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Week of 4/05/17 Of Special Interest
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By La Voz Staff

White House

President Donald J. Trump Proclaims April as National Donate Life Month. During National Donate Life Month, we honor the living and deceased donors who gave so others could live, and celebrate the remarkable achievements of our health care and science professionals who perform transplants and create techniques to make the gift of life possible. The Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network reports that 33,606 transplants were performed during 2016, which is an 8.5 percent increase from 2015. (Look for upcoming story in next week’s La Voz regarding Vivian Herrera, a bone marrow donor’s journey).

Governor of Colorado

Gov. John Hickenlooper announced Boards and Commissions appointments to the Strategic Action Planning Group on Aging and the Task Force on the Collection and Security of Digital Images of Child Abuse or Neglect. For a term expiring Aug. 1, 2017, Joshua R. Laipply, to serve as the designee of the Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Transportation, and occasioned by the resignation of Rob Andresen, appointed. For a term expiring Aug. 1, 2018, John Stephen Zabawa, to serve as a representative of private, public and community-based health care and long-term care. For a term expiring Aug. 1, 2019, Jayla Sue Sanchez-Warren of Golden, to serve as a representative of an area agency on aging as described in CRS 26-11-204.

Denver Mayor

Mayor Michael B. Hancock unveiled the 2017 Youth One Book, One Denver (YOBOD) program selection at Ashley Elementary School. “Upside-Down Magic” published by Scholastic, Inc., from authors Sarah Mlynowski, Lauren Myracle and Emily Jenkins, chronicles the misadventures of nine-year-old Nory and her oddball friends, who prove that upside-down magic definitely beats right side up. “Youth One Book, One Denver brings books to life for so many children here in our city,” Mayor Hancock said. “By endorsing life-long learning and instilling in our youth the joy of reading, we can set them on the path to a bright and wonderful future.”

Mega Wedgie, slides into Elitch Gardens

Elitch Gardens Theme & Water Park announced it will open three new extreme speed slides this summer called Mega Wedgie. On the all-new Mega Wedgie, riders will plunge off a six-story tower at 40-mph down a choice of three body slides. By the time you reach the bottom, you’ll understand why this soaking attraction got its name.

Open Space and Mountain Parks in Boulder

Department will host an open house on Wednesday, April 5 to inform residents about a large trail project, which will require closures of trails and a trailhead. The City of Boulder’s Open Space and Mountain Parks (OSMP) Department will begin several large trail projects this spring to improve the sustainability of popular trails and to repair trail infrastructure damaged during the 2013 floods. Several of these projects will require long-term weekday closures of trails – with one project leading to extended closures at the South Mesa Trailhead. Projects and required closures information is available at

Creative Forces and Colorado Creative Industries partner for veterans

The role of the arts in helping heal the signature wounds of our recent wars is significant and expanding. Through its national initiative Creative Forces: NEA Military Healing Arts Network, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) is adding new clinical sites to the network, including Fort Carson in Colorado Springs and expanding the initiative’s programming in partnership with the Colorado Creative Industries (CCI), a division of the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT). Creative Forces offers service members and veterans dealing with traumatic brain injuries (TBI) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), as well as their families and caregivers. With state and local leaders, the initiative also increases access to therapeutic arts activities in the local communities around each base for this military population.  Join the conversation on Twitter at #CreativeForces.

Ballpark Neighborhood volunteer clean-up

As Opening Day goers know, our baseball season kick-off celebrations can get a little messy. Join the Rockies and Denver Rescue Mission in helping to clean up from all of the festivities. Volunteers should meet at the Denver Rescue Mission in the Lawrence Street Shelter Chapel (1130 Park Avenue West) on Saturday, April 8 from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. to contribute to the clean-up efforts.

School District 27J annual Job Fair & Hiring Event

School District 27J invites job seekers to come meet school principals, directors and managers at the 27J Job Fair coming this weekend. “We invite teachers and other professionals to take a look at our district as their next employer,” said 27J Chief Human Resources Officer Michael Clow. “We are looking for great people to serve our kids and our community.” 8 a.m.-noon, Saturday, April 8, 2017 at Stuart Middle School, 15955 E. 101st Way, Commerce City. For more information about the job fair, visit





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