April 4, 2008

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Some of you may have noticed
the nod the Westword gave the D
Note in their annual best of awards.
It was a truly cool award, "Best
Pizza for Poets and
Rockers." First line of
the blurb is "The D-note
is many things to many
people." That feels good.
Especially as it was one
of our original goals at
the D Note. The idea is embedded
in the very name of the place. To
denote means to define. The word
define is meaningless unless there
is something to define and someone
defining it. The name of the place
can be read as a full sentence,
demanding , "Denote!" According to
the yellow-journalistic purple-pro-
saic and golden Westword we have
accomplished this goal. We shall
continue to strive for the diversity.
One such example; on May 5 we are
going to have a Cinco de Mayo fies-
ta w/salsa dancing and all things
Mexican. Si.
The next line of the blurb is, "Its
space is full of art and live music,
its newsletters full of poetry, and
its menu full of pizzas tagged with
musical references, both obscure
and not so." Space. Check. Full
of art and live music. Check.
Newsletters full of poetry. Check.
These newsletters are a small vic-
tory for the necessary art of poetry.
Sign up for our D-mail on dnote.
us and get a new poem every week,
plus a descriptive rundown of the
coming week of music. A poem well
attended to will generally enrich
your life. And as for music...music
is one of the secrets of wealth of
spirit. Wealth of spirit is one of
the secrets of health of
mind and body.
Then the Westword
goes on to describe
three of our pizzas,
pairing them with
the bands and songs
that so named them.
They mention the They Might Be
Giant's song "Particle Man" inspired
pie, another akin to The Pixies
"Debaser," and finally, the topper,
a pizza named after Dylan's "Ballad
Of A Thin Man," personally guaran-
teed by the Westword Critic Jason
Sheehan, who wrote this blurb,
to be "the best high-stacked, Bob
Dylanesque jalapeño garlic, onion,
tomato and BBQ sauce pizza avail-
able anywhere."
Now that is some inspired syn-
aesthesia. Synaesthesia is the term
used for experiences combining two
or more senses simultaneously.
That scene in the animated flick,
"Ratatouille," where the mouse is
seeing sounds when he tastes dif-
ferent foods is a prime example.
Hearing the Dylan in a pizza is
another. We are proud to be able to
provide such worthy subject matter
to such a great critic.
Rockers and poets, we've got
what you want. We hope you come
visit us soon. As ever, big ups to the
North Denver News.***
D Note
Adam DeGraff
North Denver Notions
Highlands United Methodist Church
3131 Osceola Street, Denver CO 80212
303.477.5857 www.highlandsumc.com
Worship 10:00AM
Childrens Worship 10:00AM
Open Communion Served
Child Care provided at all Services
Rev. Dr. Betty Bradford
Open Hearts
Open Minds
Open Doors
All are welcome
"Ripples of Hope”, a citywide gal-
lery opening in April’s First Friday
Art Walk, gives survivors of domes-
tic violence and sexual abuse or
assault an opportunity to reflect on
their healing through the arts. The
Daydreamz Project, a community
arts advocacy group, invites the
community to support survivors’
recovery from abuse, by viewing
all of the pieces. This is a unique
opportunity, for Metro Denver to
join local galleries, to raise aware-
ness of this silent epidemic.
These teardrops are painted,
decorated, collaged, or creatively
covered with poetry and healing
imagery by community members of
all ages, backgrounds, & skill levels,
as well as local and national art-
ists. The teardrops convey feelings,
experiences, and recovery, from
domestic violence, sexual abuse, or
assault; with the goal, that greater
awareness will increase resources
and support for survivors of these
crimes. “We must stand together
and be counted, in order to make
lasting change,” says Starr Hogan,
co-founder of Daydreamz.
The exhibit launches on “First
Friday” at CHAC, TOSA, Leaping
Lizard and other supporting gal-
leries, on behalf of the upcom-
ing Sexual Assault & Child Abuse
Awareness month in April. The
public is encouraged to visit all of
these galleries throughout April,
and thank them for their support of
“Ripples of Hope” as a healing tool.
The pieces will again be displayed
at the “Break the Silence – stop the
violence” 5th annual event, on May
8 in Confluence Park at 6pm.
The DAYDREAMZ project is
dedicated to bringing the “voice”
of those not heard into the open,
through arts workshops, exhibits,
and events. “Ripples of Hope” sup-
ports their fifth annual “Break the
Silence” event, on May 8th. This
award-winning performance, gal-
lery and candlelight vigil, gives sur-
vivors, supporters, and advocates
a forum to share their resources
and recovery with the community
at-large. For more information or
to volunteer to help, please contact
the DAYDREAMZ project at 303-
927-6978 or visit www.daydreamz-
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April 4, 2008
This month I’d like to acknowl-
edge Valarie and Estevan Valdez,
owners of Jazzercise at Sloan’s
Lake. After 5 years in the north-
west Denver community, the
Valdez family closed their studio
this month and I wish them well.
I began attending their Jazzercise
classes on a regular basis a couple
of years ago. I found that I gained
self confidence and learned more
about myself as I pushed my own
physical limits.
