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A Taste of Colorado Celebrates 32nd anniversary of new format By Denny Taylor
Taste of Colorado is a free, four-day outdoor festival held annually in Downtown Denver’s Civic Center Park on Labor Day weekend. Originally founded in 1895, the festival was named Festival of Mountain and Plain. The festival started as a carnival similar to New Orleans’ Mardi Gras. The goal of the carnival was to boost the city’s morale and vitality after the Silver Panic of 1893. The festival was ultimately unsuccessful in ending Denver’s economic depression, and after a decline in attendance the carnival ended in 1902. In 1983, the Downtown Denver Partnership decided to bring back the spirit of the original festival to commemorate the opening of the 16th Street Mall. “A Taste of Colorado” was added to the Festival of Mountain and Plain name, and the new concept moved back to Civic Center Park in Downtown Denver, where it first began almost 100 years ago. To say it is now successful would understate its presence in the City of Denver, since over 500,000 people make the four-day Festival their Labor Day Weekend celebration. Participants can delight their taste buds with the offerings of more than 50 of Coloradans’ favorite restaurants and food establishments that gather at the Festival, featuring small portions to full meals. An elegant Fine Dining Area is also showcased, highlighting gourmet cuisine from renowned chefs and offering daily cooking demonstrations. In addition, marketplace artisans and vendors will be purveying their wares featuring a variety of products and services to enhance both your home and your life! There will be more than 275 marketplace booths for arts and crafts, home and gift items, furniture, jewelry and more. You can shop till you drop. A total of five entertainment stages for different genres of Music will be set, from country to feisty rock-n-roll. The outdoor stages will be on fire with entertainment, all with no cover charge, and will offer something for everyone. This year, in the 32nd annual iteration of the new, A Taste of Colorado, the legendary rock band Kansas will open on the Main Stage. Kansas will kick off the festival on Friday Sept. 4 at 7:30 p.m. The band is best known for their hit classic rock singles “Carry on Wayward Son” and “Dust in the Wind.” A Taste of Colorado music stages are presented by KOOL 105, and will have four other entertainment stages open throughout the Festival for continuous live music featuring Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Craig Campbell and Bruce Hornsby & the Noisemakers, just to name a few. We’ve only begun to touch the surface of the many venues and programs being offered to festivalgoers this year, which is one reason the festival runs for four full days. One can find intriguing educational See TASTE on page 3
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CHILDREN & ADULTS CAN STAY BUSY FOR HOURS, enjoying the thrill of the carnival rides at A Taste of Colorado Festival. PHOTO BY JEFF HERSCH
WalkDenver Pushes City to Put Its Best Foot Forward By Caroline Schomp
ith their first fundraiser a sold-out success, WalkDenver hopes to change the way people – and the City of Denver – view pedestri pedestrians and walking. The nonprofit was founded in 2011 to focus on improving the pedestrian experience. Much of WalkDenver’s current activity centers on Colfax Ave., “The spine of Denver,” according to Founder and Executive Director Gosia Kung. Colfax, and other major streets like Colorado Blvd. and Alameda Ave., “divides the community, when they should be ‘zippers’ that actually bring them together.” WalkDenver’s July 30 fundraiser at the Sie Film Center,
dubbed the “I Walk Colfax” gala, was the launch-pad for the organization’s People on Colfax Initiative, celebrating a revitalization of America’s longest street and WalkDenver’s efforts to make Colfax a welcoming, walkable pedestrian corridor. Illustrating Colfax’s attractions were the winners of an “I Walk Colfax” video contest: Sarah Wells – Grand Prize for “Most Colfax.” Most Creative – Tatiana Kisakova. And Honorable Mention – Steve Ballas of Steve’s Snappin’ Dogs. You can view the videos at WalkDenver.org. WalkDenver organized and co-sponsored a daylong “Re-imagine West Colfax” event August 16 to showcase creative ideas to make Colfax more pedestrian and bicycle-friendly.
According to WalkDenver’s Policy and Program Director Jill Locantore there are many ways the city could accommodate pedestrians and bicyclists better, that are not hugely expensive and should be tried. “We’re not going to get it perfect right out of the gate. We could do a low-cost version and then adjust,” said Locantore. WalkDenver is represented on Denver’s Pedestrian Advisory Committee, which it pushed the city to establish last year. Kung and Locantore anticipate WalkDenver will also play a key role as the city works on a Pedestrian Master Plan. Their objective, according to Locantore, is to get city officials to consider See WALK on page 3
By Christa Palmer
he Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls & Toys (DMMDT), located at 1880 Gaylord, has a 25-year history beginning in 1981. The museum was created solely by a diverse group of volunteers including miniature doll artists, business owners, and civic leaders. In the fall of 1987, in cooperation with the Colorado Historical Society, the museum opened at its present location, the historical Pearce-McAllister Cottage. The DMMDT has a collection of 20,000 objects ranging from rare Japanese dolls to Happy Meal Toys, and it retains the region’s best collection of artisan miniatures. The gift shop is a treasure trove for miniaturists, hobbyists and collectors. It is one of the few places in Denver where visitors can purchase everything from artisan miniatures to “Duchess of Cambridge” paper dolls. Museum hours are Wed.-Sat., 10 am-4 pm. Ticket prices are seniors (62+) $5, adults $6, children (5-16) $4, under 5 free. Groups of ten or more of the same age group receive $1 off admission per person. Directions and parking information are available on the website at dmmdt.org. The museum hosts a variety of events including family workshops, adult workshops, guided tours, yard sales, community days and board game nights. A schedule of events is available on the website. Although DMMDT will move from its current location in approximately one year, it will operate as usual for the foreseeable future. The director of the museum, Wendy Littlepage, explained, See MUSEUM on page 2
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8th Annual CHUN Wine Tasting Event By Denny Taylor
f you are looking for wine, food and song or just a plain old good time, mark your calendar for Wed., Sept. 9 from 6-9 pm to remember the Capitol Hill United Neighborhoods (CHUN) Wine Tasting & Silent Auction at the Tears-McFarlane House, 1290 Williams St. This date marks the 8th anniversary of the CHUN Wine Tasting and Silent Auction benefiting CHUN and the historic Tears-McFar-
lane House, and it’s always a local favorite. Tickets are $35 per person and participants will be able to delight in a variety of wine and beer, as well as mouthwatering delicacies from local restaurants. Guests are also invited to enjoy chair massage services, live local music, and shopping CHUN’s eclectic silent auction! Come out and be part of the fun and support you local neighborhood organization. Purchase tickets online at: chundenver.org/wine-tasting/
Indulge in 28th Annual Uptown Sampler By Denny Taylor
he Uptown On The Hill Neighborhood proudly announces the 28th Annual Uptown Sampler on Tues., Sept. 15, from 5-8:30 pm. Experience local flavor and samples of Denver's most mouthwatering menus from Uptown’s famous Restaurant Row. Enjoy delicacies from popular neighborhood cafes to high-end gourmet fine dining. Let your taste buds help welcome several exciting new businesses to Uptown and hail the revered veter-
ans of Denver’s Restaurant Row. Of course wine tasting, live local entertainment and tempting drink specials will be offered along the way as one indulges in Denver's most delicious night on the town. The Uptown. Advance Tickets are still only $20, and are available online or at all Metro area King Soopers (Ticket West), or by calling 720-789-9000. Day of event tickets are $25. For more information please visit their website at: Uptown OnTheHill or sampler@ uptownonthehill.org
A NEW LOCATION is on the horizon for the Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls & Toys, currently located at 1880 Gaylord. PHOTO COURTESY OF DENVER MUSEUM OF MINIATURES, DOLLS & TOYS
MUSEUM Continued from page 1 “Our capacity to build our collection, create quality exhibits and preserve our objects has reached its limit at the Gaylord location. We are bursting at the seams.” The 35th Annual Fall Show and Sale is the main fundraising event for the museum. This year’s theme is “It’s All About the Museum!” The show takes place Sept. 9–13 at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel in the Denver Tech Center, 7801 E. Orchard in Greenwood Village. The show includes workshops, gifts, and dealers. Admission to
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and low-cost workshops are available for children on Sat. & Sun. The schedule of events and registration packets are available at dmmdt.org. In mid-November, the DMMDT will hold a Star Wars exhibit featuring Star Wars toys and will also include the Colorado premier of “The Story of Star Wars” toys. The exhibit coincides with the release of “Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens” in Dec. of this year. For more information on the Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls and Toys, please visit www. dmmdt.org or call 303-322-1053. To make financial donations, go to coloradogives.org.
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Walk to End Alzheimer's Sept. 19 By Jason McKinney
he 2015 Denver Walk to End Alzheimer's will be held on Sat., Sept. 19 in City Park (west of the Museum of Nature and Science). Registration begins at 8:00 am and the opening ceremony is at 9:00 am, with the walk beginning immediately after. The course length will be two and a half miles long and the event is going to be held, rain or shine. The Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s® is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. It is held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide and
TASTE Continued from page 1 programs promoting the diverse cultural and western heritage of the region, where families can learn about Colorado’s pioneer past. Featured artisans will demonstrate spinning, lace crocheting, felting, blacksmithing, and various demonstrations of Navajo culture including weaving and beading – again all for no admission fee. The featured acts for children, include the Wayne & Wingnut’s Red Hot Chili Puppets, Jim Jackson’s Busker and
WALK Continued from page 1 two central issues: “How do we ensure the Plan gets implemented, and that the city will assume the responsibility to pay for it from a dedicated funding source.” Kung said WalkDenver would continue to research the best pedestrian practices from around the world, “so we can
aims to end the disease, which is the nation’s sixth-leading cause of death. Originally dubbed The Memory Walk, the event was founded in 1989. There is no fee to participate in the Walk, but every walker is asked to make a personal donation and fundraising by each participant is expected. Once you reach the $100 level of fundraising, you will earn a t-shirt to wear on race day. All funds raised further the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer's Association. All ages are welcome to participate, but each walker must register and sign a waiver. For registration, volunteering and further information, go to act.alz.org. Me, and Chad Wonder, the comedic magician, will entertain on the KidzStage and are presented by MIX 100. Children and adults can stay busy for hours with carnival rides, games, educational exhibits, and more. If you’re looking to get rid of the summer doldrums, this is the place to be this Labor Day weekend. A Taste of Colorado, Civic Center Park at E. Broadway & Colfax , Fri. Sept. 4, 11:30 am-10 pm; Sat., Sept. 5 & Sun., Sept. 6, 10:30 am-10 pm; Mon., Sept. 7, 10:30am-8 pm. Admission is free. The website for dates and times of music venues and more is atasteofcolorado.com. have an informed conversation with the city. Thirty percent of the population does not drive.” “We don’t argue that cars should be totally removed, just that pedestrians are put in their proper context,” Locantore said. “Pedestrians and bicycles should be integral to future transportation planning in Denver, not an add-on.” WalkDenver will hold the city’s feet to the fire on acknowledging and meeting that goal.
