The Official Publication for Residents and Friends of The Meadows Castle Rock, Colorado 80109
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Table of Contents
YOUR Neighborhood | 4 Assessment Payment Info Board of Governors Meetings at Taft Don’t forget to download The Meadows App! Winners of the Curb Appeal Contest The Grange and Taft House Rental Information Got Trash?
YOUR Events and Leisure Guide | 11 Youth Classes PJ’s and Storytime The Amazing Mr. Cliff’s Slightly Spooky Magic and Comedy Show!
Parent-Child Halloween Cookies American Red Cross CPR Kids Ballet Classes Personal Branding - Future College Students
Kidfit Adult Classes Odette’s Cuisine September Cake Decorating Pinots & Palettes Pallet Classes American Red Cross CPR Health and Fitness Weekly Yoga Saturday Morning Yoga
YOUR Clubs | 22
WHO TO CALL…
The Meadows Hiking Club Mah Jongg Bunco 6202 Cycling Club Bridge Group at The Grange Playgroup at The Grange Second Fifties Ladies Club
The Grange........................................ 303-814-2358 Taft House/MNC Admin Office.......720-476-4006 3570 Celestial Avenue Castle Rock, CO 80109 Clear Sky Elementary.......................303-387-5900 Meadow View Elementary..............303-387-5425
Senior Yoga Asanas & Alignment Workshop Zumba Guided Meditation SPECIAL EVENTS! Doggie Dive
Home & Garden | 24
Soaring Hawk Elementary...............303-387-5825
Fall is in the Air New Homeowner Orientation Snow Removal in The Meadows
Aspen View Academy......................720-733-3436 CR Middle School.............................303-387-1300 Castle View High School..................303-387-9000
Community Garage Sale
Electric – IREA...................................303-688-3100
YOUR Community | 26
School District News Street Party & Concert Household Chemical Roundup 29th Annual Castle Rock ArtFest
Murder Mystery Dinner Holly Jolly Christmas Boutique We Need Volunteers
The Grange 3692 Meadows Blvd FALL/WINTER HOURS Mon-Thurs 9 am-5 pm Fri 9 am-4 pm Sat 10 am-2 pm Sunday-Closed Labor Day 10 am-5 pm
Taft House 3570 Celestial Ave Office Hours Mon-Fri 8:30 am-5 pm Labor Day-Closed
Gas – Black Hills.............................. 888-890-5554 Water and Sewer .............................303-660-1373 Town of Castle Rock Castle Rock Motor Vehicle.............. 303-660-7440
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The official publication of the Meadows Neighborhood Company This newsletter is delivered to all homeowners in the Meadows Neighborhood Company five times a year. This newsletter is also distributed to surrounding businesses and office complexes. You have received this publication because your HOA believes you take pride in your home environment and community. This newsletter provides you with HOA information and home product advertising that enhances your home comfort and increases the value of your home. We are always interested in your comments or suggestions. While efforts to ensure accuracy are exercised, the publisher assumes no liability for the information contained in either editorial or advertising content. The Meadows Neighborhood Company does not endorse any commercial products or information that may be advertised in the newsletter.
Welcome to Meadows Family Dentistry, your neighborhood dental office, here in the Meadows of historic Castle Rock. Dr. Polson and the staff at Meadows Family Dentistry are a family focused Dental Practice providing ideal oral health for the entire family and first-class esthetic treatment for each individual.
• Raised in Douglas County and graduate of Douglas County High School • Graduate of University of Colorado School of Dentistry • Post-Graduate hospital based General Practice Residency, Burlington, Vermont
• 16 years Private Practice • 14 years Affiliate Faculty, Dental Residency Program • 10 years Consulting Dentist for Long Term Care Facility • Currently part-time clinical faculty at University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine, GPR Program
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3740 Dacoro Lane Suite 115, Castle Rock Colorado 80109 (303) 660-5576 In the Meadows Professional Plaza just south of the Castle Rock AMC Theaters
Neighborly News Assessment Payment Info As of July 1, 2017, assessment payments for all homes in The MNC are $205 and are due quarterly. Residents in Upland Park, Tyler Park and Stewart Park have an additional alleyway assessment of $49 due quarterly. In some circumstances, depending on the lot location, residents in Tyler Park has an additional shared driveway assessment of $45 due quarterly, and Stewart park has an additional shared driveway assessment of $65/quarter. Residents in Morgans Run, New Haven and The Villas at Stewart Park (KB paired homes) have an additional assessment paid through their sub-association. There are several ways to pay your assessments: • In person at MNC Admin Office-Taft House, or at The Grange • 24/7 after-hours drop box located at The Grange to the left of the front doors or Taft House on the south side of the Docket Room. • Online at www.Meadowslink.com, download the ACH form, complete and submit with a voided check to have your assessments withdrawn on the fifth of each quarter the assessment is due, or you can pay by credit card ($11 fee for credit card payment through the website) • Payments can be mailed to the lockbox and sent to: MSI, PO Box 173307, Denver, CO 80217-3307 If you utilize an online bill payment service, please update your account number and payment address so that your payment will be processed correctly. If you have any questions regarding payments, please do not hesitate to contact the MNC at 720-476-4006.
Board of Governors Meetings at the Taft House Wondering how your HOA does business? Have a question or comment you want to discuss with the Board? Come to a meeting at Taft House. Homeowners are welcome and encouraged to attend. Most Board meetings are held on the first Thursday of the month and in order to accommodate different homeowner schedules, there are both afternoon and evening meeting times. The schedule for the Board of Governors upcoming meetings are: September 7 October 5 November 2
2:00 pm 6:00 pm 6:00 pm
Taft House Taft House Taft House
Homeowners are welcome to provide input, comments or ask questions at the beginning of every regular monthly Board meeting during a time called Open Forum. Homeowners may also request that an issue be discussed at the meeting by contacting the MNC at 720-476-4006. Minutes from the Board of Governors Meetings are available on Meadowslink.com in the Document Section.
MNC Board of Governors Joe Knopinski Charlotte Jensen Fonda Hamilton Kelsy Rooney Don Jensen
President Vice President/Treasurer Secretary Member at Large Member at Large
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2017 District Delegates Donna Coto Royce Fisk Gordon Rollins Jeff Powles Michael Liimatainen Jennifer Waiton Rita Ruderman
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The Grange Fall/ Winter Hours Monday-Thursday 9 am-5 pm Friday 9 am-4 pm Saturday 10 am-2 pm Sunday-Closed
Harris Grove, Patina, Suncatcher, Feathergrass Morgans Run, Briscoe Ranch Morningview, Watercolor, Weathervane, Fuller Bluff Sweetwood, Plainsong. Leafdale, Gambel Oak Upland Park, Tyler Park New Haven, Starling Hill Stewart Park
MNC Admin Office-Taft House Office Hours Monday- Friday 8:30 am-5 pm Labor Day-Closed
MNC Holiday Office Hours: Labor Day, Grange 10 am-5 pm, Taft House closed
The Grange in The Meadows 3692 Meadows Blvd. Castle Rock, CO 80109 303-814-2358 Taft House 3570 Celestial Avenue Castle Rock, CO 80109 720-476-4006
Meadows Neighborhood Company Michele Ray-Brethower Executive Director email@example.com 303-814-3952 Angela Johnson Community Manager firstname.lastname@example.org 303-814-3958 Brandon Perko Community Standards Specialist email@example.com 720-476-4006 Terri Swearingen Community Relations Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org 720-476-4003 Kent Krause Recreation Supervisor email@example.com 303-814-3953 Taylor Brown Assistant Recreation Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org 303-468-5212
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Winners of the Curb Appeal Contest We requested nominations for the curb appeal contest and accepted nominations from June 1-August 1. Congratulations to our winners! They won a $50 gift card to Home Depot. We thank all the submissions for sharing their beautiful yards and pride in homeownership.
