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FYI/Happenings 20th Annual Denver Arts Festival Will Celebrate in Big Way Denver Arts Festival, ranked as one of the Top 50 in the nation, will be at Stapleton on May 26 & 27 The Denver Arts Festival (www. is celebrating its 20th anniversary in a big way, with a music stage, wine and beer tent, a kids art zone, and fabulous artwork by more than 150 artists. The celebration will take place during Memorial Day Weekend, on Saturday, May 26 (from 10AM to 6PM) and Sunday, May 27 (from 10AM to 5PM) at the Stapleton Master Planned Community in East Denver at the Conservatory Green neighborhood (8304 East 49th Place). “As if the artwork alone isn’t enough to look forward to, our patrons this year will enjoy an entirely new level of fun and entertainment as our way of thanking them for 20 tremendous years as one of the premier arts festivals in the nation,” said Jim DeLutes, the festival’s director. “The festival continues to grow and thrive at our new Stapleton location, and we’re looking forward to this year’s festival, creating new partnerships and

continuing to show our loyalty to the people who have helped us to grow and succeed.” This year’s festival will include: Music - To celebrate Memorial weekend the music stage will open with the Navy Brass Band from the Pacific Northwest (12:30 on Saturday, May 26). Dotsero will also perform Saturday, May 26 from 3-6pm. On Sunday from 12:30 to 4pm Spinphony will be performing. Wine & Beer Tent - The Vacasa Square Wine & Beer Garden will make its debut in the center of the festival with wines and Sangrias from Decadent Saint winery from Boulder and various beers being offered by Tivoli Brewing Co. from Denver. Kids Art Zone - Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children & CareNow will be sponsoring our Kids Art Zone. Our partner Gallery on the Go will be helping kids with painting their very own 4x4 canvas to take home with them. (Kids of all ages are invited). The festival, which is ranked as one of the Top 50 Best Art Shows in the country by the ArtFair Sourcebook (www.artfairsourcebook. com), an online tracking system helping artists target the best shows in the nation is in the process of signing-up sponsors, and

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FYI/Happenings Housing Committee for People Experiencing Homelessness Mayor Michael B. Hancock announced the appointment of 15 community leaders to the newly created Advisory Committee for Housing People Experiencing Homelessness. Working together with the Housing Advisory Committee and Denver’s Road Home, this new committee will advise the city on best practices, strategies and innovations for housing those experiencing homelessness. “This diverse group of community leaders will lend a critical voice in the work to deploy our resources to create and expand housing options for people and families experiencing homelessness, as well as those living on the brink of homelessness,” Mayor Hancock said. “Together with our regional partners, we’ve helped more than 3,000 people who were living without homes obtain housing and housing stability in the last two years. The efforts of this committee will help

us amplify some of the most important work we do as a community.” One-third of the committee will be made up of people with lived experiences with homelessness, and providers and regional, business and interfaith representatives will make up the remainder of the committee. The committee was structured to reflect the broad range of stakeholders impacted by homelessness and working with people experiencing homelessness. The new committee will be staffed by Denver’s Road Home, the city’s program that provides strategy, funding and coordination around resources for people experiencing homelessness in Denver. The committee will hold their first meeting later this spring. The newly appointed members of the Advisory Committee for Housing People Experiencing Homelessness are: • Caroline Barajas, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Department of Veteran Affairs • Sara Baris, Senior Manager of Planning and Analysis, Denver Public Schools



• Billie Bramhall, President, Bramhall & Associates • Lynda Clark, Case Manager, Aurora Housing Authority • Will Connelly, Executive Director, Metro Denver Homeless Initiative Haroun Cowans, CEO and Executive Director, Impact Empowerment Group , Inc. • Ilyas El-Amin, OneHome Families Coordinator, Colorado Coalition for the Homeless • Clayton Gonzales, Director for Programs, Urban Peak • Randle Loeb, Unitarian Church of Denver • Cuicatl Montoya, Peer Navigator, Denver Public Library • Dwayne Meeks, Resident Services Coordinator/Case Manager, Mercy Housing, Inc. • Brad Meuli, President and CEO, Denver Rescue Mission • Brandi Raney, Financial Service Representative, Aurora Federal Credit Union • Michael Sinnett, Vice President of Shelters and Community Outreach, Catholic Charities Denver • Maria Sierra, Family Advocate, Mile High Ministries Contact info: CommunicationsDirector, Amber.Miller@DenverGov. org, Denver Human Services, Communications Director, Julie.Smith@, 720-944-1422

Congresswoman DeGette Holds Roundtable Discussion Congresswoman Diana DeGette (D-CO) recently met with editors and reporters of Denver newspapers and online websites, including the DENVER NEWS, at the first of a series of round table discussions at her Denver office. A broad range of state and national policies and issues were discussed, particularly as they pertain to businesses and residents of Colorado. The policies and issues included health care (including funding for a state opioid program), immigration reform and status of DACA families, congressional re-districting, gun control legislation, public campaign spending, and online privacy policies. And, there was discussion of protection of First Amendment rights, the role of newspapers in helping inform the American public about what their government is doing/not doing while positively inputing public policymaking. If you have subjects you would like discussed at future round tables, contact Congresswoman DeGette at

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FYI/Happenings Denver Auditor O'Brien Wins National Award

