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The Evaluation 2008 Local Arrangements Committee has put together a terrific menu of evening outings to enable conference attendees to experience the unique hospitality, cuisine, and hot spots of Denver. It will be hard to choose among them!

Nights Out Preconference Signups are now closed as we have departed for Denver. If you would like to sign up on site, the lists will be available on a board in the registration area beginning on Wednesday morning.

·         How are the outings organized? Three main categories frame the outing options:

1)   Connecting to Content, intends to complement session presentations and to highlight some of the local evaluation efforts. (Outings 1-3)

2)   Dining in Style, provides a rich array of cuisine from which to choose. (Outings 4-10)

3)   Denver Hot Spots, showcases some of the local venues for music and entertainment and events are also often accompanied by a dinner option. (Outings 11-19)

·         When are the Outings? All outings will take place on Thursday evening, November 6, 2008. Specific times are detailed for each outing.

·         Where are the Outings? Outings have been scheduled within walking distance or a short public transportation or taxi ride. Most are within a half mile of the Hyatt Regency. Location, distance, and transportation details are provided for each outing.

·         Is there a limit on how many may participate? Each outing has a limited number of spaces. Be sure to sign up early to save your spot!

·         How do I participate? First, take a look at all the outings to see which you might like to attend. Then, once you have made a choice, click on the sign-up link for that outing.

·         What is the deadline for signing-up? Online sign-ups will conclude on October 29. Sign-up sheets will be posted onsite on the conference message board near the registration desk. We do not anticipate any openings on site as outings tend to fill well before the event. However, any last-minute openings will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

·         What if I Need to Cancel? If you need to remove yourself from an outing on or before October 29, please send an email to office@eval.org so that we may open your spot to another individual. If you need to cancel after October 29, please contact the staff at the registration desk on site.

·         How do I get there? Each outing has a "Host" who will meet the group at the pre-determined place and time and will lead the group to the outing location. Hosts are identified in the outing description.

·         Who Pays for the Outings? The outings are designed to be gathering with friends and colleagues. Each attendee is required to cover his or her own expenses. Anticipated expenses are detailed for each outing.


This year's nights out for Thursday, November 6, 2008

Connecting to Content

1. Learn About School Closures in the Cole Neighborhood and the Community’s Efforts to Keep Them Opened

2. Learn More About Homelessness in Denver

3. Research and Evaluation in Arts and Culture  - CLOSED as of 10/8/2008     

Dining in Style

4. Dinner at Los Cabos II Restaurant - CLOSED as of 10/29/2008

5. Dinner at Rioja - CLOSED as of 10/31/2008

6. Japanese Cultural Excursion

7. Award-Winning Seafood in the Rocky Mountains   - CLOSED as of 10/24/2008

8. Latin and Brazilian Sounds and Flavors - CLOSED as of 10/25/2008

9. Going Green: An Environmentally-Friendly Night of Delicious Vegetarian Food - CLOSED as of 10/8/2008

10. A Denver Landmark – The Brown Palace - CLOSED as of 10/28/2008

Denver Hot Spots

11. Cherry Creek North – Home Shopping and Dinner

12. Take a Walk on the Wild Side

13. An Evening of Jazz with Dotsero at Jazz@Jacks - CLOSED as of 10/31/2008

14. Dazzling Jazz  - CLOSED as of 10/30/2008

15. Burgers and Back-Country Adventures - CLOSED as of 10/31/2008

16. An Unlikely Pairing: Denver’s Best Books and Pizza

17. Comedy Definitely Works!

18. Sensational Wines and Improvisational Comedy - CLOSED as of 10/8/2008

19. Night Owls Unite! - CLOSED as of 10/16/2008


Connecting to Content

These new Nights Out events are intended to complement session presentations and to highlight some of the local evaluation efforts. You will meet other researchers and delegates, socialize, and enjoy a nice dinner. The outing includes a tour of the research context in order to connect the content of the evaluation with the people and places that are at the hub of the endeavor. However, you do not need to attend both the conference session and the “Connecting to Content” Nights Out; you may choose to attend only the Nights Out or only the panel session if you wish.


Night Out #1: Learn About School Closures in the Cole Neighborhood and the Community’s Efforts to Keep Them Opened

What: A walk through the Cole neighborhood in northeast Denver and discussion of school closures followed by dinner on your own after the event.

Your hosts: Sue Tripathi, Evaluation Manager for Making Connections – Denver, and Rosella Palacios and Shelly Travis, Residents from the Community Research Team.

Description: This Nights Out event is associated with Panel Session 862, Empowerment Evaluation Principles in Practice: The Annie E. Casey Foundation's Making Connections Initiative to be held in Mineral Hall Section G on Saturday, November 8, 10:45 A.M. to 12:15 P.M. They are intended to be complementary, but you do not need to attend both and may choose to attend only the Nights Out or only the panel session. Specifically, it is connected with the community change initiative of the Annie E. Casey Foundation panel presentation: Empowerment Evaluation Principles in Practice: Making Connections - Denver. We will lead you from the Hyatt Regency to the Cole neighborhood located northeast of Downtown Denver. We will catch the light rail and walk through the neighborhood. You will learn about the history of Maria Mitchell Elementary School, Cole Middle School and Manual High School and facts about why they were closed down and converted into charter schools. Metro Organization for People and residents advocated to the Denver Public School board and city Mayor to keep them opened. Learn what their efforts impacted and brought to this community at large. The light rail trip is approximately 10 minutes, the walk will last approximately 20 minutes. Dress warmly in casual clothing and put on your walking shoes.

Where we are going: After the walk in the area around 33rd Avenue and Marion Street, you will return to the Hyatt where you dinner is on your own (members of the group may continue their discussions at a nearby restaurant if desired).

How we get there: Walk to Broadway and Welton Street to catch the RTD Light rail (Line D, 30th and Downing Ave). The stop will be at 30th and Downing station and walk to the schools located at 33rd Avenue and Marion Street (5 min.). Then walk through both school campuses (15 min.).

Anticipated expenses: $3.50 round trip on the light rail (bring cash), plus dinner if you join some of the delegates for dinner after the tour.

Departure time: 6:10 P.M.

Departure location: The Mineral Hall Foyer of the Hyatt Regency, adjacent to the AEA Registration Desk - look for the signs for Night Out #1.

Maximum number of participants: 1825

  1. Ilana Horwitz

  2. Molly Szymanski

  3. Marcia Lee

  4. Teresa Nesman

  5. Hongyan Cui

  6. Lauren Patterson

  7. Katie Zaback

  8. Sebastian Schreiner

  9. Khaddouj Souaid

To sign up: All Nights Out Preconference Signups are now closed as we have departed for Denver. If you would like to sign up on site, the lists will be available on a board in the registration area beginning on Wednesday morning.

Due to the difficulty of serving large groups with individual checks, please bring cash for your Nights Out costs. You will be provided with a receipt in the event you need it for expense reimbursement. Please let us know if you would like us to advise the manager for your event regarding any accessibility needs that will help ensure your comfort.

If you have questions about these “Connecting to Content” outings, please email Heather MacGillivary at heather.macgillivary@colorado.edu.


Night Out #2: Learn More About Homelessness in Denver

What: A brief walking tour of homeless areas in Denver followed by dinner at the Denver Rescue Mission and serving a meal at the Denver Rescue Mission.

Your Hosts: Beverly Parsons and Greta Walker. Beverly is the Executive Director of InSites, a long time AEA member, and recently elected member of the AEA board. She has a strong interest in the application of systems thinking and theory to evaluation., Greta is Communications Manager, Denver Rescue Mission.

