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A Touch of Vegas in Parker


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e’ve all seen a movie where the suave main character confidently walks up to a roulette table and lays down a huge some of money on a random number and wins big. Or when the secret agent goes “all in” on a high stakes game of Texas Hold’em to shake the villain. When was the last time you had the chance to act like a “high roller” without the risk of losing your kid’s college tuition? Here is your chance to be a high roller, have a great time and support a great cause right here in Parker. On April 26, head over to “A Touch of Vegas” from 7pm to 10pm at Ave Maria Catholic Church in Parker. Your $30 admission charge give you $1,000 of play money for blackjack, roulette, Texas hold’em and craps. Be the high roller you’ve always dreamed of and show those table games who is boss. Snacks and one free drink are also included with your admission. While there, stop by the “illegal wedding chapel” and renew your marriage vows. It will be a night of fun and frivolity while you enjoy Vegas-style entertainment, live music, dancing, prizes and a silent auction. This unique fundraiser should be called a “fun”-raiser as you are sure to have a great time. Tickets are required, so don’t wait until they are all gone. Call Len or Janie Bertagnolli at 303-284-9685 to reserve yours today.


April 26 A TOUCH OF VEGAS 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm Ave Maria Catholic Church 9056 East Parker Road Parker, CO 80138 For tickets: Len or Janie Bertagnolli 303-284-9685.


RECYCLING: HOW CAN WE DO IT BETTER? by Christine Losciale-Thoemmes Photography (below) by Savanna V. Thoemmes


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ou know that saying, “You don’t know what you don’t know?” Well, that’s kind of what this article is about, only in regards to recycling. I sometimes find myself unsure if I am recycling certain items correctly. I also have people asking me, “Is this recyclable?”, or “How do I recycle this?” And the truth is, sometimes I am just not sure. So, what I decided to do was to ask these questions to two of our local trash/recycling companies, “Haulaway” and “Waste Management”. I explained my dilemma, and I told them that I believed that if we knew the mistakes we were making many of us would certainly make an effort to correct them. They were more than happy to oblige, and answered all of my recycling questions. I even got to take a tour of Waste Management’s recycling facility in Denver. Now I get to share everything I learned with you so that we can all be better “recyclers” together. First of all I have to say, touring the recycling plant was an incredible experience. I knew there were machines, but what I didn’t know was how much work is still done by hand- helping to sort through and pull out unwanted items. Of these unwanted items the one that seemed to rank high on the list was PLASTIC BAGS. People recycle their newspapers without removing the plastic bags they got delivered in, and place their recyclables in plastic bags, and some people just


think plastic bags can be recycled this way. After all plastic bags can be recycled, right? Yes, but not through your residential recycling pick up. Plastic bags must be taken to a local grocery or retail stores where plastic bag recycling is offered. When plastic bags do get mixed in with your other recyclables they can cause big problems for the recycling/sorting machines. It turns out these plastic bags can get caught around the spinning shafts causing damage to the machines. If you keep your recyclable trash in a plastic bag, just empty the items out into your residential recycling can for pick up. Another common item residents try to recycle through home pick up is SHREDDED PAPER. This too is not to be recycled through your residential pick up. Again, you might ask, “Why, isn’t paper recyclable?” Yes it is! However, much like the plastic bags the shredded paper causes damage to their machines, it clogs the machine’s wheels of operations. Shredded paper CAN be recycled through other companies like: Iron Mountain and Shred it. Here is a list of a few other items that come into the facility that cannot be recycled there: • Extensions cords (not recyclable and get caught in the machines) • Garden hoses • Christmas lights/ light bulbs • Medical waste/syringes • Styrofoam • Batteries and electronics.

