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All the News About Denver’s Best Residential Community Since 1961 • Volume 56, Issue No. 4 • April 2017

Inside This Issue

Park Hill Character | Jack Farrar

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Alive & Well In Park Hill

We Can’t Afford To Be Silent On Climate Change

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Kicking Off The Summer With Ice Cream and Music

Meet J.R. Ewing: Master Mason, Drive-By Storyteller

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All of us have people in our lives who we think of as characters, individuals who are memorable because they approach life from a quirky, eccentric point of view. One of my favorite characters in Park Hill is J.R. Ewing, a master mason whose expertly assembled patios, walls, chimneys, fireplaces, planters and sidewalks can be seen in dozens of homes and commercial properties in the area. My wife, Pam, and I first got to know him when we launched the Park Hill Alley Art Contest about 10 years ago. J.R. was one of the winners, with an installation on his back fence that showcases his masonry acumen and sense of humor. The presentation features several bas relief of the Kokopelli fertility deity, auto parts, drill bits, window-framed movie posters, and a large flagstone montage that defies gravity. The moment Pam and I saw that installation, we knew that we would like the creator. We got to know J.R. better over the years, and eventually hired him to do a few masonry projects at our house, including tuck pointing and a tricky granite and stone sidewalk treatment at the foot of our porch. All of them were done expertly, on time, and with the bonus of J.R.’s colorful commentary. J.R. lives in a modest bungalow on Hudson Street, with his son, Trapper, and daughter Jasmine. The home was originally occupied by his grandparents. We talked on his porch, where he can often be found. The porch is packed with an astonishing range of items,

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Playing, Dancing & Laughing At The Library

Next GPHC Meeting is on

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Photo by Cara DeGette

Community Announcements

Thursday, April 6 at 6:30 p.m., 2823 Fairfax St., Denver All are welcome to attend

Setting A Welcome Table Adrian Miller To Lead Palm Sunday Justice Breakfast

VelRey Alaniz Lozano, wearing her brain hat. Look for many of these hats on parade, during the March For Science on April 22.

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Scientists, Supporters Issue Call To Protect Planet Earth April 22 Marches Planned In Denver, Across The Globe On April 22, scientists and their supporters will take to the streets in Denver, in Washington D.C. and 400 other cities across the globe. Doctors, biologists, botanists, medical researchers, environmental scientists, zoologists, soil scientists, engineers, chemists, psychologists, hydrologists, ecologists, and

supporters of all sciences, are planning to march arm in arm as a clarion call both to support scientific endeavors and to protect Planet Earth. From the organizers: “The March for Science is an international movement ... This continued on page 5

Adrian Miller – food writer, attorney, certified barbecue judge and the executive director of the Colorado Council of Churches – will be the guest speaker at Montview Boulevard Presbyterian’s annual Palm Sunday Justice Breakfast on April 9. Miller will speak on “Setting a Welcome Table” during the program, which begins at 9:15 a.m. at the church, at 1980 Dahlia St. The discussion is expected to touch on ways to create safe and sacred spaces where people of faith can listen to other perspectives, build and maintain relationships, and work together on vital social justice issues. Miller is the first African American and the first layperson to hold the position leading the Colorado Council of Churches. He previously served as a White House special assistant to President Bill Clinton Adrian Miller, executive director of the Colorado Council of Churches. and a senior policy analyst for Colorado governor Bill Ritter Jr. Fed Our First Families, from the WashingMiller’s Soul Food: The Surprising Story of tons to the Obamas, was published earlier an American Cuisine, One Plate at a Time this year. won the James Beard Foundation Award Everyone is welcome at the breakfast. for Scholarship and Reference in 2014. His More information is available at the Montbook, The President’s Kitchen Cabinet: The view Boulevard Presbyterian website, Story of the African Americans Who Have montviewchurch.org.


Talk oF The neIGhborhood Editor’s Note: The following is a synopsis of what was discussed during the March 2 Greater Park Hill Community, Inc. monthly meeting. The next community meeting is Thursday, April 6 beginning at 6:30 p.m. at 2823 Fairfax St. It is free and open to the public, and everyone is welcome.

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Denver Police Community Resource Officer Sharon Avandaño provided an update on crime and safety-related issues in Park Hill. In February, a rash of burglaries were reported throughout the district, including several “smash ‘n’ grabs” on the business block of Oneida and 23rd Avenue. Avandaño also reminded people that DPD is migrating its communications to its official Facebook page for information citywide. Beginning in May, items will no longer be posted on the NextDoor social media site. In addition, Avandaño recommended people use the pocketgov tool to report graffiti. District 2 has paint available in several colors if people want to paint over graffiti on their property. People are encouraged to report any suspicious activity at the non-emergency dispatch number, 720-913-2000, and to reserve 9-1-1 calls for crimes that are in progress. Follow the Denver Police Department on Twitter @ DenverPolice.

Executive Director Update GPHC, Inc. Executive Director Sierra Fleenor reported that in February, 109 people from 40 households were served via the Food Pantry. The weekend food program provides meals to 163 students from Smith and Roots elementary schools, and the Boys & Girls Club. Fleenor urged neighbors to check in for regular updates on the GPHC Facebook page, at gphcdenver.

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Amanda Schoultz, aide to city Councilman Chris Herndon, provided an update on Northeast Denver Leadership Week, a yearly program for high school students from diverse backgrounds. The program provides students the opportunity to connect with civic and industry leaders throughout Denver. This year’s program is June 12-16, and 100 students are expected to participate. The deadline has passed for applying this year. The website for the program is northeastdenverleadershipweek.org

Update From Councilwoman Kniech Denver City Councilwoman Robin Kniech provided updates on several issues she is working on. Kniech, one of two at-large council representatives elected to represent all of Denver, recently moved to Park Hill with her family. She has recently been working on the city’s affordable housing initiative designed to prevent eviction, homelessness and to build affordable housing. Kniech fielded several questions and comments from community members and GPHC board members, including whether the city’s liquor license approval process is flawed, and recent reports of problems related to companies that are paid to conduct polling of residents on behalf of relocating

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5280 High School Linda Brown and Melissa Mouton provided an update on a charter school they are helping to found. Called 5280, the high school will utilize an approach called “project-based learning” to engage students in a project where they learn and use math, science, writing, etc. The program puts an emphasis on a hands-on and collaborative classroom experience, and includes programs designed to provide support for students who experience depression, eating disorders, and drug and alcohol addiction. coloradogives.org/5280highschool

nourish Community Co-op Update Anneli Berube, outreach coordinator for Nourish Community Market, provided an update on the food co-op project that’s been in the works for northeast Denver. The co-op will be in the in new Westerly Creek development at the border of Denver and Aurora, at 2352 Dallas St. The co-op is envisioned as a one-stop grocery store for quality, locally sourced food. Organizers are still working toward a goal of having 1,000 member-owners. More information is at nourish.coop.

Celebrating Ice Cream & Jerry Endsley City Park Alliance Chairman Greg Davis delivered a passionate pitch for the board of GPHC, Inc. to support a petition to name the bandshell in City Park in honor of Gerald “Jerry” Endsley. The cornet soloist and trumpet pedagogue was the longtime director of the Denver Municipal Band – the oldest municipal band in the country. Endsley, an East High graduate, joined the municipal band in 1966 and was director from 1995 until his death in 2015. The GPHC board passed a motion to support naming the bandshell for Endsley, with 15 ayes, 0 nayes, and 1 abstention. (For more on Endsley, as well as the upcoming June 1 Ice Cream Social in City Park, check out page 7 in this issue.) Gerald “Jerry” Endsley, with his cornet. Credit: Denver Public Library, Rocky Mtn. News Archives

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 14,000 and is distributed in the Park Hill Area by neighborhood volunteers. The Greater Park Hill Community, Inc., is a volunteerbased registered neighborhood organization that: promotes the character and vibrancy of Park Hill; provides resources, information and advocacy; and preserves quality of life and the history of the neighborhood through community participation.

