Creative Expression

 Olive Moya  I don’t want (my art) to only exist in a gallery or museum setting to be viewed by those who generally venture into those types of spaces.  Olive Moya grew up Southern California and currently lives and works in Lone Tree. She received her BFA from Otis College of Art + Design in Los Angeles in 2011.

Curate: Local Love

Find love in all the local places. A surefire way to get gifts made with love is to shop small this Valentine’s Day. Featuring more than 60 local small shops, Curate Mercantile (formerly Unlisted Market) is stocked with gifts, accessories, fashion and home décor. The shop is located at 8242 South University Boulevard. After their recent relocation across the parking…

All You Need is Love—and Art

February is our month of art—making, collecting, admiring and learning. We love art because it gives us a glimpse of someone’s heart, the part of them we don’t see on the surface. We are all drawn to art in different ways. We like to look at and listen to art that makes us feel something, … Continued

February 2020 Around Town

Charcuterie Workshop Wondering what to do for your someone special on Valentine’s Day? Come to Fox Hill Farm and learn to master the art of the charcuterie board to wow your loved one for Valentine’s Day or make it an early date and come together! 6 p.m. Feb. 6. RSVP by calling 303-968-0731. Women, Wine … Continued

A Storybook Holiday: The Nutcracker

DCL's annual Storybook Holiday was a festive, Nutcracker-themed celebration. This year, the library hosted an evening event on Saturday, Dec. 7, and a brunch on Sunday, Dec. 8. Guests enjoyed great food and refreshments, plus performances of Nutcracker vignettes, caroling by the Victorian Carolers, visits with Santa, and more!

A Home For SoSu

An outdoor mall bustling with business and brand names just got a little more creative. The South Suburban Artist Collective — or SoSu for short — is a group of seven ambitious creators opened their workshop in the Streets of South Glenn in early August. 

Lone Tree Merry Days

On Dec. 6, revelers turned out for Lone Tree's Merry Days Holiday Tree Lighting and enjoyed holiday tunes from The Beverly Belles, a hot cocoa bar and s'mores. The event was hosted by the Lone Tree Arts Center Guild.

Play Street Grand Opening

Play Street Museum opened in Highlands Ranch in the Whole Foods shopping center on Dec 9. Play Street is a small-scale children’s museum designed to encourage a child’s sense of independence, exploration and creativity through play. Play Street is open from 9-5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and on weekend for special events.  

Lifestyle Holiday Party

On Dec. 18, Lifestyle Publishers Jeni Fleck and Joan Dameron, who own and operate Parker Lifestyle and Highlands Ranch/Lone Tree Lifestyle, celebrated the holidays with community partners, friends and readers at Rory's Diner, 11020 South Pikes Peak Drive.The event featured a toy drive to benefit the Ronald McDonald House in Aurora, organized by Farmers Insurance agent … Continued

Dressing For The Times

Animal prints and polka dots continue to be the hot fashion trend in spring 2020. And these easy work-to-date outfits from Mainstream Boutique in Highlands Ranch show how versatile they are.

Colorado Writers

Deb Margeson knows something about the best new titles hitting shelves. She is a Collection Development Librarian with Douglas County Libraries —she selects the fiction for DCL. Here, Deb shares great reads from Colorado authors.

Valentine Movie Night

Romance is in the air and stores are filled with roses and chocolates.

New Year, New Vibe

Enjoy these healthy recipes for a healthy New Year, courtesy of Shannon Weston, owner of Vibe Superfood in Lone Tree.

January 2020 Around Town

Play Street Museum There’s something new and exciting now open in Highlands Ranch — Play Street Museum! Geared to kids 8 and under, Play Street Museum is an interactive, small-format children’s museum that is designed to foster a child’s sense of independence and creativity through play. Offering open-play hours during the week, and special events … Continued

What’s In The Bag


Be Your Best Self in 2020

Five, Four, Three, Two, One! As we begin 2020, a new decade, we set goals for what we want our future selves to be like and look like. We take a glance back at where we have been and what we have done, and we try to remember to extend ourselves grace. January is a … Continued

Back the Backcountry Day

Back the Backcountry Day Party at Living the Dream Brewing Co. on Nov. 14. The party capped off a 14-day fundraiser for the Backcountry Conservation & Education Fund (a 501c3 nonprofit of the HRCA Backcountry Wilderness Area) and raised $11,353 from 120 supporters.

