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Owners and brewers Chris Cunningham and Tauna Rignall, in front of the building that used to be home of Eis Gelato, at 29th Avenue and Fairfax Street. They, along with another couple, are renovating the building and plan to open a craft brewery in September. Photo by Cara DeGette

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Brewmaster Chris Cunningham provided an update on plans to build a craft brewery at the southwest corner of 29th and Fairfax, in the building previously occupied by Eis Gelato. Cunningham, a chemical engineer by trade, is partnered with his wife Tauna Rignall and another couple (all of them also chemical engineers) on the venture. “We have a lot of beer experience – both drinking and making it – since 1992,” Cunningham told the audience. The partners had long wanted to eventually open a craft brewery, he said, and when they found the old building – originally a grocery store – in the diverse north Park Hill neighborhood, they fast tracked their goals from a 5-year plan into a 1-year plan. Cunningham and his wife began renovations last fall, with the hope of opening this September.

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The following is a synopsis of what was discussed during the April 6 Greater Park Hill Community, Inc. monthly meeting. The next community meeting is Thursday, May 4 beginning at 6:30 p.m. at 2823 Fairfax St. It is free and open to the public, and everyone is welcome.

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“We don’t want to change the feel of the neighborhood, but rather give a nod to what it was in the past,” Cunningham said. “We want to be the kind of place where people come and talk. We want to be a gathering place, not just a business on a block.” The brewery is not affiliated with the Park Hill Commons development that will be happening along much of the rest of the Fairfax business block, plans of which were detailed in the November and February issues of the newspaper. Cunningham answered nine (plus one) questions from the crowd – which he termed as those most frequently asked about the brewery. 1. What is the seating capacity? The interior capacity will be 50, and patio maximum is 30. 2. The brewery will be on the south side of the building. What will be on the north side? That has not yet been determined, but Cunningham plans to rent to a compatible business. 3. Will there be an adverse effect on safety or surrounding property values? “Absolutely not,” Cunningham said. “We’re pretty serious about the responsible enjoyment of craft beer.” 4. Are you going to brew a wheat beer? Yes.

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Next GPHC Meeting is on Thursday, May 4 at 6:30 p.m., 2823 Fairfax St., Denver All are welcome to attend

Park Hill Character | Jack Farrar

Vance Johnson’s Tonsorial Talents Catching Up With The Dean Of Barbers Vance Johnson could be forgiven for having a somewhat dim view of the world. He has been through the ringer financially and personally, and has been forced to reinvent himself at the age of 62. But he has faced his demons and he’s moving on. Considered by many as the dean of barbers in Northeast Denver, Vance currently employs his considerable tonsorial talents in a rented space in the back of Winning Coiffures, an iconic hair salon just west of Krameria and Colfax. Not so long ago, Vance presided over a small empire of barbershops in Aurora and Park Hill, including in the Oneida Park Center at 23rd and Oneida. He rented space to a fleet of more than 80 stylists. It was a franchise in which he took enormous pride. But things happened. Vance went through a divorce and, because his wife was his financial manager, his grip on the day-to-day details of the business loosened a might. Four offices shrunk to one. He tried to make a go of it at several different independent locations, but that didn’t work out and he now cuts, clips and snips in his current modest, spotless space.

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Vance Johnson, trimming the hair of longtime friend Larry Cherry. Photo by Jack Farrar

Throughout a recent interview, conducted while he landscaped longtime friend Larry Cherry’s head, I couldn’t help but admire Vance’s approach to life. He has an almost corny affability. Thin and efferves-

cent, his wide, toothy smile is infectious. Like any decent barber, he is full of stories. Like how he first came to cut people’s hair for profit. “My Dad had a barbershop in Washington, D.C. I was the shoeshine boy,” Vance says. “He gave me some clippers. My first client was my brother. When I got pretty good at it, I started walking over to the projects and gave haircuts for 25 cents each. Word got around. I would walk around with a little red wagon, cut hair and do shoeshines, and sell candy. I sold gum by the stick. I was making $30 to $40 a week. To me that was big money.” One of Vance’s cherished childhood memories was “meeting” John F. Kennedy. “We lived at 9th and Constitution in downtown D.C.,” says Vance. “JFK’s limo came through our neighborhood from time to time. He would roll down the window and wave at us.”

From drumming to hair art Vance came to Denver in 1972. After graduating from George Washington High School, he intended to become a professional drummer. “I’ve been a drummer, here and there, on and off, for about 30 years. I used to practice when I was a kid on Kentucky Fried Chicken containers and stacks of old records.” His musical career never took off, but he continued on page 17


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Awards And Accolades GPHN Honored For Photos, Features In Top Of The Rockies

For the third year, Greater Park Hill His blog can be read at coloradofoic.org. News has been recognized for excellence As noted last year, being honored by our in journalism, garnering two awards in the peers is a great feeling. But more impor2017 Top of the Rockies regional journaltantly, producing journalism that makes a ism competition. The competition, spondifference – whether it be challenging city sored by the Society of Professional hall, or weighing in on cultural Journalists, includes news organievents and the arts – is ultimately zations in the four-state region rewarding. Here at the Greater Park of Colorado, New Mexico, Utah Hill News, we blend sometimesand Wyoming. Winners were ancontroversial subject matter and nounced in mid-April at the Denopinions with the kind of commuver Press Club. nity news that our neighbors have Park Hill resident Mark Silveralso come to rely on. stein won First Place in the FeaNearly every month, for example, ture Photography Division for his CARA DEGETTE our education expert Lynn Kalinmonthly photo feature Birdland, auskas provides critical analysis which appears every month on of policies that impact our local Page 3. Silverstein’s gorgeous photos of schools. Columnist Brian Hyde, a retired birds in their habitats in and around Park hydrologist, writes with authority about Hill are accompanied by extended captions water issues. For the past several months, highlighting their rituals and behaviors. Greater Park Hill Community, Inc. Chair We also received a Second Place citation Tracey MacDermott has been writing about in the Special Issue Division for our feasustainability and the need to better preture spread titled “Food, Glorious Food.” serve and protect our planet. Last month The special section was designed by art diJack Farrar launched a monthly feature rector extraordinaire Tommy Kubitsky and designed to highlight people who embody written by yours truly. the great character of Park Hill. Highlighting the national culinary Contributions are welcome month of July, the special section included an exhilarating interview with Chef Jorge Park Hill is fortunate to have a populade la Torre, the dean of culinary education tion that includes high-profi le political acat Johnson & Wales University in Park Hill. tivists, social justice advocates, and comDe la Torre dished up his take on the rapmunity leaders. Our neighbors run the idly-evolving food landscape in Colorado gamut, from the intelligent to the creative and nationally, the next big trends, being to the curmudgeonly. Everyone is welcome good stewards of the earth, and his own fato contribute to this newspaper and particivorite Park Hill dishes. The interview was pate in democracy in action. accompanied by a roundup of restaurantThat said, we do have guidelines that related news about eateries in and around enable us to continue a tradition of excelthe neighborhood. lence. We will not publish letters that conIf you missed them the first time, Silvertain personal attacks on private individustein’s images of birds, as well as the speals. As your editor, I respect the various, cial section honoring all things food, can be and sometimes provocative, opinions from seen and read at greaterparkhill.org. neighbors. I am committed to ensuring the information that appears in these pages is Kudos to other local journalists accurately presented. If you suspect a facWe extend kudos and congratulations tual error in a news or commentary piece, to Jeffrey A. Roberts, who is also an occaplease contact me to determine whether a sional contributor to our newspaper, and correction is warranted. to Alan Prendergast, a longtime writer for Letters to the editor should be 400 words Westword. These fellow Park Hill residents or less and may be edited for space, as necwere also honored last month for journalessary. They should be sent to editor@greatism excellence in the annual Top of the erparkhill. org. Deadlines are the 15th of Rockies competition. each month, for the following month’s isFor the second year Roberts, the execusue. tive director of the Colorado Freedom of People who are interested in contributing Information Coalition, received first place a longer news or feature story or commenfor blog writing. The mission of his organitary can contact me directly, at the same zation is to ensure that Coloradans, includemail address. Freelancers are welcome to ing journalists, the general public and pubcontact me for writer’s guidelines and to lic officials, understand and use the public’s pitch news stories and guest commentaries. rights of access to the records and proceedThanks for contributing to the conversaings of government and the judiciary. tion, and thanks for your readership.

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

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Letters to the Editor Love Our Characters

Support Working Families

Jack Farrar’s April article about J.R. Ewing, the community member who helps others, was phenomenal! I love this story of neighbors helping neighbors and being appreciated and kind to one another. The more we get to know one another and find our commonalities, the better our dialogue and understanding of one anyone will be as we create our community.

The two of us are lucky to have access to paid leave at our workplaces, allowing us to be both good employees and loving caregivers for our families. But 88 percent of Coloradans do not enjoy this right. The fact is, everyone has to recover from a serious illness, care for a sick parent or bond with a new baby at some point. But the U.S. is the only developed nation that does not guarantee some form of paid leave. This is a real problem – for families, businesses and our economy. At the capitol a few weeks ago, Colorado workers shared stories of being forced to make choices no one should have to — attend chemotherapy or lose their job; take care of a dying father or miss rent; stay at the hospital with a premature infant or keep the lights on. For many, missing even one paycheck can lead to a financial tailspin, which is why nearly one in four new mothers return to work two weeks after giving birth. Small businesses, health professionals, and breastfeeding advocates also testified to the numerous benefits of paid leave, including employee retention, economic costsavings, and health outcomes for mothers/ babies. Many young families in our neighborhoods depend on others to provide childcare. If these caregivers get sick, need to care for family or give birth to a child, we want them to take the time they need without the added stress of missing a paycheck. Currently, it’s very difficult for families or childcare centers to afford paid leave for their employees on top of hiring replacements. House Bill 1307 provides a solution by creating the Family And Medical Leave Insurance program. It’s funded entirely by workers —without employer, government or taxpayer funds. Employees contribute a $2-5 premium each week to access up to 12 weeks of paid leave per year.

