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FYI/Happenings Thousands Expected at Civic Center Park for Women’s March Thousands of local women are expected to march through downtown Denver on January 21 in a sister event to the national Women’s March on Washington, D.C., which is occurring the same day. A group of local women came together to plan the event last November. News of the march spread organically through social media, with more than 40,000 women, men and children from around Colorado expressing interest in participating. Organizers describe the march not as a protest, but rather as an opportunity for participants to support social justice, human rights and equality, and to demonstrate that they will be vigilant in protecting these rights moving forward. While the March and rally are sponsored and organized by women, everyone is welcome to attend. “Women make up over 50 percent of the population, yet the rights of women and other marginalized groups are in danger of being taken away,” said Cheetah McLellan, one of the local organizers. “We hope the march helps inspire women and all participants to take action and do whatever they can to participate in our democracy.”

When: January 21, 2017 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m March begins at 9:30 a.m. Rally begins at 11:15 a.m. Where: Civic Center Park, Denver, Colorado March Information: The march route will travel through downtown Denver, beginning and ending at Civic Center Park. A rally at the Greek Amphitheater will follow. http://www.marchoncolorado.org/home/maps Rally Information: Sixteen women from all walks of life will be speaking at the rally. The list includes members of the Colorado General Assembly, women serving on Denver city council and various commissions, nonprofit executives, business leaders, educators, health care professionals, human rights advocates and many more. Poets, musicians and other performers will also take the stage at the rally. Confirmed speakers and performers include: Irene Aguilar, Lauren Y. Casteel, Maymangwa Flying Earth, Nicole Garcia, Fawn Germer, Leslie Herod, Jessie Hilb, Nadeen Ibrahim, Dafna Michaelson Jenet, Robin Kniech, Fatu Lady Drummer, Jacki Marsh, Toluwanimi Obiwole, Michelle Penland, Kriste Peoples, Coni Sanders, Gillian Silverman, Arnette Sinclair-Koger, Suzi Q. Smith, Sarah Tyson, and Chris Williamson. More information about each of the speakers can be found at marchoncolorado.org. The Women's March on Denver was inspired by the Women's March

on Washington D.C. Over 200 sister marches are taking place on January 21, 2017 around the world. In Colorado, sister marches are scheduled for Aspen, Carbondale, Colorado Springs, Durango, Grand Junction and Steamboat Springs. For more information, visit www.marchoncolorado.org.

Black American West Event at Museum & Heritage Center

Saturday, February 4th, from 11 to 1pm come hear about the Life and Times of JoKatherine Holliman Page – A native Coloradoan, social and political activist. Saturday, February 11th, from 11 to 1 come hear about the Life and Times of Valeria Howard-Vason – The wife of the late Lu Vason founder of the Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo. Saturday, February 18th from 11 to 1 come a special guest appearance – A prominent local community person. Saturday, February 25th, Open Community Dialog. This is a Free Day. How does the BAWM & HC stay relevant and contribute to the success of the African American community locally and region. Black American West Museum & Heritage Center, 3091 California St., Denver, CO 80205. For more information go to www.blackamericanwestmuseum.org or call 720-242-7428

First Denver Safe Home for Teen Survivors of Sex Trafficking The staff and Board of Directors of Extended Hands of Hope announced today that they will be hosting a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to celebrate the opening of Avanti House - a safe home for teen survivors of sex trafficking and exploitation. Extended Hands of Hope’s mission is to offer safe housing and supportive services to survivors of minor sex trafficking, as well as raise awareness through education. This is the first home open in Denver specifically for survivors of minor sex trafficking. The project has been in the works for 3 years and will be ready to be licensed and operating by January 20, 2017.Executive Director, Kristen Harness states, "We are thrilled to finally be opening up this much needed safe home for these young survivors. Everybody deserves a safe place to live and even more, victims of severe abuse. We believe every girl deserves a childhood. We want to thank our community for taking a stand against exploitation and partnering with our work. "Formoreinformation call 720935-0025or go to our website www.extendedhandsofhope.org

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FYI/Happenings Open Enrollment for Joshua Academy Starts January 30th Joshua Early Childhood Center (JECC) will hold an open house on Saturday, January 28 from 10:00am – noon. The event is an opportunity to see JECC’s a new facility located in Centennial CO. JECC combines its expanded traditional preschool, Joshua Academy, with its Joshua Early Intervention program for children with autism. Beginning January 30, Joshua Academy preschool will begin open enrollment for the 2017-2018 school year. The Joshua School (TJS) began serving children with developmental disabilities in October of 2005, and rapidly grew into one of the most outstanding Facility Schools for autism in the country. Joshua Early Intervention began to thrive and in 2011, TJS expanded and established the preschool program Joshua Academy to provide an integrated model serving children of all abilities. According to Brooke Lestikow, director of Joshua Academy, “JECC is at the forefront of providing this type of advanced preschool where everyone benefits.” Joshua Academy is a curriculumbased early childhood learning experience for all children. “We place a heavy emphasis on building character, kindness and acceptance through our integrated environment,” says Brooke Lestikow, program director of Joshua Academy. JA utilizes Creative Curriculum and Teaching Strategies GOLD for assessment and teaching areas such as literacy, arithmetic, and social/emotional development.​ The expansion furthers JECC’s ability to help each student attain the highest quality of life, valuing each mind, body and spirit. The Joshua Early Childhood Center grew out of the school’s renowned Early Intervention model to become an all-inclusive setting that serves children between the ages of 2 and 6 years old to form a community that emphasizes acceptance, understanding and character. The Joshua School serves students aged 2 to 21 on three campuses: Denver, Boulder and Centennial. TJS is an accredited, Colorado Department of Education approved facility school and partners closely with over

