All the News About Denver’s Best Residential Community Since 1961 • Volume 58, Issue No. 3 • May 2019
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June 1 Soiree To Mark 50 Years For GPHC, Inc. By Colette Carey GPHC, Inc. Board Member
A half-century ago, what ultimately became the Greater Park Hill Community, Inc. neighborhood organization formed to advocate for neighbors, promote diversity and inclusivity and be a general force for good. On Saturday, June 1, GPHC, Inc. is throwing an enormous block party, to celebrate the milestone. Neighbors from across Park Hill and beyond are invited to the free celebration, for food, drinks, history, and fun. The party will run from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Technically, GPHC, Inc. began its existence as the Park Hill Action Committee in 1956. In that era, Park Hill was the first neighborhood in Denver — and was a model for the nation — to resist the blockbusting that occurred when black families started moving into neighborhoods that had been previously been inhabited mostly by white families. Rather than go along with what is also called “white flight,” many Park Hill residents joined together to integrate the neighborhood. On Sept. 29, 1969, PHAC merged with the Northeast Park Hill Civic Association, which had been working on behalf of residents located north of what is now Martin Luther King, Jr., Boulevard. Former Park Hill resident and Colorado Gov. Roy continued on page 9
event he has won for the last two years. Little, pictured above leading on the pink bike, also has won Colorado state cycling championships in the road race and continued on page 17
Meet Director Lana Cordes: Dancer. Traveler. Mom. Lover Of Park Hill.
As the winter turns to spring and the snow starts to melt in the high country, many Park Hill residents turn to cycling
for exercise. But for one Park Hiller, the advent of the cycling season means serious two-wheeled competition. Justin Little, 45, lives on Cherry Street and is the reigning over-40 Colorado state cycling champion in the time trial – an
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Fighting For Education Equity: An Update On Wins And Snubs For Local DPS Activists
Story and photos by Reid Neureiter
GPHN Wins Top Honors For News, Photos, Columns
Park Hill Champion Cyclist Justin Little Credits Success To Vigilance and Luck
Gravel Road, Full Force Ahead
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UPCOMING GPHC MEETINGS Thursday, May 2 and Thursday, June 6 at 2823 Fairfax St. at 6:30 p.m. All are welcome to attend.
2019 Park Hill Garden Walk is June 23 The Dahlia Campus for Health & WellBeing, with its 40,000 square feet of urban gardens, therapeutic gardens, aquaponics and more, is one of the many gardens participating in the 2019 Park Hill Garden Walk on June 23. The Dahlia Campus, at 3401 Eudora St., opened its doors in 2016 and has established itself as a critical resource and model for innovation in the community. A complete story about the campus, as well as additional photographs and information 2019 GARDEN WALK about this year’s Park Hill Garden Walk, is on page 14.
Just Vote Already! Denver’s Municipal Election Day Is May 7 By Cara DeGette Editor, GPHN
Campaign season in Denver has been red-hot this spring. Citywide, there are 52 candidates running for Mayor, Clerk & Recorder, Auditor and 13 City Council positions. In any of the races, if one candidate does not win more than 50 percent of the vote, the top two contenders will face off in June runoff elections. In District 8, which includes Park Hill, Stapleton, East Colfax and Montbello,
five council candidates are challenging incumbent Chris Herndon. They include Miguel CeballosRuiz, LaMone Noles, Erik Penn, Blair Taylor and Patrick Thibault. Citywide, five candidates are taking on the incumbent mayor, Michael B. Hancock. They include Lisa Calderón, Stephan “Seku” Evans, Jamie Giellis, Kalyn Heffernan and Penfield Tate. Ballots were mailed to all registered voters on Monday, April 15. They must be re-
turned by 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 7. If you still have your ballot sitting on the counter, don’t risk popping it in the mail at this late date. Instead, fill it out, and drop it off at one of many nearby voter locations. Check out the website DenverDecides.org for info on where to drop off ballots – or where to vote in person if you prefer that method. Didn’t get a ballot? Or did you accidentally spill coffee, or maybe wine on it? Not to worry. Stop by Denver election headquarters downtown at 200 W. 14th Ave. for a replacement. Not sure who to vote for? Check last month’s issue at greaterparkhill.org for stories about and links to additional information about local races and issues. Remember, if you don’t vote, you can’t complain!
Awards For Excellence GPHN Wins Top Honors In Sustained Coverage, Columns, Photos It’s awards season, and we’re pleased as all get-out to announce we’ve brought home seven journalism awards for excellence from the Colorado Press Association’s annual competition. First Place News: Fairfax Land Swap Deal
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Greater Park Hill News received top honors for sustained and investigative news coverage of last year’s Fairfax Park land swap deal. First Place: Photo Essay The sustained coverCara DeGette, Reid age, over a period of more Neureiter and Tommy than a year, detailed the Kubitsky park land deal that was brokered, out of public Photos from the view, by Denver CounJanuary, 2018 Women’s cilman Chris Herndon March on Denver were and top officials of the shot by DeGette and city’s Parks and RecreNeureiter, and the pagation department with Photo by Reid Neureiter. es were designed by art the developer of the Park director Kubitsky. Here Hill Commons project is one judge’s comment: “Park Hill News on Fairfax Street between 28th and 29th. captured the essence of a colorful event in The controversy created bitter rifts among this photo essay. This entry tells a powermany Park Hill residents. The main story ful story.” The photos can be seen at greatand timeline about the project, “Pitting erparkhill.org/2018/02/womens-marchNeighbor Against Neighbor,” was pubdenver-2018/ lished on May 1, 2018. Second Place: Education News This was what judges had to say about Lynn Kalinauskas the first place entry: “Everything was on point throughout the coverage – reportKalinauskas burrowed down with the ing, writing, presentation – crafting a clear numbers while covering the 2018 Denver picture and timeline of the questionable Public School Board races. The result was actions and the fallout.” One judge made her Dec. 1 story, “A Wild Ride,” detailing this comment, about the investigative efhow candidates with the most money acfort, which took second place: “Excellent, tually lost their school board races. As one please keep it up.” judge noted: “You can never go wrong when All the stories can be accessed at this you follow the money and that is exactly link: greaterparkhill.org/Fairfax. what [Kalinauskas] did here. Excellent reporting!” Read the story at greaterparkhill. First Place: Column Writing org/2017/11/a-wild-ride/ Raw Politics by Penfield Tate III Penfield Tate III won first place in the serious column-writing category for his political column, Raw Politics. Tate, a former legislator, current candidate and longtime Park Hillian, put his column on hold at the end of 2018 when he decided to run for Mayor of Denver. This is what a judge had to say about Tate’s insights: “Great writing - like an insider! Full of speculation, which heightens my interest, with some logical thoughts about outcomes.” Tate’s November, 2018 column, explaining why he decided to run for mayor, can be read at this link: greaterparkhill. org/2018/10/why-i-am-running-for-mayor-of-denver/ First Place: Photography Portfolio
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high school sports to the ghouls of Halloween to fresh powder on a double-black diamond run to bicyclists coming tire-tonose with mountain goats on the top of Mount Evans – appear every month in the newspaper. Here’s what one judge had to say about Neureiter’s variety of photos: “Really dynamic, out-of-the-way images, along with solid sports and feature imagery. It’s fun viewing [his] work. Really nice wildlife photography.”
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DeGette also received a second place nod in the Colorado Press competition for headline writing. In April we were notified that additional awards are coming our way. We will share them in next month’s issue. As we have noted in the past, it’s an honor and a compliment to be recognized for excellence by our peers. But more importantly, it’s rewarding to provide journalism that makes a difference in our community – whether it be uncovering messes at City Hall, or providing insights in politics, the environment, sports, arts and culture. Many additional writers, photographers and columnists also contribute their impressive talents to the newspaper every month. Make sure to check out next month’s issue for more on that. Thanks for reading. 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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Left: Hasira Ashemu, who goes by the name Soul, with Brandon Pryor. At right: Brandon Pryor (wearing orange hat), and Soul (wearing black hat), with other activists. Photos courtesy of Brandon Pryor
EDUCATION UPDATE | Lynn Kalinauskas
Fighting for Equity Local Activists Seek to Reinvent Schools
A year ago we wrote about the rise of educall me like they call 911,” says Pryor. cation activism in Northeast Denver. Local Soul says community members conAfrican American activists were challengtact him four to five times weekly seeking help. He and others have formed what he ing Denver Public Schools and demanding calls a Rapid Response Team that equity for black and brown children attempts to first understand the in the city’s schools. They were voiccommunity member’s perspecing their discontent at DPS Board tive and then engage either a spepublic comment sessions, using socific school or the district to work cial media and a network of connectoward a resolution. After prestions to bring attention to what they saw as injustices within the system. sure by OVOS and its release of A year later, we touched base with a video, four administrators were Hasira Ashemu and Brandon Pryor suspended last May from Wyatt LYNN to see where they stand today and Academy after a schoolyard fight. hear about their successes and chal- KALINAUSKAS The principal, assistant principal, lenges. Ashemu, who also goes by school psychologist and restorative the name Soul, founded the group justice coordinator are no longer Our Voice Our Schools a year ago at the school. and was looking to educate, orgaOn April 1, Pryor and his team nize and agitate. Pryor founded submitted an application for a Warriors for High Quality Schools to target new Denver Historically Black Colleges institutional racism in DPS. and Universities (HBCU)-style STEAM high school. Months of research and planWins and snubs ning have gone into the creation of the school, which, if accepted by the board, Soul claims a string of victories for would open in Fall, 2021. OVOS, including the departure of Tom STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Boasberg as DPS superintendent last fall. Engineering, Art and Mathematics. The Warriors, meanwhile, fought for the 11 school would prepare students for college high schools in the Far Northeast to have and also for possible trade positions decoordinated bell schedules and an athletic signed to give graduating students a livliaison to support the schools’ sports proable wage. gram. Through constant pressure, they also Pryor envisions the school bringing in succeeded in obtaining lights and bleachers faculty from HBCUs to teach short-term for the football fields at both the Evie Denand help create a culture around black edunis and Montbello campuses, and a library cation. He also wants to host experts from on the Montbello campus. different areas such as technology, health When DPS celebrated the inauguration care and culinary sciences. of these campus improvements with local media in attendance, DeVita Bruce, deputy Moving beyond tension and animosity community engagement officer for DPS, neglected to invite those from Warriors Where there was once tension and even who had demanded the changes. “It was a animosity, Pryor has since sat down with slap in the face,” says Pryor, who held his board members Anne Rowe and Barbara own celebration two days later, with others O’Brien to discuss solutions and ways to who had been involved, including students move forward. “They’ve provided advice and support,” he says. Board members who spoke to the DPS board at public comJennifer Bacon and Carrie Olson have also ment sessions. been helpful, he notes. Earlier this year, both Soul and Pryor For his part, Soul responded to a crisis generated enough pushback to force George at the Denver Discovery School (see last Washington High School administrators month’s column, “An Uncertain Future”). to walk back a policy on parents’ ability to He envisions a plan that would transform opt-out of school assemblies when a letter sent to parents allowed for opting-out of an DDS into a community school, including assembly focused on Black History Month. services for both students and their parents In January, when the teachers’ strike that could include health care, classes for was imminent, Pryor released a list of high parents, and after-school programs. salaries within the DPS administration The project has gained financial and that had been provided to him. The data organizational support from the National was subsequently used strategically by the Education Association. Locally, members of the Denver Classroom Teachers Associaunion as teachers negotiated for higher pay. tion and the Colorado Education AssociaConstant calls and birthing schools tion have been attending the meetings and generally supportive of the plan. Pryor and Soul also receive constant reOn April 18, Superintendent Susana Corquests from teachers and parents within dova gave her assurance to the school comand outside the district for help. “People
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munity that DDS would be open for grades 6-8 in 2019-2020. Soul had pushed for this, fearing a slippery slope to closure should DPS not allow the school to have an incoming 6th grade. Soul is interested in pushing this even further by potentially creating a Community Zone for Northeast Denver that would support children from early childhood education to early college. He is in discussions with the Hope Center that hosts programs for early childhood education, Hallett Elementary in the Park Hill neighborhood, Manual High School and the Community College of Denver. “Some want us to fail,” Soul says, “but a lot want us to succeed.”
