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Workout with resistance bands to stretch and strengthen

By CPC | April 1, 2024

Resistance bands are a go-to strength training tool for anyone at any fitness level. Bands are affordable, light and portable, easy to use, and safer than heavier dumbbells or machines. Resistance bands can be used practically anywhere and have many health benefits. Resistance bands can help build stronger muscles and increase flexibility and mobility, making…

The calling to teach came early

By CPC | April 1, 2024

A career calling can come at any age. Sarah Sexton remembers the time she first felt the tug, sitting in her elementary school classroom. Sarah said, “I think I have known I have wanted to be a teacher since about second grade. I’ve always loved school!” That calling took hold; this year, she will have…

Diversity and inclusion at BRE

By CPC | April 1, 2024

Buffalo Ridge Elementary (BRE) has a new Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CDL) initiative this year. A handful of BRE staff members comprise the CDL team with the goal to intentionally incorporate conversation about the value of diversity at BRE. Multicultural Monday (MM) was the first activity the CDL team implemented. It is a short segment…

Wish Week makes dreams come true

By CPC | April 1, 2024

Wish Week at Rock Canyon High School (RCHS) is an annual event held in March where the Jag nation partners with the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Colorado to raise funds for critically ill children’s wishes. Students organize various activities and events like assemblies, a dodgeball tournament, Walk for Wishes, and themed, dress-up days to fundraise. The…

RCHS is preparing tomorrow’s emergency medical technicians

By CPC | April 1, 2024

In its third year, the Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) program at Rock Canyon High School (RCHS) continues to make significant progress in preparing the next generation of healthcare professionals. A collaboration between the Douglas County School District and Arapahoe Community College, it is a concurrent enrollment program designed to equip students with the necessary knowledge…

Real word applications in the classroom

By CPC | April 1, 2024

Rocky Heights Middle School (RHMS) speech teacher Regina Luber recently hosted the second, three-day Speaker Series (SS) of the year. Regina is passionate about incorporating real world applications into the classroom. SS has become part of the curriculum for the public speaking course classes at RHMS. Regina has invited many professionals from a variety of…

Mountain Mike’s Pizza

By CPC | March 22, 2024

Pizza the way it oughta be! Mountain Mike’s Pizza has been dishing out tasty pies since 1978, just not in Colorado. It is a well-known staple in California and other western states, but now that it has opened shop in Parker (the first one in Colorado), many pizza lovers are trying it out. And, word…

2024 NCAA Bracket Tracker

By CPC | February 28, 2024

  March Madness! Remember to fill out your NCAA Bracket Tracker in the center spread of the March E Guide, or pick up a copy at Rockyard Brewing Co., Pines Sports Bar & Grill or Scotty’s Sliders.

A goalkeeper with goals

By CPC | February 27, 2024

Castle Pines is home to many pro athletes, both active and retired. Today, we can claim a professional soccer player for the Colorado Rapids (Rapids). Adam Beaudry (17) was drafted by the Rapids in 2023 and signed officially on January 10 for a four-year contract with an option for two additional years. Adam is excited…

The Canyons expansion plans

By CPC | February 27, 2024

Preliminary plans will soon be submitted for an expansion of The Canyons development in the southeast portion of the city. The proposed development encompasses approximately 1,618 residential lots, along with designated areas for future expansion, a school site, a regional park site, and ample open spaces, trails and road connections linking to surrounding neighborhoods. The…

Wildfire mitigation grants available for home projects

By CPC | February 27, 2024

Wildfire mitigation is one of City Council’s strategic goals and priorities. To help mitigate wildfire risk and protect the community, the City developed a grant program to provide financial resources for residents and homeowners associations to conduct wildfire mitigation projects. The City will accept funding requests for up to $5,000 from an HOA and up…

Updates from the City

By CPC | February 27, 2024

  Two Road Projects Starting The City of Castle Pines will begin undertaking two major road improvement projects this year. Happy Canyon and Lagae will see the construction of a new roundabout which began the week of February 19 and will continue through June. Traffic at the intersection will be temporarily closed at certain points…

