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All the News About Denver’s Best Residential Community Since 1961 • Volume 57, Issue No. 7 • July 2018


Old Tower Theater To House Gymnasium, Dance, Pizza

INSIDE THIS ISSUE Elvis Has Left Park Hill

Renovations Began On June 4 GPHN Editor

The façade of the old Tower Theater at 2245 Kearney St.

The Immigration Crisis In Texas Through The Eyes Of Ronny Story and photos by Alejandra Garza Exclusive to the GPHN

Ronny is 9 years old. He’s shy, polite and has a smile that lights up a room. The first thing I noticed about him was the fact that he was wearing a wool sweater – on a 97-degree day in McAllen, Texas. When I got closer, I noticed that he was actually wearing two sweaters, three T-shirts and two pants. And worn out tennis shoes with no laces. It was all he owned in the world and he wanted to keep it close. A month ago, Ronny said goodbye to his mother and sister in San Salvador, El Salvador. He and his father, Juan, set off for the United States seeking to escape the brutal gangs that have assaulted the young boy, terrorizing him to join them. Ronny and I met on June 23 at the Catholic Charities Humanitarian Alejandra Garza, with Ronny inside the Catholic Charities Center in McAllen. It’s a refuge for immigrant families where they reHumanitarian Center in McAllen, Texas.

ceive a meal, clothing, a shower, shoes and a warm welcome. It’s the rare bright spot during a time of stories about child separation and zero tolerance immigration policies. The center has a unique relationship with federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials. Under an agreement, ICE contacts the center when they release detained immigrants from local processing centers under what’s known as personal recognizance, with a promise they will face charges in court at a later date. To ensure this, each adult is wearing an ankle monitor and their whereabouts are carefully recorded. Then, and only then, are they released to the custody of a relative or family friend who agrees to assume responsibility. Lest anyone think this is amnesty, remember there is still a long road ahead. Individuals must present their

Chickens, Bunnies, Art On Display At Garden Walk

Rugby. Lacrosse. The Fastest Girl In the Country

UPCOMING GPHC MEETINGS Thursday, Aug. 2 beginning at 6:30 p.m. at 2823 Fairfax St. (There is no meeting in July.) All are welcome to attend.

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No Matter How Farrar You Look … … There Is Pam and Jack

Restaurant at East Colfax Avenue and Hudson Street. It’s also in the parking lot south of the Park Hill Community Bookstore, at East 23rd Avenue and Dexter Street. Jack has also planted some “guerilla gardens” (perennials that pop up here and there) in the neighborhood. His interest in decorating the region took hold more than 15 years ago when began attaching “three-dimensional graffiti” on decrepit fences that needed facelifts. Where does he find these unusual raw materials? “We go dumpster diving,

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Jack and Pam Farrar are longtime residents of the Park Hill neighborhood, as well as major contributors to its lively spirit. Wrapping your arms around this couple would be a challenge, not because of their girth, but because of their many interests and talents. Take Alley Art. You may have seen examples of Jack’s “spontaneous weirdness” (as he calls it). The weirdness is on display behind the Axum


All That He Owns

A Record Heat For Politics. Next Up: November


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The old Tower Theater on Kearney Street is being renovated and will open in midAugust as the new home of the Park Hill Dance Academy, as well as a gymnasium, called Mighty Movement, and a second Denver location of Brava Pizzeria. Renovations of the space on the business block of Kearney Street between 22nd and 23rd avenues began in early June, said project manager Christina Schaefer. The building, at 2245 Kearney St., has stood empty since the Korean Full Gospel Church moved out in early 2012. For decades before that, until 1982, the building was the home

of the Tower and Crest movie theaters. More recently, the space was slated to be a 236-seat distillery and restaurant called Bardenay. But the out-of-state owner, Kevin Settles, abandoned the project in February, 2017 in the wake of controversy. While Bardenay was supported by many Park Hill residents, it drew criticism from nearby business owners and vocal neighbors living in surrounding residential areas. Specifically, there were concerns over the size of the proposed restaurant and distillery, the lack of parking, the potential impact on neighboring businesses and concerns over noise.


Story and photos by Cara DeGette

and sometimes people donate stuff,” Jack says. In addition to indulging his hobbies, Jack made it possible for several years for others to display similar talents, beginning about 10 years ago when he started the Park Hill Alley Art Contest.

The real facts Anyone reading his writings in the Greater Park Hill News might wonder if Jack’s authorial abilities exceed his artistic talents. He is fluent with definitions others may not know, such as the proper meaning of the term “factoid” (not a trivial fact, but continued on page 7

Park Hill 4th Of July Parade Promises Flags And Fun The ninth annual Independence Day parade is ready to rock Park Hill on Wednesday, July 4. This year’s parade includes more than 50 groups, including floats, marching bands, costumed characters (plus dinosaurs, fairies and unicorns), classic cars, and more. The route is the same as years’ past: Down 23rd Avenue, from Dexter to Krameria streets. The parade starts at 1:30 p.m. on the 4th, and people are urged to arrive early to set up blankets and chairs along the route for maximum viewing comfort. A street fair with food, music, kids activities and more follows the parade, at approximately 3 p.m. on the 2200 block of Kearney Street. For more info, check out See you at the parade!

EARTH MATTERS | Heather Shockey

Saddling Up For Conservation Ride the Rockies Allows For Much Reflection

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As summer hits Colorado full swing, so does Ride the Rockies, a June cycling tour that showcases different communities throughout our wonderful state. This year, the 33rd edition of Ride the Rockies visited Breckenridge, Edwards, Steamboat Springs, Grand Lake, and Winter Park. For me, the attraction to participate in this event goes beyond pedaling every mile. It is also about experiencing our beautiful state full of fresh, clean air and spectacular views. Each rider, sponsor, and community are asked to help offset their carbon emissions by following simple steps, including the ability for riders to compost and recycle during the event. Ride The Rockies has made a commitment to be 100 percent carbon neutral. The impact of this event is unmatched. The tour started and ended in Breckenridge, in Summit County. On the Sierra Club’s website, it is noted that Summit County adopted a resolution for 100 percent clean, renewable energy communitywide by 2035. The Sierra Club estimates that the switch to clean energy can result in an average energy costs savings of $433 per person annually, and a whopping combined savings of energy, health and climate of $9,488 per person. As I saddled up for my fourth Ride the Rockies I wondered if this ride would encounter some of the challenges that we faced from previous tours. In the past we were rerouted due to fires raging along the route, creating a logistical nightmare for tour organizers. This year as the ride began, Colorado had multiple fires not only threatening the planned route, but burning thousands of acres that put homes and lives in danger. As we rode through the many towns, I witnessed sparsely decorated snow-capped mountains. I asked myself, is there really enough snow to maintain Colorado’s water supply? These are not the same mountains I experienced 25 years ago when I made the move to Colorado. Our snowpack has suffered greatly as a result of our intensive use of dirty fossil fuels. Am I witnessing climate change from the saddle of my two wheels? As the miles rolled on and each leg of the ride had been logged, I was struck by what may be lost. It is not just our recreational way of life that will be compromised by inaction, but the ability of future generations to be allowed the access to what we have taken for granted.

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We are long overdue for aggressive solutions. Climate Reality (100 percent committed) and Sierra Club (Ready for 100) provide guidance to cities, states and businesses to commit and work towards 100 percent clean, renewable energy. The Sierra Club recognizes community commitments as “places where a city’s leadership has established a goal to transition the entire community to 100 percent clean, renewable energy.” The organization’s guidelines include: • Full transition of electricity to clean, renewable energy • A target date of 2035 for electricity and 2050 for all energy sectors • Prioritize equity, affordability and access for all members of the community • Prioritizing low income communities, environmental justice communities and communities burdened by the fossil fuel industry; and • A transparent and inclusive planning and implementation process. Across the country there are 71 cities that have already committed to 100 percent renewable energy. In Colorado, Aspen already reached that goal in 2015. The mountain town was able to reach this commitment through a combination of a bond-funded hydropower project, power purchase agreements through wind and hydropower, and smaller amounts of energy from solar and landfill gas. Many cities in our state, as well as Colorado State University, have made the commitment. Denver has yet to sign on. We ask that Denver citizens step up to not only commit their households and daily actions to make the transition to 100 percent renewables but to demand action from Mayor Michael B. Hancock on this vital issue. You can do this by contacting him at In addition, consider following the actions provided from Sierra Club’s Ready for 100 campaign, at ready-for-100-photo-petitions. If an event showcasing our state and its towns and communities are already making these efforts a priority, then certainly our largest city can do the same. From a rider who has seen more of this majestic state on bike than in car, these changes are really just one pedal rotation at a time. Heather Shockey is the District 3 representative for GPHC, Inc. 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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BIRDLAND | Mark Silverstein

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Park Hill Seventh Day Adventist Church Pastor Robert L. Davis, left, invites neighbors to join in CommUNITYfest on Sunday, Aug. 5. Other photos show participants at last year’s event. Photo of Pastor Davis by Sierra Fleenor


