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iscover the hidden talents of Wheat Ridge’s finest urban horticulturists at the second annual Wheat Ridge Garden Tour, Sat., June 16, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., starting at Wheat Ridge 5-8 School, 7101 W. 38th Ave. Capitalizing on the success of its inaugural tour, this year’s picks offer an exclusive peek at some of Wheat Ridge’s most impressive yard scapes. Gardens range from urban vegetable patches to more elaborate plots and unique spaces with picnic tables, repurposed items and personal sculptures. “We feel this year’s gardens will really showcase the diversity of Wheat Ridge,” said tour chairman Milly Nadler. “We strived to pick different types of gardens from last year to offer participants a new experience. We hope to do this every year.” The nine gardens cover a fairly linear route encompassing areas between Wadsworth and Kipling, with a few offerings in the Applewood area. A map will be included with each ticket, as well as a detailed description of each yard. Attendees will be able to view the gardens in whatever order suits them, and are encouraged to interact with the owners and take photographs. Participants are also asked to start early and bring plenty of water and sunscreen (or rain gear, depending on the weather.) Tickets are $10 per person, free for children 11 and under, and are available at www. WheatRidge2020.org. Several locations will hold ticket sales during May and June, details will be available through the website as well. Tickets will also be available on the day of the tour at the starting location. Nadler said the event came about after her and fellow Cultural Commission member Chad Harr unexpectedly crossed paths on a nearby tour.
“We decided Wheat Ridge needed something like this, so we approached the Cultural Commission and they loved it. WR 2020 and LiveWell then came on board,” said Nadler. The tour is sponsored by Wheat Ridge 2020 with support from The Wheat Ridge Cultural Commission, LiveWell Wheat Ridge and various local volunteers and businesses. The tour also helps showcase and promote local agriculture in Wheat Ridge – city council approved changes to the municipal code last year, endorsing a more friendly approach to community gardening efforts. Wheat Ridge 2020 is hoping the tour will not only be interesting, but will give those attending ideas of what they can do to their own property. “Because of Wheat Ridge’s agricultural past, we feel highlighting what is possible to do with a Wheat Ridge property ties in nicely with this rich heritage,” said Kim Snetzinger of Wheat Ridge 2020. “Getting people talking and interacting with each other helps build a stronger sense of community and community pride.” Event sponsors include A-1 Rental, Abner’s Garden Center, Al’s Pine Garden, Amici’s, DragonFly Café, Heather Lee, K&D Landscape, Lake Ridge Ace Hardware, Neighborhood Gazette, Paul Hildebrandt,
Pietra’s Pizza, Posey Girl, PostNet, RE/ MAX Professionals City Properties, Right Coast Pizza, Southwest Gardens, Swiss Flower, Tip Top Tree Company, Vincenza’s, VinylWorks, Young’s Market The tour committee needs volunteers to assist with the tour, stationed at each garden to direct visitors. Shifts are available from 8:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., and noon to 3:15
p.m. More volunteers are needed for the afternoon shift. Volunteers will receive a free admission to the tour. For additional information on the 2012 Wheat Ridge Garden Tour, visit www. WheatRidge2020.org; or contact Milly Nadler at firstname.lastname@example.org, 303319-0690, or Kim Snetzinger at kim@ wheatridge2020.org, 720-259-1030.
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kateboard enthusiasts do not need to wait for the ribbon-cutting ceremony to ride Discovery Park’s new skatepark: construction should be complete and the facility will be open to the public by month’s end. At press, the bowls were complete, and work crews were creating the park’s “street course”, essentially a point-to-point obstacle course for skaters. As enticing as the partially complete
West 38th Starts its road Diet, Makeover This Month he 38th Ave. Corridor Plan is now reality: construction on 38th Ave. began on Sunday, May 20, and will continue through mid to late June, although some work will be done at night and the street will remain open during construction. From 7 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. through May 24, the street will be re-striped and on-street parking and signage added. Starting in the first or second week of June, large planters and other amenities will be placed on the street, over the course of two weeks. As part of the changes, about three blocks near Teller and High Court (on the south side of W. 38th) will have angled parking. Drivers are asked to back-in to these spaces and then pull out head first. The maneuver hopes to provide better visibility, a quicker entry into traffic and is simpler than parallel parking. Drivers on 38th Ave. are also asked to yield to cars accessing these spots.
