Around Town 24

Cops and Bobbers

The Parker Police Department is hosting 150 Parker children for Cops and Bobbers at Meridian Pond. Officers will first teach the children how to cast a fishing line in a casting class. After that, the amateur anglers will join more than 20 Parker police officers and catch two trout in the stocked pond.

Children between the ages of 5 and 15 may register for the event. The Colorado Parks and Wildlife Department will supply fishing poles that participants can take home, along with their fish. Visit 
ParkerPolice.org to learn more and to register for the event, which begins at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 18, at Meridian Pond, near Lincoln Avenue and Meridian Boulevard.

Tour de Ladies Women-only Cycling Event Returns to Douglas County

The Tour de Ladies women-only cycling event is excited to return to Douglas County on July 9 to benefit the Crisis Center. Not only does the event benefit a nonprofit that primarily serves women, it also empowers women through pedal power by encouraging them to be physically active, train for the event and participate at the level they feel comfortable.

The Crisis Center, located in Douglas and Elbert counties, provides a 24-hour crisis line, outpatient counseling, legal advocacy, shelter and community outreach services for more than 18,000 people each year.  This year the event will begin and end at Parker’s PACE Center. The route, which will be fully supported with “SAG in drag” (men in skirts to help change flat tires and provide other on-course assistance) and aid stations, features options of 30 miles and a 62.5 mile metric century for cyclists of all levels. Learn more and register at TourdeLadies.com.

 

2016 CHAUNCEY BILLUPS BASKETBALL ACADEMY

Parker Parks and Recreation and Nothing But Net (NBN) Elite Basketball welcome back the Chauncey Billups Basketball Academy, which will include celebrity appearances and guidance from professional players and coaches. Former celebrity coaches have included Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, Kenneth Faried, DeAndre Jordan, Kyle Lowry, Corey Brewer and Jamal Crawford. This year’s celebrity coaches will be announced closer to the camp date.

The Chauncey Billups Basketball Academy, which will be June 27-30 at the Parker Fieldhouse, will teach youth fundamentals that focus on dribbling, passing, defense, speed, agility and shooting. Coaches will develop the players’ ability to play in a team structure while having fun with individual and team games. Each camper receives a camp T-shirt, a basketball and one personally-autographed item from Chauncey Billups, as well as photographs. Space is limited so register early online at 
ParkerRec.com or call 303.805.6300.

Date Night at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

There’s never been any debate about Cheyenne Mountain Zoo being fun for the family, but in the past few years, the zoo is also becoming a popular destination for adults. This June 30 event for those 21 and older gives adults the chance to mix and mingle under the stars at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo while sampling a variety of food and beverages from eateries and breweries across the Front Range. Plus, local musicians will set the mood so you and your date can dance and taste the night away.

This year, the zoo has partnered with Cheyenne Mountain Resort to make it easy for out-of-towners to attend its adults-only events and enjoy an entire weekend exploring all that Colorado Springs has to offer. The resort offers out-of-town guests a preferred rate for the weekend, which includes breakfast each morning for two, round trip transportation to and from Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, and childcare for the night at the zoo (from 6 to 10 p.m., advance reservation required for childcare). You can purchase your tickets for Moonlight on the Mountain now at CMZoo.org.

Grease Comes to Parker

Parker Arts presents “Grease,” the musical. Follow Dany Zuko and Sandy Dumbrowski back to their senior year of 1959 as they try to relive the high romance of their “Summer Nights,” while peer pressure and social norms create a bumpy ride. With musical favorites like “Hopelessly Devoted,” “You’re The One That I Want” and “Greased Lightnin,’” you’ll rediscover why “Grease is the Word.” So grab your leather jackets, T-Birds, and put on your bobby socks and join the PACE Center for this electrifying 1950s-style musical. Showtimes vary from July 15 to July 31. Visit ParkerArts.org for ticketing information.

Relay for Life of Parker

The American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Parker’s annual event will take place on July 16 at Tallman Meadow Park, beginning at 10 a.m. with an opening ceremony followed by the traditional survivor lap. All survivors and caregivers are invited to join the celebratory survivor lunch reception at 11:30 a.m. Lots of walking, games and fun will keep participants entertained through to the luminaria and closing ceremony. For information about forming a team, company sponsorship or volunteering. please visit RelayForLife.org.

STEM Summer Camps

Deep Space is coming to parents’ rescue this June. To keep kids excited and learning, two different programs are offered at Deep Space Workplace & Event Center.

First, a Week of Geek is designed to give students exposure to several different types of fun and creative technology. Youth will learn computer programming in Minecraft, and design and print using a 3D printer. They also can make a LEGO movie using stop-motion animation or create an amazing “trick shot” video and more. The camp is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 13-17.

All About the Bots is for kids who love robots. The entire camp will be spent on different types of robotics building and programming activities, using consumer robotics, like LEGO Mindstorm. Participants can also create custom solutions with hobby robotics platforms, like Arduino, and take home an awesome Arduino robot for ongoing invention. This camp runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 20-24.

Learn more and register at DeepSpace.me.

On Your Mark, Get Set, READ!

On Saturday, June 4, Douglas County Libraries kicks off its Summer Reading Program at all of its libraries. This program is a great way for kids and teens to strengthen their reading skills and stay engaged throughout the summer.

Kids of all ages can enjoy a variety of crafts, activities, story times, games, special guests and snacks from 10 a.m. to noon. to officially start the reading program, which runs through July 31. Call 303.791.7323 or visit DouglasCountyLibraries.org to register for this kick-off event.