Raising a Fight

Like many people staring down a milestone birthday, Bill Martin of Lone Tree wanted to greet his 50th in the best shape of his life. He grew up playing sports in El Paso and had kept in decent shape ever since, but he decided to kick it up a notch with a new routine: running the Bluffs with his dog…

Just Do 5 Things

The November issue of Highlands Ranch Lifestyle is all about giving. Sure, it’s about giving thanks and reflecting on our blessings—of course—because that’s what we do around Thanksgiving Day every year.

Worth the Wait

All in good time. How many times have we heard that and been not just a little frustrated? We don’t want to wait! In this fast-past world of ours it seems like we have to wait for everything: Our computer Our flight Our kids/spouse The boss The Thanksgiving turkey… Seems like nothing happens as quickly … Continued

November 2018 Around Town

Curtain Call at the Mansion The show, November 9 at the Highlands Ranch Mansion, promises to keep you thoroughly entertained and on your dancin’ toes! From swing to Latin rhythms, Tuxedo Junction will keep you dancing from the start of the night at 6:30 to the end at 8 p.m. This is a non-stop show … Continued

Bringing Compassion into Focus

 Service First  "My path to photography was really different than most," says Army veteran Brian Johnson of Brian Johnson Photo. "When I went to war, I took a couple of blasts from IEDs. I don't have much memory prior to 2005. I have images but not much recollection. Photos allow me to say, 'Yes, I was there.' I live vicariously through…

Ignite & Elevate: Women in Business Ignite the Power of You

More than 200 were in attendance at the CU South Campus for the Women in Business Ignite Day Conference on September 20. The keynote speaker was Kimberly Alexander of Kimberly Alexander, Inc.

The Allergy-Friendly Table

When you have kids with food allergies, you have to be extra careful and creative in what you prepare during the holidays. Often, our girls cannot eat much of what has been set out for a celebration, and the holiday spread can seem like a landmine field. One bite of pumpkin pie served with the spatula from the pecan pie could…

Leapin’ Lizards!

Winter is nearly here and the long hours of daylight have dwindled away (for now!) What's a parent to do with kids who need a minimum of an hour of daily activity? In two words: be deliberate.

Board & Brush hosts Women in Business

On October 2 Board & Brush Creative Studio hosted Women In Business. Board & Brush's goal is to turn people into "DIY masters" by educating them to understand and appreciate the beauty of raw materials—the wood, the knots, the color variations and the simple imperfections that will make each project unique. Ladies enjoyed appetizers and libations while connecting with other amazing women.

Elements Massage Ribbon Cutting

Elements Massage Lone Tree celebrated the grand opening of their new location in the south metro area on September 18. Guests enjoyed great snacks and beverages from Vibe Foods. Find them at 10008 Commons Street Suite 150, Lone Tree.   

Next Door in Highlands Ranch Grand Opening Party

Next Door American Eatery is now open in Highlands Ranch, the restaurant's sixth outpost in Colorado. The sneak peek opening on October 4 was filled with delicious, real food bites and kegged poured beer, cocktails and wine. Kimbal Musk, co-founder and Chairman, greeted guests and branded the new restaurant with a signature logo branding iron, bringing the community … Continued

Anchor Center for Blind Children Sunset in the Country Gala

Anchor Center for the Blind Children hosted its largest annual fundraiser event at the J-5 Equestrian Center in Littleton on September 22. More than 500 supporters and friends of Anchor Center attended this unique event. The gala included a silent auction, live auction, dinner, special guest speaker, video about Anchor Center, live entertainment, and dancing. This year … Continued

Chefs Dish

It's a wonderful thing that—right here in Highlands Ranch—you can get a chef’s own personal creation and join it with a wine pairing that complement your meal, or enjoy a bistro atmosphere where you can come as you are and have a party. We are very fortunate that we can—on any night of the week—go to a wonderful restaurant that creates memories that will…

Highlands Point Circuit

 Badlands Basher  8.5 miles / Singletrack   Intermediate 

Alternate Identities

October—when the younger set gets to binge on candy after trying out a new “identity,” be it a super hero or horror creature. And it’s not just the littles—seems like lots of folks like to try out an alter ego this time of year (could this be one reason for the popularity of cosplay?) But forming our “identity” … Continued

October 2018 Around Town

Harvest Week Save the date for the 9th annual Harvest Week hosted by EatDenver and The GrowHaus. Join six executive chefs October 7-11 to experience an exhilarating and unique culinary collaboration to celebrate farmers and chefs from all around Colorado. Each night, guests will come together to create a one-of-a-kind pop-up dinner at The GrowHaus. In addition to … Continued

Smokin Fins Grand Opening

In August Highlands Ranch welcomed a new Smokin Fins to the community. The restaurant is part of the Fins Concepts brand and features a unique menu blending fresh ocean seafood and sushi alongside house smoked specialties such as prime rib and slow-smoked pork. Find Smokin Fins at 1104 Cpl Max Donahue Ln, Suite 102, Highlands Ranch. 720.594.3467

No More Heartache

Dr. Steve Leonard is kind of a big deal in the world of pediatric cardiology. He's one of only five surgeons in the state who can perform a delicate and arduous surgery called “the Norwood”—a procedure for babies who don’t get enough oxygen into their bodies because of a malformed cardiopulmonary system. 

