In This Issue: School Supply Drive; WeCAN General Meeting - August 14; WeCAN Running Club; Rezoning Survey Results; Neighborhood Festival; 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
Back from Summer Break and Ready for a New School Year!
Dear Friends and Neighbors, 

WeCAN is back from summer break and ready to get back to work bringing neighbors together to build community. Denver Public Schools is also back from summer break this month; classes resume Monday, August 20. Please SLOW DOWN for our students in school zones, especially at the intersections of Colfax & Irving and Colfax & Tennyson where the two elementary schools are.

WeCAN is bringing the West Colfax neighborhood elementary school leadership to our August 14 General Meeting. This will be a chance to meet the schools' principals and ask them questions about their school. More information below in 'Next WeCAN General Meeting.'
Kind Regards,

Leah Rounds & Dave Justice

WeCAN Co-Presidents

School Supply Drive for
Local Elementary Schools
WeCAN will once again be collecting school supplies at the August 14 General meeting.

Please bring your donations to the meeting and WeCAN will distribute them to the schools.
Next WeCAN General Meeting
Tuesday, August 14, 6:00-7:00pm


6:00-6:10pm: Our Denver Police District 1 Community Resource Officer, Bob Anderson, always starts our meeting by sharing recent crime statistics for the area, crime prevention tips, and is available to answer all your questions and concerns regarding happenings in the neighborhood.

6:10-6:15pm: WeCAN AnnouncementsWeCAN is run on 100% volunteer power! All Board of Directors and Committee Members meet regularly to plan events, put general meetings together, and so much more; all on top of their full-time jobs, families, and other commitments. Consider joining the WeCAN Leadership to ensure WeCAN thrives in the future.

WeCAN could use some help in the following areas, please reach out to if you'd like to get involved in your community.

6:15-6:35: West Colfax School Leadership: Come learn about the West Colfax neighborhood elementary schools! Ask your questions and learn about volunteer opportunities.
6:35-6:45pm: Chris Spelke from Denver Housing Authority on The Vida at Sloan's Lake at Colfax & Perry St. This property will consist of 175 low-income restricted units for senior/disabled persons with approximately 28,000 sf of commercial space. Get an update and timeline at the August 14th meeting.

6:45-6:55pm: Troy and Jennifer Reynolds, owners of Brew Culture Coffee.  From the owners; "We are excited to be in our final phase of opening. Our build out is complete and upon final inspection's we plan on opening very soon. We are excited to be a part of your neighborhood and community, offering specialty coffee and kombucha." 
***Samples of Sweet Bloom cold brew coffee will be available at the meeting!***

WeCAN Running Club, EVERY Monday
6:30pm @Seedstock Brewery

How should the WeCAN Board evaluate rezoning requests? Here’s what you told us.

We'd like to share the results of the survey WeCAN sent out earlier this summer. Follow the link to read the complete summary of what West Colfax neighbors told us. 

Neighborhood Festival Saturday August 4

FREE Family Fun right here in West Colfax! Put on by Confluence Ministries, this annual neighborhood event is always a lot of fun. More information at

Saturday, August 4, 11:00am-3:00pm
Cheltenham Elementary, 1580 Julian St.


WeCAN will be there! Contact if you would like to volunteer at our booth.

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 August:

Friday, August 3rd: 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Common Grounds Coffeehouse, 2139 W 44th Ave.

Friday, August 10th: 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Carbon Cafe & Bar, 1553 Platte Street #130

Wednesday, August 15th: 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
BookBar, 4280 Tennyson Street

Friday, August 24th: 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Cherry Bean – Coffee, 4059 Tejon Street

Friday, August 31st: 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Tenn Street Coffee, 4418 Tennyson Street

For any last-minute schedule changes please check:

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

Color, creatures on the loose at Dragon Boat Festival, The Know, July 28, 2018.

News Digest: Two Weeks of Urban Transportation Happenings in Denver, Streets Blog Denver, July 26, 2018.

After Construction Defects Reform, Developers Testing The Condo Market, Bisnow, July 26, 2018.

Girls Inc. Coffee Venture Bold Beans Moves to Sun Valley, Westword, July 23, 2018.

, Neighborhood Gazette, July 22, 2018.

3 Kings Tavern Owners Take Over the Pit Stop Tavern, Westword, July 17, 2018.

The scraping of Denver: bye-bye bungalows; hello townhomes, duplexes and mansions (depending on neighborhood), BusinessDen, July 16, 2018.

Walter Chaw Leaves Alamo Drafthouse During Expansion to Westminster, Westword, July 11, 2018.

Sidewalk Squabble Puts Homeowner Between Safety And Tree, CBS Denver, July 6, 2018.

Little Man’s Wonka-Like Ice Cream Factory Opens This Summer, Eater Denver, July 5, 2018.

Take3: A sneak peek inside Little Man Ice Cream's new Sloan's Lake location (Video), Denver Business Journal, July 2, 2018.
WeCAN General Meeting

Tuesday August 14, 2018


1400 Quitman St., main hall


6:00-6:10: Denver Police District 1, Community Resource Officer, Bob Anderson

6:10-6:15: WeCAN sign-in and announcements

6:15-6:35: Local School Leaders
  • Felicia Manzanares, Principal at Cheltenham Elementary
  • Sandra Berumen, Principal at Colfax Elementary
  • Lee Raine Thomas, Principal at Eagleton Elementary

6:35-6:45: Chris Spelke from Denver Housing Authority The Vida at Sloan's Lake at Colfax & Perry St.

6:45-6:55: Troy and Jen Reynolds, owners of Brew Culture Coffee, 3610 W. Colfax Ave.

West Colfax
Events Calendar

August 2018

4  West Colfax Neighborhood Festival, Cheltenham Elementary, 1580 Julian St., 11:00am-3:00pm

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

*WeCAN Running Club meets every Monday!

Denver Sloan's Lake Art & Music Festival, Sloan's Lake Park, 10:00am

13-17 Extra Trash Pick-up NORTH of Colfax Ave.

14  WeCAN General Meeting, 1400 Quitman St., 6:00pm

First Day of School for Denver Public Schools

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

22 WeCAN Board Meeting, 1400 Quitman St., 6:00pm

20-24  Extra Trash Pick-up SOUTH of Colfax Ave.

25 Colorado Walk for Bleeding Disorders, Sloan's Lake Park, 6:00am


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.
Copyright © 2018 West Colfax Association of Neighbors, All rights reserved.

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