Calhoun: Wake-Up Call

The week ahead: and the rest is history

Be a Society type.

At 5:30 p.m. today, the Colorado Historical Society will host a public confab on the new History Center project, to be built in the 1200 block of Broadway – and not smack-dab in the middle of Civic Center Park, the original scheme when the entire 1300 block of Broadway, which the Colorado History Museum currently shares with the Colorado Justice Center, was ceded to a new, improved courts building. Edward Nichols, president of the Colorado Historical Society, as well as project manager Bill Mosher and architect David Tryba, will be on hand to answer questions; the meeting is in the Boettcher Auditorium at 1300 Broadway. For information, go to

On Saturday, the public is invited back to the museum to celebrate not the future, but the past, when the city hosts its 150th anniversary party. Mayor John Hickenlooper will kick off the festivities at 9:45 a.m. (after a private ceremony where he will announce Denver’s 150 -- 150 unsung heroes making history in the city right now). Museums around town will join in the celebration on November 22, offering free admission – and cake. For a complete schedule, go to

Between these two historic events, on November 19, the Denver Planning board will decide whether to wipe out some history at the former University of Colorado Health Sciences Centers on Ninth Avenue. The department’s Landmark Preservation office has received an application to declare several buildings there "non-historic." Watch your government in action at 3 p.m. Wednesday, conference room 4F6-4G2 in the Wellington Webb building, 201 West Colfax Avenue.

Take action yourself when the Rocky Mountain MicroFinance Institute, a new, Denver-based nonprofit organization committed to bridging the gap for community entrepreneurs, will hold a free training session from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, November 18 at the Denver Public Library; for information, go to The Denver Botanic Gardens will help you help yourself at a class titled “What is Permaculture? Sustainable Ethics and Principles” from 6:30-8:30 November 18 that same day; the cost is $24, sign up at And Governor Bill Ritter has proclaimed Thursday, November 20 "Keep Colorado Working Day," with seven regional job fairs slated around the state. Find information on the governor's web site.

At 7 a.m. Thursday, November 20, the Downtown Denver Leadership Program will presents its recommendations on making Denver the most pedestrian-friendly city in the country. The gathering is at the Grand Hyatt Denver, 1750 Welton Street; for details on this and other urban efforts, go to the Downtown Denver Partnership website. And at the Denver Public Schools board meeting that night, boardmembers will vote on a plan to consolidate several school programs, and also consider charter applications. For the complete agenda, go here.

Finally, at 11 a.m. Sunday, November 23, the contents of Blinky’s Antiques and Collectibles – the tiny shop on South Broadway run by Denver’s famous TV clown -- will be auctioned off at Corbett’s Auction House, 4921 South Santa Fe Drive. And the rest is history. -- Patricia Calhoun