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Harvard Gulch Trail getting muchneeded attention By Caroline Schomp

South High School senior running back Derius Pinkett advances the ball against Windsor in the the state quarterfinal playoff game at All-City Stadium in Denver, Colorado, Saturday, November 19, 2016. Windsor won 42-21. Photo by Jennifer Turner.

The City of Denver is showing Harvard Gulch Trail some much-needed love. Within the next several months, work will begin on trail improvements between University and Colorado Boulevards. Harvard Gulch exists primarily to funnel runoff through southern Denver neighborhoods and ultimately into the South Platte River. Parts of it also have a recreational function. Those parts are to be the focus of improvements. A budget and scope of work is being formulated now, according to District Six City Councilman Paul Kashmann. There will be much coordination among various city agencies. Although there is an overall budget of approximately $250,000 for the project, only about half will be used for trail improvements. Harvard Gulch resident Tony Hurd helped get the ball rolling. “I have two young daughters and really it was


DSST-Byers team driving to win at robotics and more By Caroline Schomp

The Denver School of Science and Technology (DSST-Byers) “Skybots” compare in intensity with any school sports team. But they compete with brains rather than brawn. The Skybots placed second in the Rocky Mountain BEST (Boosting Engineering, Science and Technology) robotics game at Metropolitan State University of Denver on Oct. 15, and third in an overall competition that included engineering documentation and marketing. They will go up against other winning teams at a regional competition Dec. 2-3 in Fort Smith, Arkansas. BEST is a nonprofit organization working to engage youth in science, technology, math and engineering. Participation is free. The 17-student Skybots team is unique because members are middle schoolers and high school freshmen competing in a game called “Bet the Farm” against primarily high school students both at the Oct. 15 competition and at the upcoming Arkansas regionals. Teams had only six weeks to build robots using identical materials. The robots have to be able to navigate a course which represents a farm. Within three minutes, teams work to score points by planting golf ball “seeds,” har-

vesting foam cylinders, whiffle balls and plastic mesh balls of “produce,” corralling small plastic pigs and turning on a valve. The competitions are enough to bring onlooking crowds to bleachers, and anxious teams deck out in uniform colors. There are even play-by-play announcers. In the Oct. 15 competition, a field of 28 teams ran repeated rounds until just four teams remained. Between rounds, teams made adjustments and repairs in a “pit area.” Last year, the first year DSST-Byers competed, they finished first. This year, they placed second. Beyond the game, all teams had to submit an engineering notebook documenting their design and construction process. As Rocky Mountain BEST President Carolyn Bauer observed, “In the real world, you’ll never have a successful project if you don’t write it down.” To win the overall competition, teams also could build a booth and present a marketing plan before a panel of judges. The Skybots, who only competed in robotics last year, went all-in this year. “After the local competition, we sat down and said we need to be on a par with the top teams. We have to have a mental goal,” said DSST-Byers parent and Team Leader, Thomas Roell. Their efforts paid off. Principal Brad



These middle school and high school freshmen DSST-Byers Skybots compete above their weight against predominantly high school teams. Photo by Sara Hertwig. White said it shows DSST-Byers’ commitment to producing students who can excel in math and science but also communicate well and work collaboratively. “The balance helps open it up to students who aren’t computer nerds,” including more girls and students of color, White added.

The Skybots team includes engineers who perfect the robot and document their process, programmers who craft and adjust the robot’s operating code and the team’s website (dsstbyersrobotics. org) and marketers responsible for the






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Inside the profile Harvard Gulch Trail ......................................... 1 DSST Byers robotics team .............................. 1 A Representative View.................................... 2 Successful ballot initiatives .......................... .6 Business as Usual ............................................ 3 People of South Denver ................................. 4 DenveRight update ........................................ .6 Minimum wage update ................................. .6 Burnham Yard closing .................................... 6 Homelessness tensions .................................. 7 Calendar of Events .......................................... 8 Volunteerism.................................................. 13 Family-friendly events .................................. 13 Eat Drink Shop Pearl Guide ......................... 14 Holiday Guide ................................................ 16 Arts & Events - Must See Galleries ............. 20 Arts & Events - Concert Highlights .............. 20 Swallow Hill's big goals................................. 21 Profile books .................................................. 22 Star Wars and the Power of Costume ....... 23 Service Directory ........................................... 24 Classifieds ....................................................... 25 South Denver School Scoop ......................... 26 Local History: Henry Porter ......................... 27 Senior Suggestions ........................................ 28 University Park New and Views...................29 Gardening........................................................31

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A Representative View Building and maintaining Denver’s civic infrastructure By Robin Kniech, Denver City Council, at large

Cities like Denver have a variety of methods to pay for the infrastructure, services and programs needed to serve you and run the city. Day-to-day operations, salaries for city employees (like police and parks crews) and routine maintenance of city buildings are all funded through our annual budget. The budget is made up of sales tax, property tax and the fees and fines paid throughout the year. However, the city has an additional special tool called a general obligation bond (GO Bond) that we use every seven to ten years or so to fund major repairs, renovations or new infrastructure or buildings. Denver is beginning the planning process for a new GO Bond in 2017. GO Bonds must be approved by the voters. With your permission, the City sells bonds to investors. We use the funds they provide to pay for the maintenance or construction of physical infrastructure, and then we pay the investors back over

time with property tax dedicated to the bond payback. Because the City is pledging to pay back the bondholders with our “full faith and credit,” there is very low risk to the bond holders, and they don’t pay state or federal tax on the interest they earn. Because of the low risk and tax exemption, investors charge the city a lower interest rate, saving taxpayers money while delivering an improved city. The last General Obligation bond, known as the Better Denver Bond Program, was in 2007. It delivered three new branch libraries, one new fire station, two new recreation centers, a new police crime lab and improved more than 90 other city and cultural buildings. It couldn’t be a more important time for a new bond. Denver has a significant backlog of aging buildings that are outdated or in disrepair, including several police stations. And our economic success and growth require better transportation systems and improved community assets to meet increased demand. The foundation for identifying projects to receive funding from the 2017 GO Bond will be Elevate 2020, the city’s 20152020 Six Year Capital Improvement Plan. The plan identifies Denver’s major city

asset rehabilitation needs and some new investment opportunities. But we will also be taking city-wide input on projects and priorities that are important to you. Public meetings began in mid-November and continue into December, with a meeting including the Wash Park area taking place: Thursday, Dec. 8, 6-7:30p.m., South High School, 1700 E. Louisiana Ave. Your ideas and projects for the Six Year Plan will be evaluated by stakeholder task forces in early 2017 with the goal of finalizing a package of improvements to submit to the City Council by the summer. Voters decide on the package on the November 2017 ballot. Then, Denver’s next generation of civic infrastructure will be in your hands. As Chair of Denver City Council’s Finance and Governance Committee, I’ll be closely monitoring the process and advocating for as much citizen participation in budgeting bond dollars as possible. To find other public meetings, or to stay updated on the process, go to and enter “GO Bond” in the search box. You can also send me your ideas at or call me at 720-337-7712.

Successful ballot initiatives summary


By Jennifer Turner


Some important ballot initiatives were approved by Colorado voters on Nov. 8. They are:

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Amendment 70 - Raises the minimum wage

Colorado joined a number of other states in raising the minimum wage with the passage of Amendment 70. This legislation will be enacted in phases between 2017 and 2020. The state’s current minimum wage is $8.31. The rate will grow to $9.30 on January 1, and 90 cents per year, every year thereafter, until it reaches $12 per hour in 2020. Read more on this initiative in this issue.

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With the passage of Amendment 71, it is now harder to amend the Colorado Constitution. “Raise the Bar” requires any group wanting to get an initiative on the ballot to gather signatures from two percent of registered voters in each of Colorado’s 35 Senate districts. Previously, signatures were needed from only five percent of the total number of votes cast for the Secretary of State in the last general election, which was approximately 98,500. The signatures could come from anywhere in the state. In addition to a more rigorous geographic qualification, the measure also requires 55 percent of voters to approve any ballot initiatives, rather than a simple majority, which was the former rule. The campaign enlisted the help of high-profile supporters, including Governor Hickenlooper, Mayor Hancock and John Elway. Opponents to 71 argued that it’s already hard enough, and now only those groups that are extremely well-funded will have the resources to satisfy the new requirements. Five times as much money was raised by the “Raise the Bar” campaign as what the opposition collected. Much of the money in favor of 71 came from energy interests.

Proposition 106 - Medical aid-in dying

Colorado follows California, and four other states, in ratifying medical aid-in-dying legislation. It was done with the overwhelming approval of 65 percent of the electorate during one of the most contentious election cycles in American history. Proposition 106 makes it possible for people 18 years of age and older, who have received a terminal diagnosis from two doctors, to have access to life-ending drugs. Patients must self-administer the medication. “Colorado made history as the sixth state to authorize medical aid-in-dying to a certain subset of terminally ill cit-

izens,” said Julie Selsberg, co-petitioner of Proposition 106. “My dad wanted this option for peace of mind in his dying days, and, ultimately, for the opportunity of a gentle passing. Now we know that Coloradans believe that offering the option of medical aid-in-dying is the kind, compassionate, safe and just thing to do.”

Proposition 107 - Creates an open presidential primary that will be held before the end of March; Proposition 108 - Permits unaffiliated voters to vote in a party’s primary without registering with that party

The success of Propositions 107 and 108 is good news for Colorado’s 1,140,909 unaffiliated voters who were frustrated with the state’s presidential primary process earlier this year. They currently outnumber the state’s 1,040,948 Democrats and 1,031,512 Republicans. 107, which passed by a resounding 64 percent, returns open presidential primaries to Colorado and mandates they take place before the end of March. Independent voters can participate without having to affiliate with a party. Proposition 108 passed with 52 percent of voter support and also provides unaffiliated voters the opportunity to vote in primaries without having to pick a party. Additionally, it permits party members, in certain circumstances, to pick candidates by convention or committee instead of holding an election.


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The independently owned and operated Papa Murphy’s on South Broadway celebrates their one-year anniversary. The take-and-bake pizza place offers dough and toppings that are made fresh daily.

The Former Future Brewery has been redubbed The Black Project and they are brewing beer exclusively in the traditional Belgian style. The brewery is currently the only one in Colorado using exclusively 100 percent wild yeast.

Business As Usual By Kerry Hammond Please notify us of business-related news within your neighborhood so we can provide coverage in “Business as Usual.” This is the place for business anniversaries, key personnel changes, relocations, openings, new product or service offerings, residential or commercial developments, political intrigues and ownership changes. Call us at 303-778-8021 or send an email to bau@washparkprofile. com.

Belcaro/Bonnie Brae A Happy One-Year Anniversary to the independently owned and operated Papa Murphy’s (papamurphys. com) located at 383 S. Broadway. Owner, Karen Harrison, is proud to offer high-quality take and bake pizza. “The beautiful thing is that all of our ingredients are completely fresh,” said Harrison. The restaurant makes the dough and slices all of the toppings, fresh daily. Everything is completely custom; you choose your ingredients, they create your pizza and you bake it at home. “It’s hot and ready when you are,” added Harrison. If you order online, you can skip the lines and go right to their pick-up counter to save time, although their goal is to get every customer in and out in 3-8 minutes. To try them out, look for a coupon in this month’s Wash Park Profile.

Cherry Creek Olive & Finch is scheduled to open its second location in January 2017 at 3390 E. First Ave. “This location will not only be bigger than the Uptown location, but it will have a huge patio,” said owner, Mary Nguyen. Diners can also expect a more expansive menu, which will go beyond sandwiches and salads, and offer entrees such as steak, salmon and pasta. “We will also be doing more custom cakes for birthdays, showers, anniversaries and weddings,” added Nguyen. The Cherry Creek Bed Bath & Beyond ( has decided to leave its 2500 E. First Ave. location. The plan is to reopen in Glendale near Target on Colorado

and Alameda Avenues sometime next year. The new location formerly housed Sports Authority.

Lowry Chef and restaurant owner, Clint Wangsnes, is opening a Chop Shop ( at 200 N. Quebec St. The restaurant will serve the same “skillfully crafted, quickly served” cuisine as the Colfax location, said Wangsnes. The Lowry restaurant will be more spacious, offering a larger seating area and hopefully more craft cocktails on tap. The eatery is, according to Wangsnes, “fast casual with an elevated style of food that is chef driven and crafted.” They are due to open in January in the space that was once Salty Rita’s.

Platt Park The Former Future Brewery, located at 1290 S. Broadway, has a new name and a new, exciting concept. Now called The Black Project (, they are brewing beer exclusively in the traditional Belgian style, which means using a coolship—a big open vessel that collects the wort and cools overnight,

while allowing microbes from the air to enter. Owner and microbiologist, James Howat, takes the concept of keeping it local to a new level. “Hypersonic is our newest IPA, brewed with a strain of yeast that James pulled from an apple tree in Baker,” said co-owner, Sarah Howat. She describes the brew as having a hoppy taste without a lot of bitterness. She is proud that they are “one of a handful of brewers in the country, and currently the only one in Colorado, that is exclusively using 100 percent wild yeast.” It may surprise you that using this Belgian style brewing process doesn’t mean that all of the beers are sour.

Rosedale Maddie’s Restaurant has moved, but is just next door. The restaurant, named after the owner’s daughter, is now located at 2425 S. Downing St. inside what used to be a service station. The grand opening was at the end of November, so they are in full swing and serving during the breakfast and lunch hours: 7:00a.m.2:00p.m.

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People of South Denver Tom Wolfe By Susan Dugan


hile coming of age in upstate New York, Iliff School of Theology President and CEO Tom Wolfe set his sights on learning to fly rather than on following his father into the clergy. But during freshman year of aviation school, his vision changed. “Alone with my thoughts, it became very clear that I wanted to head toward seminary,” he says. Wolfe transferred to Lycoming College in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, where he majored in psychology and added a second major in religion the following year. He chose his next move carefully. “As a kid I would come home from school and often have a group of clergy and a rabbi sitting around planning something,” he explains. “I chose a theological school that would expose me across faith traditions.” He enrolled in the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, California, in 1978 and received a Master of Divinity degree in 1981. “Going to the other coast was a whole different cultural experience and also very intentional on my part,” he says. After graduating, Wolfe relocated to Ithaca, New York, with his wife Marilyn (who he’d met in California), to be pastor of a United Methodist congregation surrounded by Cornell University.

“I had a very intelligent congregation,” he says. “They scared the heck out of me, but I had a very important, scary-bright scientist in my congregation that the White House consulted with. I remember him knocking on my door saying, ‘you know I have all this power but my life is a wreck. Can I come and talk with you?’ And I realized I didn’t have to be as smart as them, I just had to be in a pastoral relationship with them.” Wolfe’s next assignment landed him in a large rural congregation in Moravia, New York, where he served for six years before facing reassignment. “I could either go to the big-steeple church or the Protestant chaplaincy at Syracuse University,” he explains. “The chaplaincy was kind of run down, but my gut said yes, so I went and built that program and realized I really liked higher education. One of my board members also on the faculty sent me down to meet the director of the Higher Education Administration Program.” Wolfe found the program’s multidisciplinary approach a perfect fit for his diverse interests and, after earning his Ph.D., he served as dean of the Hendricks Chapel at Syracuse University for the next 10 years. “There was all the diverse religious life that I was comfortable with, and I also got to build relationships with the community and sharpen my awareness of the institutions in our neighborhoods,” he says. Wolfe then served as senior vice president and dean of Student Affairs at Syracuse for the next five years.

