Greater Park Hill News, August 2019

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All the News About Denver’s Best Residential Community Since 1961 • Volume 58, Issue No. 8 • August 2019


Thoughts On Leadership: It’s Time For Our Elected Officials To Up Their Game


Life At Hallett: One Student, One Family At A Time

PAGE 8 Once Sleepy Business Block Bustling; Traffic and Parking Woes Spill into Surrounding Neighborhood Editor, GPHN

On Sunday, July 7, at 10:25 a.m. an earsplitting cheer erupted from inside Esters Neighborhood Pub at 22nd and Oneida. Exactly 10 minutes later, a repeat. It was the joyous sound – heard all around the neighborhood – of a loud, raucous crowd of soccer fans celebrating as Megan Rapinoe and Rose Lavelle kicked

the goals that vaulted the USA women’s team into four-time World Cup champions. Along the streets of the once sleepy enclave of residential blocks surrounding the business district in the east Park Hill neighborhood, cars were jammed in, bumper-to-bumper. As business has boomed on Oneida, parking headaches, and the accompanying increase in noise and traffic, has become the new normal during peak business hours for scores of residents liv-

Denver Goose Kill Sparks Controversy

ing nearby. Denver commercial real estate broker Todd Snyder and partner Rick Firmine purchased nearly the entire business block of Oneida between 22nd and 23rd avenues in early 2017. The Oneida Park Center, originally built in the 1950s, has since undergone a multi-million dollar facelift. Improvements have included repairing the iconic continued on page 4


Story and photos by Cara DeGette


Oneida Park Center Near Capacity

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Secret Round-up Violates City’s Own Policy By Cara DeGette Editor, GPHC

In late June, top officials from the Denver Parks and Recreation department launched, without public notice, an operation to remove 1,662 geese from several city parks, including City Park just west of Park Hill. After the geese were killed, they were processed and, according to the city, their meat given to organizations to distribute to people in need. The pre-dawn roundups, in the works since last October, occurred the same month that Parks and Rec published a Goose Management Program that includes several proposals to tackle the city’s growing goose population. Among the top recommendations: the critical need for public outreach and support. The roundups, conducted by U.S. Department of Agriculture workers at an hour when parks were closed to the public, occurred while the geese were in molting season and could not fly, and shortly after their goslings had hatched. Parks deputy executive director Scott Gilmore defended the decision, saying the goose populations in some parks had become untenable. “We get so many complaints about people coming out here with a blanket to sit on the grass, and they cannot sit on the grass because there’s so much goose poop in the parks,” Gilmore told Fox31. Several city council members, as well as many park enthusiasts, supported the roundups. Others were horrified by the wholesale removal of the animals.

Several critical details Lost amid the controversy were several critical details. Most notably, the city’s Goose Management Program, dated this June – the same month the roundups began – includes multiple statements underscoring the need for public support and acceptance of any goose management plan, including lethal control. Denver has taken other steps to reduce goose populations, including oiling goose eggs to prevent them from hatching, and using a “Goosinator” machine to harass the geese. “Besides hazing and egg treatment, the next most important part of a Resident Canada Goose Management Plan is public outreach and support,” according to the document, which can be read online at “The public’s understanding of the specific measures being performed, and their support of those strategies are necessary for the success or failure of a control program.” Other sections highlight the need to educate the public via notification boards, bulletin boards or brochures. It was recommended a survey be conducted to gauge public opinion on the city’s goose management plans. “Public relations or outreach is important to success.” The Parks and Recreation department did not conduct public outreach or notification before the roundups occurred. Spokeswoman Cynthia Karvaski said the city did not alert the media “for the safety of employees.” The June goose management plan de-

This photo of a goose couple with their goslings was taken last year at Ferril Lake in City Park. Photo by Mark Silverstein

scribes the possibility of euthanization as a last resort – not as an already decided action plan. However, Denver’s plan to catch and kill the geese and donate the meat to an unidentified source was actually put in motion last fall.

Contract signed last October On Oct. 22, the city agreed to pay the USDA approximately $150,000 for goose

management and wildlife damage services. The contract, signed by Mayor Michael B. Hancock, named parks deputy director Gilmore as the project administrator. Several months later, on June 5, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service issued the permit to cull as many as 2,200 geese, plus a number of other bird species, including mourning doves, red tailed hawks, great horned continued on page 5

Thoughts On Leadership It’s Time For Our Elected Officials To Up Their Game By Brenda Morrison For the GPHN

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Given Denver’s rapid growth and strong economy, it’s both a blessing and curse to be in public leadership. Unlike other communities, Denver is not facing budget cuts, structural deficits or unfunded pensions. Denver’s residents have been generous, approving bonds and tax increases in order to ensure that the city grows and maintains services, continues to provide parks and open space, and invests in behavioral health. Yet the city is also facing rising home prices, traffic and congestion, and a rapidly growing homeless population. These issues are going to demand that all of us raise our game. And that must begin with our elected officials. Let me make it clear: I am asking our city leaders to embrace their responsibilities. That means both in tough and in good times. I get it. It’s hard to balance diverse and often demanding constituencies, weighing current needs with those of the future, with your own personal values. However, if you are elected to office, it’s what you signed up to do. It is your job to convene those disparate groups and citizens to try and find consensus. Yes, if necessary hire a neutral facilitator to help you out so that you can listen, ask questions, and provide us with the information we may not be privy to. Case in point: Since the election, I have reached out to my council representatives, asking them specifically to convene public meetings on the land where the now-closed Park Hill Golf Course is, in the far northwest corner of the neighborhood. And yes, I assume that their opinions on this issue will be articulated at these meetings. I did so after reading that the new buyer of the Park Hill Golf Course land – not our elected representatives – plans to embark on a “listening tour” to gauge feedback from residents. While that may be relevant to other transactions, in this particular case, it is not appropriate that the developer, Westside Investment Partners, convene the public process. The conservation easement on the property, which the city paid for in 1997, certainly makes it the city’s business and therefore it’s entirely appropriate that our elected officials get involved early, and often. The question for me still remains: Why should the city entertain the development of the golf course when the previous owner agreed to the conservation easement (to keep the golf course/open space) and accepted $2 million of public money? Denver voters sent a clear message in this spring’s municipal election that change is necessary. While I appreciate that the principles of Westside Investment Partners are offering to lead a “listening tour,” our elect-



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Let me make it clear: I am asking our city leaders to embrace their responsibilities. ed officials should own this responsibility. Leaders do not abdicate their responsibility, even when it may be uncomfortable. Members of council, if you are receiving “hundreds” of emails about a certain issue and they are from people in the district, then it’s a real concern. Facebook posts, tweets, and standardized emails can help educate many. However, it’s incumbent on you – as a leader – to also offer to hold public meetings, or office hours in coffee shops and other publicly accessible areas. It’s incumbent that you explain the issue in person, and that you listen to what your constituents have to say. If you are authentic, set the right tone, and offer transparent and honest answers, even those that may not agree with you are more likely to respect you. Be present. When you attend a meeting, put the phone away and take out a notebook. Listen. Take notes. I realize it might be your tenth meeting of the day, but if I take time to attend a public meeting, I expect my elected official to be engaged. Even if you are tired and don’t feel like engaging with any more constituents, remember, that’s what you signed up for. The burden is not entirely on our elected officials. It’s on me too. It’s on all of us. I will admit that in the many years that I have lived in Park Hill, I have only gone to one – just one – meeting of the Greater Park Hill Neighborhood association. Just as I’m asking not to abdicate their responsibility as a leader, I should not be abdicating mine as an educated and informed resident. From here on, count me in. Brenda Morrison has lived in Park Hill for 20 years. 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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Scenes from a recent Thursday farm and flea market, In the second photo, Justin Herd stands inside his recently opened butcher store.

Onieda, continued from page 1 mid-century-style sign that towers over the block, painting all the exterior facades and incorporating new and uniform signs for the businesses. An outdoor courtyard, covered with simulated turf, is on the west side of the block in what used to be a parking lot. It’s surrounded on three sides with what is now Esters Neighborhood Pub, Torpedo Coffee and a still-under-construction ice cream shop. This summer, a Farm and Flea Market operates every Thursday, with booths, food trucks and live music. Current plans include a pumpkin patch at Halloween and a Christmas tree lot during the holidays. “When we were seeking out new tenants, our goal was, who is doing interesting things in the city and how can we create a collection of tenants that complement each other and the neighborhood,” Snyder said. “First and foremost we wanted to be family friendly and affordable. We are aware of the diverse nature of the neighborhood and we embrace that.” The new businesses, along with the exist-

