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Published by and for the City of Lone Tree

Issue 56

Spring 2013

The city that’s growing...carefully. 303-708-1818 www.cityoflonetree.com

imberlines Ranch house is home to more than history. Mention the word ‘historical’ in casual conversation, and watch some people immediately try to stifle a yawn. Others don’t even bother stifling it—they just go right ahead and do it. Because historical equals boring, right? Wrong. Well, okay, maybe sometimes. But not this time. Just ask Anne Walton, live-in caretaker at the recently refurbished ranch house on 38-acre Schweiger Ranch. Or ask her daughter. Or her mother. That’s right—three generations of women in the same family have now lived in the house, though not all at the same time. And none of them carries the Schweiger name. So how’d it happen? Anne lived at the ranch with her mom, stepfather, and sister in the late 1970s/early 1980s when her parents were subletting 14 acres of the Schweiger Ranch property. Her stepfather was a contractor and needed space to store his heavy equipment, and those 14 acres fit the bill. So Anne spent her junior high and high school years enjoying every bit of the property that she was allowed to wander—which was all of it. “We kids were able to truly enjoy living there—we could build dams in the creek, build forts in the hay, play in the barn, you name it. So those were my memories of the ranch. They were amazing.” (Continued on page 3)

In this issue:

Casino Night returns. Page 2.

There’s a new chief in town. Page 4.

‘Lost Highway’ leads to a legend. Page 7.

Celebrate Arbor Day. Page 14.

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235 words from the Mayor. Lone Tree “Lore.” Santa’s elves are a huge part of Christmas lore, but I believe communities also have their own ‘elves’ that message the spirit of your community to all who will listen. Those community elves are real estate agents who tell your story every day and create the “lore” of your community in the residential housing market. Because Lone Tree has a great story to tell, we have now held two Realtor Summits geared toward highlighting the many economic development gains, the ever-increasing residential market, and the high quality of life we all enjoy in this community. We held our first such summit a couple years ago, and our second Realtor Summit just a couple weeks ago. Topics covered included: • An update on C-470, including future improvements to enhance mobility between I-25 and I-70. • The potential light rail extension, which could include two stops—one at Sky Ridge Hospital and the other at the future Lone Tree City Center east of I-25. • Exciting retail and restaurant additions, including Cabela’s. • Expanded medical facilities, with the addition of Kaiser Permanente, University of Colorado Hospital, and Sky Ridge Hospital’s expansion. • Five new single- and multi-family housing developments in various stages of development. These enhancements to Our City will certainly add to the Lone Tree lore that attracts new residents and visitors alike. Indeed, it is a great day to live in Lone Tree! Sincerely,

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Gambling. With real friends. And fake money. Only a few minutes from home. With delicious hors d’oeuvres. And drinks served with a twist of lemon, squirt of lime, or skewer of olives. How does it get any better than that? Throw in a few commemorative pictures from the do-it-yourself photo booth, and you have a night out that will definitely be worth the price of admission. Join friends and neighbors at Lone Tree’s Second Annual Casino Night. Here’s what you need to know: Second Annual Casino Night. Saturday, April 13, 8–11 pm. Lone Tree Arts Center. Tickets: $20 for residents; $25 for non-residents; or $30 at the door. Ticket prices include hors d’oeuvres and casino activities (blackjack, poker, craps, and roulette), as well as prizes, photo booth fun, and more. Drinks available for purchase at the bar. To purchase tickets, contact the LTAC Box Office at 720-509-1000.


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What exactly is Schweiger Ranch? Anne on her horse, Cricket, in 1978.

At that time, there was no Lone Tree. No Park Meadows Mall. No Sky Ridge. In fact, the field where the hospital now sits was a field where the cows and the antelope roamed. After high school, Anne went off to college and her family moved back into town, and that chapter of Anne’s life on the ranch came to a close. Fast forward to 2012, when Anne and her family were living in Castle Rock. Over the years, she had kept an eye on the ranch from afar. She’d even told her son, Will, and daughter, Jenny, what it had been like living there. Who knew that during a routine work meeting she would hear of the need for a live-in caretaker on the property? “It was kind of serendipitous,” explains Anne. After mulling over the potential opportunity, Anne approached the Schweiger Ranch Foundation— a nonprofit formed to own and manage the grounds—about it. And the rest, as they say, is (recent) history. In addition to caring for the house, Anne leads tours of the property on weekends. “The iconic structure may be the barn, but visitors gravitate toward the house and the human-life aspect of living there. I love to point out the original staircase that’s had who-knowshow-many people go up and down it since 1900.” Anne’s mom, Virginia Scally, still lives in the area and also helps out leading the tours. Scally became enamored with the property and its history when she lived there decades ago. And while strides have been made in restoring the house, there is still much to do—it will be a long process requiring donations of not just money but time. “We need manpower,” explains Anne. And manpower means volunteers willing to learn about the property, experience its beauty, and then convey that to people when they come visit. “It’s a magical property—there’s beauty beyond what the eye can see.” Beauty that, Anne assures, is anything but boring.

The Schweiger family owned and operated the ranch for nearly 100 years. Their lives represented those of many pioneer families living in remote, often-harsh environments. The ranch house, barn, loafing shed, and horse barn were built between 1894 and 1910. Over time, a silo, tractor shed, chicken coop, and cistern were added, as well as an apple orchard and—more recently—bees.

The Schweigers, 1932.

The property was sold in 1970 and changed hands many times before coming under the ownership of RidgeGate Investments. Today the 38-acre property (located southeast of I-25 and RidgeGate Parkway, across the freeway from the new Cabela’s site) is protected as a historic landmark by Douglas County and is routinely patrolled by LTPD. The property around the ranch complex was donated by RidgeGate to the Schweiger Ranch Foundation, a nonprofit formed to own and manage the grounds as a community asset. Next up at the ranch: •

GPS Adventures Workshop. Saturday, April 6, 12:30–4 pm & Saturday, May 4, 12:30–4 pm. Presented by The Wildlife Experience and the Schweiger Ranch Foundation. Call 720-488-3344 for more information or to register.

Guided and self-guided tours. Saturdays and Sundays, 1–5 pm.

For more information about the ranch, group tours, or how you can get involved, call 303-790-0557.

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There’s a new chief in town.

Photo by Mike Moody

Pictured at the new chief’s swearing in (L to R): Council Members Kim Monson and Susan Squyer, Mayor Jim Gunning, Chief Jeff Streeter, Mayor Pro Tem Jackie Millet, and Council Member Harold Anderson.

And his name is Streeter. Jeff Streeter. Lone Tree’s new Chief of Police was sworn in earlier this month and now oversees Our City’s 47-member police force. Prior to coming to Lone Tree, Streeter spent 24 years with the Lakewood Police Department. During his time at Lakewood, he served as a crime scene investigator, detective, sergeant, patrol commander, communications center commander, SWAT commander, interim division chief, and patrol commander. That’s a lot of commanding. And he most recently served as their professional standards commander. Which is even more commanding. Streeter is a graduate of Metropolitan State College in Denver and received a Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice and sociology. He also completed graduate-level course work at the FBI National Academy in Quantico, VA, and is an instructor at Red Rocks Community College Police Academy.

