It's been a really dry year so far here in Highlands Ranch, CO and especially warm, not that I am complaining. I think we broke records for high temperatures twice this week. However, we are not at all short on upcoming activities and the nice weather will make some of them much more enjoyable.
Saturday night, the 7th, is Martini Appreciation Night. Professionals will teach you all you ever would want to know about martinis and how to make them. This takes place at the Eastridge Recreation Center from 5:30 to 6:30 pm and 7:00 to 8:00 pm. You'll need to get your ticket real soon because they sell out! They are $17 for members and $20 for guests. Whole Foods Market will supply the appetizers.
You certainly will want to be at the Highlands Ranch Mansion on Friday, March 13 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm which will be transformed into the Lilly Rose Saloon and Dance Hall for a new Murder Mystery. While enjoying appetizers and drinks from the cash bar you can wander through the mansion and talk with characters like Molly Brown, Soapy Smith and Ol' Geezer the miner to get clues on who committed the crime. Tickets are $35 for members and $40 for guests. Hurry, they go fast!
Four Saturdays, March 21st and 28th and April 4th and 18th, fly fishing for 11-14 year olds comes to Highlands Ranch Recreation Center at Eastridge. Kids will learn about Fly Fishing tackle, rigging, knots and casting. Equipment will be available for the class which is from 8:00 to 10:00 am. Then on Saturday, April 25th they get to practice at Lake Lehou from 8:00 am to noon. Tickets are $25 for members and $30 for guests.
Saturday, March 21st is the day of the St. Patty's Day 5K Run and Walk at Town Center. This is just one of the Highlands Ranch Run Series which you can find more about at www.highlandsranchrunseries.com. Afterwards is the St. Patty's Day Festival at Town Center.
March 28th brings my favorite, the Spring Bazaar! Great handmade items are plentiful. You will usually see jewelry, baskets, decorative pottery, wall hangings and rugs, dolls, stuffed toys, handmade toys, floral, photography, scrap book materials, clothing, deco for outdoors and even commercial items! It starts at 9:00 am and ends at 5 pm. It is held at Eastridge Recreation Center and its FREE!
Also on March 28th the Back Country Trails re-open. They are closed in the winter in order not to disturb the elk, deer and other wildlife that inhabit the area. There are over 5 miles of natural surface trails. They are favorite spots for walking, biking and wildlife watching.
I know that March is our biggest snow month, but I hope the snow only will come on days other than the ones when we have the fly fishing, the St. Patty's Day Run and Festival, the Spring Bazaar or the when the trails open. What do you think? Will that happen?
For more information on any of the above activities or to register, visit any of the recreation centers or go to www.hrcaonline.org.