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irst Friday on June 1 will include the huge celebration of the opening of the ArtLine. The opening will be celebrated with a block party on Lakewood Place between Reed and Pierce streets. Food trucks, children’s creative activities, a scavenger hunt, a dinosaur flash mob (yes, absolutely), live music and a bike parade are some of the wild happenings to celebrate and show off the new ArtLine. Maps of the ArtLine, including details about the art and artists will be available. Seriously, a dinosaur flash mob, too! The bright green-painted line on sidewalks – the ArtLine – guides visitors along the 4-1/2 mile route from one park with activities and artwork to the next park. Aviation Park at 1900 Teller Ave., Mountair Park at 5620 W. 14th Ave., and Walker-Branch Park at 5825 W. 16th Ave., are the parks on the ArtLine. Continued on page 4

THE ARTLINE IS NEARLY COMPLETE, with a June 1 First Friday opening planned. Signage and a bright greenpainted line on sidewalks guides visitors along the 4-1/2 mile route between three parks, packed with activities and artwork in each. PHOTO: WILL STRATHMANN

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etting out of Bosnia was like winning the Lotto – it was a one-in-a-million chance,” says Minela Ibisevic about her arrival in Denver as a refugee in 2002. “Our Bosnian community here is strong because of our shared past.” Denver’s Bosnian Muslims have a new home at 36th and Sheridan, where the community has transformed a vacant Baptist church into the Mile High Islamic Center. “About 30 Bosnian families live within a five-mile radius of the new mosque and about 275 are in Colorado,” said Nihad Poljakovic, who arrived in Denver in 2000. “We chose this location because it is central for people from Castle Rock to Boulder.” He said most of the Bosnians in Colorado are refugees, having fled the atrocities of the Bosnian War. The war started in 1992, when the government of the Yugoslav republic of Bosnia-Herzegovina declared its independence from Yugoslavia. Over the next several years, Bosnian Serb forces, with the backing of the Serb-dominated Yugoslav army, perpetrated atrocious crimes against civilians, most of them Bosnian Muslims, resulting in the deaths of some 100,000 people by 1995. Ibisevic and Poljakovic are on the board of the new mosque and Ibisevic volunteers as a youth leader. She works in finance for hospitals and Poljakovic owns a trucking company. “Lots of Bosnians own their own businesses because they are ambitious, and they have leadership and management skills,” says Ibisevic. The community bought the building in 2011 and met in the church basement until the upstairs was completed this year. The mosque’s design features two domes, a minaret and multiple arches.

“Our architect was inspired by the famous Blue Mosque in Turkey and he travelled there to study it before completing our design,” said Poljakovic. He said much of the original wooden roof structure was replaced with iron beams to support the domes. The domes are part of the structure and are open to the prayer hall inside with skylights and chandeliers. The large prayer hall has thick carpet with a pattern of hundreds of individual rectangles for worshippers to perform prayer movements. The Imam, or spiritual leader, leads daily prayers from a small alcove at the front of the room, or atop a raised platform

for special Friday prayers. Separate mosque entryways for men and women contain places, called ablution rooms, to leave their shoes and wash their feet and hands before prayer. A curtain separates the men’s and women’s areas. “We want to be clean and look our best for God,” Poljakovic said. Muslims pray five times a day, wherever they are: at sunrise, noon, afternoon, sunset and a few hours after sunset. “Spiritually, it’s about our connection to everything, including the Earth’s cycles,” Ibisevic said. Hundreds of members of the Muslim

Bosnian community gathered with neighbors of the mosque to celebrate its opening last month. “We invited about 100 of our neighbors to come over and get acquainted,” said Poljakovic. “People want to learn, to see who we are. We welcome dialogue with the larger community.” “People who learn about Muslims from the TV or the Internet tend to have misconceptions,” said Ibisevic. “We try to break the barrier of fear by encouraging them to get to know us.” Continued on page 2