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Auditor Timothy M. O’Brien is pleased to accept the Association of Local Auditors’ (ALGA) top honor for journal contributions for the article “Marijuana Policy in Denver.” “Our 2016 audit of the Office of Marijuana Policy broke new ground by examining handling of marijuana policy and tax revenue,” Auditor O’Brien said. “We relied on time-tested standards and training to address an issue not yet encountered anywhere else in the U.S.” The organization chose the article from among all of the journal contributions for the 2017 Outstanding Contribution to “Local Government Auditing Quarterly” award. The “Marijuana Policy in Denver” article focused on innovation and process for auditing the Office of Marijuana Policy. The Auditor’s team worked to apply audit practices to a new kind of government office. The purpose of the award is to recognize an article that makes a noteworthy contribution to the field of auditing. The organization says the award “recognizes articles that educate fellow auditors on new and innovative audit practices and techniques, share experiences and lessons learned, and provide insight into the field of auditing with clarity and eloquence.” The ALGA award winner is chosen through a two-part selection process. Judges consider nominated articles’ significance of content, effectiveness of auditing methods, the degree to which the article breaks new ground or uniqueness, and the style of communication and clarity of conveying information. The judges said Auditor O’Brien’s contribution was a “fantastic tie-in to the public’s intent for how the funds should be spent and examples of the methodology used to show it” and a “great example of how taking it back to the basics can be the solution to auditing something that seems otherwise impossible to audit.” ALGA publishes articles from local government auditors across the country each quarter. The organization includes more than 350 organizations and 2,200 individual members. ALGA will formally present the award to Auditor O’Brien at the annual conference in Colorado Springs in May. Auditor O’Brien also has a new article published in ALGA’s 2018 Spring Quarterly. It focuses on protecting data for the city through IT security and data analytics auditing. Read the 2017 Article: “Marijuana Policy in Denver” For more information go to

The RiNo Business Improvement District (RiNo BID)—in partnership with the City of Denver Public Works Department and the North Denver Cornerstone Collaborative (NDCC)— announces the launch of a parking and mobility study to help establish a framework through which the district can strategically and creatively manage access and mobility in and around the area. The RiNo Art District is a unique location in Denver, where a predominantly industrial land use character has shifted into more active uses and higher parking demand. Amid this land use change, the RiNo area’s parking, mobility and access challenges are becoming more apparent. To stay ahead of these access challenges and continue to support the activities and existing residents in the area, the RiNo BID introduces its study “RiNo MAPS” (RiNo Mobility and Parking Study) to begin immediately. The study will first conduct an analysis of existing conditions and future demand and then provide innovative, forward-thinking, and creative solutions and strategies that have been successful in urban centers around the world to address the ways that people need to and want to move around RiNo today and in the years to come. “RiNo has consistently positioned itself as the district in the City of Denver in which new ideas are welcomed and piloted,” states Jamie Licko, RiNo BID President. “We seek the same mentality in exploring how best to advocate for improved access and safe mobility for RiNo and the surrounding neighborhoods while planning for a future in which transportation as we know it will change. RiNo desires to be a pedestrian, bicycle, and transitfriendly neighborhood that decreases the reliance on vehicular travel.” “This is an opportunity to ensure the streets in River North work for people,” states Justin Croft, RiNo BID Board Chair. “Our streets should be places and not just thoroughfares, where bicyclists and pedestrians are welcome and safe as they traverse the district, interacting with each other and the diverse businesses that call RiNo home. We’ll also focus on highly efficient parking that can be flexible over time as mode-share changes.” Nelson\Nygaard will direct the study for the RiNo BID and is expected to complete its work in August 2018. “RiNo is a creative district, and we expect creative solutions to come from this study,” notes Lauren Mattern, Project Manager for Nelson\Nygaard. “This is a period of rapid change for the area, an area requiring community-oriented access improvements, and it is also an era of shifting American generational attitudes about car ownership, city life, and mobility technology. The unique challenges in the district call for


piloting innovative parking, accessibility, and mobility solutions that work for the distinct residential and business communities within the district.” To help inform the study, the communities that comprise the district and its visitors will be engaged in unique, interactive ways, including a community charrette and scavenger hunt, expected in June 2018. Please look to the RiNo Art District website ( and RiNo Art District social media channels for further announcements to participate. For more information go to

Zoo Makes Improvements After Resisiting Audit After initially resisting an audit, the Denver Zoo has now made significant strides to better fulfill its agreement with the city and to fortify its board’s oversight, a follow-up report from Auditor Timothy M. O’Brien, CPA, notes. These improvements are based on the recommendations from a report

Auditor O’Brien’s office completed in 2017, the first-ever city audit of the zoo since it was founded in 1896. Auditor O’Brien’s office noted the zoo’s marked progress in the follow-up audit released this week. “We all love the elephants, bears and penguins at the zoo, but these recommendations were really for the human taxpayers,” Auditor O’Brien said. “These changes will help ensure the place our furry and feathered friends call home is well-run.” Until Auditor O’Brien’s request at the end of 2015, the cooperative agreement between the zoo and the city had never been audited. At first, zoo leaders resisted the Auditor’s authority. After intervention from the City Attorney’s Office and the mayor, zoo officials fully cooperated with the initial audit and with our recent follow-up work. After accepting the Auditor’s eight recommendations, the zoo made changes to ensure the continued excellence of services and to promote engagement and accountability from the Denver Zoological Foundation’s board members. The Zoo Foundation and Denver’s Parks and Recreation Department

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FYI/Happenings now have a provision in their agreement ensuring the zoo maintains its USDA license and accreditation with a leading national zoological association. The zoo became an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums in 1976. However, until now, the cooperative agreement did not require the accreditation be maintained. The original audit found both the city and zoo were not following certain terms of the cooperative agreement. The zoo’s board also had not formally submitted an annual budget proposal to the city for approval before the board adopted it. Since then, the cooperative agreement has been updated with two amendments, one to address noncompliance with the agreement and one to update the section on board governance. Under the new amendments, appropriation and payment of utilities is now consistent with current practice. The audit also found the board did not follow best practices regarding training, attendance and evaluations and oversight of the CEO. At the recommendation of the audit, the Denver Zoological Foundation’s Board of Trustees adopted new bylaws to establish a 70 percent attendance

