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Celebrating Real News

On Wednesday, May 2, the Park Hill Library is throwing a bash to highlight the Greater Park Hill News, an award winning, monthly publication that has been in continuous production covering our community since 1961. Come hobnob with the newspaper’s editor, writers and photographers, blockworkers and bundlers, and our beloved advertisers. Learn about the history of the paper, and enjoy refreshments and activities suitable for all ages in a celebratory atmosphere. The party kicks off at 6:30 p.m. at the library, at Montview Boulevard and Dexter Street. Everyone is welcome.

Carnival on Montview

Montview Community Preschool & Kindergarten hosts its annual Carnival on Saturday, May 5 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. This neighborhood tradition will have 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. Those under 2 years old and over 65 years old are free. Please call 303-322-7296 or stop by for questions, 1980 Dahlia St. Hope to see you there!

Dignity Festival June 16

Project Worthmore is holding its annual Dignity Festival to honor World Refugee Day and support the refugee community in Colorado. The Dignity Festival is Saturday, June 16, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the DeLaney Community Farm in Aurora, at 170 South Chambers Road. The event features a variety of activities, including a 5K race, 1-mile Fun Run, a live DJ yoga class, a rice haul relay, kids activities, a food & beer tent, and more. Registration is now open at projectworthmore.org/dignity/festival  Early Entry price is $10 (kids), $25 (adults)
Full price registration begins May 17. Project Worthmore works to restore worth to our refugee neighbors through the heart of our community.

Park Hill Art Fest May 18-20

Celebrating its 5th anniversary, the Park Hill Art Festival kicks off on Friday, May 18, from noon to 8 p.m. It continues Saturday, May 19 and Sunday, May 20 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The festival is at the Park Hill Masonic Lodge grounds, 4819 E. Montview Blvd. Admission is free. The festival is a juried fine art and fine craft show that showcases 80 fine artists working in oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastel, charcoal, and mixed media, as well as sculpture, stoneware, ceramics, wood, jewelry, silk fabrics and color and black & white photography. Food and drink trucks are on hand. Festival goers have a chance to win a $500 or $1,000 shopping spree.

Seldom Seen

Ruth Neubauer’s photo show, Painterly Photographs, opens May 4 and runs through the month at the gallery inside mmm…COFFEE Paleo Bistro at 910 Santa Fe Dr. Each photograph is printed on archival paper and is hand-deckled. The inspiration for this exhibit is to emphasize the beauty of what surrounds us that is “seldom seen.” Contact Ruth Neubauer at ruthneubr@aol.com.

The Last of the Doughboys

Join this scholar facilitated book discussion of The Last of the Doughboys, by Richard Rubin at the Denver Public Library downtown on May 15 at 6:30 p.m. As part of the 18-month commemoration, the WWI Centennial Committee has engaged in facilitating meaningful discussions led by WWI scholars. All presentations are free and open to the public. In 2003 Rubin set out to talk with every living American veteran of World War I that he could find. He spoke with dozens of centenarian veterans, ages 101 to 113.  He collected their stories in this book. The author calls this “a mosaic that tells a story about the United States of America and the First World War.” Contact: Betty Jo Brenner, 303-894-7951 x17, or brenner@coloradohumanities.org

Colfax Marathon Closures

More than 19,000 athletes are anticipated to participate in the Kaiser Permanente Colfax Marathon on Sunday, May 20. Please plan accordingly for all traffic disruptions on that day around Park Hill. Travel on Colfax Avenue will be restricted during the race, and normal traffic patterns will resume as soon as it’s safe for athletes, spectators and motorists. The following are some general traffic expectations:

• The marathon will have full and partial closures of westbound and eastbound Colfax from Aurora to Lakewood starting as early as 3 a.m. and ending as late as 1 p.m.

• Roads that cross Colfax Avenue and 17th Avenue could experience significant delays.

• The easiest places to cross Colfax Avenue will be at Interstate 25, Federal Boulevard, and Interstate 225.

• Drivers are urged to avoid Speer Boulevard and Colfax Avenue altogether.

• Crossing intersections along Colfax will be allowed on a very limited basis when safety allows and only at intersections with uniformed police officers.

• Eastbound Colfax Avenue will be open from Denver’s City Park west to Quitman Street and from Colorado Boulevard east to Ursula Street.

• Westbound Colfax will be closed from Havana Street in Aurora to Garrison Street in Lakewood in certain sections.

• As the race progresses from Denver’s City Park to Aurora and Lakewood simultaneously, streets will open to normal traffic as rapidly as possible.

• The marathon course is marked with a green line, and the half marathon course is blue. Courses may not be crossed to ensure safety to runners. I-25 is open, and it is the best option for driving north or south- bound.

Here’s the Ticket

Save the date for the hottest ticket in town. On Thursday, June 7, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Democratic House District 8 organizers are hosing a forum called “Here’s the Ticket” to bring voters and potential voters together to meet and question candidates who are running for Secretary of State, state Treasurer, state Attorney General and CU Regent. Prepare to get involved and make your vote count in the June 26 primary. The forum is at Centennial Hall, at Johnson & Wales University, 7150 Montview Blvd and is free and open to the public. Check the June issue for additional details.

 

GPHN Events

GPHN Yard Sale

Saturday, May 5, 9 a.m. to noon

Join GPHC for our 6th Annual Community Yard Sale on Saturday, May 5. This is a free, easy way to market your yard sale to members of the community and for other community members to buy great items from neighbors. Check out the yard sale map to host a yard sale or view the sales in the neighborhood: greaterparkhill.org/yard-sale/

Introduction to Beekeeping

Tuesday, May 8, 6:30 p.m.
GPHC office, at 2823 Fairfax St.

