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: Heart Ball: Gatsby goes Western

    Updated: Sun, Mar 8, 2015

    It was a "Howdy, m'am" and "Hey there, cowboy" black-tie kind of night. No oxymoron this. The 32nd annual Heart Ball, traditionally a formal affair, drew 340 people to a Black Tie & Boots Gala Feb. 28 at the Broadmoor International Center, raising $240,000 for the American Heart...

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

    Updated: Fri, Mar 6, 2015

    Tossing "water" all over the audience, upsy-downsy dribbling and dunks, and one-upping the Washington Generals competitors just never gets old. The Harlem Globetrotters return to The Broadmoor World Arena, 3185 Venetucci Blvd., for family- rated craziness and new comedy at 7 p.m....

  • AROUND TOWN: The Y honors volunteers, imagines what's to come

    Updated: Sun, Mar 1, 2015

    "Imagine" was the challenge and the charge from Boyd Williams, ebullient daydreamer and president/CEO of the YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region. "Imagine" set the tone for the 136th annual meeting and volunteer celebration Feb. 19 at the Antlers Hilton. There's huge potential for the Y's...

  • AROUND TOWN: Wine Festival Grand Tasting benefits Conservatory

    Updated: Sun, Mar 1, 2015

    Magnifico! A weekend with Paolo, Matteo, Mario, Jeanneth Angel and Antonio and the best wines from what's known as the top half of the boot: Piedmont and Tuscany. The 24th annual Wine Festival of Colorado Springs on Feb. 19-21 went Italian in a big way, featuring winemakers Paolo...

  • Must See Must Do: Entertainment options around Colorado Springs this week

    Updated: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    "Sea Marks" is a Purl family tradition and a labor of love. It was 30 years ago that actress/author Mara Purl and Christopher Law were featured in the play at the Fine Arts Center. Mara calls "Sea Marks" "romantic, haunting, poignant." The director: Mara's father, theater pro Ray Purl....

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

    Updated: Fri, Feb 20, 2015

    Are you looking for something fun to do this week? Here are a few entertainment options in our area to get you started. Dreaming about that beautifully landscaped yard that could be hiding underneath the snow or just in your daydreams? Find help in making those dreams reality at this...

  • AROUND TOWN: Hundreds help Celebrate Youth in the Arts

    Updated: Wed, Feb 18, 2015

    The lobby and ballroom of Hotel Eleganté were transformed into a Hall of the Arts on Feb. 12 as 460 guests went to breakfast to Celebrate Youth in the Arts, a benefit for the Colorado Springs Youth Symphony and Colorado Springs Children's Chorale. Sounds greeting those arriving as...

  • AROUND TOWN: Walmart gives half a million dollars to area nonprofits

    Published: Wed, Feb 18, 2015

    Local nonprofit representatives were treated to a dinner at Cheyenne Mountain Resort before receiving almost $500,000 in philanthropic grants from Walmart and the Walmart Foundation. Recipients at the Feb. 6 event represented initiatives focusing on four core areas: hunger and...

  • AROUND TOWN: Interfaith Hospitality Network becomes Family Promise

    Updated: Sun, Feb 15, 2015

    A new name and a new vision greeted several hundred guests and volunteers at Interfaith Hospitality Network's 18th annual Hope, Hearts and Home luncheon. Meeting for an after-church Sunday meal and fundraising auction Feb. 8 at Hotel Eleganté, they were officially introduced to Family...

  • AROUND TOWN: Opera League celebrates night in Rome in preparation for "Tosca"

    Updated: Sun, Feb 15, 2015

    As the ethereal sounds of arias and rapid patter of Neopolitan opera ditties brought smiles to those enjoying "An Evening in Rome," eyes were drawn outside through the panoramic expanse of windows at The Pinery at the Hill to the perfect addition to the musical evening: a round, full...

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