requirement. The board also added the executive director of the Department of Parks and Recreation to the executive committee and later to the new Board of Governors. The board now has formal new member training and documentation of the authority of the Board of Governors, the primary governing body. Two of the eight accepted recommendations were only partially implemented at the time of the follow-up. The board implemented three of five recommended best practices for governance. The two best practices not adopted were developing a process for conducting regular reviews of bylaws and outlining requirements for obtaining independent legal advice. The other partially implemented recommendation involved defining the roles and responsibilities for monitoring. The Department of Parks and Recreation and the zoo’s board developed a “calendar of events” to clearly define the responsibilities of each party. However, this is a pilot program that won’t be finalized until later this year. The zoo receives money from both the city’s general fund and from the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District. A special revenue fund is used to pay for operational support for water and

utilities. The zoo also receives bond money from the city, including $2.2 million for the new tiger exhibit. “I’m pleased my audit team’s hard work helped strengthen operations at the zoo,” Auditor O’Brien said. “Our goal is to work with agencies to encourage improvement, and whether that’s the zoo or other city agencies, we’ll follow Denver taxpayer dollars to make sure they’re used effectively and efficiently wherever my authority allows.” For more information:

Game Day Dining Guide for Rockies Games

A home-run day at the ballpark calls for snacks, suds, and indulgence sans the guilt. Game-goers can go the traditional route with a box of Cracker Jacks and Coors, or they can order a paper plateful of something a bit more extravagant. Here’s a handy guide to fuel Colorado fans on Opening Day and all season long. New for the 2018 season Coors Field will introduce a trio of chicken tacos topped with salsa verde and purple slaw wrapped in flour tortillas. A selection of new sandwiches will be featured at the stadium, starting with a po’ boy with garlicky rocky mountain oysters, slaw, guacamole, green chile ranch, pico de gallo, and cotija cheese. The fusion taco club will come with seasoned ground beef, melted cheese, shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes, fried jalapeño. and a drizzle of avocado sour cream. Because there’s no better time to get a hot dog than over nine innings, Coors Field couldn’t help but add an extreme version — the triple play — with Carolina pulled pork, crumbled bacon bits, and purple slaw. The loaded Mile High mac and cheese comes with green chili mac and a spicy chorizo topping. For fans craving something sweet, Rockies fritters are a Coors Field exclusive: a fried purple berry fritter in sweet rum glaze, dotted with purple and silver pearls. Also new this year, Colorado company Polidori Sausage announced a partnership with the Colorado Rockies, serving all-natural bratwurst, hot Polish sausage, and a recently released Hatch green chile cheese brat at concession stands throughout the stadium. The Clocktower Bar (Section 331) or Blue Moon Brewing Co. @ the Sandlot (Section 111) are ready for parched fans. The beer-centric stadium space specializes in baseballthemed beers.



Inside the stadium is also homegrown Biker Jim’s with two outposts (space #107 and Section 331), bringing the popular cart of wild brats to gamegoers.

Cool Coffee Shops in Highland Neighborhood Just northwest of Denver, you'll find some of the most eclectic, charismatic and diverse shops and restaurants in the Highland Denver neighborhood. Quaint bungalows and chic boutiques rub shoulders with neighborhood pubs and comfy-cozy coffee spots along the bike and pedestrian-friendly streets. Novo Coffee 3617 W. 32nd Ave. Founded in 2002 by the Brodsky brothers, Novo Coffee scours the globe to find your perfect cup of coffee. Novo is all about educating its customers about coffee, too. Pinwheel Coffee 3659 Navajo St. The chic yet cozy Pinwheel Coffee is a real-world study center. The shop, its food and even the website are all created and run by the students of Denver Montessori Junior/Senior High School and Compass Montessori School. Cafe Zuri 3718 W. 32nd Ave. European coffee culture roots grow deep at Highland Denver's Café Zuri. Freshly baked apple strudel, French croissants and Danish pastries, and other delectable delights await. Black Eye Coffee Shop 3408 Navajo St. Stroll into Black Eye Coffee Shop and enjoy just the right amount of rustic, repurposed charm, exposed brick walls and friendly, neighborhood history. We love the breakfast taco with spicy chorizo and fresh salsa verde. House of Commons 2401 15th St British scones with imported Devonshire cream? Yes, please! House of Commons is a quaint tea room born of owner Jessica's love of her English background. Teatulia Tea & Coffee Bar 2900 Zuni Street Make tea sexy? Teatulia Tea & Coffee Bar accepts the challenge. Unique, hand-made tea sodas, frothy tea lattes, and fine imported teas from around the world form the basis of what they do. American Cultures Kombucha Taproom 3233 Tejon Street Recently celebrating their one year anniversary, American Cultures Kombucha Taproom is truly unique in the area. Highlands Cork & Cafe 2701 W. 32nd Ave Shawn Manzanares' 2007 conversion of her family's 100-year-old home ignited Highlands Cork & Café, one of the first privately owned coffee houses in the Highland Denver neighborhood. The shop is a great place to come for a cup of coffee first thing in the morning, a grilled panini for lunch or a glass of wine on their patio after work.

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Wining & Dining Chef Siedel of Denver Wins James Beard Award Denver is officially home to the best chef in the Southwest — again. On Monday night, Alex Seidel of Mercantile Dining & Provision was announced as the winner of the James Beard Foundation’s Best Chef: Southwest category, which includes Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas and Utah. Congratulations!

Alono Shaya's Safta July Opening at The Source Hotel Denver diners have just a few more months to wait for a muchanticipated Israeli restaurant by the James Beard Award-winning chef Alon Shaya. Pending final construction, Safta should open by July at the forthcoming Source Hotel in RiNo. But its sister restaurant, Saba, today opens its doors in Shaya’s home city of New Orleans. The new spot offers some clues to its Denver counterpart. These two restaurants are the chef’s first under his newly formed Pomegranate Hospitality. Saba is Hebrew for grandfather, while Safta means grandmother in the same language. As their names suggest, both Saba and Safta will pay tribute to the chef’s heritage, while offering a familyfriendly atmosphere. Israeli cuisine is highlighted with influences from the Middle East, Europe, and North Africa. In New Orleans, Saba’s menu revolves around a wood-burning oven, featuring dishes such as crabmeat-topped hummus, harissa roasted chicken, and octopus with shawarma. A forthcoming brunch will also offer smoked fish and bagels “and all of the things that your grandfather would love to eat at a New York deli,” Shaya told Eater.

