In This Issue: No December General Meeting, Amazon Smile to Support WeCAN, Earthlinks Inc. Holiday Sale, Strong, Smart & Bold Beans Holiday Catalog, Denver Composting Program, Conversations with Councilman Espinoza, District 1 Holiday Open House, WeCAN Running Club, 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
No WeCAN General Meeting in December
Dear Friends and Neighbors, 

A huge THANK YOU to all the neighbors who came out for our Movie Night at the Alamo Drafthouse and Social Hour at Barfly in November. 
And a quick reminder that WeCAN will not hold a General Meeting in December. See you on January 9, 2018 for a presentation from Alamo Drafthouse and for the House District 4 candidate forum. 


Kind Regards,

Nadia Hafeez Patrick & Leah Rounds

WeCAN Co-Presidents

Shop Amazon Smile and Support WeCAN

Doing some holiday shopping this month? Shop through Amazon Smile and choose the West Colfax Association of Neighbors as your beneficiary. Shop and a small donation goes to WeCAN with every purchase.

Earthlinks, Inc. 6th Annual Holiday Open House & Sale December 8 & 9

Earthlinks, Inc. is hosting its sixth annual Holiday Open House, a community holiday celebration and “buy local” gift market; held on Friday, Dec 8th 12:30pm to 6:30pm and Saturday, December 9th from 10:00am to 3:00pm.  Participants will also be holding a sale of their own to showcase personal arts and crafts that will be cash only. EarthLinks’ craft workshop is located at 2746 W 13th Avenue in Denver  80204.

EarthLinks staff and board members will be on hand to visit over tea, snacks, live music. Participants from the EarthLinks Workshop Program – adults who are currently or formerly homeless – look forward to this opportunity to present their beautiful, Earth-friendly craft products for purchase as one of a kind holiday gifts with a mission.

Strong, Smart & Bold Beans Holiday Catalog and NEW Location

Strong, Smart & Bold Beans is a social enterprise coffee business owned and operated by Girls Inc. of Metro Denver.

Strong, Smart & Bold Beans was founded in March 2015 to give girls the opportunity to learn about entrepreneurship, social enterprise, and small business while creating a means of economic independence.

For the first two-and-a-half years of operation, Strong, Smart & Bold Beans was located at the Rodolfo "Corky" Gonzales Branch Library - just a block from Girls Inc. of Metro Denver.

Strong, Smart & Bold Beans is NOW OPEN at the new STEAM on the Platte development at 1401 Zuni Street. The coffee shop is open from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. In addition to coffee, espresso beverages, and tea, you can now enjoy breakfast sandwiches, grilled paninis, salads, and more at Bold Beans.

You can support a non-profit right here in the West Colfax neighborhood this holiday season by shopping from the Bold Beans Store.

Denver Expands Compost Program
to Offer Service to Every Neighborhood

All neighborhoods citywide are now eligible for compost collection service – Denver Public Works has expanded its program this year to help increase Denver’s current recycling and composting rate of 20 percent to 34 percent by 2020.
Residents who sign up for the Denver Composts program will receive a large green compost cart and a two-gallon kitchen pail to collect organic material like food, non-recyclable paper and yard debris for composting. Denver Public Works has found that 19 percent of what most residents throw away is food waste, while 17 percent is yard debris.
Denver residents can call 311 to sign up for service for the new routes or go to

The Denver Composts program is a fee-based service and residents have two options for payment: a quarterly payment plan of $29.25 every three months or a one-time payment of $107 for the entire year. (There is a discount for paying annually.)

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 December:

Friday, December 1st: 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. at Common Grounds Coffeehouse, 2139 W 44th Ave.

Friday, December 8th: 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. at Huckleberry Roasters, 4301 N Pecos St

Friday, December 15th: 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. at Scheitler Recreation Center, 5031 W 46th Ave

Friday, December 22nd: 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. at Allegro Coffee Roasters, 4040 Tennyson 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!

District 1 Holiday Open House 
Hosted by Rafael Espinoza, Denver District 1 Councilman
  Wednesday, December 6 at 4 PM - 7 PM
  Willis Case Golf Course, 4999 Vrain St, Denver, CO 80212

Come Celebrate the Holidays at the Denver District 1 Holiday Open House! Join us for light refreshments and Santa will be available for photos from 4:30 to 6:30pm.

Facebook Event Link:
West Colfax in the News
There's always something happening in West Colfax; here are a few recent headlines.

Home values are spiking wildly in west Denver. Are hundreds of backyard cottages part of the affordability solution? From Denver Post, November 29, 2017.

Denver's Colfax Avenue is jammed with history, freaks, neon. From the LA Times, November 20, 2017.

Juan Padro on Puerto Rico: "I Learned the Importance of Doing Something." From Westword, November 17, 2017.

Would-be buyers say they waited 18 months for homes to be built, then sale fell through. From The Denver Channel, November 13, 2017.
WeCAN will NOT meet in December

We are on winter break!

Join us Tuesday January 9, 2018 for our next General Meeting
West Colfax
Events Calendar

December 2017

Conversations in the Community with Councilman Espinoza, @Common Grounds Coffeehouse, 2139 W. 44th Ave., 9:00-11:00am

Championship Saturday, Sports Authority Field @Mile High, 11:00am-5:00pm

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

4-8  Extra Trash Pick-up NORTH of Colfax Ave.

6  District 1 Holiday Open House, 4999 Vrain St., 4:00-7:00pm

8  Conversations in the Community with Councilman Espinoza, Huckleberry Roasters, 4301 N Pecos St., 9:30-11:30am

8  Earthlinks Holiday Open House, 2746 W. 13th Ave., 12:30-6:30pm 

9  Earthlinks Holiday Open House, 2746 W. 13th Ave., 10:00am-3:00pm

10  Broncos Game, Sports Authority Field @Mile High, 2:05pm

11-15 Extra Trash Pick-up SOUTH of Colfax Ave.

15  Conversations in the Community with Councilman Espinoza, Scheitler Rec Center, 5031 W 46th Ave., 9:00-11:00am

18  Denver Police District 1 Citizens Advisory Group (CAG), District 1 Station, 1311 W. 46th Ave., 6:00pm

22  Conversations in the Community with Councilman Espinoza, Allegro Coffee Roasters, 4040 Tennyson St., 9:00-11:00am

31  Broncos Game, Sports Authority Field @Mile High, 2:05pm

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.
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