• Request for Nominations: Denver Public Library Latino Community Service Awards

    The Denver Public Library is currently seeking nominations for the Latino Awards. The Latino Awards honor community members who have made a deep and lasting impact on the community. Award winners are selected by a committee consisting of library commissioners, community members and staff. Nominations are due Friday, July 26, 2019.

    Award winners will be celebrated at an awards presentation on Saturday, September 21, 2019, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. at the Rodolfo “Corky” Gonzales Branch Library. The event is free and open to the public.

    The Lena L. Archuleta Community Service Award

    Lena Archuleta
    Lena Archuleta

    The recipient will be a person of Latino descent who has made a positive impact on the Denver community, beyond paid employment, in the field of education, youth development, early childhood programming, or education policy. This includes formal and informal educators. The recipient does not have to live in Denver to receive the award; however, their work must impact the Denver community. The nominee must be living.

    Click here to nominate.

    Past…


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  • Citywide Building Survey Comes to West Colfax

    Are there buildings in West Colfax that are special to you? Discover Denver wants to know.

    What makes a building in West Colfax special? Discover Denver, a project focused on identifying historic and architecturally significant structures citywide, begins work in West Colfax in July 2019 and needs your help!

    The survey gathers information about all Denver buildings using public records, neighborhood canvassing, academic research, and tips from the public. Volunteers play a significant role in Discover Denver: documenting buildings, researching building histories, and collecting stories from members of the community. Survey findings will ultimately be accessible online so that everyone can learn about Denver’s past — building by building.

    Historic Denver, Inc. and the City and County of Denver co-lead the project, which is primarily funded by a Colorado State Historical Fund grant. Denver joins other major cities, including Los Angeles and Phoenix, that are conducting similar surveys.

    Project benefits include:

    • Uncovering buildings of historic and architectural significance
    • Providing property owners with up-front information about buildings to inform reinvestment…

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  • Sound Installation Explores Transience and the Feeling of Homelessness

    Michael John McKee is pleased to announce the recent completion of Voices,
    a temporary public art installation in Dry Gulch Park.

    Michael John McKee with his Voices installation along Dry Gulch.

    Homelessness and transience inspired Voices, McKee’s wind chime sound installation throughout Dry Gulch Park. The single note wind chimes are made of wood, steel cable, aluminum tubing, and found plastics (trash found in the park). The structures are attached to pedestrian bridges and disc golf tee posts located along the transportation corridor between Federal and Sheridan Boulevards in Denver, creating an immersive sound experience as pedestrians and cyclists move through the space. The single note chimes are not pitched in conventional harmony and therefore encourage patience and careful listening from passersby.

    “I imagine that folks experiencing homeless don’t often feel at ease. That would be exhausting,” says McKee. “Maybe audiences will feel inspired to consider issues surrounding homelessness with patience and care.”

    After the Unauthorized Camping Ordinance of 2012, many people experiencing homelessness in Denver were forced out…


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  • Celebrate America Recycles Day by Committing to Reduce Your Waste This Holiday Season!

                

     

     

     

    Heather Burke

    720-865-8720

    Nancy.Kuhn@denvergov.org

     

    Nancy Kuhn

    720-865-2578

    Nancy.Kuhn@denvergov.org

     

    MEDIA ADVISORY                                                    November 15, 2018

     

     
    Celebrate America Recycles Day by Committing to Reduce Your Waste This Holiday Season!

     

    DENVER – It’s the most “wasteful” time of the year! It’s estimated the average household generates 25% more waste between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. With the upcoming holiday season, America Recycles Day today is the perfect day for people to start thinking about reducing their waste by taking advantage of Denver’s seasonal recycling and composting programs.

     

    Below are some tips for reducing waste this holiday season:

     

    • This will be the last weekend Denver residents can drop-off raked leaves for composting at weekend LeafDrop sites. Weekday LeafDrop sites will remain open through Friday, December 7. A list of Denver LeafDrop locations and hours can be found at denvergov.org/leafdrop.

