07 May 2015

Lowry United Neighbors: LUN

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Lowry United Neighborhoods, also known as LUN, is an organization of Lowry neighbors committed to preserving and improving the quality of life in our award-winning neighborhood.

LUN is a Registered Neighborhood Organization (RNO), which connects greater Lowry to the City of Denver. As an RNO, LUN receives notices of all proposed zoning changes in Lowry and in the surrounding neighborhoods, as well as notifications of liquor and marijuana license applications and zoning change requests. LUN disseminates this information, often with analyses on the potential effect the changes would have on our neighborhood  and on the City of Denver.  LUN also works on traffic and pedestrian safety issues and safeguarding our city parks.

Dave Siefkas and others originally founded LUN in 2007.  LUN provides a voice to the community regarding various political issues, and keeps everyone connected through social gatherings. LUN’s Mission: (1) provide integrity and oversight for responsible development; (2) unite neighborhood skills for the greater good; and (3) promote open, responsive and positive communication on behalf of and between residents.

LUN holds one annual meeting in January and other meetings throughout the year on issues and topics as they arise.

Sally Kurtzman heads up the active social network, providing great opportunities to mix and mingle at local eateries and to get involved in service projects.

Lowry United Neighbors hopes to provide a thoughtful voice to preserve the past, improve the present and plan for the future.

To become a part of the LUN e-mail list, send your email address to lowryunitedneighborhoods@gmail.com Sign up now as summer is fast approaching and LUN has weekly social events during the warm months.  LUN is always looking for members to continue the good working of making Lowry a great place to call home!

Schlessman Family Branch Library, 100 Poplar St. (Quebec & 1st Ave), (720) 865-0000

Hours:  Sun 1-5pm, Mon 12-8pm, Tues 10am – 6pm, Weds 12-8pm, Thurs 10am – 6pm, Fri 10am – 6pm, Sat 9am-5pm

Schlessman in the Digital Age

Lowry’s Schlessman Family Library offers nearly 100,000 books, CD’s and DVD’s, but banish any notion you might have that the library is only row after row of hard-copy materials.  Schlessman is keeping pace with today’s technology – you don’t even have to leave home to download any of the library’s 15,000 eBooks, 10,000 audio eBooks, 200 digital magazines, and live-stream music and movies.  They even have a Pandora-reminiscent site for streaming music called Volume:  A Local Music Project.  Everything is free to borrow with a Denver Public Library card.

All of Denver Library’s downloadable content can be found here and is accessible from eReaders, smart phones, tablets and laptop or desktop computers.  New to downloading content from the library?  Never fear:  device-specific, step-by-step instructions (with pictures!) are available for each type of download here (right-hand column).  Want one-on-one help?  Visit the library on Monday from 12-1P for Tech Mondays or ask one of the librarians anytime – they can help you get started borrowing and downloading digital content like:

eBooks – Titles for adults, teens and kids can be downloaded to your Kindle, Nook, iPad, or smart phone app.

Tumblebooks – Kids can read books, play games and do activities, all on-line.

BookFlix – Like Netflix for kids, but the videos are of books being read to them, with reading prompts for beginning readers.

Reference eBooks – From law to medicine to sports, search hundreds of reference publications here.

Academic eBooks – Pick a subject and search – thousands of non-fiction books converted to PDF format so you can view them on-line.

Audio eBooks – Listen to the latest bestseller or a classic on any of your devices.

Volume – Live streaming of local music.

Music Online Database – Database featuring hundreds of thousands of songs in genres from Classical and Americana to Jazz and Global.

Streaming Video – It’s Library Netflix with new and old movies.  Need help deciding – you can watch a sample before you borrow!

Digital Magazines – From 5280 to Allure to Architectural Digest to Better Homes and Gardens, full-color digital versions of your favorite magazines.

And don’t forget, the library has computers for members to use on-site, including kid’s computers, scanners, and free Wi-Fi, if you want to bring your own device.

Programs and Events

When we say there’s something going on at Schlessman every day, we really do mean EVERY DAY.  Check out Schlessman’s Calendar of Events.

For kids, Schlessman features a variety of regularly-scheduled storytimes:

Pajama Storytime:  Mondays at 6:30 pm

Tales for Two’s:  Tuesdays at 10:30 am

Preschool Storytime:  Thursdays at 10:30 am

Book Babies:  Fridays at 10:30 am

Little University:  Saturdays at 10:30 am

Currently, Schlessman is gearing up for their signature program—Summer of Reading—which helps to increase literacy rates and prevent “summer slide,” where reading comprehension and retention can decrease when kids are out of school for the summer. The program gives incentive prizes to kids from birth through 12th grade for reading or being read to, including the ever-popular Elitch Gardens Theme Park tickets. In addition to reading and prizes, each branch library also offers unique programming during the summer to help keep kids engaged and interested in learning and growing. Registration for the program begins June 1 at Schlessman.  Information is available at summerofreading.org. 

