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  • Starry-eyed couple embody holiday magic

    For Erik and Frances Listou, Santa Claus isn’t just a tradition, it’s a lifestyle — especially around the holidays.


    Married for 22 years, the Listous are the Santa and Mrs. Claus of Evergreen.

    They are the real couple behind the couple that presides over the lighting of the Christmas tree at the Lake House every year. They lead the parade around Evergreen Lake on foot and head for the Ice House, where they patiently pose and be impossibly charming while 200 children have their pictures taken in about three hours.

  • Park district ponders $920,000 in energy upgrades

    The Evergreen Park and Recreation District is poised to hire a contractor to perform a list of recommended building improvements, mainly at its two recreation centers, in attempt to conserve energy and reduce utility bills.

    If the contract is approved, the renovations would be financed through a program that uses future energy-savings dollars to pay for improvements done with today's dollars. Potential annual energy savings are projected at $47,000 a year, according to the energy service company McKinstry of Golden.

  • Community garden backers appeal to park district for space, support

     A nonprofit environmental group is seeking permission to establish an elk-proofed, fenced, demonstration garden with 28 plots on one-third acre south of the EPRD administration building in Buchanan Park.

    About eight of the plots would be set aside for various community groups, and the rest would be available to members of the public.

    Rachel Emmer, president of EASY, gave a presentation on community gardens at the regular monthly meeting of the Evergreen Park and Recreation District board on Dec. 13.

  • Chamber relocating to Stagecoach Center

    The Evergreen Area Chamber of Commerce has signed a lease and will move its headquarters from downtown to the Stagecoach Center at Evergreen Parkway and Stagecoach Boulevard by Jan. 31.

    The move represents a major departure for the chamber, which has occupied its space on Main Street in the Evergreen Hotel building for about 10 years.

  • Place for sculpture garden sought for Buchanan Park

    A nonprofit arts group is asking the park district for help in establishing a sculpture walk somewhere in Buchanan Park.

    Art for the Mountain Community, which is known for its annual Sculpture Walk that brings 16 new artworks to the Evergreen area on a rotating basis, also has installed a permanent collection of 28 sculptures in various locations around Evergreen.

  • Evergreen Lake open for skating

    The skating season opened Saturday, Dec. 17, at Evergreen Lake  beginning at 8 a.m., said Brad Bednar, Evergreen Lake House supervisor.

    Evergreen Lake offers 10 hockey rinks, several family rinks and a massive public rink. It is groomed daily and is the largest Zamboni-maintained outdoor ice rink in America, with 7 acres of skate-able ice.

  • Chicken soup-er: First cook-off provides recipe for community spirit

    Chicken soup may be good for the soul, but it also can be good for building community spirit.


    Congregation Beth Evergreen’s first ever chicken soup cook-off on Saturday night made chicken soup the focal point of a large community gathering where music, laughter and merriment were as much the highlights of the evening as the soup.

  • Robotic recycling: When it comes to art, Bergen Valley students know the drill

    Recycled goods have many uses, but Bergen Valley Elementary School students found a unique use for some of them: making robots.


    They used soda cans, circuit boards, broken walkie-talkies, CDs, paper rolls, plastic bottles and straws to create unusual artwork, all part of an artist-in-residence program with Evergreen artist Maggie Smiley. Smiley offers creativity workshops at her studio called Artonomy in the Elk Bridge Center near the Buchanan Park Rec Center.

    “My passion is to instill a creative spirit in everybody,” Smiley said.

  • Luckylure giving free trees to needy

    Luckylure Christmas trees is hosting a free tree giveaway to foothills families impacted by the economy on Thursday, Dec. 15.

    This year the giveaway will be extended to families with someone serving on  active duty in the military. The giveaway will be for one day only starting at noon at Luckylure Holiday Activity Center, 5231 Highway 73 and Brook Forest Road.

    For more information, call 303-674-5777.

  • Richard Lee Anway, 63

    Richard Lee Anway passed away Nov. 20, 2011, at his home in Lakewood. He was 63 years old.