Today's Features

  • Employees from Lockheed Martin and United Launch Alliance came together last week to continue an almost 60-year tradition of giving back to the community with Operation Santa Claus.

    The holiday gift and food drive was started in 1958 when a group of Glenn L. Martin Co. employees pooled funds to buy presents for area kids who might be going without on Christmas. From there, Operation Santa Claus was born.

  • By Stephanie Alderton, For the Courier

    Figure-skating students of all ages brought a cool take on the Christmas spirit to The Edge Ice Arena’s annual holiday show.

    The show is a way for students from the Figure Skating Academy to show off their hard work to family and friends. This year’s “Skates and Snowflakes” event, held Saturday afternoon, had the largest number of participants ever, with 85 performers.

  • By Stephanie Alderton, For the Courier

    Virgil “Bud” Harold became both the newest and oldest member of American Legion Post 103 during an annual banquet recently.

  • The Smithtonians Handbell Choir knows how to ring in the holidays.

    In what has become an annual tradition, the choir performed a collection of yule tunes before a packed Bemis Library in Littleton on Sunday. The choir will bring its show back to town on Sunday, Dec. 14, when it performs during the Littleton Museum’s Holiday’s Evening event.

  • Scores of people participated in a “pinecone ceremony” and farolito lighting to mark the holiday season at The Fort restaurant in Morrison on Sunday under snowy skies.

    Visitors wrote a name or names on a piece of paper of loved ones they want to remember during the holidays and slipped the paper into a pinecone. The pinecones then were tossed into a campfire built in the central courtyard of the restaurant, the messages carried into the sky by the flames.

  • Despite a rapidly approaching Christmas Eve deadline, Santa Claus found a little time for his annual drive down Littleton’s Main Street on Friday.

    Kris Kringle’s appearance was part of Littleton’s Candlelight Walk and Tree Lighting. The holiday celebration, in its 31st year, raised money for Interfaith Community Services and collected toys for the Arapahoe Santa Claus Shop charity.

  • For some, Black Friday is all about finding the best deal on a new flat screen. But for the hundreds who packed Foothills Animal Shelter on Friday, the day was all about finding a new furry friend. And a good deal.

    The shelter featured adoption specials on the days before and after Thanksgiving, hoping to place as many pets as possible. More than 64 animals found forever homes during the two days, said Jennifer Strickland, spokeswoman for the shelter. By Friday afternoon, only two dogs remained available for adoption.

  • Some 29 kids were officially adopted into 22 families on Saturday at the Jeffco courthouse, and every child had a unique and often poignant history that carried him to that eventful day.

    But as the new families left the building, they started a new journey together from a joyful place.

    Hundreds gathered to celebrate those adoptions on National Adoption Day through Jeffco’s Human Services Department.

    Temporary becomes permanent

  • Students from Arapahoe Community College painting instructor Nathan Abels’ class invited staff and students from the Colorado Center for the Blind to a fully accessible tactile art exhibit at the Jantzen Gallery in ACC’s Art and Design Center recently.

  • Littleton’s new Aging Well Resource Center is designed as a one-stop shop for an aging population looking for answers in such areas as transportation and health insurance. 

    The center opened in Bemis Library in October; while the city provides transportation services for its senior population with the Omnibus and Shopping Cart programs, Littleton, like many municipalities, doesn’t have a dedicated human services department as county governments do.