Description: This event is connected to the session entitled Examination of the Role of Evaluation in Denver's Ten Year Plan to End Homelessness: A Review of Evaluation on Policy and Practice to be held in Room 104 in the Convention Center on Friday, November 7, 4:30 P.M. to 6:00 P.M. The Nights Out and the panel are intended to be complementary, but you do not need to attend both and may choose to attend only the Nights Out or only the panel session. As we walk over to the Denver Rescue Mission, your guide will highlight key areas of downtown that are homeless hot spots. Once we arrive at the shelter, you will be served dinner and afterwards you will help with ll the dinner service. Dinner service is from 7:30-9:00 P.M. The Denver Rescue Mission provides shelter, food, clothing, education, Christian teaching, and work discipline to meet individuals at their physical and spiritual points of need. The Lawrence Street shelter is their flagship facility, is a men's shelter with 200 overnight beds, and an outreach location offering meals, clothing, free health care, and Client Services. At the Lawrence Street Shelter, all who are hungry -- families, seniors, men, women, and children -- are welcome for a nutritious meal. The Lawrence Street Shelter serves three meals a day, seven days a week, 365 three hundred sixty-five days a year. The Denver Rescue Mission is actively involved in Denver’s Road Home initiative designed to end homelessness in Denver.

Where we are going: The Denver Rescue Mission – Lawrence Street Shelter is located at 1130 Park Avenue West, (80205);. Phone: 303.-953-.3955; http://www.denverrescuemission.org.

How we get there: It is less than a one-mile walk from the Hyatt Regency to the Lawrence Street Shelter. Taxis will be used in case of inclement weather and please be prepared to pay a small fee (<$5) for this transportation. We will leave the Hyatt Regency on California heading North toward Broadway, make a left on Broadway to Park Avenue West.

Anticipated expenses: Dinner will be provided. If you decide to use transportation, this will coast approximately $5 each way.

Departure Time: 6:30 P.M. 

Departure location: The Mineral Hall Foyer of the Hyatt Regency, adjacent to the AEA Registration Desk - look for the signs for Night Out #2.

Maximum Number of attendees:  11. Please dress in casual clothing. If for some reason you need to cancel your participation at the last minute, please contact the Denver Rescue Mission as they will be counting on this group to help with the dinner service.

 

  1. Maria Suchowski

  2. Carrie Petrucci

  3. Michelle Searle

  4. Vikki Searle

  5. John Hassenplug

  6. Anne Thomas

  7. Jana Chapman

  8. Jessica Bergstrom

  9. Pat Jessup

  10. Kristin Huff

To sign up: All Nights Out Preconference Signups are now closed as we have departed for Denver. If you would like to sign up on site, the lists will be available on a board in the registration area beginning on Wednesday morning.

Due to the difficulty of serving large groups with individual checks, please bring cash for your Nights Out costs. You will be provided with a receipt in the event you need it for expense reimbursement. Please let us know if you would like us to advise the manager for your event regarding any accessibility needs that will help ensure your comfort.

If you have questions about these “Connecting to Content” outings, please email Heather MacGillivary at heather.macgillivary@colorado.edu.


Night Out #3: Research and Evaluation in Arts and Culture

What: Dinner, drinks and discussion about arts and culture evaluation.

Your host: Kathleen Tinworth, Director of Visitor Research and Program Evaluation at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science.

Description: Dinner and discussion at Vesta Dipping Grill, covering arts and culture evaluation offerings at this year’s AEA conference, local best practice related to research and evaluation in the arts/culturals, and a chance to get acquainted with colleagues in the field. Vesta embodies simplicity, quality, comfort, life, art, scent, relaxation, taste, sound, and fun; the ideal environment to spark lively conversation. All event participants will receive a complimentary admission pass to the Denver Museum of Nature and Science to use during their visit to the Mile High City, as well as information on many local arts and cultural events and institutions. For those who would like to, we will move on to after- dinner cocktails along Larimer Street to keep the conversation going.

Where we are going: Vesta Dipping Grill is at 1822 Blake Street (80202); 303-296-1970 www.vestagrill.com (followed by Larimer Street bars, if desired).

How we get there: We will take the free 16th Street Mall shuttle Northwest to Blake (one street after Market). Then we will walk left to 1822 Blake Street (between 18th and 19th Streets on Blake)

Anticipated expenses: Vesta runs about $40--$50. Drinks afterwards would be about $10 -- $30.00.-$30.

Departure time: 6:15 P.M. for 6:30 P.M. reservation. 

Departure location: The Mineral Hall Foyer of the Hyatt Regency, adjacent to the AEA Registration Desk - look for the signs for Night Out #3.The Mineral Hall Foyer, adjacent to the AEA Registration Desk  Due to the difficulty of serving large groups with individual checks, please bring cash for your Nights Out costs. You will be provided with a receipt in the event you need it for expense reimbursement. Please let us know if you would like us to advise the manager for your event regarding any accessibility needs that will help ensure your comfort.

Maximum number of participants: 910

  1. Mindy Reiser

  2. Susan Foutz

  3. Cheryl Kessler

  4. Michelle Baron

  5. Susan Ryerson Espino

  6. Liora Pascal

  7. Nicole Fuhr

  8. Helene Gauthier

  9. Glori Gesell

To sign up: Sign-Ups for this Night Out are now CLOSED as of 10/8/08 

If you have questions about these “Connecting to Content” outings, please email Heather MacGillivary at heather.macgillivary@colorado.edu.


Dining In Style

These Nights Out events showcase the range of dining options in the area. You will meet other researchers and delegates, socialize, and enjoy an evening out at restaurants that have been selected for their unique Denver flair.


Night Out #4: Dinner at Los Cabos II Restaurant (Los or Las)

What: An authentic Peruvian dining adventure at 5280 feet.

Your hosts: Mario Rivera and Barbara Rivera. Mario plays ukulele and Hawaiian drums for Pele’s Aloha Dancers and has been a program evaluator for 16 years. He works at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment evaluating chronic disease prevention programs. Barb is the Colorado District 1 team leader for the Campaign to Establish a U.S. Department of Peace www.codopcampaign.org and plant caretaker at Wildflowers, a neighborhood garden store in Denver.

Description: Behind an unassuming downtown storefront, Loas Cabos II (Los or Las) is part restaurant, part cultural center, decorated with native art (and a giant stuffed llama) and serving authentic Peruvian peasant food to all comers. These days, the crowd is just as likely to consist of adventurous office workers looking for a hit of bistek a la pobre, papas a la huancaina and a pisco sour as it is of displaced Peruvians hungry for a taste of home.

Where we are going: 1525 Champa Street (80202); 303-595-3232; http://www.loscabosii.com/

How we get there: We will walk northwest on 15th toward California Street, past Stout, and then turn right on Champa (less than .25 miles).

Anticipated expenses: $15+

Departure time: 6:15 P.M. for 6:30 P.M. reservation.

Departure location: The Mineral Hall Foyer of the Hyatt Regency, adjacent to the AEA Registration Desk - look for the signs for Night Out #4.The Mineral Hall Foyer, adjacent to the AEA Registration Desk. Due to the difficulty of serving large groups with individual checks, please bring cash for your Nights Out costs. You will be provided with a receipt in the event you need it for expense reimbursement. Please let us know if you would like us to advise the manager for your event regarding any accessibility needs that will help ensure your comfort.

Maximum number of participants: 135

  1. Kim van der Woerd

  2. Ron Roesch

  3. Johanna Lane

  4. Gordon Bonham

  5. Julie Reeder

  6. Linda Stopp

  7. Nancy Carillo

  8. Carmen Monico

  9. Mel Gray

  10. Jacklyn Altuna

To sign up: Sign-Ups for this Night Out are now CLOSED as of 10/30/08 

If you have questions about these “Fine Dining” outings, please email Kathleen Tinworth, at Kathleen.Tinworth@dmns.org


Night Out #5: Dinner at Rioja

What: Dinner at nearby Rioja for Mediterranean fusion food.

