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Fairfax Park Meeting Feb. 22

Denver Parks & Recreation is holding a community meeting on Feb. 22 to discuss plans for the future park on Fairfax Street between 28th and 29th avenues. The proposed park has been considered for the former Xcel substation on the west side of the street, as well as on the east side of the street in the middle of the Park Hill Commons residential and commercial development project. The park has been the topic of past meetings, including several sponsored by Greater Park Hill Community, Inc., and one sponsored by city Councilman Chris Herndon. The Feb. 22 meeting is from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Stedman Elementary School, 2940 Dexter St.

Looking For Good Homes

Greater Park Hill Community, Inc. is looking for several homes to feature in the 2018 Home Tour in September. The Home Tour is the largest annual fundraiser supporting the programs of the Registered Neighborhood Organization. This year the long-standing community Home Tour tradition turns 40. Organizers hope to showcase the great diversity of the neighborhood and its architecture – from mansions on the parkway, to modest mid-centuries brought back to life, to homes with really cool art collections or other interesting details. If you would like to nominate your home for the Home Tour – or a friend or neighbor’s home for consideration, email organizer Lana Cordes at lana@denversweethome.com for a rundown of all details.

City Park Needs Your Input

An open house is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 1 at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science to review the work of the City Park Master Plan Update and to offer recommendations, concerns, and ideas. The forum is hosted by the Denver Department of Parks and Recreation and will run from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The master plan update (updated from 2001) will be finalized in March, so it is imperative that the public’s opinions and concerns be registered NOW. A few ideas to consider: What do you care about in City Park? What are your concerns? What would you like to see changed and what would you like to stay the same? Issues to be considered could range from parking needs to plans to beautify the area near Duck Lake, to proposed ice cream stores inside the Bible House and the Elephant House. If you can’t attend the open house on Feb. 1, you can leave comments at denvergov.org/content/denvergov/en/denver-parks-and-recreation/planning/park-facility-projects/city-park-master-plan.html

Meet Malcolm X In February

Born Malcolm Little in 1925, Malcolm X was a Black Muslim minister and National Spokesman for the Nation of Islam. Colorado Humanities presents this living history program as part of its 2018 Black History Live Tour. Malcolm X is portrayed by Chautauqua scholar Charles Everett Pace, who will appear in character at several locations in the Denver Metro area February 22-27. After rising from an early life of drug abuse and petty criminal behavior, Malcolm X became an internationally recognized, revered, and controversial spokesman for the cause of universal human rights. Malcolm X will appear on Feb. 22 at the Community College of Aurora, in the Fine Arts Building, 16000 Center Tech Parkway, at 6 p.m. He will also appear at 11 a.m.  at Metropolitan State University on Feb. 27 in room #329 at the Tivoli, 890 Auraria Pkwy. Visit coloradohumanities.org for additional dates and more info.

Get Free Trees

The deadline to apply for free and reduced cost trees through The Park People’s Denver Digs Trees program is Feb. 15. All residents of Denver are eligible to apply for trees, and people may request as many trees as they have space for. The tree distribution and sale is on Earth Day weekend, April 21 and 22. All street trees are free. Yard trees are just $10 for those who live in the targeted Denver neighborhoods, which are selected based on their low tree coverage, and $35 for homeowners in the remaining areas of the city. “Treeships” for free yard trees are available to those experiencing financial hardship. To complete an application or for more information, text ‘TREE’ to 797979, visit TheParkPeople.org, or call 303-722-6262 for a paper application.

Boomers and Millennials Unite On Feb. 20

Colorado is simultaneously the 6th youngest state and the 3rd fastest aging state in the country. Metro Denver is reportedly among the top five ranked cities for Millennials. In addition, Colorado has one of the fastest rates of growth in the nation. Throw in housing affordability, job trends, transportation, accessibility to health care, education, and it may feel like we’re living in a huge kettle of murky soup being stirred by a construction crane. To help sort through all these trends and their impact on quality of life in Denver today and in the future, on Tuesday, Feb. 20 the League of Women Voters Denver presents a briefing: Boomers and Millennials – Intergenerational Forces in Metro Denver. State Demographer Elizabeth Garner and Jayla Sanchez-Warren, the director of the Area Agency on Aging, will be onhand to help make sense of the trends. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. at Montview Boulevard Presbyterian Church, 1980 Dahlia St. It is free and open to the public.

An Evening with Brett Mitchell

The Lowry Speaker Series presents “An Evening with Brett Mitchell, Music Director of the Colorado Symphony” on Tuesday, Feb. 27.

