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Parker Oktoberfest Takes Over O’Brien Park

The Parker Oktoberfest keeps getting bigger and better! Now in its 11th year, it will take over all of O’Brien Park on Sept. 16-18.

The event will open this year with a Friday night “Rocktoberfest” live concert, featuring both local and Denver metro bands. There also will be food, beverages and games – all of which will set the tone for the weekend’s traditional Bavarian celebration.

Among the highlights of the family-friendly event will be even more competitions at the expanded stage area, hosted by G-2 Roofing. For example, attendees can play bingo during the day and You Glow Experience Bingo at night for cash and prize winnings. There also will be a larger Winegarten, VIP tables, Oktoshot Lounge and extended selection of vendors.

Traditional German cuisine, Erdinger beers, live Bavarian music and precision cultural dance clubs will keep people entertained day and night as the activities will go until 10:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

The event’s long-term, presenting sponsor is German company Erdinger Weissbrau, which has been serving up some of the most popular Oktoberfest beers for years.

For more information, visit ParkerOktoberfest.com.

Rotary Teams with K-9 Unit to Introduce Remi to Public

The Rotary Club of Parker and Remi, the drug-sniffing. crime-fighting police dog, teamed up for a “meet and greet” the public on Saturday, Aug. 6, at the gazebo in O’Brien Park. The event was part of the annual National Night Out crime prevention festivities put on by the Parker Police Department.

Rotarians served refreshments while Remi and his handler, Officer Casey Cashman, greeted the many parents, children and others who turned out for the event. Remi is a German short-haired pointer who has been professionally trained to sniff out illegal narcotics. He and his handler are helping to make our community a safer place to live, work and play.

New Library to Open Sept. 24

Area residents are being asked to help move and celebrate the new Parker branch of Douglas County Libraries (DCL), 20105 E. Mainstreet.

Keeping with the tradition of past library moves, DCL is creating a community bookworm – or a human chain of people to help move the last books from the old location to the new one. Registration is required to participate in this 0.8-mile chain from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Sept. 24. To register, visit DouglasCountyLibraries.org/NewsEvents.

The grand opening celebration will follow the bookworm, beginning at 11 a.m. with remarks from dignitaries. The activities, which will include a hitching post dedication to Parker’s Kime family and three Storytimes, will last until 5 p.m.

“The grand opening will be an event to remember—the perfect opportunity for the community to build new memories in a more patron-friendly space,” says Branch Manager Amy Long. “We’ve added new materials to the collection, but more importantly, we’ve greatly expanded the space for patrons to sit, read, study and meet. We can’t wait to show them around!”

Book lovers beware. The current library location closed Aug. 31 to prepare for the move to the new building. Storytimes during the closure will be held at the Parker Schoolhouse, 19650 E. Mainstreet, at 10:15 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Sept. 6-22.

Former Legend Pitcher Goes 
to the Sox

Former Legend High School pitcher Bobby Dalbec will begin his pro career with the Boston Red Sox. He is expected to play third base after being drafted by the Red Sox in the fourth round of the 2016 MLB draft.

Dalbec, who graduated from Legend in 2013, helped lead the University of Arizona Wildcats to the College World Series, where they lost in the final game to Coastal Carolina.

At Legend, he pitched 55 innings with 57 strikeouts, recording a 2.93 ERA. In his junior and last year at the UA, he finished the season 11-6 with a 2.50 ERA.

Rotary Club Focuses on First Responders and Children

The Cherry Creek Valley Rotary Club of Parker continues its community work with its 9/11 First Responders Appreciation Breakfast in September and the popular Trick-or-Treat on Mainstreet on Oct. 31.

About 15,000 people attended last year’s Halloween event, making it a once-a-year sweet opportunity for entrepreneurs to give back to the community while also promoting their businesses.

For information about the club, visit CCVRotary.org.

Promise Ranch Gets a Lift

Members of the Rotary Club of Parker, Cherry Creek Valley Rotary Club of Parker and the Rotary Club of Southeast Denver came together on July 24 to complete a project at Promise Ranch Therapeutic Riding in Franktown. Highlights included fence painting, followed by a picnic lunch, and dedication and training on a new mechanical lift.

Purchased and installed through a Rotary District 5450 matching grant, the lift will make it possible for disabled veterans and other wheelchair-bound clients to receive horse therapy. Additional Rotary clubs also contributed to the project, including Castle Rock, Aurora Southlands, Southeast Denver Satellite and the Rotary Community Corps of Parker.

Promise Ranch provides equine assisted activity and therapy programs for children, youth and adults with disabilities and other challenges. These programs help participants who have been diagnosed with autism, cerebral palsy, down syndrome and more.  A new veterans program began in August, thanks to the addition of the lift, which makes it possible for veterans with severe disabilities to sit in the saddle and receive equine therapy.