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CHILDREN’S MUSEUM OF DENVER AT MARSICO CAMPUS UNVEILS EXPANSION By DJennifer Turner Visiting the Children’s Museum of Denver is about to get even more fun. On November 20, the museum celebrated it’s grand re-opening with a 14,000 sq. ft. expansion that nearly doubles the buildings exhibit space. The project is the culmination of seven years of work, and has also grown the Museum’s overall indoor and outdoor footprint to nine acres. It will likely put Denver on the map as one of the premier cities for children’s museums in the United States and set the bar higher on educational programming. The expansion capital campaign raised over $16.1 million. It was funded by a variety of sources including the Cydney and Tom Marsico Family Foundation,

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the Colorado Health Foundation and corporate partners including Encana Oil & Gas (USA) Inc., United Launch Alliance, Delta Dental and Denver Water. The venture is unusual in that all the design and planningo was done in-house and identical exhibits are non-existent. The end result is truly spectacular, and is a collaboration of the museum’s senior leadership, employees, community partners, prominent early childhood education specialists and the kids themselves. Jonathan Goldstein, Director of Exhibits, said, “Designing and building the new Children’s Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus has truly been the experience of a lifetime for our entire museum team.

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By Keith Lewis Denver’s River North Art District (RiNo) is among the city’s most popular neighborhoods and also among the grittiest – but we mean that as a compliment. Located in the boundary enclosed by I-70, I-25, Park Ave. West & Lawrence, RiNo is a state-certified Colorado Creative District. Since 2005, local artists have propelled the rise of this once-industrial center into a thriving art community where Denverites both create and reside. Part of charm and character of this trendy section of town includes an astounding concentration of creative entrepreneurs, generating value for the community in diversely creative fields ranging from architecture to beer brewing to film editing. That gritty, urban, independent character is likely to remain

The exhibits team, especially, has gotten to imagine a one-of-a-kind museum and then see it through to the finish. We are honored to be a part of the building a better Denver and a better future for our children.” One of the amazing new exhibits, and highly appropriate for Colorado, is “Altitude,” a indoor climbing experience like no other. Constructed of steel platforms, girders and beams, and covered with maple panels and a wire mesh net for safety, Altitude rises 3½ stories from the ground floor of the museum. As kids and parents maneuver vertically and laterally through the exhibit they encounter clouds, a swinging gondola and rope bridges. Those who make it to the glass-enclosed, ice-capped summit will be rewarded with amazing 360 degree views of downtown Denver and the Rocky Mountains to the west. Shoes suitable for climbing and comfortable clothes are recommended! The fun and importance of water is the theme of another expertly designed learning environment. Kids will delight in the multitude of ways to play with and learn about this essential substance necessary to sustain life. A few of the features are a rainstorm and thunder maker, waterfall, misting umbrellas, and a water tower and geyser. There are numerous opportunities to explore the properties and characteristics of water, investigate flow and learn about concepts such as buoyancy, density and displacement. The 2,300 sq. ft. Art Studio is a joy. Kids can use paint, clay and wood to create individual or team masterpieces. A unique aspect of this exhibit is the artist in residence program. Coloradans Jaime Molina, Nicole Banowetz, Wes Sam Bruce and Ajean Ryan were selected from a group of 30 artists who applied. For a different three month period, each will assist children in creating their own works, in addition to having a private studio location within the museum on their rotation. Another innovative exhibit is the 900 sq. ft. Teaching Kitchen, a fully equipped multi-use space continued on page 7

preserved in RiNo as its residents and business owners recently voted to approve a Business Improvement District (BID) and a General Improvement District (GID) fund. Today the nonprofit body governing RiNo has over 200 members, 250 studios, and 25 galleries. The infrastructure improvements slated to be funded by these newly created assessments will aim to maintain the authenticity of the neighborhood. “RiNo’s motivation to create the districts has been fueled by a desire to ensure that the tremendous investment pouring into the neighborhood does not significantly alter its urban, industrial character... and that the neighborhood remains continued on page 7


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WHAT’S NEXT FOR THE HOMELESS? CITY COUNCIL TO REVIEW POLICY AT RETREAT, BUT CAMPING BAN REMAINS By J. Patrick O’Leary Denver City Council will hold a half-day Homelessness Retreat next month to evaluate the city’s homelessness policy, nearly seven weeks after homeless rights activists disrupted its Oct. 24 meeting. That protest, against enforcement of the city’s Unauthorized Camping Ordinance, occurred two days after police broke up a “Tiny House” homeless encampment in Sustainability Park and arrested 10 people. The retreat was scheduled well before the incident, however, according to Melissa Horn, Council Aide to District 10 Councilman Wayne New. New is chairman of the Safety and Well-Being Committee. “Councilman New was seeking to include transportation funding ($200,000) to get homeless off the streets and to shelters in the 2016 budget,” Horn said. “After discussions with colleagues it was determined that a larger conversation about homelessness was needed and he decided to pull his request. “Councilwoman [Robin] Kniech recommended that council have a homeless retreat and Councilman New ran with the idea. The early discussions began at the end of September/beginning of October and the first meeting request went out Oct. 6.” The retreat will be held Dec. 11, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., in the Parr-Widener room of the City and County Building, 1437 Bannock. “The sole focus of this half-day retreat will be homelessness,” said Horn. “In accordance with open meeting requirements this retreat will be open to the public.” The retreat agenda includes a question-and-answer session on causes, national trends and best practices; a two-hour overview of the city’s homeless situation and how it responds (data, shelter, emergency services, police and

courts, supportive housing); a brief survey review of other cities; and brief perspectives (totaling 20 minutes) presented by a formerly homeless person, Visit Denver, a neighborhood representative, and the Denver Rescue Mission. A half-hour is scheduled at the end for council discussion and next steps. The retreat, protest and Sustainability Park incident are the latest roadside attractions along Denver’s Road Home, a 10-year-long plan that aimed to end homelessness in the city by this year. Then-City Auditor Dennis Gallagher was critical of the program in an April 2015 Performance Audit. The audit found that the program had not (up until its final year) consistently gathered data from service providers it funded, nor had it analyzed the information to demonstrate whether progress towards ending homelessness has been made. Additionally, it found that its Commission to End Homelessness advisory group was not structured or managed to help the city policymakers develop solutions to homelessness. The report also pointed out risks associated with the Unauthorized Camping Ordinance, and noted that the homeless shelter situation had not significantly improved three years after the law was adopted. Denver Human Services agreed with nearly all the audit’s recommendations in a written response included in the final audit report, and set Aug. 31, 2015, as the target date to implement. Since then, council has and will address issues related to Denver’s homeless population. On Nov. 9 council unanimously voted to amend portions of the municipal code governing aggressive panhandling and solicitation, to comply with legal standards contained in a decision

by the Federal District Court for Colorado striking down portions of a Grand Junction panhandling ordinance similar to Denver’s. The changes narrowed the definition of a public place and “aggressive panhandling,” and now allows people to solicit in ticket lines and continue asking (and even follow) a person after being told no, among other changes. The Safety and Well-Being Committee will briefly discuss amendments to three contracts and agreements that address homeless housing, outreach and treatment at its Dec. 8 meeting, Horn said. Outside of council, the “Close to Home” Metro Denver Homelessness Campaign staged a kickoff at the History Colorado Center the morning of Nov. 5. The fiveyear campaign’s goal is to raise awareness, increase understanding, and “move Coloradans to speak up and make a meaningful difference in addressing homelessness across Metro Denver,” according to a press release from the group, a coalition which includes Community Solutions, The Denver Foundation, Denver Homeless Out Loud, Homeless Liaisons (individuals who have personally experienced homelessness), Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce, Metro Denver Homeless Initiative, Metro Mayors Caucus and Governor Hickenlooper's Homeless Initiative Team. On Dec. 16, the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless will host the Homeless Persons' Memorial Vigil on the front steps of the City and County Building, 5:30-6:15 pm. The 26th annual candlelight vigil and name-reading ceremony is a tribute to the homeless who lived on the streets of the Denver metropolitan area and died during 2015. Speakers will include Mayor Michael Hancock and Colorado Coalition for the Homeless President John Parvensky.


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Friday, December 4 & Saturday, December 5: 41st Annual 9News Parade of Lights will take place on the 16th Street Mall. The holiday spectacular features marching bands, ornate floats, and, of course, a special appearance by Major Waddles the Penguin and Santa. Parade begins at 8 pm on Friday and 6 pm on Saturday.

