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Dads of Castle Rock FB Group Donates $400 to Castle Rock Police Officers Foundation

Dads of Castle Rock (DoCR) is a newer Facebook group put together by Castle Rock residents, Sean Hakes, and Robert Zearing. DoCR has a mission to connect local dads while making a difference throughout the community.

Robert Young, the owner of Robert Author Designs and DoCR member came up with the DoCR tee-shirt idea and jumped right in donating 100% of proceeds on behalf of DoCR to the Castle Rock Police Officers Foundation.

“We’ve all been touched by the loss of current and former officers of the CRPD so I’m glad we could get together to give a little something in recognition of those heroes” said Young.

DoCR now has an established cornhole league which meets at Astro Tap House every Wednesday night. The DoCR group also coordinates additional ‘dads only’ meetups, activities and more.

More more info or to join DoCR visit https://www.facebook.com/groups/dadsofcastlerock/.

Last Year’s Hailstorms in Colorado Were Country’s Most Expensive

Denver Roofing Hail Damage

Denver area roofing contractors are staying busy, and it’s due to the massive expense and damage related to last year’s hail season.

Large, damaging hailstones are rare in most of the country but in Colorado – they’re expected. Every summer Colorado residents look up at dark afternoon storm clouds and wonder if this is the day their homes and autos will be pelted with damaging hail. They’re not being Chicken Little, when the sky falls in Colorado, it can get more expensive for everyone involved.

In 2018 Colorado topped Texas as the number one state for hail losses according to State Farm. In 2017 Colorado saw its most expensive hailstorm to causing $2.3 billion in damage across the Denver metro. “Colorado is being pushed unfortunately into that No. 1 spot [for insurance claims],” said Carole Walker with the Rocky Mountain Insurance Information Association

Every season brings a more expensive storm. Hail is not more severe or frequent than in previous years, but skyrocketing growth around the Denver metro means more homes and property are in the path of damaging hail, which leads to more claims. Unfortunately for homeowners, they are most likely to bear the burden costs of more severe weather.

The potential for large scale damage has changed the way many insurance companies operate policies in Colorado. Some companies have switched to individual deductibles for hailstorms opposed to other types of losses, charge flat rate deductibles for hail claims, and charge more for policies on homes likely to be damaged by hail.

Insurance agent Kyle Dufford worries that insurance companies will simply price out their customers, leading to a larger crisis. “If the best we have to offer in the industry is pricing a deductible where no one can afford to participate, we’re doomed,” said Dufford.

Though hailstorms have remained the same in frequency and impact, climate change may shift patterns to more damaging hail and more frequent storms. “Multiple studies are showing that the environments that are producing large hailstorms are getting more favorable in the future,” said Andreas Prein, a scientist who studies extreme weather at Boulder-based National Center for Atmospheric Research

There are many potential solutions for homeowners including upgrading their home to material not likely to be damaged by hail like impact-resistant roofing or sitting down with their policy provider to pick the best cost-effective options.

When the Sky Falls

As of July 2019, Colorado has yet to be hit with a catastrophic hailstorm, but every new day and weather pattern brings the potential for serious losses. Until the next storm hits, Colorado residents and home insurance providers can only watch the sky and wait.

“We’re definitely seeing a lot of residual roofing projects from last year,” said Alan Parks, Owner of Denver Roofing, Roofcorp of Metro Denver, Inc.

Colorado-based CBD Oil Manufacturer Ranks #11 on Inc 5000

Inc. magazine announced its annual list of the fastest-growing private companies in America and local CBD Oil manufacturer, NuLeaf Naturals ranked 11th on the list, with a staggering 11,949 percent growth.

“Here at NuLeaf Naturals, we have remained deeply committed to creating a superior product and providing exceptional customer service,” says Ian Kelly, Operations Leader. “We are honored to receive such a prestigious ranking from Inc., and we congratulate our exceptional team members, whose tireless commitment to quality have made this growth possible.”

Recently, NuLeaf Naturals announced its full-spectrum CBD oil product is available in all 31 Sprouts Farmer Market stores in Colorado.

In addition to Sprouts Farmers Market, NuLeaf Naturals CBD Oil can be picked up in-store at Mountain Man Nut & Fruit Co or Castle Rock Bike & Ski located at the corner of 4th and Perry Street in downtown Castle Rock.

To celebrate their success, NuLeaf Naturals has offered CRJ readers 20% off any online order by using coupon code CRJ20 at checkout. Mountain Man Nut & Fruit Co will also honor the 20% discount for in-person orders at 404 Perry Street through August.

Castle Rock Fifth Most Expensive City to Rent In Denver Metro According to New Report

Castle Rock Rent

According to a new Zumper report for August, Castle Rock ranks fifth for the most expensive city to rent in the Denver metro area. An average one-bedroom apartment rents for $1,390/mo while the average two-bedroom apartment goes for $1,630/mo.

Source: Zumper

Don’t worry, it could be worse. Parker rolled in as the fourth most expensive city to rent in at $1,520/mo for a one-bedroom apartment, and $1,700/mo for a two bedroom apartment.

