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At the age of 88, Richard Kolacny is still an integral part of the Kolacny Music Shop, lending his expertise to repairing stringed instruments. Photo by Sara Hertwig.
avid Kolacny has spent his entire working life at Kolacny Music Shop. At 62, he’s often asked when he will retire, a question Kolacny sidesteps with a telling paternal reference. “I say, ‘Well, I can’t until my dad does, and he’s 88,’” Kolacny said. “And we aren’t going to let him retire either.” David’s father, Richard, still does string bass repair for about three hours six days a week at Kolacny, a third-generation business started as an instrument repair shop in 1930 by William Kolacny. He was David’s grandfather and Richard’s father. William is still something of a presence. High on a wall near the front counter is a 3- by 5-foot photograph taken in 1930 of William repairing a saxophone. He worked six days a week until he was 90 and died at the age of 91 in 1993.
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Old South Pearl’s new challenges: parking and charm By Caroline Schomp ld South Pearl continues to get a facelift. One new, 16-unit apartment development at 1411 S. Pearl St. is already under construction. Two older buildings at 1545-1551 S. Pearl St. will be scraped in late spring or early summer for a new office building. Both new buildings have caused controversy in the Platt Park neighborhood. Both are also allowed under the 2010 zoning code. Arguably, the more controversial of the two is the apartment development. It was planned and permitted before the recent controversy over small-lot developments of 6,250 square feet or less, with no required parking. According to developer Brad Broyhill, the building will be “unique—a brand new building with an old, historic feel.” Of the 16 units, 11 will be approximately 500 square feet, three will be 300 square feet and in the back of the building, there will be a pair of two-story, 750 square foot apartments. Broyhill said the units are designed to appeal to younger tenants, who “will enjoy the Wash ParkPlatt Park neighborhood amenities.” Construction should be complete by late fall—“weather and inspections permit-
ting,” Broyhill said. Among the neighborhood’s biggest concerns are parking and neighborhood character, according to Ashley Arroyo, chair of 3PA’s Committee for Responsible Development (CFRD). “A lot of people are disappointed and continue to be disappointed about an older, beautiful home being scraped,” she said. With only seven parking spaces— more than required by the zoning code, but less than other apartment developments—neighbors worry about the impact on street parking. Joseph Coppola, who lives immediately behind the development on South Pennsylvania Street said, “We don’t know how many more cars are going to be brought into a very tight area…where they’re going to go and who will lose out from the parking they have now.” District 7 City Councilman Jolon Clark, who lives just a block off South Pearl Street, said he bought his house so he would be able to walk to its restaurants and shops. He chairs the city’s Transportation and Mobility Working Group and believes “[h]ow we’re dealing with parking and development in our city is all wrong. It’s not designed to reduce
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A rendering of the building slated for 1545-1551 S. Pearl St. provided by Patrick Finney of Finn Realty. This proposed building will replace Gaia Bistro and one-time Greentree Cyclery, where Finney's real estate ofﬁce, Finn Realty, is located. the number of cars on the road.” Clark believes developers including little or no parking need to agree to rent units only to people who don’t have cars. Parking is less problematic for the
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Personal Reflections on the Women’s March By Jill Farschman
am old enough to remember a few other waves of feminism. Old enough to recall that before she became a leader in the women’s rights and social justice movements, Gloria Steinem was a Playboy Bunny. Yes, kids, we used to think of that magazine as porn. Arriving at the state capitol building just before 9:00 in the morning, I was struck by the number of people already present. All stripes, ages and genders were represented. Kids in strollers pushed by young couples, groups of teens, extended family members, elders. Honestly, the diversity surprised me. Lewd, humorous, vitriolic and clever homemade signs abounded. Selected examples: “Make America Think Again,” an obvious take on Trump’s “Make America Great Again” campaign slogan. Variations on “Respect my existence or expect my resistance.” “I’m with Her” borrowed from Hillary Clinton’s campaign, except showing arrows in all directions. “I can’t believe we’re still fighting this shit” or similar versions. “I’m not really a sign-making kind of guy, but for fuck’s sake!” There was call and response chanting “What does democracy look like? This is what democracy looks like.” “Hey, hey, here, here. Immigrants are welcome here.” Lots of pink “pussy hats” and references to female genitalia as a source of power rather than derision or weakness. There were numerous effigies of Trump with many references to his small hands and orange pallor. Apparently such personal attacks have replaced critical thinking and thoughtful public discourse. Maybe that’s what happens to a society when sexual assault and
penis size become acceptable topics during a presidential campaign. Although branded as “Women’s March on Denver” (marchoncolorado. org) those present clearly represented a range of causes, origins and locales. Most causes were subsets of the progressive agenda being systematically dismantled by Trump’s administration. Climate change, immigration, Affordable Healthcare Act, religious freedom, free press and social justice were the strongest themes mixed in with vehement support for women’s equality and reproductive rights. The malevolence towards the current administration cannot be overstated. One thing was crystal clear, the audience was chockfull of Trump haters. The actual marching was supposed to start at 9:30, but we didn’t begin walking until almost 11:00 purportedly because the number of marchers was so great it actually doubled back on itself, creating gridlock. Final numbers vary, but Denver organizers expected 40,000 whereas the actual number reportedly exceeded 100,000. While our amended constitution
protects citizens’ rights to free speech, peaceable assembly and free press, be reminded it still doesn’t guarantee equal rights for women. The “Equal Rights Amendment” proposed in 1972, expired unratified in 1982. This proposed amendment to Article 3 of the constitution, was simply worded as “Section. 1. Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.” Women only gained the right to vote in 1920 after years of painful struggle featuring violence and incarceration. So, I have lingering questions: will protests like Women’s March continue, grow or dissipate over time? Was this march a bucket list item (participate in a women’s rights march, check!) or indicative of a sustainable social movement? Perhaps the actual end game should be about more than just abhorrence of Trump and everything he stands for. Perhaps the result could be equal rights regardless of sex finally being codified in our constitution.
A sea of signs in front of the Colorado Capitol Building. Estimates put the crowd at over 100,000, and with the other like protests worldwide, some estimates are this day of protest could have been one of the largest ever. Photo by Sara Hertwig.
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K-mart: Denver loses the last in a chain of big-box department stores.
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Business As Usual By Kerry Hammond Please notify us of business-related news within your neighborhood so we can provide coverage in “Business as Usual.” This is the place for business anniversaries, key personnel changes, relocations, openings, new product or service offerings, residential or commercial developments, political intrigues and ownership changes. Call us at 303-778-8021 or send an email to bau@washparkprofile. com.
Baker Kmart (kmart.com), the discount store that is part of the Sears Holding Corporation, will close the 363 S. Broadway location this spring. This is the last of the stores in Denver, and only three more remain in the larger Metro area of the city.
Cherry Creek Vineyard Vines (vineyardvines. com) is set to open soon at 2900 E. Second Ave. This store was founded by two brothers who spent their summers in Martha's Vineyard. They started by "selling ties, so we wouldn't have to wear them" after they quit their New York City jobs, according to their website's story. They are bringing their preppy clothing and pink whale logo to Denver so that we can dress like we're at the beach, even though we're nowhere near it.
Platt Park A few more changes happened recently on Old South Pearl Street. Black Pearl is gone for good, Gaia is closed, and the owners have combined
forces to open Yardbird in the former Black Pearl location at 1529 S. Pearl St. The new restaurant will offer breakfast, lunch and dinner. Stay tuned as they get their website up and running, but visit them in the meantime to check out the new menu items, as well as old favorites. Happy Three Year Anniversary to La Cour Bistro & Art Bar (denversartbar. com). La Cour, which is French for “courtyard,” is located at 1643 S. Broadway and owner, Janet Poth, explained that the restaurant is "a gathering place where Paris and the Front Range meet." She also said, "We believe in creating a space that you feel comfortable in and encourages you to stretch, to taste some food or a cocktail. We want you to be able to talk to your neighbor, look at some art and listen to music." There are never cover charges or tickets to purchase, and if you mention that you heard about their anniversary in the Profile, you’ll receive 10 percent off (this is not valid with other offers, such as the three course, $79 Valentine’s Day dinner special).
University Park MAM Couture Boutique (mamcoutureboutique.com) is now open at 2363 E. Evans Ave. near the University of Denver. The store offers designer fashion for men and women, including shoes and accessories. “We’re excited to bring the fashions of Los Angeles and New York to Denver,” says owner Rashad Randolph. Shoppers experience a hip, comfortable vibe as they browse the racks for their next piece of clothing that will make their wardrobe pop.
Devil’s Food Bakery and Café (devilsfooddenver.com) just celebrated its Grand Opening a few short weeks ago at 1004 S. Gaylord St. Director of Operations, Jaryn Oakley, was excited to tell me that “the bakery will serve teas, custom pastries and cakes,” with seating for 30 and Wi-Fi. She adds, “The neighborhood is super excited about the opening. The owners put a lot of time and love into the new space.” The Devil’s Food Cookery is still located at 1020 S. Gaylord St., but the coffee and pastry section was replaced with a full-service bar to craft cocktails you can pair with your food. Happy 15th Anniversary to Headlines—the Wash Park Salon (headlinessalon.net), located at 284 S. Downing St. If you’re wondering how a salon stays in business for so long, owner Steve McGrath sheds a little light on things. "We are aligned with the Aveda mission 'to care for the world we live in' and strive to do our part within the community." He also proudly adds that "over the years, Headlines has been active with the local schools and has been a leader in Aveda's annual Earth Month fundraising efforts." The salon will be celebrating 15 years all month long, so follow them on Facebook to catch the specials.
Virginia Village By the time this newspaper hits the stands, Broken Rice (enjoybrokenrice. com) will be open at 1390 S. Colorado Blvd. The restaurant, which serves Asian street food, derives its name from the unavoidable broken grains of rice that occur during the grain’s harvest. This sticky and soft rice will be the focus of the menu. The restaurant’s manager also pointed out that they "will have a full bar, serving beer, wine and
cocktails. We'll also have a great happy hour." Sounds like quite a combination.
Around Town We have two book related items to share with you. The first is to tell you about the Red Chair Bookshop at 10 W. 14th Avenue Pkwy, inside the Central branch of the Denver Public Library (dplfriends.org). The store is stocked with a combination of books donated by the public and those taken out of library circulation. “It’s the ultimate recycling process, since the money we make is used to buy new books for the library,” says Laurie Romer, Interim Director of the Denver Library’s nonprofit Friends Foundation. The library will still sell used books on Amazon and will continue to hold the large June and November book sales, but now readers can browse, year-round. Coming soon to a neighborhood near you: BookBar’s Mavis the Magical Bookmobile (bookbardenver. com). Mavis is a 1994 Ford ambulance-turned-bookmobile. It will be used for on-site, in-store events as well as off-site deliveries, as the owners plan to target underserved neighborhoods and provide book donations. “We hope to do some on-the-road book signings and interviews with authors, as well as some unique and fun stuff,” says proud owner, Nicole Sullivan. Mavis is getting some upgrades at the moment and will hopefully be on her wheels in the spring. Kerry Hammond investigates and reports on the neighborhood happenings in the Business as Usual column and is a freelance book reviewer for the Washington Park Profile. Contact her with any business-related news at the email above.
