Shop local this season.

Parker Lifestyle is all about supporting our local community. So with the holiday season in full gear, we want you to remember to buy local this December and have some fun along the way. To create that fun and encourage community spirit, we are hosting a scavenger hunt and encouraging you all to play.

Dancing With the Survivors

The Pink Fund’s annual ballroom dancing exhibition on October 1 raised almost $25,000 that will provide financial support to local breast cancer patients undergoing treatment. For more information, visit ThePinkFund.org.

Legend’s 7th Annual Art and Craft Fair

More than 100 local crafters, artists, vendors and local businesses participated in the November 7 event. Candles, photographs, jewelry, greeting cards, hand-milled soaps, specialty knit items, purses/bags, pottery, organic lotions, fashion accessories, wood carvings and amazing pieces from Colorado artisans were available. 
PHOTOGRAPHY BY ELIZABETH TOWNSEND OF OSGOOD TEAM REAL ESTATE

Second Annual Shine Summit

About 300 girls attended this November 6 conference at Legend High School. They heard from inspirational female speakers including Ann Shoket, former editor-in-chief of Seventeen magazine, about navigating personal and professional relationships and understanding and accepting their own identity. PHOTOGRAPHY KEYSER IMAGES

Open Space Clean Up

Members of Prairie Unitarian Universalist Church pick up trash at the Baldwin Gulch open space on a regular basis. Sponsored by the Town of Parker, this program helps to keep the Parker area beautiful. For information, contact Ramona Jobe at 303.805.3244 or RJobe@ParkerOnline.org.

Women in Business and Leadership

About 40 members of the Parker Area Chamber of Commerce attended the final 2015 presentation of Women in Business and Leadership, featuring Kimberly Alexander, a transformational speaker, strategist and mentor for women entrepreneurs.

December 2015 Around Town

Parker’s annual Christmas Carriage 
Parade will begin at noon on Saturday, December 12, in downtown Parker and will feature marching bands, equestrian entries and Mr. and Mrs. Claus. Area residents are invited to arrive early and stay after the parade to experience holiday ice sculpting and a petting zoo and pony rides from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Home…

Artists Strut Their Stuff at Annual Show

Artists from the Parker Artists Guild (PAG) will display and sell their best work at the PACE Center’s Bellco Credit Union Art Gallery through January 8, 2016. The Parker Artists Guild Annual Show includes 55 pieces of artwork selected by Rose Fredrick, the curator for the PACE Center, who looked at approximately 120 submissions.

Tequila Joes 
Mexican Kitchen

Tequila Joes is an enduring hot spot in Parker with award-winning margaritas, sought-after specials, a casual setting and an outstanding patio, which owner Jeff Kratcha considers one of the best in town. Born in Golden, Kratcha has always been in the Colorado food industry, crediting “a couple of very good chefs” at the Denver Marriott for teaching him how to…

Skiing the Colorado Gems

It’s the time of year many Coloradans long for: ski season. The state offers some of the best resorts in the nation, but if you’re looking for a more affordable, intimate experience this season, you might want to head out to the “Colorado Gems” – eight resorts that are promoted as being free of crowds, free of lift lines and…

Better Living Through Technology

One of my primary goals as a promoter of better living through technology is to help people use their various electronic devices without anxiety, struggle, or duplication of effort or data. I strongly believe in a system of record for information in which all records of a certain type are stored in the same place in a consistent way that…

JUST COMPETING ISN’T ENOUGH FOR DAVID HAGGERTY

Ponderosa High School’s new principal doesn’t accept mediocre. In fact, David Haggerty continually talks about being the best. It’s been a theme that has been a part of his life since his own high school years in New York, where the school’s motto was “always beat the best to be the best.”

Stylish Dressing for the Holidays

Planning to wear your go-to LBT (little black dress) for parties and gatherings this holiday season? Yearning to put your prettiest foot forward without breaking the bank? With the myriad of ways to spike the style meter on any wardrobe basic these days, we say yes to the dress - and more!

Coffee Cabin – A Perfect Example of Community

When I reflect on community and what it means to be “inspired by community,” I can’t help but think of Wesley Crespi at the Coffee Cabin. As you pull up to order your coffee, you are greeted with an enthusiastic and energetic welcome. While Wes will gladly sell you a favorite beverage, he also wants to get to know you.