Parker News in a Hurry - Jan. 17


Chorale offers workshop

Children between the ages of 8 and 16 are invited to join the Colorado Children’s Chorale for a free performance workshop from 1-1:45 p.m. Jan. 19.

Children who attend the workshop will be given the opportunity to perform on the PACE Center Mainstage with the Children’s Chorale during their 2 p.m. show that day. The workshop is free for children, but registration is required. Tickets for the show start at $11.

Teen court has openings

Parker Teen Court provides area youth with an opportunity to get involved with the court system and earn community service hours. Teen court was started in an effort to involve Parker youth in the judicial process while offering appropriate sentencing for juvenile offenders. The program was designed to hold first-time juvenile misdemeanor offenders accountable while also providing a positive and educational experience through peer mentoring.

The program is now accepting teenagers who are interested in volunteering to serve as jurors, bailiffs and attorneys. Volunteer positions are available to youth 12-17 years old, and participants must be at least 14 to serve as attorney. Teens can use the time volunteered toward mandatory community service hours for graduation or honor societies. The time commitment can be as little as one evening per month with a training session held once a year. The cases heard in teen court are real, to include: assault, destruction of property, disorderly conduct, littering, petty theft, shoplifting and possession of alcohol, drug paraphernalia and/or marijuana.

An orientation will be from 5:30-7 p.m. Jan. 30 at Town Hall at 20120 E. Mainstreet. Interested teens and their parents are encouraged to attend. Applications are available online at Call 303-805-3171 or email for more information.F

Food drive beginning Jan. 19

Food drives are planned for 2013 in the Parker community to stock the shelves at the Parker Task Force.

On the scheduled Saturday in each given month, teams of volunteers solicit donations outside grocery stores in Parker from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. These volunteers hand out a “needs list” to customers entering the grocery stores. Additional volunteers work to sort and box the items in the conference room at the Parker Task Force office. On average, more than 300 cases of food are donated during each drive. The next food drive is scheduled for Jan. 19.

“Look for our volunteers outside of Safeway, King Soopers, Walmart and Dollar Tree, generally on the third Saturday of most months,” said Steve Budnack, chairman of the task force.

Those who want to volunteer for a food drive should contact the Parker Task Force at or at 303-841-3460. It welcomes youth organizations, service clubs, church groups and individuals.


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