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Art Industry News is a daily summary of the most important developments in the art world and the art market. Here’s what you need to know on Monday, November 21.

NEED TO READ

Dutch man arrested for fraud linked to Dresden robbery – The 54-year-old was arrested after he was caught pretending to offer loot to the 2019 Heist at Dresden’s Green Vault. The suspect, who arranged to sell a historic Polish medal for $41,400 to a detective and then fled with the money, is currently being held in Germany. (Citizen)

How a Brazilian museum is trying to rebuild itself – A fire emptied the National Museum of Brazil in Rio de Janeiro in 2018, claiming most of its 20 million artifacts and ethnographic collections, most of which were collected by European travelers during the colonial period and displayed without proper context. Now, as the museum rebuilds, its director is bringing in indigenous communities across the country to consult on how their stories should be told. (New York Times Review)

Banksy encourages people to shoplift at Guess – The street performer called out the fashion brand on Instagram for using her “Flower Thrower” work and other images in clothing designs without permission. Banksy invited ‘all the shoplifters’ to descend on the brand’s storefront in London, writing: ‘They used my works without asking, how can it be wrong for you to do the same? something with their clothes? » (Paper)

The National Gallery of Canada is laying off four curators – The Ottowa museum has let go of its chief curator, curator of Indigenous art, director of curatorial and technical research and senior director of communications in what is billed as a ‘restructuring’ less than six months after the departure of the the institution’s chief operating officer, Sasha Suda. run the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Greg A. Hill, the Indigenous art curator who worked for the museum for 22 years, said on Instagram that he was fired ‘because I disagree and am deeply disturbed by colonial ways and anti-aboriginals from the Department of Aboriginal Peoples. Ways and decolonization is underway. (ART news)

MOVERS AND SHAKERS

Climate activists face legal auction – The Munich District Court issued penal orders to two climate activists who glued themselves to the frame of a painting by Peter Paul Rubens at the Alte Pinakothek in August. They will also be given a “significant” but undisclosed fine. The prosecution said the damages amounted to approximately €11,000 ($11,273). (ART news)

Hindman’s expands to New York – Christie’s auctioneer Gemma Sudlow is leaving home after 17 years to lead the expansion of Chicago-based auctioneers Hindman’s, which is opening an auction house in Manhattan. (Barrons)

Air Mail Chronicles the NYC Set – It’s power list and airmail season, Graydon Carter’s post-vanity lounge online magazine, published a new one. His list of 50 young New Yorkers shaping the scene includes artists Aria Dean, Anna Weyant, Hugh Hayden and Jamian Juliano-Villani; gallerists Lucas and Marlene Zwirner; photographer Daniel Arnold; and critic Dean Kissick. (Air mail)

FOR ART

Artists protest against human rights abuses at the World Cup – Artists Andrei Molodkin and Jens Galschiøt have unveiled new works designed to draw attention to the plight of migrant workers in Qatar as the country hosts the World Cup. Molodkin created a trophy that is slowly filling with crude oil, while Galschiøt unveiled a necklace made up of 6,500 skulls, representing the estimated number of migrant workers who died in Qatar. (TANNING)

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The central district of the city is experiencing a cultural revival with a selection of new restaurants, public spaces and artistic initiatives.

Seattle is famous for its distinct neighborhoods. There’s quirky Fremont, rebellious Capitol Hill and historic Pioneer Square, not to mention the iconic Space Needle and the ever-popular Pike Place Market. Yet arguably one of the most intriguing places to visit in the city in recent times is the recently reinvigorated Central District (CD), a diverse residential area wedged between downtown and Lake Washington that nurtures a rich heritage. Afro-American.

Long ignored by Space Needle enthusiasts and Starbucks addicts, the CD’s light sprinkling of curiosities, led by the Northwest African American Museum (NAAM) has recently been increased. There’s a poignant park dedicated to Jimi Hendrix, the new Langston Arts Organization aimed at “cultivating black excellence,” and enough public murals and sculptures to fill a veritable neighborhood with art. Likewise, a handful of new black-run cafes and restaurants have joined several longtime soul food stalwarts in adding an aura of culinary panache.

Brendan Sainsbury

The musical roots of a neighborhood

The CD has a long history of diversity. African Americans began arriving in the area in large numbers in the 1940s, replacing earlier waves of pioneering Jewish and Japanese immigrants. Within a few years, a swing jazz scene had ignited along South Jackson Street on the CD’s southern border, with more than 30 clubs hosting an ever-growing list of local talent. Future international stars Ray Charles, Quincy Jones and Ernestine Anderson all earned their share of jazz on and around South Jackson, sometimes playing on the same bill. It was more than exciting.

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Throughout the 1950s, the neighborhood’s African American population continued to grow, peaking in the 1960s when approximately 90% of residents claimed black heritage. Among them was James “Butch” Hendrix, who grew up so poor he had to learn to play guitar on a single-string ukulele salvaged from his neighbor’s trash. In 1959, Hendrix played his first gig in the basement of CD Hirsch’s Temple Synagogue only to be fired by his band halfway through the set for his over-the-top showmanship. “Butch” then changed his name to “Jimi”, took his stage show to blazing new heights and became the greatest rock ‘n’ roll guitarist of all time.

Demographic changes in the Central District

In the years following Hendrix’s death in 1970, suburbanization and gentrification led to a shift in CD’s demographics as its African American population went into a long, slow decline. By the start of the 21st century, Seattle had transformed into a buzzing technology hub fueled by an abundance of affluent dot-com companies. As house prices inevitably rose and hillside homes in the CD became sought after real estate, the long-established black population was pushed out to cheaper outlying southern neighborhoods as young, mobile, ascending whites moved into the area’s heritage homes and expensive new condos. .

By the late 2010s, the CD’s black population had fallen below 10%, and the historic character of the neighborhood was in danger of being irrevocably lost.

It was in the midst of this abrupt demographic change and the fiery gentrification debate that accompanied it that a core group of local community activists, artists and businessmen began to organize.

Brendan Sainsbury

Initiate a cultural renewal

The first signs of a cultural revival began to surface a few years ago and quickly snowballed. Black-owned businesses moved into retail space in new affordable apartment complexes such as Midtown Square, a short section of South Jackson Street was renamed in honor of Ernestine Anderson (who died in 2016 ) and the entire area was illuminated by a true outdoor gallery of bright and creative public art celebrating the region’s former African-American personalities.

