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LIFESTYLE LETTER

NOVEMBER 2019 PUBLISHERS

Joan Dameron | Joan.Dameron@LifestylePubs.com Jeni Fleck | Jeni.Fleck@LifestylePubs.com

“I am grateful that my horizons were not narrowed at the outset.” —Jessye Norman

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AS NOVEMBER ROLLS AROUND, WE’RE EAGERLY AWAITING THE APPROACH

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OF THANKSGIVING, THE HOLIDAY SEASON AND TIME SPENT WITH OUR

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LOVED ONES. The winding down of the year always brings about a time of reflection for us—remembering everything we’ve done or accomplished in months past and thinking of the people, experiences and things we’ve been blessed with in the last year. As we press pause on the hustle and bustle of life putting together a monthly magazine, we’re able to look back on the past year and think about what we are thankful for. Two years ago, if you had told us that we would be working together as a mother-daughter

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Emily Stout COPY EDITOR

Hayley Hyer CONTRIBUTING WRITERS

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team, owning and growing two influential monthly publications in Douglas County, we

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probably would have laughed at you. But as we take a moment to choke back a tear or

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two and pinpoint what we are most grateful for two years into this incredible journey, we would list three overarching things: First, we are thankful to our family, parents and friends for not limiting our horizons and for always supporting our endeavors, however crazy they may sometimes seem in the beginning.  Second, we are thankful to our team.  To Steven and Matthew, the founders of Lifestyle

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Publications, thank you for creating a model that allows us to bring good news to our readers

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and build our dream business right here in our own backyard. To the corporate team, thank

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you for your unwavering support on a daily basis, which is key to creating our beautiful local

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publications. And to Jennifer Starbuck, our fearless and driven editor, we are forever grateful

OPERATIONS DIRECTOR Janeane Thompson

that you took this leap of faith with us—we truly could not do this without you. And third, but most meaningfully, we are thankful to you, our readers and community partners and the stories you have shared with us that have made what we do possible. We also take this chance to think of those less fortunate and encourage you to take the

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opportunity this giving season to donate to organizations or charities giving back locally. We hope that as you read this issue, you—like us—find inspiration in the lives and experiences of your neighbors and the connections that have been made. Happy Thanksgiving, Highlands Ranch and Lone Tree!

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INSIDE THE ISSUE NOVEMBER 2019 FEATURES 20 Shelter from the Storm Widow of Slain Douglas County Sheriff Deputy Zackari Parrish Creates Foundation to Support Law Enforcement Families

24 Guest Room Redefined Luxe Linens, Jewel-Toned Pillows and Marble Lamps Transform Son's Bedroom into Welcoming Guest Room

28 Our Wild Place Backcountry Wilderness Area is a Gem for Highlands Ranch Residents, Conservationists and Wildlife

34 A Flavorful Beginning Chef Leah Eveleigh Starts Her

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DEPARTMENTS 4

Lifestyle Letter

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Good Times

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Around Town

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Trend Setter

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Page Turners

20 Inspired By 24 Renovate & Refine 32 Lifestyle Calendar 34 Culinary Creations


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1. Larry Mueller, Christa Weaving, Laura McGetrick, Sarah Adams, Helen Sawicki, Rita Cuellar and Mimi Roberson | 2. PIVOT Trustees (from left) George Solich, Walt Rakowich, Larry Mueller (back), Vic Lombardi and John Elway | 3. John Elway signing a jersey for live auction lot | 4. Kristin Kirkpatrick of Big Green and her husband, Rob | 5. John Elway on stage during football toss | 6. Four Point Energy employees 8

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Jodi Picoult Event Bestselling author Jodi Picoult presented her newest novel, A Spark of Light, to a packed room of about 800 at CU South Denver in Lone Tree Sept. 24. Local novelist Eleanor Brown moderated a Q&A session with Jodi before attendees had the opportunity for photos with Jodi. This event was sponsored by the Douglas County Libraries. PHOTOGRAPHY BY HUTCH TIBBETTS

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GOOD TIMES

Oktoberfest The Highlands Ranch Community Association's Oktoberfest Celebration and 5K was held at Town Center South Sept. 21. There were stein hoisting contests, dachshund races and a costume contest for all dogs, among other events.

