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Week of 5/24/17 Of Special Interest
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By La Voz Staff

Denver Zoo is proud to announce a new birth

The public debut of Penny, a female, red ruffed lemur was born on Tuesday, April 25, to mother Sixpence and father Mego. Zookeepers say Penny is doing well and visitors can see her now at the Zoo’s Emerald Forest Building.

Denver Public Art summer tours

Denver Public Art tours return for the 2017 summer with new sites, additional architectural focuses and more tours offered than ever before. New tour sites include Union Station, Denver International Airport (DEN), and the Denver Public Library/Denver Art Museum campus.

Help collect and distribute 200,000 diapers

HomeAid Colorado, a nonprofit homeless housing provider, is hosting the “Essentials For Young Lives Drive” to collect and distribute diapers, wipes and formula to needy families across the state. Diapers are a necessity for families with babies and toddlers, and one in three families in Colorado that needs diapers can’t afford them. HomeAid Colorado has a goal to distribute 200,000 diapers.

Denver gas saving tips

Driving 62 mph (100 km/h) vs 75 mph (120 km/h) will reduce fuel consumption by about 15 percent. Purchase a Fuel Efficient Vehicle. Owning a Fuel Efficient Vehicle, anticipating the traffic and applying slow steady acceleration and braking, fuel economy may increase by as much as 20 percent. Keep tire air pressure at the level recommended by your vehicle manufacturer. A single tire under inflated by 2 PSI, increases fuel consumption by 1 percent. When the air conditioner is on it puts extra load on the engine forcing more fuel to be used (by about 20 percent). Restarting the car uses less fuel than letting it idle for this time.

Sowing a new life for Colorado Veterans

In southwest Colorado, one community organization is using regenerative agriculture to help veterans reintegrate into civilian life with a sense of community and contribution. The Veterans Homestead Project combines sustainability with the belief that connecting to the soil offers former soldiers numerous physical, emotional and psychological benefits, and can provide a stable, meaningful lifestyle to veterans.

Denver Arts & Venues

The Denver Arts & Venues and Denver Commission on Cultural Affairs are accepting proposals for the third year of the IMAGINE 2020 Fund. Applications are due Friday, June 26 at 5 p.m., and award notification will be mid-July. The funding and implementation period is August 2017 through December 2018. Visit for more information.

Commerce City’s Memorial Day Parade

Colorado’s largest Memorial Day parade enters its 53rd year of honoring veterans Monday, May 29, 2017. The 1.5-mile parade route kicks off at 10 a.m. at E. 64th Avenue and Newport Street, ending near the recreation center at 6060 E. Parkway Drive. The family friendly, annual Memorial Day parade honors veterans for their service to the country. This year’s event will feature a skydiving tribute to our troops and more than 90 military units, bands, floats, antique cars and horse entries. Prior to the parade, the city will host a ceremony at Veteran’s Memorial Park at 9:15 a.m. to recognize this year’s Grand Marshals Robert Benzel, a veteran of the Korean War; and Vietnam Veterans Johnny Gallegos, Fernando Serna and Ernesto Vasquez.

White House

Vice President Michael Pence hosted President Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia for a working breakfast at the Vice President’s Residence at the Naval Observatory this morning, building on productive discussions begun yesterday with President Trump, members of the Cabinet and key advisors. The Vice President commended President Santos on his leadership in achieving an historic peace accord that ended the longest-lasting armed conflict in the hemisphere.

Governor of Colorado

After serving for more than six years as the Executive Director for the Colorado Department of Revenue (CDOR), Gov. John Hickenlooper announced that Barbara Brohl is resigning. During her tenure, Brohl has had oversight of the four divisions within CDOR, which include: Taxation, Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV), Lottery and Enforcement (regulation and licensing) of the Horse Racing, Automobile Dealers, Gaming, Liquor and Tobacco and Recreational and Medical Marijuana industries. “Barb has provided strong leadership to the Department of Revenue,” said Governor John Hickenlooper. “We will miss her steadfast and guiding hand, but wish her much success in the future.”

Denver Mayor

Denver Launches New Effort to Address Housing Affordability Challenges: “We want our residents to have the opportunity to turn a house into a home, and truly thrive in our city,” Mayor Hancock said. “To give people the chance to build a home, build their lives and build their futures, we must go beyond putting a roof over someone’s head. This is a new approach to leveraging our resources and coordinating department work to connect our people with good jobs, good health and a good home. When these three needs are met, people are empowered to succeed.”





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