The Saba space is meant to be a neighborhood hang-out on Magazine Street, according to Shaya. It’s filled with floor lamps and couch seating, and a long, communal table for big groups of diners. In Denver, Safta will land on the second floor of The Source Hotel, with a bar opening onto the building’s market hall and glass garage doors in place of walls opening over Brighton Boulevard. The hotel will have a Nordic minimalist design, so Safta will likely feel very different from its New Orleans counterpart. Just in time for the opening, Alon Shaya and restaurateur John Besh last month settled a legal dispute over the Shaya name. It will still be used for Besh Restaurant Group’s award-winning New Orleans restaurant, formerly helmed by the eponymous chef. Shaya was fired last fall from BRG around the same time that sexual harassment claims came out against Besh. At the time, Shaya said he was let go for speaking to a reporter about the allegations. With his new restaurants, Shaya says he is committed to creating “a really safe and comfortable work environment for everyone on board.” Article via

Civic Center EATS 2018 Denver's favorite summer lunch tradition returns! Delicious food, fresh air, gorgeous views, live music and a great cause... The 13th annual Civic Center EATS takes place in Civic Center Park from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from May 1 through October 4, 2018 (excluding May 31; July 3 & 4; August 8, 29, & 30; September 4). Civic Center EATS is produced by the Civic Center Conservancy, who welcomes back Westword as this year's presenting event sponsor. Metro Denver's largest gathering of gourmet food trucks, Civic Center EATS 2018 showcases 82 deliciously diverse vendors. With approximately 25 options available each day, down-

town employees, residents and visitors enjoy an authentically local lunch while experiencing Civic Center 's architectural, horticultural and historic beauty. A portion of the proceeds benefit the Civic Center Conservancy, the nonprofit dedicated to restoring, enhancing and activating downtown Denver's Civic Center Park, a National Historic Landmark over a century old. Along with a tasty food truck lunch, Civic Center EATS patrons are serenaded with live music from local artists. For more information go to

Death & Co's of New York is Now Open in RiNo After more than a decade slinging cocktails in the East Village, the owners of a famed New York bar had to ask themselves: What does Death & Co look like somewhere else? Over the weekend, David Kaplan, Alex Day, and Ravi DeRossi revealed their answer as they opened the first Death & Company outpost inside Denver’s brand new Ramble Hotel. Throughout the coming weeks, this open lobby bar and cafe will be joined by a moody mezzanine lounge and a rooftop deck under the same brand. “We get to exercise our nerdiness here in all sorts of different ways,” Kaplan said from inside the unfinished Suite 6A ahead of opening. The “suite” is a secluded 20-seat, reservationbased lounge with a high-end cocktail experience that should debut by June


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1. Before it, a rooftop “garden” will start pouring summery cocktails and “lots of rosé” later this month. Denver diners and visitors will have a handful of ways to experience Death & Co’s nerdiness when it comes to food and drink, starting with all-day cocktails, coffee, and plates in The Ramble’s jewel box of a lobby, also part Wes Anderson still: More than 40 cocktails are featured on Death & Co’s Denver lineup, including low ABV concoctions on the daytime menu, which starts serving at 7:30 a.m. Breakfast-goers can opt for the corretto with amaro, almond milk, vanilla, espresso, and sea salt. They can pair it with a zucchini bread waffle with smoked salt and maple. Later in the day, a sprouted grain bowl and Curtis Park swizzle might be in order. Alex Jump (formerly RiNo Yacht Club) heads the new bar program, and Wes Hamilton (previously of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort) leads the kitchen along with some Denver talent (see The Populist’s last head chef, Kathryn Caine). Here’s a look at the extensive menu and a peek inside the new space. And if it’s all too much to consider going home, The Ramble has guest rooms with Death & Co-stocked bars just upstairs. Status: Death & Co Denver is now open at The Ramble Hotel, 1280 25th Street. Evening service is from 5:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Daytime service in the DC/AM cafe starts at 7:30 a.m. For more information and menus, visit the website. at www,deathandcompanycom Article via

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Arts LoDown Public Art Installations Uplifting Stories of Immigrants is excitedly preparing for the fifth annual Immigrant Heritage Month (IHM 2018), a nationwide effort started by in 2014 to gather and share inspirational stories of immigration in America, set to kick off on June 1. Similar to Black History Month or Hispanic Heritage Month, IHM is an opportunity to highlight the countless contributions made by immigrants to our communities, our economy, our culture, and our collective American identity. Last year, we announced a new public awareness campaign, #IStandWithImmigrants to encourage all Americans to take pride in their own immigrant heritage, and share what it really means to be an immigrant in America. Hundreds of artists, entertainers, influencers, elected officials representing all 50 states, and more than 250 companies and nonprofit partners came together to make IHM 2017 bigger than ever - leading to over 1 billion impressions on social media in June alone, and more than 70 IHM-linked events held around the country. During Immigrant Heritage Month in 2017, we hosted successful events with multifaceted programming and interactive art displays in New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. Building on the incredible suc-

cess of IHM 2017, we’re looking forward to making 2018 our biggest year yet! This year, we’re thrilled to partner with mayors across the country to host interactive, public art installations to highlight the incredible contributions of immigrants in local communities. In the coming days, we will be announcing the participating cities and ways for your outlets cover these exciting individual events.