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ing stores, have drawn crowds from nearby Stapleton and other outlying neighborhoods, as well as Park Hillians from the west side of Monaco. Residents who live nearby have largely met the changes with a mix of being pleased about the new shopping and dining options, and frustration over the increasing urban stress on their neighborhood. “I’m hoping for the best and that the businesses succeed,” said Ryan Hildebrandt, who lives about a block away with his young family. “But I hope they keep the neighborhood in mind.” On Thursdays and through the weekends, those living closest can often no longer find parking spots in front of their own homes. In some cases they have put up traffic cones to try to keep people from blocking their driveways. Even before the new businesses opened, parking was tight along the business block. Bicycle racks have been installed, but the city required no additional designated parking on the block. This summer’s addition of a Thursday market has intensi-

fied the parking headaches for those living nearby. Some fear the situation will get even worse when the ice cream store opens, and another restaurant – likely a new Illegal Pete’s – moves in. “I’m happy that the businesses are doing so well, but can’t believe the city has allowed this to happen without requiring the developers to deal with the parking,” said Jeff Newell, who lives nearby. He has the option of parking in his garage, but noted that many of his garage-less neighbors aren’t as lucky. Not being able to park in front of your house can be a challenge, especially for older residents. Jyothi Pisharath and her husband Subhash Nandkumar, whose house abuts the business block, have welcomed the changes. They appreciate the sounds of children playing in the courtyard behind their house, and the more urban feel of the neighborhood. “We like the foot traffic and activity, the hustle and bustle,” said Pisharath. “It’s nice to be able to walk over and get a drink [at Esters] and not have to drive back home.” Snyder, the co-owner of the Oneida

block, says that he has received much positive feedback on the company’s website,, and on social media – and “exactly one complaint” about parking. He says he encourages business owners to remind their employees and customers to be respectful to neighbors. Snyder said he has tried to get the City of Denver to install a four-way stop on the corner of 22nd and Oneida, which is currently a two-way stop. However, that effort was shut down by the city, whose engineers based their decision on a traffic study that was done before the high-traffic businesses moved in. “If we get enough comments or inquiries they will do another study, but I do want people to know I tried to get a four-way stop there,” Snyder said. “We’re trying very hard to present a special place, and it definitely includes growing pains. We’re sorry about the traffic, but it is the result of change and growth.” As for the shops themselves, the following is a roster of what the business block consists of now, and changes that are still happening.

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Geese, continued from page 1

Traffic spilling out into the surrounding neighborhood.

The West Side

The East Side

Oneida Liquors

Flex Yoga + Barre

One of the original remaining tenants of the business block, the liquor store moved from the south end of the block to its current location, on the corner of 23rd and Oneida.

The yoga and fitness studio is in the space that was recently a laundromat, on 23rd Avenue at Oneida.

ATR Automotive This is the only business on the block that is not owned by Snyder and Firmine. It continues to be independently owned and operated.

Park Hill Vet Park Hill Vet has expanded its space substantially, allowing for more room for the multitude of dogs and cats and other critters that are cared for by Dr. Margot Vahrenwald and a team of other veterinarians and techs.

The Local Butcher This is Justin Herd’s second Denver location. It’s a full-service butcher shop and deli that carries cured meats and cheeses. The store is in an expanded space that used to be Allegra’s Pizza.

Zen Den Pet Spa The pet spa and grooming services has been in the space for several years.

Love Fashion Nails

Spicy Thai II

The owner of this popular nail salon has renewed her lease.

The Thai restaurant has also been a longtime tenant of the block.

Beauty Bee Salon

Torpedo Coffee

The hair salon is expanding into what had been an open space next door to its existing location.

A husband and wife-owned and operated venture, the coffee shop won Readers’ Choice for Best New Coffeehouse in this year’s Westword Best Of Denver issue.

owls and mallard ducks. them simply because they are regarded as The roundups began in mid-June, and nuisances. continued into July. After several news Numerous cities and towns across the outlets were tipped of the city’s actions, country have adopted non-lethal programs the story erupted in controversy. Many for controlling goose populations – includresidents expressed support for the eradiing, in Colorado, Greeley and Fort Collins. cation underway. Others were shocked by Asking the public to not feed them, setting the sudden removal of the geese. up “tolerance zones” and robust public edOne group, Canada Geese Protection ucation campaigns are all recommended. Colorado, organized with a mission to Many cities have programs to clean up the promote non-lethal methods of controlling goose poop from sidewalks, grass and pathwild birds in parks, and to hold government ways in the spring, when the geese are moltofficials accountable. ing and when their mess is most annoying. On July 23, the national advocacy group Christine Franck, a member of the DenFriends of Animals filed a lawsuit against ver goose protection group, said she is disColorado Wildlife Services, the U.S. Fish tressed the park she spends the most time and Wildlife Service and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The suit, which does not name Denver as a defendant, claims the federal and state agencies failed to conduct any analysis for potential health risks associated with consuming meat from geese that may have been exposed to pollutants and pesticides. In addition, the suit alleges the permit to cull the Denver geese did not expressly allow processing and distributing the birds for human consumption. After the roundups, officials initially refused to provide details, including where the geese were Goose checking out cyclists racing through City Park processed or ended up. They later in 2017. Photo by Reid Neureiter identified the Denver nonprofit Metro Caring as one of the recipient organizations, but have not said where in – Washington Park – is now devoid of the rest of the meat ended up. That is also geese. She wishes that city officials had first at odds with the city’s Goose Management tried the other methods their Goose ManProgram, which specifies, “if [euthanized] agement Program identified as possibilities, birds are to be processed for human conincluding dog hazing, tapping volunteers to sumption, the name of the processing locahaze and clean up poop, and spraying the tion, costs and final distribution location grass with a chemical the geese don’t like. must be included in the request.” “I recognize that others feel differently,” Franck said. “But whether or not we can Holding officials accountable agree about the geese, we should all be able to agree that our city should be engaging Canada geese live up to 24 years in the and informing us, allowing opportunities wild, and mate for life. The Humane Socifor public input and alternative solutions.” ety of the United States objects to killing

The Restaurant Formerly Known As Table Top, Then Desmond, Then Red Sauce

Dang Ice Cream

Will the fourth time be the charm for this 1,400 square-foot restaurant with a patio that has had a string of bad luck over the past several years? In July there were rumblings that the Denver-based Mexican food chain Illegal Pete’s will soon open there. Snyder confirmed that a lease had been signed with a new tenant, but said he would not confirm or deny that it is Illegal Pete’s. Restaurant representatives did not respond to inquiries as of press time.

Building renovations are underway for an ice cream store that is being developed by the Denver-based Little Man Ice Cream chain. Construction has taken a longer than expected. Once it opens, Dang will feature soft-serve ice cream.

Esters Neighborhood Pub The high-traffic 4,000 square foot restaurant and bar at the corner of 22nd and Oneida is owner Paul Sullivan’s second venture. Esters specializes in pizza, salads and sandwiches and craft beer, and is open for lunch, dinner and brunch seven days a week. It is the former site of a corner store and grocery.

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Ryan Hildebrandt, with toddler Everly, stepdaughter Aubrea and dogs Roamin and Ruby. The Hildebrandt’s live near the Oneida Park Center.

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Challenges At Hallett




Imagine Being A School Without Boundaries





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Imagine a young family lives at 29th student, one family at a time. and Jasmine. During the school year, they The history of Hallett often hear the sound of laughter emanating from the playground at Hallett In the 1970s, magnet schools Academy, the school just across were developed across the nathe street. They picture their brand tion as a form of voluntary school new baby as a big kindergartner, desegregation. The idea was that and think how nice it will be to magnet schools would offer unique walk her across the street on her programming that would draw a first day of school. It’s a comfort to diverse student body regardless know she’ll be so close by. of neighborhood, and thus lead to Imagine the family’s surprise, greater integration without relying then, when they discover that the on involuntary school assignment ERIN PIER school they look at every single day policies. Federal funding helped to isn’t actually where they are sustain specialized proassigned. Instead, when gramming and provide their little girl is ready, transportation to students It’s up to Principal unless they can navigate who live further from the Jefferson to secure the school choice process, school. she’ll be headed for a differher entire budget by Prior to the end of courtent neighborhood school, ordered busing in DPS, recruiting every student magnet schools several blocks away. were reWhy is this? Why would on her own, one student, quired to control their enHallett’s boundary not inrollment to ensure a racialone family at a time. clude a family who can hear ly diverse student body in the school bells ring from exchange for these funds. their kitchen? It’s because In the 1980s, Knight Fundamental AcadHallett, a Park Hill neighborhood school emy in south Denver became one of the first since 1951, doesn’t have a boundary. DPS magnet schools. The instructional focus of Knight’s magnet program was to preDo boundaries matter? pare children for traditional formal schoolIn a district where families can “choice ing and instruction in basic facts and skills. in” to any school they’d like, so long as Ultimately, demographics changed in there is space and they can provide their the surrounding neighborhood, and the own transportation, a boundary might not school struggled to attract enough stuseem that important. After all, most charter dents to maintain racial diversity. Around schools don’t have boundaries, and some the same time, DPS faced district-wide have families that are clamoring to get in. declining enrollment, and in 2007, deterBut at a district-run school like Hallett, mined that Hallett, along with seven other which doesn’t receive additional funding schools, would be closed. Two years later, for unique programming or philanthropic in 2009, DPS moved Knight into the Halinvestments to support recruitment, Prinlett building, and it was reopened as Hallett cipal Dominique Jefferson and her small Fundamental Academy. team must focus endless amounts of enDuring the time Hallett was closed, its ergy on simply getting enough students to boundary was redistributed between Smith enroll. and Stedman. As magnet schools traditionIn Denver Public Schools, each school’s ally don’t have boundaries, Hallett was not operating budget – the funds they have granted one when it then reopened in 2009. available to hire teachers and staff, to proInitially, Hallett was able to overcome vide programming and technology, to buy this disadvantage, as Hallett Fundamensupplies – is based on how many students tal Academy had a strong leader in Charare enrolled at that school, a system called maine Keeton, as well as several families Student Based Budgeting. who transitioned with the program from Knight to Hallett and thus provided an iniGiven that roughly half of DPS students tial budgetary cushion. attend the school they are assigned to, a During her tenure as leader, Principal principal can typically expect that her budKeeton held tight to a community of comget is at least partially covered by boundary mitted families, topping out her enrollment enrollment. At Hallett, it’s up to Principal with over 400 students in 2014. Upon her Jefferson to secure her entire budget by retirement in 2015, however, new leaderrecruiting every student on her own, one



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ship took Hallett in a negative direction. The school’s culture changed, parents became less engaged, and ultimately, families fled. After two years of failure, Principal Jefferson, seeing a school community in need, applied for and was chosen to lead the school in 2017.

