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HOLIDAY SKATING RINK at Downtown Skyline Park Daily, through February 14 Skyline Park, 16th & Arapahoe Ready. Set. Skate. The Downtown Denver Rink at Skyline Park is the place for fun this holiday season. The Downtown Denver Partnership invites you and your family to join us for a winter full of skating at Skyline Park, located at 16th & Arapahoe in Downtown Denver. Admission to the Downtown Denver Rink at Skyline Park is always free. Skate rentals for kids 12 and under are $6; skate rentals for those 12 and older are $8. Bring your own skates and skate for free! On Sundays, all kids 12 and under can rent skates free of charge!

SNOWGA LED BY YOGA HIGH Yoga on the Ice - Free! Saturdays 8:00 - 8:45 AM Skyline Park, 16th & Arapahoe Winter is here – but here in the Mile High that doesn’t mean we curl up indoors and hibernate for the season! Led by Yoga High and hosted on the ice at the Downtown Denver Rink at Skyline Park, join us for one of winters hottest new activities, snowga (perfect for all levels!) What to bring: Yoga mat, water, footwear (which will remain on during the class) DENVER CHRISTKINDL MARKET Through December 23 Skyline Park, 16th & Arapahoe denverchristkindlmarket.com The German American Chamber of Commerce hosts a traditional Christmas market that takes over a whole block of Skyline Park. Local and visiting artisans sell unique, imported merchandise that makes for memorable gifts, and chefs keep the authentic brats, pretzels and Glühwein (spiced mulled wine) coming. Make new friends and sing some carols while getting toasty in the huge warming tent.

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#1 Denver Zoo lights During Christmastime in Denver, the zoo's 70 acres are decorated in colorful holiday light displays. Highlights include animal encounters, visits with Santa, and lit animal sculptures. This is a ticketed event separate from regular zoo admission. #2 Denver Parade of Lights Since 1975, this holiday light parade has meandered through Denver's downtown streets with floats lit up for the holiday season. The two-mile parade also features marching bands, group performances, and a special visit by Santa Claus. Seating is available at the grandstand for a fee. #3 "The Nutcracker" Ballet The Colorado Ballet performs Tchaikovsky's Christmas classic at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House every year. Clara's magical gift of a nutcracker opens up a new world of sugar plum fairies and other delights. This is a great way to introduce your little ones to ballet and a fun Christmas event in Denver to share as a family. #4 High Tea at the Brown Palace Hotel Delicate finger sandwiches, scones, and miniature pastries accompany your choice of gourmet tea served in a silver teapot. This historic luxury hotel in downtown opens its elegant grand atrium for high tea in the afternoons. Make reservations because times fill up fast, especially on the weekends.

#8 Denver Botanic Gardens Blossoms of Light & Trail of Lights The Blossoms of Light returns to the Denver Botanic Gardens on York Street. See the gardens turned into a winter wonderland full of colorful twinkling holiday lights. At the Botanic Garden's Chatfield Farms location, the Rocky Mountain foothills serve as the backdrop for the Trail of Lights. See the animal sculptures, take part in the craft activities, or go on a hayride #9 Georgetown Christmas Market A Victorian Christmas awaits in this historic mountain town an hour west of Denver. Georgetown's 6th Street transforms into a Christmas vision with a European-style outdoor market, roasted chestnuts, horse-drawn wagon rides, and Christmas carolers. #10 "The SantaLand Diaries", Jones Theater at DCPA Whether you've been naughty or nice this year, you deserve to see the d ​ ark comedy of "The SantaLand Diaries." The production is based on humorist David Sedaris' essay in which he details his experiences working as an elf at Macy's in New York. Leave the children at home for this one.

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#5 Denver Pavilions Carousel The holiday carousel at the Denver Pavilions shopping mall allows children to enjoy the magic of the season from the perch of a horse on a whimsical carousel. After taking a spin on the carousel, you can do some Christmas shopping at the pavilions and then stroll along downtown's famous 16th Street Mall. #6 Handel's "Messiah", Boettcher Concert Hall The Colorado Symphony Orchestra presents Handel's "Messiah" at Boettcher Concert Hall. This choral masterpiece, composed in 1741, is always a popular Christmas performance, so be sure to buy tickets early. #7 Ice Skate in Evergreen, Evergreen Lake Iceskating This Christmas in Denver, go ice skating at Evergreen Lake, which is about 40 minutes from downtown. Weather permitting, a portion of Evergreen Lake opens for ice skating in mid-December. Before heading out, call the skating hotline at 720-880-1391 to check if the lake is frozen enough to safely skate.

More than 300 tuba and baritone players will gather for the 43rd annual TubaChristmas concert. Presented by Andrew Hudson’s Jobs List and produced by the University of Colorado Denver’s College of Arts & Media, the TubaChristmas Concert is one of the most celebrated and longest-running holiday festivities in Colorado. Bill Clark, retired professor of Music at the University of Colorado Denver, has been conductor of the TubaChristmas performance since its inception in 1976. As the event’s pioneer, Clark has grown the event to include students from over 30 high schools, in addition to independent musicians about the region. Participants have ranged in ages from 7 to 86, and instruments include tubas, sousaphones, baritones, euphoniums, antique tubas from the Civil War era, decorated tubas, and more. www.downtowndenver.com

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FYI/Happenings Midnight Mass and Festal Music Christmas Eve Saint Augustine’s Orthodox Church at 55 West 3rd Avenue (at Acoma) will present the Traditional Mass at Midnight on Christmas Eve. The Ambrosian Choristers, the church’s resident choral ensemble, made up of some of Denver’s best young singers with orchestra will perform Mozart’s Missa Brevis in G, KV 140 (Pastoralmesse). Soloists will include Mackenzie Talley, soprano; Claire LeBorgne, alto; Joshua Zabatta, tenor; Todd Resseguie, bass. Jeff Talley will be conducting and Frank Slechta will be the organist. The Mass will be preceded by a concert of Christmas Music featuring choir, soloists, organ and Alexandra Eddy as violin soloist, beginning at 11:30 pm on Sunday, December 24. There will be a number of carols for the congregation, choir and orchestra as well as the traditional Gregorian chants of the Christmas Mass sung by the all male Schola Cantorum under Frank Slechta’s direction. All are welcome. There is no charge and a free-will offering will be received. Parking is available at the lot on 4th and Acoma and at the Eastern Star lot at 2nd and Acoma. More info: 303-832-3657

