Archive for November, 2015

The North Meadows Extension

 

Residents of Castle Rock are excited for the completion of the North Meadows Extension in the summer of 2016. Because the main entrance to The Meadows, via Meadows Boulevard, is often congested, Douglas County partnered with the Colorado Department of Transportation to create extensions of I-25 and Highway 85. This will provide another entrance to The Meadows and will also relieve some of the traffic at the Meadows/Founders Parkway interchange with I-25.  Costing around $67,895,000, this project will include the construction of three ramps and will be about two miles long. The North Meadows extension is the number 1 priority for transportation improvements in Castle Rock. With the town’s expanding population, the hope is that this project will help traffic run more smoothly.

 

Between I-25 and Highway 85, this new road will be called Castle Rock Pkwy. The rest of the road will be an extension of North Meadows Dr.  The north and southbound ramps will connect with I-25 and Highway 85 at Castlegate Dr. (near the Outlets).

 

If this project runs on schedule, The North Meadows Extension should be completed by July of next year.  This new access to The Meadows will make resident’s commutes just a little easier.

 

For more information about the North Meadows Extension, visit:

http://www.crgov.com/1837/North-Meadows-Extension

http://www.denverpost.com/dougco/ci_27729808/growth-coming-castle-rock-anxious-meadows-highway-connection

New Restaurants in Castle Rock

 

Though Castle Rock residents enjoy eating at favorites like The Castle Cafe, Union Bistro, Crave, and The Old Stone Church, there are some new restaurants in town that might excite our taste buds. Tokyo Joe’s, Kneader’s Bakery and Cafe, and Cafe Rio have recently opened as a part of The Promenade, a new complex which is being constructed east of Highway 85 . These new and exciting restaurants offer a variety of foods from different cultures. Also, Alberta Development Partners, the company constructing The Promenade, is planning to open Mad Greens, Mod Pizza, Smashburger, and Jersey Mike’s Subs in the area.

 

Other new restaurants include Smallcakes Cupcakery and Creamery on East Allen St (next to Five Guys) and Egg and I, which is located off of Meadows Pkwy.

 

Come and try these different eateries. These businesses are relying on your support, as Castle Rock residents and visitors, in order to gain popularity.

 

For more information about the developement in Castle Rock, visit: http://crgov.com/1907/Development-Activity . Also, make sure to check out our other post about The Promenade.

 

The Promenade at Castle Rock

According to the Colorado Real Estate Journal and the Denver Real Estate Watch, The Promenade at Castle Rock will be one of the nation’s largest shopping areas.  This new community center will feature a variety of restaurants, retailers, grocery stores, and entertainment venues. Mayor Paul Donahue hopes this development will offer “new amenities for residents” and entice visitors to come to “our terrific town”.

 

The land is privately owned by Alberta Development Partners, a real estate and investment firm that’s based in Colorado. Alberta has zoned 166 acres (in total) for development around I-25 and Highway 85. The Town benefits from this new shopping center because they receive 27.5% of the sales tax revenue, and they are paid a development fee from Alberta. Now, about 130 acres are zoned for commercial development, 17 acres are zoned for 350 multi-family housing units, and 19 acres will be designated open space.

 

The Promenade will have four distinct districts. The first will be The Front Porch. This is the gateway project and will include community dining and a fire lounge. It will portray a “farmer’s market” feeling. The Merc is the second district, and it will have have pop-up cafes, a pop-up retail amphitheater, garden planters, and an outdoor theater. Next is The Town Square, which will be the center of the development area. It will look like a grand plaza, with trees, a hearth, water features, and gardens. Finally, there will be The Village, which will feature different restaurants, covered lounging, and dining areas. This district will also include wishing well fountains and wagon wheel banquettes.

 

A few of the restaurants in The Promenade have already opened in November 2015, including Tokyo Joe’s, Kneader’s Bakery and Cafe, and Cafe Rio. Other restaurants, like Smashburger, Mad Greens, Jersey Mike’s Subs, and Mod Pizza are planning to open soon. There are also different retail stores in the works, including AT&T, Sports Authority, TJ Maxx/Homegoods, Bar Nails & Spa, Ulta Beauty, Elements Massage, and Berry Blendz. Businesses will move into The Promenade between late 2015 and 2018.

