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Published by and for the City of Lone Tree


Issue 60/61

The city that’s growing...carefully.

Spring 2014



Free sticker giveaway on May 6!

It’s coming. And it's going to bring with it an influx of paper. And ballpoint pens. And little rectangles to color in with those ballpoint pens. And even red, white, and blue I Voted! stickers that you can take back to work and wear with pride. So the question is: When this year’s municipal election comes, will you be ready? Timberlines wants you to be prepared. So read these pages, and you will be.

WHEN AND HOW DO I VOTE? Tuesday, May 6, is Election Day for the City of Lone Tree. Residents of both District One and District Two (which means everybody) can vote in person at the Lone Tree Civic Center at 8527 Lone Tree Parkway. The polls will be open from 7 am until 7 pm. If you request and receive an absentee ballot, then you can mail it in ahead of time.

In this issue:

Photo show lights up LTAC. Page 6.

Or drop it off at the Municipal Building any day during regular business hours. You just need to be sure it makes it through the doors at 9220 Kimmer Drive prior to 7 pm on May 6! To be eligible to vote in this election, you need to be a resident of Colorado by April 14 and live in the City and be registered prior to Election Day.

WHAT’S ON THE BALLOT? When you step behind the curtain, plan to cast your vote for the following: Two City Council seats. The Council offices included in the next election will be Councilmember District One and Councilmember District Two. Each will be elected to a four-year term. Continued on page 2.

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Lone Tree debuts kids' event. Page 17.

Arbor Day Flower Sale & Tree Pick-Up. Page 22. 1

399 words from the Mayor. Modifying how we elect Our Mayor. Lone Tree’s mayoral election is currently set up so that the candidate with the most votes wins. In this system, it’s possible that—in a race with multiple candidates—the winner may not have received a majority, but rather a plurality, of the votes. During the upcoming City election, City Council and I ask you to consider a simple change to Our Charter: In the event the vote is split among several candidates without one receiving a true majority, a runoff election will be held between the two candidates with the highest number of votes. Why bother, you might ask? Simply to ensure that the candidate who best represents the overall values of the voters is elected. After all, there can be unintended consequences associated with plurality elections. For example, in a City of our size the election can easily be gamed by a faction who might add candidates to the ballot to dilute the votes, or a legitimately crowded ballot might allow a dedicated but smaller faction to win even though it represents a small but special interest view in the City. As for political factions, James Madison clearly defined his concerns in Federalist Paper No. 10: “By a faction I understand a number of citizens, whether amounting to a majority or minority of the whole, who are united and actuated by some common impulse of passion, or of interest, adverse to the rights of other citizens, or to the permanent and aggregate interest of the community.” Factions are, and have been, a significant part of our nation's governance since its beginning. Their existence is the true test and proof of our liberty. However, they are not exempt from making their case for leadership to the greater whole. As you consider this change to Our Charter, know that we are in good company historically. After only four presidential elections, the 12th Amendment to the Constitution was passed, altering the electoral process for presidential elections to accommodate the growing influence of political parties and gamesmanship. And, as you know, the president also requires a true majority of electoral votes to win. Even though I am term-limited and cannot run again, I was elected by a majority in my mayoral election. I hope that you will strongly consider ensuring that the Mayor of Lone Tree is always elected by a true majority. See you at the polls! Sincerely,

Mayor of the City of Lone Tree 2

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The District One seat is currently held by Mayor Pro Tem Jackie Millet. The District Two seat is currently held by Councilmember Susan Squyer. Both are eligible for reelection. Not sure in which district you live? Don't worry—we won't judge you. Simply look at the adjacent map to find out. A proposed amendment to Lone Tree’s Home Rule Charter. Ballots will also include the following question: (Which we’ve included using all uppercase letters. Because official documents are always written in uppercase letters. And Timberlines wants to be official.) SHALL THE CITY OF LONE TREE HOME RULE CHARTER BE AMENDED TO REQUIRE A MAJORITY VOTE FOR THE ELECTION OF MAYOR AND PROVIDE FOR RUNOFF ELECTIONS FOR MAYOR? YES




So why the proposed amendment? Because under the existing Lone Tree Home Rule Charter, the mayoral candidate who receives the most votes—even just one vote more than his/her opponent—is declared the winner. So, if more than two candidates run, it’s possible that the Mayor of Lone Tree could be elected by less than a majority of the City’s voters. As a result, City Council is giving residents this opportunity to amend the Charter. “It does make sense that our mayor should receive a majority of votes cast,” said Councilmember Kim Monson. “We, the citizens of Lone Tree, are exercising a very important aspect of self-government in bringing this amendment forward to clarify the mayoral election.” The next scheduled vote for Mayor is in 2016. (For Mayor Jim Gunning's thoughts on the amendment, read his column on this page.) WILL I VOTE ON ANYTHING ELSE? That depends. On where you live. And whether any special or metro districts for your neighborhood have ballot questions or contested candidate races. See the District Elections sidebar on page 4 for more information. So as a brilliant politician once said: Vote early. And vote often.

Want your ballot mailed to you? Then read this. There's something quite spectacular about casting your vote whenever and wherever you please... While drinking a cup of coffee at your desk. Or eating lunch at the kitchen counter. Or sitting in bed on a Sunday morning. Okay, maybe even in the car in the parking lot 5 minutes before the polls close. For those free spirits who cherish that flexibility (records show that’s almost half of you), here's what you need to know: Things aren’t like they used to be. Recent changes to Colorado’s election laws mean there’s no longer a statewide ‘permanent mail-in voter’ list. So even if you’ve received mail-in ballots for Our City’s (or other) elections in the past, you’ll need to apply for an absentee ballot for this election. The good news is it’s easy to do. Just complete the application at and return it to the City Clerk’s office (9220 Kimmer Drive, Suite 100) no later than Friday, May 2. You can also return the application via email to or fax it to 303-225-4949. Just remember: Absentee ballots must be received—not mailed—by 7 pm on Election Day, Tuesday, May 6, in order for the ballot to be counted. Also remember this: You will need to apply for a mail-in ballot for any special or metro district elections. See adjacent sidebar for their contact information.

City Council districts (and subdivisions) as of January 2014.

Just the facts. Election Day:

Tuesday, May 6.

Polling Location: Lone Tree Civic Center, 8527 Lone Tree Parkway. Polling Hours: Absentee Ballot Drop-off:

7 am–7 pm. Municipal Building, 9220 Kimmer Drive.

Complete election information is available at Still have questions? Contact City Clerk Jennifer Pettinger at 303-708-1818 ext. 1283 or 3

District elections.

Special districts and metropolitan districts also hold elections on May 6. By definition, metropolitan districts provide at least two (and as many as 10), municipal services: fire protection, mosquito control, parks and recreation, safety protection, sanitation, solid waste disposal, street improvements, television relay and translation, transportation, or water. Special districts (recreation, water, sewer, fire) provide singular services. Not sure which ones you’re a part of? Have no fear: They’re listed on your property tax bill. Can’t (or don’t want to try to) find your tax bill? Log on to and look up your property address. Look under the ‘tax authority’ tab to see in which taxing districts your property is located. Please note: Because there is no longer a statewide ‘permanent mail-in voter list,’ you will not receive a mail ballot from these districts unless you request it. Below is the contact information for each of the special or metro districts in Lone Tree.