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People of South Denver By Susan Dugan
hen Denver native Rose Keating graduated from Metropolitan State in 1974 with a degree in computer programming, she decided to head east, instead of west, to seek her fortune. “It wasn’t that Colorado didn’t have jobs,” she says. “I just knew I didn’t have the experience I needed to compete.” While working out of state for several years, Keating also gained crucial experience in Florida while volunteering for the space program. When she returned to Denver, she went through the Yellow Pages to identify companies that might contract out for technology assistance. “I ended up having credentials through the supervisor who took care of me in the Space Shuttle program that later got me jobs here with Lockheed Martin,” she says. “I got into oil and gas and ended up with the pipeline businesses and the distribution centers. I was able to do some very interesting and innovative things, develop my own software and form my own company [Keating Companies].” In 1999, when she found herself in possession of three used computers, she had no idea her quandary about what to do with them would spark the genesis for Tech For All, a nonprofit organization that collects, reconditions and donates used computer equipment to needy individuals. “I put them in the back of my 1968 Ford pickup that had been my dad’s and took them to a recycling place,” she says. “But while walk-
space in June 2004 because it was being of the working day. “In my peripheral ing through the store, I noticed they torn down, Keating again found hervision, I saw three sets of cowboy boots didn’t have anything near as nice as the self led through a maze of synchronisand there were the same men in clean ones I was turning in. So I asked the guy black jeans and starched white shirts,” tic referrals, this time to late Denver if they’d be interested in buying these businessman, Tom Gamel, the [then] she says. “This one man pulled a yellow for the store but he offered me next to owner of Tech For All’s current location pad out of his pocket with a brief thank nothing.” at 1709 S. Acoma St. (now owned by his you written in broken English, and they Keating took them home, put them son David, likewise Tech For on her backyard picnic table and All’s “champion”). “On the went to work. “I cleaned them up spot, Mr. Gamel put a key in and relayed the operating sysmy hand and said, ‘your home tems and they were sweet, brand is with us,’” Keating says. new with clean hard drives. The “So, he donated the space sun started beating on me and I and we had another Christgot a beer and threw myself on mas open house and out of the chaise lounge, wondering that came seven volunteers. why I had spent the whole day That allowed me to more than doing this? It was a Thursday, triple the amount of equipabout 2:30 in the afternoon, and ment we gave away from 2004 I lived five blocks from Rishel to 2005.” Middle School. Three little boys Keating also learned walked by and I asked if they how to recycle equipment to had computers and they said no. make money for the growing So I pointed to the ones on the nonprofit. For many years, table and told them that if it was Rose Keating poses at Denver Tech For All. Photo by Sara she trained and employed a okay with their folks, they could Hertwig. team of developmentally diseach have one.” abled adults. “We treated them with were all nodding. One of their children The children returned in minutes had written it for them. I’ll tell you, respect and taught them and they took with mothers and grandmothers, and great pride in helping kids get computevery hair on the back of my head stood Keating started showing them how the ers,” she says. When that effort recently up because I had helped men just like my computers worked. “Around 4:30, their became too much, after Keating experiDad, who was an electrician and worked daddys came,” she says. “They were enced a health crisis, Tech For All began so hard, too. And [I realized] there would all laborers, dirty and very tired. They relying on an ethical recycler. never have been money for a computer kept saying, how much money, dollars? To date, Tech For All has given away for us, either.” Because this was nice equipment; I nearly 10,000 computers to needy chilAfter that, notes appeared on her don’t think these computers were even dren, adults and families. “And it’s all front door from other people asking if four years old.” because of our volunteers,” Keating she had any more computers. “My walk Eventually, the fathers accepted says, noting the nonprofit’s exponential was always shoveled and sometimes the gifts. The following Monday, Keatgrowth. “On my own, I could only make big bags of tamales appeared,” Keating ing pulled into her driveway at the end a very small difference, but once we had says, laughing. “So every time I was in a the space and volunteers, it really took building that had a computer sitting in off. All I have to do is show up, make the hallway, I’d ask what are you doing sure the bills are paid and everybody is with that.” She started taking equipthanked and make some lunch [provided ment home, reconditioning it and giving for volunteers daily]. The act of being a it away, and people started donating volunteer is a terribly exciting thing. more computers. When she ran out of And you don’t have to have a tech backkitchen space, operations spilled over ground to help us here.” into her garage. The smiles on kids’ faces and the By 2003, Keating had filled her homey atmosphere Keating has created garage, given away more than 100 have kept volunteers giving their time computers and could barely keep up to Tech For All for many years. On a with constant donations. That’s when recent Saturday morning, several help a series of coincidences she considers a family of five children, whose mother nothing short of miraculous led her to a is also taking college classes, get set up space for rent at West Alameda Avenue with recently donated Netbooks, while and Tejon Street, ideally situated near a grandmother and three grandchildren Valverde Elementary and Rishel Middle wait patiently in the hallway for their Schools. Between Christmas and New turn, and a revolving handful of others, Year’s of 2003, she held an open house and asked for support and volunteers. who have scheduled a visit to adopt a computer, line up on the sidewalk outShe also hired homeless men from the Saint Francis Center. : CONTINUED ON PAGE 14 While preparing to vacate that
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A Representative View By Jolon Clark, Denver City Council District 7
evelopment, densification, traffic, parking and the demolition of structures in neighborhoods and along main street commercial districts like Old South Pearl Street has caused a lot of friction as Denver continues to grow at a faster rate than almost any other major city in the United States. Few things have brought the need to make sure that we are handling this growth responsibly into as clear a focus as the debate that is raging around a piece of the Denver Zoning code that few people have ever heard of. With a moratorium that was put into place by a unanimous vote of the Denver City Council set to expire at the end of March, the Small Lot Parking Exemption is once again in the spotlight as we struggle to define who we are as a city, who we want to be, and how we get there. In 2006, the intention of the Small Lot Parking Exemption, which allows for lots 6,250 square feet or less to be developed with zero parking spaces provided, was to catalyze business on small retail and commercial parcels along major arterials such as Colfax Avenue and Broadway, where there were
empty store fronts and there was a real threat of a loss of neighborhood character by small lots being assembled. Since implementation of the exemption in 2010 and on Sept. 1 2014, there were 1,604 building permits issued on small lots in mixed use districts. The vast majority of permits using the small lot exemption were for reinvestment and rehabilitation of existing structures. Only six permits were for new construction of non-single family residential structures, and only one used the exemption. In recent years, micro apartment development has made its way to Denver. With multiple applications suddenly submitted to the city for micro apartments on small lots, neighbors and City Council took notice. Building on these small lots with more than 50 residential units was never intended or envisioned when the Exemption was initially created, but it provided a loophole for this new kind of development, with significant impacts on the neighborhoods into which they were being proposed to be built. Armed with no tools to address these impacts, citizens came together to ask City Council to do something, and Council voted unanimously for a moratorium on the
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Exemption until a better plan to address the impacts on neighborhoods could be developed. When the moratorium was put in place, a committee was formed to provide a recommendation for what to do. The final recommendation was opposed by all four neighborhood representatives on the committee but is moving its way through City Council anyway. Under the new recommendations, nothing would change in places like South Pearl Street and most of Broadway. Even for development over three stories and not on an identified transit corridor, the changes are still nowhere near adequate. The project garnering the most attention leading up to the moratorium is a project at 16th Avenue and Humboldt Street proposing 54 residential units on one 6,250 foot lot. For reference, a 6,250 lot fits one single family home in Wash Park and two in Baker. The same developers submitted a second project with another 54 units on an adjacent 6,250 foot lot. Because of how the Small Lot Parking Exemption is written, the developers do not need to agree to anything that would reduce parking demand or car ownership. According to the 2010 census, 73
percent of Denver residents commute to work every day in a single occupancy vehicle, and only 11.9 percent of households have no car. In Portland, Oregon, a recent city survey of apartment buildings that do not have parking found that 72 percent of the tenants still owned cars. Without the Small Lot Parking Exemption, Denver already provides incentives that would have allowed the 16th and Humboldt project to only provide 26 parking spots, while 78 people would likely own a car. The Small Lot Parking Exemption makes the parking requirement zero. The changes that have been proposed would only require 10 spots being built for this development. The real problem is we are using the wrong tool to try to solve a problem that we desperately need to solve. Denver is in dire need of a comprehensive plan to address transportation needs during a time of unprecedented growth while not letting this new development destroy what we all love about our neighborhoods. The unintended consequences of the Small Lot Parking Exemption were bad for Denver; the proposed changes aren’t much better.
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Letters to the Editor In response to the January Letter to the Editor regarding homlessness: The letter to the editor regarding homelessness is thoughtful and empathetic, but lacking insightful perspective and realistic solutions. Absent its negative connotation, gentrification is a dynamic process of turnover that benefits communities. Properties that languished in disrepair are suddenly fixed and improved, low-income residents are encouraged to improve their economic conditions through job training and seeking employment with higher pay. Rising housing costs can actually be a positive for those who own the properties. For those who rent, a cogent solution is available via a city council ordinance for temporary (3-5 year) rent control. Your comments on loss of pension benefits and health care coverage are questionable and probably cannot be supported by valid data.
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we justify sexpenses for aberrant conduct and for those who comprise less than one percent of the population? As for those with alcohol and drug problems, they should be in treatment facilities, not in shelters. Your comment about religious shelters imposing beliefs on the homeless is beyond the pale. A little religion for these people couldn’t hurt. It might actually help them realize that there is more to life than self-indulgence and harmful behavior. It would be better to express a little appreciation to those who do the work of God and community. Most people would be glad to chip in for suitable housing at taxpayer expense, if there’s hope of betterment for the community and the supported residents— meaning an end to camping on the streets and making attempts to become productive citizens who might pay back the gracious citizens. Unfortunately, the experience of cities like San Francisco says otherwise. The misguided attitudes of well-meaning, charitable citizens in that once-elegant city have made it an abominable place to live. Having been identified as hospitable to the homeless, they kept coming from all corners of the country and turned the inner city into a veritable outhouse, occupied by bums, vagrants, purse-snatchers and aggressive panhandlers. Rather than ending the camping ban, we should tell the mayor and city council to visit the outhouse of the West Coast to get a glimpse of what will happen in Denver if left up to those who are clueless. - Walt Heidenfelder ________________________________________ Dear Mr. Eason, I'm sure that your Editor's Note in the January edition was intended to be a balanced, healing attempt to bring
community together, in spite of the election results. But you don't seem to understand that this country, and our communities, will never be the same as they were before a racist, misogynistic, homophobic, lying opportunist with absolutely no compassion for humanity was elected to our highest office. A person who supports the Russian government over our intelligence agencies and the best interests of the American people. I don't want to know my neighbors if they supported this despicable person for President. Because, if they did vote for him, they voted for the oppression of any person that is not a white, rich old man. These neighbors are racist, they are homophobic, they are misogynistic. They are the stuff that created Hitler's Germany. We now have three right-wing generals in cabinet positions, his [Trump’s] children sitting in on security briefings while they do business with foreign countries, billionaires all, chomping at the bit to raid the government coffers the likes of which we've never seen, while they take away healthcare and security from the old, the poor, the young. Who is now paying for his "wall"? And who will get rich by building it? No surprises there. I can't go on because my heart is breaking. Therefore, I am deeply offended by your Editor's Note. Not for what it said, but for what it didn't say. The media had a great deal to do with the destruction we are now witnessing. Therefore, it is incumbent upon you, and your fellow journalists, to report the facts. And the facts are that any person that supported what is going on is not worth knowing. Self interest, on all fronts, is not a good way to run a country that used to be the land of opportunity. - Gail Sykes
From a Volunteer Editor's note: We continue to receive numerous submissions in response to our call for narratives about volunteering with worthy organizations. It is with great pleasure we share the narrative of Cindy Rigot who began volunteering with high-needs youth through a very personal connection. We hope you enjoy the read. Cindy will receive a $50 gift card to Pete's Greek Town Cafe. Volunteer with an organization you think needs profiling? Write a narrative
about your experiences and submit to firstname.lastname@example.org. _________________________________________ When children hear a story, eyes light up. When children learn to read that story by themselves, lives light up. I met my son, Kevin, for dinner one evening in September last year. At the time, he was a grad student in the Boettcher Teacher Residency Program.
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McCann, Denver's new DA, plans early agenda By Jennifer Turner
n Jan. 10, Beth McCann took over as Denver’s new District Attorney and is the first woman in the city’s history to hold the position. She replaced Mitch Morrissey, who served for 12 years. McCann decisively defeated Chief Deputy District Attorney Helen Morgan and received 74 percent of the vote. Morgan, who ran as an independent, has been invited to stay at the DA’s office. U.S. Representative and Chief Minority Whip, Diana DeGette, has known McCann for 25 years and said, “I appreciate Beth’s sharp mind and commitment to strengthening our community. She is just the right person to take on the steep challenges facing Denver’s criminal justice system.” A top priority for McCann is juvenile justice. She wants to expand the restorative justice concept, which is a system that focuses on the rehabilitation of offenders through reconciliation with victims and the community at large.
