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Earth Day Stop Plastic Pollution Choking Our Earth and the Oceans Plastic pollution threatens all life. We need to rethink the way we live and challenge corporate power pushing our throw-away business-as-usual model. Like tackling climate change, a world not polluted by plastic is possible. Our Planet's Plastic Crisis Home to 80 percent of life, the ocean is choking in plastic. Broken down microplastic particles are becoming ever more prevalent in the water cycle – a potential threat to almost all life, including humans. Plastic mass production began some six decades ago, but the material can take half a millennium to degrade. The earth's spin, winds and water currents cause five separate ocean vortexes, and plastic debris accumulates in these super-garbage patches — what have become growing asteroid belts of trash, a thickening microplastic soup enveloping the earth. Between Hawaii and California, the biggest patch extends 1.4 million square miles, an area larger than India. The other four patches are located in the South Pacific, Indian Ocean, Northern and Southern Atlantic. Because the Arctic does not rotate like the other largest bodies of water, plastic distributes evenly there. Recent studies concluded the region contains three billion plastic pieces. It speaks volumes that this remote, mainly landlocked and relatively uninhabited body of water is quickly turning into a rubbish dump. However, it is the isolated Henderson Island in the Pacific that now qualifies as "the most polluted place on earth". In total, an estimated 12 million tons of plastic is dumped here globally per year. The scene is similar in the northwestern Atlantic. "We took Belugia II [one of Greenpeaces boats] up the West Coast of Scotland. Even in the remote Outer Hebrides we were stunned. There's few people, but so much plastic," explained Tisha Brown, an ocean campaigner with Greenpeace U.K. Brown highlighted that the equivalent of one rubbish truck of plastic is dumped into the ocean worldwide every minute. Data shows that up to 90 percent of sea birds have ingested plastic, and the waste isn't just impacting animals. Plastic travels up the food chain via sea creatures, and into the larger water cycle, including human agriculture and drinking water. But despite the daunting challenge, Brown said there are many ways to solve the plastic crisis. "As individuals, reducing your plastic footprint is important, for instance swapping plastic for cloth bags, not using plastic spoons and straws. Clean-up is crucial, too, but the analogy we like to use is if your basin is overflowing, you turn off the tap before mopping the floor."


To stop the flow, Greenpeace's is currently campaigning for anti-pollution legislation and targeting specific corporations. "We focus on the largest soft drinks company, Coca-Cola. Plastic bottles are one of the most common items found during ocean and beach cleans. We estimate Coca-Cola produces over 110 billion single-use plastic bottles per year," she said. "We call on them to change the way they deliver products to people." Recently, Greenpeace turned London's central Piccadily Square into a spoof ad, where it became a scene for a replica polar bear drowning in Coke bottles. Meanwhile, the Beluga II trip was part of a campaign to encourage the Scottish government to reduce plastic pollution by introducing a Deposit Return Scheme (DRS) whereby shoppers get reimbursed for every bottle returned to a shop. So far, the campaign is succeeding. Turning off the Tap: Europe and the U.S. After writing and petitioning, Greenpeace met with Scottish Cabinet Secretary for Environment Roseanna Cunningham. The next day, Scotland agreed to investigate implementing DRS. Two factors encouraged the swift decision: In Scotland there is a pro-environmental cross-party consensus on the need to reduce waste, and Greenpeace revealed how CocaCola was covertly lobbying against the DRS, which pressured the company to cease. Deposit Return Schemes work. Germany recycles over 90 percent of plastic bottles through these programs. Denmark, Finland, Sweden and Norway have similar results. In comparison, the U.S. and U.K., both without DRS, fail to reach half those amounts. As a result, Greenpeace along with a wider alliance is pushing for a DRS scheme to be implemented across the UK, a plan now being discussed in Westminster. However, it is facing strong resistance from supermarkets, fast-food giants and big soda. But last month, two supermarkets, Cooperative and Iceland, announced support for the plan. In comparison, in the U.S., 10 states have "Bottle Bills", or the equivalent of DRS. As a result, recycling levels in those states are far closer to northern European countries than the rest of the U.S. American citizens get less reimbursement than Europeans, so increasing the payback could increase

the return. But again, the main opposition to Bottle Bills is coming from CocaCola and other major corporations with vested interests in maintaining the plastics-intensive status quo. Looking Globally The majority of plastic pollution comes from south and east Asian countries, especially India and China. One reason for this is that the poorest people in these countries use a great deal of single-use small bottles. But blame, according to Greenpeace and other campaigners, should again focus on global corporations, not individual consumers. Brown explained that Coca-Cola and other corporations are trying to introduce more single-use plastic bottles to countries like India, which currently collects and refills glass bottles. In addition, these nations, through outsourcing, produce a lot of items consumed in the West. This leads to high plastic pollution, just as their greenhouse gases are in large part driven by Western consumption of goods produced in their land. The West also ships tons of waste plastic in their direction for recycling. In the last year, both China and India have announced bans on imported waste plastic, since the countries already have too much to cope with. This will force low-recycling nations, such as the U.S. and U.K., to find something else to do with their waste – like turning to DRS – while reducing global shipping in the process.

