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  • Vision Quest Guide to Make Several Denver Appearances

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE For more information, contact Tom Anderson at tom@LiveAMythicLife.com or (913)642-5777 Vision Quest Guide to Make Several Denver Appearances Author and vision quest guide Tom Anderson will be making several appearances in the Denver area on March 30-April 1. Tom will be at For Heaven’s Sake Book Store, 4900 West 46th Avenue in Denver from 6:30-7:30 and will then give a free talk from 7:30-8:30 titled: An Introduction to the Vision Quest. Please call the store in advance to register as seating is limited for this free event: (303)964-9339. Tom will give the same free talk on Thursday, March 31 at 7:00 at People House, 3035 West 25th Avenue in Denver. Tom’s book, Your Place in the World: Creating a life of vision, purpose, and service will be available to purchase at both events. The book is an inspiring story of self-discovery related through the author’s vision quest experience that offers readers a guide for their own heroic journeys to lives of vision, purpose, and service.  Tom will return to For Heaven’s Sake on Friday, April 1 for a workshop, Creating a Life of Vision Purpose and Service. The two-hour experiential workshop based on his book starts at 7:00 and is $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Call For Heaven’s Sake to register.  *** Tom Anderson is an inspirational speaker, vision quest guide, and the author of Your Place in the World: Creating a life of vision, purpose, and service. In the past, Tom has been a successful commercial mortgage banker and real estate developer but today, he describes himself as an activator of purpose whose passion is helping others to discover theirs. His message is as applicable for individuals facing challenges in their personal lives as it is for leaders of organizations searching for ways to thrive in times of rapid change. With the head of a CEO and the heart of a spiritual warrior, Tom offers a unique perspective that needs to be heard. Tom lives in Overland Park, Kansas with his wife and two children. A complete press kit is available at http://LiveAMythicLife.com

  • For Heaven Sake Interesting News

     
    After five years of running her Tennyson Street bookstore, For Heaven's Sake owner Dianne Fresquez had an epiphany - to effectively market her store, she needed to get out from behind the counter and get involved in the community that comprises a large chunk of her customer base.
    Little did she know when she co-founded the Berkeley District Merchants Association in January that she'd also be helping position the community for participation in a new city initiative aimed at boosting small businesses like hers.
    On May 1, the city of Denver announced the Denver Neighborhood Marketplace Initiative, a pilot program from the Office of Economic Development aimed at strengthening neighborhood business districts and their surrounding communities and helping small businesses grow. One of the districts chosen was Berkeley/Tennyson Street.
    "The timing of our Berkeley Merchants Association was one reason they picked us," she said. "We were organized, and we really needed to have that."
    More than half the city's general fund comes from retail sales taxes on small businesses like hers, according to the OED, and many of the retail establishments are in smaller business districts outside Denver's downtown core.
    The city chose five districts to participate in the pilot program, using a set of performance criteria that categorized each district's current state of development as somewhere along the spectrum between challenging and thriving, said economic development administrator Bo Martinez.
    The criteria were based on several factors, including property value trends, lease rates, vacancy rates, sales tax trends, private investment and private sector leadership. The goal was to get a good mix so that the districts might also help each other.
    For example, Cherry Creek North has an established Business Improvement District and a thriving retail base. The district also has gone through growing pains, from parking issues to dealing with change as some long-established independents were replaced by more national chains, Martinez said. With these experiences under its belt, Cherry Creek North might prove a mentor for younger, less successful districts.
    Between now and the end of the year, most of the effort will be on gathering information and neighborhood input, and creating neighborhood marketplace profiles featuring background information, demographic data, information on the mix of existing businesses and data on commercial development, Martinez said.
    The city is also partnering with Social Compact, a Washington-based nonprofit that will help Denver develop a plan to be used to attract investment in neighborhood development. Finally, the city has formed a Business District Alliance to represent the city's diverse group of small-business operators and property owners in the various districts, Martinez said.
    City Council members Rick Garcia and Jeanne Robb had been pushing for such a program for about two years as a way to help small neighborhood businesses grow and thrive, Garcia said. The Denver initiative is loosely modeled on a similar initiative in Chicago, he said.
    One of the initiative's key goals is to foster and support the entrepreneurship that exists in small neighborhood business districts throughout the city, he said.
    "I really believe that there has not been a focused economic development agenda," Garcia said. "This has been one of the first examples of giving small business a leg up, and I think we finally have something we can look at and say this is a program that shows City Council is supporting small business development."
    Also as part of the initiative, the city reorganized staffers within the Office of Economic Development, assigning a point person to each council district. Each assigned staffer will become an expert on his or her district so as to better understand and address the issues each district faces, Martinez said.
    The Berkeley/Tennyson Street District, which sits in Garcia's council district, already has some success stories, Garcia said, including demographic changes to the neighborhood in recent years that have brought in higher-income residents who enjoy the ability to walk to shops and restaurants, and to participate in events like the First Friday Gallery Walk.
    As the city's initiative progresses, Fresquez said, she hopes it will result in more joint marketing promotions as well as address potential stumbling blocks to growth.
    Number one on her issues list is parking, she said. She also wants the city to help during a planned street improvement project that could result in temporary drops in business. She's more optimistic now that, with the initiative, her concerns will be addressed.
    "It's really nice to see the city come together as a single, focused organization," she said. "They've made themselves available and that's comforting. They're meeting us on the street level and showing they care about what happens in the community. I feel like I'm the customer for a change."
    Development tools Next year, the city will ask for other districts to get involved and give them a chance to compete to be part of the program. Participating districts will have access to the following:
    * Creation of special districts such as Business Improvement Districts or Community Improvement Districts
    *Technical assistance (real estate, district formation, marketing) from city staff, community development corporations, other nonprofits or consultants
    *Local access to Denver's Business Support Offices and the Business Assistance Center
    *A citywide Business District Alliance
    *Home and Community Development Block Grant funds
    *Small-business lending
    *Streetscape improvements
    *Work force recruitment and training
    Program's five districts
    Denver's Economic Development Office chose five neighborhood business districts in different stages of development and levels of success for the pilot program of the city's new Denver Neighborhood Marketplace Initiative:
    * Morrison Road (Morrison Road, from Knox Court to Sheridan Boulevard)
    * Welton Street Corridor (Welton Street, from 20th Street to 30th Street)
    * Bluebird District (Colfax Avenue, from York Street to Colorado Boulevard)
    * Berkeley/Tennyson Street Corridor (Tennyson Street, from 38th Avenue to 45th Avenue)
    * Cherry Creek North (district boundaries include First Avenue to Third Avenue, and University Boulevard to Steele Street)
  • February Astrology Highlights

