I was sorry to see the Avalanche come so close to advancing but proud of the team. The hockey games were exciting to watch, and it has been a plethora of sports watching hockey and basketball. Baseball can wait for summertime. The Nuggets were sensational but just ran out of gas and won’t face the Warriors. That would have been exciting, but the future looks bright.
It is informative to read B.T. Galloway’s baseball roundup week in The Villager, he is a veteran reporting on the Rockies and is now attending many of the games. He is our circulation manager at The Villager and is a longtime newspaper veteran spending many years at LaVoz in management. He will take your subscriptions and talk baseball with you if you call him at 303-773-8313 ext. 301.
The legislature has adjourned but it is hard to keep up with upcoming legislation. One change to note is Colorado joining Super Tuesday to March 3, 2020. Colorado will presently join 10 other states in these early primaries. Sports betting will appear on the Nov. ballot.
Littleton’s Town Hall Arts Center has a new executive director in Sharan Wilson, it is spelled “Sharan.” Hailing from Nebraska, she has a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Nebraska. Now a longtime Littleton resident, she worked in cable television with the company founder Bill Daniels. Looking forward to meeting Sharan. We should be receiving more well-written press releases from the Arts Center.
The Grand Opening ceremonies of the new RidgeGate Parkway Station that runs out to Lincoln Avenue, past Park Meadows and Sky Ridge will be held Saturday, May 18, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. RTD Chair Doug Tisdale will be on hand to cut the ribbon and open the newly extended rail line.
The annual Western Conservative Summit will be held July 12-13 at the Colorado Convention Center. The event is loaded with national speakers from major universities and institutions along with political leaders. This is a major event started under the direction of U.S. Senator Bill Armstrong that includes a Saturday night award’s dinner in his name as President of Colorado Christian University where he spent the last years of his career. Event packages are on sale now for groups or individuals. Call:866-455-8500 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Mile-High National Pastel Exhibition premiere event is now open at the Greenwood Village Curtis Center for Arts located at 2349 East Orchard Road Presenting pastel paintings by some of the nation’s finest pastel artists and works are available for purchase. The event is free and Center hours are M-F 8:30-4:30, Saturday, 10-4. greenwoodvillage.com/Curtis
Nadine Lange developer extraordinaire’ of 900 PENN.
Kentwood real estate broker Darrell Hamilton invited Gerri and I down to 900 Pennsylvania last week to view the fantastic remodel and redesign of the former Kenneth King apartment building that has been turned into seven floors of magnificent suites, each one a 3000 sq. ft. masterpiece. The structure was first built as the home for Kenneth King, founder of Columbia Savings and Loan, the first Federal Savings and Loan franchise in Colorado. King and his brother Harold also built the first downtown Petroleum Club.
Nadine Lange, a successful software entrepreneur, purchased the building from the King Foundation several years ago and began the renovation, hiring Davis Urban Architects for the “Modernism” of the structure. The result is an amazing combination of glass windows and balconies, modern interior design, and panoramic views of the city and mountain ranges.
Darrell Hamilton has been a veteran Denver Realtor for several decades, once working with iconic Realtor Mary Rae.
There are three of these units still on the market and tours can be arranged by calling Darrell at 720-353-3535.
Denver Academy dedicates new gymnasium named “James E. Loan Athletic Center”
Denver Academy held a ribbon-cutting ceremony last week at their South Denver campus to open the new James E. Loan Athletic Center. The new brick structure is complete with a magnificent basketball facility and athletic complex built by JHL Construction.
The well- regarded Denver Academy is a private K12 school with an enrollment of around 380 students. A large crowd of alumni attended the event. More to come on school history and background.
2019 Toyota all-electric hybrid model is hot.
Friday morning it was out to Inverness to the Toyota regional office to see and hear about the unveiling of the 2020 Toyota Corolla line of vehicles. Corolla is one of the top selling cars by Toyota and they are introducing their new hybrid vehicles with these models on display at the preview luncheon and drive. The hottest car is the stick shift all-hybrid model that blows away the competing gasoline engine models in performance. Brenda Garduno-Garcia, Western Corporate Communications hosted the event along with Paige Jepson from Allison Public Relations.
Smokin’ Dave’s BBQ open for business at 7685 E. Arapahoe Rd.
Many of us like great barbecue and I visited Smokin’ Dave’s BBQ and Brew on Arapahoe Road, down the road beyond Benedicts and Macaroni Grill at the bottom of the hill. The building has been remodeled, with new signs and new menus. Owner Dave Oehlman from Estes Park is opening his sixth BBQ at this location in Centennial. I sampled the Texas beef brisket and they are the real deal with a wide menu of ribs, famous New Orleans red beans and rice, and southern cornbread.
Happy hour daily from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and friendly staff with parking in front and rear of the new restaurant. See their ads in The Villager.
Sarah Matarelli and Brennan Lanam both had leading roles in American Academy Performing Arts presentation of “Thoroughly Modern Millie Jr.”
Friday night it was out to the Parker Arts Center to watch our grandson Brennan Lanam play the lead male singer Jimmy in “Thoroughly Modern Millie Jr.” He was teamed with sensational talented Sarah Matarelli who played Millie in the performance. He is a seventh-grader, and Sarah is an eighth-grader. Both participate in the Douglas Co. American Academy performing arts department headed by Mark Middlebrooks. The four-show performances involve two large casts of students of all ages through the American Academy art programs up through junior high school level.
The show was so good we went back again Sunday night and enjoyed the masterful performance once again. Truly an amazing program at American Academy and the talented teachers and staff.
Looking for a great public Charter School, this one is tops.
Edie Marks, venerable Cancer League supporter and VIP car dealer Doug Moreland.
David Weisberg, Past President of Cancer League of Colorado.
Saturday night it was downtown to the Hyatt Regency Convention Center Hotel to attend the Cancer League of Colorado’s 50th Anniversary Hope Ball. 500 attendees packed the grand ballroom to hear the music of “The Radio Band” supplied by Terri Fisher’s Five Star Entertainment. There was Jan Hammond in a beautiful golden dress modeling a mink stole that sold in the silent auction to Bernie Blake for wife Sharon who wore it home. The adorable black and white doodle puppy sold in a bidding war for $11,000 as astute auctioneer Gary Corbett let the two ladies battle over the darling dog. Cancer League President Gary Reese and wife Barbara continue to lead the Cancer League to new heights for cancer research and hopeful cures. The list of sponsors is a Who’s, Who of sponsors that include the Doug Moreland family who donate a Dodge Charger from their dealerships every year. The Anna and John Sie Foundation, the Makes, the venerable Edie Marks family, David and Glory Weisberg, The Wolf Foundation, Kori and Randy White, and a long, long list of wonderful donors of funds, silent auction items and countless hours of volunteers working without pay with all of the proceeds going to fight cancer. During the 50-year history, Cancer League has raised over $18 million in the fight against cancer.
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