Castle Rock Rec Center 80’s Night

For the last 3 decades, the Recreation Center in Castle Rock has been an ideal spot for Castle Rock residents to gather, socialize, get a great work out in, and watch their kids play sports. Traditionally, pearls are the gift to give on one’s 30th anniversary. Well, forget that! To mark this monumental milestone, Castle Rock is going to back to the eighties and the entire Castle Rock community is invited to join the celebration. So fire up those leg warmers and straighten up those shoulder pads, this celebration is about to get totally tubular!

On Thursday, October 11th, beginning at 5:30pm, come dressed in your 80’s best for this absolutely FREE family-friendly event to celebrate the Castle Rock Recreation Center turning 30. Prizes will be awarded for best dressed familes, so bust out that neon, Velcro up those Reeboks and layer those bangles on your arm to be a contender for, like, totally best dressed! In addition to the throw-back wardrobe choices, there will be plenty of 80’s themed activities to try out, like arcade games and pinball, and you can help yourself to free hot dogs and drinks! Additional food will be available to purchase as well. You can work out to work off those calories at some rad 80’s themed aerobics demo classes.
There will be iconic 80’s icon impersonators mingling at the party as well as an LED music video wall and Colorado Movie Cars will be cruisin’ over with some of their 80s iconic cars.

If that weren’t enough, get ready to do your best “Truffle Shuffle” because “Goonies Never Say Die!” Bring your swimsuit and towel and enjoy this 80’s cult movie classic by the leisure pool. This is going to be one righteous party, you won’t want to miss it!

Thursday, Oct. 11
5:30-8:00 p.m.
Castle Rock Recreation Center – 2301 Woodlands Blvd.
*Admission to the Rec Center is free from 5:00pm to close

26th Annual Castle Rock Craft Show Extraordinaire

At no other time in a person’s life is there as much isolation as during their senior years, as many may be living alone for the first time. Simultaneously, at no other time in a person’s life do they have as much free time as during their senior years; after time spent raising families and working in demanding careers come to an end, many retirees are left wondering, what’s next? The Castle Rock Senior Activity Center has the answer to that question; they exist to bring seniors together.

The Center wants to ensure that people are neither isolated nor idle. They bring seniors together, creating lifelong bonds, and providing outlets for their talents and interests, helping them develop new interests along the way. The face of today’s senior living is changing, and the Castle Rock Senior Activity Center strives to provide programming to meet those ever-changing, diverse needs. The stereotypical scene of a senior sitting back in their rocking chair, passing the time, no longer exists. Today’s seniors want to be enjoying their Colorado retirement doing things like golfing, whitewater rafting, learning a new skill or hobby or may want to give back by volunteering. Some seniors may find themselves in need of hot meal programs because cooking isn’t something they want to do anymore, may desire some low impact exercise programs or just want to visit about what’s going on in the world with their friends. Some may have given up driving and are in need of transportation services. All of these activities, services and much more can be found at the Castle Rock Senior Activity Center. They now boast over 1000 members enjoying, on average, 150 activities a month offered through the Center!

A fantastic way to support the incredibly important job the Center does is to plan on attending the biggest craft event in the Castle Rock area. Mark your calendars for Saturday, November 3rd, for the 26th Annual Castle Rock Craft Show Extraordinaire at the Douglas County Events Center at the Fairgrounds in Castle Rock. This annual holiday shopping season kick off features 150+ vendors selling unique and handmade items, plus door prizes, silent auction, wreath auction, “Grandma’s Attic,” “Grandma’s Kitchen” and much more. You’ll be sure to find a little something for everyone on your shopping list. The best part about this incredible shopping event is that proceeds from the 26th Annual Craft Show directly benefit local senior citizens through the Castle Rock Senior Activity Center.

Nearly 50 years ago, a small group of people started a small Senior Center in Castle Rock. That has since evolved into The Castle Rock Senior Center, a nonprofit organization working to improve the quality of life of our senior residents. The Center is incredibly grateful for the community’s support and they look forward to seeing you at the Craft Show on November 3rd!

