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FYI/Happenings Historic Election, Voters Elect Democtrats to All Statewide Offices Colorado Democratic Party Chair Morgan Carroll issued the following statement: "November 6th the voters of Colorado gave the Democratic Party a decisive and historic sweep. For the first time since 1936, Democrats have swept all statewide offices: Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State, and State Treasurer. For the first time in our state's history, Colorado's 6th Congressional District will be represented by a Democrat. For the first time in our state's history, Colorado is sending an African-American -- the son of Eritrean immigrants -- to Congress. Colorado has made history by electing the first openly gay governor in the U.S. And for the second time this decade, Democrats will control the Governorship, the State Senate, and the State House of Representatives." "We would not have been able to achieve this amazing victory without the hard work and dedication of all of our candidates, staff, and volunteers. I especially want to thank those firsttime volunteers and new activists -mostly women -- who took it upon themselves to remake our state and country and poured their blood, sweat, and tears into this election.

"We are so grateful to the voters for putting their trust in our bold Democratic vision for Colorado, and we look forward to rolling up our sleeves and getting to work on behalf of all Coloradans." Here's a summary of this election's historic achievements: • Democrats sweep all statewide offices for the first time since 1936 • Governor-Elect Jared Polis: Voters elect Democrat Jared Polis to be the first openly gay governor in the U.S. • Congressman-Elect Joe Neguse: Voters in the 2nd Congressional District send first African-American to Congress from Colorado • Congressman-Elect Jason Crow: Voters in the 6th Congressional District elect first Democrat to Congress in the district's history • An unprecedented number of women elected to the State Senate • An unprecedented number of women and people of color elected to the Colorado House of Representatives (and counting) • Constitutional amendments to do away with partisan gerrymandering in Colorado For more information contact the Colorado Democratic Party at www.coloradodems.org or CDP 789 N. Sherman St. Suite 110 Denver, CO 80203-3530

Jared Polis, Colorado Governor-Elect (right) with Lt. Governor-Elect Dianne Primavera

Governor-Elect Polis "With this election, you have reaffirmed what makes Colorado’s way of life unmistakably amazing. "Here, we dream, we dare, and we do. We look beyond the horizon. We see the highest mountains and we climb them. We face the tough decisions and we make them. And we don’t back down from the biggest challenges. We solve them. "As your Governor, I will serve with the Colorado way of life in my heart and on my mind at all times. And I pledge to serve all Coloradans, no matter your party, no matter who you voted for in this race — because there’s far too much at stake to let politics or partisanship get in the way of building the bright future for our state that every family deserves.

"Every Coloradan wants good schools, healthy communities, and more opportunity for the next generation. So the time is now to unite in our common purpose, rooted in our shared love for our home of Colorado, and move forward together, confident that what makes us unique isn’t just the boldness of our ideas — it’s the resilience and the spirit of Coloradans, who make change happen, who bring these bold ideas to life. "Moments ago Walker Stapleton called and congratulated me. I want to thank him for his eight years of service to our state, and for sacrificing precious time with his wife and three great kids to put himself out there and take on the challenge of running for office. "I can’t say thank you enough to my incredible family — Marlon, my

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FYI/Happenings parents, my brother and sister, and our two kids. You inspire me every single day. "Thank you to the staff and volunteers who made this victory happen — one door knock at a time, one phone call at a time, one exhausting day after another. "And thank you to all of you for standing with us in our mission to lead the way forward for America right here in Colorado. Our victory tonight and our continued success as a state are because of what you’ve achieved, the sacrifices you’ve made, and the progress you will create in the days and months and years ahead. Together we will move Colorado forward. "The future starts now!" Jared Polis, Governor-Elect

Mayor Hancock on Historic Midterm Election in Colorado Mayor Michael B. Hancock issued the following statement following the historic midterm election here in Colorado that saw Jared Polis elected the nation’s first out gay Governor and Joe Neguse Colorado’s first African American member of congress, slavery finally removed from the state constitution, and Denver voters saying yes to two major priorities for the city and the Hancock Administration:

“What we saw last night was the people of Denver and Colorado sending a clear message about the type of future they want to see here in our city and state. In Denver, the people said yes to investing in more parks and open space and yes to helping the homeless and those who need our help the most. Across Colorado, the people made an historic choice for Governor in Jared Polis and, led by a slate of women candidates, elected a Legislature that will lift people up, support our communities and promote equity. “And across the country, concerned and conscious individuals said enough is enough and provided a long overdue check and balance on the White House. I couldn’t be prouder that Colorado played a role in making that a reality by electing Jason Crow to represent Colorado’s 6th Congressional District.”

