Parker Oktoberfest

Hold on to your Lederhosen, it’s time for the 12th Annual Parker Oktoberfest!

This annual fundraising event is hosted by the Council of Arts, Science and Culture (CASC), benefitting local art and science projects within the Parker area. Oktoberfest’s German themed culture, entertainment, food and music draws between 15,000 – 25,000 participants to Parker annually. The event, which began in 2002, has become one of the largest events in Parker, second only to the Chamber of Commerce’s annual Parker Days celebration.

Parker’s Oktoberfest will host over 50 vendors, including three of Denver’s top German and Bavarian bakeries and Stryia. Enjoy live German music on the main stage, a Biergarten featuring presenting partner, Paulaner, Noch ein Bier, bitte!

Sign up to compete in some hilarious beer-relay games, or just relax and play some lawn games while enjoying a Schnitzel and a cold brew.

There are a few new additions to the program this year, including a German themed techno dance party Friday and Saturday night, and a “Grimm Weekend” featuring vignettes and special appearances from Grimm fairytale characters throughout the entire weekend. Watch actors compete for “The King’s Favor” a play about a contest between characters to win the King’s scroll. There’s also the hilarious Dachshund races and the quest to be crowned Ms. Oktoberfest in the pageant held Saturday afternoon.

Admission to this family-friendly, German-themed festival is FREE, and the event includes all the fun and games (and Biergartens) for adults as well as a kids area for the little one to enjoy activities and games provided by Oktoberfest sponsors.

Come for a evening or come back each day to play at the 12th Annual Parker Oktoberfest celebration in O’Brien Park. Prost!

Parker Oktoberfest Sponsors include: Council of Arts, Science & Culture, Health One Sky Ridge Medical Center, Denver Dachshunds Rescue & Transport, Jennifer Matthews-Freedman – Allstate, Danielle Shannon Agency – Allstate, Peak Accounting, Paulaner and Bonne Bella Boutique.

The 12th Annual Parker Oktoberfest
Friday, September 14th, 6:00pm-11:00pm
Saturday, September 15th, 10am -11:00pm
Sunday, September 16th, 10:00am-2:00pm
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Relay for Life

In May of 1985, Dr. Gordon “Gordy” Klatt walked and ran for 24 hours round and round a track at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington, to help raise awareness and much needed funds in order to help save lives from cancer. Over thirty years later, Relay For Life events have become the signature fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, with more than 5,200 volunteers coordinating events in 27 countries around the world. On Saturday, September 29th, from 2pm-8pm at O’Brien Park in Parker, you can be a part of Southeast Denver’s Relay for Life, and a part of something so much bigger than yourself.

The Relay For Life is a team-fundraising event in which participants take turns walking a track or designated path, with a teammates collectively walking throughout the duration of the 6-24 hour event. The design of this event is significant, with one teammate constantly on the course, members of Relay for Life teams are a reminder that “cancer never sleeps” and those fighting this disease don’t stop because they are tired – and for one day &/or night, neither do those raising funds for a cure with Relay for Life. All money raised goes towards their overall team fundraising goal.

This year’s event will kick off with the Opening Ceremony at 2:00pm, honoring all those affected by cancer and everyone who has contributed to the success of this year’s event.
At 4:00pm, the Survivor/Caregiver walk will commence. These participants are the heart soul of the Relay For Life events. It doesn’t matter if survivors were diagnosed 10 days ago or 10 years ago, everyone in attendance will gather to cheer them on as they take to the course. At 7:00pm, the beautiful Luminaria Ceremony will begin. A luminara will be lit for every person touched by cancer, with each light representing a life. A life of a cancer survivor, a light to support those fighting the battle and a light for those who have fought valiantly but, sadly, have lost that battle. Closing Ceremonies will commence at 8:00pm, celebrating what everyone involved in Relay for Life has accomplished together and committing to continue to take action in the fight to rid the world of cancer.

Thirty years ago, the $27,000 Gordy Klatt raised and the more than 83 miles he covered paved the way for what has grown into the Relay for Life, which has continued, year after year, raising funds for cancer research. Sadly, Dr. Klatt passed away several years ago from heart failure after battling stomach cancer, but his idea has helped shaped a movement that has since become a global event, raising over $5 billion dollars and bringing survivors and supporters together to form a support network like no other.

Cancer has tragically managed to get its grips on us all. Whether you’ve had a loved one battle this tenacious disease or you’ve faced it yourself, being a part of Relay For Life helps brings everyone together to fight the same fight. Join a team! Create a team! Volunteer! Donate! Cancer never sleeps, so neither can those fighting to find a cure – go to and join the fight!

