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As Colorado’s third-largest county, Arapahoe has taken a lead role in a new statewide “risk-limiting audit” of election ballots. The first program of its kind in the nation was officially launched last week by the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office. “This is a very exciting time for

election administrators here in Colorado,” Arapahoe County Clerk and Recorder Matt Crane told reporters during a conference call on Nov. 15. “The old way we audited our elections, we knew wasn’t good enough.” Colorado is the first state to conduct a coordinated post-election audit, the sophisticated kind that cybersecurity experts say is necessary to ensure integrity. The high-tech procedure allows officials to double-check a randomly selected sample of paper ballots against digital counts. An electionsecurity firm designed the software, Continued on page 2

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The election may be over, but the results in Greenwood Village’s District 4 are still a little fuzzy, and not just because the results were unofficial until certified by the Arapahoe Board of Canvassers on Nov. 21. If the board were to discovers any discrepancies, an automatic recount could be triggered. Either candidate could also pay for a recount. At press time, the three-vote spread between and incumbent T.J. Gordon and challenger Tom Dougherty, although razor thin, was still above the 2.63-percent margin necessary to qualify for an automatic recount under Colorado law “No recounts can be ordered until after the canvass is complete,” said Haley McKean, spokeswoman for the Arapahoe County Clerk and Recorder’s Office.

State statutes say, “If there is more than one person to be elected in an election contest, a recount shall be held if the difference between the votes cast for the candidate who won the election with the least votes and the candidate who lost the election with the most votes is less than or equal to one-half of one percent of the votes cast for the candidate who won the election with the least votes.” The unofficial election results were Thomas J. Dougherty, 526 votes and T.J. Gordon, 523 votes. Because Dougherty could not be declared the winner prior to Monday’s City Council session, he could not be sworn in as newly elected councilmembers were during the Nov. 20 meeting. Gordon remained in his District 4 seat, but was absent for one of the council’s first orders of business after the swearing-in—the vote on the selection of George Lantz as mayor pro tem.


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The system provides assurance to voters, to citizens, that the machines are counting accurately Continued from Page 1 which will be made available to other states. Although smaller audits have been conducted before in Colorado, this was the first time every county with a current election—58 of the state’s 64—has participated in a coordinated audit. Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams says the new system is far more efficient than previous efforts that counties and the state have made to test the waters. “Because we now have the cast-vote record of how a particular ballot was interpreted by the machine, we can compare that to a specific ballot and we can do that much more efficiently,” Williams told reporters. “The technology and the new standards we’ve adopted increases that security, increases the integrity, but also makes the process significantly easier.” Crane said Arapahoe County’s audit was to be completed over the weekend in what was described as an “open meeting.” The Colorado Legislature first enacted a requirement for an audit in 2009, but delayed it so counties could

The old way we audited our elections, we knew wasn’t good enough.

Participating in the risk-limiting audit for Arapahoe County were Matt Masterson and Thomas Hicks of the National Election Assistance Commission, Secretary of State Wayne Williams and Clerk and Recorder Matt Crane. Arapahoe County was chosen for the test audit because it is a “purple county” and had the space available, according to Williams.

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experiment with different methods. In the years since, the state initiated new election standards, including the required creation of a paper ballot for every vote, regardless of how it was cast, and a

The new Greenwood Village Council

record of how each vote was tabulated. Williams says the result is a state-of-the-art system. “[We’re] able to say, look at ballot 32 in the county in box 6, and let’s see how the machine tabulated that particular ballot—so we’re able to verify it,” he said. The audit comes as election officials around the country are trying to strengthen their digital ballot boxes in advance of next year’s midterm elections after alleged Russian cyberattacks in 2016 shook public

Clarification

The Greenwood Village City Council - BACK ROW: Steve Moran, Dave Kerber, Dave Bullock, George Lantz, Jerry Presley. FRONT ROW: Judith Hilton, Mayor Ron Rakowsky and Anne Ingebretsen. Photo by Bob Sweeney

Per last week’s story by reporter Jan Wondra about the results of the recent Greenwood Village City Council elections, The Villager and Councilmember Jerry Presley would like to clarify a reference to Presley’s earlier remarks on residential development in Greenwood Village. Presley wrote a letter dated July 2, 2016 to Alberta De-

- Arapahoe County Clerk and Recorder Matt Crane trust in the national vote. “One of the things the system does is it provides assurance to voters, to citizens, that the machines are counting accurately and that people can have confidence in those results,” Williams emphasized. Results with a closer margin are fished with a larger net, reducing the risk of a county certifying an incorrect winner to about 9 percent, according to Dwight Shelton, the manager of county and regulation support for the Secretary of State’s Office. How the random sample of ballots is chosen may sound like a mix of lottery chances and official proceedings, to hear Shelton describe it. velopment Partners’ Founding Principal Don Provost primarily focused on multidwelling unit construction. “I do not agree with adding any multi-dwelling unit construction, regardless of if it is owner-occupied or renter occupied,” the councilmember wrote to the developer. The widely distributed letter, which was not directly referenced as a source in the original story, also included

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“We will convene a public meeting to select a random seed by sequential rolls of 10-sided dice,” he explained, “and that random seed is basically put into a random number generator and it compiles a completely random list of every ballot cast in the state. … The software will then tell us how many ballots each of the individual counties must audit to satisfy that risk limit.” In previous smaller-scale audits conducted by Arapahoe County, officials did not find any incorrectly tabulated ballots, according to Crane. “The big thing for us was to make sure we kept the ballots in the proper order to make sure we were looking at the correct ballot,” the clerk said. Auditing researcher Philip Stark, an associate dean at the University of California, said his work over the years had revealed only a handful of miscalculated ballots. “I think maybe two or three times we discovered a ballot that was interpreted differently by humans than it was by equipment,” he said. “We haven’t found any large errors. … [In other cases,] somebody forgot to scan a box of ballots or scanned a box of ballots twice or a software glitch caused a batch of ballots not to be included in the tabulation.” The results from the audits from across the state are to be posted on the secretary of state’s website, Williams said. the following comments in the context of Presley’s objection to new higher-density multi-family homes in the city. “Greenwood Village is currently about 50 percent single-family homes to multifamily homes. Residents consume far more services than they generate in revenue and commercial businesses generate far more revenue than they consume in services. Residents are net-cash consumers and businesses are net-cash contributors. As a matter of public policy, this is exactly as it should be. Residents should never subsidize business. It should always be the other way around. “Every resident, whether a renter or owner, takes away from the pot and diminishes the available distribution (in the form of services) to other residents. From my perspective, every additional resident dilutes my share value because these additional shareholders are consuming services That means that I get fewer services or pay higher taxes. Further, if [multi-dwelling] residential is allowed in any [town-center] zone district, every square foot of residential is subtracted from potential commercial development. That goes against my best self-interest. I want to grow the tax base by favoring commercial development.”


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The right and duty to disagree

I began my Sunday morning reading The Sunday Denver Post to see what this historic newspaper had for readers this week. Lots of turkeys for sale, and a reminder that we need to thaw out the turkeys days ahead to cook on Thanksgiving morning. I learned that the hard way decades ago while attempting to pry those frozen drumstick legs apart to stuff dressing into the deep cavity and finding the gizzard, liver and paper wad inside the cavity. I’ll wager those items get cooked many times over. There was some good journalism in this week’s paper, but I must comment on the Perspective section that has a 72-point headline hailing, “Trump’s worst trip (until his next one).” The author was Max Boot, who obviously doesn’t like President Trump and his foreign policies. My impression from the meager tour news coverage, except for Fox News, was that the trip was a great success. Trump said so himself. (That’s a joke.) I think the Trump team, with Melania, made heads turn and eyes roll. I watched the Japanese men look at her as she strolled elegantly by her famed husband. She hasn’t said much as the first lady, but she doesn’t have to— she is a stunning lady who dressed immaculately and makes a classy appearance for our great American women, who are the best in the world, mentally and physically. Max Boot was so opinionated and anti-Trump, I went to the end of the lengthy article to see who he was and read his credentials. His mojo was the following: “Max Boot is a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and a writer for Foreign Policy.” I wanted to know more so I Googled to learn more. Yes, he is indeed a writer of some repute. Born in Russia, he must have abandoned his real name to appear more American. He gradu-

Barbwire Bob The metro area is a large spread filling up fast with homesteaders and new apartment complexes in every direction as many people discover our Centennial State, the Queen City of the Plains. Not sure why we refer to Denver as “Queen” with all of the early-day male mining community searching for gold on the Platte River. I’ll bet historian Bob Pulcipher could answer that question. *** Started this past week with a noon lunch at Zane’s, a new Italian bistro Ed and Gayle Novak have launched with son Zane. I dined with Phillip Seawalt, Cancer League membership chairman and one of the driving forces in the new Metro Club endeavor. It was great Italian cuisine. I’m especially fond of the spaghetti and the variety of pasta and sauces. The bread sticks are also outstanding. There is a large holiday and business meeting room in the back of the restaurant that can still be booked for holiday festivities at 303-770-3100. They’re also

ated from Berkley, and that told me quite a bit about Boot and his philosophy about being a hater of his homeland and Trump, who would suggest that we get along with the Russian for the betterment of world peace. It would behoove The Denver Post to have an opposing viewpoint column with a similar headline for someone who was on the actual trip. The Fox folks who were on the trip had glowing reports on the progress and growing respect for America that Trump has generated on these tours. They are grueling, challenging trips with the media watching for every glitch, error, blunder, misstatement, but few negatives seemed to come forth. Trump was friendly toward Putin, who leads that empire for better or worse. We shouldn’t meddle in their politics any more than they should meddle in our elections. There seems to be a media craze to portray Russia as the villains. In fact, they have helped drive ISIS out of Syria and have a great dislike for terrorists and a strict immigration policy. It seems to me that President Trump is making good progress in getting the Russians and Chinese to ease tensions with North Korea. The anti-Trump rant by Boot is hard for me to digest. I would prefer reading a story from someone who was on the trip, writing about what they witnessed. Obviously, someone at The Denver Post likes Mr. Boot and gave him a huge black ugly headline for a very biased nonfactual column. We have the right and duty to disagree on opinions, and I strongly disagree with our Russian/American Denver Post guest columnist.

Nov. 14 was Denver Lions Club day. I heard about the Lions Foundation making a $20,000 gift to Denver’s Montessori schools to replace Rude Park, an affordable daycare center for working mothers in the Platte River area south of Mike High stadium. The 40-year-old facility will be replaced with a larger building capable of handling more than 100 little ones. Lions also provide winter coats, eye testing, wonderful care and meals. *** Emily Fay-Enriguez from the American Diabetes Association worked with the District C Lions to promote a community walk Nov. 18 in Aurora to raise money for camperships for eligible children, ages 5-17, living with diabetes. Lions, in addition to doing Helen Keller’s work with the blind and hearing, have adopted diabetes as one of their worldwide projects. Info: Emily at emfay@ diabetes.org ***

Belated birthday wishes to social editor emeritus Glory Weisberg and Minnie Lundberg, who worked for the Kenneth King Foundation for three decades. Neither lady probably wants their ages revealed, and they are both wonderful workers and first-class citizens. Glory now serves in Rotary, and her husband David is in the Denver Lions Club. Minnie volunteers in the office of her seniorliving facility in Lakewood. *** On Nov. 15, a Metro Club “power luncheon” was held at Madden Art Museum, where new members are signing up fast for the new club with individual parking places coming with higher-range memberships. Scott Madden was the attendant steering attendees into the parking lot. Contact: jantoop@metro-club.com or scottieiverson@metro-club.com Phone: 303-749-0101. *** Continued on page 5

Free trade works—protectionism fails

Here we go again. It’s “Protectionism Time” because President Trump has indicated that he would do all he could to protect U.S. companies from building plants in Mexico. He has also stated that “China is eating our lunch” and “sucking the blood out of the U.S.” When will the “leaders” in both of our political parties who advocate unworkable simplistic answers to complicated economic problems ever learn that “protectionism” is not the answer to our international economic problems. Every day, these opportunistic politicians play to the headline writers with their statements that “imports are bad,” but “protectionism is good.” “Save America,” they scream by closing our borders to imported goods. We are warned over and over again that we Americans must be protected from foreign imported goods flooding our shores. Industry lobbyists and a growing number of our senators and congressmen are sure that they have found the remedy that will cure our economic problems. They are positive that once they prohibit or limit foreign products from reaching our shores, America’s trade deficits will disappear and we will be saved from another economic disaster. But history has taught us just the opposite. The years 1929-1930 are just an instant behind us in history’s span of time. Then as now, our country was faced with a trade deficit. What did our leaders do in those years to solve their economic problems? In December 1929, Rep. Willis Hawley, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, called for public hearings on his tariff bill, which passed the House by the following May. Meanwhile in the Senate, a similar protection bill carried by Sen. Smoot passed that chamber. By protecting Americans from foreign imports, our

citizens were told that prosperity would come to all. But, it didn’t! The notorious Smoot-Hawley Bill did succeed—but in only half of its purpose. U.S. imports, which in 1929 were $5.9 billion, fell to $4.4 billion in 1930. While in 1931, they fell to $3.1 billion, and dropped to a low of $2. 1 billion in 1932. The other half of the bill’s objective, to bring prosperity to all, failed miserably. As we restricted imports from other countries, this BY MORT MARKS in turn, triggered a fatal cycle. Other nations soon imposed retaliatory tariffs and trade barriers against our products. Soon, international trade doors closed to one and all around the world. The economic history of the ‘30s is a well-known story. Business not only got sick, but its sickness, in turn, actually caused many foreign governments to die or become belligerent. Historians and economists are convinced that the Japanese, for example, turned to conquest only to replace the business lost to them because of the Depression produced by our protectionist policies. The truth is that a trade deficit, in reality, could be benefiting us more than harming us. For example, when our foreign trading partners sell us goods, they in turn earn dollars. These dollars are then reinvested in the United States as witness that not only does China plan to buy a stake in General Motors, but other foreign investors have now lined up to buy GM stock. The Wall Street Journal also informs us that “China, with the world’s biggest and fastest-growing auto market, is now a key source of strength for GM and is the top selling foreign brand in China, having overtaken Volkswagen.” Can you believe that with free open trade not hindered by protectionism, this past year, for the first time, GM was selling more vehicles in China than in the United States? Obviously, free trade works. Protectionism fails.

