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December 2011 ANNIVERSARY

Enhancing property values and creating quality of life through recreation, community events and leadership

H O M E T O W N H OLIDAY & s p a r k l i ng w i n e ta s t i ng It’s time, once again, to be on your best behavior because “Santa Claus is Comin’ to

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Jerry Flannery

Town!” Join your friends and neighbors in celebrating the spirit of the season on Friday, December 2 at Town Center South from 4:30 - 7:30 p.m. as Santa lights the Christmas tree and the celebration begins. Held in conjunction with the Hometown Holiday is the Sparkling Wine Tasting. Toast to the holidays from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. at the Tattered Cover Bookstore as six sparkling wines are presented by Highlands WineSeller. Find your new holiday favorite and listen to live music while snacking on appetizers from Steller Catering,

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new General Manager and Chief

C o l o r a d o G i v e s D ay The Highlands Ranch Cultural Affairs Association (CAA) has now been accepted into the Colorado Gives Day program. Tuesday, Dec. 6, (midnight to midnight) is the 2011 dedicated giving day and donations will be accepted through the online giving web site One Hundred percent of Colorado Gives Day donations go directly to Colorado nonprofit organizations. In 2010 Community First Foundation created Colorado Gives Day, a day dedicated for Coloradoans to give to the charity of their choice. The Community First Foundation is a

Executive Officer The Highlands Ranch Community Association (HRCA) welcomes Jerry Flannery as the new General Manager and Chief Executive Officer starting December 5. Jerry comes to the HRCA bringing a wealth of talent and experience in buidling and strengthening

nonprofit, tax-exempt and publicly-supported organization that encourages charitable giving

relationships with local governments,

by providing comprehensive, objective and up-to-date information about local charities that

educational institutions, nonprofits,

improve community well-being. It accepts its funds from donors and makes distributions

business and civic organizations

back to the community in the form of grants.

that will benefit our community for

To donate, visit or

years to come. More info at www. under Community News.

Building a lifestyle that you want to live


peggy z ack


interim Community manager

is published monthly by the Highlands Ranch Community

2012 HRCA Budget - The HRCA Board of Directors

Association, Inc.

adopted the 2012 Budget at their November meeting.

HRCA|event weather line 303-471-8888 BOARD OF DIRECTORS Laura Hopkins 303-478-9103 Scott Lemmon 303-346-1412 Brock Norris 720-344-7107 Jeff Suntken 303-346-0664 Gregory Terry 303-329-6199

You will find the entire budget at under Community News. We will also publish a summary 2012 budget in the January Newsletter. Holiday Events in Highlands Ranch - The events put on by HRCA and the Highlands Ranch Cultural Affairs Association help build a sense of community, especially at Holiday Season. Participate in our hometown spirit by attending several of the fun and festive events that we plan in December.


Snow Removal - Snow removal on the public streets is the responsibility of

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Douglas County Government. Trails and sidewalks along major arterials or streets such


as University and Broadway are generally the responsibility of the Highlands Ranch Metro District. HRCA takes the responsibility for snow removal on our recreation

RECREATION FACILITIES 303-791-2500 Recreation Center at Northridge 8801 Broadway Facility Hours: M-F 5:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. Sa. & Su: 6:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

center sites. As homeowners we are responsible for snow removal on our sidewalks and driveways. Douglas County has an ordinance that requires homeowners to remove snow from sidewalks within 24 hours of the end of the snow storm. Mailboxes are generally the responsibility of the property owner close to the area. This is a great season to help out if you know someone in your neighborhood that could use a hand.

Recreation Center at Eastridge

2012 Facility Closure Schedule - The Board of Directors also adopted the

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2012 Facility Closure Schedule. Have you ever come to one of the recreation centers

Facility Hours: M-F 5:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.

during the spring and summer only to find that it is closed for the Annual Maintenance

Sa: 6:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Closure? Our annual schedule is posted on the web page under General Information/

Su: 7:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Facilities and Locations.

