Passing the Torch

It was a simple question, posed to one person already doing inspiring work in Parker and Douglas County. Parker Lifestyle asked Dennis Gorton who inspires him.

November 2019 Around Town

Ranchlands Art Show Ranchlands is hosting its annual art retrospective premiere at 6 p.m., Nov. 21 at The Nature Conservancy, 3575 Ringsby Court, Suite 428, Denver. Ranchlands is a Colorado ranching company preserving ecosystems and ranching heritage on a profitable basis. Its properties include the Chico Basin Ranch near Colorado Springs and Medano Zapata Ranch, next to the Great Sand Dunes National … Continued

Thankful

  “I am grateful that my horizons were not narrowed at the outset.” —Jessye Norman As November rolls around, we’re eagerly awaiting the approach of Thanksgiving, the holiday season and time spent with our loved ones. The winding down of the year always brings about a time of reflection for us—remembering everything we’ve done or accomplished … Continued

Flight to Luxury

TThe 10th annual Flight to Luxury fundraiser was held Sept. 13 at the Centennial Airport to raise money for PIVOT, the Colorado nonprofit founded by John Elway, Larry Mueller and George Solich. Guests were feted with a fashion show, cuisine from top restaurants, a silent and live auction and live entertainment. Photography by Jensen Sutta​

The 14th Annual Shopping Extravaganza

On Sept. 14, thousands of shoppers headed to Outlets at Castle Rock for the 14th Annual Shopping Extravaganza to enjoy a full-day of exclusive deals, catered lunch, wine tasting and the chance at more than $70,000 of dollars in prize giveaways. This year, more than 1,200 shoppers, including Denver-based fashion bloggers, raised more than $50,000 for … Continued

Jodi Picoult Event

On Sept. 24, bestselling author Jodi Picoult presented her newest novel, A Spark of Light, to a packed room of about 800 at CU South Denver in Lone Tree. Highlands Ranch novelist Eleanor Brown moderated a Q&A session before an attendee photo session. This event was sponsored by the Douglas County Libraries.  Photography by Hutch Tibbetts

Denver Barn Party

On Sept. 28, the Denver Active 20-30 Children's Foundation hosted its annual fundraiser, the 2019 Denver Barn Party presented by Noble Energy, with special music performance by country music artist Chris Janson. The event was held at The Barns at Polo Reserve in Littleton. DA2030.org

Cozy Up Your Home

Take a cue from the Scandinavian concept of hygge and welcome the transition of summer to autumn with a relaxing refresh Pumpkin spice, apple cinnamon and a hot cup of cocoa. Fall is all about getting warm and comfy as a chill hits the air—preparing yourself for winter, and cherishing those final moments of summer.  … Continued

Kitchen Memories

When I think of Thanksgiving, I can truly smell memories. It’s a day in the year when you concentrate on those you love and those who love you; throw in some food and cocktails, and, well, it’s a blessed day! 

In The Spirit of Giving

Farmers Insurance agent Kip Quinn of Parker says he can’t wait to play Saint Nick when he arrives at the Ronald McDonald House in Aurora carrying a box of toys this holiday season. And he needs lots of help from the elves—that’s anyone who can drop off a toy until the second week of December.

A Table Set for Thanksgiving

It’s time for Thanksgiving, one of the biggest events to happen in your dining room all year. With a little bit of planning and creativity, you can make a stunning table centerpiece worthy of the big day.

Shopping for a Cause

Come for the goods; stay for the giving-back experience. That’s not the official motto of Outlets at Castle Rock, but that’s pretty close to what the shopping center strives for, says Jen Simpson, marketing director.

Worth the Trip

Food has really never been a point of interest for me in my day-to-day life. I usually view food as something to prepare and satisfy me for a big day of adventuring, both in the classroom as a teacher and in the great outdoors, where I spend much of my free time roaming and playing.

October 2019 Around Town

Downtown Wine Walk Join in one of the last Downtown Parker Wine Walks of the year. Purchase a souvenir wine glass for $20 and take that around with you to enjoy wine samples provided by participating Parker Area Chamber merchants. Learn more about their amazing good and services while sipping and shopping and getting to … Continued

Stonegate Dental Care

Dr. Devin Rentz, private practice dentist at Stonegate Dental Care in Parker, says his business is different from other practices because he and his team focus on family values. 

Food, Glorious Food

Are you hungry, Parker? We’re sure you will be when you read—or should we say devour —this issue, the most drool-worthy one of the year: the Foodie issue! We spent the last few months scouring the streets here and afar, and we found more than enough material to fill these pages. While we don’t like … Continued

So Long to Summer Run

Parker Parks and Recreation held the annual So Long to Summer 5K/10K and Family Fun Trek with RNK Running and Walking Aug. 10 at Salisbury Park in Parker. Participants enjoyed great weather on the Cherry Creek Regional Trail and celebrated with pancakes at the finish. 

