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LONE TREE Magazine November 2013 Volume 1 Issue 2 Publisher Mike Waid mike.waid@waidpublishing.com

Editor Pamela Waid pam.waid@mikewaid.com

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Saluting our Veterans: The Douglas County Veterans Monument The Lone Tree Arts Center Presents Sylvia

The Magic Comes Alive: at Park Meadows Mall

What’s Going On at the Lone Tree Chamber

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Books, Bites and Brews with Douglas County Libraries

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SALUTING OUR VETERANS: The Douglas County Veterans Monument by Tiffany Grizzle

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ecently we took our kids to a Denver Broncos game and I watched as a hush fell over the crowd, people removed their hats (and Bronco heads) as the first lady of Denver began to sing the national anthem. Several Bronco fans around us quietly sang along as the huge flag on the field was unfurled and cheers rang out as the fireworks went off towards the end of the anthem. I’ve always considered myself a very patriotic person and a proud daughter of an Air Force veteran; as such I’m always moved when I see people paying their respects to those serving and those who have served in the US military. Moments like those at the pre-game ceremony are poignant, but fleeting. Here in Douglas County we now have a lasting reminder of the brave men and women who have served with such bravery and dedication. The Douglas County Veterans Memorial is a monument years in the making. What started as a sketch has materialized into a stunningly beautiful memorial, but not without tireless fundraising efforts and the flames of support continually fanned by the members of the Douglas County Veterans Monument Foundation and the community. If you haven’t yet made it out to see the monument, located at the corner of Wilcox and Fourth Street in Castle Rock, it’s well worth the short drive over to Monument Plaza. All six service branches are represented; with seals for Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines Corps, Coast Guard and the Merchant Mariners adorning the base of the sculpture along with dedication and service plaques. Perched atop the humble granite base is a magnificent bald eagle, draped by an American flag, soaring upward with his wings outstretched. The monument is flanked with flagpoles proudly flying service flags and a POW/MIA flag. There is seating for individuals or small groups and school groups can arrange to visit the monument and have a veteran speak with them. The monument is lit from dusk till dawn daily and serves as a stunning salute to veterans past, present and future. All the hard work and dedication by the members of the monument founda-

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tion and the supportive members of the community is not over just because the Douglas County Veterans Monument has been officially unveiled; there is the upkeep, but the salute to veterans doesn’t begin and end with maintaining the integrity and beauty of the monument. The foundation is committed to reach out to local veterans in need. Foundation members want to be able to help provide support, whether that’s in the form financial aid, assistance with medical needs like service dogs or scholarships for children of veterans. Those that worked so tirelessly bringing this Veteran’s Monument to fruition don’t want the attention to be fleeting, the board members welcome the larger community of Douglas County’s support and salute to our local heroes. Those interested in making a tax free donation, possibly in memory or honor of a veteran, can do so right from the foundation’s web page. Should anyone or any groups want to hold a patriotic/veteran oriented special event at Veteran’s Plaza, the board can also be contacted through the site. This is an especially wonderful opportunity for school groups. My father, father-in- law, brother-in- law and grandfathers all served or are currently serving in the military. Each and every time the national anthem is played before a ball game or I drive by a home in my neighborhood that has a flag flying out front, I think of those family members who have served or are serving and I filled with pride and admiration. The people of Douglas County are so incredibly fortunate to have such an exquisite and striking monument to remind us all of the men and women who willing march into the unknown, filled with pride and determination and without hesitation. If you haven’t already paid Veteran’s Plaza a visit and paid your respects, take time to pause and acknowledge Veteran’s Day and make it a point to make the short drive into Castle Rock to visit the Douglas County Veterans Monument; a fitting and lasting tribute to our veterans. Douglas County Veterans Monument is located at the corner of Wilcox and Fourth Street. For more information go to www.dcvmf.org or email info@ dcvmf.org. v


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THE LONE TREE ARTS CENTER presents