CommUNITYfest Is Born

Park Hill Seventh Day Adventist Church Working To Build A United Neighborhood On Albion Street between Martin Luther SDA is here to support them. This is no King Jr. Boulevard and Bruce Randolph passive promise. This commitment led the Avenue sits a red brick church with a tall leaders of Park Hill SDA and the Northspire. Amidst the surrounding asphalt and east Denver Islamic Center to recently ask blacktop, a large, bright green lawn throws themselves what was really needed. the Denver Park Hill Seventh Day Adven“If we’re really going to be a community,” tist Church’s building into relief. Davis recalls thinking, “Then we have to Dr. Robert L. Davis has served as pastor fellowship and spend time together.” of this church since January, 2016. Shortly In came the women after his arrival, Davis noticed that the neighborhood seemed to be experiencing a When Pastor Davis and Imam Ali of the massive transition. Change doesn’t Islamic center started discussing worry Davis, though, because he ways to engage and support the knows Park Hill is a special neighcommunity, they first thought they borhood. would just have a small barbecue to “Even as we’re transitioning and allow their respective congregants becoming a younger community, a to meet one another. They quickly more Caucasian community, there realized that they could dream bigstill is a sense of community,” said ger and possibly pull off something Davis. “We know all of our neighthat would welcome the wider bors.” neighborhood into the faith comSIERRA Davis believes Park Hill SDA has munities’ arms. FLEENOR a critical role to play in supporting “We did the greatest thing you and developing the neighborhood. can do: We got the women “This is where we live. We as individuals of the church involved,” said Damay live in different parts of the city,” he vis. said. “But, we as the church, as the collecDr. Carrol Ali from the Islamic tion of people, we live right here on the corCenter, and Cherrelyn Napue from ner of Albion and Bruce Randolph.” Park Hill SDA stepped in and The church, he says, includes not just helped give shape to the idea. “We the members of his congregation – not just thought the most important fact those who share their beliefs – but the surwould be holistic health, meaning rounding neighbors who may or may not teaching people how to increase practice any faith. “I don’t care what church the quality of their health,” Davis you’re a member of. I live across the street said. from you. I’m your pastor,” Davis said. The organizers knew that their Rather than viewing themselves as peoevent would need to have HIV and ple living in a house, passing through, Daother health screenings and educavis wants his neighbors to know that Park tion, but they also wanted to focus Hill is their home and that the Park Hill on economic empowerment. “It is

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really difficult to manage money here in Denver unless you make a high income.” The group invited local partners to come and meet with neighbors. Partners then provided information covering a wide variety of topics such as investing, budgeting, money management, and even business planning. What began as a chance to fellowship and spend time together has grown into a gathering of hundreds of neighbors learning and connecting with one another known as the Park Hill Interfaith CommUNITYfest. Beyond providing neighbors with connections, Davis hopes to discover the gifts and skills of neighbors, so that they, too, can become a community resource to others. “A neighbor may be a lecturer on nutrition, but we wouldn’t know that,” he said. CommUNITYfest provides an opportunity to make these connections formally and informally. Furthermore, this model for community building suggests that there are not “needy”

neighbors and “helpful” neighbors, but rather that this is a resource-rich community that can provide interconnected support. Or, in the words of Davis, “I don’t want you do to things for me, or do things to me—I want you to do things with me, as equals, as partners. I think this model does that.”

Only the beginning CommUNITYfest may be just one day, but it represents an opportunity for a more united neighborhood, filled with people supporting one another through good times and bad. For Davis, CommUNITYfest is only the beginning. “I envision a community where people know each other, where neighbors know each other, where we fellowship, where we share, where we give, and where we work together for the common good both on a faith-level and on a secular-level,” he said. The event also represents a cure to the ails of decaying public discourse and a country divided. “We live in a nation now where we don’t even have the same objectives,” Davis said. “That’s where the toxicity and the hostility has come in. We don’t know each other, we don’t care about each other, we’re not a part of a community, we’re not a part of a family.” Davis believes that to change this reality, people have to come together at the neighborhood level to fellowship and to engage in difficult conversations. “When you start to develop intimate communities you understand that we can vote for different people, we can belong to different political parties, but we still have the same goals and objectives.” Join Park Hill SDA, the Islamic Center, and supporters and vendors for the Park Hill Interfaith CommUNITYfest, a day of food, music, and activities on Sunday, Aug. 5, from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Albion Street between Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and 35th Street.

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Colfax Museum curator and longtime Elvis impersonator Jonny Barber stands under the poster of himself.

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Jonny Barber Moves Museum To Lakewood By Adam Uribes GPHN Intern

On June 16, Jonny Barber – known in the neighborhood as Jonny B – closed the doors of his Colfax Museum inside of the Ed Moore Florist and More shop at 6109 E. Colfax Ave. The museum, which opened last December to great fanfare, is moving to a bigger location in Lakewood. The new home will open on July 6 in the 40 West Arts District between Sheridan and Wadsworth. Going from Elvis-impersonator to local historian, Barber spent the better part of the past decade gathering objects in relation to the colorful history of Colfax Avenue – the longest commercial street in the United States. The street was named in honor of Schuyler Colfax, the long-ago Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives when the 13th Amendment was ratified. When the museum opened inside the flower shop at the southern border of Park

Hill, guests got a taste of the rich history of Colorado, with stories about life along the legendary (and often rowdy) street, with artifacts and photographs documenting everything from the Lyle Alzado/Muhammad Ali exhibition fight to old images of the street and its namesake. The location, inside the flower store, led noted Denver Historian Phil Goodstein to famously opine: “Having a Colfax Museum in a flower shop is just like carrying posies during the Plague: it covers the smell!” While Barber is moving out of the neighborhood, he says he’ll be moving to a bigger venue, allowing him to expand accordingly. “We will be able to hold events; we’ll have a stage and there is an outdoor courtyard that you can fit easily a few hundred people,” Barber said, noting that he has also secured nonprofit status for the museum, making it easier for him to seek grants and other funding. The museum’s website is colfaxavenue. org/p/colfax-museum.html.


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RAW POLITICS | Penfield W. Tate III

Record Heat in Politics With Primary In Rearview, Minds Turn To November General

With two months in the rearview, this Marijuana “tasting rooms” and the isyear’s legislative session has faded – at least sue around recreational and personal use temporarily. The talk for the past month of marijuana will likely be hot topics in the has focused on Colorado’s June 26 primary coming months. election, in particular the campaigns for Hickenlooper vetoed the legislation that those seeking to become the next governor would have allowed these tasting rooms of Colorado. to be established, pursuant to a regulator For the Democrats, Jared Postructure, throughout the state. lis won. He will face Republican The veto of the bill prohibiting Walker Stapleton in the November members of the state’s Sex Offender election. Several other statewide Management Board from financially races were also in play: For Attorbenefitting from their panel discusney General, Democrat Phil Weiser sions was also hotly contested. Hickemerged the likely winner as of enlooper called the bill redundant press time, and will run against Reand overbroad, and many legislators publican George Brauchler. In the on a bipartisan basis felt that memTreasurer’s race, Democrat Dave PENFIELD W. bers of the board had been engaged Young will run against Republican in inappropriate self-dealing based TATE III Brian Watson. on their positions. This was the first primary election Another bill that would have alin Colorado after the 2016 passage of Propolowed people with autism to be eligible to sition 108, which allowed unaffiliated voters use medical marijuana was also vetoed by to participate in partisan primary elections. the governor, with the feeling that it was enMore than 1.1 million voters in Colorado are couraging young people to look to marijuaunaffiliated – that is, they are not tied to a na as an antidote to their autism problems. political party. Roughly the same number Many parents impacted by young people of voters are identified with the Republican with special needs were particularly disapand Democratic parties, meaning that unafpointed in that veto by the governor. filiated voters represents slightly more than Hickenlooper also vetoed another maria third of the active voters in Colorado. juana industry bill that would have allowed Although unaffiliated voters could parpublicly traded corporations to invest in the ticipate in partisan primary elections in the marijuana business, while also loosening repast, Proposition 108 changed and simpliporting requirements for counties to cover fied the process. Very simply, unaffiliated public financial information in newspapers. voters received two ballots, one for the DemHickenlooper also vetoed a measure with ocratic slate and one for the Republican slate broad bipartisan support that would have in the primary elections. Those unaffiliated shielded child autopsies from public inspecvoters could fill out only one ballot – either tion. the Democratic ballot or the Republican Many county coroners and victims of ballot. There were some glitches this year, crime had said that sharing this informaas the Secretary of State reported hundreds tion regarding their loss with the public of ballots were invalidated when voters comwas unnecessarily painful and invasive. pleted and returned both party ballots. News organizations felt that exempting the As of press time, 24 percent of the balautopsy reports from disclosure would have lots returned were from unaffiliated votpotentially shielded elected coroners from ers, which is a hugely significant number public scrutiny, and would have prevented coming from those who previously had not investigative reporting into certain crimes participated in primaries before. And, those with regard to children, particularly those unaffiliated voters decidedly skewed blue. who might have been at risk. All of the gubernatorial candidates took The nine vetoes were the most ever by pledges to run clean campaigns, but negaHickenlooper by a legislative session, with tive ads graced the airways by virtue of five in 2014 being his prior record. Enjoy your summer, and enjoy the record the independent expenditure committees heat. We have already set three record high that operate legally but in the shadows of temperatures during the month of June. Colorado campaign finance laws. These inEnjoy running in the backyard sprinklers. dependent issue committees, often aligned to one candidate or another, don’t take clean Penfield W. Tate III is an attorney with campaign pledges and are not reluctant to Kutak Rock and serves on a number of take shots at different candidates. nonprofit boards. He represented Park Hill With the primary now over, the focus will in the Colorado House of Representatives quickly turn to the November general elecfrom 1997 to 2000, and in the State Senate tion. Likely these primary campaign winfrom 2001 to February 2003, when he reners, as well as pundits and engaged voters, signed from the Senate to run for Mayor of will now be debating a number of the meaDenver. Penfield’s adult daughter was born sures that were passed by the legislature and and raised in Park Hill, and he and his wife vetoed by Governor John Hickenlooper in a Paulette remain in the neighborhood. record nine vetoes after this year’s legislative session.