South Suburban Parks and Recreation District. 303-798-5131

Heritage Hills Metropolitan District.

South Gate Water and Sanitation Districts. 303-713-7742

Lincoln Station Metropolitan District. hugh.smith@ 303-708-1105

South Metro Fire Rescue. 720-989-2202

Omni Park Metropolitan District. 303-779-5710

Park Meadows Metropolitan District. 720-989-2202

Rampart Range Metropolitan District. denise.denslow@ 303-265-7310


A poem for Mayor Gunning.

Many didn't know that Mayor Gunning was a poet, But if you read Timberlines you would certainly know it. This clever use of words to welcome the new year assures that we can go forward, without any fear. The hard work that you so willingly give makes Our Fine City a great place to live.

We appreciate your fine efforts in leading the way, so many thanks, Mayor Jim Gunning, is the least we can say.

And one for Jack Hidahl.

We won't forget you, Manager Jack Hidahl Since your record in Lone Tree still stands quite tall. His 18 years was no small task, So thanks to Jack is what we ask. A Navy pilot was Jack's calling, And this contribution was no small thing. Swimming, baseball, opera, and such are things where Jack liked to keep in touch. To make Our City the best he could was the main task for which Jack stood. And now that Jack has left our ranks, We all must give our heartfelt thanks. But we welcome Jack to stay in touch, For his thoughts and care will mean so much. Thanks, Jack! Bill Robertson and his wife Judy have lived in Lone Tree for 15 years. He’s served as HOA president of Heritage Hills, a board member of Heritage Hills Metropolitan District, and on local school and park committees. He also served on Lone Tree’s Board of Adjustments. It’s a wonder he’s ever found time to write poetry.

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Domestic animals picked up by the City are now sheltered at Denver Dumb Friends League’s Buddy Center at 4556 Castleton Court in Castle Rock.

It’s kind of an embarrassing question to ask. Heck, if you had a tail, it would probably be between your legs. But thanks to a new agreement between Your City and Denver Dumb Friends League (and this article in Timberlines), you'll now know the answer. You see, Our City is required by statute to provide shelter for domestic animals taken into custody due to injury, running at large, or abuse and neglect. Over the years, Lone Tree has had agreements with various facilities. Now, under a new joint venture with Douglas County, the City is once again partnering with Dumb Friends League’s Buddy Center in Castle Rock to provide these services. “This is an opportunity for us to go back to a facility that has a convenient location, a great reputation, and that we’ve had good experiences with,” explains City Councilmember Susan Squyer. “It’s a win-win for all parties—for our residents, Our City, and the facility itself.” Just what are the pluses? A streamlined intake procedure, a high level of professionalism, 24-hour access for City staff, and closer proximity, to name a few. Additionally, the associated costs are substantially lower than in prior years. That certainly qualifies as a win-win. Lone Tree Police Services Coordinator Dennis Page says he picks up 50 to 75 dogs each year. Of those, most are returned to their homes. It’s only when he can’t find an owner by researching local sources or using microchip information that the dogs are taken to the shelter. So next time Rover doesn’t come running back over, at least you’ll know where to look.

It’s wet. It’s refreshing. It’s fun. And it’s free on these days (if you’re a Lone Tree resident): Sunday, June 8. Sunday, June 22. Sunday, July 6. Thursday, July 24. Sunday, August 10. Sunday, August 17. (Make-up date)


Photo show lights up LTAC this spring. Lone Tree’s Exploring the Light annual photo show and sale kicks off with its Opening Cocktail Reception on Saturday, April 19, from 3–5 pm. Come find out who wins what and which work of art is crowned Best of Show. Enjoy nibbling on hors d’oeuvres, listening to live music, and rubbing shoulders with talented photographers. You’ll also be able to vote for the 2014 People’s Choice Award and purchase juried original artwork as well. “The mood at the opening reception is always upbeat,” explains City Councilmember Harold Anderson, who attends LTAC events regularly. “And it’s intriguing to look at the photographs and try to understand how the photographers were able to get those kinds of pictures.” This year’s juror is Glenn Randall, who recently finished Sunrise from the Summit, a seven-year project in which he shot sunrise—or occasionally sunset—from the summits of all 54 Colorado fourteeners. 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). Categories this year include Landscape, Animals, Motion, and Abstract. So come check it out. The opportunities for ogling artwork will be endless. But the evening won’t be. So arrive early. Admission is free. All ages are welcome. But excuses for missing it are not. Exploring the Light. Saturday, April 19–Sunday, June 8. Lone Tree Arts Center. Open Monday–Friday, 10 am–4 pm and prior to LTAC performances.


Master your skills with The Master.

Want to learn how to photograph any landscape? In any light? And be confident that the final print will have the detail and tonality you want? Then register for this workshop with Glenn Randall, juror of this year’s Exploring the Light photo show. Many of the most dramatic landscape photographs are taken in “high-voltage” light, with sunrise or sunset light stabbing through clouds or brilliantly spotlighting a distant peak, leaving the equally important foreground in deep shadow. Capturing that full range of tones—and reproducing it in a way that still looks natural—has challenged landscape photographers since the art was invented! Join Randall as he outlines how to tackle this fundamental problem. Here are the details: Mastering Dramatic Light: A photo seminar with Glenn Randall. Saturday, April 26, 8:30 am–12:30 pm. LTAC Event Hall. Cost: $35. Light breakfast items and refreshments will be served. For more information on Exploring the Light or to register for the seminar, visit or call 720-509-1000.

Charity event can awaken the bowler in you.

It’s pretty simple: If the teenage members of Lone Tree’s Youth Commission can wake up early and go bowling for a good cause, then you can too! So grab a cup of coffee and a few family members, friends, or co-workers and head to Brunswick Zone on Saturday, June 21, at 8 am. Don’t worry about strikes. Or spares. Or slow-moving gutter balls. Participants of all ages and abilities will be able to compete for a chance to win great prizes. And the prizes won’t be just for the ‘best.’ Expect plenty of creative prize categories. And a delicious continental breakfast. And maybe even a slight thrill at knowing you’ll have access to all 48 lanes at Brunswick Zone when members of the general public won’t. So sign up as your own team of 2 to 6 bowlers, or get matched up with others. Whatever you do, don’t forget to mark your calendar. And sound the alarm. Because this is family-friendly fun you won’t want to miss!

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.

All proceeds from this event will benefit 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 serve more than 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. For more information, visit

Youth Commission’s Charity Bowling Tournament. Brunswick Zone XL (9255 Kimmer Drive). Saturday, June 21, 8 am. Cost: $20/adult $15/child 12 & under. (Or $25 and $18 at the door). Price includes continental breakfast, shoe rental, two games of bowling, and a chance to win prizes! For more information: To sponsor a lane: Go to the event website or contact Kristen Knoll at or 303-708-1818. 7

The Green

This beetle vs. your ash tree.

