Volume 55, Issue No. 12
A Greater Park Hill Community, Inc. Publication
Thanksgiving in Greater Park Hill Community Greater Park Hill Community volunteers assembled and distributed 300 Thanksgiving dinner boxes with turkey and all the trimmings to neighbors in need this year. That number up from 294 last year, and a big jump from the 57 families served in 2013. From left: GPHC, Inc. Executive Director Rebecca Born and District 2 board representative Ryan Hunter, neighborhood volunteers with donated supplies, Food Bank Coordinator Pam Washington. At right, sailors from Navy Information Operations Command Colorado (NIOC) packed and assembled more than 100 Thanksgiving boxes.
Leading By Example
Meet The New And Returning Board Members Of Greater Park Hill Community, Inc. Editor’s Note: 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. The Greater Park Hill Community board is comprised of volunteer representatives from the nine districts within the neighborhood and at-large representatives. They are elected during the October annual meeting of the GPHC. This year, members elected three at-large members, and representatives for Districts 1, 3, 5, and 7. The returning Board Chair is Tracey MacDermott. Unless otherwise indicated, the board members can be contacted via the Greater Park Hill Community office at 2823 Fairfax St. or at 303-388-0918. If you are interested in an appointment to a vacant board seat, or want to volunteer your time and expertise to GPHC, contact Ms. MacDermott at firstname.lastname@example.org. The following members are officers, district and at-large members of GPHC. Check next month’s issue for information about committee chairs who volunteer their expertise to the Registered Neighborhood Organization.
Board Officers Board Chair: Tracey MacDermott Occupation: Clinical Trials Manager for the department of surgery at the CU School of Medicine. What inspired you to take the leadership position? Many years
Secretary: Bernadette Kelly Occupation: Construction Project Manager for Jefferson County Public Schools Your role: As secretary and zoning chair, I address zoning issues in Park Hill such as variance and amendment requests, and new or changes to liquor or marijuana licenses. I attend and maintain minutes for Board/Community and Executive Committee meetings. What drew you to GPHC, Inc.? I needed a zoning variance for alterations to my alley house (existing non-conforming) and asked for GPHC support. There was a need for a new zoning chair as well as a representative for my district, so I volunteered for both positions. That was in January 2008 and I have been involved ever since. What are your goals? I want to continue to establish an active and ongoing dialog between GPHC and our designated city council member for positive and smart growth in Park Hill that fits the needs of our community and the character of our neighborhood. What you love about Park Hill: It feels like a small town in a big city with a great sense of community, cool locally owned businesses and restaurants, our parkways for walking or cycling, open space and a continued on page 4 Thank You To Our 2016 Advertisers
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ago I was asked to serve as treasurer for the neighborhood association. [My wife] Heather and I had just gone through a rezoning for our part of Park Hill and I wasn’t sure I had the capacity to do anymore for our neighborhood. Over the years I have seen great changes within the organization due to the hard work of previous chairs and so I owe it to them and our neighborhood to continue the work they have done. Describe your style. To lead by example. We have many leaders within our organization and neighborhood. My hope is that we can continue to work together to continue to improve this wonderful neighborhood. What is your favorite thing about Park Hill? The many individuals who are not afraid to speak up. Park Hill has been presented with many challenges and every time someone from this neighborhood has been a voice and a set of working hands to work through the issue. What areas will you focus on in the year ahead? I hope that GPHC can inspire others to take up new projects that help our community, no matter how large or small. I hope others will also volunteer and take the lead on something that improves this wonderful neighborhood. What help do you need to make the improvements you want to make? There is truly a way for everyone to be involved at Greater Park Hill. I would like every board member to find an area that speaks to them and help guide development in that area. Neighbors can keep helping to keep our Food Pantry stocked. Every Monday and Wednesday we need volunteers to help run the Food Pantry. Last but not least, come to our community
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Jocelyn K. Fisher May 29, 1911-Nov. 6, 2016 Jocelyn Fisher, 105, passed away peacefully in her Park Hill residence of 73 years. She is preceded in death by her loving husband, Dr. G. Robert (Bob) Fisher and her 5 brothers and 3 sisters. Jocelyn is survived by her four daughters, Joan, Gail, Beth, and Lynn, as well as 8 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren. Details of her long and amazing life can be found in Jack Farrar’s lovely article in the August issue of the newspaper, online at http://greaterparkhill.org/2016/08/ life-century-plus-five/. A memorial service will be held at St. Thomas Episcopal Church at 22nd and Dexter on Saturday, Dec. 10 at 10:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations in her name can be made to the Denver Dumb Friends League, to University of Colorado Health (UCHealth), or to St. Thomas Episcopal Church.
