Online Events Happening This Weekend!
It’s not quite life as usual, but in an attempt to track “events” going on in the community (including the wider online community), we found the following online events happening this weekend. Bonus: many of these events come from your favorite local places that are offering opportunities online!
TODAY/TONIGHT, April 30
I’M STILL STANDING
Especially for parents who may be feeling overwhelmed and alone in these strange times, an interactive webinar with experts from CU Anschutz Medical School.
Parents are invited to join an online talk and discussion with Dr. Scott Cypers and Dr. Amy Lopez. The event will take place tonight and every Thursday until social distancing is over. Follow this link to the scheduled Zoom event.
Thursday-Saturday, April 30 – May 2
VIRTUAL TASTE OF HIGHLANDS RANCH
One of the community events everyone looks forward to each spring is the Taste of Highlands Ranch. This year, due to COVID-19, the 2020 event scheduled for May 1 has been cancelled. Instead, the event has been taken online for the first-ever Taste of HR VIRTUAL!
In addition to ordering great food from a wide variety of area restaurants, there is also a virtual Online Bingo game going on where you could win some awesome prizes! So check out the great list of local restaurants who are providing delicious take-out meals, as well as liquor stores who have their own set of treats to offer!
Virtual Taste of Highlands Ranch
Thursday-Sunday, April 30 – May 3
MEET A BABY RHINO
Denver Zoo may still be closed, but that doesn’t mean you can’t meet the newest member of the Zoo family! Through their virtual safari, you can be transported to one of Denver’s favorite family places and hear from zookeepers who will give you an inside look at all the news in the zoo.
This includes the Denver Zoo’s first-ever greater one-horned rhino calf! It’s a girl! It took a lot of effort, but the resident female rhino, Tensing, welcomed her first calf on February 22. You can virtually meet her here!
Denver Zoo Online
VIRTUAL MOTHER’S DAY RACE
Just because there’s no 5K Highlands Ranch Mother’s Day race this year because of COVID-19 doesn’t mean you can’t take part in the race. This VIRTUAL 5K race still raises money for a great cause and still lets you complete the race—but in your own safe space. This is a chance to get outside and stay active while eliminating large gatherings and practicing social distancing.
It’s so easy to sign up and participate! Just register online and you can run the race anywhere prior to May 10th! If you had previously registered for the original Mother’s Day 5K, your registration will automatically be transferred to the virtual race and you’ll be credited any price difference.
TAKE A TRIP TO ALASKA
In this time of “no travel,” consider an alternate way of visiting some of the destinations on your wishlist. Colorado’s AAA blog shares some trips to favorite places, including this trip to Alaska.
The aurora borealis, or northern lights, are one of the many spectacular things you might see while visiting Alaska.
Friday, May 1
VIRTUAL COLORADO MUSIC FESTIVAL
This is the time of year when live music festivals would normally be starting up. To get your taste of a Colorado music festival, tune in LIVE to this all-virtual music festival, featuring concerts live-streamed by local artists!
Every Friday, starting at 10:00 a.m., tune in on Facebook or Instagram for a live-stream of Colorado musicians, bands and artists. This is one way to support your favorite entertainers in these difficult times while being uplifted by a message of positivity and safety.
Rocky Mountain Virtual Music Festival
Starting at 10:00 a.m.
Cost: FREE (Tips for the bands appreciated)
LOCAL LUNCH DANCE PARTY
From UCCS in Colorado Springs, local DJs are bringing you something to look forward to: a weekly dance party you can join in on through Instagram! Designed back in 2012 as a fun way to workout over lunch, the Dance Party is no less fun in its virtual incarnation!
The simple formula of a high-energy one-hour DJ set, water, and a healthy lunch continues in your own home! You supply the water and healthy food, and let UCCS supply the DJ and one-hour dance set. Listen on headphones or a speaker and fill your whole space with music! Guest DJs will rotate weekly bringing a variety of playlists and approaches. Let’s dance!
UCCS Galleries of Contemporary Art
12:00 -1:00 p.m.
The Performing Arts Academy has come up with a creative way to reschedule an in-person event. The Performing Arts Academy will celebrate the end of their spring fundraiser and hold their prize drawings, with a sing-a-long on Zoom!
Performing Arts Academy Online
5:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Friday-Tuesday, May 1-5
Before the coronavirus lockdowns, the Reinvent Conference was a place where people could gather to find out creative ways about reinventing their lives, their businesses, and their outlooks on life. Since world events caused the in-person conference to shut down, the leaders at Reinvent decided to…REINVENT!
Check out this 100% online conference, featuring amazing guests in live video interviews with host Beth Jones, over FIVE NIGHTS, to help you reinvent your life in a holistic way. Speakers include innovative entrepreneurs, business professionals, physical health coaches, preachers, authors and more! Every night, you can tune in to sessions you can participate in “live”!
The REINVENTED Reinvent Conference
Nightly, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. (Mountain Time)
Saturday, May 2
VIRTUAL FURRY-SCURRY WALK/RUN
The annual fun-run for homeless pets to benefit the Dumb Friends League will be going virtual this year to keep everyone safe from COVID-19. This means you can sign up for this worthwhile cause and walk ANYwhere you choose!
No need to get up early this year! You can sleep in and still make the walk by taking your dog for a walk around the block, going on a solo jog, or even staying home and running on the treadmill. No matter how you choose to participate, you will be helping homeless pets and horses in the community. You’ll also receive a T-shirt, printable bib, access to a virtual marketplace with exclusive offers from sponsors and vendors, as well as access to a post-event party where participants can pick up their T-shirts, fundraising incentives, and celebrate Furry Scurry on a future date once people can safely gather.
Wherever You Want
7:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
INNER WARRIOR TRAINING
Your inner warrior will thank you for this special online training in the art of Receiving Gracefully and Giving Freely! This powerful workshop is led by MyIntent founder Chris Pan, who will guide you on an epic journey to release stress, find peace, and reach higher levels—all from the comfort of your PJs and living room floor!
The interactive workshop will incorporate music, meditation, journaling, movement, breath work, and some surprises! Featuring a poetry-reading by award-winning poet IN-Q, one of Oprah’s SuperSoul 100 world’s most influential thought leaders and author of new book, Inquire Within.
9:00 – 11:00 a.m. (Mountain Time)
GLOBAL DANCE EXPERIENCE
Make your Saturday morning shine with this energetic yoga to dance to intentional meditation online party! Cuban-American DJ Dude Skywalker will host some Miami Latin house fire while Yogi Karine Plantadit will lead a yoga-into-dance-flow. You’ll be doing the cha cha real smooth with the in-your-living-room dance party! Don’t forget to put some flowers in your hair as the vibe of hot Havana nights gets you moving to the groove!
10:00 – 10:50 a.m., Warmup Yoga-Into-Dance-Flow by Karine Plantadit
10:50 – 11:50 a.m., Guided Dance Party Experience with DJ Dude Skywalker
11:50 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Meditation & Intention Ceremony
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (Mountain Time)
Plenty to Do Near Crystal Valley!
There’s no shortage of things to do near the master-planned community of Crystal Valley! You can get back to nature and still have easy access to all your favorite activities in the Castle Rock area. With beautiful model homes from Richmond American Homes, Century Communities, Kauffman Homes, and D.R. Horton, it’s easy to picture yourself in your own new home, priced from the $300s.