Your hosts: Susan Berkowitz  and Cindy Kronauge. Susan began her professional career as an academic anthropologist who conducted ethnographic fieldwork in Southern Italy, before transitioning into more applied research pursuits, including program evaluation with a qualitative and mixed method bent. In an even earlier life, she was a dancer. She has been at Westat in Maryland for over 18 years. Cindy has been a Colorado mixed-methods evaluator for over 10 years and is one of the founders of the Colorado Evaluation Network. When Cindy's not working at Weld County Health Department or on finishing her PhD in applied research methods she is either climbing rocks or bicycling in and around Northern Colorado.  

Description: Rioja features a menu inspired by Mediterranean ingredients and influenced by local and seasonal products. The fusion style dishes are complemented by hand blown glass fixtures, copper-topped bar, and exhibition kitchen. The Cooking Light June 2007 issue calls it “one of the hottest dining spots in town,” although owner Beth Gruitch says “the only judge that matters is the people we serve every night.”

Where we are going: Rioja is on 1431 Larimer Street (80202); 303-820-2282; http://www.riojadenver.com/about.html

How we get there: We will take the free 16th Street Mall free shuttle Northwest to Larimer (one block past Lawrence), and then take a left of Larimer and walk two blocks to Rioja.

Anticipated expenses: $30+

Departure time: 6:45 P.M. for 7:00 P.M. reservation.

Departure location: The Mineral Hall Foyer of the Hyatt Regency, adjacent to the AEA Registration Desk - look for the signs for Night Out #5.The Mineral Hall Foyer, adjacent to the AEA Registration Desk.

Maximum number of participants: 11

  1. Vidhya Shanker

  2. Amy Germuth

  3. Jason Dela Cruz

  4. Rocaille Roberts

  5. Hannah Betesh

  6. Karen Mutch-Jones

  7. Polly Hubbard

  8. Victoria Straub

  9. Linda Knispel

  10. Perri Stern

  11. Kristen Collins

To sign up:  Sign-Ups for this Night Out are now CLOSED as of 10/30/08 

If you have questions about these “Fine Dining” outings, please email Kathleen Tinworth, at Kathleen.Tinworth@dmns.org  


Night Out #6: Japanese Cultural Excursion

What: Explore the culture, food and drinks of Japan at one of the country's top Japanese restaurants.

Your hosts: Carsten Baumann and Kaia Gallagher. Carsten is a self-declared restaurant critic and foody, serves as an evaluator in the Prevention Services Division of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Kaia is a fellow food adventurer, who is the President of the Center for Research Strategies, a multi-disciplinary Colorado-based research and evaluation company.

Description: Domo is a Japanese Country Foods restaurant located in Denver, Colorado. This facility also contains a Japanese country museum and a traditional Japanese garden, making Domo a unique dining experience. Chef Gaku Homma is also the founder of Aikido Nippon Kan, located at the same address. Domo Restaurant was chosen by Zagats in its 2001 guide as being the 5th top Japanese restaurant in the United States. It was also selected #1 in the United States for Décor! For more information on traditional Japanese customs and etiquette, the background and uses of traditional ingredients, and country recipes, try reading The Folk Art of Japanese Country Cooking, A Traditional Diet for Today's World written by head chef and owner of Domo Restaurant, Gaku Homma.

Where we are going: Domo is on 1365 Osage Street (80204); 303-595-3666. http://www.domorestaurant.com/index.html

How we get there: We will walk 1 block south to the Colorado Convention Center light rail station. Then we will take the D, F, or H Southbound train. We will exit at the first stop (Auraria Station/Colfax) and walk West (towards the mountains) for .3 miles. Turn left (South) on Osage Street (by the McDonalds). We will continue walking 1.5 blocks until we get to 1365 Osage Street. Domo is on the right hand (West) side of the street. In case of inclement weather, the group will take a taxi. Be prepared to spend $10 round trip for the taxi.

Anticipated Expenses: $30+

Departure time: Depart at 6:10 P.M. for 6:30 P.M. reservation.

Departure location: The Mineral Hall Foyer of the Hyatt Regency, adjacent to the AEA Registration Desk - look for the signs for Night Out #6.The Mineral Hall Foyer, adjacent to the AEA Registration Desk.

Maximum number of attendees: 13

  1. Marc Shapiro

  2. Stephanie Herbers

  3. Linda Fellion

  4. Michelle Tarsilla

  5. Paul Frankel

  6. Michelle Halpern

  7. Sharon Stout

  8. Stefanie Winfield

  9. Teresa Kelly

To sign up: All Nights Out Preconference Signups are now closed as we have departed for Denver. If you would like to sign up on site, the lists will be available on a board in the registration area beginning on Wednesday morning.

If you have questions about these “Fine Dining” outings, please email Kathleen Tinworth, at Kathleen.Tinworth@dmns.org


Night Out #7: Award-Winning Seafood in the Rocky Mountains

What: Dinner at Jax Fish House

Your host: David Bernstein is a Senior Study Director and Senior Evaluation Specialist with Westat, and is the current chair of the Government Evaluation TIG. David is based in Lancaster County, PA, and is an avid photographer and fan of live music (especially Bruce Springsteen).

Description: Jax Fish House was voted one of the top 10 ten Best Restaurants in Denver by 5280 Magazine and named Best Seafood Restaurant by Westword and Citysearch; Jax Fish House is one of Denver's most popular destinations for unforgettable food and drink. Enjoy varied dishes like Peanut Oil Seared Tombo with sticky rice, soy, cucumber-peanut relish to Pan Seared Sea Scallops, pea shoot risotto, peas, zucchini, peppered fromage blanc. Jax’s famous Raw Bar features a variety of fresh oysters, clams, chilled Alaskan King Crab and live Maine lobsters, all flown in daily.

Where we are going: Jax Fish House is at 1539 17th Street; 303-292-5767; http://www.jaxfishhousedenver.com/

How we get there: We will take the free 16th Street Mall shuttle Northwest to Blake (one street after Market), and then walk right on Blake. At 17th Street we will take a left to end at Jax Fish House.

Anticipated expenses: $40+ (light fare and a beverage available for about $20).

Departure time: 7:15 P.M. for a 7:30 P.M. dinner reservation.

Departure location: The Mineral Hall Foyer of the Hyatt Regency, adjacent to the AEA Registration Desk - look for the signs for Night Out #7.The Mineral Hall Foyer, adjacent to the AEA Registration Desk. Due to the difficulty of serving large groups with individual checks, please bring cash for your Nights Out costs. You will be provided with a receipt in the event you need it for expense reimbursement. Please let us know if you would like us to advise the manager for your event regarding any accessibility needs that will help ensure your comfort.