In order to help facilitate change, McCann plans to make structural alterations within the Juvenile Prosecution Division. Currently, the deputy and chief deputy positions are rotating. Her plan is to make the chief position at least a five-year commitment, and possibly permanent, depending on the person. She is also looking at having deputies in the juvenile division who chose to be there instead of rotating people through. “I would rather have people in juvenile court who are committed to the concept of trying to change juvenile behavior," McCann said. "That way, they become familiar with all the programs and alternatives available, and develop an expertise. They will also, unfortunately, get to know the kids that keep coming back. This will be a more effective way to focus on helping kids make better choices.” McCann’s legal career began in the District Attorney’s office over 30 years ago. From 1981-1983, she served as Chief Deputy District Attorney. In 1983, she left
Sworn in by Second Judicial District Court Chief Judge Michael Martinez, Beth McCann became Denver's ﬁrst female District Attorney. Photo by Sara Hertwig. to join the Denver law firm of Cooper & Kelly for eight years and made partner in 1985. Other credentials include being Mayor Wellington Webb’s Manager of Safety and serving as the Deputy Attorney General in charge of Civil Litigation and Employment Law in the Colorado Attorney General’s Office. For the past
eight years, McCann represented House District 8, which covers central and northeast Denver. Former Republican House Speaker Frank McNulty served with McCann in the Colorado State House. He said, “Beth
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Reorganization of Dem Party of Denver County set for Feb. 11 By Jennifer Turner
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(PCPs), which are elected at caucus. Interested individuals don’t need to be a PCP or other member of the County Central Committee to run for these positions, but do need to be a registered Democrat in the relevant
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Small-lot Parking Exemption gets smaller? Councilman Brooks’ proposal ties parking to transit, building height By J. Patrick O’Leary
fter months of debate by neighborhood representatives, developers and housing experts, the city will hold public hearings and vote on a proposal to tighten the zoning code’s Small Lot Parking Exemption. Currently, lots in mixed-use commercial districts that are 6,250 square feet or smaller and that existed as of June 25, 2010, are exempt from offstreet parking requirements, regardless of the development capacity or uses. The proposed text amendment, sponsored by District 9 Councilman Albus Brooks, would limit the parking exemption on those lots to the first three stories of new buildings located near rail stations and transit routes, and the first two stories elsewhere. Use of the exemption raised neighbors’ ire last year when a developer, claiming the exemption, received city approval to build 108 “micro” apart-
ments and a restaurant at 1570-78 Humboldt, without new off-street parking. In response, in August City Council passed a seven-month moratorium on Community Planning and Development (CPD) approving projects using the exemption, and created a 15-member “6250 Steering Committee” to review the exemption and recommend changes. That group met five times since September, but failed to reach a consensus when all four of its neighborhood representatives withheld approval of the proposal at the final Dec. 15 meeting. Brooks’ proposal limits the parking exemption for new buildings on small lots to the first two stories above the base plane; the code’s existing minimum parking requirements would apply to uses above that and below the base plane. An additional story—a total of three above the base plane—would be exempt for lots located within a half mile of a rail station or a quarter-mile of a High-Frequency Transit Corridor (HFTC). Eight HFTCs are described in the draft, including the entire length of
Colfax, East 12th from Broadway east to Colorado (excluding Cheesman Park), Broadway from East 20th south to the city’s edge, Lincoln from Colfax south to East Ohio, Colorado Boulevard from East 40th south to Evans and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard from Downing east to Quebec. Any parking required under the amendment could be reduced by factors listed under Section 10.4.5.3 of the zoning code, such as affordable housing, proximity to transit, and bike or car sharing. Existing buildings on small lots would still be exempt from parking requirements. Steering Committee notes show at the end of the fourth meeting all but two members supported limiting the parking exemption to three stories inside the transit areas and two stories outside. But committee member Bill Vanderlan reported that at the final, fifth meeting he and three other representatives of RNOs withheld their support. “Insufficient data was provided by
CPD to evaluate the actual impact of the preferred plan. Nobody wants to approve a plan that can't be substantiated,” Vanderlan said. “We feel like there needs to be at a minimum a zoning proposal information notice (ZPIN) so neighborhoods are informed about proposed projects requesting exemptions similar to what is already in the zoning code when a 25 percent reduction in parking is requested,” he added. Vanderlan said he and the three others did not agree with the definitions of the “transit shed,” which he said was already defined in the code, and he and the other representatives opposed would continue to challenge the adoption of the plan. The proposal was posted on CPD’s website on Jan. 3, and notices were sent to RNOs. The Planning Board will hold a public hearing and make recommendations on Feb. 1. It then goes to a council committee on Feb. 14, a first reading before council on Feb. 20 and public hearing and vote on March 20. For updates on the text amendment process and timetable, visit denvergov. org.
INC urges Council to extend Small Lot Parking Moratorium By Haines Eason
n Jan. 14, Denver’s Inter-Neighborhood Cooperation (INC), the body representing Denver’s Registered Neighborhood Organizations (RNOs), voted 40 to nine—with five abstentions—to approve a resolution to urge Denver City Council to extend the Small Lot Parking Exemption Morato-
rium. Approved by Council Aug. 22, the moratorium went into effect Aug. 25 and expires March 31, 2017. Denver District 7 City Councilman, Jolon Clark, was present at the Jan. 14 meeting and forwarded an opinion that a development-first approach to infill without addressing other factors is concerning to him.
Referencing the contentious Capitol Hill-area development at 16th and Humboldt streets, which will likely include 108 micro units on two adjacent 6,250 square foot lots, Councilman Clark said people’s gut reaction might be that 108 units without parking “just isn’t right.” For him, there’s a bigger issue at stake.
“The real questions is, does it eliminate the cars? Because if our vision is really a community that doesn’t have cars, where people can get around town without cars...does it work? As I’ve looked into this issue and I’ve researched it, it doesn’t.”
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Convenience, revenue spurs City cracks down on licensing, push to extend marijuana hours taxation of short-term rentals By Caroline Schomp
enver’s marijuana industry is beginning a push to extend hours past the currently mandated 7p.m. There’s no formal proposal yet, but the Denver City Council Special Issues Marijuana Committee heard from the cannabis industry on Jan. 9 that Denver could receive more tax and licensing revenue if stores and dispensaries were allowed to stay open until 10p.m. or even midnight. Kristi Kelly, representing the Marijuana Industry Group (MIG), a trade association, said a survey of cannabis sellers outside of Denver showed "[t]he revenue Denver could realize is hemorrhaging into other communities.” Aurora and Commerce City allow sales until 10p.m.; Glendale and Edgewater permit sales until midnight. Kelly said Denver could realize as much as 25 percent more revenue if its 450-plus marijuana sales locations stayed open until 12a.m. 2015 marijuana tax and license revenue came to $29.5 million. Tiffany Goldman, owner of The
Health Center in University Hills, said convenience and good customer service require later hours. “Adjusting schedules is sometimes very difficult,” she said. The cannabis industry considers extended hours to be an essential part of implementing Initiative 300. Approved by voters in November, it would allow social consumption of marijuana in licensed businesses that set aside dedicated “consumption areas,” but no sales. Since they expect more social consumption after 7p.m., later hours at nearby marijuana outlets create cross-business opportunities, giving social users a place to consume the marijuana they buy. “Back-alley transactions go away if there are legal sales outlets with late hours, and dark storefronts become light,” lowering the incidence of crime, Kelly said. Plus, a five-hour extension would mean additional well paying jobs with benefits. More than 50 marijuana retail stores and dispensaries are located in areas served by
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By Stacey McDole
hort-term rentals (STRs)—rentals for less than 30 days—are increasingly popular in tourist-heavy Denver. VRBO.com started here in 1995 as a solution to rent vacation mountain condos. Today, the website currently lists 2,600 owner-managed rentals in Breckenridge alone. According to Dan Rowland, Citywide Communications Advisor for the City and County of Denver, that number is closer to 3,000 in the metro area. Instead of the number of miles to the Convention Center, travelers should look for this: 2016-BFN-0001234, a business license number issued by the City acknowledging the host complies with local regulations and taxes. On Jan. 1, the City began imposing fines on unlicensed STR hosts. Hosts must register for a $25 business license, an excise license and a State of Colorado tax identification number. Those who fail to comply, but continue to operate, are at risk. First offenders are issued a
$99 fine; second, $499; third, $999, and then $999 every day after, for being noncompliant. Those issued a Notice of Violation have 14 days to comply, but no fines have been issued yet. As of mid-January, only 744 of approximately 3,000 STRs have registered with the City. “We are following up with complaints daily, and have sent hundreds of notices to comply,” said Rowland. “Now, we are sending Notices of Violations.” To get the word out, the City launched a digital marketing campaign microtargeting hosts. The campaign touts the slogan "Stay Legit Denver." Per denvercov.org/str, “staying legit” is an easy, three-step process: obtain a Lodger’s Tax ID number, a short-term rental business license and post the number to platform ads. “Some hosts I’ve spoken to have found the process a little bumpy,” said James Carlson, a Denver real estate
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WASHINGTON PARK MARKET REPORT 2016
More to sell = more to buy The increase in inventory in 2016 meant an increase in both the number of sales and prices. As I predicted this time last year, some smart sellers sold homes that they were unable or unwilling to sell at the low prices of the downturn. Inventory increased but demand still exceeded it making it another amazing year for sellers.
should see more inventory. I think the two reasons to sell that I mentioned above will continue to be a factor along with a motivation to move before rates rise higher. As inventory opens up, some will move who have wanted to for awhile but just couldn’t ﬁnd what they wanted. They also weren’t so motivated that they were willing to endure the stress of bidding wars. With fewer of those to worry about, moves will become easier.
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WASHINGTON PARK ACTIVE/SOLD JANUARY 2006 THROUGH DECEMBER 2016 250
We also helped many long time homeowners who have gained so much value in the last few years that they have now exceeded either the $250,000 proﬁt for a single or $500,000 for a married couple and every dollar of increase they see from here will be subject to a 28% capital gains tax. That caused me to move in 2015 and we helped many more do the same in 2016. What should we expect in 2017? One thing we have already seen is an increase in interest rates. Lenders tell me they think we could see a couple of more increases during the year. This will surely slow the market. We also
# OF HOMES
WASHINGTON PARK SOLD HOMES JANUARY THROUGH DECEMBER 2013 - 2016 WASHINGTON WASHINGTON PARK SOLD MARKET REPORT SUMMARY JANUARY-DECEMBER 2016
SALES SALESPRICE PRICE 00-199,999 -199,999 200 200--299,999 299,999 300 300--399,999 399,999 400 400--499,999 499,999 500 500--599,999 599,999 600 600--699 699999 999 700 799,999 700 - 799,999 800 800--899,999 899,999 900 900--999,999 999,999 11mil. mil.--1.99 1.99mil. mil. over 2 over 2million million TOTAL TOTALSOLD SOLD AVG AVGPRICE/SQ PRICE/SQFT FT HIGH HIGHPRICE/SQ PRICE/SQFT FT LOW LOWPRICE/SQ PRICE/SQFT FT % %CHANGE CHANGE
