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WHICH MUSEUMS ARE PARTICIPATING? Denver Arts Week features more than 300 events across the city and in museums throughout the Front Range. For more information on events happening from Nov. 2-10, go to the Visit Denver site at denver-arts-week/. On Nov. 3, the following museums will offer free admission from 5 to 10 p.m. Free shuttle information and routes to the museums can be found on the Visit Denver website. • Denver Museum of Nature and Science, 2001 Colorado Blvd.,


CULTURE Museums, theater companies and galleries participate in Denver Arts Week. The event helps to promote the arts and cultures venues available throughout the city. COURTESY OF VISIT DENVER

City museums, galleries offer special events, discounts Staff Report Arts organizations across the Front Range will be celebrating the 12th annual Denver Arts Week this month. From theater to museums and local galleries, Denverites can get their art fix with free days and discounts from Nov. 2-10. Many theaters, such as the Colorado Symphony and the Newman Center at the University of Denver, are offering discounted tickets. And galleries are having sales on art pieces starting at $52.80. Over the last decade, Denver Arts Week programming has expanded to include all genres of art, said Jayne Buck, the vice president of tourism at Visit Denver. The event also helps to bring awareness and new audiences to the organizations that participate, she added. “Denver Arts Week is the one time of the year to focus on the wide variety of arts and culture that we all have right in our own backyards,” Buck said. “Visit Denver invests in the marketing that targets the metro area and the region to increase awareness

of the city’s vibrant arts and culture, and Denver Arts Week programming generates new audiences for the participating organizations, events and galleries.” Many local neighborhoods will have special First Friday events during Denver Arts Week, including the Santa Fe Arts District, which will feature an inaugural parade on Nov. 2 for Dia de los Muertos. The Golden Triangle, Tennyson Street and River North will have First Friday events as well. In addition to arts week events, Denver is hosting the annual Denver Film Festival, which runs through Nov. 11. This is the 41st year, and it is being held at the Sie Film Center at 2510 E. Colfax Ave. and other venues around the city. Visit Denver Fashion Week will also have events throughout the city from Nov. 4-11. Denver Fashion Week has events in fall and spring. The November event will include several workshops, as well as fashion shows highlighting local designers, hair and a show for teens and children. Workshops will be held at the McNichols Civic Center

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This project on East 12th Avenue and Grant Street is one of several new developments going into the Capitol Hill area. Having more apartments available can bring down rent costs, said Curt Upton, a principal planner with the city of Denver. KAILYN LAMB

As developers build for more people, residents wonder what density will mean By Kailyn Lamb


enver is booming. The skyline is dotted with cranes assembling buildings that seemingly grow overnight. And more people are coming in to fill those buildings. Over the last 10 years, more than 100,000 people have moved to Denver County, according to data from the city and state. The growth of the city has some residents concerned about density as developers eye projects that will add more people — and mostly likely more cars — to areas like Capitol Hill that already struggle with parking. New development also has the potential to take away historic buildings, which residents worry will diminish the character of Capitol Hill and the surrounding neighborhoods.

Growth in Denver In 2008, data from the state shows that the population of Denver County was 581,903. Now, the population of the city is sitting at around 705,000 people, estimated David Gaspers, a project manager for Blueprint Denver. Blueprint Denver was first adopted in 2002 to help the city plan for growth and new transportation. As part of the new Denveright initiative, which was announced by the city in August, Blueprint Denver has been updated to bring the city forward over the next 20 years. The plan estimates that Denver’s population will hit nearly 900,000 people by 2040. The plan is meant to help prepare for that growth strategically, with new developments centered around transit stations, Gaspers said. SEE GROWTH, P5

DENSITY AND POLICING Added density in east central Denver adds to the work of the Denver Police Department (DPD), which manages not only crime in the area, but parking as well. Officers are responsible for checking parking regularly. There are pros and cons to having more density, said Aaron Sanchez, a commander with District 6 of the DPD. A denser and more centralized district means that police can often respond to crimes faster. It also means that officers can use different methods of patrolling, such as bicycles, Sanchez said. “It gives us the opportunity to do some different kinds of policing,” he said. But there are problems too. The east

central area of Denver not only has a lot of residents, but it also has a high concentration of bars, Sanchez said. While its good that more people are starting to use ride-share companies such as Uber instead of driving drunk, Sanchez said, there’s also the logistics of where those cars go in order to not block traffic. Sanchez said that District 6 officers have been working with other districts that have seen similar density increases in order to see what was done well and what could have been done differently. District 6 currently covers East Sixth Avenue over to East 25th Avenue. On the east and west sides it goes from York Street over to the South Platte River in some areas.

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Around 49,000 people live in the east central area of Denver, which includes the Capitol Hill, Uptown, City Park, City Park West, Cheesman Park and Congress Park neighborhoods. While this seems like a lot, a city planning document for the area shows that the neighborhoods hover between 0-7 people per acre in areas like City Park, and 35-41 people per acre in the denser neighborhood of Capitol Hill. Historically, these neighborhoods sat at peak density in the 1950s when the population was 49-55 people per acre in Capitol Hill and Uptown, the document shows. The populations decreased as many people started moving toward the suburbs in the 1970s, Gaspers said. In the 1990s, those numbers started to slowly tick back up again. Although the density was higher, residents of Capitol Hill didn’t have quite the same struggle with issues like parking that they do today, Gaspers said. Part of that is because the Denver of 1950 had more of a focus on mass transportation, such as the streetcar system. “So the density worked because the transportation system was built for that,” he said. “The transportation network hasn’t always kept up with the additional population.” The Regional Transportation District (RTD) has been focusing on building light rail systems out into the Denver metro area, and the city itself has fallen behind. This is something that Denveright and the Blueprint Denver plans hope to address, Gaspers said. The number of people in the area may be smaller than the days of Capitol Hill’s past, but several of the residents are feeling the pinch of density, speaking out at city outreach meetings for potential redevelopments. Barbara Steely has lived in Capitol Hill with her husband since 2012. They live in a historic home and attended a meeting for a potential rezoning of the plot of land at 900 E. 11th Ave. which was formerly a Whole Foods. Steely had concerns about adding large developments, saying they would ruin the character of the area. “I feel that Capitol Hill is already dense. Just because things aren’t 10 stories tall doesn’t mean they’re not dense,” Steely said. “The context of the neighborhood is not some big mega development.” Incoming developments Several projects are already underway in east central Denver, including buildings at Speer Boulevard and East 14th Avenue, East 12th Avenue and Grant Street and on East Seventh Avenue and


“I think certainly this is a major property in the neighborhood. We didn’t want to start the process and just pretend that the neighbors didn’t have any stake in the game.”

Blueprint Denver was first adopted by the city in 2002 and has been updated this year as part of the Denveright plan. Blueprint looks at city planning and transportation and how to strategically place developments as Denver continues to grow. To learn more about the Blueprint plan visit

— Doug Antonoff Doug Antonoff held a public meeting with residents of Capitol Hill to see if there was any interest in rezoning the Whole Foods building he owns on East 11th Avenue. The store closed last year, but still holds a lease on the building. COURTESY OF DOUG ANTONOFF

The Whole Foods property at 900 E. 11th Ave. has been vacant for one year. Doug Antonoff, who owns the building, has been doing outreach to the community to see what people may be interested in putting there. KAILYN LAMB Logan Street. Two new projects in Capitol Hill recently did community outreach on potential rezonings with the city and local residents. One project is hoping to rezone several parking lots on Sherman Street from Colfax Avenue over to East 20th Avenue. The project will be mixed-use, with retail and residential in the building, which is proposed for the corner of East 16th Avenue and Sherman Street. Some of those residences are planned to be affordable units. Tryba Architects, which helped with the design process of the development held a community outreach meeting with residents on Sept. 11. David Tryba said during the meeting that a rezoning for this project will help bring some consistency into an area that currently has five different kinds of zoning. Tryba Architects did not respond to a request for comment on the project. The second community outreach meeting was for the Whole Foods space, which drew nearly 100 people, including the Steeleys, on Oct. 9. Doug Antonoff, whose family owns the building, is sitting between a rock and a hard place. Whole Foods still holds a lease on the building, but currently has no plans to use the space

after its store there closed last November, Antonoff said. With no future plans, the building runs the risk of being empty for the next 13 years until the store’s lease expires. “There’s no question that that is bad for everybody,” Antonoff said. Whole Foods did not respond to a request for comment on the building. So Antonoff decided to reach out to the community. His hope is that if he can get enough community support behind a redevelopment project, he can present those plans to Whole Foods as leverage to do something with the space. The idea he presented at the community meeting was to rezone the 1.3-acre spot to allow for five stories, with the bottom floor for retail and the rest for residential units. “I think certainly this is a major property in the neighborhood,” he said. “We didn’t want to start the process and just pretend that the neighbors didn’t have any stake in the game.” The meeting brought in mixed results, with some members of the community applauding Antonoff for his efforts to bring residents into the planning process. Others, like Barbara Steely, thought that redevelopment could be accomplished without rezoning and adding the extra floors.

David Gaspers, a project manager with Blueprint Denver, said the city also does planning by individual neighborhoods. This helps planners see how the neighbhorhood has changed over the years, and shows what types of infastructure it may need to continue to grow. More information on the east central Denver area plan can be found at eastcentralplan.

“I don’t think there’s an adversity to density necessarily,”

— Barbara Steely, community member

Weighing the benefits Overall, Steely is not against adding density to the area, she just hopes that developers are conscientious of the historic fabric of the neighborhoods. “I don’t think there’s an adversity to density necessarily,” she said. She fears that ignoring historic buildings is a “slippery slope” when new developments come in. She added that she appreciates projects that keep historical components buildings, such as a recent development on East 13th Avenue and Ogden Street. The project kept the outer shell of the building and reconstructed the inside. Developers that keep the

historic shells of buildings are only one benefit to added density. Curt Upton, a principal planner with the city of Denver said that denser areas tend to attract more businesses. Many people love the Capitol Hill area because they are able to walk to their favorite retail spots and restaurants, Upton said. More apartments also can help level out the market as far as rent costs. “What that increase in demand recently has brought is a rise in rents,” Upton said. “With additional residential units there’s more competition among those buildings for tenants. It may not happen immediately, but over time that will have an effect on moderating prices.”

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Business Matters By Kailyn Lamb | Business Matters is a monthly column on the changing landscape of business and development in north Denver. If there are any inquiries on new developments in your area, or if you are a local business wishing to highlight an upcoming milestone, please email Kailyn Lamb at

BUSINESS OPENINGS Nekter Juice Bar The California-based chain of healthy smoothie shops has opened a fourth Colorado location on Colorado Boulevard. Nekter will be located at 700 Colorado Blvd., in the same complex as the Snooze restaurant. The business also has locations in Greenwood Village, Highlands Ranch and Lakewood. SoulCycle The luxury cycle brand will open its first Colorado studio in Cherry Creek North this month at 265 St. Paul St. according to a news release. The 2,900-square-foot studio will have 64 bikes. It is the first retail store announced for the St. Paul Collection, which will be two tower buildings featuring 55,000-square-feet of retail on the ground floor as well as 165 residences. SoulCycle classes are in a candlelit room. Dark studios make for a non-intimidating exercise environment, according to the release. First time riders can take classes for $20. Rates are regularly $28 for a single class. SoulCycle also offers multi-class punch cards.

