WEST SIDE RECORDER
Volume 6Number 8
Monthly Newspaper of the West Side, Denver, Colorado
Activities for Ail Age Groups
Drop In at RFK Recreation Center
The heart of the recreation program at the RFK Center, 500 Kalamath St., is drop-in recreation. Fern Davis, RFK director, says everyone who lives on the West Side is invited to stop by the Center whenever they have free time and want to relax.
Facilities for teen-agers and adults include two pool tables, a ping-pong table, weights, a television set, and a juke box. There also is a collection of about 125 paperback books and there are magazines from the Denver Public Library.
For younger children there are games such as Monopoly and Twister. A craft program has been started for this age group by Rita Herrera of Neighborhood Youth Corps (NYC). Sometimes movies are shown on Thursday or Friday.
The Center is open from 1 to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturday for all West Siders. School children are not admitted until 3:30 p.m. during the week.
The RKF Center also sponsors an open gym at Greenlee school every Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. for anyone who wants to play basketball.
Groups from the Center went roller skating five times last fall, but this program has been dropped temporarily because of lack of interest. However, Miss Davis will be glad to start it again if people want to go skating. This (Cont. on Page 5)
West BB League Opens Jan. 5 With 8 Teams
Eight teams of West Side boys are getting organized to be in the West High School Basketball League and will begin competition Monday, Jan. 5.
Team sponsors are First Bethany Lutheran Church, West Side Action Center, Westside Action Ministry, Inner City Parish, St. Joseph's Catholic Church, First Mennonite Church, RFK Recreation Center, and Centro Cultural. The Police Department may enter a team but they will not compete for awards.
Games will be played Mondays and Wednesdays from 7 to 8 p.m. at West High School. Practice already has begun, and a basketball clinic is being held this month for the team members.
Game officials will be one West student and one VISTA worker. Scorekeepers will be work-study students from West. The sponsors are providing coaches and some uniforms.
The league is for West Side boys who are not member of school basketball squads.
Complete Officer Turnover In Improvement Association
There was a complete turnover of officers in the West Side Improvement Association during its annual election Dec. 9. Waldo Benavidez of 1110 Mariposa St. is the president succeeding Mrs. Wilma Dabrowski of 1115 Inca St., who has served for two years.
The association voted to stop using the staff help provided by Auraria Community Center the last 20 months and to be on its own. A new position of community coordinator was proposed. Mrs. Leona Partney of 713 Delaware St. was asked to accept it, but she declined.
Other officers elected for the ---------------------------
coming year are Henry Maestas of 769 Elati St., vice president; Father Jack Lang of 240 West Fourth Ave., secretary; and the Rev. James Hall of 463 Galapa* go St., treasurer.
Eight of the associations 11 districts have named directors for the coming year, and three directors remain temporarily until elections are held in their districts.
Those newly chosen in addition to the new officers are Ruben Leal of 64 Fox St. and Arthur Acevedo of 316 West First Ave. Others elected recently are Mrs. Pauline Trujillo of 709 Delaware St. and Irvin Craddock, Sr., of 1345 Lipan St.
Serving temporarily are Mrs. Dabrowski, Manuel Garcia and Alberta Crespin.
Mr. Hall was elected to be one of the two association representatives on the new Coalition for the Betterment of the West Side. The other will be named in the near future.
The board voted unanimously to donate $10 a month to the West Side Recorder, the donation to be reconsidered each month in line with the associations funds on hand.
A new committee to study the by-laws was appointed, with Father Lang as chairman. Mrs. Crespin and Mr. Acevedo were named publicity chairmen.
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10 Groups Unite
New West Side Coalition To Speak for Community
By Barbara Baker
The newest and most promising organization on the West Side is the Coalition for Betterment of the West Side, which will be incorporating soon. It is a combination of 10 groups that have agreed to unite in working on community needs and programs for the people.
The ten groups in the Coalition at present are the United Mexican-American Students (UMAS) of Metropolitan State College, UMAS at the University of Colorado Denver Center, Centro Cultural, the Committee To Preserve the West Side, Inner City Parish, West Side Welfare Rights Organization, West Side Action Council, Skyline Chapter of the American G.I. Forum, West Side Improvement Association, and Westside Action Ministry.
The Coalition was formed ori-
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Food at 601 Galapago
Mrs. Fred Lucero of 132 W. Archer PI. receives a box of food from Mary Stevens of 330 Acoma St., while Connie Lucero looks on. The food is free and available to families with children under six, pregnant mothers and those with small babies. To get the food you have to have a certificate from the Neighborhood Health Center or health stations.
New Action Council Organizes; Names Eleven Additional Members
The West Side Action Council now has 32 members and is getting its committees set up for the coming year.
Officers are Tomas R. Archuleta of 860 West Third Ave., chairman; Manuel J. Martinez of 1369 Navajo St., vice chairman; Vera Lucero of 526 Kalamath St., secretary; and Fred Mestas of 1049 Santa Fe Dr., treasurer.
Training is being provided for all council members in legal, organizational, operational and fiscal matters.