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Iliff School of Theology President and CEO Tom Wolfe entered college with aspirations to become a pilot rather than follow his father into the clergy. Things soon changed. Photo by Sara Hertwig. “The Chancellor wanted me to heal a division that was pretty broken,” he explains. “People needed to fall in love with their work again and feel trusted and included.” Encouraged by the United Methodist denomination and colleagues, Wolfe began to explore seeking the presidency of a theological school. “I was nicely tucked in but something about it intrigued me,” he says. “I began to look for a good fit and found it at Iliff (where he was named president in August 2013). This job incorporates everything I’ve ever done. The parts of me that are pastoral, the parts that are administrative and the parts that place students at the center of my mindset all get played out here. We’re all interested in the future of theological education and in making sure we prepare our people to fully engage in the world.” A world, Wolfe acknowledges, that looks completely different than it did in 1981. “The trick is not to get stuck in your own past and to think in whole new ways while honoring Iliff’s deep, progressive, theological history that has made a really powerful statement for justice and produced so many courageous people,” he says. “It has everything to do with how we structure theological education, how

Harvard Gulch them and their tripping on the rough trail that sparked my interest. Enough scraped knees later, I started looking into what could be done,” Hurd said. Kashmann said that at Hurd’s suggestion, he walked the trail along with representatives from city agencies, the Greenway Foundation and Walk Denver. “You can immediately see what the problem is,” Kashmann said. The trail needs repaving, curbs need to be lowered and accessible ramps need to be constructed at street crossings. Signage alerting motorists to watch for bikes and pedestrians needs to be installed as well. “Not huge improvements, but it will get rid of huge curbs that you’d bounce off of on a bike. It’s an amenity that’s finally getting the respect it deserves,” Kashmann said. The city is also cooperating with the Army Corps of Engineers on an analysis and remapping of the Har-

we frame our curriculum, what needs to take place in the classroom and how we place our interns.” The school is in the midst of change, Wolfe believes. “A lot of our students are going into struggling institutions,” he says. “How do we equip them with the tools to name and understand the issues? To not project them into some old model, but move them into what really needs to happen? Some of that horizon is clear and a lot isn’t. If we’re living our lives honestly, we say it’s not clear. That puts us in a stronger position to find our way into the future. There’s a lot of flux now but we’re friends with that, otherwise you’re in battle with it and that doesn’t work.” As part of a larger world fraught with divisiveness and exclusiveness, Iliff’s approach to theological education continues to offer an alternative. “We are a place that enrolls people of all faith traditions,” Wolfe says. “Our United Methodist history carries with it a solid commitment to inclusiveness. We’ve never protected our borders from other faith traditions. We also are absolutely committed to academic freedom. I sometimes remind the church that academic freedom and the spirit of inclusion


: CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 vard Gulch floodplain. It will identify floodplain boundaries and update the flood risk, which has been impacted by human-caused and naturally occurring changes over the years through the entire Harvard Gulch area. Once the analysis is complete and adopted by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), property owners will be required to carry flood insurance. The maps will also be used in a Harvard Gulch integration plan the city is working on, which is part of a larger Denver Urban Waterways Restoration Study. The study will help the city identify ways to improve Harvard Gulch and make it a better community amenity. More information is available at Citizens can comment on a Survey Monkey questionaire that the city has set up at

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Four plans, one vision: multiple meetings, surveys and outreach ahead for DenveRight initiative By J. Patrick O’Leary

City planners have finished the first phase of public outreach for DenveRight, having received nearly 8,000 responses from surveys, community workshops and meetings. Although the data outlines the concerns most important to Denver residents, another year of meetings and outreach lie ahead. Mayor Michael B. Hancock launched the citywide, multi-agency planning initiative in May. It is an attempt to shape the next 20 years of Denver’s development in the areas of land use, mobility, parks and recreational resources by coordinating the planning processes of four distinct citywide plans: - An update of Blueprint Denver, the 2002 citywide land-use and transportation plan. - An update of The Game Plan, the 2003 citywide parks and recreation master plan. - Denver Moves: Transit, a new mobility plan for transit in Denver. - Denver Moves: Pedestrians and Trails, a new mobility plan for sidewalks, crossings and trails. The process is to be guided by citizen input, and the scope and methods of the information gathering effort are larger than any before.

“Not everyone has time to attend to attend a public meeting, so we’re meeting people where they are, with website surveys, street teams sent to community events people are already attending,” said Andrea Burns, Communications Director for Community Planning and Development. “And we still have meetings,” she said, because people like to ask questions and engage with planners. Five “visioning” meetings were held Oct. 4 and 5, with one at North High School attracting several hundred people. “Street Teams”—armed with tablets, handouts and small giveaways to entice participation—were sent to large community events in September, including Montbello’s 50th anniversary celebration, the BuCu West Chili Fest and the NFL Kickoff Fan Event in Civic Center Park, said Burns. “We’re asking really high-level, dreaming questions with this,” she explained. “Now we’ll get into the meaty work, how to apply the dreaming to specific plans.” The challenge will be making all four plans braid together, said Burns. “They shouldn’t conflict. At the end of the day they should all reflect the community’s vision.” Each plan is on a parallel, indepen-

dent 18-month track, with a task force composed of residents, City staff and City Council members. The whole process will take 18-24 months, Burns said. “Our next step is to have people weigh in on what they told us. ‘Here’s what we heard … did we get it right?’ Then drill down into details of the plans.” How have residents reacted to the outreach? “I think they’ve been doing a better job than in the past of reaching as many people as possible… They’re sincere,” said Cindy Johnstone, a member of the board of directors of Friends and Neighbors of Washington Park, as well as DenveRight’s Game Plan Task Force. “In our area, we get decent turnout.” But Johnstone said there were meetings going on at the same time—one on the city’s bond measure, for example. She and other Task Force members were asked to talk to 10 people about what they saw for the future of the parks, and they all did. “We need to keep doing more of that,” Johnstone said. Rosemary Stoffel is a University Park resident and has served on the University Park Community Council board for over 10 years. She’s also on the Pedestrian and Trails Task Force. She said it’s difficult to get public input because generally people

don't participate in city meetings unless they see something going on nearby. “My personal take is that the city is sincerely trying to get as much input as they can, and they put out a lot of energy,” Stoffel said. She went to the visioning event held at 40th and Colorado the first day, then Jewish Community Center the next, and filled out the Blueprint Denver survey. People who were there seemed to feel good about it,” Stoffel says. On her task force, she said the planners are still seeking input from areas of the city where residents didn’t participate as much. Myles Tangalin serves on Congress Park Neighbors, Inc.’s, board, and represents the Mayor’s Pedestrian Advisory Committee on the Game Plan Task Force. “Community outreach these days is challenging,” he said, “People are very busy.” He’s been talking about the initiative at CPN’s meetings, but turnout for one was low due to the presidential debates airing that evening. CPN has posted DenveRight information on its website, and he reports their response is good. “It’s encouraging … people are opening up the links.” For information, including survey results, visit

Minimum wage amendment passes with coalition of support

By Jennifer Turner

Amendment 70, which will raise the minimum wage in Colorado from $8.31 an hour to $12 by 2020, passed with 54.6 percent voter approval and 1,381,245 votes. The measure received 173,150 more votes than Hillary Clinton and 138,910 more than Michael Bennet. Its convincing win and Clinton’s narrow victory here are something of a contradiction and may provide a ray of light for despondent Democrats. Clinton garnered 1,208,095 votes in Colorado to Trump’s 1,136,354. She may have lost the state altogether if not for Libertarian Gary Johnson, who received 129,128 votes. Johnson has been credited by Colorado Republican party chair Steve House with siphoning votes away

from Trump. Colorado Clinton voters, including those in Denver County, do appear to have largely voted in favor of raising the minimum wage. However, so did some Trump voters, despite their candidate’s repeated flip-flops on the issue. Amendment 70 passed in a number of counties Trump carried, including Archuleta, Garfield, Grand and Montezuma. How did the Amendment 70 campaign assemble a winning coalition for a core Democratic issue that included cross-over voters that team Clinton was unable to reach? According to Timothy Markham, a lead proponent of Amendment 70, they did it through “intentional and deliberate organizing across a progressive movement.”

Burnham Yard closing ends chapter of Denver history By Lucy Graca

As commuters riding RTD’s C or E Lines rise over Santa Fe Drive and pull into the 10th and Osage station, they might look down at the mass of railroad tracks and lines of locomotives and freight cars gathering graffiti to the west. Drivers heading west on the Eighth Avenue overpass may notice they pass within a few feet of an enormous, red brick locomotive maintenance shop. What these commuters are looking at is the Burnham Rail Yard, built 142 years ago by the Rio Grande Railroad to service its steam and diesel locomotives. The yard was also where passenger coaches and freight cars were built and maintained. In December 2015, Union Pacific, which now owns the yard, announced it would close the site in February 2016

and sell the 70-acre site to developers. Excitement reigns, since the site lies just south of Downtown in the heart of Lincoln Park. Meanwhile, Historic Denver, the Colorado History Museum and the Museum of Railway Workers, among others, are scrambling to save six of the site’s 90- to 140-year-old historic buildings. As Historic Denver News reported in its Winter 2016 issue, “The history of Denver is intimately tied to the growth and expansion—and eventual decline— of the American railroad industry. No other industry in Denver has sculpted the city’s built environment to the extent of the rail system… Sites such as Burnham Yards tell the story of Denver’s rise and development, and of thousands of workers who made up the backbone of our city.”


From the beginning, the Amendment 70 team made sure they included diverse voices, such as small community organizations and labor and faithbased groups. The campaign’s message of economic justice and basic fairness resonated across the state and socioeconomic divide. The Amendment 70 campaign also wasn’t shy about battling corporate interests who aren’t typically viewed as friendly to workers and their families. There was stiff opposition from many businesses, including those in the hospitality and agricultural industries. “It’s about being bold and proposing real solutions to real people’s problems,” Markham said. “It’s about being unabashed in taking on large corporate interests who are hurting Coloradans in

every corner of the state. It’s time our leaders started listening, standing-up for real people and stop being intimidated by the business community and the local politicians they control. If you stand-up for people and fight for them, they will support you and you will win.” When asked why he believes Trump won, Markham said he thinks when middle-class Americans began to feel real economic anxiety for themselves and their families, mixed with changing cultural demographics, they looked for someone who recognized their plight. Status quo politicians didn't fit the bill, but the rhetoric and policies of people like Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders resonated.

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Homelessness creates tensions between citizens and cops By Caroline Schomp

“The police department depends on you to be its eyes and ears,” Denver Police District Six Commander, Ron Saunier, has been telling citizens worried about increased numbers of homeless people in their neighborhoods. Saunier spoke recently at meetings organized by Capitol Hill United Neighborhoods (CHUN) in response to citizen concerns about homelessness. Many residents voiced concerns on Nextdoor. com, the neighborhood social media site. One thread, beginning in mid-September, brought 55 replies: “I have a homeless man, sometimes multiple, who has made his home in a shaded corner of my property next to my garage … I ‘kicked him out’ last year but he’s been back and totally moved in this year. “I posted ‘Private Property’ and ‘Keep Out’ signs but he, obviously doesn’t care. He hasn’t been much trouble other than creating a total mess around my garage, doing drugs on my driveway in the alley with his friends and snarling at my roommates as they walk by in the alley. He’s becoming increasingly more aggressive (verbally, not physically) with people in the alley… What can I do?” The responses ranged from practical to nasty, compassionate and even violent: “I solved the problem by repeatedly spraying down the hobo with my garden hose. Worked like a charm!” “I think if you can remove brush and add a light, that might discourage people from trespassing on the

property.” “These transient scum will really only listen to hardcore tactics.” “People may be homeless, transient, addicted, mean, aggressive or annoying. But they are never ‘scum.’” “Bass Pro has a sale on large grizzly capsaicin canisters… Let loose when they’re sleeping/wasted out of their minds… Not kidding. Not at all.” Frustration was the common theme—frustration with the homeless but also with the failure of the city, personified by Denver’s police (DPD), to stop homeless people from using both public and private property to sleep, urinate, defecate and often abuse drugs and alcohol. “We’re aware of the problems. We know what’s going on,” Saunier said, but he also articulated a difficult truth: “It isn’t illegal to be homeless.” Court decisions have limited how police can deal with the homeless. Now there’s a class-action lawsuit against the city for engaging in “sweeps” designed to clear out homeless encampments, such as a recent sweep in mid-November. The lawsuit contends the sweeps constitute illegal searches and seizures against homeless people. It is making its way through federal court and won’t be heard for a year or more. Many people blame the city’s ordinance banning camping (lying down in public covered by a blanket, coat or sleeping bag) for pushing more homeless out of downtown and into the neighborhoods. Saunier said nonprofit service providers report there’s been an overall increase in the homeless they’re serv-

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ing. Multiple reasons are responsible. He highlighted people who have come hoping, but failing, to find jobs in the marijuana industry, and “others who come because it’s a great city and because there’s mostly nice weather.” Rapidly escalating housing prices have also contributed. Many homeless people are mentally ill, aren’t taking medication or being supervised. There’s a six-month wait to get mental health services. At a recent meeting Saunier attended of police from all over the western region, he said the top problems discussed were mental illness and homelessness. “The only one who didn’t have the problem was from Cherry Hills,” he said. Denver has spent millions of dollars, but homelessness and its related problems keep growing faster than resources. Saunier said he goes to one or two weekly meetings of a “fast-acting, results-oriented team” of city agencies. DPD is on the front lines, with a team of just four Homeless Outreach officers to cover the entire city. This team is supported by six mental health technicians. Saunier admits he’s frustrated, too. Citizen complaints about homelessness necessarily take a back seat to dealing with more serious crimes. Citizens calling DPD often receive an in-person officer response, and this discourages them from calling again because they assume the police don’t care. Saunier said complaining on Nextdoor has no impact because while the DPD can post alerts on the site, the department is unable to read citizens’ complaints.

“You need to communicate directly with us. Call 911 if there’s a crime in progress or an obvious mental health problem,” he says. “For less serious situations, like people drinking and drugging in alleys or apparently living out of cars, call 311. Either way, ask for a callback.” When citizens call and request a callback, a police officer, homeless outreach officer or dispatcher should respond to provide details of what was done, even if the complaint was placed in a queue and didn’t get acted on because of more pressing problems. Repeated calls also highlight problem areas and establish patterns that call for more police attention. Citizen calls led to the recent cleanup of the Cherry Creek trail. Police have to follow an involved process, including informing homeless about resources, and it requires at least three contacts for a repeated infraction before a homeless person can be jailed. Why don’t the homeless go to shelters instead of bedding down in alleys and on porches? “I can’t force anyone to take shelter. I … try to persuade them. I use the weather report when I can. About 70 percent of the time I can get them to go to a shelter,” Homeless Outreach Officer Steve Hammack said. That doesn’t work for everyone. “They’re not going to walk away from the cart with their belongings because they have their whole life in it,” Saunier said. He’s pushing the city to establish



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Denver Botanic Gardens Blossoms of Light

Denver Botanic Gardens, although already as beautiful could be, upped their game by adding strings of Christmas lights throughout their many gardens. Starting Friday, Nov. 25 from 5:30-9p.m. the display runs until Saturday, Jan 2. Go with haste; the price increases during peak season: Monday, Dec. 14 to Saturday, Jan. 2. There could be no better way to bring in the Holidays than exploring Denver’s world-class Botanic Gardens.

Sat, 12/3 | 1:00p.m.-2:00p.m. Holiday BrassFest For an unconventional Christmas tradition, don't miss the annual Holiday BrassFest. The sounds of the season will vibrate as brass players from throughout the region gather together with The Denver Brass to present a free holiday concert. | 303-832-4676 Denver Performing Arts Complex 1400 Curtis St.

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Sat, 12/3 - Fri, 12/23 | 11:00a.m.-9:00p.m. Denver Christkindl Market The Denver Christkindl Market transforms Skyline Park into a magical “old world' European Christmas village, with wooden vendor huts, twinkling lights, festival music, and an authentic German Bier Hall. Skyline Park 16th and Arapahoe Streets

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Sat, 12/3 - 12/17 | 7:30p.m. Christmas Carol: A Live Radio Play Joins us as we re-create a 1940's radio station, complete with microphones, applause sign, and sound effects station! Capture the glow of the holiday season with this nostalgic trip down memory lane! $23. | 720-530-4596 Spotlight Theater Company 7653 E. 1st Place

The 42nd annual Parade of Lights is almost upon us. For only two days, Friday, Dec. 2 at 8p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 3 at 6p.m., Parade of Lights will brighten up a two-mile strip of downtown Denver. Santa, along with many floats and marching bands, will grace the walk with their presences. The Parade of Lights has kicked off the holiday season for years, so bring your warm layers and witness the holiday miracle.