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Reverend Martin Niemoller “In Germany, the Nazis first came for the communists, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a communist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Jew. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a trade unionist. Then they came for the Catholics, and I didn’t speak up because I was a Protestant. Then they came for me, and by that time there was no one left to speak for me!”

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Opinion

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Sex scandals have become the news item du jour, surpassing even the tiresome and still unproven stories of Trump-Russia collusion. Big media typically covers these stories only if a Republican is involved, giving Democrats a pass, downplaying the allegations, making excuses, attacking the accusers and burying the story. This pattern changed with Harvey Weinstein, prominent Democrat donor and fundraiser who supported all the right causes, from abortion to global warming. After Weinstein, the dam broke. The media was shocked and dismayed to find only Democrats among the recently accused sexual predators. From Hollywood, Richard Dreyfus, George Takei and Kevin Spacey. Big media had their own, ABC News’ Mark Halperin. Big comedy had Louis C.K. What’s the common thread? All Democrats, perhaps not in party registration, but in philosophy. All vehemently antiTrump and anti-conservative. Democrats, champions of women. Congress too has its share of bad boys. Anthony Weiner, now in prison. Sen. Al Franken photographed groping a sleeping journalist. In fact, Congress has paid out $15 million taxpayer dollars in hush money to settle sexualharassment allegations. Even Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore fits the pattern since despite the fact that he is now a Republican, at the time of his supposed indiscretions he was a Democrat. Would The Washington Post have shown any interest in Judge Moore if he were still a Democrat? Doubtful. One name notably is missing from the sexual predator hall of fame, only now begrudgingly mentioned in passing. I contend that he is the guru of these bad boys, opening the door for the current flurry of sex scandals. Who is this wizard of creep? None other than Bill Clinton, almost “first gentleman,” if I can use that term. Creating the standard for judging sexual predators. Don’t leave out Ted Kennedy, although he was only a senator, not the president. Not the top dog, even if a hound dog. Bill has a long list of abused women. Many familiar names. Monica Lewinsky, Kathleen Willey, Paula Jones, Juanita Broaddrick,

among others. Sure, Bill was impeached, not for being a sexual BY BRIAN C. predator, but for lying to a federal JOONDEPH grand jury and obstructing justice. His sexual escapades were given a pass, defended by Hillary and her “bimbo eruption team.” Democrats, so-called feminists, and the media circled the wagon to defend Bill. His accusers were vilified and trashed. Remember how Clinton advisor and loyalist James Carville characterized the accusers, “Drag a hundred-dollar bill through a trailer park, you never know what you’ll find.” Democrats, champions of women. Bill and Hillary remained the king and queen of the left. Hillary was rewarded with a Senate seat, secretary of state, and almost the Oval Office. Hillary’s campaign slogan, “I’m With Her,” didn’t extend to the “hers” that her husband raped and abused. The Clintons received not only power but also money, hundreds of millions into their foundation, to allegedly maintain the lifestyle, which they felt they deserved. Bill was revered, particularly by women. Time writer Nina Burleigh gushed, “I’d be happy to give him [oral sex] just to thank him for keeping abortion legal.” The message to Harvey Weinstein, Al Franken and others was simple. Be like Bill and get sex. It’s OK to act like a pig and abuse women. As long as you stay true to liberal causes, you can get away with anything. Bill Clinton was never held accountable. Even Politico acknowledges, “Years of excusing Bill Clinton’s sexual misconduct suddenly seems morally indefensible.” Rev. Jeremiah Wright’s chickens are coming home to roost. All because Bill Clinton was given a pass due to political expediency. Not held to account for behavior the left now finds abhorrent. If he was held accountable, who knows how the future may have played out? Clinton would have resigned his presidency. Hillary would be president of Wellesley College. Donald Trump would still be hosting The Apprentice and making real estate deals. And powerful men would not have received the message that it’s OK to be a sexual predator, as long as you are politically correct on the liberal issues of the day. After all, Bill Clinton showed them how it’s done.

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Last Thursday’s trail led Villager editor Gerri and the trail hand to major retail celebrations. The first occurring at A.J. (Avi) and Corrine Brown’s open house to see ZOLi, their modern boutique furniture store at the corner of Colorado Boulevard and County Line Road with 30,000 square feet of the finest wood, marble and glass designed into present and futuristic furniture. Mines were part of the evening entertainment, along with delicious catering by Holly, a local lady who does an amazing job preparing and serving treats with holiday designs. Need a holiday caterer, call Holly at 303-8985735. *** Nov. 16 continued with a second evening stop at Southglenn’s Trice Jewelers, where Ralph and Justin Klomp welcomed VIP guests and customers, with 39 new 2017 models added to their alumnus collection of the metro area’s most beautiful and classic women, with a few select males. Ben Carson, the local contestant and star of TV’s The Bachelor series, is featured on the Trice 2018 Wish Book catalog unveiling. Metro’s leading catering firm Epicurean greeted guests, along with a McLaren sports car from Mike Ward’s dealership and the vast inventory of gold, diamonds, pearls, watches and jewelry designers. Lastly, the Trump

family supports many local charitable and nonprofit events. *** Had to gas up the car for a Friday night excursion to the 41st annual Esprit de Noel holiday home tour in the Hilltop/Cranmer Park neighborhoods, with five homes on the tour and a reception at Bill Daniels’s famed Cableland, donated to Denver upon his death. One of the homes on tour was the home of Neil Gorsuch’s grandparents, with a Moroccan arch flair. The event was presented by the Central City Opera Guild and Coldwell Banker Devonshire. Guild President Edie Bell and Noel Chair Denise Sanderson greeted guests as we donned blue booties to stroll through the elegant homes, professionally decorated by many designers. The Opera Guild is the major funder for Central City Opera. *** On Saturday, we were off again to Mary Alice Fullerton’s art show the at Glenmoor Country Club. Mary Alice is another late blooming “Mother Whistler” with her beautiful outdoor scenes of Western mountains and plains. Her deceased husband Don was a past district governor of Lions, and his brother is famed Denver Judge Robert Fullerton. Proceeds from the sale went to the Alzheimer’s Disease Center at the Anschutz Medical Center. Dr. Huntington Potter,

director of the facility, spoke to guests, relating the favorable research and progress being made in Alzheimer research, primarily using mice. He said people who drink between three and five cups of coffee every day and work out are less likely to get the dreaded symptoms. *** The week concluded with a tasty Mexican meal at La Fajitas on Castle Pines Boulevard with our daughter Susan, her husband Mike and our grandson Brennan, prior to his American Academy school performance of The Diary of Anne Frank, where the sixthgrader played the part of Peter, the young friend of Anne. It is an ambitious production by director Mark Middlebrook. The stage was similar to a black-box presentation with the audience partially surrounding the stage, close to the actors. The small cast performed brilliantly with Sarah Tepsic as Anne. What a challenging story and play for the school to produce. Next up is Singin’ in the Rain. My grandson is looking forward to trying out for a part. *** An upcoming event Dec. 5 at Cherry Hills Country Club, “Opera on Tuesday,” will be presented by Denver Lyric Opera Guild. The program features an 11 a.m. program, “Opera Theater of the Rockies,” followed by lunch. Reservations: denverlyricoperaguild.org or 303-9867116.

Get out of your bubble, Joondeph, party affiliation has zilch to do with sex abuse

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children and other family members. Abrogating our responsibilities to other entities has resulted in weakening of the very foundation of the American family and its importance in strengthening society’s principled values. By not finding time to embrace the nuclear family, we are diminishing the opportunity to strengthen and teach our children the very values that make this nation envy of the world. Thanksgiving is a celebration that can bring families together and provide a sharing atmosphere to allow for an opportunity to embrace togetherness, forgiveness and the importance of the true legacy of the American family. Please take advantage of the opportunity that Thanksgiving provides to fortify the importance of your family.


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Schools stayed true to its fundamental values and mission. On the road to becoming president of the Cherry Creek School District Board of Education, Perlis learned to inspire and to lead. The ceremony at ISF offered Perlis the chance to publicly celebrate and reflect on his time on the board before officially leaving his term-limited post. During the ceremony, past superintendents and board members mingled with their contemporary counterparts; principals, teachers and administrators from opposite ends of the district came together; and current and former students offered a stirring sense of context to the whole ceremony. The gathering was an acknowledgment of Perlis’ steadfast and dedicated work for the district, but it was also a reminder of the underlying

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inspiration for that work. “There’s always been a sense of cooperation on our board. You focus on what’s important,” Perlis said. “You keep the focus on the kids.” A string of high-profile speakers were on hand to detail just how hard Perlis worked over the past 10 years to ensure educational excellence for thousands of CCSD students. Cherry Creek School District Superintendent Dr. Harry Bull and current board members Dave Willman, Janice McDonald and Karen Fisher were there to pay tribute, as was former CCSD Superintendent Dr. Monte Moses and past board members Aagje Barber, Jennifer Churchfield, Jim O’Brien, Claudine McDonald, Wendy DeBell and Jim Harrington. Kelly Bates, Perlis’ successor on the board, was also in attendance. Randy Perlis celebrates with colleagues on Nov. 1 at ISF. They sketched out a portrait of a dedicated public servant, a former swimmer and current scientist who applied a sense of thoroughness and dedication to his work on the school board. “You were a good listener and eager to learn,” said Barber, who served as board president when Perlis started his service. “You stayed true to the Cherry Creek Schools mission, and you did it with dignity, grace and a smile on your face.” Churchfield echoed those sentiments, pointing specifically to Perlis’ impact on all of the students who attended CCSD schools over the past 10 years. “You’ve done an outstanding job, and you’ve impacted the lives of thousands of students. You were in it for the long haul,” Churchfield said. “You’ve inspired all of us, and you’ve shown us how to go the distance.” Past CCSD board presi-

dent Jim O’Brien noted that during his time serving with the Colorado Association of School Boards, he had the opportunity to see Colorado school boards at their most and Outgoing Board President Randy Perlis least functional. acce ts a bo et of o ers fro his Serving in that fe o boar e bers as the than hi post gave O’Brien for a eca e of e icate ser ice to the a sense of scale st ents staff an co nit of herr and scope when it ree choo s came to efficient school boards, a perspective Perlis wasn’t the only subthat made his praise for Perject of praise. CCSD Superinlis all the more heartfelt. “The best board members tendent Harry Bull pointed have the ability to listen, out that all of Perlis’ hard good judgement, an open work over the past 10 years mind, fairness, a team men- came with the important suptality and the dedication to port of his wife, Kim, and his place students first,” O’Brien three children, Lauren, Tony said. “These all come to mind and Michelle. “For 10 years, he’s asked in describing the work of you to do a lot. You were unRandy Perlis.” The current CCSD board wavering in your support,” members offered that same Bull said. “Thank you for brand of praise. Dave Will- your willingness to share man pointed to Perlis’ “tre- your husband and your famendous impact,” while ther,” he added before turnKaren Fisher detailed Per- ing his attention back to lis’ quirks, from his love of Perlis. “I appreciate your vintage TV and movie refer- support and your friendship ences to his ability to match … I offer a heartfelt ‘thank neckties to any special occa- you.’” For his part, Perlis was sion. “We will certainly miss quick to share the praise. He him,” Fisher said. thanked district administraJanice McDonald offered some perspective to the cel- tors and staff for always supebration, explaining that if porting board members and an individual’s wealth can offering all the necessary be measured in good friends information. He thanked and dedicated peers, Perlis current and past superintenis indeed a rich man. “Look dents, board members and around this room and see staff members. He pointed to how wealthy you are,” Mc- the critical role his wife and Donald said, before adding, children have played in mak“You are leaving something ing his time on the board effective and enjoyable. And he in this district.” Former CCSD Superin- thanked the countless stutendent Dr. Monte Moses got dents that made the service straight to the heart of the af- so worthwhile. “The most amazing thing fair in his tribute. is to walk into a school and “Thanks. That’s the bottom line,” Moses said. “The feel so welcomed,” Perlis Rotarians talk about ‘service said. “I think that’s what I’ll over self,’ and you’ve embod- miss the most. It means a lot.” ied that.”


