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South Metro Fire Rescue crews help battle wildfires Eight firefighters from South Metro have been sent to three locations BY NICK PUCKETT NPUCKETT@COLORADOCOMMUNITYMEDIA.COM

As Colorado celebrated Independence Day, six wildfires of 1,000 acres or more were challenging fire crews across the state. Personnel from South Metro Fire Rescue were among those working to douse the flames. South Metro recently deployed three crews to battle blazes in Durango, Costilla and Huerfano counties, and Pike National Forest. One South Metro firefighter was deployed to assist crews at the 416 fire in Durango, a crew of three was sent to the Spring Creek Fire in southern Colorado and another crew of four was sent to mitigate small fires in the Pike National Forest. The crew at the forest has been there for five weeks to help douse fires before they get too big. Eric Hurst, public information officer for South Metro, said that while the department has sent several firefighters, he doesn’t expect any problem with the daily operation of fighting fires in the district, which encompasses a large swath of Douglas and Arapahoe counties.

“It’s kind of a balancing act,” Hurst said. “We’re basically at that threshold now where we wouldn’t send anything else out.” Hurst said South Metro keeps reserve firetrucks available in situations like this and some of those are in use now. The crews on deployment will remain at their assignment for a minimum of 14 days at a time. Hurst said the crews will often work 12- to 16-hour days or work overnight if needed. “There’s not a lot of glamour to it, but the great thing is we get to help other communities when they need help,” Hurst said. On July 4, South Metro personnel at the Spring Creek Fire worked alongside hundreds of other firefighters throughout the day and night in an effort to prevent the spreading of what grew to a more than 100,000-acre fire. The blaze, located in both Costilla and Huerfano counties, became the third largest wildfire in state history was responsible for the destruction of more than 100 homes. Hurst said metro-area residents should be mindful of possible fire hazards by avoiding the use of things that get hot, cause sparks or an open flame when there is high fire danger. Something as simple as mowing a lawn on a hot, dry day can spark a small fire, he said. For any questions regarding fire safety, email reducingrisk@south-

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Douglas County teacher gets presidential honor Q&A with Pine Lane Elementary School’s Stephanie Kawamura BY ALEX DEWIND ADEWIND@COLORADOCOMMUNITYMEDIA.COM


The federal government is recognizing a teacher from Douglas County for her work in the classroom. Stephanie Kawamura, a fifth- and sixth-grade teacher at Pine Lane Elementary School in Parker, is one of two teachers in Colorado to receive the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST), the highest honor awarded by the president to K-12 mathematics and science teachers. Established by Congress in 1983, the award honors teachers who are leaders in STEM — science, technology, engineering and math — education and have implemented an exceptional instructional program. As a recipient, Kawamura received a certificate signed by President Donald Trump and was flown to Washington, D.C. to attend a series of workshops. She is awaiting a $10,000 check from the National Science Foundation, which she plans on using in her classroom. Kawamura teaches all subjects for fifth and sixth grade students in Douglas County School District’s Discovery Program for the gifted and talented. She leads multiple after-school and summer enrichment programs, including Space Camp, Creative Writing Club and Math Masters. She


Stephanie Kawamura, a Douglas County teacher and recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST), holds up two honors signed by President Donald Trump. Kawamura was one of two teachers in Colorado to receive the honor. ALEX DEWIND also serves as a teacher liaison for the Space Foundation and has worked with the Biological Sciences Curriculum Study, where she piloted new science lessons while being filmed for professional development sessions for other educators, according to her bio. In her free time, the Parker resident likes to spend time with her husband and their 6-year-old daughter. She also practices taekwondo and holds a third-degree black belt.

What was your experience like in school? I was born in Tokyo and moved here when I was 3. I went to Dry Creek Elementary School in Centennial. My elementary school years were the highlight of my education. I was at a school that had multiple grades in the classrooms and four teachers that we would move around to based on our level. I do that in my own four walls. The training I had in elementary school definitely prepared me for the job I have now. I went to Colorado State University and got a bachelor’s in science and human development and family studies. After that, I went to Metro State University for my teaching license and completed my student teaching training. I got my master’s at the University of Northern Colorado in special education gifted and talented. My first teaching job was in the Cherry Creek School District. I was a sub for about a year and a half, which led me to become a long-term sub for two gifted and talented classrooms that had yearlong school. I’ve been at Pine Lane Elementary School in Parker for 18 years. I can’t imagine not having this position. How would you describe your teaching style? I’m more of a facilitator. It’s really important for me to include my students in my decisions, how we go about doing things. I’ll tell them the state says we need to cover this and we work together on how to get there. I can’t say I do this on everything, but if there is an opportunity, we are going to sit down and talk about it. My goal is to make things as real as possible. Students are encouraged to discover. I’m not one to just give them

an answer. I pose a question and let them figure it out. My ultimate goal is when they walk out of my door they are an autonomous learner. How do you feel about being a recipient of PAEMST? The award itself validates that when you are passionate about math and science and help your students see that it’s important, they are going to carry that with them. There are so many jobs right now in the STEM field that our students can be part of and really eat up. I think students at a young age need to understand that science, math, technology and engineering are fun and exciting and there is so much opportunity for them to grow and blossom in those areas. What I think is really cool and a little scary is the majority of jobs they are going to be applying for don’t even exist today. I think that there are a lot of deserving teachers of this award. I’m blown away every day with the amazing ideas that my colleagues have and I know there are so many people out there that would benefit greatly by having this experience. What keeps you going? During my time at Pine Lane, every principal I’ve had has been extremely supportive and has believed in me and what I can do with the Discovery Program. Because of that, I’ve been given a lot of freedom to do what I think is right. I’ve also worked with some of the most amazing teachers under the sun. Ultimately what keeps my fire burning is the creativity and excitement from the students. They are my pride and joy.

Woman wants climb to highlight mental health 65-year-old sets sights on summit of Kilimanjaro BY NICK PUCKETT NPUCKETT@COLORADOCOMMUNITYMEDIA.COM

A local woman is setting out to summit Mount Kilimanjaro at age 65 in an effort to raise awareness for mental health. Claire Averill, of Highlands Ranch, will begin her eight-day trip up the highest point in Africa on July 12. She said the climb will be an intense struggle for her to bring to light the lifetime of struggle people with a mental illness suffer. Averill said this would all be new to her. “I wanted to do something that I felt would be a struggle for me because of what those go through that are afflicted with any mental health condition,” Averill said. “Their life is a struggle sometimes. To me, this was

something that was outside the box for me and would be a struggle. That was my equation.” Averill is part of the Happy Crew, an advocacy group that raises awareness of suicide in Douglas County. Specifically, the group reaches out to high school students. Averill said she lost a friend in college to suicide and wants people to understand how to prevent it. “We need to talk about mental health, we need to talk about mental illness. We need to talk about suicide and understand it’s a product of a mental illness,” Averill said. “That’s where this all starts. It usually starts in high school where kids for whatever reason don’t feel great. And if we ignore it, that’s what happens.” Averill spoke at an event in Lone Tree on June 29 to gain exposure for the Happy Crew, joined by Andrew Romanoff, CEO of Mental Health Colorado. To donate to the Happy Crew’s cause, visit


Claire Averill will begin her climb up Mount Kilimanjaro, the tallest mountain in Africa, July 12 to help raise awareness for mental health and the Happy Crew campaign to raise awareness of teen suicide. COURTESY PHOTO

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Sterling Ranch welcomes 100th family Homeowners weigh in on life in development under construction BY ALEX DEWIND ADEWIND@COLORADOCOMMUNITYMEDIA.COM


ave and Leslie Samson had been married five years and were looking to transition from a two-story home in Denver to a ranch-style home they could call their own. After touring several areas, disappointed with either the layout or the community, they decided to look at spec homes in Sterling Ranch. They fell in love with one in the masterplanned community in northwest Douglas County. The Samsons, both in their late 50s, are the 29th homeowners to live in the development, which is on a 20-year buildout schedule that is expected to end with 12,000 homes and 33,000 residents. Earlier this year, they moved into their one-story home with large hallways, spacious rooms and a basement for additional space. They have a neighbor on one side of their home and their backyard faces a pocket park. They have a view of Mount Evans. “It’s a small lot but we are not crowded,” Dave Samson said. “I just think this is going to be a very good place for us as we get older.” Sterling Ranch sits west of Santa Fe Drive and south of Chatfield Reservoir, just east of the Roxborough community and next to Roxborough State Park. Paved roads weave through pockets of homes with a variety of layouts and designs, surrounded by unfinished homes and construction equipment. Founders Harold and Diane Smethills purchased the land in 2004. The $4.4 billion multigenerational, eco-friendly development is planned to encompass 3,400 acres of homes, schools, churches, shopping, recreation, trails and the latest in technology. This summer, Sterling Ranch welcomed its 100th family and hit half a billion dollars in development investment. Another 200 homes are in various stages of construction. Homes start in the mid $400,000s and many are listed in the $500,000 to $700,000 range on the development’s website. Some high-end options go into the millions. “There is just a lot of en-

Dave and Leslie Samson, the 29th homeowners in Sterling Ranch, sit in the backyard of their one-story house. Both widowed, the Samsons married five years ago and wanted to buy a place of their own. “We get to enjoy it and we know there is not another move in our future,” said Leslie Samson. COURTESY PHOTO

As Sterling Ranch grows, pocket parks pop up in neighborhoods. The development’s first village, Providence, hit 100 residents this summer. ALEX DEWIND thusiasm and momentum,” Harold Smethills said. Fast internet is crucial In the summer of 2015, construction of the development’s water and electrical infrastructures began. Two years ago, the first model homes broke ground in one of eight villages, or community

areas comprising a variety of home styles, from modern to traditional, one-story to multilevel. The first village, called Providence, will have nearly 800 single-family homes, 85 acres of open space, one school, a church, a civic center, a recreation center and a fiber optic network.

Residents have access to one of the fastest internet speeds available in the U.S., CenturyLink’s 1-gigabit service. Homes and businesses are also interconnected by a virtual touch-screen that controls technology and energy usage. “The key is the gigabit speed, and that is working beautifully for us,” Smethills said. “A large number of homeowners work from home because of the bandwith.” Dave Samson, who works in IT, is enjoying the ease of adjusting his sprinklers from his cell phone. But the virtual system has been somewhat difficult to navigate, he said. “We have all TVs connected and almost never have any performance issues,” he said. “The system itself is a little complicated. We haven’t tried the automated light system yet.” Rocky road The Smethillses have encountered challenges along the way. In 2011, Sterling Ranch drew

opposition from residents of Chatfield, a small community of 65 people that sits near the development’s northwest border. The Chatfield Community Association filed a lawsuit against Douglas County’s approval of Sterling Ranch, arguing the project did not have proof of a sufficient water supply. The residents also worried about the negative impact on their rural way of life. But the Smethillses have continued to put water, energy and quality of life at the forefront of their planning process. Sterling Ranch is the state’s first rainwater harvesting community. A storm management system will collect rainwater from commercial buildings and street gutters to store in tanks and retention ponds. About 40 percent will be used for irrigation. As the development progresses, Titan Road, a choppy two-lane road that connects the development to Santa Fe Drive, will be expanded to four lanes to fix what Harold Smethills calls a “roller-coaster speedway.” The portion of the road from Sante Fe to the development’s first neighborhood has already been expanded. For every home built in Sterling Ranch, $3,000 goes to county roads that need repairs. “That’s $37 million in new money that will be going to Douglas County,” Harold Smethills said. “The essence of good land planning is solving community problems. The infrastructure in northwest Douglas County is in terrible shape.” Home sweet home Despite heaps of construction surrounding them, the Samsons are pleased with their new home. They sit on their back patio and greet people walking by. Their neighbors are a mix — young couples, working professionals, families and singles. They look forward to a civic center opening later this year and a recreation center and pool that is expected to open next year. The extra space in the basement will be used during visits from their children and grandchildren, they said. They commended Harold and Diane Smethills for their planning process. “They are very thoughtful and they care about the community and the nature around us,” said Leslie Samson. “They just want to be good stewards of the land they own.”

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Q&A with Michael Penny, Castle Pines city manager Getting to know community ‘incredibly rewarding,’ Penny says

residential units to the community and began construction this summer. It is scheduled to open in 2019. Meanwhile, the Castle Pines Valley project is constructing more than 230 single-family homes and 400 multi-family residences. Penny recently answered questions for Colorado Community Penny media about his role as city manager and the city’s future.


Castle Pines’ new city manager, Michael Penny, took over in May after serving in the position on an interim basis for nearly two months. He previously served as the city manager of Littleton from 2011-16, and before that, he was the town manager of Frisco for seven years. Penny comes to the job as more than one development project is set to transform Castle Pines, potentially doubling the present population of about 11,000 in the next two decades. The Canyons, located east of Interstate 25, will bring more than 2,000

How has your experience been so far as the new city manager? Castle Pines has been incredibly welcoming and it’s a wonderful community. We have an active and involved city council that is very interested in planning strategically for the city’s future and creating the

best community that Castle Pines can be. We have a great staff and highlyskilled contractors all focused on providing the highest level of service possible to the community. What has been the most enjoyable and the most challenging part of learning the new job? Getting to the know the members of the community and the business owners has been incredibly rewarding. It’s always challenging walking into a community early in the construction season with the budget set and trying to improve levels of service and make changes to the existing priorities. We’ve been very successful to date, due in a great part to a very supportive city council.

like The Canyons and Castle Pines Valley, impact the city in terms of traffic, the economy and tax base, open space and so on? The amount of approved residential and commercial development — most of it through annexation agreements — will certainly create change within the community. The vast majority of the new development will be to the east and the south of the existing city. To that extent, aside from adjacent development and significant intersections, such as Castle Pines Parkway and I-25, there will not be a significant shift in the current city environment. The Canyons development will create an entirely new experience and opportunity for the Castle Pines community.

