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AROUND TOWN: Old North End gardens featured on Friends of eXtension tour

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A tour of gardens on Colorado Springs' historic Old North End on July 18-19 drew a record crowd: 805.

They were treated to strolls through flower and vegetable gardens, past a stream and gazebos, and into shaded, flower-lined yards. At one...

AROUND TOWN: Hundreds were Off the Street and under the bridge for Urban Peak's homeless youth
By: Linda Navarro 0 Tue, Jul 28, 2015

Seven years ago there was a cozy breakfast for the community on the mural-lined patio at the emergency shelter for homeless youth at Urban Peak...

AROUND TOWN PHOTOS: Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center sashayed to an O'Keeffe look
By: Linda Navarro 0 Wed, Jul 22, 2015

If artist Georgia O'Keeffe had been invited to a "glam soiree" in her name, no doubt she would have been attired in her requisite black...

AROUND TOWN: Delta Sigma Theta Hats Off Luncheon
By: Linda Navarro 0 Sun, Jul 19, 2015

Each year, the Colorado Springs Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority honors women from throughout the local community who are committed to...

AROUND TOWN PHOTOS: Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Ball Fete with Penguin Flock a sell-out success
By: Linda Navarro 0 Sun, Jul 12, 2015

Colorado the penguin was surrounded by twins when many of the men at the Fête with the Flock Zoo Ball came in similar black-tie attire.

...

AROUND TOWN PHOTOS: 19 young women named 2015 Colorado Springs Debutantes
By: Linda Navarro 0 Sun, Jul 5, 2015

Nineteen young women who just celebrated their high school graduation and are planning their freshmen year in college have been chosen as the 2015...

AROUND TOWN: Centro de la Familia, WCLI
By: Linda Navarro 0 Sun, Jul 5, 2015

Each Women's Community Leadership Initiative class has a project. It builds on what the 20 to 30 women have learned about community needs, leadership...

AROUND TOWN: Cowgirls & Cocktails
By: Linda Navarro 0 Sun, Jul 5, 2015

It was the pinkest night of the rodeo season, save for this Thursday's "Think Pink Night" when cowboys in Komen pink shirts will take over at Pikes...

AROUND TOWN: Big prize for playful sculpture
By: Linda Navarro 0 Sun, Jun 28, 2015

Being fully appreciated for what you do never gets old for an artist.

When well-known local artist Sean O'Meallie and his wife, Mary, heard...

AROUND TOWN: Pikes Peak Range Riders celebrate their 66th ride
By: Linda Navarro 0 Sun, Jun 28, 2015

The first Pikes Peak Range Ride was a more casual Western affair with 38 friends and fellow horsemen in July 1949.

Like that first ride, the...

AROUND TOWN: 100+ Men Who Care - Colorado Springs
By: Linda Navarro 0 Sun, Jun 21, 2015

100+ Men Who Care - Colorado Springs: "Now this is the way the fellows like to have meetings and raise money," one enthusiastic member said.

A...

AROUND TOWN: 100+ Women Who Care - Colorado Springs
By: Linda Navarro 0 Sun, Jun 21, 2015

In an instant world, simply call it speed charity, speed philanthropy or speed giving.

In just a little more than an hour each quarter, members...

AROUND TOWN: The Arc Pikes Peak Region celebrates 60 years
By: Linda Navarro 0 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...

AROUND TOWN: Citizens Project paints a dream community word picture
By: Linda Navarro 0 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...

AROUND TOWN: Women friends link for community
By: Linda Navarro 0 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...

AROUND TOWN: A whole different kind of 'T party' for the Woman's Club
By: Linda Navarro 0 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...

AROUND TOWN: Spicy night for Women's Resource Agency
By: Linda Navarro 0 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...

AROUND TOWN: Chocoholic Frolic a sensory delight Kidpower gala
By: Linda Navarro 0 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...

AROUND TOWN: Grassroots NAMI helps the community recognize mental illness
By: Linda Navarro 0 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...

AROUND TOWN: Amblicab party helps residents achieve independence
By: Linda Navarro 0 Wed, May 20, 2015

An Amblicab bus outside The Pinery at the Hill offered an opportunity for guests and donors to see and try out the vehicle that provides specialized...

