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Election Races Set for Cities, School District n By

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he the cities of Edgewater and Lakewood as well as the Jefferson County Board of Education will conduct elections Nov. 7. Interested candidates must file nomination petitions before Aug. 28 with the respective city clerk or school board office. Voters in the City of Edgewater will be electing a mayor as well as three city councilmembers. The mayor serves a two-year term while the city council members serve fouryear terms. Incumbents whose terms expire this year include Mayor Kristian A. Teegardin, Mayor Pro Tem Todd Riddle, and councilwomen Laura Keegan and Janet Spangenberg. To be eligible to hold an elected office in the City of Edgewater, a person must be at the time of his or her nomination: A citizen of the United States; at least 23 years of age; and a registered elector. Additionally, such person must have resided within the City for one year immediately preceding the election and have no convictions for embezzlement, bribery, solicitation of bribery, perjury, subornation of perjury, or any offense involving fraud. Continued on page 2

MURAL ARTIST BOBBY MAGEE LOPEZ finishes up a work at the third annual West Colfax MuralFest at Lamar Station Plaza, Aug. 12. The free festival featured art, music, food and creative activities. PHOTO BY LELAND SCHMIDT

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ince its inception, the Edge Theater has consistently showcased actors who push to give their best performances while delivering a memorable experience for the actors and audiences alike. Earlier this month, the Edge Theater’s founders, Rick and Patty Yaconis, announced they are taking a hiatus from the Edge. During that time, Haley Johnson and Rachel Bouchard will step in as Benchmark Theatre and produce shows in the space throughout the 2018 season. Recently, members of the cast in the Edge’s upcoming production of Moira Buffini’s play “Dinner” spoke about what it has been like to work with the Yaconises. Up first is Samara Bridwell, whose participation in “Dinner” will be her ninth play at the Edge. She discovered the Edge Theater when she moved from the Western Slope about seven years ago. Bridwell, who also serves as manager of customer experience for the theater, considers the Edge her artistic home. “I spend most of my time pretty dedicated to the Edge these days,” says Bridwell. “The Edge came to be in its current incarnation the same year I moved here and it really did feel like a beautiful serendipity.” Upon meeting with the Yaconises, Bridwell recognized the ground-floor opportunity the newly rebranded theater offered. Not only did she find a family in the people who work within the theater, she also met her partner Scott Bellot, who is directing “Dinner.” Of the many local theaters on whose stages Bridwell has been privileged to perform, the Edge is the one she keeps going back to.

“It’s the kind of environment that I think actors want to work in,” said Bridwell. “It’s the kind of environment that is at once homey and professional. It’s legit, while being comfortable.” By legit, Bridwell means the high caliber of talent and professionalism of everyone involved with the Edge – whether they work behind the scenes or on the stage. Carol Bloom, who plays one of the leads

in “Dinner,” has contributed her talents to the Denver theater scene as both an actor and as a teacher. For 27 years she was on the theater faculty at University of Colorado at Denver. For Bloom, the most touching thing that has happened to her as an actor is ending up on stage with, or being directed by one of her former students. “That is one of the most wonderful things, and the Edge is the first place that

happened,” according to Bloom. (Scott Bellot is among Bloom’s former students with whom she has worked.) Bloom has acted in three other shows at the Edge and considers the Yaconises to be very generous and loving. “They take such good care of their people,” explains Bloom. “It has just been a Continued on page 2


The Solar Eclipse and Eye Safety n By

Jill Bert


VIEWING A SOLAR ECLIPSE DIRECTLY, even with the use of solar filter glasses, entails serious risks. It may be safest to watch it on television. PHOTO BY TIM BERLAND

want to express concern that I have about the upcoming solar eclipse on Monday, Aug 21. There are serious risks associated with viewing a solar eclipse directly, even with the use of solar filter glasses. We have to keep in mind that the school will encounter the inability to control every aspect of this exercise. The glasses are made for adults, do not fit children well and should not be used without direct parental supervision. If the solar glasses do not filter out 100 percent of the harmful UV rays, if they are not used absolutely perfectly, or should there be a manufacturing defect in any of them, this will result in permanent and irreversible vision loss for any eye exposed. Just like sunburn to the skin, the effects are not felt or noticed immediately. I have a great fear that I will have patients in my office on Tuesday, Aug. 22, who will wake up with hazy, blurry vision that I cannot fix. It is a huge liability for the school to direct students to watch the eclipse even with the use of solar glasses. There is no absolutely safe way to do so other than on TV. Continued on page 2






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work for them.” Another characteristic of the Yaconises that impresses Hite is their willingness to take risks with the shows they do, and how they approach the production. “You have to know first of all you’re not going to get rich by [working in the theater],” Hite asserts. “You do it because you love and care about it.” While Hite will miss the Yaconises, when take their hiatus, he has worked with Johnson and Bouchard of Benchmark and knows they will carry the torch for the space by giving local actors the opportunity to be part of an exceptional theater experience. “Dinner,” which opens on Aug. 25, is one of three remaining shows playing during the 2017 season at the Edge. Benchmark will begin producing shows at the space in 2018.

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City Clerk within 10 days after accepting any contribution or making any expenditure. All committees must report all contributions received and all expenditures made as defined in Lakewood Municipal Code, Chapter 2.54. Candidate packets are available at the City Clerk’s Office, located at 480 S. Allison Parkway in Lakewood. For more information, call 303-987-7080 or visit Three out of five directors are up for election this year in the Jefferson County Public Schools Board of Education, including District 1 (Incumbent: Brad Rupert), District 2 (Incumbent: Susan Harmon) and District 5 (Incumbent: Ron Mitchell). Requirements for School Board candidates include: Must be registered to vote; must be a resident of the school district for at least 12 consecutive months prior to the election; must be a resident of the director district in which he or she is a candidate; and must not have been convicted of a sexual offense against a child. Filing papers can be picked up at the Jeffco Public School Board/Superintendent Office located at 1829 Denver West Dr., Bldg. 27, fourth floor, in Golden. For more information, call 303-9826500 or visit In all Colorado elections, once declared as a candidate, each person must meet filing requirements under the state’s Fair Campaign Practices Act (FCPA). Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Election Day.


