Neighborhood Life• SEPTEMBER 2015
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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 See TASTE on page 3
Changes Coming to 2737 Welton Restaurant capped with offices planned for former beauty shop site By J. Patrick O’Leary
emember Hope for a Change, Beauty and Barber Shop at 2737 Welton? The business is gone, but the new owner, Champa Street Holdings, LLC, is planning to turn it into a two-story restaurant and office building. They hope to have the eatery open for business this spring. At a July presentation to the Five Points Business Association, preliminary plans were unveiled for a modified structure featuring a restaurant and patio on the ground floor, with a separate street-front entrance for a stairway leading to three top floor offices. John Pirkopf of the LLC said he’ll be submitting plans for review by the Landmark Preservation Committee in September. Although the building is not a historic structure, it is located in Five Points Historic Cultural District. Pirkopf grew up in Park Hill and now lives a few blocks from the Welton property. He and Clay Carson are partners in the LLC, and had been looking for opportunities to purchase retail and residential properties in the area. He said restaurateur Timmy Doherty had been looking for a location to open a dinner restaurant to complement his two breakfastand-lunch eateries, Syrup. The three have been working together to redevelop the property. Pirkopf says it’s a challenging property, being only 25 feet wide. The LLC originally planned to restore the property and sit on it for a while, but simply renovating the existing structure had its problems. “We’d demo’d everything with the intent of restoration, ready to drywall, but when we got into the bones, we found more problems,” like water damage behind the bricks. “We decided to rebuild, re-do.” The next plan was to scrape-off and build, but then they ran into Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) issues related to access and water flow height, said Pirkopf. “If we scraped, we would have to raise everything… the [ADA-re See WELTON on page 2
CHILDREN & ADULTS CAN STAY BUSY FOR HOURS, enjoying the thrill of the carnival rides at A Taste of Colorado Festival. PHOTO BY JEFF HERSCH
Freight Residences Provide Housing Options in RiNo By Keith Lewis
or decades American culture has experienced suburban flight once the kids are born and the family seeks the expansive lawns and comparatively affordable child care of suburban Denver − even if the hefty cost of quiet desperation accompanies it. Over time, those hefty costs are also reflected in Saturday morning lawn mowing chores and additional commuting hours for its participants. That cycle could very well end now, thanks to the visionaries at Zeppelin Development. Starting November, young families will have an urban option for housing their families in RiNo at Freight Residences at 3457 Ringsby Court in Denver. Zeppelin Development’s lat-
est multi-family apartment project in River North Arts District (RiNo) is fulfilling that vision by offering family-friendly housing options for renters desiring to remain in urban centers past their realization of parenthood and the greater responsibility that is brings. Freight Residences will open in November, and it is already about 20% pre-leased, according to RiNo real estate titan Kyle Zeppelin. Zeppelin Development, the self-described “black sheep of the Denver development industry” conceived of Freight Residences as “the counterpoint to some of the more Millennial-focused projects around town,” says Kyle Zeppelin, referring to the abundance of housing marketed to young, urban, single professionals in Denver.
Kyle calls Freight Residences the “alternative American dream.” The 48-unit apartment complex will feature two to four-bedroom units, green space, and even an early childhood education center run by Open Air Academy of Denver. This experiential learning curriculum is among Denver’s finest and a leading implementer of the Reggio Emilia Approach to education. This on-site childcare facility will surely add value to the families that the development counts as residents. To Zeppelin Development, it is nothing new to buck the “herd mentality of development,” says Kyle Zeppelin. If we can do some “heavy lifting on the front end,” See FREIGHT on page 2
FREIGHT RESIDENCES, 3457 RINGSBY COURT, scheduled to open in November. PHOTO BY JEFF HERSCH
Neighborhood Life• SEPTEMBER 2015
Race for the Cure 2015 By Jason McKinney
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 stage breast
FREIGHT Continued from page 1 he believes, “then a socially relevant model ultimately works better economically for us in the long term too.” Zeppelin Development is heavily invested in the success of RiNo as a Denver enclave. It’s clear from Zeppelin Development’s work − from The Source
cancer(cancer confined to the breast) was about 74%. Today that number has risen to 99%. There are several levels at which one can participate in the Race for the Cure. Adult (19-64) participation in the race is $35, youth (4-18) is $25, senior (65+) is $25 and kids (3 & under) are free (registration is still required though). You can also “Sleep in for the Cure” if you can't make it on race day, which is $25. The 5K course begins at the Pepsi Center, goes across I-25, past Sports Authority Field and continues through the neighborhoods behind there, before heading back along Colfax. Participants can register for the race as individual's, create a team, or even join a team that has already been formed. All proceeds from the race go directly back into the Susan G. Komen foundation for cancer research. For race registration, other ways you can get involved and further information about volunteering go to komencolorado.org. artisan food market to the soonto-open hotel of the same name − that the father-son real estate developer team are “personally invested in the neighborhood,” reminds Kyle Zeppelin. Freight Residences opens November 1 in Denver’s RiNo neighborhood. For more information about leasing in Freight Residences, including pre-leasing, please visit www.zeppelinplaces.com.
A SUNFLOWER BLOWS A KISS. PHOTO BY DANI SHAE THOMPSON
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.