Mayor and Partners $377k in Grants for Immigrant Legal Fund Mayor Michael B. Hancock, The Denver Foundation and the Vera Institute today announced the first $377,000 in grants from the Denver Immigrant Legal Services Fund. The grants will provide access to legal representation for qualified individuals in immigration ■ Continued on page 5

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Weekend Amtrak Ski Train to Winter Park Starts January 4th Plan a ski day, weekend, or week and take the Amtrak Winter Park Express from Denver Union Station to the base of Winter Park Resort from January 4 - March 31, 2019. The Winter Park Express runs Saturdays and Sundays only, plus the first two Fridays of each month (January 4 and 11, February 1 and 8, and March 1 and 8). Book your travel on this historic train trip, which originated in 1912, at the early bird price of $29/one way on select departures. Book early before the one way $29 discount tickets are sold out. All other tickets are priced at $39, $49 and then $59 respectively. Pricing is subject to availability and only a limited number of seats are available for each train and each price level. Discounted tickets are sold on a first come first served basis. With one-way tickets and service on Saturday and Sunday you can make it a day trip, a weekend-long trip or an extended vacation. Customize your length of stay at Winter Park Resort and get as much skiing/riding in as you'd like. Buy your tickets early. Instead of enduring delays and back-ups on I-70, you can now relax and enjoy the scenery while we do the driving. Here's a look at the Winter Park Express schedule: • Depart Union station at 7:00 am • Arrive to Winter Park at 9:00 am • Depart Winter Park at 4:30 pm • Arrive to Union station at 6:40 pm Act fast and treat yourself to a day of mountain fun that doesn't include tail lights. • How to Book this Trip • Select Round-Trip. • Enter Denver, CO (DEN) in the

From box. • Enter Winter Park - Ski Resort, CO (WPR) in the To box. • Select preferred departure date. • Select preferred return date. • Select the number of Adult or Child passengers (passengers 62 and older should use the Adult passenger type). Maximum of 8. Passengers with disabilities should call 1-800-USA-RAIL to book this trip. Group train tickets and ski/recreation packages are available for the Amtrak Winter Park Express for groups of 20 or more (no group discounts will be given on train travel). Contact Amtrak Group Travel for pricing and availability. Don't forget to book your Winter Park Resort lift tickets. Questions about this excursion should be directed to Winter Park Resort at 1-888-923-7275. There are special boarding and equipment loading procedures for this train. Take a look at all the details on what to do with your gear before you head out for the station. Terms and Conditions • Exclusively available at Amtrak. com. • Valid for sale September 13, 2018 - March 31, 2019. V • alid for travel January 4 - March 31, 2018 on Saturday, Sunday, plus the first two Fridays of each month (January 4 and 11, February 1 and 8, and March 1 and 8). • Blackouts apply on all other days. • Valid for travel between Denver, CO (DEN) and Winter Park Resort, CO (WPR). • Up to one (1) child ages 2 - 12 may accompany each adult at half fare. • Children and infants must travel with an adult who is 18 years or older. • Exchanges are permitted prior to the original travel date. For more information call 1-888-923-7275 or go to www.m.amtrak.com

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FYI/Happenings ■ Continued from page 3 detention and facing deportation and those seeking assistance in such areas as citizenship and asylum-seeking or renewals for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). “In Denver, we believe in due process for all people residing in this city, and that all residents enrich our work, culture and way of life” Mayor Hancock said. “This first round of grants will help ensure that individuals who work hard and contribute to our economy and our community have access to their rights and to justice.” “This year, many witnessed firsthand how broken our immigration system is – children detained at the border, residents less likely to report crime, threats to our communities, and a feeling of helplessness,” said Councilman Paul López, who championed the creation of the fund. “Our Immigrant Legal Services Fund will uphold and protect due process and keep families together.” The Denver Immigrant Legal Services Fund was created through Mayor Hancock’s Executive Order 142, which he signed on August 19, 2017. The fund provides access to legal representation for indigent individuals threatened with or in removal proceedings and is an important tool to help the city build and sustain a diverse, equitable and economically successful community.

The 2018 fund grantees are: Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network – Direct legal support to detained immigrant adults Mile High Ministries – Justice and Mercy Legal Aid Center – Representation to low-income immigrants with removal defense and affirmative applications Lutheran Family Services – Affirmative relief including legal consultations for DACA renewals University of Denver, Sturm College of Law – Capacity building for direct legal representation through an Immigration Justice Project law clinic In developing the Denver Legal Services Fund, the City & County of Denver applied for and received a $100,000 grant from the Vera Institute to join the Safety & Fairness for Everyone (SAFE) Network and to match the public investment for immigrants detained and facing deportation. “Lack of a lawyer should not be the only thing preventing Denver residents from staying with their family, job and community,” said Annie Chen, program director for the Vera Institute of Justice’s SAFE Network. “We’re proud to partner with Denver as the latest city of the SAFE Network, recognizing the city’s national leadership in the growing movement to ensure due process and a fair day in court for all.” The Vera Institute launched the SAFE Network in 2017, a network of 12

local jurisdictions around the country all dedicating taxpayer dollars to deportation defense programs, with a focus on those in detention. Vera provides one-time “catalyst” funds and expert assistance to jurisdictions and conducts research on the impact of the program on clients, families, and the local economy. "The Denver Foundation is honored to partner with the City and County of Denver to address this urgent need, and to help immigrants in our community access high-quality legal representation," said Dace West, The Denver Foundation's Vice President of Community Impact. While this distribution of funding will make a significant difference in the lives of several residents in need of both removal defense and affirmative relief, there remain hundreds, if not thousands, facing family separation and complex legal processes without representation. To contribute to the Denver Immigrant Legal Services Fund, please go to www.denverfoundation.org

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FYI/Happenings WHERE: Hudson Gardens & Events Center Bundle up for a visit with Santa at Hudson Gardens in Littleton. After sharing your list with Ol' Saint Nick, sip hot chocolate as you stroll the outdoor paths lined with trees decked with more than a million twinkling lights.

