Penny Parker On The Town: Opening of Nancy P. Anschutz Center a celebration for Park Hill community

October 4, 2013

The opening of the new Nancy P. Anschutz Center Boys and Girls Club on Tuesday was a celebration despite a horrific shooting that occurred just 11 days earlier.

Boldfaced names like Denver Mayor Michael Hancock, Phil and Nancy Anschutz, John and Paige Elway and Jack A. Vickers celebrated the opening of the new center at the Jack A. Vickers Boys & Girls Club.

Denver politicos and movers and shakers joined the celebration of a new Park Hill community center that replaced a shopping area that was torched by a gang in 2008.

Boys and Girls Club President and CEO John Aragoni held the sentiments of many in attendance when he said: “The community here had gone through its ups and downs. But we want to recognize its past with an eye on its future.”

‘Mythbusters’ visit Denver

Local pizza place, Patxi’s, is helping the Denver Museum of Nature & Science in preparation for a new exhibit coming to the Denver facility by hosting stars of the Discovery Channel series, “Mythbusters.”

Two of the show’s hosts, Tory Belleci and Kari Byron, will be at the opening party from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 9 at the Patxi’s Cherry Creek location, 185 Steele Street. Call 303-331-1000 for more information.

Guests are invited to stop by Patxi’s for dinner and the chance to meet Tory and Kari, who will be greeting dinner guests from 6 to 8 p.m. The duo will be making the rounds, saying hello to dining guests that evening.

The exhibit, MythBusters: The Explosive Exhibition, is on display at the museum Oct. 11-Jan. 5, 2014. Museum visitors can watch live demonstrations by their MythBusting facilitators and peruse props and gadgets from the show.

To celebrate the exhibit, Patxi’s will give guests the chance to “bust” a common myth: Liquor before beer in the clear? Try it and find out! Add a shot of Jim Beam to any draft beer for just $6.50. Offer available at both Patxi’s locations on Oct. 11-17.

Tory Belleci, left, and Kari Byron will be at Patxi's on Wednesday to celebrate the new "Mythbusters" exhibit at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. (Discovery Channel photo)

Tory Belleci, left, and Kari Byron will be at Patxi’s on Wednesday to celebrate the new “Mythbusters” exhibit at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. (Discovery Channel photo)


Go Peru!

Taita Peruvia Cuisine turns 1 and is celebrating for one week beginning on Monday, Oct. 7 and continuing until Sunday, Oct. 13.  There will be a prix fixe menu featuring the most traditional Peruvian dishes from the Taita menu.  The price is $29 per person and happy hour drink specials will be available all week open to close.  Live music will be featured on Thursday, Friday and Saturday (Oct. 10-12).

Taita Peruvian Cuisine, located at 1521 Marion St. (just north of Colfax Avenue), opened in the fall of 2012 and features a traditional Peruvian menu with a touch of American influence in an upscale and cozy atmosphere.

The menu, inspired from a wide selection of Peruvian delicacies, is Jose “Chef Pepito” Aparicio’s pride: a culmination of over 20 years of cooking experience.

For more information about the first birthday celebration, menu, hours and more, visit or call 720-708-6486.

38th Cider Days this weekend in Lakewood

The 38th annual Cider Days returns to the Lakewood Cultural Center this Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 5-6.

The center is at 801 S. Yarrow St. in Lakewood. Admission each day is $7 for adults and $4 for children, 3-12 years old. Saturday’s event runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday will be from noon-4 p.m.

This fun event celebrates Lakewood’s agricultural heritage and offers live entertainment, demonstrations, cider tastings and food.

On Sunday, Oct. 6, the event will host a cider tasting at noon, sponsored by the newly formed Rocky Mountain Cider Association. There will be 20 ciders available at the tasting, including 14 from Colorado producers, which will be the largest collection of state-made ciders gathered in one place. Tickets for groups of four 2.5-ounce tasters of cider can be purchased for $5. Other ciders will be from producers in Montana, England, France, Spain and New Zealand.

For more details, visit

Sign of the times – on a South Havana storefront: “I broke up with my gym. We were not working out.”

Eavesdropping on a driver seeing the name of a South Colorado Boulevard business: “Chin Massage? Sounds like this place has a limited business model.”

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