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Summer Picnics at Evergreen Lake

How to Make an Awesome Picnic Basket Picnics are fun and one of my favorite summer events to both cook for and to attend. Food is always the central theme of friends, family and loved ones gathering for a day of camaraderie and relaxation. Summer picnics at Evergreen Lake are always a highlight in the summer. ABC’s and 123’s on how to make a successful picnic: Make it interesting, diverge from the usual or give it a twist. A few exceptional food items are better than 5 or 6 things that are mundane. 2.) Make it practical: A) Easy to…

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Biking in Evergreen

How many of us remember running to one of our parents after taking a tumble off our bike? Summertime recreation in Colorado means riding our bikes, and biking in Evergreen offers a ton of trails and neighborhoods to do this, but we need to be safe! After they learn to ride, kids need instruction on biking safely and wearing helmets. As the school year winds down, most children are looking forward to getting out on their bicycles. To help your young cyclist enjoy safer riding this summer, follow these tips from the League of American Bicyclists. Helmets: Helmets are the…

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Mountain Foothills Rotary – Impacting Lives Through Service and Fun

The Mountain Foothills Rotary Club is a close-knit group of talented and passionate people making a significant impact in our own backyard and across the globe.  Our members come from the mountain community as well as Lakewood, Golden and Denver and range in age from young professionals to baby boomers and senior stars.    Mountain Foothills Rotary is a service-oriented organization known for “having more fun.”  We genuinely like each other and embrace opportunities to work together on worthwhile causes.  On the local front, we support the 9News Health Fair, the Alpine Rescue Team, Project Sanctuary retreats for veterans transitioning from active duty oversees, and we are a sponsor of the Boogie at the Barn…

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The Perfect Spot To Tie The Knot in Evergreen!

Few places can rival the year-round beauty of Evergreen and the surrounding area, making it the perfect backdrop for a wedding no matter what season you’re tying the knot. Yes, even the colder months have provided a magical setting, offering a snowy glisten to the bride and groom’s Winter Wonderland wedding. If your heart is set on getting married in Evergreen, the following resources can help you plan the perfect event from start to finish. From location and food to entertainment and lodging, find out what Evergreen can offer for that special day.   Venues With 300 days of sunshine,…

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Does Your Insurance in Evergreen Cover Animal Invasion?

Your dog ate your couch. Birds destroyed your gutter. A family of raccoons or a bear overran your garage. Will your homeowner’s insurance, renter’s insurance or auto insurance in Evergreen cover these animal invasions? Yes and no. Here’s the scoop: Infestation: If your home suffers damage at the hands (or legs) of insects, rodents, or vermin, the cost probably won’t be covered by your homeowner’s insurance. Whatever damage these unwanted guests cause, including nesting and infestation, is not usually covered. However, this varies by policy, so be sure to check with your insurance agent to confirm. Destruction: If your personal…

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Drones and Real Estate in Evergreen

More and more drones are being used for recreation and commercial uses around the world, even for real estate in Evergreen.  1UP Aerial Drone Services (a new member of the Evergreen Chamber of Commerce) recently used a LiDAR Equipped Drone & 3D Modeling Software to innovate for the Engineering and Construction Industries. The process of 3D modeling isn’t new. Most traditional methods use “boots on the ground” surveying or more recently drone photogrammetry. This is the science of taking measurements from photos. The result is typically some kind of map, measurements, or even a 3D model of some object or landscape…

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2018 Women in Business Hall of Fame Nominee Quotes

            GAIL SHARP   Tallgrass Aveda Spa & Salon “Stay strong, surround yourself with great business and personal partners, remain open to other’s ideas and focus on win/win solutions.”       GAIL RILEY  – *Inducted into the 2018 Hall of fame* Highland Haven Creekside Inn “Starting a new business is scary, challenging and not always a good idea. Now we are well aware from studies that the emotional and mental elements of women’s work can be daunting. There needs to be support from the ones they love, attention to the balancing act, the gumption and the challenges.”…

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Taking an Evergreen Fishing Photo to Protect the Fish

The following content is part of our Fly of the Month Club.   We take pictures of the fish we catch because we want to share the moment with our family and brag to our fishing buddies. Instagram and Facebook, however, are regrettably full of photos of exhausted fish hauled limply onto the shore or held in the vise-like grip of grinning, oblivious anglers. The tragedy of these photos is that the fish we are trying to capture in these photos will more often than not die due to their rough handling. I’m not suggesting that we stop taking pictures…