Journeying for justice In March, OVOS paired with the Schott Foundation’s Loving Cities Index and held a stakeholders meeting at the University of Denver. Twenty-five community members discussed the needs and strengths of the city in addressing public education. Board members Bacon and Olson attended. As part of a national action taking place in 40 cities across the country and organized by Journey for Justice, a national education grassroots alliance, and the Schott Foundation, Soul will be taking teachers and stakeholders on what the alliance terms an Equity Bus Tour on May 20. The group will visit and compare a well-resourced school and a poorly-resourced school. On May 25, OVOS will host an Equity Summit, open to all. Featured speakers will include NEA Vice President Becky Pringle and Jitu Brown, the national director for Journey for Justice. Looking to the November DPS school board elections, OVOS is working with a coalition of organizations that are hoping to push a slate of candidates to run against the reform candidates who will likely be financially supported by Democrats for Education Reform.
Equities – and inequities In a document issued in February, new Superintendent Cordova put forth her vision for the district, with equity topping the list. “We must lean into the hard work of eliminating barriers, providing the right resources and ensuring that all students, particularly African-American and Latinx students, have teachers and leaders who both care about them and push them to succeed,” she wrote. “We must break the historical patterns of inequity that have resulted in far too few black, brown and lowincome children succeeding at high levels.” Also in February, feeling the mounting and sustained pressure from grassroots activists, the Board of Education unanimously approved a resolution. That document asks for school and district level strategies to be implemented and monitored to better the educational experience and outcomes of black and African American students. What are visible signs of inequity in our schools? Which schools have 3-D printers while others too small a budget for copies? Which schools fund librarians and which May 2019
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lack books? Does your school occupy the whole building, or is it part of a two, three, or even five-school co-location? Seventy-five percent of the 72 co-locations are in schools in which the percentage of minority students is 84 percent or higher. There are only six co-locations for schools with a minority population lower than 50 percent. Forty-three percent of the co-locations are in District 4 that includes Park Hill, north of Montview. Only 6 percent and 8 percent are in Districts 1 and 3, the wealthier parts of the city. In other words, co-locations disproportionately affect children of color.
Relay disparities continue In her vision plan, Cordova also underlines “instructional excellence,” stating, “Our students deserve the highest quality instruction each and every day.” Yet the number of participants working in DPS schools who attended Relay Graduate School of Education programs in the last two years is disproportionally high in schools with high percentages of students of color. Seventy-three percent of participants work in schools that are populated by at least 85 percent minority children. Almost 40 percent of those Relay participants work in District 4 schools. Only 16 percent and 3 percent are in Districts 1 and 3, respectively. Relay is not accredited by an institution of higher education. It is a data-driven program that seeks compliance through strict adherence to routines. Critics see it as part of the school-to-prison pipeline, as an integral part of the corporate reform movement that disproportionally tests out educational practices on schools with high minority populations – an unfortunate historical pattern of inequity. Denver activists also point to discrepancies in how school discipline disproportionately impacts children of color. For example, although DPS is only 13 percent African American, according to data released by the Colorado Department of Education, blacks in Denver’s schools receive 42 percent of class removals and 35 percent of the total out of school suspensions.
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Impact is undeniable Pryor and Soul estimate that they and their small teams work 240 voluntary hours per week to effect change in Denver Public Schools. “To do work DPS should be doing,” says Pryor. “Our biggest success has been the involvement of marginalized communities, the emergence of marginalized voices in an organized fashion to address their marginalization within DPS,” says Soul looking back on the year. The impact of the activists’ work is undeniable. What remains to be seen is the extent to which DPS will embrace or push back their efforts. The question we all need to ask ourselves is, how are we helping or impeding equity in our schools?
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WE PHNEE’D TO TALK | Erin Pier
20 Tests Every Year
It’s Time To Take Another Look At Standardized Testing If you have a child in a public school in Colorado, chances are they just spent a couple of weeks taking standardized tests instead of learning something new at school. Between pre-K and grade 12, the average American student will take 112 standardized tests (not including diagnostic tests for students with disabilities or English learners, or school and teacher developed or required tests). In Denver Public Schools, 20 standardized tests are administered annually. While a single child may not take all 20, he or she will likely take at least eight (the national average). According to one recent study, our nation’s eighth graders will spend an average of 25.3 hours taking standardized tests this year.
Test results are used to hold districts, schools, and teachers accountable for student performance but there are many unintended consequences to this approach. As one DPS principal recently told me, “I believe in the importance of accountability and measuring a school’s effectiveness in growing students’ instructional knowledge. “My concern,” this principal continued, “is that these tests have been proven to have racial and socio-economic biases, that we use these as the only measure of a school, and that the pressure on students and teachers surrounding testing creates an environment where everything stops for a test that the students do not learn from. There is no option to go back and reteach: students get
some feedback, but not until months later. known to improve test results. Other stuThat’s not what schools are for.” dents live with toxic stress and may come to While standardized testing has played a school on test day under-fed, under-rested role in American education since the midand unlikely to be able to concentrate on 1800s, the use of these tests has risen draanswering unfamiliar questions on a commatically since the No Child Left puter. Behind Act in 2002. With NCLB, In 2015, NCLB was reauthorized mandated annual testing became as the Every Student Succeeds Act. high-stakes, as schools received While this new Act rectified some of consequences when their students the problems of NCLB (e.g. AYP) and failed to achieve high enough states were given more autonomy in scores. The law required that 100 forming accountability plans, the repercent of students test “proficient” quirement for annual standardized by 2014. Adequate Yearly Progress testing remains. And the biases in (AYP) toward this goal was monithe tests have not been eliminated. ERIN PIER tored and failure to meet AYP led In Denver Public Schools, a to the withdrawal of federal fundschool’s rating on the School Pering, and ultimately, state takeover formance Framework (SPF) is of failing schools. based heavily on state standardNCLB’s focus on accountabilized testing. As discussed in the ity for student performance was hailed by January issue (see Opinion: Much More proponents as the path to a more equitable than a Color by PHNEE Co-Chair Aneducation for every student. The results, drew Lefkowits), “red” schools in DPS have however, never measured up. The 100 perhigher concentrations of students of color, cent proficiency goal was never reached English language learners, refugees, and and, in fact, scores on international exams students from low-income backgrounds. It actually declined during this period. Many is these students who are most impacted by educators believe that the tests actually dethe biases in the tests and, as a result, ofcreased learning because they emphasized ten underperform. While holding low-perthe teaching of what to think over how to forming schools with diverse student bodies think. accountable is imperative, weighting stanOther possible reasons for failure include dardized testing heavily in that equation is research showing that standardized tests are inequitable. culturally biased, meaning that test items Accountability is important, but we need often assess knowledge or experiences that to work on identifying a more equitable apare specific to the dominant culture. proach - one that lessens the pressure to perIn one shocking example from 2003, poform on a single test on a single day and puts tential SAT questions that were answered more emphasis on learning and growing in correctly more often by black students than school every day. by white students were rejected by the test Join us in finding the solutions. Check out makers. Other examples include asking stuour website at phnee.org and come to our dents to identify or define vocabulary words next We PHNEE’d to Talk public forum, more commonly heard in white, upper class from 10-12 on May 11 at Pauline Robinson lexicon, or questions that assume a student Library. Everyone is welcome. from an urban, midwest city has experiences Erin Pier is a mother of three, Stedman parfrom the beach. ent, and school psychologist at the Academy Beyond tests reflecting white dominant of Urban Learning, in Denver. She is an acvalues and experiences, additional bias lies tive member of PHNEE. For more informain the socio-economic status of the test-taktion, check out the group’s Facebook page ers. Some students have access to private tuat facebook.com/phnee, or send an email to toring, parents with advanced degrees and email@example.com. hundreds of books in the home, all factors
After receiving a postcard from Colorado focus on delivering a simple, speedy process. House Buyers, a Park Hill homeowner reached Consider the average home listing, which might be on the market out to the company for help selling a home that infor 30 to 60 days. Factor in closings that can easily surpass 45 cluded what can become an obstacle for many prospective sellers: many updates and costly repairs. “Most people think they need to spend time and money getting a house ready for the market,” said Mark Krajewski, Colorado House Buyers. “There are other options that can still get you top dollar for your home that most people don’t know about. We take all the stress out of it.” While this Park Hill home might have become mired in the traditional selling process, the Colorado House Buyers team worked with the homeowner to move quickly just as the homeowner requested.
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“We talked through the property and the specifics that night, then the seller agreed to the proposal the next day,” Krajewski said. “We closed within 14 days.”
These guys actually buy houses. They don’t just throw out a low-ball offer or tie up the property like most investors trying to sell to other investors. Colorado House Buyers are the end buyer. That’s what they do and they are great at it. That efficiency is one of many reasons that prospective sellers continue to be drawn to Colorado House Buyers’ unconventional approach to real estate. The process includes an initial consultation and a thorough evaluation of the home and property to determine any repairs and/or updates that need to be made before or if sellers list the home for sale.
During a property’s evaluation, Colorado House Buyers also analyzes the surrounding neighborhood to determine the selling price of similar
homes. They will show you why a particular house sold for a certain price. If Colorado House Buyers thinks you should list your house with a real estate agent, they will gladly tell you that’s what they recommend. Not every house is a fit.
Despite the thorough property evaluation and in-depth discussions with each seller, the Colorado House Buyers team maintains a
days, and it’s no wonder that home sales can unexpectedly fall through due to a variety of factors, leaving both the buyer and the seller scrambling for alternatives.
That’s one of the many reasons the Denver homeowner mentioned earlier in the story reached out to Colorado House Buyers. The client worked in the mortgage industry, and “didn’t want to go through the traditional selling process,” Krajewski said. As a result, the homeowner was able to quickly sell the home at a great price and move to a two-bedroom apartment to escape the burden of lawn and home maintenance.
Colorado House Buyers’ approach to home buying and selling — including the ease and speed of the process — has been a big hit with
both buyers and sellers, prompting Krajewski to expand the team, extending Colorado House Buyers’ reach across the Denver metro area. Adam McCanna and Mark Krajewski have both been with Colorado House Buyers since inception, and continue to make an immediate and memorable impact on the company’s clients. The Colorado House Buyers team also includes Keith Cook, a project manager who joined the company in 2018. Despite the flurry of growth, McCanna and Krajewski have maintained a laser focus on delivering an exceptional client experience — and that includes working closely with each client to understand their challenges and concerns, then doing what they can to alleviate them.