East East Side Side UNIVERSITY UNIVERSITY YORK-MARION YORK-MARION (West (Westside side only) only) 2016 2015 2014 2016 2015 2015 2014 2014 2013 2013 2016 2016 2015 2014
44 416.8 416.8 585.8 585.8 298.2 298.2 0% 0% MEDIAN PRICE/SQ FT 366.5 MEDIAN PRICE/SQ FT 366.5 % CHANGE -4% % CHANGE -4%
55 416.8 416.8 529.8 529.8 350.1 350.1 10% 10% 380.8 380.8 -4% -4%
55 380.2 380.2 450.0 450.0 287.8 287.8 -1% -1% 398.6 398.6 -5% -5%
44 385.5 385.5 457.9 457.9 248.9 248.9 22% 22% 417.6 417.6 28% 28%
44 66 12 12 27 27 28 28 20 20 88 55 55 12 12 172 172 522.2 522.2 1000.9 1000.9 282.8 282.8 5% 5% 515.1 515.1 5% 5%
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2016 2 12 12 18 18 47 47 42 42 34 34 18 18 66 22
2015 2015 11 11 36 36 41 41 39 39 22 22 15 15 66 22 11
2014 2014 44 15 15 43 43 60 60 19 19 16 16 11 11 33
2013 2013 88 27 27 60 60 57 57 31 31 88 22
44 33 66 22
55 44 22 44 11
2014 2014 11 55 55 33
22 88 33 77
33 77 21 21 19 19 18 18 14 14 55 48 48 55 140 140 495.6 495.6 853.5 853.5 232.5 232.5 15% 15% 491.6 491.6 16% 16%
13 13 31 31 29 29 13 13 99 11 11 36 36 22 146 146 429.7 429.7 694.1 694.1 250.5 250.5 3% 3% 424.0 424.0 2% 2%
33 29 29 36 36 30 30 16 16 14 14 88 30 30 33 169 169 416.7 416.7 695.0 695.0 166.1 166.1 11% 11% 413.9 413.9 15% 15%
1 1 5 5 13 13 14 14 7 7 6 6 4 4 5 5
3 3 9 9 7 7 9 9 12 12 3 3 2 2 4 4
2 2 17 17 11 11 14 14 8 8 6 6 1 1 5 5
7 7 21 21 16 16 9 9 8 8 3 3 2 2 1 1
55 55 455.2 455.2 810.2 810.2 234.6 234.6 4% 4% 448.4 448.4 8% 8%
49 49 439.0 439.0 639.3 639.3 277.6 277.6 17% 17% 415.8 415.8 11% 11%
64 64 376.7 376.7 584.9 584.9 149.6 149.6 -1% -1% 375.1 375.1 -2% -2%
67 67 381.6 381.6 547.9 547.9 207.8 207.8 18% 18% 381.9 381.9 20% 20%
181 181 399.9 399.9 737.2 737.2 184.4 184.4 7% 7% 387.9 387.9 4% 4%
173 173 374.3 374.3 639.7 639.7 208.2 208.2 9% 9% 371.7 371.7 10% 10%
171 171 344.5 344.5 524.8 524.8 202.9 202.9 5% 5% 339.3 339.3 7% 7%
194 194 326.8 326.8 624.0 624.0 91.6 91.6 14% 14% 317.9 317.9 14% 14%
15 15 355.0 355.0 488.5 488.5 249.2 249.2 21% 21% 334.4 334.4 13% 13%
16 16 294.5 294.5 385.2 385.2 217.5 217.5 17% 17% 296.7 296.7 27% 27%
14 14 251.4 251.4 329.6 329.6 168.6 168.6 3% 3% 234.0 234.0 -6% -6%
20 20 244.0 244.0 302.2 302.2 168.0 168.0 52% 52% 250.1 250.1 49% 49%
MEDIAN SALE PRICE 528,250 505,000 440,000 430,000 850,000 807,000 688,000 650,000 660,000 663,000 610,000 550,000 522,750 497,250 430,000 402,000 404,500 390,421 326,250 327,450 MEDIAN SALE PRICE 528,250 505,000 440,000 430,000 850,000 807,000 688,000 650,000 660,000 663,000 610,000 550,000 522,750 497,250 430,000 402,000 404,500 390,421 326,250 327,450
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mindful of some hop-to-it advice. “Richard, Dave’s dad, always says, ‘You can go on and on, but you got to world that have never seen a harp up finish at some point,’” Benjamin-Tebelau close, let alone a room full of them,” said. Debra said. “It’s amazing how many Twelve of Kolacny’s 14 full-time people come in and go, ‘I didn’t know employees are musicians, and their they made the little ones.’ We have schedules give them freedom to attend people who come in and just want to sit rehearsals and performances in there.” and to give lessons. The firm’s annual sales “We’re not trying to run an have been steady the past few empire here,” David said. “I don’t years, Debra said, and are about put pressure on my employees to $1.2 million to $1.3 million. She meet quotas. They do what they said at any given time, Kolacny do, and I know they’re doing Music has about 1,500 instrutheir best and we all get along.” ments rented out, including That credo helps explain about 200 harps. About half the why nearly all the employees customers rent to own, a policy have worked at Kolacny for well that applies to all instruments over a decade and, like Max except harps. Wagner, feel a sense of mission. A Kolacny employee He’s a professional saxophone makes regular visits to about player who joined Kolacny in 40 schools in the metropolitan 1993, a woodwinds specialist area and less often to the Unistationed at the front counter. versity of Colorado, delivering “The work that’s done here repaired instruments, picking Eli Acosta works on the repair side of Kolacny Music and has up those needing repair and been with the company for two years. Photo by Sara Hertwig. is so important and so valuable, and it really must be done...,” dropping off music or accesWagner said. “You can’t walk into a classOne such individual is Rick Benjasories a band or orchestra teacher has room of eager young people and help min-Tebelau, a string technician who ordered. Individuals also bring their them learn to play music if they don’t began working at Kolacny in 2000 in the instruments to the store for repair. have functioning instruments. So this string repair shop adjacent to the horn “The repair is the heart of the busimusic store is an absolute necessity when ness, and it always will be,” Debra said. repair shop for the brass and woodwind music stores such as this are suffering a instruments. On a recent day, he was “You can’t get it on the internet. You pretty high attrition rate.” polishing a violin, working carefully but can’t get your flute fixed or get your
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“Grandpa’s philosophy always was I’d rather make a friend than a buck,” said Debra Kolacny, who is David’s wife and began working in the business in 1988. There is a fourth family member in the firm; Donna Kolacny, David’s sister, joined it in 1989. Kolacny rents, sells and repairs string, brass and woodwind instruments for individuals and for school bands and orchestras and sells music and accessories for those instruments. David heads a harp department that was started in the early 1980s and is the only harp repairman between Chicago and Salt Lake. “The philosophy of the business is we don’t really sell something we can’t fix. So I went off to Chicago and got trained to do the harp repair.” said David, who is president of the International Society of Folk Harpers and Craftsmen. Kolacny Music has been a fixture at 1900 S. Broadway since 1958, its brick exterior highlighted by a distinctive blue awning and large blue borders around the windows. Even more eye-catching is the harp room, not far from the entrance. The room contains 32 harps of various sizes, many on consignment, and beckons customers whose reason for coming to Kolacny Music has nothing to do with harps. “There are so many people in the
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spaces and 20 leased spaces in an existing parking garage across the street. Neighbors are worried about how his building will fit into the historic character of the block, however. Finney has been “very responsive as far as outreach, but he’s the owner and it’s well within his right to build something he feels is aesthetically pleasing,” Arroyo said. “The sleekly contemporary, 17,000 sq ft building will include private offices, private desks in an open-office format, drop-in spaces and mail drops,” Finney said. Two older buildings that housed Gaia Bistro and the developer’s real estate office—formerly Greentree Cyclery—will be demolished to make way for it. “South Pearl Street is not designated as a historic district and short of
that, you’re really dealing property by property,” Arroyo said. “Not everybody agrees. A lot of people are very excited by the new buildings. A lot of people are very disappointed; every building lost is charm lost.” District 7 City Councilman Clark, who represents Platt Park, agreed. “It’s hard to legislate when everyone has a different opinion.” He said the only way to absolutely preserve the character of Old South Pearl is to go for historic designation, which would place limits on demolition and redevelopment. Clark pointed to the Baker Historic District and to the recently designated Krisana Park overlay district, south of Glendale, which he said, “[It’s] not my cup of tea, but they [the mid-century modern homes] all matched. They spoke about those like I speak about brick
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bungalows.” Historic designation is a long process that involves getting buy-in from affected property owners and, “Often there isn’t a lot of agreement about what that community should look like. It takes an area where there’s a shared vision … but it has to be citizen led,” Clark said.
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Tuesdays & Fridays 02/03-02/24 | Times vary Italian in One Year Looking to learn Italian before your next vacation to Italy? This course is designed for beginning students that want to immerse themselves and reach basic fluency before their trip to Italy. For more information and to enroll please see our website. | 303-733-4335 Italian Institute, 3773 Cherry Creek Drive N., Suite 575 italianinstitute.com
Students/alum/faculty/friends travel to celebrate one another and engage in critical thinking, courageous dialogue and liturgical embodiment around current world events. Lectures, workshops, worship are led by leaders in their field. Reg/fee required | 303-765-3111 Iliff School of Theology, 2323 E. Iliff Ave. iliff.edu Mondays & Tuesdays 02/06-02/28 | 6:00p.m.-8:00p.m. Adult Open Lab Interested in recording music or editing your videos? Want to use a 3D printer or learn about Arduino? Need to scan your drawings and clean them up? ideaLAB has a wide variety of hardware and software available. Also, Thursdays, 1-3p.m. | 720-865-1706 ideaLAB in Community Technology Center of DPL Central library, 10 W. 14th Ave. Parkway denverlibrary.org/idealab
Sat, 02/04 | 1:00p.m.-3:00p.m. Demo & Dialogue Series Throughout the year, Art Students League of Denver's talented faculty offer free demonstrations in their medium. This month, Contemporary Abstract Painting with Homare Ikeda. | 303-778-6990 Meininger Art Supply, 499 Broadway asld.org Sat, 02/04 | 10:00a.m.-12:00p.m. Orchids 101 The class will cover basic orchid biology, ecology, cultivation and propagation, with demonstrations of proper watering, repotting and mounting techniques. $44. | 720-865-3580 Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York St. botanicgardens.org
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Sat, 02/04 | 10:00a.m.-11:30a.m. Thinking Italy? A travel planning seminar. Planning a trip to Italy? Make it the trip of a lifetime by attending this free and informative travel seminar offered by a native Italian instructor. Enroll online, registration closes 24 hours before the event. No walk-ins please. A presto! | 303-733-4335 Italian Institute, 3773 Cherry Creek Drive N., Suite 575 italianinstitute.com Mon, 02/06 | 6:00p.m.-8:20p.m. Beginning Italian 101 With the beginning of a new year, now is the perfect time to commit to learning a second language. The Italian Institute will be offering a nine week Italian 101 course, taught by a native Italian speaker. Enroll online, $429. | 303-733-4335 Italian Institute, 3773 Cherry Creek Drive N., Suite 575 italianinstitute.com Mon, 02/06 | Times vary Renewal Conference: "Transforming a Legacy" Gather to discuss, rest and heal from issues facing our region, nation and world. Engage important topics, learn about new possibilities, eat great food, experience moving worship and celebrate the highlights, $195. | 303-765-3111 Iliff School of Theology, 2323 E. Iliff Ave. Monday - Wednesday, 02/06-02/08 | 8:00a.m.-1:00p.m. Iliff Renewal Conference
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will be available for sale and signing. | 720-865-1111 Denver Public Library: Central branch, 10 W. 14th Ave. Parkway denverlibrary.org Sun, 02/12 | 10:30a.m.-12:30p.m. Coffee-n-Canvas: Valentine Chocolates Paint with full-time working artist, Tabetha Landt, in her studio in the heart of the Art District on Santa Fe! $26 No experience necessary. See all classes offered www.DenverArtClass.com | 720-279-7911 Landt Creative Space, 802 Santa Fe Drive
Mon, 02/13 | 1:00p.m. From Denver to the Oscars: Hattie McDaniel's Road to the Red Carpet Denver's own Hattie McDaniel portrayed Mammy, becoming a Hollywood legend when the role earned her the 1940 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in "Gone With the Wind". RSVP, $5. | 303-866-2394 History Colorado Center, 1200 Broadway historycolorado.org Tue, 02/14 | 12:00p.m.-1:00p.m. Wills & Trusts Class Find out if you are in need of a will or trust and learn about other important estate planning tools, including medical power of attorney. Free and open to the public, free parking and a light meal provided. RSVP required. | 303-573-1170 Denver Community Credit Union, 1041 Acoma St. denvercommunity.coop Tue, 02/14 | 6:00p.m.-8:00p.m. WordPress Happiness Hour If you are a front-end designer, intense developer, writer or a person that likes to poke around on the Dashboard, then come on by. Bring your WordPress work and questions. | 720-865-1706 ideaLAB in Community Technology Center of DPL Central library, 10 W. 14th Ave. Parkway denverlibrary.org/idealab Wed, 02/15 | 1:30p.m.-2:30p.m. Active Minds presents: The History of Tea Hear the story of tea, including the role it played in colonial empire building, the different types of tea, how it is grown and processed, who grows and drinks the most (which are not the same), and much more. Free, please RSVP. | 303-733-4643 Washington Street Community Center, 809 S. Washington St. activeminds.com Wednesday 02/15, 02/22 | 6:00p.m.-8:00p.m.