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Denver Barn Party The Denver Active 20-30 Children's Foundation hosted its annual fundraiser, the 2019 Denver Barn Party presented by Noble Energy, with special music performance by country music artist Chris Janson Sept. 28. The event was held at The Barns at Polo Reserve in Littleton. DA2030.org

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AROUND TOWN The art show features artists William Alther, Duke Beardsley, Sophy Brown, Terry Gardner, Mark Gould, Stephanie Hartshorn, Madeline Jorden, Robert Quimby, Timothy Salisbury, Jill Soukup and Stephen Weaver. Ranchlands.com

STORYBOOK HOLIDAY Celebrate the holiday season with Douglas County Libraries. DCL’s Lone Tree location, 10055 Library Way, will transform into the magical wonderland of The Nutcracker and Clara’s sugar-plum dreams for two family-friendly events Dec. 7-8. Festivities at both events include a visit with Santa,

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live ballet performances, music and entertainment, and make-and-take gift stations. Tasty light bites

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Ranchlands is hosting its annual art retrospective

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TREND SETTER

A TABLE SET FOR THANKSGIVING LAYER ELEMENTS TO CREATE THE PERFECT CENTERPIECE FOR A WELCOMING HOLIDAY TABLE

IT’S TIME FOR THANKSGIVING, ONE OF THE

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“When making a centerpiece for your holiday

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Sarah uses certain staples in her tablescapes all

“Are you going with rustic casual, elegant formal,

throughout the year, embellishing with different col-

or something in between? If your meal is formal, try

ored baubles and natural elements that fit the look

mixing in some shiny metals,” Sarah says.

of the particular season. She picks up certain neutral

“Since Thanksgiving is so close to Christmas you can find some beautiful, shiny ball-shaped Christmas ornaments to tuck into the greenery.” If your meal is more on the country rustic side, turn to the bounty of the season.

décor items throughout the year to have on-hand. “Taper candlesticks, glass candle holders, wooden bowls and trays are all versatile and can be used all year round. They can be used for every season.” Sarah uses natural elements in her tablescapes

“Pumpkins, acorns, bittersweet and even some

whenever she can. Pine sprays can be used for both

rooted vegetables come in a variety of colors that

Thanksgiving and Christmas, weaving in bittersweet

add natural elements.”

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A FORM AL TA BLE Special thanks to Fox Hill for hosting this Highlands Ranch Lifestyle photo shoot at its historic farmhouse. LiveinFoxHill.com

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PAGE TURNERS

BOOKMARKED INSPIRING READS FOR SELF-REFLECTION, GRATITUDE AND SMALL CHANGES TO MAKE A HUGE DIFFERENCE ARTICLE JENNIFER STARBUCK

Calm The Chaos Journal: A Daily Practice for a More Peaceful Life

Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice On Love and Life from Dear Sugar

365 Thank Yous: The Year a Simple Act of Daily Gratitude Changed My Life

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by John Kralik

Imagine slowing down long enough

This is not your mother’s advice col-

We all get stuck in life. When John

this month to actually soak in the spirit

umnist and certainly not for the faint-

Kralik was at a mid-life low point, with

of Thanksgiving. Now, imagine making

hearted. But, I could not put it down. It’s

problems stacking up, he committed to

that a daily practice with this beautiful

a compilation of advice columns origi-

being grateful for what he already had.

yet simple journal.

nally written anonymously for the liter-

And thinking of a recent hand-written

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your daily health routines, such as

was eventually revealed to be Cheryl

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Yes, Mother, there’s language and graphic

