Celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day With the City and County of Denver
In 1970 the first Earth Day celebrations were held, and the event was celebrated by more than 20 million people. April 22, 2010 marks the 40th anniversary of the grassroots fair that inspired a nation to reflect on their effects upon the Earth.
To celebrate this milestone the City of Denver will be holding an Earth Day Fair on Thursday, April 22, 2010 and everyone is invited to participate. The fair will take place on the west lawn of Civic Center Park off Bannock street.
Activities and displays at the event will provide information and inspiration that will encourage visitors to honor the Earth and make efforts toward conservation and preservation of our wondrous planet for current and future generations.
The fair runs from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Civic Center Park (weather permitting). The fair will be open to the general public, schools and City employees to attend. There will be many “Earth Friendly” exhibits and displays from various non-profit organizations, private companies and of course, City agencies.
Stop by on April 22 and learn about what some Denver organizations are doing to make a difference.
Learn more about the fair at www.denvergov.org/DEQ.
Call for Volunteers: DOCA Needs
DOCA requests your help as a volunteer for the following events and programs taking place in April:
Create Denver Week, April 10-17
Visit www.denvergov.org/CreateDenver for event information. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up.
Arts Education Summit, April 17
Visit www.denvergov.org/ArtsEdSummit for event information.Contact email@example.com to sign up.
Doors Open Denver, April 17 & 18
Visit www.denvergov.org/DoorsOpenDenver for event information. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up.
Each offering comes with its own benefits and exciting learning opportunities! We look forward to hearing from you!!
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Have You Completed Your 2010 Census?
If so, please forward this message to coworkers, families and friends. If you haven't mailed yours back, please do so as soon as possible. Over $435 billion dollars is allocated nationwide to community programs based on Census data and we want to make sure Denver gets its fair share.
As of Friday, March 26, the Census return rate for Denver is at a 34%, Colorado is at a 37%, and Nationally we are at 34%. We are doing great but definitely not high enough!
Curious to see how your neighborhood is doing? Check out the Census interactive map at http://2010.census.gov/2010census/take10map/, and simply type in your zip code and adapt it to local view, county view, etc.
Questions? Call 3-1-1, visit www.denvergov.org/Census2010 or visit your local Denver Public Library http://denverlibrary.org/. Census 2010: 10 questions, 10 minutes, every 10 years.
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Denver Police Officers Honored at Award Ceremony
The Denver Police Department expects officers to uphold a high standard of excellence, in order to keep the community safe. Each year there are those officers who stand out above the rest, and exhibit qualities that cannot go unnoticed. Denver Police Chief Gerald Whitman, Manger of Safety Alvin LaCabe, and Mayor John Hickenlooper will recognize those individuals for their exemplary work.
This year's award winners are:
- Lieutenant Ronald Saunier, Commander of the Year
- Phillip Hernandez, Sergeant of the Year,
- Daniel O’Bannon, Detective of the Year
- Corporal Karl Roller, Corporal of the Year
- Technician Anthony Guzman, Technician of the Year
- Brian Neven, Officer of the Year
The award ceremony also recognized those officers who received Technician appointments, Detective appointments, the Life Saving Award, and the Medal of Valor.
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DenverWellness and Wellness Center
Online Health Assessment: Get Your Health Numbers
Employees are now eligible for a premium discount on their medical insurance in 2011. In an ongoing effort to promote employee health and well-being, and reduce health care costs for employees and the City, only two actions are required:
- Complete the online health assessment through your city sponsored health care provider (Denver Health, Kaiser Permanente or UnitedHealthCare).
- Complete one of the approved wellness activities to be eligible for the premium discount.
In order to complete your online health assessment, one of the requirements of the DenverWellness Premium Discount Program, we recommend that you know your 4 key health numbers. Your blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol and body mass index (BMI) numbers are key indicators of your risk for major chronic illnesses.
Employees are encouraged to use their health care providers or community health fairs to obtain current health numbers. Once you receive your health numbers, the information is used to complete the online health assessment through your City-sponsored health care provider. Inserting your 4 health numbers into the health assessment will assure a more accurate and individualized health report.
Here is how to obtain your health numbers:
Kaiser members may call their doctor’s office to request an order for blood work at the lab. There will be no charge. Employees may then schedule a preventive health check ($5 copay) and discuss the results of your blood work with your doctor.
United Healthcare members may call their doctor’s office to request an order for blood work, there will be no charge. Employees may then schedule a preventive health check ($35 copay) and discuss the results of your blood work with your doctor.
Denver Health medical plan members may call their doctor to request an order for blood work. There is no charge towards your deductible for blood work (annual lipid profile). Employees may then schedule a preventive health check and discuss the results of your blood work with your doctor. This visit will have a $20 copay and apply to your deductible.
Community Health Fairs – The 9Health Fair is the most well known health fair in Denver and will be held at various locations from April 17 – 25th. They offer blood work for a fee and several other health screenings. Community health fairs are also held at local churches, schools and health clinics.
Employees have until August 31, 2010 to complete their health assessment and one wellness program option. For instructions on how to complete your online health assessment or for more information about the DenverWellness Premium Discount Program, visit www.denvergov.org/wellness.