Tara Bannon Williamson, Park Hill

Stop The Vandals I’d like to thank you for publishing the Greater Park Hill News. It’s always full of great information. I’d also like to bring your attention to the graffiti, which seems to plague our neighborhood. The Denver Auto Body Shop at 5601 E. Colfax had been tagged with graffiti on a continuous basis. The shop owner or manager has been very diligent about removing the graffiti fairly quickly, however, it has become a continuous problem. The wall was recently tagged again, just after being repainted. The owners have repainted over graffiti dozens of times. The last incident went from one end of Holly nearly to Ivy Street. It’s ugly and destructive not only for the owner of the Denver Auto Body Shop, but also for the residents in the neighborhood. It’s frustrating to witness over and over again. It brings down property values and I’m certain that parents with children feel frightened as well, as many children play nearby. If there is anything you can do to bring attention to this issue in your newspaper it would be most appreciated. We have a beautiful neighborhood and these vandals are ruining our area. They need to be arrested and convicted. Teri Johnston, Holly Street resident

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As this bill continues to move through the legislature, we are hoping that the paid leave benefits we both have access to will become a reality for all of our fellow workers. Please encourage your legislators to vote yes. If you don’t know who represents you in the state legislature, look them up and contact them today: http://leg.colorado.gov/find-my-legislator. You can learn more about the CO FAMLI Act at: www. cofamli.org. Neha Mahajan, Mayfair resident and 9to5 Colorado Director Rachel Ellis, Stapleton resident and Managing Partner of Ellis Employment Law

After School Program Funding At Risk The budget proposal recently released by the White House reveals that President Trump wants to eliminate all funding for the 21st Century Community Learning Centers initiative -- the primary federal funding stream for summer and afterschool learning programs that serve children and youth who are considered “at-risk.” The White House budget chief said there’s “no demonstrable evidence” that out-of-school time programs are effective at increasing student achievement. He is flat wrong. There is ample evidence that afterschool programs help improve students’ grades and test scores, help improve regular school attendance, and help students build positive behaviors that are building blocks of future success. Our local nonprofit agency – founded right here in Park Hill – has a proven track record of increasing student achievement via its high-quality out-of-school-time programs. Scholars Unlimited (founded as Summer Scholars) has been helping elementary students improve their literacy skills, knowledge, and social-emotional assets for nearly 25 years. With funding from 21st Century Community Learning Center grants and generous philanthropic support from our community, Scholars Unlimited provides comprehensive summer and after-

school programs to disadvantaged young learners. Daily, our programs provide rigorous literacy instruction, hands-on enrichment, recreation, and positive youth development practices. Annually, we serve about 1,200 elementary students who are considered at-risk because of low socio-economic status and poor academic performance. However, we consider our scholars “at promise” and we strive to help them achieve their unlimited potentials and to develop an unlimited belief in themselves. Our programs work. Our results consistently demonstrate that we help our scholars make significant academic gains: Three out of four students achieve gradelevel proficiency in fundamental literacy skills, and nearly half achieve grade-level proficiency in reading fluency and comprehension. As your readers know, there is a strong correlation between reading proficiency and long-term academic success, and thirdgrade reading proficiency is a predictor for high school graduation. Ongoing federal support for out-ofschool time programs is crucial for disadvantaged children and youth, and our community as a whole. I hope the Greater Park Hill community will join me in calling on Colorado U.S. Senators Michael Bennet and Cory Gardner, and all our congressional representatives, to reject the President’s proposal to cut 21st Century funding. Lisa Klapper O’Connor, Board Chair, Scholars Unlimited, Denver Editor’s Note: We love your letters, and give preference to those that address an issue that has been covered in the newspaper, or a topic that is Park Hill or Denver-specific. Send letters to editor@greaterparkhill. org, and include your full name, and the neighborhood in which you live. Deadlines are the 15th of each month, for the following month’s issue. Past issues can be read at greaterparkhill.org.

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Say ‘No’ To The Straw Help Make Plastic Go Away By Tracey MacDermott

When plastic is exposed to sunlight it will break apart and form tiny fragments Board Chair, GPHC, Inc. called microplastics, which then can be inYou may not think that the trash and gested by marine life and later by humans chemicals that collect on our Denver streets as they eat fish and seafood. contributes to pollution in our We need to end our addiction oceans, but it does. to plastic. It is challenging, as The nasty junk travels through clearly the stuff is everywhere. our local sewer pipes into our waPlease consider what you can do terways and eventually reaches to reduce plastic use. Here are a the ocean. In 2010 alone, globally, few ideas: Use re-useable groeight million metric tons of plascery bags. In addition to the “no tic ended up in the ocean. That is thanks, straw,” say “no” to plastic just plastic. That does not account cutlery, plastic wrap and coffee for other items that add trash to lids. Stop buying water in plastic our oceans, or the chemicals, pesbottles. Boycott products with ticides and fertilizers that flow microbeads, such as facial scrubs, TRACEY downstream. body washes and toothpaste. MACDERMOTT Even if our Denver trash did Cook at home more, and when not make it all the way to you do go out bring your the ocean it does make it own to-go container. Purto the Platte River, where chase items second-hand, it pollutes the water and Cook at home more, and avoiding the additional harms wildlife and also when you do go out bring packaging of a new prodlooks awful gathering on Recycle what you can’t your own to-go container uct. our streets and alleys. use. Support a bag tax or Most of us have seen ban. Buy in bulk. Bring the horrific pictures of your own garment bag to animals caught in our plastic debris, such the dry cleaner. Put pressure on manufacas the widely circulated picture of a turtle tures to change their packaging and prowith a plastic straw stuck in its nostril. We cessing. humans caused the needless pain and sufI hope that you will join me in making a fering of that turtle. Next time you think commitment to reduce your plastic usage you need that one-time use of a plastic and clean up our streets to avoid damage straw think about the damage downstream downstream from us. I would love to hear from us. Just say “no straw, please,” and enfrom you and the efforts you are making courage businesses to ditch plastic straws to reduce your use. I can be contacted at and disposables. chair@greaterparkhill.org All the plastic we have ever created is still Tracey MacDermott is chair of the board of here. Plastic does not easily go away. The Greater Park Hill Community, Inc. Active in clothes we own that are made from synthe Registered Neighborhood Organization thetic fabric contain plastic. When we wash for many years, MacDermott was the 2012 them, tiny fibers are shred that wash down recipient of the Dr. J. Carlton Babbs Award our drains and into our water system, addfor Community Service. ing more plastic to our waterways.

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Denver Metro Now Ranked 6th Smoggiest Air Quality Not Just About The ‘Brand’

CoMMenTary By Andy Keiser Special to the GPHN

Three thousand gallons. That’s how much air a person breathes every day. That’s roughly 30,000 breaths, fi ltered through your lungs each and every day. Each breath drawn in and out of an ecosystem no less delicate than any on Earth. So I was understandably dismayed when I read the report last month, published by the Frontier Group and the Environment America Research & Policy Center, listing Denver as the sixth smoggiest metro area in the United States. Surely, I thought, this must be some kind of mistake. After all, Colorado is the land of clean mountain air. Even our own Gov. Hickenlooper, when asked about President Trump’s loosened environmental regulations, affirmed that clean air “continues to be an important part of Colorado’s brand.” But does the reality match the branding? I soon discovered that the answer wasn’t so simple.

Remember the brown cloud? Longtime residents of Denver who remember the notorious “brown cloud” of carbon monoxide and other pollutants that hung over downtown Denver throughout much of the 1980’s and 90’s were perhaps less shocked than I was to discover that

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Denver still has problems with air quality. They might also still be under the impression that Denver is making gains in a positive direction. Indeed, that is the position maintained by many Denver officials including the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment (CDPHE), the state agency tasked with ensuring clean air throughout the state. As recently as last September, a

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senior air quality official with CDPHE was quoted as saying that he thinks “Denver has good air quality.” To be sure, Denver has made great strides in cleaning up pollutants like carbon monoxide and nitrogen dioxide over the past 30 years, but ozone levels remain a major challenge. In fact, Colorado was out of compliance with federal ozone regulations even before those regulations were tightened last November. CDPHE maintains that Denver is on pace to reach compliance by the end of 2020, but critics point out that this goal is unlikely to be attained without further regulations on oil and gas, something the state agency has said they won’t pursue. In addition to the latest report ranking Denver as 6th most polluted, both the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the American Lung Association (ALA) have voiced concern over Denver’s worsening ozone and small particle pollution. All indications show the positive trends from decades past have reversed. The EPA is currently in the process of downgrading Denver from a “marginal” violator of clean air laws to a “moderate” violator. Over the last few years, Denver has seen its rating from the American Lung Association steadily rise from 26th most polluted city to 13th – and then to 8th most polluted. Indeed, in my research I could not fi nd any person or agency without a vested interest in Denver’s “brand” who didn’t think air quality in our city was getting worse.

In our backyard This should be of concern to Park Hill residents for a couple of reasons. First, there is no safe amount of exposure to ozone or small particle pollution. While it affects children and the elderly disproportionately, the harmful health effects are felt by everyone. Those include stinging eyes, tightening of the chest, a burning feeling in the lungs, and shortness of breath. They are also cumulative in nature, meaning that even if you are otherwise healthy, your lungs could be permanently damaged

by exposure to Denver’s polluted air. Secondly, Park Hill may be at greater risk than other parts of Denver due to our proximity to DIA, Interstate 70, and the Suncor refinery just a few miles to the northwest. Recently, on two separate occasions, Suncor leaked massive amounts of sulfur dioxide into the atmosphere above Northeast Denver. While CHPHE maintains that there were no negative health effects from this contamination, it’s also true that there is not a single air quality monitoring station between Suncor and Park Hill. As a result, neither CDPHE nor any other agency can say with certainty exactly what the quality of our air is here in Park Hill without further study. One thing we do know for certain is that incidences of asthma-related emergency room visits increase dramatically as you travel towards I-70 and Suncor. Gov. Hickenlooper pledged last August to issue an executive order to seek a onethird cut in greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. This would have gone a long way towards cleaning up Suncor and the air in Northeast Denver. After the election, however, he backed away from issuing the order, perhaps because the fight would be too costly politically. To be sure, there are vested interests fighting hard every day to ward off regulations like this. The time has come for all of us to send a message to Gov. Hickenlooper that the fight is not too hard because we will be there fighting right alongside him. Please consider calling the governor’s office today at (303) 866-2885 to tell him not to cave to the pressures of the oil and gas industry but instead to enact common sense regulations to keep us and our children safe. Let him know that clean air is more than just a brand. Andy Keiser is a nonprofit professional, writer, and advocate living in Park Hill. His areas of interest include education and the environment. You can usually find him riding his gigantic bicycle around Park Hill with his daughters or you can reach him at (720) 255-7772.

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Business Happenings Around The ‘Hood

In that same category – Best Restaurant on Colfax – readers picked Solera as their favorite Colfax eatery. Since 2001, Chef/Owner Goose Sorenson has been serving up dishes inspired by Spanish farmhouse cuisine at the restaurant on Colfax at Grape Street.