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Bardenay, The Park Hill Way
yo-Ho-Ho and a Bottle of Bardenay
A packed Greater Park Hill community meeting meeting Nov. 3 threw nothing but challenges and minutiae at Kevin Settles, who flew in from Idaho to tell us how much he was going to invest in our community. He wants to renovate the vacant old Tower Theater into a distillery-cum-restaurant that will be as unpretentious on the inside (no reservations, no host stand) as quiet on the outside. Instead of a welcome and questions about his new place, he was met with same old hand-wringing about change; traffic, safety, and parking, the things over which Settles has zero control. And a new concern, parking valets running up the street to fetch cars. If neighbors have real concerns about traffic, safety, or change, their issue is with lawmakers and zone-makers, not Settles. Kearney Streetâ€™s layout has been set in concrete for decades. What I heard at the meeting was a guy with a proven restaurant formula who is complying with everything the law and zoning requires of him, without asking for favors, exceptions or variances. He will preserve the old buildingâ€™s mass and footprint with an upbeat facelift. As a preservationist, thatâ€™s admirable. With respect to the most vocal issues that were raised at the meeting: Kearney Street will be no more impassable than it is when an SUV captain drops anchor in the middle of the street to oďŹ„oad little darlings at Dardanoâ€™s, and then perhaps have a chat with a friend coming out of Cake Crumbs, oblivious to the line of cars behind them. Kearney Street will be no less safe for people sleepwalking across the street, sensory deprived by smartphones. A new restaurant wonâ€™t stop kamikaze bicyclists clueless about traffic safety, or parents pushing strollers up the middle of the street The surrounding neighborhood will have no less street parking than when spaces are filled with contractor trucks, dumpsters, trailers, boats and motor homes enough to fill Bardenay twice. And wouldnâ€™t it be nice if the kid running up the street was a valet and not a burglar? Mr. Settles is betting a boatload of cash he can make a go of a place thatâ€™s been the missing tooth in Kearneyâ€™s smile for ages. The neighborhood is way better off if he succeeds and no worse if he fails.
Just like you, we cherish our neighborhood. We love being so close to Cake Crumbs and Oblioâ€™s Pizza. We love riding our bikes down 22nd Street with our kids in tow. We love walking our dogs down our tree-lined streets. And just like you, we would love to see a new restaurant or two come to our neighborhood. But we are not interested in sacrificing Park Hillâ€™s character for one more choice. Unfortunately, that is what Bardenay is asking us to do. Bardenay is a distillery/ restaurant sized for the 16th Street Mall, not Kearney Street. At 236 seats, it would be larger than all the other restaurants in our commercial strip, combined. Its disproportionate size would no doubt impact our favorite locally-owned businesses, not to mention raise significant issues regarding parking, traffic, safety, and noise for the entire neighborhood. We are here to offer solutions. Together we must show Bardenay owner Kevin Settles that there actually is a concrete way for his business to enrich, rather than endanger, everything we value about our community. We need you to sign on in support of a Bardenay for Park Hill. What is Bardenay for Park Hill? â€˘ A Bardenay that has 125 seats (still bigger than the neighborhoodâ€™s largest restaurant). â€˘ A Bardenay that commits to oďŹ€-street parking solutions for at least 50 percent of its driving guests (initial traffic estimates show 115+ additional cars at peak hours). â€˘ A Bardenay that closes by 11 p.m., like other neighborhood bars. â€˘ A Bardenay that donates 1 percent of its profit to our public Park Hill schools. â€˘ And a Bardenay that agrees to a mediated process for handling disputes that arise with businesses or neighbors. All of this can be codified and agreed to within a Good Neighbor Agreement (GNA) or other legally-binding contract between Settles and the Park Hill community. Itâ€™s actually quite common. Cherry Tomato and even the tiny Bistro Barbes have GNAs. If we are to take Mr. Settles at his word, he is willing to create a Bardenay for Park Hill. After all, Bardenayâ€™s website proclaims that its â€œsuccess depends upon the goodwill of the communities in which it operates.â€? If you have concerns or unanswered questions about Bardenay, if you want to protect and enhance the locally-owned businesses on Kearney Street, if you want choices that fit Park Hill and are responsive to our communityâ€™s needs, join us and the more than 75 diverse neighbors who have already become engaged in finding such a solution. Our online petition is at www.lovelivingdenver.com. Marcin Biegunajtys, Laura and Adam HuďŹ€, Karl and Becky Burr, Tarah Infranca, Rev. Margaret Case, Eric and Diana Maurer, Christine and Timothy Dea, Ben Hubbard, Marianne Rinehart
George Dennis, Park Hill Editorâ€™s Note: Check out the Page 1 story about the Bardenay Distillery and Restaurant plan in the October issue, online at greaterparkhill.org. 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 Denverspecific. Please send letters to editor@ greaterparkhill.org. Include your full name, and the neighborhood in which you live. Deadlines are the 15th of each month, for the following monthâ€™s issue.