26th Annual Castle Rock Craft Show Extraordinaire
Saturday, November 3rd
Douglas County Events CenteR

Due to the popularity of this event, the Castle Rock Senior Center has filled their vendor booths for the 2018 Castle Rock Craft Show Extraordinaire! If you would like to be placed on the vendor wait list for 2019, please email your information to


This area has no shortage of opportunities to participate in races through the beautiful trails and spaces right in our own backyards. Very few also the opportunity to allow the participants to give back to those who have given so much. On Saturday, October 27th, the Douglas County Veterans Monument Foundation is extremely proud to present VetFest, a 5K/10K race and Street Party in the heart of downtown Castle Rock in Festival Park. Last year, the first VetFest race was a such a huge success, organizers decided to make this year’s event even better, and have added the Street Party, which will carry on throughout the day.

The racers will get their start in the 5 & 10K events at 10am. For those runners who are active duty military, veterans or first responders, be sure to use promo code SERVE to save $5 on your registration. Active and veteran military are also encouraged to join the Armed Forces Run Off and select “Join an Existing Team” at registration. Choose your branch and which comes out on top on race day! Awards for the top three male and female finishers will also be announced t the finish line.

Registration for the 5K is $35 and $40 for the 10K, if racers sign up before October 26th. If you miss the chance to register early, you can still sign up on race day for just $5 more. Best part is that all proceeds will go directly to local veterans in need. With the Veterans Monument completed, the Foundation goal is to be a valuable resource that directly supports our hometown heroes, our local veterans. Currently, they are accepting applications for their new Veterans Assistance Grant Program. This program is designed to assist in ADA home modifications, funeral expenses, service dogs and filling the void where any other service gap exists.

The new addition of the Street Party, which everyone is invited to attend, whether or not they choose to participate in the race, will be a great way to spend a Saturday. The VetFest Street Party will have artist booths, food trucks and live music from Sarah P and the Dirty Logger. Additionally, Street Party goers can enjoy all that’s offered from local breweries in the beer tents; official beer vendors include 105 West Brewing Company, Burly Brewing Company & Rockyard Brewing Company.

Whether you’re planning on finishing that 5 or 10K or you’re just there for the party, come out to Festival Park later this month for the 2nd Annual VetFest and have a lot of fun, to do a lot of good, for our local veterans.

To register, go to

The Bookends with Pan and Becky: A Beautiful Work In Progress by: Mirna Valerio

This is a non-fiction book about Mirna Valerio. What you would picture if I told you the author is an avid long-distance runner? I bet that the picture in your mind does not match what the author looks like. Mirna is a plus size woman and does not have the typical svelte runner’s body. She is often incorrectly labeled and judged by society. However, she has logged some serious miles in her running shoes. This memoir takes us on her journey from an out of shape teen that a doctor labeled obese, to her first attempts at running, and then her journey to become an ultramarathoner.

Becky: I don’t read non-fiction very often but this book was highly recommended and I have seen Mirna’s picture in ads so I had to check this out. I must post a warning that she uses some colorful language. It is somewhat often and might offend some readers. You don’t have to be an avid runner to enjoy this story. It was inspiring to hear her journey and how she embraces her large stature. She didn’t let anything get in her way once she committed to a running challenge. Pam, I didn’t realize until I started reading but Mirna is a model and ambassador for Skirt Sports, a company you recently became an ambassador for. Were you already familiar with her and her journey?

Pam: I have been following Mirna’s story and journey recently. She is very inspirational as a runner and as a Skirt Sports ambassador. As I have been struggling with injuries and health issues, which have derailed some recent goals, I felt very connected to her story. She speaks very honestly about challenges, inspiration, and successes. This helped me put my struggles into perspective! Did you find her story interesting?

Becky: Nonfiction can be frustrating because the story often jumps around instead of following a timeline. That was challenging in this story and I felt lost a few times but my book has about a dozen post-it-notes sticking out because she has some really inspirational thoughts and quotes. What inspires me the most is that she is plus size and feels 100% confident! I wish that more women, including myself, felt that beautiful with our imperfections. Have you looked at her blog or facebook page?

