Fair Trade Market Nov. 8-10
Park Hill Congregational United Church of Christ hosts its annual Fair Trade Gift Market on Nov. 8-10. Twenty nonprofit organizations will sell items ranging from handmade jewelry by local refugees and cards from clients at The Gathering Place, to items made from wool in Nepal and olive oil from Palestine. Repeat groups include Global Mamas, Fair Trade Republica, the Women’s Bean Project, and the ever popular SERVV Christmas ornaments from around the world. Each group receives 100 percent of their sales. There is no admission fee. The church is at 26th Avenue and Leyden Street, and the market will be open the following hours: Friday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, visit parkhillucc.org.
Helen Wolcott’s Art Show
It began in the 1970s during the thick of the court battle over school integration. “During all those hours in court, we realized that we were all artists of a different kind,” says Helen Wolcott. The artists/social justice warriors thus banded together for another purpose: promoting art and beauty during twice-yearly art shows at Wolcott’s Park Hill home. Nearly 45 years later, Wolcott continues the tradition. On Saturday, Nov. 23 and Sunday, Nov. 24, she’ll open her home at 2309 Clermont St., hosting a group of artists and artisans who show and sell their creations. Wolcott specializes in jewelry, both costume and silver. Also lined up for the show are Emily Schaller (art and cards), Robin Wilton (weaving), Anne Eine and Anne Emmons (knitting and weaving), Anita Kienker (quilted creations), Cristina de Palma-Vega (fabric and paper art), Carmen Curtis Basham (pottery) and David Claypool (honey and beeswax products). Stop by from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. either or both days. Everybody is welcome. Bring a friend and cheer the holidays with a glass of hot mulled wine or a cup of herbal tea.
Thankful In Park Hill
A recent United States Department of Agriculture report found that one in 11 Coloradans struggles with hunger. The populations most affected by food insecurity are seniors, families, children and veterans. Greater Park Hill Community, Inc. continues to sponsor its annual Thanksgiving Dinner giveaway, providing holiday meal boxes to hundreds of our neighbors. As of press time 100 volunteers are still needed for this year’s Giveaway, as well as food and cash donations. Check out greaterparkhill.org/food-programs/thanksgiving/ for regularly updated needs, volunteer opportunities and sign-ups and drop-off information. Check out page 15 for additional details.
The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution is holding a workshop for prospective new members on Saturday, Nov. 2 at Montview Boulevard Presbyterian Church, at 1980 Dahlia St. The workshop is hosted by the Frances Wisebart Jacobs chapter and will run from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., with refreshments provided. Any woman 18 years or older, regardless of race, religion, or ethnic background, who can prove lineal descent from a patriot of the American Revolution is eligible for membership. Bring any copies of documents you may have on hand, especially birth, death, and marriage certificates for your first three generations (you, your parents, your grandparents), and/or if you have a tree already on Ancestry or Family Search, bring a link and they’ll take a look. RSVP to Ella Margaret Cron at 303-771-7476 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or Cheryl Vogtman email@example.com. To learn more, visit www.dar.org.
Faith At Montview
Biblical scholar Walter Brueggemann will discuss his new book, An On-Going Imagination: A Conversation about Scripture, Faith and the Thickness of Relationship, on Saturday, Nov. 2 at 7 p.m. at Montview Boulevard Presbyterian Church, 1980 Dahlia St. The lecture continues on Sunday, Nov. 3 from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. The book, which is co-authored by Montview co-pastor Clover Reuter Beal, explores Brueggemann’s most influential biblical-theological concepts and methods. Tickets are free, and available at montviewchurch.org/lectureship/. A $15 suggested donation will be collected at the event.
Womxn Building Resilience
Womxn’s March Denver will hold a community workshop, titled Building Community Resilience through Courageous Conversation and Healing, on Thursday, Nov. 14. The workshop is from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Asian Pacific Development Center, 1537 Alton St. in Aurora. The session includes a discussion of incidences that have divided communities – including locally, nationally, and globally. Participants will be invited to engage in an interactive community art component and share stories of adversity and healing with an invitation to discuss ways to share resources and strategies and build community connections and resilience. The workshop is free, but please register online at womxnsmarchdenver.org/community-workshops.html. Womxn’s March Denver is a collective of womxn who are committed to amplifying marginalized voices in the movement to end sexism, oppression, and injustice. Another workshop will be held on Jan. 11 at the Park Hill Congregational UCC, 2600 Leyden St. For more info, including bios on the speakers who are lined up for the workshops, check out womxnsmarchdenver.org.
McNichols Park Open House
Join Denver Parks & Recreation for an open house to discuss improvements to McNichols Park playground in the East Colfax neighborhood. The open house is Tuesday, Nov. 12 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Ashley Elementary School, 1914 Syracuse St. DPR staff will review results from the park user survey that closed Oct. 9, and invite feedback on the initial concept design for the park. For more information visit denvergov.org/ParkProjects or email the project manager at firstname.lastname@example.org. The project is funded through the Elevate Denver Bond Program, approved by voters in 2017.
Autumn In The Gardens
Check out three free days at three Denver Botanic garden sites in November. The free day at the 700-acre Chatfield Farms in Jefferson County is Tuesday, Nov. 5, and the free day at the Plains Conservation Center in Aurora is Thursday, Nov. 21. The free day at the Botanic Gardens on York and 10th Street southwest of Park Hill is Monday, Nov. 11 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Also happening in November at the York Street location is the Winter Gift Market, on Thursday, Nov. 21 from 4 to 8 p.m., and on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 22-23 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Vendors will sell one-of-a-kind, handcrafted holiday items, including bath and body products, pottery, jewelry, clothing, antiques and more. The Gardens Guild will also be hawking its herbal vinegars and seasonings. Members receive a 10 percent discount on purchases. The gardens and market admission is free all those days. For more, check out botanicgardens.org.
Unity and Art At DAVA
On Thursday, Dec. 5, Downtown Aurora Visual Arts kicks off its exhibition, Unity, with a reception and art sale from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. DAVA, at 1405 Florence St., is one block south of East Colfax in the Aurora Cultural Arts District. For the exhibition, students partnered with the Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art, celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Bauhaus School and its connections to modern design in Colorado. The art they created was inspired by the Bauhaus artists and include ceramic dishes, jewelry, loom weavings, prints, photographs and more. DAVA students also created a collection of drawings of candies during a colored pencil workshop. Finally, guest artists Matthew Jorgensen and Liz Quan will exhibit contemporary ceramic objects. Proceeds support free year-round art programs for kids in the surrounding northern Aurora community. The exhibition 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 email@example.com or call 303-367-5886.
A Selfie With St. Nikolaus
For the 19th year, the German American Chamber of Commerce-Colorado Chapter is hosting the Denver Christkindl Market in downtown Denver. The traditional European Market is open daily from Nov. 22 through Dec. 23 on the 16th Street Mall across from the iconic Daniels & Fisher Clock Tower. The market itself is a series of huts, with merchants selling artisan gifts and holiday treats. The Festival Hall is set up similarly to a German Bier Hall, filled with long wooden table and bench seating. There, you can get a glass of Glühwein or a Bier (or coffee or hot chocolate), snack on pretzels, salmon and sausages, and brush up on your polka. Daily entertainment includes accordion players, Schuhplattler dancers and classical performances by the Denver Philharmonic. Lederhosen is optional. For more information and a full entertainment schedule, check out ChristkindlMarketDenver.com