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Lone Tree road construction in full swing Some major projects to wrap up by late July BY NICK PUCKETT NPUCKETT@COLORADOCOMMUNITYMEDIA.COM

Crews are wrapping up construction projects throughout Lone Tree. So far, five major projects have been underway since mid-June, including improvements to County Line Road and Trainstation Circle next to Sky Ridge Avenue as part of the RTD’s Southeast Rail Extension light-rail project. Phase Two of the County Line Road improvements have been under construction for most of June and the first two weeks of July. According to the city’s website, this phase will continue through October of this year, with construction crews working night and day. A second left-turn lane from County Line Road to the P.F. Chang’s entrance of Park Meadows will be added, as well as a third northbound lane on Park Meadows Center Drive for access to I-25 north and south and County Line Road east. The Phase Two plan for County Line Road also includes removing the median at the I-25 southbound exit onto westbound County Line Road and adding another southbound lane to the I-25 southbound exit. Lastly, the plan will complete milling and overlaying County Line Road

from Chester Street to Park Meadows Center Drive. County Line Road near Park Meadows is one of Lone Tree’s most used thoroughfares with commuters to and from the Park Meadows mall. The additional lanes will serve to mitigate this traffic. RidgeGate Parkway will be widened from Havana Street to the easternmost city limits from two to four lanes. Raised medians, left-turn lanes, a separated bike track and an eight-foot sidewalk will come with the project. The project is expected to start by the end of this year and is scheduled to finish by the end of 2019. The Park Meadows Metro District is leading the charge on the construction of raised concrete medians on Yosemite Street between C-470 and Park Meadows Drive. The medians will be landscaped and will replace the striped medians that were originally there. The Regional Transportation District is currently constructing the southeast extension of light rail from the station at Lincoln Avenue to the end-of-the-line station south of RidgeGate Parkway. The project will include three new stations and a parking garage with a 1,300-car capacity. The Colorado Department of Transportation is widening C-470, a project that started in 2016 and is scheduled to finish in 2019. More information on the city’s road construction projects can be found at

Construction workers work on the County Line lane widening project as part of Phase Two of the County Line construction improvements July 9. The project will add an extra lane for northbound and southbound entrance onto I-25. NICK PUCKETT

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The Colorado Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration have signed a “Finding of No Significant Impact,” affirming plans to fix the Gap south of Castle Rock will not significantly affect the environment within the project site. CDOT has worked on a Planning and Environmental Linkages study examining the 34-mile stretch of Interstate 25 between C-470 and Monument for more than a year, according to a news release issued by Douglas County. The Gap spans approximately 18 miles within that area, beginning south of Castle Rock and ending with Monument. The roadway is notorious

for creating a bottleneck, where the interstate shrinks to two lanes in each direction, and unpredictable travel times. CDOT announced in April when it debuted its environmental assessment of the Gap it planned to widen that portion of I-25 by adding one toll lane in each direction. A roughly one-month public comment period followed. That feedback is also available in the FONSI on CDOT’s website, Improvements to the Gap are set to cost $350 million and also include replacing bridges, adding wildlife crossings and widening shoulders for emergency management situations. “Signing the FONSI is significant,” CDOT Executive Director Michael Lewis said in the release. “This is a necessary step before we can break ground on one of the most critical transportation projects in the state.”

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Customers can purchase state parks passes at self-service kiosks Colorado State Parks has rolled out new self-serve kiosks that allow customers to purchase daily and annual state parks passes. The kiosks replace or augment existing systems that require customers to place cash in envelopes when staff members are not available. The machines take credit cards and are more weather-resistant than the envelope system. They are more convenient for customers who do not carry cash and require less employee time to collect payment. “Not a lot of people have exactly seven dollars (for a daily park pass) in their pockets,” Kirk Teklits, parks and wildlife statewide business operations coordinator, said in a news release. “As far as customer service goes, being able to pay by credit card is definitely a desirable service option.” Customers who purchase an annual pass from the kiosk will get a printed receipt that they can then take into


How is the city preparing to respond to that population growth? Colorado is a strong private-property rights state and the city’s future growth is projected in our comprehensive plan, zoning regulations and annexation agreements. We know that growth is coming and are strategically planning for the future. Addressing impacts to existing residents through good land-use transitions, minimizing traffic impacts, construction impacts, and things like view corridors will be key. Gaining public amenities such as improved trail systems, parks, open space, street improvements and general improvements that enhance the quality and value of Castle Pines will be critical during the staff review process and during negotiations with the developers. What are the town’s infrastructure and transportation plans for the future, particularly with a larger population in mind? Is public transit an option? Each development project needs to provide traffic studies along with other infrastructure studies. The development is required to provide the necessary infrastructure to address the impacts of the development. I don’t see public transit in our nearterm future since we are not in the RTD district and there is no funding mechanism to support a regional transit option. Can Castle Pines residents expect more schools in the future, and if so what kind? The developers, City of Castle Pines, and the Douglas County School District are working collaboratively

a parks and wildlife office to redeem. Teklits said 15 stations are installed at nine parks and more will be coming later this summer. “Most of the kiosks run on solar power, provide multiple sales channels to our customers, and help our staff with money collection and counting,” Teklits said. “It also helps our law enforcement officers quickly determine who has bought a pass and who hasn’t.” Teklits said more than 800 daily passes and 55 annual passes have been sold through the kiosks since the first ones were installed June 13. The kiosks accept Visa, Mastercard and Discover cards. Kiosks are now installed at Boyd Lake, Castlewood Canyon, Chatfield, Lory, North Sterling, Highline, James M. Robb — Island Acres and Lake Pueblo state parks. Later this summer, kiosks will be installed at Cherry Creek, Eleven Mile, Golden Gate, Staunton, Steamboat Lake, Cheyenne Mountain and Lathrop.

to determine what type of school(s) are needed and where. I expect that we’ll see a middle/high school facility located on the east side of the highway at some time in the future. It appears from current demographics that we have adequate elementary school locations within Castle Pines. DCSD does a great job of looking at future developments and different growth patterns to make informed decisions around future school design and locations. Should, or is, the city recruiting primary employers, so residents can live and work locally? Gaining primary employment opportunities is a key goal for the city as development continues to occur. Creating a business environment that matches the values and culture of our community is critical for the long-term sustainability of the business community within Castle Pines. The current commercial area is not designed to provide these primary jobs, but working with the development on the east side of the highway, we hope to see significant primary job opportunities available in the future. How would you say your past experience prepares you to tackle these and other issues facing the city? My experience in understanding community values and culture and working with land owners and developers to negotiate the best balance between development and community needs. My ability to incorporate that vision and value into the development will help our community grow in a way that we retain what we love about Castle Pines while acknowledging there is still a lot of private property that will be developed.

The 100th Douglas County Fair & Rodeo is ready to ride! The 2018 Douglas County Fair & Rodeo kicks off July 28 with the Douglas County Fair and Rodeo Parade in downtown Castle Rock at 9:30 a.m. From Aug. 2-5, things will ramp up with Xtreme Bulls, PRCA performances and more. For additional information, a schedule of events, or to purchase tickets online visit or call 720-733-6941.

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Aerospace attraction coming to Centennial Airport First phase of Wings Over the Rockies’ new campus to open July 21 BY ELLIS ARNOLD EARNOLD@COLORADOCOMMUNITYMEDIA.COM

Aviation enthusiasts in the metro area are in for a new experience when an attraction by Wings Over the Rockies opens at Centennial Airport July 21. Visitors will be able to engage with interactive and educational exhibits, watch airplanes take off and land, test flight simulators, and even listen to radio chatter from the airport’s airtraffic control tower. “You can hear what the pilot is hearing,” said Ben Theune, director of marketing for Wings Over the Rockies, a nonprofit that works to educate about aviation and space. The Boeing Blue Sky Aviation Gallery will be the first phase to open of the nonprofit’s Exploration of Flight campus — the nonprofit calls it unique to the nation — where enthusiasts can have fun but also help solve a looming problem in the aerospace industry. “In aerospace in general, there’s a huge lack of qualified personnel,” Theune said. “Boeing estimates that over the next 18 years, in the aviation industry alone, 2 million workers will

Ben Theune, director of marketing for the nonprofit Wings Over the Rockies, sits in a flight simulator at the Boeing Blue Sky Aviation Gallery July 5. The facility will be the first phase to open of the nonprofit’s Exploration of Flight campus at Centennial Airport. ELLIS ARNOLD need to fill pilot gaps, aircraft-maintenance gaps, engineering, air-traffic control — the whole bit.” The Blue Sky Aviation Gallery will offer the virtual-reality experience of flying in an aircraft and possibly will show what it’s like to work other roles in flight, like being in air-traffic con-

trol, Theune said. The virtual-reality experiences will complement flightsimulator machines, interacting with the latest industry technology and even the ability to experience flying in a plane through a partnership with the Aspen Flying Club. After nearly a decade of planning

and fundraising, the 19,000-square-foot hangar will be open to the public Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m., beginning July 21. The facility sits at 13005 Wings Way in unincorporated Arapahoe County near East County Line Road and South Peoria Street, on the southeast side of the airport. The campus will also eventually feature the Ozmen Black Sky Space Gallery, based around “cutting-edge space technology and concepts,” the nonprofit’s website said. Construction on that project will begin in 2019, the website said. Other parts of Wings Over the Rockies’ 15-acre property at the airport may be taken up by an out-of-state charter school focused on aviation and space, Theune said. The nonprofit also runs the Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum, which boasts a collection of aircraft housed in a hangar at the former Lowry Air Force Base grounds in Denver. For more information about the Blue Sky Gallery or the campus at Centennial Airport as a whole, visit Centennial Airport, one of the busiest general-aviation airports in the nation, sits mostly in unincorporated Arapahoe County just south of the City of Centennial and extends south into Douglas County. The airport’s name predates the city’s. PIONEER COLLECTIONS







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Coffman addresses family separations after border visit Congressman ‘alarmed at alphabet soup’ of agencies involved BY ELLIS ARNOLD EARNOLD@COLORADOCOMMUNITYMEDIA.COM

U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman visited a facility near the U.S.-Mexico border that holds migrant minors on the heels of pushback to policy by President Donald Trump’s administration that resulted in children and families being separated at the border. In recent weeks, separations occurred under the Trump administration’s “zero-tolerance” policy, under which children have been held in separate facilities while parents awaited prosecution for having entered the country illegally.

The change began in April, when Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the policy to prosecute as many border-crossing offenses as possible. But President Donald Trump’s administration reversed course with a June 20 executive order that aims to detain and hold migrant families together, instead of separating children from their families during the process. Coffman, R-Aurora, recently visited an unaccompanied-minor children (UAC) facility in Tornillo, Texas, with officials from the Department of Health and Human Services, according to a news release. He was also briefed by local leadership from both the U.S. Border Patrol and the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations regarding CBP’s operations. SEE COFFMAN, P13


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Coffman represents Colorado’s 6th Congressional District, which includes Aurora, Centennial, Highlands Ranch, Littleton and parts of Adams County, among other areas. A few days after his trip, he answered some questions about the experience on June 27. What were you most surprised at seeing at the facility you visited? I was alarmed that there is an alphabet soup of federal agencies under the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Justice and the Department of Human Services in charge of various phases of the process from detaining, separating and caring for these children. I’m deeply concerned that it will be difficult for this fragmented bureaucracy to effectively reunite these families in a timely manner. That’s why I’m advocating for a single individual, preferably a Marine Corps general, to

take charge of pushing these agencies to work together to get these children back with their parents.

“I will soon vote for legislation that will provide a way for the families to remain together while held in a detention setting.”

What is the process for reunifying the children who have been separated from parents? A federal judge in California has just issued an order that families be reunited within 30 days and that children under 5 be back with their parents within 14 days. When I was in El Paso, Texas, the Department of Human Services, which is responsible for caring for the separated children, assured me that they know where all of the children and their respective parents are currently located.

However, I’m still not confident that they have a process in place to reunite these families on a timely basis since they have moved the youngest children, who require childcare providers, all over the U.S.

Have children or parents who have been separated been taken to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) facility in Aurora, or anywhere else in Colorado? The Department of Homeland Security has informed my office that there are no separated children held in the DHS/ICE facilities in Colorado. I’m scheduled to visit the ICE detention facility in Aurora (in early July).

Mike Coffman U.S. representative

How is this affecting negotiations on immigration-related bills in Congress? I believe that the president’s advisers determined that by uniformly prosecuting everyone who crossed the U.S.-Mexico border illegally, a deterrent effect would be created to reduce the level of illegal border crossings. However, they miscalculated because of an earlier court decision that does not allow children to remain with their parents for more than 20 days when they are held in detention for purposes of being prosecuted for illegally crossing the border … This created a humanitarian disaster by forcibly separating the children from their parents, that should have been anticipated. I have since called for the firing of Stephen Miller, the president’s key adviser on immigration issues. What is the most important next step for you and for Congress regarding the zerotolerance policy? I will soon vote for legislation that will provide a way for the families to remain together while held in a detention setting.

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Human-dog relationship status: ‘It’s uncomplicated’ QUIET DESPERATION

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hy does your dog lick your face? You say, “My dog doesn’t lick my face.” Do me a favor, and just play along. Your dog licks your face because it tastes like a ham on rye. How can your face taste like a ham on rye if you’re a vegetarian? It can’t. This isn’t the correct answer. Harry is almost 9 months old, and he still licks my face, especially first thing in the morning. I am undecided about it.

It is either a good example of bad parenting, or rather pleasurable. After all, I am a Scorpio. It makes me think about the queen and her corgis. Do any of them wake the queen with their tongues, as it were? I doubt it. My guess is her corgis are trained before she meets them, and she misses out on all of the fun I am having with Harry. Harry licks my face for a number of reasons, according to everything I have read.

It’s a sign of affection. Harry is showing his gratitude. For what? He doesn’t live in a home with an Elvis impersonator. He doesn’t live in a home with country music. He doesn’t live in a home with cats. He’s grateful because he lives in a home. It means we’re friends. He licks me because there are tiny food particles in my skin? Unfortunately, it’s probably true.

It relieves stress. Maybe you know someone who bites their nails. Licking is similar. Harry doesn’t bite his nails. I wish he would. I have to take him to the vet to get it done, and it’s not cheap. Do it myself ? I don’t think he would sit still long enough. I would end up trimming his nose. Licking releases pleasurable endorphins. His or mine? SEE SMITH, P15

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ne of my own that I wanted to WINNING very favorite share. ways to stay WORDS Once I explain in touch what I meant, I typically get a very with people during favorable reply even the peak busy seaif they have to search son is a quick text. for something to be Just a little nudge considered the best or reminder that I news of the day. am thinking of them Now in a very few right at that moment. and isolated cases I Depending on the caught people day or the person, Michael Norton have in a bad mood or in a I will either send a very difficult or chalthoughtful note, a lenging time. And when this motivational quote, or I will happens, the reply I receive ask a quick question. And 99 is either a quick, “Thank percent of the time, I get an you, now is not a good time,” immediate reply. or “Michael, it’s been a bad One of the questions I day, let’s talk tomorrow.” often ask in a text is this, And I respect where they “What’s the best news of the might be and understand day?” In most cases people that a motivational quote or will respond with some kind a question asking for the best of good news or great news, news of the day could be a something fantastic and little off-putting. sometimes even so powerBut in every case, I acful it motivates me as I read knowledge their response their response. There are a few people who and send a reply back with may get caught off guard and something like, “Understood, sending you love and supreply with a question back. port,” or “Understood, let And it reads something me know if I can help with like this, “I don’t know, what anything.” is the best news of the day?” They anticipated that I had some great news of my SEE NORTON, P15

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How pets help keep us healthy as we age

appiness is a warm puppy. Who doesn’t love the feel of fur between your fingers, or the nicker of a horse when they see you come into the barn? The importance of the human-animal LIVING AND bond has been AGING WELL increasingly recognized and studied in the last 30 years. For those of us who have felt the nuzzle of a cold nose in our hand, or warmth of a cat settled in our lap, we have firsthand experience of the power of an Kelly Diehl animal’s love. In an increasingly fractured and hectic world, where family can be separated by long distances and busy schedules, pets can help fill an important role in providing companionship and purpose for seniors.