2018 Relay For Life
Saturday, September 29th
O’Brien Park
10795 Victorian Drive in Downtown Parker

Barker Days

The Dog Days of Summer are back again
It’s time for Barker Days!

H2O’Brien Pool goes to the dogs and allows our four legged family members to paddle around a bit and have some fun when Parker Recreation presents Barker Days 2018, with Murdoch’s Ranch and Home Supply, on Saturday, September 8th.

This exciting Parker Parks and Recreation event welcomes hundreds of dogs with their owners To the pool and features a temporary dog park in the O’Brien Park ball field and dog-related vendors.

One of Parker’s most loved annual events lets dogs take a dip in the pool (which is closed to humans for the season and neutralized to be dog-friendly), chase balls and Frisbees on the baseball field, strut their stuff on the agility course, hang out with fellow furry friends and rub noses with dog-related service and product providers. A separate play area will be provided for small dogs that prefer to play with pooches their own size.
In order to ensure a fun and safe event, owners are asked to follow certain guidelines. All dogs must be accompanied by an adult 18 years or older. Dogs must wear current rabies and ID tags at all times, which will be checked at the event entrance. New this year, Barker Days is an off-leash-only event; owners are expected to use leash for arrival and departure only. View a complete list of guidelines at\BarkerDays.

Registration for Barker Days is $6 per pre-registered, Parker-resident dog and $8 for pre-registered, non-residents; their humans are free. Walk-up registration will begin at 11 a.m. and will be accepted based on capacity. Walk-up cost is $8 per resident dog and $10 per non-resident dog. Owners can register their pups online at\BarkerDays. Pre-registration closes on September 6th at 5 p.m. For additional event information, contact Meagan at 303.805.3274 or email
Don’t let the kiddos be the only ones that have a blast in the pool this summer – bring your tail-waggers to H2O’Brien for one of Parker’s favorite events!

Parker Recreation would like to thank their 2018 Title Sponsor: Murdoch’s Ranch & Home Supply. Thanks also to Gold and Silver Level Banner Vendors: Animal Care Center of Castle Pines, Animal Emergency & Specialty Center, Camp Bow Wow, Essential Pet, Heritage Pet, Parker Center Animal Clinic (PCAC), Triumphant Canine Dog Training, Come Sit Stay, Diamond Pet Food, Indigenous Pet Products and Journeys Mobile Veterinary Services.

2018 Barker Days
September 8th, 2018
H2O’Brien Pool & O’Brien Park

A Chorus Line

Seeing a magnificent musical, live and on stage, offers the audience an opportunity to see spectacles of incredible talent and hear musical performances that stay with them long after the final curtain closes. What we don’t see is all the blood, sweat and tears that have been poured into the production. Inspire Creative and the Parker Arts present a musical that captures just that when A CHORUS LINE comes to the PACE Center this fall.

Giving the audience a true picture of what it’s like to be in the theatre: at times glamorous, but at the same time, heartbreakingly tough, and sometimes even tragic, A Chorus Line will break audiences’ hearts and bring them to their feet with the stories of dancers surviving the audition process, vigorous rehearsals and a show-stopping show finale.

With music by Marvin Hamlisch, lyrics by Edward Kleban and a book by James Kirkwood Jr., a Chorus Line originally opened at the Shubert Theatre on Broadway in 1975 and was the longest running production in Broadway history, until it was surpassed by Cats in 1997. It held the title of longest running musical originally produced in the United States until it was surpassed by Chicago in 2011. It remains the 7th longest running Broadway show ever and was adapted as a film in 1985. This American classic received twelve Tony Award nominations, winning nine; as well as winning the 1976 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

Don’t miss the opportunity to see the spectacle of A Chorus Line up close and personal, when it comes to the stage at the PACE Center beginning September 28th and running through October 14th. Show times vary, with a special priced matinee show available. Tickets start at just $29! Get your tickets now to see one of Broadway’s best productions, right here in Parker!

For showtimes and tickets, go to

*PARENTAL ADVISORY: This musical contains strong adult language, frank content regarding sexuality, and themes that might be found in an R-Rated film.

Inspire Creative is an artist directed, non-profit arts organization with a heart to encourage individuals to discover their artistic talents, develop them in a safe atmosphere that encourages growth rather than ego and provides them with opportunities to use those talents through exceptional performances, service, training and community.

