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Denver Now and Tomorrow

The League of Women Voters Denver is hosting first-term City Council members Jolon Clark (District 7), Kevin Flynn (District 2), Stacie Gilmore (District 11), and Paul Kashmann (District 6), to discuss the city of Denver’s current issues and to forecast how the city will need to prepare for future growth of our city. The discussion will include expanding the city’s infrastructure, incorporating transportation with walkability, affordable housing and homeless solutions, neighborhood preservation versus areas of growth, sustainability/conservation, and how to keep the city’s workforce relevant and employed. The free forum is Thursday, Nov. 16, in the McCollum Room at Montview Presbyterian Church, 1980 Dahlia St. Coffee and networking at 5:30 p.m., with the presentation to begin at 6 p.m.

One Hour to Change a Life

Reading Partners, a nonprofit children’s literacy organization, is seeking volunteers to provide one-on-one tutoring in 10 under-resourced schools in Denver. Reading Partners is dedicated to making a meaningful education accessible to all children so that they can achieve their potential. The program is designed for K-4th graders who are reading one month to two and a half years behind grade level. Tutors attend a one-hour orientation and are equipped with structured lesson plans so they can provide a valuable learning experience for the young scholars they meet with weekly. Volunteers must be 14 years of age or older and volunteers over the age of 18 must be able to clear a background check process. For more info and to sign up, go to readingpartners.org and click “Volunteer,” or call 720-409-9909.

Park Hill Art Club Fall Show Nov. 3-5

The annual Park Hill Art Club is bringing its annual Fall Show and Sale to the community, showcasing a wide selection of artwork created by a talented group of member artists. The show this year runs from Friday, Nov. 3 through Sunday, Nov. 5 and includes a collection of art in a variety of mediums ‒ watercolor, oil, and acrylic. The Park Hill Art Club is proud to present artists’ work that represents novice and professional skills alike. This annual show is a popular way for the club to celebrate their artist members and instructors, and to offer the opportunity for everyone to purchase quality artwork at affordable prices. The show is at Park Hill United Methodist Church,
5209 Montview Blvd. Admission is free. The event kicks off with an opening reception on Friday, Nov. 3 from 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. and will continue Saturday, Nov. 4 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 5 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Founded in 1974, the Park Hill Art Club provides educational opportunities, fellowship and support to members of the community who are interested in art, including art classes led by local professional artists. For more information, visit parkhillartclub.org or call Ru Ciel at 303-984-2424.

Handmade Gift Market Nov. 24-25

Darren Skanson, the man behind the summer Park Hill Arts Show, is sponsoring a first-time holiday arts and craft market on the weekend post-Thanksgiving – Friday, Nov. 24 and Saturday, Nov. 25. An added bonus to the arts show is the fact it will be inside the Park Hill Masonic Lodge – which is usually off limits to the public. The lodge is at 4819 E. Montview Blvd. The gift market will be open to the public on Friday from 9 to 5 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free. For more info check out http://parkhillartfestival.com/holidaymarket.html

Denver Potters Show Runs Nov. 30-Dec. 3

The Denver Potters Association Fall Show will bring together more than 40 top local artists. In addition to one-of-a-kind functional and sculptural ceramics, the show and sale will feature the best in jewelry, glass and wood creations. This show opens Thursday, Nov. 30 at the Sixth Avenue United Church, 3250 East Sixth Avenue (corner of 6th & Adams). As always, admission is free.

Sale hours are Thursday, Nov. 30 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday, Dec. 1 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 2, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday, Dec. 3 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information call (303) 377-5535 or www.denverpotters.com. Follow on Facebook @castleclayartists

Helen Wolcott’s Fall Show Nov. 18-19

As she has every spring and for more than 40 years, Helen Wolcott will open her Park Hill home on Saturday and Sunday Nov. 18 and 19, hosting a group of artists and artisans who show and sell their creations. Wolcott specializes in jewelry, costume, silver and more. Also lined up for the November show are Pamela Bliss and Jeanette Carter (Weavings, Knitting), Cristina de Palma-Vega (Fabric and Paper Art), Carmen Curtis Basham (Pottery), Anita Kienker (Quilted Creations), Ann Lederer (Hand-Dyed Silk), Katy Charles (Mini Paintings and City Park Photos), Alec Ellis (Woods) and David Claypool (Honey and Beeswax Products). Stop by 2309 Clermont St. from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days. Everybody welcome. Bring a friend and toast the season with a glass of hot mulled wine or herbal tea.

Lighting The Way

Chris Merman of Liv Sotheby’s real estate company has partnered with the YESS Institute, McAuliffe International School, Park Hill Elementary, Stedman Elementary and Spinelli’s Market to bring a holiday luminaria event to the neighborhood. Here’s how it works: By Dec. 10, all orders for the luminaries should be placed. Merman recommends luminaries should be spaced every 3-4 feet, or about 25 luminaries for a typical lot size. The total for that order would be $25, of which $17 is tax deductible. Once the order is placed, Merman supplies the bags, candles and sand. Pick-up of the luminaries is at Spinelli’s Market, at 23rd and Dexter, on Saturday, Dec. 16 and Sunday, Dec. 17. Neighbors are urged to light the luminarias in front of their homes at dusk on Dec. 24.