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20 local school districts to provide the intensive services many of its students need. TJS is nationally recognized for its approach that consistently achieves superior results through its structured environments, teaching strategies based on behavioral intervention, and data collection. Using Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), an evidence-based science, TJS identifies, the needs of each student to create an independent and fulfilling life. The new Joshua Early Childhood Center is located at 5760 E. Otero Avenue, Centennial, CO 80112. For more information, go www.joshuaearlychildhoodcenter.org, email info@joshuaearlychildhoodcenter.org or call 720-316-5234.

City Council Adopts Legislation for Intellectually and Developmentally Disabled Auditor Timothy M. O’Brien, CPA, praised the Denver Department of Human Services and the City Council today for approving legislation to clarify use of the property taxes dedicated to the care of intellectually and developmentally disabled Denver residents. “We’re pleased that Denver decisionmakers realized the need to tighten up the administration of this special tax revenue stream to ensure better delivery of services to this vulnerable population,” explained O’Brien. “We can recommend improvements, but it’s up to the Mayor and City Council to implement them.” In late 2015, the Auditor’s Office conducted an audit of Rocky Mountain Human Services (RMHS), also known as Denver Options, the community-centered board designated by the state to provide case management and services for intellectually and developmentally disabled Denver residents. The audit found a series of improper expenditures by the staff of RMHS and inadequate oversight by the Denver Department of Human Services (DDHS). The legislation, passed yesterday by City Council, codifies the 2003 initiated ordinance into the Denver Revised Municipal Code and removes Denver Options as the required recipient of the special tax revenue, allowing DDHS more discretion in contracting with the relevant providers. The bill also caps the portion

of the property taxes that can be spent on administrative costs at 15%, calls for an annual report to City Council, and adds a Denver residency requirement. In the aftermath of the RMHS audit, the Colorado State Legislature passed legislation providing greater oversight of community-centered boards (CCBs). CCBs throughout the state were also mandated to make their operations more transparent by posting financial information on their websites. Families who rely on the services of the CCBs pushed their counties to perform audits similar to the one done by the Denver Auditor’s Office. “Because of our audit, we had a number of meetings last year with state legislators, Denver City Council members, and the families of the intellectually and developmentally disabled clients. The need for new legislation emerged from those meetings,” O’Brien said. “I’m proud that we were able to play a part in improving services for these residents not just in Denver, but throughout the state.”

Local Mattress Firm Stores Host Pajama Drive for Foster Kids All 56 Mattress Firm stores in the Denver area are hosting a Pajama Drive, the first of Mattress Firm Foster Kids’ six 2017 donation drives to benefit local foster youth and families. Through

Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017, during normal store hours, Mattress Firm will accept new pajamas and monetary contributions to give foster kids the comfort and warmth of a new pair of pajamas. All proceeds will be donated to Advocates for Children, Child Advocates Denver CASA, CASA of Adams and Broomfield Counties, CASA of Jefferson & Gilpin Counties, Kids Crossing and Voices for Children at the end of the six-week drive. Throughout the year, Mattress Firm Foster Kids hosts drives at its Denver stores to collect essential items and raise funds to help thousands of local foster children. Donations from each drive will be distributed to partner organizations in the community. Mattress Firm locations accepting new pajamas and donations Interviews available with Mattress Firm spokesperson, nonprofit partners and foster parents (upon request) Now through Sunday, Feb. 12 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at all 56 Mattress Firm locations in Denver For more information go to www. mattressfirmfosterkids.org/

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FYI/Happenings The programs aim to assist Veterans who become involved in the justice system to get treatment for mental health problems that may exist. These programs are especially needed given the numbers of Veterans returning from Afghanistan and Iraq. Each VA Medical Center has a designated justice outreach specialist (VJO). VJO specialists function as a link between VA, Veterans, and the local justice system. They serve both incarcerated Veterans and justice-involved Veterans who have not been incarcerated. Through needed mental health treatment, mentorship, and knowledgeable judges, Veterans have a lower recidivism rate than Veterans incarceration without the program. This saves the state money but also treats our Veterans with the respect and honor they deserve. Three moving stories are below (Stories are true but all identifying information changed and new first names): Alice was a 51 year old cancer survivor and domestic abuse survivor who found peace with her dogs and a life of service to older Veterans residing in a retirement community in a small town. Following an unexpected medication interaction she was facing felony charges and significant jail time, which would have seriously impacted her physical and mental health. She would have lost her home, her ability to do service work and her pets. Instead she was able to engage in needed treatment in place of jail time and graduated suc-