A n n u a l LT P D Awa r d s Volunteer of the Year: Trainer of the Year: Leadership Award: Sworn Officer of the Year: Non-Sworn Employee of the Year:

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Larry Klassen VIP (Volunteer In Policing) Officer Keith Balltrip Sgt. Daniel Lee Brite Officer John Hastings Chris Cooper Executive Secretary

“I look forward to working closely with Lone Tree Police Department staff, City employees, and residents of the community in order to enhance police services within the City,” says Streeter. “I am very honored to be selected to serve as the next police chief.” We asked. He answered. In an effort to help residents get to know our New Chief a bit better, Timberlines asked some tough questions. Chief Streeter’s answers follow. Snow ski or snow board? Always snow ski. I’m a native of Colorado and have been skiing since I was a kid. Hike or bike? Hike. I enjoy hiking as many fourteeners as I can in the summer. Good movie or good book? Good movie, preferably action. iPhone or Android? iPhone. Text or Tweet? Text. Last movie seen: Flight with Denzel Washington. Last book you read: A training manual. Favorite vacation spot: Ocean/beach. Strangest excuses you’ve ever heard when a person committed a crime/broke a law: “Those aren’t my pants.” “These aren’t my clothes.” “That’s not my backpack.” “That’s not my bag.” “I don’t know who put that there.”


Timberlines goes undercover to keep residents in the know. “Please take a ticket.” It’s one thing to hear those words in a computergenerated voice coming from an automated ticket machine when entering a parking lot. But it’s entirely another to be handed that dreaded slip of paper through your driver’s side window by a uniformed officer. And somehow, it hurts more when that slip of paper is issued just a few miles from home. That’s why Timberlines risked life and limb (or page and staple) to go undercover and bring you the inside scoop on where the ticket ‘hot spots’ are in Lone Tree.

Northbound Yosemite at The Enclave entrance. Yosemite bisects the City and leads directly to Park Meadows Mall. As such, it sees many commuters each day. And commuters may see officers patrolling this area each way.

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RidgeGate Parkway, near Havana. LTPD completed a speed survey between I-25 and Havana in 2010. Using the Smart Trailer (a mobile speed-monitoring device that logs traffic counts and speeds), the LTPD found that 12% of vehicles were traveling more than 10 mph over the posted limit. And some were traveling almost twice the posted limit of 35 mph. Even though the City has been monitoring this location for two years, speeds are not dropping and the number of vehicles using this roadway is increasing. The result? An increase in accidents, including one fatality near this area.

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The four-way stop sign at Sky Ridge Avenue & Commons Street. Drivers who don’t stop at the posted signs spurred the increase in patrolling of this intersection between Target, the Lone Tree Arts Center, and Sprouts. Since increasing the patrol in this area, officers have written several stop sign violation citations and will continue to monitor this intersection until a better compliance rate is achieved.

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RidgeGate Parkway, near Sky Ridge Medical Center. There is currently a radar speed sign on northbound RidgeGate Parkway advising motorists of their speed. Traffic enforcement staff anticipates this area will become a bigger concern once Cabela’s opens later this year.

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Our super-secret investigation found that it’s easy to avoid getting a ticket in Lone Tree: Just obey posted signs, and follow the rules of the road.

I-25 & C-470/E-470. Location, location, location. The City of Lone Tree certainly has it all being located at the intersection of two major metro highways. The number of commuters who travel on I-25, C-470, and E-470 daily is staggering. LTPD officers often patrol these areas to keep motorists within posted speed limits.

Now that you know the inside scoop, don’t keep it to yourself. Share it with friends. And loved ones. And people who think they are your friends and loved ones. Because ticketless drivers are happy drivers. And happy drivers are happy neighbors.

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Photo Art Show promises something new along with the tried-and-true.

Hundreds will enter. One will win. A handful of others will earn artistic accolades. Find out who wins what at the Opening Cocktail Reception on Saturday, April 20, from 3–5 pm. You can sample hors d'oeuvres, enjoy music by a Lone Tree Symphony Orchestra quartet, and vote for the 2013 People's Choice Award. You can also rub shoulders with talented photographers and impress them with your knowledge of pointing and shooting. Or snapping and clicking. Or remembering to remove the lens cap. Guests will also be able to purchase juried original works of art as well as bin work. (Bin work refers to artists’ work that is smaller and unframed, and therefore less expensive to purchase. It’s displayed in—you guessed it—bins.) As in years past, the event is presented by the Lone Tree Arts Commission and the Lone Tree Photo Club, and is supported by the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD). New categories this year include People, Travel, and Place; Wild Animals; Nature and Landscape; and Digital Art. So come check it out. The opportunities for mingling will be endless. But the evening won’t be. So arrive early. Admission is free. All ages are welcome. And a good time will be had by all. Can’t make it to the opening reception? Have no fear. The 11th Annual Photographic Art Show & Sale runs from April 20–June 9 at the Lone Tree Arts Center and will feature nearly 100 pieces of work from artists across the country. The photographer who is awarded Best of Show will display his or her images at LTAC for 30 days following the close of the show. All images will be available for sale. For more details, visit www.cityoflonetree.com/photoshow. 6

Become a better photographer— in three hours or less.

New this year, photo fanatics of all abilities can participate in a seminar led by Art Show Juror Weldon Lee himself! During this threehour seminar, he will reveal what he’s learned throughout years of photographing his wild ‘brothers and sisters.’ Topics will include how to locate and track wildlife, as well as equipment for the wildlife photographer. But that’s not all. Participants will also learn how to consistently produce award-winning images of wildlife. Sound worthwhile? Here are the details: Photographing the Magical World of Wildlife. Saturday, May 18, 3–6 pm. LTAC Event Hall. Cost: $30. Open to all levels of photographers. For more information or to register, go to www.cityoflonetree.com/photoshow or call the LTAC Box Office at 720-509-1000. Pre-registration is required.


‘Lost Highway’ Lone Tree leads you Symphony to a legend. Next up for the Lone Tree Symphony: Friday & Saturday, May 3 & 4, 7:30 pm. The American West Featuring Michael Martin Murphey. Includes “Wildfire,” “Carolina in the Pines,” and other favorites, plus selections from the LTSO. Tickets: $35–$50. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.lonetreeartscenter.org or call 720-509-1000.

Lights! Camera! Action! Does today’s technology—apps, mobile devices, etc. —make your child want to make movies? Then hear this: Students in this 8-week class offered through LTAC will learn the basic skills involved in making a movie. Our budding writers/actors/producers will start by writing their scripts and then take the project through to completion. The final day of class will feature a screening for family and friends. Students must provide their own video recording device (i.e., smartphone, camcorder/camera with video, iPad, etc.). Movie Making 101. Saturdays, April 13–June 1, 9:30 am–Noon LTAC Main Stage. Cost: $160. Ages 6–12. For more information, call 720-509-1000 or visit www.lonetreeartscenter.org.

