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Weekend Diversions

POSTED March 16, 2017

After a week of the daily grind, it’s time for some weekend diversions in and around Crystal Valley and Castle Rock. You can celebrate St. Patrick’s Day (and government closures!), sing along to Carole King’s famous Grammy-winning hits or learn a new skill – from cooking to card-playing.  Wear your green proudly this weekend and as the Irish say, “May your home always be too small to hold all of your friends!”

Friday, March 17

DiversionSt. Patrick’s Day at the Ranch
The Castle at Cherokee Ranch in Sedalia will be transformed to the Blarney Castle in Ireland treating its guests to a night of Irish beats, a traditional Irish feast and even a Blarney Stone to kiss! And to commemorate the Emerald Isle as the birthplace of whiskey, or “water of life” in Gaelic, there will be a tasting of four select Irish whiskeys available for purchase at the bar!

Cherokee Ranch, 6113 N. Daniels Park Rd., Sedalia
6:00 p.m.
Tickets: $60
Phone: 303-688-5555

Ballet Ariel’s full-length Cinderella is the perfect evening of magic and wonder. Watch flower fairies dance with the coachmen, elegant ladies waltz and Cinderella as she captivates Prince Charming. The scene-stealing wicked stepsisters carry on wildly in a vain attempt to entice the Prince but are no match for Cinderella’s charm and grace.

The PACE Center, 20000 Pikes Peak Ave., Parker
7:00 p.m.
Tickets: $25
Phone: 303-805-6800

Friday-Saturday, March 17-18
Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, 30 Dale St., Colorado Springs
Fri., 6:00 p.m.; Sat., 1:00 p.m.
Tickets: $10-$20
Phone: 719-634-5581

Friday-Sunday, March 17-19

With such a fun cast of characters from Truvy’s beauty salon in Chinquapin, Louisiana, you’ll fall in love with all of them despite their quirks and verbal collisions – or maybe because of them. The play is hilarious diversion with knee-slapping one-liners, and ultimately touchingly memorable. You’ll be glad you spent the evening with Truvy, Miss Clairee, Ouiser and Shelby.

The PACE Center, 20000 Pikes Peak Ave., Parker
Fri./Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sat./Sun., 2:00 p.m.
Tickets: $7-$20

Tapestry: Tribute to Carole King faithfully recreates the glorious sound of a Carole King concert, leaving audiences with memories of the great music she wrote and recorded including You’ve Got a Friend, Natural Woman, It’s Too Late, So Far Away and I Feel the Earth Move. Don’t miss the journey honoring one of America’s most prolific and awarded singer-songwriters.

The PACE Center, 20000 Pikes Peak Ave., Parker
7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $40-$45

Friday, March 17

The legendary vocalist and two-time Grammy Award-winner of such hit songs as A Whole New World, If Ever You’re in My Arms Again and Tonight I Celebrate My Love performs a timeless mix of pop and soul favorites. With 20 albums to his credit and a broad palette of skills, Peabo Bryson may have been influenced by Sam Cooke, Billie Holiday and even Little Richard but he’s in a class of his own.

The PACE Center, 20000 Pikes Peak Ave., Parker
7:30 p.m.
Phone: 303-805-6800

Saturday, March 18

The Highlands Ranch Community Association has invited artisans and other vendors of handcrafted and commercial items from garments and accessories to jewelry, accent pieces and scrap-booking materials.

Eastridge Recreation Center. 9568 University Blvd., Highlands Ranch
9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

For an education and scenic diversion, sit back, relax and listen as Denver’s foundational history is told by Denver History Tours as well as members of the Castle Rock Historical Society and Museum. This spring bus tour will include one brief leg-stretching stop in the morning and one in the afternoon and one for lunch.  All trip participants will receive a box lunch from Tony’s and a souvenir Founding of Denver Guide Booklet from members of the Castle Rock Historical Society.

Castle Rock Museum, 420 Elbert St., Castle Rock
10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Cost: $45

Don’t miss the world’s largest indoor garage sale with 200 booths and thousands of deals for you to wander through.

Colorado Springs Event Center, 3960 Palmer Park Blvd., Colorado Springs
10:00 a.m.

