All the News About Denver’s Best Residential Community Since 1961 Volume 53, Issue No. 1
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MLK in Park Hill: 50 Years This Month Witnesses recall unwavering eloquence of civil rights leader’s 1964 message during Denver visit By Cara DeGette
Standing on the steps of Montview Boulevard Presbyterian Church on Jan. 26, 1964. Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. stepped outside to speak to the overflow crowd outside before addressing the congregation inside. Photo by Mel Schlieltz, Rocky Mountain News collection/Denver Public Library
not change attitudes that condone discrimination. When Martin Luther King, Jr. came to “Legislation can’t make a man love me, Park Hill 50 years ago this month, he mesbut it can stop a man from lynching me,” merized and energized thousands of ColoKing told an audience of 600 on a Friday radans working toward integration and night at the University of Denver. waging a battle for King’s visit was sponracial equality. sored by the Denver King’s three-day Commission on Human historic visit included Relations. The organiseveral speaking en- “And I want to say, what a great zation’s chairman, Dick gagements in Denver pleasure it is to be in the state Young, escorted the civil and Littleton. The of Colorado once more, and in rights leader to his many Sunday before he flew speaking engagements this total community.” home to Atlanta, he and meetings with other delivered a Sunday local leaders in Denver Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., sermon at Macedonia and Littleton. Baptist Church and arriving in Denver in January, 1964 “I was just awestruck then spoke at Montat how he spoke, using view Boulevard Presno notes,” said Young, byterian Church. The who has lived in Park crowd, in the thousands, spilled onto the Hill with his wife Lorie for 53 years. “He street outside. was just such an effective speaker.” Everywhere, King spoke of the battle for Park Hill’s relevance racial equality, and for the Civil Rights Act Park Hill was particularly relevant to of 1964, which passed later that year. Also King’s visit because the neighborhood was that year, he was awarded the Nobel Peace ground zero in the fight for fair housing and Prize in Oslo, Norway. public school integration during the time. According to an account in the Jan. 25, Park Hill was the first neighborhood in 1964 Rocky Mountain News, King hinted Denver -- and was a model for the nation at a national boycott of industries that re-- to resist the blockbusting that occurred fuse to abandon employment policies that allow racial discrimination. He rejected continued on page 11 suggestions that enacting new laws would
‘Making a Democratic Process More Democratic’ Tracing the roots of the neighborhood movement As Denver’s Inter-Neighborhood Cooperation (INC) prepares for its annual dinner on Jan. 30, a former City Council member and a community development expert recall the leadership of the Park Hill community in the “neighborhood movement” of the early 1970s. Former Councilwoman Cathy Donohue and INC’s first Chair and community consultant Bernie Jones say Park Hill was uniquely positioned to be part of INC’s development because the neighborhood already had an essential cohesion. “Forming INC was part of the continuing process of making a democratic process more democratic,” says Jones, a retired community development and planning specialist now living in British Columbia. According to Jones, “neighborhood groups were popping up all over the place” in the 1970s. Recognition of Registered Neighborhood Organizations (RNOs) later became part of the “Neighborhood Notification Ordinance of 1979.” Donohue says that in her view, groups developed in response to widespread dissatisfaction over the administration of then-Mayor Bill McNichols, who served from 1968 to 1983.
“The mayor’s friends got what they requested, while everyone else suffered,” Donohue said. “The mayor had total control over the budget, and there was absolutely no communication between the mayor and council except those members who were ‘in his pocket.’”
Setting the pattern Longtime INC representative Michael Henry of Capitol Hill says neighborhoods were increasingly concerned about what he terms was McNichols’ “usual failure to inDave Felice form or consult with residents or neighborhood associations about issues and changes that would affect the neighborhoods.” Jones cites the work of Jules Mondschein of Park Hill in the 1960s, when the neighborhood struggled against segregation and some real estate agents encouraged white residents to move out of the area. As historian Phil Goodstein describes in his book Park Hill Promise (New Social Publications, 2012), Mondschein became the first chairman of Greater Park Hill Community when GPHC developed in 1970 from the Park Hill Action Committee. Donohue, who served on council for seven years beginning in 1975, termed Park
“At first, the law was small and simple, focusing primarily on zoning matters which would affect neighborhoods. It has become much more sophisticated now. “
six organizations. Eight promptly joined. Henry, Jones, and Donohue say INC began working with “sympathetic” members of Council. “We had to have nine votes to sustain a mayoral veto, and that was almost impossible,” Donohue said. She credits staff aides Jennifer Macy and Judy Gold for working closely with thenCouncilmembers Sal Carpio, Sam Sandos, Bill Roberts, Paul Hentzell, and Cathy Reynolds to develop the “Neighborhood Registration and Notification Ordinance.” “At first, the law was small and simple, focusing primarily on zoning matters which would affect neighborhoods,” said Jones. “It has become much more sophisticated now. “
Two ways to view the ordinance The ordinance requires organizations to register annually with Community Planning and Development after meeting certain organizational criteria. It also requires city departments to send written notification to the RNOs on matters such as zoning, liquor licensing, requests to vacate streets and alleys, and, more recently, marijuana store licenses. “There are two fundamental ways to view the ordinance,” Jones said. “One is for city officials to make a decision and encourage
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Hill a well-respected neighborhood, and one that set a pattern for others. The year after Park Hill Action Committee formed, residents to the east organized what became known as Capitol Hill United Neighborhoods (CHUN). Others smaller groups started coming together in the Washington Park neighborhood of south Denver and in the northern and western parts of the city. By 1975, Jones says, leaders who had “met in various ways” (this was before the Internet and e-mail), and started to talk about establishing a neighborhood coalition. “We were fellow strugglers against a city administration that didn’t care (about neighborhood residents),” said Jones. “Our first meeting consisted of 12 people in my (Capitol Hill) living room.” Jones says the group wrote a constitution that required an initial membership of
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New Year Reflections January marks my official one-year anI do my best to connect people with other niversary as Executive Director of Greater helping programs. No one day is like anothPark Hill Community Inc. With more than er and I love the diversity of issues I get to 20 years experience working with nonprofwork on as reflective of the diversity of our its in volunteer recruitment, fundraising, neighbors and Park Hill’s history. It’s been management and as an executive director, an incredible year. as well as serving on the GPHC Board for After our emergency food pantry was disa year, I felt prepared to step into this role. continued in 2012 for a period of reassessEven so, it has been an exment, I’ve written about citing and challenging year the ongoing need for our working with something pantry and the families so close to my heart as my we’ve served. What I perown Registered NeighborRobyn Fishman haps haven’t fully covered Executive Director are all the volunteers who hood Organization. I’ve had the opportunity have made it possible as it to learn from and work with a dedicated now operates. and hard-working executive committee, We’ve received almost 14,000 pounds of and learn everything that goes in to making food donated since I started, which has been GPHC function behind the scenes, which sorted by local school groups, Girl Scout has been a truly eye-opening experience. troops, church groups, parent co-ops, retirI encourage everyone to attend one of our ees and caring community members. We’ve monthly meetings and to consider getting been able to serve several hundred people in involved on a deeper level on our board of 10 months since re-opening, through food governors if you care about Park Hill issues. and financial donations made in Park Hill and for Park Hill. It is tremendously gratifyMyriad of issues ing to see how our neighborhood offers its I’ve had to become a Jill-of-All-Trades, support to those in need. such as learning to cultivate plants for our Thank you to Pamela and Becky food pantry, and honing writing skills to coalesce thoughts into something hopeIn December, we passed our inspection fully coherent for my monthly newspaper by Food Bank of the Rockies, with their column. Director of Agency Relations declaring that I’ve had an opportunity to meet with Park our Pantry was “the cleanest and most orHill neighbors on a myriad of issues, from ganized I’ve ever seen.” While I take great schools to liquor licenses, concerns about pride in that glowing review, the credit goes uses of City Park and crime, and fielding to our dedicated group of volunteers who questions on topics as diverse as traffic flow have helped to run the pantry this year, and power lines, to whether a lawn full of especially Becky Richardson and Pamela vacuums is art or commerce. I receive daily Washington. requests for other types of aid in addition Becky started a year ago this month, and to our food pantry and coat giveaways, so continued on page 15