Manuel Martinez and Carlos Perez of 1154 Kalamath St. will represent the council on the Denver Opportunity Board of Directors. Sherewood Clark of 1022 Santa Fe Dr., Sally Martinez of 1369 Navajo St., Beatrice Martinez of 138 West 11th Ave., Paul Martinez of 357 Delaware St., and Lupe Abad of 1031 West Seventh Ave! will serve on the West Side Health Board.
Five of the 26 members chosen in September and October by' appointment (agency representatives) and election have been challenged and removed or have resigned. Eleven others have been named by the council to fill
census tract vacancies or to serve at large. One more agency person and a public official are yet to be chosen by the council.
Those named to fill vacancies are Father Peter E. Garcia of 1156 Ninth St, Tom Martinez of 138 West 11th Ave., Josephine Perez of 1154 Kalamath St., Ernest Vigil of 1241 10th St., and Jean Ramirez from across Speer Boulevard.
At-large members are Father Craig Hart of the American Friends Service Committee, Larry Lovato of 939 Navajo St., Gilbert and Carol Quintana of 1251 Lipan St., Lee Tafoya of Operation SER, and Leo Valdez of the Concentrated Employment Program (CEP).
John Doyle of Baker Junior High School and Don Schierling of the Westside Action Ministry are the two agency representatives on the council.
Other members of the council, elected in October, are Amelia Alvarado of 1151 Galapago St., Mary Benevidez of 1464 Navajo St., Alberta Crespin of 1467 Navajo St., Wilma Dabrowski of 1115 Inca St., Mark Jaramillo of 239 Bannock St., Alfonso Marquez of 833 Elati St., Vidilia Medrano of 1448 Navajo St., Karen Vigil of 1241 10th St., and Leonard Vigil of 1318 Navajo St.
ginally by groups that had opposed putting a higher education complex on the Auraria site because of the threat it made to the residential nature of the West Side.
In the last month the Coalition has expanded its membership. It also has shifted from opposing something to becoming a cooperative and constructive force in community life.
The members have drawn up a list of 30 demands they feel are necessary for preserving and bettering the Mexican community and the West Side. The most mportant are the following:
The Coalition will be the primary bargaining and coordinating agent in all development affecting the West Side.
Any expansion of the Auraria college facility will be to the north of the Auraria site.
If student and faculty housing is built, it will be north of the Auraria site.
There will be no further consideration of the West Side as a possible site for some of the housing accommodations for visitors if the 1976 Olympics are held in Colorado.
Financial and technical assistance will be provided the Coalition for the development of rent-subsidy and cooperative housing in locations throughout the West Side.
A comprehensive planning study of West Denver by an independent consultant selected by the Coalition will be funded immediately.
Recreation facilities on the West Side will be expanded.
Support will be given to re-zoning the West Side in order to meet the needs of a res-sidential community.
The first demandthat the Coalition will be the primary bargaining and coordinating a-gent in all development affecting the West Side is very important.
It means that any groups wanting to make changes on the West Side must first consult with the Coalition for its approval and aid in planning. This way there can be no projects planned for the neighborhood without the people having a say in what is going to be done.
This demand has been agreed to by Robert Giltrier7~director of the Denver Planning Office, and J. Robert Cameron, director of the Denver Urban Renewal Authority (DURA).
It also has been well received by Dr. Frank Abbott and Larry Hamilton of the Colorado Com* mission on Higher Education! Ed Lashman, former federal housing authority and member of Citizens Committee for Aura* rib; Lee Johnson of the Founda* (Cent, on Page B)
west side recorder Where We Won-1969
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Auraria Outings Set for Everyone
Program activities for Christmas vacation have been planned at Auraria Commuity Center for West Siders from grade one to whole families.
Anyone wanting to go on outings in the mountains must sign up in advace at the center, 1212 Mariposa St.
Here is what will be offered: Monday, Dec. 22: Tubing in the mountainsGrades 1 through 6 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Also, tour of Denver Christmas lights families only7 to 8:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 23: Moviesr Grades 1 through 61 to 3 p.m. (no sign-up necessary). Teen Lounge for junior and senior high, 7:30 to 10 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 24: Drop-In programGrades 1 through 6 1 to 4 p.m.
Auraria Community Center will be closed Christmas Day and the day after Christmas.
Monday, Dec. 29: Tubing in the mountainsjunior and senior high10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 30: Movies junior and senior high1 to 3 pm. (no sign-up necessary).
Wednesday, Dec. 31: Drop-in programGrades 1 through 6 1 to 4 p.m.
New Years Day and the day after New Years the Center also will be closed.
Former Greenlee Pupils Attend Private Schools
Nine former students at Greenlee Elementary School are attending private Denver schools on scholarships ranging from $1,700 to $2,000 per year.
Seventh graders at Denver Country Day School are James Baca, Larry Alcorn, Tom Gomez and Roy Fullwood. Eighth graders are Larry Jackson, Dennis Hilger and Donald Delmendo.
Students attending Kent School for Girls are Donnelle Stfatton, seventh grader, and Jane Sue-kama, eighth grader.
Samaritan House On W. 9th Ave. For West Siders
A new juvenile center has been opened at 805 West Ninth Ave. and is called The St. Pauls Samaritan House.
