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Winter in the City Never Looked so Good! Downtown Denver is home to many of the season’s time-honored traditions, making it a special destination during the holidays. Within blocks, you can have an entire holiday experience: dinner, shopping, ice skating, sparkling lights, and on some nights, music and entertainment. We hope you’ll come Downtown to experience the magic of the holidays with us. Explore your options to eat, shop and stay.

Denver Christkindl Market November 17 – December 23 The German American Chamber of Commerce will host a Christmas market, in Skyline Park at 16th & Arapahoe in the spirit of an age-old German tradition. Craftspeople and artisans will offer rare, imported products, and food vendors will dish out European fare. Grab a Brat and a Glühwein (spiced mulled wine) and warm up in the large holiday warming tent. Free music and dancing will be happening throughout the market. The event, open every day, is packed with entertainment, including bands, choirs, dancing and much more.

Downtown Denver Rink at Skyline Park November 20 – February 3 The Downtown Denver Partnership invites you and your family to join us at the Downtown Denver Rink at Skyline Park – Downtown’s destination for fun this winter. The Downtown Denver Rink offers free ice skating seven days a week from November 20 until February 3. Skaters are welcomed to bring their own skates or rent a pair ($6, 12 & under / $8, 13 & up). Special entertainment and programming throughout the season includes Friday night DJs, Snowga, Sunday Family Fun Day, a Broomball Challenge, and free Learn to Skate Lessons. Learn more! Denver Flea Winter in the City Union Station Holiday Market by the Denver Flea Weekends: Nov. 23 – Dec. 16 Denver Flea returns for the holiday season with their biggest market yet! Gather your family and friends for four weekends of shopping, festivities and winter fun, all at the historic Denver Union Station! Starting on November 23 (Black Friday), 100s of Colorado’s best makers and artisan brands will pack the Plaza of Union Station each

weekend for a holiday shopping wonderland in the heart of the Mile High, paired with music, eats, drinks and more. Tickets are $5 per person, and are good for entry/re-entry for the specific weekend for which they are purchased. Children 12 and under are free. Tickets can be purchased on the Holiday Market Eventbrite page.

Denver Carousel Denver Pavilions’ Holiday Carousel December 15 – January 2 Conveniently located at Denver Pavilions (500 16th Street), the Holiday Carousel returns to Downtown Denver to enhance your holiday experience and create memories for years to come. Free rides will be given from Denver Pavilions restaurants, retailers and entertainment venues with purchase, and from select Downtown hotel partners. Partial proceeds will benefit Food Bank of the Rockies. The Carousel runs from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Visit Denver Pavilions for more information.

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Ring in 2019 in grand style at Denver Union Station, which is once again offering three rousing New Year’s Eve celebrations on Monday, Dec. 31st. The New Year’s Eve festivities at Denver Union Station start at 9 p.m. and will include: Great Hall Light Show & Silent Disco in partnership with SoundDown Party Dance the night away at a Silent Disco featuring three DJs spinning jams in Denver’s historic train station, all leading up to an extravagant light show on the Great Hall ceiling at midnight. Tickets: $50 before Dec. 16th, $75 after Dec. 16th

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New Years Eve Denver Fireworks The 15th Annual New Year’s Eve Fireworks Downtown December 31 Looking for a place to close out 2018? Downtown Denver is the spot to be for your New Year’s Eve celebration. In its 16th year, the tradition continues with two fireworks displays that light up the skies of the Mile High City. The first show, at 9 p.m. is an ideal time for those looking for an earlier evening, while the second show, at midnight, officially marks the start of the New Year. Both shows are identical, will run approximately eight minutes, and can be viewed anywhere along the 16th Street Mall. There also will be DJs along the Mall spinning tunes from 8 p.m. through the midnight fireworks show. The New Year’s Eve Fireworks Downtown are presented by the Downtown Denver Partnership and co-sponsored by Visit Denver and the Downtown Denver Business Improvement District.

VIP Lower Level Lounge Party An exclusive lounge party in an intimate setting in the Lower Level event space at Denver Union Station. This VIP evening will include passed canapes, complimentary drinks and DJ Erin Stereo. Tickets: $135 before Dec. 16, $160 after Dec. 16th NYE Countdown in the Cooper Lounge Countdown to midnight in Denver’s most romantic spot, the Cooper Lounge. Raise a glass as the clock strikes 12 with a complimentary glass of Ruinart champagne and a selection of bites. $100 per person, reservations required: 720-460-3738 Each event has limited availability, so advanced purchase is HGHLY recommended. Please visit: www.unionstationindenver.com for more details or to buy tickets today.

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FYI/Happenings Governor's Inauguration

Jared Polis's whole life has been about turning bold ideas into real results. Now, as Governor-Elect, he’s ready to get to work and fight for every Colorado family across our state. He's excited to launch Colorado for All, the inauguration committee. The team will be hard at work to make sure every last detail is in place for the inauguration. The swearing-in ceremony will take place on Tuesday, January 8, 2019 at 11:00 am on the West Capitol Steps. Swearing-in Ceremony Tuesday, January 8, 2019 at 11:00 am (Gates open at 9:30 am) West Capitol Steps 200 E. Colfax Ave. Denver, CO 80203 Following the inauguration ceremony, a celebration and concert will take place at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. Inauguration Celebration Tuesday, January 8, 2019 at 6:00 pm Denver Museum of Nature and Science 2001 Colorado Blvd. Denver, CO 80205 https://coloradoforall.com/ inauguration

