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Today's Features

  • It’s pretty obvious that an organization called Girls on the Run teaches girls how to run.

    But that’s only a small part of what girls in Girls on the Run does.

    The girls in third through fifth grade do community service projects, support each other and learn valuable lessons about navigating the challenges of their teen years.

  • Sitting at Moe’s Original Bar B Que in downtown Denver, Mark Bell talks about the beginning of his musical career.

     

    “One day I just picked up the harp, and it came to me,” he said.

    Bell remembers the actual day: On June 2, 1973, he started playing harmonica, and has been making music ever since with other performers.

    “I’ve been around musicians all my life,” he said.

  • Occasionally, when Evergreen Middle School science teacher Jeff McCarthy says goodbye to a class of students, he offers an offhand salute.

    He likens it to a gesture that late-night television comedian Johnny Carson often made to his right-hand man, Ed McMahon. It’s a sign of respect, a sign of farewell.

    McCarthy may make that offhand salute on May 30, the last day of this school year, when he says goodbye to his last class of eighth-graders. McCarthy, 63, is retiring after 35 years of teaching, 21 of them at EMS.

  • Bergen Meadow kindergartners learned about biology and life on a farm by watching eggs hatch into tiny chicks for the past few weeks.

    The first chick pecked its way out of its egg on April 29, and the children were enthralled with the sight of new life.

    Hatching eggs is an annual event at Bergen Meadow, and older students get excited as they relive the time when the eggs hatched in their kindergarten classrooms.

    Peggy Miller, the school’s principal, even donned a chicken hat that morning to signal the event.

  • With so many things packed onto our calendars, it’s often hard to find quality time with the entire family. Why not bring the kids to StageDoor Theatre’s latest production of “Willy Wonka Kids”? Audiences will join StageDoor’s elementary and pre-kindergarten companies as they tell Roald Dahl’s timeless story of the world-famous candy man, Willy Wonka, and his colorful compatriots of both the human, animal and Oompa-Loompa variety.

  • On a chilly Saturday afternoon, Rachel Emmer walks briskly across a large, smooth field in Buchanan Park where vegetables and other plants will be growing in the not-too-distant future.

     

    “We’re so excited to be at this stage,” Emmer said about the long-range community garden project.

    After six years of planning, Emmer, interim executive director of Evergreen’s Alliance for Sustainability, and others involved in the project are finally seeing the garden take shape.

  • Christine Gaudreau, the artistic director of the Evergreen Chorale, loves collaboration — bringing together the artistic elements of music, voice and dance to create a lively, almost theatrical, experience. The Evergreen Chorale’s most recent collaboration meets all of these artistic challenges. The Chorale’s last concert of its 40th-anniversary season is called “Fiesta!”; the Chorale will perform with the premier Hispanic dance company, Fiesta Colorado, in a concert that will sparkle with dance and song from Central and South America.

  • “Legally Blonde” is a musical based on the 2001 movie starring actress Reese Witherspoon. The story is a lighthearted, funny tale of Elle Woods, who enrolls in law school to win back her ex-boyfriend, Warner. “Legally Blonde” opened at StageDoor Theatre on April 13 to rave reviews. The show, being produced by StageDoor’s high school company, runs through May 4.

  • Spring is the season for new life. And what better way to celebrate the growing animal kingdom than with a pack of puppies — 101 puppies, to be exact. Disney’s “101 Dalmatians”is a heartwarming tale of human kindness filled with musical pizzazz, thanks to young actors from the Prelude to the Evergreen Children’s Chorale.

    The Prelude is a mountain community choir for students in second, third and fourth grades. This year, Prelude has 23 young performers who will participate in “101 Dalmatians.”

  • When she was a young girl, Callie Graham of Bailey escaped the frustrations associated with dyslexia by entering her “art world.”

    Now, at age 15, art is the dominant theme in her world — and the arena where she excels.

    Callie’s drawings are on display in “The Dreams Within Us,” an exhibit at Shadow Mountain Gallery in Evergreen. The 15-year-old’s work — pencil drawings primarily of characters from “Lord of the Rings” and “Pirates of the Caribbean” — will be on exhibit until April 21.