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Volunteers needed for Freedom Run

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This isn’t work, it’s fun! Join the volunteers who make the Freedom Run a success. Whether you’re directing traffic, serving water to thirsty runners or entertaining participants, you’re encouraged to join the hard-working, fun-loving volunteers at the 36th annual Freedom Run 5K.

Volunteers are a major force in the success of this fundraiser for Mount Evans Home Health Care & Hospice. The 3.1-mile walk/run starts at 8 a.m. at Evergreen Middle School and follows a gently rolling course to the finish line at the Nick’s Pro Fitness.

Volunteers are sought for a variety of duties such as registration, parking patrol, course safety, refreshments, finish line and clean-up, and there are volunteer opportunities before race day as well.  Volunteers must be at least 16 years of age or accompanied by a parent or guardian. All race-day volunteers will receive a complimentary Freedom Run t-shirt.

This is a great opportunity for your organization to receive community service time with Mount Evans! We welcome Boy Scout Troops, athletic teams, clubs and other local organizations. Contact Lori Carpenter at 303-674-6400 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to be part of this exciting Fourth of July tradition.

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Mount Evans Hospice offers suicide loss support group

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Mount Evans Home Health Care & Hospice offers a support group for people who have lost a friend or family member to suicide. The group, which is facilitated by licensed bereavement counselors, meets the third Thursday of every month from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at the Mount Evans office, 3081 Bergen Peak Dr., Evergreen. There is no charge to attend. For more information, call 303-674-6400 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Call for photos: “Seasons of Our Mountains” calendar contest

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Mount Evans Home Health Care & Hospice is looking for your best photographs of our mountain community's scenery, wildlife and landmarks to include in the 2018 "Seasons of Our Mountains" community calendar. Both amateur and professional photographers are encouraged to submit entries for this popular calendar, sponsored by Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage and Evergreen National Bank.

Thirteen photographs will be selected by a community vote -- one to represent each month of the year and one to use as the cover image. Twelve runner-up photos will be included in the calendar as honorable mentions.

Rules and entry forms are available online at MountEvans.org and at the Mount Evans office, 3081 Bergen Peak Drive, Evergreen (303-674-6400). The deadline for submissions is July 18, 2017.

The photographer who wins “Best of Show” receives a $150 cash prize from Coldwell Banker.

Proceeds of calendar sales will help Mount Evans provide compassionate in-home medical, hospice and support services for residents of the mountain communities of Jefferson, Clear Creek, Gilpin, and Park counties, regardless of their ability to pay. A highly trained, caring staff helps family members by providing counseling services, support, and education. Mount Evans also operates Camp Comfort, a bereavement camp for children.

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Audubon seeks volunteers for July 8th and 9th

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As a community service and fund raiser, Evergreen Audubon will be providing marshals for this year's July Triple Bypass bicycle event on Saturday July 8th and Sunday July 9th. The group is looking for volunteers who can help on either or both days.

"The more volunteers we get, the less time each volunteer needs to donate," says President Kathy Madison. "We have been assigned to Georgetown again this year, a great location. If you've never help with the event, please consider it. Not only is it fun to see the thousands of riders, the marshalling is easy, you wait for riders to come by and then point them in the correct direction or make announcements about the road conditions. It's that simple. Bring camp-chairs and a picnic to make it even more enjoyable!"

Team Evergreen, the sponsor of the ride, splits some of the ride entry fees with the nonprofits who provide assistance. In the past, Evergreen Audubon has typically earned about $3,000 for supplying a number of volunteers who each donate a few hours. Team Evergreen will also treat the volunteers to a Rockies Game in late July, including a pre-game appreciation party near the ballpark.

If you can help us out this year, please contact Dick Prickett at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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A passion for pachyderms: Evergreen Girl Scout wants to be part of the solution

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One recent Saturday evening, 34 people got together in downtown Evergreen to celebrate an animal that is most definitely not a Colorado native.

Hosted by Serena Weingardt, 13, a Girl Scout Cadette with Evergreen troop #1745, the “Pachyderm Party” filled Go Paint! with an enthusiastic group of artists and animal lovers ranging in age from 12 to 80. Each partygoer paid $40 to decorate a faceted ceramic rhinoceros using the paint-your-own-pottery studio’s inspiring collection of tints and tools.