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Neighborhood Life• SEPTEMBER 2015
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 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 pe-
TASTE Continued from page 1 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 programs promoting the diverse cultural and western heritage of the region, where families can learn about Colorado’s pioneer past. Featured artisans will demon-
destrian 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 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 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. strate 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 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.
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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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Fun Fitness in the Neighborhood Playful, but expect to sweat By Keith Lewis
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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 Neighborhood Life is combing the area 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 intimidated 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. 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.
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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-
WELTON Continued from page 1 quired] ramp would have complicated things.” “We’ve been getting mixed information on what we’re able to do,” he explained, working through water, zoning and ADA issues, while trying to match the characteristics of the Welton Street Corridor. He said the back three-quarters of the design is complete,
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: UptownOn TheHill or sampler@uptown onthehill.org but the difficulty has been the final details of the front, including the ADA ramp. “Any changes to the initial design will likely be the result of requests by the Landmark Commission,” he said. Once they approve, he expects the remaining approval process to be uneventful. “With any luck we’ll have our sign-offs in December, and start full-out building this winter. We’ll get the restaurant up and running by this spring.” For more information, call John Pirkopf at 303-219-0044.
Neighborhood Life• SEPTEMBER 2015
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
BAMBOULA: MUSICIAN’S BREW presented by Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Studio’s Ensemble, two nights only, Sept. 26-27, at University of Denver’s Newman Center for the Performing Arts.
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.
IN THE VALLEY OF THE NILE, Ballet Score. 1999. Commissioned and performed by Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Studio Ensemble. PHOTO BY JEFF HERSCH
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C SQUARED: Andy Brown chose a unique trailer as office space in his C Squared Ciders brewery on Blake.
Business Continued from page 7 tage as garments 20+ years old. Her focus is on goods from the decades from 1960 -1999. Free Range is not a consignment shop. Its owner finds her wares in many places and haunts a lot of old clothing spots searching for clothing that can be both affordable and unique. “It’s a place to learn how to incorporate vintage into your life,” she explained. The stock on the racks is split evenly between men and women’s attire. Some merchandise is casual. Some formal. Some plaid. This first time entrepreneur said she chose the store’s name long ago while reading a book that talked about free range chickens. She liked the idea of that kind of freedom and getting ‘out of the box,’ she said. For some, the zigzag afghans used as dressing room curtains will provide an instant trip back in time. Vintage sports attire can also cause flashbacks. It’s a fascinating space to browse and could be invaluable if you’re invited to an upcoming costume party. The shop’s phone number is 303-242-5822 and hours are 11 am-ish to 8 pm-ish. The shop is open Wed.-Sun. Seeking an alternative to Angry Orchard? A second cidery is now open in RiNo at 2875 Blake and it looks a serious contender. At the helm of C Squared Ciders is Andy Brown, former head brewer at Wynkoop. His primary focus will be distributing his apple brews to bars, eateries and vendors of alcohol, but if you hurry, you can view
his plant, his rather unique office and sample what’s on tap through this month at least. Brown’s initial launch features a Sirens Series of three blends – one dry, one sweeter and a third with ginger. So far, there’s no clear winner in the race to be First Siren as all three are selling equally well. Future plans include a Sailor's Series of oak-aged blends and the occasional pear cider or other special on tap. No sulfites are used in the brewing process. “I’ve really enjoyed the change to ciders,” Brown reflected. “We’re pretty ambitious to (expand) outside Denver as soon as we think we can handle it.” Brown chose his corporate name to reflect his goal – taking ciders to the next level. While the offerings are creating some buzz, his office has started more than a few conversations. Working out of a 1940s era trailer he discovered in a train yard in Englewood, his take on office space puzzled Denver inspectors who didn’t know how to evaluate the safety of these vintage digs. That was the only holdup in opening as planned. C Squared sits at the south end of the old Blake bookbindery building. In addition to Brown’s venture, the strip will soon be home to Rackhouse, an eatery relocating to RiNo later this fall, and Bierstadt Lagerhaus. When the restaurant debuts, it will function as the tap house for both Brown’s ciders and Bierstadt brews. Opening day for Rackhouse is still tough to nail down but when it opens, C Squared will close its taproom and shuffle the tastings to the eatery. It’s possible the current space could become events space in the future. The temporary taproom is
GREAT DIVIDE: THE BARREL ROOM at the new Great Divide facility, 35th & Brighton, includes a Yetti-guarded patio that wraps around the east & north sides of the new digs.
open Fri.-Sat., 4-7 pm. Learn more at csquaredciders.com. While Great Divide’s expansive new production facility on Brighton Blvd. at 35th is not fully operational, the company’s new Barrel Bar – complete with cutout Yeti and outdoor patio – opened for GD fans on July 31. “We are a Denver brewery, and have been involved in the craft beer scene and the community here since the beginning. When it came time to find a space to expand our brewery, leaving Denver was never an option,” said president Brian Dunn. The new space is just a mile from GD’s original location at 22nd and Arapahoe. Phase 2 of the development includes a larger taproom, a beer garden and a full eatery. Hours for Barrel Bar are Sun.-Tues., noon-8 pm & Wed.Sat., noon-10. The bar features the full line of GD products plus some specialty taps pouring nitro, barrel-aged and pilot recipes. Level 1 at 3333 Larimer has evidently been open for a couple years but it’s tucked far back in the building and just caught my eye. Good enough reason to cover it now. For over 15 years, the company has been making ski films. You probably would recognize a few. A pair of years ago, they decided to open a small retail shop that sells ski gear related to those films and also hard-to-find items like outdoor WiFi headphones that can handle some damp. The space sells tickets to upcoming premieres of their films, outdoor wear from Jiberish and hats. All sorts of hats. The shops number is 720-536-5069 and hours are Tues.-Sat., noon-6 pm.
