Did you know that around 50 parents are still being held locally in an Aurora ICE detention facility and separated from their children? Are you as frustrated and heartbroken by the news every day as we are? There are so many families fleeing violence and terror only to be ripped apart in the place they hoped to find sanctuary. Looking for a way to help? Casa de Paz is a local nonprofit trying to help reunite these families with their children. [ learn more ]
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Local way to help immigrant families reunite

[ Friday, June 29, 2018 | 0 comments ]
Did you know that around 50 parents are still being held locally in an Aurora ICE detention facility and separated from their children? [ The Denver Channel |  | CBS News | Fox News ]

Are you as frustrated and heartbroken by the news every day as we are? Looking for a way to help?

Casa de Paz is a local nonprofit trying to help reunite these families with their children. This was brought to our attention by a post on Nextdoor. Huge thanks to Stapleton resident Sandra Caron for sharing. Per the post:
They need donations for legal assistance (bond money) for $20 phone cards, etc. any amount is welcome to this non profit organization who helps the women before during and after release . They do not charge the women anything.

We understand the fear, anxiety, total terror of both mothers and young children who have been separated without any knowledge of where their children are being detained.

Please consider a donation and share this with your loved ones. You can donate directly through the Casa de Paz website. Just include a note "family reunification" http://www.casadepazcolorado.org/donate

Thanks to any of you who can help with a donation, no matter how small. It will all help.

Westword interviewed Casa de Paz staff about the only mother to so far be reunited with her 7-year-old daughter. Called only "Maria" in the interview, her story is horrific:
Maria is from Guatemala and was in a really bad situation. She escaped her husband, who tried to kill her. And the reason her husband tried to kill her is because, when she was sixteen, Maria was kidnapped and raped for three months straight by a man in his forties who had HIV. So now she has HIV. And later, when she married her husband, he knew that she had HIV and was okay with it. No one else in the little village they lived in knew about it. But then somehow word got out. And the husband was getting a lot of embarrassing ridicule and shame for having a wife with HIV. And so people in this village started harassing him, and he decided that the best way to get rid of this problem was by killing Maria. That's when he tried to kill her.

There are so many stories like Maria's. So many families fleeing violence and terror only to be ripped apart in the place they hoped to find sanctuary.

A local pastor included several stories from these refugees last Sunday, including this piece, which moved the congregation to tears.

Warsan Shire (pronounced “she-ray”) is a Somali-British writer and poet in her 20s.  She wrote a poem called Home that provides a compelling answer to the question “why would you do that.” [ bring your family to any country as a refugee ] This is an excerpt [ whole poem here ]: 
you have to understand,
that no one puts their children in a boat
unless the water is safer than the land
no one burns their palms
under trains
beneath carriages
no one spends days and nights in the stomach of a truck
feeding on newspaper unless the miles travelled
means something more than journey.

no one leaves home unless
home is the mouth of a shark

no one crawls under fences
no one wants to be beaten
no one chooses refugee camps
or strip searches where your
body is left aching
or prison,
because prison is safer
than a city of fire
and one prison guard
in the night
is better than a truckload
of men who look like your father

no one could take it
no one could stomach it

the shouts
“go home” blacks
dirty immigrants
asylum seekers
sucking our country dry
[beggars] with their hands out
they smell strange
messed up their country and now they want
to mess ours up…

how do the words
the dirty looks
roll off your backs

maybe because the blow is softer
than a limb torn off
or the words are more tender
than fourteen men between
your legs
or the insults are easier
to swallow
than rubble
than bone
than your child’s body
in pieces.

i want to go home,
but home is the mouth of a shark
home is the barrel of the gun
and no one would leave home
unless home chased you to the shore

i dont know what i've become
but i know that anywhere
is safer than here.

[ listen to the whole poem ]

no one puts their children in a boat 
unless the water is safer than the land

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Frustrated with your birth control? Why not try one of these research studies?

[ Friday, June 15, 2018 | 0 comments ]
The University of Colorado Denver is currently conducting two birth control studies. If you're interested in participating, contact the study coordinators below:

1. Interested in non-hormonal birth control?

Seeking women ages 18 to 40 for a clinical trial of two non-hormonal copper IUDs, one of which is investigational. The study needs healthy female volunteers with regular menstrual cycles who are sexually active and at risk for pregnancy. It will involve 8 visits over 36-38 months and financial compensation may be provided to participants.

Contact study coordinator Ines Crato at 303-724-5559 or ines.crato@ucdenver.edu.

2. Tired of having to remember to take your birth control?

If you are a woman between the ages of 18 and 35, are pre-menopausal, sexually active, and do NOT wish to become pregnant, you are invited to see if you may qualify for a research study. The purpose of this research study is to test the effectiveness of an investigational contraceptive vaginal ring. If you qualify, you will receive investigational study medication, study-related medical exams, and laboratory services at no charge. You may also be reimbursed for time, travel, and other expenses.

Contact study coordinator Lisa Powers at 303-724-5284 or lisa.powers@ucdenver.edu. Read the full story »
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Special Deal on Top Taco tickets for Stapleton Moms readers

[ Tuesday, June 12, 2018 | 0 comments ]
Cast your vote at the Fifth Annual Top Taco Festival at Stanley Marketplace - a culinary extravaganza like no other!

