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Every Wednesday from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., a group of 15-20 sixth, seventh and eighth graders participate in an afterschool program at Hiawatha Davis Rec Center at 3334 Holly St. Because of budget cuts and staff reductions, afterschool programing for students is limited. We are looking for volunteers to lead and/or help out with activities […]


By Michele Swenson, Forgotten Felines Rescue Volunteer In early March, volunteers with Forgotten Felines Rescue worked with residents to trap eight cats in feral colonies in Denver alleys. After spaying/neutering, testing and vaccinating all feral cats in a colony, as well as continuing to feed, the goal of Forgotten Felines Rescue is to remove kittens […]

Recycling Survey

By Dr. Jan Buhrmann Over the last two months, a sample of residents of Greater Park Hill have received a survey on recycling, environmental attitudes, and related topics. This survey duplicates a study originally conducted in 1997 by Jan Buhrmann, then a doctoral student at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Her original dissertation research […]

21st Century Energy Upgrades for 1900s-era Homes

By Casey Staley, REenergizeCO’s Certified Building Science Analyst REenergizeCO INC has been working in Park Hill this past month, performing energy audits and improvements on some of the neighborhoods old housing stock. Accredited by Xcel Energy’s Home Energy Audit program and empowered by Denver Energy Challenge grants, our company is one of many who can […]


By Jane Hartgrove. Smiley parent Smiley Middle School kicked off Spring Break with an afternoon concert on March 23 by its Advanced Choir singing along with Illuminations Show Choir. The Smiley students opened the concert with solos and duets sung a cappella, which highlighted the strength of their voices. Then joined by Illumination Show Choir, […]


Do you want a window into your infants or toddlers mind? A way to reduce frustration and temper tantrums? To have your child communicate using more than points, grunts and cries? An accessible and fun way to connect with your child? Then Signing Smart is for you! Research has shown that infants and toddlers who […]

Vendors Needed for the Greater Park Hill Community Farmers’ Market

The Greater Park Hill Community will kick off the first annual Park Hill Farmers’ Market on Saturday, June 2nd on the 2800 block of Fairfax. Vendors needed! Full season vendor membership is $150 plus 10 percent of daily sales; drop-in daily rate is $50 plus 10 percent of sales. The Farmers’ Market will operate every […]


Pilates Bodies on Kearney and Colfax became the first and only Pilates studio in Colorado certified to offer the Pink Ribbon Program for breast cancer patients’ rehabilitation and recovery. The program was developed by a survivor to increase the range of motion in the areas of the body affected by breast cancer surgery. For more […]


The Girl Scouts of Colorado are organizing a four-week service learning series for 9th and 10th grade girls to educate and inspire them in all things food related. They are seeking volunteers for the “Sow What?” curriculum who are interested in helping with one or more of the following sessions as a volunteer, guest speaker, […]

Streetwise: Colfax: Then and Now

By Jack Farrar Colfax, the southern boundary of Park Hill, is an iconic thoroughfare with a checkered past and present. Colfax was named after Schuyler Colfax, a U.S. Representative from Indiana from 1855 to 1869, Speaker of the House of Representatives from 1863 to 1869, Abraham Lincoln’s first vice president and a fervent abolitionist. An […]

Art Branscombe: Helped Turn The Tide of Segregation

Park Hill Community leader Art Branscombe, co-founder of the Greater Park Hill Action Committee that would become the Greater Park Hill Community, Inc., passed away peacefully at his home on February 10, 2012. Art’s storied career took him everywhere, from North Africa during WWII, to some of the best newspapers in the country, before landing […]

Professional Women with a Passion for Dance

An instructor at the University of Colorado, Boulder, had an epiphany one day that – after 18 years of teaching Chemistry on the campus – she would rather be dancing. Once a teacher, always a teacher, Margie Krest opened Dancing the Soul, a studio in Mayfair that brings together a creative and talented group of […]

Neighborhood Cannery Transforming Lives

By Greg Morton, FoodWorks Colorado Every Wednesday, FoodWorks, a nonprofit located in North Park Hill at 39th Avenue and Holly Street, produces the equivalent of 3,000 canned chili bean meals. But this cannery is doing much more than just putting beans in a can. FoodWorks is transforming lives through food and training. “The food we […]

