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All the News About Denver’s Best Residential Community Since 1961 • Volume 57, Issue No. 2 • February 2018

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Women’s March Denver 2018

INSIDE THIS ISSUE Colorado Legislature Steps On The Gas

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The Best Line Of Defense Against Blistering Heat

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Images From the Marade: Honoring MLK, Jr.

PAGE 12 PAGE 14 Crowds estimated at 50,000 up to 150,000 crammed Civic Center Park downtown on Jan. 20 for an encore to last year’s Women’s March on Denver. As they did last year, people of all ages, races and genders gathered in solidarity, capping what has been a tumultuous ride since Donald Trump was elected president in 2016. Handmade signs conveyed a myriad of messages and emotions, from repugnance and loathing to hope and optimism that women will win in 2018. Check out pages 8 and 9 for more images from the day. Photo by Reid Neureiter

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Warm Up With A Good Book In February

UPCOMING GPHC MEETINGS Thursday, February 1 and Thursday, March 1, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at 2823 Fairfax St. All are welcome to attend.

TALK OF THE NEIGHBORHOOD COMPILED BY CARA DEGETTE, EDITOR, GPHN

The following is a synopsis of what was discussed during the Jan. 4 Greater Park Hill Community, Inc. monthly meeting. See “Upcoming GPHC Meetings” above for information about community meetings in February and March.

Fairfax Pocket Park Update Left: East High junior guard Kwame Marble dribbles up-court against a Lakewood defender.; Right: GW shooting guard and small forward Devon Jones dribbles the ball up-court against Regis Jesuit.

HOOPS RIVALRY

Season Promises Renewed Sparks Between Patriots and Angels Story and photos by Reid Neureiter Special to the GPHN

The boys basketball teams of East and George Washington high schools have a long and historic rivalry. Denver East has nine Colorado state basketball titles, the latest coming in 2014 when the Angels were led by two-time Colorado Mr. Basketball, Dominque Collier. Collier is currently in his senior year playing point guard for the University of Colorado Buffalos in Boulder. George Washington, for its part, owns five Colorado state boys championship titles. And GW was the home to Colorado’s greatest schoolboy baller, Chauncey Billups. Billups, known as the “King of Park Hill,” was a three-time Colorado Mr. Basketball

who went on to star for the University of Colorado, where he was an All-American. Billups then played 17 seasons in the NBA, including for the Boston Celtics, the Denver Nuggets and the Detroit Pistons. With the Pistons, Billups won an NBA Championship and he was named NBA Finals MVP. It was Billups who, way back in 1994, led the George Washington Patriots to their last Colorado state title. Last season, both East and George Washington had highly ranked teams headed into the 2017 state playoffs. George Washington beat East in a thrilling 99 to 96 regular season finale at Manual High’s Thunderdome, claiming the Denver Public Schools city title for the second year in a row. George Washington ended the season continued on page 11

Greater Park Hill Community, Inc. board member Kevin Wiegand provided an update on progress related to a pocket park for the former Xcel Energy substation land on the west side of Fairfax between 28th and 29th avenues. The City Parks & Recreation department obtained the land from Xcel and originally planned a park at the site. However, the developer of the block-long residential and commercial project across the street has proposed a land swap with the city. City officials, including city Councilman Chris Herndon and Parks Director Scott Gilmore, have worked privately with the developer on the proposal to build the park inside the development project. In exchange, the developer would take ownership of the Xcel property for a future development. Herndon and Gilmore have said they support the land-swap idea (see the November issue of GPHN, at greaterparkhill.org for additional details on the plan). However, nearby residents and members of the GPHC board have held a series of public meetings and developed a plan to privately fund and build the park in its original location at the site of the former Xcel substation. In his presentation, Wiegand said he and other volunteers fliered homes within a ¼-mile radius of the park location seeking input on the plan. He described the park as being safe and welcoming to all neighbors.

The group has held three community meetings in recent months, drawing between 30-50 people. People have voiced a desire for several amenities, he said, including picnic areas, children’s play areas, a flower garden, a shade structure, green space, food trucks, a mural and other public art, and a water feature. “One of the goals is inclusion,” Wiegand said. “We want the park to be welcoming to everyone.” The brick wall that currently surrounds the property would be largely removed for safety, save for the wall against the alley to mitigate noise from the properties to the west of the proposed park. Wiegand said he and other organizers plan to reach out to Councilman Herndon and the city’s parks and recreation department with hopes of moving forward with a meeting. (Note: the city is planning a separate meeting on this issue on Thursday, Feb. 22, at Stedman Elementary School from 5:30-7:30 p.m. See page 6 for additional details.)

Radon Testing Update

Patricia Iwasaki of the group Taking Neighborhood Health to Heart provided an update on the environmental justice campaign on radon testing that was launched last year. Neighborhoods include Park Hill, Stapleton, Montclair, and East Aurora. Radon is an odorless and tasteless gas that is found in 1 of 9 homes in Colorado and can cause lung cancer. Iwasaki urged people to have their homes tested for radon, which is free and takes about 30 minutes. If 
radon is above acceptable levels, there is funding for mitigation
systems for those who qualify via Denver Urban Renewal Authority. If you are interested in having your home tested, contact david.pfotenhauer@colorado.edu. continued on page 2


LETTER TO THE EDITOR To the Editor:

these projects, read Olympic Ambitions, Developers’ Wishes Trump Human Health Before renowned urban planner John in Most Toxic U.S. Zip Code (Huffington Prosser died in November, he described his Post, September 2017). pain at witnessing the decimation of Denver’s tree canopies - the “lungs of our city Michele Swenson, Park Hill in the semi-desert ecosystem.” He decried the city’s practice of “clear-cut logging” at Hentzell Park, Globeville Landing Park, City Park Golf Course, and next, at Park Hill Golf Course. An outrageous 2010 City Council decision granted complete control over Denver’s parks to one person - the Mayor (through his political appointee, Manager of Denver Parks & Recreation). The city’s secrecy around the stormwater drainage project across north Denver is exacerbated by its refusal to reveal more than 7,400 document pages about the project The current view of City Park Golf Course, at 23rd Avenue to plaintiffs of a lawsuit to probetween Colorado Boulevard and York Street. A chain tect City Park Golf Course. (See link fence has been erected around the entire golf course, City Officials Fight for Secrecy in which will be closed for at least 18 months. Workers spent Lawsuit Over Stormwater Projmuch of January chopping down nearly 200 mature trees ect, Alan Prendergast, Westword, for the stormwater detention project. Photo by Cara DeMay 26, 2017.) Gette For a broader background of

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• In November GPHC distributed 327 Thanksgiving meals to neighborhood families. • The final tally included 300 turkeys, nine turkey breasts, 161 frozen pies, 200 fresh rolls, 515 pounds of fresh vegetables and about 4,735 cans, boxes, and packets. • Collectively, 110 volunteers donated 276 hours in a two-week period. • More than 65 individuals and organizations made donations to support the work of GPHC.

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• In November, 76 households and 252 individuals were served by the pantry (in addition to Thanksgiving). • In December, 63 households and 192 individuals were served. (Fleenor noted that the year before, GPHC served 36 households and 99 individuals – which marks a whopping 75 percent increase in the number of families receiving food from the pantry from December, 2016 to December, 2017.) • In 2017, an average of 50 households per month received food via the GPHC pantry.

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• More than 220 students received food for weekends, when school is not in session. Participating schools and organizations include the Boys and Girls Club, Roots, Smith, and Park Hill elementaries.

