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FRIDAY

Chamber’s Sparkle and Shine gala

The Evergreen Area Chamber of Commerce will host its annual Sparkle and Shine annual awards banquet and holiday gala from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9, at The Pines in Genesee. Tickets are $75 and may be purchased at www.evergreenchamber.org.

SATURDAY

Cookie walk at Our Lady of the Pines

Our Lady of the Pines Catholic Church, 9444 Eagle Cliff Road in Conifer, is having a cookie walk from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10. The church will sell Christmas cookies, breads and candies for the holidays. For more information, call 303-838-0338.

Blood drive

A community blood drive will be from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Dec. 10 inside the Bloodmobile outside Buchanan Rec Center, 23003 Ellingwood Trail. For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact Bonfils Appointment Center at 303-363-2300 or visit bonfils.org.

North Pole Express craft fair

Elk Creek Elementary School will offer its North Pole Express holiday craft fair from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, at the school, 13304 U.S. 285, Pine. The event is a local shopping experience, holiday bake sale and fund-raiser for the school and a creative way for local artisans to share their work with the community. Photos with Santa will be from 10 a.m. to noon. 

SUNDAY

Brunch and Barnyard with Santa

Tomahawk Ranch will offer Brunch and Barnyard with Santa on Sunday, Dec. 11, at the ranch, 2113 County Road 43, Bailey. Doors open at 10:30 a.m., and brunch is served until 1 p.m. Take photos with Santa and meet Santa’s barnyard animals. Cost is $15 for adults, $10 for children 3 to 11 and free for kids under 3. To reserve a spot, call 303-816-1642.

 

Introduction to JavaScript

Evergreen Library will offer Hour of Code: Introduction to JavaScript for teens ages 13-18 from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, at the library, 5000 Highway 73. This workshop will introduce you to the basics of computer programming through JavaScript language. No experience necessary. Registration is required. Register at www.jeffcolibrary.org/teen/teen-events.

MONDAY

Ukulele Club to meet

The Ukulele Club of Evergreen meets the second and fourth Monday of the month at Wilmot Elementary School, 5124 S. Hatch Drive, Evergreen. The next meeting will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 12. Bring your ukulele, or several will be available to borrow. For more information, contact Matt Cormier at mjcormier72@yahoo.com.

Hiwan Christmas Tea

Hiwan Homestead Museum will offer its annual Hiwan Christmas Tea from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 12, at the museum, 4208 Timbervale Drive in Evergreen. Enjoy a light luncheon amid the themed decorations. Cost is $18. To make reservations, call 720-497-7650.

TUESDAY

Evergreen Garden Club to meet

The Evergreen Garden Club's monthly meeting on Tuesday Dec. 13, at 9 a.m. at the Evergreen Fire/Rescue Administration Building, 1802 Bergen Parkway, is a holiday celebration. The event is also a food drive for Evergreen Christian Outreach, so bring a large can of high-protein soup, and there will be a members’ craft sale.

UPCOMING AND ONGOING

EPRD’s foundation looking for board members

The Evergreen Recreation and Park Foundation is seeking board members. The foundation, the charitable partner of Evergreen Park & Recreation District, raises funds for scholarships, and assists with grant and donation opportunities, and investing in equipment and projects. For more information, contact Ellen O’Connor, EPRD executive director, at 720-880-1011 or eoconnor@eprd.co.

2016 Mount Evans Angels for sale

The 2016 Mount Evans Angel is now for sale as a benefit to Mount Evans Home Health Care & Hospice. The angels, nine inches tall, is a country dream with an old-fashioned dress of burgundy and cream burlap, accessorized with twine hair and halo, heart-shaped wings, and tiny white flowers. Shipping boxes are available, and Mount Evans will ship angels on request. For more information about purchasing an angel for $25, visit the website or call 303-674-6400.

