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We’d like to know about events or activities of interest to the community. E-mail items of 75 words or less to news@evergreenco.com.

 

THURSDAY

Polar Express Night

Collegiate Academy of Colorado is hosting our annual Polar Express Night on Thursday, Dec. 13, from 6 to 8 p.m. This is a free family event to watch the movie, make crafts and have a snack together. Wear your pajamas and join us for a magical evening. The school is at 8420 Sangre de Cristo Road. For more information e-mail nboard@collegiateacademy.net.

 

A Colorado Christmas

West Bowles Community Church will host “A Colorado Christmas” at 7 p.m. Dec. 13 at the church, 1325 W. Bowles Ave. Tickets are $15. Witness a Broadway-style portrayal of the Christmas story with choir, orchestra and actors. For more information, call 303-972-4904.

 

FRIDAY

 

SATURDAY

Smithtonians holiday concerts

Littleton’s famous handbell choir, the Smithtonians, will give two holiday performances at Bemis Public Library on Saturday, Dec. 15, at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. The library is at 6014 S. Datura St. in Littleton. For more information, call the library at 303-795-3961.

 

 

SUNDAY

Skate with Santa

Skate with Santa will run from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, at the Edge Ice Arena, 6623 S. Ward St., Littleton. Public skate admission applies. Rent skates for free when participants bring a new toy in its original package that can be donated to the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office toy drive. For more information, call 303-409-2222.

 

TUESDAY

 

WEDNESDAY

 

UPCOMING AND ONGOING

TOPS to meet

The Englewood chapter of TOPS — Take Off Pounds Sensibly — meets from 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesdays at Centennial Lutheran Church, 3595 W. Belleview Ave. For more information, call 303-399-6665

 

Quilt group looking for new members

Scraps-to-Treasure Quilt Group makes quilts for folks in the community in need. Experienced quilt-makers are welcome. The group meets the first Saturday of each month at WaterStone Community Church, 5890 S. Alkire St., Littleton, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, call Ginny at 303-489-5933.

 

 ‘The Nutcracker’ at Foothills

The Foothills Park & Recreation District’s ballet program will perform “The Nutcracker” at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 21 and at 2:30 p.m. Dec. 22 at Columbine High School, 6201 S. Pierce St., Littleton. For more information and tickets, call 303-409-2612.

 

Winter Solstice night hike

Go on a short night hike and gather around a campfire for a marshmallow roast to celebrate the Winter Solstice from 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 21 at Bear Creek Lake Park, 15600 W. Morrison Road, Lakewood. The celebration will also include the traditional burning of the yule log. Bring a mug to enjoy a hot beverage. Cost is $5 per person, and the park entrance fee is waived. Register at www.lakewood.org/BCLPEvents/.

 

Full moon hike at Bear Creek Lake Park

Take a cold full moon hike from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Dec. 22 at Bear Creek Lake Park, 15600 W. Morrison Road, Lakewood. The hike is designed for the whole family. Meet at the Bear Creek Lake Park Visitor Center. The park entrance fee is waived. Register at www.lakewood.org/BCLPEvents.

 

Las Posadas at The Fort

Tesoro Cultural Center at the Fort Restaurant, 19192 Highway 8 in Morrison, will host Las Posadas from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Dec. 24. Children are invited to participate in a reenactment of the biblical scene; musicians play customary Las Posadas songs; a piñata is provided for children; and complimentary biscochito cookies and Mexican hot chocolate are served. For more information, visit www.tesoroculturalcenter.org.

 

Three-day acting workshop

Foothills Park & Recreation District will offer a three-day acting workshop Dec. 26-28 at which children 5 to 15 rehearse a holiday-themed play, then dress in costume and perform. The performance will be at 1 p.m. Dec. 28. Pre-registration is required. For more information or to register, call 303-409-2612 or visit www.ifoothills.org/go/.

 

Columbine Ladies Club seeks new members

Columbine Ladies Club plays MahJongg on the first and fifth Mondays; on the second, third and fourth Mondays, they play pinochle and canasta. Luncheons are held each month at local restaurants. Social events are held throughout the year; husbands or friends are welcome to attend luncheons and social events. Call Rose Baluha for more information at 720-223-5851.

 

Southwest Jeffco Invisible Illness Support Group meeting

A support group for those suffering invisible illnesses such as lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, lyme disease and others meets monthly to support each other, hear one another’s stories, find empathy from those who’ve walked a similar path, offer encouragement and share the wisdom we’ve accrued from living with a chronic invisible illness. R.S.V.P. to SpooniesTogether@gmail.com.

