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FYI/Happenings of America from the Civil War to the civil rights movement. Actor Damon Gupton accompanies the Colorado Symphony as he brings the words of Abraham Lincoln and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to life.

Martin Luther King Day in Denver THE MARADE Monday, January 21, 2019 Join fellow marchers and parade fans in this year's Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Marade. Participants will congregate at the Dr. King memorial site in City Park at 9 a.m. The Marade begins at 10 a.m. with participants marching together to Civic Center Park, where cake will be served. The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. yearbook will be signed again this year at the Colorado State Capitol Building, and program festivities are expected to end at 1 p.m. MLK JR. AFRICAN AMERICAN HERITAGE RODEO OF CHAMPIONS Monday, January 21, 2019 Coinciding with the National Western Stock Show & Rodeo, the Martin Luther King Jr. African American Heritage Rodeo of Champions at the Historic Denver Coliseum aims to show how black cowboys and cowgirls impacted the West throughout history. The Rodeo begins at 6 p.m.

SHAUN BOOTHE: THE UNAUTHORIZED BIOGRAPHY SERIES Wednesday–Thursday, January 23–24, 2019 In this performance at the Lone Tree Arts Center, recording artist and motivational speaker Shaun Boothe looks at the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., along with fellow activists Muhammad Ali and Malala Yousafzai, through hip hop, rhyme and spoken word.

MLK statue in Denver's City Park MLK JR. TRIBUTE DENVER SYMPHONY Tuesday, January 15, 2019 This free community concert of the Colorado Symphony will feature several special guest performers and honor recipients of the 2019 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Humanitarian Award. Tickets will be available two weeks before the concert at the Colorado Symphony Box Office.

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DVORÁK SYMPHONY NO. 9 Friday–Sunday, January 18–20 Three prominent composers — Aaron Copland, Joseph Schwantner and Antonín Dvorák — reflect their observations

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FYI/Happenings Gov. Jared Polis' 2019 Inauguration Address It's official. Former Gov. John Hickenlooper has left the Colorado governor's office, and Gov. Jared Polis has taken his place. The state's next Democratic governor was sworn in on the steps of the Capitol in Denver, Tuesday morning, Jan. 8, 2019. Polis is the first openly gay man elected to lead a state. Full Transcript - The 2019 inaugural address by Gov. Jared Polis, as prepared for delivery on the steps of the state Capitol Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019. "My fellow Coloradans: It is with the greatest gratitude, pride, and optimism for our future that I speak to you for the first time as Colorado’s 43rd Governor. I am honored by this great responsibility and humbled by your trust. And I must begin by saying I am very conscious of the fact that there were many brave people over the years who made it possible for someone like me to be standing here giving a speech like this. I am grateful and forever indebted to those who came before me — who struggled for equal rights, who stepped up for public service in all its forms, who made difficult sacrifices and worked faithfully toward a brighter future for our state, our nation, and our world. Right now, our nation is experiencing a period of growing divisiveness and rising tribalism. But we here in Colorado have chosen a different path. Here, we have come so far, climbed so high, and done so much not just to say, but to show that we reject that brand of politics. From the Governorships of Dick Lamm, Bill Owens, and Bill Ritter, who have joined us here today, we have a wellkept tradition of embracing politics built on collaboration and integrity. Under the strong and steady leadership of my extraordinary predecessor, Governor John Hickenlooper... We have transformed Colorado’s economy into the envy of the nation. We have plowed through the tough times and overcome them together. When we faced devastating floods and wildfires, our communities came together, and we rebuilt what we lost, stronger, more ready for the challenges of an unknown future. And even as the most destructive politics have taken root elsewhere, here in Colorado, we’ve moved forward, together. Our mission now is to build on that legacy and make Colorado’s success work for everyone in our state — from Grand Junction to Yuma, from Trinidad to Fort Collins. We, as a people, have decided that there is no reason to let our differences divide us. No, we have embraced the idea that no two people are exactly alike, and we have decided to celebrate our differences, Colorado for All. Diversity makes our state healthier and more prosperous. We complement one another, learn from each other, make each other better, and in that work,

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As his partner Marlon Reis looks on, center, Jared Polis, left, takes the oath of office administered by state Supreme Court Justice Nathan B. Coats. Polis becomes the first openly gay man to be elected governor in the United States. we respect each other’s rights, sharing a common faith in our abilities and our future while having real conversations about how to make progress. The greatest part of my campaign for Governor was the opportunity it gave me to meet Coloradans all over our great state — entrepreneurs, farmers, ranchers, union workers, teachers, students, parents, faith leaders, and people from all walks of life. And what I heard from them was our iconic Colorado spirit of optimism and love for our state, but also uncertainty about their own lives. Everywhere we went, we heard that despite our booming economy, it’s getting harder and harder for families to get ahead. The rising cost of living has made it impossible for some folks to pay for quality health care, provide their kids with a good education, find a home in the communities they love, or save for retirement. Our mission now is to make Colorado a place where all families have the chance to thrive: today, tomorrow, and for generations to come. When my parents came here in 1970, a few years before I was born, they were drawn by the same prospect that brought so many to this state — the opportunity to fulfill their dreams, start a family, and build something from nothing in this beautiful place. My parents showed me what the American dream is all about. They showed me what the Colorado dream is all about. They showed me how important it is to seize opportunity, to dream big dreams and to work toward something great, not just when it is easy — but especially when it’s hard. You know, I remember when I was starting out, having the idea to launch an online, direct-from-the-grower flower company, and starting a new public charter school in Colorado to serve English language learners. Some people told me these things couldn’t be done. If anything, the naysayers lit a fire that would lead me to success. I had the ideas, and when I hit stumbling blocks, I brought in the smartest and hardest-working people I could find, never

