Past events

E.g., Jun 15 2019
June 14, 2019 - 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Grab the family and meet new neighbors at Anythink Backyard Concert Series. Kick off the 2019 series with Union Gray at the one-acre park adjacent to Anythink Wright Farms. You don’t even have to pack your picnic basket – we’ll have food and beverages available for purchase at a minimal price. Delicious beers will be available from our generous sponsor, Periodic Brewing. Food options include Basecamp ProvisionsCorner of Gourmet and Taste of Texas BBQ.

Not only is this a fun, free Friday night – it’s also a fundraiser for the Anythink Foundation. Funds raised through food and beverage sales help Anythink to provide special programs and projects for the community. Supporters can also donate at the show and online here.

The Backyard Concert Series is free and open to the public, from 6:30-8:30 pm, on the second Friday of each month. Food and drinks will be available starting at 5:30 pm.

The Backyard Concert Series is made possible by generous support from community sponsors Xcel EnergyMountain States ToyotaThe Smile GenerationPeriodic BrewingColorado Swim SchoolButler Snow LLPSecure American Insurance and TBK Bank

What can I bring to the Backyard Concert Series?

  • Family & friends – All ages are welcome!
  • Dogs – Woof!
  • Lawn chairs and blankets – Get comfy!
  • Food – We'll have a variety of food trucks, and 10 percent of all food sales benefit the Anythink Foundation.

What should I leave at home?

No outside alcohol is allowed. In order to continue hosting these fun, family-friendly events, we must strictly enforce this policy. Instead, please enjoy the beer and wine available on-site for purchase – it's for a great cause!

About the band 

Union Gray is a grassroots, rockin' country band from Denver. Their brand of country mixes flavors from the red dirt of Oklahoma down to the heart of Texas and up to Nashville. They have shared the the stage as support for artists such as Cody Canada and the Departed, Craig Morgan, Dwight Yoakam and more.

June 14, 2019 - 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

What do you get when you combine food, music and breathtaking magic? Chef Bananas! This interactive magic show will have you dancing and laughing the entire time.  

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Children
June 14, 2019 - 11:30 am to 12:00 pm

Join us for special programs intended for our youngest Anythinkers – the miniThinkers! We’ll provide a space to spend time with your little one in meaningful ways. Be ready to play, read, sing, talk or write as we explore literacy skills. Appropriate for babies and toddlers ages 1-5. No registration required.

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Children, Family
June 14, 2019 - 11:00 am to 11:30 am

Enjoy stories, puppet plays, rhymes and other fun activities that promote early literacy just for preschoolers. Then, stick around for miniThinkers directly after story time for more learning through play. Live goats will visit story time on June 28. Appropriate for kids ages 1-6. No registration required. 

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Story Time
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Children, Family
June 14, 2019 - 10:00 am to 11:00 am

What do you get when you combine food, music and breathtaking magic? Chef Bananas! This interactive magic show will have you dancing and laughing the entire time. Appropriate for kids of all ages. No registration required.

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Children
June 14, 2019 - 10:00 am to 11:00 am

Join us for special programs intended for our youngest Anythinkers- the Minithinkers! We'll provide a place to spend time with your little one in meaningful ways. Be ready to play, read, sing, talk write as we explore early literacy concepts. Appropriate for ages birth-4 years. Registration required. Please visit our online calendar to register.

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June 13, 2019 - 6:00 pm to 6:50 pm

Designer Cris Edwards will guide you through a meditative look at plants and vintage garden ephemera, culminating in a beautiful botanical collage to keep and display. Appropriate for adults. Space is limited; registration is required. 

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Adult
June 13, 2019 - 5:00 pm to 5:05 pm

Would you like pointers on using a new gadget? Need help doing that one crucial thing in Word? Stop by and work one-on-one with our Guide to find solutions for all your technology needs. Best for adults. No registration required; walk-ins encouraged. To schedule an appointment, e-mail Kaelin Alexander at kalexander@anythinklibraries.org.

Please note that the scheduled time is just a placeholder.

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Tech
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Adult, Children, Family, Teen, Tween
June 13, 2019 - 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm

Safely learn the skills required to create a pyrographed (burned) set of wooden coasters. Transfer a pattern using graphite paper, and use simple wood-burning tools to create a one-of-kind gift.