Certified Green Status

In 2017, GPHC received Certified Green Business Status from the Denver Department of Environmental Health. Fleenor highlighted a few notable achievements related to sustainability efforts in Park Hill: • GPHC is 100 percent powered by wind. • The organization sponsored several stormwater quality forums. • Recycled paper is used for printing needs. • Park Hill Home Tour & Street Fair qualified as a Certifiably Green Denver event in 2017. • The organization offered seven garden, compost, and sustainability workshops in 2017. • GPHC offers free farm stands to keep fresh food from ending up in landfill. Plans for 2018

• Focus on bees: Bee Careful Campaign; beekeeping workshops with Vine Street Farms • Rain gardens and water conservation with CU Boulder’s Community • Engagement, Design and Research Center • Radon testing kits and educational forum with Taking Neighborhood Health to Heart • Eating sustainably and affordably workshops with We Don’t Waste

The Greater Park Hill News is published by Greater Park Hill Community, Inc. (GPHC) on the 1st of each month. Greater Park Hill Community, Inc. makes no warranties and assumes no responsibility for the accuracy of the information contained herein. The opinions expressed in articles are not necessarily the opinions of GPHC. GPHC does not necessarily endorse the companies, products or services advertised in The Greater Park Hill News unless specifically stated. GPHC reserves the right to run any advertisement. Circulation is 14,000 and is distributed in the Park Hill Area by neighborhood volunteers. The Greater Park Hill Community, Inc., is a volunteerbased registered neighborhood organization that: promotes the character and vibrancy of Park Hill; provides resources, information and advocacy; and preserves quality of life and the history of the neighborhood through community participation.

This newspaper is made possible through the support of our advertisers and members. If you are not already a member, please consider joining the Greater Park Hill Community, Inc. See page 17 for more details.

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Here we go again. voiced support of a statewide general sales As the second session of the 71st Colotax increase – again, viewed as a regressive rado General Assembly began on Jan. 10, approach. Both approaches by the Govspeculation over what would be among the ernor and the Speaker appear to involve key issues of the session ended. Typically pledging revenues to support bonding for the speeches of legislative leadership and long-term funding. the Governor highlight the parties’ In contrast, Republican Senate respective agendas for the session. President Kevin Grantham, who They did so again this year, and originally joined with the Speaker just as the key issues came into foand proposed referring a measure cus, what was not at all clear was to the public for a sales tax increase if and how those issues would be solution last session, now appears resolved. to prefer pledging $300 million of Election year politics and the inexisting state revenues as a fundfluence of the allegations of sexual ing source. Fellow Republicans misconduct against four legislators PENFIELD W. Sen. Chris Holbert and Rep. Patas detailed in my prior columns rick Neville joined Grantham to TATE III have visibly impacted legislators’ vocally share opposition to any tax relationships and behavior. There increase, insisting instead that exwere calls for the resignation of one acisting state revenues be the funding source. cused legislator and threats of a resolution In addition to the split on how to fund calling for his expulsion. Then came opentransportation, a substantive rift exists ing day protests against on what to fund. Generally sexual harassment, new speaking, Republicans favor legislative policies addressonly highway and road coning workplace harassment, Neighboring states have struction with an emphasis and the hiring of an outside better transportation on Northern Colorado and investigator, who starts this other rural areas of the state. month. All of these set the infrastructure than we Democrats have insisted session’s tone. do, and that is a long- that mass transit and other And there’s the increase alternatives will have to be in the budget of anywhere term recipe for disaster. part of any successful solufrom $196 million to $340 tion. million due to growth, the Finally, segments of the changed treatment in the hospital provider business community are discussing an fee, and changes in the recently passed fedinitiated measure to the public promoteral bill have altered approaches to probing a tax increase to support bonding for lems. road construction, emphasizing Interstate 70 west. On a side note, keep an eye on RepubIn my view the Building and Construclican efforts to change the budget writtion Trade Unions who do most of the ing process to weaken the role of the Joint work on transportation projects and the Budget Committee. The current budget aplarge contractors, along with women and proval system has been around for decades, minority owned construction firms, need and puts enormous power in the hands of to set aside their differences and weigh in six legislators who comprise the Joint Budand work together with legislators on a get Committee. There are pros and cons to solution. New road and mass transit conchanging the current system. struction will create thousands of new jobs When I served in the legislature I was and solve a problem that could derail our honored to serve on the JBC and in my State’s economy if left unsolved. view, the current system of requiring conNeighboring states have better transporsensus forces tough decisions to be made tation infrastructure than we do, and that by both parties. It is no coincidence that is a long-term recipe for disaster. every year Colorado has a balanced budget passed on time. That does not and has not Roofs over our head occurred in every state. Affordable housing was prominent in Split on transportation the opening day speech of the Speaker, as Transportation funding was on the lips well as the Governor’s State of the State. Alof any who spoke publicly on key issues. though the Governor conveyed an interest However the divergent and competing apin expanding the affordable housing tax proaches raise real doubt about the likelicredit program, few other specific solutions hood of compromise. were offered. The Governor seemed to hint at an inAffordable housing is an issue throughcrease in the state’s gas tax – a tax that out the state that is not keeping pace with many view as regressive and most impactthe rate of growth and development and ing those on the lower ends of the income is more particularly acute in rural Coloscale. Speaker Crisanta Duran (D-Denver) rado. Look for this issue to gain attention as the session moves forward and for the introduction of a variety of innovative approaches to address the problem.

Paying for PERA Funding support for the Public Employees Retirement Association (PERA), the approximately $44 billion retirement plan for state employees, judges and K-12 teachers, was prominent in the State of the State speech as well as in the opening remarks of the Speaker and the President. After years of the legislature failing to fully fund the actuarial requirements of PERA, the fund is believed to be only 58 percent funded resulting in a reported $23 billion shortfall. I think the situation is further exacerbated partly due to changes in federal law as a result of the financial crisis of 2008 and 2009 and the resulting banking and insurance abuses revealed. As federal laws changed the measures for determining the adequacy of funding of retirement plans, more government recontinued on page 16 The Greater Park Hill News

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EARTH MATTERS | Tracey MacDermott

The Best Line Of Defense Against Blistering Heat Keeping Our Cool With Green Roofs And Park Breezes

In November, Denver voters passed the Roof Initiative is one of the many possible Green Roof Initiative by a vote of 54.3 persolutions. cent to 45.7 percent. Heat Can’t Escape The initiative – a citizen led effort – requires that new buildings over 25, 000 sq. Denver has the third worst Urban Heat ft. dedicate a percentage of their Island Effect (UHIE) in the counroof to green, vegetative space. try. The city on average is five deThe goal is to assist in reducing grees hotter than surrounding urban heat, stormwater runoff areas. and improving biodiversity for The UHIE refers to higher teminsects and birds. peratures and air pollution in urAnalysis shows that extreme ban areas caused by structures. heat events are increasing across When land surface and natural the United States due to climate vegetation are reduced, cities lose change. In Colorado, heat-wave the ability for heat to escape. Condays are expected to occur five crete and buildings trap heat and times more than they currently add to the warming effect. do, jumping from 10 days per As the heat increases citizens year to 50 by 2050. crank up the air conditioning, TRACEY In the report “1001 Blistering which then releases more heat MACDERMOTT Future Summers” published on into the air. That further contribAug. 1, 2014 by the journal Cliutes to air pollution and reduces mate Central, by the year 2100 air quality. There is a direct relationship summers in Denver could be 10.9 degrees between the UHIE and heat-related illness Fahrenheit hotter than and deaths. Each passing they are today. year the brown cloud seems In a report released last to get a bit worse and the viWhen cities are June by the Rocky Mouncious cycle continues. tain Climate Organiza- covered in concrete and Urban areas are also tion, the City and County drier than rural areas due of Denver’s Department structures the ability for to lack of green space and of Environmental Health heat to escape and to impervious areas. More noted that Denver will the sun’s energy is ababsorb rainfall is lost. of experience much more sorbed at the surface, which extreme heat. Heat-relatthen raises air temperature ed illnesses cause more versus evapotranspiration deaths than any other (the word “evapotranspiration” refers to a natural disaster. cooling process of water uptake and loss by Clearly the outlook for Denver is hot and plants). dry. As a city we will need to have innovaAs plants transpire they produce a cooltive and creative approaches to reduce our ing effect. When cities are covered in conimpact on climate change and the ability crete and structures the ability for heat to to bring the temperature down. The Green escape and to absorb rainfall is lost. Due to

impervious surfaces our drainage systems cannot handle severe storms – which are also often the result of global warming. Additional causes of the heat island in addition to air conditioning are cars and the obstruction of airflow by the built up surfaces.

lates over cities can cause more frequent precipitation events. Increased rain over cities can help clean the air of pollutants and provides cooling but also will lead to flooding due to lack of pervious surfaces. 4) Parks sequester carbon and other pollutants trapped by urban heat. Trees and vegetation act as a pollutant sink. Project EverGreen has shown that within one year an acre of trees can absorb enough carbon dioxide to equal the amount produced by driving a car 11,000 miles. Trees also remove other pollutants.

