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One Big Dog Walk

The 25th annual Dumb Friends League Furry Scurry is Saturday, May 5 at Washington Park. The two-mile walk benefits pets and horses at the Dumb Friends League. It begins at 9 a.m. and lasts until noon. Check out ddfl.org for registration and details.

P3s: What They Mean To You

On Tuesday, April 3, the League of Women Voters of Denver is holding a forum to explore the growth of Public Private Partnerships (P3s) in Colorado. The P3 funding model has been used for numerous surface transportation projects, including E-470, US 36, and the I-70 Mountain Express Lanes. In Denver, the P3 funding model has been used for several notable projects, including Sports Authority Field at Mile High Stadium, Union Station, and Denver International Airport. Like Colorado’s population, P3s are growing rapidly. The forum will explore the advantages and disadvantages to these models and what the long-term effects may be for the residents of Colorado and Denver. The April 3 event is at Montview Presbyterian Church, 1980 Dahlia St., beginning at 5:30 p.m. It is free and open to the public.

Join Moms Demand Action

The Denver Chapter of Moms Demand Action is holding an organizational meet-up on Saturday, April 7 at Sam Gary Branch Library in Stapleton, at 2961 Roslyn St. Everyone is welcome – not just moms –to mobilize and discuss actions to reduce gun violence. The meet-up is from noon to 1:30 p.m. RSVP at act.everytown.org/event/moms-demand-action-event/10314/signup/?akid&zip

Marvin Booker Film Screening

A screening of the film film Marvin Booker Was Murdered is scheduled for April 11 at Park Hill UCC, 2600 Leyden St., from 6:40 pm to 8:40 p.m.

The film, which has been shown at many festivals, recently received the coveted “Soul of Southern Film” award by the Indie Memphis Film Festival. It examines excessive force and homicide by Denver law enforcement that resulted in the death of Marvin Booker, which resulted in the largest settlement in Denver’s history. The film features interviews with Booker’s relatives, city officials, journalists and civil-rights attorneys. After the screening, director Wade Gardner will join the Bookers’ attorneys, Darold Killmer and Mari Newman, as well as Alex Landau, co-founder of Denver Justice Project, for a question and answer session. The screening is free and open to the public.

Race, Justice, Community

A four-session series of community conversations about race, social justice and community will launch on Sunday, May 6 at 9:30 a.m. The series, at Montview Boulevard Presbyterian Church, 1980 Dahlia St., is inspired by the bestselling book, Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine. Citizen, the winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award, was the focus of a six-week Denver Talks program last fall. Bill de la Cruz, an equity and inclusion professional and citywide facilitator, will lead the May 6 session, followed by Q&A.  Subsequent readings/discussions will be on Sundays June 24, July 8 and July 22. All sessions will be held in Fellowship Hall. All are open to the public. For more information visit, www.montview.org or call Montview Church at 303.355.1651.

What’s Inside Us

The exhibit Inside Us showcases arts-based approaches to community wellness and a focus on the human body and new approaches to healthy lifestyles. The exhibit opens with a reception on Thursday, April 5 at the Downtown Aurora Visual Arts (DAVA) and runs through June 8. Young artists take on the intersections of nutrition and anatomy, along with mind and body health. Guest artists Marie Conigliaro and Eileen Roscina Richardson will exhibit related work alongside the youth artists.

DAVA is at 1405 Florence St., one block south of Colfax in the Aurora Cultural Arts District. All of the exhibits are free and open to the public from 10 am to 5 pm, Monday to Friday, or by appointment. For more information, email gallery@davarts.org.

Park Hill Art Club’s Spring Show April 20-22

The Park Hill Art Club presents its Spring Show and Sale beginning Friday, April 20 through Sunday, April 22. The annual event showcases a selection of artwork created by a talented group of member artists and features a variety of mediums, including watercolor, oil, acrylic and mixed media. Founded in 1974, Park Hill Art Club provides educational opportunities, fellowship and support.
PHAC offers weekly art classes led by local professional artists, many of whom have gained national recognition for their work. The Spring Show and Sale is at Park Hill United Methodist Church
5209 E. Montview Blvd. The show hours are as follows: Friday, April 20, opening reception from 4:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.; Saturday, April 21, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, April 22, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information about PHAC, visit parkhillartclub.org

What Is Your Wish?

Do you like photography? Painting? Crafts? Dance? Music?

Do you wish your neighborhood’s recreation centers offered different arts and culture classes? Denver Parks and Recreation is seeking public input via a survey to identify programming that residents would like to see offered at all 28 of the city’s recreation centers.

Survey respondents will be entered to win a free class (up to a $90 value) or a $50 Amazon gift card. The survey takes 10-20 minutes to complete. If you have children at home, there is a section to provide input on the types of classes they prefer. The survey closes April 30. Access it at this link: surveymonkey.com/r/DPRArts or en español es.surveymonkey.com/r/DPRArtsESP

Carnival at Montview

Montview Community Preschool & Kindergarten will host its annual Carnival on Saturday, May 5, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. This neighborhood tradition includes live music, food trucks, train rides, magic shows, petting zoo, character appearances, face painting, and several vendor and community booths. Tickets are $8 in advance (through the school office) or $10 at the event. The Carnival is at 1980 Dahlia St. Admission for people under 2 and over 65 are free. Call 303-322-7296 with any questions.

Last Call for City Park

The next (and final) open house for the City Park Master Plan Update with Design Guidelines is on Thursday, April 19 at the East High School cafeteria, 1600 City Park Esplanade.

Stop by anytime between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the open house, sponsored by Denver Parks & Recreation and Historic Denver, to review and provide feedback on draft master plan recommendations and priorities for City Park. For more information and to see what has been developed so far, visit denvergov.org/parkprojects. People can still take a survey indicating their choices for Denver’s largest park, at surveymonkey.com/r/J3QT9Z2.

Open House For Builders

The Housing Authority of the City and County of Denver (DHA) is holding its annual contracting open house on Monday, April 30 from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the DoubleTree by Hilton Denver, at 3202 Quebec St. The free event provides networking and workshops to detail contracting needs for several major projects, business opportunities, and how entrepreneurs can participate in the myriad of current city construction projects.

“We are encouraging small, minority and women business owners to come to meet our team and explore how they can support our efforts and learn how do business with DHA,” says Executive Director Ismael Guerrero. The event is free, but preregistration is required. Check denverhousing.org for more info.


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