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All the News About Denver’s Best Residential Community Since 1961 • Volume 58, Issue No. 2 • February 2019


Restaurant Roundup: BluNozer Closes, Ester’s Opens, Oblio’s Opens Its Arms


March With A Purpose: MLK, Jr. Marade Turns 35


Signs Of The Times: Womxn’s March At 3

PAGE 12 Herd of Longhorns being driven through downtown Denver on 17th Street during the 2019 National Western Stock Show Parade on Jan. 10. Cowboys with lassos rode ready to rope any steer that threatened to leave the group. Photo by Reid Neureiter



A Guide To Summer Camps 2019

The Beavers at A-Basin Gets A Lift

UPCOMING GPHC MEETINGS Thursday, Feb. 7 and Thursday, March 7 at 2823 Fairfax St. at 6:30 p.m. All are welcome to attend.


Life Is A Great Book Ed Wood: Writer, Planner, Pacifist By Tom Korson

Special to the GPHN

At 94, Ed Wood, a Park Hill resident since 1987, still walks a mile a day. So when my wife and I see him walking toward Cake Crumbs or Grape Expectations, I feel encouraged. Wood was born in Alabama. Until age 9, he lived with his parents in the Deep South. By 1932 the Wood family lived in Charlotte, but his father’s business lost everything in the Depression. Next stop, Chicago. Wood’s father had a cotton brokerage business there, and Ed was graduated from LaGrange High School in a suburb of the Windy City. But every summer Wood spent at his grandmother’s truck farm outside Mobile. When the family lived in the Chicago area, in a neighborhood which was predominately Irish Catholic and Polish Catholic, all of a sudden Wood, a Protestant, experienced the challenge Ed Wood and his partner, Elaine Granata. Photo by of being a minority. That experience Cara DeGette was helpful to him later, when he beperately needed young bodies.” So he left came a city planner in Baltimore. the program in physician training and volHe wanted to join his father in the cotton unteered for the infantry. business, but by the time he finished high He was sent to the Western Front in school World War II had started. France, as a replacement for a soldier who Infused with patriotic ideals, Wood volhad been wounded or killed, and when he unteered for the Army in 1943 and was got to his unit, he didn’t know anyone. And trained at the Army Specialized Training he felt woefully unprepared for combat. Program in California. Then, the Army But, at the vulnerable age of 19, into comsent him to medical school to be a docbat he bravely went. After a day and a half, tor. But Wood felt bad about the hundreds he was badly wounded. “Lots of shrapnel, and hundreds of other men who were sent some of which is still in me,” he says. (If straight into the infantry on the battlefields of Europe, at a time when the Army “descontinued on page 11

Big Winners

On Jan. 18, Gina DiGiacomo of Park Hill Cub Scout Pack 286 made history at the pack’s annual pinewood derby, taking first place the first year that girls were allowed to be cub scouts. DiGiacomo, at right, is a seven-year-old tiger cub and a resident of Park Hill. When asked what made hers the fastest car in the pack, DiGiacomo noted that the sparkle paint she added gave it “glitter power” that helped propel it to the win. Pictured at left are Landon Frasure and Chase Frasure, who placed second and third in the derby. Congrats to all. Photo courtesy of Michelle DiGiacomo


The following is a synopsis of what was discussed during the Jan. 3 Greater Park Hill Community, Inc. monthly meeting. The next community meeting is Thursday, Feb. 7, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at 2823 Fairfax St. The March meeting will be Thursday, March 7 beginning at 6:30. The meetings are free and open to the public. Everyone is welcome.

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815 S Tejon St U/C $319,900 Athmar Park 3 Bd Allison Nuanes

Greater Park Hill Community, Inc. board member Blair Taylor provided an update on traffic and congestion in the neighborhood, as well as on the East Area Plan being coordinated by the Denver planning department. A newly acquired grant designed to promote safety for children as they travel to and from school will provide 1⁄2-mile of new sidewalks, six new curb cuts and a crosswalk island in Park Hill. In addition, Taylor is pursuing a comprehensive traffic study, as Park Hill has become a passthrough for people traveling from Stapleton, Lowry, and other neighborhoods to the east, north and south. Taylor announced a community meeting in January to collect feedback on several issues: transportation and mobility, safety, housing, and parks and open space. The feedback will be submitted to the city as its developing what it calls the “East Area Plan,” a master plan that includes the south portion of Greater Park Hill, along with the Montclair, Hale and East Colfax neighborhoods.


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GPHC, Inc. board member LaMone Noles provided an update on the rezoning application for a new townhome project at 3411 Albion St. The Denver Planning Commission voted in December to recommend approval of the zoning change. The property is currently a church, and many neighbors oppose the upscale project for several reasons, most notably because of a lack of affordability. The project was scheduled for a public hearing before going to the City Council for a vote at the end of January.

George Mayl Says VOTE!!!

George Mayl, president of Inter-Neighborhood Cooperation (INC), provided lively and enthusiastic remarks, including a reminder to get involved in the upcoming municipal election. The INC is a consortium of registered neighborhood organizations in Denver, including GPHC, Inc. Mayl noted that the mayoral and city council races will be decided on May 7, Election Day. Several candidates have emerged to challenge incumbent Mayor Michael B. Hancock, as well as the incumbent City Councilman who currently represents Park Hill, Chris Herndon. “Get out there and vote – I don’t care who you vote for but vote!” Mayl said. “The only way this city is

At the request of several GPHC board and community members, GPHC, Inc. leaders committed to sponsoring a candidates forum before the May election. Several candidates for District 8 were in attendance and agreed to participate, including Miguel Ceballos-Ruiz, LaMone Noles, Erik Penn, Blair Taylor, and incumbent Chris Herndon. Candidate Q&As were published in the January issue of the newspaper, and can be read at Additional election coverage and information will be in the March, April and May issues of the newspaper.

Understanding The World

Gergana Kostadinova, manager of professional and youth exchange programs, provided an overview of WorldDenver. The organization is designed to help people gain a deeper understanding of world affairs and cultures. WorldDenver sponsors many programs, including speakers’ series and international visitor exchange programs and homestays for youth and young adults. WorldDinners allow people to host international visitors for dinners. Kostadinova urged people to learn more by checking out

Lynette Reiling, who is with the group Boomers Leading Change, presented an overview of the organization. Boomers Leading Change is designed to “mobilize, connect and empower adults 50-plus to utilize your skills, passion and energy to create positive, lasting social change.” Volunteers partner with several other groups who provide services, including “A Little Help,” which helps older people who want to age at home, as well as groups who provide cooking and nutrition classes for people on limited budgets and who provide crime and trauma prevention. For more info, check out

Executive Director’s Report

Greater Park Hill Community, Inc. Board Chair Tracey MacDermott provided a brief update on several programs sponsored by the registered neighborhood organization. In 2018, the food bank provided provisions to 720 people (260 households). The weekend food program, which provides meals to students attending several neighborhood elementary schools and the Vickers Boys & Girls Club, serves approximately 100 students every week. That number continues to increase. If you would like to donate needed items, check out page 16 for specific requests. 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.

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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.

CONTACT US Story Tips and Letters to the Editor: Cara DeGette; 720-979-4385, Advertising information: Classified ads: Melissa Davis; 720-287-0442 (VM), Deadline for submissions is the 15th of every month

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WHO WE ARE 2435 Poplar St Sold $363,130 Brick 4 Bd/2 Ba Roberta Locke

going to change is through the ballot box and that’s all I’m going to say.”