Plants help cool the air The American Planning Association (APA) executive summary regarding the UHIE notes four key factors in reducing the heath island effect.

The APA’s conclusion states that wellvegetated parks help reduce the amount of pollutants, increase positive benefits to human health, and mitigate climate change. Denver needs to implement policies within our neighborhoods that increase park space, expand the green roof initiative and create a walkable city. As citizens, we need to demand it.

1) Parks are the first and best line of defense. Well-vegetated parks in a variety of forms and sizes mitigate the impact. Increasing vegetation in cites by creating and expanding parks and open space will counter the effect by cooling the air. 2) Parks enhance local wind patterns in cities through the park breeze. Parks may act as microscale “non-urban areas” by creating a circulation known as the “park breeze.” New York City has recently made an investment in two large waterfront parks that may enhance the urban breeze. 3) Parks mitigate local precipitation anomalies amplified by the UHIE. Warmer air and higher concentrations of particu-

Tracey MacDermott is chair of the board of Greater Park Hill Community, Inc. Active in the Registered Neighborhood Organization for many years, MacDermott was the 2012 recipient of the Dr. J. Carlton Babbs Award for Community Service. She was trained as a Climate Reality Leader in 2017.

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COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS Fairfax Park Meeting Feb. 22

Denver Parks & Recreation is holding a community meeting on Feb. 22 to discuss plans for the future park on Fairfax Street between 28th and 29th avenues. The proposed park has been considered for the former Xcel substation on the west side of the street, as well as on the east side of the street in the middle of the Park Hill Commons residential and commercial development project. The park has been the topic of past meetings, including several sponsored by Greater Park Hill Community, Inc., and one sponsored by city Councilman Chris Herndon. The Feb. 22 meeting is from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Stedman Elementary School, 2940 Dexter St.

Looking For Good Homes

Greater Park Hill Community, Inc. is looking for several homes to feature in the 2018 Home Tour in September. The Home Tour is the largest annual fundraiser supporting the programs of the Registered Neighborhood Organization. This year the long-standing community Home Tour tradition turns 40. Organizers hope to showcase the great diversity of the neighborhood and its architecture – from mansions on the parkway, to modest mid-centuries brought back to life, to homes with really cool art collections or other interesting details. If you would like to nominate your home for the Home Tour – or a friend or neighbor’s home for consideration, email organizer Lana Cordes at lana@denversweethome. com for a rundown of all details.

City Park Needs Your Input

An open house is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 1 at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science to review the work of the City Park Master Plan Update and to offer recommendations, concerns, and ideas. The forum is hosted by the Denver Department of Parks and Recreation and will run from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The master plan update (updated from 2001) will be finalized in March, so it is imperative that the public’s opinions and concerns be registered NOW. A few ideas to consider: What do you care about in City Park? What are your concerns? What would you like to see changed and what would you like to stay the same? Issues to be considered could range from parking needs to plans to beautify the area near Duck Lake, to proposed ice cream stores inside the Bible House and the Elephant House. If you can’t attend the open house on Feb. 1, you can leave comments at denvergov.org/content/denvergov/ en/denver-parks-and-recreation/planning/ park-facility-projects/city-park-masterplan.html

Meet Malcolm X In February

Born Malcolm Little in 1925, Malcolm X was a Black Muslim minister and National Spokesman for the Nation of Islam. Colorado Humanities presents this living history program as part of its 2018 Black History Live Tour. Malcolm X is portrayed by Chautauqua scholar Charles Everett Pace, who will appear in character at several locations in the Denver Metro area February 22-27. After rising from an early life of drug abuse and petty criminal behavior, Malcolm X became an internation-

ally recognized, revered, and controversial spokesman for the cause of universal human rights. Malcolm X will appear on Feb. 22 at the Community College of Aurora, in the Fine Arts Building, 16000 Center Tech Parkway, at 6 p.m. He will also appear at 11 a.m. at Metropolitan State University on Feb. 27 in room #329 at the Tivoli, 890 Auraria Pkwy. Visit coloradohumanities. org for additional dates and more info.

Get Free Trees

The deadline to apply for free and reduced cost trees through The Park People’s Denver Digs Trees program is Feb. 15. All residents of Denver are eligible to apply for trees, and people may request as many trees as they have space for. The tree distribution and sale is on Earth Day weekend, April 21 and 22. All street trees are free. Yard trees are just $10 for those who live in the targeted Denver neighborhoods, which are selected based on their low tree coverage, and $35 for homeowners in the remaining areas of the city. “Treeships” for free yard trees are available to those experiencing financial hardship. To complete an application or for more information, text ‘TREE’ to 797979, visit TheParkPeople.org, or call 303-722-6262 for a paper application.

age 38. He will also discuss the Colorado Symphony’s unique business model and its day-to-day workings. The event is from 7-8:30 p.m. at Bishop Machebeuf High School, 458 Uinta Way. Admission is free; no tickets or reservations are necessary. For more information, call Karen House at (303) 757-7658.

Science And Art At DAVA

The 18th annual Aurora Art Educators show is on exhibit at the Downtown Aurora Visual Arts (DAVA) through March 16. The exhibit features the professional artworks of art educators, some of whom were inspired by the 2018 DAVA theme: crossovers between art and science. The exhibit was coordinated by Deborah Nolasco, art teacher at Boston K-8, and gives the opportunity to teachers to get together around their personal artwork and interests. The exhibit is free and open to the public from 10 am to 5 pm, Monday to Friday or by appointment. DAVA is at 1405 Florence St., one block south of Colfax Avenue in the Aurora Cultural Arts District. For more information email gallery@davarts.org or call DAVA at 303-367-5886..

An Evening with Brett Mitchell

The Lowry Speaker Series presents “An Evening with Brett Mitchell, Music Director of the Colorado Symphony” on Tuesday, Feb. 27. Mitchell will discuss his fascinating journey from growing up in Seattle in the ‘90s—where the primary musical topic of conversation were grunge groups like Nirvana and Pearl Jam—to his appointment as music director of a major symphony orchestra at

Origins of the Blues Saturday, Feb. 3 Join Active Minds for a look at the early days of the blues, from its roots in African American oral tradition to its rise as a mainstream American musical style. The event is from 2-3 p.m. at the Central Library, 10 W 14th Ave. Pkwy. It is free, and RSVP is not required.

Up And Coming Argentina Tuesday, Feb. 6 Once one of the wealthiest countries in the world, Argentina suffered economic disruption and political instability after the Great Depression that lasted into the early 21st century. Recently the economy is growing and they are on a path toward international integration under the leadership of President Mauricio Macri. The program is from 10-11 a.m. at the Jewish Community Center, 350 S. Dahlia St. It is free, and RSVP is not required.

Olympics In South Korea Thursday, Feb. 8 This winter’s Olympic Games will be held in PyeongChang, South Korea and set against a backdrop of political concern in the area. The Olympics have always played an important role in international politics. The games provide a stage for international cooperation and peaceful competition, as well as international conflict and confrontation. Join Active Minds to explore the rich history of the Olympic Games. The program is from 1:30-2:30 p.m. It is free; RSVP at 720-865-0600.

Boomers and Millennials Unite On Feb. 20

Colorado is simultaneously the 6th youngest state and the 3rd fastest aging state in the country. Metro Denver is reportedly among the top five ranked cities for Millennials. In addition, Colorado has one of the fastest rates of growth in the nation. Throw in housing affordability, job trends, transportation, accessibility to health care, education, and it may feel like we’re living in a huge kettle of murky soup being stirred by a construction crane. To help sort through all these trends and their impact on quality of life in Denver today and in the future, on Tuesday, Feb. 20 the League of Women Voters Denver presents a briefing: Boomers and Millennials – Intergenerational Forces in Metro Denver. State Demographer Elizabeth Garner and Jayla Sanchez-Warren, the director of the Area Agency on Aging, will be onhand to help make sense of the trends. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. at Montview Boulevard Presbyterian Church, 1980 Dahlia St. It is free and open to the public.