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Thursday, December 10-Sunday, December 13: Enjoy the history and beauty of the The Governor’s Residence decorated for the holidays. Free tours will be offered from 10 am to 2 pm. Thursday, December 10: Pajama Christmas Carol Sing-along and HoraAround-the-Menorah, 7 pm, at Little Man Ice Cream, 2620 16th St. Local school choirs serenade and strum the tunes of our diverse community. Hal Aqua and the Lost Tribe give a spirited Klezmer nod to the Jewish holiday on the 5th night of Chanukkah. Sunday, December 20: Listen to the sounds of the season at the 41st annual Tuba Christmas Concert featuring 300 tubas from across the region. Skyline Park at 1 pm. Thursday, December 31: Ring in the New Year on the 16th Street Mall and catch one of two spectacular fireworks shows. 9 pm and midnight Denver Christkindl Market, Skyline Park, is open all month long. Enjoy a traditional German festival of carols, live music, fine crafts, food and hot spiced wine. Bring your holiday cheer!

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The menu and décor are decidedly informal at Globe Hall, a Texas BBQ and live music venue up on Logan in Globeville.

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OPENINGS: GLOBE HALL Got guests in town this season? Maybe they’d like to try some Texas BBQ and dancing. Yeah, perhaps it’s not the first thing you think of when you visit Denver, but put it on the list. Up north and just off Brighton in Globeville, Globe Hall

has opened at 4483 Logan. It’s been some time since I’ve driven this area and like most of upper Brighton, it’s in transition. What makes Globe Hall memorable is that it’s been a continuously operating tavern since the 1890s. How many area establishments can make that claim? The venue was once two buildings that are now joined. The second structure was a Croatian Slovenian cultural hall first opened in 1903. The tavern was

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Fresh, affordable produce is a major draw at Max Market, 2020 Lawrence, but area residents will also enjoy the deli and grab-n-go meal options.

most recently known as the Sidewinder. Originally it was called the Golobvich & Slogar Saloon. Ok. You try pronouncing it first. Owner Jeff Cornelius is drawing in both old-timers and new BBQ fans. He hopes they come for the food and stay for live music. “I’ve been a huge live music fan since college and the music hall reminded me of great, old Texas dance halls – a lot of which are still operating today,” Cornelius explained. Live music is the main entertainment draw, but there will be more. Globe Hall is considering bingo, classic movies and compelling speakers too. There are community tables on the cultural hall side of the house plus a stage and dancing area. Rolls of paper towels and bottles of BBQ sauce are found within arm’s reach of every diner. Cornelius invested in a

6,600-pound smoker that sits just outside the kitchen door. It burns nothing but oak. “We currently serve a limited lunch menu on Saturday starting at 12pm (ribs & chicken only). The brisket and pork shoulder take 12 hours to smoke to be ready for service, so it’s not feasible to offer them for lunch,” he said of the menu. Smoked goods are sold by the pound or by the plate. You can get two meats and a side for $13. The offerings include brisket, pulled pork, ribs, chicken and sausages. They’re also available in burrito format. Sides are simply potato salad, slaw or ranch beans. There’s just one item on the dessert menu and it’s pie for $3 a slice. “Banoffee Pie is a traditional English dessert made with bananas, dulce de leche, dark chocolate and whipped cream. Ours is prepared on a graham cracker crust. A lot of Texas barbecue joints offer banana pudding as dessert,” he said. “This is our twist for the more discerning Denver food palette.” Of his location, Cornelius said he fell in love with it when he saw the For Sale sign. “It’s actually an ideal location, being smack in the middle of the metro area, only 7 minutes from downtown and in the heart of all the redevelopment efforts happening along Brighton Blvd, Globeville, Elyria/Swansea and the National Western Complex.” Growing up in Texas and attending UT/Austin, he frequented some of the best barbecue joints in Texas from an early age. “When I moved to Denver, I missed that style of barbecue, which wasn’t being made here. About 10 years ago, I bought a small smoker and started smoking ribs, brisket, pork shoulder and chicken, using dry rubs as they do in Texas.” In Texas BBQ, sauce is used sparingly; it’s not wet style like that you’d find in Kansas City. After several decades in the marking and public relations business, he’s now totally into the food business and his new space. Undoubtedly, it has a certain charm. Vintage signage graces the bar’s four walls. “Profanity will not be tolerated in this establishment” one reads. Another

proclaims “No Dancing!” but don’t give it too much mind. One fun fact about the tavern is that it allows you to buy a Beer For Life membership. For just $500, you can have two beers a day each and every day as long as you take a breath. Membership comes with a spiffy red vest and founding members are getting their names engraved on a plaque. Hours are Wed.-Fri., 4 pm-midnight, Sat., noon-midnight. Just four days a week. More lunch hours may come in the future. You can view the upcoming music acts and the BBQ philosophy at globehall.com or call 720-6688833.

MAX MARKET “We want to be a really quality 7-11 or a really small Whole Foods,” Max Morrow said of the new venture he and brother Will just opened at 2020 Lawrence. It’s a combination mini-grocery and a prepared foods oasis in what has been an area without the basics for some time. Others have tried and failed with the market concept, including the now defunct Dean’s Market. So what makes the Morrows think they will succeed? “First, I think we have a proven track record with our other locations for providing great tasting sandwiches, soups, and salads – we intend to build on our reputation there. We also pride ourselves on hiring and retaining the right people that will fit our culture, specifically, providing customer service that is focused on building relationships,” said Will Morrow. Before there was the concept of Max Market, there was a MaxLunch. “Max and I started the MaxLunch food truck business in Denver in 2010, moved that into a MaxLunch location at 1899 Wynkoop, opened another sandwich counter for Antero Resources, and we have been actively looking for other growth opportunities,” he added. This concept has been in the works for at least two years. It features a lot of fresh produce at very reasonable prices. They carry top brands including Boar’s Head meats, Noosa yogurt and locally roasted Boxcar Coffee, but there’s Dunkin Donuts coffee too. Ap-


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Ole! The menu at El Toro The Tot is graced with a Spanish fare that even embraces burger and stuffed tater tot presentations. proachable and eclectic describes the offerings well. There’s even Little Man ice cream by the scoop for fans of that LoHi operation. “We also want to offer outstanding convenience, by providing online ordering and delivery very soon after our launch, and we are already offering grab-andgo meals. We are very excited about being located in the Ballpark Neighborhood, and think our timing is right, as that area is experiencing tremendous residential growth,” he explained. The Morrows ‘won’ the right to lease their space after landlord Zocalo Community Development launched a Bring Your Own Business competition for the lease. Financing included help from Colorado Fresh Food Financing Fund, whose goal is to enable food retailers to provide fresh, healthy food in underserved Colorado communities. Ballpark sure qualifies as underserved. “We take that mission seriously, and will be working with community leaders to make the fresh food offered at Max Market as accessible as possible. We will soon be accepting Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits (food stamps),” Morrow added. With a deli, fresh coffee and a grocery selection, there’s already a good selection, but there’s more to come in the way of gourmet items. “We believe our food simply tastes better, and most of the time we offer a better price. We offer breakfast, lunch/dinner, a full deli counter, and grab-and-go meals. Our main goal is to provide the goods and services that our customers in the neighborhood demand, and we will evolve to meet those needs.” Morrow says he and brother

Max are in “listening mode” right now. They want to nail the original vision before expanding it. Hours are 7 am-7 pm weekdays & 9 am-6 pm weekends. “Again, we’ll listen to what our customers tell us and we’ll make adjustments as needed,” he concluded. You can learn more at maxmarket.co. The shop number’s 303-978-9530.

EL TORO THE TOT It was just a few weeks ago that Lower48 Kitchen at 21st & Lawrence closed after a two-year run. Now the space two doors north of Max Market is a pop-up restaurant that will be there for the rest of the year. Now for one month only (or who knows!) you can sample the bold tastes of Spain in El Toro The Tot’s pop-up sit down eatery. The business that runs a food truck features a Spanish take on burgers and made-to-order stuffed tater tots. So what exactly is a Spanish-American burger, you’ll ask. Expect bold flavors and a daily grind of brisket, short rib and chuck beef. The tots are also made daily. “It starts from a russet potato. We shred them and then mix in the toppings. We then bread them and fry them,” said Chrissie Burns one of three Burns owners. They also bake some fluffy burger buns in house. It’s all scratch made. So why take over L48 for just 5 weeks? “We have been looking for a restaurant space. We wanted to try it out and see how Denver likes our concept,” said Burns. El Toro has operated a food truck since June 2013. They opened at L48 November 23rd

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and are open Mon.-Sat., 11 am-9 pm. Check out the menu at eltorothetot.com. The number’s 720-724-8072.

