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Matt Edgar lines his shot up at Overland Golf Course. The course could soon be the site of a 200,000-person music festival, although not everyone's amped at the idea. Photo by Sara Hertwig.

private promoter wants to take over the Overland Park Golf Course (OPGC) in September 2018 for an admission-based music festival that could host between 60,000 and 200,000 people over three days. At a public meeting on Feb. 1 at Schmitt Elementary School, it was clear the proposal is dividing the neighborhood. Overland Park Golf Course is a quiet, bucolic space just north of Evans Avenue, east of South Santa Fe Boulevard’s rushing traffic and west of the Platte River. Many neighborhood residents would like it to remain just the way it is. For others, a major music festival is an opportunity worth closing the course for four to six weeks and allowing thousands of people into the area for a three-day event. They think it

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DU will not sell $22 million in fossil fuel assets; student group Divest DU to fight on By Jennifer Turner

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t a meeting earlier this year, the DU Board of Trustees elected not to divest the $22.3 million in fossil fuel (also called “carbon tagged”) investments held in the school’s endowment. The value of the endowment is $607 million and these investments comprise approximately 3.8 percent of the total. The Board created a three-person task force in April to study divestment. It was comprised of Board members Dr. Jim Griesemer, Craig Harrison and Cathy Shopneck. “The Board concluded that the University of Denver’s greatest ability to mitigate climate change and foster a sustainable future lies in deploying our core competencies: education, research and the ability to foster informed community discourse,” said Board Chair Douglas Scrivner, who appointed the task force last April. “The task force found, and the Board agreed, that divestment in fossil fuel companies, or any other industry, would not be an effective means of mitigating global warming, nor would it be consistent with the endowment’s long-

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term purpose to provide enduring benefit to present and future students, faculty, staff and other stakeholders.” The student group Divest DU has been advocating since 2013 for the school to sell off all carbon tagged investments. The organization meets weekly during the school year and holds frequent rallies. They collected over 1,700 student signatures in support of their proposal. Claire Hassler, a spokesperson for Divest DU, said via an email statement, “On January 24, Chancellor Rebecca Chopp and the Board of Trustees at the University of Denver announced that the University will not pursue fossil fuel divestment as a method to combat climate change. As student leaders at DU, we are disappointed by their lack of leadership and inability to recognize that inaction in the face of climate crisis is complicity. We declare that this decision is a milestone in the story of divestment at DU and that we will continue to demand full fossil fuel divestment.” Hassler continued, “Our conviction to fight has been galvanized further by recent events. On the day that Chancellor Chopp and the Board of Trustees rejected

divestment, President Donald Trump also made clear his plans for our climate and our communities by signing executive orders to advance the approval of the Keystone XL and Dakota Access oil pipelines. We are now living under a president who considers climate change to be

a negligible concern and has stacked his cabinet with climate deniers and fossil fuel executives. We will keep fighting for divestment with the understanding that under President Trump, the empow-

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Mi Casa to leave Baker for Westwood location By Stacey McDole

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ou know that times are changing when a favorite neighbor outgrows the neighborhood and needs to move, even when that neighbor is a business, and, in this case, a nonprofit. By July, Mi Casa Resource Center, a nonprofit whose mission is to advance the economic success of families with limited opportunities, will move from its location at 360 Acoma St. to 3116 W. Alameda Ave. in the Westwood neighborhood. The new building, Terraza del Sol, houses 42 low-income families who fall between 30 and 60 percent of the area median income. The complex boasts amenities like indoor bike storage, a fitness room, media lounge and an outdoor terrace. “We started having folks move into the building in January and have applications on all of the units,” said Kimball Crangle, the Colorado Market President of Gorman & Co, Inc, the developer behind the project. Urban revitalization is one of their niches. “The final households will be completing their application qualifications and be moving in between now and the end of March.” Mi Casa will occupy nearly 20,000 sq. ft. of prime, ground-floor space at Terraza del Sol, and the location will encourage walk-in service for those in the area. Mi Casa staff will still offer the same services as the Acoma headquarters—entrepreneurial training, business counseling, career training, coaching and job search help, free tax preparation and financial coaching. The partnerships between Mi Casa and the Small Business Administration (SBA), mpowered, and the Denver Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division, among others, will also stay firmly intact.

a group of eight Head Start mothers who “We feel privileged to bring our serwanted “a place for women who wanted vices to an area where they could be utilized by those in the immediate area,” more for themselves and their families.” When they started, the nonprofit says Monique Lovato, the Executive was unnamed. It wasn’t until 1978 that Director of Mi Casa. “Not only will we it became Mi Casa Resource Center for bring our services to the Latino commuWomen. Soon after, the Latino community, but the new location will allow us nity became part of their target demoto expand those services to the Korean graphic, as did underprivileged men. and Vietnamese communities that also Now, Mi Casa aims to service anyone in reside in the immediate area.” the community who deserves access to Some outreach and trust building academic, professional, and entreprewill be initiated, but Lovato looks forward to welcoming everyone from the neighborhood to take advantage of Mi Casa’s resources. “We want our new neighbors to understand that our doors are open to everyone, not just the Latino community,” Lovato continues. According to Crangle, the project was funded by several organizations in Denver, Mi Casa Executive Director Monique Lovato talks to Veronica including Colorado Morales at the center's front desk. Photo by Sara Hertwig. Housing and Finance neurial development. Authority, State of Colorado Department The fate of the old Mi Casa buildof Local Affairs, Denver Office of Ecoing in Baker is at the mercy of the new nomic Development, and Denver Urban owners. The building isn’t technically Renewal Authority (DURA), plus Citibank sold; however, there is a sale pendand Enterprise Community Partners. ing that hasn’t yet closed. Multi-family A condition to receive DURA funds housing was in the works, but with the is a certain amount of those monies be set aside for the installation of public art. sale still pending, no formal plans have been laid. The Denver Square house Lovato says Mi Casa commissioned the located at 346 Acoma St. will also be part celebrated Chicano artist Carlos Fresquez of the sale. to paint murals on interior walls within the new Mi Casa headquarters. : CONTINUED ON PAGE 18 In 1976, the nonprofit was formed by

COP Shop opens in Broadway Marketplace By Jennifer Turner

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La Chupaflor: Ice cream and mezcal is coming to Platt Park.

Import Mechanics to take over the Import Warehouse space on S. Broadway.

Small Boulder chain opens sister restaurant on Alameda Thai Basil space.

Natural Grocers: Construction is underway on S. Lincoln.

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 Kitty’s South has been closed for quite some time at 119 S. Broadway. Rumor has it that a distillery will be moving into the space, but plans are still underway. Stay tuned. Import Warehouse at 235 S. Broadway is moving to Golden and the space will now house Import Mechanics (importmechanics.com). Robert Savi, the owner of both businesses, says, “It is a great service to the Wash Park and Baker neighborhoods, with the most amazing mechanics I have ever known.” He goes on to say that “our whole business is based on honesty and transparency and we donate to charity on every oil change.” Now that’s the community spirit.

Cherry Creek Thanks to a generous donation from The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, a new Health & Wellness Center will open at Kavod Senior Life (kavodseniorlife.org) located at 22 S. Adams St. In a press release, Aaron Merki, Program Officer at The Harry and Jea-

nette Weinberg Foundation, said, “The Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Foundation is dedicated to enabling low-income, vulnerable older adults age in their communities, with maximum independence and quality of life.” The Center is scheduled to open in April.

Hilltop Fierce45 (fierce45.com) is expanding again, opening its third location at 335 Holly St. "I chose Hilltop and our specific location of Holly and Third because a huge part of Fierce45 is our community building focus," said Torrey Newman, owner and founder. "Fierce45 is not just about the workout. We are about uplifting our students and community to be the fiercest they can be.” Their other locations are in West Wash Park and LoHi.

Platt Park After a huge renovation and only a few years in business, Fourteen Seventy-Two has closed its doors. The restaurant sat in the heart of the Old South Pearl Street restaurant district at 1472 S. Pearl and served Low Country cuisine. This area is still in flux and it remains to be seen what will replace Fourteen Seventy-Two and who will move into the first floor of the new parking garage on the east side of the street. It may not be spring yet, but with this nice weather, many of us feel the need to flock to local ice cream shops to enjoy the cool treats. The Platt Park neighborhood will have a new ice cream shop courtesy of the owner of Adelita’s. A sign in the window of 11 E. Louisiana Ave. promises that La Chupaflor will open this June. The name means

hummingbird in Spanish and the shop plans to serve homemade ice cream and mezcal. Sounds like a great combination.

University Park University of Denver students have a new way to get caffeinated. Lost Coffee (lostcoffee.com) is now open at 2350 E. Evans Ave. This is the company’s third location and they’ve wandered up from Castle Rock, where they have two other locations, plus a roasting lab. According to their website, “Speed married with consistent quality is our benchmark.” Fast and good, what coffee should be.

Wash Park Hannah by Design (hannahbydesign. com) is closing its storefront at 1061 S. Gaylord St. The jewelry designer will continue to design jewelry and hold private showings. Visit the artist’s website or email her for information; you can even join the mailing list for updates. Hannah says that “the storefront will be closing within the next month and there’s a big sale going on.” She even has loose beads, findings and fixtures for those that like to bead, and is selling the display cases and furniture as well. The Tended Thicket at 1034 S Gaylord St. (thetendedthicket.com) has re-opened with a whole new look and owner. “The store is returning to its original concept of European gifts,” says new owner Maury Ankrum. “Our remodel was to make the space look open, fresh and easily accessible.” The store’s open space feel is even child and dog-friendly—the remodel has resulted in wider aisles that can even accommodate a baby carriage— something that Wash Park residents will love. The concept is to encourage people to browse and enjoy their time spent

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Wash Park West Coming soon, a new Natural Grocers (naturalgrocers.com) in the 300 block between S. Broadway and S. Lincoln Street. Construction is already underway and the store will no doubt compete with local Whole Foods and Sprouts stores that also serve the Platt Park and West Wash Park neighborhoods. Many were surprised to see the closing of Thai Basil at 540 E. Alameda Ave., but the restaurant space is now open again. A Boulder-based restaurant has moved in and My Ramen 2 (myramen2co. net) is now open for business, serving “a taste of Neo-Asia.” Join them for Happy Hour Monday and Tuesday 4:30-6:30p.m.