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dgewater resident Kelly Shinn is seeing fewer honey bees flitting from flower to flower than she would expect during this time of year, and she’s not alone. The backyard beekeeper who prefers to think of herself as a backyard bee guardian said, “We do everything organically in our yard to provide a safe habitat for bees, because we know their numbers are dwindling.” Greg Rye, owner of Dakota Bees in Wheat Ridge, is experiencing the same diminishing bee phenomenon. “I’ve got three healthy hives in my home back yard. I go out to look at my [blossom-laden] pear tree on a warm day, and there’s not a bee on it. I don’t know where they’re going to get food, but they’re flying somewhere else and coming back.” Other than disease, Shinn believes a reason we’re seeing fewer bees in this area is due to housing developments. “Rather than having whole fields of wild flowers, their habitat is being broken up into smaller and smaller pieces, and bees have to go Continued on page 2

BEE GUARDIAN KELLY SHINN maintains bee colonies in her Edgewater backyard. PHOTO BY KEN LUTES




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NIHAD POLJAKOVIC IN THE MEN’S ABLUTION ROOM of the newly finished mosque. PHOTO BY LAURA DUNKLEE traditional dancing and food. They learn about their culture and see where their parents came from. Adults in the community teach skills to the kids that they don’t learn in school, like how to buy a house. We teach the values of the community while having fun.” Poljakovic said they want to provide a roadmap to clear thinking. “Drugs and alcohol are a primary concern and so we want to bring the youth in, rather than let them learn harmful behaviors on the street. “We’re trying to be a better community than we were and express that to the younger generations. Two generations from now they won’t remember Srebrenica. We learn to forgive but we can never forget.” get first-morning light, so they wake up and get going, but where there’s dappled light during the hottest part of the day,” Shinn said. “Make sure the hive gets enough sun during the winter that they won’t freeze. In the hot months, it’s great to have them in a spot where they receive filtered light.” “Backyard beekeepers who properly feed and include proper treatment for mites have the most success,” Rye said. Dakota Bees ( offers education classes on bee maintenance. Bees live in most climates; however, the Denver area can get unexpected cold snaps and heat waves in the spring and fall, which can affect productivity and hive well-being. Shinn is fascinated by the habitual foraging by bees. Their four wings keep them traveling at about 15 miles per hour, as they fly from flower to flower. Once their honey stomachs are full of nectar, they head to the hive. On their way home, enzymes break down the nectar’s complex sugars into simple sugars; then the honey-making process begins. “To evaporate excess moisture, bees either beat their wings or let the hive get warm enough from the sun’s heat,” Shinn said. “They magically know when there’s 18 percent water content; that’s when nectar becomes honey. They deposit the honey into beeswax combs that worker bees make from secretions of liquefied wax from glands on their undersides; then the honey is sealed inside the comb.” In a single bee’s lifetime, a worker bee makes only about one-twelfth teaspoon of honey, according to the National Honey Board ( This time of year is swarming season for bees, and Shinn hopes to find and capture a swarm for one of her backyard hives. Why do bees swarm? She said it’s how they propagate, and that when there are too many bees in the hive, they send the old queen out with half of the bees and hatch a new queen. “When we find a swarm, we slide a cardboard box underneath it and brush them into the box; a few fly away, but they pretty much stay clumped. Right before they swarm, they gorge themselves on honey and are in a kind of food coma while surrounding the queen to protect her.” People who see a swarm hanging from a fence or tree branch can contact Shinn at Earthlinks, 303-389-0085, to arrange for collection.

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ews reports in Colorado over the last few weeks were full of teachers in front of our state capital dressed in red and raising their collective voice for more school funding. A couple weeks ago (April 27), the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) released the results of the Teaching and Learning Conditions in Colorado (TLCC) survey which adds data to the concerns that teachers are raising. CDE reported that over half of the 68,000 educators in the state filled out the anonymous survey. This is the first year for the TLCC survey which replaced the TELL survey. As our mission is to see thriving schools in the Edgewater area and we hope to see all kids in the 80214 area succeed from cradle to career, this survey provides an important look into teacher working conditions and their view of the learning conditions for students. Teachers are a great source of on-the-ground intelligence of what is