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Climate Crisis 2020 Support Candidates Who Are Fighting For Wild Places
Presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren The Climate Reality Project released a was in Denver campaigning last month and document in 2017 noting that Colorado is was greeted by 1,500 supporters at Aurora’s getting warmer and is one of the fastestStanley Market. warming states in the country. The report Warren voiced her support of many topnoted that we are seeing a shift of the timics, including free access to Naing of snowmelt and peak runtional Parks and protection of off, which has already shifted by public lands. one to four weeks in the spring. “Bruce and I love to hike,” she Colorado is experiencing prosaid, a reference to her husband. longed drought and increased “We’ve been all over, from Bryce wildfires, while the Colorado Canyon in Utah to Alaska to the River system continues to unCape Cod National Seashore in dergo stress – which will only our backyard. America’s public worsen with increased populalands are one of our greatest treation. sures. They provide us with clean Sen. Warren makes the conTRACEY air and water, sustain our fish and nection to climate change by wildlife, and offer a place where wanting to have our public lands MACDERMOTT millions of Americans go every as part of the climate solution. year to experience the beauty of She says that “any serious effort our natural environment. to address climate change must “At 25 percent of America’s total include public lands – fossil fuel land, they are also an irreplaceable extraction in these areas is responsible for nearly a quarter of all U.S. resource,” Warren continued. “But today, greenhouse gas emissions.” those lands are under threat. The Trump It is important to note that our own U.S. administration is busy selling off our public Representative, Diana DeGette, has been lands to the oil, gas and coal industries for pennies on the dollar — expanding fossil fighting to protect public lands in Colorado fuel extraction that destroys pristine sites for decades. Last year the Denver Demoacross the country while pouring an accelcrat introduced the Colorado Wilderness erant on our climate crisis.” Act of 2018, which she has introduced in In 2017, President Trump reduced U.S. every congress since 1999. public lands by opening Bears Ears and DeGette notes that Colorado needs a Grand Staircase-Escalante in Utah for oil comprehensive vision for protecting our and gas drilling. Bears Ears was reduced by state’s last remaining wild places. She has 80 percent, a loss of 1.1 million acres, and spent years working with stakeholders, inGrand Escalante by 45 percent. Both areas cluding ranchers, mountain bikers, landwere listed as national monuments under owners and local elected officials on the President Barack Obama. language. Her bill would protect 33 areas National Parks are created through totaling 740,000 acres. Congress, while National Monuments, are Last year when she reintroduced the bill designated by U.S. presidents, through the she noted a sense of urgency due to the Antiquities Act. threats from the Trump Administration When President Trump reduced the size towards our public lands. Rep. DeGette of these two monuments it was seen as one has a long history in our state fighting for of the largest attacks on public lands in our the environment and to protect our lands, history. Companies such as Patagonia and and continues to do so. Let’s hope this is REI spoke out against this takeaway of pubthe year that we see her well-developed and lic lands. REI’s response: “This is the largthoughtful plan pass. est rollback of protected lands in American It is expected that, headed into 2020, History and the decision also undermines Colorado will be hosting a slew of presidenthe integrity of the Antiquities Act, which tial candidates. As Americans grow more 16 presidents from both parties have used concerned about climate change we have an to designate and protect national monuopportunity to push all candidates on this ments over the last 111 years.” vital issue and continue to drive home the Patagonia’s message appeared on its webpoint that we need political leaders who are site with a powerful black background and willing to fight to protect our only home. white lettering. It was five words long: “The Tracey MacDermott is chair of the board of President Stole Your Land.” Greater Park Hill Community, Inc. Active It is important to note that Trump, Nixin the Registered Neighborhood Organizaon, Ford, Reagan and George Bush have no tion for many years, MacDermott was the designations of national monuments. The2012 recipient of the Dr. J. Carlton Babbs odore Roosevelt, Bill Clinton and Barack Award for Community Service. She was Obama have the largest designations. trained as a Climate Reality Leader in In addition to free access to national 2017, and is currently the Statewide Chair parks, Warren wants a moratorium on new of the Climate Reality Project for the 100% oil drilling. “There’s no better place than Committed Campaign. Colorado to discuss climate change and the environment,” she noted.
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COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS Celebrate Real News
On Wednesday, May 1, the Pauline Robinson Branch Library is throwing a bash to highlight the Greater Park Hill News, an award winning, monthly publication that has been in continuous production covering the neighborhood and city since 1961. Come hobnob with the newspaper’s editor and manager, writers and photographers, blockworkers and bundlers, and beloved advertisers. Learn about the history of the paper, and enjoy refreshments and activities suitable for all ages in a celebratory atmosphere. The party kicks off at 6:30 p.m. at the library, at 33rd and Holly St. Everyone is welcome.
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with those who don’t share our perspective, in a respectful way? On Thursday, May 23, the group Boomers Leading Change is holding an event to tackle ways to engage in civil discourse, and share tips on having difficult conversations. Carol O’Dwyer will facilitate. Civil Dialogue is from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Carla Madison Recreation Center 2401 E. Colfax Ave. There is free parking, and light snacks will be provided. There is no cost. For more check out www.bit.ly/CivilDialogue.
Phil Goodstein Sightings
Denver author and historian (and allaround character) Phil Goodstein will appear on Saturday, May 4 at the Park Hill Bookstore, 4620 23rd Ave. Goodstein will hold court and sign copies of his latest, The Denver School Book, the first in a trilogy delving into the rich history of public schools in Colorado. The event is free, though copies of the book are not. Goodstein, a disgruntled alumnus of DPS, will also hold a series of readings from his new book in June, including at the Book Bar at West 43rd Avenue and Tennyson Street on Sunday, June 2, at 5 p.m. and on Saturday, June 8 at 3 p.m. at the Gonzales Library at West Colfax Avenue and Irving Street.
Art Club Show May 3-5
The Park Hill Art Club presents its Spring Show and Sale beginning Friday, May 3 through Sunday, May 5. The annual event showcases a selection of artwork created by a group of member artists and features a variety of mediums, including watercolor, oil, acrylic and mixed media. Founded in 1974, the Park Hill Art Club provides educational opportunities, fellowship and support. The Spring Show and Sale is at Park Hill United Methodist Church, 5209 E. Montview Blvd. The show hours are as follows: Friday, April 20 from 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, April 21, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, April 22, from
Sangria For Spring May 4-5
As she has every fall and spring for nearly 45 years, Helen Wolcott will open her Park Hill home at 2309 Clermont St. on Saturday, May 4 and Sunday, May 5, hosting a group of artists and artisans who show and sell their creations. Wolcott specializes in jewelry, both costume and silver. Also lined up for the show are Robin Wilton (weaving), Anne Heine (knitting), Anita Kienker (quilted creations), Cristina de Palma-Vega (fabric and paper art), Carmen Curtis Basham (pottery) and David Claypool (honey and beeswax products). Stop by from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days. Everybody is welcome. Bring a friend and greet spring with a glass of Sangria or a cup of tea.
Art Festival May 17-19
The Park Hill Art Festival kicks off on Friday, May 17, from 3 to 8 p.m. It continues Saturday, May 18, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, May 19 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The festival is at the Park Hill Masonic Lodge grounds, at 4819 E. Montview Blvd. Admission is free. The festival showcases fine artists working in oil, acrylic, and watercolor, as well as sculpture, stoneware, ceramics, wood, jewelry, silk fabrics and photography. Food and drink trucks are City Park Jazz file photo by Tommy Kubitsky
Calling all residents of Northeast Park Hill (both past and present)! In partnership with “I Am Denver,” the organization 303 ArtWay will host a storytelling lab from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 11. The event is at the Vickers Boys and Girls Club, 3333 Holly Street. I Am Denver is a citysponsored project that encourages people to share their histories with stories about families, neighborhoods, schools and favorite restaurants. If you have a story to tell, or if you know of someone whose story should be told, I Am Denver wants to hear it. If you are interested in participating, RSVP to Michael Miera by May 3 at email@example.com or 720-699-0319.
Public meetings began in April and continue in May to educate Denver residents about eight tax bond-funded bikeways that will be installed next year, adding about nine miles of bikeways to the city’s network. A meeting to discuss the bikeway northeast of Park Hill will be on Wednesday, May 15, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Montbello Rec Center. Other meetings to discuss bike lanes in and near Park Hill will be on Tuesday, May 21 (location to be determined) and on Thursday, May 29 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Central Park Rec Center in Stapleton. For details and additional meeting locations and times, check out denvergov.org/bikeprogram.
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One World, Many Songs
Check out the energy and diverse sounds from Coloradans of many backgrounds during a concert on May 19 at Montview Boulevard Presbyterian Church. One World, Many Songs: A Denver Cultural Festival brings together music and dance from Colorado arts organizations for a concert of celebration and cultural bridge building. The concert features Mudra Dance Studio, Fiesta Colorado, The Lost Tribe (Jewish fusion band), the Colorado Korean Chorus, Columbine Chorale, and the host choir, the One World Singers. Everyone is welcome. The concert begins at 4 p.m. at the church, 1980 Dahlia St. Tickets are $20 (children 12 and under are free) and may be purchased at http://oneworldsingers.org or at the door.
Keeping It Civil
A study in 2018 found that 93 percent of Americans say they are tired of how divided we have become as a country. What are the benefits of engaging in civil dialogue with people who see the world differently than we do? How do we approach conversations
City Park Jazz Summer Line-Up For 33 years, City Park Jazz has offered up 10 free concerts every summer at the Pavilion in Denver’s Historic City Park. Concerts are every Sunday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. This year’s series begins on June 2, and the last Sunday concert is on Aug. 4. City Park Jazz showcases longtime Colorado legends in genres varying from jazz, blues, and salsa. Among the lineup this summer: renowned musician Hazel Miller, who has been called “a force of nature,” and Colorado favorite contem-
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porary jazz ensemble Dotsero. Twenty local food and fashion trucks will be at the park. City Park Jazz is possible because of the efforts of individuals and community organizations. To learn more about volunteering or sponsoring, check out cityparkjazz.org.
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Five Points Jazz May 18-19
The Five Points Jazz Festival kicks off at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 18, and runs through 1 a.m. on Sunday, May 19. The annual event celebrates the music, culture and roots of Denver’s historic Five Points neighborhood and showcases everything from smooth jazz to bop to swing to funk. The festival is on Welton Street between 26th and 29th streets, and features 50 bands playing live music on 11 stages. It kicks off with a parade down Welton Street at 11 a.m. led by grand marshals, Daphne Rice Allen, Gene Bass and Terri Gentry, and featuring the Otone Brass Band. Denver Arts & Venues is working with Eco-Products this year to provide cost-reduced compostable foodservice packaging, including cups, straws and utensils. For more information and the complete schedule visit ArtsandVenues.com/FivePointsJazz or download the app available for iOS or Android devices.
May 31 Concert In City Park
Grab a picnic basket and join your friends and neighbors on Friday, May 31, at 6:30 p.m. for a free concert at the City Park Pavilion and bandshell. Founded in the 1860s, the Denver Municipal Band is the longest continually operating professional concert band in the United States. This concert will kick off the summer season with conductor Joe Martin. For more information, visit denvermunicipalband. org.
Colfax Marathon May 18-19
An estimated 20,000 athletes are expected to participate in the annual Colfax Marathon during the weekend of May 18 and 19. Please plan accordingly for all traffic disruptions on that day around Park Hill. Travel on Colfax Avenue will be restricted, particularly during the full- and half-marathons on Sunday. Normal traffic
Brought To You By… Greater Park Hill Community, Inc. The GPHC, Inc. Registered Neighborhood Organization is sponsoring the following events and programs in May.
Annual Park Hill Yard Sale May 4 Saturday, May 4, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Shop and sell! Register your sale and view the map at greaterparkhill.org/ events/yard-sale/
The Human Element Film May 13
patterns will resume as soon as it’s safe for athletes, spectators and motorists. Check out runcolfax.org for info and updates. The following are some general traffic expectations: • The marathon will have full and partial closures of westbound and eastbound Colfax from Aurora to Lakewood starting as early as 3 a.m. Sunday and ending as late as 1 p.m. • Roads that cross Colfax Avenue and 17th Avenue could experience significant delays. • The easiest places to cross Colfax Avenue will be at Interstate 25, Federal Boulevard, and Interstate 225. • Drivers are urged to avoid Speer Boulevard and Colfax Avenue altogether. • Crossing intersections along Colfax will be allowed on a very limited basis when safety allows and only at intersections with uniformed police officers.
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On Monday, May 13, Greater Park Hill Community, Inc., along with AGU/ Thriving Earth Exchange, Eco-Cycle and Taking Neighborhood Health to Heart present a special screening of the 2018 film The Human Element, wherein photographer James Balog uses his camera to reveal how environmental change is affecting the lives of everyday Americans.
A panel discussion follows the film to explore what we all can do locally. The event is at the Sie Film Center, 2510 E. Colfax Ave. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and tickets are $7 per person. secure.denverfilm. org/tickets/film.aspx?id=30990
Garden-in-a-Box Giveaway May 18 Since 2016, GPHC, Inc. has been encouraging novice and low-income gardeners to try their hand at growing their own food. Each spring we distribute GardenIn-a-Box kits that include seedlings, seeds, instructions, and other tools to help gardeners grow vegetables in a 4×4 plot. This year’s giveaway is Saturday, May 18, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the GPHC office, 2823 Fairfax St. Registration is recommended at greaterparkhill.org/ programs/garden-in-a-box/.
