August 2015 Around Town 3


Parker Quest! Teaches Local History

Local families are invited to take a walk through Parker’s history as they look for clues during a scavenger hunt around downtown Parker, beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 29.

In partnership with the Town of Parker and the Parker Historical Society, Douglas County Libraries will lead families through questions, games and activities. Participants will start their quest at the gazebo in O’Brien Park and finish at the Mainstreet Center, where they can also enjoy a special celebration of the old school house’s 100th year, complete with music, games and tours of the history museum.

To register for Parker Quest!, call 303.791.7323 or visit

Local Caterers to be Featured on Eating America

The Food Network’s Anthony Anderson was in town during the 2015 Parker Days festival to film an episode for Eating America with Anthony Anderson.

In the series, Anderson visits festivals across the country to highlight the local food and delicacies.

While in Parker, he interviewed a number of food providers who were on hand for the annual festival, including two local caterers – Rick Seewald of Sweet Lorraine’s Catering & Events, and Jeff Holland of Rory’s Rollin’ Diner and Rory’s Custom Catering.

Seewald prepared an adobo barbecue brisket on a sweet potato waffle with a chipotle aoli sauce, while Holland made a Colorado rabbit tamale dish with prickly pear green chili.

Seewald says he was rewarded when “Anthony liked the brisket so much that even though he’d been eating food all day, he asked for seconds. His staff said that must be really good stuff because he’s been eating all day.”

Holland, whose food truck can be found in downtown Parker on weekdays and at local breweries on weekends, says he tried to elevate the variety of food that is available at carnival-type events. In addition to the rabbit, he offered bison egg rolls and salmon salads–not your typical carnival fare.

Free Concerts in August

Bring a picnic and the whole family to O’Brien Park for free concerts on Sunday afternoons in August, beginning at noon.

Presented by Parker Arts, the concert series starts off Aug. 2, with Tambours Sans Frontiers, which means drums without borders. This traditional Congolese percussion group’s positive and uplifting energy transcends boundaries, uniting people from all walks of life.

On Aug, 9, Pan Jumbies mixes calypso, soca, reggae, ska, jazz, and more, into a vivid world-beat mosaic. Whether you come to listen, to dance, or just for the Caribbean vibe, Pan Jumbies delivers fun and musical artistry for audiences of all ages

Bad Candy will play on Aug. 16. This acoustic cover band plays bluegrass, country, R&B and rock favorites, including songs from the Eagles, Beatles, Tom Petty and Eric Clapton.

On Aug. 23, Manuel Molina, an internationally-known solo guitarist, will perform arrangements of Spanish classics, as well as artistic expressiveness with improvisational guitar.

The August series closes out on Aug. 30 with The Bluzinators, a Parker favorite that plays a unique blend of swing and rhythm and blues, including tunes by Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Tommy Castro, Joe Cocker, Ray Charles, Elvis and, of course, the Blues Brothers.

$10,000 Donation to Help Fund Library Construction

The Cherry Creek Valley (CCV) Rotary of Parker donated $10,000 and became the first organization to lend its name to the new Douglas County Libraries (DCL) building under construction in Parker.

As a result, the club’s name will grace the Fusion media lab planned for the new library.

Library representatives were on hand at the Rotary’s monthly meeting in June to accept the donation.

“We are one of the library district’s many supporters,” says Joy Collins of CCV Rotary. “We are so excited about this opportunity to continue our focus on youth and literacy, and to help fulfill our commitment to enhancing the downtown Parker area.”

The Fusion lab is a digital creativity space featuring technology for creating short films, videos, animation and music, and for other things, such as digitizing photos and old home videos.

Other naming opportunities are available for the three new libraries being built in Parker, Castle Pines and Lone Tree. For information, contact Elaine McCain at or 720.348.9509.

2015 Rotary 4-Way Test Scholarships

Three Parker students received $1,000 scholarships for their essays about how they would respond to a specific issue using the Rotary 4-Way Test. The Rotarian’s 4-Way Test is: of the things we think, say or do, is it the truth, is it fair to all concerned, will it build goodwill and better friendships, and will it be beneficial to all concerned?

