More than Just Pets

 Article Jennifer Starbuck | Photography Brian Johnson  Meet Beau and Dekan + Anna Mannerfelt  Anna Mannerfelt of Parker was working a face-paced life in New York City, feeling overworked, frenetic and exhausted, when she decided to pick up an old habit from her childhood in Sweden.

Picture-Perfect Farmhouse Life

 Article Jennifer Starbuck | Photography Brian Johnson  Pull quote:  “I’m very proud of the fact that I have persevered through so much and done so much stuff myself. It was my dream come true, and I made it happen—the horse, the property, the gardens.” 

24 Hours with Pete Plourde

 Article Jennifer Starbuck | Photography Brian Johnson  Pete Plourde spends his days, and some nights, helping his clients improve their relationships, building mutual trust and respect for one other. Together, they work on their biggest frustrations, the little behavioral ticks that have become giant wedges in getting along with each other.  But you’ll never find Pete's clients sitting across from…

Five Things I Love with Rylan Coleridge

 Article Chase Meili | Photography Brian Johnson  Rylan Coleridge of Parker says she believes that even kids can make the world a better place. So in 2017, the 7-year-old started her own group called the U R Loved Project, which connects kids with volunteer opportunities. Rylan, a fifth generation Coloradan, has always been involved in the community and is looking…

Ask the Expert

 Article Chase Meili | Photography Brian Johnson  What do you find most rewarding? Surgery can significantly improve an animal's life or resolve a life-threatening issue. It is very rewarding to give that to owners and their pets. Sometimes it does feel like a miracle and that is fun to see!  Dr. Ann Heffernan is a board-certified veterinary surgeon at AESC in…

August 2018 Around Town

The PACE Center Announces New Season Parker Arts has announced the 2018-2019 season, featuring national touring acts like Tracy Byrd and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, hilarious comedy acts like Howie Mandel and Ryan Hamilton, theater performances like The Fully Monty and Tennessee William’s A Streetcar Named Desire and so much more! Whether you want to discover new music with … Continued

Parker Farmers Market

Sundays are special in Parker. Venture downtown on any given Sunday in the summer and you will feel the buzz in air—and not just of the bees who are working on your locally sourced honey. You can feel the excitement of the children eating the fresh Palisade Peaches and your neighbors enjoying the fun of finding this … Continued

Celebrating Family

Celebrating Family When you think of family, what comes to mind? Maybe it’s the people you share your mornings with: the husband or wife who makes you breakfast, the toddler who wakes you up before sunrise or the drooling pup in the kitchen just itching for a full dish of food. Maybe it’s the people … Continued

VP2H – The Return of a Hero

Veteran’s Passport to Hope celebrated Executive Director Tony Drees' return with the Annual Fondue Raiser at The Melting Pot in Littleton.

Parker’s Summer Hot Spots

 Article Jennifer Starbuck | Photography Steven Scobee  When summer hits, there's no end to family-friendly activities in and around Parker. From hiking and biking to picnics in the park and farmer's markets, the possibilities are endless. Here a few suggestions for where to go and what to do to get the most out of this summer.  Just Add Water

Naturalization Ceremony

Congratulations to the 40 new U.S. citizens who took the Oath of Allegiance at Douglas County Libraries in Parker on May 26! Many of these new citizens are Douglas County residents. Their countries of origin include Burma, Denmark, Germany, Mexico, Ireland, U.K. and 15 other countries.

Colorado Specialties

 Article Jennifer Starbuck | Photography Steven Scobee  What do we love about summer in Colorado? Take a step outside and see. There's no place like the Centennial State in the warmer months to enjoy all the hiking, biking, rock climbing and water activities available. Of course, heading up the hill to see the splendor of the mountains is mandatory, but…

July 2018 Around Town

Parker Stars and Stripes Celebration Celebrate Independence Day at the Town of Parker’s Stars and Stripes Celebration at Salisbury Park. Bring your blankets and lawn chairs and set up for an evening jam-packed with family fun. General admission is free, so save the date and come join in on the fun! Kids and parents alike enjoy complimentary … Continued

Dog Days

Ahhhh, summer. Time for backyard pool parties and family vacations. Time for kids to run after the ice cream truck when the telltale sound of its music turns onto your street to secure the perfect sweet treat to beat the heat. For the loud explosion of fireworks on the Fourth of July, the shriveled fingertips … Continued

Memorial Day Veterans’ Service of Remembrance

The 9th Annual Service of Remembrance was held at Parker Cemetery May 28. The event included an F-16 Aircraft flyover by the Colorado Air National Guard; incredible tributes; and words of honor from Col. George Brauchler, Colorado Army National Guard, District Attorney 18th Judicial District. The truly touching service ended with a 21-gun salute, TAPS and folding … Continued

Parker Parks and Recreation Senior Stroll

Nearly 150 senior citizens participated in Parker Parks and Recreation’s 10th annual Senior Stroll event on May 30 at O’Brien Park in Parker. The event is a part of National Senior Health and Fitness Day and featured a 1-mile stroll around the park, followed by a light breakfast and socializing with friends.

