• Jeremy Papasso

    Kyle Hollingsworth of the String Cheese Incident, right, and Mike Memsic of the Boulder Beer Company taste their collaboration brew in December of last year.

  • Jeremy Papasso

    Elite racers speed out of the start gate at the West End 3K race on Pearl Street last year.

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The first time I ran the Bolder Boulder, I was completely perplexed and admittedly disgusted at the thought of drinking a beer at the finish line. I was stunned to discover how refreshing it ultimately was and now look forward to my single can of light beer each Memorial Day. So imagine my delight when I hear about the West End 3K — a road race that starts and finishes around a bunch of great bars and is only one-third the distance of the Bolder Boulder! If you haven’t already, try to sneak in a last-minute registration for the race tonight, starting at 6 p.m. in front of the Daily Camera parking lot, 11th Street and Pearl. If you miss the cut-off, stick around anyway for the race day expos and music set up at the race site! Registration is $15 per person.

Register online at boulderroadraces.com.

Nothing says summer like cherries (and maybe watermelon) and Restaurant 4580 , 4580 Broadway Street, is paying homage to the sweet fruit by creating a menu to showcase its versatile taste. Tonight from 5:30-9 p.m., for only $35 per person, dig into a four-course tasting menu featuring items like egg rolls with a cherry coulis, pork belly with butter poached cherries and cherry bread pudding.

Make reservations at restaurant4580.com or by calling 303-448-1500

If your Saturday looks free and clear, it won’t for long. Pencil in the 2nd Annual Kyle’s Brew Fest starting at 2 p.m. at Boulder Beer Brewery, 2880 Wilderness Place. Presented by Kyle Hollingsworth, keyboardist for String Cheese Incident, this year’s charity event is benefitting Conscious Alliance. Tickets are $25 and include a performance from Kyle Hollingsworth Band, a limited edition Kyle’s Brew Fest pint glass, food, and beer from over 25 breweries. Don’t forget to sample Kyle’s new Hoopla Pale Ale!

More info at kylehollingsworth.com.

If you need something to distract yourself from the impending Monday blues, head to Catacombs, 2115 13th Street, for their new Sunday night Cata-roke — karaoke, Catacombs-style. The fun starts at 10 p.m. this Sunday, hosted by Mic C. Enjoy $2 Long Islands to help get the creative juices flowing.

Details at /catacombsbar.net.

Don’t let the long summer days pass you buy! Before you know it, you’ll be bundled up in a big blanket on the couch by 5:30 every night, lamenting the warm, sunny evenings in July. Join the Boulder County Parks and Open Space at Betasso Preserve, off Canyon Loop, next Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. for a free, two-mile hike into the sunset .

Call Larry Colbenson, 303-678-6214 with questions.

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