AROUND TOWN: Guild celebrates Mother's Day and the Philharmonic
By: Linda Navarro 0 Sun, May 17, 2015

It was a flower-filled celebration of Mother's Day and a successful Philharmonic season.

Maestro Josep Caballé-Domenech, wife Monica Sabate and...

AROUND TOWN: CASA Light of Hope Breakfast
By: Linda Navarro 0 Wed, May 13, 2015

Twins Adam and Noah, now 14, have found their light of hope, their forever home.

They had been displaced and misplaced too often, their...

AROUND TOWN: Fur Ball 2015: Indiana Bones and Raiders of the Lost Bark
By: Linda Navarro 0 Sun, May 10, 2015

Turn "Indiana Bones" loose at the Fur Ball and doggies and kitties all over southern Colorado benefit.

The 18th annual Humane Society of the...

AROUND TOWN: An evening for Western fashions and therapeutic riding
By: Linda Navarro 0 Wed, May 6, 2015

Cowgirls and cowpokes brought "country couture" to town, filling the Colorado Springs City Auditorium with boots, hats and fun April 24 to benefit...

AROUND TOWN: Hall of Fame kicks off 75th Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo season
By: Linda Navarro 0 Sun, May 3, 2015

It's a celebratory season for Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo: 75 years.

Giving the anniversary a boot-kickin' start was the induction of the...

AROUND TOWN: Komen Colorado South gives $228,000 in grants
By: Linda Navarro 0 Wed, Apr 29, 2015

Bring out all the pink; it's Komen Colorado South time.

And when all the running, walking, golfing, playing tennis and fundraising is...

AROUND TOWN: Yuri's Space Party for Colorado Springs Science Center
By: Linda Navarro 0 Sun, Apr 26, 2015

The challenge has been made, kicked off with a $100,000 unrestricted grant from the Edson Foundation to help jump-start the 65,000-square-foot...

AROUND TOWN: Elder abuse a focus of Silver Key, Colorado's mandatory reporting system
By: Linda Navarro 0 Sun, Apr 26, 2015

The elderly aren't cute like babies and puppies, but they deserve care, dignity and respect.

Elisabeth Almond's words brought soft smiles and...

AROUND TOWN: Memorial Hospital Gala honors cardiologist Dr. David Greenberg
By: Linda Navarro 0 Thu, Apr 16, 2015

It was an impossible feat for Dr. David Greenberg to walk through the West Ballroom at The Broadmoor.

Well-wisher after well-wisher wanted a...

AROUND TOWN: The Arc's Disability Awareness Month film festival
By: Linda Navarro 0 Sun, Apr 12, 2015

The Arc Pikes Peak Region took to the big screen for a new way of celebrating National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month.

Several...

AROUND TOWN: Teen Court makes significant difference for juvenile offenders
By: Linda Navarro 0 Sun, Apr 12, 2015

For 21 years, young local offenders have gone before judges and juries who most closely understand being a kid. They're teens themselves.

Since...

AROUND TOWN
By: Linda Navarro 0 Sun, Apr 5, 2015

Thirty years and still singing a happy melody.

The Colorado Springs Chorale Chefs' Gala has spawned many an upstart. As others sought to...

AROUND TOWN: Celebrating 118 years of early childhood education
By: Linda Navarro 0 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...

AROUND TOWN: West Point Founders Day celebrated with superintendent
By: Linda Navarro 0 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...

AROUND TOWN: Fun on the Boardwalk to help victimized children
By: Linda Navarro 0 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...

AROUND TOWN: Marvin Strait roasted by community leaders
By: Linda Navarro 0 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...

AROUND TOWN: Lively St. Patrick's Day Gala benefits Catholic Charities
By: Linda Navarro 0 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...

AROUND TOWN: Imagination Library brings books to area children's mailboxes
By: Linda Navarro 0 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...

AROUND TOWN: Care and Share Food Bank message reaches 1,000+ at luncheon
By: Linda Navarro 0 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...

AROUND TOWN: Heart Ball: Gatsby goes Western
By: Linda Navarro 0 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...

AROUND TOWN: The Y honors volunteers, imagines what's to come
By: Linda Navarro 0 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...

AROUND TOWN: Wine Festival Grand Tasting benefits Conservatory
By: Linda Navarro 0 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...

