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Life on Capitol Hill• MARCH 2015

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MARCH 2015

Building a Family Room at Open Door Ministries A gathering place for fellowship By Denny Taylor


pen Door Ministries (ODM) is an amazing non-profit organization that has focused on the homeless, addicted and the underprivileged in and around the Capitol Hill Community for the past 18 years. This organization offers programs for transitional housing, employment training, preschool and youth programs, weekly meals for the homeless, ministries to the disabled, Celebrate Recovery and much more. ODM is interdenominational in scope, partnering with 37 participating churches and working with 27 partnering agencies, both city and private, to accomplish their goals. With nine properties in and around the neighborhood, ODM has just announced a $750,000 addition and façade upgrade to its largest property, Open Door Fellowship located at 1567 Marion (funds are A place where currently being raised). The church, Open Door Feleveryone can feel safe, lowship, has been in the neighborcomfortable & welcome hood for over 30 years now, 24 of which have been out of the building at 1567 Marion. Minimal exterior changes have been made since the building was originally erected in 1956, but their plan (which is referred to as the Family Room) is to completely redesign the facade of the building as well as add an additional 2,900 sq. ft. to the building, which will allow them to better serve the neighborhood. Because of the unfortunate building layout, their doors are always locked and space is limited. To be more true to their name and to the programs they offer, they are endeavouring to make the building friendlier to the public. See OPEN DOOR on page 2


LARRY, RACHEL & THEIR DOG NELSON enjoy a sunny respite in February on the patio of Olive & Finch Restaurant, 1552 East 17th.

Kirkland Museum to build new museum at 12th & Bannock By Christa T. Palmer

A Pause to Improve K Better process is goal of new office of special events

By J. Patrick O’Leary


hen the city passed a year-long moratorium on new special events and runs, races, rides and walks this year, it also set up a new Office of Special Events (OSE) to create a coordinated system for permitting those activities and better serve residents, event organizers and city departments. Katy Strascina is the Executive Director of the new OSE. With a staff of four, the new agency is tasked with bringing together 17 city agencies that deal with events to discuss and develop solutions and policies necessary to resolve problems with neighborhood and park usage, noise, trash, traffic and other issues arising out special events held on city property, which grew profoundly from 350 to 650 last year. Problems arise when new event organizers do not know which departments have a say in event staging, and departments do not know what new events are being planned. Strascina’s goal is to have a one-stop office, where event organizers can fill out an application, Denver is the venue and then her staff will generate a for 350 film projects checklist of steps to take and who in the city to contact. Capitol Hill each year United Neighborhoods (CHUN) must deal with 10 city agencies in setting up its annual People’s Fair, she pointed out as an example. Also to be developed is a master calendar for special events, and a system for channeling special event information and complaints, via the 3-1-1 system, to the city and event organizers. Strascina said the OSE initially will be a coordinating agency, with no power to issue or deny permits, other than film permits. (Denver is the venue for 350 film projects each year, mostly commercials, she said.) “There will be a vetting process,” said Strascina, “but we have no authority to tell anyone they can’t do anything. This will be the first time that all this information from 17 departments will all be coming See SPECIAL EVENTS on page 4

irkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art has announced plans to build a new museum at 12th and Bannock. The new museum will be located in the heart of Denver’s museum district near the Denver Art Museum and the Clyfford Still Museum. The new location will offer visitors an en-

hanced experience, while staying true to the salon style and intimate atmosphere for which the Kirkland Museum is known. “Relocating Kirkland Museum offers far greater visibility for our three focus areas and makes it more convenient for art lovers to park once to experience all the internationally important artwork Denver offers in the Golden Triangle,” said Hugh

Grant, founding director and curator. The first focus area, the Colorado Art Collection, showcases the state’s talent, concentrating on the 1870s through the 1980s. This collection currently has 5,311 pieces which represents 534 different Colorado artists. About 170 Colorado artists are See KIRKLAND on page 20


MODERN DISPLAY AT KIRKLAND MUSEUM of Fine & Decorative Art featuring ‘Experiencing Unknown Forms in Blue Space,’ 1975, by Vance Kirkland, and the Corona Chair, 1961, designed by Poul M. Volther.


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OPEN DOOR FELLOWSHIP located at 1567 Marion awaits renovations to begin in June.

Open Door Continued from page 1 “We are building a Family Room,” said John Zolman, “It will be a gathering place with planned seating areas where people in the ODM community can fellowship and build deeper relationships,” while at the same time the project will provide better access to the facilities and a place where the homeless can more easily access resources. “It will be a place where everyone can feel safe, comfortable and welcomed.” he continued. Other planned improvements include the addition of an elevator, which will provide 100% access to all four floors of the building especially the dis-

abled, a new restroom, a welcome center, a new porch and several offices, as well as newly designed and resurfaced parking. Building community and integrating people into that community is at the heart of Open Door Ministries and they strive to be a place where anyone, regardless of their story, feels a


part of the ODM family. The 1567 Marion building is the centre of life at ODM and the “Family Room Project” will insure its continued success for years to come. Call John Zolman, Project Manager, for more information, to donate or help at 720-7633709.

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he Denver St. Patrick’s Day festivities will kick off with the parade on Sat., Mar. 14 at 9:30 am (30 minutes earlier than last year) and typically runs for about four hours. The parade is free to the public and all ages are welcome to attend. The route will begin at 19th & Wynkoop, run down Wynkoop, turn left on 17th, take another left on Blake and end at Coors Field parking lot B. Be advised that the direction of the parade has been reversed for this year. Spectators are advised to arrive earlier in light of the new start time and to wear layers since spring temperatures can be erratic. he best place for families is at the end of the route on Blake between 23rd and 27th Sts. If

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Continued from page 1 into one department, one staff,” she said. “We will be able to look at big pictures, and make recommendations for changes…with input from residents, businesses [and event organizers]…” In mid-February, Strascina’s office was shepherding 120 special events through the planning stages, and working with a vendor to customize existing software for event planning and tracking. “The software will allow us to interact with all agencies, event organizers and film companies, fill out applications, and generate the checklist,” she explained, adding that April 1 is the in-house rollout date. It will allow all departments to share and track information, such as costs, complaints, event history and maps. “It’s not a Band-Aid. Tracking is really crucial.” Until then, the permitting is being done she said, just using email communication between departments, and preliminary checklists with links to department contacts sent out to organizers. “The software solution is

you’re interested in watching parade entries perform (dancers, musicians, etc.), the best place is south of 20th on Blake. Be forewarned that this is usually the most crowded area on the parade route and is typically standing room only. The parade won’t be the only fun in town on St. Patty’s weekend. The producers of the World’s Largest Pub Crawl are making an attempt on the record books again with the “Luck of the Irish St. Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl” on Fri., March 13, Sat., the 14th and Tues., the 17th. Hundreds will gather in fun and safe environments, including 1515 Bar N Lounge, Howl at the Moon, Zanzibar Billiards, El Chapultapec and more. A mere $20 will get you a wrist band for all three days, a map of all participating bars, and drink specials offered exclusively to World’s Largest

Pub Crawlers. All cover charges are also included in the price of the wristband. For more information, including registration times, go to Speaking of record holders, Fado Irish Pub will host its annual “largest outdoor block party” on Sat., Mar. 14. Doors open at 7 am with a limited brunch menu until 11 am and a limited lunch/dinner menu throughout the day until 10 pm. It will be a full day and night of cocktail and beer stations, traditional Irish food and live bands. Face painting, games, and a bouncy castle will entertain the kids until 4 pm, after that only those 21 and over will be allowed entry. Live music begins at 11 am, with the last band taking the stage at 9:30 pm. The cover charge will be $20. For more information, go to fadoirishpub. com.

just adding a layer of sophistication,” Strascina said. “We will have alerts, ticklers, reminders…” as now. And that’s just for the existing events. The city will not issue permits for new special events in City Park, Washington Park, Central Park, Sloan’s Lake, Cheesman Park or Civic Center Park for 2015, or new events on any city property April 15 to Sept. 1. Excluded from the cap are Denver Days events approved by the Department of Human Rights and Community Partnerships (HRCP) and the special events staff. The 2014 cap on any new runs, races, rides and walks has been extended to 2015 as well. Events that received permits in 2014 or earlier will be allowed to apply for permits this year. Whether residents’ complaints about special events will be addressed any differently remains to be seen. OSE will train the city’s 3-1-1 staff on fielding special events questions, and add a new “button” to their system. OSE’s new community liaison will be meeting with the community and organizers to gauge external (as opposed to inter-department) effects. Strascina speculated that could lead

to discussions about changes to sound, parade or zoning ordinances. Organizers of large events will still have post-event meetings to discuss problems and complaints, or to improve the next year’s events. Although it may not happen this year, Strascina wants a kiosk in her office to serve event organizers, staffed by people from each major permitting agency, a minimum of two days a week. Questions can be answered and applications filled out and submitted. Applications would ideally be reviewed within two business days, followed by a meeting with an OSE liaison who would deliver a checklist of tasks to be completed before issuing the final permit. Also, creating a timeline for applications will allow for better advance notification of neighborhoods, she said. At the end of the application process, we are the final say,” said Strascina. “We compile all the permits, and make sure the event organizer complies. If they have not done the checklist, that stops the process.” In the past, she said, the city often did not learn that permits were not issued or conditions not complied with until after the event. For more information on the Office of Special Events, call 720-913-1501, or visit denver


Life on Capitol Hill• MARCH 2015

WALTER S. CHEESMAN, whose energy and courage helped build Denver.

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A Cheesman Family Legacy

the city’s power elite, and when investigated by R.G. Dun and Company in 1873, the correspondent wrote that in Walter S. Cheesman there can be found

“No better man…worthy [of] all confidence.” Walter was committed to the community in many other ways as well. In 1878 Cheesman and

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erhaps historian Jerome C. Smiley said it best when he wrote this in his History of Denver about Walter S. Cheesman, “No man has a deeper, more sincere, regard for the welfare and advancement of Denver, nor greater honest pride in its history, progress, and in what promises to be its future, than he.” Great praise for a great man, indeed. Walter Scott Cheesman was born into wealth and comfort on Long Island, New York in 1838. His lineage stretched all the way back to the Revolutionary War, where his grandfather was an officer in the Army of the Revolution. Young Walter, finished with his public school education in New York, left the east to begin his trek to the west in 1854, moving first to Chicago and then on to Denver; arriving by oxcart, in 1861, with a small supply of drugs. He decided that he needed to keep a closer eye on the drugstore his brother had opened in the frontier town the year before. Even so, shortly after his arrival, his brother returned to the family in New York, leaving the business to Walter. When the wooden-framed storefront at 1507 Blake burned to the ground in the great fire of 1863, Cheesman quickly rebuilt… this time using brick. The drug store was good to him, and the young pharmacist invested his profits shrewdly in various real estate enterprises. When his investments proved much more lucrative, he sold the drug store in 1874 and focused on the financial empire he was beginning to create; one such enterprise being the St. Louis and Denver Land & Mining Company, where he served as president. So successful was he that the newspapers of the day declared that he was the biggest real estate taxpayer in all of Arapahoe County, which at that time contained the Queen City of the Plains. His formula for success was “Always buy [property] on a corner.” In time, Walter S. Cheesman became one of the most prosperous and powerful men in town.

He served from the late 1860s into the early 1870s as vice president of the Board of Trade, the precursor to the Denver Chamber of Commerce. Early on, showing great interest in utilities and infrastructure for the fast-growing frontier town, he helped to organize the Denver City Water Company in 1870, a forerunner of our current municipal water system. He served as the company’s president, and in 1894 he donated a significant amount of money to build the $4 million Cheesman Dam on the south fork of the South Platte River, located about 40 miles from Denver; thus assuring a safe water supply for the entire community. At the time of its construction, its walls were the highest of any dam in the world! In addition, he became an officer in the fledgling Colorado Electric Company in 1881. In 1870 he partnered with David Moffat and former Governor John Evans to bring the first railroad into Denver, the Denver Pacific Railroad, with its vital transcontinental railroad connection. Such was the aggregate force of these three men, that they became known as the “Iron Trail Trio.” Denverites enthusiastically greeted the first Denver Pacific passenger train from Cheyenne as it chugged into Union Depot. The train was pulled by a locomotive aptly named “David H. Moffat” with the second train arriving in town under the steam of an engine named “W.S. Cheesman.” No surprises there! Along the way, Cheesman became somewhat of a railroad tycoon himself and was involved in a number of other railroad lines, including the Denver & Boulder Valley, Denver & New Orleans, Denver Utah & Pacific, the Southern Pacific, and the Denver & South Park & Pacific. These holdings led him to tangle at times with none other than Jay Gould, the great railroad titan of the day. Walter Cheesman was also an officer of the First National Bank, where he held sway over numerous development projects in Denver, particularly in the 1870s. By this point, he was considered a charter member of

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W.D. Dodd donated 600 books to the Board of Education “in the hope that the institution of a [re See CHEESMAN on page 12


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P.S. You Are Here Program strengthens & rejuvenates the community By Jason McKinney


SOUND TOTEMS FEATURING MUSIC OR POETRY such as the one at 17th & Washington, will brighten community parks.

n April 2014 Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock and Denver Arts & Venues launched P.S. You Are Here, a creative neighborhood revitalization program aiming to develop collaborative, community-driven, outdoor projects in the city’s public spaces. The program, designed to inspire innovative ideas by members of the community who would be directly impacted by the public space projects, chose eight projects for Denverites to enjoy. These were chosen on the basis that they be short-term, physical improvement projects that: • transform underutilized urban spaces to increase collaboration • honor heritage • build civic engagement • beautify neighborhoods • enrich communities and foster healthier, more socially and economically viable communities The $40,000 was split between projects from RedLine’s Reach Studio, La Alma Neighborhood Association, Whittier Neighborhood Association, Chaffee Park, Athmar Park, Access Gallery, Birdseed Collective and Jefferson Park. The following winning projects are to be completed in 2015:

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Whittier Neighborhood Assoc. Project: Whittier Alley Loop The Whittier Alley Loop project is designed to connect four underused alleyways in the Whittier neighborhood. The four throughways will connect Williams, High and Race streets and connect important places within the neighborhood, including the Ford-Warren Library, a Recreation Center, Madame CJ Walker Park, and various local businesses. The project’s goal is to create “unique public spaces” and illustrate that alleyways can become creative neighborhood assets, instead of just utilitarian right-of-ways.