Pam: I have checked out her facebook page followed her as she prepared for a race recently. I was fortunate to hear her speak recently at a retreat in Boulder. She was very inspirational and delivered a great message to a room of women that were all shapes, sizes, and abilities. I completely agree with you about women following her lead and loving ourselves where we are. I love that she is always focused on becoming healthier, not for appearance, but for quality and longevity of life. I struggle with self confidence and body image issues, so this book was a welcome message. What did you think about her stories of the world of ultra running? Isn’t it amazing?

Becky: We should define ultra running for those that are not familiar with this growing sport. It is any distance beyond 26.2 miles, which is a marathon. I am a reluctant runner and can’t imagine running a full marathon let alone a 50K. Yet, her stories inspire me to try something that is beyond what I would normally accomplish. As she wrote, I felt that if she could do it, then why couldn’t I? She commits to a race and then trains like a madwoman. I am amazed and astonished by those that participate in these races! Do you think that you have to enjoy running to like this memoir?

Pam: I think anyone could relate to this memoir because of the inspirational message. We could apply her persistence to any goal in our lives. Mirna is also a teacher and was working at a boarding school while writing her memoirs. It can be extremely challenging to fit in training with work, family, and day to day commitments. As she trained on and around the grounds of the school, do you think she was an inspiration to her students?
Bekcy: I’m sure that she was an inspiration to both the students, and staff of the school. About halfway through the book she includes a few letters from previous students that mention the impact she had on their lives. That’s amazing! Pam, I’ve never mentioned it but you inspire me with your desire to compete in a 50K. While I’m plugging along on the treadmill, completing less than a 5k, I often think about your commitment to training and it keeps me going. Mirna mentions that training can take over your life. She would wake up at 5:00am to start training and often do a second workout in the evening. Do you agree that fitting in the necessary training to be successful consumes your schedule?

Pam: That is so nice, Becky! Your support means a lot to me! I do agree that training can take over your life. Before suffering an injury during training earlier this year, I was also running twice a day to try to get enough miles in around my schedule. I typically get up at 4:15 am to get my workout done before heading into work. Although this sounds extreme to some, it allows me to stick to a schedule and not have training derailed on a busy day. This schedule also allows me to be available for after school sports/activities. I look forward to continuing to follow Mirna’s adventures and enjoy the inspiration she brings! Join us next month as we head in a completely different direction and discuss “Next Year in Havana” by Chanel Cleeton.

Check out some other books we recommend in,
The Bookshelf
Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris. Is Grace’s marriage perfect, or a perfect lie?

LOCAL AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT Dreams of an Empty Tomb by: Corbin Dunn

Mistrenelle A city of law and peace, the center of the world. It is a city-kingdom protected by the mysterious Witch Hunters, ruled by those who threw off the shackles of magic. Only the nightly witch hunts remain as a reminder of the horrors of that time, when the streets are lit by spells, and run red with the blood of Hunter and Mancer alike. The Violet Night Eighteen years ago, the city glowed violet as a powerful necromancer enacted the ultimate ritual. Her army of undead clashed with the Witch Hunters in the most violent event since the Uprising. The blood stains the mind of Prince Destrivel Orophos still. It is, and has been ever since that night, his aspiration to become a Witch Hunter. But he is a royal, and worse, a male, destined to be married off as a trophy. His warrior training meant little in this time of peace, and his souls seeks something to break the shackles of duty and station that have held him all these years.

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Castle Rock Oktoberfest

2018 marks Castle Rock’s 25th Annual Oktoberfest with a local favorite, Rockyard Brewing Company, as the primary beer provider of the event. Eleven other breweries will join the festival including 105 West, Jagged Mountain, Barnett & Son, Lone Tree Brewing, Burly, Astro Tap, Odyssey, Empyrean, Lost Highway, Mason Ale Works and Bristol Brewing Company.
Raise a stein and get ready for another amazing event this year!