Season's "America Recycles Day” Reduce Waste - Holidays It’s the most “wasteful” time of the year! It’s estimated the average household generates 25% more waste between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. With the upcoming holiday season, America Recycles Day today is the perfect day for people to start thinking about reducing their waste by taking advantage of Denver’s seasonal recycling and composting programs. Below are some tips for reducing waste this holiday season: • This will be the last weekend Denver residents can drop-off raked leaves for composting at weekend LeafDrop sites. Weekday LeafDrop sites will remain open through Friday, December 7. A list of Denver LeafDrop locations and hours can be found at denvergov.org/leafdrop. • The Denver Composts program is perfect for keeping holiday leftovers, bones, dairy, vegetable scraps, and paper napkins out of the landfill to reduce waste by up to 75 percent. Composting these items will put them to a better use, turning them into a high-quality soil amendment that can help plants grow and thrive! Residents can sign-up for the Denver Composts program at denvergov.org/compost. • Planning is the first step to reduce food waste – Americans waste more than 40 percent of their food! The Natural Resources Defense Council’s Guestimator tool makes planning a Thanksgiving meal as easy and as waste-free as ever! Don’t worry, the tool lets you plan for leftovers too! Try it out at www.savethefood.com. • Starting to pull those holiday lights out of the garage? Beginning Tuesday, November 20, Denver residents can drop-off broken, burned out or impossibly tangled sets of holiday lights at the Cherry Creek Recycling Drop-off (S. Quebec Street and E. Cherry Creek South Drive). You

can recycle your holiday lights through January 19, 2019. • Most holiday food packaging, such as empty bottles, cans, cartons, and tubs are recyclable. Plain wrapping paper and holiday cards (no glitter or metallic material) can be placed in

purple recycling carts too! (Please note, tissue paper is not recyclable.) For more information on what can and cannot be recycled, please visit denvergov.org/denverrecycles. • After the holidays, give your Christmas tree a second life through

Do you have broken, burned-out or impossibly tangled sets of holiday lights stored away with last year’s holiday decorations? Don’t throw them out – recycle them for free instead! Denver Recycles will collect and recycle holiday lights from November 20, 2018 to January 19, 2019 at the Cherry Creek Recycling Drop-off S. Quebec St. and E. Cherry Creek South Drive Hours: Tuesdays - Fridays 10 AM to 5 PM, Saturdays 9 AM to 3 PM Closed on Sundays, Mondays and on all City Holidays Incandescent, LED, and “icicle” light strings, along with wires and attached bulbs will all be accepted for recycling. No bubble (liquid-filled) or neon lights. All packaging material must be removed from the light strands prior to recycling. For more information: Denver Recycles at 311 (720-913-1311) or visit www.DenverGov.org/DenverRecycle

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Your tree must be placed at your trash set-out location by 7 a.m. on your scheduled trash collection day.

New Year’s Day Holiday No Solid Waste Management collections.

PARTICIPATING IN IS SIMPLE, AND RECYCLING YOUR TREE AFTER THE HOLIDAYS IS AS EASY AS 1, 2, 3!

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Remove all decorations, lights, and the tree stand from your tree.

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Set your tree out for collection on one of your scheduled trash collection days during the two-week Treecycle collection period.

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Reclaim free mulch made from your tree at the annual Mulch Giveaway & Compost Sale in May.

Only natural, real trees are collected by Treecycle crews. No artificial or flocked trees. Place trees out at your trash set-out location by 7 a.m. on your scheduled trash collection day. Trees must be placed at least two feet away from collection carts, structures, and other obstacles. Do not place trees inside bags or collection carts. In observance of the New Year’s Day holiday on 1/1/19, all Tuesday through Friday Solid Waste Management collections are delayed by one day during the week of 12/31. Trees may also be dropped off at one of two Treecycle drop-off sites, open through January 31. Treecycle is for Denver residents only.

For more information, visit DenverGov.org/Treecycle or call 311 (720-913-1311). Para obtener información en español, visite DenverGov.org/DenverRecicla o llame al 311 (720-913-1311).

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Greetings Denver’s Treecycle program. The trees will be turned into mulch that Denver residents can get for free at the annual Mulch Giveaway and Compost Sale in the spring! For more information, please visit denvergov.org/treecycle. These seasonal recycling and composting programs will help further Denver’s goal of increasing its recycling rate from what is now 22 percent to 34 percent, as outlined in Mayor Michael B. Hancock’s 2020 Sustainability Goals. For more information, please visit www.denvergov.org/denverrecycles

2019 Womxns March Denver January 19th

The 2019 Womxn’s March Denver theme builds upon the momentum: the election, the #MeToo movement, the #TimesUp movement, the Brett Kavanaugh protests, and all movements for justice. We invite our growing coalition of thousands of local residents to the streets of downtown Denver, to support human rights, gender recognition, equity, anti-oppression, and social justice. We are committed to dismantling systems of oppression through nonviolent resistance, inclusivity, and equity. WHAT: Third Womxn’s March Denver: Listen. Unite. Act. WHEN: Saturday, January 19, 2019 Start time is TBD, with a rally first followed by the March. WHERE: Denver’s Civic Center Park Colfax and Bannock Denver, Colorado

The third March on Colorado, recently renamed Womxn’s March Denver, celebrates the unprecedented number of women elected to public office throughout the U.S. during the 2018 mid-term elections, especially those from targeted and marginalized communities. The 2019 Womxn’s March Denver theme is Listen. Unite. Act. Listen to those who have been silenced. Unite under the banner of anti-oppression. Act with intention.

Planning is underway, and speakers, artists, and other details will be announced in the coming weeks. For more information and to stay updated on the march: www.womxnsmarchdenver.org, Twitter: www. twitter.com/WomxnsMarchCO Facebook: www.facebook.com/womensmarchdenver and Instagram: www.instagram.com/ womxnsmarchdenver

Xcel Gifts Hundreds of Christmas Presents Xcel Energy partnered with Volunteers of America Colorado to provide holiday gifts to women and families staying at the organization’s Irving Street Women’s Residence and Family Motel. Representatives from Xcel delivered the gifts on Monday, December 3rd. Through a Volunteers of America Colorado holiday initiative called, “Adopt-a-Family,” Xcel Energy employees volunteered to collect and donate gifts for two unique programs: the Irving Street Women’s Residence and the Family Motel. Each of the 25 residents living at the Women’s Residence, which provides permanent supportive housing for chronically homeless, mentally and or/physically disabled women, will receive a Christmas basket including a robe, slippers, a gift card, lotion, and other comfort items. Those staying at the Family Motel, a temporary, emergency shelter for homeless families, will receive Wal-Mart gift cards. Xcel Energy has partnered with Volunteers of America Colorado for several years to give back to the Denver community through grant awards and volunteer projects at various programs. This is the first time they have taken on the “Adopt-a-Family” program as a corporation. Xcel’s Social Investment Representative, Liz Gardner, stated, “Supporting Volunteers of America is just one of the many things employees at Xcel Energy