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Islam: Origins, Interaction with the West, Religious War? Explore the many facets of Islam with Dr. Ahmad Ghais, a Muslim, born and raised in Egypt, and a U.S. citizen since 1967. Is Islam the enemy of America? Explore the evolution of Islam in the U.S. and Islamophobia. $80. | 303-556-8320 Metropolitan State University of Denver, 890 Auraria Parkway msudenver.edu/learnon/spring2017courses/ Thu, 02/16 | 3:00p.m.-4:00p.m. Active Minds presents: Mount Everest Explore the stories of Everest—both triumphs and tragedies—and examine different perspectives on the mountain’s past, present, and future. Free. | Ross-University Hills branch library Ross-University Hills branch library, 4310 E. Amherst Ave. activeminds.com Thu, 02/16 | 7:00p.m. Meet Ausma Zehanat Khan, author of "Among the Ruins" Among the Ruins has been hailed as a powerful novel exploring the interplay of politics and religion, and the intensely personal ripple effects of one woman's murder. Free and open to the public and all murder mystery novel lovers! | 303-322-7727 Tattered Cover, 2526 E. Colfax Ave. tatteredcover.com Mon, 02/20 | Times vary Trails of the Buffalo Soldiers: Roads to Equality Peer into the eyes of formerly enslaved men who bravely bought their freedom on bloody Civil War battlefields—then trekked westward to Fort Garland and pursued Pancho Villa into Mexico with Historian Dr. John Langellier, $10. | 303-866-2394 History Colorado Center, 1200 Broadway historycolorado.org Tue, 02/21 | 6:00p.m.-7:30p.m. Café des Arts – Auguste Rodin: the Colossus of Sculpture A hundred years after his death, Rodin is still an absolute reference for sculptor artists from all over the world, whatever their style. Join Frederich Pichon's lecture on this topic, followed by Q & A. $16, RSVP. | 303-831-0304 Alliance Française de Denver, 571 Galapago St. afdenver.org Tue, 02/21 | 6:00p.m.-8:00p.m. ideaLAB Photographers Guild
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side. In a back room, several volunteer students from Cherry Creek High School work on donated equipment. Tech For All has also made its presence known internationally, through its relationship with African Bold Leaders, who have brought computers to Tanzania. The nonprofit has refurbished computers for a Burundi community through its relationship with the Colorado Coa-
lition of African Empowerment. Tech For All has been recognized with several awards and Rose Keating received the Minoru Yasui Community Volunteer Award in 2007. Keating believes Tech For All helps level the playing field for kids from families struggling to make ends meet. “For kids today, not having a computer is like us going to school back then without
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Time is running out on the moratorium, and we need to extend it until we can find a solution that addresses these challenges head on while creating the tools we need to ensure this growth doesn’t come with more cars that we can’t fit on our roads. How do we get there? First, we need to preserve the parts of the Small Lot Parking Exemption that are working
and doing what they were intended to do. These parts enliven empty storefronts, preserve the main street character of our neighborhood commercial districts and allow for investment and rehabilitation of existing structures. Second, we need to close the loophole. The exemption—even with the proposed changes—does not provide any tools for neighbors or the city to ade-
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Kevin was immersed in teaching eighth grade social studies at a middle school in Adams County. I was curious about his students, and wondering how his teaching was going. The first thing he said was, “Mom, some of my eighth graders can’t read— so everything is hard for them.” I was so sad to hear this, especially since reading has been one of my greatest pleasures for as long as I can remember. I realized that just because reading bedtime stories to my kids when they were little had been a special part of
our family’s nightly ritual, but it might be a challenge for many families. Some parents work two jobs and come home exhausted. Some parents are single parents. The challenges take many forms. But, too often, life gets in the way. The week after Kevin and I met for dinner, I attended our neighborhood community meeting where an AmeriCorps volunteer was talking about Reading Partners and the organization’s need for volunteers. Reading Partners has been part of the Colorado educational landscape since 2012 and serves Denver
having a pencil,” she says. “I want to see the kids’ faces when they leave. Now they have the tools. I want to see the mom’s and dad’s and grandmother’s eyes relax when they bring their children in. Tech For All has become so much bigger than anything I could ever have imagined in the beginning. But I had no choice about all this, it chose me.” For more information about volunteering, donating and/or adopting a computer from Tech For All, call 303-
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quately deal with the impact of this development and the cars that come with it. Finally, we need a new tool. There are ways to build 108 units and actually prohibit residents from having cars. Transportation Demand Management ordinances are proving to be successful in reducing car ownership and increasing mode shift because—unlike the Small Lot Parking Exemption—they are tools that are built from the ground up to address these issues.
Reductions in parking requirements have to be tied to real reductions in car ownership on lots big and small. We need a tool that allows us to manage the growth that we are facing while reducing car ownership and miles driven, not an exemption that provides developers a way to build zero parking spots, while making zero effort to ensure that their residents won’t have cars.
elementary students in nine Title 1 schools. And it’s working: today, more than 92 percent of K-2 Reading Partners students master the reading skills they need to read at grade level. I called the next morning to volunteer. During my two years with Reading Partners I have tutored four students and I consider this work to be the most valuable investment I make in my community. My students are always excited to see me and have something interesting to tell me about their week or a book they have read. Reading Partners embraces a lofty vision: “a future where all children in
the US have the reading skills necessary to reach their full potential.” I believe it is worth our time and energy as a community to help students succeed. If all children could master the skill of reading, the impact would be incredible. One of the many things I love about Reading Partners is that after every oneon-one tutoring session, the student chooses a book to take home and keep. They also complete book reports that focus on different aspects of reading. At the end of the year, after taking home two books a week, they have their own library of books to re-read and share.
Author Susan Dugan’s wide range of work includes newspaper and magazine articles, personal essays and fiction. An active volunteer in local schools, she has taught creative writing and brought authors into classrooms. If you know a member of our community who is contributing in extraordinary ways and might make a good subject for this column, email Susan at email@example.com.
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: CONTINUED FROM PAGE 13 Discuss photography, cameras, photographic history, alternative approaches to image making, and more. Each session will feature a different lesson or workshop as well as time to share your images, ask questions, and give and receive feedback. | 720-865-1706 ideaLAB in Community Technology Center of DPL Central library, 10 W. 14th Ave. Parkway denverlibrary.org/idealab Tue, 02/21 | 6:00p.m.-8:00p.m. Classical Music Insights: Music for Stage and Screen Many of us first come to classical music through film scores, which will serve as the basis for a wonderful listening and learning environment, with music ranging from Mendelssohn to John Williams, and more. $80. | 303-556-8320 Metropolitan State University of Denver, 890 Auraria Parkway msudenver.edu/learnon/spring2017courses Tuesday 02/21, 02/28 | 6:00p.m.-8:00p.m. The World of California Wines California is the largest wine-producing state in the United States, making more than 90% of all American wine. Come explore and taste the best wines of Napa, Sonoma, Central Coast and other California wine regions. $80. | 303-556-8320 Metropolitan State University of Denver, 890 Auraria Parkway msudenver.edu/learnon/spring2017courses/ Wed, 02/22 | 6:00p.m.-8:00p.m. 3-D Printing: Make Your Imagination Real Learn about all types of 3D printing machines and materials available. Participate in hands-on projects creating files and sending them to printers. Develop a good foundation that will allow you to incorporate 3D printing into personal projects. $80. | 303-556-8320 Metropolitan State University of Denver, 890 Auraria Parkway msudenver.edu/learnon/spring2017courses/ Fri, 02/24 | 2:00p.m.-4:00p.m. Friday Afternoon Finger-Painting for Grown Ups Paint with full-time working artist, Tabetha Landt, in her studio in the heart of the Art District on Santa Fe! Tabetha will walk you through recreating the featured painting. $35 No experience necessary. See all classes offered - www. DenverArtClass. | 720-279-7911 Landt Creative Space, 802 Santa Fe Drive Sat, 02/25 | 11:00a.m. Seed Swap and Tips on Growing Your Own Seedlings
Join local gardener, Sharona Thompson of Ruby Hill Tiny Farm for a seed swap and seedling start workshop. You are welcome to come even if you don't have seeds to swap. They have plenty to share! | 720-865-1111 Denver Public Library: Central branch, 10 W. 14th Ave. Parkway denverlibrary.org Mon, 02/27 | 6:00p.m.-7:00p.m. Drop-in Winter of Reading Book Club The librarians want to hear what you’re reading! Drop in and warm up with hot chocolate and a sweet treat while sharing your favorite books with neighbors and friends. | 720-865-0220 Decker Branch Library, 1501 S. Logan St. denverlibrary.org Tue, 02/28 | 5:00p.m.-6:00p.m. Active Minds presents -- New Orleans: Biography of a City Explore the colorful history, culture and people of the “Big Easy,” including the unique challenges of living in a coastal city where nearly half the land is below sea level! Free. | 303-322-7727 Tattered Cover, 2526 E. Colfax Ave. activeminds.com Tue, 02/28 | 6:30p.m.-8:00p.m. European Book Club Take part in a lively and educational discussion of “All Souls Day” by C. Nooteboom (Dutch). The discussion will be in English and all are welcome! Free/members and $5/non, RSVP. | 303-831-0304 Alliance Française de Denver, 571 Galapago St. afdenver.org
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is definitely a liberal Democrat, but she was great to work with and always a straight shooter, whether she had good or bad news.” Another issue that the new DA will undoubtedly face scrutiny over is how allegations of police misconduct and excessive force are handled. While the police department has direct purview, McCann controls how her office looks at allegations of police misconduct and whether or not to file charges. “This is clearly an issue that troubles
me and I think that all of us in our system need to be watching it. I have recently met with Police Chief White and he is doing a number of things to help address it. The Denver Police Department has come out with a new draft of policy that emphasizes only using force when necessary. Just because it’s legal, doesn’t mean it’s necessary.” Another priority of McCann’s is to build trust between law enforcement and the community, and have an open line of communication to the DA’s office. Her
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district or sub-district. The reorganization is not unique to Denver. The same process is taking place in every Democratic county party across Colorado right now. The rules in each county are similar, with a few differences. When asked to reflect on the November election, Outgoing County Chair Anne Murdaugh said, "We are proud to have helped Colorado go blue for Hillary, proud to have helped elect Beth McCann, Denver's first female District Attorney, and proud to have
helped return Senator Bennet and Congresswoman DeGette to D.C., to have elected eight Democratic State Representatives and two Democratic State Senators from Denver County, and to have helped pass the state minimum wage and key ballot initiatives in Denver. We are deeply dismayed by the prospect of a Trump presidency. We will be fighting to protect our democracy, our environment, and the rights of individuals who are threatened by the Trump administration, and working hard to elect Democratic candidates
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Tue, 02/28 | 6:00p.m.-8:00p.m. Classical Music Insights: Music for Stage and Screen Many of us first come to classical music through film scores, which will serve as the basis for a wonderful listening and learning environment, with music ranging from Mendelssohn to John Williams, and more. $80. | 303-556-8320 Metropolitan State University of Denver, 890 Auraria Parkway msudenver.edu/learnon/spring2017courses Wednesdays 02/01-02/22 | 5:30p.m.-6:45p.m. Paris on Broadway - Where Paris Meets the Front Range Step into a French bistro and meet Pierre who hosts fabulous French wine tastings during happy hour. Then join Patrice LeBlanc who will entertain with songs, cabaret and French phrases. Enjoy tasty cuisine, excellent wines and fine art. | 303-777-5000 La Cour Art Bar, 1643 S. Broadway denversartbar.com Wednesdays 02/01-02/22 | 8:00p.m.-11:30p.m. Open Mic Night at Lincoln's Roadhouse
who support our progressive platform." The currently announced candidates for Chair are Jo-Ann Fujioka and Mike Cerbo, Sr. James Reyes is running for Vice Chair, Russ Johnson for Secretary and Ken Hermann for Treasurer. Murdaugh described the responsibilities of the County Chair as essentially being the CEO of the Democratic Party of Denver. A major responsibility of the Chair is fundraising. The Democratic Party of Denver receives no money from the state or Democratic National Committee. This year Murdaugh estimates the chair will need to raise approximately $64,000. The amount is much higher in a presiden-
tial election year. The Chair also recruits candidates to run for office. Murdaugh said, “In Denver County, we are blessed with many great candidates. The true race in Denver County is often at the primary level.” Newly elected District 6 Representative Chris Hansen is an example of the advantage Democrats hold in Denver County. He defeated Jeff Hart in the June primary and ran uncontested in the November election. For more information on the February 11 Re-Org or Democratic Party of Denver, visit denverdemocrats.org.
Friday & Saturday 02/03-02/04 | 7:30p.m.-9:00p.m. Rachmaninoff Performed By Olga Kern Colorado Symphony Artistic Advisor Andrew Litton conducts piano sensation Olga Kern, known as a master of Rachmaninoff. She takes on Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 1, with Shostakovich's Symphony No. 7 concluding the all-Russian program. | 303-623-7876 Boettcher Concert Hall, 1000 14th St. tickets.coloradosymphony.org Fridays & Saturdays 02/03-02/25 | 9:00p.m. Live Music at Lincoln's Roadhouse! Come on down to Lincoln's Roadhouse for scrumptious eats and fresh live music! Visit the website for a full list. | 303-777-3700 Lincoln's Roadhouse, 1201 S. Pearl St. lincolnsroadhouse.com Sat, 02/11 | 7:30p.m.-9:00p.m.
“She is one of the smartest and most conscientious people I know.," Waller said. "We had many differences of opinion, but Beth was willing to reach across the aisle and is the kind of person you can agree to disagree with.” When asked about McCann’s ability to deliver on her vision for the DA’s office, including improving the juvenile justice system, and building trust between law enforcement and the community, Waller said, “Those issues are bigger than all of us. It will take more than one person to solve them, but Beth is the type of visionary leader that will help us move in the right direction.”