Urban Putt After The Spaghetti Factory closed downtown in August, San Franciscobased Urban Putt announced they were taking over the space to open an indoor mini-golf course. The company is projecting that they will open next summer. The company is helping to restore the building at 1215 18th St., which is historically designated. In addition to the mini-course and two private 9-hole courses, Urban Putt will offer a food and full beverage menu. Blanchard Family Wines A family-owned California winery will be opening in the Dairy Block market in December. The space will have a winery and tasting room with space for 52 seats. The winery will offer cheese plates in addition to its selection of eight wines. The Dairy Block building is located at 1800 Wazee St. The building offers retail space as well as bars and the Milk Market, which opened over the summer. The Milk Market is a food hall with several concepts by Chef Frank Bonanno. Choice Market Choice Market, a local convenience store, opened its first location off Broadway in 2017, and by the end of next year it will triple to three locations. A second location will open on North Osage Street next summer, followed by a third location at 2200 E. Colfax Ave. The location on Colfax is currently a Chinese restaurant. SEE BUSINESS, P7

A SoulCycle exercise studio will be opening in Cherry Creek North this month. The studio is located in the St. Paul Collection at 265 St. Paul St. COURTESY OF SOULCYCLE

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Morin A new French restaurant has taken over the former Wazee Supper Club space in the Lower Downtown neighborhood. Morin opened in mid-October. Wazee Supper Club, a pizza place, closed in February and had been in LoDo for more than 40 years. Morin is located at 1600 Wazee St. Morin will feature bone marrow, foie gras and a full potato section on the menu. The restaurant also features an all natural wine list. Natural wines are made with minimal interventions from the winemaker. Zocalito Latin Bistro The Aspen-based restaurant is leaving the mountains and headed to downtown Denver. The restaurant is moving into 999 18th St., which was formerly a Baja Fresh Mexican Grill. Baja Fresh closed in 2016. The food is inspired by the city of Oaxaca in Mexico. The restaurant is projected to be open by the end of the year. Habit Doughnut Dispensary Carbon Cafe and Bar and Habit Doughnut Dispensary are getting second location in Five Points. The company is opening at 2200 California St. by the end of this year. It is sharing a building with Woods Boss Brewing and an escape room. Habit offers specialty donuts, some are made with whiskey and other spirits. CLOSINGS Yoga Pod Cherry Creek The Cherry Creek location of the Boulder-based yoga studio announced on Facebook that it would be closing on Nov. 17. The studio is located at 2780 E. Sixth Ave. The Cherry Creek Yoga Pod had been open for five years. Yoga Pod first started in Boulder, and each location is run as a franchise. “We cannot thank you enough for all your support and patronage over the years. Thank you for bringing so much love and light to our community,” the post on Facebook said. Santiago’s Mexican Restaurant The burrito place located at 2907 Huron St. in the Ballpark neighborhood closed in mid-October. The restaurant still has five locations in Denver, as well as several in the Front Range. Santiago’s first opened in Brighton in 1991. The chain is known for its breakfast burritos and green chile.

Fat Jack’s Super Subs closed its last three locations last month. Signs on the door of the Broadway location stated that the property had been seized by the city and county of Denver for the collection of unpaid taxes. KAILYN LAMB

Fat Jack’s Super Subs Fat Jack’s Super Subs has closed its three locations - one in Baker off of Broadway as well as one each in the Auraria Campus and in the Lower Highlands neighborhood. The closure was first reported by BusinessDen. The website for the sub shop has been shut down. The sandwich shop first opened at 1245 E. Colfax Ave. in 2000 by Ryan, Jeff and Mark Ward. The location is now the Rocky Fin Poke Bar, which opened in July of 2017. Over the years Fat Jack’s expanded throughout Denver and changed ownership twice after the Ward brothers first opened it. Signs posted on the Broadway Fat Jack’s from the city of Denver state that the business owed more than $2,300 in taxes for that location. CHANGES Assistance League of Denver The Assistance League of Denver held a ribbon cutting at its new location at 6265 E. Evans Ave. on Oct. 11. The nonprofit organization formerly had its thrift store and it’s program services in two different locations in Capitol Hill. The new location will allow the Assistance League to have everything in one location. The Assistance League is a nonprofit and is run entirely by volunteers. The thrift store, which was formerly located at 1331 E. Colfax Ave., is the main revenue driver for the organization outside of donations. In addition to the thrift store and event space at the Evans location, Assistance League has the Hospital Equipment Lending Program (HELP), assault survivor kits and more. Councilmember Paul Kashmann spoke at the ribbon cutting, praising the organization’s volunteer efforts. “The 30,000 hours of volunteer service is truly the epitome of the power of volunteerism,” he said.

The Assistance League of Denver held a ribbon cutting for their new space at 6265 E. Evans Ave. The organization was previously off of East Colfax Avenue. KAILYN LAMB

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Interstate 70 closures could affect holiday travel to DIA Staff Report Construction for the Central 70 project will continue through November with several closures. With holiday traveling on the horizon, here are some of this month’s construction activities on the project. There will be closures on both Interstate 70, as well as local streets: • The work on Brighton Boulevard was completed at the end of last month and the roadway between 44th Avenue and the I-70 ramps will reopen.

• The York Street on-ramp to westbound I-70 closed permanently last month. Motorists can access westbound I-70 from Steele/Vasquez. • Lanes on I-70 between Quebec Street and Interstate 225 will shift. Overnight lane closures will be in place to accommodate this work. • The Interstate 270 fly-over bridge construction will begin. • Nighttime crews will be on Peoria Street and I-70 interchange for bridge construction. • Construction on Colorado Boulevard and I-70 interchange will

activities will occur at the following locations: • I-70 between Quebec Street and I-225 interchange • Peoria Street and I-70 interchange • Local Road, north of I-70, between Williams Street and Claude Court •York Street between 45th and 47th avenues • South of Swansea Elementary Construction activities will be happening day and night. City law requires that activities occurring

build temporary pavement for future traffic shift. • 46th Avenue will become one lane in each direction in the existing westbound lanes between York Street and Colorado Boulevard for utility work. • The Union Pacific Railroad will be performing work on the railroad tracks at York Street and 47th Avenue from Nov. 1-7, requiring the intersection to be closed. • Grading activities will happen south of Swansea Elementary School. Nighttime general construction

overnight be within the noise variance limits of 75 decibel hourly average with an allowable spike up to 86 decibels. To make a complaint about construction noise during the night, call the 24-hour hotline at 833-C70INFO (270-4636). Residents may also call the city at 311. The Colorado Department of Transportation anticipates that construction on the full Central 70 project will continue into 2022. For more information on the project, as well as to sign up for updates, visit

Historic mansion receives award for LGBTQ-friendly events Staff Report The Grant-Humphreys Mansion was named the Best Venue for an LGBTQ-Friendly Event in a national conference sponsored by Unique Venues, according to a news release from History Colorado. The award is given annually to a venue in the United States that best caters to the LGBTQ community. Nominees are selected by local community members, peers and vendors according to the release. History Colorado, a nonprofit museum, runs the Grant-Humphreys

property which is located at 770 Pennsylvania St. and was built in 1902. “So many of the events we host are celebrations of people’s important life moments, and we have taken significant steps to ensure that everyone feels welcome to celebrate their most special days with us,” said Rita Rollman, director of the Grant-Humphreys Mansion in the release. “This award is a powerful affirmation that we are doing work in ways that are truly inclusive and are meaningful to our community.” Grant-Humphreys is a certified

LGBTQ-friendly vendor, and staff have taken classes on sensitivity awareness, business coaching and facility features. The venue also has a zero tolerance policy toward homophobic behavior and language. The venue has inclusive policies such as using same sex event photos in it publications, working with LGBTQ-friendly vendors, as well as having gender-neutral changing rooms and bathrooms. It also hosts an LGBTQ wedding show called “Pride and Unprejudice.” The award was given at a conference held in Portland on Oct. 23.

The Grant-Humphries Mansion, located at 770 Pennsylvania St., trained their staff in sensitivity awareness and hosts a LGBTQ wedding show called “Pride and Unprejudice.” It was named the Best Venue for an LGBTQ-Friendly Event during a national conference in October. COURTESY OF HISTORY COLORADO

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ive weeks before the 300-mile Tour de Force 9/11 Memorial Bike Ride in Washington, D.C. in 2017, Teresa Gillian had never ridden a bike more than 10 miles. The race benefits the families of police officers who lost their lives in the attacks on Sept. 11. Although she had never done the race before, she helped friends raise money for the event before becomming a cop herself. The deadline to register for the race had long passed, so when a friend asked if Gillian would join, she joked and said she would - if they could get her in. They did. Five weeks later Gillian completed the 300-mile trip from Washington, D.C. to New York City on a borrowed bike. “My legs were just feeling like they were shutting down. It was such a deep ache, and I can’t explain it any other way,” she said. “But after the first day, the second day was easier, the third day was easier and the fourth day you’re almost done.” Now, Gillian said she has been converted into a bike rider. She did the race again this year and is on the waiting list to race in 2019. Growing up near Durango, Gillian had always been athletic. She joked that at one point she wanted to be a jockey - before she grew past 5-feet tall that is. After that, she thought she might want to be a coach or a teacher, adding that she was always drawn to jobs where she could help people. Gillian eventually went into personal training and wellness. She first moved to Denver 17 years ago to attend school for massage therapy. She worked with athletes, and said she loved to work with people to better their lives. Her father had been a fireman and police officer in her hometown. Around six years ago she decided it was time to follow in his footsteps.

“I always had a deep appreciation for that role. There weren’t a lot of women in either job at all back home,” she said. “One day I just realized that was what I wanted to do and truly what I felt called to do.” After working as a patrol officer in District 6, Gillian has come to know north Denver pretty well. District 6 currently covers East Sixth Avenue over to East 25th Avenue. On the east and west side is goes from York Street over to the South Platte River in some areas. While District 6 is one of the smaller areas geographically, it has one of the largest populations in the city, Gillian said. Her love for helping people has transferred into her new role as a police officer. A month ago, Gillian became the community resource officer for District 6. She works with members of the community to help address complaints. Resource officers can also act as liaisons between the residents and business owners of the community and the police officers working in that district. “Any issues they have, if it’s important to them, it’s important to us,” she said. “It’s a lot more of building those relationships.” Gillian has also worked with homeless youth to help mentor them and give them an opportunity to do fun, and sometimes silly activities like dancing. Participating in programs like that helps to “humanize the badge,” she said. “You can be the voice for somebody who can’t speak up for themselves.” Gillian said she enjoys getting out into the community and getting to know the people of Denver. She has learned a lot from long-term residents and business owners about how the city has grown and changed over the years, she added. While her new role as a community resource officer has meant

Teresa Gillian joined the Denver Police Department two years ago. Last month she started working as the community resource officer for District 6 which covers the north central Denver area. COURTESY OF TERESA GILLIAN spending more time connecting with people and addressing issues online, Gillian said it’s still important to her to get out and meet people. “Sometimes just physically being there, you can come up with other ideas to help protect them and their environment,” she said. “You want to be responsive and you want to be on top of things.”