Around Town Congratulations to Classic Homeworks (classichomeworks.com) located at 3430 E. 12th Ave. The full-service remodeling firm is the Regional Winner of the Contractor of the Year Award (CotY) in the category of Luxury Bathroom over $100,000. This win puts them in the running to win a National Award, which will be announced at a reception in Scottsdale this April. Good luck! Maid Right (maidright.com) is a fairly new franchise that is bringing jobs to the Denver area. Per the franchise model, owners Ross Miller (a former real estate agent) and Rob Ratchinsky are able to sign on unit franchise owners who want to run their own small business. This model not only creates jobs but allows entrepreneurs a chance to shine. The company offers regular cleaning, deep cleaning and, as we are now in March, spring cleaning.


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People of South Denver Janice Spearman

also tutored before and after school and dent teachers that the UPark people had years. In the mid-1980s, her husband’s had Saturday school. Because we were trained and hired them for Columbine.” computer business failed during the ecoone of the lowest schools in the state, The supportive relationships kindled nomic downturn and the couple moved By Susan Dugan we qualified for all these grants and I between the University Park teachers and to Fairfax County, Virginia, where her paid our classroom teachers—who were the new teachers at Columbine proved a husband took a job with the company rowing up in Indianapolis in a paying back their college loans working winning approach. large family, Lincoln Elementary he worked for in Saudi Arabia. Spearman at K-Mart and other places for $10 an “I took a risk and found that justSchool Principal Janice Spearman gave birth to her second son and eventuhour—$25 an hour to tutor. never doubted that education would offer ally taught for three years. On Fridays, we played basket“We were there during the a passport to a bigger world. ball, but if kids didn’t do their “My parents were just high school Gulf War, when lots of things tutoring they couldn’t come. It graduates and education was very import- were put in place because of was quite a journey.” ant,” she says. “My mother was very ada- concerns about terrorism,” she The journey included fosmant that we would go to college. She says. “Schools were on constant tering empathy for children thought teachers were wonderful, so my lockdown.” facing problems at home. Returning to Denver with sister and I became teachers.” “Some kids are in survival After earning undergraduate and her family in 1993, Spearman modes and have a different set Master’s degrees in education from Indi- worked at Park Hill Elementary, of needs and values,” Spearana University, Spearman taught elemen- got her Principal Licensure and, man says. “I remember we tary school in Indianapolis for two years, in 1996, became principal of Uniwere about to take the CSAPS got married and relocated with her hus- versity Park Elementary. and one of my kids of several “That was at the end of band to Saudi Arabia, where she taught kids in this home stayed with at an international school in Riyadh for busing and University Park had a great aunt in her early 80s. been paired with Columbine Elethree-and-a-half years. They had a SWAT team come in “For a country girl from Indiana, it mentary in Northeast Denver,” Janice Spearman with a group of her Lincoln Elementary because somebody was dealing was quite a learning experience,” she Spearman says. students. Photo by Sara Hertwig. drugs and the kids came in tellIn 1999, she was asked to says. “My husband is an IT person and he ing us and then we want them to take this starting-out teachers, given the right was with a company installing computers become principal of Columbine, a failing support, have passion and energy,” test! But we tried to make school a safe, with the Ministry of Planning. After that, school. “Turning a school around means focal place. We made the news because Spearman says. “They may do a lot of we went to Kenya for six months. I went getting the right people and understandwe grew kids so much with this team of crying, but there’s that determination to to Syria, Jordan, Egypt, Greece, Nigeria, ing that it takes time and money,” she winning teachers; it was inspiring. But, I do what they need to do.” Ghana and the Ivory Coast. If you leave says. “I couldn’t get the teachers from was at school seven days a week.” Spearman took advantage of a the politics out of it, people are won- University Park to come because they After five years turning Columbine resource available to the district called the derful and love Americans. They were had started off at struggling schools and around, Spearman served as assistant “Success for All” reading program. “They so interested in us and what we thought didn’t want to go back, but we had great area superintendent and instructional had consultants who came in and trained about their countries. It really formed the student teachers at University Park who superintendent for DPS before becoming the teachers,” she says. “They assessed needed jobs. The UPark teachers said I person I am.” principal at Lincoln Elementary in 2010. the children every six weeks and placed The couple then relocated to Denver, could send my teachers over and they’d “In 2002, Lincoln only had about 125 stuthem based on their reading. If you had where Spearman taught at John Amesse help them with strategies, informally a fifth grader reading at first-grade level, dents, a lot of them free-and reducedElementary School in Montbello for a few mentor them. So I had about seven stulunch,” Spearman says. “It was not a we had a program where third, fourth and school that many middle class people fifth-grade students who couldn’t read chose for their children. The principal at were grouped together.” the time was searching for a hook because Improving reading and discipline after busing, parents wanted hooks like became the central focus. “90 minutes HGT, expeditionary learning, language, every day, everything stopped, and everyone taught reading,” Spearman says. etc., and decided on Montessori. The plan was approved in 2003.” “Columbine was 99 percent free-and Today, Lincoln Elementary enrolls reduced-lunch and had a lot of turn360 students in Montessori and tradiover, but we rewarded children for progress every six weeks. We gave trophies, tional programs. “The Montessori [and traditional] teachers are stellar. My medals, we had parties. We implemented strength is in finding and keeping outa character-education program with goal standing people, providing them with setting because we had a lot of behavior the tools they need to be successful and problems. 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A Representative View By Paul Kashmann, Denver City Councilman, District 6

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Much has been made of President Trump’s threats to withhold Federal funding from those “sanctuary cities” failing to honor immigration laws. And rightfully so. Is Denver a sanctuary city? It’s hard to tell, as there is no legal definition by which to judge. Both the Mayor and City Council have officially declared our intention to support and protect immigrant and refugee residents through all legal means. And, we have chosen to not declare the term “sanctuary city” yet. Denver recognizes the Federal laws regarding immigration, but the Mayor, Council and the Chief of Police are firm that it is in our city’s best interest to leave immigration enforcement to federal Immigrations & Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers. Were the Denver Police personnel to take it upon themselves to arrest otherwise law-abiding folks for nothing other than immigration status violations, it would cast a pall on our immigrant/refugee communities in terms of contacting law enforcement regarding crime in the

community. Drugs, domestic violence, sex assault, etc. would go unreported out of fear of deportation for those doing the reporting. We have also chosen to not honor ICE requests that we detain residents who have served time in our city jail after their sentence has been completed, so ICE can investigate them for immigration related issues. The detainer requests from ICE are just that—requests, not law. Though—and this is my guess—if any such law were to be passed by Congress, Denver would most probably join many cities across the country in fighting it on constitutional grounds. Denver received $175.5 million in Federal aid in 2015. Are we in jeopardy of losing that much money? No. Case law indicates that, if otherwise justifiable, the Feds can only retain money related to laws it feels were violated. In the case of immigration laws, that would indicate only funds devoted to justice would be in jeopardy. Transportation or social service funds, etc. could not be withheld unless laws specifically related to those functions were broken. Some folks feel we’re not doing enough and want the Mayor to pull the

pin and declare ourselves a sanctuary city with all the ambiguity that carries. This would certainly please many human rights supporters and might ease the minds of those fearing their door being kicked in in the middle of the night, but in so doing, we might be unintentionally placing targets on the backs of, and inspiring raids against, those we had hoped to protect. The matter is certainly on our minds, but is not a step we would take lightly. The Denver City Attorney’s office is pouring over immigration law to close any loopholes that can be closed to bring added security and peace of mind to those contributing members of our city who have ongoing disputes with, or feel threatened by ICE. And what specific relevance does this hubbub hold for those of us who call District 6 home? Census statistics show we are very heavily white (86 percent), with the balance of our populace made up of a variety of races and ethnicities in substantially smaller numbers. While a quick glance at our community picture may seem boringly monochromatic, when the school bells ring, the world shows up at our door and our civic palette becomes

more rich, indeed. The K-8 program at Place Bridge Academy welcomes 830 students from 50 countries who claim English as a second language; Merrill Middle School offers the middle school international student magnet program for Denver Public Schools, including some 300 students representing 35 countries; Denver South High School, the High School international magnet, hosts 700 students from 65 countries in their English as a Second Language program. And, adding in the nearly 1300 international students at University of Denver from 97 countries, we certainly are blessed to be amid a veritable United Nations of World Cultures. In this 21st century world of shrinking borders, we are blessed to have the chance to welcome our neighbors from far and wide. I welcome our international families, I thank them for bringing their culture and traditions to south Denver, and whether they live permanently in the District or are here part-time related to their children’s education, I will continue to do all I can to help make them feel welcome and valued and to keep them safe while they are with us.

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Overland would “put us on the map” and bring money into the neighborhood. The promoters are AEG, the giant, national entertainment company behind the Coachella music festival in Indio, California, and Superfly, the company behind both Bonnaroo in Manchester, Tennessee and Outside Lands in San Francisco. They want a five-year contract on OPGC for up to six weeks annually to accommodate festival setup and teardown and to repair any damage.

DU erment of the fossil fuel industry will lead to violence against our climate that will be felt by future generations in the decades to come. We hold a vision of a just and sustainable world that will not give up." She concluded, “In the coming months, we draw from the experiences of students at campuses across the country who came together after their administrations refused divestment, and in many cases, won their campaigns against great odds. Chancellor Chopp and the Board have left us with no choice but to organize the DU community to take further action for divestment. We will call upon our networks of friends, professors, staff, administrators, alumni and donors to demand that DU stand with the students and for a just and sustainable world.” The final report of the Board of Trustees task force, entitled Ends and Means: Considering Climate Change, Divestment and Sustainability at the

: CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 AEG’s local consultant, David Ehrlich, compared the festival with Outside Lands in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, which features local food and wine, art exhibits, comedy acts and family-oriented activities, as well as top musical acts like Radiohead. He estimated Denver’s festival could grow to 60,000+ people per day. A three-day ticket could cost more than $300. A Ruby Hill resident asked (to much applause), “Why a golf course and not somewhere else?” Ehrlich answered,

: CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 University of Denver, has been posted at portfolio.du.edu/divestment, along with a set of Board-approved principles that are based on the recommendations of the task force. In response to calls for divestment, DU plans to implement a series of initiatives. They include establishing a revolving “green fund” to investigate new efforts related to sustainability in the operations of the University. DU will establish this fund with an initial $5 million and look for donor support to increase it. More details on the fund will be available in April when the Board is expected to formally adopt the policy. The University also plans to further invest in sustainability efforts by identifying opportunities to harness solar energy. It will deploy its academic capital by having over 40 members of the faculty, across a wide variety of disciplines, conduct funded research and/or teach courses related to sustainability.

