Colon And Rectal Cancer: Find It. Treat It. Beat It. Most Importantly, Prevent It.

RECTAL_CANCER_WEBby John Sun, MD

Every year, nearly 150,000 Americans are diagnosed with colorectal cancer and about one-third of them die from this disease. However, developing colorectal cancer is preventable in most cases.

Colorectal cancer typically takes about 10 to 15 years to form. Its development begins when an area of irritation undergoes a mutation and a mass is formed within the colon or rectum. The mass then grows into a polyp, which can develop into cancer. If the mass or the polyp is removed during a colonoscopy, colorectal cancer can be prevented.

Many of these potential cancer cases can be surgically cured if found early enough, which is why colonoscopy is so very important. We recommend that all men and women get a colonoscopy by age 50. If there is a history of polyps or cancer in your family, a colonoscopy should be performed by age 40 or earlier.

FAQs

Q: Will the colonoscopy be painful?
A: No. The procedure is performed under monitored anesthesia care, meaning that you will be asleep for the entire procedure.

Q: Will I be bloated after the procedure?
A: No. We use a special gas that is removed after the procedure.

Q: I’ve heard the bowel prep is terrible. Is this true?
A: We now use a smaller volume and more palatable bowel prep then what was used in the past so it will most likely be much easier than what your friends or family members experienced only a few years ago.

Q: I don’t have insurance. Is the procedure expensive?
A: Parker Adventist Hospital has a fixed priced colonoscopy program. This allows people without insurance to have a colonoscopy at an amazing discount for a total of $1,000. This price covers the procedure, hospital fee, physician fee, anesthesiology fee, equipment, nursing fee, medications and even the pathologist’s fee for reading any biopsy specimens. There are no hidden costs and the price is one-half to one-third less than the best self-pay price available anywhere else.

If you are over 50 years old, have noticed rectal bleeding, or have family history of polyps or cancer, we highly recommend scheduling your colonoscopy as soon as possible. ϖ

John Sun, MD is a board certified colorectal surgeon at Parker Adventist Hospital. 

 

Hardwood Floor Maintenance

RATHBURN_HARDWOOD_CARE_WEBby Bryan and Lavinia Rathbun

Hardwood floors are one of the largest investments in your home. Much like other flooring surfaces, they receive lots of traffic and potential wear. However, there are preventative maintenance steps you can take to protect your floors and extend their life span and beauty.

1. Proper Cleaning and Maintenance

Maintenance Mantras of Hardwood Floors

• Sweep and/ or vacuum floors on a regular basis to rid of sand, dirt and grit build-up.

• Never use excessive water to wet-mop a floor.

• Only use cleaners that are recommended by major wood floor finish or floor manufacturers, like the Bona Pro-Series Floor Cleaner. Make sure you rinse/wring out your micro-fiber cleaning pad thoroughly between each room, or every 100 square feet, so you are not just smearing the dirt around.

• Use walk-off mats and area rugs at all doorways.

• Put felt floor protectors on the bottom of all furniture and anything else that might rub against the wood floor.

• Wipe up all spills immediately. Products such as Kool-aid will stain most finishes if left on the floor.

• Keep pet nails trimmed. Know that dogs running through the house will scratch any finish.

• Consider using runners/area rugs in high-traffic areas.

• Keep your home at normal living conditions for your area- no extremes of humidity or temperature. For Colorado residents, wood’s optimal temperature & humidity range is between 60 – 80 degrees Fahrenheit and 30 – 50 percent relative humidity.

2. Deep Clean and Maintenance Coats 

When your floor starts to show visible signs of wear and you want to enhance your daily cleaning routine, it may be time to call in a professional. Several options are currently available to return your floor to its original luster:

• Bona Deep Clean System™ – An innovative, easy and safe solution to remove the toughest dirt and grime from hardwood floors and protect the life of your finish. Can be used 2-4 times a year and there is no need to vacate the home or move furniture.

• Bona Deep Clean System™ and Bona Deep Clean Polish™ – Deep cleans your hardwood floors to remove ground in dirt, prevent scratches and dullness and prepare it for a coat of polish. Bona Deep Clean Polish adds a high gloss or low gloss protective layer and fills in microscratches, evening out the appearance of the floor.

