Denver Days invites you to celebrate and help your city

The fourth annual Denver Days will bring more than 200 block parties, picnics and community service projects to neighborhoods all over Denver.

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Here’s the thing about Denver (and all other places): You can love your city and also think it could use a little fixing up.

And for one week this summer, the city encourages us to do just that.

The fourth annual Denver Days will bring more than 200 block parties, picnics and community service projects to neighborhoods in nearly every corner of the city.

Speaking in Civic Center Park today, Mayor Michael Hancock said organizers are expecting more than 20,000 people to participate.

“During Denver Days, residents of our great city open their doors, close their streets, to gather and get to know everyone and each other on a first name basis — the person who lives down the block or the house on the corner,” he said.

“This year the spirit of Denver Days has never been more important — providing us the opportunity to work hand-in-hand to create the kind of city we all want our children to grow up in, where our neighbors know our neighbors and feel connected and safe.”

Among those the mayor highlighted:

  • “Pee Wee’s Big Adventure” screening at Civic Center Park. The film starts at dusk and food trucks will be available starting at 6 p.m. Aug. 3.
  • Open Music Sessions at the Denver Open Media studios, 700 Kalamath St., featuring local musicians and comics from 6 to 10 p.m.  Aug. 5.
  • Extreme Community Makeover will be in Globebville on July 30. Volunteers will paint homes, clean yards, remove graffiti and more.

Angela Bomgaars, ‎executive director for Extreme Community Makeover, said there will be more than 200 volunteers and about 25 projects to complete.

“We focus on specific neighborhoods in Denver with the goal of being a good neighbor,” she said. “We adopt a block at a time but the hope is that we encourage people to really get to know their neighbors and get involved in volunteering as well, through these projects. The Denver Days project … really resonates with our mission”

Denver Days begins July 30 and runs through Aug. 6. For more information, including a map of events, or to sign up to host an event, visit denvergov.org/denverdays.

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