Experience Parker

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The Colorado Horse Park

Looking for a fun, family outing to cap off your weekends? Do you enjoy animals, food, good company, and the great outdoors? Check out The Colorado Horse Park and experience top equestrian competition throughout the summer! The 2017 Summer In The Rockies Series features seven weeks of family-friendly activities and events! Entertainment begins at 4:00 p.m. before the Saturday evening grand prix competition, with the first horse and rider combination beginning at 6:00 p.m. The evenings include food trucks, numerous cash bars, and more!

Saturday Night Grand Prix Schedule:

•July 1 – $60,000 Horseware® Ireland Grand Prix
•July 8 – $70,000 Ariat® Grand Prix & Mayor’s Cup
•July 15 – $80,000 Front Range Kubota Grand Prix
•July 22 – $100,000 Adequan® Grand Prix

Spend your summer at The Colorado Horse Park, where excellence is making a comeback like never before! The Colorado Horse Park is located at 7522 South Pinery Drive Parker, CO, only a few minutes from downtown Parker, CO! For more information on The Colorado Horse Park, please visit www.coloradohorsepark.com.

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Astral Float Spa

Being able to pause and clear your mind, focus and relax seems like a luxury that many can’t afford. Astral Float Spa may have the solution that you never knew you were looking for! Invented over 60 years ago by John Lilly, sensory deprivation float tanks are lightless, soundproof tanks in which a subject floats in skin temperature salt water. Why in the world would you try this? Floats have numerous benefits; they promote calm, relaxation and reduce fatigue and jet lag as well as improving sleep and helping to alleviate stress. Sensory deprivation floats can also facilitate freedom from habits, phobias, anxiety and fear, improve athletic performance, and increase circulation.
Floating takes pressure off joints and muscles while your body is put into a state of relaxation. Your blood pressure and oxygen intake are reduced while your blood flow and red blood cell distribution increases. This is particularly beneficial for athletes or those recovering from injuries as it flushes lactate, cortisone and adrenaline and releases endorphins. Several Denver Broncos and MMA Fighters have come in for treatment at Astral Float Spa.
Whether you are recovering from a nagging injury, seeking to de-stress or looking to just find some calm in your hectic schedule, check out the benefits of having Colorado’s largest float spa right here in Parker. Floats are available, by appointment, seven days a week from
9am-9pm.
Astral Float Spa is located at 19301 E Plaza Drive
Find them on Facebook and online at www.astralfloatspa.com or call 303.635.6671

where in town?

A Monthly Scavenger Hunt

FIND & WIN!!!
Would you like a new charcoal grill? Look through the magnifying glass on our Experience page in our magazine and simply guess correctly where in Parker this month’s clue is. We will randomly draw a winner from all correct entries! CLICK HERE to enter online – GOOD LUCK!

LAST MONTH’S HUNT ANSWER
You can see the latest Disney Pixar movie about Cars or you can see some REAL cars at Parker’s Vehicle Vault, the location of June’s clue. Vehicle Vault’s premier auto gallery exhibits an extraordinary collection of rare and exotic automobiles from all over the world. Car enthusiasts young and old will be awestruck by the collection. Owners of collectable cars can also purchase custom garage space in the Village at Vehicle Vault Vehicle Vault also is a one of a kind location for your private event or party – providing a backdrop like no other. Vehicle Vault is located at 18301 Lincoln Meadows Pkwy.

Women’s Hair Color

Women’s Hair Color

Is there really a difference on what product you use and where you go?

Most woman color their hair and we all have different reasons for doing so. Sometimes it is to achieve a completely different look and other times it is simply to enhance our natural color. In either case, the question remains; does it matter whether you color your hair at home from a box or go to a salon and does it matter which salon you go to?

One of the biggest advantages of going to a salon which specializes in women’s hair color is the range of colors offered. A professional salon will have access to a spectrum of color that can rarely be achieved by going to the store. In addition, a professional master stylist will know how to choose a shade of color (or colors) that really help you achieve the look you are hoping for.

For some ladies, a drastic change in color is what they are looking for. If this is you, then you definitely need a professional. Knowing how a bold color will look once applied is something only a seasoned professional can tell you. Why risk ending up with a hair color that is bold for all the wrong reasons. You can make a statement and still look fabulous…that’s where a professional comes in.

Longevity is another reason to choose a professional color salon. Salon grade color will last longer as it is designed specifically to maximize color life. In addition, a master stylist will know how to supplement and apply product that will help keep your color looking fabulous for longer.

