Saturday, September 20, 2014

Friday, September 19, 2014

Harm Reduction Action Center, Denver's Biggest Syringe Exchange, Moving to Colfax

Dear Fabulous Supporter,
While many of you are newer to us, most of you have been long-time supporters.  It is with great pleasure to let you know that the Harm Reduction Action Center is moving
to a larger location.  Yes, serving over 2,300 participants in a 650 sq. foot storefront
just wasn't cutting it anymore.  As you can imagine, it was difficult to find a larger location that would suit our needs.  However, we did just that.  It is almost triple the
size with 2 bathrooms.  When we told participants this morning, they were so excited!  Especially, for more room.

Our last day at 733 Santa Fe Drive will be on Friday, October 31.  We will begin our
operations at our new storefront, 231 E. Colfax, on Monday, November 3.  Nary a blip
in our services, obviously.  This new space is kind of a fixer upper.  So, we need to do some handywork, painting, and moving in the next 6 weeks. And this is where our super supportive and awesome community (i.e., you, yes you) come in.  We need your support.  Specifically, your time, energy, or money

Remember, it takes a village to raise the Harm Reduction Action Center.
1.  If you are planning on attending our upcoming Friday, October 10 fundraiser, then I
need you to buy your ticket(s) today.

2.  You got time and energy?  Well, we like that.  We will soon know when we will be
doing our painting, handywork, and packing parties.  Reply to this email and let Lisa
know to put you on the list to help.

3.  No time or energy?  No problem.  Not attending the fundraiser?  No problem.  Then,
we need your money.   or "Give the gift of doing" with a Home Depot Gift Card.
Seriously, we need your help.  This move was unexpected and the ONLY place in town
that would allow us to rent from them (with our other barriers of being more than 1,000
feet from all schools and childcare centers) requires our collective efforts to make
HRAC's over 2,300 participants feel welcome in our new location.

4.  And if nothing else, hug a fellow harm reductionist today.  Trust us, they could use

Welcome to our new team member
We would like to take this opportunity to welcome our new AmeriCorps VISTA, Magalie Lerman.  Magalie was born in Los Angeles, California and grew up in Tucson, Arizona. She moved to Denver with her family in 2000. She graduated high school from Rocky Mountain Hebrew Academy in 2004. Magalie spent the next six years of her life in chronically homeless conditions battling drug dependency. She spent six months in jail and was charged with a felony in 2009. Magalie is now in recovery, and is passionate about addressing injustices impacting the community. She volunteered with Prax(us) for nearly a year doing outreach and community organizing with people in the sex trade before joining staff as Outreach Organizer, and finally, Co-Executive Director. Magalie took the next step in her career in harm reduction in 2014 when she joined the team at the Harm Reduction Action Center as our AmeriCorps VISTA. She now works to promote public health and the dignity of Denver's injection drug users. Magalie also volunteers her time working with the Victim Offender Reconciliation Program of Denver, and sits on the board of the Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition. She is currently a student at Metro State University of Denver. 

Buy your tickets today!  You really won't want to miss this event.


Who?  Denver Health Medical Center - Dr. Kerry Broderick, Dr. Josh Blum, and Dr. Kevin Kaucher, PharmD

Why?  In the Fall of 2013, these 3 badasses were able to add Naloxone to the formulary at Denver Health so all Denver Health prescribers can prescribe Naloxone to opiate users and to those folks that love opiate users (third party).  Then, in a total badass move, they designed a protocol that anyone that is discharged from their Emergency Department after an observation of an overdose is prescribed Naloxone.  And it is cost-effective in their pharmacy.  This is a lifesaver and only happening in a few other hospitals in the United States.

Who? King Soopers General Manager - Theresa Pelo

Why? About a year ago, Ms. Pelo became the General Manager of the King Soopers Denver location at 13th and Speer.  This is a very busy store, for those of you in the know.  Quickly, she realized that there needed to be an opportunity for proper syringe disposal.  She went to KS Corporate and was able to gain approval to install syringe disposals in the stalls of each of the bathrooms.  Then, in a total badass move, she led the initiative to install syringe disposals in each bathroom of the 144 KS Colorado stores.  When we met with her a few months ago to learn more about her initiative she said, "it was just the right thing to do." 

Who?  HRAC Local Hero - Vernon Lewis

Why?  If you don't know Vernon, then you have been living underneath a rock.  He was prescribed Naloxone in May 2012.  Since then, he has saved 19 lives in Denver.  Yes, you read that right, Vernon has utilized his Naloxone 19 times.  And those 19 people are alive because of him.  Bad.ass.  Here is a profile of someone he saved.   

When? Friday, October 10, 2014 

Where? Artwork Network 878 Santa Fe Drive

Tickets are $45 and on sale today, $60 at the door
Cash bar, appetizers, and silent auction ... you really won't want to miss this event.

Hygiene & Food are needed

Besides our services of testing, syringes, disposal, health education, access to Naloxone (111 lives saved!), referrals, smiles, and hugs ... we also like to provide coffee, food, and hygiene items. 