Maximum number of participants: 11

  1. Yelena Thomas

  2. Louise Miller

  3. Jeff Witten

  4. Bernice Campbell

  5. Carol Mutch

  6. Lisa Rajigah

  7. Jing Feng

  8. Aubrie Swan

  9. Cerissa Fulmer

  10. Pauline Blanchard

  11. Nicole Michaud

To sign up: Sign-Ups for this Night Out are now CLOSED as of 10/24/08 

If you have questions about these “Fine Dining” outings, please email Kathleen Tinworth, at Kathleen.Tinworth@dmns.org


Night Out #8: Latin and Brazilian Sounds and Flavors

What: Dinner at The Samba Roo

Your hosts: Jody Fitzpatrick and Alexandra Mitchell. Jody has been on the AEA Board, was Associate Editor of AJE, and is on the Editorial Boards of AJE and NDE. She is currently working on the 4th edition of Program Evaluation: Alternative Approaches and Practical Guidelines with Blaine Worthen and Jim Sanders. Her recently-published book is Evaluation in Action: Interviews with expert evaluators, which is based on interviews with evaluators about one evaluation they have conducted. She has been a faculty member in public administration at University of Colorado Denver for many years. Alex is an evaluation and organizational development consultant. She currently serves as research associate for The Conference of Southwest Foundations, and is working on several Colorado Trust projects including providing capacity-building TA under the foundation’s Healthy Aging Initiatives, and serving on the evaluation team for The Colorado Trust’s new Advocacy Evaluation project. Prior to working independently, Alex worked for many years with the REFT Institute, Inc. She has also been a non-profit director, and a high school and university-level instructor.

Description: Samba Room offers a menu that marries award-winning Latin Fusion Cuisine – grilled meats, fresh fish, and sushi, artfully blended with exotic fruits and rare spices. Samba Room offers an international wine list with 70 selections from north and south of the equator, 25 of which are available by the half-glass, glass, or half-bottle quartino.

Where we are going: Samba Room, 1460 Larimer Street (80202); 720-956-1701; http://www.sambaroom.net/

How we get there: We will take the 16th Street free shuttle Northwest to Larimer (one block past Lawrence), and then take a left of Larimer and walk two blocks to Samba Room.

Anticipated expenses: $30+

Departure time: 6:30 P.M. for 6:45 P.M. reservation. 

Departure location: The Mineral Hall Foyer of the Hyatt Regency, adjacent to the AEA Registration Desk - look for the signs for Night Out #8. Due to the difficulty of serving large groups with individual checks, please bring cash for your Nights Out costs. You will be provided with a receipt in the event you need it for expense reimbursement. Please let us know if you would like us to advise the manager for your event regarding any accessibility needs that will help ensure your comfort.

Maximum number of participants: 12

  1. Mickey Stevenson

  2. Steven Axelrad

  3. Vathsala Stone

  4. Kristen Law

  5. Margarida Southard

  6. Jason Forney

  7. Charles Collins

  8. Erin Droege

  9. Rusti Bernet

  10. Annie LaTour

  11. Stacie Sormano

  12. Eric Graig

To sign up: Sign-Ups for this Night Out are now CLOSED as of 10/25/08 

If you have questions about these “Fine Dining” outings, please email Kathleen Tinworth, at Kathleen.Tinworth@dmns.org


Night Out #9: Going Green: An Environmentally-Friendly Night of Delicious Vegetarian Food

What: Dinner at WaterCourse

Your hosts: Wendy DuBow and Tanya Beer. Wendy works at National Research Center in Boulder. A long time ago, she grew up in San Diego. As a result, she counts herself as the one person living in Boulder who does not love it unconditionally. She will try to restrain herself from complaining about the November weather to anyone who lives East of Colorado. Tanya is an Evaluation Officer at The Colorado Trust, a private health foundation in Denver. Aside from wringing her hands over the recurring “gold standard” debate on EVALTALK, Tanya spends most of her time wondering why she’s not on a mountain.

Description: Public transit and veggie food, what better way to explore the town? For the past 10 years WaterCourse Foods has enjoyed local, national and international acclaim for its lovingly prepared vegetarian comfort food and sumptuous baked goods. Menu options range from yummy tofu scrambles to Thai peanut stir fry. Watercourse’s philosophy, like the food, is simple and accessible. By maintaining a completely vegetarian menu, they minimize the environmental footprint and provide a welcome alternative to many restaurants in the city. In addition to the food they serve and vendors they choose, WaterCourse is dedicated to reducing otheir negative environmental impact by recycling everything it we can, including fryer oil that is converted into bio-diesel.

Where we are going: WaterCourse Foods, 837 E. 17th Ave (80218); 303-832-7313; http://www.watercoursefoods.com/.

How we get there: We will walk Northeast to 17th Street and take a quick (8 -minutes) bus ride on the #20 at 7:20 P.M. from 17th Street and Welton to 17th Avenue and Clarkson.

Anticipated expenses: $16+. Bus fare is $1.75. Bring exact change.

Departure time: 7:05 P.M for a 7:20 P.M. bus (#20) (or a taxi if preferred for less than $5 per person), and a 7:30 P.M. dinner reservation. 

Departure location: The Mineral Hall Foyer of the Hyatt Regency, adjacent to the AEA Registration Desk - look for the signs for Night Out #9.The Mineral Hall Foyer, adjacent to the AEA Registration Desk. Due to the difficulty of serving large groups with individual checks, please bring cash for your Nights Out costs. You will be provided with a receipt in the event you need it for expense reimbursement. Please let us know if you would like us to advise the manager for your event regarding any accessibility needs that will help ensure your comfort.

Maximum number of participants: 15

  1. Daphne LaDue

  2. Helga Stokes

  3. Kristi Lekies

  4. Yeva Avakyan

  5. Jill Bomberger

  6. Patricia Zerounian

  7. Susan Rogers

  8. Jeanette Harder

  9. Valarie Schamper

  10. River Dunavin

  11. Susan Wolfe

  12. Kimberly McCollum

  13. Andrea Velasquez

  14. Alicia Norris

  15. Cady Berkel

To sign up: Sign-Ups for this Night Out are now CLOSED as of 10/8/08 

If you have questions about these “Fine Dining” outings, please email Kathleen Tinworth, at Kathleen.Tinworth@dmns.org


Night Out #10: A Denver Landmark – The Brown Palace

What: Dinner at the Ship Tavern in the Brown Palace, known for its burgers, steak, seafood and ale.

Your hosts: Rosalie Torres and Cindy Elby. Rosalie is the Principal of Torres Consulting Group, an evaluation and management consulting firm specializing in the feedback-based development of programs and organizations, in operation since 1992. A former resident of Colorado, Rosalie began her career in evaluation in 1978 and since then has served in both internal and external evaluator roles. She is a past-member of the AEA Board; and has authored/co-authored numerous books and articles articulating practice-based theories of evaluation use; the relationship between evaluation and individual, team, and organizational learning; and effective strategies for communicating and reporting evaluation findings. Among them are: Evaluation Strategies for Communicating and Reporting: Enhancing Learning in Organizations, 2nd edition (Sage, 2005), and Evaluative Inquiry for Learning in Organizations (Sage, 1999). Her current research and practice interests are in: the use of logic models in the design, implementation, and evaluation of large-scale, multi-level education reform efforts; the involvement of university faculty in K-12 education; and the development and use of evaluation systems within organizations. Cindy works as the Director of Program Quality Support for Nurse-Family Partnership and supports evaluation and quality improvement of programs nationwide. She’ll be happy to answer your questions about Denver and Colorado.

Description: Steeped in rich history and tradition, The Brown Palace Hotel and Spa sets the standard for chic comfort and style in Denver Colorado hotel accommodations. Home to some of the region's best prime rib, the Ship Tavern serves lunch and dinner in a vintage pub atmosphere. An excellent choice for sports viewing, the Tavern features exceptional micro-brewed beer and wine selections, and live entertainment Wednesday through Saturday evenings.

Where we are going: 321 17th Street (80202); (303-) 297-3111 http://www.brownpalace.com/pdf/Ship_Tavern_Dinner_Menu_08.pdf 

How we get there: We will take the free 16th Street Mall shuttle Southeast to Tremont. Then we will go left on Tremont to Broadway. The Brown Palace is the triangular building bordered by Tremont, Broadway, and 17th.

Anticipated expenses: $40 plus beverages.

Departure time: 7:15 P.M. for a 7:30 P.M. reservation.