Space is limited, please register.

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Teen
June 13, 2019 - 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Can you survive the LEGO Disaster Mountain challenge? Put your building skills to the test when you work as a team to keep a LEGO mini-figure alive in a simulated Colorado wilderness. This program is intended for kids ages 5-12. Space is limited; registration required. 

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Children
June 13, 2019 - 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

What do you get when you combine food, music and breathtaking magic? Chef Bananas! This interactive magic show will have you dancing and laughing the entire time. Appropriate for kids ages 5-12. No registration required.

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Children
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June 13, 2019 - 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Can you survive the LEGO Disaster Mountain challenge? Put your building skills to the test when you work as a team to keep a LEGO mini-figure alive in a simulated Colorado wilderness. Appropriate for all ages. No registration required.

This event will take place at:

Berkeley Village
5400 Sheridan Blvd.
Arvada, CO 80002

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Children, Family, Tween
June 13, 2019 - 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm

Strum, beat and play your way through the Swallow Hill Music Instrument Petting Zoo. Try out ukuleles, hand drums, guitars, mandolins, banjos, fiddles, mini-pianos and more. Appropriate for ages 12 and up.

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Teen
June 13, 2019 - 9:30 am to 10:30 am

Can you survive the LEGO Disaster Mountain challenge? Put your building skills to the test when you work as a team to keep a LEGO mini-figure alive in a simulated Colorado wilderness. Appropriate for all ages. No registration required.

This event will take place at:

Suncor Boys & Girls Club
6201 Holly St.
Commerce City, CO 80022

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Children, Family, Tween
June 13, 2019 - 8:00 am to 12:30 pm

Registration for this event is currently full. Please email Seth.Henderson@aspeninstitute.org for inquiries. 

PLEASE NOTE: The timing of this event has changed. Doors open at 8 am; opening remarks from Governor Polis begin at 8:30 am.

Denver's tech industry is booming, but is it benefitting everyone? Whether you believe that this new economic growth is ideal for our community or you're concerned that it's contributing to ripple effects like housing displacement and inequity, you're invited to take a seat at the table for Better Arguments: Tech Boom Tensions

Presented by Anythink, the Aspen Institute, Allstate, and Facing History and Ourselves, Better Arguments: Tech Boom Tensions is a gathering designed to help bridge ideological divides – not by papering over those divides but by teaching Americans how to have better arguments. This convening of a wide range of Denver-area residents will discuss opportunities and challenges related to the tech boom. Attendess will have the opportunity to engage each other in healthy dialogue to address tensions related to the tech boom in a rapidly changing region. The morning program will include remarks by local and national leaders, facilitated conversations and interactive training, as well as invitations to participate in follow-up sessions.

Attendees are encouraged to pitch action ideas – selected participants will receive seed funding for their ideas from the Better Arguments Project. 

Featured speakers include: 

  • Governor Jared Polis, Governor of Colorado
  • Sam Bailey, Vice President of Economic Development at the Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation
  • Roger Brooks, President & CEO of Facing History and Ourselves
  • Dr. Lisa Calderón, Professor at Regis University
  • Tamara Chuang, Journalist at The Colorado Sun
  • Danielle Lammon, Allstate Agency Owner
  • Eric Liu, Executive Director of the Citizenship & American Identity Program at the Aspen Institute 
  • Pam Sandlian Smith, Director of Anythink Libraries 

This is the second event of its kind as part of a national project. Refreshments and lunch will be provided. Learn more and register at http://bit.ly/arguebetter

 

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Adult
June 12, 2019 - 5:00 pm to 5:05 pm

Whether you’re writing an important e-mail for work, an essay for college admissions, or a paper for class, let our guide help you translate your ideas onto the page. Learn research, drafting, and proofreading techniques, or simply receive one-on-one editing and advice that will make your writing more effective for a variety of objectives. Best for teens through adults. To schedule an appointment, email Kaelin Alexander at kalexander@anythinklibraries.org.

Please note that the scheduled time is just a placeholder.