The center was set up especially for youth and adults in trouble with the law, for emotionally disturbed persons and othe people who need special help. The Rev. Daniel Smith and his wife, Blanche V. Smith, are in charge.
The Rev. Mr. Smith will celebrate holy communion in the chapel at the Samaritan House at 10:30 each Sunday. Sunday evening mass will be conducted by a guest priest of the Orthodox Church. There also will be mass at noon each day.
The Samaritan House is related to the St. Paul's Foundation of Santa Fe, N. M., and is affiliated with the Holy Snyod of the Orthodox Catholic Churches in America (Old Catholic). Mrs. Smith was general director of the Foundation in New Mexico in 1968-69.
The Rev. Mr. Smith, a priest in the Old Catholic Communion, is a certified professional juvenile counselor. During the last three years he has been pastor of a small Spanish Mission Church in Hobbs, N. M., and has been active in the City Ministerial Association, the County Board of Mental Health, and the New Mexico Juvenile Delinquency Council. For more than a year he was chairman of the citys juvenile counseling committee.
Mrs. Smith is a teacher for the mentally retarded in the Aurora
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Fairmont Scouts Get Organized
Two Girl Scout troops at Fairmont School are busy getting organized.
Junior Girl Scouts under the direction of Mrs. De Mena and Mrs. Virginia Sturdevant have had two meetings. One was to get -acquainted and the other was a Christmas party Dec. 17.
After Christmas vacation the junior troop will meet after school on Wednesdays at Wesley United Methodist Church, West Fifth Avenue and Galapago Street.
There has not been a Junior troop in the Fairmont area for several years. Mrs. Menas offer to take the troop is greatly appreciated.
Brownie Troop 1229 will begin meeting after Christmas vacation. Mrs. Rachel Guedea and Mrs. Louise Arrelano are the ledaers. The troop will meet at Fairmont School on Wednesday from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. The first meeting will be Jan. 7.
All interested girls are invited to join the Girl Scouts. A girl may join at any age even if she has not been in Scouts before. Brownies are second and third grade girls and Juniors are fourth, fifth and sixth grade girls.
public schools. This is her ninth year of teaching children with emotional and learning problems. She taught in the Hobbs school system and also tutored and gave speech therapy lessons to His-pano and Negro children who had difficulties in public school. Before teaching in Hobbs, Mrs. Smith taught special education in Cheyenne, Wyo. schools for five years.
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Where We Lost-1969
The Recorder and Coors
In the summer of 1968 when the Action Ministry did not know from one month to the next where to get the money to keep publishing the West Side Recorder, I looked in all directions for help.
We felt then, and we feel now, that the community people and organizations must be the main ones to support the paper IF it is to be a community newspaper. We received NO money from any West Side organization or agency at that time, and only the Improvement Association has tried to support it even a little bit to date.
Therefore I sent a letter to the Adolph Coors Company, asking for money for the paper. This was before the American G. I. Forum had accused Coors of discrimination, and before there was any publicity about the Coors policy.
If Coors had not responded at that time we would have missed at least one issue and possibly more, and we would not have had enough money some months since then.
Now, because of community feelings and questions about the company that we do not have answers to at this time, the Action Ministry has decided not to ask for further support for the West Side Recorder from Coors. Quite honestly, I am not sure that we can afford to turn down their support, but we have decided to do so.
I hope that the West Side agencies and people who have hollered the loudest about this can and will appreciate the help Adolph Coors Company gave us when no one else could help us.
I also hope that West Siders and organizations will feel some responsibility to come across with some funding to make up for this loss. Hopefully, such support also will help make it a better community newspaper.
I would be glad to answer any questions about this matter. Thank you.
Jim Hall, Financial Secretary Westside Action Ministry 222-3337
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Community Music will be heard Dec. 20-27, 1969 Christmas Day
A Full Day of Praise and Adoration Full Services Every Hour During the Hour (Choose your hour)
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8:00 P.M.Youth Present "The Christmas Meaning" Phillip H. Porter, Pastor
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Learning inside the Desk are Evelyn Sedillas, Miss Baker, the teacher, Maria Clark and her son Charles, Lenora Schweitzberger, Martha Rodriquez, and Joann Alario.
Employees Who "Made It" Describe Job Successes to Baker Pupils
Another program to turn losers into winners has been announced at Baker Junior High School by Ed Gallegos, coordinator.
Called the Living Witness Program, it is supported by some major Denver industries who send minority-group employes who have been successful to talk to the students and e n c o u rage them.
Many of these people were school dropouts or lived their childhood in poverty but somehow through encouragement and opportunity managed to succeed, Gallegos said.
They are dedicated to and have committed themselves to seeking out Hispano or Black youngsters, said Gallegos, so they might present themselves as a living example of one of their own who made it.
Among the local industries participating are Shell Oil Company, International Business Machines, Western Electric Company, J. C. Penney Co., Inc., Denver, U. S. National Bank, United Air Lines and Mountain Bell Telephone Company.
