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PACE Center Presents 
Stuart Little

Come join the adventures of the fun loving mouse, Stuart Little, at 6:30 p.m. April 8 or 10 a.m. April  9 at the PACE Center. This performance tells the surprising story of a most unusual mouse who happens to be born into an ordinary New York City family. In no time at all, his life becomes a series of adventures and misadventures with a variety of colorful characters, including his best friend, a bird named Margalo, and the not-so-friendly Snowbell, the malevolent family cat. All the charm, wisdom and joy of E. B. White’s classic novel are brought to life as the mild-mannered Stuart learns to survive in his upper-sized world of humans and discovers the true meaning of life, loyalty and friendship. For more information and tickets, visit ParkerArts.org.

Rotary Community Corps of Parker Celebrates the Beginning of its Sixth Year

The Rotary Community Corps (RCC) of Parker held its annual celebration at the Parker United Church on January 20 with an evening that was highlighted by a visit from Rotary International President K.R. Ravindran, who was visiting from Sri Lanka and presented five RCC members with a Distinguished Service Citation for presentations given earlier in the month. The evening began with a buffet dinner prepared by the Rotary Club of Parker women and friends, and continued with awards and recognition, installation of new officers, and a talent show.

Earlier in the month, RCC representatives gave a presentation about their organization to Ravidran, including the five members who gave hour-long talks about the projects they have been involved with over the past five years.

The RCC has been a club for developmentally disabled teens and adults, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Parker, for the past five years. In April, the RCC will move locations and begin meeting at the Parker Senior Center. Meetings will be on the second Monday each month from 6 to 7 p.m., beginning April 11, With the move, projects can be done during the meeting times, allowing all members to be able to do hands-on projects when no speaker is scheduled. For more information about the RCC or to receive an application to join, please contact Kam Breitenbach at KamieB1234@gmail.com.

Pull, Press, Print, Stitch – The PACE Center Celebrates Month of Print

Just a reminder that the PACE Center Art Gallery is still hosting the Pull, Press, Stitch exhibit through April 17. In honor of the Month of Print, the PACE Center is featuring three unique experiences: Jennifer Ghormley’s installation titled “Flow,” in the west atrium; a selection of three-dimensional works created by nationally renowned book artists in the main gallery; and, in the north atrium, two-dimensional hand-pulled print work by Carol Till, Leon Loughridge, Jennifer Ghormley and Taiko Chandler. For more information, visit ParkerArts.org.

New Town Ordinance Promotes Additional Housing Options

To give Parker residents an opportunity to rent or purchase homes in a wide range of styles, locations and affordability, the Town Council proactively adopted an ordinance in January designed to encourage the construction of condominiums in Parker.

Despite a genuine demand for owner-occupied, multifamily developments, very few condominiums are being developed in Parker. The scarcity of condominiums is believed to be the result of a litigation climate that puts builders and developers at risk of substantial judgments, often including punitive damages, for alleged construction defects. The risk of exposure to large damage awards has led insurance companies that would normally insure development projects to stop writing policies for owner-occupied multifamily projects.

To help change this climate, the recently-adopted ordinance is designed to reduce the risk and exposure to builders and developers of such projects, while still protecting homeowners with legitimate construction defect claims. Specifically, the ordinance limits using a violation of the Parker Building Code as a basis for a construction defect claim, requires a majority of the homeowners’ association (HOA) members to consent before an HOA can file a construction defect claim and promotes arbitration instead of court as the forum for construction defect claims.

DCSD Graduation Rate Climbs

Graduation rates in the Douglas County School District continue to climb. Data released recently by the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) shows the on-time, four-year graduation rate is 90 percent for the DCSD class of 2015. The most recent data marks an increase of 1.1 percent compared to last year. DCSD has one of the highest graduation rates in the Denver metro area. According to CDE, DCSD graduation rates have risen steadily from 81.9 percent in 2009 to 90 percent in 2015. The state’s graduation rate failed to improve for the first time after four consecutive years of growth. Colorado’s on-time graduation rate for 2015 is 77.3 percent.

