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.
  • Must See Must Do: What's happening around Colorado Springs

    Updated: Fri, Apr 3, 2015

    Here are some of your best bets for getting out and having some fun in the Colorado Springs area in the next few days: FRIDAY - The weather's warming up and the first Friday of the month is calling. Check out First Friday Downtown and ArtWalk in Old Colorado City starting at 5 p.m....

  • AROUND TOWN: Celebrating 118 years of early childhood education

    Published: Wed, Apr 1, 2015

    Past and current board members were honored on March 19 as Early Connections Learning Centers celebrated 118 years as a nonprofit child care organization, the oldest in Colorado. Fourteen women founded the Colorado Springs Day Nursery Association in 1897 to provide child care for...

  • AROUND TOWN: Fun on the Boardwalk to help victimized children

    Updated: Sun, Mar 29, 2015

    Shades of New Jersey, walking the Boardwalk, playing carnival games and winning kitschy little prizes. This was the Boardwalk Safe Passage style, circa the 1930s, down the hallways and in the ballroom at the Marriott Hotel on March 7. In true Safe Passage fundraiser gala fashion, the...

  • AROUND TOWN: West Point Founders Day celebrated with superintendent

    Updated: Sun, Mar 29, 2015

    If it's March, it's celebration time worldwide for West Point graduates. The Military Academy at West Point was established by President Thomas Jefferson on March 16, 1802, and during the month of March the 140 West Point Alumni Societies honor Founders Day with a variety of...

  • AROUND TOWN: Marvin Strait roasted by community leaders

    Updated: Sun, Mar 22, 2015

    The annual Cheyenne Village fundraising roasts are hilariously infamous for ripping into some of this city's well-known characters, leaving nothing sacred or unsaid. Previous roastees were known for letting non-PC jabs roll off their broad shoulders as they raised money for the...

  • AROUND TOWN: Lively St. Patrick's Day Gala benefits Catholic Charities

    Updated: Sun, Mar 22, 2015

    Shamrocks and lucky gold coins, elves and leprechauns, twinkling buttons and emerald ties. Once again, it was a green-beer St. Patrick's Day Gala at its liveliest and most colorful. The 14th annual fundraiser benefiting the community programs of Catholic Charities of Central Colorado...

  • Must See Must Do: What's happening around Colorado Springs this weekend

    Updated: Fri, Mar 20, 2015

    Are you looking for something fun to do this weekend in the Colorado Springs area? Here's a start. The grown-ups can head out for their own evening as kids ages 6-10 enjoy a Kids Night Out Friday at Bear Creek Nature Center and Park, 245 Bear Creek Road. From 6 to 9 p.m. the kids...

  • AROUND TOWN: Imagination Library brings books to area children's mailboxes

    Updated: Sun, Mar 15, 2015

    "The Little Engine That Could" is chuga-chugaing its way into thousands of of area homes, teaching kids "I think I can. I think I can" as it brings them the magic of books. This is the first book in a program that mails books monthly to 8,000 children from newborn to 5 years old all...

  • AROUND TOWN: Care and Share Food Bank message reaches 1,000+ at luncheon

    Updated: Sun, Mar 15, 2015

    The news was good. A five-year Care and Share Food Bank program, now two years in, could make food available to 100 percent of all southern Colorado residents by 2018. Although there are still hungry, food-insecure people in southern counties, including El Paso, they are fewer than...

  • Must See Must Do: What's happening around Colorado Springs this weekend

    Updated: Fri, Mar 13, 2015

    Here's a look at some of the top events happening around the Colorado Springs area in the next few days: FRIDAY-SUNDAY - Dancers from Ormao Dance Company give space-and-time-shaping interpretations of some of life's "Passages," choreographed by Jan Johnson, Shawn Womack, Mike Tyus...

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