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  • Emily Holben Walker

Neighborhood Newsletter: Oct 22, 2022

Updated: Jan 12

In the neighborhood...

District 4 Town Hall with Councilwoman Kendra Black Councilwoman Kendra Black is hosting a Town Hall on Tuesday, October 25, 5 PM - 7:30 PM, in the Thomas Jefferson High School Cafeteria (3950 S Holly St). Learn what's happening in our part of the city and enjoy FREE pizza! Also in attendance: Denver Police Chief, Ron Thomas, and Commander Carlos Aragon; Denver Encampment Coordinator, Matt Wilmes; and Carolina Flores of Denver International Airport. U-Hills Annual Community Meeting The University Hills Neighborhood Association is hosting the Annual Community Meeting on Monday, December 12, at 6:30 PM. More details will be distributed soon UHNA’s email list. UHNA board of director elections take place at the U-Hills Annual Community Meeting. If you’re interested in volunteering with UHNA please email UHNAinfo@gmail.com. Find the UHNA meeting schedule. ADA Ramp Replacement Construction In parts of our U-Hills neighborhood, Denver’s Department of Transportation & Infrastructure (DOTI) is repairing sidewalks and repairing/installing ADA pedestrian ramps. This project also includes replacement of hazardous portions of streets/gutters. All work will occur in ROW (right-of-way). Questions? Contact: Amy Strouthopoulos (City Inspector) at 720-766-5140; and/or Darren Diederich (Keene Concrete) 303-227-1901, Ext 4. Volunteer for the U-Hills Community Garden Did you know there’s a community garden in our U-Hills neighborhood?! The community garden cultivates student enrichment and also provides food to local food pantries for people in need. Interested in having a garden plot of your own and/or volunteering to support this neighborhood treasure? Join us for our upcoming Garden Team Day Saturday, November 12, 9 AM to 11 AM. RSVP to ReganMemorialGarden@dug.org. Bradley International School Mural After years in the making, the Bradley International School mural is finally coming to life! Local artist, Tommy Nahulu, began work this week on a beautiful nature scene, inspired by Colorado’s spectacular landscape and glorious seasons. Once complete, the mural will span more than half a city block along South Dahlia Street. If you see Tommy working as you walk, bike, or drive by, make sure to give a wave! Bradley International Mural. Eisenhower Park Picnic Shelter Denver Parks & Rec will be making improvements to the picnic area at Eisenhower Park. Please join us Kendra Black’s District 4 Town Hall on Oct 25 to learn what’s in store and review the final design. Learn more about this project at https://denvergov.org/parkprojects. Fall Festival at Hamilton Middle School Everyone welcome! Join friends and community for lots of fall fun. There’ll be food, live performances, crafts, games, and community resources. Fall Festival at Hamilton Middle School. Saturday, Oct 29, 10 AM – 1 PM. Hamilton Middle School (8600 E Dartmouth Ave). New Zumba® Class at Eisenhower Rec Center Zumba® combines high energy, captivating music with Latin inspired dance moves. Zumba® is a "feel good" total workout, mixing low and high intensity movement for an interval style, calorie burning dance fitness party! FREE with membership or visit pass. All levels welcome. Saturdays, 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM. Eisenhower Rec Center (4300 E Dartmouth Ave). Zumba® at Eisenhower Rec Center. Turn your leaves into compost! LeafDrop makes it easy to turn fallen leaves into valuable compost. The final compost product is available at a discounted price to Denver residents at the Mulch Giveaway & Compost Sale each May. Weekday and weekend LeafDrop drop sites are open 10 AM -2 PM for Denver residents. Find locations and more info on the LeafDrop webpage. U-Hills Plaza Farmer's Market Only 2 more Saturdays left to enjoy our local U-Hills Plaza Farmer’s Market! Enjoy live music, fresh produce, coffee, pastries, breakfast burritos, and much more from more than 70 vendors! Saturdays through October 29, 9 AM to 1 PM, at U-Hills Plaza (2500 S Colorado Blvd). Mosquito Survey As you know, this year was a bad year for mosquitos in Denver. Take this very brief 3-question survey so local decision makers can know the impacts you felt and help drive future decisions on mitigation efforts. Schlessman YMCA Redevelopment The Schlessman YMCA (3901 E Yale Ave) has proposed completely redeveloping their 6-acre campus into a mixed-use site including a new YMCA, a separate building devoted to complimentary wellness businesses, restaurants, and perhaps a boutique grocer and mid- to high-rise residential uses. Updates, responses to FAQs, and additional information will be posted to the YMCA website. Denver Police Department Citizens Advisory Board Meeting Tuesday, November 1, 6 PM - 7 PM at District 3 Station (1625 S University Blvd). Everyone welcome and encouraged to participate. Hosted by Commander Aragon and law enforcement leadership from Denver Police Department District 3. Learn about safety, crime stats, and trends that affect our neighborhood. Denver Police Department District 3. 7th Annual U-Hills Turkey Trot Get some fresh air and exercise before your Thanksgiving feast! Things will kick off at the Eisenhower Park Rec Center (4300 E Dartmouth Ave) on Thursday, November 24, at 9 AM. The 5k run/walk is pet friendly and runs along the beautiful High Line Canal and Eisenhower Park. Cost is $10. All money raised is donated directly to Bradley Elementary School to help a family in need during the holidays. Santa at Wellshire Inn Every season, Santa comes to visit the children of University Hills at the lovely Wellshire Inn! Join us to celebrate the good will of the season with neighbors and friends (and Santa!) on the morning of Saturday, November 26. More details to come, make sure you’re on the UHNA email list.