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It’s a matchup that may never take place. But lots of residents have asked about it. So Timberlines is talking about it. Here's the scoop: What is it? Emerald ash borer (EAB) is a non-native invasive insect pest first reported in Michigan in 2002. It has since spread to 22 states and is responsible for killing millions of ash trees. This jewel-like beetle attacks all species of ash (except mountain ash), and generally kills the trees within 3 to 5 years. EAB was confirmed in northeast Boulder in September 2013, and a survey is underway to determine if there are other infested trees in that area. The establishment of EAB in Colorado is unlikely through natural spread of the insect, because our state lacks the native ash forests between cities (as seen in the Midwest). Therefore, the spread of EAB would likely come from the careless movement of ash firewood, lumber, or nursery stock containing the developing stages of the insect. Is EAB in The LT? As of now, there’s no indication that Our Trees have been affected. None. Zip. Zero. Even so, City staff recently met with SSPRD’s forestry and horticulture supervisor to discuss what, if anything, Lone Tree should be doing with its ash trees.


Their advice? To do nothing until further notice. SSPRD plans to take samples from its Lone Tree properties in April or May of this year. So we should know by this fall if there are any EAB outbreaks within those samples. SSPRD will continue to take samples over the next 3 to 4—potentially up to 8—years. What if EAB is found? If SSPRD does find EAB, it will notify Our City (as well as the county and state). At that point, a management plan would be discussed. If EAB is found, trees can be treated successfully; however, they would need to be treated immediately and probably for the life of the tree. So what do I do if I have an ash tree? Nothing. Just enjoy it. Only after SSPRD and other municipalities conduct their sampling projects can the spread of EAB even be confirmed. In the meantime, proactive treatment of your ash trees is not recommended. Word has it that EAB treatments can weaken a healthy tree’s natural defenses and can cause other problems such as trunk rot.

Signs of an EAB infestation include: • Branches without leaves, especially at the tops. • Vertical splits in the bark, exposing S-shaped tunnels. • Wild leafy branches (new growth) sprouting from the trunk. • D-shaped exit holes.

Don't be a hazard to yourself. Or to your neighbors. Or to our environment. When you have stuff to get rid of that you know isn’t supposed to go in the trash—paint, paint thinners, car batteries, used oil, pesticides, poisons, spray cans, antifreeze, and such—don’t panic. Lone Tree’s Door-to-Door Household Hazardous Waste Collection Service can save the day. The program focuses on collecting items that cannot be recycled locally and should not be placed in the trash. All you have to do to participate is call 1-800-HHW-PKUP (1-800-449-7587) and request a collection. It’s that easy. Well, almost. The program is primarily funded by the City, but a resident co-pay of $20 is required. But that $20 will be well worth not having to sneak out at night to toss your toxins. Know what else is pretty great? A limited quantity of electronic waste (think outdated TVs or computer systems) is also eligible for disposal by residents who arrange for HHW pickup. For more information and a comprehensive list of eligible materials, visit


Keep in mind that symptoms of EAB are similar to other insect and abiotic problems. Think you have EAB in your ash trees or have additional questions? Contact the Colorado Department of Agriculture at 888-248-5535 or via email at

National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day provides a safe, convenient, and responsible way to dispose of prescription drugs. It also builds awareness around the potential for abuse of medications. Last year, LTPD collected more than 260 pounds of expired or unused drugs during the event. So if your medicine cabinet needs cleaning, this is the day and time to do it: National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. Saturday, April 26, 10 am–2 pm. Lone Tree Police Department. (9220 Kimmer Way).



It’s so easy that anyone can do it. Men. Women. Teens. Retirees. Maybe even friends or relatives who have been staying with you for so long that they should get out and do something. A new website—— offers one-stop shopping for those wanting to share their time and talents with others. Users can complete a simple profile and sign up for volunteer opportunities across the county with the click of a button. They can search by interest, schedule, location, or desired organization. Helping others has never been made so easy. Required forms and certifications can be easily uploaded. Volunteer hours and mileage can be easily tracked. Required school district forms can be easily completed by teens needing service hours. And opportunities for individuals, families, and small and large groups can be easily identified. Truly, the site is a dream come true for volunteers and nonprofits alike. Even Our City is already posting its volunteer opportunities on the site. “I’m continually amazed by how many people step forward to volunteer and actively look for ways to give back to their communities,” notes Mayor Pro Tem Jackie Millet. “And this website is a great way to let people know how they can connect to local organizations.” So check it out. Forward the link to friends. And if you have questions, contact Liz Whitmore at or 720-509-1292. Volunteer Connect Douglas County is a project of the Partnership of Douglas County Governments. The communities involved include Castle Pines, Castle Rock, Douglas County, Douglas County Libraries, Douglas County School District, Highlands Ranch Metro District, Larkspur, Lone Tree, and Parker. 10

Being older makes you wiser. And happier. And better looking. And more likely to know when someone’s feeding you a line. So come celebrate the good things about getting older. And learn a few new things at the same time. Over lunch. With other people. Who make it interesting. And maybe even fun. Here's a look at what's on the calendar this spring: Tuesday, April 8, at 11:30 am: How to be a Champion, presented by Lee O’Neil, national and world champion shooter. Tuesday, May 13, at 11:30 am: Spring Gardening Tips, presented by Luan Akin, garden ambassador at Tagawa Gardens. Come learn which plants have been chosen by Colorado gardening experts as the very best for our high desert climate (including resilient perennials you can rely on). Tuesday, June 10, at 11:30 am: To be announced. Check website for details. Each event is $10/person and includes lunch. Non-Lone Tree residents are welcome to attend. And all luncheons are at the Lone Tree Golf Club & Hotel. RSVP to or by calling 303-225-4930. For more information, visit

Timberlines is a liar! It’s a sad moment when you realize you're not as great as you think you are. For Timberlines, that moment came when a staff member recently went looking through our archives in preparation for Jack Hidahl’s retirement celebration. What she found was shocking: Not one but two issues, each claiming to be Issue No. 11!

This is a City-subsidized recycling cart. It’s designed to simplify your recycling life. Every household in Lone Tree is entitled to one for a one-time fee of $20. Beyond that, it’s free to use. Over and over. Year after year. You’ll never pay a recycling bill, because the City of Lone Tree pays it for you. We just ask that if you move, this beautiful cart stays with the home. Don’t like the wheeled cart? Then help yourself to a City of Lone Tree recycling bin (available at the City Offices). Those are entirely free. So join the ranks of Lone Tree Recyclers, who fill the carts and bins with an average of 66.941 tons of waste per month (and, in turn, divert this amount of trash from our landfills). To order a recycle cart, visit

A hush fell over the offices as editors hung their heads in shame. It’s unclear whether the City will fire Timberlines staff for the 14-year-old transgression. Or whether it will discontinue the publication altogether. Or perhaps it will attempt to right this wrong simply by naming the current issue ‘No. 60/61’ and never mentioning it again.


It may have been cold outside this winter but activities in Our City are warming things up fast! Come join the chamber at one or some of the following events:

Chamber news and notes.

Open to community members ($10 fee for nonmembers) who would like to learn more about the Lone Tree Chamber and meet and mingle with members. Join us on the following dates: Wednesday, April 2: Centre Salon & Spa. (7824 Park Meadows Drive, Suite 100). Wednesday, May 7: Rocky Mountain Real Estate Advisors and DC Farmers Group. (9233 Park Meadows Drive, Suite 218).

