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FRIDAY, MAY 14, 2021
🏙️ TODAY IN DENVER

Yesterday, Denver health officials and Mayor Michael Hancock debuted details on the brand new mental health facility opening in central Denver's Sun Valley neighborhood.

The Behavioral Health Solutions Center will be a treatment-focused, voluntary safe space for Denverites experiencing a mental health crisis. The center is a whopping 28,741 square feet and will remain open 24/7 providing:
  • Crisis treatment services
  • Short-term, voluntary in-patient stays
  • "Transitional shelter" for people recovering from crisis
City and health officials hope this new resource will serve as an alternative to placing people experiencing a crisis in a jail cell or on a psychiatric hold, as so often is the case. First responders will now have the option of bringing people in need directly to the center for immediate care. 

Services will begin rolling out Monday, May 17.
[9News; DDPHE]

Today's weather: Still sunny, still 75 (YES!) but with a chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. 

—Peyton Garcia (@peytonmgarcia)
📰 IN OTHER NEWS

💵 New Colorado law bans no-cash policies
Under a new bill that Gov. Polis signed into law this week, Colorado retailers must accept cash from customers. The no-cash policies that many business owners adopted during the pandemic posed challenges for Coloradans who do not use banks or don't have a credit or debit card. Failure to comply with the new law could result in a $250 fine for businesses. [Denver Post]

🐶 Denver ranked country's most dog-friendly city
According to a new survey from Rover and Zillow, the people moving to Denver are in part coming to the Mile High because they think their dog will like it here. Based on criteria including the number of nearby dog parks and houses with dog-friendly features, Denver residents put their puppers' priorities first. [The Know]

😷 CDC says you can unmask; Denver says "nah"
The Center for Disease Control dropped news on Thursday that fully vaccinated Americans don't need a mask for most indoor settings (like restaurants, bars, churches, or movie theaters). However the CDC also said rules laid out by local government overrule theirs. In Denver, the mayor's office confirmed the city's current mask mandate still stands, regardless of what the CDC says. (Currently, when a group of 10 or more people are in an indoor setting, masks must be worn unless 80% of people present can show proof of vaccination.) [Denverite]

Volunteers needed for the MLB All-Star Game
The Denver Sports Commission is looking for volunteers to demonstrate Mile High hospitality at the MLB All-Star Game later this summer. You could help run the PLAY BALL PARK event, organize transportation for staff and VIPs, or facilitate the on-field, pre-game ceremonies. You won't get paid in cash, but you will get awesome All-Star Game swag. [MLB]
👉 What you can do: Learn more, or if you're already sold on it, register to volunteer here.
🎙️ TODAY'S PODCAST
 
The future of the historic Park Hill Golf Course is up for grabs. A developer bought the 155-acre site in 2019, and since then it’s been subject to heated debate over what should be done with the land. In part one of this two-part series, we speak with former mayoral candidate Penfield Tate about the fight to get the future of Park Hill Golf Course out of the hands of developers and into the hands of the community.

🗓️ MARK YOUR CAL

+ FRIDAY: "May the Art Be With You" Exhibit
Spectra Art Space hosts the opening reception for its first-ever Star Wars-themed exhibit. Come decked out in your best Star Wars gear for a chance to win a prize. 

+ SATURDAY: COVID-19 Black Health Town Hall

Join the Tri-County Health Dept., the local NAACP, and the Colorado Black Health Initiative for a virtual town hall to address questions and concerns about COVID vaccines. 

+ SATURDAY + SUNDAY: Teen/Children Vaccine Clinic
Denver's Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children is hosting a COVID-19 vaccine clinic for people ages 16-21. If the CDC gives the all-clear, children ages 12-15 will also be welcomed. 
🎨 MADE IN DENVER
Image: @willbarker.art on Instagram
Meet Will Barker, a former NFL pro turned Denver street muralist. Barker's journey has taken him from his home turf in Pennsylvania to a position with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and finally all the way over to Denver, where he's pursuing his passion creating colorful murals of cowboys and mountain landscapes. You can check out his first solo exhibit at The People's Building in Aurora until May 31 or scroll through his work on Instagram at @willbarker.art. We can also expect more from Barker at this summer's RiNo Summer Showcase Series in July. [5280]
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