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February 2012

Volume 51, Issue No. 1

Inside Sean Mandel plants a seed on Colfax

We’ve Got To Get Ourselves Back To The Garden How a woman named Raw changed her diet, became a chef and moved in at 35th and Albion

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By Erin Vanderberg Editor

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GPHN remembers Linda Elliott pg. 15

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Aleece Raw started her journey toward owning a restaurant three years ago. Before her sister Shelly was diagnosed with stage III ovarian cancer, Aleece, an internet marketer, ate whatever was easy – namely, food from a box – and never thought twice about it. After Shelly was diagnosed, Aleece realized that she was the only woman in three generations of her family to be cancer-free, and she started researching what she could do immediately to decrease her risks. Now Aleece, three years a vegan, a graduate from Bauman College’s Natural Chef program and former intern

at Kate’s on 35th, and her family are poised to open The Garden this month for weekend brunch service. The Garden’s menu, vegetablebased as it is, will reflect what’s fresh and locally available. These days, it features items like pureed sweet potato soup and spinach, navy bean salad. Currently, Aleece and her nephew Jake Courington, Shelly’s son, are the only full-time employees at the restaurant. But they have a lot of help. Aleece’s sister Debbi Stephens, a fiveyear breast cancer survivor, is The Garden’s COO. Their mother Carol Carleton, a Hodgkin’s lymphoma survivor, is the CFO. Owen, Aleece’s step-dad, and

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The Education of Ami Desai An entrepreneurial educator becomes an entrepreneur redefining work By Erin Vanderberg Editor Contributed Photo/Family of Linda Elliott

Robbie Bean receives Trailblazer Award pg.15

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At home in her beautiful Park Hill bungalow, meditation deck out back, it’s clear that Ami Desai has it together. A known powerhouse in the Denver education community and now author, Ami sat down to talk with me about her new book, her recent world travels and how she became exactly what she wanted to be since she was four-years-old. Until mid-2010, Ami was the Head of the Denver Venture School in Five Points. When her school merged with Envision Leadership Prep and became Venture Prep on the Smiley campus here in Park Hill, Ami – the entrepreneurial educator – became an entrepreneur herself by opening her own educational consulting business, Ami Desai and Associates, LLC. As a result, the woman who used to wake up at 4 a.m., go to the gym before school, not come home

again until around 8 p.m., eat a litMalaysia, Sri Lanka, Bali, Lomtle dinner and work until bedtime, bok, Indonesia, Thailand and Brazil is now setting her own schedule. are the places she visited from 2010Because she can work 11. from anywhere, and Ami was born in because educational Vadodara, India. Her consulting work is doctor dad moved everywhere, she deher family to suburcided to use this new ban Detroit when freedom and flexibilshe was just a toddler. ity to tap back into When asked what she traveling. wanted to be when “I redefined what she grew up, almost work looked like for since she could talk GPHN Photo/E. Vanderberg myself,” said Desai. the answer was a Ami Desai at “I could be in these “first grade teacher.” home in Park Hill. beautiful and amazBecause the moding countries, workels in her family were ing here and there, and it didn’t all doctors, she nearly strayed off the feel like work – it was tons of fun educator course and went into psylearning about new cultures. I pur- chology, but for an educational psyposely went to no place I’d ever been chology class that just clicked. Her before, to expand my vision and first job out of college was doing exmindset about people and cultures actly what she had said she would: and happiness and life and what teaching first grade. defines us as who we are as human See She’s Going pg. 9 beings.”

Sand Creek Prepares for its 10th Anniversary By Erin Vanderberg Editor

In the mid-1990s, with Stapleton slated for closure, the planning process began for a park infrastructure that would turn a blighted waterway in an industrial corridor into the Sand Creek Regional Greenway that today boasts 13.5 miles of trail through Commerce City, Denver and Aurora. Five founding volunteers – Beth Conover, Pat McClearn, Happy Haynes, René Bullock, and Nadine Caldwell – spearheaded the concept. The Greenway opened to the public on June 8th, 2002. The Greenway ushers in its 10th anniversary this year with plans to complete at least one construction project in each of the three cities,

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to honor city partners and to get people out to the trail with a robust schedule of activities. The organization’s long-term goals include partnering to build trail connections to the Rocky Mountain Arsenal Refuge and improving the connection to the High Line Canal trail. “We love our spine, but it’s meaningless unless people can get to it,” said Executive Director Kate Kramer. Sand Creek made headlines last November after a spill from Suncor Energy’s refinery polluted its waters. According to Kramer, Suncor was quick to respond and have kept stakeholders abreast of their cleanup progress. “We have been nothing but

impressed with their commitment to the environment and community,” said Kramer. “We’re fans.” Community Outreach Manager Caroline Fry oversees most organized activity on the greenway, including the Next Generation Program – a youth outreach program launched last year to bring students to the Greenway for environmental education and exercise. “The Greenway is a fantastic resource to use educationally and recreationally,” said Fry. For more information, visit or call 303-468-3260.

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Among the many parks connected to the Greenway are Bluff Lake Nature Center and Star K Ranch, pictured here.

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Letter from the Editor By Erin Vanderberg Editor

Greetings Park Hill! I’m honored to be the new editor of the Greater Park Hill News, a paper that has a 50-year history as a catalyst for community. This month, we feature two Park Hill women, one making an impact through education and the other through food: Ami Desai and Aleece Raw. We highlight the man behind the proposed Sunflower Market development and the upcoming 10th anniversary of the Sand Creek Greenway. We checkin with local organizations: the Park Hill Bookstore, the Urban Farm at Stapleton and the Zion Senior Center to name a few. And we mark the recent passing of Linda Elliott, long-time chair of the GPHC Garden Tour. Along with the other new member of our editorial staff, Cory Lamz, and our advertising sales representative, Kelly O’Connell, I am working to make this paper an essential resource for our community by improving the newspaper’s website, beefing up the neighborhood events calendar and creating pullout sections. We will keep

the first of the month delivery date, and a big thank you goes out to Ann Long and all our neighborhood volunteers who deliver the paper for their efforts. GPHN has a new social media presence. Please take a moment to “Follow” @ parkhillnews on Twitter and to “Like” our Greater Park Hill News Facebook page to stay up-to-date on Park Hill news throughout the month. In the March issue, we will debut a GPHN Announcements page. Be it engagement, promotion, new baby or anything else worth sharing, contact me for details on how to submit your announcement. The best part of editing this newspaper is the opportunity it gives me to better know all of my neighbors. Please consider my door always open to you and your stories – and note that our deadline for contributed content is the 20th of each month. I can be reached at greaterparkhillnews@gmail. com. Yours, Erin