Underestimated, overlooked, underserved With 87 percent of the student population identifying as African American, Hallett has the largest population of black students of elementary age in the district. When Jefferson became the school’s leader, the Fundamental model, and its focus on teaching basic facts and skills, didn’t sit well with her. She petitioned the district to remove “fundamental” from the school’s name. “I believe that students, especially students of color, are often underestimated, overlooked, and underserved,” Jefferson said. “There is a lot communicated in a name. To call something fundamental, to me, meant that it was easily understood because of how basic and rudimentary it was. “Our students, all of them, are capable of so much more than basic things,” she continued. “They are far more complex beings, so I changed the name, removed the point of tension that ensued for me every time I said ‘Hallett Fundamental Academy.’ I communicated this change in name, by telling the community at large that I believed that their children were capable of so much more. I was certain they believed that too.” Any funding that once accompanied Hallet’s magnet program dried up long before Mrs. Jefferson’s request for a name change. Aside from a small amount of funding from the district to transport approximately 30 students to the school, Hallett receives no other incentives for its magnet status. Yet it is expected to develop and sustain a budget similar to other neighborhood schools that have boundaries.

The cycle of inequity Each student enrolled at a school brings


with them between $4,200 and $8,000 in district funds, depending on their status as a special education student, English language learner, gifted and talented student, or having other special needs. More students means more opportunities for field trips, specialized programming, even paraprofessionals or teachers of the arts. Such opportunities often bolster standardized testing scores, and can be alluring to future families and students, thus growing enrollment and leading to more funding. Conversely, when fewer students attend a school, there’s less money for programming and supports, and less money to spend on marketing, thus making recruitment even harder and leading to fewer students enrolled. And so, the cycle continues. Without a boundary, Hallett is already a step behind the other Park Hill schools. Where certain funding is a given for others, the staff at Hallett must work tirelessly just to recruit and retain students, and thus, ensure a minimal operating budget. Despite these odds, Mrs. Jefferson has led her staff and students to phenomenal and continuous growth, and has been able to meet her district enrollment projections. Imagine the success she could have if she could redirect the time, energy and funding spent on recruitment, simply because Hallett had a boundary.

Hallett Principal Dominique Jefferson, dancing with students. File photo by Ali Monroe Larson

Editor’s Note: For more on Hallett and the programs that Principal Jefferson has installed, check out Lynn Kalinauskas’s profile on the school that appeared last December. hallett-academy-soaring-to-new-heights/ Erin Pier is a mother of three, Stedman parent, and school psychologist at the Academy of Urban Learning, in Denver. She is an active member of PHNEE. For more information, check out the group’s Facebook page at, or send an email to

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then head out the door, across the street to Skyland Park next to Hiawatha Davis Rec Center, where they run two miles. Back in the gym, they prepare their hands for war. “Boxing keeps me mentally focused,” says Giselle “G.G.” Garcia, 16. Garcia and her sister Jayla “J.J.” Sibley began training at the gym a few months ago. “I’ve always wanted to box,” says Sibley, who is 10. They are two of only a few girls who train at the gym, a fact they care little about. “I wanted to be in martial arts,” Garcia says. “Boxing keeps you from doing other things, it keeps you away from violence. It teaches you to avoid problems and conflict. You learn how to respond to conflict without letting problems escalate.” That comment may seem a bit peculiar, describing a sport whose main objective is to repeatedly punch your opponent. But Coach Berndog says the art of boxing is far more complicated. He likens it to the game of chess, in which players have to think strategically and stay at least one step ahead. “The magic of boxing is to not get hit,” he says. “It’s a science, making your opponent do what you want them to do.” House of Pain East has a tagline: “Where Boxing Meets Ministry.” Coach Berndog says that he and the other trainers believe deeply in second chances and the power of redemption. Framed and laminated signs

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When he was 7 years old, Bernie Aragon’s dad told him he had to pick a sport. He picked boxing. Nearly 60 years later, Coach Berndog holds the same view of commitment. “It don’t have to be boxing, but everyone has to pick a sport,” he says. The kids from his own grade school who didn’t pick a sport, he says, are either dead or in prison. For the past two years Aragon (aka Coach Berndog) has operated the House of Pain East boxing and fitness gym, in the shopping strip at 33rd and Holly. Boxers as young as 4 and as old as 43 train there. Seven days a week, athletes converge on the gym, coming from the surrounding neighborhood, and from Aurora and Montbello. They start with a group backand-forth chant: “Who’s the winner? We’re the winners! Who are the champs? We’re the champs! Who are we? House of Pain!” They warm up with aerobic stretching,

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Young boxers arrive for the daily 6 p.m. training.

Jerekiah Jaramillo, 9, practices his punching technique on Coach David Mingo.

Martin Salazar oversees young boxers sparring.

hang on the walls all over the gym. Some are inspirational (“No pain, no gain”) and some are instructional (“No gang colors. No gang signs. No sagging allowed in gym”). “Put the guns down, put the gloves on,” reads one. Another, simply, “This life ain’t for everybody.” The gym is sanctioned by USA Boxing, and all of the athletes who train there wear protective gear, including padded headgear. Over the years boxing has had its critics, including the American Academy of Pediatrics, which warns of the possibility of concussions. Others claim boxing is no more dangerous than other high-collision sports like football, soccer, ice hockey and lacrosse. Coach Berndog says the best way boxers can avoid concussions and other injuries is to make sure they are properly trained. “The number one rule in boxing is to protect yourself at all times.” Bernice Garcia, who is G.G. and J.J.’s mom, says she is happy her daughters are training at the gym. “It builds their con-

fidence, and helps keep them focused. It’s teaching them they can do anything.” Garcia says she has some concern of possible injuries, but no more so than other sports. “If they were in any other sport, like basketball, I would also worry they might break a leg,” she says. Here’s how it works at the House of Pain East: Athletes train for a month or more before they are allowed to spar with other boxers with more experience. As the training progresses, they graduate to being able to practice throwing jabs, and eventually, getting into the ring for full-on sparring. Children have to be at least 8 years old to compete. Coach Berndog has trained a countless number of young boxers over a half-century, including four professionals and 12 national champions. None, he says, have experienced serious injuries, either in gym or in competition. Correction, make that one, a boxer who suffered a broken nose. One former competitor, Jose Sanchez, trained with Aragon for several years be-

Coach Jose Sanchez with his son Junior, 11.

ginning when he was 15, after he moved from Mexico to Colorado. He competed until he was 21, and hung up the gloves. “My discipline wasn’t focused,” Sanchez says. Now in his early 30s, Sanchez rejoined House of Pain a year ago, as a coach. His sons Angel, 13 and Junior, 11, train in the gym Monday through Fridays and sometimes on Saturdays. They are up early, to run every morning. Then school, homework and the gym, then home for shower and dinner and bed. Next day, same thing. The schedule of being in top physical condition can be grueling. “It took me awhile to bring them here to the gym, because it takes up your whole life,” Sanchez says. “Junior’s an honor roll student. Angel gets lazy sometimes, and we have to push him a little harder. Still, both do well in school, and boxing helps them focus. “It gives them something to think about, it keeps their minds busy, asking, ‘how will I get better today?’ Not just here but in school, and in life.”

Giselle Garcia, 16, practicing her jabs.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Don’t Demolish The Hut

My name is Angel Johnson. I am part of a group that is trying to save the historic home in Park Hill, at 1980 Albion St. It was built by Charles A. Johnson who was very influential in Denver’s early days (and he also happens to be my great-grandfather). It was also designed by master architect Theodore Davis Boal, who has several historic properties and landmarks credited to his name. In the early 1900s the house was so well known by Denverites that they simply called it “The Hut.” We have been working with the owners and Historic Denver to find a way to preserve the house. Unfortunately an application for demolition was filed recently, and is currently “in progress.” The house and related structures will soon be torn down if nothing is done! We are asking the community to contact the owners and let them know you want this piece of history preserved. You can sign our new “Don’t Demolish” petition, which will automatically send them an email, or call them at 303-393-1363 or 303-780-0108 to let them know you want this property saved. The petition is online at Angel Johnson, Mar Lee

over Park Hill and Denver in general. Not to mention how ugly the architecture is in those huge boxes. Lakewood voters just passed a growth cap of 1 percent because the city recognizes the problem of uncontrolled growth. Chris Herndon has only been in Denver since 2006 so I really can’t blame him entirely since he has very little perspective or history. I am not certain how a city can cap growth, but there should be more stringent limitations to the type of growth. If zero growth were to happen it would mean that someone has to leave the city (or die) before someone new could be admitted in. That may not be reasonable, but something has to be done and the City Council is counterproductive. It is incumbent upon all of us to put our council people’s feet to the fire to come up with a solution. Geoffrey Chappell, Park Hil

Trying Times At DPS

Laura Lefkowits’ June article, “Brown v. Board of Education: Landmark Case At 65,” about the Denver Public Schools issues around integrating our schools, is spot on. I just want to write a short chapter of what

went on before and during the imposition of the Federal Court Order. The plaintiffs were more than justified in bringing suit against DPS as affirmed by the outcome of the Keyes case. School boundary lines were redrawn annually to keep black students in “their” schools and white students in “theirs.” Not only that, but resources were very disparate. Textbooks for the black students might be missing several pages and were outdated editions. New teachers would be sent to black schools and teachers with advanced degrees were in the white schools. After the court order was in place crosstown busing was needed to balance the numbers of students of various ethnicities. Picture elementary school students getting on the bus at 7 a.m. and getting home close to 5 p.m. Even white parents who had hoped to support integration would only keep their children on that schedule for so long. So more children whose parents could afford it would go to private schools every year, meaning the boundaries had to be adjusted to make the numbers work. People can tell you how many schools they attended during those years, as assignments changed. PTAs and other support systems had little continuity. Sports and other extra-curricular activities – the very things that make school meaningful for many students – were too hard to participate in due to how hard it was to get back to the school across town in the evenings.

