In This Issue: Paco Sanchez Park; WeCAN on Summer Break; WeCAN Running Club; Dreamers Film Screening; SLOANS Community Garden; Slot Homes; Colorado Dragon Boat Festival; Rodolfo "Corky" Gonzales Library Events; Conversations with Rafael Espinoza; 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 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
Paco Sanchez Park Opens in West Colfax
Dear Friends and Neighbors, 

Paco Sanchez Park at 1290 Knox Ct. opened phase 1 of its new playground in June and it has been an awesome addition to our neighborhood! Right down the street from the Rodolfo "Corky" Gonzales library, its a great space for neighbors to come together, play, and build community. Check it out this summer!


Kind Regards,

Leah Rounds & Dave Justice

WeCAN Co-Presidents

WeCAN Is On Summer Break!

Did you know WeCAN is run on 100% volunteer power? That being said, we're on summer break! WeCAN will not be holding a General Meeting in July. We'll return August 14 with more West Colfax neighborhood news!

Do you like knowing what's happening in your neighborhood? Consider joining the WeCAN Leadership. Join the Business Outreach Committee, Social Events Committee, or become an At-Large Board of Director's Member. Contact us at to get involved.

In the mean time, you can keep up with everything going on in West Colfax all summer long on our events calendar and on Facebook @WeCANDenver.


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

'Dreamers' at Alamo Drafthouse - July 7

Hosted by Rodolfo "Corky" Gonzales Branch Library
Saturday, July 7 at 11 AM - 12:30 PM
Alamo Drafthouse Denver,
4255 W. Colfax Ave.

Alamo Drafthouse and Rodolfo "Corky" Gonzales Branch Library invite you to the screening of "Dreamers," a new documentary produced by Dick Alweis, Laura Peniche, and Miranda Schubert, takes an in-depth look at the lives of five DACA recipients who are struggling to maintain a sense of normalcy in the wake of the fear of losing their DACA.

The screening will be followed by discussion and a Q&A session with DACA recipients. Free event. All ages welcome.

SLOANS Community Garden Steering Committee - July 14

An invitation to join the SLOANS Community Garden Steering Committee from EnviroFinance Group (EFG):

"We are excited to be nearing completion of the SLOANS Community Garden and are seeking experienced and motivated gardeners to spearhead the garden activities year to year.  The garden is located on the north side of Conejos Street between Raleigh and Stuart Streets (4273 W Conejos Place) and has 50 raised bed garden plots ranging in size from 3’x3’ to 5’x7’.  Plots are available to anyone that lives, works or owns a business at SLOANS or in the surrounding West Colfax / South Sloan’s Lake neighborhoods. As a first step, we are looking to form a community steering committee that can take the lead."

If you’d like to be part of a steering committee, please reach out to Sarah ( no later than Monday July 9th.  EFG will host a garden meet & greet on Saturday July 14th, at 9am, please meet us under the pergola at the garden.

In case you missed it: Slot homes are over

On May 7, Denver City Council approved a zoning change to address the proliferation of "slot homes" — sideways-facing rowhomes. The changes will ensure future multi-family infill projects engage the public realm, consider neighborhood character, address human scale, and minimize negative effects on pedestrians and neighboring properties. 

The changes are the result of research and recommendations by city planners and a community task force. Together, the group sought to improve outcomes for neighborhoods while ensuring equity, flexibility and predictability for builders. Learn more at
Colorado Dragon Boat Festival
July 28 & 29 at Sloan's Lake Park


Join Colorado's annual celebration of Asian and Asian American heritage, the biggest pan-Asian Dragon Boat Festival in the US. Learn more abut the performances, food vendors, parking, and activities for the day at

Saturday, July 28, 10:00am-7:00pm &
Sunday, July 29, 10:00am-5:00pm


 Rodolfo "Corky" Gonzales Library 
July Events for Kids and Teens

There are always family friendly, kid and teen activities going on at our neighborhood branch library, Rodolfo "Corky" Gonzalez Library (1498 Irving St.). Come check see what's happening in July. Find a complete calendar of events, including programs for adults at

Boogie Woogie Bunnies with Ann Lincoln, Tuesday, July 3, 1:00 – 3:00pm. For kids ages 5 to 10. A Comedy, Magic & Juggling Show. 

Little Adventures: Q-Tip Art, Thursday, July 5, 10:30 – 11:00am. For ages birth to 5. Enjoy painting with your little one without worrying about your carpet! Learn a new art process (pointillism with cotton swabs!) and have fun.

