Features http://www.canyoncourier.com/features/todaysfeatures en A down-home ducky time at the derby http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/down-home-ducky-time-derby <img src="http://www.canyoncourier.com/sites/www.canyoncourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-ducky05-gc-080614.jpg" alt="Duck wranglers guide the fowl down Bear Creek on Saturday below the Evergreen Lake dam." title="Duck wranglers guide the fowl down Bear Creek on Saturday below the Evergreen Lake dam." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> Rubber duckies quacked across the finish line in record time, buoyed by the fast-flowing waters of Bear Creek, in the fifth annual Dam Ducky Derby on Saturday.</p> <p> The creek was flowing at 60 cubic feet per second, compared with its more sedate 20 cfs in previous Augusts, said John Ellis, an organizer and director of community relations at Evergreen National Bank. The first ducks crossed the finish line in less than half an hour.</p> Caps and trade: Mushroom workshop at Flying J puts the fun in fungi http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/caps-and-trade-mushroom-workshop-flying-j-puts-fun-fungi <img src="http://www.canyoncourier.com/sites/www.canyoncourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-mushrooms01-gc-080614.jpg" alt="Zahara Scott, 5, scrunches her nose while listening to Jeffco volunteer naturalist Mary Beth Carpenter talk about mushrooms at Flying J Ranch." title="Zahara Scott, 5, scrunches her nose while listening to Jeffco volunteer naturalist Mary Beth Carpenter talk about mushrooms at Flying J Ranch." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Several a-fungi-anados gathered at Flying J Ranch last Friday morning to learn about mushrooms in the mountain area of Jefferson County.</p> <p> &ldquo;We have between 2,000 and 3,000 mushroom species just in this area,&rdquo; said Mary Beth Carpenter, a volunteer with the Lookout Mountain Nature Center.</p> <p> About a dozen people showed up for &ldquo;Beyond Pizza: What Everyone Should Know About Mushrooms.&rdquo; Carpenter led the talk on families of fungus.</p> Clean canine fun: Dog-washing event raises funds for EAPL http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/clean-canine-fun-dog-washing-event-raises-funds-eapl <img src="http://www.canyoncourier.com/sites/www.canyoncourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-dogwash02-cs-072314.jpg" alt="A dog named The Reverend, owned by Sadie Maday of Evergreen, sprays bystanders during the fourth annual Wine, Washes and Wagging Tails event at Evergreen National Bank on Sunday." title="A dog named The Reverend, owned by Sadie Maday of Evergreen, sprays bystanders during the fourth annual Wine, Washes and Wagging Tails event at Evergreen National Bank on Sunday." align="left" hspace="6" width="130" height="85" /><p> Dogs and their owners in every shape and size participated in the fourth annual Wine, Washes &amp; Wagging Tails event in downtown Evergreen on Sunday.</p> <p> From tiny Chihuahuas to a 150-pound chocolate Lab, from young children to older adults, the benefit for the Evergreen Animal Protective League had something for everyone.</p> Freedom Run participants are slaves to a good deed http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/freedom-run-participants-are-slaves-good-deed <img src="http://www.canyoncourier.com/sites/www.canyoncourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-freerun-070914.jpg" alt="Volunteer Diane Jeffries helps direct walkers and runners at the start of the Freedom Run on July 4 at Evergreen Middle School." title="Volunteer Diane Jeffries helps direct walkers and runners at the start of the Freedom Run on July 4 at Evergreen Middle School." align="left" hspace="6" width="109" height="85" /><p> Bright and early on the Fourth of July, fine Americans from every walk, trot, gallop and dash of life put their feet to the street as Mount Evans Home Health Care &amp; Hospice kicked off its 33<sup>rd</sup> annual Freedom Run 5K.</p> Cultivating community: Couple’s love for Evergreen blooms in garden at dam http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/cultivating-community-couple%E2%80%99s-love-evergreen-blooms-garden-dam <img src="http://www.canyoncourier.com/sites/www.canyoncourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-damgarden05-gc-070214.jpg" alt="Dale Fetchenhier waters the garden at Evergreen Lake near the dam. Dale and wife Peggy spend many hours tending to the area." title="Dale Fetchenhier waters the garden at Evergreen Lake near the dam. Dale and wife Peggy spend many hours tending to the area." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> <em>&ldquo;Gardens and flowers have a way of bringing people together.&rdquo;<br /> </em></p> <p> <em>&mdash; Clare Ansberry<br /> </em></p> <p> No truer words could be written about the garden south of the Evergreen Metropolitan District on Highway 73.&nbsp;</p> <p> Known as the dam garden, its blooms attract visitors from May to October while its maintenance brings Evergreen Garden Club members together every Friday morning.</p> Coworking movement takes hold in Evergreen http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/coworking-movement-takes-hold-evergreen <p> Evergreen resident Jack Holbrook had a typical work-from-home job &mdash; he talked with customers on the phone and worked on his computer for his job at the Electrical Construction Co. in Hawaii.</p> <p> The problem was, Holbrook didn&rsquo;t really like working from his home. He went from working at a busy office in Hawaii to working at home in Evergreen, and he wanted to interact with co-workers. He also wanted to be able to meet with people and socialize after work.</p> <p> Holbrook apparently is not alone.</p> A hole in fun: Evergreen Rotary fund-raiser tees off for nonprofits http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/hole-fun-evergreen-rotary-fund-raiser-tees-nonprofits <img src="http://www.canyoncourier.com/sites/www.canyoncourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-100holes06-gc-062514.jpg" alt="Heather Aberg assists Eileen Sparacino with a putt during Evergreen Rotary&#039;s 100 Holes of Golf at the Evergreen Golf Course." title="Heather Aberg assists Eileen Sparacino with a putt during Evergreen Rotary&#039;s 100 Holes of Golf at the Evergreen Golf Course." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> The golf at Keys on the Green last Thursday was fairly normal &mdash; that is, if Santa Claus playing with a storm trooper could be considered par for the course.</p> <p> More than 100 golfers decked out in crazy costumes used even crazier methods to compete in the Evergreen Rotary&rsquo;s 100 Holes of Golf fund-raising event.&nbsp;</p> A starry night at Staunton State Park http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/starry-night-staunton-state-park <img src="http://www.canyoncourier.com/sites/www.canyoncourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-stargazing-dl-062514.jpg" alt="Pam Little, assistant director at the Evergreen Nature Center, gave a brief astronomy lesson before the sun set at Staunton State Park last Saturday. Nearly 40 attendees were treated to views of stars, planets and the International Space Station." title="Pam Little, assistant director at the Evergreen Nature Center, gave a brief astronomy lesson before the sun set at Staunton State Park last Saturday. Nearly 40 attendees were treated to views of stars, planets and the International Space Station." align="left" hspace="6" width="61" height="85" /><p> Amateur astronomers were treated to views of Mars, Saturn and the International Space Station last Saturday at Staunton State Park.</p> <p> Pam Little, astronomer and assistant director of the Evergreen Nature Center, led more than 20 attendees in a viewing of the night sky. Little handed out materials and showed everyone how to make a star clock.</p>