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Fat Tuesday at Opus/Aria, A Chocolate Affair; Best Carrot Cake in Boulder

CHERRY CREEK – On Tuesday, February 12, from 5:30 to 8:30, Opus/Aria will host So Rewarding, a cause-focused social network that integrates giving into daily activities. The event at Opus is an opportunity to celebrate Fat Tuesday and help Project Angel Heart, the chosen charity for the event. Tickets are $15 and include two drinks and appetizers. For more information, call 303.355.5853. [Eaterwire]

ARVADA– On Saturday, February 9 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m., join the 12th annual Arvada Chocolate Affair, an event that includes tastings, a treasure hunt, cookie contest and activities for children, Proceeds benefit Ralston House, a child advocacy and resource center for kids who have been abused. For more information, call 303.420.6100 or go to arvadafestivals.com. [Eaterwire]

BOULDER Local Table Tours is hosting a Carrot Cake Throw-Down on Sunday, February 10, at 1 p.m. at Savory Spice Shop in Boulder. Competitors include The Cup, Kim & Jake's Cakes, Spruce Confections, Lucky's Bakehouse, The Tasterie Truck, Shamane's Bake Shoppe and Tee & Cakes. Judges include Top Chef winner Hosea Rosenberg, as well as Savory Spice Shop owner Dan Hayward, among others. Winners will be decided via judges' and popular votes. [Eaterwire]

LAKEWOODEinstein Bros. Bagels and Noah's New York Bagels are celebrating National Bagel Day this Saturday, February 9 by offering a free bagel and shmear to customers that purchase any size coffee or espresso. The promotion will last all day on Saturday, February 9, at participating locations or until supplies last. [Eaterwire]

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