A Handmade Valentine’s Day

 un | From-Scratch Pasta  Yield: 1 pound  2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting

Maker’s Mark: Why Handmade Matters

“Art and love are the same thing: It’s the process of seeing yourself in things that are not you.” - Chuck Klosterman

New Year’s Eve at Vines Wine Bar & Bistro

Night owls and early birds alike spent the evening at Vines Wine Bar & Bistro on New Year’s Eve to ring in 2018 with good company and friends—and who could resist a photo-op with artful touches? 

Parker Library Celebrates Noon Year’s Eve

Parker Library hosted a Noon Year’s Eve celebration on December 31. The afternoon included a 3-2-1 countdown where confetti-filled balloons hanging from the ceiling were popped. Kids and their families made New Year’s necklaces and party hats, face painters were on hand, plus—of course—snacks!

February 2018 Around Town

PARKER - January 3, 2018 - Formerly known as the Parker Authority for Reinvestment (PAR), the Town of Parker’s urban renewal authority has now evolved in both name and initiative. With its new name, Partnering for Parker’s Progress (P3) is armed with a robust strategic plan, a renewed commitment to engaging the community and a refreshed brand.

Parker Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals Event

The Parker Chamber hosted the Parker Young Professionals event in December. These events are for ages 21-40 and provide young professionals opportunities for engagement with their cohorts from the South Denver area. The Chamber used the opportunity to partner with Freedom Service Dogs and helped to raise money for them.

Craftsman Kindled

Nearly all of Sam and Pam Ashley’s wood pieces begin on their secluded 10-acre property near Kremmling, CO. What others might dismiss as devastated forestry, they see as potential coffee tables, wine holders or the perfect walking stick.

Art is…

I consider myself a global citizen. At the age of 15, I received an art scholarship to study Fine Arts in Edinburgh, Scotland, which introduced me to my passion and calling. From my wonderful teacher Ms. Francesca Shaw, I firmed in my resolve to learn and to further explore my love for colors. Ms. Shaw's belief and encouragement turned into…

A Delicious Roar

Rory's diner is the new familiar place in town. It's a diner-style restaurant that celebrates Americana with a Colorado flair.


Wintertime in beautiful Colorado means it’s cold and especially dry. This combination of environmental conditions can cause dry, flaky and sometimes itchy skin, even in people who don’t have this problem in the warmer months. We talked with dermatologists Dr. Christopher Messana and Dr. Kate Messana of Elevated Dermatology in Parker to gather tips for skin care during these winter…

24 Hours with an Artist

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Sweet Glamour

She's a little bit country, he's a little but rock-n-roll—and everything in between.

Meet our Makers

I'm the oldest of two girls, but I’m a risk-taker/entrepreneur type which is usually associated with being the last-born. I grew up mostly in the Washington, D.C. area but have gotten to see much of the world as a filmmaker for most of my career. Something cool I own is an Emmy. Something you might not know: I made a movie about women’s roller derby…

Making exercise fun again

Working out can get boring. No matter how killer the music is that’s playing in your headphones... and despite the 16 TVs you’re watching at once while thumping out another 30-minute treadmill session, the reward is often found in the thrill of being done.

January 2018 Around Town

For the fifth time in six years, Telluride has been named the #1 ski resort in North America in Condé Nast Traveler's annual reader survey.

Diet by Color

In the plant world, color and hue rule in terms of disease-fighting capability. Each color represents different benefits and the deeper the color, the more benefit there is. 

Second Annual Parker Sip-N-Shop

The Parker Chamber of Commerce hosted its second annual Sip-n-Shop November 9 at Parker's PACE Center. With over 30 vendors at the fabulous indoor/outdoor market, a full bar, heaters and hot chocolate & cider, people enjoyed a festive experience while shopping local for the holidays.

15-Minute Workout

No time to make it to the gym? That’s no excuse for skipping your workout! Julie Sneed, Crossfit Castle Rock Trainer and top international Crossfit competitor, shows us an intense 15-minute CrossFit workout so you can kick your own behind, even when you’re housebound. Use your own body weight, or grab items around the house for added intensity—cans of beans for hand…

Parker Turkey Day 5K

2,000 runners and walkers participated in the Parker Rec Center's Turkey Day 5K on Thanksgiving morning. Many dressed up in holiday garb, adding to the festive spirit.