Steve and Mona 3379 Starry Night Loop Steve and Mona retired in 2012 and made our move to Colorado after 63 years in Minnesota. They chose to do their own landscaping and Steve created the design, hauled and laid 3 ton of stone for pathways and to allow for proper drainage away from the house. Steve and Mona enrolled in xeriscape gardening classes teaching them what types of plants would thrive in Colorado. The most difficult has been keeping the trees alive, but now they have several varieties, such as Ohio Buckeye, Red Maple, Catalpa, Linden, Aspen, Mini Apple, Peach, and Apricot and their favorite, the native rose locust. The lawn in the front yard didnâ€™t last long as it required too much water and the rabbits were having a field day. They now have planted it with day lily borders, ornamental oregano, butterfly bush and the ever present Russian sage. Throughout the rest of the garden you will find, crocus, tulip, daffodils, hyacinths, Shirley poppies, daisies, roses, and lilac. Some of the annual plantings include; cosmos, bachelor buttons, blue phlox, big yellow Missouri primrose, and balloon flower. They have highlighted the beds, with various rocks, smoky quartz, amazonite, and rose quartz that they collected from Lake George and surrounding areas. We have had great success with all these plants with very little winter kill. We enjoy living on an access path to the Meadows great open spaces. Take a drive by and enjoy this great landscaped garden!
Ben and Wendy 3993 Brushwood Ben started doing xeriscape as a landscaper in Texas about 20 years ago. After he and Wendy moved to the Meadows in 2003, Ben took the Waterwise class and used the Town of Castle Rock rebate for xeriscaping the front yard. Benâ€™s owns a landscaping company and he enjoys using low water and low maintenance plants. We have experimented over the years with many plants due to the large number of rabbits. Some of the ones in our front landscape are: Stella Lilies, Coneflower, Bee Balm, Cat Mint, Columbine, Hansa Roses, Coreopsis, Shasta Daisy, Delphinium, Dianthus, Dragons Blood Sedum, Gaillardia, Cranesbill, Yarro, Honeysuckle vine, Virginia Creeper, Ornamental Grass, Kinnikinnick groundcover, Wooly Thyme, Penstemon Mt, Oriental Poppies, Dwarf Lilac, Red Hot poker, Red Valerian, Sage, Salvia, Vinca Minor, Potentilla. Ben and Wendy invite you to drive by and enjoy the beautiful landscaped front yard.
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The Grange and Taft House Rental Information The Grange offers a beautiful, affordable venue for your wedding, birthday party, or private event up to 125 people. If you are looking for an intimate, rustic setting, look no further! The Taft House is a smaller meeting space that is great for smaller events up to 25 people. Please visit www.meadowslink.com for all of our rental information including fees, policies, and procedures or call 303-814-2358 for more information.
GRANGE RENTAL INFO Meadows Neighborhood Company Residents Meadows Community Association Residents Non-Profit Community Use Non-Resident Use Business Use Grange Damage Deposit
FEE $65-$125/hour $85-$160/hour $85/hour $225/hour $225/hour $500
TAFT HOUSE RENTAL INFO Meadows Neighborhood Residents MCA Residents/Non-Profit Community Use Business Use/Non-Resident Taft House Damage Deposit
$50/hour $70/hour $150/hour $250
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Neighborly News GOT TRASH?
Under the Customer Service tab click the Report service issue or submit request.
We have a contract with Waste Management for continuation of our trash services here in The Meadows Neighborhood Company. There are some changes coming that will take all of our efforts to assist Waste Managementâ€™s efficiency in trash collection by utilizing all the fully mechanized, current automatic collection capabilities. One of the big changes is all trash must be contained in a Waste Management provided trash cart to allow the truck to pick up the can and collect the garbage with its mechanized arms, which will no longer require the driver to get out at every house to load up all the trash that is on the curb. Additional bags, and boxes full of trash curbside will not be available for pickup. Customers who have already purchased 2nd trash or recycle carts may continue to use them at no charge, but no refunds will be issued on the previously purchased equipment.
All leaf and yard waste must be disposed of in the carts. To provide for this new efficiency, Waste Management is now offering a second cart for trash and/or recycling for every home in The Meadows free of charge, just call us at 720-476-4003 to have an additional cart delivered to your property. Cardboard boxes will still be picked up, but they must be flattened, and set next to your cart on either regular trash day or recycling day. Service will remain on Friday. Any missed pickups reported on Friday prior to close of business, shall be collected on Saturday. All changes will be transitioned by April of 2018, but we ask for your assistance now and help us become more efficient, order your additional carts, and start placing all trash inside the carts for pickup. If you have any questions, please contact us at 720-476-4006.
Just a reminder that trash collection is every Friday and recycling is every other Friday. For a calendar on pickups, see our website. If you are setting up service for the first time, we make it easy, just visit www.meadowslink.com. Under the Resource tab, the drop down menu provides the trash important information page. You can complete the brief on-line form to establish service. Additionally, should you require repair or customer service assistance from Waste Management, please visit www.wm.com. The site is very user-friendly and provides 24/7 access. If your pickup was inadvertently missed, or to request a bulk pickup, please call 303-797-1600, or you can report a missed pickup at www.wm.com
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Doggie Dive, Taft House Pool, September 9 The Meadows Community Garage Sale, September 30 PumpkinFest, The Grange, October 21 • • • • • •
State-of-the Art Office Sedation Dentistry Available Accepts Most Major Insurances Specially Trained/Child Friendly Staff Board-Certified Pediatric Dentist Over 13 Years Dental Experience Here in tHe Meadows
Michael Townsend, DDS Board Certified Pediatric Dentist
2352 Meadows Boulevard, Suite 200 Castle Rock www.CastleRockKidsDentistry.com
303-814-1335 10 SEPTEMBER-OCTOBER 2017
Murder Mystery Dinner, The Grange, November 4 Holly Jolly Christmas Boutique, The Grange, November 10 and 11 Holiday in the Meadows, The Grange, December 2
Events & LEISURE Your
YOUR Events and Leisure Guide
To register for Classes and Programs To register for any class or program, either stop into The Grange, call us at 303-814-2358, or go to www.Meadowslink.com under the Events and Programs tab, then click Register for Classes and Activities. Cancellation Policy Registrations can be cancelled by contacting The Grange at least one week prior to the start of the scheduled program or class. Registrants are entitled to a full refund less a 15% processing fee (minimum $5 cancellation fee). Registrations cancelled less than one week prior to the start of the programs, classes and activities are not refundable. Eligible refunds will be issued within 30 days of the request to cancel. Special Notes Please register for all classes and programs by the registration deadline date.
PARENT-CHILD HALLOWEEN COOKIES Learn how to make these adorable Halloween and fall cookies with your little one. Each participant will learn the proper way to fill and hold a decorating bag, followed by techniques and tips to make a variety of cookies. Each participant will leave with a dozen decorated cookies to enjoy at home. Date: October 28 Time: 10:00 am-12:00 pm Cost: $20 Resident/$25 Non-Resident (per person) Age Requirement: Child 5+ Accompanied by Adult 18+ Registration Deadline: October 21 Location: Grange Special Note: The class is designed for parents/guardians to register and attend the class with their child/children. At least one parent/ guardian needs to register and also attend the class. They will need to sit with their children to monitor them and assist them during the class. Multiple children can attend the class with each parent/guardian.