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Check with your town government to find out when the next chemical round up or electronic recycling even will be. And finally, things we can do to be more helpful: Take the caps off of plastic and glass bottles/jugs/jars etc. This not only helps to flatten the plastic items, but sometimes the caps are made from different material then the rest of the item. This also helps to ensure the item will be empty as well. To be helpful at the curbside: Be sure your trash cans are clearly labeled as a recycling cans, especially if it’s one you purchased yourself; put some space between the regular (landfill) trash and the recyclable trash- on separate sides of the driveway if possible. In the end, “If we all do a little it will mean a lot”. For more helpful ideas go to one of Waste Management’s sites: (The information provided is specific to Waste Management’s recycling facility and program. Please check with your trash provider for more details). For more information on “Going Green With Mrs. Christine, email Christine Losciale-Thoemmes at v





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JOURNEY TO KINDERGARTEN 6:00pm - 8:00pm Is your child ready for Kindergarten? Bring your Kindergartener and prepare for success! Your child can go on a library tour while you learn about beginning reader books and skills your child needs to succeed. Light refreshments will be served and there will be interactive tables for child to explore. Parker Library - Adam & Dorothy Miller Meeting Room 303-791-7232

Saturday Skate Night 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM Skate Nights are great events for skaters of all ages or teens who are looking for something to do on a Saturday night! Children under the age of 10 must be accompanied by an adult while at the Fieldhouse. Participants must bring their own skates; helmets are strongly encouraged. Parker Fieldhouse - 18700 E. Plaza Dr. Parker, CO 80138 or 303.805.6309

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PARKER TENNIS FUN DAYS 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM Tennis Fun Days are a fun and energetic introduction to tennis for beginning and intermediate junior players. Games, contests and challenges are incorporated into the activities to create a fun environment so that kids experience success and joy around the sport of tennis. You may use your own racquet or one will be provided. Parker Fieldhouse - 18700 E. Plaza Dr Parker, CO 80138 or 720.979.6880

NO CAMERA TRICKS 7:00 PM Nine-time Society of American Magicians award-winning magician Rod Spade presents “No Camera Tricks” a family fun close-up comedy magic show at the Mainstreet Center on Monday Nights at 7 p.m. through the summer. Mainstreet Center - 19650 E. Mainstreet Parker, CO 80138 or 720.289.4615

April 4 - April 12 ESCANABA IN DA MOONLIGHT 2:00pm and 7:00pm The first day of deer hunting season may be a rite of passage for many sportsmen across the Midwest, but nowhere more so than in the small Michigan town of Escanaba -- or so this comedy from Jeff Daniels would have you believe! Mainstreet Center 303.805.7728

April 5 SHAVE THE MAYOR FUNDRAISER FOR KIDS CANCER RESEARCH 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Join Parker Mayor Mike Waid, Councilman Josh Rivero, Council Woman Debbie Lewis and many others who are shaving their heads to raise money for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. Money raised will be used for pediatric cancer research. Don’t miss this fun event! PACE Center - 20000 Pikes Peak Avenue Parker, CO 80138

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BROADWAY’S NEXT H!T MUSICAL 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. It’s all improvised and it’s all funny. The New York Times calls Broadway’s Net H!T Musical “Hilarious!” Time Out NY says “At last! A musical of, for, and by the people.” Master improvisers gather made up, hit song suggestions from the audience and create a spontaneous evening of music, humor, and laughter. PACE Center - 20000 Pikes Peak Avenue Parker, CO 80138 or 303.805.6800


April 8 - April 9 YOUTH SPORTS REGISTRATION OPENS FOR SUMMER 6:00 am Registration for Youth Baseball, Inline Hockey, Soccer, Track, Kinder Baseball and Soccer and Mini Mite Soccer opens. calendar.aspx?EID=3743

April 9 GET READY FOR COLLEGE 4pm – 7pm Strengthen Your College Knowledge. Attendees may choose two of three sessions: 1. FISCAL FITNESS - how to pay for college through scholarships, grants and loans; 2. PREPARING FOR COLLEGE ADMISSIONS - learn how transfer credits work between institutions; 3. READY, SET, GO - TO COLLEGE! - learn what you can do in high school to better prepare for college, and learn the important basics of the first year of college. Representatives from ACC’s Advising, Concurrent Enrollment and Financial Aid Offices will be in attendance. Pizza and snacks will be served at this event, which is free and open to the public. Arapahoe Community College Parker Campus