Greater Park Hill News Erin Vanderberg Editor

GPHC Publisher

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The Greater Park Hill News is published by Greater Park Hill Community, Inc. (GPHC) on the 1st of each month. Greater Park Hill Community, Inc. makes no warranties and assumes no responsibility for the accuracy of the information contained herein. The opinions expressed in articles are not necessarily the opinions of GPHC. GPHC does not necessarily endorse the companies, products or services advertised in The Greater Park Hill News unless specifically stated. GPHC reserves the right to run any advertisement. Circulation is 15,000 and is distributed to homes and businesses in the Park Hill Area by neighborhood volunteers. For advertising information, contact Kelly O’Connell at or call 303-229-8044 2823 Fairfax St. | Denver, CO 80207 303-388-0918 | | Fax: 303-388-0910 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Mon.-Thurs.

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Water Polo Comes To Hiawatha Contributed Photo/Jennifer Dretzka

A Park Hill resident is bringing a unique sport to our neighborhood, and area kids are having a ball. Mark Isenburg has been coaching water polo in and around Aurora for almost nine years. Now, he’s found a location that allows kids in Park Hill and other nearby neighborhoods to take part. Isenburg’s club, the Colorado Water Polo Pirates, has made the Hiawatha Davis Jr. Recreation Center at 3334 Holly St. their newest location.

The team hosted an introduction to water polo at the center last November and December. Turnout was strong, with kids ranging in age from 7 to 14. The club is open to kids up to 18 years of age. “For the young ones, it’s chance to splash around and play with a ball, so they think it’s great,” said Isenburg, “and the older kids like the challenge of a game that combines swimming, soccer and wrestling all into one game.” The coach says rec center

manager, Keith Abeyta, has been very encouraging to the team. Now, they are both working to see the sport grow here. Practices are Monday nights from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. for boys and girls 12 and under. Kids 13 and up are welcome from 6 to 7:30 p.m. A second night may be added in the near future. Find out more about the club at, or just drop in on Monday night to give it a try.

Does a month between issues ever seem like too long to wait? Well now you can keep up with Park Hill News and events throughout the month by “Following” @parkhillnews on Twitter or “Liking” the Greater Park Hill News Facebook page.

KEEP YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD STRONG! Join Greater Park Hill Community, Inc. Greater Park Hill Community, Inc. is a non-profit neighborhood organization, founded in the early 1960s, as a leader in the fight to keep Park Hill integrated. Today, in addition to publishing the Greater Park Hill News and managing a food bank, the GPHC hosts annual home and garden tours and is involved with a wide range of quality of life issues in the neighborhood. All neighborhood residents are invited to attend the monthly Board of Governors meeting at 6:30 p.m. on the first Thursday of every month at the GPHC offices at 2823 Fairfax St. For membership information, visit Pg. 4

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GPHC Food Pantry News By Sandra Henderson

January was a very busy month. We’re growing, we’re working to expand our services, we’re celebrating volunteers and we’re planning for Easter. At this month’s Greater Park Hill Community Board Meeting, I announced that the GPHC Food Pantry has gone from serving 144 people to serving 514. Many in the community don’t know that, in order to help the growing number of needy families in Park Hill, the GPHC Food Pantry purchases food from the Food Bank of the Rockies to supplement the donations it receives. Since the Food Bank of the Rockies only has certain items in stock, several items cannot be purchased on a regular basis: toothpaste, adult diapers, soap, tampons and other personal care items are seldom available to us. Diapers, detergent, dish soap and other household items can only be purchased some months. Park Hill residents and other donors have stepped up and donated boxes of these needed items. We thank you. Because we are growing, I need help. I was placed at GPHC by AARP, so we are looking for another person (potentially from the AARP as well) to help me with data entry, filing and other clerical duties. We are also looking to provide a service to jobseekers, and are looking for one or two computer donations so we can help people prepare resumes and search online in our community room. Please contact me if you are interested in donating or volunteering. Our volunteers are valuable. They are a wonderful group of dedicated people who want to give back to their community. They unload trucks when food is brought in and spend hours organizing food on the shelves. Some are retired, while others are unemployed. If you are looking for help of any kind, contact me to see if we can connect these skilled people to meaningful work. We celebrated our volunteers at a luncheon catered by Famous Dave’s BBQ on January 5th. It was good eatin’, jazz played in the background and it felt like a family picnic. Our Christmas Adopt-a-Family program was very successful. I would like churches, families and schools to contact me if you are interested in participating in an Easter Adopta-Family program. A single mother in need called crying on a day when the food pantry was closed, and GPHC Executive Director Heather Leitch personally packed up the items she needed and drove them to her. We care about people who need help in Park Hill. Thanks to everyone who supports us. The GPHC Food Pantry is located at 2823 Fairfax St. It is open to Park Hill residents Mondays and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Clients must provide a current piece of mail and a photo ID. Donations are accepted Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sandra Henderson can be reached at 303-388-0918 or GPHC Food Pantry volunteers enjoy a BBQ luncheon

GPHN Photo/Heather Leitch

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A Sunflower Seeds on Colfax Rosen Properties’ Sean Mandel cultivates a Sunflower Market at his grandfather’s old Ford dealership By Erin Vanderberg Editor