Real Estate IMPACT Breakfast

There was laughter and shared antidotes among the 150 attendees of the Real Estate IMPACT Breakfast held on August 24—sponsored largely by Colorado State University's Everett School for Real Estate, the City of Lone Tree, and hosted at Denver Marriott South. Topics included education about the incredible growth the South Metro has seen in recent years.

The Rhythm of Crested Butte

Crested Butte—where mountain biking originated and skiing reigns in the winter months—is also the destination for Coloradans who want to reset their rhythm in a hip, relaxing hideaway town.

One Beer, Two Beer…

Looking for some new Colorado beers to quaff at your next tailgate, barbecue or neighborhood game night? Wilson Seawright, beer specialist at Davidsons Beer, Wine, & Spirits in Highlands Ranch, has a few ideas for you. Among his favorite trends in 2018 are the growing number of craft lagers and pilsners (“People are looking to come down from the big…

Rev it Up

 Article Jodi Michael Horner | Photography Galina Khrestsov  We've got a slew of styles both new and classic to throttle your wardrobe this fall. Whether you enjoy the cozy hum of suede and shearling or the pedal to the metal with shiny fabrics,    

Parting Shot

 Article and Photography  Arrowhead Golf Club   Hole #9 

Time Travellers

September has always been one of my very favorite months—I can’t resist the excitement of transition. Admittedly, the impending cold temperatures are not my personal fave (although my husband the ski fanatic can’t wait!) Instead of high-octane skiing, I’ve found that fashion is my vehicle to keep my spirits up through the cold months and winter doldrums. Naturally, our September … Continued

September 2018 Around Town

Lannie Counts: The Greatest R&B Songs Ever Written Lannie Counts, star of Muscle Shoals: I’ll Take You There, returns with his stellar vocals in a performance packed full of the very best of Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, John Legend and more. The event will take place on Saturday, September 15 at 8 p.m. at the Lone Tree Arts Center. Tickets … Continued

Instagram à la Mode

 Article and Photography  We've harvested a fashionable crop of local Instagrammers for fall—their alluring styles range from classic to hip—so don't be surprised if you find yourself clicking "Follow"!  (place the following as a side bar or separate from introduction)

Music to the Eyes

 Article Jami Michael Vigil | Photography Chayce Lanphear  Growing up listening to the classical music of Tchaikovsky and jazz greats like Miles Davis, Brenda Gaughan never dreamed she would be applying the harmonic moods fostered by those influences into her craft as an impressionist artist. “Music is the quintessential component driving the direction of each piece,” Gaughan shares. “I always…

Wings Over the Rockies celebrates new facility with Harrison Ford

Wings Over the Rockies celebrated the grand opening of their new facility, Blue Sky Gallery on Friday, July 20. Actor and aviator Harrison Ford ceremonially cut the ribbon and addressed the attendees for the big event. The new facility is located at 13005 Wings Way, Englewood (near Centennial Airport).

Creating Italiano

 Article Greg Glasgow | Photography Raemi Vermiglio  When chef Brett Shaheen finally opened his own restaurant, he knew the one piece of equipment he absolutely needed in the kitchen: a flat-screen TV.   

Hawaiian Culture at the Highlands Ranch Douglas County Library

Douglas County Libraries in Highlands Ranch celebrated Hawaiian culture on Saturday, August 11. Nearly 200 guests enjoyed traditional hula performances, live ukulele music from a Rocky Mountain Ukulele Orchestra member, crafts and activities, and refreshments. The afternoon also included beginning ukulele lessons for aspiring musicians.  

Mile Hi Popcorn Grand Opening

South Metro Denver Chamber members Mayor Stephanie Piko, Centennial, and SMDC CEO Robert Golden gathered for the grand opening of Mile Hi Popcorn and Gifts in Centennial on Tuesday, July 31. This family-owned specialty shop features fresh-made daily popcorn, in a variety of flavors, that the entire family will love. Find them at 7475 E Arapahoe Road, Suite … Continued

Paws with Purpose

 Article Susan Gerstenzang | Photography Raemi Vermiglio  Corporal Todd Tucker jumped at the chance to join the Douglas County Sheriff’s K-9 unit in 2012, in part because he liked the idea of having a dog for his partner. And what a partnership it’s been. Zoos, an 8-year-old German Shepherd/Belgian Malinois mix, has faithfully been by Corporal Tucker’s side ever since,…

Lighter and Brighter

 Article Jami Vigil | Photography Madeleine Costa  With accolades that include an appearance on the Oprah Winfrey Show, one might think that interior designer Tonya Orlando would seem like she’s aways in a hurry. If she is, its completely undetectable. In person she is as inviting as the spaces she designs.   “I truly believe it all starts home,” Orlando…

