Denver news in 5 minutes: What you need to know today, April 30

"A Two-Faced Guy," 1969. The opening of a show of Alexander Calder's work at the Denver Botanic Gardens, April 28, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)denver botanic gardens; alexander calder; art; sculpture; kevinjbeaty; museum; denver; denverite; colorado;
"A Two-Faced Guy," 1969. The opening of a show of Alexander Calder's work at the Denver Botanic Gardens, April 28, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) denver botanic gardens; alexander calder; art; sculpture; kevinjbeaty; museum; denver; denverite; colorado;
“A Two-Faced Guy,” 1969. The opening of a show of Alexander Calder’s work at the Denver Botanic Gardens, April 28, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

For some reason, I always think of the best weekend plans on Sunday while I’m at work. So here, live out my idea:

First, go to the Zang Mansion as part of Doors Open Denver, then swing by the new Calder exhibit at the Denver Botanic Gardens. Of course, in this vision, you are also feeling enriched after reading today’s need to know news, so read on.

Will Denver water down exemptions for parking?

Despite the fact that existing policy encourages alternate forms of transit, and that changes could make housing more expensive, city council will consider amending parking exemptions. Read this piece to get caught up. (DP)

Snow totals

It’s not snowing anymore, which means you can now take these totals and scrupulously review them for office bragging rights. Yes, you all shook snow off your branches, but who shook off the most snow? (CBS Denver)

Denver hopes to minimize deportations with sentencing change

Mayor Michael Hancock proposed reducing the sentences of most municipal offenses to less than a year in jail so that fewer people will be eligible for deportation. Currently, Immigration and Customs Enforcement is allowed to seek automatic deportations in some cases where jail time is over a year long. (Denver7)

Another reason to try Hillstone

Well, I’ve wanting to try this restaurant chain ever since I read this Bon Appetit article, and Ashley confirmed that it’s pretty tasty there. (Denverite)

Six hurt in Parker when car drove through store

South Metro Fire Rescue said in a tweet that the “car traveled front to back” through RNK Running & Walking Saturday afternoon. (AP)

Denver backyard birders embark on scientific study

More than 400 bird enthusiasts will observe night herons, cormorants and several species of milk-white egrets for one of their two citizen-science initiatives. (DP)

Boulder starts $3,700 pilot to address human waste and trash left along creek

Homeless camps are blamed for the waste and trash left behind at Boulder Creek. City council has approved temporary port-a-potties and more frequent camping sweeps to address it. (Daily Camera)

I told you all barn wood was a thing

One store selling reclaimed timber moves $100,000 in old wood each month. (DP)

71-mile High Line Canal gets a vision plan

Stakeholders got together to talk about the resource they all share and decided to make it easier to use. The canal passes through four counties and is more than 100 years old. (DP)