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Leading, continued from page 1 beautiful tree canopy. What addition would you like to see in Park Hill? A dog park. Best contact: Via the GPHC office.
Treasurer: Bob Homiak Occupation: I am retired from the U.S. Department of Justice, where I practiced environmental law. Your role: I work closely with the Chair to establish the budget for the upcoming year and monitor income and expenditures throughout the year to ensure that the organization stays on budget. What drew you to GPHC, Inc.? I have been active as a board member for most of the last 16 years in a variety of positions. I started attending meetings simply out of curiosity, became interested in zoning issues and was asked to fill the then-vacant property use chair, which I did and thoroughly enjoyed being able to participate in a more meaningful way in what GPHC was doing at the time. What would you like to accomplish? As treasurer, my immediate goal is to develop the 2017 budget. What do you love about Park Hill? The neighborhood feel and the wide variety of people who live here. What addition would you like to see in Park Hill? I’d love to see some creative measures employed to deal with the everincreasing traffic within Park Hill, which is slowly degrading the feel of the neighborhood. Best contact: Through the GPHC office.
Districts 1. roger Kilgore Occupation: I am a water resources engi-
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neer, which in my case means I work to create public works that are protected against flooding and do not harm water quality. Your role: I help bring concerns of District 1 to the board and share information with the district. What drew you to GPHC, Inc.? Park Hill is a wonderful neighborhood and it has been nurtured over the decades by many volunteers in many roles. Serving on the board is one way that I believe I can contribute to the present and future of Park Hill. What would you like to accomplish? Reinforce the activities that help bring neighbors together and expand efforts to care for those among us with the greatest needs. What you love about Park Hill: I love the diversity and the positive community spirit. What addition would you like to see in Park Hill? More walkable commercial opportunities. Best contact: Phone: 303-333-1408 or email: Kilgore.Roger@centurylink.net
2. ryan T. Hunter Occupation: Vice President of Development for Lightshade, Buddy Boy, PotCo and Next1 Labs Your role: I represent District 2 and from time to time head up special initiatives. What drew you to GPHC, Inc.?: I got involved as a founder of the Park Hill 4th of July Parade six years ago, but I stayed when I learned all the good that GPHC does for our community. Your goals? I have a long-term view of
my involvement in GPHC and want nothing as much as to be a good steward for our neighborhood. What you love about Park Hill: I love that our neighborhood has a personality. No other neighborhood in the city can say the same. What addition would you like to see in Park Hill? More concerts and events in City Park. Best contact: Through the GPHC office.
3. Heather Shockey Occupation: Director, Outsourced Consulting Services at Mountain States Employers Council. Your role: Help neighbors become active in their community and provide resources for various engagement. What drew you to GPHC, Inc.?: Initially zoning issues, and then the opportunity to volunteer with a larger group of people for a great neighborhood. Your goals? Continue to develop relationships with neighbors and business owners so that Park Hill is a vibrant community. What you love about Park Hill: The people, the architecture, the history, and the proximity to downtown and the mountains.
