Parker News in a Hurry - Oct. 17


Nursing/rehab center honored

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services named a Parker skilled nursing and rehab center as a “five-star facility.”

Life Care Center of Stonegate’s recent designation is the highest on the CMS ratings system, which is designed to assist the public in choosing care for their loved ones. It calculates ratings based on the results of health inspections, and staffing and quality measures, including pain management, weight loss and number of medications used.

“The whole team was very excited to hear the news that we received a five-star rating from CMS, especially since we achieved it in our first year that we were eligible,” said Jarom Eberhard, executive director of Life Care Center of Stonegate. “It took a lot of hard work and dedication from all our staff. Our team has grown a lot over this first year, and we are eager to see what we will be able to do in the future.”

Located at 15720 Garden Plaza Drive, Life Care Center of Stonegate is one of 22 skilled nursing and rehab facilities in Colorado managed or operated by Life Care Centers of America. Life Care, a Tennessee-based organization, operates or manages more than 220 nursing, post-acute and Alzheimer’s centers in 28 states.

Warren Miller film coming to PACE Center

Warren Miller’s 64th feature film, “Ticket to Ride,” hits select Colorado theaters in November, and the Parker Arts, Culture and Events Center is among the tour stops.

The latest film in the series — featuring U.S. Olympians Gretchen Bleiler, Julia Mancuso, Tommy Moe and Seth Westcott — is coming to the PACE Center Nov. 20. It will also be shown at the Lone Tree Arts Center Nov. 25-27, Lakewood Cultural Center Nov. 13, and the Paramount Theater in Denver Nov. 21-23.

The Warren Miller Entertainment installment is being billed as “the perfect early-season outlet for Team USA fever” in anticipation of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games beginning in February.

Fright Night howls into Fieldhouse

The town is welcoming ghastly ghouls, spooky spirits and wicked witches to the 2013 Fieldhouse Fright Night. The Halloween event is for families, adults and kids from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Oct. 26 at the Parker Fieldhouse, 18700 E. Plaza Drive in Parker. The cost is $6, and attendees can get $1 off with a canned food donation.

Fieldhouse Fright Night will celebrate Halloween with the Spook Skate (bring your own skates), Rock’n Halloween at the climbing wall and a haunted house. Games will entertain kids and BOOM Sports on the turf for ages 18 months to 10 years will keep them moving. Children can collect candy and play games in the “Scream Rooms” off of Trick-or-Treat Street. Costume contests will be broken down into age groups, and kids with the scariest, cutest or most original costumes will win prizes. Drawings, concessions, vendors and games will all be a part of the Halloween event.

Fieldhouse Fright Night isn’t just for kids. Registration is currently open for the annual Adult Dodgeball Tournament and the fee is $40 per team, which includes a two-game guarantee, costume contest and a night of fun. Teams are coed so one female must be playing at all times. Costumes are highly encouraged and the team with the most creative costumes will be awarded the best costume prize. To register, contact 303-805-6308 or email For more information, visit or contact events supervisor Brenda Mooney at 303-805-6309 or email

‘Shop Parker’ program set to launch

The Town of Parker announced a new initiative aimed at encouraging residents and visitors to support local businesses.

The “Shop Parker” program will create awareness in the community about the benefits of keeping sales tax dollars inside the town’s boundaries. A statement from the town says the results of local commerce have been extremely favorable to the community because Parker boasts some of the area’s best public amenities, including state-of-the-art recreational facilities, numerous parks and trails and community events.

In the coming months, window stickers on storefronts of local businesses will indicate those who have adopted the “Shop Parker” cause. Those who shop locally take an active role in growing the Parker community, as area businesses pump dollars back into the local economy through taxes, payroll and purchases.

“It means more money for new jobs, improved roads and other important services. This process is not limited to dollars spent at locally owned or independent retailers. Shopping at all Parker businesses makes a positive impact on the economy, and the town is committed to supporting all aspects of local commerce,” the statement says.

Parker girl selected for pageant

Laelle Covington, of Parker, was recently selected to participate in the 2014 Miss Jr. Pre-Teen Denver/Colorado Springs pageant competition that will take place on Oct. 20. Laelle learned of her acceptance into this year's competition when the pageant announced their selections following interviews in the Denver/Colorado Springs area.

Laelle will be competing for a share of thousands of dollars in prizes and specialty gifts that will be distributed to contestants. Laelle will be competing in the Miss Jr. Pre-Teen division, one of four divisions that will have young ladies ages of 7 and 19 competing in modeling routines, which include casual wear and formal wear. Most important, Laelle will display her personality and interviewing skills while interviewing with this year's Denver/Colorado Springs judging panel. Personality is the number one aspect that each contestant is judged on during all phases of competition.

If Laelle were to win the title of Miss Jr. Pre-Teen Denver/Colorado Springs, she would represent Denver/Colorado Springs and the surrounding communities at a national competition in Orlando, Fla. More than $30,000 in prizes and awards will be presented at the competition.


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