 

Though it is still a work in progress, The Promenade is an exciting new development in Castle Rock. We encourage you to check out some of the new restaurants and retailers in the area.

 

For more information about The Promenade, visit these sites:

http://www.crgov.com/1913/Promenade-at-Castle-Rock

https://www.crej.com/blog/castle-rock-getting-one-of-the-largest-new-malls-in-the-us

 

Holiday Events in Lone Tree

 

It’s the time of year when we begin to think about preparing the Thanksgiving meal, shopping for Christmas gifts, and finding the perfect New Year’s get-together. As we spend our days in a rush, it’s nice to think of the things that make the holidays special. Towns and communities throughout Douglas County are hosting events that celebrate the nostalgia and traditions of this time of the year.  Here’s what’s going on in Lone Tree.

 

The Lone Tree Arts Center consistently provides quality entertainment, and, this holiday season, this facility is housing a variety of performances for people of all ages.

 

          More information: http://lonetreeartscenter.org/showinfo.php?id=352

 

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Fun events like these help residents of Douglas County slow down and enjoy the holiday season. They also remind us of the importance of being connected to our community and giving back to others. Make sure you check out all of our post about what’s going on in the different towns in Douglas County at scottfutahometeam.com and the posts on this blog!

 

Happy Holidays!

 

Holiday Events in Highlands Ranch

 

It’s the time of year when we begin to think about preparing the Thanksgiving meal, shopping for Christmas gifts, and finding the perfect New Year’s get-together. As we spend our days in a rush, it’s nice to think of the things that make the holidays special. Towns and communities throughout Douglas County are hosting events that celebrate the nostalgia and traditions of this time of the year.  Here’s what’s going on in Highlands Ranch.

 

The community of Highlands Ranch will be lighting its Christmas tree during the Hometown Holiday Festival. On December 4th, from 4:30pm-7:30pm, residents and visitors can enjoy caroling, entertainment, and visits with Santa. There will also be food and reindeer! This free, family-friendly event helps kick off the holiday season and connect the community.

More information: http://hrcaonline.org/About-Us/Guides-Communication/Calendar-Schedules/Event-Detail/hometown-holiday

 

The Recreation Center at Eastridge is hosting a Holiday Teddy Bear Tea Party on December 5th. At this kid-friendly event, families can enjoy tea, small snacks, and a musical children’s show. The tea party lasts from 10:30am-11:15am, and the whimsical show runs from 11:15am-12pm. Members of the recreation center can purchase tickets for $11 up until the date of the event (tickets are $15 the day of the party). This Teddy Bear Tea Party is for all members over the age of two, and is perfect for children and parents who want to enjoy holiday festivities.

More information: http://hrcaonline.org/About-Us/Guides-Communication/Calendar-Schedules/Event-Detail/holiday-teddy-bear-tea

 

Another event at the Recreation Center at Eastridge is the performance of the Nutcracker Highlights. This condensed, one-hour version of the classic ballet is the perfect way to ring in the holidays. Audiences will be able to experience the magic of Clara’s journey to the Land of Sweets on Christmas Eve. These dancers are dedicated performers from the International Youth Ballet. Performances of this unique event are on November 20th at 7pm and November 21st at 3pm and again at 7pm. Tickets are $7 up until the day of the ballet, and they are $10 at the door. This family-friendly event will allow people of all ages to experience the magic of this traditional story.  

More information: http://hrcaonline.org/About-Us/Guides-Communication/Calendar-Schedules/Event-Detail/nutcracker-highlights

 

Fun events like these help residents of Douglas County slow down and enjoy the holiday season. They also remind us of the importance of being connected to our community and giving back to others. Make sure you check out all of our post about what’s going on in the different towns in Douglas County at scottfutahometeam.com and posts on this blog!

 

Happy Holidays!

 

Holiday Events in Parker

 

It’s the time of year when we begin to think about preparing the Thanksgiving meal, shopping for Christmas gifts, and finding the perfect New Year’s get-together. As we spend our days in a rush, it’s nice to think of the things that make the holidays special. Towns and communities throughout Douglas County are hosting events that celebrate the nostalgia and traditions of this time of the year.  Here’s what’s going on in Parker.