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Character, continued from page 1 a false statement believed by many to be a fact). For his gift with words, Jack gives credit to his dad, a newspaperman (25 years with The Denver Post, more than 10 of them as sports editor). Along with liberal values, the senior Farrar passed along to Jack and to his older brother the importance of communicating clearly in writing. Jack’s mother got into the business as office manager for The Arvada Citizen, which his father edited after leaving the Post. Pam, who has had diabetes since age seven, grew up in Casper, Wyoming. Along with her two sisters, and a brother, she excelled in school. Both of her parents were teachers and she carried on that tradition, teaching more than 30 years in Adams County. The two met in college at the University of Denver, in the Scholars program. Jack and Pam (formerly Martens) married, and before long they were the parents of two children, Julie and Aaron. Julie was born with multiple physical handicaps, which has grown into the family’s longtime involvement in disability rights. She is now living in Albany, New York, in the first year of a two-year contract to help people with disabilities in nursing homes transition to independent living. Julie has three daughters, ages 24, 19, and 14. Son Aaron is a gastroenterology technician at the Medical Center of Aurora. He and his wife, Amy, have two sons, ages 20 and 15. The Farrars lived at 30th and Race Street in the early seventies, prior to serious gentrification in that area. “It was a fairly rough neighborhood,” says Jack. “Moving to Park Hill was like moving to the suburbs.” Jack and Pam have now lived in Park Hill for 42 years.

From the classroom to the pet store When Julie and Aaron started school, Pam also went to school as a teacher in Adams County, where she taught first

and second graders for 36 years. “She loved and respected each and every one,” says Jack. For the past seven years, Pam has kept in shape by attending a Ballet Barre class for seniors three times a week, taught by Karlyn Griswold, owner of the Dance Academy on the corner of 23rd and Dexter. For the past 10 years, Pam has also been part of a group that sorts used books at the Park Hill Community Bookstore. Jack has had a variety of jobs, including teaching at Evergreen Junior High School, counseling young people at Lookout Mountain School for Boys, waiting tables, and even selling tropical fish. He wrote freelance articles for various publications, was editor of a sports weekly, Sportscope, for two years, then turned to public relations for a variety of clients and employers, including banks, soccer teams, and political candidates. Eventually, he joined the REMAX International pubic relations department, and worked for the real estate franchisor from 1990 to 2008.

Theater of the human family Community activities of various kinds have benefitted from the volunteering spirit of the Farrars. In past years, they prepared and distributed meals for the homeless. In the seventies, they were part of a street theater group, Theater of the Human Family, which espoused radical left ideas. Starting out the New Year in fine style has been a tradition. The Farrar Annual New Year’s Day Picnic at the west end of Ferril Lake in City Park continued for more than 30 years. Pam made black-eyed peas for good luck. Attendees included family, friends and often other park visitors. Guests made resolutions and predictions, which the Farrars saved in a directory. One of the couple’s more interesting ventures was joining with another couple in the development of a series of trivia game cards about Denver, Memphis,

Seattle and New York, compatible with Trivial Pursuit.

Humming away at the bookstore After the Farrars moved to Park Hill in 1975, they soon became volunteers at the bookstore. Aaron was six weeks old at the time, and the Farrar children grew up “in the stacks” with other young kids and their moms. Park Hill resident Barbara Charnes was the bookstore’s first manager. A succession of paid managers followed for years until, in early 2015, board members faced a crisis: Find enough willing volunteers to operate the store, or go under. Since then, Jack and Pam have managed the store with the strong backing of a management team. Park Hill’s bookstore is the only volunteer operated, nonprofit bookstore in Denver. Although anyone can come in, look around, and buy or order a book, a yearly membership at a minimum cost works well. Members can bring in books and trade them for other books or get credits for the future. Jack estimates there are now about 500 members. Sales through Amazon account for about a third of the bookstore’s business. Currently, 50 volunteers keep the bookstore humming. Recent improvements include new basement shelving, new signage, air conditioning, and fresh paint throughout. One more thing. Let’s not forget that Jack served for several years as a board member of Greater Park Hill Community, Inc. For the Greater Park Hill News, he’s currently a newspaper bundler, a block worker, and a frequent writer/contributor. Is there anything this couple hasn’t done? Stay tuned.

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COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS Fairfax Land Swap Heads To City Council July 16

The Denver City Council is scheduled to vote whether to move forward with the proposed Fairfax park land swap on Monday, July 16. The controversial issue passed through the city council’s Land Use, Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on June 26. Specifically, the city’s Parks and Recreation Department wants to trade the former Xcel power station on the west side of Fairfax Street between 28th and 29th avenues with the developer of the residential and retail project Park Hill Commons on the east side of the street. In exchange, the developer will build a public park inside Park Hill Commons. The full city council will hear the matter on July 16, beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the City and County Building in the 4th floor Council Chambers. It is open to the public. Read complete coverage of the proposed deal, and the timeline for how it evolved, at

Two Park Hill Golf Course Meetings Set For July

Two public meetings are scheduled in July to talk about the future of the Park Hill Golf Course. In late June the current golf course operator, Arcis Equity Partners,

LLC, gave notice that it intends to renew its lease for five years. Clayton Early Learning, which owns the 155-acre parcel and leases it to Arcis, has been in the process of deciding whether to sell the property, at the northwestern-most area of Park Hill. It is unclear what impact the lease renewal will have on Clayton’s plans. The first community forum will be Tuesday, July 10, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Clayton Early Learning campus administration building, 3801 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. The second meeting is Thursday, July 19, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Clayton Early Learning Campus training center building L-3975, in the Meera Mani Room, 3801 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. The meetings are open to the public and there is no need to RSVP.

An Evening of Birdsong

Bird Conservancy of the Rockies is partnering with the Lowry Speaker Series for a talk about the importance and wonders of birds in Colorado. Bird Conservancy of the Rockies works to support birds and their habitats through an integrated approach of science, education and land stewardship. Topics include what species of birds are typically seen in the state, how they are divided and organized (field marks, sounds, behaviors, location) and how researchers learn about birds, in general. The event is


Tuesday, Aug. 7, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Eisenhower Chapel, 293 Roslyn St. Admission is free; no tickets or reservations are needed. For further information, contact Karen House at 720-955-8833 or at

Dealing With Disaster

Lisa Gardiner, author of Tales from an Uncertain World: What Other Assorted Disasters Can Teach Us About Climate Change, will share her quest to learn how people deal with disasters and how people can draw upon their experiences in an attempt to quell the climate catastrophe and be resilient. The event, co-sponsored by GPHC, Inc., is at the Park Hill Library at Montview and Dexter on Saturday, July 21 beginning at 2:30 p.m. Books will be available for sale and signing.

Walk The Catwalk

The Denver Dumb Friends League will host Catwalk, a showcase aimed at educating local cat owners about programs offered by the shelter in addition to making those felines available for adoption. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at catwalk. Admission includes access to local food trucks, beer tasting from breweries in the area, cat-themed merchandise for sale and chances to win other prizes. Designated driver tickets will also be made available for non-drinking patrons at $10. Catwalk takes place at the Denver Dumb Friends League on Saturday, July 7 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at 2080 S. Quebec St. The cats will be stars of the show, so the shelter is asking people to leave their other pets at home.

1968: Chaos & Conflict

The group Active Minds is hosting a lecture, “The Year 1968: Chaos, Conflict & Change,” which will start chronologically in January of 1968 with the Tet Offensive in Vietnam, and cover other notable events such as the Apollo 8 moon orbit to the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. and

Robert Kennedy. The discussion is at the Tattered Cover, 2526 E. Colfax Ave. from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 10. An encore presentation will be July 26 at the Sam Gary Library, at 2961 Roslyn St. from 6:45 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. The lectures are free to the public.