EDITOR’S NOTE: The Denver City Council took the final vote on whether or not to approve the rezoning necessary to build the Sunflower Market on Monday, January 30th, after our publication went to print. Keep up with the story by following our Twitter account, @ParkHillNews. Sean Mandel had never given much thought to the family business, Rosen Properties, a property management firm that owns around 100 residential and commercial units primarily on or around east Colfax, which his grandfather started as a side venture to Rosen-Novak Ford. Mandel did his undergrad work at Tulane University in New Orleans, worked for CALPIRG for a few years in San Diego and then earned his masters in Environmental Science and Policy from Columbia University in New York. His first job when he moved home to Denver was a three-year stint in the Governor’s Energy Office. His mother, Sharon Rosen, who has worked for Rosen Properties for nearly 30 years, began involving Sean in the business conversation, particularly the question of how to revitalize the blighted dealership property at Colfax and Garfield. Sean, who lives in the Congress Park neighborhood, took up the gauntlet in 2010. For him, it was a trial by fire, not having much experience in the world of development. One of the first things he learned was that he didn’t have a lot of control over who was interested in the property. Then Sunflower Market appeared and he saw a winner. Rezoning was not an original objective of the project, but it came down to adequately parking the site, which requires that three homes, owned by Rosen Properties and with tenants on a

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The Conceptual Site Plans of the Sunflower Market location on Colfax

month-to-month lease, be razed and rezoned to allow a parking lot to be built behind the Colfax storefront. “The most important thing for me has been carefully balancing all the competing priorities,” said Mandel. “A lot of property managers operate under a limited set of priorities, and I try to be more inclusive in what I’m doing and how I’m doing it. Anytime you expand your considerations, there can be more conflict, but I think we owe that consideration to our community. Our decisions have an impact beyond our business.” Out of several months of meetings with the Fax Partnership, Capitol Hill United Neighborhoods, Colfax on the Hill, Congress Park neighbors and particu-Sean Mandel larly the South City Park Neighborhood Association, a Memorandum of Understanding was developed that, according to Sean, everyone is happy with. If the project gets the green light from Denver City Council, who received over 350 letters via the Planning Board in support of an area grocer, then development will begin immediately, with Evergreen Development Company overseeing the construction – a partnership necessitated by capital outlay and expertise – with a tentative grand opening date around the holidays in 2012. “I have total faith in Colfax,” said Mandel. “People don’t understand the demographics that occur in the wonderful neighborhoods that surround Colfax and I’m excited to see how the level of interest in this neighborhood changes as this project solidifies.” And he’s really looking forward to not having to drive to the store.

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The Garden opens this month

Zion Senior Center Gets a Facelift

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pretty phenomenal things have happened Brad, Debbi’s husband, to her health: she has share the remained title of cancerThe Garden, at 3435 Albion Mr. Fixit. free, she St., opens February 4th O n dropped weekends for an 11 a.m. to her fam20 pounds 4 p.m. brunch service. ily coming and 4 Reservations are together to dress sizes, encouraged, 303-321-5231. create this she cannot For more information, visit restaurant, Aleece says: ber the “Through last time the worst tragedies that she was sick and she has happen, you find the boundless energy. Ironibest. There are two ways cally, Aleece used to hate to respond: we chose to her last name, Raw (you be grateful for life.” can imagine the jokes in While the restaurant school). But now it’s the has a variety of dairy- perfect name for a vegan and gluten-free items, it restaurateur. was the family patriarch, “I can’t say I’m an exOwen, who insisted The pert,” says Raw, “but I’m Garden have meat and happy to be in the circles dairy on the menu. learning about and sharBut since Aleece has ing wholesome and delibecome a vegan, some cious food.”

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Volunteers from Rebuilding Together Metro Denver pitched in on January 12th to replace more than 5,000 feet of carpet and put a fresh coat of paint on interior walls at the Zion Senior Center at 5151 E. 33rd Ave. Funding for the project came from Global Business Travel Assocation and the Rocky Mountain Business Travel Association. Work at Zion started last summer, marking the first time the senior center had been updated since it opened in 1978. Visit for more information.

Park Hill Bookstore Passes 500-member Milestone By Jack Farrar

The Park Hill Community Bookstore recently passed the 500-member milestone, a significant achievement given the precarious state of independent bookstores across the country. The store, at 23rd and Dexter, opened in 1971, the same year another venerable purveyor of literature, the Tattered Cover, was launched. “For an operation of our size, it is pretty remarkable that we have so many members,” said longtime volunteer (1978) John Eberhardt, who maintains the membership rolls. “We have some members who continue to renew even though they don’t purchase books very often, or don’t even live in the area any more. They just feel it’s important to stay connected to the community in some way.” Eberhardt said the bookstore diaspora includes families in such distant lands as New Jersey and Alabama. Notable

members include former Congresswoman Pat Schroeder and Colorado First Lady Helen Thorpe. There are four levels of annual membership dues at the bookstore. Family memberships are $20, individual memberships are $15, seniors and students can join for $10 and sustaining memberships are $40. A membership includes a discount on every purchase (equivalent to sales tax), 10 book credits (20 for sustaining level) and the right to trade used books two-for-one. State Senator Morgan Carroll, majority caucus chair of the Colorado Senate and chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, will sign her new book, Take Back Your Government, at the bookstore on Saturday, March 10, from noon to 1:30 p.m. The bookstore is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday. For more information, call 303-3558508.

