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.

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. 

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

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.  

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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,…

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.

September 2017 Around Town

The DAM has been privately fundraising for the North Building renovation for the last five years, receiving generous support from many early donors. The museum is also participating in the City of Denver’s General Obligation bond process to help fund ADA compliance, as well as life safety, mechanical, electrical, plumbing and outdoor-safety upgrades. The bond would help to complete the…

Gallery Gala at Deep Space Celebrates Emerging Artist Sarah Bowling

Live jazz, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and the inspiring art of Sarah Bowling brought art lovers to the Gallery Gala at Deep Space on July 27. Sponsored by the Barrington Group, the Jim Gill Foundation, Vines Wine Bar and JDUCE Design, with proceeds benefitting Parker Creative District. 
Photography by Kendrick Howard

Opening Night for Artist Sarah Bowling

Artist Sarah Bowling was on hand to greet art enthusiasts at the opening reception for her show at Deep Space Gallery.

Parker Days Festival

The Parker Days Festival was a big hit June 9-11. Rides, a live performance by Bret Michaels, great food and lots of cool vendors 
added up to a stellar summer weekend! Photography by John Ott.

Parker Garage Kentucky Derby Party

The Parker Garage celebrated with friends and much fanfare at its 3rd Annual Kentucky Derby Viewing Party on May 6. 

Celebration of Colorado Creatives – MINI Event

Schomp MINI hosted 'The Celebration of Colorado Creatives' to celebrate this amazing community of Colorado 
creators alongside the all-new 2017 MINI Cooper Countryman. Guests enjoyed complimentary libations, food, 
live music, giveaways, raffles and more!!

Behind The Scenes

The highly anticipated Women To Watch issue was a blast, on-camera and off. The women chatted, laughed, and enjoyed the stylings of by Reggio Imports. Held at the Marriott Denver Tech Center. Photography by Jonathan Phillips.

Parker Parks and Recreation’s Love ‘em or Leave ‘em Valentine’s Day 5K/10K

More than 450 participants enjoyed the unseasonably warm weather for Parker Parks and Recreation’s Love ‘em or Leave ‘em Valentine’s Day 5K/10K, with RNK Running & Walking. Held Feb. 11 at Bar CCC Park in Parker.

Rotary Club of Parker 2017 State of the Town and Impact

On February 21st the Rotary Club of Parker hosted their 2017 State of the Town and Impact award event at the Parker PACE Center. The Impact award recognizes an individual or individuals whose service to the Parker community exemplifies Rotary's motto: "Service Above Self."

Barrington Group, Parker Garage host Happy Hour Event to benefit Grow Community Center

Grow Community Center is designed to help end youth violence and self-destruction by providing a safe, enriching place for your people to hang out and build healthy relationships. Photography by Raemie Vermiglio.

LIV Sotheby’s Holiday Party

LIV Sotheby’s International Realty brokers and guests celebrated the holidays in style at the luxury real estate firm’s annual Holiday Party at The Cable Center in Denver. LIV Sotheby’s International Realty is Colorado’s exclusive lifestyle-inspired 
brokerage firm with 13 offices. Photography by LIV Sotheby’s International Realty.


Hosted by LIV Sotheby’s International Realty, LIV CONNECT 2016, brought together over 500 influential leaders and broker professionals within the Sotheby’s International Realty network to collaborate with brokers in regional feeder markets, to embrace the SIR culture, and to commit to the powerful SIR brand.

The Parker Chamber’s 2016 Holiday Sip ‘n’ Shop

The first snow of the season didn't stop happy shoppers and local businesses from enjoying the festivities at the Parker Chamber's 2016 Holiday Sip 'n' Shop at the PACE Center. Thirty eight Parker shops and restaurants participated,
 with over 250 shoppers. Photography John Ott.

The Parker Garage Celebrates Historic Building’s 100th Anniversary

Period dress and live music made for a festive night as the Parker Garage celebrated the building's centennial on Oct. 27. Built in 1916, it's has been a garage, gas station, feed store, auction house, electronics & Western wear store and survived 3 fires to become the Parker Garage Restaurant.

Library Grand Opening Draws Huge Crowds

About 6,300 people came out Sept. 24 to see Douglas County Libraries’ new Parker branch on East Mainstreet. After remarks by DCL Executive Director Bob Pasicznyuk, Branch Manager Amy Long and Parker Mayor Mike Waid, visitors moved indoors to see all the library has to offer. Photography Douglas County Libraries

Parker’s Very Own Farmers’ Market

There isn't a better place to have a Farmers' Market than Mainstreet! Residents love the variety of vendors that range from diverse foods to perfectly made crafts and gifts, as well as a great selection of Colorado produce. Be sure you check out the market if you haven't done so already.

Relay For Life of Parker

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life movement is the world's largest and most impactful fundraising event to end cancer. Participants gathered in July at Tallman Meadow Park to celebrate people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and take action to finish the fight once and for all.

So Long To Summer

More than 270 people registered for the Parker Parks and Recreation’s eighth annual So Long to Summer 5K/5 Mile/10K & Family Fun Trek on Aug. 13, at Salisbury Park. The event also featured a post-race pancake breakfast, prize drawings and Huntington Learning Center Kids’ Dash for children 8 and under.

Garment Gal

Garment Gal hosted a ribbon cutting July 14 to celebrate the opening of a great Parker boutique that 
brings fun style to our hometown. Photography Raemirue Photography

Mayor’s Cup at Colorado Horse Park

The Parker Chamber staff and Mayor Mike Waid attended the Nutrena® Grand Prix on July 16 for the inagural Mayor's Cup at Colorado Horse Park in recognition of its new leadership. Spectators and families enjoyed a gorgeous afternoon at the weekly Saturday Grand Prix. Photography Raemirue Photography

Parker Parks and Recreation’s Kids’ TRY-athlon

Nearly 200 kids ages 6 to 12 showed their skills in swimming, biking and running at the annual Kids’ TRY-athlon on Aug. 6 at the Parker Recreation Center. Everyone who TRYs is a winner! Photography Parker Parks and Recreation