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AROUNDTOWN THINGSTODO castle rock holiday & home show For a unique holiday experience in Douglas County, check out the Castle Rock Holiday Home Show. This event takes place on December 6th through 8th at the Douglas County Fairgrounds. The spacious facility will host and be transformed into a huge exhibit. The show combines beautiful displays and inspiration for your home with holiday touches! Find a great gift for those on your list. Find inspiration for your home décor or improvement projects. See new trends and innovation for remodeling and outdoor living. Both local and national vendors will be featured and ready to give quotes on home improvement. Get ideas for the holidays and year-round! Admission and parking for the event are free. Local businesses can exhibit and be part of the marketing and networking that comes from the event. For more information, go to castlerockhomeshow.com.
SUPPORTLOCAL holiday at home We live in a wonderful area with so much to offer. This December, may we pitch a call to support our local community! Help drum up some business for local artisans to kick off the season with adornments and trimmings. Start a new tradition with your family to attend an event, see a performance, or take a class right here in our own town. While eating out with family and visitors, appreciate some hometown cooking while supporting a neighborhood restaurant. When making your list and checking it twice, look to local shops and boutiques for gift giving options. Also be sure to look around and see how you can serve. There are so many worthy causes to be a part of at this time of year. It is an exciting season to be involved and appreciate how we come together as a community. This is a special time to feel the Christmas spirit. May the magic of this month fill your lives. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! “God bless us, every one!”
EDITORSTAKE A huge shout out to Chaparral Girls Volleyball! This year's State brackets were full of possibilities with the top eight teams all seeming to have a real chance. It was a tough battle at the Denver Coliseum for a three-day tournament. In the finals, for the second year in a row, Chaparral ladies faced off against Valor Christian for the 5A State Championship. The Eagles won the first game, 24-23. But the Wolverines fought back to beat the Eagles in the last three games 26-24, 25-11, and 25-23. The Lady Wolverines wanted redemption from last year's finals defeat and worked so hard to get it! It was a team effort to bring home the win. Congratulations, girls! “Sko, Chap – Defend the Den!” Congratulations to the 2019 5A Volleyball State Champion Chaparral Wolverines!!
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I would like to join my entire staff in wishing everyone a very Happy Holiday season. Marshall Ekhoff Financial Representative Parker, CO 80134-9605
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Local business owner, Alexa Nugent, of Design for the Holidays, talks about how her parents did an incredible job of making Christmas so emotional. It was never about what was under the tree, but how she and her siblings felt in the home; it was a sanctuary for them. She enjoys helping others decorate their home for the holidays and creating that magic. "It brings you joy. Christmas is nostalgic. It reminds us of the best times of our lives,” Alexa says. She describes how her designing is all about creating a sensory experience – appealing to the eye, the touch, and the heart. Alexa names each tree she decorates. Each one carries a special story. Below are seven steps that Alexa shares for beautiful and meaningful Christmas trees to help brighten your home and heart! 1. Use various lights in combinations. Solid colors, twinkling motion lights, and solid white. Don’t under-light your tree; you want your tree to glisten and move. The variations of lights added to your tree will add dimension and will help your décor on the tree sparkle. 2. Work from the “pole out." Everyone wants to cover the tree, but they must start from the inside first. 3. Bulk & scale. Floral Mesh Wrap, large plastic ornaments, bouquets, stuffed décor, boxes, signs, anything non-ornamental you can use to add heft to your tree. Just think “large” scaled items on this step. They are going to be stuffed in the gaps of the tree to fill and showcase. 4. Picks & stems placed in groupings to spill out of the tree. You want to show connections with your bulk and scale items (outlined in tip 3 above). 5. Variety with repetition ornaments. Buy several of these items, as they are the jewelry of the tree. They will help “marry” the tree décor and be pleasing and connective visually. 