Jefferson Park Project: Parklet (a small space that is an extension of the sidewalk, providing green space for people; typically the size of several parking spaces and extends from sidewalk level to the width of a parking space) Parklets first appeared in San Francisco and have cropped up around the world in urban areas for a little respite from

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ing a sense of community investment and bringing together neighborhood residents to breathe new life into a historically troubled area. The emphasis here will be placed on including those individuals who were dislocated by the closing of the park. Reach Artists will request that their colleagues and community members participate in the creation of art panels to be displayed above the gated entries to the Triangle Park/Denver Urban Gardens space.

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the concrete world. The Jefferson Park parklet will appear on 25th between Federal & Eliot. The expectation for these parklets is that they will become “natural gathering places for citizens and customers of local businesses, creating a ‘sense of place’ within the neighborhood”. It’s also meant to entice people to walk or bike to the area.

La Alma Lincoln Park Neighborhood Assoc. Project: Butterfly Walk The Butterfly Walk in La Alma Lincoln Park (Mariposa between 11th & 12th Aves) aspires to initiate space, encouraging people from different cultural and economic backgrounds to participate in a project for the common good. The goal is for at least 100 people to help implement the plan by encouraging positive activities and improving current conditions in the park.

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(DPL Byers Branch, Gabriel’s Community Garden & Sunken Gardens Park) Project: Recycled & Repurposed Artwork Access Gallery, a nonprofit organization that provides creative and educational opportunities for people with disabilities to access and experience the arts; and intends to provide outreach through community workshops for the creation of artwork that can be installed in various locations. The materials used will be recycled and repurposed objects, which will then be further recycled and repurposed after the exhibition and the removal of the artwork.

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(Athmar, North City Park & Harkens Heights) Project: Sound Totems (3) Sound totems are miniature, solar-powered, public music venues housed within the natural or built environment. Each will be custom-built and fit into an accessible public space featuring site-specific music, poetry, oral history or other audio. Each neighborhood will pick the theme that best fits with and captures that community’s uniqueness. For more information on any of the projects, go to artsand


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41st annual Denver March Powwow By Christa T. Palmer


he 41st annual Denver March Powwow will be held at the Denver Coliseum, 4600 Humboldt, on Friday, March 20 through Sunday, March 22. The powwow is an American Indian Heritage Festival. The powwow is a gathering and social occasion during which Indian peoples come together to sing, dance and honor the heritage that has been passed down to them from their ancestors. The celebration features over 1,000 American Indian dancers. The best dancers in all age groups compete for top prize money. Different styles of dance are represented which are derived from traditional dances of the various tribes. Dance categories include The Grand Entry, Intertribal Dances and specified contests. A wide variety of dance styles will be represented. Male dances include Traditional Dancing, Fancy Dancing and Grass Dancing. Women’s dances include Traditional Dancing, Fancy Shawl Dancing and Jingle Dress Dancing. Last year’s pow wow attracted more than 1,200 dancers and 43 drum

groups. Dancing concludes at 10 pm on Friday and Saturday. The awards ceremony begins at 8 pm on Sunday. Each powwow session begins with a Grand Entry. There are two Grand Entries on Friday and Saturday at 11 am and 7 pm. There will be a single Grand Entry on Sunday at 11 am. The 2014 Denver March Powwow Princess, Miss Jordyn Lee Paz, will help kick off the first Grand Entry at 11 am on Friday, March 20. The pow wow features over 175 booths selling authentic American Indian arts and crafts. Other attractions include traditional tribal story-telling and contemporary hip-hop. Attendees can also sample delicious Indian Fry Bread. Doors open at 10:00 am daily. Admission is free for children six and under. Regular admission is $7 per day or $20 for a three day pass. For attendees ages 60 and over, admission is $3 per day and $9 for a three day pass. Tickets are sold at the door on a cash-only basis. For more information, check the website at denvermarch or by calling 303934-8045.

Why did Daylight Saving Time (DST) start, & why does it still continue? By Denny Taylor


aylight Saving Time began in the US during World War I, primarily to save fuel by reducing the need to use artificial lighting. Although some states and communities observed daylight saving time between the wars, it was not observed nationally again until World War II. Of course, World War II is long over. So why do we still observe Daylight Saving Time? The Uniform Time Act of 1966 provided the basic framework for alternating between daylight saving time and standard time, which we now observe in the US, but Congress can’t seem to resist tinkering with it. For example, in 1973 some of us can recall that Daylight Saving Time was observed all year, instead of just the spring and summer. The system of beginning DST at 2 am on the first Sunday in April and ending it at 2 am on the last Sunday in October was not standardized until 1986. Then the rules changed “again” in 2007. DST now begins on the second Sunday of March and ends the first Sunday in November. Confused yet? The earliest known reference to the idea of Daylight Saving Time came from a quirky and some would say humorous 1784 letter to the Journal de Paris by Benjamin Franklin. It was titled ”Turkey versus Eagle, McCauley is my Beagle,” in which he advocated an economy of thrift from lighting in the home as well as the city of Paris during his tenure as the American Delegate (our modern day Ambassador) to France. It was first seriously advocated by William Willet, a British builder, in his pamphlet “Waste of Daylight” in 1907. Over the years, supporters have

advanced new reasons in support of DST, even though they were not the original reasons behind enacting DST. One is safety… as some people believe that if we have more daylight at the end of the day, we will have fewer accidents. In fact, this “benefit” comes only at the cost of less daylight in the morning. When year-round daylight time was tried in 1973, one reason it was repealed was because of an increased number of school bus accidents in the morning. Other observers attribute a huge spike in accidents on the first Monday of DST to the sudden change in the amount of light during morning driving times. Regardless of the reason, there is no denying that changing our clocks has a significant costs attached to it. In their infinite wisdom, Congress appears to have deducted we were not having enough of a difficult time; so in 2007 they passed a law starting Daylight Savings time three weeks earlier and ending it one week later. Leave it to the government to find ways to spend more money. This cost US companies billions to reset automated equipment, plus put us further out of sync with Asia and Africa time-wise, and inconvenienced most of the country; all in the name of unproven studies that claim we save energy. states: If we are saving energy let’s go yearround with Daylight Saving Time. If we are not saving energy let’s drop Daylight Saving Time! What do you say!! Just remember on Sunday, March 8, 2015, at 2:00:00 am clocks are turned forward 1 hour… Spring Forward! And on Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015, 2:00:00 am clocks are turned backward 1 hour… Fall Back!


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A 60” ROUND MONGOLIAN COOKING SURFACE powered by 10 burners lets the NuHu Mongolian Express, 1147 Broadway, cook every diner’s meal to order at rapid speed.

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Openings Bet ya don’t know much about Mongolian cuisine! I sure didn’t, but expect to start hearing much more about it in the coming weeks. There’s a new take on fast casual eateries now incubating on S. Broadway across from the Denver Art Museum that hopes to educate us all on cuisine from this corner of the globe. NuHu Mongolian Express is the vision of the folks who own HuHot Mongolian Grill, which already boasts three Denver locations and 53 more nationwide. Located in the same complex that houses Burger Fi on the corner, NuHu anchors the west side of the building. The address is 1147 Broadway although the eatery fronts onto 12th Ave. There are two big things you notice stepping inside NuHu. First is a massive cooler packed with fresh vegetables behind the food prep area. “It is a statement of freshness. Vegetables are such a huge part of (NuHu), we certainly point that up in our displays,” said COO Jeff Martin. “That’s a working cooler where our line folks grab new ingredients during the day.” The second eye-grabber is a 60" round, flat grill that utiliz-

es ten different burners. Here’s where your chosen ingredients are rapidly cooked. “Mongolian grill started in the days of Genghis Khan when warriors would turn their battle shields over and grill on the back side of them,” Martin added to explain the round shape. That huge grill can handle six meals and six slices of accompanying flat bread at a time. “We’re able to sear all our meats and caramelize the sauces very quickly,” he said. Asian flavors are currently a rapidly growing food trend in the US. “You can draw from so many parts of Asia for different flavors under the Asian umbrella,” Martin said. “Because you have 100% control on what goes into your bowl, you can really control it for allergies or other concerns.” Build your own bowl or try one of six signature combos including the Genghis Thai if you’re feeling indecisive. Each is built on a foundation of rice, pad Thai noodles or Yakisoba noodles. A dozen imaginative sauces can top your selection of other ingredients. Try the “Five Village Fire Szechwan” if you’re feeling brazen. Chicken, pork, tofu, beef or shrimp can be added and the veggie choices are unlimited. All you have to do is stop the requests when the bowl

overflows. The underlying concept here is that nothing is cooked before you order it, a concept that could create legions of fans. “Getting into a fast-casual element of our concept really plays into our strengths,” Martin said. “We really thought the fast-casual niche really played into our strength of using fresh foods.” Indeed, if the concept embraces HuHot’s strengths, Martin and company plan to open NuHus all over town as they convert folks to their Mongolian cooking techniques. Expect something different on all levels. You won’t for example find a plain vanilla “Pay here,” sign when it’s time to pay. “Hey, nice wallet,” reads the one hanging over the cash register – a subtle clue that the folks here are having fun and want you to join in. HuHott’s number is 720-7265171. Doors open daily at 11 am and close no earlier than 9 pm. is the company’s new web address. There’s an additional stop on the Asian cuisine tour this month thanks to the recent opening of Asian Delight. This eatery has replaced the Lucky Fortune Chinese in the 1280 Grant shopping strip. Here you’ll find some traditional Chinese standards plus Thai favorites and over half a

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dozen different curries. Items like papaya salad, Chinese donuts and chicken satay could tempt many a palate and, of course, they deliver. There is a pair of eat-in dining bars, but the space seats no more than nine comfortably. During the week, lunch specials are offered until 3 pm daily. Hours are weekdays, 11 am-10 pm and weekends from noon10pm. The phone number is 303860-7105. There’s new life in the old Quizno’s space at 1420 E. 18th across from the Saint Joseph hospital complex. It’s Onefold Breakfast & Coffee, a new eatery next to Thai Basil. Gone is the Quizno’s vibe and thankfully the AstroTurf that once covered the front patio. “We de-Quiznified it,” Mark Nery said of his new space. His wife, Terese, has an architectural background; she contributed the design and will manage the shop. The interior is both elegant and simple in keeping with the Onefold theme. “My background is in software,” Nery said of his name choice. “In building software, complexity is the enemy. I try to take the same approach with food. We’re trying to keep everything simple.” That concept taps locallysourced, organic ingredients whenever possible. The menu itself is also simple, with just a handful of items offered daily. There’s a standard breakfast burrito, but it comes with housemade tortillas and Tender Belly bacon. Other items include bacon fried rice, a Spanish omelet and crepes. There’s also a rotating dish that changes every few weeks. Indoors the space features a large chef ’s bar with seating where individual diners can watch the staff at work. There are also a handful of four-top tables. It’s an inviting space but Nery expects much of his business will be order and go. Whether you dine in or take out, the intent is to offer fairly quick service. The Nerys hope this concept will catch on and believe their own experiences point to a need. “We live close by. We’re familiar with the area. We wanted to offer breakfast in the morning,” the new business owner said. Initial hours are 6 am-2 pm seven days a week. If no one shows up at 6, those hours will be tweaked. While the space is open through lunch, expect to still be eating breakfast foods at 2 pm. There’s no phone number available yet. Onefolddenver.