“The festival requires a headliner. You can get a lot of people on a golf course. What people want is to be outside on the grass—not in a parking lot. “Denver is arguably one of the last, and one of the top cities in the country without its own true organic festival, reflective of its community,” Ehrlich said in an interview. Overland Park was chosen because of “its interesting different view planes, trees, nice covering. Conceptually, it’s very similar [to Golden Gate Park].” Ehrlich said the promoters are also considering a site in Westminster; he hopes to know by May if Denver will

negotiate a contract. District 7 City Councilman Jolon Clark called the festival “an opportunity” with an estimated $60 million economic impact. The city would get between $1.5-$2 million from lease fees and seat taxes, which could increase with more attendance. Moreover, local jobs would be created and, as with Outside Lands, local nonprofit groups would be involved and benefit. At the meeting, and in a later interview, Clark said, “I’m excited about the process,” saying Mayor Hancock prom-

In addition, the Board intends to make available an alternative type of investment vehicle that may offer donors the ability to have their contributions invested in a manner that aligns with their social objectives regarding sustainability. The Investment Committee, DU’s investment manager and Advancement Committee will work to develop policies and approaches to meet this objective. While the core of support for the Divest DU movement comes from students, numerous DU faculty members believe the Board should divest as well. Over 70 signed a petition in favor of divestment, and the DU Faculty Senate endorsed their proposal in May. DU Associate Professor Hava Gordon said, “Many faculty members share the passion of the students who have organized over the last few years to compel DU to divest from fossil fuels. Many of us share the disappointment felt by the students. Although the university has mapped out promising directions for advancing sustainability as a result of student-led activism around this issue,

I feel we missed an important opportunity to align with a broader movement of institutions attempting to stigmatize fossil-fuel investment. Our commitment to sustainability and to the public good, two signature values often promoted by DU, stand in contrast to this decision.” What Divest DU was demanding is not without precedent. According to a report from the University of Oxford, approximately 600 academic institutions and faith-based organizations worldwide have committed to divest $3.4 trillion in carbon-tagged investments. However, several high-profile institutions have recently refused to divest their fossil fuel investments, despite tremendous pressure to do so. Stanford sold all of its coal mining holdings in 2014, but rejected calls to divest its oil and gas company investments. MIT and the University of Edinburgh have also refused. While the DU Board of Trustees decided not to divest, Divest DU is digging in for what promises to be a long fight.

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Imam of largest U.S. mosque, Iliff graduate, returns to give talk on immigrant integration By Haines Eason

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liff School of Theology, located at the corner of Iliff Avenue and University Boulevard, celebrates its 125th anniversary this year. To commemorate the anniversary, the school has planned a year of events and celebrations. On the horizon: a 50th anniversary celebration in April of the Martin Luther King speech “Beyond Vietnam,” a speech written by former Iliff Professor Vincent Harding. In February, Iliff School of Theology hosted a Renewal Conference to launch their year of celebration. The conference was well attended and featured speakers from around the country, including Rachel E. Harding, scholar of Afro-Atlantic Diaspora religions at the University of Colorado, Denver; Tracie L. Keesee, Deputy Commissioner of Training with the New York Police Department; Timothy Beal, Biblical Scholar and New Programmer, currently Florence Harkness Professor of Religion at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio; and Sheikh Ibrahim Kazerooni of the Islamic Center of America in Dearborn, Michigan. During his talk, Kazerooni highlighted the struggles his community has faced since the November election, noting that, since then, and especially since the inauguration, he has seen a significant uptick in calls to his center. Additionally, Kazerooni said his constituents are fearful and are reaching out for help and comfort. “You would imagine

after 13, 14, 15 years of interfaith work since 9/11 that we would have at least made a dent into this confrontational approach between the larger society and the minority, being Muslim. Far from it,” he said. “[This approach shows] that the deep-rooted hate and antagonism exists, no matter what happens.” Kazerooni and, he said, other leaders in his community feel it is not their work that is failing, but there is “some blockage within the larger society.” He and his colleagues used to feel they were not doing enough, but, particularly in Dearborn, Michigan, where Kazerooni lives and works, after making a concerted effort to reach out to the local Christian and Jewish communities, and after networking with community leaders, social service providers, and, after considering the diversity of their own population, which includes persons who work in all industries, they see the current antagonism as proof of a deeply ingrained problem. Kazerooni’s central point from his talk is that minority groups can only do so much when it comes to claiming their rights and completing the process of integration. “If we, the minority, are unable to get our rights, it’s not because we don’t want to get our rights," he said. "We are struggling to organize and be productive members of society. What is happening is every time we approach the larger society, the door is shut in our face. What we need to do is remind the privileged mem-

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According to his bio on the Islamic Center of America website, in addition to Islamic theological studies in both Najaf, Iraq and Qum, Iran, Ibrahim holds a bachelor of engineering in mining and petroleum, a master of business administration in management, a master in global studies from the University of Denver and master of theological studies from the Iliff School of Theology. He also earned a joint doctorate from the University of Denver and Iliff School of Theology. For more information on Iliff’s 125th anniversary, visit iliff.edu/125. Since its founding in 1892, Iliff has regularly been recognized as one of the best theological schools in the nation, serving more than 30 denominations and faith traditions. The school is committed to social justice, inclusiveness and religious diversity.

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She continues to support teachers by setting clear expectations for student behavior. “I don’t berate children, I don’t scream at them, but I’m firm. I love them; I tell them that. If you can get the behavior problems out of the classroom, teachers can teach. We have kids who come down here and work, if needed, and teachers aren’t afraid that if they send them I will think they’re incompetent teachers.” Spearman has worked hard to

encourage children enrolled in the Montessori and traditional programs to mix more. “Our upper classes recently went to the stock show together,” Spearman says. “We’re trying to provide more opportunities like that. A lot of them live next door to each other. And on our PTSA, both sets of parents are very involved, not just the Montessori people running the PTSA, as they were when I first came.” Lincoln’s annual fall festival last year

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DPS to begin improvements thanks to $572 million bond measure By Jennifer Turner

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enver voters approved a $572 million Bond in November to fund construction of new schools, additions to some existing buildings, installation of cooling systems at older buildings and a variety of safety and maintenance upgrades. The measure passed with over 65 percent voter approval. Denver Public Schools (DPS) officials are gearing up to kick off the first round of projects, which will largely begin this summer. Approximately $70 million will be used for cooling enhancements for 79 DPS schools with limited or no air-conditioning. Roughly half of the district’s schools were constructed before 1969. Because Denver property values have continued to rise and the school district was successful in refinancing higher interest rate bonds over the past two years, DPS was able to issue the newly authorized bonds without an increase to the bond fund mill levy that’s dedicated to the district’s general obligation bonds. Last year, the bond payment property tax rate was 10.25 mills. For fiscal year 2017, the tax rate for the bonds will be 9.383. DPS Superintendent Tom Boasberg said via email, “We are tremendously thankful to Denver voters for investing in great learning environments for our kids. We know there is strong excitement about our bond projects in many of our school communities. We're excited too! I wanted to share information about how we schedule these projects. Our academic calendars and Colorado weather mean that we have shorter construction windows. Within these windows, our scheduling considerations include first,

how critical is the project to our students' safety and security? We also prioritize work in our high-needs schools and ensure that schools all over the city are receiving their improvements under the bond.” Below is a list of some of the local schools receiving money for building improvements. It is not an exhaustive list. The dollars allocated are for direct construction costs and can only be used for these types of projects. There is also money for student technology devices. No bond funds can be used for items such as staff salaries and student programs. Each school has some discretion on how it can spend a portion of its money; options include classroom, restroom and common area upgrades.

of the five hottest in DPS. In August, September and May, indoor temperatures regularly reach 95 degrees. Our teachers have been creative in trying to create comfortable classrooms by using fans and passing out ice, but being able to effectively cool the entire school will greatly enhance the learning environment for both students and staff."

Located at 7125 Cherry Creek N. Dr. on the eastern edge of Virginia Village, Place Bridge is an Early Childhood Education (ECE) through 8th grade school with approximately 1,000 students. A 150-seat ECE center will be constructed to expand ECE opportunities in the neighborhood, and is expected to be completed by 2020.

Girls Athletic Leadership School (GALS) - $5.2 million

GALS is currently a 6-11th grade school, but will welcome its first class of seniors this fall. It is housed at the old Del Pueblo Elementary School on Galapago Street at Eighth Avenue. Due to the bond money, the school will be able to build a new, 225South High School - $10.8 seat cafetorium and a multimillion purpose, high school athletic field. Located in Washington Fati, pictured here at South High School, arrived in the U.S. “The addition to GALS Park, South High was originally from Morocco at the end of 2016. Photo by Sara Hertwig. will literally be a game constructed at the beginning changer for us," GALS Executive Director of the last century. It was designated Carol Bowar. "We are in the fourth year a National Historic Landmark in 1992. George Washington High School of housing our growing middle and high Approximately 1,600 students attend the $7.7 million school in this former elementary buildschool, and it is slotted to receive a new cooling system. Other planned improveGW is situated in the Virginia Vale ing. We are completely out of space and ments include lighting and safety neighborhood on Monaco Parkway, are adding another grade to our high upgrades, a new boiler, hot water tank just off Leetsdale Drive. The Patriots school next year. We have added over 80 and piping and repair of exterior soffits will be getting a new cooling solution, students to our rolls since moving in and and staircases. an improved ventilation system and will add an additional 75 next year alone. Physical environment and visual culture "The entire south community is upgraded exterior lighting. is an essential part of teaching and learnthrilled to be getting a cooling system," said South Principal Jen Hanson. "Our Place Bridge Early Learning Center : CONTINUED ON PAGE 17 building is over 100 years old and one - $7.7 million

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South Denver School Scoop By Linda Katchen, Ph.D.