Hive Minds

Active Minds dives into the importance of bees and their decline in recent years in a lecture called “The Future of Bees.” The discussion covers the role bees play in the pollination of many foods, as well as their drastic population declines since the 1990s. The lecture is at the Sam Gary Library, at 2961 Roslyn St. on July 12 from 6:45 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. There is no cost.

Seeking Outstanding Latinos

The Denver Public Library is seeking nominations for its annual Latino Community Service Awards to honor individuals who have made a deep and lasting impact on the Latino community. Each year, the library offers three awards to honor four Latino leaders. Nominations are due Friday, July 20, at DenverLibrary. org or mailed to: Denver Public Library c/o Latino Awards Committee, 10 W. 14th Ave. Pkwy., Denver, CO 80204. Award winners will be celebrated during a free public ceremony on Sept. 22. For more info: • The Lena L. Archuleta Community Service Award: The recipient is a female Colorado resident who has taken an active role in the community. • The Eric J. Duran Community Service Award: The recipient is a male Colorado resident who has taken an active role in the community. • The César Chávez Latino Leadership Hall of Fame Award: This award celebrates the induction of one male and one female into the library’s César Chávez Leadership Hall of Fame.


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On Saturday, June 9, firefighters from Denver Fire Department Station 15 paid a visit to the annual Leyden Street block party. The firefighters brought their ladder truck and gave demonstrations of the 100-foot ladder. According to department spokesman Greg Pixley, the ladder can reach as high as an 8-story building. Block parties – in which a street is barricaded from traffic and neighbors spend time socializing and getting to know each other – are a Park Hill tradition. In recent years the City of Denver has encouraged such block parties as part of Denver Days, which this year runs from Aug 4-12. During that time the city will waive permit fees, will provide barricades and organize a clean-up for hundreds of events across the city. Check out to learn more and find out where a party is happening near you – and yes, you can also put in a request for fire truck to visit your block. Photos by Reid Neureiter

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Cool weather (with an afternoon rainstorm) provided a nice break for looky-loos checking out the 10 gardens in the annual Park Hill Garden Walk on June 24. The final number of tickets sold this year wasn’t available as of press time, but preliminary reports indicate attendance was up in this year’s event benefitting GPHC, Inc. Check out the Greater Park Hill News Facebook page for additional photos capturing images from the day. Photos by Cara DeGette and Adam Uribes.

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Restaurant news, continued from page 1 Schaefer says the new plan is for the gabled area that was the old theater to be split in half. Park Hill Dance Academy, which has long been at 23rd and Dexter, will take over half the space. Mighty Movement, which also operates in Stapleton and offers youth weightlifting and fitness programs, will take over the other half of the former theater. Brava Pizzeria, which is also in the Avanti building in northwest Denver, will open a restaurant in the smaller space that is directly accessible from Kearney Street. Schaefer says the plan is to rework the front façade to make it blend better with the look

of the other buildings on the block. “We don’t want it to be a sore thumb,” she said. “We want to give it the look and feel with respect to the neighborhood. We want this to be a success not just for the tenants, but for the community.” It is unclear what impact the increased traffic from the businesses will have on the block. The building is grandfathered in by the city, which means the city will not require the building’s owners to provide additional parking on the street.

Meanwhile, Over On Colfax In addition to the Kearney business

block, Park Hill is home to several other small business districts. They include Oneida Park Center, on Oneida between 22nd and 23rd avenues; Holly Square at 33rd and Holly Street; the the Fairfax business district, between 28th and 29th avenues, and along 23rd Avenue between Cherry and Dexter streets. The southernmost boundary of Park Hill is Colfax. As is the norm, the business scene along the stretch of Colfax between Colorado Boulevard and Quebec is constantly evolving. In the past six months, Goose Sorenson closed his Spanish-style Solera after a 16year run. A barbeque restaurant is now slated for the site. Mataam Fez, a destination for Moroccan food and an exotic multi-course experience, closed after 42 years when the building’s owners did not renew the lease. And DJ’s Café on Colfax at Eudora Street where the old Cork House and Tante Louise restaurants lived, closed less than a year after opening. Across the street, at 5007 Colfax, the former Jett Asian Kitchen has undergone a major renovation, including its interior, its menu – and even its name, which is now Jett Sushi. General Manager Eric Tien noted the owners wanted to transition away from a more traditional menu, and instead adopt Izakaya style – which is the Japanese version of smaller plates. Think the Asian version of tapas, in which sushi, appetizers and ramen play star roles. The bar features a huge selection of sake as well. “It’s good to change, and to bring new flavors to the neighborhood,” Tien said. Last year the owners – who also own the Highlands Izakaya-style restaurant Mizu – enticed a well-respected sushi chef to bring his talents to Jett from Denver’s most famous Japanese restaurant. (Tien asked not to identify the restaurant by name, but sushi fans can take an easy guess.) Owner Vicki Shih says she has nothing but praise for the entire staff. “Every one of them have talent, and dedication, and patience,” she said. “They are my heroes.”

Other Milestones in the ‘Hood


Still no word as of press time on when the Park Hill Commons residential and retail project on the east side of Fairfax Street between 28th and 29th avenues will move forward. But across the street on the west side, The Long Table Brewhouse has opened to thirsty patrons. And last month, Em’s Ice Cream opened up shop at 2829 Fairfax. A former daycare, church and craft shop that dates to the 1940s, owner Andrew Silverman completely renovated the space. It’s the first retail location for Em’s – which is named for Silverman’s wife. Since 2014, he has been operating several ice cream trucks, mainly at food and music and other events, and has employed many teenagers and young people from Park Hill since Em’s first scoop hit the cone four years ago. Em’s Ice Cream is Denver’s only all USDA certified organic ice cream company, which means everything – even down to the coffee and peanut butter and ginger and lavender – is organic. That means no GMO’s, no food coloring, no stabilizers and no corn syrup. On a recent summer day, Silverman waxed on about the various flavors of ice cream – including which would fit which mood. Stressed? Try the lavender. Hungry? Peanut butter and chocolate. The most popular are the salted caramel, and the cookies and cream. His favorite is burnt brown sugar, and oh yes, the ginger. What about plain old vanilla? Everyone knows, Silverman shared, that vanilla is the barometer for all good ice cream … The store opens at 3 p.m. daily. Adam Uribes contributed to this report. Do you have news about a business in and around the neighborhood that you’d like to share? Has ownership changed hands? Has a local shop recently opened? Closed? Retired after decades in business? Won an award? Had a visit from a VIP or celebrity? Send your business news tips to editor@ for consideration. Please include “Spilling the Beans” in the subject line of the email.

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The cavernous space that was once the old Tower Theater is being divided into a gymnasium and a dance studio.

The space directly inside the building façade facing Kearney Street is slated to be a Brava Pizzeria restaurant.

Andrew Silverman, owner of Em’s Ice Cream, with the paper – yes paper, not plastic – straws that the shop on Fairfax uses.

Jett Sushi General Manager Eric Tien. Two of the restaurant’s Izakaya-style plates are at top left.

Jett Sushi Owner Vicki Shih.

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Scenes from inside the Catholic Charities Humanitarian Center in McAllen, Texas in late June. The center provides immigrant families meals, clothing, showers and shoes.

Ronny’s possessions: Two sweaters, three shirts (he’s wearing one) and two pants (one is in his hand), and shoes laced with strips of Mylar.

Border, continued from page 1 case to an immigration judge in order to win an asylum case. According to a recent New Yorker report, in 2017 fully 60 percent of people seeking asylum were rejected.

Stories of children During the two days I was in McAllen, we saw about 300 people arrive at the center – all adults with young children. The youngest child was six months old. Most, including Ronny, ranged from 6 to 10 years old. It’s the stories of these children that have moved us as a nation. We imagine their long journey across several countries, holding their parents’ hands, sleeping on streets, walking for days or weeks, begging for charity along the way, all while trying to escape desperate poverty, violence, or hunger. Only to arrive in this, the land of immigrants, and be forced into detention and then ripped from the arms of the only person they know – their parent. It is the stuff of nightmares. I can offer no greater proof of this movement than the dozens of volunteers that I worked alongside at the shelter. And it was also the reason that motivated my own trip to the border. I joined a

Resources • Catholic Charities responds to families in crisis.

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Six days in la hielera

I’ll never forget the look of sorrow on his face when I explained that, for his own good, we would have to take off all the extra layers of clothing. It took me a moment but then I realized what he had done. You can travel much lighter if you wear all your clothes.


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group of friends from Denver, five in total, to make the trip to Texas, and help on the front lines of this crisis. We flew down on a late Thursday night to Austin – the closest and most affordable airport – where we rented an SUV and drove through the night to Brownsville. Once there, we slept for an hour and then met up with my colleague from the ACLU of Texas, who explained the situation on the ground. The news was not good. Since we weren’t allowed to volunteer in an ICE detention center, I didn’t have high hopes of helping these children separated from their parents. So we decided to help at the humanitarian center, folding clothes, sweeping floors, and serving meals – doing whatever they needed. We were not alone. The first day, there were two dozen church members from Austin. They were not Latino and not Catholic but there they were, feeding families, changing diapers and helping individuals fulfill their basic needs. And then I saw Ronny.