“After nearly two decades of decline, the Central District is rapidly renewing itself as a beacon of black culture, commerce and social life in Seattle,” says Inye Wokoma, co-founder of the black-centric arts organization, Wa Na Wari.

“I would say a lot of [the revival] is a natural expression of the tradition of organizing, resistance and community building that is part of black life in America,” adds Wokoma. “After the initial shock of gentrification and mass and rapid displacement, there has been a collective return to these core values ​​in the black community as we rebuild for the future.”

Wa Na Wari was founded in 2019 in response to gentrification and other divisive forces that had eroded CD’s once tight-knit black community. Set on a leafy residential street in Wokoma’s old grandmother’s house, it acts as a tempting lure for visitors eager to see exhibiting artists, see live concerts in the courtyard and perhaps even taste to a free meal prepared by one of the many recurring guest chefs.

New affordable apartments

Nearby, more art, food, and culture can be absorbed into Town center square, a seven-story mixed-use apartment complex with 426 affordable condo units and a plaza adorned with brightly colored murals and panels designed by eight African-American artists with strong CD ties. Commercial space on the ground floor has been occupied by various black-owned businesses. Black Art opened as a gallery and retail store dedicated to showcasing black art and culture in September 2022. Next door, Mrs. Helen’s Soul Bistroa much-loved restaurant destroyed by the 2001 Nisqually earthquake, is slated to reopen in early 2023. The resort also pays homage to Seattle-based pioneer painter James Washington, Jr. (1908-2000) with a life-size bronze statue designed by Barry Johnson.

Several blocks south on Jackson and 23rd, the recently completed Jackson Apartments are built on a similar theme, incorporating out-of-place food joints such as simply drunk (proud purveyors of catfish, grits and okra), and an engaging art walk centered around a haunting metal sculpture titled “Winds of Change: We Are Still Here” by artists Marita Dingus and Preston Hampton.

“The piece was inspired by our love of African history, myths and legends,” says Dingus, whose other work is available at Seattle’s Traverse Gallery. “We have chosen Oya, the Yoruba Orisha, as an artistic representation of the socio-economic impacts resulting from the problems associated with the implementation of the housing density policy and the large-scale development and gentrification of the central area.”

While gentrification remains an issue, the tide may soon turn. Another mixed housing project called Africatown came into being in 2022. Designed by the Africatown Community Land Trustan organization with a stated mission to “acquire, develop, and manage land in Greater Seattle to empower and preserve the black diaspora community,” this development and others seek to encourage more African Americans to return to live and work in CD, reversing decades of decline.

Brendan Sainsbury

Plan a visit to the central district

“Visitors excited to see what is possible when community members help each other to rebuild something beautiful should visit Central District,” Wokoma says.

Besides public art, any neighborhood tour should include visits to Wa Na Wari, NAMM (which is set to reopen after a hiatus this fall), and the Langston Hughes Cultural Arts Institute, whose headquarters is enclosed in a synagogue-style byzantine built in 1915. E Cherry Street is another community link, known for its Ethiopian restaurants, traditional eateries like Fat’s Chicken and Waffles, and creative newcomers, including the diminutive Central cafe and juice bar and Job craft brewery.

And, let’s not forget, on the corner of E Cherry and 23rd is the sprawling grounds of Garfield High School, a renowned educational institution whose famous alumni include Ernestine Anderson, Quincy Jones and Jimi Hendrix.

If the current artistic revival continues, they might not be the last big names to emerge from what is quickly becoming one of Seattle’s most vibrant and forward-thinking neighborhoods.

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Art, architecture and the perfect winter weather combine in Scottsdale, AZ https://balazogallery.com/art-architecture-and-the-perfect-winter-weather-combine-in-scottsdale-az/ Tue, 15 Nov 2022 19:01:27 +0000 https://balazogallery.com/art-architecture-and-the-perfect-winter-weather-combine-in-scottsdale-az/

On a 72 degree November day with zero humidity, bright blue skies and a gentle breeze blowing through the shaded patio at Diego Pops where brunchers enjoy Brussels sprout nachos and spicy margaritas, it’s no wonder Scottsdale, AZ continues to be one of the fastest growing regions in the United States. On a day like this, the better question is why someone chooses to live somewhere else.

Scottsdale augments its perfect winter weather with a rugged arts scene, diverse dining options, and outdoor recreation, combining the best of big-city culture with its Sonoran Desert lifestyle and mountain views for a unique atmosphere The westernmost city in the West.

Scottsdale for the Arts

Channel convergence kicks off “the season” (November to March) every year in Scottsdale. Celebrating its 10e anniversary this year, the free 10-night outdoor festival brings together light, art and water with dazzling installations along Scottsdale’s waterfront, the canal that supplies the city with drinking water. As the still-warm sun gives way to cool desert nights, Canal Convergence lights up its Old Town corridor.

A locally based Walter Productions fire show highlights the event. The fire demo became so instantly popular from its inception that it is now an annual feature. For 2022, Orb saw 10 metal spheres placed in the channel, each shooting flames 30 feet into the air choreographed to music and LED light sequences. On weekend evenings, thousands of spectators “ohhh” and “ahhh”.

In addition to artwork, live music, a beer and wine garden, activities for children, art workshops for adults, dance performances and tours, Canal Convergence is the place to be. mistress of the Scottsdale art calendar.

All year round, museums, galleries and public sculptures make it a lively artistic destination. Start at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art where until February 12, 2023, a selection of works by powerful black artists who would call New York or Los Angeles home can be seen. Kehinde Wiley, Amoako Boafo, Tschabalala Self, Betye Saar, Rashid Johnson and Mark Bradford headlining “In Our Time: Selections from the Singer Collection,” with artwork drawn from locals Iris and Adam Singer.

Derek Fordjour’s intricate, vibrant, layered collages are a revelation. A nod to pointillism, its Birdman (Hombre-pajaro) (2022) recalls At Seurat The circus.

Three blocks from SMoCA, Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West has spurs that jingle-jangle-jingle and an even more impressive collection of pottery of the matriarch of contemporary Hopi/Tewa pottery, Nampeyo of Hano (1860 – 1942). Nampeyo was a brilliant artist, reviving the traditions of Hopi potterywhile innovating as a businesswoman, bringing her pots directly to the consumer, selling them to the growing number of tourists visiting the Grand Canyon near the Hopi Reservation in Arizona where she lived.