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To ease with the transition, the city will provide parking ambassadors on May 25 from noon to 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. They will also be available Sat., May 26, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., noon to 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The 38th Ave. Corridor Plan was adopted by City Council in October 2011. One of the key revitalization recommendations for 38th Ave. was to re-stripe the street into a threelane section, referred to as a “Road Diet”. The project has been budgeted in the City’s 2012 Capital Improvement Program. Public Works is responsible for the design and implementation of the re-striping between Depew and Vance streets along this corridor. For questions specific to construction please, contact Field Supervisor Russ Higgins at 303-235-2869 or email@example.com. co.us; or Engineering Tech Chad Endsley at 303-235-2858 or firstname.lastname@example.org. co.us.
playground appears, skaters are urged to observe the signage and fencing and stay out, for their own safety, according to Wheat Ridge Parks & Recreation Commission Chair Guy Nahmiach, a Realtor with Nostalgic Homes. “We are asking people not to go in for safety reasons,” he says. But the rest of the Discovery Park is open for play. “My family goes there every afternoon.” Nahmiach points out that funds for the project came from Jefferson County Open Space, not tax money—lotto ticket purchases, not taxes, made the park possible. The 10-12,000 square-foot skatepark was designed by and is being constructed by Team Pain, a national company specializing in custom skate parks. Public input on the design of the skate park was gathered in April 2011, and infrastructure work began in
the fall of 2011. A drawing of the final park master plan is available on the City’s website at www.ci.wheatridge.co.us/ProjectUpdates. By following a link to Team Pain’s website, readers can view current photos of construction. The facility is the final part of Discovery Park’s Phase III improvements to be completed. Other new features include a permanent restroom structure, climbing wall expansion, an additional shade shelter, gateways, trees and landscaping. Discovery Park, named by the students of Prospect Valley Elementary, provides citizens an attractive gathering space and a variety of features and activities for all ages. For information about reserving the Park’s pavilion, visit Recreation Center front desk at 303-231-1300 or visit www.ci.wheatridge. co.us/PavilionReservations.
CreWS are MaKiNG biG proGreSS on the ﬁnal details of the new skatepark facility at Discovery Park, 7500 W. 29th Ave. The 10-12,000 square-foot park was designed by Team Pain, a company specializing in custom skate parks. PHOTOS COURTESY OF TEAM PAIN
school Crossing Compensation program. It is a new way of paying teachers for results with students. omeone tell me that I am dreaming, is The plan is a pilot program offering teacher it really the end of the school year? I incentives in both control and design programs. remember September and I think maybe The better my kids do, the more their teacher even Christmas. What happened to all the is paid. We are already seeing positive results over the 5-8 Wheat Ridge. stuff in between? I have heard from many teachers, that are Schools began gearing down and reviewing their year-end performance. I heard a loud against this program, but for those who are up for the challenge, it is a great way to cheer over Prospect Valley make more money without having as they got their 3rd grade to switch jobs. reading scores, outperforming I know it is controversial but if Stober and Maple Grove. you have an opinion about this new Congratulations. program, I would love to hear about The big news going around it. the schools is the $99 million With summer vacation almost bond and $39 million mill levy here, I am looking forward to more vote. It is frightening to read lazy mornings without making about the cuts being planned lunches and rushing everyone for the next two years should Guy Nahmiach through the door. By my estimation this be voted