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Reducing the Feral Cat Problem By Christa T. Palmer
eral cats are a significant problem in cities like Denver and contribute to animal overpopulation. A single pair of cats and their offspring have the potential to produce 5,000 cats within 5 years. Denver shelters have to euthanize thousands of cats and kittens because they cannot afford to house the homeless animals. Spaying and neutering reduces the overpopulation problem. Feral cats are typically domesticated cats that have returned to the wild. They’ve been abandoned or are descendants of other feral cats. These animals are different from stray cats who relate well to humans. Some feral cats can be tamed and placed in adoptive homes if they are removed from a wild environment early in life but most cannot. Feral cats live in colonies. These are groups of cats that
live in a common area and rely on the same food source. Colonies can be as large as 25 cats. The population typically includes adult females and their kittens plus a small number of male cats. Feral cats face many challenges. They have trouble finding food. Feral kittens don’t live long. The cats usually have health problems like fleas, parasites, worms, upper respiratory infections, feline leukemia and feline immunodeficiency virus. Diseases spread quickly in colonies. You can assist feral cat colonies through trap-neuter-return (TNR). Animal welfare societies, such as the Humane Society of the United States and the National Animal Control Association, promote TNR as a way to humanely control feral populations. Animals are trapped gently in cages, spayed or neutered, vaccinated and returned to their colony. Caregivers then monitor
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the colony and provide food and medical care. In some areas, the TNR programs have reduced feral cat populations by over 50%. All cats, including domestic cats, should be spayed or neutered to reduce the animal overpopulation. Most healthy kittens can be safely neutered or spayed at 8 weeks. Domestic cats can easily escape when they want to mate. Neutered males will wander less and spayed females won’t experience the stress of going into heat. Several local organizations provide assistance to feral cat colonies here in Denver: • Metro Denver C.A.T., denvercats.org, assists homeless and feral cats. The organization offers cats for adoption from local shelters. The website lists organizations that provide traps for TNR programs and information on local low cost spay and neuter programs. Metro Denver C.A.T. can provide assistance with feral cat colonies. Contact 844-336-2287. • The Cat Care Society, catcaresociety.org, provides services for homeless pets and low cost veterinary care. Call 303237-0914 for an appointment. The organization also offers free food and litter to people who are experiencing financial challenges. The Cat Care Society offers homes for adult cats until they can be placed for adoption. • Alley Cat Allies, alleycat.org, is a national organization that protects and advocates for humane treatment of cats. The website provides information on TNR programs and referrals to local programs. The organization provides support for managing feral cat colonies. • Spay2day, spay2day. org, offers spay and neuter services. You can request surgery appointments on the website. The prices for domestic cats are listed. Feral cat caretakers can call 303-984-7729 for surgery pricing. Vaccines are also available. • The Divine Feline and The Feline Fix Clinic, thefelinefix.org, operate an in-house clinic that provides services to domestic and feral cats. The organization offers TNR workshops on the 3rd Sat, of each month from 12-3 pm at 2600 West 2nd Ave. #10. There is a $5 suggested donation for the workshop. Participants receive feral cat spaying and neutering services for only $10.
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Denver Dance Icon Reflects on 45 Years of Community By Keith Lewis
leo Parker Robinson is an old soul with youthful vigor. Within moments of meeting her, you immediately notice that her passion for dance and people shines so brightly, it is no wonder that she has been a beacon of the Five Points art scene for over four decades. Her nonprofit dance studio, located at the convergence of Park Ave, 20th Street & Washington, serves 40,000 Denverites each year through its dance classes and professional performances. Founder Cleo Parker Robinson grew up in Denver’s Five Points, with a white mother and a black father, at the height of racial tensions in the Mile High City. Growing up, her family endured the typical animus directed toward African Americans at that time, but likely received more than their fair measure due to her parent’s art and activism around town. She recalls that often police officers would follow the family station wagon, while her father soothed the children by pointing out how important they must be for the police to be so concerned. While briefly living with family during the segregation-era in Texas, she suffered
a near-death experience at a young age. The racially segregated hospital literally added insult to her injury when it refused to treat the bi-racial, future dance star. She used that life-altering experience to discover the deeper meaning of her life, which ultimately drove her ambitious dance dreams. Five Points is in her blood, despite the numerous stamps on her passport. “I always left and I never left,” she teases. She has danced and taught all over the world. She recalls some of her favorite destinations, such as the large dance festival in Nigeria in 1977 called Festac. She still runs into Nigerian nationals to this day who were inspired by the 1977 event. Additionally, she held a university teaching post in Israel about ten years ago. “Dance is like a really good meal, and I really like sharing,” she smirks. “Somebody has got to taste this,” she jokes, referring to her love for dance and community. Twenty-five years ago, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance moved into the historic Shorter A.M.E. Church where the studio remains today at 119 Park Avenue West. The historic church originated as Shorter Chapel at its
current location in 1886 until it burned at the hands of Ku Klux Klan arsonists in 1925. In 1990, Cleo Parker Robinson took over the historic landmark and renovated it into its current iteration, the 300-seat theater we see today. Parker Robinson’s artistic vision is exemplified in her motto, “one spirit, many voices.” She elaborates, that this symbolizes the beauty and harmony of two individual dancers joining together in unity. Parker Robinson studied at Colorado Women’s College, and due to a twist of fate, ended up a college-level dance teacher at the young age of fifteen. She admits it was a crossroads in her life and smiles at the serendipity. Her teacher went to Europe on short notice, but left Cleo at the helm, who naturally took over the class as a born leader. Later, she studied on Broadway and in Harlem in New York, eventually finding a life-long mentor in legendary dance star Katherine Dunham. The Dunham Method is still taught in her Five Points studio. Parker Robinson is an artist first and foremost. Her support of the Denver art community has been unparalleled over the years. She is deeply devoted to art education, regularly raising
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funds and contributing to art education both inside and outside of our school system. Reflecting on the cutting of art budgets in favor of science and technology based education; Parker Robinson would like to see art as an equal player. She values a balance of “the head and the heart” in her students and colleagues. Cleo Parker Robinson Dance continues its community involvement to this day. The studio’s Ensemble presents Bamboula: Musician’s Brew, for two nights only, September 26-27, at the University of Denver’s Newman Center for the Performing Arts. The studio just wrapped the Sixth Annual Dancing with the Denver Stars at the Marriott City Center downtown. In January, Denver welcomes the International Black Dance Conference, drawn here by Cleo Parker Robinson Dance and its world-renowned efforts. The studio will also host upcoming performances of Uncle Jed’s Barbershop running September 26 through October 18. Group dance instruction is available throughout each week for all ages and experience levels ranging from toddlers to adults. Cleo Parker Robinson Dance has been a staple of Five Points and the Denver art communi-
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ty for 45 years. Its founder and namesake has combined her world-renowned passion for dance, with her deep Denver roots, to form a stunningly impressive studio, which draws its students from all corners of the world right into our neighborhood. Here’s to the next 45 years as a passionate community leader and dance legend! Thank you Cleo Parker Robinson. For more information about dance classes or to purchase tickets to a performance, please visit cleoparkerdance.org. Class bundles and monthly memberships are also available.
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Annual Public Safety Expo & First Responder Tribute
Colorado’s largest tribute to the state’s first responders occurs on Saturday September 12 beginning with a kickoff Public Safety Exposition featuring collector cars, exhibits and official ceremony to be held at East High School. The Annual Safety Expo is open from 10:00am to 2:00pm at East High School. All exhibits and events are free and open to the public to enjoy and participate. Displayed vehicles at the Expo include police cruisers, Command vehicles, bomb squad units, Sheriff vehicles, fire trucks, fire engines, classic fire trucks, safety vehicles from all over the Metro area, DPD Air 1 helicopter, and all makes of classic cars. This year’s event features a collector car parade from Sports Authority Field to East High and back. Collector cars will be on display at Sports Authority Field until 4:00 p.m.
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he 2015 Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure will be held on Sun., Sept 27 at 8:00 am, starting from the Pepsi Center. Since its inception in 1982, the Race for the Cure has raised money for those in danger of, or currently suffering from breast cancer. One in seven women in Colorado will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime and every minute, worldwide, someone dies from the disease. There are no boundaries to the affliction, be it age, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status or geographical location. The Race for the Cure continues to raise money each year because at the current rate, 13 million breast cancer deaths will occur in the next 25 years. By keeping the fight against it going, the number of deaths can be substantially reduced. For instance, in 1980 the five-year relative survival rate for women diagnosed with early
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Denver’s Bold Next Step to Affordable Housing
By Mayor Michael B. Hancock, Councilwoman Robin Kniech, and Councilman Albus Brooks On July 20, during his inaugural address, Mayor Hancock announced the bold next step in Denver’s commitment to affordable housing – dedicating at least $15 million a year in new funding to preserve and build a minimum of 6,000 additional affordable homes over the next 10 years, and a proposed package of aggressive policies. Councilpersons Kniech and Brooks have been working alongside the Mayor to develop this approach, and together they are reaching out to the residents of Denver to engage you in the conversation.
enver is blessed with one of the strongest economies in the nation and a quality of life that is second to none. But, our residents are struggling with the unintended consequences of that success, facing skyrocketing rents and home prices that threaten to squeeze out low to moderate-income families and seniors. Cap Hill residents have observed those home price increases, and you have shared concerns about affordable apartments in your neighborhood converting to luxury pricing, and about the increased visibility of homelessness. We hear your concerns. We stand with you and we know Denver can do more, and we are prepared to take action. Access to affordable housing is key to economic stability and upward mobility out of poverty. It keeps Denver diverse and inclusive, enhancing our vitality. Affordability is also essential to maintaining a strong workforce and recruiting new businesses. Investing in more affordable housing will pay dividends for families, seniors and workers, as well contribute to Denver’s overall economy and quality of life. Denver has already spurred the creation of almost 2,000 new affordable units, helped hundreds of families with down-payment and mortgage assistance, and created a $10 million dollar revolving loan to build housing for our workforce. We’ve also launched innovative financing to help homeless individuals obtain housing instead of paying
for emergency rooms and jail nights. And we updated the Inclusionary Housing Ordinance. To catch up and keep up with the need in our city, the next bold step is to dedicate a first-ever for Denver – an annual source of funding to build and preserve a full range of affordable housing. That’s why we’re proposing the exploration of two sources that could be dedicated for this purpose. First, we need to explore a broad based and reliable source of revenue that brings our entire community together to be a part of this solution, in the same way we fund other city priorities such as parks and libraries. In 2012, voters authorized the city to keep property tax “mills” that had been assessed and credited back, in order to catch city services back up to where they were before the recession. The city is still crediting several of those mills and will credit more back to taxpayers next year to reduce your tax burden as property values grow. We propose exploring the dedication of up to one of the previously credited mills for affordable housing. Dedicating an existing property tax mill could generate up to $13 million a year, would be stable over time, and would cost the typical homeowner only $25-50 a year. Second, we should explore charging a modest fee on new development to help mitigate the housing demand those projects stimulate. Called a “housing linkage” or “impact fee,” this approach is a best practice in other cities across the country to help balance growth with housing demand. Development cycles go up and down with the economy, so while an important tool, we believe it’s necessary to pair this fee with the more stable property tax source to ensure the city can maintain a steady commitment to affordable housing. Life-saving housing combined with supportive services for the homeless, to much needed workforce rental housing, and wealth-building homeownership opportunities are all needed. Be aware that $15 million of dedicated revenue would provide more than five times more homes over ten years than we
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LULA ROSE GENERAL STORE at E. Colfax and Madison in Congress Park has a charm all its own, with menu offerings written on subway tile with a grease pen, and plans to offer fresh flowers on the weekends.
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Openings: The offerings are scrawled on the subway tile with grease pencil. Hours are written on the glass door. Welcome to LuLa Rose General Store, a totally new and intriguing effort at 3434 E. Colfax across from Bastien’s. This is the old Country Club Flowers shop – barely recognizable in its new incarnation. “I wanted to preserve the history of the building, a former flower shop, and honor my Great Aunt Lula Rose, a former flow-
er arranger in Birmingham, AL. Because I designed and built the majority of the elements in the shop, I was able to restore the 1950s building and add a touch of modern,” said owner Oliver Miller-Finkel. Lula Rose offers a full menu of specialty coffee and espresso drinks as well as chai and herbal teas, assorted pastries and seasonal hot and cold beverages. After graduating from CU in 2009, Miller-Finkel moved to Denver and worked at a number of coffee shops including Thump Coffee on E. 13th. The 24-yearold is now a first time entrepreneur and he has long had his eye on this particular space.