Contemporary interpretations of Southwestern Native pottery can be found for sale at King Galleries, a mainstay of the Scottsdale gallery community for nearly 30 years, just steps from Western Spirit. The best Pueblo potters–including the phenomenal Virgil Ortiz (Cochiti Pueblo; born 1969) – are pictured here.

In addition to Nampeyo pottery, Western Spirit features exceptional Native American material culture artifacts, including Navajo chief blankets as fine as you can find anywhere, robes, insignia and oldest known pair of moccasins.

Indigenous Art Market marks its second anniversary as the only native-owned store in the Old Town. Located between SMoCA and Western Spirit, the gallery sells pottery, paintings, fashion, jewelry and decorative items by more than 300 artists representing nearly 30 tribes, with 100% of all sales going directly to the artists. All items for sale here are of authentic Native American origin. In-store dance and music performances Thursday through Monday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. closely share Indigenous cultural practices. Be sure to attend one.

On Saturdays from November through March, the Native Arts Market sets up an outdoor space (9151 E Indian Bend Road) where shoppers can meet the creators and catch other live performances between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.

The Legacy Gallery and RC Gorman Navajo Gallery, also located on Main Street in the Old Town Arts District, hold firmly to Scottsdale’s Western heritage, while Erin Hanson brings welcome new energy to the genre in his gallery which opened here in the summer of 2022.

Year-round Thursday night art walks from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. are free to the public in Scottsdale’s Arts District with dozens of galleries opening their doors to this year’s longest-running event. type in the country.

Because art lovers can only make a living from painting and sculpture, in the Quartier des Arts, enjoy oven-baked sandwiches on fresh bread from home Crafts 64 with a cold craft beer or guacamole at the table, craft cocktails and inventive interpretations of Mexican cuisine at The mission-a favorite of locals -in the adjacent historic old town. Scottsdale loves its “districts”. The Old Town has nine, all within walking distance within a few blocks of each other.

Scottsdale for architecture

Frank Lloyd Wright (1867–1959) remains the only architect most Americans have ever heard of, a fact the notorious egocentric would greatly appreciate. His winter home, Taliesin WestCarefully located in the foothills of the McDowell Mountains with sweeping views of the valley, serves as an opus to Wright’s organic architectural philosophies which strove to create buildings in harmony with their natural surroundings, materials and inhabitants.

Few natural settings rival the subtle beauty of Taliesin West. The sky-jutting ocher mountains are evident, true aesthetes find the sublime in majestic saguaros, thorny cholla and endless varieties of tans. Wright saw it, despite his upbringing in green, watery Wisconsin.

Guided tours lead hundreds of visitors daily through Wright’s study, drawing room, bedroom and trippy cabaret where guests and the many architecture students learning on the master’s lap would gather for movies.

Imagine the place as Wright would have found it in the 1930s. Before uncontrolled sprawl, before power lines interrupted his views, when bobcats, gila monsters and roadrunners outnumbered pensioners of the Midwest. The Phoenix area is often said to be Chicago’s largest suburb.

Visiting Taliesen West requires a half hour drive from the old town. On my way, stop at Hash Kitchen for Cristina’s rich and gooey Tamale Cakes. Brunch is a ritual in Scottsdale, and on weekends, Hash Kitchen pairs the area’s best Bloody Mary bar with a live DJ for a unique breakfast and nightclub experience.

While travelers can’t sleep where Wright did in Taliesin, Old Town, they can do even better by staying the night in another of the area’s architectural gems, the Mid-Century Modern gem. Hotel Valley Ho. Bing Crosby slept here. Janet Leigh too. And Zsa Zsa Gabore. And Ted Williams. Natalie Wood and Robert Wagner held their wedding reception here – one of them.

Opened in 1956, an $83 million renovation brought the property back to life in 2005 with additional rooms in the newly built towers and updated amenities throughout. At the time, the Valley Ho Hotel had only two levels. A new generation of Hollywood elite also gravitates here. Recent guests have included Hugh Jackman, Ed Harris, Diane Keaton and Kelsey Grammar. The Hollywood elite Steven Spielberg played at the property when it was first under construction – he grew up nearby.

This fascinating history and Scottsdale’s best views are shared by Ace Bailey on his ultimate arts and culture tour of the property.

Scottsdale’s pronounced sweet tooth – a big donut wheel at Hash, Sugar Bowl, Sweet Dee’s Bakeshop, Old Town Candy and Toys, Buzzed Bull Creamery, etc., etc., etc. – peaks at the Valley Ho Hotel’s on-site restaurant Zuzu where the $20 Show Stopper Shake pairs brain freeze with a high-octane sugar rush via a rotating selection of extra treats.

There’s a debt to pay for Scottsdale’s winter fun and outdoor life, it’s called summer, but when just visiting, it’s someone’s problem. another.

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China Grove Main Street study continues, Rock Lane warehouse under study – Reuters https://balazogallery.com/china-grove-main-street-study-continues-rock-lane-warehouse-under-study-reuters/ Sun, 13 Nov 2022 05:03:57 +0000 https://balazogallery.com/china-grove-main-street-study-continues-rock-lane-warehouse-under-study-reuters/

China Grove Main Street Study Continues, Rock Lane Warehouse Under Study

Posted at 12:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 13, 2022

By Madeline Wagoner

news@salisburypost.com

CHINA GROVE — A plan for an IDI Logistics warehouse was presented to the China Grove Planning Board on Tuesday, along with a discussion on how the city can better meet the needs of the community and visitors.

The November city council meeting a week earlier presented the results of a study of the corridor that stretches from US 29 (at the new Food Lion) to Coach Deal Road. Priorities focused on pedestrian safety, on-street parking protection and wayfinding.

Community involvement was the focus of planners and 77 people participated in a survey. The solution process aims to meet the needs of area residents and business owners.

Many comments from the polls pointed to concerns about pedestrian safety, such as cars traveling too quickly along Main Street and the lack of crosswalks to access shops on either side of the street. Business owners mentioned the need for more signage to direct business to their stores.

Sidewalk connectivity, crossing amenities and cycling infrastructure were discussed as three Rowan County bike lanes now run down Main Street in the city. The idea is to make China Grove a more touristy and bike-friendly destination by adding details to the asphalt to raise awareness among cyclists.

