A vibrant season is upon us. Signs of spring are beginning to emerge, and the mountain area social scene is coming into its stride. Fine dining, environmental conservation and music for a cause beckon your participation.

Sips for Scholarships Hosted by Twin Forks Tavern on April 20

The Sips for Scholarships fundraising series continues April 20 from 6:30 – 9 pm at Twin Forks Tavern. The elegant food and wine pairing event benefits Bootstraps, Inc., a local nonprofit that provides financial assistance through scholarships and interest-free loans to mountain area graduating high school seniors who might otherwise not be able to pursue their dream of higher education.

The evening will feature a short program and an opportunity to make a gift to Bootstraps. Event sponsorship comes from 1st Bank and a generous anonymous donor. To view the detailed menu and purchase tickets, which are $75, go to bootstrapsinc.org/events.

Twin Forks Tavern is located at 19423 N. Turkey Creek Road in Morrison. If you have questions or need more info, contact Colleen at accounting@bootstrapsinc.org.

April 22 Earth Day Activities Converge at Evergreen Lake Lake Clean-Up and Downtown Celebration

Evergreen is celebrating Earth Day in a big way with multiple events taking place at the Lake. The Evergreen Park & Recreation District is installing 28 new bear proof trash receptacles and will mark this upgrade with a special ribbon-cutting at 8:30 am at the Evergreen Lake House. The ceremony is presented by EPRD, Wild Aware and Colorado Parks & Wildlife and is hosted by the Evergreen Area Chamber of Commerce.

EPRD and Keep Nature Wild Ambassadors’ “Wild Keepers” Mallory and Maddy will hold an Evergreen Lake Clean-up from 9:30 am – 11:30 am. Volunteers are encouraged to participate and help maintain the lake trails and surrounding grounds. As a special thank you, volunteers may claim a post-event discount of 25 percent from Cactus Jack’s and Mountain Home. There is no ticket required for participation. For more information, go to: bit.ly/3nWrxqY

In addition to EPRD, Wild Aware, CPW and the Chamber, event sponsors include AllTrails, Christy Sports, Colorado State Parks, Cactus Jack’s, Mountain Home, and the Jefferson Bear Coalition. Downtown Evergreen will host festivities after the lake clean-up including handing out wildflower seeds native to Colorado, Earth Day discounts from participating merchants, and live music.

TallGrass Team Organizes Fundraising Walk for Clean Water Projects

The TallGrass Spa Team is organizing a 4K walk beginning at the Lake House at 10 am. This local event is part of the Aveda Walk for Water campaign taking place in cities worldwide to raise awareness and funds for clean water organizations. The 4K mark represents the distances that women in developing nations must walk each day to find clean water.

The entry fee is a $20 minimum contribution. Participants are encouraged to bring banners and signs to let onlookers along the route know about the importance of protecting global water resources. TallGrass has set its sights on raising $3,000.

“Earth Month at TallGrass has always been very important,” says owner Gail Ridings. “Caring for our planet is part of our creed and definitely in keeping with the Aveda philosophy. We’ve raised thousands of dollars through Earth Month campaigns over the years, and the bar is set high for this year.” For more information, go to TallGrassSpa.com or call 303.670.4444.

April 28 Spring Boogie to Benefit Resilience1220

Put on your dancing shoes and head to the Wild Game on Friday, April 28 for some fun and fundraising to support Resilience1220, a local nonprofit that provides free, confidential counseling services to young people dealing with social, emotional and mental health challenges.

Doors open and the music begins at 5 pm featuring local favorite Pat Travis & Friends who will bring a soulful vibe to their interpretations of rock and blues tunes. Making their Boogie debut will be headliner The Jerseys, a Denver-based band known for its four-part harmonies and high-powered rhythm section. The Jerseys will entertain the crowd with a mix of dance music covering four decades of rock, R&B and beach music.

Advance tickets are $25 and available at boogieatthebarn.com. Admission at the door is $30 per person. Youngsters 12 and under are free. Net proceeds from the event benefit Resilience1220. For more information about Resilience, go to resilience1220.org.

The Boogie series is organized by the Boogie Benefits, a nonprofit comprised of philanthropic volunteers whose mission is to bring the community together for great music while raising money for local causes. The series is supported by generous local sponsors: Anything Wood by Michael Lanier, ASEA by Debbie Wetzler, Bistro del Lago, Bruce Anderson Farmers Insurance, Chow Down Pet Supplies, Cindy & Doug Lempke, Greg & Karen Wood, Kyle & Maria Wilson, Mountain Foothills Rotary, PandoraJohnProperties@Madison & Co, Pat & Ute Meyer, Robert & Associates, LLC, Robin McGlone Home Mortgage Alliance, and Warren & Betsy Rose.

There will be beer, wine and food available for purchase onsite, including offerings from the Umai Express Japanese Fusion Cuisine food truck. For more information, visit Boogieatthebarn.com or the Boogie Facebook page.

Make Plans for An Evening of Hope to Benefit EChO

Mark your calendars for the Evergreen Christian Outreach annual Spring Gala, May 19 from 6-9 pm at Christ the King Church, 4291 Evergreen Parkway. Full details were not available at press time but will be announced soon. All gala proceeds benefit EChO’s programs which address the basic and urgent needs of people across Evergreen and surrounding areas by offering healthy food, financial assistance, job search assistance, and shelter. For more information, contact meaghan@evergreenchristianoutreach.org.