This actually happened last week. Someone replied to my question, “What is the best news of the day?” with this text, “Nothing, it’s been a tough 48 hours.” My reply, “Understood, let me know how I can help.” Their reply, “Well, your offer to help is now my best news of the day, thanks.” Like a good joke, motivation and inspiration require the right timing and delivery or they can seem off-putting and offensive. Some may find that hard to believe; however, life brings real challenges and trying times, and when we are in one of those seasons of life, what we need is more hope and encouragement instead of motivation and inspiration. They are very much the same; however, certain situations call for one


Some of Harry’s current behavior will be trained out of him, and some of it will end on its own. He’ll grow out of many of the things he is doing now. Truth is, I know I am going to miss some of it. By reason, age, and logic, Harry is my fourth and final dog. He might outlive me. I will never have another puppy of my own in my life. Once or twice a day, he runs a figure-8 around the living room and dining room and it’s a blur. I have no idea how he does it. Around the dining room table into the living room, behind the couch, and back to the dining room. Lap after lap. And then he comes to an immediate

Although it seems intuitive that pet ownership would be beneficial, what do we really know about the health benefits of pet ownership? There are many documented health benefits to pet ownership. Several studies have shown that interactions with animals (not necessarily pet ownership) can decrease blood pressure, lower cholesterol, and help treat depression. A very recent study showed that Alzheimer’s patients who interacted with animals had improved cognition. Of course, many studies suggest that people who own dogs get more exercise, although other studies contend that people who are active tend to exercise more with their pets. Although the jury is still out on the effect of pets and exercise, there is no question that interactions with animals improve many measurements of well-being. A few lesser known, but equally important benefits of pet ownership include enhanced self-

more than the other. Now we need to remember what Zig Ziglar said about motivation, “People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well neither does bathing, that is why we recommend it daily.” What a great quote and reminder for anyone needing a little pick me up. And I can share with you that there is no better way to get motivated and stay motivated than by being a source of motivation to others, offering hope and encouragement whenever we can. So how about you? What is your “Best news of the day?” I would love to hear you story at gotonorton@gmail. com and when we can stay connected and offer our love, support, hope, and encouragement, it really will be a better than good week. Michael Norton is a resident of Castle Rock, the president of the Zig Ziglar Corporate Training Solutions Team, a strategic consultant and a business and personal coach.

halt and looks up at me with Those Eyes. Sure: I wish he would sit, stay, come when called, relieve himself where directed, and welcome strangers in our home. Maybe that time will come. But these days are wonderful. He is making new discoveries every day, and I get to see that happen. I watch him run his 8s, and I feel younger again myself. He sits near me when I write, waiting impatiently for me to finish so I can walk him, pet him, feed him, read to him, hold him. My disposition leans like Pisa to pessimism about people and The World. My little friend improves my life without knowing it. Or maybe he does? Craig Marshall Smith is an artist, educator and Highlands Ranch resident. He can be reached at

discipline and self-worth, and more opportunities for meeting people. As one recent AARP article put it, “Pets are natural born ice breakers!” Pet ownership is not without its downside for seniors. Although there are many documented benefits, there are some downsides to pet ownership. Veterinary care can be expensive, and, for folks on a fixed income, can be a drain on limited resources. As seniors elect to move into assisted living or other types of housing, they can encounter restrictions on size or type of pet, or whether pets are allowed at all. Many physicians are concerned about the potential for injuries or falls for older pet owners — and sometimes a pet can be injured if stepped or fallen on. Thinking outside the box of traditional pet ownership can provide

alternative options. As mentioned above, many studies show that simply interacting with animals on a regular basis can have positive health effects. Volunteering at a shelter or rescue can be a rewarding experience — not only can it give you your animal “fix,” helping out also provides muchneeded support to our most vulnerable animals. Many shelters and rescue groups also need volunteers to foster pets for a short time before permanently placing them in a forever home. This can be a great way to get the benefit of having an animal in your home without a long-term commitment. If you travel frequently to visit family members you may find fostering dogs and cats a rewarding experience and one that fits with your lifestyle. You can even foster guinea pigs! SEE AGING, P39

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Yet we will continue to hold administration officials accountable for pursuing the rollback of conservation protections on millions of acres of national monuments, scrapping collaborative habitat management plans for sage grouse, and not fighting administration proposals to cut popular public access programs like the Land and Water Conservation Fund. These actions threaten to undermine Roosevelt’s legacy, and I join Backcountry Hunters & Anglers in urging the Trump administration to do the right thing and stand up for our public lands. Steven Choromanski Littleton Initiative would be a setback Colorado is the most regulated oil and natural gas producing state in the US. That is a good thing. I live, work and play here and love it; I feel very fortunate. The 2,500-foot setback, ballot initiative 97, proposed by the out of state money,“keep-it-in-the-ground” folks will kill the industry in Colorado. Property owners will have no say on their surface as waivers will not be allowed. Mineral owners will not receive the royalties they are entitled to if wells cannot be drilled. This is a “taking” of property rights. If the ballot initiative proposed by these single minded folks makes it to the ballot box in November, say goodbye to billions of tax dollars used to fund schools,

Colorado Community Media welcomes letters to the editor. Send letters to Letters must be 250 words or fewer. Include full name, address and phone number for verification; only names and cities will be published. fire districts, parks, and many more needed and wanted services. Also my job goes away; a great job that has given our family health benefits that were so appreciated when my husband was diagnosed with cancer and had to undergo a tough regime of chemo. And the “C” journey is not over...more tests (hard plastic machines), more blood work (plastic tubes), Doctors appointments (transportation how?). What do you think chemo drugs come in? Plastic bags. And, what is plastic made out of ? Oil and natural gas by-products. We cannot live without the oil and natural gas by-products used to make so many everyday things: health products, appliances, cell phones, cars, rubber, bicycles, water bottles, recreation equipment (skis, boats, snow shoes, hockey equipment, helmets, etc.). You get the picture! Read and learn the facts not the fiction. The 2,500-foot setback proposed would basically ban drilling in Colorado. Decline to sign ballot initiative 97! Nancy McDonald Highlands Ranch Media steeped in bias Yes, I agree with Mr. Raehal — it has gone too far when people are killed, as

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we saw in the Capital Gazette tragedy. Awful. Tragic. Sad. However, I have to take issue with his analysis and defense of todays’ journalism. For those of us who remember the “Dragnet” TV series and the iconic line by Sgt. Friday, “just the facts mam, just the facts,” it’s a quaint reminder of how journalism used to be when the “hard news” did report the facts and nothing but the facts. Sadly that is not the case any longer and the industry has lost its credibility and respect as a result. And it won’t improve until the industry and Mr. Raehal fully recognize this reality. Mr. Raehal lets us know that journalists “care,” and I am sure that is true. But the issue he is not addressing, or glossing over on purpose, is that the mainstream media today is not informing — they are building bias and their own liberal agenda into news articles we see in newspapers and on TV news. That is the true threat to our republic, contrary to his contention. I offer just one of many examples: Does anyone believe that Jim Acosta of CNN, who is a reporter, not an opinion commentator, is “informing” us when his questions are nothing more than editorials with a gotcha question at the end of it? Greg Nierling Centennial Where’s Gardner’s voice? In your June 28 issue you gave us brief statements from Colorado lawmakers and the governor reacting to family separations on the border. For some reason there were six photographs but only five statements — no

comment from Cory Gardner – just a photo. Maybe your readers would like to know what Mr. Gardner has to say on the subject. Darryl Shaw Lone Tree

President trying to fix situation Regarding the article “Colorado politicians react to family separation”: The subhead, “White House rolled out, then halted, policy of separating children” is a misrepresentation implying President Trump and his administration are responsible for the separation of illegal immigrant children from their families (assuming the children even belong to families at the border). The Flores Consent Decree from 1997 differs. It says that unaccompanied children can be held only 20 days. A ruling by the Ninth Circuit extended this 20-day limit to children who come as part of family units. So even if we want to hold a family unit together, we are forbidden from doing so. Separation has been going on since 1997. President Trump’s executive order is an attempt at fixing it. We have had an essentially open border as previous presidents practiced catch and release. President Trump is simply trying to enforce immigration laws. As for politician’s reactions the article quotes four liberals and one straddling representative (Coffman). Cory Gardner’s quote earlier ignores the 1997 Decree as he also panders. The headline should read “Colorado politicians pander to family separation.” George Sullivan Centennial


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hen Parker resident Michelle Ullman began preparing for the first season of her television show, “On the Menu with Michelle Ullman,” it was important that she “put our fork where our mouth is.” Which meant filming episode one at La Baguette de Normandy in Parker and doing the rest of the 10-episode season in the Denver metro area. “Supporting local should lead by example and start at home,” Ullman said. “There is a wonderful film/TV community here, some of whom I hope to hire on as we grow into making feature films. Denver is primarily a commercial market. We hope to add some film work here.” Ullman is just one example of a growing group of creatives looking to do more filming in the metro area. Denver native Haylar Garcia recently released his third film, a horror movie titled “Apartment 212,” which was shot in the metro area and in his RiNo studio. The movie was released at the Sie FilmCenter in Denver as well as theaters in Los Angeles, New York, Seattle, Detroit and other major cities. “There are so any great artists in the area that deserve a voice, and so many creative communities that deserve to be employed,” he said. “It just seems like the right thing to do to bring national talent here to be a part of it all.” The Colorado Office of Film, Television and Media works to bring in storytellers of all kinds to the state, including filmmakers, animators, gamers and photographers. The office connects these storytellers to resources they need, like location assistance, crew referrals and inter-governmental cooperation. Perhaps most importantly, the Colorado Office of Film offers an incentive program that provides a 20 percent cash rebate for eligible production costs. The incentive program covers feature films, television pilots, television series, television commercials, music videos, industrials, documentaries, and video game design and creation, as well as other forms of content creation. “Keeping the film incentive active will be a big factor in bringing people to the state,” Ullman said. “Keeping a pool of skilled crew, and talented actors to offer filmmakers here in Denver is also important. The current Colorado incentive is only valid on Colorado residents, so the more we can offer them in crew and talent, the less has to be brought in from out of state.” SEE FILIMING, P20

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he first time artist Scramble Campbell visited Red Rocks was during a soldout run of Widespread Panic performances in 2000. In that kind of atmosphere, he couldn’t help but do what comes naturally to him — painting the musicians live. “I’d been traveling around to local shows in Florida and the rest of the country doing these live paintings,” COMING he said. “I still ATTRACTIONS do about 80 to 100 of these kinds of paintings a year. In the years since that first Red Rocks show, I’ve done more than 430 live paintings at Red Rocks.” Every year, Campbell puts Clarke Reader together a show of his works, and this year the 14th annual Scramble Campbell Red Rocks Art Experience will be on display at the amphitheater, 18300 W. Alameda Parkway in Morrison, through July 22. This exhibit is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., reopening during concerts until the end of the show. The man himself will be available for tours and discussions, and he’ll also be painting at concerts through July 22. “I like to shake up the exhibit based on who is playing a show,” Campbell explained. “When the Avett Brothers or Blues Traveler are playing, the exhibit features previous works I’ve done inspired by their performances.” Red Rocks is unquestionably the best venue in the country, according to Campbell, and he sees what he does as a different kind of performance that nonetheless fits into the venue. “I’m really an artistic and visual musician,” he said. “And there’s a visual thread of the venue that is part of every painting.” To learn more about Campbell, check out www.scramblecampbell. com. ‘Daily Show’ correspondent stops by Comedy Works If you’re a longtime watcher of Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show,” like I am, you know how easy it is to get attached to correspondents, and one of the best in the current iteration of the show is Roy Wood Jr. SEE READER, P20

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Arts venue lobby gets dramatic new paint job


top in to see Town Hall Arts Center’s spiffy redecorated lobby when you’re next in downtown Littleton. Life Scout Jack Rutherford has pretty much grown up SONYA’S around Town Hall where his mother, SAMPLER Leslie Rutherford, is marketing and PR director, so when it came time to propose an Eagle Scout project, he proposed repainting the historic building’s lobby, with volunteer help from Sonya Ellingboe more than 30 painters. The dramatic results will add a new spark to the public interaction that inhabits the space day and night. The staff voted on the color scheme, chosen from suggestions by Calla Meek of Bryant Flink Architecture and Design, which is advising the THAC board on possible future uses of the inviting space at 2450 W. Main St. The new season will start in September. Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Pastels show The Mile High National Pastel Exhibition opens July 12 at the PACE Center, 20000 Pikes Peak Ave., Parker, and will be open until Aug. 27 daytimes and during performances. Art lovers may recall the beautiful national exhibit the Pastel Society of Colorado mounted at the Littleton Museum last

Town Hall’s newly painted lobby is the result of Jack Rutherford’s Eagle Scout project — and a lot of help from his friends. COURTESY PHOTO summer. The juror is Marla Baggetta, who is nationally recognized. New bio Writer Linda Wommack of Littleton has just published a biography: “Ann Bassett, Colorado’s Cattle Queen,” the first book about the fascinating and feisty Colorado cattlewoman, who was fearless about dealing with the cattle barons who wanted to take advantage of her perceived weakness as a woman. (We’ll look forward to reading and writing about it soon!) Art of Nature Pam Roth O’Mara will teach “Art of Nature” for 9- to 13-year-olds, from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on July 27 at South Platte Park. Observation, reflection, art and writing will fill thumbprint journals. Use colored pencils and newly sharpened powers of observation to

record a day with nature. All materials included. Contact victorias@sspr. org. Register at 303-347-5999 or go to, click on Nature and go to Children’s Nature. Highlands Ranch Historical Society “UFOs, Bigfoot and the Paranormal” will be presented by Jonathan Dover and Stanley Milford Jr. at 7 p.m. on July 16 for the Highlands Ranch Historical Society. The meeting will be held at Southridge Recreation Center at 4800 McArthur Ranch Road. The men were law enforcement officers on the Navajo Reservation and will talk about experiences from 1998 to 2010. Free for current members. A $2 contribution is suggested for non-members. Light refreshments provided. Phamaly “Into the Woods’ is open at the Space