This newspaper is made possible through the support of our advertisers and members. If you are not already a member, please consider joining the Greater Park Hill Community, Inc. See page 21 for more details.

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bIrdland | Mark Silverstein

The Elegant Swainson’s Hawk Sometimes called the grasshopper hawk or the locust hawk, this species was named after the British naturalist William Swainson. As the Cornell Lab of Ornithology notes, Swainson’s Hawks are buteos, meaning they are large hawks with fairly broad wings and short tails. They are lightbellied birds with a dark or reddish-brown chest and brown or gray upperparts. Most males have gray heads; females tend to have brown heads. The Swainson’s is a long-distance migrant, wintering in Argentina, and returning to North America in the spring. This hawk was photographed at Bluff Lake Wildlife Refuge east of Park Hill by Mark Silverstein.

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Halting Climate Change Catastrophe We Can’t Afford To Be Silent By Tracey MacDermott Board Chair, GPHC, Inc.

On Dec. 12, 2015, the Paris Agreement was adopted by 195 countries. It was signed on Earth Day, April 22, 2016, in New York City. The goals are to hold the global average temperature to below 2 degrees Celsius and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. Additional goals are to increase the ability to adapt to the adverse impacts of climate change and foster climate resilience and low greenhouse gas emissions development, and to make finance flows consistent with a pathway towards low greenhouse gas emissions and climate-resilient development.

Yet Colorado is one of the fastest warming states in the country. Not only are our winters getting hotter, so are our summers. Our state has already warmed 1-2 degrees Fahrenheit over the last 30 years. Denver is retaining more heat due to the urban island heat effect. Increase in heat will lead to an increase in air conditioning usage, more electricity being used, stressing the energy system and potential power outages. Could this also lead to more ozone beware days?

Ultimately, the agreement is designed to prevent catastrophic effects of climate change by limiting the inI never viewed our crease in global temperatures. As someone who grew up in environment as a political Parker, southeast of Park Hill, I issue, but do view it as a had the most breathtaking view of our mountain range stretching moral issue. from Colorado Springs to Longmont from my parents’ front With less snowpack we are exporch. I have watched the snowperiencing a long and sustained pack appear later and later in the drought. At the same time, our year and watched it disappear Tracey population is expected to double earlier year after year. Colorado’s in the next 40 to 50 years, which economy depends on its snow. MacDermott will increase water consumption Imagine what less snow will do to further stressing the available water supply. our own personal enjoyment of our state Less snowpack, drought and yes, wildfires, and for the visitors who come to enjoy what are part of our new normal. some of us take for granted. Our wildfire seasons are increasing in length and number of fires. In 2013 Colorado was listed as the third most wildfire prone state. That same year our neighbors in Boulder were experiencing a heatwave. Yet on Sept. 12 that year, the clouds opened, and Boulder recorded 9.08 inches of rain in one day. When the storm finally stopped, the total rainfall was 17.8 inches. In the Fourmile Canyon Creek area through which this storm blew, there had been wild-

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fires in previous years. The lack of groundcover contributed to the rapid runoff and resulting devastation from the subsequent torrents. If you don’t notice the effects of climate change from your own backyard take a trip up to our majestic mountains. There, observe the pine beetle devastation. It is heartbreaking. In our lifetimes the trees can’t grow back fast enough for each of us to experience the mountains the way we used to. Children being born right now may never see it. There are some things we will never get back due to climate change, but we can work towards stopping further destruction. We all must work to secure the future for the next generations. The first step is to make changes in your own life and then to hold our elected officials accountable on this issue. Will you make that commitment this year, on this Earth Day? We cannot afford to be silent. I never viewed our environment as a political issue, but do view it as a moral issue. We have a responsibility to those that will come behind us to do our best and avert the worst. We can’t allow the United States to abandon the Paris Agreement. We must require our politicians to not only stand behind this agreement but to exceed it. We have a chance to lead and we must. Tracey MacDermott is chair of the board of Greater Park Hill Community, Inc. She has been active in the Registered Neighborhood Organization for many years, and was the 2012 recipient of the Dr. J. Carlton Babbs Award for Community Service.

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Announcements, continued from page 1 movement is taking place because of the simultaneous realization by people who value science in their lives that staying silent is no longer an option. “The March for Science demonstrates our passion for science and sounds a call to support and safeguard the scientific community. Recent policy changes have caused heightened worry among scientists. The incredible and immediate outpouring of support has made clear that these concerns are also shared by the support of hundreds of thousands of people around the world. “The mischaracterization of science as

versity is our greatest strength: a wealth of opinions, perspectives, and ideas is critical for the scientific process. What unites us is a love of science, and an insatiable curiosity. We all recognize that science is everywhere and affects everyone. “Science is often an arduous process, but it is also thrilling. A universal human curiosity and dogged persistence is the greatest hope for the future. This movement cannot and will not end with a march. The relationship between science and democracy must not continue to erode. The application of science to society is not divorced from politics.” On April 22 – Earth Day – 400 marches are expected to occur in 40 countries – from Australia to Uganda, to Croatia, Philippines, Belgium, South Korea, and Trinidad and Tobago. Ten marches are planned for Colorado – in Aspen, Breckenridge, Carbondale, Colorado Springs, Estes Park, Fort Collins, Grand Junction, Gunnison, as well as Denver. In Denver, marchers will gather beginning Photo by Frankieleon/Flickr/Creative Commons at 9 a.m. at Civic Center Park downtown, with a partisan issue, which has given policythe march starting at 10 a.m. and speakmakers permission to reject overwhelming ers scheduled to take the stage starting at evidence, is a critical and urgent matter. It 11:30. For more information, and to sign is time for people who support scientific reup for alerts and notifications, check out search and evidence-based policies to take MarchforScience.com a public stand and be counted. recycle your Electronics “We are people who value science and recognize how science serves. We come Denver Recycles will hold an electronfrom all races, all religions, all gender idenics recycling collection event on Saturday, April 15 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Participatities, all sexual orientations, all abilities, all tion is by appointment only. Contact Densocioeconomic backgrounds, all political ver Recycles at 311 (720-913-1311) or Denperspectives, and all nationalities. Our di-

verRecycles@DenverGov.org to schedule your appointment. The recycled materials can be dropped off at the appointed time at Metech Recycling, 500 W. 53rd Pl., in Denver. The fee is $5 per vehicle, $10 for each television or monitor. Ask about the fee structures for other electronics, including laptops, keyboards, printers, fax machines and monitors. Items that will be accepted include televisions, monitors, CPUs, laptops, printers, scanners, faxes, keyboards, mice, stereos, external hard drives & storage devices, cellular phones, telephones, DVRs, VCRs, digital cameras, video recorders, MP3 players, video game consoles, wires, cables and some small appliances. Items that will NOT be accepted include air conditioners, refrigerators, large appliances, coffee makers, vacuums, blenders, humidifers, toasters, smoke or carbon monoxide detectors, pressurized canisters, oil or gas devices, fluorescent bulbs, neon signs, car batteries, small button batteries or household batteries. The event is open to Denver residents only. No commercial or business recycling. Be prepared to show proof of your Denver residency.

Volunteer For Home Tour & Street Fair The Park Hill Home Tour & Street Fair planning committee is hard at work gearing up for the 39th annual event, which will take place in September. Keep an eye out for the date to be announced by the end of April. Organizers are always looking for dedicated individuals to help on the planning committee, volunteers for the day of the event, and homes to feature on future tours. If you have interest in volunteering or if you would like to nominate a home (including your own), contact Lana Cordes at lana@denversweethome.com.

registration Open For July 4 Parade Registration is open for the 8th annual Park Hill 4th of July Parade. The 2017 parade will occur beginning at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 4. The parade route will again be on 23rd Avenue from Dexter Street to Krameria Street in Park Hill. Staging will

begin at 12:30 p.m. for all participants. If you are looking for ways to make your entry more fun and festive, please check out photos from previous events at the Park Hill Parade Facebook page. If your organization is interested in sponsoring the parade, check out the sponsor info on the website. Visit parkhillparade.org to sign your group up today. Participation in the parade is always free! See you on the 4th!

