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Fun. It’s not just for kids anymore at BackCountry.

by Shea Homes Colorado on July 22, 2015

 

With all the pools, parks, and highly ranked schools, Highlands Ranch and kids go hand-in-hand. But uniquely, BackCountry – a Shea Homes Community – reaches out to its adult residents as much as it does to its children, addressing sophisticated interests in ways uncommon in the suburbs. At BackCountry, grownups enjoy the best of both worlds: an engaging, adult lifestyle within a relaxed, suburban setting.

BackCountry-EmptyNesters-300pBeyond the trails that beckon bikers and hikers of all ages, the Sundial House itself is an adult magnet. There’s the pool, of course, with lap lanes and lounge chairs. But inside, you’ll also find folks doing yoga and cardio or de-stressing with a facial or massage. Meeting new friends at a book club or  empty nester potluck, or picking up goodies for an outdoor movie in the Amphitheatre or a time-saving and tasty “drive-by dinner.”

 

 

 

Comedy-Night-BackCountryOne of the favorite ways that adults unwind and socialize is at Indulge at Pike’s Pub. Located within the Sundial House, this weekend gathering place buzzes with residents enjoying wine, tapas, and flatbreads, made famous by the original Indulge Wine Bar.  Live music adds fun to the vibe twice every month. Stand-up comedy takes the stage sometimes, too.

 

 

IMG_3982At BackCountry’s regular wine tasting events, residents explore themes such as Mediterranean terroir, the focus of this event.

 

 

 

DSC_0008 DSC_0024About once a quarter, residents gather for a cooking class at the Sundial House kitchen. At this one, Leah Eveleigh, Winner of Food Network’s Cutthroat Kitchen, helped residents concoct a yummy Pacific Island menu. Read more about Leah here.

 

 

Rear-Exterior-Crop-2Having an award-winning community center like the Sundial House is only half the story. Compelling activities like these hum along thanks to an active HOA and resident advisors who make sure the good times keep rolling—for every age group.

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Best resolution ever? More fun.

by Shea Homes Colorado on January 16, 2015

 

While there’s nothing wrong with losing weight, saving money, and writing the Great American Novel in 2015, be sure to add some entertainment to your resolution list. A little balance just might make those other goals easier to reach. Kick off the brainstorming with these ideas. Happy New Year!

National Western Stock Show – Jan. 8-25
Stock-Show-Girl-CowIf you’ve never been, it’s high time to enjoy the abundant western charms of this iconic show. New events this year include a BBQ Throwdown competition and the CINCH® Super Shootout Rodeo—a battle of the world’s most elite rodeos. Perennial favorites include the lavish Mexican Rodeo, mutton bustin’ competitions (there’s nothing quite like seeing a five-year-old riding a panicked sheep), horse shows, exhibitions of award-winning chickens and steers, children’s activities, and much more. Ticket prices vary. Learn more.

BackCountry Comedy Night with John Crist – Jan. 17, 7 pm

John-Crist-Comedy-NightSundial House • Cost: $20 per person
Coming to BackCountry’s own Sundial House, award-winning stand-up comedian John Crist has appeared on Live at Gotham and has opened on NBC’s Late Night with Seth Meyers. Crist’s interactive and improvisational skills ensure that no two shows are exactly alike. His edgy-yet-clean comedy has made him popular among fans of all ages. Space is limited to the first 65 residents. $20 per person. Register online through ActiveNet or at the Sundial House by Monday, January 12.

Five Points: The Cradle of Jazz in the Rockies – Jan. 20, 7-8:30pm

Five-Points-JazzDenver’s Five Points neighborhood has deep connections to the city’s early black history and culture. Through story and song, this special event at the History Colorado Center shares tales from the “Harlem of the West,” which attracted such jazz legends as Billie Holiday, Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, Ella Fitzgerald, and Louis Armstrong. Led by jazz musician and historian Purnell Steen and his group Le Jazz Machine. Tickets from $6.50-8.50 for museum members; $10-$14 for non-members. Learn more.

Superhero & Princess Party – Jan. 21, 4pm-5pm

Superhero-BackCountry-Party-300pBackCountry kids, grab your tiaras and capes. It’s time for some after-school magic at the Sundial House. Come in your best superhero or princess outfit and enjoy a snack and special appearance by Rapunzel and Spiderman. In order to have enough snacks for all, please register via ActiveNet by Friday, January 16. Open to the first 50 kids.

 

Glow-in-the-Dark Yoga – Jan. 24, 5:30pm-7:30pm

Glow-in-the-dark-yogaIt’s like yoga in a parallel universe, where the mellow, vinyasa flow includes upbeat music, black lights, a disco ball, and best of all, cocktails. Bring your own yoga mat, wear white or neon yoga clothing, and don glow-in-the-dark accessories (if you have them) to make the room glow. Ticket price also includes a glow necklace, one glass of wine or beer, and appetizers. Cash bar available. 75-minute, all-levels class. Ages 21+ only. Recreation Center at Southridge (map). Tickets $25 in advance, $30 day of event if not sold out. Learn more.

 

Gilbert & Sullivan’s H.M.S. Pinafore – Jan. 24 at 7:30pm and Jan. 25 at 1pm

Gilbert-and-Sullivan-PinaforeSubtitled The Lass Who Loved a Sailor, this classic comic opera opened in 1878 and was Gilbert and Sullivan’s first international sensation. This lighthearted story of love between the captain’s daughter and a lower-class sailor skewers the British class system, politics, and other timeless topics. Tickets $22-84. Learn more.

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How this 13-year-old BackCountry resident is giving back.

by Shea Homes Colorado on December 29, 2014

 

And how you can too.

For many, the holidays are a time for outreach to those who are struggling. You can find endless ways to volunteer—check out the ideas below—but if you need additional inspiration, look no further than BackCountry resident Lily Larsen. Last month, this Mountain Ridge Middle School student wrapped up the second phase of her aid project to the children of Syria, sending 127 pairs of much-needed socks and 162 pairs of underwear. This followed the 335 stuffed animals Lily collected and sent last May.

Her inspiration sprang from a conversation with a Syrian family friend, who explained how the 2011 uprising changed everything in her once-peaceful homeland, creating more than one million child refugees, many of whose parents were imprisoned or killed. Lily thought stuffed animals might help those grieving children.

“I wanted to give them something to hang on to,” says Lily. “I thought about how it would feel if something like that happened to me.” A school project prompted her to take action, and the BackCountry – a Shea Homes community responded generously to her flyers by dropping off toys, and more recently, clothing. Fired up by her success, Lily plans to continue her outreach projects twice each year, shipping the goods to Boston’s NuDay Syria, an organization that forwards contributions to the struggling country each month.

For Lily, it was kids in crisis who inspired her to act. What might it be for you? Handypersons (or those willing to learn) might want to pick up a hammer for Habitat for Humanity. This nonprofit has built simple, affordable housing for families since 1976. [read more…]

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