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All the News About Denver’s Best Residential Community Since 1961 • Volume 57, Issue No. 4 • April 2018

INSIDE THIS ISSUE

PARK HILL CHARACTER

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Tribute To

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Veteran Children’s Center Teacher Lives On In Memory By Lynn Kalinauskas Education Chair, GPHC

– Cheryl Lange McLaughlin

him. Yet a very small part of me hoped. I wanted to drive down Montview Boulevard and see him in the front yard of the church running with little children, one more time. I wanted to jump up, wave and shout his name as he drove the painted bus down 23rd Avenue for the 4th of July parade. I wanted to have one chance to run up to him and tell him he had been the best teacher, the best magician, the best storyteller, the best animal lover, just THE BEST. I wanted the world to be right again. Peter was and still is a hero in this neighborhood. He had a magical ability to transform the mundane into excitement

and beauty, the supernatural into the real. He was a knight, a princess, a frog, a tiger, a racecar driver and a unicorn. Most of all, he was an inspiration to generations of children and their families throughout Park Hill. There has been an outpouring of love for Peter since his disappearance: moments remembered and mismatched socks worn in hope and in memory of the man. An estimated 500 people gathered to celebrate his life on March 24 during a memorial at the church. continued on page 4

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Peter McInerney, a 37-year veteran teacher at the Children’s Center at Park Hill United Methodist Church, was reported missing on Feb. 20 when he did not report for work. His car was found near Jones Pass near Idaho Springs, where he loved to cross-country ski. His body was found on March 1. His obituary noted he had experienced a cardiac event. From the moment I heard of Peter’s disappearance, I knew he would not be back. The circumstances were ominous. His beloved Colorado mountains had claimed

Peter driving the bus, at a past Park Hill 4th of July Parade.. Photo by Dan McKenna

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Peter McInerney, the badass of Jones Pass. The children loved him on earth, and then he was called because he was needed in heaven.

Earth Matters: Climate Action Forum Yields Big Plans

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Bananas And PBJs And Talking To Strangers

Women Race Though City Park

UPCOMING GPHC MEETINGS Thursday, April 5, and Thursday, May 3 beginning at 6:30 p.m. at 2823 Fairfax St. All are welcome to attend.

Fix For The Flood-Prone Upper Montclair Basin Forum Set For April 10 By Nora Neureiter

community leaders, business owners, and others to first identify and then investigate solutions for several highly impacted, A 15-month study of flood-prone flood-prone areas in the basin. This areas in the Upper Montclair Basin final public meeting will offer opporwill culminate with a public meeting tunities for the community to learn to discuss the study’s findings and more about study results and next next steps. The public forum is Tuessteps on the following: day, April 10 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. • Hale Parkway and the area around APRIL IS the intersection of Severn and Jersey at Montview Boulevard Presbyterian Church, at 1980 Dahlia St. EARTH Streets, including results of a traffic The Upper Montclair Basin in- MONTH study and next steps in developing a cludes the neighborhoods of Conhybrid solution of pipes and greengress Park, South City Park, the way. southern portion of Park Hill, Bellevue• 16th Avenue in Park Hill between ColoHale, Montclair, Mayfair, rado Boulevard and GlenHilltop, and Crestmoor. coe Street, including curIn early 2017, Denver Pubrent efforts to bring larger lic Works embarked on an storm pipes and green ambitious study to re-think infrastructure to improve stormwater management in drainage. the Upper Montclair Basin • 14th and Krameria Street and nearby areas along by adopting a communityColfax Avenue, includfirst approach. The goals ing updates on challenges were to identify near-term and opportunities in these drainage improvements to flood-prone, business and address nuisance flooding, plan for long-range Flash flooding has created night- residential areas. flood control in the event mares throughout Park Hill for • Resources and informaof a very large storm, and many years, inundating and dam- tion on how individuals strive for a more flood re- aging cars, basements, and gar- and neighborhood blocks silient basin through green dens. File photo by Cara DeGette can minimize the impact of localized flooding. infrastructure and smarter The public meeting will include a checkland use. in and orientation from 5:30- 6 p.m. and A range of stormwater management an open house from 6 - 7 p.m. Background strategies were suggested, discussed, and information, maps, meeting minutes, and evaluated by local residents, community meeting materials are available at: denverleaders, and business owners during five gov.org/uppermontclairbasin. rounds of public meetings. The team worked with area residents, Special to the GPHN

Photo by Reid Neureiter

MARCH FOR OUR LIVES Students and supporters rallied in March in Park Hill, throughout the nation and around the globe to protest gun violence and support stricter gun laws. Above, the crowds were massive in downtown Denver on March 24. Ten days earlier, Park Hill students joined in solidarity with peers around the country, marking the 30 days following the Feb. 14 school shooting in Parkland, Fla., in which 17 were killed. Students at Park Hill Elementary, at right, participated in a “Walk Around” to support Park Hill being a safe place for learning and treating each other kindly. See page 10 for additional photos of students from Stedman Elementary, McAuliffe Middle School and East High.

At Park Hill Elementary. Photo courtesy of Elizabeth Hebbard

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Park or Plaza? We Need Both

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Tulips are blooming, trees are starting to bud and lawns are starting to turn green. Spring has definitely arrived in Park Hill. This means the 18th Annual Park Hill Garden Walk is right around the corner.

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Last fall, Greater Park Hill Community sponsored several community meetings to create a plan for the pocket park on the Xcel lot. The plan incorporated feedback from the community, and was a shared vision of what the community wants in a park. Trees, a place to sit, multiple areas for children to play, NO basketball court. The plan was sent to Denver Parks and Recreation as a starting point for the development of the park. We understand Denver Parks and Recreation did not follow its stated process for community involvement, and is now holding four additional community meetings to discuss the Xcel lot. Rather than reinvent the wheel, we urge DPR to use the plan developed by neighbors, and provide their

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The “Park Hill Commons” development will include 22 micro-apartments, 21 threebedroom townhomes, 8,500 square feet of restaurant space, 6,200 square feet of “microretail” units, and 10,000 square feet of office space. All of this, plus 96 parking spaces, will be slotted into the east side of the block between 28th and 29th Avenues on Fairfax Street. It’s a good thing that the developer’s plans include “The Square at Park Hill Commons,” also called “The Space.” Given the density, the 2800 block of Fairfax Street is going to need both the pocket park promised by Denver Parks & Recreation (DPR) on the Xcel lot on the west side and developer HM Capital’s proposed plaza on the east side. HM’s website says “one of the features of Park Hill Commons is The Space, a central park where residents and business owners can gather for conversation, outdoor activities and events.” The pictures of The Space presented by HM Capital on its website (at parkhillcommons.com/the-square/) show an empty grassy lawn. The plaza is ideal for tented events or movies for the residents and business owners. It is an economic amenity for Park Hill Commons. It is not a neighborhood park. A park has trees, dogs on leashes, loud boisterous children, ball play, picnic tables, barbecues, music, Frisbees, etc. Denver Parks and Recreation staff has stated on several occasions that the Xcel parcel on the west side of the street would be a Denver park. Denver then entered into discussions with HM Capital to swap the Xcel parcel for the plaza, and designate the plaza as a Denver Park. If this happens, the Xcel lot will be a parking lot rather than a park, and subject to development of a threestory building at a later date. Greater Park Hill Community passed a Resolution on Nov. 2, asking the City: • Not to swap parcels with HM Capital • To designate the former Xcel property before the park is developed, protecting this valuable property from commercial exploitation. • To engage in a collaborative process with the Park Hill community to develop a pocket park on the former Xcel property.

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expertise and input on the various elements neighbors have expressed wanting in the park on the Xcel lot. To ensure that we get our promised pocket park, we ask that Councilman Chris Herndon introduce an ordinance in Council to designate the former Xcel lot as a Denver park. This will prevent the swap or another sale of the Xcel lot by the city without a vote of the people. With the density that will come with the development of Park Hill Commons, the neighborhood will need both the plaza on the east side and the pocket park on the west side. We urge HM Capital to proceed with development of its plaza and to also support the designation of the Xcel lot for a pocket park. Denise Washington & Maria Flora, Park Hill Editor’s Note: Denver Parks & Recreation is holding two meetings in April to talk about the neighborhood park, including the proposed land swap The meetings are April 3 and 17, beginning at 5:30 p.m. at Stedman Elementary school, 2940 Dexter St. Everyone is encouraged to attend.