 

Columbine Communicators Toastmasters to meet

Columbine Communicators Toastmasters meets on the first and third Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Jefferson County Sheriff Station, 11139 Bradford St., Littleton.  

 

Radical Referrals Group to meet

The Lakewood Radical Referrals Group meets on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month at Old Chicago, 3550 S. Wadsworth Blvd., from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. For more information, contact Colleen Renner at travelbycolleen@comcast.net.

 

Affordable veterinarian clinics

Foothills Animal Shelter offers affordable vaccine, license and microchip clinics to help pet owners keep their pets healthy from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Fridays and from 2 to 4 p.m. the first Saturday of the month at the shelter, 580 McIntyre St., Golden. For more information, visit www.FoothillsAnimalShelter.org.

 

ACC offers SilverSneakers Fitness and Silver&Fit

The Arapahoe Community College Fitness Center offers the SilverSneakers Fitness and Silver&Fit programs for seniors.  For more information about health and fitness options at ACC, call 303-797-5850.

 

Register for community education courses at ACC

Register for upcoming community education courses at Arapahoe Community College. Choose from a variety of classes, including photography, college funding, foreign language (including job-specific Spanish), home and garden, personal finance and more. Visit www.arapahoe.edu/communityED or contact community.ed@arapahoe.edu at 303-797-5722.

 

Senior lunch, blood pressure checks

Free senior lunch and blood pressure checks are offered every Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Summit Adult Day and Wellness Center, 9032 W.  Ken Caryl Ave., Littleton. For more information, call Michelle at 303-324-0834.

 

Latte Love coffee shop

The Stepping Stone Support Center, 9700 Old Coal Mine Ave., Littleton, sponsors a Latte Love coffee shop from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Thursdays at the center inside Columbine Hills Church of the Nazarene. The coffee shop is run by center participants. For more information, contact bryn@steppingstonesupportcenter.com or call 720-839-4626.

 

Bible study for seniors

A senior bible study called “Better Together” looking at Ephesians 4:12 will be at 11 a.m. Thursdays at Colorado Assisted Living, 7456 S. Kendall Blvd., Littleton. For more information, contact Michelle at 303-324-0834.

 

South Jeffco Rotary to meet

The South Jeffco Rotary Club meets at 7:15 a.m. Fridays at Fox Hollow Golf Course, 13410 W. Morrison Road, Lakewood. For more information, call Bruce at 303-919-3741.

 

B’nai Chaim’s Sunday school

Sunday school has begun at B’nai Chaim, 4716 S. Coors Lane. Morrison. Sunday school for children in preschool through seventh grade runs from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., and Hebrew school for fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders is from noon to 1 p.m. For more information, visit www.bnaichaim.org.

 

MOPS at The Rock Church

MOPS (Moms of Preschoolers) will meet from 9 to 11:30 a.m. the first and third Fridays of the month at The Rock Church, 10393 W. Alamo Place, Littleton. For more information, visit www.mops.org or call Janet Clark at 303-514-7287.

 

4-H Dog Project recruiting

The Jefferson County 4-H Dog Project is recruiting youths ages 8 to 18 who are interested in learning more about dog care, obedience, training, rally and showmanship. Some agility training is thrown in for fun. Youth who are currently enrolled in 4-H can join the Dog Project for no additional cost. One group currently meets in the Conifer area, and another is being established at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds in Golden. For more information, visit www.extension.colostate.edu/jefferson/4h/4h.shtml or contact Lisa Sholten at 303-271-6620 or lsholten@jeffco.us. The registration fee is $40 and can be paid online at http://jeffco.us/csucamp/4hindex.jsp.

 

Caregiver support walk

Caregiver support walk and talk Thursdays are at 9 a.m. at Clement Park. Join others caring for elderly loved ones with dementia or other issues. Enjoy a break as we walk around lake for support, advice and relaxation. Call Michelle 303-324-0834 for details. Sponsored by Colorado Assisted Living Homes and Summit adult day center.

 

Computer classes

Free one-on-one computer classes, including computer basics, Internet basics or eBook clinic, are available by appointment only at Columbine Library, 7706 W. Bowles Ave., Littleton. To schedule an appointment, call 303-235-5275.

 

Ask-an-Attorney clinics

The First Judicial District will offer an Ask-an-Attorney clinic to self-represented litigants on the first Thursday of every month from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the Jury Assembly Room, 100 Jefferson County Parkway, Golden. Appointments may be scheduled, and walk-ins are welcome on a first-come, first-served basis. Each month, a family law attorney will be available; an attorney who can answer questions regarding other civil matters will be available every second month. Participating attorneys will appear via Internet video chat technology. For more information, or to schedule an appointment, contact April Bernard or Brigitte Smith at 303-271-6570, or visit http://www.courts.state.co.us/Courts/County/Custom.cfm?County_ID=2&Page_....