 

EAS+Y looking for board members

Evergreen's Alliance for Sustainability has openings on its board of directors for 2017. EAS+Y's mission is to foster actions that lead to sustainability in Evergreen and Conifer. Contact EAS+Y at info@EvergreenEASY.org or 720-308-3394 for more information about joining its leadership.

 

Evergreen pond hockey championship registration

Registration is open for the seventh annual Evergreen Pond Hockey Tournament, to be held the weekend of Jan. 7 at Evergreen Lake. The tournament starts at 7 a.m. both days. Registration is $400 for adult divisions and $350 for kids division. For more information, contact rink supervisor Brad Bednar at bbednar@eprd.co or 720-880-1311.

 

Caregiver Survival Skills

Caregiver Survival Skills is a free educational series presented by the Mountain Caregivers Resource Group. December’s topic, “Effective Communication Strategies for Caregivers,” will be presented by a representative of the Alzheimer’s Association of Colorado. The program teaches caregivers to decode verbal and behavioral communication by someone with Alzheimer’s and other dementias. The free seminar will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14, at the Evergreen Fire/Rescue Administration Building, 1802 Bergen Parkway, Evergreen. Reservations are recommended. For more information or to R.S.V.P., call 303-674-6400.

 

Rediscover Jeffco through LWV

Jefferson County’s needs are changing, and the League of Women Voters of Jefferson County is beginning a four-part series in December to update Jeffco’s changing demographics and its ramifications. The Mountain Parks Unit meets at 9:15 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 13, at Highland Rescue Team Ambulance District, 317 S. Lookout Mountain Road, Golden. Call 303-674-1780 for more information.

 

Evergreen Chamber’s Membership 201

The Evergreen Area Chamber of Commerce will offer Membership 201 from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Dec. 14 at the ReMax boardroom above the chamber offices, 30480 Stagecoach Blvd., Evergreen. The workshop teaches chamber members how to boost their marketing with the chamber. For more information or to register, visit www.evergreenchamber.org.

 

Christmas Bird Count

Evergreen Audubon will conduct the 48th Christmas Bird Count for the Evergreen/Idaho Springs area on Sunday, Dec. 18. Birders will head out in small groups to find as many species and individual birds as possible in a 15-mile diameter circle. After a day of counting birds, participants are invited to the Tally Rally, a traditional potluck supper, where birders share findings and adventures of the day. Sign up at

www.SignUpGenius.com/go/20F084EABAA22A2FE3-christmas.

 

Blood drive

A community blood drive will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 23 inside the Bloodmobile outside 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.

 

Evergreen Library to show ‘Krampus’

Evergreen Library will show the movie “Krampus” from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 23, at the library, 5000 Highway 73. The movie is suitable for teens in grades 6 to 12. Snacks will be provided. Register at www.jeffcolibrary.org/teen/teen-events.

 

Skate the Lake

The annual Skate the Lake family festival will be from 6 p.m. to midnight New Year’s Eve with fireworks at 8 p.m. and midnight at Evergreen Lake. Tickets are $20 in advance, with children 8 and under free when bought in advance, and $25 at the door. For more information, visit drive-smart.org/skate-the-lake.

 

Lake Plunge

The ninth annual Evergreen Lake Plunge will be at noon on New Year’s Day at Evergreen Lake. Cost is $35 in advance or $45 the day of the event. This event is a fund-raiser for Drive Smart and the Evergreen Park and Recreation Special Needs Program. For more information, visit drive-smart.org/evergreen-lake-plunge.

 

Grief support group

An eight-week support group for adults who are grieving the death of a love one will meet from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursdays beginning Jan. 12 at the Mount Evans Hospice offices, 3081 Bergen Peak Drive, Evergreen. There is a suggested donation of $50 to attend. Group members explore methods of coping and share their experiences with grief. For more information or to make a reservation, call 303-674-6400 or email PDahlen@MountEvans.org.