Now that you’ve decided to leave the color to the pros, it is imperative that you choose a salon that not just offers color but is an expert at hair color. Fortunate for you, HCX Parker (HCX stands for Hair Color eXperts) has the experience and quality you are looking for. Their master color stylists have helped provide stunning color and incredible service for many years. Knowledge and experience is key to their success, which is why they have been serving the women of Parker for so many years. With top of the line products and experienced professionals second to none, HCX Parker is where you need to be getting your color done!

They are conveniently located at 10259 S Parker Rd unit #102. Visit them online at www.hcxparker.com or give them a call at 303-805-5333. It’s time to have hair color that is fabulous and HCX Parker is ready to help you get it.

Hair Color Xperts of Parker is the only salon I use. I love it there! And everywhere I go, people ask me where I get my hair done, because the one who does my hair is SO amazing! She is masterful at giving me a chic haircut and color every time. She is professional and so kind. I get the special treatment when I walk through the doors and it makes me just want to keep coming back.
~ Susie Oertli Stewart

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Wine Walk

They say that walking is one of the best things you can do for your health – well if that’s the case then Downtown Parker’s Annual Wine Walks must be one of the best things you can do for your health AND happiness!

Beginning in May, the Parker Chamber hosts a monthly Wine Walk Downtown, from 5:00pm-8:00pm. Grab a group of friends and come out to enjoy wine samples provided by Parker Area Chamber merchants, all while taking a little walking tour of our amazing Downtown businesses and learning more about what they all have to offer.

Tickets for the event are $15 (for those 21 and older only.) Ticket sales close at 7:00pm. With your ticket you’ll receive 10 1 oz samples, a wine glass and a wine walk map of participating merchants.

Be sure to circle June 23rd on your calendar for this month’s Wine Walk and enjoy all Downtown Parker has to offer!

For more information, go to www.parkerchamber.com

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Burn Bootcamp

With school out and summer in full swing, most moms are busy coordinating camps, activities, time at the pool and maybe even working out a summer vacation. Often, carving out a little time for you is seemingly impossible. Your kids aren’t the only ones who benefit from staying active, YOU can mix up your routine (or finally get into a routine) at Burn Bootcamp! Burn focuses on building a community focused on positivity, encouragement and motivation. Train with ELITE, certified trainers and learn how to balance your hormones through whole food nutrition – after all, you can’t out train a bad diet. Best of all? Burn Bootcamp offers FREE CHILDCARE for classes during 6 different camp times Monday-Friday! It’s as easy as going online to check out all they have to offer and clicking on the link for your FREE 14 Day Test Drive at Burn Bootcamp. Really the only thing you have to lose is inches.

Burn Bootcamp is conveniently located at 12840 Stroh Ranch Ct. #103 – To learn more or start your FREE Test Drive, go to
burnbootcamp.com/parker-co call 303.827.8622 or Email parker@burnbootcamp.com

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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
If you recognized the welcome sign in last month’s clue, then you’ve likely enjoyed Fika.  Fika, which loosely translated from Swedish, means “to meet over coffee,” is one of Parker’s local treasures.  You can settle in a comfy chair with your book and a fantastic cup of coffee in a quiet corner or take advantage of the patio seating for some great people watching at the Mainstreet location.  Or, pick the perfect spot on the wrap around patio at the Idyllwilde location to enjoy a little more peace and quiet.  Guests are encouraged to actually linger a bit and enjoy their coffee and conversation.  Fika proudly serves fair trade Kaladi Coffee and sells fresh beans if you want to brew your own at home.  If coffee isn’t “your cup of tea” you can choose from an extensive selection of organic and herbal teas from Two Leaves Tea Company and numerous Torani syrups to create a delicious Italian soda.  Fika on Mainstreet is located at 19559 East Mainstreet, open Monday-Sunday 6am-10pm – Fika at Idyllwilde is located at 22040 East Idyllwilde Drive, open Monday-Sunday 6am-8pm – fikacoffeehouse.com

Parker Days

Parker Days

For a couple of days and night each summer, Downtown Parker is transformed into the biggest of playgrounds for the young and young at heart. Parker Days is coming to town and bringing with it pulse pounding rides, exciting midway games, world class entertainment, amazing food and much, much more! Starting with the sneak peek the night of June 8th, this year’s Parker Days Festival is bound to be the best yet! It’s the perfect family weekend, and it gets kicked off with a rockin’ concert Thursday night, headlined by Bret Michaels. The music continues throughout the weekend on the Main Stage, Pikes Peak Stage and Community Stage. Performance schedules can be found at parkerdaysfestival.com.