Water authority receives funding to support residents

By CPC | February 27, 2024

Approximately 25,000 rural residents in Douglas County own and rely on more than 8,000 active groundwater wells that tap into the Denver Basin aquifers. The Rural Water Authority of Douglas County (RWADC) has received $60,000 to support these residents. The funding will come from the Board of Douglas County Commissioners with an affirmed recommendation from…

Douglas County Fair Board

By CPC | February 27, 2024

Are you a Douglas County resident who is passionate about our rural heritage, agriculture, western sports, youth exhibits and quality entertainment? Your passion and knowledge – paired with a background in large-event management, accounting/finance, and/or a strong network of resources helpful to the production of a large-scale community event – may position you as the…

It is an election year; did you receive two ballots?

By CPC | February 27, 2024

It is an election year, so prepare for the robocalls, texts, mailers and the endless television commercials. Recently, Douglas County registered voters received official voting ballots for primary election day, Super Tuesday on March 5. If you registered as a Democrat or a Republican, your mailer should have included only the political party ballot of…

Coffee Klatch with the mayor

By CPC | February 27, 2024

One thing many residents love about living in Castle Pines is that it feels more like a community than a city. That is the feeling Mayor Tracy Engerman wants to build on by having monthly coffee gatherings officially called Coffee Klatch with Tracy. To kick off the year, on January 18, Engerman held her first…

New to the neighborhood?

By CPC | February 27, 2024

A vibrant sense of community is one characteristic that sets Castle Pines – the 80108 ZIP code more specifically – apart from other Colorado communities. Neighbors know each other, they spend time together and they support each other.  If you are a new resident, you have likely already experienced this firsthand.  The same holds true…

Two generations of an out of sight business

By CPC | February 27, 2024

The Grace family have a shared vision and passion for their local business, Out of Sight Closets and Garages, which helps the families of Castle Pines, Castle Rock and the surrounding areas organize their homes. Joel Grace worked in the timber industry. After being transferred to Highlands Ranch in 1998, he decided he wanted to…

Celebrating 15 years of playing at home

By CPC | February 27, 2024

This spring, Castle Pines Athletics (CPA) celebrated 15 years in business. The Retreat resident Lane Roberts founded CPA in 2009, and more than 12,660 children have participated in the year-round athletic programs. Although Lane no longer lives in Colorado, CPA continues strong because of the hundreds of volunteer parent coaches and thousands of local kids…

New owners, new names, new menus

By CPC | February 27, 2024

What was Berg Haus is now Pines Sports Bar & Grill, and its doors are open for business. The neighborhood sports bar’s new owners are Minakshi Ashra and resident Priya Kumar.  Priya and her husband who manages the bar, Avnish Kapoor, will be featured in the upcoming April Behind the Business segment. “Our first priority…

The 2023 Chamber of Commerce awards

By CPC | February 27, 2024

  On January 25, the Castle Pines Chamber of Commerce held its annual awards luncheon at Cielo at Castle Pines. The following members received awards for 2023: Large Business of the Year – The Castle Pines Connection Small Business of the Year – Ziggi’s Coffee Nonprofit of the Year – Rise Up Malawi Community Member…

Leap Year Pup

By CPC | February 27, 2024

Pet Pedigree A leap year occurs once every four years, and with it comes the rarest of days – February 29. “Leapling” birthdays are not limited to humans – our furry friends can be leap-year babies as well. Waffles, a mini Bernedoodle recently turned four this (leap) year. A COVID puppy, Waffles has been such…

Capturing memories and milestones

By CPC | February 27, 2024

There are many moments throughout life that capture our hearts, and Jen Henningsen has spent the last 21 years photographing these precious moments and milestones. Jen operates her business, Keepsake Photography, out of her home studio in The Canyons. Jen did not plan to become a photographer. At Portsmouth High School in Rhode Island, Jen…

A career of service

By CPC | February 27, 2024

When Meghan Angermann was in high school in the suburbs of Chicago, her dad suggested she sign up for the Navy ROTC program as a way to pay for college. Her response was, “What is ROTC?” Today, Meghan is retired from the Navy after a 21-year active-duty career, is a Pampered Chef consultant and enjoying…