FIT KITCHEN My dad always craved what he called ‘clean’ food – no heavy sauces or breading, just lots of flavor. He’d love Fit Kitchen, a new biz in the area featuring just that. And what a fitting location for this new ‘grab and go’ eatery with its healthful approach! It anchors the northwest corner of the new St. Joseph’s Hospital complex at E. 20th & Downing and puts ‘clean eating’ front and center in the business plan. The address is 1998 Downing and the focus includes portion control, low sodium options, ‘always fresh’ ingredients and

gluten free eats. Portions come in two sizes and there are a whole host of options. Items for breakfast, lunch and dinner fill a massive wall of coolers. Pumpkin flax or matcha green tea pancakes, soups, cilantro chicken, almond-crusted salmon. There’s something here to tempt every palate and employees are bubbling over with the company’s story. “This makes it easier if you’re trying to eat better, change habits,” a spokeswoman told LIFE. Prices are reasonable; I didn’t find a single item over $10. In addition a simple meal, the company offers custom meal plans that are even more affordable. You can order in advance, buy 5, 10, or more meals and have them freshly prepared on the morning of pickup.

This is the third location for Fit Kitchen. The first location is on Hampden near Swedish Hospital and the second’s in Centennial. There’s even dedicated parking off 20th and tables inside if you’d prefer to dine in. Hours are 10 am-8 pm weekends & 8-8 weekdays. The number’s 303-860-6027, or you can drool over the extensive menu at gofitkitchen.com.

LOGAN HOUSE COFFEE COMPANY Another player in the craft roasting business has joined the RiNo scene. Logan House Coffee Company has taken up residence at a second story space with great light and the address is 3200 Walnut. continued on page 6

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Brooks Gagstetter shows off Logan House Coffee’s new office and roasting space on the second level above Denver Hardware. Logan House sells its beans in recycled wine bottles.

BUSINESS Continued from 5 Logan House beans are perhaps best known for their packaging – they’re cradled inside recycled wine bottles. It’s not easy to find this location is just a slice of the Denver Hardware building. The company hopes to change that by hosting some events in their combination warehouse, office and roastery. In November, Logan House relocated from Grand Lake, CO to RiNo. However the tenure here will be brief. The ultimate destination is Stanley Marketplace opening some time in 2016 in Aurora near Stapleton. December 3rd will be the major unveiling of the new address and it’s open to the public. The founders are hosting a Friends of Logan House celebration that evening to say thanks for all the support and appreciation they’ve received in their first three years in operation. The founders are also planning to offer yoga in the

new digs. “It’s just a really cool space. A lot of our clients are into yoga so we figured why not try it here?” said partner Brooks Gagstetter. There’s no plans for a retail store on Walnut but Gagstetter and roaster Andre Janusz are offering free delivery throughout the Denver area. You can order online and get beans to your door that are amazingly fresh. Order at loganhousecoffee.com.

Youngsters learn to build marble mazes at Craftsman & Apprentice on E. 22nd which hopes to expand its footprint and class offerings if a Kickstarter campaign is successful.

year, but most involves gifting. So here are a few unusual holiday survival tips gleaned from my travels this past year. Try one if you’re ready to set new gift giving trends or just please the ‘hard to please’ (we know who you are!)

DENVER FLEA The flea has fled RiNoland. The moveable market’s final event of the year will be held north of its last location near 25th & Blake. This month, the quarterly gathering will feature over 150 local vendors all in one place. It’s a perfect solution for holiday season stresses. You can ‘give a true taste of Denver’ with goods from local makers including the Real Dill (think pickles), Puff’s Preserves and many more. The full list of vendors is available at denverflea. com. The Holiday Flea will be hosted at 4400 Fox in a 70,000 sq. ft. warehouse that allows ample space for local artisans to spread out. In addition to shopping on the weekend, the year’s final Flea will feature an ‘un-corporate’ holiday party on Friday, December 4 that is a ticketed event. For $35, you can sample cocktails made from local product, craft brew and non-alcoholic beverages after being treated to valet parking. Tickets also cover admission for the Saturday & Sunday Flea hours. On the weekend, admission is $5 per day and includes a beverage of your choice. If you’re not up for a large

BACKYARD ON BLAKE The many retail businesses slated for this space at 3040 Blake are opening soon but there’s one service already available Free yoga classes are offered on Sundays at 10:30 am. Check it out and you’ll be the first to know when The Preservery and other businesses finally throw open their doors.

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gathering, you can also find oodles of local product at Marzyck on E. 17th in Uptown or on E. Colfax in Mayfair/South Park Hill. The Truffle Cheese Shop at 2906 E 6th also carries a number of locally produced and envisioned edibles. (303) 322-7363 You’ll also find Denver eats at Tony’s Market on Broadway and Olive & Finch, 1552 E. 17th, and Capitol Heights Pharmacy, 1200 Madison to name just a few of the independent sellers lining up to feature ‘Made in Colorado’ eats and treats.

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The game’s afoot at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science this month as it hosts an exhibit of all things Sherlock. With all special exhibits, the museum features an expanded selection of unique merchandise so here’s where you may find the perfect holiday treat for your favorite mystery lover. DMNS is also giving away sets of tickets to the special exhibit, but you’ll have to earn them the Sherlock way by deciphering clues. This month there are three chances to solve the Case of The

Hidden Tickets – December 4, 11 or 18. Learn about the tactics employed by the world’s first consulting detective and where to find clues at dmns.org. The special display ends January 31. Note: Most museums and cultural attractions like the Denver Botanic Gardens offer gift shops that can be accessed without paying admission. Some great ideas there.

DISTILLER’S LIST The state’s bursting with makers of all things craft and that includes spirits. They make great holiday gifts yet it’s not simple to locate small batch rye or craft tequila. Distiller’s List has a website for that. Founded by Aspenite Jarka Duba, the service focuses on small batch, craft spirits and lesser-known blends from bigger makers like Jim Beam. Peruse distillerslist.com. They’ll ship to 39 different states so you can send Colorado’s own Tincup or Stranahan whiskey or Pappy Van Winkle’s 23-year-old blend to friends around the country. Shipping runs just $12 for up to 12 bottles. Many local distillers are eager to get into the act. Will Ferrell of Mile High Distillery said, “We do plan on being involved with Distiller’s List. It is a fantastic idea!”

CLUB W It’s no longer Colorado-based, but Club W offers wine delivery paired with learning about what pleases your palate. Just go to clubw.com and fill out their very brief questionnaire. It helps determine what wines are most likely to suit. “We’ve assembled some of the country’s most forward-thinking wine minds to help you discover wines uniquely suited to your tastes. Each Club W Curator not only knows and loves wine but also is committed to sharing their passion in a way you can understand.” Seems like a great formula for a memorable gift.

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TRAINS ROLL ON: ADDITIONAL RTD LIGHT RAIL ROUTES OPENING SOON By Keith Lewis Denver’s public transit authority, Regional Transportation District (RTD) is rapidly expanding and commuters are rejoicing. In 2016, RTD plans to open four new light rail lines, including the long awaited A-line from downtown Denver to the airport. In 2004, Denver voters approved the largest transit expansion in the country. The expansion is known as FasTracks and plans to eventually blanket the city and suburbs, adding to Denver’s already impressive transit system. The year 2016 will see lots of changes to make your commute smoother, wherever you travel around town. Here is the timeline of new routes that are opening: January 2016 will see the opening of express bus service between Union Station and Boulder, with a bus departing every fifteen minutes in each direction. Line A, running from downtown to DIA, will carry commuters the length of the line in 37 minutes. The A-line also brings new train service to the up-and-coming neighborhoods of River North, Cole, Elyria-Swansea, Clayton, North Park Hill, Stapleton, Morris Heights, Gateway, Montbello and Green Valley Ranch. April 22 will be the maiden voyage for the long anticipated A-line. Summer 2016 will connect Westminster to downtown Denver with the B-line. The G-line opens in Fall 2016 to connect Wheat Ridge to downtown, and Winter 2016 will see the opening of the R-line that will connect Nine Mile Station to the A-line (essentially tracking I-225). "It will be the first time we've opened five lines in one year," says Tina Jaquez, an RTD spokesperson. "[2016] is going to be a big year." Commuters cannot wait for the expanded service to begin. Wheat