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The Common Core: Another Test Coming to a School Near You
Education and politics are no more interprobationary status, dismissal, and nontwined than they are in the Common Core renewal of contracts.” From that point on, State Standards (CCSS). Colorado is one your child’s performance on state tests and of 45 states to have ada teacher’s evaluopted the CCSS, which ation were intrinare being implemented sically linked and now, in the 2013-14 aclegislated by state Lynn Kalinauskas law. ademic year. The stated GPHC Education Chair goal of these standards The Common is to develop students Core seeks to set who are “college or castandards across reer ready.” Indeed that turn of phrase now the nation for grades kindergarten through permeates Denver Public Schools’ copy and 12. Taking part in the Common Core is was used by all candidates running for the voluntary and states can decline to join. school board in the fall. This past July, citing the cost of implementWith funding from the Bill and Melinda ing Common Core testing as a major isGates Foundation, the Common Core was sue, Georgia withdrew its participation in created by the National Governors AssoCCSS. In addition, Georgia pulled out of ciation, the Council of Chief State School the PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Officers and Achieve, an education reform Readiness in College and Career). PARCC organization. Subsequently, the federal govis a consortium of states, including Coloernment bought into the plan and funding rado, that are “working together to develop for education, known as Race to the Top, a common set of K-12 assessments in Engwas linked to states’ willingness to adopt the lish and math anchored in what it takes to Common Core. be ready for college and careers” (see more In December 2011, Colorado was awardat parcconline.org). ed $17.9 million Race to the Top dollars CCSS is big business based on its stated goal to implement the The Common Core is big business for Colorado Academic Standards, which intemanufacturers and suppliers of educagrate the CCSS and, to develop the state’s tional software, technology, curriculum, educator evaluation system. The funds were textbooks, and for educational consultants. used to help implement Senate Bill 10-191, While contracts over textbooks are being passed by the Colorado legislature in 2010, negotiated, some DPS schools do not have which legislated teacher evaluation based the materials they need to support the Comon student performance. mon Core standards. According to SB 10-191, the new evaluaOne questions begs to be asked: how tion system will “provide a basis for making much of per-pupil funding is going to Comdecisions in the areas of hiring, compensamon Core testing? tion, promotion, assignment, professional development, earning and retaining non-
CCSS in the Classroom The suggestion that teachers and educators were central to the development of the CCSS is a fallacy. They are, however, the ones who are on the frontline implementing the standards in their classrooms. Most schools refrain from saying that they teach to the test but students’ scores on these tests affect both their teachers’ evaluations and the school’s performance rating. In addition to interim tests and benchmarks, the Colorado Department of Education states that in 2014 students will take the following tests: • TCAP (Reading, Writing and Mathematics) • New Colorado Measures of Academic Success (CMAS): Science and Social Studies • CMAS are the tests associated with the Common Core that students will be taking in April 2014, after the TCAPs in March. Additional or different tests are given to English language learners and students with significant cognitive disabilities.
• In 2015, the TCAP is no longer in play. Students will be taking the following tests: • New English Language Arts and Mathematics Assessment (PARCC assessment expected, computer based) • CMAS: Science and Social Studies These tests will be administered in all publically funded schools, be they traditional, innovation or charter. Questions have been raised about the technology needed in each school to administer the PARCC.
Parents opt-out option There has been grassroots opposition to the CCSS, including some from parents saying “no” to big money, big government, and big business. The Colorado Department of Education, your school district and your school expect all enrolled students to participate in the above tests. Every year, however, some parents choose to opt their children out of testing. Tests can be a good measure of a student’s abilities in specific subjects and the continued on page 15
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On the Move With Sen. Mike Johnston Lawmaker eyeing plan B, C or D for education funding By Cara DeGette
surrounding areas. While running errands, from getting locked out of his office at the state capitol to a pit stop at the governor’s office for a meeting, Johnston talked about what he called his greatest sore spot – working so hard on Amendment 66, only to see it go down by a 65-35 margin. Johnston, who is chairman of the Senate Finance Committee and serves on the education committee, also weighed in on what’s next for education
It’s been two months since Colorado voters resoundingly rejected Amendment 66, a measure to raise taxes by nearly $1 billion a year to pay for education. Greater Park Hill News caught up by phone with the proposal’s chief architect and cheerleader, Sen. Mike Johnston, a Democrat who represents Park Hill and
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funding and other previews to the upcoming legislative session, which kicks off Jan. 8. GPHN: Were you surprised that Amendment 66 was defeated so definitively? Johnston: I was completely shocked. The polling data showed us close, and it wasn’t until the Monday before the election that we realized it was down, and down significantly. The scope of the defeat showed us that certainly we need to scale down what we’ll be able to do to fund education. Some of the feedback we got was that we had to be bipartisan, and get bipartisan support. Well, I’d talk to my [Republican] colleagues on the other side of the aisle and they’d say ‘the reason I’m here is because I promised my constituents I would support no taxes ever.’ Those are the kinds of things that made us step back and say maybe we need to consider plan B or C or even D to try to look at an incremental approach to funding education. GPHN: What do those plans entail? Johnston: The short answer is, we don’t know yet. I think the immediate answer is there is no grand bargain at this time, no long-term solution to Colorado’s constitutional crisis. It’s clear that one comprehensive package is not possible, so we need to go back and talk about long-term plans and shorter-term steps. We’ll need to figure out how much we can do at the legislative level with existing revenues, and how and when we can fund [the school finance law]. We’ll have to look at how to take all the components from Amendment 66 and do them in, say, five years instead of one big thing. GPHN: What bills are you going to be
working on in the upcoming session? Johnston: I’m going to work on multiple avenues to address needs on K-12. I want to try to find ways to find more dollars for K-12, including increasing the number of preschool slots and full day kindergarten, and addressing increased needs for technology. I’m also working on a bill to address chop shops and car thefts, which are a problem in northeast Denver. GPHN: What else needs to happen in the 2014 legislative session? If 2013 was about an ambitious agenda that included gun control and civil unions and the ASSET bill and energy efficiency, what will the theme of 2014 be? Johnston: I think the theme of 2014 is economic development, job creation and bipartisan problem solving. I think you’ll see much more workmanship efforts to solve problems. GPHN: Your website mentions that you have a Citizens Cabinet. Who are they? And what do they do? Johnston: Anyone in the district who wants to be on the cabinet can be on it. It’s a group of community advisors who have passion for a policy area – like healthcare, criminal justice and the judiciary, education, transportation, local affairs, constitutional reform. Sometimes the groups meet separately, sometimes together. It’s really good to have independent policy experts to hear from, instead of always relying on the lobby at the capitol to hear about the issues. GPHN: How do people sign up? Johnston: They can email me at mike@ mikejohnston.com.