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Cooking is the currency of love Food tastes better when it’s shared with friends. To me, cheesy as it sounds, cooking is the currency of love. Over the years, friends have moved away, new friends have joined and, although we don’t get together to cook every week any more, we still make sure to meet up every once in a while over a homemade meal. My love of cooking for people goes back to childhood family holidays. We’d pack up the car and head to my grandparents’ house in Westminster. Food would sit on the kitchen counters, buffet style, as my pile of cousins, siblings, aunts and uncles filed through with plates of turkey and mashed potatoes. The holidays were when my family would get together and laugh over our meal, enjoy each other’s company and, depending on the day, cheer on the Broncos or the Avalanche. As an adult, I now bring my own dish to the table at family meals. I love planning for my family’s various events — a raspberry pie for the whole family because it’s my grandpa’s favorite, potatoes at my dad’s because he doesn’t like vegetables, adventurous international foods with my mom, and so on. But like Julia, my favorite person to cook for

eople who love to eat are always the best people.” Julia Child wrote that in a letter to her friend, Avis DeVoto, in early 1953. Julia is known around the world for her love of food — especially butter — and many people use her quotes about not liking diets, cakes or quotes on how she found cooking to show their own love of food. But this particular quote is my favorite because it also combines Julia’s great love for people. In the various memoirs written about her life, Julia is constantly prepping for dinner parties. She loved to cook for other people, particularly for her husband Paul Child. Alex Prud’homme, the Childs’ great-nephew, wrote in “The French Chef in America: Julia Child’s Second Act” that people were always knocking at the Childs’ door of their Boston home for dinner. I have been so lucky in my own friendships. In my last few years of college at MSU Denver I met my boyfriend, Will, and eventually several of his friends. In 2013, Will and I joined in on our friends’ family dinner tradition. One of us would host and everyone would bring a dish. On Sunday nights we’d catch up on life over plates of homemade noodles, tikka masala, guacamole, whatever the theme was for that day.

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is my partner in crime. For the past seven years, Will and I have spent time huddled in kitchens across the state, sampling soups and sauces. Will’s specialty is guacamole or hot wings, mine is Alfredo or carbonara with homemade noodles. We are our own worst critics, and Will nearly always finds something wrong with the dishes he makes. But despite Will’s pickiness about his cooking, there are few people with whom I would rather share a kitchen. Sharing a meal brings warmth to friendships. For me, it starts with a good cookbook: What should I make? What will people like best? Over the years I have collected cookbooks with cuisine from around the world, including “Mastering the Art of French Cooking” by Julia, with her co-authors and friends, Louisette Bertholle and Simone Beck. My favorite pages are usually earmarked or stained with flour and oil. The recipes don’t have to be complicated. The presentation doesn’t need to be on par with the finest restaurants in the world. Julia spent the later years of her life making cooking accessible to everyone, assuring viewers of “The French Chef ” that it was OK to break a few eggs in the kitchen. It will all turn out fine in the end. Bon appetit.

Shakespeare supposedly wrote a lot of great stuff QUIET DESPERATION

Craig Marshall Smith


have a dab of Shakespeare (1582-1616) memorized, and that’s about it. I am a failed scholar when it comes to most of it. Romeo and Juliet was set in Minneapolis and St. Paul. I think. I’ve tried. I am daunted by the language. I admit it. I have tried to enter sideways, through films like “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” (1935) and “Forbidden Planet” (1956). “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” was first performed on New Year’s Day, 1605. Characters are named Snout, Snug, Puck, Bottom and Flute. It’s one of Shakespeare’s most popular plays. It has been staged repeatedly and filmed several times. Woody Allen even took a crack at it. “Forbidden Planet” has been compared to “The Tempest.” I know one line from “The Tempest,” and I keep it handy. “We are such stuff as dreams are made on, and our little life is rounded with a sleep.” It is often misquoted: “We are such stuff as dreams are made of.” Either way, I can gather it up and make sense of it.

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A lot of Shakespeare takes more time to get through, and that’s when my depth of inquiry disappoints me. In other words, I’m lazy. There was a time when I thought I should have far more Shakespeare in my golf bag. It’s not going to turn out that way. I look at the wording and something happens. When I have to reread a line three times, I lift my head, look around the room, and plan lunch. I appreciate the themes, and Shakespeare’s contributions. I feel the same way about Mozart (1756-91), but I haven’t been as lazy about Mozart as I have been about Shakespeare. The reason is simple: Mozart enters through a different sense. Hearing. Both of them died young. Mozart, particularly. He only made it to 35. Shakespeare was married to Anne Hathaway. That’s the kind of things that sticks in my head. Trivia. I am lining up my List of Regrets, trying to keep it short, not wanting the depression that might come from certain failures to experience some things. Number One is my complete failure to have strummed. I watch these boys and girls with their Stra-

tocasters, and it grieves me that I am not one of them. What else? It’s looking like I will never see The Great Wall, although I have been to Hoover Dam. No pyramids for me either. Nor Mexico’s ancient ruins. Jennifer has been to Dachau. I haven’t. Probably won’t. Will wish I had. I’m thankful for The Travel Channel, but it’s like kissing only by watching others do it. I could take a month or more and immerse myself in one of my regrets. Except I won’t. My photographer has a 9-year-old son who can play a piece on the piano, and then play it again in a different key. I don’t even know what a key is. His classmates apparently bully him because he isn’t as involved in sports as they are. I wonder if Yo-Yo Ma was bullied? Or Jimmy Page? I told “Veronica” to get her son a Stratocaster. (As I wrote this, I listened to Mozart’s “Piano Sonata No. 5, Andante in G.” Perfect.) Craig Marshall Smith is an artist, educator and Highlands Ranch resident. He can be reached at


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City manages construction to help neighbors

ur economy is booming, and the new construction to bring additional housing, office space and retail businesses is clearly evident in this boom. However, the negative impacts of these projects have become serious issues that City Council and Denver Public Works Department are now addressing to minimize undesirable effects on residents, retailers, workers, shoppers and tourists. Over the past two months, Eulois Cleckley, the new executive director of Denver Public Works, and his staff have been reviewing citywide improvement recommendations that I and many neighborhood and business leaders have proposed. On Oct. 8, Public Works described the following improvements to help mitigate specific issues and implement the recommendations of city council members and community leaders either now or in January 2019. 1. Parking management and enforcement — License-plate readers have now been added for greater enforcement efficiency in identifying parking violations. To address the high percentage of enforcement staff vacancies, pay levels have been recently increased, and non-benefited positions will be upgraded to include benefits in January. 2. Construction worker parking plans — Effective January 2019, all new proposed construction projects will have to provide defined parking plans for construction workers before a building right-of-way usage permit will be granted. Incentives will also be considered to increase compliance by contractors and workers. 3. Pedestrian sidewalk canopies — The present regulations on sidewalk canopies for pedestrian safety have not been implemented and enforced. The regulations

will be enhanced and enforced, beginning in January. 4. Construction communications — Public Works has not held construction communication meetings to make the public aware of upcoming activities that may affect neighborhoods and businesses. Routine Councilmember monthly construction progress review meetWayne New ings will be held and chaired by Public Works to ensure attendance and participation by all contractors to improve communication. Construction plans, such as street closures and canopies that may disrupt retail business and neighborhood traffic flow and affect pedestrian safety, will be regular issues for discussion. The first meeting was scheduled be held in October. 5. Traffic management plans for street and sidewalk closures — The present policies and procedures on street and sidewalk closures have not been effective in preventing excessive closures. The policies will be evaluated as to the length of time a closure is allowed, the dimensions of closures that increase the construction site and the effects on pedestrian and traffic flow. An evaluation was scheduled to occur in October with implementation in January. 6. Intersection and alley parking signage — Cars and trucks parked too close to alley and intersection entrances do not provide sufficient visibility for safe car exits. Residents can now request an evaluation of


the need for intersection and alley signage to provide greater visibility of and for street traffic approaching an exit or intersection. The present regulations are for 5 feet of clearance from an alley entrance and 20 feet from an intersection. Residents should contact 311 to request additional signage and report infractions. 7. Damage to infrastructure and streetscape — Each current construction project must post a construction bond to repair damaged adjacent infrastructure and streetscape. Since damage repair using these bond funds has not been enforced, taxpayer funds in the city budget have had to be used for repairs. Greater regulations will be developed to address existing conditions prior to construction, bond amount determinations, the evaluation of postconstruction damage, and the use of bond funds and non-taxpayer funds for repairs. These regulations will now be implemented with all existing and future construction projects. 8. Construction signage in right-of-way — Street and sidewalk closure and other types of construction signs have not been promptly removed when no longer needed for a construction project. Some signs have remained for days and weeks. Public Works will now be responsible for notifying sign companies to remove this unneeded signage. Residents should contact 311 for signage removal at a specific address. Neighborhoods and businesses are appreciative of these improvements made by Denver Public Works, but a few issues will need to be addressed in the near future: • Construction hours — The present city construction hours are 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. on weekdays and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends.

Avoid Election Day woes, vote and celebrate veterans


otes, Vets, Turkeys! Back to Mountain Standard Time. Please vote wisely so you don’t end up with a turkey. The mailbox lately is gobblin’ up the elecHELPER HERE tion fliers and outlines, AND NOW and the news media is stuffinged with sage and chestnutty advice. Some is straightforward and some has marshmallows on top. Do due diligence, friends, and know who’s who and who’s for what. And VOTE! I used to give out Turkey Awards (the Diana Helper competition for whom to roast was intense). This year, it would go to people who do not take advantage of our freedom to vote and then, gripe —ah, the gripes of wrath! As you sit down to eat, or stand ready to serve a charitable meal on Thanksgiving Day, you will say grace — whether you give thanks to a deity or simply to all people wise and kind and helping those in need. Because American life grants us many blessings. The pilgrims gave thanks for getting to this

country, being helped by native residents who shared food and survival tips. Let’s do likewise. Early people all over the world knew that they must treat the Earth well, if it was to reciprocate. Same thing now. We are NOT doing our best for Mother Nature and HackKaff-Gasp-Clang-Bang is our lot. What are we thinking? When all the turkeys are tainted, waddle we do? Have Turnip Day? Well, they may be easier to carve, but not crave. Celebrating veterans Vets Day: is there a parade? Now that our kids aren’t in marching bands, we aren’t up on parades. We were grateful they were in them, and playing flute and clarinet, which are easy to transport. Honoring vets seemed a perfect occasion for a fulluniform parade. There’s something stirring about marching band music. Is Sousa still a stalwart standby? Do soldiers have music to wage peace by? I hope all schools are tuned in to plenty of music. It’s always with you to pep you up, calm you down, tap your toe or make you smile. All the arts are important, but you don’t need a pencil, paintbrush or play to do music, right there in the air, or in your head, or in a bunker.

Say goodbye to longer days Adios, daylight saving. Howdy, short standard-time era. Ben Franklin had the notion while in Paris. Une idée! Story is, folks said oui, but didn’t see how it could work. Over time it kept getting try-outs, but it was the railroad in 1883 that insisted it be properly decided. The International Prime Meridian Conference adopted it in 1884 “for the convenience of commerce.” Farmers may ignore it. Theories of energy-saving say yes. On “change-over Sundays” at church, you can see who’s been paying attention. Candidates and turkeys! Ask candidates: Will they help save the planet and explain its importance? Green cities are the richest ones! If they add some taxes, where exactly will the money go? What is their view of the contents of Denveright? VOTE. And remember: If Thanksgiving dinner were beans and franks, turkeys could join us in offering thanks. Diana Helper and her husband have lived in Denver for 63 years. She works on projects with the city, University of Denver, InterNeighborhood Cooperation and Open Space and Parks and Recreation.