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Changes: Three longtime friends who thrived in the Colorado outdoors opened Jagged Mountain at Lawrence and 20th near the Denver Buddhist Temple at the tail end of 2013. They chose a name that reflected that connection to the state’s many outdoor offerings. Initially, the trio was clearly aiming for a special niche in the craft brew industry – higher alcohol content beverages and what is known as heavy gravity. Now that vision has expanded to include lower alcohol brews with the departure of the head brewer Wayne Burns who now works for Wynkoop. There are still some heady beers on tap including one dubbed Triple Bypass described as a “massive” IPA with an alcohol content of 14.5. It’s balanced with a Belgian wit called the Walk Off, at just 4.8 and a new one called Men Who Drink from Goats. Hours at the 1139 20th brewhouse are Mon.-Thurs., 2-10 pm; Fri., 2-11 pm; Sat., noon-11 pm & Sun., noon-9 pm. The number is 720-689-2337. Osaka Ramen at 2611 Walnut is definitely off to a running start. Head chef Jeff Osaka has already added lunch weekdays from 11-2 pm. He just opened the space in June. Osaka has also debuted a second location in Cherry Creek North across from Crepes ‘n Crepes. The phone for the RiNo space is still 303-955-7938 and valet parking is still available last time I checked. 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 Pan-
dora 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. 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. The Fall Flea from Denver Flea will be held September 12 & 13 and they’re leaving RiNo for this quarterly event. The next venue for the hopping flea will be 1345 Champa in Sculpture Park, noon-dusk (7-ish) both days. Over 150 vendors are expected as this event continues to grow in size. Denverflea.com has the list. Last month, I reported that Rebel Salon at 3358 Larimer was gone. An owner indicated they had to move due to rent hikes but didn’t return a second call asking if they had relocated and if so, to what address. Turns out Rebel didn’t roam far. The by appointment only salon is now open just around the corner at 1218 34th. The number there, 303-292-3370.
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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. Denver 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
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years than we could build with the City’s existing resources. Recognizing however, that even more is needed, we also propose a package of policies ranging from stronger notice and rights for the city to preserve existing affordable housing, approaches that help keep families affording their existing homes, and tax or fee relief for developers of affordable housing. A conversation with stake-
holders, civic leaders and the rest of the Council to flesh out the details of this proposal will begin in September, with updates and opportunities for input from the broader public in the coming months as well. But, the good news is that increased resources could start right away, pending Council approval. The 2016 budget proposes $8 million for preservation and construction of affordable homes, more than
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doubling previous investments. Housing is a key foundation of any community, and this is our call to action. It will take all of us working together to grow our impact on housing affordability in Denver. We welcome your partnership and your feedback: mayorsoffice@ denvergov.org, firstname.lastname@example.org, albus.brooks@denvergov. org
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Eat & Drink the outdoor room. A skate wheel conveyor belt is installed as a fence – a funky and noticeable structure – and encloses part of the area. And the wooden beach seats are surprisingly comfortable. It’s pretty magical. The lunchtime crowd fills up the place, although by 1:15 they’ve mostly dissipated. This leaves an even more sleepy, relaxed demeanor to the wait staff and their customers – a couple sitting side-by-side, business associates catch some rays, and a young family converses quietly in the corner of the restaurant. Fuel is helmed by Bob Blair, a man who started this restaurant after a rather persuasive, if not leading question posed by his brother-in-law. ‘Would you regret it if you
didn’t open up a restaurant in your lifetime?’ Blair, already a cook (he prefers the lay title) for many years with a catering company, didn’t need to answer the question. He simply moved on this concept eight years ago, one that has never ceased to be a popular eating destination. “At first, I was cooking breakfast and lunch, because we thought it would take about six months to a year before considering a dinner menu. After three months, the demand was there,” said Blair. Parts of Blair inhabit the personality of the place: unpretentious, casual, and conversational. He exudes this in both his conversation and looks, conveying “completely at home” in his
attire, a Penguin Polo and blue jeans, and a half-smile nearly always creasing his face. He gives me the nickel tour of his history, starting as an undisciplined kid who finished college in his super-super senior year, and bounced around the service industry until Fuel happened. Blair and Fuel are known to hop around with their seasonal menu – half the menu changes per month – and perhaps the untethered Blair found himself in a perfect culinary world to embrace the shifting availability of regional foodsheds. The August lunch menu reflects the garden bounty of this month: bell peppers, cukes, jalapenos, and tomatoes fill the thai beef salad. The summer peach and berry salad features Colorado’s in-season fruits: palisade peaches, raspberries, and strawberries. The Spanish grilled chicken salad I ordered has a layer of thinly sliced piquillo peppers, mixed with a delicious combination of unsalted chopped almonds, currants, and manchego on a bed of arugula finely dressed