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ulius Caesar was warned to “beware the Ides of March.” Colorado students may feel a bit like Caesar as they are readying for testing and worrying about whether or not their hard work will result in their showing successful growth and progress. Schools and teachers have been working hard to prepare students for the assessments. The results are important to everyone involved with the schools because they are used to evaluate student and school performance. Good luck to everyone involved! DPS has launched EDUCAradio, 1090 AM, an online, bilingual talk radio station which provides English programming 3:00a.m.-3:00p.m. and Spanish programming 3:00p.m.-3:00a.m. This channel will bring listeners the latest news and information from DPS and provide relevant, real-time information and resources to help families better navigate the educational system. DPS and the Mexican Consulate, represented by Acting Consul General Jeremias Guzman, met to discuss ways they can partner to ensure all children have access to high-quality education. The consulate has donated 25,000 Spanish language books to DPS families. The advocacy group A+ Colorado released The Outliers, its first comprehensive report of academic outcomes for various groups of students in districts in Colorado. DPS was recognized for making some of the biggest gains in English language arts. To see the report, visit apluscolorado.org/events/ press-conference-outliers. Denver Language School K-8 (DLS), 200 S. University St., is a new addition to the Washington Park community. Although the majority of the school is housed in another location, kindergarten through second grade is in the building that once housed the Girls Athletic and Leadership school (GALS). DLS is Denver’s only full language immersion K-8 charter school. Its mission is to offer a meaningful global education that prepares students from a young age to learn the languages and cultures of other societies. The majority of the staff at DLS come from other countries. Visitors walk through the halls and find it a global

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adventure of learning. They can hear Chi- more autonomy to make decisions at the (including Pre-Advance Placement (AP) nese, Spanish and English and see proj- school level to develop practices that classes and an AP articulation agreement ects posted in the halls in these other better meet the needs of individual stu- with South High) and enrichment opporlanguages. There have been studies show- dents. The focus at GBMS is on a rigorous tunities, including music/band and foring the benefits of learning a second lan- college prep curriculum, blended learn- eign language electives. University Park Elementary, 2300 guage at a young age, and today second ing with technology-based instruction, language knowledge is particularly applications and assessments, a system S. St. Paul St., is getting ready for its auction in April, a major fund-raiser important as so many new for the school. They are requestjobs are tied to international ing items such as gift cards, busitrade. If interested in learnness, travel, vacation and service ing more about DLS, contact items to be sold via the online denverlanguageschool.org auction during the week leador email Camilla: camilla@ ing up to the event as well as a denverlanguageschool.org. select number of items that will South High, 1700 E. stay open until the live event. Louisiana Ave., keeps gainFor more information about the ing momentum in the greater auction or to donate an item, Washington Park Neighborgo to uparkelementary.org/ hoods. South set a record auction2017. with approximately 450 Stephen Knight Center for eighth graders visiting the Early Learning (SKCEE), 3245 school by the end of January E. Exposition Ave., has threeto determine if this was the and-four-year-old early childhigh school for them. South hood education (ECE) classes, provides high-level academic University Park Elementary students putting on a show at a classes, including college recent open house. Photo courtesy University Park Elementary. three Cory Kindergarten classes and one Advanced Kindergarten courses, and offers tutoring in all subjects, over 50 clubs and activities for frequently analyzing student data and class. DPS Kaleidoscope Corner offers research-based interventions resulting in before- and after-school care available. and 23 varsity sports. SKCEE’s educational philosophy is During a recent meeting with DPS high growth and achievement. Innovation Board members, South students described status allows GBMS to increase instruc- built on the best practices established their school as “inclusive, welcoming, tional time, continue to reduce class sizes by the National Association for the Edufriendly, passionate, alive, life-changing, in reading, writing and math and to pro- cation of Young Children. They balance empowering and full of Rebel pride.” Stu- vide professional development needed to child-initiated, play-based learning with the academic focus on whole-group and dents talked about how they have become meet the needs of its diverse learners. Specifically, areas of innovation will small-group instruction. SKCEE provides acquainted with the world through their peers; one-third of South’s students include the integration of technology an important option for the parents of where each student is assigned a Chrome- young children. claiming international roots. Good luck to all students testing in As ever, South students are excel- book for personal academic work, continling both academically and socially. Five ued development of rigorous curriculum March! Your hard work will pay off. seniors became Daniels Fund Scholarship Finalists, and South students earned Scholastic Art awards, speech awards and writing awards between January and the present. South is looking forward to seeing the list of colleges and universities selected by the Class of 2017. South wishes to thank Mayor Hancock, DPS Superintendent Tom Boasberg and President of the DPS School Board, Anne Rowe, for showing their support for South and its students by visiting and engaging with the students. Grant-Beacon Middle School (GBMs), 1751 S. Steele St., was granted innovation status which allows the school

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Tuesdays, 03/07-03/28 | 3:00p.m. Hard Times Writing Workshop Going through a tough time? Telling our stories can help process our life experiences and find new paths. Join a safe and supportive creative writing workshop, free and open to all; sharing is not mandatory. | 720-865-1111 | Denver Public Library: Central branch, 10 W. 14th Ave. Parkway denverlibrary.org

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Fridays, 03/03-03/10 | 6:45a.m.-8:00a.m. Monthly Downtown Democratic Forum Breakfast Get info on local issues and ballot initiatives. Public welcome. First Friday of the month. | 303-861-8050 Southern Hospitality, 1433 17th St. denverdemocrats.org Sat, 03/04 | 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, In collaboration with Month of Photography, Glass Plate Negative Retouch & Print with Jacqueline Webster. | 303-778-6990 | Art Students League of Denver, 200 Grant St. asld.org Sat, 03/04 | 2:00p.m.-3:00p.m. Poultry Keeping 101 Learn what kind of housing and supplies you need to keep chickens, how to acquire chicks or adult chickens who are ready to lay, the right kind of breed for your needs and how to care for chickens from feed to health checks to medication. | 720-865-0220 | Decker Branch Library, 1501 S. Logan St. denverlibrary.org Saturday 03/04, Friday 03/17 | 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. 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 Tue, 03/07 | 10:00a.m.-11:00a.m. Active Minds presents: The National Parks 2016 marked the 100th anniversary of the creation of the National Park Service. Hear the story of the development of our national parks system and highlight some of the more notable parks and their stories. | Jewish Community Center, 350 S. Dahlia St. activeminds.com

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The spring series explores the way we see the natural world and how it influences views on art, nature and environmentalism. The March installment discusses “The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt’s New World” by Andrea Wolf, $5. | 720-865-3580 Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York St. botanicgardens.org Wed, 03/29 | 2:00p.m.-3:30p.m. North of 50: Flash Memoir Writing by Decade (1960’s) You have a story to tell! Why not immerse yourself in the ambiance of a specific decade and see what memories emerge. Write a short scene from your life and share what you’ve written with your peers. 1960’s ambiance will include music and food! | 720-865-0240 | Eugene Field branch library, 810 S. University Blvd. denverlibrary.org

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Thu, 03/16 | 3:00p.m.-4:00p.m. Active Minds presents: A Century of Women's Progress Come reflect on a century of women's progress in the United States. From women's suffrage to the Women's Liberation movement of the 1960's to the role of women in the workforce today and the serious consideration of a woman for President. | 720-865-0955 | Ross-University Hills branch library, 4310 E. Amherst Ave. activeminds.com

Wednesdays, 03/01-03/29 | 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

Sat, 03/18 | 2:00p.m.-3:00p.m. Wine Cork Jewelry Mod podge wintery images from fabric, magazines and recycled books onto sliced wine corks to make a cute pair of earrings or pendant. | 720-865-0135 | Ross-Broadway branch library, 33 E. Bayaud Ave. denverlibrary.org

Friday- Saturday 03/03-03/04 | 7:30p.m. 2017 Winter Concert The Colorado Choir presents our 2017 Winter Concert, featuring selections by J.S. Bach, Randall Thompson, Morten Lauridsen, Spirituals, Fold songs, and more! | 303-892-5922 Bethany Lutheran Church, 4500 E. Hampden Ave. coloradochoir.org

Tue, 03/21 | 3:00p.m.-5:00p.m. World Poetry Day Celebrate the oldest oral tradition and linguistic diversity with Lighthouse and Hard Times Writers Workshops. | 720-8651111 | Denver Public Library: Central branch, 10 W. 14th Ave. Parkway denverlibrary.org

Friday- Sunday, 03/03-03/05 | Times Vary Brahms Conducted by the Dragon The Brahms opener, Nanie - German for funeral song - is a meditation on mortality. After the dramatic start, Schumann's energetic and eclectic Piano Concerto provides some lightness, and the melodic masterwork that is Brahms' Symphony No. 3 follows. | 303-623-7876 | Boettcher Concert Hall, 1000 14th St. tickets.coloradosymphony.org

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Fridays, 03/03-03/31 | 7:30p.m. Heartthrobs: The Evolution of the Boy Band Presented by the Denver Gay Men's Chorus. There will also be a matinee performance at 2:00 pm on March 11. | Ellie Caulkins Opera House | Ellie Caulkins Opera House, 1101 13th St. dgmc.org

Sun, 03/19 | 1:00p.m.-2:30p.m. Inside Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4 Associate Conductor Christopher Dragon leads the orchestra in the final of three Inside series of concerts focusing this informative discussion on Symphony No. 4, a masterpiece by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. | 303-623-7876 | Boettcher Concert Hall, 1000 14th St. tickets.coloradosymphony.org

Thu, 03/09 | 7:30p.m.-9:00p.m. DakhaBrakha This breathtaking and mesmerizing band from Ukraine draws on folk melodies and rhythms, and combines voice, cello, accordion, and drums in a refreshingly novel vision of Eastern European roots music. | 303-871-7720 Newman Center for the Performing Arts, 2344 E. Iliff Ave. newmancenterpresents.com Thu, 03/09 | 7:30p.m.-9:00p.m. Pokémon Symphonic Evolutions Pokémon: Symphonic Evolutions has become the must-see video game concert of the year, giving fans and newcomers of all ages a chance to experience the evolution of the Pokémon franchise like never before. | 303-623-7876 Boettcher Concert Hall, 1000 14th St. tickets.coloradosymphony.org Sat, 03/11 | 7:30p.m.-9:00p.m. Time for Three Time for Three is a group that happily and infectiously defies any traditional genre classification. With an uncommon mix of virtuosity and showmanship, the American trio performs music from Bach to Brahms and beyond. | 303-623-7876 | Boettcher Concert Hall, 1000 14th St. tickets.coloradosymphony.org Fri, 03/17 | 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 | 71 E. Yale Ave. swallowhillmusic.org Friday & Saturday, 03/17-03/18 | 7:30p.m.-9:00p.m. Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4 Marcelo Lehninger makes his debut as guest conductor of

Sun, 03/19 | 4:00p.m. Greek Treasures performed in collaboration with the Denver Pro Chorale The Colorado Chorale presents a concert featuring Greek music and composers. Join us as we collaborate with the Denver Pro Chorale, leaving you with the enticing and hauntingly stoic sounds of ancient and modern Greece. | Denver South Seventh Day Adventist Church 2675 S. Downing St.