“I wanted to combine my family's history with the history of the building and incorporate both masculine and feminine characteristics,” he added. “A custom designed B17 Bomber honors my late grandfather, a decorated WWII bombardier.” Note the wooden benches atop the bar and in the windows, which are repurposed locker room benches from a high school in Nebraska. The butcher-block tables to the left of the bar were former craft tables at Denver West High School. You can even see some petrified remains of student's gum beneath them I was told. “Lula Rose is not only a cof-
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walks in that door,” Coburn said. Bellwether.club is the web address and 720-398-9251 is the number. Daily hours are 7 am-7 pm. Ramen up, folks! After a few last minute delays attributed to utility challenges, Osaka Ramen is now open in the two-story space that most recently housed Ay Caramba! Situated at 2817 E. 3rd between Detroit and Fillmore, this is the first truly ramen-centric eatery to arrive in Cherry Creek North (CCN) but may not be the last. For co-owner Jeff Osaka, it marks his second ramen restaurant opening in three months. In June, the first debuted at 2611 Walnut in RiNo to large crowds and many repeat customers. Fans who remember Osaka’s now shuttered Twelve Restaurant on Larimer will fondly recognize his name and likely applaud a new dining venue from one of the city’s better-known chefs. The menu reflects many items Osaka grew up eating as a child including his Mom’s recipe for bacon fried rice. His family has lived in the US for three generations and many of the plates reflect her cooking. Ramen, bento boxes and small plates are the primary offerings. There’s even steamed Colorado striped bass as a protein option. Although the CCN space is smaller and features a more limited selection of traditional and non-traditional dishes, Osaka couldn’t fight the desire to grab this space. “My partner, Ken Wolf and I recognized the revitalization of Cherry Creek and wanted to get in on the ground floor of growth. So when the space hit the market we couldn't resist. The location, along with certain aspects of the space – patio, great neighbors, development around us – are keys for success,” he said. In June, I asked why he’d made such a shift from Twelve’s approach to fast casual cuisine. “This is more fun,” Osaka said in comparing the new venture to Twelve. When I asked whether it was more fun for guests or for him, he responded, “Both, I think.” The vibe for the CCN space is Tokyo Underground like the RiNo shop. There’s something appealing about the skyline of Tokyo (complete with Godzilla) stenciled along the wall. However, this space has a very different vibe with three separate dining areas including one on the second floor that also boasts
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STENO: Unlike most coworking ventures, Steno in the 1600 block of Vine has been constructed inside a 1905 vintage home that offers 15 different rooms and a ‘get it done’ vibe. a bar. Chef Osaka, selected in competition as a James Beard semifinalist last year, now splits his time between two locations with plans to also open a sushi joint on Larimer in the coming year. He’s truly one busy guy. Osakaramendenver.com is the website. Lunch is served Mon.-Fri., 11 am-2 pm. Dinner is dished Mon.-Thurs., 5-10 pm & Fri.-Sat., 5-11 pm. Call 303524-9229. More turnovers are showing up at the Beauvallon in the 900 block of Lincoln on the Hill. Pho Denver is the latest eatery to debut at 955 Lincoln. It’s located in the space that housed Yura's Modern Asian Kitchen for less than a year and Attivo Pizza before that. This Pho features a variety of Vietnamese appetizers, pho and noodle dishes along with 21 different flavors of Boba smoothies. Pho Denver offers an amazing 90+ different entrees including several chefs’ specials with a special lemongrass sauce. Daily Hours begin at 11 am. Dinner’s served until 9 pm every day except Sunday when the kitchen closes a half hour earlier. The number is 303-813-9000 and yes, they do take out. Pho Denver will also deliver if you order more than $17 in eats. Looking for a shared workspace where you can really get down to work? The latest coworking offering is Steno, located at 1627 Vine in Uptown. The company’s mission is “catering to formidable women and men who appreciate sharp company and need a professional work environment to get things done.” Owners Rex Roberts and Lindsey Strickler hope to create their desired focus by winning over enthusiasts one at a time. “We don’t want to discourage conversations but the main way we are establishing a culture is by setting the expectation of “Working where you work and playing elsewhere”. Work head down until 5 o’clock then go have a beer across the street,” Roberts explained. The duo bought their post-Victorian mansion and then incorporated a mix of design styles including mid-century modern and steampunk. The 1905 architecture also lends itself to distinct working spaces. “We don’t have a large room with 12 desks in it. We’re lucky enough to have smaller rooms so there are some natural dividers,” Roberts added. Steno offers 24-hour access, two conference rooms, a printer/fax/scanner, three patios, a
full kitchen and WiFi. There’s a dedicated rear parking lot and indoor bike storage. If you bike to work, there’s also a shower to use. In all there are 15 rooms and over 5,000 square feet of space. While a few finishing touches are still on the way, Roberts and Strickler opened Steno’s doors on August 10th. A vintage home was not part of their original vision Roberts said but it became their best choice. “It was available and real estate in Denver right now is not an easy thing to come by. The longer answer is that we have been in the market for a while now looking for an open floor plan but (warehouse) prices were prohibitive due to the ‘grow’ climate for recreational marijuana. In response to that we started looking at residential properties. It’s got some great vintage characteristics. It feels a lot more ‘home’ than a lot of things on the market right now.” Steno’s been designed to appeal to companies who’ve already grown beyond the startup stage. Clients commit to monthly fees so this is not the right space if you just need a desk for a day. With dedicated parking, Steno could draw a lot of interest for folks who want a quieter work environment. “We love the neighborhood. I’ve lived (nearby) for the last four years. It’s insulated a bit and has some shade cover,” Roberts said. The venture is named after Nickolas Steno, a 16th century scientist who pioneered discoveries in anatomy, geology and paleontology. “His prevailing motivation was to reject simple answers not because he wanted to rebel, but that he knew there was a better way to solve problems through tactile exploration and measurement. A mode of thought we feel strikes at the heart of current trends in the growth of Denver business culture,” the company’s website explains. Stenodenver.com has all the membership info and 720-2951660 is the number. If you don’t know bitters from ginger beer, cocktails may not be your passion when it’s time to unwind after a hard day’s work. However, a new beverage emporium in the RiNo neighborhood has opened that’s worth a look even if you’ll have to roam a bit away from home. The concept is rather unique and catching on like wildfire. The name’s First Draft, a pour-it-yourself wine and beer
THE ORIGINAL PANDORA ON THE HILL is slowly relocating. The E 13th address will shut on Christmas Eve, but the new Uptown address in the EZE Mop building at Marion & 13th will debut later this month. venture that packs in eager cussaid. “It’s a good opportunity baked pretzels, bacon-wrapped tomers even at midday. to taste without investing in a corn on the cob and charcuterie Present your credit card and 6-pak.” are just a few of the eats on you’ll receive a wristband that hand. There are also meal-sized Slattery’s venture opened tracks the products you sample. entrees if you’re famished and to some curious criticism. Folks Just tap the band on a display brunch on the weekends. Desthought his goal was to cut barabove the tap and you’re free to sert offerings include a craft tenders and slash jobs to save indulge. beer float or milk and cookies. money but he feels he’s simply After you release the hanIf that isn’t enough in the repurposed the staff and helped dle, a display tells you how food department, Slattery said streamline the process. Guests many ounces of brew, hard cider that Il Posto, the eatery on E. must agree. Even though they’re or vino you just ordered. Your 17th in Uptown is relocating to doing the work at the tap, Slatwristband will also cut you off the space next door in the near tery says they tip generously after a set amount and you’ll future. You could always get when it’s time to turn in that have to convince a staffer that some take-out. wristband and sign the credit you aren’t overindulging. In total, the space holds card receipt. Best of all, there’s Owner Mark Slattery has roughly 200 and it can get loud. no need to split the check if this concept down to a science. There’s an upstairs dining area, you’re drinking with friends. His target audience? People who a second one on the main level You’ll find some new brands have an interest in beer, plus an and multiple picnic benches out to sample along side of local interest in technology. There are front. faves like River North brews even devices along the row of 40 Firstdraftdenver.com is the and Jagged Mountain blends. taps that will rinse your glass website. Hours are Mon.-Thurs., Slattery hopes the concept is one effortlessly for a purer tasting noon-10 pm; Fri., noon-midhe can export to other Colorado experience. And there’s no wait night; Sat., 10 am-midnight towns in the future. to get a bartender’s attention & Sun. 10-10. The address for Unlike most craft breweries, when you’re parched. First Draft is 1309 26th. there’s a full kitchen here and “You’re not on your own howit’s cranking out upscale bar ever, staffers are at the taps to food. Fried buttermilk chicken See BUSINESS on page 10 guide or give advice,” Slattery sliders, deviled eggs, hot fresh-
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Changes: If you’re a fan of independent entrepreneurs who’ve turned a small vision into a big success story (and I am), don’t panic. Pandora on the Hill near the state’s Capitol building is beginning a re-location to Uptown this month. It’s not closing. Owners Stephanie Shearer and Chris Bacorn’s “one-stop, sparkle shop for gifts on the go” is relocating to the EZE Mop Shopping District on E. 17th after 22 years on 13th near Grant. “We’re responding to customers’ overwhelming requests
to have a Pandora on the Hill in the Uptown neighborhood,” said Shearer. The new location will share the building with Soul Haus, the couple’s second independent venture, which made the move six years ago after Bacorn and Shearer bought and restored the former EZE Mop building. “We are excited about this move,” said Shearer. “Like a dynamic duo, Soul Haus and Pandora are finally back together again. This puts all of our staff and patrons in one location and allows us the opportunity to create our own destiny. The additional square footage gives us the ability to offer the best of the best of our staple lines, and still add a li’l more.” She added that customer service and a curated selection of gifts and jewelry from independent and local artists will still be the main focus. “Both stores being side by side in Uptown lets us really dive into the neighborhood and be involved at an unprecedented level. Relocating Pandora to Uptown feels like coming home,” Bacorn added.
DRIP: NEW OWNERS are polishing up the espresso machine at Drip Denver, 955 Lincoln, and will be hosting more local events in the building’s loft above the dining area.
The new space is slated to open on the 15th with a Grand Opening wedding-themed party from 5-8:30 pm. That’s the same evening as the annual Uptown Sampler, so it should be hoppin’. The original location will stay open until Christmas Eve. The new space will offer free gift-wrapping every day, showcase even more jewelry and retain some familiar features. “We are taking all of our lines, all of the amazing staff, and all of our crazy fixtures with us,” adds Shearer. Perhaps the biggest plus with this move is more free parking. Spots in front of the original location on E. 13th have been tough to grab for years. The shop will move into the Peppermint space now at EZE Mop. The phone for the Hill location is 303-832-7073. After an 11-year run and a brief closure to remodel, Mezcal at 3230 E. Colfax has unveiled its new facelift. Co-owner Loris Venegas who originally designed the cantina space in 2003 drove the interior makeover. Daniel Velarde, a manager, said, “The biggest facelift that we
did was to our kitchen. Modernized it. Improved the flow back here. As far as the front of the house, we have a few changes up there, but it still has the Mezcal feel you’ve always known.” There’s new banquet seating in a back corner and a new community table up front. “We’ve restructured the entire bar program and are simplifying the menu. We’re trying to keep it simple and not over complicate things. That way we can keep things fresh,” he explained. The eatery’s new chef is Chris Douglas who has a glittering resume of past stints at local Denver spots including Restaurant Kevin Taylor and Vega. Douglas also worked at California’s famed French Laundry before moving east to the Rockies. A public reopening was slated for August 29th, but couldn’t be confirmed when LIFE went to print. The number is 303-3225219. Scott and Melissa Spero were hooked on Colfax long before the nation’s longest highway began its recent revival. So they named their first business venture just that – Hooked on Colfax.
