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AROUND TOWN: Acceptance of LGBT youth has moved backwards, says Matthew Shepard's mom

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AROUND TOWN: Fostering Hope faith teamwork helps foster families and kids leaving foster-care system
By: - 0 Wed, Oct 18, 2017

The Colarelli family has a giving heart for foster kids. And a focus on helping them toward a future when they leave the system that failed...

AROUND TOWN: TESSA's 40-year anniversary helping domestic violence victims raises $225,000
By: Linda Navarro - 0 Sat, Oct 14, 2017

A ruby anniversary crowd of 750 helped TESSA turn 40 at The Broadmoor, raising $225,000 toward its domestic-violence-prevention mission.

AROUND TOWN: Palmer Land Trust celebrates Southern Colorado conservation champions
By: Linda Navarro - 0 Wed, Oct 11, 2017

Since 1977 a large group of Southern Coloradans have worked together to conserve land for future generations.

Today the Palmer Land Trust is...

AROUND TOWN: BBB's Night of Excellence turns City Auditorium Hollywood glamorous
By: Linda Navarro - 0 Sun, Oct 8, 2017

The historic elegance of the 1923 City Auditorium came alive again with a red carpet "2017 Night of Excellence."

There was a Hollywood aura...

AROUND TOWN: Project Angel Heart volunteers experience client meals first-hand
By: Linda Navarro - 0 Sun, Oct 8, 2017

Project Angel Heart provides home-delivered meals to those with chronic illnesses.

Volunteers and friends got to personally experience the...

AROUND TOWN: Women in red learn about heart disease
By: Linda Navarro - 0 Sun, Oct 1, 2017

The ballroom at Cheyenne Mountain Resort took on a rosy hue as more than 300 scarlet-clad guests entered the annual American Heart Association Go Red...

AROUND TOWN: REACH Pikes Peak helps families become self-sufficient
By: Linda Navarro - 0 Sun, Oct 1, 2017

An evening of fun and fundraising at Garden of the Gods Resort had a focus 53 years in the making.

Donors, sponsors and friends of the...

AROUND TOWN: New Sinton-Martinez home site of Big Brothers Big Sisters Bruncheon
By: Linda Navarro - 0 Tue, Sep 26, 2017

It's a back-to-school-time treat for the busy ladies, the annual Garden Bruncheon for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado - Pikes Peak. Friends and...

AROUND TOWN: Jerry and Pam Bruni open their new mountain home to support Partners in Housing
By: Linda Navarro - 0 Tue, Sep 26, 2017

Jerry and Pam Bruni spent several years daydreaming about and planning their three-story dream home on 2 mountain acres in the gated Broadmoor Resort...

AROUND TOWN: Great-granddaughter of Julie Penrose relives her family's Broadmoor history
By: Linda Navarro - 0 Tue, Sep 26, 2017

The statuesque woman stood quietly, gazing out at beautiful grounds and gardens, remembering happy childhood times playing at one of Colorado...

AROUND TOWN: Mermaids, flamingos and whales, oh my, to support Silver Key Senior Services
By: Linda Navarro - 0 Mon, Sep 25, 2017

The mayor turned surfer dude. Shamu the whale rode up in the elevator at The Antlers. A mermaid with a sparkly emerald tail swam the hallways. And...

AROUND TOWN: Shield616 gourmet evening raises funds for police tactical gear
By: Linda Navarro - 0 Tue, Sep 12, 2017

The gourmet food tastings were delicious; the evening's goal serious.

Chef Supansa Banker was chef liaison for Vittles for Vests, to raise...

AROUND TOWN: Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum offers a living "Gift of History"
By: Linda Navarro - 0 Tue, Sep 12, 2017

The "Gift of History" never stops giving. It's there for every visitor to the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum and it's the name of the museum's...

AROUND TOWN: Happy Trails BBQ supports the county nature centers
By: Linda Navarro - 0 Wed, Sep 6, 2017

What better way to support the facelift at the heavily used Bear Creek Nature Center than with heaping plates of Buffalo Gals barbecue, calico beans,...

AROUND TOWN: Electric jellyfish and bicycles in the wind a Fine Arts Center gala delight
By: Linda Navarro - 0 Sun, Sep 3, 2017

The annual Fine Arts Center Gala opened on a big scale. Make that massive. And neon electric blue.

An evening to celebrate local artists and...

AROUND TOWN: Annual Discover Goodwill gala grows into a full Enchanted Weekend
By: - 0 Mon, Aug 28, 2017

An Enchanted Evening had been a Discover Goodwill gala tradition for 20 years.

Year 21 not only raised the bar for local fundraisers, it blew...

AROUND TOWN: Independence Center celebrates local ADA progress
By: Linda Navarro - 0 Sun, Aug 6, 2017

July 26 is an important date in the world of those with disabilities.

It was on July 26, 1990, that the Americans with Disabilities Act was...

AROUND TOWN: Aimee Cox honored during Chamber/EDC Evening in Tuscany
By: Linda Navarro - 0 Sun, Aug 6, 2017

Wine and hors d'oeuvres were Tuscan, the networking vibrant and business cards were the trading currency as the Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce...

AROUND TOWN: Therapeutic riding center the recipient of 100 Women Who Care donation
By: Linda Navarro - 0 Fri, Jul 28, 2017

Five years, several hundred women and more than $150,000 donated to local nonprofits was cause for a champagne toast as 100 Women Who Care Colorado...

AROUND TOWN: Urban Peak's breakfast under the bridge draws 850 to help fight youth homelessness
By: Linda Navarro - 0 Thu, Jul 27, 2017

It's an amazing way to start the day...a seated breakfast under the Colorado Avenue bridge with 850 others learning the stories of homeless...

AROUND TOWN: Legacy of symphony's Bee Vradenburg continues through foundation carrying her name
By: Linda Navarro - 0 Sun, Jul 23, 2017

What became the Bee Vradenburg Foundation was launched in 2002 with an arts summit at Penrose House, and the foundation's 15th anniversary June 12...

AROUND TOWN: Survivors celebrate life, heroes at Colorado Springs Komen luncheon
By: Linda Navarro - 0 Sun, Jul 23, 2017

The Komen breast-cancer pink season is underway, leading to Pooches in Pink festivities Sept. 9 at Rock Ledge Ranch and the Sept. 10 Komen Colorado...

AROUND TOWN: Colorado Springs garden tour a treat for hundreds
By: Linda Navarro - 0 Mon, Jul 17, 2017

The Friends of eXtension, which raises money for Colorado State University Extension, has offered a popular Open Garden Tour since 2012, drawing...

AROUND TOWN: Talking to the zoo animals in true Spencer Penrose black-tie fashion
By: Linda Navarro - 0 Wed, Jul 5, 2017

Early day philanthropist and Broadmoor businessman Spencer Penrose would have been delighted in what his little personal menagerie of animals...

AROUND TOWN: It took the "Magic of Two" for Peak Education to lead low-income youngsters to college
By: Linda Navarro - 0 Wed, Jun 28, 2017

It has been 20 years since two friends challenged themselves to find a way to give back to their community, especially the children. One an attorney,...

AROUND TOWN: Grilling cheese to help the homeless
By: Linda Navarro - 0 Wed, Jun 28, 2017

Yummy grilled cheese sandwiches paired with craft beer samples drew several hundred hungry folks to the recent inaugural Colorado Springs Grill...

Blogger Bio

Linda has been a Gazette journalist for 47 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.