From The Publisher

Get Bald, Fight Cancer, Be Awesome!

Cancer sucks. Sorry for such strong language, but I don’t know any other way to put it. Cancer just plain and simply sucks. Especially if the person battling this awful disease is a child. Not only is it scary to fight this battle, but kids also have to undergo the negative effects of treatment including losing their hair during chemo.

This is where you come in. You can become a warrior against cancer, help raise money to find a cure and stand in solidarity with a proud bald head! That’s right, you going under the clippers can make the difference in this fight against pediatric cancer.

Here is all you have to do. Head over to shavethemayor.com and click the GET SHAVED button at the top of the page to sign up as a “shavee” at the 5th annual Shave the Mayor fundraiser for the St. Baldrick’s foundation. Once you sign up, you will set a goal to raise and start asking your friends and family to support you. Let them know that if you reach your goal, you will go bald for them…and for all the kids who don’t have the choice to go bald, but do so while fighting cancer and undergoing treatment.

Young or old, boy or girl, no matter who you are or what you do, we can all pull together to show these kids that they are not alone when they lose their hair and the we are battling along side them to find a cure.

This year we are trying to get 200 people to shave their heads at our event. It is a big goal but I know we can do it. This year we lost one of the young men who we started this event for to cancer. It is in Dalton’s name that we are striving for this huge goal…and I know we can do it with your help.

So please join us in becoming a cancer warrior. Head over to ShaveTheMayor.com and join me, my son Matthew and many others as we go bald on April 29th and become warriors against pediatric cancer!

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Kids’ Zone at Parker Rec

Throughout the year, Parker Recreation’s Kids’ Zone programming allows for even the littlest visitors to take advantage of terrific activities at the Rec Center. In March, Kids’ Zone events are sure to be a hit! On March 13th, join them for a Fairy Tea Party from 10-11:30am. Along with tea and fairy snacks, all attendees will help plant a Fairy Garden. Tuesday, March 28th, all caped crusaders can get in on the fun at Superhero Day! From 10-11:30am, have your little one come dressed as their favorite super hero for games (and snacks) fit for Marvel and DC’s finest! (Cost is $17 for residents, $19 for non-residents.) If your Fairy Princesses or Superheroes are ready for even more fun (and moms and dads are ready for a night out) register them for Parker Rec’s monthly Parents’ Night Out on March 11th. From 6:00pm-10:30pm, kiddos can enjoy crafts, games, activities and even down time with family-friendly movies with concessions available to purchase. Registration for Parents Night Out is strongly suggested.

For more information on Kids’ Zone programming, Parent’s Night Out or registration, go to www.parkerrec.com.

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Cotton Kids Consignment

Kids’ clothes are one of life’s great mysteries. They seem to multiply on their own in the laundry hamper and when it seems that you’ve just purchased the perfect pair of pants, they are suddenly inches too short! Clothes, toys, books and even furniture – all of it can be quite costly. Here in Parker, Cotton Kids Consignment helps to ease the strain of not only that cost but also to help lessen the load on your closets and drawers, overflowing with gently used and much loved toys and clothes. Cotton Kids allows consigners to bring in 20 items per day, Wednesday through Saturday. Check their website as certain items are only accepted seasonally (such as bikes, scooters and outdoor toys.) Customers can shop for everything from maternity wear and accessories, to children’s toys and furniture and, of course, new additions to wardrobes from infants to young adults. Charter school uniforms are also available year round!

Cotton Kids is located at 10920 S. Parker Road, Suite B-5

Go to www.cottonkidsconsignment.com or call 303.840.9901

where in town?

A Monthly Scavenger Hunt

FIND & WIN!!!
Would you like a $100 gift certificate to Trappers Chop House? Look through the magnifying glass and simply guess correctly where in Parker this is. We will randomly draw a winner from all correct entries! CLICK HERE to enter online – GOOD LUCK!