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do during the holiday season. From volunteering to collecting more than 2,000 toys for the Toys for Tots program, this is a very special time of year for our employees to give back to the communities in which we live, work and play.” Contact: Emily Latimer elatimer@voacolorado.org 720-264-3323

Dockless Scooters Pilot Program Local and state law currently classify electric scooters as “toy vehicles” and requires them to operate on the sidewalk. Under the proposed bill, dockless scooters will be classified as “Electric Mobility Scooters” (EMS) subject to the following rules: • EMS must operate in a bike lane, if one is available, not exceeding the speed limit of 15mph. • If a bike lane isn’t an option, EMS will be allowed to ride on the roadway, if the maximum speed limit of the roadway does not exceed 30mph. When riding on the roadway, EMS must stay to the right of the road. • If a bike lane isn’t available, and the roadway has a speed limit greater than 30mph, then the EMS may operate on the sidewalk. • When riding on the sidewalk, EMS may not exceed a speed of 6mph and must yield to pedestrians at all times. The committee will debate the proposed bill mid-December. It will then head to a vote before the full council.

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FYI/Happenings Council Approves 2019 Denver City Budget City Council approved Mayor Michael B. Hancock’s proposed 2019 Budget to expand affordability, equity and access to opportunity for Denver residents. The Mayor’s 2019 budget sets a record for affordablehousing funding, will help preserve neighborhood character and allows the city to keep pace with the ongoing demands of a growing population. “The priorities of Denver’s residents and neighborhoods are clear, and this budget reflects those priorities – expanding equity and access, improving affordability, and preserving neighborhood character, culture and community,” Mayor Hancock said. “I want to thank City Council for their vote tonight to advance this budget. We all recognize the needs of Denver’s residents, and this budget continues the course we’ve been on to better support our neighborhoods and communities.” The 2019 budget will advance Mayor Hancock’s Equity Platform, unveiled during his State of the City Address in July, to connect more people in more neighborhoods to the unprecedented economic opportunities Denver is enjoying today. The 2019 budget will also fund many other high-priority needs, such as offering more mobility options and addressing traffic congestion, strengthening services for the homeless and vulnerable residents, and maintaining Denver as one of the safest big cities in America. The total 2019 operating budget for all appropriated funds is $2.4 billion, an increase of 3.0 percent from 2018. The budget maintains adequate reserves in all funds according to the City’s financial policies and includes approximately $119.4 million in required debt service payments on outstanding general obligation debt. The City’s main operating fund, the General Fund, will increase to $1.46 billion, up 4.2 percent in expenditure growth from the 2018 revised budget. The Enterprise Funds operating budgets (Airport, Wastewater, Golf and Environmental Services) will increase to $667.1 million, up less than 0.5 percent from 2018. A $22 million decrease to wastewater capital projects, which still maintains the capital workplan, contributes to this low growth rate. Without this significant decrease, the Enterprise Funds operating budgets would be increasing by 3.5 percent. The capital projects budget for annual Capital Improvement Program (CIP) is $418.9 million in 2019. General Fund Revenue: The 2018 revised and 2019 beginning revenue forecasts were

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Season's prepared during this expansionary period in Denver’s economy. Forecasts of the City’s economicallydriven revenue streams assume the economy will continue to expand in the remainder of 2018 and into 2019, though at a more moderate pace. • General Fund revised revenues are projected to increase by 3.4 percent in 2018 from 2017 actuals. (There were one-time revenues because of a settlement with online travel companies in 2017 that will not be realized again in 2018.) Revenues are expected to grow in 2019 by 4.2 percent. • Core sales and use tax revenues (minus audits) are projected to grow by 5.4 percent in 2018 and 5.5 percent in 2019. • The revised property tax for 2018 is 7.1 percent over 2017 actual property tax collections. Property taxes collectable in 2018 are based on values established during the 2017 re-appraisal and reflect any physical changes to property, including new construction, completed prior to January 1, 2018. The projected growth of property tax is constrained by the cap that was established in 2012 after voters approved measure 2A. The 2019 projection reflects an increase of 1.8 percent to account for local growth. Specific increases to the personnel budget, which are reflected in all agency budgets, include: • A budgeted merit increase of 3.3 percent (to align with a market analysis) for Career Service Employees. • An increase in health insurance of 5.1 percent. • Approximately $1.2 million for the City’s annual pay survey to address market adjustments for specific employee classifications found to be under market. • A increase of 0.5 percent to the Denver Employee Retirement Program (DERP). The total increase of contribution needed is 1 percent. This increase is shared equally between the City and employees, with each increasing one-half percent. In 2019, the City contribution as the employer will increase to 13.0 percent toward retirement, and employees’ share will increase to be 8.5 percent. This additional contribution is required as a result of an actuarial study that identified an increase in the longevity of retirees. • Increases to uniformed personnel are budgeted in accordance with collective bargaining agreements, and for 2019 as follows: • For the Police Collective Bargaining Agreement, the overall increase is 3.25%. • For the Fire Collective Bargaining Agreement, the overall increase is 3.75%. • For the Sheriff Collective Bargaining Agreement, the overall increase is 6.5%. The City completed collective bargaining negotiations for

DENVER’S BUDGET 2019 Mayor Hancock’s $1.46 billion General Fund

$27 million more for transportation and mobility, with a focus on bike and pedestrian infrastructure

Enhancing maintenance and safety crews so our parks remain safe and welcoming to all

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$3.1 million to expand property tax rebate to cover more seniors, residents with disabilities and now low-income families

68 new police officers and firefighters

Creation of Neighborhood Equity and Stabilization Team to deploy resources tailored to protect vulnerable neighborhoods under threat of displacement More than $50 million for affordable housing

Elimination of late fees for library books and materials

A $14.7 million investment in homeless services and facilities

Purchase of 119 electric vehicles for city fleet to reduce emissions

the Denver Sheriff Department in late 2017, after the 2018 budget was finalized. Therefore, the increase in DSD’s personnel services in 2019 reflects the full impact of the raises for both 2018 and 2019 (3.5% and 3.0%, respectively). • The 2019 budget maintains the subsidy for the employee EcoPass program, which continues to provide the opportunity for city employees to purchase the EcoPass for $10 per month. This is to encourage use of public transportation. Expanding Affordable Housing & Homeless Services • A record of more than $50 million for affordable housing thanks in large part to a 2 percent increase in the city’s retail marijuana sales tax rate, allowing for the creation or preservation of more than 6,000 new housing units over the next five years. About 31 percent of the Affordable Housing Fund is dedicated to support those experiencing homelessness. • In collaboration with City Council, $3.1 million to expand eligibility for the city’s property tax rebate program to cover more homeowning seniors and people with disabilities, and now lowincome home-owning families with at least one child as well.

