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Joyful giving present at Castle Pines Village Garden Club gathering

Castle Pines Village Garden Club board members enjoyed an afternoon of merriment and giving at Cherokee Ranch and Castle on December 2.  Pictured from left to right:  Janice Wright, Michele Volkl, Ginny Forstmann, Carol Kingsley, Liz Lively and Liz Clarke.

Article and photo by Lynn Zahorik

With magnificent boughs of evergreen draped throughout, Cherokee Ranch and Castle welcomed the Castle Pines Village Garden Club (CPVGC) for its annual Christmas luncheon in early December.  This highly-popular event sells out each year.  Eighty women gathered together in the grandeur of the Great Hall to celebrate with their friends the advent of the holiday season.  Members were treated to a fabulous meal catered by Serendipity.  Donations were collected through a “giving tree,” which raised $4,060 for the Crisis Center (formerly Women’s Crisis and Outreach Center).

“We just love coming to Cherokee Ranch and Castle each year to start the holiday season,” remarked Board President Liz Lively.  “The location is beautiful, and we are so proud to maintain the Memorial garden on the grounds there.”   

The CPVGC was established in 1994 by an enthusiastic group of women dedicated to beautifying their community and providing charitable services to it as well.  Membership in this nonprofit organization is open to all and currently stands at 130.  Meetings are held on the first Friday of each month, September through May.  To learn more about the CPVGC and its upcoming events, visit



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