Removing Ocean Plastic Removing plastics without harming sea life seems an insurmountable challenge. One solution came from a Dutch 16-year-old named Boyan Slat. Slat, who is now 23, proposed using the sea currents and nets designed to syphon the garbage without catching marine life. Another important action is beach cleanups, to both remove plastic and engage the community. Greenpeace organized beach cleans on their Scottish trip, and Brown said that auditing the waste and shaming the corporations that littered most of the trash helped add another element to the cleans. Across the UK., environmentalists with Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) organized 17,000 people in the 2017 Spring Beach Clean. SAS started in the early 1990s campaigning against raw sewage dumped straight into the sea. Through direct action, protests and campaigning, the group forced the U.K. and E.U. governments to legislate so all European sewage gets properly treated. Since then SAS has switched to fight plastic, seeing it as the biggest threats to ocean health. If more people took that view – and took similar action – the fight to free the world's seas of plastic would become that much more winnable. More info on this article go to **See Front Page of this issue


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Earth Day Earth Day LoDo Kick-Off Event What better day to kick off our annual Cherry Creek Clean up effort than Earth Day?! Join LoDo Cares as they work to keep the LoDo neighborhood a wonderful place to live, work, and play, by volunteering your time to help clean up the walking and bike paths along Cherry Creek. Gloves, tools, and clean-up material are provided. We normally work for two hours, but feel free to help even if it is just for a brief time. Please register so we can plan to have enough suuplies for all our volunteers.

Those volunteering will have to complete a release and waiver of liability before participating. There will be extra copies available at the clean up site, or fill in and sign the form beforehand (preferred). You can find the waiver here. DATE - Sat, April 21, 2018, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM MDT LOCATION - Downtown Playground, Wewatta Street and Cherry Creek Trail, Denver, Colorado 80202 For more information, contact Sue Zoby call (570) 439-0880 or visit



PROGRESSIVE CHAMPION Who is Alan Kennedy-Shaffer? I am a soldier, a teacher, and a civil rights lawyer. I believe in justice for all, education for all, and healthcare for all. I am the progressive Democrat running for Senate District 34 including Downtown Denver. I am honored to be endorsed by the DENVER NEWS, Progressive Democrats of America, and Mom’s Demand Action. Two weeks into his presidency, I sued Trump in Federal court to overturn the Muslim travel ban on international students. I support DACA. I oppose warrant-less ICE raids. America is great because we are a nation of immigrants. Last summer, I defeated U.S. Senator Cory Gardner in court, winning dismissal of all charges against 5 healthcare activists I represented pro bono. I support single-payer, universal healthcare for all. Last fall, I sued Trump again to defend women’s rights. I am pro-choice. I am pro-LGBTQ+. I am the only candidate presently serving in the U.S. military - Captain and JAG officer in the Colorado Army National Guard. I am also the only candidate who stood up to the NRA – and won. I wrote and passed Denver’s bump stock ban. I support banning assault rifles. I support red flags legislation. Let’s vote for our lives.

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FYI/Happenings Youth One Book One Denver - 2018

Mayor Michael B. Hancock today unveiled the 2018 Youth One Book, One Denver (YOBOD) program selection at Force Elementary School. “Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus” by Dusti Bowling, published by Sterling Children’s Books, follows perky eighth grader Aven Green as she and her family move from a small town in Kansas to Arizona where her parents have gotten a job managing a rundown theme park. Mayor Hancock was joined by Bowling, as well as Councilman Kevin Flynn, students from Force Elementary School, and representatives from Denver Arts & Venues, the Denver Office of Children’s Affairs, Denver Public Library, Denver Afterschool Alliance, and other YOBOD partners. “Youth One Book, One Denver brings books to life for so many children here in our city, and instills in them a joy of reading that will set them on the path to a bright and wonderful future,” Mayor Hancock said. “Dusti’s wonderful book teaches our children a powerful lesson – our challenges and triumphs are universal, and by celebrating our differences and our talents, every one of us has the ability to succeed.” For most teens, a new home in a new state might be challenging enough, but Aven, who was born without arms, suddenly finds herself not only braving a new school and new home, but also relearning how to help others understand her limb difference. “I'm so excited for Denver students to get to know Aven, Connor and Zion, three children with their own unique challenges,” said author Dusti Bowling. “I hope that by experiencing the hardships, triumphs, laughter and tears of these three characters, Denver children might finish this story with more understanding and respect for one another, and maybe even for themselves” Summer YOBOD programming includes group activities, workshops and classes, and self-directed activities found in the free activity guide. Events and activities are based on “Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus” and range from science and technology, to theatre and art, to community building. Now in its seventh year, the YOBOD summer reading program, which runs June through August, offers children ages 9-12 a shared reading experience along with fun and educational programming to help combat summer learning loss with events and activities tied to the book’s themes. Youth participating in summer


partner programs will receive a copy of this year’s selection as well as educational opportunities related to the book. Participants can also pick up a copy of the book and free activity guide at Denver public library branches, or download a copy of the activity guide online at where additional resources and a calendar of YOBOD events may also be found. For more information, please visit:

From Councilwoman Debbie Ortega The economic boom Denver is experiencing has improved the lives of many residents, but that benefit has been uneven. Unemployment is at historic lows in most of the metro area, but there are certain neighborhoods that have been left out of this growth. These same neighborhoods are being asked to shoulder the burden of unprecedented construction and change. How can we harness economic forces to improve equity and prosperity as our city grows? Our city does a good job of investing in and constructing new buildings and infrastructure, but with today’s cost of living in Denver we need to think about more than concrete and rebar – we need to focus on building career pathways for people working on city projects. I want the city’s local hire priorities to rely on the skills and work ethic of folks in low-income communities and connect them to careers via apprenticeships with skilled trades. Workforce training on city projects will benefit individuals, their families, and their neighborhoods. It will also help the economy of the entire city and address the shortage of skilled trade workers. I believe local hire goals for the I-70 expansion, National Western Center, and other city projects are vital to the families impacted by these large projects. I was at the table since day one to ensure collaboration among stakeholders and to make sure the I-70 project had a specific, robust local hire component. CDOT in partnership with the Community College of Denver has established a collaborative to provide pre-employment assistance, apprenticeship training, and other support to connect people with jobs on the I-70 project. The collaborative effort bringing together local hire efforts is called WORKNOW, a living partnership through the Colorado Resource Partners. WORKNOW supports community-centered hiring on regional infrastructure projects such as the Central 70 project. The role of WORKNOW is to provide outreach, resources, assessments, training, and career development contacts. This isn’t about one-time construction jobs on city projects, it’s about providing the training people

