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Explore Your Surroundings!

POSTED May 18, 2017

Have you explored your neighborhood and all that Crystal Valley, Castle Rock and the natural surrounds have offer?  This weekend you’ll find a performance by stunt dogs, free trolley tour, photography workshop and jets flying in formation! Check it out — we don’t want you to miss a thing! 

Thursday, May 18


Do you know a young, aspiring singer? Young Voices of Colorado, a leading children’s choir, is holding auditions for children in the second through 12th grades for the 2017-2018 season. The group offers outstanding music education in vocal technique, music theory, music history, sight reading, choral artistry and performance style. Weekly rehearsals lead to community performances, festivals and international travel. Two main concerts are performed each year in the Gates Concert Hall at the Newman Center for the Performing Arts. To sign up for a friendly audition, call 303-797-SING (7464) or visit the Young Voices website, and you’ll receive an audition time slot.

Young Voices of Colorado, 99 Inverness Drive East, Suite 150, Englewood
Phone: 303-797-7464


What could be more fun than reading to furry friends? Struggling readers practice and improve their skills by reading to specially-trained dogs. It’s a great confidence builder and fun, too. Please register for one 15-minute time slot and then check in at the welcome desk upon arrival.

Lone Tree Library, 10055 Library Way, Lone Tree
4:15 p.m.-5:15 p.m.
Phone: 303-791-7323

Friday-Saturday, May 19-20


The Highlands Ranch Cultural Affairs Association teams up with the Cutthroat Chapter of Trout Unlimited to teach women aged 16 and older the art of fly fishing. It’s the popular Ladies Fishing on the Fly series with one classroom session and an outdoor classroom and field trip. Expert Instructors teach the basics of fly fishing: casting, reading the water, entomology, conservation, tying, knots, landing and releasing, with plenty of hands-on practice.

Recreation Center at Eastridge, 9568 University Blvd., Highlands Ranch 
Cost: $30-$35
Fri., 6:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m. & Sat., 8:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Phone: 303-791-2500

Friday, May 19


This cast of performers and dogs will delight audiences of all ages, with high energy and comedic antics including some of the most incredible dance moves, big air stunts, athletic feats and tricks ever performed by dogs.
The show features a special “Golden Bone Showdown,” which is a series challenges that test each dog’s intelligence, speed, accuracy, and leaping ability. These talented celebrity dogs have been featured on Ellen and the Tonight Show with Jay Leno and in a variety of television specials. 

Parker Arts Culture and Events Center, 20000 Pikes Peak Ave., Parker
10:00 a.m.
Tickets: $35-$40
Phone: 303-805-6800


LANfest, sponsored by Intel™, organizes fun, video game tournaments for gamers, raises money for charity and creates an all-day, all-night gaming environment of fun for gamers. Register, create a log-in and then pay, pick a seat and get ready to play! 

Douglas County Fairgrounds, 500 Fairgrounds Rd., Castle Rock
Fri., 9:00a.m.-Sun., 6:00 p.m.
Tickets: $50
Phone: 970-481-4854


Michael Hornbuckle has a blues heritage thanks to his dad, bluesman Bobby Hornbuckle. Michael’s style is a blues/rock combo, reflecting a life of triumphs and tragedies, death, love and laughter.
Explore the entertaining tunes from Michael’s diverse catalog and hear the stories behind the songs. Reservations are required and include the performance, mini-castle tours, and a cash bar with snacks available for purchase. 

Cherokee Ranch, 6113 N. Daniels Park Rd., Sedalia
6:00 p.m.
Tickets: $25
Phone: 303-688-5555

Saturday, May 20

Professional photographer Jeff Johnson will teach an all-day workshop to help photographers tap into and channel their soul-sight and dig deep to find what moves and motivates their muse. The second half of the workshop will focus on digital tools like Lightroom and Photoshop. Register here for a $10 discount before the workshop.

Mountain Community Mennonite Church Facility, 643 Hwy 105, Palmer Lake
9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Cost: $79-$89


Come one, come all to the Free Trolley Tour of the Historic Craig and Gould neighborhoods of Castle Rock. Explore the history of the beautiful rhyolite houses and the people who used to call them home. Meet at the Castle Rock Museum to board the trolley.
Tour times are at 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and 2:00 p.m. and are approximately 45 minutes long. Reservations are recommended as seating is limited. Please call the museum to reserve a spot!

