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14th annual Jazz Festival

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The Evergreen Jazz Festival, which made its debut in 2001, just held its 14th annual, taking time off to establish a plan for sustainability after the first year.  With the hard work of volunteers, they seem to be doing it right.

Eleven bands performed July 24, 25, 27, 2015:  After Midnight, Bogalusa Strutters, Gypsy Swing Revue, Hot Tomatoes Dance Orchestra, Carl Sonny Leyland Trio, Lost Weekend Western Swing Band, New Black Eagle Jazz Band, Nicki Parrott and Friends, Queen City Jazz Band with Wende Harston, Felonius Smith Trio, and Something Doin' Big Little Ragtime Band.  The University of Colorado Claim Jumpers and the Denver Jazz Club Youth All-Stars also performed.  Venues included the Elks Club (ballroom and patio), Evergreen Christian Church, Evergreen Lake House, and Stagecoach Grill.

Not all the talent is local.  Some flew in from the East Coast or West Coast – like Nikki Parrott from Connecticut with her Australian roots, Carl Sonny Leyland from California, the New Black Eagle Jazz Band from Massachusetts and the Lost Weekend Western Swing Band from California.  To keep costs in check – and to take advantage of top-quality local talent – some come from the metro area.  The always-popular Queen City Jazz Band with Wende Harston again performed a gospel service at Evergreen Christian Church Sunday morning.

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Aug. 7th concert at The Place benefits Audubon

Written by Mendhi Audlin on .

In celebration of a summer filled with Explore More! adventures, Evergreen Nature Club is organizing a summer concert featuring award-winning singer/songwriter Beth Wood with proceeds benefiting Evergreen Audubon and Evergreen Nature Center.

The concert will take place Friday, Aug. 7, at The Place (27888 Meadow Drive near the intersection with Highway 74). Doors open at 7 p.m. Suggested donation is $20 per person. The Nature Club is a group of Evergreen kids (and their parents) who get together weekly for outdoor adventures.

Founded by Evergreen third-grader Jenna Audlin, the club engages in informal hikes led by naturalists from Evergreen Audubon and Evergreen Nature Center. With the help of Vanessa Hayes, ENC executive director, the club has taken on an educational component that has exceeded our wildest dreams.

The Nature Club is hosting this concert with gratitude for the resources and expertise that has been shared so generously with a new generation of nature lovers.

Singer/songwriter Beth Wood is a modern- day troubadour and believer in the power of song. Her exceptional musicianship, crafty songwriting and commanding stage presence have been winning over American audiences for 18 years. Beth’s music is a soulful, organic, intelligent, barefoot, high-energy communication of joy.

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Meet Andy Morman

Written by Anne Vickstrom on .

Few people are lucky enough to find their passion and purpose in life; Andy Morman is one of those folks.

Area Director of Intermountain Young Life, (that serves Evergreen, Conifer and Clear Creek) Andy and his wife, Genna were both Young Life leaders in High School. “It was a huge part of our life. We knew that we wanted to do this when we grew up. Young Life adults are those who care about kids.” Andy set out and earned degrees in Business and Youth Ministry from Simpson University in Oregon.

Andy points out that, “You don’t have to be a Christian to be a part of us. Some have never heard of Jesus, some have no understanding of church and then some want to be leaders in Young Life.”

Andy explained that Young Life has a regular schedule of gatherings that teens can depend on. “We create a safe place to be that is designed for kids who never would go into a church.” First time visitors don’t even have to walk through a door. “We have music and the party starts in the parking lot. There are free refreshments, it’s a social hangout. The kids see that it’s less about themselves than it is for themselves.” A Young Life adult will specifically connect with kids. “We’ll invite in ‘wall kids’ and show them that they’re accepted and loved for who they are.”

But Young Life doesn’t sit and wait for kids to come to them; they diligently strive to do contact work. “We take it seriously to go onto their turf. Whatever we can do to help, we’ll do.” This includes volunteering at the High School, helping with events and being a part of kids’ day to day lives. “We’re able to do a lot in the schools to bridge gaps.”