Screenagers: The Movie DSST: Conservatory Green at 8499 E. Stoll will host a showing of “Screenagers, Growing Up In The Digital Age” on Thursday, April 13 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at https://impactflow. com/event/presented-by-dsst-conservatory-green-2122. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and students will be selling concessions to help fund student activities at CG. There will also be a discussion period after the onehour movie. The fi lm covers internet, video game and social media use by pre-teens and teenagers and how parents can empower kids to best navigate the digital world. The movie reveals how tech time impacts kids’ development and offers solutions on how adults can empower their kids to navigate the digital world to find balance. The movie is geared towards all parents and kids in 5th-9th grade, but can be valuable to children aged 10 and up. Visit www.screenagersmovie.com for more information.

Fiesta For A Little Help The nonprofit group “A Little Help” is holding its annual fund-raiser on Thursday, May 4. A Little Help works with seniors – giving them literally a little help – so they can stay in their homes for as long as possible. The fundraiser, Fiesta de Mayo, is at Space Gallery at 400 Santa Fe Dr. from 6 to 9 p.m. Enjoy margaritas, or beer and wine, gourmet Mexican food provided by Appetites Catering, unique auction items including experiences and artwork, and live music. The event is being hosted by retired 9NEWS anchor Gregg Moss. Check out alittlehelp.org/events/fiesta/

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Park Hill’s Cub Scouts In Action Cubmaster Steve Holloway stands with members of Cub Scout Pack 286 as they celebrate another successful pinewood derby race. Sam Gisi took first place in the pack’s fastest race ever, followed by William Holloway in second place and Malual Malual in third place. Photo by Dave Pilarowski In the photo below,, Webelos den leaders Travis Stiles (left) and Dave Pilarowski (right) stand with this year’s graduating class of Cub Scouts, who have all earned

Cub Scout’s highest honor, the Arrow of Light Award. These scouts are, from left to right, Connor Beardsley, Brenden Alix, Isaac Ely, Liam Pilarowski, Eli PaschallJohnson, Diego Martinez, Xander Stiles, Malual Malual, and Sam Gisi. Liam Pilarowski was also recognized for being the only scout in Pack 286 history to have earned all 53 of the Academic and Sports Belt Loops. Cub Scout Pack 286 is proudly sponsored by The Park Hill United Methodist Church. Photo by Sarah Pilarowski

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Kicking Off Summer With Ice Cream & Music Efforts To Name Bandshell After Jerry Endsley Underway By Greg Davis Special to the GPHN

June 1 from 6 to 9 p.m. marks the date and time of this year’s Ice Cream Social in City Park. The Ice Cream Social is a celebration of City Park and the Denver Municipal Band. The Ice Cream Social is hosted by the City Park Alliance, a nonprofit advocate for City Park. The social includes free activities like face painting, entertainers, ice cream, and a concert by the Denver Municipal Band. This family-friendly event takes place the night before the last day of school for Denver Public Schools, so it’s a great way to kick off the summer season for neighbors, parents, and children alike. More information is available at cityparkalliance.org/ icecreamsocial.

How it all started The City Park Ice Cream Social originally started as a gathering in front of the Denver Museum with the purpose of finding a name for the new City Park splash fountain, now known as “H2O Odyssey.” Over the years, the Ice Cream Social became a larger event, which often included people in historical dress parading through the park. After moving to its current location at the City Park Bandshell, the Denver Municipal Band came to play a much more significant role in the event, with the band concert (and the free ice cream, too) becoming the main focus. Today, the Ice Cream Social often kicks off the concert season for the Denver Municipal Band. The Denver Municipal Band is the oldest continuously operating municipal band in the United States. The band was founded in the late 1860s by Alex Sutherland, bugler at the “Charge of The Light Brigade.” Originally known as the GAR Post Band, it performed municipally funded concerts

Gerald (“Jerry”) Endsley and the Denver Municipal Band. Credit: Western History/Genealogy Dept., Denver Public Library

throughout the 1870s and 1880s. In 1891, the City of Denver started to support the band financially, and thus the name was changed to the Denver Municipal Band. Each year, the City Park Alliance, in partnership with City Council District 9, puts on an Ice Cream Social at City Park with the Denver Municipal Band performing a free concert. In 2015, the Municipal Band was in a state of transition. Its longtime conductor, Gerald (“Jerry”) Endsley, died on Feb. 27, 2015, after battling a rare form of leukemia. Upon learning of the great legacy and contribution of Jerry Endsley to the Municipal Band, the board at the City Park Alliance decided to pursue naming the City Park Bandshell – a place where the municipal band has performed for more than 100 years – after Mr. Endsley. This process has been initiated with Den-

ver Parks and Recreation. The Greater Park Hill Community registered neighborhood organization recently voted to support this naming effort, and petitions will be circulated once the details of a new naming policy are finalized by the Denver Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee.

Lifetime of Achievements
 Jerry Endsley was born in Denver, Colorado on June 2, 1945, and began playing the trumpet at age nine. He attended East High School and the New England Conservatory of music as a trumpet performance major, and earned his Master’s Degree in music from the University of Colorado in 1969. Endsley’s career with the Denver Municipal Band began in 1966, when he earned the position of Cornet Soloist. He continued in this position until 1995, when he earned the role of band conductor.

Beyond his work with the Municipal Band, Endsley also founded the Denver Brass Trio, the Denver Municipal Band Brass Quintet, and performed in the Denver Symphony Orchestra. He taught trumpet at the University of Denver from 1971 to 1976 and at Metropolitan State College from 1978 to 1979, where he conducted the Metropolitan State Community Band from 1995 until 2015. Always an entrepreneur and music visionary, Endsley founded Tromba Publications in 1970, and he wrote several trumpet scores. He created a solo album titled Music for Trumpet, on his own Clarino Records label. Endsley also established Endsley Brass Mouthpieces, which provided custom mouthpieces. His collection of over 250 rare instruments dating back to the mid-1800s serves as a testament to his dedication to his art. He also served on the board of several Denver arts organizations, and as a member of the Executive Board of Directors of Summit Brass from 1985 to his death. The naming rights of a municipal building is not something that is taken lightly. This honor is often bestowed upon former mayors or significant financial donors. That said, in my opinion Endsley’s exemplary service to the City of Denver and lifetime achievements should never be forgotten. Details of the process to name the bandshell in his honor will be provided in the Greater Park Hill News as it moves forward. In the meantime, we’ll see you at the Ice Cream Social on June 1. Bring the kids, celebrate City Park with your neighbors and friends, and while you’re there, take a moment to consider the lifetime of dedication and accomplishments of a visionary from Park Hill: Gerald Endsley. Park Hill resident Greg Davis is chairman of City Park Alliance.

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Scenes above and below, from gardens in last year’s Park Hill Garden Walk.

