Parker News in a Hurry - Sept. 12


Dakota Blonde concert at PACE

Local favorite Dakota Blonde is bringing its soulful music to Parker.

On the heels of the release of their newest CD, “The Love We Build,” Dakota Blonde will be performing at Parker’s PACE Center at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 20.

Dakota Blonde has received top honors for songwriting, CD projects and performances across the country. Tickets are $15 and are available online at or by calling the box office at 303-805-6800.

Punt, Pass, Kick tryouts slated

Your first step in getting to the nationals is to compete here in Parker. The NFL Punt, Pass and Kick tryouts will be held at the O’Brien Park ball field on Sept. 20 at 5:30 p.m. Top scorers may move on to the sectionals in October, the team championship in December and then on to the nationals.

Registration will be held the day of the event and a copy of your birth certificate must be presented and left at registration. Registration begins at 5:30 p.m. with the event starting at 6 p.m.

Boys and girls compete in separate divisions in five age groups: 6-7, 8-9, 10-11, 12-13, 14-15; determined by age as of Dec. 31, 2012. Tennis shoes are required footwear. The event is free of charge.  For more information contact Bob Bullock at 303.805.6311 or

Hunting Film Tour kicks off

The first showing in the Denver metro area of the Hunting Film Tour will occur at The Wildlife Experience Sept. 13.

The HFT is a traveling film festival that allows outdoor enthusiasts of all ages to enjoy story-driven content from hunting adventures around the globe. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Focused on highlighting conservation-minded athletes and adventures that share a remarkable outdoor story, the HFT includes films that capture the hunt using professional-grade cinematography, editing and music compilations. The movies include archery, muzzleloader and rifle hunts for both big game and waterfowl, filmed against stunning and remote natural backdrops, all of which will be shown on the big screen in crisp high definition.

The museum’s wildlife art galleries will also be open for viewing, including a last chance to see “Called to the Sporting Life,” an exhibit by renowned international sporting photographer Dusan Smetana. Doors, vendor booths and fine art galleries open at 5:30 p.m. with a cash bar, and the cafe will feature a special wild game menu. The film begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $12 in advance online or call 720-488-3344. For more information, visit

Quilt collection on display

Common Thread Quilt Club is exhibiting a collection of quilts made by their members to commemorate the Civil War. All quilts are made with authentic Civil War blocks, colors, and reproduction fabrics. The exhibit runs through Sept. 30 at the Parker Library. For further information, call 303-524-9890.

Common Thread Quilt Club of Parker was created in August 2004 as a social quilting group for local quilters. The group not only provides education and networking opportunities to its members, it also is dedicated to providing quilts for philanthropic causes. The club holds its regular meetings on the third Wednesday of each month. Anyone is welcome to attend; no RSVP is required.

Bands to rock showcase

The annual Douglas County Band Showcase will be at 5 p.m. Sept. 18 at Sports Authority Stadium in Parker, 11901 Newlin Gulch Blvd. Marching bands from nine schools will be performing, including Ponderosa, Chaparral, Highlands Ranch, Rock Canyon, Castle View, Mountain Vista, Legend, ThunderRidge and Douglas County.

Gates open at 4:30 p.m. and the cost is $2 for adults and $1 for students.  Concessions will be available with the proceeds going to help all the band programs. For more information, call 303-502-0245.

Math teacher honored

When you visit Kim Kehr’s school website, it’s easy to see what subject she is most passionate about.

“Math, the only subject that counts” is written in big bold letters. It’s that passion for math that has earned the Cimarron Middle School eighth-grade teacher Raytheon’s Math Hero Award. As part of its MathMovesU program, Raytheon honors effective math teachers, coaches or math event coordinators who go out of their way to help students learn math and find ways to instill a love for the subject.

The company looks for math instructors who are dedicated to improving math education and student participation. Kehr is among nearly 30 Math Heroes who will be honored this year, primarily in eight states where Raytheon is located, including Colorado. She will receive a $2,500 grant and Cimarron Middle School will receive a matching grant in the same amount. The Math Heroes have the opportunity to direct how the funds are spent.


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