In This Issue: Volunteer Opportunities in 2018; January 9 General Meeting: House District 4 Candidate Forum, ideaLABS at Gonzales Library and Slot Home Task Force; WeCAN Running Club; DPS PSA on Auto-Theft; Conversations with Councilman Espinoza; Celebrating Community Coming Together; West Colfax in the News
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The West Colfax
Association of Neighbors(WeCAN) 
is the Registered Neighborhood Organization (RNO) for the neighbors who live, work, or own property in the West Colfax neighborhood.
WeCAN meets the second Tuesday of every month, 6:00pm, in the main hall of the Confluence Ministries building, 1400 Quitman Street.
Bringing Neighbors Together to Build Community
Happy New Year Neighbors
Dear Friends and Neighbors, 

2017 was a busy year in West Colfax! WeCAN...

WeCAN held 9 General Membership meetings in 2017, helping to educate neighbors on the issues here in West Colfax. Topics included...
  • Sustainability workshops, including Master Composting and Gardening
  • Updates from the West Colfax Food CoopLittle Man Ice Cream, Girls Inc., Even Stevens, Bienvenidos Food Bank, and Earthlinks
  • Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design and regular updates from DPD District 1 Community Resource Officer Bob Anderson
  • Panel discussions on Denver Ordinance 300 - social marijuana use and Lakewood Gulch Safety & Homeless Outreach
  • Housing development projects coming into the neighborhood.
  • Introductions to local school principals.
  • Updates from West Colfax representatives, including Rafael Espinoza, Paul Lopez, and Dan Pabon
  • Information on ballot issues voters faced this year, including the Denver GO Bond

WeCAN is looking forward to bringing all of these things back to West Colfax in 2018, and hope you will be a part of them! 

Kind Regards,

Leah Rounds & Dave Justice

WeCAN Co-Presidents

Volunteer Opportunities in 2018

Meet some neighbors and help out right here in your West Colfax neighborhood. Here's a snap shot of what is coming in 2018 for WeCAN and other ways you can get involved.

  • West Colfax Clean-up Days in May and October
  • Tree planting in April
  • Colfax Water Station in May
  • Join the Social Planning Committee: We need neighbors to help plan our Barfly Social Hour and other special events that come up during the year.
  • Join our Board of Directors: If you like knowing what's happening in the neighborhood and being part of the voice to move it forward, considering becoming an At-Large Board Member.

Please reach out to or with any questions or to get involved.
At our January 9th General Meeting
House District 4 Candidate Forum

The House District 4 primaries are this spring. WeCAN is bringing a candidate forum to the January 9th meeting; each candidate will have an opportunity to introduce themselves and there will be time for Q&A. Learn more about the candidates on the WeCAN blog by clicking the button below:
House District 4 Candidate Bios
New ideaLABS coming to Rodolfo "Corky" Gonzales Library

Denver Public Library has been opening ideaLABs across branches for 4 years now, with spaces at the Central, Montbello, Hampden and Hadley libraries - and one opening on the first floor of the Rodolfo "Corky" Gonzales Branch Library in late 2018.

What are ideaLABs? They are makerspaces: free community spaces to make things, for people of all ages. Do you need to produce videos, repair something, make jewelry, sew, or learn about electronics?  The ideaLABs aim provide the tools, resources, and community you need to make your projects happen. 

What are the things you're already making at home? What could we have at the library that would let you take that to the next level? Would you like access to sewing machines? Access to a laser cutter or 3D printer? Are there specialized tools you've always wanted to lay your hands on? Please let us know - we'll be come to the January 9 General Meeting to provide feedback! Or leave feedback through a form at

Slot Home Task Force Presentation

The Slot Home Task Force is about to make its final recommendation and will have draft language ready for public review in January. Senior City Planner for the City and County of Denver, Analiese Hock, who is the lead planner for the task force, will be at our January 9 meeting to give an update. Learn more at

WeCAN Running Club, Mondays, 6:30pm
@Seedstock Brewery

Denver Police Department's PSA on Auto-Theft;

'Don't Puff and Take Your Stuff'
Those are two of the very simple tips that can help protect you from becoming a victim of auto theft or theft from motor vehicle. DPD's Lt. Darrel Miller has teamed up with Rocky Mountain Insurance Information Association’s Carole Walker to break down how easy it is to protect your stuff and your vehicle – WATCH NOW!

