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Today's Features

  • Littleton’s Bemis Library is marking a half-century of service to the public this month, and staff and patrons took a couple of hours to mark the occasion.

    The staff hosted a 50th birthday bash for the library on Saturday. The party included food, games and the band Ricky and the Radios playing popular music from 1965, when Bemis opened.

  • Foothills Animal Shelter welcomed aboard a new chief of veterinary services along with a new executive director last week.

    The shelter has named Jennifer Strickland executive director, while Dr. Emily Hays is Foothills’ new chief veterinarian. Strickland, who has worked at Foothills for eight years, was most recently the shelter’s media coordinator. Hays has more than 15 years of experience in animal welfare.

    Strickland replaces Heather Cameron, who recently left to become executive director at the Anchor Center for Blind Children in Denver.

  • If the thought of sweaters, scarves and pumpkins makes your heart beat a little faster, some awesome autumn activities await on Saturday in Littleton.

    The Hudson Gardens Festifall and the Littleton Museum’s Harvest Festival both take place on Saturday. The annual celebrations of fall will offer attendees plenty of reasons to get into the spirit of the season, along with a chance to help a worthy cause.

  • Columbine High School and Platte Canyon High School are separated by 40 miles and a county line. But on Sunday, the two schools were once again connected by thousands of motorcycles traversing U.S. 285 in a show of solidarity and love.

    More than 4,000 bikers rode from Columbine High to Platte Canyon High as part of Emily’s Parade, an annual event that honors the late Emily Keyes and the six other students held hostage at Platte Canyon High on Sept. 27, 2006, as well as all victims of school violence.

  • Potential recruits for West Metro Fire deployed hose, climbed over and under obstacles and dragged dummies to safety on Saturday at Station 10.

    Now they just have to wait 10 to 15 years before applying for jobs as firefighters.

    West Metro’s Fire Muster attracted hundreds to the station at South Kipling Parkway and West Hampden Avenue, site of the district’s training facility. Firefighters put on live-fire demonstrations, displayed ambulances and fire engines, and helped the kids run an expansive obstacle course.

  • A premiere exhibit at the Center for the Arts Evergreen showcases the creative talents of four area high school teachers.

    Steve Sumner, CAE director, is excited about this first-time opportunity to display the exemplary work of teachers who find time to be artists in addition to their responsibilities as art instructors.

    “They’re really worthy,” he said.

  • Sunny weather and even brighter smiles were in evidence over the weekend at the Summerset Festival in Clement Park, where food, fun and a variety of vendor booths drew thousands.

    For three days, Denver area residents enjoyed music, games, shopping, fireworks and camaraderie during South Jeffco’s traditional send-off to summer.

  • It wasn’t enough for local artist Tracy Haines to create 30 paintings in 30 days. She wanted her artwork to have an impact on the community.

    Haines, a South Jeffco resident who rediscovered a love of painting after a career as a dermatologist, is donating half of any proceeds from the 30 paintings she is creating this month to Extended Hands of Hope, a Broomfield nonprofit that is working to build a shelter in Jeffco for victims of sexual trafficking and exploitation.

  • Some serious star power was in view on Arapahoe Community College’s Littleton campus on Friday night.

    About 40 astronomy aficionados attended the year’s first star-watching party at ACC — an event that gives attendees a closer look at the stars and planets without investing in a telescope.

    Jennifer Jones, an astrophysicist and professor of astronomy at ACC, had the college’s 11-inch Celestron Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope outside, and as the sun set, she turned the lens toward some spectacular astral bodies.

  • Area residents were given an extra day off last weekend in observance of Labor Day, the national holiday that celebrates the contributions of the American worker.

    The Columbine Courier has profiled four people who work and live in South Jeffco. Each touches the lives of residents every day, whether by providing emergency aid in a time of need, a loving touch to local trees, or a permanent display of art and personality.

    Dean Severson — West Metro Fire Rescue, Station 10