Denver INC Annoucements – January 2014

INC COMMUNITY NEWS JANUARY 15, 2014

URGENT – RSVP’S DUE THIS WEEK FOR INC’s ANNUAL AWARDS DINNER – This week!
If you plan to attend INC’s Annual Awards Dinner & Silent Auction, please RSVP this week!
The dinner is January 30 at Wellshire Inn with cocktail reception beginning at 530pm and dinner program about 630pm.  You may RSVP at www.denverinc.org/dinner2014 online or call Gayle at 303.929.0909. If you phone, please leave your name and number, your neighborhood, name of your guest and meal choice – see invitation.

INC’S NEXT MONTHLY MEETING
Saturday, February 8
Heritage Club, 2020 S. Monroe St.
Topic:  High Times in Denver – A Presentation about Marijuana Impacts – Part 1

INC MEMBERSHIP 2014
Please remember to renew membership with INC so you can vote in the March elections for INC Board members!  Click here for online applications or send us an email with your name and phone number if you need more information and we’ll phone you.

EVENTS
GROUNDWORK DENVER –NATIONAL ENERGY ACTION EVENT – Jan 20
The first national day of service of the New Year, MLK Day, is fast approaching! It falls on Monday January 20th 2014 and Groundwork Denver is organizing our 4th annual MLK Day Neighborhood Energy Action event.

This year’s event will take place in the Clayton neighborhood of Denver. If you’ve participated in this event in the past then you know the kind of positive impact this project can have on a neighborhood as a whole and on individual residents.

The Work:  In pairs (or groups of three depending on circumstance) you will be given a walking route in the neighborhood with approximately 40 doors to knock on. At each home, you’ll offer to change out the front porch light bulb to a compact fluorescent (CFL) bulb, provide information about reducing energy use, and sign people up for free recycling, free energy audits and low-cost street trees. It’s simple and makes a huge difference for people and the planet.
For info contact:  303.455.5600 or email: [email protected]

VOA NEEDS VOLUNTEERS FOR PLAYGROUND UPDATE – Jan 24
Due to the efforts of the Better Block initiative and strong community support, Sonny Lawson Park, located at Welton/24th in the Five Points neighborhood, is getting a new Playground!

We need YOUR help with installation on Friday, January 24, 2014.

30 volunteers are needed to assemble, install and work on the grounds of this spectacular brand new playground.
This project will take a full day and volunteers should come prepared to work hard!

Click here to sign up to volunteer:
http://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050A49A5A923A20-sonny  or Contact Erika Nelson-Conrad at [email protected] or 720-264-3309 with any questions.

EMERALD ASH BORER AFFECTING DENVER TREES – Jan 30
Please join Denver Forestry on January 30, 6:00pm, Denver Botanic Gardens (1007 York St.) – Gates Hall. You have likely heard that the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB), an insect that has devastated ash tree populations in mid-western cities, was discovered in Boulder in September. With 15% of Denver’s tree cover consisting of ash trees (some 330,000 trees), the detection of this insect in Colorado raises serious concerns about the future of our urban forest.

CALL FOR ARTISTS FOR PEOPLE’S FAIR – by March 31
Capitol Hill United Neighborhoods, Inc. (CHUN) is currently accepting applications for artists and vendors for the two-day CHUN Capitol Hill People’s Fair, to be held June 7 and 8, 2014.  Applications are available at www.peoplesfair.com.  Fine art and Handcrafted applications are due on March 31, 2014, and applications for other vendors (Personal Service, Gourmet Pre-packaged Food, Greening-Repurpose, Medical Marketplace, and Marketplace) are due on April 4, 2014.  Please see information below on the artist and vendor categories.  For all other questions, please contact Nicole Anderson at 303-830-1651.

CITY-WIDE CLEANUP DAY – April 26
Keep Denver Beautiful’s annual, citywide cleanup will be held on Saturday, April 26.
This one-day event offers Denver residents free disposal of unwanted household items and yard waste at collection sites located around town.  We will also have private organizations available to collect items which can be recycled or reused.
Collection site locations will be finalized in a few weeks.

DENVER CERT AND ARES DENVER DISTRICT – APRIL 2014 “FACE 2 FACE” PROGRAM
Denver’s Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security, Denver CERT Program and ARES District supporting the City and County of Denver would like to invite you to participate in the April 29, 2014, “Face 2 Face” program.

Presenter:  The National Weather Service (NOAA). The topic of discussion will be: SKYWARN® storm spotters are part of the ranks of citizens who form the Nation’s first line of defense against severe weather. There can be no finer reward than to know that their efforts have given communities the precious gift of time–seconds and minutes that can help save lives. SKYWARN® is a volunteer program with nearly 290,000 trained severe weather spotters. These volunteers help keep their local communities safe by providing timely and accurate reports of severe weather to the National Weather Service.
When: April 29, 2014, American Red Cross, 444 Sherman, 7:00pm to 8:30pm
RSVP: www.Denvergov.org\DenverCERT and click on “Registration Form”.

Questions:   Carolyn H. Bluhm, Community Preparedness Specialist, E-mail: [email protected] / http://www.denvergov.org/oem or Dave Cook – KC0MHT, ARES District serving the City & County Emergency Coordinator and Denver’s CERT Instructor/Assistant Program Manager; Email: [email protected]

ANNOUNCEMENTS
HOMELESS SHELTERS FOR COLD DAYS
Please see this link for area shelters for Denver’s homeless – cold weather schedule.
http://www.denverinc.org/2014/shelters-for-homeless-cold-weather-days/

FREE ADMISSION DAYS AT DENVER’S CULTURAL CENTERS
Free admission days in 2014 have been published for the Denver Zoo, Botanic Gardens, numerous Museums, and etc.  You can find the list here: http://denverbargains.com/denver-zoo-free-days/

You can support these great venues/organizations by purchasing gift certificates for admissions and programs for all occasions: birthdays, anniversaries, christenings, weddings, no-reason except I love you, graduations, holidays, etc, etc….  Also, most of these organizations are always in need of youth and adult volunteers – which can be so satisfying. Inquire when you visit!

COMPOST PROGRAM
Denver Public Works and Denver Environmental Health are excited to announce that the Denver Composts program is expanding service in 2014. The agencies have worked in partnership to bring the much desired green composting carts to an additional 2,500 new homes citywide.

The Denver Composts program allows Denver residents to collect organic material (food, non-recyclable paper and yard debris) for composting. Composting dramatically reduces the waste we send to the landfill and – in so doing – prevents greenhouse gas emissions. Composting also produces a valuable product that makes our soil richer and more productive.

Residents enrolled in the program receive a large green compost cart (similar to the Denver Recycles purple cart) and a two-gallon kitchen pail. Composting is picked up once a week by Denver Recycles. The Denver Composts program is a fee-based service and residents living in areas that are eligible for the service have two options for payment: A quarterly payment plan of $29.25 every three months, or a one-time payment of $107.00 for the entire year, payable in whole on or before February 15th (there is a discount for choosing the one-time payment option).

Residents can check their eligibility to participate in the Denver Composts program by visiting DenverGov.org/DenverRecycles or by calling 311 in Denver.

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