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2015 Sparkle & Shine Business of the Year Award Nominees

Congratulations to all of our 2015 Sparkle & Shine Business of the Year Award Nominees! Here is some information about each outstanding business. Benck Accounting & Tax Services New Business of the Year Nominee In Evergreen for two years, Benck Accounting & Tax provides tax and financial support solutions for artists and local small businesses. By providing more than just standard tax and accounting services, Benck Accounting allows business owners to focus on what is important (service, creativity) without worrying about the challenging financial aspects of running their business. Owner Jeannie Benck is an involved Evergreen volunteer with the Salvation…

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The Evergreen Gallery is Remodeled

The past two years have been a long adventure since buying the 32-year-old Evergreen Gallery from Lisa Mallin. In May 2017, I became the fourth owner of this well-loved Colorado artisan gift shop. Meryl Sabeff was the original owner, and she continues to be a favorite potter of customers with her functional ceramics on the shelves occasionally.   I hired local design firm, Alexa Interiors, to do a month-long makeover for the gallery just over a year ago, between mid-January to mid-February of 2018. I needed someone to schedule and control the work of the contractors so that I could renovate and reopen as quickly as…

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Catering in Evergreen

Thinking of becoming a chef?  Want to go to culinary school?  Want to have your own cooking show on T.V?  Own your own restaurant in Evergreen? Patience! Patience! Patience!  Patience is a virtue they say.  Even if you want to learn to be a more confident cook in your home, it takes time, effort and vigilance. If you take on small bites at a time, it’s not a difficult task. Watch some cooking videos on YouTube, take a cooking class, read a cookbook as it were a novel.  Ask questions.  Practice. Make mistakes, then cook it correctly.  Go at your…

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The Yolk’s On Us: Evergreen Catering

A group of us neighbors in Herzman Mesa chipped in on 15 chickens. A 6’ X 10’ coop was build and fenced in. The ladies are happy to get treats and especially enjoy fruit: apples, grapes are among their favorite and they especially love watermelon. They also get a chance to free-range.  They love that! They’ll follow us everywhere, even into the house. Colder weather will be here before you know it and they keep nice and cozy and warm inside the heated coop. It took about 6 mo. for the girls to start laying eggs and they were small…

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Dog Training in Evergreen

How do I know my dog will come to me when he sees wildlife, cars, or some other exciting thing in the wild open world?? The answer is simple, the process is simple. The answer is dog training in Evergreen, lots and lots of training in lots of situations and environments. The process is to reward correct behavior and avoid making mistakes with my dog. I have to know his limitations, work toward his strengths and build a foundation of successful outcomes. As a Modern Methods dog trainer, I am continually looking to build on my education and understanding of…

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Shadow Mountain Gallery in Evergreen

The foothills west of Denver have been a haven for creative souls for decades, and Shadow Mountain Gallery has been a destination for art lovers coming to the mountains looking to discover the finest creations by local artists. Now celebrating its 28th year, this artists-owned gallery in downtown Evergreen, CO is a treasure trove of fine art and fine crafts, featuring fused & stained glass, decorative & functional ceramics, wood, jewelry, gourd art, sculptural leather, photography, mixed media and paintings in watercolor, oil, resin and other unique artforms.  If you’ve ever wondered what drives an artist’s passion to work in a specific…

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2016 Taste of Evergreen One Bite/One Sip Challengers

Who doesn’t like a great party? At our Taste of Evergreen event we enjoy various food offerings from some of Evergreen’s best restaurants and caterers. Each chef chooses something for you to try. We have a contest to determine the Best Bite of the Taste and the Best Sip of the Taste.  Below is a list of out 2016 One Bite or One Sip Challengers! A Tavola Specializing in Italian cuisine: appetizers, soups, salads, sandwiches and pizza for lunch and a huge selection of pasta dishes and other Italian entrees for dinner. And an ever expanding list of great Italian…

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Mold in Evergreen Real Estate

Cheese! Yum.  Moldy cheese is highly desirable when it comes to a fine charcuterie.  But, when it comes to your home, Evergreen real estate or business, mold is one of the last things you want to discover. Mold is a general term for fungi that may come in many forms both indoors and outdoors.  It can be black, brown, yellow, pink, or green.  Often it is fuzzy and quite smelly! There are countless types, some active and some not active in their growth.  Moisture is required for mold to grow actively, and when it does it damages whatever it is…

