Douglas County news in a hurry


 North Meadows Extension open house

The Town of Castle Rock will hold an open house to provide an update about the North Meadows Extension transportation project. The open house is from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Feb. 26, at Castle View High School, 5254 Meadows Drive. The North Meadows Extension will connect The Meadows to U.S. Highway 85 and Interstate 25 and is the town’s largest roadway project to date. Construction begins in 2013, with an expected completion date of 2015. The open house will include an overview of the project, the proposed construction timeline and opportunities to provide input on general aesthetics of the sound wall and various landscaping features.


South Metro Fire seeking apps for citizen academy

The South Metro Fire Rescue Authority is accepting applications for its citizen academy. The academy will be from 6 to 10 p.m. Wednesday evenings April 10 through May 29 at locations in Parker and Centennial. The deadline for applications is March 4.

Participants will learn the basics of firefighting and get the opportunity to wear fire gear and go into the burn building. They also will use extrication tools to simulate getting a patient out of a car involved in an accident. In addition, participants will become certified in CPR and learn about fire investigations.

The academy is open to anyone 18 years or older who lives or works in the South Metro Fire Rescue Authority, including Parker, Castle Pines, Centennial, Lone Tree, Louviers and portions of unincorporated Douglas County. An application can be downloaded at or call 720-989-2207 for more information.


Early childhood adventure goes wild

The Douglas County Early Childhood Council gives families a break from winter with the third Early Childhood Adventure from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., March 2, at The Wildlife Experience, 10035 South Peoria, in Parker. The cost is $2 per person and children younger than 3 are free. Ticketholders can attend the early childhood event and are granted access to The Wildlife Experience museum exhibits. Museum hours are: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day except holidays. Museum exhibits will include Iditarod Day, Ocean World, GPS Adventures and a 3-D Fuzzy Animals film.  

Early Childhood Adventure activities for kids will include an obstacle course, puppet shows, arts and crafts, a live animal demonstration from The Wildlife Experience and a special visit from the Chick-Fil-A Cow. In addition, a community resource area will provide important information for families with young children in Douglas County.

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Douglas County Rotary Youth Expo Feb. 23

Douglas County’s Rotary clubs will provide family entertainment and information on local services at the free Douglas County Rotary Youth Expo from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Feb. 23 at the Douglas County Event Center, 500 Fairgrounds Drive in Castle Rock. 

More than 80 exhibitors will be on hand with demonstrations and seminars in the main hall and conference rooms at the event center. Exhibitors at the event include sports groups, law enforcement, mentoring groups, youth agricultural groups, therapeutic riding organization, Red Cross first aid and babysitting classes and many more.

Demonstrations will include a cheer camp, Rotary youth groups, martial arts and others. Seminars will include current trends and opportunities in library services presented by Jamie LaRue, executive director of the Douglas Public Libraries, and a panel of social service professionals on “The Reality of Suicide.”

The Douglas County Rotary Youth Expo is free to the public, includes food for purchase and has been organized by the six Rotary Clubs serving Douglas County.

For more information, email Vickie Baroch at, phone Steve Baroch at 303-909-7563, or visit



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