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INSPIRED BY

SHELTER FROM THE STORM

WIDOW OF SLAIN DOUGLAS COUNTY SHERIFF DEPUTY ZACKARI PARRISH CREATES FOUNDATION TO SUPPORT LAW ENFORCEMENT FAMILIES

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IN THE EARLY MORNING OF DEC. 31, 2017, I WAS STARTLED AWAKE BY THE SOUND OF DISTANT GUNFIRE. It unsettled me, and I couldn’t go back to sleep. I tried telling myself it was some kid lighting off pre-New Year’s fireworks. I wasn’t convinced. Later that morning, during Sunday morning church service, a pastor announced that a member of our church, Douglas County Sheriff Deputy Zackari Parrish of Highlands Ranch, was killed in the line of duty just a couple miles away. Since that awful morning, I have seen the unfolding story of Zack’s widow, Gracie, from afar. I didn’t know Gracie personally, but we attend the same church, live in the same south Denver area. I’ve been married to a cop for more than 20 years. Gracie’s story felt personal. I was heartbroken for this young mother faced with the prospect of raising two babies without her husband. Even from afar, it felt like a dark place. But then, I caught glimpses of light shine from Gracie’s evolving story. I heard about Gracie’s The Shelter Foundation. Despite being a newly single mother, dealing with grief and the unknown, Gracie got straight to work creating a faith-based community and educational resource for first responders and their families. Here, Gracie talks to Highlands Ranch Lifestyle about The Shelter Foundation and how she is working to inspire others. INSTEAD OF RETREATING AFTER THE TRAGIC LOSS OF ZACK, YOU CHOSE TO GET TO WORK, PUBLICLY. WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO CREATE THE SHELTER? I knew almost immediately that even in the midst of the shock and overwhelming grief, God was with me and carrying me. I’d just lost my husband, my best friend and the love of my life, but I sensed that God had a calling and a purpose for me in this, an opportunity to serve those Zack served with, and the families that stood with and behind them. Even though we had only been a first responder family for three years, I’d experienced firsthand how hard life can be in this career—the loneliness, the missing holidays and birthdays and other family time, the jaded cynicism, the feelings of isolation and being disconnected from not only those outside the first responder community, but also those within. I felt strongly that while far too many first responders merely just survive alone, I could be a part of building something through The Shelter Foundation where they could thrive together.

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INSPIRED BY

(CON TI N U ED)

“ZACK TOOK HIS OATH TO SERVE OUR COMMUNITY VERY SERIOUSLY. IT WASN’T JUST SOME CLICHE OR BOX TO CHECK TO HIM. HE FELT AND LIVED IT WITH EVERY FIBER OF HIS BEING. I FIRMLY BELIEVE THAT I’M CALLED TO PICK UP THE TORCH ZACK CARRIED AND CONTINUE MY HUSBAND’S LEGACY BY SERVING THOSE WHO WERE LIKE HIM—LIKE US. “ — GRACIE PARRISH, FOUNDER OF THE SHELTER FOUNDATION

WHAT DO YOU HOPE COMES OUT OF THE SHELTER? I hope to see as many first responders as possible connected in godly, healthy, authentic communities, filled with peace and a renewed passion to serve, thriving together on both good days and bad. We’ve already seen the start of this in so many ways through our first year of men’s and women’s Bible studies—the spark of hope return to a wife’s eyes; tough men who are secretly struggling that have found peace with others who are similarly struggling; marriages healed; safe, healthy communities formed; families united and bound together. Zack took his oath to serve our community very seriously. It wasn’t just some cliche or box to check to him. He felt and lived it with every fiber of his being. I firmly believe that I’m called to pick up the torch Zack carried and continue my husband’s legacy by serving those who were like him—like us. I want to build something I wish I’d had in my days as a first responder wife. WHAT HAS SURPRISED YOU? How fast we’ve grown in such a short time. I knew this was needed, but it’s blown us away to see just how much it’s needed, and how many out there in the first responder community who are just like I was—craving for safe, healthy, godly communities where we can see and feel that we’re not as alone as we think. 22