Many construction projects have ignored these hours, especially in early starting hours and on weekends. Weekday-hour changes and greater enforcement are being recommended to minimize noise and disruption. • Inconvenience fees — Many cities have instituted inconvenience fees on projects that have extended street and sidewalk closures beyond allowed closure time periods. These fees have successfully encouraged greater compliance by contractors, and street and sidewalk closure extensions have been minimized due to these fees. • Parking district — Many cities have also decentralized their parking enforcement responsibilities to organized business organizations. Parking and traffic management has proven to be more effective with greater local control. A consultant study on the requirements to form a parking district is being considered. The assistance and leadership of the Public Works Department and all neighborhood and business leaders is greatly appreciated. These implemented improvements should make the management of construction less intrusive to neighborhood quality of life and to customers for our businesses. If you have any comments, please send them to Denver Councilmember Wayne New represents District 10. The district covers north central Denver, including Capitol Hill, Congress Park and Cherry Creek.

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November 2018

Bringing the

world closer to home

Joseph Kim, founder of Dae Gee Korean BBQ, grew up in Denver and opened his first restaurant in Westminster in 2010. He is hoping to bring Korean food into the mainstream. COURTESY OF DAE GEE KOREAN BBQ

As Denver continues to grow, so does its vibrant restaurant scene By Kailyn Lamb |


n a Wednesday afternoon, the staff are getting ready to open at 12@Madison in Congress Park. Music plays while Chef Jeff Osaka rolls out dough for a lemon dessert. Osaka opened his first 12 restaurant in the Ballpark neighborhood on Election Day in 2008. Back then, the city was still a steak and potatoes kind of town, with few options for adventurous diners, he said. The location closed in 2014, and he opened the new one in Congress Park in 2016. Over the years the city has grown, and that growth has brought in a more diverse group of people that are looking for a wider range in their cuisine. As a Japanese American growing up in Los Angeles, Osaka was one of those people. Back in California, Osaka tried food from around the world, including the ramen dishes his family would eat at home. “People are starting to venture out,” he said. Since he opened the first 12 location, Osaka has been building a miniature empire. He is now the chef at Osaka Ramen, three Sushi-Ramas -- with two more set to open, 12@Madison, as well as Tammen’s Fish Market in the Denver Central Market in the River North Neighborhood. His restaurants can be found across the city. He also has a Sushi-Rama in Lone Tree, with a new location set to open in SEE RESTAURANTS, P13

As Denver has grown, so has the restaurant scene. Jeff Osaka, who runs several ramen and sushi restaurants throughout the state, said that when he first moved here in the mid-2000s, the city was still a “steak and potatoes” place. COURTESY OF OSAKA RAMEN

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GREAT AMERICAN BEER FESTIVAL AWARDS The Great American Beer Festival (GABF) may be over, but Colorado scored a few medals to remember it by. The festival is held annually toward the end of September in downtown Denver. This was the 37th annual GABF event, which brings in hundreds of breweries from around the country. Bronze, Silver and Gold medals are awarded in more than 100 categories, which are divided by beer type such as blondes, stouts, IPAs and more. Colorado breweries took home 32 awards during the 2018 GABF event.

Thirsty Monk Pub Brewery: Bronze medal for the Abby Blonde in the Belgian- and French-Style Ale category.

Rock Bottom Brewery: Silver medal for the Honey Comb Cream Ale in the Honey Beer category.

Fiction Beer Co.: Bronze medal for the Madame Psychosis in the Juicy or Hazy Pale Ale category.

Wit’s End Brewing Co.: Gold medal for the Jean-Claud Van Blond in the Belgian-Style Blonde Ale or Pale Ale category.

Comrade Brewing Co.: Bronze medal for the DEFCON Red in the IrishStyle Red Ale category.

Banded Oak Brewing Co.: Gold medal for the Drunkard’s Cloak in the Old Ale or Strong Ale category.

Here are the Denver breweries that took home medals this year:

Denver Beer Co.: Gold medal for the Graham Cracker Porter in the Specialty Beer category.

For a full list of winners, visit https:// www.greatamericanbeerfestival. com/the-competition/winners/


Aurora by the end of the year. Off of Broadway in the Baker neighborhood, Joseph Kim is also working toward building a restaurant empire. The Denver native opened his first Dae Gee Korean BBQ restaurant in Westminster in 2010. Since then, he has opened two locations in Denver, and a location in Aurora. He has two other locations lined up that are under construction: a second spot in Aurora, and one in Ft. Collins. At the time he opened the first Dae Gee, which means pig in Korean, Kim said that Psy’s song “Gangnam Style” had just become popular. With a growing fascination in K-Pop (Korean Pop) music and the culture around it, Kim said the time was right to enter into the restaurant market. But Kim has bigger plans than reaching the small population of Koreans in Colorado. He’s hoping he can use K-Pop’s popularity to bring its food into the mainstream. Eventually, he wants to bring Dae Gee to other states. “(K-Pop) put Korean culture on the map,” he said. “We’re not trying to reach a small Korean population here. There’s a huge opportunity.” Both Osaka and Kim had to start small. In Asian foods, there are some more exotic flavors and ingredients that Americans aren’t used to eating, Kim said. By taking something like barbeque which crosses both cultures, Kim said he has been able to educate people coming in to Dae Gee about some of Korea’s popular dishes such as bulgogi, marinated slices of beef or

Chef Jeff Osaka of Osaka Ramen said he wanted to create a menu based off the Japanese dishes he ate as a kid growing up in California. This ramen bowl features pork and scallions. COURTESY OF OSAKA RAMEN pork that have been cooked on a grill. “I think that’s helped us tremendously to bridge that gap,” he said. Osaka agreed. For restaurants it can also be expensive to bring in the more exotic menu items without knowing if locals will eat it, Osaka added, saying “there’s not enough of a native population to warrant that.” But Colorado’s palate is changing. People have become more interested in international cuisines. This is a benefit for both diners and the chefs, Osaka said. Chefs are beginning to push the bound-

Jeff Osaka stands in front of his kitchen in his restaurant 12@Madison in Congress Park. Osaka runs several restaurants throughout Colorado, serving ramen, sushi and other Japanese foods. KAILYN LAMB

aries when it comes to food. Even classics like French food are beginning to see a more modern resurgence. ChoLon has been serving Chinese-style soup dumplings with a French onion-style soup filling and gruyere cheese. The restaurant’s owner, ChoLon Restaurant Group is also opening a modern French restaurant next door to ChoLon on the 16th Street Mall. Fusion foods are becoming more common, Osaka said. Chefs that started out making one food are starting to pair it with another. “A lot of chefs are diversifying their portfolio,” he said of the trend.

Location can also be a factor. Osaka opened Osaka Ramen in the River North neighborhood in Denver in 2015. Around that time, the neighborhood was beginning to become more popular. The neighborhood has restaurants from around the world, with few doing the same types of food, Osaka said. Even having an international airport can change the way people eat. With direct flights to and from places around the globe, people have many opportunities to expand their palate, Osaka said. “It really brings the world a lot closer.”

TO LEARN MORE Dae Gee Korean BBQ Where: 827 Colorado Blvd. and 460 Broadway in Denver Hours: both locations are open from 11 a.m.-10 p.m. daily For more information, including the other locations of Dae Gee:

11 a.m.-2p.m., dinner is served daily starting at 5 p.m. For more information, including the company’s other concepts: https://www.cholonconcepts. com/

ChoLon Restaurant Concepts Where: ChoLon is located at 1555 Blake St., Suite 101 Hours: Lunch on weekdays from

12@Madison Where: 1160 Madison St. Hours: Wednesday through

Jeff Osaka’s Restaurants:

Saturday for dinner from 4-10 p.m., Sunday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. for brunch and 4-9 p.m. for dinner. For more information: https:// Osaka Ramen Where: 2611 Walnut St. Hours: Monday through Friday for lunch from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., dinner is served daily starting at 5 p.m.

For more information: http:// Sushi-Rama Where:The River North SushiRama is located at 2615 Larimer St. Hours: Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Friday from 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Saturday from 12-10 p.m., and Sunday from 12-9 p.m. For more information, including

the other locations of SushiRama: https://sushi-rama. com/ Tammen’s Fish Market Where: 2669 Larimer St. in the Denver Central Market Hours: From Thursday through Sunday from 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. For more information: http://

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to north


Find your new favorite spot to sip pint or two By Kailyn Lamb


he booze scene in Denver is growing. The city has a collection of bars, old and new. Breweries are popping up left and right, creating every style of beer under the sun, and distilleries are quickly following suit. If you have relatives coming out for the holidays, and are looking to show off the wild side of north Denver, this list can help you get started. It will also help if you’re looking to escape your in-laws - if only for an hour or two. With more than 500 liquor licenses listed in the state Department of Revenue for bars, breweries and other tap rooms in the city of Denver, people have plenty of options to choose from. Here are some of our favorites at Life on Capitol Hill:

Alex Liberati, founder of Liberati in Denver, smells his beer before taking a sip. Liberati makes oeno beers, which are made from grapes. KAILYN LAMB


LIBERATI The newest location on this list, Liberati just opened at the end of last month in the Five Points neighborhood. Founder Alex Liberati moved to Denver from Rome, where he opened his first brewery at 22-years-old. Liberati decided to come to Denver to experiment with a new kind of beer made with grapes. He said that brewing this style of beer is unique because it uses methods from both wine making and beer making. Though beer drinkers may think that working with a sweet fruit like grapes may restrict the kinds of beer that Liberati can offer, the truth is that grapes

can be made into any kind of beer. The brewery will offer stouts, IPAs, and more. Liberati brought his head chef and baker over from Italy as well. The brewery will feature a full Italian menu with breads, pasta, charcuterie, and gelato all made from scratch. Liberati said he picked his location off of Champa Street because the area reminded him of his brewery in Rome - a quiet neighborhood that’s not quite downtown, but close enough to walk to it. Where: 2403 Champa St. For more information: https://www.

STONEY’S Stoney’s has two locations in north Denver, the original off of Lincoln Street in the Golden Triangle and the Uptown location which opened earlier this year. Will Trautman, the co-owner of Stoney’s said that the Uptown location helps to fill a need for a neighborhood sports bar in the area. Both locations host watch parties for select sports teams, such as the University of Kansas and the University of Kentucky. During games, Stoney’s will play local music from that area, and offer special menu items from there as well. The goal is to make people feel like they’re at home, no matter where their from, Trautman said. The restaurant’s tagline, he said, is “Stoney’s, a local kind of place.” With more and more transplants coming into the city, Trautman said that Stoney’s is meant to be a place where anyone can come in and feel comfortable. “That’s really what we built both places on,” Trautman said.