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their homes and losing their healthcare. We get to work building an economy where Coloradans from all backgrounds have the opportunity to pursue goodpaying, fulfilling careers and pay less in taxes. We get to work protecting our precious air, water, and land — and making sure that every Colorado family can live a great Colorado life with clean air and cheap, abundant renewable energy. Finally, let me just say, from the bottom of my heart: thank you for this opportunity. Thank you to the people of Colorado for placing your trust in our bold, positive vision for the future, and to all of you for coming out in the cold to join us as we begin the work of transforming that vision into reality. Thank you, Governor Hickenlooper and Lieutenant Governor Lynne, not just for working so hard to make this transition as smooth and seamless as possible — but for leading the way to a Colorado ready for more progress and built on success. Thank you to our new Lieutenant Governor, Dianne Primavera, one of the most fearless health care leaders and patient advocates in Colorado history. I’m so proud to work with you every day. Thank you to our outgoing Attorney General Cynthia Coffman, Secretary of State Wayne Williams, and Treasurer Walker Stapleton. We are all grateful for your service on behalf of our state. Thank you to my fellow statewide elected leaders who take office today: Attorney General Phil Weiser, Secretary of State Jena Griswold, and Treasurer Dave Young. I couldn’t ask for better partners as we work to move this state forward. And thank you to the members of the Colorado Legislature who are here, as we prepare to deliver real results to the people of Colorado in the days, months, and years ahead. Thank you to my parents, Susan and Stephen. They’ve done a lot for me — but the greatest gift of all was coming to Colorado so that Jordanna, Jorian, and I could grow up calling this incredible place our home. And thank you to my partner, Marlon, and our two kids, who give me more inspiration and support than I could ever ask for to do this work. Days like today are about far more than speeches and ceremonies. They are a celebration of the peaceful transfer of power and the sacred democratic principles guaranteed by our Constitution, that sustain our republic to this day. They enable us to come together around our shared love for Colorado and our commitment to its future. They open the door to everything that’s possible when we work together to bring about change. So let’s walk through that door together for every Colorado family that, like mine, like yours, is lucky enough to call Colorado home.

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FYI/Happenings Rep. DeGette Blasts President Trump’s Address to the Nation Congresswoman Diana DeGette (D-CO) released the following statement after President Trump’s televised Oval Office address to the nation: “We need to end this shutdown immediately and stop causing real harm to so many hardworking families. Like so many of my Democratic colleagues, I support finding ways to better secure our borders, but let’s have a real conversation about it - one that’s based in evidence instead of fear mongering. Let’s find ways to work together to find real solutions to some of the very real problems facing our country, instead of prolonging this ridiculous stalemate over a ridiculous border wall.”

2019 Womxn's March Denver January 19th 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.

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, CO 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

VOA Awarded Grant to Help CO Women Rebuild Volunteers of America Colorado recently received a grant award of $20,000 from The Denver Foundation to support the non-profit organization’s Irving Street Women’s Residence. The Irving Street Women’s Residence is a residential and support program designed to serve chronically

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homeless women who are disabled or experience mental health issues. There is no maximum length of stay for the 25 women that call Irving Street home at any one point in time. The program includes a homelike environment where the women can live without the fear of having to return to the street. The residents are empowered to care for themselves by maintaining their living space in a healthy and sanitary manner, as well as participating in food preparation, planning their daily activities and providing support to one another in the community living environment. The Residence served 63 vulnerable women in 2017, including Sandra, a formerly homeless victim of domestic violence. Sandra fled from her abusive husband with no money, no support, and no place to go. After 3 years of bouncing from shelter to shelter and living on the street, Sandra moved into Volunteers of America’s Irving Street Women’s Residence. When Sandra arrived, she struggled to overcome the trauma of domestic violence and homelessness. But with help from Irving’s inhouse counselor, she was able to work towards her goals, rebuild her life and, finally, find a place of her own. Sandra maintains that Irving “gave her a second chance at life.” Courtney Fischer, Irving Street Women’s Residence Program Coordinator, stated, “We are so grateful to ■ Continued on page 6

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FYI/Happenings ■ Continued from page 5 have the support of organizations like The Denver Foundation, who enable so many women to rebuild their lives and find their forever home. We look forward to continuing our mission to serve those women most in need in Denver through this upcoming year.” Contact: Emily Latimer elatimer@voacolorado.org 720-264-3323

Restaurants Support Barth Hotel with 26th Annual Holiday Dinner By Jim Theye, LoDo Cares Local restaurants once again generously supported LoDo Cares and the residents of the Barth Hotel as part of our annual LoDo Cares Holiday Dinner. This was the 26th year for the festive occasion at the Barth for the 62, lowincome and disabled seniors who call the beautiful historic building at 17th and Blake Streets their home. Our menu this year was a bit less traditional than usual which led to some fun offerings from the restaurants and their kitchens. The result was a diverse and interesting dining menu including items like red & green Christmas Enchiladas provided by Kachina Cantina, Arroz Mamposteao by Señor Bear, and ChoLon’s famous Brussels sprouts. These dishes accompanied beautifully carved turkeys from Mercantile and Citizen Rail, hams by Avelina, and a variety of veggie dishes from Vesta, Oscar Blues, Jax Fish House, and Chow Morso Osteria. The splendid feast was accompanied by delicious pumpkin and fruit pies by The Kitchen and City Bakery, along with Mexican cookies by Kachina Cantina. The residents also enjoyed fried rice from ChoLon, stuffing from Oskar Blues, dinner rolls from Mercantile, and cornbread from Jax Fish House. Twelve restaurants participated this year which may be our new record! This year we created a menu and helped the residents place their order from their table, which ensured that everyone got their favorites. Volunteers from LoDo Cares were there to help the Barth kitchen staff take the dining orders, help plate, and serve the delicious fare. We sincerely appreciate the support of these participating restaurants and encourage you to visit and dine with them often. These chefs and kitchen staff do a great job and the food shows up hot, delicious, and right on time. The residents are so appreciative that the restaurants are going above and beyond just being good neighbors – they really do care about the residents and their active place in our community. LoDo Cares is a collaboration between the LoDo District, Inc. and the Lower Downtown Neighborhood Association (LoDoNA). The Barth

