Highlands Ranch news in a hurry


County tops in active men

Douglas County ranks No. 1 in physically active males in the country, according to a study conducted by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation. With 89.9 percent of all males in the county reporting sufficient physical activity, the male population was two points ahead of Teton County, Wyo., which came in second at 87.9.

Routt County was the lone other Colorado county in the top 10 for males, placing fourth at 87.1. The female population in the county ranked sixth nationally, at 86.3 percent, joining 10th-place Summit County, third-place Pitkin County and fourth-place Routt County as one of four Colorado counties in the top 10.

HRCA goes mobile

The Highlands Ranch Community Association will launch its smartphone-friendly mobile website Aug. 1, allowing residents the opportunity to create an easy shortcut on their phones for everything HRCA-related.

Whether seeking out the calendar, a meeting schedule or a class schedule, everything will now be available at residents’ fingertips, while staying easy on the eyes. Registration for courses will be available through the mobile site beginning in January. The website is at www.hrcaonline.org.

German Fest slated

Schnitzel, goulash, bratwursts, strudel and, of course, a biergarten, will take over Civic Green Park in Highlands Ranch this weekend as the Sixth Annual German Fest Denver comes to 9370 Ridgeline Blvd.

Bringing German culture to the park from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. July 27 and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. July 28, the festival is free for kids 12 and under and $6 for ages 13 and up. Full of music, dancing, arts and crafts vendors and more, the festival is produced in partnership with the Colorado Folk Arts Council. For more information, please visit www.GermanFestDenver.com.

Library programs set

Douglas County Libraries presents an evening with New York Times best-selling author C.J. Box, who will talk about his newest thriller, “The Highway,” from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Highlands Ranch branch, 9292 Ridgeline Blvd. Dinner will be provided at 6 p.m. by Brad’s Pit BBQ for $12 and the free presentation begins at 7 followed by a book signing. Registration is required at www.douglascountylibraries.org.

The library district also welcomes popular “Kindie Rock” musician Laurie Berkner to Civic Green Park, 9370 Ridgeline Blvd. in Highlands Ranch, from 10:30 a.m. until noon Aug. 3. Berkner, who is frequently seen on Nick Jr., performs children’s music that adults have been known to rock out to as well. Nonrefundable tickets for the event are $10 and can be purchased at www.douglascountylibraries.org. All children must be accompanied by an adult. The event will take place rain or shine.


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