- Join Weight Watchers
Shed a few pounds and get ready to enjoy spring! Join Weight Watchers! Learn new strategies for handling your hunger and eating smarter. It’s never too late to join! The cost of the remaining sessions is pro-rated. Weigh-ins start at 11:30 a.m., meeting starts at noon in room 4.F.2. of the Webb Municipal Building. To register or for more information, call Tanya Turcios at 720-913-5687.
|Denver Wellness: Chair Massage Program|
Relax and unwind with a 15-minute Chair Massage, appointments are available Thursdays from 11:40-4:20pm. Cost is $12 and appointments are pre-paid by cash, check or credit card. Tickets can be purchased from the Cashier on the 2nd floor of WMB between 7:30am-4:30pm. Multiple tickets can be purchased at one time. With a ticket, a massage can be scheduled by calling 720-913-5696. If you have any questions, please call 720-913-5687.
Webb Municipal Building | 201 W. Colfax Ave. Denver, CO 80202
Hours: Monday – Friday | 4:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday | 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
WMB Wellness Center
Membership to the Center includes a daily schedule of exercise classes such as Yoga, Mat Pilates, spinning, step, sculpting, core conditioning, circuit training and other classes. Equipment includes the latest models of treadmills, spinning bikes, elliptical trainers, bicycles, stair steppers rowing machines and Cybex weight machines. Members are able to participate in personal training sessions, private Yoga and Mat Pilates sessions, computerized fitness assessments and receive individualized exercise programs for an additional fee. Cost is $25/month.
Wellness Center Day Usage Program
All city employees are able to use the Webb Building Wellness Center on a drop-in basis without the requirement of a membership. If you have a class or meeting downtown, drop in to the Center on your break to keep your workouts on track. You can take advantage of the Wellness Center’s variety of cardiovascular and weight equipment, exciting fitness classes and healthy energy for only $5 a day.
Orientation/Tour of Center
Tours of the Center are available Monday through Friday. Learn more about the Center including equipment, classes and amenities. Interested employees can obtain information about membership or sign up at the end of the tour.
Scheduled Orientation Dates:
- Thursday, April 1 at Noon
- Thursday, April 15 at Noon
- Wednesday, April 21 at Noon
- Wednesday, April 28 at Noon
For more information or to participate in any Wellness Center events contact Tanya Turcios at 720-913-5687 or email@example.com.
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Five Points Jazz Festival, Saturday May 22
Mark your calendar! Additional info soon at www.denvergov.org/5PointsJazz.
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Show Your Pride, Move Your Ride! Avoid a Citation - sign up for FREE e-minders.
Citywide seasonal street sweeping begins, Thursday, April 1, 2010, and Denver Public Works needs your help to keep Denver clean! Check the red and white signs posted on your block for street sweeping parking restrictions (not every block has restrictions) so that Public Works Street Maintenance can provide the best street sweeping service possible.
There are two ways to help remember your street sweeping day:
- Sign up to receive a free email to remind you of your sweeping day. Visit KeepItCleanDenver.org and click on the “Show Your Pride, Move Your Ride” sweeper icon to sign up. Be sure you know what day of the week your sweeping day falls on (for example, “the 3rd Thursday of the month”), so that you can enter it on your reminder sign-up.
- Call Denver’s customer service line, 3-1-1, and request “No Parking” sticker reminders for your calendar.
- Free reminders were previously offered from an outside entity, but now the City has created our own City-sponsored reminder service – your information will not be transferred or sold when using our service. If you’ve signed up for an electronic reminder in the past through an outside source, please sign up again at KeepItCleanDenver.org to avoid any interruption in reminder service.
Ways that you can help us KEEP IT CLEAN!
- Trim low hanging branches on your street - the sweepers are 10.6 feet high and the trucks that accompany them are 12 feet high.
- Remove items from the gutter on street sweeping days.
- On your sweeping day, set trash and recycling bins off of the street on the apron of your driveway or on the curb as close to the street as possible, but not on the sidewalk.
Street sweeping is essential in keeping Denver’s waterways clean. Denver Public Works Street Maintenance Street Sweeping Program removes dirt, leaves and debris from City streets, reducing air and water pollution and providing a clean environment.
For more information, visit www.keepitcleandenver.org.
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Free Mulch and Compost Sale, Saturday, May 1, 2010, 8 A.M. - 3 P.M. (or while supplies last)
LeafDrop Compost Sale
Compost is a soil amendment made from decomposed organic material (in this case leaves). Compost can be mixed into soil or spread thinly over lawns to help reduce water and fertilizer needs.
FREE Treecycle Mulch
Mulch is ground wood chips (in this case from reclaimed Christmas trees) that can be used to control weeds, help soil retain moisture and protect shallow-rooted plants from weather extremes.
Mulch and Compost Site:
Northeast: Havana Nursery 10450 Smith Rd., just south of I-70 on Havana St.
- Mulch and compost front-end loader service for trucks and trailers and dig-your-own.
- Limit of 3 cubic yards of compost per vehicle.
- Compost Prices: $3 per 10 gallon bag or $28.50 per cubic yard (plus tax).
- Recycle your plastic garden pots only at the Havana Nursery site as part of this event.
Mulch Only Sites (dig-your-own):
- Southeast: Veterans Park Iowa St. & Vine St.
- Southwest: Bear Creek Park South of Dartmouth Ave. on Raleigh St.
- Northwest: Sloan’s Lake Park Sheridan Blvd. & 17th Ave.
- Northeast: Fred Thomas Park Quebec St. & 26th Ave.
Commercial vehicles are prohibited from taking or selling the City’s mulch.
Reminders: Please bring your shovel and bags or containers, and bring a tarp to cover your truck or trailer. Due to limited quantities, Denver residents only please.
For more details on the Treecycle Mulch Giveaway and LeafDrop Compost Sale call 720-865-6810 or visit DenverGov.org/DenverRecycles.
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