Celebrate the holidays with new Season of the Star events in Castle Rock

Hot chocolate, holiday carols and twinkling lights – all signs the holiday season is upon us. Make sure your holidays are full of memories, magic and merriment with the Town’s new event series, Season of the Star.

The series of events will help celebrate the warmth of our community and will make sure Saturdays truly shine in Castle Rock this season. Join friends, family and neighbors as the Town, the Castle Rock Chamber of Commerce and the Downtown Alliance help the community get into the spirit of the season.

Starting the week after Starlighting, the Season of the Star events will be held Downtown and at Festival Park every Saturday, giving families new ways to enjoy the charm of Downtown and create new traditions.

The event series will continue through the first week of January. Each weekend is another festive opportunity, so be sure to check out the schedule below. More information is available at CRgov.com/StarSeason. Admission to all of the Season of the Star events is free.

SotS1NEWSSeason of the Star events:

Elf House Experience
4-7 p.m., Saturdays, Nov. 28-Jan. 2
Festival Park

Downtown Castle Rock will host an exhibit featuring “Selfies with Santa,” and “The Elves Dressing Room.” Bring the family and a camera. Take a selfie with Santa, or dress up like an Elf. More holiday lights Downtown this year will only add to the cheer and photo opportunities.

12 Stops of Christmas
4-7 p.m., Saturdays, Nov. 28 and Dec. 12
Downtown Castle Rock

Castle Rock is a generous community, so we know your giving list is long. Take care of everyone with the 12 Stops of Christmas. Visit each business on the route to gather stamps and enter to win a prize package from the Chamber, Downtown Alliance and the Town. Plus, shopping locally helps fund needed services like fire, police, emergency medical, roadwork and more.

Storytellers and S’mores
4-7 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 5
Festival Park

Take a break from the hustle and bustle of the season with an evening around a campfire listening to stories and making s’mores. Bring a lawn chair or blanket, and don’t forget to dress for the weather.

The Castle Rock Polar Express
4-7 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 19
Festival Park

It’s the traditional story, Castle Rock style. Enjoy a short train ride from the Douglas County Fairgrounds to Festival Park, which will be transformed into a North Pole celebration with Santa. The event will also include food, vendors and live entertainment.

Christmas Eve Candlelight services
4 p.m., Christmas Eve
Festival Park

Join your community as several churches host various candlelight services.

Downtown holiday movie – Elf
4 p.m., Dec. 26
Downtown

This holiday movie will be displayed outside on a giant screen. Bring the family and wind down after the Christmas holiday. Make sure to dress warm and bring a blanket or lawn chairs.

WinterFest
4-7 p.m. Jan. 2
Festival Park

Ring in the New Year with a variety of activities including, ice carving, a fun run, the Cold War Classic Cyclocross Race, a Resolution Run, and other outdoor activities.

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Castle Rock Band entertains town at intersection of music and history

Buddy Rich plays his tuba during band practice at Faith Lutheran Church in Castle Rock on Sept. 14, 2015. (Seth McConnell, Your Hub)

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It’s where the two overlap that Brandebery and dozens of other musicians over the past decade and a half have made — and continue to make — a sweet-sounding impact on Castle Rock and its residents.

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Castle Rock Town Council approves $214,455 for fireworks, star-lighting decorations

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Downtown Castle Rock will get extra lights and a more extravagant fireworks display for the town’s annual star lighting this year.

At its Sept. 15 meeting, the Castle Rock Town Council approved up to $214,455 in expenditures. The decision passed 6-0. Councilman Chip Wilson was absent from the meeting.

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Three new pieces on display in Castle Rock through Countywide public art program

New sculptures are adding color and dimension at three locations in Castle Rock thanks to the Countywide Art Encounters program.

Starting its seventh year, the program provides one-year exhibits of sculptures in retail and civic areas within Douglas County. Other participants in the program, funded partially through the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District, are Highlands Ranch, Lone Tree and Parker.

Castle Rock’s three pieces for 2014-15 were installed over the last couple weeks:
• “Bower,” a translucent polycarbonate panel for sale at $7,000 by artist Barbara Baer, is in Festival Park, 300 Second St.
• “Needle and Thread,” a steel sculpture for sale at $15,000 by artist Kevin Shaffer, is at Red Hawk Ridge Golf Course, 2156 Red Hawk Ridge Drive
• “Wellness Globe,” which artist Ivan Kosta made of painted steel and has for sale at $24,300, is at Butterfield Crossing Park, 3952 W. Butterfield Crossing Drive

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Castle Rock Police start mural project to brush up bridges, help prevent crime

With paintbrushes, the right color palate and a little creative liberty, community members have polished up the backdrops of some of Castle Rock’s beautiful trails and perhaps helped deter graffiti and other crimes, too.

Anyone who has hiked under the bridge along East Plum Creek Trail near the train tracks has probably noticed the underpass has been painted with a nature-themed mural. Under the bridge near Douglas County High School, another mural shows off Husky school spirit.

The artwork is part of an effort by Castle Rock Police called Art Around the Rock. The goal is to paint murals on all of the Town’s dozen bridge underpasses to help make a more beautiful trail system and to help deter crime, such as graffiti.

The idea is part law enforcement science and part creativity. Officially called Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design, the theory is that police officers, planners, architects and the community can work together to prevent crime at the start of a project. By creating something that positively impacts human behavior – such as painting murals on bridges crime can be deterred.

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Three new pieces on display in Castle Rock through Countywide public art program

New sculptures are adding color and dimension at three locations in Castle Rock thanks to the Countywide Art Encounters program.

Starting its seventh year, the program provides one-year exhibits of sculptures in retail and civic areas within Douglas County. Other participants in the program, funded partially through the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District, are Highlands Ranch, Lone Tree and Parker.

Castle Rock’s three pieces for 2014-15 were installed over the last couple weeks:

~“Bower,” a translucent polycarbonate panel for sale at $7,000 by artist Barbara Baer, is in Festival Park, 300 Second St.

~“Needle and Thread,” a steel sculpture for sale at $15,000 by artist Kevin Shaffer, is at Red Hawk Ridge Golf Course, 2156 Red Hawk Ridge Drive

~“Wellness Globe,” which artist Ivan Kosta made of painted steel and has for sale at $24,300, is at Butterfield Crossing Park, 3952 W. Butterfield Crossing Drive

The pieces will remain in place until late May/early June 2015. The Town will give each artist a $500 stipend to borrow his or her piece for the year, which is funded through the Philip S. Miller Trust Fund. No taxpayer money is used to purchase public art in Castle Rock.

Learn more about the Town’s public art at CRgov.com/publicart.

Learn more about Art Encounters and vote for your favorite art piece in the program at douglas.co.us/artencounters. The winner of the 2013-14 People’s Choice Award was “The Eye” by artist Luis Fernandez, which had been on display at Red Hawk Ridge.

“The Courtyard”

Featured in the QRstorytelling Gallery, 505 Second Street, is local artist, Cindy Welch. Her watercolor painting, “The Courtyard” captures the essence of Castle Rock’s charm. Viewing her art elicits longing feelings for a fair weather respite in “The Courtyard.”  No need to wait, stop by and view the original painting. You’ll feel like you’re there! Prints are also available. 720-282-9521 or [email protected]  Learn more about QRstorytelling by visiting their website.