Theatre, at Arapahoe Street and Speer Boulevard in the Denver Center for the Performing Arts complex, through Aug. 5. The annual musical production by Phamaly Theatre Company will offer a rehash of favorite fairy tales performed by 28 actors with a variety of disabilities. The musical by Stephen Sondheim follows the Baker and his wife as they hope for a baby and meet other characters such as Little Red Riding Hood, the Wolf, the Witch (of course), Rapunzel, Cinderella, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, assorted princes, a giant and more. Christy Montour Larson directs. Performances: 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Monday, July 23; 2 p.m. Sundays. ASL interpreter July 23, 29. Sensory friendly performance 7:30 p.m. Thursday, August 2. Tickets: DCPA: 303-893-4100, Henry Awards The Colorado Theatre Guild announces that the annual Henry Awards will be given on July 23 at 7 p.m. at Lone Tree Arts Center, 10075 Commons St., Lone Tree. (6 p.m. Cocktails.) Tickets: $35 CTG members; $40 non-members in advance; $45 at the door., 720-5091000. All-Colorado Show The 35th Annual All Colorado Show opens on July 31 at the Depot Art Gallery, 2069 W. Powers Ave., Littleton. The Juror is artist Joan Kresek. This Western Welcome Week event runs through Sept. 9. 303-795-0781,

‘Full Circle’ exhibit is worth coming around to see BY SONYA ELLINGBOE SELLINGBOE@COLORADOCOMMUNITYMEDIA.COM

Viewers at the opening of Terry Maker’s “Full Circle” exhibit (through Aug. 19 at the Littleton Museum) huddled in groups, fixated on Maker’s brightly colored, complex compositions, speculating … How did she do that? What am I seeing? What are those objects embedded in resin? Some are quickly recognizable, such as candy in the “Jawbreaker” series or pencils in “Pointless,” but the subtle color of shredded photographs in “Snapshot 1 and 2,” which greet the visitor upon arrival, are not so evident at first … Maker, a prominent Boulder artist, says she “explores the process of artmaking while addressing themes related to human desire and decay, death and resurrection, both mundane and sacred and mark making, both literal and figurative. “By using a diverse range of commonplace, discarded, domestic objects as well as traditional art-making materials, I cast, compose and assemble sculptured forms that are subsequently cut, drilled, scraped or otherwise manipulated to reveal the `guts’ of the matter. Gleaning detritus

for its dual identity creates a startling conclusion. What is commonplace and rough-hewn mulch becomes formally graceful.” Her craftsmanship is truly astonishing as she has organized common objects of assorted sizes, textures and colors into (mostly) circular frames that lead the eye into the depths of a particular composition. “Eyerolling (Yellow),” 2017, and “Eyerolling (Red),” 2017, seem to lean toward Oriental design, I thought, but their labels say they are composed of “paper targets, collaged targets and vacuumformed shaky eyes.” A three-dimensional “Trigger,” 2018, a sort of starburst form, contains a “high density polyurethane foam and wood parts,” it says. The wood parts, on closer inspection, once were incorporated in guns. Stunning statement there, aiming in all directions … For many of the 35 works in this show, Maker’s complicated process involved compacting, amalgamating the chosen items together, then slicing off a cross section which is polished and becomes an art piece, “providing the structure for new replicated cross sections.” These revealed surfaces present the viewer with a visual puzzle, which compels one to question accepted

IF YOU GO “Full Circle: Works by Terry Maker” is exhibited at the Littleton Museum, 6028 S. Datura St., Littleton, through Aug. 19. Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesdays to Fridays; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays; 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays. Admission is free. 303-795-3950.

Terry Maker exhibit at Littleton Museum. COURTESY PHOTO

modes of art-making and confront this unique visual vocabulary. But, one would hope the viewer can just enjoy the richness, texture, color and depth of Maker’s works, without getting too involved in how they are made. Visually engaging, each work offers a depth of color and texture that leads the eye to the next equally engaging circle! To the left of the entrance are two groupings that are not to be missed: A set of works in oval frames, called “Kingdom,” rise perpendicular to the wall and really draw one to inspect closely. Hundreds of intricately made

tiny objects, created with wood and resin, build a city — Who lives and works there? When? What’s the story? (Create a story? …) Across from “Kingdoms” is “Small Album Sides,” a series of older album covers — and the vinyl records they contained are shredded and packaged — nostalgic, perhaps, but … One more story for the viewer to concoct before departing! Plan to spend some time with “Full Circle: Works by Terry Maker.” Kevin Oehler, Littleton Museum curator of exhibits, not only planned an exhibit that highlights the imaginative works, but produced a handsome catalog that offers added insight into Maker’s life and work. “The circle becomes both a building block and a formalist end in itself. Viewers will begin to notice dozens of ways this geometric figure is put to task, and the wide spectrum of objects and effects it generates,” he writes.

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As anyone who has traveled the state can attest to, the variety of scenery Colorado has to offer is one of the biggest draws for filmmakers, like director William Garrison. He has been working on the pilot for a television series called “Frozen Dead” in Nederland, not far from Golden. “Colorado has some great locations and great history. It provides an excellent backdrop for great movie ideas,” he said. “There is a wealth of creative talent in the Denver area. That alone should attract new productions — plus, we also have a lot of sunshine and four full seasons, unlike L.A.” A trip to any of the many small theaters in the metro area demonstrates there’s a wealth acting talent, and that includes all ages. Despite being so young, 10-year-old Payton Maynard, of Arvada, has already worked in several independent films and is one of the leads in “Frozen Dead.” She recently took to the stage for the first time in the role of


On the show, he’s the perfect blend of deadpan delivery and biting insight, and his stand-up comedy is just as hilarious. His most recent one-hour special is “Father Figure,” and I highly recommend it for a taste of his live show. Roy Wood Jr. will be spending three evenings at the downtown Denver Comedy Works, 1226 15th St. on July 12 through 14. On Thursday the 12th, he’ll be performing at 8 p.m., followed the next two days with shows at 7:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Visit to get tickets.

the Young Queen Elizabeth II in Aurora’s Vintage Theatre’s production of “The Audience.” “There is obviously going to be double the amount of opportunities to work as an actor in other places like Los Angeles or New York, but I have found a good amount of work here,” she said. “You just have to know how to look for it. I have a fantastic agent and manager that are always giving me opportunities, and I have an amazing mother who works hard to make good connections with people in the film industry.” Maynard’s mother Courtney has been keeping an eye on the Denver film scene as she helps out her daughter and is eager to see how the form will grow in the area. “I would love to see bigger directors take advantage of the amazing talent from crew to cast that all call Colorado home,” she said. “Because the Metro area is so condensed there is a large group of actors and crew that all know each other and network together. Having personally worked with a lot of them, I can say that the Denver scene has some dynamite industry professionals.”

Greenwood Village shows off talent of local artists Colorado is home to many artists of unique talent and skill, and many of them won’t receive the wider recognition they deserve. That’s why smaller galleries and spaces are so crucial — they provide space for local artists to show their work. This year marks the 35th annual All-Colorado Art Show on display at the Curtis Center for the Arts, 2349 E. Orchard Road in Greenwood Village, which gives area artists a chance to get their work out there. The exhibit takes place from July 14 through August 25, 2018, with an opening reception on Saturday, July 14 from 6-8 p.m. This exhibit was open to artists in all mediums, currently residing in Colorado, to apply. More than 60 art-

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ists will be represented in the show, which was juried by Greenwood Village resident and international artist Patricia Aaron. For more information, visit www. Clarke’s Concert of the Week — Counting Crows at the Pepsi Center Growing up in the ‘90s meant there were some bands that were part of the musical atmosphere of the time. You’d hear them all the time on the radio, see them on MTV and shell out for tickets every time they came to town. One of the better of these groups was the Counting Crows, and they’re hitting the road this summer in honor of 25 years of being a band.

The Counting Crows, along with ‘90s stalwart Live, will be stopping by the Pepsi Center, 1000 Chopper Circle, at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 18. Over the years, the Counting Crows have released some excellent albums, but their 1993 debut, “August and Everything After” will always go down as their classic. Radio mainstays like “Mr. Jones” and “Rain King” are still in heavy rotation on stations like KBCO. Go to events/detail/counting-crows for tickets to this great show. Clarke Reader’s column on culture appears on a weekly basis. A community editor with Colorado Community Media, he can be reached creader@

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Opera Colorado invites local singers to participate in upcoming chorus auditions for its 2018-19 season production of Verdi’s La Traviata. Auditions take place Sunday, July 22, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Opera Colorado Opera Center, 4121 S. Navajo St., Ste 100, Englewood. Rehearsals begin Sept. 22, with performances of La Traviata running Nov. 3-11 at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House in the Denver Performing Arts Complex. Opera Colorado will audition male and female voice types, with preference given to sopranos and baritones/ basses. Singers should prepare two selections from art song, opera or musical theater repertoire to perform at the audition. Preferably, one selec-

tion should be in a foreign language. Repertoire should be memorized. Singers selected for the chorus of Verdi’s La Traviata will need to be available for weekday evening and weekend rehearsals Sept. 22, Sept. 19 and Oct. 6 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Sept. 26, Sept. 28, Oct. 1, Oct. 3, Oct. 5 and Oct. 8, from 7-10 p.m.; and Oct. 6 from 2-5 p.m. Chorus members are compensated with a modest stipend and two complimentary tickets to the production’s final dress rehearsal, and also receive an exclusive discount on performance tickets. To schedule an audition, email and include an updated resume with your audition request. Requests for auditions are on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Study finds coffee drinkers may live longer 10-year British overview raises intriguing possibilities BY LINDSEY TANNER ASSOCIATED PRESS

Go ahead and have that cup of coffee, maybe even several more. New research shows it may boost chances for a longer life, even for those who down at least eight cups daily. In a study of nearly half-a-million British adults, coffee drinkers had a slightly lower risk of death over 10 years than abstainers. The apparent longevity boost was seen with instant, ground and decaffeinated, results that echo U.S. research. It’s the first large study to suggest a benefit even in people with genetic glitches affecting how their bodies use caffeine. Overall, coffee drinkers were about 10 percent to 15 percent less likely to die than abstainers during a decade of follow-up. Differences by amount of coffee consumed and genetic variations were minimal. The results don’t prove your coffee pot is a fountain of youth nor are they a reason for abstainers to start drinking coffee, said Alice Lichtenstein, a Tufts University nutrition expert who was not involved in the research. But she said the results reinforce previous research and add additional reassurance for coffee drinkers. “It’s hard to believe that something we enjoy so much could be good for us. Or at least not be bad,” Lichtenstein said. The study was published July 2 in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine. It’s not clear exactly how drinking coffee might affect longevity. Lead author Erikka Loftfield, a researcher at the U.S. National Cancer Institute, said coffee contains more than 1,000 chemical compounds including antioxidants, which help protect cells from damage. Other studies have suggested that substances in coffee may reduce inflammation and improve how the body

uses insulin, which can reduce chances for developing diabetes. Loftfield said efforts to explain the potential longevity benefit are continuing. Adam Taylor, fetching two iced coffees for friends recently in downtown Chicago, said the study results make sense. “Coffee makes you happy, it gives you something to look forward to in the morning,” said Taylor, a sound engineer from Las Vegas. “I try to have just one cup daily,” Taylor said. “Otherwise I get a little hyper.” For the study, researchers invited 9 million British adults to take part; 498,134 women and men aged 40 to 69 agreed. The low participation rate means those involved may have been healthier than the general U.K. population, the researchers said. Participants filled out questionnaires about daily coffee consumption, exercise and other habits, and received physical exams including blood tests. Most were coffee drinkers; 154,000 or almost one-third drank two to three cups daily and 10,000 drank at least eight cups daily. During the next decade, 14,225 participants died, mostly of cancer or heart disease. Caffeine can cause short-term increases in blood pressure, and some smaller studies have suggested that it might be linked with high blood pressure, especially in people with a genetic variation that causes them to metabolize caffeine slowly. But coffee drinkers in the U.K. study didn’t have higher risks than nondrinkers of dying from heart disease and other blood pressure-related causes. And when all causes of death were combined, even slow caffeine metabolizers had a longevity boost. As in previous studies, coffee drinkers were more likely than abstainers to drink alcohol and smoke, but the researchers took those factors into account, and coffee drinking seemed to cancel them out. The research didn’t include whether participants drank coffee black or with cream and sugar. But Lichtenstein said loading coffee with extra fat and calories isn’t healthy.



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‘Pink Progression’ exhibition pays tribute to Women’s March events Center for Visual Art display will continue into August on Santa Fe Drive



The Center for Visual Art, Metropolitan State University of Denver’s gallery, is at 965 Santa Fe Drive, Denver. There is some free parking in front. Hours: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays. Admission is free. 303-294-5207,

Turn right as you enter the Center for Visual Art on Santa Fe Drive and admire the sleek pink “Ourobouros,” a huge pink snake, circling to bite its tail, by Emma Hardy and Rebecca DiDomenico. It hangs in the gallery window and in a way, speaks for the entire “Pink Progression” exhibit. It is these two artists’ version of an ancient symbol for cyclicality, recreation of self … “Pink Progression” was inspired by — and celebrates — the two recent Women’s Marches, 2017 and 2018, and is said to “address concepts of human rights, gender, sexual identity, feminism and inclusivity.” More than 50 artists explore social interactions in at least 50 different ways — in paintings, prints, sculpture, drawings, ceramics, video and combinations of techniques, large and small … A visitor becomes fascinated and thoroughly engaged by the many ways of seeing, feeling. The CVA credits local artist Anna Kaye with organizing this large show, which has visited the Boulder Public Library and Denver Public Library prior to its position at the CVA, through Aug. 19. Art lovers will almost all find

something that impresses them on a visit to this varied exhibit, tied together by color and focus. (And no doubt, something that fails to impress, given the wide range of style and technique!) Many works are loaned by the gallery that represents an artist. Near “Ouroborous,” find a couple of walls, papered with a “Domesticated Rat” pattern by Rachel Delaney and Sandy Lane — and individual sheets with a single rat enjoying eating something pink. (Crayons are thoughtfully provided for those who want to color a page to carry home, as did the 20-somethings who accompanied us.) Each artwork has a message or a question or a vision. At the far end of the gallery is Trini Bumiller’s floor-to-ceiling “Monumental,” consisting of 128 panels, painted in oils. Each depicts a national monument, “created to honor and protect places of cultural, environmental and cultural importance,” and each incorporates pink. “The pink hues represent all phases of feminism,” Bumiller writes, “from baby blush and sexy hot pinks to reds of passion, rage and love.”