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Take a Spin With the State Budget By Brenda Morrison
previous budget year. That translated into an additional $624.6 million in revenue. So, It’s at this time of year when many of us for the 2014 budget, the General Assembly take a fresh look at our goals and habits, infaced options other than simply cutting the cluding how we spend our money. So why budget; they had the opportunity to restore not also make it a goal to beand create programs. come a more informed citizen Looking ahead, Gov. John when it comes to your state Hickenlooper, in his 2014-15 and local budgets? state budget request posted In Colorado, there is a userlast month, is requesting friendly and interactive onamong other priorities an inline tool that makes complex crease to the General Fund regovernment budgets easier serve to 6.5 percent from the to understand. The Backseat current 5 percent in response Budgeter is a budget simulato the recovery needs from tor found at www.backseatwildfires and recent floods. budgeter.com. Backseat Bud“As the state managed the geter is always adding new impact of the Great Recession, budgets. It currently features reserves were drawn down in the 2013-14 Colorado Gen- Brenda Morrison the General Fund to 2.0 pereral Fund budget and will be cent,” the governor wrote in updated in coming weeks for his introductory comments. the 2014-15 budget once the legislative de“In addition to many budget cuts and unbate on those priorities gets under way. funded priorities, other state fee resources Did you vote for or against the Amendwere tapped to meet obligations. We believe ment 66 education finance reform initiative it is time to use some of the flexibility we in November? Would you like to examine have now to acknowledge and restore some the budgetary impacts of the marijuana of those resources.” taxation ballot approved by voters? Do you Stay tuned in coming weeks for a new wonder about Colorado’s financial pre2014-15 featured budget on Backseat Budparedness for natural disasters following geter so you can stay on top of these and the floods and fires of the past year? other budget requests and impacts as they Backseat Budgeter lets you hop into the are debated in the state legislature. “backseat” of the government budgeting So the question is: Are you ready to spend process and “drive” the budget yourself. You a few minutes, dig in and study up? If so, can press the gas or brakes on spending privisit backseatbudgeter.com. Once you arorities and shift revenue streams. Interacrive, please sign up for an account. Test out tive pie charts and additional details on the some options. Create your budget. (Save various revenue and spending items will be it!) View the budgets of others. Comment. your guideposts along the way. The ultimate (Play nice!) Most importantly, become an destination is to balance the budget without informed citizen. And don’t forget to hold violating any laws. And because Backseat your government representatives accountBudgeter is also an interactive community, able. you can share your budget, view others’ Park Hill resident Brenda Morrison is a budgets, and discuss ideas through online partner at Engaged Public, a Denver-based posts. public policy strategy firm providing public On Backseat Budgeter you’ll see that the policy development, leadership developcurrently featured 2014 General Fund budment, public engagement through tools get was created in an environment of less including the Backseat Budgeter, diascarcity compared to recent years. At the logue facilitation and episodic facilitation time the General Assembly was debating the services. She can be reached at brenda@ 2014 budget, revenue forecasts projected an engagedpublic.com. 8.35 percent increase in revenues over the
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residents to agree. The second is for residents to be involved at the beginning of the decision-making process. The second method is clearly preferable.” Donohue says it took two election cycles to follow neighborhood notification with a charter change in the early 80s. “Denver had the strongest mayoral form of government in the country. Council had no control over budget and appointments.” With the charter structure change, Denver still has a very powerful mayor, but only a majority of seven votes is required to override a veto. “The charter change evolved into a more cordial operation between the mayor and Council,” she said. While elected and appointed city representatives promise to seek citizen involvement at the beginning, that isn’t always the case, says Larry Ambrose, the current president of INC. “Those in city government sometimes see neighborhood groups as an irritant or impediment,” he said. “Officials present a plan, make minor tweaks, and declare there has been public involvement.” Jones, formerly a professor at the University of Denver and the University of Colorado-Denver, says that nationally, the city was just about in the middle of the neighborhood movement. “As an academic, I looked at what other cities in North America were doing at the time we started talking about neighborhood organization. Portland [Oregon] already had an office of neighborhood services, with the mission of helping neighborhoods prosper. Dayton [Ohio] also had a very participatory process in place.”
A seat at the table Jones says he is still concerned about citizen appointments to advisory bodies. “I wonder to what extent people get co-opted once appointed,” he said. “Citizens do have the power to represent community interests depending on the structure.” Current Councilwoman-at-Large Robin
Kniech calls RNOs “an important part of the fabric of the city and play a key role in the ongoing effort to make Denver a great place to live and work.” “The registration process, required by ordinance, helps the city ensure that organizations remain informed about zoning changes, landmark designations, and other activities and news relating to their neighborhood,” she said. Added Henry: “These notifications provide very valuable information to neighborhood groups and, if implemented correctly by city departments, empower neighborhoods to be informed, share information, and, ideally, sit at the table with developers and other applicants and city representatives to help shape proposed changes and communicate inclusive positions.” As the former Council representative from District 10 in central Denver, Donohue says Mayor Federico Peña, who served from 1983 to 1991, did a good job of recognizing the value of neighborhood involvement. She says some of the newer RNOs usually formed in response to “some kind of crisis” – such as an unsuccessful one-time McNichols proposal to cut one-way roads through Cheesman Park. According to Donohue, the RNOs continue to be a line of defense for ordinary citizens of Denver and to encourage city officials to listen and make wise decisions. Dave can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Can Greater Park Hill Act on the Lessons of the September Flooding? Last month I asked whether the Greater Park Hill community is ready to take on a very different vision of our watersheds and act on it. Let’s look at a future vision of one specific section of Montclair Creek. I gave you a brief summary of changes to the section of that creek from 13th Avenue (between Leyden and Krameria streets) to Jasmine Street (between 14th and Colfax avenues). Presently the creek is in a pipe, under as many as 6 feet of fill. Presumably the original developers of the various sites placed the fill, with the approval of the City and County of Denver, sometime after World War II. Safeway and King Soopers, and some smaller businesses, including the Safeway gas station, occupy the three blocks from Leyden to Jasmine between 13th and 14th avenues. Between 14th and Colfax, the two blocks from Krameria to Jasmine are occupied by a variety of small businesses, a power substation, City Floral nursery, and some apartments. From a review of the city’s 2010 Storm Drainage Master Plan, it appears that the existing pipe system can generally accommodate approximately 15 percent to 30 percent of the 100-year flows calculated for Montclair Creek. From 13th Avenue to Jasmine Street, a 100-year rainstorm will produce 850 to 1,350 cubic feet per second of flow that cannot fit into the pipes and must, therefore, flow overland. In July 2011, the most intense flood I have seen on Montclair Creek resulted in flows on Leyden Street, through Safeway’s parking lot, on Krameria Street, through the King Soopers parking lot, along 14th Avenue, through the power substation and part of City Floral, across Kearney Street, and
along part of Jasmine Street. In addition, some buildings and yards were affected.
