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Neighborhood Cannery Transforming Lives

By Greg Morton, FoodWorks Colorado Every Wednesday, FoodWorks, a nonprofit located in North Park Hill at 39th Avenue and Holly Street, produces the equivalent of 3,000 canned chili bean meals. But this cannery is doing much more than just putting beans in a can. FoodWorks is transforming lives through food and training. “The food we […]

Cure d’Ars Congregant Su Charles Gets a Taste of Stardom

By Erin Vanderberg Su Charles (or SuCh, as she’s known on stage), a member of the Cure d’Ars community since 2010, just returned from a musical odyssey. She made it to the top 98 out of 112,000 contestants on American Idol, before being cut and sent home. It hurt Su not to make it to […]

Smiley Gives Park Hill Mom Something To Smile About

By Gretchen Mueller I am writing to share my experience of Smiley Middle School with those of you who are now faced with the daunting task of finding the perfect school to house, educate and nurture your fifth grader for the next three years – a choice that raises more questions than it answers. Sometimes […]

A Labor of Love

How Heritage Camps’ Pam Sweetser left her occupation and found her life’s work enriching the cultural lives of adoptive families By Erin Vanderberg In the summer of 1992, the Sweetser family – Dan, Pam and their adopted children, Lacey, from Korea, and Sam, from India – packed up the family car and headed up to […]

Park Hill Moments: Black and White Basement Ball and Auction

On February 25, the Montview Community Preschool and Kindergarten at 1980 Dahlia Street hosted a Black and White Basement Ball and Auction to benefit their tuition assistance program. For more information on the school, visit

Choose Your Denver: Service cuts or a more sustainable budget for the future?

By Councilperson Robin Kniech, At-Large Denver is a great city, but behind the scenes we’ve had to cut more than $440 million dollars over the past four years. Even when the recession is over, the cuts will continue, because we have a structural problem — expenses largely beyond our control like health care for city […]

Crime in the Community

16 residents and an equal number of officers and city officials attended a North Park Hill Violent Crime Community Meeting on February 15th at the GPHC to discuss a recent increase in property crimes and violence. Residents were asked to report property and auto crimes to the District #2 non-emergency number, 720-913-2000. Regarding violent crime, […]

DPS Greater Park Hill/Stapleton Community Committee

Denver Public Schools’ Office of Community Engagement kicked off a series of six community committee meetings on February 7 to provide input to the DPS board on issues relevant to schools in the Greater Park Hill and Stapleton community, with a focus on planning for secondary school feeder patterns with the growth of Stapleton. The […]


The Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) meets quarterly to look at natural and manmade hazards within our communities, with the goal of informing the community on hazards through briefings and lectures and receiving community input. The group is comprised of volunteers from the private sector, government agencies, elected officials and citizens. The public is welcome […]

Boys and Girls Club to Rise at Holly Square

At the site of a 2008 gang fire-bombing, the Anschutz Foundation just awarded a $5 million grant for construction of the Nancy P. Anschutz Boys & Girls Club, slated to be complete in the fall of 2013. Other collaborators on the project – as highlighted in the January issue of the GPHN – are the […]

Pipeline Replacement Project

Xcel contractor Q3 will continue to replace natural gas pipeline around Park Hill through May. Locations include 35th Ave from Glencoe to Oneida Sts; Krameria St from 33rd to 30th Aves; Fairfax, Grape, Hudson, Holly and Jasmine streets, and Monaco Parkway from Martin Luther King Blvd to East 28th Ave. 24-hour hotlines are available for […]

Brothers Redevelopment Paint-A-Thon

The housing nonprofit Brothers Redevelopment is taking applications from income-qualified senior and disabled homeowners in Park Hill who would like their homes painted this summer as part of the agency’s 34th Annual Paint-A-Thon. Since the agency was established in 1971, Brothers has served more than 87,000 households across Colorado and painted nearly 6,600 homes. Recruiting […]

Kate Sultan and the 2012 Old House Fair

By Erin Vanderberg I met Kate Sultan at her kitchen table, a Gus Stickley #634. In 2000, Kate and her husband Ed moved into a 1919 Park Hill bungalow that never had anyone make the mistake of painting the oak trim and began the hunt for furnishings that matched its Craftsman aesthetic. Often, it was […]

East High A+ Angels Mentoring Program

Do you have 1 hour a week to work with 9th grade students? Share your talents and skills with a 9th grade student. Mentors are now being recruited to work individually with current East High 9th grade students during the school day. For more information please visit:

GPHC Food Pantry News: March 2012

By Sandra Henderson, GPHC Food Pantry Manager February is the month for love and celebration. The pantry is stocked with cookies and candy. Our volunteers were given cards and treats. We are like family here and we share and celebrate special occasions together. Speaking of holidays, Easter is approaching. The food pantry can use gift […]

Denver Recycles Action Network

Denver Recycles Action Network Training takes place Saturday, March 10 from 9-11a at Denver Recycles near Alameda and I-25. After training, new volunteers are asked to dedicate a minimum of 15 minutes a month to educating those around them about Denver Recycles and waste-reduction. Interested? Send name, address, phone number, neighborhood name and what you […]

Your Health Hub: Update on the Colorado Health Benefit Exchange

Health insurance is out of reach for nearly 830,000 Coloradans and many individuals and small businesses in the state are struggling to maintain the coverage they have. In an attempt to help solve this problem Colorado is creating a new online health insurance marketplace where consumers can shop for the health insurance policy that best […]

DIY Network’s Rescue Renovation

DIY Network’s Rescue Renovation is holding a casting call for homeowners who are stalled or in-over-their-heads with a home renovation project. Licensed contractor and host Kayleen McCabe will come to the rescue with her team of expert. Applicants must have an appropriate budget set aside for the renovation. Apply online at under casting.

Colorado Symphony Guild

Lowry, Stapleton and Park Hill community members are working to form a new neighborhood unit of the Colorado Symphony Guild. Currently, the CSG has about 320 Guild members, who promote and support the Colorado Symphony. Opportunities include attending rehearsals, working in the Symphony shop and attending music lectures. Annual dues are $35. The next meeting […]

Seize The World’s Share Your Story Program

Have epilepsy and live in Park Hill? Seize The World Foundation’s Share Your Story program documents the experiences of people with epilepsy who lead active lives. We want to tell the story of a Park Hill resident this spring! Contact

Neighborhood Partners Environmental Team

Come help out your community and the environment by cleaning up the Sand Creek Regional Greenway, Westerly Creek and Bluff Lake Nature Center. Our Neighborhood Partners Environmental Team meets on the first Saturday of every month from 9a-noon for trash clean up, invasive species removal and basic trail maintenance. Everyone is welcome to join – […]

Signing Smart

Denver Family Consulting’s Julie Buck offers a Signing Smart course on infant sign language for parents and children. The 8-week course will take place at GPHC, 2823 Fairfax St on Mondays from 4:45-5:30p beginning April 16, 2012. The $150 registration fee includes materials. Visit or call 720-244-2431 to register.

Free Home Energy Advising

Greenprint Denver, the Department of Environmental Health and Revision International have teamed up to provide free home energy advising for income-qualifying households (1 resident, $32,490, 2 residents, $43,710, 3 residents, $54,930, etc.). Contact 720-270-1831 for more information.


The Education of Ami Desai

How an entrepreneurial educator became an entrepreneur redefining work By Erin Vanderberg At home in her beautiful Park Hill bungalow, meditation deck out back, it’s clear that Ami Desai has it together. A known powerhouse in the Denver education community and now author, Ami sat down to talk with me about her new book, her […]

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