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New art inspired by the character of each park and created by area artists is being installed at each park. Each park will also have a huge dinosaur-inspired and -sized piece of art installed in May. These fantastic, imagination-stirring, dinosaur-sized pieces of art must be seen to be believed. These installations are clearly art, inspired by dinosaurs. They are not dinosaur statues, though. This makes them perfect for the Art District and for the imaginations of visitors of every age. Unless weather interferes, the ArtLine is expected to be completed by the third week of May. Sidewalk murals, designed by area artists are also in the process of being added for an extra bit of fun. These murals are often games, as well as, colorful art. Checking out the murals makes walking the line between parks full of fun. Creating the ArtLine was a real group effort. A large group of volunteers and community members met to develop the ideas and plans for the ArtLine, and walked the route. Others expressed their opinions

online. Suggestions for benches, so older walkers or tired children could rest were made, for example. Lakewood mayor Adam Paul conducted two Mayor’s Walks of what was then called the Arts Loop in the fall of 2016. The suggestions made by the walkers and bicyclists on those walks contain many of the ideas that are being used in the ArtLine. The walkers suggested functional art, like benches and trash cans. Many spots now have benches and trash cans, some decorated with artwork. Participants of the Mayor’s Walks thought that parts of the walk could be more interesting with added color, texture or patterns. They would like something to do along the route, like games or interactive art. They will enjoy the sidewalk murals and the new art work. They also felt wayfaring features were needed. The ArtLine has not only the line itself, but green-and-white signs along the route. The ArtLine took time from conception to completion. The unique and stunning art, the playful activities, and the shady rests along the way make the time well-spent and the ArtLine a perfect addition to the Art District. – MAY 15 – JUNE 1&, 2018 – NEIGHBORHOOD GAZETTE



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very morning as I get ready to go into work, I’m doing so while taking care of my 10-month-old daughter Isabelle. I routinely catch myself thinking about how inspired by her I am. Working toward a better, more just, and more equitable world for her to grow up in is a big reason for the work I do under the gold dome. I am sponsoring HB18-1378, The Equal Pay for Equal Work Act, because I believe that hard-working Coloradans deserve a fair shot at economic security. I want Isabelle and all Colorado daughters to enter the workforce without the kind of discrimination we face today. Women are still being paid far less than men for the same work, and that hurts Colorado families. We must pass common sense measures to close the wage gap – not only is it the right thing to do, but it will grow Colorado’s economy by billions and help families save for the future. My new bill will make sure all qualified employees know about job opportunities when jobs are announced – not just those handpicked insiders. It will make sure companies disclose salary ranges for jobs so that employees can better advocate for what they deserve. The Equal Pay for Equal Work Act also allows people who have been discriminated against to take action and hold “bad actors” – those irresponsible corporations and companies – accountable. According to The Women’s Foundation of Colorado, women in our state earn an average of 86 cents for every dollar men earn for the same work. The numbers are worse for Latinas, who earn 53.8 cents on the dollar, and black women, who earn 63.1

STATE REP. JESSIE DANIELSON poses with her daughter, Isabelle, on the floor of the Colorado House on Equal Pay Day, April 10. PHOTO COURTESY JESSIE DANIELSON cents for every dollar earned by white men for the same work. And, the negative effects caused by the wage gap compound. Over a woman’s lifetime, she will take home an average of $500,000 to $1.2 million less in income. Let’s call it what it is: wage discrimination. Isabelle deserves better than that. Daughters across Colorado and the nation deserve better than that. It is time to demand fairness and pass the Equal Pay for Equal Work Act. Jessie Danielson represents State House District 24 in Jefferson County, and serves as Speaker Pro Tempore of the state House of Representatives. Rep. Danielson’s legislative office phone is 303866-5522. Her website is

