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Author Vicky Renfro will sign copies of her book “Soul Dancing with the Brass Band” from 5 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11, at HearthFire Books and Treats, 1254 Bergen Parkway, Suite D118, Evergreen. For more information, visit www.hearthfirebooks.com.
The Evergreen Area Chamber of Commerce will host Membership 201 from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11, in the RE/MAX board room at the chamber offices, 30480 Stagecoach Blvd., Suite C. Attendees are encouraged to bring their laptops. To register, call 303-674-3412.
Workforce Center orientation
Learn about the different services the Mountain Resource Center's Workforce Center offers to job seekers from 11 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Dec. 11, at the center, 11030 Kitty Drive, Conifer. The orientation will cover upcoming workshops, Career Club membership, registration for hiring events, and local internship/volunteer opportunities. Space is limited. To R.S.V.P., call 303-838-7552, ext. 18.
The Mountain Resource Center's Workforce Center will host a resume-writing workshop from 10 a.m. to noon Thursday, Dec. 12, at the center, 11030 Kitty Drive, Conifer. Learn the newest techniques for building a resume, how to update your existing resume, resume do's and don'ts, and the fundamentals of writing a cover letter. The workshop is free. Space is limited. To R.S.V.P., call 303-838-7552, ext. 18.
Chamber to host Sparkle & Shine
The Evergreen Area Chamber of Commerce will host Sparkle & Shine: A Celebration of Our Community at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, at Hiwan Golf Club. The event will include dinner, dancing, silent and live auctions, raffles, Business of the Year Awards and entertainment. Tickets are $65 per person. To register, visit www.EvergreenChamber.org or call 303-674-3412.
Holiday Drop and Shop
The Evergreen Park & Recreation District will host its Holiday Drop and Shop from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, at Wulf Recreation Center, 5300 South Olive Drive. Drop off your children at Wulf for childcare and go shopping. Parents are asked to pack a snack for their children. For more information, visit www.evergreenrecreation.com.
A class titled Winter Porter will be offered at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, at Humphrey Memorial Park and Museum, 620 Soda Creek Road, Evergreen. This class focuses on winter porter and comes with a food pairing., Cost is $15 for non-members, $12 for members; reservations requested. For more information, visit www.hmpm.org or call 303-674-5429.
SATURDAY AND SUNDAY
Santa Claus Special
The Colorado Railroad Museum’s Santa Claus Special will deliver letters to Santa. Kids can drop off their letters to Santa in the railway post office car. The Santa Claus Special will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, Sunday, Dec. 15, and Saturday, Dec. 21, at the museum, 17155 W. 44th Ave. in Golden. The train departs every 30 minutes between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Children should bring their wish lists to share with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Cost is $5 for children (younger than 2 are admitted free), $15 for adults, $30 for families (two adults and up to five children) and $10 for seniors (older than 60). For more information call 303-279-4591 or 800-365-6263, or visit ColoradoRailroadMuseum.org.
Christmas Tea at Hiwan Homestead Museum
A Christmas Tea will be held at 11:30 a.m. Monday, Dec. 16, at Hiwan Homestead Museum, 4208 S. Timbervale Drive. Enjoy a light lunch and Santa’s workshop in the decorated museum, after which you’ll have a chance to learn a little about the history of Santa Claus from the jolly old elf himself. Decorations are on display through early January. Cost for the tea is $15, $12 for Jefferson County Historical Society members, and $12 per person for groups of four or more. Registration is required. For registration or information, call the museum at 720-497-7650.
Premier Special Olympics Showcase
Evergreen Park & Recreation District will host its Premier Special Olympics Showcase at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 16, at Wulf Recreation Center, 5300 S. Olive Road, Evergreen. During the event, former NBA star Keith Van Horn's premier national 8th-grade girls basketball team will hold a clinic and game for EPRD's Special Olympics Wildcat basketball team. In a short ceremony before the game, at 6:55 p.m., EPRD will honor a group of seventh-graders who took a classmate trick-or-treating in his wheelchair for the first time this past Halloween. For more information, contact Maren Schreiber, program coach and EPRD's special populations coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 720-880-1219.
The Arc to host holiday open house
The Arc - Jefferson, Clear Creek & Gilpin Counties will host a holiday open house from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 16, at The Arc office, 8725 W. 14th Ave, Suite 100, Lakewood. Consider bringing a gift card of any value for groceries, household goods, gas, movies or clothing. For more information, call 303-232-1338, or e-mail email@example.com.