The city is developing a concept to apply for a rural transformation grant worth up to $950,000 through the Department of Commerce from remaining Cares Act funds. Governor Franklin. Deputy General Director, completed this process on November 1.

“The vision for this was really driven by our conversations with the community,” said Kristina Whitfield, a transportation planner who worked with China Grove to revise the Main Street corridor. “So the concepts will provide what pedestrian safety feedback was looking for.”

Another possibility is new uses of in-between spaces in downtown storefronts to provide services such as outdoor dining for restaurants. The idea does not apply to grant requirements, Whitfield said, but could be considered later.

Banners and an arts district were other options mentioned by Whitfield to find his way. Signage would be attached to streetlights through a collaboration with Duke Energy.

The next step includes forming an official China Grove Main Street Association to apply for the NC Main Street Downtown Association Community Program in partnership with the state’s Main Street and Rural Planning Center. Whitfield says it would “leverage the resources that were there” to initiate the changes.

“There are approximately 4,500 people at China Grove and 77 chose to participate in the survey,” said board member Steve Stroud. “I hope we all keep that in perspective when we look at this in the future. That’s 77 people, that doesn’t necessarily mean that all of China Grove wants the same thing. I hope we get more participation as we go along. and as the process progresses.

Pro Tem Mayor Arthur Heggins said he already had a vision for the concept of a transformed Main Street.

“We appreciate all the effort you (Whitfield) are making because we want our city to have this experience and this opportunity,” he said. “I think the plan itself is something great because there’s so much conversation about what we would do downtown.”

In other threads:

• The China Grove Planning Board made a unanimous decision on Tuesday to recommend the rezoning application for a light industrial warehouse. The 2.2 million square foot IDI Logistics site in Rock Lane is currently under Rowan County jurisdiction on 148 acres of property behind the existing Altec warehouse near the closed Hitachi Metals plant. Light industrial projects are classified as having limited nuisance, all interior works and limited dust pollution.

Emphasis is placed on conditional uses to ensure compatibility with Timberfield residents. A 30ft Class A buffer zone is provided between the proposed rezoned property and the Rock Lane residences within the Timberfield developments. Compared to IDI Logistic’s location in Buford, Georgia with a 200 foot buffer zone, the question is whether it is possible to increase the border of vegetation that separates the owners’ properties from the parcels requested.

According to Lisa Arnold, a planning consultant working with plaintiff Tom Hardy’s rezoning application, the 30-foot buffer meets the limit required in the Unified Development Ordinance for China Grove. However, with a road being so close to a rural residential property, some expressed concern at a public hearing about property values ​​and cleanliness from dust when moving to a new location in a high traffic area. Along with the construction, it is also proposed to install another roundabout between the Macy’s project across the road and the Timberfield houses.

Hardy said the new facility will feature a modern design.

“I would like to see any effort to provide an alternate outlet,” said planning council chairman David Morton, observing the number of vehicle outlets compared to other IDI Logistics locations. “It is also to be negotiated with other owners.”

As for traffic studies in the area, Morton said the city council may consider it.

“At this point, we recommend just firing a dart. We don’t know what we recommend,” he said.

• China Grove Community Center will host a discounted two-day CPR course for $39 that will provide certification from the American Heart Association. Dates are Tuesday and Thursdays from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at 412 S. Myrtle Ave. Mayor Charles Seaford will also provide on-site training. Prior registration is required. Email AbConTechnologies.1212@gmail.com or contact Michael Moon at 404-548-7752.

Individuals must attend both days for certification.

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Early election results show local and state appetite to invest in youth https://balazogallery.com/early-election-results-show-local-and-state-appetite-to-invest-in-youth/ Thu, 10 Nov 2022 01:24:49 +0000 https://balazogallery.com/early-election-results-show-local-and-state-appetite-to-invest-in-youth/

The results of the first elections show a clear trend: voters want more investment in youth programs and education, in Sacramento and California.

Although it will be weeks before we know the final results, Sacramento Measure Lwhich would create a children’s fund for programs aimed at young people under the age of 25, has a strong lead at the start from November 9. And the Associated Press called the race for California Proposal 28which will set aside 1% of the state budget to fund K-12 arts and music education statewide.

Proponents who have lobbied for Measure L and Proposition 28 say passing them would be a good first step in closing gaps in equity and resources for young people – but there is still work to be done, especially with the implementation.

Monica Ruelas Mares, organizer of the SacKidsFirst coalition, said a key part of implementing Measure L is her nine-person community oversight committee, which will work with the city’s youth advisory board to make recommendations on how the city should spend the Sacramento Children’s Fund. . Ultimately, however, the city council will decide how to spend the roughly $10 million each year.

For Ruelas Mares, defending the voices of young people in the oversight committee is crucial for a successful and continuous investment in young people.

“Having youth participation and engagement, not just at the end, but every step of the way, is what SacKidsFirst is going to push for,” they said. “The kids in Sacramento…they’re the ones who know the solutions, because they’re the closest to what they’re dealing with.”

Although the distribution of the money is at the discretion of the council, Measure the L The newly created Sacramento Children’s Fund is to go to “positive youth development and violence prevention programs” if passed.

For Leo Hsu, chair of the Sacramento Youth Advisory Board and an 11th grader at West Campus High School, that means investing in “helping disadvantaged communities, especially those heavily impacted by the use of violence.” , youth substance abuse, youth homelessness”.

Hsu added that he hopes the funding from Measure L — and the young people leading the way in allocating the money — will help “improve these programs for the people who will use them and who are like us.”

A municipal funding stream dedicated to youth programs is not a new idea in the state – Oakland and Richmond both have funds earmarked to support youth services, with Oakland implementing the idea in 1996.

But this is the third time Sacramento voters have been asked if they support a Sacramento Children’s Fund, after Measure Y in 2016 – which was narrowly beaten – and G-measurement in 2020.

Its success this time around, Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg said at City Hall Wednesday afternoon, means “people want a city that’s for and about young people.”

Meanwhile, Proposition 28 will provide more funding for Title 1 schoolswhere at least 40% of enrollment are low-income students.

In Sacramento County, approximately 55% of K-12 students qualify for free or reduced-price meals during the 2021-22 school year; 11 of the county’s 14 public school districts had at least 40% of their enrollment meet this qualification.