com should have that and the full menu soon. For as long as I can remember, there’s been a preschool in the basement of Christ Church United Methodist at 690 Colorado. Now the space offers a rare and unique take on what young kids need to thrive. It’s called Blackberry Academy and it’s located just across the avenue from Snooze. It’s part nursery school, part pre-K and all the unique vision of director Cassiopeia (Cassie) Athena Young. “Kindergarten Prep. and Old Fashioned Manners with Optional Christian Lesson Plans” is the academy’s motto, but the program is not affiliated with the church except as a tenant. “We do not teach about any particular religion but rather use Bible stories two days a week to convey whatever our monthly morality theme is; honesty, being good to your parents, kindness, being happy with who you are and what you have,” Young said. The program is open 6:30 am-6:30 pm weekdays. Parents pay for ten and a half hours daily and staffers work those shifts so that the teacher you see in the morning is still there at pick-up time to offer feedback and support. Literacy is a big element of Young’s curriculum, which draws on all she’s learned as a preschool teacher. “Our kindergarten prep curriculum promises to have a three-year-old on a kindergarten math and reading level within six months, and if a fouryear-old is able to spend their entire year prior to kindergarten, we will have them on a 1st grade level!” she added. There is also a focus on growing vocabularies, memory recall, geography, unique weekly themes, English as well Spanish, in addition to daily exercising, yoga, and mind relaxing meditation. The core value is to challenge the children daily to reduce boredom and/or frustration. Whew! Luckily there’s also nap time and wholesome prepared lunches to nourish the youngsters. “Everything is learned in order. Little guys learn to tear paper and manipulate their fingers, so we give them unopened junk mail. They practice opening until they can get inside to pull out the letter, at which point they then practice tearing again. Once this skill is mastered they can move on to holding a crayon and pencil with better manipulation and


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BLACKBERRY ACADEMY, 690 COLORADO, OFFERS A NEW TAKE ON CHILDCARE, teaching manners and literacy and offering parents a combination of school prep and extended day care. can begin to hold scissors more successfully,” she explained. After 18 years in the business, Young has more than a few techniques to reduce or limit behavioral problems. She’s seen it all. “The best ways we accomplish this are using complete sentences and bigger vocabulary in addition to identifying and having conversations about emotion on a daily basis. The better our kiddos can communicate, the fewer tantrums there are.” “We like the children to be able to really process thoughts and concepts, understand themselves, putting good, healthy food in their bodies and exploring each child’s uniqueness though creativity,” she added. Updates on the children are provided daily via text or photo messages if desired. In addition to constant instruction on good manners, there is also a community service component. “We have a Junior Fire Fighter program where our children ages three and older are required to volunteer a minimum of six hours per week (four of which they do with the school). They each will have about five to ten sponsors who will donate $.05-.25 per hour in order to further help local charities,” Young said. Blackberry is a non-profit concept that is designed to make the academy affordable for every family. Young welcomes donations from local businesses to further a scholarship program. “We are also looking for volunteers and well as grandparents (older adults) to help give our children more individualized attention and support throughout each day,” she added. Currently enrollment is for ages two and a half through six years of age. Infant and toddler care will be added in the near future. is the web address and 303-7815998 is the center’s number. How about a side of art with those savory waffles? Fans of Waffle Up! on the corner of 3rd & Elati now can browse through art before or after dining at BlackBook Gallery next door. The space at 304 Elati most recently housed recycled bridal gear. Now its home to BlackBook, which is relocating to Baker after a five year stint on Santa Fe. “Our new space is much more refined and better suited for our long-term vision. There is a main gallery space and two smaller side rooms. The main space will typically be a solo exhibit and the other two side spaces will also be used for ‘mini’

exhibits,” said co-founder Tom Horne. Horne and business partner Will Suitts believe the new address will allow them to give each artist the space they need to show work in their own way. “We work with artists from all types of genres and locations and provide the option/ability to combine them in a way that gives them their freedom while nicely showcasing their work is very exciting for us,” said Suitts. March 14 is the Grand Opening show featuring work from popular Denver artist Ravi Zupa. After that, expect shows from more emerging contemporary artists. It is free and runs 6-10 pm. A list of upcoming exhibits is available at blackbookgallery. com. “We are excited to be in one of Denver’s oldest neighborhoods. There is lots of change going on around us; it will be interesting to see how things evolve over the next 3-5 years. We are right next to the recently opened Waffle Up! and it should work well for both of us,” Horne added. Hours are not locked down yet but there will be both weekday and weekend hours. Check the website or Facebook for evolving details. 303-941-2458 is the gallery’s number. The space at 43 W. 11th in the Golden Triangle that recently housed a textile art studio called Wild Heather is now home to Denver Chiro Care. The focus of Dr. Miaken Zeigler’s chiropractic practice is pairing manipulations with corrective exercises and lifestyle change advice. She currently offers a free consultation to new patients. Patients are seen from 8:30 am to noon and 3-6 pm Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. Friday, the clinic is only open in the morning; on Tuesday, only afternoon hours are available. Saturday, the clinic is open by appointment only. The number is 303-623-0808 and denver, has more info. After a rapid construction process, the 1st Bank branch at 6th & Broadway has opened. Several additional retail operations are also close to opening in this mini retail area that once housed just a Burger King.

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STEVE DUMAN, RIGHT, OF DUMAN’S CUSTOM TAILORING, 438 E. Colfax, alters a pair of trousers as a photo of his dad watches over the family business. 

How many times have you driven by 438 E. Colfax without a second glance? The name in the window reads Duman’s Custom Tailoring and perhaps you drove on because you don’t need a tailor. Yet this is a good place to linger. There’s history here… decade after decade of local stories that amuse, inform and underscore the fact that it’s our experiences that most define our lives. Most tailoring establishments are tiny, hole-in-the-wall operations. Duman’s storefront covers half the block and sprawls across a space that could accommodate numerous businesses. In fact, it actually housed three ventures until Duman’s expanded. Inside the storefront, there’s a thriving family business that’s endured for more than 53 years in one single location. If you’re fortunate, you’ll catch manager Steve Duman in an idle moment, although he doesn’t have many

of those, and get to hear amazing stories about last minute repairs, true wardrobe malfunctions and a few big-name clients. Maybe it’s the proximity to the state Capitol. Governors, mayors and dignitaries routinely find their way to his door. Maybe the company’s reputation has just swelled because of Duman’s take on customer service… an approach that seems to know no limits. When a local hotel called for a guest who needed a rush job, Duman showed up rapidly, marking chalk in hand. That guest had slimmed down recently and was swimming in the tuxedo he would wear for a performance the following day. The performance? Red Rocks with the Colorado Symphony. The guest? Composer/conductor Marvin Hamlisch. Duman recalls marking up the tux in just ten minutes – a rapid process that prompted Hamlisch to voice some skepticism about Duman’s skills. Just hours later,

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the musician changed his tune, telling the tailor, “It fits better than anything I own.” Not every customer gets that sort of turnaround service, but Duman is driven to get orders finished when customers need them. Normal jobs are completed within three to five business days and those emergencies… they get priority. Far more than tailoring goes on inside these old walls. Embroidery and silkscreen work are also common here. You may not know the store but you’ve probably seen the work. This shop does all the tailoring for local Macy’s stores. Local restaurants like Shanahan’s and Del Frisco’s Double Eagle had their staff uniforms designed and produced by Duman’s. Even the Avalanche players’ wives have their fund-raising gear created here! For Duman, it’s been a life enriched by unforgettable experiences. He’s met a pope, mendSee BUSINESS on page 10


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THE BAR AT 3014 E. COLFAX HAS BEEN REBRANDED as Southside Bar Kitchen and its new signage now shares the post along with the old 3014 sign.

Business Continued from page 9 ed ripped pants for then-President Bill Clinton, stitched for members of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and on occasion had the chance to follow his special passion… wardrobe design for the entertainment industry. “One of the coolest customers I ever had was actor Thomas Hayden Church. He was shooting a movie in Colorado,” Duman recalled. Hayden Church was so impressed he asked Duman to assist with a second film in California. Duman loved the work but has no plans of ever leaving Denver for long. His dad Maurice still owns the store but retired at age 90. Perhaps it’s not surprising that Steve has a similar plan. After 39 years working in the family business, he plans to log another 25 or so before retiring his thread and needle. At age 63, when many folks are slowing down, he continues to work 60 to 70 hours a week. “If I didn’t love what I do, I wouldn’t do it.” That statement neatly sums up Duman’s philosophy on work, on life, and on

putting the customer first. In addition to alterations and services like custom uniform designs, Duman’s also sells men’s clothing and tuxedos, rents formal wear, and offers wardrobe consultations for individuals and corporations. is web address and the number for the shop is 303-832-1701.

What’s New? It’s now official and the proof ’s hanging above the front door. The old home of Odelay’s Tacos, 3014 and the Beetle Bar has formally changed to Southside Bar Kitchen. Just that. No hyphen. John Elliott, formerly of Scruffy Murphy’s on Larimer and co-owners David Cleland and Toby Waters wanted to rebrand the space and they’ve rolled out changes from top to bottom. “We’re trying to bring along our crowd to the new concept. We’re kind of at an interim point now; come springtime, we’ll do another menu revision. We’re good comfort bar food,” he said. “We have more than tacos floating around.” For a long time, Odelay was known just for affordable tacos. India Express FINE CUISINE RESTAURANT

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There’s still $1 taco Tuesdays and $2 fish tacos on Fridays, but the focus has definitely shifted. “I don’t have a desire to be (primarily) a restaurant. We are focusing on being a good neighborhood bar that serves tasty fresh food,” he said. “We will continue to be a fresh kitchen with as many locally-sourced ingredients as possible.” That means new sandwiches on the menu, like battered salmon with lemon garlic aioli or the Fat Elvis… grilled bananas, chunky peanut butter and candied bacon. There’s also an appetizer of bacon-wrapped shrimp with house-made sriracha sauce that shares menu space with what the Southside team calls “Old School” offerings – the tacos and quesadillas from the eatery’s last incarnation. Some other favorites, including the fried shots and fried cookies, remain on the menu. Those fried shots? The secret is angel food cake soaked in liquors, then flash fried. Wow! The Southside team recently recruited Anthony Giovanni to their staff. He has done extensive stints at popular watering holes, including Linger and Green Russell. He’ll direct the front-of-house. “We’re working to make the Beetle Bar upstairs into a more cocktail-friendly space. We’ve added a number of nitro taps

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up the streets in (CCN).” He hopes that customers realize that all the local merchants appreciate their patience with the roadwork. “The stores are so appreciative that (customers) make an effort to get down here. I think we go way over the top to making sure you’re happy.” One thing that makes his customers happy is the free parking in back. Another is the wide variety of art. In the coming year, some gallery features will stay the same but there will be some changes. “We’ve got a great formula but we’re going to be doing a lot more shows. We are going to shake it up.” After wrapping up that 25th year with an anniversary sale last month, LaPedis is looking forward to Year 26 with a visit from Yoko Ono, who will be on hand next August for a show of her late husband John Lennon’s art. After this milestone, does he have plans to retire? “I turn 50 this year. I still think I have a couple more years in the art business in me,” he jokes. Instead he hopes to make a lot more impressions. “When people come to my gallery I want people to have an experience. Make a memory that won’t ever go away.” Hours are Monday to Wednesday, 9 am-6 pm, Thursday and Friday, 9-7 pm, Saturday from 2 to 6 and Sunday, 11-5. Their number is 303-3331566. is the web address. Another long-time CCN establishment has new owners. Chopper’s Sports Grill at 80 S. Madison is now part of Tavern Hospitality Group. Chopper’s was named after Robert “Chopper” Travaglini, former trainer of the Denver Nuggets, a legendary Denver sports figure. In 1996, the old Rick’s Café space morphed into Chopper’s… a dyed-in-the-wool sports bar with walls full of TVs and fan gatherings. For Tavern’s head honcho Frank Schultz, purchasing the place was a slam dunk. “We love the real estate over there. The old owner was an acquaintance,” he said. “We saw some opportunity to get it up to speed with the neighborhood a little more.” Faced with a decision on how to revitalize Chopper’s, Schultz debated but chose not to make it another Tavern space. He realized Chopper’s was the only true sports bar around. “We chose to keep the histo-


Life on Capitol Hill• MARCH 2015 ry,” he said. “We’re doing a little rebranding, changing the logo etc. We’ll just make changes a little bit at a time.” First on the To Do List were renovations to the outdated bathrooms and TV walls. “If you’re there to watch sports, it’s going to be truly spectacular,” Schultz promised. Menu changes will roll out in the coming months. Taps for draft beer will jump from six to thirty and the Tavern’s fondness for Colorado brews will be obvious, but not absolute. The name remains. Most of the staff is still on hand and some of the popular menu items will remain as well. “You’ll soon start seeing a lot of the progress; but it’s a little risky doing it with a gradual change,” Schultz said. He’s here for the long haul. “My philosophy in this business is to find neighborhoods where you can last a long time. The neighbors are going to change before you do. As long as you reinvest and keep loving the place, you can last a long time.” In this neighborhood, it also pays to love the parking options. Chopper’s boasts 50 spaces and fairly easy on-street parking too. That should appeal to the CCN lunch crowd. The kitchen is currently open until 11 pm and may stay open even later as the new menu rolls out. The number for details is 303-399-4448 and choppers is the website. Has it really been 40 years since The Who released the movie Tommy? Indeed it has, and the Sie Film Center at 2500 E. Colfax is holding a party to mark that milestone on March 13. It


all starts at 9:30 pm. The independent films complex is also offering free weekly viewing parties for episodes of Better Call Saul, a spinoff from the hugely popular Breaking Bad series. Get details at 720381-0813. Anthony’s Pizza & Pasta
at 700 Colorado is open during some renovations that are slated to change a play area into a large bar area that will seat 18 in counter seats and still incorporate a number of small tables. Full details on the renovation next month when the renovations are expected to wrap up. Kobe An, the new Japanese eatery downstairs that opened in late January at 231 Milwaukee has already tweaked its hours. The eatery has dropped its weekend lunch hours citing a lack of demand. Now lunch is only weekdays. Kobe An, which enjoyed a 35-year run in Lakewood before being forced to relocate, is also featuring catering services and will even send one of its sushi chefs and a seven-foot sushi boat to your home or event. is the web address. The number for reservations or info is 303-989-5907. Opus at 250 Josephine is now offering live music on Friday and Saturday nights. I’m told more “fun and exciting details are in the works” but details aren’t yet available. The number for Opus is 303-355-5853. Ah, the sound of construction equipment. It’s now arrived at the corner of 2nd and Detroit, too. Room & Board is moving forward with a major expansion

CHOPPER’S SPORTS GRILL IN SOUTH CHERRY CREEK’S getting a face lift and major makeover as Tavern Hospitality Group takes ownership of the well-known watering hole at 80 S. Madison.  of their space at E. 2nd and Detroit in CCN. Eventually, it will encompass the former Rodney’s restaurant space on the lower level off 2nd, as well as an old print and map store and the salon that operated above Rodney’s. Major construction began in earnest in mid-February and the needed equipment will tie up the south end of R&B’s generous parking lot. Don’t be fooled by the bulldozers though. R&B is still open for business Monday to Saturday from 10 am-6 pm and Sunday from 11 am-6 pm. The number is 303-322-6462.