cessfully from the Vet Court program in under 2 years. Adam is a 3 times deployed combt Veteran who worked in law enforcement until a series of DUI’s ended his career. His untreated PTSD lead to untreated alcohol abuse and eventual domestic violence charges which could have led to a stint in Dept. of Corrections. In Vet Court we were able to engage him in substance abuse treatment and PTSD care at the residential and outpatient level. He graduated from the program with over a year of sobriety, successfully completed a residential combat PTSD program, employment and a new connection with his family. His ability to avoid prison and a felony charge meant he could move to Florida after he finished the court and be near his mother who he now helps take care of. William served in Vietnam and has suffered from untreated PTSD since. His abuse of substances began with alcohol and eventually lead to heroin and prescription opioid abuse. He had been in and out of jail and failed on regular probation many times. He had no contact with family for many years, no steady employment and had been chronically street homeless for many years. A stolen car charge could have led to prison and release back to homelessness. Instead in the Vet Court he was able to have help getting engaged with the VA for the first time ever. He received help from the homeless program first transitional housing from the Grant Per Diem Program and

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Beginning March 11, Southwest Airlines will offer nonstop service from Denver to Belize City. The new flight will depart once a week on Saturdays from Denver International Airport “Although Colorado has snowcapped mountains and Belize has warm, sandy beaches, both regions have a lot in common due to the abundance of stunning natural resources and thrilling outdoor recreation opportunities,” said Karen Bevans, Director of Tourism at the Belize Tourism Board. “We’re excited to give adventurous travelers an affordable, convenient way to escape the cold this winter.” For more information on traveling to Belize, visit www.travelbelize.com

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Wining & Dining Restaurants Support Barth Hotel with 29th Annual Holiday Dinner

LoDo restaurants once again generously supported the Barth Hotel as part of the annual LoDo Cares Barth Holiday Dinner. This was the 29th year for the festive occasion at the Barth Hotel started back in 1988 for the 62 seniors who call the beautiful historic building at 17th and Blake Streets their home. The holiday meal was donated by some of LoDo’s finest restaurants. Tur-

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keys and hams were provided by McCormick’s and Cho Lon, respectively, and an array of side dishes complemented the entrees: Asian Brussel Sprouts by Cho Lon, mashed potatoes and gravy, along with cranberries donated by Vesta Dipping Grill, creamed corn provided by Jax Fish House, Macaroni & Cheese by Southern Hospitality, roasted Winter squash by the Kitchen, and a variety of holiday pies and dinner rolls from City Bakery. Special thanks to the crew at Backcountry Provisions for donating the stuffing on short notice. Please visit these restaurants often, and mention your appreciation of their support for the Barth. These chefs and kitchen staff do a great job and the food shows up hot and delicious and right on time. The Barth residents are so appreciative that the restaurants are going above and beyond just being good neighbors – they really do care about the residents and their active place in LoDo. Many thanks to Michael Kraft for organizing the event again this year, and to Sue and Paul Zoby and other volunteers from LoDo Cares who helped take menu orders and served up the dinner. Troy Dunning at the Barth and Ellen Abrams at Senior Housing Options are always great to work with. LoDo Cares is a collaboration between the LoDo District, Inc. and the Lower Downtown Neighborhood Association (LoDoNA). The Barth Hotel is one of our main initiatives. Get involved at LoDoCares.org.

CHUBurger & Hotbox Roaster Open in RiNo Oskar Blues Fooderies opens its first Denver outposts—CHUBurger RiNo and Hotbox Roasters CBD (coffee, beer, doughnuts) Café, which is the coffee roaster’s very first retail location. This special opening will take place Wednesday, Jan. 18 from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. at 3490 Larimer Street. Experience the laid back and family-friendly CHUBurger and Hotbox Roasters Café’s chill vibe., Sample the mouthwatering menu at CHUBurger and wash it down with one of the restaurant’s 30 beers on tap!, Taste Hotbox Roasters’ premium fair-trade, coffees, which in Oskar Blues fashion is roasted locally and packaged using reusable and recyclable 12-oz. cans. The café will also be serving its new Nitro Cold Brew Coffee along with some homemade goodness—doughnuts, fried hand pies (a secret recipe from Oskar Blues Founder Dale Katechis’ mom, YaYa) and more.. At the special event, Oskar Blues Fooderies will commit to donating $25 in your name to the Can’d Aid Foundation’s Treads + Trails program, as they are aiming to assemble and donate dozens of bikes to children in need this summer. Each bike costs $125, so a donation on your behalf will go a long way! This special opening will take place Wednesday, Jan. 18 from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. at 3490 Larimer Street.