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Prepare for Ski Season Now – Really! • Stay in control. Most of us love speed. Yet, we need to keep situational awareness of our surroundings and other skiers. It’s oloradans understand that gravity was like the highway. Even the most cautious made for skiing and snowboarding. We driver can get in an accident if the other live in the perfect place to take advantage of drivers aren’t paying attention. Give space Mother Nature's bounty in winter, with our and know your limits! perfect mountains and perfect snow. As a • Finally, get and stay lifelong skier, I understand the in shape. Yes, we just emerged drive to find the perfect carve, from winter – it’s already time the secret powder stash, and the to start thinking about the wide open groomer. 2018/19 season and make the Staying healthy and in shape commitment to be in shape. year-round is key to ensuring You can’t expect your body to that your days on the mountain perform during the ski season are pain-free and pleasurable. if you haven’t taken care of it Here are some helpful, seasonduring the off season. extending observations I've For your training plan, made as a former collegiate ski take advantage of Colorado’s racer, an avid weekend warrior and physician pool member of David Bierbrauer excellent summer weather and bike, run, hike, swim and the U.S. Ski Team. explore. Keep your core muscles engaged According to, six of and strong and increase your aerobic the top 10 most visited ski areas belong to capacity. Visualize yourself standing on Colorado. Our ski areas are becoming more that cornice overlooking an endless field of popular and more crowded. This means untracked powder. Think about how ready that risks go up as well, even though the you are because you’ve stayed in shape. rate of catastrophic or fatal injuries on the Skiing, boarding and telemarking have slopes remains relatively low, according to enriched my life beyond measure. Staying National Ski Areas Association studies. But, in shape, obeying the skier code, and using what about knee, hip, shoulder and wrist common sense have allowed me to continue injuries that can sideline you for a season? in the sport I love. I hope to live up to my What steps can you take to ensure you get to 77-year-old father’s example and have a ski or ride the whole season? long and healthy skiing career. If an injury • Wear your helmet! The NSAA does befall you, we’ve got you covered and estimates that 83 percent of skiers and will put you on the fast track to recovery. riders wear a helmet. Snowboarders should And, remember, no friends on a powder also consider using wrist guards. Several day! studies suggest a significant decrease in David Bierbrauer, MD, is an orthopedic wrist fractures in snowboarders wearing surgeon at Lutheran Medical Center. wrist guards. n By

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April Biz Mix had a great turn out! Thank you all for coming and networking. Thanks to LocalWorks for hosting the event. Great office looking over Wheat Ridge neighborhoods. Great eats and libations.

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Workshops, Opening Receptions And More This Month

Shows, Succulents, and the ArtLine in the Art District

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‘In a Previous Life’ & ‘Remnants’ Opening Reception, May 18 Next Gallery, 6851 W. Colfax Ave., Unit B, is pleased to present Barbara Gal’s exhibition, “In a Previous Life,” and Carolyn Berry’s exhibition, “Remnants,” opening with a reception Friday, May 18, from 6 to 10 p.m. Both women use photography and collage techniques to evoke memories and a sense of time and place. Visit for details.

Spring Succulent Workshop, May 24 Come gain a new appreciation of the positivity of plants in 40 West Arts’ springinspired Spring Succulent Workshop, Thursday, May 24, from 5 to 7 p.m. We will walk through the steps of repotting succulents and learn basic succulent care. All plants and materials will be provided. This workshop is open to all ages. The workshop takes place at Lamar Station Crossing, 6150 W. 13th Ave. For more information,


West Side Brewery Bike Loop, May 26 The first official West Side Brewery Bike Loop returns Saturday, May 26, at noon! Bike to WestFax Brewing Company, Joyride Brewing Company, Hogshead Brewery and Seedstock Brewery the last Saturday of each month through September for $1 off below a pint per brewery, a free beer, plus other shwag and giveaways. Roll over to each

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District Art Walk and ArtLine Block Party, June 1 Mark your calendars for First Friday, June 1 and help us #launchtheline! Join the ArtLine opening and experience interactive art, live music, creative activities, food trucks, a dinosaur flash mob (yes, we said dinosaur flash mob!) and a bike parade to unearth dinosaur art on the ArtLine. Held in conjunction with the 40 West District Art Walk, this will be an  event to remember! Have a dinosaur costume (or willing to buy or make one)? We're looking for as many 'dinosaurs' as possible to join in the fun and the flash mob. Takes place 5 to 8 p.m., throughout the district.

Visit for details.

