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It is in the Mid-East, at the against terrorism constitute alibis beginning of this 21st century that for this neocolonial reconquest of some of the bloodiest conflicts are the countries of the region, and taking place and are threatening beyond, of Africa and Asia. world peace. That the biggest planThe Mid-East is that vital life etary battles occur there is hardly line which supplied the British any surprise. This region produces Empire through its routes tradition35% of world oil and holds 68% of ally leading from the Mediterranean its reserves. to the Indian Ocean, When the US gov- The mid-east, the starting with the Suez ernment talks about Canal. The world and tearing apart its mass media have democratizing the Mid-East, it raises a certainly changed good question to which it provides but the region remains the decia bad answer. It mocks the nature sive crossroads between Europe, of the regimes in place as long as Asia and Africa. Further, it is a they serve its interests. The Iraqi whole new strategic zone rebaptized dictatorship crimes were no worry South-East Asia that the US is tryto Washington, even if such crimes ing to squeeze into a network of included gassing the Kurd nation- military bases, from the Caucasian als, as long as the region was pro- Gulf to Central Asia, just like durtected from the propagation of the ing the time of encirclement of the Iranian Islamic revolution. Even Soviet Union. so, a systematic violation of human Mr. Bush and Mr. Blair apparrights by Saudi Arabia was of little ently do not understand what importance to the US before that Robespierre meant when he wrote country “provided” the majority of that “peoples do not like armed the 11 September terrorists… missionaries”. Hence we may notice The (much) advertised Great the following: the Anglo-American Mid-East aims at tightening the operation ended a dictatorship, but grip of the USA over that geopo- plunged Iraq into a terrible civil litical space, its petroleum, mar- war. Despite the clogging down of kets and regimes. The installation our Marines and the general disof military bases is an essential enchantment of our public, the element of such strategy. The said Administration is now threatening clash of civilizations and the fight Iran. Between Washington and Tehran, the question is not simply one of a nuclear threat. In fact, it is the problem of the American presence in the Middle East (Iraq, Afghanistan, and Saudi Arabia). Our intervention has acted as if a huge cobblestone was dropped into a pond. Destined to bring democracy to the region, the only effect has so far been to stir infinity of dormant conflicts, without succeeding in resolving any. The resurgence of the Taliban, the cultivation of poppies in Afghanistan, the Kurdish party threat against Turkey and Iran, the difficulty of forming an Iraqi government, the mortal violence that continues to plague Iraq, the bloody deadlock in Palestine, the Iranian nuclear threat, and the blockade imposed by Syria against Lebanon, are nothing but the visible signs of a tragic failure of an American ambition turned totally unrealistic. This is what happens when political art is confounded with a M-F 9:30-5:30 / Sat 9-5 perception of divine inspiration.***

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The North Denver News is happy to provide news on current community events and organizations to the north Denver community. If you qualify as a community school, club, church or other non-profit organization in the area, please contact the paper about our free community listings. Information for these listings can be sent in to the News through the following: Mail: P.O. Box 12487, Denver 80212, fax 303.458.7541 or e-mail: editor@northdenvernews.com Galleries Pirate: A Contemporary Art Oasis, 3659 Navajo Street, 303.458.6058 -- Hours: Friday 7 – 10 pm, Saturday - Sunday from noon to 5 pm. More information, call 303-458-6058. www.pirateart.org Peter Illig in the Main Gallery, Brian Robertson in the Associate Galley thru July 16 Gallery Sink 2301 W. 30th (corner of 30th and Wyandot, 303-455-5601, www.gallerysink.com Zip 37 Gallery, 3644 Navajo Street, 303.477.4525 Tennyson Gallery - 4369 Stuart Street (just east of 44th & Tennyson in the Gallery district) 303.433.3274 www.tennysongallery.com Gallery Hours Tuesday - Friday 12:30 - 7:00, or Saturday 12:30 - 5:00 Edge Gallery, 3658 Navajo Street, 303.477.7173 Kirk Norlin Studio + Gallery, 4430 Tennyson St ., 303-477-1847 or 877-499-5511 (toll-free), www.kirknorlin.com, Gallery Hours: Tues-Fri noon-7 pm , Sat 10 am-5 pm PROVIDE-N-CE Art Gallery & International Gift Shop 4325 W 41st Ave (303) 477-0309 Gallery Hours: Wednesday-Saturday: 10 am–6:00 pm Photography Show "The Fifth Season" A photo essay show