Closed KORU furniture consignment, 6th & Clayton closed the last day of January. The company, which sold high-end furniture and home décor accents, abandoned this space to concentrate on its original location. This was the third or fourth ownership for KORU at 2434 E 6th. This last incarnation was an expansion of Colorado Furniture Consignments located in Evergreen. CFC is still in business and the firm’s operator’s hope that KORU fans were impressed enough to make the drive.

While KORU offered a lot of delightful goods, the small size of the shop proved to be a challenge. The Evergreen location at 1193 Bergen Parkway is nearly 5,000 sf and allows for a much greater turnover than this Denver annex did. That prompted the decision to close this store. CFC’s number is 303-679-8000. The business on the southwest corner of Colfax & Logan is vacant. Emilio’s on Colfax was seized for back taxes according to sources. The space is now for lease. Send biz news to Jeanne@lifeon

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aking Denver work for you is my first priority. I rely on communication from all of you to know and understand what is going on in all corners of the city and to determine how to best address the needs for the community. The City website, denvergov. org, provides a wealth of information about city programs, processes and services from A (abandoned vehicles) to Z (zoo). We have also established a 311 help center. By calling a single number – 311 – you can be linked to dozens of non-emergency services and obtain the answer to many of your questions and concerns. Whether you




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vived] public library and lyceum may soon be accomplished.” For a number of years he served as president of the Colorado Humane Society, supporting the organization with his own funds “to stop cruel treatment to children or animals.” He was a member of Denver Committee on Parks in the 1880s and he served as member of the Denver School Board in the 1890s. In 1898, he along with ten other philanthropists each donated $1,000 to establish an orphans’ home in Denver. Long considered by Denver high society to be “the most eligible of a number of rich, indifferent bachelors,” Cheesman, at age 46, set tongues a-wagging when he married Alice Foster Sanger, a lovely widow, in 1884. Walter gladly became father to her two sons, George and John, and the family settled into a very private and comfortable life at 1540 Lincoln. Three years later, the couple welcomed daughter Gladys into the family. Walter was devoted to his darling daughter, and when she was but a teenager they envisioned a grand new family mansion at a newly

want to report a pothole, learn when trash will be picked up in your neighborhood or find out how to register your car, you can call or click on 311 Help on our website. With the launch of you have yet another way to access city services. The new pocket mobile web application lets you connect to the city with your mobile device or home computer. For example, you can report a pot hole or graffiti by simply snapping a photo and entering an address. You can also sign up for email notifications for your recycling and trash pickup schedules, as well as check on property values and search for local elected officials. Of course, you can always communicate with me direct-

ly. I count on our communication to keep me up to date and well informed to aid in my decision making process. I invite you to visit the Contact Us section of my website for more information. You can quickly send me an email regarding any issues or concerns you may have, and of course my office number is 720-337-7713. Thank you for the opportunity to serve you, my constituents, and the City of Denver.

acquired site on Logan between 7th and 8th Avenues. No matter that the City Ditch had to be rerouted… the president of the Denver Union Water Company, none other than Walter S. Cheesman, would have his way and his family would have their grand mansion on the bluff mind you, with its unobstructed view of the mountains to the west. As was the case with many pending construction projects of the day, delays were inevitable. Unfortunately for Walter Cheesman, he never lived to see his splendid manse, as he died on May 31, 1907, at 1200 Pennsylvania, just blocks from the soon-to-be-constructed palatial estate. The title to the property on the Hill passed to Mrs. Cheesman and daughter Gladys upon Walter’s death. To their credit the two women pushed ahead with the design plans, breaking ground that autumn on the stately 26-room mansion. The first notable event held in the palatial estate was the marriage of Gladys to John Evans, grandson of the former territorial Governor John Evans, on Nov. 11, 1908. These nuptials sealed via matrimony the dynasty of Denver’s earliest power elite. Upon returning from their honeymoon, the newlyweds moved in with widow Cheesman, living there for the next three years. A

few years after Walter S. Chessman’s death, as a tribute to both husband and father, his widow and daughter heeded the call by Mayor Robert Speer to donate $100,000 to build the observation pavilion in the Capitol Hill Park that now bears his name… marking quite a legacy for the man whose amazing accomplishments touch all of us to this day. A final note about the grand residence on the hill. When Mrs. Walter S. Cheesman died in early January 1923, daughter Gladys sold the mansion to Claude K. Boettcher and his wife, Edna. The couple travelled the world and filled the grand house on the hill with rare treasures all the while expanding and redecorating it. Some 35 years later, the home was donated by the Boettcher Foundation to the State of Colorado to be used as the Governor’s Mansion. Colorado’s 35th Governor, Stephen McNichols, and his family first moved into the grand mansion on the hill in 1961 and it remains the Executive Residence to this day. Free tours of the property are offered by volunteers every summer and for a week or two around the holidays. Contact History Colorado for details— it’s worth a peek, and is another important legacy of Walter S. Cheesman’s family.


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he month of March brings with it Denver’s biennial Month of Photography. In 2015, the event features over 120 collaborative events hosted by museums, art galleries, and art schools throughout the Denver metro area. This year’s events are held from February 20 through May 1 all over the region, including events in Denver, Boulder, Colorado Springs, and Fort Collins. Here are a few of the most anticipated events in and around our neighborhood: St. Mark’s Coffee House, at 17th and Race Streets, is running an exhibit called Lift, from Mar. 2 through Mar. 30. A Big Picture Communication, at 200 Grant St., is running an exhibit Feb. 23 through Mar. 18, called Art Students League of Denver Alternative Processes. The exhibit explores both non-traditional and non-commercial photography, including photo etchings, solarisation, polaroid, cyanotype, and more. A special artist reception night will be held March 6 at 5:30pm. Evan Anderman Photography, located in the Bolt Factory at 209 Kalamath, opens an exhibit called New Frontier on March 6 at 6pm. New Frontier is a photographic aerial exploration of Denver-area suburbs, especially those on the outer edge of expansion. This exhibit runs until April 25. The American Society of Media Photographers, together with Denver Arts and Venues, will host a Panel Discussion … “Photography’s Role in the Realm of Fine Art. Panelists include a gallerist, a museum curator, a photo educator, a collector, and a photographer. This Advertise in Life on Capitol Hill 303-831-8634

event takes place at McNichols Civil Center Building, 144 West Colfax on March 26 at 5:30pm. Denver Art Museum Photographer Lecture Series welcomes David Maisel to the stage on Feb. 28, at 7pm, then Barbara Bosworth on Mar. 13, at 7pm, and finally, Kenneth Josephson on April 30, at 7pm. DAM Lectures are $10 for members, $5 for students and $15 for the general public. More information about the lectures can be found at These are only some of the happenings scheduled during the 2015 Month of Photography. The full calendar of events can be found at eventscalendar/. Come out and celebrate some great art with your neighbors and friends.

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COMMUNITY WEDNESDAYS & FRIDAYS: “Connect for Health” personal assistance, Central Presbyterian Church, 1660 Sherman, Weds. 3-8 pm, Fri. 9 am-3 pm. Also 3rd Sat., 9 am-4 pm. Free. Through March. Call 720-891-6994. WEDNESDAYS & SATURDAYS: 16th & Josephine Recycling Center open 3-6 pm Weds. & 9 am-12 pm Sat. • Free Day, Denver Museum of Nature & Science, 2001 Colorado. Call 303-322-7009. MONDAY, MAR. 2: Free Day at all SCFD facilities.

TUESDAY, MAR. 3: Free Day, Denver Children’s Museum, 2121 Children’s Museum Dr., 4-8 pm. Call 303-433-7444.

FRIDAY, MAR. 6: Community Resources Forum, 9-10:30 am, Sterne-Elder Room of Exempla St. Joseph Hospital, Russell Pavilion, 19th & Lafayette. Free Continental breakfast, varying presentations. Free parking in Humboldt Garage off 20th. Continues the 1st Fri. of every month. Call 303-866-8889. FRIDAY, MAR. 6 & 20: Corona MOPS, a faith-based moms’ group offering friendship & support, 9-11:30 am, Corona Presbyterian Church, 1205 E. 8th. Open to any woman pregnant or with a child kindergarten age or younger; childcare & brunch provided. Call 303-832-2297. SATURDAY, MAR. 7: Free Day, Denver Museum of Nature & Science, 2001 Colorado, 10 am-5 pm. Call 303-322-7009. First Sat. of every month free. Public welcome. Call 303-8325000. • Free Day, the Denver

Art Museum, 13th & Acoma, 10 am-5 pm. Call 720-865-5000.

SATURDAY, MAR. 14: St. Patrick’s Day Parade, downtown, 9:30 am. 19th St. to Wynkoop, Wynkoop to 17th St. 17th north to 27th St. TUESDAY, MAR. 17: St. Patrick’s Day. SUNDAY, MAR. 22: Free Day, Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York. Call 720-865-3500.

FAMILY TUESDAYS: “Book Babies,” a language enrichment program for babies age six to 23 months, 10:30 am, Children’s Library of the Denver Public Library, 13th & Broadway. Call 720-865-1306. • Young Children’s Storytime, The Tattered Cover, Colfax & Elizabeth, 10:30 am. Free. Different topic each week. Call 303-322-1965, ext. 2731. MONDAY, MAR. 2: Free Day, Denver Museum of Nature & Science, 2001 Colorado. Call 303-832-5000.

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& Lawrence, 9 am-3 pm. 150+ schools. Call 303-595-4377. SUNDAY, MAR. 22: Free Day, Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York. Call 720-865-3500.


FRIDAY, MAR. 6 & 20: Together Colorado, 9-11:30 am, Corona Presbyterian Church, 1205 E. 8th. For pregnant women & mothers of preschoolers to five years old. Brunch, speakers, childcare provided. First visit free. Repeated every 1st & 3rd (& 5th) Fri. of the month. Call 303-832-2297.

MONDAYS: Denver Laughter Club meets, First Unitarian Center, 14th & Lafayette. Free. Call Meredith, 303-877-9086.

SATURDAY, MAR. 7: Free Day, Denver Museum of Nature & Science 2001 Colorado, 10 am-5 pm. Call 303-322-7009. First Sat. of every month. Public welcome. Call 303-832-5000. • Free Day, the Denver Art Museum, 13th & Acoma, 10 am-5 pm. Call 720-865-5000. • Denver Preschool Showcase, Westin Hotel, 16th

WEDNESDAY, MAR. 4: Free Legal Night at El Centro de San Juan Diego, 2830 Lawrence. 20 volunteer lawyers, one-onone consultations, 5:30-7 pm. First come, first serve. Spanish/ English provided. Repeated the 1st Weds. of every month. Call 303-573-1302. • Monthly meeting of Democratic Party of Denver House District 5, Colorado Democratic Party HQ, 574 S. Broadway, 7-8:30 pm. Repeated 1st Weds. of every month, varying location. Call 303-830-8242.

WEDNESDAYS: Kiwanis Club of Denver, 12-1:30 pm, Maggiano’s at the Denver Pavilions, 16th & Glenarm. Program varies weekly.

FRIDAY, MAR. 6: Community Resources Forum, 9-10:30 am, Sterne-Elder Room of Exempla St. Joseph Hospital, Russell Pavilion, 19th & Lafayette. Free Continental breakfast, varying presentations. Free parking in Humboldt Garage off 20th. Continues the 1st Fri. of every month. Call 303-866-8889.


FRIDAY, MAR. 13: Monthly Downtown Democratic Forum Breakfast, 6:45-8 am, program at 7 am, Le Grand Bistro, 1512 Curtis. Speaker Sen. Morgan Carroll. Buffet $17. Public welcome. Call 303-861-8050. SATURDAY, MAR. 14: St. Patrick’s Day Parade, downtown, 9:30 am. 19th St. to Wynkoop, Wynkoop to 17th St. 17th north to 27th St.

