1. If you're out for some last-minute holiday necessities, consider heading to Whole Foods Market Pikes Peak (7635 N. Academy Blvd., wholefoodsmarket.com) for 5% Community Day. On Wednesday, July 4, the store will donate that much of its total sales to the American Red Cross Colorado Wildfire Fund.
2. A one-stop shop for monetary donations, McCloskey's Donation Station (McCloskey Suzuki of Southern Colorado, 6710 N. Academy Blvd., tinyurl.com/fbmccloskeydonations) will host stations for the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region, the Pikes Peak Chapter of the American Red Cross, Care and Share Food Bank for Southern Colorado and other charitable organizations from 3 to 7 p.m., Thursday, July 5.
3. They're snazzy, they're only $20, but even better, 100 percent of profits go to Colorado wildfire relief efforts across the state. The much gabbed-about Wild Fire Tees (wildfiretees.com) crew, made up of members of the local design community, sold more than $300,000 worth of shirts in less than a week, and donated more than 570 shirts to firefighters.
4. Head to McCabe's Tavern (520 S. Tejon St., mccabestavern.com) anytime between 3 and 11 p.m. Saturday, July 7, for a day of live music (including the Storys, the West Side Rhythm Kings and others) and an open jam to raise money for local firefighters. While you're there, buy a plate of Green Chili Mac & Cheese for someone on the front lines as part of McCabe's firefighter adoption program.
5. The Hope Photography Project (facebook.com/studion80six), organized in part by Indy photographer Bryan Oller, is a collection of photogs whose mission is to help recapture family moments, via camera, for those who lost photos and albums in the fire. Contact Oller at email@example.com to learn how to help.
6. As of this writing, almost 80 people had lost their jobs due to fire-related troubles in Manitou Springs. Help keep the mountain town's economy afloat by heading there Monday, July 9, for the Manitou Mob (tinyurl.com/fbmanitoumob), devoted to helping sustain local businesses. Starting at noon, whip out your wallet and show some cash love. Shop, eat, stay and play.
7. On Tuesday, July 10, visit any Qdoba Mexican Grill (facebook.com/QdobaMexicanGrill) in the state and donate at least $1 in return for a coupon toward a free order of chips and 3-Cheese Queso. The donations will go to American Red Cross Colorado Wildfires 2012, with Qdoba (a Colorado-based chain) matching up to $50,000 toward a total of $100,000.
The costumes were amazing and added to the brilliant production.
The striking colors and textures are reminiscent of Southern Colorado and New Mexico. Lovely work.