down. Adding up to about $50 a year per family, it is not a huge I made over 400 peanut butter sandwiches this past year. I will be OK if I do not see one jar of cost when you consider the consequences. Though, equally concerning are some that stuff for a while. Although the challenge becomes of the unfair policies that need revising and inefficiencies found in our schools. One entertaining our kids, they just do not play thing is certain, our kids will feel the effects outside anymore. The electronic world has a hold whichever way this issue ends up. The next on my children and I have challenged myself to meeting regarding the budget and vote will get them outside and breathing fresh air. “Fat take place at the Jeffco Boardroom at 6:00 chance” you say. Well maybe, but it is worth the try. I am already spending time with my son p.m. on June 7. With graduation ceremonies going on playing Frisbee at Discovery Park at Kipling and everywhere, I did want to mention that 38th. No batteries, no screen, just barefooted and Alpine Valley School, Colorado’s first Sudbury having fun. My 12-year-old daughter wants to model school hosted a graduation ceremony learn how to play guitar. So it is a start. I wish you and your families a wonderful for their most recent graduates: Ethan Welshon (of Edgewater) and Brett Robinson and safe summer. Do not forget the Wheat (of Lakewood) on May 12. With so many Ridge Recreation Center and the amazing ceremonies scheduled around Jeffco, you can trails throughout the county. Safe crossing. email me at guy@NostalgicHomes.com for a Guy Nahmiach is a local real estate broker for complete schedule. Lumberg Elementary in Edgewater is Nostalgic Homes as well as the PTA President at one of 20 schools participating in the $39 Prospect Valley elementary. He can be reached million, federally funded Jeffco Strategic at email@example.com. BY GUY NAHMIACH
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enior volunteers are needed to join a team that will mentor at-risk students at Jefferson High School. The volunteers will develop and implement a specialized curriculum as part of a new grant-funded pilot program at the school “We are going to be developing a character-education class, based on a book called ‘Cowboy Ethics’, that will be designed to help inner city kids build a foundation for success in school and life,” stated Alison Joucovsky, Colorado Senior Connections Program Coordinator at Jewish Family Services. He went on to say, “The senior ‘life coaches’ will be part of curriculum and be mentors to these kids.” The program is funded by a Daniels Foundation grant awarded to Positive Spin, a non-profit set up by Jefferson High School social worker Robert Hawkins, which will partner with the CSC program to screen, train and place the volunteers to assist the school’s teacher teaching the class. Volunteers meet with students weekly, one-on-one, and mentor them by providing counseling and advice to help them succeed. Training will be provided prior to the start of the 2012-2013 school year. Volunteers must
be 55 or older, and will need to go through JFS’ usual background check and screening process to participate. CSC has been providing life coaches as part of an informal mentoring program at the school over the past two years, meeting with students for half an hour each week, as the students’ schedule allows. The new program will take the form of scheduled, regular class, with a teacher and curriculum. The partnership is unique in that it pairs two distinct local communities, the “naturally occurring retirement community” of Edgewater (many of whom are retired educators), and the students of Jefferson High School, ranked the lowest-performing school in Jefferson County. She is hoping to gather enough volunteers to “float”, allowing other life coaches to take time off for vacations, as well as to place others one-on-one with students who are failing or behind on class credits when the semester begins. Extensive training in communication, active listening, and poverty education will be provided. For information or to sign up, contact Joucovsky at 720-248-4591 or ajoucovsky@ jewishfamilyservice.org.
