September 2023 News Shorts

Denver Celebrates National Preparedness Month in September

Throughout September, the city of Denver is honoring National Preparedness Month, and agencies across the country are working to engage their communities to prepare for emergencies and disasters.

Annually, the Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA) establishes a nationwide theme for the month. This year’s theme is “Take Control in 1,2,3.” The campaign will focus on preparing older adults for disasters, specifically older adults in communities which are disproportionally impacted by diverse hazardous events, which continue to threaten the nation.

According to the American Red Cross, several factors make older adults more vulnerable after disasters, including, but not limited to: a greater likelihood to suffer from chronic conditions and the need for associated medications; a greater reliance on assistive devices such as walkers or glasses, as well as support from caregivers and others; and an increased likelihood of social isolation.

Throughout the month of September, the Denver Office of Emergency Management ( OEM) will share thoughtful content on Facebook ( and X (formerly Twitter) ( to help residents learn how to prepare for emergencies and disasters.

To learn more about our DenverREADY program, visit

Legacy Business Program to Support Longstanding Local Businesses, Deadline Oct. 5

Denver is piloting a new program to “recognize and preserve longstanding, independent businesses that have contributed to community character,” according to the city’s Economic Development and Opportunity office.

Businesses admitted into the initial phase of the Legacy Business program will be in the city’s Neighborhood Equity & Stabilization (NEST) priority neighborhoods, which include Globeville, Elyria and Swansea neighborhoods.

To qualify, a business needs to meet criteria including annual gross revenue between $30,000 and $5 million, it must be independent and locally owned, have had a minimum of 10 years in operation and utilize a publicly facing “brick-and-mortar” location, among others.

Designated Legacy Businesses will appear on the city’s Legacy Business registry and will receive public recognition and networking opportunities, marketing collateral and business promotion, access to customized training opportunities and technical assistance, and tailored support and referrals to other city and state business support programs.

One-on-one application assistance is available through Oct. 4. For more information visit or contact Rachel Lyons, 720-913-1533. Applications are due at 5 p.m. on Oct. 5.

GrowHaus to Host Harvest Week Oct. 2-5

In its 16th year, Harvest Week will bring together 24 Denver area chefs for four nights of culinary excellence and community support, Oct. 2-5 at Ironton Distillery & Crafthouse, 3636 Chestnut Place.

This highly anticipated annual event celebrates the vibrant local food system that nourishes our city and the impact of EatDenver and The GrowHaus.

Tickets include a five-course, collaborative menu prepared with locally sourced ingredients and paired with complimentary Colorado wine, beer, cider and spirits. Guests will also receive a Harvest Week commemorative glass.

All ticket sales support Eat- Denver’s work in supporting independent restaurants and The GrowHaus’ work in cultivating community-driven food justice through food access and education.

Through a partnership with Zero Foodprint, The GrowHaus said 1% of ticket sales will be redistributed to regenerative agriculture and healthy soil initiatives. Tickets are listed on the website for the event at $178 per person.

A list of participating restaurants and chefs for this year’s event is available at

Free Community Workshops Sept. 16

A free event, Decidimos el Futuro (We Decide the Future), will take place from 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16, at Manual High School, 1700 E. 28th Ave. Entertainment, workshops and keynote speakers are planned. Free breakfast and lunch, as well as interpretation and childcare, will be provided. Workshop topics include tenant organizing, community ownership of land, conflict resolution and more.

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