Food we need:
cereal, milk, coffee, snacks, lunch meat, sandwich bread, and veggie & fruit trays.
Hygiene (travel-size) we need
shampoo, conditioner, toothbrushes, toothpaste, mouthwash, and lotion.

Can't do in-kind donations or make it to our upcoming fundraiser?  Please don't hesitate to donate today! 

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Scene on Colfax: Les Claypool of Primus

Les Claypool & Larry Lalonde's new book - Primus, Over the Electric Grapevine

Coming to the Tattered Cover Bookstore on Colfax Avenue Thursday, September 18th at 7:00 pm, Les Claypool and Larry Lalonde from Primus will discuss and sign the new book Primus, Over the Electric Grapevine: Insight Into Primus and the World of Les Claypool ($24.95 Akashic Books), an oral history of the legendary band Primus, with a star-studded cast of interviewees. This fascinating and beautifully curated oral history tells the tale of this truly one-of-a-kind band. Compiled from nearly fifty all-new interviews conducted by journalist/author Greg Prato—including Primus members past and present and many more fellow musicians—this book is sure to appeal to longtime fans of the band, as well as admirers of the musicians interviewed for the book. Adam Reshotko, book and music buyer at Twist & Shout, will moderate this event.

Line tickets, if supplies last, will continue to be available through the start of the event with the purchase of the new book. Seating at the event is "open seating," and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

ISBN-13: 9781617753220
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Akashic Books, 9/2014

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Aurora Fox 30th Anniversary Gala

The Aurora Fox is proud to be celebrating 30 years of live professional theater in the heart of Aurora’s Cultural Arts District. Like most theater companies, ticket sales and supplemental grants alone do not cover the costs of putting quality shows onstage. The community is invited to join the Fox for an evening of dinner and entertainment and a chance to raise funds for the ongoing development of relevant art in Aurora. Thanks for your continued support!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Crossing Colfax: Short Stories by Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers

"A good story is a good story wherever it comes from, and this place is full of them.” – from Charlie’s Point of View.

Playboy Magazine once called Colfax Avenue “the longest, wickedest street in America.” A hundred years ago, it was the main road into and out of Denver, Colorado. East Colfax was the address to have for many of the city’s elite, and West Colfax was a trail that led to the mountains and dreams of Gold Rush riches. A 105-acre tuberculosis sanatorium for the poor once fronted the street – the Golden Hill Cemetery still houses many of the White Plague’s victims. 

Colfax Avenue has been a part of almost every major era that defines the American West. It has housed the richest and the poorest, supported massive public works and the seediest criminal enterprises. If that isn’t the stuff of great fiction, we don’t know what else qualifies. We invite you to explore Colfax Avenue – its past, present, and future. Its greatest moments, real or imaginary, and its darkest secrets. 

Tales of romance, action, fantasy and more – Colfax has seen it all: • Billy Shump has seven seconds to save a life – and ruin his own • Mike Ashford learns that skimming off other people’s dreams isn’t nearly as satisfying as finding his own • Mech apocalypse refugee Kal must decide how far he’s willing to go in order to survive • Detective Marc Davis works a missing child case that puts his solid lack of faith in question • Sugar thought she hit rock bottom, until her unique talent catches unwanted attention • Jackie tries to save a homeless man from alien abduction • And eight other tales inspired by Colfax Avenue Crossing Colfax includes stories from authors Warren Hammond (KOP series) and Linda Berry (Trudy Roundtree Mystery series), and past Colorado Gold writing contest finalists and winners, including Zoltan James, Martha Husain, Angie Hodapp, TJ Valour, and more.

About the Authors

Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers (RMFW) is a non-profit, volunteer-run organization dedicated to supporting, encouraging, and educating writers seeking publication in commercial fiction. To that end, the organization strives to: • Provide an environment of support and encouragement among members • Stimulate interest in and appreciation for the art of writing • Act as a dissemination point for information concerning commercial fiction writing • Bring together authors, editors, agents, and other related professionals for the mutual benefit of all RMFW hosts the Colorado Gold Writers Conference each September and sponsors an annual writers Contest for unpublished authors. We also sponsor critique groups, publish a newsletter, host monthly events on the craft and business of writing, and periodically publish an anthology of short fiction showcasing the talents of our members. For more information, please visit

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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Colfax Avenue food truck explosion leaves one with facial burns

A Denver Biscuit Company "Biscuit Bus" is seen at an event in Civic Center Park. (Credit: Company Twitter page)
Photo courtesy Denver Biscuit Co.
DENVER — An explosion on a popular food truck Friday night left one restaurant employee with facial burns, the Denver Fire Department said.

A pair of Denver Biscuit Company food trucks were parked behind the company’s brick-and-mortar location near Colfax Avenue and Adams Street, firefighters said. Workers were switching out a propane tank shortly after 8 p.m. when one of the tanks began leaking, and somehow ignited.

There was a small explosion that sparked a fire on one of the Biscuit Buses, firefighters said. The blaze was quickly contained, but one employee suffered burns to the forehead. The person was conscious and alert while being taken to the hospital, firefighters said.

The victim’s condition was unknown Saturday.