State of the City with Mayor Jim Gunning. Tuesday, May 20, Noon–1:30 pm. Lone Tree Arts Center. Last year’s event reached capacity, with 120-plus attendees. So if you want to attend, secure your seat by RSVPing to Check-in begins at 11:30 am, and lunch is provided.

Wednesday, June 4: Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant. (9535 Park Meadows Drive). RSVP to Business Connections Lunches. Open to members and nonmembers alike! Please visit for the latest meeting topics and places. LOOKING AHEAD. Save the dates or sign up to volunteer for these popular Lone Tree events: Friday, July 4: The Chamber’s annual Liberty Dash 5K and fun run at Sweetwater Park is the perfect kickoff to the City of Lone Tree’s fabulous full-day event.

Business After Hours. Thank you to our host businesses who volunteer to hold these popular monthly events! If you’ve never been, here’s what you need to know: Held on the first Wednesday of each month from 5–7 pm.


Saturday & Sunday, August 9 & 10: Two days of sipping and sampling at A Taste of Lone Tree in Lincoln Commons. For more information or to volunteer, visit, call 303-792-3282, or send an email to



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, City Manager • • • • • •

The City Manager’s Office continually monitors legislative issues of importance to the City, county and region. CU Masters of Public Administration student Josh Solinger began his volunteer internship in the Economic Development area of the City Manager’s Office on Wednesday, February 12th. Department staff took part in the 2014 Site Selectors Guild conference in downtown Denver representing City of Lone Tree to a variety of national corporate site selectors — consultants who help companies find sites for new facilities like offices, corporate campuses, and headquarters — over several days. Many of these consultants were very aware of the construction activity in Lone Tree. Department staff recently met with RTD staff to discuss the Southeast light rail extension. Mayor Gunning was a participant on a panel for the City’s first Economic Outlook Breakfast hosted by the Lone Tree Chamber of Commerce. The event, attended by approximately 120 guests, included a local and national look at projected economic growth in 2014. The City Manager’s Office coordinated the Bonfils Blood Drive held at the Civic Center on Monday, January 13th. It was very successful with all appointment times being filled and 26 total pints were collected. From the donations, Bonfils was able to save up to 78 lives and help ensure that patients in our area hospitals have blood when they need it.

Internal Services The following City operations are considered internal services: information technology; human resources; facilities management; tax, payroll and accounting; and City clerk and municipal court. • Through December, sales tax revenues were up approximately 4.92% as compared to 2012. Overall, the City’s general fund ended 2013 with a fund balance exceeding the budgeted amounts. • The 2014 budget booklets are now available at the City offices or online. • The City issued 120 new business licenses during the 4th quarter of 2013, which is a 21% decrease over 2012. • In February 2014, the Finance Division implemented an online option for filing sales tax returns and payments. Please visit the below link for more information: • The municipal court processed 712 cases during the quarter, which is a 14% decrease over the same period in 2012. • In December 2013, the Human Resources Division implemented a new employee performance evaluation process and facilitated the completion of all annual employee evaluations. • Human Resources staff also provided training regarding the new Operations Manual which became effective January 1, 2014 and completed the annual safety training for all employees. • Human Resources oversaw the hiring of four full-time positions and three part-time/on-call positions. • The Human Resources Department also implemented the new county-wide volunteer portal at


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

The Lone Tree Arts Center started off 2014 with several sold-out performances, including a Colorado Jazz Repertory Orchestra tribute to Maynard Ferguson, the gypsy jazz trio Hot Club of Cowtown, and the dynamic tap sensation of Feet Don’t Fail Me Now, among others. With shows selling out weeks in advance, the LTAC patrons have learned to buy early to ensure they get a seat for all these top events. A real highlight of the first quarter was Randy Newman live at the Arts Center. A sold-out crowd enjoyed stories from the legendary singer-songwriter’s career and enjoyed the intimacy of seeing him perform solo. RidgeGate renewed their commitment to the Tunes on the Terrace series by rejoining LTAC as sponsors for the outdoor concerts. Bellco Credit Union is now in their third season of supporting LTAC’s children and family programming and we thank them for their continued support. LTAC welcomed a new staff members this quarter; Chris Husted took on the new position of Rental Events Technician, providing technical support to the many rental events that the LTAC offers such as performances, meetings, and parties.

Community Development Department, Kelly First, Director • •

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The City Council recently approved a comprehensive update to the City of Lone Tree Subdivision Code. These regulations establish standards and procedures for the subdivision of land and are required by state statute. The updated code will improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the subdivision process. The idea of a community garden in Lone Tree has been ongoing since spring 2011. Based on the interest expressed by residents in a community survey conducted last summer, the Council has directed staff to facilitate this community-based effort. Staff is working with Lone Tree Elementary School, members of the community, and Denver Urban Gardens, to establish the garden at the school site. If you are interested in participating, please contact Jennifer Drybread, Senior Planner. The City Planning Commission is currently reviewing the City’s Comprehensive Plan, as is required every three years per the City Charter. The Planning Commission is expected to determine later this year whether any updates to the Plan will be recommended to the City Council. Planning Commission meetings are open to the public. Visit the City’s website for meeting agendas. Charles Schwab is moving ahead with plans to construct a third office building and second parking structure on its 32-acre campus in RidgeGate. Construction on the existing two office buildings and retail branch building is expected to be complete later this year. Plans for a 190-unit multi-family project in RidgeGate have been approved, located just west of the Miramont Apartments. The project consists of a four-story building with units “wrapping” the internal parking structure. There will be approximately 8,000 square feet of retail space on the street level. Plans are underway to develop “Lincoln Commons South” in RidgeGate, which is the parcel located just east of the Arts Center. The area is expected to include a senior living project, townhomes, public plazas and other uses that have yet to be finalized. Watch the City’s website or call the Planning Division for more information. LYFE Kitchen is a new restaurant under construction at the site of the former California Café at Park Meadows Mall. This is the first Colorado location for LYFE Kitchen, which is scheduled to open in the summer of 2014. Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille is a new restaurant under construction at the Vistas at Park Meadows Mall, located just north of Yard House. Perry’s is an upscale steakhouse and bar and is scheduled to open later this year. Construction continues at the Sky Ridge Medical Center campus with expansion of the main hospital as well as a new Women’s Center. A new parking garage is also under construction on the north side of the site. A third medical office building is going through the planning review process. From December 2013 through February 2014, the Building Division issued over 150 building permits. The total value of all of the projects, both large and small, is approximately $11 million. Building Division staff participated in the 2013 Flood Forum in February to discuss what happened and what we have learned from the flooding in Colorado. The Building Division hosted the Colorado Chapter of International Code Council board retreat in January. There were over 20 attendees representing building jurisdictions from throughout Colorado including Morgan County, Jefferson County, Aspen, Pueblo, Arvada, Golden, Trinidad, Thornton, Centennial, and Parker, as well as private code consultants and retired Building Officials. New businesses that have recently opened include Weber Facial, Cranelli’s Italian Restaurant, Road Runner Sports, Ballet Physique, Waxing the City, Simplicity Laser. The lululemon athletic store is moving out of the Vistas and into the mall to make room for Perry’s Steakhouse.