Amazing Results At DSST

I am writing in response to the March article on Equity in Education. I am glad to see the focus of the Park Hill Neighbors for Equity in Education and wanted to point out that there are wonderful examples of these ideals that are here in our neighborhood and working very well. I’ve got kids at two DSST schools and for a total of seven school years we’ve been thoroughly impressed. The student body largely reflects the overall DPS population in terms of its diversity and yet the consistently rigorous curriculum is producing amazing results – for my children and (I’m not an expert on school data, but) most who attend. They are intentional about equity and inclusion and, though no school is perfect, have a culture of accountability that teaches students how to address injustice. The community created at DSST by committed and talented teachers and staff is something noteworthy for anyone concerned about equity in urban education. I would love for all students to be academically challenged in a supportive environment like DSST, so I commend the efforts of this group. However, I also suggest taking a deeper dive into models that are working to understand how best practices can be replicated elsewhere. Lara Jakubowski, Park Hill

See You At The Pizza Truck

On March 31, Allegra’s Pizza closed its bricks and mortar pizzeria in the Oneida Park Center. The landlord did not renew our lease as he has different plans for the building. After an exhaustive search for another continued on page 11 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.

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Peter, continued from page 1 The following testimonies are but a fraction of the love that has been shared. An eternal snow angel, Peter, may you rest in peace. You brought joy to your classroom, to children and adults every day. You will not be forgotten and as long as we can tell Peter stories, you are alive in our hearts. Michelle Scott: Our family was recently reminiscing around the dinner table and my youngest asked me to tell her, again, about how Peter came to see her when she was sick. She had the flu and had been out for over a week. I had just tucked her in on the sofa for a nap when a commotion had me glance out the window. There was Peter, and Miss Iris, leading the whole class up 17th! As soon as I got the door open Peter shouted from the street, “Can Princess Katie come out to play, please?” They had brought a card they had all made that morning. Peter said some of the kids were worried since she had been out for so long that he decided they should come see for themselves if she could come out to play. Lots of worried eyes looked up at me. I explained she was still really tired from being so sick, but she would be back as soon as she could. That was all it took and all the little ones were ready for their next adventure. (Which was walking around the corner to see a classmate’s house because she was pretty sure she lived around the corner.) I was struck that day how a simple walk a couple of blocks up the street calmed the fears of Katie’s friends and made her feel so loved by her teachers and class. I wouldn’t have thought to take that walk.

Top of page: Memorial of mismatched socks, hung in honor of Peter along the fence outside the United Methodist Church Children’s Center. Photo by Lynn Kalinauskas; Above: Classic shot of Peter on the tricycle with students. Photo by Ashley Berger Niederhauser; Below: Peter took Children’s Center families on yearly camping trips. Photo by Emily Little Fritz; Bottom: Hiking with a student. Photo by Christy Bouchard

Kaly Warner: Peter was my teacher at the Children’s Center around 1990. It’s crazy to think that I only knew him for a few years and that I was so young, because he had such a significant influence on my memories. Every time it was naptime, he would place a pea under someone’s mat and we would wake up to see who the princess was. He would ask the princess if her back was sore. We made green eggs and ham. We had a circus and each performed our own act on the playground. He told us we should eat our crust because it would help us whistle and we all wanted to whistle like him, so we did. He made such a positive impression on me as a child - it breaks my heart that he is gone. I’m also touched to see he had this same effect on countless others...for longer than I have been alive! I’m a special education teacher now. I remember him teaching me about how to respect different abilities. We even had a disability awareness week where we took turns using a wheelchair, blindfold, crutches, etc. so we could experience the different types of mobility. I can’t believe how long he was at Children’s Center. What a spirit and passion he had! He will be missed. Leanne Kilman Weinshenker: I sat in his class one morning when my daughter, Lydia, was in pre-K, and he held 20 kids completely engaged and captivated telling them with eyebrows raised and eyes glistening about the amazing new friend he had made while hiking over the weekend. He went into excruciating detail about how they met, the jokes they told, the picnic they had (for probably 15 -20 minutes), and then, with a huge smile, he said “and, I brought

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her back here with me and she’s here today. Who wants to meet her?” They went wild with excitement, screaming, bouncing. “Shh,” he said. “She’s very sensitive.” He tiptoed out and returned with a glass jar. In it were some leaves and grass. And one little ladybug. “Class, this is my new

who were teasing my gender non-conforming son about his taste in clothes, his choice of toys, games and friends, etc. By that time in my son’s life I had a spiel for caregivers, but I didn’t need it with Peter. As soon as he realized what the problem was, he broke into his trademark mischievous smile and said, “sounds like it’s time for me to wear my dress to school again!” The next day, sure enough, he was in a dress, which he of course accessorized with amazing socks. I don’t know what kinds of conversations happened that day, but my kid didn’t get teased again. I love that his approach wasn’t to tell them what not to do, but to show them that the possibilities for how to be yourself are endless and wonderful.

friend, Isabella. Isabella, this is my class.” You have never seen humans so completely overtaken with seeing a ladybug. “Today, in honor of my new friend, everything will be about ladybugs. We will draw ladybugs, we will read about them, we will make them... but first, we need to set my friend free. Who wants to come with me?” I will forever be in awe, Peter. May you fly free with all the ladybugs and dragonflies and tell jokes and laugh and have exquisite picnics always. Christy Bouchard: So many stories... One of my favorite moments as a parent was when I approached Peter about some boys

Mark Chorney: I had the privilege to work at the Children’s Center for a couple of years in the mid-90s while I was completing a teaching degree at Metro. Peter was the heart and soul of PHUMCC. He made me and everyone laugh and showed me how to let children be children. He was always the adult in the room, and at the same time, the biggest child in the room, unabashed in his genuine affection for those in his charge. I have been teaching elementary music for 22 years and still hold Peter as a model of valuing play and imagination as vital assets of a child. My son, Ian, went through the Children’s Center from Beginners to School-Age and would continue to go back with friends, even in high school, to visit Peter. We once had a ski trip to Loveland with families, staff, and kids, in which Peter drove our bus “Chubby.” I skied with Peter all day and I’ll always remember pausing a moment while we were traversing some flats, and Peter quietly stating, “Wow, this beautiful.” Exhausted, we boarded the bus to go home and someone asked Peter how he was doing. He boomed, “I have a powerful thirst!” That pretty much sums up Peters approach to life; recognize beauty and have a powerful thirst.

Dan McKenna: Both of my children went to PHUMCC. Peter was my younger daughter’s teacher. I’ve often thought that he was the best teacher she ever had. He had an exceptional talent for experiential learning that was perfect for the kids he worked with. He understood and practiced arts integration, rec therapy, and just being silly. I remember that he handwrote several pages of comments about her for parent-teacher conferences. I expect he’s done that for decades for all of his students. He was exceptional in so many ways. When our family moved to DC for my wife’s work, I would seek out Peter when we came back to visit. Just to tell him about our experiences and for the girls to see him. I still drive by PHUMC and until recently would see Peter out in the courtyard with the kids. And I knew the world was bright. Not easy to lose that beacon. We’d follow him to the ends of the earth if we could. Editor’s note: In honor of Peter McInerney, the Children’s Center has set up a Go Fund Me page, with funds to be used to build “Peter’s Playground” at the center, to donate to local Search and Rescue organizations, and to help pay for grief counseling for those in need. The link to the site is gofundme. com/PeterRox The Greater Park Hill News

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Talking To Strangers Story and photos by Cara DeGette

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the bags: “What’s your name?” “What’s your favorite animal?” “What’s your favorite color?” “What’s your favorite season?” “What’s your favorite hobby?” “Where were you born? “I really like your smile.” (or your hat, or your coat). “Do you have a moustache?” The adults and kids caravanned downtown, to the community center near the Denver Rescue Mission. The bags of provisions were gone within 10 minutes. One street poet, named Wave, recited a poem about love. “Knowing we did a good thing feels really good,” said Dahlia Zimmerman-Voll, 8, walking back to the car. “Even if it’s just a little thing, I like to help change the world and make it a better world.” Rena Weinshenker was also pleased. She appreciated the smiles, and the ‘”thank yous,” and the “God bless yous” that people shared. “I hope someday all these people have homes and wives, and kids and families,” she said.

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Most Sunday mornings, a few Park Hill families from a third grade class at Park Hill Elementary build about 150 PB&J sandwiches, assemble bags of provisions, and head downtown. They hand the supplies out to people experiencing hunger and homelessness. The enterprise takes just a couple hours. One of the organizers, Daniel Weinshenker, who is the dad of Rena, 8, identified other supplies beyond sandwiches that also go into gallon-sized Ziploc bags: bottles of water, bananas, granola bars, dried fruit, chapsticks, hand-warmers, hand sanitizers, lotions, soaps, hand-drawn cards and pictures... “whatever people bring.” “One of the ideas is that you also should talk to people,” Weinshenker said. “Ask them questions.” One recent frigid winter Sunday, several families – third graders, siblings and parents – gathered at the Weinshenker’s Park Hill home. As grown-ups assembled the sandwiches, the kids filled the bags. William Girard described his goal for the day: “I just want to be here to help, to give people food and help them survive.” Added Marion Powers, 9: “Especially this time of year because it’s cold outside.” Before they headed out, the adults held a little huddle, to brainstorm a few ideas when talking to strangers. “Try to remember that they are not homeless people, but people experiencing homelessness,” Weinshenker advised. “Just because you are home- From left, third graders Fiona Wren, William Girard, less, that’s not the only thing you are.” Dahlia Zimmerman-Voll, and Marion Powers. Above, The kids thought up a few ice- handing out the bags of provisions downtown. Rena breakers to try, while handing out Weinshenker appears in the story teaser on page 1,

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The film, which has been shown at many festivals, recently received the coveted “Soul of Southern Film” award by the Indie Memphis Film Festival. It examines excessive force and homicide by Denver law enforcement that resulted in the death of Marvin Booker, which resulted in the largest settlement in Denver’s history. The film features interviews with Booker’s relatives, city officials, journalists and civil-rights attorneys. After the screening, director Wade Gardner will join the Bookers’ attorneys, Darold Killmer and Mari Newman, as well as Alex Landau, co-founder of Denver Justice Project, for a question and answer session. The screening is free and open to the public.

