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Be There: East Area Plan 

The Denver Planning Department is hosting a community meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 29 at Johnson & Wales University to discuss the city’s draft recommendations for the East Area Plan. Residents are encouraged to attend and share their opinions about the plan, which proposes increased density to impact more than 31,000 residents living between Colorado Boulevard and Yosemite Street to the west-east, and 23rd Avenue to 6th Avenue to the north-south. Concurrently, the city is also proposing a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) down Colfax Avenue, reducing car traffic along Colfax to one lane going each direction. The plan was detailed in last month’s Greater Park Hill News. The plan has generated intense controversy, including the formation of a group (Denver East Neighborhoods First: denvereastneighborhoodsfirst.com) which has been working to alert impacted residents. The Oct. 29 meeting is from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Johnson & Wales, 1900 Olive St. The city’s draft plan can be reviewed at DenverGov.org/eastplan. Click here to read last month’s news story about the East Area Plan.

Chicano Murals of Colorado

Denver Arts & Venues and History Colorado are hosting a free conference, Para mi Pueblo: Chicano Murals of Colorado on Saturday, Oct. 19, beginning at 9:30 a.m. The conference brings together scholars and artists to discuss the visual legacy of Chicana/o muralists as activists whose art has shaped our communities and given a voice to the peoples and places of Colorado. The conference is at History Colorado, 1200 Broadway. RSVP at ChicanoMuralsOfColorado.com.

Knitting For Peace

On Saturday, Nov. 2, the group Knitting4Peace will hold a community fundraiser and celebration of doing important work for 14 years. Knitting4Peace operates out of Park Hill Congregational Church, at 2600 Leyden St. It is a network of volunteers in our neighborhood, across the country and in Canada, who make knitted, crocheted or quilted items. The benefit will include live music, refreshments, a silent auction, yarn swap, and Q&A. It’s from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the church. A $10 donation is suggested. For more info, check out knitting4peace.org.

Teen Anxiety On The Rise

On Tuesday, Oct. 29, the Lowry Speaker Series hosts Susan McClahanan, Ph.D., a licensed clinical psychologist who will discuss the uptick in anxiety and depression among adolescents and young adults. McClanahan, the chief clinical officer of the Eating Recovery Center in Lowry, will address these diagnoses and related conditions, and talk about what we can do to help young people. The program is from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Eisenhower Chapel, 293 Roslyn St. Admission is free. No tickets or reservations are necessary. For more information, call 303-344-0481.

Love Your Neighbor 

Montview Boulevard Presbyterian Church, at 1980 Dahlia St., is hosting two public forums in October to address economic justice issues. “Love Your Neighbor – Equity in Denver Public Schools” is the topic on Sunday Oct. 13. Speakers from the Park Hill Neighbors for Equity in Education (PHNEED) group will be on hand to discuss their ongoing efforts. On Sunday, Oct. 20, Paolo Diaz, a poverty reduction and outreach manager in Adams County, will present a forum “How Adams County is Addressing the Challenge of Poverty.” Both programs begin at 9:30 a.m. and are free and open to the public. 

Correction: Last month’s news story about the East Area Plan noted the proposal included an eight-story building at 13th Avenue and Krameria. Current recommendations would allow five stories at that intersection. The proposed 8-story building would actually be two blocks north, at Krameria and Colfax. We regret the error.

Halloween Haunts And Parties

Friday, Oct. 4 and Sunday, Oct. 20: Teens are invited to take over the Denver Museum of Nature & Science for two nights in October to meet frightening creatures – both dead and alive – engage in fun activities, and eat freaky food.  Costumes are welcome. 

The “Hallowteen” events are Friday, Oct. 4 (for grades 6-8) and Sunday, Oct. 20 (for grades 9-12). Times for both parties are 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. and are completely free. The museum is at 2001 Colorado Blvd. Check out dmns.org or call 303-370-6000 for more information.

Saturday, Oct. 5: Denver historian Phil Goodstein is hosting a tour of the notable and dearly departed at Fairmount Cemetery southeast of Park Hill, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cost is $20. No need to RSVP, just meet on the east side of the Little Ivy Chapel on the grounds of the cemetery.

Thursday, Oct. 31 – Halloween! Denver Police District 2 and District 5 are teaming up to throw an annual Halloween party for kids. The party is from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at District 5 headquarters, at 2155 Akron St. Wear your costumes and prepare to fill up on sugary treats.


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