 

Art Aloha to meet

Art Aloha mixed-media art meets the first Friday of the month from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Art Outdoors meets Wednesdays from 5 to 9 p.m. and Still Life in Studio meets Wednesdays from 5 to 9 p.m. For more information, call Heather Williams at 808-658-0124.

 

Craft and fiber arts circle at Conifer Library

Conifer Library has a craft and fiber arts circle at 4:30 p.m. the first Thursday of the month. Conifer Library is inside Conifer High School. For more information, visit jeffcolibrary.org/locations/conifer-library.

 

Meeting space available

Risen Lord Lutheran Church in Conifer has meeting-room space available during the week and some evenings. The church is in the Aspen Park Village Center across from the Conifer post office. For more information, e-mail risenlord@hotmail.com or call303-816-6864. 

 

Volunteers needed at EChO resale shop

Evergreen Christian Outreach’s Resale Shop needs volunteers for a variety of positions at the store. Volunteers are needed to work as cashiers and floor merchandisers, and doing backroom sort and prep. Work a three-and-a-half hour shift a week, twice a month or as a substitute. For more information, call 303-670-1796 or e-mail mary@evergreenchristianoutreach.org

 

Elk Run looking for volunteers

Augustana Elk Run is looking for volunteers. Fill out an application at 31383 Frost Way or call 303-679-8777 if you are interested.

 

High Country Single Seniors to meet

High Country Single Seniors meets at 10 a.m. the first Saturday of the month at the Mountain Resource Center in Conifer. The group plans social and charitable activities. For more information, contact Nancy at 303-838-9768 or Betty at 303-838-3713.

 

Mount Evans offers ‘death of a parent’ support group

Mount Evans Home Health Care & Hospice offers an open educational/support group called “Grieving the Death of a Parent.” The group, which is facilitated by licensed bereavement counselors, is for adults who have lost a parent and would like to explore the grieving process. The group meets the third Tuesday of every month from 12:30 to 2 p.m. at the Mount Evans office, 3081 Bergen Peak Drive, Evergreen. For more information, call 303-674-6400 or e-mail JPearson@MountEvans.org.

 

Mount Evans offers support groups for bereaved spouses

Mount Evans Home Health Care & Hospice offers two free monthly support groups for people who have experienced the death of a spouse. The groups, which are facilitated by bereavement professionals, encourage discussion of issues unique to those who have lost a life partner. The “Grieving After the Death of a Spouse” groups meet the fourth Wednesday of each month from 1 to 2:30 p.m. and the second Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Mount Evans office, 3081 Bergen Peak Drive, Evergreen. For more information, call 303-674-6400.

 

Affordable veterinarian clinics

Foothills Animal Shelter offers affordable vaccine, license and microchip clinics to help pet owners keep their pets healthy from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Fridays and from 2 to 4 p.m. the first Saturday of the month at the shelter, 580 McIntyre St., Golden. For more information, visit www.FoothillsAnimalShelter.org.

 

Volunteers needed at MRC

Mountain Resource Center is looking for volunteers for it Conifer resale store, events and general office assistance. If interested, e-mail melanie@mrcco.org.

 

Free yoga class for veterans

Veterans are invited to free yoga classes tailored to their needs at 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays at Nick’s Pro Fitness, 2932 Evergreen Parkway behind Kaiser Permanente. For more information, contact Nick’s at 303-674-6902.

 

Alzheimer’s caregivers support group

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 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 Mount Evans offices, 3081 Bergen Peak Drive. For more information, call 303-674-6400.

 

Bingo at Evergreen Elks

Bingo is played the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month at the Evergreen Elks Lodge. The first of eight games starts at 6:30 p.m. A Seniors’ Resource Center bus picks up participants at 5:15 p.m. at Rocky Mountain Village and at 5:30 p.m. at Green Ridge Meadow Apartments. For more information, call Rita Collette at 720-272-9165.

