Today's Features

  • Congregation members and the community now have had a chance to see the new Bergen Park Church at 31919 Rocky Village Drive in Evergreen.

    A two-day open house on Saturday and Sunday included refreshments, crafts for the kids, chances to win entertainment tickets, and tours.

    "It's a pretty big deal for us," said Pastor Jim Demolar.

    The new 11,000-square-foot church cost almost $2.8 million to build. The congregation pledged about two-thirds of the building cost; a bank loan covered the rest.

  • Greg Henika loved people, and he loved life.

    He also was a teller of awful jokes, a great cook and an avid fisherman.

    His zest for life was apparent in the stories that his family — his wife, Ellen, and daughter Joy — told on Saturday at a fund-raiser for one of Greg’s favorite charities, the Blue Spruce Kiwanis Aktion Club.

    Greg, 67, died Jan. 22 when the ATV he was driving fell through the ice at Evergreen Lake while he was readying the surface for the Evergreen Ice Golf Tournament, which had been scheduled for Jan. 26.

  • Two firefighters carefully carried what first looked like an unconscious person out of the smoke in a home at 3711 Overlook Trail in Evergreen on Saturday.

    On closer examination, the unconscious person turned out to be a dummy that was part of training exercises being conducted in the 4,000-square-foot home in the Overlook at Palo Verde neighborhood.

  • 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.