New Year's Fireworks in Downtown Denver Looking for a fun, safe, free, familyfriendly way to ring in the new year? Well, then Downtown Denver is the place to celebrate. Now in its 16th year, the tradition continues with two fireworks shows that light up the skies and make the skyscrapers sparkle. The first, at 9pm, is great for you early-to-bed folks. (Us, too!) And then there's midnight for the night owls and night Broncos. Both dazzling shows are identical and syn-

Season's chronized to music from DJs along the 16th Street Mall. The fireworks are presented by the Downtown Denver Partnership and co-sponsored by VISIT DENVER and the Downtown Denver Business Improvement District. www.downtowndenver.com

Ballet Ariel Presents The Nutcracker at Lakewood Center Ballet Ariel’s imaginative and beautiful interpretation of the classic holiday ballet, The Nutcracker, returns to the Lakewood Cultural Center. Tickets are on sale now for all performances. Steeped in the noble traditions of classical ballet, Ballet Ariel’s The Nutcracker is a delight for audiences of all ages. Directed by Ilena Norton, Oleg Dedogryuk, and Patricia Renzetti, and brilliantly performed by Ballet Ariel’s professional company and school, Tchaikovsky’s famous score is given new life with festive costumes and breathtaking choreography. With its exuberant embrace of an enchanted world, Ballet Ariel’s The Nutcracker defines the season. Ballet Ariel will perform six matinee performances at 2:00 p.m. on December 16th, 17th, 22nd and 23rd. The curtain will rise for evening performances at 7:00 p.m., on December 16th and 22nd. Tickets are $38 for adults, $35 for students and seniors, and tickets for children, 3 – 12, are $28. Tickets can be purchased online at www.lakewood.org/tickets, in person at the box office at 470 S. Allison Pkwy., Lakewood, CO 80226, or by phone at 303-987-7845. www.balletariel.org

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32nd Annual Denver Winter Solabration

Yep - 32 seems like a lot! It's Denver's most unique holiday celebration. At the Joyful Ballroom, 5925 West 32nd Avenue in Denver, 6:00 p.m. to midnight. Check it out at wsolstice.org. This celebration of Christmas and Solstice customs features storytelling, juggling, a mummer's play, and sword and Morris dance performances, along with traditional American community dances for all. The revelry begins with caroling and wassail and ends with the mysterious Abbot's Bromley Horn Dance. Adults, $32, Teens/Students $19, Children (6-12) $9, under 6 free Our website has just been updated with detailed information about this year's Winter Solabration www.wsolstice.org

More Holiday Happenings “A Christmas Carol.” Based on the novel by Charles Dickens, the family-friendly musical about Ebenezer Scrooge is presented on The Stage Theatre Nov. 28-Dec. 28. Dates and times vary. Tickets start at $49. Denver Performing Arts Complex, 14th and Curtis streets, 303-893-4100, www.denvercenter.org

Georgetown Christmas Market. The holidays aren’t complete without a stroll through the 54th annual outdoor European Marketplace. Entertainment, visits with St. Nicholas, roasted chestnuts, horse-drawn wagon rides and more, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 6-7 and Dec. 13-14. Free. Sixth Street, Georgetown, www.historicgeorgetown.org Molly Brown House Museum. Adorned with traditional holiday decor, the Victorian landmark is offering Holiday High Teas Dec. 5-7, Dec. 11-14 and Dec. 18-21 along with Father Christmas Tours Dec. 12. All events include museum tours. Times and tickets vary. 1340 Pennsylvania St., 303-832-4092, www.mollybrown. org “BALLS! VI: A Holiday Spectacular.” All audience members receive a sock puppet at this holiday variety show that also showcases games and sing-

alongs. 7 p.m. Dec. 8 and Dec. 15. Doors open at 6 p.m. $22, $18 in advance. Proceeds benefit the Denver Actors Fund, a nonprofit that helps members of the Denver theater community with medical emergencies. Lannie’s Clocktower Cabaret, 1601 Arapahoe St., 303293-0075, www.lannies.com Foothills Art Center. The Holiday Art Market (Nov. 15-Dec. 28) continues with ceramics, painting, photography and jewelry from more than 100 local artists. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free; special events are scheduled throughout the market. 809 15th St., Golden, 303-2793922, www.foothillsartcenter.org Buell Children’s Museum. The 12,000-square-foot museum boasts a month full of festivities including “Winter Wonderland,” an exhibit (Nov. 15-Jan. 3) celebrating ice, snow and anything frozen. Hours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday; noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. $8 adults, $6 children, military and seniors. 210 N. Santa Fe Ave., Pueblo, 719-295-7200, www.sdc-arts.org Denver Pavilions Holiday Carousel. The first holiday carousel in the history of the 16th Street Mall is open daily 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Dec. 12-21. Rides are $3 each — or free with a nonperishable food donation to Food Bank of the Rockies, a purchase from a Denver Pavilions retailer, or a blooddonation during the Bonfils Blood Drive 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 14. Mayor Michael Hancock will attend the carousel’s kickoff celebration at 8:30 a.m. Dec. 12. And Santa will be there 1-3 p.m. Dec. 14 and Dec. 21 — cameras welcome. A cappella group, The Mistletones, will perform 2-4 p.m. Dec. 13 and Dec. 20. 16th Street Mall and Glenarm Place, www.denverpavilions.com

The Polar Express Train Ride. Passengers can relive the magical journey of the Chris Van Allsburg children’s book with storytimes, carols, holiday refreshments and visits with Santa. Colorado Railroad Museum (Nov. 21-Dec. 28), 17155 W. 44th Ave., Golden, 303-279-4591, 800-3656263, coloradorailroadmuseum.org; Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad (Nov. 22-Jan. 3), 888-TRAIN-07 (888-872-4607), www.durangotrain.com

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FYI/Happenings More Holiday Happenings Colorado Symphony Orchestra. The CSO has a busy month of concerts with special guests such as Pink Martini, Celtic Woman, the Colorado Symphony Chorus and the Colorado Children’s Chorale. Call or visit the website for the schedule, including “A Night in Vienna” on Dec. 31. Boettcher Concert Hall, Denver Performing Arts Complex, 14th and Curtis streets, 303-623-7876, www.coloradosymphony.org

Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble. See “Granny Dances to a Holiday Drum” in its 23rd season celebrating world cultures and traditions. Dec. 6-7, Dec. 12-14 and Dec. 19-21.. Byron Theatre Newman Center for the Performing Arts, University of Denver, 2344 E. Iliff Ave., 303-871-7720, www.newmantix.com/cleo Colorado Ballet continues its holiday tradition with the Colorado Ballet Orchestra to present “The Nutcracker” Nov. 29 - Dec. 27 at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House. Times, tickets vary. The Colorado Conservatory of Dance (nutcracker2014.com), Ballet Ariel (lakewood.org/tickets) and Sangre de Cristo Ballet (sdcarts.org) are also presenting Tchaikovsky’s holiday staple. Denver Performing Arts Complex, 14th and Curtis streets, 303-837-8888, www.coloradoballet.org

Season's MADD and UBER Urge Holiday Partygoers to Plan Ahead for Driving

Whether you are headed to a holiday party or just a night out, a designated driver is just a push of a button away. Uber and Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) have teamed up to raise awareness about the dangers associated with alcohol-impaired driving this holiday season. This weekend marks the end of the state’s “The Heat Is On” Holiday Parties DUI enforcement period. During last year’s enforcement period, law enforcement made 568 arrests. "The Colorado State Patrol will always be committed to advocating safe driving choices. We ask everybody to make the smart choice and arrange alternative transportation if you are even slightly intoxicated," said Col. Scott Hernandez, Chief of the Colorado State Patrol. Unfortunately, the holidays account for a significant number of drunk driving fatalities. Between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve in 2016, there were 891 drunk driving fatalities across the country, accounting for 26% of all traffic deaths. Drunk driving is preventable, and Uber works with MADD to make sure people are not taking the chance and planning ahead. “We are proud to celebrate the third year of our national partnership with MADD,” said Dave Britton General Manager of Uber Colorado. “Since coming together, Uber and MADD have made great strides in encouraging people to get home safely with a designated driver.” Learn more by visiting www.madd. org or calling 1-877-ASK-MADD.

"Parking Angels" to Give Gift of Free Parking! The next time you pay a parking meter in Denver, you may receive a special surprise for the holidays – a gift card for free parking! To spread holiday cheer, Denver Right of Way Enforcement Agents are trading their badges for angel wings, giving the gift of free parking as part of their annual “Parking Angels” program. Now through Saturday, December 23, the Parking Angels will be on the lookout for good parking behavior in metered areas around town, rewarding people with a $5 ParkSmart Denver card. The Parking Angels program provides a fun way for agents to connect with people and help spread the word about ParkSmart Denver cards, which are the perfect stocking stuffers because everyone loves free parking! The preloaded, credit card sized plastic cards can be used at any of the 6,000 Smart Meters throughout Denver and also come in $15, $25, $50, and $100 increments. ParkSmart Denver cards can be purchased at the following locations: · Wellington Webb Building, 201 West Colfax Avenue, First Floor Cashier Counter · Wastewater Management Building, 2000 West 3rd Street, First Floor Permit Counter · Downtown Denver Partnership, 511 16th St., Tower 2 Suite 200 · Both Denver Tattered Cover locations, 2526 East Colfax Avenue at Elizabeth Street and 1628 16th Street at Wynkoop While the Parking Angels program is only underway in December, agents do a great deal of public service yearround, with or without angel wings! For more information on ParkSmart Denver cards and where they can be purchased, please visit www.parksmartdenver.com.

'Denver Talks' Engages More Than 6,000 With Discussion of Race and Social Justice

More than 6,000 metro-area residents participated in Denver Talks events this fall, part of a citywide dialogue on race, social justice, and Claudia Rankine’s book, Citizen: An American Lyric. A project of Lighthouse Writers Workshop, NEA Big Read, and the City & County of Denver, Denver Talks hosted six weeks of arts events, book talks, and community discussions, culminating in a free on-stage conversation with Rankine and Mayor Michael B. Hancock at Boettcher Concert Hall. Some highlights of the project include: • More than 1,800 people were in attendance for Rankine’s conversation with the mayor. • An audience of 360 middle school, high school, and college students attended the mayor’s student conversation with Rankine at Metropolitan State University of Denver. • Lighthouse coordinated more than 60 individual book talks, community conversations, and Citizeninspired art-making sessions in Denver as well as in Broomfield, Westminster, and Aurora. • More than 1,600 copies of Citizen were handed out for free, and 1,900 print, electronic, and audio books were loaned out through Denver Public Libraries. • Several dozen high school and college classes made Citizen a part of their fall curriculum. Denver Talks involved more than 36 community partners and 17 sponsors located throughout the metro area,

Denver Botanic Gardens and Denver Zoo. The holidays are not complete without these spectacular light shows: “Blossoms of Light” Dec. 5-Jan. 1 at 1005 York St. and “Trail of Lights” Nov. 28-30 and Dec. 5-Jan. 1 at the Chatfield location, 8500 W. Deer Creek Canyon Road in Littleton, 720-865-3500 or botanicgardens. org. “Zoo Lights,” with more than 150 animated animal sculptures and 40+ acres of lights, is Dec. 5-Jan. 4, 2300 Steele St., 720-337-1612 or www.denverzoo.org

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Greetings and Denver Arts & Venues—inspired by IMAGINE 2020 and its own Diversity, Equity, and Inclusiveness initiative— supported the purchase of more than 900 of the distributed books. Denver Talks will become an ongoing project, and residents are invited to submit their ideas for what they’d like to see next at www.DenverTalks.org