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Life on Capitol Hill• MARCH 2015 time for adults, Denver Central Library, 13th & Broadway, Vida Ellison Gallery, Level 7, 12 pm. Call 720-865-1206. THURSDAYS: Denver Euchre Club, All Fired Up, 1135 Bannock, 7 pm (promptly). Call 303825-1995.SUNDAY, MAR. 1: Tattered Cover Film Series presents Lacombe, Lucien (1974), 2 pm, Sie Film Center, Colfax & Elizabeth. Discussion with critic Howie Movshovitz follows. $1, but limited number of tickets. Call 720-381-0813. • “Writers’ Church,” a “drop-in writers’ jam” hosted by Curious Theatre Co. the 1st Sun. of every month, The Acoma Center, 1080 Acoma, 10:30 am-1 pm. Free. Call 303-623-0524. SATURDAY, MAR. 7: Stories on Stage presents “Son of ‘Very Short Stories’,” 1:30 & 7:30 pm, Su Teatro Cultural & Performing Arts Center, 721 Santa Fe. Tickets $15 & $28. Call 303444-7328. TUESDAY, MAR. 10: “Downtown Bookies” book discussion

group considers a different work each month, 7-8:30 pm, 4th floor meeting room of the Denver Public Library, 13th & Broadway. Repeated second Tues. of every month. Call 720-865-1312.

LECTURES TUESDAY, MAR. 24: “Malcolm X,” an Active Minds talk, Tattered Cover, 2526 E Colfax, 5 pm. Call 303-322-7727.

SEMINARS, CLASSES & WORKSHOPS SUNDAYS, WEDNESDAYS & THURSDAYS: “A Course in Miracles,” on-going class based on in-depth study of ACIM, 1 pm Sun., noon Weds., 7 pm Thurs. at Unity Temple, 1555 Race. Offering requested. Call 303-3223756. EVERY DAY: Free “Computer Basics” classes at the Denver Public Library’s “Community Technology Center,” 13th & Broadway, Level 4, varying afternoon times. Large variety

of classes & skill levels . Call 720-865-1706. SATURDAY, MAR. 14: Beginning Genealogy class, the Denver Public Library, 13th & Broadway, Gates Conference Room, Level 5, 1:30-4 pm (register at 1 pm). Repeated 2nd Sat. of every month. Free. Call 720865-1821.

SENIORS WEDNESDAYS: “Hospitality House for Seniors,” Assistance League of Denver, Bosworth House, 1400 Josephine, 10:30 am 1st (Crafts or movie, light lunch) & 3rd (book club) Weds., noon 2nd (luncheon & entertainment) & 4th (lunch & bingo). Free. Continues through June. Call 720-289-0775. THURSDAYS: Chair & Moderate Yoga, St. Paul United Methodist Church, 1615 Ogden, 11 am-12:15 pm. Fee charged. Call 303-818-4181. THURSDAY, MAR. 12: Seniors’ Book Discussion Group discusses contemporary fiction available in book & audio formats, 1-2:30 pm in the Level Four Meeting Room of the Denver Public Library, 13th & Broadway. Repeated 2nd Thurs. of every month. Call 720-8651312. SATURDAY, MAR. 14: Free Day for seniors 64+ at the Denver Firefighters Museum, 1326 Tremont Pl. Repeated 2nd Sat. of every month. Call 303-892-1436.


‘IT’S ALL HERE IN BLACK AND WHITE,’ juried by Rupert Jenkins, will be happening at tbellphotographic studio and gallery. Terri Bell’s space is very intimate, but the work displayed there is always guaranteed to dazzle. 900 E. Santa Fe, studio A, March 20-April 14, 303-564-7376; tbell

MONTH-LONG: • “Living West,” History Colorado Center, 12th & Broadway. Explores the living dynamics between the people of Colorado & the state’s environment. Call 303-447-8679. • “Black Sheep Fridays,” Museum of Contemporary Art, 1485 Delgany. Call 303298-7554. • Annual Sculpture Show & Sale, Art of Life Gallery, 200 Santa Fe. Through Mar. 28. Call 303-758-3936. • “Beautiful Pornography,” photographic works by Scott Barman, Leon Gallery,

ALL MY SONS, the Tony award-winning play by Arthur Miller, confronts dark family secrets from post WWII America. Enjoy this performance in the intimate setting of the Shaver-Ramsey showroom, 2414 E. 3rd, March 6-29, Fri/Sat, 7:30pm. $29/$34. 1-800-303-6578: 1112 E. 17th. Call 303-832-1599. • “Critical Focus,” paintings by Ian Fisher, Museum of Contemporary Art, 1485 Delgany. Through April 13. Call 720-236-1825. • “Edge of the Plains,” paintings by Sharon Feder, Denver Botanic Gardens lobby, through May 3. Call 720-8653500. • “Seen in Passing: Photographs by Chuck Forsman,” Denver Art Museum, 13th & Bannock. Through May 25. Call 720-865-5000. • “Chicano,” based on the political movement of Chicanos in the 1960s, Museo de las Americas, 861 Santa Fe. Through May 29. Call 303-571-4401. • An exhibit by Emerging Artists, Walker Fine Art, 300 W. 11th. Through Apr. 4. Call 303-355-8955. • “Diamonds in the Daytime: The Changing Fashions of Margaret Brown’s World,” Molly Brown House Museum, 1340 Pennsylvania. Through Aug. Call 303-832-4092. WEDNESDAYS & FRIDAYS: “Nooner Tours” of the Denver Art Museum, 13th & Acoma, noon. Different gallery each week, regular admission. Call 720-865-5000. SATURDAYS: “Secrets of the Dioramas,” a free 45-minute overview of the Denver Museum of Nature & Science’s dioramas, 2001 Colorado, 12:30

& 2 pm. General admission required. Call 303-370-6000. FRIDAY, MAR. 6: First Friday Art Walk in the Golden Triangle Museum District. Free bus, maps at all galleries. Free shuttle to the Santa Fe walk, below. Call 303-573-5095. • First Friday Art Walk, Santa Fe Art District, 6th to 10th on Santa Fe. Call 303-3332820. • Opening of “Spatial Stories: Topographies of Change in Africa,” Center for Visual Art, 965 Santa Fe. Through April 4. Call 303-294-5207. • Opening of “The Family Dog Denver: Rock Posters & Music in Denver, 1967-68,” Byers-Evans House Gallery, 1310 Bannock. Through May 10. Call 303-620-4933. SATURDAY, MAR. 7: Free Day at the Denver Art Museum, 13th & Acoma. First Sat. of every month free. Call 720-8655000. • Free Day, Denver Museum of Nature & Science 2001 Colorado, 10 am-5 pm. Call 303-322-7009. First Sat. of every month free. Call 303-832-5000. • Opening of “The 1968 Exhibit,” History Colorado Center, 12th & Broadway. Through May 10. Call 303-447-8679. SATURDAY, MAR. 14: Upper Colfax 2nd Saturday Art See CALENDAR on page 16

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CALENDAR Continued from page 15 Walk, 7 pm, Bluebird District, St. Paul to Adams on Colfax. Free. SATURDAY, MAR. 21: Closing of “Group Exhibition XII” by 26 artists, Gallery 1261, 1261 Delaware. Call 303-571-1261. FRIDAY, MAR. 27: Untitled Friday #57, “Dream On,” featuring music, film, food, a cash bar & “off-beat encounters with art,” Denver Art Museum, 13th & Acoma, 6-10 pm. Regular admission, students 2-for-1 with IDs. Call 720-865-3500. SATURDAY, MAR. 28 Closing of “Repurposed,” works from cast-off materials by Janice McDonald, Craig Robb, Karole Sharp & Ryan Valentich, North Wing Gallery, in the lobby of 1705 17th St. Call 303-722-8676. • Closing of “Accomplice,” new ceramics by Peter Pincus, Plinth Gallery, 3530 Brighton Blvd. Call 303-295-0717.

HEALTH & RECREATION SUNDAYS: Yoga on the Hill, 10:10 am, 809 Washington. Free. Call MJ at 303-433-6280 for details. • Capoeira Angola Introductory Class, Mercury Cafe, 22nd & California, 10:30 am. Free. Other classes available. Call 303-294-9258. TUESDAYS: Denver Chess Club, 6:30-10:30 pm, basement of West First Ave. Presbyterian Church, 120 W. 1st. Call 720318-6496. • Moderate Yoga, St. Paul

CORE NEW ART SPACE invites you to view new works by Tracey Russell and Jessica Loving. Both of these painters are skilled abstract artists, whose work flows seamlessly together. Also showing in the annex is Roxann Rossi. 900 Santa Fe, opening March 13. 303-297-8429;

United Methodist Church, 1615 Ogden, 6-7:15 pm. Fee charged. Call 303-818-4181. • Argentine Tango, practice & lessons, Turnverein Event Center, 1570 Clarkson, 6:3010:30 pm. Call 303-710-2250. TUESDAYS-THURSDAYS: “Meditation at Noon,” a free, 30-minute, guided meditation, KMC Colorado, 1081 Marion. Call 303-813-9551. WEDNESDAYS & FRIDAYS: “Connect for Health” personal assistance, Central Presbyterian Church, 1660 Sherman, Weds. 3-8 pm, Fri. 9 am-3 pm. Also 3rd Sat., 9 am-4 pm. Free. Through March. Call 720-8916994. WEDNESDAY, MAR. 11: La Leche League of Denver meets,

Blair-Caldwell Library, 2401 Welton, 12:30 pm. Call 720-8652115. SUNDAY, MAR. 1 & APR. 5: Self-Defense Classes, 10:30 am12:30 pm, Tiger Kim’s Academy, Colfax & Steele. Repeated the 1st Sunday of every month. Cost is $5 donation to breast cancer research. Call 303-388-1408.

RELIGION SATURDAYS: Church in the City-Beth Abraham, 16th & Gaylord, 10 am. Call 303-3225733. SUNDAYS: Catholic Mass, 6:30, 8:30 & 10:10 am, 12:30 & 6:30 pm, Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Colfax & Logan. Call 303-831-7010. • Holy Eucharist, 9 &


11:15 am, St. John’s Episcopal Cathedral, 1350 Washington. Call 303-831-7115. • Spoken Worship, 7:45 am; Sung Worship with nursery, 9:30 am; Informal Worship, 5:30 pm. All worship services include Holy Communion. St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, 13th & Vine. Call 303-388-6469. • St. Paul Lutheran, 16th & Grant, Lutheran mass at 8 & 10:30 am. Call 303-839-1432. • Church in the City-Beth Abraham, 16th & Gaylord, 8:30 & 10:45 am. Call 303-322-5733. • Center for Spiritual Living Denver, Sunday celebrations: meditation 9:30 am, service & children’s church 10 am, 2590 Washington. Call 303832-5206. • Informal Service, 10 am St. James Urban, 1402 Pearl (Network Coffeehouse). Call 303-830-1508. • Capitol Heights Presbyterian Church, 11th & Fillmore, 9:30 am worship, 10:30 am fellowship, 11 am education for all ages. Call 303-333-9366. • Services at 9:30 & 11 am at the First Unitarian Society of Denver, 1400 Lafayette. Call 303-831-7113. • Sunday service & Sunday School (for up to age 20), First Church of Christ, Scientist, 1401 Logan, 10 am. Call 303839-1505.

• 10 am Worship, Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 9th & Emerson. Call 303-831-7023. • Worship Celebration 10:30 am, Buddhist Christian Interspiritual Service 5 pm, St. Paul Church, 1615 Ogden. Call 303-832-4929. • Catholic Mass for lesbian, gay, bisexual & transgender Catholics, 5 pm, Dignity Denver, 1100 Fillmore. Call 303331-0289. • Catholic Mass, 7:30 & 10 am, St. Ignatius Loyola Catholic Church, 23rd & York. Call 303-322-8042. • Metropolitan Community Church of the Rockies, 980 Clarkson, Sundays 10:00 am. Come join our family at a new time. Call 303-860-1819. MONDAYS: Grant Avenue Street Reach Meal, after 9 am, St. Paul Lutheran, 16th & Grant. Call 303-839-1432. WEDNESDAYS: Weekly Bible Discussions, 11:30 am-12:30 pm, Christian Science Metropolitan Reading Room, 16th & Larimer. Call 303-534-3571. • Wednesday Evening Testimony Meeting, 7:30 pm, First Church of Christ, Scientist, 1401 Logan. Call 303839-1505. THURSDAYS: Morning Eu-

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Life on Capitol Hill• MARCH 2015 charist, 7 am, St. Paul Lutheran, 1600 Grant. A 30-minute liturgy of Word & Sacrament. Call 303-839-1432. • Choral Evensong in traditional English style, St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 2015 Glenarm, 5:30-6 pm. Call 303-296-1712. • Buddhist & Non-Sectarian Meditation, 7-9 pm at Vipassana Towers, 330 Acoma. American Theravada & non-sectarian. Free. Also every other Tuesday. Call 303-778-8883.

problem (vs. chronic) drinkers who want to reduce their intake of alcohol, 6:30-8 pm at First Unitarian Church, 14th & Lafayette. Call Dianne at 303-9215125. • Green Light AA, 7 pm in the Common Room at St. John’s Cathedral, 1350 Washington. Call 303-831-7115. • Joy AL-ANON, 8 pm in the Roberts building, Room 103 at St. John’s Episcopal Cathedral, 1350 Washington. Call 303831-7115.