• $14.7 million investment in homeless services and facilities, including $4 million to hire up to 10 peer navigators to help shelter guests obtain services and to begin implementing recommendations from the new Three-Year Shelter Strategic Plan. • $1.5 million to continue the Temporary Rental and Utility Assistance Program, which provides short-term support to struggling renters and helps prevent evictions and homelessness. Protecting Denver’s Unique Neighborhoods • Creation of a new Neighborhood Equity and Stabilization Team to deploy resources specifically tailored to help protect vulnerable neighborhoods under threat of displacement. • Expanding the capacity of our Financial Empowerment Centers and opening two new Neighborhood Resource Centers — in Globeville and Montbello — modeled after a pilot launched in April at the Valdez-Perry Branch Library. These resource centers will provide residents with easy, direct access to financial coaches, social services, housing resources and more — right in their neighborhoods. • Launching "Denver Talks," an initiative to capture the unique stories

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Greetings and history of Denver’s neighborhoods and residents. Improving Transportation and Mobility • An additional $27 million to continue implementing the city’s Mobility Action Plan, including bigger commitments to Denver’s bicycle and pedestrian networks. These investments include: Doubling our annual commitment to bicycle-network buildout, with a $4.2 million investment. • The Mayor also is proposing a one-time $2.9 million investment in the city’s bike network from the recent sale of a city-owned property. These funds will support Mayor Hancock’s ambitious effort to add 125 miles of bike lanes over the next five years. • $800,000 to continue the city’s support for the Denver Bike Share program. This investment would allow us to discount or even offer free B-Cycle rides to Denver residents and to extend the program into currently unserved neighborhoods. • $3.8 million to continue pedestrian-network buildout by making improvements at 10 intersections and filling critical sidewalk gaps. • $2.6 million for projects to address safety at high crash locations, to implement recommendations of the Vision Zero Action Plan, and for new safety medians in Green Valley Ranch. • An additional $250,000 for Safe Routes to School projects, bringing our total 2019 investment in children’s/ youth safety and mobility to $750,000. $1 million for transit reliability improvements on key RTD bus corridors. • Funding for the “Navigate North Denver” program to help residents, delivery trucks and commuters maneuver around construction projects in this part of the city.

Growing Our Parks and Enhancing Our Recreation Programs • More than $1 million to improve the upkeep, maintenance and safety of our downtown parks so they remain welcoming to all. • $1.9 million to make improvements at neighborhood parks, expand parkland, construct a new pocket park in Westwood, new playgrounds in North Denver and a new dog park in south Denver. • $200,000 to accelerate the replacement of old fitness equipment such as weights, balls and mats at recreation centers. Keeping Denver a Safe Big City • An increase of 68 additional police officers, sheriff’s deputies and firefighters to maintain the safety of Denver’s neighborhoods and families, primarily as a result of: • 31 new police officers, and three new detectives dedicated solely to investigating domestic-violence cases, and improved use-of-force training to emphasize de-escalation tactics. • 37 new firefighters primarily to help ensure appropriate response times citywide and to open the new Northfield fire station in mid-2019. Bolstering Mental Health Services and Addressing Substance Misuse • $3.1 million to ensure a coordinated and comprehensive response to the mental-health, opioid and substance misuse challenges facing Denver, including: • Piloting a 24/7 treatment-ondemand program with Denver Health • Hiring two substance misuse peer navigators • Deploying a mobile van for needle exchange, syringe access and access to services. • Ensure 24/7 access to mental health service in jail, because half of the Denver jail population experiences mental health issues.

Rino & Historic Denver Celebrate Area’s Past with Historic Signage The RiNo Art District, in partnership with Historic Denver, is commemorating the history of North Denver with new historic interpretive signage in the district. In total, 36 signs will be installed along Brighton Blvd, Chestnut Pl, Arkins Ct, Delgany St, and Walnut St. These signs will list the historic street name, neighborhood or area name, and will include a historic map graphic. The signage was designed by Inherent Character in collaboration with the RiNo Art District. “Each medallion displays a historic street name and current neighborhood along with various pre-20th century maps that illustrate the former streets and grid,” said Kelan Smith with Inherent Character. “Some former street names are descriptive of a story or a place from the past that is no longer there while other streets were re-named deliberately to differentiate the area from Lower Downtown.” “The historic neighborhoods that the River North Art District occupies are the foundation of what we are today,” said Chandler Romeo, RiNo Art District Co-Chair. “The spirit of the Historic Signage program is to raise awareness of these historic neighborhoods — Elyria-Swansea, Globeville, Five Points and Cole.”

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CRUSH Pizza + Tap Offers Three Pizza Styles and a New Name Denver Deep Dish has changed its name to CRUSH Pizza + Tap. The Northside pizzeria, which has won awards and loyal fans for its deep dish pies, has expanded its pizza offerings to include a hand-tossed variety and a Sicilian, thick-crust style. And not to fear, the owner, employees, location and great service will remain; only the name and offerings will be expanded. At CRUSH Pizza + Tap, our love of pizza runs deep. Which is why we offer three distinct varieties: Chicago Deep Dish, Hand-tossed and Sicilian All our pizzas start with handcrafted dough, made fresh every day. We incorporate locally-sourced ingredients and sauces perfected in-house after years of practice. Our salads, sandwiches, and award-winning chicken wings are prepared with the same loving care.We also feature 12 beers on tap and more than 40 canned craft beers with an emphasis on local brews. Our bar program includes Colorado spirits and an array of inventive cocktails. Whether you’re craving a thin crust, New York style slice or a sophisticated deep dish pie topped with goat cheese, we’ve got a pie for you.