It all started a couple of years ago, when Serena decided to work toward her Silver Award, the highest honor a Girl Scout Cadette can receive. To achieve this goal, the candidate must design and implement a major community-improvement project. Serena chose to support the Colorado-based Katie Adamson Conservation Fund, the mission of which is “to help empower the people of our planet to work together to save our remaining ecosystems and all of the creatures they contain.” More specifically, the fund supports efforts to protect fast-disappearing rhinos and elephants in Nepal and Tanzania.

Serena’s research led her to Dave Johnson, pachyderm zookeeper at the Denver Zoo and founder of the Katie Adamson fund. “She said she wanted to donate two years of her cookie money to the fund,” he remembers. “She handed me a check for $3,700.”

The two have partnered on other projects since they met last year, and to date Serena’s contributions have surpassed $5,000. This doesn’t count the $680 raised at the Go Paint! Pachyderm Party or the $500 in stuffed animals she donated to a Nepalese orphanage supported by the fund.

“Serena has invested every penny of her Girl Scout money into this project,” says her mother, Susan Weingardt. “We are extraordinarily blessed. She’s a good kid, and she wants to make a difference in the world.”

Go Paint! owner Karen Belmont agrees. “I am so proud of Serena,” she smiles. “I know there are great things in her future.”

The idea for the Go Paint! fundraiser was born a few months ago during one of Serena’s regular visits to the studio, where she’s been a steady customer for five years. “I was telling Karen about my Silver Award project,” Serena says, “and she said why don’t we have a party here to raise some money for the fund.” Karen remembered seeing a faceted rhinoceros in one of her product catalogs, and the party planning took off.

As she does with all the other community fundraisers she hosts in her studio, Karen Belmont pledged half the evening’s proceeds to the cause and started talking to her fellow downtown business owners. Thanks to their generosity, the rhino painters were treated to an amazing feast that included appetizers from Slope & Hatch, pizza from Beau Jo’s, blinis from Oh Crepe Colorado, and delectable desserts from Vivian’s Gourmet and Seasonally Yours . . . accompanied by libations from Creekside Cellars and Revival Brews.

The festivities were not dampened by the healthy dose of learning provided by Zookeeper Johnson, who explained that rhinos are the most endangered of the world’s large vertebrate animals. Potions made from rhino horn sell for as much as $100,000/kilogram in countries (primarily in Asia) where it is considered a miracle medicine, curing everything from hangovers to cancer. This creates a tempting target for poachers, who remove the horns and leave the rhinos’ bodies to rot. “We’re teaching villagers that the rhino is worth more alive than dead,” Dave says. “Dead, only a few people profit. Alive, they bring visitors, attention and desperately needed funding to whole communities.” To this end, the Katie Adamson Conservation Fund supports both animal sanctuaries and community sustainability projects. “We help the communities so they can help the rhinos,” he explains.

Katie Adamson was an Explorer Scout who was very involved in Dave Johnson’s projects and shared his zeal for protecting pachyderms. She knew from a very young age that she wanted to work with and care for wild animals, and from childhood on she pursued that goal with single-minded fervor. In 2007, during her freshman year in Colorado State University’s wild animal program, she was diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer. She died in 2014, after a seven-year battle that did nothing to dim her desire to help endangered species throughout the world. Dave Johnson created the conservation fund in her honor, and today leads groups to Nepal’s Chitwan National Park to carry on her work.

“It’s working,” he says. “Three years ago we were losing 10 to 12 rhinos annually to poaching at Chitwan. Last year we only lost one.”

“But we need people like Serena to take over,” he continues, “to do a better job than our generation did. We need people with passion to spread the word.”

Thirty-four people won’t soon forget the special evening they spent in that little paint-your-own-pottery studio, sharing food and friendship with likeminded animal lovers. How could they, with a one-of-a-kind handpainted keepsake rhino to remind them?

Learn more at KatieAdamsonConservationFund.org.