FRIDAYS & SATURDAYS: Weekly services at Temple Micah, 2600 Leyden, 1st & 3rd Fri. 6 pm, 2nd & 4th Sat. 10 am. Family services on first Friday. Call 303-388-4239.

WEDNESDAYS: Weekly Support Group for the local chapter of HEAL (Health Education AIDS Liaison), 7:30 pm. Call Marty at 303-355-0788.

SATURDAYS: Catholic Mass, St. Paul Lutheran, 16th & Grant, 5 pm. Call 303-839-1432. SUNDAY, MAR. 15: Third Sunday Evensong, St. John’s Episcopal Cathedral, 1350 Washington, 3:30 pm. Preceded by free concert by Baroque violinist Mary Harrison. Repeated 3rd Sun. of every month. Call 303-831-7115.

THURSDAYS: Home for the Heart AL-ANON, 7 pm, Trinity United Methodist Church, 1820 Grant (lower level), 7 pm. Call 303-321-8895.

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IF YOU LIKE VIVALDI, you’re going to love ‘The Vivaldi Gloria,’ performed by Denver’s Colorado Chorale, with guest chorales; The Douglas County High School Belles. Augustana Lutheran Church, 5000 E. Alameda, March 13, 7:30 pm. $8-$24. 720-314-0336:

SATURDAYS: Alcoholics Anonymous Newcomers Group, 8:45 am, 1311 York, 3rd floor. No smoking, free. Call 720-495-4949.

pression & Bipolar Support Alliance, Our Savior’s Lutheran, 915 E. 9th, 7 pm. Repeated every 1st & 3rd Thurs. Call 303329-3364.

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MONDAYS & THURSDAYS: Meetings of Life Ring Secular Recovery, a network of support groups for people who want to maintain continuous abstinence from alcohol & other drugs, Washington Park United Church of Christ, 400 S. Williams (alley entrance), 6-7 pm. Call 303-830-0358. TUESDAYS: Workaholics Anonymous, 5:45 pm, Capitol Heights Presbyterian, 11th & Fillmore. No fees. Call 720-565-9799. • Meetings of Marijuana Anonymous, Church of the Ascension, 6th & Gilpin, 6 pm open meeting, 7:30 pm women only. Call 303-607-7516. • Weekly meetings of Moderation Management, for

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SUNDAYS: Nicotine Anonymous, 12:30 pm, Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 915 E. 9th. MONDAYS: Weekly meetings of Emotions Anonymous, 7:30-9 pm, CHARG Resource Center, Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 9th & Emerson (use basement entrance on Emerson). Call 303331-2493. • Weekly meetings of SMART Recovery for people with addictive behaviors, Nourished Health Center, 1740 Marion, 6:30-7:30 pm. Free. Call 303593-2535. • Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous, 7-8:30 pm, First Avenue Presbyterian Church, 1st & Acoma (1st Ave. side, downstairs). Call 303-4259691. • Cocaine Anonymous, St. Paul’s United Methodist, 16th & Ogden, 8 pm. Call 303-421-5120.

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CALENDAR Continued from page 17 3rd Tues. of every month. Call 3033-860-0800. TUESDAY, MAR. 24 Hepatitis C & HIV Support Group, 5:307 pm, 1660 S. Albion, 3rd flr. Repeated 4th Tues. of every month. Free. Call 303-862-0407.


WEDNESDAY, MAR. 25: Denver Secular Recovery, a selfhelp, non “12-step” support group for people recovering from alcohol & drug abuse, 2nd floor meeting room of the Denver Public Library, 13th & Broadway, 6:30-8 pm. Repeated the last Weds. of every month. Call 303-278-9993.

MEETINGS WEDNESDAYS: Kiwanis Club of Denver,12-1:30 pm, Maggiano’s at the Denver Pavilions, 16th & Glenarm. Program varies weekly.


THURSDAYS: Fillmore Community Network, focuses on sustainability, 7:30-9 am, 1633 Fillmore, 1st floor conference room. Location changes monthly. Call 303-399-2100. • Cherry Creek Toastmasters, 7-8:30 am, Temple Emanuel, 1st & Grape. Call 303399-9901. • Conquer the fear of public speaking at Body Shops Toastmasters, noon, Colo. Dept. of Health, 4300 Cherry Creek Dr. South, 2nd flr. Call 303-398-4735. • Denver Socrates Cafe, 7 pm, Trinity United Methodist Church, 18th & Broadway. Discussions on a variety of import-


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Free. Call 303-861-1447. MONDAY, MAR. 2 & 16: Skyline Toastmasters, 6:30 pm, Kephart Architecture, 2555 Walnut. Visitors welcome. Repeated the 1st & 3rd Mon. of every month. Call 303-778-0064. WEDNESDAY, MAR. 4: Monthly meeting of Democratic Party of Denver House District 5, Colorado Democratic Party HQ, 574 S. Broadway, 7-8:30 pm. Repeated 1st Weds. of every month, varying location. Call 303-830-8242. • Monthly meeting of the Citizens’ Climate Lobby, Wash Perk Coffee Shop, 853 E. Ohio, 6:30-8 pm. Call 619-4377142. FRIDAY, MAR. 6: Monthly Downtown Democratic Forum Breakfast, 6:45-8 am, Le Grand Bistro, 1512 Curtis. Buffet $15. Public welcome. Call 303-861-8050. TUESDAY, MAR. 10: Capitol Hill Community Justice Council, 6 pm, Morey Middle School, 14th & Emerson (east side). Focus on crimes affecting the quality of life. Public welcome. Meets 2nd Tuesday of every month. MONDAY, MAR. 16: Monthly meeting of the Denver Garden Club, 7 pm, 1556 Emerson. Member Colo. Federation of Garden Clubs. All are welcome. Repeated 3rd Mon. of every month. Call 303-320-5983.

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THURSDAY, MAR. 19: Colfax Crime & Safety Coalition monthly meeting, Cheeky Monk, 534 E. Colfax, 3 pm. Public welcome. • Monthly meeting of Financially Fit Females, 6 pm. First meeting free, location & topic change monthly. Call 303993-3939. SATURDAY, MAR. 21: Colorado House District 8 Democrats, 10 am-noon, Park Hill Library, 4705 Montview. Repeated 3rd Sat. of every month. Call 720-220-6876. MONDAY, MAR. 23: Monthly meeting of Assistance League of Denver, 14th & Josephine, 10 am. Repeated 4th Monday of every month. Call 303-322-5205


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venture with Prokofiev’s familiar music, vibrant costumes and lively dancing demonstrates true bravery and imagination,” said Gil Boggs, Colorado Ballet Artistic Director. “With the help of his animal friends, clever young Peter captures a menacing wolf and becomes the hero of his village.” Peter and the Wolf will also feature a live narration of the story. The opening ballet, Bruch Violin Concerto No.1, is the choreographed by Clark Tippet and features music by Max Bruch. Colorado Ballet first performed the Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1 in 2007. “The Bruch Violin Concerto

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Alley Houses & housing diversity By David L. Wise, AIA


hat are layering, foreground and depth in design? In art, centuries passed as gifted hardworking individuals strove to eclipse the blunt two dimensional method of representing the world around them including a full range of beliefs and ideas. Beautiful, ingeniously made works forged incremental progress in representing the depth, volume, changes in focus and the enveloping atmosphere that our vision conveys to our minds every day. From exquisite cave paintings of mottled overlapping animal forms to medieval techniques for shading and foreshortening and the rigorous geometric projections of Renaissance perspective drawings that replicated how the lenses of our eyes depict space and objects, artists became more sophisticated. Using those Renaissance techniques and a long stick, even a non-artist can make a precise perspective drawing; young architects take note, without using a computer! So, the three-dimensional techniques, while inherently thrilling, are old news with regard to painting. Cubism took 3D a bit further, dipping into motion, time and intellectual dimensions not signified by numbers. Generations raised on Star Trek can now shop the Home Depot line of holographic glass wall tile (really), further transcending oil painting with regard to exploiting the flat plane. Despite the centuries of progress in both depicting and anticipating how we perceive and then remake the world around us, it seems City Planning and housing policy mostly remain stuck in two dimensions, as does it’s evil twin, mass housing development. We do have a version of form-based zoning in Denver, but much of the industry still operates with a vision of one rectangle, a house, set within another rectangle, the lot. Great attention is focused on poking and shoving around the smaller rectangle relative to the perimeter of the lot. What is often lacking is any nuance of mixing or interrelating rectangles in three dimensions. That

brings me to examine the alley house as a species in the Capitol Hill ecosystem, a species rarely found in the monotony of most newly built housing tracts. Capitol Hill is perceived by the conventional world as quirky, aesthetically dense and complicated… good for us! Clearly the districts underlying structure is an anachronism. Nothing like it will ever be assembled again in a new form. The unexpected contrasts in size and style or ‘discontinuities’ as our professor of real estate in grad school would say, are where opportunities lie. The possibility of finding a unique corner in which to live and to pursue one’s happiness while embedded in a neighborhood that has all of the things we need; schools, shops, parks, churches and walkable access to

the Central Business District; is key to the future of a healthy city. A dreamy example of weaving in a mix of scale is Edinburgh, Scotland and the fantastic Mews neighborhoods therein. Now largely gentrified, these smaller scale houses lining smaller scale streets, just behind their large scale versions, have made beautiful quiet pockets within a dense metropolis. Closer to home, the strict rules preserving all of the outbuildings and sheds in Telluride, has over the past ten years let to some very fine renovations of what must have seemed hopeless little structures. Now, one can explore block after block of intricate alleyscapes and discover a trove of small gemlike buildings. Many of these are used as rentals, giving a critical boost to the famously tight housing supply in town. For urbanists it’s complexity, complexity, complexity that makes a great piece of real estate. The reality of any true city or authentic town versus what we’ve come to expect from ‘planned communities’ is embodied in the unexpected and the

improvised. These things are the result from not having been precluded rather than from having been preconceived. These possibilities for adaptation over time make up the natural habitat of people in a democracy striving to reach their potential; to relate with others in complimentary ways and to move the bar of human progress. Within cities there must be communities on a large scale where small spaces at relatively low cost are mixed in with the predominant building types and the market-driven order of things. This happens exquisitely on Capitol Hill, where a quilt of influences generate over time, locations with a lower cost of admission. Older deficient buildings, high traffic areas, basements, poor light, poor views and noise all can drive rents lower. For generations public policy has pushed to reduce these factors in the built environment and it seemed to make sense. Today we must recognize that the same factors can create more choices and can foster economic and social diversity in our neighborhoods. The notion of planning for these deficiencies is

a stretch for most planners and developers. A simpler and less worrying example of interjecting diversity in a district is the phenomenon of the alley house, often a carriage house. If you haven’t tried to construct a small apartment or studio above your garage in central Denver you may not know it’s become illegal. We all swear we’ve seen it done… but zoning does not allow it. This is one of a number of ways that the “new” zoning has failed to learn from and emulate the long established urban qualities of the city it presumes to shape for years to come. Next to nonsensical tweaking of front and side setbacks, the prohibition of small rentals or two-story houses on alleys further dampens the vitality and opportunities on Capitol Hill. The creeping notions of gentrification and sanitization must be examined, modeled and loudly debated before we foreclose the housing opportunities that younger, less wealthy people need and deserve. We will all benefit from a more diverse, stable and sustainable community. Contact:

An alley building with great potential & great patina.

Forlorn but beautiful, this house sits defiant on a bleak alley.

This amateur made a serious attempt at an alley house.

With flower planters snowed under, a canned ham classic serves as an alley house.

A gorgeous Queen Anne alley house/office complete with alley accoutrements.

A fine old alley house in need of a mewslike environment – not quite Edinburgh.


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Garden life

People who influenced my garden by Julie Hutchinson


BERGENIA, LEFT, & HELLEBORES, RIGHT, are two plants that hold their leaves through the winter. Both of these plants bloom in early, early spring. something new to see if it will work; a clematis in a pot or overwintering something in a garage. She manages vines on the railing and her garden is always a magnificent work in progress. Francine is proof that you don’t need a perfect environment, but with a little persistence and loving care, it can still be a small but beautiful little garden, no matter where you are.