need to build a career. My goal in championing local hire is to create a seamless system for job seekers, contractors, and government agencies involved in reporting/tracking data. To measure the success of these programs we must set goals for targeted local hire on city projects. The I-70 expansion includes a 20% local hire goal. That means that 20% of the huge quantity of jobs on the project will help folks from Globeville to Montbello gain valuable and in-demand skills. Denver needs to adopt this model and set goals for targeted hire on the National Western redevelopment, city bond projects, and DIA projects. The best form of outreach is positive word of mouth between family members and neighbors sharing stories of their success at training facilities and on construction projects. If you live along the I-70 corridor and seek an opportunity to expand your skills and earning ability, please contact WORKNOW at 720389-0999 or

Bronco Stadium Parking Lots Redevelopment The city of Denver and the Denver Broncos are working on a proposal to redevelop a large swath of land south of Mile High Stadium and they want the public to help shape the project's plans. City planners in Denver's department of Community Planning and Development are taking the lead and will organize public meetings to gather input on plans for a 52-acre redevelopment of land that currently serves as parking for the stadium. The project is a joint venture of the Broncos and the Metropolitan Football Stadium District. The goal of the proposal, which is in its very early stages, would be to create a mixed-use, entertainment-focused district with housing, restaurants and other businesses that would become a destination year-round and not just on game days. The Broncos also hope the area will become an additional revenue source that will help with maintenance and improvements at the stadium. Any parking that's lost to development will be replaced.

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Denver Arts & Venues, in partnership with The River Yoga and CorePower Yoga, is pleased to present the sixth annual Yoga on the Rocks, bringing the chance to experience one of the most extraordinary venues in the world from a different perspective – the Downward Dog. “There’s just something about being surrounded by the nature at Red Rocks that inspires people to want to exercise, and there’s no better place to take a moment to be mindful,” says Tad Bowman, venue director. “We are so excited to bring Yoga on the Rocks back for another year.” The early summer session, Saturdays, June 9th-30th will be led by The River, and the late summer session, Saturdays, July 28th-Aug. 18th will be led by CorePower. Season passes for all eight classes are available for $110, four-packs are available for $58 and individual classes are $15 per person, per class. Season passes go on sale April 7 at 10 a.m., and four-packs and single tickets will go on sale to the public April 14 at 10 a.m. at Yoga on the Rocks also has a charitable component with $1 from each admission to the June events donated to LoveYourBrain and $1 from each admission to the July and August events donated to Yoga Foster Each class is open to all fitness levels and begins at 7 a.m. (doors open at 6 a.m.).

Food Drive to Fill Up Shelves at Local Food Bank Caliber Collision, the largest collision repair company in the country, is asking its customers, business partners and the public to “fill ‘er up” by donating grocery bags full of food during its 7th Annual Rhythm Restoration Food Drive, starting now through May 11. Donations from Caliber’s food drive locally in the Denver Metro area will help stock the shelves of the Food Bank of The Rockies during the summer months when many children who typically rely on school lunches go hungry when school is out. “We’re asking our communities to help us fill local food banks and fill those kids’ tanks, so they do not spend the summer running on empty,” said Steve Grimshaw, Caliber Collision CEO. “At Caliber, our purpose is to restore the rhythm of life for our customers and we are equally committed to help restore the rhythm of regular meals for at-risk children over the summer.” Collection centers for food donations are located at each of Caliber’s 19 locations here in greater Denver area. Online donations can also be made at Last year’s company-wide food

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Arts LoDown Earth Day at Black American West Museum Come help the Museum celebrate "Earth Day" - Bring down to the museum a 4 or 6 pack of blooming flowers for us to put in the yard. Saturday, April 21st between 10 am to 2 pm. The Black American West Museum & Heritage Center is an independent cultural arts organization. We are 501 C-3, and operate solely by its Board of Directors. We do not have an executive director or paid staff. Open - Friday and Saturday 10 am to 2 pm.Up Coming Event at the Museum Movie Night at the Museum 6 pm to 9 pm - "Stormy Weather", Starring Lena Horne and Bill Robinson , Black American West Museum 3091 California Street Denver, CO 80205 By appointment 720.242.7428

Opening of Tony Ortega Time for Self Reflection at Art Gym Denver Art Gym Denver is proud to welcome Time for Self-Reflection in the Art Gym Gallery and Wax Paper – Mixed Media and Encaustic Art in the Common Space Gallery. Both will open with a reception April 19 from 5-8 p.m. and run until May 11, 2018.

Time for Self-Reflection, a solo exhibition from Tony Ortega, showcases the scope and variety of media the artist has used throughout his 36-year career. Meet the artist and discuss his work during the opening reception April 19 or join him for Tea and Talk on Saturday, April 28, 2-4 p.m. Ortega, associate professor at Regis University, will also give a presentation of his Trip to Cuba he took during his sabbatical on Thursday, May 3, 6-8 p.m. Concurrently in the Common Space Gallery, Art Gym Denver’s second member’s show, Wax Paper, features artists Judith Bergquist and Gigia Kolouch. Both have been members for almost two years and work side-by-side in Art Gym’s open workspace and encaustic department. Their encaustic art is inspired by nature but executed with distinctly different techniques. Exhibits are free and open to the public Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. through May 11, 2018.