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Robischon Gallery Five Concurrent Solo Exhibits Robischon Gallery is pleased to present five, concurrent solo exhibitions of contemporary abstraction by nationally recognized artists, Amy Ellingson (CA), Ted Larsen (NM), Marcelyn McNeil (TX), Katy Stone (WA), and Kate Petley (CO). The extensive multi-part exhibitions include a range of large to medium-scale paintings, small-scale sculptures and installation works which highlight the unconventional via the artists’ distinctive concepts and varied

approach toward media. Idea-driven and rich in array, the abstract works on view feature unexpected surfaces, both vast and intimate. Utilizing oil and encaustic; poured, printed or spraypainted techniques on panel, canvas or archival plastic alongside sculptural works of aluminum or discarded prepainted metals, each of the five artists presented reconsider and re-contextualize the vocabulary of surface and form with a renewed sense of materiality. Opening Reception for the artists: Thursday, May 17 from 6 – 8 pm, ROBISCHON, 1740 Wazee Street | Denver Colorado | 80202, P - 303.298.7788 E -

Art Matters at First and Third Friday Nights Join us from 5:30-9:30 p.m. on First Fridays, for late-night viewing of new exhibits at our member galleries, food and drink, and more! Watch the Art District come alive as thousands come out for this monthly event. GETTING AROUND The Art District on Santa Fe is connected with a tour-guided luxury shuttle coach during the First Friday Art Walk. Take the light rail to the 10th and Osage stop and catch the shuttle there. Visit our website to see all the shuttle stops at www.. Get a preview of some exhibits below, and visit our www. for all events. THIRD FRIDAYS Love art walks in the District but

want a quieter experience than First Fridays? Then join us for the monthly Third Friday Collectors' Nights in the Art District on Santa Fe. The next event takes place Friday, May 18 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Enjoy the opportunity to chat directly with the gallery owners and artists during this intimate, monthly series catered to art collectors. About a dozen galleries along Santa Fe Drive participate in this monthly event. ART WALK HIGHLIGHTS Fifth-Year Anniversary Cake and Champagne Celebration and Art District Fundraiser Come celebrate the 5-year anniversary of Mai Wyn Fine Art and enter to win "Cloud Stack," an original oilon-stainless-steel painting by Mai Wyn Schantz (38.5in x 32in, $3,600 value). Tickets are just $5 each or 5 for $20. No limit on number of entries. Need not be present to win. Drawing will be held promptly at 9 p.m. All proceeds will benefit Denver's Art District on Santa Fe, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Come eat cake and celebrate! The New West at GALLERIE B.B. BORGIA, INC. & GALLERIE B.B. present The New West: Contemporary Fine Art in the New American West. Monumental landscape scenes abound, the flag is proudly displayed, and modern masters, contemporary painting, work on paper, mixed media, and site-specific street art are exhibited and treated with equal distinction through classical gallerie presentation. Drop by and enjoy live music during First Friday! For more information go to www.

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Health is Wealth Dignity Festival A Day of Fitness and Community A Day of Fitness and Community to Honor World Refugee Day Saturday, June 16th / 7am-1pm / DeLaney Community Farm The Dignity Festival is a day of fitness and community to honor World Refugee Day and support the refugee community in Colorado. Project Worthmore’s annual summer event features a variety of activities throughout the day, including a 5k race, 1 mile Fun Run, a live DJ yoga class with sound eliminating headsets, a rice haul relay, kid’s activities, a food & beer tent, and more. The event will take place at the beautiful DeLaney Community Farm in Aurora, a 5-acre refugee training farm run in partnership between Project Worthmore and Denver Urban Gardens. There will be food provided by City, O’ City, beer from Great Divine Brewing Co., treats from Little Man Ice Cream and Backyard Soda Company, and great prizes throughout the day for event winners. The Dignity Festival is co-presented with Denver Presbyterian Church and sponsored by the Colorado Trust, L&R Pallet’s ‘Under 1 Roof’ Foundation, and the Gardiner Family. Other key community partners including Sound Off, Fitness In The City, Eldorado Natural Spring Water, Patagonia and more. Registration for the event is now open at: Event Details - Dignity Festival, Saturday, June 16, 2018, 7am - 1pm DeLaney Community Farm, 170 South Chambers Road, Aurora, CO 80017 Go to festival to register and to for general information

Bike MS: Colorado to Raise Millions! An estimated 2,500 cyclists are setting out to raise $3.6M toward a world free of MS by riding as much as 178 miles over 2 days with 6 different route options that include as little as 45 miles in 1 day. Bike MS: Colorado will depart from Front Range Community College in Westminster on June 23, ride to Colorado State University in Fort Collins and conclude back in Westminster on June 24. The ride will feature scenic routes through quaint towns and backroads surrounding the Horsetooth Reservoir where cyclists will enjoy rolling terrain and mountain climbs. “Bike MS is an experience grounded in camaraderie that brings together cyclists of all levels for one reason – to create a world free of MS,” said Carrie Nolan, President, National MS Society, Colorado. “Funds raised from this event support cuttingedge MS research as well as programs and services for people living with MS in this community.” Primal and The Pickle Juice Company are Premier National Sponsors of Bike MS. Primal is also the official National Cycling Apparel Sponsor and sponsors “I Ride with MS,” a special program recognizing Bike MS cyclists living with the disease. Bike MS: Colorado is powered locally by Anthem, and Left Hand Brewing Company is the Official Beer Sponsor. WHEN: June 23 – 24, 2018 WHERE: Day 1 Start Line & Day 2 Finish Line – Front Range Community College (3645 W 112th Ave, Westminster, CO 80031) Day 1 Finish Line – Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO For more information about multiple sclerosis and the National MS Society go to nationalMSsociety. org or call 800-344-4867.