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


Public Works Department, John P. Cotten, P.E. • • • • • •

Public Works provided general landscape and road maintenance, noxious weed control, and traffic signal maintenance. Installation of pedestrian lights on the west side of Yosemite Street from Lincoln Avenue to Maximus Drive was completed. The Park Meadows Metropolitan District provided the funds to complete this project. Public Works staff completed evaluating street conditions throughout the City as part of the yearly street assessment. This assessment assists in developing preventive maintenance and overlay schedules for 2014 within the City. Public Works staff also solicited bids for both the Concrete Replacement Program and the yearly Overlay Program and work should commence in early May on the concrete phase. Public Works staff reviewed road striping throughout the City to determine which roadways will receive a fresh coat of paint in 2014. Public Works staff and the Snow Removal Contractor have been completing snow plowing with each snow storm. Because of the extremely low temperatures in December, the snow contractor has been completing ice removal tasks in several locations throughout the City. Public Works staff has been developing construction plans for the Lincoln bridge rehabilitation project over Interstate 25. This year’s scope includes repairs to the westbound lanes of Lincoln Avenue over I-25, similar to the project completed last summer on the eastbound lanes of Lincoln Avenue.

Police Department, Jeff Streeter, Chief of Police • •

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On January 30, 2014, eight Corporals were sworn in by Judge Gresh. These individuals were promoted from Patrol Officers to establish another level of supervision and accountability in the department. The Lone Tree Police Department has four new police officers who started in January 2014. The new officers include Matthew Skelton, Reid Perry, Andrew Joseph and Sean Stanfield. All four are outstanding additions to the City of Lone Tree staff. o Matthew Skelton is a lateral officer that comes to the City from Elbert County Sheriff's Office. He has five years of police experience; three with a police department in Selma, AL and the last two with Elbert County. o Reid Perry is a lateral officer that comes to the City from the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office. He has nearly five years of law enforcement experience. o Andrew Joseph is a recruit police officer that comes to the City from Nordstrom Loss Prevention. He started the Combined Regional Police Academy in Lakewood and is due to graduate in mid-June. o Sean Stanfield completed his POST training from the Community College of Aurora in June of 2013. The Lone Tree Citizen's Police Academy brings police officers and citizens together in three hour sessions for eight weeks. The purpose of which is to help citizens gain a greater understanding of what it is like to work as a police officer and the training that officers receive. We are looking to host a spring 2014 Citizen’s Police Academy, beginning Thursday, April 10, 2014. Most sessions run from 6:00 to 9:00 pm. There are also some Saturdays for specialized training sessions i.e. drive track, range 3000, mock crime scene, etc. NOTE: The Citizen’s Police Academy dates are subject to change based upon participation. The Lone Tree Police Department is proud to announce the addition of three new volunteers that started at the end of 2013. Donald Mooney, Scott Wintemute and Chuck Fath. All three were graduates of the Lone Tree Police Department Citizen’s Police Academy held in 2013. April 26, 2014 is National Prescription Drug Take-Back day. The Lone Tree Police Department will be accepting prescription drugs from citizens who wish to dispose of their unwanted prescriptions. In 2013 the Lone Tree Police Department received 260 pounds of prescription drugs that were properly destroyed.


City Attorney’s Office, Gary White, City Attorney • • • • • • • • • •

The City Attorney’s Office worked with the Community Development Department to draft a streamlined and updated Subdivision Code which was adopted by the City Council. Working with the City Council on approaches to marijuana legislation, the City Attorney’s Office drafted an ordinance amending the City’s drug laws to conform to the provisions of Amendment 64, allowing limited adult personal use of marijuana in Colorado within established restrictions. The City Attorney’s Office has reviewed applications for liquor licenses and advised the local liquor licensing authority and staff on eligibility for new licenses. 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, the rental of Arts Center facilities and special City events. The City Attorney’s Office worked on an Intergovernmental Agreement with the Douglas County Housing Partnership approved by the City Council that allows for expanded authority for the Partnership to provide low cost housing in Douglas County. The City Attorney’s Office drafted an amendment to the City Charter to require that the Mayor be elected by a majority, and not a plurality, vote of the electorate. This amendment will be considered by the voters at the next regular election on May 6, 2014. Along with City staff, the City Attorney’s Office is exploring the possibility of improving transportation options between major employers and businesses in the City. The City Attorney’s Office appears before and advises City Commissions, Boards and Committees on procedures, policies and conflict of interest issues. Following a review, the City Attorney’s Office has been working with the Planning Department to update the City’s Building Codes. 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.


10 things about Sky Ridge at 10.

On August 20, 2003, Sky Ridge Medical Center opened as a state-of-the-art medical facility. Last summer, it celebrated its 10th birthday. This fall, it will complete a $117 million expansion. Sounds like a lot of expanding. Here’s a look at what you may not know about the Medical Center Next Door. : Sky Ridge is located in The Greatest City on Earth. (Well, you may already know that one.)

: An average of 300 babies a month are delivered there—more than 30,000 since its opening.

: It employs 1,150 people and enlists more than 200 volunteers, of which 45 are junior volunteers (under age 17).

: Sky Ridge performs more spine surgeries than any other hospital in Colorado and now offers deep brain stimulation (DBS) for the treatment of Parkinson’s disease and essential tremors.

: It’s home to 186 licensed hospital beds. : It sits on 57 acres. : Sky Ridge boasts a reputation for fantastic food in its cafeteria (Sky Ridge Café). The most popular dishes include pot roast, scallops, pho noodle bowls, and Bananas Foster. : Its three most sought-after medical procedures are: births, spine surgeries, and total joint replacements.

: Patients have traveled from as far away as Ireland, South America, and Saudi Arabia for specialized procedures. : Once complete, Sky Ridge’s expansion will include: 90 new patient beds; a larger neonatal intensive care unit; ante-partum beds; four more spine and total joint surgical suites; a separate 24-hour pediatric emergency department; a new Women’s Center entrance; and a 1,000-space parking garage. (See renderings below.)


Life is a walk in the park. Or at least it should be. And in RidgeGate, it can be. Or it can be a time to get lost in the great outdoors. Or stretch yourself with strangers. You decide. Check out these upcoming events:

* RidgeGate Walk Concerts. Enjoy outdoor concerts with live music, food trucks, and activities in Prairie Sky Park. Bring lawn chairs, blankets, and the whole family. Hosted by Lone Tree Recreation Center and SSPRD. Friday, May 9, 4–5:30 pm: Skean Dubh. Enjoy the traditional and contemporary Celtic stylings of this local band, with music featuring fire-driven instrumentals, Scottish ballads, Irish pub songs, Celtic folk songs, and more. Friday, June 13, 4–5:30 pm: 17th Avenue All-Stars. This local a capella group performs everything from 1950s doo-wop favorites to contemporary cover songs.


* Intro to GPS, Navigation, and Geocaching. Learn to use a GPS to navigate the great outdoors or find hidden caches in the treasure-hunting game of geocaching. Sessions start at (and are hosted by) The Wildlife Experience and end at nearby Schweiger Ranch. Ages 8 and up; children must be accompanied by an adult. Cost: $18. Saturday, May 10, 9 am–1 pm. Saturday, June 28, 10 am–2 pm. Register by calling 720-488-3300.

