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Today's Features

  • Not often do church services begin with an acoustic version of “Home on the Range,” but that was how United Methodist Church of Evergreen began its fourth annual Cowboy Sunday Service on Sunday.

    The event, which congregants say incorporates “Evergreen’s history and traditions,” is a unique service that includes Western- or cowboy-themed poetry, music and activities.

  • By Seth Bodine, for the Courier

    When 5-year-old Cooper Alapai of Conifer climbed onto a sheep for the second round of the mutton bustin’ event at the Evergreen Rodeo on Friday night, the announcer introduced him as a “real cowboy.” 

  • Wild: Some are born to be it, some explore it on foot or in four-wheelers. Next weekend, Mirada Fine Art explores the animal kingdom of the West with “WILD,” a new exhibit featuring work from a dozen artists who have their own ideas about what it means to be wild.

    According to gallery owner Steve Sonnen, the exhibit resulted from a conversation about Colorado wildlife and how much of the artwork showcased at the gallery represents nature and its wild denizens.

  • The Buchanan Ponds were teeming with life on Saturday — not fish or other critters, but more than 100 people fly-fishing as part of the High Plains Drifters’ Kids Day.

    The fish weren’t really biting, but that didn’t seem to matter to the young and old alike, who were practicing their fly-fishing skills.

    The High Plains Drifters fly-fishing club, based in Denver, hosted its 23rd annual Kids Day at the North Evergreen location because members said it was the perfect venue to teach kids about their passion.

  • The love of both motorcycles and canines converged on Sunday at Chow Down in Bergen Park as nearly 200 bikers participated in the Molly-Dharma Run, with this year’s beneficiary the Evergreen Animal Protective League.

    Participants rode from the Platte River Bar & Grill in Littleton to Evergreen to meet some of EAPL’s adoptable pets, then on to Central City, returning to the T-Bird Roadhouse in Wheat Ridge for a party and silent auction. EAPL will receive the proceeds from registration fees and the auction.

  • On a single nature outing, 9-year-old Jenna Audlin spotted more than 20 different Evergreen critters.

    “We went out here at 7 o’clock, like, a week ago to a birding-thingy, and we saw 18 species of birds and 20 species of animals,” Jenna said.

    Jenna is the co-author of the new “Explore More! Outdoor Challenge for Kids” activity book. Created in 2015 by the Evergreen Nature Center, the Explore More! Outdoor Challenge encourages both kids and adults alike to get outside for improved well-being.

  • Mirada Fine Art in Indian Hills has been named the best art gallery in the Denver area as part of the 2016 Denver A-List awards. Five years after it was a finalist for the award, the gallery bested more than 100 other galleries from across the state, including the Space Gallery and Robischon Gallery in Denver.

    According to co-owner Steve Sonnen, the honor is a validation of the gallery’s efforts since it opened in 2009.

  • During World War II, it was common for households to place stars in their windows to represent how many family members were in the armed forces. And, if one of them died serving their country, the star would be replaced with a gold one.

    “There were six gold stars on my block in Kansas City,” American Legion member and World War II veteran Charles Purcell said on Memorial Day. “One for my next-door neighbor. One for an only child. One for my brother ... Today we celebrate those ‘gold stars.’ “

  • Morgan Wolfers’ picture of a spotted tiger moth and its pearl-like eggs is the kind of image you expect from a seasoned photographer: clean, micro-focused, incredibly detailed.

    But the image betrays both an illusion of size and years of experience.

    At 10 years old, the Conifer youth has accomplished what some photographers might only dream of: His work is on display at the Washington, D.C., home of Vice President Joe Biden.

  • Some young Evergreen students proved they have solid artistic skills Friday night at a Sculpture Evergreen art contest reception at Evergreen National Bank.

    Students at Marshdale and Wilmot elementary schools and Evergreen Middle School participated in the contest, in which students used one of Evergreen’s many sculptures as inspiration for their own artwork.

    This is the first time Sculpture Evergreen has held a contest for elementary and middle school students, according to Jane Stewart, the contest organizer.