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Animal Matters Join Neighborhood DPD Paws On Patrol

Want to add a little excitement to your dog walks? Help make your neighborhood a little safer? Get to know other dog-walking neighbors? If so, the Denver Police Department is looking for you and your furry friends to assist their neighborhood watch by putting additional “eyes on the streets”. It’s really quite simple. Anytime you’re out walking your dog, they are asking you to also be watching out for any suspicious activity - a break-in, property damage, or an unwelcome approach. This entails non-contact reporting using a direct cell phone call line to an on-duty police officer in your district for quick response. The reporting can greatly assist short- and long-term police action in remedying criminal activity and making your neighborhoods safer. Police data indicates that 95% of all call-ins are from citizens reporting something they have observed. There are no sign-ups or schedules, no check-ins, no specific routes, and no costs. The only equipment requirement is having your cell phone with you. If you – and any of your neighbors

- are interested in participating, contact Officer Robert Gibbs at DPD District 1 and ask about the Dog-Walker Watch Program. You will only need to attend an introductory program meeting and register your dog who will receive a Certificate of Completion acknowledging that he/she is qualified as an “Honorary DPD K-9” and a special identifying orange bandana to be worn when on patrol. Very cool! For information, email contact or phone DPD District 1 office at 720 913-0400.

10 Year Old Girl Scout Donates $104 to DFL Compassion is defined as a feeling of deep sympathy and sorrow for another, accompanied by a strong desire to alleviate the suffering (

April 14 came like any normal Saturday. The Dumb Friends League Quebec Street Shelter and the pets in our care rose along with the sun. Staff and volunteers arrived early to

feed, clean and care for the pets while they waited for the shelter to open, hoping that today would be the day their person would walk in and take them home – forever. Several people came and went that Saturday, but one stood out, one young lady who surprised us all. Hayden is a 10-year-old Junior Girl Scout, she is a daughter, and a philanthropist prodigy with a huge heart. This young lady is strong, smart and kind and we feel so lucky that she chose to walk through our shelter doors that mid-April day. Personal experience sparked Hayden’s giving spirit. After her mother was diagnosed with cancer she learned about the charity Kids Alive Cancer Program and decided to donate a portion of her Girl Scout cookies proceeds to this charity in support of her beloved mom. Driven by this experience, Hayden began to look for other ways to support her community with her own hard-earned money. Selling 832 boxes of cookies Hayden presented the Dumb Friends League with a generous donation of $104 on

April 14. In addition to her generous gift she had also written a letter which she asked to read to one of our homeless pets. Hagrid, a hefty 32-pound cat was the lucky recipient of this private reading and with staff, volunteers and her mother proudly watching, she read her note describing her commitment to supporting our community and spreading awareness for her charities of choice. To say we were moved is an understatement, with tears in their eyes the Dumb Friends League team applauded this young ladies’ dedication to her family and to helping homeless, abandoned and neglected pets. Thank you, Hayden, we’re proud to know you and know you’ll continue to shine bright as an ambassador for the Dumb Friends League.

Join us at dekoevand Park for our 30th Anniversary Picnic! It's our way of saying "Thank you!" to all our loyal supporters and friends. There will be face painting for your kiddos and a 1.2 mile trail for your dogs - so bring em! We're proud to welcome the band "Gearheart", playing at MaxFund, Mutts & Music! We will be there from 11 am - 3 pm. Location: DeKoevand Park 6301 S. University Blvd. Centennial, CO 80121



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R e a l E state For those who watch TV, listen to the radio, read the paper, or communicate with others, you might recognize that the national economy - with Denver as a primary city – enjoys growth, low unemployment and among other attributes, a consistent, healthy real estate market. There is no “Breaking News” on the real estate front, however, we might take a moment to appreciate the positive forward momentum; the national average (reported by RE/MAX) for a home to sell was 60 days in March of this year. In Denver it was 30. Only San Francisco (20 days) and Seattle (28 days) sold faster. Denver has only one-month supply of inventory in Denver where a typically strong market would range between a 4-6 month supply. The US Census Bureau reported that Denver is one of 28 cities growing by at least one percent a year (1.8%) and there are currently 53 metro areas in the $1million-plus club. In April 2018, the average sales price of a home (compared to 4/17) was up 11.3%. This suggests that Denver will again experience annual appreciation of between 9-10% this year, keeping pace with Metro areas like Portland, Seattle, Dallas and several California cities, among others. Denver sales transactions were modestly 1.3% higher in April than a year ago, but considering active listings were 4% lower than a year ago. Current MLS statistics reveal more single-family homes are available for sale in the $500-$750k range than in all other price ranges, including below $500k. Values in the luxury market (over $1 million) have gradually increased, but not at the fast pace of the +/- $500k market. That market has annually appreciated anywhere from 8-14% in Denver over the past five years. The luxury market has generally increased from 1-5% annually, which indicates the pricing gap is closing and there is increased opportunity for luxury buyers (think about it). Denver’s luxury market saw 586 homes sell in the first four months of this year (a record), as compared to 200 homes at this point in 2014. Typically the higher price range suggests it will take longer for a home to sell. Nationally a luxury home sale takes 116 days, and 92 days in Denver. According to the most expensive markets are 1) NYC at $5.284 million, 2) San Mateo, CA at $3.37 million,

The city neighborhood map below edifies the health of our central neighborhoods with a 12% increase in sales (in part due to new con1590 Little Raven Street #904 1143 Auraria Street #204 struction) and the price per1 Bed square rising 7 percent. • 2 Bathsfoot • 1,260 SF • $650,000 1 Bed • 1 Bath • 1,046 SF • $350,000 Contact Steve Blank, Managing Broker at 303-520-5558