• Bona Recoat System – For finished floors showing serious signs of wear, but have not worn all the way through yet (i.e. no black areas where dirt has ground into the grain of the wood, deep dents or scratching). Safely removes all dirt, residue and contaminants on the floor to prepare it for optimal adhesion of a new top-coat of finish.

These services can generally be done in one day and require little dry time.

3. Total sand and finish

• For severely worn floors with deep scratches or dents, areas where the finish has completely worn off the floor, discoloration from spills, pet-staining etc.  The floor is sanded down to raw wood, re-filled (if necessary), stained or sealed and new finish coats are applied. We recommend Bona’s dust free sanding systems and low VOC waterborne finishes. ϖ

Bryan and Lavinia Rathbun are the owners of Rathbun Hardwood Floors. For more information visit them online at www.rathbunhardwoodfloors.com

 

Space Refresh: DIY

BUDGET_DECORATING_WEBby Adrienne Zeak Brust

Unquestionably, Groundhog Phil was the bearer of bad news for some of us, but seeking out the silver lining of this extra-six-weeks-of-winter cloud is easier than you may think. More time indoors doesn’t have to mean rearranging furniture for the umpteenth time in a last ditch effort to freshen up your home—your beloved space that you (and your beloved, energetic children) have seemingly been trapped in for what feels like, well, a very cold forever.

As we wait a bit longer to crack open our windows, giving way to our spring cleaning rituals, a relatively easy way to break the monotony of the walls within is through the magical powers of redecorating.

I know, I know… redecorating can totally be a terrifying word. Thrilled by the vast possibilities of your Pinterested bedroom coming alive, yet paralyzed in the how-to of real life birthed from the internet with seemingly minimal skill, a tight budget, and only optimism to light your way. Alas! You’re preaching to the choir. And this choir assures you that you mustn’t be a professional interior designer to shake things up in your bedroom. Moreover, redecorating doesn’t have to be costly, daunting, or reserved only for folks rich in creativity and artistic godliness. To get you started, let me offer you a few entirely attainable resources and creative ideas:

1. Resale!

  • Thrifting has undoubtedly become quite trendy, so scouting the details of your local thrift shops is key to snagging treasured items. Tip: Make note of store hours for sale days, as well. Often thrift stores have half-price days. And, if you snooze, you lose!
  • Craigslist is a phenom resource for furniture, wall hangings, and materials for projects. Tip: To get the most bang for your buck, look for postings more than a week old, or search keywords such as ‘moving’, ‘must go today’, etc. 
  • Estate sales are the haps when it’s still too chilly for yard sales. Tip: Another resource to pay special attention to the hours of the event. Dealers love to be at the entrance upon doors opening—join the big dogs!

Bartering! 

  • Trading pieces with friends is sure to get some new-to-you goodies in your home for no cost at all, and make space by offering them yours. Tip: Having an oral agreement that items are all on permanent loan will increase the likelihood of convincing your pals to swap their gems with you!

Paint and Wallpaper!

  • Painting does require a bit of care and effort, but it’s relatively inexpensive, and it transforms an entire room (with all the same furnishings and décor) in 8 hours or less. Tip: I have undying love for paint edgers. For less than $5, they’ll be no more hand brushing trim for this less-than-meticulous painter!
  • Stenciling is a wonderful alternative to painting an entire wall. Tip: Craft store stencils leave little room for error. Many of them don measuring tools, and cutouts for marking the wall for nearly perfect imprints each time.
  • Wallpaper today is not (thank goodness!) what our Grammy has glued onto her walls. This may require the help of a friend, and a vacant bathtub to soak the rolls, but wallpaper is another brilliant option that will alter a room in less than a day. Tip and dirty little secret: I’ve previously used contact paper in my kitchens, on more than one occasion, to spice it up easily, mess-free, and allows for easy removal.

Upcycle!