Come Friday, Nov. 25 at 6p.m., at the Colorado State Capitol, Denver will again be illuminated by approximately three million lights placed around downtown for the holidays, officially lighting Denver up for the season and ensuring natives can stay in the spirit. Make sure you layer up, it's going to be quite a cold one that evening, but it’s sure to be worth every moment.

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Friday, Dec. 2 to Sunday, Jan. 1, the famous Zoo Lights begin. With over 150 light-up animal sculptures set to fly from the trees or burst from bushes, the lights strewn across 70 acres of the zoo will ensure it’s a night of excitement (with, of course, the animals’ help). All natives know that this Denver tradition is one to make it to, and we hope to see you there.

Holiday Gingerbread House Competition Enjoy the sights and smells of these gingerbread houses built by Art Institute of Colorado culinary students focusing on historic houses in Denver. Visit this holiday season and vote for your favorite house! Free with admission. | 303-866-2394 History Colorado Center 1200 Broadway Fri, 12/2 - Sun, 1/1 | Times Vary Blossoms of Light This annual holiday lights extravaganza features some new elements, and includes the grand illuminated O'Fallon Perennial Walk and the Romantic Gardens. Don’t miss gazing at the twinkling lights and warm drinks in a new souvenir travel mugs. $8-$13. | 720-865-3501 Denver Botanic Gardens 1007 York St. Fri, 12/2 - Sat, 12/24 | 7:30p.m. Santa’s Big Red Sack An annual tradition for those desperately seeking some non-traditional holiday entertainment, $28. | 303-321-5925 Avenue Theater 417 E. 17th Ave.

Sat, 12/3 - Sun 12/18 | Times Vary A Krumpus Story A dark holiday comedy for anyone who wants a little more spice in their holiday fare. This show is hilarious, irreverent and surprisingly moving, $14. | 720-946-1388 Buntport Theater 717 Lipan St. Mon, 12/05 | 5:30p.m. Holiday Survival Food Strategies The holidays can take a toll on your health. If you’re tired of feeling unhealthy or gaining five pounds each holiday season (and never losing it again), join nutritionist Amanda Halliday to learn some great tips. $18, RSVP. | 303-316-6307 Jewish Community Center 350 S. Dahlia St. Saturday 12/10 | 12p.m.-8p.m. Ibex Outdoor Clothing Grand Opening. Lots of fun including a raffle, snacks, hot cider, free gift wrapping, and Happy Hour 5pm-8pm. Play our Merry Match game for a chance to win an Ibex hat! 250 Columbine St., Suite 115 Sat, 12/10 | 7:30p.m.-10:00p.m. St. Martin's Chamber Choir: 'Christmas in England: A Willcocks Tribute' Paying tribute to David Willcocks, who died in September 2015, and the Lessons & Carols services that he helped make famous. Christmas with St. Martin's - A Denver tradition! Tickets: $30. | 303-298-1970 Montview Boulevard Presbyterian Church 1980 Dahlia St. Sat, 12/10 | 11:00a.m.-3:00p.m. Winter Fest on Fillmore The Cherry Creek North Business Improvement District (BID) invites you to experience the true joy of the holiday season, including winter itself, at the inaugural Winter Fest on Fillmore. | 303-394-2904 Fillmore Plaza Fillmore St. between E. 1st Ave. and E. 2nd Ave.

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Tue, 12/13 | 5:30p.m.-6:30p.m. Holiday Cookie Exchange It’s that time of year when best cookies are made, what fun to make extra in order to trade! Join us for a Holiday Cookie Exchange. Please bring at least 1 dozen of your favorite cookies, the recipe to share, and enjoy some live music. All ages. | 720-865-0920 Ford-Warren Branch Library 2825 High St. Wednesday, December 14 | 6pm to 8pm Holiday Open House at Deiter’s Chocolates complimentary tastings of our handcrafted chocolates, gourmet hot cocoa mixes, and Colorado-made wines. 10% discount on all purchases made during this event 1734 Evans Ave Thu, 12/15 | 6:00p.m.-9:00p.m. International Holiday Market This holiday season find "Global Gifts Made Locally," made by Denver's refugee and immigrant community. In addition to directly supporting the artists by purchasing their creations, 10% of proceeds will go towards Spring Cafe's training program. | 720-210-4538 The Spring Cafe 1373 Grant St. Fri, 12/16 | 7:30p.m.-10:00p.m. St. Martin's Chamber Choir: 'Christmas in England: A Willcocks Tribute' Paying tribute to David Willcocks, who died in September 2015, and the Lessons & Carols services that he helped make famous. Christmas with St. Martin's ‚Äî A Denver tradition! Tickets: $30. | 303-298-1970 Saint John’s Cathedral 1350 Washington St. Sun, 12/18 | 4:00p.m.-5:30p.m. Here We Come A Caroling The Columbine Chorale presents songs and carols to help celebrate the winter holidays, $15. | St. Paul Lutheran and Roman Catholic Community of Faith 1600 Grant St. Tue, 12/20 | 5:00p.m.-6:00p.m. Winter Party Just in time for the holidays! Come make beautiful yarn cards to send to family and friends, take a picture of your favorite winter scene and decorate a cookie. While supplies last. | 720-865-0920 Ford-Warren Branch Library 2825 High St. Sat, 12/24 | 7:00p.m.-10:00p.m. Sixth Annual Klezfest Join us for the Sixth Annual Klezfest, a celebration of Jewish Klezmer music. Klezfest 2016 will feature Hal Aqua and the Lost Tribe, Rabbi Joe Black with Sandra Wong, and a special performance by Brooklyn-based Tsibele. | 303-749-5017 Mercury Cafe 2199 California St. Fri, 12/30 | 1:00p.m. Celebrate Kwanzaa Come take part in a festive cross-cultural experience highlighting the principles of Kwanzaa accompanied by music and dance. Light refreshments served. | 720-865-0920 Ford-Warren Branch Library 2825 High St. Sat, 12/31 | 9:00a.m.-4:00p.m. Noon Year’s Eve

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Religion Sat, 12/3 | 11:00a.m.-2:00p.m. Gingerbread House Workshops Come make a Gingerbread House! Using graham crackers, candy, and icing, this hour-long craft is great for adults and kids. Registration required for the workshop, includes admission to the Museum, $10. | 303-322-1053 Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls and Toys 1880 Gaylord St. Sun, 12/4 - Sun, 1/1 | 9:00a.m. Acts 29 Christian Service L2 Church 1477 Columbine St. Sundays, 12/4 - 1/1 | 7:45a.m. Anglican Services 303-831-7115 Saint John’s Cathedral 1350 Washington St. Sundays, 12/4 - 1/1 | 10:30a.m.-11:30a.m. Baptist Service 303-861-2501 First Baptist Church of Denver 1373 Grant Street Sundays, 12/4 - 1/1 | Times Vary Catholic Mass Also, Spanish Mass, 12:30p.m. (2nd and 4th Sundays) and African Mass, 1p.m. (3rd Sunday). | 303-322-8042 St. Ignatius Loyola Catholic Church 2301 York St. Sundays, 12/4 - 1/1 | 5:00p.m. Catholic Mass for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender A social follows Mass on most Sundays. | 720-515-4528 Dignity Denver 1100 Fillmore St. Sundays, 12/4 - 1/1 | 10:00a.m. Christian Science Service 303-839-1505 First Church of Christ, Scientist 1415 Logan St. Sundays, 12/4 - 1/1 | 8:30a.m. Contemporary Services 303-322-5733 Church in the City-Beth Abraham 1580 Gaylord St. Sundays, 12/4 - 1/1 | 7:45a.m. Episcopal Service 303-388-6469 St. Barnabas Episcopal Church 1280 Vine St.

Sundays, 12/4 - 1/1 | 10:00a.m. Episcopal Services 303-831-8963 Church of the Holy Redeemer 2552 Williams St. 303-831-8963 Sundays, 12/4 - 1/1 | 8:30a.m. Interdenominational Service 303-800-8269 Denver United Church 660 S. Broadway Sundays, 12/4 - 1/1 | 10:00a.m. Interfaith Devotions 303-744-6456 Baha’i Center of Metro Denver 225 E. Bayaud Ave. Sundays, 12/4 - 1/1 | 9:30a.m. Lutheran Service Jazz service the last Sunday of each month. | 303-831-7023 Our Savior's Lutheran Church 915 E. 9th Ave. Sundays, 12/4 - 1/1 | 8:00a.m. Lutheran Services Also, Catholic Mass on Saturdays at 5p.m. | 303-839-1432 St. Paul Lutheran and Roman Catholic Community of Faith 1600 Grant St. Sundays, 12/4 - 1/1 | 10:00a.m. Orthodox Mass 303-698-2433 Saint Augustine Orthodox Church 55 W. 3rd Ave. Sundays, 12/4 - 1/1 | 9:30a.m. Presbyterian Services Followed by fellowship at 10:30a.m. and education for all ages at 11:00a.m. | 303-333-9366 Capitol Heights Presbyterian Church 1100 Fillmore St. Sundays, 12/4 - 1/1 | 10:00a.m. Presbyterian Services 720-316-1279 St. Patrick Presbyterian Church Denver 1570 Clarkson St. Sundays, 12/4 - 1/1 | 10:00a.m. Worship Service With pre-worship coffee at 9:30a.m. and post worship social time at 11:30a.m. | 303-860-1819 Metropolitan Community Church of the Rockies 980 Clarkson St. Tuesdays, 12/6 - 12/27 | 12:00p.m.-12:30p.m. Meditation at Noon Take 30 minutes to connect to your heart, cultivate inner peace and happiness, and clarify your intention for the day, free. | 303-813-9551 KMC Colorado Capitol Hill 1081 Marion St. Sat, 12/10 | 9:00a.m. Shabbat Services 303-388-4239 Temple Micah 5209 Montview Blvd. Tue, 12/13 | 12:00p.m. Music at Noon Free performances held on the second Tuesday of each month. Generally 45 minutes to 60 minutes. Concert-goers are welcome to bring their lunch and eat their lunch before the concert. | 303-831-7115 Saint John’s Cathedral 1350 Washington St. Saturdays, 12/3 - 12/31 | 10:00a.m. Saturday Shabbat 303-322-5733 Church in the City-Beth Abraham 1580 Gaylord St. Sundays, 12/4 - 1/1 | 4:00p.m. Meditation and Kirtan Leave your troubles behind and practice meditation and Kirtan every Sunday. Childcare provided. For more info call Ed. | 720-810-9071 854 Pearl St. 854 Pearl St.

Outreach Fri, 12/2 - Sun, 12/4 | 10:00a.m.-7:00p.m. Denver Potters Association Fall Show and Sale The Denver Potters Association Fall Show will bring together over 40 top local artists. In addition to one-of-a-kind functional and sculptural ceramics, the show and sale will feature the best in jewelry, glass and wood creations. | 303-377-5535 Sixth Avenue UCC 3250 E. 6th Ave. Sundays, 12/4 - 1/1 | 6:45p.m. Nar-Anon A twelve step support group for families and friends of addicts to help themselves cope. | First Unitarian Church 1400 Lafayette St. Sundays, 12/4 - 1/1 | 12:30p.m. Nicotine Anonymous A fellowship of men and women helping each other to live our lives free of nicotine. | Our Savior's Lutheran Church 915 E. 9th Ave. Mondays, 12/5 - 12/26 | 7:00p.m. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous Through shared experience and mutual support, join a meeting to help each other to recover from the disease of food addiction. | 303-775-8062 Trinity United Methodist Church 1820 Broadway Mondays, 12/5 - 1/2 | 8:00a.m.-7:00p.m. Grant Street Reach Providing meals at no cost to its clients and it is sustained by committed and compassionate volunteers. | 303-839-1432 St. Paul Lutheran and Roman Catholic Community of Faith 1600 Grant St. Tuesdays, 12/6 - 12/27 | 8:00p.m. Joy AL-ANON Al-Anon’s Purpose is to help friends and families of alcoholics recover from the effects of living with the problem drinking of a relative or friend. In the Roberts Building, Room 103. | Saint John’s Cathedral 1350 Washington St. Tuesdays, 12/6 - 12/27 | 6:30p.m.-8:00p.m. Moderation Management Weekly meetings for problem (vs. chronic) drinkers who want to reduce their intake of alcohol. Email: denver@moderation. org. First Unitarian Church 1400 Lafayette St. Wed, 12/07 | 10:00a.m.-11:30a.m. Dementia Caregiver Support Group A safe to share concerns, coping techniques and tips when caring for a loved one with dementia. Free to attend, no regis-


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com) is now open at 730 E. Sixth Ave., in the former home of Lime XS. This new location is larger than its South Pearl Street sister, but offers the same menu, which includes “elevated street tacos.” These are the tacos that owner Patrick Mangold-White, who also owns Kaos Pizza and Gaia on South Pearl Street, modeled after a taco he had on the beach in Baja. The tacos earn their title by using high-quality ingredients like slowbraised brisket, pork shoulder and sea scallops.

Artisans’ Apothecary is now open at 330 S. Broadway but their website is still under construction. The store offers 100 percent natural and organic loose, bulk herbs, including Kratom powder from Indonesia that is used for relaxation. Manager Lenny McKinnon explained that in addition to herbs, they sell “concrete planters, homemade soaps, bath balms, and even moisturizers and hair products.” He said the store is “excited to offer alternative and herbal products to better yourself and your health.”

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: CONTINUED FROM PAGE 7 and people who have pets. “We need to provide dignified solutions while we try to find long-term solutions,” he says. Long-term solutions mean housing. The city is working on providing more housing, but it’s in the future and it may never be enough. Saunier had some immediate practical advice for citizens. “Don’t engage. If there’s someone on your porch or otherwise threatening you, shut your door and call.” According to Officer Hammack, you don’t need to post “No Trespassing” signs, but they may help. The Homeless

a storage facility where the homeless can safely stow their belongings, as is District Six City Councilman, Paul Kashmann, vice chair of the council’s committee dealing with homelessness. Kashmann says some homeless people may avoid shelters because most don’t offer any privacy and are sometimes dirty. “We need to elevate the shelter experience to help maintain people’s dignity. What we have now is better than freezing to death, but we need to raise the bar,” Kashmann says. He thinks the city needs to accommodate couples, families with children

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Are you too busy to plan a date with your significant other? Too stressed to be creative enough for a night out with friends? Now, you don’t have to plan, you can use Denver Date Nite (denverdn. com). Owner Gretchen Bartek explained the concept, “Customers define the parameters—budget, vibe, etc.—and we put together a custom night made just for them. We book the reservations and they get a detailed itinerary via email outlining the night ahead.” Their flagship product is a date night for two and their fees begin at $15 for a quicky plan that needs to start in two hours and go Outreach Team can provide a packet of information and signage. Hammack said the ideas advanced on Nextdoor—spraying with water or capsaicin—could backfire and might result in the citizen being charged with assault. One easy deterrent is good lighting. “Get an LED porch light and just leave it on all the time,” Hammack says. The city is developing a new phone

to $50 for an overnight getaway for two. Bartek said, “Our goal is to 100 percent send you to places you’ve never been and give you experiences you’ve never had.” The company receives no commissions from restaurants or hotels; they want to be able to choose a location that fits the client rather than only pick from a select group. Kerry Hammond investigates and reports on the neighborhood happenings in the Business as Usual column and is a freelance book reviewer for the Washington Park Profile. Contact her with any business-related news at the email above.