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3) San Francisco, CA at $3.214 million, and 4) Eagle, CO at a mere $2.89 UNITING million. extraordinary Conversely, homes that appreciate the fastest are generally under properties $500k, dependent upon the city. This makes it challenging for first time WITH buyers (but not improbable). These buyers are finding success as the extraordinary under 35 age homeownership rate was 35.3%, according to Trulia, for lives the first quarter of 2018…so please keep your focus, stick to your plan, and make it happen! CONSIDERED ONE OF DENVER'S TOP PRODUCERS, FEW PEOPLE DOWNTOWN Everybody loves good news and it’sKNOW easy to [over]dwellDENVER on theREAL ESTATE BETTER THAN DENA PASTORINI. positive. Not every house sells quickly and certainly not at any price. As a who long time resident Riverfront Park, Dena serves as a Most buyers work with a Realtor (if they areofdoing their job) will broker at LIV Sotheby's International Realty, working with educate them on the market andSellers trulyand help them navigate the many Buyers throughout all of central Denver. aspects of buying and/or selling a home. In today’s market, a seller720.233.9096 should take a• hard look at why their home has not sold in 30-45 days. Below are reasons and ideas to achieve the best sale in any price range: 1) Professionally clean your property, including carpets and windows. 2) PLEASE de-clutter and remove personal décor so buyers can visual living there. 3) Address/accomplish most small repairs. Buyers worry about 1590 Little Raven Street #507 1401 Wewatta Street #PH4 larger items when they see4 deferred Beds • 5 Baths •maintenance. 4,071 SF • $3,250,000 2 Beds • 3 Baths • 2,678 SF • $2,000,000 4) Don’t choose the wrong (or cheapest) agent. Poorly written descriptions and/or weak photography reflect on you and your home (over 90% of buyers view the internet first). Agent selection is likely the most important decision to achieve best price in the most reasonable time possible. 5) Overvaluing your property! Overpricing muchStreet #212 1590 Little Raven Street #302 creates 1720aWynkoop 3 Beds • 3 Baths • 2,484 SF • $1,400,000 2 Beds • 2 Baths • 2,456 SF • $1,189,000 longer sell time and almost always for less than desired (plus it won’t appraise). 6) Staging the home in and out helps buyers imagine feeling more at home. BTW, exterior staging is quite helpful. People buy the outside first. Refresh the gardens, clean the windows/screens, update door fixtures/ Pearltrim Street and #101 the front door. 2210 Blake Street #402 address numbers, and paint1022 both First impres3 Beds • 3 Baths • 2,771 SF • $950,000 2 Beds • 2 Baths • 1,793 SF • $869,000 sions count! This is a market to enjoy, appreciate and take advantage of, if at all possible.

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A comparison provided by the Denver planning department shows a typical “slot” home development (upper left with red X) and a version that incorporates proposed zoning rules (with green check mark).

Slot Homes No More The Denver City Council outlawed the building of controversial “slot” homes in their current form Monday, nearly two months after the city’s planning department stopped accepting new development plans. After years of booming development, Denver’s slot home crackdown comes too late for some neighborhoods But the popularity of sidewaysoriented townhomes with developers resulted in a packed pipeline of projects, with 30 or more submitting site development plans by the city’s March 14 cutoff. That means dozens of slot home projects designed under the previous zoning rules still could rise in Denver’s older neighborhoods in the next couple of years. The council approved, 11-0, a raft of changes to zoning rules that will alter the configurations and designs of future townhome projects, addressing many of neighborhood advocates’ most common complaints. Most significant is a new requirement that developers orient new projects’ main buildings — and more front doors — toward the street. A task force put forth the proposal. “Without a doubt, these slot homes were an abuse of the zoning code,” Councilman Paul López said. “They robbed our neighborhoods of character, and they robbed residents of community.” Slot home developments, at their most basic, have featured several side-facing townhomes stacked horizontally back to the alley, with seven units fitting into a typical lot that previously was occupied by a single-family home. Often, slot home buildings have been constructed in pairs, and they are most common in areas including West Colfax, Jefferson Park, Highland and Five Points. The number of units possible often has equated to big profits for developers. And younger buyers have favored the moderately priced townhomes, especially after condo construction plunged in Denver. Some developers have said the new rules will reduce slightly the number of units they can build, resulting in higher

project costs per square foot. Developers who met the March deadline to build under the old rules have until Nov. 10 to win city approval for their site plans. Such approval clears a project for construction.

EDENS Announces Addition of Key RiNo Retail Real Estate EDENS, one of the nation's leading retail real estate owners, operators and developers, announces its acquisition of nearly 120,000 square feet of retail in River North Art District (RiNo) in Denver, Colorado. Located in one of EDENS' top targeted regional markets, RiNo brings art, culture and industrial design into one centralized gathering place. "EDENS is proud to join the RiNo community and engage with our partners and neighbors," said Jodie W. McLean, CEO of EDENS. "Denver is significant to our EDENS portfolio as a growing and progressive city where people are genuinely engaged with their communities. We are grateful to bring our passion to this vibrant city." Anchored by Denver Central Market, EDENS has acquired a total of seven buildings with key retail partners, including Il Posto, First Draft Taproom & Kitchen and Park Burger. Favored by street artists, makers and craft artisans, this retail acquisition in RiNo is the first owned and operated by EDENS in this target market. Sitting just north of downtown Denver, RiNo has seamless connection to the city's fabric, and has seen tremendous growth over recent years. "As a proud Denver resident, I am excited to bring our unique approach to inspiring communities through retail and creating conversation," said Tom Kiler, Managing Director at EDENS. "Our goal is to do what we do best: bring a thoughtful mix of distinctive shopping, dining and experience which reflect what is already unique and special about this place." With a portfolio of 125 places nationally, EDENS is well-known for its design, curation and engagment approach at Preston Royal Village

in Dallas, TX; Union Market District in Washington, DC; and South Bay in Boston, MA. About EDENS EDENS develops, owns and operates community shopping centers in primary markets across the country. The company has built an institutionalquality portfolio of more than 125 retail places. EDENS has regional headquarters in Washington, DC, Boston, Columbia, Atlanta, Miami and Dallas. For additional information:

