The number of skunks with rabies is on the rise in the Denver area. Although skunks are nocturnal, there are many reasons — aside from rabies — that they may be out during the day. Before you call Denver Animal Protection to report a rabid skunk sighting, ask yourself: Does the skunk seem drunk?
Rabid skunks might actually seem a little inebriated, and specific signs include:
Keep your pets safe — vaccinate!
Visit www.denveranimalshelter.org for more information.
“Art of Summer” at the Denver Art Museum
Every exhibition presented this summer is included in general admission. With the DAM’s Free for Kids program, youth 18 and under can visit every exhibition for free, and all visitors can explore the museum without spending a dime on Free First Saturdays.
Exhibitions to enjoy:
Jeffrey Gibson: Like a Hammer (on view through August 12)
Stampede: Animals in Art
Eyes On contemporary art rotations: Xiaoze Xie (closing July 8); Julie Buffalohead and Shimabuku (opening July 29)
Ganesha: The Playful Protector
Drawn to Glamour: Fashion Illustrations by Jim Howard (on view through August 5)
Past the Tangled Present
New Territory: Landscape Photography Today (opening this Sunday, June 24)
Other summer fun at DAM includes the return of last year’s popular La Musidora outdoor art installation (through September 3), the Create-n-Take summer schedule offering hands-on artmaking activities all week long, including a brand new Create-n-Take on the plaza inspired by New Territory: Landscape Photography Today, and the 3-D Studio.
Visitors are encouraged to share their summer art museum experiences using #ArtofSummer2018 on social media.
Final Fridays at DAM and Golden Triangle Creative District
June 29, July 27 and August 31, 6–10 p.m.
Produced with local creatives, Untitled Final Fridays is the museum’s monthly late night program featuring workshops, performances and tours with a twist. College students with a valid ID receive 2-for-1 admission.
In June at Untitled: Jordan Knecht, join artist Jordan Knecht in transforming the museum through a series of multi-sensory experiences aimed at shifting perspectives. In July, former Native Arts Artist-in-Residence Gregg Deal will explore the art of activism during his creative takeover at Untitled: Gregg Deal. And in August, former Creatives-in-Residence The Flobots explore music, dance and community at Untitled: The Flobots.
The Golden Triangle Creative District also comes alive during the final Friday of the month, June through September, when museums, galleries and creative spaces throughout the neighborhood host artist receptions, openings, talks and performances from 6–9 p.m.
Notice is hereby given that the Department of Parks and Recreation for the City & County of Denver has proposed revisions to the Alcohol Policy as of June 15, 2018. The intent of the proposed revisions is to simplify the policy, provide more clarity to permit holders and park users, and add consistency for permitted events. In addition, the proposed revisions are intended to allow for the public consumption of wine and beer in Denver parks, to address the change in state law effective January 2019. This revision will sunset at the end of 2019, in order to review potential effects.
The Parks and Recreation Advisory Board will hear public comments on this revised policy on July 11, 2018 at 5:30 pm at the regular meeting of the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, held at the Wellington Webb Municipal Building, located at 201 W. Colfax Ave., Room 4.F.6. A copy of the Alcohol Policy, as modified, is on file with the Manager of Parks and Recreation and accessible through the Denver Parks and Recreation website.
The Denver Commission on Cultural Affairs (DCCA) is now seeking candidates for seven open commission positions to oversee the 1% for public art program, serve as trustees of Denver’s cultural plan - IMAGINE 2020, advise on arts and cultural issues, and act as ambassadors to the community.
The DCCA was established in 1991 to support the mayor’s office and act as an advisory board to Denver Arts & Venues.
“Our Cultural Affairs Commissioners are the trustees and advocates of Denver’s cultural plan and the Denver Public Art program, ensuring that our city’s cultural ecosystem is healthy and thriving.” said Mayor Michael B. Hancock. “Arts and culture belongs to all of us, and we’re looking for individuals who will help us keep these phenomenal programs strong and beneficial to our community.”
The commission is comprised of dynamic and accomplished Denver leaders in the areas of the arts, business and education, all of whom are appointed by the mayor.
Interested applicants should complete the online application form and send a resume and responses to the supplemental questionnaire by noon on Friday, June 22 to Nicole Medina at Nicole.Medina2@denvergov.org.
The DCCA seeks candidates who represent Denver’s diverse community, and is specifically looking for leaders with experience and background working in:
The Mayor appoints commissioners for one- or three-year terms and can serve up to six consecutive years. The commission meets monthly the first Tuesday of each month from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. at various cultural organizations across the city. Additional information regarding Denver Arts & Venues and the commission can be found at ArtsandVenues.com.
About Denver Arts & Venues
Denver Arts & Venues’ mission is to amplify Denver’s quality of life and economic vitality through premier public venues, arts and entertainment opportunities. Arts & Venues is the City and County of Denver agency responsible for operating some of the region’s most renowned facilities, including Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre, the Denver Performing Arts Complex, Colorado Convention Center, Denver Coliseum and McNichols Civic Center Building. Arts & Venues also oversees the Denver Public Art Program, Create Denver, SCFD Tier III granting process, Arts Education Fund and other entertainment and cultural events such as the Five Points Jazz Festival, Urban Arts Fund, P.S. You Are Here and implementation of IMAGINE 2020: Denver’s Cultural Plan. Denver Arts & Venues is committed to diversity, equity and inclusiveness in all our programs, initiatives and decision-making processes.