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team’s booth and presentation. Keeping all students on track are five parent-mentors who acknowledge it’s been an intense three months with long afterschool hours. Parent-mentor Kristen Arigoni, who also organizes all afterschool activities at Byers, said Skybots takes more time than any other extracurricular program. Competition Central is Room 107. The team’s engineers have mapped out a precise duplicate of the game course. Notes about strategy and performance statistics are posted on white boards, and


one student explained their strategy was being revised based off new analytics. Intense students cluster around one of their three robot prototypes, talking about how to improve the final one they’re building for Arkansas. The discussion is about the quality of wood that will work best in the school’s laser cutter. Roell focuses their attention on wheels and how to boost traction with less weight. It’s only 5:00p.m. and they’ll work until 8:00p.m. In the lunchroom, two students wrestle with a professional-quality

: CONTINUED FROM PAGE 4 also deeply committed to social justice, including LGBT rights and racial issues. We have a course being taught right now on Black Lives Matters. Our students come prepared to work with everybody.” Iliff demonstrates its values within the greater Denver community. “We are sending students into the community all the time,” he says. “We try to be good stewards of the resources given us and our primary resource is people. One of our strategic planning goals has been to engage in community partnerships that bring people in and let them know they are welcome. Right after Columbus Day, for example, we brought members of the community in to talk about Native American justice issues. We’ve conducted dialogue experiences with the Interfaith Alliance of Colorado and the Colorado Council of Churches.” Next year, as part of its 125th anniversary celebration, Iliff is planning a joint venture with Riverside Church in New York, commemorating the 50th

Most striking is how adult and professional these young teenagers act and sound. There’s little horsing around, and their language could fit into any college— or even professional—setting. Participating in BEST is giving them a head start on bright futures. Dr. Chad Harris, dean of the School of Professional Studies at MSU Denver, summed it up in his welcoming remarks at the local competition. “Teamwork. Problem solving. Leadership. You can’t put a price tag on these qualities. They are going to lead Colorado into the future.”

anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “Beyond Vietnam” speech. “Dr. Vincent Harding, who drafted that speech, was on our faculty for several years and died during my first year here,” Wolfe says. “NPR called when they were reporting on him and I pulled his book off the shelf and gave them the speech reference. I also called the senior minister at Riverside and we agreed to join together to commemorate that speech. So, on its 50th anniversary [April 4, 2017], representatives from Iliff will be at Riverside in New York, along with Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow, looking at issues raised in that speech that are still so relevant.” Wolfe likes to think that Iliff is creating a cadre of people with what he calls “courageous theological imaginations.” “Courageous speaks for itself, theological is what we do and imagination tells the story that we really don’t need people coming out of here with predictable responses,” he says. “We need people who are critically aware and engaged to see through issues, people who can really

move and organize. We have this heart for justice and aligning ourselves in a way that enables our students to make a difference in transforming the world.” Author Susan Dugan’s wide range of work includes newspaper and magazine articles, personal essays and fiction. An active volunteer in local schools, she has taught creative writing and brought authors into classrooms. If you know a member of our community who is contributing in extraordinary ways and might make a good subject for this column, email Susan at


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were gifts of the church, not something the institutions invented for themselves. There’s sometimes a creative tension between the church and the institutions that serve it, and that’s wonderful.” While considering the school’s overall direction, Wolfe takes a very hands-on approach. “Marilyn and I have students over in small groups,” he says. “I cruise the hall and converse with them daily. Some have no denominational affiliation; some have no particular religious affiliation. When you ask them what they are doing here, they say it’s because in this progressive place that is so committed to social justice, they know they’ll have an opportunity to engage in true moral discourse.” Fostering that environment requires offering broad experiences. “We don’t hold one tradition superior to another, and we teach theology from a very deconstructed and post-colonial perspective,” Wolfe says. “We are

exhibit bought with money raised from sponsorships. Nearby, two boys work on the website. Team bios are up. They’re adding images. “I think we should add a diary of what we’ve done every day,” says a boy named Anders. At the next table, a boy and girl mull the marketing presentation, including team demographics, budget, the robot and their process. “The original presentation was corrupted on my computer and we had to do it again,” a boy named Brent says. This time they’ll store it in the Cloud to guarantee access.



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: CONTINUED FROM PAGE 9 tration required. | 303-951-5222 The Center 1301 E. Colfax Ave. Wednesdays, 12/7 - 12/28 | 6:00p.m. LifeRing Secular Recovery Meeting A network of people who support one another in living free of alcohol and other non-medically indicated addictive drugs. | 303-875-5088 First Unitarian Church 1400 Lafayette St. Wednesdays, 12/7 - 12/28 | 6:30p.m. Marijuana Anonymous A fellowship of people who share experience, strength and hope with each other that we may solve our common problem and help others to recover from marijuana addiction. | Unity Church on the Hill 1555 Race St. Thursdays, 12/8 - 12/29 | 12:00p.m. Home for the Heart AL-ANON Al-Anon’s Purpose is to help friends and families of alcoholics recover from the effects of living with the problem drinking of a relative or friend. In lower level. Trinity United Methodist Church 1820 Broadway Tue, 12/13 | 1:00p.m. Pulmonary Fibrosis Support Group Provides a safe, secure environment for all patients with any type of pulmonary fibrosis and their family members, care providers and significant others. | 303-398-1912 National Jewish Health 1400 Jackson St.

Concerts Sat, 12/3 | 9:30a.m.-12:15p.m. 5th Annual Pipe Organ Tour This year the Organ Tour will begin at Holy Ghost Catholic Church, then proceed by foot to Saint Paul's Lutheran Church followed by Saint John's Cathedral. At each location you will hear about the history and architecture as well as music, $20. | 3035345288 Holy Ghost Catholic Church 1900 California Street Sat, 12/03 | 7:30p.m.-9:15p.m.

Colorado Wind Ensemble Outdoor Exposure with John Fielder The Colorado Wind Ensemble presents a stunning multimedia experience with photographer John Fielder in Outdoor Exposure. Conductor David Kish leads the CWE. | 303-394-4552 King Center Concert Hall, Auraria Campus 855 Lawrence Way

Galleries Fri, 11/11 - 1/09 | Times Vary 20th Anniversary Exhibitions of Artnauts Exhibitions of works by Artnauts, an art collective that has enlisted over 300 artists to serve as goodwill ambassadors who acknowledge and support victims of oppression worldwide. Their creativity has generated over 230 exhibitions. | 303-296-4448 RedLine Contemporary Art Center 2350 Arapahoe St. Fri, 12/02 26th Annual Holiday Miniatures Show Showcasing works of several artists and their small works. Opening reception: Fri., Dec. 2, 6-9p.m. | 303-355-0950 Abend Gallery 2260 E. Colfax Ave. Fri, 12/02 Best of Summer Art Market This exhibit features the collection of the six award winning artists from the Art Students League of Denver’s Summer Art Market in June. Reception: Fri., Nov. 4, 6-9p.m. | 303-778-6990 The Pattern Shop Studio 3349 Blake St. Fri, 12/2 - Fri, 1/13 | Times Vary Viaje al Hilo/Journey Through the Thread In celebration of ancient weaving traditions by contemporary designers, this exhibition features a collection of 7 carpets designed by Marisol Centeno of Bi Yuu and co-curated by Ana Maria Sanchez. | 303-571-4401 Museo de las Am√©ricas 861 Santa Fe Drive Fri, 12/2 - Fri, 1/8 | Times Vary Art of Sport: Iconic Photographs of American Legends from 1956-today Work by legendary Denver photographer Rich Clarkson, known for his work featuring American sports icons. A selection of Clarkson's covers from Sports Illustrated and

Time magazines are included, illustrating his longevity and dominance in the field. | 720-865-4220 McNichols Building 144 W. Colfax Ave Fri, 12/2 - Fri, 12/23 | Times Vary New Forms Mary Barringer’s ceramic works are motivated by an ongoing investigation of how to articulate her passion for language by making marks on the surface that are highlighted with ceramic pigments. | 303-295-0717 Plinth Gallery 3520 Brighton Blvd. Fri, 12/2 - Fri, 2/12 | Times Vary Edible: Botanical Art & Illustration Annual juried exhibition from the Gardens' School of Botanical Art & Illustration features the students' best achievements in a variety of media. This show’s focus is edible plants and highlights the artists' technical skill and botanical knowledge. | 720-865-3580 Denver Botanic Gardens 1007 York St. Fri, 12/2 - Sat, 1/14 | Times Vary Evenings: South Park, CO Jeff Aeling's painting travels take him all over the southwest. He finds himself returning to particular areas that allow clear observations of the weather, atmosphere and the unobstructed lay of the land. Opening reception: Fri., Dec. 2, 6-9p.m. | 303-893-2360 William Havu Gallery 1040 Cherokee St. Fri, 12/2 - Sat, 1/7 | Times Vary Emerging Vision Exhibit highlights the work of 28 talented photography students, offering a glimpse into the future of a medium that is constantly evolving. Juried by Samantha Johnston, executive director at CPAC. Opening: Sat., Dec. 3, 6-9p.m. | 303-837-1341 Colorado Photographic Arts Center 3636 Chestnut Place Fri, 12/2 - Sat, 1/7 | Times Vary Small But Mighty A group show in smaller format showcases Individual artistic skill in expressing nostalgia, fragility, identity, imagination, visual triggers and the immediacy of their process. | 303-931-2991 Sandra Phillips Gallery 47 W. 11th Ave.

BRASS & ANGELS SING! December 17 – 2:00pm & 7:30pm December 18 – 2:00pm Newman Center for the Performing Arts with The Colorado Chorale Rocky Mountain Children’s Choir Amanda Balestrieri – Soprano Todd Teske – Tenor Discounts for First Time Attendees – Call to Learn More!


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Volunteers needed: you bring spirit, we’ll bring doughnuts By Electa Draper

It’s going to be another dazzling fall day, but the sun hasn’t been up long enough to spread warmth on the roughly 200 volunteers milling around a lawn at South High School on a recent Saturday morning. Coffee and some quickly vanishing doughnuts are putting a dent in the chill, as people of all ages pick up their rakes. They divide into teams dubbed “Brown, Yellow, Blue and Green” for a day of yard work and social engagement. It’s organized by a group called A Little Help, which works to keep elders in their own homes and part of their neighborhoods. “The biggest thing we do is provide connection,” A Little Help executive director Paul Ramsey tells the crowd. “Your biggest task today is listening and sharing stories. That’s who we are. That’s what we do.” The great secret of society is just how easy it is to make a difference. Volunteers spotlighted in this story will tell you it’s ridiculously simple to make others and yourself happier. Volunteering, whether it’s done with a rake or a shovel, a home-cooked meal or the reading of a storybook, is essentially about forging bonds that make stronger individuals, neighborhoods, cities, states and countries. Opportunities for serving abound, a computer click away, from one-time outings to causes worthy of decades of loyal service. Volunteering is where many find second families. Among the ranks that A Little Help brought together in November, a new Girl Scout troop had its first-ever day of community service. Some South High cross country and track athletes turn out to give back. And several pockets of small families dot the grassroots gathering. “After the election, we thought we had to do something nice for people,” said Katie Clymer, who showed up with her husband, Jason and infant son, for some volunteer therapy. A Little Help, incorporated 10 years ago, brings volunteers together to pay some visits and do a few chores—yard work, housekeeping, ride sharing. They have helped 450 elders keep on top of tasks that might otherwise have chipped away at their independence.

Dorothy Crockett, 96, is happy to have A Little Help crew removing the deep carpet of leaves from the front yard of her Ohio Avenue home of 63 years. She is even happier to chat about her two Dachshunds, Richie and Athena, with Cori Pope, A Little Help board member, and her two daughters, Ava, 10 and Clara, 8. Also gathered at Crockett’s feet are Claire Mylott’s daughters, Meghan, 10 and Katie, 9, who listen as she talks about her life long ago in war-torn Germany. “They’re so wonderful,” Crockett said of the day’s visitors. “I love them.”

Getting Dirty: The Great Outdoors needs you This year, more than 5,300 people took up a pick axe, shovel or other serious tool to make and break hiking trails with Volunteer for Outdoor Colorado. It’s hard work. It’s also fun. “A lot of people find us through word of mouth,” said Anna Zawisza, VOC’s director of community relations. “We have some extremely loyal volunteers who talk up what they do for us to friends and families.” VOC just finished its 32nd year organizing people to work on projects, April to October, set anywhere from local parks to the state’s fourteeners, and everywhere in between. After training by skilled team leaders, volunteers construct trails, plant trees and shrubs, yank out invasive species, restore burned or flooded areas, build stone walls and remove old fences and structures. “It’s the Colorado experience,” Zawisza said. “We have such a beautiful state. Our projects showcase some amazing scenery.” “It’s more than taking in nice views,” said 17-year-veteran volunteer, Traci Case. “I fell in love with the people and the work,” she said. “My partner and I do five or six projects every season. As a frequent user of public lands, we recognize the need to be good stewards. This is a great way to do it. They are well organized. You don't waste your time. You get

December family-friendly events By Jennifer Turner

The holidays are here and they bring all sorts of delightful opportunities to celebrate the season. Here are some festive events for the whole family to enjoy, no matter your budget:

Denver Zoo Lights A holiday favorite, you can explore 70 acres of the brilliantly illuminated Denver Zoo, which is decorated with animals running and jumping where you least expect them. The 15 sculptures from the new Washed Ashore exhibit will also be lit for evening viewing. These enormous, impressive sculptures of sea life are made almost entirely out of trash collected from beaches and are meant to raise awareness about sea pollution. They were created by the nonprofit Washed Ashore Project. When: Now - Jan. 1, 5:30-9p.m. Where: Denver Zoo, 2300 Steele St. Cost: New this year are Value Nights on Dec. 2-15. Admission prices will be reduced during these dates because they are typically not as busy. These nights offer the same guest experience, but with fewer lines and more parking. Value Night prices range from $7-11 and nonValue Night prices range from $10-15.

Hammond’s Candies Kick-off to Christmas Week Hammond’s Candies is a local favorite. During the holidays they pull out all the stops, including a special Kick-off to Christmas Week celebration from Dec. 5-10 that features a number of free activities each day, including crafts, coloring, bingo and tours of the candy factory. Santa will stop by on Dec. 9-10. When: Monday-Thursday, Dec. 5-8, 10:00a.m.-2:00p.m. and Friday-Saturday, Dec. 9-10, 10:00a.m. to 4:00p.m. Where: Hammond’s Candies, 5735 N. Washington St. Cost: Free

Holiday Tours of Boettcher Mansion, the Governor’s Residence


on Capitol Hill, current home of Governor John Hickenlooper, decorated in its seasonal finest. Built as a private residence in 1908, the stately red brick house has been available for use by Colorado’s Governor's since 1960, both as a home and for official functions. When: Dec.8-11 and 15-18, 10:00a.m.-2:00p.m. Where: Boettcher Mansion, 400 E. 8th Ave. Cost: Free

A Colorado Christmas The Colorado Symphony, Colorado Children’s Chorale and the Colorado Symphony Chorus team up at Boettcher Concert Hall for the delightful “A Colorado Christmas” holiday spectacular. The music focuses on the magic of the season and features exciting surprises and special guests, including the Rocky Mountain Ringers, a community handbell ensemble. Former NFL player-turned-singer, Ben Utecht will read A Night Before Christmas and perform songs from his new album. Santa and Mrs. Claus will also be in attendance. When: Dec. 9-11 Where: Boettcher Concert Hall, 1000 14th St. Cost: Regular tickets start at $34 for adults and $10 for children. Discounted tickets are available. Some free tickets for low-income individuals and families for whom cost is a barrier to attendance are available through the Colorado Symphony’s Community Ticketing Initiative. Active military personnel, Guard and Reserve, with a military ID, can purchase up to two $5 tickets and up to four tickets at 20 percent off the regular price per concert. Discounted tickets are also available for veterans, students and teachers. For more information, call the Box Office at 303-623-7876.

Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker at the Paramount Theatre The Moscow ballet returns to Denver to ring in the season at the historic Par-


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out there, get busy and get dirty.” Some projects are back-breaking. Some are kid-friendly (six and over can come work). Some projects are overnighters. Bring your good work shoes, tent and sleeping bag. VOC supplies the rest. “There is always beer and a ton of food,” Zawisza said. “After working six or seven hours, people love having someone cook for them. There is campfire and camaraderie. There are stories, singing and games. People make some great friends. We’ve had some people meet their significant other and get married.” VOC encourages everyone to participate in its DIY Stewardship Program. Download a free mobile app—YourCO— and make a commitment to being an everyday steward. If virtue isn’t enough reward, you can earn points, digital badges and prizes.