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Furloughed Federal Employees Assistance During the ongoing Federal government shutdown, thousands of Federal employees around the country are receiving short-term assistance from the vast network of nonprofits they have supported for years through the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC). The CFC, a 60-year collaboration between federal employees and charities, representing the world’s largest workplace fundraising drive, has enabled federal employees to donate more than $8.3 billion to charitable causes of their choice. Now many federal employees find themselves in need of assistance, and these charities are delivering the short-term food, rent and utility assistance to bridge the gap. Below are just a few examples of charities around the country assisting federal employees:• Catholic Community Services of Utah (CFC #35535) is offering all Federal employees a cart of food. All Federal employees have to do is show their Federal badge or last paystub prior to the shutdown between 9-11 a.m. Tuesday through Thursday. More than 50 Federal employees have already received this assistance. • Feeding America (CFC #11627) provides food bank support to food pantries around the nation that are making their services available for Federal employees in need of food assistance during the shutdown. • Operation Warm Heart (various entities at Air Force bases around the country) provides food, clothing, and other assistance to airmen and airwomen in need. Military spouses often work for Federal agencies that may be affected by the shutdown, leading to loss of income. “We will continue assisting as long as Federal employees are affected—even after the shutdown,” said Maresha Bogsieter, Director for Catholic Community Services of Northern Utah. “Government workers are usually on the giving side with food drives, volunteerism, and the Combined Federal Campaign. These generous people have helped our organization so much through the years, and we’re happy to support them at this time.” “It’s great to see the compassionate response from CFC nonprofit organizations to the same Federal employees who have supported them for years,” said Ron Vassallo, CEO of Kaptivate, an Outreach Coordinator that oversees CFC marketing activities for many of the CFC’s geographic zones. “Federal employees have helped to sustain these nonprofits

for nearly 60 years, ensuring that vital resources are now available for all who need them. In this new year of challenge, it’s exciting to witness an extraordinary giving legacy come full circle.” The three Federal departments hardest hit by the government shutdown in Mountain States CFC zone are the Department of Treasury, the Department of Agriculture, and the Department of the Interior. Many other Federal departments such as the U.S. Postal Service, the Department of Defense, and the Department of Veterans Affairs remain open. Federal employees, federal retirees, and federal government contractors at agencies not affected by the shutdown can sign up to donate time and/or volunteer service at www.cfcgiving.opm.gov.org.

DMNS Free Admission to Furloughed Federal Employees in January WHO: Denver Museum of Nature & Science WHAT: Free general admission to furloughed federal employees and one guest Through the end of January, the Denver Museum of Nature & Science is offering free general admission to all federal employees impacted by the furlough when they show their government ID in person at the Museum. WHERE: Denver Museum of Nature & Science, 2001 Colorado Blvd., Denver, WHEN: Through Jan. 31 CONTACT: Maura O’Neal, 303.370.6407 maura.oneal@dmns.org

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Hickenlooper’s Marijuana Legacy As Gov. John Hickenlooper mulls a presidential run on his way out of office, his most memorable entry into the history books may not be the one he had in mind. Voters wrote that one for him when they legalized regulated recreational marijuana in 2012. An outspoken opponent of early efforts to legalize, Hickenlooper was suddenly called on by the voters to make it happen with Amendment 64. It wasn’t a role he relished once sales got under way. Later, he seemed to offer a tacit approval of the state’s approach when he said “it’s beginning to look like it might work.” Hickenlooper has managed to keep people guessing over the years about how he really feels about legal marijuana. He seems to see himself as a kind of pendulum, drawn to the most compelling side of the debate. “One of the things we’re proud of is that we didn’t push the data one way or the other,” Hickenlooper said. “We tried to be the one central point where people would know that they weren’t going to get a spin.” That’s the thing about pendulums, sometimes they land squarely in the middle, much to many people’s chagrin. It’s something the outgoing Democratic governor acknowledges himself: “you’re always going to make somebody unhappy.” “It’s funny, some of my older more conservative friends are still a little bitter, I mean they felt that we should’ve put more spin on it, and been more against [legalization],” he said. “I think they said that we made more of the moderates — the people that hadn’t taken a position one way or the other — we made them more comfortable with the legalization of marijuana because we didn’t spin it, and the data came out not as bad as what everyone thought.” “When Colorado voters approved the first ever law in the country to make marijuana legal for adults, his reaction that night when asked by media was ‘don’t break out the Cheetos and Goldfish yet.’ And in addition to being a cheesy comment, I think it left a salty taste in the mouth of a lot of people,” Tvert said now with a laugh. For his part, Hickenlooper said it was “an effort to be humorous in the face of something that was catching the nation’s attention.” He added that