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One Big Dog Walk

The 25th annual Dumb Friends League Furry Scurry is Saturday, May 5 at Washington Park. The two-mile walk benefits pets and horses at the Dumb Friends League. It begins at 9 a.m. and lasts until noon. Check out ddfl.org for registration and details.

P3s: What They Mean To You

On Tuesday, April 3, the League of Women Voters of Denver is holding a forum to explore the growth of Public Private Partnerships (P3s) in Colorado. The P3 funding model has been used for numerous surface transportation projects, including E-470, US 36, and the I-70 Mountain Express Lanes. In Denver, the P3 funding model has been used for several notable projects, including Sports Authority Field at Mile High Stadium, Union Station, and Denver International Airport. Like Colorado’s population, P3s are growing rapidly. The forum will explore the advantages and disadvantages to these models and what the

long-term effects may be for the residents of Colorado and Denver. The April 3 event is at Montview Presbyterian Church, 1980 Dahlia St., beginning at 5:30 p.m. It is free and open to the public.

Join Moms Demand Action

The Denver Chapter of Moms Demand Action is holding an organizational meetup on Saturday, April 7 at Sam Gary Branch Library in Stapleton, at 2961 Roslyn St. Everyone is welcome – not just moms – to mobilize and discuss actions to reduce gun violence. The meet-up is from noon to 1:30 p.m. RSVP at act.everytown.org/ event/moms-demand-action-event/10314/ signup/?akid&zip

Marvin Booker Film Screening

A screening of the film film Marvin Booker Was Murdered is scheduled for April 11 at Park Hill UCC, 2600 Leyden St., from 6:40 pm to 8:40 p.m.

A four-session series of community conversations about race, social justice and community will launch on Sunday, May 6 at 9:30 a.m. The series, at Montview Boulevard Presbyterian Church, 1980 Dahlia St., is inspired by the bestselling book, Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine. Citizen, the winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award, was the focus of a six-week Denver Talks program last fall. Bill de la Cruz, an equity and inclusion professional and citywide facilitator, will lead the May 6 session, followed by Q&A. Subsequent readings/discussions will be on Sundays June 24, July 8 and July 22. All sessions will be held in Fellowship Hall. All are open to the public. For more information visit, www.montview.org or call Montview Church at 303.355.1651.

Above: Marie Conigliaro’s Mushoom Man; Below: Students learning about the bones.

What’s Inside Us

The exhibit Inside Us showcases artsbased approaches to community wellness and a focus on the human body and new approaches to healthy lifestyles. The exhibit opens with a reception on Thursday, April 5 at the Downtown Aurora Visual Arts (DAVA) and runs through June 8. Young artists take on the intersections of nutrition and anatomy, along with mind and body health. Guest artists Marie Conigliaro and Eileen Roscina Richardson will exhibit related work alongside the youth artists. DAVA is at 1405 Florence St., one block south of Colfax in the Aurora Cultural Arts District. All of the exhibits are free and open to the public from 10 am to 5 pm, Monday to Friday, or by appointment. For more information, email gallery@davarts. org.

An Evening With Eric Cahn The Lowry Speaker Series presents “An Evening with Eric Cahn, Holocaust Survivor” on Tuesday, April 24. The event is from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Eisenhower Chapel, 293 Roslyn St. in Lowry. Admission is free; no tickets or reservations are necessary. Born in Mannheim, Germany in 1938, Cahn was a toddler when he and his family were taken by the Nazis to a holding camp in France. He and his sister were rescued from the camp in 1942, but separated. Cahn was taken by a French Christian family who hid him in their basement for the duration of the war. His parents were deported to Auschwitz, where his mother died and his father miraculously lived. In the spring of 1944, Eric and his sister were reunited, and his father ultimately reconnected with them in 1946. Four years later, Cahn and his sister came to America. They eventually wound up in the Jewish National Home orphanage in West Denver, where they lived until they graduated from high school. Cahn graduated from CU Boulder, started his career, got married and raised a family. Eric has made a point of sharing his Holocaust story with civic groups, church groups and students for many years. For more information, call Karen House at 720-955-8833. Page 6

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Park Hill Art Club’s Spring Show April 20-22

The Park Hill Art Club presents its Spring Show and Sale beginning Friday, April 20 through Sunday, April 22. The annual event showcases a selection of artwork created by a talented group of member artists and features a variety of mediums, including watercolor, oil, acrylic and mixed media. Founded in 1974, Park Hill Art Club provides educational opportunities, fellowship and support.
PHAC offers weekly art classes led by local professional artists, many of whom have gained national recognition for their work. The Spring Show and Sale is at Park Hill United Methodist Church
5209 E. Montview Blvd. The show hours are as follows: Friday, April 20, opening reception from 4:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.; Saturday, April 21, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, April 22, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information about PHAC, visit parkhillartclub.org

Fri, May 18th 12pm~8pm Sat, May 19th & Sun, May 20th 10am~5pm

What Is Your Wish?

Do you like photography? Painting? Crafts? Dance? Music? Do you wish your neighborhood’s recreation centers offered different arts and culture classes? Denver Parks and Recreation is seeking public input via a survey to identify programming that residents would like to see offered at all 28 of the city’s recreation centers. Survey respondents will be entered to win a free class (up to a $90 value) or a $50 Amazon gift card. The survey takes 10-20 minutes to complete. If you have children at home, there is a section to provide input on the types of classes they prefer. The survey closes April 30. Access it at this link: surveymonkey.com/r/DPRArts or en español es.surveymonkey.com/r/DPRArtsESP

Carnival at Montview

Montview Community Preschool & Kindergarten will host its annual Carnival on Saturday, May 5, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. This neighborhood tradition includes live music, food trucks, train rides, magic shows, petting zoo, character appearances, face painting, and several vendor and community booths. Tickets are $8 in advance (through the school office) or $10 at the event. The Carnival is at 1980 Dahlia St. Admission for people under 2 and over 65 are free. Call 303-322-7296 with any questions.

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Last Call for City Park

The next (and final) open house for the City Park Master Plan Update with Design Guidelines is on Thursday, April 19 at the East High School cafeteria, 1600 City Park Esplanade. Stop by anytime between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the open house, sponsored by Denver Parks & Recreation and Historic Denver, to review and provide feedback on draft master plan recommendations and priorities for City Park. For more information and to see what has been developed so far, visit denvergov.org/parkprojects. People can still take a survey indicating their choices for Denver’s largest park, at surveymonkey.com/r/J3QT9Z2.

Open House For Builders

The Housing Authority of the City and County of Denver (DHA) is holding its annual contracting open house on Monday, April 30 from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the DoubleTree by Hilton Denver, at 3202 Quebec St. The free event provides networking and workshops to detail contracting needs for several major projects, business opportunities, and how entrepreneurs can participate in the myriad of current city construction projects. “We are encouraging small, minority and women business owners to come to meet our team and explore how they can support our efforts and learn how do business with DHA,” says Executive Director Ismael Guerrero. The event is free, but preregistration is required. Check denverhousing.org for more info. April 2018

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EARTH MATTERS | Tracey MacDermott

Cyclists Of Change Local Climate Action Forum Yields Big Plans

In early March, a Climate Action Forum provides educational classes for compostwas held at the Greater Park Hill office. The ing, rain barrels, Garden-in-a-Box, seed event was hosted by the Sustainable Neighclasses and soon, beekeeping. (For details borhood program and facilitated by Accelabout upcoming GPHC programs, check erate Neighborhood Climate Action. Apout page 11.) proximately 25 engaged citizens attended. In addition, we provide a free farm stand The forum started off with everyone during the summer, hold a sustainability identifying what we do in our fair, work with CU Boulder to impersonal lives to mitigate climate prove our stormwater issues and change. This was a great oppormuch more. As a neighborhood tunity to learn from each other it was noted that our strengths and expand our own individual included diversity, the market at actions. Examples included: 35th and Dahlia at the Holly, hiscomposting and recycling, eattorical patterns of collaboration, ing less (or no) meat, working on our libraries and our neighbors water quality research, building a being receptive and responsive. greenhouse, and the ever-popular We also were required to identiTRACEY bathroom mantra, “if it’s yellow, fy our challenges. Some examples let it mellow.” MACDERMOTT included people don’t understand Following was a discussion surColorado’s dry climate, people rounding our strengths and chalwho engage in unmindful social lenges in our neighborhood. The room was media and commentary, having inadequate filled with excitement as GPHC Executive time and money, and a divide between resiDirector Sierra Fleenor rattled off numerdents – in particular, racial and environous accomplishments. Our Registered mental injustice. Neighborhood Organization currently