The “Spud King” of Douglas and Denver Counties

By CPC | February 27, 2024

Swashbuckler! Now there’s a colorful term seldom used today. One historical character that comes immediately to mind is D.C. Oakes of our Wildcat Mountains. Another bold, flamboyant and larger-than-life figure was Rufus “Potato” Clark, or sometimes called the “Spud King.” And sometimes he went by the moniker “Dad.”* Rufus was born to a Connecticut farmer…

Guide dogs, butterflies and enjoying life

By CPC | February 27, 2024

In 2021, after living in Thousand Oaks, California for more than 60 years, Connie and Randy Weidner packed up their home and beloved 5-year-old pup Gracie and made the trek to Castle Pines to be close to their son Eric, daughter-in-law Marissa and two grandsons, Collin and Lucas. Connie, an elementary school teacher of 31…

Law enforcement in his blood

By CPC | February 27, 2024

Deputy Jeff Pelle of the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office (DCSO) has law enforcement in his blood – he is a third-generation peace officer. Joe Pelle, Jeff’s dad, recently retired after 43 years of police service, including 20 years as sheriff of Boulder County. Jeff grew up in Longmont and then attended the University of Northern…

Declutter like there is no tomorrow

By CPC | February 27, 2024

  The term Swedish death cleaning may evoke thoughts of a crime scene or evil spirits, but it is actually a thoughtful and effective approach to decluttering. While a bit macabre, the method of organizing and letting go of things before one dies lessens the burden on loved ones later. A Scandinavian twist on the…

The Continental Divide Raceway was a wheelie big deal

By CPC | February 27, 2024

In the late 1950s, Douglas County’s Continental Divide Raceway (CDR) was drawing the top names in automobile racing, but tragedy, lawsuits and health issues ultimately closed the track. The facility was merely three miles south and west of Castle Rock. Capable of accommodating any type of motor racing, CDR was, at build out, planned to…

Not the usual puppy park

By CPC | February 27, 2024

No time to walk your pup before running to the mall? Grab a leash, a few waste bags and take your furry friend with you. Park Meadows Retail Resort (PM) is now 100% dog friendly, whether it is a service dog or simply a beloved family member. PM made the changes at the beginning of…

March Crossword

By CPC | February 27, 2024
crossword march

‘Spring Break Destinations’   This crossword brought to you by Allstate Insurance – Tammy Lopez (720) 733-1331 Across 1. Beauty pageant wear 5. Tool with teeth 8. An issue that prevents one from accomplishing something 13. Clever tactic 14. Rice wine 15. “Make _____ of” (Irish expression) 16. Protection (less common spelling) 17. Capital of…

Dear Mrs. A – March

By CPC | February 27, 2024
dear mrs a

Dear Mrs. A, We are newcomers in The Canyons and we are concerned about clearing the snow and what the timelines are for removal. Can you guide us? Welcome, neighbors! Seeing how we are coming into our snowiest month in Colorado – March – I think this is a perfect time to visit the rules…

Local worship services

By CPC | February 27, 2024

  Canyons Community Church  4825 N. Crowfoot Valley Road, Castle Rock Easter Sunday, March 31, 10:30 a.m. www.canyonscc.org   Castle Oaks Covenant Church 826 Park Street, Castle Rock Easter Sunday, March 31, 10 a.m. www.castleoaks.org Cherry Hills Community Church 3900 Grace Boulevard, Highlands Ranch Easter Sunday, 8:30 a.m., 9:45 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. www.cherryhills.com Faith…

Keeping track of Colorado’s wolves

By CPC | February 27, 2024

If you have been following the reintroduction and release of the 12 gray wolves in Colorado, you can follow their whereabouts with a map published by Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW). The map informs the public on where the wolves have been making their moves and is updated on the fourth Wednesday of every month…

Stay dry and curl up with a good book

By CPC | February 27, 2024
Bibliophile Corner Books

March is often the snowiest month in the Centennial State. Remember the blizzard of 2021 that dumped nearly two feet of snow in just a couple of days? Weather impacts our daily lives, but sometimes it demands to be the main character. These books feature wet weather, rain and snow, as a major element of…