Now that the MNC has two amenities, classes will be offered at The Grange and the Taft House. Please pay special attention to the location under each program description. MNC Addresses: The Grange- 3692 Meadows Boulevard, Castle Rock, 303-814-2358 Taft House- 3570 Celestial Avenue, Castle Rock, 720-476-4006 If you have a special talent or skill and you would like to teach a class or if there is a program that you would like to see us offer, then please contact Tbrown@meadowslink.com to submit a class suggestion/idea, or your resume to teach a class.
Youth Classes PJ’S AND STORYTIME Put pajamas on the kids and come down to The Grange for storytime! Each month will feature a different theme. Mr. Cliff from Storytime Parties will entertain the kids with his own unique style of reading, audience interactive storytelling, and songs. Date September 6 October 4 November 8
Time 7:00 pm - 7:30 pm 7:00 pm - 7:30 pm 7:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Theme Fall is Coming Kooky Spooky Stories Yummy in my Tummy
THE AMAZING MR. CLIFF’S SLIGHTLY SPOOKY MAGIC AND COMEDY SHOW! Join Mr. Cliff for some frightful fun as the Magic takes over and scares him out of his wits! Get in the mood for Halloween with some amazing magic and lots of laughs (and nothing TOO scary!) Perfect for children ages 3-8 and their families. Date: October 7 Time:10:30 am-11:30 am Cost: FREE (Pre-registration required) Registration Deadline: October 4 Location: Grange 12 SEPTEMBER-OCTOBER 2017
BABYSITTERS TRAINING COURSES The American Red Cross is the nation’s leader in babysitter training and will prepare you to be the best sitter in your neighborhood. In fact, 8 in 10 surveyed parents said they would pay more for a trained babysitter who is certified by the American Red Cross. Start your babysitting business on the right foot and learn how to be a safe, professional and reliable sitter. BABYSITTERS TRAINING WITH PEDIATRIC CPR/FIRST AID During this Babysitter’s Bootcamp, you will learn all about children’s ages and stages of development, how to hold and feed infants, and how to change diapers. You will also learn pediatric rescue breathing, CPR, first aid, and business savvy! Date: October 28 and 29 (Two-day course) Time: 8:30 am-4:30 pm Cost: $120 Resident/$130 Non-Resident Age Requirement: 11-15 Registration Deadline: October 21 Location: Taft House
KIDS BALLET CLASSES In our Once Upon A Ballet classes, children learn their first ballet steps through fairy tales. Children will learn proper ballet technique and vocabulary while their dance activities take them through the story, allowing them to be part of the fairy tale. They will explore movement and develop rhythm, balance, flexibility, coordination, and creativity. Classes are taught by American Ballet Theatre Certified Teacher, Ashley Smith. First time students will receive a free leotard for the class. Students will also be asked to wear ballet tights and ballet shoes. 3-4 Year-Old Ballet Date: Mondays, August 28th, September 11, 18, 25 (No class on September 4th due to Labor Day) Mondays, October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 Time: 10:00 am-10:45 am Cost: $40 Resident/$45 Non-Resident (Per Month) Age Requirement: 3-4 Registration Deadline: August 21, September 25 Location: Taft House 5-6 Year-Old Ballet Date: Wednesdays, September 6, 13, 20, 27 Wednesdays, October 4, 11, 18, 25 Time: 5:15 pm-6:00 pm Cost: $40 Resident/$45 Non-Resident (Per Month) Age Requirement: 5-6 Registration Deadline: August 30, September 27 Location: Taft House
N EW KIDFIT Young athletes and youth of all ages can benefit from this introductory program designed to present the basics in a safe and fun environment. Students will learn coordination, balance and proprioception, beginners speed and agility training, how to listen and be “coachable”. We believe they will gain confidence and acquire skills that will give them a solid foundation to build on, whether they desire to play competitive sports or just play with their friends. Date: Mondays and Fridays Month 1: September 8, 11, 15, 18, 22, 25, 29 (Skip September 4) Month 2: October 2, 16, 20 ,23, 27 (Skip October 6, 9, 13 due to fall break) Month 3: October 30, November 3, 6, 10, 13, 17, 20, 27 Time: 4:30 pm-5:30 pm Cost: Month 1 Cost: $90 Resident/$95 Non-Resident Month 2 Cost: $50 Resident/$55 Non-Resident Month 3 Cost: $90 Resident/$95 Non-Resident Age Requirement: 7-12 Registration Deadline: One week before the start of each month Location: Taft House
Online Registration Instructions Go to www. Meadowslink.com and click on the title bar “register for classes” which will take you to the Web Trac registration page.
PERSONAL BRANDING N EW FUTURE COLLEGE STUDENTS From applying to college to choosing and maintaining a career, establishing a personal brand helps embrace a person’s unique identity to guide success. Getting into a great college requires more than great grades. Today’s successful college application heavily relies on the applicant’s ability to tell their story and identify their marketable strengths in a way that stands out to the admission board. This oneday boot camp course will not only help college bound high school students write their college essays (personal statement) more easily, it will help their application stand out & build a sustainable personal brand that will help ease them into the college transition. Date: October 1 Time: 12:00 pm-4:00 pm Cost: $80 Resident/$85 Non-Resident Age Requirement: 16+ Registration Deadline: September 23 Location: Taft House
If you do not have an online Web Trac class registration login you will need to create an account. It is not the same login as your www.meadowslink. com login/password. Complete the household information form and click “Finish”, add family members and click “done”. You will receive your account confirmation via email within 1 business day. You will then be able to begin registering using the online system.If you cannot remember your password, click the “forgot password” link. If you cannot remember your login information, you may call 720-476-4003 and we can tell you your login and then you can reset your password. Once you login, you can either access the classes available under the menu column on the bottom left-hand side, or you can select the opportunities by category, youth programs, adult programs, fitness programs, clubs or volunteer. The offerings are then displayed by availability. You may add the classes you wish by selecting the shopping cart on the left hand side of each class. The class will appear at the bottom of your screen, click the “enroll now” button. You will then select the household member you are trying to register, and then click the “add to cart” button. You will proceed to checkout and add your form of payment from this window to complete the transaction, unless you want to continue to register for more classes. Upon completion, you will receive a confirmation email for the classes you registered for within the online system. Please contact us if you have questions on how to register, we are happy to help!
Adult Classes ODETTE’S CUISINE Chef Odette Sprenger is a professional chef who lives in The Meadows. She has over 45 years of experience cooking Belgian and French cuisine. She has worked for celebrities in California and even owned and operated her own bistro for 19 years. Odette will demonstrate how to create a gourmet meal, give you the recipe, and you will get to enjoy eating the meal at the end. Small class sizes keep this class truly instructional!
SEPTEMBER CAKE DECORATING Join us for this exciting class where participants will learn all about cake decorating! The course will be taught by Lu Ann Brown who is a certified cake decorating instructor. She has taught over 500 students and has 35 years of experience.
September Menu September’s menu features stuffed eggplant with ground pork, ground turkey and herbs in a light tomato sauce crumbled with a parmesan topping. The eggplant will be served with a mushroom rice pilaf and zucchini gratin. The dessert will be a plum tart with a streusel topping.