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Watch the Eclipse at Edgewater Library, Aug. 21 Watch the historic solar eclipse the safe way, Monday, Aug. 21, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at the Edgewater Library, located at 5843 W. 25th Ave. Thanks to the generosity of the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, Research Corporation and Google, the library has eclipse glasses to give away! Available while supplies last. Suitable for all ages. The event is free. For more information, call 303235-5275 or visit

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est Metro Fire Rescue has been granted reaccreditation by the Commission on Fire Accreditation International (CFAI). The Commission voted unanimously to approve the district’s application after a lengthy process that included a series of community meetings, a detailed self-evaluation and an on-site visit by a peer review team. West Metro is one of just over 220 fire districts, worldwide, that holds accreditation status. “The accreditation process is demanding and requires us to look closely at our long range plan,” said Don Lombardi, Chief, West Metro Fire Rescue. “That includes our finances, potential changes in the district and also new training methods and procedures. It really puts us under a microscope.” West Metro was first accredited in 2012. Fire agencies go through the reaccreditation process every five years. Accreditation requires agencies to examine past, current and future service levels and internal performance and compare them to industry best practices. The goal is a strategic plan that is tailored to the communities within a district, focusing on the risk and safety needs that are unique to the location and population. “It’s important for us to know just how effective we are in meeting our mission

of protecting lives and property,” said Lombardi. “The intensive accreditation process puts everything in black and white – and lets us know how we’re doing and where we need to improve.” CFAI is governed by an 11-member commission that represents a cross-section of the fire service industry. Commissioners represent fire departments, city and county management, code councils, the U.S. Department of Defense, and the International Association of Firefighters (IAFF). The group meets twice a year to review and consider the agencies that have applied for accredited status. The CFAI accreditation process is recognized internationally for providing a defined benchmark system to measure the quality of fire and emergency services. “Our goal is to be more efficient and effective,” said Lombardi. “Not only does the Commission evaluate West Metro’s performance, it also helps us establish a method for continuous improvement. We want to be held accountable to the people we serve.” There are 14 fire agencies in Colorado, including West Metro, that have achieved accreditation status. Three others are currently in the application process. Ronda Scholting is the Communications/Media Relations Specialist for West Metro Fire Rescue; contact her at or 303-941-8317.

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LOCAL BUSINESS NEWS Jeffco Business Resource Expo – a Great Collaboration By Jennifer Duc


ring your business cards and a solid handshake to a special networking and information opportunity next month. The Third Annual Jeffco Business Resource Expo, presented by the Jefferson County Business Resource Center, is a collaboration with county and neighborhood chambers of commerce, community and area business groups, state and local public services, agencies and other various resources serving small and large businesses operating in Jefferson County. “Jefferson County is a business favorable community,” said Amira Watters, executive director of the Jeffco Business Resource Center. “There are so many resources here, and many business owners just don’t know about them,” said Watters, on the impetus behind the Expo. “They have a lot of support and resources here, and we want them to know that.” With libations and door prizes to make the evening even more attractive, Watters explained the numerous vendors and representatives, all together for an evening, presents not only an exceptional networking experience, it also offers attendees insight into the commercial growth and economic vision within Jeffco, and direct access to the expansive breadth of free and lowcost services offered by Jeffco agencies – such as the array of business, education and research tools available through the Jefferson County library network, connecting with an internship coordinator from a local school, making in-person introductions and connections, or exploring the multitude of programs and workshops provided through the Jeffco BRC. The free event, said Watters, “is invaluable.” Initiated three years ago, the event also kicks off Small Business Resource Week – a proclamation made last year by Jeffco Commissioner Donald Rosier, which Jefferson County intended as a way “to promote the cost-effective training programs and education resources for small businesses to access throughout the county.” The Expo continues to grow each year. Last year, more than 300 owners, entrepreneurs and those still considering whether to make that leap attended the event, gaining access to more than 30 area agencies. With Colorado’s continued robust economic climate, unemployment rates historically low and already nearly 30,000 new business filings statewide, in conjunction with the countless advantages to living and doing business in Jeffco, Watters expects this year’s turnout to be just as strong. “I think Jeffco is thriving more than ever before,” she said. The Jeffco BRC is not a county government office, but rather a 501(c)3 non-

profit organization created as a resource hub for all cities and towns of Jeffco, from Arvada to Buffalo Creek, offering the new and existing business community a wealth of affordable, relevant programs and services, including business advising, workshops, classes and mentoring programs. As a nonprofit, it depends on strong relationships with established businesses and other entities for support and sponsorship. “It’s a smart use of taxpayer dollars,” said Watters, “and it’s expanding constantly and evolving as the business environment evolves.” Those relationships also happen to provide for some attractive Expo door prizes. While Watters is keeping the this year’s slew of prizes under wraps, last year’s included a Grand Lake cabin getaway package, business coaching services, hotel packages, health club memberships, symphony tickets, dry cleaning, and Broncos tickets. Sponsorship opportunities for September’s event are still available Attendance to the Monday evening event on Sept. 18 is free to all Jefferson County business owners, or residents contemplating a new venture, by invitation or advanced registration. The executive director emphasized the organization’s commitment to helping business achieve success. “If we can’t personally help you,” said Watters, “we can connect you with someone in the community who can.” The event takes place at Jefferson County Fairgrounds, 15200 W. 6th Avenue Frontage Road in Golden from 4 to 7 p.m., Monday, Sept. 18.