Reports had to be submitted to the court regularly. Compliance was expensive and the expenses were not an option, including for buses, drivers, the cost of paperwork and monitors. Then there was the basic sense that DPS wanted to be back in control of its operations. So it was a proud day, one I remember well, when Judge Matsch released DPS from court supervision because the district was in compliance as much as was reasonably possible. Dr. Evie Dennis was superintendent, leading DPS out from under the court supervision. But to Laura’s main points: 1. DPS is at least as segregated now as before the Keyes case. 2. Integration benefits everyone, as well laid out by PHNEE. Marcia Johnson, Park Hill Marcia Johnson served on the DPS Board of Education from 1989 to 1995. In case you missed it, Laura Lefkowits’s June article can be read at brown-v-board-of-education-landmarkcourt-case-at-65-years/ We love your letters, and give preference to those that address an issue that has been covered in the newspaper, or a topic that is Park Hill or Denver-specific. Send letters to, and include your full name, and the neighborhood in which you live. Deadlines are the 15th of each month, for the following month’s issue.

Explosive Growth Is Awful

I am an avid reader of the Greater Park Hill News and devoted Denverite. I liked the July article regarding Mayor Webb’s position on growth. Coincidentally, on July 2, I had a conversation with Chris Herndon, my city councilperson, regarding Park Hill Golf Course specifically and Denver growth in general. I mentioned to Mr. Herndon that I am a fifth generation Denverite and have witnessed many changes in my 68 years of living here. Explosive growth has occurred over the past 10 years to the point that, in my opinion, has created an inverse proportion between growth and quality of life. I mentioned that the current city council has been excessively pro-growth, much to the detriment of quality of life in the city. I now spend more than twice as much time in my car running errands regardless of time of day. Many times I have had to sit in my car through several sequences of traffic lights to get through one intersection. I brought up the issue that traffic on Colorado Boulevard in general and specifically between MLK Boulevard and I-70 is extremely congested. Developing 155 acres of the Park Hill Golf Course land would make that situation considerably worse. Herndon’s response was that people should rely more on mass transit rather that the automobile. He also said that the city council has very limited authority over developers. I feel these are cop-outs. There are cranes everywhere in town. Blocks that were once single family homes are becoming high density multi use development – I think of Fairfax Avenue between 28th and 29th, but it is occurring all

Kicking It Home Lindsey Horan and Mallory Pugh, Colorado natives and Women’s World Cup soccer champions, were welcomed with great fanfare home to Colorado on July 15 at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park north of Park Hill. Gov. Jared Polis proclaimed it a special day in honor of the entire U.S. Women’s National Team during halftime of a match between the Colorado Rapids and England’s Arsenal Football Club. Horan and Pugh (pictured above with Horan at left, Pugh at right, and Polis in the middle) are on a victory tour after the U.S. Team’s 2-0 World Cup final win over the Netherlands on July 7, in Lyon, France. Pugh, who hails from Golden, said the best part of the experience so far was the celebratory ticker-tape parade in New York. “There were millions and millions of people screaming at us and it was just cool to see the impact we had on so many fans, and so

many different people.” Horan, originally from Highlands Ranch, termed the journey to the World Cup and the ultimate win “so sweet and emotional.” She also spoke about the legacy of the 2019 Women’s National Team. “Obviously winning back-to-back World Cups is something in itself, but what we’re doing outside of the game as well. We’re fighting for women and equal pay and everything. The world is watching and everyone knows and I think so many people are standing up for it and coming in and joining us.” Polis recognized the team’s achievements both on the soccer pitch and off, also highlighting the fight for equal pay. The team, he said, is a “source of inspiration for tens of millions of girls across the country and the world.” Story and photos by Reid Neureiter

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COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS 41st Home Tour Set For Sept. 8

Summer is flying by and before you know it, it will be that time of year again. The 41st Annual Park Hill Home Tour & Street Fair will take place on Sunday, Sept. 8 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. At least five homes will be included in this year’s tour, which is the largest fundraiser for Greater Park Hill, Inc., and which just happens to be a lot of fun. Tour homes in Denver’s most architecturally diverse neighborhood and then enjoy a free Street Fair on the Forest Street Parkway between Montview Boulevard and 19th Avenue, complete with live entertainment, vendors, food trucks, a wine & beer garden and kids activities. This year the Street Fair will also include a drop-off e-recycling center for people who want to recycle their outdated or dead electronics, plus hourly sustainability demonstrations. Home Tour ticket sales are available online at Tickets can also be purchased now through the day of the event at the following locations: Cake Crumbs at 2216 Kearney Street, Spinelli’s at 4621 E. 23rd Ave., the Park Hill Library at Dexter and Montview and at the Park Hill Bookstore at 4620 E. 23rd Ave. Prices are $20 for adults (13-plus) $15 for seniors (65-plus) and $10 for children (7-12). Children 6 and under are free. Adult and senior ticket prices increase by $5 on the day of the event. The Park Hill Home Tour & Street Fair benefits GPHC Inc., a nonprofit 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. Make sure to check out next month’s newspaper for a detailed preview of the homes on the tour.

Tour Historic Baker Homes

To whet your whistle for the Park Hill Home Tour, check out the Historic Baker Neighborhood Home Tour on Saturday, Aug. 24, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Baker neighborhood is south of downtown, and their tour this year will features six homes of various architectural styles, as well as a former theater-turned-distillery, a neighborhood church, and a Neo-Gothic school.

Tickets cost $20, and increase $5 the day of. Proceeds support the Baker Historic Neighborhood Association with a portion donated to DCIS at Fairmont and other community programs. Check out for additional info.

Time For A Garden Party

The Denver Woman’s Press Club is holding its annual garden party on Tuesday, Aug. 6 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. The club is open to professional writers who are interested in DWPC membership. The garden party is designed to introduce potential members to meet fellow journalists, poets, fiction and non-fiction writers and other members, and learn about the club’s programs, including book signings and an annual jewelry sale. The garden and historic clubhouse is at 1325 Logan St. The party is free and includes music, wine, other refreshments and scrumptious food. RSVP by Aug. 3 to Membership Chair Georgia Garnsey, at 720-273-0451, or email

Looking For Revolutionaries

The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution is hosting a workshop on Saturday, Aug. 10 for prospective new members. The workshop is from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. (with refreshments) at Montview Boulevard Presbyterian Church, 1980 Dahlia St. Any woman 18 years or older, regardless of race, religion, or ethnic background, who can prove lineal descent from a patriot of the American Revolution, is eligible for membership. To learn more about the work of today’s DAR, visit www. RSVP to Ella Margaret Cron at 303-771-7476 ( or Cheryl Vogtman at

Walk In Their Shoes

The 2019 Biennial of the Americas Festival, in partnership with Riverfront Park Community Foundation, Random Acts of Kindness Foundation, and I Am Denver, will launch Empathy Museum’s “A Mile in My Shoes” exhibition in Denver on Friday, Aug. 9. The traveling exhibition is

in Tail Tracks Plaza downtown, on 16th Street between Wewatta Street and Wynkoop streets. It was conceived by British artist Clare Patey in collaboration with philosopher and author Roman Krznaric, and allows participants to literally walk in someone else’s shoes while listening to a story about that person’s life. Empathy Museum originated in the United Kingdom and has traveled throughout Europe and to Australia, Brazil and Siberia. It was in New York City last year. In Denver, the exhibition will house between 30 and 40 pairs of shoes, alongside audio recordings of stories from the shoes’ owners. The exhibition is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. through Sept. 27. On Sept. 28, a visual representation of the project will move to Civic Center Park, where this year’s Biennial of the Americas Festival culminates with a free family-friendly event, “Cosmico Americas.” For more information, visit or on Facebook, Instagram (@thebiennial) or Twitter (@ thebiennial).

Cash For Projects

The City of Denver is soliciting proposals from organizations for neighborhood services projects to be funded in 2020 in one of the following focus areas: • Nonprofit organizing for community capacity building to impact neighborhood revitalization. • Economic development: business assistance for financial empowerment. • Youth and adult services focused on increasing self-sufficiency, including literacy, independent living skills, and job training. • Economic development: technical assistance for cooperative business models. • Outreach efforts to promote available forms of assistance for economic development, employment, housing services and technical assistance. Priority consideration will be given to applications that have a geographic focus on

the East Colfax, Elyria/Swansea, Globeville, Montbello, Northeast Park Hill, Sun Valley, Valverde, Villa Park, West Colfax and Westwood neighborhoods. Programs must be ready to implement services in the first quarter of 2020. Proposal guidelines, additional information, and the link to online applications in both categories can be found at The deadline to submit funding applications for neighborhood projects is Friday, Aug. 16 at 4 p.m.