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Denver Asset Building Coalition (Denver ABC), knows that “a lot of people are super-scared of taxes.” With just three paid staffers, DABC relies on a small army of 100 or so volunteers. This past tax season, they prepared tax returns—for free—for almost 6,000 low-income clients in the Denver Metro Area. DABC got clients seven million in federal refunds and saved them about one million in tax-preparer fees. “There’s a big need here in Denver,” Stanger said. “It is definitely one of the most satisfying feelings to help our clients. They trust us. They confide in us. Some people cry—they are so thankful.” DABC helps volunteers sharpen their tax skills. You don’t need experience, Stanger said. Most of the returns prepared are very basic. If complicated, experts are around.

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amount Theater. The Nutcracker is a larger-than-life holiday tradition, featuring Tchaikovsky’s timeless music. This unique production also includes Denver-area students from Cherry Creek Dance. When: Dec. 9 at 7:00p.m. and Dec. 10 at 1:00 and 5:00p.m.

Where: Paramount Theater, 1621 Glenarm Pl. Cost: Ticket prices range from $32-$78

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children. Website: Pets for Vets Have dog-training skills? This program supports veterans and provides a second chance for shelter pets by rescuing, training and pairing them. A veteran is chosen to receive a dog. A dog is chosen, adopted, trained and placed with the veteran. Website:

Animal Haus

Animal Haus, made up of all volunteers, works to keep pets with their families and out of shelters by helping feed them. In two years of operating its pantry, Animal Haus provided more than 23,000 pounds of food to hungry pets in the Denver Metro area. It partners with Spay Today, Neuter Now to help get needy pets the necessary vaccinations they need to be licensed in their city. Website:

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This big, national nonprofit has been working in Colorado since 1896, but it doesn’t just run large programs. You can volunteer here to get crafty: put together a craft box with supplies for one or two projects for 20 children, ages three to Christmas Carol, comes to life at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. It is a joyous and lavish musical adaptation of Ebenezer Scrooge’s overnight journey from money-hoarding cheapskate to redemption. When: Now-Dec. 24, times vary by day. Where: Denver Center for the Performing Arts, 1101 13th St.

five years old. Make cards for holidays and birthdays for seniors. Decorate lunch bags for those receiving Meals on Wheels. Write letters to veterans. Website: projects/3813e35e-4548-4f94-a6001f58dd51bd04

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Volunteer (if 16 or older) for a recurring story hour time (choose day and time: Monday-Friday, 10:30a.m., 11:30a.m., 2:30p.m.), or go as a group or individual for a one-time block (first Tuesday of each month, 4-8:00 p.m.) at the Children's Museum of Denver. You can also donate your gently used books. Website:

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DECEMBER 2016 • the profile | 19 : CONTINUED FROM PAGE 12 Fri, 12/2 - Sat, 12/17 | Times Vary John Buck Buck, in an expansive solo exhibition, features numerous kinetic carved jelutong wood sculptures, wall relief panels, figural cast-bronze sculptures, as well as large scale works on paper with humorous insight. | 303-298-7788 Robischon Gallery 1740 Wazee St. Fri, 12/2 - Sat, 12/31 | Times Vary Convergence Ashley Eliza Williams’ works turns to the infinitessimal and the undetected processes that create order within living organisms. Also, a selection of lithographs will be featured by painter Barbara Takenaga. | 303-573-1255 Goodwin Fine Art 1255 Delaware St. Fri, 12/2 - Sat, 12/31 | Times Vary Denver Art Dealers Association Exhibit In the Vida Ellison Gallery, Level 7. Collaborative, juried exhibit from Abend Gallery, Tam Oneill Fine Arts, William Havu Gallery, Plus Gallery, Sandra Phillips Gallery, Goodwin Fine Art, Gallery 1261, Michael Warren Contemporary & Walker Fine Art. | 720-865-111 Denver Public Library: Central branch 10 W. 14th Ave. Parkway Fri, 12/2 - Sun, 1/15 | Times Vary I've Got a Bike!: Artists Respond to the Bicycle Works by Colorado artists, in a variety of media, including installations, murals, video, paintings, written word and sound displayed alongside the classic or unique bicycles that inspired them. Celebrating the grand re-opening of the building. | 720-865-4220 McNichols Building 144 W. Colfax Ave Fri, 12/2 - Sun, 12/4 | Times Vary Accessory (A Gun Fad) Curated by George P. Perez, this exhibit explores the American fascination with guns, includes artists who examine multiple aspects of gun culture through representations of guns as objects of beauty and violence. Reception: Fri., Nov. 4, 6-9p.m. | 303-296-4448 RedLine Contemporary Art Center 2350 Arapahoe St. Fri, 12/2 - Sun, 2/12 | Times Vary Glory of Venice Features 50 significant works, providing visitors with a rare opportunity to experience 19 artworks from Venice's Gallerie dell'Accademia, which houses one of the greatest collections of Venetian Renaissance art in the world. Included in admission. | 720-865-5000 Denver Art Museum 100 W. 14th Ave. Parkway Fri, 12/2 - Tue, 1/31 | Times Vary Todd 'WAD' Clough Executive Director of the Denver Inner City Parish Clough’s, art is loud, bold, colorful, playful, with a sense of humor and a great release from his work environment that at times can be stressful and challenging. Opening: Fri., Dec. 2, 6-10p.m. | 303-331-0906 La Cour Art Bar 1643 S. Broadway

Fri, 12/2 - Wed, 1/7 | Times Vary Juxtaposed Group exhibit featuring artists who directly engage ideas of contrast, in both theme and process. In a broad range of approaches, each artist reveals juxtaposition as a dynamic and inventive force. Opening reception: Fri., Nov. 11, 5:309p.m. | 3033558955 Walker Fine Art 300 W. 11th Ave. #A Fri. 12/2 - Fri, 1/6 | Times Vary Shock Wave: Japanese Fashion Design, 1980s-90s View works of Japanese designers who started a fashion revolution in Paris in the 1980s-90s. Exhibition will feature 70 looks by powerhouse designers including Issey Miyake, Kenzo Takada, Kansai Yamamoto and Yohji Yamamoto. | 720-865-5000 Denver Art Museum 100 W. 14th Ave. Parkway Fri, 12/2 - Fri, 1/6 | Times Vary Star Wars and the Power of Costume Exhibit closely examine the captivating process of costume design for iconic outfits featured in all seven films of the Star Wars series‚ from Queen Amidala's lavish gowns to Darth Vader's imposing black armor. $5-$24. | 720-865-5000 Denver Art Museum 100 W. 14th Ave. Parkway Sat, 12/3 - Sat, 12/31 | Times Vary Todd 'WAD' Clough Executive Director of the Denver Inner City Parish Clough’s, art is loud, bold, colorful, playful, with a sense of humor and a great release from his work environment that at times can be stressful and challenging. Opening: Sat., Dec. 3, 5-9p.m. | 303-331-0906 Walker’s Studio Gallery 1708 E. Sixth Ave.

KidStuff Sat, 12/3 | 11:00a.m.-2:00p.m. Gingerbread House Workshops Come make a Gingerbread House! Using graham crackers, candy, and icing, this hour-long craft is great for adults and kids. Registration required for the workshop, includes admission to the Museum, $10. | 303-322-1053 Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls and Toys 1880 Gaylord St. Fri, 12/03-Fri, 10/03 Iliff Preschool, Kindergarten & School-Age Summer Camp Providing a safe and nurturing environment and playbased experiences for toddlers, preschool, pre-k & a private kindergarten connecting to early childhood standards with emphasis on social and pre-academic skills. Kindergarten Open house every Friday from 10-12 p.m. 303-757-3551. | 303-757-3551 Iliff Preschool, Kindergarten & School-Age Summer Camp 4140 E. Iliff Ave. Fri, 12/2 - Sun, 12/11 | 10:00a.m.-5:00p.m. Sun, 12/04 | 11:00a.m.-1:00p.m. Boogie Down!!! Love great music but staying up till 2am sounds like torture? Come 'Boogie Down' with the whole fam-dam-ily. See live music performances and learn to play with Swallow Hill's Instrument Petting Zoo while we converse about civic topics of importance. | McNichols Building 144 W. Colfax Ave Sundays, 12/4 - 1/1 | 1:00p.m.-5:00p.m. All Ages Open Lab Have a project you want to work on as a family? Want to learn more about Photoshop, 3D printing or anything else in the lab? Come on in! Family open lab is all ages, but no unaccompanied adults or kids under 10, please! | 720-865-1706 ideaLAB in Community Technology Center of DPL Central library 10 W. 14th Ave. Parkway Mon, 12/5 | 12:00a.m.Every Kid in a Park An initiative the U.S Government announced that all fourth grade students and their families would have free admission to National Parks, national forests, national wildlife refuges and waters for a full year. Weekdays, 12/5 - 1/2 | 3:00p.m.-6:00p.m. Teen Open Lab Interested in recording music or editing videos? Want to use the 3D printer or learn about Arduino? Want to learn how to make a video games? Ready to sew or paint a masterpiece? Just want to hang out and play games? Drop-in, for teens 12-19, free. | 720-865-1706 ideaLAB in Community Technology Center of DPL Central library 10 W. 14th Ave. Parkway Wednesdays, 12/7 - 12/28 | 11:30a.m.-12:30p.m. Baby Play and Explore Unstructured play and social time for children (0-2 years) and their caregivers. Enjoy books, music and a variety of developmentally appropriate toys. Free. | 720-865-1111 Denver Public Library: Central branch 10 W. 14th Ave. Parkway Sat, 12/10 - Sun, 12/11 | 10:00a.m. Family Workshop: Gingerbread Discover the plants that make gingerbread a warm, delicious treat and learn how to build with gingerbread. Each family can make and decorate a gingerbread creation to take home with them. Ages 5-10, $12/adult, $17/child. | 720-865-3580 Denver Botanic Gardens 1007 York St. Fri, 12/16 | 3:00p.m.-6:00p.m. EPIC Holiday Party Come celebrate school letting out for winter break with EPIC, the ideaLAB teen advisory board. Food, games, and holiday maker activities. Teens only! | 720-865-1706 ideaLAB in Community Technology Center of DPL Central library 10 W. 14th Ave. Parkway Sat, 12/17 | 6:00p.m.-7:30p.m. A Night As a Camper: Games, Songs & S’mores Want to get a dash of camp fun in the middle of the winter? Come over for a night of games, crafts, and s'mores! Meet us on the Denver JCC's Social Hall, we'll take the adventure from there! RSVP. | 303-316-6330 Jewish Community Center 350 S. Dahlia St. Sat, 12/17 - Sun 12/18 | 1:00p.m.-5:00p.m. ideaLAB Holiday Extravaganza Make snowflakes on the paper cutter, 3D print decorations,


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Brushstrokes for the Holidays

Through Dec. 31 Art Images & Art at the Loft Galleries, 1021 & 1023 S. Gaylord St. or 303-863-1559 It has been several years since the artists of Brushstrokes Studio Gallery have exhibited in their old stomping grounds of Old South Gaylord Street. This show gives us a taste of what they have been up to since their move to South Broadway. Kelly Berger is drawn to bold color, light and perspective, achieving a bold “color story” in each piece. John K. Harrell uses color, Artwork: San Francisco Magic by light and form, in ways John K. Harrell that celebrate the beauty and the poignancy of the seemingly commonplace. Kit Hevron Mahoney’s paintings are colorful canvases filled with elements of light, shape and texture depicting her favorite subjects. Anita Mosher’s focus is on painting expressions and poses that reveal the personality and character of her subject matter, whether human or animal.

Holy Moly Religious Commentary in Contemporary Art

pieces that depart from traditional religious iconography and explore what religion means to them. Whether raised in a church or not, devout or fallen away, we all have experiences that frame the way we feel about religion. Some see it as limiting, confusing and sometimes corrupt; some find peace in its rituals and traditions, while others experience a true connection to a higher being. What is religion to you? What do you think? How do you feel? Think on it and then experience how these artists expressed their answers to these questions.

Through Jan. 28 Niza Knoll Gallery, 915 Santa Fe Dr. or 303-953-1789 This wildly popular, all-media, juried show is back this year, again asking artist to create Artwork: Three Little Maidens by Martin Ettinger

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Through Dec. 31 Georgia Amar's Habitat Gallery & Studio, 828 N. Santa Fe Dr. or 303-534-9740 Although legally blind, Jim Stevens’ art reflects his perception of the world. While serving in Vietnam, he was shot in the head during a combat mission, resulting in migraine headaches, one of which caused a stroke that took his eyesight. After years of anger at his loss, he found his way back to art, remastering his skills using a variety of special lenses. He states that his “art is an exploration of empty space—not negative space, but the true empty space that exists through and around everything we think we see.” Using monofilaments and mosaics, he creates pieces that seem to move based on the position of the viewer, guiding us to experience how Stevens recreates the empty spaces. Artwork: Girl in the Windows by Jim Stevens

CONCERT HIGHLIGHTS Lamont School of Music Presents: 18th Annual Holiday Carillon Recital

Sunday, Dec. 11 I 3:00p.m. Lamont School of Music, 2344 E. Iliff (Ritchie Center Lawn at Buchtel and University Boulevards, No matter the weather) Free Admission The Holiday Carillon Recital is DU’’s holiday gift to the community. Performed by University Carillonneur Carol Jickling Lens on the Carl Williams Carillon (a set of bells in a tower, played using a keyboard or by an automatic mechanism similar to a piano roll), highlights of the recital will include “Carol of the Bells,” “Winter Wonderland” and “Silent Night.” Lens was appointed University Carillonneur at the DU on January 5, 2010. The Carl Williams Carillon, dedicated on October 24, 1999, contains 65 bronze bells, which qualifies it as a grand carillon. The largest of these bells weighs six tons and the total weight of the carillon is 64,900 pounds. Following the recital the tower will be open for tours.

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Denver Pops Orchestra Presents: Jingle All the Way Saturday, December 10 I 4:00p.m. & 7:00p.m. performances HIstoric Grant Avenue, 216 S. Grant $15.30 for Adults, $10.20 for Children 12 & under and Seniors 60+ Jingle All the Way is one of the Denver Pops Orchestra’s audience favorites that will feature many of your favorite holiday tunes including “Sleigh Ride”, “A Musicological Journey through the 12 Days of Christmas” and “Silent Night”. This year will include the addition of the Golden Concert Choir, under the direction of David Bell. The Denver Pops Orchestra, also known as the Mostly Strauss Orchestra, is a community-based nonprofit organization that has been serving up music in metro Denver for over 30 years. The 55+ members who volunteer their time and talents represent a variety of ages and vocations and the ensemble aims to serve Denver area communities through performances of familiar music.

Swallow Hill Presents: Harmonious Wail Saturday, December 10 I 8:00p.m. Daniels Hall, 71 E. Yale $17 Advance/$19 Day of Show NPR regulars Harmonious Wail will grace the stage at Daniels Hall with her jazzy mandolin, guitar and smoldering vocals. Their mix of continental jazz, swing, gypsy music and melodic vocals have entertained listeners for more than 20 years. Sims (Mandolin & Vocals) and Maggie (Vocals & Percussion) Delaney-Potthoff, along with Jeff Weiss (Bass) perform with each other and bring a variety of instruments to the mix. Sims plays mandolin and a 1937 Gibson Tenor Guitar tuned as an octave mandolin, Maggie uses a cardboard box played with brushes as a drum and Weiss is a master bassist who was previously principal bassist for UW-Madison’s Symphony Orchestra. The group was founded in 1987 and have been enchanting audiences ever since.