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Wheat Ridge Chamber Talks Social Media The Wheat Ridge Chamber of Commerce Power Hour provides you with the professional development you need to thrive in our ever-changing economy. This intense and collaborative 60-minute segment offers you the opportunity to learn from industry leaders, successful business professionals and your peers in business. On Sept. 5, Millennial and WRC Social Media Guru Lisa Peters will speak about social media at the Wheat Ridge Chamber office, 7250 W. 38th Ave. For more information, visit www.

Jeffco Business Resource Center Presents Start-up 101 On Aug. 24, from 9 to 10:30 a.m., the Jeffco BRC will present “Start-up 101: What You Need to Know BEFORE You Consider Starting a Business.” This class covers the questions that you need to answer before considering opening a business. The class will cover: • Entrepreneurial Characteristics

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September Pizza in the Park The Wheat Ridge Business Association will hold a networking-focused luncheon on Tuesday, Sept. 12. The event, which take will take place at Anderson Park at the Pavilion (4355 Field St.), goes from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The cost is $15 for WRBA members and $18 for nonmembers. The speaker will be Penny Brenden, who will cover Session Two of “Wheat-in Go.” Attendees will have an opportunity to create and deliver a short attention-getting business introduction. Interested in attending? RSVP at www.

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ow many of you had a teddy bear when you were younger? How many of you have one now? At our house, we have a substantial collection and our excuse is that our grandchildren still play with them. There is a story that the Teddy Bear Tradition started here in Colorado when the staff of the Hotel Colorado (Glenwood Springs) made a cloth bear for President Teddy Roosevelt when he came to Colorado to hunt bears. Hence, the name: Teddy Bear. But a stuffed bear is quite different from a bear in the back yard. Colorado cares about bears. Colorado has several laws that deal with bears. The most recent is a 2015 bill that called upon the Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) to study the issue of bear-human conflicts. They reported what they found in December 2015, in a report entitled, Human-Bear Conflicts. This report, if you are interested, can be found on the CPW website: www. The report explains: Within the last several decades in Colorado, an increasing number of humanblack bear encounters and conflicts have generated media headlines, alarm from some citizens and concern from local governments and the Colorado State legislature… Along with the rapid expansion of human development and associated changes in land use in Colorado, black bears have learned to forage on a variety of widely-available human-provided food, including garbage, livestock, crops, fruit trees, bird seed and pet food… Human injuries caused by bears remain rare in Colorado when compared to the overall size of human and bear populations. However, as humans continue to encroach on bear habitat and bears continue utilizing human food sources, CPW believes the number of conflicts and encounters will increase, as well the likelihood of human injuries and

deaths. In the past couple years, bears have been spotted in Wheat Ridge, Arvada, Parker, Centennial, and Boulder. A scholarly male bear cub even made it to the University of Denver. CPW research shows that when these bear invasions occur, only you can prevent problems with bears. So, it helps if you are informed about bears: 1. Because bear populations are hard to keep track of, people may assume that increases in human-bear conflicts are caused by increases in the number of bears. However, research shows that as bears gain experience with human food, they pass it on to their offspring. This behavior is probably the source of additional conflicts without an associated increase in the number of bears. 2. Bears are smart. They are curious, adaptable and have good memories. With a nose that is over 100 times more sensitive than humans, they can smell possible food from as far away as five miles. And once they find food, they will be back for more. Most bears are naturally shy. While not particularly nocturnal, they may travel at night to avoid people. They are very wary of people and unfamiliar things, and they tend to run away from what they think is dangerous. 3. Bears are hungry. Keep in mind, bears only eat about six months each year. And the closer it is to winter and hibernation time, the more desperate they are to find food. In order to survive hibernation, a bear must consume over 20,000 calories per day during late summer and early fall. Over 90 percent of a bear’s natural diet is grasses, berries, fruit, nuts and plants. But they are opportunistic omnivores that will eat whatever they can find. Bears, attracted to human food sources, may damage property, vehicles and even homes to get to that food. They don’t know they are doing anything wrong. They are just following their nose to the most calories they can find.

BEARS HAVE BEEN SPOTTED IN WHEAT RIDGE, Arvada, Parker, Centennial and Boulder over the past few years, and Colorado Parks and Wildlife believes encounters and conflicts with humans will increase. For instance, a 50-pound bag of bird seed, stored where a bear can get to it, has almost 90,000 calories. A bear feast that is worth the effort of burglary. 4. Bears that find food around homes and campgrounds often lose their natural wariness around people. Even though black bears are not naturally aggressive and seldom attack, they are still strong, powerful animals who don’t like being cornered. A bear on its way to food doesn’t like anyone or anything getting in its way. Mothers trying to feed both themselves and their cubs will go to extraordinary lengths. Colorado Parks and Wildlife is the agency charged with protecting and preserving the state’s wildlife. Bears that get comfortable around people can destroy property or even threaten the safety of people. These bears are called habituated bears and often must be destroyed. Every time CPW must destroy a bear, we lose a little piece of the wilderness that makes Colorado so special. If bears show up in your yard, take a picture

from inside your house and then find a way to make them very uncomfortable. So here is what CPW suggests to avoid conflict with bears: The biggest attraction is garbage. Most of what we think is trash, smells like food to a hungry bear. Most trash cans are easy pickings for a bear. Once a bear figures out how easy it is to empty our trash, they will come back on a regular basis. Never leave trash or recyclables out overnight. One study reported that putting trash out in the morning, as opposed to evening, can reduce the likelihood of bear visits from 70 percent to 2 percent. If you must leave trash outside, get bear-proof containers, build a bearproof enclosure or install an electric fence. Clean out your containers regularly with ammonia or bleach. Bears hate these strong smells. Bird feeders are a big attraction for bears. After all, seeds are a natural part of Continued on page 11