consultant. Your role: Representing District 5 residents. What drew you to GPHC, Inc.?: We were approached concerning the intention to develop and rezone a historic property on Montview Boulevard. We met many active and inspirational residents during this process. My philosophy is that if you want to change or preserve something then it is your responsibility to join the conversation. Your goals? I am interested in meeting more District 5 and Park Hill residents. The city is looking for feedback from residents on their neighborhood’s plan. As a board member I would like to participate in that conversation and contribute to preserving the character of the neighborhood, parkways, and parks. Safety is also something I would like to address. I would like to have an open meeting with residents and the city about the growing traffic problems, which are dangerous for kids. What you love about Park Hill: I love the unique character and diversity! We have wonderful neighbors on Glencoe Street. My kids love walking to school and the library, all of the fun amenities like street fairs, block parties, and shopping districts. What addition would you like to see in Park Hill? Our family is always looking for a good breakfast spot, so maybe a place to enjoy a fun and casual brunch/lunch with patio seating. Best contact: Blair Taylor, 646-584-1033, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Occupation: My primary occupation is mother of a Park Hill Panther-ette and Montview Community preschooler and wife of a spirited Bronco superfan. I spend the rest of my days as a freelance designer and Colorado State Small Business
Occupation: In December, after a 13 year run with KDVR FOX31/CH2, the stations decided to dump anyone over 55, so in effect I was retired. That said, I am working with Five Points News and Brother Jeff to keep the free flow of information alive in Denver. I also did five years in Denver’s economic development and in the mayor’s office as assistant press secretary. Your role: Hope will be to keep neighbors up on current issues facing our neighbor-
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8. Vacant 9. Vacant 10. Lyle Hansen Occupation: I am currently retired from my business career as a real estate appraiser. Your role: I represent District 10. I have served with the GPHC Board for many years, having served as chair in the past. What drew you to GPHC, Inc.? Its strong commitment to the community; encouraging fairness in housing and public schools, maintaining a strong relationship with District 2 Police, strong support for local businesses – and, working with dedicated Board members. What would you like to accomplish? Improving the impact of the East Colfax Avenue corridor upon the quality and property values of real estate in Park Hill. I see improving conditions along the transit corridor but realize that much more can be done to improve the overall quality of Colfax and its impact upon Park Hill. What do you love about Park Hill? My wife, Sandy, and I have lived in Park Hill since 1968. We have always been active in the neighborhood, being attracted here because of the quality of housing, the neighborhood location, the variety of socio-economic, racial and sexually oriented diversity of our neighbors, and our love for older homes. We live near Johnson and Wales University, which provides a great location for morning walks. What addition would you like to see? We love everything about Park Hill as it is – the quality and variety of the residences, the mature landscaping, the obvious proud
ownership of residences, and the many services in place that provide all the necessary elements for a balanced residential neighborhood. Best contact: Via the GPHC office.
At Large: rob Barber Occupation: Realtor What drew you in to GPHC, Inc.? After moving to Park Hill from the suburbs, and seeing how much pride residents take in Park Hill, I decided to get involved to help keep Park Hill great. Your goals? To help keep Park Hill a great place to live and
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raise our children. What you love about Park Hill: It’s great to have so many things within walking distance. Our neighbors are great. I can honestly say that there isn’t anything I don’t like about Park Hill. Best phone and/or email contact: 303489-2127, email@example.com
Lisa Clark Occupation: I own a small business that locates and coordinates contractors. We also shop for samples and handle logistics, so that people can live their lives seamlessly. What do you love about Park Hill? This community is absolutely wonderful. I love how many points of view we have, how supportive we are of our residents and how much we do for each other. Your goals? My mission is to welcome our new homeowners and let them know what we do for our community as an organization. I am also committed to helping in anyway I can. Best contact: Feel free to reach out to me voice or text at 303-506-6885.
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‘I just don’t want them around me’ The New York Times published a fine article on Nov. 15, “Political Divide Splits Relationships – And Thanksgiving, Too.” In the piece, a team of reporters interviewed voters around the country who found that their family relationships had been greatly disrupted because of hard feelings arising from differing views about the election and its result. A software developer in Boulder canceled his plans to go to Texas for Thanksgiving, where his family members are all Trump supporters. One couple, Clinton supporters, changed their wedding plans from a wedding in the United States to a venue in Italy because they knew that relatives in Florida – strong Trump supporters – would not make the trip. “I just don’t want them around me on the most important day of my life,” the bride said. The reporters spoke with Misty Bastian, an anthropologist in Pennsylvania who is originally from rural Tennessee. Bastian told them that she had sensed a “parting of the political ways” from her family in Ten-
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Tips To Reduce Stress During The Holidays For Some, It’s Post-Election Blues By Maya Wheeler Special to the GPHN