One of the newest dessert trends is “mini cakes.” In this class you will make two mini cakes. One will be a chocolate ganache drip cake with a mum. The other will be a white cake decorated as a wreath and an assortment of fall flowers. You will learn to make all of the flowers featured in the picture. Please bring two small containers or boxes to take your cakes home in.
Date: September 18 Time: 6:30 pm-8:30 pm Cost: $31 Resident/$36 Non-Resident Age Requirement: 13+ Registration Deadline: September 14 Location: Grange
Date: September 16 Time: 10:00 am-12:00 pm Cost: $30 Resident/$35 Non-Resident Age Requirement: 13+ Registration Deadline: September 9 Location: Grange
October Menu October’s menu features turkey and pork meatballs cooked in Pilsner beer, onion and Belgian endive. This dish is known as Fricadelle. The dish will be served with a Belgian endive salad tossed with apples and walnuts. The dessert will be a French apple cake cooked in a light custard.
PINOTS & PALETTES Channel your inner artist, glass of wine in hand, as Artist Donna Martin teaches you how to create a painting on a canvas at The Grange. You’ll enjoy a fun evening of painting and chatting while you all work towards making the same painting with your friends and neighbors by your side. All supplies will be provided and each participant will leave with a 16x20 piece of art to remember this fun experience. The wine is included in your registration fee.
Date: October 9 Time: 6:30 pm-8:30 pm Cost: $31 Resident/ $36 Non-Resident Age Requirement: 13+ Registration Deadline: October 5 Location: Grange November Menu You’ll impress all of your guests with this Thanksgiving themed menu. The course will start with a sweet potato soup. The main entrée will be roasted turkey with a tangerine glaze. The sides will be an apple, apricot and sausage stuffing, cranberries and a bourbon sweet potato puree topped with buttered pecans. The salad will be spinach and endive tossed in a ginger citrus dressing. Make sure to save room for the pumpkin bread pudding topped with cranberry caramel sauce. Date: November 13 Time: 6:30 pm-8:30 pm Cost: $34 Resident/ $39 Non-Resident Age Requirement: 13+ Registration Deadline: November 10 Location: Grange
Date: October 13 Time: 6:30 pm-8:30 pm Cost: $40 Resident/$45 Non-Resident Age Requirement: 21+ Registration Deadline: October 6 Location: Grange Special Notes: Please bring your driver’s license to verify your age.
PALLET CLASSES CONT.
Leave all the hard work of cutting, sanding and nailing to the instructor. Come and paint with us for these fun custom pallet boards. Register for one class or for all and learn to use chalk paint, stenciling with vinyl and playing with different brushes. All supplies are included in registration. Please see each class below for specific dates, times and board options. The pictures are just examples of what colors you can choose. Multiple colors will be available the night of the class for you to customize your own. RUSTIC BRONCOS SIGN CLASS Date: September 14 Time: 6:30 pm-8:30 pm Cost: See below for board sizes Board Size: 12” X 15” $40 Resident/$45 Non-Resident Board Size: 15” X 21” $53 Resident/$58 Non-Resident Registration Deadline: September 7 Age Requirement: 16+ Location: Grange
GROWTH CHART AND PORCH SITTER Date: October 12 Time: 6:30 pm-8:30 pm Cost: See below for board sizes Growth Chart Board Size :4’X12” $50 Resident/ $55 Non-Resident Porch Sitter Board Size: 6’X8” $50 Resident/ $55 Non-Resident Registration Deadline: October 5 Age Requirement: 16+ Location: Grange Special Note: You can choose to make only one project. If you want both, the instructor can make the other piece for you. CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN AND CHRISTMAS DÉCOR Date: November 2 Time: 6:30 pm-8:30 pm Cost: See below for board sizes Christmas Countdown: 14 Inches Round $50 Resident/$55 Non-Resident Christmas Décor: 14 Inches Round $50 Resident/$55 Non-Resident Registration Deadline: October 26 Age Requirement: 16+ Location: Grange Special Note: You can choose to make only one project. If you want both, the instructor can make the other piece for you.
COLORADO FLAG CLASS Date: September 23 Time: 10:00 am-12:00 pm Cost: See below for board sizes Board Size: 12” X 15” $40 Resident/$45 Non-Resident Board Size: 15” X 21” $53 Resident/$58 Non-Resident Registration Deadline: September 16 Age Requirement: 16+ Location: Grange
AMERICAN RED CROSS ADULT/PEDIATRIC FIRST AID/CPR/AED The Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED course incorporates the latest science and teaches students to recognize and care for a variety of first aid emergencies such as burns, cuts, scrapes, sudden illnesses, head, neck, back injuries, heat and cold emergencies, how to respond to breathing and cardiac emergencies to help victims of any age – adults (about 12 years and older) and pediatric (infants and children up to 12 years of age). Students who successfully complete this course will receive a certificate for Adult and Pediatric First Aid/ CPR/AED valid for two years. Date: September 23 Time: 8:30 am-4:30 pm Cost: $70 Resident/$80 Non-Resident Age Requirement: 16+ Registration Deadline: September 16 Location: Taft House
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Adult Classes Health and Fitness WEEKLY YOGA Looking for a yoga class to get energized while helping you build strength and flexibility? Fitness instructor Jasmine Rinehart will be at the Taft House to teach a unique yoga class. Using a Power Yoga format, this fast-paced intense practice combines breath-linked movement to improve coordination and balance and increase range of motion and flexibility. It is an essential component of any cross-training fitness plan when you are striving for that “one extra degree.” Dates: Tuesdays September 5, 12, 19, 26 October 3, 17, 24 (No Class Oct. 10 and 31) November 7, 14, 28 (No Class Nov. 21) Time: 5:30 pm-6:30 pm Age Requirement: 16+ Cost: September $40 Resident/$45 Non-Resident October $30 Resident/$35 Non-Resident November $30 Resident/$35 Non-Resident Registration Deadline: One week before the start of each month Location: Taft House Special Note: Must pre-register for entire month-long class. Please bring your own yoga mat.