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NEWS IN BRIEF Thousands Join Marade to Honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Legacy Colfax Avenue was bursting with even more life than usual on January 16, as over 26,000 Denver residents joined in the 27th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Marade to honor Dr. King and celebrate his legacy. The Marade – a hybrid march and parade – is the largest Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. event of its kind nationwide and drew participants of all ages and backgrounds to gather on a chilly, yet beautiful, Monday morning. Community members were joined in City Park by dignitaries, religious leaders and social justice organizations of all kinds, and together they marched straight down Colfax Avenue to Civic Center Park. Distinctive to this year’s Marade was an infusion of the youth voice, with Denver students singing the national anthem, performing poetry and serving as the official Mistresses of Ceremony – including Park Hill’s own Josie Shumway Brady. -Ryan Hanschen

Denver Finalizes New Precinct Lines One Month Ahead of Party Caucuses Effective January 6th, Denver now has 344 precincts, versus the 429 precincts it formerly had. The new precinct lines come on the heels of the statewide redistricting process that follows the federal Census and redraws political boundaries in response to population and demographic shifts. The Denver Elections Division received public feedback at a public hearing on December 1 and the final plan included a number of changes in response. A notification was sent to all voters in mid-January notifying them of their new districts and precincts in advance of the February 7th party caucuses. Maps of the new precinct lines are available at

Denver Parks and Recreation Adopts a New Fee Structure As of January 1st, the Denver recreation centers have a new fee structure where the rate you pay corresponds to the amenities and activities offered by your preferred fitness center, while allowing you access to any rec center in the same or lesser pricing tier. “What we were hearing a lot is that people were only going to their local rec center, but paying the flat rate for the 27 rec centers,” said Angela Casias, Community Relations and Marketing Specialist at Denver Parks and Recreation. The new City Council-approved pricing structure came from recommendations put forth by the 2008 Recreation Center Taskforce comprised of community members, stakeholders and staff. Family memberships are still available, offering pro-rated memberships per each additional family member. Also, since some rec centers are closed on Sundays and holidays, all memberships will be honored those days throughout the entire network. Fitness classes are included at every price level. In coming months, DPR will be promoting its financial assistance programs: My Place and PLAY. The My Place program, in partnership with Denver Pg. 8

Denver’s Martin Luther King Marade is the largest in the United States

Public Schools, provides an annual regional membership for all students attending a school where 75% of the population receives free or reduced lunches. 50,000 kids across Denver qualify for free annual membership through My Place. Students should bring their IDs to the rec center nearest them to see if their school qualifies. The Parks and Recreation Looking to Assist You (PLAY) program offers membership discounts from 10-90% for low-income adults and families who meet Federal Median Income Guidelines. To qualify for this program, visit the nearest rec center and ask for the PLAY information sheet. For more information, visit

Free Trees for Denver Residents This spring, The Park People organization is offering Denver residents two ways to receive free trees. The Denver Digs Trees’ Spring Street Trees program is offering free trees to be planted in the public right-of-way and Denver Forestry’s Mile High Million’s Trees for Energy Savings program is offering free trees for the west side of homes. Applications are due by February 15th. To apply, call 303-722-6262 or visit

News from State Representative Beth McCann, House District 8 The 2012 legislative session has begun! The session opened on January 11th and will run through May 9th. I wanted to let you know about the bills I am working on this year. As the session progresses, I am always open to your input or feedback if you would like to share your thoughts. Here is the legislation that I am proposing: 1) Foreclosure procedures: A bill to establish more requirements for a lender seeking to foreclose on someone’s home. The bill would require a lender to produce documents

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proving entitlement to foreclose on a house – requiring more proof than is currently required. This will give consumers a better opportunity to make sure the entity is entitled to foreclose. 2) Campaign contributions: A bill to establish campaign contribution limits in school board and RTD races (the amount is still being determined), suggested by our own Frank Sullivan. I ran this bill two years ago but it did not pass, so I’m going to try again! 3) Juvenile direct file bill: This will remove some discretion from D.A.’s when filing criminal cases against juveniles and require a transfer hearing in some cases. I am in the process of finalizing this bill. 4) Permanent maintenance: A bill to establish a formula for determining the amount of permanent maintenance (alimony) that should be ordered in domestic relations cases. Currently, there is a formula for temporary maintenance, but not permanent maintenance. As a result, the amount of permanent maintenance ordered by the courts differs wildly in various cases depending on the jurisdiction and court to which the case is assigned. This is very unfair to the parties getting divorced and makes it very difficult for them to anticipate their financial futures and discourages settlement of cases. 5) Human trafficking: A bill that will strengthen the current statute by including such things as asset forfeiture and funding for victims. As we head towards Valentine’s Day, let me take this opportunity to thank each and every one of you for making it possible for me to represent you in the State House. It is an honor and privilege to serve in the General Assembly and I am always grateful for your help and support! Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any concerns or comments on legislative matters. I look forward to hearing from you. Representative McCann can be reached at 303866-2959 or

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She’s Going To Tell You a Secret Continued from page 1 Ami, who by then had a Masters in Reading, came to Denver as a literacy expert through the Learning Network, and took a job at Montview Elementary in Aurora. While there, she decided an ESL endorsement was essential to teaching in Denver schools, and also earned her Principal Licensure in Administration. She went into the Mapleton Public Schools for several years, leaving Mapleton Expeditionary School of the Arts (MESA) for Denver Venture School in 2007. The goal of the Denver Venture School – a charter high school partnered with Expeditionary Learning, focused on entrepreneurship and leadership with a projectbased, character-driven curriculum – was to have students, by the time they were seniors, open and run their own business. According to Ami, kids came from all over

are passionate Denver and as about, they will far as Aurora, blow the top off some bussing of it,” said Deup to 2.5 hours sai. “We saw each day bethese 21st cencause they were tury skills that so interested in everybody talks entrepreneurabout just crop ship. The popuup without putlation was 80% ting any labels on poverty-level them: they had and 90% mito persevere, colnority. laborate, experi“These kids ence hardship, didn’t necesfocus on presarily have the sentation skills most powerand dress in real ful experiences business-casual leading into attire. If someone high school,” had told them said Ami. While the Ami Desai’s The Educational Secret is avail- that these are the school merged able Feb. 2012 at and skills you have to master to be able before the to win this, they freshman class could become business- the “Idea” competition would be like, ‘Whatevoperating seniors, the and got first place in the er, too much.’” Metro State Innova- “Business” competition, tion Challenge provided and continued to rank Denver Venture School over the years. “What I think we an annual business-based challenge in which they saw the most at Denver thrived. In their first Venture School is that year as participants, stu- if you put something in dents from the Denver front of students that Venture School swept they can drive, that they

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READ ALL ABOUT IT Ami Desai never set out to write a book. After reading Cedric Muhammad’s 3-part tome, The Entrepreneurial Secret, she was moved to contact Muhammad, former general manager of the Wu-Tang Clan, to request that he write a companion version of his book for young adults. Out of several conversations, they decided Desai should write it. With a fine balance of anecdotes from educators and hard data, The Educational Secret outlines business education strategies that respect students, inspire their creativity, build community, instill manners and produce young adults who are more prepared for the workforce. This is an inspiring book for students, educators and youth organizations, written by a woman who is herself an inspiration.

