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WEDNESDAY, JULY 21, 2021

🏙️ TODAY IN DENVER

The Denver Department of Excise and Licenses has just granted the city’s first marijuana delivery permit to Strawberry Fields, a Front Range dispensary chain.

Strawberry Fields’ Denver store is located at 3435 South Yosemite Street, just off the highway, making it the perfect spot for a delivery hub. In fact, that’s exactly why the owners purchased the former Nature’s Herbs and Wellness shop back in May. The store is about to undergo a $500,000 remodel which will include a space specifically dedicated to deliveries.

The dispensary’s owners are hoping to begin deliveries by the end of July or early August, but they must first find a third-party pot transporter partner that meets the requirements under the city’s social equity policy for marijuana delivery — which Strawberry Fields itself does not.

Once Strawberry Fields can finally fulfil deliveries, customers will be able to order up to 1 ounce of flower, 8 grams of concentrate, or edibles containing 800 milligrams of THC to be delivered to residential addresses in Denver.
[Westword]

🥵 Today will be comparatively cooler than the rest of the week with a high near 91 and a 40% chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon.

— Peyton Garcia, (@peytonmgarcia)

📰 IN OTHER NEWS

🚑 STAR program gets $1 million boost
Monday night, Denver City Council approved an additional $1 million for the Support Team Assisted Response program, or STAR. The program, which sends paramedics and case workers to respond to nonviolent 911 calls instead of police, has received high praise for its first year of operation. The cash injection will allow STAR to extend its services to more of Denver. [CO Politics]
👉 What you can do: Listen to this episode of City Cast Denver with one STAR mental health clinician to learn about the program’s first year in action.


💰 New bill protects Denverites from wage theft
City Council unanimously voted Monday night to pass a bill that will help victims of wage theft. Wage theft was already illegal in Colorado, but the city’s district attorney would only prosecute claims greater than $2,000. This new local bill will provide assistance for claims less than that amount. It was, in part, created to specifically protect Denver’s most vulnerable workers, like undocumented residents, who are most often the victims of wage theft.
[Denverite]


🏗️ Channel 7 building to get the wrecking ball
This week, the development group that now owns the former Channel 7 News building along Speer Boulevard confirmed that the building will be demolished to make room for “attainably priced housing.” Before the group purchased the building for $35 million earlier this year, some Denver residents pushed the city to block a potential demolition by awarding the building landmark status as one of Denver’s only remaining examples of Brutalist architecture. City Council unanimously voted to deny the status back in May. [CO Politics]
👉 What you can do: Listen to this episode of City Cast Denver with architecture critic Mary Voelz Chandler about the merits of the building and its history. 

🎙 TODAY'S PODCAST

An Evening of Five Points Jazz at Dazzle
19 mins
Today, guest host donnie l. betts visits Dazzle, one of the city's premier jazz clubs, to talk through this pivotal moment in Denver jazz with legendary pianist Purnell Steen, Dazzle co-owner Matt Ruff, and trombonist Stafford Hunter. 

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🗓️ MARK YOUR CALENDAR

+ THURSDAY: The Capulet Ball
Inspired by “Romeo and Juliet,” the Capulet Ball is an interactive evening of performances by the Visionbox Ensemble acting troupe, plus live music, food, and drink.

+ THURSDAY: Rye in July
West End Tavern hosts an exclusive whiskey tasting event to benefit Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Nonviolence (SPAN).

+ THURSDAY: The Big Eat 2021
The Big Eat food festival returns for another summer, but in a slightly different format. This year, each participating restaurant will offer a special onsite dining experience with proceeds benefiting EatDenver. 

🎨 MADE IN DENVER
Credit: Clyfford Still Museum

In the heart of Denver’s Golden Triangle Creative District, discover vibrant art and architecture at the Clyfford Still Museum. Bask in sun-filled galleries, immerse yourself in colorful paintings, and enjoy a variety of free in-person and virtual events. You can learn more about the museum’s namesake artist Clyfford Still in “Stories We Tell: The Collection Two Ways,” currently on display until October 10. Still was a groundbreaking Abstract Expressionist who wanted viewers to bring their own meaning to his art. Experience this collection of Still’s works from the museum’s vaults from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday in two complementary but alternate ways.

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