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Weekend Highlight: WWII Documentary Screening

POSTED May 14, 2020

So many things to watch, do, learn and enjoy online and outdoors this weekend! One highlight is the moving true story available to view online for a limited time. Local heroes are documented in this popular tale of two WW II Airmen who were held in the same German prison camp but never met until 72 years later at a senior living facility in Denver. The documentary 25 Steps will be shown in a private online screening through the HRCA–don’t miss it!


Douglas County School District will be holding an interactive online meeting for parents, students, and community members about issues concerning the pandemic. You can view the Town Hall live, submit questions, and share success stories online. You can also watch a recorded version of the meeting later on DCSD’s YouTube channel.

Superintendent Thomas Tucker will host the meeting, with special guests Scott Cypers, Director of Stress and Anxiety programs at the Helen and Arthur E Johnson Depression Center; DCSD School Board Director Christina Ciancio-Schor; and DCSD Personalized Learning Officer Nancy Ingall. The topic of the Town Hall will be supporting social-emotional and mental health needs of all students, as well as serving students with special needs.

DougCoSchools Youtube Channel
5:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Cost: FREE

Thursday-Friday, May 14-15

Libraries may be closed, but the great services they provide are still here! The Storytime series for pre-school kids continues to help youngsters get a head start on the skills they need to be ready to read.

Kids will be doing the same five simple activities this series has always emphasized—reading, talking, writing, singing and playing—only online!

Douglas County Libraries Online
10:30 – 11:00 a.m. via Zoom
Cost: FREE

The popular WW II documentary that Highlands Ranch Community Association presents every year is back—only this year it’s online! Narrated by Peter Coyote, the film tells the tale of two US Air-Corpsmen that were held captive in a Northern Germany POW Camp at the same time, but did not meet until 72 years later at a senior living facility here in Denver, living a mere 25 steps apart.

When you buy your ticket for the private screening, a portion of these proceeds will go towards the American Veteran’s Shows efforts to save the Stalag Luft I Museum in Berlin, Germany. Unlimited viewing is available until May 15th for the family-friendly film.

HRCA and
Tickets: $2.99
Phone: 303-471-8898

Thursday-Sunday, May 14-17

Parker Parks and Recreations fitness classes come to you! These NEW virtual workouts are FREE and live for the first 100 attendees through Zoom. Choose your class then click on the Zoom link to join the Virtual Class! For those after the first 100, videos will be accessible for additional viewing through YouTube and Facebook.

Be sure to bring your water, towel, weights (soup cans, water bottles, or other ingenious substitutes), then clear some space and get ready to sweat!

Parker Recreation Online
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Cost: FREE

One of the best things about living in Colorado is the ability to get out into nature and away from crowds—it’s especially important now. But what do you do when the trails and parks get crowded? When you head out to your favorite trail, stay close to home and use the Colorado Trail App to make sure it’s safe.

Out There Colorado
Cost: FREE

Friday, May 15

Get ready for the weekend with the live-streaming event everyone is talking about! Every Friday, a new lineup of Colorado musicians, bands, and artists will be performing a concert you can tune into on Facebook or Instagram. Local artists and entertainers have been keeping the “live music” vibe alive—in your living room. This is one way to support your favorite entertainers in these difficult times while being uplifted by a message of positivity and safety. 

Rocky Mountain Virtual Music Festival
Starting at 10:00 a.m.
Cost: FREE (Tips for the bands appreciated)

Join Barnes & Noble’s virtual YA Book Club, celebrating debut authors! Today, meet author Monica Hesse as she appears LIVE, talking about her novel, They Went Left. From the B&N Instagram page: “As Zofia Lederman, a concentration camp refugee with an iron will, searches of her younger brother, her journey takes her through Poland and Germany where she meets fellow survivors seeking to rebuild their lives. But the deeper Zofia digs, the more impossible her search seems. This is a story of heartbreak, but it is also a story of choosing to love in the face of extraordinary pain. Zofia’s story is one that will remain with readers forever.”

Fans can find out more about the book and ask questions! For those who don’t know Monica’s work, check out her Facebook page. You’ll be 99 percent more likely to tune in — and try her book!

Barnes and Noble instagram
5:00 p.m.
Cost: FREE

Become a master bartender while isolating at home! The Art of Making Cocktails is a series of online classes from Highlands Ranch Community Association, to help you learn how to create craft cocktails that will impress! 

This week’s drink list includes the “Bloody Mary,” “Moscow Mule,” and “Red Panda” using Bear Creek Rye Vodka. Use the shopping list in advance so you can participate in the Zoom class as it’s going on. Pre-registration is required in order to get the Zoom link.

HRCA Online
5:00 p.m.
Registration: Free

Princess parties live on even in the time of a pandemic! Give your kids ages 1-10 a special treat with a LIVE interactive online party featuring royally enchanted princesses and character fun! Dress up in your best ballgowns, tiaras, and magical apparel to interact with other kids and fairy tale characters!

Royally Enchanted Online, Parker
7:00 p.m.
Registration: Free

Saturday, May 16

Plan a fun craft for the family and support local craftspeople at the same time! The Play Street Museum is offering curbside pickup for a variety of their pottery to purchase. You can browse online and buy which projects you’d like to paint, then drive by and get them in the curbside pick up!

Highlands Ranch Play Street Museum
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Cost: Prices vary by item

Sunday, May 17

When you shop at Farmer’s Markets this year, be sure you are practicing social distancing and wear a mask! Other safety precautions may be in place including widely-spaced tents and booths and an empty table separating you from the vendors. Otherwise, it will be the same delicious homemade baked goods, jams, honey, and of course a wide selection of fresh veggies and fruits! 

Town Center South, 9288 Dorchester St., Highlands Ranch
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Cost: FREE

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