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Stephanie Earls

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A growler from Smiling Toad Brewery in Colorado Springs.
Acclaimed bass baritone Alvy Powell, a soloist with The United States Army Chorus, is among the world's better-known interpreters of the role of Porgy from George Gershwin's classic opera "Porgy and Bess." For the second time, Powell will join First Presbyterian Church of Colorado Springs for its annual production of "Christmas Joy," December 11 at the Pikes Peak Center. Courtesy photo.
Andy Witt with Timberline Landscaping walks the Manitou Incline November 28, 2016, looking for debris in need of removal as work winds down on phase two of construction on the popular trail. The Incline will reopen Friday, December 2 after being closed fir more than three months. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette
Decorator and event planner Larry West began working with Colorado Springs homeowners Wendy and Paul Spencer three years ago. Photo by West.
One of Leilia Guilbert's favorite creches she bought on a family trip to Balham, England in 1990. After the 2014 Colorado Springs Christmas Creche Exhibit, Guibert plans on selling the nativity pieces that her family does not want. She has nearly 1000 creches and has been collecting them since 1965. Carol Lawrence/The Gazette
"Mayflower Pilgrims Landing" by Mike Haywood.
In honor of National Adoption Month, the Colorado Heart Gallery, a traveling photo and video exhibit of foster care children who are in need of adoptive families, is on display through Saturday at Library 21c in Colorado Springs. Courtesy photo.
Faith Hill and husband Tim McGraw. (AP file)
The Rev. Jim Chapman and a group from Broadmoor Community Church pose in front of the church in Chamula, Chiapas, near San Cristobal de las Casas. A grant-funded sabbatical in 2010 to research the Pikes Peak region's Spanish roots allowed Chapman to travel for four months through Peru and Ecuador, an experience that inspired the pastor to organize two immersion mission trips to Mexico with groups from his Colorado Springs congregation, in 2011 and 2013. Courtesy photo.