Office of Marijuana Policy Needs Transparency in Tax Revenue Use Denver’s efforts to improve transparency regarding marijuana tax revenue use still have room for improvement, according to a recent follow-up report. Denver Auditor Timothy M. O’Brien issued a follow-up report on the 2016 audit of the Office of Marijuana Policy. The office is now part of the Department of Excise and Licensing after the Mayor merged the office with the department in 2016. When the audit team checked in on the recommendations from the original audit, they found some of them implemented and some still in progress past the target implementation date. “The department is working to improve transparency and outreach efforts,” Auditor O’Brien said. “It could still improve disclosure around specific planned uses of recreational marijuana tax revenues, to ensure the money is used as many voters wanted when they approved legalization of recreational marijuana.” This year, the Department of Excise and Licenses worked to include information about marijuana-related expenditures in the Mayor’s budget. At the time of the original audit, marijuana tax revenue went into the general fund, and there was little transparency to prove the money was used as directed by voters for marijuana regulation, education, enforcement, public health and other expenses related to operating the city and its facilities. The 2018 budget includes marijuana-related expenditures from the approximately $21 million dollars of special retail marijuana sales tax revenue, so the agency’s efforts to increase spending transparency are considered partially implemented. However, the budget does not give enough information about the specific agency uses of the money. Auditor O’Brien found the Department of Excise and Licenses should provide increased transparency on how all marijuana- revenues will be spent to support various programs and initiatives. The original audit also recommended the office do a better job of documenting and monitoring progress. The follow-up found the office is doing much better at documentation but could still do more to integrate specific performance measures with goals and strategies in its strategic plan. The office did show significant progress in building relationships with

neighborhood organizations and marijuana businesses through community outreach efforts. Attendance at quarterly industry check-in meetings has nearly doubled. Publication frequency of the office’s Marijuana Industry Bulletins has increased consistently. Office staff members also regularly attended meetings with registered neighborhood organizations, including those with marijuana businesses within their boundaries. “I’m pleased to see the proactive relationship-building in neighborhoods across Denver,” Auditor O’Brien said. “It’s important to keep residents involved and informed as our city continues to adapt to this unique new industry.” Auditor O’Brien’s original evaluation found the Office of Marijuana Policy was a valued addition to the organizational structure of the city and it accomplished a great deal. The office’s mission is to recommend, administer and implement policies, oversee and coordinate city agencies and act as a liaison for many different officials, agencies and stakeholders. You can find more information about the Auditor and recent audits at www.denvergov.org/auditor.

Mayor Announces 2017 Awards for Excellence in Arts and Culture Since 1986, The Mayor’s Awards for Excellence in Arts & Culture have annually recognized individuals and organizations that make significant and lasting contributions to the arts in the City and County of Denver. “These award recipients exemplify Denver’s vibrant and diverse cultural and artistic scene. Through the work of these individuals and groups, the arts have become more accessible, interactive and integrated into the lives of our residents and visitors,” Mayor Hancock said. Arts & Culture Youth Award – Denver Public Schools – Shakespeare Festival Going on its 34th year, the Denver Public Schools Shakespeare Festival is the oldest and largest student Shakespeare festival in the country, and includes thousands of students and teachers from schools across the region. Donning theatrical costumes, more than 5,000 DPS students, grades K-12, from more than 85 schools attend the DPS Shakespeare Festival. Arts & Culture Impact Award – Mexican Cultural Center For twenty-five years, the Mexican Cultural Center has developed a variety of cultural…particularly in Colorado. The MCC serves to promote and enhance the perception of Mexican culture and people through travel, cuisine, art, music, handcrafts,

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cultural events and education. The MCC focuses on being one of Colorado’s major transformational agents through educational experiences and programming based on inclusiveness, diversity and collaboration. Arts & Culture Global Award – Clyfford Still Museum The Clyfford Still Museum brings the world to Denver, and Denver to the world. In September 2016, nine paintings from the Museum’s collection traveled to the Royal Academy of Arts in London for a seminal exhibition on Abstract Expressionism. Seen by nearly 675,000 people it was hailed by the international press as “The Show of the Year” (Sunday Times, London), and Clyfford Still “...the surprise hero of the exhibition.” Arts & Culture Innovation Award – CRUSH CRUSH is Colorado’s largest independent graffiti and street art project and event. CRUSH has been taking over the streets of the RiNo neighborhood since 2010. The annual event showcases the amazing artistic talents in Denver and across the world. IMAGINE 2020 Award – Irene Vilar For more than a decade, Irene Vilar has demonstrated how the arts can be an effective and impactful vehicle for raising social awareness and inspiring action at a local, national and international level. Irene founded Americas for Conservation+Arts to provide a forum for artists, conservation activists and educators to unite for positive, impactful efforts within the community. Leadership in the Arts Award Floyd Ciruli In support of the Scientific and Cultural District, Floyd Ciruli has worked to consistently build and maintain a coalition of public and private interests in support during the District’s thirty-year existence. IMAGINE 2020 District Challenge Award – "Community Channels" Art Mural, Stacie Gilmore, District 11 On November 10 and 11, community members and Montbello High School students worked with artist Pat Milbery to create a mural in the canal at 51st Avenue and Crown Blvd. www.ArtsandVenues.com.

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Renovated RTD Civic Center Station Opening for Full Service Dec 17 The Regional Transportation District’s newly renovated Civic Center Station will reopen for full service on Sunday, Dec. 17 after being closed for more than a year. The public is invited to a grand opening celebration event on Friday, Dec. 15 from 3 to 6 p.m. The event will feature a commemoration ceremony, a preview of the facility, and light refreshments. Eighteen bus routes — including the Free MallRide and Free MetroRide — will serve the station, which sits at the south end of the 16th Street Mall near the state Capitol. Temporary bus stops on Broadway, Colfax, and Lincoln will be discontinued. Civic Center Station is one of RTD’s busiest transit hubs and served an average of 15,000 passengers daily before it closed for construction in July 2016. The completed $31 million renovation adds a third component to a multimodal regional transit network that includes Denver International Airport and Denver Union Station. “The new Civic Center Station is a modern, streamlined transit hub that fits seamlessly into the evolution of downtown Denver and better reflects RTD’s commitment to the region,” said RTD General Manager and CEO Dave Genova. “It’s a thrill and an honor to see this project through to completion, and I’m proud of the work that RTD and our partners have done to bring this resource to the public.” Providing a brighter, more welcoming environment while improving transit connections was a central component of the roughly 16-month-long renovation project. The station now features a glassenclosed terminal building, nine bus bays, and a newly constructed bus concourse. The transit center’s design also provides an open view of the State Capitol building from the 16th Street Mall. For more information, visit www.rtd-denver.com, call 303-2996000 and follow along on social media: www.facebook.com/RideRTD, @RideRTD on Twitter, @ridertd on Instagram and rideRTDco on YouTube.