Nine big goals These exercises set up a brainstorming session to set our sites on what we wanted to accomplish over the next two years. The group identified nine different categories: • Creating Community Resilience • Increasing the Urban Canopy • Access to Healthier Mobility Options • Promoting Dark Night Skies • Promoting Going to Scale • Lower Footprint with Larger Handprint on our Food • Water Saving and Protection • Changing Waste to a Benefit • Increasing Solar and other Renewable Energy From this list the group landed on the six most important topics, laid the groundwork to begin work in our community, and set up teams to tackle specific areas. One team will work to expand education and communication, as well as growing classes and workshops. They will be looking to increase volunteer participation and opportunities for youth. They’ll be searching for sustainable champions for each block within Park Hill, working to create connectivity and strengthening bonds. A second team will work to increase our urban canopy by building the infrastructure to plant more trees in common spaces and in areas of need. We have previously reported that Denver is No. 3 in the nation for the heat island effect. Trees can certainly help mitigate this issue. The team will work with the Park People and city foresters to help residents with planting trees and hosting training sessions, and seeking donations to help low income residents purchase trees for their properties. This group will also provide help with the May Garden-in-a-Box giveaway. In efforts to save and protect water, another group will work with area restaurants

to educate on topics such as providing water only upon request, helping expand reuse and recycling efforts, ditching straws and creating rain barrels. These ideas also were included for other business. The group is hoping to hold a Mothers for Climate Change event in May. Other work will include targeting parts of our neighborhood that have experienced flooding to promote native plantings and mitigation of stormwater. A simple idea is to encourage people to take “combat showers” and turn the water off while brushing teeth and shaving. Working to reduce waste, the Changing Waste to Benefit group will focus on promoting existing programs, promoting growing ideas at monthly GPHC meetings and holding events at the Dahlia campus. An expanded outreach plan is in the works to north and northeast Park Hill to build on our diverse and talented group of neighbors.

Foot down, hands extended A wonderful idea came from this event, which generated another working group titled “Decrease Footprint, Increase Handprint of Food.” Group members hope to attract a grocery store to the food desert of our northern section of the neighborhood. This group was able to take the negative connotation of carbon footprint and turn it into a positive action item. Work will also include promoting the wonderful work being done at the Dahlia campus, the Denver Food Rescue, the GPHC food pantry, our garden classes in collaboration with our local businesses, libraries, recreation centers, schools and faith communities. The goal is to create affordable access to materials through the GPHC greenhouse, seed banks, and cooking classes. Our last working group, Access to Healthier Mobility Options, will focus on getting people to walk more and changing mindsets to ditch their cars and promote pedestrian mobility. They will conduct a Transportation Fair at the library in collaboration with organizations such as Walk2Connect and Bikes Together. This is an exciting time in which more citizens are coming together to solve critical issues. We cannot solely rely on government to fix what ails our world. The Sustainable Neighborhood program and Accelerate Neighborhood Climate Action are jumpstarting action by communities in which we get to be the drivers of change, as well as fostering relationships amongst neighbors. Tracey MacDermott is chair of the board of Greater Park Hill Community, Inc. Active in the Registered Neighborhood Organization for many years, MacDermott was the 2012 recipient of the Dr. J. Carlton Babbs Award for Community Service. This year she received an INC Neighborhood Star Award, for her advocacy on behalf of Park Hill. She was trained as a Climate Reality Leader in 2017.

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RAW POLITICS | Penfield W. Tate III

Will He Or Won’t He?

Lawmakers Expel Lebsock and PERA Compromise Debated. Big Talk Turns To Hickenlooper And His Aspirations For Higher Office the issue to a vote. I can also appreciate the On March 2 Coloradans witnessed concern of many legislators regarding the something they had not seen in 103 years. lack of a clear process. The legislature esBy a vote of 52-9 (with 4 absent), state Rep. tablished policies regarding behavior at the Steve Lebsock was expelled from the Colooutset of the session, but did not establish rado House of Representatives. History has penalty provisions. been repeated and the institution After a full day of debate, Lebhas been shaken. sock was expelled. That expulsion In 1915 Rep. William Howlett now leaves open the question of was expelled from the Colorado House as a result of a committee inwhat happens to three Republican vestigation that determined he had senators who are similarly accused committed perjury in the midst of of sexual harassment by other lega bribery investigation. islators, lobbyists, and staff. With Howlett’s history, and more ima little more than a month left in portantly the proceeding used to year’s legislative session, SenPENFIELD W. this expel him, was a focus of the nearly ate President Kevin Grantham has TATE III eight hours of last month’s debate yet to indicate how he will proceed. preceding the vote to expel LebWe have not seen the last of this sock. I had the opportunity – I can’t call it issue. The relationships in and operations a privilege – to listen to about two-and-aof the Colorado General Assembly will be half hours of the proceeding. impacted for years to come. Members on both sides of the aisle iniWhither PERA? tially requested additional time to review a lengthy and heavily redacted investigators’ As we reported previously, the debate report that they complained had been rearound the state’s retirement plan, PERA, ceived late and did not allow for adequate has reached the floor in the form of Senate time for full review. Others requested the Bill 200. vote be postponed and that an ethics comBefore we get to the bill, let’s clarify a mittee pursuant to House Rule 49, similar few facts. PERA is not broken. PERA is to what was used in the Howlett matter, be not insolvent. On an actuarial basis, PERA convened to investigate, take testimony, and has a shortfall. In other words, assuming provide a recommendation to the House. no change in law or the economy, it is anUltimately all of those requests failed. ticipated that PERA may not have enough money to pay all of the benefits owed to its Lebsock out, what of the others? members at the time they reach retirement Many legislators, on a bipartisan basis, age. spoke about the need to support the couraThe bill, which is a compromise between geous victims who had the strength to come Republicans and Democrats, proposes to forward and voice their experiences about raise the retirement age for future state embeing sexually harassed by Lebsock. House ployees to 65. It would also impose a longer members read letters penned by many of time period of the average salary that dethe victims. Rep. Faith Winter, one of his termines maximum retirement benefits, inaccusers, spoke forcefully and emotionally. crease employee contributions into the plan Many spoke of the need to insure that the over time from eight percent to 11 percent, state Capitol remain a place where women and cuts the retiree’s cost of living adjustcan work safely, excel in their careers and ment from a guaranteed 2 percent to 1.25 not be faced with the threats of sexual hapercent. rassment. Critics note that another provision would Others expressed their concern about the increase employer contributions to PERA process involved, which they and Lebsock to 22.15 percent of current salaries – in escontended deprived him of due process. The sence more taxpayer money. The proposal fact that the conclusions of the investigative also expands an existing 401(k) option for team determined that it was “more likely all PERA employees. than not” that the sexual harassment had It is believed that these measures would occurred and that the witnesses bringing eliminate the projected actuarial shortfall the accusations were “credible” left memfor PERA of between $32 to $50 billion in 26 bers concerned whether the standard was or 27 years instead of the current 30 years. sufficiently stringent to warrant the rare Other critics believe that no additional pubstep of expelling a member. lic dollars should be devoted to improving Others raised the point that as an elected the solvency of the fund. Therein lies the official, Lebsock was ultimately accountable rub: If no additional public dollars in the to his constituents and that his colleagues form of employer contributions are providdid not and should not have the authority to ed and there is concern about increasing the remove him from elected office. Rep. Lang employee’s contributions, what remains are Sias even made an argument about the marginal adjustments to the operation of propriety of the House expelling one of its the program. This may ultimately help the own members by invoking the name Adam program achieve solvency, but not within Clayton Powell Jr. Powell was a congress26, 27 – or perhaps even 30 years. man who, in 1967 was excluded from his And don’t dismiss the possibility of a seat by the U.S. House of Representatives lawsuit if someone challenges that the refollowing allegations of corruption. He was ductions in benefits are not an “actuarial ultimately reelected by his constituents and necessity” under the law. We will be talking seated as a result of a U.S. Supreme Court more about this in the months to come. ruling. Eyes on the Oval Office Given my time in the legislature I can only imagine how difficult it was for members to Park Hill may soon see the Secret Service have to debate this issue and ultimately take and all the trappings of a presidential cama vote. I suspect that is why many of them paign if Gov. John Hickenlooper moves forasked Lebsock to resign rather than force ward with his plans – plans of course that he