Birthday, continued from page 1 Romer suggested the name Greater Park Hill Community, Inc. It stuck. Over the course of the last 50 years, GPHC, Inc. has influenced the course of major Denver milestones, including closing the former Stapleton Airport and removing it from the city’s urban core, and the desegregation of Denver Public Schools. The Registered Neighborhood Organization provides advocacy, works to preserve the quality of life in Park Hill, and provides assistance to thousands of families, particularly through its Emergency Food Pantry. “This block party will be a fun way for us to share our longevity and vitality with our
neighbors,” said GPHC Board Chair Tracey MacDermott. “We hope everyone comes out to enjoy some fun and to learn more about our organization, catch up with old friends, and meet new neighbors.” The June 1 event will include food trucks, drinks, activities for kids, a silent auction, and a special historical showcase including a video celebrating some of Park Hill’s longtime residents. Everyone is welcome. GPHN Editor Cara DeGette contributed to this report. For more on Park Hill’s history, check out greaterparkhill.org/about-us/history/
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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Williams Needs To Stand Up
Sen. Angela Williams’ column in your February issue is misleading at best. She proclaims that “climate change is real … it is time we take real steps toward a sustainable future to protect our great state.” And indeed she is in a position to take those steps, but she has failed to do so in a meaningful way. Instead, while she presents herself as pragmatist who is working to protect our environment and safety, she has catered to the oil and gas industry – as evidenced by comments made during town hall meetings, in speeches at the Capitol during Colorado Oil & Gas Day and on Twitter. This is the very industry that threatens our health and perpetuates global warming. What she fails to mention in her February column is that she: · Accepts campaign donations from oil and gas companies · Promotes the expansion of fracking in Colorado · Is a frequent guest of Colorado Oil and Gas Association (COGA) events · Opposed last year’s Proposition 112 to increase setbacks for fracking (even though a majority of Denver voters supported it) These may seem like fairly innocuous points until we remind ourselves that we are in a climate emergency. The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) (the United Nations body for assessing science related to climate change) advises that in order to avoid significant global temperature tipping points, we must immediately end investment in new fossil fuel infrastructure and engage in an immediate drawdown of existing fossil fuels (this includes fracking). Sen. Williams and her colleagues in the Colorado Legislature must take these bold steps in order to make a meaningful impact on climate change. Time has run out for incremental compromises with oil and gas and it is madness to support the expansion of fracking and more drilling in our state. I’m calling on Sen. Williams to stop perpetuating the myth that our economy is dependent on an industry that leads to our demise. It is possible to protect our environment while protecting displaced oil and gas workers. If she sincerely wants to take “real steps” toward a sustainable future, she will start standing up to destructive oil and gas interests that threaten our future and undermine the creation of a new green economy. Charlene Parris, Park Hill
CU Regents Should Reject Mark Kennedy
Members of the CU Regents Board should do a thorough and transparent analysis of Mark Kennedy’s easily searchable congressional voting record before offering him the job of president of the
University of Colorado. I am alarmed by a litany of his congressional votes on civil rights. Congressman Kennedy voted yes on increasing federal funding for health care providers that refuse to provide or even refer patients for abortion care, voted yes on banning family planning funding for providers abroad who counsel patients on abortion options, and has been a full-throated supporter of the extremist anti-choice movement. He voted yes on banning gay marriage, even cosponsoring a “Marriage Protection Amendment.” His public health record is equally dismal, and he received a zero percent rating from the American Public Health Association for repeatedly voting to limit health care access for patients on Medicaid. He voted to build a fence at the US/Mexico border. His past sends a terrible message to the students and staff at CU campuses, many of whom are studying to become health care providers, many of whom have needed access to reproductive health care including abortion care, many of whom are LGBTQ+, and many of whom are immigrants and the children of immigrants. His background does not rise to the level of president of Colorado’s flagship university that values diversity, human rights, academic research, science, and educational freedom of thought. The regents should vote no. Vicki Cowart, President and CEO Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains 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 Denverspecific. Join the conversation and make your voices heard. 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.
Putting FAMLI First It’s Time To Do The Right Thing By Rebecca Zimmerman For the GPHN
I have seen firsthand how our community takes pride in our ability to support our families while excelling in our careers and providing value to our employers. As a mother of two young girls and domestic abuse and stalking survivor, I also know that life doesn’t always go according to plan. At some point, the time will come for us all to welcome a child into our homes, care for an aging parent, support a partner in crisis, or access domestic violence services. Coloradans shouldn’t have to choose between caring for our loved one or healing ourselves, and the dignity of self-sufficiency through work. Thanks to our own state Sen. Angela Williams, along with co-sponsor Sen. Faith Winter and a broad coalition of local businesses, professional associations, and community groups, Senate Bill 19-188, known as FAMLI (Family Medical Leave Insurance Program) is working its way through the state legislature. With FAMLI, employees and employers each pay a bit into an insurance fund—less than the price of fries at a fast food place each week. In the event that a worker needs to take leave to care for a seriously ill family member, integrate an adopted child into the home, or focus fully on fighting a serious health issue like cancer, the program provides partial wage replacement and job security for the employee. FAMLI also makes it affordable for the employer to bring in a temporary replacement and keep their business running at full speed, and do the right thing by their employees. FAMLI also includes a desperately needed provision that allows survivors to take “safe time” from work to cope with the effects of domestic violence, stalking, and sexual assault. As I testified before two of our state Sen-
ate committees, stalking is the most common form of workplace violence. Allowing the target to take time off work while the stalker is active protects both the survivor and the entire workplace from danger. Safe time saves workplaces money, while allowing the survivor and children to rebuild their lives and become self-sufficient and helping to derail the cycle of abuse. Research shows that most Colorado workers – upward of 80 percent – do not currently have access to paid family leave, but that the vast majority need and want it, and that voters overwhelming support it. In fact, many of our newly elected representatives campaigned on the promise to make this popular and much-needed policy a reality for Colorado families. FAMLI is a pro-family and pro-business policy that promotes safe and healthy families and keeps workers in the workforce rather than forcing them onto public benefits when a family crisis occurs. It reduces the financial barriers for small businesses who want the opportunity to provide competitive benefits for their employees, increase loyalty, and reduce turnover and training costs but couldn’t previously afford this type of program. Most importantly, SB 19-188 gives Colorado’s families the right to care for themselves and their loved ones while maintaining the dignity of self-sufficiency and employment. That’s a true win-win for businesses and families. Editor’s Note: Facing opposition from business associations and other critics, lawmakers in late April scrapped SB 19-188. They now plan to assemble a task force to make recommendations and establish what the Denver Post termed a “path forward.”
Rebecca Zimmerman is a native Coloradan, longtime Park Hill resident, and midlife graduate student at the University of Denver.
Eastern Redbud in Bloom This photo was taken in City Park by photographer Kathryn Charles in early Spring, 2015, depicting the sheer beauty and resilience of nature and the tenuous balance of preserving open space with urban expansion. Charles has been documenting City Park and City Park Golf Course in all seasons since 2006. Charles is a third generation Park Hill resident. Her great grandparents built a Denver Square home on Bellaire Street, and helped establish St. Thomas Episcopal Church on Dexter. Her photography interests also include public demonstrations and events, natural phenomena and sacred places. Her paintings of the Great Sand Dunes in Colorado are on permanent exhibition in the Lindsey-Flanigan Courthouse. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 303-995-9100.
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Full-Time Kindergarten Critical For Our Youngest Learners By Jennifer Spires For the GPHN
As an educator, I know how critical highquality early learning is to academic success. So, I took notice of Gov. Jared Polis’ campaign platform, specifically his position to support full-day kindergarten funding and his goal to provide access to quality early learning for all. From his State of the State address and budget proposal to the Joint Budget Committee, I’ve paid close attention. It’s no secret that children who enter elementary school having attended quality preschool and kindergarten programs are better prepared to learn, grow emotionally and socially, and reap the benefits of a classroom education. We know this from years of research on the subject. Recently, the Colorado State Board of Education adopted a resolution to support the governor’s plan. Board Chairwoman Angelika Schroeder, in a statement about the supporting resolution, said: “We know that high-quality kindergarten programs can help us close opportunity and achievement gaps and ensure that all students have a strong foundation for success through their school years.” According to a study published by the Colorado-based Piton Foundation in 2006, children from low-income families in Denver increase their chances of reading on grade level when they attend high-quality, full-day kindergarten and preschool. When their only early learning experience is halfday kindergarten, children only have a 48 percent chance of reading on grade level. When they have access to full day kindergarten, their chances increase to 70 percent. Add in preschool and it increases to 74 percent. Through my own teaching experience, I’ve seen how quality early learning affects children’s ability to learn. In addition to learning the fundamentals, they learn the routine of being in a classroom. They learn the behaviors expected of them in order to make the day productive. They learn how to regulate their emotions and how to interact with others. Children with special needs are often identified during this time and early interventions can begin to better support those children. As higher standards continue to creep down into the early grades, high-quality, full-day kindergarten is more important than ever. Currently, many districts allocate resources or charge tuition to offer full-day kindergarten (up to $500 each month, a challenge for many of Colorado’s families).
Unfortunately, some districts are unable to allocate resources and children miss out. Funding full-day kindergarten will provide all children with quality early education in Colorado. Additionally, the full-day kindergarten legislation that has been moving through the Colorado Legislature this year would free up approximately $77 million for school districts statewide to allocate to a number of other essential needs, such as intervention programs, capital improvements, teacher salary increases, and more. Families currently paying for full-day kindergarten or half-day after school care will see that money back in their pockets. Securing full-day public kindergarten for all Colorado kids puts our children on a lifelong path toward success. It is good for our children, good for our families, and good for our state. I am excited that full-day kindergarten legislation has received strong bipartisan support in the House of Representatives and the Senate and will soon be signed into law by Gov. Polis. It has been inspirational to watch lawmakers come together to make full-day kindergarten a reality for all Colorado families. Join me in thanking Gov. Polis, the state representatives, and state senators for giving our kids the best chance to success in life – high quality early learning.
Jennifer Spires is the Colorado legislative leader for Save the Children Action Network and an early childhood education consultant. She lives in Park Hill.
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Team member Bill Burnett practices his deadlift form, while Coach Tom Miller and others look on.
Rude Dogs Pump It Up Special Olympics Powerlifters Are Dedicated, And Strong Story and photos by Reid Neureiter For the GPHC
If you happen by Denver’s Rude Recreation Center at 2855 W Holden Pl. (just off Federal Boulevard) on Monday evenings at 6:30 p.m., you will come across a group of athletes who are as dedicated as they are strong.
In black T-shirts with “Rude Dogs Powerlifting Team” emblazoned on the back, they are Denver’s Special Olympic powerlifting team, practicing for regional and state competitions. The Rude Dogs, named after the rec center where they practice, has been in existence since 2003. The team has been coached since its inception by Tom Miller,
Coach Tom Miller leads a team cheer during a practice in March.
who works by day as an account manager for the oilfield services company Schlumberger. Coach Miller started volunteering with Special Olympics in 2002, and took over as powerlifting coach in 2003. One of his athletes, Jason Sulweski, known as “Big Show,” has been with the team the longest, since 2004. Although Sulweski is retired from lifting, he now acts as the team manager. One woman on the Rude Dogs squad, Anna Casebolt, is married to fellow Rude Dog Dean Casebolt. Coach Miller says that the Rude Dogs would welcome other females
interested in powerlifting, but they are a rarity in Colorado. Currently, the Rude Dogs team has 11 lifters and an additional six volunteer assistant coaches helping Miller both to train the athletes and to ensure the practices and competitions are both safe and fun. In fact, the Rude Dogs motto is “Be Safe and Have Fun!” which is repeated at the start of every practice and meet. Special Olympics is the world’s largest sports organization for children and adults with intellectual and physical disabilities. Rude Dogs team members have a variety of disabilities, and face numerous challenges, including just getting to and from practice, whether via public transportation or Accessaride – an ordeal that sometimes can take longer than the practice itself. But Miller has never heard one of his athletes use his or her disability as an excuse. “Powerlifting is a tough sport, and these athletes are tough,” says Miller. “Considering what they have overcome in their lives, the mountains they have climbed are almost incomprehensible to folks who do not struggle with a disability.” The lifters set personal goals each season. “The active process of setting a goal and working hard to achieve it is a healthy process, for anyone,” says Miller. Rude Dog Jerome Crump currently holds the Colorado State Deadlift record for his age and weight at 410 pounds. Other Rude Dogs have managed to lift twice their body weight in the deadlift. One retired Rude Dog lifter, Nikia Davenport , won a gold and two bronze medals at the 2015 World Games in Los Angeles and was honored by the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame. Observing the Rude Dogs athletes and coaches in person makes clear that this collection of athletes is a “team” in more than just a name. On March 11, the season’s first practice, the Rude Dogs wore buttons with the picture of their teammate, Mike Duran, aka “Ghost,” who passed away last year. Miller described Duran as a “kind-hearted gentle giant.” At competitions, Duran wore a mask and competed as his alter-ego, a super hero named “Ghost.” The 2019 Rude Dog season is dedicated to Duran. “The athletes are my friends, plain and simple,” Miller says. “I care deeply about them and I know they care about me. There is a transparency in the way in which we communicate that’s unique. There are no hidden agendas or ulterior motives. They
Anna Casebolt gets advice from Coach Tom Miller during a team practice earlier this year.