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Wining & Dining ‘Tis the Season' for Denver Aquarium's Breakfast with Santa Are you ready to Jingle around the Aquarium? Families are invited to join Sharkey and Santa Claus for a delicious ho-ho-holiday breakfast at the Downtown Aquarium on December 9-10, 16-17, and 22-24, with seating times beginning at 8:30 a.m. Elves of all ages will have the chance to mingle with Santa while enjoying a breakfast buffet. Did you know Santa could swim, too? Keep a close eye out… The festive fun continues as Scuba Santa makes a special appearance with the Mystic Mermaids to greet guests underwater. Additionally, families who purchase a buffet ticket will receive 50% off Aquarium Exhibit ticket and validated parking. Reservations can be made by calling the Downtown Aquarium at 303-561-4450. $18.99 for adults $12.99 for kids December 9-10, 16-17, and 22-24

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Continental Social Food Since 1974, Wazee Supper Club called the corner at 15th and Wazee streets home, but come spring 2018, the address will change hands as Max MacKissock, Juan Padro, and Katie O’Shea bring Morin, a French concept, to the lower downtown landmark. The masterminds of the Culinary Creative Group, who conceived Senor Bear, Bar Dough and Highland Tap & Burger, alongside developer and preservationist Charlie Woolley, recently purchased the 1600 15th Street property from Roadhouse Hospitality Group. Inspired by chef-owner MacKissock’s heritage, Morin will serve a menu of both classic and inventive French fare. The team plans to renovate the space, while maintaining some of its classic charm and ambiance. Angelo and Jim Karagas, the operators behind My Brother’s Bar, originally opened Wazee Supper Club, known as the “granddaddy of LoDo.” Roadhouse Hospitality bought the unpretentious American eatery in 2015 with plans to revamp the menu or convert the space into its namesake concept, but the overhauls never materialized. www.wazeesupperclub.com

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Arts LoDown

Greetings Su Teatro's Holiday Production - Miracle at Tepeyac thru Dec.23rd The Miracle at Tepeyac runs December 7 – 23 at Su Teatro Cultural & Performing Arts Center, 721 Santa Fe Drive, Denver CO. Curtain for evening performances is at 7:30 pm with Sunday matinees at 2:00 pm. Ticket prices vary with special discounts throughout the run and can be purchased online (www.suteatro. org), by phone (303-296-0219), or at the Box Office. Su Teatro will collaborate with Metropolitan State University of Denver Diversity Fund, Clinica Tepeyac and AARP to present their 2017 holiday production. On December 23rd Su Teatro will present the St. Cajetan’s Reunification Project, a program designed to reconnect families who once lived in the Westside neighborhood that now houses the Auraria Campus. Students and community members will engage in numerous interactions including story circles and art production. www.suteatro.org

The 27th Annual Mini Show at Abend Gallery In its 27th year running, the Miniatures Show is an exhibition for everyone. With work from a wide range of artists,

from emerging to well-established, and spanning multiple genres, art appreciators of all types will delight in this engaging and long-standing exhibition which fills the entire expansive gallery space with over 50 artists contributing anywhere from 200 to 300 original works of art. www.abendgallery.com

"Will Work for Food” Randy Wren Biography Long-time Denver gadfly Randy Wren died July 10th, and his brother John doesn’t want his memory to be lost. Those who knew Randy are being asked to post stories and photos on the “Remembering Randy Wren” Facebook page. Family, friends and associates are invited to share stories about Randy for a book that will be written about his life. The working title is the headline of an ad he ran in Westword a few years ago, "Will Work for Food." It was funny but serious, he was at one of his lowest points. “Will Work for Food” is expected to be published on Amazon next June 11, the 67th anniversary of Randy Wren’s birth in Denver at Porters Hospital. John Wren’s book "Daring Mighty Things" was previously published on Amazon and is still available. For more info call (720) 495-4949.

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Artistic lighting installation at the 38th Avenue underpass in the RiNo Art District.

Creative Lighting and Murals Bring Ambiance to 38th St. Underpass The RiNo Art District recently culminated a nearly two-year effort to bring light and color to the previously dark and blighted area in the northern portion of the neighborhood including the nearly 100-year old 38th Street railroad underpass at Walnut Street. The creative lighting and mural installation at the underpass includes an immersive light environment designed by Knomad Colab and a new mural for the southern wall designed by Jason Graves and Pat Milbery of the So-Gnar Creative Division. The new installation provides enhanced light, activation, color, and safety to an important connector between the east and west sides of RiNo for bicyclists, pedestrians, and drivers. The lighting installation, called Arabesque, drew inspiration from and

highlight the arabesque patterns on the antique pedestrian railings underneath the underpass. The new murals augment the lighting installation’s patterns, adding vibrancy while maintaining the grittiness and natural texture of the walls with a feel-good color palette. “This outcome is a spectacular utilization of art to solve a complex problem," says Jamie Licko, President of the RiNo Art District. www.rinoartdistrict.com

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Health is Wealth ‘Give Something That Means Something’ This Holiday Season

After responding to a string of historic disasters, the American Red Cross is appealing to the public to 'Give Something That Means Something' this holiday season. Throughout the Holiday Giving Season, donors can help bring hope and relief to children, families and communities that need it most with their holiday shopping. Beginning in late August, the Red Cross embarked on providing wideranging relief efforts in response to three historic back-to-back hurricanes—Harvey, Irma, and Maria—followed closely by the deadliest week of wildfires in California history. In response to these disasters, the Red Cross provided more food to those affected than in the past four years — combined. “The people of Colorado have been very kind in supporting the Red Cross over the years by volunteering their time and donating their money,” says Gino Greco, American Red Cross Regional CEO. “We ask for your help this holiday season to support the people in need in our community.” How You Can Give Back: Through the Holiday Giving Campaign, people can give gifts that uniquely give back to people in the community while supporting the organization’s mission. Individuals can choose from three essential giving opportunities: 1. Gifts that help disaster victims. For example, a donation of $25 can provide blankets—as well as warmth and a sense of security—for five people staying in an emergency shelter. A $30 gift can provide hot meals for three people following a disaster while a $50 donation can supply a full day of emergency shelter with urgently needed essentials, including three meals, two blankets, a cot, snacks and personal hygiene supplies for someone impacted by disaster. 2. Gifts that help our troops. For example, a $145 contribution can show our heroes and veterans that we care by providing military hospital kits to 20 service members. 3. Gifts that help internationally. For example, a financial contribution of $100 can educate families and vaccinate 100 children against measles— a $500 gift can vaccinate an entire village. www.redcross.org/Holiday/Giving