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Swallow Hill launches five-year strategic plan with Indigo Girls benefit concert By Haines Eason


sold-out Swallow Hill show at $175 a ticket? No way? Yes way. On Nov. 16 the Indigo Girls played to a full house at Swallow Hill’s 300-seat Daniels Hall. According to Swallow Hill CEO Paul Lhevine, the show was the soft-launch for Swallow Hill’s new five-year strategic plan, set to officially commence in January 2017. Lhevine and his colleagues’ hopes are sky high. “To put it in perspective, last year we had 150,000 visits, 90,000-plus concert goers, 50,000-plus music school attendees. The stake we’re putting in the ground is a pretty big stake. We’re saying we’re going to grow our business by over 50 percent; we’re going to add 100,000 visits, and 75,000 of those visits are going to be in our under-resourced communities.” Lhevine says 6,000 of last year’s 50,000 music school attendee visits were in Denver’s under-resourced communities. “So that looks like assemblies in K-12 spaces, it looks like after-school lessons,” he says. “This year we started taking our early childhood education work on the road. We’re up in Montbello, 97 percent free-and-reduced lunch, 95 percent kids of color, 70 percent English language learners. Great turnaround school, awesome story, and now we’re working with 64 kids [there] every week.”

The Indigo Girls benefit concert’s proceeds will go to fund Swallow Hill’s efforts in Montbello and similar communities. For the Indigo Girls’ Emily Saliers, Swallow Hill’s ask made sense as Swallow Hill’s work with underserved youth fits perfectly with the Indigo Girls’ own beliefs. “Amy and I support groups who bring music to the community as a rule of thumb. Using music as a tool for change is just part of what we love to do.” Saliers says her high school music program was essential to her well being and success early on. “When Amy and I were in High School together, music programs like chorus… Chorus was everything to me. I don’t know that I would have survived as well emotionally without music programs, and I know a lot of funding is cut all across the country for music programs.” In the near term the Indigo Girls concert is the big fundraising splash, though Colorado Gives Day is on the horizon--Tuesday, Dec. 6, starting at 12a.m. If Swallow Hill’s work with underserved youth are of interest to you, visit and consider giving that way. For more information on Swallow Hill’s outreach efforts, visit denver-music-school/school-outreach/.

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One woman’s story tells that of an entire generation Gilpin Park Press September 2016

By Kerry Hammond Appealing For Justice: One Lawyer, Four Decades and the Landmark Gay Rights Case: Romer v. Evans By Susan Berry Casey

History books report the facts but rarely give us a personal connection to the people who have shaped our laws, our country and our lives. Appealing For Justice gives us a very personal, inside look at the life of one woman who spent her career fighting for equal rights and social justice. It’s the story of one woman, but it’s also the story of a generation and a nation. Susan Berry Casey began to hear stories from mutual friends about the first female Colorado Supreme Court Justice, Jean Dubofsky. The more she heard, the more intrigued she became. “I’ve lived through history; I know it’s about ordinary people,” Casey said. She believed that Dubofsky’s story needed to be told, and a book was born. The story of Jean Dubofsky is one of triumphs to be sure, but it’s the discrimination and injustice that she experienced—and overcame—that stay with the reader. I was shocked at the account

: CONTINUED FROM PAGE 19 light up your holiday cards with LEDs. There’ll be activities for all ages to make your holidays more maker-y. | 720-865-1706 ideaLAB in Community Technology Center of DPL Central library 10 W. 14th Ave. Parkway Tue 12/20 - Sun, 1/1 | 10:00a.m.-5:00p.m. Winter Break at the DAM The Costume Studio, Create-n-Takes, and Family Activity Cart are open every day. Experience family-friendly theater daily at 11a.m., featuring performances of the play, Art Emergency 2: Code Redder. Free for kids 18 and younger. | 720-913-0130 Denver Art Museum 100 W. 14th Ave. Parkway

Classes, Lectures & Forums Tuesdays, 12/26 - 12/27 | 10:30a.m.-11:00a.m. Toddler Storytime In the Berger Children’s Pavilion, Stories, songs, rhymes and fun for toddlers ages 18-36 months and their parents or caregivers. Craft activity immediately follows the program. Free. | 720-865-1111 Denver Public Library: Central branch 10 W. 14th Ave. Parkway Tuesdays, 12/6 - 12/27 | 10:30a.m. Young Children's Storytime Young children are invited for a half hour of stories and fun, with a different topic each week. Free. | 303-322-1965, ext.

of her time at Harvard Law School and the fact that although women were allowed to attend, they were treated as inferior and were almost never allowed to participate in classroom discussions. Reading about Dubofsky’s personal experiences of discrimination made me realize how easy it is to forget how far we’ve come. To hear a real person’s actual account of how it felt is so much more powerful than reading a removed historical recounting of an event. And, to know that the subject of such discrimination went on to do great things is that much more inspiring. From Harvard Law School, Dubofsky went on to make a career of fighting for the underdog. She sued for the rights of migrant workers in Florida who were living in deplorable conditions and who were being monitored in the fields by armed crew leaders. She worked alongside and aided those who were instrumental in getting the Fair Housing Act of 1968 passed. After spending nearly seven years on the Colorado Supreme Court, Dubofsky returned to

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work as a trial lawyer and made history again when she won the landmark Gay Rights Case Romer v. Evans, a case which struck down Colorado’s Amendment Two. Amendment Two took away any protected status that any gay, lesbian or bisexual individual had. It denied them minority status or any claim to discrimination by preventing any governmental agency in the state from recognizing them as a protected class. “Everything that was wrong was made right by the protests throughout the world. Tens of thousands of women in every state stood up. Ordinary people propelled every movement,” said Casey. It is clear that Dubofsky was one of those ordinary people who achieved extraordinary things. The book may tell of one woman’s rise, but it is really about every woman’s struggle. In the current political climate, it is a timely reminder of how far we’ve come, and the book provides the proof that we can still get where we need to be.

Building and Ceramic Sculpture with Dean Goss at 2p.m. | 303-778-6990 Art Students League of Denver 200 Grant St.

Fri, 12/02 | 7:00a.m. Denver GOP First Friday Breakfast Great speakers and conservative camaraderie. This months speakers are Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams and Denver Clerk & Recorder. Please RSVP and order breakfast to support Pete’s. | 303-782-9555 Pete’s Greek Town Cafe 2910 E. Colfax Ave. Fri, 12/02 | 6:45a.m.Monthly Downtown Democratic Forum Breakfast Get info on local issues and ballot initiatives. Public welcome. First Friday of the month. | 303-861-8050 Southern Hospitality 1433 17th St. Fri, 12/02 | 6:30p.m. The Annunciation: Transcendence Expressed Through Art from the Renaissance Join the C. G. Jung Society of Colorado for a lecture that explores the symbolism and depth of meaning in the long ago story of the Annunciation. Social and refreshment followed by lecture and discussion at 7:15p.m., $10-$15. | Park Hill Congregational Church 2600 Leyden St. Sat, 12/03 | 11:00a.m.-1:00p.m. Demo & Dialogue Series Throughout the year, Art Students League of Denver’s talented faculty offer free demonstrations in their medium. This month, Creative Sewing with Vicky Nolan at 11a.m. and Hand-

Sun, 12/04 | 2:00p.m.-3:00p.m. Read It or Not Book Club with Warm Cookies of the Revolution Hang out and discuss the book “The Story Hour” by Thrity Umriga. Also special guests like comedians, artists, podcasters or just everyday people who have a unique perspective on what’s happening in Denver. And yes, there's cookies. | 720-865-1111 Denver Public Library: Central branch 10 W. 14th Ave. Parkway Sundays, 12/24 - 1/1 | 9:30a.m. Tibetan Buddhist Meditation Learn both Tibetan and rhythmic English chants and brief silent meditations. Led by members of Yeshe Nyingpo Denver, a chapter of the Dudjom Tersar and aligned with the Dalai Lama. | 303-294-9258 Mercury Cafe 2199 California St. Sundays, 12/4 - 1/1 | 10:30a.m.Capoeira Angola Introductory Class Take an introductory class in this African-Brazilian art form with its roots in Bantu traditions, which were carried to Brazil by enslaved Africans. Free, other classes available. | 303-294-9258 Mercury Cafe 2199 California St.

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Star WarsTM and the Power of Costume By Jill Farschman


t’s safe to say Colorado’s media events don’t normally start with governor John Hickenlooper doing an impression of Jabba the Hut’s roaring laugh (it was pretty well done). He and the other dignitaries presenting at the media preview of Denver Art Museum’s (DAM) new show Star Wars™ and the Power of Costume approached the podium to the rousing John Williams score and a key character chosen from the film series. All expressed being unworthy of such a flattering association with our on-screen idols. From those old enough to remember the transformative experience of the first Star Wars, to kids enjoying the latest in the franchise, this exhibit is an exhilarating exploration of what museum director Christoph Heinrich calls our “shared mythology.” In fact, nearly all presenters used the term “mythology” to describe the Star Wars cultural phenomena. Three years in the making, this exhibit is far from a standard collection of mannequins decked out in costume replicas. Rather, it is what Myriam Springuel, Director of Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES) calls a “truly brilliant installation.” A term she “doesn’t use

lightly.” The stunning costumes are accompanied by the drawings of award-winning conceptual designers Iain McCaig and others. The costumes, drawings and other artifacts are the real deal. Light sabers, fingernails, jewelry and other items all add depth and personal enjoyment to the show. You’re looking at Darth Vadar’s full armor, Luke Skywalker’s tunic, Yoda’s puppet and Queen Amidala’s gowns to name just a few examples. Robot companions R2-D2, C-P30 and BB-8 are not only presented together, but next to them are drawings of the original concepts. Turns out BB-8 was conceived in the 1970s but the technology didn’t yet exist that would allow for the double rolling ball design. So, they settled on R2-D2 until engineering caught up to the original vision. The show is full of such informative tidbits. There are recreations of a costume design workshop full of original fabric samples and a conceptual artist office complete with tangerine iMac circa 1990s. The idea is to not simply display a bunch of costumes and items from the film series, but to engage the visitor in a journey through the creative process required to make the stories, cultures and epic battles come alive. Laela French, Director of the

Sundays, 12/4 - 1/1 | 7:00a.m.-7:00p.m. Community Programs with Guided Meditation Several offerings on Sundays: Medicine Buddha at 7a.m.; Seva - Volunteer, work on projects together, 2-5p.m.; Guided Meditation at 6p.m. and Vegetarian Potluck at 7p.m. | 303-885-6727 The Denver Ashram 1599 High St. Monday, 12/5, 12/12 & 1/2 | 6:00p.m.-8:00p.m. Learn to Code Meetup An open house/study group for anyone, at any level, with any interest in computer programming. No prior knowledge/ future commitment needed. | 720-865-1706 ideaLAB in Community Technology Center of DPL Central library 10 W. 14th Ave. Parkway Mondays, 12/5 - 1/2 | 12:00p.m. Denver Laughter Club Meets every week on Laffy-ette Street! Upstairs in the Children’s Chapel for most of the of year, summers at the Chessman Park Pavilion (east side of park). Call Meredith for info, free. | 303-877-9086 First Unitarian Society of Denver 1400 Lafayette St. Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays 12/5 - 1/2 | 6:00p.m.-8:00p.m. Adult Open Lab Interested in recording music or editing your videos? Want to use a 3D printer or learn about Arduino? Need to scan your drawings and clean them up? ideaLAB has a wide variety of hardware and software available. Also, Thursdays, 1-3p.m. | 720-865-1706 ideaLAB in Community Technology Center of DPL Central library 10 W. 14th Ave. Parkway

Archives, Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, credits members of the DAM team Stefania Van Dyke, Interpretive Specialist with raiding the depths of Skywalker Ranch. The DAM team visited three times and opened numerous crates in a vast warehouse. Van Dyke wants visitors to “come away from this experience wanting to actually make stuff.” To that end, the show features a hands-on lab

where visitors of all ages can explore the art and craft of costume design for themselves. The show culminates in a brightly lit store chock full of memorabilia for purchase. The exhibit runs through Saturday, April 2 and tickets are selling out quickly. Public prices range from $0 for children 0-5, $5 for youths 6-18 and $24 for adults. Consider becoming a museum member for lower pricing and access to other perks. Visit for more information and tickets.

Legendary storm troopers stand watch over the new Denver Art Museum show Star Wars™ and the Power of Costume. Photo by Jill Farschman.

Mondays, 12/5 - 1/2 | 6:00p.m.-7:00p.m. Free Zumba Classes Beginners welcome! Free, offered by YMCA Community Programs Branch. | 303-292-2281 Manual High School 1700 E. 28th Ave.

Tuesdays, 12/6 - 12/27 | 6:30p.m.-10:30p.m. Argentine Tango, practice and lessons Tango Colorado hosts these low cost Tango lessons, followed by a practice session where dancers can polish the steps they learned, interact with other students and advanced dancers and improve their skills. | 303-710-2250 Denver Turnverein Event Center 1570 Clarkson St.

Tue, 12/06 | 10:00a.m.-11:00a.m. Active Minds presents - Pearl Harbor: The Day that Lives in Infamy December 7, 1941 brought an attack upon the United States the likes of which had never been seen before. Join as we tell the story from both the Japanese and the U.S. perspective. Free. | 303-316-6359 Jewish Community Center 350 S. Dahlia St.

Tuesdays, 12/6 - 12/27 | 12:15p.m. Civic Center MOVES Try a FREE lunchtime workout with full-body conditioning! Check website for info on other workouts around the city and waiver (required). | McNichols Building 144 W. Colfax Ave

Tue, 12/06 | 6:00p.m.-7:30p.m. Cafe des Arts - Les Grands travaux de Mitterand: a French tradition of city planning Love it or hate it. State intervention has been a way of improving French cities since Louis the 14th. Join Frederich Pichon’s lecture on this interesting topic, followed by Q & A. $16, RSVP. | 303-831-0304 Alliance Fran√ßaise de Denver 571 Galapago St.

Tuesdays, 12/6 - 12/27 | 3:00p.m. Hard Times Writing Workshop Going through a tough time? Telling our stories can often help process our life experiences and find new paths. Join a safe and supportive creative writing workshop that’s free and open to all; sharing is not mandatory. | 720-865-1111 Denver Public Library: Central branch 10 W. 14th Ave. Parkway

Tue, 12/6 - Tue 12/27 | Times Vary Italian in One Year Looking to learn Italian before your next vacation to Italy? This course is designed for beginning students that want to immerse themselves and reach basic fluency before their trip to Italy. For additional information please visit our website. | 303-733-4335 Italian Institute 3773 Cherry Creek Drive N., Suite 575

Tuesdays, 12/6 - 12/27 | 12:00p.m.-2:00p.m. Computer Help - Apoyo con computacion Get individualized technology assistance from a in-house experts on your own device or a public computer. Learn the basics, such as email, social networking, word processing and

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LAWN & GARDEN CLEAN-UPS/YARD MAINTENANCE/SNOW REMOVAL Hauling and yard clean-up. Longtime Baker neighborhood resident; 30 yrs. exp. Insured, references. Free estimates. Call Lou R. Varlaro, 303-868-1539. PROFESSIONAL OUTDOOR SERVICES Evergreens, shrubs & trees; planted, trimmed, removed. Aeration; sprinkler repair/installation; Gardens; natural rock or block walls; Sod & rock installed/removed; Fence repair. Snow Removal! Lic. & Ins. Dick, 303-783-9000.

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PERSONAL ASSISTANCE YOUR PERSONAL HOLIDAY WRAPPING ASSISTANT Experienced Wash Park Personal Assistant now offering present wrapping and holiday organization services. Reasonable, professional, cheerful, insured. References available upon request. Kerrie 303-475-4334

PET SERVICES PROFESSIONAL DOG WALKER Dependable, independent, dog walker, pet sitter (also cats) for 10 years. Reasonable rates. Available for out-of-town trips. References available, 303-860-0077. ‘LUCKY DOG’ WALKERS Responsible Dog Walking and Pet Sitting for your Best Friend! Attentive, fun walks in your neighborhood. Kitty Care & Overnight Care in your home also available. Reasonable rates, bonded/insured, PSI member. Please call “Aunt Patty” 303-733-7827, or luckydogwalkers@

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MR. PLUMBER Licensed Master Plumber of 23 yrs. Top Quality work & personalized service at reasonable prices! Call Jeff 303-523-6652. Credit cards OK.