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The Urban Farm at Stapleton: Cultivating Kids, Crops and Animals By Katherine Pottinger TUF 4-H Club Reporter

The summer of 1993 brought joy to the lives of fifteen inner-city kids when the Urban Farm’s two founders, Khadija Haynes and Donna Garnett, started an afterschool program called Embracing Horses, which offered kids a chance to get outdoors, start a hobby and learn to care for animals. Without the program, these urban kids would never have had a chance to get involved in a farming community.

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In 1998, the farm relocated to Stapleton, a convenient location for urban dwellers to enjoy rural farming life. The growing farm also developed a more ambitious mission—to teach urban families about agriculture and the environment, to give at-risk families an opportunity to develop a positive self-image and to instill a good work ethic in its younger members. At first, keeping the farm going was tough; it had no running water, electricity or buildings. Dedicated rid-

ers, families and founders all pulled together in a tight-knit group and made it what it is today: a thriving farm with indoor and outdoor education buildings, riding arenas, a greenhouse, 24 horse pens, a successful 4H club and well-cared for small animals including goats, poultry, pigs and sheep. Today, the farm continues to benefit people with all types of interests. Those who don’t have the time or money to raise a horse can still enjoy riding, classes and horse care. Kids learn about

where food comes from other than a grocery store, and exploring the farm teaches the importance of keeping yourself and the environContributed Photo/Katherine Pottinger ment healthy. The people TUF is located at 10200 Smith Road. For more information, call 303-307-9332 or involved with visit the farm create long-lasting friendships demically throughout their and skills that will help life, as well as pride in indithem both socially and aca- vidual work.

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New car purchase becomes adventure By Dave Felice

The Chevrolet Centennial, the company’s newest model and a key element in the revival of General Motors, all currently converge in Park Hill. If you see a ruby-colored Chevrolet Sonic hatchback near Spinelli’s or Ciji’s, it’s me, in one of the few Sonic cars in Denver. It was important for me to purchase an American car, made by union workers. But when Sonic went into production, it was not available in Denver. So I ordered the car from a Michigan dealership and flew to Lake Orion to see production. I discovered workers there are as pleased to be making the Sonic as I am to own one. Members of United Auto Workers Local 5960 produce Sonic subcompact hatchbacks and sedans at GM’s Orion Assembly Center, located between Detroit and Flint. It is the only subcompact built in the United States. According to worker Tony Hufford of Local 5960, the Orion plant has “the latest and greatest techniques.” He considers the Chevy Sonic a significant improvement over small cars of the past. Hufford and other workers I spoke to were gratified to be part of GM’s recovery. “The company is really on the mend and the cars we are building are truly state of the art,” said Hufford. The car is made with lightweight steel that makes it more fuel-efficient, and the assembly process is more eco-friendly from the onset. The plant uses less water than older facilities, employs landfill gas energy in some operations and upgraded to an energy-efficient lighting system. GM is also the first U.S. automaker to use a new painting process that allows three coats to be applied to the body before it goes into the oven. Over three days, I drove 1,550 miles back to Denver. The trip was a remarkable opportunity to watch my new car come off the assembly line. It’s a little red car, but it’s “green” and proudly made in America. Long-time Park Hill resident Dave Felice ( works for CenturyLink and is a Steward for the Communication Workers of America Local 7777. Before getting the new Sonic, he owned a 1990 Buick Reatta built in Lansing, Michigan.

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Park Hill Table Tennis Player Wins National Volunteer Coach of the Year Award By Erin Vanderberg Editor

USA Table Tennis recently announced that Park Hill resident Duane Gall is this year’s recipient of their National Volunteer Coach of the Year Award. Duane is an USATT State Level and ITTF-PPT Level 1 Coach. Duane’s mom taught him and his brother how to play table tennis as kids in their Fort Collins basement. In college, after a minor back injury, Duane turned to table tennis to keep him occupied while he sat out from tennis and basketball. “I won the CSU tournament and began playing in tournaments in Denver and the rest is history,” says Gall. Duane, a retired accountant, has lived in Park Hill with his wife Jean since 1973.

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All four of his children went to Stedman Elementary and graduated from various DPS high schools. He coaches at Hiawatha Davis on Wednesday afternoons in conjunction with their afterschool kids program. “Like most retired folks, I appreciate the opportunity to volunteer and coaching table tennis is a way for me to volunteer in the community and give back to the sport which I have played for over 50 years,” said Gall. “His personal efforts have brought a large number of new players into the sport,” said Richard McAfeee, Chairman of the USA Table Tennis National Coaching Committee. Duane now becomes USATT’s entry into the United States Olympic Committee’s “Volunteer Coach of the Year Award” to be selected from the winners of all the Olympic Sports.

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Your Health Hub By Aron Snyder Health Policy Coordinator at the Stapleton Foundation’s be well Health and Wellness Initiative

Denver Mayor Mi- and all participants will chael Hancock and be well receive a pedometer (while challenge you to partici- supplies last) to track their pate in the be well Moves steps. To register, visit beCampaign. The be well Moves Campaign is a fun way to get Denver residents to increase their level of physical activity while enjoying their everyday activities. With the support of Denver Mayor Michael Hancock, this healthy living movement aims to address the health challenges that lead to chronic disease and illnesses by challenging participants to walk at least 2000 steps per day and to increase their movement by 2000 steps every four weeks. The campaign began on November 18, 2011, and runs through November 30, 2012. However, Contributed Photo/Stapleton Foundation registration is still Mayor Michael Hancock open to anyone who weighs in on the be well wants to participate Moves Campaign

The Greater Park Hill News | February 2012 or call 303-468-3232. Registration forms will also be available at any be well event or activity in the be well zone. be well Grants be well is offering small grants up to $500 to residents who organize unique activities, programs, forums and/or events that create awareness and engage others in conversations about healthcare access prevention and

reform. Participating groups or individuals will be provided the opportunity to establish projects and be well will directly pay all of the costs up to $500. Examples of projects are community forums, house meetings, door-to-door campaigns, school projects and others that you think will help get keep people informed and engaged in healthcare reform. For more information, contact Alisha

Brown at 303-468-3222. Your Health Hub is a monthly column provided by the be well Health and Wellness initiative of the Stapleton Foundation intended to provide Park Hill residents with detailed information on what is happening in health in the Park Hill neighborhood.