Pints and Pups

 Article Jami Vigil | Photography Chayce Lanphear  We're deep into the dog-days of summer and in no hurry to see the end of long lazy days and cricket-sung nights. There's still plenty of time to venture out for a pint of beer and some comforting pub food, but that doesn’t mean Rover can’t tag along! Enter dog-friendly breweries and beer gardens with just…

Expert Says

 Article The Children's Hospital of Colorado  The start of a school year can be a challenging time for kids and parents with transitions from one grade to another, new teachers, bullying, social pressure and much more. With a little preparation and the right attitude, shifting from a laid-back summer to the routine of school doesn’t have to be difficult.  Ease…

Drink Pink

 Article Tina Witham  Three Roses to Try This Summer  Provencal Rose runs $15 and up, but it’s worth it to experience the benchmark of Rose. Chateau Lauzade is a good one to try.

The Wildcat “Figure Eight”

 Article and Photography  Wildcat Figure Eight  5.5 Miles / Clean Singletrack

Everybody Cut Loose!

One of my favorite parts of being an editor is attending the photo shoots. This month’s issue provided some adventure as we worked with dogs! And although trying to persuade dogs to look on cue is challenging, our models, true to form, were as persevering and compliant as the loyal companions they’re famous for being. Given the company, … Continued

August 2018 Around Town

Lannie Counts at the Lone Tree Arts Center Lannie Counts: The Greatest R&B Songs Ever Written Saturday, September 15, 2018 Main Stage Lannie Counts, who starred in Muscle Shoals: I’ll Take You There, returns with his stellar vocals in a performance packed full of the very best of Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, John Legend, Gene Chandler, … Continued

Highlands Ranch Fourth of July Celebration

The Highlands Ranch 4th of July Celebration hosted more than 12,000 people for an evening of music, games, food trucks, and—of course—fireworks! The rain deterred some from the event, but those that stuck it out were treated to a great fireworks show. UCHealth sponsored the event.

Lone Tree Fourth of July Celebration

To celebrate America's 241st birthday, Lone Tree was treated to a parade, music, games, face-painting and fireworks! All photo credits: Robert Horner

Spelling It Out

 Article Jodi Michael Horner  Newly minted high-school freshman Ankit Mukkamar has a way with words—or at the very least—spelling them correctly! He's attended the district spelling bee three times and made it to State twice. We caught up with the busy teen and asked him to share with us some of his favorite things.  Favorite thing about living in Highlands Ranch area?

Play the Part

What You Need to Create Unique Play Areas Perfect for Your Kiddos’ Unique Interests Nicolette Martin What do you want to be when you grow up? It’s a question we were all asked as kids—one that was so innocently answered with whatever our obsession of the week was. Maybe today your child wants to be … Continued

Triple Treat

 Article Angela Tyler  Got a front porch with potential or a patio that could use some refining? Here, locally-based interior designer Angela Tyler offers three themes to choose from and the how-to's for achieving each look.  [please place the following near the photo of Angela Tyler]

Sweet Chamonix

 Article and Photography Megan Colander  One of Chamonix’s most unique events features … Cow fighting. Each September, farmers from area villages bring their best cows to battle it out at the Combat des Reines—Battle of the Queens. While the cow fighting is amusing, it's really a day about friends and food, such as tartiflette with crozets, a local potato, sausage, reblochon and…

Fun in the Sun

 Article Brendan Harrington  Ah, summer… The kids are out of school. The days are long and beautiful. And there’s no end of merry to make. Whether you’re looking for an unforgettable family getaway close to home, community events right in your backyard, or an easy escape to nature, we’ve got you covered.   Here, four fantastic ideas for summer fun in…

In the Summer Spirit of Adventure—Safety First

 Article and Photography  Dr. Aaron Provance understands the need to get kids outside. In addition to being Medical Director of Pediatric Sports Medicine at The Children's Hospital of Colorado, he’s a seasoned outdoorsman and big advocate for getting kids into nature. He’s also a father of three-year-old triplets, so he’s realistic about what that entails.   

How To Play It

 Article and Photography  Bring your camera and your club to the tee. More than 50 feet below the back tee box, it plays 15-30 yards shorter, so club down. Play it safe to the front, or go for the pin on the top deck of the green. It's a majestic hole. But don't get distracted by the scenery as a precise shot is required to hit…

My Fellow Americans…

As we assembled the stories for our July issue, one word that kept coming up was “gratitude.” A quick turn of the pages and it’s easy to see how blessed we are—all of us—to live in the area we do, with all its offerings and opportunities (take a quick pass over the Calendar of Events and … Continued

July 2018 Around Town

The Watering Hole: Mating, Dating and Copulating 2.0 This popular event from 2017 is back, and we’ve discovered bigger really is better! Join us on July 12 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. for a titillating night exploring animal courtship, breeding behaviors and the lowdown on programs zoos use to ensure genetic diversity and healthy animal populations. … Continued