For free diagnostic testing of your child’s hearing, vision, speech and motor skills in a fun carnival game setting, bring your wee ones to the Fairgrounds! Sponsored by the DC Parenting Coalition, this is a great opportunity to detect any emerging problems for early intervention!

Douglas County Fairgrounds/Kirk Hall, 500 Fairgrounds Dr., Castle Rock
11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Phone: 303-808-7432

A local organic farmer will educate and enlighten guests about the produce organic farmers harvest, why eating local benefits you and your family as well as the farmer and the environment.

Lone Tree Library, Event Hall, 1005 Library Way, Lone Tree
10:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

Does the lure of honey make you curious about bee-keeping? Well, you’re not alone! Join a roomful of adults who all want to learn all about the diversion of beekeeping with Rick Squires of Plan Bee Honey.

Parker Library/Event Hall A/B, 20105 Mainstreet, Parker
1:00-2:00 p.m.
Phone: 303-791-7323

They’ll still be celebrating the holiday for the Irish saint at the Cherokee Castle the day after! The tea includes a light meal, complete with scones and clotted cream, finger sandwiches, pastries and sweets. A tour of the castle is included, and you’ll be treated like royalty – as long as you wear your green!

Cherokee Ranch, 6113 N. Daniels Park Rd., Sedalia
1:00 p.m.
Tickets: $50
Phone: 303-688-5555

Calling all princesses, join the Outlets of Castle Rock’s Beauty Princess and her dashing prince for free pictures, face painting, giveaways and a chance to meet Miss Colorado, Shannon Patilla.

Outlets at Castle Rock, 5050 Factory Shops Blvd., Suite 437, Castle Rock
3:00-5:00 p.m.
Phone: 303-688-4495

Bring your favorite card game or drop in to learn a new one at the library. This weekend diversion is especially fun for the whole family.

Castle Pines Library/Event Hall, 360 Village Square Ln., Castle Pines
3:00 p.m.
Phone: 303-791-7323

She’s back! The award-winning musical artist will share the stories behind her music in as part of the Cherokee Castle series: Between the Lines: Musical Storytellers. Known for her indie-folk-alternative music, Gayle has written over 2,000 songs since the age of 8 and continues to add to her fan base since learning guitar at age 11.

Cherokee Ranch, 6113 N. Daniels Park Rd., Sedalia
6:30 p.m.
Tickets: $25
Phone: 303-688-5555

Monday, March 20

Drop-in any Monday to get started with your family research, discuss brick walls and dead ends. Free advice from experienced genealogists!

Philip S. Miller Library/CR Bank Room, 100 S. Wilcox, Castle Rock
10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Experts from Sticky Fingers Cooking will bring favorite books to life through delectable recipes for ages 6 to 12. During the five days of this weeklong camp kids will create two or more recipes based on: Green Eggs and Ham; Pancakes, Pancakes!; Dragons Love Tacos; Cat in the Hat; and Last Stop on Market Street! Be a Chef Camp will feed your child’s imagination through a hands-on, magical, literary and culinary experience. Call 303-791-7323 for more details.

Parker Library/Event Hall A/B, 20105 Mainstreet, Parker
Lone Tree Library, Event Hall, 1005 Library Way, Lone Tree
Castle Pines Library/Event Hall, 360 Village Square Ln., Castle Pines
9:00-12:30 p.m.
Cost: $150 for 5 days
Phone: 303-791-7323

We’re telling you now because these classes always sell out WAY in advance. If you want to explore Blanc of Blanc: Sauvignon Blanc & Chenin Blanc, The Curious Palate is will lead you in the exploration and comparison of varieties and regions, and learning what pleases your palate. In this class, you’ll sample the two grapes and learn just how different a blanc can be!

Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St., Colorado Springs
6:00-7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $30
Phone: 719-634-5583

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Our new homes are hot properties in the master-planned community of Crystal Valley in Castle Rock. The new home designs by Richmond American Homes are popular with discriminating home buyers, fans of downtown Castle Rock and outdoor enthusiasts. With a variety of styles in ranch or two-story models, the new collections are priced from the $300s.


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