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Briefs | Get tested for HIV on Saturday

Get tested for HIV on Saturday

The Boulder County Aids Project (BCAP) and Boulder County Public Health (BCPH) are teaming up with businesses on Pearl Street to raise awareness for National HIV Testing Day.

On June 4, Pearl Street businesses will encourage the Boulder community to get tested by displaying red ribbons in their storefronts, having their staffs wear red HIV testing T-shirts and ribbons, and in some cases even offering a discount to those who get tested.

While this is the sixth year that BCAP and BCPH have organized the event, it is the first to involve Pearl Street businesses. There are 28 businesses partaking in the event, including Where the Buffalo Roam, Crocs, Left Hand Books, Prana and Ozo Coffee.

BCAP and BCPH will offer the free, anonymous HIV testing to the public from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the BCAP offices, at 2118 14th St. Testing takes roughly 10 minutes and requires a fingerprick procedure.

For more information, visit the events page of BCAP’s website at http://bit.ly/mDEzZF.

SketchAPalooza targets record

A group in Lyons will attempt to break a Guinness World Record for the largest number of people drawing on Etch-a-Sketches at the same time on June 25.

The event, called SketchAPalooza, is part of the local Good Old Days town festival.

Proceeds from SketchAPalooza will be distributed to Lyons schools. Excess or donated Etch-A-Sketches will be cleaned and donated to local schools, The Children’s Hospital and other charitable organizations.

Participants must supply their own Etch-a-Sketches. They are available at the event website for only $10, but must be ordered by June 15 to allow time for delivery. To help set a Guinness World Record, participants are encouraged to register by signing up at www. Sketchapalooza.com. On-site event check-in will run from 9 to 10 a.m. on June 25 at Sandstone Park in Lyons. To earn the world record, participants will all draw the same subject, at the same time, on full-size Etch-a-Sketches. All ages are invited.

Walk and bike this month

Boulder’s 35th annual Walk and Bike Month began on June 1, and more than 1,600 people have registered for Bike to Work Day on June 22.

Community Cycles, a local nonprofit that educates and advocates for the safe use of bicycle transportation, has organized more than 70 biking and pedestrian events for Walk and Bike Month, which is presented by GO Boulder.

Bike to Work Day organizers estimate that 5,000 participants will take part in the event.

Walk and Bike Month began as a single day of bicycling events in 1977 and has grown to a month-long celebration now in its 35th year.

To register for Bike to Work Day, visit www3.drcog.org/biketowork. For a list of Walk and Bike Month events and activities, visit www.communitycycles.org.

The City of Boulder Utilities Division will be hosting a bicycling event as well this month: The 14th Annual Circle Boulder by Bicycle event.

The non-competitive ride will be held on Sunday, June 5, beginning and ending at Scott Carpenter Park.

The ride includes either the 25-mile B-360, which begins between 3 and 3:30 p.m., or the 18-mile B-180, which begins at 3:30 and 4 p.m. For more information, see at http://1.usa.gov/m2c7Pa.

Restorative justice help needed

Boulder County Community Justice Services is seeking volunteers for a restorative justice program designed to help offenders repair harm done to the community. Volunteers work with clients who have committed misdemeanor crimes and have been ordered to do community service with government agencies and nonprofit organizations.

Volunteers may serve as case managers or case assistants in Boulder or Longmont. Both require a six-month commitment and six to eight hours per week during regular business hours.

Case managers assist in matching clients with suitable community service opportunities and monitor clients to ensure they are fulfilling their courtappointed responsibilities. Case assistants help with administrative tasks such as tracking client hours and appointments.

Participants must be 21 or older and have good communication skills and the ability to work effectively with diverse populations.

The deadline to register is June 3. For details and registration information, contact Janice Allan at 303-441-3718 or jallan@bouldercounty.org.

Respond: letters@boulderweekly.com

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