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We see landscapes, buildings, plants, figures and much more … Katy Caron of Littleton, Arapahoe Community College Ceramic Department chair, collaborated with Marie Perrin-McGraw to craft “Untitled (Shadow Box),” and Sue Simon of Englewood exhibits a large painting, “I Am,” subtitled “DNA Sequence,” in the back right gallery. Simon says “My paintings combine abstraction with science and mathematics — scientific concepts developed from real scientific research. They describe our new understanding of the universe. Paintings are based on combining the elegance of science and the visual richness of art.” Across from Simon’s work, appropriately situated with a place to sit and look — and ponder — for an extended time, is Laleh Mehran’s electronic “Tenuous Hierarchy 1, 10, 100.” A black frame surrounds a screen with constant movement of patterns, accompanied by soft sound. It “explores power across global borders by collocating topography from one country to currency of another. These combinations of foreign structures examine the control and impact of money

on sociopolitical infrastructures.” Readers may recall Mehran’s stunning installation in 2012 at the Denver Art Museum: “Men of God, Men of Nature.” She is on the University of Denver faculty. Julia Rymer Brucker of Littleton exhibits four panels: “Light at St. James.” She also works at the intersection of art and science. “Through art, I uncover the beauty of the natural world,” she wrote, “from a cell to an orbiting planet to a tree shedding leaves …” An Aug. 4 workshop is planned: “Re-thinking the Pinking,’ with exhibit artists Steven Frost and Frankie Toan, from Trini Bumiller noon to 3 p.m. The workshop Artist hands-on and discussion will address the symbolism of the iconic pink hat of the Women’s March and generate new concepts for more inclusive symbolism. Who does the hat represent/exclude? How should we consider a more inclusive symbolism in activism? Participants will be encouraged to design alternative hats that reflect each participant’s own voice in contemplating feminist activism. Age 17 and up. The rear gallery holds a related student exhibit called “Reclamation.”

“The pink hues represent all phases of feminism, from baby blush and sexy hot pinks to reds of passion, rage and love.”

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Rush Creek project will provide electricity for 325,000 homes

The power is blowin’ in the wind


On the hottest day of the year so far, dozens of Elbert County residents, local and state elected officials and Xcel Energy representatives gathered at the home of Jan and Virgil Kochis in Matheson, to get a peek at the latest of 30 wind turbines that were recently completed on the Kochis property, as part of Xcel’s first major wind farm project: Rush Creek Wind Farm. “This farm has been in our family for more than 100 years,” said Jan Kochis, property owner and chair of the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union Board. “Virgil’s grandparents settled here. This may make it possible for the family farm to stay in the family another 100 years.” When the Rush Creek project is completed and fired up this October, it will provide energy for approximately 325,000 homes in Colorado. While renewable energy is much needed in the state, Kochis said the installation of

Jan Kochis speaks to community members and state and local officials about her experience having 30 wind turbines installed on her land in Matheson. The turbines are part of Xcel Energy’s Rush Creek Wind Project. PHOTOS BY TABATHA STEWART the turbines on their property — which is east of Simla and west of Limon — will provide much-needed income during a year of above-average temperatures and below-average rainfall, making it a tough year for growing crops. “The new income that these turbines provide will create more certainty for our farming operations by helping balance against the roller-

coaster commodity markets and unpredictable weather,” Kochis said during the June 28 event. State Rep. Kimmi Lewis applauded landowners like the Kochises for their willingness to lease their land and drive economic development within the county. ”I’m honored to be on Virgil and Jan’s property today,” said Lewis. “This is true economic

development, and I so much endorse that type of growth in rural areas. The day will come when we look out, like today, and see wind turbines. I applaud those landowners who are willing to do that.” Elbert County Commissioner Grant Thayer said each turbine brings in about $4,000 annually in property tax, and provides an alternative to farming in rough years.

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HOW DO WIND TURBINES WORK? According to the Wind Energy Foundation, people have harnessed the energy of the wind as far back as 5000 B.C., when boats were propelled along the Nile River using only wind, and later, when in the late 19th century windmills came into use to pump water for farms and ranches.


about the extensive amount of work that goes into erecting the turbines, including increased traffic and dust that comes from truck traffic on rural dirt roads. Neighbor Tim Brown said he has held out leasing his farm for wind turbines, but he attended the June 28 tour of the farm, and spoke to the crowd that gathered. “It’s all been pretty good,” Brown said. ”We got along really well as far as the construction and the extra traffic.” Attendees were given a tour of the Kochis property, and got up close and personal with a turbine, which towers approximately 260 feet above the ground. Cattle grazed in the field below the turbines, and signs of crops growing in the surrounding field showed that land leased for turbines can still be used for grazing and growing. Xcel project manager Gerry Kelly answered questions about the construction and working of the wind turbines. “The towers are 80 meters tall, with three blades that measure about 54 meters each (about 177 feet),” said Kelly. ”The hub generates the electricity that is transmitted to a substation before being released into the Xcel Energy grid.” Placement of the towers is an important factor when designing a wind farm. According to Kelly the towers are placed a quarter-mile apart, with about 1,000 to 1,200 yards necessary in front and behind each tower. The

While the simple design of a windmill has remained the same over the years, the latest iteration of electricity-generating wind turbines are much larger, generate more electricity, and distribute the electricity much farther than their ancestors. Erecting today’s wind turbines is much more complicated.

Cattle graze and wander the fields beneath wind turbines on the Kochis farm in Matheson. TABATHA STEWART blades are electronically controlled, and can be manipulated to maximize the wind, as well as be turned off in the event of too much wind. Kelly said it could take years of studying wind patterns before a site is deemed a good fit for a wind farm. Kochis said she knew some people

didn’t like the changing landscape that wind farms bring, but she doesn’t mind seeing the turbines outside her window. “I enjoy every day looking out my kitchen window and seeing the majestic wind turbines through my trees,” Kochis said.

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High school students from across Colorado hosted the second annual Festival of Wishes on June 16. Proceeds went to Make-A-Wish Colorado, a nonprofit organization for children with critical illnesses. The event featured games representing a variety of countries, prizes, food and more. COURTESY PHOTO

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When Kyra Roach was in eighth grade, she was diagnosed with bone cancer. She spent the next year in chemotherapy and had to have a knee replacement. Then, thanks to Make-A-Wish Colorado, a nonprofit organization for kids with life-threatening illnesses, Roach got to go on an all-expenses-paid trip to Italy. The destination was always on her wish list. She remembers daydreaming about the Colosseum and the Leaning Tower of Pisa. “Medicine worked on the illness inside my body but I had to deal with a lot of difficulties in terms of mental and emotional weakness as well,” said Roach, who graduated from ThunderRidge High School in May. She has been cancer-free for four years. “My wish really helped me feel hopeful in a time when it was hard to come by.” Roach’s experience sparked her interest in the Make-A-Wish organization, which grants the wishes of children who are battling life-threatening illness. Two years ago, she joined the Youth Leadership Council, made up of high school students across the state who plan a yearly fundraising event.





Last year, Roach became the president of the council, which meant she would be in charge of planning the second annual Festival of Wishes. The day of fun is for families of children with critical illnesses and community members. All proceeds benefit the organization. This year’s theme was “Around the World!” Roach and another member of the youth council picked the theme because it resembled Epcot at Walt Disney World, one of the most popular places to grant wishes. The festivities were held at the parking lot of the Make-A-Wish Colorado building, 7951 E Maplewood Ave. in Greenwood Village. Guests received a passport as they entered the festival and a stamp at different stops. Each included a game representing a different country: Canadian Ice Fishing, Egyptian Fossil Hunt, Kangaroo Hop and Pin the Plane on the Globe. The games, paired with face painting, balloon animals, prizes, a DJ, classic carnival food and prize drawings, made the event one to remember. “What I personally enjoy is seeing a kid with a big bag of prizes and adults just enjoying being there,” Roach said. The event raised $12,500, which will grant two wishes. Roach knows the difference that will make. “Knowing how important and impactful it was to me,” Roach said, “I want to share that experience with other people.”


Proceeds will grant wishes of two children fighting critical illnesses

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Editor’s note: Send new listings or changes to Deadline is noon Wednesday a week before publication. Political Douglas County Democrats executive committee meets at 7 p.m. the second Monday of every month at various sites. Contact Mike Jones at 720-509-9048 or email info@ Social-discussion meetings take place in Highlands Ranch, Castle Rock, Parker, Lone Tree and Roxborough. Visit and click on calendar for information. Douglas County Republican Women meets at 11 a.m. the third Wednesday each month at the Lone Tree Golf and Hotel for dialogue about current issues presented by informative speakers. Call Barbara Piper at 303-7688370 or go to or www.dcrw. org. Highlands Ranch, Roxborough, and Lone Tree Democrats meet at 7 p.m. the third Thursday of every month for topical speakers and lively discussion at the James H. LaRue Library, 9292 S. Ridgeline Blvd., Highlands Ranch. Visit for more information. Libertarian Party of Douglas County: 6 p.m. the first Thursday of each month at On the Rox Sports Bar, 11957 Lioness Way, Parker. Topics include items of general libertarian interest and organization for local activism to make a difference in our political landscape. All welcomed. Go to

Lone Tree Democrats meet for First Friday Happy Hour the first Friday of every month at Los Arcos. Call Gordon at 303-790-8264. Parker Democrats meets at 7 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month for discussion of timely topics, led by knowledgeable speakers, at the South Metro Fire Station 45, 16801 Northgate Drive, Parker. Visit for information. Professional AAUW, American Association of University Women, Littleton-South Metro Branch, invites graduates who hold an associate or higher degree from an accredited institution to participate in activities that advance equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research. For details on upcoming events and membership information contact 2president1719@gmail. com. BNI Connections of Lone Tree ( invites business owners to attend its meeting held each Tuesday, 7:15-9 a.m. at the Lone Tree Recreation Center, 10249 Ridgegate Circle. There is no charge to attend a meeting as a guest. Please visit or contact Jack Rafferty, 303-414-2363 or jrafferty@ League of Women Voters of Arapahoe and Douglas Counties encourages community members to participate in one of our three monthly meetings. Help us create a democracy where every person has the desire, the right, the knowledge and the confidence to participate. Feel free to call or email Jo Ann

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Feder at 904-608-3932 or joluvs10s@gmail. com for details. Lone Tree Networking Professionals is a networking/leads group that meets Tuesdays at 11:30 a.m. at Rio Grande Restaurant in Lone Tree. Exclusive business categories are open. Visitors and new members are welcome. Contact Don Shenk at 303-746-0093. Professional Referral Network meets at 7:15 a.m. Tuesdays at Great Beginnings, east of I-25 at Lincoln Avenue. Call Ronald Conley at 303-841-1860 or e-mail Recreation Camping Singles is a group of Colorado single adults who enjoy camping, fishing, hiking, swimming, biking, sightseeing, photography, the camaraderie of others, and starry nights around the camp fire. We usually camp in designated forest service or state park campgrounds within 2 to 5 hours of Denver. We welcome all single adults. Our membership ranges from the 40s to 60-plus. We usually meet at 7 p.m. the first Tuesday of the month. For specific meeting information, contact Front Range Woodturners Club meets from 6-9 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month in the basement of the Rockler Woodworking store at 2553 S Colorado Blvd. Anyone interested in woodturning is welcome. Contact Jim Proud at for more information. Learn to Fly Fish: 9-11 a.m. Saturdays at Orvis Park Meadows, 8433 Park Meadows Center

Drive, Unit 149, Lone Tree. The free Fly Fishing 101 course teaches the basics including fly casting, outfit rigging, and knot tying. After completing FF101, sign up for the free FF201 T class at a local stocked pond and practice hooking, playing and landing fish. For information or to sign up, call 303-768-9600 or go to

Lone Tree Ladies 9-Hole Golf. Applications are now being accepted for the upcoming Thursday morning 9-hole golf group. The group is open to women golfers ages 18 and older. Applications and more informaiton are available in the Lone Tree Pro Shop. Contact S Nancy Cushing, league president, at 720560-9333 or email A Salty Dog Sailing Club If you love to sail or want to try, if you don’t have a boat, if you have a boat but don’t sail enough because you cannot find a crew, the Salty Dog Sailing Club is for you. The club meets the second Thursday of the month. Dinner begins at 5:30 p.m. with the business meeting commencing at 7 p.m. Go to for meeting locations and directions.

SilverSneakers Fitness, Silver&Fit at ACC The Arapahoe Community College fitness center offers the SilverSneakers Fitness and Silver&Fit programs for seniors in the south metro Denver area. For more information about health and fitness options at ACC, call A 303-797-5850.




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Third Thursday Mystery Book Club Join us for a discussion of mystery books with an emphasis on the unusual. Do you like Swedish Noir, historical mysteries, humorous mysteries? We read authors that have something to offer besides the quirky twist at the end of the story. If you’re tired of the same old best-selling mystery writers, come join us for lunch and mystery discussions at 11:30 a.m. every third Thursday at the Lone Tree Grille at the Lone Tree Golf Club and Hotel. Call Sue at 303-641-3534 Social/Service AAUW (American Association of University Women), founded in 1881, is the oldest women’s organization in the United States. It has a mission of promoting equity for women and girls through advocacy, education and research. Scholarships are provided to Douglas County women who are in college, and cash awards are presented to senior girls from Douglas County high schools who have an interest in the areas of science, technology, engineering or math (STEM). Meetings are in Castle Rock the third Wednesday of the month, at various times and locations. Go to Contact Beryl Jacobson at 303-688-8088 or A Dreampower Animal Rescue / PAALS adoption for cats, dogs and more meets from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Park Meadows PetsMart. Call 303-688-9503. The Breakfast Club: A great way for single people ages 50-plus to meet new friends and have fun. We are an active and social group enjoying activities ranging from card games to white-water rafting, international and domestic travel to bowling, and all things in between. Our signature breakfast, which takes place at 8:30 a.m. every third Saturday, is at The Ridge Golf Club in Castle Pines. Interested? Call our hotline at 303-814-8428 or go to Castle Rock Bridge Club plays a friendly, ACBL-sanctioned duplicate game at 1 p.m. every Monday and Wednesday at Plum Creek Golf Club, 331 Players Club Drive, Castle Rock. For assistance in finding a bridge partner, call Georgiana Butler at 303-810-8504. Go to Daughters of the American Revolution, Columbine Chapter meets at 1 p.m. the second Saturday of each month from September through May at the South Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce at the Streets at SouthGlenn, Centennial. If you are interested in attending or have questions regarding eligibility, contact Krispin at Krispin_L_ or Jewel Wellborn, regent, DTC Kiwanis Club meets at 7 a.m. every Tuesday at Mimi’s Cafe, 9555 Park Meadows Drive, at the corner of Yosemite and Park Meadows. We are a growing club with 51 members. Our mission is assisting communities and “at risk” children in difficult home environments with financial and personal help and mentoring. Call Frank Zieg at 303796-1213. Douglas County Elks Lodge 2873 meets at 7 p.m. the first and third Tuesday of every month at the Calf Building at Lowell Ranch, 2330 S. East I-25 Frontage Road, Castle Rock.