Departure location: The Mineral Hall Foyer of the Hyatt Regency, adjacent to the AEA Registration Desk - look for the signs for Night Out #10.The Mineral Hall Foyer, adjacent to the AEA Registration Desk. Due to the difficulty of serving large groups with individual checks, please bring cash for your Nights Out costs. You will be provided with a receipt in the event you need it for expense reimbursement. Please let us know if you would like us to advise the manager for your event regarding any accessibility needs that will help ensure your comfort.

Maximum number of attendees: 9

 

  1. Bonnie Houk

  2. Lisa Chaney

  3. Kim Lamers-Bellio

  4. Deborah Wasserman

  5. Michael Burke

  6. Michelle Gibbens

  7. Sandra Staklis

  8. Ronda Zakocs

To sign up: All Nights Out Preconference Signups are now closed as we have departed for Denver. If you would like to sign up on site, the lists will be available on a board in the registration area beginning on Wednesday morning.

If you have questions about these “Fine Dining” outings, please email Kathleen Tinworth, at Kathleen.Tinworth@dmns.org 


Denver Hot Spots

These Night Out Events showcase some of the unique places in downtown LoDo (Lower Downtown). Adventure to some of the best venues for music and entertainment. Many of these events are also often accompanied by dinner.


Night Out #11: Cherry Creek North – Home Shopping and Dinner

What: Shopping at Crate and Barrel, Room and Board, and HW Home followed by dinner at NoRTH.

Your host: Sam Larson is a Senior Manager of Integrative Services in Population and Prevention Services at Kaiser Permanente Colorado. This is a new department focused on knowledge management, evaluation and integrating the delivery of care. When not working, Sam is raising two active kids, making time for an incredible husband, and always looking for an opportunity to read more fiction.

Description: Cherry Creek North is Denver’s original shopping and dining neighborhood. Nothing else in Denver is quite like this 16 blocks filled with boutiques, restaurants, galleries, spas and salons. Each with a shade, a flavor, a mood you won’t find anywhere else. Evening hours find many locally-owned stores closing, but the home stores of Crate and Barrel, Room and Board, HW Home and others – all within two blocks of each other –stay open. Get a leg up on that Holiday shopping or forgo the focus on friends and family shopping and indulge yourself with this leisurely tour of some truly fun stores. With all those calories expended shopping, we’ll walk across the street to NoRTH. Taking its cue from an Italian trattoria, NoRTH offers a contemporary approach to Modern Italian Cuisine. North has an urban feel, with sleek interiors and a sexy atmosphere. The carefully thought out menu highlights unique antipasti which reflects the best of the season, wood fired pizzas, inventive pasta dishes and secondi that feature many wood roasted and grilled dishes.

Where we are going: Cherry Creek North, located at 1st and University, is approximately 5 miles Southeast of downtown. For more information on stores and dining go to: http://www.cherrycreeknorth.com

How we get there: Sam will drive up to 6 people to Cherry Creek North – about a 10 minute drive.

Anticipated expenses: $15--$25

Departure time: 6:10 P.M. for shopping and a ____ 7:30 P.M reservation at NoRTH.

Departure location: The Mineral Hall Foyer of the Hyatt Regency, adjacent to the AEA Registration Desk - look for the signs for Night Out #11.The Mineral Hall Foyer, adjacent to the AEA Registration Desk and Sam will escort you to her vehicle. Due to the difficulty of serving large groups with individual checks, please bring cash for your Nights Out costs. You will be provided with a receipt in the event you need it for expense reimbursement. Please let us know if you would like us to advise the manager for your event regarding any accessibility needs that will help ensure your comfort.

Maximum number of participants: 6. You will need to sign a release form since this event is using private transportation, and this form will be available at the meeting location before your departure.

  1.  Hans Knudsen

  2. Maria Fernanda Farinha

  3. Annabel Jackson

  4. Jean Auguste Barthelemy Batieno

To sign up: All Nights Out Preconference Signups are now closed as we have departed for Denver. If you would like to sign up on site, the lists will be available on a board in the registration area beginning on Wednesday morning.

If you have questions about these “Hot Spot” outings, please email Kristi Jackson, the outings coordinator, at kjackson@queri.com.


Night Out #12: Take a Walk on the Wild Side

What: 6:15 P.M. tour to hear the tales of the rough and tumble characters that gave Denver its start.

Your hosts: Kevin Pharris of Denver History Tours turned an interest in history into a profession and delivers the stories with shameless enthusiasm; he plans to do it until stampeded by some bison. Maurene Flory works for the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE); she prefers not to be stampeded by bison. 

Description: The people who dared to venture west were usually not the most upright and proper of folks. It took a whole lot of daring to think one could make it in the West. These people knew what they wanted and were often willing to do whatever it took to get it, even if that wasn't entirely legal. The tour ends at the Wynkoop Brewery, where free beer samples will be made available to salute the figures of the past and take the edge off the thirst any walking tour inspires. One of the city’s most popular brewpubs (and also the biggest), the Wynkoop was founded by current Denver mayor John Hickenlooper. The tour will take approximately 1.5 hours.

Where we are going: LoDo (Lower Downtown Denver) is the location for the tour, ending at the Wynkoop Brewery (1634 18th St. approx. 1 mi from the Hyatt Regency). The Denver History Tours webpage is www.denverhistorytours.com; 720-234-7929. The Wynkoop is on 1635 18th Street (corner of 18th and Wynkoop); (80202) 303-297-2700; http://www.wynkoop.com/

How we get there: The walking tour will depart from the Hyatt Regency and wind its way to the Wynkoop Brewery. Participants can either walk back to their hotel (less than 1 mile) or make use of the free 16th Street Mall shuttle.

Anticipated expenses: $20 per person (includes tour and beer tasting at the@ Wynkoop Brewery); Participants may want to stay at the Wynkoop and enjoy an evening meal together or continue on to any of the many nearby dining establishments. 

Departure time: 6:10 P.M.

Departure location: The Mineral Hall Foyer of the Hyatt Regency, adjacent to the AEA Registration Desk - look for the signs for Night Out #12. Due to the difficulty of serving large groups with individual checks, please bring cash for your Nights Out costs. You will be provided with a receipt in the event you need it for expense reimbursement. Please let us know if you would like us to advise the manager for your event regarding any accessibility needs that will help ensure your comfort.

Maximum number of attendees: 40 (a second tour will be added if more than 20 people would like to participate, with no more than 20 in a group.)

  1. Paula Plonski

  2. Carrie Hall

  3. Susan Derrick

  4. Helen Blier

  5. Charlene Weir

  6. Kennon Jackson

  7. Mary Worzala

  8. Cindy Cai

  9. Jeremy Lonsdale

  10. Pertti Korteniemi

  11. Dean Jackson

  12. Ione Farrar

  13. Eileen Robertson

  14. Christy Derrick

  15. Liz Leighton

  16. Vicky D'Alfonso

  17. Sharon Sharpe

  18. Dale Abell

  19. Natalie Abell

  20. Rosaline Zylstra

  21. Joelle Greene

  22. Doreen Finkelstein

  23. Susan Torrie

  24. Stacy Barnes

  25. Carrie Graham

  26. Sherri Bisset

  27. Lory Hovsepian

  28. Katherine Bendell

  29. Parastoo Jamshidi

  30. Rebecca Glover-Kudon

  31. Eliane Turner

  32. Maya Thet

  33. Cathy Maltbie

  34. Adele Liskov

  35. Katherine Webb-Martinez

  36. Melinda Hess

To sign up: All Nights Out Preconference Signups are now closed as we have departed for Denver. If you would like to sign up on site, the lists will be available on a board in the registration area beginning on Wednesday morning.