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From Us To Our Members

For almost 50 years, the Evergreen Chamber has been a catalyst for growth for the business community. We help our members work together to create power partners, learn valuable marketing skills that enhance their operations and provide a place where small business owners can find friends and colleagues. What we deliver to the public is a vibrant economy creating choices of services, adding to our property values and employing local residents of all ages. Research shows that a great community needs a great business environment to thrive. The Chamber staff works every day to make sure that that need is…

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Water Safety at Evergreen Lake

Take out your cell phone and set the timer for 20 sec…c’mon humor me. Start it. Quick! Check a recent text or better yet that FB status. Water safety at Evergreen Lake can never be taken for granted. That’s how long it takes for a child to drown, 20 seconds. Sixty seconds for an adult. “If only I’d known it could happen so fast.” “If only I’d known it was so silent.” “If only I’d known my teenage swim teamer is most at risk to drown in a lake.” Baywatch spoiled us. It portrayed plenty of warning as the victim…

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Business is Booming in Evergreen Colorado

The Evergreen Area Chamber of Commerce’s mission is to increase the local economy by increasing revenues for local business. They have utilized digital marketing to increase their overall website and social media traffic by over 30% and 200%, respectively.  Additionally, the Evergreen Chamber of Commerce helps its members create backlinks to their website, promote their businesses on the member directory and the annual publications, feature businesses on social media and newsletters, and hosting events for businesses to network and showcase their businesses.  The Evergreen Chamber of Commerce and its website and social media pages are the place to go for finding…

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Evergreen Fire Rescue

Keeping you healthy and safe at home. At the Evergreen Chamber breakfast on April 3rd the question was posed to Jefferson County Commissioners Lesley Dahlkemper and Casey Tighe to the effect of “What are you doing about the aging population and how are you helping them age in place?  While I am sure this is a high priority for our commissioners and the county, we saw an opportunity to blog about what we are doing in the Evergreen Fire Protection District. Have you heard of ECARES? Evergreen Fire/Rescue Community Assistance Referral and Education Services…. Evergreen Fire/Rescue CARES.  This time last…

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Whole Body Cryotherapy for Inflammation Evergreen Cryotherapy

Inflammation is the root cause of so many chronic conditions. Whether it is stress related, exercise-induced or autoimmune disorders such as fibromyalgia or rheumatoid arthritis, we all experience it or know someone who is going through it. I have spent a small fortune at the vitamin store buying supplements to reduce my inflammation. I have a cabinet full of so many turmeric blends that I have tried, with the hopes that I would get some relief for my arthritis & my achy body. One vitamin specialist would tell me that I need to take a supplement for months to get…

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Fee Fi Pho Yum: Evergreen Cooking Class

I believe that one of the hardest things to do with PHO is to pronounce it correctly. We all know that “PH” is pronounced like a “F” and the “O”, well, like an “O”. So, you would think it was pronounced “FO” as in Fee Fi “Fo” Fum or “PHO”to. Much to my surprise, “PHO” in the Vietnamese language has a mark over the O that softens it and is pronounced “FUH”, just like how you would start to say the FUH sound in Fudge, Fun or Elmer Fudd. If I’m in the company of American friends, I’ll pronounce it…

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Evergreen Massage

We are moving into an exciting time as our culture has become more and more proactive when it comes to health, especially in our local communities here in Colorado! Not long ago, massage was perceived by most as a luxury reserved for the wealthy.  We are no longer satisfied with going to the doctor and receiving prescriptions and pills.  We are asking questions and looking for answers beyond our advances in technology and quite simply, returning to our roots.  Locally raised and organic food has found a demand, finding time to exercise and enjoy the beautiful outdoor playground, and investing…

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Ice Fishing in Evergreen

The crisp mountain air is refreshing to me. I always loved how the hills are subtly reflected in the thick solid frozen ice. Setting up my ice fishing equipment puts me at ease when I begin my routine movements. Evergreen Lake is my favorite place to go ice fishing. The dull roar of bustling morning traffic on Rt 74 juxtaposes the pristine quiet meadow adjacent to the lake. The mountain town of Evergreen captures the essence of the outdoors, and is the perfect place to set my chair on the ice.  As I began unpacking my ice fishing equipment, each sound became amplified within…