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The response we’ve received has been enormous and oftentimes, overwhelming, both here in the Front Range and nationwide. We’re trying to keep up with Him, and it’s an honor to be a small part of how He’s moving in the first responder community. WHO INSPIRES YOU? The young widows who I’ve met across the country these past 21 months are who inspire me the most—women raising their kids alone, grieving yet still taking incredible steps toward hope and healing. They remind me that our stories are not done yet; there are still chapters yet to be written, yet to be lived in the years ahead of us, full of joy and hope and peace and redemption. HOW HAS THE SHELTER CHANGED YOUR LIFE? I never in my wildest dreams would have imagined being here, a widow who is recognized whenever I’m running errands around town, shopping at the store or in line at the DMV. It’s been surreal. I see Zack’s name and our picture everywhere, even still today, almost two years later. And while I never asked for this, I’m constantly asking God what He wants me to do with this platform He’s given me and this name that’s become known. It’s helped me move forward in hope because there’s more than just loss that marks me. There’s a purpose and a promise of hope for both me and those I serve. WHAT WORDS DO YOU LIVE BY? “Redemption” is the word that’s resonated with me the most these past many months. I choose to rest in His promise of redemption for my life and my story; the idea that while I’ve been in the dark of a long, hard night, my sunrise is coming. I can already see the slightest, gradual color on my horizon, God’s promise of a bright dawn and that in that morning, I will see and experience what David was talking about in Psalm 27:13—the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. I just have to keep choosing verse 14, “Wait for the Lord; be strong and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!” I’m choosing to wait in hopeful expectation. TheShelterFoundation.org

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RENOVATE & REFINE

GUEST ROOM REDEFINED LUXE LINENS, JEWEL-TONED PILLOWS AND MARBLE LAMPS TRANSFORM SON'S BEDROOM INTO WELCOMING GUEST ROOM

ARTICLE JENNIFER STARBUCK | PHOTOGRAPHY ELLE PHOTOGRAPHY

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WHEN CARLA THOMAS’ SON LEFT FOR PREP SCHOOL IN AUGUST, SHE HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO REFRESH HIS BEDROOM, OPENING IT UP FOR THE OCCASIONAL HOUSEGUEST. “Completely redoing the space was just not feasible, and I didn’t want my son to feel disconnected to his own room when he is home on holiday,” says Carla, an interior designer and owner of SPACES by Studio C. So she kept most of her son’s furnishings and art and worked on boosting the sophistication factor.  “New bedding, paint and drapes in warm tones of taupe and gray did the trick,” Carla says. “I added new lamps of veined white marble and jewel-tone pillows to add contrast to the room.” A well-appointed guest room is a way of instantly welcoming guests and should be a reflection of your lifestyle and hospitality, she says. Comfort is key,  so choose your best bedding, using high thread count paired with luxurious comforter and pillows, along with an extra, lighter blanket for naps and reading. “As a frequent houseguest myself, I really appreciate when my host has the room made up with fresh linens, flowers and a few added comforts of home,” Carla says. “It makes me feel as if they are as happy to have me as I am to be there. I hope my own guests feel special when they open the guest room door and see that it was prepared with their comfort in mind.”

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GUEST ROOM TIPS TIP NUMBER ONE We all rest better in rooms painted in soothing colors. Try Shitake Mushroom by Benjamin Moore. It is a warmer and more sophisticated shade of gray that has been so popular in the last few years. TIP NUMBER TWO Pay attention to your window treatments. A lined curtain mounted close to the wall will ensure less light coming into the room early in the morning. TIP NUMBER THREE And lastly, do not forget the closet! Make sure it is uncluttered and stocked with enough empty hangers for your houseguests. Special thanks to Kara Wetherill and Joy Van Gilder of Slifer Smith and Frampton.