     

    • The Denver Composts program is perfect for keeping holiday leftovers, bones, dairy, vegetable scraps, and paper napkins out of the landfill to reduce waste by up to 75 percent. Composting these items will put them to a better use, turning them into a high-quality soil amendment that can help plants grow and thrive! Residents…

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    • WeCAN MEMBER VOTE: Proposed updates to the WeCAN Bylaws

      The WeCAN Board of Directors has been volunteering their time to get the West Colfax Association of Neighbors Bylaws updated. The core change to the bylaws is to be more inclusive by enabling online voting. We believe this will allow us to get more input and participation from our members when important issues come up in West Colfax. We realize that many residents and business owners are too busy to attend general meetings, but their input is nevertheless very important to us.  In addition, several other changes have been made such as revising our purpose, removing unneeded language, and further defining voting requirements.
      Below are links to copies of the "old" bylaws and proposed "new" bylaws. We would appreciated any feedback our members can give, especially any glaring errors or specific points of contention. Email info@wecandenver.org.
      These Bylaws will be voted upon at the May General Meeting.


      "Old" Bylaws

      Original bylaws dated Oct 2011.


      "New" Bylaws

      New proposed 2018 bylaws.


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    • Area proposed for rezone by the neighbors at 1602-1680 N Sheridan

      Rezone Proposal – 1602 to 1680 N. Sheridan Blvd.

      Bruce O'Donnell of Starboard Realty will be a guest at the April 2018 WeCAN General Membership Meeting to present a rezoning application proposed by the neighbors on 1602 - 1680 N. Sheridan Blvd.  The five property owners that own the property along the east side of Sheridan from 16th Ave to 17th Ave are proposing to rezone their property to G-MS-5.  This effort will include working with the City to dedicate an additional 16' of Right of Way for Sheridan Blvd. so that an 8' Treelawn and an 8' detached sidewalk can be achieved.

      The proposed rezoning is for a G-MS-5 which the general purpose is defined by the Denver Zoning Code as " A. The Main Street zone districts are intended to promote safe, active, and pedestrian-scaled commercial streets through the use of shopfront and row house building forms that clearly define and activate the public street edge." (DZC 6.2.5.1.) This district would not allow for buildings to exceed 5 stories.

      For more information, please see the attached presentation that was presented at the April WeCAN Board of Directors meeting.  The PDF includes conceptual renderings for illustration and discussion purposes. They are subject to change.
       
      Please join our General Meeting on April 10th to learn more and have your questions answered.
       

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    • Development at 17th and Newton

      Provided by Zocalo Community Development

      On the site of the surface parking lot at the corner of 17th & Newton, Zocalo Community Development seeks to build a project of community impact that achieves a mix of housing types and is affordable to a broad spectrum of Sloan Lake and Denver residents, both current and future, while striving to be sensitive in its physical and visual impact on the neighborhood. Our plan replaces the existing 1959/78 “Planned Unit Development” (PUD) zoning plan that provides for a total of 515,400 square feet of hospital, medical office buildings, and multi-unit residential towers, with a revised PUD – capped at the same 515,400 square feet – that retains the existing Sloan Lake Medical Center and allows for the construction of Zocalo’s proposed program of up to 170 market-rate residential units, 185 Affordable rental units (supported financially, in part, by the adjacent market-rate units), approximately 5,000 square feet of retail/restaurant space at the corner of 17th & Newton, 12,000 square feet of office space (to house Zocalo’s future office space) and sufficient off-street structured parking to accommodate each use. Additional community benefits include a public gathering space at the corner of 17th & Newton (outside of the retail space), Affordable units reserved for households making 50% of Area Median Income, three-bedroom Affordable units, targeted for families with formerly homeless schoolchildren, and up to 6,000 square feet of community-serving retail or event space. The replacement PUD for which Zocalo is applying is a highly detailed and prescriptive zoning document that will be presented to and voted on by Denver Planning Board and City Council.


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    • House District 4 Candidate Forum – Candidate Bios

      The House District 4 primaries are this spring. WeCAN is bringing a candidate forum to the January 9th meeting.  Each candidate will have an opportunity to introduce themselves and there will be time for Q&A. Here are the candidates participating in our forum.

      Amy Beatie

      Amy Beatie

      Twenty-four years ago, in the fall of 1993, I made one of the best decisions I have ever made: I loaded everything I owned into my car and drove to Denver. I’ve called Colorado home ever since.

      In 2001, I had the honor of working in the chambers of then-Justice Gregory J. Hobbs, Jr. of the Colorado Supreme Court, a job that allowed me to serve Colorado at the highest level. I was able to gain incredible experience working on water law, but that wasn’t all. Our chambers addressed issues ranging from criminal cases to condemnation to taxation. It was also that year that I moved into a small, sunny rental at 32nd and Stuart, right in the beating heart of Denver’s West Highland neighborhood. I was able to hop on the 32 bus to the courthouse every day. I fell in love with this community and I haven’t left since.

