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Volume 52, Issue No. 3

March 2013

A Greater Park Hill Community, Inc. Publication

The Signs They Are a-Changin’

A grant from OED and support from the ‘Fax Partnership is helping businesses to beautify east Colfax one storefront at a time

consisting of an architect, an urban designer and a business owner, reviews each submission, often providing professional feedback to help an applicant Last year, the ‘Fax Partnership, improve their design within their buda nonprofit organization working get constraints. to support the revitalization of East Colfax, launched a pilot façade grant The façade grant program is just program which awarded $10,000 one of many ‘Fax Partnership’ endeavin grants to businesses from Coloors. Founded in 2006 by area residents rado Boulevard to Yosemite Street for and property owners under the guidtheir storefront beautification efforts. ance of then Councilwoman Marcia This February, the program received Johnson, the organization’s goal is to $30,000 from the Denver Office of forge relationships that encourage East Economic Development to keep the Colfax revitalization. program going. Today, the ‘Fax Partnership’ “I spent $4,000 and received Contributed Photo/ ‘Fax Partnership’ board of directors is comprised of Coltells me it looks really great,” restaurant owner Ibrahim Daleh says of his new sign, 1,750 from the program, which was “Everybody which he was able to afford through the ‘Fax Partnership’ Façade Grant program. “It’s visible, fax business owners as well as residents great,” said Ibrahim Daleh, owner of it’s much more organized than the one I had before and it’s much nicer.” The program will continue this year with a goal to reach 15 more businesses along East Colfax from neighborhoods surrounding the Phoenician Kabob, a MediterraColfax—Park Hill, Mayfair, Historic nean restaurant at the corner of Colfax Montclair, East Montclair, Bellevue-Hale and Lowry. All of the surand Ivy. “Believe me, if it was not for the grant money, it would have rounding RNO’s are also members of the Fax Partnership. been difficult to even go for it.” Since 2006, the ‘Fax Partnership has: recruited businesses, With this year’s grant, the ‘Fax Partnership will award up to 15 façade projects, and the West Colfax Business Improvement Dis- including Weisco Motor Car and Marzyck Fine Foods; facilitated trict was awarded an identical grant to do the same. In addition, up development, like Phoenix on the ‘Fax, the new mixed-use develto $100,000 in loan funds will be offered by the Mile High Comopment at Colfax and Poplar; and supported existing businesses, munity Loan Fund for property owners undertaking larger projects. through district branding and marketing, educational workshops, Funds may only be spent on exterior materials – paint, lighting, aw- crime and graffiti response, access to financing, and networking opnings and windows – and the applicant must match the funds with portunities. their own money. Last year, the $10,000 in grants spurred more than This year, the organization is focused on how the ‘Fax district $80,000 worth of improvements to East Colfax businesses. can become a more desirable consumer destination. The strategic “The goal here is to invest targeted public funds to incentivize plan includes a retail market study to seek out retail gaps, a survey of larger private improvements,” said ‘Fax Partnership’s Executive Dineighbors, business and property owner outreach, and organizing to rector Hilarie Portell. “And those improvements add up – people make physical improvements to the streetscape. start to notice positive changes, spruced up buildings and a sense of “It really is Denver’s main street, and should be a regular stop for forward movement. That momentum speaks volumes to other busipeople living in surrounding neighborhoods,” Portell said. “There’s nesses or developers thinking of investing in East Colfax Avenue.” a lot to do, but much enthusiasm on Colfax. The ball is rolling, we Portell says that the response from Colfax businesses has been great. “You’ve never met a nicer group of people, really committed to just have to keep on it!” Colfax Avenue and serving the surrounding neighborhoods.” For more information and to register for The Fax Partnership’s Grant applicants must turn in formal applications that include proposed project details. A professional Design Review Committee, monthly e-newsletter, visit

By Erin Vanderberg Editor

DPS Begins Community Process on Area Middle Schools

Parents’ concerns: boundaries, space availability and co-location By, Lynn Kalinauskas GPHC Education Chair Following the decision to phase-out Smiley Middle School within the next two years, Denver Public Schools held its first Greater Park Hill/Stapleton Community Meeting in Smiley’s cafeteria on February 6. The vast room was packed, with many people standing for the two hour meeting. This was the first in a series of meetings intended to give the community a chance to voice its ideas, wants and concerns about middle school programs in the Greater Park Hill and Stapleton communities. At issue is not only the program that will replace Smiley but also the configuration of Park Hill’s neighborhood school boundary. Tom Boasberg, DPS Superintendent, who was present at the meeting, explained that DPS’ “best thinking” at this time would be for Park Hill and Stapleton to have “one community enrollment zone” for middle school. That is, the two neighborhoods would have priority to choice into five schools: McAuliffe in the Smiley building on Holly Street, the new middle school that will replace McAuliffe at its present location, a new school to be built in Stapleton north of I-70, Denver School of Science and Technology-Stapleton and Bill Roberts. With the exception of DSST-Stapleton, Boasberg said most families would be able to choice into their preferred school.

If the expanded school boundary becomes a reality, Park Hill residents would have to choice their children into these five schools (or other preferred schools) with no guarantee of obtaining a first choice. The superintendent also noted that transportation would be provided but did not offer any details about transportation logistics. Boasberg insisted that East High School would remain within Park Hill’s boundary for high school: “Let me say that even stronger, repeat it: There are NO plans to change the East High School boundary.” It remains unclear whether these meetings are to gauge the community’s interest or resistance to the proposal and the extent to which community voices will be taken into account when final decisions are made. Nonetheless, both Park Hill and Stapleton residents had questions. One Park Hill parent expressed her interest and welcomed McAuliffe to the neighborhood, while another pointed to DPS’ chronic neglect of Smiley and the desire to see DPS support whatever school came to the Smiley building in the hopes of building a strong middle school for Park Hill. Several Stapleton families expressed frustration that they had bought into the K-8 model presented to them as SwigertMcAuliffe International School only to have that model dismantled and turned into two separate schools. Another Stapleton parent expressed concern about co-locations in general and how a co-location would work at Smiley given that the new school there would share the building with Venture Prep

Neighborhood Safety on GPHC Meeting Agenda District 2 Police Station to host District 2 will host the Greater Park Hill Community’s regular neighborhood meeting on Thursday, March 7, 2013 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the District 2 Police Station’s Community Room, 3921 Holly Street. District 2 Commander Michael Calo, City Councilman Albus Brooks, and representatives from the City Attorney’s and Excise and License offices will be in attendance to discuss a host of issues relating to neighborhood safety on the 2800 block of Fairfax. All are welcome. For more information

The Prodigal Son Initiative, Inc. to Continue Building Communities like Holly Square By, Terrance Roberts Executive Director, Prodigal Son Initiative Last week when I pulled up to my office, one of my young friends from the neighborhood was sitting on his bike waiting for me on the street corner. “Doesn’t it feel good to look over there every day and see your words come to life?” he asked, nodding to Holly Square. I get asked that question all of the time, in various forms, but to have this particular kid ask me made me feel that much better about all we have accomplished. I looked across the street at the Holly Square Peace Courts and the construction of the Nancy P. Anschutz Center – as I do literally 30 times a day – and I shook my head up and down. I simply told him, “Yes it does”, and let him know that any time he wanted to get a good basketball or futsal soccer game going that I was more than willing to accept the challenge. It does feel good to see the construction of a brand new youth center and job training site, and those brand new courts and playgrounds have done wonders for the landscape and quality of life in the Holly Square area. Less crime, community beautification, and community assets to assist the schools – what community would not be proud of these accomplishments? After the arson in 2008 that left the Holly Square a burned and battered war zone, many good-hearted, professional community warriors’ stepped up to the call of duty and helped the people of Northeast Park Hill climb from the ashes. The ‘forgotten community’ is now poised to show thousands of other communities the power of collaboration, willpower, resource sharing, and good neighboring principles! These groups were: the Urban Land Conservancy, the Holly Area Redevelopment Project, the Hope Center, Pauline Robinson Library, Hiawatha Davis Recreation Center, the U.S. Post Office, Nancy P. Anschutz Center, Jack A. Vickers Boys and Girls Club of Metro Denver, Mi Casa Resource Center, G.R.I.D., State Senator Michael Johnston’s office, Mayor Michael B. Hancock’s office, Governor John Hickenlooper’s office, the Denver Foundation, the Prodigal Son Initiative, and all the locally owned businesses still located in the area.

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As the current Chair of the Greater Park Hill Community, Inc. (GPHC), one of the initiatives for my term is to increase participation in the organization. What better way to share with you, the neighbors, who GPHC is and what GPHC does than an article in the newspaper the organization publishes. So, let me start by introducing GPHC! GPHC is a volunteer-based Registered Neighborhood Organization that: promotes the character and vibrancy of Park Hill; provides resources, information and advocacy; preserves the quality of life and history of the neighborhood; through community participation. GPHC was incorporated in 1961 and is one of the oldest and largest Registered Neighborhood Organization in the City and County of Denver. It was a time of

Volunteers are the cornerstone of the organization. Volunteers serve as board members, chair committees and host events. One of the best examples of the role that volunteers play is the newspaper, which is delivered by over 350 volunteers each and every month to over 10,000 Park Hill households. One of the easiest and most viable ways you can contribute to the organization is to become a member of GPHC. Your membership allows GPHC to run the emergency food pantry, publish the GPHNews, support issues that affect the quality of life in Park Hill and showcase our historic neighborhood. In addition, as an RNO the organization is granted authority by the City to weigh-in on pending City decisions before they are decided. Your membership allows GPHC to have a collective voice with elected oďŹƒcials

GPHN Photo/Erin Vanderberg Members of the GPHC at the February 2 Board Retreat, from L-R: Robyn Fishman (Executive Director), Ryan Hunter (District 2), Heather Shockey (District 3, Past Chair), LeAnn Anderson (District 10, Chair), Bernadette Kelly (District 5, Secretary), facilitator Bridget Morris (Mountain States Employers Council, Inc.), Shannon O’Connell (At-Large), Roberta Locke (District 7, Chair-Elect), Geneva Goldsby (Executive Committee, Safety Chair), Tracey MacDermott (Executive Committee, Treasurer), Getabecha Mekonnen (At-Large), Lynn Kalinauskas (Education Chair), and Melissa Davis (At-Large).

racial unrest and fear. The churches of Park Hill came together as a united voice for the neighbors to encourage acceptance and understanding of all people regardless of ethnic background or economic status. As a way to communicate with neighbors, the churches and neighborhood activists published the Park Hill Action News, which is now the GPHNewspaper. Over the years, GPHC led the effort to desegregate the Denver Public Schools and successfully changed the flight paths of Stapleton Airport due to noise violations. More recently, GPHC in conjunction with the Northeast Park Hill Coalition, was instrumental in opposing the reissuance of the Holly Liquor Store license, which set the stage for the redevelopment of the Holly by the Urban Land Conservancy. In 2011, GPHC worked diligently to review and effect the new zoning code implemented by the City and County of Denver, safeguarding the Park Hill neighborhood. GPHC hosts several fun neighborhood events, including the home tour, garden walk and the 4th of July Parade. GPHC provides emergency food assistance through its food pantry and serves as a resource for neighbors navigating City processes.

and government agencies. Please use the membership form on page 21 to become a member today. Another great way to get involved is to attend the monthly board meetings which are open to the public. They are a great way to learn about what is going in Park Hill and become engaged. Board meetings are held the first Thursday of the month, except for July and December, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The location varies and is posted in the GPHNews every month. The meetings are open to everyone and are a great way to get to know other Park Hillians. GPHC has successfully served the neighborhood for over five decades through neighbors, just like you, who see a problem and step up to fix it, see a need and step forward to meet it, or see an opportunity for community engagement and seize it. There are many ways to get involved. Please become a member today by completing a membership form, volunteer to donate your time, talent or ideas to support GPHC. With your help GPHC can continue to accomplish great things! LeAnn Anderson, GPHC Board Chair can be reached at