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prices, gifts, free admission to the Fri. & Sat. night banquets and other benefits. A variety of workshops will be held throughout the Fall Show and Sale and there will be an all-day workshop on Wed. Several prepaid workshops are available on Thurs. & Fri. Free 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
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et in the TAXI campus in RiNo, the Fuel Cafe plays with a melange of aesthetes: industrial modern, Parisian bistro, laid-back beach cantina – the latter feel may have been the Santa Barbara-like weather that day. As I sit on the patio for lunch, the post-industrial complex of the creative mixed community in TAXI becomes just a backdrop to this canopied space. Non-flowering cottonwoods are rooted inside and outside the patio, fenced off by mid-height gardening containers nurturing a mixture of edible and flowering plants and herbs and a funky. Parisian lights are strung above
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 fam-
ily 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, “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 just the show and sale are $6 for museum members, $6 for seniors, $7 for adults, roundtables free, children 3-12 $4 and children two and younger are free. Attendees can purchase tickets for workshops and other events a la carte, as well as weekend packages for $185. The advantages of weekend packages include reduced workshop
with fig vinaigrette. The chicken is cooked on point. And there was no disruption of taste, even with those ingredients hitting most of the palate box. The corn bisque is a bit spicy, but thickened in a manner that brought out the corn in a subtle, yet defining way. My lunch mate orders the pan bagnat, an open-faced steelhead trout sandwich. The country bread from Babette’s Bakery at The Source is a perfect foundation and the cornichons and green beans are fine additions, whereas the perfectly hardboiled egg would be a simple gesture to overlook. The aioli is a little heavy-handed, but overall, the sandwich and its complementary ingredients create a filling and delicious midday meal. I’d be remiss in saying that I only got to gaze upon the dinner menu, but it’s chocked-full of more dog-day specialties like Carne Asada, Roasted Cauliflower Salad, and Duck Prosciutto. Blair’s cooking creations match the fecund and imaginative state of Fuel, and its “hidden gem” status will only remain if you want it to be. 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.
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
Neighborhood Life• SEPTEMBER 2015
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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 303-8322297. 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, ext. 8. 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.
FAMILY TUESDAYS: Young Children’s Storytime, The Tat-
tered Cover, Colfax & Elizabeth, 10:30 am. Free. Different topic each week. Call 303-3221965, ext. 2731.
TUESDAY, SEPT. 1 & OCT. 6: Free Day, Denver Children’s Museum, first Tues. of each month 4-8 pm, 2121 Children’s Museum Dr. Call 303-433-7444. TUESDAYS: “Book Babies,” a language enrichment program for babies age six to 23 months, 10:30 am, Children’s Library of the Denver Public Library, 13th & Broadway. Call 720-865-1306. THURSDAY, SEPT. 3: Macedonia Kinship Care Group, 1-3 pm at Macedonia Baptist Church, 3240 Adams. For relatives raising children. Repeated 1st Thurs. of every month. FRIDAY, SEPT. 4 & 18: Together Colorado, 9-11:30 am, Corona Presbyterian Church, 1205 E. 8th. For pregnant women & mothers of preschoolers to five years old. Brunch, speakers, childcare provided. First visit free. Repeated every 1st & 3rd (& 5th) Fri. of the month. Call 303-832-2297. FRIDAYS: Bilingual Storytime, Ford Library, 28th & High, 10:30 am. Call 720-865-0920. FRIDAY, SEPT. 4: Free Day, Four Mile Historic Park, 1st Fri. of every month is free. 715 S. Forest. Call 720-865-0800.
EVENTS WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 2 & OCT. 7: 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. THURSDAYS: Fillmore Community Network, focuses on sustainability, 7:30 - 9 am, 1633 Fillmore, 1st fl. conference rm. Location changes monthly. Call 303-399-2100. 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. AUGUST, WEEKDAYS: Create Great Credit, a free class at Denver Community Credit Union, 1041 Acoma. Registration required: denvercommunity.coop/clearmoney. SATURDAY, SEPT. 5: FLEX Yoga + Barre Grand Opening Weekend. All yoga + barre classes free to the public, extended schedule 9:30 am-3:00 pm., give-aways for the whole family. Call 303-386-3897 for more info. SATURDAY, SEPT. 19: Uptown on the Hill Block Party, 4-9 pm at Benedict Fountain Park, 20th St. Between Pennsyl-
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
vania & Logan. Proceeds Benefit Imagination Library of Denver. SUNDAYS: Meditation and Kirtan. Every Sunday at 4 pm at 854 Pearl Street. Childcare provided. For more info call Ed 720-810-9071.
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 720381-0813. • “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. MONDAYS: Bridge Group, 12:30 - 3:30 pm, & Movie Night Mondays, 6:30 pm, both at Coffee at the Point, 27th & Welton, free garage parking. Free Adm. Call 303-955-2237 TUESDAYS: Classic Film Series at Denver Central Library, Level B2 Conference Center at 7-9:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted. THURSDAYS:
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.