LAST MONTH’S HUNT ANSWER
Did you figure out last month’s “Where in Town” photo? Yep! It was Parker Recreation Center’s Indoor Pool. The indoor pools feature a diving well and board, six, 25 yard lanes, a shallow water play/instruction area, an activity pool with a zero-depth entry (featured in the photo) a lazy river, water slide, aquatic climbing wall and warm water therapy pool. The pool is open year round with hours varying by season. Admission is included in daily admission, punch card or membership. The Parker Recreation Center is located at 17301 E. Lincoln Ave.

Kids Party

Kids Party

Are you ready to PAR-TAY! Planning a kids’ party can sometimes be a daunting task. With so many options of what to do and where to go, we thought we would help out a bit so that you can have the most awesome-est party ever for your kids. We’ve prepared a list of super cool places in our area that provide out-of-this-world kids party experiences. Now, let’s PARTY!

Fencing Academy of Parker

fencingacademysport.com
12870 Stroh Ranch Ct. #105, Parker CO 80134
720-334-3579
Fencing or Jedi Training parties- Kids will learn the basics of fencing or jedi training in a safe and fun environment. Birthday parties last 2 hours and are offered for kids ages 6 and older.
Party Size: Up to 24 kids
Cost: $15 per person ($150 minimum charge)

Castle Rock Zip Line Tours

castlerockziplinetours.com
1375 West Plum Creek Parkway, Castle Rock, CO 80109
720-733-9477
If you’re ready for the ultimate birthday adventure, then check out Castle Rock Zip Line Tours. Not only could the kids have a great time on our 10 thrilling zip lines, we also offer the EPIC Sky Trek Challenge featuring 4 full levels with over 110 challenging elements and a 42’ climbing wall!
Party Size: 8-100
Cost: Epic Sky Trek $39

Monart

www.creativespiritsco.com
10158 S. Parker Road, Parker CO 80138
303-805-1900
Choose from Canvas Painting, Clay or Glass Fusing Arty Parties at Monart. Each guest will create a unique piece of art centered around a theme chosen by the birthday boy or girl. A two hour party includes all materials and instruction as well as use of our studio to celebrate with a birthday treat.
Party Size: 11-25
Cost: $250-$275

Pirates Cove

www.piratescovecolorado.com
1225 W Belleview Ave, Littleton CO 80120
303-762-2683
Pirates Cove is pleased to offer two Birthday Party Packages. The Captain Cook party is for up to 15 guests and the Billy Bones party is for up to 25 guests. Additional guests can be added. Go to www.parties.piratescovecolorado.com to book a party.
Party Size: more than 25
Cost: $274 and $354

20 Mile Athletic Center

www.20mileathleticcenter.com
18499 Longs Way Suite 101, Parker CO 80134
303-841-9269
We offer gymnastics themed birthday parties for all ages. Our 90 minute parties include:
2 party coordinators, trampolines, age appropriate games and fun time in pit, A 20 Mile gift bag for birthday child with t-shirt, medal and 20 Mile goodies, party area with service for food, gifts and goodies, set up and clean up, complimentary Invitations.
Party Size: more than 25
Cost: $185 and up

Dart Warz

www.dartwarz.com
8150 S University Blvd, Centennial CO 80122
855-717-3278
Our party packages are public or private parties! 15 min in the briefing room, 1 hour and 15 min of play and 30 min in the party room! We also offer AWESOME party favors! A Dart Warz water bottle filled with a DW bracelet, candy, and a DW temp tattoo!
Party Size: 11-25
Cost: $300-$550

Scale Gymnastics Center

info@scalegym.com
18002 East Clarke Rd., Parker CO 80134
303-840-0424
We’ll bend over backwards to make your child’s day perfect! Treat them to a fun-filled gymnastics birthday they will flip for! Parties include private gym time, trampoline and games, party room, and balloons. Parents can sit back and relax while the Party Coordinators handle all of the fun!!!
Party Size: 11-25
Cost: $200