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2019 Taste of Evergreen One Bite/One Sip Challengers

Who doesn’t like a great party? At our Taste of Evergreen event we enjoy various food offerings from some of Evergreen’s best restaurants and caterers. Each chef chooses something for you to try. We have a contest to determine the Best Bite of the Taste and the Best Sip of the Taste.  Below is a list of out 2019 One Bite or One Sip Challengers! Ameritech Construction We have been providing energy efficient windows and doors to the Colorado Front Range for decades. Our products offer unmatched craftsmanship, beauty, durability, security and value. Blackbird Café & Tavern We are a…

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Seniors in Evergreen

I have memories of hiking the entire Appalachian Trail, the breeze in my face, ancient rocks under my feet, billions of stars overhead every night. I marched with Dr. Martin Luther King in Mississippi to passionately fight injustice. I flew my beloved small plane for 50+ years, crisscrossing over our continent, surrounded by puffy white clouds and a bluebird sky. For seniors in Evergreen, quality recreation changes, whether suddenly by stroke or illness, or the slow, natural decline of my joints and muscles. But QUALITY it is, even in my golden years! In Tai Chi, an internal Chinese martial art,…

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What Is Positive Psychology Coaching?

Once a mainstay only in athletics and professional sports, then later in executive and corporate suites, professional coaching in the last ten to fifteen years is becoming more and more mainstream.    Building a “coaching culture” into a work environment is becoming the standard in many companies, and personal coaching has gained traction as clients seek to gain understanding and skills that will empower them to move toward their personal and/or career goals.  Still, a question I hear a lot is, what exactly is coaching, anyway?  Coaching is a professional partnership between two individuals that can enable an individual to make progress toward their goals much more rapidly and directly than they…

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Real Estate in Evergreen

I’m Mary Weatherilt and I’m your Real Estate Match Maker.  I live and work in beautiful Evergreen with my husband and teenage daughter.  I also have two grown children that work and live in the Denver area.  We love living in the mountains and serving our community.  In my free time, you will find my husband Alton and I spending quality time with our children, entertaining friends and working out.  We enjoy traveling, especially taking road trips throughout the U.S. I’m a Certified Mountain Area Specialist representing sellers and buyers as a reliable and trustworthy realtor.  With over 32 years…

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Evergreen HOA Enforcement Policy Gone Wild?

How much can your Home Owner’s Association Board do without a vote of the owners? When the Evergreen HOA Board adopts an enforcement policy, owners pay attention. Enforcement policy can include fines and fees. The association Board likely has the right to adopt an enforcement policy without directly consulting the owners. An HOA’s Declaration of Covenants often includes language empowering the association to enforce the Declaration. The Bylaws typically outline the powers and responsibilities of the association Board, including the power to write policies and procedures. This is consistent with Colorado statutes. Colorado Revised Statute 38-33.3-209.5(1)(b)(IV) states: “To promote responsible…

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My Top 4 Days on Earth, Biking in Evergreen

You’ll quickly find a theme here; mountain biking in Evergreen is my number one summer fun activity. We are lucky here in Evergreen with places like Alderfer/Three Sisters, Didesse, Elk Meadow and Bergen Peak all within a reasonable distance. My first time up Bergen Peak was back in 1996 or ‘97, and I was on a fully rigid (meaning no shocks or fancy technology) mountain bike. It was love at first ride. Serendipitously, I met my husband-to-be in ‘98, who lived in Evergreen, at a mountain bike festival in Winter Park and we had our first date at Alderfer/Three Sisters.…

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70 Degrees and Camping in Evergreen

WARNING: The following verbal upchuck contains disjointed artifacts of rambling nonsense that is best paired with a visit to the WC or upon waking from a root canal. When the temp hit 70 degrees and camping in Evergreen became a reality, my brain began to awake.   It was 2:44 PM on Tuesday, May 14th when Evergreen officially broke 70° for the first time this year. If you weren’t directly aware of it you likely sensed a surge in The Force as the collective spirit of an entire state prepares to shirk responsibilities and abide with nature for the next…