N EW SATURDAY MORNING YOGA This will be the same format as the weekly yoga (description above) but we will offer one Saturday morning class each month. Dates: Saturdays, November 4, December 2 Time: 10:00 am-11:00 am Age Requirement: 16+ Cost: $9 Resident/$11 Non-Resident (Per Class) If you sign up for all three sessions at once, pay $23 Resident/$29 Non-Resident Registration Deadline: One week before the session Location: Taft House Special Note: Must pre-register
N EW SENIOR YOGA Fitness instructor Jasmine Rinehart will be at the Taft House to teach a monthly yoga session catered towards people in their “second fifties”. Gentle movement and stretching through yoga poses can help increase strength and balance. Join us on the first Wednesday of each month for this relaxing yoga session and leave feeling stress-free. Preregistration is required. Dates: First Wednesday of each month, September 6, October 4, November 1 Time: 10:00 am-11:00 am Age Requirement: 16+ Cost: $10 Resident/$12 Non-Resident (Per Session) Registration Deadline: One week before the start of each month Location: Taft House 16
ASANAS & ALIGNMENT WORKSHOP Yoga is an important component to any “workout” or “fitness” program for individuals of all levels. Athletes and beginners alike benefit from improved coordination, increased range of motion and flexibility and endurance. But often times the fast pace of a “flow” class can be confusing or too advanced for beginners. Without a foundation of the fundamental poses, students may be confused or even risk injury. This class breaks down the most common poses (ASANAS) from the ground up, in a slower-paced workshop format. Students will learn proper alignment in order to help protect the body and at the same time, learn to make adjustments or modifications in their individual body to get the most benefits. This class is perfect for beginners, advanced yogis looking to enhance their practice and anyone who desires a deeper understanding of alignment. Date: October 14 Time: 1:00 pm-3:00 pm Cost: $35 Resident/$40 Non-Resident Registration Deadline: October 7 Age Requirement: 16+ Location: Taft House ZUMBA Are you looking for a fun work-out that leaves you smiling as you leave class? Zumba is for you! Zumba mixes low intensity and high-intensity moves for an interval-style, calorie-burning fitness party. Based on Latin and World rhythms, Zumba is a total workout that includes cardio, muscle conditioning, balance and flexibility. Whether you are new to Zumba or a diehard Zumba lover this class cannot be missed! Date: Wednesday September 6, 13, 20, 27 October 4, 11, 18, 25 Time: 6:30 pm-7:30 pm Age Requirement: 16+ Cost: $40 Resident/$45 Non-Resident (per month) Registration Deadline: August 30, September 27 Location: Taft House Special Note: Must pre-register for entire month long class GUIDED MEDITATION: N EW HOW TO LIVE MORE FULFILLED If you are looking for more peace, fulfillment, and happiness in your life then join us in learning to meditate through guided meditation. Students will learn techniques that will guide them to find their life’s purpose and greater fulfillment in their current life. This class is for all levels from beginner to advanced meditators. Please bring a yoga mat and wear comfortable clothes. Dates: Tuesdays, September 5, 12, 19, 26 Time: 7:00 pm-8:00 pm Age Requirement: 16+ Cost: $25 Resident/$30 Non-Resident (Total for four-week course) Registration Deadline: August 29 Location: Taft House Special Note: Must pre-register for entire month-long class. Please bring your own yoga mat.
The Meadows Community Garage Sale The Meadows will be having a community garage sale! Please note that we no longer take registrations or create a map. Residents can now just simply hold a Garage Sale on September 30th and The Meadows will market the date as a community garage sale to bolster attendance. Happy Shopping!
Summer is coming to an end and the Taft pool is officially closed for the year...to humans that is! Bring your dog and join us at the Taft pool for our Doggie Dive event! No humans are allowed in the pools but your dog is free to swim and play to their hearts’ content. This event is free to the public but you must be a Meadows resident and have a season pool pass to attend. Participants will need to bring their pool key FOB’s to get in. Date: September 9 Time: 10:00 am-2:00 pm Cost: FREE (Must be Meadows resident with a season pool pass to attend) Ages: All ages welcome Location: Taft House Pool (3570 Celestial Ave.) Special Note: Participants must bring their pool key FOB’s to get in
Date: September 30 Location: The Meadows Neighborhood
WE NEED VOLUNTEERS!! VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
Our events are possible because of the hard work of our volunteers. If you are interested in getting involved in your community please contact us to see how you can volunteer at the events. It is a great way for High School students to earn community service credit. Please contact Kent Krause at 303-814-3953 or kkrause@ meadowslink.com for more information.
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PumpkinFest Join us behind The Grange for PumpkinFest! The event features tons of pumpkins, music, rides, arts and crafts, a costume parade, trick or treating at sponsor booths, giveaways, concessions, and much more! Kids are encouraged to come in their Halloween costumes. There will be a kidâ€™s costume parade around the event at 1:15 pm and then children will be given Halloween bags so they can go and trick or treat at the sponsor booths.
Visit our giant pumpkin patch! Meadows residents get 1 free pumpkin per household. Non-residents and residents who want additional pumpkins can purchase them for $5 each. If you are a Meadows resident, please remember to bring your key fobs to access the fast-pass line for the pumpkin patch. All participants must sign a liability waiver to go on the rides. Waiver booths will be available to sign the waiver the day of the event or families can avoid the lines and come into The Grange October 16-20 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (4:00 pm on Oct. 20) to sign the form and get their wristbands in advance. Parking will be available at The Grange and Paintbrush Park. Please consider walking to the event if possible as parking is limited. One lane on each side of Meadows Blvd. from the Grange to Paintbrush Park will be closed the day of the event from 10:00 am â€“ 5:00 pm for the hay wagon rides. Please use caution when driving down Meadows Blvd. and watch for pedestrians.
Date: October 21 Time: 1:00 pm-4:00 pm Cost: FREE Location: Behind The Grange (3692 Meadows Blvd.)
THANKS TO ALL OUR GREAT SPONSORS!
Blood Drive at The Grange The Children’s Hospital Colorado is bringing their mobile blood drive to The Grange and we need to know, can we count you in? Every year at Children’s Hospital Colorado, 8,000 units of blood products are transfused into sick and injured infants, children and teens. Without this blood, many of the lifesaving procedures performed at Children’s Hospital Colorado would not be possible. Blood donation does not cost money and requires little time. It does, however, make a big difference.
Date: October 27 If you are interested in participating please visit www.MeadowsLink. Time: Timeslots available 8:30 am-12:15 pm com and click on the Events and Programs tab at the top of the page Registration: Please sign up on www.meadowslink.com and then click on the Blood Drive drop down tab. Then read the (Under Events & Programs Tab) eligibility requirements and if you qualify you can sign up online. Registration Deadline: Please try to sign up as soon as possible and at least a week prior to the blood drive to ensure we get all of the spots filled. Location: Grange Parking Lot (3692 Meadows Blvd.) Special Note: Please bring your driver’s license to your appointment.
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Murder Mystery Dinner Join us at The Grange for a Murder Mystery Dinner presented by Adams Mystery Playhouse of Denver. The evening will kick off with cocktails from 6:00 pm - 6:30 pm. and mingling with the actors. Dinner begins at 6:30 pm and will be catered. Please let us know if you have any dietary restrictions. The price of admission includes the show, dinner, and one glass of wine. Additional drinks may be purchased separately at the bar. Costumes are welcome! Be sure to sign up early because pre-registration is required and this event fills up quickly. PLOT SUMMARY: Hard Rock Homicide The good news is that a popular 1980’s band is finally reuniting for their fans. The bad news is ... they don’t really like each other – what happens next? A Hard Rock Homicide! Date: November 4 Time: 6:00 pm-8:30 pm Cost: $35 Resident/ $40 Non-Resident Registration Deadline: October 28 Age Requirement: 21+
Holly Jolly Christmas Boutique Seeks Vendors Vendors are needed for the Holly Jolly Christmas Boutique that is scheduled for Friday, November 10 from 10:00 am-6:00 pm and Saturday, November 11 from 10:00 am-4:00 pm at The Grange (3692 Meadows Blvd., Castle Rock, CO). Vendor set up will be on Thursday, November 9 from 5:00 pm-8:00 pm. This event will be an opportunity for a variety of artists, crafters, and home-based businesses to sell their merchandise in a boutique environment. Jewelry, craft items, accessories, home decor, seasonal items, and more are welcome! Rental Fee: $75 for 8’ x 8’ (approximate) space for Meadows residents. $95 a space for non-residents or commercial companies. Tables and chairs are not included in the rental fee. 8’ tables are available for rent at $10 each. Chairs are $5 each. To guarantee availability the day of the show, all tables and chairs must be rented in advance. Electricity is limited and is $30 if available.