Mile High United Way Turkey Trot WHEN: Nov. 22, 2018 WHERE: Washington Park Run your yams off at the annual Mile High United Way Turkey Trot in Denver's beautiful Washington Park. The four-mile race and quarter-mile family fun run is expected to host over 10,000 participants in support of Mile High United Way's work in the community to improve the lives of children, families, and individuals in need. This year's Turkey Trot will include a start and finish village featuring prerace coffee, live entertainment, music, booths and a beer garden sponsored by Great Divide Brewing Co. For more information go to www.denver.org/things-to-do/fallwinter/thanksgiving-weekend/

Light Up the Holidays The Downtown Denver Partnership is pleased to produce the 44th Annual 9NEWS PARADE OF LIGHTS, presented by American Furniture Warehouse. The two-mile parade route in Downtown Denver is the stage for Colorado’s brightest holiday tradition. The FREE holiday spectacular features marching bands, ornate floats, and, of course, a special appearance by Major Waddles the Penguin and Santa! Grab your hot chocolate and ear-muffs, this year is going to be better than ever! Location: 16th Street Mall, Denver, CO 80202 Price: Free Friday 11/30: 8:00pm; Saturday 12/16:00pm For more information go to www.denverparadeoflights.com GRAND ILLUMINATION WHEN: Nov. 23, 2018 at 6 p.m. WHERE: downtown Denver As part of Downtown Denver's Winter in the City program, Downtown Denver's Grand Illumination event will light up downtown, from Denver Union Station to the City and County Building at Civic Center Park. Afterwards, meet Santa, enjoy drinks at Terminal Bar and dance to holiday classics by the Denver Dolls.

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MORE HOLIDAY EVENTS 'THE NUTCRACKER' WHEN: Nov. 24–Dec. 24, 2018 WHERE: Ellie Caulkins Opera House, Denver Center for the Performing Arts A holiday tradition, Colorado Ballet's performance of Tchaikovsky’s famous score was named the bestloved "The Nutcracker" production in the country last year. THE POLAR EXPRESS™ TRAIN RIDE WHEN: Nov. 10–Dec. 23, 2018 WHERE: Colorado Railroad Museum Grab your golden ticket! The beloved children's book comes to life in The Polar Express™ Train Ride, a theatrical recreation at the Colorado Railroad Museum that takes place inside a real train car, complete with cookies and hot chocolate.

head to 16th and Arapahoe in downtown Denver to the Skyline Rink. Skate rentals are $2, or bring your own pair and take a spin on the ice for free! Free days for kids will take place throughout the season. Look for regularly scheduled entertainment and activities each week including: Friday night DJs; Saturday morning skating lessons; Saturday night concerts; and Sunday afternoon family entertainment. A HUDSON CHRISTMAS WHEN: Nov. 23–24, Nov. 30–Dec. 2, Dec. 7–9, 14–24 and 26–31, 2018

BLOSSOMS OF LIGHT WHEN: Nov. 23, 2018–Jan. 1, 2019 WHERE: Denver Botanic Gardens Embrace the holiday season at Blossoms of Light. The first night will display over one million colorful lights draped in elegant designs highlighting the Gardens' winter beauty. Enjoy sparkling passages, new displays and romantic kissing spots under the mistletoe, all made even more beautiful through HoloSpex glasses. Warm drinks and tasty treats will also be available. SANTA'S VILLAGE AT CHATFIELD FARMS WHEN: Nov. 23–Dec. 23, 2018 WHERE: Chatfield Farms at the Denver Botanic Gardens Bring the kids to meet Santa (and his reindeer), make crafts with Mrs. Claus and take a magical hayride under twinkling holiday lights at Santa's Village. Afterward the whole family can shop for handcrafted gifts in Santa's

SANTA'S FLIGHT ACADEMY WHEN: Nov. 10–Dec. 24, 2018 WHERE: Cherry Creek Shopping Center Let your little ones help Santa ready his sleigh for the big day during Santa's Flight Academy! Visit with jolly St. Nick, try out his Flight Suit Visualizer and enjoy the magical snow and light show at Cherry Creek Shopping Center. DENVER CHRISTKINDL MARKET WHEN: Nov. 16–Dec. 23, 2018 WHERE: 1515 Arapahoe St. The Christkindl Market includes vendors from Germany, Ukraine, Ireland and other countries — as well as local artisans — offering high-quality gifts, such as hand-carved wooden figurines, handmade candles and ornaments. Traditional German food will tempt your taste buds. Sip on warm Glühwein (hot spiced wine) as you listen to traditional Christmas carols and live German music. Entry is free and the entire family is invited DOWNTOWN DENVER RINK AT SKYLINE PARK WHEN: Nov. 20, 2018–Feb. 3, 2019 WHERE: Skyline Park, the corner of 16th and Arapahoe Grab your family and friends and

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FYI/Happenings workshop. ZOO LIGHTS WHEN: Nov. 30, 2018–Jan. 6, 2019 WHERE: Denver Zoo Zoo Lights will span 70 acres of Denver Zoo's campus with nightly entertainment, animal encounters, Santa meet-and-greets and, of course, illuminated animal sculptures that swing through trees, jump across lawns hide in bushes and appear in places where they’re least expected.