Mother Nature gave us some cues; here are some potential changes: A redeveloped Safeway site could include a channel and adjacent greenway corridor from 13th and Leyden to a point just southeast of 14th and Krameria. With a future bridge on Krameria, the channel could cross underneath to the current Safeway gas station, which really does not belong in a floodprone area. The channel could then cross under a future bridge on 14th Avenue to the site of the electric substation, which also does not belong in a floodprone area. Meanwhile, a redeveloped King Soopers site could include a second channel and greenway corridor from 13th and Krameria to a point just southeast of 14th Avenue and Kearney. With another future bridge on 14th Avenue, that second channel could cross to the substation site. The combined channels could cross just south of a new cul-de-sac on Kearney Street immediately north of 14th Avenue (no more intersection with 14th Avenue). West of Kearney, the current apartment building and the City Floral parking lot and office building could revert to the wetlands that previously existed north of 14th between Kearney and Jasmine. So, who pays, how, and why? Tune in next month.
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New credit: 10 percent Have you been loading up on credit recently? Whenever someone takes on new credit they are potentially riskier, so each new credit that’s opened will initially lower their score. So know where you stand before opening up the new J.C. Penny card to get an additional 10 percent off, if you are considering a mortgage in the near future.
Length of credit history: 15 percent The best credit is old credit. This is important if you want to get the perfect credit score. How old is old? 61 years. As with the two preceding factors, not a huge factor but they all add up. So keep your old cards open. Amount Owed: 30 percent Balances owed as a percent of available dollar limit. Here is the big surprise: The optimal rating is achieved with balances below 10 percent on multiple revolving credit cards. You have to use credit in order to demonstrate your ability to manage it. On your installment loan the balance is not as important.
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King, at a downtown Denver luncheon with other community leaders during his January 1964 visit to Colorado. Burnis McCloud collection/Denver Public Library
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“We’re struggling in the final analysis to save the soul of our nation.” Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.
From top left and in clockwise direction: Picketing against discrimination outside the Woolworth’s store in downtown Denver (undated photo). Burnis McCloud collection/Denver Public Library; Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. getting a corsage in this undated Denver photo. Burnis McCloud collection/Denver Public Library; King, standing next to an unidentified reverend, in 1964 in Denver. Burnis McCloud collection/Denver Public Library; Newspaper clippings of King’s 1964 visit to Denver, from Dick and Lorie Young’s scrapbook. Photo by Cara DeGette; Speaking to a congregation during his Jan. 23-26, 1964 visit to Denver and Littleton. Burnis McCloud collection/Denver Public Library
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Maxine Gatewood was a young woman when she went to hear King deliver the Sunday sermon at Macedonia Baptist Church at 3240 Adams St. during his 1964 visit. Now the office manager at the church, Gatewood described it as “just a beautiful time.” Photo by Cara DeGette
Dick and Lorie Young hosted King, along with then-Mayor Tom Currigan and about 75 other dignitaries, at their Park Hill home. Young was the chairman of the Denver Commission on Human Relations. Photo by Cara DeGette
MLK, continued from page 1 when black families started moving into neighborhoods that had been previously been inhabited mostly by white families. Rather than go along with what is also called “white flight,” many Park Hill residents worked to integrate the neighborhood. One of King’s visits was to Littleton, which was then a far south suburb of Denver where very few, if any, blacks lived at the time. In a 2006 PBS documentary about King’s trip to Denver, Garrett Ray, the former editor of the Littleton Independent, discussed the significance. “At the time, Littleton was still a white community,” Ray said. “[We knew] Park Hill was making efforts to remain as an integrated community, and Littleton said, ‘we need to be looking at this and we need to be ready.’”
The soul of the nation On Jan. 24, 1964, King addressed the congregation at Littleton’s Grace Presbyterian Church. “We’re struggling in the final analysis to save the soul of our nation,” he said. “We’re struggling also to save the image of our nation. Therefore it is imperative for the nation to work passionately and unrelentingly now to get rid of this cancer of segregation and discrimination.” Another stop included a breakfast meeting at the Hilton downtown, mainly attended by business leaders, including real estate executives. The main message, according to historians, was that integration is good – not bad – for business. “Certainly the issues of faith that I have and many others as we work in this movement is the faith to believe that the problems can and will be solved,” King said. “And I think that if we continue to move on with all of the forces that are now at work that before the turn of the century we will have moved a long, long way toward a thoroughly integrated society.” “And I would say within 10 years most of the legal barriers of segregation will be broken down. Where we’re just working in general to break down the system we still have segregated facilities in most of the southern states and our specific plans are to work until all of these segregated facilities are broken down, and we are working now in a very intensified sense in the area of voter registration seeking to double the number of Negro registered voters in the south, and I think this will be one of the major movements of the next few months.
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home, with then-Mayor Tom Currigan and other dignitaries. Lorie Young said that it was a fully catered affair, but all King asked for was a cup of tea with honey. And she had no lemon in the house, so had to run next door and borrow one from a neighbor. King’s trip came less than two months after John F. Kennedy’s assassination, and many were still in shock. Security was tight throughout the visit, the Youngs said. Maxine Gatewood, now the office manager at Macedonia Baptist Church, was a young woman when she went to hear King speak at the church. “He came to preach the word and he did.” “I remember it was so exciting as a young person,” Gatewood said. “We had read about him and seen him on TV and witnessed him in the light of all the stuff that was going on at that time to actually have him be at the church we felt like he was a celebrity.” The church, at 3240 Adams St., was filled to the capacity of 800, and security was tight. She didn’t remember King’s exact message, just the calm he exuded. “There was a bomb threat during the service, but he handled in a way that he knew everything was going to be all right. He was a man of God. It was just a beautiful time.”