• The designers of Denver’s parkways. For years I made fun of what I call the “Jell-O mold” gardens planted on Denver’s parkways. They feature carefully constructed collections of mostly summer annuals, starting out in spring as spindly little nothings and maturing into knee-high forests of complementary colors by fall. But over the years I’ve come

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pring, already? At times over the past few months it seemed as though spring would never arrive. But now that it’s March, wintry weather is becoming a dim memory. I’ve been thinking about the approaching gardening season, oh yes, and admitting that what I know about landscape gardening has not come from books and classes but mostly from the people and friends around me, and it gives me a warm feeling inside to know this. Here’s a Who’s Who list of the friends who have influenced me the most as a landscape gardener. I thought I would give some insight into my world and recognize some of the individuals who, over the years, have contributed to my body of knowledge and evolving style. As I reminisce what I have learned, it is very humbling as well as very gratifying. • Steph. I became a gardener when Steph moved in across the street and I watched her convert her dingy front yard into a glowing neighborhood showplace. Every day of that first fall when she was my neighbor, I watched her on her knees, lovingly tucking in plants and bulbs and turning her yard into a visual paradise of color and beauty. It seemed as if overnight I went from a know-nothing to an obsessed gardener watching Steph. The obsession has stayed strong for 20 years, and it all started while I watched Steph with her trowel working days on end, loving and caring for her plants. And it was Steph who turned me on to tree peonies. For me… life changing. • Claire. She’s the first friend I ever had who was a gardener from way back. I remember Claire working in and beautifying her yard in the 1970s. It was Claire who took me by the hand after Steph moved in across the street and went plant shopping with me in my first feeble attempt to mimic the beauty and splendor that Steph had created. Steph definitely got me interested, but it was Claire who gave me the courage and got me started. • Stuart. This longtime friend has navigated the landscape gardening waters with me for many very good years. I remember when he bought his very first house on a weed-infested corner lot, and how we have gradually built the landscape around his home into a stunning neighborhood showplace. Along the way, Stuart also gradually influenced many of his neighbors, who joined the ranks creating their own gardening masterpieces. Stuart, the constant gardener, taught me that working with what you have on-hand first, is almost always the best choice. Starting with a blank canvas can be overwhelming, and expensive. With Stuart’s garden we worked with the existing topography and built a low flagstone wall and stuffed it with rock-garden plants, some from his mother’s garden, some from

friends and the remainder purchased. He also taught me that frugality in the garden is a good thing. • Caroline. One word: Color. Caroline loves color more than anyone I know. Where I value texture and shape in the garden as the most gratifying creation, Caroline is drawn to color. Any color. My tendency to gravitate toward white and blue-gray and maroon in the garden is now tempered with an awareness of color thanks to Caroline. I’ll never be as good as her with color, but I’ve learned a lot from her choices, and it has helped me appreciate the influence of color in a garden. • Fred. My good neighbor Fred brings me ginger ale and picks up the debris for me when I’m working in the garden. He appreciates everything I do in any garden on our block and is my biggest cheerleader and fan. Additionally, he has taught me to appreciate evergreens… not just the shrubs but any plant that holds color in the winter. I developed a deep appreciation of the winter appearance of boxwoods, hellebores, coral bells, bergenia and sedums from my friend Fred. • Jane. Her garden is a magnificent Capitol Hill spread spanning three lots and surrounded by a handsome decorative wall. Her garden hosts more microclimates than I can count, including areas of shade and sun, and damp and dry. Old-fashioned cabbage roses, display boxes, pots and huge patios, and acres of space for wall gardens and vines. Jane has it all. One thing Jane has taught me is that it’s OK to break the rules if the plants give you permission… that is, if they thrive where they are not supposed to thrive. In a shaded area of Jane’s yard next to the wall, there is a special place where it’s damp and cool. She appropriately calls it her Oregon Garden. Plants grow there that aren’t supposed to grow here; azaleas and rhododendrons … and they bloom, too! Normally, planting rhododendrons and azaleas is a big no-no for Denver. Don’t even try. Our soil isn’t right and if you try to acidify it with an additive, our alkaline water will wash it out. But Jane has taught me for every rule there is an exception, and in Jane’s landscape it’s the Oregon Garden… the dampest, shadiest spot in Colorado I’m sure. I have nothing like that in my landscape, but if I ever do I’m planting a rhododendron and crossing my fingers, after all I can blame Jane if it doesn’t work out! • Francine. She lives in the treetops and gardens high on a big balcony facing South and West. She taught me that every garden is different and the only way you ever know if anything will work is to try. Though she has plenty of sun up on her perch, she also has to contend with wind that we don’t have down here. So she has learned to adapt up there in her aerie and the results are beautiful. Francine is always trying


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arch can be a challenging month. Julius Caesar was warned to “Beware the Ides of March!” and was stabbed to death on that day, March 15. Students in Colorado have a different challenge that they face in March. This is when public school students take their state mandated tests. Although not a life or death experience for them as it was for Caesar, no one should minimize the impact and importance of testing. Students spend months getting ready for the tests and then months waiting for the results. Students, teachers, schools and districts are evaluated by their performance on these tests. High scores can lead to rewards and accolades, whereas low scores can lead to shaming and punishment with less funding. The intent to monitor student growth and school effectiveness are laudable. Yet there are questions that many people have about the accuracy and fairness of making the results so important, and many opposing ideas have been presented in the media about this. In Colorado, testing has gone from the CSAP (Colorado Student Assessment Program) to the TCAP (Temporary Colorado Assessment Program) to the new tests this year, CMAS (Colorado Measures of Academic Success) and PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers.) CSAP testing began in the late 1990s as the result of the passage of No Child Left Behind and was the state test until 2011. Students in grades 3-11 took tests in reading, writing, math and science. Tests were given in the spring and the results for 3rd grade reading came back within a few months; other results did not come back until the end of summer when students returned to different classrooms and perhaps even different schools. Unlike the Iowa Tests of Basic Skills and other tests which compared student results to national norms, CSAP scores measured student performance tied to standards established by the Colorado Board of Education in 1995 and adopted by all 176 school districts in Colorado in 1997. As Colorado began to build curriculum based on Common Core Standards, TCAP was utilized as a bridge until new tests were developed to specifically measure performance and growth on Common Core. This year significant changes have been made in the tests. In the past, tests were given with paper and pencil (#2 lead and no pen). CMAS and PARCC are to be taken on computer, which saves the forests but may have some impact on students who have less experience with technology. CMAS and PARCC tests will be administered in both March and May. Since this is the first year for these tests, people have been cautioned that scores may be lower than in the past due to the new focus and new format. When results are posted throughout the state in August, there is sure to be much discussion about the tests and what the results mean.

Many people have been expressing concerns about this testing. DPS Superintendent Tom Boasberg wrote a newsletter in April 2015, expressing his belief that students need fewer and shorter tests. Boasberg stated: “Like many of you, I believe the new CMAS testing requirements are too much. We need fewer and shorter tests. I believe the state assessments should be limited to three to four hours of combined time for language arts and math per year; or less than ½ of 1% of students’ total annual classroom time.” It is important for parents and community members to understand the testing program and how it is impacting the 90,000 students in DPS. Not only is time a factor, but so is expense. Pearson, the company that created the PARCC test being used in Colorado, won a $170 million grant from Race to the Top for test development. The cost for testing is approximately $29 per student which works out to be about $2,610,000 for DPS per year. This cost does not include technology expenses, test preparation time, nor teacher preparation time; all of which costs the school districts. Testing has turned into big business and companies are benefiting. But think how much of this money might be spent in other ways to benefit the students? Some individuals and groups have started to publicly complain about how much instructional time is lost for the students as they are taking and being prepared to take the tests. It is difficult to get an accurate accounting of the teaching hours being expended. Some states and school districts are deciding not to use these tests and are withdrawing from the Common Core alliance. Parents are choosing to opt out of testing their children, which then creates another problem for their schools and school districts, since their child’s scores are in as unsatisfactory. As a community, people need to know what is happening in schools in the state and decide for themselves what is important for their children. Interested individuals can find a wealth of information on testing by going to the websites of the Colorado Department of Education, PARCC, and DPS. In 2013, DPS began a pilot program to develop teacher leaders in 13 schools. Selected teachers in these schools began to divide their time between teaching their own classes and working with a select group of teachers to improve instruction in the school. This allowed the teacher leaders to develop additional skills and to learn what it might be like to become an administrator, and created an opportunity for schools to focus on areas of instruction that specifically matched their students’ needs. The program has been very successful and expanded to 40 schools in 2014. Next year 73 schools are going to participate in the program. Emily Griffith Technical College, 1860 Lincoln St., offers free tax reparation for families who earn less than $53,000 on See SCOOP on page 27


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Curmudgeon The Tumultuous Rebirth of Cherry Creek North

By D. Todd Clough


emember the days when you could take a stroll through Cherry Creek North with the sun shining on your back or in your face on your way to Village Inn for a yummy and a reasonably priced breakfast? I do, and those days are long gone for a couple reasons. One is that Village Inn was plowed under to make way for yet another multi-story highrise. The other reason is that sun doesn’t get to the bottom of the canyon. Cherry Creek North has become Cherry Creek Canyon! Tower-like buildings are all over the place and many more are on the way. Have you counted the number of cranes in the Cherry Creek Canyon-hood? I have, and I needed my second hand to complete the task. In the San Luis Valley, south-central Colorado in the town of Monte Vista, the residents celebrate the arrival of 20,000 Sandhill Cranes every March. This year will be the 32nd Annual Crane Festival. I think it is time for the inaugural Cherry Creek Canyon Crane Festival! The Sears store on First Avenue has been open at that location my entire life. I remember when there was a little key and lock kiosk located in their parking lot. I even remember the tunnel that went under First Ave to connect Cherry Creek North with the original Cherry Creek Mall. The store will be closing soon to make way for yet another tower… the canyon is growing. I am left to wonder where I’m going to buy my pants. Or more importantly, get my watch repaired. I am in a quandary, actually, in a huff as well. My sister (a world explorer) described the evolution of this neighborhood as taking on the look of a “Fancy Shanty-town”… a shanty town with too damn much money and one that is on crack or steroids or both. This month’s column is dedicated to the passing of Cherry Creek North, an obituary if you will, for this formerly humble neighborhood. I find myself remembering the time when a parking space was easily located and there were no parking meters. One could get a 99¢ breakfast at the Bluebird Café including two eggs, hash browns, toast and peas (of all things.) It was housed in a building that is now a rug store. Across the street (Josephine) was Mile High Office Supply (now Little Ollie’s restaurant), which was Denver’s busiest office supply store, way before the days of Office Depot and Staples. The Copper Kettle (now Hillstone Restaurant) was directly across 3rd Avenue and a Texaco station was on the corner. All are long gone. There was a time when the Cherry Cricket really was a smoke-filled dive and there were more empty seats than full ones. Many of the regulars were postmen who worked around the corner at the now defunct post office. Speaking of Around the

Corner, it was a hoppin’ burger joint that required the patron to order via a phone that connected straight to the kitchen. My favorite was the number 13, which had BBQ sauce and bacon. Bacon’s good on just about everything. Around the corner from this fine burger spot was Shakey’s Pizza. The pizza was not memorable, but the automated player piano was. Burger King had a long-time history in the neighborhood until recently. And yes, their old ground is now a mega tower in the midst of construction. Not a big loss in my mind compared to the other fine establishments that I have (or will), be commenting on. In fact, I had not entered the doors of BK in many years. The last time was around 20-years ago when I had the opportunity to use my Red Cross training. Just as I sat down with my young daughter, I noticed a very large woman choking. I sprang into action and it was all I could do to get my arms around her to implement the Heimlich maneuver. The image of a log jammed French fry flying out of her throat and across the room has always stuck with me and cured me of ever gracing the doors of a BK again. My favorite hang-out in the neighborhood in the good old days was the Fly Fisher. It was first located on Columbine across the street from Bromwell Elementary, and the cute Victorian that housed the Needle Worker, a needle point store. I spent a great deal of time there shooting the breeze with fellow troutheads and petting Maggi, a Black Labrador, and then Myrtle, a Chocolate lab after Maggi took a first-

class flight to Doggie Heaven. After a while the store moved to Clayton Street and then it moved again to the old Philippe’s Restaurant space and then a few years later it closed. That location is now the parking lot for the Daniels Fund headquarters. I am old enough to remember when there were real live barbershops in the neighborhood. The one I went to was Norm’s and it was next door to the Cherry Cricket (red and white striped barber pole and all.) Many years ago Norms closed and the Cricket, which by then was the place to be, expanded into that space. In terms of drinking, the fancy people sipped Chardonnay at Mel’s, or good single malt at Addie Brewster’s. The hardcore, and usually older, booze hounds favored Rodney’s and everyone else (including me) favored the Cricket. All are gone except the Cricket. Western Radio was torn down so yet another bank could move into Cherry Creek. God only knows that you can never have too many banks in the Cherry Creek Canyon! My college roommate, who for a number of years after college was a drug dealer, eventually got sober and jumped on the straight and narrow becoming the manager of Western Radio, until it got plowed down. There are a few old-time establishments that are still hanging on and I honor them – The Artisan Center, Paradise Cleaners, Wizard’s Chest, and the Eggshell, which is still around but in a different location than the basement on the corner of 3rd and Josephine, where it was a landmark for so many years. It was a place to be seen and the community table was a magnet for regulars. Power and praise to these fine businesses and may the bulldozers not be in their future.