New Bus Gets Seniors Out and About

The Parker Senior Center recently purchased a 15-seat bus, which allows groups of seniors to go on day trips and enjoy an easy means of transportation. Trips to go out to lunch and do some thrift store shopping are planned for April 15, May 20 and June 17. For more information, call 303.841.5370.

Arbor Day Celebration & 5-Mile Run/Walk

Join the Town and the Parks and Recreation Department April 30 to celebrate Arbor Day and Parker’s designation as a Tree City USA for each of the last 22 years.

The Town’s Parks and Forestry team members will be staffing an arborist table and answering questions about tree planting, pruning and tree selection. It’s a great opportunity to learn how to take care of your trees and make them last. Kids will also have the opportunity to build and take home a bird house, courtesy of Home Depot.

You also are invited to participate in the new 5-Mile Run/Walk as a part of the growing Parker Parks and Recreation Run Series. This sanctioned event is professionally timed. All registrants will receive a finisher’s medal, as well as a delicious post-race pancake breakfast, Arbor Day goodies and a chance to win prizes.

The celebration and race begin at 9 a.m. April 30 at Salisbury Park, 11920 N. Motsenbocker Road. Visit ParkerRec.com for more information.

Shave the Mayor at Vehicle Vault

The St. Baldrick’s Foundation is a volunteer-powered charity committed to funding the most promising research to find cures for childhood cancers and give survivors long, healthy lives. Through the Shave the Mayor event, Mayor Mike Waid and others will do their part to help cure childhood cancers from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 23 at the Vehicle Vault.  All area residents are encouraged to join the fight against cancer by signing up to be a shavee, making a donation to one of the shavees or attending the event. Please visit StBaldricks.org for more information and to participate or donate to this great cause.

Wine Walk

The Wine Walks in downtown Parker have been a very popular way for long-time residents to meet new neighbors and residents, make friends and learn about the wonderful restaurants and shops that are kind enough to share a glass of wine and open their doors for this monthly event. The walks, sponsored by the Parker Area Chamber of Commerce, are held the last Friday of each month, starting in May and running through October. You can look forward to enjoying a fun night on Mainstreet! For details, go to ParkerChamber.com.

American Diabetes Association and Parker Team Up for Tour de Cure Colorado

The American Diabetes Association announced that Parker’s Salisbury Park will be the new location for its largest annual fundraiser, Tour de Cure Colorado. The ride, run and walk will take place on Saturday, September 24, to raise funds to help change the future of diabetes and help stop the devastating disease.

The Town of Parker and Diabetes Association are collaborating to make the 2016 Tour de Cure Colorado a true community event that will highlight Parker’s unique community businesses and partners, while still offering the inspirational day-long celebration that Tour participants have come to know and love.

This year’s event will be the largest of its kind for Coloradans living with all types of diabetes as three inspirational Colorado events become one – the Southern Colorado Tour de Cure, Denver Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes, and Tour de Cure Colorado.

“Hopefully we will see an increase in the number of participating corporate, and family and friend teams,”  says Joshua Lipman, a long-time Parker resident, tour team captain, member of the Tour de Cure planning committee, and co-chair of the marketing, communications and recruitment subcommittee. “The Tour is a very family-friendly event, and Parker is a great community with families and businesses that really care about helping others. Not to mention, the new views on the routes for the riders, runners and walkers will be awesome.”

Register as an individual, or start a corporate or friends and family team today to ride, walk or run. Visit Diabetes.org/ColoradoTourdeCure for information or to register.

Parker Farmer’s Market

The Winter Market has switched to an every other week schedule for the remainder of the season ending this April. Markets are scheduled for April 2 and April 16 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Sierra Middle School, located at 6651 E. Pine Lane, Parker. Starting Mother’s Day, May 8, Parker’s Farmers Market will be back on Mainstreet every Sunday! Find Parker Farmer’s Market on Facebook for more information.