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  • Disco lights and bedazzled skaters danced across The Edge Skating School’s home ice last weekend in a spring performance worthy of Caesars Palace.

    “Viva Las Vegas” was the theme of this year’s show at The Edge Ice Arena, where about 50 students of all ages showed off their figure skating skills to proud families and friends on Friday night and Saturday afternoon. The show included six acts, each set to music from a different era in Las Vegas history.

  • No donkeys were in evidence at last weekend’s rehearsals for the Foothills Ballet Program’s spring performances.

    But the tiniest dancers, some as young as 6, remained understandably confused by the production’s title.

    “It’s funny … the kids keep looking for a donkey because they think the name of the ballet is ‘Donkey Ho-tee,’ ” said Regina Smith, arts coordinator for the Foothills Park and Rec District.

  • The music ranged from Timberlake to Sinatra as the younger prom-goers made memories, and the older ones recalled their younger days.

    The dance floor at Willowbrook Place was packed Saturday as members of the poms team from Dakota Ridge High put on the prom for residents of the memory care facility in South Jeffco. More than two dozen students mingled with about 40 of the facility’s residents while tunes kept the dance floor teeming.

  • Survivors of violent crime, family members who have lost loved ones to crime, and law enforcement and support groups came together again Saturday to remember those lost and the courage shown by those left behind.

    Hundreds participated in the 22nd annual Courage Walk at the Jefferson County Government Center.

  • Even under cloudy skies last week, the future looked bright at Mackintosh Academy.

    The private school flipped the switch on 97 new solar panels that will provide up to 70 percent of the school’s electricity and save more than $285,00 over the next 30 years. Yet it wasn’t the energy or cost savings the panels will provide that drew hundreds to the gymnasium last Thursday.

  • A solitary candle lit the altar in the darkened church as members of the congregation silently filled the pews. A Bible reading was the only sound in the meaningful minutes before midnight.

    At the stroke of 12, the worshipers at St. Herman Orthodox Christian Church in Littleton began lighting candles, until the gathering was bathed in a soft illumination that sent the signal message: Christ is risen.

  • Hundreds lined the stairs leading to Red Rocks Amphitheatre as they waited for gates to open for the traditional Easter sunrise service at 4:30 a.m. Sunday.

    By the time 5 a.m. arrived, the park was inundated with thousands of worshipers making their pilgrimage in the predawn gloaming.

    The Easter services, put on by the Colorado Council of Churches, have been a tradition since 1947. The event now draws more than 10,000 people to the iconic amphitheater before the sun rises on the Christian holy day.

  • The Summerset Festival is months away, but the Foothills Foundation is already planning for one of South Jeffco’s signature events.

    The festival, which will be in its 31st year, is signing up vendors and exhibitors for the three-day event at Clement Park on Sept. 18-20. Lora Knowlton, head of the Foothills Foundation, said the event not only provides entertainment and fun for residents, it gives business owners an opportunity for face-to-face interactions in a digital world.

  • Jimmie and Karen Luckey are no strangers to tough times.

    The South Jeffco couple, who have two kids, both missed work last year because of health issues, with Jimmie undergoing back surgery and Karen dealing with kidney problems.

    But the most difficult trial was yet to come: Jimmie was diagnosed in December with stage 4 pancreatic cancer.

  • For many young Cinderellas dreaming of prom, few things will be more central to their memories of that night than a perfect dress.

    For the third year, the Jeffco Public Library is helping to make memories with its prom dress swap. For a donation of eight cans of food — destined for the Jeffco Action Center — a young woman can choose a dress, shoes and accessories for prom night.

  • The Littleton Museum offered an udderly enjoyable event Saturday at Bovines Are Divine.

    The bountiful benefits of the bovine were on the hoof at the museum’s two working farmhouses. Museum re-enactors showed visitors how cheese was made, cream separated and butter churned 125 years ago.

    The farmhouses’ oxen team of Ford and Fitz were on hand, showing guests how the heavy lifting got done before the advent of mechanical tractors.

  • A group of military veterans who had geared up in South Jeffco spent last week at the National Sports Center for the Disabled in Winter Park.

    The dozen veterans from across the country were at the Sports Authority at Bowles Crossing on March 10 to load up on everything from wool socks to ski goggles before making the trip up the mountain to participate in numerous winter sports.

  • A two-day-long party? Yes, marking 125 years might just be worthy of such an extended fete.

    Littleton celebrated the 125th anniversary of its founding over the weekend with a two-day celebration that included a fireworks show and the opening of a new trail along the city’s historic ditch.

    And to mark the quasquicentennial of Littleton becoming an official town, Gov. John Hickenlooper last week proclaimed March 8 as City of Littleton Day. Not bad for a little town that started with only 245 residents 125 years ago.

  • Ernest the donkey’s journey to his new home in Littleton was long and difficult.

    The 6-year-old donkey is the newest resident of the Littleton Museum’s 1860s working farmhouse. He joins another museum resident, Kate the mule, and will eventually be integrated into the farm’s daily activities, said Suellen Winstead, the museum’s education and interpretation coordinator.

  • By Stephanie Alderton, For the Courier

    Denim, fanny packs, scrunchies and smiling faces filled Stepping Stone Support Center’s facility on a recent Saturday for a ‘90s-themed dance party.

  • Zombies typically aren’t soft or cute, but the creatures being created by teens recently at the Columbine Library inspired more quacking than quaking.

    At the library’s Zombie Felties program on Feb. 10, one of its monthly events for teenagers, ducks, lions and other felines were made from felt and a lot of energetic creativity.

  • It was hard to tell who was having a better time on the dance floor: the proud fathers or the beaming daughters.

    Foothills Park and Rec’s Daddy Daughter Valentine Ball on Saturday drew a crowd of fathers who wanted to make memories with their daughters — and to impart some important lessons.

  • Firefighters are trained to deal with physical trauma. Ambulances and fire engines are equipped with medical tools that can treat everything from broken bones to heart attacks.

    But when it comes to mental trauma, like suicide attempts, first responders often are without any applicable tools or training. That led Littleton Fire Rescue Division Chief Wayne Zygowicz to develop a set of procedures for first responders to deal with suicidal patients and with family members.

  • By David White

    For the Courier

    One hundred years ago this week, France launched its first major offensive against Germany in World War I. The fight took place in the winegrowing region of Champagne, which the German army had invaded just weeks after hostilities broke out. Nearly 200,000 lives were lost in the three-month battle.

  • Earl Clark, 95, was among the last of a breed.

    The World War II veteran — the first president of the 10th Mountain Division National Association and a member of the Colorado Ski Hall of Fame — died Dec. 28 at his home in Littleton.