Parker Brewfest

The Parker Brewfest is the largest fundraiser hosted by the Cherry Creek Valley Rotary Club of Parker (a 501(c)(3) Foundation) where 100% of the proceeds go to various charities within Parker and Douglas County. ParkerBrewfest.com | CCVRotary.org

SECORCares 1K

In August, more than 400 people attended the Parker 1K Six Blocks to help raise more than $10,000 for SECORCares. The Parker nonprofit feeds those in the community who are struggling to put food on the table. SECORCares has a food market where guests can shop, a free mobile food market and a program to feed … Continued

Día de los Muertos

When Yvette Marquez-Sharpnack was a little girl in El Paso, Texas, she remembers walking with her grandmother a handful of times to the nearby cemetery to place flowers on the gravesites of the two sons her grandma had lost as babies.

Back At The Ranch

Bootheel 7 Ranch is a fourth-generation ranching family with more than 100 years of experience raising beef. Half of our family lives at our ranch in Lusk, Wyoming, and the other half is here in Parker. Our cattle are born and raised at the ranch and don't leave until the day they head to our butcher here in Colorado. This perfect set-up allows us…

Flying High Fashion

In the magazine world, the September issue is the most anticipated arrival of the year. It’s the unofficial first look at this season’s fashion trends and predictions for the upcoming year. It’s the issue fashionistas can’t wait to get their hands on. So it is with much excitement that we present you, dear reader, with … Continued

Hometown Hustle

When Derrick White first arrives at the Blue Sky Aviation Gallery on a hot summer morning, he’s dressed in his usual attire: gym clothes. The Parker native and San Antonio Spurs guard says this is where he lives, in T-shirts, basketball shorts and sneakers.

ROCK the Runway Model Search

On Saturday, July 27, Outlets at Castle Rock hosted the annual ROCK the Runway Model Search. Aspiring models ages 5 to 23 competed for a chance to be one of 25 winners who will appear in future advertisements and fashion shows for Outlets at Castle Rock and Outlets at Silverthorne.

September 2019 Around Town

DCL Presents: Author Jodi Picoult Douglas County Libraries is excited to host Jodi Picoult from 7-11 p.m. Sept. 24 at CU South Denver in Lone Tree. Picoult is the New York Times bestselling author of such beloved novels as My Sister’s Keeper, Nineteen Minutes and Small Great Things. She will be in conversation with another New York Times bestselling … Continued

Bill Paul’s Fight Against ALS

Bill Paul's Fight Against ALS Inaugural Golf Tournament raised $80,000 the first weekend of August at the Meridian Golf Club. About 250 people participated, and nighttime festivities featured The River band. Bill Paul's Fight Against ALS is a nonprofit founded by Bill and Julianne Martin of Lone Tree after Bill was diagnosed with the disease in 2016. … Continued

Wear Love Wagon

Somewhere in a local farmers market, 21-year-old Ashlee Nawrocki stands outside her nonprofit Wear Love Wagon trailer, talking to shoppers about the handmade jewelry, handbags and accessories she is selling to support anti-trafficking organizations. 

Iron Horse Travels

“A long ride is the answer to a question you will soon forget.”

Pet Tales

It sounds sort of silly to some people, but being with dogs relies heavily on being present and having the right energy. Dogs sense when you’re scared, uncomfortable, stressed, nervous, worked-up or distracted. 

Fox Hill Farm Grand Opening

Fox Hill Farm celebrated its Grand Opening Party June 29 with music, food trucks, farm tours and giveaways. LiveInFoxHill.com

August 2019 Around Town

Ladies-Only Drivers Class Join the Rocky Mountain Region of Porsche Club of America for its annual Ladies-Only High-Performance Driver Education on Aug. 10 at the Colorado State Patrol Track in Golden. This is the largest women-only track event in the nation. The event is open to all women regardless of experience and all makes of … Continued

Some of Our Favorite Things: Kids, Pets and Travel!

For many of us, August is a bittersweet turning point in the calendar year. Summer freedom is drawing to a close, and the school bells will be ringing any day now. While the lazy days of sipping cool beverages poolside may be numbered, this month brings a sense of renewal. New routines, new clothes and … Continued

Fast Cars and Freedom

The Boeing Blue Sky Aviation Gallery at Centennial Airport hosted its Fast Cars and Freedom Showcase June 29. Visitors were able to view the T-6 Texan, P-51 Mustang, Gulfstream, Fouga Magister and Lear 45-class jets up close, as well some amazing cars from Ferrari and the Central Colorado Corvette Club. Photography by Paul Gordon

Mici Grand Opening

Mici Handcrafted Italian opened at Dransfield and Twenty Mile Road, its sixth location in Parker, and kicked off festivities with a float in the Parker Days Parade. Mici is a family-run, fast-casual restaurant serving authentic Italian food, offering dine-in, catering, carryout and delivery.