has denied – and runs for president. Monkey Business. Colorado has had many presidential This year, we will watch Hickenlooper’s candidates, but with little to show for it. continued meetings with political operaMy friend and former longtime congresstives and campaign funders. As well as his woman Pat Schroeder was criticized for ongoing flirtation with Gov. John Kasich of crying upon her withdrawal from the race Ohio. We should also keep an eye on former in 1987. But, that willingness to wear her Sen. Ken Salazar and current Sen. Michael emotions on her sleeve Bennet, who are said to be was a quality that always at least considering a run endeared her to Denver for the Oval Office. I personally think Gov. voters – and she went on When it’s all said and to serve 12 more years in Hickenlooper’s most likely done, I personally think Congress with great disHickenlooper’s most successful outcome is tinction. running for U.S. Senate and likely successful outcome Hickenlooper lives in is running for U.S. SenPark Hill when he’s not in challenging Cory Gardner ate and challenging Cory the Governor’s Mansion. in 2020 rather than seeking Gardner in 2020 rather His current plans and than seeking the White the White House. actions appear to more House. It seems odd to closely track the ill-fated be talking about the 2020 campaign for president of former Gov. Bill campaign this far out – but we now find that Owens. You may recall that Owens did a the political season starts earlier and never national speaking tour and was featured on ends. the cover of the National Review as “AmerI hope leaping forward did not cause you ica’s Best Governor.” However, his political too much difficulty. Happy Spring. operation did not appear ready for prime Penfield W. Tate III is an attorney with time and his campaign efforts were steamKutak Rock and serves on a number of rollered before they got well underway. nonprofit boards. He represented Park Hill Former Gov. Richard Lamm also took a in the Colorado House of Representatives look at stepping up to the presidency but from 1997 to 2000, and in the State Senhis actions never got beyond looking and ate from 2001 to February 2003, when he thinking about the opportunity. Former resigned from the Senate to run for Mayor of Sen. Gary Hart was at one point a frontDenver. Penfield’s adult daughter was born runner for the Democratic nomination. and raised in Park Hill, and he and his wife His ambitions were laid to waste in 1988 as Paulette remain in the neighborhood. a result of a trip he took on a boat named

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At the March for Our Lives protest in downtown Denver, on March 24. Photo by Reid Neureiter

East High students walked out on March 14, marking 30 days since the deadly school shooting in Parkland, Fla. Many East students marched to the Capitol, joining other students from several Denver area schools for a rally. Photo by Margaret Robb

Students at Stedman Elementary in Park Hill marched around the school with signs and balloons on March 14. Photo by Ali Monroe Larson

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Downtown Denver, on March 24. Photo by Reid Neureiter

Students at Stedman Elementary. Photo by Ali Monroe Larson

At the March for Our Lives rally in downtown Denver, on March 24. Photo by Reid Neureiter

McAuliffe Middle School students formed a human heart outside the school on March 14. Photo by Eliza Donley Nolte

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Greater Park Hill Community, in conjunction with the groups We Don’t Waste and Walk2Connect, will sponsor a series of What is A Rain Garden? affordable, Inc. sustainable cooking strateSaturday, April 21, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Open gies and tricks every Monday in April. The house at Pauline Robinson Library, 33rd sessions start 6:30 p.m. at 2823 Fairfax St. and Holly. A rain garden is a planted Everyone is welcome. For more, check area that allows rainwater runoff out greaterparkhill.org/sustainabilfrom roofs, driveways, walkways and ity/earthmonth parking lots to be absorbed into the • April 2 – One Skillet Something: landscape instead of storm drains. We all need a quick go-to dish when Explore how you can plant one. we’re tight on time. APRIL IS Climate Reality Presentation • April 9 – Last Ditch Quick Pickling: Tuesday, April 24 at 6:30 p.m. at Don’t let those last bits of veggies go EARTH to waste. Quick pickle them—none MONTH 2823 Fairfax St. Tracey MacDermott who recently attended Al Gore’s Cliof the stress of canning with all the mate Reality Training, will deep dive joy of eating pickled goodness. into the science of climate change from a • April 16 – What Do I Do With All These global to regional perspective. Beans? Includes black beans, garbanzos, green beans and more. Clean Up Greater Park Hill Work Day • April 23 – What Do I Do With All These Saturday, April 28 at 2823 Fairfax St. Sign Greens? Includes collards, lettuce, kale, our pledge to clean up near your home durand more. ing the month of April. Gather with your • April 30 – DIY Veggie Tacos and Veggie family and your neighbors to get outside Burgers: Learn to make your own. to clean up our sidewalks, alleys, and main thoroughfares. If you live near Colfax, conDecrease Clutter, Increase Peace of Mind sider picking up trash for a block there. The Wednesday, April 4, 6:30 p.m. at Park same goes for MLK, Jr. Boulevard. Help Hill Library, Montview and Dexter. Profesbeautify your neighborhood and protect sional organizer Alison Bresler will guide streams. you through simple things that you can do to avoid being paralyzed in front of a bulgBee Careful Campaign ing closet. Spring is here and with it comes bees and other pollinators. Learn how to protect and Japanese Beetle Control with City Floral support them and what to do if you see a Saturday, April 14, 11 a.m. at Park Hill swarm. To learn more, check out greaterLibrary, Montview and Dexter. Japanese parkhill.org/sustainability/beecareful Beetles cause significant damage to more

Letters, continued from page 2 space in the neighborhood, we concluded that the prices for commercial rents currently make it virtually impossible to sell pizza. The good news is we will be transitioning the business to our pizza truck. The truck will have a permanent location in the parking lot of the Philips/Odyssey Elementary School on 21st Avenue and Monaco Parkway. It will be readily accessible in the parking lot for easy drive up and walk up. Initially the truck will be open on Friday and Saturday evenings. Our first night will be Friday, May 18. Our phone number and web site page will remain as is for the ordering process. Then you simply pick up at the pizza at the truck. Unfortunately, we will no longer be able to have delivery service. I, along with my wife Christine and daughter Allegra, extend our sincerest thank you to all our customers/friends who have not only supported us over the years, but have brought real joy. You all made it

possible for me to “live my dream” and to enjoy all the interactions with you, which hopefully fostered community in the neighborhood. As an aside, the business took us from Allegra working at the pizzeria as a student at East High School, through college, and now she is three months away from getting her K-6 Colorado teachers license. What a ride. Thank you everyone!

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Islamic Center Turns Focus To ‘Real’ Affordable Housing Hope Is To Build 50-60 units At Albion and Bruce Randolph

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A lot at the corner of Bruce Randolph Avenue and Albion Street in northeast Park Hill may soon find new life. The former Park Hill Orthodox Presbyterian Church and its lot are now for sale. Imam Abdur-Rahim Ali and his community at Masjid Taqwa, the Northeast Denver Islamic Center, want to buy it—not to expand their mosque and school, but to develop it into affordable housing. In early March, Ali welcomed me into the Center, across the street from the old church. We walked together through their building as he mused on the expansion of the universe, the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr., and his hopes for what the Center might be able to achieve. “We want it to be real, affordable housing,” said Ali, citing that the average twobedroom apartment in Denver now costs upwards of $1,500 a month. “That’s just not doable for many families.” This is not a whim for Ali and his community, who have been seeking to create affordable housing in Park Hill for a while. “Originally, we were looking to put it right where these townhomes are, but they beat us to the punch,” Ali said, gesturing toward a nearby development. “We can’t fault them.” After that idea didn’t work out, the Center considered building 25-30 affordable units where their current parking lot is. But the community felt it would be too few units for such a grand effort. “We’re hoping to provide more like 50-60 units [across the street],” Ali said.

On a mission Securing the land is not a given. There is still a chance another developer could buy it before the Center can fundraise the amount needed. If the lot were to be purchased by someone else, Ali and the Center may revisit the idea of building on their parking lot. However, they’re still focused on the lot across the street. Another uncertainty is the future of the Park Hill Golf Course, the boundary of which is less than a block north of the Center. Ali isn’t letting the uncertainty of the situation dissuade him, though, because he’s on a mission. The Center’s building “would provide affordable housing [and] the necessary services that will treat people with dignity, honor, and respect,” he said. “We think we can make Park Hill proud.” Once the Center purchases the land, it will take another 18 months to two years to complete all the city’s requirements and build, but Ali doesn’t plan to wait until the building is completed to start providing support to the community. Colorado Coalition for the Homeless has been in talks

with the Center about providing temporary housing for people experiencing homelessness prior to starting construction. This might look like the Tiny Home Villages that are popping up in Denver and around the country. During construction, Ali also plans to provide work opportunities for the unemployed, including not only regular employment, but also apprenticeship opportunities. The Center doesn’t consider their job done when the building is built and occupied. That’s only the beginning. They plan to provide wraparound services to residents, such as the ones they currently provide to anyone in need. The offerings include parenting classes, substance abuse classes, HIV-prevention, and skill development and supports for people who have been formerly incarcerated. The Center also hopes to increase the capacity of their food pantry. Of their services, Ali said, “We want to save human lives.” Colorado Coalition for the Homeless isn’t the only organization getting involved. Other partners include the City and County of Denver and Christian and Jewish organizations in northeast Denver and beyond. “We can’t do it alone,” Ali said. “It takes a collective effort to get anything done that’s going to be successful for the community. That’s the way we want it.”