Parker Parks and Recreation Cattle Crossing 5K & Family Fun Trek

Yeehaw! Runners and walkers celebrated the beginning of summer and Parker’s rich rural history at Parker Parks and Recreation’s Cattle Crossing 5K & Family Fun Trek with RNK Running & Walking on June 2 at Tallman Meadow Park in Parker. 

Kids Mobility Network “Wheels for Wheels” Car Show

On June 17, Kids Mobility Network held its annual “Wheels for Wheels” Car Show Fundraiser. Hot rods, classics and even some motorcycles were on display! Kids Mobility Network, a 501(c)3, nonprofit organization, provides wheelchairs, walkers and other medical equipment to children with disabilities.     

Parker Days 2018

Parker Days opened with a twang as Trace Adkins rocked the community and set the tone for an exciting weekend of fun. From rides to local food trucks and more vendor booths than ever before, the event drew large crowds for a celebration sponsored by the Parker Area Chamber of Commerce.  

Game On

Have Some Outdoor Fun this Summer with Lawn Games Perfect for any Get-Together, then Cool Off with a Couple Sweet Treats. Article Nicolette Martin Mölkky Throwing Game Dick’s Sporting Goods, $29.99 Playing Mölkky: In this Finnish throwing game, use a wooden pin (mölkky) to knock over wooden pins (skittles). Be the first to reach exactly 50 points to win! … Continued

Sweet Summertime Concoction

 Article Jennifer Starbuck | Photography Steven Scobee  Nick French, head bee shepherd and CEO of Frangiosa Farms Honey, has been living one mantra for the past 10 years: No bees, no food.   Nick and his team say they are passionate about helping save the bees through community-supported agriculture and education efforts. Frangiosa Farms manages about 100 hives throughout the south…

The Backyard Buzz

 Article Jennifer Starbuck | Photography Steven Scobee  It’s summertime in Colorado, which means you’ve instantly gained another living room with your backyard. How can you make this bonus square footage into a place everyone wants to kick back and relish our summer evenings?  Jessica Duce of JDuce Design in Parker recommends spacing out distinct zones for different activities, which will…

Hope for Our Great American Warriors

 Article Jennifer Starbuck | Photography Brian Johnson  Army combat veteran Tony Drees is passionate about helping veterans thrive in civilian life, especially those who come home with debilitating physical and emotional injuries.  Tony is executive director for Veteran’s Passport to Hope, a Colorado-based nonprofit that advocates for veteran’s issues and raises money and awareness for organizations that are already providing…

Dude Food

Whether You’re Cooking for One or Cooking for Many, These Easy Dishes are Sure to Impress Anyone Gathered at Your Kitchen Table Article Nicolette Martin FRIED CHICKEN SANDWICH WITH JALAPEÑO SLAW INGREDIENTS (SANDWICH) 1 cup all-purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon ground paprika 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder Cayenne pepper, to taste Boneless, skinless chicken breasts Vegetable oil … Continued

Eli + His Dad

 Article Jennifer Starbuck | Photography Dr. Andre Nazarov  Ping G400 Max golf driver  PGA Superstore, $399.99

In the Eye and Heart of the Beholder

 Article Joan Dameron | Photography Steven Scobee    How long have you been an artist? 

A Beginner’s Guide to Running

 Article Jennifer Starbuck | Photography Steven Scobee  RNK co-owners Trent Briney and Jim Browning give their top gear picks for runners:  

Dear Gents,

Your time is here gentlemen, and you don’t have to be a father to find something you’ll enjoy in these pages. While we will celebrate the dads in our lives on Father’s Day, June 17, I would like to give a tribute to my own dad. Even though he has been gone for six years, … Continued

June 2018 Around Town

Four Parker High School Seniors Receive College Scholarships Four Parker high school seniors—Luke Bailey, Chaparral High School; PJ Ausmus and Brody McCord, Legend High School; and Noraa Fort, Lutheran High School—have been selected to receive $1,000 scholarships from the Double Angel Foundation, a nonprofit based in Parker. The scholarships will be officially awarded at a … Continued

Summertime Hot Spots

 Article Jennifer Starbuck | Photography Steven Scobee  What better way to celebrate Father’s Day—or, let’s be honest, any day this summer—than ordering up a craft brew, taking a seat on a patio and hanging with the guys?   

Local Male Movers & Shakers

 Article Jennifer Starbuck | Photography Steven Scobee  Omar Castillo, group manager with Community Banks of Colorado  What's the best advice you've ever received?