Castle Rock Museum, 420 Elbert St., Castle Rock
9:30, 10:30 & 11:30 a.m., 1:00 & 2:00 p.m.
Phone: 303-834-3164


This is a brand-new buddy-play version of The Odyssey based upon a song suggested by the audience! A castaway and a pirate will sail the seven seas as unlikely boat-mates, one seeking home and the other seeking fortune. The two will encounter fanciful beasts, landlubbers, and oceanic mysteries. Explore with performers how sound can function as a vehicle for the imagination in this Buntport Theater adaptation of The Odyssey.

Schoolhouse Theater, 19650 E. Mainstreet, Parker
10:00 a.m.
Tickets: $5
Phone: 303-805-6800


Calling all paper airplane enthusiasts! Explore the world of aerodynamics and test your skills while you compete with others in building paper airplanes! Register here.

Castle Pines Library, 360 Village Square Lane, Castle Pines
1:00-2:00 p.m.
Phone: 303-791-7323


The new Princess Series featuring a screening of Beauty and the Beast and movie-themed educational activities and a photo opportunity with a live princess. The beloved classic will roll on the Giant Screen, and all
guests will receive a party crown and wand.

With a slew of fun activities scheduled for princes and princesses, they can create their own magical adventure story, get lost in the woods on a scavenger hunt, make a keepsake rose, and learn to dance with Belle! Check out the fun and the food available at the Café for all the royals and their chauffer parents.

CU South Denver (formerly the Wildlife Experience), 10035 S. Peoria St., Lone Tree
3:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Tickets: $13 (plus food and snacks)
Phone: 303-315-9444


Children ages 4 through 8 and their families are invited to blast off for an evening of how-to training to become an astronaut! Register here to explore this astronomic astronaut event!

Parker Library, 20105 E. Mainstreet, Parker
6:00-8:00 p.m.
Phone: 303-791-7323

Sunday, May 21


Tri the Rock encourages kids to get out and give a triathlon a try. The day promises to be fun, challenging and rewarding with plenty of food and prizes. An annual youth triathlon for young athletes ages 5 to 14, beginners brand new to the sport are invited alongside seasoned competitive triathletes. Register online today.

Butterfield Crossing Park and Pool, 3952 Butterfield Crossing Dr., Castle Rock
8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Cost: $45
Phone: 303-511-4387


Grab the kids, your spouse and your sense of adventure for Family Game Night at the library! You can bring your favorite party game to play with your family or new friends, or, you can learn to play something completely new – to you!

Castle Pines Library, 360 Village Square Lane, Castle Pines
3:00-5:00 p.m.
Phone: 303-791-7323

Monday, May 22


Join other local chess enthusiasts for a friendly game of offensive and defensive moves and tactics. All levels beginning to advanced are welcome to drop in, practice, learn and explore tried and true and new techniques and strategies.

Philip S. Miller Library, 100 S. Wilcox St., Castle Rock
6:00-8:30 p.m.


It’s a mystery every month with the group of armchair detectives who enjoy a good crime thriller and mystery.

Lone Tree Library, Library Way, Lone Tree
6:30 p.m.
Phone: 303-791-7323

Tuesday, May 23


Calling all budding artists! Time to cultivate your inner Picasso with artists from the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art. These experts \will present a book for the kids to enjoy, then lead them in a literature-based art project. Registration is required for ages 6 to 12.

Lone Tree Library
4:30-5:30 p.m.

Wednesday, May 24


Looking for a fun way to spend your morning? Pack a picnic lunch and head to the Picnic-N-Planes (USAFA Graduation Day) to see and hear the roar of the legendary Thunderbirds! The flying unit, known as the U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, will fly low over the museum property. Bring your picnic lunch, cameras, and binoculars for an out-of-the-ordinary outing.

Western Museum of Mining and Industry, 225 North Gate Blvd., Colorado Springs 
9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
$5 suggested donation

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