Arts and Revelry at RMCAD – Inspire Arts Week, June 1 Community members of all ages are invited to join Rocky Mountain College of Art & Design, 1600 Pierce St., in a night of merriment and celebration of the arts, Friday, June 1, from 5 to 8 p.m. Visit our historic campus, located along the newly launched 40 West ArtLine, to enjoy food and drinks, explore our galleries, watch student performances, and get excited about INSPIRE Arts Week. For more information, visit www.

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re you ready for inspiration in the Art District? Growing plants, new shows and dinosaur flash mobs are some of the fun events coming up. If you enjoy plants, visit Lamar Station Crossing, 6150 W. 13th Ave., to learn how to repot and care for succulents. On Thursday, May 24, from 5 to 7 p.m., plants and materials will be provided to plant-lovers of all ages. You can bring a container of your choice, if you have a special pot you would like to use. Celebrate First Friday on June 1 across the district from 5 to 8 p.m. 40 West Arts, 1560 Teller St., will host a reception with beer, wine and snacks. 40 West Arts exhibit “Drawing the Line” opens on June 1 and will continue until June 23. June 1 is also the opening celebration of the district’s ArtLine, both an outdoor art gallery and district-wide walking and biking trail. The ArtLine launch will include festive activities, including dinosaur flash mobs. Lakewood Arts, 6731 W. Colfax Ave., next to Casa Bonita, will host their Annual Garden Tour on Saturday, June 24. Advance tickets are available at the gallery for $20. Tickets are $25 the day of the show and can be purchased at each garden. These are not ordinary gardens. There is a community garden with artwork. Another is a passive solar greenhouse that heats and cools itself without additional gadgets or energy. There is a garden with a koi pond, one with chickens, a xeriscape garden, and more. Call 303-980-0625 for information. Pirate Gallery, 7130 W. 16th Ave., has shows coming up that shouldn’t be missed. Through May 27, shows by Lisa

Kerns and Heather Kegel are featured. Kern’s explorations of the night sky are simply stunning. She describes her work as exploring beginnings and endings, lost and found love, and natural and supernatural. Kegel’s exhibit brings images, colors and patterns from the past into today in her ceramic art. Next Gallery, 6851 W. Colfax, opens shows on Friday, May 18. Barbara Gal’s photographs come from a lifetime love of photography. Her family members were photographers and photograph savers. She received her first camera on her 10th birthday and later taught photography. Carolyn Berry is a collector, who uses materials from nature, found objects, vintage paper and photographs to create works that encourage the viewer to call up memories or a sense of past time. Edge Gallery, 7001 W. Colfax, opens shows by Wynne Reynolds and by Katherine Johnson on May 18. Wynne Reynold’s sculpture, painting and mixed media art developed from inspiration through world travel. Katherine Johnson’s paintings are created with complete spontaneity. She invites the viewers to find their own meaning in the paintings.

West Colfax MuralFest

Join us for the 4th annual West Colfax MuralFest on Saturday, August 11th, 2018 from 11am-6pm West Colfax MuralFest is a vibrant arts festival held in 40 West Arts District each year, designed to celebrate creativity and the character of historic West Colfax. This festival features juried artists from across the country who create an outdoor art gallery of murals culminating in a one-day celebration of art, music, food, and creative activities for the whole family. Organized by the West Colfax Community Association, in association with 40 West Arts and Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design, this event highlights and embraces the artistry of the Lakewood West Colfax corridor.

