Around Town 5

Crown Point Update

If you’re wondering what’s going on with all that construction and earth-moving equipment next to Costco in Crown Point, it’s the beginnings of two major projects – a Gander Mountain and Boondocks Food & Fun Center.

Scheduled to open in the spring of 2016, the 57,600-square-foot Gander Mountain store will be the company’s third location in Colorado, joining existing stores in Aurora and Thornton. The outdoor specialty store will sell active performance outdoor and casual apparel; gear and accessories for hunting, fishing, camping, boating and archery; and new and used firearms.

The Boondocks Food and Fun Center will include indoor and outdoor attractions, including a 32-lane bowling alley, arcade game center, laser tag, as well as a go-kart track, miniature golf course and a bumper boat pool. Scheduled to open in the fall of 2016, it is the second Colorado location, with an existing facility in Northglenn.

Actor John Ratzenberger 
Headlines Schools Gala

Emmy-nominated actor John Ratzenberger will be the keynote speaker at the Douglas County Educational Foundation (DCEF) Love Our Schools Gala on January 29.

Best known as Cliff Clavin from the popular show, “Cheers,” Ratzenberger is passionate about promoting career and technical education in schools across the country. As a senior fellow at the Center for America, he initiated the 10 by 20 Campaign to have 10 million newly-trained, skilled workers by 2020.

Hosted by the Foundation, the Third Annual Love Our Schools event will be held at Cielo at Castle Pines from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Proceeds benefit DCEF’s Innovation Fund, which provides funding for classroom equipment, technology needs, student enrichment activities and professional development opportunities for teachers.

The DCEF was recently ranked eighth in the nation in the only annual study and ranking of K-12 education foundations, “Stepping Up: The Top K-12 Education Foundations in the Nation.”  The study included education foundations in the top 200 largest school districts in the nation (by student population), as well as other top-performing foundations in smaller school districts.

For more information about the Foundation and the gala, visit

Volunteers Needed 
to Read to Children

Volunteers are being sought for the Douglas County Libraries’ Book Start program to bring story-time fun to children in childcare centers throughout the county.

Volunteers can attend a “Getting Started” workshop, which provides a Book Start orientation, and offers tips and techniques to help volunteers learn to blend beautifully written books with simple songs and fingerplays. Volunteers will enjoy reconnecting with rhymes and tunes they thought they had forgotten, and turning them into a rollicking good time for children.

For more information or to register for the next workshop on January 20, contact Geri Domareck at 303.688.7658 or The workshop will be from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Douglas County Libraries in Castle Rock, 100 S. Wilcox St.

A Cold Tree Lighting Kicks off 
the Holiday Season

Santa and Mrs. Claus were on hand to welcome Parker residents at the Town of Parker Tree Lighting ceremony on November 27. It was a very cold evening and while the crowd started out smaller than usual, there were plenty of people by the time of the official tree lighting.

Following the ceremony, Santa and Mrs. Claus were whisked away by horse and carriage to the PACE Center where they met with children and families.

Funds Donated to Raise Awareness of Homeless Students

Action Network, and Modern Woodman donated $1,000 to Hide in Plain Sight (HIPS) during Aneeda Contadeluci’s 11th Annual Halloween Party.

HIPS Founder Joe Roos is doing a great job bringing awareness to the needs of homeless students in Douglas County, says Contadeluci, organizer of the Action Network &

Thanks to Modern Woodman’s matching funds program, we were able to raise $1,000, she says. “Giving to a local charity is so rewarding.”

Kickoff Event for 2016 
Relay for Life is January 26

You are invited to join the American Cancer Society and the Town of Parker in their fight against cancer by participating in the 2016 Relay for Life of Parker.

The annual relay is held each summer to raise money for groundbreaking cancer research and to provide free patient services to those in need during their cancer journey.

A kickoff event will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on January 26 at Vines on Mainstreet. Attendees will hear about Relay For Life, ask questions, learn new fundraising ideas and sign up their teams. The date, location and time of the 2016 event will also be announced.

The first glass of wine is provided and any additional sales will benefit Relay for Life of Parker.

For more information, visit or contact Therese at

Tadashi Hayakawa Donates Two 
Paintings to Support Youth Projects

Internationally recognized artist, Tadashi Hayakawa, is once again exhibiting his generosity.

As part of the Parker Artists Guild’s “Miniatures and More” Art Show and Sale, Hayakawa is offering two of his paintings – each valued at $700 – for silent auction bidding. Bidding starts at $100. Auction proceeds will go to the Parker Artists Guild’s youth projects.

The show, including the auction bidding, runs through January 29 at The Schoolhouse – formerly the Mainstreet Center – located at 19650 E. Mainstreet. It features original 2-D and 3-D art by members of the Parker Artists Guild.

In addition to Hayakawa’s pieces, boxed note cards, featuring select show art, are being sold at $20 to benefit the Guild’s youth projects.

9Round Contributes 
to Fight Against Cancer

9Round of Parker was among the participants in the fourth annual 9Round nationwide kick event on October 15 to raise money for local breast cancer research and cure foundations.  Each 9Round location donated 1 cent for every kick that was kicked. With 10,522,131 kicks made on that day, 9Round studios nationwide donated more than $100,000 to cancer foundations.

Could a Garnet be the Answer 
this Valentine’s Day?

For those looking to give their sweetheart a beautiful gem this Valentine’s Day, there are a lot of sparkling options to choose from.

For many, a red garnet comes to mind. But according to Scott McQueen of Pinetree Jewelers in Parker, garnets come in a variety of colors and from across several African countries, India, Russia, and Central and South America.

“Spectacular finds, especially in Africa, have enhanced the traditional image of the garnet with a number of lovely hues, including shades of green, a variety of yellows, a blazing orange and some very nice earth-colored shades,” McQueen says. “With this many garnet hues, this gemstone continues to be trendy and stylish.”

Jewelry that features a garnet stone will last a long time and its natural brilliance will never dim, McQueen says.