Young. Brash. Singer. Songwriter. While there have been men and women over the years who might’ve fit that celebrity bill, few are as legendary as Hank Williams. No, not Hank Williams Jr. But Hank Williams Sr., the enormously talented performer who’s often considered one of the greatest innovators of American popular music (alongside names like Armstrong, Ellington, Elvis, and Dylan). Whether or not you’re a fan of country music, this spectacular musical biography isn’t one to miss. It follows the rise and fall of Williams’ career and personal life— through his often lonely journey from backwoods Alabama to superstardom at the Grand Ole Opry and to his untimely death. This unforgettable tribute highlights his unique magic as a performer and features more than 20 hits, including “Your Cheatin’ Heart,” “Jambalaya,” and “Hey, Good Lookin’. ” Need one more reason to see LTAC’s presentation of Lost Highway? Randal Myler, the musical’s original writer, will be here to direct it. Sounds legendary. Hank Williams: Lost Highway Lone Tree Arts Center. April 4–14. Ticket prices and show times vary. Visit www.lonetreeartscenter.org or call 720-509-1000 for more information or to purchase tickets. 7


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c o r n e r Composting makes a comeback. Bargain-priced trees. It’s one of the things Lone Treers start thinking about as the City’s Arbor Day Celebration approaches. Another thing they start thinking about: Winning a free composter. Seriously. In case you missed it, we’ll fill you in: At last year’s Arbor Day event—amid the tree and flower sales and fun, informational booths—was something called the Lone Tree Sensible Sustainability booth. At that booth, residents played a simple recycling game that qualified them for a chance to win a free composter. And there were a lot of people crossing their fingers, hoping they would be the lucky one to win the coveted composter. So, due to that popular demand, the City will give away another composter to another lucky attendee at this year’s Arbor Day Celebration. But why compost? Because most of our soils are either sandy or clay, composting adds a nutrientrich humus to the soil while also helping to retain soil moisture (important in our semi-arid environment). Microscopic organisms in compost also help aerate the soil, break down organic material for plant use, and ward off plant disease. Composting is also important from an environmental perspective, because it reduces the need for chemical fertilizers

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and recycles kitchen and yard waste that otherwise ends up in landfills. In fact, www.eartheasy.com estimates that one-third of landfill waste is made up of compostable materials. Want to know more? Then stop by the Lone Tree Sensible Sustainability booth at the Arbor Day event on May 4. You’ll be able to learn a fun, easy way to turn waste into rich-smelling humus that your garden will love and help the environment at the same time.


Compost OAQs: (Occasionally Asked Questions) What is composting? Simply put, it’s the process of converting kitchen and yard waste into fertilizer. Do all composters look alike? Nope. According to those familiar with decaying organic materials, composting can occur using various means, including on bare earth, in constructed bins, in heavy-duty garbage cans, or in enclosed tumbler systems that speed the composting process and allow you to compost year-round. Will husbands mistake a backyard composter for a new BBQ? Maybe at first, if you buy (or win) the tumbler type. What about the aroma? What does a composter smell like when it’s being used to its full potential? We’ve been told there’s nothing better than the earthy smell of rich compost!

When does 19 + 1 = 1? Only when you live in Lone Tree. And Your City receives a donation of 19 outdoor art sculptures. From 1 donor. That results in 1 heck of a donation. In fact, it’s the largest donation ever received by the City of Lone Tree and/or the Lone Tree Arts Center. So what’s the story? Last December, the City accepted a donation of nearly two dozen outdoor contemporary art sculptures from an anonymous donor. The donation is valued at more than $85,000. So now the City is working through public art procedures to determine which sculptures will be placed where. Art curators Sally Perisho and Colleen Fanning will play a key role in assessing and placing this new collection of public art. So when you add it all up, it’s a win for Our City and a win for our arts community.

So the garden won’t smell like last night’s dinner? While you can compost many table scraps, with proper composting, odors can be minimized. What will the neighbors think? They may think you got a new BBQ. Or that you’ve gone eco-friendly. Or they may be thoroughly impressed by your healthy garden. In any case, if you opt for a tumbler, remember this: It can’t be accessed by rodents, dogs, or other critters, and— because it’s enclosed—is generally odor free. And what neighbor wouldn’t appreciate that? com·post (noun): a mixture of various decaying organic substances used for fertilizing soil. hu·mus (noun): the dark organic materials in soils, produced by the decomposition of vegetable or animal matter. hum·mus (noun): a paste or dip made up of chickpeas mashed with oil, garlic, lemon juice, and tahini and usually eaten with pita; it may be delicious but it has absolutely nothing to do with composting and should not be confused with humus.

Counterpoise by artist Mark Stasz and Odyssey by Ross Barrable are two of the many sculptures donated to Lone Tree by a generous art aficionado.

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Well, well, well!

Fraud Prevention & Safety Summit for seniors. Wednesday, May 8.

Fraud Prevention 7:30 am–1 pm. Summit and Saf ety Lone Safety Tree Arts Center. It’s not just an exclamation. It’s a way of life. If you’re going to do something, do it well. And preferably with other people. Who make it interesting. And maybe even fun. Come check out these monthly lunches aimed at the overachievers among us who even want to age well:

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What are you doing here? Do you have an interesting story about what brought you to Our City? Tell us about it by sending a note to timberlines@city oflonetree.com, and Your Story may be told in an upcoming issue.


Connect to RidgeGate. Little sprouts love Seedlings. Seedlings is a one-hour-long family lunchtime program designed to engage parents and young children in arts, culture, science, and genuine entertainment. Enjoy a lunch from Firehouse Subs in Lone Tree when you pre-order with your ticket purchase. Recommended audience: Toddlers through kindergarten. Admission: $3. (Children ages 1 and under are free.) Child box lunches: $3. Adult box lunches: $4. Programs sprouting up this spring include:

Want to stay up to date on what’s going on in RidgeGate? Visit www.ridgegate.com and find out what events and activities are coming up next. For instance, this year RidgeGate is partnering with The Wildlife Experience to offer community events at historic Schweiger Ranch. Also on the calendar are free, family-friendly guided nature hikes and even yoga classes in the park. So bookmark the site on your computer or mobile device, and enjoy the best that the City— and the surrounding nature—has to offer. You can also follow RidgeGate on Facebook and Twitter.

Sales Tax University announces spring classes. It’s a school without a mascot. A university with only one class. But it’s an important class to attend if you conduct business in Lone Tree. Each one-hour session outlines the City’s sales tax and use tax laws. Classes are held in the Juniper Room at the City of Lone Tree Municipal Building, 9220 Kimmer Drive. They begin at 2 pm on the following Fridays: April 26, May 24, and June 21. To register, contact Scott Hall, CPA, at 303-708-1818 ext. 1288 or via e-mail at scott.hall@cityoflonetree.com.

Story Time and Crafts. Tuesday, April 2, 11 am. Need a break from the same old story-telling routine? Stop in for an interactive story time with Douglas County Libraries. Children and parents use their imaginations to read and sing along with stories about baby animals, then use their creativity to build baby animal and springtime crafts. Instrument Petting Zoo. Tuesday, May 7, 11 am. Give your kids a glimpse of a petting zoo like no other! Join a quartet of flute, violin, viola, and double bass musicians from the Colorado Chamber Players as they perform delightful short pieces for young children. Afterwards, they’ll provide an instrumental petting zoo so kids can try wind and string instruments for themselves. Hunk-Ta-Bunk-Ta. Tuesday, June 4, 11 am. Join award-winning songwriter/performer Katherine Dines for some lively musical fun targeted to reach your special Seedlings. Katherine's sing-able lyrics, rhythmic melodies, and music-based activities help infants and toddlers build brain, motor, and other developmental skills. Come sing and do along with us as we stretch, bounce, hop, jump, bend, and crawl! Purchase tickets in person at the Lone Tree Arts Center Box Office, via phone at 720-509-1000, 11 or online at www.lonetreeartscenter.org.


Terrace’s second season promises to be second to none.