Name Your Favorite Artist

Denver Arts & Venues is accepting nominations and applications for Denver Mayor’s Awards for Excellence in Arts & Culture through Friday, Aug. 9. The annual awards recognize individuals and organizations that make significant and lasting contributions to the artistic, cultural and creative landscape in the City and County of Denver. People can nominate an individual or organization through a simple form and Arts & Venues will follow up with the nominee for more information. Alternatively, individuals and groups may apply for an award directly. Nominations are being accepted in the following categories: Arts & Culture Youth, Arts & Culture Impact, Arts & Culture Innovation, Arts & Culture Global and IMAGINE 2020. Each winner will receive a $1,000 stipend. The award winners will be announced in November. Additional information is at mayors-awards.

Time Capsule 53 Years Ago In Park Hill

In August, 1966 the Denver Post re• Dogs: “A solution to dogs running loose ported on a meeting that then-Denver is to file a formal complaint. Also, if Mayor Tom Currigan and 19 city officials you can catch the dog in your yard or convened at Montview Bougarage, it will be picked up.” levard Presbyterian Church • Traffic: “A signal light will to provide city updates and be mounted north of Smilisten to neighborhood conley Junior High School at cerns. East 26th Avenue and Holly “Park Hill is a truly AmerStreet.” ican model neighborhood • Swimming Pool: “Funds for of today and tomorrow,” a Park Hill swimming pool Currigan told the overflow will be available in a year or crowd of more than 700. two. The problem is where to The following are a few of put it.” the comments from officials • Streets: “Any plans to widon various neighborhood- Then-Denver Mayor en East 23rd Avenue are way specific topics. Remember Tom Currigan. Photo off in the distant future.” readers, this was 53 years credit: Denver Auditor’s • Motorcycle Noise: We’re ago. As they say, the more Office examining legal ways of things change, the more controlling motorcycle noise. they stay the same. Meanwhile, if a specific noise disturbs • Liquor store: The most heated moyou, call the police.” ments of the meeting were caused by public resentment to the city’s grantThis new monthly feature is compiled by ing of a liquor license at 3381 Holly St. GPHN Editor Cara DeGette.


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Escape To The Dunes Alien World Awaits In Southwest Colorado Story and photos by Reid Neureiter For the GPHN

Looking for a fun weekend adventure that transports you to a seemingly alien world? The Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve sits on the eastern side of the San Luis Valley, at the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo mountain range 226 miles south and west of Denver. The Sand Dunes provide one of the most spectacular and unique landscapes in North America. Sculpted by the wind blowing across the 50-mile wide high desert plain that is the San Luis Valley, sand is trapped at the base of the 13,000-foot Sangre de Cristos, forming the tallest dunes in North America and covering an area nearly 30 miles square. With snow-capped mountains on one side, and a Sahara-like dune-field on the other, the early months of summer are

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peak time to enjoy Colorado’s best beach, as snow-melt fed Medano Creek surges down from the mountains and snakes its way around the base of the dunes. With so much snowpack in the high country this year, there is a good chance the beach action will continue through August. At high water, the creek is six inches deep and several hundred yards wide, providing ice-cold relief from the sand, which can heat up to 150 degrees on cloudless sunny days. A fit hiker can make it to the top of the dunes in an hour-and-a-half, and the effort is best made in the early morning or late afternoon. Other popular options are sand skiing and boogie boarding down the dune slopes. Camping spots are available, and advance reservations are recommended for weekends when the Creek is flowing. For more information about visiting the Great Sand Dunes, see the National Park Service’s website:

On The River

Epic Colorado Snowpack Melts Into Rafting Bonanza

Late season snow, cooler temperatures, variety of trips, from family friendly opslow runoff and higher water levels have tions to more extreme adventures, which resulted in an epic year for river rafting in can be selected based on experience level, Colorado. The Colorado River Outfitters fitness and desires for the trip. Association notes that this year’s season – • Bring the kids. Colorado outfitters offer which usually has dried up by now – will many trips appropriate for kids. Be sure extend into at least early fall. to verify any age and weight restrictions “Rafting outside of Glenwood Springs, in place for the given conditions on the Winter Park/Steamboat and Grand Junctrips you’re considering. tion will continue into the fall; most likely • Listen to the guide. Good rafting guides lasting until October,” notes the organiare trained and experienced, as well as zation. “The Animas in Durango should knowledgeable about local history, culflow through September and the Poudre ture, geology and wildlife. should have rafting to early September. In • Know what to bring and wear. The outsome sections, the Arkansas River will flow fitter will give you a list of standard gear through September and Clear Creek will be to bring. For example, an outfitter will raftable at fun flows to the middle or late have life jackets (PFDs), splash jackets, August.” wetsuits and paddles. Suggested items to For more info about conditions on spebring may include quick drying shorts cific rivers throughout the state, check out or swimsuits, river sandals or old tenthe association’s website at nis shoes, sunscreen, lip balm, change of The swollen rivers and whitewater conclothes, etc. ditions have also proven to be deadly this year. As of press time 19 people have died or disappeared while rafting and tubing this year in Colorado. Inexperienced, as well as experienced, river rats are urged to take precautions. The association offers the following tips: • Raft close to where you are vacationing. If you have a vacation planned, check with an outfitter nearby to see if they have availability. This is a great starting point to get you out on the water. • Choose a trip that is appropriate On the Yampa River, in northwest Colorado. Photo courfor you. Most outfitters offer a tesy of Colorado River Outfitters Association The Greater Park Hill News

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Top left: Vernazza, Italy from the Lercara vineyard.; Left: Park Hill Girl Scout Troop 63573 after clearing terrace wall site.; Above: Girl Scout Ellie McWhirter begins the bucket brigade. Also pictured are Scout Lucy Francone, and her mother Rebecca Thomas.

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22 Park Hill Girl Scouts’ Adventure In Italy Story and photos by Kristin Coulter For the GPHN

Fundraising and hard work pays off. Park Hill Girl Scout Troop 63573 recently returned from a glorious 10-day tour of Italy. One day of the trip was spent volunteering in the spectacularly beautiful Ligurian coastal town of Vernazza. You may never have heard of Vernazza, but you have likely heard of Cinque Terre. In Italian, Cinque Terre means Five Lands. Vernazza is one of the five small towns that make up the region. We picked Cinque Terre as the location for a service project because it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There are more than 1,000 sites around the world that the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has determined to have such cultural, historic or other significance that they merit international treaty protection. In 2011 Vernazza was hit by devastating floods. Up to 13 feet of mud and debris was left in the narrow streets and passageways of the cliff-side ocean village. Eight years later the inhabitants continue to feel the impact of the floods. The troop helped

reclaim a site where a vineyard terrace wall had collapsed. After a long harrowing climb up terrace steps that would have made a mountain goat pause, we reached a section of wall that had crumbled. Along the way we saw poppies, hydrangeas and lemon trees on the edges of the rows of grape vines. The teenage Ambassador Girl Scouts, along with sisters, cousins and mothers that made up our group of 11, worked hard to separate rocks from dirt and big rocks from small rocks. The walls require a particular combination and variety of rock sizes in order to hold. The water from irrigation lines and rain must be able to pass the small rocks while the large rocks keep the soil from eroding. We formed a bucket brigade in order move dirt to an upper terrace so that the wall could be rebuilt. Our efforts were rewarded with delicious focaccia and pecorino cheese as well as a lesson in small batch wine making. We left with full hearts having given back to the country we were visiting and with the knowledge that we had helped make the world a better place.

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Happily Aware

Books For Self-Awareness And Healthy Relationships By Leslie Williams Pauline Robinson Branch Librarian

It has been a busy Summer Of Adventure at our neighborhood libraries. The annual reading program for youth has been very successful; hundreds of youth have registered for the program and are working hard, preventing summer reading loss. Each summer, we display books for youth to read that librarians have selected as good reads or books of interest. Our display this year was on social and emotional learning. Social and emotional learning (SEL) is defined by The Collaborative of Academic, Social Emotional Learning as: “The process through which children and adults understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.” There are five components of SEL: selfawareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible

Self Awareness

Meet Yasmin by Saadia Faruqi

Yasmin, a curious second grader, will delight readers as they journey with her on her adventures as an explorer, painter, and builder. Yasmin’s attitude is never bleak, she always feels like she is enough.

Social Awareness Dreamers by Yuyi Morales

Breathtaking illustrations and simple text tells the story of a young boy and his mother leave their home country and move to the United States, and how their public library serves them.

Relationship Skills Ira Crumb Makes a Pretty Good Friend by Naseem Hrab & Josh Holinaty

Ira and his family moved to a new neighborhood over the summer and he will be going to a new school. Despite all of his efforts to make new friends, he is known as the New Kid in September. Until he meets Malcolm.

865-0290 to schedule an appointment for Monday or Tuesday. Preschool Storytime | Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m.

Stories, songs, rhymes and fun for 3-5 year olds and their parents or caregivers. Keeping it Simple | Thursdays, Aug 1, 8, 3:00 p.m.