Are you an aspiring musician? Do you love listening to new talent? Interested in enjoying great food and cold beers with friends and neighbors? Don't miss Open Mic Night at Lincoln's Roadhouse featuring Jon Steidman. | 303-777-3700 Lincoln's Roadhouse, 1201 S. Pearl St. lincolnsroadhouse.com
deputies will be attending neighborhood meetings in their communities so they hear what people are saying. McCann also wants the deputies to explain what they do and how the DA’s office functions. She plans to attend a number of community advisor panels and meetings herself to stay in touch with the concerns of citizens. Republican Mark Waller, who is currently an El Paso County Commissioner, served in the state legislature with McCann for six years and recalls being freshmen representatives together. Waller found commonality with McCann because they are both former prosecutors.
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FEBRUARY 2017 • the profile | 25 tickets.coloradosymphony.org Tuesdays 02/07-02/28 | 7:30p.m.-9:00p.m. Kodo Kodo is the most well-known and respected taiko group worldwide. Kodo celebrates its 35th anniversary by bringing DADAN 2017 to North America. The latest work by Kodo’s renowned Artistic Director Tamasaburo Bando offers a bold new exploration of Newman Center for the Performing Arts, 2344 E. Iliff Ave. Fri, 02/17 | 7:00p.m.-9:00p.m. Best of Open Stage Showcase of five artists will each perform a 20 minute set allowing performers to share more of their material and the audience to hear more than just a couple of songs. Advanced open stage and stepping stone to performing a concert at Swallow Hill! | 303-777-1003 Swallow Hill Music Association - Main, 71 E. Yale Ave. swallowhillmusic.org Friday & Saturday 02/17-02/18 | 7:30p.m.-9:00p.m. Mozart & Stravinsky conducted by deRidder Andre de Ridder returns to show locals why he's considered one of the most creative conductors in the world. The program begins with viola soloist Nadia Sirota taking on American Nico Muhly's Viola Concerto. | 303-623-7876 Boettcher Concert Hall, 1000 14th St. tickets.coloradosymphony.org Sun, 02/19 | 4:30p.m.-6:30p.m. Third Sundays: Live From The Galleria Bring a lawn chair and experience the magical surround-sound of the acoustically magnificent Denver Performing Arts Complex glass Galleria as The Denver Brass perform. Free! | 303-832-HORN(4676) Denver Center for the Performing Arts, 1350 Curtis St. denverbrass.org Thu, 02/23 | 7:00p.m.-9:00p.m. Open Stage Got a song you’ve just got to share? Come play at Swallow Hill's open stage! Sign-ups are at 6:00 pm. Sets are 2-3 songs, depending on the number of players performing. | 303-777-1003 Swallow Hill Music Association - Main, 71 E. Yale Ave. swallowhillmusic.org
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Daily 02/01-02/28 | Times vary Lumonics Then & Now: A Retrospective of Light-Based Sculpture Dorothy and Mel Tanner art joins the elements of live projection, electronics and music to create a multi-sensory experience they call “Lumonics.” The intention is to deeply affect people on physical, emotional, and spiritual levels. | 303-806-0444 Museum of Outdoor Arts, 1000 Englewood Parkway moaonline.org
Mondays 02/06-02/27 | 7:30p.m.-9:30p.m. Music and Film Trivia Night Join Twist & Shout and the Sie Film Center for pop culture questions, boozy trivia, prizes galore and many other goofy antics. Teams compete to answer questions for prizes and the glory of declaring superior knowledge. Located in Henderson's Lounge. | 720-381-0813 Sie FilmCenter, 2510 E. Colfax Ave. denverfilm.org Wed, 02/08 | Times vary 21st Denver Jewish Film Festival 32 films in 13 days, celebrating sensational cinema, sponsored by Wagner Wealth Management and the Sturm Family Foundation. For the full lineup and to buy tickets check website or call box oﬃce. | 303-316-6360 Jewish Community Center, 350 S. Dahlia St. maccjcc.org/film-festival/ Wed, 02/08 | 6:30p.m.-8:30p.m. Indigenous Film Series Presented by Indigenous Film & Arts Festival, Denver American Indian Commission and DMNS. October:Message from Mungo-Erosion around Lake Mungo in New South Wales revealed the cremated remains of Mungo Woman, the earliest known cremation in the world. | 303-744-9686 Denver Museum of Nature & Science, 2001 Colorado Blvd. dmns.org
GALLERY SHOWINGS Fri, 02/03 | Times vary Stick’em Up Chuck This culmination of a Fall Residency programs explores all things sticky, tacky, tapey and tactile. Many of the pieces were created by people with significant physical and mental disabilities. | 303-777-0797 VSA Arts of Colorado/Access Gallery, 909 Santa Fe Drive accessgallery.org
Fri, 02/24 | 6:00p.m.-7:00p.m. Happy Hour Chamber Concert Jubal Fulks: Virtuosic Baroque Violin Plus. Happy Hour Chamber Concert. Tickets: $11-$15. www.happyhourconcerts.org. | 303-451-6381 Epiphany Lutheran Church, 790 S. Corona St. happyhourconcerts.org/
Daily 02/01-02/26 | Times vary Dusk to Dusk: Unsettled, Unraveled, Unreal Through painting, photography, sculpture, and video this exhibition explores a contemporary familiarity with collective darkness by turning a mirror to the world, examining individual isolation, political repression and collective ennui. | 303-871-3716 Vicki Myhren Gallery, at DU, 2121 E. Asbury Ave. myhrengallery.com
Sat, 02/25 | 8:00p.m. Clay Kirkland's Eleventh Annual Beat the Reaper Concert at Swallow Hill Music To celebrate his seventieth birthday harmonica master Clay Kirkland presents his Eleventh Annual Beat the Reaper concert. February 25, 8:00p.m., Daniels Hall at Swallow Hill Music. | 303-777-1003
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Daily 02/01-02/28 | Times vary Denver's Movie Theaters: From Grand Movie Houses to Outdoor Drive-Ins In the Western History Art Gallery, Level 5. Exhibit consists of images of lost movie theaters along with historical narratives by Mr. Mitchell. | 720-865-111 Denver Public Library: Central branch, 10 W. 14th Ave. Parkway denverlibrary.org Daily 02/01-02/11 | Times vary Substance and Summation Lynda Tygart photography examines bicycling and how its function varies from culture to culture. Chad Henry's collages use imagery along with found and appropriated materials. And Brenda LaBier’s assemblage of self-portraits exploring frailty. | 303-694-0908 Sync Gallery, 931 Santa Fe Drive syncgallery.org Daily 02/01-02/25 | Times vary As We May Think A Pop-Up Group exhibition, in conjunction with local artist collective Hyperlink, of work by Chinese artists and curated by Art Gangster Club founder DI Xiao Wei. | 303-800-6776 RULE Gallery, 530 Santa Fe Dr. rulegallery.com Daily 02/01-02/12 | Times vary Glam & Grit, Women's Caucus for Art, CO Chapter This Show by Members of Woman's Caucus for Art, includes a collaboration with the Michigan Chapter of the Women’s Caucus for Art in the form of post cards relating to the theme of ‘Women,’ as well as artwork by the local chapter members. | 303-887-0704 CORE New Art Space, 900 Santa Fe Drive coreartspace.com Daily 02/01-02/28 | Times vary Picture Me Here: Stories of Hope and Resilience by Refugees and Immigrants Exhibit provides custom storytelling programs for displaced and marginalized communities, primarily refugees and immigrants, featuring work by participants from local and international Picture Me Here programs. | 720-865-4220 McNichols Building, 144 W. Colfax Ave. mcnicholsbuilding.com/exhibitions/
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Councilman Clark cited the Denizen development at 415 S. Cherokee St., which is situated at a light rail station, as an example of transit-oriented development which has not resulted in residents giving up their cars. “We’ve heard about Denizen, which is in my district. You can’t get closer to a light rail stop. They have a lot more than zero cars.” After Councilman Clark spoke, Margie Valdez, chair of INC’s Zoning and Planning Committee, and Bill Vanderlan of Humboldt Street RNO, introduced the resolution language and the vote was taken. There was some sporadic audience commentary that insufficient time was
given to discuss the resolution as a body. Colfax Ave Business Improvement District (CBID) President Frank Locantore said after the vote he felt the lack of a designated comment period undermined the legitimacy of the vote. Locantore said CBID had a discussion about the issue and the impending resolution vote. CBID’s feeling is there needs to be a more balanced approach. “We made a decision in a rushed manner with insufficient information, which was not properly vetted through the zoning and planning committee of INC. There are reasons for that, namely a tight timeline, but that’s all the more reason there should have been sufficient
time on the agenda to discuss this. There are people at this meeting, who would have been at the Zoning and Planning Committee, who wanted to make their voice heard but were shut out of the process.” Locantore also sits on the board of RNO Uptown on the Hill. Uptown on the Hill President, Johan Barrios, echoed Locantore’s and CBID’s sentiments. “I think INC could have done a better job of educating the delegates on exactly what it was that was being voted on. There were so many questions that weren’t answered,” she said. Barrios feels many delegates still don’t understand the nuts and bolts of the moratorium and the parking exemption itself, and she said Uptown on the
Hill will be addressing City Council in a letter protesting the vote and making their organization’s position clear. The Uptown on the Hill board prepared its position and voted on the matter at their Jan. 10 board meeting. “We’re actually fine with the way the parking exemptions were set up,” Barrios says. “The collaborative approach that was identified that came out of the committee, that was actually as far as Uptown on the Hill would like to go, where there’s limited exemptions. We love the idea of a less car-dependent city, but if you don’t push people towards that, if we’re not leaders of that vision, then how will we expect people to live it?” The Profile will continue to cover this story as it develops.
Fall Back in Love with Valentine’s Day: it’s not always pay to play By Electa Draper
ynics say Valentine’s Day is about making us spend money on chocolate, flowers, stuffed animals, cards, jewelry—fill in the blank? Last year, Americans shelled out a record $19.7 billion, up almost a billion from the previous record-setting year of 2015. Evenings out—dinner, movie, concerts and so on—made up the biggest chunk of that, $4.5 billion. The average price spent per American was $146.84 in 2016. It’s a consumer crush: - 150 million cards are exchanged. - 220 million roses are readied for the occasion. - 36 million heart-shaped boxes of chocolates are sold. But, while almost 55 percent of Americans said they celebrated it in one fashion or another in 2016—mostly by buying stuff—that’s down from the 62 percent more typical of recent years, according to the National Retail Federation, history.com and Gallup. It’s the lowest participation rate since 2007. Could we be falling out of love with Valentine’s Day? Maybe some of us have been going about it the wrong way. Everyone from John the Gospel writer to singing cowgirl Dale Evans— and from Mother Theresa to the Human League—will tell you that love is action, not a set of feelings or purchases. Expenditures should be made
mostly in energy, although events and experiences that are completely free can be as hard to find as true love. Included below are some relatively cheap dates. But remember, actions have consequences. About six million U.S. couples get engaged on this day each year. Ways to Increase your chances of falling head over heels in love—or at least falling:
Me + You = Solemates—Valentine's Day 5K Run and Kids Fun Run at Wash Park
Meet Cupid. Run after your sweetheart. Organizers encourage couples to dress up as their favorite duo from TV, a movie or book. Or wear your fanciest attire. Singles could meet somebody! There’s a kissing booth after the race. It’s a 10:00a.m. start. Registration at 9:00a.m., race day, or go online (rundenverseries.com/valentinesday-5k). Price of registration ranges from free for kids, to $40 for adults, race day. It’s free to go watch the festivities.
Ice skating must be romantic
There’s a skating scene in every romantic movie set in winter from “Rocky” to “The Bishop’s Wife” and “Elf”—there’s also one in every Hallmark movie ever made. The Southwest Rink at Skyline Park, Arapahoe and 16th Streets, is open for free skating in the heart of Downtown
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Denver through February 14. Skate rentals are $2. The University of Denver offers weekly, public skate sessions at the Ritchie Center in the Joy Burns Arena or Magness Arena. Rental skates are available at the Joy Burns Arena Front Desk. For more information on sessions, call 303-871-3904.