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Prodigy Coffeehouse, at 3801 E. 40th Ave. just west of the Park Hill Golf Course, The Cherry Tomato’s Thomas Felese, back in March, 1997. won top honors in Westword’s Felese, who celebrates 20 years this year, still has the Park Best of this year for best cofHill Drug Store sign in his basement. Photo courtesy Thomas feehouse in Denver. And it Felese wasn’t just about the cappuccino. Prodigy, which opened last year, is a Cherry Tomato Turns 20 gathering spot for sure. It’s also, as WestTwenty years ago The Titanic was reword noted, “a nonprofit workshop where leased in theaters, Dolly the Sheep was paid youth apprentices looking for a foot up cloned, Roy Romer was governor of Coloin the employment world are put to work, rado, Nokia owned the fledgling mobile learning from experience and pre-employphone market, and Mike Tyson bit part ment training.” of Evander Holyfield’s ear off in the third In other words, as Prodigy’s owners put round of a WBA Heavyweight title fight. it, “Your new favorite baristas are apprenIn other news, The Cherry Tomato first tices pursuing mastery of life, self, and opened its doors, at 23rd Avenue and Dexcraft.” ter Street. Since 1997, Chef/Owner Thomas Felese has been serving saltimbocca, carChanges At Govinda’s bonara, ravioli and other Italian favorites Way back in 1980, the Rubik’s Cube was to Park Hill fans, customers from all over an international obsession, Pac-Man was Denver, and many visiting from out of state born, Mount St. Helens erupted in Wash– including, in 2015, Foo Fighters frontman ington State, and Ronald Reagan was electDave Grohl. ed President of the United States. Felese recently offered a salute to his Also that year, Govinda’s Garden opened longtime customers, who continue to flock as Denver’s first vegetarian buffet, at the to what is now a Park Hill institution: “I Hare Krishna temple just south of Park would like to thank all of the great support Hill at 14th Avenue and Cherry Street. Last from all my patrons.” month Govinda’s announced that Nandini Here’s to another 20 years of pasta bliss. and Carlos Rossi, the restaurant’s longtime Chop Shop On Top chef and manager, are moving on. “The plans are that the Hare Krishna Westword’s annual Best of issue hit the temple will assume management and have streets last month. Designed to highlight a new team to run Govinda’s,” the Rossis the best that Denver has to offer – whether said. “This will be certainly vegetarian. We it be food, drink, shopping or sports, three do not know at this time if they will conPark Hill-area spots received accolades that tinue to be 100 percent vegan. We want to are worth a mention. thank you all for the outpouring of loving Chop Shop Casual Urban Eatery, on appreciation, support and well wishes durColfax at Elm Street, pulled in an editor’s ing our time serving at Govinda’s Garden choice pick for Best Restaurant on ColVegan Cafe.” fax. Westword praised Chef/Owner Clint Wangsnes and Co-owner Christian AnDo you have news about a business in and derson for giving locals “exactly what they around the neighborhood that you’d like needed: a casual hangout for lunch and to share? Has ownership changed hands? dinner where families could feel comfortHas a local shop recently opened? Closed? able and order from a menu that doesn’t Retired after decades in business? Won an stoop to the usual fast-casual tricks but still award? Had a visit from a VIP or celebrity? keeps prices low.” Noteworthy were WangSend your business news tips to editor@ snes’s 48-hour short ribs and 72-hour ongreaterparkhill.org for consideration. ion soup, and menu flavors that transport Please include “Spilling the beans” in the diners to Thailand, China, Japan and the subject line of the email. Mediterranean.

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Keep The Passion Alive Trumpcare Would Hurt Seniors And Others: Here’s How

CoMMenTary By Rep. Diana DeGette Special to the GPHN

virtually everyone on Medicaid starting in 2020. CHI estimates that by 2026, Colorado would receive $1 billion less in federal Medicaid funding per year due to this cap, and $6 billion less by the year 2030 – once again, forcing painful choices. Furthermore, the changes that Trumpcare seeks to make to Medicaid itself would make it harder for seniors and people with disabilities to get long-term care through home- and community-based services, and it would threaten the future of nursing homes that depend in large part on federal support. A scheme that puts the cost of coverage out of reach for some of society’s most vulnerable members is not health care.

Trumpcare was defeated and the Affordable Care Act saved from repeal in March thanks in large part to the American public. They spoke out passionately on behalf of the ACA in phone calls and emails to their members of Congress. They raised their voices at events, like the community forum in Denver where 1,000 of my constituents showed up, a rally with 500 people that I held, and a listening session where men and women of all ages told their stories about Progress in hyper-partisan times how the ACA has changed their lives for the better. I’ve been a long-time proponent of makWe need to keep that passion alive and ing bipartisan improvements to the Affordbe on the alert for further efforts to reverse able Care Act, including at every hearing the progress that has been made under the that we’ve had in the Energy and ComACA, especially with respect to how it has merce Committee, on which I serve. I’ve helped seniors. The White House and congressional Republicans continue to talk about repealing and replacing the ACA with a bill that looks a lot like the Trumpcare legislation that failed in March. Let’s be clear about what this would mean: Under that bill, by the year 2020, total out-of-pocket costs for Coloradans would increase by an average of $2,256 for individuals and $3,969 for families. By 2026, those costs would rise $3,561 for individuals and $6,777 for families. And Trumpcare hits those with low or fi xed incomes especially hard: It slashes the support offered by the ACA’s premium tax credits by nearly Rep. Diana DeGette photographs the audience durhalf. For example, according to the ing a packed January “listening session” at National non-partisan Congressional Budget Jewish Health, during which many Denver-area resiOffice (CBO), a 64-year old whose dents shared stories about their anger over rising income is $26,500 – which is 175 health insurance costs and fears of losing health percent of the Federal Poverty Level coverage. Photo by Dave Felice – pays $1,700 out of her own pocket said there, and elsewhere, if Republicans on premiums under current law. Under would give up this idea of repealing the Trumpcare, that same woman would pay ACA and work with Democrats to improve $14,600 in premiums. Forcing people to it, we could make a lot of progress. pay this much is an unworkable solution Even in these hyper-partisan times, this for the middle class and people with limited is not unprecedented. I was the chief Demincomes. ocratic author of the 21st Century Cures Going to get a lot more expensive Act along with Republican Congressman Fred Upton of Michigan. Th is was a exThe CBO predicts that premiums are gopansive bill that restructured the way we ing to get a lot more expensive for adults do biomedical research in this country, age 50 to 64, since Trumpcare lets insurproviding avenues for cures for some of ance companies charge them much higher the toughest diseases that face us, includpremiums than what’s allowed under curing Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, cancer, diarent law. This age tax will make premiums betes, and many more. It became law last so unaffordable that many people will be December. forced off their health insurance. A typical So in a similar spirit, Democrats and Resenior seeking coverage on the exchanges publicans can and should work together on has a $25,000 annual income. For these policy solutions for our health care system. people, AARP estimates that Trumpcare We need to figure out the issues and princiwould increase premiums by as much as ples on which we agree, and how to achieve $3,600 for a 55 year-old and $7,000 for a them, including bringing down prescrip64-year-old. tion drug prices and reducing premiums, Trumpcare would also shift $370 bildeductibles and out-of-pocket costs. lion in federal costs for Medicaid to the Americans have been so persuasive and states, which would effectively phase out persistent about the ACA because they the ACA’s Medicaid expansion. In our want to see Congress work together to truly state, this would mean losing $340 million make their insurance more affordable and in federal funding in 2020 and $14 billion to make health care more available to them. over the following 10 years, according to And that’s why we should seize this mothe Colorado Health Institute (CHI), which ment in a bipartisan way and do what’s best notes that state lawmakers “would face the for Coloradans and all Americans. option of cutting off hundreds of thousands of people from Medicaid or making Diana DeGette represents the 1st Congreshistoric cuts to the state budget to pay for sional District, which includes Denver, in them.” the U.S. House of Representatives. And it would cap federal funding for

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no limit to the amount of trash that can be dropped off. However, hazardous materiOn April 8, the Inter-Neighborhood als, electronics, automotive parts, concrete, Cooperation, a consortium of dozens of etc., won’t be accepted. registered neighborhood organizations throughout Denver, passed a resolution Mulch Giveaway & Compost Sale May 6 supporting the city purchase the Park Hill Denver Recycles is holding its annual Golf Course. Mulch Giveaway & Compost Sale on SatThe 18-hole golf course, at the northwest urday, May 6 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the section of Park Hill, comprises about 155 Havana Nursery. Four other satellite sites acres. Its boundaries include Colorado will offer “dig-your-own” mulch that day Boulevard on the west, Smith Road on the from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free mulch will be north, Dahlia Street on the east, and 35th available at the Havana Nursery, at 10450 Avenue on the south. The course was esSmith Rd., just south of I-70 on Havana tablished in 1931, and is owned by Clayton Street. The mulch will also be available at Early Learning, a foundation whose misthe closest satellite site to Park Hill, at Fred sion is to promote early childhood educaThomas Park at Syracuse Street and 23rd tion. Avenue. The mulch is made from ground As noted by the INC, the golf course is currently leased to a private operator. In March, Clayton Early Learning announced plans to sell the property in December 2018, as the golf course is no longer profitable. In its subsequent resolution, INC members urged city leaders to include the parcel in the upcoming general obligation bond election this November. In a press release, INC highlighted several key points supporting city purchase, including the possibility that this would be the last opportunity to Up and Atom: Thousands gathered in downtown Denver for the acquire a large parcel of April 22 March for Science. It was one of more than 500 related open space close to central events that happened across the globe to mark Earth Day, supDenver.

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The Great Denver Cleanup Saturday, May 20 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The GDC is the annual citywide cleanup day when Denver residents can clean up and clear out around the house, and around the neighborhood — then haul their discarded items to a free drop site. There are 13 drop-off sites. Depending on where you live in the neighborhood, the closest sites for Park Hill residents are the Acacia Learning Center at 2050 Uinta St., or at Manual High School at 26th Avenue and Williams Street. Large household items include appliances without Freon, old furniture and bikes, rigid plastics, yard waste, some recyclable and re-usable items. There is no charge, and

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City Park Jazz Lineup Announced The 31st season of City Park Jazz kicks off on June 4 with The Other Black (featuring Wesley Watkins). Free evening concerts will be every Sunday evening through Aug. 6, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the City Park Pavilion. Info about transportation, food trucks, volunteering and more is at CityParkJazz.org. Without further ado, here is the line-up: June 4: The Other Black (featuring Wesley Watkins) June 11: Pete Wernick & Flexigrass June 18: Linda Styles June 25: Dotsero July 2: Purnell Steen and Le Jazz Machine July 9: Buckner Funken Jazz July 16: Judge Roughneck July 23: Los Bohemios July 30: JoFoKe Aug. 6: Alpha Schoolmarm Orchestra