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Reiki in Evergreen

Good Things are Happening at Sunrise Reiki Colorado These are exciting times at Sunrise Reiki Colorado, and I wanted to share the good news with you, my fellow Evergreen Chamber of Commerce member. Here’s an overview of some of the things we have coming up. Also, by being an Evergreen Chamber member, you will receive 20% off all of my services. Hope to see you soon! New Office On May 1st, we will be moving into the Evergreen Forum Building, located by Walgreen’s. You will find me in Suite 109 (1st door on the left as you enter the building)…

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Saddle Up & Go – Things to do in Evergreen

Now that the weather has finally turned to springlike and we are not outside in heavy coats with shovels we can have sooooo much fun here in Evergreen. And…. there are many many neat things to do in Evergreen. Play with the kids, play with the dogs, hike with family as well as the dogs, swim at the pool, play golf, play tennis……I could go on and on.  But one thing stands out for me when the weather is just perfect like it is today. I would say that my absolute favorite activity to do when the weather is just…

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2018 Honoree Celebration Nominees

This article contains information about each outstanding business and/or individual from our 2018 Honoree Celebration.   Youth of the Year Nominees   Alexa Brown Alexa is determined to make others happy with a smile, a compliment, or through ‘Moxie and Jr’ – a website and social media movement she launched to combat negativity and bring positive, inspirational messages to her community and beyond. Alexa has been a member of the National Charity League for six years, volunteering with Seeds of Hope, Evergreen Players, Evergreen Downtown Business Association, EAPL, Drive Smart, and Mount Evans Hospice. She interned at the Evergreen Chamber…

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Farmers Market in Evergreen

Shopping with kids can sometimes be a nightmare.  Keeping them entertained and happy while trying to get some things accomplished can be a formidable task.  Finding locally sourced fresh produce and food can also be a challenge.  This time-consuming task can involve running from shop to shop to find the perfect tomato or freshly picked Colorado peaches. A great solution is to visit the Farmers Market in Evergreen on Tuesdays between 10:00am and 2:00pm for great shopping and fun activities for kids. The location at Evergreen Country Day School is convenient for picking up anything from fresh flowers to dinner…

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Evergreen Hiking and Biking to Get Fit!

If you have not exercised during the previous 30 days, you are considered to be living a sedentary lifestyle.  This will have dramatic impacts on your health and happiness. Even if you are not overweight, your health is compromised if you are not challenging your body on a consistent and regular basis. Evergreen hiking and biking are good places to start!     Good news! It is not too late to start.  You can realize the benefits of regular exercise immediately. Losing weight is a great short-term goal, but when you make exercise a priority, but there are bigger rewards.…

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Luxury Homes in Evergreen

Luxury homes in Evergreen are not only determined by price, but by what they have to offer.  Here are a few must-haves that define luxury in a home. Kitchens are one of the most important features of a home, It’s where families come together, where meals are shared, and holidays celebrated.  It’s no wonder why they are one of the biggest focuses when it comes to a luxury home. More and more kitchens are adding big, shiny, professional grade appliances fit to rival the most upscale restaurants.  Wine coolers, warming drawers, walk-in butler’s pantries are also popular, and of course,…

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Black Belt Movers in Evergreen

Why hire us? We have over 10+ years of moving experience. We do not hire day laborers, which means all our movers in Evergreen are employed with our company.  We provide background checks before hiring and then do a 20-hour interview. Wow!! 20-hour interview? YES!!!  Well, just because you passed a background check doesn’t mean you should be moving people’s precious items.   We have a culture at Black Belt Movers that sets us apart from our competitors. When we started this company we always said, “If we can provide at least 1% better service than our competitors, we will succeed.” Eight locations…

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Evergreen is Our Town

Remember when you used to know your insurance agent by name and see them around town?  Remember when you called them instead of the insurance company? We work the old-fashioned way, the personal way – how things were done decades before the internet.  Our Evergreen business is a noble profession where we take so much pride in supporting and caring for our clients.  Our highest priority is to provide every household the peace of mind of knowing they are taken care of during the happy events of their life and also the difficult ones.  We strive to be a resource and friend to our…

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Summer Recreation in Evergreen

Now that schools are out on summer break, kids will be around the house with a lot more free time on their hands. One of the best tricks to keep summer boredom from setting in is to find ways to get them playing outside (with the added bonus of keeping them off their devices). We are fortunate to live in the Evergreen area and have access to picturesque playgrounds and parks that are close to home and offer Evergreen hiking and mountain biking. From swings to slides, to climbing walls —  and water features too, our parks and playgrounds keep…

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