The 2017 Athena Project Arts Festival supports the voices of female artists across the Denver metro area. This robust art festival fills March and part of April with the theatre, visual art, music and dance of talented female creators who make up Denver’s artistic community. In its fifth year, the festival will feature a world-premiere play, The Wave That Set the Fire by Ellen K. Graham, a mini music festival in conjunction with Swallow Hill Music, an Evening of world dance featuring a diverse array of choreographers and workshop productions of plays by young playwrights. In all there will be 31 events spread over 60 days across Metro Denver and over 250 artists will participate! Athena Project's mission is to empower women and strengthen the Denver community through developing and showcasing women's and girls' artistic contributions, while inviting new audiences into the creative process. Visit athenaprojectfestival.org for more.

Sun, 03/19 | 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, 03/23 | 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. | 303-7771003 | Swallow Hill Music Association - Main, 71 E. Yale Ave. swallowhillmusic.org Thu, 03/23 | 7:30p.m.-9:00p.m. yMusic Hailed by NPR’s Fred Child as “one of the groups that has really helped to shape the future of classical music,” yMusic’s six New York City instrumentalists flourish in the overlap between the pop and classical worlds. | Newman Center for the Performing Arts, 2344 E. Iliff Ave. ev9.evenue.net

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DOUBLE THE CELTIC FUN! Brass & Bagpipes Returns to its Roots March 12 • Bethany Lutheran Church with Celtic Colorado Pipes & Drums, Rick Seaton – Organ We’re throwing it back to the one that started it all! Join us for the original Brass & Bagpipes concert in surround sound acoustics at Bethany Lutheran Church, where you truly “Feel the Sound!”

Brass & Bagpipes: Celtic Fling! March 17 - 19 • Newman Center for the Performing Arts with Celtic Colorado Pipes & Drums, Rocky Mountain Highland Dancers, Wick School of Irish Dance, Jillian Lee – Soprano, Erin Newton – Harp Our 23rd annual Celtic Extravaganza, featuring new guest artists! A celebration of singing, dancing, bagpipes, harps and brass!

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Friday- Saturday 03/24-03/25 | 7:30p.m.-9:00p.m. A Symphonic Tribute to Comic Con: The Tetralogy Live long and prosper with Colorado Symphony's concert phenomenon, Symphonic Tribute to Comic Con: The Tetralogy! Expect the best superhero soundtracks from movies, television, and video games with special guests and laughter aplenty! | 303-623-7876 | Boettcher Concert Hall, 1000 14th St. tickets.coloradosymphony.org

Wed, 03/01 | Times Vary Chris Schranck Schranck gets his inspiration from life experiences, traveling, nature and other artists for his hand painted glass. Opening reception: Sat., March 4, 7-10p.m. Live demonstration by the artist: March 7, 11, 15 and 25 at 7-10p.m. | 303-722-1035 | Gallery 1505, 1505 S. Pearl St. gallery1505.com

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 Wed, 03/01 | Times Vary Presence: Reflections on the Middle East Exhibition features more than 60 photo-based works that reflect the tension inherent in the presence, or absence, of people in a place, whether in their native land or abroad. | 303-294-5207 | Center for Visual Art, 965 Santa Fe Drive metrostatecva.org

Sat, 03/25 | 2:00p.m. A Wrinkle in Time Listen to songs from the 40s to today. From the Beatles, Hollywood soundtracks, Spanky and Our Gang and Colorado’s John Denver, all performed in close harmony. Additional showing at 7:30p.m. | 303-871-7720 x1 | Newman Center for the Performing Arts, 2344 E. Iliff Ave. soundoftherockies.com/a-wrinkle-in-time-concert

Sat, 03/04 | Times Vary Flipside: An Alt Angle to Photo Processes Celebrating Month of Photography, this regional juried exhibition explores non-traditional and non-commercial photography in alternative processes. Artist Reception: Fri., March 24, 5:30-8p.m. | 303-778-6990 | Art Students League of Denver, 200 Grant St. asld.org Sun, 03/05 | Times Vary Lovely as a Tree Betsy Johnson Welty's landscapes depicting trees of Washington Park, Harvard Park, McWilliams Park, Observatory Park, The High Line Canal. Some proceeds to benefit Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado. | Washington Park Dos Chappell Bath House, 600 S. Marion Parkway betsyjohnsonwelty.com

Sat, 03/25 | 7:30p.m.-9:00p.m. Sacred Sounds The Columbine Chorale presents samplings of sacred choral music from the 16th-century to the present, $15. | Unity Spiritual Center, 3021 S. University Blvd. columbinechorale.org

FILM Wed, 03/08 | 6:30p.m.-8:30p.m. Indigenous Film Series Presented by Indigenous Film & Arts Festival, Denver American Indian Commission and DMNS. Message from Mungo-Erosion around Lake Mungo in New South Wales revealed the cremated remains of Mungo Woman, the earliest cremation yet. | 303-744-9686 | Denver Museum of Nature & Science, 2001 Colorado Blvd. dmns.org

"Field Flowers," part of the Unexplored Terrain showing at Walker Fine Art. The show is in participation with Month of Photography and runs through April 28. Photo courtesy Walker Fine Art.

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Wed, 03/01 | Times Vary Elusive Andrew Roberts-Gray combines formal abstraction, the painted landscape, and areas of unpainted canvas to create dynamic works that defy traditional genre. This exhibition of recent mixed-media works feature a silver and white palette. | 720-865-3580 | Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York St. botanicgardens.org Wed, 03/01 | Times Vary Picture Me Here: Stories of Hope and Resilience by

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Daily, 03/09-03/26 | 12:00p.m.-9:00p.m. CORE presents The WOW (Wide Open Whatever) Show The WOW (Wide Open Whatever) Show has been a Denver metro-area tradition for over 26 years with artists of all mediums and skill levels strutting their stuff! | 303-887-0704 CORE New Art Space, 900 Santa Fe Drive coreartspace.com

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KIDS & CAMPS 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.

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KIDSTUFF Wed, 03/01 | Times Vary Iliff Preschool, Kindergarten & School-Age Summer Camp Providing a safe and nurturing environment and play-based experiences for toddlers, preschool, pre-k, private kindergarten, and school-age (post kg-12) children. Curriculum connects to early childhood with emphasis on social and pre-academic. | 303-757-3551 | Iliff Preschool, Kindergarten & School-Age Summer Camp, 4140 E. Iliff Ave. iliffpreschool.com

Wednesdays, 03/01-03/29 | 10:30a.m.-11:00a.m. Toddler Storytime Stories, songs, rhymes and fun for toddlers ages 18-36 months and their parents or caregivers. | 720-865-0135 Ross-Broadway branch library, 33 E. Bayaud Ave. denverlibrary.org

Mondays- Fridays, 03/01-03/31 | 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

Thursdays, 03/02-03/30 | 10:30a.m.-11:00a.m. Baby Storytime Stories, songs, rhymes, fun for babies 0-18 months and their parents or caregivers. Formerly called Book Babies. | 720865-0135 | Ross-Broadway branch library, 33 E. Bayaud Ave. denverlibrary.org Thursdays, 03/02-03/30 | 3:30p.m. All Ages Storytime Stories, songs, rhymes and fun for children of all ages and their parents or caregivers. | 720-865-0135 Ross-Broadway branch library, 33 E. Bayaud Ave.

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Denver Waldorf School Senior Projects ask students to challenge themselves in new ways By Sydney Lewark

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have gone to the Denver Waldorf School since preschool. From elementary school onward, senior projects have always been a fabled event. Every spring, the Waldorf community comes together to see the individual projects each senior has been working on for the entire school year. My fellow seniors and I will be presenting our projects at the Denver Waldorf School, 2100 S. Pennsylvania St., on March 31 and April 1 at 7:00p.m. A senior project at the Denver Waldorf School is much like a college thesis. “An admirable and daunting task,” as explained by English teacher John Reinhart, “A senior project is a moment when the students can take on an independent project that is really meaningful to them. A student who has practiced and explored all the aca-

DPS Bond Improvements ing and shouldn’t be underestimated. We are so grateful to Denver voters for their belief in making our schools great and can’t wait to get started with the design!”

Hill Middle School - $4.87 million Hilltop’s Hill Middle School is slated to receive money to improve its cooling system and ventilation systems, replace the fire alarm and detection system, install fire sprinklers, replace sewer com-

demic avenues throughout the Waldorf curriculum, takes that, goes out into the world and sees what they can make of it on their own.” For the first time, each student is asked to stand alone. A senior project is climbing a mountain that you have to build yourself. This mountain can take on many forms, such as stand-up comedy, salsa dancing, painting murals, learning American Sign Language, opera or building drones. Reinhart, a Denver Waldorf alumnus as well as senior project adviser, has a unique perspective. He remembers the process of recording a fiddle album as a senior. He knows that each individual's journey to find their project is one filled with trial and error. Almost every person changes their endeavor at least two or three times. Adreanna Thompson-Paschetto, whose project is comic

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Merrill Campus - $3.8 million The Merrill Campus is located in Cory-Merrill. It includes Merrill Middle School and C3 Elementary; both are housed in the same building. The school is receiving funds to improve existing cooling and ventilation systems, make various ADA improvements, resurface the parking lot and replace its fire alarm

book design, said, “The commitment to one project is quite a struggle. Do I choose something I'm already good at to ensure my project turns out well, or choose something new and risk the chance that it's actually awful?” Many students dive deeper into current activities, while others brave the unknown and start from scratch. This flexible opportunity gives students the time and space to broaden their horizons or explore new skies entirely. Sometimes, it feels you don't even choose your project, but your project chooses you. Many students find they have stumbled upon their project without realizing it. Bella Martin, whose project is designing green buildings, explained, “I have been sketching building plans in my notebook margins for the last three years. I didn't realize

Sydney Lewark photographed underwater by Devon K Photographer. what seed I was planting until now.” Other seniors look to their distant past. Reinhart recalls a student who learned to play the violin in the third grade and picked it up again in the 12th grade for his project, “recognizing he

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The K-8 Denver Language School provides Spanish and Mandarin Chinese immersion in early grades. The school is slated to receive funding for a 100-seat addition at its Hilltop campus allowing the full K-5 program to be in one location. DLS will also upgrade their cooling and ventilation system, and the fire and alarm system will be replaced.