RINO Continued from 1 diverse, inclusive and affordable,” according to the nonprofit neighborhood association, RiNo Art District. “Keep RiNo Wild has been the campaign slogan for the neighborhood’s district creation process, which saw incredible collaboration between artists, small businesses and large developers, including both multi-generational owners as well as newer investors in the neighborhood,” according to a RiNo Art District Press Release regarding the new BID and GID. The RiNo BID, which covers 450 acres in the neighborhood will be funded only by commercial property owners within its zone paying an increase of 4 mills of property tax. Projections estimate about $600,000 will be generated through this BID in 2016. Most of the improvements will focus on Brighton Blvd. and the riverfront area, although there will be some marketing, branding, and advocacy of the neighborhood economy

Ridge resident and daily RTD user Ceejay Adams is excited to see the G-line open next summer. “I'm often in the downtown area for personal and professional reasons. The parking is a nightmare and traffic is worse,” laments Adams. “I personally will enjoy parking my car at the station and taking the stress-free, 25-minute journey directly into the heart of Denver,” said Adams. RTD has already opened several FasTracks projects to favorable reviews. The renovation of Union Station which opened in 2014 was part of FasTracks, as was the 2013 opening of the W-line to Golden. RTD promises even more light rail options for the future, including routes to Highlands Ranch, Lone Tree, and Thornton. The B-line will eventually open past Westminster along the US-36 corridor from Union Station, through Boulder, to Longmont. Of course the Boulder/ Longmont extension of the B-line depends on the availability of funds. Finally, RTD riders will begin to see a new kind of train once the routes under construction begin operations. Denver’s train fleet currently consists entirely of light rail trains, which are lighter, and therefore more agile in navigating tight city streets. However, expanded routes will begin to install commuter trains, which are much faster and have a higher capacity for passengers and storage. Commuter rails travel at 79 mph versus the top speed of 55 mph for the light rail trains. The faster and larger capacity commuter trains will be used on the East Rail Line, the Gold Line, the Northwest Rail Line, and the North Metro Rail Line For more information about RTD, including maps, schedules, and more, please visit rtd-denver.com.

to promote RiNo businesses. By contrast, the RiNo GIB covers 300 acres on the western portion of the neighborhood. The GID is funded by both residents and commercial owners in the boundary and will seek to improve Brighton Blvd. lighting, pedestrian walkability, and riverfront access in RiNo. An additional 4 mills of property tax plus an additional assessment will fund the GID for owners with Brighton Blvd frontage. The GID is expected to generate $300,000 in 2016 alone and $3 million over a twenty-year period. The recent voter approval of RiNo’s GID and BID is the culmination of more than a year of petitions, signature gathering, public education, and planning. Neighborhood activists made news in June when over forty neighborhood stakeholders showed their support in a Denver City Council meeting all sporting “Keep RiN0 Wild” T-shirts. The assessments will begin in 2016. For more information, please visit www.rivernorthart.com.

Isabella and Olivia make their own dolls last month at the Final Friday Halloween celebration at the Denver Art Museum. PHOTO BY JEFF HERSCH

MUSEUM Continued from 1 joy of cooking as they help to prepare tasty dishes and snacks such as fruit and vegetable dips, cinnamon oatmeal pancakes, Hawaiian Popsicles and salad dressings to put over greens from the Museum garden. Some vegetables used in the kitchen are also grown in nearby tanks using aquaponics. Aquaponics involves raising aquatic animals, such as fish, combined with cultivating plants in water (known as hydroponics).

Another treasure of the expansion project is Joy Park, a 30,000 sq. ft. outdoors play space adjacent to the Museum that opened this summer. Kids can play in canyons, rivers, waterfalls, sand dunes and ruins, and discover many other surprises from Colorado’s great outdoors. There is also a dueling zip line, amphitheater and build-your-own-fort play area. The Children’s Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus is committed to offering access to families who otherwise might not be able to visit. There are several programs in place to help ensure

this objective. So far this year, nearly 16,000 admissions have been provided to children from low-income schools. Free annual family memberships are also available to parents with kids at underserved childcare centers and elementary schools. The first Tuesday evening of each month, from 4-8 pm, is also free to all courtesy of Target. Denver is fortunate to have such a great museum for children. Any parent, caregiver or teacher looking for something exciting and educational for kids should include it on their list of must-see attractions this winter.

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SCHOOLS By Linda Katchen, Ph. D Barrett Elementary, 2900 Richard Allen Ct., and Columbine Elementary, 2540 E. 29th, are still moving towards their merger next year. Columbine students were visited by Hansel and Gretel from the Denver Opera House. The children were entertained and had many laughs. To get more up-to-date information on Columbine, visit their Facebook page. At Cole Arts and Science Academy (CASA), 3240 Humboldt, trespassing and more. Nov. 4, CASA students held a mock trial where Judge Reina Ortiz found Goldilocks guilty of trespassing, destruction of

private property (the chair) and theft (porridge). However, Ortiz determined that because Goldilocks didn’t mean any harm, she should not be sentenced to jail time. She must pay for damages and serve one year of probation. Teachers Jen Zobel and Karen Sandberg taught students about the judicial system and took them on a visit to the Denver County Court. James Zobel, a magistrate, and Attorney Margaret Carey provided expert consultation to the students. CASA has several upcoming events to note on the calendar. There is a School of Choice Coffee at 8 am, Dec. 1. Boys and Girls Club hosts two

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The Montessori Academy of Colorado’s (MAC) newly completed playground renovation provides each child with the daily, outside, unstructured play they need to be healthy and happy. PHOTO COURTESY OF MAC events: Wed., Dec. 16, it will host a Family Night and on Fri., Dec. 18, it hosts a Holiday Party. All students will perform at 9 am in a Winter Concert. Only grades 3 -5 will perform for the concert at 5pm. Gilpin Montessori, 2949 California, needs volunteers to be room parents, who function as liaisons between the teachers/ school and parents of children in the class. Parents might consider volunteering to fill these positions if they have the time. On Thurs., Dec. 12 there will be New Parent Tours. ECE and kindergarten parents have tours from 9-9:30 am and tours for grades 1-5 will be from 9:30-10 am. Interested parents should meet in the Tour Room at Gilpin. The Winter Concert and Art Extravaganza will be Tues., Dec. 8. On Thurs., Dec. 17, Gilpin hosts a Winter Talent Show from 3:30-5 pm for more information on any of these events, contact Gilpin at 720-424-7140. “Last month several professors and interns from Colorado State University drove from Fort Collins to set up for a day learning about of physics. They are part of an organization known as the Little Shop of Physics. Each class had an opportunity to work on physics experiments and experience first-hand how physics works. As a matter of fact the auditorium was converted into a classroom and the work was done in the dark (black light). We were thrilled to host them and we look forward to having them again in the near future.” Polaris at Ebert, 410 Park Ave West, hosts its Annual Bookies Night. Please join our principal, teachers, librarian and the knowledgeable Bookies staff for a special evening to benefit and support our Polaris library on Wed., Dec. 2, from 4-7 pm. Located on Mississippi just east of Colorado Blvd., The Bookies has one of the best children’s book and educational toy selections in the metro area. If you have never experienced shopping at The Bookies, this event is not to be missed. Twenty percent of all sales that night (cash or check) or fifteen percent of credit card sales will directly benefit the Polaris library. If you are unable to attend, you can always shop Dec.