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This month, Hooked celebrates its 10th anniversary. During the past decade, the coffee shop has evolved several times and moved twice. First the business moved from 3213 E. Colfax to one door east. Then it added its original footprint back to the second location as part of a major expansion. Each incarnation came with its fair share of complications. Imagine moving back into a space you’d already updated and having to convince the City inspector to OK it all over again. “Good gosh it’s gone by fast! Moving and then expanding was a whirlwind for sure, but it gave us the chance to grow into the space and open the bakery when we were ready,” Malissa Spero recalled. Much has changed in that past decade. As the years rolled along, Hooked added more food options. Then booze joined the list of offerings. Their extensive beer list features only Colorado brews and they even make a house Kahlua. There’s now a patio, a fully operational downstairs area dubbed the Speakeasy and lots of intriguing corners where you can get lost for an hour or a day. “Businesses are so (dependent) on their space and location; it was touch and go there for a bit. We were so worried that we might have to leave South City Park,” she said. “It’s exciting to see all the new storefronts and faces, but we hope that the growth will be sustainable and our neighbors and regular customers who have been here for years will be able to stay with us as well.” The Speros are looking forward to more bike racks on Colfax, an added crosswalk nearby and another stoplight, which could boost pedestrian and bike traffic. Speaking of bikes, early this summer, the Speros reopened the old Collins Bike shop, which operated next door for 84 years. They named this added venture Two-Wheel Feel. It features bikes for sale plus a large repair facility. Ten years after the birth of Hooked, “Colfax is still quirky and independent with spunky residents,” Spero said. Her vision for the next decade is more of the same, plus a positive impact from the planned area rec center. A big party’s slated for next month. It will be posted on the company’s social media and is open to the general public. Check out hookedoncolfax.com or call 303-398-2665. Hours are 7 am-10 pm daily.
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DENVER BICYCLE:This is just a but a fraction of the spacious new bike showroom and repair operation at Denver Bicycle Cafe which is expanding in two different directions — more repairs and bike goods plus an upcoming bar. Starbucks is on the move in CCN. The original ‘Bucks in the ‘hood is now open on the southeast corner of 3rd & Columbine – a whopping one block move from their longtime location on the northeast corner of 3rd & Clayton. The java shop at 250 Columbine earned the title of ‘first to open’ in the new Columbine construction that runs the full length of the block. Weekday hours are 5 am-9 pm. On weekends, the staff sleeps in and the doors don’t open until 5:30. Designed to boost traffic after 4 pm, the company will soon launch Starbucks Evenings, a concept that includes wines, beers with small plates, truffle mac ‘n cheese and other snacks. Denver is one of the expansion markets for the concept, which Starbucks has been testing since 2010. This will be one of the first to debut the pm offerings since its application was in the first Denver batch. Expect to see that concept in full bloom after September 22nd. The shop’s number is 303-331-9910. Later this month, Blue Island Oyster Bar will open on the south side of the block’s new construction. It’s a new venture at 2625 E. Second from Concept Restaurants group, which also runs Humboldt on E. 17th, Ignite Burger Bar in the Ballpark neighborhood and several other eateries around town.
More on Blue Island next month when the East Coast-inspired ‘dock to dish’ concept is in full swing. Several other eateries are also slated to open on the block in the coming weeks. New owners are now at the helm at Drip Denver, an established coffee shop and eatery located at 955 Lincoln. The buyers for this Beauvallon business are Nancy and Joel Steward, long time residents of Capitol Hill. Ownership transferred last November and now the whole family works in or for the shop. Dad Joel works for DPS and plans to promote education-related events at Drip. Mom Nancy brings past leadership experience at Susan G. Komen Denver to the mix and will continue to support cancer causes. “From featuring young artists’ showcases to hosting community-based team-building meetings in our upstairs loft, the Drip Calendar is full of positive vibes,” said daughter Emily who handles social media and web services from her home overseas. “We source (locally), offer a variety of creative brewing methods, mix our own Chai, and offer a creatively healthful selection. Being family-owned, we do these things under a humble, mature, and less “hip” vibe than a lot of new coffee shops in the area,” Steward said. Drip also offers a full bar selection of Colorado craft beers,
MAX’S WINE DIVE:The big wraparound patio that now anchors the northwest corner of Max’s at Sherman & E. 7th is a great place to sample the wine-centric eatery’s new cocktail offerings.
wine, and spirited coffee drinks! The food menu includes gluten-free options too. It’s also worth mentioning that Drip has free covered parking in the Beauvallon complex in addition to street meters. Weekday hours are 6 am-7 pm; Sat., from 7-7 & Sun., 7 am-5 pm. There’s also a daily Happy Hour from 4-6 pm, except on Sunday when it’s an am event starting at 9. Dripdenver.com is the web address and the shop’s number is 303-832-0482. The new Max’s Wine Dive at E. 7th & Sherman has now debuted its patio. That space features a quiet, shady street option along E. 7th or a grittier, energetic option along the Sherman side. One area features larger community tables and umbrellas to sip or socialize during Happy Hour or the Late Night hour, which runs from 9:30 pm until close. The wine-centric bistro has also added a more extensive cocktail menu to its wine and beer offerings. “As you know, Denver is a very spirit-centric town, and MAX’s heeded the call by adding a new, highly-anticipated cocktail menu that’s just what you would expect from MAX’s – fun, easy going, locally focused and with just a bit of an edge,” a spokeswoman said. Although brief, the new cocktail menu features intriguing
names like Charging RiNo and The Puppet Master. There’s also frozen sangria made from house red, a splash of Grand Marnier, some brandy and fresh fruits. Maxswinedive.com/Denver is this location’s web address and the number’s 303-593-2554. The Fall Flea from Denver Flea will be held September 12 & 13, and they’re leaving RiNo for the event. The Flea’s operating hours are noon-dusk (7-ish) both days, and the new location is 1345 Curtis in Sculpture Park. Over 150 vendors are expected as this event continues to grow in size. Denverflea.com has the list. Briechle Custom Drums – a space that essentially showcased the drum-making talents of Denver artist Dan Briechle, has moved out the space in the 500 block of E. 13th just east of Denver Vapor Lounge & Hookah Shop and moved to an online only presence. Briechle sold his interest in Denver Vapor to his co-owners Shanna Sinch and her mother, Ellen Rochelle. The mother/ daughter team has expanded the pens and mods lines carried and added a lot more juices to the snacks menu. A big projector screen now shows movies on Thursdays and Briechle’s former display is now home to a massive pool table. 720-239-1990 is the number and hours are Mon.-Thurs., 8
am-11 pm; Fri., 8 am-1 am; Sat., 11 am-1 am & Sun., 11 -11. Fans of fine Indian cuisine can now order online from Little India at 330 E. 6th or the spot on S. Downing and have it delivSee BUSINESS on page 12
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hours and menu will basically stay the same. “We’re rolling with what works,” Roper said, but he did mention that the donuts in the shop now come from Glazed and Confused. Denverbicyclecafe.com is their web address. You can call 720-446-8029 for details about the upcoming bar side. Another relocation to mention in the area near the massive Columbine Street construction zone in CCN: iOrthodontics at 2617 E 3rd. The smile doctor’s new address is 3650 E. 1st. The web address is i-ortho.com and the number’s 303-662-9000.
Closings: I fell in love with Pizza Fusion when it opened in May, 2011. The concept of fresh, organic pizza was delicious but for me, the best aspect of the business on Colfax at Pearl was its job training for the homeless. Sad to report the venture is now closed. Conceived by the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless as a way to provide real job skills in the hospitality industry that could translate into permanent employment for homeless folk, the venture trained a number of individuals over the years. In an email to supporters, general manager Mary Putnam said, "It might actually seem contradictory to call our business venture a success when, in the end, we are closing our doors. But, a success it was." During its four plus years in operation, the eatery sold nearly 94,000 pies and trained 108 workers for a better future. Eighty-one of those trainees graduated from the program. Sadly, the franchise was “not sufficient enough to support the needs of our job training program” according to the organization. The Coalition is evaluating other ways to offer valuable job training skills and opportunities. Across the street, Billy’s Gourmet Hot Dogs has shut down its 600 E. Colfax location. The company’s original Larimer location and one other are still in operation. Mago’s Magic Shoppe Oddities & Curiosities at 313 W. 11th in Cherokee Row moved out of their Golden Triangle home in late August. Evidently, the construction next door was a real drain on the business and foot traffic has dried up according to a spokeswoman. Magic fans, don’t despair. Mago’s is relocating to the Highlands and will soon operate from 3557 W. 44th just east of Lowell. Could the move be attributed to fate?
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COMMUNITY TUESDAY, SEPT. 1 & OCT. 6: Free Day, Denver Children’s Museum, 2121 Children’s Museum Dr. Call 303-433-7444. Adults and children are free, families play free on the 1st Tues. of each month 4-8 pm. TUESDAY, SEPT. 1 & 15: 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; child care & brunch provided. Call 303-832-2297. FRIDAY, SEPT. 4: 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, SEPT. 4: Free Day, Four Mile Historic Park, 715 S. Forest. 1st Fri. of every month is free. Call 720-865-0800. SEPT. 4-7: A Taste of Colorado stands proud as the endof-summer celebration of community pride and spirit in the Denver region. Make this fourday festival part of your Labor Day Weekend celebration & enjoy the offerings of more than 50 area restaurants, 250 marketplace artisans and vendors, seven stages, and educational programs promoting the diverse cultural and western heritage of the region. SATURDAY, SEPT. 5: Free First Saturdays, adults & children, the Denver Art Museum, 13th & Acoma, 10 am-5 pm. Call 720-865-5000. General admission is free every day for kids all ages under 18. SATURDAY, SEPT. 5: Community Awareness Program, Counterterrorism Education Learning Lab (CELL), 99 W. 12th, 6-8 pm. Call 303-844-4000,
WEDNESDAYS & SATURDAYS: 16th & Josephine Recycling Center open 3-6 pm Weds. & 9 am-12 pm Sat. SUNDAY, SEPT. 27: Free Day, Denver Museum of Nature & Science, 2001 Colorado, 10 am-5 pm. Call 303-370-6000.
EVENTS WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 2: A Conversation with Colorado Water Trust, about “Healthy Rivers” at Whole Foods Cafe 5:30-6:30 pm, 900 E. 11th. Learn about conservation opportunities and current projects in the state to restore and protect our rivers. Free. • Food Truck Rally, 5-8 pm, Whole Foods parking lot, 900 E. 11th. Join our summer parking lot party with our resident DJ! Stop by and try something new from a rotation of local food trucks! • Free Legal Night at El Centro de San Juan Diego, 2830 Lawrence. 20 volunteer lawyers, one-on-one consultations, 5:307 pm. First come, first serve. Spanish/English provided. Repeated the 1st Weds. of every month. Call 303-573-1302. THURSDAY, SEPT. 3: Capitol Hill Burger Night, 5-7 pm, parking lot Whole Foods Market, 900 E. 11th, Grilled to order burgers and live music every Thursday in Sept. FRIDAY, SEPT. 4: 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. SUNDAY, SEPT. 6: Grill on the Hill, 2-6 pm, parking lot Whole Foods, 900 E. 11th. Weekly menu of delicious “serve with sun” grill items plus our new community open mic night every Sunday! Follow us on Twitter @ WFMCapHill for our menu. TUESDAYS: Free Guided Meditation at Kadampa Meditation Center! 12-12:30 pm, 1081 Marion St. Call 303-8139551 for info. WEEKDAYS: Create Great Credit, a free class at Denver Community Credit Union, 1041 Acoma. Registration required: denvercommunity.coop/clearmoney.