If you have questions about these “Hot Spot” outings, please email Kristi Jackson, the outings coordinator, at kjackson@queri.com.


Night Out #13: An Evening of Jazz with Dotsero at Jazz@Jacks

What: Listing to live music and networking at Jazz@Jacks.

Your hosts: Mariana Enriquez-Olmos and Antonio Olmos. Mariana has been providing program evaluation services in Denver for 10 years. She is the Director of Education Research at the Center for Research Strategies. Antonio is the Director of Evaluation and Research at the Mental Health Center of Denver where he’s been for almost 10 years.

Description: We’ll get together for an evening of jazz at Jazz@Jacks, at the Denver Pavilions, a few blocks from the Hyatt Regency. You MUST be 21 to enter, and please bring your ID. Live jazz will be played by Dotsero, a Colorado group that combines jazz, pop, R&B and rock. To the Ute Indians, Dotsero means “something unique.” Dotsero was voted by Denver’s Westword Readers’ Poll as the “Best Jazz Band” in Denver for a record of eleven years in a row. If you would like to dine while you are at the club, their menu is available at: http://jazzatjacks.com/food/index.cfm. Music begins at 8:30 PM and goes until 12:00 AM.

Where we are going: Jazz@Jack's at the Denver Pavilions on.  500 16th Street, Suite 320, (80202); 303-433-1000; http://www.jazzatjacks.com. Entrance is on 16th Street Mall, half street between Glenarm and Tremont.  Jazz@Jacks is on the 3rd floor, above the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory.

How we get there: From the Hyatt Regency we will walk one block North to the 16th Street mall, turn right (Southeast) and walk two blocks to the Denver Pavilions. Go up the stairs to the third level (escalators and elevators available). If you prefer, once you get to the free 16th Street Mall shuttle, you can ride the 16th Street Free Mall Ride two blocks to the Pavilions.

Anticipated expenses: No cover charge. Food and drinks are optional. Drinks range from: Beer $4-$5.50; cocktails $6.75 - $10;  Mmartinis $8-$12; Wine $6.75 - $11. You’ll be asked to run a tab on your credit card. At the end of the evening, you can pay cash or charge your card.

Departure time: 6:15 P.M. for a 6:30 P.M. dinner reservation.

Departure location: The Mineral Hall Foyer of the Hyatt Regency, adjacent to the AEA Registration Desk - look for the signs for Night Out #13. Unlike other venues, this spot requires that you run a tab via a credit card, so please have one available. Please let us know if you would like us to advise the manager for your event regarding any accessibility needs that will help ensure your comfort.

Maximum number of participants: 15

  1. Nancy Tallman

  2. Aletha Martinez

  3. Kas Aruskevich

  4. Shelly Ann Bowen

  5. Kristian Gordon

  6. Gloria Billingsley

  7. Aisha D Fletcher

  8. Debbie Frater

  9. Victor Zvonnikov

  10. Marina Chelyshkova

  11. Angela Moore

  12. David Laverny-Rafter

  13. Raymond Hart

  14. Cheri Hoffman

  15. Hyoun-Kyoung Higgerson

To sign up: Sign-Ups for this Night Out are now CLOSED as of 10/31/08 

If you have questions about these “Hot Spot” outings, please email Kristi Jackson, the outings coordinator, at kjackson@queri.com.


Night Out #14: Dazzling Jazz 

What: Dinner and live jazz at Dazzle Restaurant and Lounge. 

Your host: Susan Sterett and George Julnes. Susan likes to go to both the mountains and museums. She is a mom to a new middle schooler and a professor and chair of political science at the University of Denver. The combination keeps her out of clubs most of the time. George George has been involved with AEA and the evaluation community for two decades, a long-standing commitment that is due almost entirely to how much he likes the people who come to the AEA conferences. Recently relocated from Utah to the University of Baltimore, his main interests are outdoor activities and spending time with family. When not with family or traveling, he spends his time teaching methodology and evaluation and supporting the evaluative efforts of government agencies.

Description: Dazzle Restaurant and Lounge is consistently getting the highest marks from local and national media as one of the top Jazz Clubs in the world! Dazzle presents an authentic Jazz Club experience unlike anything in Colorado. They pride themselves on the high quality of service, food, and drink while providing an intimate showcase of local, national, and international musicians. Named “One of the Top 100 Jazz Clubs in the World” by Downbeat magazine and “Best Jazz Club” by Westword, they strive to be a positive and unique part of the Denver community. Dazzle features a unique and eclectic menu that focuses on great American traditional cuisine with a twist. They cater to a wide variety of tastes with entrees ranging from burgers and pizza to award-winning Mac and Cheese and Pan-Seared Trout.

Where we are going: 930 Lincoln Street (80203); 303-839-5100; http://www.dazzlejazz.com/index.php?s=5

How we get there: We will take the free 16th Street Mall shuttle Southeast to Broadway and then take the 0 bus South on Broadway to 9th Avenue. We’ll walk up a hill East one block to Dazzle at 9th Avenue and Lincoln.

Anticipated expenses: $355+

Departure time: 6:15 P.M. for 6:30 P.M. reservation.

Departure location: The Mineral Hall Foyer of the Hyatt Regency, adjacent to the AEA Registration Desk - look for the signs for Night Out #14.

To sign up: Click here to email Kat Aldridge in the AEA office. In the body of your email, note "Sign me up for Night Out #14" and include your full name and she will get you on the list. Due to the difficulty of serving large groups with individual checks, please bring cash for your Nights Out costs. You will be provided with a receipt in the event you need it for expense reimbursement. Please let us know if you would like us to advise the manager for your event regarding any accessibility needs that will help ensure your comfort.

Maximum number of participants: 102

  1. Heather Dolphin

  2. Linda Haas-Manley

  3. Hanne Sondergard Pedersen

  4. Missy Coffey

  5. John Stevenson

  6. Kristine Chadwick

  7. Patria Julnes

  8. Kate Averill

  9. Francois Dumane  

  10. Stella Hargett

To sign up: Sign-Ups for this Night Out are now CLOSED as of 10/30/08 

If you have questions about these “Hot Spot” outings, please email Kristi Jackson, the outings coordinator, at kjackson@queri.com.


Night Out #15: Burgers and Back-Country Adventures

What: Dinner at local, hidden favorite, My Brother’s Bar, then a visit to the nearby REI flagship store (indoor and outdoor recreation equipment).

Your hosts: Augie Diana and Heather MacGillivary. Augie is a beach volleyball enthusiast and biking fanatic who, in his spare time, manages a portfolio of grants for the National Institute on Drug Abuse Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) grant program. Though based in the DC area, Augie’s heart is still in Colorado. Heather is a home improvement junkie who lives less than a mile away in case anyone wants to hang drywall after dinner. Heather is a doctoral student at University of Colorado Boulder but may become a plumber if that doesn't work out.

Description: My Brother’s Bar was originally known as the Highland House as far back as 1873, and eventually known as Paul's Place (a favorite spot of Beat fella Neal Cassady); today it's known for burgers and beer. But not just any burgers or any beer -- the latest owners have taken pains to put together a high-quality yet basic menu. You won't find anything but the best brews on tap and the burgers, as simple as they sound, have acquired legendary status. REI is located in the restored 1901 Denver Tramway building, just around the corner from My Brother’s Bar. The Denver Flagship store is a complete outdoor resource, a historic landmark and an award-winning architectural accomplishment. Come gear up for your next adventure. Don't miss the interactive features, including mountain bike trails, and a 45-foot climbing wall.