Bricks 4 Kidz

www.bricks4kidz.com/435
720-216-4508
Bricks 4 Kidz® offers fun themed LEGO® birthday parties! Kids love making their own motorized models, as well as play different games and contests while using LEGO® bricks. Our birthday parties are focused on having lots of fun, enjoying time with friends, playing games, and engaging in contests. Building a unique model and making it work by using a motor, battery, and remote control is an exciting bonus for every child. We even offer Robotics birthday parties for older kids!
Party Size: more than 25
Cost: $220 – $350+

Xtreme Challenge Arena

www.xtremechallengearena.com
82 Inverness Drive East A2, Englewood CO 80112
303-706-0909
Xtreme Challenge is an exciting arena filled with Ninja Warrior meets Wipe Out style group challenges for kids and adults.
Featuring over 30,000 square feet of mid air stunts, suspended obstacles, launching pulleys, and hang tough challenges.
BE A NINJA, Ride the Human Catapult, Fly like SUPER MAN or try the Hang Tough Aerial course! Specializing in exciting Birthday parties, Parent/Child Events and youth sports team-bonding packages. Every event is an adrenaline RUSH.”
Party Size: more than 25
Cost: $16.00 and up

Douglas County Libraries

DCL.org
100 South Wilcox Street, Castle Rock CO 80104
303-791-7323
Available Saturday and Sunday, 2:30-4:30 p.m., for guests ages 0-5 or 6-12. Choose from Things That Roar, Once Upon a Time, or Folklore & Fantasy. Inclusions: free book for the guest of honor, email invitation, thank-you notes, goody bags, Eileen’s Colossal Cookies, setup/cleanup, and 20-30 minutes of planned activities.
Party Size: 11-25 Kids
Cost: $250.00

Great Play of Parker

www.greatplay.com/parker
18425 Pony Express Dr. Ste. 107, Parker CO 80134
303-805-8844
Great Play of Parker offers high energy birthday parties for kids ages 1 to 10 years old. Great Play parties are 90 minutes of fun including our interactive throwing walls, games and time for cake. Great Play has six different themes to choose from including a Super Hero Party, Fun & Games and a Dance Party… Great Play offers endless age appropriate customization for the perfect party!
Party Size: 11-25
Cost: $224-$274

Dancing Princess Parties

www.dancingprincessparties.com
19215 E Cottonwood Dr#713, Parker CO 80138
303-949-1975
Dancing Princess Parties by Dance Exploration, LLC is a mobile party service. We provide standard dance parties (ballet, hip hop or cheerleading) as well as themed character parties including your favorite Princess or Super Hero Characters.
Party Size: Up to 10
Cost: $100-250

The Meadows Early Learning Center

meadowselc.com
9985 S Twenty Mile Rd, Parker CO 80134
720-340-3370
An amazing indoor castle to host parties with a kitchen, community room and access to an outdoor playground.
Party Size: more than 25 Kids
Cost: $100-$150

Kids Menu

Kids Menu

Discounted and Free Kids Meals

Most parents would agree that it’s important, no matter what is going on throughout the day, when families sit down and eat dinner together. If you can swing a night out together, that’s even better because no one is getting stuck with loading the dishwasher! To sweeten the deal just a bit more, here’s a list of local restaurants that will lighten the load on your wallet when you’re eating with your kids as well!

***Participating restaurants may vary by location. Certain limitations/restrictions may apply.

 

PARKER

IHOP: Kids eat free Mon-Fri from 4-9pm with adult entrée purchase

The Egg & I: Mondays -1 free kid’s meal per adult meal purchased

Village Inn: Mon & Tues: 1 free kid’s meal per adult meal purchased and don’t forget about “Free Pie Wednesday “ – Get a free slice with any dine in purchase

Lil Ricci’s: Tuesdays -1 free kid’s meal per adult meal purchased 4pm-close

Texas Roadhouse: Kids’ Night Every Monday 5-8pm – Balloon artist, applesauce eating contest, face painting, ice cream sundae bar (dine in only, not valid on holidays)

Jersey Mike’s: Wednesday – Kids eat free all day, one child per one regular sub combo purchased

Jozi’s Kitchen: Wednesday – Kids eat free w/ adult entrée purchase (after 4pm) – not valid with any other offer.