 

WOW networking group to meet

WOW networking group meets from 8 to 9:30 a.m. twice each month. The first Tuesday meeting is in Evergreen at The Place, 27886 Meadow Drive. The third Thursday meeting is at Conifer Community Church, 9998 S. Havekost Road, Room 204.  The group is open to all women business owners. For more inforomation, contact co-founders Jo Ann Colton at 303-670-1028 or Denise Fisk at 303-868-8972.

 

Elk Run looking for visitors

Augustana Elk Run is looking for friendly visitors to have chats, play games, take walks and read to residents. Call 303-679-8777, and we can match your talents with our many needs.

 

EChO offers beginning art classes

Evergreen Christian Outreach’s Enrichment Center Art Studio in Evergreen North offers free beginning classes to learn a new craft: sewing from 1 to 3 p.m. Mondays, knitting from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesdays, mosaics from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesdays and knitting from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Wednesdays.

 

Workshop for experienced knitters, sewers

Evergreen Christian Outreach’s Enrichment Center Art Studio offers free workshop for knitters and sewers to grab a cup of coffee and socialize while they create. Sew and knit items to be sold in the Resale store to help the community. Proceeds help clients in need. Knitting is 1 to 3 p.m. Monday, and sewing from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday and 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Thursdays. Call 303-670-7123 or e-mail jennie@evergreenchristianoutreach.org to sign up or for more information.

 

EChO needs food bank volunteers

Evergreen Christian Outreach is looking for volunteers to staff the food bank on Mondays, Tuesdays or Wednesday afternoons for three-hour shifts. Substitutes are also needed. Call 303-670-1796 or e-mail mary@evergreenchristianoutreach.org to volunteer.

 

Community building at Buchanan available for gatherings

The Evergreen Community Garden at Buchanan has a community building within the garden that is available to reserve for smaller gatherings. You may tour it at any time. It is within Buchanan Park on the hill above the baseball field between the administration building and Center for the Arts Evergreen. It is equipped with lighting for nighttime events and has electrical outlets. There is no charge, but it must be reserved to avoid scheduling conflicts. For more information, contact Carol Admire at 303-670-5952. 

 

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.org or 303-838-7552.

 

SRC looking for new classes at its facility

The Seniors’ Resource Center is inviting seniors to hold their group activities in its facility beginning in May. It will also offer one-on-one computer classes. If you are interested in offering activities at the center or the computer classes, contact Janice at 720-236-1172.

 

Platte Canyon Artists Guild to meet

Platte Canyon Artists Guild meets every Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. until noon at the Platte Canyon Fire Station No. 2 on U.S. 285 at Crow Hill.

 

Senior bridge group

A senior bridge group meets at 10:30 a.m. Mondays at Buchanan Park Recreation Center. For more information, contact Ginny Leitz at 303-674-4459.

 

Alzheimer’s caregivers support group

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 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 Mount Evans offices, 3081 Bergen Peak Drive. For more information, call 303-674-6400.

 

Mountain Toastmasters

Overcome your fear of public speaking at Mountain Toastmasters meetings from 7 to 8:30 p.m. the second and fourth Monday of the month at the Seniors’ Resource Center, 5120 Highway 73. Call Karen at 303-816-1575 for more information.

 

WOW networking group to meet

WOW networking group meets from 8 to 9:30 a.m. twice each month. The first Tuesday meeting is in Evergreen at The Place, 27886 Meadow Drive. The third Thursday meeting is at Conifer Community Church, 9998 S. Havekost Road, Room 204.  The group is open to all women business owners. For more inforomation, contact co-founders Jo Ann Colton at 303-670-1028 or Denise Fisk at 303-868-8972.

 

Foothills & Vicinity Writers Group to meet

The Foothills & Vicinity Writers Group meets from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. the fourth Saturday of the month at HearthFire Books and Treats in Bergen Village. The group, sanctioned by the National Writers Association, is open to writers of all skill levels. For monthly agenda/program and membership information, contact Jo Ann Colton at 303-670-1028.

 

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.org or 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.

 

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.

 

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.