At the time I started Jazzercise,
I was struggling with the recent
death of my brother, Jake. His
terminal illness left me discon-
nected from the fact that my phys-
ical body was still alive and still
vital. As a mother of two very
young children, finding time for
myself for things like exercise
was a constant challenge. There
was a dialogue going on inside
my head, one voice telling me to
be patient and appreciative of my
post-partum body, and another
voice begging me to find my way
back to my fit pre-motherhood
body. My business was brand new
and required intense amounts of
labor and investments without
many rewards. In short, my stress
level was high and I became dis-
couraged from time to time.
At the beginning of each hour-
long class my body would get
warmed up, my lungs would open
and I’d enjoy the physical sensa-
tions of exercise. But as class
continued and the cardiovascular
intensity increased, I would hit
the wall. My lungs heaved trying
to take in increasing amounts of
oxygen, my muscles fatigued and
began to ache. I wanted to quit
and there were still 35 minutes
left! And that’s when the real
workout, the battle to overcome
discouragement, began.
I recognized that my exercise
routine and my life were mirror
images of one another. Still danc-
ing and keeping up with the rest
of the class, I took mental stock
of the setbacks that had occurred
in my life that week, the situa-
tions that had required courage or
tenacity. Then something would
shift as my body and my attitude
fell in sync with one another. I
would step into the knowledge
that I hadn’t given up at class
or in life because I had more
strength and determination than
I had recognized. I left each class
feeling confident and alive.
In the field of psychology we
call these “mastery tasks.” Any
hobby or form of exercise that
we participate in with regular-
ity allows us to observe our own
improvements and proficiencies
over time, increasing our self-es-
teem, connecting us to the knowl-
edge held inside our bodies. Adults
and children alike can apply this
self knowledge to other areas of
their lives. The boy who’s come to
believe he’s dumb because he has
poor grades can use the skills and
persistence he’s groomed from soc-
cer practice to recognize that he’s
talented and determined enough
to succeed. As the Jazzercise stu-
dio closed Estevan commented,
“Have hope. MAKE tomorrow bet-
ter than today.” Valarie added, “I
believe people can change their
lives. But you have to want it.”
Psychotherapist Angela
Sasseville, MA, NCC is passionate
about supporting adults, couples,
families and teens. See www.
FlourishCounseling.com or call
303.875.0386 for more informa-
Exercise as a metaphor for
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An easy vine for us to grow
is the clematis. It’s pronounced
klem’ a-tis or klemat’ is. Either
is correct depending on how
snobbish you are about
such things. The word
comes from the Greek
word klematis meaning
“a kind of vine.”
There is one variety
that is not a vine but a shrub
that grows four to five feet in
height. It’s called clematis recta
and blooms most of the sum-
Today we are primarily con-
cerned with the vining types.
The flowers have no true pet-
als. Its beauty lies the colorful
sepals. It’s hardy
and has few to no
insect pests in our
area. The diseases
that affect this plant
in other areas don’t
occur in our climate.
The oldest favor-
ite and the hardi-
est clematis is jack-
manii. It must be
pruned early in
the spring. If you
have a mature vine
and haven’t pruned
it yet, do so now.
Cut old stems about
eight inches from the soil level
and give the plant nitrogen and
phosphate. The jackmanii is a
vigorous grower so you’ll have
to watch it throughout the sum-
mer. Left alone it will sprawl on
the ground and ignore your trel-
lis or whatever you are training
it on. The ties you get in trash
bags work very nicely to tie this
plant to wire or thin slats.
There are others called
Nelly Moser (a white and pink
bloomer) Niobe which is a dark
red, Mrs. Norm Thompson in
shades of blue with red stripes.
These are all hybrids and will
not bloom as profusely as oth-
ers. All of the above mentioned
bloom on new growth and must
be pruned early the same as the
Autumn clematis is fragrant
and doesn’t start blooming
until August and then blooms
through October. The white
flowers are small and not par-
ticularly attractive. This plant
is primarily for fra-
grance so plant it
close to a window.
There’s only one
thing to remember
when planting a
clematis but it is very important
if you want it to bloom. Put it
where its feet will be in shade
and its head in the sun. The
roots must be kept cool or the
plant won’t bloom. Garden loam
is suitable soil but it likes a little
lime. That’s why they do so well
for us. Mulch every year and
fertilize every year.
Mulching is impor-
tant in the spring
if you use compost
as it settles in and
doesn’t provide the
needed protection
for the roots. It’s
all right to mulch
more than once.
Clematis is not
like a peony which
resents having dirt
piled on top of its
If you would like
to start your own
plants, layering is a good way.
Lay a stem down so it runs
along the ground and put more
dirt on top of it. Hold it in place
with pegs or rocks. The stem
will root and start new plants
for you. If you’re doing this for
yourself, set the little seedlings
right where you want them to
Clematis resents being moved.