6. Sentimental “story” ornaments. These are the final touches that will showcase your special ornaments that mean so much to you and your family. 7. Topper or headpiece. Don’t forget to decorate the top of the tree and the bottom of the tree. You will need multiple types of stems and a “focal piece” at the top of the tree. For the bottom, create a grouping that will make your tree feel connected to the home. Just remember, decorating a Christmas tree is progressive, just as a story is. You have time for it to evolve and grow over the years. Alexa has been in the decorating business since 2008. She took a wreath decorating class in Texas years ago and began helping friends and teaching classes. Eventually, it became a business for her. Design for the Holidays was featured on Denver 7 News in 2017. Alexa can decorate with your own pieces or help you to create a new tree. She also designs mantels, wreaths, and other holiday displays. firstname.lastname@example.org Alexanugent@gmail.com Cell 303-886-1443
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PASSIONFORCOMPASSION In the 1990s, Parker’s Southeast Christian Church began collecting food and gifts for those in need. That group has now grown hugely and has become its own entity, SECORCares. SECORCares continues their Christmas Outreach Program, but they have changed some things. The original holiday program collected various donated items. The items were taken by volunteers to families around the community. The distribution process took many hours, and particularly fathers of families in need were not often involved in receiving the donations. Dennis Gorton, CEO/Executive Director, and Amy Pfister, Development Coordinator, emotionally describe the shift to a new way of running the program and the way it has affected families. SECORCares partners with churches and agencies to learn about the gift requests from families in need of help. After learning the specific requests of families, SECORCares creates a red gift tag for each child, describing their Christmas list for a $50 amount. This method ensures that each child’s individual needs are served. The tags are hung on Christmas trees in the lobby of the Solomon Centre and members of the community can come choose a child’s tag, for whom they will shop and donate items. The donated items are wrapped by volunteers and prepared for each child. The 2000 seats in the Solomon Centre’s auditorium are filled with prepared packages until the child’s family comes to pick up the items. This allows the parents to give the donated gifts to their child in any way they choose. Dennis shared how this way of giving has really empowered parents to feel more involved in the process. The Christmas Outreach Program is a sweet and rewarding program of which to be a part. Each year SECORCares and the community provide gifts to 1600 children. Come join this heartwarming cause by picking up a gift tag or volunteering! Learn more at secorcares.com.
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BOOKENDS ALASKA RV PARK TALES - BY KATHLEEN UTECHT
Local author, Kathleen Utecht, tells us about her adventures owning an RV park in Alaska. There is a little history about Alaska, and then we move into chapters that share stories about the adventures during their ten years owning the Homestead RV Park in Palmer, Alaska
BECKY My favorite stories were about the animals they encountered. I recently moved to 35 acres, and I can relate to the interesting moments wildlife brings to a normal day. I can deal with those surprises, but I’m not sure I would have any interest in driving the Alcan highway. Those were some terrifying situations! Would you brave that highway?
Becky and Pam Pam and Becky have been reviewing books for over 10 years. Pam and her husband have lived in Parker for 19 years with their two wonderful sons. She has always been an avid reader and enjoys exploring new books. Becky has been married for 24 years and lived in Parker for 10 years. She has two children, a daughter and a son. She is a Colorado native and has loved reading since she was a child.
BECKY Christmas is a busy time of year, so I chose a book that was entertaining and easy to read a chapter at a time. I have always had the desire to travel to Alaska, but it seems like such a harsh environment. Did this little book stoke or extinguish any desire you may have to travel to Alaska? PAM I have also wanted to travel to Alaska and enjoyed reading about the area! It definitely didn’t dampen my desire to visit, but I may not want to take an RV up there in early spring! One of my favorite things about traveling is enjoying the local wildlife, and there were many stories about the critters that were encountered on their journeys. Were you surprised by the variety of local wildlife?