VAIL PLUMBING & HEATING The Older Home Specialist. Service: repair & remodeling; hot water heat, gas logs. Quality work. Licensed, insured, guaranteed. MC/VISA accepted. 303-329-6042.

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Wed, 12/07 | 7:00p.m.-8:30p.m. Literature of the Land Book Club: Rain: A Natural and Cultural History This book club series is hosted by the Helen Fowler Library. The December selection is 'Rain: A Natural and Cultural History' by Cynthia Barnett, which looks at the way rain (or the lack of it) has changed the world's history, $5. | 720-865-3501 Denver Botanic Gardens 1007 York St.

Mon, 12/12 | 1:00p.m.-2:00p.m. Colorado’s First Female Legislators Join former state senator Pat Pascoe, author of “Helen Ring Robinson, Colorado Senator and Suffragist”, as she delves into the stories of progressive era politics in Colorado during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. RSVP, $5. | 303-866-2394 History Colorado Center 1200 Broadway

Wednesdays, 12/7 - 12/28 | 7:00p.m. Denver Socrates Cafe Join a group that “seek truth by their own lights.” No regular attendance or preparation required. Speak your own mind, then take turns playing Socrates by asking questions. | 303-861-1447 Trinity United Methodist Church 1820 Broadway

Tue, 12/13 | 6:00p.m.-8:00p.m. WordPress Happiness Hour If you are a front-end designer, intense developer, writer or a person that likes to poke around on the Dashboard, then come on by. Bring your WordPress work and questions. | 720-865-1706 ideaLAB in Community Technology Center of DPL Central library 10 W. 14th Ave. Parkway

Wed, 12/07 | 5:30p.m.-7:00p.m. Legal Night Meet with an attorney free of charge and get information in the areas of Immigration, credit, housing, landlord/tenant, employment and family Law. Attorneys provide referrals to appropriate agencies. Spanish interpreters will be available. | 303-295-9470 El Centro de San Juan Diego 2830 Lawrence St.

Wed, 12/14 & Wed, 12/28 | 10:00a.m. Assistance League of Denver Monthly meeting An all-volunteer, nonprofit organization whose mission is to serve children and adults through its philanthropic programs. Second Wednesday meeting is lunch with entertainment, fourth Wednesday is Bingo with lunch. | 303-322-5205 Assistance League of Denver 1400 Josephine St.

Wednesdays, 12/7 - 12/28 | 6:00p.m.-7:00p.m. Rotary Club of Five Points First Wednesday of the month is the Board meeting, fourth is Happy Hour! Varying locations for meetings and service projects. New members are welcome. | 720-891-0843 Fridays, 12/9 - 12/30 | 5:00p.m.-6:00p.m.

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Thu, 12/15 | 6:00p.m. Financially Fit Females Monthly Meeting Join a group that provides education, support and encouragement for women who want to become more financially savvy. First meeting free, location and topic change monthly. | 303-921-2651 Fri, 12/16 | 6:00p.m.-8:00p.m. The People Vs: Capitalism Warm Cookies of the Revolution wants you to come be the judge and jury as they discuss Capitalism. Explore interest, insurance, wages and ownership. RSVP requested. | McNichols Building 144 W. Colfax Ave Wed, 12/21 | 6:30p.m.-8:00p.m. The Citizens’ Climate Lobby Citizens Climate Lobby is a non-profit, grassroots advocacy organization focused on national policies to address climate change. | 303-322-0079 First Unitarian Society of Denver 1400 Lafayette St.

Theater & Dance Wed, 12/21 | 1:00p.m.-3:00p.m. WordPress Developer Meetup Do you like writing sweet plugins, themes and WordPress-y code in general? This meeting is geared toward developers that work with, or are interested in, WordPress. | 720-865-1706 ideaLAB in Community Technology Center of DPL Central library 10 W. 14th Ave. Parkway Fri, 12/2 - Sat, 12/17 | 8:00p.m. Hand to God In small town Cypress, Texas, sweet but troubled teen Jason is coping with his father's recent death and is forced to join his mother's Church-led puppet group. When he discovers that his sock puppet has a life of its own, all hell breaks loose, $34. | 303-623-0524 Curious Theatre Company 1080 Acoma St. Fri, 12/2 - Sun, 12/18 | Times Vary It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play Joins us as we re-create a 1940's radio station, complete with microphones, applause sign, and sound effects station! Capture the glow of the holiday season with this nostalgic trip down memory lane! $23. | 720-530-4596 Spotlight Theater Company 7653 E. 1st Place

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South Denver School Scoop By Linda Katchen, Ph.D.

November is a month when people focus on all the things for which they are grateful. DPS schools are surely grateful to Denver voters for passing the bond and mill levy funding measures on November’s ballot. To find out more about how the money will be used, go to Voters can get involved by serving on the community oversight committee or joining the groups that will weigh in on spending in their schools. Continuing in the gratitude vein, from Oct. 3 through 8, nearly 1,600 DPS students from 20 different elementary schools received clothing, books and dental health kits thanks to Operation School Bell. Operation School Bell began over 50 years ago as a one-woman-effort to provide clothing for disadvantaged children and is “the signature philanthropic program” of the Assistance League. Operation School Bell partnered with Kmart to serve the needs of students, and over 5,000 books were distributed during the week. Special $80 gift cards were also given to families to purchase school uniforms, shoes and books. Next up: nearly 2,000 DPS students, families, school leaders and educators attended the 2016 Great Schools Expo on Wednesday, Nov. 9, at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The event, which kicked off the research portion of the 2017-18 SchoolChoice process, gave families a one-stop shopping experience with representatives from DPS elementary, middle and high schools. The DPS Office of Choice and Enrollment Services held information sessions on the SchoolChoice pro-

cess for families. Denver families will now begin the challenge of narrowing their lists of potential school choices. Resources such as the DPS Great Schools Enrollment Guide will be available soon in schools and online. Families are encouraged to start their search at their own neighborhood school and to begin scheduling individual school visits. The SchoolChoice application process runs from Thursday, Jan. 5 through Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017, when students and families will rank their top five school preferences on the SchoolChoice form. The form will be available online via the DPS Parent Portal and at all DPS schools. For more information, call 720423-3493, email schoolchoice@dpsk12. org or visit McKinley-Thatcher Elementary, 1230 S. Grant St., is proud to be one of the few schools to partner with a local gym, e3 Fitness, for free, after-school physical education programs. The gym runs the Boom Hour Program for all students to participate in physical fitness and sports activities. McKinley-Thatcher students really enjoy the chance to exercise their bodies and their minds with professional fitness instructors! McKinley-Thatcher is also celebrating over 30 years of partnership with the Greenway Foundation, a nonprofit organization that works to educate children and adults about the ecology, history, and importance of the South Platte River. All classes take annual South Platte River Environmental Education (SPREE) field trips to get hands-on learning experiences in parks along the river. The first field trip to

the South Platte was in 1982. Students and teachers love the opportunity to explore Denver’s natural environments and their value to the community. University Park Elementary, 2300 S. St. Paul St., created a wellness program to encourage healthy eating and physical activity at school and at home. The program is designed around the belief that health and well-being are integrally linked to their academic achievements and their future health and wellness. University Park uses a set of healthy food guidelines for classrooms and the lunchroom to encourage healthy eating. The lunchroom is a “from scratch kitchen” that makes lunches onsite and incorporates fruits and vegetables that are grown in its school garden. University Park has several events during the year to promote physical activity. This spring, the school will launch its first ever Wellness Fair. University Park also has a backpack program, allowing students in need to take home nutritious foods weekly, thanks to a partnership with several community vendors, including Sprouts, Walmart Neighborhood Market, Panera, Vitamin Cottage, Whole Foods and Great Harvest Bread Company. If you are looking for a school for your children next year and would like to learn more about University Park, please consider attending a school tour on Fridays, Dec. 2 and 9 at 9:15a.m. and 2:30p.m., Friday, Jan. 13 from 9-11:00a.m., and Fridays Jan. 20 and 27 at 9:15a.m. and 2:30p.m. To register for a school tour, please contact the school at 720-424-3410. Slavens K-8, 3000 S. Clayton, has

adopted the “Leader in Me” program in order to educate the whole child. The whole child deals with academics and personal development. Students are encouraged to be leaders, make choices, make mistakes, reflect on their mistakes and try again. Students at each level take risks with their leadership skills. The “Leader in Me” program focuses on seven habits that students can practice in all aspects of their lives. The first news out of South High School, 1700 E. Louisiana, is that the football team had a great season despite a tough loss to Windsor High School in the quarterfinals of the state football playoffs. The Rebels spent most of the season in the no. 1 spot, and students and faculty expect another good run next year. On the academic side, South students are being accepted to top-tier colleges as fall carries into winter. News of early college acceptance has many seniors quite happy. South's graduation rate has climbed to 80 percent, a rate higher than many schools and higher than the state average. As a testament to that good news, enrollment from the surrounding Wash Park neighborhoods has grown more than 30 percent than in previous years and continues to show South is a top choice in DPS. As ever, South is thrilled to be a cross-global and cross-cultural hub. As Principal Hanson states, “There’s not another high school like it in the State of Colorado!” To keep up with news and highlights at South, please visit

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Local History: Henry M. Porter, a tried and true pioneer By Peg Ekstrand


enry Miller Porter was 20 years old when he started west, laying lines for an independent telegraph company in Kansas in 1859. Even though his education was limited (he received little more than the equivalent of 12 months of formal education in Missouri), young Porter was quickly promoted through the ranks to become top assistant to Charles Stebbins, the company’s owner. During the Civil War, Porter spent the winter of 1861-1862 repairing the company’s telegraph lines damaged by Confederate troops. Deciding to diversify even in wartime, Porter and Stebbins soon invested in a store with a overland freighting business out of Atchison, Kansas, which shipped most of its goods by stage to the goldfields of the western frontier. The deal stipulated Porter would investigate personally the mining supply opportunities in the Central City and Black Hawk area of the Colorado Territory. Along the way, Porter examined the business environment in Denver, and he ended up purchasing a store there in 1862. With his shrewd business sense, he accumulated $300,000 in inventory and made a profit of $75,000 in his first year, soon becoming a liquor dealer and powder company agent. Porter pursued other ventures to diversify beyond the wares he sold to the miners. He dove into the mining business himself, and he expanded into ranching. He also branched out into banking by issuing extensive lines of credit. Porter and his partner Stebbins next

jumped into real estate. With Denver having plenty of available land, the possibilities seemed almost unlimited. Some of their lots running from Colfax to 11th Avenue and Grant to Corona streets were purchased in the mid-1860s for $50 each. By the early 1890s, these same lots were valued at $12,500 each. With the end of the Civil War came the expansion of the railroads, signaling to Porter that freighting on a large scale was doomed. Undeterred, Porter wisely embraced the shifting economic forces in the West and helped to found the Denver Pacific Railroad—a vital spur line that ran from the transcontinental railroad hub at Cheyenne down to Denver. Bitten by the railroad bug, Porter, over time, also invested in the Denver & Rio Grande and the Denver & Salt Lake railroads, along with the Moffat Tunnel. In 1870, Porter and Stebbins amicably dissolved their partnership, and the enterprising Porter relocated to Elizabethtown, New Mexico, to oversee a mercantile store. From there, he once again followed his diversification strategy, branching out into the area’s mining, ranching and banking industries. Within four years, he felt established enough to marry Laura W. Smith, daughter of Denver-based entrepreneur John W. Smith. The newlyweds settled down to live in rooms attached to one of his stores in nearby Cimarron, New Mexico. Three of their five children—Dora, John and Will—were born there. Through his unwavering integrity and insistence on incorporating the most modern techniques, Porter’s New Mexico endeavors, particularly his cattle

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ventional upper-class Victorian male,” with some describing him as “stiff, reserved and formal.” His personality did not need to carry the day, however: his behind-the-scenes networking did. He was known to provide the sage advice and critical capital that made Denver a truly modern western city. For the next five-plus decades, Porter was instrumental in shaping the city’s urban infrastructure. By 1901, he was connected in significant ways to the Denver National Bank, the Denver Consolidated Electric Company, American Water Works, Denver Consolidated Gas, Denver Steam Heating, James Paving,


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business, met with great success. Even so, Denver still beckoned. In 1883, Porter moved his family north. Porter bought his family a home at 1510 Sherman St. and divided his time, fairly equitably, between work and family life. Soon, two daughters—Laurene and Ruth—joined the other three children. As Porter’s business ventures prospered, the close-knit family was able to enjoy extensive travels around the United States, even going abroad on occasion. According to Mark S. Foster, author of Henry M. Porter: Rocky Mountain Empire Builder, Porter’s professional persona “epitomized the proper, con-

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Burnham Burnham’s story began in 1867 when a consortium including John Evans, Walter Cheesman and William Byers built a spur line from Denver to the Union Pacific station at Cheyenne, Wyoming, thereby connecting Denver to Chicago and the East coast. Later, William Jackson Palmer founded the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad in 1870. Eventually, the railroad served destinations throughout Colorado and extended to the West coast; first in narrow gauge, which Palmer thought was the “future of railroading,” and then by standard gauge in the 1890s. The Durango to Silverton and Toltec Lines are remnants of Palmer’s first narrow-gauge tracks. Originally a dairy farm, Burnham Yard opened in 1874 to service and repair D&RG’s locomotives, passenger coaches and freight cars. In 1874, Colorado wasn’t yet a state, Denver’s streets were not yet paved, the Battle of the Little Bighorn was two years in the future and “The Unsinkable Molly Brown” was still a landlocked little girl in Missouri. Until last February, Burnham remained one of the oldest and most intact rail yards in the state, with a rich history backed with colorful characters. Walter Chrysler started his career in the transportation industry as a machinist at Burnham Yard. George Pullman, who invented the sleeping car, sold newspapers aboard D&RG trains. The great stock swindler, Jay Gould, was an owner. Teddy Roosevelt, unsurprisingly, rode the full length of the railroad on his western hunting adventures. Thousands of workers have been employed at Burnham Yard over the last 142 years. Many of them lived in the Lincoln Park neighborhood, adjacent to the Yard. “It was a giant city,” says Daniel Quiat of the Museum of Railway Workers. “All the trades were represented, including foundry [workers], upholsterers, carpenters, machinists, car men, firemen, engineers, boilermakers... It

: CONTINUED FROM PAGE 6 had its own powerhouse. They had the ability to build a car [or locomotive] from the ground up.” Quiat says that in Burnham Yard, workers in the coach shop removed bricks from the walls and replaced them with wooden replicas in which to hide cards, cigarettes and other items forbidden by the railroad. Those boxes are still there. Several strikes established the eight-hour work day, and raised wages from 20 cents in 1907 to as high as 44 cents by 1916. Many of the workers bought many a bottle at the Buckhorn Exchange on Osage Street, and later also the Brewery Bar II on Santa Fe Drive. But bottle handling proved to be exclusively men’s work, according to a Nov. 5, 1901 New York Times report. D&RG’s plan to hire women as waitresses on their dining cars was “unproductive of enthusiasm” among railway men. One reason was that the main work of the waiters was pulling bottle corks, deemed unsuitable for “properly reared young women.” Along with its normal operations, the railway transported wildflower enthusiasts into the mountains and the Eskimo Club of Denver on ski trips. This excursion later became the Ski Train, whose coaches were built and maintained at the Burnham Yards Passenger Coach Shop until 2011. And the gleaming, streamlined California Zephyr’s luxurious coaches and dining cars were kept brilliant thanks to the skill of Burnham’s many workers. Annie Levinsky, Executive Director of Historic Denver, feels saving all this railroading heritage is essential. Historic Denver has been working with other organizations and Union Pacific to preserve six important structures, four of them buildings: the 1875 Passenger Coach Shop, which is the oldest structure on the site, the 1906 Roundhouse Foreman’s dispatch office, the 1924 [freight] car shop and the 1924 brick locomotive shop—four stories tall and covering 1.7 acres, or three-and-a-

half million cubic feet—where workers repaired steam engines until the early 1950s and diesel locomotives until the Yard closed last February. Unfortunately, the Yard’s roundhouse, turntable and transfer table were demolished some years ago. Some people hope the Yard’s future will be as brilliant as its past, particularly Denver City Councilman Paul D. Lopez, whose District Three is bisected by the Yard, separating Lincoln Park/La Alma from Sunny Side by almost a mile. “We owe our success to rail, but at a price,” Lopez says. “So many of our neighborhoods owe their livelihoods to those solid union railroad jobs.” The downsides, he notes, are many in Lincoln Park/La Alma have had problems with everything from asthma to train noise to soot on their linedried laundry produced by work on the locomotives. With the Yard gone, Lopez sees many opportunities for responsible community development. “For me, it’s about connectivity to the [Platte] River and the neighborhoods on the other side of the tracks,” he says.

Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad locomotive 169, narrow gauge 4-6-0, class T-12, Baldwin Works 7028, with tender, bell and cattle catcher, at Burnham Shops, Denver railroad yards, Colorado. Photo courtesy the Denver Public Library.

Senior Suggestions: avoiding winter spills By Dr. Paul Ramsey


t can be easy to forget—when November has been a month of warm breezes and temperate weather—but as they say on Game of Thrones, winter is coming. Along with winter, we can sure expect that holiday season snow, slush, and ice. These weather conditions can make travel treacherous, and when you factor in holiday parties (and

the eggnog consumed at them), you’ve got an increased risk of taking a spill. Each year, 2.8 million seniors are treated for falls at emergency rooms across the country, according to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention. And falls are a common cause of traumatic brain injury and hip fractures. At A Little Help, we’ve had members fall and suffer the repercussions

He’d like to see industrial, mixeduse (IMX) zoning with “vintage design, modern uses.” Though his district contains lots of low-income public housing, he’d like to see affordable, middle-class housing and a cultural component. Both he and Quiat see Quiat’s Museum of Railway Workers as particularly appropriate. “I’d love to have one [historic] building to use for the Museum,” Quiat says. Chris Nevitt, Director of Denver’s Office of Transit Oriented Development, sees similar opportunities, but says it would be premature to speculate, adding that any redevelopment plans should be the result of “a robust community engagement process.” According to Union Pacific spokeswoman Callie B. Hite, no date for the sale of the property has been set, nor has a buyer been identified. “UP is conducting site and environmental reviews, which will not be publicly available,” she says. “We have not yet begun the process of marketing the Burnham property.” Hite adds that many of the employees have relocated to shops elsewhere in UP’s 23-state network.

for months. Falls are the leading cause of fatal injury and the most common cause of nonfatal, trauma-related hospital admissions among seniors, according to the CDC. A fall, and the healing process that follows, can be physically grueling and can be even more damaging to the spirit. But there are ways to avoid a fall, despite icy winter conditions. One of

the first steps you can take to lessen the risk is in your own home, where ice collects on steps and railings, and poor visibility might hinder your ability to see. If you don’t already have a neighbor whose help you can enlist to clear your sidewalks, there are community resources to help you, including Volunteers of America and A Little Help. For other fall prevention help, like installing handrails, or putting down brightly-colored floor tape or non-stick treads


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University Park News & Views By Diana Helper

Tis the weeks before Christmas, and all through U. Park / Tall buildings are looming on high, in the dark! / So, Santa and Rudolph: when flying this way / Fly high, stay alert! Don’t smash up your sleigh! If you land in these streets, you’ll be in for a ride / Building shadows provide such a brisk slip-and-slide!


emind Santa to shine Rudolph’s nose when you come to the annual Holiday Sing & Sleigh Bells party at Observatory Park on Sunday, Dec. 4 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Carolers, Cookies and Hayrides with Horses. Stargazing and Santa! How could all this density in established neighborhoods have happened? Well, the City believes a Great City is a BIG City, the more the merrier. Please let

Councilman Paul Kashmann know your thoughts: paul.kashmann@denvergov. org, 720-337-6661 and/or visit with him from 8:00a.m.-Noon on Thursdays at Pete’s Café or visit denveright to express your vision for the city’s future. DenveRight is a program to coordinate (!) planning, parks, public works and various agencies. FYI—DU’s new 40,000 sq.ft. Administration Office Building will be in the “park” at East Colorado Avenue/South Columbine Street. That’s a sorority house coming at East Asbury Avenue/ South Josephine Street. Another city sidewalk-funding committee’s forming. Should walks carry ads? “This block paid for” by DenCity Construction, by Steponacrack Law Firm, DocBunyan’s Corn pads … should each block be gated; put a dime in the

slot? Would you rather tack on a (GASP!) tax for funding? Till then, you pony up big $$$ to pave/fix it yourself if it’s on your property. RNOs have long asked for Early Notice of City-etc. projects, but receipt of letters by some UP residents regarding “potential-maybe” changes to Harvard Gulch needed a statement “Not a Done Deal!” and a hot-line for Q’s. There’ll be a meeting in January, so watch this space or contact UP’s great “gulchman,” Tony Hurd, UP School tours for prospective families are Fridays, Dec. 2 and 9, see uparkelementary.ord/contact-us/ school-tours. RSVP the school 720424-3410. The Band Concert is Tuesday, Dec. 6 at 6:00p.m. (at Merrill). If you eat at Next Door, 658 S. Colorado Blvd. Thursday, Dec. 19, 5-8:00p.m., mention

UPSchool and it gets 50 percent of your paid bill. Winter vacation is Monday, Dec. 22 -Monday, Jan. 9. Well, that wraps up a few of the gifts of 2016. Onward to ’17! UPCC Board meets Tuesday, Jan. 3, contact Debbie Harrington, or 303507-2652, next neighborhood meeting is Wednesday, Feb. 1. Merry Christmas/ Chanukah/Kwanzaa or ChriChaKwa for you tweet-twitters, and if you have news or views of UP, please contact Diana Helper, 303-733-4902; chapinhelper@ Diana is a writer, singer, neighborhood and open space advocate—including being a creator the Buchtel Trail/Prairie Project—an INC delegate, and an active alumna of Oberlin College. She has written for The Profile over 30 years; she and her husband John are longtime UP residents.

UPCC president to raise membership, improve communication By Haines Eason

In October, Registered Neighborhood Organization University Park Neighbors Community Council elected Debbie Harrington president. Right off the bat Harrington has a simple and clear first goal. “I would like to see more outreach in terms of community involvement; I would like to see more resident involvement in the things we do at UPCC.” Harrington feels the organization looks internally for the heavy lifting required to run events, and she is worried about volunteer well being.

“Rather than asking at a meeting ‘which ones of us can be volunteers,’ for example with our upcoming Sing and Sleigh Bells which is the first Sunday in December, we need to try to get people in the community excited enough to volunteer and be a part of that. Otherwise you burn people out and you can’t get anyone to do anything.” Aside from community participation, Harrington highlights communication as a hurdle UPCC is trying to clear. She says “continuing with the ways we’ve reached out to people are non-electronic” is proving more difficult.

“We do a newsletter four times a year and every residential home receives this hand delivered to their door. We also produce a once-a-year directory which shares information about city resources." Harrington says UPCC also issues a monthly email which is more current than the printed newsletter, and she worries her electronically challenged residents might be missing key information. “The email is more robust in terms of content because we talk about what’s coming up, we report on issues of concern. So, those who are connected digi-

tally receive better updates.” Harrington asks her digitally connected UPCC residents to reach out to neighbors they suspect may not be receiving the emails so as to ensure all residents are connected. By Profile presstime Sing and Sleigh Bells had been fully planned and staffed, but Harrington says help is always needed and appreciated. Visit for information. Interested in becoming a UPCC member? Email or call 619-549-4509.





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trail with more lights; Farmer Brown and animal light sculptures at Green Farm Barn; magical enchanted forest; insect light sculptures at the Lavender Garden and craft nights. The popular illuminated antique tractors, light tunnels and fire pit return, along with warm drinks, treats and the HoloSpex glasses. When: Now-Jan. 1, including Christmas Eve/Day, New Year’s Eve/Day 5:30-9:00p.m. Where: Denver Botanic Gardens, Chatfield Farms, 8500 West Deer Creek Canyon Road, Littleton Cost: $11 adult; $9 adult member,

Yuletide Teas at the Molly Brown House The unsinkable Molly Brown is a Denver legend and the Yuletide teas are a beloved Christmas tradition that began during the Victorian Era. During December, the former Capitol Hill home is a spectacle to behold. When: Dec. 9-11 and 16-18, times vary by day Where: Molly Brown House, 1340

Local History: Porter


Denver Steel Works, Denver Union Stockyards, Colorado Packing and the Denver Paper Mills. The breadth and scope of his investments were truly remarkable. In 1913, Porter and his wife moved off of Colfax Avenue to a new 20-room house at 975 Grant St. The house still stands, embodies the Italian Renaissance style and was designed by Maurice Biscoe. The property featured a threecar garage in addition to an ornate rose garden as well as a substantial kitchen garden, all dutifully maintained by the

ever-active Porter. 13 years later, the Porters decided to move closer to some of their children, constructing a new home at 919 Vine St., which also still stands. Not wanting to completely leave the comforts of their old abode, the Porters asked the architectural firm of Varian and Varian to design a home replicating the one on Grant Street. Certainly Porter’s most prominent legacy is Porter Memorial Hospital, located in south Denver, and financed by Porter himself via a $1 million donation

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on your floor in a dark area, organizations like A Little Help, Volunteers of America, and Seniors’ Resource Center can dispatch volunteers or tradespeople to do the installation. Keeping fit, especially leg and core

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Discover the plants that make gingerbread a warm, delicious treat and learn how to build with gingerbread. Each family can make and decorate a gingerbread creation to take home with them. When: Dec. 10-11, 10a.m. and 2p.m. Where: Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York St. Cost: $12 non-member adult, $10 member adult; $17 non-member child,

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in 1930. He and his family also supported many other charitable activities, including the Denver Symphony Orchestra, Children’s Hospital, the Red Cross, the Denver Art Museum, Colorado Women’s College and the Denver Botanic Gardens. In addition, Porter was a co-founder of the Denver Museum of Natural History (now the Denver Museum of Nature and Science). Porter’s son-in-law John T. Mason, Ruth’s husband, followed up by donating his outstanding butterfly collection, including some 20,000 specimens, to the fledgling museum. Always on the move, Porter

remained active and alert almost until the day he died. He fell ill suddenly at home and died July 25, 1937, of pneumonia. He was 98 years old and is buried at Fairmount Cemetery. Even though quiet, steadfast and true, Henry M. Porter—pioneer, entrepreneur and philanthropist—loomed large among the West’s most accomplished men and rightly earned the nickname of “Colorado’s Grand Old Man.” Even today, you could scarcely throw a stone anywhere in Denver and not come close to hitting a piece of the foundation he helped to lay in the Mile High City.

Iyengar Yoga Center of Denver on South Broadway, Silver Sneakers or Pilates at The Corner Studio on 6th Avenue—help you keep core muscles strong, which helps you maintain balance if you’re walking in wintery conditions. If you’re looking for exercises that target specific muscles, consider making an appointment with a physical therapist who can tailor a program to your needs and body—facilities like ActiveRx specialize in helping seniors build strength. Apparel matters, too. Weather-appropriate footwear can help you remain stable as you walk. Securely-laced shoes or boots with strong suction are

your best defense against slipping on ice. Be especially careful if you’re using a walker or cane, which may have poor traction and may make you more prone to slipping. The holidays bring opportunities to see old friends and celebrate together. With some preparation, you can arm yourself with the gift that keeps on giving: good health. For additional resource material around falls and other safety issues, or more information on A Little Help and the other resources listed above, please visit or call our office at 720-242-9032.

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December Gardening By Joan Hinkemeyer


ecember offers both the darkest and the most optimistic of days for gardeners, but, unfortunately, there is much time between each state. The ever-shorter, darker days of the early part of this Cold Moon month can envelop even the most optimistic individual in a cloud of doom. The past growing season is but a distant memory, and a new growing season seems as remote as Mars. Yet, as we sip another cup of espresso or hot chocolate to banish our doldrums, we should be grateful for these modern amenities. Think of ancient ancestors, especially if they were from northern European countries, who lived where the earth was plunged into cold darkness in December. They feared how to survive the winter, and those fears were mingled with fears that the lifegiving sun might never return. Since human beings have always been enterprising creatures, they decided to try luring the sun back with bonfires, chanting and drumming. Plants such as holly, mistletoe and evergreen that remained green symbolized life and, therefore, became objects of veneration. Unlike our ancestors, we now freely visit grocery stores overflowing with an abundance of fresh produce and other items. Yet, like our ancestors, we fill December nights with light and color to raise our spirits and ward off the darkness. The evergreen tree remains a symbol of life and stands proudly in homes and businesses, and music continues as part of all cultures. Since Colorado’s winters are often mild, restless gardeners may still find green life under leaf mold where a few hardy beets or carrots lurk or a hardy pansy is thrusting its cheerful face toward the weak sunlight. Then, just when we think we cannot tolerate one more dark day, nature rewards us with the sun’s return. No wonder increasing numbers of gardeners celebrate this return on the Winter Solstice (December 21). Q: We moved here from Louisiana a few years ago and are still trying to figure out this mulching business and other Col-

orado gardening quirks. Won’t plants rot if they are covered with mulch under snow? A: Nothing rots here, not even my compost piles. We mulch in the late fall and winter to keep our soil COLD. Our notorious February thaws are increasing, causing bulbs and perennials to break dormancy. Just when that tender green foliage emerges, the March lion destroys everything with snow, freezing drizzle and cold. Experienced gardeners save their mulch until the soil is completely frozen and then spread it. I wander alleys with my clippers in hand and clip branches of discarded evergreen trees to lay over areas where I have bulb planted. Don’t worry about your difficulty in deciphering our climate. Even the experts are challenged, and global warming makes it even more of a puzzle. Q: I’m worried about my hollyhocks. They have nearly a foot of green growth now. What can I do to protect them from winter’s snow and cold? A: Absolutely nothing. Isn’t that nice to hear? Like grape hyacinths and numerous perennials, they produce new basal growth now. The plants are hardy enough to survive the winter, but they actually do better when there is a snow cover. These plants have evolved over the centuries, so I’m trusting they will continue to survive. Q: Can you provide some ideas of plant-related (not poinsettias) gifts to give to gardening friends who don't like common commercial gifts? A: What a lovely idea! I hear of more people doing this every year as they try to escape the season’s commercialism. These suggestions will be useful for all green-thumbers anywhere. Gift certificates for nurseries are always winners, as are subscriptions to magazines (the gifts that continue to give). Colorado Gardener at $18 for five issues gives you the best bang for your buck. All articles are written by Colorado gardeners, for Colorado gardeners, so information fits our quirky climate and resistant soil. Email cogardener@gmail. com for more information. American Gardener at $35, published by the American Horticultural Society in

Mulching to keep your bulbs cold in late winter will ensure they don't rise early and die by frost. Virginia, provides information relevant to all parts of the country. Subscribers are also eligible for seed exchanges. A visit to your favorite nursery will offer many ideas, in addition to providing a peaceful respite from the frenetic cacophony of shopping malls. Amidst the tranquil oasis of tinkling wind chimes, murmuring waterfalls and lush plants (my nursery), you can find stationery, magnets, garden tools and gloves, succulents, ornamental containers, fairy garden plants, statuary, etc. etc. Unfortunately, one beloved Denver-area nursery was a recent victim of developers’ jaws, so support your favorite nursery now. Nurseries are as integral to a community’s vibrancy as McMansions.

Two informative books about bees might also interest friends: Pollinator Friendly Gardening by Rhonda Hayes, $21.99, and The Bees in Your Backyard by Joseph Wilson, $29.95. Don’t let December’s darkness depress you. Focus on the new solstice and join me in chanting, drumming and cheering the sun’s return. Then remember, “A delightful thing about a garden is the anticipation it provides,” notes W. E. Johns. To a December filled with hope. Joan Hinkemeyer is a long-time gardener from a family of green-thumbers. She was an estate gardener in Beverly Hills, California, and had her own landscape consulting business for over 20 years.

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