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New board members take oath of office

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ncumbent Karen Fisher and newcomer Kelly Bates took the oath of office as members of the Cherry Creek School District Board of Education during a special board meeting on Nov. 8. Fisher and Bates were sworn in by outgoing board President Randy Perlis as family members and district leaders looked on. Fisher, an incumbent CCSD board member first elected in 2013, and Bates, a longtime community volunteer and advocate for the district, mounted unopposed campaigns for the two open board director district posts and were elected by acclamation. They join current board members Janice McDonald, Eric Parish and David Willman on the Board of Education, which sets policy and provides strategic vision for the district and its 54,700 students. After the swearing-in ceremony, the new board elected Willman as president, Fisher as vice president, McDonald as secretary, Parish as treasurer and Bates as assistant treasurer. At the Nov. 8 meeting, Dr. Harry Bull, superintendent of Cherry Creek Schools, welcomed the new board members and thanked Perlis, who was term-limited, for his 10 years of dedicated service to Cherry Creek Schools.

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Littleton’s Candlelight Walk and Tree Lighting will take place Friday, November 24, 2017.The 34th annual event will feature more holiday entertainment than ever before, including the Littleton High School choir, Heritage High School Brass, live reindeer and a holiday float adorned with a glittering ice princess and dancing elves. The event culminates with Santa illuminating more than one million lights in downtown. Additional entertainment will be provided by the Arapahoe Community College Choir, Leawood Elementary Choir and the Colorado Fire Tribe. Longtime Littleton resident and television news anchor Anne Trujillo will emcee the evening.

Entertainment begins at 5:30 p.m. Visit Santa’s reindeer at Bradford Auto Body, Inc. (2659 West Main Street) and drink delicious hot cider provided by Western Welcome Week at Bega Park, Town Hall Arts Center and Bradford Auto Body. Candles are available for 50 cents. Bradford Auto Body, Inc., will accept drop-off donations of non-perishable food for Integrated Family Community Services (IFCS) or toys for the Arapahoe Santa Claus shop. Then at 6:30 p.m., Santa will start making his way down Main Street! Main Street will close at 4 p.m. Free parking is available at Arapahoe Community College, the Littleton Center and the Arapahoe County Building.


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Streets at SouthCentenglenn in Centen nial lit up for the holidays on Nov. 17 in spite of light rain that enhanced and enchanted the arrival of Santa and a figure-skating performance that would have had Gene Kelly singin’ in the rain. Photos by Stefan Krusze

March of the toy soldiers RIGHT: Mr. Claus and his better half

Colorado Gives Day is coming up on Tuesday, December 5. Presented by the Community First Foundation and FirstBank, Colorado Gives Day is a statewide movement celebrating philanthropy in Colorado through online giving.

This Colorado Gives Day, please consider supporting Advocates for Children CASA, the Court Appointed Special Advocates agency serving Arapahoe, Douglas, Elbert and Lincoln counties. CASA volunteers are everyday citizens who advocate for the safety and well-being of children who have experienced or are experiencing abuse or neglect by those who are supposed to care for them. Thanks to community support, Advocates for Children CASA was able to advocate for 937 children last year. To schedule your Colorado Gives Day donation to Advocates for Children CASA, please visit https://www.coloradogives.org/adv4children/overview.

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Matching gifts benefit South Suburban Parks and Recreation Sharing the cost of purchasing equipment or planting trees helps maximize resources and provides more benefits and amenities for residents and patrons of South Suburban Parks and Recreation. The district’s matching-gifts program allows organizations to partner with South Suburban to leverage resources by equally splitting the cost of requested projects.  This year’s awarded Matching Gifts Projects are listed below. This year, South Suburban’s Board of Directors  approved  $13,420 in matching funds. Information on the 2018 program will be available in the spring.

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Storage shed at Family Sports Ice Arena

Showtime on Ice

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South Suburban Sparks Gymnastics

Disc golf baskets at Walnut Hills Park

Walnut Hills Civic Association

Benches at Hogback Hill Park by sledding hill

Trailmark HOA

Tree plantings along Little Dry Creek Trail

Kim Merkel and Ricardo Fernandez

Tree plantings near his residence on SSPRD property

Chad Whetzel

Swim equipment at Cook Creek Pool

Cook Creek Wahoos

Swim equipment at Holly Pool

Holly Park Sharks Swim Team

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Arapahoe Community College Holiday Pottery Sale

Tons of toys needed for Denver Santa Claus Shop

Now-Dec. 5 A nondenominational nonprofit collects toys and money to provide free toys to local children in need. Donate new and “gently loved” toys for children ages newborn through 11. Drop off toys at metro Denver Mattress stores. Larry Miller dealerships are also collecting toys at seven area locations, including the Nissan site in Littleton. Families in need are invited to shop, choosing free toys for their children. Donation options: denversantaclaussshop. org. Send money donations to Denver Santa Claus Shop, P.O. Box 102104, Denver, CO 80250-2104.

‘A Christmas Carol’

Now-Dec. 24. Denver Center for the Arts Performing Arts Theatre Company. By Charles Dickens. Tickets at Denvercenter.org.

CU South Denver Family Film Night

Nov. 25 and Dec. 17. The Polar Express will show at 5 p.m. with activities and games at 3:30 p.m. Christmas crafts, games, hot chocolate and a photo opportunity with one of Santa’s elves. Wear your favorite PJs. Dec. 2, 9, 16, and 23 9-11 a.m. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be stopping by to enjoy breakfast with you and to jot down everyone’s wish list. Families will enjoy a breakfast buffet. Adults can sip Bloody Marys and mimosas (for an additional charge) while kids make festive crafts and give their wish lists to Santa. Bring your camera. Dec. 10 the movie Frozen will be shown at 5 p.m. with activities and games at 3:30 p.m. Frozen Princess Party before the movie. Music, activities and a photo opportunity with a live princess. General admission $13, under 3 free. Must reserve a seat. 303-315-9444. Info: cusouthdenver@ ucdenver.edu

Hudson Gardens presents ‘A Hudson Christmas’

Nov. 24-Dec. 31, 5-8 p.m., select evenings. For 24 nights, holiday-lighting display with a holiday canvas that dazzles with vivid colors and displays and sparkling trees dancing in the moonlight. Holiday walking tours with warming tents, photos with Santa and Nixon’s Coffee House selling hot bagels and snacks. Check altitudetickets. com for show hours and tickets. Show dates start on Fri. and Sat., moving to nightly Dec. 15. Hudson Gardens and Event Center is located at 6115 S. Santa Fe Dr. in Littleton. Free parking.

Blossoms of Light at Denver Botanic Gardens

Nov. 24-Jan. 1, 5-9 p.m. Annual

holiday-lights extravaganza transforms the Gardens into a twinkling winter wonderland, complete with an interactive LED-light and sound display, with warm drinks and tasty treats for purchase. Purchase tickets in advance to guarantee admission. Call 720865-3552.

New Santa’s Village at a fi a

Nov. 24-Dec. 24. 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. This event for all ages replaces Trail of Lights. Admission includes a hayride, short holiday movies at Santa’s Cinema, live reindeer, crafts with Mrs. Claus, pictures with Santa and craft vendors in Santa’s workshop. Food and beverages may be purchased. Call 720865-3552.

Farolito Lighting and Pinecone Ceremony at The Fort

Nov. 26, 4 p.m. Toss a pinecone into the fire to remember a loved one, sing carols and enjoy music provided by Colorado School of Mines and other strolling musicians. Refreshments and biscochitos provided. The Fort, 19192 Highway 8, Morrison.

Cancer League’s Holiday Boutique

Nov. 28, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Enjoy exquisite tastings from Denver’s finest purveyors and pick-up holiday gifts offered from unique local vendors. Please bring gift cards/wine (+$25 value) and/or auction items for the 2018 Hope Ball. Valet parking provided. Reservations for Cherry Hills Village party, call 303-913-1002.

Nov. 30, 10 a.m. -8 p.m., Dec. 1, 9 a.m.8 p.m. Meet-the-artists reception, 5-7 p.m., Dec. 2, 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. Colorado Gallery of the Arts at ACC. 1st floor of the ACC Annex building. Admission is free and open to the public. Info: unruly.melaine.gmail.com

Tables Extraordinaire

Nov. 30 and Dec. 1. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. An amazing showing of lavishly-decorated tables designed by ladies of St. Catherine Greek Orthodox Church, 5555 S. Yosemite St., Greenwood Village. Admission $15, includes Greek pastries and beverage. Shuttle parking provided and handicap accessible. Advance ticket sales through stcatherinechurch.org/ tables2017 or TablessExtraordinaire.org. Greek pastries and food items available for purchase. Nov. 29 Christmas Tea, morning 9-10:30 a.m. and afternoon, 12-1:30 p.m. RSVP required for this event for $15. Benefitting charities of the Philoptochos Society of St. Catherine Greek Orthodox Church.

Advent Lessons and Carols

Dec. 1, 7 p.m. Concert features Christmas music and readings. Advent Lessons and Carols was originally celebrated at King’s College in England. Candlelight procession will feature the Good Shepherd Choir, liturgists, vocal soloists, bell choir, men’s choir and instrumentalist with variety of music. A “love offering” will be collected with proceeds benefitting Family Tree-House of Hope. Concert at Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, 8l545 E. Dry Creek Rd., Centennial.

Carols by Candlelight

Nov. 29. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. All-day event of shopping and holiday cheer. A portion of proceeds go to the Barbara Davis Center for Diabete. Refreshments and holiday cheer. T is for Tables is located at 6955 S. York St. #B409 in Centennial.

Dec. 1 and 2, 7:30 p.m. St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church, 11401 E. Dry Creek Rd., Centennial. Dec. 3, 3 p.m., King of Glory Lutheran Church, 10001 W. 58th Ave., Arvada. Join Voices West, the Classical Brass Quintet and a variety of guest musicians in a unique “surround-sound” presentation of holiday pageantry and wonder, inspirational readings and poetry interwoven with seasonal musical favorites. There will be audience participation.

Cherry Creek Shopping Center holiday events

Greater Englewood Chamber of Commerce Holiday Parade

T is for Table fundraiser

Nov. 29, 8 a.m.- 1 p.m. Deaf and hardof-hearing children are invited to visit and sign with Santa at Santa’s Flight Academy in Kaiser Permanente Grand Court. Dec. 2, 1-3 p.m. Gifts, glamour and giveaways presented by Pandora. Discover unique gift ideas and enter to win exciting giveaways, including a $1,000 shopping spree. Mini-makeovers and winter skin treatments while indulging in irresistible treats in Tesla Court. Dec. 3, Santa Claus and Paws presented by Pandora, 6-9 p.m., in the Kaiser Permanente Grand Court. Pet parents are invited to commemorate the season by bringing their furry friends to have their photo taken with Santa Claus.

Dec. 2, 4 p.m. Promoted by Chamber and the City of Englewood. Parade runs down Englewood Parkway toward Civic Center. Lighting of the tree that evening, musical performances around the tree, hot cocoa, kids activities and more.

Glen Eyrie’s Madrigal Banquet

Dec. 2-22. Doors open at 5 p.m., performance begins at 6 p.m. Set in the grandeur of the Great Hall of The Castle with a 16th century-style banquet. Festive entertainment by musicians and performers. The award-winning culinary team will

handcraft the lavish four-course meal. Overnight stays available at Glen Eyrie. Call 719-265-7050.

Victorian Holiday with the Molly Brown House Museum

Dec. 4, 2 p.m. Celebrate the holidays like the Victorians at Bemis Public Library with a special, historical performance with the Molly Brown House and Museum. The library is located at 6014 S. Datura St., Littleton. Info: 303-795-3961. ‘

Paradise Baggage presents ‘What’s in Your Bag for the Holidays?