If you are buying plants, put the
pots where you want it to grow
and keep soil moist. Do this for
a week and then set in. The best
time to do this in the spring. If
you are layering to start new
shoots, do that in August. If the
seedlings thrive you can plant
before our nights get cold. If
not leave, them in place until
spring. Some winter watering
will keep them alive.***
Down the
Garden path
Beverly Newton
North Denver Notions
April 4, 2008
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North DeNver News

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2239 Meade St

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The Best Kept Secret of the Highlands
*long hair extra
Northwest Denver has a hot
new bar that is not to be missed
– Zio Romolo’s Alley Bar, at 32nd
and Zuni. Truly a local hangout,
Zio’s is something of a barman’s
bar – from the vin-
tage décor, old-style
gym floor, to the ele-
gant bar that coordi-
nates with the seating
around it, the place
gives the flavor of the
old Italian neighbor-
hood it’s found its way
into. A magnet for the
folks who know best –
the food and restau-
rant industry types
who live and work in
the neighborhood –
the regular crowd at Zio’s only
adds to the charm.
Tony Pasquini, founder and
franchise owner of Pasquini’s,
has ventured into the bar busi-
ness with this latest endeavor –
and closed the alley next door to
Pasquini’s to make it happen. The
actual bar is in the enclosed alley,
and the original reproduction tin
ceilings give the place a feeling of
neighborhood age and charm more
established area joints have yet to
Naturally, the beer and wine list
is extensive – virtually anything
you’d be looking for is on tap or in
a bottle, and neighborhood favor-
ites Harp and Guinness are both
on draught. The wine list includ-
ing Italian, Californian, and other
wines. And, like every good Italian-
flavored watering hole, Zio’s not
only serves Texas’s very own Lone
Star beer, but they serve it in a
chilled boot-shaped mug. It’s the
only way to do it right.
Zio Romolo’s is named after
Tony Pasquini’s favorite uncle,
whose black and white picture is
hung above the antique cash reg-
ister. They spared no expense or
shoe leather to estab-
lish Zio’s as a comfort-
able place for locals to
hang out – from the
1940s bar, shipped to
Denver from Lafayette,
Indiana, to the vintage
neon Coors sign and
the hardwood gym
flooring in the seating
area, that matches the
flooring in Pasquini’s.
An entrance leads out
to the street from the
alley side, while a sep-
arate entrance allows patrons to
wander into Zio’s from Pasquini’s.
After much debate, Zio’s has
added not one, but five large flat
screen HD televisions - and the
drink specials are already a big hit.
On Saturdays, you can find fifteen
bottles of wine at fifteen dollars,
and on Wednesdays pitchers of Fat
Tire go for a measly $5. The large
roll-up garage-door style windows
face the north and will make Zio’s
the ideal place to enjoy a bottle of
wine or a Bloody Maria on a lazy
Saturday afternoon in the sum-
“There’s a reason the locals
love this place,” says Jaci Aragon-
Combs, bar manager and long-
time industry veteran. “Restaurant
people know a good deal when they
see one, and that’s why you’ll find
so many of them here. But it’s just
a great, neighborhood spot where
you can stop by, see people you
know, and just sit back and have
a good time.”
Zio Romolo's - Highland's new
old-fashioned watering hole
Jaci Aragon-Combs, bar manager at
Zio Romolo's, is excited about being
involved in a locals hangout.
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North DeNver News
April 4, 2008
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Buyers: Gold, Silver & Gems
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Come Celebrate our
14th Anniversary
with Hundreds of
New Frames from
the Paris Show.
Support your local merchants
Shop Tennyson Street First
Just imagine — potentially all of your house ‘challenges’
could be solved in one day at a fun event right here in
the neighborhood!
• space
• windows
• colors
• bricks
• fire safety
• heating and cooling
• kitchens and bathrooms
• protecting old trees
• permits/zoning
• water-wise ways
• take a workshop
• visit with city officials,
home professionals
and other experts
• vendors galore
May 10
9a – 4p
Historic Highlands Masonic Temple Center
3550 Federal Boulevard
You are invited to tour the Masonic Temple which, until recently,
has not been open to the public. Come visit this neighborhood icon.
The Northwest Denver Old House Expo organizing committee: The Historic Genie of Ask GENIE! communica-
tions, Denver City Councilman Rick Garcia, The North Denver News, This Place in Time, LLC, and Xcel Energy
Proud sponsors include: All About Saving Heat and Windows, Applewood Plumbing, Heating & Electric, Bank of
the West, Denver Water, Lapis Gallery, Lyons Historic Windows, Modern Bungalow, Northwest Denver City Council
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Seafood has landed on W. 32nd
Avenue - right next to Peaberry
Coffee, Urban Eyes, and Lily's, in
the space formerly occupied by Ship
This! Offering fresh fish, live mus-
sels, clams, and shellfish, as well
as already dressed and prepared
delicacies, Seafood Landing, the
highly-successful fishmonger previ-
ously housed at 6th Avenue and
Wadsworth in Lakewood, has made
the move to the Highlands to better
serve its customer base.
"A lot of our customers were
coming down from the Highlands,"
explains Bruce Johnson, the store's
owner. "So it made a lot of sense to
move here. With the cheese shop,
the wine store, the bakery down the
street, and the butcher that's going
to be moving in across the street,
I think this is going to be a really
nice little neighborhood spot where
people can come and buy fresh,
good food."