* Yoga in the Park. Join RidgeGate, SSPRD, and the Lone Tree Recreation Center for a free yoga class in Belvedere Park (at the corner of RidgeGate Circle and Belvedere Lane). No experience necessary, and no registration required. Tuesday, May 27, 6:30–7:30 pm. Tuesday, June 24, 6:30–7:30 pm. * Guided Nature Hikes. Each of these free, family-friendly hikes has a unique theme. Get all the details at Thursday, May 15, 6:30–8 pm: Sunset Bird Watching. Friday, June 6, 6:30–8 pm: Botany of the Ute. Saturday, June 21, 7:30–9 pm: Celebrating the Solstice.

University offers free education to LT residents.

It’s true. A little misleading, perhaps. But still true. You can attend any of these one-hour classes on Lone Tree’s sales tax and use laws absolutely free. And that’s a smart plan if you conduct business in Our City. 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 days and cover the following topics: Friday, April 25: Sales Tax. Friday, May 23: Use Tax. Friday, June 27: Medical Sales & Use Tax. So reserve your tuition-free seat now by contacting Scott Hall, CPA, at 303-708-1818 ext. 1288 or via email at

This owl is: A. In a box. B. In a box that took more than 40 minutes for Lone Tree Police Services Coordinator Dennis Page to cover him with. C. Thrilled to have been relocated from a dark, lonely corner of the loading dock area behind Old Navy to the Birds of Prey Society’s site in Broomfield. D. Doing fine despite only having one foot. E. Expected to be released back into nature after further evaluation. F. All of the above.

Lone Tree announces exciting tax news! Well, if anything related to paying taxes can ever be truly exciting, that is. But this is about as good as tax news gets in The LT: Businesses can now complete their sales tax returns and make payments online. Which means it’s easier. And more efficient. And doesn’t require piles of paperwork. Tax payments can be made using an electronic payment from a bank account

(no credit cards accepted yet). Interested businesses should call Lone Tree’s finance department at 303-708-1818 for a PIN number. That PIN—along with your City account number—will allow you to create an account on Once the account is set up, simply select “City of Lone Tree, CO” as your e-bill provider, and voilà! Watch the online tax magic happen. 15

EXPOSE YOURSELF Co-ed computer-ed to Arts in the Afternoon. for the age-ed.

Join the ranks of those who’ve discovered the simple pleasure of midday music at LTAC. Designed to serve our area’s fast-growing senior and retiree populations, Arts in the Afternoon exposes attendees to different genres of music performed by small professional ensembles. Performances are held the second Wednesday of every month. Each is 60 minutes long. Afterwards, artists and audience members gather for light refreshments and discussion about the performance. The best part? Tickets are just $15/person. Next up in the series: Jazz 101 (with the Colorado Jazz Repertory Orchestra). Wednesday, April 9, 1:30 pm. Come join members of CJRO as they provide a bit of background and color to this exciting art form. Learn something you didn’t know about jazz, or just sit back and enjoy great music played by masters.

String Quartet Favorites. Wednesday, May 14, 1:30 pm. You don’t always need an entire orchestra to make an impact. Sometimes, four string players in perfect balance produce exactly the right effect. This program features the Ivy Street Ensemble and will include Hugo Wolf’s highspirited Italian Serenade, Samuel Barber’s melancholy Adagio for Strings, and Dvorak’s “American” String Quartet, composed largely in Iowa. Concert host Betsy Schwarm will also share stories about how all three works came to be. Purchase tickets by calling 720-509-1000 or online at 16

So it’s not grammatically correct. But it's the right thing to do if you want to learn the basics about using the Internet. Adults/seniors who attend these free classes will be paired with teen mentors from the Lone Tree Youth Commission for introductions to websites, search sites, and more. The first sessions in this series were filled to capacity. So don’t wait til you've aged another day. Register now for one of the Lone Tree Library’s next sessions on Internet Basics: Saturday, April 5, 2–3 pm. Wednesday, April 16, 6–7 pm. Wednesday, May 14, 6–7pm. Saturday, June 14, 3–4 pm. Still not sold on registering for a session? Then consider this: Being tech savvy (even a little bit) will increase your ‘cool’ factor with your kids (or grandkids). And who doesn’t want to be cool?

Lone Tree debuts jam-packed kids' event. It should be billed as The Busiest Three Hours of a Little Lone Treer's Life. But instead it’s being called the City’s first-ever Kidsfest on Sunday, June 8, from 11 am–2 pm at the Lone Tree Arts Center. Grab the kids and come celebrate the end of school and the beginning of summer fun! There will be great bands, food trucks serving up delicious snacks, a science corner, an art corner, and an inaugural Lone Tree Strider Cup race. Science activities will include dinosaur digging and herb planting, as well as activities from The Wildlife Experience and awesome winged creatures from HawkQuest. Arts activities will include face painting, kids’ crafts from Passport to Culture and SSPRD, and an amazing chalk art area and professional demonstration. And if that all seems too tame, then get revved up for the Lone Tree Strider Cup! Lone Tree’s youngest residents will face off in a fun race specifically designed for them. Entry into the race is free. Age categories will include 2–3 year olds and 4–5 year olds. Helmets are required, as well as a no-pedal, two-wheel, 12-in. bike. Participants will have time for practice runs, and prizes will be awarded for top finishers. So come be a part of the fun!

Here’s a quick look at what’s happening and when: 11 am–2 pm: 11–11:30 am: 11:15 am–Noon: 11:15–11:45 am: Noon: 1 pm: 1–1:45 pm:

Emcee: Doctor Noize. Strider Cup registration. Jeff and Paige Band. Sven the Juggler. Strider Cup race (4-5 year olds). Strider Cup race (2-3 year olds). Jeff and Paige Band.

For more information about Kidsfest or to become a sponsor, visit or send an email to

Let your child’s imagination soar with Passport to Culture! This popular program gives school-aged children the chance to unlock the world around them through adventures in arts, culture, and science. Designed to engage as well as entertain, this series is for families who are ready to fill their passports with performances, workshops, and purely entertaining experiences! Adults and children: $5. Children ages 2 and under: Free. Purchase tickets at the Lone Tree Arts Center Box Office in person, via phone at 720-509-1000, online at, or the day of the performance.

Here’s what’s coming up: The FunKinetic Project. Sunday, April 13, 3 pm. This unique blend of entertainment and education is designed to teach the fundamentals of hip-hop/funk/house culture and history. The performance ends with an interactive segment designed to get the audience moving. So come learn some new dance moves and get into the spirit of peace, love, unity, and having fun! Kidsfest. Sunday, June 8, 11 am–2 pm. Come join the fun at Lone Tree’s first-ever Kidsfest! There will be great music, a science corner, an art corner featuring 3-D chalk artists, and a Lone Tree Strider Cup race. Admission is free. You won't want to miss it. (For all the details, see the Kidsfest article at left.)


