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Five Festivals & Fairs For Family Fun n By

Sally Griffin


he definition of a festival is “a celebration or an occasion for joy, often with a program of cultural events.” A fair is “a public exhibit of culture and particular achievement, often combined with entertainment and sale of products.” Lucky for our area, we have plenty of both. Summer is the best time for joy, celebration and fun. I know I remember how much fun my siblings and I had with carnival rides and games, parades, music, food and special treats. This year, we want to remind you of five festivals or fairs that will take place in our parks and streets.

West Colfax MuralFest The third annual West Colfax MuralFest will be Saturday, Aug. 12, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. It is held in the heart of 40 West Arts District at Lamar Station Plaza, 6501 W. Colfax Ave., in Lakewood. This plaza is home to two art galleries, an award-winning brewery, and Casa Bonita, where weekend visitors to this nationally known restaurant run in the thousands. This free arts festival features juried Continued on page 4

WEST COLFAX MURALFEST FEATURES JURIED ARTISTS CREATING AN OUTDOOR GALLERY of murals in a one-day festival with art, music, food and creative activities. It takes place Saturday, Aug. 12, at Lamar Station Plaza, 6501 W. Colfax Ave. PHOTO COURTESY 40 WEST ARTS DISTRICT

Hail’s Ripple Effect on the Community – More Than Roofs n By


Tawny Clary

ail. It is described by the National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL) as “a form of precipitation that occurs when updrafts in thunderstorms carry raindrops upward into extremely cold areas of the atmosphere where they freeze into balls of ice.” But what is it really? For Colorado, it is fear of damage costs, skepticism toward strangers doing honorable work and renewed education on how to better prepare for the next storm. For the City of Wheat Ridge this year, it is 3,360 inspections completed in the first nine weeks since the city’s largest hailstorm on record. It is six additional inspectors with 814 billable hours from the same time frame. It is 2,256 online roofing permit and inspection applications submitted in a month. (City Treasurer Jerry DiTullio shares all of this information from the bi-weekly permit report on his page, Colorado’s May 8 hailstorm takes the cake in the top 10 most costly hailstorms in Colorado with a current estimated total of $1.4 billion, according to the Rocky Mountain Insurance Information Association (RMIIA). The RMIIA explains, “Colorado’s Front Range is located in the heart of ‘Hail Alley,’ which receives the highest frequency of large hail in North America and most of the world.” Years of this kind of weather would lead us to believe we would be armed and ready for these catastrophic storms. Yet the monumental effect of hail never ceases to catch us off guard. In less than a half hour, a short-lived, but forceful army of falling hail means

businesses close due to extensive and expensive damage; employees find they have no jobs to go to the next day; residential roofs sit partially finished for days due to miscommunications and backup in available manpower. For the city and its people, a piece of hail turns into long lines with deadlines getting pushed back, frustrations and loss of patience. It turns into unanticipated

revenue costs of $968, 708.26 in just two short months since the storm, per the city treasurer. It doesn’t stop there. Each piece of hail has another purpose wrapped up inside it. It becomes neighbors helping neighbors. It becomes more job opportunities and purpose for contractors, glass and auto repair companies, rental car companies and insurance. It becomes a facelift for

neighborhoods whose property values go up with every new roof and each can of new paint followed by revived landscape and updated materials. Entire industries are there for residents and business owners in the recovery from the disruption that a little ball of ice can cause. Help comes from unexpected places. Continued on page 23


Micro Grants Available For Community Improvements n By

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A BRIGHT BENCH IS WELCOMING TO VISITORS and encourages them to sit, relax, and enjoy the district longer. PHOTO: NANCY HAHN

he West Colfax Community Association (WCCA) is providing an opportunity for your community organization, civic group or nonprofit to make a positive impact in the West Colfax community through Micro Grants. Micro Grants range from $250 to $1,500. The positive impact of a project could be something that promotes safety, improves the business climate, adds beauty, or educates. The project must, clearly, benefit for the public. Civic groups, for example, the Rotary or the Optimists and 501(c) (3) nonprofits, like the Action Center, may apply. Neighborhood organizations with great ideas (Two Creeks or Morse Park, for example) are, also, eligible. Local individuals with beneficial ideas and a willingness to see a project through may, also, apply for a grant. When you walk through West Colfax, what do you notice that you love? What do you notice that could be improved? Maybe, your group has noticed a public area with no benches or bike racks. Is there an Continued on page 2




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outreach for the past year to determine what residents want. The City of Lakewood was looking into “pioneering” an urban ranger or naturalist program if grant funds become available, she added. “We realized there’s this area of the county that’s underserved,” said Scheuch. “So we’re trying to shift that paradigm.” The focus area stretches from Wadsworth to Sheridan, in a corridor north of West 6th Avenue and south of Arvada. “It includes Crown Hill Park, yes, but not much is offered there, either,” she said. “So we decided to focus on this area because it has the least amount of resources focused on the outdoors.” Scheuch said the grant application for the GOCO grant will be submitted this month, with an decision expected in November. “If we get the GOCO grant, great, but if not, we’re getting a little more creative,” she said. Open Space will look for funding elsewhere to pursue the plan. Until the funds are secured, Open Space is working on other programs. It is partnering with GOCO’s Generation Wild Campaign, which encourages children to spend more time outdoors and connect with nature. Targeted at young families, its “100 Things to do Before You’re 12” checklist contains activities easy and hard, from digging up worms and climb a tree to climbing a 14’er and building a snow cave. The list can be downloaded from https:// that will spark imaginations, deepen understanding and encourage lifelong learning. A contest to design public art or an artistic crosswalk could involve students and beautify the neighborhood. In order to apply for a grant, your group must be willing to see the project through if you receive the grant. You must, also, be willing to provide 25 to 50 percent matching funds. The project must be for the public good. Along with your proposal, you or your group must have a letter of support from a member of the West Colfax Community Association. You must agree to notify the WCCA within 30 days of the completion of the project and send a photograph of the project. To receive the grant the WWCA must feel that your organization has the ability to complete the project. The next grant submission deadline is Sept. 1. For more information visit

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artists who create an outdoor gallery of murals. These are then celebrated in a one-day festival with art, music, food and creative activities, including: • Music by Legitimate By Friday, Land Lines, and Jolly Green Love Machine • Trolley mural tour to view murals outside of the immediate festival area • Interactive Kids Tent with street art station, mini-mural, and takeaway printing • Food Trucks, with Burgerchef, Deer Creek Pizza, Steady Smoking BBQ, WonWeyVeg, Rocky Mountain Snowflakes and Tacos El Huequito • Beer Garden with WestFax Brewing and • 12 exhibits, including, among others, sculpture, games, jewelry, leather goods and wood and metal fabrication

Blues & BBQ for Better Housing Festival The 20th Annual Blues & BBQ for Better Housing Festival is coming up! On July 29, people from throughout the Denver metro area will gather at Citizens Park in Edgewater to enjoy the best local music, craft beer and local food and to raise money for Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver. This fundraiser has donated over $172,000 towards building homes for families in need. With nine awesome local bands, local restaurants and local breweries, the festival builds community through music! The event goes from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday. Parking is available in the old King Soopers parking lot at West 20th Avenue and Depew Street. General Admission is $10 for adults, kids 12 and under are free. Tickets do not include food, that must be paid to the individual food vendors. The band line-up is: Cup A Joe, 11 to 11:45 a.m.; Wild Love Tigress, noon to 12:45 p.m.; Funk Knuf, 1 to 1:45 p.m.; Stacey T and the Big Difference, 2 to 2:45 p.m.; The

Symbols, 3 to 3:45 p.m.; My Blue Sky, 4 to 4:45 p.m.; Six Foot Joe and the Red Hot Rhinos, 5 to 5:45 p.m.; The Duke Street Kings, 6 to 6:45 p.m.; and The Austin Young Band, 7 to 8 p.m. Breweries include Edgewater’s Joyride Brewing, Boulder’s Upslope Brewing Company, Arvada’s Odyssey Beerwerks, Lakewood’s Denver Brewing Company, and Lakewood’s Westfax Brewing.

Carnation Festival The Carnation Festival is a celebration of the Wheat Ridge community since the city’s incorporation in 1969. Once named the “Carnation Capital of the World,” Wheat Ridge embraces its heritage through this spectacular event. Celebrating its 48th anniversary in 2017, Wheat Ridge Carnation Festival will be filled with food, music, culture and fun for people of all ages! The main events are held at Anderson Park, 4355 Field St., from Aug. 11 to 13. The parade takes place between Ames and Upham Streets on West 38th Avenue on Saturday, from 9 a.m. to noon. The parade is preceded at 7 a.m. by a pancake breakfast at the Grange Hall. Events include: • An expanded car show with hot rods, imports, exotics and muscle cars; • The Zoppé Circus, one of the few oldfashion, family-run, one-ring touring circus left in the U.S. • Vendor fair with food, art and specialties for people of all ages • Music that will make you want to get up and dance, including Country Jam on Friday, Throwback Saturday with a new take on old favorites, and Sunday Cruising and Classic Rock • Fireworks on Friday and Saturday night at 9:15 p.m. at the baseball field • The Annual Art League Member show will give you a chance to view and purchase fine art works from local artists • Wheat Ridge students will demonstrate their handiwork in the Student Garden Art Bench Auction. You can bid in a silent auction for these one-of-a-kind benches.