Where we are going: First, dinner at My Brother’s Bar at 2376 15th St, (80202) (corner of 15th St. and Platte); 303-455-9991. Then, a visit to the REI flagship store at 1416 Platte St. (80202); (303-) 756-3100; http://www.rei.com/stores/18

How we get there: We will take the 16th Street Shuttle Northwest to 16th and Wynkoop. Then we will walk a few blocks to the bridge that crosses the Platte River. Note that the bridge is a long series of stairs, and alternative arrangements will need to be made if stair climbing/descending is a barrier. After crossing on the bridge we will take a left and walk a block on Platte Street to My Brother’s Bar. Continuing in the same direction after dinner (and on the same block) we will head West toward REI. The walk is approximately .5 miles after disembarking from the free shuttle. 

Anticipated expenses: $12 for dinner; additional for drinks. REI is free entry, but you might want to purchase something when you see all of their amazing equipment!!

Departure time: 6:15 P.M. for a 6:30 P.M. dinner reservation.

Departure location: The Mineral Hall Foyer of the Hyatt Regency, adjacent to the AEA Registration Desk - look for the signs for Night Out #15. Due to the difficulty of serving large groups with individual checks, please bring cash for your Nights Out costs. You will be provided with a receipt in the event you need it for expense reimbursement. Please let us know if you would like us to advise the manager for your event regarding any accessibility needs that will help ensure your comfort.

Maximum number of participants: 12

  1. Jeremiah Johnson

  2. Beth Welbes

  3. Deena Murphy

  4. Phillip Graham

  5. Su Wild River

  6. Lakshmy Menon

  7. Taj Carson

  8. Lacy Mayes

  9. Taj Carson

  10. Lacy Mayes

  11. Hisamichi Yamazaki

  12. Katie Maggard

To sign up: Sign-Ups for this Night Out are now CLOSED as of 10/30/08 

If you have questions about these “Hot Spot” outings, please email Kristi Jackson, the outings coordinator, at kjackson@queri.com.


Night Out #16: An Unlikely Pairing: Denver’s Best Books and Pizza

What: Browsing the booklovers paradise of the Tattered Cover Bookstore and then going for pizza at the infamous Wazee Supper Club.

Your hosts: Kaye Boeke and Gretchen Mann. Despite having stuffy titles like "research and policy analyst" and "supervisory survey statistician," Kaye can loosen up with the best of them. A recovering Midwesterner (from Fargo, dontcha know!), she loves the Colorado sunshine and everything the greater Denver area has to offer. Gretchen is always up for an adventure whether it is digging treasure (coins, buttons, and unidentified objects) out of her latest upholstery project or traipsing across foreign soil with friends in search of unique cultural experiences. Such a busy person, it is amazing how she finds time for her real job of providing research and evaluation services in the Denver area for the past 15 years.

Description: Tattered Cover Bookstore is a reader’s paradise and one of the largest independent bookstores in the U.S. The store is located in historic Lower Downtown in the restored Morey Mercantile Building at the end of the 16th Street Mall, near Union Station and Coors Field. It offers two stories of books with the added comfort of curling up by the fire in comfortable antique furnishings, bathed in lamplight. It is often the scene of many readings, autographing, and literary events throughout the year, and boasts a cozy coffee shop and extensive newsstand. Wazee Supper Club is surrounded by brick and stone reminders of Denver's colorful past. It has long been an inevitable destination for social gatherers. A classic black and white tile floor is framed by depression-era wainscoting and overhung by gas lights dating from turn-of-the-century Milwaukee. For people making their first trip to this Denver institution, they will discover the eccentricity of the converted 1937 garage door opener currently used in a dumbwaiter capacity to shuttle food and drinks.

Where we are going: The Tattered Cover downtown is at 1628 16th Street (16th at Wynkoop) (80202); 303-436-1070; http://www.tatteredcover.com/NASApp/store/IndexJsp. The Wazee Supper Club is at 15th and Wazee (80202); 303-.623-.9518; www.wazeesupperclub.com

How we get there: We will take the free 16th Street Mall shuttle Northwest to Wazee. Then we will walk across the 16th Street Mall to the Tattered Cover. After a browse in the store we will meet in the lobby at 7:20 P.M. and walk Southwest one block to Wazee Supper Club.

Anticipated expenses: The Tattered Cover Bookstore is free, unless you plan on shopping. Wazee Supper Club is approximately $20-$25 per person.

Departure time: 6:20 P.M. for book browsing at 6:30 P.M. and then a 7:30 P.M. dinner reservation.

Departure location: The Mineral Hall Foyer of the Hyatt Regency, adjacent to the AEA Registration Desk - look for the signs for Night Out #16.The Mineral Hall Foyer, adjacent to the AEA Registration Desk. Due to the difficulty of serving large groups with individual checks, please bring cash for your Nights Out costs. You will be provided with a receipt in the event you need it for expense reimbursement. Please let us know if you would like us to advise the manager for your event regarding any accessibility needs that will help ensure your comfort.

Maximum number of participants: 13

  1. Sabrina Liccardo

  2. Sarah Ferry

To sign up: All Nights Out Preconference Signups are now closed as we have departed for Denver. If you would like to sign up on site, the lists will be available on a board in the registration area beginning on Wednesday morning.

If you have questions about these “Hot Spot” outings, please email Kristi Jackson, the outings coordinator, at kjackson@queri.com.


Night Out #17: Comedy Definitely Works!

What: An evening of laughter at Denver’s premier stand-up comedy club, Comedy Works. This provides a chance to decompress after a day of attending AEA sessions. 

Your hosts: Mya Martin-Glenn and Nancy Zuercher of JVA Consulting. Mya has worked for the last eight years in educational research and evaluation in the Denver Metro area. She is currently a Senior Research Associate at JVA Consulting. In her spare time, she has a passion for knitting and participating in 5K events, although not at the same time. Nancy is a Research Associate at JVA Consulting and enjoys helping nonprofits evaluate their programs. She also enjoys traveling and playing “Rock Band” on her Xbox 360 and is trying to figure out how to incorporate all three into one job description.

Description: Since 1981, Comedy Works has been Denver’s destination for the very best in stand-up comedy. In their 25+ years, audiences, A-list comedians and even USA Today have recognized it as being one of the top comedy clubs in the nation. In addition to showcasing the brightest and funniest comics from across the country, they take pride in developing new talent and nurturing the local stand-up comedy scene through New Talent Night, comedy contests, etc. The Act for Nov 6th at the nearby Larimer Square location is John Caparulo. http://www.comedyworks.com/Members/Event.aspx?cid=313

Where we are going: Comedy Works is at 1226 15th Street (80202); (303-) 595-3637; www.comedyworks.com

How we get there: We will take the free 16th Street Mall shuttle Northwest to Lawrence (one street after Arapahoe). Then we will walk one block left to 1226 15th Street (between Larimer and Lawrence on 15th Street).

Anticipated expenses: $35 (ticket purchase plus a two-item minimum that can be food or drink). The food is a simple fare of french fries, sandwiches, etc. You may wish to dine prior to the event.

Departure time: 7:00 P.M.

Departure location: The Mineral Hall Foyer of the Hyatt Regency, adjacent to the AEA Registration Desk - look for the signs for Night Out #17.The Mineral Hall Foyer, adjacent to the AEA Registration Desk. Due to the difficulty of serving large groups with individual checks, please bring cash for your Nights Out costs. You will be provided with a receipt in the event you need it for expense reimbursement. Please let us know if you would like us to advise the manager for your event regarding any accessibility needs that will help ensure your comfort.

Maximum number of attendees: 15

  1. Mariann O'Keefe

  2. Janis Koch

  3. Jennifer Camacho

  4. Amanda Schafer

  5. Tosha Cantrell-Bruce

  6. Juliet Dulles

  7. Sheetal Malhotra

  8. Christine King

  9. Gary Walby

To sign up: All Nights Out Preconference Signups are now closed as we have departed for Denver. If you would like to sign up on site, the lists will be available on a board in the registration area beginning on Wednesday morning.