Allison Cagley, founding director of Friends of Sacramento Arts, says the dedicated funding stream created by Proposition 28 will help ensure equity in “access to arts education.”

“Some [schools] who have higher socio-economic demographics, they might have more active parental involvement – ​​and often, in schools that have higher resources, parent involvement groups will actually supplement funding for art teachers and artistic expressions and artistic enrichment in schools,” she says. “You go to a Title 1 school, and they don’t necessarily have the same resources.”

Friends of Sacramento Arts was founded in 2019 to help fill that gap and ensure arts education is “every day for every child in every school” in California, Cagley said. She says she also hopes that the motion’s passage will also help highlight the benefits of arts education.

“The arts need to be part of the daily schedule and not just ‘a fun thing to have’ which is sometimes the first thing cut from the budget because it’s not directly linked to some of the other budget areas,” she said. declared.

School districts that receive additional funding due to Title 1 schools in their district are required to use 80% of that additional funding to hire arts and music education teachers in order to continue to receive funding.

The results of the election will be certified by the State by December 16.


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Rez District incumbent spent campaign money on clothes, necklace and haircut https://balazogallery.com/rez-district-incumbent-spent-campaign-money-on-clothes-necklace-and-haircut/ Mon, 07 Nov 2022 21:45:48 +0000 https://balazogallery.com/rez-district-incumbent-spent-campaign-money-on-clothes-necklace-and-haircut/

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By Clair McFarland, Cowboy State Daily
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Clothes, a necklace and a haircut are among the campaign expenses of a sitting member of the Wyoming House of Representatives vying for re-election.

Andi LeBeau, the incumbent and Democratic candidate for House District 33 in the Wyoming Legislative Assembly, said the spending represents opportunities to bring her Northern Arapaho tribal culture to the campaign trail while helping artists and indigenous workers.

LeBeau had spent $11,796 on his campaign on Monday. His opponent, Republican candidate Sarah Penn, spent roughly the same amount, $11,178, according to campaign financial reports filed with the secretary of state’s office.

Skirt, Necklace, Haircut

Some of LeBeau’s spending she attributes to the unique cultural identity of House District 33, which spans the Wind River Indian Reservation and surrounding areas. The district is legally obligated to represent a majority portion of American Indians.

She spent $80 campaign money on a haircut, $175 on at least one ribbon skirt, and $95 on a necklace. The skirt and necklace are unique tribal artwork, LeBeau said.

“I support Indigenous artists and they too are suffering,” she said. “So when I go to my forums I wear one of my collars with elk teeth – which is important for hunting. And we also believe in our gun rights; we hunt in our mountains and provide food for our families.

LeBeau said the skirts she wears are culturally significant, often tell a story, and celebrate tribal pride and culture.

The haircut was a campaign expense, she said, that impacted how she visually represents her tribe.

“I used some of my money to get my hair dyed and cut before our forums,” LeBeau said. “I take seriously looking professional, looking good, but also representing my Indigenous background.”

She said it was another opportunity to support an Indigenous person at work.

Family Campaign

More than 40% of LeBeau’s campaign spending, or $4,854, on Monday went to salary expenses.

LeBeau paid his daughter Memory Clifford $780 in salary expenses. She gave her son and ex-husband – both named Donald Clifford and indistinguishable on expense reports – a total of $1,450.

LeBeau said it was okay to work with her ex-husband, Don Clifford.

“He wants me to win, he still believes in me,” she said. “We’re friends – nothing awkward.”

She said her daughter, Memory Clifford, helped her in the last election and was a knowledgeable helper.

Others on LeBeau’s payroll include young tribal members who needed money, wanted to support her campaign and put up signs and helped with other efforts, she said.

LeBeau gave Rebecca Iron Cloud $100 for counseling, Levi Redman $800, Adrissa Posey Underwood $950 and Courtney Smith $774 for campaign work, according to his Monday financial report.

Staff members also helped with cooking and organizing big events, LeBeau said.

She said she paid people to look after her four grandchildren while she campaigned. LeBeau’s grandchildren are 3, 2, 2, and 1. She tagged $440 as a child care expense.

LeBeau’s opponent, Penn, showed no payroll expenses on Monday, despite donating $75 to Rustic Pines Photography for tips.

Crook County Favorites

Penn received thousands from Republican Party committees beyond the boundaries of his own Fremont County.

The Fremont County Republican Party Central Committee gave Penn $1,600 and the Fremont County Republican Women — a political action group — gave her $1,500.

The Crook County Republican Party Central Committee gave him $3,000. The gift was part of an expenditure of about $27,000 by the committee this year to help Republican candidates statewide and locally, while the state’s GOP Central Committee suffered in due to legal costs and internal disputes.

The Crook County GOP, meanwhile, denied money to its own Republican state Senate nominee, Sen. Ogden Driskill, R-Devils Tower, and is support the written candidate Roger Connett instead.

Penn said she was not part of the deliberations in Crook County. She said area lawmakers asked her if she’d like to be put in “the pot” for donations, and she agreed.

“They just sent me money, I never had a match,” Penn said.

The Sheridan County Republican Party Central Committee gave Penn an additional $1,500. The Crook County Republican Women (another PAC, not a party) gave her $300.

Penn’s expenses consist primarily of printing, signage, advertising, food, entertainment, and travel.

Tribal Favorite

LeBeau is a member of the Northern Arapaho tribe; Penn is not.

The Northern Arapaho Business Council, which is the tribe’s governing executive arm, gave LeBeau $1,500 on behalf of the tribe. The amount represents nearly 6% of his $25,442 in total contributions.

“My Sovereign Tribal Leaders know that this 33-year-old House District seat is important to both tribes in many ways,” LeBeau said. “It’s important, so they gave me a donation.”

The board also decided to give Democratic U.S. House candidate Lynnette Gray Bull $1,500 and Democratic candidate for Wyoming Superintendent of Public Instruction Sergio Maldonado an additional $1,500, according to council spokesman Matt Benson.

Both candidates, like LeBeau, are members of Northern Arapaho.

Maldonado confirmed he had received the money, but it had not yet been released in his financial report.

Report

LeBeau had $15,790 in unspent money as of Monday.

She said she still has plenty of last-minute spending to post, including a voting event at the Frank B. Wise Center in Fort Washakie scheduled for Tuesday, complete with “get-out-the-vote” t-shirts. and other goods. A radio ad has yet to be released as an expense, along with gas purchases, campaign signs and other salary expenses, she said.