All Ages Storytime, every Wednesday and Friday, 10:30 – 11:30am. Stories, songs, rhymes and fun for children of all ages and their parents or caregivers. Play and social time immediately follow the program.

Game Day!, every Friday, 2:00 – 5:30pm. For kids and teens. Games and Gaming Game on! Gather around for great board games, ping pong, legos, Wii U and XBOX ONE. No registration required. Free snacks! 

Cuentacuentos en Español, todo Sabado, 2:00 – 3:00pm. Cuentos, canciones, rimas y diversión para niños de todas las edades y sus padres o cuidadores.

Teen Advisory Board Meeting, Monday, July 9, 5:00 – 6:00pm. For teen ages 11-18. Help plan our teen events! Meet us in the teen area and we'll eat while we figure out our next event.

ROBLOX Club, Monday, July 9, 6:00 – 7:00pm. For teen ages 11-18. Each month we'll be playing a different game in ROBLOX. Two of our very own TAB members will choose the game and a winner or MVP will receive a Roblox gift card.

Instrument Petting Zoo, Tuesday, July 10, 1:00 – 3:00pm. For kids ages 5 to 10. Join us for an “instrument petting zoo” with Swallow Hill Music! Explore ukuleles, toy pianos, and more.

Little Adventures: Circus Science and Magic, Thursday, July 12, 10:30 – 11:00am. For ages birth to 5 accompanied by an adult. It’s never too early to learn about science! This energetic presentation will use magic and acrobatics to make science concepts accessible to our youngest learners.

Botanic Gardens Strange and Unusual Plants, Tuesday, July 17, 1:00 – 2:00pm. For ages 5 to 10. Description Discover the wacky ways plants like the Venus Fly Trap and others have adapted to survive. Plant your own strange and unusual plant.

Little Adventures: Storytime Yoga, Thursday, July 19, 10:30 – 11:00am. For ages birth to 5 accompanied by an adult. A yoga session for babies, toddlers, preschoolers, and caregivers! We’ll bring a story to life with simple yoga poses. No experience necessary-- this is just for fun!

SOA Teens Program: Denver Zine Library, Friday, July 20, 2:00 – 3:00pm. For teen ages 11-18. This zine-making workshop will give participants the tools they need to get their ideas, drawings, and stories on paper. All participants will leave the workshop with a mini-zine of their own!

Little Adventures: Man of 1000 Songs with Rob Wivchar, Thursday, July 26, 10:30 – 11:00am. For ages birth to 5 accompanied by an adult. Using vocals, acoustic guitar and harmonica, The Man of 1000 Songs will present children’s classics, Disney tunes and classic rock.

SOA Teens Craft: Dotted Mugs, Friday, July 27, 2:00 – 3:30pm. For teen ages 11-18. Be an artist! Learn to design unique mugs that you can gift to friends and family. 

Learn coding with Bitsbox, Saturday, July 28, 2:00 – 3:00pm. For ages 8 to 12. Write your own computer coding and create simple games. It’s easier than you think!

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 June.

Friday, July 6th: 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Common Grounds Coffeehouse, 2139 W 44th Ave.

Friday, July 13th: 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Denver Metro Village, 1523 Quitman St.

Wednesday, July 18th: 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Bookbar, 4280 Tennyson St.

Friday, July 27th: 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Sapor Coffee & Concepts, 2795 Speer Blvd. #17

For any last-minute schedule changes please check:

West Colfax in the News
JULY 2018

WeCAN is on
Summer Break!

No General Meeting this Month

West Colfax
Events Calendar

July 2018

2  WeCAN Running Club @Seedstock Brewery, 3610 W Colfax Ave, 6:30pm 

*WeCAN Running Club meets every Monday!

"Dreamers" film screening, Alamo Drafthouse, 4255 W. Colfaxe Ave., 11:00am

11 City & County of Denver Parks and Recreation Revised Alcohol Policy Public Hearing, 201 W Colfax Ave, Room 4.F.6, 5:30pm

14 SLOANS Community Garden Steering Committee, 4273 W Conejos Pl, 9:00am

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

16-20 Extra Trash Pick-up NORTH of Colfax Ave.

22 Independencia del Peru, Sloan's Lake Park, 9:00am

23-27  Extra Trash Pick-up SOUTH of Colfax Ave.

28 Colorado Dragon Boat Festival, Sloan's Lake Park, 10:00am 

29 Colorado Dragon Boat Festival, Sloan's Lake Park, 10:00am 

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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