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are proud to say they are powerlifters. That word means and conveys a lot.” In early April the Rude Dogs participated in the regional meet in Greeley and were on the podium for every category they entered. They won several, achieved several personal bests, and had the only two female lifters at the meet. Rude Dog lifter Anna Casebolt led everyone in the athletes oath: “Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.” The state competition is in Grand Junction from June 7-9. Miller suggests that anyone interested in participating as an athlete or a volunteer coach contact Special Olympics Colorado (specialolympicsco.org), for more information. Miller says that while the Rude Dogs are “pretty well set up with coaches right now, there are many, many other SOCO teams that need volunteers and there are many ways to help out, from coaching to being a unified partner, to donating badly needed funds to support the many programs.”
Assistant coaches Gabe Villavicencio (no hat) and Brian Sullivan help strap in new team member James Mace for safety as he practices his bench press form.
RIGHT: Coach Anjelica Roman assists Luis Pacheco on the bench press during team practice. BELOW: Rude Dogs Powerlifting Special Olympic Team members during the first practice of the year, on March 11.
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much more than gardens and farms. The wide and varied services take a new approach to community well-being by providing whole person care for mind, body and community. Mental health services are offered, from infants to teens, parents and caregivers and adults of all ages. There is an early child development center and all types of community classes. There’s even a children’s dental office on campus that provides free and reduced cost dental service to children under the age of 18. What I have described is only the tip of the plethora of services offered. While visiting Dahlia Campus, I had the pleasure of interviewing a few of the team members. Here’s some of what they shared with me. Question: What is unique to Dahlia Campus that other facilities of this type do not offer? Dahlia staff: All of it! The fact that a mental health center is a partner with dental health, physical health, food production, early childhood education and several community organizations to support the neighborhood make this campus completely different from anything in the country.
From above, clockwise: Kids working in the garden; fish in a greenhouse tank; the greenhouse; gathering in the community kitchen. Bottom right: Market Farm Manager Renee Marcoux, working in the greenhouse.
Question: What aspect of Dahlia Campus is most popular with visitors? Dahlia staff: It depends on the person’s needs. Otherwise, it’s probably the physical design of the building, the culturally appropriate artwork, the fact that there are bilingual employees at the campus and that the building is wired for the deaf and hard of hearing. Question: What is requested of Dahlia Campus most often by the people who frequent the facility?
Digging Into Dahlia Campus Focus On Health & Well-Being & Farms & Gardens Story by Jean Ercolani Photos courtesy of the Dahlia Center for Health & Well-Being Park Hill Garden Walk
den made up of a variety of native and/or water-wise plants that attract pollinating insects. Her goal with this garden area is to have something in bloom from early spring through to the first frost. Close to the pollinator garden is an herb garden filled with a large variety of herbs. Every Wednesday from mid-June through October the Dahlia Campus hosts a Farmers Market, which is open to the public. There are also two annual plant sales every spring and fall. (The date of the spring sale will be announced soon.)
The 2019 Park Hill Garden Walk committee is thrilled that the Dahlia Campus for Health & Well-Being is one of the featured gardens this year. If you’ve never been to Dahlia Campus at 3401 Eudora St., you need to visit this incredible Park Hill community on June 23 as part of the Garden Walk. What could have been just another clinic evolved into a campus Benefits of the harvest of family friendly services. It’s like The second garden area is called a community within our commuthe Community Farm and is mannity. This state-of-the-art facility, which opened in early 2016, was 2019 GARDEN WALK aged by Mo’Betta Green. This is a family-friendly area where kids the result of more than two years and adults can learn about prepof conversations with people who ping, planting, maintaining and ultimately live in Park Hill. enjoying the benefits of the garden harvest. Darcie Ezell, community engagement There is also a Therapeutic Garden, coordinator, and other team members met which is managed by a horticulture therawith hundreds of Park Hill residents in pist. This space is used to provide mental an attempt to assess the true needs of the health treatment therapy to children and community. Dahlia Campus is the result of adults. Working in a garden provides comthese conversations. fort, relieves stress and provides a comfortAccess to fresh fruits and vegetables was able and relaxed atmosphere for communione of those needs. More than an acre of cation and healing. the three-acre campus is devoted to farmThe fourth garden area is the aquaponic ing and gardening. There are four primary greenhouse. This amazing space raises fish garden/farm areas. The main farm cannot and grows produce year-round. Aquaponbe missed. This one-acre urban farm is ics is an integrated system that mimics a planted each spring with over 100 varieties natural ecosystem by utilizing the byprodof food-producing plants. uct of one species to grow another. This Renee Marcoux, the market farm manoverly simplified description of aquaponager, has been farming this area by hand. To ics will blow you away in reality. Both the say the least, she is very excited to announce vegetables and the fish from this part of the that she has a new tractor. That should help campus can be purchased. make her job a little easier. Regardless, she Due to the highly sensitive nature of the is always looking for volunteers to help aquaponics system, this area will not be acwork the gardens and farm, and she will cessible to Garden Walk attendees. Howteach people about plants and gardening ever, you will be able to take a peek through along the way. In fact, teaching urban farmthe windows to get a look at the gardens ing is one of hers primary goals. inside. You can also arrange a tour of the Marcoux also oversees a pollinator garPage 14
aquaponics greenhouse on Tuesdays at 3 p.m. by signing up online at https://mhcd. org/venue/dahlia-campus/. (Note: If you are not able to make it to this year’s Garden Walk on June 23, you can also arrange a tour of the Dahlia Campus at the website.) Dahlia Campus takes gardening and farming much further than just growing plants. The campus also has a kitchen where cooking classes are taught; participants learn how to cook healthy, affordable and delicious meals. And then there’s the Food Box program, a year-round program that provides fresh greens and produce. All programs at Dahlia Campus accept SNAP and Double Up Food Bucks.
Caring for mind, body, community Dahlia Campus and the people who work here are truly something special. When you meet them, it is obvious that they are passionate about their work and what Dahlia Campus means to the well-being of Park Hill and Denver residents. Obviously, the Garden Walk was focused on the garden and farm aspect of Dahlia Campus. During a recent tour of the campus, it became clear that this is
Dahlia staff: Room reservation, and especially the gym. People use these spaces for birthday parties and other community events. Question: What is your goal for the Dahlia Campus? Dahlia staff: Better health for the community through mental health and wellbeing support, whether that’s dental care, childcare or quality food. We want no barriers to the services we offer. We also want to make all community members aware that this space is open to them whether they are just visiting, taking a cooking class, volunteering or wanting to learn about gardening. All are welcome here. I asked the team members to tell me about their favorite aspect of the Dahlia Campus. The common theme was the fact that the campus was designed and built based entirely on the needs of the community. It was also abundantly clear that they love their jobs. Here’s a snippet of some of their favorite things. Darcie Ezell: “The teaching kitchen. Like any home, the kitchen is at the heart of the campus. It’s a gathering place and a place for good conversation and community camaraderie. My other favorite place is the meeting room. It’s truly work space where great ideas, good conversation and true community bonding takes place.” Renee Marcoux: “The farm. It provides a green, welcoming space to the campus. It’s the front porch. I love talking with the people about the campus and teaching them about urban farming.”
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UNDER THE DOME | State Sen. Angela Williams
Legislature 2019 In Rearview Ambitious Agenda Included Successes; There Is Still Work To Do
In the Colorado State Senate, we are tasked with ports both businesses and workers. By sharing costs representing a diverse constituency with differences for a paid leave program between employees and emthat oftentimes seem irreconcilable. As the chair of the ployers, FAMLI was designed to provide a safety net Business, Labor and Technology Commitand give the leg up they need to compete with tee, it is my job to do the seemingly imlarge employers. possible task of balancing these differences Another issue Coloradans are facing is regularly. I believe that this session we climate change, which has both short- and have done by accomplishing an ambitious long-term effects on our environment and agenda that ensures Colorado’s economy our communities. For too long, the assumpremains strong for both employers and tion has been that protecting our environment employees. would come at the expense of our businesses Colorado cannot legitimately earn the and economy. But Colorado’s economy relies title of one of the strongest economies in on clean land, water, and air, which climate the country unless our business environchange is already affecting. This puts everyment works for everyone. For years, many one, including our businesses, at risk. of us in both the General Assembly and in HB19-1261, Climate Action Plan to Reduce the business community have wondered if ANGELA WILLIAMS Pollution, sets bold goals to reduce pollution the ways in which the state provides conwhile giving the Air Quality Control Comtracts to small businesses is flawed. We mission the flexibility they need to work with have no idea if certain groups receive life-changing stakeholders, industry leaders, and experts to find the business from the state, while others do not. best way to get there. We do not have to sacrifice our It is a serious problem, but one that we have adhealth and our future in order to uphold the strength dressed this session by successfully passing my bill, of our business community. My plan to reduce polluSB19-135, that requires the Department of Personnel tion ensures that we will have an environment for busito conduct an independent study to determine whether nesses and their patrons to thrive in, both figuratively or not disparities exist in the procurement contract and literally. process. By using the data from this study to create Through every legislative session, I am always legislative solutions, we can strengthen our economy guided by the same belief that it is my duty to protect by ensuring that businesses compete with each other my constituents while simultaneously improving our on merit - not race, gender, or sexual orientation. economy. Though the state unemployment rate is historically By finding and addressing disparities, supporting low, there is still far more we can do to support Coloemployers and employees in the workplace, and adrado workers. Roughly 88 percent of Coloradans do not dressing the long-term threat of climate change, we have access to paid family medical leave. In the event of can achieve that balance and a better future for our a life-altering family or medical emergency, too many communities. I am proud of the steps we have taken people have to make the impossible choice between in 2019, and I look forward to doing even more for taking care of their loved ones and earning a paycheck. Coloradans in 2020. Meanwhile, our small businesses are losing these qualAngela Williams represents District 33, which includes ity employees to the large corporations that have the Park Hill, in the Colorado State Senate. She can be coninfrastructure to provide these kinds of benefits. tacted at 303-866-4864. This year’s legislative session SB19-188, Family and Medical Leave Act (FAMLI), began on Jan. 4, and adjourns on May 3. was a proposed solution to these problems that sup-
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The Fine Print Where and How To Get Your Tickets To The Garden Walk The 19th Annual Garden Walk is Saturday, June 23. The daylong event has become a Park Hill institution, in which gardeners throughout the neighborhood open their gates to welcome in the public. Proceeds from the ticket sales go to the Greater Park Hill Community, Inc. Registered Neighborhood Organization, to help support and sustain its various programs throughout the year. Information about the many gardens that will be featured this year, in addition to the Dahlia Campus, will appear in the June issue of the newspaper. Tickets are available now at parkhillgardenwalk.org. They are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors (age 65+), and children under 12 are free. Advance tickets are available beginning May 17 at these Park Hill locations: • City Floral: 1440 Kearney Street • Spinelli’s Market: 4621 E. 23rd Ave. • Cake Crumbs: 2216 Kearney Street • Park Hill Community Book Store: 4620 E 23rd Ave. • Park Hill Library: 4705 Montview Blvd. • Pauline Robinson Library: 5575 E 33rd Avenue • Ace On The Fax: 7100 E Colfax Ave.
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Michelle Golla, who is the blonde woman at the back in this photo filled with volunteers, has worked nearly every year and is on the front lines helping get the parade started.
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Top left: Mike Regan has volunteered nearly every year and always runs the vehicle operations, assuring everyone is safe and orderly. Bottom left: Charles Newcomb helps all year round with many rentals and logistics. He can be seen on parade day in his roller skates. At right, Alison and Justin Bresler, the founders of the parade.