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Greetings Dior Exhibit at Denver Art Museum On View Until March 3rd

Dior: From Paris to the World surveys 70 years of the House of Dior’s enduring legacy and its global influence. A selection of more than 200 couture dresses, as well as accessories, costume jewelry, photographs, drawings, runway videos, and other archival material, will trace the history of the iconic haute couture fashion house, its founder, Christian Dior, and the subsequent artistic directors who carried Dior’s vision into the 21st century. Christian Dior, the art gallerist who became a celebrated couturier, generated a revolution in Paris and around the globe after World War II. Dior created haute couture expressing modern femininity, completely shedding the masculine silhouette that had been established during the war. He conceived sophisticated designs featuring

soft shoulders, accentuated busts and nipped waists that marked the beginning of an epic movement in fashion history that would eventually lead to Dior successfully becoming the first worldwide couture house. The chronological presentation, showcasing pivotal themes in the House of Dior’s history, will focus on how Christian Dior cemented his fashion house’s reputation within a decade and will highlight how his successors, Yves Saint Laurent, Marc Bohan, Gianfranco Ferré, John Galliano, Raf Simons, and Maria Grazia Chiuri, incorporated their own design aesthetic. This exhibition is organized by the DAM and curated by Florence Müller, the DAM’s Avenir Foundation Curator of Textile Art and Fashion. It features exhibition design by internationally renowned architect Shohei Shigematsu, principal of OMA New York. Following its run at the DAM, this exhibition will travel to the Dallas Museum of Art. https://denverartmuseum.org/ exhibitions/dior

multiples is exciting-the multitude of images and processes by so many people in so many different ways with so many different outcomes creates a visual feast that is surprising, gratifying, and fun. SYNC Gallery at 931 Santa Fe Dr. #100 in Denver, CO

Exhibition runs December 20, 2018 through January 12, 2019. SYNC Gallery presents Multiplicity 2018 SYNC Gallery’s annual members’ exhibition SYNC members explore the many facets of creating multiple images in Multiplicity 2018. Thinking about

“Multiplicity 2018“ Opens at Sync Gallery Sync Gallery’s Third Friday artists’ reception will be held on December 21 from 6-9pm, & First Friday Art Walk on January 4 from 6-9pm;

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Health is Wealth Colorado Crisis Services

844-493-8255 If you don’t know where to begin getting help with a mental health, substance use or emotional concern for yourself or someone you know—start here. We provide confidential and immediate support, 24/7/365. If you are in crisis or need help dealing with one, call this toll-free number 1-844-493TALK (8255) or text TALK to 38255 to speak to a trained professional. It's Professional We will always connect you with a real person – no chat bots or automated replies. Each of our crisis counselors has a degree in a behavioral health field of study and our professionally trained peer specialists are individuals who have gone through experiences similar to yours. It's Confidential We keep our conversation with you confidential. We want you to feel safe openly sharing your thoughts, concerns and needs with us. The only time we might reach out to others about our conversation with you is if we're concerned for your immediate safety or the safety of someone else. It's Free There is no charge for using the services we offer. Our services are free and available to all. FAQ's 1) What is Colorado Crisis Services? We are Colorado’s first statewide resource for mental health, substance use or emotional crisis help, information and referrals. We formed as a part of the ini-

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Season's tiative set forth by Gov. John Hickenlooper, in partnership with the Colorado Department of Human Services, to strengthen Colorado’s mental health system. Our purpose is to provide greater access to mental health services, ensuring Coloradans get the right services in the right locations at the right time. 2) How can Colorado Crisis Services help? If you don’t know where to begin getting mental health, substance use or emotional help for yourself or someone you know, start here. Colorado Crisis Services provides confidential and immediate support, 24/7/365, on the phone or in person at our walk-in centers. 3) What kinds of people are answering the phones? What are their backgrounds? Depending on the reason for your call, you will either be connected to a crisis counselor or a trained peer specialist. Crisis counselors are trained mental health professionals with a master’s or doctoral degree. Peer specialists are individuals who have overcome similar mental health experiences and are now providing insight and guidance to others. They are trained to offer support on a variety of topics. 4) What kinds of things can I call about? Crisis is in the eye of the beholder—so if you aren’t sure how to handle a crisis, or a situation that may lead to a crisis, our services are open to you. You can call about anything in your life that you feel you need help with or want to talk about. Common call topics include: depression, substance use, grief & loss, self harm & suicidal thoughts, bullying, stress, parenting concerns, PTSD, drugs & alcohol, relationship problems, family crisis, anxiety, domestic violence, homelessness,

disability, concerns for a friend or family member, recovery support, and resource questions. 5) What is the difference between the Colorado Crisis Services line and the Suicide hotline? The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255 (TALK)) is based in New York and is routed by area code to regional providers. The area codes for Colorado are routed to two organizations locally, including Colorado Crisis Services, which is a certified Lifeline provider. Most calls are related to suicide prevention or rescue. The Colorado Crisis Services line is dedicated to Colorado and provides access to the statewide crisis system. There is no wrong door for any behavioral health crisis or resource need, and anyone can call either number and get access to the same professional and expert response. 6) Do I have to tell them my name when I call in? The counselor will ask for at least a first name and call back number in case the call gets dropped or disconnected. However, it is not required to give your name. 7) Where can I get help in person? Our walk-in centers are open 24/7 and offer confidential, inperson crisis support, information and referrals to anyone in need. If you need in-person assistance or are helping others with a crisis,

you can always go to a walk-in center near you. Walk-in centers are located statewide, including the Denver Metro region, Northeast region, Western Slope region and Southeast region. 8) What happens when I go to a walk-in center? The appropriate intervention will be determined and if needed, you will receive an assessment. This includes a brief physical evaluation by a medical professional. If admitted to a Crisis Bed, you will meet with a Psychiatrist within 24 hours, as well as participate in developing a treatment plan that will allow you to transition home safely, with additional supports if needed. 9) Do your counselors speak other languages? The hotline counselors, as well as the staff at the walk-in centers, have access to over two hundred languages via telephonic translation services. There may also be bilingual staff at some of the locations. 10) Can I request help for a loved one? A family member or friend of an individual in crisis may certainly call the hotline and discuss the situation with the clinician to determine the best plan