Photo by Don Casper

If the tremendous response to last summer’s Tunes on the Terrace is any indication, the 2013 series may prove to be even more popular than its predecessor. Last year, attendees simply loved the series. So much so that three of the seven shows sold out. And now that the word is out and residents and outdoor-music lovers know what to expect, consider yourself warned: If you want to be guaranteed entrance, reserve your spot early. This year, the Tunes on the Terrace series will feature six performances covering a variety of genres. Each event will accommodate 350 people in 200 seats and 150 lawn spots. Each event will also feature a cash bar and a beautiful outdoor setting. Attendees will be able to reserve a seat in the section of folding chairs or reserve their own patch of grass on the lawn. And while patrons can’t bring chairs into the lawn area, they can bring blankets or cushions. Other special considerations to remember at the Terrace Theater: • In the event of uncooperative weather patterns, performances will continue as scheduled, moving indoors. Patrons will be notified via e-mail should the venue change.

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• Food and non-alcoholic beverages from home or nearby restaurants are permitted. • State law prohibits bringing alcoholic beverages into the theater. Wine, beer, and mixed drinks will be for sale inside the ticketed area. • The theater opens an hour before the performance.

First up in the Tunes on the Terrace series: Saturday, June 22, 8 pm: Colorado Jazz Repertory Orchestra, featuring the music of Frank Sinatra and Michael Bublè. Saturday, June 29, 8 pm: Tropical Coyotes, an entertaining island show with lots of energy. The series will run through August. For a complete list of dates and performers, visit www.lonetreeartscenter.org.


STATE OF THE CITY

FIRST QUARTER 2013

The City Staff has developed this report to keep the City Council informed on major issues in a consolidated format. If you have any general questions about this report, please contact Seth Hoffman in the City Management Office. City Manager’s Office, Seth Hoffman, Deputy City Manager •

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City Council and staff hosted a Realtor Summit at the Lone Tree Arts Center. Topics discussed included a C-470 coalition update, potential Light Rail extension discussion, recent retail and restaurant announcements, expanded medical services in the City and an overview of the five new single- and multi- family housing developments currently in various stages of development. City Council and staff hosted a regional Elected Officials forum at the Lone Tree Arts Center. Attendees included Council members and staff from Aurora, Greenwood Village, and Centennial. The group met to discuss issues of regional interest. The City Manager’s Office continually monitors legislative issues of importance to the City, county and region. The City Manager’s Office worked with the Governor’s Office to bring the new Charles Schwab corporate campus to RidgeGate. The City and Inverness Properties announced the long-term lease between Denver United LLC and tw telecom inc. at the Parkridge Six office building on the northeast corner of Lincoln Ave. and Park Meadows Drive. The property is scheduled to be annexed into the City. City Council hosted the first HOA Summit of 2013 in February. Topics discussed included a C-470 Coalition update, community partnership police overview, information regarding a HOA water savings program and a coyote management team update, to name a few.

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The following City operations are considered internal services: information technology; human resources; facilities management; tax, payroll and accounting; and City clerk and municipal court. A construction firm has been selected to implement enhancements to the City Municipal Building that will improve usability of the facility. The construction will start in April 2013 and will be completed in phases to limit impact to City operations. Completion is anticipated in November 2013. The Civic Center audio and video equipment upgrade will be completed in March 2013. This will increase system performance during City Council meetings and for the municipal court systems. Additionally, existing equipment will be reused in other areas of the Civic Center for the benefit of community groups that utilize the Civic Center. The Municipal Court processed 1,446 cases during the quarter. The City collected $6,394,415 in Sales and Use Tax revenue during the 4th quarter 2012. This is a 6.27% increase over 2011. The City issued 152 new business licenses during the 4th quarter 2012, which is a 171% increase over 2011. Human Resources staff facilitated the hiring of the Police Chief position and 11 other positions during the quarter.

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Lone Tree Arts Center, Lisa Rigsby Peterson, Executive Director • • •

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The Arts Center welcomed Lesley Johnson as the new Special Events Coordinator for the City of Lone Tree. Lesley will oversee City events such as Arbor Day, Independence Day, summer concerts at Sweetwater Park and the Big Screen on the Bluffs Movie Night at Prairie Sky Park. The Arts Center saw record crowds for Velveteen Rabbit, selling out two school-day matinees with nearly five hundred children each. Bellco Credit Union has continued their partnership with the Arts Center as the family and education sponsor, ensuring low-cost admissions for educational events for all ages. Sky Ridge Medical Center and Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children have also joined as sponsors of the family and education programs. RidgeGate will be the new sponsor of Tunes on the Terrace, which will kick off this June. The series will feature six performances across a variety of genres, all in the beautiful Terrace Theater. The Chamber Music Insights series, which are primarily weekday afternoon concerts for seniors, will now be sponsored by Vi at Highlands Ranch and the Lone Tree Cultural Arts Foundation. 2013 began with an outstanding performance by the Colorado Symphony Orchestra (CSO) and featured cellist Silver Ainomae. The CSO has one more performance on April 18. Both concerts were supported in part by Maggie Eichenlaub and Scott Leonhart as well as the Lone Tree Cultural Arts Foundation. The Arts Center launched a new website in January. The new site met the patron needs for more information on performances, increased visuals, and created an easier purchasing path. In February, the Arts Center conducted its first patron survey. Results suggest the community is very pleased with the Arts Center and finds it a welcoming and necessary part of the community.

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Charles Schwab plans to develop a new 38-acre office campus in RidgeGate, south of Lincoln Avenue and west of Park Meadows Boulevard. Phase I is proposed to include two 5-story office buildings accommodating 2,100 employees; an amenities building with training rooms and a cafeteria; a parking garage; and a retail center. Pending approval, the planned opening date is scheduled for the third quarter of 2014. The City is in the initial stages of reviewing a major expansion at the Sky Ridge Medical Center. Approvals are expected early to mid-2013. A new Embassy Suites Hotel was approved by City Council, and will be located near I-25 and Lincoln (just south of Hampton Inn). The 7-story hotel will include 174 guest rooms, meeting space and a restaurant. Construction could begin late in 2013. A new single-family neighborhood is proposed on 10 acres south of Prairie Sky Park. “NorthSky at RidgeGate” will consist of 33 lots for single family homes, and will be developed by a joint venture between Harvard Communities and Berkley Homes. The application to subdivide the property is currently being reviewed by the City. It’s Brothers (formerly Brother’s Bar & Grill) received City Council approval to redevelop the former Claim Jumper building at C-470 and Quebec Street. It’s Brothers currently has only one other location in Colorado, on Market Street in Downtown Denver. Mellow Mushroom, a pizza restaurant, was approved by City Council, and will be opening in the former Blue Rox Grill building in the Entertainment District, north of Park Meadows Drive and east of S. Yosemite Street. The City approved the Site Plan, allowing for colorful exterior detailing and an enlarged outdoor patio. New construction continues elsewhere throughout RidgeGate including single- and multi-family homes and apartments. Cabela’s, near I-25 and RidgeGate Parkway, is currently under construction with a planned opening in late summer 2013. New businesses that have recently completed construction, or will soon, include a GNC store on Lincoln Ave., The Joint Chiropractic in Lincoln Commons, Mellow Mushroom pizzeria on Park Meadows Dr. near United Artist’s Theater, as well as Charming Charlie, Francesca’s Collection and Bonanno Brothers Pizzeria in the Park Meadows Mall.

Please visit the Community Development Department page of the City’s web site for more information, or call 303-708-1818.