3-8, and let The Bookies staff know that you are supporting our school and they will credit the Polaris school account. Please join Gail Axt and the store’s knowledgeable staff to help you find that perfect book or toy for your holiday gift list. Teacher wish lists for their classrooms will also be available. Please join the Honor Choir, Beginning Band, Advanced Band and Violin Classes for their annual winter concert on Thurs., Dec. 3. Each group will present songs showcasing their musical growth and achievements at 6:30 pm in the gym. Students need to report to their teacher at 5:45 pm to warm up and have their picture taken for the yearbook. Ensemble photos will be available for purchase from LifeTouch Photography. After the concert, there will be a potluck dessert reception in the foyer. If you would like to volunteer or bring a dessert, contact 720-424-7860. Some other notable events at Polaris: Science Fair/Salute to Scientists will be held Wed., Dec. 9 at 5:30 pm. Polaris is supporting two school-wide community service projects this year. The first is the Holiday Giving Project in November and December, benefiting The Gathering Place. In April, the Polaris Green Team will host a clothing drive to benefit Clothes to Kids of Denver. The Gathering Place project will kick off on Nov. 20 when The Gathering Place staff will visit classrooms to talk about their mission and homelessness in Denver. The Student Council will then sell greeting cards that have been hand-made by women at The Gathering Place every Friday after school for $2. These will include Holiday cards as well as thank you cards, birthday cards, etc. We will also be collecting packs of new socks and under-

wear and new or gently used hats and mittens for the women and children of The Gathering Place starting Nov. 20. Collection boxes for these items will be placed in each classroom. The culminating event will happen Dec. 18 at the classroom winter parties, when Polaris students will present all donated items to The Gathering Place staff. Montessori Academy of Colorado (MAC), 2500 Curtis, just completed a playground renovation. The renovation was planned around best practices for outdoor space. Numerous studies have shown that engaging in a natural playscape allows children to be more creative and autonomous. MAC replaced all their more traditional play structures and incorporated more natural elements, teepees, logs, rolling hills, a dry stream bed and more. The new, beautiful, natural playscape provides each child with the daily, outside, unstructured play they need to be healthy and happy. Manual High, 1700 E. 26th, celebrates College Friday’s Dec. 4, 11, & 18. Dress up and wear college gear. The Manual Winter Showcase will take place Dec. 11 in the auditorium from 7-9 pm. Manual will host a Middle School Open House on Mon., Dec. 14. For more information, contact Manual at 720-423-6300. Manual High School offers "shadowing" opportunities for prospective students that are interested in learning more about the school. Shadow opportunities will be offered weekly on Wednesdays 8 am-12:45 pm between Dec. 2-Jan. 28. For more information, please call Carol Grant at 720-423-6303. Denver students and communities have much to be thankful for. Happy Thanksgiving to all! Questions, comments or pictures: Contact Linda Katchen at drtsschoolscoop@gmail.com

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VOLUNTEERS OF AMERICA, A REWARDING EXPERIENCE By Denny Taylor If you want to make your holidays bright while shining a light on someone else’s path then Volunteers of America (VOA) may be just the ticket for you. Volunteering is an incredibly rewarding way to invest your time while enriching the lives of others. Volunteer service opportunities at VOA local branches vary from delivering meals to homebound seniors, brightening the decor of one of their shelters, or providing childcare to one of the students in the Head Start program, and much, much more. Frequently the act of volunteering itself can be a life changing experience from which the volunteer surprisingly obtains more in return than the service they provided, and often continues to compel individuals to return again and again to offer their help and service to the charities they become impassioned about. The volunteer receives a sense of fulfillment and a feeling of accomplishment and well being from helping others less fortunate, that cannot be obtained by any other means. VOA is a national, nonprofit, faith-based organization dedicated to helping those in need rebuild their lives and reach their full potential. Through more than 30 distinct human service programs throughout the state of Colorado, including housing and healthcare, VOA helps more than 200,000 Coloradans each year. Just last year alone, in 2014, VOA logged 293,246 hours served by their volunteers on projects that made a difference in the lives of so many people. VOA has many volunteer opportunities in December with which to scratch your volunteer itch. Several days in Decem-

ber, help is needed with the Adopt-A-Family program that provides Christmas gifts for families who otherwise would not have the means to celebrate. Volunteers are also needed to assist with sorting and distributing the gifts at "Santa’s Shop." On December 12th help is needed to assemble and deliver beautiful fruit baskets. These baskets are given to seniors who might not otherwise receive a gift or visits from family during the holidays. VOA Denver will be deliver 5,280 baskets this year. On December 14th volunteers are needed to help clients sign-up for baskets, and on the 21st help is needed to distribute those baskets and gifts. This project will be held at the VOA Mission at 2877 Lawrence St. Help is also needed to deliver Meals on Wheels on Christmas Day or the immediate days before and after Christmas. Meals on Wheels helps homebound seniors receive a nutritious meal to help celebrate the holidays. Volunteers are required to undergo background checks for some positions. That is a cost to the volunteer of $20. Once background check and orientation are complete, VOA volunteer services staff will work with you to find the perfect assignment on a onetime or ongoing basis. If you are interested in volunteering, go to voacolorado. org or call 303-297-0408 to find out how and where you can be involved in local opportunities in the Denver area. VOA’s administrative offices are located at 2660 Larimer Street, so if you would rather drop in to investigate for yourself first-hand, someone there will be glad to walk you through the programs and available opportunities.

DECEMBER 8TH IS COLORADO GIVES DAY By Denny Taylor Colorado gives Day is an annual statewide movement to celebrate and increase philanthropy in Colorado through online giving. ColoradoGives.org is a year-round, online giving website featuring over 1,700 Colorado nonprofit organizations. You can learn about your favorite charities and maybe discover a few new ones whose mission and goals you care about and would like to support. On Dec. 7 at 11 am (rain, shine or snow) on the Capitol’s West steps (200 E Colfax) a rally will be held to call attention to the great work Colorado’s nonprofits do in our communities. It is a visual event designed for social media and news coverage to get the word out about Colorado gives Day. Made possible by Community First Foundation since 2007, ColoradoGives.org encourages

charitable giving by providing comprehensive, objective and upto-date information about Colorado nonprofits and an easy way to support them online. All of the charities on ColoradoGives.org are recognized by the Internal Revenue Service and the Secretary of State, and are in good standing. Donations are tax deductible as charitable contributions to the full extent permitted by law. Do something good and support your favorite charity this season and go to www.coloradogives.org to make it happen.

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FAMILY TUESDAYS: Young Children’s Storytime, The Tattered Cover, Colfax & Elizabeth, 10:30 am. Free. Different topic each week. Call 303-322-1965, ext. 2731. • “Book Babies,” a language enrichment program for babies age six to 23 months, 10:30 am, Children’s Library of the Denver Public Library, 14th & Broadway. Call 720-865-1306. FRIDAYS: Bilingual Storytime at the Ford Library, 28th & High, 10:30 am. Call 720-865-0920.

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• 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, “Meditations on Fragments”, will be featured in the gallery. Open Shutter Gallery and the Byers-Evans House proudly present classic and new work by world-renowned photographer Paul Caponigro. The exhibit features handcrafted silver gelatin darkroom prints. The House will be open for abbreviated guided tours. There is no cost or reservations required. The exhibit runs until January 2, 2016. Call 303-620-4933. • CORE New Art Space, 900 Santa Fe Drive, Member Show with Deborah Williams’ “Roadside Attractions” and Mark Stokesbury’s “Calliope”. In the Annex: Stuart C. Andrews . Showing Dec. 3-21, with Artist’s Reception December 11, 6-9 pm. Call 303-297-8428. • An exhibit "Extraction" Featuring the work of Brigan Gresh. Walker Fine Art, 300 W. 11th, Nov. 13- Jan.9. Call 303-355-8955. • “Under the Guillotine”, featuring James Gillray & Contemporary counterparts, now showing at the Center for Visual

NIZA KNOLL GALLERY invites you to spend an evening of fun and whimsy with the new show, 'Hey Diddle, Diddle,' featuring artists' interpretations of nursery rhyme verses. Most pieces are 10"x10", making them perfect Art, runs, 965 Santa Fe. Showing Dec. 19-Mar. 2016. Free admission, Call 303-294-5207. • A new exhibit “Branching Out: Five New Visions” Featuring artists: Rhonda Denney, Sarah Kinn, Kristin Loudis, Kathy Mitchell-Garton, and Philip Newsom Upcoming show, Nov. 19-Dec. 12 at aBuzz Gallery, Free admission, 3340 Walnut Street, call 303-4087813. FRIDAY, DEC. 4: 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 303-620-4933 for more info.

