November 2015 Around Town 1


Parker Task Force Seeks 
Thanksgiving Donations

In its efforts to provide those in need with a good meal this Thanksgiving, the Parker Task Force (PTF) is asking for food basket or monetary donations.

Baskets should include complete Thanksgiving dinners that families can prepare at home, packaged in baskets/tubs/boxes for four to six people. Deliveries should be made to the new Parker Task Force building at 19105 Longs Way between 9 a.m. and noon on Saturday, Nov. 21.  Clients will pick them up later that day.

A complete Thanksgiving dinner includes a frozen turkey, aluminum turkey pan, canned vegetables, potatoes, butter, stuffing, canned sweet potatoes, dinner rolls, pie/dessert, gravy, canned cranberry sauce, Jello and canned fruit

Gift cards and monetary donations are also being accepted. Checks may be made payable to the Parker Task Force (memo:  Thanksgiving) and mailed to the Parker Task Force, Attn:  Diane Roth, at 19105 Longs Way, Parker, CO 80134. You may also make a contribution using a credit card on PayPal through the Parker Task Force website at

For information, contact Diane Roth at or leave a message at 303.841.3460.

A Touch of Tibet 
at Brookside Inn

Brookside Inn Skilled Nursing and Rehab was honored in September with a visit and blessing from the renowned Tibetan Buddhist, Lama Sonam.

Sonam was invited to Colorado by Tamdin Wangdu, founder and executive director of the Tibetan Village Project, a non-profit organization that funds programs to support education, job training and business development on the Tibetan Plateau. In addition to working on the project, Wangdu creates works of Tibetan calligraphy and graciously donated several pieces to Brookside Inn for display at its Castle Rock facility.

During a tour of Brookside Inn, Sonam blessed, and then explained meanings and pronunciations of Tibetan calligraphy to the guests, residents and staff. His blessings were not spoken words but rather sounds otherworldly, low notes and mesmerizing tones.

As Sonam gave his parting wishes, one resident said, “thank you for making Brookside Inn such a unique place.”

If you would like to see Wangdu’s original works, please call Brookside Inn at 303.688.2500 for a tour.

Tickets are on Sale now 
for Holiday Concert

If you want to get into the holiday spirit with some of Parker’s finest singers and musicians, you need to think about buying your tickets soon.

The annual holiday performances presented by the Parker Chorale and Parker Symphony Orchestra sell out each year.  “A Classic Parker Holiday” will be performed Dec. 4-6 at the PACE Center.

To purchase tickets, visit

Library Gala Deemed a Success

More than 175 guests showed their support for the Douglas County Libraries Foundation (DCLF) by attending its inaugural Fete des Fables gala, Big Bad Bash, at the Highlands Ranch Mansion on Sept. 25.

Among the evening highlights were appearances by characters from “Little Red Riding Hood,” the story that provided the evening’s theme and décor. Baskets of apples adorned tables in the Enchanted Forest dining room, while dinner menus proclaimed, “The better to eat you with!”

Dinner and dessert were preceded by a cocktail party and silent auction, which netted more than $5,000 for the library foundation. Overall, the event raised nearly $40,000 for the DCLF, which will provide amenities to three new libraries under construction in Parker, Castle Pines and Lone Tree.

Elk Mountain Wins a 
Silver Medal

Parker’s Elk Mountain Brewing was among the 275 medal winners, who represent some of the best commercial breweries in the country, at the 2015 Great American Beer Festival.

The brewery, located on Plaza Drive, received a silver medal in the South German-style Hefeweizen.

Put on annually by the Brewers Association, the Beer Festival is the largest commercial beer competition in the world and a symbol of brewing excellence.

Award-winning brewers received prestigious gold, silver and bronze medals in 92 beer categories covering 145 different beer styles. Winners were chosen from 6,647 competition entries from 1,552 breweries.

Parker’s Two Rotary Clubs Work Together to Help 
Project Sanctuary

The Rotary Club of Parker and the Cherry Creek Valley Rotary Club of Parker joined together to assist Project Sanctuary with one of its retreats.

Rotarians from both clubs picked up supplies at Sam’s Club in Lone Tree and delivered them to the Snowmass YMCA facility in Granby for Project Sanctuary’s new group of military veteran families.

Once on site. the Rotarians put away groceries, helped with child care, rearranged the furniture for incoming families, set up the kitchen, put together goody/welcome bags for each family, made name tags and met with one of the veteran’s wives who told them how much Project Sanctuary has helped their family.

Participating from the Rotary Club of Parker were Sue Gardner, Gloria Beckley, Ken Clairborne and Kam Breitenbach. Participants from the CCV Rotary included Linda Stafford, Joy Collins and Michele Boyer.

The Rotary Club of Parker recently honored Grant Zimmerman and Kellyn Dassler as its September students of the month from Ponderosa High and Chaparral High School, respectively.

Zimmerman is a member of the Ponderosa lacrosse team, tennis team and DECA. His interests include air-brush art, chemistry and science and gold panning. He has also spent many hours doing community service work in local elementary schools, Project C.U.R.E., Make-A-Wish fund raising, school grounds maintenance and school event planning.

Dassler is ranked first in her class of 523 with a 4.2 grade point average. She has a heavy academic schedule this year, taking four Advance Placement classes, and is a member of the National Honor Society, DECA, Interact Club, Link Crew and the girls’ tennis team. In addition, Dassler finds time for community service with more than 125 hours logged in so far.

Santa at the PACE Center

Families are invited to visit with Santa at the PACE Center, 20000 Pikes Peak Ave., this holiday season.

Santa will be available to hear children’s wishes on Nov. 27, the Friday after Thanksgiving, directly following the Mayor’s Holiday Lighting in O’Brien Park, as well as from 5 to 8 p.m. every Saturday between Thanksgiving and Christmas.

This event is presented by The Foerster Team, Cherry Creek Properties. For more information, contact Donna Foerster at or 720.530.5554.

National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists

Five Parker students were named as National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists, making them part of an elite group representing less than 1 percent of U.S. high school seniors.

Chaparral High School’s semifinalists are Molly Corlett and Kellyn Dassler. Legend is represented by Jacob Granley and Joel Min. Ponderosa’s semifinalist is Emily Gregston.

The Douglas County School District had a total of 14 seniors advancing in the competition, which awards 7,400 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million. The goal of the National Merit Scholarship Corporation is to honor the nation’s scholastic champions and encourage the pursuit of academic excellence.

Approximately 1.5 million students entered the competition. Finalists will be announced in 2016.

Rotary Club of Parker Hosts Community Homecoming Dance

About 130 attendees participated in the Rotary Community Corps (RRC) of Parker’s Annual Homecoming Dance at the Parker United Methodist Church.

Members of the Rotary Club of Parker and Parker United Methodist served as chaperones. The Rotary Interact Club at Chaparral High School decorated, set up, cleaned up and served as the MCs for the evening activities.

Participants enjoyed dancing and visiting with others and making new friends. This social event is a favorite of the disabled community.

The RCC of Parker, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Parker, is a dinner/service club for teens and adults in Parker and the surrounding areas who have developmental disabilities. It will be celebrating its six year anniversary in January 2016.