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Everyone loves a Renaissance Man (or Woman)

by | August 2nd, 2016

You know those engaging people who know something about everything? The ones with the hungry—and well-fed—minds that move the conversational needle way past how hot July was? Well, now the darling of the summer cocktail party can be you, thanks to this list of recreational/educational activities. Learn about aeronautics and space travel. How to change your bike tires. Go on a brewery tour. Become a Rockies expert. Try your hand at plein air painting. It’s just another month in BackCountry, the perfect jumping-off point for adventure.  

Cockpit Demo Day at Wings Over the Rockies-Aug. 6, 10am-2pm

If you’ve never visited this historic 150,000-square-foot, 1930s-era air and space museum, now is the time. On Cockpit Demo Day, you and your kids can climb aboard select Wings aircraft and get a pilot’s perspective of the instruments and controls. Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum houses a collection of more than 60 aircraft and space vehicles. Test your skills on their simulator, which allows you to pilot aircraft from WWII to Desert Storm, dogfight with your friends, and ride one of ten exhilarating simulated roller coasters. Tickets are $6-$9; children under 3 are free. Learn more.

2nd Annual BackCountry Bike Clinic-Aug. 6, 9am-12pm

With so many trails crisscrossing so much open space at BackCountry, biking is a very popular community pastime. Celebrate the outdoors lifestyle at this Family Bike Festival, featuring bike checks, mini clinics (how to change a tire, etc.), bike demos, prize giveaways, music, food, and adult and child bike riding clinics on the BackCountry trails. The skills clinics will be led again this year by Cindi Toepel of Energy Experience, a five-time World and 10-time National XTERRA Off-Road Champion. Clinic participants will receive a free breakfast. Please RSVP through BackCountryLife.org by Monday, August 1st.

BackCountry Biking

Colorado Rockies Game-Aug. 21, 2:10pm

There’s something magical about watching live baseball on a summer afternoon. Rekindle your passion for America’s pastime on a fun outing to Coors Field with your fellow BackCountry residents. Tuck into a catered picnic at the Platte River Picnic Area at Coors Field, which starts 90 minutes before the game. The menu includes hot dogs, bratwursts, salad, potato chips, cookies, and unlimited fountain sodas. Then, settle in for the game. RSVP through ActiveNet by July 22. Picnic is limited to the first 50 people, so register early. Infield club seats $62; right field box seats $28.

Coors Field

Brewery Tour-Aug. 27, 2pm-6pm

Crisp and clean. Malty and sweet. Hoppy and bitter. Find your beer soulmate—and learn what’s trending in craft beer—on this tasty BackCountry tour of three Denver breweries. Catch the party bus (with snacks and water) from the Sundial House with your friends and neighbors. The Brewery Tour will visit Prost Brewing in the Denver Highlands, Epic Brewing, and Great Divide Brewery & Tap Room in RiNo. Register through ActiveNet by August 19th; space is limited to the first 50 people. $30.

Art Afield at Cherokee Ranch and Castle-Aug. 31

Monet had to start somewhere. And with a Colorado meadow as your muse, who knows where this could go? Breathtaking Cherokee Ranch & Castle invites artists of all levels to paint in an open meadow north of the Highlands Ranch Conservation Area. Disappear into your canvas for the day, inspired by views extending from Pikes Peak to Longs Peak. Dress for the weather, come rain or shine, and bring a lunch, beverage, and art supplies. Tickets $20; beginning instruction available for an extra fee. Learn more. 

Cherokee Ranch Painting

Good things to do in April. (And not one of them involves your accountant.)

by | April 3rd, 2014

The only bad thing about the beautiful month of April is, of course, that headache right in the middle: Tax Day. But here in BackCountry, we can think of plenty of fun ways to procrastinate beforehand. And to celebrate afterward—without spending a lot of that (hopefully hefty) tax return coming your way.
Rooftop Coors Field
Rockies Home Opener! – Apr. 4, 2:10pm

Is there any more magical way to spend an April Friday afternoon? Welcome back the Colorado Rockies (and blessed spring itself) with friends—and maybe nachos and a cold one—at this season opening face-off with the Arizona Diamondbacks. Tickets start at $4. Learn more.

Home Expo – Apr. 11&12, 9am-5pm; Apr. 13, 9am-2pm

No need to schlep downtown—there’s a terrific home expo right in our own backyard at the Eastridge Recreation Center. Ideal for new homeowners, this event (sponsored by Décor and You) offers outstanding ideas for creating a style that’s uniquely yours through paint, window coverings, décor, and more. Meet with and be inspired by a wide range of suppliers showcasing all the latest home products and services. Prizes and giveaways. Free. Learn more.

Renew the Ranch – Apr. 12, 9am – 12pm

Here in BackCountry, we’re lucky to have gorgeous, natural open spaces right in our neighborhood. Let’s pitch in and keep all of Highlands Ranch looking good as we pick up trash at an old-fashioned, Saturday morning cleanup. Volunteers are needed! Contact Stacy Simonet at ssimonet@highlandsranch.org or 720-240-4909 for more information or to volunteer.

Easter Egg Hunt – Apr. 19, 10am sharp

Talk about family photo ops. A beautiful, grassy-green park. Brightly colored eggs. And the Easter Bunny himself. Bring your basket (and fast-running tennies) to collect all kinds of goodies to take home. The hunt is exclusive to children ages 1-11 years old. Come early—parking is limited and the hunt begins at 10am SHARP! Rain, snow, or shine, the event is held outside at Northridge Park. Free. Learn more.

Photo by Adam Bouska, courtesy of www.jodipicoult.com

Photo by Adam Bouska, courtesy of www.jodipicoult.com

An Evening with Jodi Picoult – Apr. 30, 7:30pm

Join author Jodi Picoult at The Wildlife Experience as she regales guests with the stories and inspiration behind her New York Times bestselling novels, such as My Sister’s Keeper, The Storyteller, and Lone Wolf. Picoult will sign books after her presentation. Books will be available for sale courtesy of the Tattered Cover Book Store. Sponsored by Douglas County Libraries, adults only. General Admission: $20; Private Book-Signing, Cocktail Reception, and Priority Seating: $60. Purchase tickets online. Learn more.

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