In addition to sports games, Stoney’s offers community events such as trivia and a Halloween party with a costume competition. The Lincoln Street location also has space for live music. Stoney’s aims to be the local hangout, whether people are interested in catching the game or looking for a place to kick back and relax. While the Lincoln location is large and hosts more community events, Trautman said the Uptown spot is a little more intimate. People can come and have a conversation over dinner. Where: Stoney’s Bar and Grill 1111 Lincoln St. Stoney’s Uptown Joint 1035 E. 17th Ave. Hours: Both locations are open on Sundays from 10-12 a.m. Monday through Wednesday from 11-1 a.m. Thursday through Saturday from 11-2 a.m. For more information: http://

This Uptown brewery is a recent edition to the Denver beer scene. Thirsty Monk took over the former Deep Draft Brewing Co. space on East 17th Avenue in March. The Asheville-based brewery brought in Brian Grace as the head brewer for all its locations. Grace was formerly the head brewer at Crooked Stave and is based in Denver. Thirsty Monk has 16 beers on tap, ranging from IPAs to Gose and Blonde Ales. Some of the beers are unique to the Thirsty Monk’s Denver taproom. The brewery also has a small kitchen, which offers food flights that are made

to pair with specific beers on the Monk menu. People in the mood for Belgian, for example, will get an Abby Blonde beer -- a Great American Beer Festival medal winner, as well as garlic roasted chick peas, smoked gouda, cranberry walnut relish and toasted crackers for $13. The brewery now offers beer and burger pairings as well. Where: 1604 E. 17th Ave. Hours: Monday through Thursday from 5 p.m.-12 a.m. Friday and Saturday from 12 p.m.-1 a.m. Sunday from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. For more information: https://monkpub. com/denver-co/

ALPINE DOG BREWERY Alpine Dog Brewery will be celebrating its fourth anniversary this month. The brewery is known for Thunder Puppy, a tropical IPA. The Capitol Hill brewery sits around the corner from the Ogden Theatre, making it the perfect place to stop for a beer after a show. In addition to its line up of regular beers, Alpine Dog offers seasonal options. The brewery makes special small batch brews in firkins, such as a chocolate raspberry stout. A firkin holds about 11 gallons of liquid. The brewery announces firkin tappings on Facebook. The brewery is consistently putting community events togeth-

er, such as movie screenings, a weekly running club, as well as food and beer pairings. Owner and head brewer Gardiner Hammond said he wanted to create a neighborhood bar space when he opened the brewery in 2014. Where: 1505 N. Ogden St. Hours: Monday from 5-9 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday from 3-10 p.m. Friday from 3 p.m.-12 a.m. Saturday from 12 p.m.-12 a.m. Sunday from 12 p.m.-8 p.m. For more information: http://alpinedogbrewery. com/

RIVER NORTH NEIGHBORHOOD Just a hop skip and a jump away from the Capitol Hill area is the River North neighborhood. Once home to large industrial spaces, RiNo has now become a mecca for breweries, wineries and restaurants, as well as food and booze halls. Several breweries call the neighborhood home. Are you exclusively a cider drinker? There’s a place for you. Don’t like beer at all? There’s a place for you. In addition to the diversity of beverages, there’s a wide range of restaurants. In the neighborhood’s food halls, the Denver Central

Market and Zeppelin Station, people can find multiple food options all in the same building. The River North Art District helps run special art events in the neighborhood, including art walks on First Fridays and pop-up art installations. The art district also helps put on the Crush Walls art festival every year where large murals are painted on the buildings in the neighborhood. For more information: https://rinoartdistrict. org/guide/places-to-eat-drink

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Giving plants a second life in winter months


ome fall, where do plants go when they die at Denver Botanic Gardens? Most, as you might expect, go to the compost pile, but a select few get a lucky break: a chance to be displayed again. GUEST Each fall, armfuls of COLUMN cuttings are hung and Jennifer dried in our tool room for winter arrangeMiller ments. These come from “everlasting” plants, those bearing flowers that stay crisp and colorful long after they’re cut. Statice (Limonium sinuatum), globe amaranth (Gomphrena globosa) and strawflower (Xerochrysum bracteatum) are among the most popular of these flowers, although an array of other plant material also holds its form for months after it’s cut. This includes the seeding umbels of dill (Anethum graveolens), seed heads of giant sea holly (Eryngium giganteum), pods of Missouri evening primrose (Oenothera macrocarpa), dried okra fruits (Abelmoschus esculentus) and stems of dogwood (Cornus sericea) and willow (Salix). Each of these not only keeps its shape when dried, but can take a good battering from weather. The trick to lasting arrangements is twofold: selecting plant materials that are papery, leathery or woody, and knowing when to harvest them. For example, flowers should be cut for drying before they begin to form seeds. Otherwise, they’ll likely fall apart as they dry. It’s also helpful to hang materials for drying the same day they’re cut. This prevents flowers and stems from becoming bent in unnatural ways. Bunches of flowers can be secured into bundles with a rubber band, then hung upside down in a cool, dim room until stiff. If the arrangement will be outside for more than a few weeks, consider spraying dried flowers with a light coat of clear shellac to keep them fresh looking. This will also make them more durable. Never spray material used in arrangements meant to attract wildlife. Next, select containers that are frost resistant to minimize chances of cracking. Also consider raising them off the ground on pot risers so water doesn’t get trapped in the pots and freeze. It’s the expansion of water during freezing that often causes cracks. Then comes the fun part — assembly. The most striking containers have contrasting


GUTTERS Guaranteed! A tomato cage turned upside down and entwined with twigs becomes the centerpiece of an outdoor display. Dried moon flower, giant sea holly and teasel (Dipsacus fullonum) are sprayed white and wired onto the form and sprigs of fir are tucked into the twigs. COURTESY OF DENVER BOTANIC GARDENS

shapes, textures and colors. Here are three ways of displaying dried materials: • Insert red-stemmed dogwood branches into the center of a container until they form a dense bundle, then add dried moon carrot flowers (Seseli libanotis) that have been lightly sprayed white and wired onto bamboo stakes. Next, fill in the edges with fir boughs and pine cones. • Plant a small Colorado spruce (Picea pungens) in a pot and decorate it with fairy lights, jingle bells wired into acorn caps, bleached pine cones and a garland of red strawflowers, then top it with an umbel of white-washed dill seeds. • Anchor tree branches in a container, then attach sprigs of dried globe amaranth, bunches of hawthorn berries (Crataegus crus-galli), acorn bells, dried giant sea holly flowers and natural ornaments, such as Missouri evening primrose pods painted with polka-dots. Jennifer Miller is a horticulturist at the Denver Botanic Gardens. She can be reached at

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DPS announces interim superintendent Annual school performance results released; district receives civics grant

over two years. The grants are also part of a research partnership with the University of Colorado’s Boulder and Denver campuses as well as Rowan University. The money will be used to expand Student Voice and Leadership’s (SVL) action civics and critical civic inquiry work across high schools and will triple programming, the release said.

Staff Report Dr. Ron Cabrera steps in as interim superintendent Following Tom Boasberg’s departure as superintendent of Denver Public Schools (DPS) on Oct. 19, board members announced that Dr. Ron Cabrera would step into the position while the search continues for a permanent replacement. Boasberg first announced he would be stepping down from the position in July. Cabrera recently worked as the interim associate chief of academics and innovation for DPS according to a news release announcing him as the interim. Prior to that he served as a teacher, principal, instructional leader and superintendent in Denver and in school districts across the state. He was principal of Boulder High School, director of curriculum and instruction in Commerce City, deputy superintendent in Westminster and superintendent in Loveland, to name a few. He retired as assistant superintendent for instructional leadership and equity for the Boulder Valley School District in June 2017. When picking an interim superintendent, the school board did not consider

Tom Boasberg, former superintendent of Denver Public Schools, gives a high five to a student on the first day of school at Escalante-Biggs Academy in north Denver. COURTESY OF DENVER PUBLIC SCHOOLS

people who have applied for the permanent position, the release said. The board expects to name a successor to Boasberg in December. Learn more about the search for a new superintendent at www.supersearch.

DPS receives grants for high school civics program DPS received two grants totaling $1.4 million over the next several years, according to a news release. The Hewlett Foundation will give $1 million over three years and Jobs of the Future will give $400,000

Performance frameworks results show growth in literacy The School Performance Framework (SPF) results for schools across DPS were released in October. DPS releases the numbers annually and describes it as a report card for schools - measuring the satisfaction of both students and parents, as well as looking at standardized test scores and how the school serves its students. To learn more about SPF visit en/ For the second year in a row, data showed district wide growth in literacy rates, according to a news release from DPS. This year, DPS set a higher bar for proficiency in state assessment testing levels. SPF results showed that 91 percent of its intensive tier schools improved from yellow (approaching expectations) to green (meets expectations). The intensive program at DPS brings more support in to schools that show the most need, giving students more resources and support for achievement goals. To see ratings for individual schools within the district visit http://spf.dpsk12. org/en/spf-ratings/




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IF YOU GO Phamaly Theatre Company will be performing “Harvey” at the Olin Hotel Apartments at 1420 Logan St., Denver, through Nov. 11. Tickets are $29. Friday and Saturday performances start at 7 p.m. Sunday performances start at 2 p.m. On Nov. 4 there will be American Sign Language interpretation as well as audio description. On Nov. 8 the company is hosting a special “pay-what-you-can” performance, which is first-come, first-serve. “Harvey,” written by Denver journalist Mary Chase in 1944, won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1945. It tells the story of a man named Elwood whose best friend is a human-sized rabbit that only he can see. His sister, Veta, tries to have him committed to an institution and is instead committed herself.

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Joy Carletti was in junior high school when she discovered her love for the stage. She had won the audition for the lead role in the play. But soon after rehearsals started, she found herself breaking off in the middle of lines and being unable to return to that point in the script. It felt, she said, as if she was daydreaming. The director thought she was having difficulty memorizing her lines. But, in reality, Carletti was having seizures. By the time doctors had diagnosed her with epilepsy, the director had removed her from the play. He told her: Epileptics don’t belong on stage. “Those words have stayed with me,” Carletti, 45, said. But they haven’t stopped her from following her passion for acting, which she continued to do throughout high school and college. And today, Carletti is an actor with Phamaly Theatre Company, a Denver-based nonprofit that puts on one musical every summer, as well as performances, workshops and classes. She performs the role of Veta in “Harvey” this month at the Olin Hotel Apartments in Denver. The play is about a man named Elwood whose best friend is a human-sized rabbit that only he can see. His sister, Veta, eventually pushes to have him committed to an institution and is instead committed herself. “I’ve just always wanted to do something where I was able to let my creative juices flow,” Carletti said. “When you find a passion for something, you want to keep going with it. It was like that theater bug bit very quickly.” Phamaly was founded in 1989 by five students who graduated from the Charles Boettcher School, which served disabled children in Denver from kindergarten through high school. The founders were disappointed in a lack of theater opportunities for disabled people and founded Phamaly to give actors with disabilities a place to perform and be themselves. Members’ of the company have all nature of disabilities: physical, cognitive, intellectual, and emotional. The company

Amber Marsh plays the ukulele after her character is committed to a mental institution during a dress rehearsal of Phamaly Theatre Company’s production of “Harvey.” Marsh is performing the role of Mrs. Tewskbury. PHOTOS BY KAILYN LAMB does a mix of musicals, comeday and drama shows. The company has performed shows such as “Fiddler on the Roof,” “The Velveteen Rabbit,” “Our Town,” “Beauty and the Beast” and more. Since Phamaly will be celebrating 30 years in 2019, artistic director Regan Linton said the company is looking ahead to how the company can continue embracing its mission in changing the way the world sees people with disabilities. That includes making daring choices in staging productions, such as it did with its show “disLabeled,” a sketch comeday show about living with disabilities. “Really,” Linton said, “we’re just doing the same thing that any other company would do.” Linton,37, a Denver native who graduated from East High School, understands her actors’ passion well. Acting, she said, was how she found herself again after a car accident in 2002 that left her paralyzed. Three years later, she was back on

stage. “It was a really rough period after my injury feeling like everything had changed,” Linton said. “It was pretty terrifying at first, to be honest. This (was) my coming out as a person with a disability.” Carletti recounts how at one point, before finding medication that worked, she was having 30 to 50 seizures a day. Sometimes, the medication would affect her memory. When she couldn’t work in scripted plays, she relied on improvisation shows. She found Phamaly last year when she performed in the company’s production of “Annie.” One reason Carletti enjoys theater is because of the community feel that comes from putting together a show. With Phamaly, that feeling is amplified because of some of the barriers she and other performers face, she said. But, on stage, the boundaries the Phamaly actors face in society become something that helps push their artistry.