Preserving land for generations to come

By CPC | February 27, 2024

Angels Among Us               The Douglas Land Conservancy (DLC) was established by community members in 1987 over concerns about unsustainable growth. Since then, the nonprofit organization has protected nearly 27,000 acres of wildlife habitat, working ranches, wetlands, clean water and scenic views across Douglas, Elbert and Jefferson Counties by…

Executive chef preparing for world-class golf tournament

By CPC | February 27, 2024

As the prestigious Castle Pines Golf Club prepares to host the highly anticipated BMW Championship this August, all eyes are on Travis Teague, who is poised to oversee the Club’s food service during a major tournament for the first time as executive chef. “We are in full throttle planning mode,” Travis said. Travis began his…

Take a dip in springtime goodness

By CPC | February 27, 2024

Anyone who knows me, knows I love dessert. In fact, earlier in my tenure as the writer of this column, one of my children (who was about 7 at the time) told his friends that, “I wrote a story every month for the paper about how much she loves dessert.” Of course, I didn’t write…

An active and meaningful community for moms

By CPC | February 27, 2024

As every mom of a young child understands, finding time to exercise once baby arrives is a challenge, and some days it can be impossible. At FIT4MOM Castle Rock (F4M), new franchise owner Stephanie Holzhauer understands this challenge. A mom herself, Stephanie finds joy in seeing moms bring their little ones to class, get a…

Eggs are excellent, but which ones?

By CPC | February 27, 2024

Eggs are on most people’s shopping lists all year, but spring is certainly “egg season.” Eggs are hard-boiled and decorated, cracked into many baked dishes and used often to create an easy meal quickly. Versatile and protein-packed, eggs are a staple in the kitchen, but standing in front of the egg section in the grocery…

Spring-clean your diet

By CPC | February 27, 2024

Spring is a time of renewal, growth and new beginnings. We often want to freshen up our lives by cleaning up and clearing out. If healthy goals have slipped since the beginning of the year, now is the time to start afresh. The best way to get going is to spring-clean the pantry and fridge. …

Spring activities and sports for kids

By CPC | February 26, 2024

Spring is around the corner, so now is the time to register kids for sports and other extra-curricular activities. Below is a quick reference guide to some near-by options. Boutique Dance Academy Little ones will find their moves at Boutique Dance Academy in Castle Rock, where the art of dance empowers students with self-esteem, discipline,…

JV Cheer at RCHS won state and placed at national competitions

By CPC | February 26, 2024

Junior varsity (JV) cheer at Rock Canyon High School (RCHS) has many reasons to celebrate. The team won UCA Regionals, Continental League, and JV State for Colorado. Last month in Orlando, they were double national finalists, placing in the top five for Large JV Co-ed and Large JV Game Day. “This was our first year…

Student-Athlete Signing Day 2024

By CPC | February 26, 2024

Rock Canyon High School   Jack Anderson Football Carthage College, WI Coach Kevin Meyer stated, “Jack Anderson had an outstanding season as our place kicker. Jack was in his first year kicking for Rock Canyon as a senior and made over 95% of his P.A.T.’s along with eight for 11 in field goals (70%) with…

American Academy campuses join National Junior Honor Society

By CPC | February 26, 2024

The National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) is a prestigious organization. The National Association of Secondary Principals founded NJHS in 1929 to create enthusiasm for scholarship, stimulate desire to render service, promote leadership, encourage responsible citizenship and develop character in secondary school students (seventh and eighth graders). NJHS assists these students in developing the knowledge and…

Timber Wellness Expo

By CPC | February 26, 2024
lady behind vendor table

Health and wellness expos are a great way to share information with students, staff, families and the community about healthy eating, physical activity and other health and wellness resources. Timber Trail Elementary (TTE) hosted its first Timbers Wellness Expo emphasizing whole body and mental wellness. The expo was designed to be both interactive and informative…

Chemistry and adventure in and out of the classroom

By CPC | February 26, 2024

After chatting with Jeffrey Nichols, it is safe to say that he finds a lot of things interesting. He has been teaching for 17 years, but leading teenagers in a classroom came after a few other career attempts. Jeffrey first pursued medicine (oral and maxillofacial surgery) and then moved into pharmacy studies. But he said…