Dec. 7, 6 p.m. Presentation by Jodie of Jodie’s Touch of Style, a fashion blogger for women over 50, inspiring style for many sizes and budgets. Fashion tips while on the go for the holidays. Stocking-stuffer ideas and some great sales. First 25 guests will receive free gift bag. RSVP: 303-320-4646. or if unable to reply, swing by Paradise Baggage Company, 4442 S. Broadway in Englewood.

Littleton Symphony Orchestra Holiday Concert

Village. For tickets, visit CherryCreekChorale. org

Rotary Club of Centennial Christmas Tree Giveaway

Dec. 10, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. CASAs and families can pick up a Christmas tree and accompanying stand, lights and ornaments free of charge at Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office, 13101 E. Broncos Pkwy., Centennial. Info: Andrea at 303-328-2357 or andrea_ tagtagtow@adv4children.org

Englewood Chamber of Commerce Holiday Party

Dec. 12, 6-9 p.m. Englewood Elks Club, 3690 S. Jason St. RSVP: 303-789-4473.

Greenwood Village Chamber Holiday Party

Dec. 14, 4:30-8:30 p.m. at Scissors and Scotch, 7600 Landmark Way, Unit 107, Greenwood Village. Live music, appetizers, mini salon services, Scotch tasting, holiday drink specials, raffle prizes and more.

Denver Interfaith Messiah Sing-Along

Dec. 8, 7:30 p.m. at Littleton United Methodist Church, 5894 S. Datura St., Littleton. A flurry of sleigh rides and a generous side of Mozart, presenting 11-year-ole piano prodigy Madison Sue performing Mozart’s Concerto No. 21. Order tickets at littletonsymphony.org or call 303-933-6824.

Dec. 15, 7 p.m. Hope United Methodist and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints present their 3rd Annual Interfaith Messiah Sing-Along with orchestra and soloists. $10 suggested donation will benefit the Village Resource Center. Handel’s Messiah at 5101 S. Dayton St., Greenwood Village.

Log Cabin Republicans Christmas Party

Arapahoe County GOP Holiday Party

Dec. 8, 6 p.m. at India’s Restaurant, 8921 E. Hampden Ave., Denver. $10 cover charge and a cash bar. RSVP: nosh@naira.org

Denver Republican Holiday Party

Dec. 8, 6-10 p.m. Colorado Auto Dealers, 290 E. Speer Blvd., Denver. $20-$40 tickets at denvergop.org

Santa in Englewood

Dec. 8, 9, 15, 16, 3:30 - 8 p.m. Englewood Holiday Express will bring the North Pole to life, including Santa’s Village, complete with a workshop and highlighted by Santa’s Train. Enjoy s’mores and hot cocoa, photos with Santa, crafts in his workshop, holiday lights. Take a ride through Belleview Park on the Holiday Express Train. Purchase tickets in advance at Englewood.gov/Holidayexpress. Belleview Park is located at 5001 S. Inca St., next to Pirates Cove.

Cherry Creek Chorale Christmas

Dec. 8 and 9. 7:30 p.m. “A Classic Christmas,” featuring new and old favorites and audience singalong. Bethany Lutheran Church, 4500 E. Hampden Ave., Cherry Hills

Dec. 17, 5-9 p.m. Silent auction, gift drive to benefit Toys for Tots through Buckley Air Force Base. Donate a new, unwrapped toy. Photo op with Santa Claus, Kids’ Club (children 5-12), dessert contest and fundraiser. Adults: chicken fingers, fries, cookie and lemonade for children. $25 per adult, $15 per child (space limited.) RSVP by Monday, Dec. 11. Prepayment required. Send checks: Arapahoe County Republican Party and mail to 3912 S. Himalaya Way, Aurora. Send name of all attendees, children’s ages, your name, address, occupation and employer. Silentauction items accepted. Enter the dessert buffet contest. Cut goodies into sample sizes for tasting. Let the committee know what you are bringing. Kids activities include cookie decorating, games, movie and crafts. Kids’ Club will have adult supervision. Event at Doubletree Hotel, 13696 E. Iliff Pl., Aurora.

Eight-week Holiday Gift Guide in The Villager

Through Feb. 28. Advertise your business for the holidays in The Villager, your locally-owned community newspaper. Call 303-773-8313 and ask for your favorite advertising representative: Sharon, Linda, Valerie, Susan or Gerri.


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Susan Stiff and Nancy Hemming, co-chairs of the patron party

Former Greenwood Village resident Sonny Weigand

Holiday lights sparkled brightly in the Cranmer Park/Hilltop neighborhood this past weekend as the annual event marked more than four decades in support of Central City Opera. A light rain drizzle added to the holiday spirit as umbrellas were unfolded at the entrances of five elegantly designed homes for the twoday tour, including Bill Daniels’s famed Cableland home, which was donated to the City if Denver upon his death for charitable and civic events. Susan Stiff and Nancy Hamming were chairs of the patron party where several hundred home viewers gathered after the tour to shake off the chill and enjoy fellowship, drinks and a buffet dinner. The five homes stretched across the nearby neighborhoods and were decorated by Birdsall and Co. Bouquets, City Floral, Dwell Antique, The Lark, Lulu’s furniture and décor, the Tender Thicket and The Twisted Tulip. Coldwell Banker/Devonshire teamed with the Guild as a major sponsor. Proceeds from supported Central City Opera and its summer Opera Festival, the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Artists Training Program and preservations of 30 historic properties in Central City, including the century-old opera house built by early mining pioneers at the end of the Civil War. Dozens of volunteers participate in the event chaired by Denise Sanderson and Guild President Edie Bell. One of the major highlights was the home of Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch’s grandparents.

A historic home that was the residence of Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch grandparents where Marnie King greeted guests volunteering for the Guild for 42 years. She stands before a hall tree circa 1880 in the home hallway.

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Dan DeBacco of Coldwell Banker, event sponsor, joins Central City Opera Guild President ie e ith festive holiday decorative couch pillows.


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FLEURISH

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There are more than 65,000 at-risk kids in Denver. For 35 years, Colorado UpLift has been uplifting them. Every event is uplifting and every young person the staff and volunteers touch is uplifting. The distinguished nonprofit is a youth-services organization that teaches character, leadership and life skills to urban kids in 28 Denver public schools. The dedicated staff mentors at-risk kids, who in turn mentor younger ones (Little Lift Program). They learn to look out for each other while forming longterm, life-changing relationships. Those mentors even go out of the country to assist others in need, including constructPhoto by Tommy Collier Fur and YSL vintage jewelry from Dan Sharp

ing homes for families via UpLift’s Advanced Capstone Project. A group of 20 built a home in Tijuana in two days. “It’s just a way for me to say thank you,” said a grateful student team member, who had benefitted from Colorado UpLift’s programs. Young women, called Advanced Leadership students, celebrated the virtues of Colorado UpLift, modelling in the fashion show staged by the Colorado UpLift Guild at Glenmoor Country Club. The membership luncheon and show were made extremely convenient because they were brought to the venue by The Look Beauty Bus and Eveyk’s Fashion Boutique, which literally parked and unloaded at the front door. Guild President Margie Hunter welcomed the audience by saying, “If you are here, your heart is with our kids. Once UpLift is in your heart, you can never it let go.”

Keynote speaker Kennedy Mayfield, who is 15 years old, shared her personal story of abuse and bullying and how her own life changed for the better when she started the UpLift program at Morey Middle School. Her caring teachers actually listened to her and encouraged her. “Without UpLift in my life, I would not be here today,” she said. She further shared her powerful beliefs: “Thanks to those who hated me. You made me stronger. Thanks to those who loved me. You made my heart grow fonder. Thanks to those who cared. You made me feel important. Thanks to those who entered my life. You made me who I am today. Thanks to those who left. You showed me nothing lasts forever. Thanks to those who stayed. You showed me true friendship. Thanks to those who listened.”

Once Uplift is in your heart, you can never let it go.

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FLEURISH

Rev the Runway benefits National Jewish Health Automobile dealerships are becoming popular venues for fundraisers. Mercedes-Benz Denver transformed its beautiful new showroom for an elegant cocktail party and runway fashion show presented by Neiman Marcus punctuated with an auction to garner support for National Jewish Health.

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Colorado Gives Day is Dec. 5 This hugely successful online giving option powers your work and multiplies your good. Community First Foundation offers Colorado nonprofits a unique and highly engaging way to increase donations, connect with supporters and spread the word about their mission and work. ColoradoGives.org is the year-round, online giving website featuring the missions, programs and finances of more than 2,300 Colorado nonprofits. Each organization’s online profile is screened by Community First Foundation to ensure specific standards of transparency. Made possible by Community First Foundation since 2007, ColoradoGives.org encourages charitable giving by providing comprehensive, objective and up-to-date information about Colorado nonprofits and an easy way to support them online. ColoradoGives. org and its signature giving day - Colorado Gives Day - make fundraising simple for organizations and easy for donors. More than $200 million has been raised for Colorado nonprofits through ColoradoGives.org since 2007. This year Colorado Gives Day is Tuesday, Dec. 5, and features a $1 million Incentive Fund. Every nonprofit receiving a donation on Colorado Gives Day will receive a portion of the fund, increasing the value of every dollar donated. Colorado Gives Day has grown to be the state’s largest one-day online giving event, raising more than $200 million since it began in 2010.

FLEURISH

Grapes & Hops to Grads makes a cash splash The eighth annual Grapes & Hops to Grads gathering on Nov. 8 was a benefit for the Arapahoe Community College Foundation, which provides scholarships for students in Arapahoe and Douglas counties. The event featured a VIP pre-reception and a showroom filled with vendors, including food, wine, craft brews and gift items. It included both a silent auction, as well as a live auction overseen by former Fox 31 news anchor Libby Weaver. All proceeds raised from the event went to support the mission of the ACC Foundation, creating public awareness of the need, while securing funding resources that provide financial assistance and broadbased community support for ACC’s students and programs. The goal is to increase post-secondary credential completion and prepare as many Colorado students as possible to earn a living wage. ACC was the first community college to open in the Denver area in 1965. Now, through its campuses in Littleton, Parker and Castle Rock, it serves more than 21,000 credit and noncredit students annually. More than $25,000 was raised during the evening.

Carl Unrein, CEO of Mullen High School, enjoyed the VIP reception with his wife Sandy. e pro d y s pport t is effort t akes s a Emcee Libby Weaver stopped to thank differen e in t e i es o st dents, e said Photos by Jan Wondra photographer Michelle Steckel. ACC President Diana Doyle, Ph.D., right, has to look way, way up, as she talks with former Denver Nuggets Mark Randall during the Grapes & Hops to Grads VIP pre-event. Randall now volunteers his time as a community ambassador and said he was delighted to show his support for continuing education. “We take students where they’re at and get them ready for the future,” Doyle said.

Grapes & Hops to Grads organizer Robin Loughran, right, snags a photo op next to one of the cars in the Mike Ward Maserati showroom in Highlands Ranch. Her daughter Aidan, left, is a student at Colorado State University.

The Massarati showroom at Mike Ward Automotive provided an e pansi e spa e or do ens o endors to offer ood and beverage tastings.

Former Fox 31 anchor Libby Weaver acted as auctioneer for the Grapes & Hops to Grads at Mike Ward Maserati in Highlands Ranch. The event garnered several prime sponsors, including Mike Ward, Lido Wine Merchants and Saunders Construction. Gold sponsors included The Villager, Lyft, Camp Bow Wow, Colorado Business Bank, Express Employment Professionals, Jay’s Valet Parking, and Nova Home Loans, while the Integer Group was a silver sponsor.