Cure d’Ars Congregant Su Charles Gets a Taste of Stardom

By Erin Vanderberg Su Charles (or SuCh, as she’s known on stage), a member of the Cure d’Ars community since 2010, just returned from a musical odyssey. She made it to the top 98 out of 112,000 contestants on American Idol, before being cut and sent home. It hurt Su not to make it to […]

Smiley Gives Park Hill Mom Something To Smile About

By Gretchen Mueller I am writing to share my experience of Smiley Middle School with those of you who are now faced with the daunting task of finding the perfect school to house, educate and nurture your fifth grader for the next three years – a choice that raises more questions than it answers. Sometimes […]

A Labor of Love

How Heritage Camps’ Pam Sweetser left her occupation and found her life’s work enriching the cultural lives of adoptive families By Erin Vanderberg In the summer of 1992, the Sweetser family – Dan, Pam and their adopted children, Lacey, from Korea, and Sam, from India – packed up the family car and headed up to […]

Park Hill Moments: Black and White Basement Ball and Auction

On February 25, the Montview Community Preschool and Kindergarten at 1980 Dahlia Street hosted a Black and White Basement Ball and Auction to benefit their tuition assistance program. For more information on the school, visit

Choose Your Denver: Service cuts or a more sustainable budget for the future?

By Councilperson Robin Kniech, At-Large Denver is a great city, but behind the scenes we’ve had to cut more than $440 million dollars over the past four years. Even when the recession is over, the cuts will continue, because we have a structural problem — expenses largely beyond our control like health care for city […]

Crime in the Community

16 residents and an equal number of officers and city officials attended a North Park Hill Violent Crime Community Meeting on February 15th at the GPHC to discuss a recent increase in property crimes and violence. Residents were asked to report property and auto crimes to the District #2 non-emergency number, 720-913-2000. Regarding violent crime, […]

DPS Greater Park Hill/Stapleton Community Committee

Denver Public Schools’ Office of Community Engagement kicked off a series of six community committee meetings on February 7 to provide input to the DPS board on issues relevant to schools in the Greater Park Hill and Stapleton community, with a focus on planning for secondary school feeder patterns with the growth of Stapleton. The […]


The Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) meets quarterly to look at natural and manmade hazards within our communities, with the goal of informing the community on hazards through briefings and lectures and receiving community input. The group is comprised of volunteers from the private sector, government agencies, elected officials and citizens. The public is welcome […]

Boys and Girls Club to Rise at Holly Square

At the site of a 2008 gang fire-bombing, the Anschutz Foundation just awarded a $5 million grant for construction of the Nancy P. Anschutz Boys & Girls Club, slated to be complete in the fall of 2013. Other collaborators on the project – as highlighted in the January issue of the GPHN – are the […]

Pipeline Replacement Project

Xcel contractor Q3 will continue to replace natural gas pipeline around Park Hill through May. Locations include 35th Ave from Glencoe to Oneida Sts; Krameria St from 33rd to 30th Aves; Fairfax, Grape, Hudson, Holly and Jasmine streets, and Monaco Parkway from Martin Luther King Blvd to East 28th Ave. 24-hour hotlines are available for […]

Brothers Redevelopment Paint-A-Thon

The housing nonprofit Brothers Redevelopment is taking applications from income-qualified senior and disabled homeowners in Park Hill who would like their homes painted this summer as part of the agency’s 34th Annual Paint-A-Thon. Since the agency was established in 1971, Brothers has served more than 87,000 households across Colorado and painted nearly 6,600 homes. Recruiting […]

Kate Sultan and the 2012 Old House Fair

By Erin Vanderberg I met Kate Sultan at her kitchen table, a Gus Stickley #634. In 2000, Kate and her husband Ed moved into a 1919 Park Hill bungalow that never had anyone make the mistake of painting the oak trim and began the hunt for furnishings that matched its Craftsman aesthetic. Often, it was […]

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