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February 2019

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EDUCATION UPDATE | Lynn Kalinauskas

The Impacts Of Choice Helpful For Some, Other DPS Students Left Behind

Choice season is upon us. From Jan. 15 • Will you contribute either financially or to Feb. 15 at 4 p.m., families are invited to with your time to your school? submit their School Choice form to Denver Lefkowits termed these advantages “the Public Schools to select the school that best school choice privilege footprint.” fits their families’ needs. Results will be sent Where there is privilege, there is no eqout in late March. uity. If you live in the Park Hill neighbor“School Choice,” Lefkowits concluded, hood, you have a guaranteed seat at your “concentrates privilege and is damaging to boundary elementary school – Park Hill kids.” He added, “You’re not making this Elementary, Smith Elementary or Stedman decision in a vacuum. It impacts the whole Elementary – depending on where you live. community.” Hallett Academy and Odyssey are two other The Choice system is set-up and marketed schools in the neighborhood. These schools to value some schools over others do not have a boundary and one mostly through the School Perwould need to apply via the Choice formance Framework that scores process. schools according to a color-coded If you are applying to Early system (for more on the SPF see the Childhood Education (ECE) within January issue of the Greater Park any of those schools, enrollment is Hill News, at not guaranteed because of limited If some schools are advantaged, space. that means others start at a disadRoots Elementary will be closing vantage. The children within those at the end of this school year and is LYNN schools are also disadvantaged. no longer a possible choice. KALINAUSKAS While we take full advantage of If you are applying to middle the choices offered, we also particischool, you have a guaranteed seat pate in a system that leaves others behind. at one of five middle schools within the Greater Park Hill/Stapleton Middle School Follow your values Enrollment Zone but not necessarily at the Choice season is stressful and parents feel school closest to you or the one you prethey face daunting decisions at this time of fer. The five schools are Denver Discovery year. The wait to get into one’s preferred School, DSST: Conservatory Green, DSST: school can be excruciating. Lefkowits enStapleton, McAuliffe International School, couraged parents and guardians to calm and William (Bill) Roberts. You must use down. “Most kids will do well in most the Choice system to select your preferencschools.” es within these or choose from any other When looking for a school, Lefkowits middle school within Denver. suggests parents enter the school buildings If you want to enroll in a high school, and ask questions about the things they most of Park Hill is situated within the value. East High School boundary except for the If you value teaching experience, ask how strip between Monaco Parkway and Quebec many teachers in the building have more Street, which is zoned to Northfield High than five or 10 years of experience. Ask if School in Stapleton. Seats at those schools the principal has ever been a teacher. If you are guaranteed when you live within their value diversity, look at both the student boundaries. population and the teaching and adminisAll DPS schools are open to all famitrative staff for clues. lies and DPS encourages families to use Do you want a school that engages its the Choice system even when applying to neighborhood community? Look at the neighborhood or boundary schools. school calendar to see what school activiFor more information on DPS School ties involve the broader community. Ask Choice see who sits on the Collaborative School Committee, a school’s governing body. Attend a Is Choice equitable? CSC or PTA meeting. If you already have a child in DPS you Ask about specials: art, music, physical likely received an email from our new Sueducation. Ask if the school has a library perintendent, Susana Cordova, in which she and a librarian. How often to the students states: go to the library? Can they take library Started in 2011, SchoolChoice gives every books home? family equitable access to the schools they The SPF rating will tell you how well think are best for their student, regardless of students in that school do on standardized their background or address. tests. Everything else is up in the air. If Choice is indeed a great tool to access you have heard that school A is great while schools beyond one’s boundary or to get acschool B is horrible, commit to visiting the cess to schools within a zone. But is it really schools. Step inside the buildings and watch equitable? Do we all have the same access to see if parents and kids are smiling. Are to all schools? they happy to be there? Would you? In a recent presentation to Park Hill and The choices you make will impact your Stapleton residents, Andrew Lefkowits, child and many other children as well. Folhead of Park Hill Neighbors for Equity in low your gut and follow your values. Education, asked the audience whether or not they had certain advantages when it came to school choice. Examples of such advantages are the ability to answer yes to some of the following questions: • Are you able to tour a school during your work hours? • Did you research schools on a laptop or a smart phone? • Were you able to access information in your native language? • Is your housing situation stable? • Can you drive your student to school?

Editor’s Note: Lynn Kalinauskas is Education Chair for Greater Park Hill Community, Inc. In late January the Denver Classroom Teachers’ Association voted to strike over the pay structure for teachers. DPS administrators responded by asking the state to intervene. As of press time it was unclear whether the strike would move forward. For details on the pay structure being disputed, check out Kalinauskas’s June, 2018 column at this link: teachers-seek-professional-compensation/


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The Greater Park Hill News

February 2019

EARTH MATTERS | Tracey MacDermott

What Will You Do This Month?

New Data Underscores Urgency To Combat Global Warming Last month I ended my column with a Each one of us can make small changes request for each of us to make one simple in our homes to reduce our impact, which change every month that reduces our imwill save money while decreasing the harm pact on this planet. we are causing. While I was working on remembering Recently, I was contacted by another ento pack a cloth napkin with me for lunch, vironmental activist interested in bringing instead of using paper, a report community solar to the Park by the Rhodium group noted Hill Neighborhood. While I that U.S. Carbon Emissions rose don’t have an immediate answer sharply. on how to do that I was thrilled My cloth napkins seemed by his outreach and happy to rather insignificant when the essee that Denver’s plan mentions timate was an increase in emisdeveloping low-income commusions by 3.4 percent in 2018 – nity solar and other renewable when we need to be decreasing energy programs. quickly and drastically. In addition to community soThis increase still occurred lar, the city is working toward while the U.S. had retired a reaccelerating the adoption of cord number of coal plants. Unelectricity storage systems and fortunately, natural gas was the smart grid technology. What TRACEY fuel of choice to replace the enerwill you do this month to reduce MACDERMOTT gy from retired coal plants versus your home’s energy use? Or to replacing with renewables. While improve your home’s energy efnatural gas is cleaner than coal ficiency? it is still a carbon-emitting fossil fuel. The The city’s transportation goals include U.S. saw a demand for electricity and more adopting Clean Car Standards, supporting natural gas was used to supply the demand. electric vehicle workplace charging stations Other causes of the increase can be atand expanding safe biking and walking intributed to the transportation sector, as frastructure. They have set a goal that by well as buildings and industry, 2030, fully 40 percent of all which both showed a rise in vehicle registrations should be emissions. electric. We should demand We simply don’t that the Bus Rapid Transit sysWill it be enough? have until 2050. tem scheduled to travel Colfax be powered by 100 percent The City of Denver’s 80 x 50 electric buses. Each one of us action plan is designed to reshould commit to regularly duce carbon emissions 80 perutilizing public transit. cent below 2005 levels by the year 2050. As noted last month, the world has about 12 Green space disappearing years left to take radical measures to combat climate change, or risk irreparable conWhile Denver’s goals are to be applauded, sequences. it will need to deal with the ever-growing I am left wondering if Denver’s plan by heat island effect, which will proportion2050 will be enough. We simply don’t have ately grow our cities energy demands. The until 2050. Every single planning docuDenver Post recently reported that green ment, including Blueprint Denver and space in Denver is “disappearing faster Comprehensive 2040, should have climate than most other cites” and “the dwindling change as its driving principle. of nature in Denver could lead to potentialAs noted in the 80 x 50 plan, cities are ly overwhelming increases in storm-water responsible for more than 70 percent of runoff, and is causing worsening heat-wave greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) globally. impacts.” Denver’s plan takes a tiered approach with In addition, the Post reported that it is a road map to reach the 80 percent reducnow estimated that Denver has increased tion by 2050. its paved-over portion by 48 percent. These The approach focuses on three sectors are not good statistics if we hope to meet which the city views as the best opportuour climate goals. nities to reduce GHG emissions: buildings, In order to help Denver reach its goals citizens will have to commit to making electricity generation and transportation. changes as well. My change last month Some of the key takeaways for buildings may seem small, however I will continue include requiring periodic improvements to make a small or big change each month. to improve efficiency in older buildings, Please join me in making changes and setting minimum energy standards for share what you have been doing. Send your rental properties and to continue to inupdates to crease building code to net-zero energy for new builds. Tracey MacDermott is chair of the board of Small changes, big results Greater Park Hill Community, Inc. Active in the Registered Neighborhood OrganizaThe city has also set a target to decrease tion for many years, MacDermott was the energy use in single-family homes by 10 2012 recipient of the Dr. J. Carlton Babbs percent by 2025 and 20 percent by 2035. Award for Community Service. She was According to the Green Building Council, trained as a Climate Reality Leader in buildings account for 39 percent of CO2 2017, and is currently the Statewide Chair emissions in the United States. Heating, of the Climate Reality Project for the 100% cooling, lighting and electricity to power Committed Campaign. appliances contribute to most of those emissions.