The Secret Gardens of Park Hill A Celebration Of Art, Beauty, and Love Of The Earth By Tara Bannon Williamson Special to the GPHN

“If you look the right way, you can see that the whole world is a garden.” - Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden In The Secret Garden, a classic of children’s literature, a young girl’s attitude and health improve through physical exertion, camaraderie and joy from nurturing growing things in a secluded garden with newfound friends. Luckily for Park Hill residents, the private gardens in full bloom highlighted in the Greater Park Hill Community, Inc.’s annual Garden Walk are not nearly as arduous to access as those in this beloved story. On Saturday, June 17, the Park Hill Garden Walk provides you the opportunity to explore and appreciate the exquisite loveliness around the corner in your neighbor’s yard. With an earlier-than-usual start at 9 a.m. this year, you will have an extra hour of cool morning breezes to accompany your quiet stroll down the street, haloed in leafy shadows, and lured by the enticing scents of flora that will leave your heart buzzing like a happy bee. Mix in the heady sense of pride you’ll feel from knowing that this is your neighborhood and these are your neighbors and you might just want to schedule a nap for after this blissful afternoon wandering the gardens. How fortunate we are to have neighbors who are generous with their time and talents, and willing to welcome us into their cherished spaces. The love that they invest into the pliant (and sometimes not so pliant) ground has been repaid tenfold in the

blossoming of vibrant flowers, herbs, vines and perennials, all on stark display for keen admirers. The yearly Garden Walk is more than a walk through your neighbors’ yards. It is a celebration of persistence, art, beauty, and love of the earth and things that grow. It is a celebration that we can all be a part of whether as a volunteer, featured garden, sponsor or attendee. If you are interested in participating, please visit parkhillgardenwalk.org. While tickets won’t go on sale until the end of May, you can see the impact that money raised from ticket sales have made in our community anytime. The money raised from the Park Hill Garden Walk is reinvested in the natural beauty of Park Hill through various landscape improvement projects, including a recent rejuvenation of the garden beds at the library at Montview Boulevard and Dexter Street by JS Landscaping, owned by Park Hill resident Jose Chavez. Go beyond peeking over the fence! Mark your calendars to tour these familiar streets, be welcomed by your neighbors into their gardens, and celebrate the characteristic charm that is Park Hill on the Garden Walk this year on Saturday, June 17.

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Faith in Action

Finding Common Ground Kindness Begets Kindness, In Words And Action By Pastor Leslie Richardson Special to the GPHN

I Love Park Hill! Our ministry, My Father’s House International Christian Discipleship Center, has just hit our 21th year of ministry in the Denver Metro area. We first moved the ministry into the community in October, 2011, and became property owners of our location at 3590 Grape St. on Dec. 15, 2015. Shortly after that, one of the members of our congregation locked her keys in the car. We were blessed to receive service from Fire Station 26. When the firefighters came over to assist us, it touched my heart to see how these men and women in the fire truck were servants in our community, just like us. I wanted to reciprocate their kindness in some way. So I suggested to them that we would love to minister to them, by providing some of the best barbecue brisket around. They laughed and graciously accepted the offer, and asked for me to let them know when it was ready. We have all been inundated with the

news of police officers killing young black men in various cities of our nation. As a black man and very aware of the racial tension, along with the “Black Lives Matter” initiatives, I thought it would be the right time to reach out to our fellow servants at Fire Station 26. The desire was not just to serve the firemen who responded to the locked car keys, but to the fellow police officers in our community. Our hope was to let them know that there was a church family who appreciates what they do, and were and are praying for them as they work to keep our communities safe. I contacted the Holly Precinct on 38th Ave, and the Fire Station on 26th in Stapleton and invited them to a brunch on Sept. 11, 2016. Officer Sharon Avendaño, the community police liaison, was very gracious to receive our offer, and opened up the community room for us to come and serve the officers and firefighters. When all was said and done, about 25 members of our congregation served about 50 to 60 people. We had a ball, and the

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food was great – from the brisket all the way down to all the fixings. Mom Vinnie’s peach cobbler was a huge hit! It is our prayer that our community will come to a place of healing and really begin the process of healing, through just simply loving on each other. We have a saying in our discipleship center: ”love is what love does.” We recognize there is a lot of work to be done in our community of Park Hill, but if we all pull together we can create a community that demonstrates love. Not just talking about it, but being about it. As a Christian pastor, I have a strong conviction about Jesus Christ, and who He is to me. I have lived long enough to recognize that no two people agree 100 percent of the time. However, if I can find common ground where we do believe and respect one another for our convictions, I believe God is pleased. The bible tells us that with loving kindness, we are drawn to God. This year I want to encourage more of our community to join us in our outreach, to adopt a precinct/fire station program where

we can serve our community. I would love to see more churches reach out to their local precincts and fire stations as well. What if people of all walks of life and backgrounds, would wake up and come to understand God loves for all humanity? What if we could truly demonstrate the love of God by doing one kind thing for somebody else, once a day without looking for anything in return? It’s time to recognize that all people are our people and we are all better together than apart. It’s time to lay down our differences, and learn to walk hand in hand for the greater good of mankind. Not only will Park Hill be a stronger and better community, but a benchmark for the world where the Love of God overflows from our hearts. I challenge you to not just read about it, but be about it for the betterment of mankind. Leslie D. Richardson is pastor of My Father’s House in Park Hill (website MyFathersHouseICDC.com). He can be reached at 720-443-2812, or email info@MyFatherHouseICDC.com.

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Park Hill Character, continued from page 1 including, but not limited to, chairs, fixtures, rocks, bricks, tile, antlers, a large slab of flagstone, a grinding wheel that dates to the late 1880s, carpet samples, extension cords and rusty wrenches. There is a piece of flagstone, on which these words are engraved: “I clean my house every other day. This is the other day.” “Am I a hoarder or a collector?” J.R. asks. I don’t answer. Throughout a recent conversation J.R. periodically moaned and winced. He was hurting from a recent shoulder separation, one of more than a dozen he has suffered, via masonry and 13 years in an amateur adult hockey league. “My shoulders feel and sound like Rice Krispies,” he says. “Snap, crackle and pop.”

J.R. has been a mason for more than 45 years. He started in high school in Indiana as a hod carrier (one of the most exhausting and least glamorous jobs in construction), “at the princely sum of a buck-and-a-half an hour.” He has also worked as a carpenter and framer. He has toiled on every imaginable type of project, ranging from small residential projects to epic edifices, such as the Nighthorse Campbell Native Health Building at the University of Colorado Denver Anschutz Medical Campus. Masonry is a tough way to earn a buck. “There is no other construction trade that requires as much weight lifting as mason,” says J.R. “A mason tender (assistant) can handle up to 1,500 bricks in one day and carry 95 pounds of mud at a time. You have to be in good shape.” But there is always room for play. “We used to have contests during lunch hour or after work to see who could carry four buckets of mud the farthest. And we bet on

J.R. Ewing, with one of his alley art installments, a window-framed poster of the Michael Douglas film “The Game.” Photo by Cara DeGette

who could stack the most bricks in a single column. I think the record was 150.” I used to be under the impression that J.R. – born James Robert Ewing – started using just initials in a sort of homage to J.R. Ewing, the villain of the prime time TV series Dallas (imagine a Texan version of Downton Abby, except with bad writing and bad acting). Not so. J.R. started using J.R. so he wouldn’t be confused with three other Jim’s on a construction project. I also used to think that his son was named after the character in the TV series M*A*S*H*. Again, wrong. Trapper was named after Trapper’s Lake, north of Glenwood Springs, where J.R. was once employed by a lodge to herd tourists. Here’s a sampling of what J.R. thinks about a few things: • Religion. “I believe in God, but I don’t know that you’d call me religious. I was an altar boy at St. Thomas. Does that count?” • Politics. J.R. does not much like to discuss the topic, but offered the following about our nation’s chief executive: “Trump is a pumpkin-head with a possum hairpiece. He talks out of both sides of his mouth.” • Immigration. Many masonry workers in the area are undocumented Mexican-Americans. J.R. worked for many years with assistant Sergio Diaz. “Immigration laws are stupid. Sergio was great, a hard worker and a good friend. He was deported to Mexico, where he makes eight bucks a day. That isn’t fair.” • The Denver Broncos. “Peyton was a gift. Tony Romo? I don’t know. Too expensive.”

J.R.’s personality and his generosity have not gone unnoticed. On Aug. 3, 2008, he received a scroll from his neighbors on Hudson. He’s pictured holding it on page 1, and here it reads as follows: “For outstanding neighborly service to the 2200 block of Hudson Street We hereby recognize J.R. Ewing, King for the Day. From walkways to walls to windows and porches to crawl spaces to garden oasis J.R.’s hands have shaped our places on the block. Free shoveling snow and trimming yards. Then with playful heart and stories to tell he has opened up conversation with neighbors. This chatter is what matters in creating a community. Thank you, J.R.”