recalls a longing and search of the two lovers during and after the end of Vietnam War. Photographer: Sen Nguyen, OSF Works on exhibition through July 28th Cutting Edge Framing & Gallery 7200 W 38th Ave Wheat Ridge 303 421 8400 Would like to invite you to a Opening Reception featuring Ed Slack and Marc Sabatella Cityscapes & Landscapes Friday July 7th 6 pm to 10 pm Show runs through August 2nd . Also join us for Second Saturdays to visit with our street artists or join the fun and bring your art supplies . First Friday Art Walk - Come join the fun & Art ! At the best kept secret in Wheat Ridge ! Kevin Saehlenou Gallery -- 3478 W. 32nd Ave, 303-455-1611 The Other Side Arts 1644 Platte Street, Denver CO 2006 Children’s Workshop Series at our Denver location (1644 Platte Street). Workshops will be offered every Saturday from 1:30 - 2:30pm. As always, workshops are FREE and no reservations are required. This year, we are offering an exciting series of progressive 6-week workshops, geared for children under the age of 8 (though all ages are welcome). Questions: education@theothersidearts.org, or 303-859-7792. NEXT Art Gallery 3659 Navajo Street, 720-934-7884 Gallery Hours: Wednesday & Thursday 11a – 2p . Friday 6 – 10p . Saturday & Sunday 12 "Recent Works" by Kim Albrecht reflects the changes Albrecht has been absorbing from her recent move from the hustle and bustle of San Francisco to the relaxed atmosphere of Boulder. Some pieces in this body of work are reflective of experiences in San Francisco while others and are a reflection of experiences here in Colorado on exhibit thru July 23 Libraries Smiley Branch Library 4501 W. 46th Ave. at Utica Street, 303.477.3622; Hours: Mon closed, Tues 10 am – 8 pm, Wed 12:30 – 8 pm, Thurs 10 am – 5:30 pm, Sat 10 am – 5:30 pm NW Denver Toy Library - The Toy Library offers a collection of over 400 toys, games and puzzles for children (infant through age 8) to borrow, enjoy and return. The Toy Library is open Tuesday - 6 to 7:30 p.m., Thursday - 10 to 12 noon, and Saturdays - 10 to 12 noon. Smiley Branch Library, 4501 W. 46th Ave., 303-477-3622 Woodbury Branch Library 3265 Federal Blvd at W. 33rd Ave., 303.455.3930; Hours: Mon, Tues, Thurs noon – 7 pm, Wed closed, and Fri – Sat 10 am – 5:30 pm Other Great Stuff Bug Theater - All shows are at 11 am on Saturdays and tickets are $5. Located at 3654 Navajo, For reservations and more information, call the BugLine at 303-477-9984. www. bugtheatre.org Art Walk -- 1st Friday of every month from 6 – 10 pm includes seven galleries along Tennyson between 38th and 44th. Families welcome. For further information contact John Rieger, President of the Tennyson Merchant Association, at 303-480-5126. LoDo Toastmasters, a self-improvement group dedicated to improving public speaking skills, meets the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at 6:45 PM at the Celtic Tavern, 1801 Blake Street. Contact John Homik, 303-455-8423, for more information, or visit us at www.d26toastmasters.org. MOPS (Mothers of Pre-schoolers) Meeting – Second and fourth Thursdays of every month from 9 – 11:30 am at Riverside Baptist Church located at 23rd and Bryant St. Discussion, Community, Creativity - for more info call 303-777-1185. Quality childcare provided. Babies don’t come with instructions! Metro Denver Bright Beginnings distributes free parenting, community resources, child, and language development information to parents of children 0-3 through one-on-one visits. Call for more information or to volunteer (303) 5612233. www.brightbeginningsco.org Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church at 3549 Navajo Street, 303-455-0447. Join us for our Prima Domenica - Italian Mass. Celebrated the first Sunday of every month at 9 am. Plumb Line Pilates Mat Class Schedule Monday: 12:00pm-1:00pm Beginning, 5:30pm-6:30pm Beginning/Intermediate Wednesday: 5:30pm-6:30pm Intermediate Saturday: 9:00am-10:00am Intermediate/Advanced; 10:00am-11:00am Beginning Mat Classes Prepaid Monthly $12 each Drop-in $15 each 2343 West 44th Avenue, Denver, CO 80304 303-433-3953 The Optimist Club of Northwest Denver meets the second Tuesday of each month at 5:30 pm