Conversations in the Community with Councilman Rafael Espinoza

City Council District 1 Representative, Rafael Espinoza, hosts several Conversations in the Community every month. This is an opportunity to chat and ask questions of one of the West Colfax Representatives. Here is the schedule for January

Friday, January 5th: 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Common Grounds Coffeehouse, 2139 W 44th Ave.

Friday, January 12th: 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Pinwheel Coffee, 3659 Navajo St.

Wednesday, January 17th: 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Tenn Street Coffee, 4418 Tennyson St.

Friday, January 26th: 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Highland Recreation Center, 2880 Osceola St.

The West Colfax neighborhood is represented by Councilman Espinoza in District 1 and Councilman Lopez in District 3. Please reference the map to see who your Denver City Council Representative is!

Celebrating Community Coming Together

Bienvenidos Food Bank operates a mobile pantry here in West Colfax. Even Stevens moved into West Colfax just months ago. Read more here about how these two organizations have teamed up to help our neighbors.
West Colfax in the News
There's always something happening in West Colfax; here are a few recent headlines.

Sloans includes 13 projects that are already changing West Colfax from Denverite, December 17, 2017.

zavvie Reveals Colorado’s Hottest Neighborhoods with ‘Hot Hoodz’ from GlobeNewswire, December 13, 2017.

The Six Best Events on the Culinary Calendar This Week from The Westword, December 11, 2017.

How Can We Fix The City’s Worsening Architecture? from 5280, November 27, 2017.
WeCAN General Meeting

Tuesday January 9, 2018


1400 Quitman St., main hall


6:00-6:35: House District 4 candidate Forum, Introductions and Q&A

6:35-6:45: Slot Home Task Force Presentation
6:45-6:50: DPD District 1 Community Resource Officer, Bob Anderson

6:50-7:00: Rodolfo "Corky" Gonzalez Library ideaLABS
West Colfax
Events Calendar

January 2018
6  Plan with Us - Planning 101, Rodolfo "Corky" Gonzales Library, 1498 Irving St., 2:00pm

7 Sunday Family Craft, Rodolfo "Corky" Gonzales Branch Library, 1498 Irving St., 2:00pm. *Every Sunday in January

8  WeCAN Running Club @Seedstock Brewery, 3610 W Colfax Ave, 6:30pm 
*WeCAN Running Club every Monday.

9  WeCAN General Meeting, 1400 Quitman St., 6:00pm

15-19  Extra Trash Pick-up SOUTH of Colfax Ave.

17  WeCAN Board of Directors Meeting, 1400 Quitman St., 6:00pm
22  Podcasting Basics, Rodolfo "Corky" Gonzales Branch Library, 1498 Irving St., 6:00pm.

29-2/2 Extra Trash Pick-up NORTH of Colfax Ave.
15  Denver Police District 1 Citizens Advisory Group (CAG), District 1 Station, 1311 W. 46th Ave., 6:00pm

Find a complete calendar of West Colfax events at our Events Calendar.

Know of an event happening in West Colfax or the surrounding neighborhoods? Please share your events with us at or call 303-578-6263 and we’ll add them to the WeCAN calendar.
The West Colfax Association of Neighbors (WeCAN) acts as community stewards to connect neighbors with information, resources, and one another in the West Colfax neighborhood. WeCAN brings awareness and a voice to issues facing our historic but fast-changing community, develops and leads award-winning sustainability and community-building projects, and works to enhance our neighborhood while preserving the unique character and diversity of West Colfax.
Copyright © 2018 West Colfax Association of Neighbors, All rights reserved.

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