I reached for his hand and took him to find a shopping bag. We carefully folded each precious belonging as he pulled them off until he was wearing a sleeveless T-shirt and track pants. The only thing he wanted to get rid of were his shoes. They hurt his feet. Imagine walking for 17 days with shoes that hurt. I can’t. Over the next few hours, Ronny and I talked. He described the horrors he experienced in his hometown at the hands of brutal gangs that controlled the streets of his neighborhood. How it was too dangerous to even go to school alone, but with both parents working, it was his only choice. How he left behind a little sister who cried as he walked out the door – not sure if they’d ever see each other again. He spoke of his journey – long hot days full of new towns with dusty streets. Of friends he and his father made along the way. Of finally reaching the Rio Grande River and being very brave when his father placed him in an inner tube to cross. Of reaching the other side and searching for border officials to turn themselves in and explain why they had made the trip. And then, the harrowing details of being separated from his father in the detention center and taken to “la hielera” – the icebox. He described a cell with other children where they slept on the floor and were given “plastic sheets like the ones you wrap chicken in” – I assumed he meant Mylar blankets. He was separated from his father for six

days. He said he didn’t care what the other children thought, he cried constantly.

The journey ahead On Saturday, the day I met Ronny, he was reunited with his father and released from detention. Their plan was to travel to Maryland to await their court date under the supervision of an uncle, a fellow immigrant who has found a job and an apartment. That same evening, Ronny and his father returned to the bus station ready to continue their journey. I gave them my phone number and the little money I had in my pocket. I am glad they are together and safe, but I know there is still a long road ahead. The odds are not in their favor, but I hope the judge will be moved by this little boy’s brave story. Sunday night, I returned to Denver. I have a photograph we took together that I printed out and keep at my desk. My Denver friends are making plans to go back once a month to help out. The trip changed their lives. I don’t have that luxury. I’ll try to go back when I have more vacation time. Meanwhile, I’ll keep my phone close by just in case Ronny calls. Alejandra Garza is field director for the ACLU of Colorado, and a former television reporter. Ronny’s descriptions of his journey from El Salvador was verified by his father Juan, who also gave permission to publish his son’s photo and story.

John Krause, Tilting At Windmills I first met John Krause when he started volunteering at the Park Hill Community Bookstore eight years ago. His volunteer duties have expanded considerably over the years, and he now serves as interim president of the board of the nonprofit bookstore. He takes this position very seriously, as he should. He insists, to the consternation of those of us who are allergic to organization, that we run the monthly meetings according to Roberts Rules of Order. He allows only one person at a time to speak! Strangely, this system seems to work and we get things done. Krause has lived in Park Hill with his wife Kathy, since 1980. He is a prolific reader, especially fond of fiction, so I was anxious to find out what literary figure he would like to be sitting next to. Don Quixote. “I like the way he sees the world,” Krause says. “He’s an idealist. Ideas are real to him. They are important. He sees the best in people. Unfortunately, the state of the world right now seems to be cynical and suspicious. People are increasingly self-centered. I think Don Quixote teaches us to live more for each other.” What would he ask Don Quixote? “How is Sancho? And Dulcinea?” What are his favorite Quixote mis-adventures? “Oh, the sheep, the windmills, Dulcinea. There are so many. All fascinating.”

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The fastest girl in the country: Denver East Junior Arria Minor (center) wins her third consecutive Colorado State 100 meters.

Denver East Rugby Shocks Regis To Win State Title

On May 19, the Denver East High School Rugby Club won its sixth state championship title with a thrilling 17-14 come-frombehind victory over Regis Jesuit at Don Breese Stadium in Monument. East’s rugby club, under the leadership of Coach Bill Baer, has a remarkable history of success, having qualified for the championship match for 16 of the last 17 years. East last won the state title in 2015, and in both 2016 and 2017 lost the title match on literally the last play of those games, to Regis Jesuit and Monarch High respectively. But for this year’s squad, the post-season prospects appeared bleak. Having lost three regular season games, the Angels came into the post-season seeded fourth, with last year’s champion, Monarch High, seeded first and the 2016 champ, Regis Jesuit seeded second. The underdog Angels faced Monarch in the semi-finals played at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park on May 12. Monarch jumped out to a quick 15-0 lead, but East responded

Fields Of Dreams Story and Photos by Reid Neureiter

with more than 30 unanswered points to take a 45-22 victory and book a place in the final against Regis Jesuit. The championship final was played in very difficult conditions. A 25-mph wind swept across the exposed landscape at Monument’s Don Breese Stadium. Temperature at game-time was 45 degrees and dropping, and a steady rain made the ball slippery and difficult to handle throughout the match. East began strongly, jumping to a 12-0 lead, with tries scored by junior outsidecenter Charlie Bennett and senior co-captain Luke Neureiter. But Regis came back, including scoring a difficult upwind try and conversion kick to take and hold a 1412 lead going into the final three minutes of the match. East needed to score against the

East Senior Luke Neureiter (going high) and Junior Charlie Bennett (going low) combine to tackle a Regis Jesuit ball-carrier during the 2018 Colorado high school rugby championship match.

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wind to have a chance to claim their sixth state title. Enter co-captain Patrick Berzins to play the hero. Berzins had not played since sustaining a serious concussion in a contest in Oklahoma and was not in the starting line-up in the championship match. Entering the game in the second half, and with just minutes remaining, the senior forward was able to block a Regis clearance kick into Regis’ tryzone. East was given the ball at the five-meter mark and after a few short lateral passes later, East senior wing Devonn Demmer had the ball over the line for a 5-point try and the 17-13 lead that would allow East’s name to be engraved on the Championship Trophy for the sixth time. For a stellar season, Rugby Colorado awarded Neureiter both its “Player of the Year” and “Student Athlete of the Year” awards after the game, the first time any Colorado high school rugby player has received both awards. For his late-game heroics, Bennett was named “Man of the

Match.” (Full disclosure: Neureiter is yours truly’s son.)

USA Rugby Flattens Russia

Just weeks after Denver East’s rugby club (which includes numerous Park Hill residents) won the state high school rugby championship, the United States National Rugby team, the USA Eagles, took on the Russian national team in an international test match at Dicks Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City. The game was part of the Emirate Summer Rugby Series, that also included a match on June 16 against Scotland in Houston. The USA Eagles are the 15th ranked rugby team in the world, with Russia being ranked 19th. But the score at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park was not close, with the USA Eagles thrashing the Russian Bears 62-13. A number of the USA Eagles play for Colorado’s professional rugby team, the Glendale Raptors, a team that plays its regular season matches at Infinity Park, a rugby-specific stadium in Glendale, just off Colorado Boulevard. The USA Eagles subsequently defeated sixth-ranked Scotland 30-29 in Houston, the USA’s first ever win over Scotland and first victory in over 90 years over a Tier-1 rugby nation.

Denver East rugby players celebrate their state championship title after the final whistle blows. Pictured are Rico Martinez, Romeo Alvarez King, Ijla Proctor, and Devonn Demmer.

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USA Eagle Paul Lasike reaches to place the ball over the try line and score against Russia.

Fastest Girl In The Country

Junior superstar sprinter Arria Minor led the Denver East girls track program to great acclaim at the State Track and Field Championships, held May 17-19 at Jefferson County Stadium. Minor came into the Championships as the defending 100, 200, and 400 meters champion. In her 400 preliminary race, Minor ran a 51.92, good enough to set the Colorado state and meet records, and the fastest schoolgirl time in the U.S. this year. Mother Nature interfered with Minor’s attempt to three-peat in all three sprint events, as on the day of the finals, colder temperatures and a driving rain played havoc during the morning events. Minor won her first race, the 100 meters, with an 11.51, but was visibly shivering on the podium as she received her winners medal. The 400 meters proved to be too much, as Minor came in second to Grandview’s Lily Williams. Williams took the win with a 53.85, while Minor tightened up down the stretch finishing with a 53.94, nearly two seconds off her nationalbest time from the preliminaries. Minor rebounded to win the 200 meters, running a 23.60, although she was unable to match her state record 22.89 from the preliminaries. In a sign of good things to things to come

in the years ahead, East freshman Kyairra Reigh finished third in the 400. Senior Syanne Algee finished third in the 200. The East girls also won state titles in the 4x100 meter and 4x200 meter relay events, and finished as the second overall girls track team in the state with 84 points – just one point behind girls team champion, Cherokee Trail.

Denver East Girls Lacrosse Advances To Semi-Finals

The Denver East Girls Lacrosse Program capped off an impressive 10-6 season record by upsetting third-seed Columbine to advance to the state semi-finals. Sixth-seeded East beat perennial lacrosse power Kent Denver in the opening playoff round 14-13 in overtime. The Angels then knocked off Columbine 17-13 in the quarterfinals before falling 11-7 to eventual champion Colorado Academy in the state semi-final round on May 19 at the University of Denver’s Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium. The team’s youth bodes well for the future, as East’s top point getters both return next season. Junior Josi Robinson had 52 goals and 27 assists for the season, while sophomore Lucy McHugh tallied 62 goals and 16 assists.

