What a wonderful weekend!
I took my own advice and spent the majority of my weekend indulging around Downtown Boulder. Had a few well-deserved margs at Tahona, celebrated a friend's birthday with a turtle sundae (chocolate sauce on the side) at Boulder Cafe and snuck a little writing and good coffee in at The Cup. Pretty awesome. But the highlight of my weekend was crossing an item off of my bucket list by buying a ticket to see a film at The Boulder International Film Festival.
On Saturday night, I sat down in a pew at the First United Methodist Church and watched as the images of the film, "Hand Held" flashed across the screen. The film paints a pretty vivid picture of the devastating pediatric AIDS crisis that hit the children of Romania in the late 80's/early 90's. The hero of the film is Mike Caroll, a photo-journalist with a bleeding heart from New England, who is so affected by the horror and devastation he encounters inside of the poverty stricken and highly infected orphanages in Romania, that he creates Romanian Children's Relief to offer whatever help and connections he can, to the sick children on the other side of his camera lens. Caroll's philosophy follows the idea that one person can't change the world, but a lot of people working toward one common goal, can. So having been inspired by the message of this film, I'd like to inspire you-- people of Boulder, and give you the low-down on some great upcoming events and organizations in Downtown Boulder, that you can support locally and do your part make a difference.
1.) Downtown Boulder Inc., is our non-profit organization that is committed to supporting other local non-profits, while promoting Downtown businesses. Fashion Under the Flatirons, on March 10, is one of DBI's events held each year with 50% of net proceeds from the event benefiting There With Care. The fashion show features clothing, shoes and accessories from many downtown merchants as well as drinks and appetizers from several downtown restaurants. Get your tickets now at the Boulder Theater. (To check out other upcoming Downtown Boulder Events, visit www.boulderdowntown.com).
2.) Dining out Days is a unique fundraiser for Boulder County Aids Project beginning on March 1, at Sushi Tora, with 15% of dinner sales for that evening being donated to BCAP. Dining Out Days will continue once a month in through 2011, with participating restaurants including: The West End Tavern, Black Cat and Tahona, each donating aportion of their dinner sales for one night.
3.) On March 11, at 6:00 p.m. at the Boulder Arts and Crafts Co-Op, The Carriage House and Community Table has organized an art show to showcase work by The Carriage House Art Therapy Group, a group of homeless artists that meet once a week at the shelter. The artwork will be for sale, with all proceeds going to The Carriage House and Community Table.
4.) This March is the 13th Annual Oyster Month at Jax Fish House, with tons of great specials and fun events like an oyster eating contest and a five course shell dinner. Oyster Month benefits EFAA, (Emergency Family Assistance Association), a Boulder organization that assists families, people with disabilities and seniors meet their basic needs.
And these are just a few ways to help out. Other Downtown organizations such as Parenting Place, the YWCA, Bikes Belong, BMoCA and eTown also need support--whether it be donating items, money or simply donating your time-- help is always appreciated.
So I leave you with this, people of Boulder: While I still urge you to get down with the get down, and get yourselves to Downtown...consider making March the month that you visit Downtown for a good cause. Check out the different events going on and find out which of your favorite retail shops and restaurants are doing their part to support local non-profit organizations. It'll be good for your conscience and your karma, which will make you forget what it's doing to your waistline and wallet.
Love, Peace, and Energy Star Fluorescent Light,