After months of debates, contentious advertisements, and unprecedented political moments, the 2016 election ended in a way that was surprising and upsetting to many people. Regardless of your political affiliation, most would agree that this election season has been especially divisive — it has disrupted our personal well-being and impacted our relationships with family, friends and coworkers. For many, this conflict will continue into the holidays. According to the Mayo clinic, increased stress may affect an individual’s body, mental health, and behavior contributing to illnesses like high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity and diabetes. Reducing stress around post-election conflict should focus on things within your control such as being prepared on how to handle conversations. Self-control may include deciding whether to: • Avoid conversation surrounding the election. • Focus on maintaining a respectful relationship with the individual by not reacting to negative comments; instead thank the person for their input and accept their difference in opinion. • Redirect the discussion to one that focuses on what is happening in the moment; like the food being served, music being played, activities going on at the event, etc. Planning ahead enables people to manage conflict in a positive way and avoid unwanted tension and arguments. Disagreement doesn’t feel good and it takes away the importance of why your loved ones, friends, and you came together. Difficult conversations aren’t the only things that can cause people to experience holiday stress. Unrealistic expectations, fi-
nancial pressures, and excessive commitments can cause stress and anxiety during the holidays. It can take the form of stress caused by but not limited to: The amount of money you spend; overextending yourself; eating and drinking more food and alcohol than usual; and spending too much time with family, or not enough. It is always good to prepare for holiday stress before it becomes overwhelming. Develop a self-care plan to help maintain your physical, mental or emotional health such as exercising or gardening, reading a book, sewing, etc. Self-care plans can make us feel healthy, relaxed and ready to take on life challenges. In addition, set priorities and realistic expectations. Be aware of what you are eating. The Dahlia Campus for Health and Wellbeing, at 3401 Eudora St., can help you to deal with holiday stress. The campus offers a comprehensive array of services and activities that assist in maintaining or developing a self-care plan. Free and low-cost programs offered at the campus can help in relieving stress include Capoeira (Afro-Brazilian martial art that combines dance, fight, music, and rhythm), Tai Chi and Zumba. The campus provides other free or low cost services, including Sewall Preschool, Kids In Need of Dentistry Dental Clinic (KIND) and access to fresh produce and healthy protein. To learn more about the services offered, visit mhcd.org/dahlia-campus-for-healthwell-being, call 303-300-6140, or stop by the campus on Dec. 6 between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. for a free event to celebrate Mind, Body & Soul at the Day of Well-Being for All. Maya Wheeler is a community advocate dedicated to improving access to services and information to keep individuals, families and children safe. She provides outreach for the Dahlia campus.
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Leading, continued from page 5 ligence. The common denominator is communication and people contact, with a bit wider variety of people than most. Your role? I’m new, so my role is yet to be defined. Whatever is in my background that GPHC can use is certainly on offer. What drew you to GPHC, Inc.?: When you love a neighborhood as much as we love Park Hill, you incur a responsibility to have some involvement in its maintenance and success. My daughter, son-in-law and granddaughter recently moved here, so the neighborhood is a long-term investment for us. GPHC involvement seemed the best way to initiate things and improve whatever needs improving. The people we’ve met through guiding five home tours are just damn nice to boot. What would you like to accomplish? As a preservationist I’d like to help insure Park Hill maintains its leafy, human scale ambience, with local businesses and a broad assortment of housing and service options for kids, seniors and everyone in between. What you love about Park Hill: Park Hill’s setting is just perfect. Close to downtown with a cleaner, more human feel. What addition would you like to see in Park Hill? Charging stations for electric vehicles would be a nice nod to a cleaner future. The ex-offender community (yes folks, they’re here) could probably use some outreach as well. Best contact: Email is email@example.com, phone contact should be through the GPHC Office.
Dave Felice Occupation: I am a computer hardware technician at CenturyLink. I am retiring this year after nearly 39 years at “the phone company.” What drew you to GPHC, Inc.? I believe everyone has an obligation to be involved at whatever level she or he is comfortable. The Registered Neighborhood Organization is an opportunity to represent all the members of the community. In collaboration with other RNOs in the Inter-Neighborhood Cooperation consortium, Greater Park Hill can effectively represent the interests of Denver citizens. GPHC is an organization that truly serves the neighborhood needs. Your goals? I will let the organization determine the objectives and goals. GPHC
has many responsibilities. Our hard working volunteers provide a tremendous community service resource. What do you love about Park Hill? The community is very much like a small town, with a variety of ethnicities, of social interests, of commerce, and of strong residential character.
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Louis Plachowski Occupation: Owner/Managing Broker of the real estate company, DenverWelcomeHome.com LLC. What drew you into GPHC? Park Hill has been very good to me both in a personal and professional way. Being involved was one way to give thanks to the community. Your goals? I hope to continue to serve and perhaps inspire others to do likewise. What do you love about Park Hill? Park Hill’s beautiful streets and charming homes. I enjoy my friendly neighbors who are from all different backgrounds. I like to shop at the lovely, quaint shops that are not part of corporate chains. I especially enjoy the close proximity to City Park.
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Pat Quinn Occupation: I have had many, quite different, occupations during my career, but by far the best is retiree. What drew you to GPHC, Inc.? We have lived in Park Hill for over 15 years, enjoying the people we have come to know, the places, the parks. We wanted to become involved in the community, and the best way to do that is with GPHC. I help distribute our newspaper, and help with the Garden Walk every June. Your goals? I would like to see expansion of our very successful Food Pantry, so more residents can be served. In addition, I would like our building to become the center for local meetings and Park Hill resident events to expand our presence in the community. Best contact: Via the GPHC office.