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Vendors will be selected based on variety, originality, and quality of product. Measures will be taken to ensure merchandise is not duplicated among multiple vendors. Vendors will need to provide their own grids, shelving, or other display items. No canopies or pop-ups will be allowed. Vendors must staff their booth during all hours of the event on Friday and Saturday. The vendor application deadline is Friday, September 29 at 5:00 pm. Applications can be emailed to email@example.com or dropped off at The Grange or Taft House. Vendors will be notified if they were selected by Friday, October 6. For more information or to download the vendor application form, please visit www.meadowslink.com and go under the Events and Program Info tab at the top of the page and then the Events drop down menu or call 303-814-2358.
Holly Jolly Christmas Boutique
Join us at The Grange (3692 Meadows Blvd., Castle Rock, CO) for the Holly Jolly Christmas Boutique! The event will be two days long and will feature a variety of artists, crafters, and home-based businesses that are selling their merchandise in a boutique environment for all to enjoy. There will be something for everyone so be sure to stop by and check out the one-of-a-kind, unique, handmade, or hand-crafted must-haves! Jewelry, accessories, home dĂŠcor, repurposed items, vintage seasonal items, and gifts for everyone on your list will be available! Raffle tickets will be available for $1 each or 6/$5 to win all kinds of fantastic donated items! All proceeds from the raffle will go to the Douglas County Task Force. Come and get your Christmas shopping done early!
The Boutique is Open: Friday, November 10 10:00 am-6:00 pm Saturday, November 11 10:00 am-4:00 pm
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YOUR Clubs THE MEADOWS HIKING CLUB
The purpose of The Meadows Hiking Club is to provide an opportunity for those interested in hiking to meet other hikers on a regular basis and experience a variety of different hikes. Our hiking experience will range from less strenuous evening hikes (Thursdays) to more aggressive and difficult hikes (Saturdays) up some of Colorado’s highest mountain peaks. If you have questions or would like to join you may e-mail RickNolan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Come join us and learn to play Mah Jongg (Mahjong, Mjiang)- Regardless of the spelling, it is a four player Chinese tile game of skill and strategy similar to Rummy. The object is to be the first player to complete a valid hand of 14 tiles. Players do this by assembling tiles into one of many pattern-based combinations or “hands.” Dates: Every Tuesday Times: 1:00 pm-3:00 pm Cost: FREE Location: Grange (3692 Meadows Blvd.) For more information, call Naarah Turpen 303-947-9640
There is a new club offered at The Grange! On the third Friday of every month we will offer Bunco. As it is played today, Bunco is a social dice game involving 100% luck and no skill. Each attendee is asked to bring a snack or drink to share. You must reserve your spot ahead of time with Diana Fabia at 209-607-3064. Dates: The third Friday of every month Times: 10:00 am-1:00 pm Cost: FREE Location: Grange (3692 Meadows Blvd.)
BRIDGE GROUP AT THE GRANGE
Join in for a friendly game of Bridge twice a month at The Grange. Players must have some Bridge playing experience, but all levels are welcome. If you would like to join the group or would like more information, please contact Mary Jane Ferrara at 720-851-0325. Dates: 2nd and 4th Mondays Times: 1:30 pm-4:30 pm Location: Grange (3692 Meadows Blvd.) 22
6202 Cycling was formed in December 2005 by a group of Castle Rock-based cyclists who wanted to share their love of bicycling and their community. 6202 Cycling welcomes bicyclists of all styles – casual riders, racers, mountain and road cyclists, men, women and families. Club members participated in several organized local and regional rides including Elephant Rock, Triple Bypass, and the Courage Classic. 6202 Cycling is a member of the League of American Cyclists, a non-profit membership organization which promotes cycling for fun, fitness and transportation through advocacy and education. More information can be found on the club website: www.6202cycling.org
PLAYGROUP AT THE GRANGE
Grab your little ones for a playgroup every Thursday at The Grange. For kids ages 0-5, this group is fun, relaxed, and provides a great opportunity for you and your children to meet others in your neighborhood. An attentive parent or caretaker must accompany all children. If your little one is under the weather, please keep him or her at home until they are feeling better. Ages: 0-5 Dates: Every Thursday Times: 10:30 am-12:00 pm Location: Grange (3692 Meadows Blvd.)
SECOND FIFTIES LADIES CLUB The Second Fifty Women’s Club is back! Join us the second Thursday of every month for an activity coordinated by the Meadows. The club’s objectives are to help broaden our circle of friends, expand knowledge of the world around us, and above all, be fun. Women over 50 years of age who are curious about their community, town, state and are interested in meeting other women like themselves, are invited to attend. Please see below the activity schedule for each month. There will be a $25 membership fee due at the first time of registration. The membership will last for 2017. Each month will have a different activity and fees may vary. Ages: 50+ Dates: Typically the second Thursday of each month. Times: 1:00 pm-3:00 pm – Some months may vary on date and time depending on the activity. Please see each activity description for specific information. Location: Grange (3692 Meadows Blvd.) 2017 Annual Membership Fee: $25/person Pre-Registration is required for each month’s activity. Please call The Grange to reserve your spot. September 14 Cake Decorating Join us in September for a cake decorating lesson taught by Lu Ann Brown, a certified cake decorating instructor. Lu Ann will show you how to prep, color, handle and store fondant. We will cover how to use cutters and tools to create beautiful flowers to decorate your cupcakes. This class is great for all levels. All of the cupcakes, fondant and tools will be provided. Participants will get to keep their creations to enjoy at home. Date: September 14 Time: 1:00 pm-3:00 pm Cost: $15 (Pre-Registration Required) Registration Deadline: September 7 Location: Grange (3692 Meadows Blvd.)