Jersey Mike's Introduces Gluten Free Subs Jersey Mike’s Subs, known for its fresh sliced/fresh grilled subs, is introducing gluten free sub rolls in Denver and Colorado Springs area restaurants. Responding to customer requests, Jersey Mike’s is testing the concept in select sites across the country. Currently, Wild Flour Bakery brand gluten free subs rolls are available as an option for customers in more than 30 Jersey Mike’s locations throughout the Denver and Colorado Springs markets. The proof and bake sub rolls, with a delicious Tuscan Herb flavor, come from Wild Flour Bakery LLC of Boulder, Colo. Just like Jersey Mike’s original sub rolls, this gluten free version arrives as dough and is baked fresh in-store each day. The restaurants have dedicated pans for baking the gluten free rolls, reducing the risk of cross contamination with other subs. Additionally, Jersey Mike’s team members wear new gloves when handling the rolls and use knives and other utensils that haven’t touched other bread products when slicing the gluten free rolls. “Gluten free living appeals to a growing number of Americans,” said Jersey Mike’s President Hoyt Jones. “We

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hear from former sub lovers who are now gluten free that they miss their Jersey Mike’s subs as well as from those who have never eaten a sub sandwich. We’re happy we can now say: welcome to ‘the juice’!” Since 2010, Jersey Mike’s locations throughout the country have raised nearly $18 million for worthy local charities and have distributed more than 1.5 million free sub sandwiches to help numerous causes. In 2016, the company’s 6th Annual Jersey Mike’s Month of Giving in March raised more than $4 million for 180 charities throughout the country. For more information, please visit www.jerseymikes.com

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Fish N Beer Offers Great Happy Hours Fish N Beer restaurant offers seafood lovers an exciting menu of daily fresh wood grilled fish and oyster raw bar specials. They also offer an exciting daily Happy Hour! During Happy Hour a wide variety of Colorado and non-local beers, crafted cocktails and a full wine list are available with special prices for food and drinks. Stop by and experience the energy and electric atmosphere of Fish N Beer in its comfortable and stylishly modern renovated space. The open oak wood grill is the focus of the room around which are a variety of seating options - tables, bar seats, and standing rail. When warm weather returns, the back patio will also be open. Located at 3510 Larimer St. - 303-2483497, www.FishNBeerDenver.com

AHA Homebrew Competition Sign-up The window to apply for the 2017 National Homebrew Competition opens January 30 through February 5. The time or date you submit an application has no influence on acceptance of entries into the competition. Though the competition has limited capacity and is more popular than ever (3,400 entrants last year!), we expect that nearly everyone who wants to enter will be able to do so. To maximize your chances, be sure to select multiple judge locations when you apply. Registration is open to AHA members only. If you are not an AHA member or if your membership has expired and you want to compete, join today! Check out our competition's website for more general information and stay tuned at www.HomebrewersAssociation.org

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Arts LoDown Met Opera Auditions in Denver The Met Opera Auditions are the most intensely competitive singing contests in the world, and our own Rocky Mountain Regional auditions are coming to Denver January 29! Soaring sopranos like former Met Auditions winner Renee Fleming, magnificent mezzos, passionate tenors and thunderous bass/baritones go larynxto-larynx on the stage of the June Swaner Gates Concert Hall in the Robert and Judi Newman Center for the Performing Arts on the University of Denver Campus, Sunday, January 29 at 1:30 pm. These auditions feature the very best singers from across North America, including our finest Colorado-Utah-New Mexico-Wyoming-Nevada singers, converging in front of a nationally respected panel of judges for their chance at stardom on the Met stage. This year, winners from all four District Finals will be in Denver together for the first time. The

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Reflections on the Middle East

Metropolitan State University of Denver (MSU Denver) Center for Visual Art (CVA) announces an exhibition of more than 60 photo-based works that reflect the tension inherent in the presence, or absence, of people in a place, whether in their native land or abroad. Organized by the CVA and on view February 3 through April 8, 2017, Presence: Reflections on the Middle East features 12 artists living in the U.S. and abroad. The artists, all who are affected by the Middle East diaspora of the past

20 years, explore what it means to leave something, and in some cases, someone, behind, whether by choice or by force, and how cultural heritage and the past is interwoven with the present. Through controlling placement and context of the figure, along with the subtleties of obscurity, these artists preserve identity, relationship and agency. “What makes Presence really interesting is that it offers a glimpse into the artists’ creative thinking and practice informed by cultural heritage more so than geography or age,” said Cecily Cullen, CVA Managing Director / Curator. “Each artist can share a story about how geopolitical issues have affected their families and customs, and ultimately informed their artistic work.” Photography has been theorized and argued many different ways, but there is usually no disagreement about its power in relationship to memories and the past. Since its invention, photography has been tied to the notion of the trace. Often, a presence is felt most acutely through its absence. Photographs, either directly or indirectly, contain the trace of what came before Opening reception February 3, 2017, 6-8pm During Art District on Santa Fe’s First Friday For more information or access to images, please contact: Gina Yrrizarry, Gyrrizar@msudenver.edu, 720-961-8547

