Kite-maker Jane Parker-Ambrose was really too busy to take on another project, but in 1985, after sailing one of her custom flyers in Red Square with the Soviet Women's Peace Community, Parker-Ambrose was moved to use her kites for an even higher purpose. "The kite has its own language," says Parker-Ambrose. "There is a sense of universal interconnectedness; it's the perfect symbol for peace." Since swapping tails with the Russian diplomats, Parker-Ambrose's Denver-based One Sky One World has shared the borderless wind with kiters in over thirty nations in an effort to promote global harmony. And the aerial jam has gained international recognition for its mission: NASA took wing with a kite on the space shuttle Endeavour, and Pope John Paul II blessed the project.
Now in its eighteenth year, the Denver celebration, held today from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Sloan's Lake Park, will include kite-making workshops, a pet parade and an international village with food, music and traditional dance from around the world.
Admission to One Sky One World is free. To learn more, call 720-270-3153 or visit www.earthnet.net/~jpa/osow. --Kity Ironton
La Ti Da is a mixed breed
Next time you're in the mood for a coffee- sipping, hanging-out-and-knitting kind of place with yarn and gifts, head for the old house with the picket fence at 1551 South Pearl Street: La Ti Da, with its informal coffee bar and imaginative use of rooms (including a bathroom that's been converted into a display space), is all this and more. The home-away-from-home, run by Kim Allegretti and Rita Marshall, specializes in reasonably priced items by mostly local artisans -- in particular, those from the neighborhood. The goods include jewelry, hand-knit baby sweaters, furry-eared denim doggy purses and staff-stitched eyelash-yarn scarves, as well as the raw materials -- notably, Rowan yarns -- for making your own. Drop in and knit a while. Open Tuesdays through Sundays; call 303-715-1414. -- Susan Froyd
Gimme a D! Gimme an O! Gimme a G! Get your pooch fired up for today's Breeder's Choice Canine Cheerleaders Recruitment Day, a free screening to find friendly, well-behaved dogs whose dispositions qualify them to visit local hospitals, schools and treatment centers as Denver Area Pet Partners therapy dogs.
"The best thing about using dogs in therapy is that they don't care about a person's disabilities or disorders; they offer unconditional acceptance," says local coordinator Diana McQuarrie. "They can make such an impact and really help with healing."
Evaluators will be at the Pet Palace, 4082 South Parker Road, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today to take dogs through basic obedience and temperament tests with their owners. "It's an opportunity for people to come out and get excited about volunteering with their dogs," says McQuarrie. "We're looking for teams that work well together."
Sorry, 101st Dalmatian, but due to time restrictions, only the first hundred dogs to sign up will be reviewed. For further information on the program, visit www.denverpetpartners.org. -- Julie Dunn