November 2015

Mary Beth's Memo

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November 5
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November 12
Centerpoint West Community Room
Centerpoint Community Center
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November 19
Einstein Bros Bagels  
Lowry Town Center
Reminder: City offices will be closed on Wednesday, November 11th in observance of Veterans Day and on Thursday, November 26th for Thanksgiving.
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Walkable Urbanism
Dear Friends,

A few weeks ago I held a town hall with special guests Dr. Mark Gelertner and Ken Schroeppel, both with the University of Colorado Denver’s Architecture and Planning Department. They shared a wonderful presentation on “Walkable Urbanism” in the context of what is happening in Denver. (The presentation can be found here.)

The secret is out. Denver is a wonderful place to live and we are seeing extraordinary growth in our population. This growth is putting strain on our neighborhoods. Demographic forecasts suggest Colorado could see 2-3 million new people move to our state over the next two decades with most of them settling in the metro region. This will put additional burdens on our roads, our transportation systems, our housing stock, and our car traffic.

We will have to make difficult decisions relating to density, growth, development and sprawl in order to accommodate this population growth. Our challenge is to direct this growth to areas that can accommodate it while preserving our existing stable neighborhoods.

Walkable Urbanism is a vision that promotes neighborhoods easily traversed on foot or bike. They contain a range of housing and employment opportunities and seek to offer many things a person might need in their daily life in close proximity. These walkable neighborhoods are connected to local and regional transportation systems. We need better inter-city transit. We need better first- and last-mile connections and we need a vastly improved network of sidewalks and bike lanes. Dr. Gelertner and Professor Schroeppel spoke about how these challenges can be turned into opportunities. 

Sustainable Neighborhoods

Congratulations to East Montclair for their entry into Denver Environmental Health’s Sustainable Neighborhoods program! The Sustainable Neighborhoods program helps neighborhoods increase and strengthen their sustainability efforts with help and recognition from the City. East Montclair’s planned efforts include, but are not limited to: organizing neighborhood bike rides and developing a carpool network, hosting workshops on landscaping with native plants, organizing alley and sidewalk clean up days, and looking into options for community solar. I look forward to the great work they will do!

Rake Up, Colorado!

Attention seniors! The 13th annual Rake Up, Colorado! leaf raking event for seniors will be held on Saturday November 14th from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. The event is presented by the Volunteers of America, Safety of Seniors Handyman Program. Volunteers will be assisting limited-income seniors, age 60 and older. Seniors must reside in Adams, Arapahoe, Denver, Douglas and Jefferson counties. Space is limited. To sign up or to volunteer contact Kimberly at 303-297-0408 or

Denver Fire Safety Tips

In 2014, the Denver Fire Department responded to 112,370 emergency calls. As we get into the holiday season DFD offers a few holiday reminders:
  • At home: Test your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms. Blow out candles before leaving the room. Download a home escape plan at and practice with the whole family.
  • Staying at another home or a hotel? Know your emergency exits.
  • On the road: Pull over to the right for sirens and lights. Do not stop in your traffic lane and do not pull over to the left.
  • In the kitchen: Oil and water do not mix! If you have a grease fire on the stove, smother it; do not use water.
  • Planning to fry a turkey? Check out this 2-minute video:
  • Call 911 in emergencies. For nonemergency questions and services, call 311.
  • Online: Follow the Denver Fire Department on Facebook at DenverFireDepartmentCO and on Twitter at @Denver_Fire.

Stompin' Ground Games

For the second month of the Stompin' Ground Games, they're convening at Four Mile Historic Park to celebrate and learn about the diverse mix of neighborhood history and current issues in Southeast Denver: places like Washington-Virginia Vale, Virginia Village, Hilltop, and more. The event is November 14th from 4 to 6 pm. The Four Mile Historic Park is located at 715 S. Forest St.

The Stompin’ Ground Games are a year-long neighborhood Olympics where arts, culture, and history collide in the name of civic pride. They’ll be in a different neighborhood each month and you’ll be entertained by the finest artists and cultural groups our community has to offer.

The theme for this November event is Storytelling. The Games will feature a multi-cultural kids Fashion Show with students from McMeen elementary school, The Narrators, Molina Speaks, art from the Mizel Museum, Picture Me Here, art by Kenny Be, A Little Help, the African Community Center, the Community Language Co-operative, the Transit Alliance, hands-on activities, cookies and more.

