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WEDNESDAY

Evergreen Camera Club to meet

Evergreen Camera Club will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28, at the Bergen Park Fire/Rescue auditorium, 1802 Bergen Parkway, Evergreen. Digital photographer Dave Barry, who has been involved in almost every aspect of still photography since 1975, will teach Lightroom techniques for digital photography. For more information, visit www.evergreencameraclub.com or call 
Bill Vogel at 303-949-7708.

 

Jeffco schools budget forums

Members of the Jefferson County Board of Education will host six community meetings to discuss the 2015-16 school-year budget. The public is invited to attend the meetings and provide feedback about spending priorities. The foothills area meeting will be Wednesday, Jan. 28, at 6 p.m. at Conifer High School, 10441 Highway 73.

 

Bergens Author Fair

Local authors are invited to participate in the Bergens’ Local Children’s Author Fair at Bergen Valley Elementary on Friday, Feb. 27, and at Bergen Meadow Elementary on Monday, March 2. Authors have booths for children and parents to visit, and read their books to students. Visit the website at http://tinyurl.com/bergensauthorfair2015.  Registration is due Jan. 28.

 

FRIDAY

Ice Melt Barrel concert

Sister duo Facing West and singer/songwriter John Erlandson will headline the first-ever Evergreen Ice Melt Contest benefit concert on Jan. 30 at Bistro Colorado in Bergen Park. Hosted by the Mountain Foothills Rotary, the concert will raise money for the Evergreen Ice Melt event and its beneficiaries: Evergreen Park & Recreation District Special Needs Program, Evergreen Christian Outreach and Crutches for Africa. In addition, a donation in honor of Greg Henika will be made to the Aktion Club.Facing West will perform at 6 p.m., and The Most Pretty Random All-Stars will perform at 7:45 p.m. A $10 donation is suggested at the door. More contest details are available at www.EvergreenIceMelt.com.

 

SATURDAY

Conference on Economic Inequality 

Evergreen Lutheran Church will host a Conference on Economic Inequality from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday Jan. 31, at the church, 5980 Highway 73.  Come to Trinity Institute via webcast for a practical, theological perspective on economic inequality and practical ways to take on this complex issue. Cost is $25 that includes lunch. For more information or to register, contact kim@evergreenlutheran.org

 

TUESDAY

Tax preparation help

Mountain Resource Center is offering free tax preparation from 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through March 31. Find out more information at www.mrcco.org or call 303-838-7552. Appointments are required and spots will fill up quickly.

 

UPCOMING AND ONGOING

EChO Jobs Center workshops

Evergreen Christian Outreach’s Jobs Center will offer a free workshops and networking opportunities in January above the Resale Store in the Evergreen North shopping center. Contact 303-670-1796 or jennie@evergreenchristianoutreach.org to reserve your spot.

• Online Job Search Success will be Thursday, Jan. 29, from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Learn about the best websites to help in the search for employment including Connecting Colorado.

• Friday Networking and Job Club will be Jan. 30 from 10 to 11 a.m. Meet other mountain residents over coffee to get advice and support on your job search or career change journey. The group will discuss job search and networking topics each week.

• One-On-One Help Wednesdays will be Jan. 28 from 10 a.m. to noon. Bring your resume for review or practice interviewing skills with one of our experienced job coaches.

 

Origami group to meet

The Mountain Fold origami group meets the fourth Sunday of the month at Evergreen Library. This free activity is open to everyone, and no prior folding experience is required. Paper is provided. The group has a display at the library through Jan. 31. For more information, e-mail Evergreenmountainfold@yahoo.com.

 

Luncheon for seniors

The Salvation Army Service Extension Unit for Conifer will host a free luncheon at noon Tuesday, Feb. 3, at Aspen Ridge Church at Highway 73 North Turkey Creek Road. The speaker will be Judy Winnick portraying Miep Gies, the woman who helped hide Anne Frank and her family during World War II. Bring your friends and enjoy a good meal and fellowship. Bring a book for a book exchange if you like. R.S.V.P. to Yvonne Ludwig at 303-838-4805 by Saturday, Jan. 31. Reservations are appreciated to make sure there is enough food for everyone. Transportation is not provided. 

 

Chamber Business After Hours

The Evergreen Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours mixer will be from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 12, at Congregation Beth Evergreen, 2981 Bergen Peak Drive. Cost is $5 for members and $10 for non-members. For more information, contact the chamber at 303-674-3412.