Chapter One: We Head Back To Class their kids for the first time will have much to learn: How to check on your student’s grades, homework due, long-term projects he Carnation Festival parade just ended and attendance. If you are waiting for a call a few hours ago and I'm still feeling great asking the whereabouts of that book review about a community that gets together once your son worked on, that is probably still a year to celebrate its heritage. Families and at the bottom of his backpack, don't. It's friends came out on floats, in cars and on on you to make sure that all assignments foot. There were amazing decorations, loud have been handed in. When your cellphone cheers, singing and dancing as far down 38th rings and shows a caller with a Avenue as you can see, showing 982 prefix number, you should us how communities can probably finish your dinner first gather to celebrate education, before listening to that message. classrooms and school spirit. As I am kidding, of course, but a parade judge this year, I had a please realize that technology front seat to an amazing show. I has taken over almost all forms was so impressed with how the of communication between new principals in town came out parents and schools. swinging with Stevens stepping I urge you to get to up their decor and Wilmore know your child’s teacher and Davis showing up with more develop an ongoing line of students than anyone else. It Guy Nahmiach communication. Don't wait for was also great to see Pennington parent-teacher conferences or a with a renewed level of energy. school function when their time is limited. The parade, of course, was peppered with Your teacher will appreciate that and your political aspirations, from local politicians student will benefit from it. While you're to county and state representatives. It's at it, why not volunteer for a position on a gentle reminder of the politics that live the PTA or Accountability boards? When a in and out of our classrooms. I constantly principal or staff see parents working hard hear from parents that while they support for the benefit of the school, you can almost our teachers, their biggest wish is to feel them match your efforts with theirs. eliminate the rhetoric from the hallways and Although you could encounter a push back classrooms and, perhaps, focus our energy from your own kids, who consider school on moving first day of school back to where grounds as their own territory and don't it belongs, after Labor Day weekend. want you anywhere near it. As we head back to class in the next Adding to the “Ask the Super” column, couple of weeks, it will be business as usual where our superintendent answers for most families. But parents enrolling n By

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questions from the community, a new section has been added by the name “School Visitor Pass,” where guest writers will include principals, school board members, etc. This issue features Ali Lasalle and Amanda Stevens, both school board members with the Edgewater and Wheat Ridge articulation areas. If you would like to hear from specific members of our education community, please write or call me. There are so many topics coming up in the next few months, like the growing debate over homework – we’ll hear from educators on both sides and all levels of the issue. Updates on school closures: Will they or not? Is it too late? Holding back students,

and who is responsible for those who arrive at high school still reading at an elementary school level? The age-old conversation about charter and neighborhood schools and, of course, what list wouldn't be complete without GT funding? I’ll leave you this month with a question I've been asking educators: Does a teacher’s job include not only teaching the curriculum, but also to excite the student about the subject matter? You'd be surprised at the answers I've been getting. Call me with your thoughts. As always, thanks for reading. Contact Guy Nahmiach at 303-9995789 or

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s the new superintendent for Jeffco believe we also have the opportunity to be Public Schools, I’ve made an intentional the best example in the nation of what can effort over this past month to crisscross the happen when people in a community come county, meeting with people and making forward and put their children above the as many connections as possible. I’ve had fray of the “us versus them” politics and the chance to visit with parents, students, outside money that is attempting to direct employees, community and business and control our community schools. leaders, and elected officials across Jeffco. We must flip that story and become Thank you for sharing so many valuable the best example of what can happen when insights and perspectives about people in a community come your schools. forward and put their children Jeffco Public Schools is a above the local, state, and well-run organization that has a national political fray. This is our tradition of quality and service to community, our schools, and its students and the community. our kids – and the people who We also have many talented live in Jeffco need to determine and passionate educators and the future and direction we want support employees working on – not any outside entity. What’s behalf of kids and families. best for Jeffco’s kids should be While we begin from a solid a nonpartisan issue. We should foundation, there are also areas love our kids and community to improve. The community Jason E. Glass, Ed.D. enough to put them above is hungry for leadership, a outside influences. Schools compelling vision for where our schools will come from the community; the community go in the future, and information about the comes from its schools. direction of its schools. You want to know Looking ahead, your participation is an more about the decisions that shape our way important part of transforming our schools forward. into a new, dynamic learning environment While I’ve been in a listening and for today’s students and future generations. “seeking to understand” stance for these past I plan on keeping up the listening and few weeks, I am pivoting to put forth such relationship building across Jeffco. Plus, a shared vision. My goal is to set a course we’ll increase our communications effort, that unifies and inspires our community – and have more community workshops as and sets our students up to lead successful we move forward. Together, we’ll put the lives. Be on the lookout for this refocused “unity” back into community schools. direction sometime in September. Thank you! While shaping community input into Jason E. Glass, Ed.D. a collective way forward, it’s important to Superintendent & Chief Learner acknowledge the political situation in Jeffco Jeffco Public Schools and how that impacts our schools. For the If you have a question for our new Supast few years, Jeffco Public Schools has perintendent or member of the Board of been a national example of drama, partisan Education, please submit it to guy@Nospolitics, and a flood of outside money or call it in to 303 999working to influence our schools. One of the 5789. reasons I chose to come to Jeffco is that I

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o you've just enrolled your child into a Jeffco School. Now what? Jeffco has created a network of websites that will facilitate paying bills, ordering services and even checking on attendance. This eliminates the need to take any time off from work and stand in line. Simply log on and navigate to the service you need from the comfort of your living room, kitchen or even your desk at work. One link will get you started for all your needs: Once there you can click on the orange “Families” tab which will take you to the “Family Portal.” This is the starting line for paying school fees on “JeffcoConnect.” Grades, homework and attendance can be checked using “InfiniteCampus.” Visit the “Nutrislice” to see the menu at your school’s cafeteria. You might also want a direct link for emergencies and school closures. “Schoology” is one of my favorites. Training tutorials to help students with their classes. Also a venue for parents to ask questions on specific issues. This is a new but really great resource. I know it's a departure from the face-toface interactions. This does not eliminate the options you have in going to the school


office and asking your questions in person. Principals usually pride themselves on having a great front office staff. After all, they are the first people you meet at every school. But when you start to have multiple kids in more than one school at a time, all the driving, parking and walking becomes a little old. “Jeffco SchoolMessenger” allows you to sign up for how you want to be communicated with: text, home or cellphone and even email. This, by the way, is offered in multiple languages. “MyPaymentsPlus” is a service that allows parents to pay for school meal fees online. “InfoFinder” is a fun one. Type in your address and school and get the bus route that is designated for your student. Or on a more serious note, we have “Safe2Tell,” a way for you to anonymously report issues or incidents that concern or pose harm to you, your friends or your community. No, it doesn't mean that you can report your parents for bad lunches – I had to endure 10 years of making disgusting peanut butter lunches. The district has done a great job in making these important services available online. They are breaking down language barriers, technology preferences and just making the overall process user-friendly. Take a deep breath, let it go and smile, it's going to be an awesome year!

