Features http://www.canyoncourier.com/features/todaysfeatures en Canyonfest a lively, artful celebration http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/canyonfest-lively-artful-celebration <img src="http://www.canyoncourier.com/sites/www.canyoncourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-canyonfest02-ks-092116jpg_0.jpg" alt="Terry Kleist of Green Bay, Wis., buys pottery from Vincent Tolpo of Shawnee during the Kittredge Canyonfest. Kleist was in town visiting her cousin." title="Terry Kleist of Green Bay, Wis., buys pottery from Vincent Tolpo of Shawnee during the Kittredge Canyonfest. Kleist was in town visiting her cousin." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> <em><strong style="line-height: 20.4px;">By Kevin M. Smith,&nbsp;</strong></em><strong style="line-height: 20.4px;"><em>For the Courier&nbsp;</em></strong></p> <p> Live music, hula-hooping, children&rsquo;s games and local artists filled Kittredge Community Park for eight hours Saturday for the annual Kittredge Canyonfest.&nbsp;</p> <p> The event, hosted by the Kittredge Civic Association, has been a fall staple of the community for nearly 30 years, according to co-organizer Brenna Witt.</p> Evergreen Chamber Orchestra goes for Baroque during concert at Cactus Jack’s http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/evergreen-chamber-orchestra-goes-baroque-during-concert-cactus-jack%E2%80%99s <p> <span style="line-height: 20.4px;">It wasn&rsquo;t a typical Tuesday night crowd that started drifting onto the deck at Cactus Jack&rsquo;s about 5 p.m. Sept. 13.</span></p> <p> On average the guests probably had a decade or two on the creek-side saloon&rsquo;s customary clientele, and most of them rolled in on Subarus and Acuras instead of Harleys and Hondas. But if they wore more Lacoste than Levi Strauss, they&rsquo;d come for a live jam just the same.</p> Big crowds, big fun at Big Chili http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/big-crowds-big-fun-big-chili <img src="http://www.canyoncourier.com/sites/www.canyoncourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-chilicookoff04-cb-091416.jpg" alt="Nan Leahy, wife of Evergreen firefighter Chris Leahy, scoops up samples of &quot;Know Your Egress Green&quot; chili." title="Nan Leahy, wife of Evergreen firefighter Chris Leahy, scoops up samples of &quot;Know Your Egress Green&quot; chili." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> Each pot of chili told a different story. Some were old family recipes. Some were experiments with new recipes. Some had a kick that made eyes water; others evinced a sweeter side. There were pots of green and red; pork, beef, chicken and vegetarian. Each batch as diverse as the individuals who made and served it.</p> <p> Saturday&rsquo;s Big Chili Cook-off at Buchanan Park drew thousands of people to spend the day outside listening to music, eating chili, and supporting six mountain area fire departments.</p> Stair climb honors fallen from 9/11 http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/stair-climb-honors-fallen-911 <img src="http://www.canyoncourier.com/sites/www.canyoncourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-911stairclimb01-cb-091416_0.jpg" alt="Catherine Costisick, a resident of New York during the terrorist attacks 15 years ago, carries a commemorative flag during the Colorado 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb at Red Rocks Amphitheatre on Sunday. " title="Catherine Costisick, a resident of New York during the terrorist attacks 15 years ago, carries a commemorative flag during the Colorado 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb at Red Rocks Amphitheatre on Sunday. " align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> Today&rsquo;s high school freshmen weren&rsquo;t yet born on Sept. 11, 2001. The youngsters climbed anyway.</p> <p> Many who attended Sunday weren&rsquo;t in New York, Washington or Pennsylvania on that horrific day, and don&rsquo;t know anyone who was. And still they climbed.</p> <p> Some participants weren&rsquo;t firefighters and didn&rsquo;t have any connection to first responders. And yet they climbed as well.</p> Evergreen residents Brockner, Pike join Jeffco Hall of Fame http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/evergreen-residents-brockner-pike-join-jeffco-hall-fame <img src="http://www.canyoncourier.com/sites/www.canyoncourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-halloffame01-cb-083116.jpg" alt="Sylvia Brockner, founder of what would become Evergreen Audubon and the Canyon Courier’s outdoors columnist for 45 years, was inducted into the Jeffco Hall of Fame on Aug. 24." title="Sylvia Brockner, founder of what would become Evergreen Audubon and the Canyon Courier’s outdoors columnist for 45 years, was inducted into the Jeffco Hall of Fame on Aug. 24." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> Conservation was the common denominator for two Evergreen icons inducted into the Jefferson County Hall of Fame on Aug. 24.</p> <p> Sylvia Brockner, founder of what would become Evergreen Audubon and the Canyon Courier&rsquo;s outdoors columnist for 45 years, and Dan Pike, an advocate for land conservation since 1976, joined three others in the induction.</p> <p> This is the third year of the Hall of Fame, sponsored by the West Chamber of Commerce and Lakewood Foothills Rotary.</p> Area author stays true to himself to publish book 18 years later http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/area-author-stays-true-himself-publish-book-18-years-later <img src="http://www.canyoncourier.com/sites/www.canyoncourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-fosterbook1-091416.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="57" height="85" /><p> <strong><em><span style="line-height: 20.4px;">By Kevin M. Smith,&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 20.4px;">For the Courier</span></em></strong></p> <p> Jeffco resident Mike Foster wrote the novel &ldquo;This Above All&rdquo; in a &ldquo;fury of inspiration.&rdquo;</p> <p> That was 18 years ago. He published the book this summer.</p> <p> Foster had experience writing research-based, nonfiction books and working with publishers. But he came up empty shopping around for a publisher to print this novel.</p> A labor of love http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/labor-love <img src="http://www.canyoncourier.com/sites/www.canyoncourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-laboroflove03-cb-090716.jpg" alt="Carol Ledgewood paints a curb yellow at Elk Run Assisted Living during the Ascent Church&#039;s Labor Day of Love community service day on Sunday." title="Carol Ledgewood paints a curb yellow at Elk Run Assisted Living during the Ascent Church&#039;s Labor Day of Love community service day on Sunday." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> Members of Ascent Church put the &ldquo;labor&rdquo; in Labor Day on Sunday when they performed community service projects around Evergreen.</p> <p> Called Labor Day of Love, the event took about 75 church members to places such as Elk Run Assisted Living, Evergreen Christian Outreach and Evergreen High School. It replaced the usual 10 a.m. Sunday service.</p> Locals catch up at lake concert http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/locals-catch-lake-concert <img src="http://www.canyoncourier.com/sites/www.canyoncourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-gipsymoon01-cb-081716.jpg" alt="David Cadwallader dances with his son Boden, 3, on his shoulders during the performance of Gipsy Moon during the EPRD Summer Concert Series at Evergreen Lake Wednesday, August 10, 2016." title="David Cadwallader dances with his son Boden, 3, on his shoulders during the performance of Gipsy Moon during the EPRD Summer Concert Series at Evergreen Lake Wednesday, August 10, 2016." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> For Evergreen visitors, the lawn in front of the Lake House on the night of Aug. 10 was full of strangers. But for locals, it was a field of familiar faces &mdash; friends, neighbors, acquaintances from church and the gym, fellow PTA parents, clients and classmates.</p> <p> The Evergreen Park and Recreation District&rsquo;s Summer Concert Series, as organizers and concert-goers agreed, allows the community to come together to enjoy a free, fun Wednesday night outside.</p>