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Animal Matters

Greetings Cold Weather Pet Safety Tips Pets may wear fur coats 365 days a year, but that doesn’t mean they can withstand cold temperatures! Just like us, cats and dogs can suffer from frostbite and hypothermia in cold weather. Here are a few things to keep in mind as temperatures dip: • Make sure all pets have a warm place to sleep in the house, off the floor and away from drafts. Kittens and older cats will appreciate a heated pad or bed (readily available at pet supply stores). • Don’t leave tiny, short-haired, or very young or old dogs outside without supervision. Warm sweaters or doggy coats will keep them comfortable on walks. Long-haired, larger dogs and those with double coats (like the Nordic breeds) may enjoy the cold and snow, but they, too, should live primarily indoors with the family. • Dogs that spend time outdoors need plenty of fresh water available. They can’t burn calories without water, and if they can’t burn calories, they can’t keep warm. Also, use a tip-resistant, ceramic or hard plastic water bowl rather than a metal one; when the temperature is low, a dog’s tongue can stick and freeze to metal. • Keep your dog’s coat well groomed. Matted fur won’t protect her from the cold. • After a walk, wipe her feet, legs and stomach area to prevent inges-

• Keep snow from piling up high next to your fence. A packed snowdrift will provide a boost for dogs to escape the confines of your yard. Consider the amount of exercise your dogs receive during colder weather, and adjust their food supply accordingly. Inside and lazy? Less food. Outside and active? More food may be needed to produce more body heat. Consult your veterinarian to be sure.

tion of salt or dangerous chemicals. For your own walkways, use a pet-friendly ice-melt product. • Never let dogs off leash on snow or ice, especially during a snowstorm. Make sure they are always wearing ID tags and have a microchip. • Check your garage and driveway for antifreeze and other chemicals. Antifreeze is a deadly poison, but it has a sweet taste that attracts animals. Wipe up any spills right away. Better yet, use pet-safe antifreeze, which is made with propylene glycol. If ingested in small amounts, it will not hurt pets, wildlife or your family. • Never leave a pet alone in a car during cold weather. A car can act as a refrigerator, holding in the cold and causing the animal to freeze to death. • If there are outdoor cats in your area, bang loudly on your car hood or honk the horn before starting the engine. In their search to stay warm, outdoor cats often take refuge next to a warm car engine or tire.

For more information on the Dumb Friends League, visit www.ddfl.org or call 303.751.5772.

Maxfund's Holiday Open House!

Join us for our Holiday Open House December 15th, from 1pm - 4pm, where you can... Enjoy free refreshments while shopping for animal-themed gifts. All sales from our holiday tree, and from our lobby holiday shop directly support the shelter! (dog shelter, with holiday tree also at cat shelter). Bring in your pup(s) for pictures with Santa! No charge to have holiday photos taken! (dog shelter).

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2018 Last Day to Give - Dec 31 2018

Online or by mail: 1241 W Bayaud Ave, Denver, CO 80223 With the help of caring neighbors like you, Denver Animal Shelter will make a difference in the lives of more than 11,000 animals in 2018. Sadly, many more animals are still waiting for love and happiness.

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 Where is the current real estate market as we approach the final days of 2018? Denver was one of the leading cities in the Country coming out of the recession beginning in 2012. Metro Denver (seven counties) has enjoyed +/10% annual price appreciation for six straight years while recording some of the best statistics in the country for the shortest length of time on the market prior to a sale (24-30 days), one of the highest percentage of sold to list price (nearly 99%), and the average annual sales price appreciation. It has been a fast-paced market that most people easily called “great”. We are moving from an incredibly hot real estate market to more of a warm “very good” market. This market is providing buyers a chance to catch their breath, and actually feel like they are shopping for a new home. Inventory of available homes for sale will continue to improve offering a wider selection of homes to buyers that will help fit their personal preferences and budgets. This more balanced market is healthier, allowing people to purchase because of timing in the their lives, not timing due to the market. According to several economic forecasts for 2019, analysts seem to be anticipating anywhere from 3-6% appreciation (nationally) while Denver predictions are ranging anywhere from 5-8% for next year. Meanwhile, the Fed is looking to avoid a spike in inflation while mortgage rates are hovering at +/- 5% (may likely rise over 5.25% in the next 3-6 months). A few other factors that directly, or indirectly, influence the market in general, moving it from fast paced to a softer, more friendly market are: the significant cost(s) of new construction (which does not allow for necessary new housing units), record-high lumber prices, labor prices, and rising interest rates, along with a noticeable lack of available contractors contributing to the 20-year low unemployment. And some experts have recognized that the various national disasters in Texas, Florida, and California may be affecting some of the housing needs across the country. The housing market is beginning to look like“A Tale of Two Cities”. There seems to be a widening divergence between larger urban (higher cost) areas, and smaller (more affordable) suburban or smaller community locations. For example: in Denver we are finally seeing more available homes come on the market with listed prices

Looking at the city neighborhood map below, we can see the normal seasonal slow-down in the market. Prices are a little higher and it’s taking a little longer to sell. 1590 Little Raven Street #904

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still higher than a year ago, (increasing but at a softer or decreased amount). While the smaller markets are seeing steadier UNITING increases. The same kind of “Two City Tale” can be told about Metroextraordinary properties Denver, however the story is related more to price range than WITH geography. It’s reported by LIV Sotheby’s International Realty’s most recent Micro Market Report that the number ofextraordinary sales Y-T-D arelives -2% less than this time in 2017 and prices are 8% higher this year. These figures are based on averages from price rangesTOP throughout CONSIDERED ONE OF DENVER'S PRODUCERS, FEW PEOPLE KNOW DOWNTOWN DENVER REAL ESTATE the Metro area. Conversely, in the luxury price range (over 1+milBETTER THAN DENA PASTORINI. lion) the number of sales is 19% higher than this same time last As a long basically time resident of Riverfront Dena serves as a year, however prices remained flat. In part, Park, this is a result broker at LIV Sotheby's International Realty, working with of a 12% higher number Sellers of available listings for allsales (supply) and Buyers throughout of central Denver. combined with a good and consistent level of buyer demand. 720.233.9096 dena.pastorini@sothebysrealty.com Another indicator that the market• is finally starting to cool off a little, is that (nationally) “home flips” are at the lowest level in over three years, according to Attom Data Solutions.The number of home flips in 2018 showed a 12% decline from the third quarter of 2017. “Flip” investors are finding good success in smaller “less expensive” communities and have actually increased in the Midwest states. An interesting exception to the trend is in the higher end of the luxury market, where1590 new “specs” and high-end renovations are Little Raven Street #507 1401 Wewatta Street #PH4 4 Beds • 5 Baths • 4,071 SF • $3,250,000 2 Beds • 3 Baths • 2,678 SF • $2,000,000 attaining some good profit margins. For better or worse, the old adage of “the higher risk…the higher the profit”, still rings true. If you’re shopping for a new home or wanting to be up on new and desired amenities being offered, check out the ideas: • Baby Boomers in their 60’s and early 70’s, more and more are seeing elevators as an appealing option, Little Raven Street #302 Wynkoop Street #212 if not now, down1590 the road or for 1720 aging relatives. 3 Beds • 3 Baths • 2,484 SF • $1,400,000 2 Beds • 2 Baths • 2,456 SF • $1,189,000 • An increasing number of homeowners have dogs (and less children) and consider their dog a family member, hence doggy showers are being built often in laundry rooms fully tiled, three feet wide about two feet above ground, looking a little like a half tub. • Solar panels are not particularly pretty but will add value to the house and should save $60-$100 a month in utility cost. 1022 Pearl Street #101 2210 Blake Street #402 3 Beds • 3 Baths • 2,771 SF • $950,000 2 Beds • 2 Baths • 1,793 SF • $869,000 • Doorbells now double as cameras and loudspeakers. You can see who’s at the door via a SmartApp while you are anywhere.