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UNDER THE DOME | State Sen. Angela Williams

Cool Breeze Ahead


Climate Change Requires Critical Action

The recreation, tourism and hospitality consumers. For example, Colorado Springs industries are critical to our state’s econbuys hydroelectric power from the Western omy and the Colorado way of life, but cliArea Power Administration, a plant many mate change is putting both at risk. miles away. The result is that a large portion In fact, the World Economic of power is lost as it travels along Forum recently ranked climate transmission lines, which actuand environmental issues as top ally drives up the price of energy global risks to business ahead for Coloradans. If we push for of its annual summit in Davos, municipalities to utilize cheapSwitzerland. The Fourth Naer, locally generated power we tional Climate Report, released can save the average Coloradan by the White House late last money and increase our energy year, also raised concerns about efficiency. climate change and gave a deep In addition, modest actions dive into how climate change such as making the switch to an will negatively affect public electric vehicle can create a big health, infrastructure, and the ANGELA WILLIAMS impact. “EVs” cause less pollunational economy. tion and are often manufactured The potential impacts of clithrough eco-friendly production mate change on our state is a serious conmethods, leading to an environmentally cern, and we need to take action now. Comfriendly future for all. Further, electric munity leaders, elected officials, and every vehicles are cheaper to run and cheaper Coloradan must work towards a more to maintain, providing a lesser economic environmentally friendly future so that burden on consumers than conventional we are able to pass on a better Colorado to cars. I am sponsoring SB19-077, a bill to exfuture generations. pand electric motor vehicle infrastructure Colorado’s outdoor recreation industry through an area’s public utility services generates billions of dollars in consumer organization. This will result in increased spending, employs hundreds of thousands revenue for public utilities, which results in of people, and contributes billions of doleconomic benefits for those areas adopting lars to state and local economies. If we do new EV charging facilities. not strive for a more environmentally susWe need to take pragmatic steps to adtainable future, our landscapes, and the joy dress climate change in Colorado, and I beand economic benefit they provide, will be lieve that a Climate Task Force would offer directly affected as temperatures continue unique and diversified ideas to support our to rise. climate initiatives. Creating a group comI want to see Colorado begin the process prised of environmental, scientific, and of moving towards a 100 percent renewbusiness organizations, as well as public able energy future. The expansion of solar, representatives, would result in robust recwind, and geothermal energy sources will ommendations on reducing greenhouse mitigate the negative impacts of climate gas emissions, while also keeping the best change on our public health and the enviinterests of Coloradans at heart. ronment, while simultaneously supporting Climate change is real, and it will negajobs and economic development across the tively impact Coloradans, our economy, state. and our beautiful landscapes. It is time we States like New York, Hawaii, California, take real steps towards a sustainable future and Vermont are all a part of the 50x30 to protect our great state. club, a coalition that requires their states to Angela Williams represents District 33, produce 50 percent of renewable energy by which includes Park Hill, in the Colorado the year 2030. Our Renewable Energy StanState Senate. She can be contacted at 303dard currently requires investor-owned 866-4864. companies to generate 20 percent of their electricity from renewables. We should aim for a more substantial goal, not unlike the 50x30 club, over the next 10 years. The fundamental concern of climate change in Colorado is the health and safety Story and photo by Cara DeGette of the public, as well as our state’s and citiEditor, GPHN zens’ financial security. Renewable energy sources offer untapped potential for new jobs and industries for Coloradans, and if Farewell to the BluNozer we work in tandem with energy compaBluNozer Cafe, the warm and cheery nies to meet renewable-energy resource coffee, breakfast and brunch spot on Ivy requirements we will ensure a brighter fuStreet just off Colfax, has closed for good. ture for our economy, our health, and our When it first opened several years ago by environment. the Park Hill sister duo Dorothy Timmons Another issue we must address is shipHotchkiss and Della Timmons, the small ping electricity from sources far away from restaurant quickly became a favorite for its yummy food and welcoming exuberance of the sisters. In recent months the BluNozer, a nod to FAST TAX REFUND the nickname for Nova Scotians, has been shuttered while the sisters cared for their ailing mother. In mid-January they posted the following note on the door, as well as on social media sites. “Sadly and unfortunately we are closing permanently. This has broken our hearts to have to close. We cannot thank each and BOOKKEEPING, TAXES everyone of you enough for all the love and support throughout the years. We have Individual and Business Tax truly enjoyed taking care of our dear sweet IMPUSTOS/REEMBOLSOS mother and have been very blessed she’s & RAPIDO made a recovery. One never knows what we will do next. We are looking forward to 1400 JOLIET ST, our next adventure. We will open a couple AURORA, CO 80010 weekends so everyone can come pick up their personal mugs and maybe buy a little memory of the BluNozer. Love to everyone from Dorothy and Della”

Megan Davis Megan Davis, barista extraordinaire at Spinelli’s Bakery, grew up in southwest Florida, earned an art degree at Gulf Coast University, and taught printmaking in middle school. She moved to Denver about a year ago and is happy she did so. “I love working here. People actually talk to each other. They even talk to strangers!” Davis is a huge fan of fantasy fiction. In fact, she has written a novel in that genre, titled Far from Victory. “I’d call it a surrealist fantasy. I was part of an art show in Florida that was based on dreams. Someone suggested I write a book about it, so I did.” When asked to name a fictional character she would most like to meet, Davis did not hesitate. “I’ve read Lord of the Rings four times and my favorite character is Samwise Gamgee. He would do anything it takes to help his friends. He’s not an adventurous spirit, but he does show courage when necessary. I would ask him where he found that courage.” Davis felt that the Lord of the Rings movie series was well done, although she was disappointed that the character of Tom, important early in the book, was not included in the cinema version. One of Davis’s favorite regulars at Spinelli’s is a fluffy tabby named Wingnut. “He sneaks in occasionally, but we make sure he doesn’t hang around. Health code, you know.”

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Oblio’s Opens Its Arms

When the federal government shut down in December, the owners of Oblio’s Pizzeria on 22nd Avenue at Kearney Street jumped into action, offering free meals to employees who had been furloughed and their families, and launching a Go Fund Me effort to provide assistance to seven families who were financially strapped as a result of the shutdown. Their efforts to help generated plenty of media coverage, including a mention in the New York Times. “[Oblio’s Owner Morgan] McKay expected to host no more than three or four unpaid workers a night,” the article noted. “Instead, a dozen or more have appeared nightly, joined by a new crop of paying

Brussel and Bliss – salad and pizza during a recent stop at Ester’s.

customers who come to support her efforts. “Shutdown business remains brisk after nearly a month, and she has no plans to stop the deal, despite a growing financial strain.” In late January, McCay posted an update on the restaurant’s Facebook page. “We have received letters from all over the country sending kind words and donations to help support us in feeding furloughed families and to support the seven families we were raising money for. It is such a beautiful, powerful thing when we all come together!”

Ester’s Opens On Oneida

The much-anticipated Ester’s at Oneida Park opened in late December. Not unexpectedly, the crowds were not far behind. The neighborhood pub is in the recently refurbished Oneida Park Center between 22nd and 23rd avenues, in the former site of the corner market and liquor store. Specializing in pizza, salads, brunch and craft beer (among other offerings), the restaurant has already generated online rave reviews, like this one: “We just finished dinner at Esters ... it was fantastic. Customer service was spot on and the food was great! There’s a really nice menu and bonus ... every Wednesday night, bottles of wine are half price and what you don’t finish they will cork for you to take home. For those of you with littles they have a kids menu. Great addition to the ‘hood!”

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One Size Doesn’t Fit All We Must Insist On Equity In Education By Erin Pier