CORRECTION: In the February issue, we reported that the incoming Walgreens at 35th and Colorado would occupy an “abandoned� building. While Bethsaida Temple Christian Community had never occupied the old District 2 Police Station, they purchased it from the City in September 2005 with the intent to start a school in the building. They sold it to Walgreens in December 2012. The Greater Park Hill News | Mar. 2013

Prodigal Son

Continued from page 1 Our community is on its way to speaking in the past-tense about the pain of urban decay, violence, unemployment and education gaps – we have risen so high above the ashes. Our youth have the opportunity to be safe and comfortable until 9 p.m. every day, engaged in programming from the Boys and Girls Club, the Hiawatha Davis Rec Center or the Prodigal Son Initiative, Inc., while they learn new skills and work side-by-side to heal their own community. The youth of our community will soon be the young men and women leading others into a positive and productive future. Growing up in Northeast Park Hill, I quickly learned to work hard. Having a grandmother who still owns and operates a soul food restaurant (A & A Fish) seven days a week at 29th and Fairfax, I learned that those who work are the ones who set the tone for the block, not the ones loitering in the street standing in the various parking lots. The life that was on the block was coming from the many shops where the people of the commu-

are poised to help resurrect other communities suffering from some of the issues we suffered at Dahlia Square, before the demolition, and most recently at our beloved Holly Square Shopping Center. The term that has now been coined from our work with the Holly Square Peace Courts is ‘Interim Use Development’. These small community beautification projects create positive gathering spaces as a direct message against the many ills that come from urban decay issues. Having the youth beautify their own community gives them ownership that no street gang or anger from broken opportunities could ever give them. I am the kid who was on the honor roll for many years in school, and I am also the kid who joined the neighborhood street gang for many years. From getting gunned down in Northeast Park Hill in the ‘Summer of Violence’, to being incarcerated and being called a ‘Public Nuisance’ at a time in Park Hill, to be able to become a man who could even work on a process to help heal the Holly Square, and the rest of our community in Park Hill, this is more than

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a dream, or vision come true! I’m honored beyond belief to be able to serve my community to where for decades to come we will have proper development and service for our humble but active Tribe. Park Hill is rightfully where it should be, in my opinion, helping other communities heal their trauma by leading the way into the future for our youth and community members. We all appreciate the support and love shown to the Holly Square Redevelopment Process, which could not have happened without the support of our community members. Congratulations to you, Park Hill, for being the best community in the nation! Please stop by Holly Square to see the progress, and while you’re there, say hello – we are always happy to see our neighbors.

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nity came to visit. This is a life lesson I took with me into the Holly Square Redevelopment Process, as did many of the other community leaders who put so much effort into a process that I still can’t believe we were actually able to implement so effectively. Recently, we at the Prodigal Son Initiative, Inc., had to make a hard, but realistic, decision to scale back our afterschool programming due to the lack of adequate funding to run it properly for the youth. But this decision has become another blessing in disguise, as was the case with the turmoil in Holly Square. We have been able to garner support from a few sources who share our vision of Urban Beautification for the youth, and with the youth of the community. We at PSI, Inc., have now narrowed our focus to work with youth in various blighted communities. Along with our Northeast Denver Youth Leadership Committee team, we

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CITY MATTERS by Dave Felice

Hentzell Park Protest Spurs City-Wide Park Designation

Protestors gathered at the mayoral “Cabinet in the Community” at Harvey Park. Spurred by the controversy over Hentzell, Parks and Recreation proposes to promptly designate 18 properties as parks. Hentzell approval pending

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Mayor Michael B. Hancock’s plan to trade nine acres of Hentzell Park Natural Area in southeast Denver for an office building is expected to go before City Council’s Government and Finance Committee in March as a land transaction. Hancock wants the building at 1330 Fox, owned by the Denver School District, to be remodeled for services to victims of domestic violence. Benefactor Rose Andom has pledged $1 million to the project. The city expects to spend at least $5 million to renovate the aging building. In exchange, the school district would get the park property. Opponents argue that trading rare, irreplaceable natural area is wrong, especially since both the city and the school district just got approval for massive tax

increases. Despite an 11-to-6 vote by the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board to retain natural area status for the land, Parks Manager Lauri Dannemiller approved de-designation. Protest targets Hancock

At the February 9 mayoral meeting at Kunsmiller Academy in Harvey Park, about 30 protestors from all over Denver carried signs and conversed with city officials. Hancock’s young community liaison admonished the mostly older community activists to “be respectful.” The activists said they only intended to convey a message, not to behave inappropriately. Hancock read a prepared statement about Hentzell Park. One park advocate observed the statement had been “tweaked” to mention the new effort by Dannemiller to have the City Council formally designate many Denver parks. While the Mayor avoided his previous description of Hentzell Park Natural Area as “blighted,” he renewed his pitch that his plan would “activate” this underutilized area.

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GPHN Photo/Dave Felice Activists upset about the city’s plans to give up part of a city-owned natural area attended Mayor Michael Hancock’s “Cabinet in the Community” meeting February 9 in Harvey Park. L-R: Rod Mullins, Kathleen Wells, Joe Halpern, Diane Mullins and Mary Ewing.

On Monday following the meeting, Press Secretary Amber Miller, speaking for Mayor Hancock, issued the following statement: “The proposed land swap provides a viable location for an early education center and elementary school in the Hampden Heights neighborhood, where our schools are experiencing significant overcrowding, while allowing the city to deliver a centrally located, easily accessible domestic violence resource center. Further, by building a new school with shared recreational fields on a piece of this land and working to designate the rest as parkland, the city will activate the entire Hentzell Park area in a way that will bring significant value to our community by making it much more useable. Park designations moving rapidly In the wake of the Hentzell controversy, Parks and Recreation proposes almost immediate official designation of nine properties, soon followed by nine more. These lands, which everyone considers to be parks, were never fully designated. In a statement to the Greater Park Hill News, Dannemiller said: “In 1956, all land in Denver that had been acquired or developed to be used as a park was designated as such by City Charter. This move gave approximately 70 percent of all parkland in the City a designated status. A plan was put in place nearly a decade ago to designate all parks that had been added to the City’s system since 1956. Unfortunately, that process was put on hold by prior Parks and Recreation management for reasons that I am unaware of as they predate my appointment to the Department. Pg. 4

“We are revisiting that process now and plan to have 90 percent of all parks and open space in Denver designated within the next few years. We will immediately move to designate an additional 460 acres this year, bringing the total number of designated acreage to 3,966.” Section 2.4.5 of the City Charter requires a vote before any park land can be disposed of. Hentzell Park advocates contend the provision should also apply to Natural Areas, sanctioned by a unanimous vote in 2007 by the Parks Advisory Board. Of 276 properties with park characteristics, 153 are designated. Nine more would be designated in the first round, including Gates Crescent, Green Valley, and Ruby Hill. An additional nine – including Stapleton Central Park and Bear Creek – would be in the second round. There are 31 properties not eligible, 53 candidates for designation, and 21 are partially designated.

Park advocates all over Denver still oppose the Hentzell Park trade. Renee Lewis ( and Shawn Smith ( lead the opposition in the immediate Hampden Heights neighborhood. Park supporters say it is critical that everyone contact Mayor Hancock and City Council. Information on how to send a message and addresses are listed at Members of Council give little indication of how they might vote. Councilwoman Peggy Lehmann of District 4, where the land is located, endorses the deal. Traditionally, when a matter involves one district, other members are inclined to be supportive. However, critics say this situation affects the whole city. Councilwoman at Large Robin Kneich is known to favor assistance to victims of domestic violence, but has concern about the “process” of the transaction. Other Council members, including those representing Park Hill, still say they are trying to keep an open mind. Council is expected to conduct a “courtesy” public hearing on the Hentzell transaction. For more information on DPW, visit: Contact Dave Felice at

Contributed Photo/Lisa Calderon Protestors inside Mayor Michael B Hancock’s “Cabinet in the Community” on February 9 at Harvey Park. Some community activists speculated that the Mayor intentionally scheduled this meeting at the same time and date as the delegate meeting of Inter-Neighborhood Cooperation to minimize opposition.

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A Proposal for Denver’s Emerald Spider’s Web In the American Planning Association’s City Parks Forum Planning Briefing Paper 5, “How Cities Use Parks for Green Infrastructure”, authors Ed McMahon and Mark Benedict of The Conservation Fund’s Center for Conservation and Development make four “Key Points”. Two of those points are directly relevant to this column and the idea of an integrated system of restored stream corridors in the eastern portion of Denver. “KEY POINT #1: Creating an interconnected system of parks and open space is manifestly more beneficial than creating parks in isolation. No single park, no matter how large and how well designed, would provide citizens with the beneficial influences of nature; instead parks need to be linked to one another and to surrounding residential neighborhoods. —Frederick Law Olmsted” Note: Olmsted is the noted landscape architect who designed Boston’s Emerald Necklace, a seven-mile connected strand of parks and open spaces in a semi-circle around much of the city. “KEY POINT #4: Cities can use parks to reduce public costs for stormwater management, flood control, transportation, and other forms of built infrastructure. Perhaps the greatest value of an interconnected green space system is the financial benefit that may be gained when green infrastructure reduces the need for built infrastructure. When designed to include stream networks, wetlands, and other lowlying areas, a city’s green space system can provide numerous stormwater management benefits, including storing, carrying, and filtering storm runoff…. Bellevue,Washington. Flood control and stormwater management in urban areas typically involve vast networks of underground storm sewers that feed into channelized streams or ditches and eventually into natural waterways. These systems are very expensive, and under extreme flood conditions they often fail. … Today (in Bellevue) two city agencies, the Storm and Surface Water Utility and the Parks and Recreation Department, use the same land to accomplish multiple objectives.” In this column, to date I have talked about two watersheds, the West-

erly Creek watershed and the Montclair Creek watershed. Allow me to expand the conversation to address the majority of the territory in the eastern portion of the City and County of Denver: • East of South Santa Fe Drive and Interstate 25, • North of Hampden Avenue, and •South of Interstate 70. As well as including the two watersheds already discussed, and the South Platte River and Cherry Creek, this geographic territory includes: 1) The Harvard Gulch watershed (tributary to the South Platte near Evans Avenue), 2) The Goldsmith Gulch watershed (tributary to Cherry Creek near Monaco), and 3) The Park Hill Drainage Basin (tributary to the South Platte near its confluence with Sand Creek and near the crossing of the river by I-270). This month’s column is presenting the general idea of mimicking Boston’s famed Emerald Necklace with Denver’s “Emerald Spider’s Web”. Speaking seriously, the notion is to interconnect five (5) tributary watersheds along with Denver’s two crown jewel greenway corridors (the South Platte and Cherry Creek) to create a holistic network of parks, greenways and open spaces on Denver’s east side. With the exception of Harvard Gulch, Denver’s Gulch Master Plan (Department of Parks and Recreation) focuses on Denver’s west side waterways. The concept of that master plan is described in the Executive Summary “Why was the plan developed? Viewing and appreciating nature while recreating adjacent to a waterway is truly a unique feature for a park system to have as a community amenity. Denver residents located on the west side of the city are fortunate to have these wonderful natural resources. Parks and Recreation recognizes how the value of this resource can contribute to the quality of life and be a catalyst for economic growth. To capture these beneficial aspects, DPR’s planning efforts are dedicated to creating environmental enhancements for the five gulches contained in this study.” That vision is equally appropriate for the east side of our city.