  • Repurposing and re-stylizing is all the rage these days, and what Pinterest (www.pinterest.com) was practically founded on. Utilizing trinkets you already own, and making them new again is fun, cheap, and can make for great projects with your children. Tip: Paint/stencil furniture; contact paper the inside of bookshelves; recovering chairs, etc. 
  • Utilizing items for purposes other than what they’re intended for (also a hit seller on Pinterest!) is a sure way to spend zero dollar bills. E.g. Stacking up vintage suitcases to create a table; convert old wooden ladders into a new home for books; using drapes as a shower curtain, shutters for headboards, etc.

Room Swap!

  • Walls certainly can’t be moved, but rooms can! The layout of your home doesn’t have to be law. Tip: Is your living room and dining room interchangeable? Does the guestroom have a better view than your bedroom? Switch ‘em! Do your kids spend more time together than apart? Make one room a sleeping room, the other room a playroom. Is the dining room hardly ever used? Throw up a rod, some drapes, and create a cozy reading nook… to discover your next Pinterest project. 

Bookends: A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki

MAR_BOOKENDS_WEBRuth lives on a remote island in the Pacific Northwest with her husband. As she is walking along the beach one day, she finds a Hello Kitty lunchbox and takes it home.  Inside, she finds numerous items, including the diary of a sixteen year old Japanese girl, Nao Yasutani.  Ruth believes her find is from the 2011 tsunami that devastated Japan, although it appears to have reached their island considerably earlier than was expected.  From the beginning, there is mystery and many questions that surround the treasures in the lunchbox, as well as the fate of Nao.  Ruth is determined to find out what happened to Nao and her family, although many mysterious events will have her questioning herself and her sanity.

Pam: Becky, this book was different than I expected and I wasn’t sure what to make of it at the very beginning.  However, after getting accustomed to the author’s style I really enjoyed the story.  Did you have a similar experience?

BECKY: Absolutely, the style is quite different from anything that I have read before. The author used a number of Japanese words and sayings which gave the story an authentic feel. However, to clarify the meaning she used footnotes to give the reader definitions. There are 165 of these notations so at first I found that the story was interrupted too much and it was difficult to really delve into the story. Once I was able to accept this style I enjoyed the flow of the story more. Oddly the author and the main character share the same name, Ruth. I had a hard time connecting with her and I felt that her past wasn’t developed well. On the other hand my heart went out to Nao and I wanted to jump in the story and rescue her. What do you think of these two characters?

Pam: I completely agree with you, Becky. I also was very distracted by the notations of Japanese words at first. After a while, it was less distracting and I could really get into the story. Ruth’s character didn’t draw me in, either. I was more drawn to Nao’s portion of the story. She was very intriguing and had some very difficult times. She found comfort and help in her great grandmother, Jiko. I absolutely loved this character. Did you feel this connection too?

BECKY: Jiko is Nao’s grandmother, a Buddhist nun that easily relates to her teenage granddaughter. The two have spent very little time together but they have a beautiful bond. I loved this character too and the chemistry they shared. Nao’s mother is working, her father is unemployed and depressed, she is bullied at school so Jiko is the only bright light in Nao’s life. She decides to commit suicide but before she fulfills this act she wants to document Jiko’s life. Nao starts a diary that is more of a reflection of her life than Jiko’s. Once again we have a book that flips from the past in Nao’s diary entries, to Ruth in the present day. Do you think that the author represented a teenage girl and a grown woman well?

Pam: I felt that the author captured the feelings that a teenaged girl would be having while going through the difficult events that Nao experienced. I was initially going to say that I didn’t feel that the author represented a grown woman well since I felt that Ruth’s character was not fully developed.  However, after reflecting on her story, I do think that her feelings about the struggles with completing her memoir and feeling isolated in the small island community were what many women in that position would be feeling.  Ruth becomes somewhat obsessed with Nao’s story and begins to try to find documentation  that she (and the others in the diary) really existed. Did you feel that her efforts to try to save Nao helped with the struggles and unhappiness that she was experiencing in her own life?