 

The annual Carriage Parade in downtown Parker will feature dozens of all-equestrian carriages, wagons, surreys, and stagecoaches. All of the participants will be dressed in holiday attire that relates to the theme, “A Storybook Christmas”. Other festivities include ice sculpting, a petting zoo, and pony rides. The parade is on December 12th and begins at noon. The pony rides and other activities are operating from 11am-3pm. Kids can also get their pictures with Santa (for $5) from 1pm-3pm. After watching the parade, be sure to visit the Holidays Winter Market, which is open from 10am-4pm.

More information: http://www.parkeronline.org/826/Christmas-Carriage-Parade

 

For those who want to venture to the Wildlife Experience during the holidays, they can participate in the Breakfast with Santa. This meal includes bacon and eggs, sausage, potatoes, fruit salad, pancakes, muffins, and more. Kids get a chance to visit with Santa, while they enjoy a great breakfast. This event runs December 12th, 19th, 23rd, and 24th from 9am-11am. Tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for seniors, and $14 for children (kids under 3 are free) and includes the price of admission into the museum. After families visits Santa, they can explore the Wildlife Experience.

More information: http://www.ourparkercolorado.com/breakfast-santa-wildlife-experience/

 

O’Brien Park will be filled with Christmas spirit during the Mayor’s Holiday Lighting Ceremony. This celebration is held annually on the Friday after Thanksgiving and allows the community to experience the joys of the season. The mayor of Parker, the Town Council, and Santa and Mrs. Claus will be there to kick off the event. Festivities include special performances and a town sing-along of Silent Night. The ceremony takes place on November 27th at 5pm, and is the perfect way to ring in the Christmas season.

More information: http://www.parkeronline.org/172/Mayors-Holiday-Lighting

 

Fun events like these help residents of Douglas County slow down and enjoy the holiday season. They also remind us of the importance of being connected to our community and giving back to others. Make sure you check out all of our post about what’s going on in the different towns in Douglas County at scottfutahometeam.com and posts on this blog!

 

Happy Holidays!

 

 

 

Holiday Events in Castle Rock

 

It’s the time of year when we begin to think about preparing the Thanksgiving meal, shopping for Christmas gifts, and finding the perfect New Year’s get-together. As we spend our days in a rush, it’s nice to think of the things that make the holidays special. Towns and communities throughout Douglas County are hosting events that celebrate the nostalgia and traditions of this time of the year.  Here’s what’s going on in Castle Rock.

 

The Starlighting has been a tradition in Castle Rock since 1935. A star was placed and lit on top of the “Rock” to boost morale during the Great Depression. With the exception of a few years during WWII, the star has been lit annually on the week before Thanksgiving to ring in the holiday season. At this year’s celebration, there will be carriage rides, hot chocolate, non-profit booths, live entertainment, and a visit from Santa.  The Starlighting will take place in downtown Castle Rock on November 21st, and the festivities will last from 2pm-7pm. At 5pm, the ceremony will officially begin, and the star will be lit at 5:30pm (followed by a firework display). This is a free, family-friendly event that embodies the small-town Christmas spirit.

More information: http://www.castlerockculture.com/starlighting/

 

For walkers and runners alike, the Turkey Trot is the perfect event for those who want to be involved in the community this Thanksgiving. This 5K  family run/walk/stroll begins at the Douglas County Fairgrounds on Thanksgiving Day (November 26th).  Participants can visit venders and do fun crafts at the expo before they hit the trail. The entry fee for adults is $40, and the fee for children (who are 12 or under) is $15. (The price for each age group increases by $5 if you sign up the day of the Trot.) All of the proceeds from the Turkey Trot go to aiding the Douglas/Elbert Task Force. At 8am, Participants will meet at the Fairgrounds, and the first wave of runners will begin at 9:30am. The rest of the runners/walkers will go in 2-minute increments (which depends on their pace).