PAM I would love the adventure of the Alcan highway, but definitely not with a fifth wheel! Our family has many stories of minor mishaps with our truck and camper growing up, but the challenges in the book were certainly more than minor mishaps. They met many different people due to the nature of owning an RV park. Between new employees and visitors to their park, many people came and went from their lives. I would struggle with the transient nature, which might make it hard to form strong relationships. Would this aspect be a positive or negative for you? BECKY I can not wrap my head around leaving my home for a whole season, let alone all the other aspects of running an RV park. It would be a negative for me to own the park, but I enjoy our family RV trips and the short stay at the parks. This is a cute little book if you enjoy short stories and want a quick read. Happy Holidays! We wish you and your family a blessed holiday and New Year. We always enjoy sharing our love of reading with our community and have discussed many different books over the years. As we move into the new year we will be closing this chapter of Bookends. Thank you for sharing your love of reading with us over the years. We have always enjoyed hearing your thoughts and connections to the novels we discuss. We wish you an unending line of wonderful books that inspire, challenge, entertain, and change you. Pam and Becky “Books are the plane, and the train, and the road. They are the destination, and the journey. They are home.” - Anna Quindlen
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THE GUIDE THE BEST PLACES TO DINE IN DOUGLAS COUNTY
In the interest of providing the 50 best dining options in Douglas County, we must be able to personally recommend each listing. The guide is subject to change from month to month. If you have a suggestion for inclusion on the list, email us at email@example.com.
Based on a typical dinner for one person, excluding drinks, tax or tip.
$ ............................. Under $10 $$ ............................... $10-$20 $$$ ......................... Over $20 (EC) Editors Choice (N) New
FOGO DE CHÃO
Located in the Park Meadows Mall, off a beautiful outdoor courtyard setting. This Brazilian steakhouse is more than a restaurant; it’s an experience. Try the full churrasco (shoo-hah-sko) to enjoy delicious meat cuts brought right to your table! And don’t forget the guarana!
CHERRY VILLAGE ASIAN GRILL
Offering a Chinese and Vietnamese-centric menu in a relaxed atmosphere. 17001 Lincoln Ave, #A, Parker 303-840-7338 $$
A small, family owned, dinein and take-out restaurant that serves authentic homestyle Thai food. 10841 S. Crossroads Dr., Suite 10, Parker 303-805-3880 $$
A local go-to for quality home-style cuisine. This Parker fixture is known for a fresh, creative menu. 19751 E Mainstreet, Parker 720-851-8559 $$
Chinese and Thai dishes that are nothing less than the culinary equivalent of an exotic adventure. 9232 Park Meadows Dr, Lone Tree 303-768-9088 $$
A favorite sushi place in town with a unique blend of Japanese and French at its very best. 11211 S. Dransfeldt Rd., Parker 720-851-1005 $$
BAKERY/DESSERTs BEST BUDDIES
A favorite stop for a unique, cozy atmosphere. Made-from-scratch soups, sandwiches, salads and sweets. Friendly service with a smile. 200 Perry St., Castle Rock 303-660-1935 $$
LA BAGUETTE DE NORMANDY
Certified master chef and chocolatier Michael Dupont serves a little piece of France right here in Colorado. 16524 Keystone Blvd, Unit C, Parker 303-805-9130 $
LA PETITE CREPERIE
OLD WEST BBQ
The spot to grab madeto-order crepes. Sweet or savory, you can’t go wrong. 19751 Mainstreet, Parker 720-638-9722 $ (EC)
The Parker tradition. Known for their baby back ribs, but don’t miss the pulled pork and barbeque chicken. 10335 S Parker Rd, Parker 303-805-9742 $$ (EC)
Don’t be fooled by this being a food truck; if you like southern BBQ, this is your place. Corner of Parker Rd and Longs Way, Parker $$$
Award-winning roadhouse doles out wood-smoked ribs, brisket, & pork. Don’t miss the garlic mashed potatoes. 8433 Park Meadows Center Dr., Suite 143B, Lone Tree 303-729-2506 $$
Hawaiian BBQ with a Texas twist. A local favorite and family friendly. 10471 S. Parker Rd., Parker 720-287-2516 $
A hidden gem with familyfriendly pricing. Don’t miss out on their breakfast burritos. 107 Wolfensberger Rd., Castle Rock 303-660-6340 $
BREW PUB 20 MILE TAP HOUSE
Best known for their burgers and wings. Make sure to catch Trivia Tuesdays. 12543 N Hwy 83, Parker 303-841-6782 $$
ROCKYARD BREWING CO.