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LEGALS

ARAPAHOE COUNTY ARAPAHOE COUNTY NOTICE OF PARTIAL FINAL SETTLEMENT ARAPAHOE COUNTY 2017 STREET MILLING PROGRAM Project No. RB17-101 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Board of County Commissioners of Arapahoe County, Colorado sha a e artia fina sett e ent with PLM Asphalt & Concrete, Inc. for its work completed for Arapahoe County. The work performed under this contract dated June 3, 2016 and Change Order No. 5, dated October 11, 2017, for the removal of the top 1”-3” of road surface with a milling machine (both full width and edge milling) at various locations in unincorporated Arapahoe County. Any person, co-partnership, association of persons, company or corporation that has furnished labor, materials, team hire, sustenance, provisions, provender or other supplies used or consumed by this contractor or any of its subcontractors or that has supplied rental machinery, tools, or equipment to the extent used by PLM Asphalt & Concrete, Inc. or any of its subcontractors in or about the performance of the work done within unincorporated Arapahoe County, whose claim has not been paid by PLM Asphalt & Concrete, Inc. or any of its s bcontractors a fi e a c ai with the Board of County Commissioners of Arapahoe County, 5334 S. Prince St., Littleton, CO 80120, at any time up to and including December 23, 2017. This Notice is published in accordance with §38-26-107, C.R.S., an a c ai s if an sha be fi e in accordance with this statutory section. Failure on the part of an c ai ant to fi e s ch erifie statement and/or claim prior to the afore entione ate for fi ing claims shall release Arapahoe o nt its officers agents an employees from any or all liability, claims, and suits for payment to PLM Asphalt & Concrete, Inc. Matt Crane, Clerk to the Board Published in The Villager

First Publication: November 16, 2017 Last Publication: November 23, 2017

Legal # 7832 ____________________________ ARAPAHOE COUNTY NOTICE OF FINAL SETTLEMENT NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Board of County Commissioners of Arapahoe County, Colorado sha a e fina sett e ent ith Double R Excavating, Inc. for its work completed for Arapahoe o nt on the ro ect i entifie as IFB 17-59 Arapahoe County Elections Warehouse Parking Lot Improvements. The work generally consisted of Parking Lot Replacement. Final Settlement will be made on December 5, 2017. Any person, co-partnership, association of persons, company or corporation that has furnished labor, materials, team hire, sustenance, provisions, provender or other supplies used or consumed by Double R Excavating, Inc. or any of its subcontractors, or that has supplied rental machinery, tools or equipment to the extent used by Double R Excavating, Inc. or any of its subcontractors in or about the performance of the work done for the above-described project whose claim therefore has not been paid by Double R Excavating, Inc. or an of its s bcontractors a fi e a erifie state ent of the a o nt due and unpaid with the Arapahoe o nt ttorne s ffice on beha f of the Board of County Commissioners) at 5334 South Prince Street, Littleton, CO 80166, at any time up to and including December 4, 2017. This Notice is published in accordance with Section 38-26-107 of C.R.S., and all claims, if any, sha be fi e in accor ance ith this statutory section. Failure on the art of an c ai ant to fi e s ch erifie state ent an or c ai prior to the aforementioned date for fi ing c ai s sha re ease ra ahoe o nt its officers agents an employees from any or all liability, claims, and suits for payment due from Double R Excavating, Inc.. Matt Crane, Clerk to the Board Published in The Villager First Publication: November 16, 2017 Last Publication: November 23, 2017 Legal # 7838 ____________________________

ARAPAHOE COUNTY NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING SILVER CREEK SPORTING CLUB / USE BY SPECIAL REVIEW CASE NO. U17-004 PROPOSAL: Silver Creek Sporting Club, Inc. (applicant), on behalf of Culver Family Trust (owner), has made application to Arapahoe County for a Use by Special Review (USR) to the herein referenced property. PROPERTY LOCATION: The subject property involves Parcel No. 2063-00-0-00-386, 65205 E. County Road 30, Byers, CO. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that on December 12, 2017 at 9:30 a.m., or as soon thereafter as the calendar of the Arapahoe County Board of County Commissioners allowes, a public hearing will be held, at which, all interested persons will be given an opportunity to be heard concerning the above-described USR application for Silver Creek Sporting Club (Case No. U17-004). The hearing will be held at the Arapahoe County Administration Building, East Hearing Room, 5334 S. Prince St., Littleton, CO 80120 at the above stated date and time. The applicant has applied for a USR for the property described above, known as Silver Creek Sporting Club (Case No. U17-004), which seeks County approval for the construction and operation of a sporting gun club on Parcel No. 2063-00-0-00-386. More information about this proposal is available at the Arapahoe County Public Works and Development, Planning Division, 6924 S. Lima St., Centennial, CO 80112, or by calling 720-874-6650 during regular business hours (8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday). Matt Crane, Clerk to the Board Published in The Villager Published: November 23, 2017 Legal # 7844 ____________________________ ARAPAHOE COUNTY NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARINGS OLYMPIC METALS / STREET NAME CHANGE CASE NO. N17-001 PROPOSAL: Bill Lawrence of Transwestern (applicant) on behalf of Reliance Steel and Aluminum Company (owner) has made application to Arapahoe County to rename a portion of E. Nichols Place to E. William Gibb Place. The street proposed for renaming is a cul-de-sac approximately 715 ft. long, which is a section of the E. Nichols Place right-of-way extending eastward from the intersection of S. Potomac Street and E. Nichols Place. No properties take their address from this section of E. Nichols Place. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that on December 12, 2017 the Arapahoe County Board of County Commissioners will hold a Public Hearing at 9:30 a.m., or as soon as possible thereafter, at the Arapahoe County Administration Building, East Hearing Room, 5334 S. Prince St., Littleton, CO 80120, at which, all interested persons will be given an opportunity to be heard concerning the above-described Street Name Change application, Case No. N17-001. More information about this proposal is available at the Arapahoe County Public Works and Development Department, Planning Division, 6924 S. Lima St., Centennial, CO 80112, 720-874-6650. Matt Crane, Clerk to the Board Published in The Villager Published: November 23, 2017 Legal # 7857 ____________________________ ARAPAHOE COUNTY NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARINGS MOUNTAINVIEW GARDENS NO. 10 / VACATION OF ROAD RIGHT OF WAY AND DRAINAGE EASEMENTS CASE NO. V16-003 PROPOSAL: The applicant, Art Ranes, has made application to Arapahoe County on behalf of the owner, Leland McGill, to vacate dedicated road right of way known as Tract A and various drainage easements as depicted on the Mountainview Gardens No. 9 plat. No improvements pertaining to the above-mentioned right of way or easements have been constructed at this time. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that on December 12, 2017 the Arapahoe County Board of County Commissioners will hold a Public

Hearing at 9:30 a.m., or as soon as possible thereafter, at the Arapahoe County Administration Building, East Hearing Room, 5334 S. Prince St., Littleton, CO 80120, at which, all interested persons will be given an opportunity to be heard concerning the above-described Vacation case, Case No. V16-003. More information about this proposal is available at the Arapahoe County Public Works and Development Department, Planning Division, 6924 S. Lima St., Centennial, CO 80112, 720-874-6650. Matt Crane, Clerk to the Board Published in The Villager Published: November 23, 2017 Legal # 7859 ____________________________

TREASURER NOTICE OF PURCHASE OF REAL ESTATE AT TAX LIEN SALE AND OF APPLICATION FOR ISSUANCE OF TREASURER’S DEED To Every Person in Actual Possession or Occupancy of the hereinafter Described Land, Lot or Premises, and to the Person in Whose Name the same was Taxed or Specially Assessed, and to all Persons having an Interest or Title of Record in or to the said Premises and To Whom It May Concern, and more especially to M.D.C. Enterprises, Inc., Crown Properties, Inc., Leo H. Connell, Jr., Susan Spencer, City of Aurora, Richmond American Homes of Colorado, Inc., James W. McGehee, REL Management, Inc., Foxdale Condominium Association You and each of you are hereby notifie that on the th a of November, 2014, A.D., the then County Treasurer of the County of Arapahoe, in the State of Colorado, sold at public tax lien sale to Leonard Wayne Rudolph, the following described real estate situate in the County of Arapahoe, State of Colorado, to-wit: GARAGE #G123 FOXDALE CONDOS and said County Treasurer issued a ertificate of rchase therefore to Leonard Wayne Rudolph; That said tax lien sale was made to satisfy the delinquent general taxes assessed against said real estate for the year 2013; That said real estate was taxed or specially assessed in the name(s) of M D C Enterprises Inc. for said year 2013; That said Leonard Wayne Rudolph, on the 5th day of September, 2017, the resent ho er of sai ertificate, who has made request upon the Treasurer of said County for a deed to said real estate; hat a reas rer s ee i be issued for said real estate to the said Leonard Wayne Rudolph, on or about the 20th day of March, 2018, A.D., unless the same has been redeemed. Said property may be redeemed from said sale at any time prior to the actual execution of said Treas rer s ee Witness my hand this 14th day of November, 2017, A.D. Sue Sandstrom Treasurer Arapahoe County Published in The Villager First Publication: November 23, 2017 Last Publication: December 7, 2017 Legal # 7862 ____________________________ NOTICE OF PURCHASE OF REAL ESTATE AT TAX LIEN SALE AND OF APPLICATION FOR ISSUANCE OF TREASURER’S DEED To Every Person in Actual Possession or Occupancy of the hereinafter Described Land, Lot or Premises, and to the Person in Whose Name the same was Taxed or Specially Assessed, and to all Persons having an Interest or Title of Record in or to the said Premises and To Whom It May Concern, and more especially to Metro Mortgage, Inc., Metro Mortgage, Incorporated, Metro Mortgage LLC, Lan C. England, Jason McGinnis, Stephen G. Homer, Arapahoe County Public Trustee, Larue Green, First American Heritage Title Co., United Communications Group,

Inc., Chesapeake Exploration, LLC, Greg Butler, ConocoPhillips Company, Brian Calloway, Bronco Pipeline Company, RCCPC-Conoco Phillips Company, Jim Wehrman You and each of you are hereby notifie that on the th a of November, 2014, A.D., the then County Treasurer of the County of Arapahoe, in the State of Colorado, sold at public tax lien sale to Jericho Holdings LLC, the following described real estate situate in the County of Arapahoe, State of Colorado, to-wit: PART 31-4-63 DESC AS PC 925 FT X 1700 FT IN NW COR

default may be rendered against you by the court for the relief demanded in the complaint without further notice. This is an action for judicial foreclosure of an assessment lien in and to the real property situated in Arapahoe County, Colorado, more particularly described on Exhibit A, attached hereto and by this reference made a part hereof. Dated: October 20, 2017 WINZENBURG, LEFF, PURVIS & PAYNE, L.L.P. By:*s/Stephane R. Dupont Stephane R. Dupont

and said County Treasurer issued a ertificate of rchase therefore to Jericho Holdings LLC;

This Summons is issued pursuant to Rule 4(h), Colorado Rules of Civil Procedure

That said tax lien sale was made to satisfy the delinquent general taxes assessed against said real estate for the year 2013;

Exhibit A

That said real estate was taxed or specially assessed in the name(s) of Metro Mortgage Inc for said year 2013; That said Jericho Holdings LLC, on the 28th day of September, 2017, the resent ho er of sai ertificate, who has made request upon the Treasurer of said County for a deed to said real estate; hat a reas rer s ee i be issued for said real estate to the said Jericho Holdings LLC, on or about the 20th day of March, 2018, A.D., unless the same has been redeemed. Said property may be redeemed from said sale at any time prior to the actual execution of said Treas rer s ee Witness my hand this 14th day of November, 2017, A.D. Sue Sandstrom Treasurer Arapahoe County Published in The Villager First Publication: November 23, 2017 Last Publication: December 7, 2017 Legal # 7863 ____________________________

COURTS DISTRICT COURT ARAPAHOE COUNTY, COLORADO Court Address: 7325 S Potomac St., Centennial, CO 80112 ______ Plaintiff: HEATHER GARDENS ASSOCIATION (THE), a Colorado non rofit cor oration Defendants: LOWELL G. HICKS AS TRUSTEE OF THE LOWELL G. HICKS TRUST DATED 9/1/2011; REVERSE MORTGAGE SOLUTIONS, INC.; MARGARET T. CHAPMAN AS PUBLIC TRUSTEE FOR ARAPAHOE COUNTY; SUE SANDSTROM AS TREASURER FOR ARAPAHOE COUNTY; UNKNOWN TENANT(S) IN POSSESSION. __________ Attorneys for Plaintiff: WINZENBURG, LEFF, PURVIS & PAYNE, LLP Stephane R. Dupont, #39425 Gina C. Botti #42005 Address: 8020 Shaffer Parkway, Suite 300 Littleton, CO 80127 Phone Number: (303) 863-1870 ______ Case Number: 17CV031921 Div.: Ctrm.: SUMMONS BY PUBLICATION THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF COLORADO TO THE ABOVE NAMED DEFENDANT: LOWELL G. HICKS AS TRUSTEE OF THE LOWELL G. HICKS TRUST DATED 9/1/2011 You are hereby summoned and required to appear and defend against the claims of the complaint fi e ith the co rt in this action b fi ing ith the c er of this co rt an answer or other response. You are re ire to fi e o r ans er within 35 days after the service of this Summons upon you. Service of the summons shall be complete on the day of the last publication. A copy of the complaint may be obtained from the clerk of the court. f o fai to fi e o r ans er or other response to the complaint in writing within 35 days after the date of the last publication, judgment by