Along with the goods already
lining the store's coolers, Seafood
Landing is able to fill custom orders
for that special meal or occasion - as
well as provide tips and recipes for
how to prepare just about anything
the store sells.
"Customer service is really
important when you're selling food,"
explains Johnson. "It's important
that people know that they can trust
the people who are feeding them."
Stop by at 3457 W. 32nd Avenue,
or call 303-571-1995 for more infor-
At 44th and Lowell, Dr. Lia Baros
has opened a new Orthodontics
practice, filling a need that could
previously only be met by travelling
to points in Arvada, Lakewood, or
closer to Cherry Creek. Highland
Orthodontics, her new practice, is a
light-filled, brightly colored, accessi-
ble location where you'll feel just as
much at ease as your patient does.
And after five and half years as an
orthodontist and filling a three year
general dentistry residency, she's
been receiving a warm welcome.
"We chose the area because we
liked the neighborhood, it's a little
tigher knit area," Baros explains. "The
building owners are very involved in
trying to improve the neighborhood,
including the improvements they've
made across the street at Billy's. But
we've had lots of people just drop-
ping by, excited that there's some-
thing nice on this corner. And the
local businesses have been great."
"I just love the kids - and we've
had a lot of Spanish-speaking cli-
ents. My Spanish is getting better,"
Baros laughs.
Highland Orthodontics offers a
suite of services, including both
conventional braces, transparent
braces, and Invisalign transparent
molds. With the latest high-tech
and digital technology, as well as
a friendly, non-threatening atmo-
sphere, it's a great place to get a
perfect smile.
Stop by the location at the corner
of 44th and Lowell, or call 303-433-
7500 for a free consultation.
And a North Denver favorite has
moved. PlumbLine Pilates has found
a new home, inside Tennyson Street's
Advanced Physical Medicine at 3919
Tennyson Street. Still open Monday
through Saturday by appointment,
Jessica, Dina and Cortney will be
offering their mat, group equipment,
and private instruction classes
alongside the physical therapy and
massage of Advanced's Mikelle.
"It's great to pair with sucha
great physical therapist, and this is
such,a great location," says Jessica
Rothman of PlumbLine. "Pilates is a
great step for rehab, to help people
get into shape, so the new location
should make a lot of sense."
"We're excited to have a great
outfit like PlumbLine sharing our
space," says Mikelle Peterson of
Advanced Physical Medicine. "This
really adds something to our loca-
tion, and makes this a convenient
location for people throughout an
entire continuum of care."
For appointments, call
Open for Business - Seafood Landing,
Orthodontics, PlumbLine Pilates
North DeNver News
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April 4, 2008
The Chicano Humanities and
Art Council, 772 Santa Fe Drive,
host a 30 year anniversary cel-
ebration with
an extrava-
ganza of art,
story, food
and music.
To honor
the success
of Denver’s
oldest con-
tinually oper-
ating artist co-op dedicated to
promoting the art and culture of
Chicano/Latino art, a month long
showcase titled, “ Return of the
Corn Mothers: A 30 year celebra-
tion of CHAC” will begin fes-
tivities with a free Cinco de Mayo/
First Friday concert by nation-
ally renown L.A. based musician
Martin Espino from the band
Mexika, a blessing ceremony by
Aztec dance troupe Huehueteotl
and a meet and greet with the
shows featured artist , free food,
and spectacular art show on
May 2nd from 6-9 p.m. at the
CHAC Gallery.
The theme of the show is based
on the Pueblo mythology of the
Corn Mothers who were said to
have sung in the essence of all
creation including the sacred
Katchinas of the South West. The
shows content is said to be one
of the most unique exhibitions to
come to Denver. The focal point
of the showcase is a photo jour-
nalist exhibition of women from
Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona
and Texas who have earned acco-
lades for their community activ-
ism and creative endeavors. This
photo display was the recipient of
the prestigious 2007/08 Rocky
Mountain Women’s
Institute fellow-
ship award and will
begin a year long
tour with the pre-
mier at CHAC.
Visual artist
Arlette Lucero of Art
Reach fame known
for her feminist
art, Meggan De Anza award win-
ning Santera and print artist,
Holly Wasigner former Art Street
community muralist, Santiago
Jaramillo Aztec and Mexika
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artist Mike Penny, photo journal-
ist Todd Pierson along with beat
poet Suzanna Vega, storyteller
Carl Ruby and legendary master
embroidery folk artist Rita Wallace
from Mexico as the tour de force
from the CHAC gallery. They are
joined by with three guest art-
ist; Li Harding acclaimed African
American sculptor, Evelyn Valdez
Martinez award winning San Luis
Valley painter, and the late Robert
Lopez Dussart a renowned Native
American portrait artist. Together
this dynamic mix of energy and
talent explores and highlights the
rich cultural heritage of Colorado’s
creative spirit.
In keeping with the theme
of the show every piece of art
reflects the bounty of the earth,
the regenerative nature of life and
the contributions of women in
through out the vast south west
territories. It is a deeply emotional
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show full of color and texture.