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Nature Is Beckoning 17th Annual Park Hill Garden Walk Set for June 17 By Tara Bannon Williamson

featuring native plant species, sustainable practices and other environmental considSpecial to the GPHN erations to nourish and harbor butterflies, “And forget not that the earth delights to feel bees and more. your bare feet and the winds long to play For gardeners who prefer to eat what they with your hair.” -- Khalil Gibran grow, several gardens feature sumptuous spaces for growing vegetables. Three neighNature beckons you outdoors with bors demonstrate the way that gardening dappled sunbeams, flirtatious breezes and brings us together and creates community the happy faces of blooming flowers to celby sharing one space. Meet fellow gardenebrate the beauty of gardening by attenders and share tips on your favorite veggies ing the Park Hill Garden Walk on Saturday, to grow and what you are expecting will be June 17. a bumper crop this year. Now in its 17th year, the annual event is No space is too small to captivate and the perfect pairing of outdoor enjoyment transport you to a restorative and rejuand community connecvenating garden sanctution – whether you stroll, ary. There are examples of amble, scoot, bike, meansmall spaces that use every der, skip or skate. Space for inch to make complete oabike parking is provided in ses. Touches of humor and front of each house to enwhimsy reward the carecourage and support those ful observer, definitively that travel on two wheels. highlighting the wit and The Garden Walk compersonality of the gardener. mittee is excited for everyLarger creative expressions one to see the ingenious manifest in fun sculpted creativity reflected in each pieces by local artists. of the gardens. Dauntless As in years past, lopassion for enjoying the cal artists will be in the outdoors is demonstrated gardens, displaying their by wonderful outdoor creations including sculprooms transforming the ture, pastels, paper art, urban traffic buzzing by and paintings. Many of the into a faint and distant This year’s Garden Walk poster, artists will be working en memory. Comfortable out- by Park Hill artist Angelia McLean. plein air. door living isn’t just someFind inspiration for your thing to watch on TV and see in magazines. own garden, delight in the hard work and Experience the possibilities by visiting the creativity of others, and enjoy the beautiful numerous Park Hill gardens that will be June day by attending or volunteering for part of this year’s event. the Garden Walk. No matter your gardenIn addition to the interesting use of rocks ing experience, style or success rate, there and metals in hard landscaping, a charmis something for everyone to enjoy and coning greenhouse and various serene water nect to. If you are interested in volunteerfeatures are in store. For those who love ing, or for information about what you can fauna as much as they love flora, there is a do to help, contact Helen Quinn at helenyard that has a wildlife habitat certification patq@yahoo.com. The Garden Walk lasts from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. this year, and tickets will be available beginning around the end of May at the Park Hill Branch Library and Spinelli’s Market. The following will be participating Tickets this year are $12 for adults, and in this year’s Park Hill Garden Walk: $10 for seniors, with proceeds benefitting Greater Park Hill Community, Inc. Maps Nancy Brauer of the featured gardens will be available Lindsay Giachitti & Dan Barcau the day of the event, to all who buy tickets. Tom Wordinger & Bill Benzie Additional information is at parkhillgardDavid Strong enwalk.org. Laura and Craig Hill You can also secure your tickets in early Park Hill Public Library May through PayPal via the parkhillgardRick Clarke enwalk.org website. If planning ahead isn’t Jane Hultin your cup of tea, tickets will be on sale the Jeanette & George Issaeff day of the event for $15.

Getting the gardens ready for the June 17 Park Hill Garden Walk. Photos by Brandon J. Scott Photography

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Park Hill Art Festival Turns Four

From left, a scene from last year’s Park Hill Art Festival; local artist Rodgers Naylor’s painting, Ahh, Fishing; one of the bicycles that will be given away in a raffle on Saturday and Sunday. Below, image from last year’s art festival. Photos courtesy Darren Skanson

65 Artists Showing May 19-21 GPHN staff report

For the fourth year, Park Hill Arts Festival founder Darren Skanson is presenting a juried fine arts and fine craft show showcasing 65 fine artists from Colorado and beyond. The arts festival is Friday, May 19 through Sunday, May 21 at the Park Hill Masonic Lodge grounds at 4819 E. Montview Blvd. Featuring fine art, there will also be food trucks, and live music all weekend. Admission is free. Skanson estimated last year’s crowds at about 10,000 – double the number of people who attended the first year. “It’s really started to take roots,” he said. “Last year it was just packed.” Part of the draw is the giveaways that Skanson has sponsored since the festival’s inception. On Friday and Saturday, a $1,000 and $500 shopping spree is given away to a lucky festival-goer during daily drawings. People can ask any artist at the show for a ticket to enter. There is no cost, but they must be present to win. This year, Skanson, of CCM Events, has teamed up with 303 ArtWay. In addition to the shopping spree drawings, people can enter to win one of two bicycles that will be given away on Saturday and Sunday. (303 ArtWay is a proposed art-themed urban

trail connecting paved walkways and bike paths through Park Hill.) Past winners have gone home with everything from paintings to jewelry, pottery and a huge stone bear sculpture. The artists represent the range of mediums, from oil, acrylic, watercolor pastel, charcoal, and mixed media paintings, as well as bronze, stone, metal, mixed media, and glass sculptures. Others specialize in functional stoneware, raku ceramics, inlaid wood turned bowl, one-of-a-kind jewelry, silk fabrics, and color and black & white photography. Prices for the various works range anywhere from $50 to $20,000, Skanson said. Skanson is a longtime arts promoter and musician, who also organizes the Lake Dillon Arts Festival in Summit County, which is in July. “In putting [the Park Hill Art Festival] together, I wanted to make sure we have artists who can appeal to all range of buyers,” he said. “That said, this is a fine art show, it’s not a craft show.” In addition to the art, Skanson and other musicians will perform throughout the weekend, blending classical and contemporary sounds. For more information about the festival and the artists, check out www.parkhillartfestival.com

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by City Council District 9 and City Park Alliance. It is free and open to the public. The Ice Cream Social is an event specifically for people to celebrate the cultural and historical gem that is City Park. Guests will enjoy free ice cream, entertainment, face painting and the summer kick off concert of the Denver Municipal Band. For more information visit cityparkalliance.org/ icecreamsocial/ For more information about the history of the event and the Denver Municipal Band visit http://greaterparkhill.org/2017/04/ kicking-off-summer-ice-cream-music/

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As she has every spring for more than 40 years, Helen Wolcott will open her Park Hill home on Saturday and Sunday May 6 and 7, hosting a group of artists and artisans who show and sell their creations. Wolcott specializes in jewelry, costume, silver and more. Also lined up for the May show are: Ann Lederer (silk and photography), Alec Ellis (Shortmanwoods), Cristina de Palma-Vega (Fabric and Paper Art), Carmen Curtis Basham (Pottery), Katy Charles (Mini Paintings and City Park Photos), Pamela Bliss, Helen Bressler and Mary Ragins (Weavings) and Anita Kienker (Quilted Creations). Stop by 2309 Clermont St. from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days. Everybody is welcome. Bring a friend and toast the season with a glass of sangria or herbal tea.

The Montview Community Preschool & Kindergarten Carnival is Saturday, May 6. The annual event, at 1980 Dahlia St., includes live music, train rides, bouncy castles, games and prizes, a petting zoo, food trucks, cupcake walk, horse-drawn wagon rides, vendors, and more. Start time is 11 a.m., and goes to 3 p.m. The event is open to the public. Tickets are $7 in advance and $9 at the door. People over 65 and under 2 can attend at no charge. All proceeds support the school.
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Welcome Summer & Ice Cream The annual City Park Ice Cream Social is Thursday, June 1, 2017 at the City Park Pavilion and band shell from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. This family-friendly event is hosted

Food For Thought Upcoming Active Minds Events Phone In To Putin’s Russia

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Having influenced the country far beyond the term of his first official presidency and now having consolidated his power, Vladimir Putin’s leadership of Russia suggests a return to an authoritarianism that for some feels similar to the days of Soviet control and the Czars of old. On Monday, May 8, join Active Minds for a phone-in discussion from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. to examine the story of Russia under the influence of Putin, including Russia’s involvement in Ukraine and other current issues. This is a free virtual phone-in class. Call 303-5025189 to participate. Limited to the first 100 callers. 


On Wednesday, May 10 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., join Active Minds to trace the rise and fall of the Age of the Vikings, including their origins in Scandinavia and how they extended their reach into Europe, North America, and beyond. This program makes a great accompaniment to a visit to the Vikings program currently running at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science through Aug. 13. The event is at the Heather Gardens Auditorium, 2888 S. Heather Gardens Way. There is no cost and no RSVP is required.

A Bite of the Big Apple
 There’s no place in the world quite like New York City. From Broadway to Wall Street, Little Italy to Central Park, New York has a history and an energy all its own. Join Active Minds on Tuesday, May 9 from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. to explore the city’s past and present, as well as the important people and places that have shaped this unique city. The free event is at the Tattered Cover, 2526 E. Colfax. No RSVP required.

Immigration In Focus On Wednesday, May 10, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.,
Active Minds will cover the history of immigration in the U.S. and how related policy is currently playing out – both economically and politically – at both the federal and state levels The free discussion is at the Aurora Public Library, 14949 E Alameda Pkwy. No RSVP is required.

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The annual Denver Potters Show this year is Thursday, May 11, at the Sixth Avenue United Church at 3250 E. Sixth Ave. (Sixth and Adams). The three-day sale features a multitude of Colorado’s top artists working in ceramics. There is no charge to attend. The hours are Friday, May 12, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, May 13 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday, May 14, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Spring Fling On Colfax The first Assistance League Auxiliary of Denver is throwing a Spring Fling on Friday and Saturday May 19 and 20, featuring a variety of plants in creative containers, colorful yard art, elegant spring crafts, delicious baked goods, and a raffle for Broncos tickets. The Spring Fling will be held at Thrift Mart, at 1331 E. Colfax Ave. Proceeds will support Operation School Bell, which provides new school clothing and choice books for children in need. This debut event will serve as the major fundraiser for the Auxiliary this year. Doors open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day, and additional at times, less than $30 per barrel. Join Active Minds to explore the causes and consequences (positive and negative) of this dynamic. Areas to be covered include the role of China, the impact of fracking and the oil sector in the U.S., as well as the role of OPEC in addressing the fluctuating price of this commodity so crucial to the global economy. The free event is Thursday, May 18 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Windsor Gardens, 597 S. Clinton St.,
RSVP is not required.

The Struggle of Syria
 Since gaining its independence from the French in 1946, Syria has had a rocky and troubled history. Located in one of the most conflict-ridden parts of the world, Syria’s turmoil has involved both its regional neighbors as well as its own internal factions that have made self-rule a challenging goal. On Tuesday, May 23 from 5 p.m. to 6

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4th of July Parade Update More than 40 groups have already signed up for this year’s Park Hill 4th of July Parade, with more than 500 participants expected so far. There are lots of returning favorites this year, including the Boy Scout Troop 376 color guard, the Children’s Center/Park Hill United Methodist, the Park Hill Library and DPL Bookmobile and the huge yellow Krishna temple. The Denver Zoo will be back this year with a real crowd-pleaser, but event organizers don’t want to spoil the surprise – you will have to go the parade to see it in person. There is still time to register your float or your group to march in the parade, which will run down 23rd Avenue from Dahlia to Kearney. Visit ParkHillParade.org for the registration link or contact organizers at parkhillparade@gmail.com or 303-9186517.