Recreation Center at Westridge 9650 Foothills Canyon Blvd. Facility Hours: M-F 5:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. Sa: 6:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. Su: 7:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.

As the days get shorter and the temperatures drop, remember that more members come inside to stay fit. So enjoy your visit and be courteous to others. If you ever need assistance please contact one of our staff – we are always happy to help. All of us at HRCA wish you and your family a wonderful holiday season.

Recreation Center at Southridge 4800 McArthur Ranch Rd. Facility Hours: M-F 5:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. Sa: 6:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.


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Quarterly Assessments

Su: 7:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.

First Quarter Assessments in the amount of $127 are due January 1, 2012.

Copyright Š 2011 Highlands Ranch Community Association, Inc. All rights reserved. Permission is required to redistribute, reproduce, modify or republish information from Highlands Ranch Community Association, Inc, in print or electronically.

Assure your payment is never late by using the HRCA direct debit payment program. Please visit our website at for more information on this handy tool. For any questions regarding your account, please call 303-791-8958.

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volunteer showcase D e l e g a t e of th e month Ellen Tawson - Ellen has been a volunteer for the HRCA as a delegate for five years. Ellen enjoys volunteering because

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she likes to know what is happening in the community. Ellen says, “As a 25 year resident of Highlands Ranch, I have seen lots of changes. I want to have an impact on how we continue to grow.” Ellen’s favorite place in Highlands Ranch is the Backcountry and the new Flying B Park. Thank you, Ellen, for your service to the community.

a few reminders All lighting and decorations may be put up 30 days prior to the holiday, and then must be removed within 30 days following the holiday. So remember when climbing on the roof on a sunny

H R CA V O L U N T EE R O F T H E M O N T H Suma – Suma has been volunteering for the HRCA for almost four months. She enjoys volunteering as a

day in early December, you will have to be up on that same roof in January to take them down. Please be careful.

“Ranch Hand” to help with community events including

Wind can cause trash problems

Oktoberfest, Highlands Ranch Days, and Trick or Treat

throughout the community. On trash

Street. Suma loves being involved in an active community

days, spend a few extra minutes

like Highlands Ranch and being involved in the HRCA’s

appropriately bagging and securely tying

great community events. What Suma likes best about Highlands Ranch are the

all of your trash so it won’t blow away.

trails, parks, and recreation centers. Our appreciation to Suma for her dedication to

Also, remember to store miscellaneous

helping make Highlands Ranch a great place to live!

items such as trash containers, lawn tools, boxes, etc. out of sight.

c omm i tt e e o p e n i n g s The Architecture Committee has two openings for 2012. The Architectural Committee is responsible for reviewing plans for exterior improvements being made to residential properties by homeowners. The committee also is responsible for enforcing covenants outlined within the Community Declaration, By-Laws, and Supplemental Declarations. If

If you have dead plant materials resulting from snow storms in your yard, please have them removed. Clean-up in the fall and winter will make spring maintenance next year much easier.

you are interested in serving on the Architectural Committee, visit www. HRCAonline.

Be a good neighbor by following a few

org/leadership and click on Committees for more information and to download an

common sense rules such as keeping


up your property, storing items out of

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sight, utilizing your driveway and garage or parking in front of your own home as

The HRCA 2012 Adopted Budget was approved at the November 2012 Board of

much as possible. Also, be courteous of

Directors meeting. The budget is available online at under

your neighbors by cleaning up after your

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pets, and be conscientious of barking dogs.

bo a rd u p d a t e s

Let’s all have a wonderful holiday season.

The November Board Meeting Motions are available at

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happening all year long. It’s a “must have” for Ranch residents

turn to giving, we ask you to consider

and it makes a great holiday gift. New for this year, the 2012

making a gift to our community by 501(c) 3 nonprofit organizations. The Community Scholarship Fund, and or the Cultural Affairs Association.