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PREPPING LITTLE JOHNNY FOR HARVARD. How far will parents go to get their kidlings into the "correct" preschool? Bright Ideas is a comedic exploration of that question. Join the Avenue Theater for a good night of laughs. 417 E. 17th, through Oct. 3, Saturday, 7:30 pm. $26.50. 303-321-5925; avenutheater.com THURSDAY, SEPT. 10: Capitol Hill Burger Night, 5-7 pm, parking lot Whole Foods Market, 900 E. 11th, Grilled to order burgers and live music every Thursday in Sept.
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SUNDAY, SEPT. 13: Grill on the Hill, 2-6 pm, parking lot Whole Foods, 900 E. 11th. Weekly menu of delicious “serve with sun” grill items plus our new community open mic night every Sunday! Follow us on Twitter @ WFMCapHill for our menu.
MONDAY, SEPT. 28: The Social, 3-4 pm, 900 E. 11th, Whole Foods Capitol Cafe. Join our Healthy Eating Specialist, Heather, for our monthly meetup of Food Appreciation and Cooking! This month our theme is Italian! All attendees receive a free $5 gift card!
SUNDAYS: Meditation and Kirtan. Every Sunday at 4 pm at 854 Pearl Street. Childcare provided. For more info call Ed 720-810-9071. TUESDAY, SEPT. 15: Cheese Nights, 6-7 pm at Whole Foods Cafe on Capitol Hill. Bring your tasting pal and your questions for our Cheese Nights class featuring Grass-Fed cheeses! THURSDAY, SEPT. 17: Kids Club, 3:30-4:40 pm, Whole Foods Cafe, 900 E. 11th. Bring the kiddos down for a monthly event surrounding healthy eating, education, arts/crafts/ music, or taking care of the environment, followed by a delicious free “Whole Foods” snack-time. • Capitol Hill Burger Night, 5-7 pm, parking lot Whole Foods Market, 900 E. 11th, Grilled to order burgers and live music every Thursday in Sept.! SUNDAY, SEPT. 20: Grill on the Hill, 2-6pm, parking lot Whole Foods, 900 E. 11th. Weekly menu of delicious “serve with sun” grill items plus our new community open mic night every Sunday! Follow us on Twitter @ WFMCapHill for our menu. THURSDAY, SEPT. 24: Capitol Hill Burger Night, 5-7 pm, parking lot Whole Foods Market, 900 E. 11th, Grilled to order burgers and live music every Thursday in Sept! SUNDAY, SEPT. 27: Grill on the Hill, 2-6pm, parking lot
WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 30: Local Makers Event, 6-7 pm, 900 E. 11th, Whole Foods Capitol Cafe. Celebrating Denver food culture, join us for free $5 gift card and our monthly event celebrating local vendors that are changing the face of food in the city. Follow us on Twitter @ WFMCapHill for more details.
ARTS FRIDAY, SEPT. 5: 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 303-333-2820. • First Friday Art Walk & Free Public Reception for the Denver Artist Guild, Byers-Evans House Museum, 1310 Bannock st., 5-8 pm, call 303-6204933 for more info. SUNDAY, SEPT. 6: Tattered Cover Film Series presents “A Taste of Cherry” (1997), by Director Abbas Kiarostami, one of the great directors in the world, who has helped shape the current reputation of Iranian cinema. 1 pm, Sie Film Center, Colfax & Elizabeth. Admission is $1 and must be obtained at the box office 1 hour prior to showing, limited number of tickets available. Hosted by film critic Howie Movshovitz. Call 720-381-0813. • “Writers’ Church,” a
“drop-in writer's’ 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. TUESDAYS: Classic Film Series at Denver Central Library, Level B2 Conference Center at 7-9:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted. THURSDAYS: Downtown Denver Euchre Club, All Fired Up, 1135 Bannock, 7 pm (promptly). Call 303-825-1995. SATURDAY, SEPT. 12: Mexican Independence Day - September 12, 10am-5pm, and a free day at the History Colorado Center, 12th & Broadway. The Bruja Brew Fest runs from 5 pm-9pm on the 12th and celebrates the rich southern Colorado culture and history while increasing awareness of Colorado's agricultural tourism and products. Call 303-447-8679. SATURDAY, SEPT. 19: Molly Brown House Museum, 1340 Pennsylvania. Afternoon Tea Etiquette, 11:15 am & 2:15 pm. Pinkies up or pinkies down? There are so many details to remember! Learn the etiquette Mrs. Brown would have followed during this hands on and pinkies raised tea. Call 303-832-4092. DAILY IN SEPTEMBER: Angel is a video currently on view at the DAM that explores the theme of religion and features Mark Wallinger playing Blind Faith, his sightless alter ego. The artist is seen repeatedly reciting – backwards – the first five verses of St. John's Gospel from the King James version of the Bible. The spectator is asked to consider religious belief in a realm beyond the visible. Daily thru December. Included in general admission.
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Life on Capitol Hill• SEPTEMBER 2015 • "Come Dig the Essence" will feature artist Matt Scobey, of Iranian heritage at Leon Gallery. Exhibition: Through Sept. 26, 1112 E. 17th. Call 303-8321599. • A New Fine Line: Contemporary Ink Painting From China, now showing at the Center for Visual Art, 965 Santa Fe. Showing through October 24. Call 303-294-5207. • A new exhibit “Playing in Traffic” by artist Gay E. Lasher shows how her use of computer alterations transform ordinary photographic images into abstract fiber art. Upcoming show, Sept. 24 thru Oct. 17 at aBuzz Gallery, 3340 Walnut Street.
CALL FOR ENTRIES-DAY OF THE DEAD. Chicano Humanities and Arts Council (CHAC) invites you to submit your art for the 'El Dia de Los Muertos – A Celebration of Life.' If you've ever been intrigued by this rich holiday, this is your chance to express yourself. See the website for submission details. CHAC Gallery, 772 Santa Fe, deadline, Sept. 27, show, Oct. 2-31, 303-571-0040; chacweb.org. every month free (Closed July 4). Call 720-865-5000 SATURDAY, SEPT. 12: Upper Colfax 2nd Saturday Art Walk, 7 pm, Bluebird District, St. Paul to Adams on Colfax. Free. SUNDAY, SEPT. 27: Free Day, Denver Museum of Nature & Science 2001 Colorado, 10 am-5 pm. Call 303-322-7009. Varies from Sun.to Mon. every month free. Call 303-832-5000. WEDNESDAYS & FRIDAYS: “Nooner Tours” of the Denver Art Museum, 13th & Acoma, noon. Different gallery each week, regular admission. Call 720-865-5000. MONTH-LONG: • Landscape: Real & Imagined, exhibit through Sept. 28. Gallery hours are: M-F 10-5, Sat 10-4,Closed Sunday. Artists on Santa Fe is located 747 Santa Fe Drive, Call 303-573-5903. • Byers-Evans House Gallery, 1310 Bannock. Guided Tours, Mon .- Sat, 10:30 am, 11:30 am, 12:30 pm, 1:30 pm, & 2:30 pm. The exhibition, The Denver Artists Guild: Its Founding Members, will be featured in the gallery. The exhibit showcases works from some of the most influential Colorado artists of their day including Vance Kirkland, C. Waldo Love & Alan Tupper True – the originators of the Denver Artists Guild, founded in 1928. The House will be open for abbreviated guided tours. There is no cost or reservations required. The exhibit runs through September 26. Call 303620-4933. • “Marilyn Minter: Pretty/Dirty” Museum of Contemporary Art, an exhibition featuring the lush art of Marilyn Minter, in paintings, photographs and videos through Jan. 31, 2016,1485 Delgany. Call 303298-7554. •Children of Ludlow: Life in a battle zone, 1913-1914. Exhibit runs through Sept. 19 at History Colorado, 1200 Broadway. Call 303-447-8679 • “the Power of Poison,”
exhibit at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, 2001 Colorado, through Jan. 10, 2016, general admission required. Call 303-370-6000. • “The Nature of Horses,” Deborah Butterfield’s contemporary sculptures capture the essence of horses, Denver Botanic Gardens lobby, through Sept 27. Call 720-865-3500. • “Gunther Gerzso: A Mexican Master,” On display through Sept 18. In partnership with Museo de las Americas, we celebrate the Mexican modernist master Gunther Gerzso (1915−2000). The Denver Art Museum highlights some of the artist's extraordinary paintings from 1960−1981. Denver Art Museum, 13th & Bannock. Call 720-865-5000 • An exhibit "New Works" Featuring the works of Heather Patterson, Barbara Sorensen, Mark Penner Howell, Patricia finley & Mel Rea. Walker Fine Art, 300 W. 11th, through Nov. 7. Call 303-355-8955.
WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 9: The Poison King. Widely noted folklorist and science historian Adrienne Mayor brings to life the story of the world’s first experimental toxicologist. Her book The Poison King: The Life and Legend of Mithradates, Rome’s Deadliest Enemy, examines the life of the brilliant rebel leader who challenged Roman imperialism in the first century B.C. Denver Museum of Nature & Science, 2001 Colorado Blvd., 7 pm, $8 member, $10 non-member. Call 303-370-6000. FRIDAY, SEPT. 11: ISIS or the Islamic State, this extremist Sunni Muslim organization has horrified the world with its brutal acts of terror. Born of the political chaos of the wars in Iraq and Syria, ISIS has gained territory in that region in their pursuit to reassert the caliphate, or Islamic State. Join Active Minds as we trace the rise of this group and seek to understand the challenge this represents to the region and the world. Eugene Field Library, 810 S University Blvd. an Active Minds lecture series,, 11-12 noon. Free. FRIDAY, SEPT. 18: Light on Form. Take your drawings from flat to fabulous. The secret to portraying light & shadow on your subjects lies in understanding the scientific method of lighting as it applies to different forms. Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York Street. Call 720-865-3501. Free with admission to DBG.
TUESDAY, SEPT. 22: Napoleon, This June marked 200 years since Napoleon’s defeat at Waterloo. Join Active Minds as we review the life and legacy of this important leader. We will seek both to understand the man and his impact in his time, as well as how his leadership changed the world in ways that still have an impact today. Free, Tattered Cover Colfax Store, 5-6 pm.
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WEEKDAYS: Free Afternoon Lectures at the Denver Public Library, 10 W. 14th Ave. Pkwy., Level Five in the Gates Reading Room. Lectures begin at 1:30 p.m. and are free and open to the public. For information call 303.839.1671
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.
SEMINARS, CLASSES & WORKSHOPS WEEKDAYS: 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 720865-1706. SATURDAY, SEPT 12: 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. 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.
SENIORS THURSDAY, SEPT. 3: Activities & Lunch at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 9th & Emerson, every 1st Thurs. of month. 10 am-activities, 11am-program, 12 noon-lunch. A $4 donation is suggested. THURSDAY, SEPT. 10: Seniors’ Book Discussion Group discusses contemporary fiction available in book & au-
SATURDAY, SEPT. 12: Free Day for seniors 64+ at the Denver Firefighters Museum, 1326 Tremont Pl. Repeated 2nd Sat. of every month. Call 303-892-1436.