to enforce the same expectations, provide similar resources, and measure outcomes by the same framework, with insufficient Equity in education. If you’re a frequent consideration given to students’ dramatireader of the Greater Park Hills News, or cally different needs. follow any of the Park Hill Neighborhood In Park Hill, these issues of inequity are social media pages, you may have seen this vividly apparent. Six elementary schools term pop up recently. But what is equity claim the Greater Park Hill neighborhood in education? Why is equity in education as home: Hallett Academy, Smith Elemena buzzword in our neighborhood? And tary, Stedman Elementary, Park Hill Elmore importantly, why should ementary, Odyssey School and this term matter to you? Roots Elementary (though Roots To begin, it’s best to define is set to close at the end of this acequity, and to clarify what it is ademic year). Park Hill Elemennot. Equity is not equality. Simtary enrolls the largest student ply put, equality means the same body, with 692 K-5 students for for all, while equity means the the 2018/19 school year. Hallett quality of being fair or just. The has 160 students, Smith has 293, graphic at right illustrates the Stedman has 236, Odyssey has difference. 156, and Roots 182. An adult woman’s bike isn’t What is striking is the differterribly practical for a small ence in socio-economic status of ERIN PIER child, a tall man, or a person the students that each of these with a physical impairment. neighborhood schools serve. Providing these people who have Within Park Hill Elementary’s different needs with the same bike may be 692 students, 14 percent qualify for Free or equal, but it isn’t exactly fair. When we look Reduced Priced Lunch (a common measure at equity, we consider the individual needs of poverty). By comparison 90 percent of of the bike riders, and ensure that the bike Hallett’s students qualify for FRL, along they are provided with is something that with 91 percent at Smith, 62 percent at Stedthey can actually ride. man, 29 percent at Odyssey, and 80 percent By this same logic, education is not a at Roots. “one size fits all” construct. Consider the While people experiencing poverty care educational needs of a student in the rural deeply about their children’s education, South and how they might vary from those and children from poverty are equally caof a student growing up in urban New York pable of learning, there is a great deal of City. From transportation to family access research showing that to equitably educate to resources, these students have different all kids we need to provide more resources needs. Take into account ethnicity, native for those who have less at home. language, parent education levels, socioFrom the increased need for physical economic status, disabilities, family supand mental health support, to access to port systems, etc., and it becomes obvious fewer material resources (in-home comthat all American students are not served puters, tutors, etc), the needs of students by providing “the same” supports. And experiencing poverty are not equal to their yet, current education policies continue wealthier peers. While the state and district Special to the GPHN

This graphic, created by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, depicts equality and equity as it relates to health and promoting fair and just opportunity for all. The concept can similarly be applied to education.

attempt to create equity by providing additional funding to schools based on FRL numbers, PTA fundraising in more affluent schools can often outpace those attempts at equity. In 2017, the Center for American Progress released a report regarding parental contributions to school finances. Using IRS filings, they determined that the nation’s 50 richest Parent-Teacher Associations raised and spent $43 million on what were already the nation’s most affluent schools. These funds are then used to supply already robust schools with more field trips, new technology, art and music instructors, librarians, and new supplies. In less affluent schools that often operate without PTAs, funding for these programs or resources likely comes from schools’ overall budgets, if at all. Last year, the Park Hill Elementary PTA was able to raise over $250,000, an amazing feat made possible through hard work and a dedicated parent community, but also directly related to the financial wellbeing of the community. Stedman’s PTA brought in approximately $60,000, while Smith and Hallett’s parent communities were still de-

veloping their PTAs. (Parent fundraising data for Odyssey and Roots was not available). Our neighborhood schools with the most financial need received more money from the district but, when taking into account PTA fundraising, actually ended up with less money overall than those with less need. These inequities have led to the development of Park Hill Neighbors for Equity in Education (PHNEE), a group of engaged parents and community members working to ensure that all students attending our neighborhood’s elementary schools receive a quality education. The more we can work together as a community to increase awareness of these inequities, the better able we will be to close the gaps and ensure that all children in Greater Park Hill have equitable opportunities to learn and grow. 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

improvement that’s way beyond the capabilities of average sellers and agents.

Selling direct to Colorado House Buyers who can take on that big project makes it more likely, that sellers will make out dollar-wise better than they would with an agent sale.

Selling your Park Hill house?

Maybe you shouldn’t call in a Realtor. We close quick and can save you money, too! When you’re finally ready to sell that older house, your first call should be to a Realtor, right? Maybe not! I’m Mark Krajewski with Colorado House Buyers and with my partner Adam McCanna we are on track to do 30 purchases of older Denver area homes this year, none of them involving a high sales commission to a real estate agent. The house Adam and I bought on Eudora Street in Park Hill was clearly a case where the seller’s first call should have been to our company, not to an agent. The two-story home has had the same owner for 56 years, with virtually NO updating done over that span. A realtor listed it for the sellers in the $700s, then saw contracts to prospective buyers fall apart three times over financing and inspection related issues. When we finally took a look at the property, we purchase it. We asked Mr. Robinson when he wanted to close and happily agreed to his terms.

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We can pay a little better when we know we’re turning 2,200 square feet into 3,200, meanwhile, sellers avoid the brain damage of a pending sale and the uncertainty of what will come up in a home inspection. Home inspectors will try to find everything that is wrong with your house. That is what they are paid to do. 40% off all houses being sold in Denver fall out of contract at some point during the selling process. We close on 100% of the properties we put under contract and pay cash. You get to pick the date when you want to close. We save homeowners a great deal of time by presenting solutions geared to their situations. Most of our clients have a specific reason they want to sell, and we can provide a few different options for them.

We enjoy working in historic neighborhoods like Park Hill and add architectural details to our houses

that match the current neighborhood.

Colorado House Buyers has 7 projects now underway in Park Hill and we have been working here for the past 3 years saving sellers thousands of dollars in that time. Current Projects underway in Park Hill:, 2541 Eudora St., 2690 Bellaire St., 6790 E 19th Ave., 2637 Fairfax St, 2695 Fairfax St., 2916 Birch St.

People don’t realize there are all of these other costs involved in selling an older house.

The most obvious expense is the seller’s commission at 6 percent, but then there are closing costs, inspection items, and any repairs that a good agent will recommend. This can add up to thousands of dollars. After an inspection turns up problems, buyers will often ask for a concession, averaging around 1 percent of a typical sale. That doesn’t count any costs of holding the property while it’s waiting to sell. Meanwhile, sellers and agents are rarely positioned to see the big picture of a home’s potential — if, say, an outmoded layout can be opened up, or space added. The Eudora house we purchased from Mr. Robinson is a good looker outside, but we have already gutted the interior. Scraps of its 1911-era wallpaper are hanging between the exposed studs. We pulled out a staircase to get a Bobcat into the 6-foot-high basement to raise it to 8 feet—a huge

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Marching With A Purpose On Jan. 21, thousands of Denverites turned out for the 35th annual marade (march and parade) to honor slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. on what would have been his 90th birthday. The crowd gathered at the MLK, Jr. memorial statue in City Park just west of Park Hill. Before the crowd marched the three miles

west up Colfax to the state capitol, numerous local dignitaries delivered speeches, including former state representative Wilma Webb, below, at microphone. “We’ve got a lot to celebrate,” said Webb, the marade’s founder. “But we’ve got a lot to work on.” Photos by Cara DeGette

Read Us. Follow Us. Advertise with Us. Support Free Press. For the past 12 years, the East High boys’ rugby team has shown up in force to the marade to honor MLK, Jr. and also pick up all of the trash that invariably makes its way to the ground along the route. This year about 40 teammates showed up. Head Coach Bill Baer and Steve Gore, the director of coaching at East, noted that the volunteer work is a great way to give back to the community while celebrating King ‘s legacy. Each year the young athletes collect the equivalent of about 20 garbage bags of trash. “Martin Luther King represents what we all strive for – diversity and equality,” said senior Jack Rocchio. Page 8

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The Lowry Speaker Series presents “The Historic Eisenhower Chapel: Past, Present and Future” on Tuesday, Feb. 5 beginning at 7 p.m. State Historian Tom Noel (aka “Dr. Colorado”) will keynote the lecture on the history and architecture of the Eisenhower Chapel, at 293 Roslyn St., which is where the event will be held. Admission is free; no tickets or reservations are necessary. Built in 1941, the Eisenhower Chapel is a rare surviving example of standard military-design frame chapel. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and was designated a Denver Landmark in 1982. Noel will talk about how the Chapel has been preserved to commemorate

President Dwight D. Eisenhower, and will recount important moments through related preservation and restoration efforts. For more information, call 303-344-0481.

Dollars and Classrooms

The League of Women Voters Denver will sponsor a timely presentation, “Understanding the Denver Public Schools Budget.” The event is Monday, Feb. 4 beginning at 5:30 p.m. at Montview Boulevard Presbyterian Church, 1980 Dahlia St. There is no cost, and no reservations are required. Tracie Rainey, the director of the Colorado School Finance Project, will present background on the complexity of school budgets and specifics on the workings of the budget of the largest school district in Colorado. Founded in 1995, the Colorado School Finance Project (CSFP) is a nonprofit whose mission is to compile, collect and distribute research-based, nonpartisan information and data on topics related to school finance for state and local policy makers.

Dialogue With The DA

The League of Women Voters Denver is hosting an informal conversation with Denver District Attorney Beth McCann on Tuesday, Feb. 12. The gathering begins at 5:30 p.m. at The Irish Snug, 1201

E. Colfax Ave. McCann is a former legislator representing Park Hill and was elected DA in 2017. Her goals in office are varied, but include improving the juvenile justice system, addressing the disproportionate incarceration of people of color and building trust between law enforcement and the community. Come for drinks and fun, and bring your questions. There is no charge to attend, and no reservations are required.