Tell Your Colorado Health Story Colorado HealthStory is working to create an appreciation of our shared experiences of health, one conversation at a time. Everyone has a health story to tell; the joyous birth of a baby, the moving experience of sitting with a dying parent, a journey of remarkable

healing, the daily reality of living with diabetes, the perspective gained from providing health care. We invite you to tell a health story and join the conversation about health in your community. Colorado HealthStory is recording individual

stories and conversations in Park Hill right now! For more information about Colorado HealthStory or to share your story, visit or contact Joe Campe of thwe Colorado Coalition for the Medically Underserved at or 720-987-9570.

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A L ve Letter from Your L vely Local Library By Tara Bannon Williamson Senior Librarian Park Hill Branch Library

Dear Library Customer, Why do we love thee? Let us count the ways! 1. We love our customers because they brighten our day. Each time you stop by, your smiles warm our hearts. The jokes you share with us make us laugh until

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our bellies ache. Your kind words of gratitude remind us why we work in a library. 2. We love our customers because they love reading. The books you recommend to us are often our favorites. The conversations we have with you stimulate our minds and keep us eager to learn more. The joy we receive from seeing kids have a ball at Storytime each week makes us hopeful for the future.

3. We love our customers because they are good neighbors. The friendly waves we receive from folks walking by make us feel appreciated! The information you share with us about local happenings keeps us in the loop and involved in the neighborhood. 4. We love our customers because they are community-minded. The help we receive from our volunteers keeps

the library going. The ideas for programs you give us keep us relevant. The obvious love you have for our neighborhood inspires us all. 5. We love our customers because they love us. The treats you gave us during the Holidays reminded us that what we do truly matters to our community. Your letters of gratitude for the help you receive are cherished. The list could go on and on. Please know how

much library staff in your neighborhood appreciate you! Without our customers, the library would not be the vibrant and flourishing place that it is today. If there is anything we can do to enhance your experience, please do not hesitate to contact us at 720-8650250. While we may not be able to satisfy every request due to current budgetary limitations, we will always do our best to make you feel welcome at the Park Hill Branch Library.

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COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS Former Chair of the Greater Park Hill Home Tour Passes Our neighbor and friend Linda Elliott succumbed to cancer on Thursday, January 12, 2012. Elliott was a realtor by profession, but a gardener by passion whose gardens were featured on the Park Hill Garden Tour. She loved her animals, painting, reading and many other hobbies, but most of all she loved her three daughters. The 20-year Park Hill resident was one of six siblings. She moved to Denver in 1980 from her native Omaha. When she was awarded the Dr. J. Carlton Babbs Memorial Community Service Award in 2005 for her years of service as chair of the Greater Park Hill Home Tour, Elliott told the GPHN: “I was at home for the first time when I arrived in Park Hill. It is a community welcoming of many different people.” Linda is survived by her daughters – Robin Williamson, Katherine Elliott and

Jordan Elliott – and her five siblings – Sandra Milazzo, Susan Eaton, John Jordan, Ronald Jordan and Lisa Mannion. In lieu of flowers, her family requests that remembrances be sent to The Denver Hospice at Dr. Robbie Bean Receives MLK Trailblazer Award Dr. Robbie Bean, octogenarian, 50-year resident of the Park Hill neighborhood and 32-year teacher in the Denver Public School system, has received another accolade for her life’s work in education, civil rights and service. At the January 13, 2012 Martin Luther King Jr. Business Social Responsibility luncheon, Robbie was honored with the Trailblazer Award. Park Hill Girl Scout Troop 1750 Bridges at Royal Gorge Five Park Hill Girl Scouts have bridged to the next level of scouting to become Senior

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Girl Scouts. Girl Scouts advance through the categories of Scouting through “bridging” ceremonies, and Troop 1750 thought it would be fun to commemorate this achievement by bridging, both literally and figuratively, at Colorado’s famous Royal Gorge Bridge. This summer Troop 1750 will travel to the International Girl Scout Center in London, the Pax Lodge, and also visit Dublin and Paris. For more information about getting involved in Girl Scouting, please call Girl Scouts of Colorado at (303) 778-8774 or visit

Scholarships Available for AfricanAmerican females The Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Denver Alumnae Chapter will award scholarships ranging from $500 to $6,000 to selected African-American female high seniors and graduate students. To request an application, email scholarships@ For more information, contact Daphne Hunter at 303-908-5751 or Ap-

plications must be postmarked by April 1, 2012. Call for Jazz Artists The Five Points Jazz Festival, on May 19, 2012, is expecting over 10,000 visitors in its ninth year of food, fun and fantastic music along Welton Street in Five Points. If you are a jazz musician, the festival needs you. They are looking for a variety of talent for their venues. For more information and to register, visit and click the Events tab.