UPCOMING AND ONGOING
Community blood drive
A community blood drive will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 18, inside Bonfils’ mobile bus at Evergreen Library, 5000 Highway 73. For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact Bonfils’ appointment center at 303-363-2300 or visit www.bonfils.org.
Tell Your Money Who's Boss in 2014 workshop
The Mountain Resource Center will host a workshop titled Tell Your Money Who's Boss in 2014 from 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 18, at the center, 11030 Kitty Drive, Conifer. This free workshop presented by personal financial experts, Mpowered. Space is limited. To R.S.V.P., call 303-838-7552, ext. 39.
Free affordable health care seminars offered
The Mountain Resource Center in Conifer offers weekly seminars to mountain-area residents looking for affordable health care, frequently with federal financial assistance. The weekly seminar includes the following sessions: Overview presentation from 12:45 to 1:45 p.m.; eligibility and plan shopping from 2 to 2:45 p.m.; and enrollment assistance from 3 to 4 p.m. Weekly seminars are held at the Mountain Resource Center, 11030 Kitty Drive, Conifer. For more information, visit www.mrcco.org or call 303 838-7552.
Winter writing workshop for kids
Evergreen freelance writer Jo Ann M. Colton will lead a writing workshop for children ages 8-13 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Dec. 23-24, Dec. 30-31, or Jan. 6-7 at the Tall Country Building, 26267 Conifer Road, No. 205, Conifer. The workshops will feature inventive word exercises, interactive fun and hands-on writing. Each two-day session (for a total of 6 hours) includes all supplies. For fees/reservations and/or more information, contact Colton at 303-670-1028.
Volunteers needed for EChO budgeting workshop
Evergreen Christian Outreach will offer a basic budgeting workshop taught by a certified financial planner. Volunteers are being sought to help with this free half-day session to assist individuals with their personal worksheets. Volunteers must have basic math competence and experience with finances. To volunteer, call Mary at 303-670-1796 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chamber seeks volunteers
The Evergreen Area Chamber of Commerce is actively seeking volunteers. Apply by e-mail at email@example.com or call the chamber at 303-674 3412.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volunteers sought for EChO food bank, store
Volunteers are needed for the EChO food bank and the home furnishing store. There are multiple shifts open in both locations. Call Mary at 303-670-1796 (EChO office) or e-mail email@example.com.
Registration open for EPRD School Break Camps
The Evergreen Park and Recreation District offers school break camps for kids from pre-kindergarten through middle school, including special-needs kids, on weekdays during winter and spring breaks. Kids will have fun playing games, doing crafts, swimming and going on field trips while their parents work or prepare for the holidays. For more information, contact Todd Sutton, EPRD’s children’s programs supervisor, at 720-880-1218, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on Special Needs Camps, contact Maren Schreiber, EPRD’s special-populations coordinator, at 720-880-1219 or e-mail email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com.
MRC Workforce Center hours
The Mountain Resource Center in Conifer has new Workforce Center hours. Hours are Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 to 5 p.m., and Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 to 6 p.m. The Workforce Center assists individuals in resume writing skills and job search techniques, and offers free use of computers to search the Internet for job openings. Individuals can walk in during these hours or schedule an individual appointment. For information, call 303-838-7552, ext. 18.
Food Bank volunteers needed
The EChO Food Bank needs volunteers for shifts on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Duties include stocking shelves, processing donations, breaking down bulk items and assisting patrons with their shopping. The shifts are for three hours beginning at noon on Mondays or 10 a.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. If you are available to help neighbors in need, call the EChO office at 303-670-1796 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Job coaches needed
Evergreen Christian Outreach’s Jobs Program has been holding free monthly seminars to assist people in our community who are seeking employment. After they attend the seminar, they are assigned a job coach to provide counsel and moral support through the job-search process. Training and workshops are provided for all job coaches. Please call or e-mail for more information. If you have had a successful employment history and would like to help with this important program, contact Mary at EChO at 303-670-1796 or e-mail email@example.com.
Mt. Evans offers support group for bereaved spouses seeking new direction
Mt. Evans Home Health & Hospice offers a monthly support group for people who have lost a spouse three or more years ago and are attempting to redefine themselves and their lives. The “Re-Inventing Yourself After the Death of a Spouse” group meets the second Thursday of each month at 11 a.m. at LePeep restaurant, 1260 Bergen Parkway, Evergreen. For more information, call 303-674-6400.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.