AROUND TOWN: Hundreds help Celebrate Youth in the Arts
By: Linda Navarro 0 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...

AROUND TOWN: Walmart gives half a million dollars to area nonprofits
By: Linda Navarro 0 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...

AROUND TOWN: Interfaith Hospitality Network becomes Family Promise
By: Linda Navarro 0 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...

AROUND TOWN: Opera League celebrates night in Rome in preparation for "Tosca"
By: Linda Navarro 0 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...

AROUND TOWN: Jan Martin named Unstoppable Woman
By: Linda Navarro 0 Wed, Feb 4, 2015

Eleven strong, all Unstoppable Women.

Named as the 2015 honoree at a kickoff party at the new KOAA News5 studios was Jan Martin, a Colorado...

AROUND TOWN: Empty Stocking Fund surpasses goal, raising $1.16 million
By: Linda Navarro 0 Wed, Feb 4, 2015

The plain white envelopes carried by smiling people leaving Penrose House on Jan. 30 contained the final checks in the $1.16 million Gazette-El Pomar...

AROUND TOWN: Glass Slipper Ball an evening of gourmet goodies, women's initiatives
By: Linda Navarro 0 Sun, Feb 1, 2015

Chefs tempted the 325-plus attendees at the Glass Slipper Ball with delicacies such as Foie Gras Mousse, Brown Butter and Hazelnut Tiramisu with...

AROUND TOWN: New Colorado Springs downtown communities, north and south
By: Linda Navarro 0 Sun, Jan 25, 2015

Hello, New South End. And the new North Tejon Street neighborhood.

It was an event to experience new downtown communities and to welcome the...

AROUND TOWN: Colorado Springs Young Professionals kick off the new year
By: Linda Navarro 0 Sun, Jan 18, 2015

The end of the workday on Jan. 8 was the signal for a crowd of young career people to converge on The Famous Steak House for a...

AROUND TOWN: 20 debutantes make Christmas-season debut
By: Linda Navarro 0 Sun, Jan 4, 2015

Outside, a dazzling array of twinkling white lights filled the trees and lined the grounds of The Broadmoor as nature added its own soft white...

AROUND TOWN: Partying Bavarian style
By: Linda Navarro 0 Sun, Dec 28, 2014

The Briarhurst was replete with dirndls and lederhosen as accordion songs played by a strolling musician filled the air. The annual Colorado Springs...

AROUND TOWN: Old North End history drew holiday home tour visitors
By: Linda Navarro 0 Tue, Dec 23, 2014

The ageless beauty of Old North End homes decorated for the holidays drew more than 600 people to the second annual Two Cor Holiday Home Tour on Dec....

AROUND TOWN: A Talarico-Dreiling catering business anniversary
By: Linda Navarro 0 Sun, Dec 21, 2014

The year was 1989. Michelle Talarico was manager of a local restaurant where the band Appaloosa was playing, with songstress Kathy Dreiling at the...

AROUND TOWN: Docents help visitors enjoy Fine Arts Center experience
By: Linda Navarro 0 Thu, Dec 18, 2014

They're the faces of the Fine Arts Center, who help people enjoy and learn about their arts experiences.

That's why docents are so important,...

AROUND TOWN: Conservatory/Library 21c areas named in honor of Peggy Shivers
By: Linda Navarro 0 Sun, Dec 14, 2014

A chorus of "Shhhhh" was followed by quiet, and then an explosion of cheers as the elevator door at Colorado Springs Conservatory opened and beloved...

AROUND TOWN: Ronald McDonald Houses celebrate 40 years
By: Linda Navarro 0 Sun, Dec 7, 2014

The first Ronald McDonald House opened 40 years ago in Philadelphia as a place where families of seriously ill children could stay close to the...

AROUND TOWN: Newborn Hope champions newborn babies
By: Linda Navarro 0 Sun, Dec 7, 2014

For decades, Newborn Hope has been the highly anticipated holiday-season-opening time to get friends together and "do lunch" for a heart-touching...

AROUND TOWN: Koats 4 Kids warms up 485 elementary students
By: Linda Navarro 0 Sun, Nov 30, 2014

When cold weather hit this fall, 485 youngsters at Pinello Elementary School in Widefield School District 3 were warm and toasty in new...