Laura Phelps Rogers New Art Exhibition Please join Laura Phelps Rogers to celebrate a new exhibition featuring several works fabricated for outdoor art on loan programs. Set in an enchanted domestic setting, Laura utilizes the installation format including light based work, maquettes for work available in bronze and large format steel, together with

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Denver Arts Festival's 20th Anniversary Event The Denver Arts Festival has announced plans for its 20th anniversary, which will take place during Memorial Day Weekend, on Saturday, May 26 (from 10AM to 6PM) and Sunday, May 27 (from 10AM to 5PM) at the Stapleton Master Planned Community in East Denver at the Conservatory Green neighborhood (8304 East 49th Place). The festival, which is ranked as one of the Top 50 Best Art Shows in the country by the ArtFair Sourcebook (, an online tracking system helping artists target the best shows in the nation is in the process of signing-up sponsors, and will have new additions this year, including live music, a wine and beer tent and more artists than ever before.

“The festival continues to grow and thrive at our new Stapleton location, and we’re looking forward to celebrating our 20th anniversary as one of the premier arts festivals in the region,” said Jim DeLutes, the festival’s director. “We are in the midst of great plans for this year’s show, and are forming new partnerships and continuing to show our loyalty to the people who have helped us to grow and succeed.” People or companies interested in becoming involved with the festival should contact Jim DeLutes at 303-3308237. More than 1.8 million people have attended the highly-popular festival during the past 19 years, and that number is expected to grow as the DAF continues to receive favorable attention from artists and industry leaders throughout the nation. During the past 19 years, the DAF has: Welcomed over 3,000 of Colorado’s and the nation’s most outstanding artists, showing and selling their artwork to a diverse clientele. Included artwork of many genres, including paintings, sculptures, jewelry, photography, clay and other mediums. Provided a wide range of pricing, ranging from under $100 to tens of thousands of dollars (enhancing the diversity and eclectic energy of the event). More news regarding this year’s Denver Arts Festival will be announced See Ad Below

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Health is Wealth Stress Awareness Month Dementia Friendly Denver and LoDo Cares presents “Reducing Your Risk for Alzheimer’s/Dementia”

April is Stress Awareness Month 6 tips to beat stress in the spring and year-round Stress affects everyone, damaging our health and relationships. Here are Dr. Nelson’s tips for reducing stress in your life: 1. Plan ahead and be flexible about your expectations. Think about your plans for vacations and family gatherings. Everyone else has expectations and sometimes they won’t match yours. Plan for spontaneity. If you allow the plans that others have to be a part of what brings you joy, you’ll have more fun as everyone shares ideas and activities. 2. Be aware of what your body needs. This includes healthy food, plenty of water, rest and exercise. So don’t throw your routines out the window when you’re on vacation. Get plenty of exercise so you’ll feel good. Continue eating healthy. You’ll feel better about yourself if you’re really taking care of your body! 3. Decide to take care of yourself emotionally. You may need specific things such as the emotional support of a spouse, a lunch date with a friend or even just some time alone. Decide how busy you want to be — or not be! Say “no” to trying to do too much if it interferes with your health, family time or if it feels like it’ll cause too much stress for you. 4. Communicate with love. If you’re feeling stressed by interactions with

Monday, April 30 others, take a breather. You might go outside for a few minutes to get some fresh air. Be kind to everyone, including yourself. Give hugs. Make sure you’re not overreacting. None of us communicate perfectly. Try to see what others are really mean, not just what they say. Give them the benefit of the doubt because it’s likely no offense was meant. Ask for clarification and react appropriately, with kindness, love and forgiveness. Some people really don’t have a handle on their behavior but it doesn’t have to affect how you feel or become your problem. 5. Choose Your Emotions: Most people have this mistaken belief that our emotions choose us; that we are at the mercy of whatever emotions we tend to start feeling. But the reality of it is, no matter what the circumstance is, we always are choosing our own emotions. It’s important to recognize that fact. You don’t always have control over what happens to you, but you can choose to respond proactively. 6. Identify and release “trapped emotions,” unresolved feelings from past negative and traumatic events. This emotional baggage can cause us to make wrong assumptions, react emotionally; it also contributes to anxiety, depression and most forms of illness. Dr. Nelson shares simple methods to release emotions that are a root cause of stress, anxiety and depression from his bestselling book, "The Emotion Code." Download a free copy at

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LoDo Residents & Businesses Invited – Non LoDo Friends Welcome Admission is Free Registration Recommended at Dementia Friendly Denver is an affiliate of Dementia Friendly America, a not for profit, volunteer based initiative whose mission is to make communities across the nation more dementia friendly and to improve the quality of life for those living with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias and their family care partners. Topics include:

What is the difference between dementia and Alzheimer’s disease? What are the most common types of dementia? What are the warning signs for dementia? Cognitive issues might not be dementia How to get a dementia diagnosis Dementia communication tips Caregiver challenges and self-care Resources available in the Denver area How we can make Denver more dementia friendly The latest promising research updates Things you can do right now to reduce dementia risk or delay onset

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Animal Matters Dumb Friends League Furry Scurry Returns to Wash Park May 5