Friday, the festival is open from 5pm-Midnight and then picks right back up Saturday morning at 9am. The beloved Parker Days Parade begins at 10:00am and this year’s “Rock and Roll” themed parade will feature high school marching bands, clowns, horses, floats, and for the first time ever, the world famous Budweiser Clydesdales! To get a good spot to enjoy the parade, which runs along Mainstreet and Victorian Drive, it’s suggested that you get there early to find your perfect spot to enjoy it. The parade runs all along Victorian Drive, so if Mainstreet gets too crowded, you may find better viewing along Victorian Drive.

If you’ve never been to Parker Days, you’ll be amazed at all there is to do and see! For the little ones, there is a Petting Zoo open all three days of the festival, Face Painting (Friday 5pm-9pm, Sat 9am-9pm, Sunday 9am-7pm), an inflatable race track, buskers all along Mainstreet, water balls and bounce houses. Water balls and bounces houses do have a cost associate with use; tickets are available on site.

“Big Kids” will have plenty of fun as well. Hit up rides including the Kamikaze, the Sizzler, the Himalaya and the Freak Out or test your nerves in the Haunted Mansion. Maybe the Fire Ball or the Super Shot is more your speed? Whatever thrills you’re seeking, you’ll find them on the 20+ different rides at Parker Days. For safety reasons, bare feet, flip flops and guests with casts are NOT permitted on carnival rides.

Sunday, there’s tons of free fun, starting with the annual Pancake Breakfast from 8-10am at the Main Stage. Cash donations from the Pancake Breakfast will benefit the Parker Task Force. Then, take a stroll through the fabulous Farmer’s Market, open 8am-1pm, and the Parker Days Car Show, which is open from 8am-2pm.

Of course, a carnival isn’t a carnival without some amazing food and Parker Days is no exception! Sweet treats like Berrie Kabobs and Frozen Cheesecake, Fried Oreos and Snickers, Swirls Frozen Yogurt, & Funnelicious Funnel Cakes are just a handful of ways to up your sugar intake. Got a hankering for something savory? You’ll find everything from Philly Cheese steaks and BBQ Ribs on a Stick to Fried Catfish, Turkey Legs and Corn Dogs or you can sample something with a bit of an international flair like Mexican Food from La Hacienda or creations from Island Noodles. Visit Food Truck Alley to check out offerings from Arepas House, Chibby Wibitz Sliderz ‘n’ Bitez, Funnel Restaurant and Food Truck, Goin’ South, High Grade, Kona Ice, Mac Shack, Roll it up Sushi and The Comforts of Home Food Truck.

Grownups looking to sip a little something stronger than lemonade be sure to bring your ID and enjoy cold Budweiser brand beers, wine, margaritas, Jack and Cola, Jack and Ginger, Daiquiris, Mikes Hard Lemonade and Cranberry and more will be served at the Main Stage Bar – ID must be shown for proof of age. In addition to the Main Stage Bar a second location at the Pikes Peak Stage will be serving microbrew beers, wine and other beverages to go along with the entertainment on stage. NO CASH is accepted, drinks can be purchased for 5-7 tickets per drink, and tickets are sold for $1 each and can be purchased for food or drink. ATMs are available on-site at both locations.

Fun, food, games, rides, concerts and a whole summer’s worth of family fun packed into a single weekend! Come one day or everyday and start the summer off right at Parker Days!

 


 

Free festival entrance and music Friday-Sunday

Headline Concert tickets are $35, Single-Day Carnival Passes are $30 (save $5 when you purchase online) and Mega Carnival Passes are available online only for $60

FESTIVAL HOURS – Friday 5pm-Midnight, Saturday 9am-Midnight and Sunday 9am-10pm

CARNIVAL HOURS – Thursday 5pm-10pm, Friday 5pm-Midnight, Saturday 10am-Midnight & Sunday 10am-10pm

Go to parkerdaysfestival.com for more information, schedules, carnival maps and carnival passes

Douglas County Outdoors

Douglas County Outdoors

Recreational Opportunities in Douglas County, Colorado

With the summer sun finally beginning to make regular appearances, it’s the perfect time to get out and enjoy the beautiful area we all call home here in Douglas County. With the abundance of hiking and biking trails, dog parks, playgrounds and parks, and picturesque open space, there is no lack of adventure to be had this summer. Douglas County Outdoors has made it easy to plan summer excursions with their new interactive map of recreational opportunities in Douglas County. Simply go to DCOutdoorsApp.com and let a map of activities unfold at your fingertips.