Treehive Chiropractic Grand Opening

Dr. Tim Zittle and team hosted a ribbon cutting/launch party for their new Parker practice June 13. Serving up love, hope and healing to those who need it most, Treehive's goal is to help you feel and function as well as you can for as long as you can so you can focus on the things that … Continued

A Mom’s Wanderlust

I couldn’t imagine waiting until the AARP magazines started arriving in my mailbox to experience a streetside café in Paris or looking up in wonder at the masterpieces in Europe’s grand museums. I wanted to do those things again with my children ...

Doggy Power

Graphic designer and illustrator Brittany Henson’s creativity shows up in her hand-lettered greeting cards, T-shirts and home design goods, including her pet illustration pillows. She came up with the idea for her business, Grain+Dot, about seven years ago after shopping for a greeting card. She couldn't find anything inspiring, so she started making her own, imbued with her unorthodox, dry sense of…

Teen Spaces

Interior designer Kathy Helfrich of JDuce Designs says this redesigned 12-year-old boy’s bedroom adds industrial-hip touches and frees up space for him to hang out with friends or simply spend time reading.

The Trail Season

Growing up in the Front Range, my parents never took me into the mountains. The mountains were there to direct me on which way was West. It wasn't until I went to Fort Lewis College in Durango in the '90s that I truly got a taste of all the trails offered. When I had to move back home after college for a…

July 2019 Around Town

New Head Pastor Aaron Couch is the new head pastor at Southeast Christian Church in Parker. Aaron says he is most excited for, “new opportunity, new adventure—the people that we’ve met in Parker have been wonderful.” He preached his first weekend April 21. Aaron currently resides in Idaho and has been there for more than … Continued

Get Outside and Get Inspired

Summertime is a magical season. The kids are out of school, the sunshine seems never-ending and there’s no shortage of adventures that await. For many, summer evokes fond memories of childhood: sleepaway camp, family vacations and swimming until your fingers shriveled like prunes. We also celebrate our nation’s independence, host parties for our friends and … Continued

Cattle Crossing 5K

Parker Parks and Recreation and RNK Running and Walking sponsored the annual Cattle Crossing 5K at Tallman Meadow Park in Parker June 1. Participants were highly encouraged to wear their best cowboy and cow getups. About 150 people participated. The top overall male and female finishers were Jay Hoskinson and Sarah Cottle of Parker.

Parker Days

Parker Days, a signature event of the Parker Area Chamber of Commerce, was held June 6–10. Photos courtesy of Johnnie Medina of Through the Lens Photography

DIY Your Way to a Bug-Free Summer

Adult- and Kid-Friendly Natural Bug Repellents from A Beautiful Mess Photos and Article by A Beautiful Mess Adult Blend What you need + 10 drops lemon essential oil + 10 drops lemongrass essential oil + 8 drops lavender essential oil + 8 drops eucalyptus essential oil + 1 ½ ounces distilled water (minus 1 teaspoon to … Continued

Outdoor Playlist

A relaxed summer vibe brings the Colorado music scene alive. From small mountain-town parks featuring local bands to large stadium concerts headlining the hottest acts, there is no shortage of high-quality and superbly entertaining music. Coloradans have a broad taste in music, and musicians of many genres clamor to perform here. Home to one of the most astounding natural amphitheaters in the country, Colorado boasts a thriving homegrown music…

Designing an Oasis

The focal point of this Castle Rock master bath built in the early 2000s had been the massive jacuzzi tub with its bulky surround, something the current owners just didn’t use that often.

The Beauty of Giving Back

When Stacey James opened Stacey James Salon and Spa in Parker over 10 years ago, she found it difficult to hire stylists who had the technical and creative skills required for today’s beauty industry. Stacey saw a need and decided to fill it. Soon after opening her salon she also created and opened Stacey James Institute, a full-service cosmetology and…

Eric Goodman’s On My Bookshelf

Dr. Eric Goodman, founder of Meridian Success Group, is a certified coach, consultant and trainer who specializes in helping business leaders, executives and professionals overcome challenges, plan for the future and create greater wins while maximizing success in business and in life.

Lessons in Life

There is value in our work, what we do every day to earn a living and support our families and those around us. We know this to be true. Here, Parker Lifestyle’s Men of Influence bring that truth into focus by sharing what they’ve learned along their different life journeys. Both of these Parker men may leave the house every…

June 2019 Around Town

Derrick White Basketball Academy June 24–27 Nothing But Net Elite Basketball Academy of Parker is hosting the Derrick White Basketball Academy for youth ages 6–18 from June 24–27 at the Parker Field House. Derrick White currently plays for the San Antonio Spurs and is a Parker-grown talent who played at Legend High School and was … Continued