October 12 Bunco This month we will be playing Bunco! Join us at The Grange for two hours of the dice game Bunco, refreshments and prizes for the winners. No skill or experience needed for this game. Refreshments and prizes will be provided by the MNC. Date: October 12 Time: 1:00 pm-3:00 pm Cost: Free – (Pre-Registration Required) Registration Deadline: October 9 Location: Grange (3692 Meadows Blvd.) November 16 Lone Tree Arts Center – Love Letters The November program will take place on the third Thursday at the Lone Tree Arts Center and will be a live Theatrical Production. Two actors, one stage, and a love story spanning fifty years. Set in an intimate setting with simple staging, Love Letters takes you on a journey of every emotion from joy to sorrow. Andrew Makepeace Ladd III wrote his first letter to Melissa Gardner to tell her she looked like a lost princess. They were both seven years old. For the next fifty years, through personal triumphs and despair, through wars and marriages and children and careers, they poured out the secrets of their hearts to each other. They defied a fate that schemed to keep them apart, and lived—through letters—for the one most meaningful thing, their undying love for each other. Written by A.R. Gurney (Sylvia, The Dining Room), Love Letters is a tender, funny, and nuanced examination of the shared nostalgia, missed opportunities, and deep closeness of two lifelong, complicated friends. Special Note: Pre-Sale Tickets will be sold to The Grange. Please call 303814-2358 to purchase your ticket by November 2nd! After November 2nd, you will have to go directly through the Lone Tree Arts Center to purchase your ticket. We will plan to meet at The Grange at 12:45 pm and carpool to Lone Tree. The show is scheduled for 1:30 and will be a two-hour show. We should arrive back to The Grange around 4 pm. Date: November 16 Time: 12:45 pm-4:00 pm (Includes drive time and show time) Location: Lone Tree Arts Center (10075 Commons St, Lone Tree, CO 80124) Cost: $35 Registration Deadline: November 2
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Home & Garden Fall is in the Air Fall is a favorite time of the year for those who enjoy their outdoor landscapes. As temperatures cool and the days shorten, it’s pleasant to be in the yard and garden for both you and your plants. Tree and shrub growth comes to a close and pest and insect problems become more sporadic. Now is an excellent time to consider new plantings for your landscape. Cooler air and soil temperatures put less stress on newly installed plants. Fall water demands are less while roots proliferate in the cooler soils. Many local nurseries will have discounted plants for fall. Consider planting small trees that could be in stock, as they will establish faster, and transplant earlier. Needle bearing (evergreen trees) respire or lose water through their foliage during the winter season. For this reason, evergreens are best planted earlier in the year. Trees and shrubs should be planted prior to the first of November. Bulbs should be in the ground by October 15. When planting in the fall, wood mulches and winter watering will be needed for success. Mulching and winter watering will increase a new tree’s chances of survival. After planting a tree, water it deeply. Mulch trees and shrubs with a three inch layer of wood chips, pine needles or a similar material, mulch to at least a foot beyond the area of the tree’s root ball. Water the tree again to settle the mulch. Fertilizing in the Fall Late fall or early winter are the best times to fertilize cool season grasses. Before the first freeze, give your lawn a thorough fertilizing to replace all of the nutrients that can be lost from the soil during the hot summer months. Once the weather turns cold, the fertilizer will remain in the soil and feed your lawn’s roots all winter long. Avoid Excessive Lawn Traffic When the grass is brown and short it can be easy for people to forget that it shouldn’t be walked on. Try to prevent very much foot traffic on your winter lawn. Grass is relatively resilient, but it will have a difficult time recovering if a path becomes well-worn across the lawn. Prepare in the Fall There really is not much lawn care that needs to be done during the cold months of winter. If you properly prepare the lawn during the fall, it will be fine until the warm days of spring arrive once more. Make sure you aerate, fertilize, and mow the lawn before the first freeze of the season. Rake away any dead leaves that may have fallen and collected on your yard to avoid wet spots that can become mossy or moldy. Keep the lawn cleared of debris and help everyone in the family respect the yard while it is dormant. Here is a quick Fall checklist to keep you on the right path and save you dollars in replacing systems due to lack of winterization, or preparing your landscaping for the cold months ahead. September Ease up on watering; plants need time to harden off before the cold sets in. Fall is the best time to fertilize lawns. Make the final application of nitrogen while the grass is still green. Apply one pound of nitrogen per 1,000 square feet of cool season grasses. Warm season grasses do 24
not require any fertilization in the fall. September is also a good month to plant shrubs and deciduous trees. They will require extra care and watering, but will put on a lot of root growth if planted early in the fall. October Using twine, tie up trees and shrubs that may break with heavy snow. Take time to clean up flowerbeds and vegetable gardens. Mow the turf with a catcher to collect fallen leaves and winterize by draining and storing hoses; blow out all sprinkler systems including subsurface and drip lines (see more info below). November Trees with thin bark, or those transplanted within the last three years, should have tree wrap applied before the 15th of the month. Based on the current drought situations, consider winter-watering of trees during the winter months. Make notes of garden plants you observed during the fall that had the color you need for your yard and those that were successful in your yard during last season. Additionally, take note of the areas that need an extra plant for next year-this will help you avoid overpurchasing next spring. Winterization starts now! Check filters, blower and blower compartments, belts, burners, pilots as well as the ducts. Routine maintenance will increase the life of your furnace. * Filters. Check your filter monthly and either clean or replace it. A clogged or dirty filter reduces the amount of airflow over the exchanger. This is the most neglected item in furnace maintenance. * Blower and Blower Compartments. Turn off the electric power to the furnace, clean, and remove the lint and dust from the blower and compartment. * Belts. If the blower is belt-driven, check the belt for wear and tension. Adjust the belt enough to prevent it from slipping. * Burner/Pilot. Burner and pilot should be cleaned annually. Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for lighting the pilot. * Distribution System. Check all ducts for leaks and repair them with duct tape. Ducts should be insulated in unheated areas. Wrap batt insulation around the ducts and seal with duct tape. Be sure not to block any air intake openings. Sprinklers and irrigation systems need Winterization as weather turns cold. Blowing out sprinkler systems in the fall, prior to the colder months when low temperatures cause water to freeze, can save thousands of dollars in damage and unquantifiable distress for the homeowner. Make sure your home’s outdoor irrigation system is properly cleared of water, turned off and protected from freezing temperatures. A proper, professional sprinkler system winterization includes: • Compressed air removes all moisture from the lines and other critical components. • All electrical components are thoroughly checked. Make note of any potential needed repairs that will need to be on before starting your system up in the spring. Sprinkler lines that do not get winterized can freeze in extremely low temperatures, which are common in Colorado winter months. Frozen water in your irrigation system can cause thousands of dollars in damage to your home and property, and require some or all of the irrigation system to be repaired or replaced. Irrigation system winterization needs to be done before the temperatures start to drop, so don’t delay! Once you have taken care of everything that needs to be done during the fall you will be ready to enjoy a nice cozy winter indoors with your family before lawn care season begins again in the spring.
New Homeowner Orientation Welcome to The Meadows! To all our new Neighbors, you are invited to a New Homeowner Orientation at The Grange on Tuesday, September 5 at 6:30 pm. Come learn more about your community in a quick and informal way. If you have any questions, please call Taft House at 720-476-4006.
SNOW REMOVAL IN THE MEADOWS Even though we would like to see Fall in September and October, we need to be prepared for snow as well. The following are general guidelines stages of priority for snow removal that will be put into effect during a winter storm. Please look out for neighbors who might need a hand with the snow, if you are able, please assist. Stage One Minor accumulation of snow - less than two (2) inches on road surface. Salt/sand will be applied as needed if snow is over an inch and the temperature is 20 degrees or lower or if forecast to remain below freezing for an extended period of time. Under these conditions, the salt and sand mix may be applied, melting the snow/ice into a slush that can be plowed off if necessary. For two (2) or more accumulated inches of snow, all MNC contractors will be prepared to begin plowing unless forecasted temperatures deem unnecessary. The plowing operations will begin after 2 or more inches of snow has accumulated and the snow has stopped falling. If snow falls for more than twelve (12) hours, the Contractor can perform snow removal in shifts. One snow removal per day per area when there is continuing snow event. The parking lots on or around MNC community buildings will be cleared once the storm has passed. These areas should be cleared within twenty-four (24) hours after a snow has stopped falling or two (2) hours prior to the opening of the facility for normal business. If the snow event is outside of the regular business hours and no events are scheduled in the buildings, we will forego snow removal in the parking lots as a priority one. Stage Two The MNC has three areas of alleyways and shared driveways. Alleyways are in Upland Park, Tyler Park and Stewart Park. Shared Driveways are in Tyler Park and Stewart Park. Snow removal will be a priority at these locations so that residents may get out of their garage and access public streets. Maps are provided to show removal for these areas.