There is a suggested donation of $5 or you are encouraged to bring old letters, photos, newspaper clippings, or memorabilia so that Historic Denver can scan them on-site for their collection.

Four Mile Historic Park Parking Lot Improvements

Please join Denver Parks and Recreation and Four Mile Historic Park to discuss future improvements to the parking lot at Grant Family Education Center. Dig Studio has developed a design concept to address more efficient parking of cars and school buses, improved drainage, and stormwater infiltration while using appropriate and maintenance-friendly materials that enhance the image of Four Mile Historic Park.

The meeting will take place at Four Mile Historic Park at 715 S. Forest St on November 10 from 6:00 to 7:00 pm. For more information please contact Adrienne Burton, the East Denver Parks Planner and Project Manager at 720-913-0627 or


As the leaves change colors and fall, make sure they don’t go to waste by falling into a landfill. Let Denver Recycles turn your leaves into compost through the LeafDrop program. Materials collected during LeafDrop are composted and then made available to Denver residents for purchase in May.
WEEKDAY drop-off sites open October 5 – November 30; Monday – Friday, 8:00 am to 2:00 pm. All leaves brought during the week must be in secured bags. Paper bags are preferable.
  • Cherry Creek Transfer Station – 7301 E. Jewell Ave. (Quebec St. & Cherry Creek Dr. South)
  • Havana Nursery – 10450 Smith Rd. (Just south of I-70 on Havana St.)
WEEKEND drop-off sites open  November 7 - November 22; Saturdays and Sundays, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. Dropping off leaves during other times is considered illegal dumping.
  • Cranmer Park – 3rd Ave. & Clermont St.
  • Bruce Randolph High School – E. 40th Ave. & Steele St.
  • South High School – Louisiana Ave. & Franklin St.
  • Cherry Creek Transfer Station – 7301 E. Jewell Ave. (Quebec St. & Cherry Creek Dr. South)
  • Sloan’s Lake Park – 17th Ave. & Sheridan Blvd.
  • Kennedy High School – Newland St. & Brown Pl.
Break the plastic bag habit and use paper bags instead. Denver residents can pick up a free five-pack of paper leaf and yard bags at participating Denver area Ace Hardware stores with a coupon. Visit to print a coupon and see the list of participating Ace Hardware stores.
Help us manage the LeafDrop program by following these guidelines:
  • Drop sites and free Ace Hardware paper bag offer is for Denver residents only.
  • Jack-O-Lanterns and pumpkins will be accepted for composting at drop sites after Halloween.
  • Make sure leaves do not contain branches or other materials.
  • Never rake or blow leaves into the street as this clogs storm sewers and street sweepers.
Denver’s LeafDrop program is sponsored by the Denver Public Works Denver Recycles program, in partnership with A1 Organics. For more information about Denver Recycles’ programs, call 311 (720-913-1311) or visit us online at

Project Homeless Connect

Project Homeless Connect 15 is a free resource fair open to people of all ages who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless that provides services in one place. Community partners will provide free services ranging from medical care, legal help, benefit assistance, clothing, haircuts, hygiene bags and additional services. Denver’s Road Home, Mile High United Way and the City & County of Denver are seeking more than 1000 volunteers to help before, during, and after the event. 

Project Homeless Connect 15 will take place Tuesday, November 17th from 9 am - 3 pm at the Colorado Convention Center in Downtown Denver. For a complete list of PHC 15 volunteer opportunities or to sign up, click here!  

Foster Parents Needed

Currently, Denver Human Services has more than 700 children living in out of home placement and we need people who are interested in providing care for children while they are unable to live at home due to reasons of abuse and/or neglect. DDHS holds informational meetings for those who are interested in learning more about becoming a foster or adoptive parent:
  • Every 2nd Wednesday of the month from 6pm-8pm, DDHS- 1200 Federal Blvd. Denver CO 80204, Room: 1018; and
  • Every 4th Wednesday of the month from 6pm-8pm at the Montbello Recreation Center, 15555 E. 53rd Ave, Denver, CO 80239.
More information on fostering and adoption is available at
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