April 11 UNDERSTANDING GOD’S PURPOSE IN YOUR LIFE 6:00pm This event is designed to help students, their families and our community understand God’s purpose for their lives. Nationally known Christian band “Nine Lashes” will be performing as well as local author and therapist Craig Lounsbroughand Robert T. from Billy Graham’s “My Hope America”. K-LOVE radio will have a booth for the donation of prom dresses for those high school girls who can’t afford a dress for prom. All concessions at the event will benefit a Living Water International well digging project that will take place in Saga, Honduras this June.

Additionally, Grand Canyon University will be present, and Lifeway Christian Bookstores will be distributing free Bibles. The event is sponsored by Grand Canyon University and USA Youth Outreach. Chaparral High School gymnasium Lori Pace at or Becky Cohen at

April 11 MOVIE AND MARTINI - BACK TO THE FUTURE 5:30pm – 10:00pm Enjoy a couple of drinks from our bar, dine on some delectable hors d’oeuvres, and brush up on your trivia because we’ll be giving away prizes before we search for the elusive 1.21 gigawatts of energy that will bring us Back to the Future. The Wildlife Experience - 10035 Peoria Street Parker, CO 80134 or 720.488.3300

April 12 SPRING FLING CRAFT FAIR 9:00am - 5:00pm Ponderosa High School in Parker, CO will be hosting a craft fair with over 70 Colorado artists and specialty vendors. Enjoy browsing a wide selection of unique gifts including hand crafted jewelry, gourmet foods, home decor, textile crafts, skin care, ceramics, and many more. 9am-5pm, FREE admission, child care will be available. Ponderosa High School, 7007 E. Bayou Gulch Rd., Parker, CO

April 12 LESSONS AND LEMONADE : WATERCOLOR WITH P. HOSTETLER & B. CARSON 9:30am – 11:00am and 11:30am -1pm Hobby Lobby - 10901 S Parker Rd, Parker, CO 80134 Judy 720-542-8187

April 12 PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT 6:00 PM - 10:30 PM Mom and Dad, grab some friends and enjoy a night with adults while we watch your kids! Our talented staff will keep your kids active and entertained so you don’t have to. New theme nights are coming! We host plenty of games and activities, crafts, movies, climbing and skating (must bring your own skates) to keep kids ages 5 to 13 busy. Parker Fieldhouse - 18700 E. Plaza Dr. Parker, CO 80138 303.805.6310

April 12 PLAY WITH NUMBERS 2:00pm - 4:00pm Join us for the family fun program where children and adults will be able to challenge their brains in feats of logic and perception. Using various games, crafts, puzzles and iPads you will put your mathematical skills to the test. Parker Library - Adam & Dorothy Miller Meeting Room Peggy St. Clair - 303-791-7232

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LOCAL AUTHOR SHOWCASE 2:00pm - 4:00pm Come enjoy light refreshments as you listen to local authors talk about their books! Authors presenting include: Dianne Maroney, Del Shannon, Vilma Reynoso, Sandra Thompson, Stephanie Smith, Marcia Reece. Parker Library - Adam & Dorothy Miller Meeting Room

April 17 KIDS ZONE - TEDDY BEAR PICNIC All Day Ages 3 to 6; Bring your favorite stuffed animal to share stories, snacks, fun and games. Parker Recreation Center - 17301 E. Lincoln Ave. Parker, CO 80134 303.841.4500

April 18 SPRING EGGSTRAVAGANZA 9:00am – 5:00pm Spring Eggstravaganza celebrates the coming of spring with many exciting activities and surprises that are themed around recycling, rejuvenation and rebirth. Guests of all ages will participate in springtime activities, workshops, games and crafts, and much more! And kids, don’t miss out on your chance to get a picture taken with the Spring Bunny! The Wildlife Experience - 10035 Peoria Street Parker, CO 80134 or 720.488.3300