Around town...

Get Your Property Tax Refund The Denver Property Tax Relief Program provides a partial refund of property taxes paid, or the equivalent in rent, to qualifying Denver residents. Learn more about the Denver Property Tax Relief Program. RTD Job Fair RTD is hiring. Certain IT and cybersecurity positions along with key positions such as bus operators, rail operators, train engineers, body shop technicians, general repair mechanics, signal power maintainers, electro-mechanics, and more are also eligible for a $4,000 signing bonus. Details posted at https://www.rtd-denver.com/careers. Mile High Youth Corps is hiring Mile High Youth Corps is currently hiring for a variety of different positions. Youth looking for employment opportunities are encouraged to apply online at https://www.milehighyouthcorps.org/apply-now. City Council Approves Cash Assistance for Persons Experiencing Homelessness The City and County of Denver will provide cash assistance to individuals experiencing homelessness. City Council approved on Sept. 12 a contract to provide basic income to quickly and cost-effectively move people out of homelessness and back into housing. The contract, led by Department of Housing Stability HOST, utilizes $2 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding to provide monthly cash assistance. The contract with the Denver Basic Income Project provides up to $1,000 a month for a year in direct cash assistance to eligible people currently using the shelter system. Read the full press release. Department of Housing Stability Releases 2023 Draft Plan The Department of Housing Stability (HOST) has released its Draft 2023 Action Plan and is seeking community feedback. This plan describes HOST’s priorities for the coming year and how it will use its resources to advance its goals. You can make your voice heard by submitting feedback via HOST’s community survey. Feedback due by 5 PM Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2022. RTD Systemwide Fare Study and Equity Analysis Learn about the new fare structures RTD is considering on the fare feedback website and provide feedback via the online survey by November 6. Community input gathered will be used to develop RTD’s final recommended fare structure. Denver Arts & Venues Grants Denver Arts & Venues is pleased to announce the continuation of the P.S. You Are Here program (launched in 2014), with a total of $100,000 in funding for grants up to $10,000 each for collaborative, community-led outdoor projects in Denver’s public spaces. Denver Arts & Venues is accepting grant proposals now through Sunday, Oct. 23. Shared Streets Community Meeting Beginning in 2020, Denver's Department of Transportation and Infrastructure (DOTI) established 11 temporary Shared Streets to create safe and comfortable space for residents to walk, bike, roll, and play. These streets used short-term traffic calming methods to reduce vehicle trips and speeds which resulted in a significant increase in people walking and biking on these corridors. Based on this success, the City of Denver is creating a formal Shared Streets Program to assess future shared street locations. DOTI plans to build on the successes of the temporary Shared Streets program to provide permanent shared streets in our city. Register for the October 25th meeting. To learn more, visit the Shared Street Project webpage. Free Youth Therapy Sessions The I Matter program is a great resource that provides up to six free therapy sessions for kids under 18 (21 if receiving special education services). They offer virtual and some in-person appointments. For more information about the program click here. Healthy Homes Program Launches Denver is launching a new program to help income-qualified homes install electric heat pumps, weatherization, and other indoor air quality improvements. These improvements may help ease breathing problems you or a family member may be experiencing while reducing your energy bills. Interested single-family residents or homeowners in the City and County of Denver can learn more by calling (303) 226-5065 or emailing healthyhomes@energyoutreach.org. An Energy Outreach Colorado staff member will be available to help you apply over the phone Monday - Thursday, 9 AM - 5 PM. Victorian Horrors The ghosts of Victorian Horrors past are rising! Creep from room to room of the historic Molly Brown House, hearing tales directly from gothic greats and some notable locals. This event takes place from October 14-16, 20-22 and 27-29, 2022 at the Molly Brown House Museum. Click here for more information. Free days at the Denver Art Museum Saturday, November 5, and Tuesday, November 8. Engage with art, experience onsite activities, and explore the exhibitions on view all while enjoying free general admission! Find more information here. Adulting with the animals: Monster Masquerade Explore the zoo with your kid free crew and celebrate spooky season with creepy-crawly animal ambassadors, cool character photo ops, a costume contest, and a live DJ! This event takes place on Thursday, October 27, from 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM at the Denver Zoo located at 2300 Steele St. Get your tickets here. Denver Veterans Day Festival This event takes place on Saturday, November 5, from 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM at Civic Center Park. This family-friendly event offers free admission, a music stage, kids & family activities, military displays, vendors, and a wide variety of local restaurants. The festival serves as a celebratory “Thank You” to our Veterans who have fought to ensure our freedoms. Click here for more information. SNAP recipients can get into local museums for $1-2 Dollars If you get SNAP benefits, you and your family also get the Explorer Pass. It gives you big discounts to places like the Children's Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus, Butterfly Pavilion, Denver Museum of Nature & Science, and more! To use the Explorer Pass, show your Electronic Benefits Transfer card when buying tickets. Some places need reservations.

