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  • To paraphrase a proverb: There’s a place for everyone, and everyone has a place.

    No truer words could describe Mountain Community Pathways, an Evergreen program for adults with disabilities. The program, in its third year, provides a place for those with special needs to learn, grow and make friends for six hours a day, five days a week.

    It also operates a home in Evergreen for three developmentally disabled clients and provides a home host provider network so developmentally disabled adults can live in homes other than with their families.

  • If there can be Christmas in July, why not New Year’s in August?

    With all the ceremony of the giant ball in Times Square, a net full of nearly 4,500 yellow ducks dropped in Evergreen on Saturday to the cheers of spectators, kicking off the seventh annual Dam Ducky Derby.

  • As the Fat Babies closed down the Elks Lodge ballroom on Saturday night, most of the band took a break while a trio of piano, drums and clarinet serenaded the dozen or so couples who remained on the dance floor. And, for a moment, the ballroom felt alive with the presence of past generations of jazz fans and musicians. The band seemed fuller than its three pieces.

    For newcomers and those unfamiliar with the genre, the 2016 Evergreen Jazz Festival was a new experience. But for many of the festival attendees, jazz music and dancing are not only a hobby but a tradition.

  • The Great Plains in general, and Kansas in particular, might seem like a barren landscape compared to the breathtaking beauty of the Colorado Rockies. Frontier explorer Zebulon Pike certainly thought so, supposedly calling the region the “Great American Desert.”

    But photographer Jim Griggs of McPherson, Kan., says that, if photographing the Great Plains has taught him anything, it’s that “if you can take good photos there, you can take them anywhere.”

  • As her father walked her down the aisle, Jacqueline Davis saw her groom, Sean Toomey, and 30 family members and friends surrounded by the beautiful artwork of St. Peter’s Basilica.

    Rather than a local ceremony or a tropical destination wedding, Catholic couple Sean and Jacqueline Toomey were married at the Vatican on June 6. The honor is a rare one, as only four couples from the United States wed at the Vatican each year.

  • If you can’t see the forest for the trees, maybe that’s because you’re in a treehouse.

    The Evergreen area has a wide variety of treehouses that make their owners proud — from a Hobbit-like playhouse to one with a zip-line attached to a playhouse/treehouse with a suspension bridge. Don’t forget the “Geometree,” an octagonal treehouse.

  • Barking bundles of wet fur lined the Evergreen National Bank drive-thru in downtown Evergreen on Sunday as volunteers ran a dog-wash assembly line — all to benefit the Evergreen Animal Protective League.

    Dogs ranging from Bernese mountain dogs to shih tzus stood in several kiddie pools to be washed and rinsed, and finally dried. Once a dog shook off water and moved to the drying station, another was walked in for its turn to get a bath.

    Owners, holding glasses of wine, took charge of their now clean canines that sported green bandanas around their necks.

  • Toad. Scorpion. Snake. Owl.

    This lineup of nocturnal stars won over the 30 library visitors who came to see them July 11.

    The Evergreen Library hosted a “Creatures of the Night” presentation by the Sedalia-based Nature’s Educators, as part of its children’s program. The educators presented the animals, and informed younger and older audience members how each had adapted to live and hunt during the nighttime.

  • Increased foot traffic at area monuments, statues, sculptures, schools, churches, trailheads and other landmarks partly is thanks to Pokémon GO.

    The smart-phone game application, which launched two weeks ago and is now the biggest mobile game in U.S. history, encourages players to find virtual creatures called Pokémon. The game uses the phones’ GPS to track the players’ movements and locations, and rewards them for visiting local landmarks.

  • Yoga at the recreation center is customary, and yoga outside with a scenic view is ideal. But yoga on a paddleboard on a pond with mountain views is a bit unusual.

    On July 13, six students prepared for bent-knee, or sridaiva, yoga — also known as bowspring — on paddleboards in Buchanan Ponds.

  • Acrylics and dyes. Metal and wood. Glass and clay. Gold, silver and bronze. Dazzling neons and muted tones. The gentle tones of wind chimes. The soft texture of cloth. Bright and dazzling photographs of nature.

    The Center for the Art’s 37th annual Summerfest once again turned Buchanan Park into an eclectic display of artistry, from clothing and jewelry to paintings and woodcarvings. Plus, with food, drinks, music and other entertainment, the entire field was alive with an assortment of activities for visitors to enjoy.

  • Former Conifer resident Jana Elliott, who was killed in a highway crash July 10 after stopping to assist other motorists in Lakewood, is remembered as a person who always wanted to help others.

    Elliott was a passenger in a vehicle traveling east on West Sixth Avenue near Indiana Street when she and the driver, Sharon Young, saw a bicycle fall off a car in front of them.

  • Editor’s note: This story is part of a continuing series on the growing number of elderly in the mountain area.

    With the nation’s senior population expected to double within the next 15 years, the pinch to keep pace will be felt nowhere more keenly than at the Seniors’ Resource Center.

  • The Andy Smith Sr. Memorial Golf Tournament is as much about a grandfather’s love as it is about raising money for the Evergreen Park and Recreation District’s special populations program.

    Mountain Foothills Rotary, which sponsors the tournament, named it in honor of Smith Sr. in 2007. Smith, who died that year, owned Evergreen Oil Co., and he was a major sponsor because he had a special place in his heart for children with special needs, especially his grandson, Andrew Tyler Smith, known as Tyler.

  • No rendition of Tchaikovsky's "1812 Overture" is complete without a cannon, honor guard, and maybe a bit of rain.

    Hundreds of attendees braved the intermittent afternoon rain Monday to enjoy the musical varieties at the 27th annual Evergreen Music Festival at Buchanan Park. Organizers said about 1,400 people attended, and the festival had a record number of sponsors and vendors.

  • Participants in the annual Freedom Run on July 4th included an assortment of people from all walks of life — from 2 months old to 86, from serious runners to families with strollers. And some brought their dogs, from golden retrievers to Chihuahuas.

    About 930 racers enjoyed the cool morning air as they traversed the Hiwan subdivision to run or walk the 5K from Evergreen Middle School to Nick’s Pro Fitness. It was the 35th annual run to benefit Mount Evans Home Health Care & Hospice.

  • Editor’s note: The Canyon Courier is following three people hoping to complete the Evergreen Fire/Rescue academy to get their firefighting certification. This is the second in a series of stories about what it takes to become a firefighter.

    Dragsters can go from a standstill to 100 mph in less than a second.

    Firefighters do virtually the same, going from a standstill to adrenalin-pumping, physically demanding, high-stress work to fight a fire.

  • Miss Rodeo America and Miss Rodeo Colorado sat side by side on the top of a restored fire truck Saturday, smiling and waving to the thousands of Rodeo Parade attendees lining downtown Evergreen.

    “See you at the rodeo!” said Miss Rodeo America Katherine Merck, who wore a white hat and a sash emblazoned with her prestigious title.

  • 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.”