The calendar features beautiful photographs taken right here in the Ranch and information on community events and programs

At this time of year when our thoughts

making a donation to one of HRCA’s

The 2012 Highlands Ranch Calendar is on sale now for only $5!

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Calendar is available in two convenient sizes. Show pride in your

community! Purchase your calendars today at any recreational facility. Proceeds benefit the Highlands Ranch Cultural Affairs Association.

l a st m i nut e G i ft i d e a s

Cars for Charity - Donate your car,

Remember, we have a variety of great gift ideas for everyone on your

truck, motorcycle, boat, or RV and

list. From HRCA Gift Cards and Pro Shop Items to Arts Festival Prints

earn a tax deduction this year! Any

and Notecards, last-minute holiday shopping is a breeze. For details

condition is accepted and free towing and title services are available. All of

and more gift ideas, visit Under the Community Tab, click Community Pride.

the net proceeds go to the selected nonprofit. For more information visit

New activit y guide

Colorado Gives Day - Colorado Gives

you and your whole family. You’ll find fun things to do this winter and spring. Watch for the

Day, December 6, is a day dedicated

new Guide in your mailbox this month!

The January - April 2012 HRCA Activity Guide is full of new classes, programs, and events for

for Coloradoans to give to the charity of their choice. Read more on page one. Or make a Direct Donation The Highlands Ranch Community Scholarship Fund provides postsecondary education scholarships for students residing in Highlands Ranch or attending Highlands Ranch schools. The Highlands Ranch Cultural Affairs Association bring cultural programming to the Ranch.

hom e town hol i d a y & s p a r k l i n g w i n e t a st i n g continued from page one The Hometown Holiday Celebration features the sound of the holidays as carolers sing classic holiday tunes, get your photo taken with Santa, visit his reindeer and enjoy a hayrack ride around the Square – all for free! Local businesses will be handing out free goodies from cookies and hot chocolate to soup and apple cider! We kick off this celebration with the lighting of the tree at 5:00 p.m., so be sure to get there early. Give back this season by bringing a new unwrapped toy for Toys 4 Tots or nonperishable food items for Food Bank of the Rockies.

For more information, visit www. under the

Advance tickets for the Sparkling Wine Tasting are $17 for members, $20 for guests.

Community Tab and read more about

If not sold out, tickets the day of the event are $20 for everyone. You must be 21+ to

our charities that help make Highlands

attend. ID’s will be checked.

Ranch one of the top communities in the nation. Click on the Donate button.


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upcoming events


TE D D Y B EAR TEA This special Holiday Teddy Bear Tea party has all the trimmings that are sure to delight your little one! Sit down and relax while you are served yummy food and drinks. After the tea you will enjoy an entertaining children’s show. Each child even receives a small stuffed bear! Don’t forget to bring your camera! Children must

The holidays can become frantic

be accompanied by a paying adult. Purchase your tickets

with the hustle and bustle of holiday

early. This event sells out quickly. No children under two please.

shopping. The HRCA’s Winter

Saturday, December 3 • 10:30 - Noon • Southridge, Debus Wildcat Mountain

Market is teaming with Denver

Auditorium • $11 Member, $15 Guest, $15 everyone day of event if not sold out

Farmers’ Market to bring you unusual gift ideas, handmade items, and traditional Christmas foods for that

B REAKFAST W IT H SA N TA Sleigh-loads of holiday cheer for all good little girls and boys! Kick off your celebration with a pancake breakfast where Santa arrives with a treat for every child. Children must be accompanied by a paying adult. Saturday, December 10 • 9:00 - 10:30 a..m. • Eastridge, Gym • Adult $11, Child $9

special gift or holiday meal. So, bundle up and take a leisurely stroll through the outdoor market stalls of Colorado farmers and crafters. You’re sure to find something that will make your holiday warm and inviting for your family and friends! For more information visit, www. or call

• A Modern Christmas Carol – Monday, December 12, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m., Free,


Southridge. Come see kids performing for kids! Participants of KidStage’s A

Saturday & Sunday, December 10 -

Modern Christmas Carol, will give a performance of this timeless tale that you

11 & 17 - 18 • 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

don’t want your kids to miss. Free tickets available at Eastridge registration desk.