     
    “Dancing with the Stars”
    By Janis Page   c2011
    Happy New Year!   Again!  After the very frigidly cold transition from January into February, the month starts with a sweet, idealistic trine from Venus to Neptune right before the new Moon in Aquarius, which is also the start of Chinese New Year.   Because of time zone differences, the new Moon for us here in Denver is Wednesday, Feb 2 – Happy Ground Hog day, too!  (I don’t know if that little critter will see his shadow this year…)    In China, the new Moon is Thursday, Feb 3, so that is the beginning of the Year of the “Gold” metal Rabbit.   Rabbit years (like rabbit feet?) are considered lucky, generally more peaceful  and quiet, when you can catch your breath and finally calm your nerves, giving a bit of a break after the more intense, fast-moving and dramatic Year of the Tiger (2010 intense?  Fast-moving?  Dramatic?  Um, yes.)    Will the Year of the Rabbit really be more peaceful and quiet, with more focus on diplomacy (not force), personal development, and family?    I’m not going to promise that, but we can hope!   Then again, some sources say it may not be quite as lucky, because 2011 will usher in the Wood Rabbit in a Metal Year, and since the metal element tends to work against the wood element, we might expect at least some continued troubles and uncertainties to be carried over from the Tiger Year.  But that’s starting to get into territory that’s beyond our scope here.   It will be a shorter year for the Chinese zodiac, ending January 22, 2012, with the next new Aquarian Moon.    And we’ll get yet another New Year celebration next month on March 5th, which is the Tibetan Buddhist Losar. 
    So what does the Aquarius new Moon chart look like?    The Sun and Moon at just under  14 degrees of Aquarius are less than a half degree from Mars, in our local 6th house of health and service.   Focus on efficiency in your work, and please be very mindful of your health.   Aquarius is happier floating in the future than being consciously present in their bodies, and while this combination can be very focused and productive, there is also potential for agitation, being accident-prone, and possible inflammation.   All this is further amplified by several asteroids within that same tight orb – Zeus (asteroid, not the uranian TNP) - organization, explosive, inflammation; Ophelia – self-defeating emotional overreaction; Poseidon (asteroid) – spiritual, understanding, imagery, light; A-Urania – differences in how people think, and that is the astrology asteroid – it’s a good time to get an astrology reading!   These all make a free-flowing trine to Saturn – discipline, limitations, responsibility, conjunct the uranian TNP Zeus – same meaning as the asteroid mentioned.   It’s notable that Venus is at 28 degrees of Sagittarius, almost exactly the degree of the Sun at the lunar eclipse on winter solstice in December, so there may be activation off all that eclipse seeded.    On the 90 degree dial, this lunation activates Hades - disintegration, purification; Juno – equity of energy exchange in partnerships;  Icarus – taking flight; Astraea – sight, witnessing, incomplete resolution;  and the Midheaven – public self, reputation.   So if this new Moon activates anything in your chart, there is great potential for accomplishment if you don’t lose it, get into long lingering conflicts with others, and get overly emotional.   But you wouldn’t, would you?
     