Making Sense Of It All

Colorado is simultaneously one of the youngest states and one of the fastest-aging states in the country. Metro Denver is reportedly among the highest-ranked cities among young professionals, contributing to the state having one of the fastest rates of growth in the nation. Millennials and baby boomers and changes in the race, ethnicity and household income disparity of our residents are all factors. Add to this swirling pot of population soup housing affordability, government revenue, job trends, transportation, accessibility to health care and education. To help sort through all the raw data and historical patterns, the League of Women Voters Denver has invited state Demographer Elizabeth Garner to help make sense of all the numbers and polls. Garner brings more than 25 years of experience analyzing population and economic trends. The event is Tuesday, Feb. 19 beginning at 5:30 p.m., at Montview Boulevard Presbyterian Church, 1980 Dahlia St. There is no cost, and no reservations are required.

Turn Books Into Bricks

The Habitat Interfaith Alliance is hosting its annual book sale from Sunday, Feb. 3 through Saturday, Feb. 9. The book sale is designed to turn thousands of donated new and gently used books into bricks, nails and drywall for the organization’s new home to be built this year. The book sale is open to the public and will be open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 2201 Dexter St. Items include current and best-selling books, CDs, DVDs and audio books. Most are priced at $4 or less. Questions? Visit the Habitat Interfaith Alliance website at

Kick It Into Gear

The Gardens of Hope Communities on Dahlia and 33rd Avenue is hosting a twoweek Workforce Development Course in February, and it’s free and open to everyone in the Park Hill community. Week 1 is Feb. 11-15 and includes help with resumes and cover letters, interview practice, skills for the workplace and job search skills. Week 2 runs from Feb. 18-22,

and includes the opportunity to work oneon-one with career counselors and submit job applications. Call or email to register: at 720-4713955 or at 617-631-0979.

Power Up Your Game

Boomers Leading Change presents “Power Up Your Game: Encore Career Strategizing,” a free two-hour workshop featuring four panelists specializing in career coaching and recruitment for baby boomers and 50-plus adults. The presentation is Thursday, Feb. 21 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Carla Madison Recreation Center, at 2401 E. Colfax Ave. To RSVP or for more information, email Shannon at or leave a message at 303-426-6637 ext. 5. The website is

Chicago: Biography of a City

Join the organization Active Minds for a presentation about the Windy City. The wide-ranging discussion begins with the

French explorers, missionaries, fur traders and Native Americans that inhabited the region in the early 1800s. The presentation will also cover the Great Chicago Fire, as well as the politics, crime, food, culture, and architecture of this fascinating city. The program is Tuesday, Feb. 5 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Jewish Community Center, 350 S Dahlia St. It is free, and RSVP is not required.

Urban Farm Pop-Up Market

Check out the pop-up market to benefit The Urban Farm! It’s on Saturday, Feb. 9, from 11a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Cube at Stapleton, 8371 Northfield Blvd. Swing by to pick up one or more of the following: • Hand-crafted Turkish kilims • Pillow covering • Jewelry • The Urban Farm logo items (aprons, Tshirts, hats, water bottles) • Fresh eggs (if our hens feel like laying some) • Champion Lincoln Sheep • Other surprises both Turkish and Colorado-ish!

On Feb. 19: Seeking Common Ground The subcommittee of the Greater Park Hill Community, Inc., Zoning Committee that has been studying a possible Conservation Overlay District in Park Hill is sponsoring a public meeting on Feb. 19, at Park Hill Congregational Church, 26th and Leyden. The meeting will run from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The purpose of the meeting is to present specific options for a possible Conservation Overlay District for review, and to answer questions and solicit recommendations. It is particularly important that neighbors in the study area (see cross streets below) try to attend. The subcommittee was formed out of the contentious proposal in 2016 to designate part of Park Hill a historic district. Due to the degree of contention, the city arranged for several opponents of historic designation to meet with proponents to seek possible common ground. This group ultimately found that they shared a concern about the impact on neighborhood diversity in Park Hill of home scrapes that replaced smaller homes with much larger and more expensive ones. The group decided to investigate whether a Conservation Overly District might help address that concern and was eventually designated a subcommittee of the GPHC zoning committee. A Conservation Overlay District is a zoning tool that allows a neighborhood to adopt neighborhood-specific zoning code additions (e.g., limitations on height

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or lot coverage) of the neighborhood’s choosing. In contrast to a historic district, there is no design review process or requirement of approval of exterior home modifications by the Landmark Commission. A Conservation Overlay District can also relax existing zoning limits so as, for example, to make the expansion of existing homes easier. For over a year, the subcommittee has been studying possible Conservation Overlay District changes for an area of Park Hill from Montview Boulevard to 26th Avenue, and from Colorado Boulevard to Dahlia Street. Most of the changes being reviewed have three primary goals: 1. To maintain the existing scale (height, bulk, size) of houses in the neighborhood; 2. To maintain the existing “grain” of the neighborhood (spacing between houses, and between houses and the street), so as to preserve sky exposure, solar access, rear garages and narrow driveways; and 3. To preserve existing homes rather than have them scraped, and in furtherance of that goal to make it easier to expand and add onto smaller homes on smaller lots. More specifics of these and other possible zoning changes may be reviewed in advance of the Feb 19 meeting, at www. Further information will be presented at the meeting.

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Signs of the Times For the third year, crowds gathered in Denver, as well as across the nation and globe on the third Saturday in January to mark the movement dedicated to the power and importance of women. In Denver this year, crowd estimates were at 80,000 based on aerial photos in relation to previous years’ attendance, said Angela Astle, one of the organizers. The event in downtown Denver included the march,

along with a rally and speakers. It was renamed the Womxn’s March to recognize non-binary identity designation. As they did the past two years, participants carried and waved signs and banners opposing Donald Trump, as well as promoted a wide range of other issues, including universal healthcare, social justice and civil rights. These are a few images from the day.

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City of Aurora Summer Camps I Various locations

Cleo Parker Robinson Dance I 119 Park Ave West

Colorado Rapids Youth Soccer Club | Various locations

Colorado School of Strings | 3112 Trenton St.

Commerce City Parks, Recreation & Golf I Commerce City Leap into summer with Commerce City Recreation! Full-day camps with swimming and field trips each week. Arts and crafts, games, team-building! State-licensed and low child to staff ratios. Registration opens 2/20. Cost: $130/week resident; $155/week non-residents. Ages: 6-10 and 11-15; 6060 E. Parkway Dr., Commerce City, 80022; 303-289-3789, c3gov. com/camp

CorePower Yoga I 7485 E. 29th Place

Creative Learning Preschool | 7505 E. 35th Ave.

Little campers meet their counselor at Korean Heritage Camp Opening Ceremony. Photo courtesy of Pam Sweetser

Fun In The Summer Sun 2019 Guide to Park Hill and Nearby Summer Camps

Art Garage | 6100 E 23rd Ave.

Art Students League of Denver | 200 Grant St.

Aurora Cultural Arts Theatre | Various Locations

Bikes Together Bike Camp I 2825 Fairfax St A two- week camp designed around all things bicycles, Bike Camp teaches your child to be a safe and responsible bike rider in an environment built on communication and teamwork. For more info and to sign up: bikecamp.bikestogetherorg; contact

Bladium Kids Camps I 2400 Central Park Blvd Campers experience a variety of games,

activities, and guest entertainers like magicians and animal educators. Camps run throughout the Summer and activities include Dodgeball, Soccer, Flag Football, Capture the Flag, Camp Games, Line Tag, and Inflatable Fun Zone among many others. Ages 4-14. 4-year-olds must turn age 5 by 10/15/2019. For more info and to sign up contact, 303-320-3033 or visit

Bluff Lake I 3400 Havana Way At our weekly outdoor camps, kids ages 6-13 enjoy nature exploration, creek play, hands-on science activities, animal encounters, games, and crafts! Junior Counselors (ages 12-15) experience all the fun of camp, while gaining valuable leadership experience. Small group sizes and family feel let every camper be curious, active, and appreciated! Contact 303-587-1437

DAVA Summer ART Program | Downtown Aurora

Denver Botanic Gardens Camps I 1007 York St.

Denver Dumb Friends League Camps | Denver

Denver Museum of Nature and Science | 2001 Colorado Blvd.