AROUND TOWN: It could be a banner year for The Gazette/El Pomar Foundation's Empty Stocking Fund
By: Linda Navarro 0 Sun, Nov 30, 2014

This is it. This is the year.

"If there were going to be a year, this is it," Jerry Bruni, head of the Bruni Foundation, proclaimed during the...

AROUND TOWN: Venus Williams scores with kids and Peak Vista fundraisers
By: Linda Navarro 0 Sun, Nov 23, 2014

The 900 people who went to breakfast at The Broadmoor on Nov. 4 were all a bit starstruck. After all, their Breakfast of Champions guest, the keynote...

AROUND TOWN: Woman's Club focuses on education, community involvement
By: Linda Navarro 0 Fri, Nov 21, 2014

Since 1902, members of The Woman's Club of Colorado Springs have focused on education and community involvement. Not only is their focus the same all...

AROUND TOWN: The Home Front Cares 'For the Love of Our Troops X'
By: Linda Navarro 0 Sun, Nov 16, 2014

Any community that gives welcome-home McDonald's Quarter Pounders to service members as they step off the planes from deployments is her kind of...

AROUND TOWN: March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction
By: Linda Navarro 0 Sun, Nov 16, 2014

Area chefs pulled out all the stops to help raise thousands of dollars for the March of Dimes and premature babies at the Oct. 9 Signature Chefs...

AROUND TOWN: Junior Achievement 60th anniversary honors Gary Atkins
By: Linda Navarro 0 Fri, Nov 14, 2014

Gary Atkins received the Gary Backstrom Spirit of Achievement Award, the highest honor from the board of Junior Achievement of Southern Colorado.

AROUND TOWN: Celebrating 2014 Colorado Regional Business Alliance honorees
By: Linda Navarro 0 Sun, Nov 9, 2014

It never gets old. Chuck Murphy has a permanent smile on his face as he attends event after event and takes home honor after honor.

He has the...

AROUND TOWN: Women's Resource Agency helps women find their hopes and dreams+
By: Linda Navarro 0 Sun, Nov 2, 2014

Today she's a college professor. There was a time, however, when Regina Lewis was an unemployed single mom desperately seeking help. Another woman...

AROUND TOWN: Bill Medley of Righteous Brothers and WWII vets honored by USO
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Bill Medley of The Righteous Brothers crooned "(I've Had) The Time of My Life" to an appreciative audience of honorees at front tables at the recent...

AROUND TOWN: Educational Big Brothers Big Sisters Bruncheon
By: Linda Navarro 0 Sun, Oct 26, 2014

It's becoming a tradition.

When the children head back to school after Labor Day, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado - Pikes Peak volunteers...

AROUND TOWN: They're the leaders: United Way's LIG (Leaders in Giving)
0 Sun, Oct 26, 2014

they're leaders in the community. Many are leaders in business, others lead in churches and schools. Many have had leadership roles for years, even...

AROUND TOWN: 50 years and growing, REACHing for success to stop poverty
By: Linda Navarro 0 Thu, Oct 16, 2014

What better way to celebrate a 50-year milestone than to rename and rebrand for the next half century or longer?

AROUND TOWN: Women see red to save their own lives
By: Linda Navarro 0 Thu, Oct 16, 2014

One Friday each September retains its red luster.

It has much to do with the fact of life pointed out by organizers of Go Red for Women that 1...

Marking a 50-year-old mission
By: Linda Navarro 0 Thu, Oct 9, 2014

Its history is traced to President John F. Kennedy, whose family was involved with making the world better for those with developmental disabilities...

AROUND TOWN: New Fine Arts Center President Dahlin moves and grooves to a Colorado Springs beat
By: Linda Navarro 0 Sun, Oct 12, 2014

Well hello, Colorado Springs. New Fine Arts Center President/Executive Director David Dahlin has arrived with a song, dance moves, a GQ tux and a...

AROUND TOWN: Girl Scouts honor 2014 Women of Distinction
By: Linda Navarro 0 Thu, Oct 2, 2014

The stage was filled with powerful local women who, in the words of keynote speaker Amelia Rose Earhart, "exceed expectations."

Former TV...