 

Jeffco Open Space recruitment fairs

Jeffco Open Space will conduct recruitment fairs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 7, and from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 12, at the Jeffco Open Space Administration Building, 700 Jefferson County Parkway, Suite 100, Golden. From observing wildlife and assisting visitors to bringing history to life, volunteers find many ways to contribute to Jeffco Open Space. Both fairs are drop-in events where potential volunteers can talk with staff and current volunteers.

 

Teen author to speak

Teen author E.V. Fairfall will discuss “Sleeping Tom” at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21, at HearthFire Books in Bergen Park. For more information call 303-670-4549.

 

MRC Workforce Center programs

• Effective Job Searching Techniques will meet from 3 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 29, and from 10 a.m. to noon Monday, Feb 2.

• Latest and Greatest in Resume Writing will meet from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 4.

• Interview Skills that Will Land You the Job will meet from 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 4.

• How to Achieve Job Success After You're Hired will meet from 2 to 3 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 29, and from noon to 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 2.

All workshops meet at the Mountain Resource Center, 11030 Kitty Drive, Conifer. Get started with the Workforce Program by attending an orientation offered weekly. Visit www.mrcco.org for more information or call 303-838-7552, ext. 27, to register.

 

WOW networking group to meet

WOW Networking Group (Wonderful Opportunities for Women) meets from 8 to 9:30 a.m. twice each month. The first Tuesday meeting is at The Place, 27886 Meadow Drive in Evergreen. The third Thursday meeting is at The Wing Wagon, 26367 Conifer Road, Conifer. The group is open to women business owners. For more information, contact co-founders Jo Ann Colton at 303-670-1028 or Denise at 303-868-8972.

 

Blood drives 

• Clear Creek High School will sponsor a community blood drive from 2 to 6 p.m. Feb. 25 at the school, 185 Beaver Creek Canyon Road. For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact Tina Matthew at 303-679-4636 or visit bonfils.org.

• A blood drive is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 27 inside the Bloodmobile at Evergreen Library, 5000 Highway 73. For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact Bonfils Appointment Center at 303-363-2300 or visit bonfils.org.

 

Red Carpet Spectacular to benefit Mount Evans

Mount Evans Home Health Care & Hospice will hosts its 29th annual benefit gala on Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015, at 5:30 p.m. at Mount Vernon Country Club, 24933 Clubhouse Circle, Golden. This year’s theme, “Red Carpet Spectacular,” will celebrate 87 years of Best Picture Oscars. The evening includes dinner, silent and live auctions, and dancing to the band Tunisia. Attendees are encouraged to dress as their favorite movie star, character or Best Picture movie title. Tickets are $80 (patron level $125). Purchase tickets online at www.MountEvans.org, or call 303-674-6400 for reservations or more information.

 

MRC needs Resale Store volunteers

The Mountain Resource Center is looking for volunteers to work in its Resale Store. Volunteers, who typically work full-day or half-day shifts, receive a 25 percent discount. Store hours are Mondays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Volunteers can choose to work one day per month or as a substitute. For more information, contact Resale Store manager Mary Hellman at maryh@mrcco.orgor 303-838-7552.

 

Evergreen Chamber looking for volunteers

The Chamber of Commerce is looking for volunteers to welcome visitors to the community, promote member benefits, greet people at the Visitor Center and help with community events. For more information, call Sheralyn at 303-674-3412 or visit www.evergreenchamber.org.

 

Bricks for memorial path at Buchanan Park

Memorial bricks that are being placed near the veterans memorial in Buchanan Park may be ordered through the American Legion Post 2001 website, legionpost2001.org. An order form can be found under the “commemorative walk” heading.

 

Volunteer performers needed

Elk Run Assisted Living is looking for volunteer performers. Are you a singer, dancer, storyteller or an instrument player? For more information, call Pam Davis at 303-679-8777,or e-mail pdavis@augustanacare.org.

 

SRC seeks volunteers

The Seniors’ Resource Center in Evergreen is looking for volunteers to help with minor repairs, visiting seniors or delivering meals. For information, contact Melanie at 303-674-2843, ext. 302, or e-mail mnuchols@srcaging.org.

 

Hiwan seeks volunteers

Hiwan Homestead Museum in Evergreen is seeking tour guides, receptionists and school aides to help meet, greet and inform visitors. If you are interested in volunteering, contact museum administrator John Steinle at 720-497-7650 or jsteinle@jeffco.us.