    Over the next three days, Mercury enters visionary Aquarius and Venus enters practical, hard-working Capricorn, then the Sun gets busy and motivated as it conjuncts Mars, Mercury makes an opportunity-making 60-degree sextile to expansive Jupiter, which is nicely balanced by the Sun trining stabilizing Saturn followed by Mars making the same trine to Saturn, and then Venus making a potentially overindulgent square to Jupiter.    That’s all in the first week of the month!
     
    Then there is generally smoother sailing until the 9th, when Venus conjuncts Pluto – passion, obsession, possible great success.    Valentine’s Day has a sweet, sentimental Cancer Moon, and should be a pleasant enough day.  The Sun makes its annual idealistic and potentially confusing conjunction to ethereal and sometimes deceptive Neptune on the 17th just before the full Leo Moon on Friday the 18th.  This full Moon is at the last degree of the sign, 29 Leo, just as the December lunar eclipse was at 29 Gemini, hours before winter solstice.   These lunations at the last degree urge us to finish up old business to be ready to move on.   After a challenging ‘reality-check’ square from Venus to Saturn, the Sun enters Pisces early that evening.   For this full Moon, the Sun is conjunct Mars and Neptune in Aquarius, and Chiron at zero Pisces, struggling to assert itself in its idealism, and willing to break a few rules along the way to seeking healing and breakthrough.   Choose your ‘civil disobedience’ wisely, with the integrity to have respect for others’ right to be as well as your own.    With a bit of redundancy, which astrology often is prone to, on the dial, again Zeus and Ophelia are activated, adding to the possibility that situations may be made more complex because of over-reaction to anger or to the demand to stay focused and accomplish something!   So, you are forewarned not to go off the deep end and do something counterproductive and mildly self-destructive, which can happen in situations where someone has had to grit their teeth for too long…  some of this activation may carry over to Sunday, when Mercury conjuncts Mars – agitation - then Neptune – confusion, potential deception, then Mars conjuncts Neptune, which can bring in some idealism, but also more possible confusion and exhaustion.    Over the next couple days, both Mercury and Mars enter Pisces, which is Neptune’s sign, and tensions  may dissipate and chill out a bit.  
    The last busy day for the month is Friday, Feb 25th, when Mercury conjuncts the Sun, then sextiles Pluto, Jupiter squares Pluto, then the Sun sextiles Pluto.   There is a lot of powerful positive potential along with some power plays.   (I did not mean that to be so alliterative!)  But someone might win the lottery with that lineup.  
    Generally, February is actually more peaceful than most previous months, with some pretty sparky phases.    Stay warm, be peaceful, and Happy Valentine’s Day!   
  • “For Heaven’s Sake Bookstore” is recognized by Channel 7 A-list

    (2nd only to Tattered Cover)
    For Heaven’s Sake moves north in the Berkeley District
    What a wonderful gift, as we are in the midst of moving from our storefront location to a lovely free-standing building right across from the Berkeley Park!
    Tattered Cover was once again named #1 on the prestigious Channel 7 A-list. “For Heaven Sake Books” came in #2! With 30 fine bookstores entered in this local contest, holding the #2 spot is a strong statement of value and customer recognition.  “We are so pleased,” said Dianne Fresquez, founder and owner of the metaphysical books and gift store, a proud member of the Berkeley District for the past 7 years on 44th & Tennyson. Prior to this location, Fresquez initially opened the store on 32nd & Meade. “Thank you to all of our loyal customers who voted!”  
     
    “We are moving a few blocks north on October 20th,” she added, “the new location affords us much more flexibility for our events, and is located in a neighborhood with a natural park presence. We are thrilled to be near the Smiley library and are really looking forward to establishing ourselves as a part of this wonderful neighborhood.” Fresquez spoke of plans that include activities of interest, not only for her loyal clientelle, but also geared toward her new neighbors. For Heaven’s Sake Books & Events hosts local talent, as well as national artists, authors, and teachers. Ms. Fresquez has cultivated relationships that reach internationally.  
     
     For more information, contact: Dianne Fresquez at dianne@forheavensake.com
    Receive For Heaven's Sake's e-newsletter that includes special announcements, news, events and coupons for in-store savings and sales!  Your information is always held in strict confidence and we will never sell or divulge our mailing lists.
    Thank you for your patronage!  
    Dianne
     

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    We at For Heaven’s Sake recognize that you have a life purpose to fulfill. Regardless of where you are now, this is the truth that we see for each one of us. It is our mission to support you on your path of discovery and realization of your purpose. We provide products and services for personal development, and spiritual growth, in a fun and exciting single-source healing center. Let all who enter be uplifted and healed. Let all who enter share the uniqueness of their own gifts, so we all might benefit from mutual sharing. We believe in our ability to make a difference in the world, individually and collectively. May unity, wholeness, and peace prevail.
      

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    2010 Colorado A-List Winner #2
    Voted 5280 Magazine Top Denver Shops 
    2008 MED Week Retail Firm of the Year
    Member of COVR - Coalition of Visionary Resources
    Founding member of the Berkeley District Merchants Association

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