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In This Issue: Public Art Installation, Free and Low Cost Trees, Running Club, Free Yoga Classes, “Face 2 Face” Emergency Preparedness
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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

Please Note: This month’s General Membership Meeting is being changed to the THIRD TUESDAY for just this month, February 21, 2017.

West Colfax Wins the PS You Are Here Grant for Community Arts Installation

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

WeCAN is excited to share that the West Colfax Neighborhood won a P.S. You Are Here Grant award to install a community arts installation from a local artist! WeCAN has partnered with a local musician, Michael McKee, to implement a community arts installation in the Lakewood Gulch! According to Mayor Michael Hancock, the P.S. You Are Here Grant seeks to strengthen public spaces in Denver and promote vibrant communities as a destination to live, work, and play. Eight projects are awarded each year. Our project was chosen because of our desire to use this project to activate a crucial community resource, as well as to celebrate the diversity of our community.

The installation will place 50 wind chimes in strategic sequence throughout the Lakewood Gulch, stretching from Federal Boulevard to Sheridan Boulevard.  Chimes will be rung by a metal clapper in concert with kinetic movement past them, be it the light rail train, bikers, or the wind.  Each chime structure will rise approximately eight feet above the ground and will be partly hidden by the tall grass in the Gulch.  They will be built in a durable fashion to facilitate active interaction with neighborhood children and withstand the impact of inclement weather. As patrons of the Gulch pass through the installation, they will hear different pitches in succession (melody) or together (chords).

Neighborhood artists and children will be invited to decorate the wind chime structures, and neighborhood-based musicians will compose pitch progressions. WeCAN and Mr. McKee are planning a series of events at local schools to decorate the structures later this spring. Please come to the WeCAN General Membership meeting on February 21st to learn more about the project and how you can get involved. We will need donations of materials and tools to make the project successful (list forthcoming). We are very excited to move forward with such an exciting project, which demonstrates the City’s commitment to the vibrancy of our neighborhood.

Kind Regards,

Nadia Hafeez Patrick & Leah Rounds
WeCAN Co-Presidents

Prototype chime for the "Voices" art installation.
Click Here to See More Renderings (PDF)

Next General Membership Meeting – February 21, 2017

Please Note: This month’s General Membership Meeting is being changed to the THIRD TUESDAY for just this month, February 21, 2017.

Lisa Gedgaudas and Brendan Picker-Mahoney from Denver Arts & Venue, project creator and local musician Michael McKee, and WeCAN’s chair for this project Megan Yonke will be at our General Membership meeting to present on the exciting community arts installation coming to West Colfax! The Denver Arts & Venue will be there to share information on the PS You Are Here Program and why this project was chosen. Michael McKee and Megan Yonke will discuss more specifics of the project and how neighbors can get involved. WeCAN wants to include neighborhood schools, organizations, and individuals in this project, from building to design to installation. Please attend our February 21st meeting to learn how you can get involved in this project.

Rocky Mountain Communities (RMC), a Colorado non-profit that works to bring affordable housing to Colorado residents, will be at our February 21st meeting to share plans for redeveloping their housing community at 1699 Hooker St. President of RMC, Richard Taft and  Bruce O’Donnell of Starboard Realty Group will at our General Membership meeting to present information and renderings of the Townview Community planned for the site and to answer any questions you may have on the project.

And as always, WeCAN will share neighborhood events and Community Resource Officer Bob Anderson will be at the meeting to share crime statistics and answer your questions and concerns.

FREE and LOW-COST TREES available through Denver Digs Trees

The Denver Digs Trees program through The Park People helps residents cultivate greener, healthier, more livable communities. It has provided more than 49,000 free and low-cost trees to Denver residents over the past 30 years. West Colfax has been designated as a Target Neighborhood, providing yard trees for only $10! Trees are now available for planting both on public and private property. Learn more about this program and apply for your trees at http://www.theparkpeople.org/Programs/DenverDigsTrees.aspx

WeCAN Running Club @Seedstock Brewery


The WeCAN Running Club has been going strong with over 50 neighbors participating and over 700 miles run! We average 10-20 runners of all levels every week, so you’re sure to find someone to run with. We have recently started our Frequent Runners program, a 16oz. pint glass for 16 runs! Congratulations to Jason and Steve on their 16th run! You can come start earning your runs towards the prize this Monday, and every Monday. The WeCAN Running Club meets every Monday at Seedstock Brewery (3610 W Colfax Ave) at 6:20pm for a run around Sloan’s Lake, then returns for a 2 for 1 beer! This is a fun run and all ability levels are welcome; contact our organizer Steve at esteban_redondo@yahoo.com if you have any questions.