The library has special on-line resources for kids and teens – and their parents.  The Kid Webpage offers on-line encyclopedias and other reference materials, links to homework help and information about after-school programs, book recommendations, games, and StoryBlocks, videos of rhymes and songs that parents can speak and sing to their baby, toddler or pre-schooler to promote reading readiness.   The Teen Webpage features book blogs, events calendar (Book Club, Build Club, Teen Advisory Board, ideaLABs), homework help via on-line chat, Comic Book, Gaming and Anime resources, movies, music and eBooks.

There are also adult programs at Schlessman Family Library.  Some of the regularly scheduled programs include Chess Club, Book Chat, and Comic Book Club, but there are also programs at Schlessman and other Denver Library branches where you can meet an author, learn how to garden or arrange flowers, become a better public speaker, plan a trip, take a class on William Shakespeare or the Tuskegee Airmen, take a cooking class, learn to sew or knit, explore local history, learn more about genealogy, revisit classic film and discuss TED Talks, get help with computers and technology or get swept up in a performance by the Colorado Chamber Music Society.  View the full Denver Library events schedule on-line, or pick up a copy of their monthly schedule at any branch location.

Schlessman’s Plazas Program offers support for new immigrants, refugees and asylees, including second-language conversation skills, citizenship, business networking, and more.  Plazas are a dedicated space for migrants from all over the world to connect with people, information and resources.  You can find out about Denver Public Library and City of Denver services for new immigrants here.

The Denver Public Library system has an extensive list of public services, including support for small businesses, patent and trademark services, career training and resources for teachers.  Students can set up an appointment to spend some one-on-one time with a librarian learning how to use the library to do research and you can even request a personalized reading list from a librarian.  To see a full list of Denver Public Library services, visit their website.

Meetings at Schlessman

Ever wondered what’s on the second floor at Schlessman?  It’s a Community Meeting Space that can accommodate up to 50 people and features a white board and projector screen.  The space may be reserved for $10/hour (call (720) 865-0000 or stop by to see if it’s available and fill out a reservation form) or, when not reserved, is available on a first-come-first-serve basis for use.

To learn more about the library, visit their website at www.denverlibrary.org

Connect with the Library on Social media:
Schlessman Family Branch Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/schlessman.dpl
Twitter: @DenverLibrary
Instagram: @DenverLibrary

25 Mar 2015

Lowry’s Parks

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What better way to spend springtime in Lowry then in one of the eighteen parks that provide nearly 800 acres of recreation and natural reserve space. Lowry’s parks harmonize with Colorado’s environment, with 35 percent of the total acreage devoted to native plants and grasses and less than half sod, some of which include low-irrigation grass varieties.

Lowry offers a variety of parks and open space, including a sports complex, dog park, natural walking trails, parks perfect for hosting an event with pavilions and  grills, great family-friendly parks with play spaces and space to picnic, meandering green spaces, and the Reading Garden, a quite contemplative space featuring some of Lowry’s most spectacular public art.

Some of Lowry’s parks are owned and maintained by the LCMA and others by the City of Denver Parks and Recreation.  Parks owned by the LCMA may not be reserved nor used for commercial or organizational events, but the City of Denver parks are available for reservations.  See the list below and link to the Denver Parks and Recreation website for instructions on how to reserve a park.  LCMA parks are generally smaller and open to private use by Lowry residents and their guests.  The LCMA’s park policy may be viewed here.

You can report maintenance or graffiti issues in an LCMA park by calling (720) 583-5262. You can report maintenance or graffiti issues in a Denver Parks and Recreation park by calling 311. If there is suspicious activity in any of the parks, please call either the Denver Police Department’s non-emergency number (720) 913-2000 or 9-1-1. For more information about crime prevention see here.

LCMA-owned and maintained parks with playground areas, benches, trash cans, and shade structures are:
Liberator Park
Mustang Park
Sunset Park
Tailwind Park

LCMA-owned and maintained park with seating and public art (including Hangar 3 Little Free Library!), but no play structure:  The Reading Garden

LCMA-owned and maintained open spaces (may feature walking trails and seating, but no play structures): 
Linear Park
Maple Park
Powerhouse Pedestrian Plaza
Quantum Park
Roslyn Park

City of Denver Parks
Available for reservations and usually include covered seating areas, grills and recreational areas:
Bayaud Park
City of Ulaanbaatar Park
Crescent Park
Great Lawn Park

City of Denver Open Spaces
Lowry Sports Complex
Yosemite Open Space
Westerly Creek Dam
Lowry Dog Park

18 Mar 2015

Safety and Crime Prevention in Lowry

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What You Can Do.

If You See Something, Say Something

Lowry is part of Denver Police Department (DPD) District Three.  Per DPD, if you notice a crime in progress – you see someone breaking into a house, you hear gunshots – call 911 immediately.  You can also text message 911 at (720) 723-8911, which DPD refers to as it’s “Text-A-Tip” line.  They respond immediately to texts sent to the Text-A-Tip number.  If you notice suspicious activity or have a question, you can also call DPD’s non-emergency dispatch number (720) 913-2000, a number that many Lowry neighbors have chosen to program into their phone so they don’t have to search for it when they need it.

If you have an ongoing concern about crime and safety in Lowry, you can email District 3 at 3.Dist@Denvergov.org or you can contact Community Resource Officer is Mike Borquez who you can contact by calling 303-505-5471 (cell), or 720-9113-1183,(Desk).