THE FOLLOWING DESCRIBED PROPERTY SITUATE IN LOT 1, BLOCK 1, HEATHER GARDENS FILING NO. 12, TO-WIT: PARCEL A: AN UNDIVIDED 1/144TH INTEREST IN AND TO SAID LOT, SUBJECT TO EASEMENTS OF RECORD INCLUDING SUCH EASEMENTS AS MAY BE SET OUT IN THE DECLARATION OF CONDOMINIUM OF HEATHER GARDENS AS FILED OF RECORD EXCLUDING ANY INTEREST IN THE BUILDING AND EQUIPMENT SITUATE ON SAID LOT AND BLOCK ABOVE DESCRIBED IN WHICH APARTMENT AND TOWNHOUSE UNITS ARE SITUATE EXCEPT THE INTEREST IN THE APARTMENT BUILDING AND EQUIPMENT HEREIN CONVEYED. PARCEL B: ALL OF THAT SPACE WHICH LIES BETWEEN THE CEILING AND THE FLOOR, AND THE WALLS OF THE APARTMENT AT 14390 EAST MARINA DRIVE APARTMENT 412, (FOR CONVENIENT REFERENCE NUMBERED AS UNIT 26360 IN BUILDING NO. 221) NOW OR HEREAFTER CONSTRUCTED ON SAID LOT, SAID BUILDING BEING LOCATED SUBSTANTIALLY AS SHOWN ON THE AREA PLAT PLAN FILED OF RECORD IN THE OFFICE OF THE CLERK AND RECORDER OF THE COUNTY OF ARAPAHOE, STATE OF COLORADO ON JULY 20, 1979, UNDER RECEPTION NO. 1870991, AND SUPPLEMENTS THERETO. PARCEL C: AN UNDIVIDED 1/72ND INTEREST IN AND TO THE BUILDING AND EQUIPMENT THEREIN INSTALLED AND APPURTENANT THERETO WITHIN WHICH THE ABOVE DESCRIBED SPACE OR AREA IS LOCATED. TOGETHER WITH: (1) THE EXCLUSIVE RIGHT TO USE THE PATIOS AND BALCONIES, AIR CONDITIONERS, OR OTHER APPLIANCES WHICH PROJECT BEYOND THE SPACE OR AREA ABOVE DESCRIBED AND CONTIGUOUS THERETO. (2) A RIGHT OF WAY IN COMMON WITH OTHERS, FOR INGRESS AND EGRESS TO AND FROM THE PROPERTY ABOVE DESCRIBED. (3) THE RIGHT TO USE STAIRS, HALLS, PASSAGE WAYS AND OTHER COMMON AREAS IN THE BUILDING IN PARCEL B ABOVE IN COMMON WITH OTHER OWNERS OF SUCH BUILDING, INCLUDING THEIR AGENTS, SERVANTS, EMPLOYEES AND INVITEES. (4) THE RIGHT TO USE COMMON AREAS IN SAID LOT IN COMMON WITH OTHER OWNERS OF SPACE OR AREAS IN BUILDINGS AND HEREAFTER CONSTRUCTED IN BUILDINGS OTHER THAN THAT DESCRIBED IN PARCEL B ABOVE, INCLUDING THEIR AGENTS, SERVANTS, EMPLOYEES AND INVITEES. (5) THE EXCLUSIVE RIGHT TO USE AND OCCUPY PARKING STALL NO. 31 IN PARKING LOT NO. 221 LOCATED SUBSTANTIALLY AS SHOWN ON THE RECORDED AREA PLAT PLAN FILE OF RECORD IN THE OFFICE OF THE CLERK AND RECORDER OF ARAPAHOE COUNTY, COLORADO, SHOWING THE LOCATION MAP OF THE ABOVE NUMBERED STALL. COUNTY OF ARAPAHOE, STATE OF COLORADO. Also known as: 14390 E. Marina Drive, #412, Aurora, CO 80014. Published in The Villager First Publication: November 2, 2017 Last Publication: November 30, 2017

Legal # 7785 ____________________________ DISTRICT COURT COUNTY OF ARAPAHOE STATE OF COLORADO 7325 S. Potomac Street Centennial, Colorado 80112 PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF COLORADO, Petitioner, IN THE INTEREST OF: IMAN SHARIF Child, and concerning HAYATE ROOBAA aka SAMIRA ROOBAA and MUNIB SHARIF, Respondents. Pax Moultrie, Esq., Registration No. 37945 Assistant County Attorney 14980 E. Alameda Drive Aurora, CO 80012 303-636-1895 (F) 303-636-1889 Case No: l 7JV380 Division: 35 NOTICE OF ADJUDICATORY HEARING AND DEFAULT JUDGMENT To The Respondents: PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that an Adjudicatory Hearing regarding MUNIB SHARIF is set for December 12, 2017 at 10:30 p.m. in Division 35, at the Arapahoe County District Court, 7305 South Potomac Street, Centennial, Colorado 80112. You have the right to be represented by an attorney during these proceedings; if you cannot afford an attorney, one will be appointed to represent you. In the event you fail to appear for said hearing at the date and time indicated, the Petitioner will request that the Court enter a default judgment against you and adjudicate the child(ren), dependent and neglected in accordance with the o ora o hi ren s o e Pax Moultrie, Reg. #37945 Assistant County Attorney 14980 East Alameda Drive Aurora, CO 80012 (303) 636-1895 Published in The Villager Published: November 23, 2017 Legal # 7855 ____________________________

CENTENNIAL CITY OF CENTENNIAL NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING REGARDING AN APPLICATION FOR A BEER AND WINE LIQUOR LICENSE DECEMBER 18, 2017 Notice is hereby given that the Centennial Liquor Licensing Authority will conduct a public hearing on Monday, December 18, 2017 at 12:00 p.m., Centennial Civic Center, 13133 E. Arapahoe Road, Centennial, Colorado, to consider an application for a new Beer & Wine Liquor License for Baywood DIA, Inc. dba Baywood Hotels, 7079 S. Kenton Street., Centennial, CO 80112. The applicant is an Incorporation: Tejas Desai & Keyur Naik 2260 S. Xanadu Way, Suite 280 Aurora, CO 80014 Public comment will be heard at the hearing or written communications regarding the issuance of this license may be submitted to the Liquor License Administrator, Centennial Civic Center, 13133 E. Arapahoe Road, Centennial, CO 80112 by no later than December 18, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. By order of Barbara Setterlind, City Clerk November 15, 2017. Published in The Villager Published: November 23, 2017 Legal # 7861 ____________________________ NOTICE CITY OF CENTENNIAL NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that on Monday, November 20, 2017 the Centennial City Council passed on first rea ing ORDINANCE NO. 2017-O-21 AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF CENTENNIAL, COLORADO AMENDING PROVISIONS OF ARTICLE 1 OF CHAPTER 4 OF THE CENTENNIAL MUNICIPAL CODE CONCERNING IMPOSITION,

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COLLECTION, ADMINISTRATION AND ENFORCEMENT OF SALES AND USE TAX The full text of the ordinance is available for public inspection in the office of the it er he ordinance may be obtained by contacting the City Clerk, 303-7543324. The full text of the ordinance is a so a ai ab e on the it s eb site, www.centennialcolorado.com. By: Barbara Setterlind, CMC City Clerk Published in The Villager Published: November 23, 2017 Legal # 7866 ____________________________ NOTICE CITY OF CENTENNIAL NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that on Monday, November 20, 2017 the Centennial City Council passed on first rea ing ORDINANCE NO. 2017-O-22 AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF CENTENNIAL APPROVING A PURCHASE AND SALE CONTRACT TO ACQUIRE THE REMAINING FIFTY PERCENT INTEREST IN TRACT A OF PARKER JORDAN CENTENNIAL OPEN SPACE, AUTHORIZING THE CITY TO ACCEPT TITLE TO SUCH PROPERTY, APPROVING AN INTERGOVERNMENTAL AGREEMENT WITH THE PARKER JORDAN METROPOLITAN DISTRICT CONCERNING THE USE OF THE PROPERTY AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY The full text of the ordinance is available for public inspection in the office of the it er he ordinance may be obtained by contacting the City Clerk, 303-7543324. The full text of the ordinance is a so a ai ab e on the it s eb site, www.centennialcolorado.com. By: Barbara Setterlind, CMC City Clerk Published in The Villager Published: November 23, 2017 Legal # 7867 ____________________________ CITY OF CENTENNIAL NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City Council of the City of Centennial, Colorado will conduct a public hearing on Monday, December 4, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. regarding ORDINANCE NO. 2017O-21 AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF CENTENNIAL, COLORADO AMENDING PROVISIONS OF ARTICLE 1 OF CHAPTER 4 OF THE CENTENNIAL MUNICIPAL CODE CONCERNING IMPOSITION, COLLECTION, ADMINISTRATION AND ENFORCEMENT OF SALES AND USE TAX will be held at the Centennial Civic Center, 13133 E. Arapahoe Road, Council Chambers, Centennial, Colorado 80112. Copies of Ordinance No. 2017-O-21 are available for inspection by the public at the Centennial Civic Center or on the it s ebsite centennia co go ntereste arties a fi e written comments with the City

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Clerk, 13133 E. Arapahoe Road, Centennial, Colorado 80112, anytime prior to the public hearing on December 4, 2017. /s/Barbara Setterlind, CMC City Clerk Published in The Villager Published: November 23, 2017 Legal # 7868 ____________________________ CITY OF CENTENNIAL NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City Council of the City of Centennial, Colorado will conduct a public hearing on Monday, December 4, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. regarding ORDINANCE NO. 2017O-22 AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF CENTENNIAL APPROVING A PURCHASE AND SALE CONTRACT TO ACQUIRE THE REMAINING FIFTY PERCENT INTEREST IN TRACT A OF PARKER JORDAN CENTENNIAL OPEN SPACE, AUTHORIZING THE CITY TO ACCEPT TITLE TO SUCH PROPERTY, APPROVING AN INTERGOVERNMENTAL AGREEMENT WITH THE PARKER JORDAN METROPOLITAN DISTRICT CONCERNING THE USE OF THE PROPERTY AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY will be held at the Centennial Civic Center, 13133 E. Arapahoe Road, Council Chambers, Centennial, Colorado 80112. Copies of Ordinance No. 2017-O-22 are available for inspection by the public at the Centennial Civic Center or on the it s ebsite centennia co go ntereste arties a fi e written comments with the City Clerk, 13133 E. Arapahoe Road, Centennial, Colorado 80112, anytime prior to the public hearing on December 4, 2017. /s/Barbara Setterlind, CMC City Clerk

Published in The Villager Published: November 23, 2017 Legal # 7872 ____________________________ NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING Notice is hereby given that a Public Hearing will be held before the City of Cherry Hills Village Board of Adjustment and Appeals at the Village Center, 2450 E. Quincy Avenue, Cherry Hills Village, CO 80113, on Thursday, December 7, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. on a request from KENNY BRODY of 4603 S Denice Drive for a Variance To Municipal Code section 16-5-30(g) allow nonconforming AC Units and Generators within the 25 foot accessory structure side setback for the R-1 Zone District. The application is available for review at the Cherry Hills Village Community Development Department, 2450 East Quincy Avenue, Cherry Hills Village, CO 80113 or you may call 303-783-2721 for more information. All protests or comments must be made in writing on or before the date of the public hearing, or by personal appearance at the public hearing. Published in The Villager Published: November 23, 2017 Legal # 7873 ____________________________

FOXFIELD PUBLIC HEARING Notice is hereby given that the Board of Trustees of the Town of o fie sha ho a b ic hearing regarding the 2018 budget. The public hearing shall be held before the Board of Trustees on December 14, 2017 at 6:30 P.M. or as soon as possible thereafter.

Published in The Villager Published: November 23, 2017 Legal # 7869 ____________________________

The public hearing shall be held at the South Metro Fire Protection District Station No. 42, 7320 South ar er oa o fie o ora o 80016.

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The Proposed Budget is available for inspection on the Town of Foxfie ebsite at fo fie co orado.com.

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING Notice is hereby given that a Public Hearing will be held before the City of Cherry Hills Village Board of Adjustment and Appeals at The Village Center, 2450 E. Quincy Avenue, Cherry Hills Village, CO 80113, on Thursday, December 7, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. on a request from Kurt Overhardt of 4550 E. Oxford Place for a Variance to Municipal Code Section 16-9-30(a) to allow a 2-foot 1-inch Height Exceedance within the R-4 Zone District. The application is available for review at the Cherry Hills Village Community Development Department, 2450 East Quincy Avenue, Cherry Hills Village, CO 80113 or you may call 303-783-2721 for more information. All protests or comments must be made in writing on or before the date of the Public Hearing, or by personal appearance at the public hearing.