FREE Yoga Classes @Seedstock Brewery This Month

“Fermented Flow” is a free all-levels yoga class taught by West Colfax neighbor Molly Jo Stanley. Classes will start at 10:00am on Saturday, February 11 and Saturday, February 25 at Seedstock Brewery (3610 W. Colfax Ave.). Afterwards, Seedstock will be offering class participants a $3.50 draft beer.

“Face 2 Face” Emergency Preparedness Program - How CDOT Handles Highway Emergencies

You are invited to participate in the “Face 2 Face” preparedness program.  This program is sponsored by the Mayor’s Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security, Denver's CERT Program, the National Weather Service and the ARES District supporting the City and County of Denver

The monthly “Face to Face” meeting is a two hour informational program open to the general public. These meetings occur on the 2nd Tuesday of each month and are aimed at increasing your knowledge in emergency/disaster preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation of local hazards. 

Presenter:  Kevin R. Devine: I-25 Corridor Operations Manager, Colorado Department of Transportation

Kevin has been with CDOT since September of 2013. He was involved in the 2013 Big Thompson Flood Operations as Safety Officer. He is currently the Highway Incident Commander for CDOT’s Region 1.

Topic: The I-25 and I-70 Corridors covering I-25 from Ft Collins to Fountain and I-70 from Golden to the Kansas state line and how CDOT handles highway emergencies.

When: February 14, 2017, 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Where: Cook Park Recreation Center, 7100 Cherry Creek S., Denver CO

FEBRUARY 2017
VOLUME 8 ISSUE 2
Next Meeting:

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

6:00-7:00pm
1400 Quitman St.

Agenda:

6:00-6:05: WeCAN Announcements

6:05-6:10: DPD Community Resource Officer Bob Anderson

6:10-6:40: PS You Are Here Grant Community Arts Installation presentation from Lisa Gedgaudas and Brendan Picker-Mahoney of the Denver Arts & Venues, Michael McKee, local musician, and Megan Yonke, WeCAN project chair

6:40-7:00: Townview Community low-income housing project, Richard Taft, President of Rocky Mountain Communities, and Bruce O’Donnell of Starboard Realty Group

West Colfax
Neighborhood
Events Calendar

 
February 2017

 

1       SLOANS Block 9 Development Update, 1523 Quitman St, 6:00-7:00pm.


2&3     Councilman Rafael Espinoza, District 1, Office Hours: Thursdays 1:00-5:00pm and Fridays 9:00am-5:00pm at the NW Denver Cop Shop, 5094 W Colfax Ave.


6       WeCAN Running Club @Seedstock Brewery (3610 W Colfax Ave), 6:20pm *The WeCAN Running Club meets every Monday.


6-10    Extra Trash Pick-up south of Colfax Ave.


11     “Fermented Flow” free yoga class, @Seedstock Brewery (3610 W Colfax Ave), 10:00am


14     “Face 2 Face” preparedness program, 7100 Cherry Creek S Dr, 6:00-8:00pm.


15     WeCAN Board of Directors Meeting, 1400 Quitman St., 6:00-7:30pm


16     Councilman Paul Lopez, District 3, Office Hours: Third Thursdays of the month, 3:30-6:30pm at the Rodolfo “Corky” Gonzales Library, 1498 Irving St.


20     Denver Police Department District 1 Commanders Advisory Group, 1311 W. 46th Ave., 6:00pm


21     WeCAN General Membership Meeting, 1400 Quitman St., 6:00-7:00pm


25     “Fermented Flow” free yoga class, @Seedstock Brewery (3610 W Colfax Ave), 10:00am


27-March 3   Extra Trash Pick-up north of Colfax Ave.

 

Find a complete calendar of West Colfax events at www.wecandenver.org/meetings-events.

Know of an event happening in West Colfax or the surrounding neighborhoods? Please share your events with us at info@wecandenver.org or call 303-578-6263 and we’ll add them to the WeCAN calendar.

West Colfax
In The News


 

Things are always happening in West Colfax; here are a few recent headlines:


Developers prepare makeover for Sloan’s Lake Block from BusinessDen, January 24, 2017. http://www.businessden.com/2017/01/24/developers-prepare-makeover-for-sloans-lake-block/


Hard edges of Denver’s West Colfax begin to “soften” — and 2017 may bring more change, faster from Denverite, January 11, 2017. http://www.denverite.com/denver-west-colfax-development-alamo-drafthouse-sloans-lake-26562/


375 apartments planned just west of downtown Denver
from the Denver Business Journal, December 30, 2016. http://www.bizjournals.com/denver/news/2016/12/30/375-apartments-planned-just-west-of-downtown.html

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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