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Open Space Day celebrated

Prairie Canyon Ranch, south of Franktown, will be the site of an Open Space Day celebration from 9:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. Aug. 24. The free party will be an opportunity for people to hike canyons with a naturalist, take a guided ride of the ranch by horseback, and enjoy historic displays, blacksmithing demonstrations, wagon rides, live music, live raptors and more. There will also be barbeque lunches for purchase.

For those who are interested in the guided horseback rides, it is “bring your own horse” and pre-registration is required by calling 303-688-3280. For more information, please visit www.historicdouglascounty.org. The event is sponsored by Douglas County Open Space and Natural Resources as well as Historic Douglas County Inc. To get to the ranch, follow Colorado 83 for 6.5 miles south of Franktown.

Wind Crest 99.1 percent full

After recording an increase of 19 in settlements of apartment homes for the first half of 2013, Wind Crest Retirement Community in northwest Highlands Ranch is at an all-time high of 99.1 percent occupancy.

A total of 19 apartment homes were settled in the first half of 2013, and a total of 13 units had reservations placed on them as new residents moved into the community from California, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, and Missouri, as well as Colorado.

Time to ‘Touch a Truck’

The Highlands Ranch Community Association invites kids to put their imagination in gear and go as the second annual Touch-a-Truck event takes over the Cherry Hills Community Church parking lot at 3900 Grace Blvd. in Highlands Ranch from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Aug. 17. Kids will get the chance to get behind the wheel and rub elbows with all their hometown heroes as they climb and explore a variety of big rigs, fire engines, police cars, construction trucks, ambulances and more.

The free event will feature monster truck rides, bounce houses, face painting and games (at an additional cost), as well as gourmet food trucks to be enjoyed by kids and adults alike. There will be a horn-free hour from 9 to 10 a.m.  

Setting the sun on summer

The Highlands Ranch Community Association and Metro District are joining together to bring local country band Buckstein to town for the Summer Sunset Concert, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Aug. 29 at Civic Green Park, 9370 Ridgeline Blvd.

Buckstein, a top 40 contestant on “American Idol” in its sixth season, plays everything from classic country tunes to Top 40 hits and will be performing free of charge. To hear a sample of the band’s music, visit www.buckstein.net.

A variety of food will be available for purchase, and attendees are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs. No dogs are allowed in the park, however. For more information, please call 303-791-0430 or visit www.highlandsranch.org.

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