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Season's Simple Steps May Reduce Depression Triggered During the Holidays Depressive disorders don’t take holidays. Stress management can be key to maintaining mental health. It is no secret that the holiday season can be a stressful time. With family gatherings, office parties, gift exchanges, and other demands on our time and attention, the final month of the year can be a trying time for even the most optimistic and enthusiastic people. For individuals who suffer from or are at risk for depression, though, the impact of holiday stresses and pressures can be much more severe than the momentary frustrations that almost everyone experiences. For example, some of the common triggers for the onset of a depressive episode, such as feeling overwhelmed, experiencing a sense of isolation or deprivation, and having personal conflicts, are also common holiday experiences. For individuals who are at risk for depression, here are simple tips that can help keep triggers at bay during the holiday season: 1. Stay Organized – Considerable holiday stress is related to feeling overwhelmed or out of time. Planning ahead can help eliminate or ease some of this pressure. 2. Learn to Say No – You do not have to accept every invitation that comes your way. Giving yourself time to relax and decompress during the holidays is more important than yet another party. 3. Set Realistic Expectations – There is no such thing as a “perfect holiday,” and trying to create one is an invitation to disappointment. On the other side of the coin, don’t allow dread to destroy your ability to enjoy the season. 4. Take Care of Yourself – Sugary and high-fat foods, which are staples during the holidays, can drain your energy and increase your risk getting sick. Enjoy a sweet here and there, but do not abandon your healthy diet. Also, make sure that you are getting some exercise and enough sleep. 5. Get Help When You Need It – The holidays are definitely not the time to go it alone. From an extra set of hands in the kitchen to the therapeutic insights of a professional counselor, ask for help when you need it.

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Animal Matters

Greetings Denver C.A.T. Providing Shelters to Keep Community Cats Warm Providing a winter refuge for cats is just one the free services offered through Metro Denver C.A.T programs. Since January 2016 Metro Denver C.A.T.– a first-of-its-kind project to address the growing concern about cat welfare and overpopulation – has been working to improve the lives of cats across the community, working specifically in the 80219, 80204 and 80223 zip code areas with plans to expand in the coming year. The organization is collaborative effort of a coalition of animal welfare agencies including Denver Animal Protection, Dumb Friends League and Divine Feline and was developed after a years-long process involving more than 20 organizations. With the opening of a neighborhood storefront headquarters located at 110 Federal Blvd., it has served as a community resource center for all things cat-related. Spayneuter services are provided by the nearby Solutions Cat Clinic, operated by Dumb Friends League. If you are interested in participating in future events or getting involved with Metro Denver C.A.T., or to find out more about how to help cats in your area, please visit us at www.denvercats.org or call 1-844-DEN-CATS.

‘Bone Up’ On Winter Safety For Your Pets Notwithstanding their fur coats, pets can feel the cold just as humans do. So it’s up to you to ensure that your furry friends stay safe and warm during the colder months. • Know your pet. Different pets have different levels of tolerance for cold. When going out for walks, a shortcoated, elderly or frail dog may need a jacket to weather the elements. • Forgo haircuts. Let your dog’s winter coat protect him against the chill. Save shearing for warmer months. • Check ears, paws and tails regularly. You’re looking for signs of frostbite or raw spots from ice and snow. Remove any clumps of frozen debris from between the paw pads each time your dog goes outside. • Wipe down your pet’s belly, legs and paws. Have a clean towel ready each time your dog comes inside to remove ice-melting chemicals, which can irritate and cause serious illness if licked or swallowed. • Clean up antifreeze spills. Due to the sweet smell and taste, pets will lick or drink antifreeze if they find it puddled on sidewalks or garage floors— but antifreeze is toxic to cats and dogs. Clean up spills and consider using a brand made from propylene glycol, which is less toxic. • Keep the water flowing. Dry winter weather can be dehydrating, as well as freezing. Keep a fresh supply of

• Keep them leashed. More pets get lost during the winter than any other time of the year. Snow covers familiar scents, making it harder for your dog to find his way home. Keep your dog on a leash when you’re out and about and make sure his tag and microchip information are up-to-date in case he escapes. For further information about the benefits of your family lawn for pets and people during all seasons, go to www.SaveLivingLandscapes. com and www.TurfMutt.com.

water inside for your pet and break up any ice accumulation on her outdoor water bowl. • Provide a warm place to rest. Winter days can be drafty and cold, so ensure your pet has plenty of elevated places inside to warm up. A cozy pet bed works beautifully. • Leave Fido at home. You’ve probably heard a lot about the dangers of leaving a pet in a hot car during the summertime, but the practice can be just as hazardous in the winter. It’s always best to leave your dog at home when you’re running errands.

MaxFund Volunteers are Wrapping Gifts at the LoDo and East Colfax Avenue Tattered Cover Locations all Season Long in Support of MaxFund! All proceeds go directly to MaxFund. Tattered Cover LoDo store is located at 1628 16th Street. The East Colfax stories located at 2526 E. Colfax. Call 303 322-7727 for times.

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A Home for the Holidays?

Denver Animal Shelter has many wonderful animals available for adoption during the holidays! View our online database of adoptable pets or stop by to see our animals in person. We constantly have new animals coming to the shelter. Keep in mind that adoptions occur frequently and we can not guarantee the availability of an animal listed online. The shelter's adoption package includes the adoption fee, spay or neuter cost, vaccinations, and a one-year pet license. Through 2017, all adoptions will include a free microchip.