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he Lone Tree Arts Center (LTAC) has announced that award-winning actress of the stage and screen, Kim Staunton, will star as Kate in Sylvia, which plays November 7-17 at Lone Tree Arts Center. The cast, led by Tony-nominated director Randal Myler also includes Tony-nominated Jonathan C. Kaplan as Greg, and Denver favorites Jamie Ann Romero as Sylvia and Randy Moore as Tom, Phyllis, and Leslie. The play by AR Gurney centers on empty-nester couple Kate and Greg after Greg brings home a stray dog he found in the park, Sylvia. Kate and Sylvia begin a battle of wills as Greg’s midlife crisis causes him to abandon his job, his social life, and maybe his marriage in favor of spending time with Sylvia. This comedy showcases the relationship between man and dog, man and wife, and, most interestingly, wife and dog.  As Kate, Kim Staunton will be taking on a complex character that is jealous and exasperated, yet strong and willful. Staunton says she is “thrilled to be working with the Lone Tree community and the amazing Randy Myler!” Staunton returns to Denver after having been a guest company member at the Denver Center Theatre Company (DCTC) for the past 13 seasons. Taking on the role of Greg is Tony-nominee Jonathan C. Kaplan. A performer since the age of 5, Kaplan has performed on and off Broadway in shows such as Falsettos, Diary of Anne Frank, Forever Dusty, Rags, and The Loman Family Picnic. This fall, Kaplan will be featured on the new CBS television show Hostages. Jamie Ann Romero and Randy Moore will both be returning to the LTAC stage and the direction of Randal Myler after the successful Hank Williams: Lost Highway of last spring. Romero says, “I am over the moon to be back at the Lone Tree Arts Center and to have the opportunity to play Sylvia with Randal Myler and this incredible cast.” Romero’s Colorado credits include starring roles at the Denver Center Theatre Company where she was awarded the Denver Post Ovation Award and at the Colorado Shakespeare Festival, where she took home a Best of Westword Award. Moore has spent the last 18 years as a company member of the Denver Center Theatre Company after a 23 year tenure with the Dallas Theater Center. Moore has also been seen on the stages of The Alley, Old Globe, and Baltimore Center Stage. Leading the cast is Tony-nominated director, Randal Myler who directed John Denver Holiday Concert and Hank Williams: Lost Highway for LTAC in the 2012-13 season. LTAC Executive Director Lisa Rigsby Peterson said, “When Randy agreed to return to Lone Tree to direct, I was thrilled. Our audiences have loved his work in the past and he’s directed Sylvia exceedingly well elsewhere; we fell into the perfect relationship to make this show soar. When Kim Staunton agreed to play Kate, it was truly the cherry on top.” Tickets for Sylvia can be purchased online at www.LoneTreeArtsCenter.org or by calling 720509-1000. Tickets start $28 (plus $3 service fee). A special $25 matinee will take place at 1:30pm on November 13. v

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olorado’s largest enclosed regional shopping venue, Park Meadows, is decking the halls and celebrating the season with Santa, a Super Sleigh, Black Friday specials and more. Adding to the excitement as the Retail Resort welcomed a number of new stores in 2013 including Build-A-Bear, Peek, Francesca’s, charming charlie, White House Black Market and Journey’s, all joining unique stores to the Denver market including, American Girl, Lego, The Disney Store, Soft Surroundings, Sundance, Tesla Motors and White Chocolate Grill. The holiday happenings officially kick off on Saturday, Nov. 9th at 8:30 a.m. with the unveiling of Santa’s Super Sleigh during Santa’s arrival event. On loan from the North Pole until December 23rd, the new, stateof-the-art Super Sleigh features a silver glittered exhaust system that trails the dust across the sky as he flies; a naughty or nice meter; a GPS, compass and lantern to help guide his way; fur liners and heated seats to keep him warm; a hot cocoa machine complete with a candy cane mug; and an iPod station to keep him humming those holiday tunes all through the night. During the event, milk and cookies will be served and festive activities will take place. Santa’s brand new experience, including his Symphony and Super Sleigh, will be open for business all season long. For those who love to rise and shop, Black Friday is a truly a winter dream come true. With select stores opening as early as 8 p.m. Thanksgiving night, shoppers can shop all night and finish with complimentary pancakes, served 4 – 6 a.m. the morning of Nov. 29th in the Dining Hall. Deals will be spread throughout the Retail Resort and prizes given away every hour between 4 – 10 a.m. Better rest up, turkeys! “It’s amazing to watch our favorite season come alive with magic at Park Meadows through our Coloradoinspired architecture, warm fire places, festive garland and twinkling lights as carolers perform classic holiday tunes,” said Brittin Karaffa, marketing manager at Park Meadows. “Not to mention that with 175 stores to choose from, you’re bound to find something for everyone on your list!” Catch a glimpse of ol’ St. Nick as he strolls the Vistas on November 13th, 20th and 27th at 6 p.m. Then, on select Tuesday nights, children are invited to wear their winter’s best with Pajama Party Pics with Santa from 6 – 8 p.m. on November 19th and 26th, and in December on the 3rd, 10th and 17th. Santa loves his reindeer – and your (leashed) furry friends - as he welcomes Pet Pics on November 18th, 25th, December 2nd and 9th, from 6 – 8 p.m. For those a little short on supplies, there will be a Holiday Gift Wrap Station in the Macy’s Court on November 23rd and 30th and on December 3rd, 7th, 10th, 14th, 17th, 21st and 24th. Park Meadows is located at 8401 Park Meadows Center Dr, Lone Tree, Colo. For more information, please visit parkmeadows.com or call 303.792.2999. v