Festival admission is free, but the circus admission is $20 general, $25 VIP and children under two are free. The Spaghetti Dinner, presented by the fire department, is served from 4:30 to 8 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday. Cost is $8 for adults, $5 for kids under 12. The Chili Cook-off will be on Aug. 12 with a $5 suggested donation for public tasting. The Beer Garden will provide water and soft drinks for $1, craft beers and wine $6, and Bud and Bud Light available for $5.

Jeffco Fair & Festival There is fun coming at the Jeffco Fair & Festival, happening Aug. 10 through 13 at Jeffco Fairgrounds. Attendees are treated to interactive, engaging and traditional fun with a focus on locality to ensure there is something for everyone. Lasting four days, it is Jeffco’s biggest celebration of the summer. The Fair and Festival combines the entertainment and activities of a festival while using a fair approach to support and showcase 4-H, youth programs, equine, livestock and agricultural elements that have long been a part of Jefferson County. Events are numerous at the Fair and Festival, and select highlights include: • 4-H members Horse Show and Trail Classes and Gymkhana • 4-H animal viewing, project viewing and Rabbit Hopping and Bunny Costume Contest; • Kids Science Safari, a fully interactive children’s museum and Kids Discovery Day, that features additional activities and entertainment for the younger children • Outdoor Adventure Zone to get a taste of the active, enriching outdoor adventure we have in Jeffco • Petting Farm and Pony Rides • Professor Newton Science Show with some of the most incredible, interactive science experiments you’ve ever seen • Reptile Adventures to learn about reptiles and the important role they play in nature; • Milestone Seven VIP Wrestling Event and Pro Wrestling Event

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n Father’s Day this year, a time when fathers were looking forward to enjoying their golf game in Arvada, a moose decided to join the games. Yes, I mean that big, four-legged, dark-furred ungulate with velvety-horns, that can weigh up to 1,500 pounds. If you have ever been close-up to a moose, this sight would not have a good effect on your golf game. But the local police had experienced this before and worked with Colorado Parks and Wildlife to tranquilize and tag the young juvenile male. They, then, relocated him. Most moose and other wild animals will usually stay where they are moved to according to Jennifer Churchill, spokesperson for Colorado Parks and Wildlife. However, this moose evidently has decided that he likes the urban scene. A week later, the same moose, our urban moose, showed up at Flatirons Crossing in Broomfield, hanging out around a men’s haberdashery. After seeing how much traffic he could stop (and, trust me, you don’t want to challenge a moose with your car), he bedded down at Men’s Warehouse for several hours. This time, a veterinarian and Parks and Wildlife officers tranquilized him. After staggering around for a few minutes, he was finally loaded into a trailer. This time, his new place of residence is South Park, which in no way could be called an urban setting, but it does have female moose who might tempt him to rethink his urban ways. Before the 1980s moose were seldom seen in Colorado, particularly not in urban settings. Now the Colorado moose population has far surpassed the state’s target maximum number. While moose in Minnesota, Montana and Wyoming are dwindling, Colorado moose are thriving. There are 2,995 moose in Colorado, according to the 2016 post-hunt estimate, a 17 percent increase, and 70 live in the Front Range west and north of Denver. Moose here, along with other cold-weather species, like lynx and wolverines, have found the high altitudes to their liking. Another factor may be that they lack natural predators in Colorado’s high country. Mountain lions and black bears seem to avoid them and go for easier prey. Probably smart on the predator’s part, because a mama moose is ferocious in protecting her offspring. “They aren’t really afraid of many things because of their size,” according to Churchill. Parks and Wildlife is examining how many moose we can sustain and whether they can co-exist in close proximity to people. There is concern that moose looking for new territory may have increased conflicts with people. Particularly, if we have urban moose that prefer the city to the country. Unlike our sociable, urban moose, most moose are solitary and roam alone. With their dark fur, they blend well into the pine forests in the mountains. And they are big! As mentioned before they can weigh up to 1,500 pounds. They lack upper front teeth and use their lower teeth to consume as much as 70 pounds a day of vegetation. They swim well. Their legs seem too long for their body. For big animals, they are quite swift and can run at speeds up to 50 miles per hour. Their vision is blurry, but, they have keen ears and big noses that precisely detect smells. Long, coarse hair keeps them warm, even above timberline. Their long head, overhanging snout, and bell (the swinging flap hanging from their throat) gives them a distinct silhouette. The flattened antlers on bull moose can reach up to five feet in width. However, in younger bull moose, it is not uncommon for them to have antlers similar to those of an adult male. The moose breeding season, or rut, begins in mid-to-late September and runs through October. Both bulls and cows are aggressive during breeding season. The bulls set up territories and attract cows with low grunting sounds that can be heard for long distances. Cows give birth in May and June. If the habitat is good twins, are common and, perhaps, even triplets. Moose may live up to 20 years in the wild. According to the Parks and Recreation website, the survival rate of collared moose

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A First Aid Kit for Summer is needed. • Small tweezers and nail clippers or scissors – You never know if you will fall very summer we all look forward to into a cactus and I can tell you the tweezers outdoor fun in Colorado – camping, come in handy. swimming, hiking, kayaking, biking, four • Paper tape – I recommend this, wheeling and arts festivals. especially if you have Coban, so it does not With all these fun outdoor activities, we tear the skin and cause more need to make sure we take care injury. of ourselves and stay safe. That • Safety pins – In case means using the right equipment a fall causes a “wardrobe and being prepared to take care malfunction.” of simple injuries. Things like • Non-latex plastic gloves scrapes from falls, bites from – To protect yourself if you are bugs, and the occasional splinter tending to someone else. can turn into major issues if we • Cotton swabs – To clean don’t take proper care of them. small injuries. We all know about the • Small bulb suction major equipment like life vests device – Those blue nasal rinse and helmets, but what about Tish Landrum bulbs used for infants can be the smaller pieces of safety excellent in flushing out a wound and equipment that will let us have our fun even getting the dirt off. if minor injuries occur? • Pain reliever – I always carry ibuprofen One key thing everyone should have is a or acetaminophen, as any injury will likely good first aid kit. You can buy one of the many have some pain associated with it. pre-made kits or easily make your own. Here • Antihistamine – A bee sting or bug are several of the basics you should include in bite can cause an allergic reaction, so one a first aid kit: should always have a Benadryl or Zyrtec • Small bag – A simple Ziploc baggie type medicine in the kit. would work, or small makeup bag for most For a larger kit I recommend additional activities. items: • Waterproofing is good to have, • Instant ice pack especially for water sports. • Hydrocortisone to help stop itching of • Antibiotic cream – I usually do not bites and stings recommend triple antibiotic because it • Anti-diarrheal medicine contains sulfa, which can cause an allergic • Epinephrine pen if you have significant reaction. allergies to bees or other bugs • Alcohol wipes and hand sanitizer. If possible, have a first aid manual or take • Gauze – Both in a wrap or roll and a first aid class based on wilderness medicine some sterile gauze that won’t stick to a to learn about other procedures when other wound. help isn’t available. • Band-Aids – Carry different sizes Summer should be fun. Don’t let the minor including blister types that will help cushion things that can happen with your activities when there is rubbing in a shoe or glove. ruin your fun. • Ace wrap or Coban – Coban is a Tish Landrum, MD, is a Family Medicine stretchy type of bandage that sticks to doctor at Lutheran Medical Center and SCL itself and is best found at pet stores as pet Health Physicians. bandages. It gives compression and no tape

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he third annual MuralFest is just days away, so it seems appropriate to look at the history of murals in Lakewood. So set your way-back machine for 1926, and while it is warming up, here’s an introduction to Lakewood’s tourism economy and how it got its first outdoor mural. Plenty of murals were painted in American towns between 1880 and 1930. Many were serious and found in train stations, courthouses and schools. They were painted to remind viewers of their patriotic and hard-working pasts and to perpetuate a moral standard. And even more murals were painted on the sides of downtown commercial buildings as advertisements for cigars, saddles, sodas, flour and you name it. The painters of the serious works were called artists, and those who painted the ads were called walldogs. Both are now highly prized and the subject of historic preservation efforts. Those faded ads are known as “ghost signs.” The 1893 World’s Fair in Chicago showcased and architectural and urban design movement called the “City Beautiful.” This revolution in urban redesign transformed several major American cities over the next 25 years. Denver Mayor Robert W. Speer wholeheartedly embraced the movement and had glorious plans based on European trips. Civic Center Park and Speer Boulevard are his legacy to the Mile High City. Speer also turned the city’s attention west to the mountains to implement a park system like no other in America. In 1913, the city purchased 58 acres and five miles of rights-of-way for a road, creating the first Denver Mountain Park on Lookout Mountain. By 1926, under the leadership of Charles D. Vail, Manager of Improvements

and Parks, Denver had purchased 10,240 acres and built or purchased 87 miles of road at a cost of almost $1.2 million. Denver believed that the automobile and tourists were here to stay and the Overland Park Municipal Camp Ground at West Florida and Santa Fe avenues did a booming business in the 1920s. Over 79,000 motorists came in nearly 24,000 automobiles and autobungaloafers (think early, primitive RV) to visit in 1925. They towed “motor inns,” “gypsy vans” or packed tents. Warren E. Boyer wrote in the March/April 1926 issue of Municipal Facts, “Recreation is paramount in the thought of these nomads of the gasoline trail…. There’s much to see, they say, in the Denver Mountain Parks, before the journey continues.” We don’t know how many of these nomads traveled West Colfax Avenue on their way to the Mountain Parks. A short editorial in the Nov. 30, 1922 Colorado Transcript hoped that the 12-year old State Highway Commission would take notice of the need for a second “hard surface road” between Denver and Golden. At the time, the only road between the two cities with a hard surface was West Colfax Avenue. It was surfaced with concrete in 1916 and the traffic was getting heavier every year. Perhaps a gauge of the increased traffic are the number of gas stations on West Colfax Avenue built during the 1920s. They are elusive and hard to document as the buildings are long gone. The earliest gasoline pumps found on West Colfax (so far) were installed in 1917 at Kummer General Store, 8355 W. Colfax Ave. It was not uncommon in the pre-pump days to buy gas by the quart jar at your local general store. In 1924, the Alexander Bruce moved his family to 8224 W. Colfax Ave., and before the decade was out he built a gas station and tourist cabins.