Douglas County’s longest running brew pub. Steaks, burgers, pizza and Cream of Jalapeño soup! 880 Castleton Road, Castle Rock 303-814-9273 $$ DECEMBER 2019 | SEARCHSOUTHAURORA 13
TAILGATE TAVERN & GRILL
Your neighborhood tavern for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Sports bar with live music not to miss on the weekends. 19552 E. Mainstreet, Parker 303-841-7179 $$
THE LIBRARY CO. BAR & KITCHEN
Offering great food & amazing drinks in a relaxed and warm atmosphere. Clear and simple menu options. 3911 Ambrosia St., Suite 101, Castle Rock 720-389-5986 $$
Comfort Italian food in a rustic, cozy, casual familyoriented format. 10047 Park Meadows Dr., Lone Tree 303-799-3661 $$
DANIELLE’S SCRATCH KITCHEN
Stylish, energetic eatery offering elevated Italian fare with an emphasis on great customer service. 872 Happy Canyon Rd. Suite 100, Castle Rock 303-524-9788 $$$
Authentic Italian eatery featuring pizza, pasta, calzones and heros. The local “go-to” for fresh Italian. 10920 S Parker Rd, Parker 303-841-9900 $$
A modern Italian restaurant focused on family recipes and premium ingredients. 210 Third St., Castle Rock 303-688-9000 $$
Neapolitan pizzas join modern Italian fare at this casual eatery featuring a full bar & patio. 10005 Commons St, Lone Tree 303-790-0828 $$
Intimate Mexican eatery for authentic cuisine in a relaxed ambiance. Great for parties. 7272 E Hwy 86, Franktown 303-663-7800 $$
Unassuming local joint serving up straight-forward Mexican plates. 9771 S Parker Rd, Parker 720-842-5105 $$
Vibrant, cantina-style eatery offering Mexican cuisine in a laid-back atmopshere. 18951 E Mainstreet, Parker 720-842-5181 $$
Bare-bones, family-owned local Tex-Mex eats for breakfast, lunch & dinner. 19553 E Mainstreet, Parker 303-840-0325 $
LOS DOS POTRILLOS “Hole-in-the-wall” familyowned eatery. There’s a combo dish to please everyone. 19340 Cottonwood Dr., Parker 303-840-6574 $$
Don’t miss the Carnitas! And bring your appetite for the large portions. 10471 S. Parker Rd., Parker 303-841-0160 $$ (EC)
Quaint, family-owned neighborhood eatery with Greek & American menu, plus outdoor seating. 18366 Lincoln Ave., Parker 303-841-7074 $$ The Parker landmark located right downtown offers a locally-sourced menu. Great service and large portions. 19420 Mainstreet, Parker 720-389-8105 $$ (EC)
Comfort food and baked goods at their finest. Don’t see it on the menu? Ask for it! 11020 S Pikes Peak Dr., Parker 720-708-2889 $$ (EC)
High-end, wood-fired kitchen with a warm ambiance, preparing select American dishes. 10680 Cabela Dr., Lone Tree 303-662-8800 $$
Simple eatery offering breakfast grub such as cinnamon rolls & omelets. 16524 Keystone Blvd, Parker 303-841-1565 $
THE CHICKEN SHACK
Set in a former 1890s hotel. Plating hearty American fare like pan-fried chicken & burgers. 403 Wilcox St, Castle Rock 303-814-2233 $$
COLORADO CORK & KEG
Uniquely fun sports bar with a creative menu of brats and dogs. 971 Park St., Castle Rock 303-660-2399 $
A favorite gourmet burger joint. Imaginative menu with amazing handcrafted shakes. 3982 Limelight Ave, Castle Rock 303-814-2829 $$
A casual sit-down destination with a menu that reflects Colorado’s growing season. 2350 Meadows Blvd., Castle Rock 720-455-3664 $
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Chicken wings, fingers, fries, and burgers. Great owners that always make you feel welcome. 11211 S Dransfeldt Rd., Parker 720-504-5044 $