Joy Carletti plays Veta Louise Simmons in Phamaly Theatre Company’s production of “Harvey,” which runs through Nov. 11 at The Olin Hotel. This is Carletti’s second time performing with Phamaly Theatre. “You want to accommodate everybody’s needs,” Carletti said. But “it’s not about making those allowances — it’s about `Let’s see how we can push this further.’ ” For Carletti, watching a story unfold on stage is an opportunity, and she loves the “aha” moment when it all comes together. Linton oversees the bigger picture, making sure all performers have a place to perform. But more than anything, she wants Phamaly to be a place where actors and actresses can take pride in themselves. “It’s necessary for every human being to have a place where they can have a voice and feel valued,” she said. “It changes people’s lives.”

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EVENTS Night at the Museums at the Denver Art Museum 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3 During Night at the Museums, shuttle buses will stop at (or nearby) the 12 participating Denver museums listed on Visit Denver’s website below, beginning at 5 p.m. from the Denver Art Museum (parking available in the Cultural Complex Garage). Denver Art Museum, 100 W. 14 Ave Parkway, Denver programs/free-night-at-themuseums. Digital Mars 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1 Museum Mars scientist Dr. Steve Lee and Dr. Ka Chun Yu, curator of space science, will be your guides to stunning visualizations of the Red Planet based on the latest imagery beamed back by our robotic explorers. Denver Museum of Nature & Science, 2001 Colorado Blvd., Denver White Privilege Symposium Friday and Saturday, Nov. 2 and 3 The White Privilege Symposium (WPS) Denver is an evening followed by a full day event designed to examine patterns, cultures, and systems that contribute to identity, power, and privilege. In examining and challenging concepts of privilege and oppression, WPS Denver offers solutions and team building strategies to work towards a more equitable world. The event is open to everyone. Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel, 1550 Court Place, Denver National Bison Day 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3 “Hoof” it on over Saturday, Nov. 3rd to celebrate National Bison Day with us. You don’t want to miss the special zookeeper talks, performances and presentations,

games, activities, and plethora of bison poop! Denver Zoo and zoo partners that work to restore bison to the landscape will help you uncover exactly what bison mean to Colorado and to you. Denver Zoo, 2300 Steele St. Kids Workshop: Junior Surgeons 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4 Observe and perform dissections to find out how the human body functions. Dissect sheep hearts and lungs, eyes and brains, as well as frogs. Examine real bones, listen to your own heartbeat, and more! $60 member, $70 nonmember Denver Museum of Nature & Science, 2001 Colorado Blvd., Denver Denver Magic Show 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 5 The Denver Magic show highlights Colorado’s best magicians. The show is the first Monday of every month at the Avenue Theater. Avenue Theater, 1630 N. Clarkson St., #300, Denver. A Gateway to the Infinite: Archaeoastronomy of the Aztect Empire 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8 Explore the cosmos through the perspectives of the Aztec empire during this unique journey in Gates Planetarium. $8 member, $10 nonmember Denver Museum of Nature & Science, 2001 Colorado Blvd., Denver Happy Hour Chamber Concerts - Among Equals 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9 Harpsichordist Frank Nowell (Artistic Director, Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado) and violin-

ist Jubal Fulks (Leader, Sinfonia Spirituosa Sacramento) join forces to present a concert of solo and duo works by J.S. Bach, Corelli, and Handel. $15/$13 in advance; $17/$15 at the door. Epiphany Lutheran Church, 790 S Corona St., Denver. A Night in Havana • Adults only 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9 Dance the night away to the sounds of Cuba! Taste savory appetizers inspired by our Caribbean neighbor. Discover amazing and diverse wildlife, learn about Cuban art and walk along a Cuban streetscape in the temporary exhibition “¡CUBA!” Ticket includes one drink. Ages 21+ $27 member, $33 nonmember Denver Museum of Nature & Science, 2001 Colorado Blvd., Denver Mile High Holiday Mart Friday, Nov. 9 through Sunday, Nov. 11 Get into the holiday spirit at our 38th annual event featuring select merchants with unique, high-quality merchandise, a central location, and a fun, festive environment. Gates Field House, University of Denver, 2201 E. Asbury Ave., Denver Leah Shoshanah Brave Woman Tour 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10 Chicago-based singer/songwriter Leah Shoshanah brings her soulful, eclectic acoustic music to B’nai Havurah. B’nai

Havurah, 6445 E. Ohio Ave., Denver A Night in Havana • All ages 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10 The whole family will love this new exhibition all about our island neighbor, Cuba! You will also enjoy crafts and activities, dinner and dancing. member: $20 adult, $15 child/ junior • nonmember: $25 adult, $20 child/ junior Denver Museum of Nature & Science, 2001 Colorado Blvd., Denver National Recycle Day 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11 Celebrate National Recycle Day! Join us for zookeeper talks, activities and more to learn all about how WE can help save wildlife through reducing, reusing and recycling. Discover what we can do to create a better world for all wildlife. Denver Zoo, 2300 Steele St., Denver for more information. Cuba 2D with Director Peter Chang 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 12 Experience a land of spectacular beauty that’s home to people renowned for their passion in the film “Cuba 2D.” The island nation is preserved in time yet poised on the cusp of dramatic change. $12 member, $15 nonmember Denver Museum of Nature & Science, 2001 Colorado Blvd., Denver The Feather Thief 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14 American flautist Edwin Rist had an unusual obsession: the Victorian art of fly-tying. Bizarrely, Rist broke into the Tring Museum north of London in 2009, home to rare bird specimens with feathers worth staggering amounts of money among

flytiers. Once inside, the champion salmon flytier grabbed hundreds of bird skins and escaped. After hearing about this unusual event, author Kirk Wallace Johnson was catapulted into an obsession of his own that took him around the world. Hear Johnson share his relentless pursuit to find the missing birds, which he documents in his book “The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century.” Presented in partnership with the Bird Conservancy of the Rockies. $12 Museum or Bird Conservancy of the Rockies member, $15 nonmember • book sale & signing Denver Museum of Nature & Science, 2001 Colorado Blvd., Denver Active Minds presents: Saudi Arabia 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15 With over 20 percent of the world’s proven oil reserves, Saudi Arabia continues to be important to the global economy. Join Active Minds as we tell the story of this complex nation. We will cover Saudi history, the recent generational transition of power in the Saudi Royal family, and the complicated role played by the Wahhabi school of Sunni Islamic thought in the country and the region. Brookdale University Park, 2020 S. Monroe St., Denver RSVP: 303-757-1404 Magic for Beginners 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17 Su Teatro Cultural and Performing Arts Center, 721 Santa Fe Dr, Denver Single tickets are $15-$28 and available online at www.storiesonstage. org or by calling 303-494-0523. Epic Movember ‘Beer Mile’ 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 17 Come support men’s cancer awareness month while showing off your sweet facial hair! We’ve teamed up with Epic Experience to produce a unique event for the occasion. Bruz Beers, 1675 W. 67th Ave., #100, Denver brovember-brew-run-and-fundraiser-with-bruz-beers/ SEE THINGS TO DO, P19

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Denver Woman’s Press Club annual Jewelry Sale 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17 and Sunday, Nov. 18 The DWPC’s annual Jewelry Sale, Saturday/Sunday, November 17/18, to fund scholarships for young women writers. Treat yourself, buy gifts, huge selection, all types of jewelry. 1325 Logan St, free parking. Denver Woman’s Press Club, 1325 Logan St. Denver. Moderated Conversation Series ‘Still Coming Home’ 2:30 p.m., Nov. 17, Dec. 1 and Dec. 8 Talk with the authors, editors, and other community members about their experience of war and challenges since returning to civilian life in this moderated conversation series. Denver Public Library, 2401 Welton St., Denver. Insight Arrives at Mars: Landing Event 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 26 Join the Museum’s Mars scientist Dr. Steve Lee and other local experts to learn about this ambitious mission and what’s in store for the new lander. Then look over the shoulders of mission controllers during live NASA TV coverage of the landing. Please note: This ticket provides you with a seat in Ricketson Auditorium during the panel discussion and live landing. The landing will also be broadcast in standing-room locations in the building. $12 member, $15 nonmember Denver Museum of Nature & Science, 2001 Colorado Blvd., Denver ComedySportz Denver returns to Avenue Theatre Runs through Nov. 24 A ComedySportz® match features two teams of players competing for laughs and points, with a referee keeping things moving and calling fouls. An average of seven to 12 games are played during a match, drawn from a repertoire of over a hundred improv games. Tailgating starts at 7:00 p.m. Show starts at 7:30 p.m. $18 adults, $15 students. Avenue Theater, 417 E. 17th Ave., Denver 303-321-5925 Regional Premiere of: “Love Alone” Runs through Nov. 10 with shows Friday and Saturday nights at 7:30 p.m., plus Sunday matinees at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $23 for adults/$20 for students, seniors and military or $18 for

groups of 10 or more. The John Hand Theater, 7653 E. First Place, Denver Comedy with Roger Mondays 10:00 p.m. 303-320-9200 | Lion’s Lair, 2022 E. Colfax Ave. Baker Historic Neighborhood Association General Meeting 6:30 p.m., second Tuesday of the month. As always, we will hear from our Community Resource Officer from Denver Police and learn about different items impacting Baker. Come a little early to socialize and meet some fellow Bakerties. Hirschfeld Tower, 333 W. Ellsworth Ave. East Evans Business Association Meeting Meets every 4th Tuesday This meeting provides a great opportunity for local businesses to meet, network and raise awareness of what’s happening on the East Evans corridor. 303-671-6639 Panorama Building, 2055 S. Oneida St.

Chamberlin Observatory Public Night Tuesdays and Thursdays 8:30 p.m. All public nights start with an informative, multi-media astronomy presentation. Admission is $4 for adults, $3 for kids and is payable online via PayPal. Reservations are recommended, as nights sell out. Times vary by season. Observatory Park, 2930 E. Warren Ave. Why Not Wednesday Wednesdays 4:00 p.m. We open wines that most stores wouldn’t dare to open. Whether it’s grand cru champagne, cult cabernet or an amazing bottle of Amarone. Find out what the wine of the week is on our website! 303-282-5103 Pearl Wine Company, 1886 S. Pearl St. SEE THINGS TO DO, P20


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Friends and Neighbors (FANS) of Washington Park 6 p.m., second Wednesday of each month Meetings typically include a brief overview of the latest park news and often feature a guest speaker. Check out the website for the topic of the month. Washington Park Dos Chappell Bath House, 600 S. Marion Parkway Denver GOP First Friday Breakfast First Friday of the month 7:00 a.m. Great speakers and conservative camaraderie. This months speakers are Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams and Denver Clerk & Recorder. Please RSVP and order breakfast to support Pete’s. 303-782-9555 Pete’s Greek Town Cafe, 2910 E. Colfax Ave. House District 2 Democratic Party Meeting Third Saturday of the month Monthly meeting covering business/topics at hand. 303-830-8242 Washington Street Community Center, 809 S. Washington St.