Other Park Hill Events Check out Sierra Fleenor’s column on page 19 for details about several May events that are sponsored by the GPHC, Inc. Registered Neighborhood Organization, including: • The GPHC Community Yard Sale on Saturday, May 6, from 9 a.m. to noon. • The New Volunteer Open House on Wednesday, May 10, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. • Garden-in-a-box Giveaway and GPHC Garden Volunteer Day on Saturday, May 13, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. • The Colfax Clean-Up on Saturday, May 20. Come out and help clean up Colfax. p.m. join the free discussion to understand Syria’s history and recent atrocities and how this informs current and future challenges for this pivotal player in the Middle East.
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Sorting Out The Philippines
 The Philippines is fighting a brutal war on drugs that some have termed out of control. Recently elected President Rodrigo Duterte campaigned on a promise to fight drugs in the country and is leading a bloody crackdown that many say is encouraging vigilante execution of drug dealers and addicts. Join Active Minds for a full review of history and current context on where this important U.S. ally in the region may be heading. This program is on Thursday, May 25 from 6:45 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. at the Sam Gary Library in Stapleton, 2961 Roslyn St. There is no cost.

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Talk of the Neighborhood, continued from page 1 5. Will there be off-street parking? “We do not plan nor do we have the space for off-street parking,” Cunningham said. However, the new development on Fairfax will include ample new car parking on the block, which will be a good thing. The response resulted in a comment from a neighbor who lives nearby and is concerned about not being able to park close to her home. In addition, the neighbor was unhappy as nobody had previously talked to her or other immediate neighbors about the plans until now. 6. Will there be bike racks? “Absolutely,” Cunningham said. “We are huge bike fans and will encourage people to walk and ride their bikes.” 7. When do they plan to apply for a liquor license? In about three months. Cunningham said he and his partners need to obtain a manufacturer’s license first, and then apply for a liquor license. “We will engage with Greater Park Hill Community through the process,” he said. 8. W hat will be the hours of operation? The Cunninghams plan to be open no later than 9 p.m. from Sunday through Thursday and 11 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. 9. Will there be food? “No, we don’t know anything about food,” Cunningham said, though he does plan to team up with food trucks to provide snacks to patrons, as is the practice for many craft breweries. One final question: What’s the name of the brewery? “We currently have something on the order of 50 names,” Cunningham said. “I can guarantee we’ll have it narrowed down [to one name] by September.”

Biking? Walking? Good Luck

Piep Van Heuven and Jill Locantore from Denver Streets Partnership presented an update on the state of Denver’s streets and sidewalks. Navigation can be difficult and dangerous for pedestrians and cyclists, they noted, and – despite the mayor’s claim to want to be a bike-friendly city – funding is woefully inadequate, particularly compared to other cities (see accompanying chart). In Denver, 26 people died in 2016 as a result of pedestrian or biking accidents – about one person every two weeks. More than a quarter of Denver streets don’t have sidewalks. And, at current funding levels, it will take 40-60 years to complete the bike network that has been developed for Denver. In addition, from 2013 until last year, the City of Denver allocated zero money for sidewalks. Last year, $2 million was approved.

Denver Streets Partnership is a consortium of six groups that have joined forces to advocate for a dedicated funding program to accelerate building the city’s bike and pedestrian infrastructure. “We have a plan for a complete network, we are just not building it very fast,” Van Heuven said. “Denver is stuck without viable options and people don’t have the option to do anything but drive.” The organizations are soliciting support from neighborhood organizations, and plan to submit letters to Mayor Michael B. Hancock and the city council seeking a plan for dedicated funding. “This is a battle to see what we value as the city,” Van Heuven said. “We’re excited that the mayor is

tity. Casparian recommends making sure people shred documents that include personal information and social security numbers, and never tossing them intact into the trash. Casparian said scammers prey on people by using fear – like calling them and claiming they are the Internal Revenue Service and are being investigated for tax fraud. Also, people should avoid being talked into a sweet, or weird, deal. “If it sounds too bizarre to be true, or too good to be true, it is,” she said. For more information on how to spot a fraud or a scam, check out the District Attorney’s website at denverda.org. People who suspect they are victim of identity theft should call the fraud hotline at 720-913-9179.

improvement bond package that voters will decide in November (committees are currently determining what projects will appear on the ballot), and the future of the Park Hill Golf Course. Herndon also said that the city is planning to pursue a new master plan for the section of Park Hill that runs from Colorado Boulevard east to Quebec (and continuing to the easternmost edge of the city), between Colfax Avenue and 23rd Avenue.

GPHC Update

Greater Park Hill Community, Inc. Executive Director Sierra Fleenor was out of town on her honeymoon, and so GPHC Chair Tracey MacDermott provided a brief update on the efforts of the neighborhood organization. In March, GPHC served 122 households via the food pantry program, and provided 163 weekend food boxes to area children. Check out page 19 for a complete rundown of events and activities being sponsored by the neighborhood association in May.

Venture Prep Update

This graphic shows how much Denver has dedicated to sidewalks and bicycle lanes, compared to other U.S. cities. Source: Denver Streets Partnership

out talking about his goal [to make Denver a pedestrian and bike-friendly city] and we’re helping him achieve it.” At the end of the presentation, the board of GPHC unanimously voted to support Denver Streets Partnership’s efforts. Residents are also being urged to weigh in with their support. Visit www.denverstreetspartnership.org for more information and hit the “take action” button to message the Mayor and members of city council.

Be A Smartie, Not A Dummy

Maro Casparian, who works in the consumer protection division at the Denver District Attorney’s office, handed out Smarties and DumDum candies to people in the audience while talking about the rise of scammers and how to avoid being a target for identity theft and fraud. Seniors are often being targeted for scams, but people ages 0-18 are also susceptible, Casparian said, citing an example of a 17-year old young woman who learned when she was applying for college loans that she had been a victim of identity theft her entire life. The thief had even purchased a home using the teenager’s name and iden-

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Courtney Cotton from Denver city government provided an update on the status of the city’s switch from dumpsters to cans for trash, recycling and compost. The last phase will be complete in September. Removing dumpsters is designed to help eliminate illegal dumping and also assists police from having to deal with people who hide in dumpsters and hide items in dumpsters, she said. Cotton reminded residents that the carts should be put out the night before pickup. Otherwise they should be stored in the garage, or in an inconspicuous site. Please do not leave them out in the open, as they are an eyesore. Some community members opined that they wished the city would step up its recycle program, and pick up recycling weekly rather than twice monthly.

Update from Councilman Herndon

City Councilman Chris Herdon addressed the crowd on several topics. First, he recommended residents watch a report recently produced by Rocky Mountain PBS about the Dahlia Campus for Health and Well-Being. The campus, at 3401 Eudora St., provides an array of services to promote health and well-being, including a preschool, dental care, mental health services, a garden greenhouse and fish farm. The 8-minute program can be seen at pbs. org/newshour/bb/inclusive-wellness-center-oasis-neighborhood-left-behind/. Herndon also provided brief updates and took a few questions from the audience related to composting and the capitol

Erin Quigley, the principal of Venture Prep Academy, provided a brief update on the school, which has moved from the Smiley campus and is now at the Barrett school building at 29th and Colorado Boulevard. Quigley noted the DSST school is small, with about 200 students. “We have a very positive nurturing environment,” she said.

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Denver Police Community Resource Officer Sharon Avandaño and Officer F. Martinez provided an update on crime and safety-related issues in Park Hill. In recent months there has been an increase in burglaries throughout the neighborhood. Avandaño recommended thwarting would-be burglars by investing in an alarm system. Also, she said, be a “nosy” neighbor and report suspicious activities on your block right away. “You may not want to be that neighbor but, be that neighbor,” Avandaño said. Avandaño and Martinez reported that there has been some recent gang activity, but most of it is happening west of Park Hill. People should use the pocketgov tool to report graffiti, or call 3-1-1. District 2 has paint available in several colors if people want to paint over graffiti on their property. Martinez noted that in March, two vehicles were broken into and there was also an attempted car theft. Police also responded to a call about shots fired at Oneida and Colfax, however they were unable to find any victims or witnesses and concluded it must have been a drug or prostitution deal gone awry. Avandaño also reminded people that DPD is migrating its communications to its official Facebook page for information citywide. Beginning this month, items will no longer be posted on the NextDoor social media site. People are encouraged to report any suspicious activity at the non-emergency dispatch number, 720-913-2000, and to reserve 9-1-1 calls for crimes that in progress. Follow the Denver Police Department on Twitter @DenverPolice.

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John Fogerty Keeps On Chooglin’ In 50 Years, He Has Written a Song For Everyone By Dave Felice

southern bayou place” started to take shape as he tried to free his mind instead of following the trend of the day. “This swamp After nearly 50 years of writing and peridea developed into something unique.” He forming, being recognized as a “grand old says he didn’t always have a guitar while man of rock’n’roll,” and adding a new verb writing songs and most of the time he was to the American language, John Fogerty is just compiling ideas. still churning out his brand of straight-up Fogerty says he was strongly influenced swamp rock and country influenced popuin the early 1950s by the sound of both lar music. southern blues and country. “I unconFogerty founded, played lead guitar, sciously developed this southern fix, but I and wrote many of the songs of Creedence never really sat down and intellectualized Clearwater Revival. A native of Berkeley, it. At the time, when you said ‘rock’, you Calif., he coined the verb were really saying ‘south’ “choogle” in his 1969 songs and here I was sucking up Born On the Bayou and all these influences, from “This swamp idea Keep on Chooglin’. “It was Red River Valley to Otis Redjust a fun expression that ding to Howlin’ Wolf.” developed into I made up,” says Fogerty. He says he pieced together something unique.” the name of the band from “It wasn’t a real word but I wanted to have a word that watching a television comsounded kind of like ‘rockmercial about clean water in,’ ‘shufflin,’ ‘boogie,’ kind and something substantial of rock’n’roll.” about “putting a tag on the emotion.” The latest CD recording from Fogerty is He says that evolved into clearwater and not musical at all. In Tales from the Bayou, creedence, while the revival part came from reconstructing the Golliwogs. “It released last year, he talks about the influwasn’t unusual at that time to have a long ences of imaginative storytelling and the name in the Bay Area (and) with that name gritty sounds of southern blues in intimate you’ll think it’s something real and from comments not previously presented as a the south.” compilation. Special to the GPHN

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In Tales, Fogerty talks about how The Golliwogs was the first incarnation of a collaborative band with his older brother and rhythm guitarist Tom, bassist Stu Cook, and drummer Doug Clifford. Fogerty says he really started writing earnestly when he completed his active Army duty in 1967. “The first thing I wrote (in my idea notebook) was the name ‘Proud Mary.’ Somehow that drifted in the rollin’, rollin’ chorus and I knew we had a real song. We always envisioned ourselves as knocking out something important (with that song).” As he wrote, he says this “mythical

Fogerty says he first learned to play the song Endless Sleep “on an old Stella guitar we had around the house” and he picked up playing the piano about the same time. At one point, he says he surprised his mother by playing piano with his right hand, drums with his left, and singing at the same time. Creedence Clearwater Revival broke up in 1972. The next year, Fogerty recorded an album of country music credited to “The Blue Ridge Rangers.” There was only one Ranger; Fogerty produced, arranged, played all the instruments, and sang the songs.