1241 W. Bayaud Avenue, Denver 80223. Call us at 720 913-1311. www.denveranimalshelter.org

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R e a l E state To better understand current events and gain an appreciation for what the future may hold; we will take a look into our housing market past and present. Nationally, a potential recession was becoming apparent and was in full swing by the 3rd quarter of 2008. Denver however, had a slow to moderate economic and real estate market since 2002 and did not see the overbuilding and speculative investing taking place in cities like Miami, Phoenix and Las Vegas…bursting the bubble. Values in those metro areas plummeted 40% - 60% over a 4-year period, while Denver suffered 5% - 25% depending on the type of property. This was the worst economic recession our country had to endure since the 1980s when rates hit over 14% for a mortgage. Sharply rising prices was only a contributing factor to the recession (2008-2011). That economic bonfire was stoked primarily by subprime and loose documentation for mortgages. If you could spell your name, you could obtain a mortgage; credit worthiness did not always play a role. This recession was based largely on greed by financial institutions, with executives and thousands of loan officers, offering loans starting at low rates that had lethal escalators that borrowers would not be able to afford within a few years. There were interest-only loans that added monthly principal repayment on top of the original amount borrowed, instead of paying down the loan with each payment. Borrowers would put 0 – 5% down on a loan and within 5 years actually owe 105% (or more) over what they paid for the property, with interest rate periodically rising while prices were getting softer. Thousands of people jumped on the bandwagon by doing fix and flips. In 2006 flipped homes accounted for nearly 9% of national sales. For a variety of reasons, in 2016 only 5% of all sales were flipped homes and that decline will continue. In many cities people put big money down on new construction developments with the intent of selling their contracts for profit by completion of construction. I visited Miami in 2008 and literally saw a couple dozen “see-through” buildings. These were beautiful structures that ultimately sat empty due to people not

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3. Tax advantages In case you weren't aware, the tax benefits go both ways, notes Realtor® Al Cannistra with Texas Premier Realty in San Antonio. Buying now can help you save in April and beyond. Homeownership brings numerous tax perks, from deducting mortgage interest to property taxes. (Update: The House of Representatives just passed its version of the GOP proposed tax plan, which would cap the property tax deduction at $10,000. The House bill also would only allow homeowners to deduct the interest on mortgages up to $500,000, down from the current $1 million.) 4. A realistic picture of the house What house doesn’t look amazing in the typical spring buying season, with newly planted flowers and plenty of sunlight streaming through

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2. Motivated (OK, desperate) home sellers The December seller is likely to be serious and motivated—and therefore more open to negotiation. So what you might lack in choice of available homes could be balanced out by dealing with a more flexible seller. Another tax-related reason: If sellers are likely to make a hefty profit and have a salary raise set to kick in on Jan. 1, they might be subject to a higher capital gains tax on their home sale in the coming year. In this scenario, sellers may want to unload a property before the new year. Sellers are exempt from paying capital gains tax on the first $250,000 in proceeds from a home sale for a single person, or $500,000 for a couple. After that, the capital gains tax kicks in, based on their income bracket.

5. Greater accessibility to professionals “Since December is usually a slower month all around, you will have easier access to movers, inspectors, and mortgage brokers,” says Jennifer Sommers with Sotheby's International Realty in Boca Raton, FL. In addition, motivated real estate agents will bend over backward to provide service with fewer client demands and will share your desire to get it done and in the books before the new year rolls around. Ditto on your mortgage broker, who is bound to speed your closing through. www.realtor.com/advice/

the windows? Checking it out during the miserable winter season, on the other hand, might give you a more accurate idea of what you might be living with the rest of the year. In addition to seeing the house, warts and all, you can check for issues that you'd notice only during cold weather. Of course, don’t forget that issues that crop up more during summer will be less accessible—such as how well the air conditioning works or what the roof really looks like under all that snow and ice—so make sure that your home inspector does a thorough job on those fronts, too.

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OK, we know you're busy enough planning family feasts and muchneeded vacations while dealing with blustery weather, but hear us out. While it might seem counterintuitive to put a big-ticket item like a home on your holiday shopping list, it really does make sense. Don't believe us? Check out these surprisingly smart reasons to let everyone else hit the mall to buy halfoff sweaters while you make the purchase of a lifetime: a new house to ring in the New Year. 1. Less competition from home buyers Most buyers take the month off to

celebrate the holidays, attend parties, host out-of-town guests and, quite frankly, avoid trudging around in inclement weather to look at houses. Or, maybe they’ve heard that this is a lousy time to buy a house. Whatever the reason, shopping for real estate at a time when fewer buyers are in the market can pay off big.

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A major new mixed-use development has been proposed by the Colorado Rockies baseball club for the full-block surface parking lot adjacent to Coors Field at 19th and Wazee in Lower Downtown Denver. Owned by the Denver Metropolitan Major League Baseball Stadium District, the 130,224-square foot parcel, known as the stadium’s “West Lot” parking area, was a key component of the new lease signed this past spring by the Colorado Rockies and the Stadium District that keeps the Rockies at Coors Field for the next 30 years. The development plans for the block were announced publicly by the Denver office of Stantec (formerly RNL Design), the architecture firm hired by the Rockies to design the project. The plans are still in the early stages, but the project could include hotel, office, residential, retail, and restaurant uses along with a significant public space activated through baseballrelated entertainment and events, and a Colorado Rockies Hall of Fame. Preliminary renderings, courtesy of Stantec, show several 10-story connected buildings surrounding a grand public space. It appears all parking is underground. This project is significant for not only the Rockies and the Stadium District, but for LoDo and all of Downtown Denver. This block is the largest development site remaining in Lower Downtown and, for the 22 years since Coors Field opened in 1995, has been a major gap in the urban fabric separating the vitality of the historic district from the stadium. This project will close that gap and significantly energize the connection between Coors Field and Lower Downtown. The project is still in the early stages, but if all goes as planned, the Rockies hope to break ground on the project in 2018.

