DAVA’s Visual Delights
The Downtown Aurora Visual Arts (DAVA) youth and local artists presents Wonders: A Holiday Show and Sale. Proceeds from the exhibit support year round art programs for urban youth. DAVA is at 1405 Florence St., one block south of Colfax Avenue in the Aurora Cultural Arts District. The exhibit opens with a reception from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 6. Works will be on display until Jan. 16. The one-of-a-kind artworks include ceramic tea sets, bowls, and platters, mosaic trivets, mini clay monsters, birdhouses and desk accessories. A series of science inspired gel mono prints are also on display. Guest artists Virginia Diaz Saiki, Adrienne DeLoe, and Griffin Callahan add new perspectives to the exhibit. Virginia Diaz Saiki will present whimsical prints of plants and gentle monsters, along with a special collection of K-So jewelry. Adrienne DeLoe’s works include botanical jewelry and exotic insect specimens preserved in paintings. The exhibit is free and open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Friday and by appointment. For more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 303-367-5886.
Park Hill Pipe Organ Parade
On Saturday, Dec. 8, Historic Denver, Inc. and the Denver Rocky Mountain Chapter of the American Guild of Organists are coming to Park Hill for the 7th annual Pipe Organ Tour. In the past, mainly churches downtown have been featured, but this year Park Hill is where it’s at! The tour begins at 9:30 a.m. at Park Hill United Methodist Church, and then visits the pipe organ at Montview Boulevard Presbyterian Church. The tour finishes at Park Hill Congregational Church. At each church people will hear about the history and architecture from a local historian and the history of the organ before listening to a selection of music. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at historicdenver.org/tours-events/.
Reduce, Reuse, Recyle
Americans waste an estimated 40 percent of their food from farm to fork, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that American households generate 25 percent more waste between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. In the spirit of those sobering statistics, the following are tips to reduce, reuse and recycle during the holidays:
• Purchase holiday food staples in bulk. If that’s not possible, look for packaging that can be recycled, such as broth cartons, steel cans, and empty aluminum pie tins. Familiarize yourself with Denver’s recycling guidelines prior to shopping to know what can be recycled in your purple bins.
• Think reusable. If you don’t already, skip the paper plates and napkins and incorporate reusable dinnerware into your family tradition.
• Recycle right. Most holiday food packaging, such as empty bottles, cans, cartons, and tubs, are recyclable in your purple bins. The same is true for plain wrapping paper and plain holiday cards. Plastic bags, photo paper, bubble wrap, and tissue paper do not belong in your purple cart and should be avoided, reused, or placed in the trash.
For additional information about Denver’s recycling guidelines, and seasonal recycling programs offered by Denver Recycles, visit DenverGov.org/DenverRecycles or call 311.
Polka And Bier At Christkindl
The 18th annual Mercedes-Benz Denver Christkindl Market is open daily through Sunday, Dec. 23. The Market is downtown at Skyline Park on 16th Street Mall and Arapahoe Street, across from the Daniels & Fisher Clock Tower. Guests are invited to savor the season as they sip on authentic Glühwein (mulled spiced wine), Bavarian style Bier, or warm cocoa while wandering through the Market filled with artisan gifts and holiday treats sold by local and international merchants. The heated Festival Hall is open to the public and set up similarly to a German Bier hall, with long wooden tables and bench seating. Live entertainment includes accordion players, polka music, Schuhplattler dancers and classical performances by the Denver Philharmonic, a partner of the Bavaria Philharmonic. For more information visit ChristkindlMarketDenver.com.
The Future Of Hale Parkway
The next meeting to discuss the design of a future Hale Parkway is Thursday, Dec. 6, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The discussions were launched last year by the City and County of Denver when the Upper Montclair Stormwater Systems Study and Hale Parkway was identified as an opportunity for green and gray infrastructure improvements to manage flooding in the area. The public meeting is at the Rose Physician Building II Goodstein Conference Room 1 & 2 (lower level), at 4500 E 9th Ave. For more information call 303-482-1191 or check out denvergov.org/uppermontclairbasin.