Public comment will be heard at the hearing or written communication regarding the budget may be submitted to the Town Clerk, P.O. o o fie or via e-mail to Clerk@TownofFoxfie co no ater than ece ber 14, 2017 at 5:00 P.M. Further information is available by calling (303) 680-1544. All interested persons may attend. Published in The Villager Published: November 23, 2017 Legal # 7846 ____________________________

GREENWOOD VILLAGE For Sale The City of Greenwood Village Fleet Division One (1) 2006 White 4X4 Chevrolet Tahoe Odometer Reading: 80,707 miles

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(Please refer to the last 4-digits of the VIN number: 0824) One (1) 1996 Yellow John Deere 410D Backhoe Odometer Reading: 4,300 hours (Please refer to the last 4-digits of the VIN number: 3389) One (1) Sun Vat 60 Battery Tester One (1) ESP FICS 4000C, Colorado 1994 Emissions Analyzer Items will be auctioned on December 6, 2017 through Roller Auctioneers at 7500 York Street, Denver, CO 80229. Please direct auction queries to 303-289-1600 or view online at: www.rollerauction.com. If you have any equipment questions, please contact Henry Sliwinski, Fleet Services Manager, at 303-708-6126 or at hsliwinski@ greenwoodvillage.com. You may also contact Rachel Van Pelt, Fleet Administrative Assistant, at 303-708-6121 or at rvanpelt@ greenwoodvillage.com. *Please note: All of above vehicles/ equipment are sold as is. Published in The Villager Published: November 23, 2017 Legal # 7874 ____________________________

SPECIAL DISTRICTS NOTICE CONCERNING PROPOSED 2018 BUDGET AND AMENDMENT OF 2016 AND 2017 BUDGETS OF VALENTIA COURT METROPOLITAN DISTRICT NOTICE is hereby given that a proposed budget has been submitted to the Board of Directors of Valentia Court Metropolitan District for the ensuing year of 2018; that a copy of such proposed budget has been fi e in the office of the District Accountant, Simmons & Wheeler, P.C., 304 Inverness Way South, Suite 490, Englewood, Colorado, where the same is open for public inspection; and that such proposed budget of the District for the year 2018 and an amendment to the 2016 and 2017 budgets, will be considered at a public hearing of the Board of Directors of the District to be held at Eloise May Library, May Room A - 1471 South Parker Road, Denver, Colorado 80231 on November 30, 2017, at 4:30 p.m. Any elector within the District may, at any time prior to the fina a o tion of the b get ins ect the b get an fi e or register any objections thereto. VALENTIA COURT METROPOLITAN DISTRICT By: /s/ Collins, Cockrel & Cole, P.C. Attorneys for the District Published in The Villager Published: November 23, 2017 Legal # 7856 ____________________________ INVITATION TO BID The PROSPER COORDINATING METROPOLITAN DISTRICT, a quasi-municipal corporation and political subdivision of the State of Colorado (the “Owner”), will receive sealed bids (“Bids”) for the Construction and Testing of Laramie-Fox Hills Well LFH-12 the ro ect at the office of HRS Water Consultants, Inc. (the “Engineer”) located at 8885 West 14th Avenue, Lakewood, Colorado 80215, until 2:00 p.m. local time December 14, 2017 (the “Bid Opening Date”) Date”). Laramie-Fox Hills Well LFH-12 is referred to as “the Well” in all contract docu documents. At said place and time, all Bids that have been received in conformity with the provisions of this Invitation to Bid will be publicly opened and read aloud. Capital Capitali e ter s not efine herein sha have the meanings respectively ascribed to them in the Agreement included as part of the Contract Documents - Construction and Testing of Laramie-Fox Hills Well

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LFH-12 (the “Contract Documents”) on fi e ith the istrict at istrict s office ocate at th e Suite 400 Denver, CO 80203, and with the Engineer at its address set forth above. The Project is located at Prosper, Colorado south of Watkins, Colorado approximately one mile south of Watkins, from Interstate 70 take Exit 295, turn right onto Watkins/CR-97, turn left onto E 6th Ave. and drive approximately 0.265 i es he e site is in the fie approximately 570 feet south of E. 6th Ave. The work will consist of drilling, completing, and testing of a Laramie-Fox Hills Well LFH-12 to approximately 1,905 feet. Ten inch diameter well casing and screen will be installed for Well LFH-12. The Contract Documents (with Bid Form) will be available to each prospective bidder (“Bidder”) on November 23, 2017 and may be obtained directly from the Engineer. One copy of the Contract Documents may be obtained from the Engineer free of charge for use in preparing Bids. Additional copies are available for a charge of $20.00 each. A mandatory site visit will be held on December 7, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. Please notify Mark Palumbo or Reid Polmanteer at (303) 462-1111 of the name of the person who will attend the site visit. All Bids must be submitted in accordance with the Instructions to Bidders included in the Contract Documents. Each Bid shall contain e i ence of the i er s a thorit to drill wells and transact business in the State of Colorado. A Bid ec rit of fi e ercent of the i er s i rice in a for permitted under Section 7 of the Instructions to Bidders, must accompany the Bid. It is anticipated that the Notice of Award will be issued within seven (7) days after the Bid Opening Date. Work must commence within thirty (30) days after January 15, 2018 and be completed within sixty (60) days of February 1, 2018. The successful Bidder will be required to furnish a Performance Bond and a Payment Bond as security for the faithful performance and the payment of all its obligations under the Contract Documents. Bidders are hereby advised that the Owner reserves the right to not a ar a ontract nti fift days from the date of the opening of Bids. No Bid may be withdrawn ithin a erio of fift a s after the Bid Opening Date or, subject to the provisions of Section 14.3 of the Instructions to Bidders, after a Notice of Award accepting such Bid is issued by the Owner. The Owner assumes no responsibility for payment of any expenses incurred by any Bidder in preparing and submitting its Bid. The Owner reserves the right to reject any or all Bids at its sole discretion, and to waive informalities and irregularities contained in any Bids. PROSPER COORDINATING METROPOLITAN DISTRICT s

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Published in The Villager Published: November 23, 2017 Legal # 7860 ____________________________ NOTICE AS TO PROPOSED BUDGETS AND NOTICE CONCERNING BUDGET AMENDMENTS NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the proposed budgets for the ensuing year of 2018 have been submitted to the Goldsmith Metropolitan District and the Goldsmith Metropolitan District

Block K Subdistrict (“Districts”). Such proposed budgets will be considered at a regular meeting and public hearing of the Boards of Directors of the Districts to be held at 6380 South Fiddlers Green Circle, Suite 400, Greenwood Village, Colorado, at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, December 12, 2017. NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that an amendment to the 2017 budgets of the Districts may also be considered at the above-referenced meeting and public hearing of the Boards of Directors of the Districts. A copy of the proposed 2018 budgets and the amended 2017 budgets, if required, are available for public inspection at the offices of ifton arson en LLP, 8390 East Crescent Parkway, Suite 500, Greenwood Village, Colorado. Any interested elector within the District may, at any time rior to fina a o tion of the budgets and the amended 2017 b gets fi e or register an ob ections thereto. Dated November 15, 2017. GOLDSMITH METROPOLITAN DISTRICT and GOLDSMITH METROPOLITAN DISTRICT BLOCK K SUBDISTRICT By: /s/ Eric Hecox District Manager Published in The Villager Published: November 23, 2017 Legal # 7865 ____________________________ NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING PROPOSED 2018 BUDGET FOR THE LITTLETON FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT In accordance with state law, a proposed budget has been submitted to the Board of Directors of the Littleton Fire Protection District for fisca ear co of the proposed 2018 budget is available for public inspection at the Fire District s inistrati e ffices S. Bemis St, Suite 101, Littleton, Colorado 80102. A Public Hearing on the proposed 2018 budget will be held at 4:30 p.m. on November 27, 2017, at 1221 W. Mineral Ave., Littleton, CO 80120 at which time the Littleton Fire Protection District Board i ta e fina action to a o t the proposed 2018 budget. Interested electors of the Fire istrict a fi e or register an objections thereto at any time prior to the fina a o tion of the budget. BY ORDER OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THE LITTLETON FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT. By: /s/ Mike Jacoby Board Secretary Published in The Villager Published: November 23, 2017 Legal # 7870 ____________________________

NOTICE TO CREDITORS NOTICE TO CREDITORS Estate of Kay Shackleford Berglin, Deceased Case Number 2017PR030990 All persons having claims against the above-named estate are required to present them to the Personal Representative or to District Court of Arapahoe, County, Colorado on or before March 9, 2018 or the claims may be forever barred. C. Elizabeth Farris, c/o Groves Law, LLC 281 S. Pearl St. Denver, CO 80209 Published in The Villager First Publication: November 9, 2017 Last Publication: November 23, 2017 Legal # 7809 ____________________________

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Dec. 5, 11 a.m. - 12 noon lunch. Denver Lyric Opera Guild presents Opera Theater of the Rockies at Cherry Hills Country Club, 4125 S. University Blvd., Cherry Hills Village. Reservations: $40 by Nov. 28 thru denverlyricoperaguild.org or send check to DLOG, Becky Gantner, 2082 Montane Drive East, Golden.

Arapahoe Community College to host England

9:30-11 a.m. and 1-2:30 p.m. and Dec. 17, 12:30-2 p.m. Tibetan singing bowls are musical instruments that have been used for thousands of years to promote healing. Bring your yoga mat, a blanket and your cluttered mind for a relaxing night of sound healing. Denver yoga instructor and sound healer Chris Anne Coviello and her husband Jason perform together at York St. Denver Botanic Gardens. Tickets: 720-8653552.

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On Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, Ladies of St. Catherine Greek Orthodox Church will again unveil their lavishly-decorated tables at their annual fundraiser benefitting charities of the Philoptochos Society. There is a $15 admission fee that will include Greek pastries and beverage. On Nov. 29 there will be a Christmas Tea, 9 to 10:30 a.m. and again 12 noon-1:30 p.m. RSVP required at stcatherinechurch. org/tables2017. The church is located at 5555 S. Yosemite St., Greenwood Village. These tables are extraordinary with ideas for decorating your own holiday table. A must event for the holidays while supporting a worthy cause.

Art Source sale

Ongoing. All framed art 60 percent off, unframed loose art 60 percent off, closing out all poster prints. Prices $7.50 to $15. Beautiful custom mirrors. Also featuring wide variety of art and posters in traditional, contemporary and mountain-rustic styles. Art Source is located at 1111 W. Evans Ave., Suite C, Denver. Call 303-936-4212.

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Dec. 9, 7-9 p.m. Life Spark Cancer Resources art auction will Wills, trusts, and raise money for local artists and powers of attorney Nov. 27, 2-4 p.m. with at- charities. Complimentary beer, torney Ryan Scott at the Bemis wine and hors d’oeuvres. Live Public Library, 6014 S. Datura St., music by Rex Peoples and X Factor. Organized by CoArt4, a local Littleton. nonprofit. Cancer League will receive 25 percent of proceeds after Colored Pencil expenses. Tickets, LifeSparkNow Pizzazz or call 303-425-5670. Dec. 2, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Heritage Fine Arts Guild of Arapahoe County presents one-day workshop SANCTUARY taught by Helen Shaffer, award- Wellshire Church winning artist. Pre-registration Hunger Task Force required. For artists 18 and older. Christmas Food Boxes Dec. 9 and 10. Donate peanut Register at heritage-guild.com at First Presbyterian Church, 109 W. butter and jelly at the tables in the Narthex and Adult Ed Suite Littleton Blvd. Cost involved. through November at the church. Help pack boxes: Dec. 9, 1 p.m. CDOT to host I-25 Deliver boxes: Dec. 10, 8:30 a.m. south open house Dec. 5, 5-7 p.m. Focusing specifically on the 18-mile SCHOOLS stretch between Castle Rock and Cherry Creek Monument known as the Gap. Spellbinders open Upcoming public meeting will house provide residents with additional Dec. 6, 5:45 p.m. at Koelbel information about status of the Library, 5955 S. Holly St., Cenproject, including engineering tennial. For more than 25 years, and environmental alterna- Spellbinders storytellers have tives. Question and answer time. been sharing stories with young Douglas County Fairgrounds, Kirk people in public schools. Enjoy Hall, 500 Fairgrounds Rd., Castle refreshments, hear great stoRock. Info: codot.gov/projects/i- ries and learn how to volunteer. 25-south-monument-castle- Spellbinders is a 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to restoring the rock-ea art of oral storytelling to connect elders to youth. Paradise Baggage

Dec. 5-Jan. 11. An art show entitled England/Through the Eye of a Lens at the Colorado Gallery of the Arts at ACC. The exhibition will feature photography and collaborative works from ACC and Colo. Mesa Univ. study-abroad students who traveled to London last May. Festivities will include an opening reception with light refreshments Dec. 7, 4-7 p.m. Mon. - Fri. from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Tues. until 7 p.m. Closed Dec. 25-Jan. 1. Info: trish.sangelo@ arapahoe.edu or 303-797-5212. presents Cruise Night Dec. 7, 6 p.m. Help with holi- WHAT’S NEW? Tibetan Singing day attire and huge sale on stock- REI is now open ing stuffers. Paradise Baggage, Just off I-25 at E. Peakview Bowls Concert Ave. and S. Yosemite St. Dec. 9, 12:30-2 p.m. Dec. 16, 4442 S. Broadway, Englewood.

