October 2016 Around Town 2

Trick-or-Treat on Mainstreet is Oct. 31

With more than 15,000 attendees at last year’s Trick-or-Treat on Mainstreet, the Cherry Creek Valley Rotary Club of Parker has made some adjustments for this year.

To avoid the lines residents experienced last year, there will be entrances on the west at Mainstreet and Victorian (at O’Brien Park), on the east at Mainstreet and Victorian (at Parker Station with parking available at the PACE Center), and south on Pikes Peak as you approach Mainstreet with parking on Pikes Peak.

All area residents are invited to bring their children to Mainstreet, where they can safely trick-or-treat at local businesses who are handing out candy at their stores or at booths they have set up especially for the occasion. The event runs from 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Oct. 31.

For information, visit TrickorTreatonMainstreet.com.

Double Angel Foundation Awards Scholarships

The Double Angel Foundation awarded $1,000 scholarships to four high school baseball and softball players during a summer reception at the Pinery Country Club.

The 2016 scholarship recipients were Paul Gibson, a Lutheran High School student who will attend Boise State University; Chaparral’s Hannah Moore, who will go to Colorado Mesa University; and Legend High School’s Christian Manmano, who will go to Central Arizona College, and Marshall Hough, who will attend Colorado Mesa University.

The scholarships are a way for the Double Angle Foundation to recognize seniors who played baseball or softball during their time in high school. Applications will be due by March 15, 2017, for the class of 2017. For more information, please visit DoubleAngel.org.

Dancing With the Survivors Raises Money for Cancer Patients

After a few lessons from Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Parker, Marcia Pinkstaff will join other participants and professional dancers at this year’s Dancing With the Survivors 2016 to benefit The Pink Fund, which helps breast cancer patients in active treatment.

Pinkstaff knows firsthand how hard it is to make ends meet while undergoing cancer treatment. In October of 2012, she was diagnosed with an aggressive breast cancer. She was single and had to figure out how she was going to stay in her home, manage her business and take care of her dog, while undergoing chemo, radiation and multiple surgeries.

“I had no idea how much in debt I would become from this diagnosis – $35,000 in out-of-pocket medical expenses, plus credit card debt to cover additional expenses,” she says. “Even though I am still paying a large portion of this, I am blessed to have received some assistance from others (not the Pink Fund) and to be alive and thriving today. I want to help others as I know what a difficult time this can be mentally, physically and financially.”

The event will be at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 8 at the Galleria of Stone, 12655 East 42nd Ave. #60 in Denver. For information, visit PinkFund.org.

Douglas County High Schools 
Make Headlines

Chaparral High School was included on Newsweek magazine’s annual list of top 500 high schools in the country.  The Parker school ranked 329 on the list, boasting a 98.8 percent graduation rate.

Juniors throughout the Douglas County School District (DCSD) also made a name for themselves in the 2016 ACT college entrance exam.

Results released on Aug. 11 showed an increase in the district’s average composite score to 22.5 this year – from 21.9 in 2015. The state’s 2016 average composite score is 20.4.

Parker’s schools had these average composite scores:

Chaparral High School 22.0

Legend High School 22.7

Ponderosa High School 21.8

The ACT exam is taken by all high school juniors in Colorado. However, juniors will take the SAT instead of the ACT next year, due to a change enacted by Colorado lawmakers.

CCV Rotary Club of Parker’s Brewfest was a Success

The first Parker Brewfest attracted about 1,300 people to O’Brien Park to sample 22 micro-brews, eat delicious food, listen to good music and enjoy games, while raising about $40,000 for the charitable causes supported by the Cherry Creek Valley Rotary Club of Parker.

According to the club, Parker Payless Liquors was instrumental in the success of the Aug. 20 festival. As the major sponsor, Larry May and his staff sold tickets, held in-store promotions and helped advertise the event on his Facebook pages.

The date for the Second Annual Parker Brewfest has been set for Aug. 19, 2017.

Parker PD Launches New App to Connect with Residents

The Parker Police Department has launched a free app, My Police Department (MyPD), to allow citizens to connect with the department from their smartphones.

Usable on Android or iPhone, this app gives residents an easy way to contact the police department with tips right when they see them. For example, residents could take a picture of graffiti, submit it under the “submit a tip” tab and be on their way in less than 2 minutes. There are also tabs to submit feedback, ask a question and commend an officer.

The app has been designed so that each tip is sent to the appropriate individual responsible, which cuts down on response time.

MyPD includes resources and links on a number of topics, including news and alerts, victim resources, domestic violence, press releases and missing children.

Residents looking to connect with the Parker Police Department should search for “MyPD” in the app store. Once the app is downloaded, they choose the Parker Police Department as their local agency.

Ponderosa Student of the Month

The Rotary Club of Parker honored senior Michaela Udlock as its September Student of the Month from Ponderosa High School. Michaela has a 4.16 grade-point-average and is ranked ninth in her class of 323 students. Udlock is a member of the National Society, Spanish Honors Society, Family Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA), Ponderosa Activities Cabinet, Pep band, and is a flute section leader in the Marching Band.

Udlock has also competed in  FCCLA  at the state and national levels receiving gold medals for her presentation focusing on leadership. Udlock’s teacher, Mrs. Baldwin, says  “Michaela is the type of student that seeks out challenges and opportunities”. Udlock will be applying to Hastings College and the University of Denver to study nursing or pre-medicine.