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If Denver’s been feeling more and more crowded over the last decade, that’s because it has added 115,364 new residents since 2010 — according to the 2020 U.S. Census data released yesterday.

Denver’s population saw a 19.2% increase over the span of the last 10 years, bringing the current recorded total to 715,522 and ranking it 6th in Colorado counties that saw the most growth.

In fact, all of the metro area saw an influx of residents. (But I didn’t need census data to tell me that; traffic on my regular Denver-to-Boulder commute was enough of an indicator to me.)

Broomfield saw the largest population spike of the metro counties (and all of Colorado, for that matter) with a 32% surge, followed by Douglas (25%), Denver (19%), Adams (17%), Arapahoe (14%), Boulder (12%), and Jefferson (9%) counties.

Colorado as a whole mostly saw an increase in residents, with only 16 of the state’s 64 counties seeing a decrease, which mostly occurred in the southeast.

Of note: Because the census data reflects where people were living in April 2020, it does not reflect the nearly 620,000 U.S. citizens who died from COVID-19.
[Denverite; CO Politics]

🙌 It’s FriYAY indeed! We’re looking at a 50% chance of showers this afternoon, a high of only 88 degrees, and clearer, less smoky skies! 🤞

— Peyton Garcia, (@peytonmgarcia)


This very newsletter marks the 100th newsletter from City Cast Denver! Time really does fly when you’re sharing the news every morning with 2,500 of your favorite pals. Whether this is your first one, or you’ve read every newsletter since Day 1, we are so happy you're here. 

Drop me a line to say hello or offer feedback — I love hearing from our readers. And if you want to chat in person, the whole CCD team will be at the Underground Music Showcase for a LIVE taping of the podcast on August 27! (More info on that below 👇) We hope to see you there! 

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🎓 You can now go to college for cannabis
Beginning this fall semester, “cannabis business” will officially be an area of study at the Community College of Denver. The associate’s program will be the first of its kind in the state. It will prepare students to navigate the realities of operating a cannabis business, from the legalities, finances, and industry practices to the science behind the operation. CCD hopes to eventually expand the field of study into a Bachelor’s of Applied Science program. [Denverite]
👉 What you can do: Check out the program description for yourself.

🦠 Students could earn cash for weekly COVID tests
Gov. Polis has shared very early plans for a program that would pay K-12 Colorado students to voluntarily participate in surveillance testing for COVID-19. Students could earn cash (the amount is undetermined, but the governor suggested something between $5-$25) every week when they undergo weekly COVID tests to help monitor the spread of the delta variant in schools. The program would be supported by $173 million in federal funds. [Denver7]

👏 The (shortly-awaited) return of Zaidy’s Deli
Remember 10 months ago how sad you were when Denver’s iconic Zaidy’s Deli announced it was closing up shop after 35 years of service in Cherry Creek? Well, grieve no more! Zaidy’s is officially reopening at 600 S Holly Street next week! Gerard Rudofsky, founder of the original Zaidy’s, will work alongside new owners Max and Joel Appel and Beth Ginsberg. Welcome back, you delicious heartbreaker, you! [Westword]
👉 What you can do: Attend the ribbon-cutting ceremony Tuesday, Aug. 17, at 9:30 a.m. with dining service officially kicking off at 10 a.m.


Talking Meow Wolf and "Alice" w/ Wheelchair Sports Camp’s Kalyn Heffernan
30 mins
Guest Kalyn Heffernan joins the City Cast Denver crew's Friday chat to talk about her work with Meow Wolf and her upcoming role in PHAMALY Theatre Company's new production of “Alice in Wonderland,” opening this weekend.

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+ ALL WEEKEND: Monster Jam
Monster Jam takes over Ball Arena this weekend for the annual monster truck extravaganza!

+ SATURDAY: Belleview Station Beer Fest
Belleview Station will be jam packed this weekend with 20-plus breweries and distilleries, food trucks, a live DJ, and lawn games for this beer fest.

+ SATURDAY: Peach Peelin’ Party at LUKI Brewery
Help prepare fresh Palisade peaches for the return of crowd-favorite “That’s Just Peachy” farmhouse ale. As a thanks, you’ll get 10% off your bar tab!

+ SUNDAY: DFW Fall 2021 Model Auditions
Audition to be a runway model for the fall 2021 Denver Fashion Week event. Organizers are looking for male and female models, 14 years of age or older. 


City Cast Denver LIVE at UMS!

Join Host Bree Davies and the City Cast Denver team for a live podcast taping at this year's Underground Music Showcase on Friday, August 27. This event is FREE and everyone is invited (you don't have to have a ticket to UMS to join us!).

This candid conversation will explore the idea of "diversity in music" and what that really means for performers of color. How does "diversity, equity, and inclusion" truly extend to show booking, venue operations, and other positions of power within a music scene? Does representation go beyond the stage? As white folks scramble to "diversify," does it feel like anything meaningful is happening or changing for the actual artists?

Get more info on the event and see our panel guests here

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