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Volume 4 Issue 4 April 23, 2004

Splat: Summer Art at the Platte
PlatteForum, a oneof-a-kind art center in Riverfront Park is proud to announce SPLAT-Summer Art at the Platte, a series of art workshops for kids ages 8-13.

Stokes Place neighbors battle blackouts
Neighbors in the Stokes Place/ Green Bowers area have been struggling with power outages for more than a year. Xcel Energy, in a letter to area residents, apologizes for the outages, and says that maintenance work done last fall has ended system related outages in the area, a claim that residents dispute. Alan Gass has been cataloging power outages for the Stokes Place neighborhood association and ticks off outage and their length of time with ease. "We have had frequent and numerous outages," over recent years. During last year's big storm, many in the neighborhood went 63 hours without electricity. Gass said there have been as many as fifteen outages since then, not including many brief interruptions that play havoc with clocks and computers. Neighbors have complained to the Public Utilities Commission and City Councilman Charlie Brown. Xcel provides electricity to Denverites by virtue of a franchise granted by the City. "Even the momentary outages screw up a whole work day for those who work at home," says Gass. Some 165 area homes are effected by the problem. Gass says that Xcel's antiquated area equipment is at the root of the problem.
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Take a rafting adventure down the Platte River and work with a professional artist in creating artworks that collaborate with nature! Trek through the urban jungle and use digital cameras to document your journey! Share your video experiences with others during an exhibition at PlatteForum! The workshops run from June 14 through June 25, and the costs range from $8–25. Kids can register for a morning and afternoon workshop to equal a full day of art making experience. Group rates and scholarships are available. Please call 303-893-0791 or visit www.platteforum.org for workshop descriptions, dates and times.

Gaylord St. Festival Memorial Day Weekend
The twenty-fifth annual Gaylord Street Festival comes off this Memorial Day weekend with three days of music, food and entertainment. Headlined by Lannie Garrett and featuring such diverse acts as the Colorado Irish Pipe Band and Xiren, the cornerstone community event offers something for all ages. Up and coming groups are featured on the festival's south stage. Free parking and shuttle service is available from South High's parking lots. The fun kicks off at 10 a.m. daily and runs through 6 p.m. Vendors and exhibitors from across Colorado add color to this event staged amidst South Gaylord's historic shopping district.

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CHERRY CREEK NEWS & CENTRAL DENVER DISPATCH

by Chuck Sherrod If your lawn is typical of most in the Central Denver area, you have a little light brown layer of soil. According to Dan Rupp of Rain Field, this less that healthy soil is bad for plant growth and leads to quick water run off. In fact, it is predicted that 90% of the soil in the country is nearly dead. The typical reaction to struggling plants is adding topical fertilizer. That may temporarily green up plants and grass, but it does nothing for the health of the soil that in turn does nothing for the health of the plant. It also leads to plants that are chemically dependant. That sounds a bit scary and it is not healthy for the plants. Typical chemical fertilizers leave a salt residue that reduces bacteria and leads to thatch build up and a dead layer of soil that does not allow the soil to breath Rupp likes to explain it this way. The soil is a cafeteria for the plants. The bacteria within the soil prepare it to deliver the food to the plant. The more bacteria the greener, the stronger, and the healthier the plants will be. Recent studies have shown that chemical fertilizers, pesticides, and fungicides are the cause of a major

Organics long term solution for beautiful gardens in American soil. decline of bacteria

Organics feed the bacteria that in turn feed the soil. In other words, the cafeteria goes from just a quick drive through to a giant smorgasbord with 20,000 times the selection. In addition, the organics help clear up pollution in both the air and the runoff. Rupp and Rain Field have been involved in the development of the distribution of organics that will, over time, give you healthy soil and plants. These include several alternatives including the trade marked, Alaska Bountea, a soil stimulant humus tea. Other products Rain Field uses and sells are derived from plant, vegetative, and minerals that provide a rich carbon source of organic matter. With continuous use, these products repair the damage caused by the over application of fertilizer and other chemicals and returns the soil back to its natural organic state. Rupp explains that using organics will take longer to green up a garden than chemicals much like it takes longer to exercise to a healthier back than to take a pain pill. But the results are better for the soil, the plants, and the environment. see DROUGHT on page 15