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It's 4/20 everywhere

Though I was tempted to make some kind of April 20-themed math joke — one-fifth, anyone? — it seems better I just throw out this roundup of events celebrating the marijuana "holiday."

• The party in the park from Sub Culture Entertainment & Promotions is back for its second year. Starting at 1 p.m., Friday, April 20, Field of Dreamz — "a [free], all day Cultural Awareness Event and Music Festival" — is once again filling America the Beautiful Park (126 Cimino Drive) with live entertainment from acts like Melting Temple, the Knight Beats and Axiom Trio; educational lectures from folks like Dr. Bruce Reimers; and all the trade and informational booths you can handle.

And unlike the Denver gathering at Civic Center Park, it's a non-smoking event. Which is probably good — the weather was pretty shaky last year, and as of press time was forecasted to be cloudy and windy again.

• If you're into helping raise money, the inaugural Cannabis for the Cure walk (cannabisforthecure.com) kicks off at 12:30 p.m. on the 20th.

"The purpose of this walk is to unite all the Colorado Springs dispensaries around cannabis as a medicine, and to raise money for research," writes walk organizer Ashley Knutson in an e-mail. "It is my intention that the public will view this event as an opportunity to support medical cannabis in their community and have a better idea of why we do what we do. (care for sick people)."

It's $10 to participate; registration for the 1.3-mile trek opens at noon at the gazebo near the swimming pool in Monument Valley Park. The route finishes at America the Beautiful Park; proceeds benefit Cannabis Science, a Springs-based research and advocacy company.

• 6 p.m., Wednesday, April 18, brings the last night of the Cannabis Revival Film Festival (cannabisrevivalfilmfestival.com), a Denver-based fundraiser for Greenfaith Ministry. At Casselman's Bar & Venue (2620 Walnut St., cannabisrevivalfilmfestival.com), the eager attendee will find screenings of films like Super High Me, a performance by members of the band The Human Revolution and more. Tickets are $40.

Boulder busting

Following up on a report by Boulder's Daily Camera that the University of Colorado-Boulder would be cracking down on those looking to gather on Norlin Quad on April 20 — as 10,000 people or so often do annually — Westword says the college won't be as harsh as described.

"We haven't used the word 'crackdown,'" said college spokesman Bronson Hilliard to Michael Roberts. "Some people might characterize it as a crackdown, but a crackdown to me is police in riot gear busting heads, and we're not going to get anywhere near that."

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