his point was to “make sure we have a set of rules and regulations in place so that we know what we’re getting into.” Cheetos and Goldfish became an enduring inside joke of the Hickenlooper administration’s early days building the cannabis regulatory system. Hickenlooper’s first marijuana regulatory chief, Andrew Freedman, said his stakeholder approach was unique. The governor sought to get everyone on board, from concerned mothers to the industry itself. Freedman, who is now a marijuana regulation consultant, said Hickenlooper didn’t want simple comment cards, he wanted “structured dialogue about what the rules and regulations should look like for this.” “People who look at the system in Colorado and say there’s so many things that could be changed should take a tour of other states and understand how vastly far ahead Colorado is as a regulatory structure than other states,” he said. “But the extent to which there are ongoing issues, those are national ongoing issues.” As the first out of the gate, Freedman said the state has hit a sort of regulatory ceiling. In early the days, while regulators busied themselves putting out fires — New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd brought national attention to unregulated edibles early on — the industry scaled fast. There are now more than 500 recreational marijuana dispensaries in the state of Colorado, even though more than half of the state’s jurisdictions bar sales. Nearly 700 operations are licensed to grow medical marijuana, while more than 700 are licensed to supply recreational cannabis. The count doesn’t include transport businesses, testing facilities, private security firms, manufacturing facilities and the rest of the economy that’s sprung up around marijuana. Marijuana businesses rang up $1.5 billion in 2017. Early 2018 numbers are on track to beat that. In all, nearly $6 billion of marijuana has been sold in state since recreational sales began on Jan. 1, 2014. The recreational system is really Hickenlooper’s baby, yet the same can’t be said for the medical marijuana system. “There’s no other space where governors have had to make that call before, that’s just not the way that medicine exists in the United States,” he said. Hickenlooper said early research on marijuana for PTSD was promising. And hypothetically, if he were to run for president, he’d want to take that loyalty to data with him into the White House. Particularly if the time came for him to answer one specific question: would a President Hickenlooper support national legalization in any form? In the end, a hypothetical President Hickenlooper’s position on marijuana wouldn’t be all that different from Gov. Hickenlooper’s actual position on marijuana: Wait and see.

Aspen’s Oaxacan Restaurant Relocates to Denver A longtime Aspen restaurant has moved into the Denver Place Building, bringing with it Oaxacan specialties from moles to rellenos, all centered around this Mexican region’s native chile pepper. At the restaurant Zocalito, chef and owner Michael Beary imports a handful of rare chile varieties directly from southern Mexico and prepares them in a way that spotlights each pepper individually, whether an earthy negro chilhuacle or an Encino wood-smoked mountain pasilla. As a result, the dishes that most highlight chiles on Zocalito’s menu are the main reasons to visit this new restaurant. Dry-rubbed chicken wings, skirt steak in mole negro, and hoja santa stuffed with mozzarella and chorizo are a few tasty options. There are chiles to be enjoyed too in the salsas, the soup broths, and along the rims of some mezcal and tequila-based beverages. An important final note: These are not the types of chile that will burn your face off, according to Beary. But anyone interested in some complex and nuanced new flavors will leave Zocalito with an education. Status: Zocalito Latin Bistro is now open for lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday at the corner of 18th and Champa streets. More information is on the website. www.zocalito.com

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Arts LoDown Arvada Center Presents Art of the State 2019

The Arvada Center for The Arts and Humanities will present Art of the State 2019. In its third year, the juried exhibition will feature 154 artworks by 134 different Colorado artists. The jurors were Joy Armstrong, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center; Daisy McGowan, Director and Chief Curator at the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs Galleries of Contemporary Art; and Collin Parson, Director and Curator at the Arvada Center. Opening reception will be Thursday January 17th 6-9pm and is free to the public. Exhibition dates: Jan 17 - Mar 31st. www.arvadacenter.org

(Museum of Outdoor Arts) and Prismajic, the installation invites the public to step into a self-guided exploration through a surrealist, dreamlike forest that combines art, sculpture, and the latest in augmented reality and digital technologies. WHEN: January 11 through April 28. Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets will be honored until one hour before the closing time to provide enough time to experience the installation. WHERE: MOA, 1000 Englewood Pkwy., Ste. 2-230, Englewood, CO 80110 COST: Tickets range in price from $10 to $20 based on day of the week and time of purchase. There is a $5 savings at each ticket level if purchased in advance online. To purchase online tickets, please visit www.naturaobscura.org

Next Gallery Presents StitchCraft Jan. 11-27

MOA's Natura Obscura Opens to Public Jan. 11 WHAT: Natura Obscura is an immersive arts experience featuring more than 30 Colorado-based artists and creatives. Designed and produced by MOA

StitchCraft at Next Gallery showcases artist that use fiber arts in bizarre and beautiful ways. Whether it has to

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do with the process or in the subject matter, these artists are taking a new look on one of the oldest mediums. Stitchcraft showcases 23 local Colorado Artist which includes   Brandon Martinez, Betsy Rudolph, Pam Farris, Leah Diament, Emilie Luckett, Rob Watt, Drew Austin, Barbara Gal, Christy Seving, Kayla Edgar, Katie Vuletich, Karen Bennet, Holly Nordeck, Veronica Gene Nichols, Shira Roth, James Goldsworthy, Jill Mustoffa, Sarah Baldwin, Mary Cianciolo, Laura Ellstrom, and Erin McAllister 6851 w Colfax Ave unit B Lakewood, CO 80214 Hours: Fri. 6-10p, Sat. & Sun.12-5p www.nextartgallerydenver.com

Denver Jewish Film Festival Feb. 6-18 The 23rd Annual JCC Mizel Arts and Culture Center’s Denver Jewish Film Festival presented by the Sturm Family Foundation will take place February 6-18, 2019. The festival is the largest yet and includes 44 films showcasing Jewish and Israeli cinema from around the globe, featuring 30 Colorado premieres, with 18 countries represented, and nine award-winning films. Films will show at several locations including The Elaine Wolf Theatre at the JCC Mizel Arts and Culture Center, Alamo Drafthouse Cinema – Sloans Lake and Sie FilmCenter. All seating is reserved for screenings in the Elaine Wolf Theatre and the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema. Tickets to each film are $14 for adults, $12 for seniors and students. Multi-film packages are also available for purchase at varying costs. Festival tickets can be purchased at www.jccdenver.org/film.

