Hello Parker!

My wife, Corrinn, and I are thrilled to be co-owners of Parker Lifestyle. I have spent the past three years commuting to Colorado Springs for a job that I loved at Gazette Media, but we have been looking for the right opportunity to work together. Our goal was simple: do something we love in the community that we call home…

Parker Residents Celebrate Mardi Gras

Parker's Third Annual Rocky Mountain Mardi Gras was a complete celebration with parade, beads, dinners, parties, live music brunch and of course Black Eyed Experience Bingo at Deep Space. Many colorful memories were made over the weekend.

Students Perform Catch Me if You Can

The Chaparral High School Performing Arts Department's spring production of Catch Me If You Can was truly a great adventure. The hard work of more than 35 cast and 60 crew members, as well as a fantastic orchestra, brought the show home.

Around Town

The Rotary Community Corps (RCC) of Parker held its annual celebration at the Parker United Church on January 20 with an evening that was highlighted by a visit from Rotary International President K.R. Ravindran, who was visiting from Sri Lanka and presented five RCC members with a Distinguished Service Citation for presentations given earlier in the month. The evening began…

Parker Area Chamber Ribbon Cuttings

Parker Area Chamber of Commerce members welcomed some new businesses at recent ribbon cutting ceremonies. Among them was My House Fitness Parker, which is a new private personal training and group fitness studio promoting community centric training in a non-intimidating environment. My House is not your typical gym. You can enjoy fast-paced workouts that will help you get the results…

Long-time Residents Honored for Their Contributions

The winner of the 2016 Impact Award was Nancy Carol Williams Gripman, a long-time Parker resident who helped found the Parker Task Force and passed away in December. Nancy was one of three nominees for the award, which is presented annually by the Rotary Club of Parker. Her husband, Bill Gripman, received the award in her honor during the annual…

It’s Not Too Early to Plan This Season’s Outdoor Spaces

Spring in Colorado is filled with sunny afternoons and mild temperatures, making it the perfect time to get outside and start planting. It still gets chilly at night, and many of us think it is too early to start planning our long-awaited outdoor spaces. But the work has already begun at Pine Lane Nursery Garden Center, where Angie and Kurt…

Raised Bed Gardening

The great thing about designing a raised bed is that you can be as structured or as imaginative as you like. Create beautiful geometric designs with a range of shapes from simple squares and rectangles or more elaborate L-shaped beds, diamonds or octagons. Remember doing dot-to-dot pictures as a kid? Creating a raised bed is like bringing a dot-to-dot picture…

Parker High School Students Continue to Impress

The Rotary Club of Parker has honored the following area seniors for their various accomplishments as their high school years start to come to a close. The Ponderosa High School students were Kaylee Moore and Matthew Brady. Kaylee was honored in February her academic, sports, art and community service achievements. She has a 3.8 grade-point-average, is a member of the…

Spring 
is in 
the Air

Various versions of this springtime ditty were published in a few East Coast newspapers in the 1940s. Original author unknown. Spring brings a variety of weather, from warm mornings to windy afternoons, from fresh green blades of grass shining in the sun to crisp frosts, which linger in the shadows. As the days get longer and the temperatures get higher,…

A Pinch of This, a Splash of That

Let's be clear about what is considered a good cooking wine. The so-called "Cooking Wine" found in your local grocery store next to the fancy vinegars and Worcestershire sauce is a poor excuse for a cooking ingredient. They are low in alcohol content, highly acidic and contain a massive amount of salt. Instead, choose a wine you would pair with…

Automotive Amy: Lady in the Fast Lane

Many may know from its history that Volvo has often been the pioneer and front-runner of vehicle safety. The new manifestation of the long-standing brand has met this tradition and melded with new technology, bringing forth a vehicle that is capable, stylish, comfortable and, as always, safe for driver, passengers and other motorists sharing the roadways.

From the Editor

As Brad mentions in his letter at the beginning of our April issue, we are so excited to be a part of this publication. We are fortunate and would like to thank Kelly Veltrie for launching and building this publication. Another special thanks is needed for Susan Cormier for taking the reigns as editor during the first year; we're excited…