Under no circumstances will the MNC Snow Contractor be required to assist any homeowners with snow removal on their private property, or complete snow removal in areas that are not owned or maintained by the MNC. MNC recognizes that conditions may be so unusual or unexpected that a departure from these guidelines is necessary. Therefore, when conditions warrant, the Snow Removal Contract Manager in consultation with the Community Manager or Executive Director may order a departure from these guidelines when, in their opinion, conditions require such action. This guideline may be affected in total or in part, as a result of equipment breakdown, weather conditions, inadequacy of equipment, state or federal regulations, shortage of personnel, and any other unforeseen, uncontrollable or unanticipated acts. Q: What do I need to know about Town of Castle Rock snow removal? A: Priority criteria for snow route; (Please note: residential streets are a Priority 3.) Priority 1 Streets classified as arterials, major collectors, commercial/industrial and commercial business areas. These typically are high-volume streets that connect major sections of Town and provide access for emergency fire, police and medical services. Priority 2 Streets classified as minor collectors and school bus routes or roads providing access to schools. Priority 3 Low-volume and residential streets. Priority 4 Cul-de-sacs and alleyways. The Town’s snowplows are equipped with GPS. You can see where they are in real time by going to Meadowslink.com, under MNC info tab, snow removal and clicking the link.
Stage Three Sidewalks adjacent to MNC Common areas near schools or “school walker” areas will be cleared prior to the school day commencing. We have several common area sidewalks that are addressed in each area during each snow event.
Q: When are you going to clear the rest of the snow on my street, widening it to two lanes instead of one? A: The service-level standard for residential streets is one through lane that is passable in a two-wheel-drive sedan. Based on service-level priorities that address public safety only, the Town will not be doing any additional snow plowing on residential streets beyond clearing one passable lane.
Stage Four Sidewalks adjacent to MNC Common areas around mailboxes kiosks, parks, as well as fitness trails will be cleared following stage three. Community Manager will perform drive through inspection with contracted supervisor ensuring completion before crews leave property.
Q: What snow removal am I as a homeowner responsible to remove? A. Each property owner is responsible for the removal of the snow from their driveway and sidewalk in front of their homes and side yards (corner lots if applicable) within 48 hours after the termination of any weather condition has stopped and a minimum of 2” has accumulated.
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YOUR Community SCHOOL DISTRICT NEWS
Excitement and Anticipation at the Start of a New School Year! My family and I recently had the opportunity to attend Music in The Meadows and I was so impressed with the family feel of The Meadows community of Castle Rock. The Meadows Community is bustling with students and families in the Douglas County School District. Castle View High School, Castle Rock Middle School, Clear Sky Elementary, Meadow View Elementary, Soaring Hawk Elementary, Academy Charter School and Aspen View Academy all call The Meadows home. When I became the district’s Interim Superintendent just under a year ago, my first order of business was to visit every school in Douglas County School District. It took nearly three months to visit all 87 schools, but it was inspiring and worth every minute. I met with a variety of teachers and school leaders and gathered a great deal of feedback to inform my priorities for the Interim Superintendent role. Over the past year, we have: 1. Provided each of our school leaders with the freedom to determine how to best meet the needs of their students and communities; 2. Simplified our pay structure; 3. Renewed our focus on the students of DCSD and took steps to ensure that as many of our resources as possible are focused on supporting schools; and 4. Implemented zero-based budgeting at the district level in order to ensure that we are using every dollar wisely and to benefit our students. We cut a total of $21 million from the district’s central budget, enabling us to absorb escalating expenses including PERA, health care, and special education, without impacting our schools. Finally, we have done a lot of work around culture and climate in our district beginning with the development of a teacher evaluation process that ensures we honor the great work our teachers do and provide them with the f lexibility to meet the unique needs of their students. Great performance always starts with a positive work environment, where you wake up each morning and look forward to working because you love what you do, enjoy your colleagues, and feel valued and appreciated by leadership. It is our goal to create that environment for all of our employees, whether they work in a school, drive a bus, or fill one of many other critical roles for our students. 26
I have learned so much this year about our school district. We have truly wonderful schools full of incredible people that have dedicated their lives to the students they serve. We have dedicated support staff across the county that make it all possible. We have so much to be proud of - we have one of the highest graduation rates in the state and fantastic average ACT scores. These significant accomplishments do not happen in a vacuum. They happen because students, parents, teachers, administrators, support staff and community members believe in the importance of education. As we kick off a new school year, I want to thank The Meadows community for your commitment to our kids. We welcome your involvement in our schools and our district. Consider serving on a School Accountability Committee or a Board of Education committee or get involved with the Foundation for Douglas County Schools. We have many talented people in our community whose contributions to our schools help to ensure greater success in the classroom and a solid future for our students. To learn more about how you can get involved as an individual or a business owner, please email DCSD Parent and Community Liaison Kathy Brown at email@example.com. In closing, I want to welcome our students, staff, parents and community to a new school year! I look forward to continuing to work with all of the wonderful communities in Douglas County and greatly appreciate the partnership between our schools, families and community members in The Meadows. In the words of an African proverb, “If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” Erin Kane is the Interim Superintendent of the Douglas County School District, Colorado’s third largest school District, serving approximately 67,000 students.
Street Party & Concert
Household Chemical Roundup
Lots of family fun planned for this event including: bounce houses, food vendors, and live music all night.
Do you have unused chemicals sitting around your home? Did you paint a bedroom and now aren’t sure what to do with the leftover paint? The Household Chemical Roundup is for you.
Date: September 5 Time: 5:00 pm-9:00 pm Location: Crowfoot Valley Coffee (734 Wilcox Street)
Many common products like oilbased paint, mercury thermometers, gas, de-greasers and lawn chemicals can be harmful to the environment if not disposed of properly. Be sure to read the product label regarding safe storage, use and disposal. These unwanted chemicals could harm sanitation workers, create problems in sewage treatment plants and landfills, or pollute our water supply. This event is organized by the Tri County Health Department to round up these chemicals Date: September 30 Time: 9:00 am-3:00 pm Location: Castle Rock Water 175 Kellogg Street Cost: $25 per vehicle & proof of Douglas County Residency
29th Annual Castle Rock ArtFest The weekend after Labor Day, the Castle Rock Chamber of Commerce hosts a fine arts show with artists from across the country. Castle Rock provides the perfect canvas for the Annual Colorado Artfest, which has become a summertime tradition for residents and art enthusiasts alike. Enjoy continual live main stage entertainment featuring popular musicians, interactive exhibits for the kids, savor fabulous food/beverages and so much more!
Saturday, September 9, 2017 Time: 9:00 am-6:00 pm Sunday, September 10, 2017 Time: 10:00 am-5:00 pm Location: Outlets at Castle Rock Parking Lot
Fees/Admission: $5.00 – Adults $3.00 – Seniors 60+ Children 16 and under are FREE
THE MEADOWS AT CASTLE ROCK 27
6th Annual 2017
Chili Cook Off and Auto Show
Vote in the Chili Cook-Off!
Presented by Our Community Sponsors
Motorcycle & Car Show!
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2017 4 – 8 PM Douglas County Fairgrounds Event Center
Douglas County Events Center, Enter your chili for a chanceFairgrounds to win! Professional, amateur and scout categories. Prizes for top winners.
Tickets $8 advance/$10 at door. Public chili and auto judging 4-6:30 PM. LIVE MUSIC. Silent Auction. Car Smash. Bounce house for kids. JAWS OF LIFE demonstration from CASTLE ROCK FIRE DEPARTMENT.
Proceeds fund Douglas County Troop 780 boy’s outdoor adventure program. Thank you for your support!
CAR SMASH! LIVE MUSIC! Additional thanks to New Hope Presbyterian Church and The Grange for ongoing annual support. FACEBOOK.COM/TROOP780CHILIFEST WWW.CASTLEROCKCHILIFEST.COM CASTLEROCKCHILIFEST@GMAIL.COM
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