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Under The Dome legislation passed and will continue to support very thorough decision making processes fter an extra long legislative session here when it comes to our children. A major victory for the legislature as a at the Capitol, I am pleased to report that despite what you may have heard, whole this year was the budget which passed we have passed some really great policies this on a total vote of 94-6. We were able to year. While some partisan spats and bickering maintain current funding for K-12 education may have taken the spotlight, I can assure you while also funding the senior property tax exemption. This tax exemption that Representative Sue Schafer was created before I took ofﬁce, and I were hard at work to boost and I do believe that it should the economy, keep our children have been means tested at the and families safe, and provide time, but it also creates unique much needed services to our opportunities to fund other senior senior citizens. programs. The money from any For instance, I worked with eligible taxpayer who does not a bipartisan coalition in the choose to accept the tax break Senate to pass HB 12-1086, also will be added as funding to known as the Hit-and-Run Bill. I other programs such as meals on sponsored this bill with Senator Cheri Jahn wheels and other elder services. Steve King (R- Mesa/Garﬁeld I also carried HB12-1002, the CLEAR County) to increase the penalty for leaving the scene of an accident causing serious bodily Act. As a child, did you ever start playing a injury from a class 5 felony to a class 4. I game with your friends and halfway through, believe that the penalty for leaving someone they decided to change the rules? If you did, to die in the street after an accident must be I am sure you yelled “That’s not fair!!” just like I did. Well, that is why we needed this appropriate to the crime. For nearly all of my 10 years in ofﬁce, I bill. The CLEAR Act states that government have worked on the Direct File issue. Current agencies cannot change the rules for permit law dictates that juveniles who commit applications in the middle of the process unless certain crimes can be charged as an adult at there is an imminent health or safety risk. This the sole discretion of the prosecutor. I have is a common sense solution to help Colorado seen ﬁrsthand the devastation of direct ﬁle businesses streamline their applications for cases in which a judge’s hands have been tied permits without compromising the integrity of and a young teenager has been sentenced to the process. Fair is fair, right? Thanks so much! life in prison. These decisions are not easy, but they certainly are necessary, and I ﬁrmly believe that they should not be left to a single State Senator Cheri Jahn can be reached at prosecutor, but rather subject to a hearing (303) 866-4856 or e-mail cheri.jahn.senate@ before a judge. I was thrilled to see this state.co.us.
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he traditional Zoppe’ Italian Family Circus is coming to the Wheat Ridge Carnation Festival this August, boasting acrobats, clowns, horses, dog acts, and a history dating back to the 19th century. In addition to the circus, this year’s festival will feature an Italian Village replete with wine tasting, authentic food, crafts and wares by Italian vendors. Many Italian organizations will share their culture’s language, travel and games as well. Early risers can watch Zoppe’s staff raise its 63-foot tall tent on Friday morning, Aug. 17, in Anderson Park, located at 4355 Field St.; the tent seats up to 800 people and is designed so that no audience member is further than 20 feet from the performance ring. The Carnation Festival and Italian Village open that afternoon at 4:00 p.m., followed by fireworks at 9:15 p.m., and closing at 11:00 p.m. The festival kicks into high gear Saturday morning, Aug. 18 at 10:00 a.m., when the Carnation Festival Parade wends its way down 38th Ave.The festival and village reopen at noon, with the first circus performance at 1:00 p.m., followed by additional shows at 4:00 and 7:00 p.m. Fireworks are repeated at 9:15p.m., and the festival and village remain open until 11:00 p.m. Additional circus performances are Saturday & Sunday, Aug. 19, 25 and 26, at 1:00, 4:00 and 7:00p.m. Two 7p.m. weeknight shows are offered Thursday & Friday, Aug. 23 & 24. The Italian Village opens at noon both weekends, closing 11:00p.m. on Sun., Aug. 19, 8:00p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 25, and 5:00p.m., Sunday, Aug. 26. According to Zoppe’ Circus, its heritage goes back to 1842 , when young French street performer Napoleone Zoppe’ wandered into a plaza in Budapest, Hungary, looking for work, and saw equestrian ballerina Ermengilda,
wowing the crowd (and Napoleone) with her grace and showmanship. However, since Napoleone was a clown, Ermengilda’s father saw him as beneath her and disapproved of their relationship. The two ran away to Venice, Italy, and founded the circus that still bears their name. Alberto Zoppe’, Napoleone’s greatgrandson, inherited the circus almost 100 years later. A grand equestrian in his own right, Alberto toured Europe with the circus since his youth, forging many friendships, including one with actor/director Orson Welles. Welles persuaded Alberto to take a role in a small film, which led to a role in Cecil B. De Mille’s “The Greatest Show on Earth,” as well as a job producing circuses for Ringling Brothers. Alberto, along with his wife Sandra, their children, Giovanni, Tosca and Carla, and their spouses have all been active at one time or another in the family business. Circus tickets go on sale on June 1. For information, including ticket locations and discounts, visit www.thecarnationfestival.com and click on the Zoppe’ Italian Family Circus link.
