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Hospital plans job fair

Children’s Hospital Colorado is hosting a career fair for nursing supervisors, nurses, medical technologists and others interested in working at the Highlands Ranch south campus, set to open at the northwest corner of Lucent and Plaza this December.

The fair is slated for 4 to 8 p.m. Sept. 9 at the Wildcat Auditorium at Southridge Recreation Center, 4800 McArthur Ranch Road. For more information, please visit www.childrenscolorado.org/careers.

Visa USA prepares to open

With an anticipated opening of late September at 8744 Lucent Blvd. in Highlands Ranch, Visa USA received $13,038 in fee waivers for building permit fees and final plan review from the Douglas County commissioners on Aug. 27. The company, which employees more than 8,000 people worldwide, is expected to bring 400 new IT, financial and client support positions to Highlands Ranch over a five-year period, with an average annual wage of $105,000 per new employee.

The estimated total economic impact due to these additions, according to Douglas County chief building official Korby Lintz, is $46.9 million. The company, which already has 700 employees in Highlands Ranch, also plans to invest an additional $1.4 million in property improvements at its existing facility at 8910 Ridgeline Blvd.

‘Dog Day’ of summer

The Highlands Ranch Community Association’s annual Doggie Splash and Pet Expo is just around the corner, and man’s best friends will be taking over the outdoor pool at Westridge Recreation Center from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Sept. 8. The final rite of summer in Highlands Ranch, the day for the dogs will take place at 9650 Foothills Canyon Blvd. There will also be exhibitors and concessions on hand for dog owners, as well as a chance to have the pros rinse off your dog after a day of swimming.

Tickets are $5 per dog, $10 the day of the event if it is not sold out. There is a limit of two dogs per adult, and dog owners are required to stay at the event. All dogs must be up to date on their rabies shots. No humans are allowed in the pool at the event, but all humans are free to attend. Online tickets are not available for this event, but tickets may be purchased at any HRCA recreation center or by calling 303-471-8859.

Calling all golfers

All local golfers are invited to participate in the annual Highlands Ranch Metro District golf tournament Sept. 23 at the Highlands Ranch Golf Club, 9000 Creekside Way. Scramble play begins at 9 a.m. with a shotgun start, and there will be cash prizes for the top three teams, longest drive, closest to the pin and longest putt.

The Metro District, in partnership with the Highlands Ranch Park and Recreation Foundation as well as Centennial Water and Sanitation District, is currently seeking organizations and individuals interested in sponsoring the tournament. Please contact Jill Nunes at 720-240-5933 or jnunes@highlandsranch.org if you wish to become a sponsor. Sponsorships range in cost from $350 to $3,000.

To register to participate in the tournament, please visit www.highlandsranch.org. Registration is $95 per golfer and players can sign up as individuals or as a team. All proceeds benefit the Highlands Ranch parks and recreation programs and facilities.

Lincoln Mountain Open Space open

The 876-acre Lincoln Mountain Open Space opened to the public for hiking, biking and horseback riding on Aug. 31. The open space will be open from one hour before sunrise to one hour after sunset. All dogs must be kept on leash and visitors are asked to refer to the rules and regulation sign in the parking lot for additional information. 

Maps are provided at the trailhead. The property, at 7333 Jones Road in southern Douglas County, is 0.6 miles west of Highway 83 on Jones Road.  For more information please visit www.douglas.co.us/openspace/lincoln-mountain-open-space/

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