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In October, Tallie Barrett asked guests coming to her 8th birthday party to bring food for those who may need it, rather than gifts for her. She gave this gift to Greater Park Hill Community food bank. For his 7th grade service project, Ben Taylor, a student at DSST, decided to go door-to-door to collect food, also for the GPHC Food Pantry. These kids rock!
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Thanks to all our generous donors and volunteers, without whom we would not be able to serve this great neighborhood of ours. From donating to the Food Pantry, to helping distribute supplies, to working in our garden and helping out in the office, and distributing the Greater Park Hill News to your neighbors every month – we couldn’t do it without you! If you are interested in learning more about how you can get involved, contact me at 303-388-0918 or email email@example.com. If you are not yet a member of our Registered Neighborhood Organization, please consider joining. Your membership helps us improve our collective quality of life through business redevelopment, conformity to zoning codes, environmental health,
quality schools, community safety, traffic flow, and beautification. We provide a food pantry, housed at our office at 2823 Fairfax St., which provides ongoing nutrition to hundreds of our residents. We publish the award-winning Greater Park Hill Newspaper every month. In addition to connecting neighbors with these critical resources, every year we sponsor Garden Walk, the 4th of July Parade, and the annual Street Fair & Home Tour and other events that bring together the neighborhood. If you are interested in becoming a member of GPHC, Inc. and/or want additional information about what that entails, contact me at the above phone number or email. And, you can always join online at www. greaterparkhill.org. The following volunteered and provided donations to GPHC in October:
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The Mission and The Officers of Greater Park Hill Community, Inc. The Greater Park Hill Community, Inc., is a volunteer-based registered neighborhood organization that promotes the character and vibrancy of Park Hill, provides resources, information and advocacy, and preserves quality of life and the history of the neighborhood through community participation. The Greater Park Hill Community board is comprised of volunteer representatives from 10 districts, as well as at-large representatives. If you are interested in volunteering or serving on a committee, contact current GPHC Board Chair Tracey MacDermott at firstname.lastname@example.org for details. The following are current board members, and their best contacts. Many representatives prefer to be contacted through the main office – at 303-388-0918 or email@example.com. 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 Rebecca Born. The GPHC office is at 2823 Fairfax St., and Ms. Born’s office hours are MondayThursday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. She can be reached at 303-388-0918 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Holiday Meal On Dec. 8 Come celebrate the season on Dec. 8 with a free holiday meal during the Northeast Park Hill Family Holiday Celebration. The annual gathering is from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at The Hope Center, 3475 Holly St. Music will be provided by DJ Foxy and there will be door prizes. You can also pick up information about initiatives and services available in the neighborhood. Bring the kids. Everyone is welcome!
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Gun Laws In Australia David Shoebridge, a state senator from New South Wales Australia, is the guest speaker at a special forum to talk about gun violence and gun laws in Australia. Park Hill Congregational Church is sponsoring the forum on Thursday, Dec. 1 from 7 - 8:30 p.m. The address is 2900 Leyden St. After the Port Arthur massacre in 1996, Australia enacted strong gun regulations, particularly banning assault rifles. Sen. Shoebridge will talk about their current laws, how they came about, outcomes from it (Australia hasn’t had a mass shooting since 1996 laws were enacted), and the growing gun culture in Australia. Following Sen. Shoebridge’s presentation, there will be a brief discussion of election results and the path forward in Colorado. The forum is co-sponsored by Colorado Ceasefire and Colorado Faith Communities United to End Gun Violence (CFCU).
Love And Music At Montview Montview Boulevard Presbyterian Church at 1980 Dahlia St. will hold a Service of Remembrance on Mon, Dec. 12 at 7 p.m. For many, feelings of sadness and loss arise and linger during this otherwise sparkly time of year. Through poetry, prayers, and thoughtful music selections, this service will bear witness to the contrasts people experience during the holiday season – distress and peace; despair and hope; sorrow and joy; apathy and love. Advent itself is a season of darkness, and we are called to
dwell deeply in it before we can welcome the dawning of light. Contact Rebecca Gale (firstname.lastname@example.org) for further information. On Sunday, Dec. 18 Montview Boulevard Presbyterian will present Traditional Lessons & Carols to celebrate the Music and Scripture of Christmastide. The entire neighborhood is invited to participate in Lessons and Carols, a special hour that retells the Christmas story through scripture and music. This age-old Montview tradition has moved this year from Sunday afternoon to twice on Sunday morning, at 9 a.m. and again at 11 a.m.