At you will find a map showing these five watersheds, the channel of the South Platte River, the channel of Cherry Creek and the existing network of parks, open spaces and trails on our side of town. Over the next three months, each of the three additional streams besides Westerly Creek and Montclair Creek will be explored in this column. That exploration will begin in the April 2013 issue with Goldsmith Gulch. If you, the readers, are interested in walks in each of those three additional watersheds, let me know. If you ask me, I will be happy to lead exploratory visits to see how appealing an Emerald Spider’s Web might be for this part of Denver. An expert in floodplain management, Brian Hyde can be reached at or 720-939-6039


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High School (its middle school is also phasing out). To the concerns of co-location Boasberg answered, “Wherever McAuliffe is, they will be sharing. If they stay in Swigert, they will be sharing. If they go North of I-70, they will be sharing. And that’s simply a fact of life … unless McAuliffe wants to grow by 500 kids, which they do not, wherever they go they will be sharing.” His answer contradicted McAuliffe’s principal Kurt Dennis who, in a presentation to the Park Hill community on December 18, stated that he would be willing to see McAuliffe grow to the point of occupying the whole building, should Venture Prep no longer be there. Co-locations seem to be favored by the current DPS administration, the stated goal being to better utilize available space. But they are rarely a happy marriage and one school is often favored at the expense of the other. One school gets the bigger gym, better access to the computer room, or the exclusive use of the band room, to name a few scenarios. Managing a co-located school also takes administrators’ time not to mention teachers’ time. Co-location is also difficult for

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students as it cultivates a needless competition over resources. It is difficult to estimate what percentage of the meeting’s attendees lived in Park Hill. Participants were asked to identify themselves as parents, students, DPS employees, but not as residents of one neighborhood or the other. If reorganizing boundaries were to occur, it is important that both communities be equally represented at these meetings. It remains to be seen what voice the community will truly have in shaping the new school that will occupy Smiley’s space and the boundary that will limit or open possibilities for Park Hill residents. Lynn Kalinauskas has lived in Park Hill for 12 years. Her children attend Park Hill Elementary and Smiley Middle School. She works for an educational nonprofit and teaches at UC Denver. She can be reached at For materials from the DPS Greater Park Hill/Stapleton community engagement process, visit

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Introducing the Cornerstone Collaborative Kelly Leid is the Director of Development Services for the City of Denver. He manages 200 employees, providing building and zoning review for all commercial and residential projects as well as neighborhood inspection services. On January 25th, Leid was appointed by the Mayor as the Project Manager for the Cornerstone Collaborative. Leid will serve in both positions until the project plan for the Collaborative is fully up and running, at which time he will transition out of the his position as Director for Development Services and a new staff member will take his place. GPHN talked with Director Leid for this edition of the Z&P 500.

5. River North – Reclaiming the river via greenway and transportation improvements and identifying sustainable development opportunities along the riverfront.

What is the Cornerstone Collaborative?

As the Project Manager, Leid has implemented his ‘90 Day Entry Plan’ which is in two parts: listening tours and project management development. On the listening tours, he is meeting with stakeholders for each project. He is gathering input from them on their perspective of the projects, to understand their concerns, to find out what is important to them and also building more contacts for whomever else they feel needs to be included. Meanwhile, his project management team is talking to City staff in multiple departments on how to interface and create a framework for communication and collaboration. They are developing a Community Outreach Plan for engagement and communication. By May 1, they plan to have the basic project management and project framework in place, at which time Leid will step down from his Director role and focus solely on Project Management for the Cornerstone Collaborative.

It is a collection of six projects along what Mayor Michael B. Hancock refers to as the ‘Corridor of Opportunity’. The corridor is a 23-mile stretch from Union Station east to D.I.A. The opportunity that the Mayor sees is one of economic development and job creation. This collaborative is an umbrella project to leverage the opportunities and get input from all internal and external stakeholders so that the total benefit is that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts, according to Leid. These six projects are identified as: 1. National Western Stock Show – Assess, in partnership with VISIT DENVER, Arts & Venues and the National Western leadership team, the NWSS site and current facilities to determine how to assure the NWSS’s long-term sustainability at the existing site.

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2. Interstate-70 reconstruction – Collaborating with the Colorado Department of Transportation and area stakeholders to ensure smart improvements to I-70 between Colorado and Brighton boulevards that help reconnect Denver neighborhoods.

6. Elyria-Swansea and Globeville neighborhood plans – Ensuring that the ElyriaSwansea and Globeville neighborhood plans are aligned with each other and with the myriad projects happening in and around these historic neighborhoods. What developments for the Cornerstone Collaborative have come about since the project was announced?

What can be expected in the near future?

3. RTD station development – Working with the Regional Transportation District and city agencies to coordinate the planning and implementation of the 38th Avenue and Blake Street (East Line) and the NWSS (North Line) stations that will serve the stock show area and connect downtown to the airport.

The ‘90 Day Plan’ is the first step of many in figuring out how to support, link and fill in the gaps in these six project efforts. A public meeting schedule and a website are part of the plan. Currently, meetings are taking place for each of the individual projects which Leid is attending and encouraging the public to engage in. Ultimately, the goal of the Cornerstone Collaborative is to have a team in place that monitors the projects and makes effective use of resources by being responsive and proactively engaged. Leid will continue to build relationships and work to stay connected to stakeholders.

4. Brighton Boulevard redevelopment – Overseeing effective public infrastructure improvements to the boulevard — the gateway to downtown from I-70 – and continuing the momentum of reinvestment that is beginning to emerge along this important roadway.

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Park Hill Chorus Rings in May PARK HILL ROOTS


Spring in a Semiarid Climate It’s official. Spring arrives this month – March 20 at 7:02 a.m. For the past ten or so years, spring has seemed to kick-in a lot earlier than that. It is becoming more and more evident that our climate is changing. So far, along the Front Range, it has been a very dry and mild winter, with few snow showers. Winter watering has been practiced like never before (hopefully!). The weather is shifting and our gardens are responding accordingly. And, so must we. Rather than being resentful of our “new normal”, we must embrace it and work with it, not against it. The fact is we live in a semiarid climate: wind; cold, crisp days; and the coveted sparse days of precipitation. Some may be surprised to learn that Denver is, indeed, a semiarid climate. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), “Semiarid climates are similar to arid climates, but are more moderate, experiencing less of the extreme high or low temperatures. These areas typically surround the desert areas, separating them from the more humid climates beyond.” To gracefully accept the reality that Denver is dry, prairie land, be mindful of your plant material choices. Follow Denver Water’s irrigation schedule. And, perhaps the most important tool for a happy Park Hill garden: amend your soil with organic compost. This is a lowcost – albeit, dirty – endeavor, but your gardens will thrive. The simple act of a soil amendment will assist in drainage and increase nutritional absorption. Take an inventory of the wealth of plant material that flourishes in Park Hill. Ornamental grasses, sedums, yuccas – they all have a spectacular show at least three seasons of the year. They also thrive in our climate, offering structure,

color and texture in the winter and spring months. Though, ideally, by the end of March, the plants that offer winter interest are weighted down by the heavy spring snow storms. Most obvious, however, are the early blooming bulbs that share their beauty with us. Crocus, hyacinths, daffodils and even tulips will be evident as the month proceeds. Look for the buds of trees and shrubs, as they slowly swell with new growth inside. At the end of this spring month, we may even witness some fruit blossoms – apples, cherries and pears. Redbuds, typically an April bloomer, might even grace us with

GPHN Photo/Marne Norquist Pink tulips stand tall and proud in the heavy, wet spring snow. Bulbs are the delight of spring in Denver’s semiarid climate.

its bright magenta blooms. Take note of the bulbs that peek through the snow covered ground. And, delight in the lovely image of a semiarid, Denver spring! Welcome the semiarid beauty that we are graced with. Work with our conditions, expanding your knowledge of how to properly grow plants that will thrive and flourish and bloom and offer us simple beauty – if even that means a single tulip peeping out of a heavy, wet March snow. Marne Norquist is a professional horticulturalist with 12 years of experience designing and installing gardens. A native of Park Hill, she now cultivates a plot on Dexter street, where gardens – edible and ornamental – and two kids grow. She can be reached at marnenorquist@

The Rocky Mountain Ringers will join One World Singers for the event By, Nick Frazer One World Singers Marketing Chairman Bells will be ringing in harmony with the voices of One World Singers on Friday, May 10, and Saturday, May 11, as Park Hill’s community chorus hosts the renowned Rocky Mountain Ringers in three performances at the historic St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 2201 Dexter Street. “Turn The World Around” is the theme of the May shows, with music from many cultures and countries performed jointly and individually by the chorus and the Ringers. One World Chorus director Dr. Keith Arnold has worked with the Rocky Mountain Ringers before, and says, “The chance to expose our audience to the stunning music of the Rocky Mountain Ringers is what excites me most about this collaboration”. Claire Holtgrewe of the Rocky Mountain Ringers notes that the group’s previous work with Dr. Arnold, “allowed us to entertain and educate new audiences and, most importantly, provided the chance for everyone to push themselves into new creative areas”. Holtgrewe adds, “When there is a focus of combining musical art forms, philosophies, and education, everyone gains.” Advance ticket information for the May concerts may be found at, or by calling 303-355-7472 or 303-250-7202. Tickets will also be available at the door. There will be 7 p.m. shows on Friday and Saturday and a 2 p.m. Saturday matinee performance. Adult tickets are $15, senior and student tickets are $12 and under-12 tickets are $6. A free dance featuring the Rhinelander Band and an optional $6 meal follow the Saturday evening concert. One World Singers changed its name in 2010 and moved to the St. Thomas church in 2011 after a long history as The Denver Turnverein Chorus. The chorus, currently featuring 51 members, presents two major concerts yearly, in May and December. In December of 2011, the first chorus performance at the Park Hill church, “Las Posadas, A Christmas Journey” featured Stop Time Recorder Consort as special guests. The Langston Hughes poem, “I Dream A World” inspired the May, 2012 concert, and last December’s “Festival of Carols” featured a rousing collaboration with

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Care & Feeding of Old Houses


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Spring Home Inspection A sunny early March day is the perfect time to give your home’s exterior an inspection because your view will not be obstructed by leaves and flowers. Also, the relative “brownness” of the surrounding grass and vegetation acts as a flat palette, allowing you to see more clearly. The hour or so that you invest in this activity could save you thousands of dollars in future repair costs. Before you begin, gather together these items: notebook, pen, binoculars, camera, a key, and a rock or small hammer. Begin at the front or back of the house and work your way around. First, examine the roof (here’s where the binoculars come in handy) and ask yourself these questions: • Are there any missing, broken, or warped shingles or tiles? • Does the roof look lumpy or bumpy? • Are there a lots of mineral granules on the roof? • Any pools of water? • Is the roof sagging? • How’s the flashing around the chimney or steep-sloped areas? Is it sagging or wobbly?


Then, take a look at the chimney, ask, note and photograph: • Is the chimney leaning? • How are the bricks? Have any fallen out? • How’s the mortar? Next, with your binoculars, look at the gutters, parapet (if applicable) and cornice, and note: • Are there any missing, loose, rotted or debris-filled gutters? • What condition is the paint on the cornice? • What condition is the parapet? Has water damaged it or is there a potential for this to happen? Now, bring your gaze down and take a look at the walls, windows and doors. Note and take pictures of any concerns. Here are some questions to ask: • Is decorative woodwork firmly in place and tightly caulked to prevent water damage? • What shape is the paint in? Is it peeling, curling, blistering or chalking? • Are there any loose, cracked or missing clapboards or shingles?

• Do I hear a hollow sound when I knock on the brick with the rock or small hammer? • When I take the key and run it along the horizontal mortar between the bricks, do white flakes fly? • If the brick has been painted, is it time to repaint to assure that the brick is not damaged by water? • Is there any water damage on window sills and any horizontal brick, stone or masonry areas? • How are the windows and doors? Any broken glass? • Do windows and doors fit properly? • Is any of the wood rotted? Finally, look at the bottom of the house and ask yourself these questions: • Do any bushes, trees or vines need trimming? • Can water drain away from the house? • Any signs of cracking in the foundation walls? Elizabeth can be reached through her website,


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By, Jason Malec, Atlanta transplant drawn to Park Hill’s new urbanism New Urbanism is a relatively new city planning and architectural movement making its way across the country. According to, it is defined by the “revival of our lost art of place-making, [which] promotes the creation and restoration of diverse, walkable, compact, vibrant, mixed-used communities.” In some cases, new urbanism reclaims abandoned spaces. While in others, developers can create new urban and semi-urban communities through breaking new ground. When Meredith, I, and our three kids moved to Denver nearly four years ago, I had begun studying new urbanism, and was attracted to the lifestyle and its principles. During our homefinding research, Meredith discovered that the Greater Park Hill neighborhood had just been named one of the American Planning Association’s Great Neighborhoods in America that year. We realized that New Urbanism is NOT a lost art after all. In fact, on my first visit to the ‘hood, after a cup of coffee at Perk Hill and a stroll down Kearney Street, I discovered that this extremely hot, desirable, and not inexpensive movement is actually based on prototypes like Park Hill. So we set our sights on living here and becoming a part of this community. We were migrating from a typical Atlanta suburban neighborhood, which had a handful of floor plans, a militant HOA, and bunches of people who looked just like us. But we wanted something different for our kids. Indeed, we desire for them to have friends who don’t look like them, and friends who hold different beliefs than us. After hearing these desires, our realtor confirmed that Park Hill was our place.

