September 2015 Around Town 5



Douglas County Libraries (DCL) Foundation is hosting an inaugural Fête des Fables Gala on Friday, Sept. 25, at the beautiful Highlands Ranch Mansion, 9950 E. Gateway Dr.

Complete with silent and live auctions, the Big Bad Bash will transport participants into the world of “Little Red Riding Hood.” Organizers promise the event is “not your grandmother’s gala” and have many surprises planned.

“We’re very excited to have such an amazing venue for this event in the Highlands Ranch Mansion,” says Elaine McCain, DCL’s donor relations specialist. “Dining rooms will have themes like the Wolf’s Den, the Garden Patch and the Enchanted Forest, and the food will be fun as well as delicious.”

Attendees are encouraged to arrive at 6 p.m. in their favorite Little-Red-inspired outfit. A cocktail reception will feature strolling minstrels, and dinner will include visits with Colorado authors and surprise visits from beloved characters.

Event proceeds will support the DCL Foundation and Douglas County Libraries’ mission to be a passionate advocate for literacy and lifelong learning.

Tickets, which are $100 per person, are available at For information, contact Elaine McCain at 720.348.9509 or


Hop on your bike for the fifth annual Wacky Bike Ride and help students in Douglas County.

Staged out of Rocky Heights Middle School in Highlands Ranch on Sept. 13, the Wacky offers rides of 6, 45, 62 and 100 miles. Donations from registration fees go to Kits for Kidz, a non-profit dedicated to providing school supplies to students in need.

Last year’s ride raised enough money to supply 500 backpacks filled with school supplies to local students.

To register or volunteer, visit and watch out for Wacky riders coming through Parker on Hess Road and Motsenbocker!


Douglas County Libraries (DCL) recently honored 101 volunteers for contributing 14,000 hours to DCL in 2014.

The volunteers received the President’s Volunteer Service Awards, which were organized under the George W. Bush administration to honor those who, by their commitment, inspire others to engage in volunteerism.

The 101 qualifying volunteers received a certificate, a letter signed by President Barack Obama and a colored lapel pin indicative of their award level.

Volunteers could earn bronze, silver or gold recognition based on their service hours from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, 2014.

The two gold winners were Nikki Vivek, a Legend High School student who volunteered more than 900 hours last year to four organizations, including the Parker library; and Alison Lohr, a remarkable teen who has volunteered at the Philip S. Miller branch since she was 11 years old.

The volunteers performed a variety of tasks for DCL’s seven branches, include shelving materials, reading stories to children at Douglas County day-care facilities, tutoring students in English as a second language, telling stories to children at Douglas County schools, assisting with library events and posting book reviews.


Artists and crafters are being invited to participate in the seventh annual Legend High School Art & Craft Fair scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 7.

There are openings for painters, sculptors, glass workers, photographers, woodworkers and all types of crafters. For an application or more information, go to


The Rotary Community Corps (RCC) of Parker had a July fundraiser at Kwik Car Wash in Parker. They received $590.11 in tips and $512.43 from Kwik Car Wash for a total of $1,102.54.

The RCC is a group of developmentally disabled teens and adults, who really enjoyed this fundraising effort. The money will help pay for the group’s annual celebration in January.


Free quarterly seminars will be held in Parker and the surrounding area to help seniors and their families who might be feeling puzzled about their options as they transition into a new life stage.

The Transition Solutions Seminars are being offered by a group of Parker-based women who want to be a “one-stop” resource for people who may be going through a life transition or planning for one.

Experts in their fields, these women will be offering advice on:

  • Medicare options, deadlines, penalties, etc.,
  • Quality senior housing options,
  • Making a will or establishing a power of attorney,
  • Income planning to help pay for care into the golden years,
  • Real estate downsizing,
  • Mortgage planning.

Transition Solutions Seminars will be held at local venues each quarter at no charge. The first seminar will be at 1 p.m. on Sept. 10 at Parker Senior Living by Morningstar, 18900 Mainstreet in Parker. Please RSVP to 720.291.4942.


Parker Task Force (PTF) more than doubles its previous space when it opens the doors to its new building Sept. 1 at 19105 Longs Way.