Red Shirt Rookies teaches us all a few things

By CPC | February 26, 2024

Sports can be a great connector. It is through learning games and playing with others that we often learn things about ourselves. Just ask Jennifer Di Capo, who is a coach and personalized learning specialist at Timber Trail Elementary (TTE). Jen oversees the Red Shirt Rookies (RSR) program at TTE. The elementary school program is…

BRE third graders rock it

By CPC | February 26, 2024
kids on stage performing different athletic feats

Every year, Buffalo Ridge Elementary (BRE) produces a third grade show. The event requires months of preparation and practice and incorporates several educational subjects: art, music and physical education, with the respective teachers collectively taking on and overseeing the show start to finish. This year’s program focused on A HERD – BRE’s character development acronym:…

RCHS Theater performs Rumpelstiltskin for elementary students

By CPC | February 26, 2024
group of students in costume for play

The Theatre III class at Rock Canyon High School (RCHS) offers students a dynamic and immersive experience. One of the annual traditions of the class, led by teacher Cindy Baker, is performing for children’s theater, a creative project that challenges students to act outside of their comfort zones and connect with audiences of all ages.…

Whimsy Picnic Co.

By CPC | February 21, 2024

Introducing Lexi Christine and Christine Amelia, the creative minds behind Whimsy Picnic Co., an event company headquartered in Castle Rock. Specializing in crafting cozy and visually stunning picnic experiences, they create enchanting setups with blankets, cushions and charming decor, both indoors and outdoors. Their focus is on fostering a magical atmosphere where guests can unwind,…

Celebrating 15 Amazing Years

By CPC | January 29, 2024

    Celebrating a milestone, especially one as significant as 15 years of delivering “a little good news” to the community, is a great opportunity to look back at those who have been a part of the incredible adventure. Thank you to the tens of thousands of residents who have invited us into your homes…

Postage rates increased in January

By CPC | January 29, 2024

On January 21, the United States Postal Service (USPS) raised postage prices almost completely across the board. Postage for a first-class Forever Stamp increased from .66 cents to .68 cents, the second increase in six months. International stamps as well as international postcard stamps increased from $1.50 to $1.55. Domestic postcard stamps were increased from…

Tolls in effect on the I-25 South Gap Express Lanes

By CPC | January 29, 2024

The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) began tolling fees on the I-25 South Gap Express Lanes in mid-January. “The Express Lanes, located on I-25 from Monument to Castle Rock, will be open 24/7 and tolls will range from .70 cents to $2 with an ExpressToll pass – among the lowest toll rates-per-mile in the nation,”…

Those in need receive more help in 2024

By CPC | January 29, 2024

Community compassion continues to make a difference in the lives of people who may have fallen on hard times in Douglas County. Thanks to donor generosity to DouglasHasHeart.org, as part of the countywide “Handouts Don’t Help” campaign, the Douglas County Community Foundation (DCCF) presented a $2,500 check to SECOR Cares during a Douglas County Homeless…

The integrity and passion of Clarity Group

By CPC | January 29, 2024

The Clarity Group (Clarity) on Village Square Drive is a different kind of therapy clinic. Owner Whitney Herrmann is committed to excellence in mental health therapy. She recruited a team of therapists who are the best in their field and who continue to improve and deepen their knowledge to benefit their clients. But what is…

Rounding down to leap year

By CPC | January 29, 2024

Thursday, February 29, marks another leap year, 366 days versus 365 in 2024. For most, it is just an extra day in the shortest month that occurs every four years. But its history and evolution are worth revisiting. The science behind leap year: It takes 365.2422 days for the earth to circle the sun. The…

Nothing Bundt Cakes turns 1

By CPC | January 29, 2024

Nothing Bundt Cakes in Castle Rock recently celebrated its first birthday with a week-long celebration that ended with a chance to win free Bundlets for a year. Fans bundled up and braved the elements in January, as an arctic cold front moved into the area. The guests stood outside for more than an hour before…