When putting together this feature, I contacted a few folks who know J.R. Tom and Jeanne Powers note that he not only completed some great projects for them, he did so in a “highly entertaining fashion.” George Tague, as skilled in metal work as J.R. is in masonry, calls J.R. a “neighborhood fixture, a drive-by storyteller and craftsman.” “I remember one night when J.R. walked over to my house and presented me with a single flower,” says Nancy Berenato. “He just handed me the flower and left.” That’s the kind of thing characters do. Jack Farrar is a longtime Park Hill resident and board member of the nonprofit Park Hill Community Bookstore, at 23rd and Dexter. This is the first installment of a regular feature about people who help make Park Hill great.

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Reclaiming The Upper Montclair Watershed We Must Jump In With Both Feet

• An inventory of current conditions • An analysis of challenges and opportunities • Three alternatives for meeting the challenges and taking advantage of the opportunities in their subwatershed, • A consolidated single “mini-masterplan” for the subwatershed • Specific recommendations for enhancing the condition of and functioning of the area in and around 17th and Colfax Avenues and Colorado Boulevard. 3. Another leadership team of 3 – 5 residents would combine the unified “minimaster plans,” and complete a unified Restoration Master Plan for the Upper Montclair Watershed, working with city staff, consultants, and other interested citizens.

Looking at the Lower Montclair Watercontrol of bettering the Upper Montclair shed still reminds me of the enormous gulf Watershed as possible into our own hands, between “what could have been,” having learned from the experience and “what is.” on the Lower Watershed. From the ashes of the city’s soObjective 3: We will work with called “process” for the Lower the city to create a new and far more Watershed I’ll try to seize an opparticipatory and collaborative portunity to do far better in protemplate for the active and meantecting and enhancing the Upper ingful involvement of residents, Montclair Watershed. businesses, workers, and visitors to First, let me compliment staff each one of Denver’s watersheds, from Denver Public Works and city Brian Hyde in the present and in the future, to Councilwoman Mary Beth Susman improve those watersheds. for their hard work at a recent series From April 1 forward – as city of public meetings for the Upper Montclair staff and consultants continue their waterWatershed. I believe that the meetings on shed work – we the long-term “keepers” of Feb. 23, March 1 and March 2 gave us the the Upper Montclair Watershed must take opportunity to be the shapers of the future a much more direct and active role in the of our watershed. A community-led effort master planning process. The following, I

The following are a few observations made and questions raised while I walked some of the subwatersheds last month. It was my way of test-driving my suggested methodology: From the intersection 6th Avenue and Niagara Street extending along 6th Avenue from Magnolia to Oneida, to the intersection of 12th Avenue and Leyden Street (extending from Locust to Krameria): • There are possibilities for mitigating flood risk within the 6th Avenue Park-

can simultaneously lend support to and apply pressure on city staff and city council to fundamentally change Denver’s approach to managing its watersheds. For those of us living in the Upper Montclair watershed, here are three specific objectives to consider: Objective 1: We will treat our watershed much better. Objective 2: We will take as much of the

way median. • There are some serious questions and some opportunities along the southbound lanes of Monaco Street Parkway between 8th Avenue and 12th Avenue. • In the 1100 block of two parallel streets (Locust and Leyden), the alley is lower than the back yards of houses along the Locust side, and the back yards of houses along the Leyden side are lower than the

believe, is what we must do: 1. Divide the Upper Watershed into ”subwatersheds.” See accompanying maps of two such subwatersheds for examples. 2. For each subwatershed, a leadership team comprised of 3 – 5 residents would be responsible for completing, with city staff, consultants, and other interested citizens, the following:

alley; that situation calls for serious cooperation, even though each lot is separately owned. From the intersection of 12th Avenue and Leyden Street from Locust to Krameria, to the intersection of Colfax Avenue and Glencoe Street (along Glencoe Street halfway toward 16th Avenue): • The electrical equipment at the former Xcel Energy substation at 14th Avenue and Kearney was recently removed. My inner voice screamed, “Don’t ever let this property serve any function other than parkland or open space!” • The intersection of Jersey Street and Colfax Avenue, where floodwaters first enter Colfax, is an important landmark, calling for artistic/architectural recognition. • The 1400 blocks of Krameria, Kearney, Jasmine, Jersey, and Ivy Streets are all significantly affected by potential flooding. I see great opportunities for very positive changes, but only if we are willing to do the necessary hard work. Being an engineer, a planner, and a 36-year resident of the Montclair Watershed, I am of three minds. Each of those minds relies, in part on “magic” to respond to the flood risk in our watershed: The engineer in me wants a “magic” pipe big enough to convey a 1 percent (100-year) flow through the watershed, but small enough to fit easily in our streets and alleys. The planner in me wants all of the contiguous open space needed for a daylighted creek channel and adjacent greenway corridor, throughout the watershed, to “magically” create itself. The 36-year resident in me wants to preserve all that I dearly love about this Park Hill/Montclair Creek community, while a “magic” and mostly invisible hazard mitigation system to safely convey 1 percent flood flows through the watershed shows up painlessly. This seeming need for “magic” is one big reason why we all need to jump in with both feet to address our flood hazards. What needs to be done will be neither easy nor simple. The second big reason why we all need to jump in is to make sure that the city never treats any other watershed, including the Upper Montclair Watershed, like it is treating the Lower Montclair Watershed. It truly is in our hands. Brian Hyde is an expert in floodplain management and stream restoration. He wants your feedback at westerly_connect_brian@ comcast.net or 720-939-6039. Past columns can be read at greaterparkhill.org.

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The next 90 days, says Hilarie Portell, marks a critical timeline for the future of the stretch of Colfax between Eudora Street and Monaco Parkway. The stretch of long-neglected roadway that marks the southern border of Park Hill is among 250 proposed projects citywide that are being considered for a $500 million to $600 million million general obligation bond package that will go before voters in November. “I feel like we’re in as strong a position as we can we be,� says Portell, director of the Colfax Mayfair Business Improvement District. “We have a business improvement district in place that is willing to take on funding so the city can leverage public funding for long-term maintenance. This is really valuable. And we fortunately, have very strong neighborhood support.� Among that support is a $10,000 commitment from Greater Park Hill Community, Inc. The board of the registered neighborhood organization pledged the support in January, 2016 to apply for improvements to the intersection at Colfax and Fairfax. The BID also wants to move forward with numerous street improvements along the boundaries of the Business Improvement District, which stretches from Eudora to Monaco Parkway. Colfax Avenue, Portell notes, is one of the most dangerous stretches of roadway in the city. Its physical design – with broad travel lanes, and lack of markers, pedestrian lights and lack of trees – needs to be addressed both for safety and for aesthetics. This section of Colfax, she said, has not received funding for improvements for 40 to 50 years. And, the mayor has identified

transportation and mobility issues as a major priority. “This is really a long time coming,â€? she says. “We have a gap in our tree canopy [along Colfax] and it leads to an uncomfortable environment for people who are walking in and out of businesses. It can also lead to stormwater runoff issues – we need to consider all these improvements,â€? Portell says. The Colfax Mayfair BID is seeking a total of $7 million for improvements. It has also teamed up with several other improvement districts along Colfax that are seeking funding. The key improvements include: • Improved crosswalks • Pedestrian lighting • Median and sidewalk repair • Pavers at intersections • Street trees & green space • Benches • Trash cans • Identity markers The improvements would then be maintained by the business improvement districts. Bike racks and public art would be funded separately. Over the next three months, committee members will consider the Colfax Mayfair BID proposals as part of the larger package of projects. If it makes the final cut, it will be one of 250 projects that Denver voters will vote on for funding in November. Portell noted that readers can find updates about the progress at the Colfax Mayfair BID Facebook page, as well as register for email updates at www.colfaxmayfairbid.com. Additional information about the Colfax project, as well as other projects that are under consideration for bond funding and information about upcoming committee meetings, can be found at denvergov. org/2017GObond.

