christy fantz
Christy Fantz

What would we do without Etsy?

I'll tell you what. I'd be down three octopus necklaces and that would blow.

The online marketplace -- housing an array of handmade crafts -- turns seven on June 18. Aw. I wonder if it still wets the bed.

The Denver Public Library, 10 W. 14th Ave., Denver, is hosting a craft-filled celebration for the Brooklyn-based company on Sunday.

This year, the library's annual crafting party will draw its inspiration from Paris with the Etsy Crafting Party: Bonjour Paris. There will be free crafting stations, a double feature of "Moulin Rouge" and "Amelie" as well as snacks and drinks.

The shindig, from 1-5 p.m. Sunday, will offer activities and workshops highlighting some off that sexy Parisian culture:

We like our nuts toasty: That's not the name of the workshop, but you know Fantz. At 1:30 p.m., a chef will demonstrate how to roast your own chestnuts -- a French street vendor classic. Register online or at 720-865-1206.

On the streets: Sessions at 2, 3 and 4 p.m. will host "C'est Si Bon, Street Scene," where you can add your own artistic touch to a large scene based on Paris street art. The 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. sessions are full. Register online for the 3 p.m. session or call 720-865-1206.

After you're done crafting like it's hot, head over to Le Central, 112 E. 8th Ave., Denver, to gnaw on some affordable French food for Sunday brunch. The crepes are stupid good.


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Unless, of course, you're going to the Nickelback show at the Pepsi Center on Sunday... In that case, muster up some strength to punch yourself in the face. If you need help, I'll be at the bar.

Info: Sunday 1 p.m.-5 p.m.; Central Library, Level B2 Conference Center; denverlibrary.org/fresh; 720-865-1206; free, but registration encouraged.

Oh, Highlands

I live south of the Highlands in Denver.

Nope. Not what you think.

Not in the neighborhood where the gluttonous mansions are littered with au pairs carting carting toddlers in a custom prams (trailed by a pair of yellow Labs). That's not where I live.

My humble shack sits in the Jefferson Park district -- Mile High, Denver Aquarium, Platte River -- where the patchy lawns mingle with boarded windows. (Oh it's not that bad. At least my rent is less than a pair of Highlands yoga pants.)

Say what I will about the quaint, historic northwest Denver neighborhood, but who doesn't have a good time at a street fair? (Besides that shithead who won't shut up about the heat.)

Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., the Highlands Street Fair will be on 32nd Avenue between Perry and Julian Streets.

The fair will have the usual street fare garb: beer gardens, food courts, artisans, vendors and probably three million food and cupcake trucks. (You don't own one? You are so passe.)

There will also be a classic car show and two stages featuring live music from the likes of Yo, Flaco! (what? Last I saw those acid-jazz emcees was like 2001), Denver southern rockers Dyrty Byrds, songwriter Nina Storey and Juice from New Orleans.

Info: Saturday 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m.; free; highlands-square.com/streetfair