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Public Works provided general landscape and road maintenance, noxious weed control, and traffic signal maintenance. Preparation began for the 2013 street overlay and concrete replacement projects. Public Works staff inspected the designated streets to be resurfaced in 2013. In addition, all of the handicap ramps were surveyed to determine compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Staff continued to assist Douglas County Traffic Engineering in the replacement of all of the traffic signal controllers in the City. The new controllers allow for better communication between signals and the management center and helps reduce travel time delay with instant timing adjustments as the volumes of traffic change over the course of a day. Staff provided plan review on numerous planning and engineering documents submitted to the City for land development. Public Works is evaluating storm sewer inlets in need of rehabilitation including the replacement of the inlet decks. A contractor should be selected by the beginning of March to complete this work. Design documents have been finalized for pedestrian light replacement on the east side of Yosemite Street from Maximus Drive to Park Meadows Drive. This project will replace older pedestrian lights with the City’s standard pedestrian lights installed in other areas throughout the City. Construction plans for the installation of pedestrian lights on the west side of Yosemite Street from Lincoln Avenue to Maximus Drive were completed. This project is scheduled to start in early April 2013.

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The Community and Police Partnership and Crime Prevention Club meetings resumed in January. The Lone Tree Police Department holds a monthly Community and Police Partnership (CAPP) meeting every alternating 4th Wed or Thursday nights from 7:00 pm until 9:00 pm. This is open to any citizen of the City of Lone Tree to meet with the Police Department and problem-solve issues within our community. These meetings are held at the Lone Tree Police Department. For more information, contact Officer Purdy at 303-339-8150. On the 3rd Wednesday of each month, the City of Lone Tree Police Department hosts the Crime Prevention Club Luncheon from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm. This luncheon presents a variety of speakers and topics on various issues within the City. Further information can be located on the City’s website under the Community Partnership page. Nicole Sundine, a retired Lone Tree officer, returned to Colorado to teach three unique safety seminars for girls, women and parents. The classes, offered free of charge at the Lone Tree Arts Center, were well attended. The Volunteers in Policing (VIP) academy starts in March. Currently, two volunteers are signed up to attend the academy and two more are in the application process. The VIPs have volunteered over 32,000 hours since its inception in 2008. The Community Partnership Unit attended the 2013 Kid’s Expo at the Lone Tree Arts Center. This was a great event hosted by South Suburban Parks and Recreation for children of all ages. The crime statistics below show the number of reports that the Lone Tree Police Department took for that category of crime for the 2012 year. (This is not an all inclusive list but does highlight some of the various numbers of reports that officers from the Police Department responded to.) As in the past, traffic accidents and thefts lead the categories of crimes that have occurred in our area. Type of Reported Crime

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For the twelve months ended December 31, 2012, the City’s actual revenue (General Fund only) totaled $25,885,330 in comparison to a year to date budget of $25,375,060 resulting in a positive variance of $510,270. A significant portion of this variance relates to sales and use tax revenues coming in higher than budgeted as well as building permit fee revenues coming in higher than budgeted due to a significant amount of unanticipated roof replacements as a result of storm damage during 2012. For the twelve months ended December 31, 2012, the City’s actual expenditures (General Fund only) totaled $23,886,310 in comparison to a year to date budget of $30,621,683, resulting in a positive variance of $6,735,373. A significant portion of this variance is due to the timing of various capital projects being continued into 2013; prepayment on the Certificates of Participation (COPs) related to the City Municipal Building, which was originally budgeted for, but thereafter not made; as well as a lower than anticipated interest rate on the variable rate COPs. The City’s 2013 Budget is now available at the City Municipal Building for pick up as well as on the City’s website. City staff will begin preparation of the 2012 audit in the first quarter of 2013 with audit fieldwork scheduled to begin the first week of May.

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Following compliance checks of liquor establishments in the City, the City Attorney’s Office prosecuted bar and restaurant owners who violated liquor ordinances in order to keep the sale of alcohol out of the hands of underage buyers. The City Attorney’s Office drafted an agreement to provide education and training programs for women and girls on the kinds of skills and defense strategies useful in identifying and avoiding dangerous threats and situations in everyday life. Following passage at the general election of Amendment 64, meant to regulate marijuana like alcohol, the City Attorney’s Office has been interpreting and studying the effects of the Amendment and planning strategies with the City Council as to its ramifications, preparing for the consequences of its implementation. An ordinance has been presented to the City Council to prohibit marijuana clubs in commercial zones pending action by the state. An ordinance setting the standards for automatic sprinkler systems in new residential homes for those wishing to have them installed has been drafted by the City Attorney’s Office and passed by the City Council. The City Attorney’s Office has been involved in providing incentives for the relocation of tw telecom inc., bringing many highly skilled and well paid workers into the City. Working with the staff of the Lone Tree Arts Center, the City Attorney’s Office has been involved in contracting with artists and productions for the stage and the rental of Arts Center facilities. The City Attorney’s Office has been working with Public Works and the Colorado Department of Transportation to secure land for reconstruction of ramps at Lincoln and I-25. The City Attorney’s Office advises City Commissions, Boards and Committees on procedures, policies and conflict of interest issues. The City Attorney’s Office continues to provide legal services related to enforcing audits for compliance with the tax codes, litigation, zoning regulations, construction and maintenance standards, traffic regulations, City criminal code improvements and liquor control and licensing matters.

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Charting Lone Tree’s course for economic development. So what might Lone Tree’s charts look like in 2013? It’s likely some of these trends will continue into the near future. The City anticipates issuing permits for the new Charles Schwab office campus in RidgeGate this year. The first phase will begin in 2013 and will include two five-story office buildings, an amenity building, and a parking garage. Additionally, the City expects to issue permits for a major expansion at Sky Ridge Medical Center. Again, only relatively few permits will be issued for these massive projects. Now whether Mother Nature delivers another hailstorm that wreaks havoc on Lone Tree rooftops again is another issue entirely. We’ll leave that prediction to someone else. CityofLoneTree BuildingPermitsIssuedAnnually2000Ͳ2012 1800 1563

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Lone Tree’s Arbor Day event turns 17. As a general rule, teenagers can be moody. And sometimes awkward. And sometimes prone to boredom. But these same rules don’t apply to nonhuman objects and events. Take, for example, Our City’s annual Arbor Day Celebration. Its teen years may just be its best. Look at all this year’s event has to offer: The much-loved Annual Tree Sale. This popular tradition helps ensure Lone Tree will never live up to its name. For just $25, residents can purchase a tree for their home at a huge discount. (Thanks to the City of Lone Tree, Arapahoe Acres Nursery, and SSPRD.) Visit www.cityoflonetree.com/arborday to see the types of trees available this year, then complete the order form and submit it—along with payment—by April 12. Quantities are limited, so order early.

Plant your own herb garden pot. Little gardeners can plant their own little gardens in their own little pots! Horticultural info & advice. Don’t miss your chance to ask South Suburban’s horticultural staff your toughest gardening questions. They’ll be on hand with information and advice to help you make your yard the envy of your neighborhood (if you’re in to that sort of thing). Annual stream clean up. Arbor Day is also Willow Creek Clean Up Day. Some 100 volunteers are needed to give the creek a good two-hour cleaning. Volunteers can sign in at 9 am at the Tennis Center to get their trash bags, marching orders, and advanced accolades for their assistance.