It All Started With A Few Kids On Bikes By Cara DeGette Photos Courtesy of Justin Bresler For the Greater Park Hill News
It’s hard to believe, but this year marks the 10th anniversary of what 4th of July Parade Founder Justin Bresler describes, accurately, as Denver’s largest Independence Day march. The parade stretches along 23rd Avenue for 13 blocks from Dexter to Kearney streets. It has grown from an informal gathering of kids on bicycles riding up 23rd to a rollicking party of thousands, cheering on parade participants who come by foot, on floats, on motorcycles, in cars, trucks and golf carts. Bresler, along with his wife Alison and their kids, have been integral in planning and executing the parade every year. He cites the phalanx of volunteers who have been integral – many of them since the parade’s founding. Three in particular – Mike Regan, Charles Newcomb and Michelle Golla – have been on the front lines. But they are far from the only ones who have made the Big Show happen. The parades are always held on the 4th, and this year’s event kicks off at 1:30 p.m. If you are interested in helping out before, during and after the parade this year – including setting up, registration, being a course mar-
shal and tearing down afterwards – email the organizers at parkhillparade@gmail. com. This year Bresler is also offering a challenge to parade-goers who might consider stepping up their game: “Does your block float? If so put it in the Park Hill 4th of July Parade! Neighbors, band together to create amazing floats for the parade!” If organizers get enough entries this year, a winner will be crowned Best Parade Entry for 2019 and take home a trophy worthy of our ‘hood. Bresler is putting out another special request. Every year, the parade has a challenging time finding marching bands to participate. Logistically, summer is great for many things in Colorado, but marching bands aren’t one of them as most of them take the summer off. “But if you’ve got a band uniform from high school, dust off your instrument and bring it to the parade along with some friends,” Bresler says. Bands, floats, and all other entries – including community groups, neighborhood groups, superheroes and cartoon characters – can register online at parkhillparade. org. For ideas, check out photos from past parades at Facebook.com/ParkHillParade. If you are interested in sponsorship possibilities, contact Bresler at parkhillparade@ gmail.com or at 303-918-6517.
What does everyone love almost more than the parade itself? Floats! Start brainstorming now, and make this the year you float too, in Park Hill’s 10th annual 4th of July Parade.
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College students from Montana and Arkansas with Hills Church volunteered part of their spring break during March to help beautify the Greater Park Hill Community, Inc. garden and back patio area at 2823 Fairfax St. In the picture at right, the students include (left to right): Sydney Hinkle, Jonathan Hogate, Julia Marzolf, Shelby Farmer and Kayla White. Photos by Heather Shockey
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Park Hill Character, continued from page 1 hill climb events. In 2017 he had top-four finishes at the Masters Cycling National Championships in both the road race and criterium events. On April 6, Little added another podium finish to his long list of cycling accomplishments, taking third place in what is one of Colorado’s most grueling cycling road races, the 75-mile long Boulder-Roubaix race, which only occurs every other year. Named after the celebrated 161 mile-long Paris-Roubaix race, which takes place on the infamous cobbled and dusty paths of northern France, what the Boulder version lacks in cobblestones it makes up for in gravel. For top riders like Little, Boulder-Roubaix consists of four laps of a punishing 18.7-mile, hilly circuit north of Boulder, more than 60 percent of which is dirt. The transition from smooth pavement, where the top riders can reach speeds of up to 45 miles-per-hour, to rocky and bumpy gravel is challenging. This year, like every race year, witnessed numerous flats and crashes. “Racing on gravel is unique,” Little says. “The changing surface conditions mean one has to be constantly vigilant when in a group. The rough surface wears riders down, so this vigilance becomes more important as time goes on. On top of that, luck plays a big part. Hitting a stone in the road you never saw can give you a flat tire, and crashes by yourself and others can take you out of the race, or worse.” Little previously won the race in 1998, as a lower level Category 4 rider, but has crashed or flatted every time in the event in the many years since. In a bicycle road race, riding in a group is essential for success. Because of reduced wind resistance, riders who “draft” behind one another can conserve energy. A group of riders (called a “peloton”) is almost always faster than one or two riders riding alone. This feature of bicycle racing adds a team element to the sport, and also adds a tactical element such that the strongest rider does not always win. This year, Little flatted on the first lap, requiring a tire change as the group raced on ahead. For most riders, that normally would mean the end of the race day. Not for Little. “After fixing my flat, I encountered a friend in my race who had also flatted a mile later, and we decided we had a chance to catch back to the main field and set to work. It was a gamble because we had to ride at an effort that was the hardest we could sustain for 30 to 40 minutes before totally falling apart. “We were pretty pessimistic about our chances as the group was moving fast and the two of us were having to do the work of 40 riders. Mercifully, the group slowed enough after about 35 minutes that we
made contact.” Exhausted from his chase, Little had nothing left for the sprint finish, yet he finished just two seconds behind the winner after three hours and 17 minutes of racing – a 22.7 mph average. Little, who by day is a family man and groundwater hydrologist with Montgomery and Associates, devotes 10 to 12 hours a week to training, much of it done on a stationary bike in his basement. For Park Hill residents interested in improving their cycling or their ability to ride long distances, Little recommends finding a group that matches your skill and interests. “Cycling in general is a great way for people to be active and challenge themselves,” he says. “The low impact nature of nature of it make it accessible to folks that couldn’t tolerate something like running.”
A racer from the Colorado School of Mines leads a group in the Collegiate race category of the 2019 Boulder Roubaix race.
Park Hill’s Justin Little of the Black Swift-Cycleton Team leads a group on the gravel roads north of Boulder in the 2019 Boulder-Roubaix Cycling race.
Justin Little smiles after making the podium with a third place finish in the 2019 Boulder-Roubaix cycling race.
“We were pretty pessimistic about our chances as the group was moving fast and the two of us were having to do the work of 40 riders.” -- Justin Little Locally there are rides that leave from Cake Crumbs in Park Hill, Adventure Cycling and Bicycle Village in Aurora, plus many rides out of the REI store in central Denver. For anyone interested in watching (or participating in) local bike races, the website of the Bicycle Racing Association of Colorado, coloradocycling.org, lists a full schedule of races for the spring and summer.
A motorcycle official leads the pack of racers, called the “Peloton,” up a gravel hill in the 2019 Boulder Roubaix race.
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Taking Care Of Your Mind, Body And Brain May is Mental Health Awareness Month By Leslie Williams Pauline Robinson Librarian
While we know our collections and programs often meet your needs for educational and entertainment purposes, we are aware that you may have more personal needs. Denver Public Library has made a commitment to welcome the opportunity to help our customers in other areas of life. In 2015, DPL hired its first social worker. We quickly became the model for other libraries throughout the country. “The commitment the Denver Public Library has made to support of all of Denver’s citizens is remarkable,” says Community Resource Manager Elissa Hardy. “By adding four social workers and six peer navigators to its staff, the message is clear that it strives to meet people wherever they are and assists them in accessing whatever resources necessary to survive and thrive.” Community resource specialists visit libraries each month. We have a monthly calendar at Park Hill and Pauline Robinson listing the day and time they will be at our locations. You may also make an appointment with the specialist if you need a specific day and time. Another fabulous local resource that focuses on mental health is the Dahlia Campus for Health and Well-Being. After many community conversations and community input, the Dahlia Campus opened at 3401 Eudora St. in 2016. It is the hub for Mental Health Center of Denver’s (MHCD) Children and Family Services. The services offered at Dahlia Center include a preschool, aquaponics, greenhouse, and a beautiful community garden. (Note: the Dahlia Campus is also featured in this year’s Park Hill Garden Walk; check out page 14 for more.) The Dahlia Campus continually seeks to get community input. They are currently taking applications for its Community Advisory Board. If you are interested in being on the board, visit the Campus for an application. Andrea Harbeck, Associate Director of Dahlia Operations, shared some interesting facts about the vitality about mental health: • According to National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), 1 in 5 adults experience a mental illness, 20 percent of youth ages 13-18 live with a mental health condition. • Dahlia offers programs for all areas of health: social, mental, emotional, physical. • There are two trainings are offered for all of Denver at MHCD throughout the city:
on the 1st Friday of each month, Mental Health First Aid for Adults, and 3rd Friday of the month, Mental Health First Aid for Adults Assisting Youth. More information can be found at their website, MHCD.org.
Other resources of interest • Access Line for Services at MHCD: 303504-7900 or AccessCenter@MHCD.org • Colorado Crisis Services 24/7 Support: 1-800-493-TALK (8255) or Text: TALK to 38255 • As always, log into denverlibrary.org to
and eMedia. Call the library at 720-8650290 to schedule an appointment for Monday or Tuesday. *Note the library is closed on Monday, May 27. Preschool Storytime | Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m.
Stories, songs, rhymes and fun for 3-5 year olds and their parents or caregivers. Computer 101 | Wednesdays, noon-1:30 p.m.
Drop in computer class. Limit 10
Party for the Paper | Wednesday, May 1, 6:30 p.m.
The Greater Park Hill News is an award winning, monthly publication that has been in continuous production since 1961. Hobnob with writers, learn about the history of the paper, and enjoy refreshments and activities for all ages. Equity in Schools- We PHNEEd to Talk | Saturday, May 11, 10 a.m.-noon
Park Hill Neighbors for Equity in Education (PHNEE) invites you to a discussion of how to use stakeholder power to improve equity in our neighborhood elementary schools. Add your voice to this series of conversations about diversity, equity, and inclusion in education.
All Ages Storytime | Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.
Stories, songs, rhymes and fun for children of all ages and their parents or caregivers. Craft activity immediately follows the program. Baby Storytime | Thursdays & Fridays at 11:15 a.m.
Stories, songs, rhymes and fun for babies ages 0-18 months and their caregivers. Play and social time immediately follow the program. Toddler Storytime | Fridays at 10:30 a.m.
Stories, songs, rhymes and fun for toddlers ages 18-36 months and their caregivers. No Strings Attached Book Chat | Saturday, May 4, 11 a.m.
Read whatever you want and attend whenever you can. Share a recent read, an old favorite, or anything in between. May the 4th Be With You | Saturday, May 4, 3 p.m.
Celebrate May the 4th and all things Star Wars. Make your own light saber, create your own custom BB unit, rescue Han Solo, roar like Chewbacca, and more. Costumes are encouraged. Origami for Older Adults | Tuesday, May 7, 4 p.m.
Benefit from the tranquil art of paper folding and take away some beautiful items you’ve created from single sheets of paper. Mother’s Day Gift Making | Friday, May 10, 4 p.m.
Design a wind chime perfect for catching a breeze. Great gift idea for Mom, you will also be able to make a card and decorate a gift bag. Clue: Interactive Movie Night with Shirley Delta Blow | Saturday, May 11, 2:30 p.m.
Watch the 1985 American ensemble mystery comedy film based on the board game of the same name in a brand new way. Drag queen Shirley Delta Blow will be your guide as you play along and participate to solve the mystery. Teen Advisory Board (TAB) | Tuesdays, May 14 & 28, 6 p.m.
Join the Park Hill TAB. Help plan events and projects, talk about your favorite books, music, movies and make your opinion count. Plus snacks. Ideal for ages 13-18. Concert on the Lawn: LAPOMPE | Wednesday, May 15, 6:30 p.m. This illustration was created based on the book The Price of Silence: A Mom’s Perspective on Mental Illness by Liza Long, discussed at Dahlia in September 2016.
peruse our collections on health and well-being or visit one of your neighborhood libraries.
Pauline Robinson Events Tech Help Appointments | Mondays and Tuesdays, noon-1 p.m.
Get technology assistance from one of our in-house experts on your own device or a public computer. Learn the basics, such as email, social networking, word processing
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Babysitting Training | Thursday, May 16, 4:30 p.m.–6:30 p.m.
American Red Cross Babysitter’s Training Course: Designed for 11-16 year olds, to help them gain the skills and confidence to safely supervise children and infants. The Pauline Robinson Book Club | Saturday, May 25, noon
This month’s selection: What the Eyes Don’t See by Mona Hanna-Attisha. Dropins are welcome.
LAPOMPE is a Denver-based Hot-Club Jazz group that fuses eclectic American standards with French ballads, burning Django Reinhardt tunes, and soulful originals. By combining swinging vocals and high energy instrumentals they are keeping vintage jazz alive for a whole new generation. Bring your lawn chair or blanket for an outdoor concert. Rocky Mountain Lace Guild | Saturday, May 18, 2:30 p.m.
