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Fun-Filled Game Benefits Legend Basketball

The Harlem Wizards are coming to Legend High School, Wednesday, February 10, at 7 p.m. The evening, hosted by the Legend High School Basketball Program, promises to be a fun-filled event that is great for kids and adults.

Throughout the game, fans will experience the Harlem Wizards’ magical display of tricks, coordinated ball handling, fancy passing and aerodynamic athleticism combined with high-energy comedy and audience interaction. The audience will also get to watch the Wizards play a team of locals – players, teachers and administrators from Legend and local feeder schools.

With loads of audience participation, fans are more than spectators. They become part of the show.

Tickets can be purchased before the event online at for $12 for adults and $10 for children. Reserved seats are $18. Courtside Plus/Premium tickets are $30 and include a private meet-and-greet with the Wizards’ players before the game and refreshments. Both include reserved seats and have limited availability.

Tickets will also be available on the day of the game at Legend High School for $14 for adults and $12 for children. For more information, go to

Love ‘em or Leave ‘em 
Valentine’s Day 5K/10K

Will you embrace the holiday full of heart or run from Cupid? Either way, the Love ’em or Leave ’em Valentine’s Day 5K/10K will be held Saturday, February 13, at Salisbury Park, 11920 Motsenbocker Road.

This signature run/walk of the Parker Parks and Recreation Run Series is a fun, festive and sanctioned event that is professionally timed and serves as a qualifier for the Bolder Boulder. All registrants receive a long-sleeve T-shirt, as well as a delicious post-race pancake breakfast and a chance to win prizes.

The 10K begins at 10 a.m. and costs $45 on race day, while the 5K starts at 10:05 a.m. and is $35 on race day. Those who pre-register, receive a $5 discount.

The overall male/female finishers, as well as the top three finishers in the various age divisions will be awarded.

The free Huntington Learning Center Kids’ Dash follows the race for children 8 and under; no registration necessary.

For more information, go to or call 303.841.4500.

My Furry Valentine

Families are invited to bring their pets to Tagawa Garden Center on February 14 for an assortment of fun activities to help raise funds and awareness for the Youth and Pet Survivors Program (YAPS).

Entertainment will include the “Cast-a-Ways,” a variety show made up of rescue animals that have made it to the big time. This star team consists of an animated cockatoo, a playful dog, an amazing pig and their star trainer, John Vincent.

Visitors and their pets can also enjoy $5 nail trims from Bark N Wash, Valentine’s Day photos, pet intuitive readings by Ashara Morris of Harmony’s Heart Coaching, as well as innovative pet gifts and products to purchase.

In addition to raising funds for YAPS, the organizers hope to educate the public about YAPS, a pen pal program that matches pediatric oncology patients with dogs and cats who have survived cancer or other serious medical conditions. Children and pets (via their owners) establish relationships and communicate through letter writing.  This allows children the unique opportunity to share feelings about having cancer with a safe, unconditionally loving animal.

The event takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Tagawa, 7711 S. Parker Road in Centennial.

2016 State of the Town and Black Tie & Boots Gala

The Rotary Club of Parker will host the 2016 Parker State of the Town Luncheon on February 23 and the Mayor’s Black Tie & Boots Gala on February 27 at the PACE Center.

The seventh annual State of the Town luncheon will begin at 11:30 a.m. with a keynote address by Mayor Mike Waid, followed by the introduction of nominees and the winner of the Parker Impact Award, which the Rotary Club of Parker awards to a person who has made a valuable contribution to the Parker community.

The theme for the third annual fundraiser gala, which begins at 6 p.m., is “Mayor’s Black Tie & Boots.” This black-tie/cocktail attire/boots for everyone event will include hors d’oeuvres, dancing to the American Honey Band and a silent auction.

Hosted annually by the Rotary Club of Parker, net proceeds from these events will be used for local and global community service projects supporting those in need. They also give residents an opportunity to meet and visit with the Parker mayor, council members and key staff.

To purchase tickets or become a sponsor, visit or contact Larry Brutlag at or 303.947.9136, or Steve Trevino at or 303.204.5407.

Speaking of the Mayor’s Black Tie & Boots Gala…

With the help of Fred Astaire Dance Studio, you can be on the floor feeling confident whether it’s a little cowboy cha cha, two step or waltz.

Bring your receipt for the mayor’s gala to Fred Astaire’s Parker location at 11153 S. Parker Road and ask for “the Mayor Mike special.”  You’ll save 30 percent on packages of five to 10 private, 40-minute lessons, design specifically to get you on the floor having fun at the gala.

Ponderosa Student of the Month

The Rotary Club of Parker honored Erika Lane as its Ponderosa High School Student of the Month for December.

Erika is quite busy with school activities, including serving as the editor-in-chief of The Mustang Express school newspaper, as well as being a member of the National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, Link Crew and Sources of Strength.  She is also active with community projects by volunteering at Sky Ridge Medical Center and various give-back to the community opportunities through her church’s youth group.

Erika is applying to several universities to study biochemistry. She hopes to eventually enter medical school and pursue a career as an internal medical doctor or osteopathic surgeon.

Douglas County Libraries Welcomes new Board Members

Douglas County Libraries (DCL) welcomes two new members to its Board of Trustees, Ron Cole and John Howe, both of whom have professional and civic experience that will benefit the library district in 2016 and beyond.

Cole has worked for 50 years as a technical analyst in government intelligence. He is currently a Colorado Space Business Roundtable board member and advisor to Riverside Research for management engagement.

Following a career in consumer product sales management, Howe has served on the Parker Planning Commission, Parker Creative District, Cherry Valley Rotary Club of Parker and a homeowners’ association board.

At a board meeting in December, DCL’s leadership expressed its gratitude to outgoing trustees Bob McLaughlin and Mark Weston, who served on the board for 23 and 15 years, respectively.

Under their leadership, DCL became an independent library district, and replaced antiquated libraries and manual processes with modern facilities and technology. DCL now serves more than 300,000 residents, three times Douglas County’s population of 20 years ago.

Parker Police Officers Donate Blood for Denver Officer Tony Lopez Jr.

To raise awareness about the importance of blood donation, eight Parker Officers donated blood in December in honor of Denver Officer Tony Lopez Jr.

Lopez was critically wounded on December 8, after pulling over a male for a traffic offense on Federal Boulevard in Denver. The male fired multiple shots at Lopez, who was struck with five bullets and critically wounded. Along with first responders and hospital staff, blood donation is credited with helping to save Officer Lopez’ life.

“We are honored to respond on Officer Lopez Jr.’s behalf. We are proud of and support our fellow law enforcement officers, as well as Bonfils Blood Center,” says Parker Police Chief David King.