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  • By Virginia Grantier

    She knows about challenges: Brenn Lea Pearson, 64, who lives alone with her two dogs, is a longtime graphic designer in Evergreen who has been trying to regroup in this economy since her New York and San Francisco book publishing jobs went overseas and local work became scarce.

    They know about challenges: This group that waits in their chairs and wheelchairs on Wednesdays for Pearson. They have a range of issues: Some have Alzheimer’s; others are recovering from strokes or other debilitating physical conditions.

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  • “… The Hussars let loose their horses. God, what power! They ran through the smoke and the sound was like a thousand blacksmiths beating with a thousand hammers.”
    — Henry Sienkievich, describing
    a 17th-century battle between
    Polish Hussars and invading Swedish forces

  • The kids called him Mr. Awesome Cool Man — a telling title for Todd Brodeur, a world champion Frisbee player who taught students at Bergen Meadow and Bergen Valley elementary schools the art of Frisbee.

    Playing with a Frisbee is a wonderful sport, Brodeur told students at an assembly at Bergen Meadow recently. Brodeur spent four days at the school as part of the schools’ artist-in-residence program.

    “You can stay active,” he said. “You can keep your heart beating and lungs breathing.”

  • While on hiatus from a career as a commercial real estate developer, Bill Valaika of Evergreen is using the down time to embellish guitars that are being auctioned off for worthy causes.
    Using a secret-formula glue and thousands of Swarovski crystals, Valaika turns a plain guitar face into a colorful, flaming logo light show.
    “It’s unbelievable to see on stage, Valaika said. “The crowd loves it.”
    Each guitar takes 40 hours to produce and is worth about $2,000 in materials.

  • By Burdette “Bud” Weare
    A hundred years ago, Colorado’s elk herd appeared to be following the fate of the bison. Locally, the Evergreen Elks outnumbered the Evergreen elk. And thereby hangs a tale.

  • Editor’s note: Local paleoclimatologist Peter Link embarked on a trip to South America earlier this year with his trusty camera in hand. His account of the trip follows, accompanied by stunning photos.

    By Peter Link
    1It was January, the dead of winter — time to break for South America.
    And so, Scott from Shreveport, my brother Andy from Houston and I boarded an overnight flight to La Paz, Bolivia, 12,001 feet above sea level. OK for me, living at 8,100 feet; not so sanguine for Scott and Andy. They did survive.

  • A Kittredge woman who dreams of being a full-time professional photographer is a contestant on a locally produced reality show testing six budding photographers in various artistic challenges.

  • Not everyone can see beauty in a stack of weather-beaten, sun-bleached wood. But in the hands of Tommy Banaszek and Jeanne Sullivan, salvaged wood turns over a new leaf and is transformed into handmade furniture.
    KnoT New WooD, located in Kittredge at 26030 Highway 74, is the brainchild of Banaszek and Sullivan, who created the business to showcase wood repurposed into elegant, rustic or highly polished custom designs.
    “People come in here and want to touch all the different woods,” said Sullivan.

  • By Virginia Grantier

    People were standing in the dark Saturday night on a faraway hill in the mountains near Pine as they waited for the children.

    But in the velvet calm of quiet pines and forest floor, just before a fat moon slid into view, it wasn’t so calm for Peg Alig, a naturalist, and for the others waiting on the trail that led to the hilltop observatory.

  • Dave Voth has woodworking in his genes. His great-great-great-grandparents’ relatives were woodworkers in Prussia. His great-grandfather was featured in a book on Mennonite furniture making. The aged black-and-white photograph shows Voth’s ancestor standing next to the wooden house that he built by hand in Minnesota.

  • It’s a chilly October night. Leaves blow outside, and shadows flit across a darkened stage. Or were they only shadows? Creaks and groans fill Center/Stage. Is it just the old building settling? Or is something lurking across the way?

    There’s nothing better than a cold autumn evening to set the mood for a suspense thriller. And there’s nothing better than the Evergreen Players’ latest production of “Night Watch” to leave you looking over your shoulder with fear and delight.

  • Every year, the Center for the Arts Evergreen selects an Arts Person of the Year. The center solicits names from all of the different arts organizations in Evergreen. Nominees are selected from the performing as well as visual arts. This year’s winner, glass artist Kate Loomiller, will be honored at an Evening for the Arts on Oct. 14.

  • What do a 2-foot wooden Viking named Sven, a song about Mad Cow disease and three follicularly challenged men singing “Bald guys are happenin’ ee” have in common? One man ee Wayne Faust.

    The talented singer/songwriter/comedian is appearing at Sammy’s Tavern on Oct. 11. And as disparate as those three things may seem, Faust has a way of making his audiences roll with laughter at all of them.

  • It is a warm “summer” day, even if fall has arrived. While out on the patio enjoying the warm temperature, I noticed several patches of pine resin that were gathering the fallen scales of pine cones in their viscous, gooey puddles. Why, I wondered, are they oozing sap in the fall? Then I remembered that evergreen trees, unlike deciduous trees, retain sap in their evergreen needles (modified leaves) all year. The resin acts like an antifreeze to prevent the needles from being damaged by frost.

  • One of the universal joys of music is that it can be enjoyed in myriad settings with audiences large or small. One day you might get a kick out of singing along with the radio in your car. The next, you might settle into an audience with hundreds of listeners for a musical extravaganza.

    The Evergreen Chamber Orchestra knows that setting and company can accentuate a musical experience for even the most veteran listener. For this reason, the ECO is kicking off its 2008-09 season with two unique concerts.

  • “I get no kick from champagne ee So tell me, why should it be true that I get a kick out of you?” You’ll be singing Cole Porter’s immortal words at the Evergreen Chorale’s latest production of “Anything Goes.” This high-stepping, side-splitting show is filled with undercover cops, unrequited loves and unbridled tap dancing. The production harkens to the days of classic Broadway, and you’re sure to get a kick out of it.

  • A friend who volunteers at the Evergreen Nature Center stopped by last week to show us photographs of a wood rat taken by a couple who live on Upper Bear Creek. These folks had seen and heard some little critter in their house and wanted to be sure to live trap it and remove it before they left on a vacation.

    Our friend loaned them her live trap, and the next day they came into the Nature Center with the little animal in the trap. It was indeed a bright-eyed little wood rat. She later brought the photographs to us in hopes we could identify it as to species.

  • Artists are often drawn to the solitude and beauty of the mountains, and Evergreen is no exception — it boasts hundreds of visual artists who live and work in the area. Our galleries are packed with the creations of these inspired individuals. Did you ever wonder where the creativity begins? The seventh annual Open Door Studios Tour will offer visitors a glimpse into the studios, and often the psyches, of local artists.

  • Artists loved to be challenged. As a visual artist, every day, you are searching for something new that will inspire. Meryl Sabeff, owner of the Evergreen Gallery, challenged her artists to put their own spin on the idea of “home” in the gallery’s latest show, “Beyond These Walls.” The results were whimsical, welcoming and wonderful.