Games and other simple activates for you to participate. Basic Ukulele (K-5) | Mondays, Aug 5 & 12, 3 p.m.

Learn ukulele and other music basics while playing songs you know and love, as well as start creating your own. A limited number of ukuleles will be available. Snacks and Space (Teens) | Tuesday, August 6, 2 p.m.

Chill in our new teen space and help us decorate it. Snacks will be provided. Trace and Draw (Birth to Pre-K) | Wednesday, Aug 7, 11 a.m.

Be an artist! Draw a self-portrait from head to toe. Ideal for 2-5 year olds. Canvas Painting (K-5) | Wednesday, Aug. 7, 3 p.m.

Be an artist! Discover your inner artist and create a painting on canvas. WeFreeStrings | Tuesday, Aug. 13 6-8 p.m.

WeFreeStrings is a string/rhythm sextet performing original music that embodies the ethos of free jazz and the Afro-Atlantic music lexicon. Audiences will journey African American string traditions in improvised music from traditional songs. The Pauline Robinson Book Club | Saturday, Aug. 24, noon

This month’s selection: A Season to Lie by

Peter Davison Presents “Fun Stuff” | Wednesday, Aug. 7, 3 p.m.

National juggling champion and kinetic comedian Peter Davison creates movement magic with objects, and captivates all ages while revealing how fun ordinary stuff can be. Kids’ Craft: Yarn Wrapped Cats or Letters | Friday, Aug. 9, 3 p.m.

Be an artist! Wrap a cat shape or your favorite letter(s) in colorful yarn and decorate your room. BINGO for Books with Breakfast | Saturday, Aug. 10, 10 a.m.

Enjoy family fun as you play BINGO, eat breakfast snacks and win books. Prize books for all ages from preschool through adults. Teen Advisory Board (TAB) | Tuesdays, Aug. 13 and 27, 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 and up. Tween Book Club | Thursday, Aug. 15, 2 p.m.

Cardboard Kingdom by Chad Sell Activity: Cardboard constructing with MakeDo Park Hill Underground Comedy Club: Sam Tallent | Thursday, Aug. 15, 7 p.m.

Denver comedian Sam Tallent is known for whip-quick wit and rollicking improvisations. Enjoy one of the sharpest, most original rising talents in comedy today in our underground, afterhours comedy club. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Eighteen and over only due to adult content. Kids’ Craft: Crazy Hat | Friday, Aug. 16, 3 p.m.

Create a colorful, loopy hat. Park Hill Remembers: 100 Years of Stories | Saturday, Aug. 17, 11 a.m. (120 minutes | Wednesday, Aug. 28, 6:30 p.m. (90 minutes)

decision-making. (See the competencies wheel above for a visual on how this all works.) SEL is taught in academic settings using curriculums and lesson plans. Our children’s library librarians have prepared booklists on all five components for grades K-2 and grades 3-5. The booklists further demonstrate and explain the five SEL components. The following are a few reviews on select books. For more titles, visit our blog post on Books on Social, Emotional and Academic Learning at kids.denverlibrary. org/blog/k-3/books-social-emotional-andacademic-learning One final note: Our book display on SEL has been a huge hit! We have had to restock the display twice a week all summer, titles have flown off the shelf.

Responsible Decision-Making Penny and Her Marble by Kevin Henkes

Penny finds a marble when she is out for her walk. She takes it home and keeps it. It does not feel right to keep it though. She returns it back where she finds it, and learns a valuable lesson in being honesty and doing the right thing.

Pauline Robinson August Programs Tech Help Appointments | Tuesdays, 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 720-

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Emily Littlejohn. Drop-ins are welcome. Beginning Aug. 19: After School is Cool returns for another school year. The program runs from 4:15-5:15 p.m. Monday through Friday when school is in session.

Park Hill August Programs

Kids’ Book Club | Tuesday, Aug. 20, 3:30 p.m.

This month’s book is The Shark King by R. Kikuo Johnson. Activity: Paint a wooden shark. Ideal for ages 6 to 9. Concert on the Lawn: Shelvis and the Roustabouts | Wednesday, Aug. 21, 6:30 p.m.

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

Lori “Shelvis” Muha transforms into the rock and roll superstar Elvis and is backed up by her stellar band The Roustabouts. Their tribute performance gets the audience dancing and singing, and you are guaranteed to leave with a smile. Bring your lawn chair or blanket for an outdoor concert.

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

Read whatever you want and attend whenever you can. Share a recent read, an old favorite, or anything in between.

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. Stories, songs, rhymes and fun for babies ages 0-18 months and their caregivers. Play and social time immediately follow the program. Stories, songs, rhymes and fun for toddlers ages 18-36 months and their caregivers. Kids’ Craft: Paint Explorations | Friday, Aug. 2, 3 p.m.

Paint on wax paper to make an easy stained glass art effect and paint a scene with watercolors. Book Page Flowers | Tuesday, Aug. 6, 4 p.m.

Craft beautiful flowers from book pages with a little glue, old books, and creativity.


Tell your unique story. Drop in to have your story recorded for the Park Hill Branch Library’s 100-year celebration or email to schedule your session.

No Strings Attached Book Chat | Saturday, Aug. 24, 10:30 a.m.

Conflict in Our Daily Lives | Saturday, Aug. 31, 2:30 p.m.

Conflict is a part of every relationship, whether it is between family members, coworkers, neighbors, or friends. Learn about how to address conflict as an opportunity for strengthening relationships and for growth through problem solving. Join The Conflict Center in an interactive session to gain the tools necessary to help understand differing perspectives, generate options, and create mutually agreeable solutions.



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EARTH IN CRISIS | Tracey MacDermott

More Transit, Less Ozone Guess what? When It’s Cheaper To Drive, We Drive

Last month, Colorado health officials isin 2016, noted that the average commute sued another Front Range pollution alert time in Denver for individuals using cars due to high levels of ozone. These alerts was 23.7 minutes, versus 43 minutes using have not been uncommon during our sumtransit. By comparison, in Boston (ranked mers in recent years, and certainly many No. 3 for best cities for public transportahave been issued this season. tion) the difference between transit and Ground level ozone is caused when the cars was 10 minutes. sun reacts with pollutants from cars and What is unaccounted for in the report is industrial plants. Here are some how long commuters also must startling facts: Denver/Aurora’s wait for a bus to arrive. Also air quality is the 12th worst in unaccounted was the percentthe nation when it comes to age of population using transit ozone, out of 227 metro areas. – 7 percent in Denver. One good And when it comes to particle piece of news: Our city showed a pollution (soot), we are 32nd 20 percent increase in ridership worst, out of 201 metro areas. from 2011 to 2016. The report We are among the 40 percent notes that the more people usof Americans breathing uning transit “indicates a system healthy air. with greater coverage and more Ozone warnings are critical capacity.” for those already suffering from You might be wondering how asthma, as well as children, older increased bus fares and ozone TRACEY adults and those who are active levels go together. By limiting outdoors. We live in a state that automobile use by carpooling, MACDERMOTT brags about its many days of biking, walking or riding the sunshine and abundant outdoor bus, we help reduce our emisrecreation activities, yet we are at risk for sions. By reducing emissions, we lessen the both chronic and acute respiratory disease, possibility of ozone warning days and levels including asthma, as well as stroke and of particulate matter in our air. lung cancer. Bottom line: In Denver, with its high cost In January, the Regional Transof living and rent and housing portation District raised its fare costs shooting through the prices for bus and train tickets, We are among roof, it is cheaper, and certainly making it one of the more expen- the 40 percent more convenient, to drive our sive systems when compared to cars then to take public transof Americans portation. We have no real way cities of similar size in the United States. We ranked higher than of knowing whether solutions breathing New York and San Francisco when proposed so far – including comparing full-fare price. RTD’s unhealthy air. adding a Bus Rapid Transit Board of Directors approved the (BRT) that runs up and down changes to its fare structure while Colfax – would actually inspire also introducing a low-income program people to get out of their cars. and for those aged 6 to 19. Solving our transportation issues will Recent reports have found that ridership be one of many solutions in which Denon the light rail decreased nearly 14 perver could excel in order to help meet its cent in the first five months of this year. In commitment to the Paris Agreement. By January, the A-Line fare to the airport was building a convenient and cost-effective increased from $9 to $10.50 for a one-way transportation system we have a chance to trip. The rate increase was proposed so that increase ridership, reduce our emissions some will pay more to offset the discount and help save the planet. RTD proposed for others. With that in mind, here’s a final thought: Logic would suggest that fare hikes and Please consider making one day a week a gentrification are contributors to such a no-car day. sharp decline in ridership. When transit Tracey MacDermott is chair of the board of service isn’t highly convenient, and comes Greater Park Hill Community, Inc. Active in with steep costs, commuters will remain in the Registered Neighborhood Organization their cars. That further contributes to high for many years, MacDermott was the 2012 ozone alerts and poor air quality, which recipient of the Dr. J. Carlton Babbs Award contributes to health problems. And the for Community Service. She was trained cycle continues. as a Climate Reality Leader in 2017, and Last month, the financial technology is currently the Statewide Co-Chair of the company SmartAsset pubished an analyClimate Reality Project for the 100% Comsis written by Nick Wallace. The report, mitted Campaign. The Best Cities for Public Transportation