A map on the right of the screen shows you exactly where everything is located, so you can pick by proximity to your own backyard or if you have a specific plan in mind, use the tabs at the top of the page to narrow your search. You can view the county as a whole or narrow down your search my regions within the county lines. Check out trails, equestrian areas, picnic facilities, playgrounds and more and a graphic of each will appear to the left of the map. Click on any for more information about that specific location.

For example, if you want to check out Castlewood Canyon State Park, click on the photo link and find out that you can go bird watching, hiking, rock climbing and much more (there is a link for more details.) There’s even a phone number to Colorado State Parks for more information listed.

The best family outings are often those that don’t cost a dime. Make sure to bookmark the Douglas County Outdoors Interactive Map and take off for a hike, a bike ride or a picnic in some of the prettiest places on earth – that just happen to be in our own backyard!

DCOutdoorsApp.com

The Colorado Renaissance Festival

The Colorado Renaissance Festival

Weekends June 10 through July 30

Each summer, Larkspur is transformed into another realm. A land filled with music and laughter, fantasy and intrigue. This summer is no exception when the Colorado Renaissance Festival returns with entertainment like you’ve never seen before! Take in the CRAIC Show, an act made up of four travelers who were banded together on an ancient battlefield in 1541 who merge music from faraway lands. Or maybe check out the new Nightingale or Living Fountain performers, both of which bring ethereal performances to life before your eyes. Returning acts include The Kamikaze Fireflies, Hey Nunnie Nunnie and the ever popular Jousting competitions from The Knights of the Noble Cause Productions.

There’s adventure around every corner with sights, sounds and even amazing food of times gone by. Turkey Legs, Roasted Corn, Earl of Bratwurst, Baron of Beef and Sausage on a Stick are all waiting to be enjoyed in the Canterbury Kitchen. More lavish offerings are available in the Queen’s Pantry and wonderful treats abound in Friar Tuck’s Bakery. Additionally there’s offerings from the International Food Court like smothered burritos, meatball sandwiches and, especially popular with the littlest festival goers, pizza. In addition to the world class entertainment and menus fit for a king, there is an abundance of unique handmade wares including artwork, jewelry, pottery, clothing, and weaponry. Live demonstrations take place daily throughout the Realm from artisans including Blacksmiths, Glassblowing, Raku, and Pottery, leather-making and wood-working. A map of all the shops and attractions can be found online at coloradorenaissance.com

The festival is open for eight weekends over the summer, rain or shine (but no pets please.) Tickets can be purchased online or at the gate (Adults $24, Children ages 5-12 $12) or discounted tickets can be purchased at King Soopers (Adult tickets for $21, Children 5-12 $11.) Corporate discounts are available if you’d like to treat your employees to a weekend at the festival (go online or call the Box Office at 303.688.6010.)

Make plans to take part in the rich tradition of Colorado summers. Come out to the Renaissance Fair and take in all there is to offer – or at least try to take it all in, there’s so much to experience!

The Renaissance Festival is located at 650 W. Perry Avenue in Larkspur, Colorado. For more information email the castle at crfcrf@coloradorenaissance.com, go online to coloradorenaissance.com or call 303.688.6010

 


 

June 10th & 11th

A Magical Adventure!
Opening weekend of the 41st Anniversary Season kicks off with a return of many of your favorite acts and attractions as well as some exciting new additions not to be missed!

June 17th & 18th

Royal Ale & Art Festival
Raise a mug to our heroes this weekend! All military personnel will receive a Buy-One-Get-One-Free Adult ticket with their Military ID and their children (12 and under) enter the realm of the Festival for free. Free ale sampling will be held at the Dancing Bear Pub from 11:30am-2:00pm.

June 24th & 25th

Celtic Festival
Enjoy special Celtic Dancing groups, musician and pipe band. Be sure to “don ye kilts” for the “Best Men in Kilts” contest and check out the Sam Adams sampling at the Dancing Bear Pub from 11:30am-2:00pm.

July 1st & 2nd

Children’s Weekend
Young princes, princesses and pirates are in for amazing adventures this weekend! Have them dress the part and be a part of the costume contest or maybe even join the Royal Quest! Those who complete the deed will be rewarded by Good King Henry and the Fair Queen Anne at the Knighting Ceremony! Plus, festival goers 12 & under get in free with paying adults (this weekend only!)