CSU Welcomes Special Guests from China

The Colorado State University School of Music, Theatre and Dance welcomes international music guests from Southwest University in Chongqing, China for a traditional Chinese Folk Music concert. The performance will take place on Jan. 22 at 2 p.m. in the Organ Recital Hall, located at the University Center for the Arts. The UCA is located at 1400 Remington Street in Fort Collins. This performance is FREE and open to the public. For more information, the University Center for the Arts Box Office can be contacted by phone at (970) 491-ARTS (2787), or online at www.CSUArtsTickets.com. It is not often that someone has the opportunity to welcome in a guest from out of the country, and on Jan. 22, the School of Music, Theatre and Dance at CSU has that exact privilege. The Music School of Southwest University from Chongqing, China presents a concert of some of the most popular Chinese folk songs featuring traditional Chinese folk instruments such as Chinese bamboo flute; the Guzheng, a Chinese zither; the Suona, a double-reed horn; the Lusheng, a bamboo pipe; the Erhu, a two-stringed bowed instrument; and the Pipa, a four-stringed plucked instrument sim-

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Arts LoDown ilar to a lute.. For a full event calendar, more information, and to sign up for a free event e-newsletter, visit UCA.Colostate.edu. For an in-depth look behind the scenes of everything happening at the University Center for the Arts, read The Green Room digital magazine. Sign up for FREE at issuu.com/coloradostateuniversity_uca.

2017 Milagros Del Corazon 18th Annual Fundraiser at CHAC You are cordially invited to design a heart for our silent auction fundraiser Pick up your blank wooden heart at CHAC Gallery during regular gallery hours Starting on y January 4th, 2017 We are asking a small $3.00 donation to cover the cost of materials. Create and design your masterpiece in your own personal art style. (reflecting your own unique style) All mediums of creation are welcome! This is an all age event. Please keep your artwork family friendly and all age appropriate. CHAC Gallery reserves to refuse any art work entry for any reason.

Please bring in your finished heart masterpiece and donate it. Your donated heart becomes the property of CHAC Gallery. Due date is Wednesday February 1, 2017 before 4:00 PM. Proceeds benefit CHAC’s year round on-going cultural arts programming! Auction to be held Friday, February 10, 2017 from 6-9 PM, at ReCreative Denver 765 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, CO 80204. (Former Space and Point Galley) You will receive a free ticket to our event when you turn in your heart! We are also accepting donations of art, gift certificates goods and services. Questions, or for Sponsorship information call us at 303-571-0440.

ART-CO Web Platform Supports Artists Dikeou Collection recently announced the launch of our newly redesigned website. One exciting addition is ART-CO, Dikeou Collection's web platform to support Colorado artists

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by creating visibility for their work and the opportunity to form networks and engage in critical dialog. Artists based in the state of Colorado, including students, emerging artists, and seasoned professionals, are invited to submit images and a description of their practice to be considered for inclusion. Just go to the ART-CO section of www.dikeoucollection.org, click the "participate" link, and join the action! The Dikeou Collection 1615 California St., Suite 515 Denver, CO 80202, 303-623-3001 info@dikeoucollection.org

Resident Artist Exhibition/2017 Launch at Redline

Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Bonfils-Stanton Foundation, the David & Laura Merage Foundation, and the Scientific & Cultural Facilities District. Please visit redlineart.org for additional information on exhibitionrelated programs and events.

CORE Presents Glam & Grit GLAM & GRIT Show featuring Members of the Women’s Caucus for Art, CO Chapter, Show dates: Jan 26 - Feb 12, 2017, Opening Reception: Fri, Jan, 27, 5 - 9 PM, First Friday Reception: Fri, Feb 3, 5 - 9 PM For more info go to wcaco.org/home.html and also visit CORE at 900 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, CO 80204,303-297-8428 www.corenewartspace.com

Curated by Daisy McGowan, Director & Curator of the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs Galleries of Contemporary Art, Nice Work If You Can Get It is RedLine's 9th annual Resident Artist exhibition and includes 28 current artists and recent alumni from RedLine's nationally recognized residency program. Nice Work if You Can Get It is the first exhibition in a series entitled (dis)Place, a year-long platform of programs, exhibitions, events, and socially-engaged art projects that will explore the many complicated layers of what makes a "place." This series was made possible by the generous support of the Andy

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American Diabetes Association Lists 2016 Accomplishments The American Diabetes Association is truly proud of everything we’ve accomplished by working together in 2016: • Helped people live longer, healthier lives through diabetes research developments. We’ve invested $735+ million to advance 4,500 research projects. • Provided expert legal and medical assistance to 11,000 people whose rights and health were threatened. We use education, negotiation, litigation and legislation to help ensure equal opportunity and full rights for all Americans with diabetes, whether they’re at school, at work or at play. • Slowed the spread of diabetes by providing people at risk with easyto-understand health information to help take prevention steps and lifestyle changes. Along with the Association's National efforts, great things happened right here in Colorado, Montana and Wyoming: • Served over 511 youth with type 1 diabetes at Camp Kick Start, Camp Sweet Pea and Camp Colorado. • Empowered 20,000 members of the Latino community with programs that include community-based health awareness, outreach and education through workshops, events and ongoing classes, including the National Diabetes Prevention Program. • Funded 10 innovative research projects within our area. Thank you to all of our supporters for being passionate about the fight against diabetes. With your help, we will continue to make life-changing progress as we move into 2017. For more info: www.diabetes.org