More information: http://www.turkeyrocktrot.com

 

As a part of the the Castle Rock Season of the Star, residents can visit a few of the shops in downtown Castle Rock for the 12 Shops of Christmas. Visitors, who come on either Small Business Saturday (November 28th) or December 12th from 4pm-7pm, can help promote these independently-owned businesses. The sales tax from purchases will help the town pay for road improvements and local services. Also, participants can get a Season of the Star Passport and have it stamped once they visit each of these 12 stores. Those who have a full passport have the opportunity to win great prizes from the Town and the Chamber of Commerce. 

More information: http://www.crgov.com/Calendar.aspx?EID=3675&month=11&year=2015&day=16&calType=02

 

Another annual Castle Rock event is the Tree Lighting and Santa’s Arrival at the Outlet Mall. On November 14th, the Outlet’s giant Christmas tree was lit, and kids had the opportunity to tell Santa what they’d like for Christmas. There was also a free concert from Denver’s Breanna Rubio and free hot chocolate. This event ran from 3pm-5pm and was the perfect way to experience holiday magic while doing some Christmas shopping.

More information: http://www.outletsatcastlerock.com/event/tree-lighting-and-santas-arrival/2145463841

 

Fun events like these help residents of Douglas County slow down and enjoy the holiday season. They also remind us of the importance of being connected to our community and giving back to others. Make sure you check out all of our post about what’s going on in the different towns in Douglas County at scottfutahometeam.com and the posts on this blog!

 

Happy Holidays!

Small Business Saturday

This November 28th is Small Business Saturday–a day when residents are encouraged to purchase products from local, Castle Rock companies. Boutiques, souvenir shops, and other small businesses are often overlooked…especially the day after Black Friday. These small companies rely on residents’ support to help them succeed.  Check out some of these local, downtown Castle Rock businesses:

 

The tax revenue from these shops help support the local economy and enables Castle Rock to provide its residents with police and fire services as well as road maintenance. These companies might have products that meet all of your holiday needs.  Come and support your local businesses!

 

For a list of all the businesses in Castle Rock, visit the business directory at http://www.crgov.com/.

New Website for the Town of Castle Rock

 

If you type crgov.com into your web browser, you will find the new and improved official site for Castle Rock, CO. Though there is still a separate website for the town’s Chamber of Commerce and one aimed towards visitors/tourists, the town has created a site where residents are able to receive information about their community.  This site highlights upcoming events, information about the town’s government, the future development in the area, the different businesses and services in Castle Rock, and much more. The community also launching the “I am a Rock” campaign, aiming to encourage residents to show pride in their town and to become more involved in local events.  Residents can also create an account that allows them to receive the information that is most important to them.

Check out the new official site: http://crgov.com

 

You can learn all you need to know about your hometown!

Castle View High School Presents: Beauty and the Beast

 

The Castle View High School Theatre Company is currently working on their latest production: a magical adaptation of the Disney classic, Beauty and the Beast. With the success of last season’s Legally Blonde the Musical, CVHS has established itself as a school that produces quality entertainment.  This year, the theatre company is reaching new heights by incorporating flying sequences into the beginning and end of the production.  In an interview with Castle Rock News Press, Director, Rochelle Walter explained that the flying is being used to unite all the elements of the story; it shows the beast’s enchantment in the beginning of the play and him breaking free from his curse in the end. Walter also thought this element would incorporate some of the “Disney magic” that was seen in the 1991 film. In order to insure the safety of the students and to perfect the stunt, the CVHS Theatre Company worked with professional flying company, Fly by Foy.

 

In this adaptation of Beauty and the Beast, the cast includes junior Kellie Cage as Belle, senior Ramon Alvarez as the Beast, senior Jacob Wolfe as Gaston, and senior Erica Caruso as Mrs. Potts. All of the 20 crew members, 50 actors, and 25 orchestra musicians involved in this production are dedicated students who want to make Beauty and the Beast the best it can be. It will premiere on November 18th at 7pm, and will run from the 18th-21st at this time.  There will also be a matinee performance on the 21st at 1pm.  Performances will be held in the Castle View High School auditorium (5254 N Meadows Dr Castle Rock, CO). Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students. You can purchase them at the door or online at SeatYourself.biz.