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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 2: Free Legal Night at El Centro de San Juan Diego, 2830 Lawrence. 20 volunteer lawyers, one-on-one consultations, 5:30-7 pm. First come, first serve. Spanish/English provided. Repeated the 1st Weds. of every month. Call 303-573-1302. • Monthly meeting of Democratic Party of Denver House District 5, Colorado Democratic Party HQ, 789 Sherman, 7-9 pm. Repeated 1st Weds. of every

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Wed. of the month, Blair-Caldwell Library, 2401 Welton, 12:30 pm. Call 720-865-2115. FRIDAY, DEC. 11: GOP Monthly Breakfast at Pete's Greek Town Cafe, 2910 Colfax. Great speakers & conservative camaraderie. Please RSVP, so we can 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. SATURDAY, DEC. 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 720-865-1821. THURSDAY, DEC. 17: Monthly meeting of Financially Fit Females, 6 pm. First meeting free, location & topic change monthly, 3rd Thurs. of month. Call 303993-3939. SATURDAY, DEC. 19: Colorado House District 8 Democrats, 10 am-noon, Park Hill Library, 4705 Montview. Repeated 3rd Sat. of every month. Call 720-220-6876. MONDAY, DEC. 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, DEC. 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 720-931-8888. WEDNESDAY, DEC. 23: 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. 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,


11 9:30-10:30 am, Mercury Cafe, 22nd & California. Free, other classes available. Call 303-3225874. • Meditation and Kirtan. Every Sunday at 4 pm at 854 Pearl Street. Childcare provided. For more info call Ed 720-810-9071. 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. • Free Zumba classes, 6 - 7 pm, Manual High School cafeteria, 28th & Williams (enter on south side). Offered by YMCA Community Programs Branch. Call 303-292-2281. TUESDAYS: Denver Chess Club, 6:30-10:30 pm, basement of West First Ave. Presbyterian Church, 120 W. 1st. Call 720-318-6496. • 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, 6:30-10:30 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 303-398-1912 • “Meditation at Noon,” a free, 30-minute, guided meditation, KMC Colorado, 1081 Marion. Call 303-813-9551. • Classic Film Series at Denver Central Library, Free on Level B2 Conference Center at 7-9:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted. WEDNESDAYS: Kiwanis Club of Denver,12-1:30 pm, Maggiano’s at the Denver Pavilions, 16th & Glenarm. Program varies weekly. • Rotary Club of Five Points, 6 - 7pm. Varying locations for meetings and service projects. New members are welcome. 720891-0843. THURSDAYS: Fillmore Community Network, focuses on sustainability, 7:30-9 am, 1633 Fillmore, 1st floor conference room. Location changes monthly. Call 303-399-2100. • Beginning Computers, Ford-Warren Library, 28th & High, 6-7 pm. Free. Call 720-8650920 • Cherry Creek Toastmasters, 7-8:30 am, Temple Emanuel, 1st & Grape. Call 303-399-9901. • Conquer the fear of public speaking at Body Shops Toastmasters, noon, Colo. Dept. of Health, 4300 Cherry Creek Dr.

South, 2nd flr. Call 303-398-4735. • Denver Socrates Cafe, 7 pm, Trinity United Methodist Church, 18th & Broadway. Discussions on a variety of important topics. Free. Call 303-861-1447. • Downtown Denver Euchre Club, All Fired Up, 1135 Bannock, 7 pm (promptly). Call 303-8251995. 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 303-467-9294. • “Thrillspeakers” Toastmasters, noon-1 pm, Webb building, 201 W. Colfax, Room 4i4. 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. • Community Awareness Program, Counterterrorism Education Learning Lab (CELL), 1st Saturdays, 99 W. 12th, 6-8 pm. Call 303-844-4000, ext. 8. •“Writers’ Church,” a “dropin 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. SATURDAYS: Drum-Making Circle, Unity on the Avenue, 4670 E. 17th, 11 am - 2pm. Call 303-320-3901. 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. WEDNESDAYS & SATURDAYS: 16th & Josephine Recycling Center open 3-6 pm Weds. & 9 am-12 pm Sat.

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. • 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 • Guided Meditation, Denver Ashram, 1559 High, 6 -6:30 am. Free, donations Welcome. Call 303-885-6727.

SENIORS THURSDAY, DEC. 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 720-865-1312. SATURDAY, DEC. 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

THE DENVER MUSEUM OF ART invites you to view 'Super Indian: Fritz Scholder,1967-1980’a collection of 40 paintings and lithographs from one of America's most revolutionary abstract/figurative artists in the Native American genre. 100 W. 14th, on view through Jan. 17, 720-865-5000; denverartmuseum.org late Conception, Colfax & Logan. Call 303-831-7010. • St. Paul Lutheran, Lutheran Mass at 8 & 10:30 am, 16th & Grant. Call 303-839-1432. • Episcopal Church of the Holy Redeemer, 2552 Williams, 10 am. Call 303-831-8963.

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Park & Blake MONDAYS: Grant Avenue Street Reach Meal, after 9 am, St. Paul Lutheran, 16th & Grant. Call 303839-1432. WEDNESDAYS: Weekly Bible Discussions, 11:30 am-12:30 pm, Christian Science Metropolitan Reading Room, 16th & Larimer. Call 303-534-3571. • Wednesday Evening Testimony Meeting, 7:30 pm, First Church of Christ, Scientist, 1401 Logan. Call 303-8391505. THURSDAYS: Morning Eucharist, 7 am, St. Paul Lutheran, 1600 Grant. A 30-minute liturgy of Word & Sacrament. Call 303839-1432. • Choral Evensong in traditional English style, St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 2015 Glenarm, 5:30-6 pm. Call 303296-1712. • 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. 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. 303-322-8042. • Church in the City-Beth Abraham, 16th & Gaylord, 10

GETTING IN THE SPIRIT THIS SEASON? You could make ‘Blossoms of Light’ a family tradition. There’s nothing more magical than strolling through the gardens bedecked in lovely night-colors of light. Hot drinks and treats will be available. 1007 York, 5:30-9 pm. $8-$11. 720-865-3501; botanicgardens.org 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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and retailers who cultivate the Colorado lifestyle. Live music will be featured on Fri., Dec. 4th. Located in the old Denver Post Bldg. at 4400 Fox, entry to the Flea is $5 and includes a beverage of choice. THURSDAY-SATURDAY, DEC. 3-5: The Denver Gay Men’s Chorus presents Tinsel & Treasure at 7:30 pm, Central Presbyterian Church, 1660 Sherman. Tickets are 427/$30. FRIDAY & SATURDAY, DEC. 4 &

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CITY COUNCIL PUBLIC RESTROOMS PRESENT A REAL NEED IN DENVER By Councilwoman Robin Kniech Denver’s natural beauty, economic vitality and robust recreational, sports, arts and cultural scenes are proving to have great global appeal, drawing thousands of new residents to the City each year and more than 14 million visitors annually. Corridors like downtown and Colfax are transforming their streetscapes and creating new public activities to attract these customers. And to accommodate more people moving around, Denver is encouraging both visitors and residents to consider walking, biking or using transit as alternatives to driving alone. As more people embrace public spaces and alternative transportation, the importance of ensuring access to public restrooms to accommodate people who are away from home has increased in Denver. This need for restrooms is even greater for residents who are without homes to return to each night. Whether commuting to work, or travelling from abroad, another state, or an outlying neighborhood, many visitors arrive in downtown or one of our central Denver neighborhoods surrounding the city center. Following the lead of other world-class cities, such as San Francisco, Portland and Copenhagen, Denver is seeking to address its own public health and sanitation needs by providing people who visit these areas, and people who are homeless, with greater access to public restroom facilities. Our entire community is harmed when individuals have no option but to relieve themselves in an inappropriate place. Most people

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more than 130 complaints related to human waste over the last three years. Our office is responding to complaints from individuals unable to find or use restrooms, and from businesses and neighborhoods dealing with the unhealthy impacts of public spaces being used inappropriately. Over the past six months, we have worked intensively with City agencies and the Mayor’s Office to document the problem, gather public feedback and research possible solutions. Denver has begun to take action by focusing first on its current inventory of public restrooms, working to make them more accessible, user-friendly and safe. So far, three restrooms have either opened or are being re-activated in this first phase: • We reopened the restroom at Skyline Park on 16th & Arapahoe, adding an attendant to monitor and maintain the facility. • Restrooms in Commons Park on Little Raven Street will soon be open year round, also likely with an attendant, after they are retrofitted for winter usage.