Active Minds Events In February

The Music of Frank Sinatra

Get Your Hands Dirty

It may be cold outside, but dreams of getting dirty are on the horizon. Join The Urban Farm’s Master Gardener Evelyn Alton for tips on planting small-space gardens that will be the envy of your neighbors. Classes run mid-February through June and range in topics from Seed to Plant, Maximizing Garden Space, Companion Planting, Organic Gardening, Amending the Soil, Treating and Dealing With Pests and All About Tomatoes. Classes are $20 per person, and all are held at not-for-profit The Urban Farm at 10200 Smith Road. Visit theurbanfarm.org for more and to register.

The Future Of Park Hill Golf Course

A community meeting is scheduled for Saturday, March 10 to discuss the future of the Park Hill Golf Course land. The 155-acre land parcel stretches from Colorado Boulevard at 35th Avenue northeast to Interstate 70. It is owned by the Clayton Trust. The lease with the golf course operator could terminate on Dec. 31, 2018, leaving the future of the land in question. Mark your calendar to weigh in with your ideas and opinions. The meeting will be at the Park Hill Congregational Church, 2600 Leyden St., beginning at 1 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 8 Call him Ol’ Blue Eyes or The Chairman of the Board, but it’s safe to say there will never be anyone else like Frank Sinatra. America’s great pop singer has been gone now for almost 20 years. In this Active Minds program, we’ll dig into his huge song bag and hear once again those inimitable vocal stylings. The program is from 6:45-7:45 p.m. at the Sam Gary Library, 2961 Roslyn St. Cost is free; RSVP not reaquired.

North Korea Then & Now Thursday, Feb. 22 Tensions between North Korea, the United States, and much of the East Asian region continue to escalate without any clear path for resolution. The dynastic leadership of the Kim family will be discussed, as well as the country’s ongoing development of nuclear weapons. The program is from 6:457:45 p.m. at Sam Gary Library, 2961 Roslyn St. It is free; RSVP is not required.

Muhammad Ali: The Greatest Tuesday, Feb. 27 Born Cassius Clay, Muhammad Ali was widely regarded as one of the most accomplished and controversial sports figures of the 20th century. Join Active Minds to review the life and legacy of the man often called simply “The Greatest.” The program is from 5-6 p.m. at the Tattered Cover, 2526 E. Colfax. It is free; info at 303-322-7727.

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EDUCATION UPDATE | Lynn Kalinauskas

The Challenges Ahead New DPS Board Member Jennifer Bacon On Rating Schools, Teachers, Being Inclusive, Solving Problems

In November, Denver voters elected four Jennifer Bacon: Being a candidate is a members to the seven-member Denver unique experience. The hardest part was Public Schools Board of Education. Two of being able to maintain my sense of self and them – Carrie Olson and Jennifer Bacon who I am for voters amidst all the voices, – represent districts within the borders of even in support of me. That was why it was Park Hill and its schools. important to me to be present in as many Last month, we featured an inplaces as I could so people could terview with Olson. (That interhear through the political rhetoview can be read online at greaterric and hear my direct voice. The parkhill.org.) This month, we turn biggest takeaway, though, is how to Bacon to hear more about her important it is to hear from our thoughts on education and DPS. neighbors, parents, and students Bacon now represents District directly. I prioritized knocking on 4, which includes the area of Park doors throughout the campaign. In Hill north of Montview Boulevard. the end I was able to tell their stoWith 42 percent of the vote, Bacon ries as our stories, as well as build LYNN beat incumbent Rachele Espiritu a sense of vision for our schools (who received 33 percent of the KALINAUSKAS from exactly those who should be vote), and candidate Tay Anderson creating it. I will continue to knock (who received 25 percent). on doors and meet my neighbors where After working as a teacher through Teach they are at to gain their insight into how for America from 2004 to 2006, Bacon we should run our schools. The journey earned a law degree. Her career has weaved also helped me determine my mission and its way through many education and civil helped my prioritize my values. My mission rights organizations, including the Center is to be a steward for my constituents. I will on Education policy, Legal Counsel for confront the inequities of educational acthe Elderly, Denver School of Science and cess that have disenfranchised and divided Technology, Teach for America, and Padres our communities. My values are to increase y Jóvenes Unidos. voices through meaningful involvement; Currently, Bacon is the Colorado Regionto conduct careful and complete analysis; al Director of Leadership for Educational to be transparent and accountable; and to Equity, an organization that supports TFA find successful solutions that reflect our alumni to work for education equity. constituency. Jennifer Bacon can be reached at JenniGPHN: How do you think the changing fer_Bacon@dpsk12.org. demographics in Denver and Park Hill are Greater Park Hill News: Looking back at going to affect schooling in the area? the campaign, what takeaways do you have about the journey? continued on page 15

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Hoops, continued from page 1 as State 5A runner up, losing 5347 to an Eaglecrest squad that had knocked East out in the playoff quarterfinals. This 2017-2018 season promises renewed sparks in the historic rivalry. According to East’s legendary head coach, Rudy Cary, the reason for the Patriots’ resurgence is simple. “They’ve got a good group of kids who came in, and [GW Coach] Reggie [Hammons] has done a great job with them,” said Cary just minutes before the Angels took on an overmatched Lakewood squad at East’s home gym on Jan. 8. Cary has nine state titles to his name (six with the Angels) and is the state 5A career leader in wins (approaching 800). He was blunt about the Patriots’ overall strength this year. “They are a better team than we are at this point.” This comment comes despite the early season rankings from the MaxPreps organization that put East as No. 5 in the Colorado 5A classification, with GW being ranked ninth. Asked to name the leaders of East’s 2018 Angel’s squad, Cary identified senior guard Daylen Kountz and junior guard Kwane Marble. Kountz will follow fellow Angel Collier to play college ball in Boulder, having made a verbal commitment to CU in September. In the seemingly effortless 80-68 East victory over Lakewood, Kountz had 27 points to lead the Angels, while Marble had 17 on 5 of 13 shooting. But beyond Kountz and Marble, East lacks depth. Kountz and Marble were the only Angels in double figures. George Washington, for its part, lacks neither depth, nor range, nor height. In a Jan. 10 away victory against fourth-ranked Regis Jesuit, George Washington had five players in double figures, including senior shooting guard Devon Jones, who shot five of seven from three-point range, scoring 17 points overall. As a team, the Patriots shot 52 percent from three-point range, tallying 12 threes over the course of a 79-69 victory that they led from start to finish, in the face of a spirited Regis home crowd. George Washington also had the benefit of big man D’Auntray Pierce, a 6’7” senior captain who was named Player of the Game against Regis for his contribution of 10 points, six rebounds and three blocks. By contrast, East has no starter taller than the 6’4” Kountz. GW Assistant Principal and Athletic Director Kevin Maguire extended credit for George Washington’s recent success to Coach Hammons. “Bringing in a quality coach like Reggie Hammons, who played for George Washing-

ton, has made all the difference,” said McGuire. The principal also credited Hammons for instilling a sense of unselfishness in the GW squad, describing the Patriots as a “complete team” with “everyone contributing.” George Washington and East will conclude their regular seasons with a rivalry game at the Manual High School Thunderdome on Feb. 17. Both teams are well equipped to go deep into the state playoffs. Above: Senior point guard/shooting guard Jon’ll Fugett fights for a rebound in GW’s big win over Regis Jesuit.; Below: Legendary East coach Rudy Cary oversees warm-ups before East’s Jan. 8 victory over Lakewood. ; Bottom: GW Coach Reginald Hammons Jr. instructs players during timeout during game against 4th ranked Regis Jesuit.

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Art Garage | 6100 E 23rd Ave.

Monday-Friday camps for children ages 3-12. Plus teen workshops. Ceramics, drawing, painting, collage, mixed-media and more. Go to artgaragedenver.com for details and to register.

Art Students League of Denver | 200 Grant St.

Ceramics, drawing, painting, mixed media, sculpture. Morning and afternoon camps available. Prices vary. 303-778-6990, asld.org

Aurora Cultural Arts Theatre | Various Locations

Ages 4-18. Children and teen acting camps. For details and schedules, aurorafox.org, 303-739-6520

Bikes Together Bike Camp | 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.bikestogether.org; contact mackenzie@bikestogether.org

Bladium Kids Camps | 2400 Central Park Blvd.