Little sprouts love Seedlings. Seedlings is a one-hour-long family program designed to engage parents and young children in arts, culture, science, and genuine entertainment. Boxed lunches from Firehouse Subs are available (for 11 am performances only) when you pre-order with your ticket purchase. Recommended audience: Toddlers through kindergarten. Admission: $3. (Children ages 1 and under are free but must have a ticket.) Child box lunches: $3. Adult box lunches: $4.

Lone Tree Symphony Next up for the Lone Tree Symphony Orchestra at the Lone Tree Arts Center:

Upcoming programs include: Move & Groove with the Zoo. Tuesday, April 1, 9:30 & 11 am. Can you slither like a snake? Move slow and steady like a tortoise? Get up and get moving and grooving just like your favorite animals! Join educators and live animal ambassadors from the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo to explore all the fun ways you can add a little animal locomotion to your life. Up Close & Musical. Tuesday, May 6, 9:30 & 11 am. Up Close and Musical’s Alla Corda captivates little ones as they take a musical journey. Featuring five Colorado Symphony musicians, this performance incorporates delightful short pieces perfect for young children. Songs include popular tunes from Sesame Street and The Little Mermaid as well as snippets of traditional classical music by Brahms, Copland, and more. Stick around after the performance for an ‘instrument petting zoo’ so kids can try out string instruments for themselves. Top Hogs. Tuesday, June 3, 9:30 & 11 am. Pigs—yes, pigs—perform exciting tricks to music and the cues of renowned animal trainer John Vincent during this fun-filled show. Vincent tells a story that educates audiences while weaving the animals through a series of tricks ranging from simple dog-like tricks to unbelievably difficult ones. Watch as Mudslinger answers his fan mail, does double twists with a hoop, puts his toys away, and throws out the trash. Stick around after the show to meet the stars and ask Vincent questions. Purchase tickets online at or call the Lone Tree Arts Center Box Office at 720-509-1000. 18

The Three Gs. Friday, May 9, 7:30 pm. Composers Gottschalk, Grofé, and Gershwin are the focus of this fantastic concert and the names behind the program title. Musical compositions will include Night in the Tropics (Louis Moreau Gottschalk), Grand Canyon Suite (Ferde Grofé), and Rhapsody in Blue (George Gershwin). Guest pianist Dana Landry will join the LTSO for Rhapsody in Blue.

Golf Club & Hotel debuts new place to say ‘I do’.

Get ready to celebrate summer with the first concertof the season in Sweetwater Park. Enjoy great live music and delicious outdoor dining-in-the-park options. So mark your calendar, throw those lawn chairs and blankets in the back of the car, and you'll be ready to go! BoDeans Saturday, June 14, 6-9 pm.

South Suburban’s Lone Tree Golf Club & Hotel has committed itself to those who want to be committed. To each other. Forever. The new outdoor wedding venue is scheduled to open early this summer. But don't worry—you don’t have to get married if you want to celebrate locally. The hotel is focusing on hosting more networking mixers, meetings, reunions, and fundraising events in addition to weddings. The staff members charged with making it happen are: Dovie Lopez, special events sales and catering coordinator, who specializes in social events like weddings, showers, graduation parties, holiday parties, banquets, and more. Tina Long, sales and marketing manager, who focuses on banquets, meetings, and corporate accounts. And Joseph Westley, SSPRD’s first-ever executive chef who is based at the Lone Tree facility. He manages the property’s culinary team and oversees the district’s restaurants and food and beverage operations. For more information, contact Dovie Lopez at or 303-790-0202 ext. 247.

Next up for the CJRO: Big Band Blues. Monday, May 12, 7:30 pm. Tickets: $20. If swing is the feeling of jazz, then the blues is its soul. Come enjoy the sounds of the Colorado Jazz Repertory Orchestra in a performance featuring the blues in all its forms...with a guest vocalist to top it all off! To purchase tickets, visit or call 720-509-1000.


Coming to LTAC this spring: Colorado Ballet: Spring Repertory Program. Saturday, April 5, 8 pm. Come experience the power and beauty of three repertory pieces by Colorado’s premier classical dance company. This production features Traveling Alone, choreographed by Amy Seiwert, artistic director of imagery and choreographer-in-residence for Smuin Ballet, and one of Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch.” Also featured in this performance: Feast of the Gods, choreographed by Edward Liang, winner of the Prince Prize for choreography. Doktor Kaboom: Look Out! Science is Coming! Thursday, April 10, 10 am & 7 pm. Creatively blending theater arts with the wonders of scientific exploration, Doktor Kaboom keeps his audience riveted with interest and rolling with laughter. Join him on this sidesplitting journey of increasingly spectacular (and often successful) science experiments and demonstrations designed to involve, excite, educate, and entertain. Tickets for this all-ages show are only $8. Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Thursday, April 24–Sunday, May 4. Based on the novel by Mark Twain. Music and lyrics by Roger Miller. Directed by Randal Myler. Do we really need to say more? Probably not, but we will anyway. Join rebellious teenager Huckleberry Finn as he sweeps down the mighty Mississippi on a raft with runaway slave Jim. Watch as the pair discovers a friendship that defies convention and defines the American dream as their adventure introduces them to unforgettable characters and tricky situations. Propelled by an award-winning score, this show chronicles the best and worst of our heritage in a joyously theatrical journey. (For more on Big River, see sidebar on Page 21.) 20

Dinosaur Zoo Live. Monday, May 19, 10:30 am, 12:30 & 7 pm. Take a tour through prehistoric Australia during this highly imaginative, entertaining, and educational show! Watch as an eye-popping array of ancient creatures are brought to life on stage. Observe and interact with these extraordinarily life-like creatures, and meet a menagerie of insects, mammals, and dinosaurs in their ancient environment. From the sweetly curious baby Dryosaur to the peaceful hulk Titanosaur and even the teeth-gnashing Tyrannosaurus rex, Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live is a unique interactive performance. The large-scale puppets were developed in consultation with paleontologists, based on current science and interpretations of fossil evidence. Using sophisticated design and electronics, these giants are brought to life by skilled performers and puppeteers, made all the more real through the magic of theater. To purchase tickets to any of these performances, call the Arts Center at 720-509-1000 or visit

Eight little questions about one Big River. The Lone Tree Arts Center Guild supports and promotes the Arts Center with ongoing social opportunities designed to raise funds and build awareness. Next up on the calendar:

Director Randal Myler recently sat down long enough to answer a few questions about his upcoming production of Big River. Here’s what he had to say: TL: What’s the best way to describe Big River? RM: It’s a combination of a great Broadway musical and great songs by Roger Miller. Huckleberry Finn itself is such a moving story. The whole world is telling Huck he should hate this guy, Jim. But he determines it’s okay to like him, despite what society is telling him. It’s an incredible ‘coming of age’ story. TL: Tell us about the music in the musical. RM: Sometimes Broadway takes a great story and matches it with the wrong lyricist. But in this case, who better to write the music than one of the bad boys of country music? Also, we’re not going to have a full orchestra—it’ll be more fun than that. Dan Wheetman, who was John Denver’s fiddle player for 10 years, is one of the foremost old-time music guys in the country. And he’s assembled a group of guys for Big River. They’ll be onstage playing instruments that are perfect for that time period. TL: Any favorite songs or lines from the production? RM: No particular line really jumps out at me—it’s the whole book. I mean, it’s Mark Twain! TL: Do you have a favorite character? RM: Definitely Jim. He’s the moral compass, and he’s the father figure that Huck never really had. TL: What’s your favorite part of staging a production? RM: For me, it’s always the rehearsals. TL: Why’s that? RM: It’s like this: In my spare time, I love to go to estate sales. It’s the search and the hunt that interests me more than owning something. It’s the same with directing a show—the process is the best part. TL: Because we're talking favorites, what's your favorite thing about LTAC? RM: It’s a beautiful facility, and it’s the right size for a musical like this. There are no bad seats. TL: And your favorite thing about Lone Tree? RM: I live in New York City, so it’s great to come here and be able to find a parking place! And it's great to see the sky. It’s always fun to come back to Colorado. I was at the Denver Center for 14 years... and I’m a staunch Avalanche fan, so this is a good time to be back!