ART Welded & Fabricated Poetry: The Artistic Life of Elizabeth Yanish Shwayder: Runs to Jan. 6 at Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art, 1201 Bannock St., Denver. Kirkland Museum is pleased to feature a retrospective of 50 highlights from Elizabeth Yanish Shwayder’s career. Admission to the exhibition is included in the price of Kirkland Museum’s general admission ticket, which is $10 for adults; $8 for seniors (age 65+), students, teachers and active military personnel with ID; and free for Kirkland Museum members. Age policy: Due to the fragile nature of the collections and the salon style in which they are displayed, Kirkland Museum limits all visitors during open hours and events to those age 13 and up

Stampede Public Tours Occurs every day through May 19, 2019, except Nov. 22 and Dec. 25. In this daily 45-minute tour, see how animals have captivated artists throughout history in Stampede: Animals in Art. Discover and consider the role animals play through themes such as personal connections with animals, how animal materials have been used in art, how animals are used to tell stories or represent political ideas, and how artists use animals in imaginative ways. No reservations necessary. Meet on level 1 of the Hamilton Building. 720-865-5000 Denver Art Museum, 100 W. 14th Ave. Parkway stampede-public-tours Clyfford Still Museum Free Day Last Friday of every month In appreciation supporters of the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SFCD), and in the spirit of community engagement, the Museum offers free admission on the last Friday of every month. 720-354-4880

Clyfford Still Museum, 1250 Bannock St.

CLASSES, LECTURES, FORUMS Sunday Open Meditation First Sunday of the month. Free to the public - all welcome. The Center is open to the public for “drop-in” meditation and contemplative practices, 10 a.m.-noon. Meditation instruction, 10:30 a.m., Padmasambhava Meditation Center, 1900 S. Cook St. Free Yoga for All Sundays 10 a.m. Relax and stretch with free yoga at a year round class designed for all ages and levels. Bring a mat if you can. Donations are appreciated but not required. 720-244-8252 Alamo Placita Park, East Fourth Avenue & Ogden Street

Tibetan Buddhist Meditation Sundays 9:30 a.m. Learn both Tibetan and rhythmic English chants and brief silent meditations. Led by members of Yeshe Nyingpo Denver, a chapter of the Dudjom Tersar and aligned with the Dalai Lama. 303-294-9258 Mercury Cafe, 2199 California St. Sunday Open House and Meditation Sundays 10 a.m. A relaxed and informal Open House in the community room includes information about activities and meditation followed by a discussion and opportunity to meet others. Meditation instruction is available. Shambhala Meditation Center of Denver, 2305 S. Syracuse Way, Ste. 214 denver.shambhala. org Meditation and Kirtan Sundays 4:00 p.m. Leave your troubles behind and practice meditation and Kirtan every Sunday. Childcare provided. For more info call Ed. 720-810-9071 854 Pearl St., Denver SEE THINGS TO DO, P21

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Denver Laughter Club Meets every Monday except major holidays at St. Barnabas Church. 11:45 a.m. All are welcome, free, no jokes just laughter for no reason, with Chi Kung warmups, pure joy!! Call Meredee for more info. 303-877-9086 St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, 1280 Vine St. Learn to Code Meetup Mondays, 6:00 p.m. An open house/study group for anyone, at any level, with any interest in computer programming. No prior knowledge/ future commitment needed. 720-865-1706 ideaLAB in Community Technology Center of DPL Central library, 10 W. 14th Ave. Parkway Belly Dancing Classes Classes held most Mondays, 7 p.m. beginners, 8 p.m. advanced. Classes $10 drop-in — Cafe not open 303-294-9258 Mercury Cafe, 2199 California St.

Meditation at Noon Tuesdays, 12:00 p.m. Take 30 minutes to connect to your heart, cultivate inner peace and happiness, and clarify your intention for the day, free. 303-813-9551 KMC Colorado Capitol Hill, 1081 Marion St. meditationincolorado. org Tech Help Appointments Tuesdays 1 p.m. Get personalized technology assistance and instruction on your own device or a public computer. Call your library for available times and schedule your own appointment. Tuesdays, we have 1 p.m. or 2 p.m. appointments. 720-865-0135 Ross-Broadway Branch Library, 33 E. Bayaud


Words of Wisdom Tuesdays 2 p.m. One word can say it all. Join us as we explore a key word from each week’s parsha and discover inspiration and guidance for our life’s journey. 303-316-6412 The Jewish Experience Center, 399 S. Monaco Pkwy. SEE THINGS TO DO, P20

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Argentine Tango, Practice and Lessons Every Tuesday 6:45 to 7:45 p.m. Tango Colorado hosts these low cost Tango lessons, followed by a practice session where dancers can polish the steps they learned, interact with other students and advanced dancers and improve their skills. 303-710-2250 Denver Turnverein Event Center, 1570 Clarkson St. Tuesday Night Blues Tuesdays 7 p.m. intermediate, 8 p.m. advanced. Classes $5, Dance 8:30 p.m., $8 ($1012 with Live Band) 303-294-9258 Mercury Cafe, 2199 California St.

November 2018 UNNA Monthly Meeting Second Tuesday of the month Evanston Center for Spiritual Wholeness and Healing, 2122 S. Lafayette St. West Coast Swing Classes Wednesdays, 7 p.m. beginner/intermediate, 8 p.m. advanced. Classes $8 303-294-9258 Mercury Cafe, 2199 California St. Denver Socrates Cafe Wednesdays, 7:00 p.m. Join a group that “seek truth by their own lights.” No regular attendance or preparation required. Speak your own mind, then take turns playing Socrates by asking questions. 303-861-1447 Trinity United Methodist Church, 1820 Broadway

Wednesday Nights Open Stage Wednesdays, 9 p.m. Open Stage for musicians, comics & magicians. Free, sign up with Host 303-294-9258 Mercury Cafe, 2199 California St. Thursday Evening Meditation Thursdays 7 p.m. Free to the public - all are welcome. Dharma teachings on Buddhist principles by Tibetan meditation master Chhoje Rinpoche (live or video) followed by meditation instruction. Padmasambhava Meditation Center, 1900 S. Cook St. padmasambhavameditationcenter. org Daybreak Toastmasters Fridays, 7:00 a.m. Cat got your tongue? Public speaking and more. Call Bob after 6p.m. Now meeting on the second floor of the building. 720-308-9090

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Upcoming legislation may create new sales opportunities for young entrepreneurs By Casey Van Divier Special to Colorado Community Media


efore Gabe Nagel started running his own business, he and his brother ran a lemonade stand. “I didn’t actually make that much cash,” Nagel said. “We were squeezing the lemonade ourselves, which isn’t that profitable.” That was eight years ago. Today, at 13 years old, he says the experience was “the first thing” that led him to become an entrepreneur.

Gabe Nagel, owner of Gabe’s Bazaar, sells his products at a gala put on by the Young Americans organization. Nagel typically does business at events like this one and has also sold his products in a number of retail locations. COURTESY OF GABE NAGEL

“Extreme entrepreneurs” The Denver eighth-grader currently runs TO LEARN MORE Even while neighborhood stands are prohibitted Gabe’s Bazaar, a business that sells two from selling anything but beverages, businesses like major products: massage candles that melt Established in 1987, the into lotion and Super Bars, which combine Young Americans organi- Nagel’s have a handful of sales opportunities. One is deodorant, sunscreen, moisturizer and bug zation serves thousands the YouthBiz Marketplace, an event at which young entrepreneurs can spend $25 to set up a booth and repellant. of children per year sell their products. Nagel plans to participate in the Primarily, he sells his products at pop-up across the state. Young marketplace this December. marketplaces and retail locations. But for Americans has three The event will take place Dec. 1 and Dec. 8 at two young entrepreneurs like Nagel, change locations where minors could be on the horizon. can open bank accounts, of the Young Americans centers, 3550 E. First Ave. Sen. Angela Williams (D-33) plans to take financial classes, or and 401 S. Pierce St., respectively. Both locations are in Denver. introduce 2019 legislation to allow minors sell products at events The Young Americans organization runs a to operate “occasional businesses” without a like the YouthBiz Marketcertifi ed bank for minors and a nonprofit financial permit or license, she said. place: center that offers many services to child entrepreThe senator was inspired last May when • 3550 E. First Ave., Denneurs, including business classes and hands-on police shut down a lemonade stand in her ver, CO sales opportunities. northeast Denver district because it did not “We learned how to make a business plan and have a temporary vending permit. • 401 S. Pierce St., Lakemanage our money. The class gave us confidence,” Denver’s city council has since passed a wood, CO said Frederick resident Claire Fisk, 17, who owns bill to waive license requirements for “chil• 4800 Telluride St., Build- personalized jewelry business Wonderful Words dren’s neighborhood beverage stands.” ing #5, Denver, CO with her 15-year-old sister Lauren. “When I was a kid, lemonade stands “We saw other kids selling their products and were a simple thing,” said Councilman Paul Prospective entrepreneurs thought it was cool,” Lauren said. “We started brainKashmann, who co-sponsored the bill with can learn more by visitstorming business ideas after that.” Councilman Chris Herndon. “You learned ing Richard Martinez, CEO of Young Americans, how to deal with people and serve the public or calling the center at believes kids have historically been driven to be while having a whole lot of fun.” 303-321-2265. their own bosses. The same holds true today, when The local bill applies to stands that are 55 percent of children in the fifth through eighth run by a minor, sell beverages and operate grades say they plan on starting a business, accord84 days or fewer per year. However, Wiling to a Gallup poll. liams hopes to expand the legalization to other products and “You go back to those simple lemonade stands and deliverservices sold by minors. ing newspapers,” Martinez said, “but I think the tech industry She is meeting with different groups that support child has really changed the entrance point for young people to start entrepreneurs, such as Heinz, Country Time, and Lemonade businesses.” Day, to discuss the legislation. She also met with Jennifer His goal is to help kids take advantage of these opportunities Knowles, the mother of the boys whose lemonade stand was by fostering what he calls “extreme entrepreneurs” — kids who shut down. were born to start their own businesses. “It makes sense for us to encourage children, not discourYaunie Williams, 11, who lives in Denver, was inspired to age them, to be successful entrepreneurs,” Williams said. “The start skincare line Yaunie’s Scrub Sensation after discovering the earlier we can expose them to that, the better it is for their YouthBiz Marketplace two years ago. After deciding to become futures.” an entrepreneur, she looked to her family for help. She has not yet determined a limit on the number of days “My mom and dad were my employees and investors,” she the businesses will be allowed to operate. However, she said. “My dad was my inspiration because he was also sellexpects it will be similar to the 84-day constraint in the city ing body scrubs, and other family members helped me with council bill. marketing.” Nagel believes such legislation would have made his proLikewise, Nagel’s parents help him with his finances. They cess easier when he became an entrepreneur four years ago. have supported him since he told them he wanted to go into “I would probably be selling all over the place, whenever I business, “but at the same, they were like `Oh, no, this is going had free time,” he said.

Sen. Angela Williams (D-33) has begun working on legislation that would eliminate the need for minors to obtain a permit before operating their small businesses. “It makes sense for us to encourage children, not discourage them, to be successful entrepreneurs,” she said. COURTESY PHOTO

BECOMING A YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR Being a young business owner is far from unattainable, said Richard Martinez, the CEO of Young Americans. He believes young people “could be an entrepreneur in many different ways.” For those willing to give it a try, Martinez suggests following these steps: • Make a list of business ideas that combine your skills and interests while solving a problem for customers. • Think about the ideas you have—are any easy to implement? • Research your top solutions—how much will they cost? Will you need help from anyone?

• Make a prototype and solicit feedback about the design and cost • Test your product with family and friends • Bring your product to market at YouthBiz Marketplace! • Evaluate—how did sales go? What could you do better next time?

to be a lot of work.’ ” Meanwhile, Nagel and his fellow entrepreneurs have learned to juggle school, extracurricular activities and their businesses. “It is extremely difficult to balance business with school,” Claire said. “It has gotten harder as we’ve gotten older because we are busy with other activities. But we still like having our business, because it gives us an opportunity to be creative.” Branching out and talking to customers can also be a challenge, Yaunie said. For her, overcoming these challenges has been a rewarding part of the journey. “I was very shy when I first started, and now my social skills have improved tremendously,” she said. “To all the young people: This will give you control of your future. You just have to believe in yourself.”