Highly active camps; full or half-days. Lunch/snacks included. For details and to sign up: 303-320-3033, denverkids@bladium.com, bladiumdenver.com/youth-kids/ kids-camps

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Fun In The Summer Sun 2018 Guide to Park Hill and Nearby Summer Camps

Bluff Lake | 3400 Havana Way

Bluff Lake Nature Center Summer Camp runs weekly half- and full-day outdoor nature camps for 6-11 year olds. Through a blend of nature exploration, hands-on science lessons, games, crafts, and unstructured free-play, campers are inspired to better understand and enjoy the outdoors. Details and sign-up at www.blufflake.org

Butterfly Pavilion | Westminster

Day and weeklong programing ages 5-10. For details, schedules and pricing: butterflies.org

Ceramics in the City I 5214 E. Colfax

Ages 6 & up. Glass Fusing, Clay, Pottery, Canvas, Mixing Media, and more. Monday–Thursday mornings. Students learn new techniques that will strengthen creativity and confidence. For pricing and details: www.ceramicsinthecity.com, 303200-0461

Cheyenne Fencing and Pentathlon | 5818 E. Colfax

Pentathlon training and sword play for ages 5-18. Learn the skills and rules of fencing and competing against your peers in fencing bouts. Learn to play hard, respect others, focus on the task at hand and build your self-esteem. Summer camps June through August. For more information, visit coloradofencing.com

City of Aurora Summer Camps I Various locations

Ages 3-14. Various programs. For details: auroragov.org/recreation, 303-326-8560

Cleo Parker Robinson Dance I 119 Park Ave West

One Spirit/Many Voices Summer Camp with Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Academy provides kids with a cultural passport to experience the wonder of art and culture from instructors from around the world. Hip Hop, Capoeira, Celtic, Folklorico, and East Indian styles. For info and to sign up: isdi@cleoparkerdance.org, 303-295-1759, ext. 17, cleoparkerdance.org/academy/

Colorado Rapids Youth Soccer Club | Various

Camps for players of all abilities ages 5-18, June to August. Skills development from beginning fundamentals to elite player evolution. In Stapleton, Lowry or Dick’s Sporting Goods Park. Schedule, info and pricing at rapidsyouthsoccer.org, 303-3995858

Colorado School of Strings | 3112 Trenton St.

Various camps June through August, including Disney Music, Youth Orchestra Camp, Introduction to Strings Camp. For more information and to register: coloradoschoolofstrings.com, Kelly Benson, 720420-5000.

Commerce City Parks & Recreation I 6060 E. Parkway Dr.

Ages 6-15. A variety of activities including arts and crafts, games, team-building activities, swimming, field trips and more. Low child-to-staff ratios. State-licensed; CCAP-approved. For more, 303-289-3659, c3gov.com/camp

CorePower Yoga I 7485 E. 29th Place

Ages 5-10. Yoga basics and breath, movement, concentration, meditation. For schedules, details and pricing: 303-3777444, stapleton@corepoweryoga.com

Creative Learning Preschool | 7505 E. 35th Ave.

Gym time, music, crafts, outside play, mealtime. Ages 1-6. 303-377-8855, creativelearningdenver.com

Dance Institute Summer Camp | 4601 Quebec St.

Ages 4 and up. Full and half-day camps available June, July and August. Summer intermediate and advance dance intensives for teens and pre-teens. www.DanceInstituteDenver.com

DAVA Summer ART Program | Downtown Aurora

Ages 7-17, Monday-Friday at 1410 Florence St. Ceramic, pottery, sculpture, drawing, painting, printmaking. For schedule and details: davarts.org

Denver Botanic Gardens Camps I 1007 York St.

Ages 6-12. Grow your mind, plant a new friend and dig into the gardens with weeklong day camps. 720-865-3580, catalog. botanicgardens.org, registrar@botanicgardens.org

Denver Dumb Friends League Camps | Denver

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work with variety of pets at the shelter. Various dates. 303-751-5772, ddfl.org/ youth-camps/

Denver Museum of Nature and Science | 2001 Colorado Blvd.

Camps include science activities, crafts, games, and a chance to see IMAX and Planetarium shows. Info: dmns.org/summercamps or 303-370-6000.

Denver Parks and Rec | Various Locations

Arts/crafts, active games/sports, aquatics, field trips, special events for children and teens. For details, locations, pricing: denvergov.org, community.rec@denvergov.org.

Denver School of the Arts | Montview and Quebec

Grades 3-12. Theatre, vocal music, musical theatre, sewing/costume construction, dance, visual arts, percussion, jazz, creative writing. For details and to sign up: dsa. dpsk12.org

Denver Zoo | 2300 Steele St.

Summer weeklong day camps for ages pre-K through 8th grade. Campers participate in hands-on activities, zoo exploration, animal encounters, crafts, games, stories and more. Scholarships available. Registration at denverzoo. org. Info: 720-337-1408

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

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prices, other info and to sign up: 720-8650814, fourmilepark.org/summer-day-camp

Heritage Camps for Adoptive Families | 2052 Elm St.

11 different summer camps for families who have adopted internationally and domestically. The camps provide cultural activities and a supportive environment for the adoptive family, ages 3-18 and parents. Camps are held in different locations in Colorado on various dates throughout summer. To register, 303-320-4234 or heritagecamps.org

International School of Denver I Lowry

Language camps from June-August in English, French, Mandarin and Spanish. Other options include LEGO Engineering, circus, STEM, TetraBrazil Soccer, Drones, movie making and adventure camps in Estes Park. 206 Red Cross Way. For details: dmischool.com

Jewish Community Center I 350 S. Dahlia St.

Day camps, sleepaway camps, sports camps and weeklong themed camps. jccdenver.org, 303-316-6307

Johnson & Wales I Park Hill

Numerous camps offered: Full and half-day culinary camps include “Kitchen Basics,” “Baking & Pastry,” “European Cuisine” and “Asian Cuisine. Exploration Camps include “Coding Camp,” “Eco Discovery Camp,” and more. Athletic camps include lacrosse, basketball and soccer. Visit the camps page at http://bit.ly/jwucamps or call 303-256-9462, 303-256-9569, email denvercamps@jwu.edu.

Kathy’s Kamp Summer Enrichment Camp I Northeast Denver

Affordable childcare option for working parents. Sports, outdoor activities, cooking classes, reading education, arts & crafts, swimming, etc. Run by Families Forward Resource Center, Z-Place. CCAP accepted and fundraisers available to help parents raise money for camp fees. familiesforwardrc.org, 303-307-0718

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 and the arts. Website: cam.ucdenver.edu/ SummerCamps Email: lynxcamp@ucdenver.edu Phone: 303-556-5604

Musical and Theater Summer Camps | Stapleton

Various programs. neighborhoodmusicstapleton.com, 720-378-3668

School of the Poetic City | LoDo

Camps for children 5 to 15 promote ideas through contemporary art practices, exploration of the city, and art making. Camps are based at St. Andrews Church, 2015 Glenarm Place. schoolofthepoeticcity.com

Soccer Electric | City Park and Sie Film Center

Soccer and a Movie camp. Go to soccer-

electric.com for more information and to register.

Stapleton Tennis Academy | McAuliffe International School

Tennis camps for kids ages 8-14, all levels of experience. All camps are run and supervised by a USPTR Certified Tennis Instructor. Weeklong camps run Monday through Friday in June and July. For more info and to sign up: stapletontennisacademy.com

Summer at Stanley | 350 Quebec St.

For students ages 5-14. Seven sessions June-July. Options ranging from science to art to sports and swimming, fly fishing to the world of Harry Potter. For schedule, details and pricing, 303-360-0803 x192, www.stanleybps.org

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

For kids grades 1-5. 11-week outdoor and educational programs. The Greenway Foundation. greenwayfoundation.org/ summercamp, 303-743-9720 ext. 910

Comprehensive recreational programming: arts/crafts, active games, sports, aquatics, field trips and special events. See the variety of camps and opportunities by entering “summer camps” at denvergov. org, or call community recreation at 720865-0840, community.rec@denvergov.org.

