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Coming to Town: Sawyer Brown, Rita Rudner and Spyro Gyro!

POSTED April 7, 2022
From music, ballet, classes and Easter Egg hunts, this weekend is FULL of things to do near Castle Rock. Not only can you see classic rock musicians and jazz fusion performances, there are plenty of laughs and educational events to go around – both this weekend and beyond!

TODAY/TONIGHT: Thursday, April 7

This interactive workshop, intended for new business owners or prospective entrepreneurs, will help attendees understand what to expect when starting up a new business.

Workshop Outline:
– Is Business Ownership for Me? (nuts and bolts)
– Who is My Customer and Will They Buy from Me? (market research)
– What Legal, Licensing, Permits and Insurance do I Need? (requirements for starting)
– How Can I Set Up My Business for Success? (building the business model)NOTE:  The Colorado Business Resource Book will be referenced during the webinar.  Consider going to this link prior to the class:
https://www.ColoradoBusiness (copy and paste into your browser).

Douglas County Libraries Virtual Event
Register online here via the SBDC.

Thursday-Saturday, April 7-9

Craig Robinson is arguably best known for his role as acerbic Dunder-Mifflin employee Darryl Philbin on NBC’s Emmy-winning series The Office. Now Craig tours the country with his comedy and music shows! He has starred in such movies as Knocked UpThis Is The End, the Hot Tub Time Machine series, and Morris From America. Craig’s also made appearances on TV shows including Brooklyn Nine-Nine and American Dad!. Craig continues to headline solo dates as well as with his band “The Nasty Delicious” all across the globe.

Comedy Works South, 5345 Landmark Pl., Greenwood Village
Thurs., 7:30 p.m.; Fri./Sat, 7:15 & 9:45 p.m.
Tickets: $39-$49
Phone: 720-274-6800

Friday, April 8

It’s hard to know where to start, when describing Sawyer Brown. More than 4500 shows and counting. More than a million miles behind them and still seeing the highway miles click by outside their bus window. Twenty-three albums. More than 50 chart singles. CMA, ACM, and CMT awards on the shelf. To pull a line from one of the band’s enduring hits: “This is the life and times of a travelin’ band.” A traveling band, indeed. Always on the move—on the road, on stage, and in their career. When asked about what keeps him motivated on the road, lead singer Mark Miller says, “It’s playing the next show. Be grateful for where you’ve been and be excited about where you’re going.”

Since rocketing to stardom by winning the TV competition Star Search back in 1984, Sawyer Brown has been thrilling audiences with their legendary live shows and long string of chart-topping country hits, including #1 hits “Step That Step,” “Some Girls Do,” and “Thank God for You.”

Parker Arts Center, The Schoolhouse, 19650 Mainstreet, Parker
8:00 p.m.
Tickets: Starting at $74-$79
Phone: 303-805-6800

After countless sold out shows throughout Utah, Arizona, and Idaho, the Johnson Files are finally bringing their improvised comedy show to Colorado!

Come enjoy a night with Shaun Johnson and his hilarious cast of comedians as they improvise jokes, stories, and music based on your suggestions! 

Lone Tree Arts Center, 10075 Commons St., Lone Tree
6:00 and 9:00 p.m.
Tickets: $34-44
Phone: 720-509-1000

Saturday, April 9

Just minutes from your front door in Crystal Valley you and your family can find the 6th Annual Special Egg Hunt. This community event designed for kids of all ages, especially those with special needs. There will be egg hunts designed for the hearing, vision and mobility impaired, as well as traditional Easter egg hunts. Sponsored by Front Range Christian Church, 25,000 eggs are being prepared and “planted” at the park for kids to find. Everyone’s invited!

Philip S. Miller Park, 1375 W. Plum Creek Pkwy, Castle Rock
10:30 a.m. (QUIET HOUR); 11:30 a.m. Traditional

If your sources aren’t reliable and strong, your family history “facts” and stories won’t be, either. Learn to look critically at the sources that inform your research: the “what, who, when and why.” These criteria may indicate how much you can trust what individual sources say about your ancestors.

Sunny Jane Morton is an internationally-known genealogy speaker and award-winning writer and editor. Her lectures are packed with try-this-now strategies and delivered with humor, humanity, and plenty of motivating examples and stories.

Bio. Sunny Morton is a longtime Contributing Editor at Family Tree Magazine; Contributing Editor and Content Manager for; frequent contributor to FamilySearch’s blog; and Editor of Ohio Genealogy News.  

10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Registration Required

The second Saturday of every month, the Fine Arts Center in Colorado Springs has a free day for visitors. The goal of Museum Free Days is to provide access to the FAC’s general admission offerings to the widest possible audiences. The 132,286 square-foot facility hosts major international traveling and ever-changing exhibitions featuring works from the FAC’s significant permanent collection bringing a wide variety of art experiences. From the Art of the Southwest and Brett Weston exhibits to the Black Sound Series and Reframing Birds of America – your soul will thank you for exposing it to all sorts of images and emotions.