The program consists of the following:
School assembliesAt a recent assembly Paul Hoskins of Western Electric spoke to the ninth graders who then viewed a film, New Horizons in ..Vocations, which stressed the need for educational preparation.
Classroom visitsThe men who are part of the Living Witness program visit each class room to describe their jobs in
industry and give students an opportunity to ask questions.
Observational toursIt is expected that individual students and groups will be able to visit company plants, offices and other industrial facilities so that students can see for themselves the range of profitable jobs open if they complete their education.
Although the program has just begun there have been many positive comments from the students. One member of the shop class said, I never realized I had a chance with just a simple high school diploma. I may not ever finish high school, but now I want to.
Another student said, All the speakers kept insisting on the importance of staying in school. Maybe they have a point.
I hope this program will demonstrate to the students the importance of good school attendance and the need for getting a high school diploma, Mr. Gallegos emphasized.
If these two points are driven home, the student has taken the first step to becoming a winner, he added.
Two New Programs Started at Baker
New programs especially planned to help students with problems went into full swing Monday, Dec. 15, at Baker Junior High School.
The two programs, the Educational Laboratory and the Crises Rooms, are supported by state funds.
The Educational Lab is a special classroom for students who cannot get along in regular
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Adult Education Goes to People
All adults who want more education are invited to visit The Desk, ai new classroom on wheels which offers free study to West Siders near their homes two days a week.
The Desk stops in West Denver at the West Side Neighborhood Health Center Thursday morning from 9 to noon and Friday afternoon from 1 to 4.
Classes at The Desk originally were scheduled for the Lincoln Park area, but the stop was cancelled because it is so close to St. Elizabeths Center that it is not needed. More than 100 West Siders are in classes at the Center on Tuesday and Thursday evenings.
The mobile unit is part of the Adult Education Tutorial Program at St. Elizabeths Center, 1040 11th St. It has the same classes, books and tutors.
The only difference is that going to classes at The Desk, is easier because it goes almost to where students live. Daytime classes, during childrens school hours, also make it more convenient for mothers than night classes.
Classes are conducted on an individual basis according to the needs of each person, especially those trying to get G.E.D. certificates^ Miss Barbara Baker is the driver-teacher, with a regular volunteer assistant for each .neighborhood.
People who want to work for their G.E.D. (high school equivalency diploma) can take classes in mathematics, reading, English, science and social studies. There are basic education classes for anyone who simply wants to learn more. People who want to learn to speak English also have diasses. The teacher speaks Spanish.
classes. It features individual instruction and help until the student is ready to go back into his class.
Teachers in this program are Grady Lee and Dave Amundson, assisted by community aides Geraldine Rodriguez and Toby Bustamante.
Crises Rooms have been designed for use instead of the usual suspension for breaking school rules. Teachers staffing this room are Robert Goetz and Elaine Raines, with community aides Mrs. Perfidia Cordova and Art Vigil.
Another facility staffed and ready for operation when a site is chosen is the Extension Center. This is a school away from Baker for those students who cannot be in school because of exclusion or suspensipn. Teachers in this program are John Doyle and Thomas Stevens, with community aides A. Jose Lujan and Mrs. Josephine Perez.
Counselors for the three programs are Mrs. Shirley Bruns and Albert Harrison. The clerk is Mrs. Susan Bachicha.
Staff members for a new program announced earlierthe bilingual centerare Mrs. Susan Rivera and Sherry Sweetman. This was started to help students who speak mostly Spanish.
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Program at West To Help Students In Career Choice
Two new programs at West High School to encourage the students are the Cooperative Occupational Education and Upward Bound.
The Cooperative Occupational Education program involves 80 students taking courses related to a vocation and participating in on-the-job training for which they are paid.
As part of a six-week summer session the students chose a field which interested themeither office occupations, industrial, home economics or the distributive education program.
There has been excellent cooperation from area businessmen, according to Jim Romero, adminstrative intern at West. The only requirements for the course are that the student be 16 years old and have the permission of his parents.
The Upward Bound program is funded by the federal government and 87 students from West, North, East, and Manual High Schools are involved.
Classes are held at Temple Buell College and the students are provided tutors and money. The course is for those who are not sure about attending college, but are considered capable.
Leonard Ruybal of West was chosen head boy of the group.
To the Editor:
The staff of the Metropolitan Council for Community Service is grateful for receiving the West Side Recorder.
We find it a most useful publication, as I am sure is also true of the many other agencies and groups to Which you send copies.
Our check for $10 is enclosed. Were only sorry it cant be more.
Miss Tamra Wood
Director of Community Relations
Metropolitan Council for Community Service
Action Ministry Elects Jorgensen
The Westside Action Ministry has elected officers for the coming year, with the Rev. Gordon Jorgenson of First Bethany Lutheran Church, West Fifth and Bannock, as convenor. He succeeds the Rev. Hermit Ders-tine of First Mennonite Church.
Other new officers are Don Schierling, Mennonite urban minister, as co-convenor; Mrs. Carmen Hodges of 1114 Mariposa St. and Elizabeths Catholic Church, recording secretary; Father Edmund Langton of St Josephs Catholic Church, reelected corresponding secretary; and the Rev. Ed Schwanke of St. Johns Lutheran Chinch, West Third and A coma, as treasurer.