No one has clean hands The last stop of King’s visit was at Montview Boulevard Presbyterian Church at 1980 Dahlia St. Young remembers that Sunday afternoon as snowy, and cold. Still, King drew the biggest turnout the church ever had – an estimated 3,000 strong, including a spillover crowd jamming the sidewalks outside. It was a multiracial gathering, with religious leaders and politicians in the crowd. Shortly before he was to speak, King became locked in the pastor study area due to a tricky door jam. Ultimately, church leaders propped a ladder outside and the civil rights leader climbed out, carrying his robe. He spoke to the throngs outside the church, before going inside to talk to the congregation. “More and more we must come to see, we must come to see, that the problem of racial injustice is a national problem and not a sectional one,” King said during his time in Denver. “Actually no section of our country can boast of clean hands in the area of brotherhood. “And I think as the movement progresses in the south it must progress in the north and vice versa because if you have the problem anywhere you have some aspects of it everywhere. And injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
Then and Now Events planned to honor King’s historic visit to Denver Cara DeGette Montview Boulevard Presbyterian Church and History Colorado are both planning events this month to mark the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s three-day visit to Denver. Montview Presbyterian is planning an appearance on Jan. 19 by Vincent Harding, a friend and colleague of King’s. Harding, who lives in Denver, is a professor emeritus of religion and social transformation at the Iliff School of Theology. In addition, the church is organizing a panel discussion to talk about the diversity of Park Hill. “This 50th anniversary does seem to be a special opportunity to talk about MLK’s visit to Park Hill and what that meant 50 years ago, but more importantly what is happening now and heading into 2014 ... and specifically what is the context of this in our faith communities,” said church Rev. Sheri Fry. Check out the GPHN website for updates on dates and other details for the panel discussion. Kevin Pharris, a consultant with History Colorado, said the museum decided to sponsor its Denver Divinity Tour to highlight King’s 1964 visit, along with February Black History Month. “We go and explore houses of worship for historical and architectural content,” Pharris said. “History Colorado does this
tour every few years, and this year’s theme was easy because of anniversary.” Montview Boulevard Presbyterian Church was an obvious choice on the bus tour, as it was the site of the largest congregation to gather during King’s visit. Also, Pharris noted, the church is in Park Hill, the first neighborhood in Denver to resist segregation, and also where the federal court school desegregation case Keyes v. School District No. 1 had its beginnings. The two other churches on the tour this year are Shorter AME, at the southern end of the Five Points neighborhood at 20th Avenue and Washington Street, and Zion Baptist. Zion Baptist, at 24th Avenue and Ogden Street, has been the house of worship for many famous black Coloradans. They include, Rufus Felton, the first black teacher in Denver, and Thomas Riley, Colorado’s first black citizen. Dr. Justina Ford – a black woman doctor who was only allowed to treat other blacks when she moved to Colorado in 1902 – was also a member of the congregation, as were former Denver Mayor Wellington Webb and his wife Wilma, a former legislator. The date of the bus tour has not yet been set. Cost is $36 for History Colorado members $46 non-members. For more information contact Shawn Snow at 303866-3683.
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A Letter From the Principal Dear Park Hill Families: Please know that I appreciate your concerns and your support of the children and our school. In response to the communication to the Superintendent, we have been
working with central-level departments to outline a plan to provide the resources needed to address our concerns in preparing students to meet the Common Core State Standards, especially in the areas of social studies and science. I want to let you know that the district has published a Request for Proposals to publishers for the adoption of a K-5 literacy curriculum to address the more rigorous Common Core State Standards. The materials will be purchased for all grades K-5 for the 2014-15 school year. Teacher and school leader training will be provided this summer to facilitate the roll out of the new curriculum in August. Park Hill representatives have been invited to participate in the Literacy Curriculum and Instruction Advisory Committee to choose the new materials for next year. The meetings begin Jan. 25, and will go the Board of Education on Feb. 20. Materials for consideration will be on display for community comment Jan. 30 through Feb. 20. The process to approve the use of nonadopted textbooks for core instruction and supplemental materials requires a submitted request the year before materials would be used (this means we would have needed to make a request in November of 2012 for this school year). Rather than spend school or PTSA funds on supplemental materials this year, the district will purchase new materials that allows us to use these funds in other ways. We are working with the curriculum department and the Chief Academic Officer to identify approved supplemental materials in the area of science and social studies for the new standards. We will purchase these materials instead of the McGraw-Hill literacy program and expect to have them in place early 2014. I have every confidence in the expertise of our teachers to increase the instructional rigor and provide students with experiences with the Common Core State Standards. We are mapping our current materials to the new standards and working to make sure that students have high-level tasks as part of their instruction. Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns at 720-424-4910 or email me at Tonda_Potts@dpsk12.org. Tonda Potts, Ph D, Principal Park Hill Elementary School
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Update from StopCityLoop.com From our community meeting on Dec. 6 to hundreds of your petitions, the Hancock Administration appears to have heard the voices of City Park's neighbors: the citizens who use the park and who care deeply about the benefits our natural City Park provides. Parks and Recreation has declared their intention to re-evaluate City Loop and outline steps they plan to take, including hiring local landscape architect Tina Bishop, whose firm authored the 2001 study Revitalizing the Legacy of City Park, to lead the effort. While we are optimistic about recent developments, we remain cautious, since the Hancock Administration went on the record on Dec. 19 in the Denver press saying: "It's our intent to build a version of this project … It's not a bond project. It's what we've decided we want for City Park at this time." (Westword, Dec. 19.) We hope that the Hancock Administration has recognized the importance of neighborhood involvement right from the beginning of the process to re-evaluate City Loop. In fact, according to the City's Master Plan for Play, cited by Parks and Recreation as its guideline for City Loop: The community in each neighborhood should determine its own priorities for play areas. Denver neighborhood groups should be given the tools to do their own local assessments and work with DPR staff... (page 132, Denver Play Area Master Plan, June 2008) It is our view that City Park needs: A child's playground no larger than 1 acre in size on the west side of City Park. This could be a repair, renovation, or replacement of the Dustin Redd Playground. Preservation of the natural character of the park. Judicious use of General Fund monies to repair and maintain City Park, including gardens and plants, trees, playgrounds, fountains, and statuary. Since we expect to receive an invitation to participate, StopCityLoop is pleased to announce that we have named Hank Bootz and Phil Hainline as our representatives to the City Loop design team. We look forward to joining Ms. Bishop, the City, and the representatives named by Registered Neighborhood Organizations (RNOs) of the neighborhoods adjacent to City Park. We will keep you informed as the process unfolds. Editor’s note: For details of the proposed City Park Loop, see the Page 1 story in the December, 2013 issue of the Greater Park Hill News, at http://issuu.com/greaterparkhillnews. The Greater Park Hill News
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Not a rare sight in January: It is Canada Goose central at City Park. Photo by Mark Silverstein
GPHC Update, continued from page 2 comes in several hours per week to help with pantry paperwork and organizational projects as well as food distributions. Becky helped me research the operation of other food programs to suggest best practices and structure operations prior to our re-opening. I trust her as my right-hand person to track pantry paperwork, and to continuously improve our program. I am truly grateful to all she has given to GPHC this year and her no-nonsense yet humorous approach to any problem. She’s dynamic, fearless, and creative like no one I’ve ever met. Pamela first started volunteering after bumping into me outside the GPHC office early last spring and asking about what we did. From casual beginnings I could not have imagined how incredibly valuable she would become. Pam now works for GPHC as our Blockworker Coordinator to ensure our newspapers get delivered, but she also still volunteers her time weekly to sort incoming food donations and organize them on our shelves, and to help with our food distribution to clients. With a background in corrections, but also with knowledge about seemingly everything else under the sun, Pam has a wealth of diverse skills that all seem to come in handy for whatever GPHC needs. She finds a way to do everything more efficiently, and takes on every new project with a calm cando attitude. I am truly grateful to Pam and Becky for keeping the GPHC Emergency Food Pantry running smoothly over the past year. I could not operate it without them- they are tre-
mendous assets so I wanted to specifically thank them for their many hours of service in 2013.