Holistic healthcare and skincare business opening in March

By CPC | January 29, 2024

Functional medicine is considered a relatively new approach in the medical field, establishing its presence in the early 1990s. It is a form of alternative medicine that addresses the root causes of health issues. Jaime McNitt combined her training in traditional Western medicine and the American healthcare system with her passion for providing comprehensive and…

An amazingly determined and resourceful girl

By CPC | January 29, 2024

Naomi Van Deman (10) is an incredible young lady. She is passionate about music and performing arts, active in choir, theater and learning the guitar. She likes cooking, riding her bike and horses, and spending time with her family and friends. Naomi is also a champion swimmer. Naomi was born with Achondroplasia (ACH), the most…

Happy to be back home

By CPC | January 29, 2024

After living and working in Southern California for the past 13 years, Matt and Kristy Humphrey are back in their “home” state of Colorado and have settled in The Village at Castle Pines. “We are back where we belong; we met our neighbors, entertained, golfed, hiked, snowshoed and enjoyed the change of seasons,” said Matt.…

An eye and passion for art

By CPC | January 29, 2024

Christine Whaling not only has a good eye for spotting something worthy, she appreciates everything she sees. “I have always been passionate about art and collectibles ever since I can remember,” said Christine. Art is her calling. Christine achieved her bachelor’s degree in art history from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles and her master’s…

Sisters working to earn highest awards in Girl Scouting

By CPC | January 29, 2024
two girls sitting by faux fire

Girl Scout cookie season is back, and two neighborhood teens have big plans. Evie (12) and Abigail (15) Reynolds have each set a goal of selling 1,250 boxes. They plan to use money from cookie sales to earn their Silver Award and Gold Award, respectively, two of the highest awards in Girl Scouting. Evie, who…

Full STEM ahead

By CPC | January 29, 2024
football player running on the field

Collin Romero is a 2019 graduate of Rock Canyon High School (RCHS) with a passion for aerospace and a love of football. Colorado School of Mines (Mines) was the perfect place to land for both. As one of the first students at American Academy (AA) – Castle Pines, Collin found fuel there for his love…

A happy family with a feline quartet

By CPC | January 29, 2024

In the serene Pine Ridge neighborhood, there is a tale of love, adoption and joy with Ken and Marcella Raust and their cherished feline companions: Bob, Churro, Cocoa and Loki. Hailing from different states – Ken from California and Marcella from North Carolina – Ken moved to Colorado in 1986 and Marcella in 2000. The…

Cutest Pet Winners

By CPC | January 29, 2024

Winners of the Cutest Pet in the Pines contest stopped by The Pet Stuff Place to pick up their prizes. Honorable Mention Gracie and her family (above). Runner-up Bo (below).

Aussie for “dog friend”

By CPC | January 29, 2024

Australian Cobberdogs are purebred Labradoodles, dogs that are known to be social and friendly to all. Cobberdog actually means “dog friend” in the Australian language. Claudio and Alis Ramos, with two daughters Bella and Tina, welcomed Boo into their home in 2021. “Alis always wanted a dog; it only took 19 years for me to…

Look kids…it’s the Five-O

By CPC | January 29, 2024
man and woman stand behind food truck counter

Master Police Officer Seth Morrissey of the Castle Rock Police Department (CRPD) loves his job. As part of the Community Partnership Unit (CPU), Seth created a community outreach program that delights kids in Castle Rock. The Five-O trailer is his brainchild. Purchased entirely through community donations, Seth parks the Five-O and his patrol car at…

Mental health support and advocacy for our heroes

By CPC | January 29, 2024

Douglas County nonprofit, It’s A Calling Foundation (IACF), was founded to provide mental health and wellness support for emergency responders, frontline medical workers, service members, veterans and the families who support them. This work requires strength, courage and bravery, but behind that grit, these heroes can experience emotional tolls leading to mental health struggles, suicidal…

Internet sensation candy that is out of this world

By CPC | January 29, 2024

The social media platform TikTok has been flooded with videos of young people biting into crunchy crystal candies of all different shapes and colors. The trend may be new to some, but crystal candies are inspired by Vietnamese Lunar New Year traditions that go back thousands of years. Crystal candies look like jewels in color…

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