Parting Shot

 Article and Photography  Arrowhead Golf Club   Hole #9 

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,    

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

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).

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…

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…

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.

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…

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

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

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]

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…

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…

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

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…

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.   

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

DIPG Fundraiser hosted by Juicy Burger & Dogs

Paul and Brooklynn Talbot, owners of Juicy Burger in Centennial, were honored to host a fundraiser for a little girl named Piper, who is battling Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG), a rare and incurable form of cancer. The Cure Starts Now helps to raise awareness and direct funding to necessary research with the hope of finding an effective treatment … Continued

Schomp BMW Cup at Ravenna

The Schomp BMW Cup is an upscale and premier annual invitation-only golf event, presented by Colorado AvidGolfer, with opportunities to win cash and prizes. The event resembles a private club Member/Member or Member/Guest experience. This year's Schomp BMW Cup took place on June 4 and 5 at The Club at Ravenna. Congratulations to champions Sandy King and Sarah … Continued

Highlands Ranch Beer Festival

In celebration of the thriving Colorado beer culture, the Highlands Ranch Community Association presented the 6th Annual Highlands Ranch Beer Festival on June 6. Live music, local and national breweries and lawn games were all a part of this festive this event. Photos by The Brewtography Project 

Juicy Burgers & Dogs

 Article Jami Vigil | Photography Raemi Vermiglio  THE FOOD  Just off Yosemite Street, Juicy Burgers & Dogs is seemingly nondescript—until you walk into the throwback restaurant and experience what many have declared the best hamburger and/or hotdog they have tasted—ever.

Pass the Papaya!

 Article Yvette Marquez-Sharpnack | Photography Jenna Sparks  Our Contributor Yvette Marquez-Sharpnack is the blogger, YouTuber, and recipe developer behind She is the co-author of Muy Bueno: Three Generations of Authentic Mexican Flavor and Latin Twist: Traditional & Modern Cocktails.   For more recipes, go to

Dude Food

Whether You’re Cooking for One or Cooking for Many, These Easy Dishes are Sure to Impress Anyone Gathered at Your Kitchen Table Article Nicolette Martin FRIED CHICKEN SANDWICH WITH JALAPEÑO SLAW   INGREDIENTS (SANDWICH)   1 cup all-purpose flour   1/2 teaspoon ground paprika   1/2 teaspoon garlic powder   Cayenne pepper, to taste   … Continued

The Leading Man

 Article Susan Gerstenzang | Photography Frankie Spontenelli  Josh Weidmann  Josh Weidmann, an author of four books and Senior Pastor at Grace Chapel, chuckles as he says that sometimes church members still call him “little Joshie”—Grace is the church he attended as a child.

Like Father, Like Son

 Article and Photography  Summer Activity: Swimming  "It's so refreshing and cool in the hot summer."

Pampering & Premium Scotch. Served Neat.

 Article Robin Bond | Photography Gina Khrestsov  When Jason King needs some “he” time away from the everyday grind, he heads to Scissors & Scotch.   

Total Body Armageddon Workout

 Article Ian Travis | Photography Raemi Vermiglio   Ian Travis is a personal trainer with the Highlands Ranch Community Association. He holds a bachelor's degree in kinesiology/exercise science and has been immersed in the fitness industry for 10 years. Travis specializes in several areas, including military & first-responder readiness, sports training, weight-loss and muscle-gain management, and general full-body conditioning.  Total Body…

Residence Inn by Marriott Ribbon Cutting

The new Residence Inn by Marriott Denver Southwest/Littleton Highlands Ranch celebrated their Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting in conjunction with the Highlands Ranch Chamber of Commerce on May 23. More than 80 attendees enjoyed a scavenger hunt that toured them through the new hotel as well as their sister hotel, the Courtyard by Marriott, across the street.

June 2018 Around Town

Tenth Annual 1940’s WWII Era Ball This summer marks a milestone anniversary for the 1940’s WWII Era Ball. The annual sell-out destination event will celebrate its tenth year of transporting guests back to simpler times through music, costumes, a pin-up girl contest, food, drinks and dancing. Returning for this momentous occasion is the world’s most … Continued

Make-A-Wish Event in Backcountry

Giving Backcountry kicked off their inaugural event by partnering with Make-A-Wish Colorado for a Derby Party on May 5 followed by an evening in Solstice Park on May 10 (pictured), to grant two-year-old Casen his wish of going to Disney World. Casen suffers from VACTERL syndrome, a disease that affects many body systems. More than … Continued

Making it Look Easy

The five men arrived at Elk Ridge Park in Castle Pines one after the other on a warm and sunny May morning. We greeted and formally introduced ourselves, then got right down to the business at hand: a photoshoot for this month’s main feature.   During the course of the shoot, I found myself grappling … Continued

Rock Bottom Opening

On May 10, Rock Bottom opened its Highlands Ranch location at 1505 Park Central Drive. “We’re excited to be open in Highlands Ranch and part of this great community,” says manager Jimmy Gibson. “We look forward to building relationships, regulars, and lots of memories at this beautiful location.”

Mother + Daughter Duet: Lisa and Erin Holsteen

 Article Jodi Michael Horner | Photography Raemi Vermiglio  Retro sunglasses  The Unlisted Market, $12,

Feminine Features

 Article Jodi Michael Horner | Photography Chayce Lanphear  The interior of the Westridge abode in Highlands Ranch was getting "really masculine," according to designer Trish Bonney. “I kept saying (to the wife) we have to put you in here, make it more feminine!”  

Movers + Shakers

 Article Susan Gerstenzang | Photography Gina Khrestsov  The Hotel Rep  Christine Fridlund

Old Québec City—a Touch of Europe North of the Border

 Article Fred W. Wright Jr.  Itching for a getaway from the familiar to the historic? And you would love to get to Europe except you don’t want to fly the Atlantic? No problem. Just head north to Québec City in Quebec.   

What Sixty Looks Like

 Article Dawson Butler | Photography Jodi Michael Horner    

Mothers, Mentors and Master Beds

May is an amalgam to me: part spring, part summer, part beginning—with more social gatherings and weddings on the horizon, and part ending—with school careers and graduations to attend. Despite its inherent momentum, it’s also a month for a bit of reflection with Mother’s Day, our chance to celebrate our own mothers and the women … Continued