Where do I report a problem?

You are Denver's eyes and ears. UHNA is not a community enforcement agency and as such, UHNA cannot enforce any city code or regulation. If you have concerns, please contact the appropriate Denver government agency so they can respond to your concerns. 311 and PocketGov.org are how the city tracks and prioritizes issues—more reports equals a higher priority for the city.

  • Call 311 or go online to PocketGov.org to report problems such as graffiti, parking violations, abandoned vehicles, potholes, damaged/fallen trees, weeds, missed trash/recycling/compost pickup, and neighborhood issues. (Be sure to get a case number.)

  • Call 311 or go online to PocketGov.org to report encampments. Be sure to report important details such as the exact location, the number of tents, and if propane tanks are present. Encourage others to report this as well. (Be sure to get a case number.)

  • Call 911 to report a crime in progress, including street racing. You can also report street racing online.

  • Call the Denver Police Non-Emergency line to report a crime not in progress at 720-913-2000.

  • In addition to using 311/PocketGov.org, you can call Denver Parking Enforcement at 720-913-1600 to report parking violations such as vehicles parked in bike lanes and commercial trucks parked overnight on city streets.

  • In addition to using 311/PocketGov.org, you can call the Abandoned Vehicle Hotline at 720-865-0471 to report cars, trucks, RVs, and campers that have not moved in more than 72 hours.

  • Stay clear of downed lines and report them immediately to Xcel Energy at 1-800-895-1999 or call 911.

  • Call animal protection for in-progress issues (that are not 911 emergencies) at 720-913-2080.

  • For information regarding Denver’s new expanded waste collection program starting in 2023 visit the Expanded Waste Services webpage. For questions, please email ExpandedCollection@DenverGov.org



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