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Real Estate Sustainable Denver Neighborhoods Program

Denver’s Sustainable Neighborhoods Program gives residents the opportunity to become active partners in making Denver a vibrant and sustainable community. Neighborhoods participating in this unique certification program organize workshops, projects, and events that enhance the livability of their neighborhood and reduce residents' ecological footprint. Participating neighborhoods earn program credits for their efforts and, depending on the number of credits earned in a given year, they may receive designation as a “Participating Sustainable Neighborhood” or an “Outstanding Sustainable Neighborhood” from the City. The City provides in-kind resources, such as printing, venue and catering fees, and staff time to support projects. Throughout the year, Sustainable Neighborhoods Denver hosts Learning Communities where residents can learn more about the program and how to become more environmentally friendly. These events are free and open to the public. Stay Informed! The program sends out monthly updates to each neighborhood participating in the program, as well as periodic announcements to all Denver residents about application solicitations, program milestones, and Citywide events. If you want to receive neighborhood-specific emails please visit your individual neighborhood page. If you'd like to receive Denverwide updates, sign up for our newsletter here. Project Highlights New for Summer 2018! We've seen hundreds of neighborhood projects over the years; from composting workshops and garden tours, to solar and renewable energy fairs, to neighborhood bike rides, and everything in between. Denver neighbors' creativity and enthusiasm never ceases to amaze, and they inspire all of us to roll up our sleeves get involved in our communities. We want to recognize and celebrate all of the unique projects YOU have dreamed up, planned, organized, and taken part in. Take a look at the archive of Project Highlights. We'll be adding new highlights all throughout the summer. We encourage neighbors to submit projects and recognize other's projects at bit.ly/SNNSubmit. Your Project Highlight could be next!

Energy use was cut 4.5 percent by the 1,161 buildings that reported in both 2016 and 2017. Those owners and tenants saved $13.5 million in 2017. Energize Denver aims to reduce the energy consumption of large buildings by 10 percent by 2020 and 30 percent by 2030.

“Energize Denver” Cuts Energy Use by 4.5%

Denver’s Department of Public Health & Environment (DDPHE) released the Energize Denver 2018 Annual Report, representing the second year of data collected through the benchmarking program. The annual report found that buildings cut energy use by 4.5 percent from 2016 to 2017, totaling $13.5 million in energy cost savings. Energize Denver has a goal to improve the energy efficiency of Denver’s large buildings 10 percent by 2020 and 30 percent by 2030. The Benchmarking Requirement — which went into effect in 2017 after being passed by City Council in 2016, and requires all buildings over 25,000 square feet to annually assess and report on energy performance using the EPA’s free ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool — is a significant component of Energize Denver’s work to improve building energy efficiency because you can’t manage what you don’t measure. The energy used in large buildings is responsible for 57% of the City’s greenhouse gas emissions. “Benchmarking the energy use of large buildings is a cornerstone piece of our climate action plan, and the data collected through Energize Denver is critical to our plan’s success,” Mayor Michael B. Hancock said. “It’s up to cities and states to lead on addressing climate change, and the data indicates our efforts are having the intended effect. Being able to show this much energy savings in such a short time is a good indication that we’re well on our way to achieving our overall climate goals.” In this second year of benchmarking, Energize Denver once again saw 90 percent of all covered buildings comply; buildings in the 25,00050,000 square feet range – with 2018 being the first year they were required

to report – had a compliance rate of 84 percent, and buildings over 50,000 feet achieved a compliance rate of 94 percent. The 4.5 percent cut in energy use was measured through the reduction of the Denver buildings’ weather normalized site energy use intensity (EUI) for the 1161 buildings that submitted complete reports for both 2016 and 2017. The non-weather normalized savings was even more, at 6 percent. Improving energy efficiency can be beneficial for the bottom lines of both building owners and occupants, and is integral to helping Denver reach its 80x50 Climate Goal to reduce Denver’s community greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent by 2050. In addition to releasing the 2018 annual report, Energize Denver announced the recipients of the Energize Denver Energy Efficiency Awards, which were presented to the three office buildings, three apartment buildings and three hotels that improved their energy efficiency the most from 2016 to 2017.