City Exploring Concepts to Boost Affordable Housing in Denver The City and County of Denver released a Request for Information (RFI) to find innovative approaches to the land trust model. Exploring the land trust concept is a key recommendation of the city’s five-year housing



plan, Housing an Inclusive Denver, which was released by Mayor Michael B. Hancock in October of last year and adopted in February. “Given the impact and duration of such a model, we want our review of different land trust approaches to be wide and inclusive,” said Eric Hiraga, executive director of the Denver Office of Economic Development (OED). “Innovative land trust models that achieve perpetual affordability are being explored here in Denver and across the nation. The right concept and managing partners could make a significant difference for Denver’s residents for decades to come.” The RFI is the first step in a solicitation effort to better understand and analyze available land trust ideas and capabilities while scoping the levels of city investment and partnership necessary to achieve affordability outcomes. OED seeks to gather descriptions of proposed or currently operating land trust models, as well as a proposed approach for City partnership and/or investment in those models. Community land trusts involve a local nonprofit acquiring a parcel of land and pledging to use it for purposes that benefit the neighborhood, including affordable housing. The nonprofit builds a home on the land and sells it to someone in need. The nonprofit retains ownership of the land that the house sits on, leasing it to the homeowner for a designated time period, typically 99 years. The Denver Office of Economic Development (OED) is dedicated to advancing economic prosperity for the City of Denver, its businesses, neighborhoods and residents. Working with

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Real Estate a wide variety of community partners, OED operates to create a local environment that stimulates balanced growth through job creation, business assistance, housing options, neighborhood redevelopment and the development of a skilled workforce. The RFI guidelines can be found at Interested proposers are required to submit an interest form by May 17, 2018.

Temporary Rental and Utility Assistance Program At today’s Safety, Housing, Education and Homelessness Committee meeting, the Denver Office of Economic Development (OED) is proposing to extend and expand the Temporary Rental and Utility Assistance program (TRUA), an emergency assistance program for residents facing a housing crisis. The TRUA program, which served more than 500 households during a pilot phase this past November through March, is currently being considered by Denver City Council for an extension through December 31, 2018. TRUA offers rent and utility assistance to households earning up to 80% of the area median income, which is $50,350 for an individual and $71,900 for a family of four. Paid for through Denver’s Affordable Housing Fund, TRUA is part of a collaborative effort by OED to address critical and immediate needs of people facing utility shutoff,

eviction, or displacement. “Job loss, a devastating rent increase without adequate notice, emergency medical costs – any one of these and more can put an individual or family’s housing stability at risk,” said Mayor Michael B. Hancock. “TRUA provides a responsive, rapid process to get residents the emergency support they need to help them stay in their homes as they manage a personal crisis, and we want to continue providing that support to those who need it.” Resolutions are being considered to extend two separate TRUA contracts with nonprofit program delivery partners – the Northeast Denver Housing Center and Brothers Redevelopment Inc. The nonprofits’ initial contracts for $380,000 and $485,000 are each proposed to increase by $500,000, bringing the city’s total investment in TRUA to nearly $1.9 million since the launch in November of last year. Results on the initial four-month pilot phase far exceeded expectations, with program organizers expecting to serve nearly 300 households with rent and utility assistance. Between November 1, 2017 and early March 2018, 486 households received rent assistance and 84 households received help with water or energy bills. In addition to illustrating this significant demand, the pilot phase dispersed assistance in 69 neighborhoods throughout the city, with nearly two-thirds of the households

helped falling under the 30% Area Medium Income (AMI) level, which at 2018 levels is $24,300 for a family of three. To boost the longer-range stability of struggling households, TRUA program organizers are also adding housing counseling and benefit navigation services to qualifying applicants, along with guidance to free financial coaching as well as mediation services. While fewer than 5% of the households who received help during the pilot phase received more than one month’s assistance, the city seeks to balance its emergency/ immediate housing program services with other support programs so that households can better weather the storm of a setback on income or other circumstances. Pending passage by City Council committee today, the resolutions will advance to the full City Council for approval on May 21. Following an approval by City Council, the program would be reinstated in late May for program applications. For more information on eligibility and enrollment, visit

New Managing Broker at Kentwood City Properties

Alex Neir, one of Colorado’s top producing real estate professionals, has been named Managing Broker of Kentwood City Properties, Kentwood Real Estate’s leading brokerage in downtown Denver. A Denver native, Neir’s appointment positions Kentwood for significant growth and continued focus on the implementation of advanced technology. Neir, who started his real estate career in 2004, has been one of Kentwood’s most accomplished brokers since joining Colorado’s Premier Real Estate Company in 2007. A graduate of Colorado State University with a bachelor’s degree in Economics and a master’s degree in Computer Information Systems, Neir possesses an unsurpassed knowl-


edge and understanding of metro Denver’s real estate market during all market conditions. He is knowledgeable about the area’s most historic and desirable neighborhoods and brings a strong commitment to superior customer service to his new position. “We are very pleased to announce the appointment of Alex as the new Managing Broker of Kentwood City Properties,” said Gretchen Rosenberg, President and Chief Executive Officer of Kentwood Real Estate. “His sales performance since earning his real estate license has been exceptional, and he is ranked among the top producing Realtors in the country. Alex’s marketing, communication, and management skills are complemented by wide-ranging technical expertise, and we look forward to Alex advancing Kentwood City Properties to even loftier accomplishments in the future.” “I am excited about the opportunity to lead one of the real estate industry’s most prolific group of real estate professionals,” said Neir. “Kentwood City Properties has attracted the best of the best in this business, and I look forward to supporting them and helping new additions to our team achieve unparalleled success. The real estate industry has changed significantly over the years, and it’s my responsibility to stay ahead of additional changes and the trends and developments that affect our industry. And I couldn’t be more pleased to move into a management position with Colorado’s finest real estate company.” Neir grew up in Congress Park and has lived in Denver’s Uptown neighborhood and Stapleton. His professional background in information technology will serve him well in the future. Neir is known for his negotiation skills, attention to detail, and for making each real estate transaction a seamless and rewarding experience for his home buying and selling clients. His sphere of loyal clients is among the most expansive in real estate. Neir will continue to be part of the top producing Neir Team with Stacy Neir. The team was ranked number one at Kentwood City Properties in sales production for 2017. Neir replaces former Managing Broker Jim Theye who is retiring from the real estate industry. For more information, contact Alex Neir at 720-935-4399, or email at



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