Butterfly Pavilion | Westminster

Ceramics in the City I 5214 E. Colfax

Cheyenne Fencing and Pentathlon | 5818 E. Colfax

Dance Institute Summer Camp | 4601 Quebec St.

Denver Parks and Rec | Various Locations

Denver School of the Arts | Montview and Quebec

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Montessori Children’s House of Denver I Mayfair, Park Hill, Stapleton locations Our 2 week sessions include 4 fun themes: Diggin’ Dinos, June 3 - June 14; Earth Day Everyday, June 17- June 28; Camping and the Great Outdoors, July 1- July 12; Water, Water Everywhere, July 15 - July 26. For more information, contact directorofadmissions@mchdenver. org or visit

Musical and Theater Summer Camps | Stapleton neighborhoodmusicstapleton. com

School of the Poetic City I 2015 Glenarm Bikes Together bike camp. File photo

Denver Zoo I 2300 Steele St When school is out, Safari Camps are in! Denver Zoo Safari Camps connect kids with animals through exploration, up-close animal experiences, engineering challenges, nature play, and more! Summer Safari for pre-K through 8th grade camps runs June 3 – Aug. 9. Register now. https://

Four Mile Historic Park Camps I 715 S. Forest St.

Heritage Camps for Adoptive Families I Various locations Nine unique summer camps for fami¬lies who have adopted internationally and domestically. The camps provide cultural activities and a supportive environment for adoptees of all ages (3 years and above) and their families. Camps are held in different locations in Colorado on various dates throughout summer. To register, 303-3204234 or

Johnson & Wales I Montview & Quebec

Kathy’s Kamp Summer Enrichment Camp I Northeast Denver

LYNX Camp I University of Colorado Denver Campus The LYNX National Arts and Media Camps are summer immersion programs for high school students interested in music, filmmaking & visual arts. Contact, 303-315-7468 or visit

Urban Art Camp, June 10–14: visit downtown art all morning, make art all afternoon; Animation Lab, June 17–21: make cartoons with stop action, cel, rotoscope; Animation Master Class, June 24–28: take your skills to the next level 720-323-4884

Sewall Child Development Center I Various locations Sewall preschool and school-age (ages 2.5-8) camps take kids outside to explore a garden, discover basic science, play in parks, enjoy water play, build things, enjoy music and movement, and read… just a few summer adventures we offer to learn & grow. Updates at

Soccer Electric | City Park

Stanley British Primary School I Lowry Summer at Stanley is a child-centered, experiential day camp program for kids ages 5-14. In seven sessions, full or half days June-July, campers participate in activities where they can explore, create, discover and problem solve. Let your child uncover anything from art, adventures and archery to Hogwarts, MythBusters and STEM., 303-360-0803

Stapleton Tennis Academy | McAuliffe International School

Spree Summer Camps | Denver

Summer in the Parks and Summer Day Camps | City of Denver

The Hills Church | Park Hill

Urban Farm at Stapleton I 10200 Smith Road Ages 5-18: We offer 2 types of camps, Full Day Urban Ag and Ranch camp geared toward Young Farmers, ages 6-12 and Youth Farmer Leaders, ages 13-15, as well as Half and Full Day Equine options for 8-18 yo. Register at or call 303-307-9332 for more info.

Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum | Lowry * Note: Camps with descriptions denote organizations who are paid advertisers to the Greater Park Hill News Camp Directory.

International School of Denver I Lowry Every week at ISDenver, your child will explore the world while moving their body, expanding their mind, developing new skills, and forming new friendships. From language immersion (Spanish, French, or Chinese) to STEM to athletics, our camps have something for every camper. Visit for more information or contact

Jewish Community Center I 350 S. Dahlia St. Teambuilding exercise at LYNX Camp. File photo

Urban Ag and Ranch Camp. Photo courtesy of The Urban Farm

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Every week, your child will explore the world while moving their body, expanding their mind, developing new skills, and forming new friendships. From language immersion to STEM to athletics, ISDenver Summer Camps has something for every camper. New camp options are offered each week, giving you the flexibility to pick and choose the camps that work best for your summer plans. Whether you pick one camp or pick them all, your child will thrive in a safe and supportive learning environment at the International School of Denver.



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ON THE TL | BOOK REVIEWS Editor’s Note: Eight months a year, the head librarians for Park Hill’s two Denver Public libraries contribute short book reviews. Pauline Robinson Librarian Leslie Williams and Park Hill branch Librarian Tara Bannon Williamson tackle books from local and Colorado authors, as well as top reads. If you have a book to suggest for review, email By Tara Bannon Williamson Park Hill Librarian

Conflict is part of our everyday lives. Except in rare cases, most of us have not been taught how to effectively transform conflict and benefit from these high-emotion interactions. None of us can avoid conflict entirely, no matter how hard we try. What would happen if we stopped running from it, and instead turned our pursuit into one of understanding and compassionate LESLIE & TARA knowledge? The Park Hill Branch Library is hosting a series of programs in collaboration with The Conflict Center to provide opportunities to practice, get more comfortable being uncomfortable and hone our ability to talk to one another when it matters most.

Why Won’t You Apologize?: Healing Big Betrayals and Everyday Hurts by Harriet Lerner, Ph. D. Are you surprised that there is a whole book about the short phrase, “I’m sorry”? If you’ve ever really needed an apology or struggle to give one, probably not. Renowned psychologist Harrier Lerner, PhD offers moving stories and tested theory on healing broken connections and restoring trust. If you’re an over-apologizer, she covers that too. Check out the 2018 selection for Conflict Resolution Month in Colorado selected because it is a book that enhances

problem-solving skills and inspires dialogue.

Forgiving Others, Forgiving Ourselves: Understanding & Healing our Emotional Wounds by Myra Warren Isenhart, PhD & Michael Spangle, PhD.

Active Minds presents: New Orleans: Biography of a City | Saturday, Feb. 2, 11 a.m.

What does it even really mean to forgive someone? Can you really forgive and forget? Are there things that shouldn’t be forgiven? In families, workplaces, and in communities, forgiveness is a key concept worth pondering. Colorado Author Myra Warren Isenhart delves into the disciplines of communication, psychology, counseling and theology to present a compelling case for forgiveness as a way to heal our community.

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Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone by Brene Brown When try to maintain relationships by avoiding conflict confrontation. When conflict is avoided, we miss out on learning more about what is important to each other and deepen the conflict which generates resentment. In her usual amazing and wise way, Brene Brown cuts to the heart of the issue and instills the confidence and willingness to try a different way.


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As we note the Tri-Centennial of the founding of New Orleans last year, join Active Minds for a virtual visit to this iconic place. Often referred to as the most unique city in America, New Orleans is famous for its cuisine, French Creole influence, jazz music, and of course Mardi Gras. Join Active Minds to explore the colorful history, culture and people of the Big Easy, including the unique challenges of living in a coastal city where nearly half the land is below sea level. Bring your colored beads and your jazz trumpet. Special note: Following the program, please join us for New Orleans influenced refreshments catered by Monica Kadillak.


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Tech Help Appointments | Mondays and 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 720865-0290 to schedule an appointment for Monday or Tuesday.


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Preschool Storytime | Wednesdays, Feb. 6, 13, 20, 27, 10:30 a.m.

Stories, songs, rhymes and fun for 3-5 year olds and their parents or caregivers. eBooks Made Easy | Thursday, Feb. 17, 2 p.m.

Learn how to access library eBooks, audiobooks and video with your library card. Bring your own smartphone, tablet, or laptop, or explore the eBooks website using a library computer. The Pauline Robinson Book Club | Saturday, Feb. 23, noon

This month’s selection: Everything’s Trash But It’s Okay by Phoebe Robinson. Drop-ins are welcome.

Park Hill Branch

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

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

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

Stories, songs, rhymes and fun for toddlers ages 18-36 months and their caregivers. Bollywood Dance for Families with Deepali | Friday, February 1, 4:30 p.m.

Deepali, born and brought up in India, has been dancing for as long as she can remember. Deepali likes to call herself a storyteller, using the media of dance, drama and film to tell a story. Ideal for ages 6 and up—accompanied by an adult. Magic Club | Monday, February 4, 4:30 p.m.

Do you already play Magic: the Gathering, or are you interested in learning? Stop by two afternoons a month to play and meet other teens. Ideal for ages 10-17. *No Gathering Monday, February 18. Origami for Seniors | Tuesday, February 5, 4 p.m.