So, four years in, we still love our quirky, small house, which keeps us from accumulating too much unnecessary stuff. We love our stamped and cracked sidewalks, and seeing all the kids and parents walking and riding their kids to school each morning – which the recent “Mass Experiment 2012” study linked to better concentration. We love our proximity to the Bike Depot, and city services like the museum, Viva Streets, City Park, and the library. We love walking into places like Cherry Tomato, Oblios, Spinelli’s, and Cake Crumbs, where somebody’s bound to “know your name.” We love the hundreds of front porches, which

encourage summertime afternoons, “jes settin.” We love the fact that we know Sgt. Ambrose Slaughter, our local police officer, and his friendly neighborhood patrols. And, consistent with our desire, we love the fact that our kids are getting educated, in many cases, with people who have different skin color and backgrounds than ours. What we’ve realized is that “New Urbanism” is actually not new. It’s been alive and well for over 100 years, right here in Park Hill. And while it’s not for everyone, and it’s certainly not perfect, it’s my Park Hill. How do you see the neighborhood? Why do you live here? What makes Park Hill feel like home? Submit your essays to


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Cheyenne Fencing | 5818 E Colfax M-Th training camps from 5/27-8/29 at $260/week. Includes footwork, blade work, bouting, lessons, games and fun activities. Info: or 720-838-4225. Dardano’s School of Gymnastics | 2250 Kearney St Day, week or 4-week sessions for ages 3-5½ from 6/3-6/27 & 7/8-8/1 at $45, $150 or $400. Activities include gymnastics, games, arts & crafts, enrichment activities and story time. Info: or 303-355-0080. Denver Museum of Nature and Science | 2001 Colorado Blvd Daylong camps for grades K-6 and half-days camps for ages 4-5 from 6/108/16 at $170 and $290. Campers journey throughout the museum and into City Park to experiment, create, build and learn. Info: or 303-370-6000.

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A Yearlong Geocaching Adventure Series from Alphabet Denver Author Kitty Migaki

The Greater Park Hill News is hosting our own geocaching game, with the help of Kitty Migaki, local photographer and author of Alphabet Denver – a GPS Alphabet Hunt Book.

“Can you find me?” asks letters G and H


There is a letter named G A fine fellow obviously G stands guard Around the yard Soon to be found is he!

A community garden Neighborhood pride place Waiting for springs warm kiss

N 39˚ 44.996 W -104˚ 55.061

E co-ordinates: 39˚ 45’ 45.84” -104˚ 56’ 6.18”

N 39˚ 45.864 W -104 55.763

Anyone can play the Park Hill Alphabet Hunt Game! If you don’t have a handheld GPS, take

this month’s coordinates to the website On the bottom right corner, you’ll see the option to “Show Point from Latitude and Longitude”. The letter location will then be pin pointed on the map at the top of the itouchmap web page! You can zoom in by pressing the + symbol on the left margin of the map. Go find the letter and send your photo to the paper! Happy Hunting! Photos must be submitted electronically by March 20 to

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No one found Letters E and F last month, which would have led intrepid geocachers to the following street scenes.

F coordinates: 39˚ 46’ 10.2354” -104˚ 55’ 6.06” Hint: is a great website for converting cooredinates into another format. The map on the website can also give you a good idea of what you are looking for before you get there.

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Local Park Hill Summer Camps Cont. from page 9

Heritage Camps for Adoptive Families | 2052 Elm St 4-day weekend camps for adoptive families at $95-$125/person. Includes a culturally-rich camp experience in urban and mountain settings. Info: or 303-320-4234.

Mizel Museum | 400 S Kearney St 1-week sessions for grades preschool to 8th from 5/29-8/12 at $170-$245. Creative Journeys employ teaching artists to celebrate kids’ extraordinary capacity to imagine and innovate. Info: or 303-749-5017. Park Hill Golf Course | 4141 E 35th Ave Half- and full-day camps for junior golfers of all abilities from 6/5-8/30 at $225 and up. Learner’s camp covers basics of game; player’s camp teaches on-course skills; full-day combines both. Info: or 303-333-5411 x32 or

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Sol Vida Dance | 4926 E Colfax Drop-in and weekly classes and camps for ages 3 to 18 from 6/15-8/2 at $75/week or $15 drop-in. Encourages movement while cultivating creativity, self-discipline and art appreciation. Info: or 720-224-5990. Summer in the Parks | City Park Picnic Area #2 or Fred Thomas Park 8-week camps for ages 7-12 from 6/17-8/9 at $450. Includes active games, arts & crafts, field trips, swimming and other day camps. Info: or 720-865-0840.

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Altogether Outdoors | Denver, Boulder, Mountains Day and sleep away camps for ages 5-16 from 6/3-8/16 at $325 and up. Includes hiking, climbing, fishing, teambuilding, crafts, stories and camp songs. Info: or 720-249-2997.

Denver Montclair International School | 206 Red Cross Way 1-week camps for ages 3-13 from 6/10-8/16 at $250-$300. A variety of camps in French, Mandarin Chinese and Spanish. Info: or 303-340-3647.

Bluff Lake | 3400 Havana Way Weekly camps for ages 6-12 from 6/10-8/2 from 8:30a12:30p at $175. Themes include: Take Flight; Dig Deep; and Dive In. Info: or 720-708-4079

Young Writers Camp | Auraria Campus 1-week camp for students going into 5th-12th grades from 6/10-14 at $185 ($200 after 5/15)

Young writers hone their craft in courses facilitated by the Denver Writing Project. Info: or 303-556-8394.

Colorado Rapids Youth Soccer Club | Various 1-week camps for players of all abilities ages 4-18 from 5/20-8/8 at $100-$300. Designed and led by qualified technical staff and based on Colorado Rapids youth development curriculum. Info: or 303-399-5858.




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|community announcements| E-WASTE BANNED FROM TRASH STARTING IN JULY adapted from The Recycler’s Corner from Denver Recycles

CENTER OF LIGHT ANNOUNCES NEW LOCATION The Center of Light, a center for the practice of meditation and Christian mysticism, is now at a new temporary location at 2528 Clermont St. All classes and services remain at the same days and times.

Last April, the state passed a law banning the disposal of electronic waste (e-waste) in landfills effective July 2013. While e-waste disposal is already illegal for most industries, businesses, government agencies, institutions and schools, it is now illegal for Colorado residents and residential waste haulers to trash e-waste.

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Take it back. Many companies have programs that will accept your old electronics. Check the manufacturer’s website. You’d be surprised how many offer easy and convenient service. Also, use retail services such as Best Buy’s or Staples’ recycling programs. Recycle it. The City of Denver offers two convenient ways for you to recycle your electronics: • E-CYCLE COUPON. The E-cycle coupon allows Denver residents to drop off their televisions, monitors and other electronic items at Metech Recycling at a significantly discounted rate. To request an E-cycle coupon go to • SEASONAL ECO-RALLY EVENTS. Denver Recycles periodically hosts drop-off recycling events for residents. Check our website or join us on Facebook or Twitter to be the first to receive Eco-rally event information. Why E-Cycling is Important: Electronics contain harmful, and sometimes even toxic, substances which can pose risks to our health and the environment when put in the trash. On average, CRT (cathode ray tube) televisions and monitors each contain 4 to 8 pounds of lead. Flat panel televisions, laptops and monitors all have mercury-containing lamps inside, and power cords and cables contain significant amounts of lead and cadmium. Recycling these materials also reduces our need to mine or extract more of the natural resources used to make electronics. For more information on e-waste recycling options in Denver, visit or call 311. BLUFF LAKE AND SAND CREEK EARTH DAY CELEBRATION ANNOUNCED The Sand Creek Regional Greenway and Bluff Lake Nature Center have announced the Race for Open Space 5K Fun Walk/Run to be held Saturday, April 20, followed by a kid’s run and Earth Day Festival with live music, local food, crafts, games, and more. More details coming soon. Volunteers needed to organize the event. For more information, contact Caroline at or 303-468-3262.

Contributed Photo/The Bike Depot Bike Depot’s expansion will allow the nonprofit bike shop at 28th and Fairfax to have a dedicated classroom space.

BIKE DEPOT EXPANDS ITS HEADQUARTERS In order to keep up with their programming, office and storage needs, the Bike Depot has expanded their store south to a portion of 2823 Fairfax space, leased by the Greater Park Hill Community. The goal is to move the offices and a working classroom into the new space. A crew of AmeriCorps*NCCC members, along with steadfast Bike Depot volunteers, assisted with the cleaning, painting and setting up on Sunday, February 10. In the demonstration space, which will be outfitted with complete sets of tools and stands, summer bike camp participants, people working with the Earn-A-Bike program and bike mechanics courses will have a place to meet separate from the retail and mechanics shops. Dividing the classroom from the office area are two double-decker bike racks. As a result of the expansion, the BD’s summer camp is quadrupling in size. They will also offer an enhanced 6-week version of their Master Mechanics course, and they will have ample space to celebrate their upcoming fifth anniversary in business. As before, the Bike Depot remains busy connecting people to bicycles. Starting in the spring, they will be giving a bike to every Smith Renaissance School first through fourth grader in need at monthly rodeos taking place at the school. They are also starting an apprenticeship program for at-risk youth in partnership with the Gang Rescue and Support Project (GRASP) and the Beacon Center at Cole Arts & Sciences Academy.

Denver Sister Cities International announces a series of three exchanges between Denver and Axum (Ethiopia), Potenza (Italy) and Ulaanbaatar (Mongolia) -- three of Denver’s 10 sister cities. The delegate exchanges are open to all Denver communities’ participation. Each of the 2013 exchanges will include local historical tours, food and wine events, exotic local activities and cultural learning in each city; Potenza in May, Ulaanbaatar in August, and Axum in October. For more information, visit BIG CITY MOUNTAINEERS NEEDS VOLUNTEERS Volunteers needed to work with under-resourced urban youth ages 13-18 on overnight and week-long wilderness expeditions focused on team-building, goal-setting and a “peak” experience. For more information, visit or 303-271-9200.

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Tom Jensen might just rank among North Park Hill’s neighborliest people. He doesn’t just know his neighbors names, he keeps a living spreadsheet of who lives in the houses on his block and the blocks east and west of him. It evolved, he says, from his duties as a blockworker. “I felt was important that I should start to learn names. The map was my cheat sheet,â€? said Tom. “It’s a way to keep communication between neighbors because that’s what I love about Park Hill: we’re close to our neighbors, we interact, we hang out, we never get our yard work done because once we’re outside, we’re talking to someone, and then we’re drinking wine on the porch.â€? A native of Fowler, Colorado, Jensen first moved to Park Hill in 1979 after traveling near and far. He graduated from the University of Denver, then set out on a journey to Ethiopia with the Peace Corps, and returned to Southern California to work as a travel agent. When he decided to return to his native home state, he had a cousin who lived in Park Hill, but he was also drawn in by the way his old boss at DU’s OďŹƒce of Admissions use to regale him with stories of Park Hill neighborliness. He rented a small alley house in South Park Hill – the Dahl House, which has since been torn down – before he bought his craftsman home at 26th and Fairfax. These days, in the winter, you can find Tom working in and out of the Visit Denver tour center at 16th and California, and during the summers, working as a tour director at National Park Tours of the West. In the 1990s, Tom’s position as blockworker morphed him into a community organizer. “I took it upon myself to get more people involved and representing the neighborhood at meetings at Greater Park Hill Community and with District 2,â€? said Tom. Tom participated in the Elm Street marches that regularly took place on Wednesday evenings in the summers during the early 1990s. “Our objective was to let the good neighbors know they had support – that the neighborhood was behind cleaning it up,â€? said Tom. “We also let those people who were not good neighbors know that their days were limited.â€? The signs they marched with on those evenings said things like, “No Guns, No Drugs, in Park Hill.â€? The marchers, organized by the GPHC, did not have a parade permit for these weekly marches, so they would walk along the sidewalks. Tom remembers that when they would get to street crossings, the police would be there offering their support by helping to stop traďŹƒc so the marchers could pass. When asked how the neighborhood has changed, Tom has noticed, especially in the last two years, more and more children coming into the neighborhood, which he considers really exciting after so many years of so few young people around.