Members of the Rocky Mountain Lace Guild will be making lace, discussing different lace-making techniques, displaying different laces and will let you give it a try. Kids’ Book Club | Tuesday, May 21, 3:30 p.m.
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Park Hill Community Tree Walk | Wednesday, May 22, 1 p.m.
Denver City Forester Rob Davis loves trees! Rob will share his knowledge and passion for Denver’s trees as we walk a three-mile loop from the library, around City Park, and back. Get to know your neighbors while you enjoy tree-mendous views. The Conflict Center presents Identity, Power and Conflict | Wednesday, May 22, 6:30 p.m.
Understanding one’s own identity is key to understanding conflict across identities (e.g., race, gender, socio-economics etc.). This interactive session will explore how our own identity and our understanding of that identity impacts our perspectives and how we navigate conflict. *Drop by and say “hi” to your friendly library staff at the Montview Preschool Carnival on Saturday, May 4! The Greater Park Hill News
Seven Questions For Lana Cordes
Meet The New Director Of Greater Park Hill Community, Inc. Lana Cordes loves to dance, loves to travel, and loves Park Hill. In no particular order. Cordes, 34, grew up in Westminster, and for nearly six years has lived in north Park Hill with her husband (and now 2-year old son). She has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from CU Boulder, and has been selling residential real estate in the Denver Metro for four years. Cordes has been involved in the neighborhood, planning and organizing, since moving to Park Hill. In March, the former Home Tour chairwoman and board member of GPHC, Inc. took on a new role: executive director. The Greater Park Hill News caught up with Cordes to learn a bit more about her past, and her plans for the Registered Neighborhood Organization. Greater Park Hill News: You have been involved with GPHC for several years. What makes you want to now serve as the executive director? Lana Cordes: I got involved with GPHC very soon after moving into the neighborhood because I wanted to really be a part of my new neighborhood. Before I knew it I was chairing the Home Tour. I was really excited to continue using the event planning skills I’d honed for so many years, but I also met so many people through my involvement and it truly solidified that sense of community. Over the couple years I served on the board, I found myself identifying areas that I could help to improve for the organization. I worked closely with former ED Sierra Fleenor on projects and so the transition into ED seemed a really natural next step. GPHN: What exactly does the ED do now, and how do you see your role expanding or shifting? LC: There are a lot of moving parts in this organization related to our roles as both a Registered Neighborhood Organization and a nonprofit serving the community. As the ED you are sort of the caretaker over these pillars of the organization and ensuring that each piece of the puzzle is receiving attention and functioning as it should. This includes everything from administrative duties to event planning, volunteer, donor and member management, building maintenance, community outreach, and the list goes on. I’m honestly still learning all that goes on here. GPHN: What are your five favorite things about Park Hill? LC: In no particular order (that would be too hard!) 1. Location: proximity to everything 2. Community: I love that I walk into a local shop/cafe and know someone! 3. Aesthetics: The trees, diversity in architecture, so much character 4. Diversity: I’m happy to raise my son among so many other families and children, elderly friends from whom to glean wisdom, and neighbors from all walks of life 5. Activism: This is a community who cares about all of the issues we are facing and people aren’t afraid to show it and talk about it
Long-stick East High boys’ varsity senior defender Cole Finley-Ponds (#6) seen here against Kent Denver on April 5, has committed to play NCAA Division 1 lacrosse for Johns Hopkins University.
GPHN: What is your all-time favorite Park Hill story (either historical or something that has happened to you or a neighbor/friend)? LC: My favorite bragging point is the famous visit by Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1964 as a result of this neighborhood’s efforts in fighting for integration. GPHN: What are your top five favorite travel spots? LC: I have had the great privilege of traveling quite a bit and have rarely visited somewhere that I didn’t like, so this is tough. I really, really love Mexico and hope to have a home there some day. I also love visiting my family in New York City – we visit nearly every year. Ireland is a magical place and I hope to return soon. Germany and Italy are in my blood and I hold them close to my heart. GPHN: What hobby or activity do you love that many people don’t know about? LC: This isn’t any kind of secret, but one passion that has carried throughout my whole life is dance. I’ve been dancing since I was about 5. I’ve trained in ballet, jazz, tap, contemporary, modern, hip-hop, and street styles. I met my husband at a dance studio. I continue to dance (shout-out to Park Hill Dance Academy, which has a great adult program), albeit not as frequently as I once did. GPHN: What else should we know? LC: Our office hours have changed in order to provide more opportunity and flexibility for our staff to be out in the community. Our office, at 2823 Fairfax St., will be open on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Outside of those hours you can email me at director@greaterparkhill. org or call 303-388-09018 and leave me a message. I check email and voicemail throughout the week. If you need to meet with me outside of normal business hours, please just reach out and we can set something up.
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Denver East senior August “Mustang” Sally (#12) seen here attacking the Kent Denver goal, has committed to play NCAA Division 1 lacrosse for the University of Richmond.
Wielding The Long-Stick East Star Players Sally and Finley-Ponds Ready To Rip Story and photos by Reid Neureiter For the GPHN
Denver East boys lacrosse has some work to do to make the post-season, having fallen on April 5 at home to 4th-ranked Kent Denver by the score of 11-4, and losing to 8th ranked Colorado Academy by a score of 11-7 on April 13. In mid-April, East’s boys’ lacrosse team sat with a 4-5 record, with the regular season concluding with a home game on May 2 against Heritage. But two East Angel senior star players will continue their lacrosse careers beyond this regular season regardless, having been accepted at NCAA Division 1 powerhouse programs. Senior defender Cole Finley-Ponds will be wielding his long-stick for Johns Hopkins University, a storied lacrosse program with 44 national championship titles, dating back to 1891. And East senior attackman (and Park Hill resident) Mustang Sally will be shooting goals for the University of Richmond Spiders, a top-20 program and
regular NCAA tournament contender. Both boys are products of the Park Hillbased City Lax program, a central Denver youth program whose mission is to create educational and enrichment opportunities for youth in underserved Denver neighborhoods through the sport of lacrosse. According to Mustang’s father, Ron Sally (who himself played quarterback for Duke University), the two boys will be among the first City Lax players to make it to such a high level of men’s college lacrosse. Ron Sally gives great credit to City Lax’s effort at the holistic development of its players, including academic development, by using lacrosse as motivator. Considering lacrosse’s historic reputation as a preppy sport of the suburban set, Ron Sally considers the two boys pioneers in being accepted to top-rated academic and lacrosse institutions on the east coast. “They are going somewhere [that City Lax] kids have not gone before, especially kids who look like them.”
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The C70 Project crew from Kiewit Meridiam Partners donated two – yes two – truckloads of food, plus $1,000 to Greater Park Hill Community, Inc.’s Weekend Food Program in March. The donations came in from their employees and contractors. Park Hill resident Marcia Kayhanfar coordinated the drive. Photo by Lana Cordes
GPHC COMMAND CENTRAL LANA CORDES, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Bursting At The Seams Spring Has Sprung. Mark Your Calendars, Neighbors!
Spring has sprung and you may have as well as a historical showcase, silent aucnoticed some changes here at Greater Park tion, and more in our office at 2823 Fairfax. Hill, Inc. As the new Executive Director Don’t forget to also mark your calendars of the Registered Neighborhood Orgafor the 19th Annual Park Hill Garden Walk nization, I would first like to say, on June 23 and the 10th Annual “Hello!” Park Hill 4th of July Parade (yes, I have served as a volunteer, event it’s on July 4). You can find more chair, and board member over the information about all our upcomlast five years and I look forward to ing events at greaterparkhill.org/ serving the community in an even events/. bigger way in my new role. Our food programs continue to You may have also noticed that thrive and provide for those in our our office hours have changed. community. Our Free Farm Stand We will be open on Mondays and LANA CORDES resumes on Mondays from June Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. through October and is open to evThis frees up our staff to get out in eryone. the community and to attend meetings and In April we were fortunate to have reevents. If you need to meet with me outside ceived three incredible food drive donaof office hours, please don’t hesitate to call tions. The C70 project crew from Kiewit or email and I am happy to set something Meridiam Partners delivered two truckup. loads of food that will support the WeekAs we call it a wrap on our Earth Month end Food Program for months to come. Sue campaign we are looking forward to the Mountain-Morgan’s annual “Food Fight” kick-off of our events season starting with and Dank Dispensary’s food drive each the 7th Annual Park Hill Community Yard added a truckload of food to our emergency Sale on Saturday, May 4 from 8 a.m. to 1 pantry inventory. We also received a generp.m. Be sure to visit greaterparkhill.org/ ous donation from a GoFundMe campaign events/ to register your sale and to view the set up by McAuliffe students Alannah Pemap so you can prepare to do some serious titt, Ella Rannie, and Merritt Alwin. haggling. Our programs rely on donations On Saturday, May 18 we will host our 5th throughout the year. You can always find Annual Garden-in-a-Box Giveaway from 9 out what we need by visiting greaterparkha.m. to 11 a.m. We are giving away seedill.org/get-involved/donate/. lings and seeds that will fill a 4x4 garden to Donations of goods can be dropped off the first 50 participants who register. This at our office during our (new) office hours. program is geared toward novice and lowYou can also donate non-perishable items income gardeners in the neighborhood. at the Park Hill branch of Denver Public Give us a call at 303-388-0918 to sign up. Library (4705 Montview Blvd.) or at Cake Did you know GPHC is turning 50 this Crumbs (2216 Kearney St.) during their year?! We are so excited to be hosting the regular business hours. Greater Park “Over the Hill” 50th AnniverTo the donors and volunteers who give sary Celebration on Saturday, June 1 from 3 their time, talent, and treasure: thank you. p.m. to 7 p.m. The event will include a block We are grateful to be part of a community party on the 2800 block of Fairfax with that comes together to care for those who food, beverages, and activities for all ages, need it most.