Four-ward Fitness

   Getting--and staying--in shape looks different today than it did just a decade ago. Specialized clubs bring people together in community, keeping them engaged and moving. We've homed in on four fitness regimens that can boast a growing following. From barre fitness to finding the calorie-burn zone, these trends should keep you moving in 2018.  “We use the word results a…

Precious Pieces

 Kentucky native Susan HOOK Picon knows all about taking change.    The daughter of a successful automobile-dealer father and interior-designer mother, she learned at a young age about quality antiques and tasteful design. “We always had the most beautiful home in the neighborhood,” says Picon. "My mother would decorate her friends’ homes for free."  So it was no surprise that…


These unconventional books are not only fun to explore on their own, but also work well in tandem. Yoga complements nearly any activity, contemplative hiking can take your outdoor experience to a higher level, and expert trail tips for the Front Range —where trail choices are abundant— can’t go wrong.

Trainer Confessions

Ever wish you knew what your personal trainer knows? Here’s the skinny on some of the best tips and confessions from three top trainers.  

December 2017 Lifestyle Letter

What’s your favorite holiday tradition? Pulling out the decor? Sending the annual holiday cards? Making those once-a-year family recipes?

Parker Panache Fashion Show

The autumn chill set the right mood for pining after gorgeous frocks in anticipation of the holidays. Parker Panache hosted a fashion show to celebrate, as the evening aimed to highlight a diversity of women. Models ranged from age 17 to the mid-50's.

Parker Arts Stage Show

Parker Arts hosted its first annual “Behind the Curtain” Stage Dinner October 24th. The exclusive event treated attendees to backstage access with cocktails and dinner. They spent time in actors' dressing rooms & green room, and enjoyed a private tour of some restricted areas of the theater.

December 2017 Around Town

From Holiday Delight with Magical 3-D Lights to Santa and the Debut of His New Village to Complimentary Gift Wrap and the Largest Selection of Stores, Park Meadows Offers Guests Something Truly Special this Holiday Season

Jozi’s Kitchen & Shebeen

If you think the standard Mexican and Indian fare is as about exotic as food gets in the southern suburbs, then Jozi’s Kitchen and Shebeen in Parker is sure to expand your horizons.

A Bloom in Winter

Parker Blooms is a Parker gem. Owned by floral designer Bobbi O’Donnell since 2012, designs range from contemporary to very modern. “The zen style is my favorite,” says Bobbi. “They’re modern and highlight each individual flower. 

Luxe & Luscious, Tech & Tots

Can you keep shopping simple and still spread holiday joy to everyone on your list? We think so. This year, spend more time merrying and less time shopping with gifts they'll be happy to touch, smell, hear and taste all year long.

Fixin’ for the season

Shannon and Jake Korth’s spacious walk-out ranch is a hard-working home, accommodating their family’s needs year-round as they manage the plethora of activities and events for their five children. And with their penchant for hosting parties—the Super Bowl, murder mysteries, Halloween—just to name a few, the home’s main living space is put to the test on a regular basis.

Mother of All Ginger

I’m originally from Pennsylvania—I’m a Philly girl. I was in theater when I was younger. I did summer stock, and went to college in southern Mississippi. My husband and I have been in Parker since 1991. We remember watching people ride their horses to the War Horse on Mainstreet.

Who Am I?

Many years ago I stopped by Abloom Florist in Highlands Ranch for a bouquet of flowers. Picking up a business card at the register, I was surprised to see that the owner, Maxine Alcott, and I shared a surname. To be clear, my maiden name was actually Allcut, but our family bible shows a documented misspelling around the time of…

Reuse & Rejoice!

There's no shortage of Do-It-Yourself ideas online these days, and after seeing these dressed-up bulbs on display, we decided to try this holiday project for ourselves. With its simplicity and sparkly appeal, the hardest part of this craft will be deciding whether or not to let the kids help out!

A Show of Tradition

It’s finally here--the biggest, baddest, reddest, greenest, sparkliest holiday of all!

