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Éirinn Go Brách

Irish and honorary Irish Coloradans are invited to celebrate the wearing o’ the green in downtown Denver at the largest St. Paddy’s Day Parade west of the Mississippi. This year St. Patrick’s Day is on Saturday, March 17, meaning the parade falls on the same day Irish descendants around the world celebrate their patron saint. The parade theme is “Tribute to Irish Heritage,” and will step off at 9:30 a.m. from the corner of 19th and Wynkoop in Downtown Denver. The route continues along 17th to Blake Street, marching east to end at 27th and Blake in the Coors Field parking lot. More than 10,000 marchers and 200 entrants will join in the parade, including pipe bands, step dancers, floats, police, fire and emergency service agencies, military members, equestrians, charity groups, marching bands, businesses and dignitaries. Grand Marshal is Kelly Brough, president and CEO of the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce. For more information about the parade, visit

Check Out The Action
In Our Backyard

Two Neighborhood Climate Action forums are scheduled for Friday, March 9 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and Saturday, March 10, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The forums, sponsored by Greater Park Hill Community, Inc., will bring local experts on the science of climate change who will bring insights from a global to regional perspective and help participants envision what meaningful climate action looks like in our neighborhood. Friday night’s presentation will be followed on Saturday morning to brainstorm and prioritize climate action projects and create action plans that will help take us from vision to reality. The forums are free and at the GPHC office, at 2823 Fairfax St. Refreshments will be provided. For more, check out

Garden In A Box

Greater Park Hill Community, Inc. is holding a Seed Starting Workshop on Tuesday, March 6 from 6 to 7 p.m. The workshop, Garden in a Box, is designed to help local gardeners learn about starting seeds indoors to stretch the growing season. Instructions, seeds and other materials will be on hand, and there will be giveaways. The free workshop is at the GPHC office, at 2823 Fairfax St. For more information, check out

Blueprint Denver: Creating a Complete City

The City of Denver is hosting a series of workshops in March discuss potential strategies for land use and transportation in Park Hill and citywide. The workshop focusing on the geographic area of City Council District 8 – which includes all of Park Hill and Stapleton – is March 15, from 5:30 – 7 p.m. at DSST Stapleton High School, 2000 Valentia St. It is free and open to the public. The workshop follows an initial Blueprint Denver planning effort. According to a press release from the city, “planners are working on a new approach to managing land use in [Denver]. The new concept acknowledges that all places in our city are constantly evolving in pursuit of becoming complete in their own way — not just through enabling or limiting development, but through quality-of-life infrastructure like safe sidewalks, housing options, transit access, parks and open space. Diversity, affordability and good urban design/architecture are key to complete neighborhoods as well.” The process involves moving “beyond Denver’s ‘areas of change’ and ‘areas of stability’ model, established in 2002. Food, childcare and Spanish interpretation will be provided. A sign language interpreter or CART services will be provided upon request. Contact three business days before the meeting. For other public accommodation requests, contact For more information, check out

Youth Get The Mayor’s Ear

Mayor Michael B. Hancock is seeking applicants to join his Youth Commission to advise city leaders on policies, programs and opportunities that have an impact on the lives of young people in our communities. Youth commissioners must be Denver residents and in high school for the 2018 – 2019 school year. Applications are being accepted through March 11.

Learn more and apply now at


Denver Arts & Venues invites Denverites to help celebrate the 30th anniversary of Denver Public Art, which sets aside 1 percent of every municipal capital improvement project over $1 million for the creation of public art. Denver residents and visitors are invited to share photos and videos through social media using the hashtag #DenverPublicArt30. The social media campaign encourages people to focus on 15 themes, two per month. Thirty photographs from these posts will be displayed at the end of the year at Buell Theatre downtown. Favorites will be selected by Denver Arts & Venues staff and Denver artists. All submissions will be highlighted on “There are some pieces in the collection that everyone recognizes,” says Denver Public Art Manager Michael Chavez, “but by identifying themes, we hope people will seek out the art hidden in plain sight.” The February theme was Love, and African American History and Heritage. Monthly themes for the rest of the year are as follows:

• March: Art in Cold Weather, and Women’s History and Heritage

• April: Animal Art, and Public Art Selfies

• May: Memorials and Statues, and Asian and Pacific American History and Heritage