BECKY: Ruth’s character was not an easy one for me to connect with. I found her to be melancholy and following her story was difficult for me to enjoy. I didn’t have an affinity for her and therefore I didn’t have compassion for her situation. Her obsession with Nao and the diary I think gave her something to focus on and that pulled her out of the writers block that she was experiencing, but I don’t think that it helped her with her own unhappiness. I would have enjoyed her more if there were some type of mental illness that was discussed to add depth to her character. There was another odd part in the book where we spend a bit of time reading about quantum physics. I have to say that it was interesting but it felt like an odd detour when I was so interested in Nao’s situation. Do you feel like this section fit well within the story or were you also led in an awkward direction?

Pam: I agree with you Becky. Although it fit in with Ruth’s husband’s interest and was connected a bit, this topic did derail the story somewhat. However, this author certainly brought in a wide variety of topics for her story. Everything from traditional Japanese spiritual topics to human to computer interfaces were introduced by the author! Nao considered herself an American, after having lived much of her childhood in California. Do you feel this difference impacted her ability to interact with her parents, whom were more comfortable with Japanese culture?

BECKY: I agree that the cultural difference made this time in Nao’s life much more frustrating for her. Her home life was lacking the support and communication that she craved but she was also thrust into a different culture at school as well. There were so many changes in her life that it would be hard to point the finger at one cause. By the end of the book we see a different side of her father and we come to understand more about his life. The mother on the other hand is all but absent in Nao’s life and this book. She was not a bad parent but as the sole provider she was working most of the time. I thought that this was an interesting way to present the parents. Do you think that there was room or a need to increase the mother’s part in this story?

Pam: I’m not sure if the story would have been enhanced by more development of the character of Nao’s mother. With Nao’s close relationship with Jiko, her father’s side of the family was truly the focus of the author. What was your favorite part of this book, Becky?

BECKY: This was an interesting read that may not appeal to some.  There are some graphic moments and Ruth’s section was less interesting but overall I really enjoyed Nao’s story and it was well worth the read. One of the gems of this book that will stay with me for a long time is the supapawa! Jiko encouraged Nao to find her superpower to be “brave and calm and peaceful”. When Jiko speaks English the word superpower sounds like supapawa and I loved this idea of finding that inner strength. I have several highlights in my book and most of them are Jiko’s thoughts. The writing in this section was powerful and beautiful. Next month we will leave Japan behind and head to Ohio in 1850 as we read The Last Runaway by Tracy Chevalier.

Local Author Spotlight: Sell At First Sight: Visionary Secrets From a Designers Perspective

MAR_LOCAL_AUTHOR_WEBDesigned to Move (In or Out) a Virtual staging company, is introducing “Sell at First Sight”, an exclusive book giving you magnified visionary secret instructions; allowing your home to stand out among thousands on the market! “Sell at First Sight” offers a look into the designer’s perspective, specializing in an effective new recipe to accelerate faster home sales!

Sell at First Sight not only offers secrets to grab the attention of potential home buyers, but also social media marketing tip’s; helping you create exponential exposure to bring in as many buyers as possible! The combination of both uncovers the secret to drive customers from the front door to the buyer’s table.

Designed to Move (In or Out) is the #1 company in Colorado offering virtual staging to the front range and the online world! Providing affordable pricing and virtual visual insights of a homes potential!

Sell At First Sight is available online at www.Amazon.com. For more information, you can email the authors at designed2move@gmail.com.

Peeking Into Parker – An Ideal Idea – Ideal Garage Sale

peekinf-webBy Tiffany Grizzle

One of the best things about our community is the number of great people who live here doing whatever they can to make our community an even better place. Jan Scharnell, co-owner of Air Scharnell and the newly opened Ideal Garage Sale is definitely one of those people. For the last 10 years, she has run her labor of love, Air Scharnell, here in Parker. Originally a remote controlled plane hobby shop, Air Scharnell, which is now run by Jan’s son, also sells and services remote controlled vehicles as well. It’s the only store in Parker that sells, covers, repairs and builds RC planes and vehicles.

About six months ago, Jan opened her newest store, Ideal Garage Sale, right next door to Air Scharnell. Ideal Garage Sale is exactly what the name implies – it’s the ideal place to sell and buy everything from house wares and furniture to children’s toys, games and clothes. Of course, you never know if you’ll find a fantastic vintage album or the perfect conversation piece to adorn your coffee table.
If you have items around your home or in storage that you’d love to sell, but the idea of a garage sale is too daunting an idea – Ideal Garage Sale will consign and sell you items for you. No appointment is necessary to drop your items off, but Tuesday and Wednesday are preferred drop off days. Items need to be clean and in working order.