Casual place with eclectic eats and many wines by the glass & bottle. 19501 Mainstreet, Parker 303-736-8463 $$
A traditional family-style Italian pizza restaurant with a Brooklyn flair. 12947 S Parker Rd., Parker 720-851-5300 $
Delicious Neapolitan-style pizza that makes each dish an individual work of art! And don’t forget dessert. 12311 Pine Bluffs Way, Parker 303-840-0518 $
A refreshing take on madefrom-scratch pizza. So fresh they don’t even have a freezer! 17860 Cottonwood Dr., Parker 303-386-3333 $$
New York pizzas & other red sauce staples in a low-key setting. Can’t miss the garlic knots. 16526 Keystone Blvd, Parker 303-220-7422 $$
NY-style pizza, wings, & casual Italian eats, in kidfriendly quarters. 5650 Allen Way, Castle Rock 303-814-8686 $$
y a d i l o HTrivia
Do you love this time of year? Is your Christmas tree up before Thanksgiving? Do you not think your Christmas sweater is "ugly"? Test your knowledge of Christmas movies, music, and everything Holiday. 1
How old was Papa Elf when he became Master Tinkerer?
Who originally sang "Santa Baby"?
After leaving Bethlehem, to which country did Joseph, Mary and Jesus travel?
About how many Christmas cards are sent in the U.S. every year?
In "Miracle on 34th Street," what was Susie excited to see in her new back yard?
Which of the 3 spirits doesn't actually speak to Scrooge?
How long does it take to grow a Christmas tree?
Where did the Grinch live?
What is the name of Scrooge's dead business partner?
How many points does a snowflake typically have?
What does Bing Crosby do to get a business partner?
Who are the 8 original reindeer?
How many sizes too small was the Grinch's heart?
Who always bounces when they fall?
What are the 3 gifts the Wise Men gave to baby Jesus?
Who kept time with the Little Drummer Boy?
Rustic restaurant featuring beef & seafood dishes, plus a sports tavern with an Irish vibe. 363 Village Square Lane, Castle Pines 303-814-2487 $$$
FOGO DE CHAO
Upscale Brasilian steakhouse with all-you-can-eat meat carved tableside. Guaraná is a must, and try the Creme de Papaya. 8419 Park Meadows Center Dr., Lone Tree 303-481-4001 $$$ (EC)
Chops, seafood, wine, & cocktails served in an upscale setting with a lounge & live jazz. 8433 Park Meadows Center Dr., Lone Tree 303-792-2571 $$$
Texas-themed steakhouse with a great menu and wonderful atmosphere. 11205 S. Parker Rd, Parker 303-805-5848 $$
TRAPPER’S CHOP HOUSE
Upscale hideaway local favorite featuring their signature Volcanic Hot Rock sear-it-yourself experience. 19308 Cottonwood Dr., Parker 303-248-2132 $$$
UNIQUE VISTAVINO MODERN
Quaint Tuscan grill made fresh from local fare. Every dish is a winner! 611 Wilcox St., Castle Rock 303-814-2487 $$
1. 490 Years old ("Elf," 2003) 2. Eartha Kitt (1953) 3. Egypt 4. More than 3 billion 5. A swingset 6. The ghost of Christmas yet to come ("A Christmas Carol," 1843) 7. About 7-10 years 8. Just north of Whoville ("How the Grinch Stole Christmas," 1957) 9. Jacob Marley ("A Chrsitmas Carol," 1843) 10. Six (6) 11. Saves him from a falling building wall ("White Christmas," 1954) 12. Blitzen, Comet, Cupid, Dasher, Prancer, Vixen, Dancer, Donner 13. Two sizes ("How the Grinch Stole Christmas," 1957) 14. Bumbles ("Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,, 1964) 15. Gold, Myrrh, Frankincense 16. The ox and lamb
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