April 19 BLUEGRASS AT PARKER MAINSTREET: WAYNE HENDERSON & VIRGINIA LUTHIER BAND 7:00pm - 9:00pm The Colorado Bluegrass Society concludes its 2014 Winter Series South in the Town of Parker with two sets featuring Wayne Henderson followed by the Virginia Luthier Band. Mainstreet Center eventperformances.asp?evt=211

April 19 PARKER SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA: IN NATURE’S REALM 7:30pm - 9:00pm At last spring is in the air and the Parker Symphony invites you to an evening of orchestral music dedicated to the light and beauty of that happy season. What would flowers be without bees? Vaughn-Williams’ “Overture to the Wasps” portrays the miniature aerial acrobatics of wasps with vivid accuracy. PACE Center eventperformances.asp?evt=212

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REUTER-HESS DIG ARTIFACTS LECTURE 7:00 PM “Digging Up Unexpected Parker History,” archaeologist Gordon Tucker will present this popular lecture again on April 23 at 7 p.m. at the Parker Library. Dr. Tucker will discuss what was discovered during construction of the ReuterHess Dam and Reservoir during this one-hour free lecture. Parker Library - Adam & Dorothy Miller Meeting Room - 10851 S. Crossroads Dr. Parker, CO 80134 Derrick Mason - 303-791-7323

4TH ANNUAL LIVE & SILENT AUCTION 9:00am-12:00pm There’s something for everyone with hundreds of items including unforgettable vacations, priceless sports memorabilia, hotel stays, fine dining certificates, Mother’s Day Gifts and much more! PACE Center

April 25 THE UNLIKELY CANDIDATES 7:30pm All proceeds benefit Parker’s Creative District at Old Town of Parker on the heels of their appearance at SXSW, The Unlikely Candidates bring a refined indie sensibility to the raw energy of rock music. The band’s first offering Follow My Feet, is an intensely infectious single that’s already won them major airplay on alternative radio. PACE Center - 20000 Pikes Peak Avenue Parker, CO 80138 eventperformances.asp?evt=223

April 26 ELECTRONICS DROP OFF 9:00am – 1:00pm The Douglas Elbert REALTOR® Association (DERA) will be hosting the 3rd Annual Electronics Drop Off along with Rocky Mountain E-Waste Proceeds from event will benefit Military Veterans of Wounded Warriors Impacting Neighbors. Douglas Elbert REALTOR® Association 840 Kinner Street Castle Rock, CO 80109

April 26 YOUTH ENRICHMENT - BABYSITTING 9 a.m. to 3 p.m Ages 11-15 years; Topics include routine care, activities, discipline, home hazards, common injuries, rescue breathing, CPR and choking management Mainstreet Center - 19650 E. Mainstreet Parker, CO 80138 303.841.4500

April 26 ARBOR DAY CELEBRATION 9:00am - 11:00am The Town invites you to help plant 60 trees of various species including: elms, bur oak, white fir, pear and a few evergreen trees. No need to sign-up, just bring your own gloves and shovels and the Town will provide breakfast refreshments! Tallman Meadow Park, 12335 Canterberry Parkway Parker, CO 80138 or 303.841.0353

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April 26 FINDING FUN ON THE FRONT RANGE 10:30am - 12:00pm Drop in and join us as we offer exciting, new information on places to see and discover in Castle Rock and along the Front Range. Helpful information, “How-To’s”, coupons/discounts will be offered to those attending! Light refreshments will be served. Philip S. Miller Library - Central Meeting Room Suzanne LaRue - 303-791-7323


April 27 SUNDAY CASUAL CLASSICS CONFLUENCE QUARTET 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Our new Sunday Casual Classics are comprised of matinee concerts featuring local professional musicians in an intimate and acoustically superb performance space at PACE. Audiences will interact with the musicians and enjoy a glass of wine as part of the ticket price. PACE Center - 20000 Pikes Peak Avenue Parker, CO 80138 303.805.6800