The Confluence Celebrates Topping Out PMRG, a nationally recognized, fullservice commercial real estate firm, and its partner National Real Estate Advisors, announced the topping-out of their 35-story apartment project, The Confluence (www.theconfluencedenver.com). Located at Denver's founding site, where the South Platte River and Cherry Creek converge, The Confluence makes a modern architectural statement at the NW corner of downtown. This prime Denver site is situated across from the REI flagship store, adjacent to lower LoDo and minutes from major sports arenas. “Having achieved this significant construction milestone, we are ontrack for a spring 2017 opening, and

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will open our leasing office in January,” said Bryant Nail, PMRG’s Executive Vice President of Multi-family Development. “The Confluence is our first venture into the Denver market, and we’re very excited to contribute to the positive growth taking place in this vibrant city. We have an outstanding track record with similar properties in other parts of the country, and we’re pleased to make The Confluence one of our most recent additions to our portfolio.” Jeffrey Kanne, President and CEO of National, said: “The Confluence fits National’s investment strategy for developing signature, build-to-core, urban projects, which benefit cities, create jobs and produce attractive returns for our institutional clients.” GDA Architects designed The Confluence and Clark Construction is the general contractor. The building itself will feature extensive amenities, including a heated outdoor pool and hot tub on a large deck overlooking Confluence Park and the Rocky Mountains; cabanas with individual fire pits; master grilling stations; skyline lounges with NanaWall Systems; a professional chef’s kitchen and catering facility; a stateof-the-art fitness facility; gated, underground parking; a maintenance center for bikes and skis; direct access to Confluence Park; ground floor retail and a 24-hour front desk attendant. Interior amenities will include solar and blackout shades in every residence; hand-scraped hardwood floors; gourmet kitchens with granite countertops and full-height backsplashes; designer porcelain tile in all spa-style baths; walk-in closets; surround sound acoustical systems; private terraces with unobstructed views of the Rocky Mountains and downtown Denver; a washer and dryer in every home. Select

About PMRG Headquartered in Houston, Texas, PMRG is one of the nation’s leading real estate companies focusing on comprehensive property services, development and acquisitions. With a strategic presence in 30 markets, PMRG provides the highest quality services to its clients and investors. PMRG’s clients and investors include large financial institutions, advisors and high net worth individuals. By capitalizing on the team’s experience and expertise, PMRG has the ability to undertake large and challenging management, leasing, development and acquisition projects. PMRG’s portfolio, including projects managed for third parties, includes commercial office buildings, mixeduse centers, corporate headquarters, industrial buildings, medical facilities, high-rise multifamily buildings and reappropriated military facilities. Our goal is to generate exceptional returns for our clients and investors by focusing on real estate fundamentals. For additional information, visit www.pmrg.com. About National Real Estate Advisors National Real Estate Advisors is a leading investment manager, specializing in build-to-core—developing and owning large-scale, urban commercial and multifamily projects for its institutional client accounts. National constructs investment portfolios of stabilized modern property assets—apartment, office, mixed-use, industrial, data center and hotel—with design features, technological enhancements, and

amenities that can drive high tenant demand and create value for investors. The firm is a subsidiary of the National Electrical Benefit Fund. For more information visit, www.natadvisors.com. Further comment is available from Tony Gagliardi at 303-325-6243 or at tony.gagliardi@nfib.org

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Animal Matters

Dumb Friends League New Free Spay/Neuter Clinic for Cats On Jan. 17, the Dumb Friends League will open a new spay/neuter clinic for cats as part of its ongoing efforts to reduce the number of cats on the streets and in shelters. The Dumb Friends League Solutions – Cat Spay/ Neuter Clinic will offer fully subsidized (no-cost) spay/neuter surgeries for all Colorado cats, including feral cats, community cats (tame or feral free-roaming cats), and owned cats. Anyone can bring a cat to the clinic for spay/neuter surgery, regardless of income. Together with Dumb Friends League, the new facility and spay/ neuter program are being partially funded for a three-year period by generous grants totaling $900,000 donated by the Animal Assistance Foundation, PetSmart Charities®, and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). The program has been endorsed by the Colorado Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) and the local veterinary community. The League will be working closely with

local organizations, including Denver Animal Protection, Metro Denver C.A.T. and a number of rescues and TNR groups, for cat trapping and transporting services. The Dumb Friends League Solutions – Cat Spay/Neuter Clinic will be located at PetAid Colorado on 191 Yuma St. in Denver, conveniently located in central Denver near I-25 and 6th Avenue. The clinic will be operated by the Dumb Friends League and staffed by members of the Dumb Friends League veterinary team. The clinic will augment—not replace—the Dumb Friends League mobile spay/neuter program. The goal of the clinic will be to spay or neuter 10,000 additional cats per year. For more information, visit ddfl. org/catclinic.