3203 Quebec St. Increased ENERGY STAR score from 67 to 71. 3rd Place: Crown Plaza Denver, 1450 Glenarm Place, cut electric use by 8 percent and natural gas by 13 percent. For more details about Energize Denver visit www.denvergov.org/ EnergizeDenver

Denveright's Plan Review and Adoption Schedule Thank you, Denver! Nearly 2,000 of you offered feedback about the ideas in the draft plans, via online and paper surveys and at our office hours throughout the city. We’re hard at work reviewing your feedback. Several civic groups got deadline extensions through the end of November; at that point we’ll analyze the collective input and begin to amend the plans accordingly. What’s Next January 7: We’ll release second drafts of Comprehensive Plan 2040, Blueprint Denver and Game Plan for a Healthy City, along with a reader guide so you can easily find what’s changed. Review and comment beginning now! You can view final drafts of the Denver Moves: Transit plan, and the Denver Moves: Pedestrians and Trails plan. Through early February: Wrap up your review and comments on the second draft of Game Plan for a Healthy City. We invite you to join drop-in sessions with city planners to ask questions and provide feedback. - Ross-University Hills Branch Library, 4310 E. Amherst Ave., January 10, 5-7 p.m. - Decker Branch Library, 1501 S. Logan St., January 15, 5-7 p.m. - Scheitler Recreation Center, 5031 W 46th Ave, January 24, 5-7 p.m. - Park Hill Branch Library, 4705 Montview Blvd., February 5, 5:307:15 p.m. https://www.denvergov.org

The 2018 winners:

Offices: 1st Place: Tamarac Plaza, 1, 7555 E Hampden Ave., cut energy use by 35 percent. 2nd Place: Havana Gold, 4880 Havana St. ENERGY STAR score jumped from 26 to 43. 3rd Place: Market Center, 1624 Market St. ENERGY STAR score jumped from 78 to 96 Apartments: 1st Place: The Lodge, 4710 E. Mississippi Ave., cut energy use by 31 percent. 2nd Place: 1000 South Broadway, 1000 S. Broadway, ENERGY STAR score jumped from 77 to 99. 3rd Place: The Denver House, 1055 Logan St. ENERGY STAR score jumped from 86 to 96. Hotels: 1st Place: Hampton Inn and Suites, 1845 Sherman St. ENERGY STAR score jumped from 52 to 98. 2nd Place: Doubletree by Hilton,

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Denver Lakehouse Virtual Reality 3-D Tour Picture this: You’re interested in buying a new condo but the building is still being built. The drywall isn’t even hung yet. Before you sign on the dotted line and commit to a major investment, you want to see more. What will the countertops look like? How’s the view? Forget two-dimensional renderings and floor plans. Just pick up a tablet or strap on a pair of virtual reality goggles and get a complete 3-D look around the condo that could be yours. Switch between floor plans and finishes to get a sense of what you’re getting down to the digital inch. That process is playing out every week in the sales office for the forthcoming Lakehouse condo building at 4202 W. 17th Ave. in Denver. The first condos in the 196-unit building from Denver-based NAVA Real Estate Development won’t be move-in ready until the second half of 2019, but, thanks to the Lakehouse’s specially developed virtual reality tech, 3-D tours have been available in the sales office and online for months. “We started our presales very early with several years to go before move ins,” Sarah Stone, NAVA’s director of marketing, said. “We just felt like we needed something else to give people a sense of what it will be like to be in the space. They’re used to touching and feeling something.”

The Lakehouse Denver won’t be ready for move in until summer 2019, but the sales team at the condo development is taking a unique approach in the meantime: Using VR googles to give would-be buyers tours of not yet existing condos. The tech wasn’t cheap. Before debuting it at the Cherry Creek Arts Festival this summer, NAVA invested $30,000 in developing its virtual reality program, working with design consultant Charles Hellwig from Cinearc Creative to create something different from off-the-shelf products. The program provides 360-degree tours of the three types of units. Users can toggle between each of the four color pallets picked out for the kitchens and bathrooms. Tours of the lobby, second-floor lounge and fitness area are also available. The tours can be accessed via the Lakehouse website — lakehouse17.com — making

them a valuable marketing tool when appealing to potential buyers in far-off places. The Lakehouse isn’t cheap either. Units in the 12-story building overlooking Sloan’s Lake from the site of the former St. Anthony Hospital campus start in the low $500,000s and go up $3.3 million for a three-bedroom penthouse. Kevin Garrett and Matt McNeill,

half of the Kentwood City Properties broker team tasked with selling the building, say the 3-D tours have been a valuable tool when working with the luxury real estate buyers. “To buy a high-end condo and not be able to select your options is tough,” McNeil said. “People know what they like.” www.lakehouse17.com

Kentwood Real Estate Reveals Refreshed Brand

of who we are and who we serve,” added Rosenberg. “Refreshing Kentwood’s legacy brand was an essential next step across our residential, luxury and commercial branches to offer our clients and brokers a visual representation of our evolution in the modern luxury space.” According to Rosenberg, input from over 35 internal and external stakeholders factored into the initial steps of the new brand statement and meaning. From there, a focus group of Kentwood’s management and leadership team worked closely with the imaging agency, Studio Mast, to finalize the brand refresh, which is the second time in the 37-year history of the esteemed brokerage. In the coming months, Coloradans will begin to see the new logo on yard signs, office fronts and in advertising materials. The fresh take on the iconic brand will also be displayed on Kentwood.com and social media.

Colorado’s Elite Luxury Real Estate Brokerage Caps off 2018 with New Modern Branding Kentwood Real Estate, Colorado’s elite luxury brokerage, is stronger than ever from its best-in-class topproducing REALTORS® to its Northern expansion recently announced. Taking the iconic brand a step further in today’s modern real estate landscape, Kentwood President and CEO Gretchen Rosenberg today revealed a refreshed Kentwood Real Estate brand to hundreds of REALTORS® at its allcompany meeting. “Our new branding is a representation of our elite group of Colorado’s top-producing brokers,” said Rosenberg. “All great brands, including Kentwood, must evolve and adapt. This new modern look takes the legacy of the Kentwood tree and color palette and brings it to the next level, which I have no-doubt will give our brokers an advantage in today’s progressive digital real estate era.” The iconic green Kentwood tree has been updated to be brighter and more modern, which appeals to Colorado’s current and future homebuyers and sellers – while being instantly distinguishable as Kentwood. The Kentwood tree is the symbol of the brand’s roots in Colorado and of the commitment to the building blocks of home and the strength of community. “While companies naturally change over time, we will never lose sight

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About Kentwood 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 experienced brokers in the country who offer the highest quality customer service experience. Kentwood produces more sales volume per agent than 99 percent of the real estate companies in the U.S.

Kentwood Real Estate is comprised of Kentwood Real Estate DTC, Kentwood Real Estate Cherry Creek, Kentwood City Properties in downtown Denver and Kentwood Northern Properties in Fort Collins. For more information, visit Kentwood Real Estate online at www.kentwood.com

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