April 27 HOLOCAUST REMEMBERED. 2:00pm - 3:00pm This Yom Hashoah, please join Special Guest Eric Cahn for a moving Remembrance of life during the Holocaust. Discussion will follow the presentation. Reservation recommended for Adults and Teens. Light refreshments will be served. Philip S. Miller Library - CR Bank Room East/ West Kimberly McDonald - 303-791-7323 May 2014

MAY 10 LESSONS AND LEMONADE - CHINESE BRUSH PAINTING WITH CARM FOGT 9:30 am – 11:00 am and 11:30am - 1:00pm and 1:00pm - 3:00pm Hobby Lobby - 10901 S Parker Rd, Parker, CO 80134

May 18 BAROQUE CHAMBER ORCHESTRA OF COLORADO 3:00p.m. - 5:00 p.m. This professional period instrument ensemble brings audiences the musical riches and spirit of improvisation of the 17th and 18th centuries. Their imaginative programming balances familiar masterworks and hidden treasures of the Barooque. PACE Center - 20000 Pikes Peak Avenue Parker, CO 80138 303.805.6800

May 23 PARKER CHORALE: SONGS OF THE HEART & SOUL 7:30 PM Join the Chorale for a fun evening of your favorite songs of love and longing featuring “Since I Fell For You”, “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot”, and of course, “Heart & Soul” PACE Center - 20000 Pikes Peak Avenue Parker, CO 80138 303.805.6800

May 24 ROCKY MOUNTAIN BRASSWORKS: THE 3RD ANNUAL BRASS BAND FESTIVAL 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM PACE Center - Parker, CO 80138 Call 303.805.6800 for more information



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ith springtime come those freakish spring snowstorms, bulbs peeking through the semi-frozen ground and the inevitable task of Spring Cleaning. Most of us have that one drawer with the old phones, cords and other electronics that are outdated and just taking up space. This year, you can clear out all that electronic clutter in one clean sweep! Say goodbye to all the old electronics that are collecting dust in your junk drawer! On Saturday, April 26th the Douglas Elbert REALTOR® Association (DERA) along with Rocky Mountain E-Waste is hosting an Electronics Drop Off from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm at two locations. Bring your unwanted items to one of the following locations: The DERA located at 840 Kinner Street in Castle Rock ~or~ Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Located at 18801 E. Mainstreet in Parker. Not only can you safely recycle your dead and unwanted electronics, but EVERTHING you recycle will help to support the Wounded Warriors Impacting Neighbors. The WWIN is a non-profit organization that helps injured, post 9/11 veterans of the U.S. Military transition to civilian life in four key areas; maintaining dignity, strengthening their family, educating the community and businesses and finding sustainable and meaningful purpose in their personal and professional lives. Most items are free to recycle; however there is a $5 charge to destroy data on hard drives. If you are planning on getting rid of TV’s and/or monitors; the cost is as follows: $10 for TVs and monitors up to 19”), $20 for 20”-32”, $30 for 33”-40” and $40 for over 40”. a) If you have large appliances you’d like to recycle, please contact DERA at 303-688-0941 for more information. v 17 SEARCH PARKER MAGAZINE




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oin the Wildlife Experience as they celebrate the coming of springtime with their annual Spring Eggstravaganza Event on Saturday, April 19th beginning at 9:00 am. Held every year the Saturday before Easter, the Spring Eggstravaganza ushers in the season with “eggciting” activities and surprises that are tied into the important themes of conservation, rejuvenation and rebirth. There will be a variety of workshops, games, crafts and activities for guests of all ages. Find out some great tips for composting, gardening and water conservation for your home garden, because “planting time” will be here before you know it. See live animal demonstrations by Perry Conway from Aerie Nature Series, Inc. from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm; don’t miss your chance to see the Golden Eagle, alligator, Gila Monsters and snakes (safely) up close and personal! Mix 100 radio will be live onsite from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm and of course, the celebration wouldn’t be complete without a chance to get your picture taken with the star of the weekend – the Easter Bunny! The Spring Eggstravagazna is free for Wildlife Experience Members and the cost for non-members is included in the price of admission. Be sure to join them for all the fun and festivities on Saturday, April 19th from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. For more information on this and other events visit


