Around Town 10

Metro District’s Ice Cream Social

The Highlands Ranch Metro District’s annual Ice Cream Social is a sure fire way to beat the heat this summer. The event is Wednesday, July 9 from 6 p.m.– 9 p.m. at Civic Green Park in Highlands Ranch. Kids and adults alike can scoop up some ice cream, pour on the toppings and enjoy a summer treat at the park. The event, which has become a summer tradition for many families in the community, features all-you-can-eat ice cream and snow cones for $2. All proceeds from wrist-band sales will go to the Highlands Ranch Park and Recreation Foundation.

Food and drink will be available for purchase and a variety of local vendors will offer family-friendly products and services. Live entertainment will include a performance by entertainer Paul Borrillo and music by the Highlands Ranch Concert Band and Swing Shift Band. Littleton Fire Rescue will have a fire engine and a medic unit on display and will perform an extrication demonstration with the jaws of life equipment. This event is sponsored by the Highlands Ranch Metro District, Littleton Fire Rescue and Safeway. Civic Green Park is located on 9370 Ridgeline Blvd., near the Highlands Ranch Library. Free event parking is available nearby at the Highlands Ranch Town Center and the RTD park-n-Ride lot.

Breckenridge International 
Festival of Arts

Breckenridge International Festival of Arts returns August 12–21, 2016. Highlights include L’Homme Cirque, Maya Beiser, Calexico, and The Moth Mainstage with Colorado premieres by John Luther Adams, Elizabeth Streb, Close-Act Theatre, Tasha Lewis and more.

From a human cannonball and 18-foot stilt-walking dinosaurs to public radio storytellers and swarms of colorful butterflies, BIFA offers an exhilarating program of extraordinary events in spectacular places and spaces across Breckenridge, Colorado. Inspired by themes of environment and mountain culture, the 10-day festival brings together a variety of performances, exhibitions, screenings, workshops, talks and surprise collaborations, with an eclectic mix of music, dance, film, visual arts and family entertainment.

Dozens of scheduled events, indoors and outdoors, ticketed and free, are showcased at venues and sites throughout town. Tickets for festival events go on sale on Monday, June 13 and may be purchased in person at the Riverwalk Center Ticket Office at 150 W. Adams Avenue, by phone at 970.547.3100 or online at

Volunteers wanted!

Do you like to get involved in your local community, or need volunteer hours for school? The Highlands Ranch Metro District is looking for volunteers to help at the annual Household Chemical Roundup Saturday, August 16. The annual event in Highlands Ranch is presented by Tri-County Health Department in partnership with the Metro District and Centennial Water and Sanitation District. The event provides an opportunity for Highlands Ranch residents to dispose of hazardous chemicals from their homes, sheds and garages in a safe, legal, and environmentally-sound manner. The chemical roundup provides an outlet for wastes that might otherwise end up in our creeks, stormwater systems, sanitary sewers, or be disposed of illegally on public or private property.

The Household Chemical Roundup is a very popular event. Volunteers are needed to help with registration, unloading items from vehicles, traffic control, sorting, and more. Help is needed beginning at 7 a.m. until the event ends at 3 p.m. You can volunteer for the entire event, or for the first or second shift from 7 a.m. – noon, or 11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Sports teams, church groups, school groups, and community organizations are encouraged to sign up. The minimum age to volunteer is 14 with a parent’s permission. For more information or to volunteer, contact Kari Larese at 720-240-4909 or