Christmas Lights Tour with History Colorado Come enjoy the history and beauty of Denver’s holiday lights with History Colorado! The festive evening begins with an informal program exploring our state’s historic holiday traditions. Then it’s all aboard a comfortable, heated bus as we drive through some of the Denver area’s most beautiful neighborhoods. Your host will delight and entertain you with stories of Denver’s holiday lore. We design a new route for this annual event every time, so join us for some unexpected lighting surprises! This is sure to get even a Scrooge into the holiday spirit. Includes cookies, hot chocolate and bus transportation. Dinner not

provided. Location: HIstory Colorado Center 1200 Broadway, Denver, Co 80203 Price $42-$54 From 4:30pm to 9:30pm More information at www.historycolorado.org/event/ christmas-lightsdenver/2018/12/07

Denver Union Station Will Officially Launch Grand Illumination Held from 4 p.m. – 8 p.m., this festive annual Grand Illumination event will feature a performance of classic holiday hits by the Denver Dolls, a visit from Santa & Mrs. Claus, Christmas carolers and more. The highlight of the evening will be the lighting of the landmark train station’s NEW outdoor Christmas tree, a 40 foot tall tree that will feature more than 7,000 holiday lights. The tree will officially be lit by Dinger, the beloved mascot of the Colorado Rockies. Milkbox Ice Creamery will be serving a Hot Chocolate Bar featuring an amazing selection of holiday flavored chocolate creations with extensive toppings. Pigtrain Coffee will be offering a Spiked Coffee Beverage Bar featuring Irish Coffee’s, Hot Tea Tod-

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dy’s and spiked ciders. Denver Union Station will be hosting several festive events this holiday season, including: The Union Station Holiday Market by Denver Flea Ticketed event will feature a variety of wide variety of locally made goods, including outdoor gear from Mountain Standard, local honey from Bjorn’s Colorado Honey and jewelry from Harper Made. The Holiday Market will be held on the outdoor plaza over four weekends: Friday, Nov. 23 – Sunday, Nov. 25 Friday, Nov. 30 – Sunday, Dec. 2 Friday, Dec. 7 – Sunday, Dec. 9 Friday, Dec. 14 – Sunday, Dec. 16 FREE visits with Santa & Mrs. Claus Available from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Sunday Nov. 25th, Dec. 2nd, Dec. 9th, Dec. 16th and Dec. 23rd Sundaes with Santa Available from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. on Sunday afternoons enjoy a make-your-own-Sundae Bar featuring including a variety of sauces & toppings for $5 per person For more information on all of the Denver Union Station holiday events, please visit www.unionstationindenver.com.

The Union Station Holiday Market by Denver Flea will include four weekends of shopping, festivities and winter fun - kicking off on Black Friday, Nov. 23 - all at the historic Denver Union Station for four consecutive weekends. 100s of Colorado’s best makers and artisan brands will pack the Plaza of Union Station each weekend throughout the season, for a holiday shopping wonderland, in the heart of the Mile High, paired with music, eats, drinks, activities and more. http://www.denverflea.com

Handmade Holiday Shopping Dec 7-8 McNichols Building The Jackalope Indie Artisan Fair announces its much anticipated official artisan listing, with over 150 curated booths to fill the McNichols Civic Center Building. This free and family friendly event returns to the McNichols Building in the heart of Downtown Denver from 10am to 5pm both Saturday, December 8th & Sunday, December 9th. Jackalope offers attendees the perfect place to find a unique holiday gift while supporting small business, and the chance to become makers themselves when participating in DIY crafting workshops hosted by local artisans. Donations and all bar proceeds will go to the Golden Retriever Rescue of the Rockies! Attendees can pre-plan their shopping on the Jackalope website and view all participating artisans at www. jackalopeartfair.com/denvervendors Join Jackalope Arts on December 8th & 9th in Denver's McNichols Building for a unique, curated shopping experience featuring the top trendsetting makers & designers of local goods. WHAT: Jackalope Indie Artisan Fair Where local culture meets craft, featuring 150+ artisans with handmade, speciality goods. WHEN: Saturday, December 8th, 10am - 5pm Sunday, December 9th, 10am - 5pm WHERE: McNichols Building 144 W Colfax Ave Denver CO 80205 Jackalope Attendee Info: www.jackalopeartfair.com/denver

Get Cozy at Dairy Block A more than 4,000-square-foot clubhouse is now serving whiskeys from all over the world along the activated alleyway in Dairy Block. Seven Grand, the LA-based bar with locations in Austin and San Diego, is now up and running in Denver as well. The sprawling new space is covered in taxidermy and tartan and is dark and moody enough for most anyone to get lost in drinking whiskey for a night. Drinkers will want to start with a house old fashioned, Sazerac, Manhattan, or sour at the bar, which eventually will have more than 700 whiskeys from all over the world. It’s starting with just under 400 of them now on display. By comparison, the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park stocks more than 1,000 whiskeys, while Denver’s Hearth & Dram holds a collection of 360 bottles. Back at Dairy Block, there are pool tables and live music for entertainment, nooks and crannies for dates or small groups, a mahogany private party room, and alley-facing outdoor patio. The Whiskey Society members club will kick off soon. Seven Grand Denver is now open from 3 p.m. to 2 a.m. seven days a week at 1855 Blake Street. For more information, head to www.sevenbars.com

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Viewing hours: M-F: 7:30 am – 10:00 pm Saturday: 9:00 am – 10:00 pm Sunday: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm Abend Gallery, 1412 Wazee Street, Unit 1, Denver, CO 80202 For more info call 303-355-0950 or go to www.abebdgallery.com

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Ballet Ariel Nutcracker at Lakewood Dec. 15-27 In the city, the sun’s rays set behind an evening sky obscured by the prism of neon lights, store windows, and an endless sea of dwellings, unveiling a landscape lit by the glow of millions. The air cools, the horizon softens, and all that’s left in focus is the present moment. There’s a sense of magic and a feeling of possibility. The darkness of night is not the end of a day, but merely the beginning. Our time is what we make of it, and the city is an ever-evolving and mesmerizing reminder of exactly that, especially after dark. This series captures the urban landscape in its finest hour: the nighttime hustle. Rain or shine, the city bustles with energy, illuminating the air with fluorescent potential. Just like the essence of art itself, the evening hours offer us a chance to see our world differently, and the urban landscape is not only home but a place of infinite creative interpretation.

