The Jefferson Symphony hosted its International Young Artists Competition on Jan. 8 at the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, which was a co-sponsor. The winners performed in a 7:30 p.m. recital. Eleven finalists from six different countries competed for a $5,000 annuity (payable at $1,000 per year for five years) to the first-place winner, as well as cash prizes of $2,000, $1,500 and $1,000 to the first-, second- and third-place awardees.
Students from the Forté Academy of Music in Littleton and Centennial performed a Christmas recital on Dec. 14 at St. James Presbyterian Church in Littleton for the “Al’s Pals” Senior Group. The students, ages 8 to 16, played Christmas carols, as well as classical selections on piano and violin.
“We love having these talented students at our annual event,” said Eddie Powell, program organizer.
Family and friends of students were also invited to hear their children perform.
Members of Jeffco Schools IT services desk passed the hat for the Jefferson Foundation’s Homeless Services Fund.
“Since we don’t get the opportunity to work directly with students, we wanted to connect with those who could use a hand,” said Billie Wolfe, IT of user security. “We found out about the Jefferson Foundation’s Homeless Services Fund and pooled our money to buy grocery store gift certificates. It was very easy to write a check for the funds collected and get it to the foundation.”
Ute Meadows Elementary School students recently submitted artwork for the 2011 Youth Art Show at the National Western Stock Show and won in several classes. Sean McMullen was the grand champion, Levi Huff and Cameron Newlander won champion and Caylee Butvilofsky, Anna Nica and Sophia Stromberg won reserve champion.
The champions will have their artwork professionally framed and displayed on the third floor of the Expo Hall during the 2011 National Western Stock Show to be held Jan. 8-23.
Concert-goers filled the sanctuary at St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Parrish as the traditional handbell choir prelude music began. This year, three handbell choirs — from Columbine United, Heritage United Methodist, and St. Frances Cabrini churches joined together to offer up this uniquely beautiful music. An audience estimated at more than 700 people enjoyed the evening’s concert of inspirational music.
The Golf Club at Ravenna became the setting for “Havana Nights” as the annual Hats Off to Hope House event was held at the home of Bill and Jill Maul on Sept. 16. More than 170 guests attended, including Glenn Jacks, owner and developer of Ravenna, as well as John and Lorraine Bandimere (pictured) and Tehema owners Tony and Nancy Haley. More than $80,000 was raised to invest in teen moms who are dedicated to building stable lives for their little ones.
The year was 1943, when a gallon of gas cost 15 cents, “Casablanca” won the Oscar for best picture, the Marine Corps opened its ranks to women — and Irene Downey of Littleton was among the first to enlist.
Downey was 22 years old that year and living in Illinois.