October 2015 Around Town 5

Poster Winners for Cities & Towns Week

Four Pine Grove Elementary third-graders were the winners in a poster contest held by the Town of Parker to celebrate Colorado Cities & Towns Week.

The students were asked to create a poster showing a program or service provided by the Town and write a short description about how it makes Parker great.

The winners were Ian in Keary Zaeske’s class, Cate in Erin Wassennar’s class, Audrey in Linda Christensen’s class and Christian in Shaundra Mueller’s class.

Ian promoted Parker’s great schools, great parks and happy kids. Cate wrote that Parker is great because it brings people together through Parker Days and the PACE Center. Audrey highlighted Parker’s seasons and kids’ activities, such as Movies in the Parker and Trick or Treat on Mainstreet. Christian wrote about O’Brien Park and its huge outdoor swimming pool.

Thousands Attend the Smokin’ Brew BBQ

More than 22,000 people were estimated to attend this year’s Smokin’ Brew BBQ at the PACE Center over the Labor Day weekend.

The CCV Rotary Club of Parker’s annual fundraiser benefits a variety of causes, including the Parker Task Force, Project Sanctuary and other projects around the world.

Oklahoma’s Clark Crew BBQ was named the 2015 Smokin’ Brew BBQ Grand Champion.

9-1-1 for Kids Classes Set for Oct. 24

A free program designed to teach young children about the importance of 9-1-1 and how to use it in an emergency will be held Oct. 24 at the Parker Police Department.

Designed for pre-kindergarten to second-grade kids, the two-hour presentation will include a group discussion titled “Is This an Emergency?” and a 12-minute video titled “9-1-1: Getting Help is Easy,” during which Cell Phone Sally and her friends show children how to use different phone technologies to call 9-1-1.

Each child will be given the opportunity to practice calling 9-1-1, answer questions that would be asked and remain on the line until told to hang up.

There are openings for the noon and 3 p.m. classes on Oct. 24. To register, go to ParkerPolice.org/911ForKids. If you have questions, contact 9-1-1 Public Education Liaison Danielle Huskey at 303.805.6611 or dhuskey@parkeronline.org.

World Compass Academy Opens with 525 Students

World Compass Academy (WCA) opened its doors to 525 students on Aug 24, becoming the first school in Douglas County to offer daily immersion-style foreign language instruction in Mandarin, French and Spanish.

Located in Castle Rock, WCA is a public charter school that brings an international education option to Douglas County and is targeted to families interested in world language and culture, coupled with high academic standards.

WCA will initially serve pre-kindergarten through fifth-grade students. The school will then add one grade per year through eighth grade.

Town Hires New Assistant Town Administrator

The Town of Parker has hired John Batey as assistant town administrator/development services.

In his new job, which he began Sept. 8, Batey will oversee the Community Development; Economic Development; Parks, Recreation and Open Space; and Public Works departments. He also will provide strategic leadership, vision and coordination of operations within those departments and with the development community.

Batey came to Parker from Pueblo, where he served as the executive director of the Pueblo Urban Renewal Authority since 2010.

“We are pleased to welcome John to our team,” says Town Administrator Randy Young. “John’s wide range of development experience will allow the Town to provide an even higher level of service in this area.”

Batey is a certified planner and seasoned redevelopment agency director, and has extensive experience in community and economic development, real estate finance, state and local government administration, high-level policy analysis, and organizational development. Batey also has broad exposure to urban planning, business development, public finance, affordable housing and neighborhood improvement principles and practices.

Gander Mountain is Coming to E470 and Parker Road in 2016

Gander Mountain, the nation’s largest and fastest-growing network of outdoor specialty stores, recently announced it will open its newest Colorado location in Parker in the spring of 2016.

“Colorado is an outdoors paradise and Gander Mountain is the place to go for outdoors enthusiasts,” says Gander Mountain’s Chief Executive Officer David Pratt. “We are happy to bring a new Gander Mountain store to the people of the Front Range, where outdoors traditions run deep and are passed down from generation to generation.”

Parker’s 57,600-square-foot store will be built in the Crown Point development at the northeast corner of E470 and South Parker Road. It will be the third Gander Mountain location in Colorado, joining existing stores in Aurora and Thornton.

O’Brien Award Winner Surprised by Her Dancers

Mary Jo, the owner of Parker’s Fred Astaire Dance Studio, was honored as the 2015 O’Brien Award winner at the Parker Area Chamber of Commerce Business Impact Meeting in August.

While receiving the award was an honor in itself, Mary Jo got the additional thrill of being surprised when a number of her staff showed up at the luncheon and put on a dance demonstration.

The O’Brien Award is given annually to an outstanding volunteer who has consistently contributed and recruited new members and other volunteers for Chamber projects; and who has donated substantial time to Chamber activities, events, projects, committees, the Ambassador Program and/or the Board of Directors.

Flooring Contractor’s Unusual Artwork Gets the Attention of Others

Parker’s Joe Rocco of Artistic Floors by Design has designed a custom project that includes wood flooring planks that bend upward out of the floor to support a bar top.

The wood floor has a unique utilitarian function. Its 5-inch wide wood floor planks were constructed to curve up from the actual floor to support the surface of the live-edge handscraped walnut slab bar top.

After calculating the radius of the curve, soaking the pieces in Windex and setting them into a jig, Joe glued, hardened and wirebrushed the legs to match the floor and re-grooved them to lock into the floor. Where the existing floor met the curve of the legs, he cut the flooring at an angle for a seamless appearance.

The amazing project was featured in Hardwood Floors Magazine, the magazine of the National Wood Flooring Association, and its image has been seen by more than 2 million people on various social media sites since it was posted on the company’s Facebook page.

New Conversational Spanish Classes

Adults who want to increase their Spanish fluency may attend a new conversational Spanish class at the Parker branch of Douglas County Libraries every Thursday from Oct. 1 through Nov. 5.

The two-hour classes begin at 6:30 p.m. at the library, 10851 S. Crossroads Drive, and are taught by Marta Pardo, who will encourage students to improve their fluency through everyday conversation.

Register by phone at 303-791-7323, online at DouglasCountyLibraries.org or with your local librarian the next time you visit the library.