Ballet Ariel’s classical version of The Nutcracker returns to Lakewood Cultural Center on December 15th for a limited engagement. Ballet Ariel’s The Nutcracker is a traditional interpretation interwoven with original, creative elements, resulting in a beautifully inventive ballet performed by Ballet Ariel’s professional company and Ballet Ariel School students to Tchaikovsky’s timeless score. Special guest artist and Denver dance legend, Paul Noel Fiorino, will reprise his role as Drosselmeyer. Creative collaborators include Oleg Dedogryuk, former Eifman Ballet member and Patricia Renzetti, Ballet Ariel’s Ballet Mistress and formerly prima ballerina for the Colorado Ballet. Matinees will be performed on December 15, 16, 22, 23, 26, and 27 at 2:00 p.m. Three evening performances will be presented on December 21, 22, and 26 at 7:00 p.m.

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Health is Wealth DeGette, Lee and Lowey Condemn Trump Attacks on Women's Health Congressional Pro-Choice Caucus Co-Chairs Diana DeGette (D-CO) and Barbara Lee (D-CA), along with Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-NY), condemned the Trump Administration’s latest attempts to push through antichoice actions that will further limit women’s access to abortion and birth control. On Wednesday, the Department of Health and Human Services finalized two rules that would allow employers to opt out of the Affordable Care Act’s birth control mandate. In addition, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services issued a rule that would result in burdensome regulations designed to push abortion coverage out of reach for at least 1.3 million women. “One day after voters resoundingly showed their support for women and protecting access to health care, this latest attack by the Trump administration is particularly tone-deaf and vindictive,” the lawmakers said. “Women have made it clear that they will not stand for shameless efforts to roll back their hardfought and constitutionally-protected reproductive rights. In the 116th Congress, the Democratic majority will work to block this extreme, ideological, and overwhelmingly unpopular agenda.” The changes to health care coverage for birth control and abortion coverage will make it more difficult – and, in some cases, impossible – for women to access contraception or make decisions about their own reproductive health. When these changes were first proposed in October 2017, DeGette, Lowey, former Pro-Choice Caucus CoChair Louise Slaughter and Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi led more than 180 of their colleagues in a letter to Trump administration officials opposing the rules, warning that these changes would restrict access to birth control

for millions of women covered under the Affordable Care Act. Federal courts in Pennsylvania and California blocked the interim rules last year, but the Trump administration has continued to work to make them permanent. For more information call Copeland Tucker at 202-225-4431 or contact Tucker at Copeland.Tucker@gmail.house.gov

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Fall is finally here, and many parts of the country are already experiencing cooler weather, more precipitation and more overcast days. It’s easy to associate vigilant sun protection with summertime, when the sun is shining intensely. This shouldn’t be the case: Sun protection is necessary every day, regardless of the weather or time of year. “Even when it’s cold or overcast, UV rays that cause skin aging and skin cancer are reaching your skin,” says Deborah S. Sarnoff, MD, president of The Skin Cancer Foundation. Winter Sunlight UVB rays, the main cause of sunburn, are the strongest in the summer. However, UVB rays can burn and damage your skin year-round, especially at high altitudes and on reflective surfaces such as snow or ice. Snow reflects up to 80 percent of the sun's UV light, so the rays hit you twice, further increasing your risk of skin cancer and pr Staying Sun Safe Your first line of defense against this sun damage is clothing. Covering up is easier in the winter — it’s cold! — but the face, head and neck tend to remain exposed year-round, and this is where most skin cancers occur. Sunglasses protect your eyes while also fighting snow glare, and a hat keeps you warm while keeping UV rays from damaging your scalp.

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Animal Matters Youth Make a Difference at Dumb Friends League

At the Dumb Friends League, we often talk about how we could not do what we do without the work of our more than 1,400 volunteers. We also believe that kids learn responsibility, leadership and compassion through volunteerism and recognize that it’s not always easy to find opportunities to serve when you’re young. Enter the Dumb Friends League Junior Volunteer Club (JVC). Children under the age of 16, cannot officially volunteer at the League, but they can enroll in the JVC. This fivemonth club introduces future animal advocates ages 12 – 15 to the benefits of volunteering in a shelter and teaches them the importance of treating animals humanely. Students learn about relevant animal welfare topics and how to be champions for those who cannot speak for themselves. JVC members meet at the Quebec Street Shelter once a month for two hours, and there are two sessions each month on either the second or third Saturday. One of the League’s community educators leads the program and divides the participants into small