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arly spring is always an interesting time on the concert calendar… interesting in the loosest sense of the word. As outdoor venues prepare for the impending onslaught of the summer concert series, one gets the sense that promoters are holding out on us, waiting to ostensibly wow us with a summer concert season “unlike any other.” In the meantime, we are perhaps well advised to save our concert dollars. With the winter holidays seemingly just behind us, it is absurd to think that the Denver Botanic Gardens concert schedule will be announced in less than two months, but so is any realization that we are now 15 years into the 21st century and that 88-year-old Chuck Berry is still touring his duck walk. Time flies whether you are having fun or not. Among the many wonderful things about Capitol Hill is its proximity to music. Even when the Ogden and Bluebird theaters get a little esoteric in their bookings, one can walk, drive or transit to a pop music venue as unlikely as the Ellie Caulkins Opera House at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. While the Ellie has yet to welcome the likes of, say, Motley Crue, the posh venue has increasingly become a place for concerts well beyond the scope of KVOD. Take care of those nice chairs, though. We wouldn’t want to upset those patrons of the real arts. On March 28, the Ellie welcomes Tweedy, the latest project from neo-country rocker Jeff Tweedy, best known for his work with Wilco and Uncle Tupelo. Paired with his drumming son Spencer, the eponymously named family band covers much the same roots-pop territory Tweedy is known for, but in a more stripped-down format. Two other notable concerts are also scheduled for March at the DCPA. Ireland’s legendary Chieftains (interviewed in this column in January 2007) play Ellie’s next door neighbor Boettcher Concert Hall on March 15 with Chick Corea and Herbie Hancock following at the same venue two days later on March 17. The Chieftains are the Old Sod’s most durable musical export, having promoted Celtic folk on every continent for more than a half century while mining its connections to the local sound with everyone from Roger Daltrey to Ricky Skaggs. Jazz fans will await the double piano bill of Corea and Hancock, both child prodigies with resumes living up to their kin-

dergarten promise. Corea has been among the genre’s most important and prolific players of recent decades, having performed with the likes of Stan Getz, Sarah Vaughn and Miles Davis, and making his way through periods of bebop, avant garde, fusion and Latin jazz. He has often collaborated with Hancock, another Davis prodigy-pianist, who has made a career of experimenting with virtually every subgenre within jazz, and then some; often controversially, at least among purists who left the room, in more ways than one, when Hancock tested their patience with pop, classical and funk. While some may have phobias of certain musical idioms, others get queasy about concert venues that seem more like airports. Yes, the Pepsi Center does not quite have the aesthetics, intimacy or liquor selection of the Hill’s greatest music spots, but this corporate sports venue will be hard to ignore this month when it hosts two notable artists whose Denver concert appearances have become increasingly rare… Stevie Wonder and Fleetwood Mac. On March 17, Wonder is expected to perform his classic Songs in the Key of Life in its entirety, as well as a cross-section from his half-century career. The word “genius” gets thrown around like a baseball, but Wonder deserves it, having played virtually every instrument on some albums and having charted an idiosyncratic career of near boundless melody and style. The most memorable and classic lineup in Fleetwood Mac’s tortured history is the one that plays Pepsi April 1, with the stage-frightened Christine McVie finally returning to the fold with ex-husband John, Mick Fleetwood, Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks. Rumors, as it were, would deem this as the last tour of any real Mac lineup. Garth Brooks and wife Trish Yearwood play Pepsi March 18. One of Yearwood’s first hits, “She’s in Love With the Boy,” was written by Denver’s own Jon Ims. It is back on the Hill proper March 28-29 for two nights of Bad Religion at the Ogden Theater. The southern California-born punk band has more permanence than most such bands of 1980s vintage, incorporating such disparate elements as psychedelia and even – God forbid – melody to its punk attitude. Bad Religion even released a Christmas album in 2013. See you in April. Contact Peter Jones at pjones@lifeon


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Scoop Continued from page 24 Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at the EGTC campus at 1261Glenarm ST. For more information go to emilygriffith. edu/tax-help-colorado-2015. Emily Griffith Technical College is hosting a citizenship workshop for the Denver community and surrounding area. The citizenship workshop is open to the public, costs $50 and provides an opportunity for anyone who is eligible to apply for naturalization to become a U.S. citizen. On March 21, immigration lawyers will be at Emily Griffith Technical College to help participants complete the application for American citizenship. If eligible, applicants will also receive help to complete the citizenship application fee waiver. The cost of the citizenship application is $680. By completing the fee waiver, you can save $680. Space is limited to the first 40 individuals to register. To attend the workshop, you must be eligible for American citizenship and meet the following requirements: • Be at least 18 years old • Have been in the US for at least 5 years (3 years if married to U.S. citizen) • Physical Presence Requirement: You must not have left the country for more than 6 months • Physical Presence Requirement: You must be in US for at least half of the previous 5 years (3 years if married to U.S. Citizen) All immigrants and refugees who meet these requirements may attend the citizenship workshop. For more citizenship-workshop. Need to update your look? Visit Emily Barber Shop, an adjunct to Emily Griffith Technical College which supports the College of Creative Arts and Design. The shop is open Monday through Thursday from 9:00-11:30 am and 1:00-3:00 pm at 1860 Lincoln St. Services for a shampoo or moisturizer start at $3, haircuts for $6; perms are $25 and hair coloring runs up to $32. Utilizing the barber shop provides affordable options for customers and learning opportunities for the student barbers. Try it, you might really like it! As always there are many wonderful things going on at East High School, 1600 City Park Esplanade. On March 5-March 7, 2015 at 7:00pm, March 8, 2015 at 2pm, the East High School Theater Company will be presenting the musical, Finian’s Rainbow in the school auditorium. The ticket prices range from $12 for students to $17.50 for tickets purchased at the door. If tickets are purchased in advance, they are $15. For tickets: east. or 720-423-8338 The Incoming 9th grade Choice of Studies Nights will take place Tuesday, March 10-Thursday, March 12, 2015 at 6:00 pm. Parents and their students should attend on their assigned night based on the student’s last name. Students will select their courses for the 20152016 school year. Tuesday, March 10, 2015Last names A – G Wednesday, March 11, 2015Last names H – M Thursday, March 12, 2015Last names N – Z More information: east. or 720-423-8300 Historical Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) Fair will take place on Saturday, March 7, 2015 in the East High School Gym from 8:00am3:00pm. The cost is $7. There are 89 Historical Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) that will be represented at this College Fair sponsored by The Ethnic College Counseling Center (ECCC) and is hosted by the East High School Black Student Alliance. There will be recruiters on hand from many of the colleges and universities. Information and workshops on college preparation and financial resources will also be offered. Seniors who bring a valid transcript may be admitted on the spot. Scholarships may also be awarded. Questions: (303) 751-9731 Registration: An Original Composition Concert will occur March 20, 2015 in the East Auditorium. A seminar on Composer’s Notes and Analysis of the Composition, will lead off at 6:00 pm, followed by the Premiere Performance at 7:00 pm. The concert is free and donations will be accepted. Lucas as Floyd, a San Francisco-based composer, was commissioned by East High with assistance from the East Angels Foundation to compose an original work for the East student concert band. Student compositions will also be featured that night. Contact: Dorothy_Pino@ or keith_oxman@ dpsk for more information In celebration of Women’s History Month, on March 24 from 5:30-6:30 pm, Lonnie McCabe and Trini Gonzalez Hussein share the stories of Madam C.J. Walker, America’s 1st selfmade female millionaire and Carolina Gonzalez, the owner of the Casa Mayan Restaurant. This is an opportunity to meet other East parents and discuss future programming of the East High School’s PTSA. Refreshments will be provided. Justine Sawyer, East Drawing/Painting and AP Studio Arts teacher, was recently selected by her peers, to receive the Pacific Region Secondary Art Educator Award. Justine will receive the

award during the 2015 National Art Education Association (NAEA) National Convention in New Orleans, Louisiana, March 26-28, 2015. Congratulations to Clare Curwen and Lena Novins-Montague who are among the Recipients of the 2015 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards for the West Writing Region-At-Large. The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards is a national contest that provides awards for poetry, memoirs, short stories, fiction, essays, and journalism. Congratulations to Olivia Wischmeyer on her selection as the overall winning high school submission in the statewide Colorado Youth Art Month Flag Design Competition. Her work will be on display at the Colorado State Capitol Tuesday, March 17-Wednesday, March 25, 2015 and also in New Orleans at the National Art Education Association convention at the end of March. Congratulations to the following students whose artwork will also be on display during that time as part of the statewide show: Shannon Baron, Ally Bradley, Max Bublitz, Andrew Ouellette, Libby Nieto, and Julia Shouse. An artist reception will be held Thursday, March 19, 2015 in the North Foyer of the State Capitol from 3:30pm-5:00pm. All are welcome. Visit to see the winning design. Congratulations to the East Visual Arts students and their teachers for being selected as part of the statewide Scholastic Art Awards Show. Over 5,000 pieces of artwork were submitted this year from across the state with approximately 10% selected from all submissions. Congratulations to the following students: Addie Glass, Alicia Baeza, Alex Alvarez, Angel Burciaga, Micaela Kurtz, Eric Lipford, Travonn Redding, Anyana Frazier, Amanda Norton, Sylvie Polonsky, Kate Sawyer, Shannon Barron, Molly Brogden, Sarah Clemens, Max Cohen, Mackenzie Mathias, Julia Shouse, Emily Trautwein, Claire Westergren, Olivia Wischmeyer, and Rachel Zuckerman. Coach Dwight Berry deserves congratulations on his 200th victory as a Girls Varsity Basketball Coach. He has coached at East HS since 2000. Read more on the East website

about his achievements and the winning record of the Lady Angels. The recent Charles McPherson CD, The Journey released by Capri Records includes two compositions and quintet performances by Charles McPherson and Keith Oxman (East Instrumental Music Teacher and local Jazz Musician) and their rhythm section. The album released on Tuesday, February 17, 2015 and appeared on the National Jazz Chart at #36 and is garnering rave reviews across the US and in Europe. Charles McPherson has visited East High School several times in the past through the East Instrumental Master Class Program. Bromwell Elementary School, 150 S. Pearl St., will host its major fund raising function on March 21, 6-10 pm at the JW Marriott in Cherry Creek. Attendees are encouraged to come dressed in ‘60’s garb. This auction hopes to raise $130,000 to support programs and personnel in the school, deemed essential to the students. Tickets are $60 per person if purchased before March 9, and are $75 after that. There will be a community dinner on Tuesday, March 10 at MICI, 3030 E 2nd Ave. A percentage of the proceeds will be donated to Bromwell. Join your friends, enjoy dinner and contribute to the school. March 2, Dr. Seuss’ birthday, is Read Across America Day from 8:20 am- 2:20 pm at Teller Elementary School, 1150 Garfield. Individuals are encouraged to volunteer to read to students on this day. For more information, contact Cathy Bonneful at Teller, 720-424-3560. The Scholastic Spring Book Fair, with an Under-the-Sea theme, will take place from March 16 to through the 20th. For more information, visit the following link two weeks prior to the fair: At Teller Elementary, differences are embraced and cel-

ebrated. The school’s culture is one that fosters a World Citizen mentality. To showcase this, Teller’s Drama and Arts department with be featuring a Multicultural Night on March 16th at 5:30pm. Songs, dances and skits representing the various cultures at Teller will be performed by first and second graders. The event also features six student-led “make-and-take” crafting activities sponsored by each classroom. A buffet table will be set up for families to bring and share various foods and delicacies from their culture. Families and visitors are encouraged to wear cultural attire. Our wonderful art teacher, Mrs. Taft, is looking for parent feedback on ideas for the crafting activities. Please email her at katie_taft@ The school-wide Spring Dance will be held in the cafeteria on Thursday, March 26 at 6pm. Teller’s student council is meeting in the next month or two to decide on the theme. Stay tuned for more information. The Backpack Friends program started in 2013 to provide food for those 30-40 students who were not eating on weekends because there was no food at home. Backpacks are filled on Fridays and the now 80 students line up to collect filled backpacks to take home for the weekend for themselves and their families. A group of 12 volunteers work to stuff the backpacks with contributions from the community and Food Bank of the Rockies. Community members are encouraged to make cash donations or, even better, to volunteer at the Food Bank to earn more food for the children. If you would like to donate time or money, you can contact Sandy Parker at 734-231-7532, who organizes the program. Stella’s Restaurant on Colfax and Steele is hosting a Teller Backpack Night on March 15 from 5:00 pm on. We’d love to see a good turnout of families to support this cause. There will be a lot of good food and fun for Teller’s community with 10% of the dining receipts being donated to Backpack Friends.

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ongratulations to the 2014 Good Neighbor Award winners, who were honored in January at Capitol Hill United Neighborhood (CHUN) annual meeting. Rob Weil, Outstanding People’s Fair Volunteer; Sean Mandel, Colfax Avenue Award; Kathleen Wells, Jim Peiker Award for Outstanding Historic Preservation; George Kruger, Neighborhood Character; Officer Mark Jacobson, Safe Neighborhoods; Sonia John, Parks and Public Spaces; Frank Locantore, Neighborhood Connection; Mile High Behavioral Health Center, Homelessness and Affordable Housing; and Councilwoman Jeanne Robb, The Tom Knorr Award for Community Service. These deserving awardees were nominated by members of their community. Reading Partners of Colorado is a literacy nonprofit that engages community members to work one-on-one with elementary school students who are reading six months to 2 1/2 years below grade level. They are in need of volunteer tutors for the remainder of the school year. If interested contact Kayla Thomas-Walker at 720-5579909. The Cherry Creek Arts Festival (CCAF) board of directors announced that President and CEO Terry Adams has resigned. Adams successfully ran the organization for the past 14 years. The board of directors is conducting a national search for the next leader. The 25th Anniversary Cherry Creek Arts Festival will take place July 3, 4, and 5. The Denver Public Library is offering qualified Denver residents the opportunity to earn an accredited high school diploma and credentialed career certificate through their Career Online High School. As a part of the world’s first accredited, pri-



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