Call for Science Mentors East High School has a new student club: Science Olympiad. If you have a background in science or technology, use your talents in partnering with students to prepare for competitions. For more information, contact Amy Hanson, Chemistry Teacher, at 720-423-8430 or

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EVENTS CALENDAR THURSDAY, FEB. 2 The Denver Museum of Nature and Science hosts community forum on Education and Collections Facility addition. 7:30 to 9:30 a.m., DMNS-West Atrium, 2001 Colorado Blvd. RSVP to 2040 Partners for Health hosts free 2012 Health Summit. 8:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Denver School of the Arts-Concert Hall, 7111 Montview Blvd. RSVP to All Ages Storytime (every Thursday) at 10:30 a.m., and Book Babies, at 11:15 a.m. Park Hill Branch Library, 4705 Montview Blvd. Call 720-865-0250. The Center of Light kicks off three-day spiritual seminar event with Mother Clare Watts. 7:30 p.m., 2300 Forest St. $25 suggested donation for two. Visit FRIDAY, FEB 3 The Mayor’s Office of Emergency Management holds Community Emergency Response Training (CERT). 6 to 9 p.m. at Denver Police District #2, 3921 Holly St. Visit Tales for Twos, a storytime for two-year-olds. 10:30 a.m. at the Park Hill Branch Library, 4705 Montview Blvd. Call 720-865-0250. The Denver Museum of Nature and Science opens a temporary exhibition of live reptiles called Lizards & Snakes. 9 a.m. at DMNS, 2001 Colorado Blvd. MONDAY, FEB. 6 East High School PTSA meets. East High School Commons, 1600 City Park Esplanade. Visit or contact TUESDAY, FEB. 7 Free instruction on downloading eBooks. 4 to 6 p.m. at the Park Hill Branch Library, 4705 Montview Blvd. Call 720865-0250.

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State Representative Beth McCann hosts a Town Hall Meeting. 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Montview Presbyterian Church, McCollum Room, 1980 Dahlia St. Call 303-866-2959 or visit WEDNESDAY, FEB. 8 The 9Health Fair offers FREE flu shots to community members. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Greater Park Hill Community Center, 2823 Fairfax St. Call 303-388-0918. MONDAY, FEB. 13 The Travel Lovers Book Club discusses Muriel Barbery’s novel, The Elegance of the Hedgehog. 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. at the Tattered Cover, 2526 E. Colfax Ave. Contact Jane Stanfield at 303-988-1356. The Denver Museum of Nature and Science celebrates Charles Darwin’s birthday with biologist and author Sean B. Carroll. 7 p.m. at the DMNS, 2001 Colorado Blvd. $12 member, $15 nonmember. Visit TUESDAY, FEB. 14: Valentine’s Day Tables on Kearney offers a four-course, prix fixe Valentine’s Day dinner special for $55 a person. 5 to 9:30 p.m. at 2267 Kearney St. Call 303-388-0299. WEDNESDAY, FEB. 15 East High School Parent and Teacher Conferences begin today. 3:15 to 7:15 p.m., 1600 City Park Esplanade. To schedule your conference, visit and click Schedule. THURSDAY, FEB. 16 State Sen. Mike Johnston hosts informal “What’s on Tap” discussion. 5 p.m., Jake’s Food & Spirits, 3800 Walnut St. Visit The DMNS hosts its third Thursday Science Lounge event – this month’s theme Hugs and Hisses. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at DMNS, 2001 Colorado Blvd. Continued on next page

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EVENTS CALENDAR $8 member, $10 nonmember. Ages 21 and up. Visit FRIDAY, FEB. 17 City offices closed for city furlough day. SATURDAY, FEB. 18 be well hosts Medicare and the Affordable Care Act discussion. 9:30 to 11 a.m., Scott United Methodist Church, 2880 Garfield St. A light breakfast will be served. Call 303-322-8967. MONDAY, FEB. 20: President’s Day SCFD Free Day at the Denver Botanic Gardens. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the DBG, 1007 York St. Visit. The Denver Garden Club holds its monthly meeting. 7 p.m. at the Colorado Garden Club Building, 1556 Emerson St. Contact Glenda Condon, 303-377-3580. WEDNESDAY, FEB. 22 Lenten season at Park Hill United Methodist Church begins. 6 p.m., 5209 Montview Blvd. Call 303-322-1867. Montview Boulevard Presbyterian Church marks the beginning of Lenten season. 7:30 p.m., 1980 Dahlia St. Call 303-355-1651. THURSDAY, FEB. 23 The Denver Center for International Studies at Ford Elementary opens exhibit of student work, Art Around the World. 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Ford Elementary, 14500 Maxwell Pl. Contact at 720-424-7362 or SATURDAY, FEB. 25 The Inter-Neighborhood Cooperation Zoning and Planning Committee meets. 9:30 a.m. to noon at 1201 Williams St., 19th-floor party room.

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The family of GPHC founding member Art Branscombe host a celebration of Art’s life. Bring a photo, clipping or memory to share with Art if you can. 4 to 6 p.m. at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 2201 Dexter St. To RSVP, call 303394-3842 or email The Montview Community Preschool and Kindergarten hosts a Black and White Basement Ball and Auction to benefit their tuition assistance program. 7 to 11 p.m. at 1980 Dahlia St. $20 advance, $35 door. Call 303-322-7296. MONDAY, FEB. 27 The Denver Museum of Nature and Science hosts SCFD Community Free Day. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the DMNS, 2001 Colorado Blvd. Visit Center of Light screens Vanishing of the Bees. 7:30 p.m., 2300 Forest St. Visit TUESDAY, FEB. 28 Active Minds hosts a free lecture on The U.S. Internment of JapaneseAmericans. 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Tattered Cover, 2526 E. Colfax. Contact 303-322-7727. The Denver Museum of Nature and Science hosts The Little Creatures of Snowmass presentation. 7 p.m. at the DMNS, 2001 Colorado Blvd. $8 member, $10 nonmember. Visit WEDNESDAY, FEB. 29: Leap Day Denver Scholarship Foundation hosts a FAFSA Workshop. 6 p.m., East High School, 1600 City Park Esplanade. Visit

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FAITH COMMUNITY Agape Christian Church 3050 Monaco Pkwy. 303-296-2454 Pastor Bob Woolfolk Bethsaida Temple Christian Center 3930 E. 37th Ave. 303-388-7317 Sun. Service: 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Mon. prayer, Wed. Bible Study, Fri. Evangelical Service: 7 p.m. Center of Light 2300 Forest St. 720-308-9944 Mon.-Fri.: 6 a.m. meditation and communion. Sat.: 8 a.m. meditation and communion. Sun.: 9:30 a.m. meditation and service Christ the King Missionary Baptist Church 2390 Olive St. 303-355-5556 Sun. Service/School: 9:30 a.m. Worship Hour: 11 a.m. Weds Prayer/Bible Study: 6 p.m.