Another big change he has seen in the neighborhood was the closing of Stapleton. Being in the travel business, Tom was frequently at the airport. When Stapleton was on Quebec, he says, he could leave his house, park in the outlying parking lot on Smith Road and be at the gate in 30 minutes. Still, it was too close for comfort most days with the traďŹƒc overhead. Tom once threatGPHN Photo/Erin Vanderberg ened to paint a Tom Jensen at his custom bar created from his home’s original ice box. Tom, a 30-year-plus Park Hill resident has great ideas on how to be neighborly. big yellow arrow in his driveway and pretend that The blockworker beat highlights it was put there by the FAA to point “blockworkersâ€? – residents who the way to the airport. volunteer to deliver the Greater Park “I remember the day it closed; Hill News to their neighbors each I went outside and it was quiet,â€? month. There are currently around Tom said. It wasn’t just the end 370 blockworkers delivering to 408 of the flights overhead, Tom had of the 516 residential blocks that never realized the hum the airport comprise Greater Park Hill. If your operations had caused the area even block isn’t receiving the newspaper, though the airport was a mile away. consider volunteering. For more in“(Stapleton’s closing) gave this formation, contact Bernadette Kelly area a shot of adrenaline,â€? said Tom. at

The Greater Park Hill News | Mar. 2013

Reptiles, Pizza and Doctors…Oh My!

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Community organizations and area businesses contributed to a successful 2nd annual Health & Science Expo at Smith Renaissance School By, Tayo McGuirk Smith Renaissance School Math & Science Facilitator Where in Park Hill could you find snakes, hula hoops and cholesterol testing all under one roof? The answer is surprisingly simple: at Smith Renaissance School’s Second Annual Family Health and Science Expo. On February 4, approximately 275 family members, 30 teachers and 10 community partners gathered at the elementary school for an evening of science and health education. The Denver Public elementary school, located at 3590 Jasmine Street, invited organizations from all over the Greater Park Hill area to share their expertise with families – free of charge. Among the community partners present were block captains and volunteers from the Stapleton Foundation’s be well Health and Wellness Initiative. One of the organization’s wellness initiatives is to provide complimentary health screenings to adults in the community. “At Smith, we screened over 30 individuals in two hours time,” reported Frank Lucero, block captain manager. “That is a very good number. Our volunteers worked non-stop.” One of the most popular events for kids at the Expo was the Family Fit Fest, hosted by the Museum of Nature and Science’s Passport to Health program. Families gathered in the gym, rotating through nearly a dozen fitness stations. Participants tested their physical endurance with hula hoops, their coordination by volleying a beach ball and their flexibility with yoga stretches. “I really liked trying to stand on the balance board while throwing a beanbag to my friend,” said student DJ Mills. “I realized that I can’t actually balance for as long as I thought I could.” Depending on whether you asked a student or a squeamish mother, the live animals at the Expo were either adored or care-

fully avoided. One classroom was transformed into a reptile sanctuary where Chad Brinkley of Party Safari, allowed an albino red tail boa, named Blondie, to slither in and out of his shirt. In the school auditorium, raptor handlers from the environmental awareness group, HawkQuest, introduced a live owl, an eagle and a hawk that swooped down over the heads of families, as they gasped in awe. In addition, Community Resources served pizza and helped organize speakers, King Soopers provided paper grocery bags for families to decorate as part of an international Earth Day project, residents from the University of Colorado Family Medicine Residency were on hand to provide healthy eating tips and ECE through fifth grade students proudly displayed their science fair projects. “The highlight of the evening, for me, was seeing all of the hard work that went into the students’ science fair displays,” said Kathryn Johnson, Smith ECE teacher. Overall, the community-supported event was a great success, offering something for everyone, including services and information from AmeriCorps, the Low-Income Energy Assistance Program and Colorado Rapids Youth Soccer. At the conclusion of the evening, Jason Krause, principal of Smith Renaissance, presented raffle winner, fourth grader, Samara McGhee, with a Wii Fit, video entertainment system. “The Expo was not only fun, but it was educational and I realized that I need to take better care of my own health,” said parent, Cecilia Mandujano. “I learned and had fun with my family all under one roof, surrounded by the ones I love.”

Above: First grader, Isabella Nuanes and her cousin, Danda Maestas, stretch their muscles together. Below: First grader, Julian Mandujano looks on while his grandfather gets his blood pressure checked by a be well volunteer Jan Holloway

For more information about Smith Renaissance School’s Annual Family Health and Science Expo or to find out how your organization could become a community partner, contact Tayo McGuirk at

Above: Fifth grader, Dame’a Walker poses with Lutricia Walker while decorating Earth Day bags . Below: A be well volunteer nurse, Chris Bryant, checks the cholesterol level of a Smith parent.

Fourth graders, Aaron Mendoza and DJ Mills, examine a science fair display

Fourth grader, Samara McGhee, receives a raffle prize from Jason Krause, principal

Fourth grader, Ijayla Smith, poses with her sister, Chmura Smith, and a bald eagle

4th of July Parade Planning Update

Park Hill Community Garage Sale

By, Justin Bresler Parade Organizer

By, Nina Kuhl Organizer

Plans are already underway for this year’s parade! As things slowly warm up in Denver this spring, here are a few ways you can get involved:

A communitywide garage sale will be held in the Park Hill neighborhood on Saturday, April 27 from 8 a.m. to noon. This event is sponsored by local real estate agents from Cherry Creek Properties LLC and the GPHC. This will be a great way for homeowners to go green by selling household items, clothing, records, furniture, artwork, etc. Don’t have anything to sell? Then enjoy a Saturday morning exploring Park Hill while shopping for some great deals. This is a free event but homes participating in the garage sale need to register by Friday, April 19 to be included on the GPHC Garage Sale Google map and to receive a free garage sale kit that includes tips on how to hold a successful garage sale. To register, please send your name, address, e-mail and top three items you are selling to or call Nina Kuhl at 303-913-5858

• Check out the Parade on Facebook at www.facebook. com/parkhillparade for photos and event updates • Ready to register your group? Go to and fill out the entry form • Interested in volunteering? Email the organizers at • Sponsor the parade for your business for $100. Email the organizers for info

The Greater Park Hill News | Feb. 2013

Park Hill Garden Walk Abuzz “I learned about Colorado native plants, bees and composting all in one day!”

By, Barbara Armendariz Garden Tour Committee

‘‘The variety of gardens in Park Hill is wonderful!”

“From sculpted landscapes to comehither gardens!”

Come and see what everyone is talking about. The 2013 Park Hill Garden Walk is scheduled for Saturday, June 8, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets go on sale starting May 8 and can be purchased at King Soopers or online at or Neighborhood locations for ticket sales will be announced next month. We have a new ticket price structure this year: $15 day-of, $12 advance and $10 for seniors 65+. We are still selecting gardens for the tour, so if you would like to share your garden with these excited visitors please contact Barbara Armendariz at or call 303-842-7678. If you are interested in joining our committee, contact Catherine Byrne at Pg. 15

Modern Heirlooms Park Hill Journalist Documenting Family Histories through Video By, Rebecca Voll Contributor “I’ve spent my whole life trying to tell stories,” says Barry Bortnick, a skill he’s mastered over 30 years as a journalist, national news field producer, media specialist and more recently as a documentary filmmaker. It was through the latter endeavor that Bortnick learned to appreciate the story telling power of film, an appreciation that led to his latest venture as owner and operator of True Blue Media in Park Hill, a producer of documentary films for private clients. In his career as a filmmaker, Bortnick has produced documentaries on a wide range of subjects, from corruption in the courts to Denver doctors who travel to Guatemala and operate on disabled locals as “Operation Walk” volunteers. One particular documentary that was groundbreaking for Bortnick was “Tundra Teachers,” a film about schoolteachers in a remote part of Alaska, which he produced with the help of a single cameraman. “When I say Alaska, you probably have something completely different in

mind,” said Bortnick. “These are impoverished Contributed Photo/Barry Bortnick communities Veteran journalist Barry Bortnick with no runwith his camera at home in Park Hill. Bortnick considers his work creating ning water.” family documentaries a way of taking The film the family scrapbook to a much more sharable level. “You insure your life, was a recruityour home and your car,” Bortnick said. “Why not do the same for your ing tool, but life story?” one that gave potential teachers a clear, honest view of the challenges of life in an isolated, rural location. Soon after, Bortnick connected with the parents of Samantha Spady, a promising CSU student who died tragically of alcohol poisoning, and proposed making an educational documentary about her life and death. The film raised over $60,000 for the Spady family’s foundation and brought national attention to the issue of college binge drinking. “I know that in a small way it has actually helped to educate young people,” Bortnick said. Realizing the impact of these films, Bortnick has sought to bring the power of film to individuals and small businesses in the community.

“What I struck upon was to use all my background as storytelling, interviewing, research, video, all of that, and put a new niche concept together.” To that end, True Blue Media produces marketing films for neighborhood businesses like Oblio’s and Cake Crumbs, as well as “Video Heirlooms,” personal tribute pieces about an individual’s life, which are popular gifts for birthdays and other milestones, and are frequently commissioned by the subject’s family. “There’s not much that we can own in this life; everything comes and goes, but your story is your story. You’re the only one who has it,” Bortnick said. Video Heirlooms, which were partially inspired by his wish to know more about his own grandparents, Russian immigrants who came through Ellis Island. Bortnick has heard the family history, but says, “I would love to hear that guy’s voice, see his face, but I’ll never have that opportunity.” “There’s scrapbooks, there’s pictures, but this is the next progression. People are staring to get that. We’re in the ‘YouTube zone’ now.” For more information, visit or call 303-995-7269.

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Park Hill Library Opens its Doors to Denver By, Tara Bannon Williamson Senior Librarian Park Hill Branch Library The theme of the Doors Open Denver 2013 is “City Beautiful: Then & Now.” Three Park Hill locations have been selected to participate this year including City Park, Montclair Civic Building (formerly Molkerie) and the Park Hill Branch of the Denver Public Library. Designed by Burnham Hoyt and built in 1920, the Park Hill Branch, located at 4705 Montview Boulevard, is a Spanish Renaissance style building featuring cream-colored stucco warmly accented by a red tile. Adding to the noteworthy detail, acanthus pilasters accent the lead glass windows. Inside, the high ceiling is graced with heavy oak beams while a charming bay window with seating is framed by leaded, diamond pane windows. The Park Hill Branch is the fifth oldest Carnegie Library in Denver that is still in use today as a library. The building was remodeled and enlarged in 1964 by Smith and Thorson. In 1989, the Denver Landmark Preservation Commission named Park Hill Branch Library a historic landmark.

Another remodel in 1994 by David Owen Tryba Architects restored the original historic details of the building, including the Robert Garrison sculpture, a clay medallion above the fireplace commemorating Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner.” The 1994 renovation also added a patio, elevator and air conditioning! Another renovation in 2008 added a new carpet, new paint and a new checkout area. Built with an original capacity of 8,000 books, the library now houses almost 50,000 books, DVDs and CDs with 13 computers available for public use. Park Hill Branch Library is available for a self-guided tour on Saturday, April 13, 2013 during open hours from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Staff members also will be available to answer questions about the building. The Park Hill Branch Library is located at 4705 Montview Blvd. For a complete listing of the community library calendar at Park Hill and Pauline Robinson Branch Libraries, see pages 20 and 21.