• Town Center South • Free

• Showtime at Southridge Holiday Concert – Friday, Dec 16, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m., $5 Members, $7 Guests, Southridge, Debus Wildcat Mountain Auditorium. Children under 2 free on parent’s lap. Come enjoy the sounds of the season as the Highlands Ranch Swing Shift Band performs classic holiday favorites. • Hanukkah Happening – Sunday, December 18, 11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., Northridge.

H o u s e D e c o r a t i ng Contest deadline Enter your festive house in the

Join your neighbors in the community and share your commonality of religion and

annual House Decorating Contest!

culture. Reservations are required. Call 303-470-6652 or 303-549-1889.

Top three home win a cash prize! For details, please call 303-471-8821.

Please check the web site for the most current event information and prices.

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Deadline to enter: Wed, Dec 14



recreation sports & fitness LEARN TO SWIM – NEW FAMILY DISCOUNTS The HRCA is a leader in swim programs from infant through adult. Class sizes are five or less for pre-school and six or less for schoolage to provide a quality lesson. On-site coordinators are on-deck for each lesson to discuss with parents the progress of their child and ensure the lessons are safe, fun, and teach fundamental skills. The HRCA is the only program in the area providing this level of expertise. Take advantage of the opportunity to save money when enrolling multiple family I t ’ s B a c k ! Y e a r - L o ng D r o p - In F i t n e s s P a s s Back by popular demand, the YearLong, All-Inclusive Drop-In Fitness/ Mind-Body goes on sale January

members at the same time. There are many different times, dates, and locations offered to meet the schedules of busy families. See the new January-April 2012 Activity Guide coming soon in the mail or ensure your spot and register online now at For more information, email or call 303-471-8867.

1 - March 31. This pass allows


participants to attend as many

Keep the kids busy this holiday break! Sign them up for the

classes as possible in one calendar

new Holiday Break Tennis Camp! Designed for kids aged 7-13,

year for one low price. All classes

this three-day fundamental camp improves and refines existing

on our Drop-In Fitness, Mind-Body,

skills. Camp includes swimming. Bring a tennis racket, tennis

Indoor Cycling, and Aquatic Fitness

shoes, water bottle, snack, swimsuit, and towel. This camp is at

schedule apply to this pass. Special

Northridge Tennis Pavilion on December 27, 28 and 29. Call

rates are available for seniors and

303-471-8940 for more information.

teens. For more information, visit and click on Drop-In Fitness. Guided Meditation a nd G e n t l e Y o g a Nourish your body and quiet your mind with yin yoga postures and guided meditation Mondays in December. Classes are in the

Winter Break Basketball Camp Learn and develop basic basketball FUNdamentals through teaching progressions, drills, contests and games. A great way to improve your game and stay active during break. Held December 26-30 at Eastridge from 9:00 a.m. - Noon.

2012 Adult Basketball, Volleyball, & Soccer Leagues Registration is now open for the HRCA’s new and improved 2012

Hawk Room at Westridge. For

Adult Leagues. The registration deadline for all adult leagues is fast

registration information, visit www.

approaching. New this year to the Winter Adult Basketball league is and click on

Recreational Women’s and Co-Ed Leagues and a Men’s 50+ leagues.


Contact if you have any registration questions and don’t forget to “like” us on Facebook to receive up-to-

Call 303-471-8851 for more Fitness/

date information and special offers.

Martial Arts information.


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education youth & adult J i ng l e B e l l s !

