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Hoopla with us this Friday the 13th

Last August, the Independent threw a birthday bash at the park surrounding the Pioneers Museum, across the street from our new building at 235 S. Nevada Ave., to celebrate its 10 years in business.

With the help of Bristol Beer, The Colorado Springs Nonprofit Chamber, 32 Bleu, Clear Channel and the Pioneers Museum, we had a grand time listening to great music and drinking great beer and Pepsi while providing more than 10,000 people the opportunity to learn how to get involved with Colorado Springs nonprofits.

Our 10th Birthday Bash was such a smashing success that the Independent and our community partners are celebrating again. This time we are calling it Hoopla 2004, a free celebration of culture and community, which takes place this Friday, Aug. 13, from 3 to 9 p.m.

I am pleased to welcome Elope Inc. as a new presenting partner of this year's Hoopla. Elope, a thriving international hat and glasses marketing and manufacturing company based in Colorado Springs, is sponsoring an amazing Kids Kalliope, featuring mime and comic extraordinaire Jim Jackson, dancers, stilt walkers, storytellers, karate exhibits, puppet shows and dozens of other fun activities for kids of all ages. At the Hoopla, Elope will also sell their hats, with 100 percent of the proceeds going toward Compassion for Kids, a local nonprofit that helps community kids that are battling cancer.

The Hoopla will also feature the Chamber Nonprofits Summer Volunteer Fair, showcasing how you can get involved with more than 50 local nonprofits. The Pioneers Museum will also have extended hours. While at the Hoopla, explore the museum's Hands on History and These Rare Lands photo exhibits. Admission is free.

At the Hoopla, join us in hoisting a beer to toast the 10th Anniversary of Bristol Beer -- and saluting Mike and Amanda Bristol for all they have done for our community. All proceeds from the Hoopla's Bristol Beer Garden will go to the Independence Community Fund, the Independent's charitable arm.

Now in its fourth year, The Independence Community Fund provides media, technical and cash support to help nurture innovative community-building nonprofits serving the Pikes Peak region. The ICF is in the process of both expanding its mission as well as changing its name to the Independence Community Partnership. Application guidelines for nonprofits seeking support will be published in the Independent in November as well as at www.csindy.com. Applications will be due next January.

Looking forward to seeing you on Friday the 13th.

-- John Weiss

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