The Rev. James Hall of Wesley United Methodist Church is continuing to serve as appointed financial secretary. Two representatives will be named soon to the board of directors of the Coalition for the Betterment of the West Side.
It was reported that two members of the Action Ministry testified on behalf of Rodolfo Corky Gonzales this month when he was tried and acquitted on assault and battery charges connected with the incident at West High School last spring.
The Rev. Mr. Derstine and the Rev. Mr. Hall especially mentioned the police testimony was just the opposite of what was shown on news films taken by four Denver television stations during the trouble. The news film were shown as part of the trial.
The Westside Action Ministry oonsists of one clergyman and two laymen from each church in the area. In addition to the churches already named, others are First Avenue Presbyterian at West First and Acoma, Inner City Parish at West Ninth and Galapago, and St. Cajetans Catholic Church.
The organization is open to any church on the West Side. The group works on neighborhood problems and helps other organizations wherever possible in trying to make the West Side a better place to live.
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HELP Fund Work Raises About $600
Almost $600 has been raised so far lor scholarships to be given next school year by the Hispanic Education Leadership Program (H.E.L.P.) thanks to sales ol dance and raffle tickets in the last three months. The dance was in October.
Jim Mueller of north Denver won the Las Vegas week-end trip in the drawing Dec. 3, and Ricardo O. Compo of northwest Denver won the luggage prize in the raffle. First and second place winners for selling the most tickets were Lee Quintana of northeast Denver and Felix Acosta of 890 King St.
Persons interested in joining H.E.L.P. are welcome to attend the monthly meetings, the first Saturday evening each month at La Bonita Cafeteria, 1361 Court PI., or they should write to Ben Paiz, the president, at 5176 Beach Ct.
The date of the January meeting has been changed because of the holidays, and will be Saturday, Jan. 17. Other officers are:
Paul Baca, vice president; Connie Gonzales, secretary; Louise Vigil, treasurer; and Felix Acosta, board member.
Concentration was the name of the game for Lucinda Garcia as she played a game In Lincoln P&Tk last summer.
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This month, were taking an armchair trip to Mexico. The titles of a number of good novels are the only tickets we need to get us there. In the following books, colorful descriptions of the villages and cities, the people and their customs, will give us a fine background for our journey.
A slice of life in a small mountain village of southern Mexico is the subject of Carter Wilson's first novel, "Crazy February.
In 1910, Mexico was in the throes of a revolution. Paul Bartlett uses this dangerous and exciting time for his tale of a private revolutionconflict between father and son, whose family estate extends for more than one million acres in the western part of the country. The title of this forceful story is "When the Owl Cries.
Elliott Arnold portrays a lively, accurate picture of Mexico in his novel, "The Time of the Gringo. The story tells about the last governor of an old Mexican province in the mid-1800s and the romance of a new aristocratic leader.
For suspense, "Mother of Gold, by Emerson Hough, will hold your interest to the last page. In this book, John Palmer, an oil mining engineer, Pug Hallock, ex-football star, and two adventurous young men, Dan Sillsby and Barry Allan, search old Mexico for the hidden mine known to the Aztecs as Madre dOro, the mother of all gold mines. Their adventures make a story full of thrills and romance which men especially enjoy.
The contrast of Mexican ways with ours is most skillfully revealed in the novel, "Wait for New Grass, written by Henry Bime. It is the account of an American veterinarian working in Mexico. He becomes a hero when he tries, with the aid of a team of doctors, to stamp out disease among local cattle.
Ralph Bates tells us about a remote village in Mexico in his fast-moving novel, "Field of Paradise. Political bosses who terrorize the village are thrown out and the village is rescued by a simple, sincere man with faith in himself and his neighbors. The Mexican background is authentic and colorful.
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While the characters are fictional in the novel, Village In the Sun, it is really a description of the year the author, Dane Chandos, spent on the shores of a lake in southern Mexico. First he rented, then bought land and built his home. His account tells of household problems, village activities, plant and animal life in his acrea, marriages, births, deaths, and fiestas among the villagers.
"The Peacock Sheds His Tall, by Alice T. Hobart, is a story of international marriage. The aristocratic Navarro family of Mexico City were Catholics, conservatives, and traditionalists. In the late 1920s, the heads of the house were trying to hold three grandchildren to the old beliefs but the childrens beautiful mother believed in the lower classes. Gradually, the wants and needs of the people became important to all the family and the old order Changed. When the children married Americans, plans for friendship between Mexico and the United States
6 Parents Focus On Baker Problems
Six parents of Baker Junior High School students and 30 teachers attended a community meeting held at the school the night of Dec. 9 to discuss the school and students. All parents were notified of the meeting by letters sent home with the students before the teachers strike began.
The purpose of the meeting was to improve communication with the parents and to discuss the problems within the school some pupils poor attendance, keeping experienced teachers, and getting parents to attend meetings at the school.
The discussion with the parents who did attend was very successful, according to one administrator, but Baker could be a more successful school experience for more of the children if all their parents would attend such meetings. (Editors note: See other Baker stories about special programs for Baker pupils.)