All proceeds benefit students at McAuliffe International School, Park Hill Elementary and Stedman Elementary, as well as Denver’s YESS Institute, a Denver nonprofit dedicated to closing the achievement gap for economically disadvantaged students. Contact Chris Merman at chris.merman@sothebysrealty.com to place orders.

 

Michael E. Gold: Artist in Oils, Quilts & Mosaics

The Italian Gardener Master, on quilt

Michael E. Gold was raised in Park Hill in the late 50’s, 60’s and 70’s. He attended St. James Catholic School, followed by four years at Regis High School and studied musical theatre at Loretto Heights College. Gold appeared at nearly every theatre company in Denver, including the Denver Center for the Preforming Arts, the Arvada Center, Country Dinner Playhouse and the Bonfils/Lowenstein Theatre. He headed off to the Big Apple and appeared on Broadway, Off-Broadway, and in top regional theatres throughout the U.S. and Canada before returning to Denver in 2000. He has continued his journey in the arts, adding to his repertoire with oils, quilts and mosaics. His art can be seen throughout Denver on canvas, murals and mosaics, including in the Ritchie Tower/DU, Cheyenne Mountain Elementary and Kaiser Permanente. On Saturday, Nov. 11, Gold returns to the old 80207 for a one-day art event at the Greater Park Hill Community Center at 2823 Fairfax St. The public is welcome to stop by between 4 and 9 p.m.

 

Active Minds – November Events

Exploring Turkey

A failed coup attempt and a flood of refugees have challenged the leadership of Turkey’s President Erdogan. A strong U.S. ally during the Cold War, Turkey is now one of the world’s largest Muslim democracies. Join Active Minds to explore Turkey’s past and current challenges, including its struggles with its Kurdish minority, its role in the rise of ISIS, and what appears to be its warming relations with Russia. The program is Saturday, Nov. 4 from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Central Library, 10 W. 14th Ave. Pkwy. There is no cost, RSVP is not required.

History Of The Mayans

This program will provide attendees with a solid understanding of Mayan civilization, including history, culture, art, and science. Attendees will leave with a greater appreciation for one of the great civilizations in the history of the world. This event is Wednesday, Nov. 8 from 2 to 3 p.m. at Heather Gardens (Auditorium), 2888 S. Heather Gardens Way. There is no cost. RSVP at 303-751-1811.

Origin Of Buddhism

Buddhism is the fourth largest religion in the world with some 500 million adherents. Join Active Minds for an examination of its origins, teachings, beliefs and practices.

The discussion will include the life and teachings of Siddhartha Gautama (Buddha) and the various types of Buddhism, including Zen Buddhism, Tibetan Buddhism, and others.

There are two dates and places for this program in November: Thursday, Nov. 9, from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Ford Warren Library, 2825 High St. and again on Tuesday, Nov. 28 from 5 to 6 p.m. at the Tattered Cover, 2526 E. Colfax. Cost is free, and no RSVP is required.

20 Million Veterans

Veterans Day originally honored the military personnel who served in WWI. Currently the holiday celebrates the contributions of all living U.S. veterans, of which there are over 20 million. Join Active Minds to explore the significance of this holiday and the issues and contributions of those who have served our country in war and peacetime.

This program is Thursday, Nov. 9 from 6:45 to 7:45 p.m. at the Sam Gary Library, 2961 Roslyn St. It is free and no RSVP is required.

Conflict In South China Sea

The South China Sea is an incredibly strategic body of water located between China, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, and the Philippines. At stake is one of the busiest trade routes in the world as well as oil and fishing rights.

Recently China has been pressing its claim to long disputed parts of the South China Sea, raising concerns as to what may happen as tensions rise. Join Active Minds for a closer look at this delicate situation.

The program is Tuesday, Nov. 14, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at the Tattered Cover, 2526 E. Colfax. It is free. For info call 303-322-7727.

Afghanistan: Looking Forward

In October of 2001, the U.S. led a coalition invasion of Afghanistan seeking to oust the ruling Taliban and find Al Qaeda leaders, including Osama bin Laden in the immediate aftermath of the 9/11 attacks.

Join Active Minds for a look at the story of Afghanistan, both before and since 9/11. The discussion includes a look forward at what the future holds for this war-torn country.

This event is Thursday, Nov. 16 from 2 to 3 p.m. at Windsor Gardens, 597 S. Clinton St. It is free and no RSVP is required.

S. Korea In The Spotlight

The Korean peninsula is a challenging part of the world. While North Korea gets a lot of attention for their nuclear ambitions and anti-western rhetoric, their neighbor to the south is making headlines of their own.

The recent election of Moon Jae-in as President of South Korea is likely to bring some significant shifts in regional policy and create ripples throughout the world. Join Active Minds for this discussion of South Korea, past, present, and future.

This program is Thursday, Nov. 16, from 6:45 to 7:45 p.m. at the Sam Gary Library, 2961 Roslyn St. There is no cost and RSVP is not required.

Native Americans of Colorado

Join Active Minds to explore stories of the original inhabitants of Colorado. From Mesa Verde to the high plains, the discussion will detail the civilizations of the Ute, Cheyenne, Arapaho, Pueblo and other tribes and their history and legacy in Colorado.

This program is Friday, Nov. 17 from 6:45 to 7:45 p.m. at the Jewish Community Center, 350 S. Dahlia St. There is no cost, and RSVP is not required. For info call Lil Shaw: 303-316-6359.


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