Phillip Reid, who will attend Haverford College, and Abby Carter, who will go to Colorado State, wrote essays about a shoplifting dilemma. Adam Woods, who will attend Montana State, wrote his essay about a medical marijuana dilemma.

Parker Senior Center Gets Electric Van From IREA

The Parker Senior Center has a new resource at its disposal – a Ford Transit Connect All-Electric Van – thanks to Intermountain Rural Electric Association (IREA).

The center plans to use the recent IREA donation to help pick up donations and transport large items.

“IREA is happy to be able to donate this van to an organization, such as the Parker Senior Center,” says Jim Anest, IREA director for District #7. “When the van became available for such a donation, the Parker Senior Center was certainly an appropriate group to receive it.”

IREA purchased the vehicle in 2011 in an effort to prepare for potential customer use of electric vehicles and to study what impact electric vehicles would have on IREA’s system.  During that time, IREA customers were invited to test-drive the vehicle to see how it performed, compared to gas-fueled vehicles.

John Peters, president and chairman of the senior center’s board, thanked IREA for the donation. “Parker seniors would definitely benefit from this generous gift.”

Free Nutrition Classes

A local nutritional health coach says free nutrition classes are available at the Parker Natural Grocers store.

Brooke Ebel says she and other guest presenters provide nutritional advice during nutrition classes that are held at least four times a month at the Parker store. In addition, Ebel says she offers one-on-one nutrition coaching sessions.

Ebel says she also will go out into the community to educate groups about nutrition with her normal classes or a customized class, depending on the group’s needs and interests.. Any group that would be interested should contact her at the Parker Natural Grocers store.

For information, visit or call 303.805.1285.

Parker is Named the Third Safest City in Colorado

The Town of Parker was recently ranked as Colorado’s third safest city among 81 cities with a population of at least 20,000 residents.

According to information provided by the Town, the ranking was determined after a team at ValuePenguin analyzed data from 2013 FBI crime statistics by city, which provided the most recent crime data available. Not all cities participated and towns with populations of less than 3,000 residents were excluded.

National Night Out is August 8

Parker’s National Night Out 2015 is a free event, sponsored by the Parker Police Department and Town of Parker, designed to promote neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships.

From 2 to 8 p.m. on August 8, Parker area residents are invited to O’Brien Park to enjoy games and face painting, visit vendor booths, receive child fingerprint identification kits, and visit with members of the military, police and fire departments.

Children can play lawn games, basketball, kickball and more with police officers from 2 to 6 p.m. Vendor booths will be set up from 4 to 8 p.m.

Everyone is invited to stick around after the event for the showing of the movie, Frozen, at dusk, sponsored by the Parker Area Chamber of Commerce, and featuring a special visit by the Snow Queen and Snow Princess.

For information, visit or contact Officer Dawn Cashman at 303.805.6527 or

Friends Run for Castlewood Canyon

Castlewood Canyon will hold its Friends Run for Castlewood Canyon 10K Trail Run and 2-Mile Hike to benefit the state park on Sunday. Sept. 13.

The 10K run begins at the Event Facilities Shelters and takes the runners down Lake Gulch Trail for a view down the valley to Pikes Peak, across Cherry Creek, then up to Rim Rock Trail for a vista that includes Longs Peak, Mt. Evans and Pikes Peak, and then back through the canyon to the Inner Canyon Stairs.

The 2-mile hike is about taking in all that the park has to offer, including 100+ bird species and geological treasures that include volcanic rocks that are about 36 million years old. The hike will start and end at Canyon Point, about half a mile from the visitor center.

The run begins at 7 a.m. The 2-mile hike starts at 8:30 a.m. A sleep-in option is also offered, where you can contribute $25 or $50 to the cause without getting out of bed.

Cost for the 2-mile hike is $40, which covers a family of up to four members. The 10K run is $50 through Sept. 1 and $55 after that. All profits will be used for the benefit of Castlewood Canyon State Park.

For information or to register for the run, the hike or to sleep-in, visit and search Castlewood Canyon.