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Paws to Give to help homeless pets this holiday season While you’re making your holiday gift list, don’t forget about the furry, fourlegged homeless friends in need of a little extra help this holiday season. The Dumb Friends League is holding its annual Paws to Give holiday fund drive to help the many homeless pets and horses in its care. Each holiday season, patrons are invited to our three facilities—the Quebec Street Shelter in Denver, the Buddy Center in Castle Rock, and the Harmony Equine Center in Franktown— to fill out a “paw” decoration with a donation amount and a message, which then is displayed on our walls. Children and adults alike often write something in honor or memory of a special pet or horse. This is a great time for patrons to visit the shelters with their families, view the animals in our care, and teach and share the spirit of giving. “For those who aren’t able to adopt, it’s a great way to make a difference in the life of a homeless pet or horse in need,” said Bob Rohde, president and CEO of the Dumb Friends League. Last year, the Dumb Friends League saved more than 19,000 homeless pets, and placed 100 percent of healthy cats and dogs into loving homes. This year’s Paws to Give goal of $25,000 will help the Dumb Friends League care for the thousands of homeless cats, dogs, small pets and horses that will come through its doors in the coming year. Donations can be made at our facilities, online at ddfl.org/give or by mailing a check to Dumb Friends League Paws to Give, 2080

S. Quebec St., Denver. In addition to making a donation, you can also help support homeless pets at the Dumb Friends League through your holiday shopping: 2018 Calendar: Purchase a full-color 2018 Dumb Friends League pet photo calendar for $15 in person at one of our shelters.

Available for purchase beginning in November. It’s the gift that gives all year round! Gift cards: Give a gift card to the pet lover in your life, which can be used toward adoption fees or pet supplies in our gift shop. AmazonSmile: Shop online through AmazonSmile, and they will donate a percentage of your purchases to the Dumb Friends League. Visit smile.amazon.com to sign up. Holiday cards: Pick up a pack of holiday cards to send to friends and family. For $15 you get 10 cards and envelopes sure to spread holiday cheer. Available for purchase beginning in November. For more information about Paws to Give, and to find out more ways you can help homeless pets this holiday season, visit ddfl. org or call (303) 751-5772.


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ZOLi relaunches with remodeled showroom

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OLi Contemporary Living celebrated a new beginning Nov. 16 with the launch of a newly remodeled showroom and the latest collection of unique European home furnishings. Guests were invited to enjoy festivities and hors d’oeuvres while perusing the store.

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Susan Alt Johnson, co-owner Corinne Joy Brown and Karen Gerecht enjoy the festivities.

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ZOLi Contemporary Living Short, crisp. Easy to remember – as Italian as ice-cold gelato or heavenly Baci-chocolates, but better. ZOLi Contemporary Living represents the next evolution in over 40 years of importing fine European home furnishings to Denver. We began our love affair with design first from Scandinavia, then from France and Italy, and now, even farther; all strictly European goods, designed by us with YOU in mind. Yes, it’s still us, your friends at International Design Center, but better. Ready for a new generation of home by interiors, we’ve curated a collection that meets our needs Mime provided and demand for quality, integrity in manufacturing, and great design. Borillo Entertainment

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT 2017 Kia Soul is square deal

From small screen to small stage Several stars of classic television were in Parker last week for the world premiere of the new play Dinner at Five at the PACE center.

Photos by Peter Jones

ABOVE: A very Brady reunion: Actor Christopher Knight and writer/ producer Lloyd Schwartz worked together for years on The Brady Bunch before Knight co-starred in the Schwartzwritten play Dinner at Five.

and some U.S. assembly associations. Following the very impressive Hyundai Sonata sports model, the factory representatives delivered a Kia Soul to my driveway. This is the little square car with the flat back end and stubby nose. What a treat this little vehicle has been to drive around, in contrast to the Sonata sport sedan. The Kia Soul is small, nimble and powerful with a 1.6L turbo-charged four-cylinder engine linked to a seven-speed, dual-speed variable transmission. Like most turbo engines, there is a slight delay in calling for the turbo power boost. This is a great work car to dash around city in traffic and easy to fit into tight parking spaces. The trunk lid opens manually and has adequate space for luggage and golf clubs. The rear seats fold down for additional cargo and recreational equipment. This vehicle, manufactured in Gwangju, Korea, has a a suggested manufacturers retail price is $22,950. In the pricing of the KIA, there is about $4,000 in “must-have” optional features that are a bargain for this vehicle and the drive. The options include a panoramic sunroof, a technology package at $3,000 that includes the navigation system, a Harman-Kardon sound system, LED fog and drive lights, power and heated front seats, and blind-spot de-

Conducting competition accepting submissions

The Arapahoe Philharmonic, in support of its ongoing mission to recognize young talent in the classical music field, announces the opening of its 2017–2018 Vincent C. LaGuardia, Jr. Conducting Competition beginning Friday, Dec. 1. This competition is for student conductors between the ages of 18 and 28 who are not yet regularly employed in the conducting field. The winner will conduct a work, selected by the Music Director, in concert with the Arapahoe

Philharmonic on Saturday, March 10, 2018. The winner will be presented with a cash prize of $500 at the performance. The program is “A Night at the Movies – Final Frontier” and will include film music from Alien, E.T., Star Wars and Star Trek. Eligibility and application requirements are available on our website at arapahoephil.org/competitions/ conducting-competition. All applications must be submitted online by 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 23.

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BY H. THROTTLE AUTO COLUMNIST There are cars and trucks and then there are special cars and trucks that are the best drive for the best price. What makes the real difference is bang for the buck and value for the dollars spent. I’m overly impressed by my recent drive of the Hyundai Sonata sport 2.0T four-door sedan. I have never driven a Hyundai product prior to driving this 2018 Sonata. It is hard to grasp the quality, elegance, craftsmanship and performance of this $27,600 sedan. Not only is the design elegant with the exterior polished machine-gray exterior paint, and the polished aluminum interior is equally attractive. The leather and cloth sport seats are very comfortable with power driver seat with lumbar controls. The ride is comfortable with a sporttuned suspension system. The 2L-245 horsepower four-cylinder engine is turbo-

charged and linked to an eight speed “Shiftronic” transmission with steering-wheel paddle shifters. The driver is given the choice of drive modes—sport, eco, comfort and smart. Going uphill into the mountains, I used the sport mode with choice of any of the higher-end drive gears. The Sonata averaged 26 mpg with 32 on the freeways. The vehicle has every bell and whistle, except the new SST system where the vehicle will stop prior to striking a forward object. This is a brand-new safety feature now appearing in many vehicles to assist in avoiding so many rear-end collisions in mounting traffic congestion and cellphone distractions. Hyundai is a Korean company with factories around the world, and the final assembly of this Sonata is in Montgomery, Ala., using U.S., Canadian and Korean parts. Something unusual in competitive pricing is that this car comes complete at this amaz-

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tection system. The freight bill brings the price to a good value at $27,620. There is a sharp contrast between the Hyundai Sonata sport and the Kia Soul. The Sonata is a full luxury sedan that will raise a valet-park attendant’s attention when arriving at the local Marriott or Hyatt Hotel for a charitable event. The Kia is ideal for the younger crowd and appealing in design and overall Spartan feel. The Kia has a compact interior, very well appointed with simple and easy-to-handle controls. The car has a technology package that young millennials and college students will find very appealing. A great graduation or Christmas present for a high school or college student, with an appeal much like the old Beetle days. This Soul has spirit and character of design that will especially appeal to the younger generation. The Kia matches the Hyundai in the 100,000, 10-year warranty on the drive train. Driving on E-470 during high winds, the Soul seemed to defy the gusty breezes with little or no sway to the square-type body design. This is a car that TV’s Good Doctor would like to drive. Just little bit different, but so much fun to drive, and the price is right. These Koreans are making a big U.S. competitive auto impact.

Hyundai Sonata is pick for Auto of The Year

RIGHT: Kathy Garver, co-star of the television series Family Affair, signs a copy of The Villager that contained her recent interview.

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BY H. THROTTLE AUTO COLUMNIST Well, it can certainly be our lasting hope and prayer that North and South Korea don’t resume their war, which has only been suspended, as there was never a lasting peace treaty signed between the two countries. South Korea is prospering under American leadership and free enterprise and Communist North Korea is unable to even feed its people like similar governments in Cuba and Venezuela. The latest confrontations may, in fact, lead to lasting peace treaties and some walls and wires coming down between the two countries as President Trump calls their nuclear bluffs with some of his own. Only time will tell what happens, but certainly the major car, electronic and appliance industry in South Korea could prosper or disappear. In the meantime, the Hyundai and Kia car manufacturers are constantly improving vehicles that are a major challenge to other world and U.S. brands. Driving these vehicles, one understands the rise of local and national dealerships in these two brands. he Doug Moorland group now has two Kia dealerships on Arapahoe Road with a competitive Hyundai next door. Test driving these two brands in recent weeks has made me a believer in the Korean products

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Brauchler switch fills void, as yet another Republican vies for governor District attorney leaves guv’s race, seeks attorney general’s office instead

“I didn’t see this coming,” George Brauchler said. The district attorney was

as surprised as anyone by his own move last week to leave the crowded governor’s race in favor of the wide-open primary for state attorney general. Brauchler had been on the leading end of a wide range of Republican hopefuls for governor until Attorney

General Cynthia Coffman announced she would not seek re-election, but would join the already packed GOP gubernatorial primary instead. “The conversations about whether Cynthia was going to get in or not had been going on for, my god, an eterni-

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ty,” Brauchler said. “By the time September and October came and went, the general consensus was she’s not going to do it. Nobody is going to abandon a statewide incumbent seat less than a year before the general election.” At the same time, other factors were complicating the race for governor, Brauchler says, including the recent entrance of former U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo and the continuing flow of deeppocketed supporters to state Treasurer Walker Stapleton. “We always knew we were never ever going to be able to go toe to toe with Jeb Bush’s cousin on fundraising,” Brauchler said of Stapleton. “But having said that, if Cynthia had not left the attorney general’s office exposed like that, I’d still be in the [governor’s] race fighting like heck to win, and I felt like we still had a good lane to victory.” Coffman’s surprise decision to vacate as attorney general—with Democrats circling the AG’s wagon and no heir apparent on the Republican side—left Brauchler with some serious things to consider as a sitting district attorney. “I thought long and hard about whether the reason I’m running [for governor] is for this title,” he said. “Or, is the reason I’m running is I want to make a difference for my state in the best way I can? As much as everyone was saying we’d love to see you as g o v e r n o r, the thought was we have to hold the attorneygeneral position.” Although Brauchler says it would be important for a Republican governor to work with a Republican attorney general—especially in wake of conflicts between Coffman and Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper— the candidate says a Republican attorney general would be even more crucial should Democrats hold onto the Governor’s Mansion. “If we’re destined to have a Gov. [Jared] Polis or some other extreme progressive, we want to have a Republican attorney general to stand up for and defend Colorado’s laws, its Constitution and Coloradans in general,” Brauchler said. Just as Coffman challenged Hickenlooper, sometimes in court, on issues ranging from Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals to the reach of the Environmental Protection Agency,

George Brauchler

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Brauchler says he would be an independent attorney general, regardless of who is in the governor’s chair. “I don’t see my job, if I’m a Republican, to thwart the policies and practices of a Democrat governor. But were a governor, Republican or Democrat, to do something I thought was in violation of the state Constitution, state law or federal law, I’d make it known and take steps to keep that from happening,” he said. The candidate would also strongly defend Colorado’s system for legalized marijuana against the federal government, even though he personally opposes it. As for the opiate epidemic, Brauchler says he would use all the tools of the Attorney General’s Office to help stem the tide, particularly as it pertained to legal issues or problems within the pharmaceutical and medical industries. “As attorney general, I don’t care if it’s criminal justice, consumer protection, unscrupulous businesses taking advantage of the elderly or our neighbors—I’m going to be a vigorous attorney general who has a robust program to protect Coloradans,” Brauchler said. At press time, no other Republicans were running for attorney general. On the Democratic side, the announced candidates are former state Sen. Joe Salazar, Phil Weiser, former associate dean at the University of Colorado Law School, Jefferson County District Attorney Michael Dougherty, Denver attorney Brad Levin and former prosecutor Amy Padden. Neither Stapleton nor Coffman had returned requests for comment at press time.

I’m going to be a vigorous attorney general who has a robust program to protect Coloradans.

-George Brauchler, Republican candidate for attorney general

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