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Plugging Away The Denver Energy Challenge is still working to make Denver homes more energy efficient By, Erin Vanderberg with Julie Carlton, Program Administrator What is it: The Denver Energy Challenge is a free energy program through the City and County of Denver available to any Denver resident. How it works: An advisor makes house call to conduct a surface-level energy assessment and discuss a homeowner’s concerns (e.g. energy bills, drafty rooms, etc.). Homeowners receive neutral and free advice on measures that can reduce energy costs and improve indoor comfort. Contracting improvements: A list of qualified contractors is available at Contractors on the list have been vetted through an application process; they must be licensed, have certain training, insurance, and the DEC does frequent quality checks on their work. Contractors are hired at the homeowner’s cost. Low-cost loans: DEC launched low-cost loans in August 2012. Loans are specifically for energy improvements. In addition to financing, an advisor will help ensure that all applicable rebates and/ or tax credits have been captured. Why participate?: “This program is unique to Denver in that energy advising, to level we provide, could cost someone an average of $400/home,” said Julie Carlton, Program Administrator. “While people might be afraid of the word free, a lot comes with this free program.” Program scope. The funds for the Denver Energy Challenge came from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Neighborhood Program, a program made possible through stimulus funding. The program launched in 2010,

GPHN Photo/Erin Vanderberg Julie Carlton, Program Administrator for the Denver Energy Challenge, received over 40 sign-ups on the day of the Greater Park Hill Home Tour last September.

assisting residents and businesses. Denver’s Department of Environmental Health administers this program and will continue to do so even after grant funds end this year. Today, over 6,133 residences and 1,224 businesses have participated – including 396 residences in Greater Park Hill. Online at

The Denver Energy Challenge is chronicling the stories of individuals who are choosing to make energy upgrades to their home at Here, Mary of North Park Hill tells the story of her Denver Energy Challenge experience to Ian Halpern, Larkspur Energy Group. Mary describes her North Park Hill neighborhood as a “happy, friendly, inclusive place that you couldn’t pry me out of with a crowbar.” And she is almost as keen to tout the virtues of flexible mastic and air duct sealing as she is to tout her beloved neighborhood.

Mary has steadily completed renovation and improvement projects to her three-bedroom, singlefamily home since she moved into it in 1994. Among the highlights: she swapped out old, rotted windows and replaced them with double pane, low-e Simonton windows (which she highly recommends); installed a central air conditioning system; weather-stripped cracks and doors; re-landscaped to introduce perennials and fescue grasses that require half as much water than her old lawn; and most recently air-sealed the A/C ducts in her attic with the help of the Denver Energy Challenge and Xcel utility rebates. “Of everything, the air duct sealing – or the lack of it – was the big nasty surprise,” Mary says. “My house was built in 1948 and we added an un-insulated 200 square foot sunroom after moving in. I knew I needed to add insulation but didn’t realize the impact that sealing the duct-work would have.” An energy assessment completed by Casey Staley from REenergizeCO earlier this year revealed that the contractor that installed Mary’s A/C system about ten years

ago had cut corners and used duct tape to seal the ducts. Despite the name, “duct tape is a wonderful tool for everything except sealing ducts,” Mary said of her learning experience. When Casey went into the attic he found huge thumb-sized gaps in the duct sealing. “These gaps meant that about 30 percent of the air-conditioned air was being lost up into the attic,” Mary said. The A/C system worked hard, cost more to operate and Mary’s house was never quite comfortable enough. “After Casey re-sealed the attic ducts with flexible mastic, I could sense the difference the very next day.” The duct sealing was part one of a two-part effort. Mary also added insulation to the attic and sunroom. REenergizeCO added R-40 loose fill fiberglass that took the total insulation level from about an R-4 to R-44. Though the insulation has been completed for only six weeks at the time of this writing, Mary has already noticed that her energy bill – which generally comes in north of $400 per month – was only $150. “I haven’t seen numbers

that low in years and I can’t wait to see the difference in my bills later in the summer,” she adds. Mary is happy to share the secrets she uncovered from vetting contractors and researching rebates available to her. “Sign-up for the Denver Energy Challenge because they can help make sure you get all the rebates and incentives that are out there. Get a home energy assessment from a qualified local firm so you know what to do that will really make a difference.” (She recommends REenergize CO but notes that Xcel and Denver Energy Challenge have good lists of local, approved professionals.) Mary recommends choosing at least three contractors from the approved list, and interviewing each of them. “Avoid hiring someone whose entire focus is on a single solution (e.g. insulation, windows, etc.). Look for someone who speaks of the quality of the air in your home, as well as the quantity of insulation and takes a more comprehensive view,” Mary says. “And above all else,” Mary adds before concluding the interview, “don’t forget to air-seal.”

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It’s All About the Experience Park Hill’s Jim Chesebro aims to be memorable with his new company, Tentiko A Q&A with Editor Erin Vanderberg Editor Tentiko is in the business of creating experiences through activities, workshops and tours. Tell me about the process of growing your business? I had the idea of creating a marketplace for local, authentic experiences a couple of years ago. It struck me that there was a big gap there for several reasons. The economy and shifts in cultural norms meant that people are buying fewer “thingsâ€?. Or at least it seemed that way to me. I was buying less “stuffâ€? and so were the people that I hang out with. And the reality is that we get a way bigger value out of dollars spent on experiences because we are creating memories. I was also influenced by Rachel Botsman’s book “What’s Mine is Yoursâ€? and the collaborative consumption movement. Basically, the premise is that we have all of these barely used assets lying around the house and that we can sell access to those things (car sharing, AirBnB, etc.). I loved those ideas and starting thinking about what other under-used assets people had that they could sell to make a second income. I started thinking that they could sell their knowledge, passion and expertise in the form of “experiencesâ€? that they could craft for other people to buy. That’s about as far as I got with the idea before running it past my co-founder Cyd Crouse, who started helping me answer the question of “How to make it happen?â€?. We agreed that it was an idea worth pursuing and we’ve been working on it since. What were you and the rest of the team doing before this? Was it daunting starting a business like this (web/experience-based)? I was in product marketing with Digital First Media and Cyd was doing some consulting and living the good life on Curaçao. But our history working together goes back to the late 1990’s. Cyd was the founder of a startup called ccgenesis. I was a customer of theirs when I was managing our e-commerce at Gaiam. I then joined Cyd at ccgenesis. She left to

work with Whole Foods Market and I went to work for Corporate Express, but we reconnected in 2007 when she brought me back to work for Gaiam (she’d returned to be President of Gaiam’s direct division). We reconnected to pursue this project in late spring of 2012. I see that Park Hill’s Jonathon Stalls of Walk2Connect is one of your guides. Where do you find your hosts and do you think that the model will self-generate new hosts? We found Jonathon through a referral. Sometimes you get lucky! We love word of mouth but we also have an experience curator that is working for us. His job is to help us uncover those individuals and experiences that make our neighborhoods and city unique. Working together, the experience host and our experience curator come up with ideas, craft the experience and then get it up on the site. We have already seen people reaching out to us directly because they found us and want to host an experience. We had a great experience for Valentine’s Day – our guests designed their own cards and learned to work an antique letterpress. Then they worked the letterpress to create their own cards. In that case, we reached out to a few local letter pressers until we found the perfect one. Is this program happening only in Denver? Tell me about your connection to the city. We are focused only on Denver. We think that this is scalable, but we want to get the model right before we try to grow beyond our city. I’m originally from California, but fell in love with Colorado and the Rockies when I came out to school in 1990. During grad school at DU I fell in love with Denver-proper (and my future wife) and made the decision to stay in the city. My wife and I have been Park Hill residents since 2007. We’re raising our family here because we love the ‘hood, the schools, the businesses, old homes

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and the trees! What a neighborhood! You’ll catch my family riding around Park Hill most weekends on our yellow Schwinn Twinn tandem, our giant yellow trailer in tow and my boy racing his bike alongside. We oďŹƒce virtually. Cyd still lives on Curaçao and comes into town for a week or two every month. Those of us that are Denver-based are working out of coffee shops and borrowed office space for now. What have you learned, who have you met... what are your Tentiko experiences? We have learned that Denver is a deeply connected place and that it is growing and evolving on so many fronts – beer, spirits, crafts, fashion, art and food – to name a few. We have met many amazing people – like Chef Mark DeNittis, founder of II Mondo Vecchio-Salumi, or Mark Overly, founder of Kaladi Coffee, then there are the great crafters – like Jaime and Amber from Fancy Tiger, Stu & Nicky from Ink Lounge and Britt & Ava from Banshee Press. It has been inspiring to meet people who are living their passion and happy to share it with the people of Denver. Why the name Tentiko? When we were coming up with the company concept we kept using the word “authenticâ€?. In Papiamentu, the language spoken on Curaçao, the word for authentic is outĂŠntiko. OutĂŠntiko seemed like a mouthful so we shortened it to Tentiko which still sounds a bit like authentic. Anyway‌ we liked it, bought the domain and ran with it. Finally, talk about logistics. How does it work?


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Once we find somebody that wants to host an experience, we work with them to nail down the details and insure that it will truly be an awesome experience. We work on copy and photography and then get it up on the site. We manage the marketing and transaction costs, etc. The host keeps 80 percent of the price. Most of our experiences are about $40, but some can be more expensive if they are considered premium and have higher costs for the host – for example, making porchetta (Italian pulled pork) with Chef Mark DeNittis where you go home with 6-7 pounds of meat. Our guests book through the site. We keep them updated on the details as it gets close to the day of the experience. The experience can be hosted at a business, a public place or somebody’s house. We see a mix. Learn more at or by calling 855-TENTIKO.

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Home...Sometimes It’s the Most Dangerous Place for Your Pet Don’t they say that most accidents affecting humans happen at home? Well, the same holds true for our pets. Poisoning from a variety of sources is high on the list of reasons your pet might need emergency veterinary care someday. Additionally, the care and treatment for a pet poisoning can lead to an expensive hospital stay and the risk of long-term complications. The best protection for your pets (and children) is to keep all the following items safely put away where intentional and unintentional contact cannot be made. We’ll start in the kitchen. What dangers lurk here? First, many of us keep our own prescription and over the counter (OTC) medications along with our pets’ here. Accidental ingestion of human or pet medications is the number one call made to poisoning hotlines such as the ASPCA. And, if you’re like me, the purse or kids’ backpacks land here as well and might be hiding xylitol-containing gum – a baddie if eaten by your dog. Many human medications are of significant danger to our pets if ingested. For example, a single tablet of acetaminophen can kill a small cat. And, many of the OTC topical parasite treatments also contain ingredients highly toxic to cats and some smaller dogs. To make the administration of medications easier, many prescription veterinary products are flavored – great for taking needed medicine, but not good when Fido eats the whole vial of pills. What else is in the kitchen? Foods such as bread dough, grapes, raisins and onions can make pets nastily sick and, for some dogs, grapes and raisins can lead to acute life-threatening kidney failure. Chocolate toxicity is another frequent poisoning call. The darker the chocolate, the worse its effects can be on a pet. Household cleaning products are not necessarily life-threatening, but can cause burns and/ or bad digestive upset that are painful for your pet and no fun to clean up after. Medication-wise the bathroom is right up there with the kitchen, but the next most dangerous area of the home

is the garage. Where do you store many caustic or poisonous products? Check your shelves and garage floors for brake fluid, antifreeze, rodenticides, pesticides, insecticides and other products. These should be stored properly to prevent pets (and children) access. Next, the garden, and if you have a green thumb, some indoor plants as well offer a smorgasbord of possible toxic delicacies along with the products used to keep those plants healthy. Avoid placing cacao bark mulch where dogs can access as its effects will be similar to chocolate toxicity. The single best way to prevent poisoning is to keep all medications, household chemicals, etc. put away out of reach of pets. This article only skims the surface of potential dangers lurking in your home; to get more information, visit the websites below. In the event that your pet has ingested something unknown, never hesitate to CALL, don’t Google™, your veterinarian, nearest veterinary emergency facility or the pet/people poison hotlines listed below. Stay safe! ASPCA – Animal Poison Control Center 24 hour hotline – 888-426-4435 (fee service on involved calls) Pet Poison Helpline 24 hour hotline – 800-213-6680 – also has an iPhone app Rocky Mountain Poison & Drug Center 24 hour hotline – 800-222-1222 Margot Vahrenwald, DVM and ASVJ, is the owner of Park Hill Veterinary Medical Center at 2255 Oneida Street. For more information, visit