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he Lone Tree Chamber of Commerce was founded in 2006 and is celebrating seven years of growth and success. The Chamber’s Mission is to be the leading voice of the business community, to foster economic growth, and to advance the commercial industrial and civic well being of the City of Lone Tree and the surrounding community. Our Vision is an energized chamber that sets the standard for excellence in membership services, community alliances, and business growth within the City of Lone Tree and the surrounding area. Each month the Chamber presents the Business After Hours at a Chamber member’s place of business. It is always held the first Wednesday of each month from 5-7 pm. This provides an excellent way to meet, mingle and meet members and learn more about the Chamber. The Chamber also hosts a Business Connections Networking and Educational Luncheon each month – times and locations vary. Check the website, www.lonetreechamber.com for additional information. The next Business Connections Networking and Educational Luncheon is on Monday, November 18th, at the Hyatt Place Denver-South/Park Meadows, 9030 East Westview Road in Lone Tree. Join us for the seventh meeting of this dynamic group. David Gardner of Web Connections is doing a great job of obtaining speakers who present informative, timely, and relative information to attendees. Please contact us for more information at chamberinfo@ lonetreechamber.com or 303 792-3282. We look forward to hearing from you.

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othing says fall like a good craft beer and a plate of delicious, locallyinspired food. Douglas County Libraries is celebrating the season with Books, Bites and Brews, a fantastic event featuring tastings from local cookbooks and breweries, plus chef demos and special workshop-style sessions. The event will be held from 4-9 p.m. on Saturday, November 9, at Cielo in Castle Pines (485 W. Happy Canyon Rd.). Tickets, which range in price from $25$30, are available at DouglasCountyLibraries.org. Breweries in attendance will include Grist Brewing Company (Highlands Ranch), Hall Brewing Company (Parker), Elk Mountain Brewing (Parker), Lone Tree Brewing Company (Lone Tree) and Rockyard American Grill and Brewing Company (Castle Rock). Featured cookbooks, and tastes from their recipes, will include “Tasting Colorado” (Michele Morris), “Eclectic Entertaining” (Barbara Stafford), “A Well-

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BOOKENDS The Art of Hearing Heartbeats by Jan-Philipp Sendker What begins as a case of a missing person becomes a poignant love story that spans a great distance and time. Julia’s father gets on a plane for a supposed business meeting, but never comes home. The family does not know where he has gone and the authorities have no leads after the trail goes cold in Bangkok. Then Julia’s mother finds an old love letter to a woman in a village in Burma. Against her mother’s wishes, Julia decides she must follow this trail and try to find her father, or at least the truth about her father and his past. PAM: I have been eyeing this book for a while, as the summary drew my interest. I was not disappointed, as the story grabbed me right away. Becky, did you find yourself drawn in to this book? BECKY: This is an enjoyable tale with interesting characters. The author did a wonderful job developing this story and only gave us enough information to make you want to come back for more. A good portion of this book is a love story between Tin Win and a girl named Mi Mi. The setting is in a remote mountain area of Burma and both of these characters have disabilities. Which character did you enjoy most? PAM: Both of the characters drew me in, however, Mi Mi was my favorite. The author describes her strengths and attributes in a very poetic fashion. She has such grace and beauty (both inside and out), that nobody focuses on her disability. As Tin Win and Mi Mi began to know each other, they became inseparable and really two parts of one heart. The enduring, non-judgmental love they shared was inspiring. Becky, did you feel the same way? BECKY: Although the circumstance of both of them having a disability was a bit unbelievable, their connection was beautiful. They had a pure love and appreciation for the other and it was wonderful to watch their intense love grow. The story of their youth is told by an old man named U Ba, a stranger that Julia meets upon her arrival. He knows a great deal about her father and takes his time revealing the mystery of her father’s past and his disappearance. Did you enjoy this teasing approach to storytelling?