Why settle for one bouquet— stroll through the Denver Botanic Gardens on York Street
Escape winter chill in the steamy Boettcher Memorial Tropical Conservatory with the one-hour “Love Potions From the Vine” tour of fabled aphrodisiacs. Learn about the secret romantic lives of plants and receive a souvenir. Tours are held on various dates in February, including Valentine’s Day. The annual Orchid Showcase also runs through Monday, Feb. 20 in the Orangery and Marnie’s Pavilion. Surround yourself with hundreds of exotic blooms—from well-known specimens to rarities. You can even purchase orchids there for your sweetie on two Saturdays, Feb. 11 and 18, 9:00a.m.-2:00p.m. Adult admission to the gardens runs $9 (students) to $12.50. If you must go to the movies, be classy The Mayan Theatre, one of the
last preserved Art Deco Mayan Revival style theaters, is a lovely and exotic venue that shows independent and foreign-language films, if he or she fancies them (and it has a full bar, if you don’t). During February, the Mayan offers Oscar-nominated short films as well.
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Gaylord, Denver’s second oldest shopping district, offers fine dining and shops, purveying everything from art and clothes to sporting goods. You won’t be able to count all the Valentine’s Day specials offered at Cherry Creek. It’s free to look. Let your sweetheart point out what catches his or her eye. You don’t have to buy it on the spot. But you could. A greater level of commitment Denver Clerk and Recorder, Debra Johnson, will hold the 10th annual Valentine's Day Event 8:00a.m.-4:30p.m. at her office, 201 W. Colfax Ave., with judges and clergy on hand to perform free marriage ceremonies. Lovefest includes food, drinks and drawings for gifts. You must fill out the online marriage application at denvergov.org/ clerkandrecorder before the event. Marriage licenses cost $30.00.
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Hidden History: Black History Month 2017 By Electa Draper
ow did we not know this? America’s entrance into space—a stunning achievement that made America great again during the Cold War—was, in a big way, the untold story of three brainy black women at NASA toward the end of the Jim Crow era. It was untold for decades until a recent book and film, “Hidden Figures,” was made about them. What other hidden figures can we discover or re-discover? This Black History Month is particularly momentous coming at the end of the presidency of Barack Obama, and as his legacy is being examined, debated and celebrated.
The President’s Kitchen Cabinet Book Launch Party
4:00-7:00p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, $125 Website: adrian@AdrianMiller.com— adrianemiller.com/about-the-book/ tpkc-book-launch. “The President’s Kitchen Cabinet: The Story of the African Americans
the culinary adventure and help her bring top presidential chefs to Denver.
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This group meets every fourth Saturday of the month (excepting August and December). The Black Genealogy Search Group (BGSG) was created because of interest in genealogy and black history and is looking to enjoy projects, friendships and fun gatherings. For more information, contact Janet Taylor (President) at babyjklt@ msn.com or visit the website: bgsgden. org.
Boettcher Concert Hall, Denver Performing Arts Complex, 1400 Curtis St. Byron Stripling’s “What A Wonderful World: A Tribute To Louis Armstrong”
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7:30p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 11, tickets $29 and up. Website: tickets. coloradosymphony.org/single/ PSDetail.aspx?psn=3980.
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Byron Stripling’s “electrifying and heartfelt tribute to Louis Armstrong has become America’s most popular orchestral Pops program,” the center says. Stripling’s vocals and trumpet performances have thrilled audiences worldwide. Musical hits include: “What A Wonderful World,” “Mack the Knife,” “Hello Dolly” and “When The Saints Go Marchin’ In.”
Best-selling historical novelist Charlene Porter looks at the life of Hattie McDaniel, a member of the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame and winner of the 1940 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in the epic “Gone With the Wind.” But what other roles, in and out of film, did McDaniel play? For one, she was the first black woman to sing on U.S. radio. From Denver’s East High School to vaudeville, television and film, this Denver singer-songwriter, comedian and actress made her mark, including two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. But while she appeared in more than 300 films, she received screen credits for only about 80.
The Stiles African American Heritage Center, 2607 Glenarm Pl. Call 303-294-0597, or visit the website: stilesheritagecenter.org. This center in Five Points, the heart of Denver’s historic African-American community, celebrates contributions by black Americans through tours, exhibits and artifacts.
The Obama Years: MembersOnly Smithsonian Channel Film Screening
5:30 (reception)-8:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 13, Free for members—Colorado Room. RSVP: 303-866-6524. The film tells the story of Barack Obama through “the defining speeches of his career” and promises “through insights from eminent historians and interviews with key figures in Obama’s speech writing process, the film offers a fascinating look at the role of the president in American life.” Screening at 6:30p.m. is followed by a 7:30p.m. panel discussion.
Black Genealogy Search Group (BGSG) 10:30a.m.-12:30p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 25, Floor 1, Large Conference Room.
Studio portrait of Isom Dart, a man originally known as Ned Huddleston. Photo courtesy the Denver Public Library photo archives. Who Have Fed Our Presidents from the Washingtons to the Obamas,” is to be published by the University of North Carolina Press on President’s Day, (February 20) 2017. Miller is launching her book by inviting you to “come enjoy presidential food and drinks and celebrate history!” She’s asking you to join
1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 4 “Please join us as we honor African-American men, women and youth who make outstanding contributions to the Denver Metro area and who exemplify the ideals and spirit represented by Juanita Gray’s commitment to the community.”
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Daily 02/01-02/28 | Times vary Tectonic SHIFT | Dynamics of Change Works in a variety of media capture the artists’ reactions to changes in our society. Themes range from politics to environmental crisis, from issues of class, race and gender, to balance of power. | 720-865-4220 McNichols Building, 144 W. Colfax Ave. mcnicholsbuilding.com/exhibitions/
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An afterschool program for girls in middle and high school to learn computer science in a collaborative, engaging and intensive manner, working with women who work in technology fields. Learn Python, build websites, create games and more, free. | 720-865-1706 ideaLAB in Community Technology Center of DPL Central library, 10 W. 14th Ave. Parkway denverlibrary.org/idealab Wednesdays 02/01-02/22 | 10:30a.m.-11:30a.m. Art Works! Preschool Crafts We'll read a book or two and create a simple craft. We may also learn about color, experiment with different textures, get exposure to various art materials, and even practice with scissors. Come prepared to get messy. Limit 20, for ages 3-5. | Ross-University Hills branch library 4310, E. Amherst Ave.
Skyline Park 16th and Arapahoe Street Wed, 02/01 | 9:00a.m.-2:00p.m. Open House Tours for prospective families interested in possible enrollment are invited to one of two sessions, 9a.m. or 2p.m. Tours will be offered throughout the day. | 303-777-3812 St. Vincent de Paul Catholic School, 1164 S. Josephine St. svdpk8.com Wednesdays 02/01-02/22 | 4:00p.m.-5:00p.m. Girls Who Code
Weekdays 02/01-02/28 | 3:00p.m.-6:00p.m. Teen Open Lab Interested in recording music or editing videos? Want to use the 3D printer or learn about Arduino? Want to learn how to make a video games? Ready to sew or paint a masterpiece? Just want to hang out and play games? Drop-in, for teens 12-19, free. | 720-865-1706 ideaLAB in Community Technology Center of DPL Central library, 10 W. 14th Ave. Parkway teens.denverlibrary.org
Thu, 02/02 | 3:30p.m. Chinese New Year Party! Decorate cookies and create crafts to celebrate Chinese New Year! All ages. No registration. While supplies last. | 720-865-0240 Eugene Field branch library, 810 S. University Blvd. denverlibrary.org Thursdays 02/02-02/23 | 10:30a.m.-11:00a.m. Baby Storytime Stories, songs, rhymes and fun for babies ages 0-18 months and their parents or caregivers. | 720-865-0135 Ross-Broadway branch library, 33 E. Bayaud Ave. denverlibrary.org Fri, 02/03 | 12:00p.m.-4:00p.m. Four Mile Historic Park Free Day Check out historic demonstrations, tour the Four Mile House Museum, explore our 12-acre grounds, pan for gold, or greet our farm animals. Free days are courtesy of the support provided by your Scientific & Cultural Facilities District. | Four Mile Historic Park Four Mile Historic Park, 715 South Forest St. fourmilepark.org Sat, 02/04 | 10:00a.m.-11:00a.m. Yoga Storytime
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South Denver School Scoop By Linda Katchen, Ph.D.
ccording to The Colorado Department of Education (CDE), Denver Public Schools (DPS) is now the largest school district in the state. DPS grew to an enrollment of 91,132 students in 2016. Colorado is among the lowest states in America for per-pupil-funding for students in public schools and is not keeping pace with inflation. Denver voters passed a bond and mill levy in November, which will add an additional $56 million to support Denver schools. According to DPS Superintendent Tom Boasberg, the focus of funding in Denver will be on the
classroom and giving schools flexibility to meet each school’s needs to maximize the benefit going to students. One of the first projects is to switch from fluorescent to LED lighting in the schools. DPS began the Teacher Leadership and Collaboration Program in 2013 and it has now expanded to almost all of its schools. Teachers now receive their primary coaching support from effective teacher/team leaders who work in the same school. When rating their team leaders, 89 percent of teachers in DPS said that they were effective. Among the major benefits of this program is that team leaders know the school, the
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: CONTINUED FROM PAGE 10 and an additional 4 percent State of Colorado sales tax. An Occupational Privilege tax, or head tax, is charged to those hosts exceeding $500 in revenue, per month. Taxes are collected by hosts and paid online to the City. Buffy Gilfoil— an Airbnb host since 2012—sits on the Short-Term Rental Advisory Committee (STRAC) and said the City and Airbnb have agreed how taxes are remitted. As of Feb. 1, Airbnb will collect and remit Colorado State Sales and Use Tax, Colorado-collected Local Sales Tax, Local Marketing District Tax and County Lodging Tax on the host’s behalf. “The agreement between Airbnb and the City of Denver regarding taxes has made it easier for me in terms of how
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The Gothic Theatre Presents: Angel Olsen Thursday, February 9 I 8:00p.m. Gothic Theatre, 3263 S. Broadway www.gothictheatre.com $18-20 Angel Olsen is one of the biggest up and coming singer/songwriters in indie rock right now. Her 2016 release My Woman was near the top of most year end lists and it was quite a departure from her first release. Her stripped down, indie folk sound was revamped for her second album into a poppier groove, while retaining the dark sensibilities that she first displayed on Burn Your Fire For No Witness. Check her out now because I guarantee that the next time she rolls through town, tickets will be much more expensive. Speaking of tickets, you better get them ASAP because the first show has already sold out.
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Sunday, February 12 8:00p.m. Larimer Lounge 2721 Larimer larimerlounge.com $20-25 Former Soul Coughing founder Mike Doughty has gone on to become even bigger in his own right than his band ever was. Touring on the release of last year’s The Heart Watches While The Brain Burns, Doughty has come a long way from when he was driving around the country in a rental car and selling his own albums from the front of the stage, post-show. Hopefully, he won’t be busting up any Starbucks while he’s here, even if that song always makes me want to do so.
Violist Sheila Browne is a soloist, chamber musician and professor on the full-time faculty of the University of Delaware. She has played Carnegie Hall, performed (and graduated from) with the Juilliard Orchestra, the Kiev Philharmonic, the New York Women’s Ensemble and the German-French chamber orchestras, among others. Browne has recorded on Sony, Albany, Centaur, MSR and ERM labels and is a member of the Fire Pink Trio. She has performed and/or recorded with Audra McDonald, Aretha Franklin, Natalie Cole and Lisa Loeb, to name only a few artists. She will be performing two free concerts in Hamilton Hall, a Visiting Artist Recital at 1:00p.m. and a Master Class at 2:00p.m. Both are open and free to the public.