Your Eyes

Small Business Saturday —aptly named for its falling the Saturday after Thanksgiving — is November 25, and having an abundance of local shops and boutiques is a boon for the Town of Parker during gift-giving season. But there's always "that" person —you love 'em but they're just so hard to shop for! If you've had trouble coming up with a gift idea for them, we're here to help! At two Parker businesses,…

T is for Table, G is for Gathering

Ah, the holidays. We’re in the throes of anticipating, strategizing, shopping, cooking, photographing, posting, tagging, celebrating and more. Gotta love the delicious distraction of the holidays, but before the six-week red, green, and sparkle extravaganza of Christmas/New Year’s Days/Eves, there’s an understated yet meaningful little holiday called Thanksgiving to celebrate.


For a quiet moment alone or with loved ones, the Sanctuary Center in Sedalia might just be the most mysterious, tranquil and little-known (till now) places in Douglas County. Small shrines created by previous visitors commemorate beloved pets and lament lost loves, while a "wish tree" made of ribbons blows softly in the wind, revealing the written hopes and dreams of…

There’s an App for That

For the last few years my husband and I have hosted between 25 and 30 people at our home for Thanksgiving, and one of my favorite parts of this tradition is the appetizers.  Our Thanksgiving menu is mostly traditional. I try to mix it up a bit each year, adding a new twist to the stuffing or the vegetable sides…

For local artist Julie Janney

When artist Julie Janney takes her brush to acrylic paint and works it on the canvas, she finally feels free. “I’m a perfectionist by nature,” Janney says. “I pressure myself to be perfect. But when I paint I can let it all go and just work with the acrylic and get in the zone.” Although she has traveled the country…

Tasting La Vida Local

Perhaps it’s no coincidence that this lyric from Katherine Lee Bates'  “America the Beautiful” was penned in Colorado; here we are, 134 years later, and those amber waves have lent themselves to the local beer crafting, testing and connoisseur-ing that has become a legitimate Colorado past time. Our state ranks second as the state with the most breweries, and that makes local beer-tasting especially fun, if not convenient. 

November 2017 Lifestyle Letter

The word gratitude comes up a lot these days, especially in yoga class. I’ll admit I used to hear the yoga instructor talk about gratitude as an “intention,” and I’d immediately think, “Oh yes, I need to be grateful today!” Cross-legged on my mat, I’d send a quick but sincere prayer of thanks out into the universe.  

Have Snow? Let’s Go

As someone who has lived in Florida most of my adult life, I had forgotten the experience of snow and mountains. 

Double Angel Ball Park

The human spirit instinctively strives to create meaning, especially when faced with heart-breaking tragedy. 

Feeling Good, Being Well

It seems everywhere we turn we hear about wellness, but what does it really mean? A current study underway at the Stanford Prevention Research Center is setting out to learn just that.

Project C.U.R.E. and Vicente Fox Celebrate Giving

Project C.U.R.E., the nation’s largest provider of donated medical equipment to developing countries, recently welcomed Vicente Fox, Mexico’s 55th president, to its distribution headquarters in Centennial. Fox was there to commemorate the nonprofit’s 70th, 53-foot-long cargo container of medical supplies donated to Mexico. Photography by Jimmy Dozer

NKF Konica Minolta Golf Classic at Colorado Golf Club

The National Kidney Foundation held its annual NKF Konica Minolta Golf Classic July 24 at the Colorado Golf Club.

When Change is in the Air

Maybe the divorce is your idea, or maybe it was the last thing you saw coming. Either way, there are a few steps you can take so that it doesn't feel like the end of the world. Knowing/doing these 8 key things up front can help you and your family feel safe and in control. So you and your loved…


Some of us might hear the term essential oils and wonder, Why are they essential? If they are “absolutely necessary,” as essential is defined in most dictionaries, how have I made it this far without them? But look up the definition of essential as it pertains to oil and you’ll find something much different. My panic subsides. I call my…

Day of the Dead Dinner Party

Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a Mexican holiday that dates back hundreds of years. November 1 is “Día de los Inocentes” (Day of the Innocents) and also known as Día de los Angelitos (Day of the Little Angels). November 2 is Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). Día de los Muertos is a time…