July 8th & 9th

Wine Revelry
Wine lovers rejoice! In addition to all the amazing shows and acts of the festival, come out and participate in the Legendary Grape Stomp Competition for prizes and join in on the free wine sampling at the Dancing Bear Pub from 11:30am-2:00pm.

July 15th & 16th

Love and Romance
This festival favorite is dedicated to all the lovers out there. Channel Romeo and Juliet for a literal love-fest or maybe even renew your vows! You can also attend the “Forever Real” Royal Wedding Ceremony. Love is definitely going to be in the air this weekend at the Renaissance Festival!

July 22nd & 23rd

Pirate Invasion!
Avast me harties! Look sharp as pirates will be invading the festival this weekend! High seas adventures, swash-buckling sword fights and jolly good times are sure to be had by all!

July 29th & 30th – Fare Thee Well

Mardi Gras Style Carnivale
Celebrate King Henry’s 527th Birthday Mardi Gras-style! It’s sure to be a memorable closing weekend when festival goers let “Ye Olde Good Times Roll” celebrating life, laughter, music and dance. Don’t forget to wear your favorite mask and costume!

Camp DCL

Camp DCL

Summer is a great time to spend more time together as a family, but sometimes, it’s nice to let the kids have some adventures on their own. Summer camps are a wonderful way for kids to meet new friends and try new things and this summer, Douglas County Libraries is getting in on the fun with their Camp DCL Adventures beginning this month!

Do your kids dream of being famous chefs, world class artists or maybe even super sleuthing detectives? They can experience all of this and more during these week-long, hands-on experience based summer camps. DCL’s half day camps are offered at the Castle Pines, Castle Rock, Highlands Ranch, Lone Tree, Parker and Roxborough locations. Camps begin the week of June 5th and run throughout the summer (August 4th.)

Designed for campers ages 6-12, the following options are available:

  • Be an Artist – campers will get to experiment and experience a new medium each day, bringing home painted, wearable and sculpted masterpieces. ($150)
  • Be a Builder – budding architects will learn different aspects of building and design each day. ($150)
  • Be a Chef – The next generation of Iron Chefs will love this chance to build their culinary knowledge. ($150)
  • Be a Coder – Throughout the week, campers will create their own video games and learn other coding skills. ($225)

Campers 8-12 years old can Be a Detective, using problem solving skills to solve cases and even check out cool detective skills like fingerprinting! ($150)

For the older campers (ages 9-12), DCL offers Be a Robotics Engineer sessions that will provide hands on experience with robotics and the opportunity to build their own robot! ($225)

Times vary depending on camp sessions. Many camps are filling up fast or on a wait list, so be sure to sign up soon! Go to DCL.org/camp-dcl for more information and registration.

Happy Father’s Day

Happy Father’s Day

Dads are one of a kind and deserve to be spoiled…at least once a year that is. Sometimes it can be hard to find the perfect gift for Dad, so we’ve found some great locally owned businesses that will make his Father’s Day one to remember!

Extraordinary Beards
No matter if Dad has a full on lumberjack beard or the scruffy look, he will love you for helping him keep his man mane in good shape. Premium ingredients make these oils and balms…well…extraordinary. Gift sets available!
Extraordinarybeards.com

Line-X Truck Bed Liner
We know Dad puts his truck through a lot. Why not surprise him with a Line-X durable coating that’s guaranteed to protect his truck bed from the harshest elements. Heck, it even comes with a lifetime warranty!
linexofcastlerockco.com

Mile High Golf Cars
Does your Dad like to spend time on the trail or hunting? Well then surprise him with an off road vehicle that will make all his friends jealous. Is he not the outdoors type but loves a game of golf? Mile High Golf Cars has got you covered there too!
milehighgolfcars.com

The Grillin’ Shop
Dads love to cook over an open fire or take the slow and low route when smoking meats. Help your dad explore his inner outdoor chef with a new grill from The Grillin’ Shop…or help him step up his “smoker” game with a Big Green Egg. If Dad is already set, then check out all their accessories to help him be the envy of the neighborhood.
thegrillinshop.com

The Gallery at Vehicle Vault
Dads and cars go together like peas and carrots. This Father’s Day get Dad a membership to the Gallery at Vehicle Vault. He’ll love being able to check out their incredible collection of autos, from historic classics to modern exotics, his “man card” will definitely reach platinum levels spending time there.
VehicleVaultCO.com

Castle Rock Zip Line Tours
Let’s face it; Dads can sometimes think they are super heroes. Well, give him the chance to fly with a gift certificate to Castle Rock Zip Line Tours! They offer an amazing zip line course through some of the coolest terrain in the area.
castlerockziplinetours.com

Parker’s Own Gameday Baseball

Parker’s Own Gameday Baseball

“Faith Matters. Character Matters. Excellence Matters.” The driving forces of Gameday’s culture are at the core of everything they do to help mold and shape young men first and baseball players second. Gameday is a Christian based, non-profit company focused on creating a better baseball environment for youth players and their families. Gameday believes in three things; people, passion and purpose. The people that comprise Gameday care about the development of the youth involved, not just on the baseball field but in life.