THE OLD PARAMOUNT STATION BECAME A STANDARD OIL STATION, as late as 1940. The field is still visible. PHOTO COURTESY OF KENNETH AND FAYE MILNE Other than a local family’s reclusive photo, the Paramount Service Station once at 5201 W. Colfax Ave., appears in ads in the Fort Collins Courier newspaper. “When you are in Denver, be sure to ‘fill up’ at the Paramount stations.” Why? Because they sold “The Gas with a kick.” In the 1922 ads, there are four stations in Denver, one in Littleton, and one at West Colfax and Sheridan. The corner of West Colfax Avenue and Sheridan Boulevard had other tourist-related businesses. The notorious Silverstate Roadhouse, 5200 W. Colfax Ave., is memorialized in newspaper reports of law enforcement raids in the early 1920s. Henry Gollner built Henry’s Garage at 5246 W. Colfax Ave., in 1921. For some years he had the only tow truck in the area, and made frequent trips into the mountains to fetch disabled cars and trucks. Of these businesses only one had a mural.

There is no indication who painted the map on the east side of the old Paramount Service Station. But it’s clear why it was painted. By 1926, tourism was an important part of the community’s economic life. For the tourist, this was one of the last stops before Golden and the Mountain Parks. This mural may have been the only map some tourists might have used. From our perspective today, when politicians have us doubting the feasibility of programs for the public good, Denver’s beautification projects were part of an amazing civic program that contributed to the environment needed for these small businesses. The same environment we lost when I-70 routed traffic away from West Colfax Avenue. And the environment that local beautification projects like MuralFest help recreate. Contact Kris Autobee at



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his year’s sustainable Edgewater seminars have been so rewarding! Thanks to the familiar faces and all the new neighbors and who have been coming. And a big thanks to Amy and Jess at the Edgewater Library for hosting these community events. From green buildings to Matt Young’s creation of a carbon-neutral home, our discussions together have been informative to say the least. Lilly’s mouth-watering discussion of food systems was a big favorite so far. Although, most comments from attendees were from the up-to-date and data-driven presentation on climate change. Solar electricity and the rich history of oil marked our mid-year with a deep sense of place and hints of a sunny future. The second half of this year is lined up to offer neighbors good times and great company with seminars that inspire us to create a sustainable future. July’s seminar on electric cars and the big changes starting to gain traction in transportation will electrify those seeking curb the carbon. In August, we’ll hear from two Edgewater parents who are redefining sustainability in their homes with creativity and fresh flavors. September’s seminar hopes to teach us how to source local ingredients even when snow is covering the ground. Then, any sweet tooth will be satisfied talking about

sweeteners and local honey at October’s discussion. As the gifting season gets rolling, November’s seminar will look at consumerism and value. Year end highlights will wrap up the year as we celebrate sustainability in December! Seminars in 2017: • Jan. 17, Green Buildings and LEED • Feb. 21, A Net Zero Home by Accident • March 21, Sustainable Food • April 18, Climate Change • May 16, Solar Electricity • June 20, The History of Oil • July 18, Electric Cars & The Transportation Revolution • Aug. 15, The Reimagined Table • Sept. 19, A Locavore Winter • Oct. 17, Sugar, Honey and Sweet Stuff • Nov. 21, Sustainable Gifting • Dec. 19, Year End Highlights & Celebration The Sustainable Edgewater Seminar Series meets in the Edgewater Library from 7 to 8 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month. Come to meet your neighbors and learn about sustainability. Hope to see you there! K. Xerxes Steirer, Ph.D. Applied Physics, is a scientist working on sustainable energy technologies and education at Colorado School of Mines. He is a family man, an urban farmer and a proud resident of Edgewater.

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olorado peaches are making appearances at farmers markets and road stands. Zucchinis are popping up in gardens and readily available at HEALthy Edgewater’s Neighbor to Market program, as well. Bring these two Colorado summer darlings together with a simple kiss on the grill and an herby dressing to finish. The herbs can be mixed and matched depending on what is abundant in your garden. If you want to bring your produce to sell or donate to the Neighbor to Market program or volunteer to help us sell, please reach out to 

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Heat a grill on high heat. Slice the zucchini in half lengthwise. Slice again on the diagonal into half-moon shapes. The goal is to have the shape similar to what the peach slices will be. Dip the zucchini slices in a splash of olive oil on a plate, then sprinkle slice each with a pinch of salt and pepper. Reduce the heat of the grill to medium-high. Spread the slices on the grill and sear on each side for about 3 to 6 minutes until charred grill marks appear.  Cut the peaches in half and remove the pit. Dip in the olive oil. Place cut side down on the grill and sear until grill marks appear and then remove.  As these items grill, place the lemon juice, fresh herbs and chopped garlic in the a blender. Pulse together until broken up. Add the remaining olive oil and pulse until well combined. Season the dressing with the remaining salt and pepper. Taste.   Slice the grilled peaches into thin slices. Alternate the zucchini slices between the peaches on a serving dish. Gently drizzle the herb dressing across the top. For more recipes from Lilly, visit www.//





A Little History of the Festival, Flower and Farmers

Every August in Wheat Ridge there’s a community shindig for a few thousand of the city’s closest friends. The party, The Wheat Ridge Carnation Festival, is nearing the half-century mark – and is one of the longest running festivals in Colorado. The festival derives its name from the post-World War II period when Wheat Ridge was home to a thriving carnation industry. The last carnation grower in Wheat Ridge phased out their operation in 2008. The event has changed and grown, but has always been a free locally driven and family-friendly

The city of Wheat Ridge was incorporated and officially became a city on Aug. 15, 1969, and a festival was born.

event. In 2016, there were around 30,000 attendees at Anderson Park. Now a three-day festival, it attracts residents and visitors from around the state. The festival is and has been a long-time of supporter of many local Wheat Ridge focused nonprofits, service clubs, as well as student and senior organizations. All monies generated by the festival go to these local entities or back into the costs of the festival itself. The festival is a registered nonprofit with the state and is managed and ran by a board of Wheat Ridge volunteers. The city of Wheat Ridge was incorporated and officially become a city on Aug. 15, 1969. In honor of the city’s birthday, the area’s agricultural history (the Wheat Ridge High School sports teams are the Farmers) and carnation production, a festival was born. The carnation flower has its own lengthy history. The scientific/Latin name is Dianthus Caryophyllus, which translates into Flower of Zeus or Flower of the Gods. The carnation is one of the world’s oldest cultivars. It’s first mentioned in ancient Greek literature, as growing on hillsides. Colorado’s abundant sunshine made for a nearperfect place to grow carnations. Carnations need ample sunlight. Wheat Ridge is close to Denver and provided the needed space for greenhouses. In the 1960s, the city had 32 different carnation growers and sent flowers to the White House every Monday morning. The bouquet was displayed in the front foyer with a card stating: “With compliments to our nation’s capital, Wheat Ridge Colorado, Carnation City,” per the Wheat Ridge Historical Society.

The city’s moniker as being the “Carnation City,” prompted a group of people to organize an official agricultural and floricultural weekend celebration. Thus, the Carnation Festival and Parade become an annual tradition, first held on 38th Avenue. The parade remains on 38th Avenue, with a brief hiatus to 44th Avenue at one point. The parade over the years has featured floats with mounds of carnations from the local growers. The greenhouses are gone, but the connections to the past remain. The world now receives its carnations primarily from South America. The festival itself has had a few sites since the beginning, until finding its present home at Anderson Park. Like so many traditions, occasions and festivals, finding the exact origins of the festival and historical specifics are as steeped in unknowns as the carnation flower itself. So many of the city’s founders and festival originators have passed – but their legacy continues. –Cyndy Beal

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The circus is coming to town! Sadly, not many of us will hear these words, now that the Ringling Brothers and other touring circuses have shut down permanently. Fortunately, for circus-lovers living in or visiting Colorado, the Zoppè Family Circus will perform under their Big Top Veneto. (Veneto is what this sixth generation of the Zoppè Circus Family christened their big top tent, in honor of the Italian town from which the family hails.)