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CREATE THE SPACE OF YOUR DREAMS

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HEALTHY LIFESTYLE

Our Wild Place BACKCOUNTRY WILDERNESS AREA IS A GEM FOR HIGHLANDS RANCH RESIDENTS, CONSERVATIONISTS AND WILDLIFE

ARTICLE LINDSEY MCKISSICK

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Bill Masure, Art Air Photography

IT ALL STARTED WITH A PONY RIDE, A TRIP AROUND A ROUND PEN ON AN EARLY JUNE AFTERNOON AT THE BACKCOUNTRY WILDERNESS AREA BASE CAMP. Threeyear-old Ashley Wellen watched from outside the horse panels as her twin sister, Whitney, confidently sat atop the saddle and Cabo the pony walked. When Ashley’s turn came, the kid who feared everything from ladybugs to Pomeranian pups saw grave danger in this seemingly “fun” activity. The one-minute trip around the pen required a constant bear hug from her dad, Jeff. The encounter with Cabo led to regular pony classes and Eco Explorers preschool nature programs for both girls. And by the end of the summer, the once timid Ashley rode—reins in hand—around the pen all by herself—no bear hug necessary. “My daughter, who wouldn’t ride a pony a year ago, now has a photo of herself touching a snake from this summer,” Marjorie Wellen, the twins’ mother, says. “Instead of being afraid of animals, there’s now an appreciation.”  That’s part of the HRCA Backcountry Wilderness Area’s nonprofit mission: To improve wildlife habitat, inspire the next generation of nature stewards and ignite a lifelong love of the outdoors for all.  And if the Backcountry’s programs connect youth and adults to the property, these budding naturalists should see its value to the community and grow into the conservationists of the future. They will be the ones who make the decisions to continue habitat protections that were first placed on the Backcountry Wilderness Area more than 30 years ago.  The Highlands Ranch Community Association acquired the Backcountry Wilderness Area in 2009, and the now 13 square miles of protected wildlife habitat are an island of conservation in the middle of on-going development. Jeff Wellen, who grew up in Littleton before moving to Highlands Ranch in 2010, says when the first homes started popping up in Highlands Ranch nearly 40 years ago, he was angry that a neighborhood was taking up wild space and pushing wildlife away. “Growing up, if I’d known that this special property was set aside and protected, I wouldn’t have been so frustrated,” Jeff says. Most people  don’t comprehend the expanse of the Backcountry Wilderness Area—which is larger than Chatfield and Cherry Creek state parks combined. “People pushed for protections of this property in the past, and now it’s a model of conservation on the Front Range,” says Mark Giebel, the director of the Backcountry Wilderness Area. “As the battle over wild places happens, and the balance between recreation and conservation is learned, it’s the responsibility of each of us to focus on improving this wildlife habitat property and love that it exists so close to our everyday lives.” The Backcountry Wilderness Area spans from the southern edge of Highlands Ranch almost to Sedalia in the south, Monarch Boulevard  to the east and Santa Fe to the west. CONTINUED >

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Bill Masure, Art Air Photography

And it’s filled with life—not only the giggles of nearly 1,000 children building forts and finding bugs at Camp Backcountry, but the sound of horses’ hooves on the trail and the whiz of arrows as sportsmen and women test their skills on the state-of-the-art archery and 3D archery ranges; it’s filled with a healthy ecosystem.

“AS THE BATTLE OVER WILD PLACES HAPPENS, AND THE BALANCE BETWEEN RECREATION AND CONSERVATION IS LEARNED, IT’S THE RESPONSIBILITY OF EACH OF US TO FOCUS ON IMPROVING THIS WILDLIFE HABITAT PROPERTY AND LOVE THAT IT EXISTS SO CLOSE TO OUR EVERYDAY LIVES.”

Highlands

Ranch

residents are encouraged

to

use

the

Highlands Point and Wildcat

Mountain

trail systems, along with the connective

Douglas County East-West Trail, leaving the elk, deer, golden eagles, black bears, bluebirds, bobcats and even mountain lions to roam on the property they have always called home free from human disturbance. And when people want to explore, there are year-round programs to access the Backcountry Wilderness Area in ways non-disruptive to wildlife like guided hikes and programs centered around the easily accessible Base Camp area which also has resident goats, chickens and a donkey. As people experience the Backcountry Wilderness Area, they also realize the immense work and cost it takes to care for it. Giebel, who has managed the property since 2006 when the first part of the property, Wildcat Mountain, opened, says, “A property surrounded by development and people require intense habitat management to ensure a thriving ecosystem.” And, it’s a worthy cause for all involved.

