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Today's Features

  • By Carol McKinley

    For the Courier

    Evergreen Rabbi Levi Brackman believes he can save a generation of baby boomers from feeling bored and useless during the transition to retirement. His Fountain of Youth retirement plan can be described with one word: purpose.

    “(Purpose is) what makes me get out of bed at 4:30 every morning,” says Brackman. “You’re happier and satisfied with life because you feel good about yourself.”

  • “Fiddler on the Roof,” which opened on Broadway in 1964, had the first musical theater run in history to surpass 3,000 performances. For many years, the show was a school- and community-theater staple, and theater critics claim that due to the show’s global popularity, there are at least 10 simultaneous productions of “Fiddler on the Roof” in performance somewhere in the world. All we need is one production in our mountain community, and Evergreen High School’s interpretation of the time-honored classic should fit the bill.

  • By Sara Miller

  • The authors who attended the inaugural Authors Fair at Bergen Valley Elementary School on Friday didn’t simply read their books to the students; they inspired the children to write about their passions and to dream.

    “It was 10 years before I showed (my book) to anyone,” children’s author Suzanne Brown, a Bergens parent, told a class of third-graders, “and they asked when was I going to get it published. And if you don’t try, you don’t succeed, right?” she asked the students.

  • Birds have always been a source of inspiration for artists. The bald eagle has appeared on all official seals of the United States, as well as on most coinage, paper money, and on many U.S. stamps. Artist John James Audubon became famous for his collection of bird paintings. There is something about these high-flying creatures that encourages great art.

  • Water has been our constant companion in Evergreen this year. From the downtown flooding in September to a big snow season this winter, we have been surrounded by water in all its forms. The Evergreen Artists Association’s spring show, “Water,” seems especially fitting. The EAA will put forth its best artwork depicting water in every form — ice, mist, steam, clouds, dew, fog, crystals and snow.

  • Bernie Goldman walked through the doors of the Canyon Courier in 1974 to place a want ad — he was looking for members of the Jewish faith with whom to celebrate the High Holidays. And so, Congregation Beth Evergreen was born.

    “I met with him several times,” Rabbi Jamie Arnold said of Goldman, who died last October. “He was friends with the editor of the Courier, and one day was joking with him about there being 19 churches in the church directory of the paper. And he said, ‘You know what the 20th should be? A synagogue.’ ”

  • The artistic creations of area elementary school students will be on display at Shadow Mountain Gallery beginning Friday.

    Most of the works are two-dimensional, said Don Fairchild, coordinator for the 20th annual school art show at the gallery.

    Teachers at each of the participating schools have selected six to eight art pieces created by students in kindergarten through sixth grade.

  • This year’s musical at Evergreen Middle School combines the new with the familiar.

    New this year for the production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella” is Tom Biaso, an eighth-grader who accompanies the singers on piano. In past years, the music has been provided via recordings or a professional accompanist.

  • An Evergreen sculptor who found his muse in our mountain town hopes to carve a bigger spot for Evergreen on the national arts scene.

    Errol Beauchamp, a 22-year local resident, left his job as a corporate designer 12 years ago to focus on his art. He’s traveled and worked internationally but says Evergreen has the arts attributes needed to perform on the big stage.