December 2012

Dear University Park Neighbor,

We hope to see you at the Sing and Sleigh Bells this Sunday, December 2nd, from 4:30-6:30pm at Observatory Park. Thank you to La Belle Rosette Coffee Shop for providing the cider, treats and some volunteers at the event however, we still ask you to bring some treats to share. The weather report looks great which makes the event all the more fun.

The following are the announcements for December 2012.

  • UPCC Annual Sing and Sleigh Bells at Observatory Park from 4:30 – 6:30pm on Sunday, December 2nd.
    • Free horse drawn carriage rides
    • Music from Swallow Hill singers
    • Santa will be there so bring the cameras
    • Hot cider and treats
    • The Observatory will be open (weather permitting)
    • Observatory Poster available for purchase ($20 each)
    • Don’t forget to bring cookies or treats to share at the event!
    • We can still use a couple volunteers to help monitor the horse line please let us know if you can spare some time by emailing
  • Safety Update
  • Ways to Spread Holiday Cheer in the Neighborhood:
    • Give an Observatory Print from the 125th Celebration
    • Give a grocery card where 5% is given back to UPark Elementary. Learn more.
    • Purchase some Observatory note cards 7 for $10 (email to get them)
    • Shop the UPark Elementary Barnes & Noble Bookfair on Wednesday, December 5th. Mention UPark at Barnes and Noble and a % of sales is given to the school (960 S Colorado Blvd).
    • Drop off a toy for Toys for Tots at Ben & Jerry’s at 2339 East Evans (University at Evans). They are hoping to increase their number of toys dropped off from last year. Can you help them and while helping a child?
    • UPark Elementary hosts an Adopt a Family for families in the community. You don’t have to be a part of UPark Elementary School to participate. Gift Cards of any amount (especially grocery cards) can be dropped off at the school up until December 18th. (Please label the cards and let the office know they are for Adopt-a-Family when dropping them off.)
  • UPark Elementary will be providing Friday Tours at 9:15 am and 2:30 pm in December and January. Please call the school office at 720-424-3410 to RSVP.
  • As a gesture of thanks for accommodations during the debate, DU is offering a free coupon good for two tickets to a men’s or women’s basketball game or gymnastics meet AND a free pass to either the Coors Fitness Center or the Joy Burns Arena.
    • Note: These free coupons are available for pickup at the Garlic Knot at 2553 S. Colorado Blvd., #107. Coupons are available while supplies last and please limit one per family.
  • UPCC Simple Opportunities to Help
    • UPCC is looking for “feature” writers to contribute a human interest story for our UPWords publication once or twice a year. If interested, email

    • Would you be interested in designing a logo for the UPCC? If so, email
    • We need just two UPWords delivery people 2300 AND 2600 of S Josephine can you help?
  • Neighborhood History Note (Compliments of Diana Helper’s Washington Park Profile December Profile Column)
    • The gift of UPark land came from the soberly upright Rufus “Potato” Clark, and UPark was founded in 1886 with firmly-expressed high standards of healthy environment, education, and moral uprightness. Small wonder there are nine places of worship here– a glorious variety of denominations; eight schools in or within a block of our boundaries, plus DU; five parks, two trails, a YMCA and DU Ritchie Center; and as a bonus, a great Observatory in our midst. ‘Tis a gift to live in University Park.
  • Habitat for Humanity offers deconstruction services. Learn more

  • Update on snow removal options: if you are over 60, the City has a “Snow Buddy” system to help with shoveling. Learn more.
  • Longtime UPark resident Ruth Purdue turns 100 on December 16th. If you know or see Ruth, please wish her a Happy Birthday. Cards can be sent to 2500 S. Roslyn #227, Denver, CO 80231.
  • Learn about ways you can support the UPCC.

List of Upcoming Neighborhood Events: 

  • Sunday, December 2nd, 4:30 – 6:30, UPCC hosts the 2012 Sing and Sleigh Bells at Observatory Park. Learn more.
  • Wednesday, December 5th between 4pm and 8pm, UPark Elementary Fundraiser at Tokyo Joe’s and Barnes and Nobles. They are at 1000 and 960 S Colorado Blvd. Mention UPark at both places and a portion of your bill will go back to UPark Elementary.
  • Sunday, December 9th, 3 pm the South High Choir will sing at the free DU Carillon Concert. Bundle up and come to the west side of the Ritchie Center’s gold spire, for a great holiday concert.
  • Thursday, December 13th at 6:30pm UPark Elementary PTA Meeting in the auditorium
  • Saturday evening, December 22nd, Chamberlin Observatory Open House.
  • January 12, 2013 from 9am-11am, UPark Elementary Open House.. There will be guiding tours of the school and our Principal, Dana Williams will be there to meet parents and answer questions.

The University Park Community Council, (UPCC) mission is to promote and enhance the quality of life in the University Park Neighborhood. Thank you for your continued support.


Dana Strand O’Connor, on behalf of the UPCC Board

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