DURA Relocation Might Be in Fall
The Denver Urban Renewal Authority (DURA) has opened a field office at 1108 Champa St. to provide information about the future of the Auraria site and about DURAs relocation assistance policies.
The office is open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 1 to 5 p.m., and Wednesday evenings from 7 to 10.
Rudy Castro of the DURA Relocation Division is at the office to talk with Auraria residents and businessmen.
J. Robert Cameron, executive director of DURA, said Dec. 5 that relocation probably will not start before next falland that it depends upon whether the State Legislature decides to purchase the Auraria site from DURA.
Letters have been sent to all Auraria residents and businessmen by DURA, urging them not to move sooner than they have to because they might lose financial and other relocation help.
200 Kids and Tutors Attend Community Study Hall Party
About 100 children and their tutors in the West Side Community Study Halls had a Christmas party Saturday afternoon, Dec. 6 at the St. Josephs Parish Hall.
Each child brought one or more things to decorate the tree. It was donated by the Kiwanis Club and after the party was taken to the childrens ward at Denver General Hospital. The children put their decorations on the tree when their birthday months were called.
There was autoharp and guitar music by Lora Lee Hall, Toni Arisonic and Nadine Davis, and they led the singing. John White, chairman of the study halls, was master of ceremonies. Santa Claus came in a police car, escorted by two policemen who joined in the party. They passed out tickets to the Mayors Christmas Party which was Dec. 13.
Gifts were provided by Allen Lewis Manufacturing Co. Candy came from Jolly Ranchers and Kraft Foods. Safeway Stores gave fruit. The refreshments were prepared by the women of the three churches in the study hall programSt. Johns Lutheran, First Bethany Lutheran, and Wesley United Methodist.
Our IWarmest Good Wishes and Thank You *
(from the RECORDER, the Action Ministry, and West Siders)
to the following persons who have delivered the West Side Recorder
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Mrs. Frank Dabrowski Mr. and Mrs. John Van Velkinburgh and family Mrs. Carmen Hodges Mrs. Pauline Barela Mrs. Amelia Alvarado Mrs. Sam Herrera Mrs. Betty Benavidez Mrs. Olga Apple Mrs. Leona Partney Mrs. Alphonso Borrego Jim Cortez
Mr. and Mrs. Joaquin Wilson
Steve Archuleta Mrs. F. Evangelista Mrs. Manuel Lara Boys Club
Mrs. William Martinez
Mr. and Mrs. Ivan
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Mrs. Frances Short Mrs. Tommie Garcia and family
H. L. Harrison Jim Welte Doug Martinez Elmer Anderson Mrs. Irene Vialpando
Mr. and Mrs. Bob Sherman Elmer Haviland
Mr. and Mrs. Bill Ulery and family Kermit Derstine Mr. and Mrs. Marcus Bishop Chris Miller Mr. and Mrs. Ruperto Guedea and family Edward Newcomer Mr. and Mrs. James Hall Mr. and Mrs. John Brunick
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Mrs. Flora Gasser Mrs. Forrest Swanson Mrs. Virginia Sturdevant and family
Mrs. Juanita Winterhalder Mrs. Carol Koehn Mrs. Victoria Martinez Miss Helen Martinez Mr. and Mrs. Keith Hosek and family
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West Side Health Center Needs Volunteer Help
Volunteers are needed at the West Side Neighborhood Health Center, 990 Federal Blvd., to serve as receptionists, escorts for patients, and aides in the nursery and pediatric and dental clinics.
Because help is needed every day and evening of the week, volunteers may choose the time they would like to help at the Neighborhood Health Center.
West Siders who want to help should call Mrs. Mary Frances Young, director of volunteer services for the Department of Health and Hospitals, at 244-6969, Ext. 391.
The West Side Health Center is part of the Neighborhood Health Program operated by the Denver Department of Health and Hospitals. The Center provides health care for more than 25,000 West Side people.
(Cont. From Page 1) tion of Cooperative Housing, Bill Bradley of the Archdiocesan Human Relations Council, and Jerry Wilson of Metropolitan State College.
These people said they are very glad West Siders are getting an organization together which will be truly representative and will be able to speak for the people. They said they will work with the Coalition.
The Coalition is a non-profit corporation with 24 directors at the present. More than half of the directors must live in the West Side as defined by the present boundaries of the West Side Action Council.
Member organizations have selected two directors each with the exception of the Action Ministry and the Improvement Association. Those two have not completed their organization for the coming year.
There also are four directors at-large, selected from residents of the community. They are Josephine Perez of 1154 Kalamath St., Alberta Crespin of 1467 Navajo St., the Rev. Jack Lang of 240 West Fourth Ave., and Larry Lovato of 939 Navajo St.
More resident directors and organizations will be added to the Coalition in time.
"We hope to expand our membership soon," said Waldo Bene-videz of 1110 Mariposa St., acting chairman of the Coaliton, last week. Expansion will gve us a wider base of support and will allow more people to help in the. planning."
Any West Side group or resident who wants more information about the Coalition or who wants to help should contact Waldo Benavidez at 623-0737. One way to help the Coalition is to join one of the member groups and see that it carries through on its commitment to the Coalition.