Fine Arts Center at Colorado College, 30 W. Dale St., Colorado Springs
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Admission: FREE – Ordinarily $10 (Military & Seniors $5)

Experience springtime in Paris, Ballet Ariel style with three extraordinary ballets: Ballet Ariel professional company’s newest premier ballet is set to Gershwin’s orchestral classic “An American in Paris.” As a composition written to evoke the streets of Paris, this “rhapsodic ballet” depicts a young American woman traveling to Paris for the first time and her transformation by this magnificent city steeped in history and romance. 

No other woman in history embraced the indomitable spirit of Colorado more than Margaret “Molly” Brown. Ballet Ariel’s original ballet, “Tale of Molly Brown” poignantly tells the story of her humble beginnings in Leadville, and her marriage to the ultimately wealthy JJ Brown.  Molly Brown was drawn to the culture and luxury of early 20th century Europe, famously escaping death during one return visit on the Titanic, powerfully dramatized in this ballet.

Rounding out the program is “Konservatoriet” (Ballet Conservatory) a classical ballet created by Danish choreographer and ballet master August Bournonville and set at the Paris Opera Ballet in the romantic period famously painted by Edgar Degas. 

Lone Tree Arts Center, 10075 Commons St., Lone Tree
7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $20-$33
Phone: 720-509-1000

Sunday, April 10

Award-winning, veteran comedienne Rita Rudner brings her sharp wit, understated style, keen observations and genius for one-liners to the PACE Center stage! In her famously soft-spoken delivery, Rudner kills with hilarious and true observations about the differences between men and women, marriage, kids, aging, Botox and, of course, shopping (her favorite pastime).

Rudner had been a working comic for many years before she started her long Las Vegas run, and she’s also a successful actress and best-selling author. But perhaps her culminating career accomplishment is that she’s found record breaking success in Las Vegas without changing her clean (and family friendly) approach to comedy. In a City of Sin, filled with topless shows and comedians with the dirtiest mouths on the planet, the fact that Rudner has become the city’s longest running solo headliner on the merits of her cleverly constructed one-liners and witty observations is a testament to her talent and sparkling wit.

Parker Arts Center, 20000 Pikes Peak Avenue, Parker
7:30 p.m.
Tickets: Starting at $49
Phone: 303-805-6800

Having been named “one of the fastest-growing American fashion platforms” by Forbes Magazine, Denver Fashion Week (DFW) is returning for another spring season and in true DFW fashion, this season will be bigger and better than the last, with more designers, more shows, and more nights.

Outlets at Castle Rock will be making its first appearance ever at Denver Fashion Week, closing the events out with a finale runway show from your favorite brands including Calvin Klein, Nike, Adidas, Guess, Coach, J.Crew, Columbia, Kate Spade, 7 For All Mankind, Boardriders and Vera Bradley. This season’s nonprofit partner is Dress for Success Denver, an organization that empowers women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.

Attendees will receive an Outlets at Castle Rock $25 voucher and access to exclusive giveaways like designer handbags, shoes, and much more! Use the promo code: DFW22OCR to receive 20% off tickets. 

Forney Museum of Transportation, 4303 Brighton Blvd., Denver
4:00-8:00 p.m.
Tickets: $40-$130

Monday, April 11

Suni and Mae are dreamers. As young girls, they dreamt about journeying far beyond our solar system, singing among the stars and discovering all that was unknown to them:  the secrets of space. Using magical illusions and a state-of-the-art digital LED wall, the sisters and the audience embark on an interactive journey across the galaxy. Performed by Cahoots NI of Northern Ireland, the wonders of outer space are explored with dazzling imagery and key ideas and inventions in science, technology, and engineering. Secrets of Space has been developed with leading space industry experts and features curriculum connections for primary school audiences in STEAM learning. 

Lone Tree Arts Center, 10075 Commons St., Lone Tree
7:30 p.m.
Phone: 720-509-1000

Tuesday, April 12

“I am here to say that this is a must-see tour. It not only delivers as a top-tier showcase of metal giants, but also comes to show the power of a well-assembled, diversely-packaged, multi-band amphitheater tour.” – The Hype Magazine

Following the enormous success of their 2021 co-headline US tour, metal titans MEGADETH and LAMB OF GOD have today announced the second US run of their aptly named METAL TOUR OF THE YEAR. Joining them will be special guests TRIVIUM and IN FLAMES. Tickets for the second leg of THE METAL TOUR OF THE YEAR, produced by Live Nation, will go on general sale at 10am local time on Friday, January 14th from

The Broadmoor World Arena, 3185 Venetucci Boulevard, Colorado Springs
6:00 p.m.
Tickets: $29-$299

Wednesday, April 13

Cherokee Ranch & Castle proudly welcomes back Lora Thomas, (former Douglas County Coroner) for her sell out presentation ‘A Night with the Coroner’. This segment in her series showcases the 1999 Peyton Tuthill case with Retired Denver PD Homicide Lieutenant Jon Priest.  