Be part of the nation’s single largest dog walk and a Denver tradition by participating in the 25th annual Dumb Friends League Furry Scurry Saturday, May 5. The event takes place at Denver’s Washington Park and raises money to help the Dumb Friends League care for more than 20,000 homeless pets and horses each year. Animal lovers and their dogs are invited to enjoy a two-mile walk around beautiful Wash Park, followed by refreshments, food trucks, contests, dog demonstrations and shopping for your furry friends at the Flealess Market—made up of more than 100 pet-related vendors and sponsors. The Dumb Friends League encourages individuals and teams to register and start fundraising now to increase their impact on homeless pets and horses. Money raised at the Furry Scurry through registration fees and individual donations helps provide med-

ical care to sick and injured animals, behavior training that allows pets to be adopted more quickly, investigations of animal neglect and mistreatment and supports the Dumb Friends League’s overall mission to end pet homelessness and animal suffering. “We welcome all animals through our doors—whether they are old, ill, injured, unwanted, lost, abused or neglected,” said Dr. Apryl Steele, president and CEO of the Dumb Friends League. “The money raised at the Furry Scurry goes directly to helping homeless pets in our care. Because we are a local, independent nonprofit, what we do is possible thanks to generous support from people in our community.” Registration for the Furry Scurry is $50 per person and $25 for youth 12 and younger, and includes a Furry Scurry event T-shirt and walk participation bib. Participants can register as an individual, form a team or join a team. Registration can be completed online at, at one of the Dumb Friends League shelter locations, or on event day starting at 7:30 a.m. The walk begins at 9 a.m.

Participants are encouraged to collect donations from friends, family and co-workers to help make an even bigger difference in the lives of homeless pets and horses. Those who fundraise above and beyond their registration fee will receive exciting incentives. This year, raising money to help homeless pets and horses is easier than ever with the Furry Scurry mobile app. Participants can send emails, monitor fundraising progress and update their personal fundraising pages on the go. Search Furry Scurry 2018 in the App Store or Google Play to download and start fundraising today. Visit to learn more including fundraising tips, how to form a team or other ways to get involved. The 2018 Furry Scurry is sponsored by Hill’s Pet Nutrition, HomeAgain, Amica Insurance, 9NEWS, Tokyo Joe’s, Heartgard Plus and Frontline Plus.

based animal welfare organization in the region, the Dumb Friends League cares for more than 20,000 homeless pets and horses each year and provides a strong and steadfast voice for those who cannot speak for themselves. The organization has four facilities helping pets, equines and people in Colorado and is a national model in animal welfare—providing care to lost and abandoned pets, adopting pets, helping preserve the humananimal bond, rescuing sick, injured and abused pets and horses, investigating cases of animal cruelty and neglect, educating pet owners and the public and providing reduced cost and no cost spay/neuter services to community pets. For more information, visit or call (303) 751-5772.

About the Dumb Friends League For over 100 years, the Dumb Friends League has been working to end pet homelessness and animal suffering. As the largest community-

BarkHappy is hosting a Spring Fling Dog Party for MaxFund at the Watering Bowl! Bring out your dogs to celebrate Spring and benefit MaxFund! Early Bird Tickets are $12, while Standard Tickets are $15. Get your tickets sooner than later- there is only a limited quanitity of Early Bird Tickets! Purchase tickets here.

Come out and support MaxFund April 28, Sat. from 4pm - 6pm! The Watering Hole 5411 Leetsdale Dr - Denver, CO 80246 “SPREADING THE WORD” FOR COMMUNIT Y BUSINESSES & NEIGHBORHOODS IN DENVER


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R e a l E state The three most significant factors affecting the real estate market, nationally and in metro Denver, would be 1) low supply of available homes 2) buyer competition 3) small mortgage rate increases--in that order! Low inventory remains the largest influence in determining real estate values. This is particularly true in high-growth cities such as Seattle, Portland, Dallas and Denver. The entry-level home segment of the market is where bidding wars are becoming typical. The real need for new construction is in suburban communities and urban projects. BTW, it’s not that builders don’t feel like building…it’s just tough! Labor and construction costs continually rise, finding available land at viable pricing is difficult, government approvals and due diligence factors take time, locating skilled workers is a hurdle, and of course financing requirements weigh into final decisions. Rising interest rates create a double-edged sword. Higher rates gradually limit the entry-level/mid-range homebuyer’s ability to qualify. At the same time, these rates generate urgency to move before rates increase; no matter the price range. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Denver County has grown by over 100,000 people since 2010 and has eclipsed 700,000 in population, (with approximately 3 million in Denver and surrounding counties). According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis, personal income grew 4.1% in Colorado last year, while the nation grew at the rate of 3.1%. Colorado tied for 5th place (with California), while no state east of Colorado was above the 4% mark. Speaking of income growth, the number of millionaires in the country has exploded! There are approximately 16 million millionaires, but the real story is related to history. In 1985 there were 400,000 millionaires, and in 2008 the number rose to 7.8 million; as of last year, we hit 16 million. Inflation must be factored in and we all realize that a palatial million-dollar home 30 years ago does not resemble the 2018 version. The report from WEALTHENGINE (a leader in wealth intelligence) defines a millionaire as having a net worth over $1 million. That indicates approximately 7% of

Please see the map below describing many urban Denver neighborhood real estate activity. 1 Bed • 1 Bath • 1,046 SF • $350,000

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1143 Auraria Street #204

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Contact Steve Blank, Managing Broker at 303-520-5558