groups before they are paired with adult volunteers and learn about and work in four different areas of the shelter, including dog walking, dog kennel cleaning, cat kennel cleaning and small mammal kennel cleaning. JVC participants rotate areas to experience all aspects of the program. The JVC program is a hands-on approach to educating kids about animal care in the shelter. When visiting the animal holding areas, volunteers become familiar with different species, including their behaviors and needs. Kids also learn to recognize when an animal is comfortable or maybe needs some alone time. Learning to respect an animal’s need for time and space is just as important as knowing the proper way to clean an animal’s enclosure. “The JVC program is an awesome introduction for kids who either want to volunteer at a shelter or for those who are interested in working with animals as a future career,” said Community Educator Lauren Pipis. “The program provides some real, handson experience working with the animals in our care and gives kids an opportunity to understand what’s really involved when it comes to volunteering at the League. We love to see them learn throughout the program not only about the animals but also about how they can make a difference in the world!” When a JVC member successfully completes the program, he/she can apply to be a junior mentor, which is for teens 13 – 18. Junior mentors build

products and clean up chemical spills immediately. • Collar and chip. Snow and ice can mask scents that would otherwise help your pet sniff its way home. Update the information on your pet’s microchip and make sure your personal information is on its tags. We sell customizable tags for just $5 at DAS! • Avoid ice. Slipping is all too easy, especially when walking your dog during the winter. Play it safe by walking on dry paths. • Feed accordingly. The health risks of pet obesity outweigh the benefits of “a little extra padding for the winter.” Ask your veterinarian or research online how much food is right for your pet.

on their JVC experiences and help with various Humane Education programs and camps. Not everyone who applies to be a junior mentor is accepted into the program, but kids can still volunteer at the League with one of their parents until they are old enough to volunteer on their own. The JVC program can spark excitement and create a passion for helping animals and contributing to our communities. The lessons learned through the program stay with JVC members and cultivate a spirit of altruism that extends beyond the shelter. To learn more about the JVC or other youth volunteer opportunities at the League, visit www.ddfl.org/youth-volunteering.

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R e a l E state

Perception is (not) everything, and each individual can choose whether their perception of the market is a reality. I’m a Realtor, so this article will focus on the real estate market perceptions. A high majority of our country’s adult population has been or will become homeowners. We all read or listen to (at least) the headlines of real estate related news. From 2012 through the first half of this year, the news related to the housing market, interest rates, and the economy in general consistently improved month over month and year over year. I believe most of us realized that things would change at some point. When might this happen, would it be gradual, or more like the recession in 2008? First of all, there is nothing resembling a housing bubble. There is clearly no recession in sight, and home values will continue to improve, but not at the same rate covering the prior 5 years (+/- 10%). Over the last few months, we have absolutely seen about 1/3 of sellers reduce their prices before going under contract. This REALLY means that the summer market did not kick in in as it had over past years. This was reflected in the continued higher prices that sellers had become accustomed to receiving. So, as the market moves forward, homeowners will still enjoy improved values, but buyers (and sellers becoming buyers) will have a more relaxed and enjoyable experience shopping for their new improved lifestyle. The key fundamentals of a balanced, healthy housing market will remain strong: good employment, positive consumer confidence, and of course changing demographics leading to new household formations. As prices increase more moderately, interest rates are at, or temporarily below 5%. Nationally, price appreciation (YTD) is still at 5.5% and in Denver nearly 8%. As reported by Corelogic / Case Shiller indexes. According to Lawrence Yun, NAR’s (National Association of Realtors) chief economist, “2017 was the best year for home sales in 10 years, and 2018 is only down 1.5% YTD”. This very mild adjustment, compared to long-term growth potential

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should not influence qualified consumers from missing out on historical gains in wealth, by pulling back in the near future. UNITING My suggestion is not to just read, or listen to the headlines; but extraordinary properties learn beyond, read a little deeper, and talk to professionals. The WITH biggest concern can be reading pessimistic (or sensationalized) headlines regarding a housing bubble, or fears ofextraordinary inflation. Yun lives also reported “most states are reporting stable or strong market conditions; housing starts are under-producing, andTOP we PRODUCERS, are seeing CONSIDERED ONE OF DENVER'S FEW PEOPLE DENVER REAL ESTATE historically low foreclosure levels KNOW whichDOWNTOWN indicate people are living BETTER THAN DENA PASTORINI. within their means. This is a stronger, more stable market comAs a long market time resident of Riverfront Park, serves as a pared to the loosely regulated leading up to theDena bust”. broker at LIV Sotheby's International Realty, working with Home inventory levels have for throughout four years creSellersfallen and Buyers all straight, of central Denver. ating record low inventory levels, which is in direct contrast to the 720.233.9096 • dena.pastorini@sothebysrealty.com inherent and continuing demand levels. In Denver, this is already changing as inventory levels this fall are 30% higher than last year at this time, consequently it is taking longer to sell a home. My experience over the last few decades would suggest that winter months may be a great time to purchase. Although there is a little less inventory to choose from, homes that have been on the market for 30-60 days (or more) may be more open to negotia1590 Little Raven Street #507 Wewatta Street tion. People have successfully located homes at1401 this time of #PH4 year 4 Beds • 5 Baths • 4,071 SF • $3,250,000 2 Beds • 3 Baths • 2,678 SF • $2,000,000 that had become a little stale on the market. In many cases, the only thing wrong with them was that they started off asking too much. Ask your realtor to show you the listing history on the property you’re interested in. While the winter months can be more difficult to gauge, the early spring market is traditionally when the annual increase in price appreciation begins. In1720 the pastStreet few#212 years, 1590 Little Raven Street #302 Wynkoop 3 Beds • 3 Baths • 2,484 SF • $1,400,000 2 Beds • 2 Baths • 2,456 SF • $1,189,000 I’ve spoken with many would be sellers that delayed placing their house on the market because they were concerned it might be difficult to find a suitable replacement home due to low available inventory. Times are a-changin! The supply of “for sale” homes has been increasing, homes are1022 selling, but are taking longer to sell (allowing Pearl Street #101 2210 Blake Street #402 3 Beds • 3 Baths • 2,771 SF • $950,000 2 Beds • 2 Baths • 1,793 SF • $869,000 buyers more time to shop), prices are rising moderately, and interest rates are still in the 5% range…pretty darn close to a perfect storm. The inner-city neighborhood map below demonstrates the continued solid market here in Denver. The number of sales was down (due to less inventory) prices were surprisingly higher and values 1590 Little Raven Street #904 1143 Auraria Street #204 were staying within 3% of• 2 listed price. 1 Bed Baths • 1,260 SF • $650,000 1 Bed • 1 Bath • 1,046 SF • $350,000

