Turkey Day Fun Run/Walk

Parker families and friends braved the chilly temperatures on Thanksgiving morning at Parker Parks and Recreation’s annual Turkey Day 5K FUN Run/Walk with RNK Running & Walking.

Lifestyle Holiday Party

On Dec. 18, Lifestyle Publishers Jeni Fleck and Joan Dameron, who own and operate Parker Lifestyle and Highlands Ranch/Lone Tree Lifestyle, celebrated the holidays with community partners, friends and readers at Rory's Diner, 11020 South Pikes Peak Drive. The event featured a toy drive to benefit the Ronald McDonald House in Aurora, organized by Farmers Insurance … Continued

New Years Eve at The Laszlo

Parker's newest gem The Laszlo Hotel, which opened in December, hosted its first New Year's Eve party to ring in the new decade.

Fox Hill Star Lighting

On Nov. 30, about 150 people attended the Fox Hill farm-to-table neighborhood's first Barn Star Lighting at its historic homestead just south of Parker.

Fall for a Cure

Fall for a Cure, organized by Megan Bugle of Highlands Ranch, was held Oct. 18 at Cielo at Castle Pines. More than 150 people helped raise over $13,000 for the nonprofit organization NF2 BioSolutions and gene therapy research. NF2 is a disorder that allows tumors to grow throughout the neurological system.  Photography by Kaitlyn Parker of KP Photography

Exploration of Flight

In September, Wings Over the Rockies unveiled the “Clay Lacy Field of Dreams Flight Ramp” at Boeing Blue Sky Aviation Gallery at Exploration of Flight. The ramp was named after generous donor Clay Lacy, who has piloted aircraft for more than 55,000 hours, possibly more than any human ever. The ramp will accommodate additional flight … Continued

Hide In Plain Sight Gala

The Hide In Plain Sight Gala was held Nov. 1 to with an auction to raise money for the nonprofit organization that provides support and opportunities for students struggling with homelessness and financial hardship. HidePlainSight.org

SECORCares Ribbon Cutting

On Nov. 4, SECORCares celebrated the opening of its new facility with a ribbon-cutting. The building, built by Solomon Foundation, will house SECORCares, a free food market and financial resource center, as well as Parker Secret Closet, Aging Resources of Douglas County, Lifeline, Vikas and Step Seven. SecorCares.com

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

Sky Ridge Medical Center South Parker ER Groundbreaking

Sky Ridge Medical Center broke ground on Sky Ridge South Parker ER April 17. The Sky Ridge leadership team, Councilmen Jeff Toborg and John Diak, Parker Chamber President Dennis Houston and County Commissioner Abe Laydon, broke ground at the site at the northwest corner of Parker and Hess roads, where the support structure is already … Continued

SECOR Bags and Baubles

It was a great afternoon with girlfriends supporting families in need! Kendra Scott jewelry partnered with SECOR Cares for the SECOR Bags and Baubles fundraiser, which offered jewelry for purchase and beautiful high-end purses and bags to bid on. The event raised $6,000. SECOR Cares in Parker is a free food market and financial resource center. SECORCares.com

Cinco de Mayo at Outlets at Castle Rock

Outlets at Castle Rock welcomed Colorado shoppers and fiesta-goers for a weekend-long Cinco de Mayo celebration fit for the whole family. The two-day festivities included live dance performances, music and delicious bites from popular local food trucks. 

Parker Racquet Club Opening

The Parker Racquet Club had its grand opening in March and celebrated with a PRC Open tennis tournament March 29-30. Visit the club at 18396 Plaza Drive or ParkerRacquetClub.Com.

Parker Secret Closet Gala

Parker Secret Closet held its first Fashion Exhibit and Anniversary Gala to raise money for its mission of providing free special-occasion dresses, tuxedos and accessories for teens. The gala was held at the Vehicle Vault on April 5 and included a silent auction and display of teen fashion designers' creations using recycled materials. 

State of the Town Address

The Rotary Club of Parker hosted the annual State of the Town address Feb. 27. Mayor Waid gave an update on the growth and happenings in Parker. Local citizens were also recognized for their dedication to making our town, state and world a better place. 

Disney’s NEWSIES the Musical

In January and February, Disney's NEWSIES The Musical was performed by Inspire Theater Co. at the PACE Center. Photography by Michael Duran

Howie Mandel Meet and Greet

Celebrity comedian, actor, author, talk show host and judge on America’s Got Talent Howie Mandel visited the PACE Center in January for a standup show. Before the show, the versatile Howie Mandel brought his frank, funny, no-holds-barred insights to the PACE Center stage. Producer Level members of the PACE Center were able to meet Howie before his … Continued

MOD Pizza Grand Opening

MOD Pizza celebrated its grand opening in February in Parker at 18300 Cottonwood Drive Suite 111. 

Valentine’s Day 5K/10K

Parker Parks and Recreation’s Love 'Em or Leave 'Em Valentine's Day 5K/10K with RNK Running & Walking was held on Feb. 9 at Bar CCC Park in Parker.

TSG Auto Project Merrier 2018

The fifth annual TSG Auto of Parker's Project Merrier gifted Rita Tarver with a new car. Each year, TSG awards a deserving community member with a new car for the holidays.   

Deep Space Ribbon Cutting

Deep Space, inside the Victorian Peaks building downtown, held its ribbon cutting on Nov. 9. The 7,500-plus-square-foot space is a unique location to host your banquets, meetings, parties and more. Even more intriguing, the walls at Deep Space provide 300 feet of gallery space dedicated to the most unique and innovative local artwork, creating a perfect backdrop for memorable events.

Jay Moore’s Artist Reception: ‘In Their Own World’

Jay Moore hosted an artist reception on Nov. 9, showcasing his newest works of animals entitled In Their Own World.  Not only are Jay's landscape works poignant and detailed, but his newest showcase also exhibited his abilities in connecting our world with the world of the wildlife in our own backyard. Woking studio open for appointments. 

Christmas Carriage Parade Presented by Xfinity

On Dec. 8, Parker residents gathered to enjoy the 34th annual Christmas Carriage Parade. The fun, family-friendly event featured vendors, food and music. 

Valencia Designs Ribbon Cutting

Designer Anthony Ortega of Valencia Designs, left, cuts a ribbon with Town of Parker Mayor Mike Waid to mark Valencia's new location inside Honeywood Home Furnishings. The ribbon cutting on Oct. 23 was sponsored by the Parker Area Chamber of Commerce.

Downtown Parker Chili Cookoff

Downtown Parker held its first inaugural Chili Cookoff Fundraiser on Oct. 21. Proceeds raised will be used to hold free events in Downtown Parker such as First Friday Art Walks and for general downtown improvements.  

TSG Auto’s Second Annual First Responders Appreciation Day

This event, which was held on Sept. 22, honored our first responders for their hard work and dedication. Tim Greufe, owner of TSG Auto, awarded their Public Safety Community Service Award to officers and firefighters from local departments and made a donation to the Fallen Officer Fund and the Colorado Professional Firefighters Fund.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.