Book of Will is Shakespeare, but Shakespeare for all By John Showalter
he play The Book of Will, by Lauren Gunderson and directed by Davis McCallum, runs at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts through February 26. The Will mentioned in the title is none other than William Shakespeare, and the tale is adapted from life: it is based on the true story of how, shortly after Shakespeare’s death, two of his closest friends and fellow actors, Henry Condell (Kurt Rhoads) and John Heminges (Liam Craig), put together the first, large page (folio-sized) book of Shakespeare’s collected works. Both a comedy and a drama, much of the fun comes from watching Condell and Heminges go about achieving what they themselves at first think will be an impossible job. They need a lot of help—and some sheer luck from unlikely places—to keep things going. Given the events are inspired by a death, the play’s themes include loss, love and remembrance. And, the audience throughout is asked to ponder what could have been had Condell and Heminges not expended the effort. Of course, the audience must also ask what our world would be without William Shakespeare's works. The play does not completely depend on the departed Shakespeare; all the characters face other heartbreaking losses and great trials of their own, even as they continue with the great
Lastly, one of the more delightSandoval), who shows he can act cirtask before them. ful facets of the play is the set as, with cles around the next generation of The real-life Henry Condell and it evoking Shakespeare’s Globe Theactors. Later, we get some comic relief John Heminges knew nothing about atre, the audience is encouraged to from the hardships associated with the book publishing when they began their ponder the experience of watching a book’s completion with the appearance work. Already facing daunting financial play within a play. This metatextuality of Poet Laureate, Ben Jonson (again challenges, Gunderson illustrates the allows the audience to ponder both real played by Triney Sandoval), whose very real hurdles they faced, including people and actors struggling with real larger-than-life persona lifts our spirthe threat of unscrupulous publishers and theatrical problems who have no qualms about against the backdrop of printing any version of a Shakespearean world Shakespeare, regardless of they, and we, have all its fidelity or authenticity. been forced to leave, Bit by bit, Condell, either by death or by Heminges and friends history, now that the manage to locate some master has left us all. works and reconstruct It’s important others, all together what here to note that this will be 18 of Shakespeare’s is absolutely a play plays, including some of his for everyone—not just greatest—such as The TemShakespeare buffs. pest and Macbeth. Added to Though, there are plays already in print, this plenty of Shakespearean will become The Book of references to please that Will. crowd as well. In the end Highlights of the play: audiences won’t need John Heminges, in particufootnotes to underlar, gets loving support from stand the jokes, nor will his wife, Rebecca (Nance Henry Condell, left, played by Kurt Rhoads, and John Heminges, they need a dictionary to Willamson), who becomes right, played by Liam Craig. Photo courtesy the Denver Center for understand the repartee. one of the strongest advo- the Performing Arts. These actors deliver from cates for completing the first the heart, and we feel for folio when it faces some of them as true people grappling with true its. The repartee between the daughter its greatest obstacles. We also get to love and loss. of John Hemmings, Alice (Jennifer Le see what a true Shakespearean actor Visit denvercenter.org for showBlanc), and Ben Jonson is also quite fun could have looked like in the charactimes and tickets. to watch. ter Richard Burbage (played by Triney
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School Scoop private schools in the nation receiving this designation. Schools are nominated for the award by the Colorado Department of Education, and then complete a comprehensive application about school practices. Cory has been named an Exemplary High Performing School, one of the top performing schools in the state. The following staff members were able to represent Cory at a two-day awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. in November: Jennifer Harris, Principal; Brendan Doyle and Kara Fuchs, first grade teachers; Angela Alexander, visual arts teacher: Dawn Miller, librarian; and Caleb Melamed, fourth grade literacy teacher. For more information: nationalblueribbonschools.ed.gov. McKinley-Thatcher ECE-5, 1230 S. Grant St., is one of the smallest schools in DPS currently, with only one class per grade. McKinley-Thatcher is expanding by adding an addition to the building as they add an additional class, per grade, over the next years. McKinley-Thatcher loves STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). This year, students explored how temperature affects mass, why autumn leaves change color and how earthworms help people compost. The school partners with the Greenway Foundation, a nonprofit organization that works to educate children and adults about the ecology, history and importance of the South Platte River. All classes take annual South Platte River Environmental Education (SPREE) field trips to get hands-on learning experiences along the river. There are many aspects of McKinleyThatcher and the surrounding community that make it a desirable place for children.
: CONTINUED FROM PAGE 29 People who are interested in learning more about the school are invited to visit the school’s website: mckinleythatcher. com, call 720-424-5600 or attend a tour on Friday, Feb. 24, Mar. 24 or Apr. 28. University Park Elementary, 2300 S. St. Paul St., is dedicated to the personalized learning of their students. In addition to traditional skills, University Park focuses on the skills necessary in the current world, such as creativity and innovation, critical thinking and problemsolving, communication, collaboration, global awareness, civic literacy and responsibility, among others. The school hopes to help students become responsible for their own learning. For more information about University Park, call 720-424-5600. Marcus Lindsay from South High, 1700 E. Louisiana Ave., was chosen as this year’s 4A Player of the Year for football. He had an outstanding year, playing both offense and defense, and is being recruited by several colleges. He is also Player of the Year in the Mountain Conference and has been selected to represent South in the CHSAA /Senior Game in June. The South Digital Media Club, sponsored by the University of Denver, was selected by the Executive Committee of Transportation Solutions Foundations for the Transportation Solutions Champion Award for excellence in increasing the use of alternative transportation for students through ongoing planning. The awards ceremony will be the morning of Thursday, Feb 23. Congratulations to the following students: Amran Muse, Seraphina Thiare, Fuwei Huang, Joe Zhou, Richard Boateng, Wolfred Karikari, Barikwa Deeya and Cesar Robles.
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University Park News and Views By Diana Helper Before this shortest month is through— Hail groundhogs, cupid, presidents, too!
urry! February—only 28 days— challenges us to keep up with our fast-changing neighborhood. The 80210 zip code is the winner of Most Construction Permit requests in town, we hear. It’s easy/mind-boggling to witness. It’s scary that permits are granted on the traffic/parking/congestion scene at time of request, not projecting the effect the added residents or customers will have on the neighborhood. In UP, this can be 400-500 new neighbors at a time. The city will take a look after construction is done and buildings filled, then try to fix problems such as traffic/parking/space issues that “may occur.” We hope the city policy will change enough to do some
projecting before issuing permits. Coming to UPark: four very large apartment buildings, the DU Administration building, sorority house and countless mansionettes replacing smaller—even historic—houses. To our west, small homes are replaced by multiple dwellings at a record pace. To our east, across South Colorado Boulevard, huge development is coming. There goes, or is it here comes the neighborhood?! How can we integrate these fine newcomers—especially renters who choose our area because it is such a “lovely place”—into our actual historic neighborhood? Through fliers? Email to apartment supers? Facebook? Ideas??? Our parks are welcome respites but will fill with hundreds of new residents whose living space offers no open area. Denver has a tight budget for new park
space. We invite suggestions for possible “pocket park” sites (odd little areas that might hold a bench, play space, breathing space, etc.). The City is interested in this concept; do suggest! (For those near Harvard Gulch, the Denver Urban Waterways Restoration study meeting was canceled; it will be rescheduled.) At Prairie Park, who provided the ceramic medallions? When pioneer families came here they did homespun crafts, too! We really like this nod to history. We’re sad that concrete driveways could be placed in historic parkway land, dictated by ADA demands to maintain continuous access across Buchtel Boulevard from neighborhood streets, when the new construction (paid by city) does not really do that, and safe crossings of the boulevard are missing. There seems to be a disconnect of access and
Senior Suggestions: romance in the air By Dr. Paul Ramsey
ex isn’t a comfortable topic for many people. It’s often been something to be mentioned in hushed tones—or not mentioned at all. That was evidenced when my organization, A Little Help, held one of our Tough Talks centered around the topic of sex. Specifically, our panel focused on sexuality and seniors: gender identity, sexuality and changing the general thinking around why and whether seniors have sex. We only had 12 people show up. 12! And yet, we fielded requests for transcripts and videos of the panel. This proves there’s interest in the subject, but the embarrassment or taboo nature of sex convinced some people not to attend. So now, as we approach Valentine’s Day, we’re broaching the topic again,
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this time in a way you can read privately. (Because we know you’re interested!) Sex in the senior population is as much a health and wellness issue as heart disease or depression. One reason? There has been a huge uptick in STDs in the over-60 population—we’re talking a nearly 50 percent increase in new infections in seniors since 1996. We’re seeing that uptick in large part because of the prevalence of medication like Viagra that specifically focuses on sexual performance, as well as a lack of education or conversation about the topic in the 60-plus crowd. There are other challenges for seniors when it comes to sex. Some medications, like blood pressure medication, tend to reduce libido, and there are a number of
which there are far more. He might favor later hours, but likely not until midnight. “There’s no need to add another burden on neighborhoods, such as doors slamming and loud conversations, but Denver is competing with other businesses in other communities," he said. The Department of Excise and Licensing convened a Social Consumption Advisory Committee including both neighborhood and industry representatives to help it set rules and regulations.
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diseases that make various aspects of sex more difficult as a person ages. As Marvin Gaye famously sang, “Sexual healing, baby, it’s good for me." There are plenty of good reasons for a person to remain sexually active as he or she ages. Sex helps keep up good circulation and can help a couple remain close or survive rocky times in a longterm relationship. There is also significant research showing a healthy attitude towards sex and an active sex life correlate to higher levels of cognitive functioning. Sex is good for the aging brain. We also know treating sex as an out-of-bounds topic of conversation is not good for our emotional health and limits our ability to connect meaningfully with others. Broaching the topic of sex with
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seniors (and people of every generation) may be uncomfortable, but it’s also a topic of great interest and relevance— and one you shouldn’t be afraid to discuss with your doctor. Sex is interesting, sexual desires are normal and healthy, and sex is a conversation topic we should embrace—and there’s no better time than Valentine’s Day to start talking about it. Dr. Paul Leon Ramsey is a graduate of Denver South High School and the Iliff School of Theology. He is a resident of the University neighborhood and the married father of three DPS students. Paul is the pastor of Mayflower Congregational Church UCC in Englewood, and serves as the Executive Director of A Little Help, a nonprofit that connects neighbors to help seniors thrive. A Little Help provides rides to seniors, in addition to other services (720-242-9032).
full-time STR, they are looking at homes with full basements, or accessory dwelling units (ADUs), like carriage houses or garages to convert into rental units. According to Rowland, the City has not seen a decline in Denver STRs advertising on any platforms. However, Carlson thinks this could change in the future. “I think hosts understand the city's desire to maintain affordable housing, but most hosts think this isn't the answer.”
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February Gardening By Liz N. Clift
Winter Project: Worm Bins
his winter, I made vermicomposting my garden project. Vermicomposting—or composting with worms—is something I put off for a long time. I made excuses: I didn’t have a place to put the worm castings that would eventually be produced because of apartment living. I didn’t know if I would stay in a city or town for more than a year. I didn’t know if it would smell. I didn’t know if my roommates would reject the idea of having some worms worming about in a bin in our living room. But in September, I began a permaculture design course, and in December, as part of the course, I won a DIY worm bin made out of a large storage tub that had some holes drilled in the top (so the worms get oxygen) and the rough edges filed down to ensure that any worms who climb the edges of the bin don’t become injured. I was immediately smitten with my worms, which were already busy composting some leaves collected from someone’s alley, a few handfuls of dried llama poop and some shredded lettuce. As they compost, they are leaving behind castings, which I will later be able to use for starts or to enrich the soil of my garden. Castings are filled with important plant nutrients, including phosphates, nitrates and trace minerals like copper and zinc.
The worms in a worm bin are red worms, which can tolerate warmer soil temperatures than some other earthworms. Red worms—also called red wigglers—can double their population roughly every 90 days, and when things are just feeling a bit too crowded, they will slow down reproduction. In this way, the worms can maintain some sort of balance in their ecosystem and you don’t really have to worry about having too many worms (and, you can always divide up your worm bin and gift one to a friend). Since I still don’t have very many worms, I am careful not to feed them too much “green” stuff. If you’re familiar with composting, you know that green materials are things like lettuce, apples, bananas, coffee grounds, etc. When the balance of the system is off and there aren’t enough “brown” materials—such as dried leaves and shredded newspaper—the worm bin will start to smell, as anaerobic processes take over. For me, right now, this means I’m feeding the worms roughly once a week and not a lot at a time. Permaculture encourages us to accept feedback in any of its forms, and if, for example, you have a worm
bin that starts to smell, that is a form of feedback. You can help balance the system by adding more brown material (and double-checking that you haven’t added anything that needs special conditions to safely compost, due to risk of
pathogens). So far, I’ve been lucky. My worm bin hasn’t started to smell. But, I did realize one week that my worms were too cold. I went to feed them, and they were clustered together on the side of the bin closer to the heating vent. They do this to help stay warm when soil conditions are too cold. Worms like soil to be between about 55 and 77 degrees Fahrenheit. If it’s much hotter or colder, their reproduction will slow down and they can die if the tem-
perature is too extreme. I moved their bin a bit closer to the vent and the problem was solved. I’ve also had the worms try to escape because I got their bedding too moist (oops!). I discovered that when I went to feed them and several were heading toward the holes drilled near the upper edges of the bin. Fortunately, so far, the worms have done pretty well and my roommates have been nearly as interested in them as I am, or they have at least pretended to be when I’m talking excitedly about the worms, which is practically the same thing. I’ll be able to use the worm castings for starts (even if I didn’t have a yard or garden space, I could do this by mixing a 4:1 ratio of potting soil to worm castings for starts, or any other household plant) and I plan to place some of it over my garden as I prepare it this spring. Since castings are especially dense in nutrients and minerals that plants love—and need to survive—this will hopefully help me have a healthier garden.
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