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Congratulations to Edgewater’s Finest! Congratulations go out to the three Edgewater employees and volunteers who will be presented with recognition awards from Masonic Liberty Lodge 134: Outstanding Public Servant of the Year, Jim Garcia; Law Enforcement Officer of the Year, Officer Jason Forsythe; and First Responder of the Year, Lt. Herbie Roberts. It is great to live in a community with such dedicated staff and volunteers! Thank you Masonic Liberty Lodge 134 for recognizing these fine folks! Good luck to all the high school graduates who plan on attending college or vocational schools, joining the military or moving straight into the workforce. Congratulations on a job well done!
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Fire Protection Last November I discussed the Edgewater Volunteer Fire Department. Our demographics and limited financial resources have placed a huge burden on the highly skilled and dedicated professionals of our fire department. To assure a long-term solution to our fire and rescue needs I ask that you support the inclusion of the City of Edgewater into the Wheat Ridge Fire Protection District. If you have any questions, comments or suggestions please send me an email, call me on the phone, or meet me for coffee—I am buying! Upcoming coffee dates at the Edgewater Coffee Shop are Wednesday, May 30, June 6 and 27, 9:00-11:00 a.m. If you cannot make any of these times, I will be happy to set up another time for you. Thanks to all of you who have responded to the past articles in the Neighborhood Gazette. I appreciate your comments and suggestions. Edgewater Mayor Bonnie McNulty can be reached at 303-233-6216 or mayor@edgewaterco .com
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pon learning that RTD might end bus service on 38th Avenue west of Wadsworth Boulevard next year as part of the opening of the West Rail Line (not to be confused with the Gold Line), the City of Wheat Ridge and Jefferson County Public Schools asked RTD’s Board of Directors to reconsider. RTD’s proposal calls for ending westbound service at Exempla Lutheran Hospital, 8300 W. 38th Ave., with portions of the route west of Wadsworth Boulevard replaced by a new Applewood Call-n-Ride service. The new 12.1-mile light rail transit line generally follows 13th Avenue, serving Denver, Lakewood, Golden and Jefferson County, and is projected to be complete and ready for use by 2013. “While the general ridership may be low for this RTD bus route, it provides service to approximately 80 students at Wheat Ridge High School. Elimination of this bus service would be a tremendous hardship on these students and their parents. Route 32 also provides a convenient service to downtown for residents and students attending Auraria Campus,” according to a May 9 letter signed by Mayor Jerry DiTullio, school Superintendent Cynthia Stevenson and Wheat Ridge High School Principal Griff Wirth. That’s what RTD wanted to hear. “We go out a year in advance and ask for feedback on proposed route changes,” said Daria Serna of RTD’s Communications Department. Not only are RTD’s board members out talking to residents, another round of meetings and an invitation to comment on a revised proposal is planned
for late February or early March next year. The same procedure was used when opening previous light rail lines, she explains. What bus service in southwest Wheat Ridge will look like won’t be known until next spring, after those meetings. “It is important for people to understand that bus and train service complement each other,” Serna explains. “Part of having a system that works well together is to teach our passengers to use our different forms of transportation, like Call and Ride.” Call and Ride service – not to be confused with Access a Ride service for the disabled – takes riders anywhere within a specific service area with one phone call, charging local fares with free transfers, on weekdays between 5:30 a.m. and 7 p.m., except where noted. Serna said it is designed for areas lacking a fixed bus route or regular service, and a limited number of passengers. The Applewood service is one of five new Call and Rides in the proposal. Service would be based at the Lakewood/Wadsworth Station,with area boundaries of W. 38th Avenue, Wadsworth Boulevard, Colfax Avenue, National Renewal Energy Laboratory (NREL), Kendrick Street, W. 32nd Avenue and Youngfield Street to the Applewood Village Shopping Center. Service would also be available in the Denver West area and the Walmart at Wadsworth Boulevard and Colfax Avenue. For details of the proposal, visit www.rtddenver.com/proposedservicechanges-westrail. shtml. In the meantime, light rail fans can sign up for free, third-Friday bus tours of the light rail system, which is 98 percent complete, according to Serna. Visit www.rtd-fastracks. com/wc_1 for details and to sign up.