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18-0566 A bill for an ordinance relinquishing easements reserved in Ordinance No. 27, Series of 1951; Ordinance No. 183, Series of 1977 and Ordinance No. 418, Series of 1966, located at 390 Grant Street. Relinquishes three separate easements held respectively in Ordinance No. 27 of Series 1951, Ordinance No. 183, Series of 1977, and Ordinance No. 418, Series of 1966 located at 390 Grant Street in Council District 7. The last regularly scheduled Council meeting within the 30-day review period is on 6-18-18. The Committee approved filing this item at its meeting on 5-15-18.
18-0366 A bill for an ordinance changing the zoning classification for 2065 South Cherokee Street in Overland.
Approves an official map amendment to rezone property located at 2065 South Cherokee Street in Overland from I-A UO-2 (industrial) to C-RX-8 (urban center, residential mixed-use) in Council District 7. The Committee approved filing this bill at its meeting on 4-24-18.
18-0422 A bill for an ordinance changing the zoning classification for 421 W. 4th Avenue in Baker.
Approves an official map amendment to rezone property located at 421 W. 4th Avenue from U-RH-2.5 to U-MX-2 (urban, row-house to urban, mixed-use) in Council District 7. The Committee approved filing this item at its meeting on 5-8-18.
18-0382 A resolution to set a public hearing relating to the adoption of the 101 Broadway Urban Redevelopment Plan and directing the Denver Urban Renewal Authority to take certain actions in connection with the hearing. Sets a public hearing before City Council on 6-25-18 on the 101 Broadway Urban Redevelopment Plan in Council District 7. The Committee approved filing this resolution by consent on 4-17-18.
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The Denver Public Library wants to take kids on an adventure this summer—all without leaving the city. The library kicks off its signature Summer of Adventure program Friday, June 1, and aims to improve children’s literacy skills and learning opportunities through a variety of activities, including reading. The program runs June 1–Aug. 11 at all Denver Public Library locations. Registration packets are available at each branch location beginning June 1.
The Summer of Adventure program is more than reading. The program includes experiential learning in the form of programs and maker challenges where children use STEM concepts to have fun and enhance learning skills during non-school months.
Literacy studies show that children who do not read during the summer demonstrate a significant loss in reading skills, while students who read just five to six books throughout the summer months perform better the following school year.
“Our summer program has always focused on keeping kids reading throughout the summer,” said City Librarian Michelle Jeske. “The new Summer of Adventure program takes things further and incorporates informal learning and activities that help prevent summer learning loss,” Jeske adds. “Now, kids can attend a library event, submit a project to our maker challenge or use their MY Denver Card to explore the city. Activities keep kids engaged and learning over the summer, which is our primary motivation.”
Denver Public Library has offered summer reading programs for local residents for over 89 years. Summer of Adventure is one of the library’s most important programs for children and teens and is offered each June–August at the Denver Central Library, 25 branch locations and through two bookmobiles. In 2017, DPL had 24,425 children participate across the city.
About the program
The Summer of Adventure program provides free activities, suggestions for summer reading and incentives for Denver kids. It is divided into two age-appropriate themes:
Preschool and younger
Encourages parents to read and engage with kids in a variety of activities, including nature walks, finger painting, dance parties, making music and library programs like Storytime. As parents/caregivers complete a variety of activities together, they can earn free books.
Kids (K – 5th grade)
The program offers rewards for reading independently or with an adult as well as completing tasks such as library programs, STEM activities, maker challenges and more. Register at any Denver Public Library location and receive a book or journal to get started. Once registered, kids will be entered into weekly drawings for a chance to win family passes to various cultural and recreational institutions.
Teens (6th-12th grade)
Teens focus on reading, making and exploring during Summer of Adventure. Like the kids challenge, teens are entered into weekly drawings for a chance to win family passes to various cultural and recreational institutions. Teens who complete 12 activities can receive a book after June 30.
Complementary activities are also held throughout the summer at all branch locations including: workshops, craft making, musical entertainment and more. Details are available at denverlibrary.org and at all branch locations.
All programs of the Denver Public Library including Summer of Adventure are free and open to the public. While the library encourages everyone to sign up for a library card, one is not required to participate.
Save yourself time and energy this growing season by grasscycling, which is the process of leaving your grass clippings on your lawn after mowing. Grasscycling makes mowing quicker and easier, and is the natural way to return nutrients to your lawn.
More than a quarter of Denver’s household trash is composed of yard debris, and grass clippings account for a large portion of this material from April to September. By grasscycling, you can help stop this material from ending up in landfills and have a real impact on reducing greenhouse gas emissions. If you’re not already a grasscycling pro, give it a try this summer!
TIPS FOR HOW TO GRASSCYCLE SUCCESSFULLY:
Visit DenverGov.org/DenverRecycles for more information about grasscycling and other resources for reducing your waste.
If a cleanup around your home or neighborhood is on your spring to-do list, then you won’t want to miss out on the opportunity to participate in this year’s Great Denver Cleanup. This one-day event is a great opportunity to recycle, compost and dispose of unwanted materials from your home and yard, and from around your neighborhood. Just bring your unwanted items to one of four FREE drop-off sites located around Denver on Saturday, June 9th from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The following items are accepted at this one-day event, but must be sorted by type and kept separate from trash to ensure that they can be properly recycled or composted:
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