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he Alamo Drafthouse Denver wraps up the spring with a variety of unique and memorable fi lms, including the May installment of the Film/STILL series, which features director Maura Axelrod’s documentary, “Maurizio Cattelan: Be Right Back” (May 16, 7 p.m.) For those fans of the comedic interplay between Will Smith and Martin Lawrence, the Alamo Drafthouse will off er two screenings on May 22. The fi rst is “Bad Boys” (7 p.m.), followed by “Bad Boys II” (9:15 p.m.). Book and fi lm lovers alike can check out the launch party to celebrate The Denver Post best-selling authors’, Josh Viola and Warren Hammond’s book “Denver Moon: The Minds of Mars.” As part of the celebration, Hex Publishers will host a special screening of “Total Recall” (June 1, 8 p.m.). Admission to the show includes one copy of “Denver Moon: The Minds of Mars” (either paperback or hardcover). A few days later, the Tattered Cover Bookstore will present John Carpenter’s 1985 fi lm, “Big Trouble in Little China.” Jim Butcher, who is a Colorado resident and #1 New York Times bestselling author, will introduce the fi lm and participate in a pre-fi lm Q&A and book signing (June 5, 7 p.m.) Forty years after the release of “The Exorcist,” its director William Friedkin explores how close his fi lm came to reality in his documentary “The Devil and Father Amorth” (June 12, 7 p.m.) Later that evening, as part of the Alamo Drafthouse Denver’s Video Vortex series, the theater will show director Godfrey Ho’s 1985 “Ninja Terminator” (June 12, 9 p.m.) The

Alamo Drafthouse describes the fi lm this way: “Imagine a VHS mix tape made by a 12-year-old with Alzheimer’s that features toy robot mercenaries, music cues from ‘A Clockwork Orange’ and a ninja hotline that is also a Garfi eld phone.” For details on these and other special screenings of films playing at the Alamo Drafthouse Denver, visit www.drafthouse. com/denver/theater/sloans-lake. ‘

Death of a Salesman’ at the Edge Beginning May 17 and running through June 3, the Edge Theater will perform Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman.” While opening night has already sold out, there are plenty of tickets available for the rest of the show’s run. At $32 per ticket, the price to experience exceptional local theater is a bargain.

Justin Newby at Gallery of Everything

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Rodents Family-Friendly Show to Benefit LifeSpark Cancer Resources The Rodents of Unusual Size return to the Grange in Wheat Ridge on June 2 for their monthly Comedy for a Cause program. The family-friendly improvisational comedy show is free, with a suggested donation of $5 or a total of $15 for families of three or more. Proceeds from the show will benefi t LifeSpark Cancer Resources. For details, visit www.coloradoimprov. com.

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The Gallery of Everything will spotlight the art of Justin Newby. Self taught, Justin continues to learn new techniques and works to improve his painting. Rich colors, complex stories, and a no-holds-barred imagination produce strong paintings worthy of discussion. Often mistaken for mere dark fantasy, Justin creates a new world on every canvas fi lled with hope, resilience, and second chances. Join us in celebrating this talented new artist. Patrons should take the opportunity to visit with photographer and digital artist Woody Hirsh on Sunday May 20, 2018 from 4:00pm to 6:00pm. The Gallery of Everything is home to 48 artists and is co-located with Red Herring Art Supply, 6719 W. Colfax Ave., open Thursday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Call 720-883-8132 for more information.


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WHAT’S HAPPENING ‘Neighborhood Gazette’ Library at Edgewater Civic Center? The Jefferson County Library Foundation and Jefferson County Public Library are offering naming rights for Jeffco residents “who wish to help provide 21stcentury library services in Edgewater’s new library, while ensuring their generosity is recognized for years to come.” In other words, if you are willing to make a generous donation, you may get to name parts of the new 10,000-square-foot library being built as part of the City of Edgewater’s new Civic Center. According to a release from the Library Foundation, “a range of naming opportunities are available for individuals, families, organizations, foundations and corporations, enabling donors to pay tribute to their relationship with Jefferson County Public Library and the Edgewater Library or to honor and recognize a milestone event or someone special in their lives.” Naming opportunities range in value from $5,000 to $50,000 and give donors the opportunity to name major areas and service offerings in the library. “Neighborhood Gazette Book Nook” has a nice ring to it, huh? Name recognition opportunities range from $1,000 to $5,000 and give donors recognition for providing access to updated technology and other library amenities. Individual donations are welcome and will be recognized on a special donor wall inside the library. Construction on the new library began in March, with the grand opening of the new library and Civic Center planned for the fall. For more information on the naming program, contact Rebecca Winning at 303-275-2203 or Rebecca.winning@, or visit Edgewater-project.