Art to the Rescue

Art to the Rescue benefits one of the state’s largest and most loved horse rescue organizations, Drifter’s Hearts of Hope. A 501c3 non profit organization committed to saving slaughter-bound horses and providing opportunities for special needs youth in Colorado, Drifter’s Hearts of Hope was started just four years ago by a very special little girl named Bella, her mom Jean and horse woman Jacqui Avis, after Bella had a life changing experience with very special rescue horse named Drifter.

In just four short years, this organization has saved more than 320 horses from slaughter. Most of the horses saved by the rescue are purchased at livestock auctions where they are sold by the pound. The vast majority of horses at these livestock auctions are bought by “kill buyers” to be trucked out of the country so they can be slaughtered and sold as horse meat, for both human and animal consumption. Through the use of an army of volunteers and an expert horse trainer, the horse rescue is able to rehabilitate, train and, ultimately through sophisticated marketing efforts, re-home these horses with buyers who are vetted to ensure they will give the animals the care they deserve.

In addition to benefiting horses, Drifter’s Hearts of Hope also provides young people with disabilities an opportunity to support the rescue and horses by making heart-shaped horse cookies that are sold in area feed stores. These young people also attend special events throughout the year at the King of Hearts Ranch where Drifter’s Hearts of Hope is located. At the ranch they are able to interact with, and learn about the rescue’s many horses.

Art to the Rescue, a landscape and equine-themed art exhibition and sale benefitting Drifter’s Hearts of Hope, kicks off with a gala on September 7th, 2018, at the PACE Center. Featured artists come from across the country and will include Carl Bretzke, Sophy Brown, Andy Evansen, Ernie Gallegos, Terry Gardner, Stephanie Hartshorn, Quang Ho, Amy Laugesen, Billyo O’Donnell, Karen Roehl, Jill Soukup, Wayne Salge, Kate Starling, and John Taft.

The exhibition, curated by Rose Fredrick, curator of the Coors Western Art Show & Sale, goes much deeper than simply exploring a theme. “I grew up riding and have always revered horses for their grace and athleticism, so I am thrilled to pull together a show that will benefit horse rescue,” Fredrick said. “In fact, all of these artists were happy to make time in their schedules for this terrific cause.”

Tickets for the Art to the Rescue Gala can be purchased at and include admission to the event, a catered buffet dinner and open bar. An evening filled with nationally and internationally recognized artists and their work, a lovely dinner and an amazing cause.

What other reason could you possibly need for an unforgettable evening?

Art to the Rescue benefiting Drifter’s Hearts of Hope
Friday, September 7th
For tickets, go to
For more details on the event, visit
To learn about the rescue’s work with both slaughter-bound horses and young people like Bella, visit

2018 MuckFest

Join in on the fun on Saturday, September 15th, for MuckFest MS, the FUN mud run with awesome obstacles! The 5K course features mountains of mud and 18 obstacles primed to make you fly and climb higher than you’ve ever gone before. This event is built for laughs from start to finish, but participants are also on a serious mission to support the life-changing work of the National MS Society.

The 2018 MuckFest MS event series will take place in seven cities throughout the U.S. to help raise funds for those living with multiple sclerosis This year Parker joins Boston, Philadelphia, New Jersey, Detroit, Chicago and Dallas in the fight against MS. MuckFest MS is a 5K mud obstacle course that requires no training and is for any level — from the beginner to the star athlete. In 2018, MuckFest MS anticipates more than 28,000 participants nationwide mucking it up to help get us to a world free of multiple sclerosis. Registration for the events is now open at

Runners laugh their way through a 5K obstacle course as they slither through the Belly Crawl, jump into the Crash Landing stunt pad, and scale the mighty Mt. Muck-imanjaro. Other obstacles include Tunnel of Love, Spider Web, Shake & Quake, Swing Set, Spill Hill, Flying Muckers, Walk on Water, Skid Mark, Tight Rope, and more. After the event, participants gather in the MuckFestival area to celebrate their efforts out on the course with a free beer or soda. Over 90% of participants run on teams made up of friends, family, and coworkers. The event is free to spectators, and kids have their very own play area, called Lil’ Muckers, where they can splish and splash.

Since MuckFest MS started, participants have raised $28 million for research. 100% of the funds raised goes to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s efforts to bring an end to MS and to help those currently living with it. In 2017, more than 32,000 participants raised more than $3 million.

“We come together at MuckFest MS to lift up those who are affected by MS in an enjoyable and purposeful way,” said Liz Strawn, Senior Director of MuckFest MS & Special Events, National MS Society. “Every year we see teams made up of individuals who either have MS or support loved ones that do and can’t help but feel inspired by their determination. This event gives participants the opportunity to have fun and directly impact the lives of those living with MS.”
Multiple sclerosis is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. Symptoms vary from person to person and range from numbness and tingling, to walking difficulties, fatigue, dizziness, pain, depression, blindness and paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are leading to better understanding and moving us closer to a world free of MS. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with at least two to three times more women than men being diagnosed with the disease. MS affects more than 2.3 million worldwide.

