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Parent-child painting class set

The Meadows offers a parent-child painting class from 9:30-11:30 a.m. March 16 at The Grange in The Meadows, 3692 Meadows Blvd. in Castle Rock. The class is open to children ages 7 and older, with an accompanying adult age 18 and older. The fee includes supplies, subject, snack and professional, step-by-step instruction from artist Donna Martin.

Paintings will be done on a 16-by-20-inch canvas and go home with participants as a souvenir. The cost is $50 for residents of The Meadows and $58 for non-residents.

The fee is for one pair of one parent, guardian or grandparent and one child. An additional child may register to join the pair for an additional $20 fee. No child may be registered without an adult present. To register, call 303-814-2358.

St. Patrick’s celebration slated

A St. Patrick’s celebration for the over-21 crowd is from 6:30-8:30 p.m. March 15 at The Grange in The Meadows, 3692 Meadows Blvd. in Castle Rock. The event includes a variety of beers for tasting, a live Celtic band and a plate of authentic Irish food including corned beef and cabbage, mashed potatoes and Irish soda bread.

The cost is $16 for residents of The Meadows and $21 for non-residents. Pre-registration is required, call The Grange at 303-814-2358 or visit No one younger than 21 years old is allowed to participate.

Citizen police academy set

Discover how Castle Rock police investigate crimes, enforce laws and perform other duties at the Citizen Police Academy from 6-10 p.m. Mondays from April 22 through June 24. Castle Rock officers teach a series on topics ranging from the law and investigative procedures to community policing tactics, victim assistance services, self-defense and firearm safety.

The series is free and applications are now being accepted. Download an application at Return applications to police headquarters at 100 Perry St. The program is limited to 30 participants. For more information contact Cmdr. Jason Lyons at 720-733-6016 or

CALF takes garden applications

The Colorado Agricultural Leadership Foundation is accepting applications for its 2013 community garden at the Lowell Ranch, three miles south of Castle Rock. Garden spots will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Water is provided. CALF has a few remaining 10-by-10-foot garden plots for $50 each. For more information call 303-688-1026 or visit

Park is Easter-egg venue

The 2013 Easter EGGstravaganza is from 1-3 p.m. March 23 at Butterfield Park, 3952 Butterfield Crossing Drive, in The Meadows. The outdoor egg hunt includes more than 30,000 stuffed Easter eggs, is free of charge and is open to the public.

Easter eggs will be available in five egg hunt circles for children ages up to 10 years old. This event features kiddie trains, a petting zoo, the Easter Bunny, the Jell-O Egg Eating Contest, concessions for purchase and more.

Egg hunt and contest times are available on Registration for the Jell-O Egg eating contests will take place at the event. Parking is available at the park and also at adjacent Meadowview Elementary School. Attendees are encouraged to bring an Easter basket. 



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