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Fantasy Records owner Saul Zaentz retained ownership of most of the CCR songs and Fogerty lost the rights. For many years after, Fogerty refused to perform the CCR songs song so Zentz wouldn’t get the royalties. Because he thought two songs on Fogerty’s 1985 solo album Centerfield were defamatory, Zaentz sued Fogerty and the songs were revised. In another lawsuit, Zaentz claimed The Old Man Down the Road had the same chorus as the Creedence song Run Through the Jungle. Fogerty eventually won in the U.S. Supreme Court. Fogerty was set back emotionally and stopped performing for a while after Tom Fogerty died in 1990. John and his brother were not speaking to each other at the time of Tom’s death. In 1993, Creedence Clearwater Revival was inducted in to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but Fogerty refused to play with Stu Cook and Doug Clifford. In his solo career, John became increasingly particular about the quality of his music. He was reluctant to perform until he recruited virtuoso drummer Kenny Aronoff of Stockbridge, Massachusetts. Aronoff’s reputation for perfection rivals that of Fogerty. In 2005, Geffen Records acquired Fantasy and Fogerty returned with The Long Road Home, a compilation of CCR and solo performances.

Fortunate Son Fogerty has a history of social protest in his compositions. One of his earliest, Fortunate Son, is a strong indictment of avoiding the draft. His 2004 Deja Vu All Over Again was a complaint of the Iraq war as another foreign entanglement similar to Vietnam. The 2007 Long Dark Night attacks the administration of President George W. Bush. When Fogerty performs his rock anthem Bad Moon Rising live, he changes the words in the final chorus to “There’s a bathroom on the right” in recognition of a long-standing misunderstanding of the original “There’s a bad moon on the rise.” When he sings Centerfield, Fogerty uses a guitar shaped like a baseball bat. He recently performed live in Denver, had a two-week engagement in Las Vegas, and went on tour in western Canada. At age 71, Fogerty is now known for his collaborations with other artists, notably country music performers Keith Urban and Alan Jackson. In his 2013 album Wrote a Song for Everyone, Fogerty teams with Bob Seger on a creative arrangement of Who’ll Stop the Rain that sounds more like it was originally done by Seger than by Creedence. Fogerty’s 2007 composition Creedence Song pays tribute to his own long musical history. Dave Felice is is a member of National Writers Union, Local 1981, and recipient of awards in 2015 and 2016 from the Society of Professional Journalists for news column writing. He can be contacted at gelato321@ aol.com.

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Last month, I urged you, the readers of this column, to jump in with both feet to address our neighborhood’s flood hazards. In the spirit of those comments, I have initiated three specific projects for you/us to get involved in right now. Before diving into the details, however, I want to talk briefly about how each of these three separate and rather different projects plays an important part in treating the Montclair Arroyo Watershed better. These projects underscore the important concept that a watershed is not just the main channel, and perhaps the larger and therefore more important tributary channels.

denvergov.org. Councilwoman Mary Beth Susman represents Mayfair and Lowry, and previously represented a portion of Park Hill. Her number is 720-337-5555, and email is marybeth.susman@denvergov.org. In addition, two at-large council members represent the entire city. Contact Councilwoman Robin Kniech at 720-337-7712 kniechatlarge@denvergov.org, and Councilwoman Debbie Ortega at 720-337-7713.

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On Thursday, June 29, Greater Park Hill Community and the Colorado Stormwater Center are sponsoring a daylong training workshop for design professionals on planning, design, evaluation, All part of the watershed construction and maintenance of All of the land that sends runoff, Brian Hyde green infrastructure (GI) and low directly or circuitously, to the main impact development (LID) pracchannel or to the tributary chantices. nels is part of the watershed. The proper The use of GI/LID practices is growing functioning of all of those components exponentially throughout the US and repmatters to the well-being of the watershed. resents the new paradigm of stormwater In fact, ongoing research is demonstrating management. that it is the smaller and more localized The workshop will be held at GPHC’s storm events in a wateroffices, at 2823 Fairfax shed that lead to longSt. The building, along term changes in the with the adjacent propHave you wondered watershed, as opposed erties on the west side of to the larger and more business block, will whether you would help the that spectacular events. be used as case studies. With that in mind, watershed by installing a Among the options to here are some ideas: be discussed are green • Ask the city to create rain barrel or a rain garden, options that design proa floodplain park for fessionals can consider or through any other the former Xcel Staincrease permeability landscaping or gardening to tion near City Floral. along areas with contin• Attend a daylong practices? Would you like uous sidewalks training workshop The workshop will for design profes- to learn how to implement cost $200 per attendee, sionals on low impact with a limit of 20 atthese practices? development and tendees, and will ingreen infrastructure. clude lunch and study • Attend a 2–3 hourmaterials. Sign-up delong workshop for homeowners and tails are available through GPHC. small business owners on how to imStormwater workshop for residents prove the watershed in your own back (or front) yard. As stormwater quality concerns increase, individual homeowners and business ownCreating a floodplain park ers can take steps to help improve the qualIf you have ever walked by, driven by, or ity of the watersheds on their own propershopped at City Floral at the corner of 14th ties. Avenue and Kearney Street, you probably Have you wondered whether you would know that there is (now was) an electric help the watershed by installing a rain substation, owned by Xcel Energy. barrel or a rain garden, or through any Now closed and retired, Xcel has recently other landscaping or gardening practices? removed all of their electrical equipment Would you like to learn how to implement from that site and the City of Denver has these practices? This workshop will teach the first right of refusal for the property. you that many of these practices are easy Flood depths on the site during a 1 percent to initiate. They can be used to help treat annual risk (100-year) flood event range stormwater at the source. from 3 to 6 feet; in the adjacent intersection The logistical details of this workshop are those depths are greater than 6 feet. The site still being arranged, and will be announced is in the lowest portion of the floodprone in the June issue of the newspaper. We anbottomlands. ticipate a date for the workshop will be in It is a perfect candidate for the first floodJune or July, so stay tuned. plain park in the area. This property needs The time has come for taking action to to be open space. make our watershed better. Nobody else Here’s what you can do: Contact memcan do that for you. We are all counting bers of the Denver City Council and let on one another to make this happen. Let’s them know that you want the City to purdo it. chase that Xcel Energy property at 14th and Brian Hyde is an expert in floodplain manKearney, and transform it into a floodplain agement and stream restoration. He wants park. your feedback at westerly_connect_brian@ Councilman Chris Herndon represents comcast.net or 720-939-6039. Past columns Park Hill. His number is 720-337-8888 can be read at greaterparkhill.org. and his email is Christopher.Herndon@

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Character, continued from page 1 Vance loved drumming, and he was convinced it attracted the chicks. Nonetheless it didn’t bring in much income, which led him to concentrate more on his tonsorial talents. “I got my license at Emily Griffith,” says Vance. “Great place. The course was free. It just cost me $200 for equipment. Then I learned more from a guy named Frank Smith. He showed me the tricks of the trade, how to do different cuts and different styles – African American, Hispanic, White, [Asian] – and how to cut women’s hair. He was my mentor and tutor.”

Renaissance man

Vance Johnson, in front of the shop. Photo Jack Farrar

did play for groups that opened for such acts as War and Earth, Wind and Fire (three of whose members attended East High School). He still handles the sticks for a group called The Gospel Sons of Denver, which occasionally performs at his church, God’s Will Christian Fellowship, at 40th and Steele.

Vance fervently believes that barbering involves far more than trimming people’s noggins. His job description includes amateur psychology, marriage counseling, dispute arbitration, improv humor, ministry, provider of pearls of wisdom and prognosticator of athletic events. “Getting a haircut should be a very by personal thing,” says Vance. “I want to talk to people about their life stories. I want to understand them. They tell you their victories and their defeats. Somehow they trust someone who’s messing with their hair.” Cherry nods his head. “I want to know my barber,” he says. Independent barbers appear to be a dying breed, what with the new chains that of-

fer flat screen TVs the size of kitchen tables, massages and other “entertainment” amenities and options. But Vance is confident that the independent barbershop, particularly in the black community, will survive because it serves a cultural function. “Barber shops are our city halls, our meeting places, where you can share concerns and opinions in a comfortable way,” says Vance. “We talk politics, religion, sports. Probably the most popular topic is men/women relationships.”

Living on faith Faith is very important to Vance and he talks enthusiastically and unabashedly about his belief in Jesus and living a Christian life. “A lot of people want God to do everything for them, to make life easy,” he says. “It doesn’t work that way. People need to study, not just read, the Bible – the Old Testament for the education and background, and the New Testament for how we should actually live day-to-day.”

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Jack Farrar is a longtime Park Hill resident and board member of the nonprofit Park Hill Community Bookstore, at 23rd and Dexter. This is an installment of a regular feature about people who help make the neighborhood great. Past Park Hill Character profiles can be read online at greaterparkhill.org.

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Vance, who wears a baseball cap with a distinct white cross, believes mainstream Christians are getting spiritually soft. “You know, I feel a kind of weakness among Christians. They need to be prouder, more willing to speak out.” Vance’s faith does not prompt him to censure religious debate in his shop. To the contrary, he has moderated vociferous yet civil debates on religion. Muslims, Buddhists, Catholics and Jews have expressed themselves on or near Vance’s barber chair. “I had a nice conversation with an atheist,” he says. “Very nice. We both expressed our views and appreciated the conversation.”

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Grateful For The Human Power

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Members of Girl Scout Troop 3573, with 83 boxes of cookies that customers elected to donate to the Greater Park Hill Food Bank this year. From left, East High School freshmen Lucy Francone, Lily Lowe and Fiona Goe. For years, members of Troop 3573 have selected the Greater Park Hill Food Bank as their Hometown Hero for their Girls Scout Cookie donations. Photo courtesy Laura Charlier

Fiona Wren Gary Zimmerman AARP Queen City Chapter #995 Blessed Sacrament Cake Crumbs and Patrons Celebration Community Garden Cure D’ Ars Denver Food Rescue Food Bank of the Rockies/9 News Cares Messiah Community Church Montview Presbyterian Park Hill Community Garden Park Hill Congregational Park Hill Library and Patrons Park Hill United Methodist Re/Max Cherry Creek St Paul Lutheran Church St. Thomas Episcopal Church Temple Micah Whole Hearted Mobile Vet

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As we enter May, we are feeling very grateful here at GPHC. Donors are keeping our pantry well-stocked, new and renewing members are engaging in our work, and our regular volunteers are working hard to keep our programs running while welcoming our new volunteers who have stepped up to help at GPHC with our various projects. From the Garden Walk to the newspaper to the weekend food program, we are so grateful for the human power that keeps GPHC going and we hope you will consider joining us in this work. Whether you want to donate food or money, volunteer your time and energy, or renew or start your membership, we welcome you to join our community of neighbors. Several children and young adults have chosen to have food drives to support our food programs, including the food pantry and the weekend food program. These awesome people took it upon themselves to gather food, toiletries, and reusable bags to support our work. If you or your child are interested in hosting a food drive, please let us know and we can help you figure out which items to gather. If you have children who would be interested in volunteering over the summer, let us know. If there’s enough interest, we’d love to put together a volunteer day for children and young adults. Thank you to all our donors, members, and volunteers, listed below, who have helped out or joined GPHC in recent months. We wouldn’t be able to accomplish all that we do without each and every one of you. If you would like to become a volunteer, member, or donor, visit our website at greaterparkhill.org or contact me at direc-

tor@greaterparkhill.org or 303-388-0918. Check out the ad on page 21 to see various levels of membership available. Also, feel free to stop by during office hours, Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 2823 Fairfax St. We would love to see you.

