with salt and pepper.

For information on dozens of culinary events around town, visit our online Food & Drink listings -- and if you have information for a culinary event you'd like included in our online calendar, send it to cafe@westword.com.

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