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FRONT PAGE NEWS: Festivals Fill Out The Summer Season

The 49th annual Carnation Festival features a carnival, parade and fun to spotlight the people and community culture that has helped put Wheat Ridge on the map. PHOTO COURTESY CARNATION FESTIVAL.

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FRONT PAGE NEWS: Flock Of Festivals Come To 40 West Art District

Watch artists paint murals like this one – live – at MuralFest at Lamar Plaza on Aug. 11, also featuring children’s activities, free trolley rides, art demonstrations and even graffiti painting. PHOTO DAVE REIN/COURTESY 40 WEST ARTS.

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PEOPLE YOU SHOULD KNOW: Joe DeMott: Serving The Community, In Every Sense Of The Word

Working for his father at Pietra’s Pizzeria since his teen years, public servant and community volunteer Joe DeMott now owns and manages the establishment, which his father opened in 1964. PHOTO COURTESY DEMOTT FAMILY.

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PEOPLE YOU SHOULD KNOW: Community Booster Grant Babb: Promoting Edgewater Community

"Edgewater is a real small town, where neighbors know each other and each other’s kids,” says Grant Babb, owner of Joyride Brewing and an Edgewater resident since 2009. “My kids are safe riding their bikes down the street.” PHOTO BY LAURIE DUNKLEE

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Proud Souls Barbecue, 2485 N. Federal Blvd., is offering two cooking classes this month.

“Holiday Turkey & Prime Rib” with special guest chef Jason Ganahl of GQue BBQ is Saturday, Nov. 18. For $75, guests learn tips and tricks on how to craft that perfect Thanksgiving turkey and holiday prime rib, everything from sourcing, brine, injections, seasoning, cooking and tasting. Outside of sampling everything we cook, light snacks and beverages will be available throughout. Sign up soon, space is limited.

“The Basics: Pork Ribs 101” takes place Wednesday, Nov. 29. For $50, guests learn the tricks of making mouth-watering, tender barbecued ribs, with an in-depth and hands-on view of the subject matter such as lighting the pit, sourcing, hog anatomy, seasoning, smoke, saucing (or not), slicing and tasting. A full barbecue meal will be served at the end of the class.

For more information or to sign up, visit the "QU" classes page at www.proudsoulsbbq.com.