More to come in ‘14 2014 looks to be another exciting year of growth for GPHC programs. We have new board members in place, a new newspaper editor, and new goals. With cuts in food stamps we anticipate a large increase in utilization of the GPHC Food Pantry and its garden of fresh produce next summer. As a distribution site for Denver Urban Gardens, in January residents may apply for free food seeds to be distributed in March and plants to be distributed in May. Although aimed at low-income households anyone may sign up to receive their choice of a variety of edible plants from tomatoes, to beans, broccoli and cauliflower. Please come by our office Monday through Thursday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. before Jan. 30 to sign up for this program. We will host our regular neighborhood fundraisers: the Garden Walk in June and the Home Tour in September. We welcome volunteers to get involved with either event’s planning committee, neighborhood-wide cleanup projects in April, or other activities throughout the year.
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Please contact Robyn at 303-388-0918 or firstname.lastname@example.org to volunteer, or join us for one of our monthly meetings (Jan. 9, then the first Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. except July and December). Resolve to get involved in 2014 … and Happy New Year from GPHC!
Common Core, continued from page 3 ultimate goal should be assisting teachers and parents to better support students in their learning. The high-stakes testing, however, makes many parents balk. Some opt-out because they feel the tests are not a good measure of their child’s abilities. Others dislike the test prepping that engulfs the schools as March approaches every year. According to Peggy Robertson of United Opt Out, “high stakes testing increases the January 2014
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data mining and the corporate opportunity to cash in using our children and our tax dollars. We must reclaim authentic teaching and learning for all children. Common Core standards will create common children using scripted curriculum and increased testing. Parents can opt out of state testing here in Colorado and all over the country.” For more information look for the Colorado opt out/refusal guide at unitedoptout.com.
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Knights and dragons: Kids meet the coolest friends at the library. Graphic by Park Hill resident, library staff member and graphic novelist Thane Benson.
Books Bring Us Together By Tara Bannon Williamson Have you ever met someone and instantly knew you would be the best of friends because you shared similar tastes in books, movies or music? Beloved fictional characters become as rich a character reference as a college roommate or neighbor. The shared experience of viewing dramatic shows include the collective inhale of expectation, sigh of relief and shared tear at each twist, turn, and thrilling finale. (Just ask anyone who’s caught up on Downton Abbey. Careful, they might cry on you.) Book clubs provide both a place to meet new fictional friends as well as real life friends. While you read alone, the book club provides the opportunity to share your experience and connect with others. We were recently moved by a grateful mother’s appreciation for our kids’ book club as it provided advantages to her and provided healthy and safe social opportunities. We look forward to expanding our book club opportunities starting in May, collaborating with the Lighthouse Writers Workshop with a Big Read event. The question, “Have you read/seen/listened to anything good lately?” is a popular conversation starter for a very good reason; it helps us connect to one another.
Genre Chat Book Club Thursday, Jan. 16, at 3:30 p.m. A book club for grades 2 and 3. We will explore a variety of book genres, and participate in discussions, crafts, and activities related to the story. This month we will read The Year of the Dog by Grace Lin. Teen Book Club Thursday, Jan. 16, at 4:30 p.m. A reading group for teens in grades 6-12 that meets to talk about books, eat snacks, play games, and have some laughs. Bring your friends! Help us think up a better name for our book club! For our first meeting: we’ll eat, talk about which books to read, give our club a name, and take home the book to read for February. Storytime Break The Park Hill Branch Library took a short storytime break for the holidays. Regular storytimes will continue beginning Wednesday, Jan. 8. Please stop by for Open Play on Thursdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to noon.
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Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. All ages are welcome for this storytime! Book Babies: Early Walkers Thursdays at 11:15 a.m. Stories, action songs, and rhymes developed to meet the needs of babies on the move and their caregivers. Tales for Twos Fridays at 10:30 a.m. Join us for a storytime just for two-yearolds and their caregivers. Book Babies: Pre-Walkers Fridays at 11:15 a.m. Stories, rhymes, and lap songs developed to meet the needs of infants and their caregivers. Pajama Storytime Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. Stories, songs, and fun for all ages! Teen Advisory Board (TAB) Page 16
Tuesday, Jan. 14, at 6 p.m. and Tuesday, Jan. 28, at 6 p.m. Students in grades 6-12 are invited to join the Park Hill TAB. Help plan library events and projects at the Park Hill Library, talk about your favorite books, and make your opinion count!
Monday through Friday from 4 to 5 p.m. In January ASIC will continue with Monday Madness and Friday Fun. Both include various crafts, legos and games. On Tuesdays in January, Science Matters will be visiting, Wednesdays will be craft day, and Thursday Abrakadoodle will be visiting to lead children in painting projects. Family Storytime Saturday, Jan. 18 Join us for stories, music, and fun Considering a Business? Monday, Jan. 27 from 5 to 7 p.m. Come join us for a free workshop exploring the realities and rewards of owning a small business; receive strategic tips on how to start a business, and learn more about the Innovation Lab business programs. Sponsored by Innovation Lab at Northeast Park Hill. For more information, visit MiCasaResourceCenter.org or call 303-573-1302.
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Aleece Raw, right, and her partner Kris Meese, harvesting a pumpkin at the Sunshine Food Project potluck in October.