Blues Legend Cary Morin Live at Leon! January 18th, 2019 7:30 - 10:30p Advanced Tickets on Sale Leon is excited to welcome Blues Legend, Cary Morin to the stage at Leon for an intimate evening of stories and songs from one of Colorado's most treasured musicians. “When you think about roots music in America, it’s a culmination of so many things. It’s all the stuff blended together, much like the culture in this country is people from all over the world that end up here and create a unique situation,” Morin explains. “With my Native heritage, I could say that I’m really the only finger-style Crow guy on the entire planet. That’s unique. But we all can say that, to some degree. We all have unique things that make us who we are, and I’m really thankful to have grown up in the area that I did, surrounded by the people that I did. www.leongallery.com

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Arts& LDoining Down Wining

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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Health is Wealth High Flu Outbreak in Colorado: Prevention With Colorado holding one of the highest flu-like illness activity in the country last month, residents should act now to help prevent the spread of germs and keep themselves healthy in 2019. Your first line of defense when preventing germs in the household is to disinfect common surfaces. Disinfecting Wipes kill 99.9% of germs that can live on surfaces for up to 48 hours and kill 99.9% of Viruses and Bacteria, including Staph, E. coli, Salmonella, and Strep, as well!

February Is Heart Health Month Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States. Every year, 1 in 4 deaths are caused by heart disease. The good news? Heart disease can often be prevented when people make healthy choices and manage their health conditions. Communities, health professionals, and families can work together to create opportunities for people to make healthier choices. Make a difference in your community: Spread the word about strategies for preventing heart disease and encourage people to live heart healthy lives. How can American Heart Month make a difference? We can use this month to raise awareness about heart disease and how people can prevent it — both at home and in the community. Here are just a few ideas: • Encourage families to make small changes, like using spices to season their food instead of salt.

• Motivate teachers and administrators to make physical activity a part of the school day. This can help students start good habits early. • Ask doctors and nurses to be leaders in their communities by speaking out about ways to prevent heart disease. How can I help spread the word? We’ve made it easier for you to make a difference. This toolkit is full of ideas to help you take action today. For example: • Add information about living a heart healthy lifestyle to your newsletter. • Tweet about American Heart Month. • Host a community event where families can be active while learning about local health resources. • Take action: Be the cure! Join the American Heart Association’s national movement to support healthier communities and healthier lives. www.healthfinder.gov/nho/februarytoolkit.aspx

Denver Heart Month Planned Activities During American Heart Month in February 2019, thousands of American Heart Association (AHA) volunteers will raise awareness about heart diseases and stroke, the number one and number five killers of all Americans. American Heart Month, a federally designated event, reminds Americans to focus on their hearts and encourages them to get their families, friends and communities involved. To kick off American Heart month, the AHA is asking individuals in Colorado to participate in the Annual Wear Red Day on Friday, February 1, 2019 to show

their dedication of the cause and empower them to take action for their health. Find out how you can get involved in Wear Red Day and American Heart Month by clicking here(link opens in new window). In addition to National Wear Red Day, the AHA will host several events in Denver during American Heart Month including: • Go Red Day at the Colorado State Capitol(link opens in new window) from 7:30 to 10 a.m. on January 31, 2019 at the Colorado State Capitol • Drop Red Gorgeous Fashion Show(link opens in new window) from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p. on February 9, 2019 at the Wellshire Event Center • Workplace Health Symposium (from 7:15 a.m. to 12 p.m. on February 14, 2019 at CU South Denver In addition to the Go Red Day at the Colorado State Capitol, the AHA

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will host local advocacy and city council events for American Heart Month in other cities. Please join us for any of these events: • Go Red Colorado Springs(link opens in new window) at 1 p.m. on January 22, 2019 at City Hall • Go Red Aurora(link opens in new window) at 7:30 p.m. on January 28, 2019 at the Aurora Municipal Center • Go Red Denver(link opens in new window) at 5:30 p.m. on January 28, 2019 at the City and County Building • Go Red Longmont (link opens in new window)at 7 p.m. on January 29, 2019 at the Longmont Civic Center To increase awareness of congenital heart defects during American Heart Month, the AHA will distribute thousands of handmade red baby hats to families of babies born at Colorado hospitals throughout February through the Little Hats, Big Hearts(link opens in new window) program. Hundreds of volunteers knit or crochet the hats, which symbolize living hearthealthy lives and help raise awareness of congenital heart defects. Last February, the AHA distributed more than 6,500 little red baby hats in Colorado. Stay up to date on all Heart Month and Wear Red Day activities and learn more about heart health and heart disease survivors throughout the month on: www.facebook.com/ahadenver

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Animal Matters Adopt Barn Cats: It’s All In A Day’s Work Whether you call them quirks, idiosyncrasies or peculiar traits, we all have them. All of us. Yes, even you. The characteristics that some may call persnickety are really just things that make us unique—and they don’t pertain to only humans either. Take Mittens Jansen for example …

