In This Issue: WeCAN General Meeting - March 13; WeCAN Running Club; Denveright: Parks & Rec Game Plan; Conversations with Councilman Espinoza; 40th Annual Paint-A-Thon; 2018 Community Forester Workshops; 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
It's Time to Caucus in West Colfax
Dear Friends and Neighbors, 
WeCAN strives to connect our neighbors with resources and information in the community, and encourages all neighbors to add their voice at the upcoming Denver Precinct Caucus. There are several candidates vying for the HD4 seat, which will be vacated by Dan Pabon this fall due to term limits.

The House District 4 Denver Democratic Party Caucus will happen March 6, 2018, check-in at 6:30pm with the caucus starting at 7:00pm at Cheltenham Elementary, 1580 Julian St. Visit to learn more.

The House District 4 Denver Republican Party Caucus will happen March 6th, check-in begins at 6:20 pm (or pre-register at the following link: with the caucus starting at 7:00pm at Lake Middle School, 1820 Lowell Blvd. 

WeCAN hosted a HD4 Candidate Forum at our January General Meeting, where attendees were given the opportunity to meet and ask questions of the candidates. Follow this link to learn more about the candidates and find them online.

Kind Regards,

Leah Rounds & Dave Justice

WeCAN Co-Presidents

WeCAN General Meeting - March 13th

Do you know of someone who needs assistance for their questions regarding a person with intellectual or developmental disabilities? Rocky Mountain Human Services (RMHS) can help!  
RMHS is a Denver-based non-profit serving children and adults with developmental disabilities and delays. A two-year old next door might be eligible for free speech therapy, or the aging couple caring for their adult son with a developmental disability might have the opportunity for respite care. 
Funding comes from the State of Colorado, from Medicaid programs for people with disabilities, and from the City of Denver’s mill levy property tax. With support from the VA, RMHS also provides help to veterans who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, assisting the veteran in achieving housing stability while addressing root causes of homelessness.

Get involved in the West Colfax Community Urban Garden near Nettie Moore Park, roughly Wells Pl. and Utica St. Erin Deck from Denver Urban Gardens (DUG) will be at the March 13 meeting to share more information on how to get a garden plot and how to volunteer.

From pick-up trucks, to large moving vans, your community has what you need. Fluid Market is a community sharing app that allows people to rent things to each other. Fluid Market's vision is to organize community resources, empower community sharing, and reduce consumption. Now, everyone has a friend with a truck! Andrew Rowe will be at our March 13 meeting to share information on how to get involved and answer your questions.
Historic Denver is the organization for those who love Denver. For more than 45 years Historic Denver has led the way by providing ideas and actions for the places that give Denver its character. Historic Denver owns and operates the Molly Brown House Museum, provides education and technical assistance for owners of historic properties, and actively engages in community dialogue about the vibrancy created through the dynamic mix of old and new. 
At our March 13th meeting, Shannon Schaefer, Preservation Coordinator for Historic Denver, will discuss the Action Fund, what kind of projects Historic Denver is collaborating on right now, and what projects the Action Fund is looking for in the application process and the deadline of April 1st.

The Action Fund program is designed to catalyze innovative neighborhood and community projects that enhance the city’s unique identity, promote and maintain authentic character, and honor cultural heritage as reflected in the built environment. Through the Action Fund, Historic Denver selects one to three community or neighborhood projects each round. Projects will receive technical assistance, staff support and direct financial investment from Historic Denver, ranging from $2,500 to $10,000. Projects are selected through a competitive application process, open now till April 1, 2018, following with two other deadlines this year on June 1, 2018 and September 1, 2018. More info and the application can be found here:

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

Denveright: Parks & Recreation Game Plan
Game Plan for a Healthy City

Did you attend one of the Game Plan public meetings held in November 2017?  If so, thank you for stopping by! To review initial feedback received, click here.
If you didn't make it to the November public meetings, you can now review the presentation boardsintroduction video, and slideshow to catch up, then take the latest SURVEY on how our draft strategies measure up
At the end of the survey, you can optionally enter to win a gift card to the NFL Shop. The survey closes March 30, 2018 and should take approximately 10 minutes.

Take the Survey!

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 March.

Friday, March 2nd: 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Common Grounds Coffeehouse, 2139 W 44th Ave.

Friday, March 9th: 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
The Noshery, 4994 Lowell Blvd.

Friday, March 16th: 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Highland Cork & Coffee, 3701 W 32nd Ave.

Wednesday, March 21st: 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Bookbar, 4280 Tennyson St.

Friday, March 30th: 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Pinwheel Coffee, 3659 Navajo St.