Back the Backcountry Day is Nov. 14. Support the Backcountry Conservation and Education Fund, 501(c)(3), by becoming a Friend of the Backcountry annual member or making a onetime donation. Join us for our Back the Backcountry party 6-9 p.m. at Living the Dream Brewing Co. with live music, big giveaways and more! HRCAOnline.org/BackcountryFriends 30

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Bill Masure, Art Air Photography

Courtesy Backcountry Wilderness Area

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NOVEMBER

LIFESTYLE CALENDAR

2

14

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SIP AND SAVOR

BACK THE BACKCOUNTRY

Ranch Road, Highlands Ranch

12305 N. Dumont Way, Littleton

HIGHLANDS RANCH TURKEY DAY 5K

The Highlands Ranch Community

Back the Backcountry Day is Nov. 14.

Circle, Highlands Ranch

Association and Davidsons Beer

Support the Backcountry Conservation

The Highlands Ranch Turkey Day

Wine and Spirits present an event

and Education Fund, 501(c)(3), by

5K is a South Metro Denver tradition.

showcasing the 2019 Davidsons

becoming a Friend of the Backcountry

Held annually on Thanksgiving morn-

Top Wine List. This annual list of

annual member or making a one-time

ing, this event signals the start of the

wines is hand-selected by Davidsons

donation. Join us for our Back the

holiday season. Starting and ending

wine specialists. Appetizers will be

Backcountry party 6-9 p.m. at Living the

near Shea Stadium in Highlands

provided. All recipients will receive

Dream Brewing Co. with live music, big

Ranch, this family-friendly 5K run/

a commemorative stemless wine

giveaways and more! HRCAOnline.org

walk and Thanksgiving go hand in

glass. Eventbrite.com

/BackcountryFriends

hand. LetsDoThis.com

2

FRIDAY AND SATURDAY

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THE NUTCRACKER

Join in the festivities at Fox Hill

Southridge Rec Center, 4800 McArthur

BACKCOUNTRY HALF MARATHON Rocky Heights Middle School,

Living the Dream Brewing Co.,

FOX HILL LIGHTING

Lone Tree Arts Center,

with the first barn star lighting at

10075 Commons St.

the new farm-to-table community.

in

Kick-off the holiday season with the

Festivities begin at 5:30 p.m. www.

Highlands Ranch is this month. This

Denver Academy of Ballet's presenta-

LiveinFoxHill.com

13.1-mile scenic trail run utilizes

tion of The Nutcracker on Friday and

the

Saturday. LoneTreeArtsCenter.org

11033 Monarch Blvd., Highlands Ranch

The

11th

Annual

Wilderness

Half

Douglas

Backcountry Marathon

County

East/West

Trail and the beautiful Highlands Ranch

Community

Backcountry

Association's

Wilderness

Area

trails. RunSignUp.com

11 VETERAN'S DAY CELEBRATION 9292 S. Ridgeline Blvd.,

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Ranch Veterans Day Celebration Nov. 11 at 6:30 p.m. at the James LaRue

Library.

RIDERS IN THE SKY

Lone Tree Arts Center, 10075 Commons St.

Southridge Rec Center,

Riders

4800 McArthur Ranch Road

"Christmas the Cowboy Way." Those

Come find a unique gift or a special

wacky, four-part harmonizing cow-

piece for yourself at this tri-annual

boys have spruced up the bunk-

pottery sale. HRCAOnline.org

house and donned their sequined

in

the

Sky

presents

yuletide outfits to create a holiday

Honor veterans at the Highlands

H.