GALLERIES SATURDAY, SEPT. 5: Free Day at the Denver Art Museum, 13th & Acoma. First Sat. of every month free (Closed July 4). Call 720-865-5000 SATURDAY, SEPT. 12: Up-
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Calendar Continued from page 11 per 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 303-620-4933. • “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 303-3558955. • "Come Dig the Essence" will feature artist Matt Scobey, of Iranian heritage at Leon Gallery. Exhibition: Through Sept. 26, 1112 E. 17th. Call 303-832-1599. • 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.
ABEND GALLERY is pleased to present 'For the Love of Trees,' the latest work by artist Deb Komitor. She has an impeccable ability to create a sense of order and rhythm from what otherwise might be perceived as a chaotic tangle of tree branches. 2260 E. Colfax, Sept. 4-26, 303-355-0950; abendgallery.com • 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.
LECTURES 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 admis-
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
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sion 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. 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
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 720-865-1706. TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS: “Community Learning Plaza”, free computer access for language class practice, job searches, homework help & more, Ford-Warren Library, 28th & High, 5-7:30 pm. Free. Call 720-865-0920. THURSDAYS: Beginning Computers, Ford-Warren Library, 28th & High, 6-7 pm. Free. Call 720-865-0920 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. SATURDAYS: Drum-Making Circle, Unity on the Avenue, 4670 E. 17th, 11 am - 2pm. Call 303-320-3901. 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 303-322-3756.
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THURSDAY, SEPT. 10: Seniors’ Book Discussion Group discusses contemporary
fiction available in book & audio formats, 1-2:30 pm in the Level Four Meeting Room of the Denver Public Library, 13th & Broadway. Repeated 2nd Thurs. of every month. Call 720-8651312. SATURDAY, 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. TUESDAYS: Seniors’ Bible Study, 9:30 am at the Salvation Army Red Shield Center, 29th & High. Call 303-295-2107 WEDNESDAYS: “Hospitality House for Seniors,” Assistance League of Denver, Bosworth House, 1400 Josephine, 10:30 am 1st (Crafts or movie, light lunch) & 3rd (book club) Weds., noon 2nd (luncheon & entertainment) & 4th (lunch & bingo). Free. Continues through June. Call 720-289-0775. THURSDAYS: 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.
HEALTH & RECREATION SUNDAY, SEPT. 6: Self-Defense Classes, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm, Tiger Kim’s Academy, Colfax & Steele. Repeated 1st Sunday of every month. Cost is $5 donation to Breast Cancer Research. Call 303-388-1408. WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 9: La Leche League of Denver meets 2nd Wed. of the month, Blair-Caldwell Library, 2401 Welton, 12:30 pm. Call 720-8652115. WEEKDAYS: Guided Meditation, Denver Ashram, 1559 High, 6 -6:30 am. Free, donations Welcome. Call 303-8856727. MONDAYS: Free Zumba classes, 6 - 7 pm, Manual High
Neighborhood Life• SEPTEMBER 2015 School cafeteria, 28th & Williams (enter on south side). Offered by YMCA Community Programs Branch. Call 303-2922281. TUESDAYS: Denver Chess Club, 6:30-10:30 pm, basement of West First Ave. Presbyterian Church, 120 W. 1st. Call 720318-6496. • Moderate Yoga, St. Paul United Methodist Church, 1615 Ogden, 6-7:15 pm. Fee charged. Call 303-818-4181. • Argentine Tango, practice & lessons, Turnverein Event Center, 1570 Clarkson, 6:3010:30 pm. Call 303-710-2250. • Pulmonary Fibrosis Support Group at National Jewish Health, 1400 Jackson, Molly Blank Bldg., J105, every 2nd Tues., 1 pm. Call 303-3981912 TUESDAYS-THURSDAYS: “Meditation at Noon,” a free, 30-minute, guided meditation, KMC Colorado, 1081 Marion. Call 303-813-9551. SUNDAYS: Capoeira Angola Introductory Class, Mercury Cafe, 22nd & California, 10:30 am. Free. Other classes available. Call 303-294-9258. • Tibetan Buddhist Meditation introduction to NgonDro, 9:30-10:30 am, Mercury Cafe, 22nd & California. Free, other classes available. Call 303-3225874.
RELIGION THURSDAY, SEPT 3 & 17: Need Prayer? Please plan to come to the Church in the City – Beth Abraham Healing Room ministry meetings Thurs., Sept. 3 & 17 at 7:00 p.m. Check in at the entrance to classroom bldg., corner of 16th & York. You will be assigned a prayer team to pray for your individual needs. Call 303-423-8314 for info. 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
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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. • St. Paul Lutheran, Lutheran Mass at 8 & 10:30 am, 16th & Grant. Call303-839-1432. • Episcopal Church of the Holy Redeemer, 2552 Williams, 10 am. Call 303-831-8963. • St. Paul Lutheran, 16th & Grant, Lutheran mass at 8 & 10:30 am. Call 303-839-1432. • The Center of Light, “A Mystical Sunday Service,” 9:30 am silent meditation, 10 am service,, 23rd & Forest. Workshops & classes also offered. Call 303913-7053. • 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. • Worship Celebration 10:30 am, Buddhist Christian Interspiritual Service 5 pm, St. Paul Church, 1615 Ogden. Call 303-832-4929. • Catholic Mass for lesbian, gay, bisexual & transgender Catholics, 5 pm, Dignity Denver, 1100 Fillmore. Call 720-5154528. • Catholic Mass, 7:30 & 10 am, St. Ignatius Loyola Catholic Church, 23rd & York. Call 303-322-8042. • Chapel Service, Red Shield Community Center, 2915 High, 11 am (all age Sunday School 10 am). Call 303-2952107.