 

CASTLE ROCK

IHOP: Kids eat free Mon-Fri from 4-9pm with adult entrée purchase

Dickey’s BBQ Pit: Sunday – Free kid’s meal with adult entrée purchase

Guadalajara Mexican Restaurant: Monday – One free kid’s meal w/ adult meal purchase ($9.75 and up)

Village Inn: Monday – Free kid’s meal per adult meal purchased

Black-Eyed Pea: Tuesday – Free kid’s meal with adult entrée purchase

The Rockyard: Tuesday – $2.50 off kids’ meal with adult entrée purchase

Applebee’s: Wednesday – $0.99 kid’s meals with adult entrée purchased – 3pm-close

 

LONE TREE

Dickey’s BBQ Pit: Sunday – One free kid’s meal with adult entrée purchase

Firehouse Subs: Sunday – Up to 2 free kid’s meals w/ purchase of an adult combo meal

Via Baci Italian Bistro: Sunday – Kid’s meal is $2 w/ adult entrée purchase

Lodo’s Bar and Grill: Wednesday – Kids eat free w/ an adult meal purchase 6-9pm

DB & Pott’s: Thursday – Kid’s meal is $1 w/ adult entrée purchase

Buffalo Wild Wings: Monday – $1.99 kid’s meals after 4pm

Village Inn: Monday – One free kid’s meal per adult meal purchased

Mellow Mushroom: Monday – get $1 kid’s meal with every $15 spent

Brewery Bar III: Tuesday – One free kid’s meal with adult entrée ($7 or more)

Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant: Sunday –Kids eat free 4pm-close

Culver’s: Kids 12 & U get free custard with purchase of a meal

CiCi’s Pizza: Kids 10&U (up to 4) can eat for 99¢ w/ purchase of an adult pizza and drink buffet at regular price

Maggiano’s: Sunday – Kids 5 and U eat free, check with local restaurant for participation

Marie Calendar’s: Tuesday – One free kids’ meal with each adult entrée purchased

Qdoba: Kids eat free on Sun or Wed – participation varies by location

Buffalo Wild Wings: Wednesday – 12 &U can order from kids’ menu for just $0.99 from 4-10pm

Fazoli’s: Tuesday – Get 2 kid’s meals for $0.99 each with purchase of 1 adult entrée. 12 & U, at participating restaurants 5-8pm

Which Wich: Mon and Sat – Kidswhich meals are $0.99 with purchase of 7” small Wich. 12 & U at participating locations

 

SOUTH AURORA

Gunther Toody’s Diner: Kids eat free Mondays (beverage & sundae included) from 11am-close w/ purchase of adult entrée

Joes Crab Shack: Monday – Kids 13&U eat free w/ adult entrée purchase (limit of 3 per party)

Romano’s Macaroni Grill: Mon & Tues – Kids 12&U eat free w/ adult entrée purchase

Brewery Bar IV: Tuesday – One free kid’s meal with adult entrée ($7 or more)

Denny’s: Wed – Kids eat free from 4-10pm w/ adult meal purchase

Fins and Noodles Italian & Seafood: Tues – Kids 10&U eat free with adult entrée purchase. Limit of 2 kids meals per adult entrée.