Kristen Wheaton Kristen Kahn Beverly Johnson Kristin Lightner Bob Rosenzweig Lola Hershberger Bonnie Kazemi Maribeth Portz Colleen Kazemi Martha Carlson David Gauthier Mary McNeill Debra Lovell MaryAnn McGuire Elisabeth Lawrence Michael Rannie Elizabeth Bennett Michelle Pelletier Heather Deis Nicole Heidi Van Sickle Wiederaenders James Davis Robert Valuck Karen Timmons Sadie Havens Karen Kazemi Sierra Fleenor Karen Mueller Steve Kazemi
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Volunteers Adrienne Hill Alannah Pettit Barbara Cavender Chuck Nelson Claudia Fields Deb Rosenbaum Debra Lovell Ellea Rannie Erika Hutyra Harold Fields
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Sue Mountain-Morgan from the Colorado Genetics Laboratory coordinated her annual “Food Fight” – which she does every spring in celebration of her birthday. Participating businesses compete to see who can bring in the most goods, which are then donated to various local organizations. This year more than 600 items were collected at the AF Williams Family Medicine Clinic. Photo courtesy of Sue Mountain-Morgan
GPHC, Inc: Who We Are, What We Do, Our Mission
The Mission and The Officers of Greater Park Hill Community, Inc. The Greater Park Hill Community, Inc., is a volunteer-based registered neighborhood organization that promotes the character and vibrancy of Park Hill, provides resources, information and advocacy, and preserves quality of life and the history of the neighborhood through community participation. The Greater Park Hill Community board is comprised of volunteer at-large representatives, as well as 10 district representatives. If you are interested in volunteering or serving on a committee, contact current GPHC Board Chair Tracey MacDermott at firstname.lastname@example.org for details. The following are current board members, and their best contacts. Many representatives prefer to be contacted through the main office – at 303-388-0918 or info@ greaterparkhill.org. If you have an issue you’d like to discuss about the neighborhood, contact your board representative. For those board members who don’t have a phone or email contact in the list at right, leave a message at the main number and it will be forwarded to your elected representative by GPHC Executive Director Lana Cordes. The GPHC office is at 2823 Fairfax St., and Cordes’ office hours are MondayThursday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
• Board Chair Tracey MacDermott: email@example.com • Secretary and Zoning/Property Use Chair Bernadette Kelly • Treasurer and District 3 Rep Heather Shockey • District 1 Rep LaMone Noles • District 2 Rep Ryan T. Hunter • District 4 Rep Kevin Wiegand • District 5 Rep Blair Taylor • District 6 Rep James King • District 7 Rep Jon Bowman • District 8 Nam Henderson • District 9 Stephanie Ceccato • District 10 Colette Carey • At-Large Matt Bradford • At-Large Christine Caruso • At-Large Jeanette Fedele • At-Large Justin Petaccio • At-Large Louis Plachowski: firstname.lastname@example.org • At-Large Rebecca Rogers • Community Safety Chair Geneva Goldsby • Community Planning Chair Lisa Zoeller • Education Chair Lynn Kalinauskas • Fundraising Chair Lana Cordes • Building Services Chair Louis Plachowski • Public Information Chair Melissa Davis: email@example.com
Thanks to all of our blockworkers, who deliver the Greater Park Hill News throughout the neighborhood every month! If you are interested in becoming a blockworker, contact newspaper manager Melissa Davis at firstname.lastname@example.org The Greater Park Hill News
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May is Mental Health Month and I’m gohealth condition will have evidence of a ing to delve into a topic that is serious in the mental health condition. veterinary industry but is also impacting Across our city and across our country, our children and our society as a whole. suicide rates are rising. Those rates are beWhy? Because it has touched yond just a mental health crisis but me personally in my life, in my are a public health crisis. As noted daughters’ lives at school and out by many mental health professionin the world and in our veterinary als, suicide is a not an issue only of practice, with the loss of a dear the mentally ill but for anyone strugveterinary classmate several years gling in their life. The decision by an ago. Almost monthly we learn, individual to commit suicide comes through professional boards and from deep wounds in their psyche colleagues, news of the loss of that come from or culminate from another veterinary professional. DR. MARGOT many sources, including depression, We’ve also been hit by the loss of VAHRENWALD panic and anxiety. favorite authors and celebrities, Ultimately it is an act chosen to including Kate Spade, Anrelieve unrelenting mental thony Bourdain and Allen pain and anguish. The pain Krueger. It only seems to Across our city and across can come from relationship worsen each year. troubles, life stress through A study report released our country, suicide rates work or school, financial by the Centers for Disease concerns, substance abuse, are rising. Those rates Control in June 2018 holds health changes, grieving or scary and sad data about are beyond just a mental other personal crises. health crisis but are a suicide, but points that reIn veterinary medicine ally stuck with me: and other medical fields, public health crisis. • By 2016, suicide became mental crisis can be trigthe 10th most common gered by depression, anxicause of death in the ety, grieving, the emotional US, more than twice the number of horoller coaster of our hard field of work and micides. our own negativity bias. It can also be trig• Among people ages 15 to 34, suicide is the gered by the outside pressure of negative second leading cause of death – and that comments and reviews that pass quickly age is dropping to involve even younger from criticism into cyber-bullying. This, children. to me, is not dissimilar to what I see in our • 54 percent of reported suicides between children as they navigate peer pressure, pu1999 and 2016 were among people with berty, academic pressure and overwhelmno diagnosed mental health condition. ing expectations with the constant bath of social media. From the National Institute of Mental During this month of May, I ask that Health director Joshua Gordon on that last we all look at our loved ones, family, costatistic, when a “psychological autopsy” is workers, business providers and anyone performed via review of a patient’s medical we come in contact with through a lens of history and interviews with family memkindness and compassion. You cannot see bers, more than 90 percent of those 54 the pain and struggles that they might be percent of suicides with no known mental bearing. Remind your loved ones and children that they are enough and mistakes are part of being human. And, lastly, be an advocate for improving mental health care access. Help bring light to the chase away the stigma of struggle and pain. • Mental Health Centers of Denver – 1-844-8255 or can use text with mesDr. Margot Vahrenwald is the owner of sage TALK to 38255. Park Hill Veterinary Medical Center at • National Suicide Prevention Hotline 2255 Oneida St. For more information, visit 1-800-273-TALK (8255) www.parkhillvet.com
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2823 Fairfax St., greaterparkhill.org, 303-388-0918 The GPHC neighborhood association generally holds its monthly meetings on the first Thursdays of the month. The meetings are free and open to all. The next community meeting is Thursday, May 2, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the GPHC, Inc. office at 2823 Fairfax St. The June meeting is Thursday, June 6, beginning at 6:30 p.m.
Holly Area Redevelopment Project (HARP)
HOPE Center, 3475 Holly St. HARP holds second Monday monthly meeting at the HOPE Center from 6:157:30pm. RSVP required to lsullivan@ denverfoundation.org.
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.
Northeast Park Hill Coalition
The Northeast Park Hill Coalition hosts its monthly meeting at the Dahlia Campus for Health & Well-Being, 3401 Eudora St. Meetings are the second
Park Hill Community Bookstore
Established in 1971. Denver’s oldest nonprofit bookstore. Used and new books. 6420 E. 23rd Avenue. 303-3558508. Hours: Monday –Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Members and volunteers get discounts and book credits.
Park Hill Peloton
A recreational group of road cyclists that roll from Park Hill once or twice a week. Find them on Facebook.
303-370-0932 The Greater Park Hill Sertoma Club holds a breakfast meeting every first and third Saturday morning at 8 a.m. at the District 2 Police Station, 3921 Holly St.
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Tai Chi Project
email@example.com, 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 303-908-0076.
Northeast Park Hill Bilingual Walks take place the first Saturday of each month. Gather outside Hiawatha Davis Jr. Rec Center on 33rd and Holly at 9:30 a.m. for a one-hour walk. No cost. The walk is family friendly and bilingual Spanish/English led by Ana Luisa Gallardo. For more info contact maria@ walk2connect.com or call/text Ana Luisa at 720-298-0605. For text reminders, send CAMINANED to 33222.
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Ireland’s Finest Painting Co. (303) 512-8777 irelandsfinestinc.com
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GPHN CLASSIFIEDS CHIROPRACTIC CARE
MAC CHIROPRACTIC Located at 3500 East 17th Avenue across from Denver’s City Park. Specializing in Diversified full spine and extremity adjustments. Call 970-999-2823 to schedule an appointment or visit www.macchiropracticdc. com
Residential concrete work. Free estimate. Senior discount. Please call 303429-0380
Quality Denver Handyman Commercial and Residential Inc. Your job done right, on time, the first time! 30+ years construction experience including historical buildings. HVAC, windows, doors, kitchen and bath remodeling, roofing, sheet rock & paint, basements, attics, addition, flooring, tiles, overall repairs and design. Apartment maintenance, management, and construction consulting. Insured. Team Klaus Schuermann (720) 345-8016 www.qualitydenverhandyman.com Brush & Hammer- 303-895-5192, No job too small, affordable-reliable services. Clean gutters, repair, replace, wood fences, gates and decks, interior painting, hang curtain rods and blinds, assemble IKEA vanities and cabinets, install small paver or flagstone patios and walkways
Cut Rate Hauling - A trash, clutter, and junk removal service. Estate clean up, eviction clean up, construction debris, etc. Call Ruben today 720-434-8042 Always Hauling. A trash removal company. Property cleanouts, light demo, branches, furniture etc. No Job too Big or too Small. Free estimate. Proud partner to Susan G.Komen breast cancer foundation. 720-373-5700 Pamela
Do your double-hung windows open, stay open? We can fix them & insulate them. Other Questions? Call David, experienced restorer!
Aeration – Sod fertilizer – Power rake – Lawn mowing, Rototilling – Hauling – Fence repair or build – Stump removal – Weed control – Lawn mower repair – Shrubbery care – Small trees removed 720-327-9911
Masonry Services- Brick, Stone, Concrete, restoration, tuck pointing, chimneys, retaining walls, city sidewalks. Licensed, bonded, and insured. www. thebrickandstoneguy.com References. Call Shawn 303-907-9223
THE WALL REBUILDERS Interior plaster (and drywall) repair. We repair cracks, holes, crumbling walls, etc. Specializing in older homes, though we fix houses of every age. Dan and Laura Pino 303-698-1057
VAIL PLUMBING & HEATING - The Older Home Specialist. Repair, service, remodel. Hot water heat. Licensed, insured, guaranteed. 303-329-6042
Residential reroofing and repairs, 17 years experience, licensed, bonded, and insured. Gutter replacement and cleaning. www.accurateroofingandmasonry.com Call Shawn 303-907-9223
Plumbing & Sprinklers - Repair or replace, disposal, toilets, water heaters, faucets, sinks, drain cleaning, sump pump, water pressure regulator. Sprinkler blow out, repair and install. www. vertecservices.com 720-298-0880
Cleaning out the house or garage this spring? Bring all
your extra household waste to the FREE DUMPSTER.
May 4th & 5th 18th and Fairfax
Next to the PH Elementary School parking lot Not allowed: paint, appliances with FREON, liquids, tires, oil, flammable items, explosives, hazardous materials, chemicals, electronics, rocks, dirt, concrete or tree stumps Provided by Brie Cosgriff Broker Associate
Flower & Vegetable Gardening. Spring clean-up is around the corner! Residential landscape design, installation, and maintenance. Professional assistance with all your gardening needs, including monthly maintenance. First consultation is free in the month of May. Saige Gardens. firstname.lastname@example.org 303-506-9960
Spring iS Here!
Tree trimming and trash removal. Please call 303-429-0380
Double hung window RESTORATION includes replacing sash cords (ropes) and removal of excess paint on wood and metal plus lubrication for smooth opening and closing. Also restore metal casement windows. 40 year resident of PH. Contact David 720-550-2786.
TO ADVERTISE IN THE CLASSIFIEDS CONTACT MELISSA DAVIS email@example.com • 720-287-0442 (voicemail) the deadline for submitting a classified ad is the 15th of every month
HAKALA FAMILY DENTISTRY One Decade of 5280 Top Dentist
MAYFAIR VISION CLINIC
Adult and Children’s Vision • Complete Visual, Eye Health and Glaucoma Testing • All Types of Contact Lenses • Frames with One Year Guarantee • Most Insurances Accepted • Free Adjustments and Minor Frame Repair • 15% Discount for Senior Citizens
Dr. Janice I. Jarret 1336 Leyden
Across from Safeway May 2019
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KATE HAKALA, DDS 4200 E. 8th Ave. #200 Denver, CO 80220
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2920 E. Iliff
Observatory Park on the Park Outstanding Newer Build
Happy Mother’s Day!
Celebrate Mom’s Special Day With a Fine Culinary Sushi Experience! Make a Reservation Online at Open Table, Yelp or Call 303.333.5007
Park Hill Tudor
$765,000 COMING SOON
2552 E. Alameda #35
Polo Club North townhome. Best location in complex on the water
1393 S. Pearl
Platt Park; Stone’s throw from shops and restaurants
all wine and sake bottle or free dessert for mom
Gift cards $50 or more
Coupon available through 5/31/19 Cannot be combined with other special offer
Coupon available through 5/31/19 Cannot be combined with other special offer
5007 E. Colfax Ave., Denver 303.333.5007 \\ JettSushi.com
Please join us on Sunday, June 23rd for a lovely day of garden exploration. Several Park Hill homeowners are graciously opening their personal garden spaces to the public for this one-day event. Also participating this year is the Dahlia Campus with their 1-acre farm and several other incredible garden areas. Come explore these unique outdoor spaces, meet the gardeners and tap into some ideas for your own garden creations. Get your tickets now at www.parkhillgardenwalk.org. Starting May 17th tickets will be available at these Park Hill locations.
Sunday, June 23rd 9:00am – 3:00pm
Park Hill Community Book Store: 4620 E 23rd Ave. @ Dexter Park Hill Library: 4705 Montview Blvd. @ Dexter Cake Crumbs: 2216 Kearney Street City Floral: 1440 Kearney Street Spinelli's Market: 4621 E. 23rd Ave. @ Dexter Ace On The Fax: 7100 E Colfax Ave. @ Pontiac Pauline Robinson Library: 5575 E 33rd Avenue @ Holly So, come rain or shine, don’t miss the 2019 Park Hill Garden Walk. Advanced tickets are $15, seniors (age 65+) are $12 and children under 12 are free. Tickets will also be available the day of the event for $18, seniors tickets will be $15.
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