In addition to providing exceptional customer service and unmatched value, Jan accepts donations (both cash and needed items) for those in need. Fire and flood victims, women’s shelters and many other local organizations and community members in need have benefitted from Jan’s collection efforts.

The next time you’re on the lookout for the “just right” thing for your home, definitely pop into Ideal Garage Sale – and be sure to stop back often as their stock of rediscovered treasures changes every week!

Ideal Garage Sale & Air Scharnell is conveniently located at 18320 E. Cottonwood Dr. #2 Parker, CO 80138. You can also reach them at 303.840.1779 or online at idealgaragesaleparker.com.

Parker’s New Creative District at Old Town Parker

pcd-web“Within five years, Parker’s Creative District at Old Town will be a vibrant, walkable arts and entertainment center infused with community gathering spaces, specialty retail and dining options, diverse creative businesses and life cycle housing choices. Parker’s Creative District at Old Town will embrace and foster our unique historic, cultural and creative assets by supporting and promoting a broad range of entertainment and educational experiences for all ages, making Parker a highly sought after place to live and visit.”

This is the vision of the Creative District Steering Committee, a group of Parker citizens passionate about establishing Old Town as a destination for arts and entertainment. Last September, the Steering Committee finalized a strategic plan for the District. The five-year plan is to develop and support local artists and cultural groups, enhance the streetscape, market the Creative District, attract new creative businesses, and celebrate Old Town’s past. Several new Creative District activities have already been launched, including an outdoor music series and Third Thursday art openings at the PACE Center, artist demonstrations at the monthly Wine Walks and two new art galleries in the Victorian Peaks building. The Town also recently applied for a grant from the State Historic Fund to restore the historic Parker Consolidated Schoolhouse as a gathering place and a hub for creative businesses.

In December, the Creative District Steering Committee put out a call for entry for a logo design that reflected the excitement and vibrancy described in their vision statement. Entries were on display at the PACE Center during the month of December, and the public was encouraged to vote for their favorite designs. Over 1600 votes were cast for the more than 50 logos that were entered. The winner of the logo contest is Carrie Cook. Cook has been a graphic designer in New York, Los Angeles, and Dallas. She and her family recently moved to the Parker area. Cook will receive a $500 check donated by the Faestel Family.

Elaine Mariner is the Cultural & Arts Director for the Town of Parker. She can be reached at 303-805-3116 or online at pacecenteronline.org.

Metro Area Creative

metro-webWith a backdrop as majestic as the Rockies, it’s no wonder there is no shortage of creative inspiration in and around the Denver area. We are lucky to live in an area with such a wealth of artistic talent as well as such a rich history with strong ties to the many cultural influences of the area. We could fill the entire magazine with listings of gems of the metro area Art & Culture community and we’d still never be able to list them all. Here are just a few of the gems in the Denver Metro area.

 

 

Molly Brown House Museum
Denver

Don’t miss an opportunity to visit one of the most frequented historic sites in Colorado and one of just a few dedicated to telling the story of an amazing woman. Many people have heard of “The Unsinkable Molly Brown” but few know the extent of her influence throughout her lifetime.
www.mollybrown.org

Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave
Golden

Owned and operated by the City of Denver, this museum exists to preserve the memory of William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody by collecting, caring for and interpreting artifacts associated with his life and recording his influence on American Culture.
www.buffalobill.org

Cherokee Ranch & Castle Foundation
Sedalia

Not only committed to preserving the 3100 acres but repurposing one of our historic structures and providing educational opportunities relating to our western heritage, preservation, wildlife and the arts. It also serves and a breathtaking backdrop for special events and weddings.