Castle Rock Oktoberfest, sponsored by Bellco Credit Union, is a free, family friendly event that will be held on Saturday, September 29th, from 1pm – 9pm, right in the heart of Downtown Castle Rock. (Beer token pre-sale starts at 9am) This year, this ever-popular fall festival will feature free bounce houses, face painters, balloon artists, German dancers, live music, extreme pumpkin carving, college football viewing courtesy of Xfinity, a Cap’N Cornhole tournament, food trucks and a variety of Colorado breweries.

Last year, over 10,000 people gathered in Downtown Castle Rock to sample brews, enjoy some bratwursts and, when the mood strikes, dance! This year’s festivities will begin with a ceremonial keg tapping, which sets the stage for stein hoisting, classic Bavarian tunes and all the family activities. The festival covers a lot of ground, so be sure to wear comfortable shoes and bring sunscreen! Although warm weather is anticipated, be sure to check the event’s Facebook or Twitter page for the most up to date event information (in the event of Colorado weather blitzkrieg!)

Oktoberfest is the largest event that the Castle Rock Downtown Merchants Association produces each year. The Castle Rock Downtown Alliance is a partnership between the Downtown Merchants Association (DMA) and Downtown Development Authority (DDA.) The two organizations share a goal of increasing commerce and activity in Downtown Castle Rock with the DMA focusing on visitor traffic for organized events and the DDA furthering thoughtful development in partnership with the Town. The DMA and DDA share one office and one director helping to further the collective vision of a vibrant and prosperous Downtown.

For those navigating near the Downtown area for Oktoberfest, be advised that Wilcox Street will be closed between 3rd and 5th streets, 4th Street will be closed between Perry and Jerry Streets, and Jerry Street will be closed between 3rd and 4th Streets. If you’re planning to drive to Oktoberfest, parking will be available at the Douglas County parking garage located at 3rd and Jerry Street, on the southwest corner of the event venue. Also, there is parking on Elbert Street between 3rd and 4th Streets, one block west of the event. Make it even easier on yourself by taking advantage of the trolley providing FREE shuttle service!

Events as large as Oktoberfest are always in need of volunteers. For volunteer opportunities, contact Kristen at or go to to secure a volunteer spot.

Take a trip to Bavaria, if only for the day, and experience all there is to see, do, and taste at the 25th Annual Castle Rock Oktoberfest!

25th Annual Castle Rock Oktoberfest
Saturday, September 29th
Downtown Castle Rock

2018 MuckFest

Join in on the fun on Saturday, September 15th, for MuckFest MS, the FUN mud run with awesome obstacles! The 5K course features mountains of mud and 18 obstacles primed to make you fly and climb higher than you’ve ever gone before. This event is built for laughs from start to finish, but participants are also on a serious mission to support the life-changing work of the National MS Society.

The 2018 MuckFest MS event series will take place in seven cities throughout the U.S. to help raise funds for those living with multiple sclerosis This year Parker joins Boston, Philadelphia, New Jersey, Detroit, Chicago and Dallas in the fight against MS. MuckFest MS is a 5K mud obstacle course that requires no training and is for any level — from the beginner to the star athlete. In 2018, MuckFest MS anticipates more than 28,000 participants nationwide mucking it up to help get us to a world free of multiple sclerosis. Registration for the events is now open at

Runners laugh their way through a 5K obstacle course as they slither through the Belly Crawl, jump into the Crash Landing stunt pad, and scale the mighty Mt. Muck-imanjaro. Other obstacles include Tunnel of Love, Spider Web, Shake & Quake, Swing Set, Spill Hill, Flying Muckers, Walk on Water, Skid Mark, Tight Rope, and more. After the event, participants gather in the MuckFestival area to celebrate their efforts out on the course with a free beer or soda. Over 90% of participants run on teams made up of friends, family, and coworkers. The event is free to spectators, and kids have their very own play area, called Lil’ Muckers, where they can splish and splash.

Since MuckFest MS started, participants have raised $28 million for research. 100% of the funds raised goes to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s efforts to bring an end to MS and to help those currently living with it. In 2017, more than 32,000 participants raised more than $3 million.