      I really came into my own here. It is where I bought my first house; started my first job as a private attorney; left that work to lead a statewide nonprofit, the Colorado Water Trust; made lifelong friends; met my husband; adopted my dog; gave birth to my son, send my son to school; and hope to live for many years to come.

      I have lived through the incredible change that has occurred in our backyards since I moved into this community; it has affected everyone, especially those deeply-rooted.

      And now is the time to give back to this place that has meant so much to me, and make it an even better place, a place that maintains its cultural and economic diversity, a place that balances the needs of its old and new residents, and above all else works to meet the basic needs of its families for affordable housing, environmental justice, and quality public education. Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions or to learn more about how you can get involved in my campaign.

      Website: http://beatieforcolorado.com/
      Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BeatieForCO/
      Twitter: https://twitter.com/BeatieForCo

      Ed Britt

      Ed Britt

      William Edward "Ed" Britt was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, Ed attended public school in the Atlanta area and graduated from Riverside Military Academy. His undergraduate education began at Georgia Southern University and concluded at University of Mississippi. 'Ole Miss has a storied and infamous history of social unrest and political change. Historical sites and placards commemorate the events of the past and served as reminders to Eddie how passion and commitment can transform public opinion and change a nation. Ed also obtained a Master's degree in Public Administration from the University of Colorado at Denver with an emphasis in Local Government Budgeting. Ed is also a graduate of the prestigious Colorado Institute for Leadership Training that has produced more than 50 Democratic State Legislators and numerous other elected and nonprofit leaders statewide.

      Ed has lived in Denver for over 23 years. During that time, his passion and commitment to helping others has provided community service to groups and organizations such as the Sloan's Lake Neighborhood Association, Sloan's Lake Neighborhood Group, His Provision Food Ministries, and Inter-Neighborhood Cooperation.

      Ed has worked for government and educational organizations such as the Colorado Attorney General's Office, Auraria Higher Education Center, the Department of Revenue and The R-Enlisted Association for Military Veterans. Ed's most recent foray into the political arena, other than running for State Representative, helped draft legislation to assist individuals with small municipal, petty offences, by allowing their cases to be heard by a judge to decide, if the individual's merits after 10 years of no subsequent criminal convictions would allow, the record to be sealed. Working with numerous lawmakers, individuals, nonprofits, and governmental organizations after many years, the bill was finally passed into law. These low-level offenses, often misreported by the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, put an undue hardship on people, including denial of gainful employment and housing. Without the means to support themselves, faced with dire situations, or no place to live, the cycle of food stamps, Medicaid, or other support mechanisms are unbreakable. Now, hard-working, good citizens of Colorado have an equal opportunity at bettering themselves under this legislation thanks to the work of Ed Britt.

      Website: https://britt4co.com/
      Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/britt4co/
      Twitter: https://twitter.com/britt4co

      Serena Gonzales-Gutierrez

      Serena Gonzales-Gutierrez

      Serena is a proud Denver native and third generation North Denver resident.  She and her husband are raising their three children in the same community where they both grew up, went to school and have deep roots.  Serena attended public school from elementary through high school in North Denver and had her first job at a restaurant on 32 nd  and Lowell as a teenager. Serena met her husband at North High School, she helped her parents run several small businesses in the district and has been an advocate both as a parent and neighbor.  North Denver is where she learned to stand up for others and for the community. She considers herself fortunate to have been born and educated in Colorado.

      After graduating from North High School Serena went on to receive her Bachelors of Science in Psychology from Colorado State University and began a career in human services.  She worked with victim’s advocates supporting domestic violence victims and as a youth counselor and caseworker. Serena is now is the Director for the Denver Collaborative Partnership and works with young people and their families during some of the most stressful and vulnerable situations in their lives. Serena helps them navigate complicated juvenile and youth services systems by partnering with them to work through what can sometimes be bureaucratic and complicated state systems. As the Director of the Denver Collaborative Partnership, she is responsible for ensuring that the needs of our young people are met, including mental health assistance, substance abuse treatment and assessing and assisting with basic needs such as housing, clothing and food.

