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  • Dear Ms. Kitty: Dispelling some cat myths at Halloween

    Cats - particularly black cats - get a bad rap this time of year. Black cats are a common Halloween symbol - unfairly associated with bad luck and witchcraft. There's no better time than now to turn around their luck. Let's start by debunking some myths associated with all cats: - Cats scratch because they are mean. Sometimes cats will claw...

  • Colorado Springs area haunted houses spread seasonal frights

    Fear is subjective: Spiders, clowns, a former storefront full of screaming teenagers. What tingles our nerves, sets our hearts racing and makes our palms damp - a hardwired physiological response meant to alert us to potentially perilous situations - is entirely personal. Thankfully for the many recreational industries supported by this primal...

  • Drive-thru review: A mile-high pile o' bacon tops Carl's Jr.'s latest

    Let's get something straight: The Mile High Bacon Cheese Thickburger has nothing to do with Denver. It's got everything to do with the pile o' bacon nestled on top of a Certified Angus Beef patty. There's 1.5 ounces of bacon here. In bacon weight, 1.5 ounces is a lot - almost four times the bacon found on a regular bacon cheeseburger at Carl's...

  • Colorado Springs area events calendar for seniors

    Unless noted, events take place at the Colorado Springs Senior Center, 1514 N. Hancock Ave., and registration is required: 387-6000, cssenior
center.com. Call for information. TUESDAY How to's of Real Estate Transfers - 10-11 a.m., $3. Tunes on Tuesdays - With Oasis, 1:30-3 p.m. Wine and Watercolor - 6-8 p.m., $30. TUESDAY-NOV. 4...

  • Halloween attractions up the scare factor

    Halloween seems to be getting scarier, with attractions going ever-more interactive and in-your-face. At Knott's Scary Farm in Buena Park, Calif., guests are outfitted with neon-green laser guns and ordered to shoot actors portraying zombies by aiming at their heads. At the Dent Schoolhouse in Cincinnati, a butcher appears to demonstrate how...

  • Colorado Springs' nonprofit's tiny horses yield big benefits

    If you happened to be driving down a certain cul-de-sac on the east side of Colorado Springs around 2 p.m. on a recent Tuesday, you would have encountered an odd scene: four women and three miniature horses playing kickball. Technically, the humans were playing kickball. The horses, they mostly stood beside their people, a trio of residents...

  • Bible app reaches milestone with 1,000th available translation

    Edmond, Okla. - People living in the West African nation of Cameroon are connecting to the Gospel because of Oklahomans they never have met. And one Oklahoman in particular, Bobby Gruenewald, couldn't be happier. Gruenewald, pastor-innovation leader at LifeChurch.tv, created the Edmond-based megachurch's wildly popular YouVersion Bible app...

  • Side Streets: List of famous Colorado Springs-area residents lengthens

    Turns out my list of famous Colorado Springs residents was far from complete. Luckily, plenty of Side Streets readers were happy to fill in some of the gaps with their suggestions after my column last week. None quibbled with my suggestion that silent movie superstar Lon Chaney, eccentric genius inventor Nikola Tesla and Peanuts cartoonist...

  • COLORADO EVENTS: OCT. 19

    Colorado Calendar Call before you go. Many events are free; some charge admission or require tickets. Events are subject to change. Phone numbers without a designated area code are 719. Through Oct. 31 - Near Avondale, Frederika Fall Festival, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, noon-5 p.m. Sundays, $7-$8; frederikafallfestival.com....

  • Colorado Springs area nonprofit community calendar for Oct. 19, 2014

    October Stand Up to Cancer - Chico's donates $10 from the sale of every Leopard Print Scarf to Stand Up To Cancer through Oct. 31, The Promenade Shops at Briargate, 1605 Briargate Parkway, Suite 115; 590-1578, chicos.com. Pikes Peak Busts - Through Oct. 31, art event to benefit Breast Cancer Fund of the University of Colorado Foundation,...

  • Colorado Springs area literary events calendar for Oct. 19, 2014

    
SIGNINGS Book Signing - With Santi, author of "The Twelve Spiritual Laws of the Universe" and Awakening to the Wisdom of Your Dreams" during the Halloween Celebration Mini Fair, 4:30-5:45 p.m. Saturday, Celebration Metaphysical Center, 2209 W. Colorado Ave.; 634-1855, celebrationstore.com. Book Signing - With Stephanie Waters, author of...

  • Colorado Springs area religion calendar for Oct. 19, 2014

    Music/Drama Saturday "Healing Sounds of the Cosmos" - With Matthew Kocel, 7-9 p.m., Unity Church in the Rockies, 
1945 Mesa Road, $15 in advance, $20 day of event or at door; 471-4556, healcsprings.eventbrite.com. OCT. 26 Eric Wicks Organ Recital - 3 p.m., First Lutheran Church, 1515 N. Cascade Ave., 632-8836, eric@flccs.net. Fall...

  • Greek isles: Views, beaches, sunsets and crowds

    SANTORINI, Greece - Whitewashed houses stacked like sugar cubes on the cliffs. Colorful sunsets and black-sand beaches. Donkeys, windmills and a local winemaking tradition that dates to ancient times. These are some of the things that stood out on a visit to the Cyclades, a Greek island chain in the Aegean Sea. Little wonder the place draws...

  • Komen SECO hosts Open House

    Sponsored Content: This week, Susan G. Komen Southeastern Colorado (SECO) will be the pinkest it’s ever been – and you’re invited!

  • Women’s Wellness Connection provides free screenings, mammos for uninsured

    Sponsored Content: The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010 and shifted which demographic is in most need of financial assistance for healthcare services. That’s where the Women’s Wellness Connection (WWC) comes in.

  • Easy Halloween decorations can last into late fall

    Halloween isn't just for kids anymore - it's become a real treat for grown-ups, too. The holiday has become one of America's favorites, and folks are ready and willing to spend money on it. "It's changed a lot," said Laurie Baker, customer experience manager at Michaels. "It seems like it's more of a holiday people are recognizing. Our...

  • Rough-and-tumble dogs top people on knee surgery

    ashing after a ball or tumbling off a couch can lead to the need for a dog to get surgery on a key knee ligament that is similar to the one athletes often injure. Playing sports such as soccer, basketball or volleyball can lead people to tear their anterior cruciate ligament, more commonly known as the ACL. Dogs can get hurt that way, too, but...

  • Colorado Springs area pet adoption fairs and events for Oct. 18, 2014

    ADOPTION FAIRS 9-Lives Rescue Inc. - For cats, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, PetSmart, 2965 New Center Point; 591-4640; colorado9lives.com. Dreampower - For dogs, cats and small caged pets, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and noon-3:30 p.m. Sunday, PetSmart, 571 N. Academy Blvd.; dreampower.org , 390-7838. LookWhatTheCatBroughtIn -...

  • Pet of the week: Roxy Foxy

    Pet of the week Name: Roxy Foxy Breed: English bulldog Owner: Tina Marie Korum Roxy Foxy's story: Roxy is a special dog to me because when she greets me or just looks at me, her entire body shakes and her little stub tail just wags and you just have to put a smile on your face and give her a kiss and tell her "I love you too!" She just...

  • Year-Round Gardening: Ornamental grasses add interest to yard

    In the Pikes Peak region, autumn brings striking displays of large ornamental grasses, which "flower" late in the growing season. Such grasses are a useful tool for xeriscape gardens - their slender leaves offer a pleasing complement to perennial flowers. Local gardeners tend to use them successfully in a dry corner of the yard, and more and...

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