THURSDAYS: Colorado Peaches Senior Women ages 55 and over have slow pitch softball practices scheduled at East High School, through October on consecutive Thursdays at the softball field on Detroit, just East of the high school, 9-11am. All senior women ages 55 and over are welcome and encouraged to attend; including 70+ players. Bring your glove; and a bat (if you have one). Softball coaches are welcome to attend and assist. Additional questions, please call Rosie 303-751-2691. THURSDAYS: Chair & Moderate Yoga, St. Paul United Methodist Church, 1615 Ogden, 11 am-12:15 pm. Fee charged. Call 303-818-4181.
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RELIGION SUNDAY, SEPT. 20: 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.
CORE NEW ART SPACE invites you to 'WOW,' (wide open whatever) their annual open-entry art extravaganza. The gallery will be packed with art from the community representing all skill levels. Even the bad art can be fascinating. 900 Santa Fe, Sept. 10-27, 303-297-8429; corenewartspace. com
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 and Roman Catholic Community, 16th & Grant, Lutheran mass at 8 & 10:30 am. Call 303-8391432. • 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. • 9:30 am Worship, Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 9th & Emerson. Call 303-8317023. • Worship Celebration 10:30 am, Buddhist Christian Interspiritual Service 5 pm, St. Paul Church, 1615 Ogden. Call 303832-4929. • Catholic Mass for lesbian, gay, bisexual & transgender Catholics, 5 pm, Dignity Denver, 1100 Fillmore. Call 720515-4528. • Catholic Mass, 7:30 & 10 am, St. Ignatius Loyola Catholic Church, 23rd & York. Call 303-322-8042. • Roman Catholic Mass, Good Shepherd Catholic Parish, 7th & Elizabeth, 7, 8:30, 10 am, 5 pm. Call 303-322-7706. • Metropolitan Community Church of the Rockies,Contemporary Services10 am, 980 Clarkson, www.mccrockies. org. Call 303-860-1819. • St. Augustine Orthodox Church, 3rd & Acoma, 10:00 am. Call 303-832-3657. MONDAYS: Grant Avenue Street Reach Meal, after 9 am, St. Paul Lutheran, 16th & Grant. Call 303-839-1432.
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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 Eucharist, 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.
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MEETINGS WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 2: Monthly meeting of Democratic Party of Denver House District 5, Colorado Democratic Party HQ, 789 Sherman, 7-9 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, SEPT. 4: Monthly Downtown Democratic Forum Breakfast, 6:45-8 am, Le Grand Bistro, 1512 Curtis. Buffet $15. Public welcome. Repeated 1st Fri. of the month.Call 303-861-8050. MONDAY, SEPT. 7 & 21: Skyline Toastmasters, 6:30 pm, Kephart Architecture, 2555 Walnut. Visitors welcome. Repeated the 1st & 3rd Mon. of every month. Call 303-778-0064. MONDAYS: Denver Laughter Club meets, First Unitarian Center, 14th & Lafayette. Free. Call Meredith, 303-877-9086.
MONDAY, SEPT. 21: 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. TUESDAY, SEPT. 22: Denver Metro Young Republicans holds its General Meetings and Happy Hours on the fourth Tuesday of each month, starting at 5:30 p.m. with an informal social hour. The official meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. and features a speaker or panel discussion. Cap City Tavern, 1247 Bannock Street. For information call 720931-8888. MONDAY, SEPT. 28: Monthly meeting of Assistance League of Denver, 14th & Josephine, 10 am. Repeated 4th Monday of every month. Call 303-322-5205 WEDNESDAYS: Kiwanis Club of Denver,12-1:30 pm, Maggiano’s at the Denver Pavilions, 16th & Glenarm. Program varies weekly. THURSDAYS: Fillmore Com-
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SUPPORT GROUPS WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 2: Dementia Caregiver Support Group. A safe to share concerns, coping techniques, and tips when caring for a loved one with dementia. 1301 E. Colfax, 10-11:30 am at The Center. Free. Repeated 1st Wed. every month. Call 303-951-5222. THURSDAY, SEPT. 3 & 17: Depression & Bipolar Support Alliance, Our Savior’s Lutheran, 915 E. 9th, 7 pm. Repeated every 1st & 3rd Thurs. Call 303-329-3364. WEDNESDAY, AUG. 12: “Let’s Talk About It,” a free prostate cancer information session for men, 5:30 - 7 pm at Rocky Mountain Cancer Centers, 1800 Williams, 3rd fl. Continues 2nd Wed. of every month. Call 303758-2030, ext. 139.
Life on Capitol Hill• SEPTEMBER 2015 TUESDAY, SEPT. 15: Hepatitis C Support Group, Whittier Community Center, 29th & Downing, 6-7:30 pm. Repeated 3rd Tues. of every month. Call 3033-860-0800.
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.
TUESDAY, SEPT. 22: Hepatitis C & HIV Support Group, 5:30-7 pm, 1660 S. Albion, 3rd flr. Repeated 4th Tues. of every month. Free. Call 303-862-0407.
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.
THURSDAY, SEPT. 24: Monthly Kidney Cancer Support Group, 6 pm, The Urology Center of Colorado. Meeting will take place 4th Thurs. at 2777 Mile High Stadium in the 3rd Floor Conference Room.Call 303-762-7666 to register. WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 30: Denver Secular Recovery, a self-help, non “12-step” support group for people recovering from alcohol & drug abuse, meets in the 2nd fl. meeting rm. of the Denver Public Library, 13th & Broadway, 6:30-8 pm. Repeated the last wed. of every month. Call 303-278-9993 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 303-331-2493. • 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
TUESDAYS: Workaholics Anonymous, 5:45 pm, Capitol Heights Presbyterian, 11th & Fillmore. No fees. Call 720-5659799. • Meetings of Marijuana Anonymous, numerous meeting places and times throughout the Denver area. Please call 303-607-7516 for locations and times. • Weekly meetings of Moderation Management, for 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. WEDNESDAYS: Weekly Support Group for the local
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chapter of HEAL (Health Education AIDS Liaison), 7:30 pm. Call Marty at 303-355-0788. THURSDAYS: Home for the Heart AL-ANON, 7 pm, Trinity United Methodist Church, 1820
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love fun facts, the odder the better. Thanks to some clever people on the World Wide Web, historians and compilers of interesting facts, John Lloyd, John Mitchinson and James Harkin. Here are some of my favorites. I also love to make up stuff, so I have inserted some total fabrications. It is your job as a regular Capitol Hill Curmudgeon reader to decipher my fibs. By the way a recent study has shown that females between 34 and 48 who read at least 10 Curmudgeon columns per year have an IQ 25 points higher than their peers. Of course, that statement is total BS. I am prepping you for the rest of your reading adventure. The fibs will be unveiled at the bottom of the column. When you see italics, that is me commenting on the fun fact. Please note that my comments will appear both with the truth and the fiction. I am a tricky columnist. 1. Lobsters’ bladders are in their heads. Which is why some people refer to restrooms as “The Head.” 2. The Chinese soft-shelled turtle urinates through its mouth. My dog Don Rico urinates in his mouth. 3. A sea cucumber eats through its anus. I recently saw a guy at Pete’s Kitchen trying to do the same thing. 4. To get from New York to LA, a garden snail would take 14-years and nine months. That’s how long it took me to ride my bike through Cherry Creek North recently. 5. The newest Cherry Creek North tower will be 199 stories tall and is being developed by presidential candidate Donald Trump. I think the Cherry Creek mascot should be the Whooping Crane. 6. The average woman has 150 different hairstyles in her lifetime. Which explains why, in Cherry Creek North, there are hair salons every 15 feet. 7. Denver currently has more marijuana dispensaries than Starbucks stores. But not in Cherry Creek North. 8. Your hair grows more quickly when you’re anticipating sex. If this was really true, I would have hair down to my waist. In reality I can’t grow any hair on my head, but I could do braids in my ears and in my nose. 9. In June 2013, 21 women born in the 19th century were still alive, but no men. 10. The symbol of the Alzheimer’s Society of Canada is the Forget-me-not. 11. The symbol of the Alzheimer’s Society of America is a set of car keys. 12. Louis Ballast, who operated the Humpty Dumpty Barrel Drive-In in Denver, was the first person to trademark the cheeseburger. 13. Chris P. Bacon, a cook at Duffy’s Cherry Cricket, invented Spam in 1933. 14. Nachos were invented by a man nicknamed Nacho. 15. Mac and Cheese was invented by a guy named Mac N.
Cheese. His middle name was Norbert and he attended Denver’s East high School in 1911. 16. No one has ever seen a giraffe swimming. Nor has anyone seen one juggling or smoking Camel cigarettes either. 17. There is only one gun shop in Mexico: 90% of the country’s firearms are smuggled in from the USA. Makes business sense, when the coyote’s are driving home they have empty trucks. 18. Before dentists’ chairs were invented the patient’s head was clenched between the surgeon’s knees. That procedure is still being done in parts of East Colfax; however, it has nothing to do with one's teeth. 19. According to USA Today, Denver is one of America’s top 10 “thinnest” cities. The ranking is based on only 19.3% of its population being obese, which is low compared to other locations. 20. According to Reader's Digest, anyone who moves from Denver to Aurora immediately gains 12 pounds. 21. Denver brews more beer than any other city in the nation, with over 200 different beers brewed daily. It only makes sense that our governor was a brewpub dude. 22. Because of Denver’s air and altitude, it’s also easier to get drunk. Alcoholic drinks can sometimes feel 1.5 to 3 times more potent in the Mile High City. Great, the perfect place to legalize Pot. 23. William McGaa, one of the first settlers of Denver, named several downtown streets, one of which was called Wewatta for his original Sioux
wife. However, he also named another street, Wazee, after his mistress. Talk about awkward. 24. Speed Dating was the brainchild of a rabbi. 25. Potpourri was invented by a hooker named Filet Minyon on Larimer Street in 1897. 26. Only 5% of the world’s population has ever been on an airplane. And 95% of those people have had United Airlines lose their luggage. 27. The oldest animal ever found was a 405-year-old Icelandic clam. It was killed by researchers trying to work out its age. Here is some sage advice, don’t mess with clams. 28. Denver has been named the “Baby Boomer Capital of America,” boasting a higher number of baby boomers than any other US city. Of course, “Boomers” were in college in the late 60s and early 70s (the age of Aquarius) and Denver has legal weed. 29. The average American woman wears only half the clothes in her closet. 30. 96% of all American women know all the words to at least one of Taylor Swift’s songs. 31. The iconic Blue Mustang sculpture, near the main road into airport, is rumored to be cursed. Its sculptor, Luis Jimenez, died in a freak accident while creating it, when a piece of the 9,000-pound sculpture fell on his leg and severed an artery. The stallion is now dubbed the “Devil Horse” and “Blucifer.” 32. The Blue Mustang’s penis size is the same as a 1988 VW Bug. 33. Denver collects more money for the arts per capita than any other US city. That explains The Blue Mustang and the two asexual dudes dancing next to the DCPA. 34. Except for Calvin Coolidge, every US President since Teddy Roosevelt has visited Denver’s Brown Palace Hotel
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writer of all time, according to a recent issue of Rolling Stone plays the Pepsi Center on Sept. 16. Billy Joel has gone from rock and roll to pop tunesmith to rock and roll to classical to rock and roll again. Combining Paul McCartney’s eclectic sense for melody with Paul Simon’s East Coast poeticism, Joel’s talents arguably peaked with 1977’s The Stranger. Joel was never a favorite among critics, especially in his heyday. The magazine that recently put him smack dab in the middle of its songwriter list had dismissed his late-‘70s jump into new wave as the musings of a trite wannabe. By the mid‘80s, though, Joel united fans and critics with his socially conscious Nylon Curtain album – and the rest is, well, a history of expensive shows at venues like the Pepsi Center. The most unusual and unpredictable show of the month is the return of Suicide Girls to Summit Music Hall, 1902 Blake St. Not so much a band as a concept and website platform for modern-day pinups with alternative attitude, Suicide Girls is an opportunity “just to see punk rock girls naked,” according to the website’s founders. How this all translates into a public performance is perhaps left best to the whims of personal experience. Suffice it to say that this “concert” will be equal parts burlesque show, campy rock, theatrical choreography and anything-goes content. Enjoy, if you dare. If not, there’s always Billy Joel. Contact Peter Jones at email@example.com.