An Evening with Pat Craig. Monday, April 21, 7–9 pm. Lone Tree Arts Center. Cost: Free; Donations gladly accepted. Enjoy a fascinating night out with the founder of The Wildlife Sanctuary in Keenesburg, Colorado. Craig will discuss his sanctuary, the captive wildlife crisis in the United States, and the recent rescue of 25 Bolivian circus lions with Animal Defenders International. Refreshments served. RSVP to Gayle Spelts at 303-662-9952. Annual Luncheon and Fashion Show. Thursday, May 22, 11:30 am–1:30 pm. Lone Tree Arts Center. Cost: $45/person. Come for the fashions, food, and fun! Local television personality Natalie Tysdal will emcee the event, and fashions will be provided by Soft Surroundings at Park Meadows Retail Resort. Attendees will also have a chance to win a $250 gift card to Soft Surroundings, courtesy of Park Meadows. Call Gayle Spelts at 303-662-9952 for more information. 21

The latest from SSPRD… For a complete list of classes, camps, and special events, visit Tantalizing Tastes Series. Enjoy sampling five food courses paired with five beverages in an intimate and relaxed setting at Lone Tree Golf Club & Hotel. Hosted by Executive Chef Joseph Westley. Seating is limited, and reservations are required. Cost is $30/person. Upcoming dates include: Tuesday, April 1, 6–8 pm: April Fools Edition, with Breckenridge Distillery small batch bourbon. Tuesday, June 10, 6–8 pm: Father’s Day Tribute BBQ & Beer Edition, with Lone Tree Brewing Company. Call 303-790-0202 for more information or to save your spot. Summer Adventure Pass available April 7. The specially priced summer pass is valid from Memorial Day through Labor Day for entry into any of SSPRD’s four recreation centers and four outdoor pools. Purchase the pass by May 3 and receive $30 in valuable recreation services. Prices (for district residents) are as follows: Household*: $267 $140 Adult: $102 Youth: Add'l child: $27 $105 Senior: *Household = 2 adults & 3 children under 21 who are living at home. Calling all Campers. Keep young ones and teens active and entertained via a variety of summer day camps. Choose from more than 200 camps—sports, arts, nature, golf, you name it. A complete list is available at, or pick up a summer camps brochure at any South Suburban recreation center or facility. 22

Pay attention, Lone Treezens! Our City’s annual tree and flower sales are popular events. This much you know. But details about these events have changed this year, so please read on. TREE GLEE. Residents can purchase a tree for their property for just $25, thanks to a partnership between the City, Alameda Wholesale Nursery, and South Suburban Parks and Recreation. To see your choice of trees and to order/purchase, visit Quantities are limited, and only one tree per household, please. Orders must be received by Friday, April 25. Trees can be picked up at the Lone Tree Arts Center from 9–11 am on Saturday, May 10. Flowers will also be for sale during this time. FLOWER POWER. Support a local school by purchasing your spring annual flowers during this sale. Priced below retail, these spectacular hanging baskets, patio pots, and flower trays will have your home ready for spring! Ordering is simple: Just go to and select from which school you’d like to order (Lone Tree Elementary or Eagle Ridge). Then select your flowers, make a payment, and plan to pick them up at that school on Friday, May 9, from 9 am–4 pm. Don’t want to pre-order? Have no fear. Additional flowers, hanging baskets, and pots will be available for purchase on Saturday, May 10, during the annual tree pick-up time at LTAC. Event: Arbor Day Flower Sale & Tree Pick-Up. Dates: Friday, May 9 & Saturday, May 10. Locations: Lone Tree Elementary School. Eagle Ridge Elementary School. Lone Tree Arts Center. Website: Still have questions? Contact Lesley Johnson at 720-509-1010 or

Now appearing at the library nearest you... Whoever said libraries are boring clearly never visited the Lone Tree Library. Check out the special events below, or visit for a complete list of what’s happening at our local branch. Registration is required, unless otherwise noted. Questions? Call 303-791-7323. But whatever you do, don’t say you’re bored! Getting Behind the Camera Film Series: Actors as Directors! Come enjoy one, some, or all of these movie nights. Each feature will be introduced by local film enthusiast Matt Wigdahl, who will also lead a discussion afterwards. Adults only. Tuesday, April 1, 6:30 pm: Play Misty for Me (1971). Tuesday, April 8, 6:30 pm: Good Night and Good Luck (2005). Tuesday, April 15, 6:30 pm: Night of the Hunter (1955). Tuesday, April 22, 6:30 pm: Little Man Tate (1991). Shorty Sock Hop. Saturday, May 3, 10 am. Kids can sing and dance while building early literacy skills. No, really—they can. Come watch it happen during this high-energy program for toddlers. While registration is required, 1950s attire is optional. Ages 18 mos.–4 yrs. Capes Away! Superhero Training. Friday, May 23, 2 pm. Kids will be given white t-shirts and emblems for making their own superhero capes. Then it’s time to practice that superhero stance, make up a superhero name, and test out those newly created superpowers on unsuspecting family and friends. Ages 6–9.

Camp DCL: Summer Reading Kickoff Jamboree. Saturday, May 31. Yep, it’s that time again: When big stacks of books get carried out by little hands belonging to fairly little people who are eager to earn prizes for their reading efforts. It all starts the last day in May. Check the Douglas County Libraries website for all the latest details. You Can Draw: Dragons. Tuesday, June 3, 2 pm. Learn to draw dragons, superheroes, and robots through step-by-step instruction. Kids will leave with their own creations. The instructor will also demonstrate using an iPad. Ages 7–12. Birdie & Bunny Magic Show. Friday, June 6, 1 pm. Birds. Bunnies. One heck of a magic show. Ages 4–9. Crafternoon: Blast Off! Saturday, June 7, 2 pm. Make your own hand-crafted ‘jet pack.’ Ages 5–9. Chalk It Up to Summer: Sidewalk Art. Tuesday, June 17, 11 am. Kids can come chalk up the library sidewalk with their amazing art. Includes lemonade, cookies, and fun for all! 23

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Timberlines makes it to the Big Leagues! At least in the hands of Susie Wargin, who brought her own reading material to the Colorado Rockies spring training facility at Salt River Fields in Scottsdale, Arizona.

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