Upcoming events include a lecture on the great gardens of Europe, Lincoln’s Civil War Presidency and Emancipation Proclamation: An Evening with Colorado Lincoln – Presenter John Voehl, and Castle Teas every other Wednesday and Saturday. A Special Royalty Tea is scheduled for March 1st.
http://www.cherokeeranch.org

History Colorado Center
Denver

Connecting what was to what’s next with their hands on, high tech exhibits. Upcoming Living West, Food: Our Global Kitchen, RACE: Are We So Different? The Denver 1860 Diorama, and the incredibly popular Destination Colorado – designed specifically for families to experience life as a resident in the town of Keota almost 100 years ago. Ride a Model T, sell and buy goods at the general store
www.historycoloradocenter.org

MCA Denver
Denver

Interactive school tours for K-5, Failure Lab – the MCA’s Teen Program, is an internship for high school students, named for the belief that risking failure is an integral element of creativity. Fox Family Idea Box on the top floor offers families an opportunity to relax, hang out or get creative and make art together.

Art Fitness Training (through March 29th), Rashid Johnson: New Growth (2/21-6/15), Critical Focus: Ian Fisher (through 4/13), Joel Swanson: Left to Right, Top to Bottom (through March 30th.)
www.mcadenver.org

Littleton Museum
Littleton

With almost 32,000 square feet of galleries, classrooms, offices, a lecture hall and research center as well as two living history farms; the Littleton Museum is
It’s one of only 700 museums fully accredited by the American Association of Museums and the only Colorado Museum represented in the 140 member group of the Smithsonian Affiliates.
www.littletongov.org

Colorado Ballet
Denver

For over 53 years, the Colorado Ballet has been a fixture in the arts here in the Denver Metro Area. Each and every year, breathtaking performances leave audiences spellbound and encourage future dancers to dream of being on stage. This year, the CO Ballet will be moving to a new home at 11th and Santa Fe. This new building will allow the Company and the Academy to continue to grow and help dance flourish in Colorado by training the next generation of dancers.

This year, be sure to catch Cinderella, running through the 23rd of February, as well as the Ballet Director’s Choice the end of March and April 5th.
www.coloradoballet.org

Museum of Outdoor Arts
Englewood

The Museum of Outdoor Arts focuses on site specific sculpture in Colorado. Collections are located in various locations around the Metro area. The Museum headquarters and indoor galleries are located in Englewood and other collections can be seen in parks, gardens and buildings all around town. Guided and self-paced tours are available of the outdoor collection and indoor gallery; you can download a brochure for the walking tour to view the permanent collection at your own pace.
www.moaonline.org

Colorado Symphony
Denver

This isn’t your grandmother’s symphony! The Colorado Symphony is a dynamic part of the arts in Denver. If you don’t have plans for the 14th yet, check out Denver’s Biggest Date Night – A Valentine’s Day Party in the Rings at Boettcher Concert Hall. Friday the 14th from 6-7pm, tickets are only $15 per person and include a glass of wine, chocolate and a red rose for your Valentine. In addition to special events, the Symphony has more than 150 concerts throughout the year.

No matter your taste in music, the Symphony offers something for everyone; including their Classic Rock Concerts, Pops Concerts and Family series that literally brings the music to life. Engagements with violinist Itzhak Perlman and Grammy Award-winner Chris Botti are also on tap this year.
www.coloradosymphony.org

Denver Museum of Nature & Science

For many, this museum is at the top of the list of “must see” attractions in the Denver area. If for some reason you haven’t yet made it over to the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, make a point to do so, and soon! Their newest attraction, Maya Hidden Words Revealed begins its six month run on February 14th. Along with world class exhibits, the museum also houses a planetarium, an IMAX theater and countless educational programs for students of all ages. Adults can get in on the fun as well with programs like Art and Archaeology on the Green River and Paleontology Certification classes. It’s impossible to NOT find something amazing to see or do at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science.
www.dmns.org

Local Parker Creative

Have you ever been curious about the various arts and culture organizations around Parker?  We are lucky to have so many great groups providing a wide variety of artistic endeavors. Here are a few amazing organizations serving Parker and our cultural community.