Ujamaa Holiday Market This year marks 16 years of the Ujamaa Holiday Market, a cultural celebration in Denver. Ujamaa – “cooperative economics” – is the fourth principle of Kwanzaa and is celebrated by supporting small community business and putting the law of circulation and economic balance into action during the holiday season of December. The market showcases some of Denver’s unique and creative businesses with a cultural flair. Local talent, book talks, think tanks, cultural foods, live entertainment, and children’s market will be a part of this year’s market. The cultural celebration of businesses, film, jazz, youth market and community connection is Saturday, Dec. 10, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at New Hope Baptist Church, 3701 Colorado Blvd. For vendor and general information visit Ujamaaconnection.org or Ujamaa hotline: Deborah Fard 303-6309517.
Tour Denver With Goodstein Author and historian Phil Goodstein has been wandering the streets for 30 years, walking backwards as he leads groups on tours of the city. Join him on Sunday, Dec. 4 for a free talk at the Book Bar, at the southeast corner of West 43rd Avenue and Tennyson Street. Goodstein will focus on The Denver Civic Center and the city’s North Side, emphasizing the distinctive role of the city’s Berkeley neighborhood. The presentation is from 4-5:30 p.m. On Tuesday Dec. 13, Goodstein will hold a free talk at City Stacks, a combination bookstore and coffeehouse downtown at 1743 Wazee St. There, he’ll be presenting on LoDo and the Civic Center, including 14th Street, Larimer Square, and Lower Downtown. The event is from 6 –7:30 p.m.
Lighting The Way For Students Planning is underway for the 2nd Annual Light The Way For Denver Students Luminaria charity event in Park Hill and Stapleton. In its second year, the event’s organizers hope to at least double the number of participating households within the Park Hill and Stapleton neighborhoods to “light the way” on Dec. 24. “My vision for years to come is that each luminary will represent a student here in Denver, and that Park Hill and Stapleton households will light-up our neighborhoods in support of the growth and development of our kids,” said organizer
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Chris Merman, in a press release. Net proceeds from this event go to the YESS Institute, McAuliffe International School, Stedman Elementary and Park Hill Elementary. Participants are encouraged to order their luminary supplies online by Sunday, Dec. 4 at holidayluminaria.eventbrite.com. The event’s community Facebook page is facebook.com/holidayluminaria/. Once luminaries are ordered, participants can pick-up their supplies – which include luminary supplies – tea candles, sand and paper bags – on the corner of 23rd and Dexter Street, near Spinelli’s Bakery in Park Hill. Pick-up times are from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Dec. 17, and noon – 4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 18.
Fine Arts Festival at Art Gym Art Gym Denver presents the 2nd Holiday Fine Arts Festival at Art Gym featuring handmade items for the season to give and share. This curated Fine Arts Festival features small gift items made by local artists, artisans and culinary artists, most of them created at Art Gym. Art for sale includes woven textiles, handmade jewelry, fiber art, hand printed textiles, wooden bowls, lamps, ornaments and more. Specialty foods will also be available. The Fine Arts Festival is Friday, Dec. 9 from 4 to 8 p.m., and Saturday, Dec. 10 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Art Gym is at 1460 Leyden, just south of Park Hill.
Winter is coming! Do you dread winter or do you enjoy the challenges and opportunities it presents? However you view winter, it is always better if you are stronger and more ﬁt. Only in winter do you ﬁnd yourself moving heavy piles of frozen water from one spot to another or strapping large contraptions onto your feet to make it easier to move. Both of these situations are better if your muscles, including your heart, are in better shape.
Pearl Harbor At 75 On the eve of the 75th anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor, join Active Minds to explore the story from both the Japanese and the U.S. perspective. Remembered as “The Day that Lives in Infamy,” Dec. 7, 1941 brought an attack upon the United States the likes of which had never been seen before. The forum will cover how the Japanese planned and executed such a bold attack, how the U.S. could have been caught so completely unaware, and also the impact this had on World War II and the American psyche. The program is Tuesday, Dec. 6, from 10-11 a.m. at the Jewish Community Center, 350 S. Dahlia St. It is free and no RSVP is required. For info, call Lil Shaw: 303-316-6359
Brexit: What Does the Future Hold? In June, British voters elected to exit the European Union, sending global stock markets sharply down and provoking global reactions running the gamut from horror to congratulations. Join Active Minds to explore this pivotal event in its historic context and explore where this high stakes path may lead, not only for the UK, but also the EU and the rest of the world. This program is Thursday, Dec. 8 at the Sam Gary Library, 2961 Roslyn St. It is free and no RSVP is required.