at McCoy’s Restaurant, 4855 Federal Boulevard, and on the fourth Saturday at 9:00 am at Playa de Oro, 3551 West 38th Avenue. For more information, contact Anita Kapp at anita@anitakapp. com or 303-422-3411. Denver Area Science Fiction Association (DASFA) Monthly meetings on the third Saturday of the month, 7:30 p.m. featuring author readings, science presentations, conversation, camaraderie and more! Admission is free. Wild Oats Market community room, 1111 So. Washington Street, www.dasfa.org or call 303-936-4092. Signing Smart Baby Sign Language Class Need something fun to do this summer with your little one? Would you like to peek through a window into your infant’s or toddler’s mind? A way to reduce frustration and temper tantrums? Then our Signing Smart play classes are for you! Signing Smart Play Classes for Parents and their 6 month to 2 year old children start in North Denver (and throughout the metro area) in June. Contact Rina at 303-777-7078 or rina@signingsmart.com for more information. Mile High Harmonica Club will now meet the second Sunday of each month. The club meets at 1:00 pm at Swallow Hill Music Center, 71 East Yale, Denver. Harmonica players of all skills— beginners to pros, diatonic or chromatic—are welcomed to meet other harp players for fun and music. For information call Roger at 303-973-5418. FREE Educational Session at Little Tree - 4230 Tennyson Street, 720-855-7749, www.littletreemidwife.com Extended Nursing? - Gather with other mamas and their children to discuss the joys and challenges of extended nursing. How one defines extended nursing is very personal - for some it is beyond 6 months for others 18 months. All are welcome. This FREE meeting will take place the third Friday of EVERY month from 10:30-11:30am North High Class of 1986 20th Reunion - August 5-6, 2006 Please contact Rebecca Campbell Caldwell at Rebecca@gatherings-meetings.com or 303-433-8686 for more information and to be added to the mailing list. Parent Chat Every Thursday Morning from 11am-noon Parent Chat is a gathering for sharing ideas, asking questions and supporting each other in our journey as parents. We have topics for discussion relevant to pregnancy, labor, birth and parenting. If you are pregnant, a new parent or an experienced parent these gatherings are for you. Visit www.littletreemidwife.com for scheduled topics and more information or just drop by this Thursday. Children are always welcome at Little Tree. Lighthouse Writers Workshop Holds First Annual Literary Festival July 14 to 29 ”Writing the City, a summer literary festival, makes its debut July 14 to 29. Sponsored by Denver nonprofit Lighthouse Writers Workshop, the two-week event offers intensive workshops with published authors, consultation with agents and editors, and lively informal discussion of all aspects of the writing life. Festival events at the historic Ferril House, 2123 Downing Street, and other central Denver locations, are open to writers of fiction, creative nonfiction, screenplays and poetry. For details call 303-297-1185 or email info@lighthousewriters.org. Berkeley-Regis United Neighbors (BRUN) SOCIAL EVENT - JULY 11 (6:30 - 8:30 pm) - In place of BRUN’s General Meeting in July, a fun, family, social event will be held at Patrick Carrolls (3963 Tennyson Street) on Tuesday, July 11, 2006 from 6:30-8:30. Come one, come all, and meet your neighbors. Eat, drink, play games, etc.! (All attendees are responsible for their own tab.) Check out our website at www.berkeleyregisneighbors.org Call for Entries - All Media Welcome Juxtaposition Volume III: Whispers & Screams imeo gallery at Berkeley Art Center Opening September 1, 2006 (First Fridays Artwalk) Artists communicate their strongest feelings in many colors, shapes,sizes, materials, and voices. Passion captured—or unleashed—and made visible. Do you whisper or do you scream? Deadline Wed, July 26, 4 p.m.; $25/3 entries. Prospectus at http://r.vresp.com/?BerkeleyArtCenterInc/ 31c7ce5045/626969/66c22bf95a/c97cd5e or SASE to BAC, 4326 Tennyson St, Denver, CO 80212. Or, just stop by and pick one up. Questions? 303-377-9795 Butterfly School and Playhouse Ages 6 to 15 Summer Camp for Kids: Acting, Singing, Dancing, Story Telling, Costume, and PERFORMANCES!!! Five half-day two-week sessions through August 18. Berkeley Community Church, 50th and Meade. For more information: (303) 477-2831. Swank Space Design Classes, 3615 W. 32nd Ave Monday Nights 6:30 7:30 pm 720-855-0725 to register E-Z STRETCH BUNCH - Classes have begun at the Guadalupe Senior Aprtments/ 1799 W. 32nd Ave./ Denver for senior citizens and anyone interested: “Staying Alive by Keeping up w/ Your Body” will be easy stretching and movement, dance, & walking (when weather permits). Classes are Tues. and Thurs. 