From the intricate weavings of
Mexico to the vibrant paintings
of the Tarahumara to the almost
ethereal stone carvings this is a
show that will conjure images of
the ancient while promising a new
beginning. “It is something you
would expect to see in Santa Fe”
said long time CHAC board mem-
ber Stevon Lucero, an internation-
ally recognized Chicano visionary.
“It is so full of diverse mediums
and cutting edge work.”
see CORN MOTHERS on page 30
Lucero added “This is kick off
celebration is just the beginning
of a whole month and a whole
year of special events to real-
ly express the talent and power
behind CHAC’s success. Martin
Espino came all the way from
California to be here for this event
and the work is beyond imagina-
tion. This is the cream of the crop.
It is one event not to miss…..
museum quality work by real liv-
ing legends, mind blowing!”
Return of the
Corn Mothers:
a 30 year
celebration of
Martin Espino who is from the L.A. based musical groupo Mexika will perfrom at the CHAC 30th
Anniversary show. He is internationally known for his use of traditional native instruments and
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North DeNver News
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What to do with Old
Paintings of old houses usu-
ally include picturesque gardens
– gardens that you can
almost smell – gardens
often replete with hol-
lyhocks, and old roses
and pinks. Pictures of
gardens from colonial
America to the early
1900s are cozy, com-
forting, and creative. And, perhaps
that is what gardening is all about.
If you have recently purchased
an older home or decided that this is
the year to do something with your
garden and you don’t know much
about gardening, you may want to
consider talking to people who have
lived in the neighborhood a long
time or contacting a few gardening
experts. What are those big round
bushes with stately leaves? Should
they be trimmed or pruned? And
what about those huge rose bushes
that seem to engulf the porch and
that funny vine with the big orange
flowers that grasps (actually stran-
gles) the downspout?
Well, those stately bushes could
be majestic peonies, which—like
old houses—don’t like their parts
removed and thrive on longevity.
And those roses—no, they are not
the common tea roses of today that
need routine pruning. Those roses
may be bush or rambling roses.
They almost make you heady with
their fragrance. These are not frag-
ile roses; roses that need tender
loving care. No, trim dead branches
if there are any and trim branches
that have strayed where you want
to sit or are clogging a drainpipe.
And that funny vine is probably a
Elizabeth Jeanne Wheeler
North Denver Notions
trumpet vine. They – like the peo-
nies and roses – need little if any
Familiar flowers from time-gone-
by include: hollyhocks, pansies,
cosmos, nasturtiums, sweet peas,
stocks, iris (often called
flags), moss roses, morn-
ing glories, bachelor’s
button, diathus (called
pinks), aster, larkspur
and zinnias. All are easy
to grow in Colorado and
come in a variety of col-
ors. Common bushes include snow-
ball, bridal wreath, lilac, forsythia,
pussy willow and service berry.
Garden books, magazines and
catalogs offer a wealth of informa-
tion and delight. A few of note for
older or historical homes include:
“Italian Villas and Gardens” illus-
trated by Maxfield Parrish, numer-
ous works by Gertrude Jekyll, and
“Outside the Bungalow,” by Paul
Duchscherer and Douglas Keister.
“Plant Talk Colorado, “http://
www.ext.colostate.edu/ptlk/, is an
excellent local source of informa-
tion. It is sponsored by Colorado
State University Extension, Denver
Botanic Gardens, and Green
Industries of Colorado. A wonder-
ful source for Denver trees is the
Park People, http://www.thepark-
and their program, “Denver Digs
You can get answers about old
houses and gardens for free at The
Northwest Denver Old House Expo,
scheduled for Saturday, May 10,
at the historic Highlands Masonic
Temple Center, 3550 Federal
Boulevard, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
You can reach Elizabeth at www.
historicgenie.com ***
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This lovely old backyard garden shown from a side view is replete with heir-
loom peach trees, and Bridal Wreath and Oregon Grape Holly bushes. Unless
the current residents have some gardening experience, they probably would not
be able to identify the trees and bushes. The gardener who tended this garden
for years passed away a number of years ago and his wife, who grew up in this
home, moved to a retirement center. Photo by Elizabeth J. Wheeler.
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North DeNver News
see Valdez on page 22
It was a wake-up call for many of
the parents of Valdez Elementary:
hearing that a reported 86% of stu-
dents entering North High School
(of which Valdez is a feeder school),
enter below grade level. Getting
involved in Padres Unidos was a way
they could get involved and fight
for the kind of changes that would
r e s c u e
their own
c h i l d r e n
from being
among the
grim statis-
P a d r e s
U n i d o s ,
along with
its affili-
ate youth
p r o g r a m,
P a d r e s
Jovenes, is a
o r g a ni z a-
tion that is
led by peo-
ple of color
who work
for equality
and justice
in education, for youth, and for
immigrant rights. Padres Unidos
challenges the root causes of dis-
crimination, racism, and inequity
by exposing the economic, social,
and institutional basis for injustice
as well as developing effective strat-
egies and tactics to shift power and
achieve institutional change.