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‘One Can Never Have Enough Socks’ Match The Christmas Quotes To The Classics By Becky Corning
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Think you know your Tiny Tim from your Cindy Lou Who? Try to name which books contain the following Christmas quotations. (Answers are at the end of the events listings.) 1. “One can never have enough socks. Another Christmas has come and gone and I didn’t get a single pair. People will insist on giving me books.” 2. “Always winter but never Christmas.” 3. “God bless us, everyone.” 4. “But instead I am applying for a job as an elf. Even worse than applying is the very real possibility that I will not be hired, that I couldn’t even find work as an elf. That’s when you know you’re a failure.” 5. “What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. What if Christmas … perhaps … means a little bit more!” 6. “Dear Aunt Loretta, Thank you so much for the awesome pants! How did you know I wanted that for Christmas? I love the way the pants look on my legs! All my friends will be so jealous that I have my very own pants. Thank you for making this the best Christmas ever! Sincerely, Greg”
Tech Help One-on-One | Mondays and Wednesdays, noon-1 p.m. Get technology assistance from one of our in-house experts on your own device or a public computer. Learn the basics, such as email, social networking, word processing and eMedia. Call the library at 720-8650290 to schedule an appointment for Monday or Wednesday. Preschool Storytime | Wednesdays Dec. 7, 14, 21, 28, 10:30 a.m. Stories, songs, rhymes and fun for 3-5 year olds and their parents or caregivers. Anime Club | Saturday, Dec. 10, 3 p.m. Join us the second Saturday of the month to watch, read, talk, act, eat and breathe Anime. The Pauline robinson Book Club | Saturday, Dec. 17, noon This month’s selection: The Man without a Shadow by Joyce Carol Oates. Book club will be meeting offsite for annual luncheon. Call branch for this offsite location. Kwanzaa | Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2 p.m. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Kwanzaa holiday, a celebration that honors the African first fruits harvest tradition. Come take part in a
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JH Edwards Plumbing & Heating Large or small jobs, quality work at fair prices. From repairs to remodeling, bath, kitchen upgrades, & problem solving. Lic & insured. Jim 303883-9030
HOME SERVICES Tree trimming and trash removal. Please call 303-429-0380
LAST AND LIVING WILLS Local Cherry Creek Law Firm prepares both for both domestic partners starting at $249.40. Call or Text Lawrence 303-668-2154
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
VAIL PLUMBING & HEATING - The Older Home Specialist. Repair, service, remodel. Hot water heat. Licensed, insured, guaranteed. 303-329-6042
PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZER Want more time to enjoy the holiday season this year? Ms. Efﬁciency can help with parties, holiday cards/mailing lists, guest room organization, shopping and/or unique gift wrapping. Let’s get started today! Know someone who needs more organization in their life? Give the perfect gift - a Ms. Efﬁciency gift certiﬁcate. We organize the home ofﬁce, closets, garage or kitchen. Amy Fisher, 303-250- 8539, ms_efﬁciency@hotmail.com.
Masonry Services- Brick, Stone, Concrete, restoration, tuck pointing, chimneys, retaining walls, city sidewalks. Licensed, bonded, and insured. www.thebrickandstoneguy.com References. Call Shawn 303-907-9223
Residential rerooﬁng and repairs, 17 years experience, licensed, bonded, and insured. Gutter replacement and cleaning. www.accuraterooﬁngandmasonry.com Call Shawn 303-907-9223
THE WALL REBUILDER 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
Sprinklers & Plumbing - Repair or replace, disposal, toilets, water heaters, faucets, sinks, drain cleaning, sump pump, water pressure regulator. Sprinkler turn on, repair and install. www.vertecservices.com 720-298-0880
Park Hill Dental Dental Office
Dr Tom Croghan 303.377.8662
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SELL through stores on eBay, Etsy and Craigslist. MAKE MONEY on items too good for donation. NO FUSS process. We take care of ever ything. EXTEND the use of current, vintage and antique items. Alison Rabinoff LoveandReloveDenver@gmail.com for details
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Combs Sells Homes BEST OF PARK HILL LISTINGS! New ew Park Hill listing 1776 Leyden Street
Outstanding block and location at 1776 Leyden. Tudor with great street appeal. Dramatic vaulted cathedral ceiling in living room. 2 bedrooms and full path on main floor. Bedroom with egress window and 3/4 bath in basement. 2 car garage. $575,000 UNDER CONTRACT IN 9 DAYS!
www.combssellhomes.com firstname.lastname@example.org 720-218-9614
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