All “Stray Elks” are invited to attend and to be involved in the growth and activities of this new social and community service organization. Call 303-941-0135 or e-mail swgilbert@ Duplicate Bridge ACBL sanctioned open game at noon Mondays at The Hub, 8827 Lone Tree Parkway, Lone Tree. Reservations are required; partners are arranged. Call Sue at 303-6413534. GED Prep Class Douglas County Libraries offers GED preparation classes for those ages 17 and older. Classes offered at 6 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays at the Parker Library, 10851 S. Crossroads Drive; and at 6 p.m. Tuesdays at the Philip S. Miller Library, 100 S. Wilcox St., Castle Rock. Registration is required; call 303791-7323 or Great Books Discussion Group meets on the first Thursday night of each month from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Lone Tree Library. Reading selections are short—plays, short stories, essays, or excerpts from longer works—and new members can come in at any time. We also watch Teaching Company lectures on “The Art of Reading.” Call Kerri Martin at 303-688-

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7628 or David Williams at 303-708-8854. High Plains Chapter, Order of DeMolay, meets at 7 p.m. every second and fourth Monday in the Parker area. With Walt Disney, Mel Blanc and Walter Cronkite counted among its alumni, you won’t find another organization for young men between the ages of 12 and 21 years that offers character building, leadership training, and life skill development more than DeMolay. Contact the chapter for more information. Email:highplainsdemolay@gmail. com or visit Highlands Ranch Lions Club: 6:30-8:30 p.m. the second and fourth Thursday of each month, except June and July, at IHOP, 9565 S. University Blvd., Highlands Ranch. Lions Club International is the largest service organization in the world and is celebrating its 100th anniversary. Highlands Ranch club has celebrated its 20th anniversary. Contact 303955-4353 or Rotary Club of Highlands Ranch: 12:10 p.m. Thursdays at Lone Tree Golf Club, 9808 Sunningdale Blvd.; 7:15 a.m. the first and third Wednesday at Children’s Hospital, 1811 Plaza Drive. Call Mary Kay Hasz, 303-888-1867.

Living and Aging Well in Lone Tree, a speaker series luncheon, meets at 11:30 a.m. the second Monday of each month at the Lone Tree Golf Club and Hotel. Lunch reservations are required by noon Wednesday the week prior to the event. Cost includes a beverage, lunch and tip. For information on cost, the topic and to RSVP, visit www.cityoflonetree. com/agingwell. Lone Tree Optimists meets from noon to 1:15 p.m. Tuesdays at LePeep Restaurant, 7156 E. County Line Road. Call Miles Hardee at 303973-6409. Meridian Mid-Day Toast Toastmasters: 11:35-12:35 p.m. Thursdays at South Metro Fire Rescue Authority Station 34, 8871 Maximus Drive, Lone Tree. Group offers a safe environment to practice your presentations. Help with speeches and presentations offered the first Thursday of the month. Guests welcome. Go to Meridian Toastmasters are members of the Lone Tree Chamber of Commerce. SEE CLUBS, P30

Yoga in the Park It’s time again for sunset salutations. Join RidgeGate, South Suburban Parks and Recreation and the Lone Tree Recreation Center for free Yoga in the Park classes in Belvedere Park, at the corner of RidgeGate Circle and Belvedere Lane. Please bring your own yoga mat. In case of heavy rain or lightning, class will be cancelled. No need to register—just drop in!

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Saturday, July 14, 7-8:30pm — Urban Coyotes Friday, July 27, 7:30-9pm — Full Moon Hike Wednesday, August 1, 6-7:30pm — Sunset Bird Watching Friday, August 3, 6-7:30pm — Insects & Spiders Saturday, August 18, 8:30-10am — Monarchs & Milkweed

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Thursday, July 19, 5-8pm — Chris Daniels and the Kings; Hazel Miller

Tunes on the Terrace at the Lone Tree Arts Center RidgeGate is again proud to sponsor Lone Tree Art Center’s Tunes on the Terrace—an outdoor evening concert series that will bring your summer nights to life. Performances range from classic rock to big band jazz, and everything in between. The stars are out this summer! Check out the full schedule and buy tickets at

Saturday, July 21, 8-10pm — Mollie O’Brien Trio Friday, July 27, 8-10pm — The Whitney Houston Songbook with Mary Louise Lee

Experience Historic Schweiger Ranch Among RidgeGate’s cultural facilities is the 38-acre historic Schweiger Ranch, located just east of the RidgeGate Parkway and I-25 interchange. The historic restoration of the ranch, led by the nonprofit Schweiger Ranch Foundation, gives us an important glimpse into the settlers’ lives in the late 1800s. Today, Schweiger Ranch is open to the public for self-guided visits and a variety of events throughout the year. Register or learn more about these events online at


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Saturday, July 21, 2pm — Guided Tour Sunday, July 22, 7-9pm — Campfire & Storytelling, Legendary Ladies Saturday, August 18, 2pm — Guided Tour Sunday, August 26, 7-8:30pm — Campfire & Storytelling, Buffalo Bill Experience

All events are held within the RidgeGate community, just south of Lincoln Avenue, on both sides of I-25.

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pounding summer squall sent musicians and techs scrambling to cover instruments and mixing boards at the 28th annual Breckenridge Brewery Hootenanny in Littleton on July 7, but for the throngs of festivalgoers, the storm was just a chance to dance in the rain and play in the mud. The Hootenanny featured a lineup blending Colorado-appropriate jam, country and folk sounds, including Hard Working Americans, Coral Creek, Billy Strings and Phish co-founder Mike Gordon. The Brewery’s brews no doubt softened the blow of the storm that briefly delayed the festivities. “I’m a Colorado girl, so I’m not scared of a little Mother Nature,” said Stacey McCormick of Arvada, attending her second Hootenanny with her husband Dan. “Just so long as it doesn’t water down my beer.”

Bodi Miller, 6, shreds down a makeshift snowboard run, assisted by Never Summer Snowboard Company woodshop tech Matt Cardenas. Miller’s parents insist there’s no relationship between their son’s name and Olympic skier Bode Miller. PHOTOS BY DAVID GILBERT


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Third Eye Blind: 7 p.m. Sunday, July 22 at Hudson Gardens and Event Center, 6115 South Santa Fe Drive, Littleton. Tickets: Info: 303-7978565 or


Back to Basics Crafting: Weaving: 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, July 14 at Douglas County Libraries in Castle Rock, Philip S. Miller, 100 S. Wilcox St., Castle Rock. Learn a vintage skill with new purpose! Call (303) 791-7323 for more information. “In Living Color” Art Show: on display through July 31 at the James H. LaRue Library, 9292 Ridgeline Blvd., Highlands Ranch. Watercolor and oil paintings of nature by local artists Patricia Nash and Judy S. Purcell. All available for purchase.


Ice Cream Social: 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, July 11 at Civic Green Park, 9370 S Ridgeline Blvd., Highlands Ranch. The Metro District presents its annual Ice Cream Social, featuring live music, food trucks and a demonstration from Littleton Fire Rescue. Cost is $2. Visit or call 303-660-7505 to learn more. Brew-n-Que: 3-7 p.m. Saturday, July 14 at Centennial Center Park, 13050 E. Peakview Ave., Centennial. The City’s 3rd annual BBQ & Beer Tasting Festival will feature 15+ local breweries coupled with local BBQ. Enjoy live bluegrass music by Out of Nowhere and the Jay Roemer Band. Must be 21 or older to participate in the beer tasting. Admission is FREE; cost for beer tasting is $15 for a punch card and tasting mug which includes 10, 3 oz. sample tastings. Purchase tickets online via Please note: a small service fee will apply online or if paying with a credit card day of event. Walking Tour of Historic Downtown Castle Rock: 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, July 21 at The Courtyard on Perry, 333 Perry Street, Castle Rock. The Castle Rock Museum is hosting a free walking tour of Downtown Castle. The 45-minute tour will begin aat or contact the Castle Rock Museum at 303-814-3164.

this week’s TOP FIVE Improv Survivor: 8 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, July 13 at The Studio at Mainstreet, 19600 Mainstreet, Parker. The Parker Players Present: Improv Survivor! The show where 8 improvisers compete for your laughs and applause performing improv comedy games in the style of “Whose Line is it Anyway?” Tickets are $10 when purchased in advance through Eventbrite (www.eventbrite. com), or $15 at the door before show. Cash only. Doors open at 7:30. Learn Origami: 4-5 p.m. Friday, July 13 at Douglas County Libraries in Castle Pines, 360 Village Square Lane. Drop in each month to learn the art of paper folding. Call (303) 791-7323 for more information. Creating a Healthy Home: 10 a.m. Saturday, July 14 at Parker Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage, 11402 South Parker Road, Parker. Did you know there are toxic compounds in your home that can compromise the health of you and your family? Learn the tips and tricks for creating a healthy home. Event is free. Visit

The Courtyard on Perry Street, between 3rd and 4th streets and will conclude at the Castle Rock Museum, 420 Elbert Street. The remaining tours will be on August 25th, and September 22nd. You do not need a reservation. Contact the Castle Rock Museum for more information (303) 814-3164, museum@ castlerockhistoricalsociety. Brews Bazaar Craft Fair: Noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, July 21 at Breckenridge Brewery, 2990 Brewery Lane, Littleton. The Farm House at Breckenridge Brewery is hosting its 2nd Annual Brews Bazaar Craft Fair. Nearly double the size of last year, you aren’t going to want to miss this event! Merchandise includes boutique fashion, yummy bites for your taste buds, jewelry, bath and body products and more! In addition to some great shopping, there will be live music, great beer and delicious food available. Contact: info@ 25th Anniversary Celebration of B’nai Chaim: 6 p.m., Saturday, July 21 at Congregation B’nai Chaim, 6472 W Arbor Avenue, Littleton. B’nai Chaim is so pleased to announce the celebration of our 25th anniversary as a congregation. Visit for more information.

for more information. TR Summer Sports Camp: July 10 to July 31, the Recreation Center at Southridge, 4800 McArthur Ranch Road, Highlands Ranch. Special Needs Sports Camp (Ages 8 and up). Learn the skills necessary to play a variety of sports. Also learn the rules of the games, focusing on good sportsmanship, and teamwork. $147 HRCA Member/$169 Non-member. Call (303) 471-7020 for more information. Mining the Treasures in Newspapers: 1:30 p.m. Saturday, July 14 at the Parker Library, 20105 E. Mainstreet, Conference Room B. Program by Rhonda R. McClure includes genealogical information found in newspapers, various types of newspapers, tips for effective researching, finding the right newspapers. Presented by the Parker Genealogical Society. Go to https://www.

Ballet Ariel’s Summer Showcase: Thursday, July 26 at Hampden Hall at the Englewood Civic Center, 1000 Englewood Pkwy, 2nd Floor, Englewood. Join Ballet Ariel for an entertaining performance that is affordable and fun for the whole family. Ballet Ariel is dancing excerpts from their wonderful season of shows including `Sleeping Beauty’ and `Appalachian Spring.’ Adults $10, Students/ Seniors $5, Children 12 and under free. Seating is general admission and tickets can be purchased at the door. For more information, call 303-945-4388 or visit our website at Oaked and Smoked ~ American Whiskey & BBQ: 1 to 4 p.m., July 14 at the back lawn of the Eastridge Recreation Center, 9568 S. University Boulevard, Highlands Ranch. Back by popular demand, HRCA and Davidsons Beer, Wine, & Spirits bring you Oaked & Smoked. Enjoy an afternoon sampling American whiskeys and grilled barbecued delight. Tickets are $45 in advance; $50 at the door, if not sold out. Must be 21+ to attend. ID’s will be checked. Visit for more information. Downtown Walking Tours: 10:30 a.m. the fourth Saturday of the month from June to September. The 45-minute tour begins at The Courtyard on Perry Street, between Third and Fourth streets, and will conclude at the Castle Rock Museum, 420 Elbert St. Contact 303-814-3164 or museum@ Yoga in the Park Series 2018: 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 31 at Belvedere Park, 10291 Bel-

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vedere Lane, Lone Tree. Kids age 10+ are invited and all experience levels are welcome. So whether you’re an expert yogi or a first timer, we’d love for you to join us. No registration is necessary. All you need to bring is your body, an open mind, and a yoga mat. Auditions for Young Voices of Colorado: 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, August 16 at 99 Inverness Drive East, Suite 150, Englewood. Young Voices of Colorado, a premier children’s choir, is holding auditions for children in 2nd-10th grades for the 20182019 season. Auditions are free, visit for more information. Puppy Power 5K: 9-11 a.m. Aug. 25, 3952 Butterfield Drive, Castle Rock. Info: or Castle Rock Historical Society & Museum’s Monthly Presentation: 6:45 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 12 at Philip S. Miller Library, 100 S. Wilcox St., Castle Rock. Presentation by Sue Langdon as 19th Century explorer, writer, photographer and naturalist, Isabella Bird. Come here her amazing stories. Refreshments will be served. For more information check out our website at www.castlerockhistoricalsoci-

Nia event at Buck: 5 to 6:30 p.m. Friday, July 13 at Douglas H Buck Community Recreation Center, 2004 W Powers Ave, Littleton. “Play” is a special Nia Workshop. This 90-minute class will expand on two elements found in the Nia class - FloorPlay and FreeDance. Explore choreography and free-form movement through the dance arts, martial arts, and healing arts. Designed to bring out the playful child in you, this workout will be both intense and relaxing. Everyone is welcome, regardless of fitness level. Drop-in fees apply. Facebook for Small Businesses & Lean Teams: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, July 25 at CU South Denver, 10035 S Peoria St., Lone Tree. This workshop is designed to help small businesses and lean teams better understand how to leverage Facebook as a marketing tool. Contact Sarah K. Erickson (303) 315-9451 for more information.