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the adult population in the U.S. are considered millionaires. Not all millionaires are created equal. You have “old” money and “nuvo” UNITING money, inherited money and earned money, and many other variaextraordinary properties tions. Their lifestyles, saving habits, buying patterns, travel tastes, WITH “experience” preferences, and choices for goods and services differ extraordinary by age, geography and family makeup. Some enjoy power and lives status, some are trendy, and some just don’t care. The age breakdown is as follows: Less than 2% are under 40 years old while 19% CONSIDERED ONE OF DENVER'S TOP PRODUCERS, are over 80 years old. Nearly 27% areKNOW between 40-60 years oldREAL ESTATE FEW PEOPLE DOWNTOWN DENVER BETTER THAN DENA PASTORINI. and 52.5% are between 60-80 years young. It is also interesting to As a long time resident of Riverfront Park,Equity” Dena serves as a note that unless you are a multi, multi-millionaire, “Home broker at LIV Sotheby's International Realty, working with accounts for a high percentage of people’s worth.allThe BabyDenver. Sellers and Buyersnet throughout of central Boomer (plus) demographic, (55-80 yrs. old) is in control of about 720.233.9096 • 70% of our nation’s personal wealth. How and where do they choose to live and spend their money? Their wants and needs are naturally transitioning into potentially new lifestyles. There have been many 55+ master-planned communities built in the past 25 years across the country, and in Metro Denver. They remain popular, however there is a strong lifestyle trend toward living in a more urban environment and newer suburban “town center” developments, while halfRaven choose to remodel 1590 Little Street #507 1401their Wewattacurrent Street #PH4 Beds • 5 Baths • 4,071 SF • $3,250,000 Beds • 3 Baths • 2,678 SF • $2,000,000 homes. They prefer more4of a one-level floorplan, 2windows for natural light, higher ceilings, higher-end modern finishes, attached garages, 2 bedrooms and baths, and flex space that can be used for an office, den, hobby room and of course for their grandchildren. I spoke with Susan Chong, a top Sales Representative at the new “Coloradan” condo development being constructed in LODO. It has 1590 Little Raven Street #302 1720 Wynkoop Street #212 well over 300 units that will ready for by• 2late 3 Bedsbe • 3 Baths • 2,484 SF • occupancy $1,400,000 2 Beds Baths •Summer 2,456 SF • $1,189,000 / early Fall, and is about 80% sold out. This beautiful project is filled with amenities. The largest amenity is simply the location! The walkability factor to restaurants, Riverfront, all sporting venues, the DCPA, Union Station, and of course the largest Whole Foods in the country are all part of the success formula. Susan projected that Street #101 Street #402 approximately 30-35% of1022 thePearl buyers easily fell into2210 theBlake Boomer 3 Beds • 3 Baths • 2,771 SF • $950,000 2 Beds • 2 Baths • 1,793 SF • $869,000 (55+) generation. Millennials are very influential in today’s culture… but, Baby Boomer desires will still command great respect.

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North Wynkoop development, will occupy three city blocks from 40th to 43rd Streets along Brighton Boulevard and Wynkoop Street.

Three RiNo City Blocks to See Mixed-Use Venues From the developer behind Stanley Marketplace, a new entertainment hub is coming to RiNo. By next summer, North Wynkoop will occupy three city blocks from 40th to 43rd Streets along Brighton Boulevard and Wynkoop Street. At the site, restaurants, bars, and retail stores will fill 80,000 square feet of market hall space inside converted 1950s warehouse buildings. North Wynkoop’s anchor will be a 4,000-capacity music venue run by AEG Presents and called The Mission Ballroom. There also will be 90,000 square feet of office and additional retail space, a potential hotel, and residential units including market rate and affordable housing. The first phase of construction, including the ballroom, market halls, and office spaces, is slated to open north of 41st Street along Brighton Boulevard and Wynkoop Street in summer 2019. The next phase will develop the remaining block south of 41st Street and should include residential and retail units. North Wynkoop is calling itself “Denver’s new front door,” and the development hopes to attract “creatives across all industries,” according to a press release.

Denver is 9th on EPA’s ENERGY STAR® Certified Buildings List Denver was recently ranked 9th on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) 2018 list of U.S. metropolitan areas with the most ENERGY STAR certified buildings. Denver previ-

ously ranked 12th on the list in 2016. The improved 2018 ranking confirms Denver’s commitment to providing building owners and managers with the technical guidance, best practices, and training they need to make their buildings more energy efficient, save money and reduce carbon emissions. Cities are ranked according to how many buildings in the area achieved ENERGY STAR certification in 2017. To qualify for the ENERGY STAR certification a building must earn a 1-100 ENERGY STAR score of 75 or higher, indicating that it outperforms 75 percent of similar buildings nationwide. In 2017, 265 buildings throughout the Denver metro area, including 131 within Denver City limits, earned the ENERGY STAR certification. “Denver is honored to be ranked in EPA’s 2018 Top Cities list,” said Bob McDonald, Executive Director of Denver Department of Public Health & Environment. “We are fully committed to environmental stewardship and lowering energy costs, and we are proud to be a national leader in supporting energy-efficiency among buildings.” The Energize Denver Benchmarking Ordinance began in 2017, after being passed by City Council in 2016. The ordinance requires all buildings 25,000 square feet or larger to annually assess and report on energy performance using the ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool. In its first year, Energize Denver saw a 90 percent compliance rate, with Denver buildings averaging an ENERGY STAR score of 68.Commercial buildings that apply for EPA’s ENERGY STAR certification must have their performance verified by a professional engineer or a registered architect. ENERGY STAR certified buildings use an average of 35 percent less energy and are respon-

sible for 35 percent fewer greenhouse gas emissions than typical buildings. Many types of commercial facilities can earn the ENERGY STAR, including office buildings, schools, hospitals and retail stores. The energy used in large buildings in Denver is currently equivalent to 57 percent of the city’s greenhouse gas emissions. Energize Denver aims to improve the energy efficiency of large buildings 10 percent by 2020 and 30 percent by 2030. Improving energy efficiency can be beneficial for the bottom lines of both building owners and occupants — and is critical to helping Denver reach its 80x50 Climate Goal, reducing Denver’s community greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent below 2005 levels by 2050. ENERGY STAR® is the governmentbacked symbol for energy efficiency, providing simple, credible, and unbiased information that consumers and businesses rely on to make wellinformed decisions.