Spring flower power. Purchase your annual flowers while also helping our local schools. Lone Tree Elementary and Eagle Ridge Elementary will be selling flower baskets and assortments of colorful flowers below retail cost. Pre-order or buy on the day of the event. Order forms are available from your local school or at www.cityoflonetree.com/arborday. HawkQuest’s birds of prey. Kids really enjoy these upclose-and-personal interactive sessions with birds of prey. Adults kind of like them, too. Free mulch pick up. Event attendees can take home one bag of free mulch, courtesy of SSPRD. Sensible sustainability booth. Stop by for information on composting (and more) and a chance to win a free composter. And don’t forget to pick up your free water bottle! 14

New vendors! Even as this newsletter goes to press, the City’s events coordinator is lining up new vendors for your Arbor Day pleasure. So check the website for updates, or just show up and be surprised.

Arbor Day Celebration. Saturday, May 4, 9 am*–Noon. Lone Tree Tennis Center and Park. www.cityoflonetree.com/arborday *Tree and flower pickup begins at 8 am and ends at 11 am.


Make a great poster, win a great prize. But only if you’re a kid. In 5th grade. And if you meet those two criteria, your odds of winning have already improved dramatically— at least among people who are reading this. So here’s what you need to know: It’s called the Colorado Arbor Day Poster Contest. The theme for this year’s contest is Celebrate Trees in Our Community. It’s sponsored by Colorado Tree Coalition and the Colorado State Forest Service and is open to all 5th grade students living in Colorado. The winner will be recognized at a ceremony at the Colorado State Capitol during Arbor Week in late April. Sounds pretty cool, doesn’t it? Here’s the catch: The entry deadline is Friday, April 5, at 5 pm. So log onto www.coloradotrees.org and click on the 2013 CTC Poster Contest link. There you’ll find everything you need to know about what to include in your poster, what size it has to be, and where to mail it. But do it soon, because time is running out!

Last year’s winning poster.

Les is More.

He’s more than just a sturdy pair of shoes. Les Lundstrom is a man in a pair of sturdy shoes who’s decided to give back to his community in his retirement. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, you can find him at Sky Ridge Medical Center, where his official title is Patient/Family Escort. What does that mean? It means he accompanies patients and visitors throughout the hospital and helps them get where they need to go. Sometimes it means he delivers flowers. Other times it means he answers phones, along with questions of every sort. One thing it always means: A lot of walking. Lundstrom estimates he walks 4 to 5 miles—at least—in those hospital hallways every shift. So those sturdy, comfortable shoes are a must in this line of work. But his volunteer work hasn’t been limited to Sky Ridge. When he and his wife Judy moved to RidgeGate in 2005, he served on the newly formed HOA—for 7 years. And before the Arts Center was even completed, he let staff there know he’d be happy to help. And not long after that, Lundstrom found himself volunteering at LTAC’s inaugural events. Whether it was setting up artwork or serving lemonade and cookies, Lundstrom was there with a helping hand and a genuine smile. Last month, Lundstrom surpassed the 500-volunteer-hour mark at Sky Ridge. There weren’t balloons or trumpets or other fanfare. But he did get a free lunch. And it was delicious. “The work is extremely rewarding,” Lundstrom explains. “It’s become a part of my life that I would never want to give up.” 15


The latest from SSPRD… Movie Nights for kids, Date Nights for adults. Saturdays, April 20, May 18, and June 15, 5–9 pm. Lone Tree Recreation Center will host Movie Nights for children (potty trained) ages 3–11. They’ll enjoy a pizza dinner, popcorn, animal crackers, and juice while watching two movies. Meanwhile, parents can enjoy a night out. Cost: $20 for nonresidents; $15 for residents. Call 303-708-3518 for more information or to register.

Cook Creek Pool opens on Saturday, May 25! Grab a friend, a towel, and your South Suburban ID and get ready to splash into summer when Cook Creek Pool opens for the season. And don’t forget to make a note of 2013’s Lone Tree Pool Days, when City residents get in free: Sunday, June 9 Sunday, June 23 Sunday, July 7 Thursday, July 25 Sunday, August 11 Sunday, August 18 (Make-up date for inclement weather on any of the earlier days.)

Cook Creek Wahoos swim team parent meeting. Thursday, April 11, 5 pm. Don’t let your child be left out of the water! Come get the scoop on Cook Creek’s swim team during this meeting at Lone Tree Recreation Center. Tennis Carnival & Grand Opening for the Season. Saturday, May 4, 11 am–2 pm. Lone Tree Tennis Center will host this free tennis clinic for juniors and adults. Contests, prizes, and refreshments following the clinic. For more information or to register, go to www.ssprd.org or call 303-347-5999. Get into tennis @ Lone Tree. Saturday, June 15, 1–3 pm. Lone Tree Tennis Center.

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For more information on Lone Tree Pool Days, visit www.cityoflonetree.com/lonetreepooldays. For information on SSPRD’s Summer Adventure Pass—which goes on sale April 8 and includes admission to four recreation centers and four outdoor pools from May 25–Sept. 2—visit www.ssprd.org. Golf Day. Saturday, July 13, 2–4 pm. Lone Tree Golf Club & Hotel. Join fellow golfers for a putting competition, free lessons from the pros, and more.


Purchase tickets at the Lone Tree Arts Center Box Office in person, via phone at 720-509-1000, online at www.lonetreeartscenter.org, or the day of the performance. Here’s what’s coming up:

Specifically designed for children and their families to experience arts and culture outside the classroom, Passport to Culture expands their worlds of imagination! Through performances, workshops, and pure entertainment, Passport fosters the growth of the visual and performing arts, science, and cultural understanding in our community. Get your Passport to Culture at each month’s family program at the Lone Tree Arts Center. Children who fill up their passports with event stickers can bring their completed passports to the Lone Tree Box Office and receive complimentary Passport to Culture tickets for their families. Adults and children: $5. Children ages 2 and under: Free.

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Wild Wonders. Sunday, April 21, 3 pm. Who’d have guessed it? Real live animals from the Denver Zoo living it up at the Lone Tree Arts Center! Bring the whole family to discover the secrets of animal survival, habitats, amazing adaptations and survival strategies, and other fun facts with Denver Zoo’s Wild Wonders program. Beethoven and Beyond. Sunday, May 19, 3 pm. Get ready for Beethoven to come to life! Classical music is often intimidating for young listeners, but not this time. Kim Robards Dance interprets the complexity of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 in a way all ages can appreciate. Using abstract sign language in conjunction with powerful dance, this Passport will transport and engage you.

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Story Pirates is a hilarious sketch comedy musical performed by professional improvisers and musicians, and it’s a definite must-see for the entire family (according to the experts who know a must-see when they see one). The one-of-a-kind show promises to delight audiences with puppets, enlivening songs, and outrageous sketches, all the while motivating kids to pick up a pencil and write down their own fantastic adventures. The show is based entirely on stories written by elementary school students, and part of the show is made up on-the-spot by the kids in the audience. Purchase tickets at the LTAC Box Office, via phone at 720-509-1000, or online at www.lonetreeartscenter.org. 17


Summer Concert Series kicks into gear.

Another annual tradition in The LT: Summer concerts in Sweetwater Park! New this year, event organizers are bringing the focus of these events back to the music. So expect the same great selection of bands and delicious outdoor dining-in-the-park options. But look for the face painters, balloon artists, and additional kids’ activities at other City events. Because this year, the concerts are all about the music. First (and second) up in the Summer Concert Series: Saturday, June 15, 6–10 pm. Dotsero. This Colorado band has crisscrossed the nation performing their exciting brand of contemporary jazz.