Sunshine Food Project on Mission to Feed Neighbors we found out that many “Harvest Mobiles” are popping up, especially in popular European and North American cities. Our veggie mobile is inspired by one in Maine and our bicycle design is inspired by a mobile farm stand in Boston. ROOTS: What is the long-term impact of the project? RAW: We will be providing low-income residents with healthy, affordable, fresh produce that use sustainable and organic methods. It will bring folks together – from neighborhood organizations to local foodies, to lomarne norquist cal greenhouse growers. Ideally, there is a fleet of veggie mobiles traveling provide sustainable food systems to those the neighborhoods. Part of the Sunshine who lack access to fresh food in North Park Food Project’s fundraising pitch is, “Imagine visiting the fresh food farm stand when Hill and the surrounding food desert neighpicking up your child after school, or getting borhoods. excited when you hear the bell of the ‘HarRaw is one part grassroots, one part revolutionary, many parts foodie, many parts vest Mobile’ approaching your block instead gardener – all comprising a dynamic and of the ice cream truck.” We want people to vision-oriented soul who is on a mission be empowered by food – knowing how to to feed people locally grown and organic identify it and prepare it. produce. Ultimately, the Sunshine Food ROOTS: How do you get all of the farm Project aims to have at least one “veggie fresh produce? mobile” that delivers freshly grown, local RAW: Volunteers are at the core of this and organic produce. project. We have begun conversations with larger growers – farmers and greenhouse We sat down recently to discuss her pasgrowers – to perhaps partner with us. sion and dedication to the sustainable food Whether it is donations from a few of their movement. “In 20 years, why can’t we have crops or space in a greenhouse, or sourclower grocery bills?” Raw asked. “People ing directly from them, the conversation can grow their own food. They can grow has started. We are in the beginning stages enough for multiple families. Why can’t the of fostering relationships with various folks world be like that? It can!” She concedes, and they seem open and welcoming to the however, that education is an essential comidea. ponent to the movement. For example, the ROOTS: What is your biggest challenge target demographic of the Sunshine Food Project generally knows their vegetables, to make the veggie mobile a reality? but sometimes they have no idea how to RAW: Our biggest area of need right now prepare it. is financing. Our goal is to be delivering ROOTS: How was the Sunshine Food produce this next growing season. The bike Project born? needs to be built. Money needs to be raised. RAW: Last August, we had such a wonWe have communicated with folks in other states that have attempted the veggie mobile derful harvest. We offered to donate to the and problems arose. The people involved in Park Hill Food Pantry and were turned the nation-wide movement are eager and away because the folks that come in aren’t privy to preparing fresh foods. All of this happy to assist us, letting us know what to fresh produce, and no one was there to use do and what not to do. it. After talking with some volunteers and Marne Norquist is a professional horticulcommunity-oriented folks, we decided to turist with 13 years of experience designing change that. Why not get fresh food to those and installing gardens. A native of Park that need it most? Hill, she cultivates a plot on Dexter Street, ROOTS: How did you come upon the where gardens – edible and ornamental – idea of a “veggie mobile”? and two kids grow. She can be reached at RAW: After researching an effective way email@example.com. of actually getting the produce to people,
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As I was walking my dogs in our beautiful neighborhood, I noticed numerous signs posted around, claiming to have found an eggplant. It read, “FOUND! Fresh produce in North Park Hill.” Aleece Raw and her team of volunteers are at the core of this food justice movement. The Sunshine Food Project is a nonprofit community collaborative seeking to
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2014 January 6 – 17 RECYCLING YOUR HOLIDAY TREE IS AS EASY AS 1, 2, 3!
Remove all decorations and the tree stand. NO artificial or flocked trees. Real evergreen trees only!
Set your tree out for collection during the first two weeks of January. Your tree will get picked up by a special tree collection truck for recycling. Set-out day and location depends on your trash service type. Manual & Barrel customers should set trees out near your normal set-out location by 7 a.m. on one of your trash collection days during the two-week collection period. Dumpster customers should set trees out by 7 a.m. on either Monday, January 6th OR Monday, January 13th for collection sometime during that week.
Please do not place trees in dumpsters. Trees should be placed at least 4 feet away from dumpsters and other obstacles for collection.
Questions? Call 311 or visit DenverGov.org/DenverRecycles
Reclaim free mulch made from your tree at the annual Mulch Giveaway in the spring!
If you are interested in helping the Sunshine Food Project out in any way (donations, in-kind support, welding, design) please contact Aleece Raw at aleece@thegarden-parkhill. com. For more information on the Sunshine Food Project, visit sunshinefoodproject.org or neighborhoodcatalyst.org/en/SunshineFoodProject. January 2014
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DENVER POLICE DISTRICT 2
Tuesday, January 7, 2014, 1:00-3:00 pm (1:00 reception, 1:30 program)
3921 Holly St., 2.Dist@denvergov.org, 720913-1000
Putin’s Russia: Having influenced the country far beyond the term of his first official Presidency and now having returned to the role and consolidated his power, Vladimir Putin’s leadership of Russia suggests a return to an authoritarianism that, for some, feels similar to the days of Soviet control and the Czars of old. Join Active Minds as we examine the story of Russia under the influence of Vladimir Putin. Location: Vita Flats, 101 Grant St. Cost: Free RSVP: 720-242-7804
Commander Calo hosts the District 2 Community Advisory Board’s (2CAB) monthly meetings on the fourth Thursday of every month at 6 p.m. in the D2 Police Station Community Room.
Thursday, January 9, 2014, 7:00-8:00 pm Paris: Biography of a City Join Active Minds for the story of the City of Lights. We will trace the city’s history from its Celtic origins through modern times. In the process, we’ll visit with some of the city’s most colorful characters and notable places, including the Eiffel Tower, which was despised by Parisians in its day. So, don your beret and come sit with us on the banks of the Seine. It’s the next best thing to being there! Location: Stapleton Master Community Association, 2823 Roslyn St, Denver, CO 80238... map Cost: Free RSVP: Not required Tuesday, January 14, 2014, 12:30-1:30 pm Germany: As the European Union struggles with a variety of complex issues, many of them financial, Germany has emerged as a critical player in the development of economic policy for the region. Recent German elections served as a referendum on how the German government, under the leadership of Angela Merkel, has performed in the eyes of Germans. Join Active Minds as we explore the role of Germany in the world as well as how the process of German reunification has evolved, especially given Merkel’s roots in the government of the former Communist East Germany. Location: Tattered Cover, 2526 E Colfax Cost: Free Info: 303-322-7727
ART GARAGE 6100 E 23rd Ave., artgaragedenver.com, 303-377-2353 Visit the Art Garage for free maps listing locations and times of studio events.
DENVER MUSEUM OF NATURE AND SCIENCE 2001 Colorado Blvd., dmns.org, 303-3706000 Mythbusters continues through January 5; Mysteries of the Unseen World 3D IMAX plays daily at 10:30am, 1, 3 and 5pm, and additional showtimes Friday-Saturday at 7pm.
DENVER SCHOOL OF THE ARTS 7111 Montview Blvd.; dsapresents.org Costs for most performances are: $10 Students & Seniors - $ 12 Adults Jan. 16 – 18 Theatre Department Presents Noises Off (Schomp) 7 p.m. (1/18 – 2 & 7 pm); 1/19 - CMEA Showcase (Concert Hall) 7 pm; January 29 – February 1 Theatre Department Presents Failure, A Love Story (Black Box) 7 pm
DENVER PUBLIC SCHOOLS dpsk12.org/expo
DENVER ZOO 2300 Steele St., denverzoo.org, 720-337-1400 Zoo Lights takes place through January 5, from 5:30-9pm.
FAITH COMMUNITY greaterparkhill.org/faith Greater Park Hill’s faith community, home to over 30 places of worship in just four square miles, is as diverse and robust as the neighborhood itself. The GPHN maintains a list of Park Hill’s places of worship at the website above.
The NEPHC hosts its monthly meeting on the second Thursdays of the month at 6pm.
PARK HILL CRUISERS Find them on Facebook Occasional warm-weather rides make stops at local watering holes and host rider homes in Park Hill.
PARK HILL FAMILY BIKE RIDES Find them on Facebook Family-friendly rides taking place in the warmweather months.
PARK HILL NEW PARENTS GROUP meetup.com/Park-Hill-Parents Park Hill parents group offers playdates, outings, Dad’s Night Out and Mommy Book Club.
PARK HILL PELOTON parkhillpeloton.org or find them on Facebook A recreational group of road cyclists that roll from Park Hill once or twice a week.
