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July 2016
Ice Cream Social July 13
Cool down at the Metro District's annual Ice Cream Social July 13 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Civic Green Park. For only $2 each, children and their families can enjoy all you can eat ice cream and snow cones with any topping of their choice. This community-wide tradition features fun for the entire family. All proceeds will be donated to Project ReCycle, whose intent is to provide smiles to children all over the state by collecting used bicycles and repairing them to donate.  

From Denver's A-list of food trucks, El Torro the Tot, Gusto's Kitchen and Simply Pizza will be on location selling delicious food. Live entertainment will include entertainer Paul Borrillo at 6 p.m and the Highlands Ranch Concert Band at 7:15 p.m.
Littleton Fire Rescue will have a smoke trailer and water rescue team onsite and will perform a live extraction from a car using the Jaws of Life at 6:45 p.m.
Household Chemical Roundup Aug. 13
The Household Chemical Roundup is a busy event that relies on the help of volunteers. It is a great teambuilding opportunity for school groups, sports teams, businesses and organizations to sign up and volunteer together.

Volunteers are needed to help with registration, unloading items from vehicles, traffic control, sorting and more.

For more information or to volunteer, contact Kari Larese at klarese@highlandsranch.org or 720-240-4909.
Mansion docent training July 20
Docents are the highlight of a visit to the Highlands Ranch Mansion. They greet guests, provide tours and answer questions about the history of the home. Docents work during designated open hours Tuesdays, Thursdays, one Monday evening a month and at special events. Becoming a docent is a great way to get involved in your community. The first step to becoming a docent is to sign up for training. To register for docent training, or for more information, contact Kari Larese at klarese@highlandsranch.org or 702-240-4909.

Training Schedule:
  • Wednesday, July 20 from 10:30 a.m. - noon
  • Wednesday, Oct. 19 from 6:30 - 8 p.m. 
Snakes in Highlands Ranch

In Colorado, only three species of snakes are venomous, and two can be found in Douglas County - Western rattlesnakes and prairie rattlesnakes. Bull snakes, which are non-venomous, are often mistaken for rattlesnakes because of their behavior and coloration. Several key differences can help you distinguish a rattlesnake from a bull snake. Remember, if you encounter a snake, you should always keep your distance. Rattlesnakes are not aggressive, but they will defend themselves if threatened of provoked.

July is Smart Irrigation Month

July is typically a month with a high demand for water. The Irrigation Association named July Smart Irrigation Month to increase public awareness about easy ways to save water.

The association provides additional tips on ways homeowners can save water and lower their utility bill. They offer a few simple strategies such as planting right, investing in an irrigation system, watering wisely, maintaining your system and working with an irrigation professional. Here are ways you can save water this summer:
  • Water early in the morning to reduce evaporation.
  • Adjust your sprinkler system to prevent runoff onto the sidewalk or street.
  • Use a broom to clean your driveway and sidewalk instead of a hose.
  • After rain, don't forget to turn off your sprinkler.
  • Inspect your system monthly for leaks.
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