Community Matters

Featured Author

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


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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Music Events Take Center Stage

A Virtual Boogie Benefit Concert and the Evergreen Music Festival are two must-attend events coming our way. They provide options for gathering in person and remotely as we continue to strike a balance between celebratory get-togethers and safety. Our community has...

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Satisfy Your Craving for Springtime Fun

If you have been yearning to enjoy our local music scene or indulge in an evening of food and wine, there are two notable events on tap that are sure to satisfy your desires. Best of all, they both support worthy nonprofits that are meeting local community needs. Why...

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Enjoy a Concert, a Birthday Party and Some Cookies

With just a few weeks until Daylight Saving Time and more vaccine coming our way each day, I have a sense that we are transitioning out of our dark winter days. Sure, we’ll likely—and hopefully—get a substantial snowfall soon, but the atmosphere seems lighter and a...

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Uplifting Spirits in the New Year

I will admit that it is not so easy to stop bashing 2020 for all the turmoil, fear and uncertainty it laid upon our doorsteps. Letting go takes longer when the impact has been so severe. I believe, however, that letting go can come more naturally when we open our...

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Calling All Angels

There is no lack of work for angels this year. The good news is that we all qualify, even in our human form. The job requires a heart of service, a spirit of generosity and a desire to lighten the burdens of others through compassion and good works. These qualities...

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Navigating the Holidays Together

“Community Matters” is taking a bit of a different approach this month. While this column would typically be listing seasonal activities and fundraisers, the pandemic and our need to follow public health orders means most of our beloved traditions have been...

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Uplifting the Spirit of Our Community

Inundated with nasty political ads, discouraging headlines, natural disasters and predictions of a “second wave” of COVID-19, it is not that difficult to adopt a mindset of fear and negativity. It is all too easy to lose sight of the many forces for good that are...

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