The 2-year-old black and white Domestic Shorthair cat arrived at the Dumb Friends League in early July and was relinquished courtesy of some soiling and behavior issues. Let’s just say Mittens Jansen was a nonconforming individualist who danced to the beat of his own drum. Frankly, the cat knew what he wanted, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Indecisive, he was not. During his time at the Quebec Street Shelter, Mittens Jansen (and no, his name was never shortened) was pretty famous. All staff and volunteers knew him and had their own stories to share

about the feline. He made quite an impression on everyone he met although, it was a mixed bag as to what those reactions were. Mittens Jansen was particular about who he wanted to be around and who he deemed acceptable to hold him. If you didn’t meet his standards, Mittens Jansen let you know by jumping up, grabbing arms and nibbling at hands and ankles. Mittens Jansen was enrolled in our Cats n’ Clickers behavior program with the hope that some additional play therapy would give this striking fellow an outlet for his inconsistent overstimulation tendencies. He continued to steal some hearts (key word being some), but Mittens Jansen’s general sass, mouthiness and history of overstim behavior did not lend itself to the general adoption population. Our staff determined that Mittens Jansen was a perfect candidate for our Working Cats program, which is for felines that have a temperament better suited to an outdoor lifestyle. Cats can live in a barn, stable or an outdoor setting where they have a “job,” as well as a better quality of life and can thrive in a different type of environment. Patrons looking to adopt a working cat must complete our standard adoption application and meet with an adoption counselor to find a good match. No sooner was Mittens Jansen’s status changed to “working cat” than he was adopted by his new mom, Ann.

Now two weeks into his new job, Mitten Jansen is thriving in life as a barn cat. He spent his first week in his new home in the tack room, but he quickly became able to explore the whole barn at night when all the doors are shut. “He is such a social guy,” said Ann. “Mr. Mittens Jansen comes when I call him, and he follows me around the barn trying to help me sweep and clean stalls. I think he is going to fit in well here. When he gets scared, a horse snorting or a loud noise, he runs back to his bed

in the tack room, so he definitely has established a safe place. If you’re interested in learning more about our Working Cats program, visit www.ddfl.org To learn more about pets available for adoption, visit our adoptions page or call 303.751.5772. All adoptions (and that includes working cats) include spay or neuter surgeries, age-appropriate vaccinations, a microchip ID and a free wellness visit with a participating veterinarian. www.ddfl.org

Denver Animal Protection (DAP) provides animal care and protection services for all of Denver County. We foster the human-animal bond by protecting the safety and welfare of Denver's animals and citizens. DAP is committed to providing humane care to companion animals; reuniting lost pets with their owners; adopting pets to loving homes; enforcing Denver County animal ordinances; and proactively educating the public about animals, their needs, and DAP's critical role as a community resource.

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

Old Dogs with Hearts and Souls

In 2019, MaxFund looks forward to realizing our dream of a sanctuary for our older dogs, to be named, "Old Dogs with Hearts and Souls". This project is under way thanks to another generous grant from Ron and Nancy Soule, and inspired by MaxFund supporter Sue Friest. The location for this sanctuary has yet to be determined, although we are looking for 5 acres. Please call the shelter to make a donation for this project: 720-266-6081, or send a check to MaxFund Animal Shelter, 720 W 10th Avenue, Denver, CO 80204. Just tell us, or write on your check, "Sanctuary 2019". We look forward to your support in the coming year!

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Although 2018 is in the rearview mirror, there are history lessons to help our perspective entering 2019. After inflating our financial hopes, the stock market ended 2018 down after a rockin roller coaster ride. Metro Denver real estate has enjoyed a solid six years (2012-2017) of consistent price appreciation of +/- 10%, annually; until 2018. RE Colorado reported the annual price appreciation for last year at 8.3%...still pretty darn good. Many media headlines too often paint a picture designed to grab your attention with significant facts and pertinent information buried in the news story. Teaser headlines like, “Is this a bubble market”, “The hot streak is over”, or have “buyers missed their opportunity”, all create unnecessary anxiety. • Bubble cities that had burst such as Miami, Phoenix and Las Vegas were experiencing 25-35% annual price appreciation…Denver hovered around 10%. • Those, and other cities, were grossly over-built, with standing inventory…Denver (and most of the nation) has not been able to build enough new construction to meet demand. • The mortgage industry is now originating loans to “qualified” buyers, no longer anyone that has a pulse In Q4 of 2018, the number of homeowners late on their mortgage payments dipped to 4.1%...lowest level in 18 years. In nearly 50 years, Denver has only experienced deflated values two times. Once from 1985-1988 and more recently from 2008-2011. Prices, in general, slipped 10-20% in Denver over that period, and by the summer of 2013 had eclipsed the values in lace from 2007. The average price of a home in Denver, in the year 1980, was $83,000…currently in the $500,000 range. I graduated from the University of Denver in 1975 and went directly into real estate. Since that time, friends and clients have regularly discussed how to invest their money. Stocks, bonds, annuities and other similar financial vehicles are always part of the conversation for most investors. Real estate opportunities are of course the other major investment avenue. Owning your home should definitely be your first clear choice. If interested in real estate, you can select from owning a rental property, investing in multiple units, office, retail and a variety of other investment options. Ultimately, conventional wisdom suggests to “diversify” if you are worried about stock market fluctuations. Locating the right