Penn had $5,449 unspent on Monday.

Neither woman would comment on the nature of the other’s expenses or contributions.

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Camden City School District plans $49 million renovation for Eastside High School https://balazogallery.com/camden-city-school-district-plans-49-million-renovation-for-eastside-high-school/ Fri, 04 Nov 2022 20:55:24 +0000 https://balazogallery.com/camden-city-school-district-plans-49-million-renovation-for-eastside-high-school/

First, there was a new name to remove any connection to a shameful past. Now Eastside High School in Camden, formerly known as Woodrow Wilson High, is getting a facelift to renovate the nearly century-old structure.

Standing outside the Federal Street building in East Camden on Friday, Superintendent Katrina T. McCombs and city officials unveiled what they billed as a $49 million “equity investment” in Eastside. It is believed to be the largest lump sum federal investment ever made in the economically disadvantaged school district.

“You are worth more than that,” McCombs told students who joined in the enthusiastic applause at the announcement. “We’re going to put every penny of this to good use.”

A gigantic tiger statue, Camden’s latest public artwork, was also officially unveiled in a park opposite the school on Friday. Eastside’s mascot is a tiger, and officials hope it will help instill school pride in ninth through 12th graders.

Camden Schools earmarked funds for the renovations from Elementary-Secondary School Aid (ESSER) money allocated under the U.S. bailout to help schools nationwide recover from COVID-19 when the learning was disrupted and schools closed.

“All we want as parents is for our children to have a chance at life, to have opportunities to succeed,” U.S. Representative Donald Norcross (D., NJ) said in a statement. “This is our future.”

” LEARN MORE: Woodrow Wilson High School in Camden renamed

Opened in 1930 as a college, Eastside is one of Camden’s oldest public school buildings, and many said it had long been neglected. In a state-funded project, the district last year replaced its other comprehensive high school, Camden High, with a sleek, $131 million campus that also houses three magnet high schools.

In January, the school board decided to change the name of the school due to the segregationist views and ideas of the former US President and Governor of NJ. McCombs had called for the change two years earlier, citing Wilson’s past and the protest over the killing of George Floyd by a white police officer in Minneapolis.

“You can change a name, but if you don’t change what’s going on inside, nothing matters,” McCombs said.

Following the announcement, the entourage visited the school, visiting the classrooms to see firsthand the necessary improvements. In the science room, they gasped when the director pointed out a rusty lab table that was around 90 years old. In the cosmetology room, the teacher explained that she needed more stations and better lighting to avoid turning off the ceiling lights every time she showed the students. a white screen.

McCombs said renovations to the 29,300-square-foot school — which will include replacing the science labs, art rooms, automotive and cosmetology rooms, gym, auditorium, lighting and HVAC system – will be completed over three years.

” LEARN MORE: New Camden High School completed for the start of the school year

Honors student Jaheen Green, 16, a junior, said the project was long overdue. A budding basketball player and businessman, Green said it would be important for students to get new gym flooring, lockers, a library and computer systems.

“The building is really old,” Green said. “As you walk down the halls, you can feel how outdated it is.”

Green said he believes the makeover will help change the image of the school system in Camden, a state-supported district that has been plagued with failing test scores and high dropout rates for years. . Thousands of students left traditional public schools for the charter and Renaissance schools that opened up in the city.

“When most people look at us, they don’t see greatness,” Green said. “I’m here to say that greatness is within all of us.”

” LEARN MORE: The portraits of a Camden photographer

Also on Friday, McCombs and Mayor Vic Carstarphen cut the ribbon from a 26-foot-long metal tiger sculpture erected in Dudley Grange Park across from Eastside. It was created by Lisa Adler and her husband, Don Kennelby DKLA Design in Sante Fe, New Mexico

Adler said it took the team about three months to make the tiger using 60 orange, black, white, brown and tan car hoods salvaged from junkyards, with its head and legs made from them. new metal. The 8,000-pound statue was transported almost 2,000 miles to Camden in a semi-truck and assembled in the park, she said.

“We probably used every hood in our 100 mile radius,” she said. The artists retained the original paintwork of the recycled hoods and the automaker’s badge, which can be seen on the 12-foot-tall statue. The couple also created the 32ft long panther which sits opposite Camden High in Farnham Park.

“People love animals. It’s inspiring,” Adler said.

Carstarphen said he thought the statue would be a destination spot in the 9 square kilometer city, especially for selfies. But he warned: “Don’t climb on the tiger!”

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“Welcome to our park”: local nonprofit and artist beautify historic community park https://balazogallery.com/welcome-to-our-park-local-nonprofit-and-artist-beautify-historic-community-park/ Wed, 02 Nov 2022 09:00:00 +0000 https://balazogallery.com/welcome-to-our-park-local-nonprofit-and-artist-beautify-historic-community-park/

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) – A local nonprofit and artist are teaming up to bring new art to a historic park.

The Virginia Beach Seatack community has existed for over 200 years. Its community park has seen many changes during this time. Now, with a fresh coat of paint on the basketball court, community members want to welcome you to their park.

Seatack is the only home Elizabeth Mills has ever known.

“I still live in the house I was born in,” Mills said when we caught up with her at Seatack Community Park. “It’s a special place. Most people look at it and think it’s an ordinary park, but Seatack Park means a lot to a lot of people for a lot of reasons and a lot of great memories.

She is one of the people who asked the city to improve the park.

“I just want to say ‘welcome to our park,'” Mills said. “We have a shelter, we have a portable potty and we would like to have a multipurpose area and like a walking track, a football pitch, those kinds of things that people still enjoy.”

The ViBe Creative District was listening.

Kate Pittman, Executive Director of ViBe Creative District, said: “We have a very tight-knit community here and some of our board members and city council representatives knew the Seatack community wanted to see something positive happen. here at the park, so we did what we do best, which was to reach out to our community stakeholders and ask who could help. »

Pittman contacted Troy Summerell, the artist behind OnieTonie.

“It was actually on my to-do list to do a basketball court, so a great, community-focused opportunity,” Summerell said.

Together they organized a community painting day using his field drawing.

Seatack Community Park’s new basketball court (Courtesy of Lyfted Media)

“Painting an entire lot in one day, you know, isn’t easy, so it was just a big community event, a big community effort,” Summerell said. “I’m glad to know how it went. I’m just grateful to be a part of it, to be honest with you.