DEC 1

POTTERY SALE

Highlands Ranch

Guests

are

encouraged to arrive early and

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musical fantasy for Saddle Pals of all ages. LoneTreeArtsCenter.org

DENVER CONCERT BAND Lone Tree Arts Center,

visit the Highlands Ranch Veterans

10075 Commons St.

We are always accepting submissions

Monument, located outside of the

The Denver Concert Band rings in

for events you'd like to see included

library, prior to the event. The James

the holiday season with a musical

in our Calendar section. Submissions

H. LaRue Library is located at 9292

celebration! On the 100th anniver-

are accepted via the Contact Us tab at

S. Ridgeline Blvd., Highlands Ranch.

sary of Valclav Nelhybel’s birth, the

HighlandsRanchLifestylePubs.com.

Denver Concert Band presents selections that will put you in a holiday mood. LoneTreeArtsCenter.org 32

Shea Stadium, 3270 Redstone Park

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CULINARY CREATIONS

FEEDING THE FAMILY ARTICLE JENNIFER STARBUCK

CHEF LEAH EVELEIGH STARTS HER THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY MEAL WITH BACON BUTTERNUT SQUASH SOUP

PHOTOGRAPHY ELLE PHOTOGRAPHY WHEN THE LASZLO HOTEL OPENS IN PARKER NEXT MONTH, CHEF LEAH EVELEIGH OF HIGHLANDS RANCH WILL OVERSEE OPERATIONS ON THE THREE ON-SITE RESTAURANTS. The Philippines native says she always offers Filipino favorites on the Thanksgiving menu, such as lumpia, which are Filipino egg rolls, and chicken adobo, the Filipino national dish. But, she loves traditional Thanksgiving fare. Here, she shares a traditional starter—bacon butternut squash soup.

BACON BUTTERNUT SQUASH SOUP Courtesy Chef Leah Eveleigh 8-10 Servings

INGREDIENTS + 2 medium butternut squash + 1 medium onion, coarsely chopped + 2 tablespoons bacon fat  + 4 cups water or chicken stock + 1 cup coconut cream  + 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger  + 1/2 teaspoon red chili flakes + 1 teaspoon ground turmeric + 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon  + 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin + Salt and black pepper to taste + 1/2 cup chevre goat cheese, garnish + 1 cup toasted pumpkin seeds, garnish + 1/2 pound cooked bacon chopped, garnish

INSTRUCTIONS 1. Preheat oven to 400 F. Cut the squash in half lengthwise and seed. Place on a baking sheet skin side up, season with salt and pepper, drizzle with olive oil and bake for 60 minutes or until squash is tender and soft. Set aside and let cool. Peel the skin and cut into chunks and set aside. 2. Heat a large heavy pot, sweat the onion with the bacon fat in moderately low heat, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes. 3. Add the squash chunks to the pot, cover with the lid and cook for 10 minutes. 4. Add the chicken stock, coconut cream, fresh ginger, chili flakes, turmeric, cinnamon and cumin and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer until the squash is tender, 25 minutes. Season to taste. Let cool. 5. Using a blender, puree the squash in batches. 6. Garnish with chevre goat cheese, bacon and toasted pumpkin seeds. 34

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Give THANKS The value of a community goes far beyond home prices. Much of it lies in the way we come together to create happiness, stability, and growth for all those who live here. This Thanksgiving season, join us in expressing gratitude by giving back to local organizations working to improve our communities. Here are a couple of our favorite ways to give back: —

Buy a pie. Support Project Angel Heart through their annual “Pie in the Sky” fundraiser. Each pie sold helps provide at least three nutritious meals to someone in our community facing a life threatening illness. Order your pie online at bit.ly/pieinthesky2019.

Embrace puppy love. Everybody loves an underdog, especially our friends at Underdogs Animal Rescue. They work year-round to find homes for animals who are often forgotten, misunderstood, or picked last from shelters. Become a part of their mission through donations or volunteerism. Learn more at underdogsrescue.org.

Thank you for being a part of our community. Wishing you a wonderful Thanksgiving season, from your local real estate experts.

Joy Van Gilder, Broker Associate

Kara Wetherill, Broker Associate

(303) 908-5325 MOBILE jvangilder@sliferdenver.com

(720) 507-0790 MOBILE kwetherill@sliferdenver.com

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