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financial investment counselor for your needs is as important as finding the right lawyer, doctor, CPA and real estate broker. And having too UNITING much cash in the bank means you are constantly losing money to inflaextraordinary properties tion. My personal financial security is primarily focused in various real estate investments. An old adage, “the higher the risk,WITH the higher the profit” usually rings true. I’ve had relative success in theextraordinary stock and bond lives markets, which is also where I learned (a couple times) that money can actually disappear. It may be rather obvious, but property is a hard asset CONSIDERED ONE OF DENVER'S TOP PRODUCERS, that has lasting value! Demand for real estate will always exist! Waiting FEW PEOPLE KNOW DOWNTOWN DENVER REAL ESTATE for the perfect moment or hopingBETTER to timeTHAN yourDENA investment choice(s) PASTORINI. to coincide with any market may not be parallel or best foras a Asfluctuation a long time resident of Riverfront Park, Dena serves broker at LIV Sotheby's International Realty, working with your family’s needs and long-term financial goals. Sellers and Buyers throughout all of central Denver. Real estate projections nationally and in Denver, remain positive for 2019 with prices rising but at a slower rate. Zillow recently forecasted 720.233.9096 • dena.pastorini@sothebysrealty.com the home price index for Denver will rise 6.8% this year, with national projections closer to 5%. New construction levels remain well below historical averages as builders struggle with land, labor and material cost issues. Mortgage rates have temporarily taken a dip to the +/- 4.75 level but you can expect rates to hit 5.5% by year end with 6% possible by 2020. US population growth has increased 6% since 2010, and 13.2% in Colorado, creating demand for housing. The take-away for the1590 Denver housing is a1401 more pleasant and Little Raven Street market #507 Wewatta Street #PH4 5 Baths • 4,071 SF • $3,250,000 2 Beds • 3 Baths • 2,678 SF • $2,000,000 balanced market. It is not4 Beds the• high stressed sellers’ market of past years, allowing buyers time to shop for their home seeing more available inventory. Sellers may have to prepare more to get their house ready for sale and price it closer to what the market will permit. Whether you are a buyer, seller, or both, when the market slows… the best realtors will shine. For many who got into the business over the last few years, (the bandwagon this changing becomes 1590 Little theory) Raven Street #302 1720market Wynkoop Street #212 3 Beds • 3 Baths • 2,484 SF • $1,400,000 2 Beds • 2 Baths • 2,456 SF • $1,189,000 overwhelming. However, the best realtors welcome the changes and expect them. The skill, expertise and attitude of a true professional can be critical in this environment of trading real estate. The most straightforward of transactions contain a multitude of variables that must be coordinated for a successful outcome. Every transaction contains different personalities, motivations and needs that go beyond the con1022 Pearl Street #101 2210 Blake Street #402 tract, showings and inherent negotiations. 3 Beds • 3 Baths • 2,771 SF • $950,000 2 Beds • 2 Baths • 1,793 SF • $869,000 Your home may likely be the most expensive investment you ever make. Technology is important and necessary; however, it is only a tool to assist you. Working with a well-qualified realtor should absolutely include the “human factor” that is comfortable for you and your family. In reviewing the urban neighborhood map below, it is clear by endof-year low inventory sales were down 3%, however values remained 1590 Little Raven Street #904 1143 Auraria Street #204 higher by 6-7%. 1 Bed • 2 Baths • 1,260 SF • $650,000 1 Bed • 1 Bath • 1,046 SF • $350,000

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Real Estate Elitch Gardens' River Mile Project Redevelopment The River Mile project won crucial approvals of the Denver City Council with votes on that drew a broad portrait of the district-sized redevelopment plan. The council approved a development agreement and a rezoning for the 58-acre property, which is currently home to the Elitch Gardens amusement park. The change gives developer Rhys Duggan high-level approvals for a plan to build roughly 8,000 residential units and some of the city’s tallest buildings along the South Platte River. City planners say they’re trying to encourage a “human scale” development for a new urban center. They’ve created new zoning types — or sets of development rules — for River Mile. “Really, the goal of these is to make sure that even though we’re allowing taller buildings, we want to make sure we protect access to the sun, sky,” said city planner Kristofer Johnson. “We want to limit the shadows and impacts along the streets and really help to break down those larger buildings to a more human scale.” The developer has agreed to set aside 15 percent of the new housing as “affordable” units at a mix of income levels, starting as low as 30 percent of the area median income, or $24,300 for a family of three. “It’s many thousands of units (in total), and we’ve generally projected that somewhere between 700 and 1,000 of them would be affordable,” city planner Abe Barge said at an earlier meeting.

The developer has mentioned buildings up to 59 floors in early plans. The new zoning doesn’t set a specific height limit for the densest parts of the plan. However, building above five floors would also require building affordable units. For example, a 12-story tower with 180 housing units would have to come with 14 affordable units nearby. (Office buildings could pay a fee instead.) Colorado politics from city hall to the halls of Congress, sent every Thursday. The developer also would have to obey rules to keep buildings skinny and farther apart, which creates a natural limit on height. “As you grow taller, you must grow smaller,” Johnson said. Denver’s planners looked to cities such as Vancouver that are known for “tall, slender towers as part of urban residential districts,” Barge said. “So, tall buildings, but tall buildings with more

A rendering from Revesco Properties’ conceptual master plan for the River Mile shows one view along the South Platte River. The company is making plans to redevelop the current site of Elitch Gardens Theme and Water Park in the coming decades. human scale and more neighborhood feel.” The project’s architecture could be reviewed as it develops by a city design advisory board, an idea that’s fairly new for Denver. The new rules require “active” uses of the streets, such as shops. Duggan also will have to keep 12 percent of the site as public parks and open space, including for a potential recreation center, according to the agreement. Unusual for Denver, the new rules include maximum limits on automobile parking, which is meant to reduce auto traffic, while also requiring bicycle parking, too. Eventually, similar rules could apply to redevelopment of neighboring properties in the Central Platte Valley. Councilwoman At-large Debbie Ortega said it’s important that the city keep a handle on the high-density development proposals that are filling out Denver’s last available land. “When you look at the scale of what we’re looking at along this I-25 corridor, it is massive, and if we don’t do it right we’re going to screw up this city,” Ortega said. She cited concerns about traffic and affordable housing but praised the addition of riverfront property. Councilman Rafael Espinoza said the change would create “durable and enduring” architecture and encourage density near transit. The council unanimously approved the changes; Councilman Chris Herndon was absent. Development will start small, though, with a parking deck and other structures on the park’s current surface parking lots in the near future. There is no immediate plan to shut down Elitch Gardens, according to Duggan, but it would eventually be demolished and potentially rebuilt elsewhere. “We’re planning for the future of Denver today,” Duggan said.

