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THURSDAY, JUNE 24, 2021

🏙️ TODAY IN DENVER

Denver’s iconic Mercury Cafe has new owners, but other than that, not much is changing at the California Street institution.

Since 1975, Mercury Cafe has served Denverites as a gathering place, performance venue, organic eatery, spiritual haven, event space, and so much more. Last month, 70-year-old owner/founder Marilyn Megenity listed “the Merc” for sale with a $2 million asking price. This week, she officially passed the torch to local entrepreneur Danny Newman and his partners as the cafe’s brand new owners.

Newman is known as somewhat of a city superhero, swooping in to keep Denver’s most beloved spots alive. You might recognize his name from back when he bought Denver’s O.G. watering hole, My Brothers Bar, in 2017. Or maybe you’ve seen him at the recent “Save Casa Bonita” rallies he’s helped organize. (See what I mean?)

Much like with My Brothers Bar, Newman’s plan for the Merc is to do, well, not much of anything to it. He hopes to keep running the space the way Denverites know and love it, with only modest adjustments as needed.

Megenity will stick around for a little while to ensure a smooth transition, but says she’s very much looking forward to experiencing the Merc as just another loving patron.
[Westword; The Know]

⛈️ Temps are finally dipping below the 90s with a high around 87 today and a strong chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon.

— Peyton Garcia, (@peytonmgarcia)

🗣️ COMMUNITY CALLOUT 

Have you ever wanted to try voice acting in a pressure-free context, but still get to be on a podcast? If so, then keep reading, because we’re making something very weird and ambitious for the City Cast Denver podcast, and we need your help!

We’ve gotta keep it mysterious 🤫 but if you want to be a part of it, send us a recording of you reacting to something scary or surprising 😱 It can be a simple voice memo on your phone — just a quick “ahh!” or “whoa!”, or you can surprise us with your acting chops! Send it to denver@citycast.fm, or reply to this email by Monday morning (6/28) ⏳

We can’t wait to share this wild and wonderful project with you when it’s done! 

📰 IN OTHER NEWS

🚨 Update: More on Monday’s shooting in Arvada
Law enforcement officials have stated that one of the victims, officer Gordon Beesley, was “ambushed” by a shooter with a known “hatred of police.” According to witnesses, bystander John Hurley allegedly fired his own weapon at the gunman before he was also fatally shot. Arvada police chief Link Strate said Hurley most likely prevented a larger loss of life. Officials have identified the suspected shooter, who also died. [Denver Post]
👉 What you can do: Follow @ArvadaPolice on Twitter for updates in this active investigation.


🌟 STAR program looking toward major expansion
A City Council committee approved a funding request Tuesday for Denver’s Support Team Assisted Response program, or STAR, that could funnel $1 million into expansion efforts. The program sends mental health professionals — rather than police officers — to people in crisis, reducing unnecessary arrests and providing better behavioral health resources. An expansion might include more social workers, more vans, and broader hours of operation and service perimeters. [Denverite]
👉 What you can do: Listen to this episode of City Cast Denver for more about STAR’s first year.


The battle over Park Hill Golf Course continues
This week in the Park Hill Golf Course saga, the Denver Clerk and Recorder’s office confirmed that the Save Open Space group collected enough signatures to put the fate of the PHGC up to a vote on the November ballot. Additionally, the group is suing the City of Denver for spending taxpayer money and city employee hours working on development plans for land that is still bound by a conservation easement. [9News]
👉 What you can do: Listen to this episode and this episode of City Cast Denver to hear from both sides of the debate.


🚧 Detour ahead: South Parker Road closed this weekend
South Parker Road at East Mississippi Avenue will be fully closed this weekend as construction crews continue to install a new High Line Canal Underpass. Northbound and southbound lanes will be blocked off beginning Friday at 9 p.m. until Monday at 5 a.m. [9News]

🎙 TODAY'S PODCAST

The Long Goodbye to Single-Use Plastic
15 mins
With a citywide bag-fee beginning next month and a behemoth anti-plastic bill sitting on Gov. Polis’ desk right now, we asked CPR climate and environment reporter Miguel Otárola to walk us through the local politics behind plastics.

🗓️ MARK YOUR CALENDAR

+ TONIGHT: Denver Fashion Week Vintage Night
Colorado’s fashion showcase of the year kicks off tonight with a red carpet reception and “Vintage Night” runway. Plus, check out the rest of the DFW events scheduled through the weekend.

+ FRIDAY: Alice (In Wonderland) Ballet
Airing on Rocky Mountain PBS at 8 p.m., join the Colorado Ballet Orchestra as they take a trip down the rabbit hole in this live performance of
“Alice (In Wonderland).”

+ SATURDAY: Garden Party Meet & Greet
If you’re interested in partnering with Denver Food Rescue to donate produce from your own garden to Denver communities that need it, learn how to get involved at this Garden Party Meet & Greet.

+ SATURDAY: Denver Museum of Miniatures Yard Sale
If all things miniature speak to your soul (I get it, me too), you’ll wanna stop by the Denver Museum of Miniatures’ Yard Sale to sift through their trove of teeny-tiny treasures. 

🏄 MADE IN DENVER

(Andy Cross/Denver Post/Getty Images)

If you thought you couldn’t surf (like, real-deal surf) in little ol’ landlocked Colorado, I’m here to tell you you’re wrong. In our apparent quest to claim all outdoor adventure sports, Coloradans have zeroed in on river surfing. You can learn to ride whitewater waves at a handful of river surfing companies along the Front Range, and even right here in Denver. [The Know]

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