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Nicole, Rian, Eric and Mason Woodard attended the Santa Cares event in Castle Rock on Dec. 9.

Event helps children with special needs

Mason Woodard hugged his father, Eric, on the porch of Santa's house in Castle Rock, nervously explaining he didn't want to go inside. The 4-year-old from Parker has autism, and the experience can be …

Bullying seminar helps teens 'see the upside to the downside'

About 250 parents and students got an unconventional take on bullying as part of an ongoing Healthy Teens Series. Parker Area Counselors for Prevention, a team of counselors from Douglas County …

Monkey Bizness to give away one year of free play

One family in need will get the gift of play this season. Monkey Bizness launched its community holiday drive A Wish for the Season, and one family will win a year of free play at both the Parker and …

Awards honor outstanding Douglas County teens

Douglas County teens who have overcome personal adversity and created positive change in their lives are recognized each year by the Douglas County Youth Initiative through its outstanding youth …

Crocs CEO Andrew Rees talks with Lone Tree Mayor Jackie Millet during a CU-South Denver seminar series Nov. 29.

Crocs CEO shares advice, rebranding of Colorado company

Crocs CEO Andrew Rees, sporting the new Crocs sneakers in casual dress attire, reflected the company's push to expand beyond its traditional clog style as he shared business insights in a fireside …
Education

Local officials: Incidents do not indicate larger racial issue in Douglas County schools

Authorities from the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and the Douglas County School District say two incidents — one involving a student fight and the other derogatory graffiti — at a Highlands …

Registration for 2019 art classes begins

The new year of Lessons and Lemonade art classes has been set and registration for January and February classes opened Dec. 1. The classes are sponsored by the Parker Artist Guild and are free to …

School board OKs concurrent enrollment at future facility

Plans are moving forward for a concurrent enrollment program that would allow Douglas County high school students to expedite a college degree or receive workforce training without leaving Castle …
Gross-Taylor

Q&A with schools' new chief academic officer

Douglas County School District Superintendent Thomas Tucker has hired a chief academic officer to oversee curriculum across the school district. Autonomy in the classroom will continue, Tucker said …
Sage Canyon Elementary School students Taden Espinosa, 8, and Celia Palazzolo, 8, make cards for families of College View Elementary, where 98 percent of students qualify for free or reduced lunches. Sage Canyon families collected enough items to provide a full Thanksgiving meal to 35 families at the Denver school.

Sage Canyon students help feed families in need

The week before Thanksgiving, Paula Bishop's third-grade classroom at Sage Canyon Elementary School in Castle Rock resembled a mini grocery store. Items for the perfect Thanksgiving meal — canned …
Business

10 gifts 'Made in Colorado' for the outdoor adventurer

Colorado is home to a plethora of outdoor activities, with enthusiasts spending their days camping, hiking, mountain biking, climbing, fly fishing or on the slopes. The state is also home to many …

Project aims to mitigate zooming costs of housing

The cost of housing in the Denver metro area has made it impossible for many Coloradans to afford a home. In the once-affordable suburb of Lakewood, for instance, online real estate marketplace …

As shopping season starts, so do new sales tax rules

The Colorado Department of Revenue enacted an emergency rule Sept. 26 that makes it mandatory for retailers in Colorado who ship goods out of their own jurisdiction to collect sales tax on the …
Park Meadows mall has been gearing up for the holiday shopping season. Its elaborate decorations and displays will be topped off with a 3-D light display on the outside of the mall and an interactive Santa display.

'It's our Super Bowl': Park Meadows gears up for holidays

The holiday shopping season is the busiest time of year for the Park Meadows mall. In November and December, 2.5 million people will visit the mall district. The mall reported about $196 million in …
The Amazon 4-Star store is made up of products with at least four-star ratings. Some products are curated specifically to products that trend well online in the area.

Amazon 4-star store opens at Park Meadows

Shoppers can go from browsing the latest technology to cookware to the hottest books in one brief stroll around the Amazon 4-Star outlet store, the newest attraction at Park Meadows mall in Lone …
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