Lone Star Steakhouse: Tues – Kids eat free all day with purchase of adult entrée

Country Buffet: Thursday: Kids eat for 99¢ (limit 2) from 5-8pm with purchase of adult buffet

Golden Corral: Kids 3&U eat free everyday with adult meal purchase

Bent Noodle: 1 free kids’ meal with adult meal purchase daily

Applebees: Wednesday- Kids eat for 99¢ (limit 3 per adult)

IHOP: Kids eat free from 4-10pm (one child per adult) (days vary by location)

Atlanta Bread: Tuesday – One free kid’s meal with adult meal purchase after 4pm

Jason’s Deli: Wednesday – kids eat free 4-8pm, limit of 3 kids per adult

Ajuua Mexican: Monday – free kid’s meal with adult meal purchase

McCabe’s Bistro: Saturday and Sunday – kids’ meals are $1.00 each with an adult meal purchase

Text Neck and Blackberry® Thumbs

Text Neck and Blackberry® Thumbs

A Common Complaint in Our Kids

By Dr. Rebecca Hoeck, PT, DPT
intelligentmotiontherapy.com

Several years ago, “Text Neck and Blackberry® Thumbs” were nonexistent, but these complaints are becoming more common in our kids as they hunch over smartphones and tablets. Neck pain, headaches, lower back pain, hand and thumb pain from prolonged use of these devices creates significant wear and tear on the muscles, ligaments, joints and other tissues.

Placing your chin near your chest to view the mobile device, often more than a 60-degree angle, increases the pressure weight of the head from 10-12 pounds to about 60 pounds. This hunched posture changes the natural curvature of the neck creating more complaints in younger patients, problems that are normally seen in older adults due to age related changes. We often look down to read a book, write a message, prepare food or wash dishes. Texting and smartphone use, adds one more activity to this movement pattern, sometimes repeated compulsively up to four hours a day. Consequently, this repetitive activity may lead to pinched nerves, arthritis, bone spurs, damaged discs, muscle imbalances and restricted shoulder movement, as well as decreased breathing capacity.

To prevent Text Neck and back-related ailments:

  • Keep your head upright and in line with your eyes while viewing your device
  • Take frequent breaks
  • Learn proper posture and neck alignment
  • Learn exercises to stretch and strengthen muscles:
    • NECK RETRACTION: sit up tall with chin level, move your ears back and up without lifting your chin, hold for five seconds, repeat twenty times
    • CHEST STRETCH: stand in the middle of a doorway, place hands on both sides of the door frame, lean your body through the door, keeping arms on the frame, hold five seconds, repeat twenty times
    • SHOULDER BLADE SQUEEZE: pinching shoulder blades together, hold twenty seconds, repeat twenty timePut your smartphone down, go outside, and get moving!
  • See a professional if symptoms do not resolve

Blackberry® thumbs are a repetitive motion injury, induced by repetitive typing on a small keyboard. The thumbs become the main digits to text, click and scroll causing the thumbs to reach beyond their natural ranges of motion, or “thumb acrobats.” Reaching farther than designed, the thumbs are vulnerable to wear and tear injuries such as: osteoarthritis, “trigger thumb,” a form of tendonitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, tingling, wrist pain and hand weakness.

To prevent Blackberry® thumb and hand-related ailments:

  • Take tech holidays
  • Write shorter and fewer messages on your devices
  • Use a dictation feature
  • If you feel pain or strain, stop, rest, and stretch your hands
  • See a professional if symptoms do not resolve

Staying Connected with the Parker Police Department

Staying Connected with the Parker Police Department

By Josh Hans, Parker Police Department PIO
The Parker Police Department utilizes the community policing philosophy. We understand the importance of partnerships and problem-solving techniques to proactively address issues. Effective communication with residents is a critical component of community policing. Whether it’s through our website, social media or personal interaction, the more robust the dialogue, the more we understand the public’s needs and the better we can communicate our messages. In an effort to bring communication to Parker residents’ smartphones, the Parker Police Department has begun using an app, MyPD.

MyPD is a smartphone app that allows users to submit crime tips, ask questions, give feedback or read the latest PD news on their smartphone. In addition, users will find many other useful public safety tools aggregated on their app; crime maps, sex offender information, information on missing children and much more.