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Cure d’Ars Catholic Church 3201 Dahlia St. 303-322-1119 Father Simon Kalonga Mass: Tue., Thurs., Fri. at 9 a.m. Weds at Noon, Sat. at 5:30 p.m. and Sun. 8 and 11 a.m. Gethsemane Trinity Temple 2586 Colorado Blvd. 303-388-2304 Pastor Dr. William A. Harris Sun. Services: 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Sunday School: 9:15 a.m.; Friday Bible Study: 7:30 p.m. Greater Mt. Olive Baptist Church 4821 E 38th Ave., 303333-3325 Pastor L. Paul Williams Graham Multicultural Church 33rd and Elm 303-393-1333 Pastor Supt. Patrick L. Dimmer Sun. School, Worship: 9 a.m., 10:45 a.m. Bible

Study Tues. at 7 p.m.; Choir practice Fri. at 7:30 p.m.Sunshine Band Saturday at 11 a.m. House of Joy Miracle Deliverance Church 3082 Leyden St. 303-388-9060 Pastor Dr. Ralph E. Beechum Sabbath Service: Sat. and Sun. at 11 a.m. Tuesday Miracle Night Prayer at 7 p.m. Bible Study: Weds. 6 p.m., Thurs. 7 a.m. King Baptist Church 3370 Ivy St. 303-388-3248 Pastor Dr. Terrence Hendricks Sun. Service: 8 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Sunday School: 9:30 a.m. Communion Service every first Sunday. Loving Saints Christian Fellowship Zion Senior Center, 5150 E. 33rd St. 303-377-2762 Pastor Reverend Craig Burlinson

Sun. Service, School: 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m. Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Debreselam Medhanealem Church 5152 E. 17th Ave. 303-333-4766 Messiah Community Church, ELCA 1750 Colorado Blvd. 303-355-4471 Pastor Wolfgang Stahlberg Sun. Service/ School: 9:30 a.m. East Denver Church of Christ 3500 Forest St. 303-322-2677 Sun.: School, 9 a.m.; Worship, 10 a.m.; Eve Services, 6 p.m. Weds.: Ladies Bible Class, 10 a.m.; Eve Services, 7 p.m. Ministerios Pentecostales 3888 Forest St. 720-941-8433 Pastor Diaz Sun.: Noon, 5 p.m. Weds.: 7 p.m.

Montview Boulevard Presbyterian 1980 Dahlia St. 303-355-1651 Sun.: Services: 8:15 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.; Adult Education, 9:15 to 10:15 a.m. Fellowship in Commons, 11:30 a.m. New Hope Baptist Church 3701 Colorado Blvd. 303-322-5200 Rev. Dr. Eugene M. Downing, Jr. Sun.: Services, 8 a.m./ communion (first Sun. only), 10:45 a.m.; School, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Children’s Church (second and third Sun. only): 10:45 a.m. Weds: Prayer Meeting, 7 p.m. Park Hill Congregational Church 2600 Leyden St. 303-322-9122 Pastor David Bahr Sun. Services, School and Nursery: 10 a.m. Faith Community listings continued on next page

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Park Hill Presbyterian Church 3411 Albion St. 303-399-8312 Pastor Matthew W. Kingsbury Sun. Worship, School: 10 a.m., 11:45 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. Park Hill United Methodist Church 5209 E. Montview Blvd. 303-322-1867 Pastor John Thompson Sunday Contemporary Gospel Service: 9 a.m. Traditional Service: 11 a.m. Sunday School during worship services. Communion 1st Sunday of each month Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church 3301 Leyden St. 303-322-5983 Sunday Worship: 8 a.m.,

11 a.m. Sun. School: 9:30 a.m. St. Thomas Episcopal 2205 Dexter St. 303-388-4395 Rev. Ruth WoodliffStanley Sun. Spoken Mass: 8 a.m. Sun. Christian Education: 9:15 a.m. Sun. Sung Mass: 10:30 a.m. Weds. Morning Prayer: 7 a.m. Thurs. Evening Prayer: 6 p.m. Union Baptist Church 3200 Dahlia St. 303-320-0911 Sun.: School, 9:30 a.m., Worship, 10:30 a.m. Weds: 7 p.m. Unity on the Avenue 4670 E. 17th Ave. 303-322-3901 Rev. Josette Jackson Sun. Services and Children’s Church: 10 a.m. Fellowship: 11 a.m.

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Service Directory White Magic: Cleaning Services Call Juana Ramos at 720-371-3290.

DHE Electric: Dan Free Estimates! 720-276-2245 Inexpensive, CO State Licensed. Recessed lights, outlets, hot tubs, indoor & outdoor lights, repairs. 100% guarantee.

Reliable Snow Removal: Prices starting at $20.00 per snowfall based on lot size. Salt applied for an additional $5.00. 3rd generation Park Hill resident. Call Trapper at 720-548-0564. The Wall Rebuilder: Interior Plaster Repair. We fix cracks, holes, water damage, crumbling walls. Match or change texture. Specializing in older plaster homes. Free Estimates. Dan Pinto 303-698-1057.

Creation 101: The Law of Creation. From thoughts to things. So simple even a cave man can do it. Learn how to tap the infinite, how to create miracles for a better life, to make your world a better place. Call Joseph Floss 303-321-2681 Pets In The Hood: Park Hill native specializing in customized pet care services. Includes house/pet sitting and adminstering meds. References upon request. To schedule a meet and greet call 303-587-8892 or email at

Just Plumbing: Toilets, Tubs, Sinks, Showers, Drains, Water Heaters, Garbage Disposals. 303-668-2154 Park Hill Resident

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