Hamilton Loomis. Loomis and his band have been described as a ‘bluesrock-funk-groove-soul band’ that you won’t want to miss. Saturday, July 20, 6–10 pm. The Samples. For more than two decades, The Samples have delighted fans with music that transcends genres and shatters the rules of the established music industry. Mary Louise Lee Band. Before she was the First Lady of Denver, Mary Louise Lee wowed— and still wows—audiences with her soulful singing. 18

Celebrate your independence (with lots of other people).

There’s only one place to be at 4 pm on the Fourth, and it starts with an ‘S.’ Can you guess where that is? For well over a decade, Lone Tree and Acres Green families and friends have gathered for the one-of-a-kind, City-sponsored celebration at Sweetwater Park. And this year promises to be no different. Children will eagerly adorn their bikes with decorations. Babies, teens, and adults will don red, white, and blue. And everyone will keep an eye on the skies, hoping for those ominous rain clouds to hold off just a little bit longer. Ah, yes—there’s nothing like the Fourth of July in Lone Tree. This year’s schedule of events: 3 pm: Free bike decorating begins at the entrance to Club Terrace Drive. 4 pm: Children’s Bike Parade starts, moving northeast along Lone Tree Parkway, turning onto Sweetwater Road and into the south entrance of Sweetwater Park. New this year, performer Sven Jorgensen will treat parade-goers to an interactive juggling and circus arts show throughout the parade and into Sweetwater Park. 4–10 pm: Musical entertainment from Raising Cain and the Steve Thomas Band, as well as a huge variety of activities—from glitter tattoo and caricature artists to face painters and inflatables to zip lines and so much more. And oh yeah, maybe even some fireworks.

Independence Day Celebration. Thursday, July 4, 4–10 pm. Sweetwater Park. Wristbands available for pickup at the Arts Center from 10 am–4 pm starting in June.


Warning: LTAC camps are home to repeat attenders. It’s true. Just ask Kathy Gallo, whose 8-year-old daughter Olivia first set foot in Broadway Bootcamp last year. It didn’t take long until she came back for more, enrolling in a second camp (WeeGlee). And now she can’t wait to be back yet again this summer. The word is getting out in the youth theater community, and if it continues to spread, LTAC may find itself housing lots of these ‘repeat attenders.’ “Just this week, a friend of mine sent out an email about the upcoming camps, and we’re already signing up for them because they’re that good,” explains Gallo. Gallo credits this increasing popularity to excellent, kid-friendly, professional instructors who communicate well with the kids and teach them practical acting skills. Skills that give them confidence, especially if they want to try out for school plays and productions. Another thing Gallo loves: That her daughter can perform on-stage during camp weeks and then come see professional performances with her parents throughout the year that take place on that very same stage. “To have this theater in our community is just fantastic.” Next up for the Summer Theater Workshops: Taste of Broadway! Monday–Friday, June 17–21, 9 am–3 pm. Who’s ready to take a bite out of the Big Apple? Future Broadway stars can feed their need to act, sing, and dance in this fun session. Using the vast anthology of Broadway music, this session will take students to the next level. The final day of class will feature a showcase for friends and family. Cost: $175. All ages.

Musical Mania. Monday–Friday, June 24–28, 9 am–3 pm. Does your student sing into a hairbrush every morning? Learn the dance moves from popular music videos? Then this is the session for them! Students will sing, dance, and act their hearts out by exploring popular tunes and fun dance moves. The culmination of this weeklong session is an original musical number created by the students and performed for friends and family on the last day of class. Cost: $175. All ages.

Treasure Trunk Theatre. Monday–Friday, July 8–19, 9 am–3 pm. What will each new day bring? Students find out at the start of each class, when they open a trunk to discover the spark that will inspire that day’s interactive adventure. As students use their imaginations to create characters and storylines, they will also learn to work together to overcome dramatic challenges. Each of the sessions in this two-week program will intertwine to create complex characters to inhabit a fully realized tale. The last class will be the unveiling of the finished product to friends and family. Cost: $320. All ages. For more information or to register, call 720-509-1000 or visit www.lonetreeartscenter.org. Please call this same number to report any repeat attenders you see in the area. Watch for youth showcasing large smiles who spontaneously burst into song and dance. 19


Lone Tree Golf Club starts the season with a bang. For details on any of the events listed below, visit www.facebook.com/GolfLoneTree or call 303-790-0202 to sign up. Derby Day Party. Saturday, May 4. Join horse racing fans for the 139th Running of the Roses. Come enjoy mint juleps, Derby food specials, a hat contest, and ‘betting’ for prizes. Horses race at approximately 4:30 pm. Golfers can sign up for a ‘horse race’ of their own on the course immediately following the live broadcast. A $5 fee gains entry into either the men’s or ladies’ five-hole tournament. Mother’s Day Brunch. Sunday, May 12, 10 am–2 pm. Hard-pressed for ideas on how to honor the Mom in your life on her big day? Then make reservations for Mother’s Day Brunch at Lone Tree Golf Club & Hotel. Brunch will include a variety of all-you-(and she)-can-eat favorites. Cost: $33.95 for adults, $15.95 for children ages 4–10. Call 303-790-0202 to reserve your table. Memorial Day Couples Tournament. Monday, May 27, 8:30 am. Start summer off swinging! The Memorial Day Couples Golf Tournament gets underway with a shotgun start at 8:30 am. The $25/person entry fee (plus greens fees) includes lunch and prizes. Individual signups are also available. Space is limited, and reservations are required. Live Music on Friday Nights. Beginning June 7, 6 pm. Start the weekends off right. The Out of Bounds Bar & Grill will present live music on Friday nights this summer. Be entertained by local bands and performers while enjoying the golf course view from the patio. Music begins at 6 pm, and nightly specials are 20 offered until 9 pm.

Nine & Dine. Saturday, June 29, 4 pm. Join others who love to golf—and dine out— for this unique evening. The nine-hole shotgun tournament begins at 4 pm and includes contests and prizes. A $65 entry fee includes greens fees, cart, range balls, appetizers, a three-course dinner, and a drink ticket. (Annual members can inquire about special pricing.) Cocktails, appetizers, and dinner will be served on the clubhouse deck following play.

One city. Two leagues. Lots of clubs. Spring is here, which means the Lone Tree Ladies 9-Hole and 18-Hole Leagues are back in action. Choose the one that’s right for you, download the application, and let the games begin. Both leagues run April–September. Both accept women of all skill levels. And both are geared toward fun and fellowship. The 9-hole group plays on Thursday mornings. The 18-hole group tees off Wednesday mornings. For information on the Lone Tree Ladies 9-Hole Golf Association, contact Melissa Watson at 303-981-0168 or via email at LTL9hole@gmail.com. You can also fill out the application online at http://LTL9hole.ghinclub.com/. For details on the Lone Tree Ladies 18-Hole Golf Association, see the ad below. For two simple ways to knock 10 strokes off your game without even trying, keep dreaming.

For information contact: Janie Koontz, 303-773-2855 ejane1013@comcast.net


Get tee’d off for all the right reasons.

