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  • Empty Bowls is truly an event for the community, by the community.

    “Everything you’re enjoying today has been donated by someone in this community. That’s what makes this such a great event,” Holly Simon, board member for the Mountain Resource Center, told the folks assembled to enjoy soup and raise funds for those in need.

    The annual Empty Bowls event raises money for the MRC and its efforts to help feed hungry families. The MRC hosted the first day of the two-day event last Wednesday at the organization’s main office in Conifer.

  • Evergreen resident Patty Potter once was rescued from an attacking bear by her dog Bella. Now she’s honoring Bella’s memory by helping other people rescue dogs.

    Potter started the Bella Pet Insurance Fund three years ago as a national nonprofit that provides health insurance grants to young people who want to rescue dogs. After three years of raising money and slowly gaining public recognition, the organization is ready to start helping more dog rescuers.

  • By foothills standards, the holiday spirit is in full swing, with seven holiday boutiques over the next few weeks.

  • About 50 young girls were excited and speechless when the snow queen and the ice princess arrived for a special party on Sunday.

    The girls, dressed in their royalty finest, were prepared when the queen asked them to join in singing “Let It Go.” It was all part of a party for young aficionados of the Disney movie “Frozen,” hosted by Wilmot Elementary parent Jennifer Trinco at the Evergreen Elks Lodge.

  • A historic volunteer fire department siren now has a prominent spot at Evergreen Fire/Rescue thanks to a high school student’s Eagle Scout project.

    The siren was once used by fire department volunteers in the region for years. Volunteer “kitchen dispatchers” with red telephones from the fire department could activate the siren by pushing a button on their phones. When volunteer firefighters called in, the “kitchen dispatchers” would give them the address of the fire.

  • For the past 16 years, Maren Schreiber has coordinated the Special Needs Program of the Evergreen Park and Recreation District. Beginning with five youngsters when she first assumed the position, Schreiber now plans and leads activities for more than 90 people.

    Participants in her program go swimming, rafting, fishing, horseback riding, bowling — and glide across Evergreen Lake on boats. They scale the climbing wall at Buchanan Rec Center, tend a garden and take trips to places of interest.

    “We do just about everything,” says Schreiber.

  • Evergreen’s historic bell tower is getting a much-needed makeover, and it should be standing sentry over the east end of downtown by the end of the week.

    The nonprofit HistoriCorps brought staff and volunteers to work on the tower, which is part of the historic buildings on the Church of the Transfiguration property. The tower is 115 years old, and it was restored in 1979 by the U.S. Army Reserves, but weather exposure slowly rots the wood, and church officials were afraid the tower might fall.

  • Bogart the mammoth donkey has a new lease on life thanks to the efforts of a West Jefferson Middle School seventh-grader and the kind-hearted staff at Colorado Horse Rescue.

    Bogart was at a feedlot waiting to be sent to a slaughterhouse when 12-year-old Klaire Funderburgh fell in love with the gentle giant.

    “She kept saying, ‘Mom, I can’t let him be killed. I have to save him,’ ” said Klaire’s mother, Kristin Manley.

  • You never know what message the sign at the Indian Hills Community Center might offer. But one thing is certain: It draws the attention of motorists on Parmalee Gulch Road.

    Some of the weekly slogans are funny; others are thought-provoking riddles. And a few have created quite a stir.

    “I try to keep something up there that will make people smile,” says Indian Hills resident Vince Rozmiarek, who places the weekly messages on the sign. “I’ve adopted it. It’s really fun.”

  • “This is full of spectacular-ness!” exclaimed Sue Comer as she walked through stands of aspen glowing with fall color last Thursday afternoon.

    Comer had traveled from Loveland to a scenic overlook on Highway 103 where many people were gazing in awe at golden-leaved trees in the bright sunshine. The changing aspen also created bright patterns of color in the distant hills, which leaf-gazers were enjoying along with mature aspen they could walk up to and photograph.

  • Don’t let the title fool you. “Strangers, Lovers and the Winds of Time” by Evergreen author Dale Lovin is far from a romance novel.

    Lovin’s second published work is a gritty, compelling portrait of white supremacists and their devastated victims. Written as a suspense novel interwoven with factual accounts of high-profile incidents, the book contains tales of past and present evil in American society.

  • The annual Hay Days at the Humphrey History Park and Museum offered a little something for everyone on Saturday.

    “The music has been the best part so far,” Evergreen resident Leslie Scully said after sharing a dance with her husband, Steve.

    The event, celebrating its third year, took attendees back to the early 1900s and showed what life in Evergreen was like then. 

  • Buchanan Rec Center on Sunday morning was inundated with kids swimming, running and biking in a triathlon that was meant to simply be fun.

    Nearly 130 children ages 5 to 13 swam laps in the pool, ran around one of the Bergen ponds, and biked through Bergen Park. No one timed the event, though lots of parents cheered, waved flags, rang cowbells and took pictures.

  • The workforce in Evergreen is made up of people who prepare food, repair worn shoes, develop social media skills for businesses and individuals, and manage nonprofit organizations that benefit the local and global community. They are among many people who help make Evergreen a thriving, viable place to live.

    A restaurant family

    Hla Win is a sushi chef with a fairly new restaurant in Bergen Park where he, his wife and son spend many hours preparing food and serving customers.

  • Several a-fungi-anados gathered at Flying J Ranch last Friday morning to learn about mushrooms in the mountain area of Jefferson County.

    “We have between 2,000 and 3,000 mushroom species just in this area,” said Mary Beth Carpenter, a volunteer with the Lookout Mountain Nature Center.

    About a dozen people showed up for “Beyond Pizza: What Everyone Should Know About Mushrooms.” Carpenter led the talk on families of fungus.

  • Rubber duckies quacked across the finish line in record time, buoyed by the fast-flowing waters of Bear Creek, in the fifth annual Dam Ducky Derby on Saturday.

    The creek was flowing at 60 cubic feet per second, compared with its more sedate 20 cfs in previous Augusts, said John Ellis, an organizer and director of community relations at Evergreen National Bank. The first ducks crossed the finish line in less than half an hour.

  • Dogs and their owners in every shape and size participated in the fourth annual Wine, Washes & Wagging Tails event in downtown Evergreen on Sunday.

    From tiny Chihuahuas to a 150-pound chocolate Lab, from young children to older adults, the benefit for the Evergreen Animal Protective League had something for everyone.

  • Bright and early on the Fourth of July, fine Americans from every walk, trot, gallop and dash of life put their feet to the street as Mount Evans Home Health Care & Hospice kicked off its 33rd annual Freedom Run 5K.

  • Evergreen resident Jack Holbrook had a typical work-from-home job — he talked with customers on the phone and worked on his computer for his job at the Electrical Construction Co. in Hawaii.

    The problem was, Holbrook didn’t really like working from his home. He went from working at a busy office in Hawaii to working at home in Evergreen, and he wanted to interact with co-workers. He also wanted to be able to meet with people and socialize after work.

    Holbrook apparently is not alone.

  • “Gardens and flowers have a way of bringing people together.”

    — Clare Ansberry

    No truer words could be written about the garden south of the Evergreen Metropolitan District on Highway 73. 

    Known as the dam garden, its blooms attract visitors from May to October while its maintenance brings Evergreen Garden Club members together every Friday morning.