At Top Taco, festivalgoers sample unlimited taco tastes and signature tequila cocktails from some of the best restaurants in Denver, voting for their favorites to crown four categories of awards: 

  1. Top Creative Taco
  2. Top Traditional Taco 
  3. Top Vegetarian Taco
  4. Top Cocktail

With amazing live music, creative tequila lounge areas, and some of the best chefs and mixologists in the city, Top Taco has become the can’t-miss summer event in Denver. 50 restaurants entered over 70 Tacos and 35 Tequila Cocktails into the 2018 competition. There will be 3 bands, a special Mezcal tasting tent with Palenque Mezcaleria, an expanded wine area with The Infinite Monkey Theorem805 Beer, and Aquafina Water/Pepsi will be keeping you hydrated!

          What: Fifth Annual Top Taco Festival
          When: Thursday, June 28, 2018, 7:00-10:00 p.m.
          Where:  Stanley Marketplace, 2501 Dallas Street, Aurora, CO
          Ages:  21+
          Tickets:  www.toptacodenver.com

With only 2 weeks until "Taco Heaven," tickets are in short supply! VIP and First Taste have about 50 tickets left each, and there are still some General Admission tickets available but they are going very fast.

Get your tickets today! For 20% off on all tickets, use code TTSTANLEY20 through June 20.

Learn more or purchase tickets at www.toptacodenver.com

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Summer Kid Craft: Bike License Plates

[ Friday, June 8, 2018 | 0 comments ]
Guest post by Mindee Forman

My son's 6th birthday was this week and he wanted his party at a park riding bikes. I get tired of standard goody bags and thought it would be fun for the kids at the party to make license plates for their bikes that they could take home. I dug around a bit online and checked out Pinterest, but didn't see anything I liked that would work for a large group, so designed my own kid craft. I thought you might also find it fun - it can be done with 1 kid or 100, is super-easy and inexpensive, doesn't take much time, and the kids loved it!

I went to my local dollar store and picked up some supplies:

  • Colorful plastic folders
  • Letter stickers
  • Other stickers as desired for decoration
  • Zip ties to hook the license plates to the bike (not pictured)
From my house, I used:
  • A ruler
  • Scissors
  • A Pencil
  • A Hole Punch
  • Sharpie markers (not pictured)
  • Super glue (not pictured)

Step 1: 

Pull apart the plastic folder - the cheap dollar store ones are perfect for this as they come apart easily. Flatten it so it's easy to fold.

Step 2: 

Cut on all lines. You can use the two big pieces and the small flap with no holes to make your license plate shapes. Discard the small side bits and the flap with holes.

Step 3:

Mark your ruler at 14.5 cm and 7.83 cm (the black folders I bought were "portfolios" and were a bit smaller, so I adjusted accordingly.

Step 4: 

Using your pencil, mark each short side at the top and bottom at the 14.5cm mark.

Mark each long side twice at 7.83cm (always measure from the bottom for consistency).

Using the ruler, draw straight lines across your sheet from a mark on one side to a mark on the other side.

Step 5:

Cut on your pencil lines to create 12 mini license plates.

Take one rectangle, put it on the leftover small flap, and trace it, then cut it out as well.

You will end up with 13 mini license plate rectangles per folder.

Repeat steps 1-5 for as many colored folders as you want, depending on how many kids you will have (we were expecting 40 at my son's party, so I made a lot).

Step 6:

With your hole punch, put one punch in each top corner (pick one of the long sides to be the top). Make sure they aren't too close to the edge so the zip ties don't cut through them and rip the plastic.

Your craft activity is ready to go!

I set up a little station for my son to make a sample plate. He needed letter stickers and the other stickers I bought for decoration.

You can also write on the plastic with Sharpie markers, but make sure it dries before touching it or it smears. At the party, I also had super glue available as some of the dollar store letters didn't stick very well.

Sean loved making his license plate and was excited about the finished product!

His friends also enjoyed making them and got really creative with their designs. Some attached them to bikes and some to scooters, but all had fun!

Guest post by Mindee Forman

Mindee is a freelance writer, editor, web designer, and social media consultant. She lives in Denver with her husband, two kids, and two crazy cats. Read the full story »
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Yoga on the Lawn at Punch Bowl Social

[ Friday, June 1, 2018 | 0 comments ]
Join a CorePower Yoga class on Thursday, June 14 led by Dakini Jaeger on the beautiful outdoor patio lawn at Punch Bowl Social Stapleton! Get strong and centered from 7:00-8:00 p.m., then use that third eye to dominate at their activities (free!) from 8:00-10:00 p.m.

  • Class from 7:00-8:00 p.m.
  • Happy hour food and drink specials from 8:00-10:00 p.m.
  • Unlimited free activities from 8:00-10:00 p.m.

Where:  Punch Bowl Social Stapleton, 3120 Uinta Street, Denver, CO 80238
When:  Thursday, June 14 from 7:00-10:00 p.m. - registration begins at 6:30 p.m.
Cost:  $5 or free for CorePower Black Tag Members

For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1984362798543785/ Read the full story »