The number one spot goes to Broomfield where an average one-bedroom apartment goes for $1,590/mo.

Looking for a deal? The cheapest place in the Denver-metro area to rent in is Aurora where an average one-bedroom apartment goes for a cool $1,190/mo.

The Fastest Growing (Y/Y%)

–Arvada, CO had the fastest growing rent, up 14.2% since this time last year.

–Broomfield, CO saw rent climb 7.4%, making it second.

–Parker, CO followed closely behind as third with rent growing 6.8%.

To learn more you can visit Zumper.com.

Castle Rock Students Head Back to School

Summer has flown by and now that it’s August, students across Castle Rock will be returning to school over the next two weeks. Even if you don’t have kids, here’s how to prepare and keep your sanity:

Allow Extra Commute Time
Whether or not you have school aged children, you’re bound to notice some added traffic or congestion at peak school start and stop times. Recently-licensed young drivers are finding their way as they navigate morning traffic, and many Castle Rock students walk to and from school. School car lines can spill out into the street as parents get the hang of timing and the flow of drop off and pick up from school, especially with all the construction that’s currently underway. To minimize your commute time stress, allow extra travel time to ensure you arrive safely and on time.

Watch for School Zones
It’s not uncommon for Castle Rock Police to have a presence in school zones, especially at the start of the school year. According to NerdWallet.com, the “true cost” of a speeding ticket in Castle Rock (including increases in your auto insurance) is around $745. Mind your speed and slow down–especially in school zones–to avoid getting a ticket.

With kids in tow or not, back to school means a time of adjustment for the whole community.

Shop Local or During Off-Peak Hours
Big box stores throughout Castle Rock are already packed with back to school shoppers, frantically preparing for the BTS rush. If you prefer a quieter setting for your shopping, stick to locally owned stores or shop during off-peak hours (mid-morning and mid-afternoon). As high schoolers begin to return to school, some Castle Rock stores will feel the effects of this, because their teen staff’s available hours are reduced.

Stock up Office Supplies
Regardless of whether you have kids in school, now is an ideal time to restock your favorite office supplies. Even the grocery stores have extra supplies on hand, and prices are slashed to their lowest of the year. You can save a bundle right now on pens, copy paper, notebooks, art supplies, and more.

By the time Castle Rock Art Fest rolls around, students and parents will be in a groove and morning and afternoon traffic should settle down considerably. In the meantime, be safe out there, drive carefully, and carry a little extra patience.

Welcome to Higher Learning in Castle Rock: ACC Grand Opening Scheduled for August 16, 2019

ACC Castle Rock Grand Opening

Earlier this year, Arapahoe Community College received a donation of up to $10 million from the Sturm Family Foundation, and is now set to open its new industry-aligned higher education “collaboration campus” here in Castle Rock this month. 

ACC Castle Rock slated to open August 16, 2019

The Arapahoe Community College Sturm Collaboration Campus at Castle Rock (ACC Castle Rock for short) will host a grand opening on Friday, August 16. All community members are welcome to come and meet faculty, staff, and education/industry partners while experiencing an interactive tour of this exciting new development. The festivities will occur at 4500 Limelight Avenue, with the ribbon cutting to be held at 2:30 P.M.

The Arapahoe Community College Sturm Collaboration Campus at Castle Rock is a partnership among the Town of Castle Rock, Arapahoe Community College, and Colorado State University, with the intention to provide students with a smooth route from high school to associate’s degree to bachelor’s degree. ACC Castle Rock is a collaborative learning model that features applied learning and targeted workforce training in specific industries, including health, technology, and business. Classes at the new campus begin on August 19. There’s no need to register for the grand opening, but if you’d like more information about enrolling in classes, click here. 

Castle Rock Resident, David Chapa, to Play Legendary Johnny Cash Show on August 23

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DCM PRODUCTIONS, LTD in association with Castle Rock Entertainment Group LLC, presents, HE WORE BLACK, a Johnny Cash Tribute Concert to be performed at the Parker Arts PACE Theatre in Parker, CO on August 23, 2019 at 7:00pm.  The show will feature JOHNNY CASH’s one and only drummer for nearly 40 years, WS “Fluke” Holland, the last remaining member of the infamous Tennessee Three.  WS Holland started his career with the great Carl Perkins, and can be heard on the original SUN Records recording of Blue Suede Shoes, the first SUN Record to ever sell over 1M copies.  To commemorate WS Holland’s 65th year in the music business, ROCKABILLY ROYALTY, Stan Perkins, son of the great Carl Perkins will join the show for a star studded night of entertainment.  In addition to these two legends, Mark Alan Cash, who carries on the Cash Family Legacy, will also join the show for a TRUE Johnny Cash Experience!

“MEET THESE LEGENDS, HEAR THE TRUE STORIES OF CARL PERKINS, JOHNNY CASH, AND MORE.  THIS IS HISTORY IN THE MAKING!!”