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Tim Lopez, who sits on the zoning committee for the Baker Historic Neighborhood Association (BHNA), a volunteer-based, registered neighborhood organization (RNO), says losing a great neighbor like Mi Casa is bittersweet. “Mi Casa tends to come into a neighborhood and leaves it better than they found it,” says Lopez. He is also aware the soonto-be-vacated building could be demoed. To save the building, the RNO thought to historically designate the building by way of a “hostile” designation (one initiated by an entity other than the property owner), but Ozi Friedrich, who also sits on the zoning committee of the BHNA, had personal convictions against the designation. “We felt it wouldn’t be right to get in the way of a good nonprofit and to do anything that would deter any plans they have,” says Friedrich. In 2000, according to Friedrich, several blocks of Baker were historically designated by the City of Denver, which primarily included residential buildings built around 1890-1910. The northernmost point is two blocks south of the

Mi Casa building. “In hindsight, had we known the building would be in jeopardy, we would’ve included it into the historic district,” says Friedrich. The mid-century building was built in 1964 by the prominent modernist architect Eugene Sternberg and formerly housed the Denver Area Labor Federation (DALF). Around 2002, Mi Casa, with financial assistance from the Office of Economic Development, purchased the building. Potentially valuable artifacts, including film reels and labor documents, have been found in the building and will either be donated by Mi Casa to the Denver Public Library or be returned to DALF for archiving. It’s no secret that the Mi Casa Resource Center residence is for sale—a banner was placed on the side of the building. But, it did trigger the Baker RNO to think that something may be up. A voluntary presentation to the Baker RNO committee in January held by an undisclosed developer made their suspicions a reality. The neighborhood is changing.

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ashington Park’s drivers, bikers, walkers, runners, roller-bladers and dogs will soon see some changes to their routes when Denver Parks and Recreation begins improvements to the Loop Road and removes some parking inside the park. The changes were necessary because of accidents and near misses between “vehicular, pedestrian and wheel-based recreation activities,” says Adrienne Burton, the West Denver Parks Planner in charge of the project. The loop’s current two lanes—one each for bicyclists and pedestrians—will be reconfigured as three. The innermost, two-way lane will be for pedestrians, while the middle one-way lane will be for bicyclists and fast roller-bladers. Runners and slower folks on wheels will get the outside lane. The reconfiguration will not affect the outer or inner footpaths but will add improved crosswalks and warning signs for pedestrians. The new configuration should create a better separation between each of the groups, with buffer zones and “a simple and logical system” of pavement markings and signage. But before those changes get underway, your favorite parking space may disappear—if it’s one of the 32 spaces

along the west side of the Loop by the boat house or east of the park’s maintenance structure. However, Burton points out that there will still be 263 parking spaces inside the park itself and nearly 800 more along the streets and in the South High School parking lot. Burton says changes have been three years in the making, with multiple public meetings and surveys along the way. Tim McHugh, Friends and Neighbors of Washington Park (FANs) Board President, agrees that the process included “a wide variety of park ... users who consider the best interests of all who use the Loop Road.” Another member of the stakeholders’ group, Frank Miltenberger thought the process fair, though not everyone got everything they wanted. One of those was David Matthews, long-time Board member of FANs and West Washington Park Neighborhood Association, who’s been involved in the planning since 2010. His objections to the plan stem from the issue of “safety among competing needs.” He personally witnessed a serious accident recently when a bicyclist entering the park from Marion Parkway hit a car

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Healing, 2122 S. Lafayette St. nar-anon.org Thu, 03/02 | 6:00p.m.-8:00p.m. Citizen Advisory Board Meeting Open to the public particularly District 3 Residents. The monthly policy concerns that affect the District 3 Community are summarized by District 3 Commander Dodge and his staff at the meeting. Residents discuss neighborhood concerns. | 720-913-1231 | Denver Police District 3, 1625 S. University Blvd.

offered in two different age groups. Target ages 3-5. | 720865-0135 | Ross-Broadway branch library, 33 E. Bayaud Ave. denverlibrary.org Sun, 03/12 | 10:00a.m.-11:30a.m. B'nai Havurah - PJ Library Story Adventure Programs The Parent Tot program will explore books and the lessons they teach about Jewish values and holidays. Enjoy quality time with your children and grandchildren ages 2-5 while experiencing learning, crafts, music, and connection with other families. | B'nai Havurah 6445, E. Ohio Avenue

Sundays, 03/05-03/26 | 10:00a.m. Free Yoga for All Relax and stretch with free yoga at a year round class designed for all ages and levels. In Summer the practice

Sat, 03/18 | 10:00a.m.-11:30a.m. Bumblebee Jamboree Sing along and dance to original and traditional songs. Children are invited to dress up as bees, butterflies and other pollinators. Geared toward children 12 and under. $12/adult, $7/child, free 2 and under. | 720-865-3580 Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York St. botanicgardens.org

Fri, 03/17 | 11:00a.m.-1:00p.m. Nat'l Active & Retired Federal Employees Assoc. (NARFE) Chapter #81 members champion the rights of retired and current Federal employees. All current and retired Federal employees and their guests are invited. Program: TBD. Call the number listed after 3/1/17. Windsor Gardens, Blossoms Restaurant. | 303-779-4268 Windsor Gardens Inn - Blossoms Restaurant, 597 S. Clinton St.

Tue, 03/21 | 5:30p.m.-6:30p.m. Cook Park Neighborhood Association Meeting Join the Cook Park Neighborhood Association to find out what's happening in your neighborhood, get involved and meet your fellow Cook Park residents. Meets the 3rd Tuesday of every month. | 303-671-6639 Cook Park Rec Center, 7100 Cherry Creek S. Drive

Sat, 03/18 | 10:00a.m.-11:00a.m. Play and Learn Together: Sing The whole family is invited to join at the library this morning for a hands-on Storytime that will build the Early Literacy concept of “Sing.” Come ready to participate with your little ones! | 720-865-0135 Ross-Broadway branch library, 33 E. Bayaud Ave. denverlibrary.org Mon, 03/20 | 10:00a.m.-2:00p.m. Homeschool Day: Plants 101 from Roots to Seeds Discover the structure and function of the five major plant parts while dissecting plants, exploring plant diversity and their unique adaptations. Hands-on activities and take-home projects, $12 per child/adult combo. | 720-865-3580 Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York St. botanicgardens.org

Thu, 03/16 | 4:30p.m.-6:30p.m. No Cook Night Community Cook Out! Join WSCC for a very special cook out with your friends, family, AND neighbors! | 303-733-4643 Washington Street Community Center, 809 S. Washington St. wscc-denver.org

Tue, 03/21 | 6:30p.m. 3PA General Meeting Platt Park People's Association General Meeting. Join us at the Fleming Mansion in Platt Park, 1510 South Grant Street, Meeting begins at 6:30pm. | Fleming Mansion 1510 S. Grant Street

The Colorado Business Committee for the Arts (CBCA) Board of Directors has appointed Christin Crampton Day as its new Executive Director. With 30 years of professional experience in both the for-profit and nonprofit sectors, Crampton Day understands the important connection between arts and business. Visit cbca.org for more info. Photo courtesy CBCA.

Sat, 03/25 | 10:00a.m.-11:00a.m. Art Storytime Anyone can be an artist! Join for an art themed Storytime and create your own masterpiece. This Storytime is open to all ages. | 720-865-0135 Ross-Broadway branch library, 33 E. Bayaud Ave. denverlibrary.org

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Local History: can housing woes be solved through good design? By Becca Dierschow Reading real estate headlines as a renter today paints a bleak picture. Rents are increasing, median house prices are at a record high and climbing, all with no end in sight. But Denver is—and always

has been—a boom and bust town. A century ago, local newspapers broadcast the same headlines warning of a housing crisis, with new construction unable to keep up with a rapidly increasing population. This trend was cause for concern throughout the country. In the wake of WWI, soldiers returned home, only to find a dearth of housing options. The war effort had brought residential construction to a standstill, while increasing numbers of European immigrants put an even greater strain on the nation’s tight housing market. According to the U.S. Census, Denver's population jumped by 120,000 between 1900 and 1920. One headline from a June 1920 Rocky Mountain News story calls the shortage "critical," claim-

ing “every desirable house and apartment in the city” was occupied. The paper cites the high cost of building as the primary reason for the continued housing crisis. The Denver Real Estate Exchange was equally concerned with the housing situation, estimating at least 8,000 new homes were needed to ease the crunch. Denver’s housing crisis was so acute, the chairman of the Denver Real Estate Exchange, James Cartwright, was called to speak before a special hearing of the Reconstruction and Production committee of the U.S. Senate. In September 1920, the Exchange released a plan to address the issue, which focused on easing building codes to encourage the speedy and cheap construction of woodframed houses—which had been outlawed in Denver since 1863, due to fire concerns. In the end, Denver’s building codes remained intact and the crisis continued through the 1920s. The Architects’ Small House Service Bureau, officially established in 1919, offered one solution to the high cost of building single family homes. Established first in St. Paul, Minnesota, the Mountain Division of the Bureau opened in Denver in 1920. Serving Colorado, Wyoming, Utah and Montana, the division was founded by some of the most well-known architects in Denver, including William and Arthur Fisher, Harry Edbrooke, William Bowman, Harry Manning, and George Bettcher. The aim of the Bureau was to open