Highlands Ranch Veterans Day Celebration

The Highlands Ranch Metro District held its annual Veterans Day Celebration Nov. 11 at the Highlands Ranch Library. Sergeant First Class Harold Waterman with the Park Meadows Army Recruiting Office spoke about today’s military recruiting and his service to our nation. Natalie Tysdale of Channel 2 emceed the event.

Holiday at the Mansion

Thousands of people enjoyed the Highlands Ranch Metro District's annual Holiday Celebration at the Mansion on Dec. 7. The free community event included visits with Santa, choir performances from local elementary schools, local craft and gift vendors, self-guided tours of the Mansion, hayrides, games and more.

Holiday Block Party

On Dec. 3, Functional Strength Pilates, Cranelli's Restaurant, Blue Mist Salon, Trubucha, Lone Tree Gentle Dental and Positively Whole Health hosted its Holiday Block Party.   1. Lija Fisher discussing her most recent children's book with a guest 2. Desiree Sanchez and Christie Edwards  3. Blue Mist Salon group photo 4. Staff and clients at Functional Strength Pilates 

Experience The Ranchlands

As ranch manager for Ranchlands, Kate Matheson wakes up every morning to a view of the majestic Sangre de Cristo peaks out one window and the Great Sand Dunes National Park out the other.

Floating into the New Year

Wendy Skaalerud is the owner of Inngi Float Spa in Highlands Ranch, along with her husband, Erik. They also own Capital Lending Solutions. Wendy and Erik were co-owners and operating mangers of seven Orangetheory Fitness studios in the Colorado region. She participates in multiple philanthropic ventures including her own Give Well Foundation.

Unplugged Serenity

Between being a busy mom, wife, business owner and volunteer, sometimes I'm incredibly grateful I designed my bathroom as a ‘serene mini getaway-scape’. Here are some tips to create your place of solace and self-care.

Reduce Annual Income Taxes and Save for Retirement

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A Very Winter Wedding

Part of living in the gorgeous state of Colorado means we experience all four seasons and all the distinctive qualities that come along with each one. In the world of Colorado weddings, summer and fall are the dominant seasons. With warm days, crisp evenings and enchanting foliage that changes colors with each month, it’s easy to see why so many…

Gift-Giving Guide

 For Her  1. Guided fly fishing package, Minturn Anglers, 8353 Willow St. D, Lone Tree  2. Tio y Tia, The Gambler hat, $195,

Through the Eyes of a Child

As the saying goes, time flies when you’re having fun. And time sure has flown by this year as we can’t believe we’ve put together the fifth issue of Highlands Ranch Lifestyle after relaunching in August! It seems like just yesterday we were talking about resolutions and renewal for 2019 and yet, here we are, almost time … Continued

Fall for a Cure

Fall for a Cure, organized by Megan Bugle of Highlands Ranch,  was held Oct. 18 at Cielo at Castle Pines. More than 150 people helped raise over $13,000 for the nonprofit organization NF2 BioSolutions and gene therapy research. NF2 is a disorder that allows tumors to grow throughout the neurological system.  Photography by Kaitlyn Parker of KP Photography

Clay Lacy Flight Ramp

In September, Wings Over the Rockies unveiled the “Clay Lacy Field of Dreams Flight Ramp” at Boeing Blue Sky Aviation Gallery at Exploration of Flight. The ramp was named after generous donor Clay Lacy, who has piloted aircraft for more than 55,000 hours. The ramp will accommodate additional flight activities at the aviation gallery near Centennial … Continued

Hide in Plain Sight Gala

The Hide in Plain Sight Gala was held on Nov. 1 to raise money for the nonprofit organization that supports  Photography by Sweetin Photography

December 2019 Around Town

Spreading Wings Gala Colorado nonprofit Wings Over the Rockies is pleased to announce Captain “Sully” Sullenberger as the recipient of its 2019 Spreading Wings Award and will present the award at its Spreading Wings Gala on Dec. 5. After logging more than 20,000 hours of flight time, Sullenberger became internationally renowned on Jan. 15, 2009, when … Continued

Building Up Nations

“Life is not about how much money you make and the stuff you have. It is about the impact you can have on other’s lives and the opportunities you can create for them.” –Andrew Clough

A Punch for Every Party

 For Ladies Brunch  Christmas Champagne Punch  Ingredients

Bunkbeds for a Cause

On a business trip to Idaho in 2018, Jim Freeman of Highlands Ranch participated in a customer's community service day. It was an assembly-line gathering to build basic twin-size beds made from donated lumber, hardware and other building supplies.

A Table Set for Thanksgiving

It’s time for Thanksgiving, one of the biggest events to happen in your dining room all year. With a little bit of planning and creativity, you can make a stunning table centerpiece worthy of the big day.


Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice On Love and Life from Dear Sugar by Cheryl Strayed


“I am grateful that my horizons were not narrowed at the outset.” —Jessye Norman As November rolls around, we’re eagerly awaiting the approach of Thanksgiving, the holiday season and time spent with our loved ones. The winding down of the year always brings about a time of reflection for us—remembering everything we’ve done or accomplished in … Continued

November 2019 Around Town

Ranchlands Art Show Ranchlands is hosting its annual art retrospective premiere at 6 p.m., Nov. 21, at The Nature Conservancy, 3575 Ringsby Court, Suite 428, Denver. Ranchlands is a Colorado ranching company preserving ecosystems and ranching heritage on a profitable basis. Its properties include the Chico Basin Ranch near Colorado Springs and Medano Zapata Ranch, next to the Great Sand … Continued

Flight to Luxury

The 10th annual Flight to Luxury fundraiser was held Sept. 13 at the Centennial Airport to raise money for PIVOT, the Colorado nonprofit founded by John Elway, Larry Mueller and George Solich. Guests were feted with a fashion show, cuisine from top restaurants, a silent and live auction and live entertainment. Photography by Jensen Sutta​

Jodi Picoult Event

Bestselling author Jodi Picoult presented her newest novel, A Spark of Light, to a packed room of about 800 at CU South Denver in Lone Tree Sept. 24. Local novelist Eleanor Brown moderated a Q&A session with Jodi before attendees had the opportunity for photos with Jodi. This event was sponsored by the Douglas County Libraries.  Photography by Hutch … Continued


The Highlands Ranch Community Association's Oktoberfest Celebration and 5K was held at Town Center South Sept. 21. There were stein hoisting contests, dachshund races and a costume contest for all dogs, among other events.

Denver Barn Party

The Denver Active 20-30 Children's Foundation hosted its annual fundraiser, the 2019 Denver Barn Party presented by Noble Energy, with special music performance by country music artist Chris Janson Sept. 28. The event was held at The Barns at Polo Reserve in Littleton.

Cozy Up Your Home

Take a cue from the Scandinavian concept of hygge and welcome the transition of summer to autumn with a relaxing refresh Pumpkin spice, apple cinnamon and a hot cup of cocoa. Fall is all about getting warm and comfy as a chill hits the air—preparing yourself for winter, and cherishing those final moments of summer.  … Continued

Shelter from the Storm

Zack took his oath to serve our community very seriously. It wasn’t just some cliche or box to check to him. He felt and lived it with every fiber of his being. I firmly believe that I’m called to pick up the torch Zack carried and continue my husband’s legacy by serving those who were like him—like us. 

Guest Room Redefined

When Carla Thomas’ son left for prep school in August, she had an opportunity to refresh his bedroom, opening it up for the occasional houseguest.

Our Wild Place

It all started with a pony ride, a trip around a round pen on an early June afternoon at the Backcountry Wilderness Area Base Camp. Three-year-old Ashley Wellen watched from outside the horse panels as her twin sister, Whitney, confidently sat atop the saddle and Cabo the pony walked. When Ashley’s turn came, the kid who feared everything from ladybugs to…

A Flavorful Beginning

When The Laszlo Hotel opens in Parker next month, Leah Everleigh, executive chef, will oversee operations on the three on-site restaurants. The Philippines native says she always offers Filipino favorites on the Thanksgiving menu, such as lumpia, which are Filipino egg rolls, and chicken adobo, the Filipino national dish. But, she loves traditional Thanksgiving fare. Here, she shares a traditional starter—bacon butternut…

Food, Glorious Food

Are you hungry, Highlands Ranch and Lone Tree? We’re sure you will be when you read—or should we say devour—this issue, the most drool-worthy one of the year: the Foodie issue! We spent the last few months scouring the streets in search of the most delicious bites both near and far, and we found more … Continued

October 2019 Around Town

Human Library Event Douglas County Libraries is thrilled to bring the popular Human Library back to its Castle Rock location in 2020 and is currently recruiting new “human books” for the event.  DCL is seeking community members who have personal stories to tell and who would like to connect with their neighbors through an afternoon of … Continued

Highlands Ranch Lifestyle Launch Party

On Sept. 7, community partners, contributors and friends joined publishers Jeni Fleck and Joan Dameron for the Highlands Ranch Lifestyle Launch Party at the Old Blinking Light restaurant. August was the premiere issue for the publishers, who also own Parker Lifestyle, both of which are part of Lifestyle Publications.