A favorite among Carnation Festival-goers, Zoppè Circus is celebrating its 175th year anniversary of the family-run circus. Among the 54 individuals who make up the company of circus performers coming to Wheat Ridge are 10 blood relatives of the Zoppè family. “We are the classic circus in America today,” said Giovanni Zoppè, who now runs the Zoppè Circus. “We’re a complete circus, but we are what a circus was in the 1800s. That goes along with the costumes, music, and style of show…. Everything we do takes you back to 1800s.” Zoppè likens Zoppè Circus to Christmas. Just as Christmas comes every year, with different presents under the tree, the Zoppè Circus also comes every year and brings different acts. Zoppè says this will be the freshest show they’ve performed in the past 10 years. Among the new acts is a bareback-riding performance from Zoppè’s sister Tosca. According to Zoppè, Tosca, who has been an amazing bareback rider since she was born, will create their father’s classic bareback riding act. Another new act, features four-to-five horses abreast, with a human pyramid of six-to-eight people on top of them. “This is not an act you can see in America today,” says Zoppè. The circus also will introduce an act this year that features a bicyclist riding around the sides of sides of a large bowl-shaped apparatus. The apparatus is 15 feet at the top and 10 feet at the bottom. As the bicyclist rides, the bowl goes up about 35 feet

and continues to move. By the way, this “bowl” has a large hole in the middle of the bottom. Zoppè explains that this riveting act, which is 120 years old, has not been performed in at least 65 years. He felt it was time to introduce the act to modern-day circus-goers. The Zoppè Circus’s performances will be Friday, Aug. 11, at 4:30 and 7 p.m.; Saturday, Aug., 12, at 1, 4:30 and 7 p.m.; and Sunday, Aug. 13, at 1 and 7 p.m. Tickets for each performance are $20 for general admission (bleacher seating), $25 for VIP (chair seating) and free for children 2 and under. The shows sell out quickly, so it’s a good idea to purchase your tickets soon. –Elisabeth Monaghan

Zoppè Family Circus will perform under their Big Top Veneto all three days of the Carnation Festival: Friday, Aug. 11, 4:30 and 7 p.m.; Saturday, Aug., 12, 1, 4:30 and 7 p.m.; and Sunday, Aug. 13, 1 and 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 bleacher, $25 VIP (chair), and kids 2 and under. Visit for information and tickets.

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Musical acts perform throughout the Carnation Festival on the Main Stage: Friday, Aug. 11, 5:30-11 p.m.; Saturday, Aug. 12, 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; and Sunday, Aug. 13, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Free.

Colorado Favorites Rock the Stage, All Festival Long The energy and excitement between a live band and the audience is always magical, but when you add the thrill of homegrown music, the community really snaps to attention. There’s a huge sense of pride in actually knowing the people on stage and sharing the music our friends and family perform. That pride of ownership takes the stage of the 48th Annual Wheat Ridge Carnation Festival. A variety of musical styles – country, rock, blues and even something called “greengrass” – calls to music lovers of all genres, and each band hails from the Centennial State. Acts this year include Austin Young, Buckstein, Silver and Smoke, Wild Mountain, Rachel and the Ruckus, the Delta Sonics, Swerve, and Jim Jam Jimmy. Carnation Festival Music Coordinator Stefany Garner said she and her committee intentionally chose bands that would appeal to a wide audience and have a local following. “We look for people who have been in the community and played at the festival before and everyone loved,” Garner said. “We try to have a little something for everybody.” The festival, does, however, host some more renowned names as well. Acts such as Austin Young and Buckstein have received national attention and recording contracts. “We wanted to have these bigger bands play, especially for the opening night so that we could get the crowd really excited for the weekend,” Garner said. “And we wanted to have something for everybody, no matter what your musical tastes are. These artists have songs that appeal to someone who loves lots of different styles of music.” Whether a passerby is strolling through the vendor booths or a family is enjoying the carnival, the sound of the music will fill the air. It enhances the overall festival experience and complements other festivities such as the fireworks display, NASCAR Furniture Row show or EuroBungy circus. “It’s nice to have something that everybody can come together and enjoy with a beverage or food and just hang out,” Garner said. “Music is something that brings everyone together. It’s something that people can relate to. It’s something that brings life to the festival.” There is no charge for admission to the music acts at the Carnation Festival. “We look forward to everyone coming out and just enjoying themselves,” Garner said. “They really are going to get to see some of the bigger bands like Austin Young Band and Buckstein that they may not get to see for free anywhere else.” –Gwen Clayton

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FRIDAY, AUG. 11 • Main Stage 5:30 to 7:15 p.m. AUSTIN YOUNG BAND Hailing from Colorado Springs, Austin Young Band brings their high energy, guitar based blues rock to Wheat Ridge for the Carnation Festival Aug. 11. Young has built a local, statewide and national reputation for his fiery guitar licks, soulful sounds and crowd-pleasing experience, making sure each show is personable and memorable to anyone within earshot. While traditional blues remains the backbone of his music, Young makes his music stand out by adding elements of contemporary rock, jazz, and gospel. The Austin Young Band has released two studio albums containing original music:, Blue as Can Be in 2013 and Not So Simple in 2016. Young was named Best Guitar Player in 2012 thru 2015 from the Colorado Blues Society Listeners Choice Awards. 7:45 to 9 p.m. and 9:30 to 11 p.m. BUCKSTEIN The 6’4” American Idol contestant Matt Buckstein keeps busy these days crooning his bass-baritone voice as lead singer of the country/rock band that bears his name – Buckstein. The band is a favorite at the Grizzly Rose, and even did a professionally produced video for a song he wrote about the Mile High honkytonk. Showmanship and stage presence are part of the group’s persona. Buckstein himself studied theater in college, earning his BA from California State University, Fullerton. He made it as far as the finale on Season 5 of American Idol, and then returned to Denver to pursue music. Since then, Matt and his band have toured throughout Colorado and the Midwest region, sharing the stage with Charlie Daniels, Dustin Lynch, Old Dominion, Eli Young, John Michael Montgomery, Mark Chesnutt, and many others. He’s also a regular guest on Denver country station KYGO 98.5 FM. Buckstein is set to release a five-song album titled “Country Side” this year.

Saturday, Aug. 12 • Main Stage 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wild Mountain Wild Mountain is a Colorado-based Celtic bluegrass band formed in 2016 with multi-instrumentalist/ composer Mike Nile, violinist Renee Fine, banjo player/ guitarist David Potter, lead vocalist Sarah Jones, bass player Dave Sweeney and percussionist John Ware. The band’s debut album “Greengrass” was recorded at Grapevine Studios in Wheat Ridge, Colorado and was produced by Nile and Neale Heywood of Fleetwood Mac fame. 1 to 3:30 p.m. DELTA SONICS Local blues band Delta Sonics can frequently be found playing the main room of Clancey’s Irish Pub

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in Wheat Ridge. Led by singer and harmonica player Al Chesis, the band has been entertaining audience and winning awards since the 1990s. They have opened for many nationally known blues artists, including Junior Wells, Taj Mahal, Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, The Radiators, the Fabulous Thunderbirds, Tommy Castro and Charlie Musselwhite. Most recently, The Delta Sonics have also backed Steadyrollin Bob Margolin , Big Bill Morganfield, Bo Diddley (2004), and Pinetop Perkins on their recent club and festival performances in Colorado. 4 to 5:30 p.m. SILVER AND SMOKE Silver and Smoke is a western rock/blues band from Denver comprised of Ty Bray on vocals and guitar, Dino Ianni on lead guitar and saxophone, Diego Valenzuela on drums, and Rick Brown on bass.​The diverse sound of their songwriting and performance includes blues, classic rock, soul, folk, country, alt rock, pop, ska, punk, bluegrass, jazz, and classical. The formed in 2015 and have since released a debut EP titled “Workhorse” in March 2016 and four months later came out with another EP called “Marking Time.” The band has toured extensively along the West Coast and have shared the stage with The Mavericks and Asleep At The Wheel. The band is currently working on a third album. 6 to 7:30 p.m. RACHEL AND THE RUCKUS Rachel and the Ruckus bring their blues/rock/funk to Wheat Ridge from Boulder. Singer/keyboard player Rachel Alena leads the band comprised of guitarist Alec Sims, bassist Vince Carmellini, saxophonist Andrew Vogt and drummer Jimmy Yozell. Alena grew up in Los Angeles, listening her parents’ band. Her father played guitar with classic bands, such as the Ronettes and the Crystals, and he was an original member of Phil Spector’s ‘Wall of Sound.’ Rachel moved to Colorado in 2000 and formed Rachel and the Ruckus in 2010. 8 to 9 p.m. and 9:30 to 11 p.m. SWERVE Denver-based Swerve covers modern country and classic rock tunes that keep the dance floor jamming with what they call “redneck yuppie biker party music.”