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SENIORS Tuesdays & Wednesdays, 03/01-03/29 | 10:00a.m.-2:15p.m. Sensory Outings Dignity and Independence for people with Alzheimer’s is facilitated with activities they remember from the past; Montessori-inspired programs enhance self-care and motor skills: Workbench & Tools, Kitchen, Art & Crafts, Gardening & Outdoors. | Harvard Gulch Rec Center | 550 E Iliff Ave. Wednesadys, 03/01-03/29 | 4:00p.m.-5:00p.m. A Little Help's Senior Yoga Class at Karma Yoga Join A Little Help for workshops to teach a simple home practice to improve the soundness of your footing, as our bodies face the challenges of aging. Practice yoga every Wednesday at 4 p.m. | 720-242-9032 Karma Yoga, 1705 S. Pearl St. alittlehelp.org Tuesdays & Thursdays, 03/02-03/30 | 9:00a.m.-10:00a.m.

home ownership to the middle classes and encourage new home owners to build homes that “conform to correct architectural theories of construction and embody artistic principles of design.” The Architects’ Small House Service Bureau achieved their aims by creating hundreds of architectural blueprints and building schematics for small homes—defined as homes with between three and six rooms, topping out at 3,000 square feet. Many were designed with future additions in mind. Blueprints were chosen out of a catalog and purchased by mail order for a small sum—generally $30. While some mail-order companies like Sears-Roebuck sold entire prefab kit homes, the Architects’ Small House Service Bureau only sold blueprints, leaving prospective homeowners to select a local contractor to complete construction. The Bureau also released extensive literature on home financing, building within one’s means and selecting appropriate, cost-efficient materials. The Bureau was endorsed by both the American Institute of Architects and the Department of Commerce. It was the only mail order architectural service to be so endorsed. In 1924, the Bureau joined forces with the "Better Homes in America" campaign, a project endorsed by President Warren G. Harding and then-Secretary of Commerce Herbert Hoover. The the campaign advocated for “inexpensive but attractive

SilverSneakers An older adult and senior exercise program that is provided free to members of health care companies. Intended to provide opportunities for older adults and seniors to attend regular exercise classes, to improve health and prevent simple injuries. | 720-865-0630 | Platt Park Senior Center, 1500 S. Grant St. | denvergov.org/recprograms Fri, 03/03 | 10:00a.m.-11:00a.m. Platt Park Chorus Love to sing? Do you want to connect with other seniors in the Platt Park area? Join the Platt Park Chorus, they meet every first and second Friday of the month. Drop-ins are always welcome! | 720-865-0630 Platt Park Senior Center, 1500 S. Grant St.

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ised the neighborhood’s wishes would guide the decision and City Council would have final say. “We have to find out what are the core concerns and can they be mitigated. We continue to check the boxes,” Clark said. Those core concerns include moving huge crowds through the neighborhood, traffic management and parking. Like Outside Lands, this is envisioned as a “non-car festival,” with people coming via light rail, Uber/Lyft, bicycle and on foot. Keeping cars out of the neighborhood could be a contract stipulation. A recurring question was whether the money the city gets will be directed to the neighborhood. Clark acknowledged lease fees go directly to the golf course and seat taxes go to the general fund, but said, he’d “fight to the death to secure the neighborhood’s fair share.” Helene Orr, who lives on West Jewell Avenue across from OPGC, is among the most vocal opponents. “I

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don’t think public spaces should be leased to the highest bidder,” she said. She has collected almost 500 written and online petition signatures against the festival. In an interview, Orr said, “It’s not a real process to me. We won’t be in on the contract. We can say ‘XYZ’ but how will we know?” She believes the city intends to turn Overland Park into a permanent, large-event venue and points out that Levitt Pavilion—under construction in nearby Ruby Hill Park— will host 50 smaller music events annually, beginning this summer. Many attending the public meeting were worried about protecting the golf course and its wildlife. Orr shares those concerns. “The golf course is part of a major riparian corridor and a certified Audubon habitat. There will be people crawling all over the river and disturbing wildlife and bird life.” Denver’s Director of Golf, Scott Rethlake, said festival promoters would reimburse the city for all lost golf fees,

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had some unfinished business with the violin, so he wanted to give it another try.” There will be 22 presentations by the largest senior class in the history of the Denver Waldorf School. My project is underwater photography. After spending a year-and-a-half as an underwater model and performer, I decided to get behind the camera and see what I could make of that world. The pinnacle of my project has been

taking underwater pictures of my classmates and teachers. This has allowed me to grow my photography skills and preserve this time I have spent at Waldorf and with my classmates. Once I found my project direction, what followed was a test of time. In the storm of college and scholarship applications, rigorous school work, ACT testing, multiple trips during the fall for underwater performing and trying to find time to enjoy this last year

protect the turf and restore any damaged areas. City representatives visited San Francisco to learn about the impact of Outside Lands, which annually hosts more than 200,000 in Golden Gate Park. Rethlake said they heard that festival was less damaging than a PGA tournament was to a nearby golf course. Rethlake said the lease fees would also enable the golf course, which doesn’t receive any direct city funding, to speed up some maintenance and capital development projects. He flatly denied that Overland would become a permanent venue. “It will always be a golf course.” The proposed festival has plenty of supporters. Rob Lovell and Rana Razzaque live directly opposite the driving range, which would host the mainstage. “We want to see progress. It will be noisy for three days, but it will bring in world-class artists. A few large trucks are a small price to pay for a topnotch festival,” Lovell said. “It could be a keystone of an arts and culture scene on South Broadway.”

“This should bring increased infrastructure into the area. This would increase the focus on traffic,” Razzaque said. “They are aware of the issues. We’re pleased they’ll do an environmental impact statement and install fencing to protect the trees.” Jack Unruh, a supporter who lives a few blocks south of Overland Park, said, “Part of the [perceived] injustice is that it’s not free. But it would never happen if it were free.” He pointed out that OPGC has seen many uses in its 125 years. “Its use as a golf course is the most stable use, but there have been auto races and harness races. Car campers. And the last edition of Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show was here.” “So far, I have not heard any downside that specifically concerns me enough to cloud my own enthusiasm… right now I am far more concerned about how this event may create a serious divide among our neighbors,” said OPGC neighbor Paul Bodor.

at home, my senior project was just another bolt of lightning. But it was an illuminating lesson, teaching me what it meant to live a complex adult life. We will always have activities and experiences we wish to give time to, but we must learn how to find space for them and understand time won't stop for us to pursue our dreams. After 12 years of learning every day with many of my classmates, these last few months are precious and fleeting. Each of us are holding onto the last moments of this Waldorf life we have

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CONCERT HIGHLIGHTS

where music comes to play By Jason McKinney

Herman’s Hideaway Presents:

Chris Daniels & the Kings Saturday, March 4 | 7:00p.m. | 1578 S. Broadway hermanshideaway.com | $10 general admission

w/Joe Smith & the Spicy Pickles Jazz Band Fri 03.03 $23 advance

Denver guitar hero Chris Daniels has toured Europe and South America with his band, the Kings. In 2015, they released their new album, Funky to the Bone. Daniels and the Kings have been tearing it up since '84, and their mix of jump blues, R&B and swing has opened up for the likes of Sam Bush, Bonnie Raitt, The Coasters, The Drifters, Bo Diddley and Percy Sledge, among others. Daniels himself was a member of Magic Music, considered Colorado’s first jam band. These guys show no signs of slowing down (dig the shot from their first Boulder gig).

Lamont School of Music Presents: Lamont Wind Ensemble Wednesday, March 8 | 7:30p.m. | Gates Concert Hall, DU Campus, 2344 E. Iliff Ave. du.edu/ahss/lamont | FREE

The Lamont School of Music will present the Lamont Wind Ensemble in a concert entitled Musical Postcards from the European Union. Pieces will include “Dance of the Hours,” Ponchielli, Spain; “La Procession Du Rocio," Turina, Spain; “Fetes from Nocturnes," Debussy, France; “Musica Boema," Lukas, Czech Republic; “Elsa’s Procession to the Cathedral, Wagner, Germany; and “Four Scottish Dances," Arnold, Scotland. Complimentary parking in the Newman Center Garage one hour prior to the concert.

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Japandroids Tuesday, March 7 | 9:00p.m.| 3263 S. Broadway gothictheatre.com | $20 Indie guitarists Japandroids will play songs from their third EP, long-awaited Near to the Wild Heart of Life. The ‘droids have been taking a much-needed rest since their last album five years ago (200 shows in over 40 countries before finally taking a threeyear break). Their instantly recognizable guitar sound has proved to be a popular addition to the indie music scene, even if their actual music borrows much from the guitar heroes of yesteryear—think Bruce Springsteen, Television and Led Zeppelin. Oh, and ever-enjoyable Craig Finn (lead singer of The Hold Steady and me-proclaimed “King of Minneapolis”) will be opening for them.

Sun 03.05 7pm $23 advance CD release party

OTISTAYLOR BAND feat. Anne Harris

Fri 03.10 $23 advance

NOAM PIKELNY Sat 03.11

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Sun 03.12 7pm $28 advance

TODD SNIDER w/Rorey Carroll

Sat 03.18 Oriental Theater $28 advance

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DAVE ALVIN & JIMMIE DALE GILMORE Fri 03.24 $28 advance

PETER YARROW Sat 03.25 $34 advance

Denver Art Museum: Saturday March 4, 10a.m.5p.m., 100 W. 14th Ave. Parkway. Children’s Museum at Marisco Park: Tuesday, March 7, 4p.m.-8p.m., 2121 Children’s Museum Dr. Four Mile Historic Park: Friday, March 11, 12p.m.4p.m., 715 S. Forest St. Denver Museum of Nature and Science: Monday, March 13, 9a.m.-5p.m., 2001 Colorado Blvd. Cafe Cultura-Spoken Word Workshop: Friday, March 17, 6p.m.-7:30p.m. 910 Galapago St.

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Denver Botanic Gardens: Wednesday, March 22, 9a.m. - 5p.m. 1007 York St. Historic Denver’s Inc. Molly Brown House Museum: Tuesday, March 28, 10a.m.-4:30p.m. 1340 Pennsylvania St. Artwork: 24 Cell Phone Photos Taken from the Same Spot by Roddy Macinness.