Plastic, Plastic Everywhere

June Garden Walk Was Bountiful

Already Putting Down Fertilizer For Next Year’s Event By Jean Ercolini

more committee members for next year. If you are interested, please contact Carla Finch at or Patty The results are in and we are thrilled to Mead at announce that the June Park Hill Finding gardens for the tour is Garden Walk was a resounding a key component, and requires success. year-round vigilance. Ideally, we We saw a 31 percent increase would like to lock up next year’s in revenue generated from ticket line-up of gardens now so that we sales over 2018 numbers, bringcan take photos of the gardens in ing the total revenue from ticket bloom this year. These photos are sales to $8,098. Our sponsorships used in the brochure, articles and also saw an increase of 27 percent advertisements that are produced GARDEN WALK in revenues over 2018, with a total in winter and spring months. If of $4,250. you are interested or if you know And, that number does not reflect the insomeone with a beautiful yard who we credible amount of in-kind donations we should contact, reach out to Carla or Patty received from 17 businesses in and around at the emails above. Park Hill, which allowed us to reduce our We are also continually looking for volexpenses. All of this adds up to $10,737 unteers to work the day of the event. Volin total net income, a 36 percent increase unteers work in three-hour shifts so they over 2018. Thank you Park Hill residents, can check out the gardens for free the other for supporting this event. half of the day. If you are interested, contact All Garden Walk proceeds go directly to Kate Blanas at Greater Park Hill Community Inc., which Finally, one unique feature of the Garpromotes the character and vibrancy of den Walk is the participation of local artists Park Hill through its resources, informaat each location. We have the pleasure of tion and advocacy, while preserving the working with a wide array of artistic talent quality of life and the history of the neighincluding sculptors, painters, paper artists, borhood through community participajewelry makers and other mediums. This tion. Learn more and get involved at www. year we made it possible for attendees to purchase the artwork featured at the garThe success of the Park Hill Garden dens. This turned out to be a welcome adWalk doesn’t just happen. The committee dition. If you or an artist you know are inthat puts it all together is made up of eight terested in participating next year, contact people who are extremely dedicated to this Micki Amick at event, and work for months to make the See you in the gardens next year! event a reality. We are currently looking for Garden Walk Organizer

Tips To Avoid The Landfill By Mark Kuhl



August 2019



easily torn (they stretch instead) are recyclable. These films are made from Even if you bring re-useable polyethylene (recycle symbols #2 S KUH bags to the grocery store, you and #4). Unfortunately not all ’ T often unintentionally bring packagers stamp their bags home many plastic bags with a recycle triangle but and overwrap that is used to they are improving. A new package your food. So, what stamp you’ll find on Amazon O to do with all these plastic L Prime plastic envelopes and R E C Y C other films is the HowToRebags and wrappings? offers some good symbol, suggesting the education. Most grocery stores accept bag or wrap may be dropped off at the back plastic bags and films including grocery store. bags for bread, produce, newspapers, Note: Check out handy tips for recyand bulk items, bubble wrap, overcling household items every month wrap used on toilet paper, cases of in these pages. Mark Kuhl has been a water bottles, and many other prodPark Hill resident and environmental ucts. Generally, clear plastic bags and advocate since 2002. films that are not “crinkly” and are not

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We’re Here For You Not A Member of GPHC? Sign Up Now By Lana Cordes

most likely have something that would meet your interests. Send an email to diExecutive Director, GPHC, Inc. if you’d like The 10th annual Park Hill 4th of July further details. Parade was a huge success; and if you atThis August reprieve won’t last for long tended, you can attest, loads of fun! And because our Home Tour & Street Fair comnow, it’s slowed down a bit here at Greater mittee is hard at work gearing up for the Park Hill Community, Inc., affording us 41st annual event. Tour unique and lovely the opportunity play catch-up from homes, shop, eat, and be entera whirlwind past few months. tained at the street fair, and enjoy a I will be taking this time to focus day out with your neighbors. Mark on our membership. We recently your calendar for Sunday, Sept. 8. moved our database over to a sleek Check out page 11 and visit parkhnew software that will allow us to for details. If you more efficiently track and process want to visit the home tour for free, membership. Along with this will sign up to work a shift the day of the come some new outreach to ensure event (details on the website). all of our Park Hill neighbors know LANA CORDES Our Free Farm Stand continthat we’re here and we’re here for ues on Mondays from 10 a.m. to you. 1 p.m. The Farm Stand is completely free If you’re already a member – THANK and open to everyone. If you would like YOU (and tell your friends). If you’re not to donate excess food from your garden, a member, I would encourage you to jump please bring it on over. If you want to pick on fresh produce and other goodies up a-member/. (Or, complete and return the for your table, come on by. membership form on the next page.) It’ll Our Emergency Food Pantry is very take about five minutes to register and much in need of canned fruits and rice. our household memberships are just $35 You can drop off donations at our office for the whole year. Our members support (at 2823 Fairfax St.), Bikes Together (2825 our mission – community advocacy, food Fairfax St.), the Park Hill Branch of Denver programs, sustainability programs, newsPublic Library (4705 Montview Blvd), and paper, and community events. Plus, memCake Crumbs (2216 Kearney St.) all during bers can vote for board representation or regular business hours. even take it a step further and run for a Our August community and board board position. meeting will be held Thursday, Aug. 1 at Speaking of the board, we are currently 6:30 p.m. at 2823 Fairfax St. All are invited working on expanding and diversifying and encouraged to attend. our board committees. If you would like To the donors and volunteers who give to get more involved in the organization, their time, talent, and treasure - thank you. consider joining a committee. You are not We are grateful to be part of a community required to be a board member and we that comes together to care for those who

Donors Jack Farrar Kevin Johnson Cindy Kahn Kristin M Lloyd J Morris Harriet Mullaney David Phillips Katie Reppucci Phillip Rory James Vincent Smith Sarah Speicher

Donor Organizations

AARP #95 Queen City

Blessed Sacrament Cure D’Ars Catholic Church Dahlia Campus for Health and Well-Being Messiah Lutheran Church Montview Blvd Presbyterian Church Park Hill United Church of Christ Park Hill United Congregational Church Park Hill United Methodist Church St. Thomas Episcopal

Volunteers Janey Alpert Sue Bruner Barbara Cavender Millie Drumwright Ryen Farley Reed Farley Steve Farley Jack Farrar Claudia Fields Harold Fields Maria Goodwin Nam Henderson Adrienne Hill Sarah Hopkins Noni Horwitz

Erika Hutyra Megan Jamison Helina Kaufman Lauren Long Debra Lovell Jasper Mueller Chuck Nelson Mike Quigley Deb Rosenbaum Mary Salsich Tammi Scroggins Heather Shulman Shane Sutherland Sue Weinstein

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 at-large representatives, as well as 10 district representatives. If you are interested in volunteering or serving on a committee, contact current GPHC Board Chair Tracey MacDermott at 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@ 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 Lana Cordes. The GPHC office is at 2823 Fairfax St..

• Board Chair Tracey MacDermott: • Secretary and Zoning/Property Use Chair Bernadette Kelly • Treasurer and District 3 Rep Heather Shockey • District 1 Rep LaMone Noles • District 2 Rep Ryan T. Hunter • 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 Matt Bradford • At-Large Christine Caruso • At-Large Jeanette Fedele • At-Large Justin Petaccio • At-Large Louis Plachowski: • At-Large Rebecca Rogers • Community Safety Chair Geneva Goldsby • Community Planning Chair Lisa Zoeller • Education Chair Lynn Kalinauskas • Building Services Chair Louis Plachowski • Public Information Chair Melissa Davis:

Thanks to all of our blockworkers, who deliver the Greater Park Hill News throughout the neighborhood every month!

If you are interested in becoming a blockworker, contact newspaper manager Melissa Davis at

Family Owned | Colorado Focused Mark Job, Branch President 303-365-3832 Cherry Creek Branch 55 Madison Street, #125 Denver, CO 80206


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KEEP YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD STRONG! Join Greater Park Hill Community, Inc. We have a variety of memberships. All memberships are tax deductible. ___ Individual or Family ($35/year) ___ Business or Patron ($250/year)

[ ] New member

___ Sponsor ($100/year) ___ Other

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If these membership levels are not suitable, GPHC will gratefully accept a donation for membership dues at a level that is comfortable for you and your family.