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You can tell that spring has sprung here at GPHC. The office is abuzz with clients, helpful and excited volunteers, and incredible donors. The doors are staying open a little longer, letting in the warm air. Perennial flowers are starting to bud in our garden, and our minds are turning toward our outdoor events and spaces. We’ve started planning our food pantry garden and all our amazing events, including the annual Community Yard Sale (May 6), the Garden in a Box giveaway (May 13), and the Colfax Clean Up (May 20). Looking to June, this year’s Park Hill Garden Walk is set for June 17. For more information on these events, visit our website at greaterparkhill.org and follow us on Facebook at @GPHCDenver. This month we’ve received lots of regular donations and were even lucky enough to be chosen as a donation site by two Girl Scout troops and a Tiger Scout troop. The Girl Scouts sold cookies and gave their clients the option of donating boxes of cookies to the GPHC Food Pantry for

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our clients. This annual treat is very much appreciated, and we are grateful for their contribution. The Tiger Scouts went doorto-door to collect food donations. They gathered enough to fill two carts and even received a cash donation from one thoughtful donor. Thank you to Girl Scout Troops 3573 and 65684, and Tiger Scout Pack 286, Den 4. If you stop by the office at 2823 Fairfax St., you’ll notice that we have four large planters that have been donated to us by CoCal Landscape. We are deeply grateful for their donation and are looking forward to growing beautiful and water-conscious plants. Thank you to all our donors, volunteers and members. We wouldn’t be able to accomplish all that we do without each and every one of you. If you would like to become a volunteer, donor or member, please visit our website at greaterparkhill.org or contact me at director@greaterparkhill.org or 303-388-0918. Check out the various levels of membership opportunities on page 17. And, feel free to stop by the office, Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. We would love to see you!

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Districts 8 and 9 are currently vacant. If you live in one of these district boundaries and are interested in serving on the board of the Greater Park Hill Community, Inc. registered neighborhood organization, contact Board Chair Tracey MacDermott at chair@greaterparkhill.org for more information.

GPHC, Inc: Who We Are, What We Do, Our Mission The Mission and The Officers of Greater Park Hill Community, Inc. The Greater Park Hill Community, Inc., is a volunteer-based registered neighborhood organization that promotes the character and vibrancy of Park Hill, provides resources, information and advocacy, and preserves quality of life and the history of the neighborhood 
through community participation. The Greater Park Hill Community board is comprised of volunteer representatives from 10 districts, as well as at-large representatives. If you are interested in volunteering or serving on a committee, contact current GPHC Board Chair Tracey MacDermott at chair@greaterparkhill.org for details. The following are current board members, and their best contacts. Many representatives prefer to be contacted through the main office – at 303388-0918 or info@greaterparkhill.org. If you have an issue you’d like to discuss about the neighborhood, contact your board representative. For those board members who don’t have a phone or email contact in the list at right, leave a message at the main number and it will be forwarded to your elected representative by GPHC Executive Director Sierra Fleenor. The GPHC office is at 2823 Fairfax St., and Ms. Fleenor’s office hours are Monday- Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. She can be reached at 303-388-0918 or email director@greaterparkhill.org.

• Board Chair Tracey MacDermott: chair@greaterparkhill.org • Secretary and Zoning/Property Use Chair Bernadette Kelly • Treasurer Bob Homiak • District 1 Rep Roger Kilgore • District 2 Rep Ryan T. Hunter • District 3 Rep Heather Shockey • District 4 Rep Kevin Weigand • District 5 Rep Blair Taylor • District 6 Rep James King • District 7 Rep Jon Bowman • District 8: Vacant • District 9: Vacant • District 10 Rep Lyle Hansen • At-Large Board Member Patrick Quinn: misterpdq@yahoo.com • At-Large George Dennis • At-Large: Louis Plachowski: lplachowski@gmail.com • At-Large Board Member Keith Brown • At-Large Board Member Rebecca Rodgers • At-Large Board Member Rob Barber • Community Safety Chair Geneva Goldsby • Education Chair Lynn Kalinauskas • Fundraising Chair Lana Cordes • Health and Human Services Chair Keith Brown • Human Relations Chair Beth Bean • Public Information Chair Melissa Davis: newspaper@greaterparkhill. org • Youth Chair Justin Petaccio

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Then And Now

Sustainability, Tree Canopies, and Generous Spirits By Sierra Fleenor Executive Director, GPHC

• The last program I’ll highlight is Denver Digs Trees and their Arbor Day Tree Sale. Hosted by The Park People, Denver Digs Trees is an annual tree giveaway. The deadline for that program has passed, but you can still get affordable fruiting or flowering trees at the Arbor Day Tree Sale on April 15 from noon to 2 p.m. Ornamental and shade trees will be available for purchase ($45-$65) on a first-come, first-served basis. To learn more, visit theparkpeople.org or call 303722-6262

Since I took over as executive director in January, organizing the paperwork at Greater Park Hill Community, Inc. has been enlightening. In the late 70s and early 80s, I found that while the focus on integration and housing continued, a new interest in sustainability within our neighborhood arose. One program in that vein was called the Park Hill Self-Help Project. It was aimed at increasing the number of trees in the rightHere on the home front of-way, repairing sidewalks, and inspiring neighbors to meet one another north of Here at GPHC, Inc., we have several susMartin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. tainability efforts including our Garden in While there isn’t documentation on this a Box giveaway on May 13 and educational project’s success, we know that any effort to series (date to be announced), our free farm increase the number of trees in our neighstand (which starts up again in June), and borhood is imperative, particularly our food pantry, to name a few. Not for those of us who do not live on everyone thinks of the food pantry tree-lined streets. In fact, the urban as a sustainability effort, but neighcanopy has been linked to reducing bors who donate food to provide pollution, lowering the temperanutritional support to other neighture during the hot months, reducbors seems like a pretty great example of sustainability to me. ing criminal activity, and creating If you’re interested in donating a sense of well-being. items for our food programs, we Another sustainability projhave some specific requests. We ect from that time period was the Sierra need: cans of beef stew (16 oz.), development of the GPHC greenFleenor boxes of mac and cheese, boxes of house, in the garden behind our ofindividual instant oatmeal packfice at 2823 Fairfax. The greenhouse ets, individually wrapped cereal and grawas constructed with funds from the U.S. nola bars, individual fruit cups or appleDepartment of Energy, and the project also sauce, small boxes of raisins, individually included educational workshops for Park wrapped peanut butter and cheese crackHill neighbors on solar energy for greeners, canned meats (such as salmon, spam, houses and water heating. chicken), canned fruit, hygiene products According to a GPHC article from May (including bars of soap, deodorant, chap19, 1982, the greenhouse itself was to be stick, toothbrushes, travel-size toothpaste, constructed and managed by volunteers. shampoo, conditioner), tampons, toilet We know the workshop was successful bepaper and pet food. We always need reuscause we now have a beautiful, large greenhouse filled with … stuff. Unfortunately, able, paper, and plastic grocery bags for our over the years, the greenhouse has become clients to use. We accept fresh, frozen, and non-perisha repository for items to be stored and we’d able food donations Monday through Frilike to remedy that. day from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at our office at If you or someone you know has a big 2823 Fairfax St. If those hours do not work green thumb and an interest in helping for you, you can drop them off at the Park us get this magnificent 35-year-old greenHill Branch of Denver Public Library (at house back up and running, please let us Montview and Dexter) or at Cake Crumbs know. (at 23rd and Kearney) during their busiReducing carbon footprints ness hours. They’ll make sure we get the In the spirit of our focus on sustainabildonations. ity during the 70s and 80s, I’d like to take Another area of need we have is for our a moment to highlight some great ways to new large planters we received from Coget engaged with sustainability in Greater Cal Landscape. We would love to get these Park Hill. These are all programs sponawesome new planters filled in time for the sored by other organizations. We’re happy growing season, so any way you can assist, to spread the word for these great organiincluding volunteering labor, would be apzations, but cannot answer any questions preciated! regarding their programs. Please contact We’ve got several other sustainability them directly. projects in the wings, so if you’d like to get • Do you use a gas mower or leaf blower? involved or have a great idea for a project, If so, you might be contributing to the shoot us an email at info@greaterparkhill. nearly 10 percent of Denver metro area’s org or call me at 303-388-0918. ozone pre-cursor emissions. To help Thank you for all you do to support residents reduce their carbon footprint, GPHC! Follow us on Facebook to keep the Mow Down Pollution lawn mower up with community announcements and exchange program will trade your old events @GPHCDenver. gas powered mower for a reduced-cost, environmentally friendly electric mower. Check out their website for dates and how to sign up: mowdownpollution.org or call 303-629-5450. • Denver’s Department of Environmental Health hosts the Denver Energy Challenge, which provides residents with an energy action plan, based on your current use and which changes will give you the biggest bang for your buck. The evaluation is free and you can start the process by visiting denverenergy.org or calling 720-865-5452. • A great way to reduce your carbon footprint is to put fewer items in a landfill. Learning to compost is an easy way to put your food scraps to use. You can either sign up for the city’s compost service for a quarterly fee at denvergov.org/compostsignup (phone: 720-913-1311) or you can compost in your own backyard. 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Playing, Dancing and Laughing At The Library Celebrating The Mighty Nature Of Friendship By Tara Bannon Williamson Librarian, Park Hill Branch

