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Take your valentine to the mansion

Join the Highlands Ranch Metro District for a very special Valentine’s Day event from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Feb. 14 at the Highlands Ranch Mansion, 9900 Ranch Road. The free event will feature harp music by Gale Brown and the opportunity to tour the recently renovated mansion.

There will be coffee, tea and chocolate provided by local Highlands Ranch businesses such as Festive Cup Coffee and Gift Boutique, My Favorite Muffin and Eileen’s Colossal Cookies. No reservations are required. Contact Jodie McCann at jmccann@highlandsranch.org or 720-240-4922 for information.

Tibetan shares thoughts, photos

Douglas County Libraries will feature Tamdin Wangdu at 2 p.m. Feb. 10 at the Highlands Ranch branch, 9292 Ridgeline Blvd. The Tibetan native will share photographs and speak about his “Tibetan Village Project,” conscious journeys to Tibet and his commitment to the economic, cultural and environmental empowerment of communities living on the Tibetan Plateau.

Wangdu started TVP in 2001 after he lost his father due to lack of medical services in his village. Eleven years later, TVP has expanded its programs to other villages and has become an important bridge between Tibetans there and those who wish to help them. For more information on the exhibit, visit www.TibetanVillageProject.org.

Douglas County Libraries will feature photography from the project throughout February. For questions, contact Program Liaison Lisa Casper at 720-348-9522.

Party Hearty at Zumbathon

The Party Hearty Zumbathon is the key to a healthy fun life. Benefiting the American Heart Association, the event, from 2-4 p.m. Feb. 10 at Northridge Recreation Center, 8801 Broadway in Highlands Ranch, will feature prizes, vendors, and lots of Zumba.

Tickets are $15 and may be purchased at any Highlands Ranch Community Association recreation center in advance or on the day of the event. For further information, please contact 303-471-7048.

Fashion show helps suicide awareness

Paula’s Moms & Proms hosts the Prom Fashion Show to benefit youth suicide awareness Feb. 22 at the Wildlife Experience, 10035 Peoria Street in Parker. Tickets are $15 and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Second Wind Fund.

The doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show begins at 7 p.m. Purchase tickets online at www.fashionshow.ticketleap.com/Paulas.

State patrol seeks youth for academy

The Colorado State Patrol is seeking 40 applicants for its 2013 Youth Academy, June 9-15 in Golden. The Youth Academy stresses team exercises, team building and leadership. Training includes a defensive driving course, introduction to law enforcement ethics, law enforcement driving, firearm safety and familiarization, crime scene investigation, self-defense, police communications and the history and philosophy of the CSP.

The Colorado State Patrol Youth Academy is limited to 40 participants who are selected throughout the state. To view qualification requirements and to apply, visit the CSP website at www.csp.state.co.us, select “Our Academy” on the bottom of the home page and click on the Youth Academy Banner. The deadline for application is March 8.

Free car seat inspections from sheriff’s office

Find out if your child’s car seat is the right fit, size and seat for your child with a free safety seat inspection by the Douglas County Sheriff's Office traffic team. The free inspections will take place during the MOMS’ — Mothers of Multiples — sales event, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 9 at the Douglas County Fairgrounds and Events Center, 500 Fairgrounds Drive in Castle Rock.

Bring the owner’s manuals for the vehicle and for the car seat. For more information contact Melissa Putland at 720-837-2038 or momssalemarketing@gmail.com. The sheriff’s office conducts free safety seat inspections every six months.

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