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‘Rockin’ Carnations’ More Than ‘Just a Parade’

Parades in the U.S. date back a long way: Pequot Lakes, Minn., claims the first parade in the U.S. took place when legendary Paul Bunyan – circa 1834 – moved logging camps from old locations to new by sledding a stream of buildings over snow on skids pulled by the Great Blue Ox. The first parade on record was a St. Patrick’s Day Parade held in New York City in 1762. Completing the top four most anticipated annual parades in the U.S., the Mystick Crew of Comus society held the first Mardi Gras Parade in New Orleans in 1856, the Valley Hunt Club’s first Tournament of Roses Parade was held in Pasadena in 1890 and the “World’s Largest Store”

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staged the first Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City in 1924. Following a long line of firsts, 2019 will mark the 50th consecutive year of the Wheat Ridge Carnation Festival Parade held to commemorate the first year of the city’s founding in 1969. The 2017 Carnation Festival Parade is the first to have a theme: “Rockin’ Carnations.” Recently, chaired for 12 years by Steve Keller (husband of Moe Keller, former Wheat Ridge City Council member, as well as House District 24 and Senate District 20 representative) and, currently, chaired by Leah Dozeman, assisted by festival board member Ruth Baranowski, the parade functions as one of the most visible way the city honors service groups, local schools and businesses, the fire and police departments and local, state and national politicians and candidates as well as church groups and hobby clubs, including auto, horseback riding, biking, walking, martial arts, cheerleading and dance. The parade also honors distinguished residents by selecting a Grand Marshal, Count and Countess who serve as royalty and ride in convertibles along the parade route. Optimist Ron Benson will be the Parade Announcer. Engaging residents in all aspects of the parade is a main goal of the 2017 parade. Community groups and individuals who want to participate need to register online by Tuesday, Aug. 1, to secure one of 80 total spots. On the day of the parade, two resident judges will randomly select three attendees from the crowd to help judge the winning entries in the categories of Best Marching Band, Marching Unit, Musical Group, Business, Vehicle and Float as well as Most Creative and the Community Award.

This year, even the commemorative plates given as awards were selected from local artists’ designs. Shirley Nakamoto of the Wheat Ridge Art League submitted the winning design. Parade winners, royalty, the city and the Carnation Festival board will receive plates at the Awards Ceremony at the Saturday evening concert from 7:20 to 7:50 p.m. The parade runs Saturday morning from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. With staging from Ames to Depew streets, the route continues to Upham Street along West 38th Avenue. Dominick Breton and The Grange board will serve a $7 donation Pancake Breakfast at The Grange from 7 to 9 a.m., with parking available in front of Wheat Ridge Cyclery and at Stevens Elementary. Additional parking is available along the side streets of the parade route. The Festival Board welcomes everyone in the community and surrounding communities to join in the celebration of Wheat Ridge. –Vicki Ottoson

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This year’s Carnation Festival carnival, spreading across the south side of Anderson Park, will have more of our favorite carnival games and carnival rides than ever. Of course, there will be endless concessions with funnel cakes, corn dogs, cotton candy and other favorite carnival foods. “What’s not to love about a carnival?” commented Leah Dozeman, Secretary and Parade Chair of the Carnation Festival. “They have rides that are just right for kids of all ages, for teens, and for thrill-seeking adults, too. My son really enjoyed the

fun houses last year.” Young guests will enjoy the inflatables. There will be bubble balls this year, too. Bubble balls are giant inflatable balls that fun-lovers climb inside of and use to walk on water. A Euro Bungee will be available for guests to try, also. Carnival rides vary from $1 to $5, but an unlimited daily pass is available for $20. Parents always enjoy watching children rush onto a ride and climb off laughing. If the next words they hear are, “Can we go again? Please, please?” purchasing a wristband allowing a day of endless rides may be a great choice. The fireworks show at this year’s 48th Carnation Festival will be bigger and better, also. Both Friday and Saturday nights at 9:15 p.m., two graduates of Wheat Ridge High School will orchestrate an amazing fireworks show. Two days before the festival, Steve Shriber and Jeff Hendricks of Firestorm Pyrotechnics will bring the fireworks over Loveland Pass, because a semi-truck full of fireworks can’t go through the tunnel. When Shriber was growing up in Wheat Ridge, he loved every firework show. Eventually, he began saving his money and driving to Wyoming to buy fireworks – a lot of fireworks. He then returned to Wheat Ridge and sold fireworks to his friends. After years in school and in the aerospace industry, Shriber and Hendricks began Firestorm Pyrotechnics in Springville, Utah. Firestorm Pyrotechnics produces choreographed shows combining music and fireworks. Hendricks designed the computer system

to create the complex coordination of each show. The timing and matching of music and multifaceted fireworks displays are what draws the ooohs and aaahs at every show. Once the 100 shows for Firestorm Pyrotechnics on the Fourth of July and the Carnation Festival are over, Shriber and Hendricks still cannot sit back and relax. There are still many, many events with fireworks scheduled for Firestorm throughout the year. Each show requires building the music and fireworks choreography for that show. Shriber continues to build on the computer programming for choreography. Hendricks has a yearly buying trip to China, because he still loves fireworks! There will certainly be food, fireworks, and fun that we can all enjoy at the 48th Carnation Festival! –Nancy Hahn

The Carnival is staged on the south side of Anderson Park during the Carnation Festival: Friday, Aug. 11, 4-11 p.m.; and Saturday, Aug. 12, noon-11 p.m. Purchase rides for $1-$5, or get a daily pass for $20. Firework shows start 9:15 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 11, and Saturday, Aug. 12. Free.

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Chili & Spaghetti, Beer & Wine, and Much More Did you know that carnations are as sweet as they are beautiful? Not all flowers are edible, but the carnation, which is one of my favorites in flower arrangements, offers a unique flavor that enhances the look and taste of salads or desserts. But as tasty as carnations are, the 2017 Carnation Festival will focus on other, more substantial food options for you and your family to enjoy. On Aug. 12, for the seventh year, there will be a chili cook-off. If you have never been to a chili cook-off, you are in for a treat. This is a charity event

sponsored by Wheat Ridge Poultry and Meats and sanctioned by the Colorado Chili Pod branch of the Chili Appreciation Society International (CASI). The donations will benefit the Wheat Ridge Community Foundation. Entry fees for cooks are $15 for red or green chili; $20 for both. There are trophies and prizes for the top three cooks in both the red and the green categories, with one overall People’s Choice. There’s a $5 suggested donation for the public tasting, with children younger than 6 free. In the area just north of the carnival rides in the soccer fields, the public can taste and vote for their favorite chili from noon to 3 p.m., with winners announced at 3:30 p.m. For further details or to enter, contact Tim Berland at 303-995-2806 or The Carnation Festival Beer Garden, despite the name, will offer a wide variety of beverages for the entire family. They will have two locations: one in the beer garden near the Main Stage, the other in the center of the Food Court. Water, diet and regular soft drinks are available for $1 each. Beer and wine will be available for adults. The Rotary Club has teamed up with Budweiser and Breckenridge Brewery to offer a great selection of beers. In addition to Bud and Bud Light on-tap, the craft beers include Agave Wheat, Mango Mosaic, Avalanche and IPA Lucky U. Craft beers and wine are available for $6 each and Bud and Bud Light for $5. This is the only major fundraising event for the Wheat Ridge Rotary each year. Funds gained at the festival remain in the community by way of scholarships and funds to local non-profit organizations.

The food event that has been around the longest, and is so big that it has its own tent, is the Spaghetti Dinner. A benefit for the Colorado Professional Firefighter’s Foundation, two dozen volunteers from West Metro Fire Rescue work in shifts to feed the crowds. “Last year the festival donated $500 to the Foundation,” said West Metro’s Anthony DiTullio. “The spaghetti dinner has always been a well-known component of the festival, especially now that we serve for both evenings.” The dinner takes place on both Friday and Saturday from 4:30 to 8 p.m., in the tent located in the Food Court, close to the Beer Garden. Prices are $8 for adults and $3 for kids. –Sally Griffin

The Chili Cook-Off is held on the soccer fields, north of the carnival site, Saturday, Aug. 12, noon-3 p.m. Suggested donation of $5 for tasting; 6 and under free. The Beer Garden and and Food Court are open Friday, Aug. 11, 4-11 p.m.; and Saturday, Aug. 12, noon-11 p.m. Food and beverages will be available Sunday, Aug. 13, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. The Carnation Festival Spaghetti Dinner is served in its own tent on two nights: Friday and Saturday, Aug. 11 and 12, 4-8 p.m. Adults $8. Kids $3


Student Garden Bench Auction, Art Show Are Back After a successful debut last year, the Student Garden Art Bench Auction and student art show will again be part of the Carnation Festival. Art departments of participating local schools have decorated garden benches for the fundraiser. Volunteers will haul them to the Festival grounds Thursday afternoon, arrange them for display and set up bidding sheets. Like last year, the benches will be displayed in the front area to the east of the circus tent. The bidding opens on Friday from 4:30 to 8 p.m., and continues Saturday from 4:30 to 8 p.m. – the

Bidding for the Student Garden Bench Auction takes place Friday, Aug. 11, 4:30 to 8 p.m., and Saturday, Aug. 12, 4:30 to 8 p.m., in front of the circus tent.

highest bid on each bench wins. Winning bidders can pick up their benches on Sunday between 2 and 7 p.m. Proceeds go directly to each school’s art department. To promote their schools, kids are encouraged to take selfies in front of their school’s bench and post them on their school website, Wheat Ridge Education Association Facebook page, or the Carnation Festival Facebook page. The student art show runs concurrently with the three-day Carnation Festival Art League Exhibition, inside the Anderson Building. Exhibition times are Friday, Aug. 11, 4 to 10 p.m.; Saturday, Aug. 12, noon to 10 p.m.; and Sunday, Aug. 13, noon to 4 p.m. New this year is a “school row” next to the picnic tables, where each school can pitch a tent promoting itself – information only, no fundraising or sales allowed, however. The showcase is open for viewing Friday and Saturday only.