Mars Buys VCA Camp Bow Wow

Soon, a majority of Mars Inc. candy manufacturer's business will be related to pets, thanks to a $7.7 billion acquisition announced Monday. Mars agreed to buy VCA, a company that owns about 800 animal hospitals, a lab business and dog day care franchises that operate under the name Camp Bow Wow. VCA will be part of Mars Petcare but will operate as a “distinct and separate business unit,” the companies said in a statement on Monday. Poul Weihrauch, the president of Mars Petcare, said in an interview that Mars’“love story” with pets goes back to 1935. That year, Forrest Mars Sr. bought Chappell Brothers, giving the candy

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company access to Chappie brand canned dog food. Today, Mars has 39 brands in its Petcare portfolio, its second largest division. With this deal, Petcare will become its largest business, as VCA adds about $2 billion in revenue. Together, Petcare, chocolate and Wrigley contribute 90 percent of company sales. Merging with Mars, which is privately held, rids VCA of the challenges of being a public company, including the difficulty of justifying large investment in research and development, said Mr. Antin, 66, in an interview. He said he would remain chief executive of the unit after the acquisition closes. “We’ll be able to leverage off their technology, and the amazing part about it is their company is focused on what’s best for veterinarians,” Mr. Antin said.

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It May Not Be Obvious, But... By Steve Blank, Managing Broker Liv Sotheby’s International Realty in Writer Square

Thousands of homes have been sold during both Republican and Democratic administrations. So no matter who lives in the White House, or what party controls the House and Senate, the economy or more specifically the housing market, will be based on people's individual wants, needs, and capabilities. Although this election has had everyone fixated on politics, it is primarily economic factors driving the real estate market heading into 2017. Irrespective of the election, the economic cycle was already showing increased signs of strength and momentum. 2017 is likely to be viewed as less traditional in assessing its predictability. We are heading into this era with strong employment, rising salaries, still very low interest rates, and a shortage of inventory (nationally and locally). Those are factors which fuel home appreciation

and higher sales activity. Job growth is the best indicator to determine the strength of the housing market. The national unemployment rate continues to hover around 4. 7%, while Denver continues to enjoy 4-4.1 % unemployment with legitimate ongoing optimism. Amazing interest rates are still in play, but likely to rise a half to a full point by year end. The housing market can thank Baby Boomers and Millenials for the increased real estate momentum. Baby Boomers (empty nesters) have been and will be making lifestyle changes as they continue to get closer to retirement. Although interest rates are a factor, Millenials do not see rates as a driving factor in purchasing a home. They are viewing ownership as the best path to building personal wealth and creating stability in their lives, not to mention they are becoming tired of paying increased rents. One challenge for buyers looking for a home, in many of the higher demand cities (including Denver) is how can they best compete with other buyers doing the same thing. It can be challenging to locate the right home in markets a shortage of available inventory

may also removeUNITING obstacles for and healthy demand. A great builders, with tax breaks and strategy for positioning yourextraordinary more incentives, whileproperties limself to compete is becoming WITH iting regulators, helping both "buyer ready". Meaning to extraordinary builders' and consumers' costs lives become fully underwritten by (an estimated 25% of the cos a respected mortgage lender CONSIDERED ONE DENVER'S TOP PRODUCERS, to build a OF home in regulation (preapproved), or of course FEW PEOPLE KNOW DOWNTOWN DENVER REAL ESTATE and fees).THAN Of course if Trump is defining your ability to be a BETTER DENA PASTORINI. rebuilding our country's infracash buyer. As a long time resident of Riverfront Park, Dena serves as a brokerstructure at LIV Sotheby's International Realty, etc.) working with (bridges, roads, Sellers and Buyers throughout all of central Denver. it may create a labor shortage The next portion of this thus increasing the cost of con720.233.9096 • dena.pastorini@sothebysrealty.com article should not be viewed as struction in general! political, but it will give focus to the business aspects of the I could go on about the new Trump administration, as possibilities, however the best it pertains to housing. No one advice I can offer would be is expecting this administrato just stay informed. It is so tion to be without __ in the 1590 Little Raven Street #507to locate 1401 Wewatta Street #PH4 important a seasoned future, however it is fair to say 4 Beds • 5 Baths • 4,071 SF • $3,250,000 2 Beds • 3 Baths • 2,678 SF • $2,000,000 real estate professional who he be running the country like has the experience, good strata businessman, rather than a egies and the tools to meet politician. He made his fortune with success whether buying, in real estate and understands selling or both. These brokers the vital role it plays in the 1590 Little Raven #302their weight 1720 Wynkoop are Street worth inStreet gold#212 healing of the economy. The 3 Beds • 3 Baths • 2,484 SF • $1,400,000 2 Beds • 2 Baths • 2,456 SF • $1,189,000 to help you read a changing national economy, interest market. rates, will gradually continue to move north. Job growth of For the neighborhood areas any local economy will usudescribed below, it appears ally dictate the health of that 1022 Pearl Street #101are moving 2210aBlake #402 prices bitStreet higher area (/Denver looks well posi3 Beds • 3 Baths • 2,771 SF • $950,000 2 Beds • 2 Baths • 1,793 SF • $869,000 and that we can enjoy a steady tioned). And since appreciaand healthy market. tion shall continue to increase, albeit at a slower more reaContact Steve Blank, sonable pace especially after Managing Broker at the 1st half of 2017. Rates will 303-520-5558 1143 Auraria Street #204 1590 Little Raven Street #904 be a little higher, but mort1 Bed • 2 Baths • 1,260 SF • $650,000 1 Bed • 1 Bath • 1,046 SF • $350,000 gage money will be plentiful with less government regulation involved. The presidency