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and more. In addition to qualifying to win a Kindle Fire, teens who read for at least eight hours can receive a free book on Book Award Day, or any day in August. Not only that, but teens who read 16 hours can enter a drawing to win a spot at Games Night, a special afterhours library party. Adults are encouraged to discover what’s “Between the Covers” this summer. Anyone who reads for eight hours will be entered to win an iPad 3. Summer Reading Club is sponsored by the Jefferson County Library Foundation, the Friends of the Jefferson County Public Library and the Kinder Morgan Foundation. Prizes are provided by Brown & Tedstrom, Inc., EduCyber, Larkin & Associates, LLC and the Wheat Ridge Optimist Club. Other program partners include Brunswick Bowling, the Colorado Rapids, Heritage Square, Lakeside Amusement Park and Westerra Credit Union.
Antique Gun Theft Case Ends In Wheat Ridge Thanks to a tip from an alert TV viewer, Wheat Ridge police arrested a 64 year-old Erie man, in connection with the theft of a rare antique gun from a private museum in New Mexico in December of 2011. Wylie Gene Newton reportedly attempted to sell the weapon—identified as a Colt Dragoon black powder revolver that dates back to the 1800s. It is valued at $20,000, on a reality TV show called “American Guns,” which is filmed at a gun shop in Wheat Ridge.
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The viewer alerted New Mexico authorities after watching an episode of that first aired in December of 2011, in which a man named “Wylie” had taken two black powder revolvers into the shop to try to sell. Through the television footage and further investigation by New Mexico authorities, one of the guns was positively identified as the stolen antique revolver from New Mexico. In February, the District Attorney’s Office in Santa Fe contacted the Wheat Ridge Police Department to request assistance in apprehending the suspect in the gun theft that they and the New Mexico State Police had been investigating. Further investigation was conducted by the Wheat Ridge Police Department, with assistance from the Erie Police Department and the Colorado Bureau of Investigation. On May 10, undercover detectives from the Wheat Ridge Police Department met with Mr. Newton in Erie, Colorado and offered to purchase the stolen weapon. Newton was subsequently arrested and the stolen revolver was recovered. Newton was jailed on the warrant New Mexico Authorities obtained and is being held in the Jefferson County Detention Center pending extradition proceedings.
Surf’s Up at Anderson Park The outdoor pool at Anderson Park, 4355 Field St., opens daily for the 2012 season on Saturday, May 26, and will be open daily through Aug. 16. For hours, fees, and pass options, check out the current Activities Guide, or call 303-231-1300 (before May 26) or 303-205-7591 (after).
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Get The Legislative Low-Down From the League of Women Voters So much happened at the state capitol this year during a legislative wrap-up meeting at the Jeffco League of Women Voter’s office located at 1425 Brentwood, Lakewood and took place Wednesday, May 23, at 5:30 p.m. The league’s Legislative Action Committee and staff lobbyist have followed more than 90 bills through the Colorado General Assembly this year. Their testimony and influence helped to shape the legislation, which covered voting rights, gun control, health care, higher education, children’s issues, fiscal opportunity, income assistance, and reproductive choice. For meeting details, contact Laurie Scholl at 303-234-0264. The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization encouraging informed and active participation in government, working to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influencing public policy through education and advocacy. Visit www.lwvjeffco. org, email email@example.com or call 303238-0032 to learn more.