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The Best-Kept Art Secret in Town It’s been said that art is never an extravagance but if hanging an original on your wall has seemed out of reach in the past, it’s just one reason to head to the Wheat Ridge Art League’s three-day exhibition during the Carnation Festival. More than two dozen members of the Wheat Ridge Art League are exhibiting their best pieces – watercolor, oils, pastels, pencil, abstract, modern, still life. It’s all there this year, and many, though not all, works of art will be for sale with prices ranging in affordability that makes it easy for a beginning collector to pick up a piece, and hard for a seasoned

What’s that sound? That’s the sound of engines revving up for this year’s car show. After nearly a decade of absence from the Carnation Festival, the car show makes a comeback this year at Mach speed. And they saved the best for last!

The Wheat Ridge Art League Exhibition is on display during the Carnation Festival at the Anderson Building at Anderson Park, 4355 Field St.: Friday, Aug. 11, 4-10 p.m.; Saturday, Aug. 12, noon-10 p.m.; and Sunday, Aug. 13, noon-4 p.m. Free.

one to resist. “This is the best kept secret in town,” said Juanita Gutierrez, Chairwoman of the Wheat Ridge Carnation Festival Art Show. While the art show is not a juried event, one in which an artist submits a piece to be accepted by a board, this is a members-only show. The Art League, organized in 1974 and now in it’s 47th year, has more than 40 members, with most, if not all, hailing from Jefferson County, according to Gutierrez. Artists pay a nominal $30 annual membership fee and together contribute to fulfilling the purpose of league, which is “To pursue the study of the arts, to encourage originality, and to provide members with the opportunity to obtain public recognition.” The league offers its members a visiting artist demo during the monthly meetings, in addition to other workshops and of course, the Carnation Exhibition. The Carnation Festival serves as the league’s exclusive art show. Throughout the year, member artists may be on exhibit at any one of the seven regular exhibit spaces around Wheat Ridge, Arvada, and the Highlands, including the Arvada Motor Vehicle Department at 6510 Wadsworth and the Wheat Ridge Municipal Building. The league commissions a judge to present awards to members for their show submissions, from Best in Show to Honorable mentions, and fulfilling the league’s mission to offer its artists, from ametuer to professional, the opportunity to earn recognition for their artwork. This year’s judge is Colorado-based artist Tracy Wilson. In addition to the annual exhibition, the League

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Car Show Revs up to Make Comeback

The Carnation Festival Car Show takes place Sunday, Aug. 13, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., in the heart of the festival grounds.

Hoods will be up, paint will shimmer and cars will be decked out. This event rolls in (loudly) on Sunday, the final day of the Carnation Festival, and can’t be missed. Cars will be parked in the grass right in the heart of festivities – surrounded by food trucks, vendors, the main stage and more. You can also expect special appearances by Furniture Row Racing and Mack Trucks. So it’s guaranteed there will be enough eats, entertainment and activities for everyone in the family. Speaking of family, make sure you stop by and say hello to Carnation Festival Chairman, Joe DeMott who will be showing off his love of cars through his family heirloom – a 1957 Chevy bought new by his grandfather. Handed down through the generations, even the original interior remains! DeMott and other car enthusiasts on the board have ensured plenty of space for the car show with up to 300 spaces available. While there will be plenty to gawk over, there will also be contests among the different car classifications. Custom-made trophies will be handed out for multiple categories including one for each car class, a People’s Choice Award and more. There will be a range of car classifications, such as Stock class vehicles to pre-war hot rods, muscle cars to exotics, and even air-cooled for Volkswagens and

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collaborated with the Carnation Parade Committee in announcing a first-ever commemorative plate design contest. Traditionally, the first place parade winner is awarded a commemorative plate designed by a selected local artist. For the first time, the committee called on local artists and designers to submit a piece that reflects the theme of this year’s parade: Rock-n-Carnations. All submissions will be displayed during the art show. The Carnation Festival Art League Exhibition offers the public the opportunity to experience art and interact with local artist on an intimate level, explained Gutierrez, underscoring the value to the public in obtaining their own original artwork. “We have some really wonderful artists here,” she said. “Why not have a real piece of art?” –Jennifer Duc

vintage Porsches. Whatever the classic/vintage car type, this show is sure to have a category for it. Vehicles can be registered online at www. and those who enter will receive a “grab-bag” full of goodies including food and beverage vouchers to be redeemed at the festival. Early registration is $15 online and will be $20 to register on the day of the event. So, it’s time to start polishing up those classics (as if you don’t already) and get them ready to shine at this year’s Carnation Festival. –Tawny Clary






Every year the festival honors those in the community who have made a positive contribution in Wheat Ridge.

Festival Royalty for 2017 Every year the festival honors those in the community who have made a positive contribution through active participation or service in Wheat Ridge. This year is no exception. Grand Marshals: The Pettit Family This year there are a nine grand marshals, which represent three generations. Walter and Carole Pettit, (both retired) graduated from Wheat Ridge High School. They raised two children in Wheat Ridge, Jennifer Starkovich, and David Pettit. They have three grandchildren Ava, Sam and Lily. Walter and David are both active members of the Rotary Club and on the Carnation Festival Board. Walt has been part of the Carnation Festival for 40 years. Beginning in 1963, Walt was as a board member of several local water and sanitation districts. He later was hired as manager of the Wheat Ridge Water District. He has served on many boards and commissions including the Mayor’s Economic Round Table, (Mayor Dan Wilde), the Richards-Hart Estate Advisory Board, and currently is on the Wheat Ridge Urban Renewal Authority, (aka Renewal Wheat Ridge), the Wheat Ridge Business District, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Wheat Ridge Sanitation District. The Pettit family welcomes everyone to attend the festival, “and above all have a good time.”

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Count: Dominick Breton Dominick Breton has lived in Wheat Ridge his entire life. He was born at Lutheran Medical Center and attended local schools – Stevens Elementary, Wheat Ridge Middle and graduated from Wheat Ridge High School. He presently works as a manager at Safeway. Dominick’s community participation is long-standing and abundant. He is a former Boy Scott Troup Master of local troop 240. He regularly volunteers for Local Works. He is the current president of the Wheat Ridge Kiwanis Club, and the program director for the Wheat Ridge Grange. This year he has become part of the Carnation Festival Board, as well. The Wheat Ridge Grange is celebrating its 100year anniversary this year. It will be having its Annual Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, Aug. 12, from 7 to 9 a.m., at 3850 High Court, right before the parade. “I am honored to live in such a great community,” he said.

Countess: Wanda Sang Wanda Sang has lived in in area now known as Wheat Ridge most of her life. She moved to the area when she was seven years old. Wanda is a Wheat Ridge High School graduate, and has been an active and involved member in the community for 34 years. She is retired from the work world, but continues to volunteer and participate in various capacities. She first served as City Clerk in 1982 and was re-elected multiple times through 1999. She was elected to and served on City Council 2003 through 2008. She is now presently serving on the Election Commission. “I want only the best for Wheat Ridge and its citizens. I have made so many wonderful friends over the years and feel very humble to have this honor bestowed upon me,” she said. –Cyndy Beal

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dgewater’s Joyride Brewing Company celebrated three years of doing business with a street party along West 25th Avenue on Saturday, July 15. Live music was provided by seven bands while three food trucks provided delicious food pairings. Joyride collaborated with Elk Mountain Brewing, Little Machine Beer and Hogshead Brewery on anniversary beers for the event. Proceeds from the beer sales went to Edgewater Collective’s work with the local schools.

Check Out Reimagined Table’s Podcast on Joyride Three years ago the doors opened at Joyride Brewing, bringing our city of Edgewater together through creative craft brews. Despite not knowing if a single person would show up when they launched in 2014, our city and surrounding neighborhoods have kept them busy with more growth in the first year than the founders Dave Bergen, Grant Babb and Brent Smith anticipated would happen in five. But, what is the story behind this business that started with tasty brewed experiments in an Edgewater basement? Lee Stiffler-Meyer and myself sat down with Grant and Dave on the Reimagined Table podcast to ask about their history, creativity,

and their passion for our community, including why they are growing their pub in our city and not through beer distribution. They also share why Colorado is such a hotspot for beer – it isn’t simply because a cold brew is so delightful in front of a Sloan’s Lake sunset after a day of hiking. Speaking of sunsets, we find out if that promised rooftop is actually coming our way! You can listen to the Reimagined Table podcast by visiting https://reimaginedtable. –Lilly Steirer


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NEXT Gallery Opening Reception, July 21 NEXT Gallery, 6851 W. Colfax Ave., throws an opening reception for two new exhibitions on Friday, July 21, from 6 to 10 p.m. “This is not a duck” will feature artist Cedric Chambers with his series of metamodern paintings of rubber duckies alongside artist Pam Farris, whose “iworry” show is a series of renaissance inspired mosaics. With live mandolin music and free gumbo and finger foods for the first 50 patrons, this reception is not-to-be-missed. Visit for more information.