March 2017 marked a very successful one-year partnership with the Rocky Mountain Ukulele Orchestra, their conductor, Gary Jugert, and the Denver Public Library. Over the past year, Jugert and other orchestra members provided 10 programs to more than 150 people at two library locations. During that time, two new members have joined the orchestra since attending initial lessons at the Park Hill Branch Library. Tickets are now on sale online for their May 9 concert, Ukulele Around the World. The idea for the partnership for the program came from friends Ann Spaeth, an orchestra member, and Sue Wofford, a beloved staff member at the Park Hill Branch Library who has been with the library for more than 25 years and a Park Hill resident for even longer. This is a powerful example of the mighty nature of friendship to change lives in unexpected and delightful ways. Their established friendship created many new fledgling friendships that grew from connections made by neighbors playing the ukulele together. Music draws us together as well as lifts us up. It unites us and reminds us of the greatness and beauty that we are all capable of. As we continue to fight the good fight, we must remember to feed our souls and take pleasure in the joys of life that rejuvenate us and allow us to continue moving ever forward. In that vein, on March 11 Instruments of Peace played on the lawn of the Park Hill Library. They dedicated their performance to the Earth, the people living on the Earth, as well as all of the animals. Using instruments born of a military tradition of pipes and drums going to battle, Instruments of Peace uses these same instruments to promote peace. Seeing the faces of the crowd while they played, I was reminded why music plays such a vital role in our everyday lives. From the exuberant dancing of the children, to the enthralled toe tapping of adults seated in camping chairs, and the wistful smiles of those standing on the periphery listening, I was reminded of the Stevie Wonder lyric, “Music is a world within itself, with a language we all understand.” One woman leaned lovingly into the person she came to the concert with and whispered something that made them both smile. Another young lady felt the call to meditate in the lotus position while the music played, and we all felt a little more Zen as a result. Live music performances continue in April every Wednesday evening with the Stapleton String Band, Man of 1000 Songs, Voice of the Wood, and The Milk Blossoms. Voice of the Wood is a Park Hill favorite with Park Hill’s own Michael and Shirley Marecak playing the cellos. May’s events include Grupo Tlaloc Danza Azteca, a traditional Mexica/Azteca dance group, and Automatic Iris, a family-friendly rock band. Starting again in June, stand-up comedy will return featuring headliners from Comedy Works, starting with Janae Bur-

ris, voted the Comic of the Year at the 2016 Sexpot Comedy Awards. The library is honored to bring music and laughter to Park Hill for everyone to enjoy free of charge. A world where we all play, dance and laugh together is a world in which I aspire to live.

Pauline Robinson Library Events Tech Help One-on-One | Mondays and Wednesdays, Noon-1 p.m.

Get technology assistance from one of our in-house experts on your own device or a public computer. Learn the basics, such as email, social networking, word processing and eMedia. Call the library at 720865-0290 to schedule an appointment for Monday or Wednesday.

Toddler Storytime | Fridays at 10:30 a.m.

Stories, songs, rhymes and fun for toddlers ages 18-36 months and their caregivers. Owl Pellet Dissection | Monday, April 3, 3 p.m.

Taking apart an owl pellet is a memorable, hands-on and fun way to learn about the eating habits of owls. Great for all ages, but please no unaccompanied children or adults. Magic Club | Monday, April 3 and Monday, April 17, 4:30 p.m.

Are you a teen in grades 6-12? Do you already play Magic: the Gathering, or are interested in learning? Join us two Mondays a month to play and meet other Teens who are also Magic-Minded. The Stapleton String Band | Wednesday, April 5, 6:30 p.m.

The Stapleton String Band combines the melodic tones of the mandolin, banjo, guitar, ukulele, and violin in a repertoire that spans everything from folk and bluegrass to acoustic rock. Sing or dance along to their enjoyable rhythms. No Strings Attached Book Chat | Saturday, April 8, 11 a.m.

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Genre Chat 2nd/3rd Grade Book Club | Tuesday, April 18, 3:30 p.m.

Read a biography from the Who Was… series. We will play 20 questions to guess who your book is about. Yes I Think I Can: Cross-Country Cycling After 60 | Tuesday, April 18, 6:30 p.m.

It’s never too late to say, “Yes!” to bigger things! Facing her 60th birthday, Lin Bruce decided to join a cross-country bicycle tour when she’d never before bicycled farther than across town. In the years since, she’s ridden across the U.S. several more times. Be entertained and inspired by the story of that first ride and the five steps that can help you achieve something you’ve never done before.

Preschool Storytime | Wednesdays, April 5, 12, 19, 26, 10:30 a.m.

Stories, songs, rhymes and fun for 3-5 year olds and their parents or caregivers. Paint Chip Cityscapes| Monday, April 3, 2 p.m.

Use paint chips and watercolors to turn a plain piece of paper into an amazing cityscape. Ideal for ages 3-8. Legos Build Day | Saturday, April 8, 1 p.m.

Come build LEGO creations with us. No registration required. While supplies last. Anime Club | Saturday, April 8, 3 p.m.

Watch, read, talk, act, eat and breathe Anime. Ideal for grades 7-10. Stories from the Past: Booker T. Washington’s Great-Grandson | Saturday, April 15, 2 p.m.

The great-grandson of the late African American educator Booker T. Washington will be here to talk about Mr. Washington’s family and share photos and other little known facts about him. The Pauline Robinson Book Club | Saturday, April 22, 12 p.m.

This month’s selection: Glory Over Everything by Kathleen Grissom. Drop-ins are welcome. STEM: Minecraft | Saturday, April 22, 3 – 5 p.m.

Play Minecraft on the library’s accounts and make your own creeper to take home. Ideal for ages 10-18. Doors Open Denver| Saturday, April 2, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Each spring, the Denver Architectural Foundation (DAF) inspires the community to connect, through self-guided (free) or expert-guided (fee-based) tours of Denver’s unique spaces, including high profile, historic and/or artistic feats of architecture and design. Visit Pauline Robinson Branch Library as one of the many Denver based free tours.

Park Hill Branch Library Events All Ages Storytime | Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.

Stories, songs, rhymes and fun for children of all ages and their parents or caregivers. Craft activity immediately follows the program. Baby Storytime | Thursdays and Fridays at 11:15 a.m.

Stories, songs, rhymes and fun for babies ages 0-18 months and their caregivers. Play and social time immediately follow the program.

