Storyfest, 9Health Fair and Earth Week events coming to Regis

April 04, 2017

Regis University is hosting special events throughout April that are open to the public and primarily free. They include outdoor parties early in the month and on Earth Day, Saturday, April 22. Most of these events are family friendly, and all will be at the Northwest Denver Campus, 3333 Regis Blvd.

Cultivate Health, which partners with residents and nonprofits to promote health in the Northwest Denver neighborhoods, is hosting the three-day “Storyfest: A Northside Show & Tell.” The event is designed to bring Regis and the neighborhood closer together.

The schedule is as follows:

  • Food trucks, live music and neighborhood storytelling: 6-8:30 p.m. — Friday, April 7 — Regis Square, 5115 Federal Blvd.
  • Neighborhood party with storytelling, music, Zumba, food trucks, a local farm stand and more: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. — Saturday, April 8 — Regis Square
  • Artist day: 2-4:30 p.m. — Sunday, April, 9 — Regis Square (Artists will share their representations of the previous two days’ storytelling – translating residents’ stories into another art form, including poetry, music, visual art and dance.)

Sonia González-Ortega, a human resources analyst at Regis who helped plan the event for her Chaffee Park neighborhood, said events like this connect the neighborhoods.

“How can I feel nostalgia for something I don’t know?” she recently asked. “As I learn my neighbors’ stories, I learn about my neighborhood, and that brings me closer to those who live near me.”

“It can really open a constructive way to address tensions, get to know each other and create community,” González-Ortega continued. “If each of us made an effort to listen to another, we’d be able to understand each other on a different, better level.”

More about “Storyfest” on the Cultivate Health website at http://www.regis.edu/Community-Gateway/Cultivate-Health/Classes-and-Events.aspx and on the event’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/cultivatehealthdenver.

9Health Fair is Saturday, April 8

Also on Saturday, April 8, Regis will host its 14th annual 9Health Fair at St. Peter Claver, S.J., Hall from 7 a.m.-noon. More than 250 Regis volunteers will help with parking and staff the 24 screenings, covering heart, diabetes, bone, skin, vision and more. While the screenings are free, visitors may elect to do a non-fasting blood draw for $35 that includes cholesterol, blood glucose, liver and kidney function and thyroid function. Parking will be free this day to make the Regis 9Health Fair more accessible. To pre-register for the 9Health Fair, visit https://www.9healthfair.org.

Earth Day? No, Regis is hosting Earth Week!

Regis’ Earth Week events begin from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Monday, April 17, with a lunchtime talk by internationally acclaimed writer and environmental activist Hunter Lovins at St. Peter Claver, S.J., Hall’s Mountain View Room and culminate with a party for the planet on Earth Day, Saturday, April 22.

A highlight will be keynote speaker Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, a 16-year-old climate activist and hip-hop artist from Boulder, Colorado, at 12:05 p.m., Saturday, April 22, on the steps of Dayton Memorial Library. Other events on Earth Day include a beer garden that opens at 11 a.m. and family-friendly activities, educational booths, vendors, food trucks and arboretum tours (Regis’ Northwest Denver Campus was designated an arboretum in 2000).

Other Earth Week activities include an environmental film festival, yoga and meditation classes, and a petting zoo. For all the events and details, including times and locations, visit http://www.regis.edu/CBE/Centers/SustainabiltyCenter/Earth-Week.aspx.

“This is our most exciting Earth Week yet,” said Beth Schafer Caniglia, professor and director of the SEED Institute, which sponsors Earth Week. “Join us for a film, or a yoga class. We hope Denverites will choose Regis University as a destination to learn more about environmental issues and to celebrate Earth Day.”

Earth Week also is sponsored by Regis’ College of Business and Economics, the Regis University Student Government Association (RUSGA) Student Sustainability, and the Community Engagement Office. The SEED Institute promotes the economic, social and environmental health of our communities.

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Regis University is a premier, globally engaged institution of higher learning in the Jesuit tradition that prepares leaders to live productive lives of faith, meaning and service. Regis University has four campus locations in the Denver metro area and Colorado Springs. If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Jennifer Forker at 303.458.3537 or jforker@regis.edu.