Summer at Sewall | Congress Park

The Hills Church | Park Hill

Spree Summer Camps | Denver

Children 4-8 years old of all abilities. A new sensory garden for nature-based play and exploration includes plants selected for smells and textures. Summer@Sewall is at 940 Fillmore St. info@sewallchild.org, phone 303-399-1800, website: sewall.org

Mega Sports Camp is a soccer and basketball camp for kids entering kindergarten through 5th grade. The camp is in July at Stedman Elementary. Details at thehillsdenver.com/mega-sports

Urban Farm at Stapleton | 10200 Smith Road

The Urban Farm will offer three summer camps in 2018: Equestrian Camps; Storybook Farm and Farm & Ranch Camp. All are designed with curriculum based upon our five Character Strengths: Respect, Responsibility, Grit, Caring and Curiosity. Details, schedule and pricing: theurbanfarm.org or call 303.307.9332.

Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum | Lowry

Ages 8-12. Fun activities related to aviation; build planes, rockets and use flight simulators. www.wingsmuseum.org

Left: Summer@Sewall, in Congress Park neighborhood, includes a creative play-based program. Outside is a .3-acre Sensory Garden. Credit: Lorenzo Dawkins/ImJustAnArtist. com Above: Summer@Sewall is in a historic renovated facility and includes new playgrounds for children to learn about plants and explore smells, touch, trails, and a nature-based play environment. Credit: Lorenzo Dawkins/ImJustAnArtist.com

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Warm Up With A Good Book In February Let The Winter Of Reading Ignite Your Mind By Tara Bannon Williamson Librarian, Park Hill Branch

According to the Pew Research Center, at least one out of every four adults who can read didn’t read a book last year. Librarians are always standing by to help someone find a book that fits your mood and interests. Even if you haven’t finished a book in over a decade, we can find at least one that can delight and/or inspire you. Whatever your reading obstacle, we have a solution we would love to share with you. To further incentivize reading and connect our community to all that the library has to offer, Denver Public Library is offering the Winter of Reading program again this year. The fun starts on Feb. 1 and goes through March 31. You can pick up your brochure at any of the Denver Public Library locations, including the Bookmobile. Winter of Reading is open to everyone 18 and over. Those under 18 will get their chance for events and prizes this summer with our annual Summer of Adventure program. Participation is free and open to everyone – whether or not they have a library card. Participants receive a brochure with 12 library activities on it. By just completing five or more activities, they earn a prize, a mug – or new for 2018, a pint glass. Those who complete their brochure and return it to their library are also entered in a drawing for a fantastic collection of prizes from the Tattered Cover. Each library location will select a winner for this valuable reward.

Short Books For Busy People River of Teeth by Sarah Gailey (175 pages)

In this action-packed alternative history novella, feral hippopotamuses threaten the Louisiana marshlands and a crew of likeable and snarky characters are called in to save the day. The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman (181 pages)

Exploring the mystical nature of memory and how our early experiences shape the adults we become, the masterful author of American Gods creates a bittersweet and haunting atmosphere that propels the novel. Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston (207 pages)

Beautifully written, this complex and moving novel is set in central and south-

ern Florida in the early 20th century, and is regarded as a seminal work in both African American literature and women’s literature. Born Standing Up: A Comic’s Life by Steve Martin (209 pages)

This candid and humorous memoir by comedy legend Steve Martin includes anecdotes from his first job selling guidebooks at Disneyland, his early magic and comedy act, and his years paying his dues in the comedy scene.

as email, social networking, word processing and eMedia. Call the library at 720865-0290 to schedule an appointment for Monday or Tuesday. Preschool Storytime | Wednesdays, Feb. 7, 14, 21, 28, 10:30 a.m.

Stories, songs, rhymes and fun for 3-5 year olds and their parents or caregivers. Sankofa Storytime | Thursday, Feb. 8, 5:30 - 7 p.m.

The word Sankofa comes from the Akan people of Ghana. It means, “to go back and get it.” One of the Adinkra symbols for Sankofa depicts a mythical bird flying forward with its head turned backward. Our Sankofa Storytime brings the African American tradition of storytelling to life. A collaboration of local artists, authors, community organizations and local librarians Sankofa celebrates families, children, stories and the arts. The Pauline Robinson Book Club | Saturday, Feb. 24, noon

This month’s selection: Swing Time by Zadie Smith. Drop-ins are welcome.

Random Acts of Kindness Week | Sunday - Saturday, Feb. 18-24

Come in and make things. Share them around the neighborhood and in your home.

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

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

Stories, songs, rhymes and fun for babies ages 0-18 months and their caregivers. Play and social time immediately follow the program. After the Quake: Stories by Haruki Murakami (147 pages)

Murakami is widely regarded as one of the finest living authors today for his breathtakingly haunting and lyrical writing. These stories focus on the aftermath of the terrible Kobe earthquake of 1995 and have been described as “richly mysterious and emotionally prismatic” by Booklist Magazine.

Pauline Robinson Branch Events Winter of Reading | Feb. 1 - March 31

It’s a reading program for adults. Come in and pick up a brochure. Complete five activities and get a mug or pint glass. 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

June 4-July 27, 2018: -Weekly half- and full-day camps available -Day camps for ages 5-8 -Specialty camps for 3rd-8th graders

-Early- & after-hours care

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

Stories, songs, rhymes and fun for toddlers ages 18-36 months and their caregivers. Hip-Hop Dance | Friday, Feb. 2, 2 p.m.

Join Ian from Bboy Factory Dance Studio for a class teaching Hip-Hop dance including agility, rhythm, and coordination. Ideal for ages 6 through 11. Ukuleles: Easy to Play, Easy to Love | Saturdays, Feb. 3 and Feb. 10, 2:30 p.m.

Learn to read standard sheet music and ukulele tablature to play melodically and harmonize using chords and lyrics in this adult-level class. Get tips for buying, tuning, maintaining your ukulele and community resources. Some loaner ukuleles are available or bring your own. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Come to one or both sessions. Magic Club | Monday, Feb. 5, 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 meeting Monday, Feb. 19: library closed for Presidents’ Day. Family Fun Night: Pajama Jammie Jam | Tuesday, Feb. 6, 6:30 p.m.

We will be having a Pajama Jammie Jam storytime and dance party. Kids, come dressed in your jammies and bring your grownups for stories, a craft and then be ready to dance, dance, dance! Crazy 8’s Math Club | Wednesdays, Feb. 7, 14, 21, and 28, 4 p.m.

Weekly sessions on Wednesdays at 4 p.m. A math club where you will build stuff, run, jump, and make music. Materials are limited so registration is suggested. Ideal for grades K-2. Different Perspectives, Civil Dialogue | Fridays, Feb. 9, 16, and 23, 4 p.m.

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Challenged by talking with others whose opinions differ significantly from your

own? Want to reap the benefits of learning from those differences? We will explore a foundational key to dialogue success and revisit two key power tools you already have in your toolkit. No Strings Attached Book Chat | Saturday, Feb. 10, 11 a.m.

Read whatever you want and attend whenever you can. Share a recent read, an old favorite, or anything in between. Teen Advisory Board (TAB) | Tuesdays, Feb. 13 and Feb. 27, 6 p.m.

Ideal for ages 13-18.

Tween Book Club | Thursday, Feb. 15, 4:30 p.m.

Pie by Sarah Weeks Activity: metal art

Park Hill Underground Comedy Club: Nathan Lund | Thursday, Feb. 15, 7 p.m.

Laugh with beloved Comedy Works regular, host of Film on the Rocks, and Denver Comedy Champion Nathan Lund in our underground, after hours comedy club. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Eighteen years and over only due to adult content. Home of the Brave: A Small Town, Its Veterans and the Community They Built Together with Author Donna Bryson | Saturday, Feb. 17, 2:30 p.m.

Donna Bryson gives a detailed and honest account of how residents of a struggling Colorado town revitalized their community by helping veterans desperately looking for a place to call home. Celebrate Random Acts of Kindness Day with us as we discuss how compassion, kindness and service can transform lives and inspire entire communities, and whether Montrose, Colorado is a blueprint for others who want to make a difference. Kids’ Book Club | Tuesday, Feb. 20, 3:30 p.m.

Spiderwick Chronicles, Book 1: The Field Guide by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black Activity: Decorate a birdhouse for a brownie. Ideal for grades 2-3. Defending the Constitution in the Age of Trump | Tuesday, Feb. 20, 6:30 p.m.