The American spirit Affordable housing is a piece of something bigger to Ali and the Center. “We’re here to serve the entire community, not just one segment, not just for Muslims, not just for the religious people, for all of humanity,” said Ali. “We are all one.” His desire to provide supports to those in need in our community is deeply rooted in his Islamic faith. “We’re providing a service to the community, and that’s part of serving God.” When I asked how neighbors can get involved, he had an immediate answer. “They can write letters of support,” he said, then paused and smiled. “And we’re always accepting money.” He was quick to clarify that the Center is not interested in making money on this project, but that “it takes resources to get it done.” Ali co-founded the Center in 2000. The community originally met in a basement, then upgraded to a 500 square-foot storefront at Bruce Randolph Avenue and Columbine Street, before moving to their current location in 2009. Not everything has been positive for the Center. They have received threats both on the phone and in person. “We had one guy [that drove by and] stuck his finger out,” Ali said while miming a gun, “and said, ‘Death to you all’ and drove off.” The silver lining has been the willingness of Christian and Jewish organizations to work together. “I am grateful because I see the coming together of faith communities, more so now than ever.” “That’s American, isn’t it? That’s the American spirit,” Ali explains, a huge smile breaking across his face. “We’re Muslims and we love our country. We’re committed to this country.” To learn more about Masjid Taqwa, the Northeast Denver Islamic Center, visit their website at northeastdenverislamiccenter.com

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Imam Abdur-Rahim Ali looks toward an old church site and lot across the street from the Islamic Center, where he hopes to build affordable housing. Photo by Sierra Fleenor

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The Road To Gold Olympian Janet Redwine Inspires Troop 3573 Story and photo by Kristin Coulter Girl Scout Troop 3573

Members of Park Hill Girl Scout Troop 3573 are working on their Gold Award, which is the highest individual honor a Girl Scout can earn. So the troop members decided to learn from someone who knows about high achievement: an Olympian. Hard work. Determination. Support. Sacrifice. Love. These were the themes that Olympian and Girl Scout Janet Culp Redwine shared with about 40 Daisy-to-Senior Girl Scouts that gathered this Olympic season at Montview Boulevard Presbyterian Church to hear her speak. Redwine is a Colorado native. An active Girl Scout in elementary school, she even brought her Junior badge-filled vest to prove it. She went on to compete in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China, part of the 10-member USA synchronized swim team. So how do you get good enough to be selected for an Olympic team? That is where the hard work, determination, support, sacrifice and love come in. It actually wasn’t Redwine’s dream to be an Olympian. Her dream was to work hard to test herself and improve everyday – and boy did she do it! She shared a video of her team’s jaw dropping Olympic performance. You couldn’t help but be impressed with the athleticism, timing and pageantry of the team. Synchronized swimmers can’t touch the bottom of the pool during a performance. Sometimes up to three swimmers are stacked one on top of the other in order to achieve high lifts. Olympic pools are around 10 feet deep, so the competitors have to make themselves really small and then really big in order to propel a teammate high out of the water, all without touching the bottom of the pool. The success of Redwine’s Olympic experience wasn’t measured in medals; her team

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finished fifth. But as cliché at it sounds, her success was having the determination and support necessary to be at the top of her sport. The race that Redwine ran was internal. But she had the support and love of those around her to focus on being the best she could be. Did that mean that she missed fun times with her friends? Yes. Did that mean that she missed family trips in order to practice or compete? Yes. But in return she received the experience of a lifetime and the knowledge that she can do anything she sets her mind to. This was a powerful message to everyone in attendance but especially to the Girl Scouts who organized the meeting. These high school girls are on their own journey

to earn individual Gold Awards. They are on their way but they will need hard work, determination, support, sacrifice and love to make it happen.

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From left to right: Ellie McWhirter, Lucy Francone, 2008 Olympian Janet Redwine, Micaiah Salazar, Fiona Goe, and Lily Lowe.

Charlie Jacobs is a neighbor of mine. He lives just down the block with his mother, Nicole, his father, Ben, and his brother, Jack. Nicole is a nurse. Ben is co-owner of Tocabe Restaurants (if you haven’t been there, go). Charlie, 3, and Jack, 1, are unemployed. I recently asked Charlie to write down the name of a movie character he would like to be sitting next to. “Branch.” Who’s Branch? “He’s from the movie Trolls. He saves Poppy a lot.” Charlie informed me that in the movie, “big monsters think they need to eat trolls to be happy.” Indeed. I had never heard of this flick, so I did a little research. The Internet Movie DataBase provided the following synopsis: “After the Bergens invade Troll Village, Poppy, the happiest troll ever born, and the overly-cautious, curmudgeonly Branch (voiced by Justin Timberlake!) set off on a journey to rescue their friends.” The 2016 animated film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song – Timberlake’s Can’t Stop That Feeling.

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Keeping TABs On Teens Unified Neighborhood Includes Young People by Tracy Canada Hanson Special to the GPHN

on March 14), it is time to organize another teen conversation. In the spirit of unification and inclusiveness – One Park Hill – shouldn’t we all embrace younger community members into the fold and do what we can to guide and encourage them? I bet we’d all be surprised at what teenagers are capable of.

Libraries are safe spaces for teens to meet up and connect with one another. Many libraries host Teen Advisory Boards (TABs) – teen groups that meet to give their opinions and provide input for the library, plan programs, organize and pursue community projects, and to let loose and be themselves outside the constraints of school or other pressures. TABs are a way for young people to be involved in and give back to their community – something that so many teens have a desire to do but are too often not given credit for. Since July 2016, the Park Hill and Pauline Robinson branches of the Denver Public Library have hosted four group conversations with people from all over Greater Park Hill. The purpose has been to engage with our neighbors to gain a deeper understanding of our shared aspirations, concerns, and to figure out what actions community members can take. The thing that stands out most in these conversations is the neighborhood’s shared desire for “One Park Hill,” one unified neighborhood that includes the north, northeast, and south sections of the area and includes people of all races, cultures, socioeconomic statuses, family structures, and age brackets. A community that is unified and inclusive is one of our greatest Tracy Canada Hanson shared goals. As the Teen Services librarian at the Park Hill Branch library, I wonder: How do we include and empower the A community that is unified and inclusive younger members of our community is one of our greatest shared goals. – those who have really valuable things to say, who have incredibly strong voices, whose experiences are different than those of older generations, but who are Pauline Robinson Branch Events unable to vote? I think about the school shooting in Tech Help Appointments | Mondays and Parkland, Florida and of the extraordinary Tuesdays, noon - 1 p.m. young people across our nation coming Get technology assistance from one of together in solidarity for positive change our in-house experts on your own device – powerful activists who cannot yet cast a or a public computer. Learn the basics, such ballot but are advocating for change anyas email, social networking, word processway. ing and eMedia. Call the library at 720The Park Hill and Pauline Robinson 865-0290 to schedule an appointment for Branch libraries hosted a group conversaMonday or Tuesday. tion for teens last September. What was Preschool Storytime | Wednesdays, April 4, 11, gleaned from this conversation? Teens are 18, 25, 10:30 a.m. very aware of the generally poor opinion Stories, songs, rhymes and fun for 3-5 many adults have of them and wish to be year olds and their parents or caregivers. treated with respect and included as comPaper Quilling | Monday, April 16, 5:30 - 7 p.m. munity members. Quilling originated in the Middle Ages The stakes are equally high for teenagers, when nuns and monks cut thin strips of possibly more so because they are in the paper from the edges of books and then midst of figuring out who they are and what created spirals by rolling the strips around is important to them. Perhaps, in light of feathers or quills to create filigree ornarecent events (the Florida school shooting, mentation. Today, quilling is rapidly refollowed by the nationwide school walkout

placing adult coloring books as the craft that calms the mind. Participants will learn the basics of quilling, from how to form the basic spiral to creating their own design, in this interactive workshop. Limited to 20 participants. The Pauline Robinson Book Club | Saturday, April 28, noon

This month’s selection: The Rainbow Comes and Goes by Gloria Vanderbilt. Drop-ins are welcome. What is a Rain Garden? Open House | Saturday, April 21, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

A rain garden is a planted area that allows rain water runoff from roofs, driveways, walkways, and parking lots, the opportunity to be absorbed into the landscape instead of storm drains. Join us as we explore what it is and how we can plant one at our library.

Park Hill Branch Events

No Strings Attached Book Chat | Saturday, April 7, 11 a.m.

Read whatever you want and attend whenever you can. Share a recent read, an old favorite, or anything in between. The Beaten Territory with Author Randi Samuelson-Brown | Saturday, April 7, 2:30 p.m.

Denver was a wide-open town in the 1880s, living up to its reputation as the Wild West. Randi Samuelson-Brown will lead a discussion on the 1890s world of prostitution, licit and illicit drugs, bad whiskey recipes and the saloon and brothel culture that flourished in Colorado. Books available for sale and signing. Teen Advisory Board (TAB) | Tuesdays, April 10 & 24, 6 p.m.