9am - 10:30am, followed by a refreshment social. Classes will be ongoing thru Nov. & are FREE. It is suggested that participants wear loose, comfortable clothing. For more information -- 303-284-4100. Body of Energy Creative Living School offers a free class on the structure and capabilities of your energetic body. Learn about your personal resources for enhancing your creative, intuitive and healing abilities. Every 4th Saturday of the month 10 am to 12 pm. 303-477-2831 NW corner of 29th & Julian. www.CreativeLivingSchool.com Meet BeliefWorks author Ray Dodd for a booksigning and discussion. Wednesday, July 26th at 6:30 PM at For Heaven’s Sake, 4383 Tennyson Street, #1F For more information call 303-964-9339. Inside each one of us is a BeliefWorks that creates a one-of-a-kind worldview driving everything we do. Belief touches every part of life; defining organizations, shaping trends, dividing families, and even igniting terrorism. In BeliefWorks, local author Ray Dodd takes an in-depth look at how our unconscious beliefs affect us, weaving together the newest ideas in biology; cutting edge neuroscience and the time honored wisdom of the ancient Toltec of Mexico. HARMONICA CONVENTION COMING TO DENVER -- The 43th International Convention of the Society for the Preservation of the Harmonica will be at the Renaissance Denver Hotel, 3801 Quebec St, Denver, August 15th to the 19th. Some of the finest professional harmonica players in the world will perform at nightly concerts beginning Wednesday night, including blues artists Jason Ricci and New Blood. Concerts begin at 7:00 p.m., ticket prices are $30. For information on schedules and reservations call Lee at (303) 237-8772. Tickets will also be available at the door. Visit our Web site at www.spah.org. Tennyson Gallery is hosting a much needed but rare workshop for all who already are or hope to become parents of adopted children from different cultures. Adoption is a wonderful option for adults and children alike; however, children who grow up without personal, intemate, ongoing exposure to their birth culture often develop discomfort around that identity. Sherryl Watson, MA, MSW, and committed facilitator of cross-cultural and bi-racial family communication, is offering a workshop to learn strategies with other parents. All family types are welcome to this highly interactive workshop and discussion for parents. Where? 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“Gaia” is a Greek goddess; an equivalent to “Mother Earth.” And without being pretentious, the new Gaia Bistro does a fair job at keeping their menu full of nutritious whole foods, rich cheeses and organic grains that bring the earth’s goodness to your table. Located in a renovated Victorian home at 1551 S. Pearl in Denver, the Gaia Bistro is the newest addition to the short string of restaurants within the district known as “Old South Pearl.” The atmosphere at Gaia is cozy. The seating is designed for more intimate sojourns of up to four persons, with small wooden tables inside and a half-dozen round tables outside for al fresco dining. Soft acoustic rock lofts in the background, and a good amount of the lighting is ambient, coming from the large windows surrounding the porch. You know you’re in for a slightly unusual experience when you realize that the tables are set with raw, irregular cubes of white or brown sugar and salt and pepper both come in their own individual grinders. The most common form of coffee is served in a French press which you yourself have the joy of smushing at your table. There is a distinctly feminine feel to the atmosphere and the menu. Not in a frilly lace and roses way, but with more of an earthy, refined feeling. Gaia. The food is light, nothing fried anywhere on the menu, and seasonal. In it’s simplest form, Gaia is a crepe house. Over half of the menu features a wide variety of entrée or dessert crepes ranging from $4 to $9.50. Savory ingredients include such standards as eggs and spinach but also interesting alternatives like caviar, curried chicken, prosciutto and braised duck. Sweet crepes can be found with nutella, stewed pears, chantilly cream, fresh fruit or other delectable fillings. On the day of my visit I opted for the egg, spinach, and prosciutto crepe with hollandaise sauce ($7). When the waitress asked if I would like tomato and avocado, I was momentarily lulled into thinking how good that sounded without looking at the menu. My $7 crepe was now a $10 crepe. Maybe it’s just me, but adding $1 for 2 tablespoons of chopped tomato seemed a bit steep to me; $2 for a bit of avocado even more so. I was somewhat surprised that the crepe was served cold. I’m not sure if this was on purpose or not, but I do think that it detracted from the flavor a bit. The prosciutto wasn’t trimmed correctly either, and I had to dismantle my crepe to remove gristle-like substance from each slice. The hollandaise was served on the side as a stiff yellow dollop, not nearly enough to accompany a crepe of that size. The side salad of baby greens, golden raisons and walnuts had an ultra-light citrus vinaigrette that was almost nonexistent. Nonetheless, I left with the emotional satisfaction of finally