How it Works. When a user submits a tip or any other information, it generates an email that is sent to the Parker Police Department. The app has been designed so that each tip is sent to appropriate individuals responsible for each issue. If you submit a tip about an issue at a school, it is emailed to our Student Resource Officers and their Sergeant. Sending emails directly to those responsible will cut down on response time for each email. MyPD should not be used when immediate assistance is needed. For emergencies residents should dial 9-1-1.

The Parker Police Department also has the ability to send push notifications to app users. Smartphone users will be notified if there is an urgent message that we need to get to area residents. This allows users to be notified immediately with time sensitive information no matter where they are. We have received a lot of positive feedback about road closure notifications and the positive impact this has on Parker drivers.

The free smartphone app can be downloaded through iTunes or Google Play. After download, users select the Parker Police Department as their local police department.

The Bookends

Breakthrough

By: Michael C. Grumley

A group of marine biologists are conducting amazing research with dolphins, Sally and Dirk. The team is making great strides in translating the language of dolphins, which will change our understanding of this amazing animal forever. Meanwhile, something unexplainable is happening around the world. Naval investigator, John Clay, is tasked to solve the mystery when one of the strange events involves a nuclear submarine. As these two seemingly unconnected groups come together to solve the puzzle, they realize that the world is in danger and it is up to them to save millions of people.

PAM Becky, this book was different from anything we have read in some time. Many different storylines converge into one as we follow this story. I especially enjoyed the dolphins and the connection between them and the group researching their language. Did you find this part of the story intriguing? Did you find it plausible?

BECKY I think dolphins are amazing creatures and the idea of communication with them seems plausible. However, in this story the computer quickly allows the humans to talk clearly with these two dolphins. I did not find that believable but this is a science fiction story so it works. The storyline that I enjoyed most was the research team in the Antarctic. They were studying the Rhonne Ice Shelf and I could hardly put the book down during one section of the story. If this became a movie I would go just to see how they would reenact this part of the book. The idea of a huge section falling into the ocean and creating a tsunami was fascinating to me. What did you think about this small part of the story?

PAM I agree with you about this part of the story. I also found it very interesting. Honestly, I enjoyed the different story lines and the different types of science represented. The idea of the tsunami was terrifying, but their solution was creative to say the least (I wonder if it would really work). The character that led the research trip to the Antarctic was a woman that had not been taken seriously by some of the people in power in the country. She was determined to gather evidence and prove her theory to be accurate. In order to do this, she gathers a team of researchers and heads into the inhospitable environment of Antarctica. Did you admire her drive to find the truth? Or did you find this trip to be a bad idea?

BECKY I loved her drive and spunk. The trip was dangerous and put her team in a treacherous situation, but the research was necessary to complete and it made this storyline very exciting. We also get a glimpse into how our government might handle a danger that could potentially kill millions. Telling the truth could cause a panic of epic proportions so, is keeping it a secret a better choice? Did you feel like the government officials were realistically represented and how did this part of the story make you feel?

PAM I’m sure there would be disagreement among the people involved. I also feel that the difference in opinion between the scientists and elected officials would occur, as they have different information and different perspectives. One of the officials was very demeaning and dishonest. He made me very mad! Ultimately, his decisions (that he was not cleared to make) led to incredible danger for many. He also was disgusting in his behind the scenes manipulation. I kept hoping that his true character would be revealed to all. Did you feel the same about this character?

BECKY I completely agree with your feelings about this man. There was nothing likable about him but I enjoyed the chaos he caused in the story. The author did a fantastic job creating a character that stirred such emotion in the reader. When I started this book I didn’t realize that it is the first book in a series of four. Did you enjoy this story enough to continue to read the whole series?

PAM I enjoyed the connection with the dolphins enough that I plan to read the next book in the series. It will be interesting to see where the story goes from here. You know how much I love stories with animals as main characters! Are you planning to pick up the next in the series?