The holidays are right around the corner and we have some fun activities for you and your family. Consider the Clay Lantern Holiday Gift Workshop on December 10 or the Handmade Clay Ornaments on December 3 and 17. These fun projects are a great way to spend some indoor time together, making memorable family household decorations that you’ll want to keep year after year. For your 3-6 year old, consider enrolling them in the Holiday Princess Camp. Princesses will get to participate in a fun holiday activity, sing and, of course, dance. Or your 2-7 year old

might enjoy our Candy Cane Tumblers Tumbling program on December 2 and 16. Children will participate in fun tumbling then listen to holiday music and share some hot cocoa. If you’re looking for a one-day class, try Winter Wonderland on December 9, Sensational Snowflakes on December 13, Happy Holiday Party on December 16, Christmas Curiosity or Holiday Home Goodies both on December 20. These holiday classics will warm your child up with yummy treats and great memories. For more information, please call 303-471-8928.

W i nt e r B r e a k F u n ! Are you trying to find something for your children to do over winter break? Well, look no further. We have a wonderful range of programs to suit any age or interest. If you’re a working parent and looking for a place your child can be for the whole day, the Southridge Day Camp is your place. Open from 6:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. December 16, 19-23, and 26-30, children will swim, do holiday cooking, art and pottery projects, and go on a couple of field trips, too. If you’re looking for something for your child to get involved in for just a couple of hours a day, try Jedi Engineering with Lego®,

Pre-Engineering with Lego® for your 5-7 year old, Engineering FUNdamentals with Lego®, or Green Engineering with Lego® for your 7-11 year old. These wildly popular programs give your children a place to exercise their imaginations and have fun. For your 3-7 year old, consider our Tumble Through the Holidays program. This camp runs December 19 & 21 and December 27 & 29 and will give children a chance to tumble and do a craft. For more information on these programs, please call 303-471-8928.

P a i nt i ng th r o u gh a W i nt e r W o n d e r l a n d December brings a new series of art classes for you and your children. For your 3-5 year old, try KidzArt Discover, Play with Clay, or Edible Art all of which are mom and me classes designed around the winter theme. For your 5-10 year old, consider Winter Wonderland with KidzArt, Beginning Sculpting, Destination 3D or Young Chefs. These fun art, pottery, and cooking programs will stir up a wintery good time. For your 11-14 year old, try our TeenzArt Winter Games art class or the Intro to Wheel pottery class. Or if you are looking for something for you and your friends

to try together, consider the cooking class, A Simply Delicious Holiday. This program that runs on December 14 from 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. will help you find simple, delicious dishes that will keep your family at the dinner table just a little bit longer. Whatever suits your family, add that creative spark, and you’ll find your holidays are so much warmer. For more information, please call 303-471-8853.

A C h r i s tm a s C a r o l Bring your children to Southridge on December 12 at 6:30 p.m. for a special production of A Christmas Carol. This play is performed by students of KidStage and is the culmination of their nine-week class. It is a wonderful opportunity to expose your child to the possibility

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of being on stage. Kids performing for kids makes this a wonderful holiday treat and the best part is it’s free! Just stop by the registration desk at Eastridge to pick up your free tickets and join us for a fun festive night.



9568 University Boulevard Highlands Ranch, CO 80126 303-791-2500


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community partners

For event details, see page 5 or visit

December 2

Hometown Holiday & Sparkling Wine Tasting

December 3

Holiday Teddy Bear Tea

December 5

Board Working Session* 6:00 p.m.

December 10

Breakfast with Santa

December 10-11 & 17-18 Winter Market December 12

Holiday Pottery Sale

December 12 A Modern Christmas Carol December 13

RAC & Board Meeting* 6:30 p.m. (Recreation Advisory Committee - monthly meeting of Delegates) Note: Location change (December only) Southridge, Debus Wildcat Mtn Auditorium

December 14

Holiday House Decorating Contest Judging

December 16 Showtime at Southridge - Holiday Concert December 18

Hanukkah Happening

* These meetings are at Eastridge and open to our members.

The HRCA’s ability to bring events to Highlands Ranch is made possible in part by our Community Partners, the Highlands Ranch Cultural Affairs Association (CAA), and the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD).

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