Summer Guide 2012: Things to do June 21-27

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We released our 2012 Summer Guide in June, including hundreds of events and opportunities to escape both in the city and in the great outdoors. Each Thursday, we'll roll out the best things to do this week, making it easier for you to plan your summer. Among this week's listings are the Westword Music Showcase, the Greeley Stampede and Bike to Work Day. For a full guide of things to do in and around Denver, consult westword.com/calendar.

This week in the Denver area:

Aspen Environment Forum: Living in the New Normal: A forum examining how the planet is adapting to climate change, how humans are adapting it, and how such adaptation does not mean acceptance. June 22-25, Colo. 82, Aspen, www.aspenenvironment.org.

Aspen Ideas Festival: Lectures, presentations, debates, and panel discussions designed to present ideas that matter. June 27-July 3, Colo. 82, Aspen, www.aifestival.org.

Aspen Summer Words 2012: Solazu: A literary festival celebrating stories from Latin America and the Caribbean. Featuring lectures from a variety of writers, including Edqidge Danticat, Luis Urrea, Daniel Alarcon, Francisco Goldman, and others. Through June 22, Colo. 82, Aspen, 970-925-3122, www.aspenwriters.org.

Bike to Work Day: Instead of driving, ride your bike. Wed., June 27, Denver metro area, www3.drcog.org/biketowork 303-832-2700.

Cherry Blossom Festival: A festival celebrating Japanese American culture and heritage with taiko drumming, traditional food and drink, martial arts, and more. June 23-24, free, Sakura Square, 19th and Lawrence streets, Denver, 303-295-0305 www.cherryblossomdenver.org.

Climb4Life: Rock climbing, hiking, yoga, skills clinics, and other activities designed to empower women and raise public awareness of ovarian cancer. Presented by HERA Womens Cancer Foundation. June 22-23, $75, www.herfoundation.org. Boulder Rock Club, 2829 Mapleton Ave., Boulder, 303-447-2804, www.totalclimbing.com/page.php.

Colorado Brewers Festival: Featuring over 70 beers from 40 Colorado breweries with live music and more. June 23-24, $20, Civic Center Park, Mason and Laporte, Fort Collins.

Colorado Rockies vs. Washington Nationals: Tue., June 26, 6:40 p.m.; Wed., June 27, 6:40 p.m.; Thu., June 28, 1:10 p.m., $7.95. Coors Field, 2001 Blake St., Denver, 303-292-0200, colorado.rockies.mlb.com/.

Crested Butte Restaurant Week: A week-long highlight of the best meals local eateries and lodging establishments have to offer. Through June 22, $8.85-$88.85, Crested Butte Mountain Resort, Crested Butte, 800-814-7988, www.crestedbuttechamber.com.

Donkey Derby Days: A festival celebrating Cripple Creek quirkiness, featuring a race honoring the towns resident donkey herd. June 23-24, www.visitcripplecreek.com.
Cripple Creek, 67, Cripple Creek, www.cripple-creek.co.us.

Enduro # 1: Thu., June 21. Keystone Resort, 6, I-70 exit 205, Dillon, 800-468-5004, www.keystoneresort.com.

Feed Me Seymour: A selection of live comedy, acting, and musical performances by members of the Physically Handicapped Actors & Musical Artists League. All proceeds benefit PHAMALY. Fri., June 22, 7-10:30 p.m., $70, History Colorado Center, 1200 Broadway, Denver, 303-447-8679, www.phamaly.org.

Find more things to do June 21-27 on the next page.

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