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Real Estate Usaj Realty Lends a Hand to Habitat for Humanity

Canadian developer Amacon submitted site development plans with the city planning office for a two-tower, 477-unit residential project along Glenarm Place between 18th and Broadway. The south tower, rising 38 stories, would face 18th Street while the north tower, at 32 stories, would face Broadway.

38 Story Condo to Replace Longtime Shelby's Downtown A Canadian developer’s plans for a parking lot at the edge of Denver’s Central Business District are now public. Vancouver-based Amacon wants to build two condominium towers along Glenarm Place between Broadway and 18th Avenue, according to a site-development plan submitted to the city this week. The taller south tower would top out at 38 stories, while the north tower would be 32. The project would have an eightstory podium, according to the plans. The ground floor would have 12,082 square feet of retail space. The second through eighth floors, along with two below-grade levels, would have a total of 530 parking spaces. The two towers would extend upward from the podium and include all the condos. The site plan calls for 477 units, but Steve Featherston, Amacon’s vice president for development and construction, said in a statement that the company actually is planning for 463. “This project offers a tremendous opportunity to add to the vibrancy of downtown Denver with a new mixeduse community,” Featherston said. “Amacon has extensive experience in designing and building high-rise condominium towers across Canada, and we are excited to collaborate with Denver-based Davis Partnership Architects for this project.” Amacon’s plans still need city approval and are subject to change. Shelby’s Bar & Grill on the way out The company purchased the 0.69-acre site in March for $8.8 million. While the

bulk of the site is currently a parking lot, the deal also included the onestory building at 519 18th St. that houses Shelby’s Bar & Grill. That structure would be demolished to make way for the condo project. Shelby’s owner Howard Nelson said his new landlord hasn’t given him a timeline for when he’ll need to vacate, except to say that he’ll be able to stay through the next Super Bowl, in early February. “We’re hoping for longer, naturally,” Nelson said. Nelson said he and his wife Nanette bought the bar in 1991, but the Shelby’s name goes back to the 1970s, and a bar called the Pink Lady Lounge operated in the space for decades before tha Nelson said he and his wife are not looking to relocate, and that “unless my kids want to do something, Shelby’s lives and dies with us.” “I’m getting a little older, and it’s a young person’s game,” Nelson, 71, said. “Money is made between midnight and 2 a.m., or not made, and I’m not there at that time.” Inaugural U.S. project The project is slated to be Amacon’s first ground-up development in the United States. The developments section of the company’s website lists 40 projects in Canada, some as tall as 48 stories. Amacon owns a handful of commercial buildings in the Denver area, which are the company’s only other U.S. holdings. The company paid $5.15 million in 2017 for the three-story office building at 800 18th St., known as the Ghost building. Amacon also owns a pair of office and showroom buildings at 14818 and 15000 W. 6th Ave. in Golden. For more information address thomas@BusinessDen.com

the first Habitat homes in Denver. Since then, Habitat Metro Denver has become one of the largest affiliates in the U.S. Today Habitat for Humanity has served more than 1 million families around the world, completing the construction or repair of a home at the rate of one every 4 minutes. There are many opportunities to volunteer with Habitat for Humanity Denver. Check their website and sign up today. For more information go to www. denver.volunteerhub.com/lp/ construction-denver/events/index

Setting steel I-beams, floor joists and sub-flooring at two Habitat for Humanity building sites kept Usaj Realty volunteer crew members busy recently. On a picture-perfect October day, nine members of the Usaj Realty team joined several “core volunteers” from Habitat to help set the critical foundation sections of two new homes on South Decatur Street in Denver. Once completed, the ranch homes will house a deserving family in need of affordable permanent housing. “Usaj Realty is proud to have completed the 7th annual Habitat build day,” said Jenny Usaj, co-owner of Usaj Realty. “Habitat for Humanity is a great program, and we are excited to continue our commitment for many years to come. Building on-site is one of my favorite days of the year because I know that we will all be challenged as a team and individuals in a new way. This year we successfully placed I-beams in the foundation and built out the subfloors!"