The American Civil Liberty Union’s mission is to protect the constitutional rights of every person in the United States, regardless of race, gender, sexuality or religion. The ACLU believes President Trump’s administration poses an unprecedented threat to our civil liberties. Join us for an informative talk and discussion on Defending the Constitution in the Age of Trump with ACLU volunteer speaker Kathleen Hynes, Ph.D. What is Intersectionality? | Wednesday, Feb. 21, 6:30 p.m.

Intersectionality refers to the ways in which our race, gender, class, sexual orientation, ethnicity, and ability, intersect to affect our realities and lived experiences. Explore how our multifaceted identities can help clarify ways in which people can experience privilege and oppression. Coloring for Grown Ups | Saturday, Feb. 24, 2:30 p.m.

Come for a nostalgic hour of coloring, in or outside the lines. Use our supplies to unplug and color your way to serenity. Storytime Yoga | Monday, Feb. 26, 10:30 a.m.

Join us for a unique and fun program that combines preschool storytime with yoga! Get ready to move and groove to songs and stories with Miss Adrienne. Ideal for ages 2 to 5 - accompanied by an adult. Age by Design: The Setting with Jane Barton | Tuesday, Feb. 27, 4 p.m.

Location—the environment—is a critical factor in the aging process. When circumstances dictate a reassessment of the home, the discussion tends to be emotional, frightening, and somewhat confrontational. Please join us to learn about innovative housing options and to dream about your ideal location, location, location. Colorado Jazz Workshop | Wednesday, Feb. 28, 6:30 p.m.

Enjoy classic jazz standards from the Colorado Jazz Workshop featuring a threepiece horn section and three-piece rhythm section. The Colorado Jazz Workshop was founded in 1987 by Edd Nichols and Ken Anderson and recently performed at the 6th Annual Colorado Jazz Workshop Festival at Dazzle.

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23RD AND DEXTER JACK FARRAR I met Shabazz recently at Spinelli’s Bakery. Shabazz moved to Denver four months ago from Florida to live with his girlfriend. He likes Park Hill and says it reminds him of Brooklyn, where he grew up. “I like the layout of the neighborhood, the feel.” He’s a private tutor and helps students with reading comprehension, algebra and math. He also does some “Ubering.” Shabazz wrote down “King Arthur” when I asked him what fictional character he would like to have sitting next to him. “You know that just came to me because the building across the street looks a little like a castle, and I’ve used the Knights of the Roundtable in some of my reading lessons,” he says. “They represent justice.” What would he ask King Arthur? “How does it feel to wear the crown? Can I hold your sword? Could you take me on a tour of Camelot?”

Education Update, continued from page 7 Jennifer Bacon: The changing demographics present two challenges. The first is it has impacted enrollment. In some pockets of Park Hill it has meant a decline in the number of school aged children. The second way changing demographics has impacted schooling is that our newest neighbors have different expectations of our schools and they are “choicing out” of our neighborhood schools. In some ways this looks like an enrollment imbalance. For example, Stedman and Park Hill elementaries are a mile apart but have 200 to 700 kids, respectively. But mostly this means schools will have to make changes, from programming or effectiveness, to draw families back to it. But I see these changes as an opportunity. Currently Park Hill is naturally one of the most diverse neighborhoods with a robust legacy in Denver. We vary from income and ethnicity and we all care about our schools. Part of the reason I ran for office is to prevent the district from creating problems and to change the way the district solves its problems. Rather than shut down or close, how can we innovate and create, and most importantly, together as neighbors. Schooling will change in Park Hill. We will have to be leaner and more efficient, but we will also have to do better. We can strike a better enrollment balance

more Spanish speaking students, Hallett and Stedman more African American, and Park Hill more white students. Given these systematic issues, we have to prioritize having strong principals with instructional and visionary capacity, so they prioritize their funding and practices around literacy, English language acquisition, and school culture. We also have to support the recruitment of veteran master teachers and invest in the development of our novice teachers with creative instructional development programming. Further, we have to do our part at DPS to stabilize enrollment through whole scale school improvement and being creative about our offerings. Also I believe DPS can do their part at bringing the conversation back to our neighbors about investing in neighborhood which means investing in our schools.

by drawing families back into our schools with innovative school programming and instructional practices. We will have to embrace our diversity. We can set a new tone for inclusive, culturally responsive, and culturally explorative school leadership and pedagogy. It will take a strong coalition of Park Hill neighbors to come together to put on the table what we want and need, but also to rally for our success. I am so excited to be a part of that! GPHN: In Park Hill, we have schools listed as red, yellow, orange and green, according to DPS’ School Performance Framework. What steps should DPS take to help those schools better perform in that rating system? Jennifer Bacon: I do think it is worth noting that our rating system needs to be overhauled. DPS has created policy where principals have incredible autonomy and authority; teachers are evaluated on the performance of their schools and thus more veteran teachers shy away from serving struggling schools; and the choice system has allowed families to find schools that match their demographics if they have the means for transportation. From north to south our Park Hill schools are remarkably homogeneous, save Stedman, in an overall diverse part of town. Smith serves

GPHN: You campaigned as a teacher. What do you think are teachers’ biggest challenges right now? Jennifer Bacon: I think the biggest challenge our teachers face is the pressure we put on them. We hang the entire success of our school district on our teachers. They are evaluated more than principals, school staff, and district level administrators. Their capacity to lead is limited. They are paid the least in the system for what they do. They have to cure things they have no control over. Over the past five years, the

district has continuously changed the finish line for them, and we have not properly equipped them to teach in our environment of diverse demographics. We do not need to lower expectations of our teachers, but we must rethink their capacity to lead, and reshape the teaching environment to be sure they are properly equipped to be in front of our children. GPHN: Thinking of your own schooling, which teacher made the biggest impression on you and why? Jennifer Bacon: The teacher that made the biggest impression on me was my high school history teacher and student council advisor, Mr. Troy Reid III. He was the second of only two black teachers that I had throughout my schooling, but I valued his presence because he was a tough teacher and he was honest with me. He held me to the highest expectations because he knew what I would have to fight against as a black woman. He taught me how to see pieces of the puzzle that was the system. This helped me articulate the impact I wanted to have in the world, and focus my educational and professional careers. He passed away 10 years ago, but I hope to make him proud as a school board member. Lynn Kalinauskas is Education Chair of Greater Park Hill Community, Inc.

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Raw Politics, continued from page 4 tirement plans including PERA, have been determined to be underfunded. Unlike the 2010 legislative session where a bipartisan solution was agreed to before opening day, no such compromise exists now. The PERA board has proposed a solution that has drawn criticism from the Governor, who has proposed his own fix. Democratic legislators have other proposals. In addition, state Treasurer Walker Stapleton, who serves on the PERA board, is seeking a legislative sponsor for his solution of reduced cost of living benefits, higher employee contributions, and modifying retiree benefits without using taxpayer revenues to increase the State’s employer contributions. All of those involved in the reform effort have a unique interest as they are all PERA members and/or contributors by virtue of being state employees.

Standing at the intersection The intersection of statewide and local issues can be viewed through the prism of the debate over transportation funding and affordable housing. That intersection, at least in Denver, came into full effect with the community meeting organized by activists from Shorter AME Church and DenverCan (“Community Action Network”). Driven by Colorado and Denver’s explosive growth and ignited by the recent INK Coffee controversy where the shop proclaimed it was “Happily gentrifying the neighborhood since 2004,” nearly 1,000 residents, with a few elected officials, convened in early January to discuss the impacts growth and development are having on Denver’s neighborhoods. A common theme was that Denver city

government is (intentionally?) allowing developers to proceed unchecked at the expense of communities and their long-term residents. The sense that development was happening to communities and residents and not with them was continually repeated. Participants were resigned to the fact that growth and gentrification were not likely to be stopped, but were resolute in their focus to combat those forces and require that they be respectful of residents, with or without City government participation. The visible showing of state representatives and senators at the gathering gave participants the hope that some solutions might be forthcoming from the General Assembly. Despite the enthusiasm and the seemingly supportive legislators in attendance it is doubtful that anything will happen on this important issue for two reasons: 1) The Community itself must set forth solutions that have a broad consensus of support, and 2) That proposal must have widespread support to overcome the likely pushback from the Homebuilders Association and other lobbying groups. Keep watching. This is shaping up to be a wild and wooly session. Penfield W. Tate III is an attorney with Kutak Rock and serves on a number of nonprofit boards. He represented Park Hill in the Colorado House of Representatives from 1997 to 2000, and in the State Senate from 2001 to February 2003, when he resigned from the Senate to run for Mayor of Denver. Penfield’s adult daughter was born and raised in Park Hill, and he and his wife Paulette remain in the neighborhood.