Stay Informed

Know your neighbors, communicate with them, report suspicious activity, and find the way that is most convenient and effective for you to stay on top of Crime and Safety issues in Lowry.  There are a number of options:

NextDoor:  The Denver Police Department is active on NextDoor, a private social networking site that assigns you to a group based on your home address.  Once you create a NextDoor account, you can customize what information you receive and how – you can choose to only get information about Crime and Safety issues or to receive information from other categories (Classifieds, Recommendations, Free Stuff).  You can choose how you want to receive information from each category – one email per post, daily digest email or no email at all.  You can also select to receive urgent messages (missing child, fire, flood, criminal activity) via text message.  DPD posts Crime Stopper Alerts and information about criminal activity happening in Lowry and the surrounding neighborhoods.

Facebook:  Denver Police District Three has a Facebook page  where they post information like Crime Stopper Alerts, composite sketches and mug shots of wanted suspects, updates on criminal activity and trends in the district and crime prevention tips.

You may also want to follow Denver Police District Two’s Facebook page  District Two borders Lowry to the north and is one of the first in the city to begin posting SVP videos – videos notifying the community that a Sexually Violent Predator lives in the area.  The SVP videos identify the individual, provide information about why the individual  is identified as a Sexually Violent Predator and list the parks, recreation centers and schools that are within a 1-mile radius of the SVP’s residence.  SVP’s living on or around East Colfax may be within that 1-mile range of Lowry parks and Montclair Recreation Center.

Lowry may also post or re-post crime and safety information on Lowry’s Facebook page  or Lowry’s Twitter feed  During the flooding in the Fall of 2014, for example, Lowry published information about the Westerly Creek and Kelly Road Dams on social media.

Neighborhood Email Lists:  If you don’t already receive the Lowry eNews by email, you may want to add yourself to that email list, which you can do at the top of this page.  Certain areas of Lowry have individual email lists – most require you to confirm your residency in that neighborhood:

Northwest Neighborhood (6th Ave north to 11th Ave., Uinta west to Quebec): To join the list email lowrynorthwestinfo-subscribe@yahoogroups.com.

East Park (bordered by Yosemite, Dayton and Lowry Blvd):  To join the list email baldwin80230@hotmail.com.

Lowry West (Quebec west to Oneida, Alameda north to 4th Ave.):  To join the list email lowrywest@googlegroups.com

 Safeguard Property and Deter Crime

Use lighting to deter would-be criminal activity, make sure your home address numbers are clearly visible from the street AND the alley  so that neighbors can report criminal activity and emergency services can find you.  Do not leave garage doors open, lock all exterior doors and windows, don’t leave unsecured items on your front porch or in your driveway and lock cars that are parked outside of your garage – these are all ways to deter crime in Lowry.

DPD recently launched a Lights On campaign:  “LIGHTING: A proven deterrent to burglar attacks at night is lighting. Strategically placed lights in hallways, basement areas, passageways, and garage areas can be useful. Burglars seek unlighted areas to affect their entry.
• Use interior light timers to establish a pattern of occupancy
• Exterior lighting should allow 100- feet of visibility
• Use good lighting along the pathway and at your door
• Use light timers or photo-cells to turn on/off lights automatically
• Use infra-red motion sensor lights on the rear of single family homes
• Turn off exterior lights during the day.
If you have exterior lighting use it, turn on your porch lights and or spot lights and or lighting attached to the building and/or poles adjacent to the building. If the bulbs are burned out replace them. Illuminating the area prevents the Burglar(s) from hiding and allows the Police Officer(s) to see the building while doing their rounds and/or additional patrols at night.”

For even more details on Neighborhood Crime Prevention review all of the Denver Police Department suggestions on their website.

DENVER – The International School of Denver (ISD) Board of Directors is pleased to announce Carole J. Denny will serve as ISD’s new Head of School following the retirement of current Head of School François Penalver in July.

Carole is a British citizen with more than 24 years of international school leadership and expertise from locations across the world, including Hong Kong, Dubai and Brussels. In addition to her extensive experience in both teaching and administration at international schools, she also has a record of implementing strategic vision to enhance educational quality and the student learning experience.

Denny stated, “The major advantage of working in international schools is you can draw on worldwide best practices rather than being limited to what the national or state system may require of administrators, teachers and learners. Truly international educators can inspire and be inspired by a wider range of approaches and learn from colleagues with different experiences.”

The Board decision to appoint Denny was informed by a professional search committee, Parent and Faculty Advisory Committees, as well as ISD Administrative Directors.

“We are thrilled to begin working with Carole to ensure the vision and community of ISD remain strong. ISD has flourished under François Penalver, and we now look forward to a new era of further development under the leadership of Carole Denny,” said ISD Board President Wendy Ware.

The new leader will be accompanied by her husband Lin Turley, a native Australian and 37-year educator with international school and student support experience.

To view the Board of Directors announcement or a photo of Carole Denny, see attachments. If you would like more information on language immersion education or the IB MYP provided at the International School of Denver, visit our website at www.isdenver.org.

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