Earth Day DMAR' Electronics Recycling Denver Metro Association of REALTORS®, in partnership with Rocky Mountain E-Waste, invites the community to five electronic drop-off sites that are free and open to the public on April 21 WHAT: Denver Metro Association of REALTORS® (DMAR) invites the community to drop off unused, unwanted and nonfunctional electronics to any of its five drop-off locations in the Metro



Denver area. Organized in partnership with Rocky Mountain E-Waste, donated items will be refurbished and provided to communities in need in Ghana generating jobs military veterans. For a list of acceptable items click here. Please note, recycling is open to the public and free (with the exception of fees associated with hard-drives and televisions.) WHEN: Saturday, April 21 at 8 a.m. – Noon WHERE: Denver Metro Association of REALTORS® (DMAR) Offices 1. DMAR HQ | 4601 DTC Blvd. #100 Denver, CO 80237 2. DMAR West Office | 950 Wadsworth Blvd. Lakewood, CO 80214 3. DMAR Douglas Elbert Office | 840 Kinner St. Castle Rock, CO 80109 4. DMAR North Office | 1870 W. 122nd Ave., Westminster, CO 80023 5. South High School | 1700 E. Louisiana Ave., Denver, CO 80210 WHO: Denver Metro Association of REALTORS® (DMAR), The Voice of Real Estate® in the Denver metro area, is a membership-based organization comprised of over 7,000 real estate professionals. The Earth Day Recycling Event, in conjunction with Rocky Mountain E-Waste will raise much-needed electronic donations underserved communities in Ghana, as well as provide jobs for veterans. End of Life equipment is sent to Ghana for repurpose and use, therefore ensuring that electronics are not only recycled, but able to serve a second purpose. For more information, visit

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Real Estate St. Andrew's recognizes the enormous asset that land in the downtown area represents, and is committed to preserving and prioritizing that land for its poor and marginalized neighbors. To find proposed site plans for the Tiny Home Village at St. Andrew's please visit:

Kentwood Awarded Honors of Excellence Tiny Homes at Forefront of Housing Crisis With housing becoming less and less attainable for folks living in poverty, Colorado Village Collaborative launches a crowdfunding campaign to fund Denver's Second Tiny Home Village. The homeless population rose by 4% in 2017 and we have found that women and transgender/LGBTQ communities are even more vulnerable to harm on our streets. The Tiny Home Village is a catalyst for homeless folks to get back on their feet and become independent. We believe everyone deserves a dignified place to lay their head. The Tiny Home Village at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church will follow the successful precedent of the Beloved Community Village, Denver's first selfgoverned tiny home village. Beloved Community Village is made up of 11


homes, gardens, a shared shower house, and common room. In 2017 we were able to provide over 3000 nights of free housing for 18 unique individuals who were formerly experiencing homelessness thanks to the generous support of over 400 individual donors. This year, we aim to replicate this success and build a second tiny-home village that will consist of 8 units for women and members of the transgender/LGBTQ community at a total development cost of $240,000 -- less than the cost of a single unit of affordable housing. If approved, the second Tiny Home Village will be built in the St. Andrews Church Parking Lot in the Clements Historic Neighborhood. St. Andrew's Episcopal Church has a 100+ year history of relationship with their poor and marginalized neighbors and this village represents the next step in a natural growth process.

Kentwood Real Estate, Colorado’s Premier Real Estate Company, garnered multiple individual, team, and office honors during the Denver Metro Association of Realtors (DMAR) Annual Excellence Awards event held Thursday, March 29, 2018 at the Hyatt Regency Denver. The luncheon honored those who demonstrate superior professionalism and performance in the real estate industry. Since 1978, the awards luncheon has recognized outstanding individuals, teams, and offices who have helped elevate the standard of excellence in real estate, and Kentwood Real Estate was among the most celebrated companies during the event. Following are Kentwood brokers who were honored during the luncheon with accompanying sales volume and number of transactions: Diamond Award, $40 million and 100-plus sides: Dee Chirafisi and Gina Lorenzen. Titanium Award, $30-39.9 million and 85-99 sides: Dawn Raymond, Jim Rhye, and Dotson Skaggs. Teams: The Kelly Team: Bob Kelly and Sean Kelly; Hotz Team: Larry Hotz, Elizabeth Hotz, and Meredith Hotz; Jim Nussbaum Team: Jim Nussbaum, Steven Kruse, and Karen Porras; Julie Winger and Nancy Morgan Team: Julie Winger and Nancy Morgan; Neir Team: Stacy Neir, Alex Neir, and Laura Fuller. Platinum Award, $20-29.9 million and 70-84 sides: Heather Ehret-Faircloth, Chuck Gargotto, Marky Jones, Ann Kerr, Edie Marks, and Christy Owen. Teams: The AdenBell Group: David Bell and Michael Aden; Doug Hutchins Homes: Doug Hutchins, Leslie Monaco, and Kevin Reidy; Dwell Colorado: Martha Potter-Goldstein, Amy Hulsey, and Brian Rosen; Harris Team: Brian Harris and Jamie Harris; Larson Team: Alan Larson, Todd Landgrave, and Nate Myers; Patty Ryan Anton & Greg Card Team: Gregory Card and Patty Anton; The MOVE Group: Allison Smookler, Gregory Yoshida, and Zachary Gilbert; Tom Gross Team: Tom Gross and Britt Armstrong. Gold Award, $15-19.9 million and 50-69 sides: Jim Buckley, Keith Combs, John Fitzpatrick, Wendy Glazer, Darrell Hamilton, Christopher Howey, Libby Levinson, Bob Serotta, and Phyllis Sinclair. Teams: The Hantman Durham Group: Ann Durham and