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

can be reached at 303-388-0918 or email director@greaterparkhill.org. • Board Chair Tracey MacDermott: chair@greaterparkhill.org • Secretary and Zoning/Property Use Chair Bernadette Kelly • Treasurer Bob Homiak • District 1 Rep Roger Kilgore • District 2 Rep Ryan T. Hunter • District 3 Rep Heather Shockey • District 4 Rep Kevin Wiegand • District 5 Rep Blair Taylor • District 6 Rep James King • District 7 Rep Jon Bowman • District 8: Nam Henderson • District 9: Stephanie Ceccato • District 10: Colette Carey • At-Large: Christine Caruso • At-Large: George Dennis • At-Large: Louis Plachowski: lplachowski@gmail.com • At-Large: Keith Brown • At-Large: Rebecca Rogers • Community Safety Chair Geneva Goldsby • Education Chair Lynn Kalinauskas • Fundraising Chair Lana Cordes • Health and Human Services Chair Keith Brown • Human Relations Chair Beth Bean • Public Information Chair Melissa Davis: newspaper@greaterparkhill.org • Youth Chair Justin Petaccio

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Program. KindColorado had their clients, employees and owners of dispensaries in Denver, purchase items that can be used 2018 is off to a great start and here at for the Weekend Food Program, such as GPHC we are filled with gratitude for evmac ‘n’ cheese and individual containers eryone who makes our work possible. of applesauce. These items were priced at a Thank you to our volunteers who donation level and GPHC received have helped us sort, shelve, and both the physical food items and distribute a remarkable amount the monetary donation. It was a of food over the last few months very successful fundraiser and will through our Food Pantry and help keep the Weekend Food ProWeekend Food Program. We are gram going. always grateful for each and every Additionally, a big thank you one of you and know that we could goes to 10-year-old Olivia who, acnot do this important work without cording to a note we received with you. a donation, “wanted people to give SIERRA I’d especially like to thank our her food for Christmas to give to FLEENOR volunteers who show up week after someone in need.” Thank you Olweek, month after month. You are ivia for your generosity and for the backbone of our food programs. sharing your abundance with our clients. We’d also like to thank our volunteers What we need with Greater Park Hill News. If you’re holding a newspaper that was delivered The Food Pantry and Weekend Food Proto your door, you have our bundling and gram continue to need specific donations. blockworker volunteers to thank. A stalFor our food pantry we currently need hywart group of volunteers comes to GPHC giene products, including men’s deodorant, monthly to bundle newspapers for blockbody wash, shampoo, conditioner, lotion, workers to then distribute to homes and toothbrushes, shaving cream, and razors. businesses across our neighborhood, and We distribute both regular size and travel beyond. size hygiene items. We also need toilet paI’d also like to thank our board of direcper and paper towels. tors – all of whom are volunteers – for their For food, we need canned fruit, fruit in work helping us gear up for a new year. jars, canned meats (especially tuna, salmTheir time spent balancing and reviewing on, Vienna sausages, etc.), corn, and blackthe budget, building excitement for our eyed peas. We can also distribute fresh and work, and helping develop fundraisers is a frozen items, so please feel free to donate huge gift and I appreciate their time and those as you have them. energy. Our clients rarely have access to meat through our pantry, so donations of fresh Always looking for friendly faces or frozen meat are always appreciated. We are always looking for new volunteers Many of our clients have pets, so we need for our food programs, newspaper, and dry dog food and wet and dry cat food. special events. We have various types of For the weekend food program we curopportunities, with a whole range of comrently need individually wrapped cereal mitments. If you’re looking for ways to get bars, individual servings of instant oatinvolved in your community, please conmeal, individual cereal bowls, and regular sider pitching in with GPHC. Volunteering size boxes of “kid friendly” cereals. is a lot of fun, plus you get to know other Please remember that we cannot distribfolks in the neighborhood. ute expired items, so please check your cans Last month we received several special before bringing them to GPHC. We can donations from organizations, including only distribute items dated 2018 or later. Food Bank of the Rockies and the Park Hill Donations can be made at GPHC’s office Golf Course. Neighborhood faith commu(2823 Fairfax St.) Mondays through Thursnities and neighbors have also continued to days, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. We also accept donadonate regularly to our food pantry, which tions of non-perishable items at the Park has allowed us to continue operating even Hill Branch Library and Cake Crumbs durafter the big push around Thanksgiving. ing their regular business hours. We are deeply grateful to everyone who If you have any questions about what we has made a donation to GPHC, whether indo, what we need, or how to get involved kind or financially. All donations to GPHC with GPHC as a volunteer or donor, check are tax-deductible and help us keep our out our website at greaterparkhill.org. You can also give us a call at 303-388-0918, or programs up and running. stop by our office Mondays through ThursThanks to KindColorado for their unique days, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. fundraiser to benefit the Weekend Food Executive Director, GPHC

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Happy Girl Emma is a happy girl with a passion for all things fun. She would make a great adventure partner and would do well in an active home where she can run, hike and play. She has done well with other dogs at the shelter and already knows some basic commands. Come meet her today. Emma is at the Dumb Friends League, at 2080 S. Quebec St. Her ID# is 0773609. To see other furry friends available for adoption, visit ddfl.org.

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

Under The Gum

Getting To The Root Of The Matter During Dental Health Month Think of teeth like an iceberg. What is fessional veterinary dental cleaning is due. visible is only a part of the structure; the Additionally, your veterinarian can guide rest is below the gumline. you through the variety of home But like an iceberg, there can be veterinary dental care options so big things happening out of sight that you can find what works best and that can lead to pain, infection for you and your pet – and what and loss of teeth. doesn’t work as well. February is National Pet Dental Second, commit to home oral Health Month. While I believe that care and checks for your pets. Flip every month should be Pet Dental those lips regularly to monitor Health Month, it offers an opporteeth, gums and breath. tunity for education. Here are the DR. MARGOT It makes for great storytelling, root concerns: but I would rather see patients for VAHRENWALD 1. Dental disease is preventable, earlier, easier dental cleanings than treatable or, at a minimum, to have to extract multiple discorrectable. When your eased teeth. It is wonderful to mouth is full of diseased make a patient feel better and teeth, it doesn’t feel good, When your mouth see huge change in their debut our pets don’t show us after the extraction of is full of diseased meanor very well until something has numerous teeth, but wouldn’t teeth, it doesn’t it be great to have never had to blown into a big hot mess. 2. Dental health plays a signifitake 19 or more teeth out of the feel good. cant role in overall health. mouth? Good oral care means that The combination of home teeth and gums don’t develpreventive oral care and apop heavy tartar and inflammation that propriate professional veterinary dental leads to bad breath, loosening teeth and care allows us the opportunity to start and infection. stay healthy. Because our cats’ and dogs’ physiologic We want our patient’s owners to undertime clock runs faster than ours, maintainstand what is safe and effective dental care ing good oral health becomes even more with professional veterinary dental assessimportant as it is a key in having a longer, ment, cleaning and treatment if needed. A healthy life. great discussion about professional veteriRemember, roughly six months of hunary dentistry versus anesthesia-free denman time is the equivalent of three to tal care and other information can be found three and a half years of aging and associat: www.avdc.org/ownersinfo). ated changes. So, a dental assessment and Now, be brave and go check your cat’s cleaning every two years is like you going and dog’s teeth. Then, call your veterinarto the dentist once every 13 to 14 years. No ian to schedule for a dental assessment and wonder they have bad breath! cleaning. So what is a pet parent to do? First, have Dr. Margot can be reached at parkhillvet. your pet’s dental and oral health checked com. by your veterinarian and discuss if a pro-

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