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Diamond Dog Meet Bowie! This happy and playful 1-year-old American bulldog is ready to rock and roll into his new home. His energetic personality would be complemented by an active owner who will bring Bowie along for any adventure. Bowie has lived well with other dogs in the past and would do best in a home with children over 12. His ID# is A0797032 and he is at the Dumb Friends League, 2080 S. Quebec St., To see other pets available for adoption, visit

PARK HILL VET | Dr. Margot Vahrenwald, DVM, ASVJ

The ABCs Of Pet Care A Speed Course On Keeping Your Pals Healthy

Can it really be back-to-school time? How about a simple list of things you can do to keep your pets happy and healthy – a little schooling on pet care if you will.

oral health and health care truly can add years to your pet’s life, keep them comfortable and make it much more pleasant when they breathe in your face. 6. Train your dog – every puppy 1. See your veterinarian regularly needs to be well socialized and evfor preventive care, as well as ery dog benefits from training. This when you have noticed a probmeans proper classes with a trainer lem that has lingered longer than and continuing work at home every 24 hours. Proper preventive care protects against the multitude of DR. MARGOT day. (Even cats can be trained). 7. Keep your cat indoors. There are common diseases just waiting VAHRENWALD so many risks in our urban neighfor a host. Treating illness earborhoods, such as injury or illness lier rather than later improves from contact with feral cats, urban wildthe odds for a full recovery and/or better life or being hit by a car. management of common chronic dis8. Learn how to trim your pet’s nails or eases for your pet’s comfort. Additionclaws. Start when they’re young and ally, your veterinarian is your educated calmly, efficiently trim nails regularly as resource in the face of much misinformaa best practice in pet care. tion on the internet. 9. Always use a leash on your dog outdoors, 2. Vaccinate your pets. Rabies vaccinations preferably a regular leash and not a reare required by law for dogs, cats and fertractable leash. Having a leash on your rets. Other vaccinations truly do protect pet keeps them under control and safe. against the microbial world just waiting 10. Avoid the dog park. Dogs parks seem for an opportunity to cause illness. The like great idea, but often are filled with cost of vaccinations is pennies in compoorly socialized, unvaccinated dogs. parison to the cost of treating preventable Check it out a few times at different times diseases. of the day before using. 3. Spay/neuter your pets – prevent unwant11. Manage your pet’s diet. Control the ed pregnancies, undesirable behaviors volume fed by properly measuring, and and the risk of loss or injury from a pet keep them on a high-quality non-grain following their romantic hankerings. free diet. Keeping your pet at a healthy 4. Get pet insurance – start a plan when weight has a huge impact on their longyour pet is a puppy or kitten. Insurance term health. Ask your veterinarian for helps to cover wellness care but also helps nutritional information and review your give you more pet care dollars when faced diet choice with them. with potentially costly illnesses or accidents. 5. Teeth really are important. Start early and brush daily. Get regular dental assessments and cleanings as needed. Good

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Mail to: GPHC, 2823 Fairfax Street, Denver CO 80207


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Dr. Margot Vahrenwald is the owner of Park Hill Veterinary Medical Center at 2255 Oneida St. For more information, visit

Resources For Happy Pet Owners 1. WSAVA – World Small Animal Veterinary Association – Nutrition guidelines for selecting pet foods and Savvy guidelines for feeding dogs and cats. a. b. c. 2. Books for your shelf or e-reader a. Dogs for Dummies by Gina Spadafori b. Cats for Dummies by Gina Spadafori c. Perfect Puppy in 7 Days: How to Start Your Puppy Off Right by Sophia A. Yin d. The Cat Whisperer: Why Cats Do What They Do – and How to Get Them to Do What You Want by Mieshelle Nagelschneider August 2019

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6100 E. 23rd Ave., artgaragedenver. com, 303-377-2353


3921 Holly St.,, 720-913-1000 The District 2 Community Advisory Board’s (2CAB) monthly meetings are on the fourth Thursday of every month at 6 p.m. in the D2 Police Station Community Room.


Classical music returns to its roots, as we bring the concert to your home. Listen, learn, and mingle with professional musicians.

Denver Police District 2

Denver Public Schools Denver School of the Arts, 7111 Montview Blvd. Performances, adult and children’s classes, 720 424-1700.

Faith Community Greater Park Hill’s faith community, home to over 30 places of worship in just four square miles, is as diverse and robust as the neighborhood itself. The GPHN maintains a list of Park Hill’s places of worship at the website above.

Greater Park Hill Community, Inc.

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2823 Fairfax St.,, 303-388-0918 The GPHC neighborhood association generally holds its monthly meetings on the first Thursdays of the month, except for July and December. The meetings are free and open to all. The next community meeting is Thursday, Aug. 1, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the GPHC, Inc. office at 2823 Fairfax St. The September meeting will be Thursday, Sept. 5.

Holly Area Redevelopment Project (HARP)

HOPE Center, 3475 Holly St. HARP holds second Monday monthly meeting at the HOPE Center from 6:157:30pm. RSVP required to lsullivan@

Libraries 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.

Northeast Park Hill Coalition

The Northeast Park Hill Coalition hosts its monthly meeting at the Dahlia Campus for Health & Well-Being, 3401 Eudora St. Meetings are the second Thursdays of the month at 6 p.m.

Park Hill Community Bookstore Established in 1971. Denver’s oldest nonprofit bookstore. Used and new books. 6420 E. 23rd Avenue. 303-3558508. Hours: Monday –Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Members and volunteers get discounts and book credits.

Park Hill Peloton

A recreational group of road cyclists that roll from Park Hill once or twice a week. Find them on Facebook.

Sertoma Club

303-370-0932 The Greater Park Hill Sertoma Club holds a breakfast meeting every first and third Saturday morning at 8 a.m. at the District 2 Police Station, 3921 Holly St.

Sie Filmcenter

2510 E. Colfax,, 303595-3456

Tai Chi Project, 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 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 or call 303-908-0076. Northeast Park Hill Bilingual Walk take place the first Saturday of each month. Gather outside Hiawatha Davis Jr. Rec Center on 33rd and Holly at 9:30 a.m. for a one-hour walk. No cost. The walk is family friendly and bilingual Spanish/English led by Ana Luisa Gallardo. For more info contact maria@ or call/text Ana Luisa at 720-298-0605. For text reminders, send CAMINANED to 33222.

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GARDENING Flower & Vegetable Gardening. Residential landscape design, installation, and maintenance. Professional assistance with all your gardening needs, including monthly maintenance. Saige Gardens. 303-506-9960

HANDY MAN Licensed GC. Expert home repair/ handy man/woodworker. Can fabricate missing/broken pieces for furniture, staircases, trim, molding, etc. 30 years Park Hill area. Peter 720-291-6089 text ok. Quality Denver Handyman Commercial and Residential Inc. Your job done right, on time, the first time! 30+ years construction experience including historical buildings. HVAC, windows, doors, kitchen and bath remodeling, roofing, sheet rock & paint, basements, attics, addition, flooring, tiles, overall repairs and design. Apartment maintenance, management, and construction consulting. Insured. Team Klaus Schuermann (720) 345-8016

HAULING Cut Rate Hauling - A trash, clutter, and junk removal service. Estate clean up, eviction clean up, construction debris, etc. Call Ruben today 720-434-8042 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

LAWN CARE 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


MUSIC Great music for your great room. Classical music returns to its roots, as we bring concert to your home. Listen, learn and mingle with professional musicians.

PLASTER REPAIR 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

PLUMBING Licensed Master Plumber ready to help you TODAY. Call: 72O 329 O2l6 Installations and repairs. Competitive prices. Skilled, all-American, and proven drugfree. Registered with DORA. Accepting emergency calls.


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VAIL PLUMBING & HEATING - The Older Home Specialist. Repair, service, remodel. Hot water heat. Licensed, insured, guaranteed. 303-329-6042

A Positive Path for Spiritual Living

Honoring ALL Paths and ALL People

REAL ESTATE Piano lessons by DSA trained teacher. Park Hill area only please. Price depends on grade level from $10 to $25 half hour. Call or text JC at 720 434 0434.

Sunday Celebration 10 a.m. 4670 East 17th Ave Parkway, Denver CO 80220 • 303.322.3901 • Gong Meditation: Second Tuesday every month at 7 p.m. For more info:

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

SPRINKLERS Plumbing & Sprinklers - Repair or replace, disposal, toilets, water heaters, faucets, sinks, drain cleaning, sump pump, water pressure regulator. Sprinkler blow out, repair and install. www. 720-298-0880 Installation and repair. Quality lawn sprinkler systems. Sprinkler Solutions 303-523-5859



Tree trimming and trash removal. Please call 303-429-0380

TUTORING Reading Volunteers needed for students in K - 8th grade. 1 hour. 1 student. Once a week. During school hours. or 303-3163944 ext 241.

WINDOWS Double hung window RESTORATION includes replacing sash cords (ropes) and removal of excess paint on wood and metal plus lubrication for smooth opening and closing. Also restore metal casement windows. 40 year resident of PH. Contact David 720-550-2786.

TO ADVERTISE IN THE CLASSIFIEDS CONTACT MELISSA DAVIS • 720-287-0442 (voicemail) the deadline for submitting a classified ad is the 15th of every month


Adult and Children’s Vision • Complete Visual, Eye Health and Glaucoma Testing • All Types of Contact Lenses • Frames with One Year Guarantee • Most Insurances Accepted • Free Adjustments and Minor Frame Repair • 15% Discount for Senior Citizens

Dr. Janice I. Jarret 1336 Leyden

Across from Safeway August 2019


Do your double-hung windows open, stay open? I can fix them & insulate them. Other Questions? Call David, experienced restorer!

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

Piano lessons by DSA trained teacher. Park Hill area only please. Price depends on grade level from $10 to $25 half hour. Call or text JC at 720 434 0434.


email for reservations


6115 E. 22nd Ave., Denver CO 80207 • 303.321.1511 ObliosPizzeria@gmail.Com


HAKALA FAMILY DENTISTRY One Decade of 5280 Top Dentist 2009 to 2019

KATE HAKALA, DDS 4200 E. 8th Ave. #200 Denver, CO 80220

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Greenwood Village ranch with main floor master on .65 acres. COMING 5136 finished square feet backing SOON to Greenwood Gulch Trail.




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Observatory Park on the Park Outstanding Newer Build


1425 S. Milwaukee

Call 303.333.5007


free appetizer

Cory Merrill

(maximum value $8)

with purchase of $50 or more Cannot be combined with any other special offer

Free Signature roll (maximum value $14)

with purchase of $100 or more Cannot be combined with any other special offer

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August 2019

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