BECKY This is not the type of book I would usually pick but I really enjoyed it and will read at least one more in the series. I hope that a few of the characters return in future stories. I appreciate that the author completed this story and did not leave unresolved cliffhangers so you were forced to buy the next book. Were you satisfied with the resolutions to the different storylines?

PAM I completely agree! I love when an author organizes a series in a way that allows a reader to read one or all and still get an entire story. I did feel that the storylines were resolved completely, but I hope to gather a little more information about a few of them in upcoming books! We will be reading a very different genre next month. Join us as we discuss All is Not Forgotten by Wendy Walker. We will be introduced to a tragic story of a teenage girl that suffers a brutal attack and is given a drug to erase her memories of the assault. The author takes us through the challenges this teenager faces, while the reader unlocks the mystery of the crime.

Local Author Spotlight

MY LOVED ONE SHINES ON!

A GIFT FROM BEYOND

By Disa Van Orman & Dylan Skye Goedeker
Oh, you are wrong if you think I’m gone, I am right there in your favorite song…” is how their new adventure began. Grandmother and Grandson. Gebra and Buffalo Boy. Disa and Dylan.

A poem is given to a grandmother by her 6-year-old grandson who dies suddenly. In great pain, she intends to write about the wonderful times they shared. Instead, she hears her amazing grandson tell her a poem that lets her know that he is not truly gone and is still with her.

Gebra cannot see or touch him as she did before. Yet, if she uses all her senses, she is aware of his presence. As an artist and photographer, Disa uses her beautiful photographs of animals and nature to bring to life the feelings and emotions this amazing child is sharing to repair his family’s broken heart.

Dylan sends her signs that he is there, right by her side. As she writes his words, he asks her to share them with the world, to young and old, to give hope to others that their loved one shines on too.

Hey, don’t forget that part about blossom, because I want this to end with, ‘Man… that would be awesome!!’

Learn more at MyLovedOneShinesOn.com

THREE SILLY WORDS:

A TALE OF A PIZZA, A TREEHOUSE AND A SHARK

Written By Ericka Harrell & Illustrated by Krysta Parr
Three silly words, one silly story! What do you get when you take two best friends, one little brother, a bunch of imagination, and oodles of teamwork? Oh yes, and let’s not forget… a pizza, a treehouse and a shark?!? One silly story!

A little about Three Silly Words…
Ericka Harrell is a new children’s book author based in Parker. Her illustrator, Krysta Parr, is based in Centennial.

Last year, Krysta and Ericka were chosen to be bridesmaids in their dear friend’s wedding. Having never met before, the two began talking, and lo and behold, they both had life-long dreams of writing and illustrating children’s books. Last fall, after 17 years of service at Ericka’s beloved company, she hung up her corporate high heels and decided to chase her dream of becoming a children’s book author full time. Krysta also recently accepted her dream job and is working as a graphic artist at a large company.

Ericka’s children inspired her book series. When they were little and couldn’t fall asleep, Ericka would ask them to think of three words, any three words, and she would make up a silly story that included all of them. The more unrelated the words, the sillier the story! Ten years later, Three Silly Words, the book series, was born!

All of the “three silly words” used in Ericka’s books are created by her children, their silly friends, and the young students she reads to. Ericka has two titles self-published to date, “Three Silly Words: The Tale of a Pizza, a Treehouse and a Shark,” and “Three Silly Words: The Tale of a Car, a Banana and a Ladybug.” Both are available on Amazon. Her first title is also available on BarnesandNoble.com.

From The Publisher

Love for Service

February is a time when our minds usually shift to thoughts of love. With a major holiday smack dab in the middle of February, it’s a bit hard to not be surrounded with thoughts of love. Everywhere you look are shades of pink and heart shaped everything.

Valentine’s Day is one of my favorite holidays because it gives us a chance to spread a little extra love around. However, this year I’d like to challenge our readers to focus on a different kind of love. A love for service.

