Community Matters

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Cindy Lempke


Community Matters highlights upcoming charitable events organized by local nonprofits. To have your fundraiser considered for inclusion, please send your material to communitymatters@ by the 20th of the month prior to the month in which you would like coverage of your event. Cindy Lempke is an Evergreen resident, community volunteer and communications professional with experience in the educational, governmental and corporate arenas. She owns Lempke Communications, LLC


Answering the Call of the New Year

As we begin 2022, our hearts ache for the families who lost their homes, beloved pets and irreplaceable keepsakes when the Marshall and Middle Fork fires struck at the close of 2021. After watching news footage of the violent flames ripping across neighborhoods and...

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Gifts and Giving Back

Chances are, you are reading this column when Christmas is less than one week away. If you still have shopping to do, or perhaps all of your shopping to do, fear not. Your timing is perfect because your last-minute purchases can make a lasting impact on local...

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The Sounds of the Season Are Upon Us

The ringing of the Salvation Army bells, the live Christmas concert singalongs, and the sounds of families delighting in a winter festival signal another memorable holiday season in our mountain community. These joyful noises are especially desirable this year after...

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Holiday Fundraisers Make a Comeback

Knock on wood… there is a great slate of holiday fundraisers returning after going dormant in 2020. We can join our friends and neighbors to celebrate Halloween, Thanksgiving and early holiday shopping days all while benefiting our local nonprofits. So dig your...

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‘Tis the Season for Fundraisers

While summer is coming to an official close in a matter of days, there is no slow down when it comes to nonprofit activities. Typically, fall is the season for fundraisers, and our mountain area events are second to none when it comes to combining philanthropy with...

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Stepping Up to Support Our Nonprofits

Cindy Lempke  Whether your steps equal a mile to fight human trafficking or you step out for an evening of music, you have many opportunities this month to support our nonprofits. Helping them sustain their financial health only enhances the qualify of life for...

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July Events Focus on Summer Fun!

This month’s community celebrations give us a chance to kick back, soak in the sunshine, and have fun while supporting local nonprofits. Get outside by the creek, at the lake, along the streets of Conifer or in the hamlets of Bailey or Kittredge to relish the beauty...

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Getting Our Groove Back

We are nearing the official start of the summer season, and our area is coming alive with the return of beloved gatherings and the introduction of new events. It is exciting to welcome back live outdoor music, art and cultural celebrations and it’s important to...

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