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Week Of Special Interest 10/31/18
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By La Voz Staff

Denver Botanic Gardens takes
top award

All-America Selections (AAS) announced the 2018 Landscape Design Challenge winners and Denver Botanic Gardens’ Annuals Garden and Pavilion received first place for a public garden with more than 100,000 annual visitors. The 2018 theme was “Get Social in the Garden” and AAS encouraged public gardens to design their garden with social media in mind. Denver Botanic Gardens’ horticulturist Bridget Blomquist designed the 12 beds in the Annuals Garden around 1980s pop songs such as “White Wedding” by Billy Idol, “Just Like Heaven” by The Cure, “Every Breath You Take” by The Police, “Purple Rain” by Prince and “Should I Stay or Should I Go” by the Clash. The Gardens created a Spotify playlist so visitors could listen to the songs while strolling the garden, blogged about the inspiration and plant selection, and shared photos and songs throughout the summer on social media.  AAS says, “Denver Botanic Gardens clearly had a strong social media presence before this competition and is highly competent in engaging the online public. We applaud their ideas, engagement and execution of this year’s challenge theme.”

A way to give this holiday season

Thousands of people in Denver simply cannot afford to put a Thanksgiving meal on their tables. The Denver Rescue Mission is reaching out to the community requesting help in collecting 15,000 turkeys for homeless and hungry people this Thanksgiving. Donations of frozen turkeys, weighing 12 pounds or more are needed. The birds will be served at the Great Thanksgiving Banquet on November 21, used in about 3,000 Thanksgiving food boxes and distributed to families in need across Metro Denver through churches, schools and non-profit organizations. Denver Rescue Mission will provide nearly 200,000 meals during the Thanksgiving season. Additional items needed for Thanksgiving meals include: canned fruit, canned vegetables, canned pumpkin, canned cranberry, canned yams, boxed stuffing, and boxed mashed potatoes. Frozen turkey donations can be dropped off at the following locations:

Ministry Outreach Center (Holly & 39th) 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday

This is the preferred drop off location

· The Crossing (Smith Road & Holly) 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily

· Lawrence Street Shelter (SE corner of Park Avenue West and Lawrence Street) 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

We won’t be accepting turkey donations here until Wednesday, Nov. 14th

· Denver Broncos Turkey Donation Site (UCHealth Training Center)

Friday, Nov. 16 only, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

· Financial contributions can be made online or call

Our Government

White House

President Trump’s remarks about the Synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh: “As a mark of solemn respect for the victims of the terrible act of violence perpetrated at The Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on October 27, by the authority vested in me as President of the United States by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, I hereby order that the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff throughout the United States and its Territories.”

Colorado Governor

Gov. John Hickenlooper announced new economic contribution numbers from Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) showing significant growth in Colorado’s outdoor recreation economy. The Governor also signed Executive Order B 2018-010 creating the Inter-Agency Trails and Recreation Council. The Council will advance the vision of the “Colorado the Beautiful” initiative and promote outdoor recreation and conservation in Colorado. “Coloradans, and visitors, are taking advantage of our beautiful outdoor spaces,” said Governor John Hickenlooper. “Our goal is to ensure every Coloradan has access to the outdoor opportunities our state has to offer. This executive order moves us another step closer to that goal.”

Denver Mayor*

Mayor Michael B. Hancock and Executive Director of Public Safety Troy Riggs launched the Denver Opportunity Index (DOI), a philosophical shift in public safety service delivery focused on identifying opportunities for strategic collaboration that will help improve residents’ quality of life, thereby enhancing public safety for everyone in Denver.





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