The Society mobilizes people and resources so that everyone affected by MS can live their best lives. Last year, the Society invested $40 million in MS research with more than 360 active projects around the world. Through its comprehensive nationwide network of services, the Society devoted $100 million to help more than one million people affected by MS connect to the people, information and resources needed. They are united in their collective power to do something about MS now and end this disease forever. Learn more at

To join the fight, and get messy doing it, register for MuckFest today at

2018 MuckFest
Saturday, September 15th
Salisbury North
9200 Motsenbocker Road
Parker, CO 80134
First wave/start time is at 9:00am, and then every 20 minutes until approximately 3:00pm

Tour De Cure

On Saturday, September 8th, 2018, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) will host its largest annual fundraiser, Tour de Cure Colorado, at Salisbury Equestrian Park and Sports Complex. The Tour de Cure Colorado is an event where no matter what road you take, you will be joining thousands of people from around the country who have the same passion as you to fight diabetes and its burdens. Choose your distance for the course knowing that, short or long, every mile crossed brings the American Diabetes Association closer to finding a cure for those living with diabetes day in and day out.

Whether you ride, walk, run – there’s something for everyone at Tour de Cure Colorado. All routes, whether short or long, are fully supported with rest stops, SAG vehicles and more. This year, there are 4 cycling routes (100, 63, 32, and 12 miles), as well as a 5K Run/Walk. Please remember that all cycling participants must wear a helmet. If a minor is participating, the minor is also required to wear a helmet, if riding.

The mission of the ADA is at the heart of everything. Tour de Cure celebrates all people living with diabetes as “Red” participants – Red Riders, Red Striders, Red Ninjas and Red Crew Volunteers. Participants living with type 1 diabetes or type 2 diabetes are celebrated and can be a part of an active and supportive community at Tour de Cure.

Ready to register? Participants are encouraged to form teams with all participant types, skill levels and backgrounds. The Tour de Cure is all-new and is perfect for all abilities. Choose the course that best suits you, your coworkers and friends. Members of your team do not have to sign up for the same activity, so building a team is easy.

You can also join Team Red – the team for everyone who is looking to join others that are passionate about fighting diabetes! The fundraising minimum of $200 applies to all participant types and supports the mission of the American Diabetes Association: to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes.
Tour de Cure Colorado is presented by Primal, and sponsored locally by Town of Parker, Parker Adventist Hospital part of Centura Health, Lilly Diabetes, Amazing Moves, Boa, Breckenridge Brewery and CBS Denver. National sponsors of Tour de Cure include Lilly Diabetes and Primal.
To learn more and register to ride, run, walk, ninja, or volunteer please visit

Night of Intrigue

A fundraiser for the Parker Arts

Join us for an alluring evening of surprises and delight! This exclusive stage dinner includes a cocktail hour, hors d’Oeuvres, dinner, a myriad of entertainers, and dessert.

By Sara Crow
Have you ever read a book and become so deeply captivated by the characters and the plot that you can feel your heart racing as you anticipate what will happen next? Has the memory of a story ever stuck with you for years to come?
Several years ago, I read the book Night Circus and became engrossed in the storyline. There is a part of the story where one of the characters named Chandresh hosts midnight dinners. Friends and acquaintances alike clamor to get an invitation to one of these dinners due to the extreme passion and artistic nature of each dinner. No one dinner is the same. No one who attends a dinner will ever have the same experience as all dinners are completely different and attendees do not know what to expect when they arrive.
The concept of hosting a Midnight Dinner has been on my bucket list since I read Night Circus. To my delight, as the Cultural Membership Specialist for Parker Arts, this opportunity is coming to life. While the dinner is not at midnight and it might not be as dramatic as the book, we are hosting a unique and exciting fundraiser event called “Night of Intrigue Stage Dinner” on Thursday, Oct. 11 starting at 6:30 p.m.
Dinner will be hosted on the stage at the PACE Center. As you enjoy dinner, the set and props for A Chorus Line will be surrounding the space. This intimate exclusive event starts with hors d’oeuvres from Seasons 52 and a drink in the lobby, followed by dinner from Rory’s Catering (the owner of Rory’s Diner), more drinks, and dessert on the stage.
Throughout the evening numerous entertainers will both awe and impress you. With the book in mind, we have chosen to keep the specific talent under wraps. But we assure you that the fun and laughter will be infectious, the artistic components in the night will invigorate, and the food will be delectable.
The best part is that it will all be for a great cause, as the proceeds of the night will go towards funding Parker Arts’ educational enrichment and outreach programming. These programs, such as the Honeybee Festival, low-cost student matinees for schools, and accessibility assistance serve thousands of learners of all ages and abilities.
The cost of the event is $125 per person, and a table of eight is $900.
Tickets are limited and can be purchased at