Benefit from the tranquil art of paper folding and take away some beautiful items you’ve created from single sheets of paper.

Equity in Schools: We PHNEEd to Talk | Wednesday, February 6, 6:30 p.m.

Park Hill Neighbors for Equity in Education (PHNEE) invites you to a discussion of how to use stakeholder power to improve equity in schools. Add your voice to this series of conversations about diversity, equity, and inclusion in education. Hogwarts Spells and Potions Magic Show | Thursday, February 7, 4:30 p.m.

Celebrate Harry Potter Book Night with Professor Elstun Ravenclaw’s Spells and Potions Magic Show. Ideal for ages 6 to 11 - accompanied by an adult. No Strings Attached Book Chat I Saturday, Feb. 9, 11 a.m.

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Read whatever you want and attend whenever you can. Share a recent read, an old favorite, or anything in between. Conversation for the Ages: Community I Saturday, Feb. 9, 2:30 p.m.

What do we owe to each other? How do we talk about what matters most? Engage in one or all of our monthly discussions using classic and contemporary texts as springboards for talking about pressing issues. Play and Explore | Monday, Feb. 11, 10 a.m.

Play with us! Family members and caregivers are a child’s first playmates and teachers. Engage your child in play activities that can help build creativity, coordination, and problem solving, strengthen muscles, increase social skills and encourage early earning. Ideal for ages 12 months to 5 years - accompanied by an adult. Health Navigation | Tuesday, Feb. 12, 4 p.m.

Participate in an interactive discussion led by Ellen Keckler, Patient Navigator for Boomers Leading Change, around the social determinants of health and how they impact the access and utilization of health care and health related services. Teen Advisory Board (TAB) I Tuesdays, Feb. 12 & 26, 6 p.m.

Join the Park Hill TAB. Help plan events and projects, talk about your favorite books, music, movies and make your opinion count. Plus snacks. Ideal for ages 13-18. Laughter Yoga | Wednesday, Feb., 6:30 p.m.

Enjoy playful laughter exercises interspersed with gentle breathing and stretching. During this joyful practice, you’ll strengthen the immune system, increase tolerance to pain and combat the negative effects of stress. Simple, fun and accessible to people of all fitness levels. eBooks Made Easy | Saturday, Feb. 16, 10:30 a.m.

Learn how to access library eBooks, audiobooks and video with your library card. Bring your own smartphone, tablet, or laptop, or explore the eBooks website using a library computer. The Conflict Center Presents Community in Conversation I Saturday, Feb. 16, 2:30 p.m.

Are your neighbors “solving issues” via Nextdoor or Facebook Groups? Do you feel uncomfortable addressing concerns with our neighbors? From everyday issues, like lawn maintenance or dog walking, to larger community concerns, how do we have conversations in our neighborhood that address conflict and disagreement in positive ways? Explore tools from affective statements to understanding your “conflict motivations” in order to effectively address issues and strengthen relationships with your neighbors. Kids’ Book Club | Tuesday, Feb. 19, 3:30 p.m.

Book: Dragon Masters #1: Rise of the Earth Dragon by Tracey West. Activity: Make an Earth dragon and get a dragon master necklace. Ideal for ages 6 to 9. Underground Comedy Club: Janae Burris I Thursday, Feb. 21, 7 p.m.

Laugh with Janae Burris, 2016 Comedy Works New Faces Champ and one third of Denver comedy trio Pussy Bros, in our underground, after hours comedy club. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. 18 and over only due to adult content. Break Up With Your Car | Saturday, Feb. 23, 2:30 p.m.

Discover the benefits and freedom of carlite living in Denver. Explore shared mobility options, public transit, and walking. Yes, you can buy groceries and still go to the mountains. The Ski Troops of World War II I Wednesday, Feb. 27, 6:30 p.m.

Retired Colonel Tom Duhs, co-author of the book Sempre Avanti: Always Forward, talks about the only Mountain Division the United States military ever had, beginning with the training at Camp Hale Colorado and Camp Swift Texas, and ending with their triumphant campaign as they pushed the German Army out of Italy. Explore Your Family History I Wednesday, March 6, 6:30pm

Discover how to trace your family history. Learn the tricks of the trade as James Jeffrey from the Western History and Genealogy Department guides you through the process.

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February 2019

Story and photos by Reid Neureiter Special to the GPHN

Last season, Arapahoe Basin ski area opened 468 total acres of expert hike-to terrain on its northwest-facing slopes. This 2018-19 ski season, a four-person ski lift makes 339 acres of the new area, called “The Beavers,” accessible to the resort skiers not equipped for a hike back to the ski area base. The total expansion increases ABasin’s terrain by almost 30 percent. Together, The Beavers and “The Steep Gullies” – an expert-focused area that still requires a hike – consists of 34 new runs for what the ski area calls ability levels “from intermediate through expert.” But intermediate skiers beware. This is steep and difficult skiing. Even the intermediate runs, designated by a blue square, have a sign at the top warning that these pistes represent the most challenging intermediate-designated runs at Arapahoe Basin. As they say, anywhere else it would have been a black diamond. The Beavers area consists of open bowls at the top, transitioning to steep, gladed runs, along with the two intermediate groomed trails. The Park Hill mother and daughter team of Nora and Darcy Neureiter of Leyden Street explored The Beavers tree runs for the first time on Jan. 5. (Full disclosure: Nora is the author and photographer’s wife, and Darcy is his daughter.) The excellent snow and steep, challenging, gladed terrain made for an exhilarating outing. Nora Neureiter described her first experience with The Beavers as “thrilling and unique.” Because of its north-facing aspect, this new terrain is likely to retain its snow for longer and in better condition than the ski area’s south-facing and more open Montezuma Bowl. There is an added benefit to this new terrain as well. Because of the difficult nature of the runs, the chairlift out of The Beavers which tops out at 12,472 feet above sea level, is likely to remain uncrowded, even on the busiest ski

Intermediate Skiers Beware Arapahoe Basin’s New Terrain Has A Lift … But It’s Steep weekends. The Neureiter women were able to ski directly onto The Beavers lift even on a busy Saturday during the winter school break. According to the Ski Area’s website, the 129 acres of hike-out terrain of The Steep Gullies, constitute “the most challenging skiing at Arapahoe Basin. These steep, narrow chutes vary in pitch and width, and will be rated as ‘extreme’ (double-black diamond).” The run-out at the bottom of the Steep Gullies is not served by any lift,

meaning all skiers using that terrain will be required to hike or ski back to the bottom of the historic two-person Pallavicini Lift at A-Basin’s base area. The hike takes between 20 and 30 minutes—a physical challenge for even the fittest skier. A-Basin’s expansion has made national news in the ski press, getting a 10-page feature review in the January/February issue of Ski Magazine. That article described the Beavers as “perfect treeless bowls that serve up fresh pow on a wide, glittering apron”

and the author called the newly-opened slopes, “the best Colorado terrain I have skied in recent memory.” Arapahoe Basin is 72 miles from Park Hill, just west of Loveland Pass on US Highway 6. The ski area is advertising a three-day lift pass deal for $189, or a single day ticket for a $105 – a relative bargain compared to Vail’s walk-up price of $209 per lift ticket.

Top of page: Darcy Neureiter takes on a steep slope at Arapahoe Basin’s Montezuma Bowl on Jan 5. Left: Park Hill resident Nora Neureiter explores the newly-opened gladed terrain of the Beavers area at Arapahoe Basin Ski Area. Right: Nora Neureiter enters the new liftserved Beavers terrain in this Jan. 5 photo. U.S. Highway 6 can be seen hundreds of feet below.