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Thanks To Members, Donors, Volunteers

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Districts 8 and 9 are currently vacant. If you live in one of these district boundaries and are interested in serving on the board of the Greater Park Hill Community, Inc. registered neighborhood organization, contact Board Chair Tracey MacDermott at chair@greaterparkhill.org for more information.

GPHC, Inc: Who We Are, What We Do, Our Mission The Mission and The Officers of Greater Park Hill Community, Inc. The Greater Park Hill Community, Inc., is a volunteer-based registered neighborhood organization that promotes the character and vibrancy of Park Hill, provides resources, information and advocacy, and preserves quality of life and the history of the neighborhood through community participation. The Greater Park Hill Community board is comprised of volunteer representatives from 10 districts, as well as at-large representatives. If you are interested in volunteering or serving on a committee, contact current GPHC Board Chair Tracey MacDermott at chair@greaterparkhill.org for details. The following are current board members, and their best contacts. Many representatives prefer to be contacted through the main office – at 303388-0918 or info@greaterparkhill.org. If you have an issue you’d like to discuss about the neighborhood, contact your board representative. For those board members who don’t have a phone or email contact in the list at right, leave a message at the main number and it will be forwarded to your elected representative by GPHC Executive Director Sierra Fleenor. The GPHC office is at 2823 Fairfax St., and Ms. Fleenor’s office hours are Monday- Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. She can be reached at 303-388-0918 or email director@greaterparkhill.org.

• Board Chair Tracey MacDermott: chair@greaterparkhill.org • Secretary and Zoning/Property Use Chair Bernadette Kelly • Treasurer Bob Homiak • District 1 Rep Roger Kilgore • District 2 Rep Ryan T. Hunter • District 3 Rep Heather Shockey • District 4 Rep Kevin Weigand • District 5 Rep Blair Taylor • District 6 Rep James King • District 7 Rep Jon Bowman • District 8: Vacant • District 9: Vacant • District 10 Rep Lyle Hansen • At-Large Board Member Patrick Quinn: misterpdq@yahoo.com • At-Large George Dennis • At-Large: Louis Plachowski: lplachowski@gmail.com • At-Large Board Member Keith Brown • At-Large Board Member Rebecca Rodgers • At-Large Board Member Rob Barber • Community Safety Chair Geneva Goldsby • Education Chair Lynn Kalinauskas • Fundraising Chair Lana Cordes • Health and Human Services Chair Keith Brown • Human Relations Chair Beth Bean • Public Information Chair Melissa Davis: newspaper@greaterparkhill. org • Youth Chair Justin Petaccio

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Champing At The Bit A Myriad Of Ways To Get Involved By Sierra Fleenor

ness Improvement District on the Colfax Clean-Up. This annual event is a great opportunity to show Colfax some love. Additional information and details will be pasted on our Facebook page and other social media. To learn more about volunteering with us, email info@greaterparkhill.org or visit our website at greaterparkhill. org/events/ For more information on all of the above events, follow us on Facebook at @GPHCDenver, visit our website at greaterparkhill.org/ events/ or call us at 303-388-0918.

GPHC Executive Director

May brings with it longer days, more sunshine, and (finally) gardening. We are champing at the bit over here at GPHC, waiting to dig into the soil that has long lay dormant. The trees are budding, the flowers are pushing up through the soil, and we are almost ready to grow some food. Don’t worry, we know the Colorado adage about not planting until after Mother’s Day or risking garden heartache, so we’ll just keep twidGot soap? Got sausages? dling our thumbs until we can dig. Meanwhile, we have a handful SIERRA We have a few needs this month of awesome outdoor events coming for our food programs, as well as for FLEENOR up this month that we hope you can our gardening efforts. join us for. For the food programs we need canned fruit, individual fruit and applesauce cups, On the calendar in May small boxes of raisins, individual servings Is your garage bursting at the seams? of macaroni and cheese, cereal bowls, boxes Have you recently sent a kid off to colof individual packets of instant oatmeal, lege? Looking for a new table or some new small boxes of kid-friendly cereals, indiclothes? Well, we’ve got just the thing. vidual cereal and granola bars, bar soap, Saturday, May 6 is the day of GPHC’s shampoo (large and travel size), condi5th Annual Community Yard Sale. From 9 tioner (large and travel size), bath gel (large a.m. to noon, people and families all over and travel size), chapstick, lotion (large and the neighborhood will be holding garage travel size), canned fruit, and canned meats and yard sales. We hope you will join us by (spam, chunk chicken, salmon, Vienna either hosting a yard sale or shopping at a sausages). Please remember we cannot disneighbor’s sale. tribute opened or expired food. To register, learn more, and view our For our upcoming Garden in a Box map of participating sellers, visit greaterprogram on Saturday May 13, we need parkhill.org/yard-sale or call 303-388-0918 donations of seedlings (marigolds, chives, Please note: yard sale registration closes tomatoes, mustard greens, collard greens, May 4 at 2 p.m. lettuce, peppers) and seeds (squash, zucAre you interested in volunteering in chini, cucumber, marigolds, bush beans, your community, but not sure where to carrots, bee attractors). If you would like start? Join us on Wednesday, May 10 to donate any of these items or gift cards from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at 2823 Fairfax St. to any garden centers in Denver, please let for our New Volunteer Open House. There us know. will be information about volunteering If you’ve been by the office lately, you’ve with The Garden Walk (June 17), The 4th probably noticed that we have four large of July Parade, The Home Tour and Street planters, which were generously donated to Fair (September 10), the Greater Park Hill us by CoCal Landscape. Now it’s time to fill Newspaper and our many food programs. these beauties. We need rocks (for drainJoin us to mingle with your neighbors and age), good soil, and plants (evergreens, learn about how to become more involved small trees, perennials). If you would like in your community. to donate any of these items or gift cards, Calling all novice and accomplished garplease let us know. deners! We’ve got an event to kick off your We accept donations Monday through growing season. On Saturday, May 13 Friday, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at our office from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. we will be having (2823 Fairfax St.). If those hours do not our second annual GPHC Garden Work work for you, you can also donate nonDay and Garden in a Box Giveaway. The perishable items for our food programs at event is at our offices at 2823 Fairfax St. the Park Hill Branch of Denver Public LiIf you’d like to help GPHC maintain our brary (at Montview and Dexter) or at Cake Food Pantry garden or register to receive a Crumbs (at 23rd and Kearney) during their free Garden in a Box kit, visit our website business hours. at greaterparkhill.org or call 303-388-0918. Please let us know if you have any quesOn Saturday, May 20 we will be coltions. info@greaterparkhill.org or 303laborating with the Mayfair Colfax Busi388-0918.

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at the Library

The Art Of The TurtleDog, And Beyond

Children’s Illustrator Christian Robinson Charms At Central Library By Becky Corning

Star Wars Boga Painting | Thursday, May 4, 5:30 p.m.

Librarian, Pauline Robinson Branch

Families who attended the recent Christian Robinson event at Central Library downtown had a chance to hear how he creates art, then try their hand at making some art themselves. Robinson is the award-winning illustrator of many children’s favorites, including Gaston, Last Stop on Market Street, Josephine, and Leo, a Ghost Story. Last Stop on Market Street was the John Newbery Medal Winner in 2016. Robinson received the Ezra Jack Keats New Illustrator Award for Rain! and Leo, a Ghost Story was chosen as the New York Times Best Illustrated Book of 2015. Robinson talked about his artistic process – which includes painting, then adding cut-out collage. The audience laughed when he described the “drudgery” of his artistic research for Gaston, including looking up cute photos of poodles and then more cute photos of poodles. Robinson also provided a reading of his book, Antoinette, complete with images on a large screen and French music playing in the background. After hearing about how Robinson creates art, participants were inspired to create painted and cut-out art of their own. Materials such as paper, scissors and glue were provided. Robinson walked around the room during the art session, providing encouraging comments to children as they worked on their pieces. The children’s department at Central Library, at 14th and Broadway, will be hosting children’s author Amy Young at 2 p.m. June 27, and both Kelly Light and Molly Idle will be at the Central Children’s Library at 2 p.m. June 4. Keep an eye out for these and other events by checking our online calendar at denverlibrary.org, click “Events & Classes.”

If you’re a Star Wars fan or love to paint, then this is the craft for you. Liven up any room with this glittery painting. Ideal for ages 3-10.

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Park Hill Branch Library - May events

Tech Help One-on-One | Mondays and Wednesdays, Noon-1p.m.

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

Get technology assistance from one of our in-house experts on your own device or a public computer. Learn the basics, such as email, social networking, word processing and eMedia. Call the library at 720865-0290 to schedule an appointment for Monday or Wednesday. Preschool Storytime | Wednesdays, May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, 10:30 a.m.

Stories, songs, rhymes and fun for 3-5 year olds and their parents or caregivers.

Saturday Storytime | Saturday, May 6, 10:30 a.m.

Join us for our new monthly Storytime on Saturdays. Stories, songs, rhymes and fun for everyone. All ages. Gardening for Wildlife | Thursday, May 11, 5:30 p.m.

It’s garden time. Learn how to plant for pollinators and other wildlife. One starter plant will be available per person. Space is limited to the first 12 participants.

Magic Club | Monday, May 1 and Monday, May 15, 4:30 p.m.

Do you already play Magic: the Gathering, or are you interested in learning? Stop by two afternoons a month to play and meet other teens. Ideal for grades 6-12. Advance Directives Workshop | Tuesday, May 2, 4 p.m.

Anime Club | Saturday, May 13, 3 p.m.

Watch, read, talk, act, eat and breathe anime. Ideal for grades 7-10. The Pauline Robinson Book Club | Saturday, May 27, 12 p.m.

This month’s selection: A Sinful Calling by Kimberla Lawson Roby. Drop-ins are welcome.

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

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

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Cooking for #1 | Tuesday, May 16, 6:30 p.m.

Walking to Connect: a Cross-Country Walk | Wednesday, May 3, 6:30 p.m.

Diane Les Becquets’s national bestselling adult debut novel, Breaking Wild, is a gripping, evocative read about two strong women drawn to the western Colorado wilderness. The author’s vivid description of the beautiful but treacherous terrain, realistic depictions of hunting and tracking, and compelling dual stories of two women’s complicated lives garnered critical acclaim when it was first published in hardcover last spring, ushering in a fresh new voice in fiction. Books available for sale and signing.

Jonathon Stalls walked 3,030 miles from Lewes, Del. to San Francisco, Calif. in 2010, choosing routes that went through rural towns and urban neighborhoods. His entertaining story just may motivate you to move more by foot. No Strings Attached Book Chat | Saturday, May 6, 11 a.m.