On February 24, 1999, Peyton Tuthill a new resident to Denver, was robbed, raped and eventually killed after relentlessly fighting for her life.  Denver Homicide Lieutenant, Jon Priest will cover each aspect of this horrific Colorado murder mystery. A Question and Answer period will follow in an open forum.

NOTE: This event is for guests 18 years of age and older. All of Lora’s proceeds benefit Second Wind Fund, which is an organization that raises funds for children at risk of suicide. (This is a very popular event and sells out quickly.)

Cherokee Ranch & Castle, 6113 N. Daniels Park Rd., Sedalia
5:45 p.m. (Doors Open); 7:00 (Presentation)
Phone: 303-688-5555

Wednesday-Saturday, April 13-16

Chelcie Lynn is a comedian, actress, and internet personality who was recently named one of Variety’s 2021 “Top 10 Comics To Watch.” She started building a fan base in 2014 when her sketches featuring her alter ego, Trailer Trash Tammy went viral. Her videos have since gained hundreds of millions of views across the internet and have launched her career on screen and in comedy touring. Chelcie will be shooting a prank television series this fall for a major streaming platform, which will air in 2022. She can be seen in the Duplass Brothers feature film Tangerine as ‘Madame Jillian’, and recently starred in the digital series Coach Von Pidgeon for Funny or Die & Facebook Watch. Catch her on tour in a city near you!

Comedy Works South, 5345 Landmark Pl., Greenwood Village
Wed./Thurs., 7:30 p.m.; Fri./Sat, 7:15 & 9:45 p.m.
Tickets: $35-$85
Phone: 720-274-6800

Friday, April 15

As American jazz-fusion band Spyro Gyra looks forward to 2022 and beyond, they show no sign of slowing down. Over the last 40+ years, they have performed over five thousand shows, released thirty-one albums (not counting “Best Of…” compilations) selling over ten million albums while also achieving one platinum and two gold albums. 

Over 40+ years, Spyro Gyra has performed more than five thousand shows and released thirty-one albums, selling over ten million copies and achieving one platinum and two gold albums… and they’re still going strong!

Parker Arts Center, 20000 Pikes Peak Avenue, Parker
7:30 p.m.
Tickets: Starting at $49
Phone: 303-805-6800

Friday-Saturday, April 15-16

The film that gave the world one of its greatest, most memorable movie heroes, Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark is back and better than ever. Join the Colorado Springs Philharmonic as they provide John Williams’ epic score/soundtrack live while the film is shown above the stage.

Pikes Peak Center for Performing Arts, 190 S. Cascade Ave., Colorado Springs
7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $30-$94
Phone: 719-575-9632

Tuesday, April 19

The KonMari Method is a powerful tool to get the things you’re wanting for your life to move in your direction. Do you want more energy and inspiration? Would you like your home to be easy and actually a joy to manage? Master KonMari Consultant Kate Englebrecht will lead a vision board-making event that includes a presentation on the basics of the KonMari Method. There will also be a clothes-folding demonstration, so bring a few items of clothing for practice. Adults only – registration required.

Castle Pines Event Hall, 360 Village Square Lane, Castle Pines
6:00-7:30 p.m.

Best known as the leader of the progressive art and soft rock “project” that bears his name, Alan Parsons is also a highly regarded producer and engineer. Parsons initially established himself in the studio working on notable albums by the Beatles and Pink Floyd before co-founding the Alan Parsons Project with instrumentalist/composer Eric Woolfson. Borrowing conceptual sci-fi themes from writers like Isaac Asimov and exploring a hybridized blend of rock, classical, AM pop, and synth-based music, the Project helped define the sound of art and prog-rock with albums like 1977’s I Robot, 1980’s The Turn of a Friendly Card, and 1982’s Eye in the Sky; the latter of which hit number seven on the Billboard 200. Parsons also continued to produce and engineer, contributing to albums by Pilot, Ambrosia, Paul McCartney, Al Stewart, and others. The Alan Parsons Project Live Project Tour commemorates the 40th anniversary release of Eye in the Sky.

Pikes Peak Center for Performing Arts, 190 S. Cascade Ave., Colorado Springs
7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $38-$93+
Phone: 719-575-9632

Things to Do Near Crystal Valley!

Enjoy life in Castle Rock within minutes from the master-planned community of Crystal Valley – where nature is around every corner of the neighborhood! Looking for a new home you can add your signature style to? Check out the beautiful model homes from Kauffman Homes, Richmond American Homes, D.R. Horton, Century Communities, and coming soon – Taylor Morrison! Picture yourself in your very own dream house —  ranch style or two-story models priced from the $500s.


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