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he Town of Parker invites you to help plant 60 trees of various species including: elms, bur oak, white fir, pear and a few evergreen trees. No need to sign-up, just bring your own gloves and shovels and the Town will provide breakfast refreshments! Arbor Day is a fun educational event for the whole family and is an important piece to keeping Parker named as a “Tree City USA.” The Tree City USA® program is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the USDA Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters. Parker has been named as a Tree City USA for 19 years! In order to keep this title the Town must keep a commitment to enhancing the public’s awareness for trees within the community through events and educational opportunities such as the annual Arbor Day celebration. The Town must also spend at least two dollars per resident on tree care such as planting and pruning. After the tree planting, be sure to stop by the Arborist table and meet the Town’s Park and Forestry team. They can help answer questions about tree planting, pruning and tree selection. Learn how to take care of your trees and make them last! Please remember that the Town will not be providing shovels or gloves at Arbor Day. Tree planting, refreshments and give-a-ways will be available on a first-come, firstserved basis. Parking is limited; parking in near-by lots is advised. For questions regarding Parker’s celebration, please call 303.841.0353 or

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All proceeds benefit Parker’s Creative District at Old Town of Parker n the heels of their appearance at SXSW, The Unlikely Candidates bring a refined indie sensibility to the raw energy of rock music. The band’s first offering Follow My Feet, is an intensely infectious single that’s already won them major airplay on alternative radio. Kyle Morris and Cole Male forged a musical partnership in the most improbable of places and soon they found themselves in a collaboration rooted in their mutual love of gritty garage rock and the guitar-fueled pop of British Invasion bands. Now, ten years later, Morris and Male serve as lead vocalist and guitarist for The Unlikely Candidates, a Fort Worth-based fivepiece band that brings a refined indie sensibility to the raw energy of rock music. Rounded out by guitarist Brenton Carney, bassist Jared Hornbeek, and drummer Kevin Goddard, The Unlikely Candidates have infused that formula into songs that reveal both their frenetic spirit and breezy sophistication in crafting lyrics and melody. The band has enjoyed major airplay with its sky-high melodies, driving rhythms, lush guitar lines, and


lyrics that gracefully twist hope into despair. “With our music we’re paying homage to a lineage of rock-and-roll that’s larger than life, and at the same time pushing new sounds and lyrics that have a few different layers of meaning going on.“ The Unlikely Candidates took to the road, and after a tour including stops at legendary venues such as L.A.s Troubadour and Viper Room, landed at SXSW in 2013. The band’s energetic live show, a key element of The Unlikely Candidates experience, caught the attention of Atlantic Records and led to their signing. Opening for The Unlikely Candidates is Viretta, a four piece alternative rock band from Parker. With twin brothers Michael and Robert Moroni on guitars and vocals, drummer Michael Bokenkamp, bassist Caden Marchese, and with influences like Queens of the Stone Age, Nirvana, Radiohead, and Circa Survive, Viretta is growing more and more in Denver’s music scene. Parker’s Creative District at Old Town Parker is proud to present The Unlikely Candidates and Viretta at the PACE Center in Parker, Colorado. Tickets are available online at


BOOKENDS The Last Runaway by Tracy Chevalier

In 1850 Honor Bright travels to America with her sister, Grace. The journey is difficult and Grace dies before she reaches her fiance, Adam Cox in Faithwell, Ohio. With no other option Honor continues to Adam’s home that he currently shares with his brother’s widow, Abigail. Honor is not expected, but the Quaker family moves Honor into the house but not into their hearts. Honor’s only friend is Belle, a milliner from a town she spent some time in before reaching Faithwell. Honor misses her former home in England but tries to embrace all the differences in America. She is lonely and struggles to find her place in this harsh landscape that is so different from England. Yet, these emotions are nothing compared to her desire to help runaway slaves that travel through Faithwell. Honor is torn between what the law and her new family expect of her, and what her heart desires.

the women and Honor?