After you sign up, be sure to pre-purchase your general admission ticket for the 8:00 P.M. November 6 show.

10/28/08 Note: The comedian that was scheduled for this night has cancelled his performance. Comedy Works is going to fill the session with another comedian for the evening, which isHippieman’s Plan for America.  Link: http://www.comedyworks.com/Members/Event.aspx?cid=112

Purchase tickets online or via telephone at www.comedyworks.com; 303-595-3637. Because we will be arriving together, we will be able to sit together with our general admission tickets. If you do not pre-purchase tickets you may find that the event is sold-out prior to your arrival!

If you have questions about these “Hot Spot” outings, please email Kristi Jackson, the outings coordinator, at kjackson@queri.com.


Night Out #18: Sensational Wines and Improvisational Comedy

What: We’ll stop at Trios Enoteca, a wine bar in the heart of Denver’s historic Lower Downtown (LoDo) area for a bite, then head right next door for an evening of improvisational comedy.

Your hosts: Linda Harrison and Kevin Ford, from the Colorado Division of Criminal Justice. Linda has been involved in program evaluation and data analysis for more years than she is willing to tell. She lives in the mountains west of Denver and loves everything about them. Kevin, a recent transplant from The Colorado College to The Division of Criminal Justice, is learning to swim the sea of government acronyms as a statistical analyst. He also enjoys hiking, choral singing, and, to maintain a state of detente with his partner, square dancing.

Description: Trios Enoteca is an independent Wine Bar featuring 40+ wines by the glass, a full bar, and an extensive menu of tapas, appetizers, pizzas, and larger fare. Trios Enoteca is located in the heart of Denver's historic lower downtown. The building was constructed in 1882, and is one of the oldest buildings downtown with state and national historic designations. The Impulse Theater, located in Denver's famous Wynkoop Brewing Company, is a wildly funny mix of comedy, theater and audience interaction. Each performance features a quick-witted cast that will keep you laughing from start to finish with fully improvised comedy.

Where we are going: Trios Enoteca is located at 1730 Wynkoop Street (80202); 303-293-2887; www.triosenoteca.com. The Impulse Theater is located at 1634 18th Street (80202); 303-297-2111; www.impulsetheater.com

How we get there: We will take the free 16th Street Mall shuttle Northwest to Wynkoop (one street past Blake). Then we’ll walk to the right 1.5 blocks to Trios Enoteca.

Anticipated expenses: Dinner Dinner around $15, tickets are $18. Full expenses about $35, plus tips and drinks.

Departure time: 6:15 P.M. for a 6:30 P.M. reservation at Trios Enoteca. The show at the Impulse Theater begins at 8:00 P.M. and we will be seated at 7:45.

Departure location: The Mineral Hall Foyer of the Hyatt Regency, adjacent to the AEA Registration Desk - look for the signs for Night Out #18. Due to the difficulty of serving large groups with individual checks, please bring cash for your Nights Out costs. You will be provided with a receipt in the event you need it for expense reimbursement. Please let us know if you would like us to advise the manager for your event regarding any accessibility needs that will help ensure your comfort.

To sign up:  Sign-Ups for this Night Out are now CLOSED as of 10/8/08 

Maximum number of attendees: 102. Seating is general admission and you should purchase tickets in advance at 303-297-2111. Be sure to tell the agent that you are with the “AEA group” when you make your reservations. Tickets will be picked up at the box office the night of the show.

  1. Veli-Pekka Sinervuo

  2. Joel Nadler

  3. Meghan Lowery

  4. Teresa McCoy

  5. Michael Lambur

  6. Tia Neely Kauffman

  7. Sherri Lauver

  8. Jennifer Van Stelle

  9. David Blum

  10. Maria Schefter

If you have questions about these “Hot Spot” outings, please email Kristi Jackson, the outings coordinator, at kjackson@queri.com.


Night Out #19: Night Owls Unite!

What: A late dinner at Marlowe’s and a night of dancing at one of Denver’s most unique clubs, the Church.

Your hosts: Donna Mertens and Susan Krebs. Donna is a past president of AEA, having served on the Board from 1997-2002, during which time she pursued AEA's positioning with regard to diversity and international issues. She is the editor of the forthcoming Sage Handbook of Social Research Ethics (with Pauline Ginsberg) and author of Transformative Research and Evaluation (Guilford) and Research and Evaluation in Education and Psychology (Sage). She is a Professor of research and program evaluation at Gallaudet University in Washington DC. Susan, while still deciding what she will be when she grows up, has tried her hand at Electrical Engineering, school board director, skydiver, chocolate connoisseur, and social service director. Currently, she is working on two PhDs in Education with emphases in leadership and educational policy, and research and evaluation methodology.

Description: Dinner at Marlowe’s, a locally-owned and operated hot-spot, specializing in chops, steak, and seafood. Marlowe’s is located in the Historic Kittredge Building, built in 1891 by Charles Marble Kittredge and his father Cornelias Van Ness Kittredge. When constructed, the seven- story skyscraper was to be Denver's tallest and first modern office building. The building's design, which embodied steel beams, iron columns, and a granite and rhyolite façade, also included such newfangled accouterments as electricity, steam heat, fireproofing and elevators! Then we are off to a night of dancing at The Church. Housed in an old Gothic church, the Church hosts a mainstream of retro-infused music. On Thursdays the Main floor has national and international DJs. Downstairs is DJ Danny (Hip Hop & Old School) and DJ Tim (Retro & Electronica). The Church's bartenders sling martinis, beers and shots dropped into energy drinks for the hipster masses that continually crowd this Denver nightclub. When the nationally and internationally touted local DJs are dropping mad beats and you need a breather, check out the roof top deck for a stellar view of Denver. The club opens at 9 P.M.

Where we are going: Marlowe’s is at 501 16th Street (80202); 303-595-3700; www.marlowesdenver.com. The Church night club is at 1160 Lincoln Street (80203); 303-832-3528; http://www.coclubs.com/church/churchMain.html.

How we get there: We will walk from the Hyatt Regency Northwest to the 16th Street Mall and then take a right to Glenarm (one street past Welton). After dinner we will catch a taxi to the Church which is 9 blocks away.

Anticipated expenses: Dinner at Marlowe’s can run $30-$40, and tickets to the Church can be pre-purchased for $10-$20 depending on the show. Round trip taxi ride will be approximately $8 per person.

Departure time: 7:30 P.M. for a 7:45 P.M dinner reservation and then a departure for The Church at 8:55 P.M.

Departure location: The Mineral Hall Foyer of the Hyatt Regency, adjacent to the AEA Registration Desk - look for the signs for Night Out #19.The Mineral Hall Foyer, adjacent to the AEA Registration Desk. Due to the difficulty of serving large groups with individual checks, please bring cash for your Nights Out costs. You will be provided with a receipt in the event you need it for expense reimbursement. Please let us know if you would like us to advise the manager for your event regarding any accessibility needs that will help ensure your comfort.

Maximum number of attendees: 10

  1. Nicholas Hoffman

  2. Nicole Cundiff

  3. Joel Heikes

  4. Patricia Moore Shaffer

  5. Liezl Coetzee

  6. Chad Green

  7. Pauline Ginsberg

  8. Barbara Iversen

  9. Srik Gopalakrishnan

  10. Hilary Oliphant

To sign up: Sign-Ups for this Night Out are now CLOSED as of 10/16/08 

If you have questions about these “Hot Spot” outings, please email Kristi Jackson, the outings coordinator, at kjackson@queri.com.