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ce Cream Riot’s logo screams 90s, a play on the black and white parental advisory label that we children of the tape and cd generation know well. The familiar and not-so-familiar are in tension at this shop at 1245 Colfax, which is all part of the East Coast charm (yes, it exists) of this place. The familiar is... the dining stools, the old school celebrity photo art, the ice cream dipping cabinet that lines nearly the entire length of the store. The artwork, however, is a funny play on photo art, with celebrities and friends licking or eating the universal dessert. There’s Donald Trump at the Yankees game with a cone, there’s the famous $5 milkshake scene in Pulp Fiction, Thurman and Travolta framed separately, and various dogs and cats licking it up. Then there’s Jim McNutt, the proprietor, who started this shop in April 2014. A recent transplant from South Philly – a place as much known for its cheesesteaks as its water ice and ice cream trucks – he got his start in the business during high school. “My friend, Bob, was one year older than me. He was 18,
just a guy looking for a job and found two options. One of them was for a ice cream job driving for Mr. Softees, the other was to dress up as a SuperPretzel for the grocery store.” Mr. Softees won out by default. The pretzel company never called back. “We came to learn it’s a really good business! You’re not a kid getting paid minimum wage. You learn how to run a business, and you’re making more money than most of your friends,” he declared triumphantly. He worked in this job through college while attending film school at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Then, he joined the ranks of Production Assistants jockeying for membership into the Director's Guild of America. His demure admission of working on the sets of “Silver Lining Playbook,” “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” and “The Lovely Bones” belie his rather loquacious and confident manner. “I got paid to stand three feet from DeNiro, he says. “It was a dream come true.” Tired from the hustle and general rush-rush of the East Coast, McNutt was ready for a wholesale lifestyle change and moved to Denver. “Ice cream trucks are either soft-served or popsicles. That’s
working for someone else. If I’m going to start my own business, I’m going to create something. I wasn’t going to open up someone else’s franchise,” says McNutt. The one learning curve was actually understanding how to make ice cream, a process he never tried until deciding to open a shop. “It felt natural. Ice cream isn’t hard to make. You just have to be creative.” His off-the-cuff, homemade flavorings reflect what he thinks ice cream is… junk food, and he’s unashamed of his sales proposition. In fact, his rather ostentatious concoctions have
caught the eye of the media. The Pop-tart ice cream sandwich is one of his more infamous creations, highlighted by the Thrillist and Diningout.com, while his Cheddar Goldfish was featured in Orbitz’s article on “10 odd ice cream flavors you’ll love/hate.” “Zagat named us one of the hottest new ice cream shops in the country. Now that we’re in season two, we’re growing. I can’t do this alone anymore, which was the goal.” A taste-testing ensued, as he scooped up small spoons of Peanut Butter and Jelly, Dirty Cookies ‘n’ Cream, Orange Marmalade, and Andes Mints ice cream. The PB&J was easily the most tasty, but these are considerably more flavor conservative than his cereal inventions like Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Fruity Pebbles, and Reese’s Puffs ice cream. Another one of his specialties is water-ice. “People in Denver don’t know what water-ice is, but it’s
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he died when he was 42 (on my birthday by the way). 37. Half the food produced in the world is left to rot. No witty response to this one, I am too busy wiping a tear from my face. 38. Bob Dylan lived at 1336 East 17th Ave. in Denver for a short amount of time in the 60s, while doing a series of gigs at the Satire Lounge. 39. And the bathrooms at the Satire haven’t been cleaned since then. 40. A single male produces enough sperm in two weeks to impregnate every fertile woman on the planet. And I know a couple of guys that are trying to prove this to be true. 41. The population in Denver has more than doubled since 1960. You know this to be true if you have ever driven home from the mountains on I-70 on a Sunday afternoon. 42. Cockroaches appeared 120 million years before the dinosaurs. And they will still be here long after us humans blow each other up. FIBS: 5, 11, 13, 15, 20, 25, 30, 32, 39
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Life on Capitol Hill• SEPTEMBER 2015
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s rich and varied as most blocks on Capitol Hill are from the pedestrian point of view, there is a class of houses that consistently capture my attention. These aren’t buildings that gain attention through the vigorous arm waving of some of the tackiest of townhouses we’ve all seen in Cherry Creek North. The most attractive of these houses are the legacy of the work of serious, careful architects and academic theorists and writers such as architect Charles Mackintosh and to some extent writer John Ruskin. It’s tempting to think of these seemingly authentic buildings as the product of some earnest builder with calloused hands, a gleam in his eye and a refined sense of detail and proportion, but that is not how, in this society, good residential design happens. At the very least, these finely composed houses were copied from widely circulated pattern books commonly available in the early Twentieth Century. Given Denver’s often spectacular late day sunlight glowing off the enduring ivory and ochre colored coarse stucco walls, the Mediterranean variety of picturesque is an eye catching favorite. Simple, bold, human scale forms with deep shadows and evocative beams and rafters, incorporate wood as a precious material playing off the massive protective walls. Often in Mediterranean and Mexican contexts the wood was in fact precious, while the walls might have been made from material mostly pulled up directly from the surrounding earth, blended and formed by hand into a clay or adobe brick, with intense labor transforming the most humble available medium. I won’t digress into how completely falsified these qualities have become in the worst of what we see being built today here and there in Denver. You probably already cringe, as well, at the same such degraded buildings that cause me to pause and wonder. Of course, there is somewhat of a formula at work in these houses, but mostly that formula is composed of wonderful things that enriched the life within the home and not just the streetscape enjoyed by the rest of us from the exterior. Some of these things are waning now and their disappearance is worth noting and remembering. I think first of the wood burning fireplace with a masonry chimney. We recently had to be reminded to consider including a fireplace in an otherwise richly endowed house. There are legitimate reasons to do away with burning wood altogether, but the loss to the human experience and the experience of a family living together is significant. We burn our fireplace less than a dozen times per year. But those few evenings when we need that crackling sound, the success of a flame and the aroma of wood smoke, there is no other shared experience that will do.
A front porch, devised as a useable outdoor room and located off center, but carefully balanced with a wall of deep set windows combined with a robustly textured roof expressing the interior volume of the house and, in some cases an inviting balcony, together help make a picturesque ensemble. Throwing the listed items together does not alone make a compelling architectural statement, but using most of the list does help set up the potential for a lively mix. A larger building might have loggias, terraces and a campanile
to further activate the design. Ideally the picturesque composition also includes large scale planting of trees and shrubs. With the wonderfully aged examples on Capitol Hill we see mature landscaping and often the form of dark green trees billowing up behind and around the house set it off even more dramatically. The flat formality of certain styles, such as some Colonial architecture, essentially hides the complex hierarchy of spaces and activities of a house. That exterior expression is rooted in the original social structure of Colonial times, just as the more expressive exteriors of certain Scottish or Mediterranean derived styles are rooted in similar social structures. All of these styles have been transformed extensively as they became essentially standardized across the U.S., but they still have meaning and appeal to different
people for different reasons. It is a subtle characteristic that gives us a sense of solidity versus thin superficiality in the uses of stucco in architecture. Some of the icons of modern architecture are clad in stucco, a type of troweled on concrete coating that intentionally expresses lightness and forms that feel as if they are floating. Thin is not inherently a bad thing. However, when the intention is to give a sense of massive enclosing walls made of a sturdy masonry core, then all of the details must support this for our intuition to be persuaded. For those buildings the thickness of columns and pilasters, the return of the stucco wall into deep window openings and the continuous, stable bearing of the walls into the earth are persuasive and reassuring. With certain examples of current buildings that aspire to authentic historic qualities,
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ertain plans deserve attention this time of year, namely, anything that’s blooming in September. Now’s the time when the glories of the spring garden are long, long gone and summer is on the wane. But an observant gardener discovers that early fall in the landscape garden brings its own beauty. Many plants will bloom in September, but most remain strangers to Capitol Hill. That’s because when most shoppers are on the prowl for plants to perk up their landscape, it’s early summer. And in early summer, the fall bloomers have no shelf appeal because… they are not in bloom. But it’s not too late to plant these late bloomers now, although they can be planted any time in the growing season. For me, this has been a summer of rediscovering my old fall friends. The one that tops the list is fall-blooming anemone, also known as Japanese Wind-
ARCHITECTURE Continued from page 23 nents of the style, it’s often best to proceed with the freedom of modern abstraction. To achieve an innovative and exciting design on a budget and with a simple program, the use of the latest technologies in construction sometimes cracks the code. This is evident in the best of new de-
flower. There are many, many types of fall-blooming anemone. But if you’re looking to add it to your landscape, any good garden center such as Urban Roots, City Floral or Paulino’s will know what you mean if you ask for fall-blooming anemone. Do not be discouraged when you see this plant in its nursery pot for the first time if it’s not in bloom. It will look like nothing, just non-descript green leaves that you would never, ever notice if you had not asked for this plant. However, this plant will reward you for years and, once established, it will spread vigorously, so keep it in check or it will take over. Share it with your neighbors and friends. The flowers, depending on which plant you get, range from pale pink to really pink, to white. The one that landed in my garden some years ago is pale pink. It’s low profile through spring and summer, kind of asleep at the back of my garden, a green clump that nobody notices. sign even on Capitol Hill. Although many examples fall short with metal sidings, cement board and vinyl windows (the bane of many design review boards), there are also clever, successful projects that were only feasible using this strategy. In any case, the power of composition, the basic arrangement of architectural forms, is key to making a house interesting and inviting, even on a budget.