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Known as the “City Different,” adobe brick making, spinning and Santa Fe, New Mexico, is living weaving, farming and other daily proof that New Mexico is truly the activities engaged in over 250 years “Land of Enchantment.” Founded in ago. Crops are irrigated and grain is 1607, it is the second-oldest town in milled just as it was back then. The the United States. The “Royal City of beginning of the Santero’s craft can Faith” as it is officially called offers be imagined after seeing the santos a mesmerizing summer vacation that adorn the adobe homes. One will walk away with opportunity for the whole family beyond Santa Fe offers a sense of wonder after experiencing its reputation as an summer magic for life on this last art Mecca. encampment of the The historic Plaza whole family El Camino Real littered with world (The Royal Road). class art museums, To further appreciate the history art galleries, churches, restaurants, and Native American vendors is often and struggle that has made Santa Fe as far as most visitors wander. But what it is today, a visit to any of the the city where international art col- nearby Pueblos is recommended. lectors flock for the yearly Spanish Here descendants of the Anasazi have Colonial and Indian Markets is so not only carried on their ancestral traditions but created a legacy of art and culture for all generations. A side trip to Bandelier National Monument is highly recommended. A short drive from the city, this 33,000-acre monument to the Anasazi is a wealth of complex ruins, petroglyphs and wildlife. Back in town no visit would be complete without taking a trip up Museum Hill, where the much more. Santa Fe is one of the Museum of Spanish Colonial Art, most magical and charming his- the International Folk Arts Museum toric cities in the United States. The and the Museum of Indian Arts and colorful blend of Spanish, Native Culture are located. The latter two American, and Anglo history should museums are child-friendly and offer hands-on activities. The Folk Arts be explored by the whole family. Summer is a perfect season to Museum is a visual feast of magivisit. The weather is mild due to cal and whimsical art from around the elevation of the city and cooling effects of the majestic Sangre de Cristo mountains surrounding the area. Music festivals, community days and art events abound. On any given weekend there is a plethora of activities to engage an active family. Easy access to national, state and city parks offer ample opportunity for hiking, biking, horseback riding, rafting, hot air ballooning and picnicking. It is exactly this wide-open expanse of pristine natural beauty that has engaged the hearts of creative souls for centuries. To appreciate the legacy of Santa Fe there is no better place to begin the world. The current exhibit about than El Rancho De Las Golondrinas. sleeping surfaces from around the Established in 1710 this 400-acre world is a hoot. The Museum of living history museum recreates the Indian Art is an enlightening experieveryday life of the Spanish Colonial ence. Designed to recreate sacred residents of New Mexico. Volunteers space, just walking into the museum recreate the art of gun smithing, is awe inspiring. Artifacts, pottery,


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weavings, pictorials and testimonials from various tribes breathe life into the modern and ancient ways of the American Indian. Where to stay in Santa Fe can be a daunting task. From the ultraposh resorts where the Hollywood types stay to the ultra-economic “Mom and Pop” Motor Inns, there are literally hundreds of choices. Accommodations such as the Old Santa Fe Inn, located only four blocks from the Plaza offer the most bang for your buck. The Old Santa Fe Inn is a historic hacienda catering to families. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable. Junior suites include Jacuzzi tubs, separate living rooms and lush robes. If being pampered at reasonable rates is not enough (rooms start at $79), then consider the complimentary breakfast complete with eggs, bacon and red and green chili offered every morning from 7-9 am. On Saturdays and Wednesdays, a full-fledged southwestern bar-bque with flaming desserts is served from 5-7pm. Great food, great ambience and a great price make this one of Santa Fe’s best deals. Right across the street is Del Charro Grill. Mouth-watering homemade soups, entrees and desserts are all priced below $5. To top off a perfect weekend in this lovely city, take a ghost tour of the historic Plaza area with Aboot About or hop a train ride down at the depot on the Santa Fe Southern Railway. There is enough history to keep you and your family coming back year after year. Art is what Santa Fe is known for, but the true beauty is in the people who have created this magical place. Make your family part of the magic by discovering the other side of Santa Fe.

To learn more about what is happening in Santa Fe this summer visit www. Santafe.org.***

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