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Edges captures a skater of ageless grace and beauty By John Showalter

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vonne Dowlen (nee Broder) was a Denver-area native and professional ice skater. Not an extraordinary pairing, until you learn Yvonne also skated to the very end of her life, passing at 90 years of age. Edges, a short, beautiful film directed by Katie Stjernholm and shot and edited by Jonathan Hiller, profiles Dowlen amid scenes of her gliding on the ice with grace and ease. Skating scenes are intercut with archival footage and stills of her as a young, stunningly beautiful performer. The overall effect is cohesive and imminently compelling. Stjernholm was drawn to Dowlen’s story because, as she says in a director’s note, “I have always been fascinated by those that are living life to the fullest in their ninth and tenth decades. The eldest members of society are national treasures and I feel a sense of responsibility to capture their stories, wisdom and insights. Our society has dramatically evolved in the last century and I believe that we all can learn from the perspective of those who have witnessed this unprecedented transformation. Yvonne’s [was] ... the perfect subject and it was truly a gift to capture her story on film.” Ice skating was the longest love-affair of Dowlen’s life. She never stopped competing, and her wish was to skate every

day of her life. Watching her skate, we see someone thankful for each new day. Add up the days, and you see how such simple things make for a life well lived. Yvonne first learned to ice skate with her family on Evergreen Lake in Evergreen, Colorado. As she continued to skate, she garnered more and more recognition. Her passion allowed her to travel: headlines refer to a “Denver Girl” as one of the performers highlighted in the 1950 Ice Capades in London. She met with royalty. Pictures of her flying through the air adorn numerous playbills. Through it all, Dowlen always beams her bright smile. The thematic message of the film: stick with what you love. Nothing could keep Dowlen from the ice—not a car accident, not a stroke. She overcame much to return to what she loved to do best. For Yvonne, “it was easier to skate than walk.” The main focus of Edges is the Yvonne of later years and the little gestures that completed her life. We watch her carefully lace up her skates—a morning ritual done with ease and grace. After Edges was featured in more than 15 film festivals—including the Denver Film Festival and the Telluride Mountainfilm Festival—Stjernholm decided to make the film more widely available by making it available for streaming. Watch the entire nine minute film at vimeo.com/198875141.

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University Park News and Views By Diana Helper

ing DU lot, updates to be at du.edu/ communityvisitors. Also check DU landuse Master Plan in progress. - The Alpha Phi Sorority House at the NW corner of East Asbury Avenue and South Josephine Street for 38 residents, provides four parking spaces—one reserved for Uber. - New neighbors in the two big MOP apartments, 1800 block of S. Josephine St., start moving in May-June. 227 luxury studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments with 336 parking spaces. Who knows how many residents and cars?! (Big apartments in the 2200 and 2400 blocks of South University Avenue will be done later.) Applaud efforts by City Council and others for urging that apartments be obligated to offer recycling!

- ADA ramps at street-crossings along Harvard Gulch Trail, a first step to improvements. Congrats to Tony Hurd for his Gold Star Award from Inter-Neighborhood Cooperation honoring the work he’s doing on this major project and presented at INC’s Annual Dinner. - In recognition of UP’s Mobility Survey, with a Transportation Solutions Road Home award to Rosemary Stoffel and Jeanne Tubb. UP’s Gulch, Mobility and other committees work hard! - In Observatory Park, there are completely re-done tennis courts, Star Nights at 7:30p.m. March 4 and April 1 (full info at denverastro.org), another great vegetable garden with Grow Local Colorado this spring. - In Prairie Park, water-efficient nat-

ural garden plants being grown in the DPR greenhouses for us. Jennifer Engleby welcomes volunteers for both gardens and Master Gardener Donna Baker-Breningstall is on board! - Support from good neighbors at Accelerated Schools, DU, UP United Methodist Church and Brookdale. UP and all neighborhoods! Look for Pocket Park sites; think of ways to engage new residents, especially in large apartments; comment to your Councilpersons; study the denvergov.org/ denveright website and comment. Go easy on the green beer. If you have news or views of UP neighborhoods, please contact Diana Helper, chapinhelper@gmail.com or 303-733-4902.

Senior Suggestions: small steps to fight the SADs

more prevalent for seniors who can be homebound due to frigid and slippery conditions. The condition is caused by several factors: Vitamin D deficiency, a drop in serotonin (caused by a decrease in sunlight), or a disruption in normal sleep schedule (also caused by changing levels of sunlight). These factors make the condition easier to diagnose and treat than clinical depression because the condition is temporary. One effective treatment of SAD is light therapy, in which a person sits in the sun or under an indoor sunlamp to take in the nutrients offered by sunlight. Translation: when those nice 65 degree midwinter days do strike, sit out on the porch and take in that Vitamin D! (You can also supplement your Vitamin D intake with oral vitamins if 65 still isn’t warm enough to bask outdoors.)

If you think you’re dealing with SAD, you should always go to a doctor—contact A Little Help at 720-242-9032 if you need a ride to your appointment—to seek treatment. Another way A Little Help can help is through companionship visits from our volunteers, who also happen to be your neighbors. In the meantime, take advantage of Colorado’s glimmers of sunshine every chance you get. 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).

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hat else didn’t you know? Stick with us! UP is getting: - A Zen Buddhist Center just north of Prairie Park on South Columbine Street. It will be a house-sized building with parking in back, small groups, architect design, and will commence in spring. We expect more at UPCC’s May 3 general meeting. Info: zencenterofdenver.org. - DU Administration Building, north end of South Columbine Street, a four-story edifice bringing now-separate administration departments under one roof, parking in the exist-

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here are times in late winter I wish the holidays took place a month later. If they did, we would be able to leave our lights up and our trees decorated for a month longer, and would only have to bear two months of winter storms and gray skies without cheer and carols. But even if we came to a worldwide agreement to hold the holidays in January instead of December—probably just a little unrealistic—that still wouldn’t make up for the gloom and cloudiness of deep winter, which contributes to Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) in adults. Luckily, here in Colorado, we experi-

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ence warm, sunny days in the depths of the winter season, which can help dispel the effects of seasonal depression. But as any longtime Colorado resident knows, there are still often days, even weeks, where the chill and gloom of winter persist. It’s normal to have days of sadness, especially as snowstorms make it harder to get out and engage socially with friends and family. But if those feelings linger, or if they’re coupled with a loss of energy, changes in appetite or a sense of exhaustion, they could be symptoms of SAD, a type of depression that cycles with the seasons and typically affects people in the winter. This condition is

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cautions. “There just need to be a few things that say, ‘slow down, it’s not a race track.’ I’m not at all against people riding their bikes here, but we’ve got to have some way to do it safely.” Work on the Loop Road and parking is scheduled to begin later this spring.

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March Gardening March is good for starts By Liz N. Clift

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ith a handful of deceptively warm days in February, it’s tempting to believe winter’s over. On one of those warm nights, I sat with a friend at my kitchen table. Between us, we spread packets of seeds, plotting which ones we might exchange with each other, which could go to the GrowHaus’ seed swap on March 11, and which I could trade with others who also plunge their hands into the dirt in the spring so that they can harvest vegetables, flowers and greens most of the year. It didn’t help that some early indicators of spring— like trees starting to bud out— were evident or that the garlic I started inside, under a grow light last fall, looks green and beautiful. After growing up in a part of the country where daffodils are already pushing shoots, it’s hard to hold onto the idea that March is the snowiest month in Colorado. And the snow is not the powdery snow that’s easy to shovel, that squeaks when you walk. Instead, most March snow is heavy, wet snow—the type you spend a few minutes outside in and it fills your pockets and your hood and you arrive wherever you’re going completely soaked. It’s the type of snow that’s hard on seedlings, and sometimes on trees. This slushy snow, however, is great for building up needed ground moisture after a relatively dry winter. That night, after my friend and I finished talking about seeds and gardens, I sorted seeds into groups: plants that

would like to start inside, plants that can start straight outside earlier in the season and plants that would like to be seeded outside later. I checked on my worm castings, which I will use in a 1:4 combination with sterilized potting soil for my starts. For starts, I’ll place the worm castings at the bottom of my planting containers and then place sterilized soil on top. The importance of using sterilized soil that drains well and doesn’t contain a lot of

material that will decompose into a thick muck is something I’ve only understood recently. Non-sterilized soil increases the risk of introducing fungi, pathogens, or weed seeds that can negatively impact seeds and starts. If you use a lot of material that is still decomposing, your soil won’t drain well enough and your seeds will drown or suffocate. Some people like to create their own seed start soil mixes, but I prefer to purchase mine (in no small part because I don’t have a great way to sterilize soil in the sun). Once I’ve purchased it, and I’m ready to start my seeds, I dampen the soil so it will have even moisture and so the

seeds are less likely to drift deeper, which can happen when you plant seeds and then water afterward. With worm castings at the bottom of the container(s) I plan to start my seeds in, I add the dampened soil and tamp it down gently with my hands to remove air pockets. This is important because while I want to be gentle enough that I don’t compress the soil, I also don’t want air pockets. Roots will stop when they reach air pockets. I then add seeds, erring on the side of planting the seeds in too shallow a hole, rather than one that is too deep. Then, it’s time to wait. I want to make sure the soil stays moist without being wet. Wet soil can cause the seeds to suffocate or drown (tiny gnats flying about your starts or browning leaves are indicators your plants are downing). The amount I’ll need to water depends on the composition of the start I’ve used, if my plants are on a heating mat, under a grow lamp or in a sunny window, how dry my house is and various other factors. As someone who tends to overwater, it’s best for me to add water to a tray beneath my starting containers (which have holes at the bottom to ensure proper drainage) and allow water to move

upward through dry soil, especially once the plants have sprouted. March is a particularly good month for starting plants indoors in our bioregion, so I imagine many of us will be doing just that. This month, I’ll be starting chamomile, carrots, chard, at least one pea, leeks, beets, and tomatoes; as well as tending to the microgreens that I periodically grow indoors year-round. Liz Clift has led youth gardening courses, volunteered on a Catholic Worker farm, helped begin a community garden, and currently works at a restoration ecology firm. She has written for the Southern Poverty Law Center, literary journals, and websites.

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