In This Issue: Ordinance 300, CPTED Training, Bienvenidos Food Drive, WeCAN Board Elections, Running Club, CPR Training, SLOANS Update, Denver LeafDrop
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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

On the Ballot: Ordinance 300, Public Consumption of Marijuana

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Election season is upon us and one of the lesser-known boxes on the ballot this year is Ordinance 300. This ordinance proposes that Denver residents approve the public use of marijuana in specially permitted locations. Although Ordinance 300 does specify that the permitted locations cannot be within 1000 feet of a school, there are few other regulatory fail safes put into place. For example, the ordinance states that an eligible neighborhood organization may approve or object to the issuance of a permit. However, a registered neighborhood organization such as WeCAN would not get notice that an application has been filed. This is a drastic departure from the current way that liquor and marijuana licenses are currently granted in the city of Denver. We encourage you to read the summary of Ordinance 300 contained in your blue book and make an informed decision.  If you have any further questions, please contact the office of Councilman Paul Lopez at 720-337-3333.

Kind Regards,

Nadia Hafeez Patrick & Leah Rounds
WeCAN Co-Presidents

Our Next General Membership Meeting is November 8th

DPD District 1 Community Resource Officer, Bob Anderson, will be at our next general membership meeting to give a Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) Training. CPTED is a multi-disciplinary approach designed to deter criminal behavior through environmental design, such as strategically using shrubbery and other landscaping to deter potential break-ins. Come learn from Officer Anderson about steps you can take to help protect your home and property.

Sara Davis of the City of Denver's Office of the City Forester and our local arboreal inspector Jeff Meyer will be presenting on the ‘Be A Smart Ash’ program and Emerald Ash Borer Prevention & Treatment at our November 8th General Membership Meeting. Meet our designated arboreal inspector and learn what he can do for us, and have all your tree questions answered! Learn more about the program at

Annual WeCAN Food Drive to Benefit Bienvenidos Food Bank

WeCAN will once again be collecting food and monetary donations for Bienvenidos Food Bank at our November General Meeting, Tuesday, November 8th. For every $1 donated, Bienvenidos can provide $9 worth of food. Bienvenidos Food Bank operates a mobile food pantry on the 3rd Thursday of the month, 10:30am-Noon (January-October) right here in the West Colfax neighborhood at the VFW Building at 4747 W. Colfax Ave. Director of the Bienvenidos Food Bank, Greg Pratt, will be at this month’s general meeting to present on the work the organization does. You can learn more about Bienvenidos Food Bank at

WeCAN Board of Directors Election for 2017

At this month’s general membership meeting we will vote on a new WeCAN Board of Directors for 2017. Please join us to meet the candidates and approve our leadership for next year. If you would like to volunteer to be a part of the WeCAN Board or serve on a Committee, please contact our Co-Presidents and

Nominees for 2017 WeCAN Board of Directors:

Nadia Patrick, Co-President
Leah Rounds, Co-President
Dave Justice, Vice President
Cindy Gallard, Treasurer
Michael Hentrich, Secretary
Diana & Jim Dietvorst, At-Large
Megan Yonke, At-Large
Truman Bradley, At-Large

WeCAN Running Club

The WeCAN Running Club is going strong! A huge thank you to Seedstock Brewery for hosting our event! The WeCAN Running Club meets every Monday at Seedstock Brewery (3610 W Colfax Ave) at 6:15pm 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 us if you have any questions at Come by this Monday for a chance to meet some neighbors, get in shape, and have a beer!

Come Join Us on Mondays at Seedstock for the WeCAN Running Club

American Red Cross Certified First Aid, CPR, and AED Training, November 12th

Confluence Ministries is hosting an American Red Cross Certified First Aid, CPR, and AED Training. Chief Gallegos, founder of Remain Safe!, will be providing training. There is a $55 fee for the course, normally $99.

When: Saturday, November 12, 2016, 1:45-6:30pm
Where: Confluence Ministries, 1400 Quitman St.
RSVP: Call 303-483-8509 or contact on

SLOANS / St. Anthony's Redevelopment Community Meeting, November 2nd

Neighbors are invited to a community meeting on the SLOANS / St. Anthony's redevelopment project on November 2nd.  Developers of Block 3 will share their plans for this block and for the Kuhlman Building. Denver Urban Renewal Authority (DURA) is also seeking Tax Increment Financing (TIF) for Block 3 and will be presenting.

The new Alexan Sloan’s Lake apartment building (Block 5) has offered us the use of their community room, so this meeting is onsite. The community room is near the northeast corner of Raleigh St. and W Conejos Pl. (near the leasing office). See below for more details or visit

SLOANS Block 3 Development Update:
When: Wednesday, November 2, 2016, 5:30-7:00 PM
Where: Alexan Sloan’s Lake Community Room – 1550 Raleigh St. (Block 5)


5:30-5:45         Welcome and general SLOANS update
5:45-6:15         Overview of Block 3 plan
6:15-6:45         DURA
6:45-7:00         Q&A and Feedback

Denver LeafDrop 2016, Compost Your Leaves at Free Drop Sites

Denver LeafDrop is back. Compost your leaves (and jack o' lanterns) at one of Denver Recycles’ LeafDrop sites. By participating in the LeafDrop program you can make less trash, keep our streets clean and help to make compost for Denver Recycles’ Annual Mulch Giveaway & Compost Sale in May. Leaves can be dropped off at Sloan's Lake (17th & Sheridan) between 11am-3pm on November 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, and 20. Learn more about the program at

Next Meeting:

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

1400 Quitman St.


6:00-6:05: WeCAN Announcements and Board of Directors Elections

6:05-6:10: Greg Pratt, Director of the Bienvenidos Food Bank

6:10-6:45: Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) Training by DPD District 1 Community Resource Officer, Bob Anderson

6:45-7:00: Sara Davis and Jeff Meyer from the City of Denver's Office of the City Forester present on ‘Be A Smart Ash’ and Emerald Ash Borer Prevention & Treatment

West Colfax
Events Calendar

November 2016

2 - SLOANS / St. Anthony's Redevelopment Community Meeting, Alexan Sloan’s Lake Community Room -1550 Raleigh St., 5:30-7:00pm.

3&4 - 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 - Denver Pancreatic Cancer Research Walk, Sloan’s Lake Park, 7:00am,

6 - Daylight Savings Time Ends, clocks fall back one hour

7 - WeCAN Running Club, Seedstock Brewery (3610 W Colfax Ave), 6:30pm *The WeCAN Running Club meets every Monday

7-11 - Extra Trash Pick-up by Denver Waste Management

8 - Land Use, Transportation, and Infrastructure Committee Meeting for the rezoning of 1209 Perry St., 1437 Bannock St. room 391, 10:30am

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

8 - Election Day

12 - American Red Cross Certified First Aid, CPR, and AED Training, 1400 Quitman St., 1:45-6:30pm

14 - Public Hearing Notification for the Rezoning of 1007-1095 Julian St. & 1030-1090 Knox Ct., Villa Park neighborhood, 1437 Bannock St. room 451, 5:30pm

15 - Historic Denver: The Right Mix, 2945 Julian St., 6:30pm,

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

17 - 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.

19 - Mayor Michael Hancock’s Cabinet in the Community, location TBD, 9:00am

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

27 - Denver Broncos game, Sports Authority Field, 2:30pm

Find a complete calendar of West Colfax events at

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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