“We come together at MuckFest MS to lift up those who are affected by MS in an enjoyable and purposeful way,” said Liz Strawn, Senior Director of MuckFest MS & Special Events, National MS Society. “Every year we see teams made up of individuals who either have MS or support loved ones that do and can’t help but feel inspired by their determination. This event gives participants the opportunity to have fun and directly impact the lives of those living with MS.”
Multiple sclerosis is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. Symptoms vary from person to person and range from numbness and tingling, to walking difficulties, fatigue, dizziness, pain, depression, blindness and paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are leading to better understanding and moving us closer to a world free of MS. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with at least two to three times more women than men being diagnosed with the disease. MS affects more than 2.3 million worldwide.

The Society mobilizes people and resources so that everyone affected by MS can live their best lives. Last year, the Society invested $40 million in MS research with more than 360 active projects around the world. Through its comprehensive nationwide network of services, the Society devoted $100 million to help more than one million people affected by MS connect to the people, information and resources needed. They are united in their collective power to do something about MS now and end this disease forever. Learn more at

To join the fight, and get messy doing it, register for MuckFest today at

2018 MuckFest
Saturday, September 15th
Salisbury North
9200 Motsenbocker Road
Parker, CO 80134
First wave/start time is at 9:00am, and then every 20 minutes until approximately 3:00pm

Local Business Spotlight: Kitchen Tune-Up

Kitchen Tune-Up
Joel and Jessica Winters, Owners
4465 Applecrest Circle, Castle Rock

Hours of Operation: 9-6

We’ve all been there. You walk into your neighbor’s home or check out a new social media post and it’s there. Someone’s newly painted cabinets or perfectly picked backsplash. Sparkling countertops and appliances that make yours look rather, well, vintage. Kitchen envy is real but the idea of gutting and redoing your outdated space is really daunting. Couple that with the unenviable task of finding a reliable and trustworthy contractor to handle the job and keeping your dingy cabinets doesn’t sound so bad.

Taking the sting out of updating a room used as much as your kitchen is exactly what motivated Joel and Jessica Walters to start Kitchen Tune Up.
“After our experience with a few contractors, we were surprised by the lack of respect for our time and home. We definitely saw a need and when we were presented with this opportunity, it clicked immediately that this is something we would love to bring to our community.”

Kitchen Tune Up specializes in 1- 5 Day Kitchen Updates with services including Wood Cabinet Restoration (our Tune Up), Painting, Redooring, Refacing, Refacing Plus (with matching modifications), custom cabinets, countertops, and bathrooms.
Their services aren’t just for major make-overs either, they have something for almost every project and almost any budget! Don’t be afraid to ask them questions, they have many options available to meet all their customers’ needs.

“We saw an opportunity to serve and treat our neighbors well during their home improvement projects. Setting the bar higher for the way their expectations and concerns are being handled. Our “Trustpoints” ensure that we communicate well and that we value our clients’ time, home, and listen carefully to their needs or wants in a project.”

Those Kitchen Tune-Up Trustpoints state that they:
Guarantee their estimates, they guarantee their work, arrive on time, clean the work area daily, they return messages within 24 hours, strive for harmony with your daily routine, tell you what they’re doing before they do it and they listen carefully, tell it straight and keep their promises.

Maybe that minor update or even that major make-over isn’t such a far fetched idea. Go to their website and look at what’s possible in as little as one day with Kitchen Tune-Up’s services. Update your kitchen without disrupting your life. Your reimagined space might just end up being the source of some kitchen envy!

Local Business Spotlight: Trestles Coastal Cuisine

Trestles Coastal Cuisine
Jose & Mimi Espinoza, Owners
880 W Happy Canyon Road #150
(303) 663-3622
Open 11am-9pm Monday-Saturday

October 20, 2017

Will be celebrating their one year anniversary

Trestles Coastal Cuisine is a family owned and operated, fine dining restaurant, serving chef inspired, seasonal dishes. Their emphasis is on seafood, however they also exquisitely prepare beef, chicken, lamb and pork as well. From oysters on the half shell, Maryland style lump crab cakes and the chef’s daily fresh fish features to Filet Mignon and a great wine list, Trestles has something for everyone.