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Real Estate Kentwood Real Estate Launches Kentwood Commercial New Division Boasts Highly Experienced Brokers to Handle Wide Range of Clients Kentwood Real Estate, Colorado’s Premier Real Estate Company, has launched Kentwood Commercial (www. kentwoodcommercial.com) to serve all primary segments of the commercial real estate business. The new division has some of the most experienced commercial real estate brokers in the industry who will collectively serve the industrial, office, retail, land, and investment segments of commercial real estate. The new boutique commercial real estate company was created by Peter Niederman, Chief Executive Officer of Kentwood Real Estate who also serves as CEO of Kentwood Commercial; David Morrison, Senior Vice President; Karen Landers Zeile, Senior Vice President; Mike Fickinger, Senior Vice President; and Rodney Gustafson, Senior Vice President. Matt Anton serves as Retail Broker Associate. “For the last eight years, Karen has been our only commercial broker who operated from our Kentwood City Properties’ office near Union Station,” said Peter Niederman, CEO of Kentwood Commercial. “When Kentwood Real Estate was acquired by Berkshire

Season's Hathaway, we realized the additional opportunity to create a commercial brokerage division. Our new company is characterized by an exceptional local brand and the extensive referral network of Kentwood with the national strength and financial support of Berkshire Hathaway. David, Karen, Mike and Rodney had previously collaborated on various commercial projects and recognized we could further expand Kentwood’s market share by expanding the company into the commercial market. Also, Berkshire Hathaway, the fourth largest real estate company in the world, owns 54 individual companies, all of which have commercial real estate needs. We intend to penetrate this market and work with those companies on their future commercial real estate needs.” According to Niederman, the largest companies in the commercial real estate industry are built to handle large national multi-market tenants and institution property owners. Occasionally, assignments and transactions are handed down from the corporate office, without a personal relationship or knowledge of the client’s business operations or needs, and handled by junior associates. The smaller companies only have local relationships that they have developed on a transactional basis. However, business and operations’ decisions are done at a local level.

“Our commercial brokers have significant relationships in the community, and a long history of experience in the local commercial market,” said Niederman. “Kentwood residential agents and Kentwood Relocation Services can provide referral and introductions to numerous business decision-makers and executive clients. Berkshire Hathaway provides support and international breadth. The Kentwood and Berkshire Hathaway brands legitimize and elevate our visibility in the Denver real estate market.” Kentwood residential agents handle more high end residential transaction volume and revenue than any of the other Colorado firms combined. Clients include numerous business executives and leaders in the community, and Kentwood Commercial will engage with the residential agents to crosssell to these relationships. In a similar fashion over time, Kentwood Commercial agents will work with Berkshire Hathaway companies, which owns and leases commercial property in Colorado and across the country. Kentwood Commercial is a freestanding commercial brokerage operating from its office at 1660 17th Street, Suite 100, Denver, CO 80202, phone 303-820-2489. The company’s website at www.kentwoodcommercial.com provides a wealth of information on current listings, testimonials, contact information, and profiles on the experienced staff.

Kentwood Denver City November 2017 Sales There is currently a total of 626 detached listings and 701 attached listings in the City of Denver, with Kentwood Real Estate holding 107 active listings. Closed sales for detached residences totaled 661 in November, a 0.9 percent increase over the same period last year. Closed sales volume was $348,608,157, an 8.3 percent increase over last November. Average sales price was $527,395 for a 7.3 percent increase, and the highest sold price was $3,200,000, an increase of 54.3 percent. Average days on the market for detached residences was 33, a decrease of 8.3 percent. Closed sales for attached homes totaled 479, which was a decrease of 1.6 percent from last November. Closed sales volume was $192,808,558, an increase of 9.2 percent. The average sales price for attached residences was $402,523, and the highest sold price was $5,300,000, a 231.3 percent increase over November 2016. Average days on the market for attached homes in November was 81, which was a 72.3 percent increase from the same period last year. Kentwood Real Estate is dedicated to building on its legacy of being “Colorado’s Premier Real Estate Company” through the highest producing, most knowledgeable, caring and experi-

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enced brokers in the country who offer the highest quality customer service experience. Kentwood Real Estate is an innovator known for unparalleled marketing strategies and superior Internet technology that places its clients in the best possible position. Kentwood Real Estate is comprised of Kentwood Real Estate DTC, Kentwood Real Estate Cherry Creek, and Kentwood City Properties in downtown Denver. For more information, visit Kentwood Real Estate online at www.DenverRealEstate.com

RE/MAX Cherry Creek Client Appreciation Event RE/MAX of Cherry Creek, one of the country’s top producing single-office RE/MAX franchises, held its annual Client Appreciation Party at the Denver Zoo on Thursday, November 30, 2017 where 2,599 attendees enjoyed a gala evening featuring hundreds of dazzling lights, Christmas displays, visits with Santa, appetizers, hot chocolate, and a host of holiday festivities while mingling with other clients. RE/MAX of Cherry Creek clients and their families brought toys and gift cards to benefit the Denver Children’s Home, Children’s Miracle Network, and the Urban Peak charities. • Denver Children’s Home provides a comprehensive therapeutic and educational continuum of care for the region’s abused, neglected and traumatized children and their families with mental health issues. The charity offers prevention, intervention, and treatment programs grounded in trauma-informed care and the latest in brain-development research. Please visit www.DenverChildrensHome.org. • The Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) is the primary fund-raising arm for 170 member hospitals that provide 32 million treatments each year to kids across the U.S. and Canada. Donations stay local to fund critical treatments and healthcare services, pediatric medical equipment and charitable care. Please visit www.childrensmiraclenetworkhospitals.org. • Founded in 1988, Urban Peak provides five essential services at little or no cost to the youth, including an overnight shelter, a daytime drop-in center, street outreach, an education and employment program, and supportive housing. For more information and to make a donation, please visit www.urbanpeak.org. Phone 303-320-1556, or visit RE/MAX of Cherry Creek online at www.rmcherrycreek.com

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1523 15TH STREET #200

3440 WALNUT STREET Located just north of downtown Denver, the River North District (RiNo) includes an extraordinary concentration of creative businesses, artists, wineries, small-batch breweries, distilleries, restaurants, and so much more! The 3,000-6,000 square feet of space at 3440 Walnut is perfect for any creative office or retail user looking to join this urban mix in the heart of Denver.

Awesome Lodo location in a historic building – close to Union Station, Lodo restaurants, light rail, and shopping. Features include high ceilings, skylights, and lots of light. This second floor suite consists of 1,920 square feet of relatively open space with a conference room and kitchen/break room area.

FOR LEASE $25.00 SF NNN 3,000-6,000 SF OF OFFICE/RETAIL SPACE

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FOR LEASE $28.00 SF FSG 1,920 SF OF OFFICE SPACE

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