Local Business Spotlight: Interior Delights

Interior Delights
Sarah Fennell – Owner
10970 South Parker Road Unit A12
Open Monday-Saturday 10:00-5:00 Closed Sunday

In the age of everything HGTV’d and dream decor pinned to DIY at some point, we all have visions of what we wish our homes could look like. Why only dream of what your home could look like when Interior Delights, right here in Parker, can help you make it a reality. Interior Delights, which celebrates their one year anniversary this November, is a local boutique specializing in home decor, unique light fixtures, seasonal decor and gifts. They also offer interior design and personal decorating services.

When you walk into the absolutely gorgeous shop, you will immediately be in awe of the immense selection of chandeliers and pendants. As you continue to stroll through, your senses will be overwhelmed with all there is to take in and you won’t be able to help but to be inspired with creative ways to decorate your home. Not only do they have many unique items, but they pull things together in such a way that no matter what you choose, it will all tie together beautifully. Interior Delights’ style attracts those how love the Farmhouse look as well as French Provincial and Modern Industrial. They’re also the perfect destination for great gifts and seasonal decor! When you visit, be sure to grab one of their Shiplap & Cider or Magnolia & Pine candles; they are divine!
Owner Sarah Fennell knew that right here in Parker was the perfect place to open her home decor boutique. “Parker is my home town. I love the close knit community and the huge support that we receive from our local friends and customers.”

Owning your own business is unquestionably a lot of work, but when you truly enjoy what you do everyday, it makes it that much more rewarding. Sarah echoed those sentiments, “I really and truly love everything about what I do. It’s hard work and it never ends, but the girls that work at Interior Delights are so much fun to work with and we have the best customers! I also really love connecting with my customers on Facebook and Instagram. I always respond to customers on Facebook and try really hard to stay in touch and answer questions right away. I think it’s important to let everyone know how much I appreciate and value them. They are the heartbeat of our business.”

Next time you’re in need of a little inspiration, and endless, exquisite options, go visit Sarah and her staff and Interior Delights and leave with a little piece of happiness!

Local Business Spotlight: Parker Optical

Parker Optical
Sherry Fincher, Owner/Partner and Registered Optician
10841 S Crossroads Dr

Open Monday-Friday 9:00am to 6:00pm, Saturdays 8:00am to 1:00pm

Thirty years ago, there were limited options for optical services in Parker. Sherry Fincher and her husband Bob, who was a master optician, saw a need and decided to open Parker Optical; and they’ve been helping Parker residents see things more clearly ever since! Parker Optical is proudly family owned and operated, which is unique in the optical field. They pride themselves on really getting acquainted with their patients and their families in order to better serve them and their eye care needs and providing the very latest technology at a reasonable price.

Parker Optical offers exams, lenses, frames, contacts and an in house lab with services including comprehensive eye health exams, contact fitting of all types and training, co-management for laser surgery, and frame styling to compliment your lifestyle. Outside prescriptions are welcome and repairs and soldering are done on site. They also offer a complete finishing lab and in-house Insurance Specialists.

With Sherry’s husband now retired, the staff of Parker Optics now includes Dr. Earl S Voight, medical optometrist and graduate of Ohio State University and the University of Houston and
Dr. Taffy Whiteman, who has over a decade of experience in primary and specialty eye care. Dr. Whiteman brings a wealth of knowledge and clinical expertise to the patient care experience. Lawrence Hensley is an optician and lab specialist who has has been apart of the Parker Optical team since 2016. With experience in Vision Therapy and extensive lab work, Lawrence brings a great deal of knowledge to help patients understand their vision and select the best choice based on their individual needs.

Your eyesight is something that you should never take lightly. Trust the expertise and years of experience of Parker Optical. They have been serving the residents of Parker for three decades, now seeing children and grandchildren of patients that started coming to them when they first opened! Whether it’s a first time visit to see what kind of glasses or contacts you need, your vision is changing and so are your needs or you’re just ready for a change in frames, Parker Optical has the staff and the resources to take care of all your family’s vision needs.