Have you been thinking about starting a hive of your own but don’t know where to start? Join GPHC and Vine Street Farms to learn some basic information about Beekeeping. This event is free and open to all! RSVP at: facebook.com/events/247483755794889/

Save The Environment

Thursday, May 17, 6-7:30 p.m.
GPHC office, at 2823 Fairfax St.

Join Denver Councilwoman At-Large Debbie Ortega and Taylor Moellers of the Department of Public Health and Environment for a conversation about citywide sustainability initiatives and the Denver Climate Action Plan. Find ways to engage with local government on urgent environmental issues and ways to address them.

Garden Work Day and Garden-in-a-Box Giveaway

Saturday, May 19th, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
GPHC office, at 2823 Fairfax St.

We will hand out free garden-in-a-box kits, plus additional supplies to gardeners who sign up in advance. Kits include seeds and seedlings to grow your own 4×4 vegetable garden. At the same time, local volunteers will get their hands dirty in GPHC’s vegetable garden. All produce grown in our garden is distributed to Food Pantry clients. For either portion of the event (or both), register at goo.gl/forms/TMVBM0Nu34WUXxSc2

For more information, check out facebook.com/events/196461687628067/

Park Hill 4th of July Parade

Registration Now Open for 2018

Our neighborhood favorite has quickly become the largest Independence Day march in Denver, attracting thousands of people from around the metro area. Register now to secure your spot! Groups can register for FREE on the parade website at ParkHillParade.org. Neighborhood floats, community organizations and music entries are particularly encouraged to participate, with an emphasis on fun, festivity and patriotic spirit. Get ideas by checking out photos from previous parades at Facebook.com/ParkHillParade.

This year’s event will once again begin at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 4 and will go along 23rd Avenue from Dexter Street to Krameria Street, followed by a street fair on Kearney. The parade runs 100 percent on the support of sponsors and donations.

Interested in sponsorship? Contact Justin Bresler, parade founder and organizer, at parkhillparade@gmail.com. Sponsorships start at just $100. Anyone with questions about the parade can also contact Justin at 303-918-6517.

See you on July 4!

 

City Park Jazz

2018 Lineup Features Old And New Favorites

The 2017 City Park Jazz season kicks off June 3 and continues each Sunday night from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. through early August. The free concerts are at the pavilion in City Park. Please remember the City Park rules in order to keep this a fun family event. Check out all do’s and don’ts at CityParkJazz.com.

Here’s the lineup of musicians:

Jyemo Club

Sunday, June 3

Jyemo Club brings together musicians from four different countries, each with their own flavor to spice up the vibes. This is dance music to celebrate life, this is dance music with a rebel attitude. Uniting Latin and Caribbean beats with North American funk and rock, singing in English and Spanish, Jyemo Club is here to jam the radios and sound systems of the world. Busta Music!

Katie Glassman & Snapshot

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Katie Glassman is one of the country’s most renowned and decorated Texas-style and swing fiddlers, as well as an accomplished songwriter, singer, and a highly sought after teacher.

Hazel Miller with Harmony Chorale

Sunday, June 17

HMB has toured North America, Europe, Far East, Middle East and Central America. This audience favorite has appeared in countless festivals, concerts and fundraisers to the delight of her loyal fans. Hazel is always backed by some of the finest musicians and vocalists in the world. Founded in 1991, Harmony: a Colorado chorale is Denver metro and Northern Colorado’s gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and straight ally voice all-inclusive choir.

Special Guest: Badda Boom Brass Band is a 9-piece New Orleans style brass band.

Paa Kow

Sunday, June 24

Ghana born drummer and composer, Paa Kow, (pronounced Pah-Ko), has recently produced his third studio album entitled Cookpot. The album takes listeners on a journey that boldly explores the music of the African Diaspora by fusing Ghanaian highlife with elements of jazz, funk, and African pop to create his unique Afro-Fusion sound.

Euforquestra

Sunday, July 1

Eufórquestra (pronounced yoo-FOHR-keh-struh, think euphoria+orchestra) is energy and rhythm personified. An ever-evolving sound that has been influenced by music from all over the world with an emphasis on funk, pocket and groove.

La Pompe Jazz & Friends

Sunday, July 8

La Pompe Jazz is a Denver band est. 2013. They are a group of musicians from Denver sharing an exploration of Gypsy jazz, blues, and American jazz standards with their own interpretations. They have become a fixture of the local swing dance scene with regular performances at many of the top dance nights.

Pat Bianchi Trio

Sunday, July 15

Two-time Grammy-nominated organist and winner of Downbeat Magazine’s 2016 rising star poll Pat Bianchi, has established himself as one of the principal organists on the scene today. His command of the instrument, harmonic prowess, rhythmic intensity and versatility are rivaled by few.

Mistura Fina Band

Sunday, July 22

Mistura Fina was founded by percussionist Frank Ayala in 2000 and is currently co-led with saxophonist Alex Nekrasov. Based in Denver, the group regularly performs at festivals, nightclubs, special events, and other venues.

The Sammy Mayfield Blues Band

Sunday, July 29

Sam Mayfield’s long and rich musical history during which the multi-talented guitarist/singer/songwriter has performed with many great blues luminaries as Big Joe Turner, Big Mama Thornton.

Chris Daniels and the Kings with Freddi Gowdy

Sunday, August 5

Chris Daniels & the Kings (now with Freddi Gowdy) are celebrating their 33rd year with a new album Blues With Horns! Chris was inducted into the Colorado Music Hall of Fame in 2013 with Judy Collins and he has appeared with the Garth Brooks, B.B. King, Vince, Gill, Amy Grant, Joe Walsh, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, John Oates, The Lumineers, and the list goes on.

Special Guest: Tivoli Brass Band


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