With 28 teams spanning across youth, high school, and college, Gameday is quickly becoming the premier program for baseball development in Colorado. This year, the program boasts two newly turfed infields with top-of-the-line portable fencing. This allows Gameday the ability to host local and regional tournaments such as their “Big League Experience Tournament Series” for youth teams ages 9-14. So far, these tournaments are a great hit in the baseball community, with more tournaments scheduled every weekend through July. Their top of the line facility is located at 9345 Double Angel Road, and in addition to the fields, the 30,000 sq. ft. bubble includes five full batting cages, a full sized infield, four pitching mounds, strength and conditioning area and a skylight to enhance that feeling of playing outdoors, even while in the bubble.

In keeping with their motto of “Faith Matters. Character Matters. Excellence Matters,” Gameday is also constantly sending teams on community outreach projects throughout the state. Players learn the importance of selflessness and servant leadership by volunteering their time to various programs throughout the state.

New this year is Gameday’s sponsorship of the Colorado Rockies Junior Broadcaster at select Rockies games in 2017. Players (from any program throughout the state) can enter for the opportunity to announce the home half of the 6th inning at Friday and Saturday Rockies home games! It’s just another way the program is expanding the love of baseball throughout Colorado. To enter your lil’ slugger for a chance to be a Junior Broadcaster, go to www.road2gameday.com/baseball

In addition to the tournaments and youth baseball, Gameday will also be fielding 6 elite high school teams and 2 college teams. These teams will travel throughout the country to premier showcases and events, continuing to put Gameday on the map in the baseball world.

If we’re talking baseball, we can’t leave out the beloved tradition of a good old-fashioned home run derby! Gameday is hosting their inaugural Home Run Derby the July, and would love participation from the entire community! There are brackets for all youth (9-14) players, with awesome prizes and trophies for the winners. If your son is interested in participating in their 2017 Home Run Derby (July 3rd-5th), just follow the link on their homepage. Cost for entry is only $20, includes a t-shirt and 2 minutes of pitches!

For updated information, and to learn more about Gameday Baseball, visit their website at: www.road2gameday.com/baseball, and follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, SnapChat, and Youtube.

DC Libraries Readers @ Play

DC Libraries Readers @ Play

Summer Reading Program is a carnival for the mind!

Douglas County Libraries’ 2017 Readers @ Play Summer Reading Program is a carnival for the mind! The program kicks off at all seven library locations on Saturday, June 3rd, from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Kickoff parties include arts and crafts, games, face painting, photo ops, and themed story times. The annual reading program is for readers of all ages. For kids and teens, it’s a great way to strengthen reading skills and continue building literacy. This year’s program has a community goal of 4 million minutes of reading time between June 3rd and July 31st and when readers sign up for the reading program, they’ll receive sign-up gifts!

For children 12 and under, the goal is 720 minutes of reading. Kids can pick up reading logs to track their minutes at the kickoff parties or they may track their time online. Once they reach the midway point (360 minutes), they’re eligible to receive free prizes at their library. And once they complete all 720 minutes, they can receive a free book! (while supplies last)

For ages 13+, the goal is 900 minutes of reading. Teens and adults can track their reading and finish online. When the 900-minute goal is reached, finishers will be entered into a drawing to win a valuable gift card.

Douglas County Libraries is hosting several events over the summer in conjunction with the Summer Reading Program:

  • LEGO Amusement Park: Bricks 4 Kidz teaches the mechanics of favorite amusement park rides, helps kids build carousel and swing rides, and much more.
  • Band Practice: Kids can learn to play instruments in unison, as well as sing.
  • Motion Madness: Discover Sir Isaac Newton’s three laws of motion and then have fun with them!
  • The Zoo Comes to You: Explore animal habitats and learn more from live animal and human guests from the Denver Zoo.
  • Move Your Body: Test speed and agility with pros from Karate Denver and learn about martial arts.

Visit DCL.org/summer-reading for more information on event dates, times and registration, as well as Summer Reading Program details.