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UPCOMING AND ONGOING

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. 28th.

Get help signing up for health insurance

The Evergreen Library and the Mountain Resource Center are partnering to help Jefferson County residents sign up for health insurance on the "Connect for Health Colorado" online health insurance marketplace. MRC staff will be available at the Evergreen Library to help residents determine their eligibility for low-cost health insurance from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays, Dec. 30, Jan. 6, 13, 20 and 27, and Feb. 3 and 10. Library appointments may be made by calling the MRC at 303-838-5772.

Scavenger hunt

Art For The Mountain Community is celebrating its name change to Sculpture Evergreen with a scavenger hunt contest for all ages that will run from Thanksgiving to Jan. 4. Pick up entry forms, rules and brochures at downtown galleries, gift stores or online. Prizes will be awarded at the Muddy Buck on Sunday, Jan. 4, at 2 p.m. For more information visit www.mountainart.org.

Christmas tree recycling

The Evergreen Alliance for Sustainability (EAS+Y) is sponsoring a free Christmas tree recycling at Evergreen Lutheran Church, 5980 Highway 73, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays, Jan. 3 and 10. Lam Tree Service chips the trees and offers free mulch later in the month. For more information, call 303-670-6385.

Knitters needed for shawl ministry

Church of the Hills Presbyterian has a weekly shawl ministry knitting group that is looking for knitters to join our group. The group meets from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays at the church. Beginners are welcome. The group’s first after the holidays will be Jan. 7.

Wilmot kindergarten information night

The Wilmot Elementary kindergarten information night will be from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 8, at the school, 5124 S Hatch Drive, Evergreen. For more information, call 303-982-5370.

Presentation on wild-horse photography

Author and photographer Carol Walker will present "Wild About Horses" with images and stories of horses in the wild at the Evergreen Camera Club meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 14, at the Evergreen Fire/Rescue Administration Building, 1802 Bergen Parkway. Walker’s award-winning book “Wild Hoofbeats: America’s Vanishing Wild Horses” will be available for purchase. For more information visit www.evergreencameraclub.com or call
Bill Vogel at 303-949-7708.

 

Foothills Genealogical Society meeting

Foothills Genealogical Society will present “Growing Up in Arvada” by Dean Bernard at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan 14, at Applewood Valley Methodist Church, 2034 Ellis St., Golden.

 

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.

 

Rec center foundation board seeks new members

The Evergreen Recreation and Park Foundation Board of Directors is looking for new board members. The foundation is the charitable partner of the Evergreen Park and Recreation District, and sponsors Oktoberfest, VW raffles and other events. For more information, call Ken Fuller at 970-846-8279 or e-mail info@evergreenparkfoundaiton.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.

 

Hiking group meets monthly

Lutheran Church of the Cross has a co-ed hiking group called the Soul Hikers for moderate-level hikers that meets at various locations on the fourth Thursday of the month. The hike is a minimum of 3 miles. Anyone able to make the trek is welcome. To get on the group’s e-mail list, call the church office at 303-674-4130. Once you are on the list, you will receive notifications of times and locations for hikes, and any changes that may be caused by weather issues.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.