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Kapow! Wham! Bang! Denver Comic Con a Smashing Success By Tara Bannon Williamson Park Hill Librarian

The Denver Public Library was proud to participate in the 2018 Denver Comic Con at the Denver Convention Center June 1517. With more than 100.000 in attendance, library staff were thrilled to connect with over 11,000 avid readers, film buffs, gamers and pop culture aficionados of all ages. We even signed up some folks for their first library card. Denver Comic Con (DCC) is a program of the Colorado nonprofit Pop Culture Classroom that is dedicated to inspiring a love of learning, increasing literacy, celebrating diversity and building community. The first day of DCC is Educator’s Day and dedicated to teachers, librarians, and students of all ages, most of them receiving free admission to attend. The library has been participating in DCC since 2012 and built a following among attendees for the in-depth and educational panels offered by the library at DCC. The library offered nine panels this year ranging in topics from Calvin & Hobbes, Star Wars, Dungeons & Dragons, Black Panther and many others. This year, DCC launched its first-ever award. The Excellence in Graphic Literature Awards! committees were comprised of booksellers, librarians, and teachers, selected the best from hundreds of submissions. This year’s winners were Real Friends by Shannon Hale and LeUyen Pham (children’s category), As the Crow Flies by Melanie Gillman (middle grade category), Home Time by Campbell Whyte (young adult category), and The Hunting Accident by David L. Carlson and Landis Blair (adult category). The Mosaic Award, which celebrates diversity in graphic literature, was presented by DMC from hip-hop group Run-DMC, and awarded to The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui. The Book of the Year award was presented by Len Vlahos, co-owner of the Tattered Cover bookstore and was awarded to Spill Zone by Scott Westerfeld and Alex Puvilland. Denver Comic Con is a very different kind of Comic Con than any other in the country. There were more than 50 authors announced as guests, with many presenting panels and signing books. Local artists, much like DiNK, were also featured. While other Comic Cons are more commercial enterprises, money that Denver Comic Con raises goes to funding the Pop Culture Classroom events throughout the year, bringing their curriculum and enthusiasm for reading into schools and correctional facilities. Park Hill born-and-raised Adam Cayton-Holland was a special guest of Denver Comic Con this year. Local stand-up comedian and star of TruTV’s Those Who Can’t, Cayton-Holland shared his wisdom with

children in the Kids’ Lab area by sharing his personal story of turning his talent for being a class clown into a career. CaytonHolland was also a featured guest for the opening night ceremonies with The Aquabats! and delighted audiences with his wry humor. Denver Comic Con is a magical time where families dress in costume and share their passion for the books and media they love. The Denver Public Library is already putting together ideas for panels for 2019 celebrating all that the library has to offer. If you are curious about graphic novels, ask your local librarian for a suggestion.

Pauline Robinson Events 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. *Note: No Class on July 23 Preschool Storytime | Wednesday, July 25, 10:30 a.m.

Stories, songs, rhymes and fun for 3-5 year olds and their parents or caregivers. Dotted Mug | Tuesday, July 3, 2 p.m.

Participants will decorate a mug using oil based sharpies. Before drinking out of your mug, please put your mug in the oven at 250 degrees for two hours. After two hours, turn off your oven and leave the mug in the oven for at least 1 hour to cool. (Teens) Embroidery Basics | Tuesday, July 10, 2 p.m.

This is a two-hour crash course in the basics of hand embroidery. We’ll create a fun sampler that will give you all the skills to embark on your own free hand embroidery journey. (Teens) Read in a Box | Wednesday, July 11, 10:30 a.m.

Get your kids ready to read in fun creative ways in this program geared towards 3- to 5-year-olds. Families can make “story wands” and participate in a scavenger hunt around the library. Glue Salt Painting | Wednesday, July 11, 3 p.m.

Be an artist. Create an art piece by experimenting with salt. Ideal for children in grades K-5. Make a Terrarium | Tuesday, July 17, 2 p.m.

Participants will build a terrarium and learn about what different plants needs to thrive. (Teens) Art Petting Zoo | Wednesday, July 18, 10:30 a.m.

Explore art with your child and help them develop fine motor skills and curiosity using a wide variety of materials. Geared towards 2-5 year olds who love to get messy with art. Camera Discovery | Saturday, July 21, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Lights Camera Discover provides an allday workshop to learn various components of performing/digital arts. Participants will learn acting, digital filmmaking, photography, screenwriting, editing and digital works. (Teens) Ceramics in the City: Glass Fusing | Tuesday, July 24, 1 p.m.

Participants will create projects at the library. Glass will be returned to studio for firing. All items are food safe. Your projects will be returned to the library in 1-2 weeks. Limit 15 participants. (Teens) Cloud Dough | Wednesday, July 25, 11 a.m.

This activity will pique the senses and provide loads of fun for kids while they stir, mix, scoop and pour their cloud dough. Ideal for children age 0-5. (Join us right after Storytime.) Bleach Pen T-Shirts | Wednesday, July 25, 3 p.m.

Be a fashion designer. Design your own fashion-forward t-shirt using a bleach pen. Ideal for children in grades K-5. The Pauline Robinson Book Club | Saturday, July 28, Noon

This month’s selection: Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult. Drop-ins are welcome. Natural Dye Techniques | Tuesday, July 31, 1 p.m.

Learn the basics of hand dyeing textiles with natural materials, easily found in your kitchen. Beet, turmeric, and onion skins can yield beautiful and varied results. Practice tying and patterning methods while we learn about simple and effective dye processes. Wear clothes that can get dirty. (Teens) Board Games | Mondays, July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, 1:30 p.m.

A board game is a tabletop game that involves counters or pieces moved or placed on a pre-marked surface or “board,” according to a set of rules. Some games are based on pure strategy, but many contain an element of chance; and some are purely chance, with no element of skill. Maker Thursdays | Thursdays, July 5, 12, 19, 26, 1:30 p.m.

Design, build, and tinker with lots of fun materials to create anything you can dream up. Engineer and build the best solution to a problem using simple materials. Outside Fun | Thursdays July 12, 19, 26, 2:00 p.m.

Join us for outdoor games and adventures. Enter the Maker Challenge for a chance to win a prize. Visit and click on “Share Your Project.”


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dancing and singing, and you are guaranteed to leave with a smile.

mask and give it some bling to make it your own. Ideal for ages 5-12.

Origami for Seniors | Thursday, July 12, 4 p.m.

Tales from an Uncertain World: What Other Assorted Disasters Can Teach Us About Climate Change, with Author Lisa Gardiner | Saturday, July 21, 2:30 p.m.

Benefit from the tranquil art of paper folding and take away some beautiful items you’ve created from single sheets of paper. Kids’ Craft: Hexbug Maze | Friday, July 13, 3 p.m.

Participants will build a maze and create obstacles for their Hexbug. Ideal for ages 5-12. BINGO for Books with Breakfast | Saturday, July 14, 10 a.m.

Enjoy family fun as you play BINGO, eat breakfast snacks, and win books. Prize books for all age’s preschool through adults. Bubble Wrap Dance Party | Monday, July 16, 10:30 a.m.

Dance on bubble wrap, blow bubbles, and dance to music. Ideal for ages 1-4, accompanied by an adult.

From left: Denver Comic Con Cosplayers dressed as Maui and Moana; Denver Public Library staff making buttons at Denver Comic Con; The new Excellence in Graphic Literature Award statue. Photos by Tara Bannon Williamson

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

Stories, songs, rhymes and fun for toddlers ages 18-36 months and their caregivers. Glow in the Dark Bouncy Ball/Slime | Friday, July 6, 3 p.m.

Make a bouncy ball using fluorescent tempera paint. See how it reacts when exposed to a black light. Ideal for ages 5-12. Magic Club | Monday, July 9 and Monday, July 23, 4:30 p.m.

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

The Haunted Library by Dori Hillestad Butler Activity: Create a ghostly candle. Ideal for ages 6-9.

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.

Summer Fun with Magic Rob | Wednesday, July 18, 3 p.m.

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

In this hilarious show, Magic Rob decides to teach the kids an amazing magic trick. Rollicking laughter ensues as every trick he attempts unwittingly goofs up and the kids have to use their own magic to make things right! Full of amazing magic, kid appropriate humor, and real live pets, this show is a sure fire delight for family audiences.

Church of Cupcakes for Teens | Tuesday, July 10, 6 p.m.

Equity in Schools: We PHNEED to Talk | Wednesday, July 18, 6:30 p.m.

Teen Advisory Board (TAB) | Tuesday, July 10, 6 p.m.

Learn the basics of professional-quality cupcake decorating. All materials provided. Ideal for ages 11-17. *Up to 20 participants, so arrive early.

Park Hill Neighbors for Equity in Education (PHNEE) invites you to a discussion of how to use stakeholder power to improve equity in schools. This is the first in a series of conversations about diversity, equity, and inclusion in education.