• The new Lawrence Street Community Center will offer a new, safe and sanitary facility to serve some of Denver’s most vulnerable residents. The next step Denver is considering, as part of its public restroom pilot initiative, is to test locations for mobile restrooms. Mobile restrooms come in a variety of configurations, offering people access to safe, clean and comfortable facilities without the permanency of installing a stand-alone restroom. Denver would utilize ADA-compliant units with multiple restrooms, and an attendant would be provided. Units would be cleaned regularly and located in well-lit, high-traffic areas that could be monitored by police cameras for security. Each night, the units would be transported away for a more thorough cleaning and returned the next day. Due to the high demand for solutions on Capitol Hill, we are currently working with associations, residents and businesses along the Colfax Corridor to consider a location on Capitol Hill

for a pilot, mobile location that could serve both nightlife patrons and vulnerable residents. Please check with my office for details on public meeting dates not available at press time. The mobile units to be tested as part of the pilot program are intended to ultimately inform our next steps, as part of a greater goal to provide the people of Denver more permanent public restroom solutions in the future. Public restrooms should be considered basic public amenities within our urban fabric, just like streetlights and bus benches. Fortunately, Denver can benefit from the best practices learned in other big cities around the world, while at the same time adapting and innovating new solutions where needed. Together, we can find the right methods for supporting people’s ability to move freely around the city and relieve themselves with dignity. Contact Councilwoman Robin Kniech for questions and feedback at kniechatlarge@denvergov. org or 720-337-7712.

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CHANGES: CRAFTSMAN & APPRENTICE Delanie Holton and Jon Fessler founded The Craftsman & Apprentice in a small workshop in City Park West just over a year ago. The original goal was to create an inviting space where they could work and host the occasional workshop or market. Holton missed teaching however, and began offering workshops and camps for kids. Her assumption: children are much more capable than we give them credit for being. The classes taught youngsters to tinker, to use tools like a hammer or saw. They explored problem solving in a safe environment. Then adult workshops were added. Now C&A has the chance to expand into a storefront two doors west that recently housed House of Blessing. Since C&A is a labor of love more than a moneymaking venture, Holton and Fessler have launched a Kickstarter campaign to help fund the acquisition and build out. A bigger footprint would offer a larger tool and materials storage area. The new space would also house a large classroom where most of the woodworking and craft-based workshops are held. The current venue would be used to showcase the work of instructors and other artisans in a co-op retail and gallery area. Rewards for donors include adult workshops (including fermentation, reclaimed woodworking, and pie crust mastery) and kids workshops (like tinker time and bow-and-arrow carving), plus a host of eye-catching artisan goods. The shop is located at 1345 E. 22nd. Check out upcoming events and their Kickstarter details at craftsmanandapprentice.com.

BREW ‘N Q New year. New name. New owner? Last month, Brew ‘N Q, the do-it-yourself supplies shop

at 2801 Walnut, marked its first anniversary in business, but the news was eclipsed by other changes in the operation. For most of its first year, the company saw the road in front of the shop (28th) closed due to construction, but the venture still managed to build a loyal following. Then owner Craig Singleton was hit with a medical challenge that forced him to close the shop. In mid-November, Brew ‘n Q returned with new ownership and a new vision. “I was one of the regulars,” said Mike Wigginton, an avid home brewer who now owns the business with his dad, Steve. Some of the BBQ supplies will remain – at least for the near future, but liquids will get more emphasis. “We’d like to focus on home brew, possibly some wine making supplies and ciders and sodas,” he said. The new owners plan to expand the ‘brew on site’ option, which will help folks who don’t have their own equipment or want greater capacity. Brewing your own suds is a ‘hurry up and wait’ venture with lots of time to kill between steps. So the brewing area of the house will be redone to make this an irresistible space to linger. That includes adding tables, a big TV and a sitting area “so folks can multi-task on Sundays” Wigginton added. The entrance to the shop is on 28th so don’t be fooled by the actual address. A new name is still in development, but hours have already changed to Tues.Fri., 11 am-7 pm & Sat.-Sun., 10 am-6 pm. There should be more news soon at Brewnq.com or call 303292-2739 for the latest.

WILL CALL It’s often said the first year’s the hardest in the restaurant biz. So congrats are due for the folks at Will Call in the INDUSTRY multi-use space at 3043 Brighton. You survived well; now it’s on to Year Two! Spokesman Mark Berzins reported that things are going well at Will Call despite numerous challenges created by construction in the area, including the erection of a massive parking structure behind INDUSTRY. “Parking remains very tight in the area, but we have secured the immediate 14 spots for “Restaurant Use Only”, so that helps, especially during lunch,” he said. Those slots are right outside Will Call’s main entrance. There’s also a paid parking lot to the north of the INDUSTRY complex. Will Call also has a new manager, Gardner Waterman, who promises a renewed focus on cocktails and late night fun. “We are still open every day until 2:00 am and the menu is largely unchanged,” Berzins said. “We are now featuring an Arepa

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On Wednesday, November 18, Emily Griffith Technical College, 1860 Lincoln, hosted the largest U.S. Citizenship Ceremony of the year. One hundred individuals ranging in age from 18-83 and representing 46 countries participated in the ceremony. PHOTO BY JEFF HERSCH of the Week, the purchase of which includes a donation to buy a meal for someone in need. The promotion is run through Eatiply, a pretty cool new hunger-relief group.” Arepas are Venezuelan cornmeal sandwiches stuffed with a choice of rotisserie meats. Choices are pork, chicken, lamb and Waygu beef. They’re also the backbone of Will Call’s menu. It is viewable at willcalldenver.com and also includes some tempting dessert arepas. The kitchen is open until midnight. Will Call now features six full hours of happiness too. Happy Hour runs from 3 pm-7 pm & 10 pm-2 am daily. The restaurant and bar’s number is 720-4846428.

LET ‘EM HAVE IT SALON There were also anniversary cheers at Let ‘Em Have It Salon at 790 E. 20th in Uptown last month. Now its owner has big plans for Year Three. “We decided we wanted to become a B corporation,” owner Fallene Wells said. “We wanted to use our business for good.” B Corporation certification is a multi-step process that includes outlining how employees and the community benefit from the business. If approved, the salon would be the first hair care operation in the US to earn that designation. “We were doing a lot of things that B corporations do without really knowing it,” said Wells. A customer pointed out that fact and started the ball rolling. “What I enjoy is being a leader and helping my employees grow. As a business owner, I think we have a responsibility to change the world a little bit. Customers can know we’re not just saying things for marketing purposes. We’re trying to make a difference.” Wells says there also will be more emphasis on sustainability. “It’s more than just the products we use. We want to become a Green Circle Salon. We can recycle everything.” The goal is to have zero impact on the environment – an intriguing concept in a field more often known for chemicals and spray

products. Last month, the salon also launched the Gratitude Program offering discounts for individuals like nurses, teachers and others who give back to the community. You can schedule appointments at 720-638-4619 or at letemhaveitsalon.com.

medal, now you can also sample Cranberry Session ale mid-month. There’s also Spangalang’s take on American Stout and a Triple brewed, in collaboration with some Italian brewers, which includes a bunch of Italian saffron. Some bourbon barrel-aged beers are slated to roll out too.

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The luxury used car dealer gallery has finally cleared out of its longtime home at 2669 Larimer. A new market is slated to occupy the space in 2016 and construction is now underway. Meanwhile, Motosport is “doing its same thing” at a new address – 3821 Steele. Their number remains 303-292-0235.

The list of December unveilings is short and sweet at Ratio, 2920 Larimer. It includes Russian Imperial Stout called Genius Wizard, coming mid-December and a Winter Saison shortly after that.

CLOSINGS: DOWNING STREET GRILL & PIZZERIA Both sides of this eatery are evidently gone. Totally. The space at 3090 Downing appears to be completely shuttered. My first clue was the huge FOR LEASE sign out front.

THE BIG WONDERFUL Last month, I wrote that the Big Wonderful at 26th & Lawrence had closed for the season, but would return next summer. Evidently, I wrote too soon. The Saturday festival of food trucks, music, vendors and adult beverages is not returning to Curtis Park. Instead, it’s moving east. Far east to the Stanley Marketplace slated to open next year in Aurora. Stanley will be located at 2501 Dallas St. near Stapleton. No opening date has been set for the aviation-themed marketplace, but there’s sure a lot of buzz about it.

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If pumpkin ale is the staple of November, what do local craft breweries crack open for end of year festivities? Hint: it’s not mistletoe IPA.