“People were really excited to give back and beautify their local park,” Pittman said.

The end product is not only considered the city’s first painted pitch, but something everyone can be proud of.

Seatack Community Park’s new basketball court (Courtesy of Lyfted Media)

“It’s a breath of fresh air because we’ve been trying to do this for over 20, 30 years and we can see that on the horizon with the help of ViBe and we really appreciate them,” Mills said.

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CAFC rescinds preliminary injunctions against online hoverboard sellers https://balazogallery.com/cafc-rescinds-preliminary-injunctions-against-online-hoverboard-sellers/ Sat, 29 Oct 2022 16:15:23 +0000 https://balazogallery.com/cafc-rescinds-preliminary-injunctions-against-online-hoverboard-sellers/

“An injunction cannot be granted because a trial is necessary or because the products charged are not ‘sufficiently different’ or ‘obviously different’ from the patented design.” – CAFC

In two separate case law opinions published on friday, on October 28, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) overturned two separate preliminary injunctive orders granted by the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois against hoverboard products alleged to infringe four design patents due to “substantive flaws” in the court’s reasoning for granting the injunctions. Justices Dyk, Taranto and Stoll heard both appeals.

The 2020 injunction and the May 2021 order

The rulings relate to design patent infringement lawsuits filed by Hangzhou Chic Intelligent Technology Co., Ltd. and Unicorn Global, Inc. (referred to as ABC Corporation I and II) in 2020 against a number of defendants who sell hoverboards online. The patents at issue are US patent nos. D737,723 (“Patent D’723”), D738,256 (“Patent D’256”), D784.195 (“patent D’195”), and D785.112 (“Patent D’112”). The district court issued a preliminary injunction against some of the defendants in 2020 and later granted an amendment to add additional defendants in May 2021.

In response to a motion to clarify or vacate the 2020 preliminary injunction for lack of notice to defendants under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure (FRCP) 65(a), ABC was ordered by the District Court of seek a new preliminary injunction, which was granted in October 2021.

FRCP 65(a)(1) reads as follows:

Preliminary injunction.

(1) To remark. The court can only issue a preliminary injunction upon notice to the opposing party.

The CAFC explained that the May 24 order and the 2020 preliminary injunction violated this requirement because “[b]Prior to the entry of the 2020 Preliminary Injunction, no notice or opportunity to object was given even to the then-named defendant Gyroor-US, let alone the other appellants before us. Neither prior notice nor an opportunity to object was given to GaodeshangUS of the motion granted in the May 24 order; and the same applies to the other two appellants (Fengchi-US and Urbanmax) added to the list of defendants by this order. »

While ABC argued that Amazon’s freeze of Gyroor-US’s account on October 20, 2020 represented “notice” and that GaodeshangUS received notice through a lawyer at the time, the CAFC disagreed on both points. The court said there was no basis to assume that Amazon’s freezing of the account “informed Gyroor-US of the pending motion for (or consideration of) a preliminary injunction in order to to give Gyroor-US the required opportunity to object,” and the record did not support the claim that the named attorney represented GaodeshangUS prior to May 24. Thus, there was no evidence that the required notice had been provided and the The CAFC overturned both the 2020 preliminary injunction and the May 24 order granting ABC’s motion to vary to add additional defendants.

The 2021 injunction

Separately, the CAFC considered whether the 2021 preliminary injunction, which the district court ordered ABC to seek, met the requirements of FRCP 65(d) and the court’s precedent in its finding that the plaintiffs were likely to succeed on the merits. Because the district court’s analysis was in part “directly contrary” to CAFC precedent, the court quashed and remanded the case.

FRCP 65(d) reads as follows:

(d) Content and Scope of Each Injunction and Restraining Order.

(1) Contents. Any order granting an injunction and any restraining order must:

(A) state the reasons for which it was issued;

(B) specifically state its terms; and

(C) describe in sufficient detail – and not by reference to the complaint or other document – the prohibited or required act or acts.

(2) Related Persons. The order binds only the following persons who are effectively notified by personal service or otherwise:

(A) the parties;

(B) the officers, agents, servants, employees and attorneys of the parties; and

(C) other persons who concert or actively participate in any person described in Rule 65(d)(2)(A) or (B).

First, the CAFC said the District Court failed to apply the “proper legal standard” in issuing the 2021 injunction, pointing in particular to the following two statements made by the District Court:

“Resolving this expert dispute will likely require a trial. I think the need for a trial is sufficient in this case to satisfy the plaintiff’s burden of demonstrating a likelihood of success on the merits.”

and

“[P]plaintiff will likely succeed on the merits of his design patent. . . offense. The designs of the claims of the infringing products are not sufficiently dissimilar, or manifestly dissimilar. . . .”

The CAFC said these statements are “directly contrary to our precedent” and, citing Amazon.com, Inc. v. Barnesandnoble.com, Inc.., explained that a likelihood of success on the merits must be proven by a patentee demonstrating that he “is likely to prove infringement of the claimed claims. ‘Whether [the defendant] raises a fundamental question concerning . . . offense. . . , i.e. invokes an infringement. . . defense that the patentee cannot prove that it “lacks substantial foundation”, the preliminary injunction should not be granted. “The court clarified that”[a]An injunction cannot be granted because a trial is required or because the accused products are not “sufficiently different” or “obviously different” from the patented design. »

Second, the District Court failed to perform the “ordinary observer” test provided for in Egyptian Goddess vs. Swisa, which requires the court to conduct a “three-pronged analysis comparing the accused product, the patented design and the prior art”. Since the dominant feature of the accused goods and the patented design is the hourglass shape, “the analysis of substantial similarity of the infringement will in most cases focus on other features of the design . The shared dominant feature of the prior art will be no more than a background feature of the design, necessary to find substantial similarity but insufficient on its own to support a finding of substantial similarity . On the other hand, the expert report on which the district court relied “far from recognizing that the hourglass figure of the claimed patents could not be relied upon to establish substantial similarity, incorrectly relied on this characteristic to show substantial similarity,” the CAFC said.

The third legal error made by the District Court is that it then failed to apply the ordinary observer test “on a product-by-product basis” as required. This is particularly problematic here, the CAFC said, where the four offending products are starkly distinct from each other.