If you dream of someday making that elusive Hole in One, this is the golf tournament for you! Join members of the Lone Tree Youth Commission as they host Go Putt for Wellspring, a miniature golf tournament to raise funds for Wellspring Community. The tournament will be played as a ‘shotgun start’ with teams of six players beginning at each of the 18 holes. Each team rotates around the course, finishing their round after all 18 holes are played. This means that everyone starts at the same time: 9 am sharp! Will an actual shot be fired to let the games begin? You’ll have to attend to find out. You’ll also have to attend if you want to win one of the many prizes that will be awarded. Prize categories include: • Lowest individual score. • Highest individual score. • Lowest group score. • Highest group score. • Most holes in one. • Closest to the pin. And while winning prizes is fun, it’s even better when you’re doing it for a good cause. The entire ticket price—yes, 100% of it—will be donated to Wellspring Community. Wellspring Community’s mission is to create a residential and work community where adults with special needs can live full, productive, and satisfying lives. What started as a grassroots organization training four young adults how to bake cookies in a private kitchen now serves nearly 100 individuals in all of its programs combined.

These programs include work and enrichment activities in which participants are trained in baking skills in Best Buddies Bakery and enjoy enrichment classes ranging from sign language, math, and pottery to gardening, technology, choral training, and more. Wellspring also offers a social and recreation program, Club 21, which gives adults with developmental disabilities a place to enjoy fun activities with friends on a weekend evening in a safe and supervised setting. Go Putt for Wellspring is sponsored by the Lone Tree Youth Commission, a volunteer advisory board to City Council. Commissioners are students in grades 8–12 who live in Our City and have been elected to serve two-year terms. They learn about local government, plan community events, and recommend programs, initiatives, and resources for youth. Details, Details! WHAT:

Go Putt For Wellspring Miniature Golf Tournament. WHEN: Saturday, June 8, 9 am. (Or Saturday, June 15, at 9 am if weather prevents play on June 8). WHERE: Go Putt! Miniature Golf, 9741 Park Meadows Drive. HOW MUCH: $10 for adults, $8 for kids 12 and under. Price includes 18 holes of miniature golf, refreshments, and the chance to win great prizes. WEBSITE: www.cityoflonetree.com/ goputtevent. For more information about the tournament or to become a tournament sponsor, contact Kristen Knoll at 303-708-1818 or kristen.knoll@cityoflonetree.com.

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Now appearing at the library nearest you... The Lone Tree Library has enough activities to keep residents busy throughout the spring! Below are a few of the highlights. For a complete list of what’s happening at our local branch—including book discussion groups, neighborhood meetings, and more—visit www.douglascountylibraries.org. Now showing: Essential Film Series. The library’s not just about books. It holds its share of movies, too. Come check out four ‘must see’ movies on four nights in April. Each movie will be introduced by local film enthusiast Matt Wigdahl, who knows what he’s talking about. (He’s taught English, history, humanities, art history, and film studies since 1977, and has taught in the Douglas County School District since 1982.) Each movie viewing will include another essential: Popcorn. Dates/times are as follows: Tuesday, April 2 – On the Waterfront. Tuesday, April 9 – It Happened One Night. Tuesday, April 16 – Vertigo. Tuesday, April 23 – Annie Hall. All programs start at 6:30 pm at the library in Lone Tree. Visit www.douglas countylibraries.org or call 303-791-7323 for more information or to register.

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Ready for adventures in babysitting? American Red Cross brings its popular and practical course to the Lone Tree Library. Kids ages 11–15 gain practical skills and confidence through video presentations, hands-on activities, and classroom discussion.

Choose from two dates: Red Cross Babysitter’s Training. Saturday, April 13, 9:30 am–4:30 pm or Saturday, June 8, 9:30 am–4:30 pm. Register online at www.redcross.org/take-a-class. Cost: $85. Just for moms and daughters. Did you know April is National Sign Up for a Mother-Daughter Book Club Month? Okay, not really. But maybe it should be. With Mother’s Day just around the corner, what better way to carve out some time together while reading (and maybe even disagreeing)? Geared toward girls in grades 4–6 and their moms or caretakers. Upcoming meetings: Sunday, April 7, 2 pm. Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool. Sunday, June 2, 2 pm. Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage. Register online at www.douglascountylibraries.org or call 303-791-7323.


Chamber news and notes. Chamber names new Executive Director. Following an extensive search and a competitive hiring process, Linda Harmon is the Lone Tree Chamber’s new Executive Director. Prior to joining the Chamber, Harmon managed her own business as a marketing/PR consultant specializing in entrepreneurial busines growth. Before that she was vice president of marketing/PR with the Denver/ Boulder Better Business Bureau and vice president of marketing/ PR for Amber Homes. Harmon graduated from the University of Colorado with a degree in journalism and has won multiple marketing and public relations awards. She looks forward to working with Our City’s dynamic chamber, and together we see great things in our future! Lone Tree hits mailboxes—and more. Have you seen our 2013 edition of Lone Tree? This one-of-a-kind resource guide should have made it into your mailbox this month. It is the only guide of its kind dedicated to ‘defining’ Lone Tree. The Chamber developed this resource for residents, visitors, businesses, and anyone interested in learning more about the City of Lone Tree and the businesses and residents who have contributed to what it is today—and what it will be tomorrow.

If your HOA or other organization would like copies to share with new neighbors, friends, or relatives visiting the area, please contact the Chamber at chamberinfo@lonetreechamber.com or call 303-792-3282. We will do our best to provide you with the copies you need. Or you can simply stop by our offices (City Municipal Building, 9220 Kimmer Drive, Suite 200) to pick up a copy or just see what we’re up to. Volunteers needed for A Taste of Lone Tree Food & Arts Festival. Your Chamber is looking for (more than) a few good volunteers for this popular annual event scheduled for August 10 & 11. Interested in helping make it a memorable one? Then contact the Chamber at 303-792-3282 or chamberinfo@LoneTreeChamber.com. Need information? Want to share ideas? Please call us for more information about the Chamber, the Lone Tree publication, or just to share your ideas. Our website—www.lonetreechamber.com— has valuable information for visitors and residents alike. Our goal is to be the ‘go-to’ place for information about Lone Tree. We are honored to serve the Lone Tree business and residential community, and hope that you find our resources useful and informational. With that in mind, we encourage you to share our website address and publication with anyone seeking information about the City of Lone Tree. Upcoming Member Events: Business After Hours. First Wednesday of each month, 5–7 pm. Open to anyone who does business in Lone Tree. Locations vary; check www.lonetreechamber.com. Upcoming Community Events: State of the City with the Mayor of Lone Tree. Thursday, May 9, Noon–1:30 pm. Lone Tree Arts Center. For more information or to register, call 303-792-3282 or send an e-mail to chamberinfo@LoneTreeChamber.com. Liberty Dash 5K Race. Thursday, July 4, 7:30 am. Sweetwater Park. 23


Branching Out? Take Timberlines with you. We know Our Residents like to travel. With friends. With loved ones. Even by themselves. And we know they love Timberlines. So show us digital proof of how you mix reading with pleasure during your next grand adventure, and it could be featured in an upcoming issue! It doesn’t matter whether you’re staying local or going global. The photo simply needs to be in a unique setting

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and feature Lone Tree residents enjoying their favorite publication (Timberlines, of course). Email photo submissions to timberlines@cityoflonetree.com. Please include your name, contact information, and date and location of photo. If we feature your photo in a future issue, you will be paid handsomely. Not with cash, but with compliments from friends and neighbors. Let the snapping begin.

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Timberlines-Spring 2013  

Timberlines is the City of Lone Tree's quarterly newsletter. This issue covers Apr/May/June 2013.

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