Music with Kera | Wednesday |July 11, 3 p.m.

Join us for an interactive music-making session where everyone is a performer.

Tween Book Club | Thursday, July 19, 3:30 p.m.

Shelvis is in the Building! | Wednesday, July 11, 6:30 p.m.

Land of Stories: the Wishing Spell by Chris Colfer Activity: Scratch art bookmark

Lori Muha “Shelvis” transforms into the rock and roll superstar Elvis. Her tribute performance of Elvis gets the audience

Decorate a Mask | Friday, July 20, 3 p.m.

Choose from a pig, rabbit, or human

Author L.S. Gardiner will share her quest to learn how people deal with disasters and how we can draw upon our experience as we attempt to quell the climate catastrophe and be resilient. Books available for sale and signing. Choir for the Tone Deaf | Tuesdays, July 24 & 31, 4 p.m.

Open to all vocally challenged individuals who long to overcome inhibitions or shame in order to warble in public. Learn the basics on how to sing by understanding your instrument better, breathing and how to reconnect with the joy of singing. Animal Expeditions | Wednesday, July 25, 3 p.m.

Learn about different habitats by exploring the world and learning about animals’ food, water, shelter, and space. Key Chain and Jewelry Making | Friday, July 27, 3 p.m.

Make key chains, backpack buddies, and jewelry with beads and other materials. Ideal for ages 5-12. Laughter Yoga | Wednesday, July 25, 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. No Strings Attached Book Chat | Saturday, July 28, 11 a.m.

Read whatever you want and attend whenever you can. Share a recent read, an old favorite, or anything in between. Face Nectar: Venetian Masks for Teens | Tuesday, July 31, 6 p.m.

Learn techniques to create Venetian mask effects from professional makeup artist Emiko Martinez, owner of Face Nectar Colorado. Ideal for ages 11-17. *Up to 15 participants, so arrive early.

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Summer In Full Swing Monday Farm Stand, 4th Of July, Thanks To All By Sierra Fleenor

Executive Director, GPHC, Inc.

nally, thanks to our members who support our programs, and also provide critical financial support for all things GPHC.

Summer is in full swing here at Greater What we need: Soup, soap, shampoo Park Hill Community. The farm stand has already attracted dozens of visitors on Our free farm stand has started up again Mondays, the garden is producing, and the and you can join us every Monday from 10 Park Hill Garden Walk was a delight. If you a.m. to 1 p.m., through the end of Octowere there, you know how inspiring all the ber. We set up out front of GPHC’s office at gardens were. Don’t worry, though, the fun 2823 Fairfax St. (unless there’s rain, then has just begun. we move inside). Join us on the 4th of July We welcome you to bring for the 10th annual Park Hill items from your garden, pick This weekly event parade down 23rd Avenue up some items for your famhas grown from a (see details on page 1). Each ily, or both. Over the last few year thousands of neighbors years, this weekly event has few tables into a participate, watch, and enjoy grown from a few tables into one another’s company. We celebration of garden a celebration of garden bounhope we will see you in the ty and sharing, so join us and bounty … crowd this year. meet some of your neighbors As always, we’d like to while snagging something thank our volunteers who fresh and fun to eat. have spent hours and hours of time helpEach month we publish a wish list of ing us with our food programs. Our food items for our food pantry. At the moment, pantry volunteers sort thousands of cans our food pantry needs cans of peaches, that we receive in donations and have been mixed fruit, pears and any other variety of wonderful supports and ambassadors for canned fruit. We always run low on canned our clients. meats, including tuna, Vienna sausages, I’d especially like to thank our weekend and spam. Our clients have also requested food program volunteers who spent numerwhite rice, dehydrated mashed potatoes, ous hours during the academic year buildhearty soups, pasta and rice sides, black ing and delivering bags of food to schooleyed peas, cup o’ soup, and ramen. We alchildren. They have made a huge difference ways accept donations of fresh or frozen in the lives of more than 270 children and meat, dairy, bread, vegetables, and fruit. their families this past year. Thanks also to We cannot distribute expired items, so our partners and parent volunteers at Park please check your items before making a Hill Elementary, Roots Elementary, Smith donation. Elementary and the Vickers Boys and Girls We also distribute hygiene products and Club. we currently need travel and full-size loOf course, you wouldn’t be holding this tion, soap, deodorant, sunblock, shampoo, paper in your hands if it weren’t for our conditioner, toothpaste, toothbrushes, and newspaper volunteers. Thank you to those mouthwash. Clients have requested Tide of you who bundle and deliver the paper pods, laundry detergent (in smaller conevery month. Your efforts help us keep our tainers), and dish soap. Finally, we are in community connected and informed. need of baby wipes and diapers in sizes 1 A big thank you also goes to our donors and 6 only, please. who have given both in-kind and financial We accept food donations at GPHC’s donations to our programs. This month I’d office (2823 Fairfax St.) Monday through especially like to thank Kelvin Taylor, who Thursday, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. We also helped divert more than 2,000 pounds of accept donations of non-perishable items sugar from going to waste. We’ll be handat the Park Hill Branch Library and Cake ing out sugar at our farm stand for the next Crumbs during their regular business few weeks thanks to Kelvin! hours. Thanks also to those who donated funds We always accept financial donations for from their proceeds from our 6th annual our food programs, as well as the other proCommunity Yard Sale in May. The funds grams we offer. If you’d interested in learnwill help support the Weekend Food Proing more, visit our website at greaterparkhgram, and the families that are helped. or call our office at 303-388-0918.

Volunteers Janey Alpert Jason Barth Barb Cavendar Jack Farrar Claudia Fields Harold Fields Tas Frashure Maria Goodwin Noni Horwitz Erika Hutyra Rod Leman Debra Lovell

Jasper Mueller Chuck Nelson Mia Peterson Mike Quigley Peggy Roberts Tammi Scroggins Heather Shulman Shane Sutherland Sue Weinstein Jeannie Willis

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Joy Ahlborg Jason Barth Esther Bickel Aaron Crouts Erin Donovan Karen Fedde Philip Gee Jeff Gilley Alan Greenberg Pam Greenberg Ellen Hokansen Barbara Lemer Colin Mann

Sean McElveny Anne McLaughlin Danielle Okay Maria Ortiz Erik Stark Kelvin Taylor Mary Thompson Karen Timmons Jeannie Willis Christopher Wink Molly Wink AARP Queen City Chapter #995

Ace on the Fax Blessed Sacrament Cake Crumbs and Patrons City Floral Cure D’ Ars Denver Food Rescue Food Bank of the Rockies/9 News Cares Messiah Community Church Montview Boulevard Presbyterian Church Park Hill Community Garden Park Hill Congregational Church Park Hill Library and Patrons Park Hill United Methodist Church St Paul Lutheran Church St. Thomas Episcopal Church Temple Micah Whole Hearted Mobile Vet

New and Renewing Members James Aubrey Elizabeth Bayliss Barbara Berryman Kathryn Blanas Julie Bonnet Dennis T. Boucher Robert Boyle William R. Braden Cynthia Braden Joe Breely

John M. Brink Ellen Brown Nathaniel Buchheit Sara Burgess Colleen Burke Michael Bush Marty Caplan Arna Caplan Mary Carlson Carol Chipman Trevor Daly Lindsey Daly Larry Drake Linda Drake Elizabeth Drummond Michelle Ferguson Carla Finch Douglas Fishburne Sonja Foss Leanne K Gardner Josh Goodman Simon Hambidge Lyle Hansen Sandy Hansen Shanta Harrison Pam Hartman Duke Hartman Terry Haussler Diane Hergott Lawrence Hergott Forrest Hobbs Paula Hoffman Ashley Hofwolt Kathryn Holm Barbar Holme Jessica Howard Nancy Howe Angleline Ishida Sean Janelle Will Johnson Thomas Johnson

Candice Johnson Marcia Johnson Karen L Johnston Stephen Kaeuper Kevin Kennedy Chris Kermiet Sharon Kermiet James A. L. King Young B. King William Leo Lakers Barbara Larsen Courtney LeDuc Alan Levin Leslie Levin Jesse Loper Tracey MacDermott Roberta Marks Kathleen Mayer Lydia McCoy Getabecha Mekonnen Kevin Mercado Stefan Mokrohisky Brenda Mokrohisky Harriet Mullaney Buffy Naake Brent O’Neill Linda Orosz Paul Orosz Louis Plachowski Scott Ranby Krista Ranby Kurt Reisser Becky Richardson Lawrence J. Ricketts Sue Ricketts Leo Riegel Lee Rosenberg Dena Saleh Elaine Selsberg Alexis Senger Heather Shockey

Jacqui Shumway Beverly Sloan Jean Smith Bob Smith Elizabeth Spohn Liz Stauter Mike Stauter Melissa Stirdivant Frank Sullivan Sylvia Sullivan T Shane Sutherland Julie Swatosch Barbara Symonds Pamela Tarquin Laura Waligorski Bridget Walsh Diana Walstrom Harold J. Weber Lois M. Weber Jewel Wegs Tom Wegs Robert West Jean West Kim Wille Jeannie Willis Beth Wright Dick Young Lorie Young Be Media Group Denver Welcome JBS Arts Josh Goodman Voiceovers Koko Fit Club Living Younger Longer Institute Suburban Toppers, Inc Three Week Kitchens