PROJECT SUNSHINE sunshinefoodproject.org, 303-321-5231
SIE FILMCENTER 2510 E. Colfax, denverfilm.org, 303-5953456
TAI CHI PROJECT firstname.lastname@example.org, 303-744-7676 Tai Chi classes Thursday mornings in City Park at 7-7:45am planned in conjunction with DMNS.
Tattered Cover Travel Lovers Book Club The book club meets the 2nd Monday of each month at the Tattered Cover at 2526 E. Colfax Ave. January 13, 2013 book selection Turn Right at Machu Picchu: Rediscovering the Lost City One Step at a Time by Mark Adams Presenter: Christine Tanner Country: Peru
TEMPLE MICAH micahdenver.org, 303-388-4239
The group working to realize a cooperativelyowned grocery at 35th and Albion will host a celebration of its new grant to build a Veggie Mobile fleet on December 3 at 6pm.
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The GPHC holds its monthly meetings on the first Thursdays of the month. The next regular community meeting of the GPHC will take place Thursday, January 9, at 6:30pm at the GPHC offices.
2212 Kearney, mysacredi.com, 303-3555856
HOLLY AREA REDEVELOPMENT PROJECT (HARP)
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GPHC 2823 Fairfax St., greaterparkhill.org, 303388-0918
HOPE Center, 3475 Holly St. HARP holds second Monday monthly meeting at the HOPE Center from 6:15-7:30pm. RSVP required to email@example.com.
SCIENTIFIC & CULTURAL FACILITIES DISTRICT FREE DAYS SERTOMA CLUB 303-370-0932
The Greater Park Hill Sertoma Club holds a breakfast meeting every first and third Saturday morning at 8am at the District 2 Police Station, 3921 Holly Street.
See At the Library for events at the Park Hill and Pauline Robinson Branch Libraries.
sharedenver.com, 2829 Fairfax St.
2540 Holly Street, ventureprep.org, 303893-0805
Park Hill Sunrise Walking Trips set off every Tuesday morning from Camino Coffee at 29th and Fairfax at 7am. Walks are about one hour long, just under 3 miles, and family and dog friendly. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 303-9080076.
ZUMBA IN PARK HILL Park Hill United Methodist Church, email@example.com, 720-436-3899 Classes Saturdays from 9-10am. First class free, $7 drop-ins, $39 for 6 class punch card.
Submit your neighborhood events to firstname.lastname@example.org.
MOMTIME AT MONTVIEW montviewmomtime.wordpress.com MomTime will focus on topics related to parenting, life balance, personal care and community service. Meets the 1st, 3rd and 5th Fridays of each month in Room 305 at Montview Presbyterian, 1980 Dahlia St., from 9:15-11:15am. Breakfast and childcare provided.
MUSIC JAM email@example.com New music jam forming in Park Hill. Blues, folk, rock? Meet once a week, twice a month or monthly? Email ideas to the above address with Music in the subject line.
NORTHEAST DENVER PARENT SUPPORT GROUP 2600 Leyden, firstname.lastname@example.org, 303-3298950 Parents of children with a variety of special needs of all ages support and nurture one another, and share resources and ideas. Third or fourth Friday from 9:30-11:30am.
NORTHEAST PARK HILL COALITION D2 Police Station, 3921 Holly St., Michele Wheeler, 720-837-5492
If Denver Zoo visitors need to warm up a bit this month they can visit one its newest arrivals, a Fiji banded iguana. The very colorful, 12-year-old male arrived recently from San Diego Zoo and is the first of his species to live at Denver Zoo in eight years. Eventually zookeepers hope to couple him with a female with which to breed. Male Fiji banded iguanas are known for their bright green coloring with broad, light blue or white bands. Females are usually solid green with some spotting. They can grow to about two feet long, but weigh less than a pound..
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Greater Park Hill News Classifieds Roofing Residential reroofing and repairs, 17 years’ experience, licensed, bonded, and insured. Gutter replacement and cleaning. www.accurateroofingandmasonry.com. Call Shawn 303-907-9223.
Plumbing JH Edwards Plumbing & Heating. Large or small jobs, quality work at fair prices. From repairs to remodeling, bath, kitchen upgrades, & problem solving. Lic & insured. Jim 303-883-9030. Brugman Plumbing. I arrive on time, I do it right, I don’t price gouge, Larry 303-935-6348. Vail Plumbing and Heating – The Older Home Specialist. Repair, service, remodel, hot water heat. Licensed, insured, guaranteed. 303-3246042.
Handyman Honey Do Right Home Repair, LLC. Park Hill Resident, John Betlz, wants you safe and happy. Painting, wall repair, grab bars, hand rails, loud door bells, minor electrical. Bonded Insured. Call Text 720-998-4526 honeydoright@ gmail.com.
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Hauling Cut Rate Hauling- A trash, clutter, and junk removal service. Estate clean up, eviction clean up, construction debris, etc. Call Ruben today 720-434-8042.
Child Care PART TIME “Playschool for Toddlers���. A MUST SEE! Holly and Cherry Creek Drive. (Limit 3. Ages 1-3. W-T-F. 7:45am-5:45pm.) Where “fun” and “learning” hold hands every day. Bylingual (Portuguese), licensed, experienced with excellent references. For further information: email@example.com
Got Pain? GET RELIEF! Be good to yourself. Stimulate your feet’s reflex points with Reflexology & Detoxification. New Year Special 25% off. Flex-A-Foot LLC 303-885-7021
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Volunteers needed: Food sorters, Blockworkers to deliver the Greater Park Hill News, help to remove snow for the GPHC office and senior neighbors, and plant our garden in the spring
Term, Whole, Indexed Universal and Living Benefits. Don’t wait till it’s too late! Apply Now. Resident Agent delivers quotes promptly. Awesome Old Fashioned SERVICE. 303-668-2154 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Drum lessons – guaranteed results, East Side Drums. 303-320-0514.
• A 3-5 ft. sturdy step stool/short ladder • A coat rack and hangers • Canned fruit, canned chicken, ham or beef for our emergency food pantry • 4 or 6 ft. folding tables • Financial donations toward a new awning at the GPHC Office at 2823 Fairfax St. • Label maker and supplies • Gift cards for grocery stores, Target, office supply stores • Toiletries, toilet paper and paper towels or hand towel refills, pet food donations
Handyman/Contractor-Licensed, Insured, Residential, Commercial. All Maintenance items. J&K Enterprises 303-921-3398. No job too small.
RAY’S ELECTRICAL SERVICE. 14 Years in Park Hill. Quality work. Reasonable rates. Friendly, neat, reliable. Plenty of references. 30 years experience. Licensed and insured. 720-350-8282
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GPHC Wish List Donations of needed in-kind gifts and talents help us to offset expenses to serve the community more efficiently. Please contact Robyn Fishman at 303-388-0918 or director@great-
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Thank You! Thanks to your support in 2013, participating Park Hill realtors proudly donated thousands of dollars to the Greater Park Hill Community.
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ROBERTA LOCKE Cherry Creek Properties
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ANN TORGERSON Cherry Creek Properties
ANASTASIA WILLIAMSON Kentwood City Properties
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