The strength of the Coalition is that it represents groups and not just individuals, banding together for the development of the West Side. Each group will continue to have its own programs and purposes, but by joining the Coalition all are showing that they care about what happens to the total West Side and not just their particular group.
The Coalition is to be an organized voice to speak for the entire community. Agencies and planners will have to listen to it because it will have strength to back up what it says.
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Fiesta Alegre Dance Group Seeks Dancers, Dates/ Dollars
Use Credit Union: No Loan Sharks
The West Denver Federal Credit Union now has a fulltime director, Emilio Islas, with an office in the West Side Action Center, 1042 Santa Fe Dr.
Mr. Islas is at the Action Center week days and Saturdays. He is the person to see about joining the Credit Union or about getting a loan.
Mr. Islas warns West Siders not to trust letters from loan companies saying that there is a lot of money waiting for the West Sider to sign for. The amount that one has to pay for this easy money is very high. Any West Sider who gets a letter saying there is money for him when he does NOT have an account and has NOT asked for money Should take it to Mr. Islas.
Denver Opportunity has provided money for a part-time assistant at the West Denver Federal Credit Union. The assistant is Miss Lora May Jones, who has lived on the West Side for 18 years and has her GED certificate from Opportunity School.
The Credit Union has been promised an investment of $2,500 by The United Methodist Church of the Rocky Mountain District, through the Westside Action Ministry. Part of this money should be on deposit with the Credit Union by Christmas time.
The West Denver Federal Credit Union is open to all persons living in the areas served by the West Side, South West, and Platte Valley Action Centers.
Mary Martinez Becomes United States Citizen
Mrs. Mary Martinez of 1011 Navajo St. became a citizen of the United States of America, Nov. 21. She was one of 39 people who received citizenship in Judge Alfred Arrajs courtroom in the new Federal Building.
Mrs. Martinez came to this country from Mexico some 60 years ago. She has been tutored for the last year by Miss Rachel Hauck, a volunteer at Auraria Community Center.
Also providing encouragement and. support have beeen Mrs. Dorothy Martin and Mrs. Loyola Salazar, staff members at .the center.
Congratulations to Mrs. Martinez for achieving her goal of American citizenship!
Fiesta Alegre is a recently organized Mexican and Spanish dance group in Denver. It hopes to promote and maintain Mexican culture through dance performances at public and private functions.
At present there are 20 members in Fiesta Alegre. There also is the Trio Los Alegres, a guitar trio with a singer.
The troupe is open to dancers from the ages of 5 to 25 who know Mexican dancing. How-ever, boys without dance experience will be accepted and trained because experienced boy dancers are hard to find.
Fiesta Alegre is a non-profit organization, and has dues of $1 a month per dancer to cover miscellaneous expenses. It does not charge a fee for its performances, but does accept donations.
The group is trying to raise money for various items needed, such as a public address system, material for costumes, and, hopefully, a paid instructor. Right now the more experienced girls are teaching the others.
Fiesta Alegra also would like to be able to send some of the older girls to Mexico to a dance workshop.
Some places the group already has performed include Baker Action Center, Little Sisters of the Poor Home for the Aged, Centro Cultural, La Fiesta Restaurant, United Latin American Businessmens Association, and at the Denver County PTA luncheon this month.
Persons interested in having the group perform, joining as dancers, or helping out in any way may see or call one of the officers. They are:
Mrs. Porfirio Linan, chairman and director, 950 Hooker St., 222-1032; Mrs. Nellie Mijares, co-chairman, 3750 Madison St., 255-2573; Ruby Roybal, treasurer, 3744 Bryant St., 455-0201; and Eleanor Maxwell, secretary, 3101 W. Hawthorne, Westminster, 428-6429. Donations may be sent directly to the treasurer.
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would be on Wednesday evenings from 7:30 to 9:30, at a cost of 60 cents per person.
The Center is sponsoring three
basketball teams. They already \%:.v ^ 1
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High School Basketball League. This team is for high-school-age gj irlf
Representatives Discuss Scholarships and Grants Representatives from 28 Colorado colleges visited West High School the evening of Dec. 11 for "College Night.
The students talked with college representatives to learn about courses of study and scholarships and grants which are available.
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boys who are not on the school's basketball team.
Also formed is a team in the Baker League. This is for older boys and young men.
RFK Center is getting a team started for junior high school boys to be inf the Barnum Leag-
Other possibilities? for this winter include tobogganing and ice' skating. The bus from Lincoln Park Homes is available to take people tobogganing or ice skating. Anyone interested should call the RFK Center at 297-5918.
Miss Davis is very open to suggestions about activities West Siders would like to have at the Center. She would like to have people help her plan the type of thing they are really interested in.
"People may not realize it, but the Center is open to all adult groups, says Miss Davis. "We are closed to school children from 1 to 3:30 p.m., and women or other community groups are welcome to use our facilities during this time. We encourage this type of activity, as long as a private party is not planned.
