Today's Features

  • Evergreen residents Larry and Jane Voorhees were sharpening their pickleball skills after a fast-paced game at Wulf Rec Center last Wednesday morning. The couple are among a growing number of enthusiasts flocking to courts to grab paddles and play the low-impact sport.

    In the last two to three years, requests for court time to play pickleball have doubled for the Evergreen Park and Recreation District, said Jeff Sweet, EPRD recreation supervisor. More than 60 court hours now are scheduled each week for pickleball, he said.

  • Health & Safety Day, put on by Evergreen Fire/Rescue on Saturday, was a big hit with kids and their parents.

    Attendees could ride on a fire truck, survey the surroundings from the Evergreen Fire/Rescue aerial bucket, work a real-live fire hose to knock down a wooden “fire” decoy, and eat pancakes — lots and lots of them.

  • In the 1960s, John Ellis and Hank Alderfer were playing football at Evergreen High School while classmate Larry Olde was lettering in golf. The three Evergreen natives, who are well-known in the community, were among 48 alumni of the Evergreen High class of 1965 who gathered for their 50th reunion this past weekend.

    Former classmates came from near and far to swap stories and remember good times during their high school years in Evergreen.

    “We had more fun,” Ellis said.

  • The aroma of fragrant chili wafted through the air as people sampled recipes and voted for their favorites at the Big Chili Cook-off on Saturday at Buchanan Park.

    “I really like this one,” Zoe Shockites of Evergreen said while tasting Pam’s Game Day Red.
    Some 4,500 attendees could taste more than 100 varieties of red, green and vegetarian chili recipes, including those with eye-catching names like Ma-Mama’s Hillbilly Hand Grenade and Zydeco Zombie Green.

  • Since being crowned at the Evergreen Rodeo this past June, Queen Lauren Hladik and Princess Alexis Lundahl have been riding in area rodeos. Lauren and Alexis also make appearances at community events, and are planning to present awards at this year’s annual Big Chili Cook-off in Evergreen on Sept. 12.

    “I love the family aspect of rodeo,” says Lauren, who moved up from princess to queen this year. “It’s like a giant family. It’s so great to work together.”

  • Peter Dohr is a bicycle honcho.

    The eighth-grader at Montessori School of Evergreen has collected at least 42 bikes so far to send to people in Africa who have no way to get around. 

    Dohr is working with the nonprofit group Bicycles for Humanity Colorado, which sends bicycles in shipping containers to rural locations in Africa. The Denver chapter is one of several chapters across the United States and Canada (b4hcolorado.org).

  • The annual Bootstraps Inc. Winefest had a special twist this year: a wheel that attendees whirled around while trying their luck at winning a bottle of wine.

    The event giveaway booth at the fund-raising event on Saturday also offered participants a chance to win a trip to Italy to tour wine country.

    Festival-goer Jessi Moots was into the spirit of the event while sporting “wine-glasses,” a creative version of eyewear featuring wine-glass shapes on the frames.

  • It wasn't by chance that at least three people who suffered heart attacks were saved by AEDs in the last two years in the Evergreen area.

    Evergreen resident David Montesi started the nonprofit Evergreen Public Access Defibrillation 13 years ago, and it has installed 59 automated external defibrillators, or AEDs, for free in public areas.  

  • The Evergreen Nature Center at Evergreen Lake operates on a limited budget provided by revenue from the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District and fund-raising efforts of Evergreen Audubon, its managing organization, said Vanessa Hayes, director of the center.

    “The majority of our income is through donations,” she said.

  • Teachers at Evergreen Middle School have put a creative spin on the new school year.
    On Monday, they decorated cars and drove them parade-style to Evergreen’s elementary schools and Evergreen High School to start the new school year on a high note. School starts on Aug. 17.