From the Thursday, February 7 meeting of the GPHC D2 Police Report Officer Reyes Trujillo reviewed crime stats, 2800 Fairfax street lights, and three recent thefts of electronics from motor vehicles. Encouraged neighbors to leave porch and back lights on to prevent crime. Nonemergency number: 720-913-2000. 4th of July Parade Parade organizer Justin Bresler discussed the plans underway for the fourth annual 4th of July Parade. The Denver Police, who handle street closures, have two parade events before Park Hill’s, which necessitates the afternoon start. GPHC handles liability insurance for the event. Info:

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be well Centers The Stapleton Foundation’s Ty Crawford touted the two be well centers at Hiawatha Davis and Central Park Rec Centers that are offering free fitness classes and health screenings to the community. Info: Denver Energy Challenge Program Administrator Julie Carlton discussed the City of Denver’s free energy advisement program, which also connects homeowners to qualified contractors and low interest loans for energy improvements to their homes. Info: Colfax Main Street Coalition Dave Wilmoth, Brownsfield Co-Coordinator with the Department of Environmental Health, presented information on the program, which is a partnership between the cities of Denver and Lakewood and the Denver Urban Renewal Authority. The partnership formed in 2011 with the purpose of applying for and utilizing a brownfields assessment grant from the EPA to perform environmental site assessments along the Colfax Avenue corridor. Info: Park Hill Garage Sale Cherry Creek Properties LLC’s Nina Kuhl discussed the collaborative effort between realtors from her office and the GPHC to hold a community-wide Park Hill garage sale to take place April 27 from 8 a.m. to noon. Registrants will be included on the GPHC Garage Sale Google map and receive a free garage sale how-to kit. Info: The GPHC holds regular monthly community meetings on the first Thursday of every month. To receive an agenda in advance, sign up for the newsletter at The Greater Park Hill News | Mar. 2013

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|events listing| THE ART GARAGE – 6100 E 23rd – 303-377-2353 Half-day Spring Break classes offered for ages 4-12 from 3/25-3/29, 9 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m. $42/ session. AARP 303-333-0168 Queen City AARP Chapter 995 meets Friday, March 9 at 1 p.m., at the District 2 Police Station, 3921 Holly. AIRPORT CONSULTATION COMMITTEE,,, The New Airport Consultation Committee, which is not a decision-making body, will hold their next meeting at 8 a.m. on March 15 at DIA. The committee supports the spirit and intent of the 1988 IGA. BYERS-EVANS HOUSE GALLERY 1310 Bannock Street – 303-620-4933 The Denver Salon: Then and Now through May 31, opening reception on March 1, 5-9 p.m. Free. CHILDREN’S CORRIDOR Bus Tour and Day of Service in the Children’s Corridor: Bus tour on Saturday, March 9; Day of Service on Saturday, March 16, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Registration required. THE COLORADO CHOIR – 303-892-5922 Annual concert on Friday, March 1 at 7:30 p.m. at Bethany Lutheran Church, 4500 E. Hampden Ave., features the works of Brubeck, Offenbach, Hogan and Britten. Tickets: $20 adults/$15 others. COLORADO SYMPHONY GUILD or rene.gash@centurylink. net Colorado Symphony Guild-Denver East meets third Thursdays at St. Luke’s Church at 13th and Quebec, from 10 a.m.-noon. Those interested

in participating in projects that help support the Colorado Symphony are welcomed. DENVER COMMUNITY CREDIT UNION 1041 Acoma St – – 303573-1170 Business Solutions Night on Tuesday, March 12, 6-9 p.m., connects participants with local business resources. Registration required, free and open to the public. DENVER COMMUNITY EMERGENCY RESPONSE TRAINING (CERT) 1200 Federal Blvd. – Emergency preparedness training includes planning for an emergency, and learning basic response skills such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization and emergency medical operations. March 7 and 14, 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; March 23, class exercise, 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., location TBA. DENVER MUSEUM OF NATURE & SCIENCE – 303-370-6000 Mammoths and Mastodons: Titans of the Ice Age continues featuring life-size models, interactive videos and hands-on activities to bring this fascinating time in Earth history back to life. Info:

to policing Tuesday evenings April 23-June 11 from 6-8 p.m. Event limited to 30 students. Apply at under Denver Police Department/Programs. DENVER RESTAURANT WEEK Denver Restaurant Week, continuing through March 8, includes the following area restaurants: the Cork House, Mataam Fez, Phoenician Kabob and Solera. Multi-course meals at a fixed price of $52.80 for two or $26.50 for one (tax and tip not included). DENVER SCHOOL OF THE ARTS 7111 Montview Blvd. – – 720424-1713 The Vocal Music Department and Stagecraft and Design Department will hosts its annual POPS show March 19-21, from 7-9 p.m. in the Shomp Theatre. This year’s theme is “Love Will Keep Us Together” featuring a variety of songs from the 70’s. Tickets are $14+ adults, $10+ students and seniors.

LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS DENVER (LWVD) or 303-321-7571 Health care forum on Monday, March 4 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Montview Presbyterian, 1980 Dahlia, examines how health care coverage is and will be impacted by the Affordable Care Act. MONTVIEW PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 1980 Dahlia Street – – 303-3551651 A Classical Afternoon with the Colorado Children’s Chorale ( on Sunday, March 10 at 3 p.m. features classical, sacred, folk and world music sung by 200 voices. $24/adults, $19/child.

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Zumba Class at the Park Hill United Methodist Church, Saturdays 9-10 a.m. First class free.



Reimagine Play Stakeholder Public Meeting on Wednesday, March 20, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Bogey’s restaurant in the City Park Golf Course, 2500 York St., continues the conversation about new “City Loop” conceptual design at City Park’s Dustin Redd playground site.

“The City Beautiful: Then and Now” is the theme of this year’s April 13-14 Doors Open Denver weekend. The free, two-day celebration of architecture and design will include the following sites in and around Park Hill: the City Park Pavilion, East High School and Park Hill Branch Library.

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2CAB, the District 2 Community Advisory Board, takes place on fourth Thursdays at 6 p.m. in the Community Room.

Park Hill neighbors Rene and Nathan Moore hold first annual Friends & Park Hill Neighborhood Easter Egg Hunt in their yard at the southeast corner of 17th Avenue and Holly Street on Saturday, March 30 at noon. Bring your own basket. All ages welcome. Facepainting and refreshments provided.

District 2 Citizens’ Police Academy is a free, 10week seminar open to residents on topics related

ver Alumnae Chapter and Denver, Delta, Inc., with support from Center for African American Health, the annual Impact Day program on Saturday, March 9 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. features health and nutritional booths, physical activities, prizes, fun and healthy snacks at Hamilton Middle School, 8600 E. Dartmouth Ave. $5. Ages 18+.

MY TEENAGE ANGST Emceed by Park Hill’s Megan Nyce – March 1 and May 3 at The Bar 554 S. Broadway at 8 p.m. NORTHEAST DENVER PARENT SUPPORT GROUP 2600 Leyden – – 303-3298950 Parents of children with a variety of special needs of all ages support and nurture one another as we share resources and ideas. Third or fourth Friday from 9:30-11:30 a.m. NORTHEAST PARK HILL COALITION Michele Wheeler – 720-837-5492 The NEPHC hosts its monthly meeting on Thursday, March 14 (second Thursdays) at 6 p.m. at the District 2 Police Station, 3921 Holly St.


PARK HILL BRANCH LIBRARY 4705 Montview Blvd. – 720-865-0250

Weisco Motorcars’ grand opening celebration includes a Colfax photo show “Traveling Route 40”, available for public viewing at Weisco from March 20-23, in conjunction with a wine tasting on March 20.

Lit Wits Book Club: Saturday, March 12, 11 a.m.noon. A different type of book club for 4th- 6th graders, no required reading, just come and talk about the books you love.


Teen Advisory Board (TAB): Students in 6th-12th grades are invited to help plan library events and projects at the Park Hill Branch Library.

Denver Solid Waste Management’s Keep Denver Beautiful effort will offer free hauling from five drop sites around the city at the 2013 Great Denver Cleanup, Saturday, April 6. Start planning your block cleanups now.

Regular storytimes (no registration required):


Book Babies: Early Walkers – Thursdays at 11:15 a.m. Stories, action songs, and rhymes developed to meet the needs of babies on the move and their caregivers. Playtime and socialization immediately follow the program.

This month’s GPHC meeting will take place at District 2 Police Station, 3921 Holly St. at 6:30 p.m. See page one for complete details. HELEN WOLCOTT SPRING ART AND CRAFT SHOW 2309 Clermont Saturday and Sunday, April 27 and 28, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Eleven artisans showcase glass, jewelry, silk, wood, ceramic, fabric, paper arts and more. HOPE CENTER HOPE Center’s Million Lights of Hope 1920’s Hollywood-themed Casino Night fundraiser on March 9 at the 1770 Sherman Events Center will benefit their low income ECE efforts 51 years in the making. IMPACT DAY FITNESS FAIR – LET’S MOVE – 612-590-2089

Storytime with a Craft – Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. All ages are welcome who can sit for short stories and participate in songs and a simple craft.

Tales for Twos – Fridays at 10:30 a.m. Join us for a storytime just for two-year-olds and their caregivers. We will share books, sing songs, and provide movement activities. Book Babies: Pre-Walkers – Fridays at 11:15 a.m. Stories, rhymes, and lap songs developed to meet the needs of infants and their caregivers. Playtime and socialization immediately follow the program. PARK HILL GARDEN WALK Planning is underway for the 2013 Park Hill Garden Walk, taking place June 8. To enter a neighbor for garden selection, contact Barbara at or 303-333-9353. To participate in the Garden Walk committee, contact Catherine at

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|events listing| PARK HILL HOME TOUR The next planning meeting for the Park Hill Home Tour is March 11. To enter a neighbor for home selection or to participate in the Home Tour committee, contact Roberta Locke at PARK HILL NEW PARENTS GROUP Park Hill parents group offers playdates, outings and Mommy Book Club. The selections for the next few months are April, The Last child in the Woods by Richard Louv; May She Matters by Susanna Sonnenberg; June, The Midwife’s Tale by Sam Thomas; July, Defending Jacob by William Landay. PARK HILL UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 5209 East Montview Blvd. – – 303322-1867 The Byron and Christine Johnson Lecture/Discussion Series’ 2013 Theme is “A Black Woman Speaks”. Saturday lectures take place from 10 a.m.-noon and are free and open to the public. March 23: “Insisting on the Center”, presenter Dominique Johnson Ashaheed; April 27: “In Secret Service of the Sacred Heart: The Life of Julia Greeley”, presenters Linda M. Chase and Richard Holmes; May 11, “Self-preservation: Art is the Sustenance”, presenter Li Hardison.

documents, use tool bars to change font, text size and color, cut and paste, save documents, navigate the Internet, create an email account, and much more. Preschool Storytime: Wed. 10:30-11 a.m. Stories, songs, and fun for 3-6 year-olds with an adult. Computer Basics: Thurs. 11:30 a.m. -1 p.m. In this six weeks series, you will learn how to power the computer on and off, use a mouse, highlight and select, minimize and maximize your screen, perform basic word processing, work with Microsoft Word documents, use tool bars to change font, text size and color, cut and paste, save documents, navigate the Internet, create an email account, and much more. After School is Cool: Mon-Thurs. 4-5 p.m. Crafts, board and video games, performances, and more for children in grades K-12. The Pauline Robinson Book Club meets at the Park Hill Branch Library on the 4th Saturday of each month, 12-1:30 p.m. Light refreshments are provided. All are welcome to attend. Please call for the monthly book title. PROJECT SUNSHINE – 303-3215231 Community input sought on effort to build a worker cooperative grocery store at 35th and Albion. Regular Sunshine Potlucks (monthly meetings) on third Tuesdays of the month at 6:30 p.m.

