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Enjoy The Great Outdoors This Weekend

POSTED November 5, 2020

The beautiful scenery surrounding the Crystal Valley area takes a starring role this weekend, with several activities planned in the backcountry! You can sign up for a FREE Wellness Walk, participate in a Backcountry Half-Marathon, or go on a rugged  Backcountry Hike! Get out there and enjoy the mild fall weather while it lasts!

Thursday, November 5

Not far from home, but away from it all, this hike in the reserved part of the Backcountry Wilderness Area will rejuvenate you! Bring along some binoculars if you want to spot some wildlife, and enjoy this FREE relaxing guided tour. It’s amazing what a dose of fresh air and beautiful scenery can do to improve your health and well-being!

Backcountry Wilderness Area, 6005 Ron King Trail, Highlands Ranch
10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Register: FREE

Take some advice from an expert and learn how to make some festive fall cocktails! You’ll be creating a Black Manhattan and an Autumn Old-Fashioned, as long as you do your shopping in advance and pick up all the ingredients!

Share some social time online and learn some fun cocktail history as well!

HRCA on Zoom
6:00 p.m.
Tickets: FREE
Phone: 303-471-8898

Thursday-Saturday, November 5-7

Those creative high school students have found a way to do it! We don’t have to miss seeing our favorite fall productions due to COVID-19! Thunder Ridge High School’s performance of Exhibit This will be held at an outdoor theatre—so bundle up and bring blankets! 

Exhibit This is a fast-paced collection of seven hilarious short plays and six monologues based on the exhibits at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. If museum exhibits don’t sound especially funny, you have to imagine them coming to life—sculptures, fertility gods, paintings leaping out of their frames—and then mixing with the museum guards, artists, art critics, and art patrons in the museum. This show was a #1 Pick of New York Magazine! Get your tickets and come see why!

Civic Green Park Amphitheatre, 9370 Ridgeline Blvd., Highlands Ranch
Fri./Sat., 6:00 p.m./ Sun., 1:00 p.m.
Tickets: $8-$10

Legend High School has chosen to livestream their fall production! When you purchase a ticket, you’ll receive instructions for how to stream the performance. Remember—it’s LIVE! You can’t rewind or rewatch it later!

Love/Sick is a darkly comedic collection of nine short plays that are slightly twisted and totally hilarious. It’s a Friday night in an alternative suburban reality, and the lovers and dreamers are trying to survive. This 80-minute performance explores the pain and joy that comes with being in love. It’s the perfect UNromantic comedy!

Livestream from Legendary Theatre Company, Parker
Fri./Sat./Sun., 7:00 p.m.; Sun., 2:00 p.m.
Tickets: $5-$20
Phone: 303-387-4500

Friday, November 6

Are you a Hunger Games fan? Put your knowledge to the test in this fun Quarantine(ish) Quiz Show from Douglas County Libraries! It’s FREE and online, so there’s no reason not to join! Brush up on your Hunger Games trivia and get ready to compete against other fans. Let the Games begin! May the odds be ever in your favor! 

DCL Online
7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Register: FREE
Phone: 303-791-7323

This fun activity combines swimming in a warm, indoor, salt-water pool while watching the popular Disney movie Frozen! There will be lifeguard supervision, as well as popcorn and a drink! One adult is admitted FREE for each paying child!

Dolphinz Swim School, 18920 E. Plaza Dr., Parker
7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Tickets: $10
Phone: 720-851-1524

Friday-Saturday, November 6-7

Check out this FREE indoor soccer class with one-hour sessions for different age groups! Castle Rock’s Soccer Buddies’ coaches teach soccer with an exciting energized twist to keep your child engaged, participating, and having fun the whole time!

Separate sessions will be held for the following age groups: 15 months – 3 years, 3-4 years, 4-6 years, and 7-12 years. When you register, check out the schedule for your child’s particular age group.