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Frozen Out

Denver East high school students cheer on East senior defender Christian Backes (#9) in the Angels’ Jan. 18 home game against Fort Collins at Big Bear Ice Arena in Denver. No. 8-ranked East lost a hard-fought match against No. 4-ranked Fort Collins, 3 goals to 5. East’s Ice Hockey team is comprised of players from a number of DPS schools, including Denver School of the Arts, Denver South, DSST Stapleton, Thomas Jefferson and Denver Virtual Academy. Photo by Reid Neureiter

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 Sierra Fleenor. The GPHC office is at 2823 Fairfax St., and Fleenor’s office hours are MondayThursday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. She can be reached at 303-388-0918 or email

• Board Chair Tracey MacDermott: • Secretary and Zoning/Property Use Chair Bernadette Kelly • Treasurer Bob Homiak • District 1 Rep LaMone Noles • District 2 Rep Ryan T. Hunter • District 3 Rep Heather Shockey • District 4 Rep Kevin Wiegand • District 5 Rep Blair Taylor • District 6 Rep James King • District 7 Rep Jon Bowman • District 8 Nam Henderson • District 9 Stephanie Ceccato • District 10 Colette Carey • At-Large Keith Brown • At-Large Christine Caruso • At-Large Jeanette Fedele • At-Large Nancy Francis • At-Large Justin Petaccio • At-Large Louis Plachowski: • At-Large Rebecca Rogers • Community Safety Chair Geneva Goldsby • Education Chair Lynn Kalinauskas • Fundraising Chair Lana Cordes • Health and Human Services Chair Keith Brown • Human Relations Chair Beth Bean • Public Information Chair Melissa Davis:

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

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What’s In Store At GPHC, Inc. Thanks To You, We’ll Be Ready For Anything This Year By Amelia Eckles Admin. Asst., GPHC

One month down, 11 more to go… We have so much in store for this year and hope you’ll consider joining us for all that we have planned. Be on the lookout for upcoming gardenrelated sustainability events and volunteer opportunities. Until then, we’re staying focused on all that it takes to keep our food programs up and running. As the school year continues, so does the Weekend Food Program. This service exists to help fill in nutritional gaps for students at the Boys and Girls Club, Park Hill Elementary and Roots Elementary by providing these students with food for the weekend. This wouldn’t be possible without the ongoing support of volunteers who sort, pack bags, and deliver them to schools throughout the neighborhood. The neighborhood’s help provides food for nearly 100 students each weekend during the school year. Thank you for continuing to invest in the health of students in our community. Here at the office, not a day goes by without someone stopping by to drop off donations of canned goods, fresh food, toiletries, and everything else in between. This seemingly never ending flow of generosity allows us to do so much. Thank you for entrusting us with the work of sharing the abundance with those in need – and for your direct support to make it happen. The donations that we receive from individuals, families, churches, schools, and businesses in the neighborhood directly support our Food Pantry. Our office is staffed by two part-time employees, and so we rely on our trusted volunteers to help us sort each and every physical donation that comes through our doors. To those of you


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who show up week after week to get food to those who need it most, you have our deepest gratitude. Our Food Pantry clients are so thankful that the requests we make each month for specific items are met by your generous donations. Thank you for reading, and for answering the call month after month. This month, to continue to model our pantry based on clients’ choice, we’re asking specifically for donations of the following items: fresh and frozen meat, produce, prepared meals, and bread; coffee, sugar, flour, hearty packaged meals and soups, canned meat, canned fruit, carrots, home cleaning supplies, plastic wrap, foil, ladles, large spoons, spatulas, sponges, etc. Think of all the items you need in your kitchen to store and prepare food—we’re trying to supply clients with these items in February and March. We also make donation requests on behalf of the Weekend Food Program. This month we would be grateful to receive individually packaged snack foods like granola bars (without nuts, preferably), fruit snacks, cookies, crackers, and cheese crackers. Donations for the Food Pantry or Weekend Food Program can be brought to our office at 2823 Fairfax during our office hours Monday - Thursday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. If you’re unable to stop by while we’re open, both Cake Crumbs and the Park Hill Branch Library have donation bins available as well. In addition to food-related donations, we gratefully accept monetary donations. If you are interested in giving in this way, reach out to us! Call us during office hours at 303-388-0918 or check out our website: Still have questions? Want to know more about us? We’d love to hear from you.

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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)

Bison Keep It Cool During The Government Shutdown

Colorado Bison resting during a snowstorm at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge on Dec. 31. Public access to the Wildlife Refuge, six miles north of Park Hill, remained open during the monthlong federal government shutdown, although the Refuge visitor center was closed. The Refuge website explained that “where public access to refuge lands does not require the presence of a federal employee or contractor, activities on refuge lands will be allowed to continue on the same terms as before the appropriations lapse.” But the website noted that “[a]ny entry onto Refuge System property during this period of federal government shutdown is at the visitor’s sole risk.” Photo by Reid Neureiter

PARK HILL VET | DR. Kelly McGuire, DVM

Rooting Out Dental Disease Time To Flip Your Pet’s Lip, And Take A Look At What’s Underneath

“But he’s still eating!” To fully assess the mouth and its strucThis is the most common response I hear tures, including teeth, our animal patient when I talk about dental disease in pets. must be under anesthesia, with an endoLets’ think about this. You have a tracheal tube to protect its airway Labrador Retriever. He has eaten and provide oxygen and anesthetic. anything and everything since he The teeth are scaled and polished was eight weeks old, including dog above and below the gumline. The food, socks, underwear, motorgums are probed, just like your cycle gloves, small children’s toys, dentist does, to assess the pocketsqueaker toys, mulch, and even ing around teeth. Full mouth denpoop. How much pain would it take tal radiographs are taken to assess to make that goofball Lab stop eatperiodontal disease, evaluate bone ing? The answer is, a lot of pain. loss, look for tooth resorption, DR. KELLY Unfortunately for cats or dogs to check for any missing teeth, assess MCGUIRE stop eating, they need to be in severe endodontic (root disease), and even and constant pain. When it comes look for evidence of oral cancers. to choosing between eating, even if painful, Then any problems found can typically and starving, most pets be addressed the same opt to keep eating. day. This could include According to the How much pain would extractions, shortening American Veterinary teeth, removing excess it take to make that Medical Association, 80 gum, removing masses, percent of dogs and 70 goofball Lab stop eating? and even root canals. For percent of cats will exour patients, extractions hibit some stage of gum are usually surgical exdisease or periodontal tractions, meaning that disease by two years of age. This makes the gum is flapped back like your quilt dental issues the most common problem on the bed in the morning, the tooth secthat a veterinarian sees for any adult pet. tioned into pieces, bone removed that is And that’s just gum disease! There’s also holding the tooth in place, then the tooth fractured teeth, malocclusions (jaw and/ is removed, the bone smoothed, and gum or teeth misaligned), missing teeth, tooth sutured to cover the open socket. While resorption, auto immune disease, oral canthis may seem like a lot, it is important to cers, and more. remember that our only goal in veterinary The good news is that veterinary dentistdentistry is a pain free mouth. ry can do much to treat and manage dental For more information about veterinary conditions. The bad news: it is incredibly dentistry, flip your pet’s lip with your vetdifficult to get a good and thorough assesserinarian. You can learn more by checking ment with a patient who is awake. out these links: What is a “dental” for a cat or dog? In the • simplest terms, it’s a cleaning of the teeth. • But a full veterinary dental cleaning and dental_care_guidelines.aspx assessment is much more: it is what your Dr. Kelly McGuire is an associate veterinarhuman dentist would call a deep cleaning ian at Park Hill Veterinary Medical Center or perio cleaning – not just the scale and at 2255 Oneida St. and an avid veterinary polish done by the dental hygienist. And, dental geek. For more information, visit you would be under mild sedation because it’s very uncomfortable.

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

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A Positive Path for Spiritual Living

Honoring ALL Paths and ALL People 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:

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Art Garage

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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.

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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.

2823 Fairfax St.,, 303-388-0918 The GPHC neighborhood association generally holds its monthly meetings on the first Thursdays of the month. The meetings are free and open to all. The next community meeting is Thursday, Feb. 7, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the GPHC, Inc. office at 2823 Fairfax St. The March meeting is Thursday, March. 7, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

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 NEPHC hosts its monthly meet-

Speci�ic solutions for our neighborhood concerns

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

Greater Park Hill Community, Inc.

Family Friendly • Tuesday Family Night: Kids Eat Free! • Daily Happy Hour: Tue.- Fri. 4-6 PM, Sat. 1-4 PM, Sun. 1-6 PM

ing at 6 p.m. on the second Thursdays of the month at the Dahlia Campus for Health and Well-Being at 3401 Eudora St.

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 9:30 a.m. There is no charge for practice.

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.

Submit your neighborhood events and resources to Deadlines are the 15th of the month, for the following month’s issue.

Academic Excellence Global Citizenship K-8 Language Immersion

A Denver Public School

Denver Language School Your Passport to the World Join us for a tour! Check website for dates

Bus stops in Park Hill & Stapleton Whiteman Campus (K-3) 303-557-0852 Gilpin Campus (4-8) 303-777-0544

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