SPANGALANG At the brewery in Five Points Plaza off Welton, there are several new items on tap for December. In addition to sampling their Belgian Table Beer, which won a Great American Beer Fest gold

RIVER NORTH BREWERY Although River North vacated its original home on Blake earlier this fall, the company is still brewing. No taproom open yet at 6021 Washington, but one is due in early January and will reportedly be open seven days a week. Fans can sample their December offering of Barrel-Aged Avarice, a top-rated whiskey barrel-aged imperial stout, beginning the first week in December. Fans can find bottles on liquor store shelves throughout Colorado, and the first keg tapping will be Friday, December 4th at Lucky Pie in LoDo.

LOST HIGHWAY At 520 E. Colfax, the brewers of Lost Highway are featuring a winter beer dubbed "Liquid Pajamas". It’s dark ale brewed with dark malts, rye, wheat and also has eight pounds of Belgian cocoa per batch. It comes in at 13% abv, so it packs a punch, but I’m told it’s very drinkable and not too sweet.

ALPINE DOG BREWING COMPANY At 1505 Ogden, December means the arrival of Maple Red Ale Belgian Style Dubbel and Imperial Stout. The company just marked its first anniversary with the release of a Bourbon Barrel Aged Peach Pale Ale. Alpine Dog is hosting a Christmas party on Christmas Day that starts at noon and on that day will tap another brew – either Imperial Stout or Red Wine Barrel Aged Belgian Style Dubbel. Send biz news to Jeanne@ lifeoncaphill.com.


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HOLIDAY LIGHT DISPLAYS BRIGHTEN THE SEASON By Jason McKinney It’s that time of year again for festive lights and the Denver metro area never disappoints. Not only are there holiday light displays at the Denver Zoo, the Denver Botanic Gardens (and its sister location at Chatsfield), but also there is the Parade of Lights and the Downtown Denver Grand Illumination. If you’re looking for something a little farther afield, there is also A Hudson Christmas, the holiday lights display at Hudson Gardens in Littleton. The Denver Zoo (2300 Steele) continues its annual holiday tradition with Zoo Lights, running every night from Fri., Dec. 4 until Sun., Jan. 3 from 5:30-9 pm. Zoo Lights is going to be nearly double in size this year, covering 70 acres with nightly entertainment, animal encounters, Santa meet and greets, and illuminated animal sculptures. Admission is $11 for those 12-64, $7 for ages 3-11 and $9 for 65+. For more information and to buy tickets, go to denverzoo.org. The Denver Botanic Gardens is also once again presenting Blossoms of Light at its 1007 York Street location and Trail of Lights at its Chatfield site. Both events run every night through Sat., Jan. 2 from 5:30-9 pm and Blossoms of Light will feature the return of the illuminated O’Fallon Perennial Walk and the Romantic Gardens, in addition to thousands of twinkling lights, which can be viewed through the ever-popular HoloSpex glasses. There will be seasonal entertainment on select nights (go to botanicgardens.org for specific dates), warm drinks and treats as well. Non-Peak Admission prices (until Dec. 13) are $11 for Adults, $9 for Members, Seniors & Military, $8 for Children (3-15) and $6 for Child Members. Ages 2 & under are free. Peak Admission prices (Dec. 14-Jan. 2) are $13 for Adults, $11 for Members, Seniors & Military, $10 for Children (3-15) & $8 for Child Members. Ages 2 & under are free. Trail of Lights at Chatfield in Littleton (8500 West Deer Creek Canyon Road) is literally a path of lights that runs through the Gardens and Chatfield Farms; a shorter route takes visitors directly to the children’s play area, while a longer one meanders to the Green Farm Barn and silo, which you can explore before heading over to the children’s area and the 1880s homestead. There will be synchronized music in the play area, a three-sided light tunnel, warming hut, fire pit, hot drinks, entertainment, illuminated antique and model tractors on display and, of course, the popular HoloSpex. Trail of Lights runs on the same dates and times as the York Street location and admission is $11 for Adults, $9 for Members, Seniors & Military, $8 for Children (3-15) & $6 for Child Members. Ages 2 & under are

free. For more information or to buy tickets for either site, go to botanicgardens.org. The 41st annual Parade of Lights will be another huge lighting event this season, taking place on Fri. & Sat., Dec. 4th & 5th. The Parade begins at 8 pm on Friday & 6 pm on Saturday. The two mile route will begin at the City and County Building, wind its way up Colfax, take a right on Tremont, a left on 17th, a left on Arapahoe, a right on 15th and then culminate at Glenarm Place. There are spots all along the route to see the Parade, but be prepared to stake yours out early. You can also purchase tickets for Grandstand Seating in front of the City and County Building. The tickets, which were still available at press time, are $19 for Adults & Children 13 & over, $16 for Children 2-12, and Children under 2 are free as long as they sit on the lap of a ticket holder. All tickets are $20 when purchased the day of the Parade. Go to denverparadeoflights.com to purchase yours and also view a map of the Parade route. Downtown Denver’s Grand Illumination is the event that ignites the 600,000+ colored light on the city buildings. Even though this initially happened on November 27, you can still tour downtown and enjoy the lights on the City and County Building (1437 Bannock), Larimer Square (Larimer between 14th & 15th), the Denver Pavilions (16th between Tremont & Welton), Denver Union Station (Wynkoop at 17th), Skyline Park (16th between Lawrence & Arapahoe), the 16th Street Mall and the historic D&F Tower (1601 Arapahoe). Hudson Gardens in Littleton (6115 S. Santa Fe) showcases, A Hudson Christmas, a one mile outdoor walking path, which winds through twinkling lights and glowing displays throughout the Gardens. Admission includes wagon rides and visits with Santa. A Hudson Christmas runs evenings from 5-8:30 pm from Thurs., Dec. 3-Sun., Dec. 6; Thurs., Dec. 10-Wed., Dec. 23 & Sat., Dec. 26-Sat., Jan. 2. Admission is $11 for Adults, $9 for Gardens Members & Military (Active & Retired), $8 for Children 4-12 & Children 0-3 are free. For further information, go to hudsongardens.org.

The Sky Lounge at the new Westin at DIA will be enjoyed by many travelers. PHOTO BY JEFF HERSCH

WESTIN-DIA HOTEL/CONFERENCE CENTER NOW OPEN By Nancy Foster Just Arrived – The 14-story and much anticipated Westin-Denver International Airport hotel and conference center opened with great fanfare on November 19 on Colorado’s vast Eastern Plains. The $500 million project, designed by Gensler, an internationally renowned design firm, features a contemporary steel and glass structure and replicates, a “Bird in Flight.” The sparkling hostelry boasts 513-guest rooms, 35-spacious suites, a 37,000 sq. ft. conference center and an 82,000 sq. ft. open-air plaza for arts,

entertainment and relaxation. Guests will enjoy fine dining at Grill and Vine and a casual atmosphere at the sleekly designed Sky Lounge on the 5th floor where guests also check-into the hotel. A yet to be named craft brewery will offer thirsty guests and visitors a comfortable place to mix and mingle. Artwork by predominantly Colorado artists can be found throughout the facility. In the “saddle” of the hotel, designed to allow pilots to view the airport when flying into Denver, resides a workout room and salt-water swimming pool

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DAZZLE JAZZ is delighted to present 'The Chaparral High School Jazz Ensemble' and the 'Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra.' Join these home-grown artists for an energetic evening of high quality jazz. 930 Lincoln St., Dec. 14, 7-9 pm. $12.50/$15.303-521-8206;METROPOLITANJAZZORCHESTRA.ORG 2015 with the New Year's Eve Fireworks Downtown. The two spectacular fireworks shows will occur at 9 p.m. and midnight. THURSDAY, DEC. 31: Enjoy a perfect New Year's Eve celebration for the entire family at the Denver Zoo. With a special Zoo Year's Eve countdown at 9 p.m. your little ones will be able to enjoy the holiday, but still get home for bed. Activities are included with Zoo Lights admission. 2300 Steele. THURSDAY, DEC. 31: Start your New Year's celebration in style with the Colorado Symphony's

annual presentation of A Night in Vienna, a rousing selection of polkas, waltzes, and marches. The festive performance is the perfect send-off to 2015. Tickets are $9$89 at tickets.coloradosymphony. org. THURSDAY, DEC. 31:Roaring 20’s Theme at 14th Annual White Rose Gala to welcome in the New Year. Doors open at 9 pm at Ellie Caulkins Opera House at 14th & Champa. Do you flapper? Elegant Attire - Flapper Dresses & Feathers, Suits & Hats. No Jeans. Gen. Admission $69. For more info & tickets, please visit www.

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