AROUND TOWN: A Family afFaire at the Donner spread
By: Linda Navarro 0 Sun, Oct 5, 2014

Call it the ultimate church picnic, a block party to beat all block parties or a kid's dream school carnival.

A Family afFaire, founded 10...

AROUND TOWN: Street Breakfast benefits community groups
By: Linda Navarro 0 Sun, Sep 28, 2014

On June 18, more than 3,000 folks of all ages wore their Western duds, sat on hay bales downtown, ate a pancake breakfast prepared by Fort Carson...

AROUND TOWN: Pioneers Museum helps people discover their stories
By: Linda Navarro 0 Sun, Sep 28, 2014

Judy Casey found a way to share her passion with her friends.

The über community volunteer and consummate board member with a love of history,...

AROUND TOWN: Team Springs tennis launched
By: Linda Navarro 0 Sun, Sep 21, 2014

Karen Brandner, director of tennis at The Broadmoor, has worried for years that her sport is "aging" as she watched the number of junior tennis...

AROUND TOWN: Rockin' the '60s for Silver Key Seniors
By: Linda Navarro 0 Sun, Sep 21, 2014

A Fonzie was there, vinyl go-go boots were everywhere and no one seemed to remember that polyester came in quite that many gaudy neon colors....

AROUND TOWN: Fundraising for Colorado Springs domestic violence victims
By: Linda Navarro 0 Mon, Sep 15, 2014

For 22 years TESSA's Pasta in the Park has teamed an evening of raucous pasta-
cooking competition revelry with an underlying focus of supporting...

AROUND TOWN: Honoring Colorado Springs Buffalo Soldiers history
By: Linda Navarro 0 Thu, Sep 11, 2014

Theirs is a history of military greatness under a shadow of segregation and derision.

If the hard-working Buffalo Soldier Community Memorial...

AROUND TOWN: Citizen Soldier Connection
By: Linda Navarro 0 Sun, Aug 31, 2014

The Citizen Soldier Connection, a group of local citizens stepping in to support members of the military and their families stationed here, recently...

AROUND TOWN: Broadmoor gala wrapped up a cycling frenzy day at USA Pro Challenge
By: Linda Navarro 0 Sun, Aug 31, 2014

He has covered every major cycling event in the world, including the Tour de France, but for expert commentator Phil Liggett, the USA Pro Challenge,...

'A vision to serve every child in need'
By: Linda Navarro 0 Sun, Aug 24, 2014

CASA of the Pikes Peak Region is among the biggest and brightest CASA programs in the country. It's such a force that sometimes it implements...

AROUND TOWN: Saving wild mustangs like the stallion named Cloud
By: Linda Navarro 0 Thu, Aug 14, 2014

Local filmmaker Ginger Kathrens thought a wildlife film about mustangs would be the simplest of projects.

After all, she told herself, horses...

AROUND TOWN: Junior Achievement celebrates 60 years
By: Linda Navarro 0 Thu, Aug 7, 2014

A festive crowd weathered downpours on July 29 to celebrate Junior Achievement

AROUND TOWN: Community fills the street for Urban Peak and homeless youth
By: Linda Navarro 0 Thu, Jul 31, 2014

It was a morning for the community to go onto the street to raise money, for Urban Peak Colorado Springs, which provides services to and helps get...

AROUND TOWN: ReStore, Habitat say farewell to boss
By: Linda Navarro 0 Mon, Jul 28, 2014

Accolades have come over the years for Paul Johnson, executive director of Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity, but the one from Leadership Pikes Peak in...

AROUND TOWN: Picnic at Benet Hill honors military
By: Linda Navarro 0 Mon, Jul 28, 2014

For the fifth year the Benedictine Sisters of Benet Hill Monastery invited the public to their wooded retreat in Black Forest for a 
Sunday afternoon...

AROUND TOWN: Mounds of shrimp a Cheyenne Village favorite
By: Linda Navarro 0 Thu, Jul 17, 2014

The shrimp boats were a-comin' - apologies to the 1950s "Shrimp Boats" song - across the lake at Cheyenne Mountain Resort on July 10.

...

AROUND TOWN: Opening night for The Mezzanine
By: Linda Navarro 0 Thu, Jul 17, 2014

Onlookers downtown may have been puzzled on July 11 as people headed toward the same back alley and what had been the nondescript rear of a building...

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