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PAM: Although I am often impatient to have a story unfold, I did enjoy this author’s approach. I was very caught up in the tale and forgot to be impatient for the ending. When Tin Win is a boy, he is suddenly left without parents. Su Kyi, a neighbor steps in to take care of the abandoned little boy and becomes his family. What were your impressions about Su Kyi and their relationship? BECKY: I thought that although a small role in the story, this was an interesting character in Tin Win’s life. Su Kyi is an older woman who has already lost her only child and husband. She notices that Tin Win has been abandoned and she feels as if she is a burden on her household she is living in so she moves into Tin Win’s home and starts to care for him. I enjoyed this character and admire the way that she stepped in to help this little boy. They both have tenderness for each other but did you feel that there was a mother-son depth to their love? PAM: I felt that Su Kyi had a motherly love for Tin Win, but he did not seem to have the same depth of love for her. Although he had much affection for her, 19 SEARCH LONE TREE MAGAZINE

his feelings for her were not portrayed as deeply as I had anticipated. All of Tin Win’s relationships throughout the book paled in comparison to his intense feelings for Mi Mi. Perhaps this was the author’s plan to help the reader realize the importance and deepness of their love for each other. Tin Win is summoned to his uncle’s house in another town and he must leave all he knows. How did you feel about his uncle and this portion of the story? BECKY: His Uncle is a wealthy man that often consults an astrologer. He has recently been told that a catastrophe is to come his way unless he assists a family member in great distress. He recalls some mention of a blind nephew that he has never met. His Uncle views his poor status and blindness as an opportunity to appease the stars and calls for Tin Win to travel to Rangoon. His Uncle selfishly plucks Tin Win out of his perfectly happy life and provides a surgery that gives Tin Win his sight back. Although many might see that as a blessing Tin Win is horribly unhappy but has no power to stand up to his selfish Uncle. Did you enjoy the fact that while his sight is impaired Tin Win can hear the heartbeats of those around him? PAM: When Tin Win loses his eyesight, he slowly realizes that he can hear sounds that nobody else can hear or explain. One of those sounds he realizes is the sound of heartbeats. I also love that the author took his disability of being sightless and turned it into a positive for Tin Win. After his surgery, when he regained his eyesight, his sensitive hearing fades. Although he is grateful to his uncle and the doctors, he feels that he was better the way he was. This was a great way of showing that Tin Win wasn’t less of a person without his sight, he just navigated differently. Did you find it plausible that Julia did not know so much about her father? BECKY: To some degree I did not find it believable because Julia and her father were close but then again how well do we know our parents as young adults? It would have been more reasonable if he was distant or disconnected from Julia but that was not the case. I also would understand if he didn’t share everything from his past but it seems like she didn’t know her father’s past at all. Did you like the way that the author tied up this tangled story? PAM: Actually, I really did like the way the author wrapped up the story and brought the different characters and story lines together at the end. I didn’t think there would be a resolution that I would feel truly addressed the different aspects of this story, but I felt that the author really pulled it off. Do you agree, Becky? BECKY: It was a unique ending but if you are a fan of romance than this will not disappoint you. I was hoping to know a little more about Julia but overall it was a fitting ending to this story. Now hop on board with us while we read Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline. v


LOCAL AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT Jewels and the Treasure ME Discovery by Spirit Corley

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irst time self-published author, Spirit Corley, has ignited a passionate desire to touch children’s lives through imagination and affirmation. Her new book, Jewels and the Treasure ME Discovery is the first piece from the “I AM ME Discovery” empowerment project and book series. This book delivers positive messages to young multi-ethnic children 4-8 through a vibrant picture book and storytelling for the young and child within. Since the books release, Spirit has donated over 200 books to charities, foundations, schools, and organizations, as well as sharing the message of positive affirmation and self-discovery through storytelling, self-awareness, and healthy positive esteem. Spirit speaks regularly to groups of kids to empower them. Jewels and the Treasure ME Discovery is available online at www.spiritsjewelsbooks.com. v

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2766 S. DELAWARE ST., ENGLEWOOD Cute cozy and charming 1922 2 bed 1 bath ranch w/finished basement in the heart of Englewood. $214,000

18728 BERRY PL., AURORA Beautiful home located in a Cul-de-sac! Enormous master suite, gleaming hardwood floors, finished basement with office space. Raised stone patio and a large fenced in backyard!

Nanci Almquist Extension 105

18425 PONY EXPRESS DR., PARKER Looking for space? Come join one of Parker’s premier business centers!

Chris Schultz Extension 106

Denay Valdez Extension 126

303-805-9551

9233 Park Meadows Dr., Ste 218, Lone Tree, CO 80124

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