Instruments of Peace dedicated a March 11 performance to Planet Earth, and all the inhabitants of the Earth – human and animal alike. The musicians used instruments once used to herald war to promote peace. From left: Doug Reichlin, Cornelius Duncan and Gemma Fedele, who joined in the efforts through meditation. Photo by Tara Bannon Williamson

whenever you can. Share a recent read, an old favorite, or anything in between. Behind the Scenes of the Denver Silent Film Festival with Howie Movshovitz | Saturday, April 8, 2:30 p.m.

Howie Movshovitz, film critic at KUNC, instructor at UCD’s College of Arts & Media and Director of the Denver Silent Film Festival will screen a short silent movie and share tidbits about the upcoming festival. Bridge Time: Dealing With the Consequences of Change | Tuesday, April 11, 4 p.m.

Most of us aren’t fond of change, invited or not, but change is a given. Instead of resisting, how can we engage change and embrace a new way of being? Although we cannot control everything that happens in our lives, we always retain the freedom to choose an attitude in response to the changes. Our choice directly impacts our lived experience and quality of life. Teen Advisory Board (TAB) | Tuesday, April 11 and Tuesday, April 25, 6 p.m.

Teens ages 13 and up 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. Join us for twice monthly meetings. The Man of 1000 Songs | Wednesday, April 12, 6:30 p.m.

Rob Wivchar will entertain music-lovers of all ages with a guitar and harmonica while performing storytelling songs with surprising backgrounds. Early Childhood Book Share | Wednesday, April 12, 6:30 p.m.

An adult book club celebrating books for preschool and early elementary aged children. Bring some books to share on this month’s topic: Poetry. Laura DiSilverio and Christine Goff: Let’s Get Cozy with Mysteries | Saturday, April 15, 11 a.m.

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intelligence officer, Laura DiSilverio is now a national best-selling and award-winning author of offbeat mystery and suspense novels. DiSilverio’s Close Call was named one of the Top Five Mysteries of 2016 by Library Journal. Christine Goff is the awardwinning author of the Birdwatcher’s environmental mystery series, and Dark Water, nominated for the 2016 Colorado Book Award in the Thriller category. Meet these two authors as they discuss their craft and take questions from you.

Voice of the Wood Chamber Players | Wednesday, April 19, 6:30 p.m.

Enjoy beautiful and lively music played by cellos and violins from the Evergreen Chamber Orchestra as they play pieces by Dvorak, Shostakovich, and Telemann. Blooming Readers 4th/5th Grade Book Club | Thursday, April 20, 3:30 p.m.

Feathers by Jacqueline Woodson; Activity: Feather heart wreath Earth Day Terrarium | Saturday, April 22, 3 p.m.

Create a mini plant habitat with your kids and learn what it takes to make an ecosystem work. This is an ideal family project with kids ages 3 and up. Financial Resilience Workshop with AARP Colorado | Tuesday, April 25, 4 p.m.

Whether you are still working, or getting ready to collect Social Security, we introduce you to the tools to help you calculate what you have and what you’ll need. We also help you find real advice about collecting your benefits, how to save more money and how to cut down on unnecessary costs so you may experience the comfortable retirement you hoped to achieve. The Milk Blossoms | Wednesday, April 26, 6:30 p.m.

The Milk Blossoms believe in the subversive power of fragility within music, within art, within life and within each other. Combining ukulele, expressive beatboxing and piano, the trio blends to create dark pop music. The Lannisters Send Their Regards: A Game of Thrones Celebration | Saturday, April 29, 2:30 p.m.

On behalf of the Small Council and the Queen of the Seven Kingdoms, you are hereby invited to our celebration. As we all await the return of the next season of Game of Thrones this summer, and the long-awaited next book, revel in this bloody and beloved series with food, fun and surprises. Costumes welcome.

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Emergencies Happen How to Best Be Prepared

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2823 Fairfax St., greaterparkhill.org, 303-3880918

sunshinefoodproject.org, 303-321-5231

The GPHC neighborhood association generally holds its monthly meetings on the first Thursdays of the month, except for the months of July and December. The next community meeting is Thursday, April 6 beginning at 6:30 p.m., at 2823 Fairfax St. It is free and open to all.

A nonprofit community collaborative seeking to provide healthy and sustainable food systems to Park Hill and surrounding food desert neighborhoods.

Tai Chi Project

taichiproj@earthlink.net, 303-744-7676

Holly Area Redevelopment Project (HARP)

Tai Chi classes Thursday mornings in City Park at 7-7:45 a.m. planned in conjunction with DMNS.

HOPE Center, 3475 Holly St. HARP holds second Monday monthly meeting at the HOPE Center from 6:15-7:30pm. RSVP required to lsullivan@denverfoundation.org.

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.

Libraries

denverlibrary.org

Walk2Connect

See the “At the Library” feature in this month’s issue, for a complete listing of events and programs at the Park Hill and Pauline Robinson branch libraries.

www.walk2connect.com Park Hill Sunrise Walking Trips set off every Tuesday morning from Spinelli’s Coffee and Ice Cream at 23rd and Dahlia at 7 a.m. No cost. Walks are about one hour long, just under three miles, and family and dog friendly. For more information, email jonathon@walk2connect.com or call 303-908-0076.

Northeast Park Hill Coalition

D2 Police Station, 3921 Holly St., Michele Wheeler, 720-837-5492 The NEPHC hosts its monthly meeting on the second Thursdays of the month at 6 p.m.

Submit your neighborhood events and resources to editor@greaterparkhill.org Family Owned | Colorado Focused Mark Job, Branch President 303-365-3832 www.CitywideBanks.com Cherry Creek Branch 55 Madison Street, #125 Denver, CO 80206

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Overwhelmed with the college search or application process? Want expert assistance in managing application requirements & deadlines? Call or text Dr. Jill @ 580.761.6596

Masonry Services- Brick, Stone, Concrete, restoration, tuck pointing, chimneys, retaining walls, city sidewalks. Licensed, bonded, and insured. www.thebrickandstoneguy.com References. Call Shawn 303-907-9223

HANDY MAN

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PLASTER REPAIR

Brush & Hammer affordable handyman services. No job too small, 303-895-5192. Interior painting, install replace interior exterior trim, fences, water fixtures, curtain rods, door locks and knobs, light fixtures, cabinet hardware, put together IKEA cabinets, vanities, repair and stain decks.

THE WALL REBUILDERS Interior plaster (and drywall) repair. We repair cracks, holes, crumbling walls, etc. Specializing in older homes, though we fix houses of every age. Dan and Laura Pino 303-698-1057

Derry O’Leary Beginners are Welcome Lessons in Your Own Home

REAL ESTATE

HAULING

303.427.6207 303.263.1509

CONSIDERING SELLING? No cost or obligation FREE analysis! We buy fix-up homes, condos, duplexes and vacant lots. Quick close, no inspection, no real estate commissions. Hammer Properties, LLC. serving home owners as a licensed broker in Colorado since 1991. Call Jeff direct at 303-378-5526.

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 Always Hauling. A trash removal company. Property cleanouts, light demo, branches, furniture etc. No Job too Big or too Small. Free estimate. Proud partner to Susan G.Komen breast cancer foundation. 720-373-5700 Pamela

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ROOFING Residential reroofing and repairs, 17 years experience, licensed, bonded, and insured. Gutter replacement and cleaning. www.accurateroofingandmasonry.com Call Shawn 303-907-9223

LANDSCAPING

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Sprinklers & Plumbing - Repair or replace, disposal, toilets, water heaters, faucets, sinks, drain cleaning, sump pump, water pressure regulator. Sprinkler turn on, repair and install. www.vertecservices.com 720-298-0880

VOCAL COACH

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Performance Preparation Series for Singers, beginning May 7th. Classes in vocal technique, practical music theory, stage fright and a separate 3-week Performance Workshop, culminating in a live performance. Call or text singer and vocal coach, Cindy, at 303-250-5902.

Aeration - Sod fertilizer - Power rake - Lawn mowing, Rototilling - Hauling - Fence repair or build - Stump removal - Weed control - Lawn mower repair - Shrubbery care - Small trees removed 720-327-9911

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