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SCHOOL VISITOR PASS Please Sign In At Office responsibility for their lives and futures, while mastering the content from their he new school year is here! I hope your coursework. Dr. Glass is creating a shared summer included the sounds of children culture of reflective, constructive feedback playing, laughing, and having fun! As our to help all of us - board members, educators, teachers, principals, and staff prepare students, parents, and community members for another enriching academic year, I - foster these competencies in each student hope they all enjoyed a wonderful, restful, in Jeffco. I assure, everyone will feel his strong vision and leadership, from our relaxing summer break. I am as excited as I’ve ever been for a buses and kitchens, to our classrooms and communities. new school year and honored Last year our students, to serve as your District 3 staff, and schools brought School Board director. Our new Jeffco many points of pride; superintendent, Dr. Jason Glass, from first place finishes in is equally enthusiastic. Since debates and hydrogen fuel car July 1, Dr. Glass has visited races, to distinction as John several Jeffco schools, held Irwin Schools of Excellence, an eight-stop district-wide state championships and more community meeting tour, talked than $80 million in earned with community leaders and college scholarships. This year groups, and engages regularly brings new faces to the Jeffco with all stakeholders through his Ali Lasall leadership team. Here in the My fellow Wheat Ridge Articulation area, board members and I have heard from many leaders, educators, and join me in welcoming new principals Josh community members who are excited about Cooley - Wheat Ridge HS, Jeena Williams Jeffco’s next chapter. Again and again, - The Manning School, Michael Heffernan people tell us they feel heard, valued and - Mountain Phoenix Community School, inspired. As Dr. Glass implements his entry Trina McManus - Stevens Elementary, and plan, we see his deep commitment to our Janace Fischer - Wilmore-Davis Elementary. district, the benefit his experience brings, Jeffco’s future and success will be bigger and the opportunities Jeffco now has with the more we work together. Please take any opportunity to engage, provide constructive him at the helm. Recently, our board and Dr. Glass feedback, and work with us toward an even gathered at our annual board retreat where better, stronger Jeffco! As a board, we look we discussed strategies and goals for the forward to the challenges and opportunities coming year. By prioritizing the successful, ahead. And we always welcome your strategic, implementation of the Jeffco thoughts. Email us anytime at board@jeffco. 2020 Vision, we’re committed to ensuring Jeffco grads are strong communicators, Ali Lasell is 1st Vice President of the think creatively and critically, value Jefferson County School Board. and contribute to their communities, Questions for this guest writer should explore leadership and take charge of and be sent in to n By

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ASK THE SCHOOL BOARD Eagerly Anticipating This School Year As our pursuit of educational excellence continues, Jeffco faces real challenges. More and more working- and middle-class s a parent and school board member, families are facing competing expenses I am eagerly anticipating the 2017-18 that stretch already tight budgets. Jeffco is Jeffco school year. Jeffco students are the firmly focused on making sure all students reason. Our dedicated educators, leaders come to school ready to learn, while and support staff aim to prepare all students creating opportunities for students to to achieve a life of learning, connection and customize learning around their passions success. and pursuits. The Jeffco graduating Jeffco’s school facilities senior class we celebrated last and budgets are stretched spring has earned more than tightly as well. Through careful, $80 million in scholarships, difficult work, our board including 80 percent of the supported the reallocation of graduating class of Jefferson $10 million to competitively Junior/Senior High Saints compensate teachers. As our receiving scholarships to realize state faces a teacher shortage their dreams. The growth of a crisis, it is imperative that the “community schools” model will best teachers choose to come coordinate excellence in learning and stay in Jeffco, so that with strong support services, so Amanda Stevens students in every classroom that students and families in learn and grow. Finally, as Edgewater and surrounding neighborhoods buildings age, technology advances and may overcome barriers to their best futures. learning opportunities must diversify, Beyond Edgewater, Jeffco’s 2020 Vision Jeffco school facilities need an investment. has provided an inspired future direction In the days and years ahead, this will be an based on equipping students with strong issue our community will need to address. knowledge levels and opportunities to learn I will continue to share the story of skills they will need to be successful adults. the great things happening every day in These skills include entrepreneurialism, our schools, and the great next steps our creative and critical thinking, and students deserve to build bright futures. communication to complement a strong Our community is critically important in academic foundation. that effort. Thank you for considering what I am excited to welcome Jeffco’s your place in that effort might be. superintendent, Dr. Jason Glass, Amanda Stevens is the District 4 Direcwho is already laying a foundation of tor of the Jefferson County Board of Eduprofessionalism, innovation and community cation. partnerships so that all students – and as a Questions for this guest writer should result our entire community – may thrive be sent in to now and into the future. n By

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0 West Arts Gallery, 1560 Teller St., will host the opening reception for 40 West Arts’ September member showcase exhibit, during First Friday, Sept. 1, from 5 to 8 p.m. One of the many perks to becoming a member is the opportunity to showcase work, free of charge in our member exhibits. This one will be incredible, featuring the work of over 20 talented artists. As always, we’ll have free beer and wine, light bites, and much more. During First Fridays many of our district galleries are open to the public and hosting their own incredible shows.

