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 festive costumes out of the closet, gather your friends and step out for some fun!

Support INSPIRE at the Oct. 29 Halloween “Booogie Bash”

Put on your dancing shoes and Halloween costume and head to The Wild Game on Friday, Oct. 29 for some fun and fundraising to support the INSPIRE (Special Needs) Program. Doors open at 5 pm with music at 5:30 from local favorite Band Kamp followed by Skool Daze, one of Denver’s most entertaining bands. To celebrate Halloween, attendees are encouraged to participate in the evening’s costume contest, which will honor the most original, scariest and best overall costumes.

Go to for $25 tickets in advance and they’ll be $30 per person at the door. Youngsters 12 and under are free. All proceeds from the event benefit Evergreen Park & Recreation District’s INSPIRE programs designed to enhance the quality of life for individuals dealing with physical and mental challenges.

The “Boogie at the Barn” series is organized by the Boogie Brain Trust, a group of community-minded volunteers, to help bring the community together for great music, and to raise money for local nonprofits. The series is supported by generous local sponsors: Anything Wood, Big O Tires, Bruce Anderson Farmers Insurance, Cindy & Doug Lempke, Chow Down Pet Supplies, Colorado Serenity Magazine, Evergreen Cooking School, Greg & Karen Wood, JR’s Landscaping, Kyle & Maria Wilson, Land Title Guaranty Company, Mountain Foothills Rotary, PandoraJohnProperties@Madison & Co, Parkside Café, Pat & Ute Meyer, Robert & Associates, LLC, Robin McGlone Home Mortgage Alliance, Stoneheart Gallery, Tuscany Tavern, and Warren & Betsy Rose.

There will be beer, wine and food for purchase onsite. For more information, visit or the BoogieFacebook page.

Kick Off Your Halloween With the EAPL Zombie Crawl Oct. 31

“Get Your Spook On” is the theme for the Evergreen Animal Protective League’s Fifth annual Zombie Crawl on Halloween morning from 8 am – noon. Humans and their four-legged friends are invited to run, creep and crawl their way through the 5K to raise money for animals in need of homes. Costumes are encouraged for all participants.

The picturesque course runs through Bergen Park and Buchanan Park with the starting line at Chow Down Pet Supplies. Individual entry is $30 in advance, $40 on race day. Entry for Children 12 and younger is $15 and includes a T-shirt. A team of four can register for $100 before midnight on Oct. 29. To sign up, go to

The Evergreen Animal Protective League (EAPL) was organized in 1981 to aid lost, abandoned and suffering animals through rescue, shelter and education. The League has provided a better life for thousands of cats, dogs and other pets. To learn more, go to

Start Your Holiday Shopping with Purpose at the Alternative Gift Fair

Mark your calendar for Nov. 13-14 and plan to enjoy a unique shopping experience where you can find one-of-a-kind gifts while helping nonprofits locally and around the globe. Items for sale include handbags, tapestries, baskets, jewelry, cards, calendars, birdhouses kitchen accessories, clothing, ornaments, home décor and sustainable products. For a sneak preview, visit

The Alternative Gift Fair is a volunteer-run ​event. All vendors are representatives of charities and nonprofits and they receive 100 percent of the proceeds from their sales. The fair’s operating expenses are supported by funds from the onsite bake sale and the generous sponsorship of local faith congregations: Evergreen Lutheran Church, United Methodist Church of Evergreen, Church of the Hills Presbyterian, Congregation Beth Evergreen, Church of the Transfiguration, and Christ the King Catholic Church.

The Alternative Gift Fair runs Saturday and Sunday at Evergreen Lutheran Church. Check the event’s Facebook page for more information.

Get Ready to Trot for EChO on Thanksgiving Morning

Thanksgiving in Evergreen was not the same last year when the annual Turkey Trot sponsored by Evergreen Christian Outreach (EChO) was sidelined by the pandemic. This year, event planners are moving forward with the traditional 3-mile walk/run, which steps off at 9 am Thanksgiving morning, November 25, from the Church of the Transfiguration, 27640 Highway 74.

This is a family friendly event and leashed dogs are welcome too. Registration for participants 13 and older is $25, 12 and under is $12. Register online at Gobbler bags with registrant T-shirts and promotional items will be available for pick up on Thursday, November 14 at EChO Resale Shop (next to Shipping Depot). Onsite registration opens at 8 am.

All proceeds benefit EChO programs and services to help our mountain area neighbors in need including a food bank, housing assistance fund, shelter program, veterans services, the workplace center and the EChO Resale Shop.