      Serena’s experience gives her a unique perspective of the many challenges Colorado families face and clear mandates about what needs to change to meet their needs. Serena has long been drawn to public service because of her desire to make a difference and to better the lives of those around her. Serena is running for State Representative to use her human services and criminal justice experience to improve the outcomes of our most vulnerable. Serena will listen to her neighbors and partner with the residents of House District 4 to build stronger families, stronger communities and a stronger Colorado.

      Website: http://serenaforcolorado.com/
      Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/serenaforCO/

      Dave John

      Dave John

      North Denver resident since 1974, Retired from City of Denver after 35 years. Currently exploring being the House District 4 candidate for the Republican Party.

      Michael Kiley

      Michael Kiley

      Michael Kiley is 4th generation Coloradan, son of Danielle Campa and Michael Kiley Sr.  He and his wife Donna Benton are proud parents of a son at Skinner Middle School and daughter at North High School.  Michael has thirty years of experience as a manager of technology projects, leading teams to define problems and identify solutions, and implementing the optimal solution. As a manager, Michael is ultimately accountable for the success of his projects.  He also has a 10 year track record as a community leader, helping to save Skinner Middle School and North High School as strong neighborhood schools. Michael is a vocal leader in opposition to the I70 Expansion (AKA Ditch the Ditch) and continues to hold our City and State government accountable to providing more opportunities to women and minority owned businesses.

      As your representative in the Colorado State Legislature, Michael will put the needs of our community ahead of special interests.  He will fight for many more living wage jobs, comprehensive affordable housing and healthcare, and protection of our precious Colorado environment, including ending our dependence on fossil fuels.


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    • Bienvenidos Food Bank found Santa Claus in a Sandwich Shop

      When Even Stevens, a sandwich chain based in Salt Lake City, Utah, opened its first Colorado store near Sloan’s Lake (4245 W. Colfax Ave.) in Denver last August, it partnered with Bienvenidos and three other non-profits – Grant Avenue Street Reach, The Action Center and Sun Valley Youth Center.

      For each sandwich sold, Even Stevens provides the equivalent of a sandwich to the non-profits it serves. The non-profits have access to Sysco, the restaurant’s food distributor, where they can order sandwich ingredients at wholesale prices.

      The West Colfax store has donated more than 20,000 sandwiches since it opened in August.

      “Giving back is ingrained into our company DNA,” says Sara Day, Co-Founder and Cause Director of Even Stevens Sandwiches. “From day one we knew we wanted to provide great tasting food as well as an easy way for our customers to give back to their communities in a meaningful way. We were super excited to arrive in Colorado and start building partnerships with organizations that are experts in serving those in need – and we know we are going to have a long and fruitful relationship in the neighborhood.”

      Greg Pratt, executive director of Bienvenidos, located at 38th and Pecos Street in Denver, says the new partnership has allowed him to double the amount of fresh produce and protein each month he can provide needy families.

      Sandwich sales at the Sloan’s Lake Even Stevens store has given Pratt the ability to purchase nearly $1,000 worth of food from Sysco each month for the last four months thanks to sandwich sales.

      “Fresh fruits, vegetables and meats are the most requested items for our food pantry,” Pratt says. “Everyone wants to provide healthy food for their families and Even Stevens has given us the opportunity to do just that. We are grateful for this new and innovative approach to funding non-profits.”

       

      Bienvenidos Food Bank Director Greg Pratt and volunteer Sherine Dominguez

      Bienvenidos Food Bank Director Greg Pratt and volunteer Sherine Dominguez

      Bienvenidos Food Bank:

      ·       Serves nearly 10,000 Denver people annually, including 1,000 children.

      ·       Provides enough food to make more than 300,000 meals.

      ·       Gives away more than 350,000 pounds of food valued at nearly $600,000.

      ·       Is able to purchase $9 worth of food for every $1 donation. 

      Even Stevens:
      Opened its first location in Salt Lake City in 2014. It donated its millionth sandwich in January 2017 and its two millionth in November. 

      The brand now has 20 locations in Utah, Idaho, Texas, Arizona, Colorado and a Seattle location opening next week. In addition to their give back program, Even Stevens also places a high value in being a true community brand by hiring local musicians to play three days a week in their shops and sourcing products locally like Novo Coffee, Infinite Monkey Theorem wines, Epic Brewery, Renegade Brewing and Colorado Cookie Company. They have plans for further expansion in Colorado so stay tuned for a location near you!


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