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Today's Features

  • Astronomy enthusiasts and passers-by alike caught a rare glimpse of Mercury’s transit across the sun on May 9, the first time the phenomenon had occurred since 2006.

    “If you look about nine o’clock, there should be a clean black dot. The ones in the center are fuzzy sunspots,” said Mike Dempsey, a naturalist at Lookout Mountain Nature Center who was stationed at Mount Falcon Park with a $2,000 telescope donated by volunteers and equipped with a filter to make the viewing possible.

  • The Evergreen Masters Swim Team might be misnamed.

    While the team does hold swim practices twice weekly at Wulf Recreation Center, its mostly female members don’t limit themselves to the pool.

    “It’s not just swimming,” said member Kristine Stevens. “It’s a life experience.”

  • StageDoor Theatre is bringing the search for the Great Pink Sea Snail to the stage with a production of “Dr. Dolittle, Jr.,” which will be performed by the middle school company May 6, 7, 13 and 14.

    Director Mike Kinnie has been a fan of the original movie and its soundtrack since childhood.

    “The story has a nice message: take care of the animals, don’t forget about the animals, animals are people too. So it’s a great story; it’s a great message.”

  • Jimy Murphy — artist, cancer survivor, father of three and force of nature — offers one piece of advice: Do what you love.

    The ebullient Murphy has followed his own passions on a whirlwind music and film career that took him around the country before dropping him back in his hometown.

  • Among the oil paintings and equine photography at Main Street Fine Art and Shadow Mountain Gallery last Thursday were rows of boldly decorated duck-size ceramic eggs and their many egghead admirers.

  • After nearly 22 years at the helm of the Hiwan Homestead Museum, John Steinle is ending his career as the unofficial history spokesman for Evergreen and moving on to retirement and possibly a sideline as the author of a history book about Evergreen. His last day on the job will be April 29.

    Meghan Vickers, who has worked at the museum for 12 years, will continue as program coordinator. No replacement for Steinle had been named as of press time.

  • Elle Woods has come to Clear Creek High School.

    Elle — portrayed by senior Emily Gerding — will star in “Legally Blonde the Musical” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The musical follows the plot of the 2001 movie, only with random outbursts of song, as Rachel Smith, the show’s director, put it.

    Smith, a CCHS English teacher, said Gerding is “channeling her inner Elle. She has put in a lot of work to make (Elle) a fun, likable character.”

  • Call it a case of being in the right place at the right time — with the right training.

    In January, Doug Parce, a volunteer captain with Inter-Canyon Fire, was going through security at JFK International Airport in New York on a business trip to Europe when another passenger told a TSA agent that somebody wasn’t well.

    Parce saw the man, who was sitting on a bench where passengers put their shoes back on.

  • Yoga students are going to flip — literally and figuratively — over aerial yoga now being offered at Inspired Fitness.

    Called AIReal Yoga, the classes provide students with additional support as they negotiate the poses and stretches. Rebecca Kirschner, the owner of Inspired Fitness and an AIReal Yoga instructor, has been offering the classes for about a month, and she says they’re getting rave reviews.

  • DENVER — Delightful. Determined. Competitive. Funny.

    Those terms are used by the staff at Craig Hospital to describe Tom Babb, the Evergreen 19-year-old who was paralyzed in a freak accident while on a family vacation in Hawaii last December.