Macramé Workshop at WestFax, July 29 WestFax Brewing Company, 6733 W. Colfax Ave., is the venue for a 40 West Arts Craft & Craft macramé workshop,

Saturday, July 29, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Macramé is the art of knotting cord in patterns to create decorative home goods. Join us for the second workshop in our Craft & Craft series, where you learn a craft while you drink a craft beer (or three). Cost is $25 per participant and includes all materials and instruction, one beer, a tour of the brewery and discounts on additional beer purchases. Details at

Opening Reception for ‘Time’ at 40 West Arts Gallery “Time” covers the mechanics, science, emotion and acceptance behind the passage of time. Join 40 West Arts Gallery for the opening reception of this diverse show which features over twenty acclaimed artists, free beer and wine, light bites and tons of artwork available for purchase. Friday, Aug. 4, 5 to 8 p.m., at the 1560 Teller St. gallery. Go to for details.

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‘Cats, Dogs & Birds’ Opens Aug. 4 at Lakewood Arts “Cats, Dogs & Birds” is all about cats, dogs and birds and showcases their fun, whimsy, beauty and companionship. The exhibition opens with a reception Friday, Aug. 4, 5 to 8 p.m., at Lakewood Arts Gallery, 6731 W. Colfax Ave. Don't miss wine and appetizers, a live stone sculpture demo, live music and local artwork. Visit for more information.

Lamar Station Plaza Hosts 40 West Farmers Market Celebrate the 40 West Farmers Market, a community-driven effort to support small farmers and local artisans, every Saturday through Oct. 7, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Lamar Station Plaza (home to Casa Bonita), 6715 W. Colfax Ave. Shop for food, listen to live music, and enjoy free yoga (from 10 to 10:30 a.m.) each Saturday throughout the summer. From $10 all-you-can-fill bags of veggies to all-natural watermelon water, the market is a great way to buy local. Visit for more information.

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West Colfax MuralFest, Aug. 12 On Saturday, Aug. 12, West Colfax Muralfest, a free arts and music festival at Lamar Station Plaza, will feature juried muralists painting live on-site, food trucks and a beer garden, live music including Denver local favorite Land Lines, art vendors, art-making activities and more. Join us to celebrate the arts in all forms at this expansive one-day festival, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., at 6715 W. Colfax Ave. More information at www.40westarts. org.

WCCA General Meeting Stop by for next month’s West Colfax Community Association (WCCA) meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 16, from 7:30 to 9 a.m., at 40 West Gallery, 1560 Teller St., to hear corridor updates from local officials, organizations and businesses, and join the momentum and revitalization happening along West Colfax. Free coffee and breakfast items are provided. WCCA meetings are held the third Wednesday of every month. Visit for details. www.Ch

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This story – originally titled “Dream Realized: The ‘Little Arts District That Could’ Comes of Age with the Arrival of Two Topnotch Galleries” – is excerpted from the third issue of West Colfax Lately magazine. The newest edition is out now and available for pickup free of charge at 40 West Arts Gallery, 1560 Teller St., Lakewood.


irate: Contemporary Art, an independent, artist co-op gallery with roots back to 1982, has been at the cuttingedge of innovative art exhibitions for more than three decades and was long a popular destination on Navajo Street. Pirate describes itself as “an audacious and eclectic alternative, artist-run cooperative art space ... many member artists have come and gone, but Pirate persists. It’s an institution that remains flexible and edgy.” With the latest real estate boom in Denver, Pirate and its 30+ artists set sail for Lakewood. Pirate has settled in the heart of 40 West Arts, one block north of West Colfax at 7130 W. 16th Ave., the street that boasts seven murals from the district’s first West Colfax MuralFest in 2015. It’s also neighbor to The EDGE Theater, 40 West Gallery, and C2 Gallery located in the adjacent building and a short two-minute walk along a painted footpath to 40 West Studios, a workspace for more than a dozen district artists and creatives. “Pirate has always had a repertoire of high achieving contemporary artists,” says Artist Laura Phelps Rogers, a member of both 40 West Arts and Pirate. “The regional and national acclaim [associated with Pirate artists] will help extend energy beyond the district. 40 West can harness this to attract

and build a greater base of artists, art patrons, and art collectors.” NEXT Gallery, also an acclaimed, independent co-op gallery, had been a neighbor to Pirate for more than a decade, and now is just a block away in its new West Colfax digs. According to its website, the NEXT Gallery “is driven by all its artists ... that continually push the co-op to move in new directions.” This group of more than 20  artists was the first to make the move, opening in April 2017 in the old Metz Lumber building at 6851 W. Colfax. Now NEXT Gallery is centrally located near Pirate’s new location and a two-minute walk to Lamar Station Plaza, home to Lakewood Arts Gallery, Gallery of Everything, WestFax Brewing Company, and iconic Casa Bonita of pop culture fame. NEXT’s new space is just a block from all of these creative destinations as well as only two blocks from RTD’s W Line light rail station.   “As a gallery that’s been around 10+ years, our co-op members felt that we could move in and hit the ground running. And having local support was a major factor,” explains Artist Charlie Walter, who was among the first NEXT members to exhibit in the new space.  “We believe our move will help the district. Our fan base will visit and explore this growing art community. That was certainly the case during our opening on April 28. We had more than 200 visitors that evening and that was during a snowstorm! Our hope is that more and more artists will see the value and commit to this creative community.” “The arrival of Pirate and Next helps solidify our transition from being 40 West Gallery and 40 West Studios centric to a

NEXT GALLERY MOVED TO THE METZ LUMBER BUILDING, 6851 W. Colfax Ave., in the 40 West Arts District this April, joining Pirate: Contemporary Art, 7130 W. 16th Ave., as the newest additions to the district. PHOTO: MIRANDA SAMON

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The Colorado Dragon Boat Festival – set for July 29 and 30 at Sloans Lake – has been nominated as one of Motel 6’s “Top 6 Quirkiest Summer Festivals,” a distinction shared with the Wisconsin State Cow Chip Throw & Festival (Prairie Du Sac, Wisc.) and the Watermelon Thump (Luling, Texas). How did the nation’s largest dragon boat festival end up sharing the honor with events featuring feces-flinging and watermelon-spitting? According the hotel chain’s press release, Motel 6 and its spokes-voice Tom Bodett “considered a long list of one-ofa-kind American summer festivals and selected six finalists based on individuality of theme and exemplary attendee offerings.” It’s the second summer the hotel chain has curated and issued the list, which this year also includes Mule Days (Bishop, Calif.), WestFest (Chicago) and Twin Days (Twinsburg, Ohio). Perhaps not surprisingly, the press release also directed travelers to the hotel chain’s properties nearest each festival. In recognition of their achievement, each festival committee will receive an honorary plaque, according to the hotel chain.

Volunteers celebrated the completion of multi-lingual wayfinding signage on the Lakewood Gulch with the Candy Cane Lane walk and bike ride on June 11. If you missed it – or didn’t get enough fun – there are two additional rides coming up this month: • Saturday, July 22, from 1 to 3 p.m., with a bike rodeo by Bikes Together, just north of the Rude Recreation Center parking lot near Decatur. Sign up at; first 15 kids ages 3 to 13 get a free bike. • Friday, July 28, from 2 to 4:30 p.m., meeting at the Decatur Light Rail Station; followed by a happy hour. Sign-up required. The project, West Colfax Connects, builds on the West Colfax Business Improvement District’s efforts to improve pedestrian mobility to support access to businesses for local residents. With funding from the Colorado Health Foundation, the goal is to connect West Colfax with surrounding neighborhoods, particularly Sun Valley as it undergoes major redevelopment. The project will increase ease of access via Lakewood Gulch through a system of wayfinding signs. The signage offers a safer route between neighborhoods by foot and bike than crossings like the one at 14th and Federal.

