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December 2014 • Online Edition

PROFILE ONLINE: Check out our flipbook

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Push has finally come to shove

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BUSINESS: 9th & Colorado redux moves forward

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Creating a place for vitality to flourish

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THE HOLIDAYS: All manner of fun for all of you

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SCHOOL NEWS: Grant lab facilitates blended learning

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Term Limits Bring A Fresh Look To Next City Council | Print |  E-mail

by Ed Schott

With the rancor of November’s elections only beginning to fade it may come as a bit of a shock that another election cycle, this time focusing on city offices and issues, is not far around the bend.

Come May 5, Denver voters will be called to select candidates for Mayor, City Auditor, Clerk & Recorder, 13 members of Denver City Council and whatever issues find their way to the ballot by filing deadline.

Designation Protects Park Land From Going Up For Sale Without Public Vote | Print |  E-mail

by Jeff Green,
Director of Communications, Denver Parks and Recreation

Denver Parks and Recreation (DPR) last month completed its fourth and fifth rounds of park designations for previously undesignated open space. The department began the designation process in the spring of 2013 in an effort to ensure that the City’s parkland is protected from future development and real estate transactions. With these latest efforts, more than 660 acres of parks, parkways and natural areas are now designated, representing approximately 83 percent of all Denver-owned open space within the city limits.

Colorado Gives Day Makes It Easy To Give Where You Live | Print |  E-mail

by Ed Schott

For the fifth consecutive year, open-hearted Coloradans will open their wallets in support of more than 1,500 non-profit organizations throughout the state that provide services for men, women, children, and animals – all across Colorado.

Colorado Gives Day
is a partnership of Community First Foundation, an Arvada-based foundation dedicated to increasing community generosity, and FirstBank, Colorado’s largest locally-owned bank.

Merchants, Merriment, Mummers – All Afoot For The Season! | Print |  E-mail

by Amy Allen

So ... the holidays are in full swing, and we’re guessing the calendar is feeling packed already. Schedule your remaining hours with an eye towards ease, but shoehorn in some of these stellar events to help make the season just a bit brighter and more merry.

     Nabbed your Profile hot off the press? Hurry on over for great events taking place the first weekend of December.

     South Pearl Street Merchants welcome all gleeful celebrants to Winterfest, Fri.-Sat., Dec. 5-6, in the 1500 block of South Pearl St. Clamber up on the horse-drawn wagon for a scenic ride, savor seasonal food and drink, check out what’s new at the Merchant Open House and take in live music and appearances by Santa in person. Winterfest welcomes you Fri., Dec. 5, 5-9p.m. and Sat., 6, 11a.m.-5p.m.

     Info: visit southpearlstreet.com or call 303-734-0718.


Bright Lights On Winter Nights Ignite The Holiday Spirit | Print |  E-mail

by Barbara Pfister

Release the youngster within you, to rejoice in delights of December as a trio of Denver’s beloved lighting displays brighten treetops, trails and passageways throughout the coming weeks.

     Ignite holiday spirits at the 24th anual Zoo Lights at Denver Zoo in City Park, Dec. 5-Jan. 4, 5:30-9p.m. daily. More than 150 animated animal sculptures will swing madly through trees, hightail it across lawns, conceal themselves in bushes and pop up in places least expected.

     Zoo Lights is the largest lighting event in the Rocky Mountain region, boasting more than 40 acres of brilliantly illuminated (and energy-wise) LED bulbs. Two contracted staff members spend three months setting up displays and almost the same amount of time and manpower to pack them away when the festivities end.

Warm Up, Cool Down: Stride Your Way Into 2015 Fit And Ready For A Bright New Year | Print |  E-mail

by Bob Biondi

It is our fondest hope that you enjoyed your Thanksgiving celebration, and had your fill of family, friends and all the foodstuffs your heart desired. With another pair of celebrations on the horizon, might we suggest you remember that honoring the holidays does not require setting aside those physical pursuits that keep your mind and body balanced throughout the year.

     First up, runners of all levels and ages are welcome to compete companionably on Sun., Dec. 7, 9a.m. when Rocky Mountain Road Runners hit the track in Wash Park’s 4.5-mile Trophy Series race.RMRR Trophy Series is a monthly set of races designed to help runners of all speeds compete together; runners receive a start time based on their estimate of pace, and the result is a race where everyone has a chance of winning. Nonmembers are welcome for a $10 entry fee. Info: rmrr.org.

Pining For Spring Mulch? Treecycle That Tannenbaum! | Print |  E-mail

by Ed Schott

Whether you cut your own at an authorized forest site or purchase one from a local retailer, the ritual of selecting, hauling and decorating a holiday tree is the stuff of great memories.

     But once the press of the holiday season is by us, there’s an urge to clean house as quickly and easily as possible to get things back to “normal.”

GBMS Opens Ideation Lab! | Print |  E-mail

by Nick Bottinelli

Grant Beacon Middle School (GBMS) will open the doors of a state-of-the-art Ideation Lab in early December; this innovative lab will help cement Grant’s national leadership position in its use of the rapidly evolving “Blended Learning” educational model. While using the lab for its own needs, such as professional development, the GBMS Ideation Lab will graphically demonstrate how a blended learning classroom functions, a real benefit for the many visitors from around the U.S. who come to Grant. And, when scheduling logistics can be worked out the school envisions offering the facility to businesses and other groups to assist them with their ideation sessions.