BECKY: This book was a quick read for me at only 252 pages. The length was not something that I considered when it was recommended at a book store. In hindsight I would have questioned how a book with a difficult topic like slavery could have been completed in a story with this many pages. Did you find the length to be adequate?

PAM: It was an interesting twist to the story that this man, certainly a villain, found himself attracted to Honor. Although, her first meeting with Donovan included him stopping the man that was giving her a ride to her new home to search for a runaway slave, Honor found herself drawn to Donovan. She found herself thinking of him and asking for his assistance, although she opposed his occupation and beliefs. There were many interesting twists about Donovan, his horrible trade, and his connection to Honor. Although his character was not as developed as I would have liked, he did create much interest, disgust, as well as sympathy in this story. I won’t go into detail so I don’t ruin the end of the story, but were you surprised with Donovan’s ultimate decision at the end?

PAM: Actually, I did feel that the story wrapped up quite quickly and I felt that I was still looking for more at the end. On the flipside, I had a bit of trouble getting caught up in the story at the very beginning. Did you find this, Becky? Or were you captured by the story from the beginning?

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BECKY: I wouldn’t say that I was captured by the story but the writing had an easy flow so I easily started turning the pages. The beginning of the book talks in detail about quilting and Honor is an expert with the needle. As the story progressed, I expected to see something about messages in the quilts that would inform runaway slaves that were traveling the Underground Railroad. However, this topic was never approached and I think the author missed a great opportunity to include this in the story. With the amount of discussion throughout the story regarding the art of quilting were you also surprised that this wasn’t part of the story? PAM: Becky, that is a great question! The author does describe Honor’s quilting ability and the connections this art created between family, friends, and community members. Messages in the quilts would have been a great detail and an opportunity for the subject of quilting to be more deeply imbedded in the story. I love quilting and enjoyed the descriptions of color and pattern used in the quilts, as well as the differences in English versus American quilts that Honor discovered. Honor’s sewing ability moved her to a higher status among the women in the community, as they frequently came together to quilt on projects for members of the community. However, did you feel that this actually created animosity between some of 27 SEARCH PARKER MAGAZINE

BECKY: Her talent and English quilting style did cause some conflict for her in the community which surprised me. I don’t quilt but if I did, a new style or the opportunity to learn from an expert would have drawn me towards a friendship with Honor. However, that did not happen in this story and Honor was never embraced by the locals. There was someone that had great interest in her and that was Donovan, the local slave hunter. The attraction between these two characters was the most interesting part of the story to me. What is your opinion of this antagonist?

BECKY: I was a little surprised and enjoyed the author’s choice with the ending. As you mentioned any further discussion would give too much information so let’s change direction. During this tale we are given a glimpse of the runaway slaves’ perspective. Do you feel like this story paints an accurate picture of their situation? PAM: I think it paints an abbreviated accurate picture. The author does not delve too deeply into this area of the story. Therefore, I felt that I got a glimpse of the runaway slaves’ situation, just not an entire picture. Would you recommend this book, Becky? BECKY: It would not be on my top ten list but it was an enjoyable story and has great reviews. The writing was fluid and the characters had some interesting qualities so I would recommend it for a light read. If you are looking to sink your teeth into a deep story or want to learn more about that time in history, then this is not the book for you. What do you have planned for our pick next month? PAM: Next month we will be discussing Sandra Dallas’ newest book, Fallen Women.



