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Design Our Bag Challenge by The Fresh Market

The Fresh Market is on a nationwide search for a design for its 2016 limited edition reusable shopping bag. They will donate 50 percent of the retail price of each bag sold to No Kid Hungry, with a minimum donation of $150,000. The Fresh Market has raised over $1 million for No Kid Hungry, which works to end childhood hunger in America. Children 15 and under who have a love for both food and art can submit a drawing that answers the question “What is the best thing about The Fresh Market?” The top two artists, voted by The Fresh Market employees, will have their designs printed on reusable shopping bags, which will be sold nationwide. In addition to having their drawings featured on the company’s shopping bag, the winners will each receive a $200 gift card for The Fresh Market.

Hide in Plain Sight’s No Go Gala

This virtual event to support homeless graduating high school seniors with their post-high school education, allows you to give the gift of education while not having to dress up and go out. Hide in Plain Sight helps support homeless high school seniors with their education in a college or vocational school so they can become competitive in the job market and break their cycle of homelessness. The benefit of attending the No Go Gala, a virtual event, is that it eliminates event expenses and it guarantees your money goes directly to students. Plus, every dollar is fully tax deductible.

Design After Dark: AMASS

On February 5, the Design Council of the Denver Art Museum presents Design After Dark: AMASS, the 12th annual celebration of Denver’s most diverse and dynamic design. Inspired by the concept of gathering and collecting, AMASS transforms the conventional into the unconventional as everyday objects are gathered, assembled and re-imagined to create a unique world for guests to explore. Sixteen thoughtfully curated artists, designers and other creatives from Denver and Boulder will construct an exhibition of imaginative, one-of-a-kind artworks for silent auction. Participants include artist Phil Bender, Scott Bennett of Housefish, award-winning sculptor Gail Folwell, woodworker David Kremer and studio and street artist Jaime Molina, among others. Get dressed up and visit the Denver Art Museum for an evening celebrating creativity.

February is Oyster Month at Jax

Jax Fish House and Oyster Bar is celebrating the world’s most amazing mollusk throughout the month of February. There will be weekly specials, contests and giveaways all month long at each Jax store, and each location will be donating a portion of sales to a local charity. You can enjoy weekly specials inspired by oyster-loving cultures from across the globe, as well as an expanded mignonette menu and traditional raw bar offerings. Among these is the Emersum Oyster, cultivated exclusively for Jax Fish House by Virginia’s Rappahannock Oyster Co. This perfectly balanced oyster has consistently sweet, salty and creamy qualities, and is sustainably grown and harvested at a specific point in the Chesapeake Bay. For every Emersum Oyster sold throughout the month, 10 cents will be donated to a local charity. Additionally, each dozen oysters sold will come with a raffle card for guests to fill out. At the end of the month, each store will draw a name and the winner will receive a dozen free oysters of their choice every month for a year.

RollinGreens Hits Whole Foods

RollinGreens, a former Boulder-based food truck operator, has branched out into solely packaged foods with the launch of its first product last March. Since then, Millet Tots, a whole grain take on tater tots, made their debut in the frozen food aisles of local Whole Foods, Alfalfa’s Market, Lucky’s Market and Natural Grocers By Vitamin Cottage stores. RollinGreens has plans to develop a line of packaged foods that are representative of the food truck’s natural, organic and health conscious-focused fare.