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Life on Capitol Hill• SEPTEMBER 2015
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he leaves are not yet changing colors, nevertheless the yellow buses sure are blooming. Nights are getting cooler and days are getting shorter. By now, all Denver area students are back in school. The 2015-16 school year has begun. Testing has been a major point of conversation and concern for students in Colorado and around the U.S. In the spring of 2015, students in Colorado invested hours taking standardized tests. Parents normally receive information in the fall about their children’s scores on these tests: this year the tests were the Colorado Measures of Academic Success (CMAS) for science and social studies and the CMAS tests prepared by the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) for language arts and math. People who are interested in seeing how individual schools performed on these tests can go the Colorado Department of Education website for information on how their Denver Public School (DPS) performed in science and social studies: www.cde. state.co.us/assessment/ When people used to ask, “What school do you go to?” they were usually referring to a neighborhood school, one that was within walking distance from the home. At that time, there were some private schools, schools that were not part of the public school system, and Parents paid tuition to these schools so that their children could attend. These schools were not bound by the particular rules of the state department of education as far as testing, curriculum, expulsion and dress codes. Another form of private schools is parochial schools, schools that were supported by a particular religious organization or parish, which also charge tuition. When looking at schools in the Life on Capitol Hill neighborhood, one can find these types of schools and more. Charter schools are publicly funded independent schools, which are established by teachers, parents or community groups under the terms of a charter with a local or national authority. Charters are becoming more prominent in Denver. Magnet schools are public schools that offer special instruction and programs not available elsewhere. Magnets are designed to attract a more diverse student body from throughout a school district and beyond like a “magnet.” Magnet schools often have a specialized focus including courses or curricula for students who must apply and qualify to obtain admission. DPS offers alternative schools for students who have already tried traditional programs and need more support and smaller classes. These “intensive pathways” schools provide an opportunity for students who are behind in credits, to earn more than one year’s credits in a school year. Teachers address students’ social/emotional needs in addition to academics. Cultural responsiveness is a critical component due to a disproportionate number of students of color and/ or poverty in these schools. Each
intensive pathways center targets a specific alternative population based on age and credits needed for graduation. They often provide support for the families as well as the students. One other school type that is relatively new is the Montessori school, which espouses an educational approach developed by Italian physician and educator, Maria Montessori. Montessori schools put an emphasis on the students developing independence and freedom within limits, and show respect for a child’s natural psychological, physical and social development. The Denver area has both public and private Montessori schools. Through the school choice options, parents are now able to apply to the schools that they feel are best suited to their children. There are many different types of schools available although admission is not guaranteed. Some programs require an application and an audition, others use a lottery system to fill empty spots and others, are recommended based on the specific needs of the child. Neighborhood schools are always a good option for families who want their children to be close to home. Last spring in an attempt to offer more choices for school lunches, the USDA approved adding Greek yogurt as a protein option. Arizona, Idaho, New York and Tennessee piloted the program and students in those districts consumed over 200,000 pounds of yogurt in three months. This fall, Chobani yogurt should be available to students across the country. The Denver City Council is considering an option of adding a .08 percent to the Denver sales tax in order to raise money for scholarships to help local students attend college. Now that the state of Colorado has funded less money for higher education, Denver City Council is discussing going to voters in November to ask whether or not they would support the additional sales tax. Revenue could be as much as $10 million and could significantly minimize the gap developing from the lack of money from the state. These scholarships would be awarded on a basis of need, and no scholarship would be for more than four thousand dollars. People who have ideas, comments or concerns about this proposed tax should contact their city council members. Schools are looking for volunteers to mentor or read with students, to serve on committees and work in ways to support the schools. If you are interested in sharing your time with a neighborhood school, go to the school’s website or call the school directly. This is a great way to support Denver kids! Emily Griffith Technical College, 1860 Lincoln, hosted the official ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new trade center at 1205 Osage on Aug. 19. After nearly 100 years of training men and women how to weld, fix cars, and heating and cooling systems on a city block in downtown Denver, Emily Griffith Technical College has a new facility to teach programs in the College of Trades and Industry, as well See SCOOP on page 26
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as several non-credit programs. EGTC has renovated the building, occupying 50,000 square feet of space in the La Alma Lincoln Park neighborhood in northwest Denver. Classes begin on August 24 at this wonderful facility that has been updated to include special customized spaces and unique learning environments that fit the needs of the college/ vocational programs offered at EGTC. The Emily Griffith Foundation and Zocalo Community Development are partnering to build a 20-story building at 1811 Lincoln. The building will include 200 income-restricted apartments, a day care/early childhood education center, and a workforce development center operated by Emily Griffith, rooftop gardens and a nonprofit events center. Retail space will provide opportunities for students to gain hands on experience in retail. Groundbreaking will hopefully take place by the fall of 2016 in time for Emily Griffith’s 100 birthday in September. East High School, 1600 City Park Esplanade, hosts its Back to School Night on Tuesday, Sept. 8 from 6-8 pm. On Sat., Sept. 12, the ACT will take place at 7 am. Parents and guardians of juniors and seniors are encouraged to attend the Selective College Night on Thurs., Sept. 24. A college admissions officer will be there to give information regarding what these colleges are looking for in applicants, and other information including Early Action vs. Regular Decision, financial aid, interview processes and SAT/ACT score range. More information will be coming up regarding sports, arts and activities at East. A+ Angels provides mentoring for students who may need additional support as they progress through high school. Mentors meet with students weekly in a structured class and communicate in other ways as needed. Mentors offer guidance, support and encouragement as well as help with academic and life skills. For more information, go to aplusangels.org. Since 2000, A+ Angels has established more than 400 mentor/student pairs. Students return for the first
day of school at Compassion Road Academy, 1000 Cherokee, school on September 1. On Fri., Sept. 4, Principal Kimberly Ortiz will host a Pancake Breakfast for students and families from 7:30-8:30 am. Parent and Family Night will be Thurs., Sept. 24 from 4:30-7:30 pm. There will be no school on Fri., Sept. 25. Morey, 840 E. 14th is a magnet school for highly gifted and talented students. Parents are invited to the HGT Program Night on Mon., Sept. 14 and an HGT Program Orientation Night on Mon., Sept. 21 in the library from 5:30-6:30 pm. People who are interested in buying new spirit wear must submit orders by Sept. 3. Noah Tonk hosts Coffee with the Principal at 8 am in the Large Morey Conference Room on Fri., Sept. 4 & 18. Back to School Night is Thurs., Sept. 10 from 5:30-7:30 pm. The tentative date for final sports physicals at Morey is Sat., Sept. 12. Please check with the school for more information. Hurray! Bromwell has moved back into its newly renovated building at 2500 E. 4th. Back to School Night at Bromwell will take place on Thurs., Sept. 3 from 6:30-7:30 pm. Picture Day for Bromwell students is Mon., Sept.14 starting at 8:30 am for kindergartners and first graders. On Tues., Sept 15, it will be Picture Day for students in grades 2-5. Bromwell raises money in several ways to provide their low teacher to student ratio and exceptional programs, which benefit the students and make Bromwell an outstanding school. There are many ways to support Bromwell, including through the Annual Fund, Bucks4Bromwell and the school auction. More information will come from the school as the year progresses. Teller, 1150 Garfield, shares information from the principal, Jessica Downs: “Teller Elementary Gets a Bit of a Face Lift.” We are looking forward to a great new year in the 2015-16 school year here in the Tiger's Lair. Teller Elementary has been serving the Congress Park Neighborhood since it opened its doors in 1920. This year, our community school that also serves as a Gifted and Talented magnet See SCOOP on page 27
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Grand Old Home Takes on New Life By Caroline Schomp
he journey back to wellness and independence after a major mental illness takes courage and hard work. For six people taking up residence at Stepping Stone Cottage having a community to rely on has been a major help. Their new home at 2128 E. 13th was dedicated at a ceremony on August 28th. Stepping Stone Cottage is part of the Karis Community, a nonprofit organization that supports people with mental illness as they work their way back to social wellbeing and independence. Karis owns an 18-resident facility at 13th & Detroit where people live in community, offer support to each other and learn life skills. Typically, they stay for a year or two before going out on their own. Stepping Stone Cottage is for Karis alumni who are almost, but not quite, ready to take the final step to living entirely independently. The six people who live at Stepping Stone are simply sharing a
SCOOP Continued from page 26 school will be full to capacity. We will have three classes of scholars at each grade level K-5 and our school will be vibrant and busy! Through the years, Teller has continued to grow both inside and out to accommodate our community of learners. This summer has been no different. In late May, we began a new project to move our computer lab to renovated space provided in our library to create a library technology resource room. Our new library will have capacity for a range of books for students and families to check out as well as 27 computers to support technology growth for our students. The most exciting news about this change is the addition of air conditioning to our library. The new air conditioning will help both our books and our computers stay in mint condition throughout their lifetimes so we can continue to provide our students with the best learning opportunities possible. Also coming this fall, we will be launching a new website to highlight school activities and to increase communication within our community. We expect the website launch to be complete by the first day of school August 24. While you are there, check out our new logo and mission statement! We are so proud of our wonderful school. If you are thinking about a new home for your scholar, come and check us out. We have tours available every Friday Oct.-Dec.
common home; there are no services on site. “People need other people,” said Director of Development and Communications Jody DiLeo. The six residents were carefully chosen. “We made sure that everyone moving here is okay with everybody else,” she said. To ensure ongoing harmony the residents have dinner together three nights a week to socialize and discuss house affairs. Residents sign one-year leases and can negotiate for a second year if the group agrees. As vacancies arise, the group will review applicants and decide who will be the best fit. All residents of Stepping Stone Cottage are required to pay their rent regularly, attend school or work at least parttime and perform agreed-upon chores in the house and yard. In return they have a private room, shared bathroom space, use of the kitchen with individual storage and laundry facilities. Monthly rent, including three meals a week, is based on a govat 9 am starting in our front office. Teller scholars are curious, dedicated learners who strive to create a better world for all! Maybe you have a future Teller Tiger in your family! Downtown Denver Expeditionary School, 1860 Lincoln, will have back to School Night on Thurs., Sept. 3 at 5 pm. DDES is a school that ties learning to experiences that go beyond the classroom. For example, in September, all Grade 2 students will experience camping. Julia’s group will go Tues.-Wed., Sept. 8-9. Linnea’s group goes Thurs.Fri., Sept. 10-11. Allie G’s crew goes Thurs.-Fri., Sept. 17-18. REACH, 940 Filmore, opened its doors to students on Aug. 24. REACH stands for Re-
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Playful, but expect to sweat By Keith Lewis
e all know how easy it can be to backslide in our fitness routines. Sometimes you only need to inject some fun and adventure into your workout routine to cure your ailing motivation. That’s why Life on Capitol Hill is combing the neighborhood for cutting edge and fun fitness classes to help you jumpstart your new routine. You will have loads of fun, shed those unwanted pounds, increase energy, and reduce stress, all while supporting local businesses. As it turns out, you can have it all, including a firm body. In September, we profile
Endorphin’s Power Flow Yoga class, hosted by the supremely knowledgeable and friendly instructor, Nickki Head. Endorphins own description of the class warns students to “expect to sweat,” and Nickki undeniably pushed me to exceed those expectations while keeping a smile on my face until the end. All levels are clearly welcomed and encouraged in this supportive class, which was well attended by about an 80-20 ratio of women to men. While some of the poses were challenging, Nickki always offered the students a few modified options to accommodate all fitness levels from novice to yoga master. No one should be intim-
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POWER FLOW YOGA CLASSES at Endorphin, taught by Nickki Head. PHOTO BY JEFF HERSCH idated by yoga, especially in this approachable, but athletic practice, which is offered weekly on Thursdays at Endorphins City Park location. To those who remain nervous and reluctant, “forget everything you’ve ever heard about yoga,” advises Nickki, a native of Wichita, Kansas. Her entrepreneurism and athleticism crossed paths back in Kansas several years ago, where she founded and operated two Wichita yoga studios. She has also studied yoga in India and plans to host her third annual yoga retreat in Mexico next April. In short, she knows what she is doing when it comes to fitness.
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Nickki’s philosophy emphasizes fun. “I approach yoga with an open mind and an open heart,” she continues, “my practice and my teachings are very playful… and I encourage students to step out of their comfort zones often,” explained Nickki regarding her teaching approach. Power Flow Yoga definitely demonstrates her playful and fun style. The class will make you sweat, as promised. It will also infuse a bit of variety into your workout, which might be the jolt you need to pull you out of the doldrums. Check out a class next week. It could be the start of the new you. There is no time like now to improve your fitness, and Power Flow with
Nickki might be your catalyst for change. Power Flow Yoga with Nickki Head is offered each Thursday at 5:30 pm at Endorphin City Park, 3170 East Colfax (Colfax & Steele). This class is available for $10 drop-in. Monthly unlimited memberships are available ranging from $59-$159 per month, with tons of deals and discounts available on their website. For more information on Endorphin, please visit: MyEndorphin.com. For more information on Nickki Head, please visit FireflyYogaByNickki.com. As always, please consult your own medical professional before starting a new fitness routine.
The September 2015 edition of Life on Capitol Hill. Central Denver's monthly neighborhood newspaper, LIFE covers the news and events in the...
Published on Sep 2, 2015
The September 2015 edition of Life on Capitol Hill. Central Denver's monthly neighborhood newspaper, LIFE covers the news and events in the...