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Edith Garfio, left, a para teacher at West High School and Paul Castorena, an eleventh grade student there, stand in the school’s food bank. They both have been volunteering with the food bank since it started earlier this year. KAILYN LAMB

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s the holiday season comes around this year, Denverites may be looking for a place to give back - whether it’s through volunteering their time or donating money. Organizations throughout the city put together food drives and volunteer efforts to provide thousands of families with meals for the holidays. At South High School, students file in to a long classroom on a Thursday afternoon. Jaclyn Yelich greets many of them by name, giving them quick hugs and asking how their families are. Volunteers chat happily with students, trying to get them to take the green tomatoes, potatoes or peppers that the food bank has in supply that week. Every week at South and West High Schools, kids line up for bags of fresh produce, boxes of pasta and other food goods. More recently, the food banks also started offering toiletries like shampoo and body wash. Between the two schools, the food banks serve hundreds of children and their

families on a weekly basis, providing meals and snacks. The holidays can put extra strain on those families, said Yelich, who started the food bank at South four years ago with her husband, Greg Thielen. Both schools have started collecting turkeys and other holiday meal items to give to students. In addition to meals, last year Yelich was able to provide 60 families with gift cards to grocery stores for food. She also collected gift cards to stores like Target and Walmart so that people could get clothes or gifts for their children. She collected enough that she was able to give $50 gift cards to around 190 children. “It makes you feel like you can make a real difference in the world,” Yelich said. “To be able to provide food and give them the dignity to shop for their own children, it feels great.” SEE DONATIONS, P25

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Denver plans for $1.46 billion in general fund Affordable housing, transportation highlighted in proposed budget Staff Report

Jaclyn Yelich hugs a student at the South High School food bank. Yelich started the food bank four years ago with her husband. KAILYN LAMB


Since the food bank at South has been around for a while, Yelich said she has a strong group of volunteers. Right now she is focusing more on collecting holiday gift cards for the families. The West High School food bank started in April. Since the group has just gotten started at the school, Rita Cordova said they are still looking for volunteers to help them drive food, as well as volunteers to set food up and run the food bank. Cordova currently runs the food bank through West’s alumni association. She is hoping to eventually get enough volunteers to make it more of a community program. “The hardest thing is building up our volunteer base,” said Rita Cordova, who runs the West High food bank. Both food banks get nonperishable food items from Food for Thought, a nonprofit that partners with Food Bank of the Rockies. The produce for the food banks comes from We Don’t Waste, a nonprofit that collects unused food items from caterers and grocery stores, and distributes it to different food

banks and other community resource organizations throughout Denver. Places such as the Denver Rescue Mission are also trying to round up turkeys for Thanksgiving meals. This year, the Denver Rescue Mission is aiming to get 15,000 turkeys for meals for people struggling with homelessness and poverty across the state. In Five Points, several blocks of Bruce Randolph Avenue near the Epworth United Methodist Church will be shut down on Nov. 17th. Hundreds of volunteers will line up along a make-shift conveyor belt, filling boxes with all the necessities for a full Thanksgiving meal. The Epworth Foundation, which was founded in 2005, has been putting on the event in honor of “Daddy” Bruce Randolph, who started giving Thanksgiving meals to the hungry in Denver back in the `60s. Randolph passed away in 1994 at the age of 94. Last year, November was proclaimed Colorado Feed-A-Family month by Gov. John Hickenlooper in honor of the foundation’s efforts. The organization gave out 6,580 boxed meals in 2017 to families as far as Colorado Springs. Each box can feed a family of eight. It was also the first year that the foundation added in a job fair with 27 different employers.

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The mayor’s office has released the 2019 budget for the city of Denver. The budget will allocate $1.46 billion in the general fund. Nearly $1 billion of the funds, or 67 percent, comes from taxes. The 2019 general fund has increased by around $60 million when compared to the estimated 2018 general fund. Budget items include more than $50 million going toward affordable housing throughout the city, as well as $27 million going toward transportation projects. The city is specifically looking to improve bike and pedestrian infrastructure. The city is looking to eliminate all late fees from the Denver Public Library system. Prior to this budget, money from library fees went toward the city’s general fund, not toward library programming, said Erika Martinez, the director of communications and community engagement with the Denver Public Library. Many cities across the nation are starting to eliminate fees because it prevents people from using the library. Fees are also harmful

toward a city’s more vulnerable populations, Martinez said. The library will continue charging fees for items that are lost or damaged. Fees will also be put in place if an item is more than 28 days overdue, Martinez said. In addition to those projects, the city has set aside funds to hire new police officers and firefighters. John White, a sergeant in the media relations unit with the Denver Police Department said that if the budget is approved, they will be hiring brand new officers with no experience, as well as a set of seasoned officers. DPD will hire four sergeants, three detectives, 18 officers, three corporals. They will then place those officers strategically depending on where they’re needed, White said. Detectives for example may be placed on domestic violence cases, something DPD is working on addressing. “We’re looking at the best way to deploy them to assist with our ongoing operations,” he said. To learn more about the proposed 2019 city budget, visit The city website includes graphs on where the money is coming from for the general fund, as well as which city departments it will be distributed to. People can also download a PDF version of the full budget. Members of the Denver City Council began budget hearings last month and will vote on the budget in November.

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Foundation finds new home in Cap Hill Last year, Denver Foundation awarded $66 million in grants Staff Report Over the next several years, a Capitol Hill landmark will be renovated to become the new home of the Denver Foundation, which closed a deal to buy the Casa Grande building at 1009 Grant St., according to a news release. The foundation will remain in its current location at 55 Madison St. in Cherry Creek until

2020, when it plans to move to Cap Hill. This will allow the foundation to finnish out its current lease and renovate Casa Grande. The 23,000-square-foot building sold for $4.7 million last month. Constructed in 1929, the building is included in the Grant Historic District. Any structural changes will need approval from the Landmark Preservation Commission.  Denver Foundation will work with the city’s Landmark office, the nonprofit Historic Denver and Capitol Hill United Neighborhoods to plan the renovations. 

Casa Grande is currently being used for office space. Founded in 1925, the Denver Foundation gives grants on an annual basis to serve the growing needs of the Denver metro area. In 2017, the Denver Foundation awarded $66 million in grants throughout the state. The foundation also helps individuals as well as businesses to establish charitable goals and strategies. The Denver Foundation can also help manage charitable funds so that individuals or businesses are not burdened with administrative costs. Learn more at

The building purchase is a first for the organization, which has been renting its space in Cherry Creek for more than 10 years. Owning the building will help give the foundation a stable future, said Virginia Bayless, the foundation’s interim president and CEO, in the news release. “Casa Grande not only meets our location and space goals, the relocation will also generate a significant decrease in annual occupancy expenses,” she said. “Our ultimate vision is to invest more charitable dollars from our permanent endowment—The Fund for Denver—in local communities.”

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nside a storefront in a corner of a shopping center off Colorado Boulevard, a group of teenage girls sorts through piles of clothes and hangers. They chatter as they work, pointing out national brand names like Vineyard Vines as they go through the donated clothes. Student Marygrace Adam, who with her peers from St. Mary’s Academy is volunteering this day at Clothes to Kids of Denver, is glad to be helping. “These clothes are going to people who need it,” she said. The nonprofit receives donations every day, said Katie Jones Jadwin, executive director of the organization that operates at 2890 S. Colorado Blvd. The sorting room is lined with folded clothes. Bags of recently donated items fill bins by the front door. Clothes to Kids operates a store in the same shopping area where people can make an appointment to get school wardrobes for their kids. Each child receives five tops, four bottoms, a coat, a pair of shoes, as well as five pairs of underwear and socks, all for free. The socks and underwear are guaranteed to be new, Jones Jadwin said. The store offers clothes to people from 3 to 21 years old, as long as students are enrolled in a school or GED program. Serving those in need Parents are referred to Clothes to Kids by aid organizations, schools or nonprofits. Children in foster care or children who qualify for free

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HOW TO DONATE CLOTHES Clothes to Kids of Denver takes gently-used clothing at its location at 2890 S. Colorado Blvd. If there is slight damage, such as missing buttons or broken zippers, executive director Katie Jones Jadwin said oftentimes the organization’s volunteers can fix items. Shoes and jeans, and clothes that kids grow out of or wear out quickly, are needed most. The nonprofit also hosts two events — the Undie 500 and Socks in the City — for new pairs of socks and underwear for children. The events bring in about 40,000 pairs of underwear and socks. For more information, visit and reduced lunch also qualify for clothes at the nonprofit. Families can get clothes for their children once every six months, Jones Jadwin said. The nonprofit also offers what Jones Jadwin calls extras — books, games, cleats and play clothes. While socks and underwear will always be popular items, shoes and coats can be the difference between getting to school or not, Jones Jadwin said. SEE CLOTHES, P28

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“If they have any type of walking or bus trip, where they have to wait at the bus stop, we found that coats really lower truancy rates,” she said. Last year, the nonprofit handed out 9,454 wardrobes. In September, it gave out its 50,000th wardrobe and in July its 1 millionth piece of clothing. Clothes to Kids is hoping to give out close to 10,000 wardrobes this year, Jones Jadwin said. Although the nonprofit allows for people to come in for clothes twice per year, about 80 percent of the families only visit during back-to-school season. During that time, the nonprofit has 100 appointments a day. Clothes to Kids also helps families experiencing a crisis. Maria Trujillo was shopping at the store for the first time in early October. She had heard about the program though the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) food program and St. Joseph Catholic Parish in the Lincoln Park neighborhood. Trujillo had recently been diagnosed with cancer, making it all but impossible for her to work, she said. In addition to her two children, she also cares for her sister’s kids. Being able to find something to help them out was a weight off her chest, she said. “I don’t want the kids at school bullying them or making fun of them,” Trujillo said. “It’s a tough situation. I didn’t expect to have cancer, but I do.” Saying yes to everyone In 2008, Clothes to Kids started in the shop where the sorting area is now housed. The crammed shop had room for one

November 2018 dressing room. At first, the organization only served the city of Denver. But as word spread about Clothes to Kids, people began coming in from all over the state, Jones Jadwin said. Now, the store serves Denver, Boulder, Broomfield, Douglas, Jefferson, Gilpin, Clear Creek, Adams, Arapahoe and Elbert counties. “A lot of people are willing to make the drive,” Jones Jadwin said. “We really decided to expand so we could say yes to everybody.” The shop has also expanded in size. Clothes to Kids moved to its current location in 2010. The larger space was larger included a room in the back for sorting donated clothes. In 2014, the nonprofit expanded again by knocking out the back walls and using the whole space for a store. At that time, it also began renting out the original shop space as a sorting area. Since Clothes to Kids serves some children in foster care, Jones Jadwin said it was important to separate the donation space from the rest of the store. This way, clothing donated in trash bags is kept in the sorting area and away from the shopping side. “It was kind of triggering for our youth in foster care. If they’ve been removed from home, often their belongings are all thrown in a black garbage bag,” Jones Jadwin said. “When they come here I don’t want them to see a black trash bag during a visit. I want them to see pretty clothes arranged how they like.” While her children looked at shoes, Trujillo sorted through a rack of clothes in the back of the store. She said she was grateful to Clothes to Kids for helping her get back on her feet. She plans on bringing in clothing that her own children have outgrown, as a way to give back. “It’s my turn, you know,” she said. “You get some and you return some.”

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