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.
MONDAYS: Grant Avenue Street Reach Meal, after 9 am, St. Paul Lutheran, 16th & Grant. Call 303-839-1432. WEDNESDAYS: Weekly Bible Discussions, 11:30 am-12:30 pm, Christian Science Metropolitan Reading Room, 16th & Larimer. Call 303-534-3571. • Wednesday Evening Testimony Meeting, 7:30 pm, First Church of Christ, Sci-
FRIDAYS & SATURDAYS: Weekly services at Temple Micah, 2600 Leyden, 1st & 3rd Fri. 6 pm, 2nd & 4th Sat. 10 am. Family services on first Friday. Call 303-388-4239. • Catholic Mass, 5 pm, St. Ignatius Loyola Catholic Church, 23rd & York. 303-3228042. • Church in the City-Beth Abraham, 16th & Gaylord, 10 am. Call 303-322-5733. • St. Paul Lutheran and Roman Catholic Community, 16th & Grant, Catholic mass at 5 pm. Call 303-839-1432.
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WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 2: Rotary Club of Five Points meets 1st Wed, 6-7 pm, varying locations, New members welcome! Call 720-891-0843 for information. • 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.
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WEDNESDAYS: Kiwanis Club of Denver, 12-1:30 pm, Maggiano’s at the Denver Pavilions, 16th & Glenarm. Program varies weekly. THURSDAY, SEPT. 3: Monthly meeting of Parents & Friends of Lesbians & Gays (PFLAG), 6:30 pm, Montview Blvd. Presbyterian Church, 1980 Dahlia. Repeated 1st Thurs. of every month with a different topic. Call 303-573-5861. 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 303861-8050. FRIDAYS: “Thrillspeakers” Toastmasters, noon - 1 pm, Webb Building, 201 W. Colfax, Rm. 414. Call 720-209-2896. • Denver IDEA Cafe, a business start-up & brainstorming group, 2 pm, Panera Bread, 1350 Grant. Guest Speakers. Free. Call 303-861-1447. 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.
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.
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14 Calendar Continued from page 13 plan appropriately. No need to pay in advance, but please order breakfast to support Pete's. Individual checks. Be there 7 am, order by 7:20 am so speaker is not interrupted. Repeated 2nd Fri. of the month. On-line registration required. WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 16: The Citizens' Climate Lobby meets monthly, every second Wed, at the First Unitarian Society of Denver, 1400 Lafayette St, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm. For information call 303-322-0079. Letter writing (to Members of Congress) takes place monthly, every fourth Wed., at Hooked on Colfax (3213 E. Colfax) coffee shop 6:30 pm. THURSDAY, SEPT. 17: Colfax Crime & Safety Coalition monthly meeting, Cheeky Monk, 534 E. Colfax, 3 pm. Public welcome.Repeated 3rd Thurs. of the month. • Monthly meeting of Financially Fit Females, 6 pm. First meeting free, location & topic change monthly, 3rd Thurs. of month. Call 303-993-3939. SATURDAY, SEPT 19: Colorado House District 8 Democrats, 10 am-noon, Park Hill Library, 4705 Montview. Repeat-
Neighborhood Life• SEPTEMBER 2015 ed 3rd Sat. of every month. Call 720-220-6876. 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 Community Network, focuses on sustainability, 7:30-9 am, 1633 Fillmore, 1st floor conference room. Location changes monthly. Call 303-399-2100.
• Cherry Creek Toastmasters, 7-8:30 am, Temple Emanuel, 1st & Grape. Call 303399-9901. • Conquer the fear of public speaking at Body Shops Toastmasters, noon, Colo. Dept. of Health, 4300 Cherry Creek Dr. South, 2nd flr. Call 303-3984735. • Denver Socrates Cafe, 7 pm, Trinity United Methodist Church, 18th & Broadway. Discussions on a variety of important topics. Free. Call 303-8611447. FRIDAYS: Daybreak Toastmasters, 7-8:30 am, 1525 Sherman, Room B-70. Cat got your tongue? Public speaking & more. Call Scott after 6 pm at 303-4679294. •“Thrillspeakers” Toastmasters, noon-1 pm, Webb building, 201 W. Colfax, Room 414. Call 720-209-2896. • Denver IDEA Cafe, a business start-up & brainstorming group, 2 pm, Panera Bread, 1350 Grant. Guest speakers. Free. Call 303-861-1447.
SUPPORT GROUPS 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. SATURDAY, SEPT. 5: “Sister to Sister” Breast Cancer Survivor’s Support Group, 1 -3 pm at Zion Senior center, 5151 E. 33rd. repeated 1st Sat. of every month. Call 303-771-8784. WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 9: “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. 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. THURSDAY, SEPT. 24: Monthly Kidney Cancer Support Group, 4th Thurs., 6 pm, The Urology Center of Colorado. Meeting will take place at 2777 Mile High Stadium in the 3rd Floor Conference Room.Call 303-762-7666 to register.