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Regular events (no registration required):

Stakeholder and Business Community Update on March 7 from 5-7 p.m., networking at 4:30, at Bogey’s restaurant in City Park Golf Course, for anyone that has done business with RTD or is interested in doing business with RTD. Updates provided on major projects, communication of RTD’s vision and an opportunity to meet key RTD officials. Registration required.

Twilight Tales Family Storytime: Mon. 6:307 p.m. Families are invited to celebrate stories, songs, and more. Feel free to wear pajamas and bring your favorite stuffed animal or blanket. Then, stay to read and play together. Computer Basics: Mon. 5:30-7 p.m. In this six weeks series, you will learn how to power the computer on and off, use a mouse, highlight and select, minimize and maximize your screen, perform basic word processing, work with Microsoft Word


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Neighborhood Partners Environmental Team (NPET) meets on the first Saturday of each month from 9 a.m.-noon. Work sites rotate between Sand Creek, Westerly Creek and Bluff Lake Nature Center. Volunteer activities include trash pickup, painting over graffiti, invasive species removal and general trail maintenance. With Bluff Lake Nature Center, SCRG hosts the Race for Open Space 5K Walk/Run and Earth Day Festival on Saturday, April 20 from 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Festivities include prizes, live music, food trucks, environmental crafts and games, and a live raptor presentation from Wild Wings Environmental Education. $25 early-bird race registration, $5 suggested festival donation. SCIENTIFIC & CULTURAL FACILITIES DISTRICT FREE DAYS: Denver Art Museum: March 2. Denver Botanic Gardens: March 27. Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield: March 1. Denver Museum of Nature and Science: April 21. SMILEY MIDDLE SCHOOL – DPS OFFICE OF COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT 2540 Holly Street – communityrelations.dpsk12. org/regional-community-meetings/near-northeast/ – 720-423-1109 The DPS Office of Community Engagement continues to hold community meeting series around middle school options for the Park Hill and Stapleton communities. Third meeting tentatively scheduled in the Smiley cafeteria, March 19 from 6-8 p.m. (5:30 refreshments). Following meetings take place 4/16, 5/7 and 5/21. SIE FILMCENTER 2510 E. Colfax – – 303-595-3456 A Conversation with Edith Head, a stage production starring Susan Claassen in a one-woman show on Sunday, March 3 at 7 p.m. kicks off the Women and Film Voices Film Festival from March 3-10, featuring a mix of 16 short films, documentaries and feature films. TATTERED COVER-COLFAX LOVERS BOOK CLUB


Tattered Cover-Colfax Travel Lovers Book Club 2013 schedule of books: March: Istanbul: Memories and the City by Orhan Pamuk. April: Walking the Gobi by Helen Thayer. May: I Shall Not Hate by Izzeldin Abuekaush. Meets monthly on second Mondays, 5:30-6:45 p.m. TEMPLE MICAH 2600 Leyden St. – – 303388-4239 Micah’s Wild West Saloon, a major spring fundraising event, on Saturday March 16, 7 p.m. at the Crystal Rose on 9755 E. Hampden Ave. Dancing, gaming, food and drink and splurge for all that Temple Micah stands for and the faith it gives you. Community Passover Seder on Monday, March 25, 6-8:30 p.m. at Park Hill United Methodist Church, 5209 Montview Blvd. Led by Rabbi Morris with Hal Aqua, musician, this commemoration of Jewish freedom from slavery in ancient Egypt offers innovative liturgy, rousing songs and a buffet feast. Reservations required. UNITY ON THE AVENUE 4670 E. 17th Ave. – - 303322-3901 March Movie Event, Friday, March 15. Potluck supper at 6 p.m. followed by a 7 p.m. showing of From Jesus to Christ: The First Christians, (Part ii). Love offering. Breakthrough Breathwork Meditation Workshop on Saturday, March 23 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. will help you find more of the love, peace and passion of your true divine nature. $110, $190 for 2; Meditation only 2-5 p.m., $55, $95 for 2. THE URBAN FARM 10200 Smith Road – Swing Your Sweetheart barn dance on April 13 features Rudy Grant & the Buffalo Riders. Pony rides 4 p.m., dinner/dance (including lessons) 6-9 p.m. Adult/$25, adult couple/$45, children under 12/$10, under 2 free. Submit your neighborhood event to evanderberg@

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We have a variety of memberships. All Address:_____________________________________________ memberships are tax deductible. Phone:________________(work) __________________(home) ___ Individual or Family ($20/year) ___ Business or Sustaining ($50) ___ Sponsoring Member ($100) Email: _____________________________________________ ___ Patron ($250) RETURN TO: ___ Other Greater Park Hill Community Offices If these membership levels are not suitable, GPHC will gratefully accept a donation for membership dues at a level that is comfortable for you and your family.

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|faith community| Walk Holy Week with Us!

All events at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 22nd and Dexter Palm Sunday March 24 9:30 am Procession, 10:30 am Holy Eucharist with Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday evenings Holy Eucharist at 6:30 pm Maundy Thursday March 28th Holy Eucharist with choir at 6:30 pm Good Friday March 29 services at Noon and 6:30 pm Easter Vigil Saturday March 30th at 6:30 pm Easter March 31st Festival Eucharist at 8:00 am with organ, and 10:30 am with choir and brass ensemble. Easter egg hunt for children following both services

Agape Christian Church 3050 Monaco Pkwy., 303-296-2454 Bethsaida Temple Christian Center 3930 E 37th Ave., 303-388-7317 Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church 4900 Montview Blvd., 303-355-7361 Center of Light 2528 Clermont St., 720-384-3001 Christ the King Missionary Baptist Church 2390 Olive St., 303-355-5556 Cure d’Ars Catholic Church 3201 Dahlia St., 303-322-1119 East Denver Church of Christ 3500 Forest St., 303-322-2677 East Denver Church of God 6430 MLK Jr Blvd., 303-333-5911 Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Debreselam Medhanealem Church 5152 E 17th Ave., 303-333-4766 Gethsemane Trinity Temple 2586 Colorado Blvd., 303-388-2304 Good Shepherd Baptist Church 2814 Ivy St., 303-322-3369 Greater Mt. Olive Baptist Church 4821 E 38th Ave., 303-333-3325 Graham Multicultural Church 33rd and Elm., 303-393-1333 House of Joy Miracle Deliverance Church 3082 Leyden St., 303-388-9060 King Baptist Church 3370 Ivy St., 303-388-3248, Loving Saints Christian Fellowship Zion Senior Center, 5150 E 33rd St. 303-377-2762

Messiah Community Church, ELCA 1750 Colorado Blvd., 303-355-4471 Ministerios Pentecostales 3888 Forest St., 720-941-8433 Montview Boulevard Presbyterian Church 1980 Dahlia St., 303-355-1651, New Hope Baptist Church 3701 Colorado Blvd., 303-322-5200 Park Hill Congregational Church 2600 Leyden St, 303-322-9122 Park Hill Presbyterian Church 3411 Albion St, 303-399-8312 Park Hill United Methodist Church 5209 E Montview Blvd, 303-322-1867 Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church 6100 Smith Road., 303-355-0353 Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church 3301 Leyden St., 303-322-5983 Shorter Community A.M.E. Church 3100 Richard Allen Ct., 303-320-1712 Solomon’s Temple Missionary Baptist 3000 Holly St., 303-377-2249 St. Thomas Episcopal Church 2205 Dexter St., 303-388-4395 Temple Micah 2600 Leyden St., 303-388-4239, Union Baptist Church 3200 Dahlia St., 303-320-0911 Unity on the Avenue 4670 E 17th Ave, 303-322-3901 Contact Erin Vanderberg at to add or update a listing.

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RAY ’ S E L E CT RI CA L SE R V I C E 1 4 Ye a r s in Park Hil l . Qu a l it y w ork . Reas o nabl e r a t e s. Fr ie n d l y, neat, rel ia b l e . Pl e n t y of references . 3 0 ye a r s e x pe rience. Lic e n se d a n d in su red . 720350-8282


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Re sid e n t ia l re ro o fing and re p a ir s, 1 7 ye a r s experience, l ic e n se d , b on d e d, and insu re d . Gu t t e r repl acement a n d c l e a n in g. w w w.accu r a t e r o o f i n g a n d m a s o n r y. c o m Ca l l Sh a w n 3 0 3 - 9 07- 9223 Pa rk Hil l re sident s ince 2 0 0 6 . In su r a n c e cl aims expe r ie n c e . L ic e n sed pro per ty c l a im s a d ju st or. Neighbo rh ood re f e r r a l s avail abl e. A sk a b ou t promo tio ns / d is c ou n t s. C a l l Tr a vis Pembert on f or a f re e c on s u l tatio n at 970-485-4223.


Ma son r y Se r v ic es - Brick , St on e , C on c re t e, res to rat ion , t u c k poin ting, chimn e y’s, re t a in ing w al l s , c it y sid e w a l k s. Licens ed , b on d e d , a n d in su red . w w w. t h e b r i c k a n d s t o n e g u y. c o m Re f e re n c e s. C a l l Shaw n 303907-9223


Beginning exercis e cl as s fo r ad u l ts’ fl exibil ity and bal ance. Tu es . & T hu rs . at 2- 3 pm, $10/ cl as s . Lo cated at T DA , 23rd & Dexter. Sk il l ed Canad ian and Co l o rad o Bal l et principal d ancer l ead s eas y pl ies and s tretches at the barre. Pho ne Brian Bend er 303- 320- 6659. w w w. thed ancers ad m


Greater Park Hil l Co mmu nity Wis h Lis t Do natio ns to G PHC o f need ed In- K ind gifts and tal ents hel p u s o ffs et expens es to s er ve the co mmu nity mo re efficientl y. Pl eas e co ntact Ro byn Fis hman at 303- 3880918 if yo u can hel p w ith any o f the fo l l ow ing: 1. Vo l u nteers are need ed to hel p s o r t & s hel ve fo o d ( any time) , and to hel p w ith fo o d d is tribu tio n o n Wed nes d ays 2. A “l ibrar y- s tyl e” s mal l ro l l ing car t that can acco mmo d ate 4- 6 mil k crates fu l l o f fo o d 3. Label - mak er that can print a variety o f w id ths , and s u ppl ies 4. Laminating machine o r pl as tic l aminating s heets 5. El ectric can o pener 6. 2 r u bber- back ed fl o o r mats , any s ize 7. 13x9 o r l arger po s ter frames 8. 3 mo u s epad s 9. A paper towel ho l d er, and ro l l s o f paper towel s


G R E ATSCAPES: L a ndsca p e d es ign a nd constr ucti on, famil y owned a nd op era ted. Ou td o or li vi ng sp a ces, xeris capi ng, fla gstone, sod, irrigation, reta i ni ng wa lls, mil l w ork, p ergola s, trelli ses, pl anters a nd m ore. Oustand ing references. Jeff 303322- 56 13. Spring Ga rdeni ng. We wi ll d es ign a nd p la n, tri m a nd cl ear, pr une, p er form weeding and m a i ntena nce. Perio d ic m a i ntena nce a greements a va i la ble. Ca ll Margeri e for on-si te esti mate 3 03-941-9432.


In-h om e gui ta r lessons. 15 p lus yea rs exp eri ence, grea t wi th ki ds. L ots of loca l references a va i la ble. Pa ul a t 303-459-0146 or p a ul@ h i gh countr ygui ta


Sta te a nd Montessori certi fi ed to tea ch Elem enta r y subjects a nd Hi gh Sch ool Engli sh . O ver 9 yea rs exp eri ence wi th students of a ll a ges. Pa rk Hi ll Resi dent. References a va i la ble. Ca nda ce a t cch eung922@ gm a i l. com or 303-808-3278.

GENEROSITY AT GPHC GPHC would like to thank the following people and groups for recent food and in-kind donations: Bellaire Street Neighbors MLK Jr. Day Food Drive (Brad Parks, Organizer) Park Hill Congregational Church David Conger & Harriett Milnes Temple Micah Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church Park Hill United Methodist Church The Odyssey School Food Drive, Andy Hartman, Organizer Plus other anonymous donors of food & computer software, and thank you to our newest GPHC members!

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