In This Issue: Thank you volunteers; Thank you sponsors; Summer break; WeCAN running club; Neighborhood festival; Library events; Discover Denver; Colfax viaduct tour; Earthinks summer salsa; Colorado dragon boat festival;  Backyard compost; 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
Dear Friends and Neighbors, 

Thank you to all the West Colfax neighbors who came out to volunteer for the June 1st Clean-up Day! We had a successful day of cleaning up alleys, community gardens and helping with some residential home projects. A special thanks to Extreme Community Makeover for organizing this event twice a year in West Colfax. And save the date, the next West Colfax clean-up day will be October 5th. Read more and see pictures of the day here.

Kind Regards,

Leah Rounds & Jessica Dominguez

WeCAN Co-Presidents

Thank You Sponsors!

Your West Colfax business can become an annual sponsor of WeCAN and partner with us to help make West Colfax a better place to live, work, dine, and shop. Sponsorship is available to businesses at the levels listed on our website

Interested in becoming a future WeCAN sponsor? Contact Leah@wecandenver or start online at

WeCAN is on Summer Break!
Did you know WeCAN is run on 100% volunteer power? We are West Colfax residents just like you! That being said, we're ready for a summer break! WeCAN will not be holding a General Meeting in July. We'll return August 13 for our next General Meeting.

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 at Seedstock Brewery

The WeCAN Running Club will continue meeting all summer long! Come out every Monday at 6:30pm for a lap around Sloan's Lake before returning to Seedstock Brewery for a bogo beer!

Save the Date! West Colfax Neighborhood Festival 

August 3, 2019
Cheltenham Elementary - 1580 Julian St.


This Month at the Rodolfo "Corky" Gonzales Library 

Learn more at the Rodolfo "Corky" Gonzales website

Volunteers Needed
Support Denver Public Library Efforts to Connect Individuals with Affordable Rental Housing

The Rodolfo “Corky” Gonzales Library will be offering great learning opportunities to volunteers interested in helping individuals connect with affordable rental housing options.
Come join our team! Your time, skills and service can really make a difference!

Volunteers will be trained on how to help individuals identify affordable rental housing opportunities, complete, and submit applications as part of housing application workshops which will be held the third Wednesday of each month from 3:00-5:30pm, beginning on July 24, 2019, volunteers must attend an initial training, agree to a background check, and be willing to make a 6-month commitment.

For more information or to apply to volunteer, please contact Jaime Rico, Community Resource Specialist, at (720) 865-2361, or

Request for Nominations - Denver Public Library Latino Community Service Awards

The Denver Public Library is currently seeking nominations for the Latino Awards. The Latino Awards honor community members who have made a deep and lasting impact on the community. Award winners are selected by a committee consisting of library commissioners, community members and staff. Nominations are due Friday, July 26, 2019.

Award winners will be celebrated at an awards presentation on Saturday, September 21, 2019, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. at the Rodolfo “Corky” Gonzales Branch Library. The event is free and open to the public.

Read more about these awards here, and nominate someone here.

Discover Denver Citywide Building Survey Moves to West Colfax

What makes buildings in West Colfax special?  Discover Denver, a project focused on identifying historic and architecturally significant structures citywide, begins work in West Colfax next month and wants your help! Read the full description here.

A “Discovery Day” open house event is planned for Sunday, July 28th at 1400 Quitman Street at Confluence Ministries. Neighbors can stop by to learn about the Discover Denver project and to share what they know about the history of their neighborhood.

Rescheduled for July 10: Beyond the Clover: Colfax Viaduct Walking Tour 

Could a multi-use bicycle/pedestrian path on the viaduct work? How could we make connections to points below, especially on the Platte River?

Decision-makers and community members will be able to learn from each other and begin to answer these questions on a walk of the viaduct hosted by the West Colfax Business Improvement District, WalkDenver, and Walk2Connect on rescheduled for July 10 at 4:30pm. We will start at the Auraria West light rail station and finish with a Happy Hour at Seedstock (you walk, we buy you a beer!).  Free to register here.
EarthLinks' Summer
Salsa Showdown

Fundraiser to benefit people experiencing homelessness
Friday, July 26th, 2019
5 – 7 pm
Celebrate the heat of summer with the ultimate Salsa Showdown! Featuring Salsa from local and independent salsa makers! Brews from beer sponsors! Music from High Strung String Band!
Purchase a Single Ticket $15 or bring your Family and Friends with our Discount Pack 4 for $45! Free Entry for ages 10 and under!
Tickets include 5 voting stubs to give to your favorite salsa makers & help decide the Salsa Champion!

Tickets $15.00 – $45.00
**Bring Ticket Purchase Confirmation to show upon entry**
Colorado Dragon Boat Festival

July 27th & 28th, 2019
Sloan's Lake, Denver, CO

Races: Sat & Sun, 8AM-6PM
Marketplace and Food: Sat 10AM-7PM, Sun 10AM-5PM
Stages: Sat 12-7PM, Sun 10AM-5PM
Learn more at
Learn to Backyard Compost

From Denver Recycles and Denver Urban Gardens, learn all about to to successfully compost in your own backyard
Classes continue through October.

West Colfax in the News
There's always something happening in West Colfax; here are a few recent headlines.
Here's where Denver will spend $41M in new parks money,  Denver Post, June 24, 2019. 
Denver council approves affordable housing, 16-floor tower near Sloan's LakeDenver Post, June 24, 2019. 
Body pulled from Sloan's Lake in Denver; investigation underway, Denver Post, June 20, 2019.
Add Your Voice: Healthy and Affordable Food Access in the Community, Edgewater ECHO, June 17, 2019.
Broncos Stadium development — sprouting from its parking lots — could stretch all the way to ..., Denver Post, June 17, 2019.
Helicopter Copter's Wind Chimes Give Voice to the Homeless in Dry Gulch Park, Westword, June 10, 2019

Wind Chimes Bring Attention to the Unheard Voices of Dry Gulch Park, 303 Magazine, June 7, 2019.

Crime levels rise last month in Denver: What's the latest in the trend? Hoodline, June 6, 2019.

Who's in, who's out at Denver City Council, 9 News, June 5, 2019.

Denver runoff election results: Hancock wins a third term mayor of Denver, Denverite, June 4, 2019.
JULY 2019

WeCAN is on Summer Break!

There is no General Meeting in June or July

West Colfax
Events Calendar

July 2019

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

 RESCHEDULED: Beyond the Clover: Colfax Viaduct Walking Tour, Auraria West Station, 4:30pm
15  DPD District 1 Citizen's Advisory Group Meeting, District 1 station,1311 W 46th Ave, 6:00pm

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

22-26  Extra Trash Pick-up NORTH of Colfax Ave.

24  Affordable Housing Assistance Workshop, Rodolfo "Corky" Gonzales Library, 1498 Irving St., 3:00-5:30pm.

26  EarthLinks' Summer Salsa Showdown, 2746 W 13th Ave, 5:00-7:00pm

27 & 28  Colorado Dragon Boat Festival, Sloan's Lake Park, 10:00am

28  Discovery Day Open House, 1400 Quitman St.


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 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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