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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 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. MONDAYS & THURSDAYS: Meetings of Life Ring Secular Recovery, a network of support groups for people who want to maintain continuous abstinence from alcohol & other drugs, Washington Park United Church of Christ, 400 S. Williams (alley entrance), 6-7 pm. Call 303-830-0358. TUESDAYS: Workaholics Anonymous, 5:45 pm, Capitol Heights Presbyterian, 11th & Fillmore. No fees. Call 720-5659799. • 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. • 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 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 Grant (lower level), 7 pm. Call 303-321-8895. FRIDAYS: “Healthy Relationships,” 10 am - noon, Epworth United Methodist Church, 3401 high. Light snack. Call 303-3551014. SATURDAYS: Alcoholics Anonymous Newcomers Group, 8:45 am, 1311 York, 3rd floor. No smoking, free. Call 720495-4949. SUNDAYS: Nicotine Anonymous, 12:30 pm, Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 915 E. 9th.
FREEBIES TUESDAY, SEPT. 1 & OCT. 6: Free Day, Denver Children’s Museum, first Tues. of each month, 2121 Children’s Museum Dr. Call 303433-7444. WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 2: Free Legal Night at El Centro de San Juan Diego, 2830 Lawrence. 20 volunteer lawyers, oneon-one consultations, 5:30-7 pm. First come, first serve. Spanish/ English provided. Repeated the 1st Weds. of every month. Call 303-573-1302. FRIDAY, SEPT. 4: Free Day, Four Mile Historic Park, 715 S. Forest. Free 1st Fri. of every month. Call 720865-0800. 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. Free Admission. SATURDAY, SEPT. 5: Free Day at the Denver Art Museum, 13th & Acoma, 10 am-5 pm. Free 1st Sat. for all, Kids are free everyday. Call 720865-5000.
Neighborhood Life• SEPTEMBER 2015
School Scoop By Linda Katchen, Ph.D.
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 were parochial schools, schools that were supported by a particular religious organization or parish, which also charged tuition. When looking at schools in the Neighborhood Life area, 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
JAKE & AVERIE FACE-OFF IN COLORADO JUGGER LEAGUE playing in City Park. This sport is based on a 1989 Rutger Hauer apocalyptic movie called “The Blood of Heros” (also released in some countries as “The Salute of the Jugger”) PHOTO BY JEFF HERSCH 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 pover-
ty 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 See SCHOOL SCOOP on page 16
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16 School Scoop Continued from page 15 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 an .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! Barrett, 2900 Richard Allen Ct., is a neighborhood school. It offers a full-day preschool pro-
Neighborhood Life• SEPTEMBER 2015 gram for four-year-olds & a fullday of kindergarten. Students at Barrett are required to wear uniforms. Cole Arts and Science Academy (CASA), 3240 Humboldt, became the first Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP) charter school in Denver in 2005. CASA offers a half-day preschool for three-year-olds, a full-day preschool program for four-yearolds & a full-day kindergarten. News from CASA: New for 2015-16: Wednesday early dismissal In response to community feedback, the Cole Arts and Sciences Academy will dismiss classes at 2:15 pm each Wednesday throughout the 2015-16 school year, which is consistent with Cole DSST middle and high school programs. All other days, school normally dismisses at 3:45 pm. CASA’s Boys & Girls Club (Beacon program) will provide extended programming for students beginning after school on Wednesdays, after Sept. 8 at no cost to CASA families. For those not enrolled in the Boys & Girls Club, the expectation is that students will be picked up from school by 2:30 pm. While creating a more convenient schedule for families whose children attend other schools on the Cole Campus is one benefit of the early dismissal, it will also benefit student learning. Teachers will use Wednesday afternoons for professional development. This means they will have regular opportunities to learn from one another, stay upto-date on new research on how children learn, get introduced to new curriculum resources, and learn about emerging technology tools for the classroom. This knowledge directly benefits your student! Columbine, 2540 E. 29th, has created a Facebook page to let people know how the Cou-
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gars are working to LEAP to College and Career Readiness: www.facebook.com/columbine cougars. Gilpin Montessori Public School, 2949 California, has unveiled a new logo according to a message from the principal, “Gilpin Montessori is a small school located in the heart of Five Points/Curtis Park. Gilpin began the new school year by unveiling their new school logo, which included colors representing their school values. Last spring Gilpin's staff came together to choose values to guide their work. Gilpin's selected values are: Respect (Green), Peace (Light Blue), Commitment (Red), Joy (Purple) and Self-Control (Orange). The fifth and final value, Self-Control, was selected by the student body. Gilpin received overwhelmingly high remarks and excitement from their school community! Gilpin Montessori serves students ages three (ECE) to twelve-years-old (6th grade). For more information, please contact the office at 720-424-7140 or email@example.com The mission for University Preparatory School, 2409 Arapahoe, is to educate every child and to prepare them for college. This charter schedules a longer school day and a longer school year to help students achieve their goals. Students have extensive literacy and math instruction to help them develop skills to attain their goals. Montessori Academy of Denver (MAC), 2500 Curtis, is a private, urban Montessori school that enrolls students from eight weeks through elementary school. There are always interesting activities going on at MAC. MAC has a family fun fair scheduled Sat., Sept. 12 from 10 am-1pm. The family fun fair is a celebration with activity booths, games, a petting zoo, music and