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Adult, Teen, Tween
June 12, 2019 - 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm

What – and who – is necessary to make a good video game? In this monthly series, learn all about the principles of game design. Then, bring those ideas to digital life through a variety of illustration, coding, and storytelling activities. Best for tweens and teens. Space is limited; registration encouraged. Please visit our online calendar to register.

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Teen
June 12, 2019 - 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Have fun with mini-motors while designing your own dancing robot from scratch. Make a circuit, solder and create with scientists from Eurekus! Appropriate for students in grades 6-12. Space is limited; registration is required.

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Teen, Tween
June 12, 2019 - 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Safely learn the skills required to create a pyrographed (burned) set of wooden coasters. Transfer a pattern using graphite paper, and use simple wood-bruning tools to create a one-of-a-kind gift. Appropriate for students in grades 6-12. Space is limited; registration is required.

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Teen, Tween
June 12, 2019 - 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Can you survive the LEGO Disaster Mountain challenge? Put your building skills to the test when you work as a team to keep a LEGO mini-figure alive in a simulated Colorado wilderness. Appropriate for all ages. No registration required.

This event will take place at:

North Creek Farms
E. 166th Ave. & Hwy. 7/160th Ave.
Brighton, CO 80602

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Children, Family, Tween
June 12, 2019 - 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Put on your thinking caps and fly into a summer full of aerospace excitement. As the next generation of space travelers and pilots emerge, learn what it takes to get off the ground and fly. This series will have you applying your STEM skills to create your own spacecraft replica.

Space is limited, please register.

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Teen, Tween
June 12, 2019 - 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm

Can you survive the LEGO Disaster Mountain challenge? Put your building skills to the test when you work as a team to keep a LEGO mini-figure alive in a simulated Colorado wilderness. Appropriate for all ages. No registration required.

This event will take place at:

Danahy Park
Livingston Dr. & Roseanna Dr.
Northglenn, CO 80234

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Children, Family, Tween
June 12, 2019 - 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Come learn how to make the food of the Aztec gods – guacamole! Another food of the gods, hot chocolate, will be on hand for those looking for the sweeter side of life. Best for elementary, tween and and teens. Space is limited; registration encouraged. Please visit our online calendar to register.

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Children
June 12, 2019 - 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Join us on Wednesdays to explore science, technology, engineering, art, and math. This program is intended for school-aged kids. 

June 12: Meet the Animals with The Jungle Lady 

June 19: Bubble Magic with betterish 

June 26: DIY Robots and Battle Royale 

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Children
June 12, 2019 - 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Join us for special programs intended for our youngest Anythinkers- the miniThinkers! We’ll provide a space to spend time with you little ones in meaningful ways.  This summer we are exploring themes based on exhibits at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. Be ready to play, read, sing, talk or write as we explore early literacy skills based around these themes. Wear clothes that can get messy. Appropriate for ages 0-5.  No registration required.

June 5 - North American Indian Culture
June 12 - Gems and Minerals
June 19 - Dinosaurs
June 26 - Ancient Egypt

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Children
June 12, 2019 - 10:30 am to 11:30 am

Join us for special programs intended for our youngest Anythinkers- the miniThinkers! We’ll provide a space to spend time with you little ones in meaningful ways.  This summer we are exploring themes based on exhibits at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. Be ready to play, read, sing, talk or write as we explore early literacy skills based around these themes. Wear clothes that can get messy. Appropriate for ages 0-5.  No registration required.

June 5 - North American Indian Culture
June 12 - Gems and Minerals
June 19 - Dinosaurs
June 26 - Ancient Egypt

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Children
June 12, 2019 - 10:30 am to 11:30 am

Cabin, fort, tent, secret clubhouse, hideaway – no matter what you call it, let your imagination take over as you use common materials to build unique and cozy spaces. Appropriate for ages 5 through 12. Space is limited; registration required. Please visit our online calendar to register.

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Children
June 12, 2019 - 10:30 am to 11:30 am

Join us for special programs intended for our youngest Anythinkers – the miniThinkers. Geared for children up to 5-years-old, Anythink’s miniThinker program is designed to create opportunities for caregivers to spend time with younger children in meaningful ways. Explore early literacy through interactive experiences and be ready to move, build and create.

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