Read whatever you want and attend whenever you can. Share a recent read, an old favorite, or anything in between.

Montview Preschool Carnival | Saturday, May 6, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Stop by our table and say “hi.”

Got Bounce? Exploring the Process of Resilience | Tuesday, May 9, 4 p.m.

During the stressful, difficult times we experience the importance of resilience the ability to “bounce back” from adversity. Explore this important process and identify the various factors contributing to resilience. To meet the most daunting challenges of life, we gotta have bounce! Teen Advisory Board (TAB) | Tuesday, May 9 and Tuesday, May 23, 6 p.m.

Join the Park Hill TAB. Help plan events and projects, talk about your favorite books, music, movies and make your opinion count. Plus snacks. Ideal for ages 13 and up. Paint and Sip: Colorado Red Fox | Tuesday, May 9, 6:30 p.m.

Join local artist Porscha Banker as she walks you through painting a picture of a Colorado red fox. This is the third in a series of Colorado wildlife-themed paintings. In keeping with the tradition of paint-andsip events, we will be offering mock-tails. Space is limited to the first 20 participants. Early Literacy Book Share | Wednesday, May 10, 6:30 p.m.

Special guest: Children’s librarian, Amy Forrester will share her experiences on the 2016 Geisel Award committee and discuss what makes a great beginning reader book. When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead. Activity: Play $20,000 Pyramid. Mother’s Day Gift Make and Take | Friday, May 12, 4:30 p.m.

Make a gift, create a card and then wrap it up. Ideal for ages 7 and up or for younger children with an adult. GRUPO TLALOC danza azteca | Saturday, May 13, 2:30 p.m.

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You deserve a good meal and the selfcare that comes from cooking for yourself. Learn tips and tricks to keep it fun and easy, from local caterer Monica Kadillak, so those solo suppers are sensational. Breaking Wild, with Author Diane Les Becquets | Wednesday, May 17, 6:30 p.m.

Left: Children’s book illustrator Christian Robinson draws a turtle-dog during a recent event at Central Library. Right: Following Robinson’s talk and book reading, participants had a chance to create some art of their own. Photos by Becky Corning

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All Ages Play and Explore | Thursday, May 18 and Friday, May 19, and Thursday, May 25 and Friday, May 26, 10:30 a.m.

Unstructured play and social time for children ages 0-5 and their caregivers. Enjoy books, music, and a variety of developmentally appropriate toys in our warm and inviting play space. This is an opportunity to introduce your little one to the library, make new friends, and learn through play. Star Trek Cats, with Illustrator Jenny Parks | Saturday, May 20, 2:30 p.m.

Jenny Parks is a scientific illustrator with a penchant for drawing animals, dinosaurs, imaginary creatures and people as cats. In her first book, Star Trek Cats, her beautiful and playful artwork is out of this world. Books and prints available for sale and signing. Advance Directives Signing Party | Tuesday, May 23, 4 p.m.

Return with your Advance Directives paperwork (see May 2 listing) and celebrate with others who have also completed this important planning document. Missed the workshop? Attend anyway and find out more! How to be an Active Ally with Helen Thorpe | Tuesday, May 23, 6:30 p.m.

What does it mean to be an ally to the immigrant and refugee community? Bestselling author Helen Thorpe, whose book on the topic of refugee resettlement will be published this fall, describes her experiences getting to know various refugee families in Denver. Come be inspired to get to know your refugee and immigrant neighbors better. Automatic Iris | Wednesday, May 24, 6:30 p.m.

A soundtrack for the nights you’re too proud to give in to your regrets, Automatic Iris is a family-friendly American rock band from Denver, Colorado. The band’s original pop songs incorporate sweet harmonies, filthy distortion and tales of smart people making poor decisions. Divided Plant Exchange | Saturday May 27, 11 a.m.

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‘I Just Can’t Wait To Be King’ Simba is an adorable cat ready to meet his new family. He loves to explore new areas and enjoys spending time with people. He would do well in a home with lots of love and attention. Come meet this handsome boy today and see if he’s the cat for you. Simba is at the Dumb Friends League, 2080 S. Quebec St., and his ID# is 0734573. To see other furry friends available for adoption, please visit ddfl.org.

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The causes of many pet diseases are inin contaminated water such as reservoirs – visible to our eyes, but that doesn’t mean in other words, tri-athletes watch out! An that they don’t present a real danger. And effective, protective vaccination is available changes in population, land use and movefor dogs. ment of the invisible carriers – what Tularemia or “rabbit fever” is a we call vectors – all bring risks in concern this year as the weather reach of our pets. So what threatens again has created an opportunity us in our Denver neighborhoods? for rabbits to reproduce rapidly Number one is rabies. Rabies is and the bacteria to be picked up an incurable viral disease of mamby ticks, deer flies and other flying, mals, including humans, and can biting insects. be simply prevented with proper Human and canine symptoms of vaccination of your cats and dogs. tularemia are similar – while cats’ Over the past few years, we have DR. MARGOT are a little harder to detect. They seen a significant rise in the num- VAHRENWALD include sudden fever, diarrhea, ber of rabid skunks in the Denver muscle aches, joint pain, dry cough, Metro area. The most recent were swollen lymph nodes and progresfound in Lakewood and Englewood in sive weakness. March and April 2017, respectively. Last Disease transmission can also occur summer, rabid skunks were found in westwith handling infected animal carcasses; ern Aurora and Stapleton. drinking or eating contaminated food or In addition to skunks, raccoons, foxes water; or contact with grass or plants where and many other mammals can be carriinfected animals have been in gardens or ers of rabies, as well as several species of yards. Protect skin with gloves and use ininsect-eating bats that are reservoirs for the sect repellant. virus. Rabies vaccination for cats and dogs Tick-borne diseases will also be on the is required by law in all Colorado counties. rise in future years. Ticks have been around Number two is heartworm disease. since the dinosaur age and are vectors for Heartworm is just what it sounds like – numerous diseases that can affect dogs and parasitic worms that live in the heart and humans. in blood vessels from the heart to the lungs. The Ixodes species of ticks, which can Due to changes in our weather with more carry Lyme disease, are spreading into moisture, as well as greater numbers of Colorado from all sides. And the Lone Star people moving from heartworm endemic tick, a carrier of both Lyme and Ehrlichia, areas with their dogs or adopting a dog is moving up from Texas. from those areas, we have seen a persistent Check pets and people after hiking, use increase in the number of heartworm-postopical repellants and, if traveling to other itive dogs. states with dogs, consider topical or oral Additionally, we have all four of the mospreventative. quito species that carry heartworm that can Dr. Margot can be reached at parkhillvet. be transmitted to your dog. Cats can also com. contract heartworm disease, but their rate of disease and diagnosis is much less than in dogs. So how do you prevent heartworm? Make sure your dog has a heartworm test every year. (This test also screens for com5280 Top Dentist 2009-2016 mon tick-borne diseases.) And, make sure your canine pal stays on heartworm preventative for at least our mosquito season – or better yet, year-round to provide protection against intestinal parasites. For your feline friends, discuss with your veterinarian your cat’s lifestyle and risk level to determine if there is a need for testing and preventative care. Also present as a risk is Leptospirosis. This bacterial disease continues to be present along the Front Range after a significant spike in 2015 and can also be a cause of disease in humans. It is now most commonly in urban areas and it can affect any size dog. The bacteria is shed in the urine of a variety of small mammals, and our dogs pick it up from either contaminated water or a locally Hakala Family Dentistry contaminated soil. 4200 E 8th Ave. #200 Denver, CO 80220 There is zoonotic risk from this disease 303-321-8967 from pet to owner, but the most common www.hakalafamilydentistry.com route of infection for people is swimming

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May 2017

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

Denver School of the Arts 7111 Montview Blvd., dsapresents.org

Denver Police District 2 3921 Holly St., 2.Dist@denvergov.org, 720913-1000 Commander Calo hosts the District 2 Community Advisory Board’s (2CAB) monthly meetings on the fourth Thursday of every month at 6 p.m. in the D2 Police Station Community Room.

Denver Public Schools dpsk12.org/expo greaterparkhill.org/faith Greater Park Hill’s faith community, home to over 30 places of worship in just four square miles, is as diverse and robust as the neighborhood itself. The GPHN maintains a list of Park Hill’s places of worship at the website above.

Greater Park Hill Community, Inc. 2823 Fairfax St., greaterparkhill.org, 303-3880918 The GPHC neighborhood association generally holds its monthly meetings on the first Thursdays of the month, except for the months of July and December. The next community meeting is Thursday, May 4 beginning at 6:30 p.m., at 2823 Fairfax St. It is free and open to all.

Holly Area Redevelopment Project (HARP) HOPE Center, 3475 Holly St. HARP holds second Monday monthly meeting at the HOPE Center from 6:15-7:30pm. RSVP required to lsullivan@denverfoundation.org.

Libraries denverlibrary.org See the “At the Library” feature in this month’s issue, for a complete listing of events and programs at the Park Hill and Pauline Robinson branch libraries. Providing tools for your stress management “toolbox.” • 40% of workers report their jobs are extremely stressful. • 73% of workers experience psychological symptoms caused by stress. • 77% of workers regularly encounter physical symptoms caused by stress. • Employers spend $300 billion annually for health care and missed work days as a result of stress.

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Park Hill New Parents Group meetup.com/Park-Hill-Parents Park Hill parents group offers playdates, outings, Dad’s Night Out and Mommy Book Club.

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

Sertoma Club

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Established in 1971. Denver’s oldest nonprofit bookstore. Used and new books. 6420 E. 23rd Avenue. 303-355-8508. Hours: Monday –Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Members and volunteers get discounts and book credits.

Northeast Park Hill Coalition D2 Police Station, 3921 Holly St., Michele Wheeler, 720-837-5492 The NEPHC hosts its monthly meeting on the second Thursdays of the month at 6 p.m.

303-370-0932 The Greater Park Hill Sertoma Club holds a breakfast meeting every first and third Saturday morning at 8am at the District 2 Police Station, 3921 Holly Street.

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

Sunshine Food Project sunshinefoodproject.org, 303-321-5231 A nonprofit community collaborative seeking to provide healthy and sustainable food systems to Park Hill and surrounding food desert neighborhoods.

Tai Chi Project taichiproj@earthlink.net, 303-744-7676 Tai Chi classes Thursday mornings in City Park at 7-7:45 a.m. planned in conjunction with DMNS.

Tattered Cover Travel Lovers Book Club The book club meets the 2nd Monday of each month at the Tattered Cover at 2526 E. Colfax Ave.

Walk2Connect www.walk2connect.com Park Hill Sunrise Walking Trips set off every Tuesday morning from Spinelli’s Coffee and Ice Cream at 23rd and Dahlia at 7 a.m. No cost. Walks are about one hour long, just under three miles, and family and dog friendly. For more information, email jonathon@walk2connect.com or call 303-908-0076.

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