Forging a New Path

Parker Garage Chef Duy Pham is something of a local celebrity chef. After 25 years of making headlines in the restaurant scene in Colorado, he’s used to talking to local media about his creative dishes and new restaurant concepts.

F is for Foodie

“F” is for “foodie,” a person with a particular interest in food. Someone who’s always up for trying new places and has a refined but adventurous palate. “F” is for “fall fun,” too. And this month at Parker Lifestyle, we’re exploring what is happening right here at home with food, fun and adventure. Get behind the scenes … Continued

DCL Presents: Craig Johnson

Douglas County Libraries hosted author Craig Johnson and more than 400 of his fans at the Lone Tree Arts Center on Sept. 5. The best-selling author of the Longmire mystery series and Netflix TV series featuring Sheriff Walt Longmire charmed the audience with delightful stories and personalized book signings.

YA YA Farm & Orchard

Take advantage of this year's bumper apple crop by planning a road trip to YA YA Farm & Orchard in Longmont. Just an hour and a half north of Parker, you’ll find the perfect food-inspired day trip at this charming throwback to when the region was predominately farms and orchards.

Bringing It All Home

    "We’re all committed to it being a signature local experience, instead of a chain-store experience." — Mike May, CEO of Mars Development   

Plant-Based Health and Wellness Summit

The Plant-Based Health and Wellness Summit, held Aug. 18-19 at the PACE Center, was envisioned by founders Jerry Casados and Kelley Williamson to empower individuals to take control of their health. The theme of the Summit was about living a healthy lifestyle with the emphasis on four major components of a healthy lifestyle: diet/nutrition, stress relief, love/support and movement.  … Continued

2018 Barker Days

This exciting Parker Parks and Recreation event on Sept. 8 welcomed hundreds of dogs with their owners and featured a temporary dog park in the O’Brien Park ball field and H2O’Brien Pool, plus dog-related vendors.

Plant-Based Kitchenista

Kelley Williamson started cooking about age 8 to help out her working parents in the evenings. And growing up in Kansas, that meant traditional fare such as chicken fried steak and mashed potatoes.

Back-to-School Fashion

 Article Peggy G. Ziglin | Photography Raemi Vermiglio  10 Fall Trends for 2018  The school bells are ringing, and with the crisp air comes cool fashion trends. Here are 10 fun ways to elevate your style this season.

Family Jewels

 Article Jennifer Starbuck | Photography Raemi Vermiglio  Jeffery Bollling spent more than two decades traveling the world selling diamonds and hosting remounting events for large national jewelry stores. After being on the road for 24 years, he settled down in Colorado and opened his own jewelry store, naming it Jeffery B Jewelers, because, as he puts it, you can never…

September 2018 Around Town

Leman Academy Set to Begin Servicing Scholars in Colorado “This is truly a dream come true to bring such rich classical curriculum, Dr. Leman’s principles and Charlotte Mason’s tools for learning right here to our backyard,” Leman Academy Principal Jason Edwards says. Leman Academy of Excellence offers a rigorous classical education where the disciplines are interrelated, … Continued

Season of Style

We’ve all had that moment when our closet is full but we can’t find a thing to wear. Whether it’s too big, too small, or just plain last season, it can be difficult to find the perfect thing to put on. It’s no wonder, too. Our style is the first thing the rest of the … Continued

Insta-Inspire

 Article Jeni Fleck  Fall fashion season is upon us and while you may have to unpack that box of clothes you stored at the end of spring, you don’t have to work too hard if your closet just needs an update. As the crisp in the air gets cooler, you can stay close to home by checking out the fashion-forward boutiques…

Accents Redefined

 Article Jeni Fleck | Photography Brian Johnson  We often spend so much time in our own homes and spaces that it is difficult to think outside of the box (or the bucket) when we get the itch for that seasonal refresh. We start looking for the newest trending pieces to update our accents and create a new look, but we often overlook…

Leman Academy of Excellence Ribbon Cutting & PACE Event

With the much-anticipated opening of the Leman Academy of Excellence Charter School, Dr. Leman visited Parker on July 29th to meet the new scholars and their families.  An internationally known psychologist; radio and television personality; educator; speaker; and author of over 45 books; Dr. Leman was welcomed with excitement. The Academy's Ribbon Cutting was also held on August … Continued

Closet Audit

 Article Bri Maxwell, owner of BriStyles | Photography Brian Johnson  Closet full of clothes and nothing to wear? Tired of wearing the same outfit over and over? Overwhelmed by the clutter in your closet? This fall, simplify your life with a DIY wardrobe edit.  Before you begin, set aside a couple hours, pour yourself a glass of wine and assess…

First Friday Art Walk

Parker Artists Guild along with the Downtown Business Alliance present First Friday Art Walks the first Friday of every month in downtown Parker. With more than 30 artists filling the streets, the Art Walk offers plenty of local creatives to discover!

Parker Wine Walk

Once a month from May through November, Parker residents flock to the streets of downtown to enjoy good company and great wine. While browsing the shops, booths and enjoying the open-air patios and live music, friends and neighbors laughed and visited with business owners. Brought to you by the Parker Area Chamber of Commerce and Planet Fitness. 

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…

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

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…

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