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Preparedness training set

The Douglas County Office of Emergency Management is hosting a free Citizen Preparedness Training at 6 p.m. Sept. 17 at the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Highlands Ranch Substation, 9250 Zotos Drive. Topics covered will include evacuations for people and animals, the importance of Code Red phone notifications, and Go-kits, which you should have ready in case of potential evacuation.

For those who cannot attend the Highlands Ranch training, there is also a training scheduled for 6 p.m. Sept. 24 at the Douglas County Sheriff’s Jury Assembly Room, 4000 Justice Way in Castle Rock. For more information on emergency preparedness, call 303-660-7589 or visit www.dcsheriff.net/emergencymanagement.

Shred fest ahead

Skateboarders of all ages are invited to show off their skills Sept. 14 at Redstone Skate Park, 3280 Redstone Park Circle, for the 12th Annual Ruler of the Railzz Competition hosted by the Highlands Ranch Metro District. Seven divisions allows for participants of all interest and ability to throw down with skaters of a similar level. Divisions include: Beginners ages 4-7; Beginners ages 8 and up; Intermediate Bowl; Intermediate Street; Advanced Bowl; Advanced Street; and Advanced Mini Bowl.

Participants can register online before the event at www.highlandsranch.org. Registration costs $10 per participant per event. The event is open to the first 15 participants per division on a first-come, first-served basis. Pre-registration is recommended, but on-site registration will be available beginning at 11 a.m. day of the event, cash or credit only. Registration closes at noon, Sept. 14. For more information, call 720-240-5934 or visit www.highlandsranch.org.

Flapjacks for music

The Highlands Ranch High School choir parent booster club is hosting a pancake breakfast from 8 to 10 a.m. Sept. 14 in the parking lot at 9375 Cresthill Lane. There will be sausages, milk, juice and fresh cakes coming off the griddle before, during and after the 2013 homecoming parade to the tune of $25 per family and $5 per person.

There will also be special live performances from the HRHS choir, as the money raised at the event will go toward needed supplies and equipment for the choir. Some of the items the choir hopes to purchase with proceeds include new risers, podiums and microphones. To be sure there is enough food to feed the crowd, please RSVP for the event at www.bit.ly/howellhrhs. State your family name and number attending.  

Citations can be paid online

In an effort to make it easier and more convenient for citizens to pay citations, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office has partnered with DocXchange, powered by www.openrecordsportal.com.

“DocXchange allows persons to easily and securely search for and locate the fine information related to their citation,” said Sheriff David A. Weaver. “Once found, they will be able to make their payments online using a credit or debit card, saving a considerable amount of time and effort. A small convenience fee is added to the online payment to cover the costs of processing the credit card and operating the system. As expensive as a gallon of gas has become, we think this will be a valuable and cost-effective convenience option for our citizens.”

The site also allows citizens to file public record requests. Additional services will be made available online through DocXchange in coming months. Douglas County is the first agency in the state to use DocXchange. Citizens who choose to do so will continue to have the option to come to the courthouse to pay citations. 

Financial workshop slated

Plan your financial strategy at the Strategies to Financial Freedom — Solutions for Living Well workshop. The workshop is hosted by the Highlands Ranch Metro District Senior Outreach Services and will take place from 9 to 11 a.m. Sept. 14 at Eastridge Recreation Center, 9568 University Blvd.

The cost is $8 per person and includes a continental breakfast. Registration is required and can be completed by calling Jodie McCann at 720-240-4922 or emailing jmccann@highlandsranch.org.

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