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their diet and the seeds in, on, and below the feeders seem like an open invitation to bears. CPW recommends that you not feed birds during the months that bears are active, which is mostly late spring, all summer and early fall. If you don’t want to stop feeding birds, then bird feeders need to be 10 feet off the ground and 10 feet away from anything they can climb to get to the seed. Clean up regularly under the feeder and do not leave the bird seed bags anywhere that a bear can break into. They can smell the bag from a long way off and, remember, a bag of bird

artists, mental health counselors, balloon and caricature artists and food trucks on First Friday, Sept. 1, from 6 to 10 p.m. Join in the fun during this First Friday celebration in 40 West Arts District.

their contemporary and expressive dance performances. We'll have poetry readings and spoken word throughout the night as well, and of course all of our creative businesses, studios and galleries open to the public. It will take place throughout the 40 West Arts District, 1560 Teller St., from 5 to 8 p.m.

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DIY Tiny Sketchbook Workshop, Sept. 14 Learn how to bind your own awesome, tiny sketchbook in a free workshop at Lamar Station Crossing Apartments, 6150 W. 13th Ave., on Thursday, Sept. 14, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. This pint-sized craft packs a huge punch since you can pocket your sketchbook and take it anywhere. All materials and instruction are provided free of charge during this opento-the-public workshop offered through our Artist in Residence program. Visit for more information.

seed is like food gold for a bear. Don’t feed bears or put out other food that would attract bears. Don’t forget to clean off your grill after every use. Don’t leave anything that smells like food in your car, including trash, coolers and, believe it or not, air fresheners. If you have fruit trees, you want to pick it before the ripening smell attracts the interest of the hungry bear and pick up fallen fruit which, of course, smells heavenly. If you are interested in more information about bears, the CPW website, has information on Living With Bears, A Home Audit Checklist On How To Discourage Bears, Deterrents That Can Teach Bears To Stay Away, and A

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Homelessness is a topic that is relevant to both the state of Colorado and the West Colfax corridor. Artists will examine homelessness in our community, in our society, and how attitudes toward poverty and homelessness shape our nation. The opening reception will also feature free beer and wine, light bites, and multiple other gallery spaces open in conjunction with a district-wide Art Walk. Held First Friday, Oct. 6., from 5 to 8 p.m., at 40 West Arts Gallery, 1560 Teller St. Details available at www.40westarts. org.

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ocky Mountain College of Art and Design, 1600 Pierce St., is celebrating this year’s graduation with the Summer 2017 Graduation Exhibition. Graduates exhibit their work and the exhibition is open to the public without charge. Work of graduating seniors will be exhibited through Saturday, Aug. 19, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Their work includes animation, illustration, art education, photography, fine arts, game art, graphic design and interior design. Enjoy the beautiful historic campus and the work of these talented graduates. 40 West Arts, 1560 Teller St., will continue the exhibit on “Time” through Aug.t 26. Artists created work focusing on the science of time, and our emotional relationship to time and time’s passage in their work for the exhibit. Catch it before it’s over. Then, from 5 to 8 p.m. on First Friday, Sept. 1, 40 West will host the opening reception of their Members Showcase. The Members Showcase is a show full of a variety of subjects and techniques. Rather than the show having a theme, the talented artists are free to choose and create in any medium, style, and subject they choose. After the opening, the gallery’s hours are Wednesday to Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. Lakewood Arts Council Community Center and Gallery, at 6731 W. Colfax in the Lamar Plaza, is just full of pets, especially cats, this month. July 30 was the opening 7110 W. 44th Ave. 720-593-1994

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he Sicilian condiment Caponata is a sweet and sour way to use up eggplant and extend it in a dish that can be tossed with pasta, spread on bread or as a delightful topping on grilled vegetables. This riff on the traditional caponata has a bit less vinegar and skips the sugar by using a sweet balsamic. Adjust the vinegar as you desire. Typically, I skip the traditional celery as it is a bit harder to find locally grown in Colorado. Adding chopped pieces of summer squash, zucchini, mushrooms, sweet peppers, or whatever is abundant in your garden or at the market would be welcome, too.

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WHAT’S HAPPENING 1498 N. Irving St., Denver. Hasbun’s haunting novel is about an unusual family’s breakdown—set in South America during the time of Che Guevara and inspired by the life of Third Reich cinematographer Hans Ertl. In addition, the group will converse about “The Enchilada Queen Cookbook” by Sylvia Casares. The event takes place on Floor 2 in the Eugene Lucero Room.

Lakewood Cops Cook Breakfast To Benefit Older Adults, Aug. 18 Lakewood police will whip up a hearty pancake breakfast at the 19th annual Cops That Cook event, Friday, Aug. 18, 7 to 10 a.m., at the Clements Community Center, 1580 Yarrow St. Proceeds benefit the Lakewood Police Department’s Caring by Sharing program, which assists Lakewood’s less fortunate senior citizens throughout the year through a variety of events. The headline project is around the holiday season, where funds raised go toward the creation of boxes filled with food and gift items that are delivered by city personnel and community members. In addition to these holiday baskets, the program provides support to the Action Center with backpacks, school supplies and winter apparel throughout the year. In addition to enjoying breakfast, event attendees can mingle with police agents, see a K-9 police dog demonstration, check out a SWAT vehicle and get a free photo with an agent. Tickets can be purchased in advance – $4, $3 children 12 and under – at the reception desks of the Clements Community Center, Lakewood Police Department, 445 S. Allison Parkway, and Community Resources Department, 480 S. Allison Parkway. Tickets will also be available for purchase at the door for $6. Donations can also be made by visiting the website. For more information, call 303-9874820 or visit