Thrilling Thursdays: 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Thursdays, at the Recreation Center at Southridge, 4800 McArthur Ranch Road, Highlands Ranch. Special Needs Thrilling Thursdays (Ages 16 and up). Join the therapeutic recreation staff on Thursdays and participate in gym activities, fitness activities, art classes, cooking classes, swimming classes and more. $120 HRCA Member/$138 Non-members. Call (303) 471-7020 for more information.

Natural Grocers 63rd Anniversary Celebration: 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, August 16 at Parker Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage, 11402 South Parker Road, Parker. Come celebrate the 63rd Anniversary, including free ice cream from 4 - 6, free reusable bags and lots of prizes, samples and give aways. Visit for more information.

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Moms Offering Moms Support is a group for moms and kids. We offer our members playgroups, a monthly calendar of fun events, community service projects, and other various parties throughout the year. For more information on joining please contact us at Mothers of Multiples (MOMS) Calling all mothers of twins, triplets, quadruplets. MOMS holds playgroups, Mom’s Night Out, twice-yearly kids’ consignment sales, and other social events for parents of multiples in and around Highlands Ranch. For details, visit OPOCS Singles Club, ages 55-plus, meets all around the metro area. Meet new friends. Sign up and receive a monthly newsletter that lists all monthly activities. Contact JoAnn Cunningham, membership chair, 303-751-5195, or Mary Riney, president, 303-985-8937.

Original Ports of Call Singles Club for ages 55 and older is a great way to meet new friends and get out among others in your situation! We call our selves a” Circle of Friends. We have a variety of interests, cards, theater, tours, dinners, lunches, golf , bowling and dances etc. It meets every second Monday at Sr. Ric on Miss. from 4-6 p.m. in Aurora. Call JoAnn at 303-7515195 or just come. It meets every fourth Tuesday at Chads South of Sixth Avenue in Lakewood form 4-6 p.m. Call Mary Riney at 303-985-8937. The third Wednesday at the Three Margaritas at 5130 S Wadsworth Blvd from 5-7 p.m. Call Jean Fox 303-730-2804. Ports of Call Singles Club, 55 Plus Social hours take place from 4-6 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month at 3 Margaritas in Lakewood (contact Carol at 303-389-7707), and the fourth Tuesday of each month at Chads in Lakewood (contact Darlene at 303-233-4099). Denver meetings are the fourth Thursday of each month at Baker St. Pub, 8101 E. Belleview, in the Tech Center (contact Harold at 303-693-3434). For information and a monthly newsletter, call JoAnn, membership chairperson, at

303-751-5195, or Mary, president, at 303985-8937. South Metro Newcomers Club We welcome women who are new to the area as well as women looking to meet new friends. We are a social organization with many interesting and fun activities. For information, email our new member chairperson at or visit Teen Library Council. Douglas County Libraries’ teen groups meet monthly to help plan events, weigh in on library materials and serve the library community. Members earn community service hours toward graduation requirements. For information about a group at a library in your area, call 303-7917323 or visit with a youth librarian. Widowed Men and Women of America, a new chapter Link 6 for the Highlands Ranch, Lone Tree and Littleton areas, is a social group that offers a variety of activities for its members. Group meets for happy hour at 5 p.m. Tuesdays at the Salsa Brava, 52 W. Springer Drive, Highlands Ranch. Call Kay 303-749-0169 or Dorothy 303-484-8811. Widowed Men and Women of America, Link 8: 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays at Las Brisas Restaurant, 6787 S. Clinton St., Greenwood Village. Features card and game groups, theater and concert events, outdoor activities, special dining and local sight-seeing. Call Shirley at 303-741-5484. Serves the Centennial, Aurora, Greenwood Village, Parker and South Denver area.

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the third Tuesday of each month at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, Room 212, 8817 S. Broadway, Highlands Ranch. The group is the largest support group of the Colorado Symphony. Contact 303-3082462, or Douglas County Association for Gifted & Talented is a nonprofit group of parents, educators and community leaders that supports the educational and emotional needs of gifted and advanced learners in Douglas County. Affiliate of the Colorado Association for GT and the National Association for GT. Find our mission, newsletters, events and general information at EMPOWER Colorado, South Metro Support Group for parents of children with mental illness. Learn how to handle mental health challenges within the family and how to collaborate with the school system. Find out how to access resources for mental health care services. E-mail listserv and educational classes are also available. Meetings are from 6-8 p.m. the first and third Thursday of each month at Arapahoe/Douglas Mental Health Network, 155 Inverness Drive West, 2nd floor, one block East of Dry Creek (next to DirecTV and the Light Rail) Englewood, CO 80112. Dinner will be served (usually pizza or Subway). Contact Carol Villa at or 1-866-213-4631. KIDS, Kids In Divorce Survival, group meets to address the challenges and difficulties faced by divorcing families. A five week session, KIDS learn coping skills to help them through these trying times. Intake and registration required. There is a fee for participation. For details call 720-987-5129 or e-mail

Learning English? Douglas County Libraries offers Saturday morning practice sessions at which those learning English can engage in casual conversation with others. DCL also offers ESL Book Clubs, where English learners can read and discuss specific books. Both meetings are facilitated by trained volunteers. For dates, times and locations, call 303-791-7323. Lone Tree Arts Center Guild is a group of volunteers whose mission is to support and promote the Lone Tree Arts Center. The Guild sponsors many exciting events and fundraisers, meets once a month and is accepting new members. For information go or call 303-662-9952. Men of Valor Inc., Faithful Fathers, is a recently organized non-profit and is based in Lone Tree at 9492 E. Aspen Hill Place. This organization helps all fathers regardless of marital status envision and develop their relationships with their children. Our goal is wisdom, discernment, understanding, insight, and character development of children and their fathers. Father and children monthly activities include picnics, weekend tent camping, hikes, sporting events, fishing, swimming, musical events, and cultural exhibits. A fathers’ group meets weekly to discuss individual challenges and successes at the Lone Tree Golf Club and Hotel in Lone Tree from 6:30-8 p.m. All fathers, especially divorced fathers, are welcome to attend. Meridian Midday Toastmaster meets from 11:35 a.m. to 12:35 p.m. every Thursday at the South Metro Fire Rescue Authority Station 34, 8871 Maximus Drive, Lone Tree. Call Susan at 303-284-0307.

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Shelly Leuenberger temporarily left her love of playing beach volleyball behind when she moved with her family from California to Colorado. However, the Parker resident is playing volleyball again in the sand in landlocked Colorado after finding The Island, a beach volleyball facility in southeast Denver. “There’s no beaches here,” said Leuenberger. “I’m from Hermosa Beach where beach volleyball is major league. I used to play at the beach all the time. “When I moved here 3 1/2 years ago, I gave up the sport and then I found this place. It’s is a little bit different than at the beach but it makes me feel good that I’m back into it.” Beach volleyball is booming around the Denver area, with sand courts at bars, clubs and parks. The Island, 2233 S.Geneva St., has

six indoor sand courts, two outside and plans are to add six more outdoor courts. Tom Davenport is the owner and he also owns The Oasis at 2400 W. Midway Blvd. in Broomfield. The Oasis has seven indoor and three outdoor beach volleyball courts. There are leagues at both locations with six-on-six competition, fouron-four and the popular two-on-two doubles that is seen on television and at the Olympics. There is no ocean, sea or bay around the sand courts in Colorado and players don’t have to worry about elements like the wind off the shore. “What is different than an actual beach is the sand is fluffier and deeper,” said Leuenberger. “The sand is more shallow here and that’s the only difference.” Sand in Colorado is sometimes called “jumpers sand” because the sand on the genuine beaches is deeper, which makes in harder to jump. The popularity of beach volleyball is at least partially because of the inclusivity of the sport. “I found is it is a game that lends itself to coed participation,” said Davenport. “You can play with men and women on a court. It’s a relatively level playing field.”

And all players are involved. “It has a high degree of immediate gratification,” Davenport said. “Every time the ball comes over the net, especially in doubles beach volleyball, you get to touch it, you get to pass it, set it or hit it. Every point, every play, you are involved. “In golf, you get to hit the ball 100 times around the golf course and you can be either a hero or goat. Volleyball has that same addiction component because of the gratification.” There are some unwritten rules involved the culture at The Island. For instance, a guy never blocks a lady. “There is a volleyball etiquette you have to know here because some people don’t follow it and they don’t last long,” said Adam Wiedel, of Castle Rock. “People start getting on their cases.” Wiedel lists several reasons people keep playing beach volleyball. “Some people like the competitiveness and some like the sport, some people like the accomplishment, some like to have the beer and some like to have good friends,” he said. “It is whatever drives them to have fun that keeps them coming back.” SEE BEACH, P34

here will be 120 golfers in the field for the first-ever U.S. Women’s Senior Open that starts July 12 but there is more to this story. Centennial resident Janet Moore is probably tired of hearing the above play on words, but the 53-year-old is a Colorado Golf Hall of Famer who will enter her 26th U.S. Golf Association tournament. OVERTIME “They (USGA tournaments) were all a big thrill,” said Moore. “It’s always my goal to qualify for them. My goal someday is to do well in one of them. The Jim Benton furthest I’ve gone is the quarterfinals in a Mid-Amateur. Right now this tournament would be the one that sticks out the most. This is against pros and really, really good players. It will be fun. I’m just going to go out and have fun and try to play my best.” The tournament will be at the Chicago Golf Club, one of the five founding clubs of the USGA and the oldest course in the U.S. in continuous use at the same location. The course will be 6,082 yards and play to par 73. Moore, who attended Wheat Ridge High School, shot a 74 on June 12 at Common Ground Golf Course in Aurora to qualify for the inaugural Senior Women’s Open. She won a Colorado-record four consecutive CGA Women’s Stroke Play titles and five overall. Moore was inducted into the Colorado Golf Hall of Fame in 2001 when she was only 36 years old. Moore was one of four golfers to qualify from the June 12 tournament. Valley Country Club teaching professional Sherry Andonian-Smith and part-time Gunnison resident Marilyn Hardy also qualified along with Patricia Beliard from Katy, Texas. “I’m very excited they are having the first U.S. Senior Women’s Open,” she said. “A lot of people say it is long overdue and as an amateur for me it is a bonus. “Once I heard they were having it, I set my sights on qualifying for it. There is something very special about a USGA event. As an amateur it allows you to play at a high level. And you get to play with great players from other states and across the country.” SEE BENTON, P34

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HOW TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE Editor’s note: Send new listings or changes to Deadline is noon Wednesday a week before publication. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide: Offers free tax filing help to anyone, especially those 50 and older, who cannot afford a tax preparation service. Need: Volunteers to help older, lower-income taxpayers prepare their tax returns. Requirement: All levels of experience are welcome; training and support provided. Contact: 1-888-OUR-AARP (687-2277) or Alzheimer’s Association, Colorado Chapter: Provides care and support to 67,000-plus families dealing with all kinds of dementing illnesses. Need: Walk to End Alzheimer’s committee members. Requirements: Individuals who love to help plan and execute Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Contact: Deb Wells, 303-813-1669 or dwells@ Angel Heart Project: Delivers meals to men, women and children with life-threatening illnesses. Need: Volunteers to deliver meals to clients in the south Denver area. Requirements: Attend an orientation and submit to a background check. Training provided to all new drivers. Deliveries start at 1 p.m. and last until 3 p.m. Contact: 303-830-0202 or volunteer@ Animal Rescue of the Rockies: Provides

foster care for death-row shelter dogs and cats throughout Colorado. Need: Foster families for animals on lists to be euthanized Contact: Arapahoe Philharmonic: Littleton-based orchestra Need: board members to join a team in the oversight and policy-making of a local cultural institution. Requirements: Must have an appreciation for classical music, a commitment to music education, and some understanding of the Denver area cultural scene, as well as professional experience in one or more of the following areas: leadership, strategic planning, arts education, management, law, information technology, fundraising, finance, project management, marketing, human resources or nonprofit administration. Must attend monthly board meetings, assist with projects, attend concerts and events. Info: Contact: Erin Acheson, 303-781-1892 or erin@ Arthritis Foundation, Colorado/Wyoming Chapter: Helps conquer everyday battles through life-changing information and resources, access to care, advancements in sciences and community connections. Need: Walk to Cure Arthritis committee members and general office volunteer support. Requirements: Individuals who love to help plan and execute Walk to Cure Arthritis. We combat arthritis every day, so support from volunteers so that we can serve people is crucial.

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Colorado Agricultural Leadership Foundation: connecting People to Agriculture through authentic educational programs and community projects. Need: Regular care and feeding of CALF’s livestock. This is the perfect opportunity to learn if your children are truly passionate about owning and caring for an animal. Once per week. Morning or evening shifts available. Requirements: None. We will train you. Contact: Brooke Fox, 303-688-1026 or,

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Moore, whose husband and Arapahoe High School graduate Kent is a Colorado Golf Hall of Famer who has won over 15 Colorado Golf Association titles, never considered turning professional. “For a while there I was doing really well on the state level but unless you are dominating of the state level and doing real well nationally it doesn’t make much sense to turn pro,” she explained. “I could do OK there for a while on the state level but I’ve never won a national tournament. That’s the reality of it. You have to be dominating at both levels to be able to compete.” An ailing neck has bothered Moore and it wasn’t until June 28 that she committed to compete in the Women’s Senior Open. She started preparing for the tournament July 3. “I’ve been doing everything to take care of it,” Moore revealed. “I’ve gone to a chiropractor, a trainer, message, everything, you name it, I’ve done it. It is now getting better. I used to practice five hours a day. I practice two hours a day and that’s enough for me. I practice a little smarter these days.” Moore coached golf at Wheaton College for a few years when her daughter Sarah was playing. It is a 10-minute


Gina Engbarth of Centennial plays 20 hours a week. “It is not surprising anymore to play beach volleyball in Colorado,” she said. “Tom (Davenport) has done so much for beach volleyball in Denver. “You can play year round. I don’t know how much more it can grow because there are so many people involved in the sport but, yeah, I think it will continue to grow here in Colorado and across the U.S.” Kris Bredehoft of Englewood is a player and coach.

drive from the Chicago Golf Club and Moore got the chance to play the course once. No. 8 national ranking Mountain Vista’s Class 5A state championship baseball team was ranked eighth nationally in the MaxPreps rankings for the 2018 season. According to MaxPreps and, it was the highest a Colorado team has been in the computer rankings since Rocky Mountain was No. 7 following the 2010 season. Mountain Vista was eighth in both the writers and computer rankings. The Golden Eagles, third in West Region rankings, ended the season with a 26-1 record with its only loss coming in the first game of the 5A double elimination state tournament. Class 4A state champion Valor Christian was ranked 42nd nationally by MaxPreps. Besides Rocky Mountain in 2010, other top national rankings over the years by Colorado schools include Cherry Creek No. 12 in 2012, Rocky Mountain No. 11 in 2014 and Eaton No. 17 in 2015. Jim Benton is a sports writer for Colorado Community Media. He has been covering sports in the Denver area since 1968. He can be reached at jbenton@ or at 303-566-4083.