Colorado Realtor Leads Donation Shoe Drive for Soles4Souls Colorado Realtor Cindy Willard, of RE/MAX Alliance, spearheads holiday donation shoe drive for Soles4Souls to help people in need. Willard is hosting the donation drive for Soles4Souls from November 5th to December 20. New or gently worn pairs of shoes can be dropped off at her office located at 1019 8th St., Golden, CO 80401. Join her as she expands from local charities to international charities for a global reach and broader impact. “Your generosity will ultimately lead to educational and vocational opportunities to families in need,” said Willard. Soles4Souls is a nonprofit global social enterprise committed to fighting poverty through the collection and distribution of shoes and clothing. Soles4Souls aim is to eradicate extreme poverty by 2050. Children every day are prevented from attending school and adults are unable to work as walking becomes unbearable, which perpetuates the cycle of poverty. To date, Soles4Souls has collected and distributed more than 30 million pairs of shoes to those in need in 127 countries around the world and all 50 states in the U.S. “Businesses and individuals that host donation drives for Soles4Souls help us fulfill our mission by providing short-term relief and long-term solutions to global poverty,” said Buddy Teaster, Soles4Souls CEO. “Every single one of those pairs of shoes collected by our partners makes a difference in someone’s life.” Willard and her team have 40+ years of residential and commercial real estate experience. Her work is primarily focused in Jefferson and Denver counties. Cindy Willard works with first-time buyers, sellers, relocators and people upsizing or downsizing. She is a Certified Distressed Property Expert. For more information, please call (720) 933-5075, email cwillard@ remax.net or visit www.cindywillard. com. RE/MAX Alliance is located at 1019 8th St., Golden, CO 80401.

Usaj Realty is one of Habitat for Humanity’s Adopt-a-Day Sponsors, and the boutique real estate firm organizes several fundraisers and community outreach events for the organization each year. Backcountry Deli graciously donated the lunch for the day, a much needed energy boost! Since it was established in 1976, Habitat for Humanity has addressed poverty and housing on a global scale through “partnership housing.” The concept of partnership housing centers on those in need of adequate shelter working side-by-side with volunteers to build simple, decent houses. Habitat homeowners pay an affordable mortgage on their homes. Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver was established in 1979 by a group of passionate volunteers. These volunteers worked tirelessly to fundraise, acquire land, select families and manage all of the logistics to build

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Real Estate Affordable Prefab Cabin Now Accepting US Pre-Orders

One of the coolest, most affordable prefab homes we know is the DublDom series from Moscow-based firm Bio Architects, headed up by architect Ivan Ovchinnikov. The simple modern cabins range from a 280-square-foot studio (bathroom and kitchen, included) to a 1,400-squarefoot three-bedroom dwelling, with prices going for around $23,000 for the smallest model up to $100,000 for the largest. And now, after operating only in Russia for the most part, DublDom has started taking pre-orders for the United States and Europe. Above is a photo of a recently completed DublDom 2.65-01, one of a series of new layouts the company has added. Erected in what is set to become an eco-park filled with modular homes in Tula Oblast, Russia, the roughly 700-square-foot, $50,000 build was assembled in seven days on site. Clad in black metal and larch, the home maximizes open spaces with large windows and verandas bringing in the natural landscape.

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Dunkin Donuts Builds Tiny House Powered by Coffee Good news for people who really—and I mean really—love Dunkin’ Donuts: You can now stay in a Dunkin’-themed tiny home in Nahant, Massachusetts, available to rent for just $10 a night. In a perfect Venn diagram of a marketing stunt, the coffee-slashdonut chain has zeroed in on the cultural zeitgeist of experiential marketing and paired it with the insatiable hunger for all things tiny homes. We will begrudgingly admit that the 275-square-foot build from New Frontier Tiny Homes looks pretty nice. Olivia Wilde (yes, the actress) helped design the interiors with light and airy touches. Think white subway tile, wood accents, and an appropriate amount of fluorescent pink and orange accents. Amenities include a loft bed, jacuzzi tub, cedar deck, and all the teeth-rotting coffee and donuts you can ask for. To really hammer the concept home, the Dunkin’ house is powered by a generator that runs on a biofuel blend of 80 percent coffee oil extracted from coffee grounds. It’s immersive marketing on a whole new level, but you know what? It works. The tiny house is already booked solid.

Trending: Shipping Containers 300 - 600 Ft. Apartment Units We’ve seen shipping container buildings come in many many forms, and this one in Johannesburg, South Africa, is refreshingly straightforward. Architecture firm LOT-EK designed a six-story residential building from 140 upcycled shipping containers stacked on top of each other. The architects split the complex into two sections—one blue, one green—that slant outward to create a triangular courtyard between them. Residents navigate the building

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through an open-air corridor that over looks the courtyard and is also used as communal balcony. The apartments, which range from 300 to 600 square feet, are open plan with reclaimed wood floors and clean white walls. The container’s metal siding remains as the ceiling, giving the spaces an industrial feel. Though the building is faithful to the shipping container aesthetic, all of the units have slanted cut-outs, which, besides serving as very cool angular windows, create a chevron pattern that manifests across the building’s facade. www.curbed.com/ 2018/11/12/18085856/shippingcontainer-architecture-apartmentbuilding

while there are plenty of DIY plans out there, it can be hard to devote the time to transforming a utilitarian box of steel into a cozy abode. Luckily, several companies sell shipping container homes—one is even available on Amazon—that can be delivered and assembled in as little as 10 weeks. Containers typically come in two sizes, either 20 feet by 8 feet or 40 feet by 8 feet. To help you figure out which one is the perfect design for you, here are five shipping container homes you can order right this second.

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