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Conifer library to reopen on Mondays in 2012 B B F Staff Writer
Jefferson County public libraries in Conifer and Evergreen will once again be open on Mondays beginning in January , but branch hours will be reduced. “In planning for , we’ve developed a schedule that will allow us to provide a mean-
But hours will be reduced
The new hours take effect on Jan. , . The Confer Library will be open from : to p.m. Monday through Thursday, closed Friday, open from a.m. to p.m. Saturday and from noon to p.m. Sunday. The Evergreen Library will be open from noon to p.m. Monday and Wednesday, a.m.
ingful level of service while meeting significant expense-reduction targets,” said Pam Nissler, acting executive director for Jeffco libraries. “We know these changes will be painful to patrons and staff alike, and we’re trying to minimize that pain as best we can,” she said.
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WHAT’S HOT VFW gift boxes for troops overseas
Members of the Conifer VFW Post 12009 Ladies Auxiliary are collecting donations of food and personal items to send to troops overseas. Items include personal care items, Ramen noodles, teas, popcorn, gum, candy, beef jerky, individually packed treats and Christmas cookies. Cash donations are appreciated. Items will be packaged and mailed at the beginning of December. Contact Donna at 303909-7919 for more information or to make a donation.
Acoustic society plans Sunday events
Mountain Rose Acoustic Society meets the first Sunday of the month at Conifer Community Church, 9998 Havekost Road in Aspen Park. There will be an acoustic jam at 3 p.m., a youth showcase at 5:30 p.m., and concert with two featured acts at 6 p.m. There is a fee for the concert. For info, visit www.reverbnation.com/ venue/mountainroseacousticsociety or call 303-638-3725.
Conifer Christmas Parade
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Kimberle Sherak, left, and Jordan Edwards perform during Bluegrass Church on Sunday at Conifer Community Church.
Music and a message B B F
onifer’s newest church is a heavenly mix of bluegrass music and a shortwinded but poignant sermon. Bluegrass Church is held at Conifer Community Church, Havekost Road, at p.m. every Sunday. Bluegrass music opens the service, played mostly by members of the congregation, who bring their own instruments: guitar, banjo, bass, violin, mandolin,
Bluegrass Church offers rhythm and religion
mandolin banjo and seraphone guitar. A half-hour sermon follows the worship music; then there’s a potluck and more jamming. Suzie Solomon, owner of the acoustic music store Pickin’ in Denver and an organizer of Bluegrass Church, said the musical fellowship began Nov. with only a handful of musicians, singers and worshipers. “We wanted to have something every week, an ongoing thing,” Solomon said. Ask and ye shall receive. On Sunday, the congregation quadrupled in
size with hobbyist and professional musicians alike. The church is led by Elk Creek Community Church pastor Greg Blake, and Solomon calls him a “slap-pickin’ preacher.” “He’s one of the best guitar players around,” Solomon said. “You couldn’t fi nd a better person to have as a pastor of a bluegrass church.” For the last five years, Blake has led the -member congregation at Elk Creek, which Please see BLUEGRASS, Page 8
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The 29th annual Conifer Christmas Parade is scheduled for 1 p.m. Dec. 3 on Sutton Road. Entries are still being accepted and are $40 per entry. This year’s theme is Western Country. There will be horse-drawn trolley rides for $1, free hot cocoa, lattes, chili and cider, face painting, cookie decorating, and photos with Santa. For more information, contact the Conifer Area Chamber of Commerce at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bell ringers needed
The Salvation Army needs bell ringers at the Conifer King Soopers and Safeway stores. Contact Jacqueline at 303-679-3008 or 303-919-2923, or e-mail jacque.0.7@ hotmail.com.
Ridge Runner Square Dance Club
The Ridge Runner Square Dance Club has dances the second and fourth Saturdays of the month at the Aspen Park Community Center. Join us from 7:30 to 10 p.m. for fun, friendship and exercise. For info, call Janet at 303674-7755 or Carolyn at 303-423-6765.
Each Sunday evening musicians gather for two hours of bluegrass music and about five minutes of sermon. Don't play an instrument? It doesn't...