Mitchell will discuss his fascinating journey from growing up in Seattle in the ‘90s—where the primary musical topic of conversation were grunge groups like Nirvana and Pearl Jam—to his appointment as music director of a major symphony orchestra at age 38. He will also discuss the Colorado Symphony’s unique business model and its day-to-day workings. The event is from 7-8:30 p.m. at Bishop Machebeuf High School, 458 Uinta Way. Admission is free; no tickets or reservations are necessary. For more information, call Karen House at (303) 757-7658.

Science And Art At DAVA

The 18th annual Aurora Art Educators show is on exhibit at the Downtown Aurora Visual Arts (DAVA) through March 16. The exhibit features the professional artworks of art educators, some of whom were inspired by the 2018 DAVA theme: crossovers between art and science.

The exhibit was coordinated by Deborah Nolasco, art teacher at Boston K-8, and gives the opportunity to teachers to get together around their personal artwork and interests. The exhibit is free and open to the public from 10 am to 5 pm, Monday to Friday or by appointment.

DAVA is at 1405 Florence St., one block south of Colfax Avenue in the Aurora Cultural Arts District. For more information email gallery@davarts.org or call DAVA at 303-367-5886..

Get Your Hands Dirty

It may be cold outside, but dreams of getting dirty are on the horizon. Join The Urban Farm’s Master Gardener Evelyn Alton for tips on planting small-space gardens that will be the envy of your neighbors. Classes run mid-February through June and range in topics from Seed to Plant, Maximizing Garden Space, Companion Planting, Organic Gardening, Amending the Soil, Treating and Dealing With Pests and All About Tomatoes. Classes are $20 per person, and all are held at not-for-profit The Urban Farm at 10200 Smith Road. Visit theurbanfarm.org for more and to register.

The Future Of Park Hill Golf Course

A community meeting is scheduled for Saturday, March 10 to discuss the future of the Park Hill Golf Course land. The 155-acre land parcel stretches from Colorado Boulevard at 35th Avenue northeast to Interstate 70. It is owned by the Clayton Trust. The lease with the golf course operator could terminate on Dec. 31, 2018, leaving the future of the land in question.  Mark your calendar to weigh in with your ideas and opinions. The meeting will be at the Park Hill Congregational Church, 2600 Leyden St., beginning at 1 p.m.

 

Active Minds Events In February

Origins of the Blues

Saturday, Feb. 3

Join Active Minds for a look at the early days of the blues, from its roots in African American oral tradition to its rise as a mainstream American musical style. The event is from 2-3 p.m. at the Central Library, 10 W 14th Ave. Pkwy. It is free, and RSVP is not required.

Up And Coming Argentina

Tuesday, Feb. 6

Once one of the wealthiest countries in the world, Argentina suffered economic disruption and political instability after the Great Depression that lasted into the early 21st century. Recently the economy is growing and they are on a path toward international integration under the leadership of President Mauricio Macri. The program is from 10-11 a.m. at the Jewish Community Center, 350 S. Dahlia St. It is free, and RSVP is not required.

Olympics In South Korea

Thursday, Feb. 8

This winter’s Olympic Games will be held in PyeongChang, South Korea and set against a backdrop of political concern in the area. The Olympics have always played an important role in international politics. The games provide a stage for international cooperation and peaceful competition, as well as international conflict and confrontation. Join Active Minds to explore the rich history of the Olympic Games. The program is from 1:30-2:30 p.m. It is free; RSVP at 720-865-0600.

The Music of Frank Sinatra

Thursday, Feb. 8

Call him Ol’ Blue Eyes or The Chairman of the Board, but it’s safe to say there will never be anyone else like Frank Sinatra. America’s great pop singer has been gone now for almost 20 years. In this Active Minds program, we’ll dig into his huge song bag and hear once again those inimitable vocal stylings. The program is from 6:45-7:45 p.m. at the Sam Gary Library, 2961 Roslyn St. Cost is free; RSVP not reaquired.

North Korea Then & Now

Thursday, Feb. 22

Tensions between North Korea, the United States, and much of the East Asian region continue to escalate without any clear path for resolution. The dynastic leadership of the Kim family will be discussed, as well as the country’s ongoing development of nuclear weapons. The program is from 6:45-7:45 p.m. at Sam Gary Library, 2961 Roslyn St. It is free; RSVP is not required.

Muhammad Ali: The Greatest

Tuesday, Feb. 27

Born Cassius Clay, Muhammad Ali was widely regarded as one of the most accomplished and controversial sports figures of the 20th century. Join Active Minds to review the life and legacy of the man often called simply “The Greatest.” The program is from 5-6 p.m. at the Tattered Cover, 2526 E. Colfax. It is free; info at 303-322-7727.


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