“The sport is definitely big here,” she said. “Girls are solely going for beach scholarships now, where they used to go for hard court. There are a lot of the same principles but it is a hard transition from hard court to beach. “In hard court, players specialize in a position. In beach, you play every position. It makes you more versatile.” Women’s beach volleyball is recognized as an emerging sport by the NCAA with 93 schools, including 54 in Division I, having varsity teams. Colorado Mesa, a Division II school in Grand Junction, is the only college in Colorado to have a team but several other schools are considering adding the sport.




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Children’s Hospital Colorado South Campus, Highlands Ranch Contact: 720-777-6887 Colorado Humane Society: Handles animal abuse and neglect cases. Need: Volunteers to care for pregnant cats, dogs and their litters, as well as homes for cats and dogs that require socializing or that are recovering from surgery or injuries. Contact: Teresa Broaddus, 303-961-3925 Colorado Refugee English as a Second Language Program: Teaches English to recently arrived refugees, who have fled war or persecution in their home country. In Colorado, refugees are from Afghanistan, Burma, Bhutan, Somalia, Iraq, Eritrea and D.R. Congo, among others. Need: Volunteers to teach English. Tutoring takes place in the student’s home. Refugees live throughout Denver, but the largest concentrations are in Thornton, near 88th Avenue and Washington Street, and in east Denver/Aurora, near Colfax Avenue and Yosemite Street. Other Details: Tutors do not need to speak the student’s language. Most participants are homebound women and small children, adults who are disabled, and senior citizens. Many are not literate in their first language, and remain isolated from American culture. Requirements: Volunteers must attend training at Emily Griffith Technical College in downtown Denver. Sessions take place every 6-8 weeks. Go to for information and volunteer application. Contact: Sharon McCreary, 720-423-4843 or

Court Appointed Special Advocates: Works with abused and neglected children in Arapahoe, Douglas, Elbert and Lincoln counties. Need: Advocates for children, to get to know, speak up for and ensure their best interests in court Contact: 303-695-1882 or Douglas County Libraries: elevates our community by inspiring a love of reading, discovery and connection. Need: Volunteer opportunities consist of event assistance, weekly shelving or bookstore shifts, tutoring, Storytime helpers, and more. Requirements: Attend an orientation. We will provide training. Specific requirements are listed in each opportunity’s details. Contact: Visit and search for Douglas County Libraries opportunities. Douglas/Elbert Task Force: Provides assistance to people in Douglas and Elbert counties who are in serious economic need, at risk of homelessness or in similar crisis. Need: Volunteers to assist in the food bank, client services and the thrift store Treasures on Park Street. Contact: Marion Dahlem, 303-688-1114, ext. 32 Dumb Friends League Harmony Equine Center: Cares for homeless horses and other equines. Need: Volunteers to work with horses and other opportunities. Requirements: Must be 16 years old, pass a background check, and be able to commit

to at least three hours a week for three months. Contact: 303-751-5772. Other Information: Two-hour orientation provides an overview of the services provided, learn about the volunteer opportunities, take a tour of the center, and talk with staff and volunteers. Contact www. Elbert County Sheriff’s Posse: Supports the Elbert County Sheriff’s Office and the Office of Emergency Management with detentions support, patrol, administrative duties, event security, emergency services support, and call-outs as need arises. Need: With proper training and clearances, volunteers help with patrol, fingerprinting, records keeping, community event security services, disaster response and management (wildfire, tornado, blizzard, flood, disaster relief, etc.). Requirements: Must be 21 years or older; retired individuals are great. Must complete an employment application, pass a background check, and complete interviews. After being sworn in, in the first three months of membership, complete a minimum of 45 hours of orientation and training curriculum. After this 90-day probationary period, members must log a minimum of 10 hours of month and attend monthly training meetings. Persons ages 15-20, may join the Elbert County Sheriffs Explorer POST that is associated with the Posse. Contact: David Peontek at djp1911@msn. com or 303-646-5456. Go to http://www.; print out and complete an employment application and turn it into the Elbert County Sheriff’s Office in Kiowa, “Attn: David Peontek.”

Feeding Denver’s Hungry: serves 800-1,000 people and families in need in lower downtown Denver. Need: help distribute food the second and fourth Thursday of each month. Donation also accepted. Contact: or Front Range BEST: Hosts free robotics competitions for middle and high school students. Need: Volunteer judges for competions. Contact: Tami Kirkland, 720-323-6827 or Tami. Gateway Battered Women’s Shelter: Serves victims of family violence in Aurora and Arapahoe County. Need: Volunteers help with crisis-line management, children’s services, legal advocacy, community education and other shelter services. Donations: Also accepts used cell phones (younger than 4 years) to give to victims. Mail to Gateway at P.O. Box 914, Aurora, CO 80040, or drop them off at Neighborly Thrift Store, 3360 S. Broadway, Englewood Requirements: Must attend a 26-hour training session; bilingual skills welcome Contact: Jeneen Klippel-Worden, 303-3431856 or Girl Scouts of Colorado: Youth organization for girls. Need: Troop leaders, office support, administrative help and more Age Requirement: Men and women, 18 and older Contact:, or 1-877-404-5708






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white copies and a second amount for color copies) for approximately seventy (70) multi-functional copiers to replace the machines that are currently in place.


The RFP documents may be reviewed and/or

printed from the Rocky Mountain E-Purchasing tional love and companionship, can older pets sit unwanted in shelters, System website at RFP documentsbe areanot available for for exercise and social stimulus but they can make great companions purchase from Douglas County Government and interaction, and improve our health. for seniors. A senior thatcan hasonly had be accessed from the above-mentioned website. While theIt’s RFP a documents are for everyone! win-win a series of older pets since retiring FROM PAGE 15 available electronically, Douglas County cannot acceptanimals electronic proposal responses. shared the following, “These Kelly arePublic so deserving of love and care. I’m Adopting an older pet is another RFP responses will be received until Diehl, 3:00 p.m.DVM MS Dipl. ACVIM, Notice on Monday, August 6, 2018 by Douglas County is the senior scientific programs happy we can share our golden years option for people who love pets but REQUEST Government, Finance Department, Purchasing FOR PROPOSAL (RFP) and communications adviser for together!” worry about a long-term commitment Division, 100 Third Street, Suite 130, Castle #023-18 Rock, Colorado 80104. Two (2) copies of your COPIERS Morris inAnimal Foundation — Pets MAINTENANCE can fi ll an important voidresponse in or don’t want the hassles associated MULTI-FUNCTIONAL proposal mustthe be submitted a AND COPIER sealed envelope, plainly Bridging marked “Request for Science & Resources to seniors’ lives. They provide uncondiwith raising a young animal. Many The Purchasing Division in cooperation with all Departments and Offices of Douglas County Government, hereinafter referred to as the County, respectfully requests proposals from responsible and qualified vendors for a lease plus cost-per-copy amount (one amount for black & white copies and a second amount for color copies) for approximately seventy (70) multi-functional copiers to replace the machines that are currently in place.


The Purchasing Division in cooperation with all Departments and Offices of Douglas County Government, hereinafter referred to as the County, respectfully requests proposals from responsible and qualified vendors for a lease plus cost-per-copy amount (one amount for black & white copies and a second amount for color copies) for approximately seventy (70) multi-functional copiers to replace the machines that are currently in place.

The RFP documents may be reviewed and/or printed from the Rocky Mountain E-Purchasing System website at RFP documents are not available for purchase from Douglas County Government and can only be accessed from the above-mentioned website. While the RFP documents are available electronically, Douglas County cannot accept electronic proposal responses.

RFP responses will be received until 3:00 p.m. on Monday, August 6, 2018 by Douglas County Government, Finance Department, Purchasing Division, 100 Third Street, Suite 130, Castle Rock, Colorado 80104. Two (2) copies of your proposal response must be submitted in a sealed envelope, plainly marked “Request for Proposal (RFP) #023-18”. Proposal responses will not be considered which are received after the time stated and any proposals so received will be returned unopened.

The RFP documents may be reviewed and/or printed from the Rocky Mountain E-Purchasing System website at RFP documents are not available for purchase from Douglas County Government and can only be accessed from the above-mentioned website. While the RFP documents are available electronically, Douglas County cannot accept electronic proposal responses.

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Proposal (RFP) #023-18”. Proposal responses will not be considered which are received after the time stated and any proposals so received will be returned unopened.

Public Notices

Douglas County Government reserves the right to reject any and all proposals, to waive formalities, informalities, or irregularities contained in a said proposal and furthermore, to award a contract for items herein, either in whole or in part, if it is deemed to be in the best interest of the County to do so. Additionally, we reserve the right to negotiate optional items/services with the successful vendor.

Please direct any questions concerning this RFP to Carolyn Riggs, Purchasing Supervisor, 303660-7434,, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding holidays.

Misc. Private Legals

RFP responses will be received until 3:00 p.m. on Monday, August 6, 2018 by Douglas County Government, Finance Department, Purchasing Division, 100 Third Street, Suite 130, Castle Rock, Colorado 80104. Two (2) copies of your proposal response must be submitted in a sealed envelope, plainly marked “Request for Proposal (RFP) #023-18”. Proposal responses will not be considered which are received after the time stated and any proposals so received will be returned unopened.

Legal Notice No: 933595 First Publication: July 12, 2018 Last Publication: July 12, 2018 Publisher: Douglas County News Press

Douglas County Government reserves the right to reject any and all proposals, to waive formalities, informalities, or irregularities contained in a said proposal and furthermore, to award a contract for items herein, either in whole or in part, if it is deemed to be in the best interest of the County to do so. Additionally, we reserve the right to negotiate optional items/services with the successful vendor. Please direct any questions concerning this RFP to Carolyn Riggs, Purchasing Supervisor, 303660-7434,, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding holidays.

PURSUANT TO THE LIQUOR LAW OF THE STATE OF COLORADO, Blue Spruce NBG, LLC d/b/a Blue Spruce Neighborhood Bar and Grill, whose address 8361 N Rampart Range Rd Unit B101, Littleton, CO 80125 has requested the Licensing Officials of Douglas County to grant a Hotel and Restaurant Liquor License at the location of 8361 N Rampart Range Rd Unit B101, Littleton, Colorado to dispense malt, vinous and spirituous by the drink for consumption on the premises. The Public Hearing on this application is to be held by the Douglas County Board of County Commissioners at 100 Third Street, Castle Rock, Colorado on Tuesday, August 7, 2018, at 1:30 p.m.

Legal Notice No: 933595 First Publication: July 12, 2018 Last Publication: July 12, 2018 Publisher: Douglas County News Press

Date of Application: June 29, 2018 Officers: Lydia Mackey Manager David Mackey Member Sandra Mackey Member

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Legal Notice No.: 933588 First Publication: July 12, 2018 Last Publication: July 12, 2018 Publisher: Douglas County News-Press

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PURSUANT TO THE LIQUOR LAW OF THE STATE OF COLORADO, Blue Spruce NBG, LLC d/b/a Blue Spruce Neighborhood Bar and Grill, whose address 8361 N Rampart NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, pursuant to Range Rd Unit B101, Littleton, CO 80125 has Section 38-26-107, C.R.S., as amended, that on requested the Licensing Officials of Douglas the 13th day of AUGUST 2018, final settlement County to grant a Hotel and Restaurant Liquor will be made by the County of Douglas, State of License at the location of 8361 N Rampart Colorado, for and on account of a contract Range Rd Unit B101, Littleton, Colorado to disbetween Douglas County and CROSS LINE CONSTRUCTION for the CLERK of the pense malt, vinous and spirituous by the drink To advertise yourCpublic notices for consumption on the premises. The Public OURTS R E M Ocall D E L303-566-4100 PROJECT at the Hearing on this application is to be held by the DOUGLAS COUNTY JUSTICE CENTER, INDouglas County Board of County CommissionVITATION FOR BID (IFB) #047-17 ers at 100 Third Street, Castle Rock, Colorado (PO#38136), in Douglas County; and that any on Tuesday, August 7, 2018, at 1:30 p.m. person, co-partnership, association or corporation that has an unpaid claim against said Date of Application: June 29, 2018 CROSS LINE CONSTRUCTION for or on acOfficers: Lydia Mackey Manager count for the furnishing of labor, materials, team David Mackey Member hire, sustenance, provisions, provender or other Sandra Mackey Member supplies used or consumed by such contractor or any subcontractors in or about the performLegal Notice No.: 933588 ance of said work, or that supplied rental maFirst Publication: July 12, 2018 chinery, tools, or equipment to the extent used Last Publication: July 12, 2018 in the prosecution of said work, may at any time Publisher: Douglas County News-Press up to and including said time of such final settlement on said 13th day of AUGUST 2018, to file a verified statement of the amount due and unPUBLIC NOTICE paid on account of such claim with the Douglas County Government, Board of County CommisNOTICE OF CONTRACTORS SETTLEMENT sioners, c/o Facilities, Fleet & Emergency SupCOUNTY OF DOUGLAS port Services, 100 Third Street, Castle Rock, STATE OF COLORADO Colorado 80104. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, pursuant to Failure on the part of the claimant to file such Section 38-26-107, C.R.S., as amended, that on statement prior to such final settlement will rethe 13th day of AUGUST 2018, final settlement lieve said County of Douglas from all and any liwill be made by the County of Douglas, State of ability for such claimant’s claim. The Board of Colorado, for and on account of a contract Douglas County Commissioners of the County between Douglas County and CROSS LINE of Douglas, Colorado, By: Carolyn S. Riggs, CONSTRUCTION for the CLERK of the CPPB, Purchasing Supervisor, Douglas County COURTS REMODEL PROJECT at the Government. DOUGLAS COUNTY JUSTICE CENTER, INVITATION FOR BID (IFB) #047-17 Legal Notice No: 933599 (PO#38136), in Douglas County; and that any First Publication: July 12, 2018 person, co-partnership, association or corporaLast Publication: July 19, 2018 tion that has an unpaid claim against said Publisher: Douglas County News Press CROSS LINE CONSTRUCTION for or on account for the furnishing of labor, materials, team hire, sustenance, provisions, provender or other supplies used or consumed by such contractor or any subcontractors in or about the performance of said work, or that supplied rental machinery, tools, or equipment to the extent used in the prosecution of said work, may at any time up to and including said time of such final settlement on said 13th day of AUGUST 2018, to file a verified statement of the amount due and unpaid on account of such claim with the Douglas County Government, Board of County Commis-

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