Join the Park Hill TAB. Help plan events and projects, talk about your favorite books, music, movies and make your opinion count. Plus snacks. Ideal for ages 13-18.

All Ages Storytime | Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.

Pajama Storytime Yoga | Wednesday, April 11, 6:30 p.m.

Baby Storytime | Thursdays and Fridays at 11:15 a.m.

Japanese Beetle Control with City Floral Greenhouse | Saturday, April 14, 11 a.m.

Stories, songs, rhymes and fun for children of all ages and their parents or caregivers. Craft activity immediately follows the program. Stories, songs, rhymes and fun for babies ages 0-18 months and their caregivers. Play and social time immediately follow the program. Toddler Storytime | Fridays at 10:30 a.m.

Stories, songs, rhymes and fun for toddlers ages 18-36 months and their caregivers.

Soothing yoga practices and breaths, along with music and a story! Ideal for ages 3 to 8 accompanied by an adult. Led by yoga instructor Miss Mattie. Japanese Beetles are voracious and cause significant damage to over 300 different plant species found in our landscapes, our agricultural areas, and a few of our native plants as well. City Floral Greenhouse will share information on how to handle this invasive pest.

Magic Club | Mondays, April 2 & 16, 4:30 p.m.

Henna: History, Art, and Application | Saturday, April 14, 2:30 p.m.

Writer in Residence: S.E. Fleenor | Tuesdays, April 3, 10, 17, & 24, 6 p.m.

Kids’ Book Club | Tuesday, April 17, 3:30 p.m.

Do you already play Magic: the Gathering, or are you interested in learning? Stop by two afternoons a month to play and meet other teens. Ideal for ages 10-17.

Learn more about the history and cultures surrounding the beautiful art of henna. Experience it first hand with a small application and by creating your own designs. Seating is limited, please arrive early.

S.E. Fleenor, a local writer of fiction, non-fiction, and articles, will be working with library patrons to help you with a new or existing writing project. Whether you’re at the brainstorming phase, have started a draft, or are about to finish your piece, Fleenor will provide feedback and writing prompts. Come prepared to work on a piece you’ve already started or respond to the writing prompts provided.

Book: The Chocolate Touch by Patrick Skene Catling Our snack will have a bit of the “chocolate touch.” Ideal for grades 2-3.

Decrease Your Clutter, Increase Your Peace of Mind | Wednesday, April 4, 6:30 p.m.

Comedy Works headliner Nancy Norton, who worked as a Registered Nurse, is known for performing uniquely funny performances that connect with universal truths through her intuitive, authentic, high energy, fast paced, and engaging style. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Eighteen and over only due to adult content.

If you loved the book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo or The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg and want to create calm and ease life’s transitions, professional organizer Alison Bresler will guide you through simple things that you can do to avoid being paralyzed in front of a bulging closet. After Hours Library Olympics | Friday, April 6, 6 - 7:30 p.m.

Bring your friends to compete in the Library Olympics. Choose your country, win prizes, eat pizza and cupcakes. Test your wits! Be physical (but not too physical). Ideal for Teens ages 11-17. *Permission slip required, pre-registration suggested. Download the permission slip or stop by the library.

Tween Book Club | Thursday, April 19, 4:30 p.m.

Book: From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg Activity: canvas painting Underground Comedy Club: Nancy Norton | Thursday, April 19, 7 p.m.

DIY Family Fairy Garden | Saturday, April 21, 10:30 a.m.

Create your own magical fairy garden with your children. A container, soil, one plant and materials for making stepping stones, paths, flower pots, tables, fences, and more are provided. One container per family while supplies last. Protect Your Privacy Online | Wednesday, April 25, 6:30 p.m.

Learn about tools you can use to limit what’s shared about you online. Find out how browser plug-ins, proxies, and the Tor browser can help keep your information private. The Lost Creek String Band | Saturday, April 28, 2:30 p.m.

Summer Sacred Art at Montview is a program devoted to the visual arts in a sacred context. Children entering 1st - 4th grades (Fall 2018), create art inspired by sacred texts, sacred spaces and an exploration of world traditions. There are six, four-day sessions in June and July. Register online at www.montview.org/community, in the Children section, under Summer Sacred Art.

The musicians formerly known as the Stapleton String Band combine the melodic tones of the mandolin, banjo, guitar, ukulele and violin in a repertoire that spans everything from folk and bluegrass to acoustic rock. GPHN Center Stage | Wednesday, May 2, 6:30 p.m

The Greater Park Hill News is an award winning, monthly publication that has been in continuous production covering our community since 1961. Come hobnob with the editor, writers and photographers, learn about the history of the paper, and enjoy refreshments and activities suitable for all ages in a celebratory atmosphere.

Montview Boulevard Presbyterian Church 1980 Dahlia Street, Denver, Colorado 80220-1239 | 303.355.1651 | www.montview.org

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Racing Through City Park The Colorado bicycle road racing season kicked off March 4 at City Park, with the University of Denver Cycling Team hosting the annual DU Criterium series of races. The racers completed a three-quarter mile roughly triangular course on the west side of the park, past the large fountain and around the MLK, Jr. Memorial statue. College teams, both women and men, from CU Boulder, CU Denver, the University of Denver, Air Force Academy, Colorado Mesa University, Fort Lewis College, Colorado College, the School of Mines and others raced in the morning, and amateur racers of all categories raced in the afternoon. The winner of the Women’s A collegiate race, Khristina Vrouwenvelder of CU Boulder, is a 25-year old third-year graduate student, and has been racing for five years. “I really enjoy racing at City Park,” says Vrouwenvelder, explaining that with the tight turns, it is easy to lose speed, “so you jut have to hold on through the corners.” Organized road racing will occur nearly every weekend along the Front Range through June. For more information about bicycle racing in Colorado and the schedule of races, visit the Bicycle Racing Association of Colorado at www.coloradocycling.org. Photos by Reid Neureiter

Spring Has Arrived! 18th Annual Park Hill Garden Walk Set For June 24 By Jean Ercolani

tures and other distinctive elements. Repurposed ironwork and restored stained glass are eye-catching and bring unique Signs of spring are popping up all personalities to a space. Some of the artists around– a great reminder that the 2018 responsible for these pieces will be in the Park Hill Garden Walk is less than two gardens and available to answer any quesmonths away. tions you may have. On June 24 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The 2018 garden line-up inhomeowners throughout Park cludes a diverse group of gardens Hill will open their yards to the spanning various levels of matupublic. Come explore unique outrity. This will give you an underdoor spaces, meet the gardeners standing of the beginning, middle and tap into some ideas for your and mature aspects of garden own garden creations. GARDEN WALK planning and design. As you stroll through the garRain or shine, everyone is inT 2018 W dens you will get a sense of the vited. Advance tickets go on sale personality and interests of the May 22 for $12, seniors 65-plus are homeowners. You will experience urban $10. Children under 12 are free. Tickets and farms complete with chickens, beehives, additional information are online at www. veggies and herbs as well as areas to relax. parkhillgardenwalk.org. Tickets will also As water becomes more and more precious, be available the day of the event for $15 and earth-friendly xeric-style yard designs are $12 for seniors. becoming more popular. Pergolas, dining Proceeds from this event support the areas and outdoor kitchens are a few more Greater Park Hill Community, Inc. a examples of the design elements you will neighborhood organization that promotes get to explore. the character and vibrancy of Park Hill through its resources, information and Yard art also plays a significant role in advocacy. Learn more and get involved at these garden designs. All types of objects www.greaterparkhill.org. are repurposed as planter boxes, water feaMarketing Chair, Park Hill Garden Walk

Top of page: Collegiate racers speed past the fountain at City Park on March 4, during the DU Criterium, which marked the formal start to the bicycle road racing season in Colorado; Above: Kristina Vrouwenvelder took first place in the Collegiate Women’s A race; Below: Women collegiate racers from the Colorado School of Mines, Colorado State, CU Boulder, and the United States Air Force Academy prepare for the start of the Women’s A race at the DU Criterium.

On The Hunt For Gardens And Green Thumbs Do You Or Your Neighbor Have A Beautiful Outdoor Space To Share?

There are incredible yards throughout Park Hill that deserve to be enjoyed by others. Is one of these a friend or neighbor of yours? Or, maybe it’s your own yard. If so, the 2018 Park Hill Garden Walk committee would like to hear from you. The 18th annual Park Hill Garden Walk is June 24 and we are in need of a few more gardens to showcase. Large or small, professional or homeowner inspired, recently landscaped or a mature garden – we love them all. Please look around and nominate your friends, neighbors or yourself to participate in the 2018 Park Hill Garden Walk. Once nominated a member of the Garden Walk committee will visit with the homeowner and go over the details. This is a great way to meet neighbors, make new friends and show off your hard work and spectacular spaces. To nominate a garden or to get more information about the Park Hill Garden Walk, please contact Carla at carla.j.finch@gmail.com or Patty at prmead416@gmail.com. -- Jean Ercolani

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April Is Earth Month Giving Thanks To Our Mother, And Everyone Else By Sierra Fleenor Executive Director, GPHC, Inc.