For any last-minute schedule changes please check:

40th Annual Paint-A-Thon 
Free House Painting for Seniors & Disabled
Brother’s Redevelopment Inc. Paint-A-Thon is a program that has utilized volunteers to paint the exterior of 7,250 homes over its history, each one absolutely FREE OF CHARGE to qualifying senior citizen and disabled homeowners. 

Nominate a senior citizen in need of this service! Nominate a deserving senior citizen or disabled homeowners who are 60 or over, live in a 1 or 1.5 story home, are living on a fixed income, and whose home is in need of exterior painting. 

2018 Community Forester Workshops... Registration Now Open!

Ever wanted to learn more about trees, advocate for our urban forest, educate others, or help improve your community's tree canopy?!  Now is an excellent time to do just that... 
Local nonprofit, The Park People, is pleased to partner with Denver Parks & Recreation to host the Community Forester​ program - a fun and informative, five-workshop series that will teach participants about trees and prepare them to act as stewards of the urban tree canopy. 
This is a great opportunity to support our environment, urban forest, community health, and quality of life in Denver. 
Call 303.722.6262 to register TODAY! Class size is limited and tends to fill up quickly, so don't delay.

See below for info/schedule or click here for additional Community Forester Info.
Topic Date Location
'Trees 101' Sat, March 10 -  9:00a to 1:00p
James Fleming Mansion, Platt Park
Planting & Health Sat, April 07 -  9:00a to 1:00p
LaFamilia Recreation Center
Pruning Sat, May 05 -  9:00a to 1:00p
Rude Recreation Center
ID & Inventory Sat, June 09 -  9:00a to 1:00p
Steele Elementary
Volunteer Leadership & Community Engagement Sat, July 14 -  9:00a to noon
James Fleming Mansion, Platt Park
Classes are $20 ea. and if you attend the first four, the fifth is free!  The entire series is $80. To become an official Community Forester, participants must complete all five sessions. However, individuals may take 'Trees 101' and at least one other class to become a Tree Steward. 
West Colfax in the News
There's always something happening in West Colfax; here are a few recent headlines.

Why we’re investing in smart technologies for our assets, Colorado Real Estate Journal, February 25, 2018.

Air Force veteran, amputee couldn’t get the help he needed. Then he came across a friendly car dealership in Denver, Denver Post, February 24, 2018.

St. Anthony celebrates 125 years of healing, Lakewood Sentinal, February 21, 2018.

Denver’s family neighborhoods are increasingly to the east, Denverite, February 20, 2018.

Local Restaurants Still Step Up for Puerto Rico, Eater Denver, February 19, 2018.

‘Time To Celebrate’: Sneak Peek For Black Panther Draws Lifelong Fans, CBS Denver, February 16, 2018.

Tree huggers rejoice: Denver Digs Trees is offering a discount on the plants this spring, The Denver Post, February 10, 2018.

Denver to build 176 units affordable housing for seniors, people with disabilities, The Denver Channel, February 7, 2018.

Coffee and kombucha shop to neighbor brewery on West Colfax, BusinessDen, February 6, 2018.

Denver council committee passes moratorium on slot home construction, The Denver Channel, February 6, 2018.
MARCH 2018
WeCAN General Meeting

Tuesday March 13, 2018


1400 Quitman St., main hall


6:00-6:05: Denver Polict District 1, Community Resource Officer, Bob Anderson

6:05-6:15: Bridget Forgy, M.S., Rocky Mountain Human Services

6:15-6:25: Erin Decker, West Colfax Community Urban Garden and Denver Urban Gardens

6:25-6:35: Andrew Rowe, Fluid Market

6:35-6:55: Shannon Schaefer, Preservation Coordinator for Historic Denver
West Colfax
Events Calendar

March 2018
1&2 Drop In Tech Help at Rodolfo "Corky" Gonzales Library, 1498 Irving St., 2:00pm
*Offered every Thursday and Friday

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

Democratic Party Precinct Caucus, Cheltenham Elementary, 1580 Julian St., 6:30pm

6  Republican Party Precinct Caucus, Lake Middle School, 1820 Lowell Blvd., 6:20pm

5-9  Extra Trash Pick-up SOUTH of Colfax Ave.

7-9 All Ages Storytime at Rodolfo "Corky" Gonzales Library, 1498 Irving St., 10:30am
*Every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

11 Daylight Savings Time starts

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

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

21  Planning Board Public Hearing - Slot Homes, Parr-Widener Community Room, City & County Building, 1437 Bannock St. Room 389, 3:00pm

21  WeCAN Board of Directors Meeting, 1400 Quitman St., 6:00pm

27-30 Extra Trash Pick-up NORTH of Colfax Ave.


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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