Linda Hantman; Bob Lee, Andy Lee and Bill Turner Team: Bob Lee, Andy Lee, and Bill Turner; The Coakley Sacerdoti Team: Pam Coakley and Elizabeth Sacerdoti; Gordon/Kerr Group: Jonathan Gordon, Peggy Gordon, and Kris Kerr; Greg Margheim and Kelly Sophinos Team: Greg Margheim and Kelly Sophinos; Helm Weaver Helm Team: Pamela Helm, Libby Weaver, and Patti Helm; The King Team: Paula King and Matt King; Denver Mountain Living: Ann Lenane and Angela Beldy; Larkin Properties: Sean Larkin, Debbie Larkin, and Amanda Linville; Sheila Schlifkin and Mitch Rothman Team: Sheila Schlifkin and Mitch Rothman; Team Denver Homes: Mor Zucker and Jamie Slough. Silver Award, $10-14.9 million and 35-49 sides: Christopher Ansay, Berenice Bejarano, Karen Brinckerhoff, Michele Ciardullo, Jacci Geiger, Stock Jonekos, Brent Jones, Rollie Jordan, Robyn Landry, Stephanie Lepard, Kim Norton, Jill Schafer, Scott Scholbe, Chrissy Smith, Diane Sorensen, J. Garland Thurman, Aimee Twarogowski, Carrie Wernecke, Tari Wilde, Sana Wood. Teams: Bobbi Lou Miller and Jennifer Dechtman Team: Bobbi Lou Miller and Jennifer Dechtman; Cryer Team: Thomas Cryer and Deirdre Cryer; Glery Ross Group: Roy Lopez and Jonathan Lopez. Bronze Award, $4-9.9 million and 20-34 sides: Kris Berton, Michel Brossmer, Craig Burns, Marla Cady, Sarah Clark, Tim Colleran, Amanda Fein, Morey Ferguson, Jinnohn Gilmore, Rob Goldhammer, Karl Lueders, Ed McWilliams, Lee Ann Nielsen, Nancy Nielsen, Carolyn O’Donnell, Jeff Perry, Annzo Phelps, Joyce Romanello, Luisa Staerkel, Jean Marie Thompson, Steve Travers, Jim Traynor, Pat Wall, Sandy Weigand, Bill Wilbur, Steve Wood. Teams: Julie Egan and Sallie Grewe Team: Julie Egan and Sallie Grewe. Individual Awards: Production for individual, Gina Lorenzen #2, Dee Chirafisi #5. Office Awards, Production for office with 76-100 agents, Kentwood Real Estate DTC, No. 1; Top Sides for office with 76-100 agents, Kentwood Real Estate DTC, No. 2; Top Sides for office with 51-75 agents, Kentwood City Properties, No. 2, and Kentwood Real Estate Cherry Creek, No. 3; Top Production for office with 51-75 agents, Kentwood City Properties, No. 2, and Kentwood Real Estate Cherry Creek, No. 3; Top Office for Dollars Invested, Kentwood Real Estate Cherry Creek, No. 1, and Colorado Association of Realtors Hall of Fame Award for a $10,000 Lifetime Investment, Gretchen Rosenberg, President and Chief Executive Officer of Kentwood Real Estate. Kentwood Real Estate is comprised of Kentwood Real Estate DTC, Kentwood Real Estate Cherry Creek, and Kentwood City Properties in downtown Denver.



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This boutique commercial brokerage is conveniently located next to Union Station and combines the exceptional local brand and referral network of Kentwood with the national strength and financial support of Berkshire Hathaway. The company has the ability to nimbly handle the range of large institutional and smaller entrepreneurial clients with the highest level of skill, responsiveness and experience in the industry and collectively serves the office, retail, industrial, land, and investment segments of commercial real estate.


Karen Landers Zeile has 17 years of commercial experience in Denver and sold and leased properties throughout the Downtown area including LoDo, Uptown, the Golden Triangle, the Ballpark neighborhood and the RiNo district.

David Morrison

Michael Fickinger







David Morrison has 35 years of commercial experience in Denver with Oxford Ansco, Brookfield Properties, CBRE, Grubb & Ellis, and Colliers International. He has leased over 3M sqft of office space and 500 lease transactions and has done over $100M of sales volume.

Michael Fickinger has 32 years of commercial brokerage experience in Denver and previously worked with CBRE, Cushman & Wakefield, and Studley.

Matt Anton

Solveig Tschudi Lawrence







A third-generation commercial real estate broker and Colorado native. Matt Anton has extensive knowledge of the Colorado market and has a keen focus on bettering and building his Colorado community. Matt has a heavy emphasis in retail, investment sales, general purchase and sale agreements, and leasing.

Solveig Tschudi Lawrence has 9 years of commercial brokerage experience and previously worked for Howard Ecker + Company as the Managing Director for the Denver Office. Solveig specializes in representing corporate tenants in commercial office, retail and flex lease and investment purchase transactions.






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