Here are some of the key facts:

  • The new building is 8,590 square feet, compared to the previous 4,100 square feet.
  • The lot was purchased in December 2013 for $425,000.
  • The cost to build the building was $1.5 million.
  • Fundraising continues to pay off the loan.
  • Construction began January 2015 and Certificate of Occupancy was issued by the Town on July 30, 2015.

Task Force volunteers also want to thank Lowe’s of Parker and Castle Rock for assembling and installing the shelving in the new shopping room.

PTF is an all-volunteer organization that offers food and other support to people in need in the Parker, Franktown and Elizabeth areas. This summer, client visits were up 20 percent over last summer. For all of 2014, 9,790 individuals were served by the PTF.


In September, Douglas County Libraries (DCL) will host the second annual Great Douglas County Brew Tour, partnering with Douglas County craft breweries to promote the products and hospitality of local businesses, and to invite people to experience their public libraries in a new way.

People who participated last year will notice some changes to the tour, notably the addition of newcomer Barnett & Son Brewing Company in Parker to the roster of eight participating breweries, and an expanded menu of weekly Wednesday events featuring tappings and beer-themed author presentations.

Parker’s Elk Mountain Brewing Company and Hall Brewing Company are also part of the tour.

Joining the brew tour is free, requires only visiting five of eight participating breweries in the month of September, and entitles the holder of a completed brew tour passport to a commemorative beer glass courtesy of DCL. Brewery visitors will enjoy locally-brewed craft beers, book recommendations based on attributes of their favorite beer styles and opportunities to win prizes.

The Great Douglas County Brew Tour is Douglas County Libraries’ contribution to Outside the Lines, an annual Colorado library-led initiative to reintroduce libraries to their communities and to get people to think about libraries in a new way.

For more information or to get your tour passport, visit


Parker’s Lisa Ralston recently celebrated the 10-year anniversary of her physical therapy practice and the opening of a new clinic in the Colorado State Bank and Trust building at Parker Road and Mainstreet.

“I feel so fortunate to have come such a long way in 10 years, and I really wanted to appreciate our awesome clients,” says Ralston, who has been a physical therapist for 25 years and hosted the patio party to celebrate the anniversary of All Sports Physical Therapy.

To thank her clients and supporters, Ralston raffled off a number of gifts donated by All Sports and other area businesses.

All Sports Physical Therapy now has two clinics in Parker with the other located in the Town’s Fieldhouse. The practice has grown to four physical therapists providing specialized, one-on-one care to youth and adults.


The Douglas County Parenting Coalition has two free programs scheduled this month to help families with their finances and communication skills.

A Box Supper and Program on Family Financial Health will begin at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 9 at the Castle Rock library. Experts will be on hand to educate people about their financial situations, as well as provide advice on wills, wealth-building strategies, budgeting, debt, credit repair, insurance and college investing.

On Sept. 17 at the Lone Tree library, a Dessert Bar and Program on Love Languages will be held, beginning at 7 p.m. During this event, Jasmyne Kettwick of Relate Family Therapy will help people understand how they give love and want to receive it from others. This knowledge of yourself, coupled with recognizing the love languages of family members, can help individuals to become more communicative.

The programs are free, but RSVPs are required at


Parker Adventist Hospital is hosting a free lecture series to encourage high school students to pursue careers in medicine.

This free program, which began in July with about 25 teens, offers lectures designed to introduce the high school students to a wide range of medical careers, including trauma, nursing, oncology and hospital administration.

The next lectures will take place Oct. 28, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the hospital and focus on spine surgery and neurosurgery. Additional lectures will be held in January, March and April of 2016.

Attendees, who must be between the ages of 14 and 19, must register for each session they plan to attend. To register, visit and click on “teens in medicine” on the left sidebar.


Colorado has a new paint recycling program that makes it convenient for people to recycle unwanted paint.

In the Parker area, there are three drop-off sites-Guirys, KWAL and Sherwin Williams-that accept most house paints, primers, stains, sealers and clear top coatings that adhere to the program’s requirements.

This program is funded by a nominal fee now added to the price of paint sold in Colorado, so there is no cost for drop-offs.

A complete list of drop-off sites across Colorado and requirements can be found on the PaintCare website at