Miller Activity Complex, 1375 W. Plum Creek Pkwy., Castle Rock
Fri., 9:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.; Sat., 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Registration: FREE
Phone: 720-733-2222

Saturday, November 7

Enjoy breakfast with pilots as they land their small crafts outside the Exploration of Flight! A food truck will be on site where you can buy your favorite breakfast items and a cup of coffee. After conversing with the pilots, check out all the cool interactive exhibits in the museum!

Exploration of Flight, 13005 Wings Way, Englewood
8:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Tickets: $4-$10

Take a scenic run through the backcountry and complete a half-marathon at the same time! This 13.1-mile trail run covers the Douglas County East/West Trail and the beautiful Highlands Ranch Community Association’s Backcountry Wilderness Area trails.  You can also choose to run the race virtually in your own space!

Rocky Heights Middle School,11033 Monarch Blvd., Lone Tree
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Register: $45-$70
Phone: 303-471-7048

This steep off-trail hike, over four miles long, is guaranteed to challenge you! The reward is the beauty of Cherokee Ranch all around you and the chance to visit the  largest petrified woods in the state of Colorado! 

This guided hike is recommended for experienced hikers only. You’ll be trekking through game trails and rugged terrain to the highest point of this pristine land. Wear appropriate  hiking shoes and bring plenty of water. Ages 14 and older.

Cherokee Ranch & Castle, 6113 Daniels Park Rd., Sedalia
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Register: $35
Phone: 303-688-5555

Start your holiday shopping with an outdoor market comprised of more than 25 local artisans and small businesses. You’ll be able to browse a safe social distance and check out all the homemade items and gifts!  Food truck and coffee cart will also be onsite with delicious bites and hot coffee, cider, and cocoa available for purchase!

Grammy’s Peanut Brittle, 115 Corsair Cir., Parker
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Information: FREE

Time to take out the pie pans and get baking! Castle Rock’s annual Pie Bake-Off is open to all bakers, with prizes awarded in both adult and youth age brackets. Pies will be judged in two categories: fruit and non-fruit. Your pie will be assessed on appearance, crust, filling, and overall taste.

If you aren’t a baker, no worries! You can come to the competition for FREE and taste the pies! You can even bid on your favorite pies in the pie auction!

The Millhouse at Philip S. Miller Park, 1375 W. Plum Creek Pkwy., Castle Rock
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Register: $30 to enter; FREE to attend
Phone: 720-733-2222

Get a head-start on your holiday decorating ideas with the Holiday Maker Fest online class from Michael’s! You’ll find all kinds of inspiration for tree-decorating, decking the halls, and setting a beautiful holiday table. 

Make sure the kids are there, too—there will be projects they can help with, including a kids’ handprint ornament. When you register online, you’ll get a copy of the supplies list, so you can shop in advance and create the projects with the class in real time!

Online Michael’s Crafts
11:00 a.m.
Register: FREE

This live-streaming event from the Schoolhouse Theatre in Parker is an intimate performance of your favorite Broadway and movie show tunes! Ten talented performers will sing, dance, and act out songs from Disney classics to Broadway hits, including intricate acapella arrangements, engaging choreography, and show-stopping solos and duets.

The Schoolhouse Theatre, 19650 Mainstreet, Parker
7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $10

Sunday, November 8

Teenagers can take a virtual tour of colleges they are interested in and have questions answered by college representatives. There will be a wide selection of colleges and universities from around the world at this dynamic digital meeting space. 

NACAC Virtual College Fairs are a welcome beacon during an uncertain time and a reminder that thinking about and making plans for the future are still important. NACAC Virtual College Fairs inspire students to explore their options and to keep achieving their college dreams.

12:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Register: FREE

No Shortage of Activities in the Crystal Valley Area!

There’s no shortage of things to do near the master-planned community of Crystal Valley! You can get back to nature and still have easy access to all your favorite activities in the Castle Rock area. With beautiful model homes from D.R. Horton, Century Communities, Kauffman Homes, and Richmond American Homes, it’s easy to picture yourself in your own new home, priced from the $300s.


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