LOCAL AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT Stories Gathered at the Kitchen Table, A Collection of Women’s Memoirs


aw and unfiltered, meaningful writing from the heart.” Bold women share stories that influenced their confidence to become business women, leaders, mothers, healers, politicians, artists, pilots and trendsetters. In the safe haven of Kitchen Table Writing, creators from the 1950s to Columbine write life stories that resonate with women across generations. Read stories by Former Colorado State Representative Alice Borodkin, Kitchen Table Writing Founder Anne Randolph, Cover Designer Megan E. Evans, Esther Acosta, Cynthia Aschenbrenner, Taryn Browne, Valerie Brinkworth, Jean Caggiano, Katherine Carol, Noel Congdon, Peggy Dillon-Jackson, Shirley Ann Dormish, Carolyn Fineran, Melody Barnes Jones, Krista Hanley, Ruth Krebs, Marie Picasso, Jennifer Ross, Terri Ann Van Landschoot, Susan Weinstock, and Susan Morrison Williams. Has anyone said that you should write your life story? Everyone has a story to tell. The courageous women in this collection have done just that. Once a week, these women, for more than a year, some more than four, have written, shared, laughed, cried, and created a community of respect, appreciation, and support. They gather at Kitchen Table Writing to “Write Your Life Story” and have changed their world and themselves. Stories Gathered at the Kitchen Table is available online at

CALLING ALL LOCAL AUTHORS Are you a local author or do you know one? Here is your chance to have your book showcased in our magazine...FOR FREE! If you would like to be considered for our “Local Author Spotlight” then simply send a copy of your book to: Waid Publishing Attn: Local Author Spotlight 19751 E Mainstreet Suite R-18 Parker, CO 80138

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Be sure to also include a printed summary of your book as well as contact information so our readers know where to buy it. Don’t forget to “sign” your book (we loved signed books) and include your email address and phone number.



Recurrent Ear Infections?

Ear Tubes May be the Answer

By James Jaskunas, MD


April 2014

here are few things more frustrating for a parent than to be up all night with a fussy, uncomfortable child with an ear infection. Ear infections are very common during childhood and nearly 40 percent of children will experience three or more infections by age three. An ear infection occurs due to a collection of fluid behind the ear drum that allows harmful bacteria to grow. That fluid is normally drained by the body’s own drainage tube called the Eustachian tube. After an ear infection, it is normal to retain some non-infected fluid behind the ear drum that may linger for a short period of time. As long as the fluid drains normally between infections, the child may only require antibiotics as a treatment. If the fluid doesn’t drain normally between infections, surgical ear tube placement may be the best treatment option. This procedure has become a popular way to treat recurrent ear infections in children and is one of the most common surgeries performed in the United States. Prior to a child undergoing a surgical treatment for recurrent ear infections, he or she should have clear cut indications based on recommendations from the American Academy of Otolaryngology (AAO). The AAO recently released updated guidelines for this procedure. Although every case is different, these guidelines provide a scientifically based approach for deciding if a child should undergo ear tube placement. In addition to the lack of proper drainage, it is also important to assess the effect that the infections and fluid may have on speech and hearing. Children with speech or hearing problems are often candidates for tube placement earlier on as this surgical treatment option may improve their development in these areas. If your child suffers from recurrent ear infections, it is important to determine if they have persistent fluid behind their ear drum between infections. It is also important to confirm if they have normal speech development and normal hearing. If you have concerns regarding your child’s recurrent ear infections, it may be time to consult an ENT specialist who is familiar with the most recent guidelines for ear tube placement. James Jaskunas, MD is a board certified otolaryngologist (ENT) who specializes in pediatric ENT cases. He is with Colorado ENT Specialists at Parker Adventist Hospital, 9399 Crown Crest Blvd. , Suite 401, Parker, CO 80138. Office Phone: 720-274-2544






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arker has a great selection of amazing restaurants to fit almost any taste. Here are some great choices when looking for your next meal. Not only are there some fantastic savings in this month’s Parker Restaurant Guide, but don’t miss the opportunity to take friends and family with you when you dine out. What better way to enjoy time together than at one of Parker’s many locally owned restaurants.


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