DENVER – It’s time once again to share a movie experience celebrating women’s achievements and contribute toward future successes of at-risk women both locally and internationally. This year’s film focuses women using their artistic talents to highlight local issues and empower each other.

We are at the Turnhalle Room (room 250) in the Tivoli Center at Metro State University. The adjacent garage will be available for parking. The doors open at 9 a.m., and the catered buffet brunch–featuring mimosas with champagne from Curious Cork–begins at 9:30 a.m. The film starts at 10:15 a.m., and afterwards, the film’s producer and director, Sophia Kruz, will be available for a discussion.

The $45 ticket includes the film, the champagne brunch, parking and the panel discussion. Purchase tickets by going to Zonta-Denver.org. 
Or, if you cannot attend but would like to donate, you may also do that at Zonta-Denver.org. 
Note: the price goes up to $50 per 
ticket after March 2.

The proceeds will fund projects of Zonta Club of Denver and of Zonta International, empowering at-risk women and girls in the Denver area and around the world. Donations to Zonta also contribute to scholarships to young women in aerospace, business and Public Affairs.

Graduation Rates in the Douglas County School District Climbing 

DOUGLAS COUNTY – Graduation rates in the Douglas County School District (DCSD) continue to climb. Data released on Jan. 18 by the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) shows the on-time, four-year graduation rate is now 90.4 percent. DCSD students also made an impressive showing at graduation. The class of 2017 earned more than $82 million in scholarships. DCSD has one of the highest graduation rates in the Denver metro area. According to CDE, DCSD graduation rates have risen steadily from 81.9 percent in 2009 to 90.4 percent in 2017.


The state’s graduation rate also improved. Colorado’s on-time graduation rate for 2017 is 79 percent. 

About DCSD: Douglas County School District is Colorado’s third largest school district and serves 68,000 students. Learn more at DCSDk12.org.

Denver’s Marathon Weekend

DENVER – Two days, seven races–which one will you run? 

Now in its 13th year, the Colfax Marathon Partnership is a nonprofit 501c3 with the mission of producing the premier marathon weekend in the Mountain West Region, committed to community, philanthropy, and fun. Originally created by the cities of Denver, Lakewood, and Aurora to recognize Colfax Avenue, the longest main street in America, it’s Denver’s only marathon. The race has grown to become a nationally recognized event featuring unique courses incorporating the iconic landmarks of the Mile-High City.

The Kaiser Permanente Colfax Marathon weekend is the largest marathon weekend in the Rocky Mountains, with over 19,000 runners in 2017. Races include a marathon, half marathon, urban 10 miler, and a 5K. In addition, the marathon relay has over 1,250 teams in Corporate, Government or Open divisions and is the second largest marathon relay in the US.

As Denver’s largest running event, the Colfax Marathon includes seven races over two days and a two-day Health & Fitness Expo at Mile High Stadium. Runner’s World has selected Colfax Marathon in its top 10 lists in multiple years!

Each year, the Colfax Marathon is held the third Sunday in May, with the Expo and races making a fun three-day weekend. Go go to RunColfax.org for more information and to register.

Colorado Takes Steps to 
Create Pollinator Habitat

DENVER – Colorado became friendlier to pollinators this week by passing the Colorado Pollinator Highway Resolution HJR 1029. The Resolution, sponsored by Representative KC Becker and Senator Jerry Sonnenberg, passed both the House and Senate unanimously and designates Interstate 76 from the Nebraska state line to Arvada, Colorado. The designation will allow better vegetation management, education and outreach to support pollinator habitat along the roadway.

”Restoring and managing roadsides is vital if we hope to bring back pollinators,” said Jennifer Hopwood of the Xerces Society. “We are delighted that the Colorado Department of Transportation and the State of Colorado are stepping up to help in this important effort.”

Using existing tools and programs, the resolution directs the Colorado Department of Transportation to designate Interstate 76 as the Colorado Pollinator Highway. This allows the department to accept gifts, grants or donations to install signage for public education. The measure will also direct CDOT to coordinate with local governments, willing landowners and other groups to utilize Integrated Roadside Vegetative Management strategies to develop pollinator habitats where appropriate. These efforts have been found to save state transportation agencies money as the maintenance needs of pollinator habitat are very low. Xerces.org

2018 Rally for Kids

DENVER –  April is national Child Abuse Prevention month. Please join Advocates for Children CASA in promoting and sustaining the physical, social and emotional well-being of children and families in our area. 

Rally for Kids is an opportunity to bring the community together to recognize that we each play a part in advocating for thousands of children in our community who need love and support. On Friday, April 13 from 12-1 p.m., Rally for Kids is hosting a free luncheon for our guests to learn more about Advocates for Children CASA and our commitment to these children. 

To attend or captain a table, or to learn more, contact Jack at Jack_Cregan@Adv4Children.org or call 303.328.2348.