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 for details. The following are current board members, and their best contacts. Many representatives prefer to be contacted through the main office – at 303388-0918 or 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 303-3880918 or email • Board Chair Tracey MacDermott: • 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: • 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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Austin’s Awesome Powers Meet Austin! Known around the shelter for his amazing air biscuits and loud purr, he is ready to meet his forever family. Austin is FIV positive, so he will have to be in a home with other FIV positive siblings or be the only cat. Come meet him today. He is at the Dumb Friends League 2080 S. Quebec St. and his ID# is 0779832. To see other furry friends available for adoption, please visit

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

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For Pet Care, Avoid The Wild, Wild World Wide Web The digital information age has put a Myth 3: Animals eat grass to make supercomputer in almost every hand, with themselves vomit. smart phones and instantaneous connecFact: This is variable. Some definitely tivity to the Internet. may eat grass to induce vomiting as a To someone who used six-inch floppy means to helping with an upset stomach, disks at the start of college, I can tell you but the majority likely eat a little grass as much has changed, but the caveat of knowsalad due to some of the nutrients in grasses ing where your information comes from – like potassium and chlorophyll. Just make reliable source versus good intentioned but sure if your cat or dog is a grass nibbler, that misinformed versus advertising – hasn’t what they eat has no sprayed chemicals or changed. In fact, with the Internet, pesticides. I think it has become harder to disMyth 4: Dogs and cats don’t cern what is good information. need dental care. For pet information, always rely Fact: This is so very wrong. Just on your veterinarian – it’s what like us, pets suffer from periodonwe do day in and day out with our tal disease, broken teeth, enamel training in medicine and physioldefects and more. ogy. Life is moving ever faster at the If left untreated, these will lead speed of thumbs, but so has animal to painful infections, loss of teeth DR. MARGOT medicine. and can promote damage and VAHRENWALD Here are a few facts to consider: disease in the heart and kidneys. Regular dental examinations with Myth 1: To help save cost, professional veterinary dental monthly oral heartworm precleanings under anesthesia are ventative can be given every 60 Life is moving best in combination with daily days rather than 30. home dental care. Fact: WRONG! This is so ever faster at the dangerous for our patients. Oral speed of thumbs, Myth 5: My cat or dog was heartworm preventative should vaccinated a kitten or puppy but so has animal and doesn’tasneed be given every 30 days – if later more vaccinamedicine. than 35 days, there is a risk for tions. being infected by a heartwormFact: Again, this is wrong. carrying mosquito. There are The vaccinations given to our longer acting treatments such as Propet cats and dogs are for common diseases Heart6 injections, which are given every and a single vaccination does not give lifesix months. But if your pet is on an oral time protection. Rather, immunity to lifepreventative, plug in to your phone a rethreatening diseases such as rabies is creminder to give every 30 days. ated by appropriate boostering to “remind” the immune system of potential threats. Myth 2: A warm nose means my dog Not every pet needs all vaccinations, but or cat is sick. every pet deserves to be protected with a Fact: A warm nose is a warm nose – vaccination plan to accounts for their age, normal body temperature range for cats lifestyle risks and regional disease presand dogs is 100 to 102.5 degrees, so they sures. will feel warmer to touch without having a fever. Better to monitor for concerning Dr. Margot can be reached at parkhillvet. signs of illness such as persistent loss of apcom. petite, decreased energy/activity, vomiting, diarrhea or other clinical concerns.

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We have a variety of memberships. All memberships are tax deductible. ___ Individual or Family ($35/year) ___ Business or Patron ($250/year)

[ ] New member

___ Sponsor ($100/year) ___ Other

[ ] Membership renewal

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.

Name: ________________________________________________________ Business name:_________________________________________________ Address & Zip:__________________________________________________ Phone:_____________________(work) ________________________(home) Email: ________________________________________________________

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

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Art Garage

Park Hill Community Bookstore

6100 E. 23rd Ave.,, 303377-2353

Denver School of the Arts 7111 Montview Blvd.

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.

Denver Police District 2

Park Hill New Parents Group

3921 Holly St.,, 720913-1000 Park Hill parents group offers playdates, outings, Dad’s Night Out and Mommy Book Club.

Commander Calo hosts the District 2 Community Advisory Board’s (2CAB) monthly meetings on the fourth Thursday of every month at 6 p.m. in the D2 Police Station Community Room.

Denver Public Schools

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

Sertoma Club


Faith Community

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

Greater Park Hill Community, Inc. 7.31.18

Established in 1971. Denver’s oldest nonprofit bookstore. Used and new books. 6420 E. 23rd Avenue. 303-355-8508.

2823 Fairfax St.,, 303-3880918

The GPHC neighborhood association generally holds its monthly meetings on the first Thursdays of the month. The meetings are free and open to all. There is no meeting in July. The next community meeting is Thursday, Aug. 2, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at 2823 Fairfax St.

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

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

Sunshine Food Project, 303-321-5231

A nonprofit community collaborative seeking to provide healthy and sustainable food systems to Park Hill and surrounding food desert neighborhoods.

Tai Chi Project, 303-744-7676

Holly Area Redevelopment Project (HARP)

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

HOPE Center, 3475 Holly St.

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

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.


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 D2 Police Station, 3921 Holly St. The NEPHC hosts its monthly meeting on the second Thursdays of the month at 6 p.m.

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.


Installation & Repair Quality Lawn Sprinkler Systems


A Positive Path for Spiritual Living Everyone Welcome- No Exceptions

OM Hour Mediation: Tue July 10th, 7pm Yard and Bake Sale: Sat July 14th, 8am-3pm Zen for Health Series: Love the Body You're In with Janet Langmeier, Transformational Coach Thu July 19th 7pm 4670 East 17th Ave Parkway Denver CO 80220 303.322.3901

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Parkhill provider of counseling services including individual, couples, family, adolescents, and children. Specialize in depression, anxiety, codependency, and addiction. Call Nancy 720-232-3776


Brush & Hammer- 303-895-5192, No job too small, affordable-reliable services. Clean gutters, repair, replace, wood fences, gates and decks, interior painting, hang curtain rods and blinds, install small paver or flagstone patios and walkways


Cut Rate Hauling - A trash, clutter, and junk removal service. Estate clean up, eviction clean up, construction debris, etc. Call Ruben today 720-434-8042 Always Hauling. A trash removal company. Property cleanouts, light demo, branches, furniture etc. No Job too Big or too Small. Free estimate. Proud partner to Susan G.Komen breast cancer foundation. 720-373-5700 Pamela


Aeration – Sod fertilizer – Power rake – Lawn mowing, Rototilling – Hauling – Fence repair or build – Stump removal – Weed control – Lawn mower repair – Shrubbery care – Small trees removed 720-327-9911 Rototilling/Garden Big or Small/Why SOD ½ the price to seed. Drought resistant seed.Not a contractor’s fast job! Big or Small By the job not the hour/ no hourly surprises.720-539-4269 303-733-5129

Urban Living Starts Here

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landscape architect

Take Charge of YOUR life in the End – Plan ahead, know your rights, educate your family. $10/ 2 yr. membership & informative 55 pg. handbook.

PLASTER REPAIR THE WALL REBUILDERS Interior plaster (and drywall) repair. We repair cracks, holes, crumbling walls, etc. Specializing in older homes, though we fix houses of every age. Dan and Laura Pino 303-698-1057 www.wallrebuilder. com

Chrisi Scherschligt Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, RMR, Cherry Creek


Urban Gardens



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

ROOFING Residential re-roofing and repair. 20 years experience. Licensed and insured. Historic and older home specialist. www.AccurateDenver. com Call or text Shawn Mehaffey at 303-9079223 or email

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

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

A Straight Up Fence Company Fences - Gates - Iron Work

A Straight Up Fence Company is a family owned and operated fence, gate and iron work installation and repair company. Specializing in custom metal fabrication, automated gates, cedar, vinyl, chain link and composite materials.

720-404-4730 |

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

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

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July 2018

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Daily Happy Hour

3-6pm \\ $2 Sake \\ $3 beer & food specials \\ $4-5 drinks & wine

All Day Sunday & Monday $1 Sake \\ $2 Beer \\ $3 food and more

5007 E. Colfax Ave., Denver \\ 303.333.5007 \\ Buy 1 get 1 free sushi rolls

(equal or lesser value, max value $14)

Free Appertizer when order more than $50 (max value $8)

Coupons can’t be combined with any other offers or happy hours. Coupons are for to-go order and dine-in to use. \\ Happy Hours are Dine-in Only.


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The Greater Park Hill News

July 2018

GPHN July 2018  

Greater Park Hill News, Denver Colorado

GPHN July 2018  

Greater Park Hill News, Denver Colorado