All of us have an obligation to our community. This obligation is simple, every day do at least one thing to make our community a better place. This is something that I learned as a young cub scout and a philosophy that I work to live by. It stemmed from my first camp out as a cub scout. All of us boys had a great time learning how to use a pocket knife, build a fire, pitch a tent, tend a trail and many other outdoor skills. When it was time to wrap things up, our den leader said something simple that has always stuck with me. He said “Okay boys, it’s time to clean up our camp site. Make sure you leave it in better shape than you found it…so the next group can have an even better time than we did.”

What a powerful directive. Leave our campsite…or our community…a little better than we found it so the next group can have an even better time. This simple yet effective philosophy has the power to change the world.

Our community is served by an incredible amount of amazing non-profits and groups that were created for the service of others. I know many of us donate money to these causes on a regular basis. However, I’d like to challenge you to a different approach. Instead of donating more money (if you donate, please continue to do so) this year let’s all make a commitment to also donate TIME. If each of us decide to donate one hour of time in service each month to a community group or non-profit we will have given a contribution of love that is hard to match.

We’ve compiled a list of some amazing local community groups that serve others. Take a moment to read through our list and choose one…or a couple… to donate time to. If you don’t see one that strikes you then do some research and find one.

Don’t let this stop with your service though. Share this powerful gift with your friends and family. Invite them to accept the challenge as well. With a small amount of effort we can create a love for service that has the power to change our community…and our world!

Have a happy February and embrace your new love for service.

EXPERIENCE PARKER

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Love Is in the Air at Douglas County Libraries in Parker!

For those with a love for the finer things, there’s the Love Is in the Air: Wine & Cheese Pairing
February 16th at 7pm, adults 21 and older will learn sweet tips for pairing, sampling and enjoying wine and cheese together. Great idea for a girl’s night out or a date night! Register by calling 303-791-7323 or go to DCL.org.

Love Is in the Air: Caturday Morning & Dog Day Afternoon
Nothing spreads love like a happy tail wag. Drop by and fall in love with a furry friend at the library’s pet extravaganza; including a pet adoption van, lots of activities, and crafts at make and take stations. Make pet treats, cat/dog bows, braided rope toys, cat gardens and cat beds. If you don’t have a pet to craft for, you can make a cat bed that will be donated to a local animal shelter and spread the love even further! Drop in for fun that’s great for all ages – no registration required! The Love-Fest commences Saturday, February 18th, 10am-12pm

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The Art of Pizza – Artisan Pizza Co

Artisan Pizza Co is a new restaurant NOW OPEN in Parker. This fast-casual restaurant concept offers hand crafted 11” Neapolitan style Signature Pizzas and delicious Signature Salads made to order with the freshest, quality ingredients. Their dough is homemade and is prepared daily. You may choose a Signature Pizza or Salad off the menu or build your own creation, choosing from over 40 different ingredients, for the same price. They cook their delicious pizzas in a modern, gas-fired oven which makes baking time only a matter of minutes.

While brainstorming ideas for this restaurant, it was very important to the owners to support our beautiful state of Colorado. They have achieved that goal by sourcing local meats and produce and offering only Colorado craft beer. The fact that Colorado is known to have some of the finest craft beers in the world made this decision easy! Wine is also available.

Artisan Pizza Co is owned by Jon and Sandra Liberati, Parker residents of 15 years. Artisan Pizza Co is not a franchise. Being in the restaurant industry for 25 years; it’s a dream realized for Jon. Jon and Sandra wanted to open a restaurant in their beloved Parker where they could serve their community with quality food, great service and in a welcoming environment. They look forward to serving your family!

Artisan Pizza Co – 12311 Pine Bluffs Way #107
For take-out orders call 303.840.0518
Open Sun-Thurs 11-9/Fri and Sat 11-10
Find them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Yelp – Website currently under construction

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