Learn To DJ‚ Explore Makey Makey, at Corky Gonzales Library Free computer and tech classes for adults and teens are offered at the Rodolfo ”Corky” Gonzales Branch Library, located at 1498 N. Irving St., Denver. Learn to DJ from starting up your computer to mixing tracks and beats, Saturday, Aug. 19, 2 to 4 p.m., in the Floor 1 Community Room. Laptops and software provided. Ideal for teens and adults. Come learn how electricity can travel through fruit to help play video games and play banana bongos in “Explore Makey Makey,” Saturday, Aug. 19, 2 to 4 p.m. All ages welcome. Come practice your DJ skills with experienced DJs in “Open DJ Session,” Sunday, Sept. 17, 2 to 4 p.m., in the Lena

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Senior Connections Offers Free Classes, Social Events FREE HOT DOGS AND BRATS, JUMPY CASTLES AND LIVE MUSIC are just some of the festivities highlighting the Edgewater Community Picnic, Saturday, Aug. 26, Citizen’s Park (Benton and 24th). PHOTO: JOEL NEWTON Archuleta Community Room. Ask questions, learn new techniques, and make mixes with other like-minded individuals. Computers and a few DJ boards will be provided; feel free to bring your own equipment. For more information, call 720-8652370 or visit

Edgewater Celebrates National Night Out at Aug. 26 Community Picnic School is back in session so it means it’s time for the Edgewater Community Picnic! On Saturday, Aug. 26 come on down to Citizen’s Park (Benton and 24th) starting at 6 p.m. for the Edgewater Community Picnic. Local businesses will have booths set up in the park and Canino’s Sausage is providing free hot dogs and brats. There will also be jumpy castles and other activities for kids as well as live music. The Edgewater Police Department will be at the park to answer questions and provide updates on the programs that they offer, including its Nextdoor Police Officer Beat program and how it is being integrated with Neighborhood Watch and National Night Out. The program was selected as one of the top seven new programs in the nation for 2017. EPD will have its speed radar trailer out to test speeds for both baseball throws and soccer kicks. National Night Out is a campaign involving citizens, law enforcement agencies, fire departments, businesses, neighborhood organizations and local officials. The campaign strives to strengthen neighborhood spirit and law enforcement/

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League of Women Voters of Jefferson County Kicks Off on Aug. 24 Learn what the League of Women Voters Jefferson County is all about at a free, public meeting on Thursday, Aug. 24, from 1 to 3 p.m. at Shepherd of the Hills Presbyterian Church, 11500 W. 20th St., Lakewood. All current and prospective members are encouraged to attend. LWV is not for women only. Activities for the year will include local Voter Service Outreach and topics such as the Jefferson County School Board elections, Money in Politics, Climate Change, Demographic Impacts and Homelessness and Hunger in Jefferson County. Also, the League’s newly designed website, www., will be presented. There are six convenient meeting locations throughout Jefferson County with both daytime and evening meeting options. LWV Jeffco will continue to offer the non-fiction book club for league members, as well as anyone interested in learning more about politics today. LWV Jeffco supports new citizen voter registration and offers ongoing voter education efforts. For more information, call 303-2380032 or visit or email

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Book Club Discusses ‘Affections – A Novel’ Aug. 26 The Denver Network of Las Comadres & Friends National Latino Book Club hosts a book club meeting to discuss Rodrigo Hasbun’s “Affections — A Novel” on Saturday, Aug. 26, 1 to 3 p.m., at the Rodolfo “Corky” Gonzales Branch Library, located at

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, Sept. 1 and 19, 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, Sept. 19, 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, Aug. 23, 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, Aug. 24 and Sept. 14, 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

Apply for Lakewood Civics Academy By Sept. 1 Lakewood residents can experience a court trial, ride in a snowplow and learn how their local tax dollars are spent through the Lakewood Civics Academy. This free course will be held on Tuesday evenings, 6 to 9 p.m., from Sept. 19 to Nov. 14. The Continued on page 15 – AUGUST 15 – SEPTEMBER 18, 2017 – NEIGHBORHOOD GAZETTE

EDGEWATER SCHOOLS Why Enroll in Your Edgewater Neighborhood School By Joel Newton


he decision on where to send our children to school is a big one. We want the best for our children and education is a large part of their development. As you consider where to send your children, we encourage you to look at enrolling them in their neighborhood Edgewater school. Why enroll your child in their neighborhood school?

Greater Sense of Community

As children attend their neighborhood school, they have a greater connection with the kids and adults in their neighborhood. Their friends from school live close and they can see them as they walk to school. After-school play dates are much easier when children live in the same neighborhood. Children also see volunteers and community members at school who live in their same neighborhood.


Children are increasingly growing up

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Activities For All Continue At Edgewater Library Edgewater Library, located at 5843 W. 25th Ave., is offering a continuing cavalcade of free classes and activities for children, teens and adults. Be creative, find a new hobby, or just have some fun with people your own age in Teen Time, Thursday, Sept. 7, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Designed to be a varied experience, it is suitable to teens and tweens. No registration is required and all supplies are provided. Book Group meets Sept. 9 (second Saturday) to discuss “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society” by Mary Anne Shaffer and Annie Barrows. Suitable for adults. Play and build with LEGO bricks every Wednesday, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., during LEGO Play and Build. Suitable for all ages. All events are free. For more information, call 303-2355275 or visit

Jackpot Bingo Tournament Sept. 9 at American Legion Post 17 Edgewater’s American Legion Post 17 is providing another opportunity to put some extra money in your pocket and have fun at the same time with a Jackpot Bingo Tournament, Saturday, Sept. 9, at 1901 Harlan St. Proceeds help America’s veterans, active service personnel and their families. Doors open at 11 a.m. and the tournament starts at noon. A series of five games will be played. The first four games pay out $50 to the winners, and the fifth game is a “black out” with the winner going home with the jackpot. Bingo cards are $1 each or a sheet of six for $5. Players must be at least 18 years of age. There will be food, drinks and free raffles between games.