Cultural Commission Launches Wheat Ridge Reads Book Club The Wheat Ridge Cultural Commission is launching a new citywide book club, “Wheat Ridge Reads,” with an invitation to read Colorado author Polly Letofsky’s “3MPH: The Adventures of One Woman’s Walk Around the World.” The book tells the story of the author’s five-year, 14,000-mile walk across four continents and 22 countries to raise awareness of breast cancer. “We’re very excited about this program,”
said Joan Iler, Wheat Ridge Cultural Commissioner. Iler went on to say, “Our goal is to promote a culture of reading in Wheat Ridge and bring the community together in a shared reading experience. We hope to build on this program and, if we’re successful, offer it as an annual event.” Wheat Ridge Reads is presented in partnership with Jefferson County Library and the Wheat Ridge Library. Others interested in partnering with the Wheat Ridge Cultural Commission to sponsor book discussion groups or help promote the program should contact Joan Iler at jiler@ wgmbltd.com.
Find Hidden Treasurers at Summit Center Rummage Sale June 2 The Summit Center of Wheat Ridge, will hold a rummage sale, Saturday, June 2, from 10 a.m.-2p.m. at their facility at 3810 Pierce St. Refreshments and drinks will be available for purchase as well. Items maybe donated to Summit from May 29th until June 1st during their normal operating hours. They are looking for like new or gently used donations for the sale. The Summit Center is a clubhouse program of Jefferson Center for Mental Health, which serves individuals with mental illness. For more information call 303-4325800 or visit www.summitcenter.org.
Business Update Rebecca Moore has joined Vincenza’s Italian Restaurant & Bakery to assist current and new customers with catering, banquet space and events. Moore was recently at chef-owned Richard Sandoval restaurant group representing four Denver restaurants including Tamayo, Zengo and two La Sandia locations. Prior to that, she was at awardwinning event company, The Arrangers. Moore created the upcoming Vincenza’s event - Patio Opening Party (POP! for short) on June 7, 8000 W. 44th Ave., by reservation only (RSVP to rebecca@vincenzabakery. com). For more information call 303-4208400. Mayor Jerry DiTullio will join the crew at Cebiche Authentic Peruvian Dining and their friends for a ribbon cutting ceremony on June 6th, at 5:00 pm, 7000 W. 38th Avenue. Owners Sergio and Colleen Iraola invite all the members of the Wheat Ridge community to join them and take a tour of the restaurant and ‘The Underground” a unique cocktail environment below the restaurant. For more information visit www.cebichedining.com. or call 303-386-4580. The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation will hold its annual “Great Strides” walk-a-thon, Sunday, May 19th, Sloans Lake, beginning at 8 a.m., to raise money for CF research and care. In conjunction with the annual event, Anthony M’s Visions in Gold will be holding a raffle to win a Chamelia Mother’s Day necklace, valued at $265. Proceeds will help offset the medical bills of the Jenn Sandus
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Images Within Images: A Treasure From The Chicken Coop By J. Patrick O’Leary
atrick Jenkins has a story to tell. Or more accurately, he has a painting with a universe of stories to tell. He’s not only the owner of the painting, but of a new Wheat Ridge art gallery that houses the photographic telling of those stories, revealing paintings within the painting itself. Jenkins’Treasure From The Chicken Coop is located in Suite 205 of the Mon Petite Suites, 6990 W. 38th Ave. It’s open for the West 38th Avenue First Friday and Second Saturday art walks (as well as by appointment), and is completely dedicated to images photographed from the one painting, which Jenkins firmly believes is an early work of Vincent Van Gogh. The collection is complemented by a swarm of 250 million-year-old-salt-crystal Himalayan salt lamps (the rocks are ancient, not the lamps), candleholders and baskets full of the salt with lights. “When people come into my gallery, the first word out of their mouth is ‘Wow!’,” Jenkins says. From that point on, he guides them through the collection of photographic prints – most 2 by 3 feet, some 4 by 5 – each revealing a distinct image from the painting. The subject of the photographs is a story in itself. Jenkins’ mother told him that her grandmother Maggie purchased the small,
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