Parker News in a Hurry - Sept. 5

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‘Bingo’ coming to PACE stage

Audiences will have a whole new view of bingo after an upcoming performance at the Parker Arts, Culture and Events Center.

“Bingo: The Winning Musical” is described by the directors as a splashy, zippy, fun new musical comedy about a group of die-hard bingo players who let nothing get in the way of their weekly game. Best friends and bingo pals Vern, Honey and Patsy brave a terrible storm in order to attend the yearly celebration of the birth of bingo and tribute to its founder, Edwin S. Lowe. As the storm knocks out power at the Bingo Hall, Patsy and Honey remind each other of a night 15 years earlier that began in the same way. The lovable characters spring to life with a smart, funny script and bouncy, hummable score.

“Bingo: The Winning Musical” is in the main theater at the PACE Center for five shows, Sept. 12-15. Tickets start at $20 at PACEcenteronline.org, 303-805-6800 or at the PACE Center box office. Group discounts are available.

Woman gets to ‘teach it forward’

University of Phoenix recognized the accomplishments of Colorado 2013 Teacher of the Year Amanda Westenberg by providing her with the opportunity to “Teach Forward” a full-tuition scholarship to University of Phoenix.

Westenberg selected fellow book club member Cyndi Jamnik, of Parker, to receive the full-tuition scholarship. University of Phoenix provides each state’s teacher of the year the opportunity to teach forward a full-tuition scholarship.

Each teacher of the years nominates a fellow educator, community member or high school senior for a full-tuition scholarship that can be applied to an undergraduate or master’s degree program online or at any University of Phoenix campus.

After more than 15 years as a property manager, Jamnik will return to school to pursue a bachelor’s degree in business. With the knowledge gained through her education, Jamnik hopes to advance to a regional management position and continue to grow within her company.

“I hope to show my family and other mid-career professionals that it’s never too late to keep learning and expanding upon personal and professional goals,” Jamnik said.

DCSO unveils site to pay citations

In an effort to make it easier and more convenient for citizens to pay citations, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office has partnered with DocXchange, powered by www.openrecordsportal.com.

“DocXchange allows persons to easily and securely search for and locate the fine information related to their citation,” said Sheriff David A. Weaver. “Once found, they will be able to make their payments online using a credit or debit card, saving a considerable amount of time and effort. A small convenience fee is added to the online payment to cover the costs of processing the credit card and operating the system. As expensive as a gallon of gas has become, we think this will be a valuable and cost-effective convenience option for our citizens.”

The site also allows citizens to file public record requests. Additional services will be made available online through DocXchange in coming months. Douglas County is the first agency in the state to use DocXchange. Citizens who choose to do so will continue to have the option to come to the courthouse to pay citations.

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