Last fall the recreation center sponsored a football team, the Lincoln Park Badgers, which praticed every afternoon from 4 until dark. About 15 boys, all 13 or 14 years old, played on the team which was coached by Le-Roy Baca. Assistant coaches were Leo Rodriguez and his son, who volunteered their time. The West Side Fiesta Committe donated new equipment to, the team.
Average attendance at the Center is 20 to 30 children a day. There is room for more, and students at Baker Junior High School are especially invited to use the Center. The RFK staff will help them plan their own programs.
"We do not have many rules, but the way kids treat each other and act at the center is important, says Miss Davis.
Other staff members include
Part of the RFK recreation program is basketball at Greenlee gym every Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday evening.
two recreation leaders -Leroy Baca and Marty Perez. Manuel Basquez is athletic attendant. j Gavino Brionez, who is connected -with the Concentrated Employment Program (CEP), supervises at RFK. The four NYC members working at the Center are Michael Maestas who goes to Merotpolitan State College, Rita Herrera and Clemo Rodriguez from West High School, and Carla Velaponda who is a student at St. Josephs High School.
The RFK Recreation Center is sponsored by the Denver Department of Park and Recreation.
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Children Meet on "Sesame Street" on Channel 6
A new TV show for children 3, 4 and 5 years old has started on Channel 6.
Sesame Street* is a pretend street with real people living on it in a happy mixture of real life and make-believe. There are kids and grown-ups, puppets and cartoons, all doing lots of interesting and enjoyable things.
Little children watch television sometimes more than parents realize. Sometimes the entertainment and education they get Is not for the best. Many small children can sing advertising jingles, repeat sales pitch* es, and recognize brand names and television personalities.
Sesame Street* is carefully planned to be the kind of show kids will want to watch more than the usual cartoons (sometimes violent), old comedy shows for adults, and quiz shows.
Many parents are concerned that f e arent enough really good cnildrens shows that chil-
dren like to watch. One two-year-old was so entranced by the first show of Sesame Street that she ate breakfast in front of the TV set.
Sesame Street is on Channel 6 each day at 9:30 a.m. and at 5:30 p.m. See how your small children like it.
Ramiro Cruz-Aedo Ordained as Deacon
Ramiro Cruz-Aedo, director of the Inner City Parish, 910 Gala-pago St., was ordained a deacon in the United Methodist Church Sunday, Oct. 19, by Bishop R. Marvin Stuart of the Denver Area of the United Methodist Church.
He was ordained at Grace Church, 4509 E. Yale Ave., as that congregation supports him in part as their man for others. His wife, Carol, is a member of the church and vice-president of the Womens Society.
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Non-English-Speaking Pupils Learn in "Buddy" System
There are 25 non-English speaking students at Greenlee Elementary School, mainly Spanish-speaking from Old Mexico.
The students are in regular class rooms in the morning, but during the afternoon work with a buddyusually an older studentunder the supervision of Mrs. lone Holman.
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Steve Archuleta, neighborhood representative for the West Side Action Center, is feeling pretty good again following a weeks hospitalization in Valley View Hospital.
West Siders can see a wonderful free showing of antique doll houses, Christmas creche sets from Mexico, France, Italy, Portugal, Poland and Germany, toys from around the world, and a full-sized old-fashioned kitchen (about 1900) at the Interim Galleries of the Denver Art Museum at West 12th and Acoma. The Christmas-season display will be open Sundays 2 to 5 p.m., Mondays, 1 to 5 p.m., and Tuesdays through Saturdays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., from now until Jan. 11.
Burning trash or paper In your own back yard will be against the law beginning Jan. 1. The only persons who can do it legally will be residents who have multiple-chamber incinerators.
This is a reminder to veterans, widows and dependent parents of veterans: If you receive federal benefits you must return the questionnaire cards, received with your November payments, to the Veterans Administration before Jan. 15. If the card is not sent back by the deadline the benefit payment will be cut off to the person presently receiving it. Anyone having questions about this should see Herman J. Atencio at 353 City and County Bldg., Denver.
More counselor-tutors are needed for the Community Study Halls for West Side fourth, fifth and sixth graders. There are five evenings of study halls a week, meeting at St. Johns Lutheran, First Bethany Lutheran, and Wesley United Methodist churches. Helpers do not need to be high school graduates, but they must be able to pick up and
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take home the children they work with. Interested persons should call Mrs. Josephine Henry, 255-6659, for more information.
Five bids for rebuilding Lincoln Park pool have been received by the Department of Parks and Recreation. The contract has been awarded to Black-ington & Decker, on their bid of $82,780.
The West High School class of 1960 is planning a reunion. Members of that class are asked to contact Dave Carey, 1930 S. Federal Blvd.
The West High School basketball team won its tournament the week-end of Dec. 6 by defeating Canon City High School and Canon City Abbey at Canon City.
Mariachi Mass Dec. 24 At St. Cajetan's Church
There will be a mariachi mass by the Dan Silva musicians and dancers Christmas Eve at St. Cajetans Catholic Church, Ninth and Lawrence Streets.
The singing of carols in Spanish will begin at 11:30 p.m. The mass will be at midnight, followed by Adoration of the Child.
The service is open to all interested persons.
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