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Beautifully Finished Townhomes at Sloan’s Lake Ready for Immediate Occupancy Beautifully finished townhomes at 1810 Julian Street in Denver’s highly prized Sloan’s Lake neighborhood are ready for immediate occupancy. Listed exclusively by Dee Chirafisi and Brent Jones of Kentwood City Properties, these three bedroom, three bath townhomes showcase rooftop decks affording amazing views of the majestic Rocky Mountains and Denver’s dramatic skyline, high end finishes throughout, oversized two-car garages, and nearly 1,800 finished square feet. Located in the heart of the revitalized Sloan’s Lake Neighborhood, 1810 Julian Street is a development of the Australian Development Consortium of Oakleigh, Victoria, Australian, a highly respected developer known for its visionary approach to design and construction, outstanding value, and environmental sustainability. “We are thrilled to work with the Australian Development Consortium,” said Jones. “The owners and management team have a keen eye for small details that really separates these townhomes from the mainstream. The exposed gun metal I-beams on the main living level, the window between the counter and upper cabinets in the kitchen, designer light fixtures, and tiles and flooring collectively create a beautiful product that buyers will appreciate for years to come. Australian Development Consortium is just getting started in the Denver market and they have some great designs and projects scheduled to commence in 2017 and 2018.” “We are excited about entering the Denver real estate market,” said Kleo Hatziladas, Managing Director. “My company, the Australian Development Consortium, has been in the Melbourne market for several years and

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we have several other projects coming soon to the Denver market, and we are pleased about bringing Brent and Dee new developments to market. We love doing contemporary modern construction that has excellent design while focusing on the small but noticeable details that set our residences apart from other builders. We like going a little more luxurious when choosing our bathroom fixtures, tile, carpet, wood floors, and light fixtures, and we do not use builder grade materials. We do not cut corners, and we want buyers to be able to notice a difference.” The final four remaining townhomes at Sloan’s Lake offer designs with up to three bedroom, three baths, and 1,773 square feet of finished living space. Finishes include wide plank wood flooring, large oversized windows for abundant natural light, and a gas fireplace in the living room. Owners will enjoy extra storage space in the garage, quartz countertops in the kitchen, plus stainless steel appliances. Julian Row Townhomes are located just blocks from where all the action will be with the redevelopment of the old St. Anthony’s Hospital site, which offers an exciting array of restaurants, bars, coffee shops, draft houses, theaters, charming boutiques, and a wide variety of retail shops. The townhomes are also located adjacent to School Field and near sparkling Sloan’s Lake and the historic Lakehouse. “I am very excited to represent the builder of these quality townhomes in the Sloan’s Lake neighborhood,” said Chirafisi. “The homes feature such an incredible location, and the style and attention to detail are Five Star by any measure. Prospective buyers can contact Brent Jones are myself to arrange a personal tour. Remember, only four new townhomes remain, so please call today before it’s too late.”

720.233.9096 • dena.pastorini@sothebysrealty.com FEW PEOPLE KNOW DOWNTOWN DENVER REAL ESTATE BETTER THAN DENA PASTORINI. As a long time resident of Riverfront Park, Dena serves as a broker at LIV Sotheby's International Realty, working with Sellers and Buyers throughout all of central Denver.

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WHY RENT WHEN YOU CAN BUY? Own your life. Immerse yourself in the arts, lifestyle, culture and energy of one of Denver’s most exciting urban areas. S*Park’s location at 26th and Lawrence is at the edge of Denver’s RiNo district, in the Curtis Park neighborhood. Walk to area restaurants, brewpubs, coffee houses, art galleries and more—or jump on the Light Rail and you’re minutes from LoDo. Own a home at S*Park starting under $300k. These modern townhomes and studio, 1-, 2-, and 3-bedroom condos are in the Curtis Park neighborhood, at the edge of Denver’s RiNo district. You won’t find many homes here in this price range, let alone sustainable ones; S*Park includes features like solar power, a shared greenhouse for the community, and we even put all parking underground to create space for an extensive private, central park.

AMENITIES Owning a home in the S*Park community includes unique perks: • Homes surround a unique, private central park • State-of-the-art greenhouse • High-quality, modern finishes • Contemporary unit layouts with bright natural light • Underground parking • Professionally managed Home Owners Association (HOA) • Sustainable design featuring solar panels and exterior brick reclaimed from Denver buildings • Downtown Denver views

HISTORY AND VISION The name S*Park comes from the site’s history as Sustainability Park, which has become the ethos for the project. This inspired our vision for this development, celebrating the spirit of urban community and farming with S*Park’s extensive private park area, modern greenhouse, as well as how we handled parking. It is rare to have a neighborhood where there are no alleys or cars driving between homes. We accomplished this by putting all the parking underground to create an outdoor living space for residents; homes surround the centralized park where residents can relax and hang out with neighbors.

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