• June: Summer-Time Art (Picnics and Park Fun), and Find Art in Your Neighborhood

• July: Denver International Airport Collection, and Light or Kinetic Art

• August: Urban Arts Fund, and Indoor Art

• September: Latino and Hispanic History and Heritage

Catalytic Denver Connects People And Architecture

The Denver Architecture Foundation will launch its 2018 lecture series, Catalytic Denver on March 13. Catalytic Denver is the first full year of DAF’s lecture series programming, which will take on a different theme each year. The series connects the public with architecture and design experts and civic leaders aiming to ignite community dialogue and further engage the public with topics related to Denver’s built environment. The lecture series programming comes as part of DAF’s recent rebranding efforts, meant to expand and enhance program offerings to people living in or visiting Denver. The first lecture of Catalytic Denver will be from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Sharp Auditorium in the Denver Art Museum Hamilton Building. The lecture will focus on Denver’s Civic Center, and is free and open to the public. To register and for more info, visit

Where The Buffalo Roam

The past, present and future of the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge will be the subject of a three-event speaker series. The first event will be 5:30 p.m. Thursday March 15, 2018 at Stapleton MCA Event Center, 8371 Northfield. Blvd. It is free and open to the public. David Lucas, refuge manager for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, will summarize the recreational and educational opportunities on this federally protected 27-square mile wildlife habitat. Kip Cheroutes, staff aide to former U.S. Rep. Patricia Schroeder, will tell the history of how the refuge came to be. The second event, date to be announced, will preview summertime activities at the refuge and will detail the history of the environmental remediation at the refuge. The third event, on Thursday Sept. 6, will include reflections by State Historian Patricia Limerick of the University of Colorado’s Center for The New West. The series is hosted by Friends of the Front Range Wildlife Refuges, the nonprofit organization to support the refuge’s mission of connecting to the surrounding community. For more information, contact Kip Cheroutes at, or visit

It’s Your Move

For his bar mitzvah project on March 4, local student Ezra Caplan is hosting a chess tournament fundraiser to benefit Denver’s refugee community through the African Community Center. The tourney is at 4 p.m. at Sazza restaurant’s community room, in the Stanley Marketplace, 2501 Dallas St. All chess lovers are invited to spend the afternoon playing chess. As Ezra notes, why waste another knight when you could be enjoying yourself? Don’t be destiny’s pawn. Make your move! Yummy snacks will be provided, courtesy of Sazza, and prizes will be awarded to the champion player and top donor. There is a minimum donation of $10, and various levels are available – from Pawn to Knight, to Bishop, Rook and Queen. To RSVP call 720-252-6368, or email

Calling All Green Thumbs

The Park People and Denver Parks and Recreation are inviting nature lovers who want to improve the beauty and long-term health of Denver’s urban forest to sign up for a five-session training program that begins March 10. The Community Forester Training combines classroom and hands-on field experience at various parks throughout Denver. Registration is open through Friday, March 2. Classes are $20 each. Participants who register for all five classes get the fifth course free, making the total $80 for the complete training. To register or get more information, visit or call 303-722-6262. Space is limited.


Seeking Bloomin’ Gardeners

18th Annual Park Hill Garden Tour Is June 24

March generally brings some of the heaviest snow of the season. Ahhh, Springtime in the Rockies. That also means Park Hill Garden Tour volunteers are already hard at work, putting together the 18th Annual Park Hill Garden Tour.

This year’s Garden Walk is June 24 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.   If you are a gardener who is proud of the outside space you have created at your home and would like to share your artistry with others, contact Patty Mead at or Carla Finch at  We’ll be happy to provide more information about this event and what participating in the garden tour means for you. If you would like to participate as a volunteer, please contact Kate Blanas at   If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, contact Allison Nuanes at   

For everyone interested in attending this year’s Garden Walk, make sure to mark the date. The gardens featured on the tour full of wonderful designs that go well beyond flowers and plants.  You’ll see one-of-a-kind art pieces, extremely imaginative planting devices, beautiful water features and much more. Advance tickets will again be $12 this year, $10 for seniors age 65-plus.  Children under 12 are free.  Tickets and more information are available online at

The event raises money to support the Greater Park Hill Community, a Registered Neighborhood Organization that promotes the character and vibrancy of Park Hill through resources, information and advocacy.  Learn more at

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