The organization has repre-
sentation in several Denver Metro
schools including Ana Maria
Sandoval Elementary, Lake Middle
School, Horace Mann Elementary
and Valdez Elementary School. On
March 11, parents, teachers, and
organizers of Padres Unidos gath-
ered for a press conference to pro-
vide an update on their activities as
well as to receive a grant check pre-
sented by The Denver Foundation’s
Strengthening Neighborhoods
Spokesperson and Valdez parent
Lucina Saenz, who accepted the
Strengthening Neighborhoods grant
on behalf of the organization, shared
her story. “I have become an active
member in Padres Unidos because,
as my mother once said, one flower
– no matter how much it blossoms
or blooms cannot bring about the
spring. It is only when multiple
flowers are present that spring—
that change—comes to a meadow.
The same principle applies to the
movement and organization of par-
ents within schools. Last year,
many of us were passive partici-
pants in our children’s education.
The past principal and administra-
tion of Valdez Elementary would tell
us of decisions already made and
never inquire as to our opinions.
This year, all of that has changed.”
As members of Padres Unidos,
parents and organizers at Valdez
Elementary have visited sever-
al “best practice” schools in the
district, including West Denver
Preparatory School and Sunshine
Charter Elementary, schools that
have similar demographics but are
seeing far better results in terms of
the academic success of their stu-
dents. Valdez wants to be a model
school and create a network for
other schools.
Saenz stated, “We’ve presented
our observations to the Principal,
Peter Sherman, who has supported
and encouraged us within this pro-
cess, not as passive participants
in our children’s education but
active voices declaring that college
preparation begins in elementary
schools. Our demands for solid 8th
grade graduation requirements and
a school culture that promotes col-
lege prep for all have been almost
completely agreed to. Everything
should be in place for the 08-09
school year.”
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involved in the battle for better
by Angelle C. Fouther
Valdez Principal, Peter Sherman speaks with organizer Jeannette
Martinez-Carnejo and parent Lucinda Saenz at the March 11 press con-
ference. Photo by: Ric Urrutia.
September 5, 2003
Page 20
North DeNver News
April 4, 2008
Page 20
North DeNver News
Don Bain
North Denver Notions
Spring is a time of renewal
and sometimes that reawakening
applies even to the neighborhood
watering hole. The former Roni’s
Place at 3358 Mariposa St. is trans-
forming into something
unusual in this day
and age – a place you’ll
find live rock music
a couple of nights a
week – a saloon called
New owner Mike
Veilloux (pronounced Vay-yoo) is
giving the North Denver bar its first
makeover and renovation since it
was known as The Rush some 10
years ago. “Everybody is a rock
star,” he says with a passion that
makes you believe it.
This neighborhood across I-25
from LoDo, traditionally known as
the Highlands,
could easily be
referred to as
HiDo, consider-
ing the cost of the
lofts and luxury
apartments rap-
idly increasing
the population
density and tax
base of this area.
The Hard
Rock Café has
spread its fran-
chise across
the nation and,
given their suc-
cess, Veilloux’s
idea might just
fly. He’s serious
about upgrading
the lounge, it’s
services and ambience.
He insightfully began reworking
the place in the bathrooms, where
serious help was needed. No, this
isn’t Lola, but if you were ever in
Roni’s Place the improvement is
significant – new paint, new fix-
tures and a fresh tile floor.
They have completely redecorat-
ed the bar area with a black, bur-
gundy and galvanized steel décor
giving the room a motor city feel.
The vertically ribbed wall paneling
is accented by the horizontal lines
of the steel and black trim balances
the two, leaning slightly to the dark
side. Just like Rock N Roll. They
also resurfaced the 13 by 20 foot
dance floors.
The bar had it’s grand opening
March 28 but is, in some ways, still
a work in progress. The new sign
should be up by next week and the
outside of the building is due for
a new coat of paint soon as well.
This summer will see the addi-
tion of a sizeable L-shaped open-air
deck out back complete with food,
beer and wine service.
The kitchen will open soon pro-
viding a somewhat upscale menu
with precise hours yet
to be determined.
Fri day and
Saturdays will fea-
ture live music by
Jon Romero and the
Cuervo Nation featur-
ing the talents of Tim
Perea on guitar and vocals along
with vocal assistance from Grace
A notable addition to opening
night was the bands special guest
Tom Murray, a real life rock star
sitting in on the drums. Murray
was an original member of The
Castaways, a one-hit wonder band
with a song titled Liar, Liar in the
’60s. He worked with another band
known as The Litter for a number
of years, performing on the same
stage as some of the top names in
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the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame and is
currently living in Denver. He’s had
some time off and simply wants to
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of rock and pop covers including
songs you wouldn’t expect. Tunes
by the likes of Chris Issak, Allanah
Myles, Grand Funk Railroad, the
Rolling Stones, Sade and Led
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of the band Jon Romero and the Cuervo Nation at The Rockstar
recently (below). Photo by Don Bain.
September 5, 2003
Page 21
North DeNver News
April 4, 2008
Fiesta Colorado’s vibrant 30th
Anniversary Celebration will be a
treat for all audiences! Presenting
a full spectrum of Hispanic dances,
it features the best
of Flamenco and
Mexican Folklórico
in Colorado. The per-
formances will be at
Denver West High
School, 951 Elati
Street, on Friday,
April 18 & Saturday,
April 19 at 7:30 pm.