Elevate Denver Bond Program Working on First Sidewalk Project Mayor Michael B. Hancock, Councilman Kevin Flynn, city staff and community members today began work on the first new sidewalks funded by the Elevate Denver Bond Program. The new bond-funded sidewalk will run along W. Dartmouth Ave. from Webster St. to Newland St. in the Bear Valley neighborhood. It will provide access to walking trails in Bear Valley Park, neighborhood transit stops, sports fields, the playground and tennis courts. “Elevate Denver is delivering on our promise to voters to preserve and enhance the Mile High City so it can remain the vibrant, viable city we all know and love – and one of the first steps starts today, here in Bear Valley Park,” said Mayor Michael B. Hancock. “I’m thrilled to help pour some cement for the first of many new Elevate Denver-funded sidewalks that will improve mobility and access in neighborhoods across Denver.” Elevate Denver sidewalk projects will create new connections between neighborhoods, bus stops and rail stations. The bond program is anticipated to create over 30 miles of sidewalks over the next decade across the city. “This community spoke up about improvements they wanted to see in the Bear Valley neighborhood. Better connectivity was a priority. And soon, another priority project will take place to improve the quality of life of the residents who use the tennis courts in this park,” said District 2 Councilman Kevin Flynn. T2 Construction Inc., the company responsible for construction of the sidewalk project, is a small local business owned by Stuart Cameron. Stuart’s company poured sidewalks during the 2007 Better Denver Bond

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and has since worked regularly with the city. “It was a privilege to work with the city during the Better Denver Bond because it allowed us to stay profitable and give our people good, steady work through the 2008 recession. We’re excited to work with the city on the Elevate Denver Bond Program to bring important infrastructure projects to Denver,” said Stuart. “We love being a part of improving the city.”

Affordable Housing Plan for Central Platte Valley City Council has approved the Hancock Administration’s proposal to require affordable housing plans for large projects utilizing height incentives in the Central Platte Valley-Auraria District. “Affordable housing remains a primary challenge for many of our residents,” Mayor Michael B. Hancock said. “We’ve made great progress the last few years and these large projects present new opportunities to generate even more affordable homes for Denver’s families. City Council has been a phenomenal partner in this effort and I want to thank them for their vote to move this critical tool forward.” The affordable housing plan requirement, proposed by the Denver Office of Economic Development (OED) and Department of Community Planning and Development, will support implementation of the city’s Housing an Inclusive Denver five-year housing plan recommendations for more affordable housing in the area bounded by I-25, Auraria Parkway and Speer Boulevard. The move sets the stage for future initiatives to address how larger projects across the city can address Denver’s affordable housing needs. Incentive height requirements are a newer tool being used by the city to promote more equitable communities ■ Continued on page 14

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Real Estate ■ Continued from page 13 and community benefits with a wide range of affordable housing options. This approach was piloted at 38th and Blake earlier this year. Projects seeking to exceed applicable height limitations can apply for a height incentive by agreeing to provide affordable housing in exchange for the allowance to build additional height. Large/phased projects subject to the new affordable housing plan requirements include projects seeking “incentive” height in the new Central Platte Valley-Auraria zone districts. The affordable housing plans will be negotiated between the developers and OED. The criteria for the new required affordable housing plans will be to provide a quantity of units comparableto/exceeding what the formula-based system would have provided; address the range of affordability levels, unit sizes and unit tenures consistent with the five-year housing plan; and provide a duration of affordability that is consistent current city policy. www.denvergov.org

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The City and County of Denver today released updated versions of the draft Denveright plans to guide development, parks, and mobility options for a more inclusive, connected and healthy city over the next 20 years. “I applaud the people of Denver for making their voices heard in helping shape the future of our great city,” Mayor Michael B. Hancock said. “The feedback we’ve received makes these plans stronger and more inclusive, and better positions us to preserve and enhance all that we love about our city for everyone who calls Denver home.” The three plans – Comprehensive Plan 2040, Blueprint Denver and Game Plan for a Healthy City – reflect feedback from the community, gathered in the months since they were publicly released in August 2018. This is the next step in a public review process that will culminate with a Denver City Council public hearing and vote in April. The two additional Denveright plans – Denver Moves: Transit and Denver Moves: Pedestrians and Trails – do not require council approval for adoption. Both are currently being finalized and will be published in the coming weeks. More than 2,700 residents provided comments on the five plans during the review period. They expressed support in key areas including policies on equity, housing choices, quality-oflife infrastructure improvements and mobility choices. Feedback asking for more oversight resulted in revisions

to ensure accountability when the plans are implemented. The public is invited to review the updated plans at denvergov.org/Denveright. They will also be made available for review at local libraries. The documents include a reader’s guide that highlights what has changed from the initial draft. Community members can continue to share their thoughts with city planners through February 27 by completing an online feedback form at denvergov.org/Denveright or by attending one of these drop-in sessions: • 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, 5:30-7:15 p.m. Input received during this second review period will be incorporated into a third draft of the plans, which will be released in March ahead of public hearings and review by the Denver Planning Board, the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board (Game Plan for a Healthy City) in March and City Council in April. About Denveright Via the city’s two-year Denveright outreach and planning effort, input from thousands of Denverites has resulted in plans for a more inclusive, connected and healthy city, for all of us who live here today, as well as our neighbors of tomorrow. The plan drafts are available for review and feedback through October 31. Plans included in Denveright are: Comprehensive Plan 2040; Blueprint Denver (land use and transportation); Game Plan for a Healthy City (parks and recreation); Denver Moves: Transit; and Denver Moves: Pedestrians and Trails. www.denvergov.org/denveright

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