Linda Navarro

Charity Events Columnist

Linda has been a Gazette journalist for nearly 50 years. She has been a writer and editor and has covered beats including police, courts, television and features. She has also been a news researcher and for several years wrote a column answering readers' questions, "Did You Ever Wonder?" Since 2006 she has been both writer and photographer for "Around Town" events, many of them charity fundraisers raising millions of dollars for many of this area's 2,000 nonprofits.
  • AROUND TOWN: The Arc Pikes Peak Region celebrates 60 years

    Updated: Sun, Jun 14, 2015

    One mother, Peggy Marshall, set out to create a way to a better future for her daughter with intellectual and developmental disabilities. She rallied other mothers and started what evolved into The Arc Pikes Peak Region as well as numerous other nonprofits. The Arc Pikes Peak Region...

  • AROUND TOWN: Citizens Project paints a dream community word picture

    Updated: Sun, Jun 14, 2015

    Love, equality, diversity, acceptance, neighbors, inclusion . A word cloud floated through the room as more than 450 pulled out phones and painted a descriptive vision of what their community could be. Outspoken Citizens Project board chair Jane Ard-Smith said she was speechless -...

  • Must See Must Do: Let's have some fun this weekend around Colorado Springs

    Updated: Thu, Jun 11, 2015

    Here are some of the best bets for fun this weekend and beyond in the Colorado Springs area: - Pinball wizards, man your flippers: time for the 2015 Rocky Mountain Pinball Showdown at Denver Marriott South at Park Meadows, 10345 Park Meadows Drive. More than 175 pinball machines,...

  • AROUND TOWN: Women friends link for community

    Updated: Sun, Jun 7, 2015

    All it took was two women. In 1946, the Philadelphia pair invited seven more friends to create a club for African- American women that helps successful women "understand and accept their social and civic responsibilities" along with fostering cultural appreciation through the arts and...

  • Must See Must Do: Let's have some fun this weekend around Colorado Springs

    Updated: Fri, Jun 5, 2015

    Here are some of the best bets for fun this weekend and beyond in the Colorado Springs area: FRIDAY-SUNDAY - See and learn about topaz from around the world, the highlight of the 52nd annual Pikes Peak Gem and Mineral Show Friday through Sunday at the Western Museum of Mining and...

  • AROUND TOWN: A whole different kind of 'T party' for the Woman's Club

    Published: Wed, Jun 3, 2015

    The Woman's Club of Colorado Springs is going strong after almost 113 years. One tradition is providing college scholarships and helping support local nonprofits and young women in the community. But what took the club by surprise was learning that women who need food stamps to...

  • Must See Must Do: Top entertainment options in the Colorado Springs area this weekend

    Updated: Sun, May 31, 2015

    Here are some of the best bets for fun this weekend and beyond in the Colorado Springs area: - List: Loads of free summer concert series in Pikes Peak region parks - Festivals, fairs and rodeos: Gazette's 'Fun Guide' maps out summer fun - Photo contest: Quintessential...

  • AROUND TOWN: Spicy night for Women's Resource Agency

    Published: Wed, May 27, 2015

    They were doing a happy dance. Part of the dance party was inspired by the muscular, firefighter-calendar models who were volunteering that night for a crowd of partying women. Add to that the evening's signature drinks: Cinnamon Whiskey and iced tea, Cinnamon Whiskey and cream...

  • AROUND TOWN: Chocoholic Frolic a sensory delight Kidpower gala

    Published: Wed, May 27, 2015

    Kidpower knows the secret of success: chocolate, and lots of it. The annual Chocoholic Frolic is a sold-out gala year after year, including enticing 500 attendees to the 2015 benefit May 2 at The Pinery at the Hill. More than $70,000 was raised to help Kidpower (kidpowercs.org)...

  • AROUND TOWN: Grassroots NAMI helps the community recognize mental illness

    Updated: Sun, May 24, 2015

    Two stylish, polished and accomplished women took the stage May 6 in front of 510 breakfast guests. Any other day, they could have been convention speakers, sharing secrets of business success. But that morning, Camille Bzdek Blakely and her daughter, Patrice Winsor, stunned attendees,...

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