 

EChO Resale, Home Furnishing Store help needed

Volunteers are needed for both the Resale Shop and EChO Home Store for a variety of positions, including cashiers, assistance on the sales floor and backroom sorting staff. There are open morning and afternoon shifts on most days. In addition to cashiers, help is needed in the Home Furnishing Store back room. Volunteers are needed to do light repair and refinishing of donated furniture to prepare it for display on the sales floor. For available shifts and more information, contact Mary at 303-670-1796 or e-mail mary@evergreenchristianoutreach.org.

 

4-H Dog Project recruiting

The Jefferson County 4-H Dog Project is recruiting youths ages 8 to 18 who are interested in learning more about dog care, obedience, training, rally and showmanship. Some agility training is thrown in for fun. Youth who are currently enrolled in 4-H can join the dog project for no additional cost. One group meets in the Conifer area, and another is being established at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds in Golden. For more information, visit www.extension.colostate.edu/jefferson/4h/4h.shtml or contact Lisa Sholten at 303-271-6620 or lsholten@jeffco.us. The registration fee is $40 and can be paid online at http://jeffco.us/csucamp/4hindex.jsp.

 

Breast cancer support group

A new nurse-led breast cancer support group will be held monthly starting this spring in Evergreen. All those who have been touched by breast cancer are welcome to attend this circle of caring. To participate, call 303-670-3809.

 

Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Group meets monthly in Evergreen

Mount Evans Home Health Care & Hospice, in cooperation with the Alzheimer’s Association, offers a support group for caregivers, family and friends of people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias on the third Monday of every month from 4:30 to 6 p.m. The free program is designed to help caregivers cope with emotional as well as practical aspects of the disease. The group meets at the Mt. Evans offices, 3081 Bergen Peak. For information, call 303-674-6400.

 

Mount Evans Hospice offers parent grief group

Mount Evans Home Health Care & Hospice offers a monthly grief support group for parents who have experienced the death of a child. The group meets the first Thursday of each month from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Mount Evans office, 3081 Bergen Peak Drive, Evergreen. For more information, call 303-674-6400.

 

Ask-an-Attorney clinics

The First Judicial District will offer an “Ask an Attorney” clinic to self-represented litigants on the first Thursday of every month from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the Jury Assembly Room, 100 Jefferson County Parkway, Golden. Appointments may be scheduled, and walk-ins are welcome on a first-come, first-served basis. Each month, a family law attorney will be available; an attorney who can answer questions regarding other civil matters will be available every second month. Participating attorneys will appear via Internet video chat technology. For more information, or to schedule an appointment, contact April Bernard or Brigitte Smith at 303-271-6570, or visit http://www.courts.state.co.us/Courts/County/Custom.cfm?County_ID=2&Page_ID=426.

Local charities launch Showers for Those in Need initiative

United Methodist Church of Evergreen has established a mission of support called Showers for Those in Need, in conjunction with Evergreen Christian Outreach and the Evergreen rec centers. Those in need of a hot shower can go to EChO at 27640 Highway 74 in Evergreen and claim a voucher that can be used for a free shower at either local rec center. Donations of $3 provide a hot shower and a clean towel for those less fortunate. For more information, contact United Methodist Church at 303-674-4810 or e-mail office@evergreenumc.org.

 

Free car seat safety checks

Free car seat safety checks are offered by Drive Smart Evergreen/Conifer from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. the second Saturday of each month at the Chuck Ridings State Farm building, 3112 Evergreen Parkway in Evergreen. We can answer questions and help ensure everyone in the vehicle is traveling as safely as possible. The goal is to show you how to use your car seat, booster seat or seat belt in your car. If you re in need of a car seat or for information on how to use the car seat you currently have, call 303-674-9683.

 

Jeffco Library expands high-tech offerings

Jefferson County Public Library has expanded its collection to meet the ever-changing needs of Jefferson County citizens. New high-tech offerings include: Playaways (portable audiobooks), downloadable eBooks and downloadable audiobooks for children, young adults and adults. Playaway audio devices are now available for checkout at from all 10 JCPL locations and the Bookmobile. To access these and other downloadable resources, visit JCPL’s Download Center at http://jeffcolibrary.org/downloadcenter.html.

 

Library blog targets teens

Teens looking for something new to do online can hear about great new books and programs at JCPL Teens, a new blog written just for teens by the Jefferson County Public Library. The blog, created and updated by JCPL’s team of teen librarians, will inform teens of library programs and events, discuss new and upcoming teen books, offer blog-only contests and polls and more. Visit the teen blog at www.jeffcolibrary.org/teenblog.