Evergreen has a reputation for beautiful mountain parks, open spaces where wildlife abounds, a one-of-a-kind downtown experience, and a vibrant performing arts scene. This month, we have a chance to support the organizations that promote and preserve these unique aspects of our community.

Help Spruce Up Downtown Evergreen on May 23

Show your local pride by participating in the Downtown Evergreen Spring Clean-up on Tuesday, May 23 from 8-10:30 am. Volunteers are asked to gather in the Baskin-Robbins parking lot for assignments. Buckets and trash bags will be provided, but participants are asked to bring work gloves, brooms and square metal shovels to make the project go smoothly. The Evergreen Downtown Business District and local retailers will be on hand to welcome volunteers and do their part to make Evergreen shine! For more information on downtown Evergreen events, go to downtownevergreen.com

EPRD Seeks Volunteers for Park Clean-Ups

The Evergreen Park & Recreation District (EPRD) is inviting community volunteers to join its Park Operations Team for outdoor clean-ups over the next few weeks. Dates and locations are:

—May 25, 10 am – 12 pm, Wulf Rec Center

—June 1, 10 am – 12 pm, Stagecoach Park

—June 8, 10 am – 12 pm, Marshdale Park

—June 15, 10 am – 12 pm, Arrowhead Park

The EPRD initiative is being co-hosted by Keep Nature Wild, an outdoor apparel and accessories company that pledges to pick up 1 pound of trash for every item it sells. The company is trying to reach a goal of collecting 1 million pounds of trash by the end of 2023 with the help of local communities nationwide.

Christy Sports has also stepped up as a sponsor of the clean-ups, supplying trash grabbers and contributing items for giveaways and prize drawings.

Volunteers will be picking up trash, clearing debris, stirring mulch and beautifying parks working side-by-side with the Parks Operations Team. EPRD suggests that volunteers bring water and wear gardening clothing (including work gloves), closed-toed shoes, and sun protection. Snacks and clean-up supplies will be provided. Keep Nature Wild will be weighing the collected trash to measure the positive outcome on our local parks.

If you are interested in lending a hand, advance registration is encouraged for planning purposes. Sign-ups will be provided before each event on bit.ly/41mYk6d. If you have questions about the cleanups, contact Madalyn Evans at mevans@eprd.co.

Spend a Day Enjoying the Arts 

With CAE on June 3

The Center for the Arts Evergreen (CAE) will show its appreciation to the community by hosting a free, family-friendly, Day of the Arts on Saturday, June 3 from 2:30-8:30 pm.

Local nonprofit arts organizations will showcase their talent with performances by Evergreen Ballet, Ovation West Performing Arts, and the Venue Theater, with others to be announced. A live battle of the bands will take place from 5:30-7:30 pm with local musicians vying for first place. Members of May Be Fern will serve as judges before the band takes the stage from 7:30-8:30 pm.

Young attendees can engage in sculpting crafts and face painting under the Kids Tent. There will also be an artisan market featuring some 20 curated artists’ booths. Food will be provided by CAE’s neighbor, Parkside Café.

Visitors can stroll through the CAE Gallery or take part in the first day of the 2023-24 Evergreen Sculpture Walk.

At press time, sponsors include Prestige Imports – Porsche, Olson Law Firm, Michele Vanags State Farm, Evergreen Park & Recreation District, Parkside Café, the Scientific & Cultural Facilities District, and Colorado Creative Industries. For the most up-to-date details, go to evergreenarts.org.

Mark Your Calendar for MALT’s June 24 Night in the Park

Make plans to attend one of the premiere events of the summer presented by the Mountain Area Land Trust. MALT is a nonprofit dedicated to land and water conservation along Front Range communities encompassing more than 4,800 square miles. MALT has conserved more than 26,500 acres in its six-county service area, and another 18,341 acres by facilitating 94 private, voluntary conservation agreements. Wildlife habitat, streams and alpine meadows have been preserved as a result.

To support its vital mission, MALT invites you to attend its annual “A Night in the Park” fundraiser on Saturday, June 24 from 5-9 pm under the tent at Alderfer/Three Sisters Park along Buffalo Park Road. The evening’s ticket will feature cocktails, dinner and live music by John Erlandson and The Mostly Pretty Random All-Stars Band. There will be a premiere action and a Save-An-Acre paddle raise. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit savetheland.org.