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Today's Features

  • After co-teaching art at Montessori Peaks Academy for six years, Andrea Rollins and Michele Hardesty decided it was time to expand their reach and act on an idea that had been brewing for years.

    The pair recently opened artSPARK Creative Studio, a downtown Littleton studio where they teach classes and host camps and parties.

  • By Kevin M. Smith, For the Courier

    MORRISON — Maybe it’s cliche to say there’s nothing else like it, but it’s true.

    “We’re very fortunate to have Red Rocks inside of our own backyard,” said artist Keith “Scramble” Campbell. “The reason there is so much activity there is because it really, truly is the best place to see live music. It really changes your perspective on other venues, too.”

  • By Kevin M. Smith, For the Courier

    There’s not much bare space on the wall of Keith “Scramble” Campbell’s Arvada home. Artwork, mostly his, covers it. Above the fireplace in his basement is one of his latest works; it’s a painting he did live during the 75th anniversary ceremony for Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison on June 15.

    Campbell and his wife, Shay, have called Colorado home since 2004. Red Rocks drew them here.

  • The Audubon Nature Center at Chatfield State Park hosted a “100 Years for Birds” event on a recent Sunday in honor of the centennial of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.

    The event offered information booths and displays on various species of migratory birds; a live raptor presentation by Nature’s Educators; a rubber-duck scavenger hunt for the youngsters; and nature walks led by master birders.

  • A South Jeffco golfer was treated last month to an unexpected trip to Baltusrol Golf Club for the PGA Championship.

    But the journey to Springfield, N.J., for the season’s final major didn’t begin on a qualifying course or as an item on a personal bucket list. It started with a news story.

  • When the summer sun is scorching and the pool is open for one more day, everyone and their dog come out for a swim. Literally.

    Deer Creek Pool hosted its annual Doggy Dip on a recent Sunday evening, and more pools in the South Jeffco area were scheduled to host similar events before closing for the season.

    Pet owners of all ages brought canines of varying sizes to enjoy the water, the fun and the community.

  • Every time Karen Brown watched coverage of the Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii, she was moved to tears. She saw Julie Moss win the silver medal in February 1982, and dreamed of competing herself.

    “Watching them, I thought, ‘Oh, they’re professional athletes, and I only run for recreation,’ ” Brown said. “I thought I could never do it.”

  • By Ramsey Scott, For the Courier

    Last weekend’s Jeffco Fair and Festival at the fairgrounds in Golden celebrated the county’s agricultural roots, and also offered a generous helping of music, art and entertainment.

    And pie. Lots of pie.

  • Eager kids lined up to have their faces painted at the Ken-Caryl Ranch House on Aug. 3, just one of many activities at the Music a la Mode summer celebration.

    Sitting on a blue chair, 3-year-old Jude Duran squinted as paint met skin. Meanwhile, Adam Duran, Jude’s father, held his son’s head still as a clown painted Jude’s face to look like Spiderman. After the process was finished, Jude looked into a mirror with a smile of satisfaction.

  • By Ramsey Scott, For the Times

    The Inter-Canyon Fire Protection District hoped that by firing up the grills this past weekend it would be able to muster some new firefighters.