He Wore Black, a Johnny Cash Tribute Show, is led by local Castle Rock, CO resident and musician, David Chapa.  The tribute show is a combination song, stories, and memories shared with the audience from the men who knew and lived with these great music legends.

A portion of all ticket sales will benefit Colorado Wounded Vet Run, a local 501(c)3 focused on helping local heroes wounded in combat.  To learn more about Colorado Wounded Vet Run, please visit www.CWVR.org

Tickets for the show may be purchased at www.tickets.heworeblack.com, for Veterans, Active Military, and First Responders, please visit www.heworeblack.com/tickets for your special discount.  Tickets may be available at the door pending availability.  Follow He Wore Black on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/HeWoreBlack to stay up to date on all the details to come. 

This will be the show of shows for Johnny Cash Fans!

Commemorating WS “Fluke” Holland’s 65th year in the business, a true living legend

and of course, a wonderful tribute to The Man in Black, JOHNNY CASH!!!

“David Chapa’s He Wore Black: A Tribute Concert to Johnny Cash is running over with wonderful memories of The Man in Black. David’s spot on performance of each legendary Cash song takes me back to so many treasured times during my nearly four decades working with John. He Wore Black is a “must see” event you will never forget” — WS “Fluke” Holland / drummer for Johnny Cash

“We work with Johnny Cash tribute artists around the world year after year, but no artist we know puts the time, dedication and talent into their shows like David Chapa. David’s love, respect and honor for Johnny Cash’s iconic legacy shows through with every song performed, story shared and each minute detail of the entire event that makes this tribute one destined for greatness. Well done, David Chapa. Boom Chicka Boom Forever!” — Ron Haney / music director/guitarist for WS “Fluke” Holland

Douglas County Fair & Rodeo Opens

Douglas County Fair and Rodeo
Douglas County Fair & Rodeo: Aug 1 - 4th. Photo Credit: FB facebook.com/DCFairandRodeo

The Douglas County Fair & Rodeo official opens today at 5:00PM.

For $25, riders can get unlimited rides for that day.

From August 1st through the 4th, you can enjoy livestock barns, a marketplace, mutton bustin, carnival rides, delicious food, concerts, 4H exhibits, rodeos and more.

The Douglas County Fair & Rodeo is located at the Douglas County Fairgrounds at 500 Fairgrounds Rd, Castle Rock, CO 80104.

For a full list of events and information you can visit https://www.douglascountyfairandrodeo.com.

Douglas County Fair Parade: What You Need to Know

Everyone loves a parade, right? Parades are a fun way to join our community outdoors, kick off the Douglas County Fair and Rodeo, and celebrate all that makes our town special. Here’s a quick “local’s guide” to the parade and events of the day.

“Rodeo Royalty” lead the festivities downtown.

The family-friendly parade begins at 9:30AM sharp on Saturday, July 27, starting at the south end of downtown Castle Rock. Typically, Perry Street is closed between Miller Court and 5th Street, and Wilcox is closed between Plum Creek Parkway and 5th Street. Road closures usually start around 4:30AM on parade day, and remain in place until about 1:00PM. Some additional feeder streets are closed as well in the area, so be advised if you’re traveling through downtown on parade day. Updated road closures are typically posted here.

The parade has been an annual tradition since 1954. More than 75 entries will be featured in this year’s parade, including marching bands, local businesses, civic leaders and organizations, local entertainment, livestock, and more.

Following the parade, enjoy a pancake breakfast at the Castle Rock Fire Department, with proceeds benefitting the Douglas County High School Huskies.

The Junior Livestock Sale commences on parade day, as well as a variety of 4-H and FFA exhibits available for viewing at the Fairgrounds.

The Boots & Brews fair will be held in Festival Park on parade day from 11:00AM until 4:00PM, featuring something for every member of the family: carnival games, bounce houses, food trucks, beer, and live music. Bring your own lawn chairs, picnic blankets, sunscreen, etc., and make a day of it with the family.

Downtown Castle Rock is sure to be all a-buzz on parade day, so why not head down early, hang with your neighbors, and spend the whole day downtown?

Calling All Parrotheads: Music in the Meadows June 27 features “The Margarita Brothers”

Margarita Brothers are coming to Castle Rock!
Come see The Margarita Brothers at Music in the Meadows

If you love Jimmy Buffet, the Beach Boys, and other summertime tunes, don’t miss the free “Margarita Brothers” concert as part of the annual “Music in the Meadows” series.

Bring the whole family along with your chairs and blankets, and pack a picnic dinner for a fun evening of summer music at this outdoor community concert. All Meadows and Castle Rock residents are welcome and this free concert runs from 6:30 to 8:30PM this Thursday, June 27. A few vendor booths are typically present with advertising swag and freebies for the kiddos.

Please note: with current construction projects underway, parking can be a bit tricky, and Meadow View Elementary is not a viable parking option this summer. The Butterfield Park parking lot is small and fills up quickly, so your easiest bet is to park at The Grange and take the free shuttle over to Butterfield Park.