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Today's Features

  • Wrapped in a wardrobe of hot pink and carrying her dog, Bruiser, the brainy and beautiful Elle Woods brings a sparkle to Evergreen High School’s production of “Legally Blonde: The Musical,” which opens this weekend.

    “Legally Blonde” is based on the original novel by Amanda Brown and the 2001 film starring Reese Witherspoon. With a book by Heather Hach and music and lyrics by Nell Benjamin and Laurence O’Keefe, the musical premiered on Broadway in 2007, running for 595 performances and garnering multiple Tony and Drama Desk nominations.

  • As Flatirons Community Church West Campus celebrates its one-year anniversary in Genesee, leaders say up to 1,600 members attend two separate services on any given Sunday.

    That's close to 25 percent growth in the last year — attributable both to the church's "real and relevant" modern sermons, as well as to the church's rapid growth at its original location in Lafayette, said Pastor Jesse DeYoung. 

  • There was a lot of toe-tapping and hand-clapping at Evergreen’s First Baptist Church on Sunday when the Amani Children’s Choir from Uganda filled the church with joyful music on Sunday.

    The 20-member choir danced and sang gospel songs in English, Swahili and their native Luganda during the church’s two services.

    The group, on a six-month tour of the United States, made a stop in Evergreen because one of the tour organizers, Carrie Hill, is a 1996 Evergreen High School graduate.

  • For the past few years, Deb Dickinson has been working with other employees at TallGrass Aveda Spa and Salon on the Soldier Box Project, a charitable effort for which she recently received KMGH-TV’s 7Everyday Hero Award. 

    “It was definitely one of the highlights of my life,” Dickinson said of the honor, presented in December.

  • The Felonius Smith Trio is among four musical groups making their debut at the Evergreen Jazz Festival in July. Bassist Scott Johnson and harmonica player Nic Clark will perform a blend of country, folk and delta blues with Jeff Smith, who has mastered a finger-picking style on his slide guitar. 

    The trio will showcase tunes from its recently released CD, “Before That Rooster Crows,” at the Jazz Festival, which runs July 24-26 at venues in Evergreen.

  • We’ve all met the girl who wants something so badly that she tries too hard to get it. That’s Charity Hope Valentine, the girl who wants to be loved so much that she has lost sight of who she is. Charity sings, dances, laughs and cries her way through “Sweet Charity,” the latest production by StageDoor Theatre’s high school company.

  • Hungry alien plants on a quest for world domination aren’t usually what come to mind when one thinks of a sentimental love story. In the case of “Little Shop of Horrors,” alien plants, skid-row orphans and maniacal dentists are exactly the right recipe for unlikely love. The Evergreen Chorale’s production of this madcap musical proves that love can be found in the most unlikely places even with a lounge-chair-size monster plant hanging over your shoulder.

  • Clients were streaming in and out of Tana Hetrick’s Animal Health Clinic on Evergreen Parkway last week, so much so that she’s having a difficult time packing.

    Hetrick is slowly saying goodbye to the practice she’s built over the last 25 years. She is spending February handing out medical records, taking care of patients in the middle of medical treatment, and cleaning out her clinic at 3999 Evergreen Parkway in Canyon Commons.

  • Love is indeed a many splendored thing. At Center for the Arts Evergreen’s 11th annual members show, the theme of love will be interpreted in many ways, but above all will demonstrate local artists’ love of their crafts.

    In recent years, CAE has curated a spring member show without a theme — leaving the subject matter of the works up to the artists.

  • The spicy aroma of Gumbo Ya-Ya filled the working home of the Humphrey History Park and Museum on Saturday afternoon. 

    As the gumbo simmered on the stove, Angela Rayne, executive director of the park and the class' teacher, rolled out sweet dough to make beignets for the Cajun meal.