Inspiring Local Female Movers & Shakers

 Article Jennifer Starbuck | Photography Steven Scobee  The Doctors  Dr. Kate Messana

Jeni + Her Mom

 Article Jennifer Starbuck | Photography Steven Scobee and Provided  Sambazon Organic Acai Berry smoothie starter  Sprouts Farmers Market, 9751 S. Parker Road., $7.49

A Hot Girlfriends Getaway

 Article Jennifer Starbuck | Photography Steven Scobee  May is here, and it’s time to rejuvenate the soul with a girls getaway weekend. Lucky you, Mt. Princeton Hot Springs—and a long soak—is only a three-hour drive away from Parker.   

Build a Space Suited Just For You

 Article Jennifer Starbuck | Photography Steven Scobee and Lokal Homes  An interior designer for 20 years, Alex Whitman says her biggest tips for creating a great home is to surround yourself with things you love and to make your space work for your life right now.   

2018 Macaroni Kid Douglas County Summer Camp & Activities Fair

The 2018 Macaroni Kid Douglas County Summer Camp & Activities Fair was held Sunday, April 8 at CU South Denver. This event is a one-stop community-focused event designed to give families the opportunity to meet face-to-face with the best camps, summer activities and more in and around Douglas County.

Zonta Club of Douglas County’s Annual Trivia Night Fundraiser

“Empowering Women Through Service & Advocacy.” Each April, the Zonta Club of Douglas County hosts a trivia night. It is the signature fundraiser for the club, and all monies earned are returned to the community in the form of grants and scholarships.

May 2018 Around Town

Jay Moore Studio – “Wanderlust” Jay Moore’s mission is “To create a painting worthy of my collectors, I need to experience the location—breathe the air and crunch the leaves underfoot.” See his works at the “Wanderlust” showcase of new works focusing on recent trips to Colorado and the west. During the show, which runs May … Continued

​To Strong Women

Though May is traditionally a time to celebrate mothers, at Parker Lifestyle, we want to take this chance to recognize all of the strong ladies in our community. From activists, entrepreneurs and CEOs to artists, teachers and, yes, mothers, these women are changing our community’s landscape and influencing its future. In this month’s feature article, … Continued

DIY Duotone Statement Earrings

Shake up your jewelry box with these handmade geometric earrings— perfect for yourself or as a gift for your best ladies Article and Photography Nicolette Martin Piece by Piece Use both your bent nose forceps and needle nose pliers to secure each end of the jump ring. Gently twist the jump ring to open the … Continued

Eco Chic

Spring has finally sprung! As the last dredges of winter make their way out, and we can finally begin to stop and smell the roses, it’s also a good time to remind ourselves to take the time to appreciate our beautiful planet. As spring approaches and the world around us begins to bloom with fresh beginnings, we are also excited to…

April 2018 Around Town

“Dead Sea Scrolls,” the exhibition that has captivated millions around the world, opened March 16 at Denver Museum of Nature & Science.

Pure Barre Pop-up

Infiniti of Denver hosted a Pure Barre Pop-up in January. Briget Russomanno, owner of Pure Barre Parker and Greenwood Village, led the class, and participants enjoyed food and wine provided by Infiniti of Denver. Money was raised for the All-Stars Club, which benefits individuals with special needs.

Zackari Parrish Virtual 5K Run/Walk

RNK Running and Walking hosted the Zackari Parrish Virtual 5K Run/Walk as an add-on event when the original Castle Rock event reached capacity. Funds raised supported the Fallen Officers Fund and the Parrish family. It was a beautiful day to honor all men and women that keep the community safe.

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local choice

If you have been to the Parker Farmers Market or visited one of Jill & Jason Williams’s shops, which are aptly named the Local, you have probably seen their welcoming smiles greeting shoppers and educating neighbors on the locally sourced wares. These two are truly passionate about bringing local artisans, vendors and food to the Colorado community via their stores and…

Luxury Meets Efficiency

The 2018 BMW X5 xDrive40e has revved up the luxury hybrid market. It’s a BMW—which means yes, it’s a pleasure to drive—but it’s also a fuel-efficient plug-in hybrid.

Local to the Bone

It’s a bright, mild morning in south Parker a few weeks before the first official day of spring, and 21-year-old rancher Linus Leppink leans on a sheep pen, checking out all the seasonal arrivals. 

An Eco-Friendly Refresh

Two female entrepreneurs with a common vision to give back to the community are helping change the future of downtown Parker. Cathy Schulze and Maggie Layton are pioneers in the formation of the Downtown Business Alliance's Creative Committee. The long-term goal is for Parker to be designated as an Art District.  

Seasonally Sourced

Executive chef Duy Pham uses fresh, locally sourced produce whenever possible. In fact, he grows the basil in this recipe right in his own "backyard," the Parker Garage Garden. A key to his ingredient selection is a rotating variety of local, seasonal produce. 

The Wonderful World of Houseplants

It is about this time each year that I really start itching to garden. The days are getting longer, the sun is warming the ground, and I want to get outside and start digging. However, we all know that spring in Colorado is finicky and the rule of thumb is to wait to plant outdoors until after Mother’s Day. So,…