League of Women Voters Book Club Discusses ‘Independence Lost’ For those of us with the traditional concept of the Revolutionary War, that of Minutemen, Lexington, and Concord, “Independence Lost,” by Kathleen DuVal, will be an eye opener. The Jefferson County League of Women Voters Nonfiction Book Club’s May selection covers the mosaic of activity along the Gulf Coast around the time of the Revolution, outside the 13 rebelling colonies. DuVal uses composite characters to explain the role of the British loyalists, the French, Cajuns, Choctaws and other tribes, free blacks and slaves in the struggle, which resulted in major British defeats at Baton Rouge, Pensacola, and Mobile. The final meeting to discuss the book will be held Saturday, May 19, at 9:30 a.m., at Brookdale Westland Meridian, 10695 W. 17th Ave., Lakewood. All are welcome at either meeting, which are the last of this season. Book club meetings will resume in September. For more information, call Lynne at 303-985-5128, email, or visit

Enjoy a Pint and a Slice for Housing, May 21 at Right Coast Pizza Treat yourself to a Pint and Slice and help connect aging homeowners with people in need of affordable housing at Sunshine Home Share’s second fundraising event, set for May 21, 5 to 7 p.m., at Right Coast Pizza, 7100 W. 38th Ave., in Wheat Ridge. “Sunshine is growing quickly as the need for affordable housing keeps growing,” said Executive Director Alison Joucovsky. “We need home seekers and home providers and have made seven matches.” Joucovsky said the new, small nonprofit


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Spring Whale of a Used Book Sale at the Fairgrounds, June 1-3 The Jefferson County Library Foundation will host its annual Spring Whale of a Used Book Sale at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds, Friday through Sunday, June 1 through 3. The sale offers the book-buying public more than 100,000 books, DVDs, CDs and audio books at prices starting at just 50 cents. There will be a large children’s section and teachers can take advantage of half-price books all day Saturday. For more information visit

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Hot Rod & Classic Car Show is June 9 at Legion Post 17 American Legion Post 17 will hold its annual Hot Rod & Classic Car Show, Saturday, June 9, at 1901 Harlan St. in Edgewater. It’s a perfect family day to look at antique/classic cars and hot rods, and enjoy music, food, drinks and raffle prizes. All are welcome. Registration is from 8 to 11 a.m. and trophies will be presented at 2 p.m.

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he way Chuck Lautenbach looks at it, he has a great job as a volunteer at Lutheran Medical Center in Wheat Ridge. “How many people get to tell hundreds of people where they can go?” the 95-year-old Golden resident said as he received an award for his volunteering. “Nicely, of course.” Lautenbach was one of eight senior citizens honored at the Senior Heroes 2018 award presentation at the Mountain Vista Senior Living Community in Wheat Ridge on Thursday, May 10. The Seniors’ Resource Center and Jefferson County Council on Aging presented eight awards for volunteer work. Lautenbach has volunteered 12 to 15 hours a month at Lutheran Medical Center in Wheat Ridge for the past quarter-century. Debbie Anderson with Lutheran Medical Center wrote in her nomination that Lautenbach, a U.S. Army veteran, began his volunteer work as a “mailman.” “His upbeat personality led to friendships with the staff throughout the hospital, who affectionately nicknamed him ‘Chuckles’,” Anderson wrote in her nomination. “Chuck went on to oversee the daily operations of the hospital’s Blue House tea room and consignment shop ….” After the Blue House closed, Lautenbach volunteered at the info desk, Anderson added, “as he loves to be near other volunteers and

staff and help hospital visitors. Chuck loves to talk with staff and visitors and knows no strangers ....” Senior Heroes have been honored for about 17 years to bring attention to the likelihood many agencies would be hardpressed to provide services without volunteers and to recognize volunteer efforts. Each February, nominations are sought from hospitals, libraries, senior centers, faith communities, cities and retirement communities. Between 20-45 nominations are received and honorees are chosen by a group of three representatives each from the SRC and the council on aging. Judith Gordon, 79, of Golden, volunteered 12 to 15 hours a month for the last eight years at the SRC’s adult day and respite care center in Wheat Ridge. Tia Sauceda with the SRC noted Gordon presents a weekly specialized reminisce discussion group for seniors with dementia. “Judith puts much into the program by devoting thought and energy to what clients will respond to via music, special topics and getting to know each participant,” Sauceda wrote. “Additionally, Judith volunteers in the SRC kitchen with food prep and cleaning.” Marge Seyfer, 77, of Wheat Ridge, volunteered 15 to 20 hours a month with the Wheat Ridge Business Association for more than 30 years. Cheryl Brungardt with the association called Seyfer a “cheerleader for all things