Flamenco y Folklórico will present
dance and music from both Spain
and Mexico. It includes Alegria from
Seville, Bulerias accompanied by fiery
Spanish guitars, and the classical La
Leyenda del Beso, all originals from
the Iberian Peninsula. Also on the
program will be Mexican Folklórico
favorites from Veracruz, Jalisco,
Guadalajara and Tamaulipas, among
others. Audiences will be delighted,
not only with
the dynamic
but also with the
visually exotic
costumes from
each region.
Gui t a r i s t s
Steve Mullins
and Sangria,
with their fiery
F l a m e n c o
rhythms, will
a c c o m p a n y
master dancers
Jeanette Trujillo-
Lucero, Gina
Martinez and
María Vasques,
who togeth-
er create the
ambience and
passion of the
authentic Tablao
Flamenco, the
favorite of all
who visit Barcelona or Madrid.
The award-winning Fiesta
Colorado Dance Company, full of
talent and exuberance, performs
a colorful extravanza of many zap-
ateados, which takes the audience
on a delightful trip through the dif-
ferent regions of Mexico.
This unforgettable program,
Flamenco y Folklórico, is under the
direction of Jeanette Trujillo. Fiesta
Colorado Inc. and Danzantes Studio
is an elite group of dancers that have
worked with Trujillo for decades.
These professionals are considered
the best of the best among Mexican
and Spanish dancers. They have
preformed at numerous venues,
fundraisers, corporate functions,
schools and major stages throughout
Colorado and the region. Thousands
of people have been entertained and
enlightened through their awe-in-
spiring renditions of traditional and
modern Hispanic dance. The troupe
breathes the breath of life into the
dances of Old Mexico and Spain.
Thirty years ago when Trujillo
formed her first dance troupe she
had a dream. Inspired by her teach-
er, internationally renowned dance
instructor Lucille Campa, Trujillo
was determined to preserve a way
of life. “Even back then I realized
that the dances were a bloodline to
the past. There is this rich heritage
that belongs to all of us and it is
so important to make sure that it
survives. I think I knew instinctively
that in order to keep the tradition
alive you need to nurture and pro-
tect that tradition.”
In many ways
Trujillo is a Colorado
tradition all by her-
self. She moved
back to Colorado
in 1987, after
spending several
years in Santa Fe.
She came home to
raise her sons and
to start a dance
studio. “At the time
there were no stu-
dios in Colorado teaching Folklorico
or Flamenco. I had been a dancer
for many years and the Southwest
was a great place to ingrain the full
impact of the music and dance in
me. But deep down inside I longed
to come home and create a dance
tradition in our own state. I began
from scratch; I worked as a waitress
and saved all my money. I knew that
there was a need to have this type of
studio in Denver
and I was deter-
mined to see it
T r u j i l l o ’ s
hard work and
patience paid
off. By 1988 she
had her first
full production
at the Arvada
Center. The
rest, as they
say, is history.
She has per-
formed with her
dance troupe
throughout the
world. A fea-
tured performer
for Governor
R o m e r ' s
Inaugurati on,
she has also
had the distinc-
tion of being one
of the first Hispanic Artists to per-
form with the Colorado Symphony
Orchestra. She is a recipient of the
Mayor's Award for Excellence (97,
07), a CCA Colorado Folk Artist (92,
93), and she has preformed with the
world renowned Mariachi Tecalitlan
of Mexico.
Trujillo laughs gently, “What is
the next level? Let me tell you! I think
it is important for a city of our size to
have a professional dance troupe like
this. We keep alive dance traditions
from Mexico and Spain that might
otherwise be lost or unavailable to
the community here in Colorado. I
see myself as a link between genera-
tions. We have proven ourselves as
professionals. I think it is equally
important that the community sup-
port these types of dance groups.
It is very important for studios and
troupes such as mine to exist; they
are the heartbeat of culture. Being
at West High School is one of the
most exciting places we could be,
right here in the heart of the barrio
where we all grew up.”
Tickets for the show can be
ordered at www.fiestacolorado.org
(Go to Season – Special Events Page,
Under April events) $15 –Adults,$10
– Children 12 and under, Students, &
Seniors 55+
At the Door day of the perfor-
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12 and under, Students & Seniors.
For more informationa call Jeanette
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Renee Fajardo
North Denver Notions
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Jeanette Martinez-Cornejo, the
lead organizer for the Valdez parent
group says, “Members of the group
feel that further changes are need-
ed at the District level and are now
demanding that the District comply
with proposals for much-needed
financial support for teacher devel-
opment and mandatory staffing at
after school tutoring programs. We
are also pushing to see a slightly
longer school day Monday through
Valdez parents get grant
continued from page 19 Thursday and on Friday students
will go home early and teachers use
the time for planning and assess-
The group will go to the District
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Northwest Denver is known for its lovely vintage homes. If you can identify where
this home is located and what makes it unusual for our area from an architectural
standpoint, your name will be entered into a drawing for a free dinner at a local
North Denver restaurant. Send your answers to editor@northdenvernews.com
Clue: Out of 13 homes on the east side of this block, I am one of 12 beautiful
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Our block of ??? style homes are truly a Northwest Denver jewel and a valuable
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and some half timbering. Bungalows in Chicago are noted for the windowed
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September 5, 2003
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April 4, 2008
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Sat. April 26: block party!
celebrate the birthday of Holland’s
Queen Beatrix @ dubbel dutch!