The very talented and creative chefs bring out the best flavors in every dish from the kitchen. The servers now how to anticipate and fulfill the dining needs of our patrons. The back of the house and the front of the house creative the perfect dining experience from beginning to end. Trestles’ broad menu selections, which include an Oyster Bar and daily fish creations, as well as tried and true dishes from coastal areas across the globe make it a truly unique experience each time you visit.

Deciding what to order my be the hardest decision of the evening. The owners even have a hard time suggesting a “must try” item for guests.
“It’s difficult to single out one item because all the food is excellent at Trestles. Fresh Oysters, a New England style Clam Chowder and our Cioppino, a seafood stew, frequently get comments like, ‘Best I’ve ever had!’ If you go by the numbers, our crab cakes are a top seller, filled with lump crab meat and just enough panko to hold them together.”

Owners Jose and Mimi Espinoza have over 30 years experience in the restaurant business and they knew the timing was right to open Trestles Coastal Cuisine right here in Castle Rock.
“Castle Rock was missing a good seafood restaurant. We live here too and wanted to serve the community in which we live with something that may not have been in demand 10 years ago but is now.” Trestles, which will celebrate its first anniversary next month, has become a second family for Jose and Mimi. “Our crew has become family and our guests have quickly become regulars who share their stories with us. It is a joy and a privilege to meet and know so many residents of our community.”

Make Trestles Coastal Cuisine your next destination for an unforgettable evening (or afternoon) out!

Taste Of Douglas County

Thursday, August 23rd
5:00pm – 8:00pm

Wouldn’t it be great if you could go to one restaurant that had all your favorites in one place? This month, one of the hottest tickets in town grants you that very wish. The 16th Annual Taste of Douglas County brings everything from fun, casual dining to elegant extravagance together for an evening of gastronomic delights.

Enjoy the premier food sampling event in the county, with offerings from Viewhouse, John Holly’s Asian Bistro, Trestles Coastal Cuisine, Kneaders Bakery & Café, Crave Real Burgers, Pegasus Restaurant, the Airplane Restaurant – Colorado Springs, Old Chicago Tap Room, The Donut House, Larkspur Pizzeria & Cafe and more. Taste of Douglas County will feature mouth watering samplings from over 40 establishments, many of which will be offering menus, coupons and other incentives to encourage you to visit their establishments for your next night out to enjoy another scrumptious meal.

In addition to the numerous restaurants scheduled to be a part of the Taste of Douglas County, Briccy’s Ice Cream and Colorado Kernels Popcorn will be on hand to sweeten up the evening. Beverages will be provided by Pepsi, Castle Rock Beer Company and Enchanted Grounds Coffee. There’s a little something for you ale lovers too, Castle Rock Brewing Company will be hosting a beer seminar and tasting event.
As if the promise of sampling so many different types of cuisine wasn’t a big enough draw, you will also get to experience the frenzy and fun of the chefs’ cooking competition. Adam Friesem will be back to defend his 2017 title and, this year, cash prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place finishers in the competition. Finally, don’t miss the Rocky Mountain Harley Davidson Motorcycles on display and the cherry on top of this sundae, the 2008 Lamborghini Murciélago, which will be visiting from Overdrive Raceway in Monument. In addition to bringing out their Lamborghini, which is valued at $400,000, Overdrive Raceway will also be offering samples from their sports grill at the event.

Hosted by Mike Boyle, host of Mike Boyle Restaurant Shows, Taste of Douglas County, the “best food festival in Colorado,” is an unforgettable night out that food lovers won’t want to miss. For tickets, go to or call Mike Boyle at 303-903-0017.

Taste of Douglas County
Thursday, August 23rd
Douglas County Events Center
Tickets are $10 in advance, $20 at the door, Children 3 and under are free!