CHUCK LAUTENBACH AND MARGE SEYFER WERE HONORED during the Senior Heroes 2018 award presentation at the Mountain Vista Senior Living Community in Wheat Ridge on Thursday, May 10. The Seniors’ Resource Center and Jefferson County Council on Aging presented eight senior citizens with awards for their volunteer work. Lautenbach volunteered 12 to 15 hours a month at Lutheran Medical Center in Wheat Ridge for the past quarter-century, and Seyfer 15 to 20 hours a month with the Wheat Ridge Business Association for more than 30 years. PHOTOS BY MIKE MCKIBBIN Wheat Ridge and getting others involved in the community.” “She has organized the Wheat Ridge kite festival and served as vendor chair for the Wheat Ridge carnation festival,” Brungardt wrote. “… She is known for her high energy

and is a great role model for using one’s time to benefit the greater community.” Other honorees include Geraldine “Gerry” Johansson, 93, of Arvada; Charles “Charley” Ault, 71, of Arvada; Cynthia Best, 70, of Evergreen; Sandy Graber, 67, of Arvada; Charie Platt, 84, of Lakewood; and council on aging President Cary Johnson.

40th anniversary brings challenges

May is Older Americans Month nationwide and the SRC is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. In 1978, the SRC began as part of the Jefferson County Department of Social Services. It was incorporated in 1982 as a nonprofit provider of information, services and advocacy for seniors in the metro Denver area. Its main area helps seniors who have trouble staying in their homes due to health or financial reasons. Locations are its headquarters in Denver, a Wheat Ridge adult day facility, the Yellow House in Evergreen, southwest in Littleton, the Mark T. Starr Center in Lakewood and the Johnson adult day program in Englewood. Transportation, adult day and respite care, volunteer services and opportunities, in-home care, care management, chores, mental health outreach, wellness and services for adults with developmental disabilities are offered. The over-85 population – the main demographic served by the program – is the fastest growing in the U.S., SRC President and CEO Monica Roers noted in an interview. “And as more Baby Boomers retire, those numbers will just continue to go up,” she said. “We’re seeing smaller families as well, so the numbers of seniors is growing faster than the younger populations” that have traditionally helped pay for senior services through their taxes. The SRC has a $10 million operating budget, 256 employees and 819 volunteers, Roers explained. Staff and volunteers provided “in-depth” services to 10,189 seniors in 2017, according to program figures. Roers said the SRC’s “braided funding” of government, foundations and individual donors has provided some stability over the years. “But with the federal funding questions at the moment, it’s a little more unstable,” she stated. “For now, we’ve been able to ask our other sources like foundations and the state to fill in some gaps.” Most of the SRC’s federal funding comes through the Older Americans Act, the same source as other programs that help area seniors, such as Meals on Wheels. The SRC recently began a thorough review of its services, Roers said. That includes a technical assessment to make sure services are not hindered by a lack of technology. A salary assessment will help the program stay competitive in recruiting and keeping staff as the cost of living rises. The program recently added 15 new positions for drivers, personal care and in-home providers, along with assistants for an Alzheimer’s care program, Roers said.

Neighborhood Gazette – May 2018  

The May 15 — June 17, 2018 issue of Neighborhood Gazette, serving Edgewater, Sloan's Lake, West Colfax and Two Creeks neighborhoods.

Neighborhood Gazette – May 2018  

The May 15 — June 17, 2018 issue of Neighborhood Gazette, serving Edgewater, Sloan's Lake, West Colfax and Two Creeks neighborhoods.