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Senior Connections Offers Free Classes, Social Events Colorado Senior Connections hosts a continuing series of fun events for seniors. Join Colorado Senior Connections for Classical Connections Music Class, an amazing musical tour through the classical music world, taught by Betsy Schwarm, a college professor and noted music historian. Tuesdays, July 18, Aug. 1 and Aug. 15, 10 to 11:30 a.m., at the Edgewater Rec Room, 5845 W. 25th Ave. Pay $5 upon arrival. Beginners are welcome in “An Afternoon of Bunko,” a fun dice game with lots of action that is easy to learn; $6 per class. Held Tuesday, July 18, 1 to 3:30 p.m., at the Edgewater Rec Room, 5845 W. 25th Ave. Call 720-763-3042 for more information. Stitch and Chatter, a free, drop-in handcrafts group meets every Wednesday, 1 to 3:30 p.m., at 2250 Eaton St. Anything you want to work on in your lap is welcome,

from knitting, crochet, to embroidery. All ages and levels are welcome. The Historical Society Quilting Circle next meets inside the Wheat Ridge Historical Park Museum, Wednesday, July 26, 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Learn about the history of Wheat Ridge and bring a project to work on – it doesn't have to be quilting! There is a show-and-tell time to see what everyone is working on. All levels are welcome, and others can help you get started if you want to learn. Feel free to bring a sack lunch. Men’s Group meets twice a month to discuss sports, politics and current events. No subject is off limits, but members are expected to behave appropriately. Each member will take a turn leading a group discussion. Men from Edgewater, Wheat Ridge, Lakewood and around are welcome. Next meetings are Thursday, July 27 and Aug. 10, 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the Edgewater Rec Room, 5845 W. 25th Ave. For more information, visit

Edgewater Walks Returns in September Edgewater Walks is an annual campaign to inspire Edgewater residents to move more in the month of September. Weekly through September, organizers host a community walk and invite all ages and abilities to join in the walk. “Historically these walks have been held every Tuesday in September,” said HEALthy Edgewater’s Lee Stiffler-Meyer. “We are recruiting group walk leaders now, so if you like to meet new people and need some accountability to get at least 30 minutes of physical activity, then we’d love to hear from you. If you’re interested in leading a group bike ride, run or stroller walk, let us know.” For more information, contact

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‘Summer of Adventure’ Continues at Corky Gonzales Library Free, fun programs for kids and teens – including “Summer of Adventure” programming – as well as for seniors and immigrants, are available every week at the Rodolfo “Corky” Gonzales Branch Library, located at 1498 N. Irving St., Denver. Summer of Adventure programming is offered Tuesdays and Fridays, 2 to 3 p.m., in the Lena Archuleta Meeting Room: • “The Traveling Museum of Cursed Antiquities,” July 28, “Explorer of the Strange and Bizarre” Mark Strivings leads teens into dark and frightening places they never knew existed using “cursed artifacts” from around the globe (grades 6 through 12 only). • “The Elstun’s Magic: Made in America Show,” Aug. 1, a fun family magic performed as an old fashioned vaudeville show complete with ragtime music and classic magic. • “Hummingbird Henna,” Aug. 4, learn Henna techniques to build your own Henna designs. Receive a simple Henna design from a Henna Artist. • “Build a Better YOU (Comedy, Magic & Juggling) Show,” Aug. 8, juggler Ann Lincoln hits on three things that the kids can get help with at the library in order to improve themselves and the world. Other activities: Come sing a song, perform your poetry, or tell some jokes during Open Mic night, July 24, 6 to 7:30 p.m. You’ll have two songs or 10 minutes. All ages welcome. The Plaza: Art program invites immigrants to discover art as a means to create, relax, and reflect on their unique journey, with fresh materials and projects each week. Open to adults, teens and kids, the arts and crafts program is offered every Monday and Tuesday from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., as well as Thursdays, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., in the Nathaniel J. Contreras Arts & Crafts Area. All Ages Storytime provides stories, songs, rhymes and fun for children of all ages and their parents or caregivers, every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the Judy Montero Storytime Circle. Play and social time immediately follow the program. For more information, call 720-8652370 or visit Have a community announcement for Happenings? Send it to – JULY 18 – AUGUST 14, 2017 – NEIGHBORHOOD GAZETTE

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Even U.S. Small Business Association (SBA) perked up to help businesses struggling from the aftermath of the storm. By early July, the SBA announced the availability of low-interest federal disaster loans in Jefferson County for “small businesses and individuals with uninsured losses to a residence or business.” Finally, the months after a hailstorm are a true testament to how effectively a city functions and to the character of its community. It brings to life the reality of expectations. On June 2, Mayor Joyce Jay reported on her Facebook page that the normal amount of roof building permits issued were “15-20 per day” and that number “has gone up close to 100 [per day], right at a time when we are down to one trained permit technician!” This led to a backup of application processing time. The city reported each altered wait time, as the chance to obtain a roofing permit went from waiting in lines at the processing office to online submissions only, to a wait time of three to five days for processing and finally extended to five to eight days for processing. Miscommunications happened between roofers and inspectors, residents and the city. However, the city put in all its efforts to resolve blunders and controversies. When residents spoke up, the city moved as quickly as they were able to adhere to requests and complaints of its people. While Wheat Ridge was not the only city with a surge of roofs and properties needing repair, the city was hit the hardest

life in the fire service. Now they know that they can do it too.” Red Rocks Community College secured the funding for the camp through the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act. It’s a federal grant that funds programs that help increase participation of underrepresented students in high-need programs. The grant will pay for one more year of the camp. Organizers hope to find community partners to keep the program going after that. Each of the girls chosen to take part applied for a spot by writing an essay about what they hoped to learn during the four days. Confidence and strength were two of the most mentioned attributes. “Some of the girls have a strong sports background and have played on school or club teams, “said Kohler. “Some of the girls have family members who are firefighters, but they had never thought about the fire service for themselves. After this – I hope that they will see that there is no limit to what they can do.” If you or someone you know is interested in participating in Camp Ember in 2018, watch the West Metro website: www.westmetrofire. org, for information next spring. And, follow Camp Ember on Facebook: www.facebook. com/CampEmber.

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by the largest, most damaging hail in the metro area. According to stormersite. com, the 80033 ZIP code (which included Lutheran Medical Center) incurred the bulk of the storm. Even with its own large costs of repair to take care of, Lutheran Hospital came together as a community to help raise funds for its low-income employees who incurred vehicle damage from the storm. By the end of May, The Insurance Journal estimated there would be “150,000 auto insurance claims and 50,000 homeowners claims” filed as a result of the May 8 storm. Of course, it will be difficult to know the real impact of the storm for months or even years. The only impact we will see until then is our own. Though we never seem to be prepared enough for the outcome of a hailstorm, we learn a little each time about human compassion and the ability to evolve from such disasters. People are much like hail in the storm after the storm. NSSL explains, “hailstones bump into other raindrops and other hailstones inside the thunderstorm, and this bumping slows down their fall.” When we look at our own communities, do we slow each other down from the fall or do we slow each other down from progress on our destined journey? So, what is hail? It is a mirror of the human spirit. While human beings can’t move as fast as a tablet or smart-phone, calculate precise completion time nor meet work expectations flawlessly day after day, we still persevere with the hope that the sun will rise again and that our collaborative diligence will gradually melt away yesterday’s damage one day at a time.

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Latinos Dance Between Books, Art

ROSARIO IRISH, AUTHOR OF THE CHILDREN’S BOOK, “ENSUEÑOS” was one of the authors featured in Danza Entre Libros Y Colores, July 1, at the Rodolfo “Corky” Gonzales Branch Library on Irving Street. GWEN CLAYTON n By


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young Latina shuffles and sways around tables set at various angles in a large room at a local library, the sound of Spanish guitars fills the air. As she passes around each table, she gracefully sets down one book and picks up another as if changing partners. Lining the sides of the room are colorful paintings with icons of Latino culture. The crowd watches in wonder as they absorb the beauty and charm of what they are experiencing. The event was called Danza Entre Libros Y Colores. The show, presented by Association Culturelle de’Escritores y Artistas Latinos (ACEAL), was an afternoon of local Latino music, dance, books and poetry held July 1 at the Rodolfo “Corky”

Gonzales Branch Library on Irving Street. The woman dancing was Sandra Ruiz Parrilla, director of ACEAL and organizer of the event. “This event is to coach parents to let the kids get more into art and literature,” Parrilla said. “Not just kids but adults in the Latin Community. Most people just come here to work, work, work and they forget about their art. They forget about their talents. We’re trying to get people involved in this world of art and literature.” Parrilla herself is a published author. Her book, “Invierno en el Crepusculo,” was released in April 2014. Parrilla and her friends formed ACEAL two years ago as a cultural association promoting Latino writers and artists. In their early stages, they hosted poetry nights

JOSE MARES EXHIBITS HIS REFRIED ROCKABILLY ART during Danza Entre Libros Y Colores, July 1, at the Rodolfo “Corky” Gonzales Branch Library on Irving Street. GWEN CLAYTON and literature workshop, but this year’s Danza Entre Libros Y Colores was the first to combine all aspects of art and culture. Eight local authors, both Latino and non-Latino, were invited to bring their books and sit at tables during the event. Each author was given a few minutes during the program to talk about their books, with translators on hand to interpret English and Spanish. There were also live performances by local musicians – one mariachi duo and a

solo acoustic guitar player with a beat box to keep rhythm – and three painters exhibiting their works. Empanadas, tartas and other Argentinian fare from Maria Empanada Restaurant fed the crowd. The finale was the dancers – not professionals, but rather everyday people who love the culture and want to celebrate the arts. For more information on ACEAL, call Sandra Ruiz Parrilla at 720- 620-3162 or Like the group’s Facebook page @acealcolorado.

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Neighborhood Gazette – July 2017  

The July 18 – August 14, 2017 issue of Neighborhood Gazette, serving Edgewater, Sloan's Lake, West Colfax and Two Creeks neighborhoods.

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