Oktoberfest at Upslope — We’re hosting our own Oktoberfest during GABF week; 4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 1, Upslope Brewing Company (Flatiron Park), 1898 S. Flatiron Court, Boulder; free.
Mad About Hula Hoops — Get an incredible workout while having a blast with the perfect upbeat, aerobic workout to improve balance, flexibility and core strength. No hula hooping experience necessary; 6:30 p.m., Oct. 1, Manhattan School of the Arts, 290 Manhattan Drive, Boulder; $89; 720-561-5968.
Tuesday Morning Open Sew — Join us for a casual sew with a coach sewing session. Bring current projects and get help or just sew in the company of friends. Feel free to bring snacks or lunch. Please register to reserve your spot. Attendees receive a 10% discount on sales during Open Sew; 11 a.m., Oct. 1, Fabricate, 2017 17th St., Boulder.
Robert Merry: “America’s Problematic Meritocratic Elite” — American author and journalist Robert Merry will be speaking about America’s problematic elite and how it relates to the 2016 election outcome; 5:30 p.m., Oct. 1, Eaton Humanities at The University of Colorado Boulder, 1610 Pleasant St., Boulder; free.
Backcountry Tents and Sleep Systems — In this hands-on workshop, experience many different tents sleeping bags and more to discover the most comfortable sleeping set-up. We’ll provide all of the equipment. No experience necessary; 6 p.m., Oct. 1, Rayback Collective, 2775 Valmont Road, Boulder.
Silke Otto-Knapp, Visiting Artist Lecture — Silke Otto-Knapp was born in Osnabrück, Germany in 1970. She earned a master’s from Chelsea College of Art and Design in London, and a degree in Cultural Studies from the University of Hildesheim, Germany. Known for her crepuscular landscapes and figurative tableaux that engage with the history of painting, Otto-Knapp’s signature style employs subtle washes of watercolor, slowly built up layer by layer on the surface of the canvas to create form; 6:30 p.m., Oct. 1, Visual Arts Complex, Boulder.
Patti Ashley: “Letters to Freedom” — Grief has taken Patti Ashley on a magical mystery ride for the past fifty years. After losing her father at age eleven, her marriage in her thirties, and the love of her life in her fifties, Ashley decided to go to graduate school to learn how to help others grieve. “Letters to Freedom” is a love letter to relationship, confusion, and loss; 7:30 p.m., Oct. 1, Boulder Book Store, 1107 Pearl St., Boulder; $5.
Tinker Time: Art & Play! — Join us for our drop in art class for children ages 18 months to 5 years old. Children will enjoy painting with temperas, playing in our sand trays, squishing water beads, making a collage and more; 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2, Tinker Art Studio, 693B S. Broadway, Boulder; $12-$55; 303-503-1902.
REI Campfire Sessions: Basic Knots for Backpacking — Join REI experts to learn some basic knots you may find useful on your next backpacking or camping adventure (Note: These are not life-saving knots); 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 2, REI Boulder, 1789 28th St., Boulder; free; 303-583-9970.
Donation-Based Yoga — noon, Wednesday, Oct. 2, Frog Pose Yoga, 2900 Valmont F1, Boulder; free; 970-408-1902.
Beers+Cameras — Talk photography, show photographs, meet photographers, drink beer, be happy and creative; 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2, Backcountry Pizza, 2319 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder; $10; 720-982-9237.
Wild & Edible Plant Walk — The urban landscape in Boulder is full of plants that can be eaten and made into teas. Join local plant experts for a one-hour walk along Boulder Creek to focus on plant identification, talk about the natural versus artificial presence of plants, and collect and spread seeds of wild edible species; 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2, Boulder Public Library, 1001 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder; free.