In collaboration, Best Pets - a
mobile pet adoption service - along
with Sherlock Hound's Pet Deli
and Planned / Planet Pethood,
will be hosting an adopt-a-thon at
the Oriental Theatre on May 31,
between 10AM and 4PM.
With expectations of as
many as ten to fifteen res-
cue and adoption groups
in attendance, there will
be anywhere from 50
to 200 animals at the
Oriental Theatre looking
for good homes, as well
as an unprecendented
opportunity to gain infor-
mation from all stripes
of the rescue community.
In addition, there will be
all kinds of "dog stuff"
on sale - from leashes,
to toys, to collars - and
Dr. Jeff Young of Planned
Pethood will be on hand
to take and answer ques-
tions at a special booth.
"We're really encourag-
ing groups to hand out
information, and locations,
so that everyone will have
a chance to get the word
out about what they do,"
explains Dara Shalette of
Best Pets. "We work with
a lot of shelters, and they
can be suspicious of these
sorts of events - but they
work with us, so they know us.
A lot of these shelters have been
really successful, but people don't
know about them even though
they've been around for years and
years and years. This really gives
smaller shleters a chance to gain
some more exposure."
The animals will be available
throughout the Oriental, with the
exception of the main lobby -
which will serve as a restaurant
for the day, serving treats from the
theatre's "kitchen," Meltz.
"The emphasis is really
going to be on adoption,"
explains Janet Young, of
Planned / Planet Pethood.
"There really is an overpop-
ulation problem, and there
are so many good, adopt-
able dogs and cats out there.
This event highlights those
animals, as well as the great
homes they'll live in."
Over the past two years,
both Best Pets and Planet
Pethood have found homes
for some 800 animals.
"Having the two of us work
together," says Young, "we
can just get so many more
animals placed."
Adoptions fees will vary
between different rescues
and for different kinds and
ages of animals. But cats will
be starting at around $50,
and dogs at $80. Those fees
take into account complete
vaccination, as well as the
cost of spaying or neuturing
the pet - and often veterinary
care that took place to make
the animal healthy enough to go
So head on town to the Oriental,
May 31, and check out all that the
adopt-a-thon has to offer.***
North Denver adoptathon
In honor of the birthday of
Holland's Queen Beatrix, a street
festival will take place at Berkeley's
50th and Lowell strip on April 26,
from 10AM-2PM. After two suc-
cessful events in previous years,
this year's festivities should be
bigger and better than ever before
- with some live music on offer, a
great sidewalk sale, and of course
all the Dutch culture and Dutch
food North Denver has to offer.
The celebration is modelled
after the huge annual celebration
that takes place in Holland, where
sidewalk sales, orange garb, and
grand festivities are the norm.
"The actual celebration is on the
30th," explains Eef Tulp, owner of
50th and Lowell's Dubbel Dutch
imports and sandwich store. "But
it's not a national holiday here,
so we're holding it on the 26th
to capture the weekend. But in
Holland, the celebration actually
starts on the 29th - at night.
People come out into the streets,
and mark their spots with chalk.
Then, they bring out all their stuff
and stay out with it all night. The
next morning, they sell their stuff,
they party, and in Amsterdam,
everyone goes out on their boats.
Everyone, of course, dresses in
orange, which is a Dutch cus-
Dubbel Dutch will be offering
up the Dutch food and culture -
in co-operation with De Petteflet,
Denver's Dutch School. "This is
our second year working with De
Petteflet," explains Tulp, "the kids
are so excited - and the Dutch are
in a party mood!"
Meanwhile, other merchants
along the strip will be joining
the festivities. Neighboring Bizarre
Bazaar will be wheeling out racks
of clothing for a sidewalk sale of
grand scale, and offering themed
discounts on their already well-
priced consignment merchandise.
"We'll be offering 75% off all winter
items - and anything orange in
the store will be 40% off," laughs
Wendy Silveira, the store's owner.
"We'll also have local designers
showing off their designs."
"Next door, Northwest Parents
for Excellent Schools will be offer-
ing gently-used children's cloth-
ing, and taking donations for that
organization," she adds.
Across the way, Venice on the
Lowell - the revamped coffee shop
- will be playing live music and
offering freshly-made food and cof-
fee drinks, as well as showcasing
the work of local jewelry-makers.
"It's always a good event," says
Tulp. "And there will be other
events going on throughout the
city. The whole Dutch community
are doing something. But this is a
great opportunity for whoever in
the neighborhood wants to come
out and learn about Dutch culture
- as well as get good deals on nice
stuff. And to dress in Orange."***
Hail to the Queen