tours of the school. This event is free and is open to current students and anyone interested in checking out the MAC campus. MAC is starting tours for the 2016-17 school year elementary program. To schedule a tour or to learn more about the program, please contact Jaclyn Greenbaum, firstname.lastname@example.org/ or 303-623-2609. For advanced planning, MAC is hosting a Body Safety Class with Feather Berkhower from 2-6 pm on Tues., Oct. 20. The workshop offers valuable information, ideas, and tools to help prevent child sexual abuse in the home and community. The class is $50 and is open to the public. Anyone interested can register at: https://parentingsafechildrenworkshopoctober202015. eventbrite.com PREP Academy High School, 2727 Columbine, aims to provide a safe and welcoming school where students can pursue their education, realize their potential, and develop skills to lead productive and rewarding lives. It is one of the intensive pathways schools in DPS. Whittier K-8, 2480 Downing, offers full-day school programs ECE-4 & Kindergarten as well as grades 1-8. Students are required to wear uniforms. Whittier offers free, supervised before school enrichment activities in the auditorium starting at 7:15 am. One of the most successful charter school organizations in DPS is the Denver School of Science and Technology (DSST), which started in Stapleton and has extended to Cole: DSST Middle & High School, 1350 E. 33 Ave. DPS has committed to adding several more DSST charters by the year 2020. For more information, go to www.dsstpublicschools.org Manual High School, 1700 E. 28th, began its new year on August 24. Here is the welcome letter from Principal Nick Dawkins: Dear Students and Families, I hope you have had an exciting summer! I know the entire staff shares my excitement to welcome our students back for a great year here at Manual High School. We have a lot of fun things planned for the first day of school, so be sure to have your students ready to go on Tues., Aug. 25 at 8 am. Freshman (9th graders) and all new students report on Mon., Aug. 24 at 8 am. All of our students, both new and returning, have an extraordinary opportunity to make the 2015-16 school-year a year of optimal growth and excellence. Throughout the summer we’ve taken significant steps to continue molding Manual into a place that embraces the various learning styles and abilities of all students by providing the learning tools, resources and support to realize the Denver Public Schools vision of Every Child Succeeds. We’ve continued to take in the lessons and feedback from my initial community meetings after being named the new Principal of Manual High School, and have used them to begin shaping our coming launch and magnificent next chapter here. The voices of our students, parents, faculty and staff made it clear that we want to be a school that encourages all students to grow and achieve, receiving the full benefits of our Community, Culture and Innovation. To ac-
complish this, we have refreshed our dynamic teams of teachers and school leaders, all focused on making sure our students grow as well-rounded student leaders and citizens that excel in their immediate communities, and in the global workforce which they will soon enter. When our students walk through the doors on August 25th, they will return to a very different Manual. Aside from the building looking and feeling different, students will interact with one another and learn differently, too. The goals of our core academic programs are to advance students beyond their current levels of understanding through a variety of teaching methods and modalities, and to prepare them to excel in the variety of opportunities awaiting them in college, career and beyond. These classrooms will create a foundation for students to master the content and skills needed to meet and exceed grade-level requirements, while fostering a lifelong enjoyment of learning. Our Honors, Advanced Placement and Concurrent Enrollment courses will push students to expand their current scope of knowledge through global perspectives, project based learning and deep analysis, preparing them for the rigors and acceleration of any challenging post-secondary educational institution. All of our students will be encouraged to expand their interests and talents through our various arts and athletic offerings. There are so many exciting plans ahead for Manual and as the new school year approaches, students and families are invited to Registration on Aug. 11 & 12 from 11-3 pm & Aug.18 from 11 am-8 pm. As your new Principal, one of my major areas of focus is parent engagement and satisfaction. Please mark your calendars for our monthly Parent and Principal Dinner Nights hosted every first Thursday of the month from 6-7 pm. Dinner will be provided and the event is always open to all Manual parents and guardians. We are pushing to go paperless this coming school-year, so please make sure all your contact information in our main office is up-to-date and that you are signed up and registered for the Parent Portal https://myportal.dpsk12.org/Pages/Default. aspx. Before the first day of school, I’d like to challenge everyone to personally consider what it means to achieve at the level of excellence our community expects. I hope our renewed commitment offers some inspiration as you consider your goals. Whether your child expands his or her scientific mind and global perspectives in our new STEM Biomedical pathway or climbs to new heights in academics, on our athletic fields or the stage, the opportunities to obtain excellence is well within reach. From all of us at Manual High School, welcome to the new year! Sincerely, Nick Dawkins, Principal Good Luck to Manual in all its endeavors for the coming year! Welcome back to school everyone. Hopefully, 2015-16 will bring excellence and growth to all. Remember there is no school on Monday, Sept. 7! Contact Linda Katchen at email@example.com
Published on Sep 2, 2015
Central Denver's monthly neighborhood newspaper, Neighborhood LIFE covers the news and events in the communities of City Park West, Whittier...