Forget about Earth Day. Here at GPHC we’ve declared April to be Earth Month. (You don’t have to actually forget about Earth Day.) What Earth Month means to us is that we’ll be hosting sustainability-focused events and cooking classes, sharing information about bees and other pollinators, and generally cleaning up the neighborhood. Check out page 11 for descriptions of activities and classes. Follow us on Facebook at @GPHCDenver, and online at greaterparkhill.org/sustainability/earthmonth In May we will hold our third annual Garden in a Box Giveaway, a program that provides low-income and novice gardeners with everything they need to grow their own 4x4 vegetable garden. We are in need of specific seeds and seedlings, as well as pots for those who don’t have garden beds. If you’re interested in donating or want to learn more about the program, contact us at info@greaterparkhill.org or 303-388-0918

Stocking food, serving people With so much afoot, we are eternally grateful for volunteers who make our regular programming possible. Our food programs continue to provide nutritional support to our neighbors in need. We have many volunteers to thank for their time and energy that they have spent sorting and stocking food, delivering Weekend Food Program bags, serving clients – and more than I can even spell out here. We couldn’t do any of our vital work without the tireless volunteers who show up week after week. Thank you each and all. As always, we’d be remiss if we didn’t

Volunteers

Janey Alpert Jason Barth Barb Cavender Jack Farrar Claudia Fields Harold Fields Tas Frashure Adrienne Hill Noni Horwitz Erika Hutyra Megan Jamison Rod Leman Debra Lovell Tracey MacDermott Chuck Nelson

Mike Quigley Alison Rabinoff Mary Salsich Tammi Scroggins Heather Shulman Shane Sutherland Sue Weinstein Donna Westmoreland Jeannie Willis

Donors C Benoit David Gauthier Daniel Glenn Lyle Hansen Ellen Hokanson

also thank the team of volunteers who support the Greater Park Hill News, including bundlers and blockworkers. If you’re reading a newspaper that was delivered to your home or business, you have a blockworker to thank. If you’d like to join these newspaper volunteers, with a commitment of as little as 20 minutes per month, email newspaper@greaterparkhill.org. We are lucky to have so many volunteers who give their time and energy to GPHC, but we still need a few more. Can you help us with our Weekend Food Program, the upcoming Garden Walk in June, the Fourth of July Parade, the Home Tour and Street Fair in September? If so, please be in touch. You can reach us at info@greaterparkhill. org or 303-388-0918 to learn more about these volunteer opportunities.

What we need: Fresh and frozen Another group of supporters of GPHC includes our donors! Thank you to the individuals, families, students, businesses, and faith communities who support our Food Pantry and Weekend Food Program. From shelf-stable foods to fresh items to frozen meals, every donation you make goes directly to a neighbor or student in need in our community. Our food programs have ongoing needs and we accept any donations. For our food pantry we are particularly in need of canned peaches, mixed fruit, applesauce, and any other cans or jars of fruit. We also always need canned meats especially tuna, chunk chicken, Vienna sausages, and spam. We could also use ramen, rice, dry mashed potatoes, oatmeal (large canisters), sugar, and black eyed peas. Our clients rarely have access to meat and dairy through our pantry, so donaHarriet Mullaney Anne Sunderwirth Karen Timmons Helen Wolcott AARP Queen City Chapter #995 Blessed Sacrament Cake Crumbs and Patrons Cure D’ Ars Dahlia Campus for Health and Well-Being Dank Dispensary and Clients Denver Food Rescue Food Bank of the Rockies/9 News

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tions of fresh or frozen meat and dairy are always appreciated. We can distribute any fresh and frozen items, so keep that in mind, especially as we enter the growing season. (Hint, hint.) Our clients do frequently request hygiene products, including deodorant, razors, body wash, shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, toothbrushes, and baby wipes. We distribute both regular size and travel-sized hygiene items. We also need toilet paper, paper towels, laundry detergent (in smaller containers, if possible), and dish soap. For our weekend food program we currently need individually-wrapped cereal bars, individual servings of instant oatmeal, individual cereal bowls, and regularsized boxes of kid-friendly cereals.

Call us, visit us, get involved We also accept financial donations for

our food pantry and weekend food programs, as well as the other programs we offer. If you’d like to make a donation, visit our website at greaterparkhill.org or call our office at 303-388-0918 Donations can be made at GPHC’s office (2823 Fairfax St.) Monday through Thursday, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. We also accept donations of non-perishable items at the Park Hill Branch Library and Cake Crumbs during their regular business hours. We cannot distribute expired items, so please check the expire dates before making a donation. If you have any questions about our work or how to get involved with GPHC as a volunteer or donor, check out our website, give us a call, or drop by our office at 2823 Fairfax St. during the office hours detailed above.

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 303-388-0918 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 Wiegand • District 5 Rep Blair Taylor • District 6 Rep James King • District 7 Rep Jon Bowman • District 8: Nam Henderson • District 9: Stephanie Ceccato • District 10: Colette Carey • At-Large: Christine Caruso • At-Large: George Dennis • At-Large: Louis Plachowski: lplachowski@gmail.com • At-Large: Keith Brown • At-Large: Rebecca Rogers • 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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Speedy The Love Bug Meet Speedy. This beautiful girl is a social love-bug who is looking for her new home. She has an affectionate and chatty personality that’s sure to charm any potential adopters. Come meet her today and see if she’s the cat for you. Speedy is at the Dumb Friends League, 2080 S. Quebec St., and her ID# is 0775798. To see other furry friends available for adoption, visit ddfl.org.

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“My old veterinarian never made me get following seven to eight months, the hearta test or have my pet take heartworm preworm larva go through several stages and ventative.” ultimately end up as adult worms living in “My old doc says that there’s not the blood vessels, leaving the heart heartworm in Colorado.” to go to the lungs. Those are comments that we These worms can grow to up to frequently hear from some of our a foot long. In the early stages of owners. And, I can tell you it’s infection, many dogs show few to frustrating to hear that some vetno signs at all, but the heartworms erinarians still say that in 2018 in are already causing significant irriColorado about heartworm in our tation and inflammation along the canine patients. Every year since we pulmonary arteries. Typical cliniopened in 2011, our doctors have DR. MARGOT cal signs include mild persistent treated several heartworm-positive VAHRENWALD cough, reluctance to exercise and dogs. Between 25 to 35 percent were weight loss. Unchecked, the burlocal with no travel history outden of the heartworm load will side the state. ultimately lead to obstructive Mosquitos are well estabon the heart, causing Typical clinical pressure lished, including all four speit to go into failure. signs include cies that can carry heartworm, Heartworms can live up all along the Front Range and to seven years, but most die mild persistent Western Slope. Up at mounmuch earlier – however, the tain altitudes, the population of cough, reluctance dead worms can become a mosquitos is low, but we can’t to exercise and thrombus and leading to parsay that here in Park Hill or tial or fully-obstructive clots in weight loss. Denver. As each year seems to downstream blood vessels. be warmer and wetter, it’s good Treatment of heartworm dispractice to police your yard to ease when in the early stages is make sure you’re not allowing mosquitoexpensive and treatment carries its own breeding habitat. That is, anything that can risks. The cost of treatment can run $800 hold water. to more than $1,000 – that’s the equivalent Those buzzy bugs are a huge source of of more than eight years of heartworm predisease worldwide and they represent a ventative for a 75-pound dog. perfect vector for transmission between a By contrast, prevention is easy! Test anvariety of mammalian species, including nually and give a small preventative chew dogs and humans. Some of the diseases or pill once monthly. And, heartworm mosquitos carry include Malaria, Chikunpreventatives have an added bonus as all gunya, Canine Heartworm, Dengue, Yelare compounded with broad-spectrum inlow Fever, Eastern Equine Encephalitis, St. testinal parasite deworm. With Denver’s Louis Encephalitis, Western Equine Enincreased population in the past several cephalitis and West Nile Virus. years, we have documented a marked inHeartworm, or Dirofilaria immitus, is a crease in roundworms and hookworms – intestinal parasites with zoonotic risk to roundworm that is not an intestinal parahumans. site. Its life cycle is dependent on mosquitos For the best and most accurate informato move a larval stage called microfilaria tion on the web, visit heartwormsociety. from dog to dog. org. Canids like dogs, foxes and wolves are the natural host for heartworm, but cats, Dr. Margot can be reached at parkhillvet. raccoons and other species can carry Dirocom. filaria as wrong-ended hosts. Then over the

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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.

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

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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.

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The NEPHC hosts its monthly meeting on the second Thursdays of the month at 6 p.m.

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 St.

Sie Filmcenter 2510 E. Colfax, denverfilm.org, 303-595-3456

Sunshine Food Project sunshinefoodproject.org, 303-321-5231

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

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

Walk2Connect 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.

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