And finally, the CAFC said the wording of the preliminary injunction, even if properly granted, was too broad. Citing International Rectifier Corp. against IXYS Corp.., 383 F.3d 1312 (Fed. Cir. 2004), the court explained that “[t]The order does not specifically mention or prohibit “Accused Products A through D”. While the order allows plaintiffs to request Amazon to remove specific product identifiers and orders Gyroor to remove specific product URLs, it does not reduce the scope of the injunction’s general prohibition of “any reproduction , colorable copy or imitation” of the patented designs. In the end, said the CAFC, under International rectifier“injunctions which by their terms apply to ‘any device’ within the scope of the patent claims do not meet the specificity requirement of Rule 65(d).”

]]> Free things to do in Denver to have fun right now https://balazogallery.com/free-things-to-do-in-denver-to-have-fun-right-now/ Tue, 25 Oct 2022 22:09:46 +0000 https://balazogallery.com/free-things-to-do-in-denver-to-have-fun-right-now/

Denver is a vibrant city full of life, culture and fun things to do around every corner, and being on a tight budget doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice your favorite activities. Whether your true love is art, history, animals or exercise, there’s something for everyone on the cheap in Mile High. Explore the vast wilderness right next door, find your new favorite park, hang out with adoptable cats, or be inspired by incredible works of art, all at no cost (transportation excluded). Here is a list of some of the best things to do and see in Denver that are completely free.

Appreciate Denver’s public art

Besides being an extremely artistic city, Denver also has multiple pockets where street art and sculptures abound and a day can be well spent walking around and admiring it all. From Santa Fe Arts District at RiNo (River North) and several places in between, you can see for yourself the color and talent decorating the Mile-High. There are even suggested routes and points of interest you can easily find online if you don’t know where to start.

Denver Art Museum
Denver Art Museum

Take advantage of free museum days

Denver is full of incredible art and history museums, and many offer free admission on select days throughout the year. Be sure to check the calendars for free days at Denver Art Museumthe Denver Museum of Nature and Scienceand the Clyfford Stills Museumto name a few.

Go on a hike

This one is pretty self-explanatory, especially for Denver locals, but in case you didn’t know, there are a ton of mountains, forests, and waterfalls to explore right near our city. Even if you’re not looking for a long drive or a challenging hike, there really is something for everyone who needs a bit of nature. Unless you’re entering a state or national park, in which case there’s probably some sort of entrance fee, you can wander the Rockies on your own, at no cost.

Red Rocks Park and Amphitheater
Red Rocks Park and Amphitheater

Who said you had to pay hundreds of dollars to visit Red Rocks? If you’re willing to go when there isn’t really a concert going on, it’s still a visit well worth it. Stroll through the famous theater, peek at the Red Rocks and Colorado Halls of Fame, or venture into the many walking paths and cycle paths surrounded by this scenic red rock, Front Range landscape.

Take a trip to the zoo

Although there is a bit of effort and luck to get into the The Denver Zoo Lottery for its free days, there are a substantial number of dates offered to those who win each year. If you’re chosen, head up to see your favorite striped, spotted, or camouflaged friends for a free day of fun for the whole family.

Denver International Airport
Denver International Airport

Go skating, skating or doing something else that gets you moving

Besides the many green parks in Denver, there are also several free skate parks to visit. Whether you’re a skateboarder, blader, or biker, grab your wheels and head to Downtown Denver Skate Park, Central Park Skate Park, or half a dozen more. Plus, with winter fast approaching, a number of free skating rinks will soon be opening in and around Denver if ice skating is more your style. The DIA ice rink is free to use this season, to name one.

Explore historic downtown Denver

Put your steps in and enjoy some of Denver’s rich history and architecture with a few downtown walks. Union Station (especially if you haven’t visited it) is always a good time, whether you’re looking at the vendors inside or just staring in awe at its impressive exterior. Other notable stops in downtown Denver include the Capitol Building, Brown Palace, Oxford Hotel, and Daniels & Fisher Tower. You can get a comprehensive look at the heart of Denver with a free walking tour like this.

Hammond candy since 1920
Hammond candy since 1920

If you’ve ever wondered about creating all your favorite candies and have a morning or afternoon to spare, consider heading to Hammond’s Candies for a fun, family-friendly factory tour. All you need to do in advance is reserve a spot for your group, and the rest is easy once you get there. Watch the beauty of melted chocolate, spun taffy and more transform into the familiar candies you know and love. (And, if you’re willing to spare a few bucks at the end, take home a souvenir or two.)

Open year-round (weather permitting), there really is never a bad time to visit Denver Botanical Gardens. And throughout the year there are specific days when you can visit for free. Be sure to check the garden calendar to see which days are free, then simply arrive and be amazed by the beauty of the botany. (Fair warning: the gift shop may tempt you out of your budget.)

Arsenal of the Rocky Mountains National Wildlife Refuge
Arsenal of the Rocky Mountains National Wildlife Refuge

Arsenal of the Rocky Mountains National Wildlife Refuge

Do you want to see wildlife and feel like you’re getting out of town? Just northeast of Denver is the Arsenal of the Rocky Mountains National Wildlife Refuge, where you can customize your trip based on how much time you have to visit. Drive, hike or bike along the routes here and keep an eye out for different types of wildlife, depending on the season: bison, coyotes and birds of prey are just some of the incredible creatures that you might see.

Read a few pages at Tattered Cover or the Denver Public Library

Denver independent bookstore chain Costs nothing to visit (unless you go out with some new reads, of course), but it’s a great way to pass some time, especially if the weather isn’t ideal. From its Littleton outpost to its two-story McGregor Square location, each has the same cozy bookstore vibe with unique style. Likewise, one of the many Denver Public Library the places are free to visit and are a good way to find your next book, get some work done, or just have some peace and quiet.

Pack a picnic and head to a park

Do you have snacks at home but need a change of scenery? Denver has more than 250 city parks, which also include off-street trails, historic walks, and green spaces. Pack your favorite outdoor blanket, something delicious, and a good book or reading list, and head to Wash Park, City Park, Sloan’s Lake Park, or any other beautiful and peaceful park in town for a day of relaxation and fun. .

Erica Bühler is a Denver-based freelance writer who loves a good DIY Halloween costume. Follow her @e_buehler on Instagram and @e_buehler_ on Twitter for more Denver food updates and other Mile High shenanigans.
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