• As Evergreen resident Don Trickel led his platoon through the jungle in the Vietnam War, his wife, Judy, was at their home worrying.

    “She would always have that fear, that feeling of uncertainty and unknowing,” he said.
    There’s always somebody back home who is suffering just as much as the soldiers fighting a war, Trickel said.

  • The Force was strong among the more than 300 Princess Leias, Luke Skywalkers and Darth Vaders who participated in Star Wars Day at the Evergreen Library on Saturday.

    The children — some dressed in Star Wars attire — did everything from coloring Yoda ears that they could wear to decorating Princess Leia cookies to learning how to wield pretend light sabers.

  • Think of the Evergreen High School marching band as the little engine that could.

    With only 52 members including the color guard — half of them freshmen and only five of them seniors — the band took seventh place in the 3A state championship in Colorado Springs last week. The band competes regularly against bands at least twice its size.

  • Saturday was a night for screams and terror — and some fun, too — at the Haunting in Evergreen haunted house at Church of the Transfiguration.

    From the ghost and spider inviting visitors into the parking lot to the 9-foot-tall goblin available for photographs outside, to the Frankenstein, werewolf and other beasties inside, the haunted house had something to terrify everyone.

  • Iron Man attended the Superhero Training Academy on Oct. 21 at the Evergreen Library.

    Portrayed by 5-year-old Declan Van Praag of Evergreen, Iron Man was ready to save the world in his mask, cape and cuff, which he designed at the training academy to enhance his superpowers.

    Declan’s Iron Man character was definitely his take on the superhero: His Iron Man ironed clothes. He ran around the library meeting room, holding his hand up and pretending to iron the clothes of the people he saved.

  • Halloween pumpkins can make a haute fashion statement.

    At Creative Bridges in Kittredge, children at a special pumpkin-decorating class on Friday didn’t just carve, they added earrings, necklaces, hair and accessories to create fashionable gourds for Halloween.

  • If you want to teach seventh-graders about the parts of a cell, what better way than to put them inside one?

    Reminiscent of the “The Magic School Bus” television show, Evergreen Middle School students recently entered a giant “cell” that filled a classroom. They didn’t have to shrink to get inside a la the TV show, but they did have to crouch a bit to get into the cell made of large pieces of tarp taped together with duct tape. A little imagination helped, too.

  • TallGrass Aveda Salon and Spa is expanding its seventh annual Soldier Box Project with plans to ship at least 100 care packages to troops in Afghanistan this holiday season, said TallGrass owner Gail Ridings.

  • Sandi Ashley and her 9-year-old son, Logan, were in a heated battle at Canyonfest at Kittredge Community Park on Saturday.

    They were playing a game that involved using straws to move tiny sailboats along tracks created from two long pieces of gutter filled with water. Logan won.

    “That was a good workout,” Sandi said after their last round. She didn’t mention that some of her huffs and puffs went to help Logan move his sailboat.

  • A local portrait photographer wants Evergreen women to meet one another in a unique way.

    Katy Moses has begun what she calls the Evergreen Women Project. During the Open Door Studios tour last weekend, she began photographing Evergreen women and collecting information so she can tell their stories on her website, EvergreenWomen.com.

    She is asking the women what brought them to Evergreen and about their lives.

  • In the mid-1800s, quilting bees were an important social event, with women chatting and laughing as their sewing needles worked in the fabric.

    Fast-forward to 2015, and the Mount Evans Home Health Care & Hospice angel-making workshops also are important social events, with women chatting and laughing as they spread glue, cut cardboard and prepare handcrafted angels.

    In addition, angel-making helps Mount Evans continue to provide services to area residents.

  • Evergreen residents Larry and Jane Voorhees were sharpening their pickleball skills after a fast-paced game at Wulf Rec Center last Wednesday morning. The couple are among a growing number of enthusiasts flocking to courts to grab paddles and play the low-impact sport.

    In the last two to three years, requests for court time to play pickleball have doubled for the Evergreen Park and Recreation District, said Jeff Sweet, EPRD recreation supervisor. More than 60 court hours now are scheduled each week for pickleball, he said.

  • Health & Safety Day, put on by Evergreen Fire/Rescue on Saturday, was a big hit with kids and their parents.

    Attendees could ride on a fire truck, survey the surroundings from the Evergreen Fire/Rescue aerial bucket, work a real-live fire hose to knock down a wooden “fire” decoy, and eat pancakes — lots and lots of them.

  • In the 1960s, John Ellis and Hank Alderfer were playing football at Evergreen High School while classmate Larry Olde was lettering in golf. The three Evergreen natives, who are well-known in the community, were among 48 alumni of the Evergreen High class of 1965 who gathered for their 50th reunion this past weekend.

    Former classmates came from near and far to swap stories and remember good times during their high school years in Evergreen.

    “We had more fun,” Ellis said.

  • The aroma of fragrant chili wafted through the air as people sampled recipes and voted for their favorites at the Big Chili Cook-off on Saturday at Buchanan Park.

    “I really like this one,” Zoe Shockites of Evergreen said while tasting Pam’s Game Day Red.
    Some 4,500 attendees could taste more than 100 varieties of red, green and vegetarian chili recipes, including those with eye-catching names like Ma-Mama’s Hillbilly Hand Grenade and Zydeco Zombie Green.

  • Peter Dohr is a bicycle honcho.

    The eighth-grader at Montessori School of Evergreen has collected at least 42 bikes so far to send to people in Africa who have no way to get around. 

    Dohr is working with the nonprofit group Bicycles for Humanity Colorado, which sends bicycles in shipping containers to rural locations in Africa. The Denver chapter is one of several chapters across the United States and Canada (b4hcolorado.org).

  • It wasn't by chance that at least three people who suffered heart attacks were saved by AEDs in the last two years in the Evergreen area.

    Evergreen resident David Montesi started the nonprofit Evergreen Public Access Defibrillation 13 years ago, and it has installed 59 automated external defibrillators, or AEDs, for free in public areas.  

  • Since being crowned at the Evergreen Rodeo this past June, Queen Lauren Hladik and Princess Alexis Lundahl have been riding in area rodeos. Lauren and Alexis also make appearances at community events, and are planning to present awards at this year’s annual Big Chili Cook-off in Evergreen on Sept. 12.

    “I love the family aspect of rodeo,” says Lauren, who moved up from princess to queen this year. “It’s like a giant family. It’s so great to work together.”

  • The Evergreen Nature Center at Evergreen Lake operates on a limited budget provided by revenue from the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District and fund-raising efforts of Evergreen Audubon, its managing organization, said Vanessa Hayes, director of the center.

    “The majority of our income is through donations,” she said.

  • The annual Bootstraps Inc. Winefest had a special twist this year: a wheel that attendees whirled around while trying their luck at winning a bottle of wine.

    The event giveaway booth at the fund-raising event on Saturday also offered participants a chance to win a trip to Italy to tour wine country.

    Festival-goer Jessi Moots was into the spirit of the event while sporting “wine-glasses,” a creative version of eyewear featuring wine-glass shapes on the frames.