Parker Arts Council
www.ParkerArtsCouncil.org
The Parker Arts Council has produced at least two theatrical productions each year and instituted an internship program for high school and college students, produced events which celebrate the unique cultures of other nations like the Parker Oktoberfest, the most traditional Oktoberfest in the Front Range. The Parker Arts Council continually researches new event ideas to offer various avenues to the community for experiencing a multitude of cultural activities. It has developed excellent partnerships with local businesses and has received generous amounts of In-Kind contributions. The Parker Arts Council plans to continue these alliances and develop new relationships with businesses in the future.

Parker Artists Guild
www.ParkerArtistGuild.com

The Parker Artists Guild is made up of a wide variety of artists living in and around the Douglas County and Denver Metro areas. We participate in a variety of Art Shows during the year, have Workshops for our members, and try to increase appreciation for arts of all styles. The mission of the Parker Artist Guild is to advance the development of fine arts in the community. To accomplish this, the Guild offers instructional demonstrations, workshops and opportunities to promote all forms of fine art.

Parker Symphony Orchestra
www.ParkerSymphony.org

The Parker Symphony Orchestra was established in 1994. Their mission is to perform orchestra music that will educate, entertain and inspire the people of Parker, Colorado and the surrounding communities. As An all volunteer orchestra, the PSO auditions new musicians in the summer and throughout the year. Each of their seventy five performers is dedicated to continual excellence and growth as a musician. Their goal is to offer interesting and entertaining performances with a wide variety of musical genres to tempt everyone’s musical palate.

Parker Chorale
www.ParkerChorale.org

The Parker Chorale is an adult community choir committed to fostering the arts in Parker and Douglas County. Founded in 2010 by Alicia Pope and conducted by Paul Smith, the group has grown to a full time membership of 100. In addition to enriching the newly designated Parker Creative District through performance, the group supports Vocal Music Education in Parker with it’s Parker Chorale Music Grant. Past recipients of this grant include Ponderosa and Chaparral High Schools. They host the annual “A Classic Parker Holiday” concert at PACE with the Parker Symphony Orchestra in which funds to support the Parker Task Force are raised through donations and a Silent Auction.

Parker Theater Productions
www.ParkerTheaterProductions.com

The creative genius behind Parker Theatre Productions is Kimberly Moore, a Parker fixture for over 20 years and the artistic force behind Parker Theatre Academy. After producing some of the PACE Center’s most successful summer productions that raised over $20,000 for the Parker Task Force in the last 2 years, she along with her husband Brown looked to the community to find other like minded folks to be a part of this new and exciting part of the emerging arts district in Parker Colorado. The result is the creation of Parker Theatre Productions (PTP). The group has a very clear mission to provide performance opportunities to creative folks of all ages, assist the community in the enrichment of its artistic identity and support local charities to the maximum extent possible.

Local Authors Spotlight

la-webConfessions of a Mediocre Widow by Catherine Tidd

“I spent my 11th wedding anniversary planning my husband’s funeral. If I could just figure out how to make that rhyme, it would be the beginning of a great country song.”

And so begins Catherine Tidd’s journey into widowhood at the age of thirty-one. Left with three small children to raise after her husband dies from injuries he sustains in an accident on his way to work, Catherine struggles to find the “right way” to grieve and put the pieces of her life back together again.

“My goal with Confessions of a Mediocre Widow was to be the voice I was looking for years ago when my husband died,” says Tidd. “I wanted a book that would help me laugh at my grief and something that I could relate to as a young widow with children. I needed a ‘friend on a page’ who understood what I was going through. And after years of searching for that book and not finding it, I decided to write it myself.”

In Confessions, Catherine talks about widowhood in a way that allows others who have walked a similar path to know that they’re not alone…and gives those who have not experienced such a significant loss a glimpse into how much it changes everything in life. From getting through the first set of milestones to going out on her first date, Catherine tells her story – including all of her successes and mistakes – in a way that will have you crying on one page and laughing the next.

“If there is anything that we all have in common it’s that life very rarely turns out how we pictured it when we were young,” says Tidd. “It’s how we deal with the situations that are beyond our control that truly determines the life we are meant to lead.”

Catherine Tidd has been published in several anthologies about grief and is a regular contributor to The Denver Post’s Mile High Mama’s. For more information about Catherine, visit www.catherinetidd.com.