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in a world that is diverse and multi-ethnic. Edgewater schools are blessed to be so diverse and children in the schools develop cultural proficiency as they interact with children from cultures different than their own. Children have a greater awareness of those who are from a different culture and are better citizens because of it.

Stronger Schools, Stronger Communities

Our Edgewater schools are improving and they need help from those in the community to continue this upward trend. As we enroll our children in our neighborhood school and invest in its success, our community becomes stronger.

Save Gas Money, Get Exercise

Enrolling your children in your neighborhood Edgewater school means you can walk your children to school. This saves gas money, helps the environment and you and your children get exercise. Neighborhood Participation Program is Sept. 16. The program provides grants of up to $60,000 to fund projects that neighbors believe will make a difference in their neighborhoods.

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Sustainable Edgewater Seminar Series, Sept. 19


Learn how to source local ingredients even when snow is covering the ground in “A Locavore Winter,” next in the Sustainable Edgewater Seminar Series, held Tuesday, Sept. 19, 7 to 8 p.m., at the Edgewater Library 5843 W. 25th Ave.


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Senior Vendors Sought for Stitch 'n Chatter Bazaar and Bake Sale, Oct. 28 Are you 55 or older and have crafts or wares to sell? Sign up for the fourth annual Stitch ‘n Chatter Fall Craft Bazaar and Bake Sale, hosted by Edgewater’s American Legion Post 17, Saturday, Oct. 28, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 1901 Harlan St. The one-of-a-kind event features the handiwork of senior-aged, older adult crafters – great gifts for the coming holiday season – plus a bake sale and door prizes. Booth rental is just $15; admission is free. Sponsors include Colorado Senior Connections in Edgewater, City of Edgewater, and Jewish Family Service. For more information, contact Felicia Goett at 720-763-3042, or visit

Tickets For Lakewood Cultural Center Presents Now On Sale Single tickets for the 2017-2018 Lakewood Cultural Center Presents season are now on sale. Audiences will enjoy returning favorites like Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana and Julie Fowlis, alongside new performances by Pascuala Ilabaca y Fauna, Keigwin + Company and Edmar Castaûeda Trio. For those who love the arts and want to guarantee that they pay the absolutely lowest price, 8-Pack and Create Your Own subscriptions are still available. Lakewood Cultural Center Presents brings world-class international, national and regional talent Continued on page 16


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obby Magee Lopez worked on his mural in Lamar Plaza, as he explained how his life led him to becoming a muralist. Growing up, he traveled the United States. “My father taught me to sketch before I could write. Since then I have had an affinity for art. I continued to draw my entire childhood and began training in calligraphy at age ten.” After high school, Bobby made a choice between baseball and art. Bobby chose to play baseball in college in St. Petersburg, Fla., but still kept in touch with his artistic side. In college, he found inspiration in Salvador Dali. “I felt a deep stirring of emotions visualizing the thin veil between waking life and dream states. I worked at the Dali Museum during college in order to immerse myself in his genius.” After college and working in finance, Bobby came to Colorado for another round of college. This time he focused on art. Artist, muralist, and social activist, Carlos Fresquez, was teaching at Metro State. Bobby studied mural painting with him, earned a Fine Arts degree, and opened

Innerspace Art Gallery in the RiNo Art District. Bobby produced and enjoyed many types of art during the time at Innerspace. He visited Santa Fe, Burning Man Festivals, and Hawaii. When his younger brother graduated from high school; the two of them decided to take a trip to travel Europe. Travel helped Bobby shape his future plans as an artist. Bobby considered two main factors: lifestyle and location. The most important lifestyle factor was the ability to grow as an artist, while making a living as an artist. He liked the idea of traveling as an artist and he liked street art. Creating murals was a street art style that, unlike most street art, the artist gets paid for creating. Murals, also, enable him to introduce elements of calligraphy which he continues to enjoy, but Denver was not the ideal location. A location must appreciate art and have ocean beaches. Denver has none. Bobby visualized the factors of lifestyle and location twisting around each other like strands of DNA and noting connections made between the strands. New Zealand and South Africa have beautiful beaches. Nice, France has seven months of ocean swimming yearly and appreciates art. Barcelona, Spain has

THE MURAL STARTS TO TAKE SHAPE and already begins to become 3-dimensional. Artist Bobby Magee Lopez says there will be figures in the finished mural. PHOTO BY NANCY HAHN

beaches and a history of art. Bobby decided, though, that staying in the United Stated was the best choice for a time. In 2014, he moved to the island of Maui. Maui had advantages: no winter clothes, lovely beaches and art is valued. A disadvantage, though, was the cost to travel to create murals – for example, his travel to paint a mural in the 40 West Arts District in 2015. Bobby is still considering locations. Check out his mural in Lamar Plaza, created during MuralFest 2017. The mural shows Bobby’s interest in calligraphy and perspective enables the viewer become a part of the scene. Share your appreciation. Maybe, Bobby will stay in the 40 West Arts District and be part of the scene.

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to an intimate and comfortable 320-seat theater. The season opens with “Pascuala Ilabaca y Fauna,” 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 28. Accordion-wielding Chilean songstress Pascuala Ilabaca’s music is rooted in traditional Chilean sounds. Accompanied by her band, Fauna, she effortlessly integrates shades of jazz, pop, and rock with influences from India, Mexico and Spain. Tickets can be purchased online at, by calling 303-987-7845 or visiting the Lakewood Cultural Center Box Office, 470 S. Allison Parkway (Wadsworth and West Alameda Avenue).

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Neighborhood Gazette – August 2017  

The August 15 – September 18, 2017 issue of Neighborhood Gazette, serving Edgewater, Sloan's Lake, West Colfax and Two Creeks neighborhoods.

Neighborhood Gazette – August 2017  

The August 15 – September 18, 2017 issue of Neighborhood Gazette, serving Edgewater, Sloan's Lake, West Colfax and Two Creeks neighborhoods.