 

Jeffco Schools open enrollment

The second round of Jeffco Public Schools’ choice enrollment for the 2014-15 school year is open through Friday, Aug. 30. Any student in Colorado may enroll in any Jeffco school that has classroom space. To access a choice enrollment form, visit http://www.jeffcopublicschools.org/enrollment/.

 

Therapeutic support group to meet

The Anxiety, Depression, and Bipolar Therapeutic Support Group meets at 1 p.m. Wednesdays in downtown Littleton. The meetings offer a counselor-led, cost-effective way to receive therapeutic support and feedback, to learn and share ways to better manage and reduce symptoms, and to heal and improve. Cost is $10 per person per meeting. For more information or to R.S.V.P., contact Annette at 303-709-7834 or e-mail annette@relationalrenaissance.com.

 

Creative Writers Club to meet

The Creative Writers Club of Colorado meets every third Tuesday from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Olive Garden, 5380 S. Wadsworth Blvd., Littleton. For more information, call Chris Pikora at 303-948-5928.

 

Genealogy assistance available

Free local genealogy help is available at the Columbine Family History Center at 6705 S. Webster St. inside the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints meetinghouse. Services include free access to such subscription sites as Ancestry.com, Fold3, the Swedish online ArkivDigital, the LDS Family Search databases and many others. Rental of microfilm from the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City and personal assistance from staff is always available. The center is open from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursdays and from 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays. For more information, call the library staff at 303-973-3727.

 

Columbine Communicators Toastmasters meets

Columbine Communicators Toastmasters meets the first and third Tuesday of the month from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Station, 11139 Bradford St., Littleton. For information, contact Herb Dreo at herb@dreomc.com or call 303-763-7334 or Pam Toyen at ptoyen7@hotmail.com or call 303-570-8606. More information can be found at columbine.toastmastersclubs.org.

 

Family-planning clinic offering walk-in hours

The Family Planning Clinic at Jefferson County Public Health is now offering walk-in hours to clients at its Lakewood location; 260 S. Kipling St. Walk-in hours will be from 1 to 3:30 p.m. every Wednesday and Friday afternoon. Clinic check-in time will begin at 12:30 p.m. Clients will be seen on a first-come, first-served basis with no guarantee of being seen that day depending on demand. Clients may be seen for the following important reproductive health services during walk-in hours: Birth control (IUDs and Nexplanons cannot be placed on the same day), pregnancy testing, emergency contraceptive and sexually transmitted infection testing. For more information, visit http://jeffco.us/public-health/ and click on “Healthy Families.”

 

Jeffco Public Health offers video clinics

Jefferson County Public Health is offering a new video series to educate residents about reproductive health issues including birth control, sexually transmitted infections/diseases and optimal spacing of children along with other topics. Every month, a JCPH family planning registered nurse, Melanie Rogers, will talk about different family planning topics. Sex Ed with Mel in 30 Minutes or Less is an educational monthly video series that can be accessed on the JCPH website at http://jeffco.us/health/health_T111_R122.htm.

 

Write ON! meets monthly

Write ON! meets monthly from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for lunch, laughs and inspiration for writers of all levels. Join for support and friendship. No fees, and open to anyone who writes or looking for that extra push. Ideal for stay-at-home moms and dads. For location, call Jan at 303-716-3346.

 

Help with transportation resources

The Denver Regional Mobility and Access Council’s Transportation Information and Assistance Center offers free phone consultations to help metro area residents identify transportation resources. Find the ride that is right for you. A resource specialist will help determine what your specific transportation needs are and connect you to appropriate transportation resources. Call 303-243-3113. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

 

Little Fledglings Preschool Nature Hour

Little Fledglings Preschool Nature Hour will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. the first and third Wednesday of every month at the Audubon Center at Chatfield State Park. Children ages 3-6 (and parent/guardians, too) will discover wildlife and the natural world through themed stories, crafts and activities each month. Cost for members is $5 per child and their adult, and $2 each additional child. Cost for non-member is $8 per child and their adult, and $4 each additional child. Registration required. For information or to register, call 303-973-9530, e-mail info@denveraudubon.org or visit www.denveraudubon.org.

 

Foothills Animal Shelter hosts low-cost clinics

Foothills Animal Shelter provides low-cost vaccine, microchip and license clinics to pet owners who may be struggling financially. Weekly clinics are held from 3 to 4 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays at Foothills Animal Shelter, 580 McIntyre St., Golden. For more information, visit www.FoothillsAnimalShelter.org/Clinic.